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Algona, Iowa
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IB II 11 111 J 1 * JM01JNE&4. AJLGONA IOWA, WEDNESDAY, APBIL 8, JBM A ANDRE THE MINSTKEL ' ft was In the good old days, not so long •go when measured by years, but ages re- Moved from the present by the perspective «f cataclysrnal change, tho good old days 'When plantation life In the low country •Iras in its age of gold. Morning wt s bloom- Ing out full and rosy, nnd the dew hunx •heavy on the hedges of yapon and Cherokee *ose, ns" tho minstrel Andre Duval avroko •nil assumed a sitting posture. Ho rubbed his eyes vigorously for a mo- dent, with the unconscious grace of a young animal, looked about to collect his 'iacultlc's; then, letting fall his small, sun- 'burnt hands on his knee.i, smiled forlornly. Overhead the leaves of the magnolia •'Were thick; the hedge behind him stood up •iatigled, thorny, full of flowers; tho air, -Stirring gently, boro tho ar/iell of marsh S lants and the fragrance of orange blooms, not unplenslng mixture. Everywhere tho mocking birds were singing, the gross- beaks whistling, the starlings fluting. Andro Duval looked himself over half contemptuously, half quizzically, his gray ••eyes lingering with every patch on his coat ,.»nd trousers, and concentrating themselves >at lost on n somewhat rusty great too pro- 'trudlitr; from a sadly worn shoe. Uesido tjjini, iii a frayed green cnse, lay hia guitar. .All night ho hud slept thero very sweetly, and now he felt rested, If not refreshed; hungry, too, as only a young, strong fellow can bo after a prolonged fait. Lately ho had boon in Now Orleans, llv- rjng ho scarcely know how, petting on fairly •Well In a low way while hVolothes hud ro- fjnnined decent; but the timo camo for him • to try the country, and if that failed hlm- Wrcll, what? Ho was not of a temperament that reckons accurately. Tho future furnished him no particular fleld for speculation; tho past had no data that ho could Use. Ho had come from tho southern hill • country of Franco to Louisiana with some •ort of dream in his braiu,t had landed without; money, and, of course, had found nothing that ho had expected to find. Tho .teal waa the rovcrso of his ideal. Those wore the days when New Orleans •••and tho plantations of lower Louisiana wore at; tho zenith of prosperity. Men • scarcely knew how rich they wero, nor did they seem to euro how they spent their money; atill a good for naught, shabbily Creased, with nothing but a guitar and a tew songs to recommend him, might, If a triflo reserved and in u way proud, starve • even thero. For a sennight Andro had tramped 'through tho country, taking no note of responded Andre, returning the gestnre with an increment of humorous suggestion. "If tnonsionr will kindly honor me I slinuld be glad to invite him to breakfast With me at my father's house yonder." "Oh, with deep pleasure; thank you, monsieur." ., "Como, then." "You are very kind, monsieur." They strode side by side along the hedge till they came to an opening, then they crossed the little fleld to the greal; oaken gate, The sun wns now well up in the cast and shining gloriously. From the Jiayou came the leaping breeze to worry the long moss on the spreading boughs and to make tho leaves clash and rustle like the stir of heavv silk. Andro looked up the avenue anfl saw a slender girl standing on the step of a ver- nnda in the dusky shadows of tho trees. ' She wns dressed In white and looked not Unlike a tall, pure flower* Instantly a wave of shuttle came over him. He stopped just Inside tho gate. i "Come on, monsieur," said his companion. < "But, no," ho exclaimed, "I cannot. 1 am not—I"-— He glanced down over his clothes. , "Do not think of that," urged the other In soft persuasion. "It makes no difference If monsieur is a triflo travel worn. That is nobody but thy little sister." i Ho grasped Andre's arm and led him right along while ho Was speaking. Tho hate taken ft half pathetic delight in going downstairs dressed from head to foot like ft gentleman; and What a change it made in his appearancel Mademoiselle Hbrtehse, when she met him in the hall, looked at him with a pretty little start and blushed crimson. He was not less confused than she, and so they stood a moment in awkward silence, looking at each other and jmiling as bashfully as two peasants would have done. The weather continued fine, just warm enough to make tho mo;:klng birds sing morning, evening and at inter/ate, all the night long. Andre did hi.j part of the singing, too. You could have heard his guitar and his rich baritone voice, when the breeze was right, clear across the bayou. "Ho must be a prince or at least a count in disguise," remarked Monsieur Armand to hio ulfa. '•He certainly has a distinguished air, said Madame Armand. BETTM THAN BEESWAX, M dem e H s a othing, but the rf , a r TSni^r- am i her iW*?? * PECULIAR INSECT SUBSTANCE Of STHANGE ORIGIN. tlecent inresti!;fttinn of I to Production* Hoi* the tri*i!