The McCook tribune. (McCook, Neb.) 1886-1936, January 27, 1893, Image 3

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    of merrily jingling bells from behind a
piece of rising ground.
On they came, filling the air with the
mnsic of scores of l>ells of different
tones, till 1 counted 12 great teams roll
iug down the descending ground.
As soon as I had made known to the
teamsters the condition of the emigrant
■'pmill there was a regular strife about
going ;o their relief. All were going
back to California with empty wagons,
and nil declared they could as well as
not take the little emigrant craft in tow
V-their teams would never know it had
been hooked on behind them.
Only a single team was needed. A
fine, strapping young fellow, about 25
years of age, was driving the leading
team of the train. All the other team
sters were much older and had about
them the subjugated look of married
men. So 1 said:
“Gentlemen, as there is u confound
edly good looking girl over there, and
as most of you appear to be married
men, suppose wo say that this young
buck goes?” pointing to my young chap.
With shouts of laughter and many
sly jokes, this was agreed to at once,
and 1 mounted to a seat on the wagon
of my young fellow to act as guide.
My man had u team of 10 huge and
splendid mules, all carefully selected
and matched—a team worth a small
fortune. Each mule wore housings of
bearskin, and above the hames of each
rose a steel bow filled with bells of va
rious sizes and tones. His vehicle was
a great “prairie schooner,” as the im
mense freight wagons used in crossing
the Sierras are called, and everything
about both team and wagon was in per
fect order.
un one side or tno wagon—tue Huge
•lull of the craft—was painted in red a
large wing, like the wing of some sea
bird. In explanation of this hieroglyph
my young fellow said, ‘‘You see, sir,
I call her tho Red Wing.”
I told him the folks out on the desert
would most assuredly look upon him
■»s an angel, notwithstanding he had
but one wing.
When we reached the forlorn family
and our huge craft rolled up alongside
their diminutive vehicle, we looked
like a 74 gun ship bearing down upon
a canoe.
The family had evidently never dream
ed of such a wagon or such an array of
animals for a team. Thomas rose from
his seat on the rock, rubbed his eyea
.rnd gazed upon the whole rig in utter
■astonishment. The old grandmother
pushed back her immense sunbonnet
and giggled aloud, while the two boys
dood and stared in open mouthed and
speechless amazement.
Sticking his blacksnake whip under
the housings of his saddle mule, my
teamster, John Henderson by name,
jumped to the ground, and teamsterlike
first of all went to look at the old bald
faced horse.
As young Henderson walked around
the old horse and surveyed his many
unusual "points,” his face wore a cu
rious expression—half sneer, half pity.
Going to where the dead mare lay,
he gave her a careless kick, which in
stantly brought a beseeching "Don’t,
mister!" from the younger of the boys.
Smiling good humoredly, Henderson
turned away from the mare, and now
for the first time deigned to notice the
human beings present.
"Well,” said he, turning to Thomas,
"I s’pose you folks don’t care how soon
you get out of here. Ugh! with all these
dead cattle about, this is no good camp
ing place. ”
Said Thomas: “I must tell you plain
ly, mister, that we hain’t got any mon
ey. We are”
“Oh, Mumford! Oh, Mumford!” cried
the old grandmother, and squatting
•upon the ground she began rocking her
self to and fro.
Henderson wheeled about and sur
veyed the rocking figure in amazement.
Then he began to look about in wild
eyed fright. Seeing no one rush to the
old woman's assistance, he stepped to
my side and asked: “Is she sick? Does
the old lady have fits?”
“Oh, no,” whispered I. "A little pe
culiar, that is all. She enjoys these lit
tle tantrums. ”
"Enjoys them?”
"I suppose so. Mumford was her
husband. They buried the old man at
Green river.”
"Ah! Yes, yes, I see!” said Hender
son. “Poor old lady! It sets her about
ilarv ami her mother baa both been
watching our movements from the wag
on front, the mother in her anxiety hav
ing left her couch and crawled forward
on her knees. Evidently mother and
daughter thought, on seeing Henderson
turn away from Thomas and seeing
the old lady again agitating herself upon
the ground, that some hitch had occur
red and that the teamster was, after
all, about to drive away and leave
them on the desert. I heard Mary say:
”1 can stand it no longer, mother! I
must speak to him! He must help us!”
