McCook weekly tribune. (McCook, Neb.) 188?-1886, March 19, 1885, Image 3

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A gentleman of Rockingham , N. C. ,
lias a pair of elks that ho drives to a
A North Carolina hound has caughl
fifty-seven foxes within the past nine
There arc probably ninety thousand
arc lights alight every night in the
UniteU States.
The board of health of Nashville ,
V Tenn. , have decided to cut down all
the mulberry trees.
An Atlanta , Ga. , man who was giv-
? n a letter to mail eighteen years ago ,
posted it last week.
The fire department of New York
city throw 53.000.000 gallons of water
last year on 9,725 fires.
About 45 per cent , of the members
of the present congress of the United
States were educated at college.
Fishing through holes in the ice is
the fashion this season among society
people in the towns of the north-
' Custom collections at Victoria , B.
C. , during January wore § 52,197 19 , a
gain of § 5,1-15 51 over the previous
On the coast of Lower California div
ing for black pearls is quite exten
sively carried ona year's production
averaging from § 500,00 to § 1,000,000.
The trustees of Cornell university
have decided to create a now course
in the history of plastic art , with es
pecial reference to the classical courses. .
The baby camel in Druid Hill park ,
in Baltimore , is feeling well in its com-
tortable quarters , says the Bun , and
cares nothing for the storms and snow
which have inconvenienced the Balti
more public for the last few days.
Vassar college is undoubtedly a good
school-but the managers are said to be
really alarmed at the steady falling off
in the number of pupils , which they
attribute entirely to the outrageous
chaff of the newspaper paragraphists.
An extensive firm of Connecticut bed-
quilt manufacturers have purchased
th.e entire village at Fitchvilie , Conn. ,
. consisting of two large stone mills ,
twenty-seven tenement houses , a
church , school house , and public hall.
Colorado Springs claims the honor
* of beating the . whole country in the
variableness of temperature , the ther
mometer there having shown a vari
ation of seventy-two degrees in twenty-
four hours during a recent cold wave.
Cork , when carbonizedproduce's 62 ,
SO per cent , pure charcoal , the great- *
sst.per cent , of any any known wood.
Willow , wheat straw , and oak rank
next , in the order named , while maple
and poplar are 38.75 and 31.12 , or at
the very foot of the list.
Two weeks ago at Missoula , Mon
tana , Charlie Lum Fung , a Chinaman ,
was married to Sophia AVaiton , a half
breed. Lum Fung has lost his woman.
The Indians came with their ponies
and took her forcibly away. Lum
Fung now wants his money back that
he gave for Sophia.
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= A proposition has been made by The
Dallas ( Tex. ) Herald that good clothes
shall be part of the essential require
ments for membership in the Editorial
association in that state , and now
many Texas editors are alleging that
this is a deep-laid scheme to secure the
exclusion of "each other.
Several months ago CoraB. Piquette ,
of Syracuse , N. Y. , witnessed an acci
dent to a shop-mate , whose long hair
became entangled in a shaft and was
entirely pulled out. Miss Piquelte has
been made insane by the scene. Stand
ing on a chair or sofa she buts her
head against the wall and then seems
elieved. She has been sent to an
Bridget is evidently a more import
ant personage on the Pacific coast than
at the eastf and her services are to be
> von only b'y diplomatic art. In evi
dence witness this from The Colusa
( Cal. ) Sun : "A good family in Colu
sa at the present time would take
much pleasure in entertaining a girl
for domestic purposes. Good wages
can bo obtained.
Upon one occasion , relates Col. Na
poleon Crosby , of Georgia , his com
pany was forced to march for several
days over the unbroken snow , and his
eyes became so weak and inflamed
that ho blackened his whole face with
soot to counteract the brilliant reflec
tion from the snow. He says , of
course , it was a failure , but ne per
sisted that it was a great relief , and in
less than a day the whole company
presented an unbroken line Of black
ened faces and eyelids.
Supt. Bennet , of Piqua , O. . has been
investigating the extent to which to
bacco is used by boys in the city
schools. He finds that in two grades
of seventy-three boys from 12 to'If
years , thirty-one habitually smokei
cigarettes , and only seven could sa :
that they never had smoked. Of nini
ty-sbc boys from 10 to 12 there wen
sixty-eight smokers , and in the prim
ary schools , .boys from 6 to 10 , 40 pe :
cent smoked , and in the A. B. C. clas ;
many had begun the practice.