«te Feed—Their Propagation nnd the frsc* to Vt'hlcli tlio tVtuc Is Pitt—It Is iv-orlh $1 a PonruJ. Recently the •-•! uanier Gaelic bioupht front China three pmall packages carefully in- closed In wattingand oil paper, and bearing the superscripiion, "Vegetable wax; handle with care." The weight of these packages was about i!00 pounds, but the value Of the contents waa alleged to be $600, or ' tl a pound. The box was consigned to i leading silk manufacturers at Pateraon, ! N. J., and the use to which the wax was to I be put ia the glazing of theit mill product. This wax ia u peculiar snbstance,tliffering their athletic shoulders and well set heads, their lithe bodies and graceful limbs match- Ing almost perfectly, "We call our place tho Chateau d'Ar- mand," said I ho 3'oungman In Andre's ear as they approached tho veranda. "My name is Matton d'Armand; have you ?" "Andre Duval." "Monsieur Duval, little sister; my slater, Mademoiselle d'Armand," said tho youii^ man, with graceful lightness and yet with dignity. Tho girl smiled sweetly, but there was a reserve of wonder in her eyes as she Involuntarily swept them over Andre's form. Her brother managed to make sundry signs to her which she interpreted readily, and from them she caught tho spirit of Matton's hospitality. If he had, "The poor fellow is starving," she could not have been surer of his meaning. "Breakfast is waiting, I believe," she said, stepping backward to let them pass ly and strati gel ye very member of the household. As Andre's spirits rose, his ready wit and large knowledge of the world enabled him to display himself with singular and fascinating brilliancy. Suddenly, aa was natural, he found himself In love with Hortense, and ho awoke to tho terrible reality of his condition. A bond daring to connect h neartuy neapised himself. The poles^fbls tion "Pen Tsao, Alu-Urb," that treata of mineral kingdom known to the author and his collaborators, speaks Of this wax producing insect aa "living on dew," and says that "wax perspires from its body." The substance is, when free from impttr- " and translucent, melting ac KS to 80 clegs, centigrade, and can be handled without soiling anything it comes in contact with. When uaed on One ot hia guit stations, and that several have reached Mr. Hann's Lawn Hill station. In Dr. Lekhhard's journal of hia expedition from Moreton bay to Port Esslrig- ton in 1844-45 he mentions that Mr. ttoper and the black boys, "Charley" and "Brown," ran down and shot one thirty miles from Port Essington, and that they were said to be numerous there and were called by the blacks "anaborro." Leichhafdt states that they "are the off- springof the stock which had either strayed from the settlement ».t Ruffles bay or been left behind when that eatablishmeut was broken up. They were originally introduced from the Malay islands. I was struck with the remarkable thickness of their skin (almost an inchKand with the solidity ot their bones, wmcu contained little marrow, but that little was extremely savory." Mr. Palmer states that the bull killed on his run weighed almost a ton, was extremely broad and well developed in the forequarters, but tapering off in the hindquarters. I next directed my inquiries to the museum, and here I waa most fortunate in getting information from the man above all others in Queensland moat competent to give it—namely, Mr. Spalding, the taxidermist of the museum, who spent many months in the center of their great haunt, near Port Darwin. Mr. Spalding showed me the head and horns of one of these buffaloes that made its way eaatward in the direction of Chartera Towera, and waa shot there some two yeara ago. The horns are most remarkable, being aquare at the butt and four inchea thick. They rise in a semicircle, but incline backward, so that the animals, when they charge (which they do furiously), have to put their heads between their forelegs. The horns are extremely coarse, corrugated, and of dirty brown color. Mr. Spalding corroborated the statements of Messrs. Palmer and Purcell aa to the buffaloes being very numerous—in many THACKERAY AT ACCOUNT BY HIS A RECEPTION TO DAUGHTER 6j AN AUTHOR. textile temperament wero reversed; the sunlight, fabrics it imparts a glossy sheen that en- tho bright bayou, tho dusky old mansion, durea for a long period. Being free from tho wholo world had shriveled into a hato- Btc aric or any other acid, it does not injure ful scowl of fate. I vegetable or any flbera. Ono morning tho household awoke to In. the work entitled "Novua Atlas Si- diacover a little later that Andro Daval uensia," by Martini, published at Rome in , had left during tho night. It waa a great 1065, the first mention of this peculiar Wax , surprise, a soro disappointment; but what is made known to Europeans. Tho Jesuit I thousands—at Port Essiugton, Raffles bay could bo done? They looked at one another fathers, in their various monographs on j and on Melville ialand. A man haa been in hopeless surrender to tho silence and Chinese mattera, also mention the subject, I engaged for a number of years shoot- lonelincss of their remote and uneventful but until 1890 the world