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RED CLOUD. NEBRASKA.
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VOLUME III.
RED CLOUD, NEBRASKA THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1(5, 1S75.
NUMBER 18.
Editor and Proprietor.
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GENERAL NEWS CONDENSED.
Gov. Ingersoll of Connecticut has ap
pointed Ex-Gov. English as United States
Senator in place of O. 8. Ferry, de
ceased. The appointment of Commissionei of
Indian Affairs, in the place of Smith,
has been tendered to Edward S. Tobey,
of Boston.
The grand jury in Chicago has fouud
an indictment against Henry Davis for
the murder of Charles W. Weighland,
on Thanktyiving day, and the State's
Attorney has notified Davis that he must
be ready for trial December lbt.
Col. Robert Dcsanges, an ofiicer in the
appraiser's department of the New York
custom houbc, has been fouud guilty of
complicity in smuggling goods, and
sentenced to two years imprisonment
and to pay a fine of $10,000.
The Attorney General of New York
has ordered that suits be entered against
the contractors and engineer in chief
of the storage reservoir water commis
sioners of Brooklyn, to recover $602,
000, said to have been stolen from the
city.
A plucky woman is Mrs. McKeen,
daughter of the late Capt. Burgess of
Belfast, Me. Her husband, who com
manded a Philadelphia vessel, dying on
the voyage to Genoa, she assumed com
mand, put in at Fayal and procured a
metallic coffin, in which she placed his
remains, continued in command to Ge
noa, and attended to disposing of the
cargo.
A freight train ran into a passenger
train on the night of November 26th on
the Uarnffburg & San Antonio railroad,
Texas. The rear passenger car wan
telescoped. Henry Roberts, a passenger
from St. Louis, was fatally injured, and
died in half an houi. The accident was
caused by a dense fog, and the rear
lights of the vrain and signals could not
be seen.
Capt. Gundcrscn, who has just re
turned to Norway from an Arctic voyage,
has brought home a highly interesting
relic from a sma'l bay on the north coast
of Nova Zembla. It is known that the
Dutch Capt. Barcnt passed the winter of
1596-7 in this port, and here Capt. Gun
dcrscn has picked up, in excellent pres
ervation, a journal of this navigator
from the 1st of June to the 29 th of
August, 15S0, being that of an earlier
voyage.
Gen. Walker, Superintendent of the
ninth census, has submitted his report
to the Secretary of the Interior, in which
he urges upon the Secretary the import
ance of liberal grants ot money for the
purpose of the representation of the
census at the Centennial. After naming
the few States in which the census have
been taken the present year, Gen. Walk
er closes by saying that enough is al
ready known of the result to indicate
quite clearly that the progress of our
population has received a temporary
check.
THE FIRE HEND.
The tug Samson was burned at Cleve
land, November 29th. Loss, $15,000;
insured.
A firo at Friar's Point, Miss., a few
days ago, destroyed property to the
value of $30,000.
A fire at Chicago, 111., November 24,
partially destroyed the flour and feed
mill of A. Fisher. Damage to ma
chinery and building about $20,000;
Jully insured.
The "Island Home," the hotel at Clear
Lake, Iowa, wa3 burned, November 24.
It was a large two story frame building,
well furnished, and cost from $6,000 to
$7,000. It was fully insured.
The Boston shoe factory at Maiden,
Mass., and all the adjoining buildings
weie burned on the morning of No
vember 29 th. Loss, $300,000; insurance,
$156,000. Eight hundred employes arc
thrown out of work.
Htns Ehlcrs and his wife in Clinton
county., a few days ago went into the field
gathering corn, leaving four small
children locked in the house. The house
caught fire, and the children would have
perished but for a passing neighbor, who
broke through a window and rescued
them at the risk ot his own life. The
house and contents were consumed.
Loss, $1,000.
