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THE RED CLOUD CHIEF.
M. I THM is K.litor.
You know or will learn, by and by
-that we never need lose anything
which has really made our life blessed,
except by our own fault If we have
taken the loveliness around us into
heart and soul, and not merely glanced
at it idly, it has become an immortal
possession ; for all true beauty is poured
into our lives out of the heart of Him
who is the Inflcitely Beautiful, and
every gift he bestows is perfect and in
destructible. Have you ever thought about the
8hading-off of one season into another
how gradual and delicate it is, and
what a charm it adds to the year? You
cannot tell exactly when midsummer
has passed into autumn, any more than
you can draw a sharp line between the
red and the orange in the rainbow. Na
ture shades her colors more exquisitely
than any artist, and it is in this magical
blending that half her poetry is found.
The four seasons make a visible har
mony, like four voices so perfectly ac
cordant that you hear them as one in a
song; for there is an eye-music as well
as that which enters the ear.
Late in August, you come in your
rambles upon some hidden pool of the
woodlands, and find, to your surprise
the water-lilies still awake here and
there; and oh the margin of the pond,
the most magnificent blossom of mid
summer, the cardinal-flower. "What a
contrast they make that pure white
ness, crystal-born, and that inimitable
red, which seems a burst of the intens
est warmth hid in the bosom of earth !
The white clematis, or virgin's-bower
hangs its graceful streamers along the
wood-paths, veiling the departing foot
steps of Summer, whom Autumn has
already come to meet, scattering golden
rod about, as an admittance-fee into the
grounds of the dethroned queen.
Beautiful poems have been written
about the passing of summer into au
tumn. Mrs. Ilemans sings her regret
in one beginning
"Thou art bearing hence thy roses.
Glad Summer, fare thee well!
Thou ait hinging thy last melodies
In evry wood and dell."
"A Still Day in Autumn," by airs.
Sarah Helen "Whitman, takes you into
the dreamy atmosphere of the beautiful
September days. Here are two or three
stanzas of it:
"I love to wander throuph ftlic woodlands hoary
In the soft light of an autumnal day.
When Summer gatliei s up litr robes of glory.
And like a dream or beauty glides away.
"Uow through each loved, familiar path she ling
ers. Serenely smiling through the golden mist.
Tinting the wild grape with her dewy fingers
Till the cool eiuei aid turnsto amethyst!
'Warm lights are on the sleepy up a ids waning
Beneatn solt enndj along the horizon rolled.
Till tha slant sunbeams through their fringes
Bathe all the hills iu melancholy gold."
In one of Alice Carey's songs of the
autumu days, she writes that
"Summer from her golden collar slips.
And btraysthrougustubble-tlelds.aud moans
Save when by fits the warmer air deceives.
And, tteailug hopeful to some sheltered
She lies on pillows of yellow leaves.
And tries tue old tunes over for an hour."
The poet "Whittier paints in glowing
words the flowers that blossom between
summer and fall:
"Along the road-side, like the flowers of gold
That tawny Incas for their gardens wrought.
Heavy with sunshine, droop, tne golden rod;
And the red pennons of the cardinal-flow er
Hang motionless upon their upright staves."
And Longtellow addresses autumn as
"With banners, by great gales Incessant fanned
Brighter tn..n bright st silks of Samarcauu!
Tli.u Blandest, l.ke Imperial Charleoiague,
Upon thy bridge of gold; th royal hand
Outtrelched with benedictions o'er the land!"
Lowell's 'Indian Summer Reverie" is
full of splendid description:
"The birch, most shy and lady-like of trees.
Her poverty, as beat she in&y, retrieves,
And hints at her foregone geut iltl s
With some saved relics of her wealth of leaves
The swamp-oak. w th his roj 1 purple on.
Glares reu as blood a rots the setting sun.
As one wi o proudlur to a fallen fortune cleaves;
He tooks a sachem, In red blanket wrapt."
"The maMe-awamp.' glow l.ke a sunset sea.
Each Ief a ripple wltn Its sepcrktc flush."
"The woodbine up the elm's straight stem aspires
Colling It, harmless, with autumnal fires."
In modern English poets we get, now
and then, a glimpse of glowing color.
Tennyson writes of
"Autumn laying here and there
A flery finger on the leaves;"
and tells us how one who watches may
"The maple burn ltseir away."
And Allingham must have seen
something like our autumn colors be
fore writing this stanza:
"Bright yellow, red. and orange.
The leaves come down In hosts;
The trees are Indian princes,
But soon they'll turn to ghosts."