Although 3 , 4 , 5 , or 6 cents seem :
-very little for the use1of § 1 for a year !
It is - surprising what a large sum if
amounts to when left for a number o !
years , as in the case of a Connecticut
man who in .1838 commenced making
deposits in a savings bank. His total
deposits from that date until 1885
-amounted to § 1,962.25. Between 1838
.and 1858 he drew from the bank § 1-
270.70 ; and yet , a few days since , on
having his bank-book written up and
balanced , he was found to have a bal
ance on deposit amounting to § 11-
A planter in Summerville , Ga. , ex
perimented successfully with tobacco
i. last year. He cleared about ten acres
of dense oak forest , and made such a .
good yield that it paid expenses of
clearing up the land and its culture
and more than the amount of net prof
its realized from the production of
cotton in middle or southwestern
Georgia. It is believed , says a south-
on ! paper , that tobacco culture in
southeastern Georgia will become uni-
Tersal in a few years , both because of
the adaptation of the soil to its suc
cessful growth and the profits to be /
derived therefrom.
The Cabinet of President ClevtlanA Daly In-
ttalled Xlui Admtniftered by Justice
Washington dispatch f The formal transfer
of the treasury department from ex-Secretary
McCulloch to Secretary Manning took place on
the 7th. The new secretary was escorted to
the department by the retiring secretary , who
called at his hoiise for him. Soon after their
orrlral Mr. McCulloch presented Assistant
Secretaries French and Coon to the secretary.
Mr. Manning , who bad not yet taken the oath ,
and who said he would probably qualify dur
ing tbo day , but he did not propose to enter
actively Into the builncis of the office until
Monday. He requested .assistant Secretary
Coon to sign mall for him as acting secretary-
Mr. Manning and Mr. McCulloch then retired
to the secretary's private office and remained
together several hours , talking over the busi
ness and personnel of the department.
Secretary McCulloch said , In speaking of
the change In administration , that he took It
for granted that Mr. Manniug shared the
views of President Cleveland on finance , and
as the president's views on the subject were In
accord with his own , he did not anticipate any
change In the present financial policy of the
In the state , war and navy department
buildings the retiring secretaries bade the
chiefs and clerks who served under them
good-bye and complimented them on their
services. Secretaries Frcllnghuysen and Lin
coln met their subordlnatts in the ofllces
which the heads of the state and war depart
ments have occupied. Secretary Chandler
celled upon his subordinates In their respec
tive rooms. No official business of any char
acter was transacted by the retiring officers.
Promptly at 12 o'clock four of President
Cleveland's cabinet Bayard , Whitney , Endl
cott and Garland , entered the office of the
secretary of state. Immediately after enter
ing Bayard took the oath of office , which was
administered by Justice Field , of the United
States supreme court. Secretary Frelinghuy-
scn , Senator Payne ( Ohio ) and ex-Attorney-
Gencral Plerrepont were also present. The
party then went to the room occupied by Sec
retary Chandler , where Whitney took the oath
of office. In Secretary Lincoln's office Gen
eral Sheridan and staff and other officers of
the war department were assembled , and the
oath of offiee was administered to Mr. Endi-
cott , after which he was Introduced by Mr.
Lincoln. Secretary Manning and Attorney-
General Garland were also sworn In In their
respective rooms.
Postmaster-General Vilas and Secretary
Lamar also took the oath of office and entered
upon the discharge of their duties. There was
little formality in the ceremony In either case.
The oaths were administered by Justice Field
in the presence of Secretary Bayard , Attorney-
General Garland and others. The president
notified his private secretary he does not
propose to receive persons who call in regard
to appointments , as he Is desirous that appli
cations of that character shall be acted upon
by the head of the department to which taey
When the commission was made out for the
appointment of Gen. Grant on the retired list ,
Secretary Lincoln retained it at the war department -
partment , thinking It proper the new sccre-
tarv shonlfl hp. Hvcn p" nnnnrtunitv to countE
Upon attlXii ma DI II- H
after the official record was made was re
to the war department. This morning it was
on the desk of the new secretary of w < ir , ana
the first official act of Secretary Endlcott waste
to countersign It. Secretary Lamar received
a great number of congratulatory calls. The
commissioner general of the land office , the
commissioner of Indian affairs and the com
missioners of pensions had prepared their
resignations , but at the secretary's request
deferred presenting them until Monday. One
of Secretary Xamar's first official acts was to
retain Air. Hanna as private secretary to the
secretary of the Interior , which position he
had held under Secretary Schurzand Teller.
