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ISSUED KVERY WEDNESDAY,
M. K. TURNER, & CO.,
Proprietors and Publishers.
V3T OFFICE, Eleventh St., vp stairs
in Journal Building.
Per year ...
PHYSICIAN & SURGEON.
t3J"Has opened the office firmerly oc
cupied by Dr. Bonekteel. l9-3m.
On Thirteenth St., and Nebraska Ave.,
over Friedhofs store.
jgrofiice hours, 8 to 12 a. m.; 1 to 5 p. m.
Oi.u ASHBAUOH, Dentist.
A TTOIINE YS-A T-LA W,
Up-stair in Gluck I'.uilding, 11th street,
Above the Now bank.
Tj j. iii;i.o,
' NOTARY PUBLIC.
12th Str-H. 2 door went of lluiaoad HfUM,
Columbus, Neb. -91y
millJKMTOA & TOWKM.
tST Office ill Mitchell lllock, Colum
bus Nebraska. u'u
p i:EK A: KEEUKH,
ATTORNEYS AT LA W,
Office on Olic .St., Columbus Nebraska.
S- G. A. M'LLHOKST, A.M., M. D.,
SSTTwo Mocks south of Court nouse.
Telephone communication. -ly
p EO. T. POOLER,
'Will take contract-, for
3ricklaying, Plastering, Stonework,
5QT Satisfaction guaranteed, or no pay.
V. A. MACKEN,
, DKA1.KH IN
Wines, Liquors. Cigars, Porters, Ales,
OHe Mreet, next to First National Bank.
A TT011NEYS A T LA W,
Office up-stairs in .McAllister's build
iug. 11th .St. W. A. McAllister, Notary
J. M. MACKAULAND. B. K. COWDKKY
Attsrrtj si M-jr ? TzlVz. C:lli:tor.
LAW AND COLLECTION OFFICE
Columbus, : : : Nebraska.
EO. X. DGttKY,
tSTCarria-re. house and -.in painting,
L'lazinir, p.ipcr haiiin, kal-ominins. etc.
done to order. Shop on 13th St., opposite
Engine House, Columbus, Neb. 10-y
llth St., opposte Lin dellHolel.
Sells Harness Saddles Collars, Whips,
Blankets. Currv Combs, Brushes, trunks,
valises, bugs-. "top, cushions, carriage
trimmings, Arc., at the lowest possible
prices. Repairs pr mptly attended to.
Heal Estate Agent,
Genoa, Nance Co., Neb.
WILD LANDS and improved farms
for sale. Correspondence solicit
ed. Office in Younc'- building, up-stairs.
O. C. SELA.NjSTON,
Tin and Sheet-Iron Ware !
Job-Work, Eoofing and Gutter
ing a Specialty.
jgrShop on Eleventh Street, opposite
Heintz's rm Store. --y
LAND AND INSURANCE A GENT,
His lands comprise some fine tracts
in the Shell Creek Valley, and the north
ern portion ol Pbtte county. Taxes
paid for non-residents. Satisfaction
guaranteed. 20 y
SOLlttllkX'S PACKING CO.,
COLUMBUS, - NEB.,
Packers and Dealers in all kinds of Hop
product, cash paid for Lie or Dead Hog-,
Directors. II. H Henry, Prest.; .John
"Wiggins, Sec. and Treas.; L. Gerrard, S.
-VTOTICE TO TEACHERS.
J. E. Moncrief, Co. Supt.,
Will be in his office at the Court nouse
on the third Saturday of each
month for the purpose of examining
applicants for teacher's certificates, ana
for the transaction of any other business
pertaining to schools. oGT-y
CONTRACTOR AND BUILDER.
Plaus and estimates supplied for either
frame or brick buildings. Good work
guaranteed. Shop on 13th Street, near
St. Paul Lumber Yard, Columbus, Ne
braska. 5- Cmo.
Livery and Feed Stable.
Is prepared to furnish the public w.'th
good teams, buggies and carriages for all
occasions, especially for funerals. Also
conducts a sale stable. 44
D.T.Martyx, M. D. F. Schug, M. D.,
Dxs. XARTYN & SCHUG,
U. S. Examining Surgeons,
Local Surgeons. Union Pacific and
O., N & B. H. It. It's.
VOL. XIV.-NO. 23
3iseM9Hto IHnul t In! ul Ttrur k Ztlft.
CASH CAPITAL, - $50,000
LEA.NDEB GeBRAKD, Pres't.
Geo. W. Hulst, Vice Pres't.
Julius A. Reed.
Edward A. Gerhard.
Abxkr Turner, Cashier.
BaBk f Deposit OWicommi
CIlectlm Pro-saptly Made
Pay latcrewt ea Time DepoN-
DREBERT & BRIGGLE,
BSTFrompt attention given to Col
lections. iSTInsuranoe, Real Estate, Loan,
Eleventh Street, opposite the
Has on baud a full assortment of
CROCKERY & GLASSWARE,
Fipea, Cigars and Tobacco.
Highest price paid for Country Produee.
Goods delivered in city.
GIVE ME A CALL!