Gazing upon the splendors of the au
tumn woods; we do not wonder that a
, poet exclaims,
"Sorrow and tie scarlet leaf
Agree not well togetner!"
And of the very latest autumn Bry
ant writ js:
The me'ancholy days have come, the saddest of
Of walling winds, and naked woods, and meadows
brown and sire."
Even after this period of dimness, the
atmosphere grow m and spicy and
hazy, and there is a soft flush over the
fields and woods, like the after-glow of
a gorgeous sunset If ever there is
poetry in the air we breathe.it is during
the Indian summer. We all know those
When the sound or dropping nuts Is heard.
tbongh all the trees re still.
And twinkle In the smoky light the waters of the
Do we not love Bryant's "Death of
the Flowers" and "Fringed Gentian,"
as we do these last flowers of the year,
and the beautiful season in which they
bloom, and as we do the poet himself,
who was almost the first to open Amer
ican eyes to the loveliness of our wild
flowers, and the peculiar beauty of our
autumnal scenery ?-Lucy Zarcom ; SL
Nicholas for October.
One of the most extraordinary cases
of longevity recorded for years was pre
sented in the death of Owen Faren at
his daughter's residence, 33 Prospect
street, Brooklyn, at the unusual age of
110 years and live months. The first 70
years of his life are not devoid of inter
est, as they were spent principally at
sea. The deceased was born on the 6th
of May, 1701, in the County Donegal,
Ireland. "When only 15 years of age he
entered the British marine service, and
the vessel on which he was stationed
was ordered to an American port, as the
colonists had just taken up arms. He
served here during the entire period of
the rebellion, after which he was dis
charged and returned to his home in
Ireland. His restless spirit again led
him to cross the Atlantic, and after
spending a few years here, and accumu
lating considerable money, lie again re
turned to Ireland, to wed Ann Casserly
to whom he had been betrothed before
his second voyage. He settled down on
a farm he purchased after his marriage,
but the old roving spirit assumed the
mastery, and failing to induce his wife
to accompany him to this country, he
purchased a ship, which he commanded.
The vessel was for a time put into the
American trade, and for years carried
merchandise back and forth between
this country and England. He never
told what business the ship was put
into after being withdrawn from the
American trade, and all rumors about
the matter have only speculation for
their foundation. Nearly fifty years
ago he sold the vessel and settled down
on his farm in Ireland.
The result of his marriage was 13
children, four of whom only are alive
to-day. One son, in Ireland, is at pres
ent 73 years of age. Forty years ago a
daughter came here and took up her
abode in Brooklyn. Another daughter,
Nancy, followed ten years later. The
old man for the last time landed at the
Castle Garden a quarter of a century
ago, after having buried his wife. He
resided in Brooklyn with his daughter
Nancy until his death. A peculiar cir
cumstance was that he was sick only
once in his life. He never indulged in
strong drink to excess, even in his
his younger days, and up to the time of
his death possessed a vigorous constitu
tion. He come3 of a long-lived family, his
mother surviving until she was 103 years
old. His sister and three brothers were
also well advanced in years at the time
of their death. His remains will be in
terred in iT latbush (It C.) Cemetery this
afternoon. New York Mercury.
Corporations Without a Heart.
It would not be a pleasant task to re
view the list of influences which led to
the great strike. Some of them more
important than has been popularly im
aginedhave had little notice ; and they
lie so far back, or so deep down, that
they are not likely to be talked about.
That the railroad force of the country
has been very badly demoralized, is evi
dent enough; but if we should say that
its demoralization had come mainly
through its rulers and employers, we
should be met with pretty universal in
credulity, if not with indignant protest.
The example which directors and
managers have set to those in their em
ploy has not been a good one. The men
who have done the hard work of the
railroads have looked on and seen others
get rich by illigitimate means. They
have seen whole boards of directors
drop off gorged from schemes that have
left the stock interests without a drop
of blood in their veins. They have seen
stock watered, tampered with, robbed
They have seen railroads which had ab
sorbed the livings of trustful widows
and orphans managed solely for the
private interests of their presidents and
directors. They have seen roads built
with bonds that were 1 ies. They have
seen roads in ruinous competition with
each other, while they were compelled
by this competition to do their work at
small wages. They have been made to
work upon the Sabbath, and have been
practically shut away from all religious
instruction by those who, with sancti
monious faces and conveniently obtuse
consciences, have "taken sweet counsel
together, and walked to the House ot
God in company." The railroad corpo
rations are very few that have mani
fested the slightest interest in thier
employes, beyond getting out of them
what it was possible to get for the con
sideration agreed upon. Dr. . O. Hol
land on the "Great Strike"; Scribner
A Curious Calculation.
