Cincinnati Weekly Times (Newspaper) - January 24, 1884, Cincinnati, Ohio Vol. XLI. IVo. 4.CIXOIXXXTI, jrXTStJXMY S4, 1884. $1 Per Year. Ix)Te'c ComiiiK» Bhc had looked for his roinin¡r, as warriors come With tlie clash of nrn>B and the huRle’scall; But he c.'.me instead wit'i a stealthy tread, Which she did not hear ut ail.' She bad thought how his armor would blaze in tlie sun. As he r<alr like a Prince to claim his bride; In the sweet dim light of the falling night She found him ut licr side. She bad dreamed how the gaze of his stranfc lohi eye , Would wake her heart to a smiden glow; She found in his face the familiar grace Of • friend she used I*know. She had dreamed how his eondng would stir her tonl, As tlic ocean is stirred by the wild storm’s strife; He liad brouglit her the balm of a beaTcniy calm, And a pcaoe wliir.h crowned her life. KKWS AND NOTES. Mrs. Tennyson writos and sijfni all her buabaiid’s lettere. Tlie Florida aponife crop now amounts to about ^ltX),U00 a year. The only son of Governor Robinson, of Massaeliusdtts, will be grudnuted ut Amherst College this year. A liidy of ILnvana, 111., tbongii now ninety years of age, has worked 10,000 yards of lace in tbe last two yeurs. On Cbristinns Day a London bridc'.'room was not forthcoming, and It was found that be bad eeuiiuitted suicide. The total income of Harvard College during the past year was a trille over a million dollars, w hile the total exiwuses were $100,- 000 less. General Butler has stopi>ed smoking, to the inexpressible alarm of his friends, wlio think that such a radical eliange of life must portent some tremendous crisis. “Civilization, on her luminous wings, soars in the direction of Reno, Nev.,” says the Sacramento Bee. “Tlie sipjaws in tliat vicinity have taken to using face powder.” It has been decided that the monument to Turgeneff, the Rnssian novelist, shall consist of one massive lilock of granite or marble, with the simple inscription, “Turgeneff.” A French writer, who estimates that the world contains lDa,(XX) doctors, complains that two of our most exasiieratlng affections. iistliiiia and cntanh, defy their utmost skill. The oilieial report of the committee appointed to investigate the earthquake on tbe Island of Ischia fixes the number Of persons killed at 2,313 and of the seriously wounded ut Tti2. A Chicago lady says she has $00 a rear to keep her in stockings. Last year she bought tlfteen pair, all silk; two pairs at|8 each for full dress; tlm-e pairs at|2for second l>est; sL\ pairs at apiece for the Btieet, and four pairs at $3 fur tbe bouse. Tbe youngest member of tbe present House of Jiepreseutatives Is tbe lion. George A. Post, of renusylvanla, who, curiously enough, comes from the same District that gave a foniier House its voungest iiieinl)er In tlie |»eisoii of Galnslm A. Grow. .Messrs. Grow and Post, too^ both entered Congress at tbe same age— twenty-eight years. Singers are a most superstitious race, and most of them have some panacea of their own to wbiub they uttach implicit faith. Herr Stockiiansen, the great German baritone, partakes iilisolutely of no solid food on the davs when he has to sing. A fiimoiis tenor takes sips of ehanipange In the intervals of acting; a great lady artist helievod in the elHeacy of Guinness’ stout: oysters, a raw egg' beaten vvilli sugar uiiil slices of cucumber are nuiueil among th( iiituimerable eeeentrle reniodies resorted to by oiir numerous “LucJas** and “idanrleo8,”’“Lohengriti6” and “Elsas.” Somebody has been collecting ligures giving the distances to which sound is conveyed under favorable atmospheric condl-tious. J. J. Straiiuhan states that tho wh.stle and the noise of tbe train on tbe trestle at Erie were formerly heard at a distaiiee of nineteen miles. 'V. J. 3IoC., 01 •Sill I’uMo, Cal., writes that on calm, clear days, enpecially in the fall, they bear the niiiihle of the cars on a trestle locnted eigliteen miles distant. J.ll.B, says that he fre<[Ueiitly heard the railroad shop whistle at Grand’Island while living at Orville, a distance of tweiity-nilles. C. V. Swarth-out. Cape Vincent, New York, freqiioutly hears the whistle at Kingston,Ont., twenty miles. • T he attention of our readers has doubtless been attracted to the voluminous card or JUessrs. AV. Atlee Burpee & Co., seed growers, of Philadelphiu, I’a., which appears in our jiages this isstie. The usual enterprise ol tho tirm is nuuiifested this Bcasnii bv the offer of cash prizes, on a competitive basis, open to all who may choose to enter. Read their advertisement. The hoiioralue record maintained by this firtn entitles them to the atfeiitioii of all who may Ixj interested iu furm and garden products. New York robbers know thcirbusi-ness. Tlicy no longer seek by-ways that are dark for their Avork, biit throttle and rob a man in broad day-liglit near a police station. The atl-vanlagc of 1 his modern mclhoil lies in tlie fact thal, if the vielim becomes iinreasonahly boisterous, all they have to do is to call a policeman, who Avill promptly club the fellow until he is insensible, and lints make the Avork easy.