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THE PRETTY TOIAj-G ATE KEEPER.
Down a valley fresh and fragrant, where a
lake of xilver sheen
ties embosomed in broad meadows of the
. deepest, purefsr-on.
Stands a buriirtUivllhtge, wittf a touch of
tower and spire,
Aad Its homes of squire and merchant in their
plain, and neat attire.
Many travelers go there daily some to talk
and some to trade,
otae with baskets, -oinp with wagon9 mau
and woman, bovund maid :
But whoever makes tlie Journev is compelled.
each time, to wait
Lang enough to drop some pennies at the
tollman's rustic Kate.
Ihe who takes them L his daughter; sixteen
years, 1 heard her iav,
a her ape; and she salutes me In so beautiful
With her pretty face In smiles, and her soft
curls dropping down
Cka her shoulders, that I think of her the
whole long way to town.
I have business at the village every work-day
of the week,
And the reason why I go there is not very far
I might take & shorter by-way, and see Just
as fair a Ian d
Sat I'd miss tho tender softness of her white
and pe uly hand!
I am never in a hurry if she makes me stand
While I linger, half a dozen may have saun
tered through the gate;
But when my fee and fingers touch her fingers
well outspi end.
What a sharp electric tremor tingles through
my heart and bead !
Testeraar I paused much
needful to nnvtiilh
oe by one I dropped the pennies
flniren' slow control:
One by one I saw the blushes flame across her
Amd. amidst the sweet confusion, I aroused
my heart to speak.
just a simple Question four short
words and nothing more
. volume of intention filled the utterance
Had I argued round a circle I might still be
o I put the matter frankly in the good old
Hien her face grew sweet and sober, and her
.. blue eyes seemed bo ineek -That
I caught at once the meaning which her
lips were moved to speak.
Let the busy gossips chatter I am willing
they should prate
Cor I'll now pay toll with kisses when I reach
the rustic gate! . .
m m i
SAVED BY SIGNS.
What an odd whim it is of yours to
employ a mute for a dressing-maid,
Blanche !" cried her elegant but rather
flippamt friend, Mrs. Percy Waltham.
l)o allow me to warn you against what
I can not help but dejnoro m affirl of
your position a touch of eccentricity."
44 It was tL touch of humanfyjKinAZoe's
case, to begin with," return edJMaft-iche,
quietly. 4,1 employed her aunt as a
seamstress first, and the poor woman,
dying suddenly, left her niece totally un
provided for. I took her home and
found her a good and useful girl, who
has made herself in one year really in
dispensable to me."
44 But the idea of your learning the
language of signs, and learning to make
- IkoarMd MnMWvfbnlua
.rW&ntj? pMdsfedtlie wftaatfof faSMifn.
-Myelear; how can yoiMo it? how can
you take so much trouble and bore your
self just for the sake of a nobody?"
44 1 am-sometimes very glad to find
something that interests me." said
Blanche, seriously.' "It's a dreadful
oonfemion for a girl not yet twenty-one :
but I must tell the truth, and say that
at times I am heartily tired of my idle
44 Idle!" replied Mrs. Waltham, with
little scream. "My dear child, how
can you be idle with a visiting list like
yours, and a long array oftinvitations,
that keep one going all the while the
season lasts, not to mention dresses. At
this very moment I expect a box -from
Paris that will occupy me, in the mere
trying on, nearly all day to-morrow ; yet
I've promised to drive but, to go to the
pera for an hour, and finish the even
ing at Mrs. Harrington's dance."
44 Yes, I know," Blanche said, a little
wearily; "but one doesn't think about
those things all the time at least I do
not. I learned the mute language for
Zoe's sake, and I found it rather an
Amusement than a study."
Mrs. Percy Waltham shrugged her
pretty shoulders, and archetT her deli
cate brows in silent protest' -against such
absurdity. Then, imploring 44her darling
pet" not to become that dreadful thing,
a character," the gay queen of fashion
kissed her lightly on the edge of the
cheek, and, gathering up her draperies,
fluttered away to her carriage, like any
other gorgeous butterfly of a season.
Blanche followed her departure with a
faint sigh. Rising, she moved uneasily
about the room, till having caught sight
of her own perturbed spirit in a mirror,
he stood still and tried to reason
against her growing discontent and Joss
f spirits. ' i ' I
Young, rich and an acknowledged
beauty, she could scarcely form a wish
without the means of its gratification ;
and yet, as she was just thinking, there
wem?enly a few hours in .every week
whem'she was happy the rest of "her
time was spent in longings she could, not
define, and regrets she strove in vnin'to
Her early orphanage left her in the
care of a distant relative, to whose only
son she had been engaged since infancy
by the will of her deceased father.
A family feud on the subject of an an
cient and long-contested lawsuit would
Ham be forever extinguished, for Donald
Irving and Blanche Beauvoir were the
last members of their respective families.
Being in this manner provided :or,
sod' knowing from her earliest cluld
hood the future "that awaited her, the
imaginative and ardent nature of the
girl was robbed of youth's dearest heri
tage castle-building and.drcamingput
Ihe secretsof destiny. andJwithouc-j're-bellirig
openlyuagainsf fafe? shVriad
grown morbid, and at times gloomy.
Yet theifuture in store Jforu her was
surely of the brightest in a wordly point
of view, for Donald Irving, as &he had
heard for they had not met for a half
dozen years was a brilliant and fasci
sating man, and in Continental circles
was reg-.irded by maneuvering mam
mas, who did not'know of his engage
ment, as one of the most desirable
esiches.in the .matrimonial market.