The residence of Amos Fletcher in
Mitchell county, Iowa, was burned, No
vember 23d. The loss consists of be
tween $400 and $500 in cash, with a
stock of groceries for a year's consump
tion, $75 worth of choice canned fruits,
considerable silver ware, and about
$700 worth of furniture. The house
was valued at $800. Not a cent of in
surance. Qn the 23d ol November a destruc
tive fire occurred on the farm of John
Penn in Polk county, Iowa. The prop
erty consumed wax a stable, corn crib
aad hay stacks. There were 160 bush
els of flax seed, 300 bushels of oats,
100 tons of bay, and a lot of wheat and
corn. "The fire originated from a boy
dropping a -lighted match in the barn
yard. No insurance.
How Mrs. Sullies Tried to Sober Lycsr
gw.
Mrs. Sniffles has had more trouble with
Lycurgus, and has been strengthened in
the belief that be is totally unlike other
men in fact, teetotally unlike many of
them. He had been on a long sober
stretch up to a couple ot weeks ago.
About that time he learned that his only
aunt, a rich old lady in St. Louis, had
died and left him an immense fortune
to get, if be could. This was a 'ore
disappointment to our irlcnd, lor he had
expected to be made a rich man by the
death ot this (once respected) relative.
Never was the news of an aunt's death
read with more poignant grief by sur
viving kin. A postscript to the letter
oonveying the sad intelligence, stated
that the good old soul had bequeathed
her entire wealth to a benevolent Insti
tution. This was the rusty rod of iron
that pierced his soul, and made murky
the fountain of hope. He tore the letter
to pieces, and bent his faltering stepB to
the nearest saloon. He drank he fell.
Thane stars represent drinks forty
driLifs to the star.
Mrs. S. was in despair. She had
thought his reformation was complete,
and now "the old man was drunk again,"
with no sign of ever letting up. Finally,
she bethought her of the system in
vogue at certain inebriate asylums that
of mixing liquor with every article of
food until the patient acquires a lasting
diBtaste for alcohol. She determined to
try that plan on Lycurgus.
She procured a gallon of the worst
whisky to be had, and put some of it in
the old man's coffee, to begin with. It
has been bis unvarying custom to drink
but one cup at a meal. That night he
passed his cup back to be refilled, say
ing as he smacked his lips:
'Better coffee 'nusual, ole gal."
Next morning she increased the dose.
He drank three cups, and fell from bis
chair as he was reaching for a fourth.
Ho slept until noon, and went out to
dinner. There was beef soup and
whisky, half and half. Sniffles ate it
all, and said, as he wiped his mouth:
"You're git'n to-be a better cook'n
anybody, m'dear. But yer didn't make
soup 'nuff."
At supper everything was saturated
with whisky, and Sniffles ate until he
became helpless, and his wife had to
drag him to bed.
The gallon of whisky was soon gone,
and the only change that Mrs. S. no
ticed in her husband was that while it
lasted he came to his meals with greater
regularity than usual.
She is not the woman to give up any
thing without a fair trial She got an
other gallon, and came near starving
herself to death while she fed it to Snif
fles in everything that he ate and drank.
His appctito increased at a fearful rate,
and he complimented her every day on
her newly acquired skill in cooking.
The second gallon soon went the way
of the first, and after two or three meals
had passed without the seasoning of
which Sniffles had become so fond, he
said, in tones that would have touched
the heart of a tax collector:
"Mirander, dear, the victuals don't
taste as good as they used ter. Seems
to bo somethin' or 'nuther missing."
Is it any wonder that tho poor woman
cave up in despair? Brunstcick (Mo.)
Xetcs.
Industrial.
Iowa Patent Office, )
Des Moines, Nov. 29, 1875. f
The "West is represented in the list of
U. S. Patents issued Nov. 9, by the
following:
Astl-Sucklng Bits For Calves, John
H. Bailey, Toledo, Iowa.
Corn Planters. John G. Mole, Sarpy
Centre, Neb.
The axle of the bearing-wheels is
mounted on crank arms, and adjustable
in hangers. The arms carrying the
scrapers are attached to the axle, and
play in loops depending from the rear
cross-bar.