at large was In existence. , ignorance of tho true habits of the wax "On est le maroufle?" (Where is the rag- producing insect and the methoda em- amuffln?) screeched tho parrot. "Ou est P'°yed to gather tho wax. This knowledge le maroufle? Ho, ho, ho-o-ol" j wai * gained by Mr. Hosie of the British Mademoiselle Hortenso slipped away to consular service, who waa stationed at her room and cried. | Chun King, on the upper Yangtso river, in Aa if to add to thospecial gloom, tho sky tlie border province of Szechuen. Hia en- was overblown with low gray clouds that tomological nnd botanical identification of presently began to let fall a fine, atearly tno subject is admitted to he conclusive, rain, which .lasted with scarcely an inter- ftnd seta at rest the questions that have mission for two weeks. i been raised from time to time. ing them and making a handsome income by selling tho hides. On account of the extreme thickness of hide they resist an ordinary cartridge, and heavy leaden bullets have to be used. They are what are famil- It Wag a Terribly Dull Affair, and tho Host Escaped to His Club—A Pen Pot- trult ot Charlotte Bronte—She Wa* Not Noted ns a Conversationalist. One of the most notable persons who ever came into our old bow Window drawing room in Young street is a guest never to be forgotten by me, a tiny, delicate, little person, whose small hand nevertheless grasped a mighty lever which set all the literary world of that day vibrating, i can still see the scene quite plainly!—the hot summer evening, the open windows, the carriage driving to the door as we all sat silent and expectant; my father, who rarely waited, Waiting with us; our governess and my sister and I all in a row, and prepared for tho great event. We saw the carriage stop, and out of it sprang the active, well knit figure of Mr. George Smith, who was bringing Miss Bronte to see our father. My father, who had been walking up and down the room, goea out into the hall to meet his guests, and then after a moment's delay the door opens wide, and the two gentlemen come in, leading a tiny, delicate, serious little lady, pale, with fair, straight hair and steady eyes. She may be a little over thirty; ahe ia dressed in a little barege dreas with a pattern of faint green moss. She enters in mittens, in silence, in se- riousnesa; our hearta are beating with wild excitement. This, then, is the authoress, the unknown power whose books have set all London talking, reading, speculating: aome people even say our father wrtHe the booka—tho wonderful books. To say that we little girla had been given "Jane Eyre" to read acarcely represents the facts of the .case, to say that we had taken it without leave, read bita here and read bita there, been carried away by an undreamed of and hitherto unimugined whirlwind into things, times, places, all utterly absorbing and at the same time ab- iarly known as "mud" buffalo, having solutely unintelligible to us, would moro very little hair on their bodies, which are • accurately describe our states of mind on of u dirty reddish brown color. Itmay not be generally known that anum- ber of Timor ponies wore iu troduced at Porb j Essiugton with the buffaloes. These, have that summer's evening as we look at Jane Eyre—the great Jane Byre—the tiny little What to tho household of Chateau d'Ar-! Tlle insect itself belongs to the family of captured me, Mademoiselle," , with a shrug uud a reminis- Matton. "His dog said Anc:*' cent smile. At this moment a magnificent parrot cried out from ita perch on an antler hang- Ing near: "Vencz icll Venez ici! Uii marouflol Ko! Hoi Hoi" (Comoherel A ragamuffin 1) "Tho bird discriminates with accuracy." added Andre. Everybody laughed; it waa impossible not to do it. i Mattou laid his gun on a buckhorn rack and took Andre's battered hat and hung it beaido hia own; then said: "Come this way, pleaae." ' They bowed to Mademoiselle Armand, nnd Andre followed his young host into a room whero he was loft to batho his faco and make ready for breakfast, a ailent black boy standing by to servo him at need. A few minutes later Matton came to in- ] quiro if ho was ready, and they went together to the breakfast room. ; Aa they were crossing the hall the parrot screamed out: I "Begouo, you ragamuffin, begone, qulckl Hoi Hu! Ho!" Andre Duval found himself In a house ' worth studying; it was a place to charm tho eye of tho artist, the poet, the dreamer. Here, indeed, was a provincial palace—n rustic t/ji.itlo, so t,o any—a *jlvau chateau. mysterious departure, left behind him the Ball and coffee bug. It begins its life on respectable clothes that had been given to tno leaves of a. largo leaved privet of tho him and had gone away dressed in the rags ' aurel fc ypo in the form of small scales, proof hia vagabondage. Doubtless tho old aumably eggs, parrot had sppn him go, for it kept chatter-1 uow Tn E ^Ax is SECURED. ing about tho maroufle and scolding be-' The treo grows in the Chion Ch'ang val- cause he won Id not comeback. Andre had ' ev - The embryo insect scales are gathered won the wisp old bird