From remarks that have been made by the
new secretary it is evident his intention to
ndopt a very conservative course In making
changes In the personnel of .the interior de
partment and he Is said to be thoroughly in
sympathy with President Cleveland's views
upon civil service principles. Postmaster
General Vilas also received a number of call
ers , but left the department early in the after
noon , thus preventing the assistant postmaster
generals from presenting tLifr resignations.
Hie State Adopts a Jltost RemarJe-
able Xaiv Xlie County Attorney Invested
Grand J ttry Powers.
Gov. Martin , of Kansas , has signed house
bill No. 367 , known as the temperance bill ,
which passed the house and senate last week.
This bill contains a provision investing the
county attorney with all the power of a grand
jury , whereby citizens are required to appear
before him and test'fy on oath in regard to
their knowledge of fne purchase and sale of
liquors. Upon refusal to do so the county
attorney can commit them for contempt. He
becomes both the judge and the prosecuting
attorney , and is allowed a 1'eo of $25 for con
viction. The provision is unequaled for its
stringency , and excites the bitterest opposi
tion of the anti-prohibitiouists. In approving
the bill Gov. Martin.submitted the following
message in the nature of a-protest :
I believe that section 8 of this act confers
upon a county officer very dangerous author
ity and powers which should not bo vested in
any officer , and which in the hands of an un
scrupulous man may be grossly abused with
out fear or possibility of his punishment for
such abuse. My objections to vesting such
powers and authority in any officer are so
numerous and serious that if the session was
not so near its close 1 should feel It to be my
duty to return the act without jny approval.
Mr. Blalne Elastic in Step , ErlgM in Eye
and Out of Politics ,
Washington special : Mr. Blaine appears
daily on the avenue with elastic step and
bright eye. He chats freely and says he has
no idea of entering public life again , and his
friends in Maine understood his position very '
well. Senators Halo and Fryo are his person. 'T
al frlonds , and he would do nothing , even if
ho had the power , to displace either of them.
As for the house , Mr. Blame said he did not
.care to go back to that body ; His diatrictbad
done quite enough for bun and he was per
fectly willing that others should be rewarded
for tholr services. Mr. Elaine likes literary
work since he has got into it better than any
thing else , and he will wnte other historical
wor&s when the great book , "Twenty Years
of Congress , " is finished. He said he bad not ,
in all the excitement of the campaign , forgot
ten his book , and that he bad plenty of mate
rial for bis next volume , 'xne trouble , he
said , was to condense , as he could not put a
hundred tons of hay in a ten-tort stable. He
recognized the tact that Mr. Cleveland was
elected president , and tne ordinary regreta
which ho bravely acknowledged didnotdis-
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One Sfan Mown to Atom * , Another Kitted ?
and XUro-Glycerlne Wvrk Utterly De
Bradford ( Pn.dispatch ) : The heaviest nitro
glycerine explosion ever known In the olj
country , wherein nearly 0,000 pounds of tbo
dread nnnlhilator were touched off , occurred
at Howard Junction , three miles north of
Bradford. There are located the factory ,
magazine and other buildings of the Bock
Glycerine Manufacturing company. Two
men , H. V. Pratt , an employe , and W. H.
Herrington , ono of the proprietors , were at
work in the building. The latter had recent
ly purchased an Interest in the firm and was
Just learning the business. How the accident
occurred occurred will never be known , but
observers at Ouster City , about half n mile
away , state that two almost simultaneous
flashes were followed by a deafening report
and white smoke , and largo boulders und
quantities of debris were thrown high in the
Bushing down to the scene , they found that
the destruction had been appalling and com
plete. Where the factory had been there wna
now a large circular hole Ion feet deep , while
at the place where the magazine was located
aholotwonty-Hvefeet in depth and thirty to
forty feet in diameter was scooped out or the
ground as neatly as If Ic had been the workof
a professional excavator.
On the bushes and trees for many rods
around were found fragmentary particles of
llesh and spattorlngs of blood. Those were
all that was left oi the mortal remains or
younir Horrlngton. He was a man weighing-
nearly 203 , and , altogether less than three
pounus of his body could bo picked up.