Then, leaving the sick child beside her
mother, she came rushing to Henderson
with flying hair and streaming eyes.
“Oh, sir, do take us! Don’t, for
God’s sake, leaVfe us here! If you will
take us, 1 will do anything! I will
work for you—1 mean for your father
and mother, sir. Oh, don’t leave us
because we have no money!”
“I have neither father nor mother in
this country, miss. Why do you talk
about work and money? I am not go
ing to leave you—money would not hire
me to leave you! For $10,000 I would
not turn away and leave you here in
sickness and distress to die on the des
\ urt. I would want to blow my brains
out the next minute! Just tell me where
you want to go.”
“Oh, sir,” said Mary, "we want to go
to California!”
' “But to what part of California?
California is a broad state.”
Mary hesitated, looked confused and
finally answered, “I don’t know, sir—
we only started to go to California. ”
Thomas was appealed to and said:
“Don’t know, mister, of any pertic’
ier part—we only jist started to go to
“Oh, Mumford! Oh. Mumford!”
groaned the old lady.
Henderson started at this second out
break, gazed curiously at the Mumford
relict for a moment, then gave me a
look that said more plainly than any
words, "Rum old gal, ain’t she?”
“Well,” said Henderson, gazing from
face to face and addressing the family
collectively, "as you don't seem bound
for any particular port, by the heard
of Baulam! I'll just bundle you all up,
take you in tow of the Red Wing and
land you al! on my ranch in Sacramen
to valley. It's ub good luck as any."
Nobody offered any objection. The
short and emphatic sjieoch made by
Henderson seemed to have settled the
whole matter.
The kind hearted teamster was now
all bustle. He stirred Thomas up. tell
ing him to do this and do that, and
even found something for the small
boys to da All the valuable contents
She name rushing to Henderson.
of the small craft were soon stowed
away in the capacious hold of the Red
Wing, as were the extra harness and
other traps. The water cask was un
slung under the small wagon, and giv
ing it a kick that sent it rolling Hen
derson said, “We shan’t need that!"
At this the old lady, of whom nobody
was thinking, cried: “Yes, we shall.
Take it along. It’ll come mighty ha- .y
to keep soap in!”
“Never you mind, granuy, ” said
Henderson, smiling at the idea. "We
shall find soap barrels enough over the
Next he turned to Thomas, who was
poking away at some box he was mov
ing, crying: “Come, hustle up, un
friend! We’ve got to get to Carson City
as quick as the Lord will let us! 1 tell
you, we've got to get some chickens,
some fresh butter and milk, tea. fresh
vegetables and a whole lot of things
for these sick folks. It's a wonder you
ain’t all down with scurvy, such salt
hoss rations as you’ve been livin on!”
At this speech I saw Mary’s face light
“Oh. Kitty," 1 overheard her say,
“hear that! Chicken broth to make
Kitty and mamma well!'
Henderson spread his own mattress
and part of his bedding in the small
wagon for the sick woman and child,
after it had been cleared of all the boxes
and baggage it contained, making both
quite comfortable. All hands of us
then hauled the small craft into posi
tion, and it was securely lashed lie
hind the big prairie schooner and taken
in tow by the gallant Red Wing.
Thomas and the boys mounted into
the large wagon, while all the women
and little ones were placed in the small
As 1 assisted the tottering old lady
into the vehicle, she paused when half
way in, nodded her head toward Hen
derson and said to me in a triumphant
whisper, “He's jist like Mnmfurd!’
“Ooodby” was soon said all round, a
crack like the report of a rifle rang out
from Henderson's blacksnake whip, a
shower of merry music was shaken out
of the hundred bells as the 10 huge an
imals threw their weight into their col
lars and set the tal I steel bows arched
above to quivering. Then the two ve
hicles moved slowly away in the direc
tion of the main road to Carson City.
At the distance of a hundred yards the
old bald faced horse, as he went limping
behind the smaller craft, seemed tosud
denly become aware of the fact that he
was leaving behind the mare, the old
companion that for days, weeks and
months had faithfully toiled by his side
over huge mountains and across broad
desert plains. Two or three times he
turned and looked hack with eyes that
stared wildly from their sunken sockets.