over to him, but it from the leaves and made up into paper persisted iii Ha first impression that he Packages of a catty each (one and one-third . ought to bo called a ragamuffin. | pounds), and in loads of sixty pounds j Wo who live in towna and cities, or in porters carry them over mountain and thickly settled regions, know nothing of B tream to the high lauds near Chia'-tiug- the uttor isolation in which the dwellera f°° ' a Szechuen. Only during the cool | on the great lowland, plantations passed nights the porters travel, as during the their lives. True, they had their visitors dtt y tbo temperature is too high and would now and again, and they went once or tend to the development of the Insecta and p twice a year to aome place of resort; but their eacape from the scales. Upon arrival their homo life, luxurious and picturesque at ^ ne high lands the scales are unpacked, as it was, stood aa the measure of loneli- antl f ror n twenty to thirty, inclosed in a ness. Think of itl Thero was not another leaf of the wood oil tree, are attached to mansion within less than fifteen miles of the branches of a species of mountain ash Chateau d'Armand. The bayou was tho (Fraxinus Chinensis). highway. The only passersby were those Thirteen days is said to be tho period of In the boata. ' j incubation, nnd when the insects emerge Long after the minstrel's departure there from the scales they travel from the camoaletteraddressedto"M.AndroDuval, branches to the leaves, nestling among Vicompte do Vaudreuil, care of M. Matton them for a week. Taking up positions on d'Armapd." ... | the branches, the females commence to de"He told me onco to open any letter that posit scales, while the males excrete the might come when he was gone," said Mut- substance known as white wax. Tho wax ton. | appears aa a white coating on the under So he broke the seal and found the fol- Bide of the leaves and twigs, and gradually lowing' letter, accompanied by a letter of spreads over the whole branch, attaining credit to a Now Orleans bank for a large after three months a thickness of a quarter sum;. | of an inch. My DEAR. NEPHEW—It Is charming news to ' The branches are then lopped off and tho vulfup^u uuu UUIAUU1 V, (,iltLlll!£ JJU UUbU L>1 » . , . ,,— . * -•••». w u..w i» w utiu.Aw. L* vfl. v^ufbuuuu U ./Xl- ' • —.^..Q., vv wuw i.v.Alllj- v«. directions, turning this way to evade a ' ,,. Ule , • And you ' ound no B |lrno mand seemed peculiarly touching was the ' Coccidaa, an order that embraces the cochi- "•wamp, that way to find a place whore n • *".*! , m .° llg> brotber mino? " she added to fact that Andro Duval had, in taking his nen ,' b "S' ltt f insect, the mealy bug, vine•Stream could be waded, and now and agriiu ..-.-. (lingering for a day or two at a plantation. Sometimes ho got food at tho negro cabins, •omctimcs at tho mansions; but usually his bod waa mother earth, with only a treo tor shelter. Luckily, tho weather was flue. After a fashion, Andre hud enjoyed his leisurely pilgrimage, especially when ho waa not hungry. Novor had ho dreamed of such luxuriance of treea, shrubs, grasses, Weeds, flowers; nor had hia imagination «ver suggested such frultfulncaa aa tho •plantations, the orango groves and tho gardens presented to hia eyes. Aud then tho mansions! Those great, rambling, vino- 'covered, treo ahaded, gallery circled structures impressed him as tho ubodea of princes in exile. Ho poetized concerning thorn, and constructed romances, in which the medlroval apirit waa revived with all Its Ancient splendor, On this particular morning, so rosy, so -dewy, ao fragrant, Andro awoke with sur- i .priac that ho had slept so lato; much more i •waa he surprised to find that ho waa on tho I • confines of a plantation, and near tho ' .grandest mansion that ho had yet aeon. ' Through a rift in tho hedge ho could do- ' /aery, just beyond tho little Hold, a great' '•roof, u heavy stack of chimneys, broad I •verandas and amul! paned windows, all j .'half hidden in foliage and long moss, with I groat,gray treo boles shoeing through and gnarled branches reaching across. Still "beyond ail this n bayou gleamed like silver fituddod with diamonds aa the breozp played •over it. He rubbed hia eyes again and got •upon Ilia knees, tho better to gaze at the Ibeautiful picture. A dream had suffused this sleep during the night just gone, and its apell had not yet departed from his im- ! agination. Surely yonder house waa tho i.,liouso of which ho had dreamed! Why, .