All kinds of Repairing done on
Short Notice. Buggies, Wag
ons, etc., made to order,
and all work Guar
anteed. Also sell the world-famous Walter A.
Wood Mowers. Reapers, Combin
ed Machines, Harvesters,
and Self-binders the
jgrShop opposite the "Tattersall." Ol
lve St., COLUMBUS. 2-Gm-c
H. LUERS & CO,
Kcw Brick Skop oppmlte Htlnti's Draff Store.
ALL KINDS OF WOOD AND IRON WORK ON
WAGONS AND BUGGIES DONE
ON SHORT NOTICE.
Eleventh Street, Columbus, Nebraska.
wounds, disease, accident or otherwise,
widows, mothers and fathers of soldiers
dying in the service or afterwards, from
disease which originated while in the ser"
ice, are entitled to a pension. New and
honorable discharges obtained for sol
diers. Iacreaite ef Peawioati ob
tained at any time when the disability
warrants it. All soldiers who were rated
too low are entitled to an increase of pen
sion. Rejected and abandoned claim a
specialty. Circulars free. Address, with
stamp, M. V.TIERNEV, Box 4(S, -Washington,
D. C. 5-12ct
JOHN HUBER, the joll v auctioneer, has
opened a hotel on 13th St., near Tiffa
ny k, Routson'i, where clean beds and
square meals will always be fouud by the
patrons of the house. I will in the fu
ture, at in the past, give my best atten
tion to all sales of goods or farm stock, as
3TSatisfaction guaranteed; call and
see me and vou will be made welcome.
Proprietor and Auctioneer.
Columbus, Neb., June 19, "83. 9-tf
Restaurant and Saloon!
E. D. SHEEHAN, Proprietor.
icy Wholesale ind Retail Dealer in For
eign Wines, Liquors and Cigars, Dub
lin Stout, Scotch and English Ales.
3" Kentucky Whiskies a Specialty.
OYSTBRS in their season, by the case
can or dish.
Utk ItrMt. Sevtk ef Dyt.
JS. MURDOCK & SON,
Carpenters and Contractors.
Havekad an extended experience, and
will guarantee satisfaction in work.
All kinds of repairing done on abort
notice. Our motto is, Good work and
fair prices. Call and give us an oppor
tunity to estimate for you. BTShop on
13th Stone door west of Frledhof &
Co'a. store, Columbui, Nebr. 463-r
National Bank !
OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS.
A. ANDERSON, Pres't.
SAM'L C. SMITH. Vice Pres't.
O. T. ROEN, Cashier.
J. W. EARLY,
W. A. MCALLISTER.
Foreign and lulaud Exclmnjre, Passage
Tickets, Real Estate, Loan anu Insurance
J. E. NORTH & CO.,
Botk Spring Coal,
Carbon (Wyoming) Coal .
....$7.00 per ton
.... 0.00 "
.... ill) "
Blacksmith Coal of best quality al
ways on hand at low
North Side Eleventh St.,
BECKER & WELCH,
SHELL CREEK MILLS.
MANUFACTURERS AND WHOLE
SALE DEALERS IN
FLOUR AND MEAL.
OFFICE, COL UMB US, NE B.
SPEICE & NORTH,
General Agents for the Sale of
Union Pacific, and Midland Pacific
R. R. Lands for sale at from $3.00 to $10.00
per acre for cash, or on five or ten years
time, in annual payments to suit pur
chasers. We have also a large and
choice lot of other lands, improved and
unimproved, for sale at low price and
on reasonable terms. Also business and
residence lots in the city. We keep a
complete abstract of title to all real es
tate in PUtte County.
CO H) JIBI IS, INK 11.
(fflPBOM FOR SALE,
Union Pacfic Land Office,
On Long Time and low rate
All wishing to buy Rail Road Lands
or Improved Farms will find it to their
advantage to call at the U. P. Laud
Office before lookin elsewhere as I
make a specialty of buying and selling
lands on commission; all persons wish
ing to sell farms or unimproved land
will fiud it to their advantage to leave
their lands with me for sale, as my fa
cilities for affecting sales arc unsur
passed. I am prepared to make final
proof for all parties wishiug to get a
patent for their homesteads.
t3TK. V. Ott, Clerk, writes and
SAMUEL C. SMITH,
A.gt. U. P. Land Department,
62I-y COLUMBUS, NEB.
TJISTPERT AXEB !
COFFINS AND METALLIC CASES
AND DEALER IN
Fnrniturs, Chain, Bedateadi, Bu
reaus, Tables, Safes. Lounges,
&c. Picture Frames and
f3TRepairing qf all kinds of Upholstery
ijfjjssssS yjjy- m aA
COLUMBUS, NEB., WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3,
THE SUMMER SOLSTICE.
The sun has touched his northern bound.
And southward turns his course to-day;
The soft sweot air new charm has tound
In frafrranco of the new-mown hay;
The stalwart farmer deftly swings
Ills zlitterin? blade the earth anear.
And Into swaths and windrows flings
The earliest harvest of the year.
God made tho country, salth the sage.