He whinnied uneasily and strove to
wheel about, but his strong rope halter
each time brought him up with a jerk
that must have made his teeth rattle in
his skull and which nearly threw him
off his trembling legs. So he gave it
up, and they all moved on across the
desert in the red light of the declining
“Poor old devil!” said 1 as 1 stood
there in the desert Golgotha. “He feels
as did the relict when she left Mum
ford behind under the trees on the hanks
of the Green river.
“Goodby. Red Wing and kind young
captain!” cried 1. wiping a tear away
as I saw the two craft drop out of view
behind a distant desert billow. “Good
by and farewell. Mary, Kitty and all
of you! May you find a home and hap
piness in the bright land of flowers on
the summer side of the Sierras!"
One night in the fall of 1807, either
in September or October, 1 was at
Chamberlain’s Station in the Sierra Ne
vada mountains on the Donner Lake
wagon road waiting for a coach of
Roberts S. Company's lino to take me
noithward the next day to the then
newly discovered mines of Meadow
Alas, poor Meadow Lake! Meadow
Lake, the glory of whose promise of
greatness once tinged in roseate hues
the high Sisrras! Let there be raised a
■‘lamentation” for Meadow Lake, the
beautiful, foe in the days of her youth.
even while tl o Iww of promise stood
bright above her, she withered as did
the gourd of Jonah. Alas, the gold in
her myriad of mines failed! She is
now the ‘‘deserted village” of the
mountains. Where once busy thousands
had their homes now dwells solitary
Hermit Hartley. His ear alone hears
the moan of the pines—a moan that
seems a wail raised over the dead and
buried hopes of the former dwellers.
At the station at which I was await
ing transportation to the then bright
and bustling town of Meadow Lake
many teamsters tiad gathered in. Cham
berlain’s was the most popular station
on the road. The men freighting over
the mountains always strove to reach
that halting place. Until long after
dark the sound of bells was heard on
the pine bordered road, and the huge
prairie schooners came rolling iu. Aft
er supper I found the immense barroom
almost filled with the teamsters, and
more were still arriving, for a full moon
was lighting up all the mountains.
The men were all talking “horse” and
“mule,” and my head being filled with
thoughts of mines and gold, I paid but
a dreamy sort of attention to the con
versation. Presently, however, one ol
the teamsters said, with a good deal of
emphasis, “I tell you what, Johnny, it
you hadn’t ’a’ hitched onto ine and
helped me up that air last hill. I’d 'a'
bin at the foot of it yit!”
“That’s all right. Bill. You know 1
never pass by aud leave a man in trouble.
No, sir, by the beard of Balaam, the
son of Beor! I have my opinion of a
man that will do a trick like that.”
Instantly 1 was all attention. Al
though it had been seven years since I
had heard that strange, mild oath—
thongh 1 heard it then for the first time
and Had never heard it since—I at once
recollected where and under what cir
cumstances 1 had before heard it. 1
soon had the man who had sworn by
the beard of Balaam safely cornered at
some distance from the main throng of
guests. I then asked him if he remem
bered having assisted a poor, wrecked
emigrant family out of a desert over in
Nevada seven years before.
“Do I remember that? Well, sir, 1
rather guess I do! Yes, sir, and mighty
little chance now of my ever forgetting
it. But, stranger, how do you happen
to know about that? You ain’t the—
well, by the beard of Balaam! Yes,
you are! You are the very fellow that
came out on the road and got me to go
down into the desert after the family!
Give me your hand!”
Having recovered my hand from John
Henderson’s fearful grasp and straight
ened out my benumbed fingers, 1 said:
“I did not remember your face. Mr.
Henderson, for now you are bearded like
the pard, but I recollected your peculiar
style of oath. You used it once that
day down in the desert. The moment
I heard it here tonight there flashed be
“dive me your hand:"
fore me a picture of the little wagon
anil the forlorn family, or the dead ani
mals scattered about and of your huge
Red Wing. I saw everything. ”
“Oh, you mean my saying‘by the
beard of Balaam. ’ I don’t count that
swearin. If it is swearin, it must pass
as the family oath. My father—and he
was a pious soul—always said, ‘By the
heard of Balaam, the son of Beor,’ but
I don’t often find time for the whole.
