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IBB C0UNTEB8 OF LUN.
a wont deny thtt I love Ton. Ned.
find you asked me sooner, you might hT
I Bftitnoifcer offer to-day,
I think TU he Countess of Luna.
X always was fond of titles, yon know;
And on, Ned, won't it be Jolly fun,
when iwiToffrnnder on British shores.
To know you are loved by the Countess of
Tts hard to lose you, my only lore,"
He sadly whispered, and gently sighed;
"When the London season recalled us home
I had hoped to make you my nonny bride."
Tor a moment silence reigned supreme
On tk'a mnonlitfilones of the "castled Rhine.
And two hearts 'neath tbe silvrr starry beam
With the now or the resuess wares Kepiume.
Bald he: "For "a nobleman's title I'm spumed.
But I swear I'll not live a nacneiors me:
Tow tell me. of all vour 'dear trirl friends.'
Which think you would make me the fittest
"ffow. there's Mabel Hand, with her coal-black
And hair like the glint of a raven's wing;
Twould be nice at tho theater, opera, ball.
To call her my own the darling thing.
"What's that you're saying? 4A saucy flirtf
I always thought you admired her style I
Ah! now 1 have it your dearest friend,
That sweet little fairy, Beeslo Lisle.
"Twill be sweet through the leafy woods to
When the sunlight dies in the crimson west;
Her soft gold ringlets my cheoks shall fan.
And her rosebud lips to my own bo prest."
'No, no," she cried, with a startled look.
As in wild despair to his arm she clung;
Then softlr wispored: 'O, dearest Ned,
I think I won't bo Countess of Lunni"
Cora A. TeUer, in Oar Continent.
THE FAST FREIGHT.
Walter Carlisle had climbed into a
freight car that was standing on a side
track in the Wentworth depot and con
cealed himself as well as he could in the
far corner. He was playing hide-and-seek
and his companions were searching
for him outside the car-j'ard fence.
"They won't be likely to find me
here," he said, gleefully, to himself,
while he listened to their cries.
Presently he heard them scaling the
fence near the car, but just at that
moment a man came along and pushed
to the heavy door.
"Thankyou," said Walter, half aloud.
"Now they'll never find me."
With the closing of tho door, how
ever, the noise of their cries was shut
out and Walter could no longer tell how
near to the car they might be. In a
moment something bumped against the
far end of the car with a jolt that sent it
back quite a distance on the track, and
would have knocked Walter over if he
had not already been sitting. Then the
car began to move slowly forward. They
were going to shift it to another track.
Walter concluded; but as this would
throw the boys still further off the scent,
and give him besides a free ride, he did
not mind it.
So he sat still while the car bounced
over the switch and felt somewhat disap
pointed when it came to a stop a little
way beyond. That was only for a
moment, however. Very soon it backed
down, until with another jolt it bumped
into a car behind. Walter supposed that
the shifting process was now done, and
getting up, went to the door with the in
tention of opening it and jumping out.
He had hardly risen, however, before
the car began to move forward again,
and this time it seemed to be part of a
heavy train. Tbey must be making up
fast freight, he determined; and then he
began to wonder how near it was to live
o'clock when the fast freight would
start on its eastward journey.
Meanwhile the car was moving faster
and faster and Walter found it difficult
to walk as far as the door. He would
roll it back, he thought, and be ready to
get out when the car stopped. But try
as hard as he might, he coidd not roll it
back, and the speed of the car kept all
the time increasing. With a growing
sense of alarm, Walter pulled out his
watch and looked at the face by a ray of
light which streamed in through the
It was as much as he could do now to
keep on his feet, and he had to hold on
to the frame-work of the car with one
hand, while he steadied tbe watch with
the other. Was his watch fast? That
could not be; it had not gained nor lost
a minute in a month. But the hands
pointed to ten minutes after five; and
while the car jolted over switches and
swung around curves, until he could no
longer stand, the dismaying thought
forced itself upon Walter that this was
the fast freight, already on its way.
For a moment he hardly realized the
situation; but as he began to think over
what ho knew about the train the out
lock became very unpleasant, indeed.
Except for water it would not stop until
it reached New York. Even if it did stop
the sides of the car were so solid that he
might kick and pound and call out all
night without being heard by the few
brakemen who had the train in charge,
and who it was quite likely would not
.come near his car at all. It was called
fast, but a fast freight is very different
from a fast express, and Walter could
not hope that it would reach New York
within thirty hours. By that time he
might be starved to death. The very
prospect of so long a fast made him
hungry. How long could people live, he
wondered, without eating? The reeol
lection of Dr. Tanner gave him some
comfort, but then Dr. Tanner had had
all the water he wanted, while Walter
did not have a drop.
By this time he had crept back to his
corner, where he braced himself as well
as he could, though as the train went
still faster, and the empty car swayed
from side to side like a ship at sea, the
boy was shaken and jolted until every
bone in his body began to ache. Before
him stretched out the long and weary
hours. Hew should he ever endure
them? If he could stand the hunger and
thirst, how could he bear the cold of the
autumn night, already beginning to
creep in through the cracks of the car?
