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About The Red Cloud chief. (Red Cloud, Webster Co., Neb.) 1873-1923 | View Entire Issue (June 15, 1888)
RED CLOUD CHIEr
A. O. HOSMER, Proprietor.
Far down midst Southern mountains
Where lonely pine-trees stand,
And where the silvery mist-like moss
Has laid its soft gray hand.
Where through the silent forest
Xo voice e'er echoes, save
The sweet wild song of bieds that throng
There lies a soldier's grave.
And no stone tells the story.
And no woVdstell his name.
And in the list of battles fought
He bears no share of fame.
Bis was the soldier's spirit f
To do and dare and die.
But not for him in the forest dim
The shout of victory.
"Died on the march '" the saddest -
Words that a comrade writes;
As brave a soldier, though, as he
Who in the front rank fights;
For him no drums are muffled,
Nor pomp, nor funeral signs.
Hut comrades tried who marched beside
Laid hiu beneath the pines
When we. through all the country.
Honor the soldier dead.
And wreaths of choicest flowers are brought
And words of praise are said
Far off amid the mountains
Who marks the grave so lone?
Will no one make for soldier's sale
A wreath a prayer not one?
Ah. yes ! tor tender Nature
Loves well to mark the spot.
And over all that lonely mound
She strews forget-me-not-She
knew with what true courage
His fresh young life he gave.
And flowers whose eyes reflect the sides
Each year sends to his grave.
What matter if that soldier '
Did wear the Blue or Gray,
For brave and strong must be the heart
That gives its life away.
Not theirs alone the glory
Who share the battle's din,
A hero he who valiantly
Meets death though others win.
While we with martial musie
Honor the soldier's name.
Unfurl the flag and deck the graves
Of those who earned its fame,
On many lonely hill-sides.
By forest, vale and sea.
There Nature brings her offerings
That none unmarked may be.
Ada SUicart Shtlton, in Springfield, (JTom.)
Story of a Man's Repentance and
a Woman's Forgiveness.
During the autumn of 'SG, tho weather
was remarkably pleasant all over the West
ern States till the middle of the month of
November. Up to that time men worked
out of. doors in their shirt-sleeves, and
women continued to wear sun-bonnets just
as in midsummer. But the 16tb dawned
cold and gray, and the wind, which is
always astir in this section of tho country,
was sharp and keen. Still nobody expected
a storm of very great severity, as a raw,
cloudy day is not infrequent at this season
of the year, and just as frequently it comes
and goes unheeded, save to cause one to put
on an extra garment for the day and lay it
aside again on the morrow when tho sun
shines out brightly as ever. But then, no
one in this slipshod West ever docs expect
a storm till it comes on and finds them un
prepared. Some way the idea that the
winters arc not going to be scvorc and don't
open up till late is so fixed in the brain of
the average settler that he wouldn't be ready
for cold weather if he didn't begin till the
following season, and when it comes and
finds them napping oh, what a rustling
there is to "fix things up a little for the cold
snap. 'Done, declare!' who'd 'a thought
winter'd a set in right away so soon.' "
The more shiftless never make any pro
vision for their cattle during the severe
weather unless it "be a straw stack for them
to stand against in case of a blizzard. At
other times they are expected to rustle their
living on the buffalo grass. This is a short,
-woolly growth which is popularly believed
-to contain an oily, nutritious substance for
the animals. Many of the poor creatures
die of starvation, and those which do man
age to pull through are so poor by spring
that it takes three of them standing together
to cast a respectable shadow.
On this particular day, it did not clear off
-as was expected ; on the contrary the clouds
became denser as the day wore on, the wind
-rose to a perfect gale, and toward night a
sleety rain set in.
"It's going to be a bad night, mother.
What will wedowithCherry'scalfl Twon't
-do to let it stand out," said Julian Ashley,
coming from the stable where he bad been
-"doing the chores," just at nightfall on the
"We'll have to put it in the back room in
the hen-housc till we can get a place fixed,"
replied the mother. "I'll come and help."
There are usually exceptions to a rule, and
Urs. Ashley was tho exception to the gener
al rule of shiftlessness in her neighborhood.