A rapid penman can write thirty
words in a minute. To do this he must
draw his quill through the space of a
rod sixteen feet and a half. In forty
minutes his pen travels a furlong; and
in five hours and a third, a mile. "We
make, on an average, sixteen curves or
turns of the pen in writing each word.
Writing thirty words in a minute, we
must make four hundred and eighty
eight to each second; in an hour.twenty
eight thousand eight hundred ; in a day
of only five hours, one hundred and
forty-four thousand ; and in a year of
three hundred days, forty-three million
two hundred thousand. The man who
made a million strokes with the pen in a
month was not at all remarkable. Many
men make four million. Here we have,
in the aggregate, a mark three hundred
miles long, to be traced on paper by
each writer in a year. In making each
letter of the ordinary alphabet, we Must
make from three to seven strokes of the
pen on an average, three and one-half
The recovery recently of SS50 by as
saying the dust from the roof of the
Philadelphia Mint, recalls a curious
fact brought out by an assay made some
time ago of portions of the bed of clay
fifteen feet in tuickness that underlies
the pavement of that city. These ex
periments demonstrated that the clay
contains seven-tenths of a grain, say
three cents worth to the cubic foot, and
in the 4,1S0,000,000 of cubic feet under
the streets and houses there lies $126,-
The Value of Man's Opinion ot Wo
The truth seems to be, that the taste
of men in the matter of women's dress
is often better worth consulting than
women will evef allow it to be. Some
times when they are very much in love
with a man, they will wear what they
think will please him. Tennyson's an
"sav with half unconscious eye
She wore the colors he approved."
But, as a rule, they make no such
concessions. But then, I will admit
that men are very irritating in their
criticism, and most of them do not know
when to stop. The tirades of the me-dia-val
preachers against the dres3 of
the women of their time are amusing
reading nowadays, and even the up
bra:dings of the old Hebrew prophets
would be far less terrible to our ears
than they are if they were not rolled out
in such a rich vocabulary. (Isaiah iii,
18-24.) Certainly there is no profanity
to-day in smiling over Latimer's rebuke
to the women of hi3 London for what
looked to him like absurdity in their
dress, and for the pleasure they took,
and the time and money they wasted,
in tiring themselves. But from Isaiah
down to Savonarola, what real good did
all these ratings do? No woman ever
minded them for any length of time, or
changed a fashion, or gave up an ab
surdity in dress until she was ready to
do so f her own sweet will.
But lor all their dislike of BettiesJ
women may remember that all their
stuff are devised, and all the patterns
of those stuffs designed, by men ; that
almost all the new fashions originate
with men ; and that the great Parisian
arbiter of their fate is a man, and, for
all they d&spise English taste, an En
glishman born, and trained to his work
in England. Why not compromise on
the subject, and admit that men and
women need not work together in this,
as in many other things, and that each
needs the other's help if a good result is
to be obtained?
The help of artists, too, is often of
great value, and, if accepted, may lead
to important revolutions. I believe the
colors that have been so fashionable for
several years the new shades of green,
blue, red, and all the odd intermediate
combinations are directly owing to the
so-called pre-RapliJulite painters in En
glandto them and to their scholars
and followers, who first had stuffs dyed
in colors to suit themselves, then per
suaded their wives and sisters to wear
dresses made of these materials and
devised by themselves, and finally came
to control the manufacture of stuffs
that would take the folds they liked.
From the families of these artists, the
taste they had cultivated spread to their
friends, then overflowed into the artist
ic world, and becoming the fashion,was
strong enough to make a decided mark
upon trade and manufacturers, so that
nowadays there is scarcely a beautiful
material of the middle age or of the
renaissance time that you cannot get in
England made with all the old perfec
tions and with all the old beauty.
Precocity by the Sea.
A correspondent writing from Long
Branch says: I was much amused this
morning at six o'clock breakfast. A lit
tle chap, about 8 years of age, climbed
into a chair at the table where I was
sipping my matutinal coffee, and, with
the freedom of childhood, said, as he
rubbed his hands, "It's very chilly this
morning." I assented, and mildly sug
gested, "Little folks ought to be in bed
yet," when he nearly upset not only my
gravity but my avoirdupois by saying
in a tone that was the perfection of
young America, "O ! I was at the hop
last night, and couldn't rest. A cup of
coffee will make me all right." I bit
my moustache to keep hick the laugh,
when he added, "One sees so much at a
watering place that one gets tired out
during the season." I asked him anx
iously, "How often have you been here ?"
and with a yawn, politely hid with his
hands, "Five years this season I am
tired of it." My conscience! the baby
was absolutely blase at eight years old.