And man has made the noisy town;
Then bo my path of pilgrimage
'Mong clover-heads, of thistle-down.
To walk with nature hand in hand.
In nature's pure and simple way.
And 'neath the elms and maples stand
In fragrance of tho now-mown hay.
Now boisterous boys and romping girls
Toss here and there the w Hting grass;
The wanton 'Minds toss prass and curls.
And hours in toil and pleasure pass;
fliero's laughter ringing in the air
But see, a shower! It comes this Xay.
It cloud the sky, but now m fair.
And perils all the new-mown hay.
Quick! Bend to work your sinews strong.
The growth of healthful country homes;
Work with your might; 'twill not be long
Before the drenching shower comes;
Ply fast tho rake and fork, and heap
The cocks that shed the rain away;
And then to supper and to sleep,
'Mid fragrance of tho now-iuown hay.
AbiuI Occurence of the Great Indian
Ceremony Horrible Atrocltlee Prac
ticed Upon Themaalvea bytheDeTo
teea. The great annual sun-dance of the
Sioux occurred here this week, probably
the last which the Government will per
mit. An unsuccessful attempt was made
to dissuade the Indians from this year's
performance. The ceremony has lost
much of its early severity and" populari
ty. To dance was at one time compul
sory on young braves; it is now entirely
voluntary, the redemption ,of a vow
made to Wakantanka, the great spirit.
A warrior may have promised that if a
sick child or a dear friend recover from
a dangerous illness he would dance in
the heat of the sun at the next sun
dance, or he may have been himself in a
tight place, or asked success and
achieved it in some contemplated raid. A
runner announces the time and place of
the event to tho various tribes. The
camp this j'ear, near the agency, con
tained ten thousand Indians, and made
a circle in circumference a beautiful
sight. In front of the tent where the
sun-dancers were awaiting their ordeal
lay a whitened buffalo skull on a bunch
of" white sage. Inside the tepee was the
sacred medicine pipe on some mysterious
On Friday a scouting party was sent
out to discover a suitable pole for the
center of the dancing circle, and the
next day the pole, a tall elm-tree, was
cut by an Indian maiden consecrated to
this office. Her Pipe, niece of Standing
Bear. She is said to have cut thirteen
!oles, and will never many. When it
utd been trimmed and placed in posi
tion, there came the "charge on the
pole," a thousand warriors on a thou
sand horses, down from the hill, around
the camp, reckless of limb, pell mell,
themselves and their horses decked with
Seen branches, "Hirnam wood come to
unbinaue." What rush of color, what
life, what vigorous movement! These
were the men who circled around Custer
when he stood alone. Man' are in sad
dles that belonged to that command.
With the boughs the-bring the pavillion
is built around tho pole, and by Sunday
evening the tall grass in the arena has
been tramped smooth with much cere
mony, and all is ready.
Just as the round, full moon peeped
over the eastern range of hills the
dancers to the sun, lifteen iu all, entered
to fulfill their vow. They were: Follow-a-Woman,
Hole, White Calf, Point-at-Three, He
Dog, Little Day, Little Boy, Hollow
Horn Eagle, Sne'd. Two Eagle, Yellow
Poor Dog and Troublesome Hawk.
They were stripped to the wait, and
wore skirts made of red plaid shawls
with panels of blue hanging from their
belts in front and behind. On their
heads were wreaths of sweet grass or
horns, over their chests depended repre
sentations of the sun, and from their
wrists hung totems. The singers com
menced to howl and beat their drum.
The dancers put to their lips the goose
bone whistles, trimmed with the rare
feather of the "medicine bird," and be
gan to hop up and down. As long as
they danced thoy were to whistle and
they wero to dance until the next sun
down. Some women, to supplement
the noiv music of the drum, com
menced to "Hi-yi" in a shrill key and
beat a hide spread on the ground.
There was not a light in the inclosure.
The pole, fluttering with banners, stood
out in the moonlight. Near its top was
bound a fuces of willow twigs, which
gave it resemblance to a cross. The
hgure of a buffalo, cut from hide, repre
sented the sun, and above it dangled
the figure of an Indian, black on one
side, white on the other the bad and
the good .spirit. All night the dancing
never flagged. While the moon was up
their faces were turned and their arms
outstretched to it, and when Cheezis,
the sun, came, "like a warrior robed
and painted, from his shining lodge of
silver," thev turned to it and prayed
earnesUy. They faced it all day; if one
shows signs of breaking down he is
taken to the shade for a moment and
given a pull at a pipe or a bit of wild
sage to encourage saliva. The Indians
look on indifferently and eat hard bread
and boiled dog which the squaws have
brought in dirt' black kettles; outside,
the little Indian boys are playing tricks
on each other, the elder ones making
lore by catching some dusky maiden
nd standing with her for hours wrapped
in their blankets, in plain view of every
body on the prairie. Papooses are
brought into the arena to have their ears
pierced, which admits them into Sioux
fellowship. Tho operation is not actu
ally perfosmed there, but at home, and
a great amount of calico and a pony
have been "given away" for the privi
lege. During this week between six
and seven hundred ponies have been
given away in a sort of communistic dis
tribution by the Indians.