But be had been abroad.for years,and
abroad he meant to stay, as it appeared,
until the last moment and this fact
lone struck Blanch like a sting; her
womanly S-iture revolted at the idea of
wedding an utter stranger, and if Don
ald Irving remained awaj' until her
twenty-first birthday which was also,
could never forgive the man who thus
plainly showed his lore of freedom, and
determiriatioaTto'erijoy'iti, regardless of
her, untU'khe'lanhBornent permitted by
fcer father's will.
As they were to travel after the oere
SKny, she had resolved, some months
before, to perfect herself in the study of
Srench and German, and in compliance
with her request, her guardian had se
enred her an instructor, "under' whose
tuition she had progressed amazingly.
Norman Guy was a student devoted to
his chosen calling a scholar7 whose
erudition filled her with awed .-admira-Kon.
There seemed to be some mystery
ahont his earlv life he was singularly
Jeticent for so young a man in regard to
all that concerned himself; but Blanche, I
-"1 ai La v-m -. aEk .m. -a a
Siving no aay-areams ui uer uwu,uu
ft indulge in many on account of her
fcung tutor, and hi them all he seemed
Is her to have borne some disappoint-'
sent, some ambition blighted by harsh
fcrtune, some noble aim balked by a
Oh, how she longed to be able to re
store from his path whatever difficulties
beset its upward, onward course ! How
gladly she would have met poverty, if
only he could have the wealth that seem
ed useless in her idle hands!
It wa? while in his society the happy
hours passed that made all time beside
seem blank and worthless; and even
Zoe, who was always present during
their lessons, seemed to enjoy the days
set apart for them, and long for their
coming. Gentle, devoted little creature
"that she was! Xeverdid waiting-maid
ever so adore the young mistress she
served as pretty Zoe did. t o
Perhaps it was this devotion, Appar
ent in every glance of her softiyet in
telligently bright, eyes, that made the
mute maI so great a favorite with Mr,.
Guy, the tutor, who; for the sake of- be
ing able to,converse with her oq per
haps, in his turn, to be instructed by Ids'
fair pupil learned the mute language,
and so became one of the trio of silent
talkers; for, owing to her native refine
ment and grace Zoe was more of a com
panion than a servant.
Time went by too swiftly for Blanche
since it brought a day nearer and nearer
that she had learned to dread, and vet
her betrothed neither came hot seat tid-'
ings of his coming.
They had met only as children ; he was
five years her senior, and had gone
Abroad to continue his studies; she was
too young to think or care much about
Latterly he had written to her at long
intervals, and withcold ceremony; but
as no answer appeared necessary, they
had never progressed to correspon
dence. 44 But now it is absolutely due to me,
as a lady, that he should write," she
thought, as the time was close at hand.
"To plight my faith forever to a man
whom I do not even know by letter is
shocking. It is outrageous to every
thought and feeling, and I will appeal
from my dead father to my living guar
dian Against such an ordeal."
Yet the days wore on, and she could
not find courage to speak.
44 If he would only come, or write
anything to rouse me to desperation,"
she said. " It is impossible to protest
against so cruel, so careless, a wooer.
Wooer!" She repeated the word with
a flush of pain. "No, no! there is no
wooing necessary. Donald Irving
comes to receive me as if I were an in
sensible stock or stone. I am part of
an inheritance to him nothing more."
Then her mind reverted to Norman
Guy, tho poor tutor, aad a frenzied de
sire to yield up all her wealth', to the last
farthing, if she could only be permitted
to follow the hard and toilsome fortune
of the humble scholar, took possessios
of her. t n
But onlv for a moment; the recollec
tion of tne tutor's silence recalled her
to herself. Her cheeks flushed pain
fully as the undeniable consciousness of
having bestowed her heart unsought,
unasked, on a comparative stranger,
forced itself on her."
What a lot was hers! To the world
it seemed most enviable, ,but to her it
was full of 'untold bitterness.
One of the brilliant features of her
great fortune was the possession of fam
ily diamonds of immense value and rare
magnificence. TKeyhad been a wedding-gift
to her great-grandmother, a
noble French lady, and though lost dur
ing the horrible Revolution, wherf their
second owner, her maternal grandmoth
er, lost her head, with all else, for her
fealty to her royal mistress, 'Marie An
toinette, they had been restored after
the return of the Bourbons, and so came
peaceably down to Blanche's day.
On her twerityTfirst birthday they
would be given "formally into her pos
session ; and Mrs. Percy Waltham was
very eager to see these famous gems
all the more charming from their an
tique setting, the rage for the old style
being then at its height.
44 lam coining to' see your diamonds
.to-morrow, my dear Blanche," an
nounced the reigning oracle of the world
of fashion, "and I predict quite a levee
for you and them. You know how
eagerly a subject is seized on in society,
and I assure you that your diamonds
their being hidden by your ancestress in
the floor of her dressing-room, discov
ered by her false valet to a servant of
the Commune, confiscated, lost to sight,
heard of in Holland, years afterward,
in the hands of a Jewish dealer, sought
for, found, anifiualTy .repurchased into
the family of the original owners oh, I
assure you that the 'Beauvoir dia
monds' are all the rage!"
44 1 never saw them," Blanche said.
The subject was not a pleasant one;
the gems seemed to separate her more
widely from Norman Guy, who, at that
very moment, was waiting with Zoe in
the library to give his last lesson. The,
caller had grown wearisome, as she1
detained her from the single pleasure of
her existence; and she scarcely followed
her words, so eager was she to join her
At last she was gone. With arfgh of
relief, Blanche hurried to the library,
but met her guardian in the hall, with a
letter in his hand.
Mr. Irving, the elder, was a kind and
indulgent man, but a chronic invalid.