He got his coffee, and mamma sailed in
resplendent in fashionable attire, the
left hand fingers invisible above the
first joint for diamonds, and said: "Mm
rice, you had better eat something."
"No, thank you, ma, the coffee is enough
I will see the girls" (his sisters, I after
wards ascertained), and he marched out
jauntily, as if this world had nothing
worth seeing, and all enjoyment had, so
far as he was concerned, been absorbed
like the juice of an orange, and the peel
was good for noting.
In a small town in Illinois, the office
of the county clerk was recently inva
ded by a wedding party in search of a
marriage license. The affable clerk
proceeded to fill out the necessary docu
ment and inquired the ages of the can
didates for matrimony. The groom's
was given as thirty-four, while that of
the bride was stated to be only four
teen. This statement caused a stay of
proceed.ngs, and the clerk informed the
parties that it was against the law to
issue a license to a woman under eigh
teen, without the consent of her parents.
Thereupon the father of the bride, who
was one of the party, stepped forward
and said the bride had his full and free
consent; that she had already been mar
ried once, and had buried her first hus
band. This instance is a remarkable
one, and stands alone.
A Bangor (Me.) man attended a camp
meeting, and on his return was telling
of the good time he enjoyed. A serious
faced nian asked, "Were there any con
verts?" He stopped a moment and
said, "Well, I swear, I forgot to ask.
But the baked beans were bully, and
the sailing and rowing were divine, and
there were some of the handsomest
girls there, that I ever siw."
The farmers of Minnesota, Iowa, Wis
consin, and Kansas will receive nearly
f30,000,000 more for their wheat crop of
this year than they did for that of
THE WORLD OF SCIENCK.
Mythology and the Heavenly Bodies.
Students of mythology and folk-lore
are beginning to suspect that the theory
which traced nearly all such traditions
to observations on the sun, moon, stars,
winds and clouds, may have been
pushed beyond the probable facts. A
reaction from these extreme views has
undoubtedly taken place, and the influ
ence of native sorcerers and wizards
among uncivilized race3, along with the
tendency to ascribe supernatural at
tributes to everything new, strange, or
little understood, will hereafter oe more
fully valued in this line of research.
Among misleading circumstauces that
make it difficult to trace the origin of
folk-lore, The Academy mentions, on
the authority of Mr. Ralston, that a
shipwrecked British sailor has been
making a living by telling the nursery
tales of his childhood to the Fijian Isl
anders. N. Y. Tribune.
The Whitehead Fish Torpedo.
The Austrian Government is said to
be dissatistied with the Whitehead fish
torpedo, and a similar conplaint finds
utterance in England, notwithstanding
the extravagant praise that was accord
ed to the invention a few months ago.
The chief objection seems to be that,
after the torped.) is started under wa
ter, its direction cannot be depended
upon. It is driven along as fast as was
hoped by its screw propeller, but its
line of motion is likely to deviate if it
passes through water that has a motion
of its own, due to currents. Hence,
there is ho certainty where the torpedo
may turn up; it might be so deflected
from its course as to strike a friend in
stead of an enemy. The Lay torpedo is
open to no such objection, as its direc
tion is constantly under control of an
operator, who manages it by an electric
communication along a wire that is
payed out as it proceeds, like a string
to a kite.
Safety from Fire In Cam.
A new device is reported from Lima,
Ohio, for preventing fires from upset
stoves in railway accidents. In this
contrivance the stove is surrounded by
a strong wrought iron cylinder, con
structed in two halves. The upper half
is usually elevated above the lower, so
as to leave space for access to the stove,
and for radiation of heat. When the
upper half falls, it closes firmly by
means of spring hooks upon the lower
one, and at the same time shuts and
fastens a heavy damper in the aperture
of the stove pipe. The upper half of
the cylinder, when up, rests upon a
catch connected with a lever, so con
structed that if the car is tilted the
catch is released. The device looks as
though it might bs useful, especially if
the lever machinery were more com
pact Perhaps nothing less than the
test of experiment would determine
whether, if a car were upset very sud
denly, the two parts of the cylinder
would come together before the upper
part had ceased to be above the lower.
1 livers! tj of Vegetation.