-yes; thero was the great gate with tho i monstrous posts to uphold it, and there • Waa tho bout house by tho bayou. Again i-he rubbed his eyes. Boini; thus occupied, Andro Duval was i ill prepared for tho shock that just then • came upon him In tho form of u huge un- i inml, tiiat rushed against him from behind, 'With a loud "bow-'jow-wow-wowl" Over he itumblud, and was hold down by tho weight •of thi i great, black, shaggy assailant. "Wow- w o w- bo w I" Audio's noso and mouth were buried in _ the soft ground so that ho could acarcoly "brdnjjlty much less cry out, and a muzzle With atfopimis teeth wna mumbling at the back of his neck while heavy paws pressed .hard upon hia outstretched arms, "Aha! What havo you there, Aehillo, old fellow f Hold, you wolf I Como oil', I say! Be doi.e! Bo done!" Andro heard these exclamations given in a soft French voice—a very soft French voice—-but a firm and manly ono as well. The big touth that had been ready to siuk into hia neck wore removed in an instant, .though tho animal kept, its place on his •back. "Off with you! Hero, you rascal!" A resounding kick followed by a whine •brought Aiulro relief. Ho squirmed over nnd sat upright rubbing the earth from his faco and fettling of his neck to find out if it wore whole. | also increased to a largo herd, and Mr. Spalding describes them as exceedingly handsome little animals.—P. R. Gordon in Brisbane Quoenslandcr. GOING TO THE GOLD MINES. The moment is so breathless that dinner comes as a relief to the solemnity of the occasion, and we all sinilo as my father stoops to offer his arm, for, genius though she may be, Miss Bronte can barely reach his elbow. My own personal impressions are that she in somewhat grave and stern, specially to forward little girls who wish to chatter. Mr. George Smith has since told me how ahe afterward remarked upon my father's wonderful forbearance and gentleness with our uncalled for incursions into the conversation. She sat gazing at him inont which comes of a long line of refined your estate awaits you. I tako pleasure in aa- B0cts th!lt Ilave 8Unk to tno bottom of the ancestors. Tho roughly carved oak ceil- vanolng you 80,003 fraacs. If you have really P°t arc placed in a b;vg and squeezed under ings, the massive wall panels, tho great flniahed your travels, como book and be a seasi- a rude press until they give up the last dark stairs in the hall, tho ancient pict- bl ° P 1 ^"' nn . d I wlu be elad over to remain drop of their product. Owing to the crude , uros, the tapestries, the ponderous mahog-- yo ™ dovotod ancle, MoNTPBHsrun. | treatment the insects and eggs are de- fraud soon became evident. The quarter- any furniture—all these seemed to be'. Matton read this epistle aloud, standing , Btroyed, rendering necessary the supply of ma ster had plenty of good provisions to steeped in tho atmosp.liero of centuries. 1°,; _ „ ,. ot _ ^°, assembled household, j fresh scalea by the method deacribed. I sell, but issued a very inferior quality. Afloat on tho Piiclflc Almost AVlthout Fi.'od or Water. [Special Correspondence.] SAN FRANCISCO, March 11.—In the early days going to the gold mines was a picnic of widely varying incident and adventure. | with kindling eyea of interest, lighting up Those who camo overland had ox teams w i fcu a sorb °f illumination every now and for palace cars, and by making great haste * fl en as sne answered him. I can see her, reached tho mines in four to six monf,ha. ' bending forward over the table, not eating, Others sought the gold fields by a six but listening to what he said aa he carved months' sea voyage around Cupe Horn, 'he disli before him. The writer took his chuuces on u steamer I think it must have been on this very from New Orleana to be landed at Chagres, occasion that my father invited some of on tho Isthmus of Panama. About 1,000 his friends in the evening to meet Misa passengers were landed, and probably 200 Bronte—for everybody was interested and held through tickets, 800 trusting to luck anxious to see her, Mrs. Crowe, the reciter for chances to rpoeh California. | °f ghost storiea, was there. Mrs. Brook- At Chagres tho passengers were turned Weld, Mrs. Carlyle.Mr. Carlyle himself was over to several hundred natives (mostly i there, so I am told, railing at tho appear- clothealcss) t-j Oo transported up the river ance of cockneys upon Scotch mountain in huge dugouts or eauoes made of mahog- sides; there were also too many Americans any or Spanish cedar. At the end of nav- '. f° r his taste, "but tho Americans were aa Igation, about sixty-live miles, passengers without through ticketa walked or paid exorbitant prices for saddle mulea and transportation for their baggage, to bo delivered at Panama. At the latter place we found four or five thousand delayed passengers at the end of '49 waiting for chances to get to nia. Some had not money enough to pay speculators' prices for tickets. Others had to wait for their tickets to mature. At this period a reputed agent of C. K. Gurri- God compared to the cockneys," saya the philosopher. Besides the Carlyles there were Mrs. Elliott and Miss Perry, Mra. Procter and her daughter, most of my father's habitual friends and companions. In the recent life of Lord Hough ton I was amused to see a note quoted in which Lord Califor-i Houghton was also convened. Would that he had been present!