The Brandon Union from Brandon, Vermont on June 20, 1879 · 1
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I ' THE BRA10H UflOI,.; I Published Every Friday Morning, AT BRANDON, VT. N. A.. MOTT, EDITOR AND PUBUSH8B. $1.50 in Advance--.$2 if Not so Paid. TEE BRAIB3I MIOI CVKv JOB PRINTING .f W S f 1 1 si ESTABLISHMENT . i 0 f - is supplied tvrrn aix t-e nxjui $ites ron ioi::a. rjmwr-cLASS job rn::; isc.' 1 BRANDON, ;VT., JUNE 20, 1879. NO. 29. a EOYAL HOUSE, HUIIJIIY, VT, R. W. PITTS, Proprietor. IV One of the moat pleasant stopping place for tourists. Van Ness House, BURLINGTON, VT. ' c D. C. BARBER, 0. E. FERGUSON, PBOPRIETOBS. F. F. PIEECE, DENTIST, BRANDON, VERMONT. Established I860. OFFICB IN SIMOND'S BLOCK. J. Q. HAWKINS, attorney and Counselor at Law, CLAIM AGENT For prosecuting Claims against the Government, Bounties, or Pensions, etc. " Briggs' Blooh. Brandon, Vt. WALTER P.. WHEELER, Attorney and Counselor at Law, SIMOND'S BLOCK, BRANDON, TBBHOHT. C. H. FORBES, Fire, life and Accident, Real Estate and Collection Agency. ECELEY'S Meat; Market, On Center Street, USDEB BBIQOS BROTHERS' HAItDWATa STORE. GOOD LAMB, VEAL, PORK, Beefsteak or Chicken, Will Bo Sold Very Cheap. CAUL AND SUE ME. Terms 7ery Low and for Cash Only TVJVr. JJOItLHY. STAFFORD & PHELPS GENERAL DEALERS IN i 2 Hi 7 .a a ; Stoves anfl (Pipej, a ' - $ .--' Iron and'Btjftl, HORSE Sfi6EH0&SfeHfii ; ANTJiUffOKJLS. ' .' ' ' -J .Wagon AaeSgngs - lot ,hi-;i Shears, Pocket and Table Cutlery, r : .-i i. - . .- f. ': .. . . , . I Woodenware, Wood and Iron Pumps ? Lead and Patent Lined Lead Pipe,. Powder" Shot, " Capo," PislingT jj ; Tackle and Steel Trape J CHAINS-CABLE AND TRACE, LEATHER BELT ' INS' AND LAOINfl. WHIPS. HOPE. HAW!) . i OF VARI(I KIND,-Ti:iWAp. f ,'.s , . WHOIJ5AI)E MSB UttAIL,'' 4' I Jobbing Of All Kiudi on 6hoKotiC2 ! Pelts, Barter and Hide, Taken In Fzohan g, or Cash Paid for Barter ; "" '" '"'-'Al W l' ' Branfloa . Hardware Emporinm.- Gnal Inn Apt Fire, life and Accident, Real Estate and Collection Agency. Notes, Bills, Accounts and Rente, collected an promptly remitted for a reasonable commission. HOUSES TO LET. Offioe in Brigg's Block, Brandon, Vt. GET YOTJIt inrr -4 flEHI AND OYSTERS AT . . The Ebb and Flow. We stood on the shores ot the ocean,- - Watching its ebb and now, And the many white-sailed vessels As out to sea they go. t ; ! ' ; ' , ! With canvass spread to the heavens Thoy speed upon their way, " " -While the gathering clouds of darkness Mark the close of another day. The sea was in a pleasant mood, Thousand ripples at play, The snow-capped waves tossed about Forming a silver spray. The moon lies hid behind a cloud, The good ships gliding by, Till tor away on the ocean they Appear as specks on the sky. While we looked on in rapture at The majestic scene before, , Neptune changed from his quietness, The waves began to roar. ' They lashed the beaoh in their fnfy '. J Washing np mountain high, While far away in the darkness Was heard the sea gull's cry. . Nearer to land the poor bird came, Seeking its rocky nest, But with one long despairing cry Sank in the sea to rest. No stone to mark its new lbund home - Upon the bonndless sea; ' - ' 1 Of thousand creatures here below How many such there be. How few in sorrow and sadness, Bowed with a load of care, . Who bear the burdens of the right . . , w " Yet never once despair. The Master harkens to every wail, E'en to the sea gull's cry, . . ; . And to the feeblest prayer ol man Help will never deny. (James F. Coatcs, in Yonkers Gazelle. JOHN DUVAL'S ESCAPE, No event in the history of our country was attended with more thrilling incidents, or more striking instances of personal heroism, than the Texan revolu tion of 1836. Yet few of these have been recorded, or at least recorded in a manner to be much read.' Texas, while a province of Mexico, had, been mainly settled by emigrants from the United Suites. Outraged bv badigovernment, the people rose and proclaimed Texas a free republic. Between five and six hundred volunteers, under Col. Fannin, rallied in defence of this proclamation. , . . . Against this little band came the en tire strength of the Mexican arniy, in those palmy days of Mexican glorv when Santa Anna was nt the height of his power. After a number of hard-fouclit actions,"the handful of volunteers were hemmed in at Victoria. Their "stock: of powder and lead was exhausted, and t,hey wera forced to surrender as prison ers of war. - '' 5 t" i jf iTlii oectured5 in March 1836. "Hie volunteers were taken to Mission Golaid, on the San Antonio river, and on the twenty-seventh of the month, expecting to be released on parole, they were marched out of the mission, and without a moment's warning shot in cold blood, by Santa Anna s own order, it is said. Of the four hundred and Jeighty or ninety young men who filed out of the mission gates on thnt fatal morning, John Duval, then but a youth in years, was one of the few who, almost by a miracle, escaped. " Early Sunday morning, ' says Duval, 'four or five Mexican officers came into the) Mission yard where we were confined, iind bade us get ready to