About noon the medicine man com
menced to paint the dancers who were
to be tied to the pole. When decorated,
their guide led them to the four points
of the compass and, with his arms ex
tended in a wavy motion, blew his
whistle softly abut them. At the pole this
prayer, in Dakota, was offered, "God,
we are come to observe the day you nve
us. We stand upon our feet to giveour
flesh to you. Look at us, at our wives,
our children, our friends, and help us to
bear this trial." Follows-a-Woman,
the first to suffer, was thrown on the
ground, and tha medicine man skill
fully made two incisions with a sharp
knife over each breast in the vicinity of
the pectoral muscles. The flesh was
lifted and a hardwood skewer thrust un
der and fastened by sinews to the rope
which hung from the pole. Already
weakened by the fifteen hours of exer
tion, of thirst, of hunger, he was to
strain at this rope until he broke loose
by tearing out his own flesh. He was
magnificently brave, and it did not take
long. In flte minutes he was dancing
with tho other as if nothing had hap
pened, and the parasol then afiowed him
would have made him ridiculous had
not the red blood been seen coursing
down his body.
Lives-in-the-Air was the next. He
tore out one stick in ten minutes, and
was then released from tearing out the
other by the gift of three ponies. Poor
Dog had a dog's luck. The cuts seemed
to have been deeper on him. He strug
gled and pulled, then gave the rope
slack and danced about the pole until,
suddenly jerking back, the flesh would
stand out two or three inches from the
breast. The squaws, who came near to
throw clothes and calicoes at his feet or
on the rope as gifts to the poor, turned
"Toward the sun his hand wero lifted.
Both the palms spread out against it.
And letweon the parted Angers
Fell the sunshine on his features.
Flecked with light bis native shoulders.
As it falls and necks an oak-tree
Through the rifted leaves and branches."
Twenty minutes of this agony without
an outcry. A friend camo "up, and,
catching the man around the waist,
gave a tremendous pull. Even this did
not break the stout integument, and it
was not until half an hour had passed
that the brave fellow fell back on the
earth, panting and weak, two great
wounds torn in his breast.
Yellow was cut in the shoulder and a
skewer inserted, from which a rope was
passed around the head of a horso. The
animal was hit and jumped, and thus
tho instrument of torture was torn out.
Several men who did not dance had bits
of llcsh cut from their arms; also somo
squaws, to make the amount necessary
from their husbands less, or to satisfy
vows of their own. The dancors by this
time were in a shocking sight, tottering
about, not able to stand erect, one or
two supported by friends, their whistles
still clinging to their dry lips, their
movements slow, mechanical, spas
modic. Not one had failed in the ordeal,
however, which ceased at sundown.
Not one had cried out for relief or made
a sign of distress. If he had, he would
have lost his place among th warriors
forever, been ranked with the women,
and by them despised. Roseland In
dian Agency (D. T.) Cor. Chicago 'Times.
The Island of Ischia.
Ischia, known to the ancients as
Pithecusa and Enaria, is an island of
Italy situated at the nortli entrance to
the bay of Naples. Its circumference is
nineteen miles and its area twenty-six.
The extinct volcano Monte Eponieo rises
to a height of 2,600 feet nearly in the
center of the island, and the whole
surface slopes from the summit to tho
sea. In 1302 a formidable eruption of
Monte Epomeo desolated the island at a
time wnen Vesuvius was quiet, but sinco
that date Ischia's verdure has never been
destro-ed. The soil is very fertile, and
produces rich harvests of corn, ligs,
grapes, olives, and mulberries, while
groves of oak and chestnut trees and
thickets of myrtle and arbutus skirt tho
mountain sides and line the roads. Iron
and sulphur are found in various park
of the island, and the manufacture of
bricks, tiles, and pottery is carried on to
But the great source of wealth aro
the thermal springs, which are con
sidered tho best in Europe. Casamicciola
is the headquarters of the water, hot air
and sand baths, but Lacco is also popu
lar in the season, which lasts nominally
from June till September, but such is
the fame of t lie island for its salubrity
and beauty that a stream of visitors is
allured to the place all the year through.
From the most ancient times the baths of
the island have been famous, and it has
been said, if a disea-e be curable, the
water of some one of the springs there
will effect a radical restoration. Tho
people are chiefly engaged in tilling tho
soil and fishing. The chief town, Ischia,
containing G,o00 inhabitants, is the seat
of the bishop, and contains an old cattle
dating from the fifteenth century. Tho
other towns are Fario, 6,100, Casamic
ciola, Lacco, Panza, and Moropano.
This portion of Europe has frequently
suffered from terrible earthquake shocks
eruptions of lava, showers of ashes, and
rising and sinkings of earth. Islands
and capes have appeared and disap
peared with each succeeding convulsion
of nature, but such is the happy-go-luck,
nature of the people that they never suf
fer much anticipation or retrospection
so long as the wants of the dav are sup
plied. The numbers slain will soon bo
replaced by others, as ever sinco the
Greeks first settled the place it has not
lacked a population. Their rude and
simple methods of agriculture require
but little capital, the lisher's stock will
soon be replaced, and in a few years all
traces of the ruin will be swept'away or
covered by the luxuriant growtli of vege
tation which in that climate soon covers
everything with its mantle of living
green. Chicago News.