Her neighbors claimed that this was due to
her pocket-book being better filled than
"theirs; but when did laziness ever fail to in
vent an excuse behind which to screen itself?
The fact of her purse being longer than
theirs -was due to her providing food and
shelter for her stock which is the greatest
source of revenue on a claim thus increas
ing the profit and doing away with the
losses which impoverished her neighbors.
The calf having been induced with many
a "Book bossie," "Huay there," and an oc
casional twist of its caudal appendage, to
enter the dark hen-house and allow itself to
"be tied to the center-post, Mrt. Ashley took
a final survey of the animals in the sheds
and staalesto see that all were as comfortable
as they could be under the circumstances,
then she and Julian each carried in a scuttle
of coal, closed the door and pulled the rug
"before it to keep the cold from coming ia at
The bouse .was a long, low structure, as
aod houses asaallyase, and was half "dug
out." It, tike the outbuildings, was better
than the generality. It contained three
rooms, and aotonly had board floors, but
they were carpeted acd the walls were
papered. It also had a afcingle roof which,
nuchas ft may astonish you to find it out,
my Eastern friends, is a luxury not enjoyed
bythecommoa herd of homesteaders. A
board roof with sod laid over it to keepout
the rain is considered fine, feat people who
go to the extent of sporting tkingle roofs on
their dwellings are considered '"way up," in
The houses are usually coveted in this
wise. A ridge-log is laid from oao end wall
-to the other, supported in the ceatcr by a
log with a crotch on the upperend, standing
perpendicularly. Small poles are then
placed at a distance of two feet apart, one
end of each resting upon a side wall, the
other upon the ridge-log. This constitutes
the frame work. Willows are then laid
thickly sos3 the poles, a layer of buffalo- j
sod, added, and tho entire roof covered with
dirt a foot thick.
Board ooes are another luxury not en
joyed by the majority, dirt floors" being
the rule. That is, the earth enolosed within
the four walls is leveled down as smoothly
as possible with a spade, and considered quite
good enough. It is no uncommon occur
rence to see people who own hundreds of
heads of cattle and three or four sections of
land living in sod houses or even "dug
outs" sometimes, with dirt roofs and dirt
floors buildings which Eastern farmers
wsuld not consider lit to winter stock in.
This being the usual style of living among
the pioneers of Nebraska, of course when
Mrs. Ashley took a claim and fixed it up so
much better than the surrounding ones, it
was no wonder that she was at once set
apart by her neighbors as being "too fine
haired for any thing."
Perhaps it was owing to this, or, it may
have been because she never encouraged
familiarity with her neighbors!, that whe had
not a single intimate acquaintance among
them, after living in the vicinity over five
years. She had made proof on a pre-emption
at the end of the first six months of her
residence there and had Immediately placed
a homestead filing on a quarter section adja
cent to her tree-claim. That she had consid
erable stock and was making money was all
any or her neighbors knew of her. Even
the people whom she hired to do her work
knew nothing more, except that she was
never backward or afraid of putting her own
shoulder to the wheel when work was press
She had a boy. twelve years of age at the
time of which we write, and a girl three
years younger. To any inquiries concern
ing her husband, she invariably replied:
"I lost him many years ago."
One hired girl, more daring than the rest,
ventured to continue the subject in spite of
her mistress' forbidding looks when the
matter was alluded to by inquiring:
"What ailed him?"
"Heart disease," replied the lady, white a
srrim smile rested on her face, as she went
outside and closed the door to end the con
versation. She was a handsome woman, not over
thirty-one or two years of age, and several
of the bachelors of the vicinity hud made
advances with a view to matrimony, all of
which were politely, but firmly, repulsed.
She always declared she was opposed to
second marriages. The truth of the matter
was that, owing to a sad experience, she
did not have much faith in men, or in mar-
4 riage of any kind, whether secend or first.
She had passed her girlhood in a country
village in the vicinity of Chillicothc, Ohio,
and at seventeen had become ciigwed to
Ashley Winthrop, a rising young lawyer of
that city. Her acquaintances thought she
had married extremely well but she hadn't.
