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Cincinnati Weekly Times (Newspaper) - June 12, 1884, Cincinnati, Ohio Vol. XLI. Xo. S-4. CIXOIIVTVXXJ, THUR-SO^Y, JUTVE IS, 1884. 81 I*er Y ear. The Story of a Life. Bar. whal is life? ’Tie to be born A hel|ilcf8 babe, to greet llie light With .t Hliai7> wail, an if iIkj mom Foretell a cloudy noon and night To weep, to glee», and weep again. With sunny smiles between—and then? And then apace the infant grows To l>e a laughing, aprigiitly lioy, Ilapjiv ilestdte his little woes, \\ ere he but conscious of his joy! To be, in short, from two to ten, A merry, moo<ly child—and then? And then, in coat and trousers clad, To learn to say the decalogue. And break it, aiid unthinking Ind. With mirth and miwdiief all ugug; A trnani oft liy flehl and fen. And capture butterflies—and then? And then, increased in strength and size. To be anon a youtli full grown; A hero in his mother’s eyes, A young Apollo in his own: To imitate tiic ways of men In fushionablu sin—uud thou? And then, at Inst, to lie a man. To full in love, to woo and wed! With stwtliing brain to sclieme nndplsn To gather gold or toil for bread; To sue for fame, with tongue and pen. And gam or Ioac the prize: And tueu? And then in iray and wrinkled eld To morn the speed of life’s decline; To praise the scenes our youth beheld. And dwell in the memory of laiig syne; To dream awhile w ith darkened ken, To drop into the grave—and then? —[John G. Saxe. NOTES AND NEWS. An Englishman eiiccecdptl in reducing his weight live and a half pouuds in one week by dieting. There is a rumor in England th at the Salvation Army is about to organize a bal> lahijah bicycle and tricycle corps. Mr. LaVioiicliere says that probably the strongest feeling in Beucoiisfield’s heart was contempt of bis own foliowers. There are now tliirty>nine circuses traveling through the United States, and a large niimhor of them have the only sacred white elepii.iiit. In Albion, .Mich., there is a ladies’ brass band. The base drum player has nine children, llow’ her husband must enjoy his home rehearsals. From cork cliipiiings, once thrown away, tbousands of yards of linoleum are now made at Deimenhorst, (Tennnny, where the industry is becoming quite important. Captain James B. E ids received |10,000 for an hour's 6[>eech before a committee of the House of I.or(ls asrainst the proposed ship ennal between Liveri>ool and Manchester. Mr. George M. rullman complains that there arc in this country 190 railway directors’ private palace cars, which cost $2,500,000. and which ne pronounces wholly unnecessary; but the directors think dil-lerently. The trade in England in cheap American clocks is growing. During the month of April 27,000 clocks were imported by English dealers, or nearly an average of 1,000 jier day. The average price of them was $1 07. On May 1.3 the German Koiehstag passed by acclamation the bill for granting the eumof|33,700 to Dr. Koch and the other memliers nl the Cholera Oommission, as a rewani f«>r their briiliuiit discoveries in Egypt and ludia. Tiie latest of the alleged centenarians is Patrick O’lleguii, claiming to l>e 104 years old. who was a British coast guard oflicor half a century ago and who is now living in good hoaltli on Brewster street, near City Point. Boston. He has been all his life a persistent user of whisky and tobacco, 'lliere is a kind of monkey in Madagascar that throws stones so hard and well aimed that the natives seldom try to cap-tnce a specimen, but one has been brought to New Haven, wlicre its tierceuess in flinging wluitever mixHilcs it can get bold of causes visitors to ket'p at a rtspectful distance. Jules Verne is off to the Mediterranean on board bis yacht, the St. Micha»!. He will visit Oran, Algiers, Bone, Tnnis,MaIta, the Ionian Islands, Sicily, Naples and Rome. The journey is to be performed strictly on liusiness, as the scene of Verne’s fortiicómiiig novel Is to be laid in these districts. Thcio arc 3,085 paper mills In the world, which turn out annually 1,904,000,000 pounds of paper. Hull of this is used in printing generally, while 000,000,000pounds are used for newspaiiers. An average of eleven and a half pounds Is used by every Englit-hiiiun, and ten and a quarter poundfs by every American. In Krauce, lately, a young oouscrlpt failed to answer his name when the Council ot U'vision was sitting. A person fircsent said that the young man bad lunged himself, prcferriug death to coming before the toimcil. It was trué. The young man’s father was in the revision hull, and thought that his son was there with the oilier conscripts. The Kamchatkans are in danger of becoming extinct. Kamchatka pro|>er is a district larger than the whole of France. It once bad a poptilation of about 50,000, but in 1880 the • total had fallen to 0,‘200. Shooting and tlslilng are their chief occupations, and tish the chief, if not the only, piod. The average annual income rarely cxccHds $5, for wlilch forty pounds of flour could not be bought. 