Simplicity of Speech.
"Gemlen," said Brother Gardener, as
the meeting came to order, with 213
members present, and Elder Toots
ready for a two hours' nap, "let your
conversashun be plain and to de pint.
Say what you mean, an' mean what ou
say. I has noticed a tendency on" de
part of sartin members of dis club to
affect de Shakesperian style. I want it
stopped. It doan' sound right in a man
applyin whitewash or stove-blacking.
How" many members of dis club know
de meanin' of de term: 'Prognosticate
towards de individuality,' an' yet I h'ar
it uttered a dozen times a da." What's
de use of a cnll'd man alrnin' ten shil
lin's a day remarkin' dat he expects to
condescend to de irresponsible endeavor
when he kin jist as well obsarvc dat
blackberries am down to fifteen cents
per quart? If any of you has de ideah
dat de use of sich words as bombastic,
delirium tremens, Cicero, or inconsist
ency, elevates you in de mind of your
naybur, you is greatly mistaken. When
a man comes to me an' wants to borry
two tablcspoonfuls of eighty-cent green
tea, kase de preacher am gwine to be at
his house to supper, let him spit it right
out in plain English language, instead
of beatin' around in de woods an' lug
gin' in sich words as abdicate, reaction,
Ccesarism an" cahoots. If I had a son
20 y'ars ole, an' he should come home
wid his whitewash brush on his shoulder
an' inform me dat de gratificashun ob
de incontestible syntax had withdrawn
its bombardment of de planetary deaid
erashun, I should riz up an' put ray No.
12 agin him wid sich auxiliary repre
hensibility dat he would feel lame fur
six weeks'. Let us now purceed to biz
eness." Detroit Free Press.
Alfred Mouchet, a Persian by birth
and residence, is dead. He was a horse
dealer's assistant, as was known for
many years as "the bucket man." But
his title to fame serenely rests upon the
fact he was the champion glutton of tho
French capital. On one occasion he
devoured at a single meal a whole tur
key, a leg of mutton, a pound of cheese,
several pounds of bread and a bucketful
The Women of Burmah.
The Burmese women are noted for
their well-proportioned though small
figures. To ono accustomed to seeing
the regular features so prevalent among
ths many pretty Indian girls, the
Mongol-like features of their Burmese
sisters look ugly and repellant, but after
a while this impression . wears off; tho
women of the country have many pretty
little ways and they aro very cleanly.
Their hands and feet are small and well
shaped, arms symmetrical, the head
well put on the neck; their carriage is
erect; they allow no hair to grow any
where except on their heads, where it is
most luxuriant, and is taken the greatest
care of, tied up a la chinoise, with a
wreath or garland of flowers entwined;
they disfigure their ears, which are
naturally small and pretty, by boring
huge holes in the lobes, and wear in
them either gold or amber cylindrical
shaped ear-rings; they cover themselves
over with necklets, bracelets, rings, etc.,
and the Burmese gold and silver smiths
are nearly as good as thoso in Cuttack,
Trichinopoly or Delhi.
A Burmese girl who wishes to kiss
presses her nose up against a face and
sniffs! She is a born coquette, and
will spend hours in adorning her per
son. Their dress consists of a tight
under-jacket to support the bust, and a
loose and flowing jacket over for show,
a gaudy scarf hangs down over the
shoulders; from the waist they wear
cither a many-colored silk thamine,
which exposes the inside of oue leg
half way up the thigh, or a "loongie,
which is more decent, being a sort of
petticoat, fastened round tho waist and
exposing no part of the person. All
the women smoke and chew betel-nut,
but have nice, white, even teeth; they
can swim, as a rule, and delight iu
dabbling in water, and invariably bathe
once, perhaps oftener, during the day.
The Burmese seldom have more than
one wife, and she reigns supreme in the
house, and conducts the purchase
or sale of all necessaries. A girl's
great ambition is to keep a stall in a
bazar; it is her introduction into society,
and is equivalent to our own girls be
ing brought out. Thoy aro a merry,
pleasant race, and many of the fourth
Seikhs, when they returned to the
Punjab, took back with them Burmese
girls, prefering them as wives to their
own far comlier women.
There is not a prettier sight in the
world than a crowd gathered round
a pagoda on a gala day, with the
men resplendent in gorgeous ap
parel, the women and chil
dren in their best, pretty, plump,
well made figures, smiling faces,
banners streaming. Hags flying, backed
by the beauty of the scenery and the
grand proportions of their numerous
pagodas. On these occasions the people
are as merry as crickets, are constant
ly on the move, and thoroughly enjoy
themselves. The women cannot ns a
rule either read or write, for their
priests are not allowed to teach them.