What report would the boys carry back
when they did not find him? And what
would his father and mother think ? He
had never staid away from them a night
in his life. How frightened they would
be! and how completely at a loss for anv
clew to his whereabouts! If Walter had
been a fugitive from justice he could not
more completely have covered up his
On and on went the train around
curves, over bridges as Walter could
tell from the sound past other trains,
through towns and -villages, battering
andbvmsihg the boy's slender frame
with every bounce and jolt, until at last,
out of weariness, Walter fell asleep.
Once or twice in the night he woke up,
cramped, hungry and chilled, though it
was not so cold as he had feared it would
be, and the flight of time gave him a
little more courage.
By-and-by, through the crevices of the
door, he discovered the welcome day
light. So much, at any rate, of his jour
ney was accomplished; but what would
he not give for a good breakfast? As
the day went on, and his watch told him
it was nine o'clock, he fancied the boys
going to school, and wondering why he
aid-not appear; his father ana mother,
filled with increasing alarm, going here
and there in search of him; the papers
getting hold of it, and announcing in
startling head-lines: 'Boy' lost!"' But
all Walter could do, though he was tired
and faint and anxious about the anxiety
of those athomewas to wait and this is
always the hardest duty in the world.
It wanted afew minutes of noon when
Walter was suddenly startled by feeling
tfre onward motion of the train checked,
fold the car. in which he was imprisoned
fliolaatlr shaken from aide to side. For
" TTa. i .
on the floevae thought that the'ear was
going to upset; out presenuy u ngmeu
ana siouu rau. jDviuBuuy w bu.iucu
had happened, though as to what it was
Walter could not form any idea.
Now, when the train had stopped
however, was his chance to makehim
rolf hoard. With all his micrbt he kicked
against the door, and cried out atthej
lOp OI MS Voice, UUk uu vue m&
thought of stories he had read" about
people who were. shut up in dungeons,
and imagined himself to be one of them.
If he had been uneasy, before, he was
almost wild now. What could be the
matter? How could he make any one
hear? He was putting these questions
to himself , when all at once, from the
rear of the train, came a terrible roar and
crash, with the sound of splintering
wood. Before he could think what had
happened his own car rose up on end,
and Walter found himself swiftly hurled
down its inclined floor. .
As the boy's senses cleared he realized
that a second accident had occurred.
Looking up to the rear end of the car,
now above his head, he saw that it Was
broken away, and through a wide gap
he could see the blue sky. If he could
only climb up to it, here was a way of
escape. Fortunately though a good deal
bruised he was not hurt, and the excite
ment of the occasion gave him strength.
The car had been raised up at an angle
of more than forty-five degrees; its floor
was smooth and slippery, and it was
with the greatest difficulty that Walter
could scramble to the end.
When, after several reverses he finally
reached it, and put his head out of the
openiug, he witnessed a scene of the
wildest confusion. Whatever might
have happened before, this time the
train haa been run itto from behind.
Cars were piled one upon the other,
and across both tracks and their
contents were scattered everywhere
around. The car in which he had
been imprisoned had been the last
one, it seemed, to feel the force of the
shock, and was thrown up byaplatform
carpassingutuierneath. Nota juhu was
anywhere in sight.
Walter did not waste much time in
getting down from his elevated position
and walking back to the scene, of the
collision. Here he discovered that it
was a "wild-cat" engine which had
done the mischief, and had wrecked it
self in the operation. There was no one
around, but as Walter arew near he began
to hear dismal groans coming out of the
debris, and to realize that of all tbe peo
ple on the train conductor, brakemen
and engineer ne alone nan escaped in
jury, tors moment ne ieit sick, out as
be beard a voice calling nun from the
ruins of the caboose, he hurried up, and
presently discovered the form of a man,
whom he took to be the conductor, un
derneath a muss of wreckage. The voice
was very feeble, and Walter had to bend
over to hear it.
"Say," the conductor exclaimed,
"what time is that Chicago express due
Walter started. He did not know
anything about the Chicago express
except that it was due at Went
worth at midnight. Why should the
conductor ask him? And why should
not the conductor be more concerned
about his own escape?
"I'm sure I don't know," he said.
"It isn't due now, is it? Hadn't you
better let me helpyou out of that?"
The man shook his head. "No.no,"
he cried; "the express is due presently,
and if It isn't flagged it will come around
the curve ahead and run into this wreck.
Is there a mau around to run up the track
and flag it?"
Walter looked up and down the
track. It was a lonely place, miles it
seemed from an' settlement, and not a
person could be seen. His own heart
began to beat more quickly.
"No," he said, "there isn't any one."