'I he mortality of the country is great. A man worthy of memory in an ill-gov-crncd land was Prince Slourdza, ex-Hos-podur of Moldavia, wbosa death at the age of more than ninety ycora is announced. IHs lirst olUciia act was to reintegrate 00, 000 {leasauts in land which bad been taken from iholr fnihers by Turks. He freed all bis own serfs ami 3,000 others, greatly im proved Gaiaiz and Jassay, endowed hos {dtals. schools and asylums—all this out of iM private fortune—and gave ogrlcuitural Interests aiich stimulus that land during his admiuistraUon increased lii value flflcen fold. Fites, rjarbet, ants, lied-biigs, rats, nilcc, cleared out by “Rough on Eats.'* WoLOVE BY TELEPHONE. I was the happiest mau in the city as I folded and laid away inmypock-et-boot a letter from the dearest girl in the world, and jumped on the horsc-car cn route for my oiFice. Some months had passed since I saw my Agnes for the first time at a dinner at the Peyton’s. I had frequently met Miss Georgic Peyton in society, and had been several times invited to her receptions, so I was not surprised to receive one day an invitation to dine wilJi her ‘‘informally,” to meet a young lady from Aiken, S. C. Of course I presented myself at this informal dinner in full evening dress, w here I met some other gentlemen in similar attii-e—Clarkson was one ot them—and a few young ladies, and was introduced to my Agues. If I could only make yon see her as she apjieared to me that night— so frosli and blooming; the blue of her clear, jieacefnl eyes, tlic delicious curve of tlie delicate lips I But enoiiffh that then and there I yielded, and became licr ardent adorer. From the first she distinguished me witli her favor. I was allowed to claim tlic best dances; they were always my floAvers that she carrieil, ami finally, for she returned to Aiken, T was lier accepted lover. Tlic year had flown swiftly, and now a brilliant prospect seemed to open before me. My firm were about to cstablisii a branch department in another part of the city, and proposed to make one of ihcir clerks a unior partner and manager of the new concern. I had been tlie longest in their cmjiloy, and had reason to think I was regarded Avith favor by “Old Gruft”—as Mr. Gruftland, the senior partner Avas called—and he Avould be the one to make the promotion, and settle the question of salar}'. Indeed, tor some Aveeks I had seen that he was working the management into my hands, so I felt justified in writing to Agnes, urging our immediate union. Tlic dear girl consented, and in the letter i’ecei\’ed that morning she told me she Avas coming again, to make a long visit at the Peytons, to “do some shopping.” Entrancing words. Well, she came. There w as a de-mure but delightful meeting at the station^ and an enchanting tAvcnty minutes until I delivered her to Miss Geoi’gie’s arms at the Peytons’ door. Then followed days of devotion to work, folloAved by cveniims of unalloyed bliss. I say “unalloyed,” but there Avas one draAvbaek. The Peyton family Averc very considerate, Miss Gcorgie especially so,' but my darling Agnes was haunted Avith the fear that they would think her visit to them Avas only to enjoy my society and Avas constantly snggeeting that we should “join the family in the sitting-room.” Old Mrs. Peyton Avas a bore, but a mild one—paterfamilias an unmitigated one; Miss Georgie was benignant, but slightly tiresome. There was only one other member of the family, a pretty little fellow named Ralph, but the girls had taken to calling him lia-pliacl, from some fancied resemblance to one of the Sisline cherubs. He seemcil a quiet little chap, AVith a SAvcct innocence of expression and demeanor, Avho imsed a good deal of the time with