A few have been educated by well-meaning
missionaries, but whether from
coming in contact with native children,
or some other reason, these girls too
often are not as conducted as their more
Eery Burmese girl is a born actress,
ami delights in taking a part in a poey,
or national drama. There is no stigma
attached to women who take a part in
these perfomances. as there is to danc
ing girls in India, and they are inva
riablv well conducted, modest girls-.
Like the men, the women are inveterate
gamblers; at a boat or pony raett thu
men and women bet together freely,
and often a girl, after losing all she
poesses, will stake herself against
what she considers her value, and if she
lose, she follows the winner, and be
comes his wife. On the slightest prov
ocation a woman will commit suicide,
generally by means of opium, which,
thanks to a paternal government, can
be purchased without restriction in every
bazar. Harpers Bazar.
Twelve Cross-Eyed Children.
"It was the most miraculous thing
that ever happened," said the lady who
.-.poke, "that such a fearful wish as old
Charley Ilobinson made should ever
come true, but nevertheless it's a fact.
What did he wish? Well, he had a
cousin who tormented him at times, and
when hi cousin got married lie told his
cousin's wife that he hoped she'd be the
mother of thirteen children and that all
of them would be cross-eve'd, and the
solemn truth is that she did have thir
teen and all, with one exception, were
These words fell from the lips of a
lady who is worthy of the fullest cre
dence, and they relate to au old acquaint
ance of hers who years ago was a con
spicuous characters down East among
the Puritans of New England.
Robiuson was a very peculiar man. He
was small in stature and he "followed
the road" as a pedler. He was atilicted
with sore eves and a nervous afiection
that kept his head constantly bobbing
to and fro. He also possessed many
strange traits of character, and his won
derful ability to put into verse on the
instant a description of anything and
everything that might happen in his
presence was a feature of the man that
gave him wide celebrity. His personal
acquaintances were legion. He was full
of animation anil fun. He would crack
a joke with any one, but could not stand
to be ridiculed because of the unfor
tunate condition of his eyes'.
One evening Robinson was comforta
bly anehoreu at a friend's house in
Horseneck, where he had what is now
called a "mash" on the rosy-cheeked
help. He was seated near a wood stove
which needed fuel to keep the lire go
ing. His host, warm-hearted old Colonel
Rich, said to him that he would either
have to move from his position or turn
in and keep the fire up. Of course he
courteously essayed to feed the stove
more wood, and thus relieve the mem
bers of the household from that duty.
It was an old-fashioned wood stove, and
when Robinson touched it oil" came the
door from its hinges and it fell to his
feet. In an instant he said:
As I came here to-night to eo a girl
Whom I love, and shall love evermore,
I went to put Mme wood in the stoe.
And straightway down fell the door.
Having this power of improvisation
and a thousand ways of provoking fun.
snd merriment, Robinson never lacked
hospitable friends. Wherever night
overtook him, there he found a friend
who housed him until the next morning.
Among those he was accustomed to
visit on his trips was the cousin above
alluded to. This relative was an ex
ception in that he was about the only
one who would persistently make fun of
Robinson's cross-eyes and attempt to
mimic his other peculiar antics. It
was, of course, done in good part, and
no one ever showed the least anger be
cause of It. Not even the unfortunate
peddler would admit that he felt the
sting deeply, but he did.
The cousin who did this was a bach
elor, living near Dublin, in Fairfield
WHOLE NO. 699.
County. One day it was announced
that he was going to take unto himself
a wife from the many olive branohes of
old Simon Lockwood. of Mianus. The
wedding ceremony took place in the old
church on Horseneck Hills, and Robinson
happened to come along to the merry
making which followed at the bride
groom s house. As usual ho stayed.
His cousin's wife was a buxom lass, as
all the Lockwoods are. and Robinson
patiently awaited the time when he
would be presented to her. Finally tho
introduction took place with all duo
solemnity. It was expected by every
one that the peddler would produce a
verse or two that would do him credit
and please the bride. Imagine, then,
the astonishment of the bride and the
whole party when Robinson blurted out:
"I congratulate you upon your mar
riage, but I hope 'you'll havo thirteen
children and that every one of them will
This speech astounded the household.
Its effect, passed oft", however, and noth
ing more was thought of it until the
newly-made Benedict became the father
of a cross-eyed child. This set Robin
son's cousin to thinking of tho days
when he had so injudiciously plagued
Robinson about his eyes. He was not
superstitious, but still he could not get
over the fact that the unfortunato ped
dler's wish had something to do with ths
deformed eyes of his babe.
Year after year rolled by, and each
one brought a cross-eyed child, until
the man became a misanthrope and the
mother broken-hearted. Thirteen camo
and no more, and twelve were eross
eved. Netcberg (N. Y.J Cor. N. Y.
Some Bi Fog Stories.
