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THK GOLDEN DAYS DEPARTED.
O voices still beneath the churchyard sod.
Bright eyes that glisten from behind long
. lashes ,
Warm beauty early gvon"back ! to God ,
Kcd lips that now arc ashes 1
Ah , f o It Is ! all that hath over been
Experienced by the spirit is immortal ;
Each hope nnd Joy and grlotls hid within
The memory's sacred portal ,
And yet the soft glow of the midnight hour
A strain of haunting music sweet and olden ,
A dream , n bird , a bco , a leaf u flower ,
A sunset rich and golden-
Can fling that portal open ; and beyond
Appears the record of each earlier feeling ;
All hopes , all Joys , all fears , all musings fond ,
In infinite revealing.
Till nil the present passes from the sight
Its cares and woes that make us weary
And leaves us basking In the holy llglit
Of golden days departed.
TILE JJROA t WAY.
"Many there Jic that go in thereat , "
and poor Percy Howell' was one of the
He was a frank , good-natured , im
pulsive boy ; the latest born and only
surviving child of his aged parents.
One by one the others , whose brief
lives were full of blessings , had been
buried in the village churchyard ; and ,
without a shadow of doubting , the old
couple hoped to see their boy's promis
ing youth ripen into the fragrance and
fruitage of a perfect manhood.
. Alas ! they never sat under the sha
dow of that tree nor inhaled the per
fume , nor gazed on its beauty , nor par
took of its bounty , for the axe was early
laid at the roots !
Percy was just twenty when he left
his native house , for the distant city
his father's village , with its simple
cheer for a homeless abode among
strangers ; his fond parents , and the
tried friends of his youth , and the sweet
girl of his choice , for the mixed multi
tude of the metropolis.
Had you been there when the stage
coach stopped at the lane gate ; ifad
you seen the serious faces of the neigh
bors gathered around , the aged motlicr ,
wiping her streaming C3'es , the feeble
father uttering his blessing ; nnd Annie
Collins , Percy's sweetheait , rushing
distractedly into the house , you would
almost have thought that the same
thing had never happened before.
They , at least , thought so. The neigh
bors , as they walked homeward , said
one to another that there were not
many boys nowadays like Percy How-
ell. The old couple returning to their
fireside , went to see his vacant chair ,
his lonely dog , his empty place at the
table , and his impressed pillow. Sure
ly no other son so dear had ever left a
home so sorrowful !
As for Annie Collins , she went back
to her father's cottage , and quietly dis
charged her daily duties. But what
ever occupied her hand or heart , there1
flowed a constant undercurrent of
thought , and Percy was its burden.
"My Percy ! " she whispered to herself
a thousand times a day , as if to insure
her sad heart of its blessed ownership.
During the journey , Percy , with eyes
on the lookout and ears on the alert ,
and with a heart full of bright hopes
and untried expectations , went joyfully
on , arid thought but little of tiie dear
ones at home.
Yet , when at nightfall he found him
self in a little hall room , containing a
bed very suggestive of a bier in its six-
by-three dimensions and white cover
ing ; a washstand of iron , with ordinary
accompaniments , minus soap ; one
chair ; and a diminutive looking-glass ,
he began to wish liimself at home.
"Wh-e-w ! " said he , giving vent to a
deepdrawn breath. "Wonder how
Annie is ! S'pose she's thinkin"- about
me this very minute. 'Fraid father
won1 tget along with the out-door work !
Wish I hadn't ha' come ! Don't believe
there's a fellow in New York that's fOt
a mother like mine ! W-h-e-w ! jniess
I'll look at the news ! "
He had already seen everytliino-of
interest in the daily paper , but ° he
caught it up and glanced over it to keep
the moisture from gathering in his eyes.
Running down the column , he chanced
upon the "amusements , " and the fol
lowing attracted his attention :
"Clerks , young men from the coun
try peeking employment , clergymen ,
the judges of the various courts police
men , and all officers of the law , should
visit the Widegate Theatre , to see
"The Old Man of the Moor. "
"Wasn't brought up to go to the
theatre , " thought Percy readinoit
. "Don't n
again. believe in it ; but
A knock at the door. Instead of call
ing "Come in , " as a man who does
when he has been six weeks in a board
ing house , Percy cautiously opened the
door and peered out. A fine-looking
fellow , beside whom he had sat at the
six o'clock dinner , said :
"Beg pardon ! As you are a stranger ,
ir1 " ? 11 * y ° u miSht be Jonely.
Wouldn't you like to go out for a short
stroll ? "
Percy was very grateful , and said as
much ; then took his hat , and followed
his new friend down the stairs , and out
into the lighted street.