She had become acquainted with young Win
throp while he was rusticating in the vil
lage. She, being the belle there, he engaged
her in what he at first intended to be a
flirtation; but before he knew it ho was
more interested in her than he had intended,
and when it came time to leave, some way
it was so easy to ask permission to come
back for her some time. She seemed to
look and long for some such proposal, too,
and he could not but acknowledge to
himself that she had a right to do so, after
their intimacy. Yet ho had never meant
things to go so far, and knew that it was
not for the best. She was too thoroughly
a country girl to bear transplanting to the
city. She was not the sort of woman he had
always looked forward to marrying, yet so
proud was ho ef what he termed his
'honor," that, galling as the bondage would
be no him, he would not make a clean breast
of it, and end matters between them. So
they were married and went to Chillicothc
to live. If her unassuming country ways
annoyed him before, when there was no one
but himself to note them, how much more
so now that all his friends could witness
them. She soon learned that her husband
was ashamed of her, and this made matters
even worse, for she tried to please him by
affecting the fine lady, and made a miserable
failure of it.
To a man of domestic tastes onlv she
would have proven a treasure. Her house
was the best ordered, and her table afforded
dainties unsurpassed. But her husband
overlooked her virtues entirely, in contem
plating what he considered her dcficicaces.
He avoided taking her out with him when
ever it was possible, and made both himself
and his wife miserable.
When they were married five years, Mr.
Winthrop was elected to the Legislature,
and, of course, never offered to take his wife
to Columbus with him when he went, which
was a bad move for both. Having no one
to look after, and no one to look after him,
he bad too much time for getting into mis
chief. At the same hotel at which ho was
stopping a Senator from a northern district
was also boarding, accompanied by Bis
It is hardly likely that a man so tenacious
of his honor Chat he would fulfill a distaste
ful contract of marriage for its sake, would
willfully withhold the fact of his marriage
and enter into a flirtation; so, perhaps, the
opportunity for disclosing the fact never
presented itself. However that may have
been, certain it is that Ashley Winthrop
soon began to seek the society of Senator
Seoly's daughter, Louise, and acknowledge
to himself that, if he were only free, here
was the woman he would choose for a wife.
And the girl? Why, she was flattered by
the ovident interest and admiration of the
bright young member from Chillicothc; en
joyed his society at first, and later on why
will women be such fools T proceeded to fall
head and cars in love with him without so
much as trying to find out any thing about
his past life. Her father, also, rather en
couraged the intimacy, taking it for granted
that a young man whose fellow-citizens re
spected him enough to elect him to the
legislature must be all right. (This goes to
prove, by the way, that men are not always
as acute as they ought to be, either.)
No mutual agreement as to the state of
tncir ncarts was arrived at in so many
words, but each knew the other's feelings
intuitively. The only reference made to
the subject was in parting. Then, as Ash
ley hold her hand and noted her look of re
gret at the separation, he said earnestly:
"Much as I have enjoyed your society, I
trust we may never meet again."
"Why!" she asked, opening her eyes wide
in pained surprise.
"Because oh, Louise! Can't you under
stand wbyt I've been a fool aye, worse
"I don't understand," she safd huskily, as
a feeling of foreboding crept over her heart.
"I can't explain it now. I could not face
you and acknowledge my own villainy."
Just then others entered the room and they
parted without further explanation. -When
he came heme again he was more than ever
dissatisfied with his wife, aad seriously
thought of committing suicide to end his
misery never dreaming that he was one of
the most fevered mortals on whom the sun
shone if he had only been sensible enough to
realize it. Ho considered that be owed
Louise an explanation, besides he longed to
write to her and" perhaps receive a reply,
anyway; so ha wroYe a long account of his
iormcr courtship, his unhappy marriage,
present miserable state increased by his
ardent affection for h-self, and ended by
aescnoing tnc ODsracic to tneir union as a
ties, with a soul not aspiring beyond house
work. He was writing this epistle in his
office, and just as ho was about to close, who
should step in but his wife. He thrust tho
letter hurriedly into a book and turned with
a very embarrassed countenance to greet
her. Her suspicions and curiosity were
roused at cose, and she invented an excuse
for sending him out, possessed herself of
the letter and read it in his absence, then
wrote below his last line:
"Xo need to send this. The objectionable
'oMacit' will be removed by first train to Mat
vernCrossing. Lucy Malvern-Winthhop."