For years he had been confined, for the
greater part of his time, to his own
apartment, his doctor and man-servant
being in constant attendance. This
encounter in the hall was, therefore, a
rare event ; and Blanche, who had every
reason to respect and admire his amiable
qualities, hastened to pay Her respects,
and rejoice in his ability to leave his
4 My dear child," said Mr. Irving,
showing considerable emotion, "it is an
occasion of much importance that
arouses me. My son Donald will sleep
under my roof to-night, for the first time
in many years. Yes, my dear, he writes
to announce his coming."
if Blanche had looked at the post
mark, she might have seen it was a city
note he held; but she was too anxious
to reach the library to think of anything
And when Mr. Irving still further
detained her, to mention ner diaaaoads,
she was almost impatient.
4Thevwill be, brought up before the.
bank "closes this afternnon,. my dear
Blanche, "and at two or thereabouts, if
J-ou will he, at leisure, I will fulfill tJie
etter of 'my instructions by delivering
them to, you.,".,, CX -ii rir
44 Certainly, sir," answered Blanche.
And this time she reached the library
Mr. Guy rose And bowed low at her
appearance. There Was a curious sup-
Sression in his manner. He looked
own, changed color, add seemed
laboring under some restrained emotion ;
while she poor girl! was not less
disturbed than he, but, with a woman's
native' tact, concealed her feelings bet
ter. When he rose to 'tike.-hU leave, she
raised her eyes for the first time to his
face, and saw that it was deadly pale;
but the swelling of her own poor heart
did not permit Tier to observe him.
A hasty summons from Mr. Irving
came as a relief to both.
Blanche broke hastily away, and
found her guardian waiting at the door
of he'r boudoir, with a Urge, old-fAsh-ioned
case in his hand.
44 Here are the diamonds, Blanche,"
he said, when they had entered the
roonftogcther. "It is necessary for you
to look at them, and then give the clerks
below a receipt."
She did as he directed, And a blase of
light seemed to dash out on her as the
sunlight fell on the open case.
ICavS- tllAMA . M W 4sV JUS SV
But there was neither joy nor triumph
in the possession to her. She tamed
from them, rsick at soul, for suck splem
dor only reminded her of thehpUowBsia
of the future.
44 An empty life, -bone 'neath a glit
tering exterior1 she thought, as she
wrote the receipt.
Mr. Irving seemed very much agitated
and ill at ease. Congratulating her in
a few hurried words on coming into
possession of such rare gems, he took a
Turning from the jewels, that lay
ojea on ber dressing-table, Blanche
flung herself into an easy-chair a$d gave
herself up to dreary reflections. .
The wedding was to be entirely pri
vate... Its preparations she had spared
herself by giving an order to competent
parties to furnish -all that was expected
to belong to the outfit of a young lady
in Jherpo6itiony consequently her rooms
were full of "unopened boxes,, packages
and ' packing-cases, the contents of
which Mrs. Waltham, to quote' her own
words, "was just dying to inspect,"
but, which as yet .had no interest for their
fair owner. , "
3Joe entered, by and by, to announce
dinner, from which her guardian ex
cused himself on account of the agita
tion he had undergone that morning.
Poor Mr. Irving! An excellent gen
tleman and a capital man of business,
he hsd committed the error of retiring
to private life oaiinding himself pos
sessed of a princely fortune; for, owing
to the lack of his former business stim
ulant, he had become a confirmed mono
maniac on the subject of his health, and
sow passed his time in imagining him
self ill of all maimer of diseases.
Blanche lingered long in the drawing
room, gazing out into the twilight street,
through which carriages and foot pas
sengers hurried on their way home
ward. .She had ordered tea in her own
room, and presently Ascended the stair
case, sighing as she went; for some
how she had hoped till the last that she
tutor would have spoken, and his con
strained silence.jwhile his looks and ac
tions told somuchi pressed heavily on
It was quite dark; And old Ralph, her
guardian's, .favorite servant, told her,
as 'he lighted the halls, that "the young
master had come."
At these tidings, she hurried to her
room, glad to be "spared meeting him
that night, and closing the door as
quickly as if some one was in pursuit of
her, breathed freely to find herself alone.
Alone ! It was well for Blanche Beau
voir that she came of a strong-hearted
race and inherited some of the nerve of
her ancestors. Just as she turned to
see that the door had closed behlndTier,
the fire upon the hearth shot up into a
sudden blaze, and by its light in an
opposite mirror she saw a brawny
mulatto, Armed with a long knife, which
she recognized as one of her guardian's
collection of arms and weapons, step
quickly behind a curtained alcove, which
entirely concealed his figure.
The same light revealed her diamonds
lying open on her dressing-case, and in
an instant she realized her danger and
its cause. Her first impulse was to fly;
but the man knew she had seen him,
and horror of horrors! parted the
curtain, and with a sinister look made
her a warning, and at the same time
She dropped into a seat, and for a
moment fear took possession of. every
faculty, and left her powerless. But
soon the native courage of her race
triumphed above it, and she crossed her
arms upon her chest, and sat alone,
facing death, for two long hours.
She had left word below that when
she rang Zoe should come to her And
tea be served; but to reach the bell she
would have to pass the assassin hid
behind the curtain, and his look said
.plaialv : -A-Call forhelp, and -you shall
Darkness filled the apartment awful,
terrible darkness, in which she fancied
the curtain moving, and the murderous
villain stealing forth every moment.
Once in a while the logs upon the hearth
crackled and threw out a gleam or two,
only to be succeeded by a deeper gloom.
At last at last Zoe's step came through
the hall, and. her tap upon the door
sounded to her mistress' ears as welcome
as the voice of hope.
How strangely calm were her words!