—[IJoston Times. The eonsuiinition of Ayer’s Tills far exceeds any iireeedeiit. They are constantly winning the eontidenee of those who use them. They oleanse the blood, improve the npiietitc, promote digestion, restore healtliy action, and regulate every luuetion. They me pleasant to take, gentle in their operation. yet thorough, searching anti powerful in subduing disease. There is only one native of AVashiiigtoii iu Congress.TWO HOMES. A CIIAl’TEB OF HEAL LIFE. “UOl'till ON COUGHS ’Troches, i;c; Lhiiiid, eob There Avas trouble on a certain morning in two homes at opposite ends of the city ofDiiblin. The homes Avcrc very different, and so was the nature of the trouble; ncA’crthelcss, the latter Avas felt Avith considerable keenness by the respcctiAC inhabitants of both. The first of these dwclllugs was on the south side of Mcn’ion Square, a goodly mansion, the abode of Avealth and luxury. The lofty draAving rooms, opening into each other by foldiiig-doors draped with velvet pórticos, wero gorgeously fitted up. Buhl and marquetrle in tables and cabinets; carvings, statuettes,bronzes: brackets and etagcres heaped Avitli rare old china and objects of virtu, rcflcctetl and multiplied by Venetian mirrors and looking glasses in Florentine frames; coucbei» and chairs of every luxurious shape, satin and velvet upholstered. Draperies of antique lace were aron^cd with iiictnrcsquc oft'ect among gilding and brackets; costly toys lay scattered about the tables among tlie vases filled Avlth hotliousc lioAvcrs in loA’cly profusion, tliat made the rooms sAveet Avith their fragrance. The lady to Avhom all this belonged sat disconsolate in tho midst of her rich surroundings. Books and embroidery Avcro on tho dainty little floAver decked table at her side, but they were uutoucheJ; and a I’estless, troubled expression avus on her face, Avhile she nervously clasped and unclasped the jeweled hands lying idle in her lap. The door opened and a footman announced a visitor. ‘•(Jh,” she exclaimed, rising to greet her, “you got niy note. IIoav hind of you to tonic 1 lam iu such distress.” ml for Avhat!” asked the friend. “Tell me all about it.” “You reineuiber my cousin Emma 11—?’’ “Of course. But no one has seen her for years. She has shut herself up ill her country place cv’cr since her husband died, has she not ?” “Yes; and she is stllJ a prey to grief. Before they married herltusband gave her, as her ciigageiiicnt ring, a valuable jewel that had been in bis family for time out of mind, and had come to him from his mother. It Avas a diamond—a single stone of great size and tlic purest water. Of course, she valued it immensely, as indeed she Avould have any gift of a man to Avhom she Avas so devoted. Since his death this ring has been simply inestimable in her eyes—the earnest OÍ liaijpincss ruined so soon. Prized so highly by the giver as an old family jmsscsslon, and iu itself of such exceeding value, it has never left her finger dav or night. Latterly she has fancied tíiat the stone was becoming loose iu the setting, and sjioko of sending the ring to me to have it examined by a jeweler, but could never make up lier mind to part Avith it, even for a few days. At la«st, liow-CA'cr, the stone eainc out. She sent it to me, niid’—here tlie speaker broke doAVii—“I have lost it!” “You have lost the stone? IIoav vciy unfortunate 1 No Avonder you are so Avretclied. Tell me Iioav it hap-penc<l.” The lady told her story, iwuring the details of the grievous misadA'ciiture into symjiatlictic ears. Her friend, with kind taci, abstained from the. “If you had only done this or that or, “I Avonder you did so-and-so,” common on such occasions ; remarks that drive iminfully home the arroAV of self reproach and fruitless regret, already stinging so sharjily. Every one is so Avise, so full of precautions, after a thing has happened. The means tliat had been adopted for the recovery of the lost treasure were