At a recent meeting of the Academy
of Sciences, at San Francisco, Profes
sors Hayden and Asa Gray, and Sir Jo
seih Hooker were present Professor
Davidson made an address of w elcome,
and the guests responded in brief
speeches. Among other striking re
marks of Sir Joseph Hooker was the
statement "that you may travel from
England to Spain, from Siam to China,
without finding so diverse vegetations
as by crossing the Mississippi and com
paring the banks one bundled miles
east, on one side with those one hundred
miles west on the other." In regard to
the California coast he declared there
was no section of the earth where so
many singular phenomena can be ob
served; hence he infernd the value of
the work of science in that region. He
advised the Academy that three ele
ments were needed to the success of
such bodies, keeping together the el
derly members, hearty and efficient
work by the Secretary and Publication
Committee, a good management of the
The Satellites of Mars.
The notion that the satellites of Mars
can be seen without a telescope seems
to have gained wide currency. A cor
respondent writes from Baltimore that
he and all his family plainly saw the
two satellites, by means of a looking
glass. "The moons were distinct the
one most distant from the planet being
the brightest" It is urged that this
method of seeing the new orbs ought to
be generally recommended, as so few
newspaper readers have telescopes. It
is somewhat discouraging to this class
of readers, but they may as well be told
the'truth about it. If the writer of the
letter from Baltimore can see from his
residence there, by means of his looking
glass, an object of the size of a ten cent
piece on the dome of the Capitol at
Washington, then he may hope to see
the satellites of Mars in the same way.
To make the experiment a fairer com
parative test it should be conducted at
night and the ten cent piece might be
illuminated by a bull's-eye lantern that
would represent Mars. Before trying
that experiment however, it might be
just as well to look for satellites to Ve
nus by means of a mirror. If the plan
et is bright, two or three moons will
thus be seen; they, like the rest obtained
by this method, reflections that take
place between the two surfaces of the
glass. With a metallic mirror there is
no such moonshine.
The two children appointed to carry
the trail of Lady Mayoress, at the re
cent wedding, failed to de their duty
and it began to drag in the dirt a she
was passing out to the carriage. She
dropped her husband's arm and picked
up her skirts. This was too much for
an old lady, who indignantly observed :
"She thinks more of her train than of
her husband." A pneocious youth,
standing by, turned round to the irate
lady, and remarked : "Q aite right too. I
dare say her husband will often neglect
her to catch his train."
Marrlajrn Oatfl's that Weri Worn In Olden
limxr-How omr Danilft Appeared
Itelore the Altar .ttarrlajcc of James of
Scotland and Louis VlII.
History and tradition have handed
down to us wonderful accounts of the
magnificent ceremonials and the gorge
ous raiments which have signaliztd the
weddings of bygone days, though some
of the high-born dames of old have
stood at the altar simply attired. When
Louis XIII married Ann of Austria,her
robe was white satin, and her hair was
simply dressed.withoutcrown or wreath.
Isabella of Portugal, as the bride of
Bui gundy, wore a dres3 of splendid
embroidery, a stonncher of ermine,
tight sleeves, a cloak bordered with
ermine,falling from her shoulders to the
ground; but she had no ornaments. and
her head-dress was white muslin. When
Ann of France, finding the Archduke
Maximilian tardy in his wooinjr, gave
herself and dominions to Charles VIII,
sh appeared at the imposing ceremo
nial of her marriage in a robe of cloth
of gold, with designs in raised embroi
dery upon it, and bordered with price
less sable. James I nearly ruined him
self in order to celebrate the marriage
of his daughter, the Princess Elizabeth;
and great and determined was the oppo
sition shown by his subjects to the
marriage tax he raised to defray the
53,294 it cost The ceremony took
place at Whitehall with so much pomp
that it has formed the precedent for all
other royal weddings in England which
have followed. The train of the bride's
dress, which was of silver cloth, cost
130. Her hair floated on her shoulders
intermingled with pearls and diamonds.
and a crown of gold was on her head.
Perhaps, however, the marriage of
Henry I with Matilda f Scotland bears
off the palm, so far as outward splen
dor is concerned. Bishop Anslem per
formed the ceremony, in presence of all
the beauty and chivalry of the realm.
The marriage of Edward I in Canter
bury Cathedral was little less magnifi
cent The Paris papers have recently been
giving some curious and interesting de
tails respecting the costly articles of
dress or ornament possessed by the royal
and noble ladies of Europe.
The young Countess de San Fernando
possesses, it seeni3, a lace tunic, the like
of which is owned by no othei lady in
the world, Queen Isabella alone except
ed. Her Most Catholic M ijesty has, it
would appear, a perfect passion for lace,
and possesses thereof a collection which
is valued at over 8 1. 000,000. This col
lection is a perfect museum of lace of
all kinds, epochs and nationalities. One
dress alone, composed entirely of point
d'Alencon, is valued at 820,000, and
there is a set of flounces in antique
guipure which is even more costly. Of
the Spanish mantilla veils her Majesty
owns a large number, some of which
are worth from 85,000 to 8(,000 each.