She marveled at her own self-control as
she spoke; but she had not passed that
frighful ordeal in. vain. Her plan was
formed, her mind made up, and, under
cover of Zoe's noise on entering, she
thrust the immense bronze-handled
poker deep into the red-hot coals.
44 Zoe," she said, aloud, speaking to
her as if she could hear, ''please light
the gas and tell them to bring my tea."
And at the same time she signed to
her to make the light and come near
her, where the concealed man could not
see her face. The mute instantly obeyed
like all those unfortunates who are
deprived of one sense, the remaining
ones seemed all the keener and. more
sensitive, as if to supply the loss and
her intense devotion to Blanche made
her able almost to anticipate her wishes
before they were uttered.
44 Do vou know where youns Mr.
living's rooms areP" was Blanche's
She had weighed the matter well.
Her guardian was too old and ailing to
help in this ease; none but the young
master of the house, her future husband,
should be her deliverer,and him she must
summon to her aid. Zoe smiled, and
signed " Yes, yes!" with cheerful alac
rity. 44 Then go and bring him here, with a
pair of loaded pistols. Do not be fright
ened; remember, I rely on your cour
age, and expect you to make him un
derstand what I say. Stop to com
municate with no one else. Lose not an
instant, and bring him here armed, at
once." Then, speaking aloud, she re
peated: "Get my tea, Zoe; I want to
go to bed early, you know."
While she talked, Blanche kept her
eyes on the mirror opposite the curtain.
She saw it move, and Knew that the mu
latto was watching ; but he saw nothing,
and was evidently satisfied that no com
munication had passed between them.
His findish face appeared at the opening
but for a moment, then retired.
Blanche counted the seconds, with
her eyes alternating from the mirror to
the fire, where the poker glowed red
hot, . Suddenly the door was flung open
without a sound, and there stood not
him for whom she had called in her ex
tremity, but Norman Guy, her teacher,
and behind him peeped the radiant, the
anxious face of Zoe, her pretty mute.
An impulse to fling herself into his
arms for safety for a moment almost
overcame Blanche; but, meeting his
grandly courageous eyes, she felt her
fear And weakness vanish, as with nim
ble fingers she told him, in the mute
language, the story of the concealed
ruffian. While she was speaking, Nor
man espied the poker, and as she con
cluded he seized it in his right hand,
while with his left he drew 'Blanche
from the scene of danger. And. called,
in a firm, clear voice, for the wretch to
come out of hiding and throw down his
The mulatto was a muscular, heavily
built man, with arms like iron in their
hardness and strength; but Hercules
himself might have quailed before an
immense red hot poker in such hands as
now wielded it, and the wretch was slow
to risk an encounter.
While he dallied, Norman tore down
the curtain, and, watching his opportu
nity, struck the knife from the startled
fellow's hands, then knocked him down
with a stunning blow that stretched him
" Please give "me the curtain cord,
Blanche," he said. " It will do for the
S resent to secure this miserable scoun
rel, until. Ralph is fortunate enough to
find a policeman."
But, as he spoke, the old servant ap
peared with two officers, between whom
the bold AssASein suddenly trAs
formed to a sneaking thief was led
Away to the nearest station-house.
"I suppose you owe- this terrible
fright to Mrs. Percy Waltham's interest
iA your diamonds. She has tAlksd of
them in her own circle till tho echo
reached a much lower one, it etus,"
the tutor said.
But how changed the tutor' m-innor!
how much at home he seemed ! how tho
servants obeyed him, and Zoe smiled,
though the' poor little soul was pale and
trembling over the late danger of her
Blanche pressed her .hand over her
beating heart, and looked from one to
44 Forgive me, Blanche, if T have en
joyed your society in theToU of a tutor,
and learned to know and love ray future
wife as I never could h ive done in my
own character," Norman said,' hurried
y. "I will exolain'3 how it happened
more fully by, and by. Butfaowdetme
implore your forgiveness for the plan
that grew out of your evident aversion'
to me in person, since yod never named
me to my father. Your desire for a
teacher, your readiness to absorb your
mind in study to distract.it from our ap
proaching union in fact, al that proved
your horror of marrying a man Vou did
not love. I confess 1 shared your feel
ing, and, with my father's permission, I
have wooed you in another character;
but, thanks to his taste in long names,
not under a false title. My full name is
Donald Norman Guy Irving."
44 And I shall always call you Nor
man!" cried happy Blanche, in a tone
so replete with joyous content as to tell
her whole heart's story.
Zoe clapped her hands; she. little
hypocrite, had known the secret all
along, and was the happiest mute in the
world over its grand success.
. ."Dear little Zoe!" said Blanche, an
hour or two later, when she and her
lover sat alone together. "How little
did I think, in- learning her silent lan
guage, that I would oue.day owe my life
to it! Do not wonder that I shudder,
Norman, to recall that wretch's fright
ful face threatening me. Nor can I
ever forget thst I was saved by signs."
Is Immoral SpecalatlOA.
For the results of ordinary specula
tions the public at large cares very little.
Whether thfr " bulls" or the " bears"
are worsted in their battles over this or
that stock is rightly considered to con
cern chiefly the " bulls" and the
44 bears" themselves. But when the
speculation has to do with a neces
sary of life, like breadstuff's or cotton ;
when speculators succeed in locking up
the surplus products and creating an ar
tificial famine in the midst of plenty;
when' prices become so inflated that ex
ports cease, and foreign exchanges must
be met by a drain of gold from this
country then every business man and
every consumer has a personal interest
in the result. There is no family in the
country that has not been paying a
larger price, in many cases fancy prices,
for its daily food this winter, because a
knot of speculators have combined to
force prices up and keep them up.
Speculations of this kind iu the neces
saries of life is hard to distinguish from
a crime, and there is reason for rejoic
ing when a movement of 'this kind fails,
and ruins those who would become rich
by wringing money out of the poor.