"Then you will have to go," said the
conductor. "We're all smashed up
here. First the engine went off the
track, and that broke up the engineer
and foreman; and while the brakemen
and I were getting our wrecking tools
out of the caboose, something ran into
us from behind and broke us up, too,
I suppose it was a 'wild-cat,' or else
there would have been somebody
Walter nodded his head. "Yes," he
said, "it was a wild-cat, and I guess the
engineer of that came to grief, too. But
is there anything I can do for you be
The conductor uttered an exclamation
"O. do cro ahead." he said. "Don't
mind me; there are only half a dozen of
us here, and there 11 be five hundred
rople in the express. We'll hold out,
guess, till you get back, and if wc
don't Say, young fellow, just take down
my wife's name, will you? It's Mrs.
James" he stopped a moment.
"What was that?" he asked.
Walter listened, while his face grew
pale. Far away up the track sounded
the faint note of a-locomotive whistle.
' 'Run !" cried the conductor. "Never
mind me. There's a red flag lying on
the track. Go as far as you can, for it's
a down grade and the train will be com
ing like the wind.
Before the conductor was through
Walter had snatched up the flag and
hurried off. He had not realized before
how shaky his limbs were, nor how faint
he was from lack of food; but as he ran
past the overturned engine of his own
train, and around the curve that lay
ahead, it was as much as he could do to
keep from falling down. He had not
failed to take in the conductor's last
warning. The express was the fastest
train on the road; it would be running
over forty miles an hour, and he must
meet it far enough way from the wreck
to give it time to check its tremendous
momentum and come to a full stop.
Once more he heard its whistle in the
distance. Presently it would be thunder
ing down upon him. On he ran as fast
as his trembling legs would carry him,
until, turniug a curve, he could see the
thread of smoke far down the narrowing
track. Walter unfurled the flag and
waved it over his head. His heart
thumped up and down in his breast, his
legs shook so that he could scarcely stand,
and it was all that he could do to hold
the flag in his nervous fingers. He felt
as if he were going to faint. What if he
gave out before the train came and the
engineer did not see him! With one arm
he grasped a telegraph pole, while with
the other he continued more and more
feebly to wave the signal. Nearer and
nearer came the train, but before it
reached him Walter's strength had
given way. He dropped at the foot of
the pole, and the engineer, as the train
dashed by, looked down from the cab
window on a boy's still form pillowed
on a red flag.
Amnncr flip munnmini m tka -
that day was the President of the railroad
Mr. Watson who, with his wife, son
and party of friends, occupied a hotel
car at the rear of the tram. They were
running at the highest speed, when Mr.
Watson suddenly felt the pressure of the
air-brakes upon the wheels; and Hiram,
who was looking out of the window,
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K"-icu ui, uie aauiv Uiumeoi amOUOn-
less figure lying by the side of the track.
"Q, papa!" he cried, "I believe we've
run over somebody!"
Mr. Watson started hnrrieriltr far t),
rear platform, followed by Hiram who
uoum wun uimcuiry De Kept from jump
ing off when the train afnnnuil anitkuln,!.
it began to back down. In a moment.
nowever, it was moving slowly back to
the spot-where the engineer had seen the
boy, while Hiram waited in a fever of
impatienceon the platform steps. At
the first p-lifnrM of tho raA Aa KnvM
the cars had stopped, he jumped off and
ujuuo uww u uie leiegrapn poie, where
the fiwnrm lav W onnM u ..
that the boy had not been run over, and
4&HS w yj ujp nwuqwess iorm ma.
dark eyes opened and looked up spies
tioningly into his.
"Is.thc train safe?" the boy asked,
"Oyes; it's all right," he said; "and
we'll take you right into our car."
The other breathed a little sigh of
relief. t "
"There's a smash-up just ahead," he
murmured. "Tell the conductor to go
Then he closed his eyes, while Mr.
Watson and one or two other gentlemen,'
who had meanwhile come up, lifted him
in their arms and carried him on board
the car. Here, however, while the train
moved slowly ahead, Mrs Watson's
ministrations restored him to conscious
ness, if not to strength.
"It was awfully silly in me to go and
faint," he exclaimed, apologetically, as
soon as he could speak. "But, you see,
I ran pretty hard, and then I had not
eaten anything since yesterday noon."
"But I don't understand," said Mrs.
Watson. "Don't you live round here?"
He laughed a little nervously. "O
no," he said; "I'm a sort of stowaway.
I got locked up in the freight car at
Wentworth last night. We live in Went
worth, and my father is Judge Carlisle,
lithe collision hadn't stove a hole in the
car, I'd bc in there now."
"And where would we be?" asked
Walter turned pale again. "The
wreck lies across both the tracks," he
said. "If you had kept on, you would
have run into it. There are half a dozen
men buried in it now, sir" turning to
Sir. Watson. "Everybody in the train
was smashed up but me. And the con
ductor wouldn't let me stop to pull him
out. He began to give me a message to
his wife but he wouldn't even finish
that, because he heard the train coming.
Here we are now, sir" as the train
slowed up, and finally came to a stop.
"Please let me get out. I'm all right
now, and I want to tell that conductor
I wasn't too late."
It was not long before the train hands
were hard at work extricating the in
jured men, none of whom, happily, were
seriously hurt. How they escaped death
no one could tell, but no one suffered
more than a few bruises or a fractured
limb, which time would easily repair.