It was supposed that a similar late had
overtaken Pratt , but his corpse was found
where it had been blown in the underbrush , a
distance of 200 feet. Bcmarkable to state ,
while every bone in his body was broken by
tbo great force of the concession , his skin was
Of the factory and other buildings , the
largest pieces that were found wore no larger
than a lead pencil. They were literacy anni
hilated. The explosion was plainly heard in
all parts of Bradford and houses were shaken
as from an earthquake.
A portion of ono of Herrington's arms was
found 1,1X0 feet away loriced in a tree. Houses
were shattered and window-panes broken in
Bradford and surrounding towns. Trots were
uprooted and oil-rigs In the vicinity were
Nebraska's Senior Senator Atlis for an Ex
Mr. Van Wyck Introduced the following In
the senate :
Resolved , That the secretary of the interior
bo directed to inform the senate whether pat
ents have been issued for lands granted in
3871 to the New Orleans , Baton Rouge &Vicks-
burg , popularly known as the "Backbone * '
railroad. If so , for what number of acres ; to
what corporation or individuals ; whose re
ceipt was taken for it when signed ; whether
unusual means were used to hasten the prep
aration and execution of said patents :
whether the clerical fotce employed worked
nights and on Sundays , so they might be
completed before tbo 4th of March ;
what day they were read for the
signature of the president ; what neces
sity existed for any special exertion to secure
their completion and signature before the 4th
of March , and whether anything was done to
protect actual settlers in thoU rights to any
such lands ; also whether previous to the 4th
March anything was done or written in re
gard to any other unearned land grants , the
lorfoiture of which had been considered by
the forty-eighth congress.
Mr. Van Wyck asked for immediate consid
eration , but Mr. Edmunds objected , and
under the rule it went over. It will probably
be called up on Monday. A lively debate is
looked for when the resolution is reached.
Senator Teller feels that an attack has been
made upon the intejrrity of his own official
action as a member of the last administration ,
and has declared his intention of making such
a defense as will leave no doubt of the pro
priety of- the act in question or his Indigna
tion. Senator Van Wyck is convinced that
the public interests demand an explanation
of the issuance of patents to the "Backbone"
.company. .
Cattle Dying on the Itanges.
Reports from Indian territory are to the of-
feet that the mortality among live 'stock during -
ing the past winter has been very great.
Among the heaviest losses is on the Turner
a nge , in the Creek nation. Mr. Turner has
reen Holding a herd of 5,000 cattle , and places
bis loss atfrom 2,000 to 4,000. The herd was
hrincipally young Texans. On the Messengai
pange , in the Cherokee nation , the loss is esti-
rmated at SOper cent. Almost without cxcep
tion the loss is confined to through stock. On
the Cherokee strip the loss has been considerable -
able , but on a mrjority of the ranges it is reported -
ported they are not so serious us was expect
ed , and will not be so serious by 40 per cent
Two-year old native ranjro steers weathered
through in remarkably fine condition. The
general complaint Is with the pilgrim "ones'
Explaining , Regarding the Strike.
Capt. Hoges , senior vice president of tne
Missouri Pacific railroad , In on interview on
the strike , said the main question in this strike
is personal liberty , or whether a handful of
men who are not satisfied with their position
as employes shall be allowed to prevent other
men who have not expressed cause for dissat
isfaction from continuing at work. Out of
25,000 employes of the Southwestern and
Wnbash systems not 1,000 are directly atTected
by the reduction of wages , which is alleged to
be the reason for this fctrike. I am morally
certain that of this 1,000 at least 500 would go
to work if they were not restrained by their
bulldozing co-employes. The reduction made
is in regard to men employed in the machine
shops and round houses and sonic of the coal
chute men. The train service hands have not
been reduced. The reductions have been
principally in Texas.
Tlir. Iowa Campaign.
A number of the members of the democratic
state central committee hold a meeting at Dee
Moines on the 12th to prepare a line of battle
for the coming campaign. The mcetiuff was
held with closed doors , but State Senator
Johnson , of Jackson county , was seen by a
reporter later in the day. He said the deter
mination of the democracy was to win this
year , and he believed with the prestige of a
democratic national administration and the
disaffection that was bound to arise nmong
republicans in consequence of the prohibi
tory liquor law , they could do It with con
siderable ease. He said , further , that he had
learned that the republicans bad determined
to hold their state convention about June 27 ,
but the democrats would hold theirs first , no
matter how early it might be. That much
was settled and might be depended upon.