They went directly to Broadway.
Walking along that brilliant thorouh -
fare , Percy tried to appear as if he no
ticed nothing ; but he saw much , and
thought more. Among other things ; he
observed that the majority of youn ° -
men carried a slender walking stick" ;
which seemed to add grace and dignity
to the bearers. An air of elegance sur
rounded these men , which , to Percy's
mind , came directly from the fanciful
reeds which they waved coquettishly
with daintily gloved fingers. More
over , they afforded- employment for
otherwise unoccupied hands ; and Percy
wished for a cane. Kingsley that was
the name of his new friend carried "a
beauty , " the top representing an ex
quisite leg and foot , the kneejoint form
ing the bend of the handle. Percy re
solved to have one just like it. In fact ,
he greatly admired Kingsley. He took
on no airs , was neither supercilious nor
patronizing ; and Percy , grateful for his
attentions , pronounced him a "first-rate
"Do you drink , Howell ? " said Kins
ley , pausing hesitatingly before a. bril
liantly lighted saloon.
"No , " said Percy , as if ashamed ;
/'Neither do I , " said the other , mov-
"I take a glass of champagne , oc-
casionally , but champagne is light , you
Percy didn't know , but he said :
"Yes , certainly , "
"I am a temperance man , " coniinuec
Kingsle } ' , with an emphatic gesture
"I don't mean to say thatl believe in
total abstinence. Thai is simply in
temperate abstemiousness. The bible
says , 'Let your moderation be seen of
all men. ' Now , total abstinence is
just as immoderate as total drunken
ness. We should shun both extremes.
In my opinion , the pledge has made
more drunkards , and consequently
more liars , than any other one thing on
the face of the globe ! Do you play bil
liards ? "
"Not much , " replied Percy , unwill
ing to admit that he had never seen a
"Come in and try a hand , " said his
Percy would gladly have excused
himself , but with a show of alacrity fol
lowed Kingsley up a flight of broad
steps into a brilliant room where a
number of gentlemen were at play.
"Believe I won't play to-night I'm
rather tired , " said he , as they entered.
"I supppose so , " replied Kingsley ,
throwing liimself on a luxurious lounge.
"Make yourself comfortable for
Following his example , Percy took a
sofa , and in the course of an hour gath
ered some knowledge of the game.
True , he heard some things said that
sent the blood tingling to his brow ;
true , he observed that the players in
variably supplemented their game with
a visit to the bar below , and he thought
of his mother and of his Annie. Nev
ertheless , he determined that he would
learn to play billiards.
"Come in and have a drink , " said
Kingsley , as they ran down the stairs.
"Only a glass of lager , it will make you
So Percy , yielding , found himself
standing at the marble bar drinking
from a glass held in a richly-wrought
receiver of silver a beverage which , to
his untaught palate , was exceedingly
"It is better , certainly , if one has
one's own house and can afford to keep
a billiard-room , " said Kingsley , wiping
his mustache , as they left the saloon.
"Then fellow choose his
a can com
pany. But , since we can't have our
private billiard-rooms , are we to be de
prived of this manly and elegant past-
time ? Of course , the society at these
public places isn't just the thing , but
what can a man do ? "
Percy thought of poor Tray , who
was cruelly beaten for no other reason
than being found in bad company , but
When he reached his room it was
nearly midnight. Though very tired ,
he took up the paper , and looked again
at the singular advertisement that had
interested him before going out. It
seemed to apply to him. He was a
"young men from the country , seeking
employment , " and he might get some
very useful hints from the "Old Man of
the Moor. " If clergymen , went , as the
advertisement implied , he might ,
surely. And he believed he would go.
Next morning he rose late , and took
breakfast in company with a very
pretty young lady , who declared , with
a very bewitching smile , that since they
sympathized in the matters of rising
and breakfasting , they must be firm
friends. Her hands were so small and
white , her complexion so delicate , her
waist so slender and her hair so beau
tifully arranged in rolls and crimps and
surls , that Percy regarded her with in-
tense.'admiration , and mentally con
trasted her with Annie Collins. It
hardly need be said that his conclusions
ivere very unfavorable to the sweet
jirl whose devoted heart was ever
iiagnifying his graces and accomplish
ments. Meantime , the young lady , . ,
vhose name was Sybil Pearson , en
: ertained him with her pretty chit-
: hat , and he lingered long over his cof-
'ee. At last , with some constraint , he
; aid :
"Do you ever go to the theater ? "
"Oh ! ! I lose
yes never an oppor-
unity , " she said , with a look that
neant , "try me and see. "
"Have you seen the 'Old Man of the
ioor ? ' "
"No ; but I want oh ! ever so much
o see it ! "
"I would like I mean , I intend to
; o. Would you "
"Go with you ? Of course I would ! '
"When shall we go ? " said he , ani-
"I for and to-
am engaged to-night , -
aorrow evening and the next. I can
; o on Thursday. "
Percy thanked her most gallantly ,
.nd as it was now half-past nine , ex-
used himself and went after the morn-
ag papers. Sitting in his little room
te ran over the columns of "Help
ranted , " and found two or three dozen
dvertisements which he decided to an-
wer. Not having the slightest doubt
hat among them all he should find a
ituation , he concluded which place he
rould like the best , and started. But ,
very where he went , the answer was
ivariably to the effect that they were
And this morning , in late rising , pro-
jnged breakfast , and tardy applica-
ions for work , was but a sample of
lany that followed. He was ever "too
ito" to obtain a position. Some "lucky
jllow" was always "ahead" , of him.