To Walter's great delight, the conductor
recognized him at once.
"Ah," he said, as cordially as the pain
of his wounds would allow, "you're the
boy that saved the express. Well, I
guess Mr. Watson won't forget it"
Walter turned red.
"I only did what you told me, he
"Well, you did it right," said the
conductor, as he limped away to tbe
express. "Not everybody would have
had sense enongh to do that. Only 1
don't see where you dropped from just
at that moment
The bov laughed.
"O, I live in Wentworth," he said.
"I was a passenger on vour train. You
locked me up in that Blue-line car yon
der." A look of amazement spread over the
"Locked up in the car, were you?
And then brought to this place on pur-
?ose to flag that train! Well, 1 call that
rovidentiaL Because if it hadn't been
for you, you know, that express would
have been a total wreck." He paused
for a moment as if the Providence were
more than he could take in. "Well,"
he added, heartily. "I'll never forget
it, ami I guess the company won't,
And the company did not. A few days
after Walter got home, and when the ex
citement of his departure and return
had passed away, he received by express
a little parcel and by mail an official let
ter from the railway company. The
parcel, when opened, disclosed a beau
tiful gold watch, while the letter, which
was signed "H. S. Watson, President,"
begged him to accept the watch from
the directors of the company in recogni
tion of his services in saving from de
struction the Chicago express.
Along with the letter came a note ad
dressed in a boy's scrawny hand, and
reading as follows:
"Dear Walter: Tou didn't know papa was
President of tbe road, did you? I wanted to
tell you awfully that day, but papa wouldn't
let me say anything about it. Isn't the watch
a beauty? I hope it will keep good time. What
a iucky fellow you are, anyhow I Not only to
gee a gold watch, but to have the chance of
riding on a freight train. Papa says I may
some day, but I suppose I shall bave to go in
the caboose. What I'd like is to be a brake
man. M Now. what I want to know is this. Next
month papaand some of his friends and I are
goingout on the plains to shootbuffaloes, and
papa is going to ask your father to letyou come
along. We have a special car, you know, and
if you can only come we will have immense
fun. Don't you think your fathor will let you!
Please let me know right away.
" Hiram Watson.
To this urgent appeal Judge Carlisle
could not say no, and Walter cherishes
eager anticipations of a buffalo-hunt and
a long ride in a car which will be more
commodious and agreeable, notwith
standing Hiram's preferences, than the
fast freight. Harper's Young People.
Princes in Custody.
The Conciergerie, where Prince Napo
leon was confined, has twice served as a
prison for members of his family. Prince
Louis Napoleon, afterward Emperor, was
shut up there in 1840 when he was
awaiting his trial before the Chamber of
Peers for his Boulogne expedition, and
Prince Pierre Bonaparte was detained
there in 1870 after his manslaughter of
the journalist Victor Noir. Louis Napo
leon, who was defended by the eloquent
Legitimist orator Berryer, received sen
tence of "imprisonment for life," a
penalty which did not exist on the statute-book,
but which the Peers decreed
"so that they might not attach the de
grading punishment of penal servitude
(travaux forces) to the great name of
Napoleon." The Prince was at once
conveyed to the Fortress of Ham, in
Picardy, whence he escaped in 1846.
Prince Pierre Bonaparte was tried in
March, 1870, before a high court spe
cially constituted, and sitting at Tours.
He was acquitted of willful murder, but
was sentenced to pay 1.000 damages
to the family of his victim. Touching
the arrest of Princes, it may be observed
that the police of Paris have under all
regimes had experience in this kind of
business. Some of the arrests have re
mained memorable owing to the intense
fiublic excitement which they caused,
n 1748 the arrest of Prince Charles Ed
ward, the younger Pretender, at the
door of the old Opera House, and by an
ordinary police official, produced a com
motion of which traces may be found in
all contemporary memoirs. Voltaire
wrote that the Prince had suffered a
gross indignity. But perhaps the most
amusing affair of this sort was the at
tempt to arrest Duke Charles of Bruns
wick under Louis Philippe' s reign . The
Duke, having been expelled from his
dominions in 1830, took refuge in Paris,
and began to give trouble to the French
Government by his intrigues. After tbe
Government had borne with him for
some time, it was resolved that he must
leave the country, and Count de Mont
alivet, the Home Minister, signed a war
rant for his arrest and expulsion. But
the Duke was warned of what was com-
ting, and hired an obscure actor to take
his place, ne nimseii rearing vo me uuusu
of a friend. The actor, who had con
trived a capital "make-up," was ar
rested and conveyed to the Swiss frontier
in a post-chaise, escorted by a troop of
horse. All through the journey he was
treated with royal honors; but this so
frightened him that soon after reaching
Geneva he quietly decamped without
waitinsr for the remittance of his fee.