A Chance for Reform.
"Washington special : Of late years the war
inaugurated by the postoffice department V
upon frauds has relaxed. A bold stand taken
in this matter by Postmaster-General Vilas
will meet with the approbation of all business
men. The latter feel that the constant de
ception which swindlers practice injures
their own legitimate business , and they want
nlltheirauds exposed. Deception is grow-
inar rather than decreasing. Only the other
day a stomach'j liters firm sent tons of circu
lars through the mails containing a pretend
ed endorsement signed "Chester A. Arthilr ,
President of the United States. " Aa might
be expected , the signature was a forgery and d
the use of bis name unwarranted. C
Ztro Bloody Tragedies. Xt
A Fort Smith ( Ark. ) special says : By the
arrival of deputy marshals here to-day from
Indian territory two bloody tragedies of re-
rent occurrence are brought to light. About
three weeks ago John M. Oliver , a prosperous is
white man living near Stonewall , Chickasaw
nation , a neighbor named Crockett
for some bay , and Crockett refused to send
the ha/ until Oliver paid a small debt owing
him. A few days later Crockett , while pass
ing Oliver's house , was shot and killed by Oli
ver. Several deputy marshals in the neigh
borhood pursued Oliver and attempted to ar
rest him. He resisted with n Winchester rifle
and a pistol , and made n desperate flght. But Is
finally , after being wounded four times , a
bullet ttruck him in the mouth , killing him or
On motion of President Westover , the Da
kota legislature has appointed a committee to
investigate the charges that Alexander Mc-
Kenzle , A. W : Edwards nn 1 W. F. Steel at
tempted to bribe members In the interest of
the capital location at Bismarck.
A California farmer says that after
trying nearly all the "sure cures" for
lice on stock ho has gone back to the
tobacco remedy. Tobacco can bo
bought cheap , and stems can bo got
from the cigarmakors for nothing.
Steep until j'ou have a strong decoction
and apply to every part. Apply the
second or third time. To oxter-
minate the lice one must not
only kill all the lice on the stock ,
but burn all the bedding , fumi-
te or whitewash all stables or sheds ,
Doing careful to have the whitewash
penetrate every crack and corner. If
once rid of them , examine every new
animal brought on the place , and ii
necessary doctor immediately.
An English writer suggests to Here
ford breeders to try to improve the
hinder parts of their cattle. As a
rule , ho says , they are sadly deficient
in weight wliero "beef is choicest and
worth the highest price , and , if any
thing , are overabundant in their
brisket , which is only worth half to
the parts where many of their ani
mals are dencient. This is not the case
with shorthorns ; their loin and quar
ters , containing the choicest and most
valuable pieces in the carcass , are in
considerably greater proportion than
the Hercfords.
It has been found that milk set for
cream forty-eight hours at 63 degrees
in an atmosphere of pure oxygen , " and
another sample set for the same time
and same temperature , in an atmos
phere of no oxygen , both soured alike
and produced same quantity of butter ,
but that set in pure oxygen gas re
quired but two-thirds the time for
churning the other , which was envel
oped in carbonic acid gas. The butter
of the lirst was of line Uavor , and kept
well ; that from the other was of
poorer quality and spoiled quickly.
The sudy of the dry rot in the twigs
of fruit trees has disclosed the fact that
it is caused by a contagious and trans
missible disease , in which , as the dry
necrosis of leprosy in man , the cells
of the affected tissues suffer a degen
eration into minute bacteria , whose
germs are afterward disseminated by
the rupture of the cell membrane.
One diseased tree is capable of infect
ing a whole nursery , and old and
young are alike liable to the ravages
of the parasitic organism.
There are great differences in the
average growth of some of the more
common trees. In twelve years white
maple increases 1 foot in diameter and
30 feet in height ; ash-leaf maple , or
box elder , 1 foot and 20 feet ; white
willow , li feet and 50 feet ; yellow wil
low 1J feet and 35 feet ; blue and white
ash , ten inches in diameter and 25 feet
in height ; Lombard } ' poplar , 10 inches
and 40 feet ; black walnut and butter
nut , 10 inches and 20 feet.
A fatal disease is devastating the
herds of line cattle in Cameron county ,
West Virginia. The name of the disease -
ease is unknown. A swelling appears
near the hoof , gradually extending to
the body. The swelling is enormous ,
and causes death in thirty-six hours.