Queen Victoria's passion is for India
shawls, and her collection equals in val
ue the laces of Queen Isabella. It in
cludes shawls, the art of making which
has long leen lost besides all the finest
and most delicate marvels of the India
looms of tho present day, including
webs of golden thread and embroidered
with diamonds and pearls. In respect
to jewels, the Empress Elizabeth of
Austria possesses the finest emeralds
ever worn by woman, fliey are mount
ed in the guise of a diadem, necklace
and girdle of flowers, whereof the leaves
are formed of single emeralds, and the
blossoms are composed of diamonds.
The Grand Duchess of Saxe Weirner
owns the richest and most perfect col
lection of jewels in the woild. The
finest and largest tin q noises and pearls
that exist are among the crown jewels
of Russia, and the finest sapphires in the
world form a part of those of England.
Bavaria possesses among hi r crown
jewels a parure of pink diamonds that
is perfectly unique,
TIIKMAIJKIAr.EOF.lAMKS OF SCOTLAND.
Margaret Tudor, wiien married to
James of Scotland, stood proudly at the
altar, as her noble lineage warranted, a
crown on her head, her hair hanging
beneath it covered only by a cap ot
gold, and with pearls about her neck.
The ill-fated union of Philip and Mary
was solemnized at Winchester Cathe
dral, as benefited the sovereigns of two
great countries. Charles I was married
by proxy at Notre Dame. Georee 1 1 1
signalized his marriage with Queen
Charlotte, which took place at St. James
Chapel Royal, by abolishing many of
the practices which then held good, but
which were op'KHed to modern taste
and feeling. St. James Chapel Royal
has been the scene of more royal mar
riages in modern days than perhaps any
other edifice, though it is small and in
convenient. Queen Anne, also William
IV. were weddea here ; and here George
IV was married, at 10 o'clock at night.
Queen Victoria was married at the
same place on the lO.h of February,
The value of the wedding gifts of
Mdlle. d'Albe, niece of the ex-?mpress
Eugenie, is said to be 81,000,000. One
of these was a cameo ring which be
longed to Charles V. Eleven necklaces
of brilliants adorned the collection.
The Duke d'Ossuna, whom srie married,
is said to be one of the wealthiest jer
sons in the Peninsula.
Among the E.irl of Dudley's presents
to Miss Moncrieffe before she became
his bride were a diamond diadern which
had been the admiration and envy of
all Paris, said to be worth ST.C0OO; a
bracelet of fifty precious stones of sin
gular purity, which Prince Albert had
tried to bargain for in vain: another
bracelet with a diamond "of fabulous
price" in the center, and a collection of
varied assortment additionally. On the
wedding morning he presented her with
a necklace of five rows of pearls of
enormous value, and she wore a dress
which contained 2,00 yards of point d'
Alencon lace, and employed GOO hands
in the making, and was so costly that
the Empress Eugenie, for whom it w s
intended, was obliged to decline ir.
The noble acquaintances of Mis3 Mon
crieffe, of course, loaded her with pres
ents, and he inhabitants of Dudley beg
ged her acceptance of a bracelet worth
500 guineas. The marriage of the Prince
of Chimay, the heir to one of the great
est houses in France, to Mdlle, Lejeune,
a lovely blonde, with a fortune of 85,
000.000, left to her by her grandfather,
the young Michel, once a famous banker,
not long since elicited much comment.
The Paris papers are full of details of
her trousseau. Her lingerie alone is
valued at 103.000 francs, including 21
pairs of sheets, embroidered by hand
with the Caraman arms, each costing
from 4.000 to 5.000 francs ; a fan in Ven
ice point, enriched with diamonds and
bearing in the center the arms of Cara
man and Chimay; and among her jew
elry is a necklace consisting of one
circle of forty-two brilliants with their
inner circles, each consisting ot thirty
seven brilliants, with a magnificent em
erald as a medallion and three sujterb
brilliants as pendants. Philadelphia
We grant as has recently been said,
that an open fire is "incompetent to heat
our houses;" but we believe it Gin be
made such an important factor in the
culture of children, that we have no
hesitation in urging others to try it. In
houses that are wholly warmed by fur
nace, the family circle is likely to be
come impaired. The children take their
friends to their own rooms, and the
mother rarely becomes intimately ac
quainted with their associates. Around
a wood fire, all naturally com together;
what interests one. comes in a short
time to interest all, and the children are
more open and free. The fire warmi
the heart the same as the body. A wood
fire early in the evening when the chil
dren come home from school is ven
necessary. When the boys get used to
coming in from the cold and snow to a
good wood fire blazing on the hearth,
with the room not too nicely furnished
for them to use, they are not apt to leave
it for any outside attractions. The mo
ment the familiar whistle is heard in
the evening, let some kindling wood be
thrust under the logs. The pleasant
sensation produced by a good fire, if
repeated every day, winter after winter,
amounts to a great deal of happiness in
a boy's lifetime, and is never forgotten.