march to Copano, saying that we were to be liberated on parole and sent home. ; , : " We were formed in three divisions. and marched out separately. The, di vision into which J .Was .drafted con sisted of about 150 men. We believed what had been told us. and had not the slightest suspicion of danger. ' As wo filed out of the gates and past the houses, I noticed a number of Mexican girls standing in groups of four or five, and looking at us in a pitying way. We had often danced with them at the fandangos, and ns wo marched past, we nodded to them and called them by name. " I thought it curious that they should turn away their faces as they did. Some of them teemed to be crying. From two or three I heard the low words, ' Po brecilos? (Poor fellows), and ' Atlios, po- brectior (Good-bye, poor fellow). "But we were all in pretty good spirits, and had not a though t of the doom awaiting us. When we had marched about half a mile a halt was ordered, and the column of Mexican infantry that yrus guarding us on our right, eounter-oiarclicd and formed ill line behind the column on our left. --- 1 "Even then I thought this movement was merely for some change in the order of march ; but a moment after some one standing near me cried out: " ' Boys, they are going to shoot us !' , " At the same'instant lhcard the clicking of their musket-locks, and before we had time to stir we were fired upon. L " Most of them fcH dead on the spot The man standing in front of me was killed. When the ball struck him, ho leaped convulsively backward , with great force, knocking me to the ground. , "I lay for a moment stunned. The smoke of the deadly volley drifted into our faces, and partly Jiid us from those who had fired. "''' . "Before I had time to scramble up, the two lines of .Mexican soldiers had rushed over us in pursuit of those of out men who were unhurt and who had fled, " We were near the appcr ford of tho San Antonio river. The stream was on ur right.: I knew that my only safety lay fn getting across it, but the Moxicans were between me and the river. L raft -after' them, however, unob4 served in the emoke , and confusion, and had got with in fifty or sixty yard of the bank wherj one ol them, turned, ami faw me. Hia nuaket Was .Kipty). UuXhe drew back for a thrust with his bayo net, when another Ann ran blindly be tween us and received the thrust. . " While the Mexican was withdraw' Ing.his, bayonet, I ;-sjv ,on. and went headlong through WX nowjeaftcred line. Several of the soldiers shouted and fired ut me. ' I heard the balls Whizss by, but' Mai I o them touched mo. Reaching the bank t leaped into the river, which nt that point ran deeply and very swiftly, though not more than sixty ! yards wide. - The current set toward the opposite bank, and being a good swimmer I soon reached it. "As I swam, I could hear the Mexicans loading their muskets on the bank behind me, shouting and ramming down their bullets. - The bank for which I was' swimming T found was eight or ten feet high, and nearly perpendicular, and when reached it I' could not touch bottom With my feet. "The current swept me along down the bank, exposing me to the aim of the soldiers who were en the opposite shore. Thj murderous wretches began to fire at me, and no doubt enjoyed the sport. The balls struck all: about me, pit, pat, in tho water, as I floated and swam along the high bank for a hundred yards or more, and it is a wonder that I was not killed or wounded. "At length I came to a grapevine, which hung trailing in : the water from a tree that gleaned over .the bank. This I caught. and drnwing myself up, began to climb it. I had nearly reached the top of the bank when a soldier who had followed down on the opposite side fired his escopeta (a kind of musket) at me, and cut the vine off about six inches over my head ! 'Back I went into the river, with a splash. 1 ' i . " ' - At that they raised a shout. Thev thought they had hit me, but I was un hurt. I had sense, however, to float, and let them think me dead, or mortally wounaeu. Abe current took me down eighty or a hundred yards further, when coming to a shelving bank, I scrambled out of the water somewhat to the surprise of my pursuers and took to the woods." Young Duval's object was now to reach the American settlements on the otlier side ot the Brazos. The intervening country was a wilderness. Where settlements had been made they were now deserted, on account of the war. He' wandered for- weeks through this wilderness, living on what he could find, and in danger every hour from the Indians and marauding bands of the Mexican cavalry.c .'