Meanwhile the real Duke had sent friends
to intercede for him with Louis Philippe,
and the Kim? was so much tickled at
hearing how his Minister had been out
witted that he got tha order of expulsion
quashed on the DoklRt jromising to bt
Warning Heart and Hands. '
Some time since, a beautiful youne
girl made her 'first appearance on the'K
stage in one oi the minor theaters of
Paris. Her grace and loveliness attracted
admiration, which her rising talent prom
ised to secure. She concluded a long en
gagement'with the manager, giving hef r
services for a moderate remuneration,
but which sufficed for ber wants and
those of an invalid .mother, who was
totally dependent upon her exertions.
According to the usual custom a clause
in the contract stipulated that a forfeit of,
10,000 francs should be paid in case of
its non-fulfillment by either party.
One day the young actress entered the
manager's room, and announced to him
that she wished to leave."
"How!" he cried. "You are the last
person from whom I would have expected
"Indeed, sir, it is not caprice."
"It is, then, the offer of another en
gagement?" "It is, sir, and one which I cannot re.
fuse. It is from an excellent young man,
who wishes to marry me."
"My dear girl, I shall want you also
to -study your part in a new afterpiece
which I have just received."
"Then, sir, you refuse to set me free?"
"I must think about it At all events
you have it in your power to break the
agreement by paying the forfeit."
"Ten thousand francs! 'tis very dear."
"It was very dear when you signed
your name; but now your services are
worth more than that."
"Alas, it will prevent our marriage!"
said the unhappy girl, in a voice choked
with tears; and with a despairing heart
she left the room.
Two days afterward the manager was
seated close to the grate in his apart
ments, trying with all his skill to kindle
The cashier entered with a visage woe
fully elongated. The affairs of the thea
ter were in a critical state; the receipts
had diminished; and the pay-day at the
and of the month approached.
"Yes," said the manager, "our situa
tion is embarrassing. And this plaguy
fire that won't light!"
Astonished that he could be so indiffer
ent under the circumstances, the cashier
retired. As he was leaving the room
the voung actress entered.
"Ah! is it you?" said the manager;
"you'are coming from the rehearsal?
"No, sir, I have come to return the
part you gave me to study."
"So it seems you think of quitting
"I have brought you the forfeit"
"The ten thousand francs?"
"Here they are."
"And how have you procured this
My intended husband gave it to me."
"Is he, then, so rich?"
"These ten thousand francs are nearly
all he possessed. 'But,' he said, 'what
does it signify? We shall only have to
defer setting up in business, or perhaps
I may succeed in borrowing the
"Going in debt that's a fine prospect
for young housekeepers! So the dowry
you mean to bring vour husband is
want and ruin; you take from him the
hard-earned fruits of his industry, and
you oblige him to renounce the" pros
pect of honorable independence!"
"Pray, sir pray, don't speak so
cruelly!" sobbed the young girl.
"Have you considered that such a
union cannot fail to be unhappy! Listen
to reason take back this money and re
turn it to him who gave it to you; and if
you are absolutely resolved to leave the
theater, I'll show you a simple way of
doing it that won't cost you anything.
Take this paper and have the kindness
to put it in the grate."
So saying he handed her a piece of
paper carefully folded, which she threw
in among the smoldering sticks.
The manager watoliou it as tlia languid
flame gradually curled round it, and
then shot up in a bright flame.
'Do you know," said he, "what that
paper was? It was your signed agree
ment. And now I have no longer any
claims on your services, and conse
quently can demand no forfeit. Go mv,
girl, and employ your little capital well,
and be happy."
Deeply affected by this generous deed,
this young actress expressed her grati
tude as fervently as her tears permuted.
"Don't talk to me of gratitude, re
plied the manager, "we arc only quits.
See, for the last hour I have been blow
ing in vain at that obstinate fire; you
threw your engagements into it, and it
instantly blazed up. Thanks to me you
are free; thanks to you I am giving "my
hands a good warming. French taper.
Astrological Predictions for 1883.
In 1883 Mars will be the ruling plan
et The influence of this heavenly body
upon the irascible humor in man and
animals is well known. Particular care
should be taken by persons of a natur
ally impatient disposition to avoid out
breaks of temperespecially during the
oppositions of Mars to the moon, which
occur on or about February 21, March
22, April 19, May 17, 'June 15, July 14,
August 12, September 10, October 8,
November 6 and December 3 and 31. At
such times, also, bulls should be re
strained from running at large, and
water should be frequently thrown upon
dogs to see if they manifest any symp
toms of hydrophobia. Jupiter is sta
tionary on St. Valentine's Day, and en
gagements made then maybe fatal. The
conjunction of Mars and Mercury, on
St Patrick's Day indicates that large
amounts of money will be collected for
the liberation of Ireland. The first days
of May will be lovely, with a little rain
at night Poetry of some merit may
now be written, and a thorough revolu
tion in dress and cookery expected. On
the 9th events fatal to domestic happi
ness will be extremely liable to occur.