It is difficult to overestimate the value
of this gathering place for the family.
Wood fires are not dusty, and when used
not for heat "but for cheer, and in the
evening, do not cost much. The mod
erate heat of a furnace or stove is suf
ticient by day, and but little wood in the
tire place is necessary to make it com
fortable at night Indeed, the register
often has to be turned off and the doors
have to be closed to keep the heat of
the house from rushing into the parlor.
Ttie wood lire ventilates, and thus, not
only are the feet kept warm, but the
head remains c m1. Half a cord of hick
ory wood lasts us atout a mouth, and
we use it on Sundays after church, and
on other days if we have friends to din
ner, or the children are to be at home
In spring and fall an open fire place is
most useful. Every one knows how the
furnace is disliked in moderate weather
but by using at such times the wood
alone, the desired heat is obtained and
far more than the cost saved in the coal
that would be burned to waste. If the
tire place is painted black, it makes a
good background for the red ll.ime, and
keeps the brick work from looking
shabby by the smoke. Let it be a good
hearty blazing fire or none. Better to
save in fine furniture, or in rich deserts,
than put on wood sparingly. Brass
andirons are the best, for they never
wear out, and the labor in keeping them
bright is much exaggerated. The wood
must be long enough to reach over both
andirons. Cjhi oh make a hot, quick
blaze, just before the children go up to
bed, and make them sleep the sweeter.
Scribner for Ortnber.
Men, Women and Furniture.
We maintain, too, that, hi reality, man
has no need of furniture, and that ev
erything he does worth doing could be
done without these adjuncts, in the
highest stage of civilizition, men will
not need either a lied, .t table, a stool,
or a candlestick things which, just
now, he considers to be of absolute ne
cessity, but which one people, the most
refined, the most intelligent, and the
most highly civilized, that has lived on
this planet in historic times the Japa
nese, to-wit, have shown can be jer
fectly well disjiensed with. Indeed, in
every age, the more refined the race, the
less has it thought furniture necssary,
and it might even le asserted, without
much fear of contradiction, that a eo
ple that need a great deal of furniture
to Iks comfortable and happy is in a
state, so long as that need is felt, that
can only be termed barbarous. Man
proper, man in his highest condition of
spiritual and physical development hi
absolutely independent of furniture
sits on his heels, sleeps on the tl'r, eats
with his fingers from dishes made of
gourds and leaves (or. if he prefers it.
of wood exquisitely l.vquered) placed
on the ground; avoids the necessity of
candlesticks by using lanterns, or by
going to bed early and sleeping late;
and writes on his wristbands. All the
noblest art, the most exquisite decora
tive design, all the immortal boofc?,
have com from peool or from indi
viduals to whom -thing" have N-en
unnecessary or unknown. And, there
fore, to insist that man is distinguished
from the lower animals by having fur
niture, is not to say a handsome thing
ab ut him, but to derogate from his dig
nity. When we come to clothes, how
ever, we find the case a different one.
Clothes seem to go hand in hind with
man's development as a social being,
and every high tide in civilizttion has
been marked by great inventiveness,
splendor, and even luxury,' in dress.
Scribner for October.
Two ladies were discussirg a third
wh i whs. of course, absent -She is
really charming," say3 one, "and above
all, she has an air of intelligence. 'Yes,"
said the other, "but there are no words
to the air."
The question of the hour- What time
A head waiter The last man in a
crowded barler shop.
New Yorkers are troubled to get rid
of their garbage. They must remem
ber that where there swill there's a
"Ladies weighed in here." is the sign
on a New York store, but whether they
do "wade in" there or not we are not in
formed. Nobody likes to b- noWly; but ev
erybody is pleased to think himself
somebody. And everylnidy is some
body: but when anybody thinks him
self everybody, he generally thinks ev
erybody else is nobody.
An old school philosopher remarks
that if bread is the staff of life, pound
cake must be a gold-headed cane.
Doubtless it is true. and two icecreams
and a cirl are a regular two-wheeled
"Thats our family tre-" said an Ar
kansas youth, as he punted to a vigor
ous hemlock, ami ad led. "A govl many
of our folks have ben hung on that
tree for borrowin horses after dark."