discussed by the two ladies, and fresh measures anxiously suggested. At last the visitor • de|»artcd, leaving the owner of these gorgeous drawing rooms Avith a heavy heart under “silk attii-e.” The other home was in a very different quarter of the city. It consisted of one room in a liouse let out in “tenements” to poor families in a squalid black slum. The place Avas clean, though bare of everything cx-cejit mere necessaries, every article of furniture that could be dispensed Avitli, as Avcll as the wearables of the iiiinatcs, having piic to the paAvn-8lio[> to procure food. Lying outHide the bed, partly dressed, Avas a man— thcAvreckofa tine, «tahvart. broad-shouldered youiig fellow. He Avas a day laborer, and had lately left the hospital after a long and heavy fit of illness. Tavo small children Averc playing quietly in a corner; and the wife—her apron thrown oA’cr her liead—Avas sitting beside the tireless grate, rocking herself backAvard and forward, sobbing bittcrh'. “A’ don’t take on so, my girl,” said the man, “don’t noAV, ^iary, honey. Sure Ood is good. Maybe ile’ll rise up something for us. I'll get strong and able again, perliai»s. Didn’t tbe doctor say, Avlion I Avas leaving the hospital, that I hadn't a lia'porth the matter Avilli me? I was cured ; and he need do no more.” “Ay; and didn’t ho say, too, that you Avas to have gooil food—good nourishment, and that Avithout it you AA'oudu't dor And ’tis that Avhat’s breaking my heart entirely,” added !Mary, Avith a fresh burst of grief, “looking at you there melting away before my eyes day by day; Avore to a skeJeton with next to starvation, and nothing oil the living earth to give you. And now here’s the man come for his rent, ami 1 Imvmi't a lialf-jicn-ny to give him—not one! Sure and certain, Ave’ll he turned out on the world. Nothing for it at last but to go to tbe Avork house, ami h<^ all parted asunder from one another—you and I and the children. And wc so comfortable, so happy in our little home before you took ill, with full and plenty of evervthing. Oh, Jim, jewel, isn’t it hard ?'’ “Well, ’twas from no fault of ours, and couldn’t l>e helped. The sickness came from the Lord—glory be to His holy name! Hoav do Ave knoAV but that help will come from Him too? Anyway darliiit, tlicre’s no use in fretting.” “If I could get work I wouldn’t fret.” said tho youffg woman. “We might struggle on and keep the life In us till such time as you Avere on your feet again. But I can’t. It’s a poor case to be able and willing to earn, and not get it to do. The last job of nccdlcAvork Miss West got for me— she’s a good friend. Heaven bless her! —Avas well paid for. She pi*oinised to try and get me more amongst her ladies. I’ll go off to her now and see has she heard of anything. You'll be goíKl, avournccns, while I’m away, Avori’t ye ?” said she, kissing the tw'o half-starved mites iu the corner; “an’ ye Avon’t cry or disturb the sick daddy. I'll be back, Jim, my licart, in less than no time.” Faith in divine help and patient endurance of sufi'enng are traits avcII known to those avIioso experience lies among the lower orders. Poor Jim hada full share of both; nevertheless, A\ bon his Avife had gone he broke doAvn miserably. “(iod help her!” be said, looking after her retreating figure; “and (tod forgive me for deceiving her, and making up stories aboii t getting strong and Avell, Avhen I know as sure astliat I’m h ing stretched here that the ncA^er a stroke of Avork I’ll do again in this Avorld. ’Tis dying I am—dying for the Avant of ev’crytliiiig; as weak as Avater, and not able to lift my head. If she Avas a sUiA’e day and night, and Avork her poor fingers to the bone, the craythiir! she couldn’t get me the nourishment I’d want. Though I i»urtcu(t to her that I’m not one bit hungry or inclined to make use of victuals, I could cat the AA orld if I had it. I’m just revenous! When I Avas sick at the hospital I Avasn'tablc to look at CA’en a cnii o' tea; but iioav the hunger is gnaAving and tearing at me. My heart is Aveak from fasting and the longing and the craving are killing me.” Meantime poor Mary Avas liurrving through tlic streets with anxious footsteps, speculating on the possibility of her ft-icnd having found her AA’ork among her pupils. Miss West Avas a daily governess. Though but just nineteen, she Avas the main prop and stay of a widowed invalid motlicr and young sisters; earning by her daily toil that which eked out the pittance left of better days, and made by frugal eontrivauce the