. ; . j ., , s. One afternoon, after crossing a grassy prairie, he came to a heavily-timbered bottom where there was a river, This he knew must be the Navidad. While looking along the bank for a shallow place where the stream could be forded, he, heard the barking of a dog. "At first," he says, "I supposed that it might be some settler's doe, left behind in the general flight; but-1 soon perceived that it was coming nearer, although I was walking quite fast. "I then. anrmUad iLt iU Ja, ' , my track, and that probably there might be some one following him. Coming now to shoal water, I waded into the river af a place where it was riot much above my knees, and then hurried on as fast as I could. " After an hour or more, during which I must have gone four or five miles, I emerged from the timber upon the edge of another prairie. "All thfa time the yelping of the dog had continued. The animal seemed to have fully kept pace with me, and was not now, I judge, more than half a mile behind. I felt sure that this persistence in following me meant danger. " I went out on the open prairie for three or four hundred yards, then turned short round and retraced my steps to the edge of the timber. Here I made a leap, iust as far as I could at one jump, off to the right of my trail; then running down the edge'of the timber lor ten or fifteen rods. I hid myself in the top of a tree which had lately been blown down. I posted -myself so that I could have a good view of the prairie above me, and of my recent trail. t " Tlie barking of the dog quickly came nearer, ana soon a yenow and wmte cur appeared, followed by three Comanche Indians, one of whom held the dog back by a lnshr They'came out on'my trail at the precise point where I had left it. " One of the savages had a gun ; the otlier two had lances'and" bows. They were walking fast, and went straight out upon the prairie, following the trail I had made, thedognow yelping eagerly. " When they came to the place where I had turned back, the dog stopped and began smelling about, as if at fault. The brute seemed to wish to turn back. My heart beat fast then, for I was wholly unarmed. " But the savages, thinking that I had gone on, pulled the dog forward, and continued on across the prairie. As soon as they were out of sight, I rapidly made tracks in another direction. But for this trick I am very sure they would have had my scalp. For the next three or four davs I wandered through a tract of country where there was but little that I could use for food. At length, late one after noon, I came to a clearing, on the further side of which I saw a log house. After watching a while. I became satisfied that there was- no person in the house, and then I ventured across the clearing to it. " The door stood open. I stole in and searched eagerly for food, for ; I Was nearly famished, and had 'grown 'so weak that I could hardly walk. But I could find nothing save a few dried crumbs on the'eupboard shelves, and 'sdme unsavory old beef bones. These crumbs I greedily devoured, and then gnawed the beef bones. I here was a bed in one Cofnei which looked so inviting that 1 determined to rest on it for that night at least. " About midnight I was startle bjr a noiae of some sort.!, Listening, 1 found that It w:u Inade by lings granting- beneath the cabin floor. The shanty was set up on blocks, two or three feet from tho ground, to keep out snakes. The hogsjikd taken hiltcfndej ft ) At another deserted cabin where our hero stopped to pass a night he found a large wolf-dog, frjitobj pkc himself, ap. pcared to 'bl.a fcfugM hhd a wanderer. The dog seemed overjoyed at meeting a human beings -Tlie two at one joined their fortunes, and thenceforward trav eled In company. Four or five days later they reached the Ban Bcniirti river, whivh they crossed by swimming, and then went to an abandoned house to pass the night. For supper that evening tiiey had on'y some dry cprn, so, building a fire. Clival set fit work to parch the corn in the hot ashes. r ; V' , .... . " While thus busily occupied," he said, "Ben which was the name I had given my dog uttered a low growl, and looking up I saw the njuusle of a gun poked jsiowly through the open window. " In a moment it flashed to my mind that the smoke of my fire had attracted the attention of some straggling party of the enemy, and I saw that I was com pletely entrapped, for the only door of the hi use was on the same side as the window. "Before I had time to think what I would do the dog leaped through ,th window. "At the same instant I heard some one utter a smothered shout, followed by some swearing in very plain English, anij I rushed out just in time to prevent the dog from throttling an old friend of mine named Hardeman, who, with Capt. Duncan and his company, were in pursuit of the flying Mexicans; for while I had been wandering in the wilderness the decisive battle of San Jacinto had been fought, and Santa Anna himself was a prisoner to our brave fellows. "Hardeman had seen my smoke and thought there might bo Mexicans in the house. Ben would have seized him fairly by the throat had it not been for a thick woolen comforter which he had muffled around his neck." Youth's Companion. Death-Bed Reparation. Apropos of the rise in Mammoth, they tell a capital story about General Dodge. Some time ago, A. G. Brown, a well- known operator here, bought one thousand shares of Mammoth from General Dodge at three dollars a share. This was when the company was organ ized, about eight or nine months ago, and three dollars was bed rock. The thing hung fire for a long time. The Sierra and Nevada excitement came