Then placed the letter again where she
had found it.
Somowomon would have fainted, some
would have cried, it is safe to say that nine
out of ten would have mado a scene, but
Lucy was that tenth one who will suffer and
make no sign. She chatted pleasantly for
five minutes or more with her husband
when he returned, quite as though nothing
had happened, then picked up her purchases
and started home. When she reached tho
street, however, her self control began to
ebb. She worked off some of her excite
ment by walking home, as if her life de
pended on her speed, and when once there,
she gathered up what things she had
brought when she came there a bride,
packed them and her own and her child's
clothing, called a dray and had them re
moved to the depot, and was on her way to
Malvern Crossing before her husband had
succeeded in getting rid of two clients who
had come in as Lucy went out, so as to finish
his letter. When at last he was alone again
he drew the missive forth, feeling guilty as
a thief, as he remembered how near his
wife had come to dotecting him in his
treachery. But when he read her comments
at the bottom of the page he was stunned.
But he must stop her going. Shame, contri
tion, fear of scandal all working upon him
at once, lent rather a hang-dog appearance
to him as he entered his own house. Every
thing was topsy-turvy for the first time
since he was married. He began to realize
too late at least one of his wife's
virtues. Finding her gone, he took the
next train in-pursuit and found her in her
father's parlor, and there made his confes
sion and apology and promises to never do
so aain without avail, however. After
heariughim through and listening to his
petition that she return to him, sho said
"Not for worlds!"
"ot if you could offer her a kingdom j
should she return to you, you rascal!" ex-J
claimed her father.
specimen of mankind, leaving your wife at
home and galvantiug round the country
making mashes on other women ! I am able
and willing to support my daughter, and tho
sooner you get out of my house the better.
And, mind you, don't show your face hero
again. Vamoose ! !"
Here he emphasized with-his cane in such
a manner that his son-in-law thought best to
He waited a week, expecting their anger
to cool, Mien went back agaiu. His father-in-law
met him at the gate and threatened
to have him arrested if he ever came on h?s
farm again. So he troubled them no more.
Eight months later, Lucy gave birth to a
girl, and, with the inconsistency of a
woman, named it Louise. Two years later.
she was notified of her husband's applies- f
tion for a divorce, and a little later she read
of his marriage to "Louise, eldest daughter
of Senator Soely." Her father was dead by
this time, so she decided to move West.
Not wishing ever to know or be known by
any former acquaintances, she changed her
own and children's name to Ashley, and
under this cognomen we find them, several
years later, located on a homestead in West
ern Nebraska, as mentioned in the beginning
of our story.
The hired man and girl who worked for
3Irs. Ashley, and were brother and sister,
had been called away the morning of tho
loth to tho sick-bed of their mother; so only
herself and the children were at home.
Julian studied his lesson, and little Louise
practiced her music while the mother cro
cheted. The wind howled and the sleet carno
against the windows with such force it
seemed it would breuk them. Suddenly, in
the midst of the roaring, there came a sound
just outside the window like the neighing of
a horse. They listened, and in a minute it
"It must bs one of the ponies loose. Some
thing must bo wrong at the 6tablcs. Light
the lantern and we'll go and see," said Mrs.
Ashley, putting on her wraps.
When they opened the door andlookod
out, there stood a buggy with two horses
attached, and in the buggy the figure of a
"Hell !" called Julian.
It's somebody lost in the storm," said the
mother. "Perhaps he's frozen. It's a good
thing I left the curtain up; the ponies must
have seen the light and instinct led them to
it. Here, let's see if we can lift him."
They got the man into the house, and the
ponies stabled as quickly as possible. Then,
finding that life was net extinct, they ap
plied all the remedies they bad at hand to
restore him. By and by he began to show
signs of animation, and after a long time
opened his eyes. They wandered around in
a pnzz'.ed manner until they lightened upon
Mrs. Ashley's face. Then with a glad cry,
the stranger leaned forward.
"Lucy!" he cried. "Is it only a horrible
"A horribly real dream," she replied,
icily, recognizing in the man before her, for
the first time, her husband.