Startling developments in aristocratic
families will now be made. No destruc
tive frosts will happen in this month,
and corn-planting will be early! From
the 2d of June to the 13th of July, a
severe drought will take place. On the
19th, a European sovereign will die. On
the 26th an ocean steamship will take
fire, with great destruction of life. The
4th of July will be again signalized this
year by an event of great National im
portance. On the 7tn, however, an in
stance of serious official misconduct will
come to light Much-needed rainy
weather will begin on the 13th, and
thenceforth the summer will be intensely
hot The aspect of the asteroid Melpo
mene now indicates special disaster to
members of college faculties, a railroad
accident being the probable danger
threatened. The 19th will be a day of
peculiar horror. August will be fine till
the 24th. Escaped lunatics should be
very careful of their behavior during the
whole month. Fits and the falling sick
ness will be quite general after the 14th.
On the 3d of October avoid trifling, as
it is one of the dangerous days. Novem
ber fine and frosty. A new washing
machine will be patented on the 11th.
Mrs. Hannah Tyler, of Branford,
Ct, who has been speechless for fifteen
years, fell from her chair the other day,
getting such a shock as to bring back
the flood of speech and now she talks as
well as ever. New Haven Register.
For appetizing egg sandwiches take
some eggs, beat tnem thoroughly and
fry them in batter as a pancake, and
when cold cut in small square pieces
and put between slices of buttered brown
bread. Toledo Blade
Every care and attention shown to
horses, no nutter what their condition
is, will bring its reward. The kind of
inflnencethrown around a young horse
mU have its effect on its character tra
aittrjf l&.-'CKngo Journal.
Crae, the "Manna Menkey."
Through the 'courtesy of Mr. Farlni,
I have had a private interview with this
'curious little, waif, which he is now ex
hibiting at the Royal Aquanumf West
minster, and' for which he claims the
distinction of being thelong-sought-for
.missing link"? between man,, and the
"anthropoid apes. ,Krao certainly pre
sents some abnormal peculiarities, but
they are scarcely ofa snfficiently,pro
nounced.type to. justifv the claim. She
is, in fact, a distinctly human child, ap
parently about seven years old, endowed
with an average-share of intelligence;
and, possessing the faculty of articulate
speech. Since ner arrival about ten weeks
ago in London, she has acquired several
English words,'- which she uses intelli
gently, and not merelv parrot-fashion,
as has been stated, i'hus, on my sud
denly producing my watch at the'inter
vievw,Jshe was attracted By the glitter,
and cried "out c'ock, o'ock, that is, clock,
dock! This showed considerable pow
ers of generalization, accompanied by a
somewhat defective articulation, and it
appears that her phonetic system does
not yet embrace the liquids 1 and r. But
in this and other respects her education
is progressing "favorably, and she has
already so far adapted herself to civil
ized ways, that the mere threat to be sent
back to her own people is always suffi
cient to suppress any symptoms of un
Physically, Krao presents several pe
culiar features. The head and low fore
head are covered down to the busv eye
brows with the deep black, rank and
lustreless haircharaeteristic of the Mon
goloid races. The whole body is also
overgrown with a far less dense coating
of soft, black hair about a quarter of an
inch long, but nowhere close, enough to
conceal the color of the skin, which may
be described as of a dark olive-brown
shade. The nose is extremely short and
low, with excessively broad nostrils,
merging in the full, pouched cheeks, into"
which she appears to have tbe habit of
stuffing her food, monkey-fashion. Like
those of the anthropoids, herfeet are also
prehensile, and the hands so Hexible that
they bend quite back over the wrists.
The thumb also doubles completely
back, and of t ie four fingers, all the top
joints bend at pleasure independently
inward. Prognathism seems to be very
slightly developed and the beautiful
round black eyes are very large and per
fectly horizontal. Hence the expression
is on the whole far from unpleasing, aud
not nearly so ape-like as that of mrny
Negritos. But it should be mentioned
that when in a pet, Krao's lips are said
to protrude so far jis to give her "quite a
Apart from her history oue might feel
disposed to regard this specimen merely
as a "sport" or liisus naturae, possessed
rather of a pathological than of a strictly
anthropological interest. Certainly iso
lated cases, of hairy persons, and even
of hairy families, are not unknown to
science. Several were figured in a recent
number of the Berlin Zeitschrift fur Eth
nologic, and, it I remember, both Craw
furd (-'Journal of an Embassy to Ava')
and Colonel Yule ('Mission to the Coast
of Ava') speak of a hairy family resident
for two or three generations at the Bur
mese capital. This family is reported to
have come originally from the interior
of the Lao country and in the same
region we are now told that little Krao
and her parents, also hairy people, were
found last year by the well-known East
ern explorer, Mr. Carl Bock. Soon after
their capture the father died of cholera,
while the mother was detained at Bang-kok-by
the Siamese Government, so that
Krao alone could be brought to England.