[ e forgot his good old father's maxim :
The early bird catches the worm. "
adeed , he seemed altogether to have
> rgotton home and friends. He neg-
; cted writing because he had no
good news. " He intended to write as
ion as he procured a situation ; and
) three weeks passed , and the lonely
axious hearts of the aged parents were
ncheered by tidings of the absent boy.
Meantime he went with Miss Sybil to
; e "The Old Man of the Moor. " He
as dazzled , bewildered , delighted ,
id proposed going again. But the
Jung lady reminded nim that there
ere many other theatres as fine as the
rildgate , and many other plays as
) od as this , and that he had not yet
en them. So they went the rounds of
: e theatres together ; and at the end of
fortnight Percy found himself with-
it money and without work. He
oed at nightfall in his little room ,
msidering what had best be done.
3 ask his father for assistance wfes out
the question. He knew that only by
the most frugal and self-denying can
the old man liad provided him the fiftj
dollars with which he left home. II <
drew his watch from his pocket am
looked at it It was Iiis father's gift.
"If I could sell or pawn * it , " said he
"What do I want with an old silvej
watch ? "
An hour later he stood at a pawn
"What do you want ? " asked th <
Jew. "Ten tollars ! I say no ! I give
you tree tollar no more. What yoi
say ? "
"I say no ! " cried Percy , angrily
Then on second thought , "Well , giv <
the three ! "
But this was not enough , even for hi-
immediate need. Under a desperate
impulse he stepped into a drinking sa
loon , and midnight found him at the
gaming-table. Pretty Sybil Pearsor
liad shuflled cards for him with her del
icate , beautiful fingers , and had taught
him to play. Under the tutelage of his
temperance friend , the elegant Kings-
ley , he had learned to drink more than
lager ; but how and when to stop drink
ing had not been a part of his instruc
tions.What need to tell more ? You find
his history repeated in that of thou
sands who throng our great cities , and
end a short career of crime upon .the
The gray hairs of his aged parents
were brought down in sorrow to the
grave , and Annie Collins' golden curls
were covered with the fresh turf of
The Fashion in Weddings.
Vario.us influences are at work to
change the fashionable time for getting
married from the spring to the autumn.
New Yorkers have been accustomed to
mate just after Easter , and , in the cir
cles of our acutest culture and biggest
wealth , there are more weddings in a
few weeks of the earl } * springtime than
during the rest of the year. These
matches were sometimes a result of the
winter season of dancing and other fes
tivities akin to flirtation in town , but
not usually. As a rule , they were the
climaxes of engagements made in the
preceding summer. There is no time
like the torrid one , and no place equal
to the hot retorts so favorable to the
generation of love. Girls are never so
bewitching as when dressed in the soft ,
white flummery of July and August. A
merely pretty mortal in a dark , tight
costume becomes a beauteous an
gel when clothed in the sweetness
and light of nainsook. Every sensitive
and alert girl knows that she can im
press a man more easily and effectually
in summer than in winter. The sur
roundings of rurality have a little to do
with it , no doubt , but the main reason
is that she is more alluringly dressed.
Well , the consequence is that about 75
per cent of the girls spend the summer
at Newport , Long Branch or Saratoga
come back betrothed informally , if
not in a positive and binding manner.
The wedding days are accordingly set
for the ensuing spring. Such has been
the usage for many years. But we are
a rapid people. We get up to a higher
rate of social speed every year. Half a
pear or three-quarters is too long to
ivait for matrimony after it has been
contracted for. Broken engagements
ire too often the result. Heirs and
lieiresses too frequently wriggle off the
liook after being caught. Impatience
s characteristic of youth. Therefore ,
s it likely that , within a few years , the
jetrothais of the summer will be gen-
jrally followed by marriages in the
lutumn , or at least before Christmas.