tAvo ends meet. But none are so poor as not to be able to help in some Avay those Avorse oft'than thcmsclA'es; ami the young girl had pleaded successfully for Mary, and had procured employment that had been«lhe only supiiort of the poor family during Jim’s illness. She Avas going to breakfast Avlicu her protege Avas shown in; jnst preparing to attack, Avith the healthy appetite of youth, and the kiioAvledge that many busy hours Avould jiass before she slioiiíd again see food, a goodly slice of thick bread and butter; the thickness, be it observed, referable to the bread only, the butter spread thereon being limited to an almost imperceptible “scrape.” “Ah, is that yon, Mary ?” she said Avith the bright, pleasant smile that ahvays seemed, Mary declared, to “rise her heart out of trouble.” “I am afraid I liaA'e no orders for you this morning; but I have gota iiCAV pupil, and slie tells me that there Avill shortly be a Aveiltliiig iu the family. So there’s a chance for you. Needlework may be required, and I may have good iioavs for you before long.” Poor Marj^ Avriing her hands together under her cloak, straining them haixl in the agony of the disappoiiit-ment that she strove to keep down and hide from her young benefactress. Very bitter Avas the pang of deferred hope; but she Avoiild not seem ungrateful. “And I dare say,” said the ghi, glancing at the AYhito pinched face, “that you’ve left home Avithont your breakfast. Here’s a nice cuii oí' tea I've just poured out, and a round of bread and butter’’ (her OAvn Avliole morning meal); “sit doAvn Avliile you take tlioin.” “q'liank ye kindly, miss; I’m double thankful for the tea; and,” aihleil the poor Avoman, all iiuconsci',‘as that slie Avas robbing her benefaetrc.ss, “a^ yon’rc so good. I’ll put the slice iu my basket, and carry it to poor Jim. Alaybe it'll tempt him—lovely aa bile bread! He does be saying ahvays that he has no mind to eat; but 1 think ’lis just purtendiiig he is, jtoor fclloAv! He kiioAVS I haven't it for him.” “If I could only got you some AVork!” said the girl, touched to tl.< (jnick by the utter woe in lier iioor frieiid’s face. “All, well, sure yoti’re doing your best^—the Lord bless yon !—and Avho can do more? And iioav, miss, I'll go, axin^ yqur pardon for all the trouble I in giving yon.” With a heavy licart Mary turned away, retracing her stejis wtiarily along the passage. Bemcmberiug .something, hoAvever, before rcacliiug the hall door, she came back and rc-appouiyd in the room Avhere the little governess Avas tying her iMmnet strings preparing to set out. “I forgot this,” she said. “Sure, I’m losing my mind entirely Avitli the fret that’s on it. God lielp me ! my burden is making nie foolish. Coming along this morning I setm this on the ilags and put it in my pocket, tltinkiiig maybe if it Avas clean, one of your little sisters might fancy it for iter cnr’osity box. liCt mo wijie the mud oft' it for yon, miss. It shines beautiful now—a bit of glass like.” A moment’s scruliny of the object sparkling on the AA oman’s outstretched jialin, and Miss West crying out, “Gi\ e It me, quick, and wait,” snatched it from her—Mary staring iu astonishment at her vehemence—and rushed up-stairs to her mother’s room. “What is it,dear?” said tho startled iiiA'alid, as she dashed in. “What is the matter ?” “O, mother, look! Can this be what Ave saAV advertised for in the ncAvs-paper ? Is it jiossible jioor Mary can be the lucky tinder? I can scarcely believe it. Do look.” The adA’ertisemcnt A\as as follows: “£50 licAvard. Lost, a valuable Diamond.” [Tho description and further particulars given.] “Whoever finds it, or can give information leading to its recovery, Aviil rereive the aboA’e reAvard by applying at No. — Merrion square, South.” Mrs. West at once iironouuccd what Avas submitted to her expcriertced jiKlgmcnt to be a diamond of p*eat value, and AA'as strongly of opinion that it might be the missing jcAVol; but both mother and dangliier agreed that it Avonld be better not to tell Mary the extent of her possible good fortune, for fear of disa]>poiutmCHt. So on returning to her, the young lady only said: “My mother thinks this may be something aa'c Ikivc seen ad-Acrtised for in the noAvspaper, to be taken, if found, to Merrion Square. My first tuition this morning hai>i)cns to be in liiat square, so I Avill go Avith yon to the hon>e mentioned.” “Thank ye kindly, miss. The footmen in them grand liouses Avouh^’t look at the likes o’ me. They’d Hst slap the door in my face, if I made