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LAST OF THE ADMIRALS. Brief Sketch of the Career of David Dixon Porter, Admiral I'orter was one of the great figures of the late war. He came of fighting- stool; and of a seagoing family. His father was a distinguished naval -officer, Commodore David Porter, who commanded the frigate Essex in the •war of 1812. The Admiral was born in Pennsylvania in 1S14 and at fifteen •years of age entered the navy as mid- «hipman. lie served six years in the Mediterranean, after which he was employed for some time in the coast survey and in river exploration. He was promoted to a lieutenancy in 1S41, and was on special dxity at the Washington Observatory at the outbreak of the Mexican war, when he resigned his post in order to take part in it. When the civil war began he was appointed a commander, and in 1S62 was placed under Commodore Farragnt in charge of the mortar fleet for the reduction of the batteries below New Orleans. When Ivew Orleans fell he pushed tip the Mississippi and conducted all the naval operations in aid of the land operations gf the Union forces. He took part in the two sieges of Vicks"burg and was credited by General Grant •with contributing materially to the success of the second one. For this service he was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral. From then to the close of the war he was actively engaged in important operations, the principal of •which were the two combined attacks on Fort Fisher, which commanded the approaches to Wilmington, N. C. He was made a Vice Admiral in I860 and soon after was appointed superintendent of the Naval Academy at Annapolis, where he remained until 1S70. On the death of Admiral Farragnt in that year he was promoted to the rank <«f Admiral and became commander of THE LATE ADMIRAL. POKTEK. 'the United States nr.vy under the i-resi- -•cleirt. Admiral Porter made his last cruise in 1807, and according 1 to the liaval register he had seen sea service, all told, oi twenty-two years and seven .months, whDe his record for shore duty is thirty-one years and nine months. In rotmd numbers he had seen about sixty-two years' service. . , 'While Admiral Porter had not been taking any part in managing things in ihe navy since his practical retirement, jet he had written and spoken a great deal on the subject of coast defenses. . He ridiculed tiie idea of building forts. He said that he would undertake to |pass at night with a ship any fort that might be erected at Sandy Hook, and would guarantee that if he had a swift running cruiser or a double-turreted monitor no gnns at the fort could hit "him. He also cleclared that as different nations possessed ships that could crawl 'linto the "pocket" near Sandy Hook, •and possessed of guns that could throw immense shells nine and ten miles, or right into the city hall of New York, a fort would amount to nothing. He •wante'd the Government to have ships :that would be like turtles—carry their .defense on their backs. In rehabilitate ling the United States navy the views of Admiral Porter are being carried out to more or less extent. Admiral Porter was never wounded. He said recently that two or three- times during his life he had been seriously hurt, but, strange to add, in none of the accidents that had befallen ,>iiTn had a drop of blood ever been spilled. Once, while in command of a lahip, during an engagement in the last war, he was standing very close to a igttn when a premature discharge occurred and he was knocked senseless. 'For quite awhile it was feared that he lhad been fatally injured, but he recovered, and apparently no lasting effects from that shock were felt. A few years ,ago he was in a larj;e store in Washing]ton and fell down an elevator shaft. 'One of his legs was broken by this iplnnge, but no blood was spilled. While spending a summer in New -Hampshire .tend traveling along a rough country road in a heavy carriage the vehicle •was-upset, the Admiral rolled out,,and <the carriage fell over on him, once more knocking him senseless, but with- ,ont bringing the blood. He attributed ihis unusually good health through life to two things. One was that he had made it a point all his life never to get •wet if he could possibly help it. At all [times he carried rubber shoes with him *• so as to protect his feet from dampness. Jt was his opinion that half the sickness came from wet feet or wet clothes, and while in active service he had al' ways been ready to put on, at a mo- aoent's notice, waterproof clothes. It mattered not how hard the rain poured down on the decks of his ship, or how long he had to remain exposed, he never got his skin wet, unless it might have "befr^his face and hands, which prac- •fcijiuly did him no harm. Another thing •• towhich he attributed his uniformly good health for so many years was sticking to plain food. Admiral Porter had some • literary ability, and a few years ago published "Incidents and Anecdotes of the Civil "War," "Adventures of Harry Marline" .and "Allan Dare and Robertle Diable." AN EASY TALKER. How to Acquire the Art of Conversing Gracefully. Forget about yourself. It is your fear that you will not use the right word or expression, and that you will appear at a disadvantage, that chases fit words out of your mind. Actors become "stage stuck," and forget their lines, precisely as a school-girl at the blackboard forg-ets the mathematical rules which she really knowa quite well. The reason is a purely nervous fear. If you analyze it you will see it is fear of self-mortification, self-humiliation by some blunder, dread of adverse criticism of self or comparison with some one else. You become so anxious as to how vou are appearing that you forget every thing else. The mind is in focus on self. Forget all about self, and yon are at ease instantly. Think about what you are conversing on. Let the' subject in hand take up°youv attention. Do this just as fully and naturally as you would if the subject were before you in your solitary room. But to do this, vou must cease to think about the dress, the appearance, the beauty or horoelinessof the person with whom you are conversing. If you are talking\vith a pretty lady, this is not easy to do. Her e-res will charm away your thoughts in admiration. Her dulcet tones, her pretty little speeches, her graceful movements, and a thousand and one feminine arts, will knock all your other ideas out of your silly head. "How beautiful she is!" will cause you to forget all you have to say of a sensible nature." Forget her, so far as you can, and be at your ease instantly. A young man in conversation with a judge, a senator, or other distinguished person, will have the same trouble. He will ' -overawe you," you say. That is, vou will be thinking mainly about him, and not about what you are talking on. Forget