Back in the States they are not so hur
ried in their swearin as we are out
“What became of that poor fami
ly?” I asked. “Where did they finally
bring up? Did you get them over the
mountains all right?”
“Did I get them over the mountains
all right? Well, I rayther think I did,
and I’ve got ’em all right till now.”
“Till now? Then you know where
they are at present aud how they are
getting along?”
“Yes, sir. I may safely say I do. Did
yon notice that oldest girl Mary? Look
ed a bit tanned and dusty there and
used up like. Oh, you did notice her?
Well, when she got rested and fixed up,
amfiuci^uu Cri
wearriage. They will be at home in this
livty after February first. The Tribune
an>tends its congratulations to the happy
^ac’uple. May their married life be one of
** bsperitv and contentment,
mo r ' _
jj'^They are figuring on voting bonds for
gr(new school house out in the Houlihan
siclstrict, but we understand that a deed
goril! have to be secured for the land on
“Youseem to have made quite a care
ful diagnosis of yonr case.”
Henderson laughed and said: “That
is just the way in which her kind words
and her patient, helpful ways to all
took hold of me. Then, when I after
ward saw her slicked up—well, bet yer
life I wasn’t going to lose her!
“Well,” he continued, “as I was
about to tell you, I took the whole lot'
right down to my ranch in Sacramento
Talley. Having on the ranch a great
barn of a house that had been built for
a wayside tavern, I put the family into
it, set ’em up and told ’em to go to<
•“They did as I told ’em. Then I went
to conrtin Molly in dead airnest—ac
tually neglected some of my teamin
business, I got so detarmined.
“Tn cut it short, in six months we
were married—bless the dayl It wa.
the makin of me. The 'trip’ to church
with Molly was the best I ever made,
except that one yon know of. Lord, it
seems like au old story now. Why, bless
you, wo now have two bouucin lads and
a rornpin little girl.”
“And Thomas?" I asked.
“Thomas? Oh, you mean Anderson,
my father-in-law. Well, he’ll never
set the world afire. He’s a good sort of
an old man though. He’s got a little
ranch of his own that I gave him off
part of my big one. He’s as contented
as a lamb, he is. He jist jiutters and
potters about and is happy.
“But Grandmother Mumford—the
old lady, you know. Well, it was per
fectly astonishin how she come out
when she struck the California climate
—her and that old bald faced boss.
Why, the old critter—the old gal, I
mean—she got jist as spry on ’er legs as
a quail. I often used to tell her, when
I see her chasin the young turkeys.
“Grandmother Mumford, you will be
a-kickin up your heels pretty soon,
the same ns your old Baldy out in the
pasture!’ That tickled her. She jist
swears by me!”
“Doessheever do the ‘Oh, Mumford!'
act nowadays?”
“Ha, ha, ha!” laughed Henderson.
“How do you know about that? Oh,
I recollect now. She gave us a small
specimen of that dodge out on the des
ert. Yes, she brings Mumford up oc
casionally when Father Anderson don’t
fly round to suit her—when she’s pnt
out with him, you know. Then she
sets down and humps herself like, or
comes over to my house and stays a
month at a time.”
“That must l>e agreeable!”
“Yes, sir, I like to have her about.
I can tell you, sir, that sbe’s a mighty
bright, sharp old lady, and when she
sees business goin on right she’s jolly
and full of life and fun. Make you
laugh tears to hear her tell her old
Kentucky yarns, actin out the charac
“Oh, I forgot to tell you, she’s rich
now! Some of her big, high toned rel
atives back in Kentucky—the Mum
fords and Sylvesters, and among ’em—
have died and left her, or it fell to her
in some way, $75,000 in clean coin!
We’ve named two of our children after
her—I mean the girl after her and the
boy after Mumford, the one out on
Green river. His name, it seems, was
Isaac—not a name I would have select
ed, but—well, she somehow got round
Molly in the fixin up of her will. But
this is too much like talkin business,
and I’m rich enough already—that is,
“Do you know, Henderson, that I’m
delighted to hear all this? I’ve a thou
sand times thought of you and of all in
that family. When I saw your tall Bed
Wing pass over the ridge out of sight
with the little ciaftin tow, it somehow
left a sort of void in my heart that has
never been filled till now.”