—perhaps the party would have gone off better. It was a ' gloomy and a silent evening. Every oua waited for the brilliant con- Ho remembered having seou such ; thiugs during hia childhood in France. i Andro followed hia young host into the largo, airy breakfast room, whero ho waa presented to Madame and Monsieur d'Ar- mand. Tho master of thi) place was a short, sturdy, dark man. gontio and winning iu bis manners, while madamo, hia wife, waa tall, stately, reserved, though by no meana lacking iu affability. Mademoiselle Hor- tonoo, the daughter, sat opposite Andre at tho table. .: Somehow our vagabond forgot his tattered clothes and aunbrowuo.i face in ,tho midst ¥ of tho pleiwaut chatter that .followed..• Moreover, he did not eat over heartily for ono who had fasted so long. True, he did ample justice to the vnuisou. tho flsh, tha eggs, the hot rolls and n goodly number of ot.lior toothsome comestibles, but ho man-1 agod not to appear ravenous. They all listened in breathless silence, Hortenso as pale aa a ghost. .It.Wiia early summer and tho hail stood open, tho wind pouring through in a strong, cool current. I T^Voici! Voioil Le marouflel Ho! Ho! ,J|p'-o-o-ah!" 'v/i'hpy all turned about as the parrot screeched, and there on the threshold, .juggotl, haggard, forlorn, atood Andre Dn- ! •. ; Ya,l, his old guitar slung at his side, a half '^Bijiinty smile beaming through hia erubar- ' ;tlissment and humility. '""'Hortense cried out and started aa if to to him; Lut she checked herself, turned D trembling and sat down in a chair limp and helpless. son chartered an old French whaling ship versation which never began at all. Miss and offered 800 tickets at $250 for each per-1 Bronte retired to the sofa in tho atudy, and son. It was asserted that the vessel was , murmured a low word now and then to provisioned and watered for a sixty day our kind governness, Miss Trtielock. The voyage. In a few hours the tickets were . room looked very dark, the lamp began to all taken and the vessel put out to sea. I smoke a little, tho conversation grew dim- Strong evidences of most cold blooded | mer and more dim, the ladies sat around still expectant, my father was too much perturbed by the gloom and tho silence to be able to cope with it at all. Mrs. Brookfield, who was In the doorway by the study, near the corner in which Miss Before the end of a week danger of starva- tiou was seriously discussed, aud a demand made for a committee of passengers to aee what supplies were on hand. They were refused, with an insulting command to Bronte was sitting, leaned forward with a little commonplace, since brilliance waa not to be the order of tho evening. "Do Matton .went to meet him with the letter HOW THE WAX IS USED. Although undivided attention and research were given to the insecta during the period of production and their active existence, to the unaided eye there is no - 0 . visible impression on leaves or bark. The emigrate to a very warm region. An in-1 you like London, Miss Bronte?" ahe said; deduct ;r,u Is therefore drawn that the wax ! dignutlon meeting follower!, and a commit-' another silence, a pause, then Miss Bronte is uoi.iii:ily produced from the resources o/ tee wlls appointed to take charge of all ' answers "Yea" and "No" very gravely, the insects'internal, economy, and not ob- supplies on die ship and issue them as and there the conversation drops J - ! --' 1 " •• -- they considered just and fair. ,,...The quartermaster defied the passengera with insolence, but a rope around his neck and over a yurdarm, with three minutea to surrender the keya, brought him to hia senses. Tho amount of provisions found on board was not considered sufficient to tained from the vegetable tissue of the treo. The strange fact remains that both the laurel and ash, upon which the inaecf/ is matured and rests in an embryo state, are both members of the order Oleaceo, to which tho olive tree belongs. The Chinese use the wax for coating the tallow candles used in templea and in the homes of tho wealthy, as a glaze for flue „,,, , ; ,, • . , _. i paper, silks and cottons, and also to polish I nr^ STr' ¥T lour th6 y 10 ?™?^ we high grades of furniture and ornaments, : arc right glad to aee you back," he ex- So valuable ia tho wax deemed that die ut- After breakfast tho gentlemen had <*«'-rf A 1 !"f panr -.f 1 , ^ y< , , ,, . ., tt most care is taken in its transport to ita gara, ami then Andro was asked to siiifc.V, ^naro htaitd, gazed hard at Matton, destination, and it is placed in the treasure Of course ho could not, refuse, though h'Js. 0 , qa t ? r 1 y cloud fi ntl >ered in h, 8 face, a 'rooms of the steamers that carry it from , .. ..„..._.. , ., .....,- r "p" )n )! -'srace, a'rooms of the steamers that carry it ho:irt almost failed him at thought of slriff-;:.! °'°"^ "^l.^f.J'Il^A? slu 'P rise ' h °P°. ! tho upper Yangtso ports to Shanghai • - — -• —~..—.. |,vrmv>? vn* imv: Oliiii6S6 const, thorcbv He oould scarcely trust, '" u , '""ment when a breath may mean life incurring an expense of extra freightage. ing in tho presence of Mademois.;Uo Iltiir-'' dl ' cu(1 i everything that tears a man's heart other points on tenm 1 d'Arnit- ml IT * * ' ' ,.-<.' ill a mnmpnt-. \vhnn n l^^ r»mir Ynn.m np^ t ;.. himself to look at her, for her bright (ICQ sent all sorts of wild thrills I through his heart. Foolish fellow! ,.He thought to himself thai to spend ono hour and or death;. 