But before his death a photograph of the
father was taken by Mr. Bock, who de
scribes him as "completely covered with
a thick hairy coat, exactly like that of
the anthropoid apes." A.' H. Keane, in
Th tvnlonl slirpw in everv acre has
been Xantippe the unfortuuate wife of
Socrates. She is pictured as a brawling,
scolding woman, following the philoso
pher to the market-place and ordering
him home, and sometimes even drag
ging him by the cloak in order to give
force to her arguments. She is com
monly understood to have been liberal,
even to prodigality, in the use of her
tongue, by no means scrupulous in point
of broomstick and firewood, and when
the occasion seemed to demand, she had
little hesitation in using a bucket of
dirty water, which she kept handy for
emergencies. Socrates thoroughly un
derstood these peculiarities of his ex
cellent wife, and thought none the less
of her on account of them, but seme of
his friends, who saw her faults without
appreciating her good qualities, have
represented her in the most un
available colors. The truth was
that Socrates was so much of a
talker that he often neglected to
Erovide for his family, and Xantippe,
eing a most estimable housewife, re
sented his forgetfulness by the only
means in her power. No doubt she had
her trials. The old philosopher, in his
search after the "Unknowable," . often
put on his cloak after breakfast and went
down town to meet his friends, entirely
oblivious of the fact that the wood had
not been cut aud that Xantippe had told
him to bring home the loaves and the
roast in time for dinner. The dinner
hour would pass unnoticed, while the
"True, Beautiful and Good" was the
subject under discussion, and late in the
afternoon here would come old Socrates
and a gang of his fashionable compan
ions, whom he had invited to dinner with
not a stick of wood cut and not a tiling
in the house fit to eat No doubt Xan
tippe remonstrated many a time, but the
old fellow always tried to comfort her
with the sentiment: "If they are worthy
men, that cold hash and those biscuits
left from breakfast will satisfy them. If
they are upstarts, such fare is good
enough for them." This was no doubt
true enough," but like -a great many
truths, perfectly unsatisfactory, and
there is some reason to excuse Xan
tippe's violence when so thin a dodge
was resorted to for tho hundredth time.
St. Louis Qlobc-Dcmocral.
The British Postal Savings Bask.
The postal savings bank is not intended
to be a general bank of deposit, but
rather for those who have little to de
posit, and who wish safety first and profit
afterward. Less than twenty-five cents
is not token, but a plan has recently been
adopted by which an equivalent of penny
deposits is allowed, though such depos
its must amount to twenty-five cents be
fore it is entered on the depositor's book.
Each depositor must certify that he has
no deposits in any similar institution.
More than $150 will not be received in
any one year, and no deposits can be
made beyond $750 for one person. In
terest to the amount of two and one
half per cent is allowed, and when prin
cipal and interest both amount to $1,000
interest also ceases.
That is the utmost sum that can stand
to any one name. Every precaution is
made to keep it within the scope of its
original purpose that of a people's sav
ings bans:. The number of persons to
whom accounts were standing at the
close of the oflicial year of 1881- was
2,185,000,t and the total deposits were
nearly $170,060,000. The money re
ceived by the department in the shape of
deposits is laid out in the purchase of
Government bonds, on which the inter
est is three percent, thus saving one
half of one per cent to the Government
A part also is laid out in other approved
securities, on which the interest is some
times three anil-one-half or four per
cent, thus giving a still larger margin
of profit The net result is a profit to
the department, though I have not fig
ured the amount of this profit London
0$r. Chicago XcU)
FABM A5D FIRESIDE.,
, . An exchange says parsnips shoald:
be .planted in. large quantitieejpn every
farm. They r are, quite nhardy,and .have
no enemies, and are the only root which
will fatten' a "pig7 without1 anything else.
'In addition toithese facts.itheyumake.the
.best . butter j.and ..cheese, and, are the best
of all roots for every kind of stock.
j i i " - i .
Lemon Custard Pie: Juice and.
grated rind of one lemon, one cup of
sugar, two-thirds teaspoonful of corn
starch mixed smooth and,, boiled a -few
minutes in one-half pint of water,' add a
small" piece of "butter while "hot, two'
eggs, whites and yelks beaten separately,
and-whites added last Bake with one
crust The Household. 0
Pot-pie crust: One pint, of sour
milk, buttermilk is better, ,one cup ,of
thick, sour cream," teaspoonful 'of soda,
one of salt, and Hour to mix very hard
Set" in a warm place for.6ne.houf, then
pinch off pieces andjlrop in the kettle on
your meat, boiling it tJtirty minutes,
with the cover off during the first fifteen,
and then covered closely. Rural New
Spiced meat: Boil a shin of beef
until tender, keeping barely enough
water in the vessel to prevent burning.
When cold; run the meat through the
cutter; season high with salt, black
pepper and allspice. Add enough of the
liquor in which the meat was boiled to
make it like head-cheese. Put into a
mold, press firmly, aud set in a cool
place. To be eaten cold, or warmed in
a little vinegar. JV. I". Times.
Fowls in spring do not suffer so
much, for as the warm days come on
they gradually lose relish for stimulating
food, and thus wean themselves. The
large broods do not stand heavy feeding
as well as the smaller birds. All the
Asiatics, the Dorkings and Houdans
take on an immense quantity of fat
whether confined or at large, whereas
the Spanish. Hamburghs, Leghorns and
Games will lay off the surplus. Country
It is the observation of the St Louis
Journal of Agriculture and Farmer that
" the greater part of the soil of England
has been under cultivation for a thousand
years, and yet the land is richer and the
crops more prolific than they were a
thousaud years ago. Why, then, should
so many thousands of acres in many sec
tion of this country have become so
greatly deteriorated in productiveness in
a comparatively few years? Careless
and unskilled culture "must necessarily
be the answer."