"Don't bo hard with mo, Lucy; I remem
ber now. I deserve every thing harsh, but if
you know all, you would pity and forgive.
Believe me, Lucy, I learned too late, what a
jewel you were in comparison with any
other woman I ever saw."
"How about Louise!" questioned Mrs.
"Didn't you ever hear? She led mo a mis
erable life, and we quarreled, and she used
to flv at me like a mad creature. She finally
the next Issue of the McCoolc Democrat, and
the reunited couplo began the neiv year to
gether, at Akron, Colorado. Frona i. Gat
U,iH Yankee Blade.
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Incontrovertible Evidence That Speech Is
Not Limited to Mao.
The intellectual superiority of civil
zed man over his savage brethren is
due to the multiplicity of his objects of
thought, and precisely so is it with the
intellectual superiority of the savage
man over his Simian ancestors. The
actions of nil have tho same aim viz.,
the supplying of the wants of physical
nature and the gratifying of the desires
aroused in the mind. The old theory
that speech was altogether limited to
the human race has now to be given
up once and for all. for such a state
ment can not stand against tho
scientific evidence brought forward to
oppose it from all quarters.
Language is but a product of reflec
tion and experience, and originated,
in all probability, in interjection or the
instinctive expression of the subjective
impressions, derived from external
nature; and just as tho reflective
powers of tho race were developed and
shown more brilliantly as each stage
in the evolutionary march of intellect
was passed, so did language pass from
the simple monosyllabic cries of the
lower animals and savage men to the
complex dialects of modern civilization;
and it is worthy of note that at the
present day, or at least very recently,
there were races of savage men inhab
iting the earth who possessed no
proper language at all, and could not,
on account oi tnetr manner ol living,
be placed on a higher intellectual
level than the higher apes; while we
have the authority of the leading phil
ogists of the day in support of the fact
that the monosyllabic cries of some of
the lower human tribes arc well within
I the grasp of the ape's voice.
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"Ain't vou a nrettv'Can not be lmnugnea nave described
How the Tonne Are Caught by the Aetata
of Menagerie Proprietor.
I have counted as many as twenty
hippopotamus heads in ono pool." said
Mr. Lohso. "and the river is full of
them. Of course, it would be impossi
ble to catch the old ones, but they liavo
to be got out of tho way, and the only
way to do is to shoot them. I have shot
six in one pool in an afternoon. As
soon as all the old ones are killed, the
hunters and they are very brave ones
who go after hippopotami harpoon
the vounjj through the neck. The neck
is very thick and fat. and if the liar- t
poou is skillfully thrown there is no ,
POINTS FOR LADIES.
niats aail Saggentioea Concerning the)
Ijitet lire Nnveltie.
French percale remains a popular
material for serviceable wear ia
French nainsook is the material from
which imported French gowns am
Imperial lawn, a goods finished like
a linen cambric, is used for niatince
sacques and gowns.
The materials used for trimming ia
hand-made French underwear are real
Valenciennes lace and French laces ia
Small black mantles of Bcngalinc,
IrtrifVAa i9 Irilliiwr tlir 1411 ti cm Iti utoiwif.
t ." i? .i i ' silk or embroidered cashmere, trimmed
anius. A float is fastened to the har- . , ... . .
poon bv a rope, and when the animal --", v-u'" !-.". -
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long conferences held by monkeys where
one individual addressed the assem
bly at great length, fixing the attention
of all upon himself and quelling even
t disturbance bv a loud and harsh crv.
which was at once recognized and
J obeyed by the multitude; and we need
no traveler to point out to us tho
many notes of call and recognition
possessed by birds of all kinds, who thor
oughly weu understand eacii oilier s
expressions, and, moreover, are able
to produce quite a string of different
notes consecutively, and without any
hesitation. In fact, tho organ of voice
in some of the lower animals far ex
ceeds in power that of some tribes of
the human family. .