Chat fashion will be quite numerously
ollowed this year , and notably in the
5ase of Carrie Astor and Orrne Wilson ,
A VAST HOST.
r/jo Voting Army Will Xuniber Abont 14-
000,000 this Year How the Sovereigns
are Divided Up.
The officials of the census office esti-
uate that the population has increased
ibout 12 per cent , since the census was
aken in 1880. Estimating the increase
> f votes at the same ratio , it is found
hat the number of male inhabitants
! 1 years of age and over in the United
Jtates , omitting the territories , is in
ound numbers 14,000,000. Of this
lumber 9,000,000 are native white ,
1,500,000 foreign-born , and 1,500,000
lolored. New York has 600,000 foreign
> orn males over 21 years of age. Next
n the list come Illinois and Pennsylva-
lia , with 300,000 each ; Ohio fourth in
he list of foreign-born voters , having
nit 200,000 foreign born citizens over
1 years of age. Wisconsin has nearly
, s many , the number being but a frac-
ion below 200,000. Massachusetts and
lichigan have nearly 200,000 each ;
California , Iowa , Minnesota and Mis-
ottri about 132,000 each. The state
rith the largest number of colored
oters is Georgia , which has nearly
50,000 males above 21 years of age.
lississippi has nearly as many , and
rirginia has 130,000 , Taking the
oubtful states in their alphabetical or-
er , Connecticut has 56,000 foreign
oters out of a population of 200,000.
'robably ' considerably more than 40
er cent of the foreign voters of this
tate are Irish. Florida has about 70-
00 voters , of which nearly one-half
re colored , and 4,000 foreign-born ,
'he ' foreign-born vote of Florida is
irgely Cuban. Illinois , which it has
leased some to speak of as a
oubtful state , has over 850,000
oters , of which 300,000 are
> reign born and 15,000 colored-
mong the foreign-born citizens" Illi-
ois the Germans and Irish are about
jual in numbers , with a sprinkling of
orwegian , French and Italian. Mary-
: nd , which has been spoken of as pos-
bly a doubtful state , has 250,000
sters 50,000 of them colored , and
) ,000 foreign-born. Massachusetts has
10,000 voters about 190,000 of them
Teign-born , and 6,000 or 7,000 col-
ed. The majority of foreign-born
tizens in that state are Irish. In New
jrsey there are 330,000 voters 10,000
> lored and 10,000 foreign-born prob-
) ly more than 50 per cent , of the for-
gn element being from Ireland. New
ork has 1,500,000 voters , 600,000 being
reign-born the majoritjr , of course ,
om the Emerald isle. There are also
that state over 20,000 colored voters ,
orth Carolina has in its 300,000 voting
population 120,000 colored voters.
South Carolina , which has 250,000
voters , has 135,000 colored and 4,000
foreign-born. Ohio , out of 900,000 vo
ters , lias nearly 200,000 foreign-born
and nearly 25,0"00 colored. The large
majority of the foreign-born clement of
Ohio is , of course , German. Pennsyl
vania has 1,000,000 , about 300,000 of
them , being foreign-born , and 25,000
colored voters. Tennessee , which has
800,000 voters , has about 90,000 colored
voters and 10,000 of foreign birth.
Virginia has , out of 370,000 votes , 140-
000 colored and 10,000 of foreign
birth. West Virginia has 150,000 vo
ters , 10,000 of them foreign-born and
7,000 colored. Wisconsin has over
400,000 voters , a large proportion being
Germans and a considerable percent
age Scandinavians. The colored vote
in Wisconsin is very small , being no
more than 2,000 out of the 400,000
voters in that state. The state witli
the smallest number of voters is Neva
da , which , supposing it to have in
creased double the general ratio , will
have in this election less than 40,000
voters , while Delaware has but 45,000
Oregon 70,000 , and Rhode Island a lit
tle over 75,000.
THE NEBRASKA HOG.
A Fcelinij of Alarm About Its Safety in this
1'urt of the State.
The farmers and pork raisers in this
section of Nebraska have become con
siderably alarmed within the last few
days over the ravages of a peculiar and
somewhat fatal disease which has ap
peared among their swine herd.
The nature of this disease is not well
understood and is thought by some to
be the veritable cholera , while others
say it has scarcely the first S3mptoms
of this disorder. Ry those who pre
tend to know the history it is said that
it first appeared in Washington county
last winter and has been gradually ex
tending its ravages southward some
times almost entirely disappearing and
reappearing again in certain localities.