his check on his hand, afler the manner of the cherub aforesaid. Agnes had been in the city a feAV W’ccki Avhcn, one morning, the telephone bell in our otiice rang sharply. This Avas of frequent occurrence, and Clarkson’s desk was stationed near to save time in ansAvering tlie call. The rest of us scarcely looked up as the familiar “Hullo!” was shouted, ortho concluding “All right! I’ll tell Mr. Grnflland. Good-by I” But this morning Clarkson turned to me with : “This is for you, Dixon.” Accordingly I shouted “Hullo!” and in return heai*d Miss Georgie’s voice: “Isthat you, Mr. Dixon? Agnes is here and wants to ti*)' to speak to you.” Then I heard her giving directions. “Stand a little nearer; press this close to your ear—so.” “Goml morning,” I called. “In return I heard a giggle, and my Agnes’ voice exclaiming: “Oh, oh! It tickles my ear!” Then more directions trom Miss Peyton, and at last the SAveetest voice in the world began in as nearly as might be a stentorian roar: “Is that rcallv you, Harry? Isn’t this i>crfectly sAveet ? Are you sure they can’t hear in the olfice?” “Well,” from Georgie, “I should say thcv certainly could, if you shout like that.” “Harry.” in a lialf Avhispcr, “if you are sure it’s you, and that no one else can hear, I want to tell you something. Do vou remember that queer Miss Blake in Aiken ? Do you hear me, Harry?” “Yes,” I returned. Then another little giggle. “Isn’t it too funny? Do you know, Harry, noAV that I sec how to use it, I am going to talk to you ever so often? WonT it be funny ? But where was I? Dear mo, how stupid. Oh, I know Miss Blake. Well, she has just sent mo the lovclicslr—” Here Clarkson muttered, “Old GrufTs coming,” and knowing he would ask an explanation of my receiving the telephone messages, I was obliged to abruptly interrupt: “1 must go now”—I had almost said “my dailing.” “Tell me the rest this evening.” “But, Harry!” I heard a grieved little voice; but Mr. Gruflland’s footsteps were too near, and I hung the receiver upside doAvn, and hurried back to my desk. All day I Avorked in nervous desperation. Would she try to resume the conversation ? Every time the bcii rang I glanced at Clarkson. The thought that it might be her voice Avhisporing in his great red ear covered me AA'ith cold perspiration. Tlie fear that in Mr. Gritflland’s hearing I might be called upon to answer some of lier chatter Avas still Avorsc. I made up my mind that I must make Agnes understand that very night that she could not amuse herself in that Avay, and I did so gently, but resolutely. I described Clarkson’s ear, and I took some liberties Avith it. It Avould be just like the wretch to rcceÍA’e all her little confidences, and retail them for the amusement of the clerks. Old Grufl Avas an ogre, capable of dismissing me without Avarning, if I did not attend every minute to my business. Our hoiics of happiness dc|)cnded upon h s good pleasure. Miss Peyton Avas cool and dignified. I siqipose she knew I AA’as exaggerating. Agues looked hurt, lier sAvect lips trembled a little, and her eyes were suspiciously dim. I longed to have her alone for a little Avhile to comfort her, as I kncAV I could, but there Avas no chance, for although Miss Georgie relented sufficiently to go up stairs to Avrite an “important letter,” Raphael Avas there, resting ids elboAV on the table and looking up at Agnes Avith an expression of deep pity in his beautiful but sleepy dark eyes. And yet the next day the same thing occurred. Mr. GrufHand was there, and looked lip from his papers Avith a glance of disapproval as I took Clarkson’s place at the telephone. My “Hullo!” Avas rather savage. “Oh, Harry, do forgive me. Indeed, indeed I felt so sorry last night, anil Avantcd to tell you so; but, you see, Ralph was tlierc. I’m all alone noAV. Oh, Harry, won’t you forgive me?” “Of course,” I returned, feeling Grutrs eyes burning unpleasantly on the najic of my neck. “Oh, Harry, dear, don’t talk like that, to me. Do say you love me.” Was there ever such a child? I felt like a cold-blooded Avretch as I hurriedly replied: “All right. I’ll come up as soon as I can. Very busy uoav. Good-bye!” I felt, rather thau heard, a little sob at the other end of the wire. Grutt said nothing, but I Avas doomed to another miserable day. I managed to ask Clarkson if I Avas called again to say I could not attend, and five