so bold as to rin^.” As she tripped along, tbe young governess’s heart beat Jiigh at the prospect of Avhat might tie the happy result of lier errand. No more slaving for iKKir Mar)'; good food for Jim ; an airy lodging at the seaside, where be AA’ould soon recoAcr his strength; clothes and furniture redeemed from paAvn ; and after an interval of rest and ease—.sorely needed after tlieir sufferings—her huinhle friends restored to their old life of industry and comfort. She might hav'ebcen tempted to impart some gleam of these bright hopes to the poor grief-laden young wife plodding Avearily behind her, bad she seen the tears that dripped sloAvly doAvn over her miserable face, or guessed Bt ttie gmiAving thoughts that Avere driving her to desiiair. “Dying! yes, dying before my A'cry eyes, and not one to reach a hand to save him I And he so young and so good, my darling Jim 1 Not like a many of the other boys, his comrades, Avitli their feet ever on the floor of the •public,’ getting as drunk as drink can make ’em. Steady and industrious ahvays, bringing liis earnings to his little home, and that sober you Avouldn’t think he had a mouth on him! And now to be hid aAvay from me forever iu the clay, an’ myself an’ my tAVO Aveenociis—.” Poor Mary couldn’t finish the picture; and soon lier Avretchcd reflections were put a stop to by their arrivai in Merrion .Square. It is needless to dAAcll upon what folloAved AVhen Miss We.st was shoAvn up into the druAVing-room and displayed before the enraptured eyes of its occupant the precious joAvel Avhosc loss had caused such tribulation. As for jioor Mary, it Avas some time before she could realize her good fortune, or take in the bcAvilderiiig tidings of the Avealth that had so proviilentially come to her. And Jim, what hcavs fur him I There Avas healing in the very thought of such prosperity I Bo it came to pass that in the tAvo homes clouded so lately Avith trouble and anxiety peace of mind avus restored. Heaviness had eiidnrcd for a night—a long Avcary night in one case —but joy to both and come iu the morning. THE RULER OF THE BLACK FLAGS. 3ieniury's Halo. Sometimes when heart is weary with tlie strife Of Ijfe existence in thia woi hi below, A railiaut beam of aun with trciwuireii rife i'oiccaBts the bhadow with Its gladsome glow. *'t^^aBe touch of lips bo swret W ill niivc! the burden from niy wml away, Anil reiMler iif« ¡igaia fondly eomnlete, Aud bnghlcn uji the sorrow of the daj'. .Alavtie the memory of some tender hand «‘m 1-11“?.^*'® brow in time ago,” AA ill Btill the murmiiringsof grieFri command Into bcreue uiid iieacciiil cbTi and flow. Liglitly llie blindes will rest upon nir heart, I \\ hen mem’ries fond of days kouc' bv, \\ nil all their gentlcneaii an«l joy iinpii. t A glory like some halo from the bky. Tlio Chinese and Indians speak most fiivorahly of Dr. Bull’u Cough ¡jvnip. Price only '¿Ü cents. Every member of the Utah Legislature is a Mormon. Sudden Growth of the People Now at War AVith France. iShanghai Sliciipns.j Liu Yuen Fon Avas originally leader of a remnant of the Canton rebels (llic Taepings). He is iioav over sixty years of age. He has a full face and manly figure, lli.sbeard and hair are like silver, llis character is of the heroic order, combining in fair proportion sagacity and courage ; and he possc.ssos great adminislraliA’c aud organizing ability, by Avhicli he ha.s gathered around him advcutui*ons spirits from all quarters. Over tAA cn-ty years ago, when the imperial troops defeated the Canton rebels, Lin,driven to extremities, took refuge in the northern bowlers of Anam. Tlie King of Auani was feeble, ami could not drive Liu and his gang out by force, so be sent a messenger to oft’er them protection. This Liu acceptinl. At tliat time the Black Flag 1'oIIoaa'-ers did not amount to more tliau a few thousand, aud they made a treaty Avith the King of Atiain, by which they AA’cre alloAVod to cultivate the Avild country among the mountains of Ticu-fn-C'hang,on the understanding tliat they and the nativo.s were not to molest each other. After three years of cultivation of the land tliey obtained still further r«*cognition. Liu succeeded in gaining the i'aA'or of the King, Avho supplied him Avith oxen and seeds for cultivation. Lin made it his object to draAV jieople to join him by kindness and liberality. His good name Avas jnilillshed from month to month cvarvAvliere, and multitudes gathered to ids standard. The YelloAV Flags and the WJiife Flags came in close succession, and