Mr. G. R. Williams , of Elkhorn Val
ley precinct , who runs a creamery in
that part of the country reports it as
having made great inroads in many
herds near his place. Mr. Lutz and
Mr. Wilson , next neighbors , have lost
about 100 head within the last ten
days. Mr. Blayney of the same pre
cinct has lost his whole herd of
nearly a hundred. Mr. Parshall and
Mr. Harrington , of Waterloo , have
within a short time lost about the same
number. Mr. Williams says with a sin
gle exception every one of his neigh
bors have lost more or less by this dis
ease. This gentleman saj's this distern
per has not even made its appearance
among his herd whose troughs he keeps
constantly disinfected by solutions of
carbolic acid , and with whose food con
centrated lye , in considerable quanti
ties , is used. He reports his hogs a .
being in good condition and he has but
small fears of its appearance among
The symptoms of this disease are a
weakness through the kidneys and
want of appetitite. The ears "become
swollen , even to bursting in some cases ,
a bleeding at the nose , and after linger
ing for from five to ten dajs dies , in a
lai'ge percentage of cases.
A Mr. C. D. Parish , who has been
traveling ostensibly through the east
ern counties of this state , reports it as
being the great topic of conversation at
the hotels and street corners. He tells
of one man who , last Saturday , was of
fered $600 for his herd , and on Satur
day had not a single head left from the
ravages of the disease. In and about
Wahoo its fatalities have been so great
that many of the cattle men have about
given up the idea of feeding stock
Mr. Gulp , a United States deputy
marshal , who came up from the south
eastern part of the state , says it has
lately made its appearance in Otoe
count- , and has caused considerable
alarm in that vicinity.
Slic Will Send for Him.
A broad-shouldered , compactly built
young woman with brown face and
hard hands sat in the Lake Shore depot
waiting for the departure of a train for
the east. She had just arrived from
"Marriage ? " said she in response to
some remark by her companion ; "that's
what all the good-for-nothing cranks
of men that I see from plowing time to
liarvest can talk about. What do I
svant to be married for ? There are
aiore than 300 of us girl farmers in Da-
iota , and we will hold a convention
iome time. I never saw a man yet I
ivould have around. I intend to farm
t until I get enough money to live on
jomfortably , and then I'll see. There
.vas . a nice young fellow in my neigh-
aorhoodlast July , who tried to be very
jallant and wanted to help me when-
; ver I did any work. If I chopped a
ittle wood he wanted to do it. If I
vent after a pail of water he wanted to
jarry it. If I put a bag of grain on my
ihoulder he insisted on giving me a lift ,
le was a pretty nice boy , but he made
ne tjred. One day I wanted the hay
ick on the wagon , and I took hold one
ind and clapped it up on the wheel so
Itiick that it made him dizzy.
" 'Let me , ' says he , but he only
hrew the whole thing down in trying
o get the other end up. He didn't
tave the strength.
"Says I : 'Oh. go way. You don't
iat enough No. 2 wheat. ' Then I put
he rick up in good style.
"We meet lots of "such fellows out
here. They are good enough , I sup-
tose , but when I want one I will sender
or him. "
Wliat TJiey Tell in Jioslon.
'oston ' Times.
a more extraordinary -
.ent , " said a student of nature ; "oc-
urred when I was a boy in Peru. My
rother and I were snow-balling each
ther'one fine morning. I lost my
smper , picked up a solid chunk of ice
nd threw it with all my might at Jim ,
rho was standing but a dozen feet
way , Just as the ice left my hand the
lercury took such an upward jump
iiat poor Jim was severely scalded , by
ae hot water that was "showered on
im. The ice had melted in transit. "
BTr. Itlalne Answers the Questions Propound
ed by the Indianapolis "Sentinel. "
In the Blalno libel suit In the district court
at Indianapolis , Mr. Blalno's attorneys filed
the following answers to the Interrogatories
propounded by the Sentinel's attorneys or
September 5ih : I , James G. Dlalno , of Augus
ta , Maine , on oath dopcso and say. In auswoi
to the foregoing interrogatories :
1. Harriet B. Stnnwood.
2. In Georgetown , Kentucky , in the spring
3. I lived in Kentucky as assistant professor
or tutor In the Western military Institute from
January , 181H , to December , 18ol. In l&IS and
181'J the Institute was at Georgetown , In l&O ut
Blue Lick , and in 1851 at Urcnnon Springs.
4. The lady I married lived in Kentucky
from the spring of 1848 to the spring of 1851 ,
engaged us a teacher m Col. T. F. Johnson's
fomaio seminary , the first two years at
Gergotown and the last year at Mlllcrsburg.
5. I finally left Kentucky In the latter part
of December , 1851. and went to Now Orleans
on business , and thence directly to Augusta ,
Maine , which place 1 reached on February V ,
,185- , and was next employed as principal
teacher in the Pennsylvania institution for
the instruction of the blind , in Philadelphia.