along, and nobody gave Mammoth a second thought. It was not on the board; itjiad no value, and you couldn't really give it away. It went by the name of "Dodge's pup." Assessments were levied regulaily. Brown talked long and loud, and the street resounded with his curses. He swore that Dodge had swindled him, and by the gods, he was going to get even with that warrior some day, come weal, come woe. The day before the news of the strike in Mammoth leaked out, Dodge, who was lying very low in Oakland, sent a telegram over to Brown that he would like to see him at once. Brown had 2C. of death, and a feeling of sympathy prompted him to respond at once ; so he took the next boat. Arriving at the general's elegant home, he was shown up to the invalid's chamber. Nobody was there but General Dodge and his secretary. The general lay propped up by pillows, looking the picture of ghast-liness. He was very feeble, his breath came quick and short, his eyes were glittering, and his hands lay helpless beside him. " " I have sent for you, Mr Brown," said the general, with much difficulty of speech, " to say that that I am very ill ; and I fear that I may not get over it. With a view to that contingency I I have been arranging my business affairs here the general was overcome with weakness, and a pause of five minutes ensued to enable him to re cuperate. I am told you are not satisfied with the sale I made to you of that Mam moth. . Now, I don't want to go out of the world feeling that I leave anybody behind who believes that I have ever wronged him. I believed the stock was worth the riioney, and I believe so yet; but I do not want anybody now to think that I have got the better of them. I am very ill. I don't know what the stock is worth, or if it is worth anythingbut if you like I will call our trade off. Give me your stock, and I will give you three thousand dollars back." Here the general sunk back utterly exhausted. ' In very pity Mr. Brown would not prolong the conversation. In a tew words lie expressed his sympathy for the general, and then with the remark that, though he did it witii some re luctance, he would accept the offer. "Antoine," gasped General Dodge faintly from the pillow to his secretary, "give Mr. Brown a check and take his stock." The next morning everybody knew that a big strike had been made in Mam moth, and before night ten dollars was freely bid for the stock. To-day fifty shares all that could be got were bought for sixteen dollars a share. General Dodge is slowly recovering, and on Monday was "in his office. Virginin (Ncv.) Chronicle. The Abolitionists. Although William Lloyd Garrison lived to his seventy-fifth year, says a New York paper, a number of original abolitionists of even greater age than his still survive him. Some of these were very prominent abolitionists, as Rev. Dr. William II. Furncss. of Philadelphia, now in his seventy-eighth year; Lucre-ti.i Mott, In her eighty-seventh year; A. Bronson Alcott, near eighty; Calvin E. Stowe, seventy-seven ; Lydhi Maria Child, over seventy-seven ; Ralph Waldo Emerson, just seventy-six. Many other noted opponents of slavery In the days before the civil war are not very far from Garrison's years. Still active and vigorous are Rev. George B. Cheever, seventy-two, who thundered against slavery from the pulpit of the Church of the Puritans, then in Union square; Oliver Johnson, turned of seventy; Wendell Phillips, almost sixty-eight; Theodore Wold and Rev. Samuel May, about seventy; Henry B. Stanton, sixty-nine; Henry Ward Beecher.ln his si xty-seventh year; Harriet Beoclier Stowo, sixty-seven; Rev. Drs. Edwin II. Chapin and Henry W. Bellows, sixty-five; Parker Pllsbury and Stephen Foster, In the vicinity of seventy, and others less known. FOR THE FAIR SEX. Fuhlnn Notes. Fans are of medium elite. Side satchels arc as fashionable as ever. High buttoned boots are " the thing" for street wear. Bonnets are larger, and as a rule have flaring or open brims. The favorite short costume for ail occasions is the " Pinafore." The lace juljot, in one or another form appears on all toilets. how shoes are more fashionable than boots, except for street wear. ' Lined and fringed parasols are the thing for full dress street suits. ; ' Novelties in parasols have sixteen i'ltis, with short club handles. Old-fashioned sashes with straight hows and bell-pull ends are now worn. Satin parasols, in bright colors, are cheaper and pret tier than those of silk. Some of the new hats are trimmed with feathers, satin and flowers of one tint. Hats and bonnets are more varied in shape and trimming this summer than ever. Lace mitts, both long and short, take precedence of kid gloves for summer wear. Large long-looped bows of pink and white satin are used to trim muslin gowns. Polka dotted silk and foulard is used for covering or lining many stylish parasols. Batiste is new shown not only in neutral tints, but in several bright colors mingled together. Real Chantilly mitts have neither right nor wrong side, neither back nor front, and cost from $ 17 to $24. Lace jabots and lace strings to bonnets form the necessary