1 "I have a glorious letter for you. sorry I opened it, but you were" Andre interrupted him by tumbling I'm 1 for- A handsomo young man with a gun on „... „ D ,.^ u .i „„« MUUI - ,„,,.- his shoulder stood beforo him, and an in stiuh company was ample reward fon all rwiu>(l ' Hl 'd falling full length on the floor, enormous dog was slinking-along beaido tho privation ho had endured since laud- /•,'!« Poor fellow could not bear up under *ho liedgo. "Who upon earlh aro you? What aro ' •Jon up to lioi'e?" inquired tho young man, i>a ho set his foot far apart, us if to securo a Wiclo base for hia astonishment, and gazeil hard at Andre. His oyes softened as ho apoko. j "I awoko a moment ago," said Andro, "and was preparing to miiko my toilet when your dog iniorfored. Seems to mo that this is a pretty rudo way o{ entering one's chamber." " I "A thousand pardons," responded tho •other, "Monsieur imist sue that it was the merest accident." I He glanced over Andre's dilapidated ihabilimt'iitsaiid at tho guitar ease hard by. Tlii- minstrel laughed, donnod his frag- iment of a hat anil Onco erect ho looked quite manly aud handsome, despite his rags. His brown hair was curly anil I (bright, with roddibh lights shot through I it, aud on his faco a young nogloclcd beard ' .grew iu soft, rimpled confusion. He picked up his guitar anil flung iu strap over his Shoulder, at, tlio same time handling a long, rudo staff. Again the youug mail with tho gun looked him over from head to foot,. "Monsieur h:is not bruukfiii-ti'd yet I pro- sume?" ho presently uuid, with a light, I .graceful gesture. i "No; I usually breakfast to-morrow," since laiid- iiig at New Ot-leaiis. Wliou onco he began to mug tho trepidation loft him. Luckily, perhaps, ho tried some old French songs. At least t|ie 'effect was all that he could havo wished-'for. Ilia four auditors showed tears iu their eyea bnforo lie was doae, and whim ho arossj to resume his tramp, anil waa thanking them for their generous and touching" kindness, it was Mademoiselle Hortenso who guggestud that a wholo day of rest would bo good for Monsieur Duval. All the rest of thu household joined ut'owe .in, this tliia sudden pressure of excitement. They-bore L.m to a bed aud resorted to every, means at their command to bring him round f» consciousness. A long illness followed, through which ho wasuurse 1 with temlert'st care; and then, when itwaj all pver, when ho was well enough to como out; of his room and begin to say droll things and hum tho old tunes—well, it '3 tho good old story. He was not contented fora moment if Hortense was out of hia sight, and before ho departed from Chateau d'A-rmand - j ^.W«.IM, HUB , , ... ,, tll ? ro was "• betrothal, and he thought, and so Andro staid nolf for one Je B l " s old 6'i'tar as a gage. day only, but for many days. i£piobkod . ° weddmif toolc place at Aries tho fol- for writing materials, and scrawleil'w'long lo . w ?»S. winter, tho wholo Annaud family epistle which ho begged Mutton to post nji{(>'»ting thither for the occasion. for him. It was addressed to Louis Val- -I'M'certain picturesque old residence in more, Due do Moiilpensier, Paris. This ^°. NV Orleans I was shown tho portraits, caused MtiUoii to open his eyes'and won- Pointed on panels of tulip wood, of the dor why this strolling minstrel should bo Vicompto tie "audreuil aud his lovely wife,' writing to so great a man as tho Due tlo Vho, though quito old, are living today.— Montpouaior. He showed tlio suporscrip- Maurice Thc:i?psoii in Now York Ledger. A Cuiiscituiitious Jury. Judge—Hem! Your verdict seems to be decidedly mixed. Foreman of Jury—Yes, your honor. It's in accordance with tho evidence.—Good News. tiou to his parents and to his sister. Certainly it wa.-i a mystery. j Next morning a sonant came into Andre's room with a groat armful of clothes anil a card, on which was written: "Please accept theso to servo you until you can hear from home." i lie could not refuse kindness coming iu this way; to havo done so would havo ft-ouudod soiuu one, perhaps all, of his ttoneroim entertainers. He may, moreover, Tito sun is tremendously large. It Is equal to 1,800,000 globes the size of our euiitli, but owing to ita lac" -»f density its equals that of only tiiiooo such masses. V it only iC^OOO Were it poasible to procure a supply of tho eggs of this wax producing insect there ia no doubt that they could be propagated in California, as tho laurel, ash and olivo grow iu luxuriance in tho state, and a valuable article of commerce would bo secured. The entire production is estimated to bo only 10,000 to 13,000 pounds during tlio season, from April to June. It b exported from the two western provincea »f China, Szechuen and Honan.