A thick , black fluid escapes if the part
be lanced. The loss is estimated at
$10,000 , and the disease is rapidly
Too many , in breaking their horses ,
put them immediately to work. This
custom , while effective , destroys
somewhat the temp'er and action of a.
horse. The most humane and profit
able course to pursue is to make the
work light at first , gradually increas
ing it until the full capacity of the
horse is'reached. .
A good word for Devon cattle comes
from Texas. H. Johnson , of Kinney
county , has recently made a sale of
stock at $20 per head. He declares
the Devons "the boss cattle on the
range , as they keep fat where other
cattle fail to get a living , mature early ,
and make splendid beef. "
Bella , the famous Hereford cow , has
just dropped a male calf , for which its
owner refused 250 guineas when the
creature was three days old. A form
er calf of Bella sold for 1,000 guineas.
The sire of these calves is the famous
bull Lord Wilton , which valued at
4,000 guineas.
The governor of Arizona says that
territory has grass enough for five
million head of cattle , but fully four-
fifths of it is not available because of
' no water. " He thinks , however ,
that most of the country may be made
productive in the interests by means
of artesian wells.
A lady in Indianapolis has had
morning-glories blossoming in her
parlor all winter. She placed , by ac
cident , a small plant in a-pot with
some other plants , and it continued to
grow in the house. It soon blossomed
and has been in flower every morning
during the winter.
The Wolf question is troubling the
western grazers. One company is now
offering provisions and poison to all
persons who will go out to exterminate
the ' ! wolves. They also offer § 1 for
each coyote , and" § 5 for each large
wolf killed , the owners to keep the
One of the strangest uses for snails
has been discovered by _ the London
adulterator. Bruised in milk , and
boiled , they are much used in the man
ufacture of cream , and a retired milk
man pronounces them to be the most
successful imitation known.
The cultivation of madder was un
dertaken by a farmer in Erie county ,
Ohio , in 1842 , and was reported as
very profitable. No one seems able
to ( give a reason why its cultivation
has been abandoned.
The price of garden and flowef seeds , 5
as well as of all kinds of nursery stock ,
much higer in England and France ,
than in this country.
The patent on driven wells that has
fiven farmers so much trouble expired
y limitation on the 14th of last Janu
ary. _
A writer on Washington homes says that It
safe to predict that in the house of medium
small size the truer artisticbeauty of Wash
ington homes will be found. Even many of
the wealthy classes are reaching the convic
tion that the small houses are more homelike
than large , as a social assembly where a few of
are gathered together la preferable to the con
vocation of a mob.
Pitta burgh has onlyscven fire engine } .
The Old Time Harvest.
Now-a-days , when the farmer's
wheat is ripe , he takes his self-binder
and two shockers and goes out to liar
vest it without the ostentation of form
er years. The harvest of the present is a
tame and formal affair , compared with
the harvest of thirty years since.
In the old days , the husbandman
swapped work. John Smith's wheat
happened to ripen a little earlier than
that of his neighbors , and they brought
their cradles on a fine summer morn
ing , and their boys came witli rakes
and strong arms , and all aided John
Smith in getting in his wheat and
emptying his jug of old rye. John
Smith , in his turn , helped each ol
those who assisted him , to harvest his
grain and drink his whisky. Every
body had a hand in the old time har
vest. The women got up a feast ; the
small boys carried drinking water to
the men , walking across tne field with
a jug and a tin cup and providing
each sturdy laborer with ono drink
from the whisky jug to three from the
jug of water. The boys occasionally
rested from their further duty of
gathering the sheaves for shocking ,
and sar in the shade and mixed water
and whisky with great freedom , drink
ing it until there was nobody left with
nerves steady enough to carry the
drinks around the field.
I remember on one occasion being
employed to "tote"-water for ono of
my father's neighbor's harvesters.
There were three of us about the same
age , and wo passed the jugs in a very
able-bodied and satisfactory manner
until about eleven o'clock in the fore
noon , when we sat down in the shade
of a wheat shock and made some half-
and-half. Wo drank several rounds ,
when I observed that my companions
looked a little indisposed. One of
them tried to drink from the handle of
the jug , and the other gazed pensively
into the vacant depths of the tin cup
and remarked that he was the best
man on that prairie. A little later I
felt that the world was very unstable.