adjuncts to every dressy toilet. Madras gingham " Pinafore " costumes are correct wear for croquet and lawn tennis games. A petty low shoe witii a Louis XV. heel should always be worn for full dress out-door parties. Semi-diaphanous tissues are made up en panicr with short skirts, for cere inonious garden and lawn parties. Tablets and sometimes small thermometers are seen attached by a short chain to the handle of some fancy parasols and sunshades. Some of the new polonaises have the fullness of the skirt gathered on the sloped forms of the back, which are cut off New sunshades have the crutch handle, or an ivory lip carved to imitate a bird's head, or a pug's head, in wood. Pear handles are altogether out of fashion. Elegant full dress parasols are covered with pekine silk and satin stripes, are fringed and lined, and have handles of carved wood, tortoise-shell, ivory and celluloid. In the fashionable sun umbrella, the Japanese, the effects of the civilized sun umbrella and the real Catbayan article are tastefully conjoined, producing a very cliic effect. "Pinafore" costumes i of gendarme blue bunting, witii waistcoats, cuffs and plastrons of corduroy velvet, and trimmed witii a profusion of small brass buttons, are much worn. Picture of a Modest (alrl. Modesty and virtue are twin sisters; without both wo cannot have either. Politeness is first cousin to tho modest girl, she never leaves this cousin at home or abroad ; kindness also comes from the same family; where any question is being discussed and her opinion is asked, she gives it hesitatingly not doubtfully, and, if not accepted, never allows licrsel to utter a contradiction but calmly and quietly withdraws from the discussion, but her opinion is not lost or defeated by so doing, on the contrary it almost always carries weight and effect. . Her wardrobe is chosen for quality according to her financial circumstances ; the colors are selected with care, suitable to each other and favorable to her complexion (you may call this taste, so it is "modest taste"); the style must, of course, be as near the popular fashion as she dare approach, but never quite up to the height; when outcallingor shopping she dresses with neatness and care; if walking, she neither moves too fast or slow, but glides along witii a natural and graceful step which is very becoming, recognizing her friends by a polite bow or welcome grasp of the hand, "but no scenes ;" she never votes herself on a committee of arrangements, but invari ably acts if chosen (as she assuredly will be), assisting in the programme by suggestions and willing hands, causing things to move serenely and joyfully. I love to hear her musical, cheery, ringing laugh; affectation is foreign to her; every act is nature itself. When she tells you anything, give her credence, for she is afraid of an untruth; her very acts and ways are so unobtrusive that they form a shield of protection, keeping her from harm or insult. She is, ns a rule, generous and charitable, and sometimes suffers from .that fact. She acts upon the Golden Rule, " Do unto others as you would have others do unto you ;" in bereavement or affection the emotions are quiet but deep. The good qualities of a modest girl can be enumerated to almost any length. She is one of the most noble adornments of society, and truly an object of love and admiration. Household. Interrogations. Why is It that when a man longs for a good "square" meal, lie Invariably gets a-round one as soon as possible? Why is it that a chimney cannot fly, although it always has a flueP Why Is it thnt a man never gets tired doing for some one else's sister ? Why is it that the small boy weeding the garden always pulls up by mistake the only plant on the premises that his mother "wouldn't have taken a thousand dollars for?" TIMELY TOPICS. The failure of a jury to convict the Yoilkum brothei s of murder, at Bakers-field, Cal., displeased the pctiuliteci A mob broke into the jail at night, and one of the prisoners was quickly hanged to the bars of his cell, a noose being thrown over his head, and the rope pulled through the grating. Then the lynchers went to the other's cell door, and found that he was fettered to the floor. As they were unable to enter, they tried to lasso him, as they bad done witii his brother, and then choke him to death by pulling at the rope, but he dodged the noose successfully. So they killed him with their revolvers, firing so recklessly that two of their own number were accidentally wounded. A new method of breaking in liol'ses by means of a galvanic battery was the subject of a recent patent in England, and exception was taken to it as being ineffectual and cruel. " It appears, however," says the London News, "that when properly carried out it is not only effectual, but the reverse of cruel, as the animals are so astonished at the power displayed by their masters that they quickly become docile and tractable. The experiment has been tried by the General Omnibus Company of Paris, and the scientific experts appointed to report upon the method declare that it is more effectual and less cruel to the