limes I heard him give this message, and each time ho turned aAvay with a naughty grin. What might not Agnes have not said to him ? Of course I hurried to the Peytons’, determined to see her alone. She came running into the hall to meet me, bright and loving, but the annoyances of the day had made me cross, and I said curtly: “Really, A^nes, it is very strange you don t understaud that a man can not take his business hours to talk Avith his friends. After all I said last night, I must say I Avas surprised to be called up again to-day.” Agnes stopped abruptly, and said, Avitli dignity: “I do not understand yon !” “Wbv, my dear little girl,” I said, sobcrcAl b.v the change in her manner, “I do not mean to be cross, but Iioav could I talk to you about my alfec-tion and forgiveness through the telephone, wit» all those fellows listening, to say nothing of old Gruff?” “But I have not touched the telephone to-day, Harry!” “What!” I exclaimed. “Georgie!” called Agnes, stepping back to the sitting-room, and I followed to tell the story. “It is very strange,” said Miss Peyton; “but of course it is some mistake. The lines arc out of order or crossed in some way. But inainma and Agnes and 1 have been out shopping all day, and avo lunched doAvn tOAvn, so Avc can prove an alibi.” It certainly Avas A'cry strange, but we all concluded that it might be as Miss Georgie suggested, and the pater at once began to spin long yarns about queer messages till at last I coaxed Agnes into the conservatory alone, and the close of the evening was all the brighter for the shadoAr Avith which it biigan. The dear girl sympathized Avith me and forgave luy impatience, and was so sweet that before I kncAV I found myself telling her the one event of iny life I had determined to keep secret—the little entanglement I once had Avith I.ucretiu Chase. Of course she liad been the most to blame, and Agues ihoiiglit her very horrid and forward, so had I to admit that Crctia liad uiisiindcr-stood some things I had said to her when a mere boy, and tlicn Agnes asked me if I really, really loved her best. Ah mo! what a happy evening it was! Again the next day the telephone annoyance began, but I felt sure of my ground and told Clarkson he could refuse to listen. Imagine my surprise when ho turned to me with a clever imitation of Agnes’ voice say- “She is quite sure Harry will come Avhcu he knows she Avants to talk to him about Cretia.” 1 was thunderstruck. Lucrctia Chase lived in Vermont; I was mortally sure no one in the city knew of her existence—no one but Agnes. I rushed to the instrument. It AV'as the same girl’s clear voice. Hoav could any one have knoAvn that Cretia jios-sessed such idiotic lines I liad once Avrittcn her—any one but Agnes? Yet now I heard them rejieated. Oh, CiH'tia! fairest rnlciitinc! AVilt tnoii ucci'pt tliis li:iii(.l uf mine? A smaller Kift mv soul furbiil«: But teu’o Uie uumhcr of luy ki«ÍH! I turned aAvay in auger and surprise, only to meet Grutt‘’8 siiin glance. “It this thing goes on, Mr. Dixon, it niiglit be well for you and Mr. Clarkson to change desks.” I kncAv Avhat that implied, and niy heart sank to my boots. “I do not understaml it myself,” I replied. “I assure you, sir, that I am exceedingly annoyed.    I    will not ansAver it again.’' “I Avill, myself, sir,” lie groAvled, and I AA'ent back to.iny dc.sk to upset the ink bottle, to make mistakes in my accounts and torture myself Avith the conviction that, since no one but Agnes could have scut the message, she Avas teasing me Avithoui realizing the fatal consequences to our happiness. And all day Mr. Grnflland Avould ansAver that confounded telephone. That some of the messages were meant for me I could tell, aiid that they must be utter nonsense I could conjecture from his occasional comments: “‘By Jiinminy Johnson!’ is a remarkable expression for ayouiig lady, Mr. Dixoii.” It Avonid be too long to tell the story of those days in detail. Sometimes there Avould be respite, and then the nonsense Avould begin again. It Avas larks for Clarkson and the rest, but to me it seemed as if the bell of the telephone Avas ringing the knell of all my bright hopes. Agnes assured me of her innocence, and Miss Peyton Avas ready Avith explanations; they had been shojiping, or calling, or practicing ducts. But I could see tliat a coolness had come betAvocn Agnes and me. She feared that I doubted her, and I—Avhat could I think? Again and again the messages referred to Avhat I had saiil to her Avhon quite alone. Could she have rcjieatcd my confidence? At the otiice preparations for the ncAV business were being hurricd on, and not one Avorel had been said to me of promotion. To croAvn aU, Agnes iiiforiiKMl me one evening tlialfehe whs going to shorten her visit'; she had heard of friends going directly to Aiken, and thought it to secure their escort. I passed a avretched evening, but left, determined to make a dcsi>eratc elTort to clear tlie mystery. Agnes had told me that they Avere all to be out the next day, so I biiggcd oft at the oflicc, reached the house at 10, and, persuading the servant that I Avanted to rest and Avould let myself out Avhen I Avas ready, I managed to conceal myself in a closet in the hail, Avhcre I Avaitcd four mortal hours. At last I Avas rcAvarded. A light step cainc tlirough the hall, a chair Avas draAvn to the teleplione, and a clear voice Avondcrfully like Agnes’ called: “Please connect Avith Grull-land & Co!” Waiting onlv long cnongh to let him actually begin conversation in his usual style, I rushed out, and, catching the cuíprit by the arms, bc-stoAved a resounding Imx on the ear of tlie astonished Mr. Haphacl. Tlic little imp! This Avas revenge for his Avell-dcserveil snubs. I liave no doubt he heard every Avord of niy conversation with Agnes. Of course the Peytons Avere distressed and apologetic, and Agnes Avas persuaded not to hurry aivay, and old Grnft' relented and I got the promotion in due time, but I never could endure the sight of that churu-bic boy. I verily believe the box that I bestowed upon him Avas his only punishment, and I rejoice to think that it Avas such a stinger. If this story has a inoml it is a short one. 'I'lic more innocent and guileless a lioy looks the Icsa he is to be trusted.—[The (^uutineut^ Hu «lid 1. He was the first ahi nye; fortune Shono hrlglit In his fare. 1 fought for years; with iio effort He renquore I the piare; We ran; iiiy feet were nil bleeding, But he won the rucc. My home was ctill in the ahadow, lliB Iny in the tun; I Iniige.l ill viilii; wliat he asked for It ■ ralghtwny was done— Once I Btnked nil my lieiirt’e trcaturcs Wa pUyeU—Slid he won. Yen; niid Just now I have seen him ( old, KmllinK, and blest. I.iiid in hitcolllii. (iu<l liuip mel AVhllc he it Ht rest— 1 am ciiriM'd «till to live; even Death loved him the Iwst. —[Adelaide I’lwtor. A Kmall Man. [BoHton Traveller.] One of the smallest men In the United States lives at Cedar Key. His name is Abecham Livingston Sawyer. Ho is twenty-two years old. forty and a half inches high, Aveighs thirty-nine pounds, and the Captain he came over Avith from Key West says he can cat more than any lAVO men in the State. Tlie midget was born and reared in Key West. Ho is built in ucrfect proportion, Is very bright, and can make an eloquent speech, and has a clear, high voice, Avhich sounds like a child’s. He was at one time a reporter on the Key West Democrat. At present he is clerking in a grocery store, lie has a sister who is just a quarter of an inch taller than ho ib and is just scYCutccu years glu. A FRENCH EXECUTION. La«t lluura of Cuiiipi, the Assassin-The Guillotine. [Paris Xewii.] It Avas necessary to be there early, for at 2 a. m. it became almost impossible to penetrate through the surging mass Avhich prcs.seil upon the thin line of police and tho few mounted Gardes de I’aris at the ap-jn’oachcs to the Place do la Ibiqucttc. Fully l,r>00 persons had availed themselves by that hour of the permits accorded to tliem to pass into tlie square. Matters began to assume an appearance of iireparation at 2 :J0 a. in., Avheii tAvo vehicles drove tip to the door of the prison, OA’cr which are inscribed the Avords, “Depot des Con-dumnes. One of these coiiAcyances contained the dctaelied pieces Avliicb go to form the guillotine, and Avliich are termed “Ics bois de la justice.” The other Avas destined shortly to re-inoA’P the decapitated reiiiains of the nnfurtuiiatc man to the ceinetery at Ivry. The process of fixing and raising' the fell apparatus occupied until 3:,30, and the hour Avhich fol-loAved Avas dcA'otcdto an cxaniiiiation of its action, Avhich Avas minutely explained by M. Deiblcr, the executioner, to the privileged imrsons. A square of