Speaking of fogs reminds mo that ths
other morning I ran across a stranger
from Colorado that is, we ran against
each other and he has introduced me
to a local character who knows all about
them. The stranger is a bonanza king
on a small scale; the character lords it
over the rowboats belonging to a cer
tain islander, and I am the ruler of a
waiter to whom 1 have promised a large
fee each of us is a monarch of some de
gree. The character Ls the oldest in
habitant as well, and indulges to the
full his prerogative of conveying to
tourists vast quantities of interesting,
not to say startling, information. The
stranger's assertions are weighted with
tho wild and breezy picturesqueness of
the boundless West. As for myself, I
believe that my feeble utterances do not
greatly tend to the discredit of the pro
tessiou. This much by way of introduc
tion. Quoth the character a day or two
since, just after we had opened court,
so to.speak, in his boat-house: "I guess
you young fellers think this putty bad
weather, don't ye?"
"It's tho worst weather I ever seen,"
remarked the stranger, gloomily.
"'N' yit Hain't nothin' to what 'twas
in '7'J," asserted the character proudly.
"The fog we had then was fog, I tell
ye! I was rowin' that season myself.
One mornin' I took out a feller 'n' girl
in my big boat. I swanny, sir, the fog
come up so thick H I couldn't see 'em
three feet away, 'n' they couldn't hear
me speak. How d' yo think I found
out when they wanted to git ashore?
Wal, the feller chawed holes in the
fog tryin' to find the girl an' kiss her,
till he got nigh enough to me, so't I
could stick one end of a horn into his
mouth, 'n we talked through that. Wust
trouble," added the character, medita
tively, "was when we'd take the horn
down for a miuute, the fog'd git inter
it Hi' we'd blow the chunks down our
The stranger looked enviously at the
character, gulped once or twice, aud
"Ever see any underground fog, ole
The old boss was constrained to ad
mit that ho never did;but
"Oh! that's all right," put in the
stranger, his face brightening visably;
"le' me toot my bazoo. This under
ground fog comes into a mine when you
git about down to hard pan fact is the
stuff is what makes bed rock. When I
opened the Belle of Hospital Gulch it
gave mo a heap of trouble. One dav it
camo down one side o' the shaft whiles
I was goin' up in the bucket on the oth
er. It druv the air all to my side and
knocked me 'silly. Then it went down
below ami froze the boys, froze 'em,
pardncr! inter the rock. We had to
blast 'em out. How's that for fog, eh,
pard?" and the stranger bit off a chew,
and gazed at us sternly but triumphantly-
There was a moment of silence.
"You see that ledge, 'bout half a mile
out?" asked the character, at last. "No,
ye can't, though, can ye? Wal, they
was a schooner went ashore there last
summer in a fog storm. We couldn't
get no boat out, the sea was so high, an'
we couldn't see 'em for the fog only
when we tired a cannon and the ball cut
it. Now, there they was, half a mile
away, mind ye! How d've think they
The stranger considered a moment,
and then despairingly inquired: "How'd
they fetch it, pard?7'"
"They shoveled a road through the
fog and walked ashore!" Cor. Phila
Religions iu India.
The latest statistics upon this subject,
founded upon the census of 1882, show
that out of the grand total of the popu
lation of British India, which is given at
254,8yi),516, the various secLs and castes
of Hindoos made up no less than 187,
937,450. The Mohammedans, who came
next in order, numbered 50,121,58.j.
The nature worshippers, or demonola
tors, numbered 6,426,51 1 ; the Buddhists,
3,418,811; Christians, 1,862,634; Jains,
a sect whose worship is mingled Budd
hism and Hinduism. 1,221.8; the Sikhs,
who are simple Theists, 853,426: ami
those who come under tho heading of
other creeds-, or were altogether unspeci
fied, 3,057,130. The Christians enu
merated are exclusive of persons of
European nationaliu. Tho number of
Roman Catholic Christians was set down
as 963,058, or a little over half a million.
Indeed, a strict scrutiny is stated to have
brought out the total of native Protest
ant Christians as only a little over half a
million. But this number shows the
very satisfactory increase of eighty-six
per cent in ten years, as in 1871 the total
was only 318,363; thirty years ago the
number "of native Christians was onlv
102,951. In 1861 this number had in
creased by fifty-three per cent, and
again in 1871 by sixty-one per cent, so
that there has been for some time back
a rapid and unbroken progress.
-Gottlieb Zorn's wife was mowing in
a field at Newdrop, L. I., the other day,
when her husband wa prostrated by
sunstroke. She picked him up, put him
on her back, and carried him into the
house. When he became better she
finished mowing the field.
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SCIENCE AR1 INDUSTR1.
The goat is in danger of losing his
main article of diet. A new industry is
the collection of tin cans for melting In
to window weights.
Dr. Freize, a Brazilian physician,
has discovered in the blood of yellow
fever patients a minute parasite which,
he believes, is the cause of yellow fover.
A stock company has been formed
in Schuyler, Neb., w'ith a capital stock
of $10,000, for the purpose of manu
facturing syrup from the amber sugar
cane. Chicago Tribune.
A gentleman living in Florida has
patented a process for making sugar
and syrup from cassava, and, after ex
periment, writes that he has no doubt
cassava cultivation will, in a few years,
be the most profitable employment of
the people in that State. Chicago Jour
nal. A San Francisco inventor claims to
have constructed a life-saving raft
capable of accommodating 500 passen
gers. It is 108 feet long and twonty
eiglit feet wide when inflated, yet can
be stowed away under tho bulwarks of
a vessel, occupying a space only threo
feet wide, threo feet high and twenty
eijrht feet long.