0. My wife left Kentucky In March , 1851 ,
accompanied by myself as far as rittslmrg ,
I'athcnco traveled alone to New York ,
where she was met by her brother , Jacob
Stanwood , and under his protection proceed
ed to her mother's residence at Augusta , Me. ,
where I next met her on February U , IbKJ.
7,8 and 0. I was married in Mlllersburg ,
Ky. , on the 80th of June , 1S50 , in the presence
of Surah C. Stanwood and S. L. Blalne. The
marriage was secret. Having doubt subse
quently of Its validity under the laws of Ken
tucky , which then stringently required a
license Irom the clerk of the county court , I
had the marriage solemnized u second time. In
Pittsbnrg , Pa. , on the-"Jlli of March , 1851 , in
the presence of John V. Lemoyno and David
10 and 11. Jacob Stanwood was the eldest
brother of my wife. I ha J no acquaintance
with him at the time of aiy marriage had
never seen him nor heard Jrora him in any
way , directly or indirectly before my mar
riago. I met him for the first time in Feb
ruary , 1852. 1 had two letters from him after
my marriage and before I met him , one
warmly welcoming me as a member of the
family and the other Inquiring If ho could
promote my business Interest by a loan of
money. 1 had no other correspondence of
any kind until I had personally mot him in
February , 1853. My wife had two other
brothers , neither of whom 1 had over mot
when I came to New England in February ,
1852 , nor did I ever meet any of the male rela
tives of my wife before my arrival In New
England in February , 1852.
12.13 and 14. My first child , a son , was born
In the house of his grandmother on the 18th
day of June , 1851. His name was Standwood
Blaine. He lived with his parents in 1852,185j :
and part of 1854 , in Philadelphia , and died
July 30,1854 , nnfl was burled in the Stunwood
family lot , in Forest Grove cemetery , Augus
ta , Maine.
15,1U and 17. A monument was placed , by
my direction , over his grave a year alter his
death , thus Inscribed : "Stanwood Blaine ,
son of James G. aul Harriet S. Blaine , born
June 18,1851 ; died July 31.185t. "
18. I have not myself seen the stone since
the first week in July , but I have reason to
believe , and do believe , that since that date
many letters and figures thereon have been
defaced , and that the figure " 1" In the year
1851 has been entirejy removed. I have no
means of ascertaining by whom this was
done , but have reason to believe , and do believe -
lieve , that a photograph was taken of the de-
iaced stone at the instance of one of the pub
lishers of the New Age , a democratic paper
published in this city , and that copies of said
photograph were sent to divers and sundry
persons , including the publishers of the In
dianapolis Sentinel , the plaintiff in this suit.
I know the book referred to as "Tho Life of
James G. Blaine. " I did not revise the vol
ume or become in any degree responsible for
any statement made in it , though I saw parts
of it before its publication , but I did not and
have not , to tins day , seen No. GS , to which
the question refers , though the statement
there made was doubtless derived by the
author , Hoswell H. Council , from converse
tion with me ; but not from any special au
thorization by me to make it.
( Signed ) JAMES G. BLAIJ.-E.
UNITED STATES OP AMERICA , co
District of Maine. JBS >
Before me , Winneld S. Choato , commis
Eloner of the circuit court of the United
States , in and for said district , personally ap
pear James G. Blaine and subscribed and mtulo
oath to the truth of the foregoing answers.
"Witness my hand and official seal at Augusta ,
in said district , this 17th day of September , in
the year of our Lord , one thousand eight hun
dred and eighty-four.
[ Seal. ] WINFTELD S. CIIOATE ,
Commissioner of the Circuit Court of the
United States for the District of Maine.
CORN IS KING.
Philip Armour Said to be Iiac7ing the Sep
CHICAGO , September 22. "Corn is equal to
liamonds" is well used this evening to ap-
Droxirnately express the present phase of the
September corn deal. To-day the market for
that month opened strong at 71c , and by 12
) ' clock had sold at SOc. The steady advance
jy one-half and one cent jumps , of nine cents
jer bushel made September corn about five
: ents higher than September wheat. Intense
inxiety attended this remarkable spectacle ,
jut there was no great excitement nor any
suspicions of panicky feeling. Offerings were
ight , few caring to sell the stuff they liad not
iln-ady bought at a lower figure. No clearly
lefined idea exists as to who is back of the
: orner , but the conviction is gradually
spreading that it is none other than Armour.