horses than the ordinary practice." "A six-penny phonograph" is the latest invention, emanating from the brain of a Mr. Lambrigot, a French gentleman. Phonographic impressions are first taken in stearlne, which is then electro-plated and matrices made of hard metal. Into these lead wires are pressed, so that the impressions made by the vibrations of the diaphragm in the stear-ine are perfectly reproduced on the lead wire, Half a dozen of these wirei, each containing a short sentence, are then fastened to a small board. The rest of the apparatus consists of sixteen inches of lead wire to one end of which is at3 taclied a hollow pasteboard cone, one-and-a-half inches in length, and to tho other end u small pasteboard disk. By moving the disk along one of the wires fastened on the board, words are made to issue from the cone, as in the ordinary phonograph, only with less distinctness. The life of the seeker for precious metals is not an easy one A gentleman who recently went with a party of capitalists to Leadville, Col., says: " ' Prospecting' is about as near like gambling as any downright honest hard - auiwu eenulnepWk to go out upon the mountains at or near timber line, where the nights are always cold and snow falls nine or ten months in the year, to live alone in a rude cabin without even the necessaries of life, to say nothing of its comforts, and to dig day after day and sometimes month after month without even an indication ot 'pay dirt.' And yet this is the lifebf the ' prospector' year after year. One man in a hundred, or a thousand perhaps, makes a 'strike' and obtains wealth which he rarely knows how to use. The remainder are always poor, their best luck being when they can induce some one to give them a 'grub stake,' that is, to furnish them food for a share in their mines ir they hnd any. United States Senator Carpenter, ot Wisconsin, has smoked himself into ill-health, as the following statement, telegraphed from Chicago, makes manifest: " The announcement that Senator Carpenter has been advised by his physician to go to Florida for his health was a genuine surprise to his friends in Mil-1 waukce. Few supposed him to be in other than the best health and spirits. A personal friend of the Senator said : I tell you no man can smoke twenty Havana cigars a day, and keep up the practice without encountering certain death. ' It is a hazardous thing to do, and Matt Carpenter is doing it. You observe the consequence. Matt is a slave of tobacco, and it is killing him slowly, but surely. He is wasted so that his limbs have become emaciated to the semblance of pipe stems. They call it rheumatism, but it is tobacco and nothing else that has wasted liim sway to this extent, and it will continue Its work until death steps in and claims another victim.'" The reccdt sinking of several men-of-war together, In South American waters, recalls the battles ot the classic age, when the recognized mode of fighting was to " ram " the enemy's vessel with a heavy prow of iron or brass, and the sinking of nt least half the beaten fleet quite a matter of course. Modem warfare, however, contains not a few striking instances of the same kindi At Wit battle of Sluys, under Kdward 111., an English crew, feeling their ship settling down, boarded and carried the nearest Frenchman just in time, their own veS' sel sinking the moment they had quitted her. Sir Richard Grenville, in 15H0, performed a similar feat, floating himself In a raft alongside the heavy Span. ish galleon whose guns had shattered his light cruiser, and captured her while his own ship sank unheeded. A few years later the same hero kept at bay fifty-three Spanish sail for whole night with his single ship the Revenge, sinking four of them, and at length bidding the gunner blow up his vessel witii all hands. She sank, however, before the order could be obeyed. In one of the great sea fights of the last century, French and an English ship went down side by side before the grappling-irons could be cast off, and very few of either crow were saved. " 'Fraid you haven't noticed my mustache," said Paris, tenderly stroking the down that blossomed on his lip. "Oh, yes, I have," replied Helen, " I have been looking nt It, trying to fix the pattern In my mind. It would make such an elegant design for applique work upon a sofa cushion." And then, somehow or other, It seemed to Paris thnt you could hear the silence clear out o the Grecian camp, Jjaivkcye, hIS FIRST SALMON. Oow. a lliriiided UenMaman Pranced IJke a Schoolboy when fee Hooked Ilia Firt Flail. ( Mr. George Dawson, aescrining salmon flahlrg on the St. Marguerite river in the Albany Journal, says : On and after the 20th of June we hnd what we came for abundance of sport. My friend and companion was happy from the moment ho killed his first salmon of the season. I know something of his manner at home. No one is more edate or more dignified. He has the gravity of a judge with the dignity of a gentleman. His friends would as soon expect to extort a smile from the man in the moon as a "guffaw" from him, no matter how many "Joe Millers" might lay siege to