Whip Sockets. Geo. M. Rising,
Cherokee, Iowa.
A whip-socket, provided with the an
gle C and slot e e, as des:ribcd, in com
binatiop with the double spring S, loca
ted and held in place by the bar 2, as
and for the purpose set forth.
T. G. Orwio,
Solicitor of Patents.
Ihe "Great Man" of a Tewn.
This one fact remains good in Seven
oaks, and the world over. The man who
holds the financial power and the social
throne of a town, makes that town, in a
good degree, what he is. If he is virtu
ous, noble, unselfish, good, the elements
beneath him shape themselves, con
sciously or unconsciously, to his char
acter. Vice shrinks into disgrace, or
flics to more congenial haunts. The
greed for gold which grasps and over
reaches, becomes ashamed, or changes
to neighborly helpfulness. The dis
content that spriags up in the shadow
of an unprincipled and boastful worldly
success dies; and men become happy in
the toil that wins a comfortable shelter
and daily bread, when he to whoa all
look up, looks down upon them with
friendly aad sympathetic eyes, and
holds his wealth and power im service of
their good. Frcm Dr. Holland "Story
cf Seetnoalm;" Scribner for Dee.
ITERS OF INTEREST.
Silk worm culture is again being taken
up in Georgia, and many are encooning
money out of iL
There is a continued fl w of currency
to the Northwest to supply the pork
packing demand, and to the South for
cotton.
Besides the growing foreign demand
for American cotton good, there is alto
a very flattering call for Arac'ican
tanned leather.
The Wisconsin Legislature stands, 51
Republicans, 42 Democrats, G Inde
pendents and 1 tic. In the Senate, the
Republicans have nine majority.
The total receipts of the British Ns-
tional Treasury during the six months
ending September 30, were over $173,
000,000, and the expenditures in the
same period over $189,000,000.
Of the 1,834,000,000 acres of land
which constk te the area of the States
and Territories of this country, 1,154,
000,000 acres are yet to be explored and
surveyed. This work is progressing at
the rate of 26,000,000 seres annually.
American Girl, recently dead, came
into the possession of William Lowell in
1867, when five years old. She won for
her owner in 1868, $4,000; in 1869, $18,
500; in 1870, $10,350; in 1871, $15,400;
in 1872, $13,450; in 1873, $14,000; 1874,
$19,650; in 1875, $7,400. Total in eight
years, $102,800, or an avcrago of $12,850
per year.
There urc enrolled in the public
schools of the United States, 8,000,000
children. In the fiscal year the averago
daily attendance was 4,500,000. Thirty
seven States and eleven Territories repert
an increase in public school income of
$1,232,000. The total sum raised during
the year by taxation was $82,000,000,
and the cost of public education was
about $74,000,000.
The falling off in immigration is indi
cated by the official report of arrivals at
New York for the year ending Septem
ber la3t, &s compared with those for the
year preceding. The total number of
immigrants landed at that port during
the past year was but 9,349, while for
tho year ending September, 1874, they
numbered 16.380 the falling off for
1875 being 7,031. The decrease was
mainly in the immigration from Great
Britain and Germany there having ar
rived in the past year but 2,266 English
and 1,716 Irish immigrants, as against
4,564 English and 3,011 Irish in 1874,
and but 2,598 Germans, while in 1874
there were 8,959.
A Sceae In Cairo.
As we sit in our hotel windows await
ing the moment of departure, we enjoy
a last tableau of Cairo. A long train of
camels files by, each one attached to the
tail of the one preceding. They march
on erect beneath the large building stones
with which they are laden. They look
innocent, even sad ; yet they arc said to
bristle with rage if provoked beyond
measure. These have hardly passed
when there follows a wedding proces
sion. At the head pipes a piper upon a
reed, which squeaks -mightily; then two
drummers supply with great volume
what the reed lacks in sweetness. Now
follow long linos of Arabs arm in arm
across the highway ; then the bridegroom,
bcstraddling a donkey. Throngs kiss
his hands, and prophesy happiness.