L'he assertion is made that he is after two or
: hree parties against whom he has a special
jnmity , and it is said he has these unknown
mrties short well up in the hundred thousands
jut that they still refuse to buy in at his
Igures. Before the close of the morning ses
sion the price had nominally dropped one
: ent to 79c. The transactions at diffeicnt
Igures of the day were all in settlement , it
seing impossible to buy outright. There was
ibout the usual trade in the October options
, vhich opened at 5 j * and clo ed at 582aOcto
jer wheat dropped Irom 76 to 75 ? . while short
: ibs , in sympathy with corn , advanced from
F10.25 to § 10.45. The cornered article closed sit
:9 : cents. Considerable surprise was manl-
: ested at wheat exhibiting so little sympathy
vith corn. Notwithstanding the enormous
oss which must have fallen upon many mem-
jers , numerous little pleasantries were in-
lulged in. At one time it was the proper
; hing to Impale a kernel of corn on a pin , and
year it on the shirt front in place of the rejru-
ation diamond. It is impossible to ascertain
vhat houses and traders have been forced to
: over their shorts to-day. Everything is in a
: haos of doubt and uncertainty.
The Origin of the Country Fair.
Theodore Lyruan gave an address at
he opening of the Mechanics' Fair in
oston , in the course of which he said :
'Over ' sixty years ago the state of New
fork established the typical county
gricultural fair , a system which has
een adopted by the larger number of
tates , extending to the Rocky Moun-
ains in Colorado , in 1874. These fairs
are been the great educators of the
nblic in all that relates to agriculture ,
nd are to-day important adjuncts and
upports of the many state agricultural
olleges which have been founded since
862. Other fairs , more varied and
omprehensive than the agricultural ,
mbracing more particularly the much
rider range of manufactured products ,
ave been held in some of our larger
ities for many years , notably those of
iiis association in Boston , of theFrank-
n Institute in Philadelphia , of the
Liuerican Institute in New York , of the
Ian-land Institute in Baltimore , and
Iso'the exhibitions of Chicago , Cin-
innati , St. Louis , New Orleans , San
'rancisco , and the Manufacturer's In-
titute of this city. Such local and spec-
il fairs and exhibitions as these in this
nd other counties have culminated in
ic great inter-national or world's ex-
ositions of the past thirty years/ '
It is better to be a beggar than ignor-
nt ; for a beggar only wants money , but
n ignorant person wants humanity.
' A HORRIBLE CRIME.
IJrntuiht to light byan Inqunt Recently Held
A dispatch from Columbus , Nob. , says ono
of the most horrible crimes over committed j
In this state has boon brought to light by the |
coroner's Inquest recently held there. Mr. jj
Adam Quackcnbush , a farmer living about 4
sixteen miles northwest of hero , loft homo on ij
Saturday. ' September 13 , to come to Columbus.
Mr. Quackenbush could not got his business
finished Saturday , so ho was obliged to remain j
until Sunday. Mr. Quuckcnbush has n daughter -
ter married and living In Columbus , and also
n younger daughter living at home , who for /
eight or ten years has been of unsound mind
to such an extent that her parents considered
It necessary to keep pretty close watch over > -
w'hllo this younger daughter , Nellie , was
visiting her sister in Columbus , she became
acquainted with two young men , clerks in the
Ftoro of Fricdhop & Co . by the mime of Geo.
Mathcws and Frank Smith. Mathews and
Smith hud undoubtedly discovered the mental
condition of the girl and thought It might not
be very dllllcult to Inllucnco her. Having
seen her father In town they concluded that
Sunday would bo the most favorable to carry
out their dastardly scheme. Acting doubtless
on this conclusion they hired n carriage on
Sunday morning and started for Mr. Ouaok-
enbush's house. They stayed thnro to dinner
ami after dinner persuaded Nellie to como
\\iththonitotowntouttrnd the county fair
to bo held that we-k. This she would do If
they would carry her to her sister's In town ,
and as they told Nellie's mother they would
be down to town before dark and would take
her direct to her sister's , she finally consented
to let Nellie go with the follows.
Instead of taking Nellie to horslster's when
they got to town , they took her to a room over
Freldhop's store that was occupied by Mat
thews as a combined sleeping and gambling
It was nbout8:30 or 9 o'clock in the evening
when they got to town with their treasure ,
ami the first move was to go to a drug store
and get a quantity of laudanum and instruct " -
her how to use It. .
Hero they kept horwlthout food but on ono
occasion , and subject to the ravishes of no
telling how many , until Tuesday night about
10 o'clock when they found she was so far ex
hausted as to make It necessary for them to
got her off of their hands. Smith therefore
took her to her sister's where she died In a
very short time. It is Intimated that there-
arc several others Interested In the affair. t
Dr. C. D. Evans , who made a very thorough '
and careful examination , testified that the
urinary parts were lacerated , inflamed and
greatly discolored.showing that the girl had
been compelled submit to the fiendish as
saults of beings bearing the fotin of man but
lacking all the requisites of a man. and pos
sessing the nature and disposition of n brute.