many natives also gladly jilaced themselves under his protediun. Lin made allotments of land to them all, that they iidght support themselves by farming. ’Thus the population grcAV and the extent of cultivated lantl iii-(yeased. For more than 700 li (200 miles), cast aud Avest, there Avcrc con-tiiinons field with fannlionsts and agricultural toAvns of groAving import an ce. The expense of maintaining such a large population Avas very great, and they Avere burdened by the taxation of the Anam Go\^ernmeiit; so, after a period of seven years, they tt>ok it tilKin thwwwelves to nfftrse* ftirther payment of taxes, and the King of Anam could not help himself. After this Liu undertook the gOAeriimeiit of his OAvn territor)'. All matters of instruction and maintenanc;, all agricultural and military aflairs, adinfnis-tration of justice and public appointments Avcre duly arranged by himself. Pimishinents Avero strict and seA’cre. They had beheading, hanging, rattening and beating, but no banishment or imprisonment. Each toAvn had a civil and military chief appointed over it, who suporin'tonded Hie agricnltnral operations and military drill of a certain nnmhor of men. The youths were taught to read, hut not to any great extent-only enon^ii to enable them to distingnish surnames and names, or to explain in a rough aud general Avay. The country they occnplert consisted of forest and jungle, Avith deep ravines and Avater courses. ’J’he hills are infested by tigers and avoIa'cs. Wood gatherers never venture to go out except iu companies. But no other kind of Avild beast is so abundant as the monkey. In the stillness of evening, Avhcn no sound is heard but the purling of brooks, the monkeys come out in scores and linndrcds, .screeching and jumping and playing and chasing each other without cud. There is a tree called the monkeys’ provision tree, about ton feet high, growing all about the hills. Its fruit looks like a pomegranate, hut it is hard and harsh, not eatable by men. The monkeys, hoAvever, eat it with great avidity. When the Black Flags Avent there first tliclr chief article of cultivation was maize, and in late autumn, Avhen the maize avxs ripe, each monkey AVonld go to the field and pluck a iioad and put it under his arm, then, with insatiable greed, phick another and lot the first droii’ and so on for a .score of (¡mes, ahvays droi»ping tlic lust in its eagcriicss to take another. Acres of maize Avonld be spoiled in tliis Avay in one night, until the people took measnre.s to frighten the monkeys aAvay. Of late years the colony has enjoyed greater prosi>eiity. The mimber ot Black Flag people is over 80,(KX), of (he VelloAV h’lag over fiO.ÍXX), and those of the White Flag over 3ü,0(X). 'I’licre arc also natives’ of the jilacc numbering more tlian 2(),(XX). Tlie Avliole population can not be less than 200,000. The young men, from seventeen to tAventy-four years of age, amount ing to 20,000, aré all SAvartliy, stahvart fclloAvs, accustomed to .scour the forest and sjiriiig tlie gorges aa itli the agility of monkeys, 'riierofore they arc fierce and daring iu the extreme; nothing can stand before them, and, inoreoA'cr, they arc avoh-dcrfnlly smart and dexterous. These young men make a forniidahlc army. At pre.sent the old Black Flags occupy tlie monntaiu pass, Avliich forms, as it Avcre, their inner stronghold. To ap-pruacli this it is necessary to jiass over a succession of fine prccijiitons inouii-tain ranges, which stand up like gigantic Avails stiflidcnt to himlcr even the flight of birds. Tliere are also tAvo great Avatcr barriers Avliich the Black Flags have constructed by diAorting the course of the Bed líÍA'or, and strong guards are stationed at all jioiiits Avitliin bail of each other. Beyond all these barriers is Tien-fn-Cliang, Avith its Aiide streets—a groat commercial center— the metrojiolls of (he Black Flags. In Tien fn-Chang there is a general yamcn for tho three Flag*, and a separate yamen for each. Every jierson Avlio Avaiits to join them must give an account of his antec/odents and of his connections, if an)', Avitli the neighboring people, and must state which Flag he Avants to join, ’riicn he is taken to headquarters and examined as to his abilities, and admittwl or rejected accordingly. The flghting Avlthtlic French lias hitherto been outside tho barriers, aud business goes on inside just as before, witbout any appearance of trouble or fear. Therefore all ob.servcrs agree that Liu Yuen Foil is un excellent ruler. FEMALE DETECTIVES. What They .