three or four ilecp had iioen formed round the guillotine, the front line being composed of poru’cmen and journalists, and eA'cry moA cinent of the functionary was eagerly scrutinized. At4 o’clock day broke. Tho cxc-cntioiier’s assistants having finished tlicir task, put out tho hund-lanips Avhich had served during their lugubrious duties, and the iVivolons croAvd began to relajise into silence. The laAV requires that a criminal should be executed at day break, and that lime is marked by the urrivni of the official Avho cxfinguislics the last gas lamp a fcAV feet from the guillotine. Something like nervousness must have taken liold of the man, for instead of putliiigit out he turned it on for a moment full blaze uimui the dull-red galloAVS and the Avhitc faces of the croAvd. When at last the light went out a slight shudder seemed to pass over all, the incident being «r emblematic of Avhat Avas to follow. At 4:15 a small greup of functionaries assembled inside the prison, consisting of M. Caubct, M. Kuehnc, Chef de la Suretc, the delegate of the Public Prosecutor, the Clerk of the Court of Appeals, M. Baron, the Commissary of Police and M. Moreau, With M. Bamiuesnc, Director of tlw Prison, at their head, they TU'Oceedcil to the condemned cell. Tlic prisoner, Avho, according to French usage, Avas until that moment kept in ignorance of his aiiproaching doom, Avas in a profound sleep. M. Banquesne shook liim by the shoulder, saving, “(’ome, Cami»i, your appeal for mercy is rejected. Be brave; it is fixed for this morning.” After a nervous shudder, which he quickly repressed, Cainpi rose and dressed himself Avith the aid of the executioner’s assistants. 'I’hc order for execution Avas quickly read to him, and he Avas then left a fcAV moments alone Avith the chaplain, to Avhosc exlior-tions he is said to have listened respectfully. On being asked snbseqnently by tbcrepvcscntative of the Public Prosecutor Avbetbcr he had any revelation to make he rather angrily replied, “I shall not tell my name,” adding Avith a trium})hant laugh, “Ah, tliosc Magistrates!” On being asked Avhat lie Avished to have, he n ípicsted a glass of Avhitc Avinc, Avhich he drank in small mouthfuls. The cha]ilnin continued )iray-ing while he Avas being pinioned. The AV'hitc flannel shirt Avas cut so as to expose his neck and chest, and his only other ganncnts Averc his trousers and shoes. His Avrlsts avo re tied behind liis back and his legs Avcrc loosely iiinloncd. Thus he apjicarcd at 4.40, Avhen the great doors of the prison Averc throAvn open. On his left, and a little in front of him walked the chaplain. As Campi, escorted by tAvo of .M. Dcib-ler’s assistants, emerged all heads Avere uncovered, and a dead stillness prevailed, only hreken by the dull roar of tho croAvd a quarter of a mile away, (himpi Avas deathly pale, but held himself erect, and even assumed a slightly swaggering attitude. In s]iite of his rnaniieles, ho Avalked freely ami Avitliont assistance to Avlthin ten paces of the guillotine. TIu'rethe Abbe Morcan turning to him said; "Embrace me, my friend.” Campi replied, “If you Avish it;” and the priest kissi'd him on both cheeks. .\t this moment Cuini>i turned toAvard the croAvd and smileil tAvieo— a smilu Avhich was iicrfcctlv horrible to Avlliicsfl. Then ho Avalki'd cooIIa to the upright plunk, Aviiicli reached to his chest. Theexecutioiierqnickly placed his hand u ion his .shoulder and tipjied him over t le ilank^ SAvinging him doAvn so as to hr ng his head under tho knife. In another second the knife descended, the head was severed from tho body and fell into the can of saAvdust placed tlicre to receive it. Gneof tho assistants rolled the trunk otr the plank into tho wicker coller at the side, and taking tho head by tho car flung it onto the corpse, and the Hd Avas closed. The box was at unco carted atvuy to tho felons’ cemetery at Ivry, escorted mounted gendarmes. An Kiiorinnus Diamond Found. [Iximlon StaiidanI.l It will interest tlic people who possess or deal in diamonds to learn that a jiiamond Avelghing .