his risibles. His dignity is proverbial, and Lord Chesterfield himself would have hailed him as A model of all the " proprieties." But h is a "born" angler, and he has all the weaknesses as well as all the virtues of the craft. Knowing him as I did, I was curious to see him kill his first fish, and took my seat upon a convenient boulder for that purpose, A dozen fish, with their heads up stream and their tails a-wagging, were distinctly visible in the pool. It was a Sight to quicken the blood and titilate the nerves of any old etnger. I was not surprised, therefore, to find my friend (who is no novice) in sucli a tremor as to make it difficult for him to get out his line with becoming grace. He, however, soon reached the center of the pool, and up leaped, head and shoulders out of water, a splendid fish! But he missed tho line and fell back with a splash, which showed him to be a iisli of unusual dimensions. Tiie apparition brought me to my feet with a spring, not doubting that the game was hooked and the play begun. But he was not hooked, and my friend stood like a statue, with open mouth and staring eyes, the picture of whatever most graphically personifies disappointment and despair; and instead of following up his cast lie sat down ns if from sheer exhaustion, limp nnd nerveless as a helpless invalid. It was a clear case of " buck-fever," and it was some minutes before he so far recovered his equanimity as to be able to try again, but this time with success. The rise and strike were simultaneous. When lie felt the pressure of the fish and was sure lie had him, he, who had always deemed the slightest indication of elation unbecoming, gave out such a shout as made the woods ring witii the echo; and during the half hour that the fight continued more extravagant soliloquies, more uproarious roars of more tumultuous laughter never preluded the requiem of a thirty-pound salmon! When it was a "r. Ma the kintrlv fish was snread out ucFore liiu - - - K ti turned to us with the meet comical gravity and said: "I have an indistinct impression, gentlemen, that during my contest with this magnificent fish I did not deport myself quite becomingly. If so, you will, I am sure, excuse me, for really I was fairly beside myself in the intensity of my excitement." It, was the reply, " you had acted otherwise we would have questioned your sanity. You never appeared to better advantage. You have sound lungs, or you could not have so startled the echoes with your roaring. You hare a rich imagination, or you could not nave lmprovisuu o many glowing couplets to the lascmat- ine pastime. You have a nne memory, a remarkably musical voice, and a rare appreciation of harmony, or you could not have delighted us with so many snatches of old-time melodies. You mUst be a man of quick perception, for no expert could have met every emergency with greater promptness or skill; but your dancing master must have found" you a dull pupil. The specimens you gave us in this branch of your early ducation, while your fish was sulking, was a failure. No one could have shown greater agility, but, if you will excuse me, your movements were entirely destitute of what is sometimes characterized as the poetry of motion! As an outward sign of an inward emo tion it was a success, jiere, rerer, shoulder this (Oh and let us to camp. Any man's 'first salmon' on a new river is glory enough for onp day." Polios Surveillance in Russia. The St. Petersburg journal, Molva, af firms that careful calculation reveals that not less than 90,000 dvornicks or porters are now engaged day and night guarding the houses or the llussian capital. The house sentinel system of General Oourko has necessitated almost a dupli cation of the previous dvornick force, and thousands of peasants arriving irom the interior have accepted service in the new emDlovmcnt. In the outskirts of the capital, where the houses, instead of being in massive blocks, are onen constituted on the cottage principle, the single families inhabiting them rarely employ more than one dvornick on the premises. Him they cannot Keep me entire twenty-fouf hours on duty, and are cither compelled to hire a fresh man to assist him or sliare the watch them- p1vm. The Moka says that it is quite a common sight In the outskirts to see the owner of a house or his wife doing duty mitsiilc the nrsniises. and taking It in turns to keep watch at night. The police cm.rd the enuiloymcnt of women as house sentinels as an infringement of Ofincral Gourko's regulations, and batch of summonses have been issued against the offenders. The Oohs states that the governor of Voroncz has insti tuted a system of stationing police sen tries with n s irlit of each other tnrougn out the town. He has also placed on a stand in front of his house a book in which any one can register complaints against tho police, " with the assurance that their err evanccs will ne properiy looLcd Into." Of late many merchants at Moscow have been the recipients of letters threatening them with assacsina-tion unless certain donations are for warded to the writers. . 