\re Fitted For and Wlial They Ai© Not. fX. Y. Sun.] “Are female detcctÍA'cs ever regularly employed in the detection of crime ?” “We don’t employ Avomen,” a 8u-lierintcndcntof detectives replied, “because it is oiir firm coiiAuction (hat women can not be relied on. Wc have tried them ami found them Avoudcr-fidly quick at divining the source of a mysterious crime, patient iu testing a plan for cajituring a suspected person, and—yo.s, and uncommmiicatiA’c. There is just one reason, :iml only one reason, Avliy they arc not to betru'^tcd —no one can toll Avho has the most influence over them. AuvIioav, avc can’t afford to take the risk of employing (licm and being betrayed by them.” Anotlior experioneod manager of detecliA Cs said : “Sometimes jicrsons apply for a female iletecdvc to act as an attendant to t»ke care of Avraps at fasliiuiin'de rcci'ptions. They are Avell knoAvii in .sociel)', avIio Ikia'c had trouble after rcccjitlons in getting the Avraps, oA'orslioes, and umbrellas to tho OAViier.s. Sometimes they get so mixed no that an owner of an old oA'crcoat, or shaAvl, or umbrella, sanntcra imiixeutly off Avith a ncAV and iiM>rc expensive overcoat, shRAvl, or umbrella/’^ Winking wilb a”wickcd expi^won: “Hats, yon knoAA', are iiotorioiisly succcssfiii in eluding tlicir oAvncrs’ search—if they arc good liats. If the occasion is a fitting one for a deteeliA’C, aa'C send rnie. It is not generally understiMid (hat female detectives are ciiiploAcd only at these large receptions, and then only in tlie Avaiting room and in the room set apart for (he ladies’ especial n.sc. Some persons imagine that female detecth'cs go to the reception as guests. 'I’hat would be an insult to the genuine guests. Besides, in society here every one knoAVs her neighbor, and the female detective Avouid herself be detected as a stranger. Then introductions Avonld necessarily IoHoav under an assumed name, and the subse(|ucnt exiilana-tions tlie hostess Avonhl lie compelled to make in accounting for the disappearance of the Mrs. ¡So-and-So Avonld make her life a burden. I see no good reason, though, Avhy female de-((‘clivcs should not be employed in the ladies’ room. It is a coiiveiiience to have a skilled ca c on the property, instead of one liaiile to make mistakes or to be out of the aa ay Avheii Avaiit-cd.” Sunrise I*raycr Meiiliiigs Now Year’s. [lloslon Letter to the .\«lvaiicc.J In some placc.s, instead of Avatch meetings on NeAV Year’s eve, “sunrise prayer meetings’’arc liehl on Ncav Year’s morning. The oldest service of this sort is that at Pitt-field, no person noAV living having a memory long enon|ih to reach buck to the llret meeting. There it is a (oavii prayer meeting, all the churches uniting and tilling the lai’gcst cliiircli in tlictoAvn, the First, of Avhich the Bev. Dr. John Todd was for many A cars pastor. It is the fashionable thing to go, and people brave the discomforts of the early hour who arc not found iu a prayer meeting again (ill (he next XeAV Year's Day. Tliis year the experiment AA'as tried for tlic first time in (,’ambridgc, the Congregational, Baptist and l^ni\'ersalist Churches on North aveimn Aiiiiting at the invita-liou of the church first mentioned and iu its A'estry. A haIflio\,r Avas gi\en to a service of jiraycr and special consecration, and the meeting avus so profitable to those attending it that it Avill pretty certainly be repeated next vear. Kiinply Woiulerl'iil! Tlie cures that are being iinule lii iioai ly all chronic diseases, by a now Vitalizing Trcatniciit, which is taken by inbalation and wliicli acts directly on tiie weakened nerve eenters and vital organs, restoring (I'.eiu to tbe iiuriual iietivities wbieli bad been lost arc simply woiulert'el. If you are in need of siieli a treatment, write to Drs. Starkey «t Paleii, 1,103 Girard street, Pliila-delidiia, for sucli documents and reimrts of cases as will enable you to judge for yourself wbe!lier it will bo of any use iu your parlieiilar case. An Indianapolis gentleman took his Avife to have a tooth extracted, but the dentist broke the lady's jaAV at the first pull. This may have been a luecoticcrtccl arrangcnicnt, hut avc do not rccommoud the treatment.