The 'great " corner in.grain," in which
Chicago has taken the lead, began to
give way la3t week, and at this writing
it seems that not only is tne wreck irre-
E arable, but' all similar " corners" are
Few readers of the Examiner, proba
bly, have any adequate idea of the ex
tent of sneoulatiorumplied by one of these
44 corners." Take this city alone. Last
year the sales of wheat am mnted to 475,
441,700 bushels, while the total quantity
received in this city was only 45,000,000
bushels. Each bushel was sold more
than ten times, and probably eight of
the ten sales were speculative. In cot
ton even larger proportions ruled; 175,-
000 bales were actually received and
30,659,326 were sold, so that every bale
was sold nearly two hundred times.
And the Chicago speculations in wheat,
as well as the New Orleans speculations
in cotton, are much greater-in extent
than anything of the kind in New York.
Whether it is practicable or advisable
to endeavor to check this speculation iu
the necessaries of life by legislation, we
do not undertake to say. But there can
be no doubt that the force of a strongly
Adverse public opinion should be brought
to bear upon it, and that it should be re
garded as little more respectable than
highway robbery. N. Y. Examiner.
A Plea for the Boys.
I want to say a few words for the
boys. Not the boy who comes quietly
into the. house, hangs up his hat and sits
down to read "like a little gentleman,"
but the " truly boy," who rushes into
the house like a small whirlwind, and
upsets half the things in the room while
crossing it; who is always fearfully
hungry; who can never sit still for five
minutes; who is very likely . to turn a
summersault over your foot-stool and
stand on his head beside you in the
midst of your lecture on Behavior; who
is sometimes rude, but rarely untruthful
or mean ; who is sent out of doors to be
44 got rid of," when mamma has compa
ny or wants to be quiet; who can ask
more questions in ten minutes than one
could answer in an hour. This is the
sort of boy I want tossy a good word
The best men I have ever known gen
erally say of such a boy,.44 1 was just
like him." That fact alone ought to be
full of comfort to the mothers. One
great cause of the trouble with these
boys is in' the style of reading which
they devour so greedily, and which is
written by people whowell, At leAst
ought to know better. Where is the
boy who will not invariably select the
story with the most frightful mixture of
tomahawks, scalping knives, fearful en
counters and escapes, for mamma or
auntie to read for a " bedtime story,"
Afterward falling asleep with a serenity
which would be impossible to the reader
of the story.
I have often been surprised at the love
of beautiful things which su6h boys have
sometimes in a marked degree, and it
should be cultivated to its greatest .ex
tent. Give them a little corner of the
garden for their own, and see their de
light over the largest pink or the first
I know Doys are generally considered
little more than animate depravity, but
S've them a chance. Put a boy upon
9 honor, trust him, and he will be
trusty. It is the boy, and girl too for
that matter who is always suspected of
doing wrong who does it. Show them
that they axe not unmitigated nuisances,
and do not send them out into the street
to learn wickedness, with the idea that
"mamma doesn't care" if they are only
out of her sight and. hearing. Give
them, also, good books, there are such,
though they may be few, books without
the' adventures and profanity and' bru
tality, of the greater part of the 'present
stories for boys, boys having, at best,
sufficient of the savage instinct without
a special literature to cultivate it.
Emily Hayes, in Household.
A Sunday law passed in 1702 re
mains on the statute books of Connecti
cut. It has long been ignored as to its'
more severe provisions, but occasion all v
its prohibition of travel is brought into
notice by a prosecution, as in the cae of
excursions last summer. The Germans
of New Haven and Hartford are moving
for such modifications as will allow
them a moderate amount of recreation
on Sunday. The legislators are squirm
ing between two fires, fer there is a
strong and active sentiment of Puritan
ism in the State. The bill under coa
sideration would remove All restriction
from Sunday travel, and permit concerts
after sunset. 2i. Y. Sun.
Population from ADrcua.
The population of the United States
was increased about one per cent, last
year by immigration from abroad. Sta
tistics are not at hand for other ports
than New York, but the total number
of Arrivals as probably something over
half a million. About 440,000 immi
grants arrived at tin port, or nearh
nine-tenths of the whole uuraber. The
general oharacter of the arrivals is said
to be better than the average of previ
ous years. On the whole there is no
doubt that the nddttion to our popula
tion is of real value. Considerably.
more than one-third of tho immigrants
landing: at Castle Garden were Germans.
I a very large proportion of whom were
muusinuiu snu irugai arieuuunu la
borers, seeking homes in the West.
This class, as a whole, constitutes an or
derly and law-abiding element which is
readily and rapidly assimilated. The
Irish come next in order of numbers, but
were only about one-third as numerous
as the Germans. They furnish a valua
ble working force, though they are rath
er addicted to congregating in the cit
ies. The English coma next to the Irish
in numbers, and, notwithstanding their
attachment to inherited ideas, they al
most invariably become good citizens of
our free Republic. Those who come
over for the purpose of establishing
themselves in colonies are, indeed, of a
rather superior class, and the fact that
they are of the same blood with the
founders of the first colonies on the?e
shores gives promise of a ready assim
ilation with the descendants-of their own
ancestors. Sweden has contributed
more than 35.000 to the arrivals, and
Norway has added about 14,000. They
are for the most part an industrious and
peaceable people, and much the same
.may be said of the Scotch and Welsh.