1 r.mnho. Cel.. eighteen miles from Leadville. must be a "lively" ph O On Friday, recently, the leading gro er was clubbed and robbed; an hour nftc: ward a miner was' stabbed In a saloon, and a few minutes afterward a gainb'er i was shot dead in faro bank. Tat Married Man. Adowa the street the married man Starts off with hurried tread, But from the door a wiiely voice Calls, "Dou't forget the bread." He smiles and nods, and turns to go, 1 hat careless married man, When loud the servant calls him, ' "Oh! Tou haven't got the can!" He nods again, in fretful style, But pnlleth down his hat, . And lo, his sister, with a smile, Cries, " Won't you bring my hat V "Oh, yes," he shouts, and truth to tell He need not shout so loud; ' But shrill his son, with stunning yell, "Theater tickets for the crowd!" His daughter, from the window high, Estops him with a call, She wants a fan, a pair of gloves, And a new pink parasol. He hears no more, lar down tho street His echoing loototeps fly; And all day long, in measure fleet, He hams, " Sweet buy and buy." And when the evening respite brings, And his day's toil is done, Though told to got a hundred things, He hasn't got a one. Burlington Haickeye ITEMS OF INTEREST Racy reading News ot the turf. Some men sell iron, and steel for a living. " What is truth ? " inquires an editor It's hard to tell. There are fourteen musical journals in the United States. All but ten States now have biennial sessions of their legislatures. The spur of the moment may have something to do with the flight of time. The Marquis of Lome is writing a book about Canada, to be illustrated by his wife. There was inspected at Chicago, during the year 1878, a total of 185,142,525 bushels of grain. A townsman calls his goat " Ancient Greece," because he's such an old butter. Yonkers Gazette. A proportion of twelve per cent, of the convicts in the general prison of Scot- land, at Perth, are insane. In the Russian language, the tormin ation " wich," found in proper names, means son. What endures more of the ups and downs of this life than a woman's jaw bone? Yonkers Statesman. If you ore over-anxious to know why the elephant wears a trunk, irritate him sufficiently, and you will discover that awcrles b.ia ciioler in it. The traffic in eggs in tue unr--is estimated to equal $200,000,000 per annum; o,ooti,oou oozen ic "i" from the country every year. Tho man who owns one diamond stud always wears it in the top stud hole of his shirt bosom, and tells his tailor he ' never did like a low cut vest. A London newspaper furnishes the curious and surprising statement mat 1,885 out ot 5,241 shares in a new brewery company , in Sheffield are held by English clergymen. No comedian can make as laughable a face as that made by the small boy when he brings a jelly jar down from the cloiet shelf and discovers it to be full of ten-penny nails. The commonly accepted theory of the cause of thunder is that a vacuum is created in the path of the electric spark, and that the subsequent in-rush of the air produces the detonation. Tim Snnifarv Record says that diseases of the eye arc often distinctly traceable to arsenical poisoning in wall paper, and that people must not imagine that injury from this source is Dy any menus rare. Thirlnir the war between England and Afghanistan thousands of camels perished from overwork and bad forage, and in consequence the trade between India and Central Asia has neen crip pled for want of carnage. "There's a great difference between housekeeping and boarding out," said Mr. Younghusband, "for when I boarded out, I had to wait sometimes half an hour for my dinner, iuc no have it just when I can get it." The Central Park Musenm of Natural History, in New lorK, contains iu remains of the moos or giant birds of Zealand. Even the smallest bones of these pre-historic birds equal or exceed in size the bones of the largest horse. Why are dinner covers made of bright tin or silver? Because light-colored ana highly polished metal is a very bad radiator of heat; and, therefore, bright tin or silver will not allow the heat of the cooked food to escape through the cover by radiation. Only eleven English sovereigns have exceeded Quoen litorms age sixty. Among these were all the t.eorges, n 11- liam IV. and Elizabeth, uccn vic-oria has reigned forty-two years-al- most as longas Elizabeth.wiio laiu uowu her scepter at the end of forty-five years rule. Ho who reads and runs away, Won't have his printer s bills to pay. ' Tioga Record. But if the printer fails to pay, Ills soul is lost at Uie J udgment day. Danielsontillc Sentintl. We add a line to this, to say Those should not road who. will not pay- Meriien Recorder. HAM'" Pith and Point" (-Wtinmita comfl hiehcr than most fruits. We mean on the trees. The best dogs are the cheapest in the end and thereby hangs a tail. ' When the milkmaid is awkward and fretful, the cow generally turns pail. When a. notorious prevaricator sleeps he lies still, and when ho is awake he still lies. A withered spinster cannot hope to compete with the girl of the period, for she is behind the age.

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