Miss Ada Parker is a girl of
eighteen who lives on a cotton plan
tation two miles from Monroe, La. For
the last four years she has hadexelusiro
cliargo of the place, upon which her
widowed mother, sister and two youngor
brothers reside, supporting thorn all by
her own industry. She is her own over
seer, supervising all work done in
person. N. 11 Sun.
Hay -Town west of the Mississippi
is fed in Charleston, after having been
carried 2,000 miles. It has not been
many years siuce the idea of profitably
carrying so bulky a product one-fifth
of that distance would have been
laughed at. Since that time freights
for long distances have been much re
duced, and farmors have learned how
to put their hay and straw in much
better shape for shipment. Chicago
-"Mr. Scrrell, of New York," says
the Philadelphia Press, "has received
the gold medal of the Lyons (France)
Academy for his invention for the auto
matic reeling of silk by electricity. Mr.
Serrell went to Lyons somo years ago
and won the confidence of tho groat
capitalists there, getting them to accept
his labor-saving machinery, which will
work much the same revolution that
was accomplished by the cotton-gin.
Tho fortunate inventor is still a young
man, and his friends believe he has an
extraordinary career before him."
A second electric boat has been
launched upon tho Thames. It is forty
six feet long and can carry fifty pas
sengers. Its motive force lies concealed
in seventy boxes, each of ono horso
power stored under the floor of the boat,
ami at thu end there is a Siemens
dynamo, the spindle of which is con
tinued so as to form the screw, without
intermediate gearing. A speed of nine
miles an hour can be maintained for six
or seven hours, when the secondary
batteries have to be replenished. There
is no noise, or boat, or smoke, or smell,
or waste, and the machinery takes up
so little room that practically the entire
boat is available for passenger accom
modations. PITH AND POINT.
The report comes from New York
that the duties are taking to drinking
absinthe. Sh! don't sav a word; ab
sinthe is said to be fatal iu three years.
Rochester (N. Y.J Express.
A man who paid a plumber $500
for putting the water on every floor of
his house, said when the kitchen chim
ney caught lire the engine company did
the same job without charging him a
cent. Chicago Times.
An enthusiastic country exchange
remarks: "The hills and valleys are
carpeted with the verdant growing
crops." A neat idea. Tho carpet,
strictly speaking, is of tho ingrain va
riety. IHltsburgh Telegraph.
"My case is just here," said a
citizen to a lawyer. "The plaintiff will
swear that I hit him. I will swear that
I did not. Now what can you lawyers
make out of that if wo go til trial?" "A
hundred dollars easy," was the reply.
N. Y. Independent.
"A Word and a Blow!" First
Gent (Celt): "Ye met 'in at me broth
er's, the niiniber, I think?" Second
Gent (Saxon): "Yes, but I haven't any
favorable impression of him 'n fact
urn he stnick me as a liar." First
Gent: "Did he, thin? I hopo ye hit 'in
back, sur!" Punch.
A schoolmistress of Yreka, Cal.,
while on her way to school was attacked
by an infuriated steer. "She seized the
animal by the horns and held him until
help came." The next day she saw a
rat in the school-room, when she hasti
ly gathered her skirts about her, jump
ed up on a desk, and yelled murder. A
rat has no horns for a woman to grab
hold of Norristown Herald.
A conundrum constructor, whose
name is unknown to fame, has found
out by experience the difference be
tween a sweetheart and a wife is almost
akin to the difference between a gold
headed cane and a wart oh your nose.
You carry the one around with you
because you like to and the otherbe
cause you've got to. N. Y. Comnitrr
An ambitious Burlington woman
ordered a new poke bonnet: "Make
tho bonnet as big as the price." In
about a week a hay wagon, having
scared all the street cars off the track
on its way, baited and drew up in front
of her house with a thing on it so much
bigger than the block that the woman
couldn't keep it in town without paying
storage to the city. Burlington Hawk
eye. Poetry of the Railroad.
But it you wish a spectacle of sur
passing picturesqueness, take post upon
a railroad, at a safe distance from tho
track.of a dark night, about the time a
train is expected to arrive. First you
hear a low thunder reverberating among
distant hills; anon a bright pointof light
appears, like a star on the drapery of
evening. It grows with astonishing
rapidity, and now it glares like the
fierce red eye of a monstrous demon,
becomes larger, redder, fiercer every
moment, while the roar of the engine it
heralds becomes more appalling and
voluminous as it approaches. An earth
quakea wirlwind -a shower of lire
and the train is passed. If there bo
not more poetry in this than in an old
night-coach, with its dim lamps, drowsy
driver, piled-up baggage-rack, snoring
passengers and wear cattle, then we
oive up our point. To us a railway
Train is a relization of the wildest fan
cies of eastern romances, the fireman
an Afrite, the conductor a magician,
the brakeinan attendant genii. Boston
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