J he most undesirable of our immigrants
in recent years have come from the
South of Europe, and of these the Ital
ians are most numerous, nearly .14,000
of whom arrived at Castle Garden dur
ing the year past. They 'are very apt
to herd together in the large cities and
recruit the low-t ranks of the laboring
population. This is due in some meas
ure to the fact that the emigration of
criminals and paupers and worthless
people generally from Italy has been
rather eucouraged of late. The hordes
of Asia poured in upon our Eastern
shores to the number of something less
than 400, all told, but San Francisco
and the Pacific coast are yet to be heard
Not only has the addition to our pop
ulation from abroad been valuable in
itself, but with it has come a moderate
accession of accumulated capital. The
amount of this can not he ascertained,
as the immigrants are under no obliga
tion to tell how much money they have,
and most of them make their exchanges
on the other side before embarking. It
is estimated that they paid 5,000,000
last year for railroad transportation after
leaving Castle Garden, andthe Superin
tendent believes that the total amount
of cash brought with them was not less
than $11,000,000. This is probably a
very low estimate. The destination of
the immigrant Ls no less interesting: than
their origin. They still flock in large
numbers to the Northwest, where many
settle on farms aud aid in developing
the untouched resources of the land,
thereby aiding in the most effective
manner to increase the production of
wealth as well as the population of our
oountry. Others seek mining and man
ufacturing districts on account of the
character of their previous industrial ex
perience. Those who sink to the bottom
of the social strata in the cities and be
come a source of trouble probably form
no larger proportion of the whole than
that of natives of foreign parentage who
find the same level. The capacity of
the Southern States for absorbing for
eign immigrants has not yet been fairly
tested, .though many are seeking the
vast unsettled areas of Texas, ana the
current is gradually percolating: into
other parts of that section of the coun
try. The idea that the foreign element"
is a source of danger or difficulty to the
country i3 well-nigh exploded now,
though there is no doubt that it adds to
the perplexity of securing good govern
ment under universal suffrage in .the
large cities. This is not due so much to
the fact that so many voters are of for
eign birth as to the fact that so many of
the foreigners who seek the cities and
remain there arc of a low order of intel
ligence and education.
There is certainly nothing alarming
even to the most timid in the great flow
of population from abroad which has
been going on during the hist two years.
Though unprecedented in absolute vol
ume it bears a constantly decreasing
proportion to the entire population. Ac
cording to the census of 1880 we had
then 6,679,943 foreigners in a popula
tion of 50,155,783, or less than one
twelfth of the whole. The increase of
population for the preceding decade was
about thirty per cent., or an average of
three per cent, a year, and even in 1881
the accession from abroad was only
about one per cent. Considering this
fact and the rapid transformation which
is constantly going on, as well as the
general good quality of nine-tenths of
the immigration, there is certainly a very
large percenage of grain for us a3 a Na
tion in the increment to our population
that comes from over the seas. N. Y.
Kissing Under the Mistletee.
. A writer in the London Daily Tele
graph, conversing with a street-vender
of imitated holly in Christmas week,
asked him whether the mistletoe, of
which a plentiful supply was in the mar
ket, was ever sold with artificial berries.
"There's a lot of rubbish talked about
mistletoe," said he ; "and I dare'say it's
very pretty to read about it in Christ
Has tales and to see it in Christmas pic
tures, but poor people don't care any
thing about it. It's all very well, per
haps, among the well-to-do sort of peo
ple, who can afford to invite old and
young to all manner of gay goings-on,
but among them that are always work
ing and driving for a living, they got
something else to think about when they
get a chance of a bit of a jollification."
riut even among the humblest of the
laboring classes the young fellows have
sweethearts, and at their Christmas par
ties kissing under the mistletoe is surely
part of the fun. "Well, that's where it
ls, perhaps," returned the old fellow,
after a few moments' reflection, "the
young fellows den't see the fun of it.
They do their courting 'steadfast and
with a hearty will, just in a manner of
speaking as they set about the work they
get a living by. And when a young
fellow tacks on to a young gal, meaning;
to marry her, he doesn't usually see the
force of being so very polite as to let
another young fellow kiss her just be
cause he's got a sprig of mistletoe in his
hand or catches her passing under a bit
of it hung up. It might go down in
company where they practices genteel
manners," said Bill's father, "but in
homely circles like them round aoout
the New Cut and Lambeth Walk, a
J'oung fellow who tried it on would most
ikely get his head punched, which, of
course, would make a disturbance and
spoil the harmony. No, sir, it isn't in
poor neighborhoods that mistletoe is
much sought after. When there's a
glut of it, and you can bny a good-sized
bush for anout sixpence. It will sell in
the Cut and such market pi .ices, but
there isn't a hundredth part the haukcr
mg after it among poor people there is
The freedom of the City of Dublin
has been conferred upon Mr. Parnell'
This is a good deal like handing a glass
of water to a Kentuckian. It is doubt
less a fine thing, but be hap uo use for
SCIEXCE AND IXD US Hi Y.
It is found that brandy augments
the rapidity aud force of the pulse as
much as thirteen per cent.
The astounding statement is made
that sixty per cent, of all the inonoy
spent .in building aud furnishing the
houses of America goes for ornament
In the Signal Service Bureau instru
ments are being perfected which -will
show pressum measurements to within
one-thousandth of an 'inch and record
temperature to one-twentieth of a de
0 Manufacturers of boot-blacking
probably -will not be pleased to learn
that a boot-blacking plant ha? been dis
covered in New South Wales, the juice
of which give9 a polish of dazzling bril-
liancy after a few -light touches with "
' In mechanics and scieuce Kothiug
should be pronounced impossible which
does not propose to get something in
effect out of the naturafstoreh'ouso with
out giving something in return for it, a
if a man should attempt to construct
machine which, when done, would forth
with supply its own power out of itself
As for electricity, its study :ieems hardly
more than fairly begun, and to try to set
bounds to its potentialities would be
rashly premature. N. Y. Times.