“Ah, and we, too, have often and of
ten talked of you, sir. All came about
through you. I wish to God you’d let
your mining business go and come down
and spend a month or two with us. I
can tell you we'd have a royal time.
What a surprise and delight it would
be to Molly! .She often and often talks
about you, wonderin bow you are gettin
along in the world and hopin all has
gone well with you.”
"Bless her kind heart! Now, Hen
derson, you may tell her that you’ve
seen me, and that I am happy and rich.
Tell her that I have a half a million
in one mine in Meadow Lake, with
from $100,000 to $250,000 in two or
three others. Also tell her that next
year I shall make the tour of Europe—
shall spend at least six months in Eu
rope. I’ve got my route all mapped
out. I wish to God, Henderson, that
things were so with you that you could
go along. ’ ’
I may as well say right here that
things did not turn out with me as well
as I then anticipated. My mines ‘ * pe
tered,” the “bottom” fell out of the
whole district and left some thousands
of us ‘flat broke.” But to this day I
am glad to feel that Mary always thinks
of me as rich, traveling in Europe, din
ing with Queen Victoria and hobnob
bing it with the czar of all the Bus
si as.
A stout, handsome young man about
17 years of age then approached and
was introduced by Henderson as “Rob
ert Anderson, my brother-in-law. He’s
one of the boys you saw on the desert. ”
After some talk about the “great
trouble” out on the desert, Henderson
told me that Bob was driving one of
his big teams.
“I had only one wing when yon first
met me, but now I have three—a Red
Wing, a White Wing, and a Blue Wing.
Whenever I get a new wagon 1 spread
another wing. I want just one more
wing, then I shall sail on evenly through
ly’Have you (lie same old RedWing
tiiit I saw'r” 1 asked.
fd’Yes, ” said Henderson, “ but like the
in’s jackknife so many new feathers
ye been put in here and there at va
ius times that it is now hard to say
a,w much of the original is left. I feel
t-;reat liking for the old craft, and I
ill always consider that one particu
ll trip to the Comstock with the old
d Wing the lucky cruise of my life—
it brought me Molly. ’'
Tardy Lord Palmerston.
A political friend, who knew Lord
Palmerston intimately, relates that he
was not always to be depended on in
keeping appointments. He once fixed
7 o’clock to dine with the officials of a
provincial towu, but failed to turn up.
When 10 o’clock struck and he still was
alrsent, the company in sheer despera
tion sat down and had reached only the
second course when the great man ap
peared. All expected an apology for
the delay that had spoiled their dinner,
but Palmerston, with the blandest of
smiles and an assumption of the mo&r
cordial and forgiving aspect, quietly
said, *' I am so glad you did not wait.''
Queer Trick* Practiced by Men Who Muk«
a Living With Pencil and limn!:—Car
toonists With More Than One Name- One
Who Made His Ghost Famous.
Artists who sign their names to pic
tures that other men paint are quito
plentiful in this town. In a little store
on Fourth aveniie, jnst aronnd the cor
ner from the An erican Academy of De
sign, there are tome very pretty exam
ples of water coloring for sale. The
signature in the corner of each canvas
is that of a woman. The dealer was in
a communicative mood the other day,
and as he was talking with a reporter
he picked up one of the paintings and
held it to the light for observation and
"That woman brings some very good
work in here for me to sell, ’' said be.
"There is one peculiarity about her,
though. She always writes her signa
ture in my shop. ” The dealer paused
as though to be questioned.
"Why does she do that?” was asked.
“Well, 1 suppose she doesn’t like to
put it on at the studios where the pic
tures are painted.”
“She doesn’t paint her own pictures,
“Not all of them. It’seasier to pick
them up here and there and bring them
to mo to sell I don’t know how much
she pays the artists who paint them, and
1 don’t care. It’s none of my business.
All I know is that the work is very good
and that 1 can get good prices for it. 1
suppose she is building up a reputation
on the strength of these canvases. Well,
why shouldn’t she? She gives work
to a lot of people who would probably
starve otherwise. You see, scores of
persons can paint pictures and very few
have the knack of getting them sold.”