Now follow women; thickly vailed
walks the bride between two bride
maids, who support her, and seem to
address her with much gesticulation, as
if to tease her; but perhaps they are
giving her Ussons in matrimonial mat
ters. Four gayly decked boys bear a
canopy over her head, and she moves
with an air of a stage queen. Behind
these, with much talking and shouting,
come the rabble; and the vile little
donkey boys, congregating in numbers
before the hotel, when not besieging
some easy going excursionist, take part
in the merry procession by pushing the
bright little donkey among them. The
beasts take the brunt of the bearing
with gentleness, but appear not to relish
the fun. C. S. Well; Seribner for De
cember. The Oldest Inhabitant.
A woman named Mrs Jane Sutherland
fsmilliarly known as Big Jean" is
now living in Upper Barney's River in
this county, who is new 130 years a
fact of which the old lady herself makes
us sure. She. was born in the Parish ol
Clyne, Sutherlandshire, Scotland, and
since her emigration to this comnty has
resided in- her present .place of abode,
where she reared a large family, the
youngest of which is'-now anjold man.
Mrs. 8atherland can. still readily ccn
verse in the good old Gaelic tongue, and
her heariag is bat slightly impaired.
She still plies her lasrs on the old
Scotch spinning-wheelfaad is as good as
many a woman a(neatary younger.
Longevity seems a prominent trait ia her
family, for her brother, Jean Sutherland,
Keltic, who died aboat seventeen years
ago, aad his wife, waa died shortly after
ward, was bUa Uttle yoaager. The
united sgcafaf m ample were 390
years. Pidlm (. 8.) Cttil Stand-
lhe Fathered Railway,"
Geo. Stephenion, k is now jastly
called the "father of railways," was the
child of poor parents in England.
Unable to sen I him to school, they em
ployed him at home as?a nurse for the
younger children until he was eight
years old. His chief 4aty as a nurse
was to keep his little brothers and sis
ters from under the houfcbf the horses
which drew the coal car on the "tram
way" a wooden railroad leading from
a coal mine, which ran fcear his father's
door. At this early age, while watch
ing the coal trains passing, he conceived
the idea that iron wonld make better
rails than wood, and' at if he could
Hfof uporrSfbeieJs tlrs1&eag4awaseh
his father tended as fireman at the coal
pit, it could be made to draw as heavy a
train of coal cars as could be moved by
a great team of fifty horses.
The idea did not pass away from the
brain of George Stephenson when he
was removed from his home at nine
years of ae, and hired out, at four cents
a day, to tend the cows ol a neighboring
farmer. He had enough of leisure while
watching the herd in the field to think
over the subject. He even built an en
gine ol clay with hemlock branches
for steam pipes. I suspect that, like
Little Boy Blue, he sometimes let the
cows stray into forbidden meadows while
he sat thinking about engines on wheels
and roads of iron. He could not study
about them in books for two very good
reasons. In the first place, no books
about railroads and locomotives had
been printed, since neither had been
built. The other reason was that George
Stephenson couldn't read at all. He did
not know his alphabet until he was
nineteen years old.
Little George, or "Geordy," as the
common people nicknamed him, was
next employed to drive the horse which
turned the winding machine, or ugin,"
as the colliers called it, at the coal pit
where his father worked. He then began
to think of a plan for making the steam
do the work of the horse, and one day
astonished the colliers by building on a
bench, in front of his father's cottage, a
model in clay of an engine which turned
the "gin" and lilted the coal. He was
at this time so young and small that his
father mace him hide when the owner
of the coal mine went "the rounds" to
pay his hands, for fear ho should think
him too small to receivo sixteen cents a
day wages !