No arrests have been made , the parties im
mediately connected with the dastardly out
rage having left the countrv.
THE PBIZE SECURED.
Xeavcnworth Gets Away With the Aete Sol
diers' Jloinc 1'rize.
The board of managers of the national
homo for disabled volunteer soldiers , with
several attaches and ladles , arrived at St.
Louis on the 26th after n trip through Iowa ,
Nebraska and Kansas In search of a site for
the new branch home. Examinations were
made at Burlington , DcsMoincs and Atlantic ,
Iowa ; Plattsmouth , Lincoln and Beatrice ,
Nebraska , and Atehison and Lcavenworth ,
Kansas. The board held a meeting in St.
Louis and decided upon Loavcnworth as the
location. The city will donate 010 acres of
land and $50,000 to aid In the erection of a
A Leavenworth dispatch says there was a
tjrand jollification in that city over the se
lection of that place as the location for the
ivestern branch of the soldiers' home. With
in half an hour after the news was re-
: elved , all the bells in the city
ivere ringing , all whistles blowing.
Hags hoisted throughout the business part of
the city , and a large street procession , with
bands and banners , iormed. At night there
tvas an illumination and all the campaign
: lubs , irrespective of party , with militia , civil
societies and United States troops from the
fort paraded the streets. A largo public meet
ing was also held and the whole city engaged
in rejoicing. The location chosen for the
lomo is a very beautiful one , on the river
Sank , with a commanding view and superior
advantages as to water , fuel and drainage.
The land will bo turned over to the govern
ment immediately , so there will be no delay in
the construction of a building. The home
will be built on a full section of land , three
nilcs below Leavenworth , having a front of "jfc
> ne mile on the Missouri river. The building
lesigncd will accommodate one thousand
ncn. The board of managers adjourned to
neet again at Washington December next -
"What for , My Dear. "
I once heard of a lady's saying , after
v long observation , that she believed
here were no lives more wretched than
hose led by women who had what
vere called good husbands and fathers ,
ind never have any money of their
wu. It is not a question of wealth or
mverty ; the same tyranny of minute
: ross-examination and inspected bills
s carried on among the rich as among
he poor. I never hear a husband say ,
'What for , my dear ? " when his wife
.sks him for money , without wonder-
ng what he would say if his business
> artner were to ask him "What for ? "
i-hen he draws money , within the Uni
ts agreed upon , for personal expenses ,
t is the same with daughters. If they
ender services at home , they should
lave an allowance in proportion , with "fr
10 more scrutiny or supervision than if
hey were working for hire in the kitch-
n. Even if they are not rendering
iositive service , ff their living in the
ouse is because their father did not
rain them to earn their own living ,
liey should be treated as if they earn-
d it by staying at home. Every man
news that it is essential to his own
appiness to control , within reasonable
imits , what he earns. What he is apt
rj forget is that his wife and daughters
re all the time helping him to earn it ;
nd that they need the same freedom ,
i this respect , that he has. * f
A Mighty Memory.
As a feat of memory , M. de Blowitz * % .
Paris correspondent of the London
'irnes ) relates an incident which oc-
urred in 1873 , before the Times had a '
pecial telegraph wire. M. de Blowitz
ad been with Mr. Delane to Versailles ,
n an occasion when M. Thiers made a
reat speech ; and as the correspond-
tit was accompanying Mr. Delane to
ic Northern railway station that same
vening , Mr. Delane said : "What a
ity we can't have a speech like that
stensp in the Times the morning after
s delivery ! ' ' M. de Blowitz , who had
imply listened attentivelv to the speech I
ithout any intention of reporting it , . , J
jok advantage of this opportunity of
lowing Iiis editor what he could do ,
iw Mr. Delane into the Calais express ,
rove to the Rue de Grenelle , sat down
t a table , and wrote out M. Thiers'
: ) eech from memory. When Mr. De-
ine arrived at Dover and opened the r ' ; '
imes he found M. Thiers' speech oc- , i
npying two and a half columns of the
mrnal a full , verbatim repprt.
A parliamentary return of clergymen
I the Church of" England who\from i '
uly 5 , 1873 , to February 7 , 1884 , have
xecutcd deeds of relinquishment of r
icir office , includes sixty-two names. - '
.rnong them are John Richard Greenj
slie Stephen , Lord Francis Osborne
nd Orby Shipley.
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