The Euphonia niustca of the East
Indies can perform the seven notes in the
scaJc; the chafliuch not only sings real
songs, but invents them, one of his
songs containing as man- as live long
strophes, while the songs of many
savage races of men nevpr run to half
that length, and when Cook visited the
Fiji archipelago the native women
could only Bing from la to mi. Asia
appears to have been the birthplace of
stringed instruments, no Southern
tribes ever having been discovered
using such musical appliances. We
see, therefore, a gradual improvement
taking place in vocal apparatus as w
rise in the animal scale, which results
in speech and song. and. indirectly, in
becomes completely extiaus'ed in its
efforts to free itself it is drawn gently (
to tho shore by tins rope, and secured.
It is put into a pen and kept there and !
fed upon goat's milk until its wound .
is healed, when it is driven to tho
"As I said, the hippopotamus hunters
are very courageous mm can swim
and dire like seals. I lost one
of my best men the last trip I
made on a hippopotamus hunt. Early
one morniiijr we saw a young hippo
potamus in the water near the
opposite bank of tho river, Before I ,
could stop him, Elbibo. the chief of my f
hunters, was in the river and swim
ming rapidly across to harpoon tint
animal. lie got close to it and had
raised his arm to throw the harpoon
when he suddenly gave a yell and sank
out of sight A ripple near where ha
had been told us that he had been drag
ged under by a crocodile. We had
given him up as lost, when he reap
peared and made his way to the bank,
where he lay down exhausted. His
Corset covers are cut high at tho
back, with Pompadour front or pointed
front, the pointed styles being a feature
of the season in all undergarments.
Gloves having wide bands of stitch
ing, in self or contrasting colors, aro
still in vogue, nevertheless the plain
Etyles are quite as desirable as ever.
For little girls, from three to tea
years of age. white muslin frocks aro
made up of open embroidery in all
over designs to be worn with guimpes.
Short skirts and walking skirts aro
6hown in lawn and nainsook, with
trimmings of line quarter-inch tucks,
and insertion and holders of embroidery
Babies jnst in short clothes wear tiny
shoes of embroidered cashmere, white,
blue or pink, with bows and two rows
of ribbou up the front and tassels on
Matinees are of surah, nainsooks and
various other materials.
Scotch ginghams for frocks for even
the tiniest girls are chosen in largo-
left arm was torn off at tin: shoulder. . I"---'--- aml w-e irregular stripes.
I did what I could for the poor fellow ! -'-: colors are also made up for their
but he bled to death that night. Ho I us,
never made a crv. but asked me o met- Ilienc;v rrenensuapesm gowns aro
ly just before he died to see that his
two wives did not siiflfisr from nnvirrv '
Mr. Lohso has also had c;t?!- i featmes of the Directoirc styles are re-
i , -.! I proiiueed m many oi tne new snanes.
Main polonaise costumes are noted
in most instances considerable higher
in the neck than last season. Tho
times hunting the rhinoceros. As with
the elephants the young an- run down
by horsemen until tliev are exhausted
among the spring importations.
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..u wu-v -vuiwi mi bax. 7. M. m. ' -m - . m
uic Mtiri ot ieugaiiue or ouier reppeu,
The first choice in embroideries
instrumental music of various degrees:
and we find fresh proof that there N
as wide a diflerence between the de
velopement of civilized European and
the savage man as between that of tin?
savage man and his brute ancestry.
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XatarmtUt Rockland Drsrrlbm How a Pj
thon Tnkes II In liuucr.
It is not every one who has seen a
python take a meal. It is usually averse
to dead food; but it is partial to a live
rabbit, or a chicken, or a guinea-pig.
or by preference a rat. The python
seems to know that the rat will try to
escape and he gives it no time or
quarter. With a rapidity that can hardly
be conceived lie seizes the rat with his
mouth and the fatal coil passes around
the creature, squeezing all the life out
of it anil reducing the body to the form
of an elongated sansazc, which the
aaake lubricates with its own slime
and swallows entire. If a fowl is put
into a python's cage the snake some
times seems to take no notice, and the
frightened bird, finding that no harm
comes to it. begins to ruffle its feathers
and to peck about, occasionally trying
its beak on the snake's skin. But after
awhile the end of the pvtlion's tail mav
be seen to quiver wiih a strange emo
tion, whilst the small, black, beady
eve is fixed upon the fowl. Suddenly
ran away with a bank cashier. I wasn't there is a convulsion. The snake has
sorry inatsno went, ettner. i bad been
to a tree until its spirit is broken suf
ficiently to permit of its being driven
to the camp. As in hunting the other
animals there is a particular class of
trained men who go after the rhinoc
eros. They must be expert riders, and
fully acqainted with the habits of tho
huge, dangerous beasts they attack.