It was not until he was nineteen years
old, and was set to watch an engine, that
he found time to attend school and learn
to read and write. He worked steadily
at his old idea for twenty-five years. He
made tie first locomotive with smooth
driving wheels. It had been thought
necessary by some engineers to construct
locomotives with cogged driving wheels,
and a corresponaing rack on the rail, to
prevent the wheels from slipping. But
Stephenson successfully set aside all
these contrivances. He was nearly fifty
years old before he found men willing to
risk their money in constructing an iron
railroad to test his locomotive. When,
at length, the first railroad was com
pleted, between Stockton and Darling
ton (two English towns only twelve miles
apart), the procession with which the
day was celebrated was headed by a man
on horseback, to keep the road clear for
Stephenson's locomotive and car, and
ladies and gentlemen on horseback and
in carriages kept pace with the train by
riding by the side of the track. But
after the procession had proceeded a
short distance, Stephenson, who was run
ning his own engine, impatiently called
to the horseman to get out cf the way,
and, putting steam on, be ran his loco
motive the rest of the distance at the ter
ble pace of twelve miles an hour! St.
Nicholas for December.
Uibralter.
An American writer, dating bis letter
from Gibral ter, says: "The more I see
of Gibraltar, the less I wonder at the
tenacity with which it is held by Eng
land, and the dislike the Spaniards have
for the English tenure nf the place. The
strength of the position is something
wonderful. Nature and military art
seem to have worded together in making
"Gib" as invulnerable as it is possible to
be. Nor docs the Engineer Department
allow modern progress in either guns or
batteries to pass unnoticed. Of the
former there are some fifty or sixty about
to be changed for others of a much
larger caliber. Even as It is, the army of
men has never yet lived, nor has one of
the fleet ot ships yet been built, that
coald for two hours withstand the with
ering flre of the guas now in position on
various parts of the Rock."
The hour of Mr. Jefferson's great tri
umph in England is clouded with a
great grief. His yoaagest child, a boy
just 4 years old, died ia Loada two
weeks sgo, after an illness of four days.
This child Harry, the pet of the house
hold was bora in Chicago oa the aigat
of the Great Fire. His death brings
sorrow to one of the happiest homes on
earth. By peremptory command of phy
sidaas,Mr. Jefferson coatiaaed to act
Ta HagaeaalH la America.
On the revocation of the Edict of
Nantes in 1035, at least 509,000 Hu
guenots took refuge in foreign coun
tries. From this time, for many year, j
their cause was completely broken in !
France. In 1705 there was not a single
orgnaized congregation oi Huguenot left
in all France. So early as 1555, Coligni
attempted, but without success, to es
tablish a Huguenot colony in Brazil. In
1562 he sent out two ships, under the
command of Jean Ribault, on a voyage
of exploration to Florida, hut the at
tempt to establish a colony was unsuc
cessful. 31 any departed for North
Amseica even before Lc revocation of
taJMaJtafMaaUsJlome sctilcd in and
around New Amsterdam,now New York,
where their family names arc frequent.
Others found homes in Massachusetts,
Rhode Island, and Virginia. But South
Carolina was their favorite resting-place,
and a large number of the foremost fami
lies in that State are of Huguenot origin.
This class of immigrants has contributed,
in proportion to its numbers, a vast share
to the culture and prosperity of the
United States. Wherever they settled
they were noted for severe morality,
great charity, and politeness and ele
gance of manners. Of seven presidents
who directed the deliberation of the
Congress of Philadelphia during the
Revolution, three, Henry Laurens, John
Jay, and Elias Boudinot, were ot Hugu
enot parentage. Applctont? American
Cyclopadui, revised edition, article "
gxttnot." Anecdote of Andersen.
A friend of mine, who was quite an
old boy when this happened, once came
very near losing bis eyesight. He was
brought to the hospital, where nobody
knew him, and the room was darkened,
so that he could see nothing, cot even
his own hand when he held it up before
his eyes. He had Iain in this way for a
whole week, and almost wished he were
dead, when one evening there came a
gentle tap on the door, and a man en
tered and sat down on the bedside. My
friend did not know the man ; and even
if he had known him, it would have
been too dark to sec his face.