—San uViiucisco Chronicle. WILD BUFFALOES IN AUSTRALIA. rhoro Aro Itluiiy Herds of Thorn in the Unsettled Parts of tlio 151g Ishuul. Although I have been over thirty-seven years in Australia, it was not until eighteen months ago that I was aware that there was a breed of wild buffaloes in these colonies, aud I venture to say that not 1 per cent., of the inhabitants of Queensland, or even half that number, aro awuro of the fact. Curiously enough, I have two simultaneous inquiries about them—one from Professor Wallace, of Edinburgh, uud the other from a gentleman iu Michigan, U. S. A, I laid myself out to make full inquiries on the subject, and it has occurred to me that the public will bo interested to know the result. Mr. B. II. Purcell, who haa seen several of them in tho far north, juul was present at tho death of ouo, gave mo a ruiuute description of them, which tallies exactly with what I learned from other sources. Mr. E. Palmer, M. L. A., informs mo that one of the islands on the northern coast is fully stocked with them, and isolated bulla from the herd on the mainland wav as far My sister and I were much too young to be bored in those days; aUrmed, impressed we might be, but not yet bored. A party was a party, a lioness waa a lioness; and— shall I confess it?—at that time an extra dish of biscuits was enough to mark the evening. We felt all the importance of I -_--„- .._ -.v.v v»». VMU 11U£JU1 UCtlJ V/O VI last twenty days, much less sixty days. ; the occasion; tea spread in the dining ! The committee took charge and divided fairly the scanty storea on board to tho end of the voyage. For water, an old con- i denser was put into service, and made to supply a pint or moro of water each day to each passenger, I Tho vessel being well out to sea and be- i out into the darkness, and shut the door calmed when these discoveries wero made, quietly behind him. When I went back there was no alternative, no ....... room, ladiea in the drawing room; we roamed about inconveniently, no doubt, and excitedly, and in one of my excursions crossing the hall I waa surprised to see ray father opening the front door with his hat on. Ho put hia fingers to his lips, walked no alternative, no retreat. So we still beat out to catch the trade winds to bring us in at San Francisco. When the vessel passed tho Golden Gate, the forty- seventh day from Panama, every part of the ship that could possibly be removed had been use--l for fuel to keep up tho water supply. The anchor was dropped in San Francisco bay when the passengera were on their thirtieth hour of fasting, after living on loss thau half rations the wholo voyage. An officer camo on board to investigate the health condition, and finding a case of measles, ordered a ten days' quarantine for fear of smallpox; but ho hud no force at his command to enforce his order. In one hour the 800 hungry passengera had left the ship, and in three days the old craft was swinging on her anchor chain, another of tho thousand and over of abun doued vessels in San Francisco bay in tho spring of 1850. Passengers and sailors all went to the mines. Nothing deterred the gold hunter of that period—all went without regard to coat or obligation. TORTY-NINER. . '•VTOHe Illiterates. Education is most common among the nations of the Teutonic family (Germany, England, tho United States, etc.), lesa common in tho Latin countries (France, Spain, Italy, etc.), and least common in tho Slavic nations (Kussia, Uoumuniu, Servia, etc.). Iu the three last named countries fully 80 ->or cent, of tho population uro unable to read a*d write. Spain stunda at tho foot of the list of the Latin nations, with about 03 per cent of illiterates. England has about 13 per cent, of illiterates, Ireland ai, tha United States (white peo-1 ,;',!', <s ' pie) 8, Scotland T, Switzerland 3 and Ger-, feimL'~' T'OUIS ril ~ L - r ^ ^ * *4****" to the drawing room again the ladies asked me where ho was. I vaguely answered chat I thought he was coming back. I was puzzled at tlio time, nor was it all made clear to me till long yours afterward, when ono day Mrs. Proctor asked me if I knew what had happened onco when my father had invited a party to meet Jane Eyre at his house. It was one of the dullest evenings she had ever spent in her life, she said. And then, with a good deal of humor, she described the situation, tho ladies who all como expecting so much delightful conversation, and tho gloom and tho constraint, and how anally, overwhelmed by the situation, my father had quietly left the room, left the house uud B< ne off to his club. The ladies waited, wondered, and finally departed also; and us we wero going up to bed with our caudles after everybody was gone, 1 remember two pretty Miss L.'s, in nhiny Bilk dresses, arriving, full of expectation. Wo still said we thought our Ir.i-lier would soon bo back, but the Misa L. u declined to wait upon tho chance, laughed uuci drove away again almost iin- Uieuiately. s , luco writing the preceding lines I have " ' and stayed iu the . « away tho delicate writing in the tmu book sho gave that warm friend; ?iVr < , "5™ • lllso looked tor and reread the introduction to "Emma." that "last sive.wi and most touching chapter in tho novor-to-bo-tt-rltton book of Charlotte i • 5 wus written by tho r.udid printed iu one of tho very of T <i 0 , Cornhill Magft- WucinilUm's

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