"You can't drink so much brandy
with impunity." said a New York phy
sician to a gouty p.itient "Perhaps not,
with impunity, doeNir. but with a
little peppermint I fancy 1 can go it."
was the serene reply.
"Is Mr. Brown a man of means?"
asked a gentleman of old Mrs. Fizzle
ton. Well. I reckon he ought o be."
drawled ou the old lady. for lies tins
meanest in m in our town."
A FrenJi paper says a worn m com
mitted suicide in a police cell hv swal
lowing herring. It is evidently a cell
this thing of a woman committing sui
cide by swallowing herrings.
The fellow who wanted to increase
wages by law will draw a bill prescrib.
ing that all land shall hereafter yiuld
thirty bushels of wheat to the acre.
il mie's the pli'efor b v"s." said a
stern parent to his son. who was fond
of going out at night. 'That's just
what I think when you drive me oil ,to
school every morning," said the son.
Hie saw the plac ml in front of th
Uiokstoro. "You can get "That Hus
band of Mine" for half a dollar.". and as
she passed on. she muttered, "I have
one I will sell for half th it much."
"I try to preach the milk of the word.
said a city clergyman to a parishioner
who remonstrated that his ' sermons
were too long. "Yin." remarked the
other, "but around here what we want
is condensed milk."
An itinerant preacher of Virginia be
ing invited to h il I f rlh iu on-' of the
back settlements, taking tor his text the
words: "Though after my death skin
worms destroy this h dy, yet in the
flesh shall I see (i d," divide I hi.i text
into three p iris, thus- FirU. thn sklu
woiuis; secondly, what thy done; -ml
thirdly, what the man saw when he,
was eat up."
Scene in a seaside resturant Two
gentlemen hail dined and were looking
at the bill. There was a mistake in It
III lieu of two bottles of champagne
which had been consumed, the waiter
had only chatyisl for one.
"Shall we point out the thing?" says
one, probably the more scrupulous
"Well, replied tho other aftera moment,
of doubt, "we had better not; the waiter
would be sure to be jicolded, poor fel
low." She was ironing when her sister came,
in, with the news that an uncle was
dead. "iKwl "' she gasped, nearly drop
ping the iron from her hand. Ht tw
was very pale, as was that of her sinter,
as they iioth sto d there with that awe
struck expression winch a death le:ivN
upon the faces of the living. "Dead"
she repeated in a faltering voice. 'It
doesn't seem possible. It is so sudden,
so unexpected, so dreadful thai I mi
scarcely realiz? it What aie you go
ing to wear?"
Life in Pari.
Half the inhabitants of P.trh avwid
domestic life altogether, .sleeping tu
lodgings and eating iu restauntulH. of
which there are a great variety. The
most common stblinhnp-iiLi iu P.irlri
are the eittng house, from the otp
house up to the " 'l" restaurant. Th
former is nominally a lunch home,
where beef broth is the chief dSsh, awl
wry capital broth it is to; but all t
thi-se broth houses furnish In addiUou
a certain variety of fish, meats and veg
etables, with wine in addition, it a Iw
er proportionate nit" than at a regular
restaurant The grade of these hoiwis
naturally depends up n the quarter of
the city in which they are placed. Th"
''rtrneri'i are ostensibly cheap uiilk
hhops. where one may. In the morn ii.:
get a ff-e. tn or chocolate, with a stiic
or an omelette. The cun'oiner, on Al
tering, calls for three centh" worth of
coffee, for example, and an omelet with
two or three- e'gs, as he may prefer'
The ti rst-class mf off-rs its customers
only coffee aad rolls, but aIds the perus
al of the daily jMipers. The restanrant
differs, in turn, from all these, because
offering full meils at all hours, and, in
addition, regular breakfast and dinner
at 11 a m., and at '' i v.. respectively.
The price of the regular rnejds Ls invar
iably posted in gdt letters on the aire
window panes, and a stranger with
limited funds can walk down a aire..
and find a restaurant suited to Urn
means, merely by studying the price
on the windows. Whatever the quality
of the food, however, the cuoktng is al
ways admirable savory and serve! mt
The custom of feeing the waiters is au
intolerable nuisance; but . it is by the
fees that hotel and restaurant waiters
are paid, he who disregards this Medo
iVrsian law of custom will soon l
mad-; to find out his mistake; he is a
marked man, and will wait long, on r
turning to a restaurant whose customs
he has disregarded, before he receiver
attention, and b then served with cold
victuals and treated with studied disre
spect We hope that this custom will
never be followed In our own country.
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