him, and be at ease. Say what you know on the subject on hand as naturally as you would in your private room to the bedpost. In a full parlor, keep your eyes on the person with whom you are conversing. It is the wandering of the eyes alf over the brilliant room that distracts you from your theme. The brilliant movement, the flash of gay forms, the snatches of conversation heard from over your shoulder, where another couple are talking, and especially if they chance to mention your own or a friend's name; the peals of music from the piano, or the orchestra in the hall, playing your favorite waltz; these things divert your attention, and you do not keep your end up. If you study a superior conversationalist, you will observe that she pays all attention to business. She looks at you, hears your replies, takes in your opinions, and then advances her own. She is not rolling her eyes around the room like a dolt. Take an interest in the person with whom you converse. No man can talk to a stone post. If your friend seem to you not worth entertaining, you will talk accordingly. A bright and engaging face helps a fellow wonderfully. It seems worth while to talk to those eyes, for they appreciate what you say. A felloW frequently goes away voting himself dull when it is not really his fault at all. The persons he fell in with were dullards. To talk to a dressed doll, who is only anxious to know, as she gazes down, at them and fusses with them, if her gloves fit or her flounces and feathers are all in place, is rather dull. She answers "yes" and "no,' and you feel sure that all you say goes over her pretty head and is lost amk the snarls of her gas-lithair. The thin; to do is to compel her attention. How 15 Get into a dispute with her if necessary Argue, politely oppose any shadow o: an opinion that yoxi can catch. Rouse her to defend herself. Or if you can strike her fad, lead off and get her to going on it, no matter what it may be Every one has his or her hobby, and nearly every one can be piqued intr mounting and attempting to ride it i you hold the stirrup just right,. At al events it takes two to make conversa tion, and I am far from blaming mysel wholly for a stupid time with every anc all persons. Sometimes it is the othe party's fault more than mine. Still, conversation is a fine art. Som there are who can never lead. Th next best thing is to be a good listener Any one can achieve this. Pay atten tion. Seem pleased, and you will b pleased. Your friend will kindle an feel drawn out. As the other partj gets going, something may suggest it self to you. Enthusiasm is catching At all events you will appear well a you bend your eyes on the glowing speaker. If she turns to you sudden,!} with a question, you want to be pre pared; yon do not want to be in th next town or over in the further corne of the room with your thoughts. An swer intelligently, and 'she will sna; your reply in the middle to get he cbance to go dancing on again. Be natural That is most of the bai tie in good talk anywhere. But tha means much. To be interesting t others, who are themselves pure.intell: gent, and good, one who is natural mus himself be the same. He who is oblige to keep a close watch on his tongue 1 polite circles, lest he let slip anhabitua oath or utter slang, or worse, can neve be a good talker. Indeed, the only wa to be sure of correct speech in public i to think in correct speech in private.— Harley Harker. in N. Y. Weekly. Landlord and Tenant, "Have you got the rent ready a last?" "No, sir; ma went out washing an forpot to put it out before she left." "How do you know she forgot to pu it out?" 1 "Wall, she told me so."—Texas Sift ings. — She Loaded I?. • James Paris, Tennesseean, was going out to hunt and his good wife loaded his gun for a day. When he drew a bead on a squir rel there was a crash and a bang, and, while the squirrel escaped, Mr. Pari returned home with a broken jaw, fiv teeth gone and two fingers ready fo amputation.—Detroit Free Press. ABOUT DANCING. t Has Always Been i» Popular Amusement—Origin of Dances. From time immemorial' dancing has ormcd one of the chief amusements of mankind. Repeated mention is made f it in Holy Writ, and among the an- ient Egyptians it constituted a very prominent and popular religious rite. Without a doubt the Israelites gained heir knowledge of it during the clays if their captivity in the land of the >haraohs. The Greeks of the olden ime indulged in war dances, chief among which 'was one that became famous under the name of the Pyrrhic dance. In this the dancers''depicted he actions of a warrior engaged in dp- ng battle, the quick and agile movements being made to the accompaniment of a flute. There were, we are told, two hundred different dances in •ogue among these Greeks. In an- oicnt Rome dancing was one of the chief features of the magnificent fetes : or which the Empire became so famous. One peculiarity of the principal dances of savage nations is that in nearly every instance they imitate the movements of animals. This is evidenced in the buffalo and bear dances of the North American Indians, the bear dance of the Kamschatkans and the kangaroo dance of the aboriginal Aus- ;ralians. Among Oriental nations the majority of dances are performed by professionals, the private individual being perfectly willing to pay to see others, but seeing neither rhyme nor reason in dancing himself. The Hungarians, Russians and Spaniards have characteristic dances, most of which are performed by gypsys. The polka and redowa of the Hungarians, and the Spanish bolero, fandango and cachuca have become famous all over the world. The popular quadrille is said to have originated among the Belgians. The waltz had its beginning in Germany and from thence was taken to France, shortly after which it was introduced into England. Hungary was the birthplace of the galopade, or galop, and from Poland came the stately polonaise, or polaeca, and mazourka. One of the most noted methods of "tripping the light fantastic" among the Scotch is the sword dance, which was originated by the Scandinavian and old Saxons, and at one ti me. was indulged in by the Spaniards. The Irish reel and jig are two dance inseparably connected with our Milesian brethren, and in many respects greatly resembles the highland fling. In the majority of instances, there fore, our latter day dances were known and enjoyed by our ancestors hundreds of years ago; rind with slight modifica tions have been handed down for the edification of the present 'generation.— Detroit Free Press. —No Feeling in It—Mrs. Hardup— "Oh, dear! did you hear, love, that olc Mr. Newrich had frozen his leg?' Hardup—"I've known that for a lonf time, dear. I've been trying in vain to pull it for over a week," The Parent ol TnM>mnI:i. 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