"An infuriated rhinoceros," said Mr.
Lohse, "is literally blind with rage."
He puts his head down, and runs in a
bee line, knocking down every thing
in his way. If there was a stone wall
in front of him he would smash rhrht
up against it. Sonio of my Homrahu
hunters wounded a female rhinoceros
one day, when the brute ran off. The
men were securing her young when
she suddenlv stopped and rushed to
ward them. It was such an unbeard-of
thing for one of the animals to do. that
the hunters were taken completely by
surprise. One of them was caught by
her horn and thrown high in the air.
He dropped to t he ground a corpse, for
the rhinoceros had disemboweled him.
V. T. Evening Sun.
arc those from the French manufac
turers, which copy faithfully the pat
terns and style of needlework.
A novelty in footwear is a houso shoe)
of Russian leather, which may be ob
tained in both the crimson and taa
colors. Some neat examples had small
studs of cut steel or bronze on the ia
step. A'. Y. World
HARD ON THE
drinking and my credit was gone, and I was
so down in the world that I didn't car for
the disgrace;. I've hunted for you ever since,
but I had Riven up all hopes of finding you.
I think Providence must have directed me
here. I was over by Culbcrtson looking at
a piece of land to-day, and I tried to make it
back to McCook, but the blizzard overtook
me, and the horses wouldn't face it, so we
drifted here. My money, friends and repu
tation are gone, and I'm going to take a claim
and settle down and try again. Tou must
help me to redeem myself, Lucy. I've been
a terrible scoundrel, but I've paid dearly for
all my misdeeds."
To repeat all that was said by this man
and woman, who had once been husband
and wife, would fill a volume. The main
sabject dwelt upon by Ashley Winthrop
was a plea for forgiveness and a remarriage.
Had be returned in the full tide of pros
perity, it is doubtful whether any argument
could have prevailed with Lucy; as it was,
however, pity for his misfortune and fallen
condition, tho knowledge that he nejJcd her
to help him in hi3 new start, belief in the
sincerity of his repentanes, and the thought
of her children bavins a legal guardian in
case of her death, whereas, before they
would have been loft to strangers, all
worked in his favor.
The notice of final proof to ba mado on
beinff utterly devoid of tho finer ssusibi'.i-' Airs. Ashlay's homestead entry avpeured ia 2lagouinc
moved and the fowl has disappeared,
and can only be discovered by the end
of a feather or two protruding from
the coils in the python's neck which
have crushed the bird's life out. In its
natural state the python will catch a
deer or a wild pig and crush it in the
powerful coils of its neck. There is a
well-authenticated story of a large py
thon having caught two wild sucking
pigs simultaneously, crushing both with
the same coil of its neck. In tho case
of the python mentioned above, which
was killed by the Horns of the buck that
it had swallowed, the snake must have
been able to break all the bones of the
body, but the stag's horns were proba
bly too sharp and pointed to be easily
crushed, and the snake rashly took the
chance of digesting them in its stomach.
No stories of a python killing a man ever
came to my knowledge, but one of the I
keepers at the Calcutta Zoologica'
Gardens had his arm much injured ono
morning by a python coiling itself on it
aad squeezing it severely before the
man could bo rescued. Longman
Vthy Pittsburgh Iron Heaters
All r Sighted.
It is a fact that a large percentage of
the men employed as heaters in the iron
mills of Pittsburgh are more or less
troubled with defective vision, the na
ture of their work compelling them to
gaze for protracted periods npon tho
intensely dazzling light of metal at
white heat, which tlu-y must be able to
distinguish from the flames of burning
g:rf which surround it. Secretary Will
iam Martin, of the Amalgamated As
sociation of Iron and Steel Workers in
Pittsburgh, says that among men who
have worked for a few years in the iron
mills near-sightedness or weakness of
the eyes is almost universal, and ad-
vi-ed the reporter to interview a few of
the employes of any mill in the city to
test this statement.