"I am Hans Christian Andersen," said
the man. "I heard that you were sick,
and I have been sick myself, and know
what it is. Would you allow me to sit
down and talk to you, and tell you some
stories?
My friend, naturally enough, was very
grateful, and did not object to being
entertained. And almost every night
for two weeks Andersen returned. When
the thick curtains could be drawn aside
from the windows, he read aloud, mostly
his own writings, for he liked better to
read his own stories and poems than
those of others. This is only one of a
hundred incidents of the same kind
which the people in Copenhagen tell ot
him; and no one will wonder that, with
all his peculiarities and odd habits, they
could not help loving him. He was a
dear and beloved friend in every house
hold ; from the King down to the poorest
artisan, every one knew and honored
him. Every door and every heart was
open to him. They no longer lectured
and criticised him; every page that he
wrote was eagerly grasped by young
and old, and read with pleasure and
gratitude. St. Nic7iola$ for Dee.
The Ortgin ef Raslasoa Crusoe.
Robinson Crusoe was published in
1719, with the following title: '-The Life
and strange surprising Adventures cf
Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner,
who lived eight-and twenty years all
alone on an uninhabited island on the
coast of America, near the mouth of the
great river Orinoco." The publisher,
who purchased the manuscript after all
others had refused it, is said to have
cleared 1,000 by it. Defoe was ac
accused by his enemies, who were nu
merous and bitter, of having stolen the
idea and even the materials of "Robinson
Crusoe" from the narrative of Alexander
Selkirk; but the charge was wholly
without foundation. Selkirk was not
wrecked at all, but voluntarily went
ashore on Juan Fernandez, which at that
time was as well known and more fre
quented by ships than now. Crusoe's
Island, as the title of his narrative states,
was in the northern hemisphere, in the
Caribbean Sea, near the mouth of the
Orinoco; and the most 'probable proto
type of Defoe's hero was Peter Serrano,
who in the sixteeath century was ship
wrecked, and lived alone tor several
years on an island in the Caribbean Sea,
aear the mouth of the Orinoco. His
story is told at full length la Garcilaeo's
"History of Pern," a traaslatioa of
Which was published in Loadoa twenty
years before "Robinson Crasoe" was
writtea, aad could hardly have escaped
Defoe's notice, as the book attracted
great attention, and Serrano's story is in
the Irst chapter. AfpUUmt' America
VfdtfiiKy revised edirioa, article "De
foe, Daniel."
Was. Strattoa has beea found guilty
of the murder of Was. Cohen, colored,
at Memphis, Teen., aad sentenced to JO
years ia the penitentiary.
Constraint.
Down iLroah the orchinl nJroJ .
Whrrr. br&dlectow. eeh hardest! trr
Kane rail of lrnlUfe jellow,
T mornlBf. and the atotan ten
Miono on the lYe of uld tad ilua
With ratlU&ec olt nil sirllo.
There cme blmh npon her cheek.
1 thought my time had cose W feal;.
Sbo tcsaul o ltd mad tender;
1 touched her ncrwj- dtapled hand.
list foond bo word at mr command.
Mj barnlBj; lore to reader.
At last we patted beneath a tree.
The branch that tbelteied her acd me
Itcached low it laaclosa fruit.
"Ik cUil, prajr," 1 Read plead:
"I canzot cannot," aolt the (aid.
Tm In my walklns salt."
Scribmr for Diutninr.
Alice Caiy.
Somo time sgo an article appeared in
the New York Keening Post, relating to
an early love affair of Alice Cary. The
writer characterizes the story as a fic
tion, and says it is but idle gossip.
Another writer in the Cincinnati Times
thinks the story may be strictly true.
Mr. Mary Clemmer Ames, who was
an Intimate friend nf Alice Cary during
the last years of tho poet's life, u ontt
of the few persons who knew the story,
and in her book relating to the Cary
sisters she refers to it in this wine:
"Whatever her mental and spiritual
gifts, no mere ambition cculd ever have
borne such a woman out into tho world
to seek and to make her fortuuc alone.