The trees about us began to dance ,
and the cows that roamed ovei the ad
jacent pasture seemed to rise up and
Boat about in the air like huge , un
gainly bats. As time wore on , I
noticed that the men were swinging
their cradles over their heads , and
the wheat shocks were playing tag
with each other all around me. My
fellow drawers of water and hewers
of whisky were trying to settle the
vexed question as to which was the
proprietor of the universe , while I ,
content with being left alone with the
frowning jugs , gradually saw more
and more of thn instability of worldly
things , and began to wonder whether
E was merely myself or the president
of the United States traveling incog
nito. I have a faint recollection of
hearing the proprietor of the close call
for water , and making a reply to the
affect that I was above serving in such
i menial sphere us that of bearing
meat and drink to common laborers.
My companions had ceased to wrangle
ibout their title to all creation and
were sleeping peacefully , each ap
parently satisfied to be regarded as
owner of an xindivided half interest in
it. I was trying to induce the water
jug to resume friendly relations with
the whisky jug and to restore order
among the belligerent sheaves , each
af which seemed bent on usurping the
place of the other , when the proprie
tor of tlrCTiiarvest came toward me ,
and I arose to receive him as became
the dignity of one so high up in the
3ouncils of the nation.
"Welcome , sir ; thrice welcome to
the presence of the king , " I exclaim-
3d , waving my hand imperiously , and
suddenly sitting down on my head
and shoulders.
"Why in blazes don't yon boys bring
fche water around ? " he inquired.
"Ho there , guard ! I exclaimed , hold
ing on the jug for support. "Take
ihis saucy wretch hence and chop oft'
iis ottendinghead. " The guards re
plied with significant snores , and I
igain rose to my feet and commanded
my employer to hence. He seemed re
luctant to obey , and noticing that he
iid not hence , I roared the command
again , fulling over the whisky jug and
striking my head heavily on the water
jug. i The man extended his hand to
catch me , and just then my fatherwho
was working some distance away ,
looked up and saw me fall saw ni-
employer pick me up saw the blood
on my cheek. He came toward me
with the speed of the wind , and first
noticing the blood , he asked nay em
ployer why he struck me. He" replied
that he iiad not struck me , but my
father said he saw him do it , and then
I saw them dancing around and having
a most hilarious time of it , and my
father's neighbor fell across my stomach
ach , and I became so deathly sick I
could not for a moment make the mis
take of supposing myself anything bet
ter than a badly assassinated president ,
and I was carried home and put to
bed , and my wound was dressed , and
my father made certain inquiries of
me the next morning , which induced
him to call on his neighbor and apolo
gize , and I felt weary and humiliated
For several days , and in due time , we
harvested , but the whisky jug was kept
along with the men and I carried only
water. Oh , yes ! The vile clatter of
the modern self-binder hath no charms
like the melodious gurgle of the jugs
of thirty years ago. Bloominglon
Through Mail.
George Washington.
Now that the anniversary of Wash
ington's birth is being sacredly observ
ed ; and his monument dedicated , it
must be an appropriate time to in
dulge in the contemplation of his char
acter , says the Rev. Dr. Bell , in The
MidContinent. .
And first , us with our minds eye we
behold the completed monument at
the capital of our nation. It of itself
alone deserves an elaborate chapter to
do any justice to its history ; its design ,
its progress all the matter connected
with but the adamant , and metal that
make its mighty proportions , as they
have been in the laying these many
years , unto its topmost stone ; placed
amidst the shoutings of fifty millions
free people.
The foundations were tested , and
re-tested , until they were pronounced
stable , immovable enough to hold an
Atlean world. Then the huge blocks
of granite from every state and terri
tory of the whole realm chiseled with
appropriate inscriptions.
Great blocks added from many na
tions under the whole Heaven they ,
too adorned with sculptured mottoes
appropriate to the man , and to the ad
miring people that gave the massive
imperishable blocks.
Thus too , cities , corporations , so
cieties , institutes , temples of learning
and of science ; every and all sending ;
their adamantine gift , with appropri
ate motto and symbol to do honor to
the man , exalted , the
The treasures the millions of
money that it required to build
whence came they ?