—[Oil City Derrick. The Dmj After. [From tli« Freneliof DnfroBncy.] PhilliH, niiirh more wise thxin fond, Tliinkiiig no gain comes r.inis». One dav exacts from Philiaionde Tlilrty slice;» for jnst one kiss. Hut the next (lay comes n change, lie will win his will inorucUcujt, And now he exacts from her Thirty kisses for one slieep. Next day Puillis, gimwn more kind, Anxioiw is her love U) keep. So slie, witli contented mind. For one kise givea all the slicep. Next day Phillis, wise in vain. AVonlif give sheep and d<ig. as Avcll For tlie kiss tbe liiXio swam Gives for notliiug to Arahellc. CVBRJENT FÜN. Up to snuff—iMjppcr, if you merely wish to make some one sucezc.—[Ex-chuugc. “Lo! I am with you,” is a text for a missionary among Indians to use.— [N. O. Picayune. It is one of tlie inconsistencies of life that Ave throw bouquetat the soprano, and boot-jucks at the tom cat. -[Ex. ^ The United States Senate consumed 1,700 quinine pills in the- last fiscal year. And it Avas uo great shakes of a Senate either.—(Novristowu Herald. Tennyson did his first Avritingon a slate. In this couuection it may not be irreverent or i'-relevant lo remark that a goixl many unfurtunatc bar-kcciiers Iiua'o begun tlie same Avay.— [LoAvcll Citizen. When a young woman ¡s in loA'cslie turns to the poct’.s corner first on jiicking up the local pafKM-. Aflershe is married .she turns first lo the advertisements of the dry good store.— [Somerville Journal. A woman sa)'s very fcAv men have the slightest idea how fo hold a babr. This, lioAA'CA'cr, is a mirtako. Men know Avcll enough Iioav to hold a baby, hut they shrcAvdly prcteml (liey can not learu.—[Philii.' Call. There is a good deal of cnteriiriso in this country. The managers of an lOAva cattle fair, findiim that a murderer Avas to be hanged the Avock their fair Avas iu se.ssion, tried to have the hanging take place ou their ground^ as one Of tho attractIon».-^Bostou Post. A ncAvs item says that a car load of camels IniA'c been captured in Arizona. They should not have traveled by ruii. AYheii a camel discards liis jirhiiitlvc tcaoliings and goes araund 111 a railAvay car he may naturally «•xpcct to bo captured.—[ArkansuAV TraA'cller. Tho young man who Avas kicked out by his SAveetheart’s father says : “I had no objections to the old aax)-man’s shoe iMiiiig throAvii after us when (he Avoddiiig avus oAor, but tossing the old man’s boot before the event is quite another affair, and it linrt my feelings.”—[Ex. Young Yeast declares that he has been imiiortuning his hoarding house mistress for the past six months to have a pitcher of ice water iilaeed in llis reiom, but it wa.s not until the first cold .snap that she accommodated him. Noav he says he finds it ou bis Avash-stand CA'cry luoruiiig.—[Yonkers Statesman. The Eastern Railroad having invented ail arrangement fur keeping cars Avarm so th:it polatues may l>e carried in Hie Aviiiter Avilhout freezing, a snflering truA'cler Avants to know if ]>asseiigers can not 1k‘ put on a par Avith potatoes and be kept fiom freezing Avhilo in transit.—[Boston Tran.scriiit. heard one lady tolling of another Avliose bonnet blew off the otlier day, and she did not discoA'er it until she got home. T'lie narrator of this incident seemed to look upon it as a very singular oecurreiiec; hut Avhen ladies persist in Aveariiig a jajstage stamp for a head covering, avc don’t tiiink it at all re'markable.—[Boston Times. Scrolfeila. A niedieine that Utwtroys tho germs of •scrofula and has the inioer fo root it out in jippreeiatcil by (lie aflUcted. The remarkable cures of men, omen and children as tlesci'ilml by testiiiiouials, prove ILhhI’s Sarsaparilla a reliable im'diciiie.coiitainliig reiiKilial a-^ents whieU eradicate serofiilu freiii tho blooit. 100 doses. |l. Sold by dculors. C. 1. 11*hh1 &, Co., laiwcll, Mass. Item in a countly paiicr: “We regret touiinounce that 3»lajor Wexford Avas shut by mistake and killed tlio other night.* He Avas retnniiiig' from I'hurch when a man met him in tlio road, diTAv a revolver, and fired the fatal shot. Recognizing his mistake (lie assassin apologized. People should be more careful with firearms, or somcboily’ll get hurt.”—[ArkansaAV Tvuvclcr. A roiiieily for rheumatism, which lifts one from a condition of lielitlessness and makes life worth living, is described by .Mr. 1). L. S^outhard, a prominent citizen of Gieeiicaslle, Ind. lie says: “For six weeks' 1 grow AA'orse under aq attack of rhenmatismi, though I had gisnl niinlical treatment. Gould not move without great pain, and had to bo heliietl. Bishop llow-niaii brouglit mo a bottle of Atlilophoros. llegan taking it in the moniiiig. That night I slept free from pain. The next morning 1 felt like a well man.” A fashiunablo fi>ur-iu-lnind—tAVO pairs of aces.—[Judge. The “liovuu on" TooTU l*ow»tr.,olpgant, lie.