Had Alice Cary married the man whom
she then loved, she would never have
come to New York at all, to coin the
rare gifts of her brain and soul iuto
money for shelter and bread. Busincis
interests had brought into her Western
neighborhood a man at that time much
her superior in years, culture and for
tune. Naturally, he sought the society
of a young, lovely woman, so superior
to her surroundings and associations.
To Alice he was the man of men. It is
doubtful if tho most richly endowed
man of the world whom she met after
ward in her larger sphere ever wore to
her the splendor of manhood which in
vested the king ot her youth. Alice
Citry loved this man, and, in the pro
foundest sense, she never loved another.
A proud and prosperous family brought
all their pride and power to bear on a
son to prevent his marrying a girl, to
them, uneducated, rustic and poor. 'I
waited for one who never came back,'
she said, 'jet I believed he would come
till I read in a paper his marriage to
another.' Can you think what life would
be loving one, waiting for one who
would never come! He did ccmc at
last. His wife had died. Alice was
dying. The gray haired man sat down
beride trie gray haired woman; life bad
dealt prosperously with him, as is its
wont with men. Suffering and death
had taken all from her save the lustre
ot her wondrous eyes. From her wan
ind wasted faco tbey shone upon him
full of tenderness and youth. Thus
they met with life behind them they
who parted plighted lovers when life
was young. He was the man whom she
forgave for her blighted and weary lite,
with a smile of parting as divine as
ever lit the face of woman.
She had many and flattering offers of
marrisgc, but she never entered into a
second engagement. With all her ca
pacity for aflection, hers was an eclectic
and solitary soul. He who by the very
patent of bis nature wss more to her
than any other being could be, passed
out from her life, but no other ever took
his place. It was in this desolation
of her youth that Alice Csry resolved
to go to New York and make a home
and life work for herself."
Death of William B. Aster.
The telegraph announces the death of
one of the wealthiest men and the great
est landlord in the United States, Wil
lism B. Astor. He was the oldest son
of John Jacob Astor, who died in 1848,
and who left the bulk of his immense
lorlune to him. The father accumula
ted his fortune in the fur busiaese, and
the son ha) increased the portion left to
him by rentals from improved real
estate in New York City. There is little
of interest connected with the life cf
William B. Astor except as connected
with his money bags, aad public interest
now will center about the disposition of
it. It is a briefly told story. He is re
puted to have owxed 3,000 bouses in
New York City alone, and his rentals
would iadicate a lortuae cf about $50,
000,000, or double the amouat of his
father's. He was not a schemer like
Jay Goald, nor a couaoa clipper like
Yandeibilt; he was simply a landlord,
aad his whole life was devoted to col
lecting his rents aad watching his
agents. His father was a liberal, gea
erowsman,aad left bequests which wiU
always eaase aim to be gratefully re
membered, both in this coaatry and in
Europe. The Astor Library in New
York, which he founded, will always
preserve his memory, and the son has
greatly iacreased it usefalnesa, having
donated a valuable piece of ground for
its ealargemeat ia 18M, aad 59.0M for
the parchase ot books ia 18M. We
believe-taat he leaves two soaa, Jeaa
Jacob aad William B. Astor, Jr., who
are ia active basiaeas la New York.
Chief Trihnu.
HVXOUOVS.
An Irih doctor lately vat hU bill (o
a lauy x follow. To curing your
husband till h Ucd
"The prhmuur at t..o bar cvra to have
a very smooth faer," sJd a spectator to
a jailer. "Ym replied the Jailer, "be
was iroord Ju Ufore he ru brought
in."
A little two-yrar-old Clyde girl, wit
neuing a snowatorm ran to her mother,
kajing:" Mamma, look out of the win
dow, and sett the popcorn falling."
"Mother, doc the Lord Uke the daily
papers!" "No, my child; why elu you
ask so strange a question t" "Welt. I
thought ho didn't it take our mialater
so long to tell Him what't going oa."