Sometimes an artist signs more than
one name to his own work. This hap
pens ever}’ day on some of the illustrat
ed weeklies published for Broadway
circulation. The publisher doesn’t like
to see one man’s namo signed to every
cartoon or fall page picture. He does
not want it known that his staff of art
ists is so small. Not long ago one of
the cleverest of the illustrators used to
sign his own name to the big two page
picture in the middle of th6 periodical
and a noin de plume to the first page
drawing every week. In a little while
he began to receive letters addressed to
the assumed name, giving orders for
work and full of compliments. He had
built up a reputation for the mythical
artist which he could not get for him
self. His pride was hurt, but he swal
lowed the humiliation and proceeded
to increase the fame and the revenue
of his ghost.
A New York artist who draws for the
pictorial weeklies tells a story of his
experience in England at a time when
all the publishers were demanding
French illustrators and had no use for
native talent. This particular artist
knew that he could cut corsages as low 1
and skirts as high as any Frenchman
that ever lived. He had spent several
vacations and lots of hard earned mon
ey in seeing the particular side of Pa
risian life that the publishers were howl -
ing for at that particular time.
Ho assumed a very Frenchy name,
wrote in that language altogether and
submitted his sketches, which already
out-Frenched the Frenchmen in their
naughtiness. He made a big bit, his
mail orders were numerous, and for
many months he enjoyed a lucrative in
come under his title of Do Boulanger
or whatever it was, while all the other
English illustrators were drawing for
the religious weeklies, which cannot
afford to pay half as big prices to their
artists as their more wicked and per
haps more interesting contemporaries.
In the window of a picture store in
Harlem there were exposed for sale not
long ago two small canvases with the
magic name of Corot in the corner. The
price of each was $250. Now, a genu
ine Corot is worth anywhere from |1,
000 up. Was it a mistake or an at
tempt at swindling? The pictures were
in Corot’s style, and only an expert
could tell whether they were genuine or
The dealer would give no written
guarantee. He said he believed the two
canvases were genuine, and he explain
ed the low price by saying that he
bought tile pictures from a man in hard
luck who was ignorant of their value.
The purchaser took all the risk, If the
pictures were not genuine Corots, their
real value was anywhere from $5 to
$50. That is one of the queer things :c
the art business.
There are pawnbrokers in this town
who have been known to go into a pic
ture swindling scheme, as mora that,
one credulous buyer lias learned to hi.-j
cost. It is not an infrequent occur
rence tor an amateur in art to be ap
proached with a request to buy a pawn
ticket calling for a lot of pictures pledg
ed for, say, $100. The pictures, the
stranger says, are worth at least $250.
He will sell the ticket for $25. [f the
amateur buys it, he pays not only the
$25 for the ticket, but the $100 and ir.
terest to the pawnbroker.
It is a perfectly safe and easy meth
od of swindling. Neither tho pawn
broker nor the ticket seller is likely to
be caught. The pictures may only be
worth $10. It cannot be proved that
the pawnbroker knew this or that the
other man knew it, for that matter. The
victim has scarcely any inode of redraft ..
Swindles like this would not bo possible
but for the fact that very many men
believe they know all there is to raj
known about art, when, as ;i matter of
fact, they know nothing at all. Or, in
other words, "the crop of suckers never
fails, ” to quote the old maxim of the
green goods dealer.—New York W-trld.
I l»eg Pardon.
Solemn Stranger—All flesh is gram.
Deaf Man—Hey?
Solemn Stranger—No, gra«H —Now
York Press.
Surround In gn I lave Nauglit to I)o Will: tlir
Thread of Thought.
It might be conjectured perhaps that
Scott’s and Byron’s genius was favored
by the circumstances of their birth,
that the wild scenes in which Scott’*
infancy was passed, and the local leg
ends with which his head was filled d<>
terminod him to ballad writing, and
that tho ballad writing led naturally in
its turn to romance, and that I lie high
station and undisciplined lv*,.rty of
Byron’s childhood fostered that passion
ate self will and brooding imagination
which showed themselves in his fierce,
scornful and moody verse. This, wo
say, might perhaps be conjectured with
some probability, and tho like might bn
said of Wordsworth’s infancy.