It was remarked by the Scientific
American that, in spite of the 2,000
patents on car-couplings, there was j-et
an unsatisfied demand for an automatic
coupler. A correspondent replies: "The
trouble lies not in the lack of inventions
but in the indisposition of the railway
companies to adopt them, or even to
consider their possible merits. So long
as human life is as cheap aj they (the
railway companies) figure it, there is no
likelihood of any improvements being
adopted to prevent the killing off or
crippling of employees'; and so long as
they can call it Carelessness' or -accident,'
they do not want a remedy, un
less some one would change all their
couplings in one night and without ex
pense." A stronger argument in favor of the
Woman's Silk Culture Association than
any which they have yet advanced was
furnished by a dispatch from Cheenne,
Wyoming, the other day. Four Italian
merchants, it stated, passed through
that place in charge of 250,000 cardj of
silk-worms' eggs, each card containing
30,000 eg3. The total value of the eggi
was $250,000. They came from Japan
and were eu route for Milan. Now 'the
eggs raised in this country are of as
goodquality as those thus conveyed at
such enormous outlay of money and
trouble around three-quarters of the
globe. If it pays the Italian middlemen
to go to Japan, buy the eggs and trans
port them acro3s this continent and two
oceans to Italy, it would surely pay the
American farmer's daughter to raise
the eggs and sell them in New Jersey.
A'. Y. Tribune.
PITH AND POINT.
Bank defaulters should be haunted
by the ghost of a Bank-owe. Whitehall
There is no change so sad to con
template as the last ten cents left from a
"A fellow feeling makes us won
drous kind" but not when the fel
low's feeling for your pocketbook.
The true way for a woman to drive
a nail is to aim the blow square at her
thumb. Then she'll at least avoid hit
ting her thumb.
Hunt's picture of Niagara sold for
$10,000 the other day, the purchaser
thinking it cheaper to buy the picture
at that price than visit the falls and
drive around in a hack. Philadelphia
We often hear of a woman marry
ing a .man to reform him ; but no one
ever tells about a man marrying a wom
an to reform her. We men are modest,
and don't talk about our good deeds
much. Near York Times.
The Solid MuUloon makes this
touching appeal to delinquent subscrib
ers: "uenuemen, we must nave weaitn.
J The nights are growing cold, and this
thing of forcing a ten-cent mustard
plaster to do the work of an all-wool
undershirt is growing monotonous."
A young man living in Leadvillc
shipped to his little brother in St- Louis
as a-Christmas present a choice donkey
of the diminutive species known as the
Mexican burro. The agent in making
out his manifest concluded that " bur
ro" meant " bureau," and reported ac
cordingly to his superior "one bureau
missing and one jackass over." New
Do you believe the story that Minis
ter Hamlin, having somehow strayed to
a bull-fight at Madrid, and after watch
ing the proceedings for a while, said :
44 Those fellows don't know how to
handle a bull. Why, any farmer's boy
down round Bangor would know enough
to put a ring in the the critter's nose
and hitch, a stick to it. Then they
could lead the beast round as handy as
could be." Boston Post.
A New Orleans bank-teller has in
vented an " economical coin-holder."
It will fill a long-felt want. An editor
dislikes to go through the streets with
both pockets so full of coin that they
look as if a big orange in each had .got
the bulge on 'em. And should he, in a
moment of fri&kiness, attempt to stand
on his head on a street corner, the side
walk in his immediate vicinity would be
fairly littered with coins. The New Or
leans bank-teller is a far-sighted individ
ual. " When one of his own profession
concludes to make a hasty trip to Eu
rope, and paper money is not handy, he
will find a coin-holder mighty conven
ient. Norristown Herald.
A' Touching Incident.
Once upon a time a young woman
unskilled in the way.s of the world took
s new dress to a fashionable dressmaker,
who promised to have it readv on a cer
tain day. When the owner of the dress
called for it then it was not done, but
the dressmaker apologized and told her
it certainly would be done to-morrow.
To-morrow came aud the young wo
man called, but it was not yet finished,
and the answer was the same as before :
"It will be done to-morrow."
Day after day, and year after year,
the woman went for her dress and all
the people in the neighborhood grew to
know her and thore wete many who
deeply pitied her as thev saw the lines
of disappointment and hope deferred
graven on the once comely face; and
then they raised to be interested, and
merely noticed, as time passed on, that
her form grew bent and her hair gray
as she turned sadly away from the in
evitable answer, "it will be done to-morrow.''
Then they missed the familiar faco
and one day a young girl clad in deep
mourning rapped at the dressmaker's
door, which was opened by the dress
maker herself; she, too, had grown old
and wore spectacles on her noe, and
bad pins and needles stuck all over her.
" Is my grandmother's dress done?"
asked the young girl, meekly. "She
died last week, or sne would have come
after it herself."
" It's done all but finLshing,"said the
dressmaker, looking up and down the
street with a far-away gaze; "there's
nothing to do but put the sleeves in, and
bind the neck and make a pocket, and
sew in tLc loops to hang it up by. I
suppose as the old lady is dead you won't
be in a hurrr, but I'll try ana have it
Thousands of disappointed wosiee
can testify to the integrity of tbia stotj
-Detroit Post and Tribune.
I'l CTItrS SPAVIN'S,
BONIS, i U1JIJS AND
ALLSi.MIL l; BLK.
ISHES AND JtE
MOVES Tllr. i:U.Nil-
It has cured thousands of cases and is destined to cure millions and millions more.
KENDAtLS SPAVIN CUB1!