A Philadelphia girl's lover got Jilted
because he made fun of the Centennial.
There are several married men in lhila
delpbia to whom making fun ot the
Centennial would bring no relief.
The girls don't like that sweet little
Sunday .school King, "Put your armor
on, my boys," because it sounds aorauch
like "Put your arm around me, boyj,"
that It make 'cm feel lonesome.
"Oh, why, why am I not man ted to
some one else?" !! she, as lie walked
Into the room in section v and absent
mindedly mt down iu the slop pail.
"Madam," ald he, "thus (hie) only time
in tao years e're 'dcavored to nolvc
same problem. '
A Vasnar girl wiolc home: "Dee
Paw-paw, we study Latin fo owahs a
day, Fwcnch feven up and science cvah
so loung. The good matron's nurah let
us go owct. Won't you send me my
Icggins and skates for a poo' little girl
who lives in the village? Don't forget
the heel-straps."
Some of the llhtillssioRior A jr.
Age, doubtlcu, brings many states of
body aad of mind which are unexpect
edly unpleasant. Among the unfortu
nate experiences of old age, a popular
writer has mentioned the conviction that
your middle arcd children are an irre
claimably stupid set oi jwople. This U
probably worse than a similar convic
lon with relation to your progenitors
for tho sense ot responsibility is greater
in the former case. We think that there
must be disappointments which arc
nearly m harassing ai this, but of which
it is almost impossible to complain,
owing to their apparently trivial char
acter, and owiag, too, to the fatality of
their having a ridiculous suggestion for
others. We all kaow that the troubles
of this life arc not always ol tho heroic
order. There was a man who was haunted
by a suspicion that he had an unbeauti
ful profile. We positively know that be
went through a large part of ids earthly
existence trying to hide his side face
from his fellow mortals. Now, Imagine
a person who has always cherished an
aversion to a certain kind of baldness,
for instance, and then Imagine this per
son gradually awakening to the fact
that thfs very fate is in slow but unre
lenting pursuit of him.
We have no inclination to dwell upon
the misfortunes which accumulating
years bring upou mankir.d; but litncr
upon the other side of the picture.
Something goes with youth that "never
comes again," but something cosres with
age that youth could not bring usfl
We speak of the disillusions ot ad
vancing years, as If s ich experiences
were always unfortunate. But certiinly
there arc disillusions which are most
fortunate and comforting. To childhood
of a reverential sort there is a glamour,
an air of superiority about every grown
up person, gool or bad. Of course,
drunken men, thieve, murderers, and
the like are understood to be "bad."
Although there is still an indefinable
reverence on the part of the child for
even these yet, on tae whole, Utey do
not greatly trouble him. It is from
another source that a thousand vague
perplexit.es and alarms invade theyouag
and sensitive soul; it is hta nstural sad
iaculcateu rc7erencj for growa-up per
sons who are intensely disagreeable to
him that gives him such warn a j emo
tions, such terrible mental distres.
You cannot easily tell a little child that
his Instincts are correct, that your
neighbor, his godfather perhaps, to all
outward appearance a pious and praise
worthy member ol the commsnity, has,
in fact, a warped and bitter, a sordid and
selflsb, a vulgar and deceptive moral
nature. Perhaps, you yourself, have
oaly lately come iato this knowledge
wise and wily and fall of years though
jou are, yet still with that lurkiag
fetichlsra of childhood. Perhaps only
now, aft' r many bitter aad remorseful
aad melancholy experiences, "that
tyranny is past" for you.
So, in this sense, it is true that among
the satisfactions of age are certain of its
dlsillnfioes. It may be said that it Is
a poor outcome of the law of compen
sation, namely, the discovery of more
evil in the world than we had imagined.
Bat, if evil exists, and if it mast be dis
eoTcred in unexpected places, how as act
hatter that we should aad It where we
hare nil along vaguely felt its meeace!
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