The Sheep ef Thibet.
The sheep of Thibet, which are very
numerous, are chie'fly a small variety of
the fat-ruinped Persian and Abyssinian,
with black heads aud necks. Some are
hairy, with short wool underneath, while
others bear a long, soft and fine wool.
It is from the latter that many of the
costly Indian shawls are made. Not a
little" of this peculiar wool finds it way to
British India, and is there manufactured.
This breed is found in its purest state in
the deserts of Great Tartary; no other
variety being near to contaminate its
blood." It leaches far into the interior
and northern parts of Russia and is
much disseminated in China, Persia,
Hindostan, Asia Minor and eastern Af
rica as well as Thibet In Palestine it is
more numerous than anj' other breed;
indeed the largest proportion of the sheep
of northern Asia being of this descrip
tion. Professor Pallas conjectures that
this character arises in the fat-rumped
sheep from their feeding upon the bitter
and saline plants found upon the borders
of the Caspian and Black seas. And
he asserts that when they are
removed from the places where
these plants grow the fatty excrescence
becomes less. But Canfield says, as
the fat-rumped and fat-tailed sheep are
varieties which are widely- dispersed, it
sec ma juoru probable that thoy may havo
been produced by accident, and may
also have been perpetuated bv accident,
design or fancy. The fat-tailed sheep is'
very extensively diffused; it is found
throughout Asia aud a great part of Af
rica, as well as through the northern
parts of Europe. They differ, like other
sheep, in the nature of their covering. In
Madagascar, and in some other hot cli
mates, the' are hair; at the Cape of Good
Hope they are covered with coarse wool;
in the Levant their wool is extremely
fine. The proportion which the weight
of the tail in some of these sheep bears
to the whole caicase is quite remarkable.
The usual dressed weight of the sheep
is from fifty to sixty pounds, of which
the tail is said to make more than one
fourth part. Russel describes two breeds
of fat-tailed sheep about Aleppo; in one
the deposit of caudal fat is moderate, in
the other sort the tail is much larger.
The unctuous fat of the tails of these
sheep is accounted a great delicac' alike
by the Boers and the Hottentots of south
ern Africa. The Hottentots, in their
primitive condition, possessed immense
Hocks and pursued the pastoral arts with
great success. Dr. Mitchell.
This insect goes through apple or
chards, and stripping off all foliage,
leaves the trees with the appearance of
having been swept with fire. Repeated
defoliation checks their vigor and event
ually destroys them. Bnt the insect
spreads slowly, and abundant time is
given to meet and destroy them. Tarred
bands around the trunks exclude them
for a while, but when very numerous a
bridge is formed of the trapped and dead
worms, and new comers crawl over. At
a recent discussion of the Massachusetts
Historical Society. J. W. Manning said
that the Orchard of Mr. Thurlow, ofWest
Newberry, was devastated with canker
worms, but by the use of printer's ink
spread on paper belts, at an expense of
four and a half cents a tree, the tree was
efficiently protected, and a crop of nine
hundred" barrels of the best Baldwins
was obtained the first year, seven hun
dred the second and fourteen hundred
the third, but he does not state the size
of the orchard. Two other members
recommended the residuum from kero
sene oil as much better than printer s
ink for this purpose. J. J. II. Gregory
had used fish-oil for destroying canker
worms, and destroyed the orchard. The
best, most efficient and cheapest remedy
is showering or spraying with a mixture
of Paris green in five hundred times it3
bulk of water, and taking care not to
turn any sheep or other animals in
the orchard till at least one heavy rain
has washed the poison from the grass if
it has been seeded. One or two spray
ings annually to orchards would doubt
less be well paid for by the destruction
of other insects, or all those which eat
solid food and would thus swallow the
poison. Country Gentleman.
The Male asa Trainer,
In tbe mining region of Pennsylvania
where disputes of almost all kinds are
settled by fisticuffs, the mule plays an
important part in the miner's training
for battle. He approaches the mnle,
which seems to be sleeping, and gives
him a few taps on the rump with the
bare knuckles as a reminder that he Is
wanted to take part in a sparring match.
The mule responds, his blows are par
ried, and the sturdy miner gets in one
or two from the shoulder which knocks
the animal out of time, the latter retir
ing with backed ears and looking dcepW
humiliated. A number of gentlemen in
Philadelphia, prominently identified with
the anthracite coal trade, who have been
practical miners, relate this as am actaal
fact and state farther that a miner has
no little respect for a mnlt that' every
time he has a row with hja wife-andaka
has the best of him ha gets avea bf Bak
ing a mule, as that i about thaaiareet
thuigto a mad wasnaft tn to oa get
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