But how shall we maintain that the
conditions of Keats’ cockney birth in a
livery stable or his education in a dis
secting room favored the growth of that
most delicate and ricli type or almost
Hellenic clearness and beauty of imag
ination? And how shall we maintain
that Dickens' menial task in the cork
ing of blacking bottles fostered the
growth of that wonderful humor and
that microscopic accuracy of vision
which filled the world with laughter
and with inimitable caricature such as
no comedy, not even Moliere’s. had an
Again, who would have ventured to
predict that a wild, despotic, Irish evan
gelical spirit like Patrick Bronte, ban
ished to the bleakest of Yorkshire inoors,
would have been the father of children
so eager, original and vivid in their rev
eries as those who eventually produced
the unique passion of Ellis and Currer
Bell’s genius? So far as we know any
thing of the origin of genius, that ori
gin is usually a surprise.
It is the rare exception, and not the
rule, when we find Chatham succeeding
in producing such a hothouse flower as
William Pitt, or James Mill succeeding
in elaborating a specimen more perfect
than himself of a thinker of his own
type, in the studious, diligent, diffuse,
lucid and rather dreary logician and
economist who left liis mark on the
English philosophy of the third quarter
of this century. Nor do we ever find in
rare instances of this sort the higher
kinds of original genius. Pitt and John
Stuart Mill were considerable triumphs
of training for a purpose, but that pur
pose was a very limited cue and had
none of the largeness and freshness of
vitality which attaches to original gen
ius.—London Spectator.
Negro Superstitions.
Among the superstitions of southern
negroes are those which make it a most
unfavorable thing to see a black cat
crossing one’s path, or to turn back
without making a “cross” in the street,
road or path. The belief in witches
is perhaps more general than any other,
and an ex-congressman tells of a case in
this section within the past 30 years in
which a witch was killed in a very
strange fashion. A negro called on a
witch doctor, a very old woman, and
was told that the cause of the trouble
was a witch and that she must be kill
ed; that the only way possible to thua
put her out of the way was to go into
the woods and cut the figure of a per
son on the bark of a big pine tree, mark
a cross on the body and shoot this with
a silver bullet, the cross representing
the witch’s iieart. The shooting was
duly done in th« presence of quite a
number of persons. This occurred in
the northern part of this county. Ce
dar balls are carried in the pockets an
a protection against witches. The no
gro belief in these is certainly fully
matched by that of white men who car
ry in their pockets buckeyes and Irish
potatoes, or who wear thick iron rings
on their fingers as a preventive of rheu
roatism.—Cor. Washington Star.
EX'Empresri Eugenie.
The ex-Empress Eugenie lias settled
down into the solitude which best ena
bles her to endure her memorable and
cumulative sorrows. Her tall, sad fig
ure goes in and out among us with only
the recognition of eilent sympathy. The
empress likes to have communication
with as few people as possible. For
instance, when she shops—she does her
own shopping—she likes to be waited
on by the same salesman always. 1
was witness of an incident of this sort
the other day. The empress walked
into a well known west end shop and
asked for Mr.-, naming one of the
head men. She wa3 told he was out,
whereupon she remarked that she would
call again and want away. I was told
that she certainly would come again ;
that Mr.-- always waited on her,
and that sho would not be served by
any one else.—London Western Mail.
A €:»»« of Contempt.
The prisoner was a bold faced va
grant, and the judge had it in h r him
from tho start.
“How many tit. • - have y- u h-'eri
here?” ho asked.
“Really, your honor. 1 nev : Kept
count after the twentieth time-.'
“I’ll give you months." -rid the
judge sternly.
“All right, your honor.’
‘ But it isn’t all right. It is all wrong,
and yon ought ‘ ■ be ashamed of your
self. "
“Well, \ uir honor," was the impu
dent response, “you oughtn't to com
plain. Tho itato gets my services for
nothing, and you make it pay you for
yours,' ’ and the judge gave him 80 days
more for contempt. — Detroit Free Presrs
Sweet, or Solitmle.
Sheep and geese become restless when
separated from the flock; the eagle and
iion seek isolation. From quiet and
solitude spring trie greatest thoughts,
inventions and formation. Onr most
valuable acquisition in the time of onr
development through nature, art and
circumstance is *!:•• fruit of hours spent
1 in quietude, desirable for onr growing
- youth and absolutely essential for our
! future philosopher, p i t and artist.—
George Fibers in the Forum.