Ts the onlrpo-itlvp cine k-own, and to show what this remedy will do we give here
i us a -aiiij W cf crises cured by It, a statement which was
GIVEN UNDER OATH.
iz .Wlit'in it May Concern. ;ia the
year 1315 1 treated with ' Kendall's
. Si. In Cu.-p." a bone spivln of several
,. . . luumhi" grow to, nearly half as lare as , .
' ' '' "a hen eirjr, and completely stopped the
lameness and removed the enlargement. v .
ON HUMAN FLESH it has been ascertained by repeated trials to be,
he very best liniment ever used for any deep seated pain of low standing
or of short dimition. Also for CORNS, BUNIONS. J-'liOS'T BITES
or any bruise, cut or lameness. Sorne are amid h use it on human jtesh
simply because it is a horse medicine, but you should remember that what
is good for JiAST (s good for MAN, und tve know from Experience
th at "KEN BALL'S 'SPAVIN CURE" can be used on a child 1 year
old with perfect safety. Its Effects are wonderful on human Jlesh and it
does not blister or make a sore. Try it and be convinced.
KENDALL'S SPAVIN Cl)l;
. Read below of its wonderful effects a a liniment for the human family.
. f .. r. IIkmAtctjc Missouri, August 20, 1880-.
li. J, kenpali. & t o., Gknts: I am so overjoyed in view of the result of an ap
plication or your Kendall's Spavin Cure tint I feel that I outfit for Humanities'
HaKe publish it to tbe world. About thirtv-dre years ao while riding a youii'
ujiy home, I vva injured in one of my testicles, aud frounhat time to three weoks
ajo a .-low but constant enlargement hn been the result, giving nm a great amount
or trouble, almoM entirely preventing me from horseback ridinir. which was tar
usual way o. traveling. I saw a notice of your Kendall's Spavin Cure, never once
thought orn for anything except for horses, but after receiving the medicine and
reading over what it was good for, feeling terribly evercNed about mv difficulty, Tor
I bad consulted ninny physician and none gave me anv specilie butwbn It could
be endured no lunger to remove it vith the knife. I applied vonr Keudall'j Spavin
t lire as an experiment, and it was so painful in its application that I concluiied
not to repeat it and thought no more :-! ut it until near a week, aud lo and behold
one-hair the size was gone, with joy I could s,-nrcelv believe it, 1 immediately ap
plied it over again, and have made in all about dozen applications running over
a space of two weeks aud the terrible enlargement is almost gone, in view . f'which
I cannot express mj-feelings of delight. It has been a God send to me. mav he
send to others with like troubles. John Kicx
Pastor or Hematite Congregational Church.
P. S. You are at liberty to put this iu any shape vou mav please. I am not
ashamed to have my name under, over or by the side or it.
KENDALL'S SPAVIN CUKI2
.,. Kendall's Spavin Cure N sure in Its effects, mild iu its action as it does not
blister, yet it Is penetrating and povverrul to reach anv deep seated piiu. or to re
move any bony growth or any other enlargement ir used for several day such as
spavins, splints, callous, sprains, swelling, anv lameness and all enlargements or
the joints or limbs, or rheumatism in man and tor any purpose Tor which a liniment
is used for man or beast. It is now known to be the best liniment for in n ever used
acting mild yet certain in its effects. It is used in full strength with perfect safety
it all seasons of the year. J
Send address for Illustrated Circular, which we think gives positive proof, of its
virtues. Xorcmetly has met with sueh unqtullfid sucess to our knowledge for
beast as well as man. Price $1 per bottle, or six bottlm lor S.1.
or it will be sent to any
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PHYSICIANS, CLERSYMEN; AND
THE AFFLICTED EVERYWHERE.
THE GREATEST MEDICAL
TRIUMPH OF THE AGE.
IJoMof pptiteanM.boweli contlve.
.Pain in tneHefcd.witfa doll aenitior-In
the back: part, Piin under the aoulder
blade. lallneie after eetlny, with dltrrn
clination to exertion ofbody or miad
Irritebility of tamper, Low piriu. Low
of memory, with m feeling of neving neg
lected loma duty, weexineee. Dix-anem.
riatteHngo? the Heart, Dote before tie
eyee. yellow Bkin. HftedaoneTBeatleM
neee at night, highly colored Urine.
it mjeu WAJomref axe umuxdzd,
SERIOUS DISEASES WILL SOON BE DEVELOPED.
TUTTS THIS are especially adapted to
BTichcase),one dose effects neh a change
of feeling as to astonish the sufferer.
They Is-riii Ue Appetite, and caoae ihe
aaoj k iwe on ritstn. utus me system is
.and or thtlrTMleAetloacm tfa
IMgeeUvr Orsaaa, Kctralar MteoU are pro
duced. ITlce -S cents. 38 Mmrmj ta b.t.
TUTTS HAIR DYE.
Gray Haui mWkjkicb changed to a Otnur
Black by a slnt-le application of this Dvt, It
Imparts a natural color, sets Inataataneoafly.
Seld by DniggUU, or aent by cxprtt on receipt of il.
OtTlct), 35 Murray tt, Nw York.
CSV. Him amtUL ( TJmM Urw-utUa 4 l
MM Imfc-te -rtU W -Mtt-e raXB a-lksUw.f
r OR MAN IT IS NOW
KNOWN TO BE ONE
OK THE BEST IF
NOT '1UE BEST
1,1 MM EXT KVER
I lui- worked tb horse ever since very
hard, and be never has been lame, nor '
could I ever see any difference In the 4 ,
size of tbe hock joint' Miiee I treated
him with Kendall's Spavin Cure.'
Eiin.tiiir--u v IN. Vt.. Fob. -Jfl. 7l.
Sworn and .ubieribed to before me
thi -ttth da of Feb.. a. i. 1S7!.
John G. Jknnk.
Justice of lVavo
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