Tin's was done, resulting in confirm
ation from half a dozen heaters in one
of the largest rolling-mills in the city.
The men seen had worked in the iron
mills from periods ranging from three
t twenty years, and with very flight
differences their powers of vision had
all l)Ctn affected in the same manner.
They are unable to distinguish small
objects at any considerable distance.
One was entirely unable to read the
print in an ordinary newspaper; an
other pointed out a clock .with a dial a
foot in diameter and said he could not
see the hands ten feet away. With ono
the trouble was permanent and unvarj
ing. while another's eyes were restored
to their normal condition if he stopped
a month. None of them experience
pain, and it does not seem to have oc
curred V any one that a physician's
services were needed. They regard the
change that takes place in their cye-i
as a sort of process of "'getting used
to necessary requirements of their trade.
The reporter on looking into one of
their blazing heaters could distinguish
only a blinding glare, scarcely inferior
to the dazzling light of the sun i'self.
ret these men must be able to see
cleariv the white-hot masses of metal
through the flames of the gas that is
burniner all around them. The diffi
culty of doing this may be compared to
that which would be experienced in
trying to perceive one bright light
through another. Yet the experienced
heater docs it with as much ease as if
the hot iron were so much wood float
ing in water. They say that no degree
of proficiency can be acquired in li-s.-han
thive months' time, and that since
t!iu employment of natural gas in the
furnaces the difficulty has become iniie'i
greater and the effect upon t':e -ye
aiore pronounced. tiUsburgh Lc'isr.
Some of Thnnn Who Cat Quite
In Karopesut Polities.
The two most powerful republican
statesmen iu France are married to
American women. Waddington was
married to an American woman in En
gland, and Clemenceau was married ta
a Yankee girl on her native heath.
Waddington is the son of English
parents, bnt a native of Franco and a
thorough Frenchman in tastes and ia
stincts. Clemenceau, when he was
exiled from his country in the time o
the Little Napoleon, settled for awhile
iu the United States and taught school
There was a bevy of marriageable
young girls in his set, and all were en
gaged to wed but one. Ho persuaded
the one to accept him. and the hist en
gaged was the first to bo married,
Clemenceau hastened home at tho
breaking out of the Franco-Prussian
war. fought for his country, and when
peace came, he took an active part ia
politics. He is called an extreme
radical in France, but in this country
be would pass for a conservative. He '
is a thorough republican, and is am
bitious to plant the main stems of the
United States Constitution in Franco.
Mrs. Clfmenceau is the head of tho
house, and has the pleasure of know
ing that her husband is one of the most
domestic and best regulated men mor
ally in French public life.
Some eminent British politicians, too.
are wedded to Americans. Sir William
Vernon HSrcourt, Gladstone's first lieu
tenant in commandof the Liberal party,
is married to the daughter of John,
Lathrop Motley, atone time Minister to
England. Harcoiirt brurs the reputa
tion of being gracious to his wife oni.
He has rhe ugliest disposition of ariy
man in English public life. He can
seldom say a kind word of a-ivbodv
but his wife rhen a j;niff w.orij w' :uj
swer as well. In thiscnuntrv Ik? wonM
stand no chance in politic-", but in En
gland members of Parliament and pub
lie men generally seldom come in con
tact with the great body of the people.
Harcoiirt can mount a platform and
larrup the Tories for hours at a time,
and that satisfies his Liberal coastitu- '
The wife of Thomas Power O'Conner,.
Mr. Parnell's ablest- lieutenant, is also
an American, the daughter of the latu
Judge Paschall. of Texas &. Laui
How to Manage Manure.
Mr- Waldo F. Brown, a noted Ohio
farmer, says it is a common practice to
throw the manure from the st:if,b. .,.-
of a window and allow it to accumulate
in a heap against the barn, when it
rots the building and often contamin
ates the rurof the stable, Fresh manure
should never be left in a eoaieal heap.
Probably the best wav to man.-i.-,. t U
, .-neat- .. evenly m an adjoining
shed m which stoek is kept We to
tramp it. It. however, it is put out of
doors ,t should always be wheeled
away from the building 3d mixed with
T : -f re aml W:ls-e from
4ii-Biac..Y. JT. Witness.
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