From the treasury of the nation ;
from the treasuries of states and of
cities ; from the funds of associations
and of societies ; from the banks and
bankers ; from the rich who gave of
their millions ; from the poor who
gave of their poverty ; from the widow
and orphan , who gave the ponce water
ed by their tears ; from the boy and
girl.'who had saved their small coins ;
from buying the toy , that it might go :
into the fabric of the monument ; from
these treasuries of all the civilized peoples
ples of the globe. All wanted some
possession in the fabric that was to
commemorate the virtues of the model *
man of all mankind.
Was it said of him that "Ho was first
in the hearts of his countrymen ? " Hero
was the proof that he was first in the
hearts of all human kind !
Meanwhile , the most skilled archi
tects and engineers , exhausted all
their skill in advancing the work and
in placing every boulder and carrying
up every abutment , and angle , ana'
line , in accordance with the most im
pregnable laws of gravitation and ;
mechanics ; laying the level and the'
square , and extending the compass1
and suspending the line and the plum
met , on every perpendicular and angle ,
and horrizontal , that all things might !
accord , and be in harmony with the
laws of the infinite Master Builder ,
when he laid the "foundation of the
earth , " and fastened the corner stone
thereof , and stretched the line upon it.
"When the morning stars sang to
gether and all the sous of God shouted
for joy ! "
Thus j'car by year thn stupenduous.
fabric wont up , adamantand iron upon
layer , as high as St. Peters , as high as
the colossus , as high as the towers
of Babylon and the spires of the Tern-
pie of Bel , still higher than them all ; i
than the pyramids , twenty feet higher
than any structure ever before reared !
by the prowess , the wealth , the skill
and resources of man.
As the name and fame and character >
of Washington ascended above the alti
tude ever reached by any mere man ; ;
so his monument should most fittingly )
over-top every structure reared by the i
hand , and the resources and the genius
of man.
And how came it to pass that we of
America , should have given to. the
world the greatest of all mankind ?
Ah , who can tell ? Was it because
he had so many of the best models of
the ages before him from which to copy ,
and absorbing the best from all , he
produced in himself the combination
surpassing all the single and meagre
illustrations of greatness scattered
among so many , by concentrating " all
within one , and that one himself ? But
this cannot be for one hundred years
have since produced their generations
of men , and these have had all the ex
amples that had Washington , and
Washington himself besidcs.f romwhich
to copy , but they have not produced
his equal , much less his superior. And
thus it is that our hero remains the
model man of all the world without a
single rival.
But he was not such a man as Mar-
shalf made him to be in "Marshall's
Life of Washington. " The kind of
man that Chief Justice Marshall paint
ed him , was an impossible human be
ing , rather like a "molten and graven
image" of some monstrous production
that idolaters worship than a possible
man. It has gradually come to the
surface in those detached biographic
al scraps that have appeared , that
Washington had strong passions , a *
most inflexible will , and that his lan
guage when in the very "torrent and
whirlwind of his passion , " swept away
the barriers of the third command
ment , and his anger was terrible.
Indeed , the great Washington was
very human. If he had not been he
never could have reached his unequaled
proportions. But it was in the clos
ing of his public career that he proved
himself to be master of himself and
of all human weaknesses. It was un
doubtedly in his power to have ad
vanced into the highest place of her-
editory rulership , kingship , imperia-
torship. Perhaps he could have seat
ed himself upon an entailed throne.
He could have done whatsoever he
chose to do. It was then that he chose
to do what proved him to be the very ,
greatest of the great , for he chose to
lay down all office and all power that
lie had wielded more greatly than ruler
or commander ever had done. After
iiaving shown what a perfect ruler
and a perfect captain should be , he
[ aid aside all power and office and
sublimely retired to the peaceful oc
cupations of rural life , and spent the
remainder of his life , as the very
iumblest citizen of the whole realm ,
tlis fare well address , and the consum
mation of his career prove him ro have
3een without a peer among the great
men of the globe. Thus it ma'y fairly
) e said that he exemplified all the no
lle qualities of man in their noblest
) ropnrtions ; and he so overcame all
> f his weaknesses and passions , that
hey conspired to show his character
more sublimely great by his power of
mastering them , and becoming a strong
element of his character. Thus ma
ting his very passions praise him.
lis example has moulded all of our
great men for one hundred years.
None dare to break the precedents of
The adherents of Wagner In Paris are about
to publish a new journal , entitled Revue Wag-
ncrienne , which Is , of course , to be devoted
to the propagandise ! of the doctrines oi
"Tristan. "