‘102 carats hasjnstlieeu nnearthcd in the Kimberley mines. An ootohodron measuring one and Uirec-qnartcrs inches in length, and only half an inch less in its shorter diameter, Avould a fcAV years ago have been a])praised at an enormous figure. The stone in question is only smullcr than the Pitt gem in its uncut state, and tho latter hit of glittering carbon Av;is sold in 1717 to the Regent Orleans for £130,000, and at this time, it is believed, Avould bring twice tliis sum, provided it Avere in tlm market, and that a ciis-tomci- could he fon ml tvho was ca]m-ble of paying such a price for the gratifieution of Ids fancy. Unhajipily, hoAvever, the diamond trade has fallen on evil times; and the latest find of tlie South AtVieau drift is of that “off color” Avhich is now HO little ill favor with coiiuols-sciirs that tho higliust ninsoiii as yet offered, and refused, for the joAvel is £3,000, or no more than the sum paid by .Mr. I’itt for the mere cutting of thc<‘clcbratod stone which, according to Pope’s lines, “aslcci> and nakcil as tlie Indian luy, the honest factor” stole away. South African diamonds, in fact, have sutVcvcd a rapid deiireciaiiuii, tlumgh the size of tlie stones found continually increases. Fourteen years ago, theSlCAvnrt stone, found on the Vual River, though only 288,^8 «^arats, Avas the largest knoAvn, but being of a pure Avater, though Avitli a light yelloAV tinge after being cut, its value Avas infinitely greater than the stone Avidch is at present exciting tho “diamondifcrons” region. Tlic “Po"tcr-I{IiO(les” was still larger, though what value Avas put upon it fliere is no rccoril to hIioav, ami, unless the 302-carat gem of Kimberley fetches something more than £3,000, diamond-digging will fall very low in public esteem. In the best days of the trade Cajie diamonds, as they were called, brought Avheii yelloAV and uiidcr 5 carets, 40s to 50s the carat^ and aliove that AV’cight £3 to £4. Pure Avhitc stones under 5 carets were rated at £3 to £4, and «iNrre 9 irarctii Kt from £4 tw £T, oF CA'cii more, according to size or lustre. So much, hoAvcvcr, dcix’iids on color, sJiapc, size, and luster, that it is difficult for any one not an expert to fix the price at Avhich a stone should he sold. The largest gems, oAviug to fliere being foAV iiureliasers for them, feti'Ii proiMii'tiomitely less, ami if, as has been the case lately the supply is greater thau the demand, the juice will sink to a figure avImcIi remiers digging an even more precarious business than it naturally is. Tlierc Avill also be a proiiortionatc diminution in the nominal fortuuiis which holders of stones imagine themselves in jiosscssion of. Ijogan’H Midiiiiclit Speech. [Chicago Herald.J “Exiiect we’ll hear some good speeches up at Chicago next wcHjk,” remarked a delegate from Southern Illinois, as he shitted his quid to tho Avimhvanl side of his mouth; “but I don’t expect ever to hear such a speech as Jack I/igan made one time doAvn in Tennessee. Queerest circumstances yon ever heard of for speech-making, as the orator Avas in his niglit-sh’rt. It was this Avay: One night very late news eainc of a big victory in the East, and tho boys felt 80 good AVO Avcnt to Ijogan’s headquarters and roused him up, demanding a speccli. He Avus stopping in a house tliat lay back from the street ttiiiccc, and the guard Avonldn’t let ns over the fence, so wc Avcrc afraid we Avouldn’t get liitn up; but pretty soon he came sloAvIy doAvn the Imard walk in his night-shirt and Avith bare feet. “Jack Avas pretty rough in them days, as good soldiers are ajit to be, and Avith every step he nttei-cd an oath. When he han reached the gate and Ave had got through cheering him lie began: ‘You---- von. What in--are you here for at thl.s time of iiiglit? By--, you ought to be ar rested and jiut in the guard house, every one of you.’ Then ho starteil in and made the most cloiiueiit sjiccch I ever heard in my life. 11c imule us laugh, shout, think and cry as he Avislicd. I’ll hot they won’t hear any siieeehes at Chicago that Avill come up to Jack I.ogun's speech made in hiH night-shirt and bare feet just after rolling out of lied at 2 o'clock iu the morning. Hurrah for I..ogan !” —    ■    ^    I Only Ib'Iteai'sliitf. |i*litla<U‘l|ilil:i Cull.) Presidential aspirant (Avalking the floor rapidly and sAvinging his anus aboul>—“I am not a camridatc, not a candidate, no candidate ” His Avilb—“Mercy me, John, have you lost your senses ? What are you muttering about?” “Nothing, nothing at all my dear, only rehearsing.” “Rehearsing for Avluit?” “Ymi knoAV how hard I haA’e been trying.to get delegates?’’ “Yes.” “Well, I have just succeeded in getting a large immbcr pledged, and have just sent for a reporter to come and intui'vicAV luu.” Comedy iu OouoHfitiip. Wnfch each other PmMMrti the room, Jiato the Kiislight, love the ifloiin, Give the üuiiImiii men a Inmiiii; JiiKt enxiiKe<t. .SfH'.'ik of‘‘.\n:tel« without win^V’ W'ateh the ntyle of we<l<liii(5 i iii^t. Do a ihoiitumi foolith thiii¡{H; Ju.W eiigugetl. Fawnt nro«in<l her brother Mike, Brings her ••Dreams’’ l.y .Alarrellke— AVhicli the miiiil assumes to like: He’s engaged. I.e«ve8 ofl'smoke and U'er from date, Goe* to rliureh to tit with Rule, FuU two dollart in the pl.iie: He's engaged. Hastens on her friends to call. Blithe nml gav iTmmiiei*^ all Schemes for kee»ing -O.d .Afaid’s Hall;’’ S/ie’t engagiMl. Clmotes hride.-m.iiils n>n or eigiit, I.oads theiii willi an honor great— Buvmg gowns to deck her (eie: hhe’t engaged. Go to nlayt and onerat. Sing the •‘Kobnle’^ an<* the “bna.,’* Have a llglil alKiiit ••Jtoehiit:’’ I)iteng»g(‘d. Maiden weeps tlie long night through, liover’t lamiililully blue, Life’t a tragtxiy ui two; Not engaged. Dee» the ehntin ’tween tlio twain, Morning—has it e.oiiie in vnin? But to route ditpnir again? Rot eagnged. Hark! a ringing at tlie door. And a voice, ••.Mitt Kiltie Mooi-e?" Kittet bridge the cliasni o’er: Ue-eiigaged. CXJUUENT FUN. Many a broker is a poor finaneo seer.—[Boston Courier. “An’ that’s the pillar of Hercules ?*• she said, adjiisfiiig her sih'er s|)ccta-clos. Gracious! what are the rest ot his bedclothes like, 1 wonder.”—[Yalo Ncavs. Never compliment a woman on hef good looks. If she can not sec that your eyes acknowledge her beauty, your tongue may as avcII save tho wear anti tear of praising it.—[Boston Trun.scriiit. Jones has Iwcn in the habit of taking Ahysic in the spring for tAvcnty years, lie says he docs not kiioav as it docs him any good, but he thinks that ii shoAvs his liliysicaJ endn ranee.—Bos^ ton Advertiser. Operatic, note: Musical Fair One— “Ditl yoti ever hear the ‘Chimes ot iU>rmandAr,’ Mr. Deftmlth?” lYeHaMiF —“No—haven’t had tlie plcasAirc— never been to Frauucc, you kuoAV.”— [Texas iSiftifigs. The Caterer says that Into supi)crs arc not bad if properly eaten. Of course not. Tho supiiers are good enough. They are too good in fact. It’s the dyspepsia that’s bad.—[Burlington IlawkcA'c. Some of the Wall Street brokei*s have acttially left the street and gone fishing for fish. They can get iu lots of over-ccrlilicatiou on a llsh story and no harm will be done the country. —[Hartford Evening Post. An agricultural cxchaugo in an article on “Il-jw to Feed Horses,’' mentions feeding “corn in the ear’’ as one Avay. This may be an economical Avay, but it must be excessively painful to the horse.—[Graphic. An electric Avatcli Avithout springi and consisting solely of tAVO Avhocb has been invented. This avíM tax the ingenuity of Avatch repairers íe itemizing the usual two dollar and t half bill lor a fifty cent job.—[LoavcU Citizen. It is becoming such a risky enterprise to keep a fiiro bank that it is » great Avonder that the faro bankers in various parts of the city don’t become hankers on Wall street, Avlicre gam-Ihing doesn't make one amenable to the laAV.—[Puck. Bill Simpson and .Tim D'obson are tAVo Austin society young men, Avho have heretofore lived by their wits. They have no money of their own, but manage to Hac by borroAving and gainhling. Not long since Bill Simpson’s rich uncle died and left him t fortune. Shortly aftci’Avard ho me* his old chum Dobson, Avito asked* “What has come over you, Bill ? Before you came into posscs.-iion of all that money, you were the jolliest fcl-loAV in Austin, «hvays iu a good humor, and full uf fuii, but iioav that you are rich, yoiish around as if you iiad the toothnclie. What has come oA'cr you, anyhow?” "O, Jim, you don’t know, you can’t i»ossibly realize how it hurts a fellow to have to spend his OAvn money.”—[Tcxuf Siftings. “Piipe M iJie I>»*AV.’» Piiro .It the ilt’w tiint Ike iiiylit-wiii'l •lUtillf, I’ure at me K»al tisiiii .Al*iitiiii t liliic liillt, I’lire a* llie |h)iii i on Viiff»nii’« lian-l, 1‘iii'c at tlia tmilight that flvKslcth the laud It suzudont. FriiKr.iiit Hrt lillict lioMMtli the p:ilc moon, Wlieix* the *n«>t mKktingnlf »i|h*IIi her tniM; Fru;;i’iiiil at t|>h-et to .soluiiion hnnight By llie prutKl qiieen, when hit favor the toughC— ij .So/.vKlollt. Snai kllng Itt fo.mi, .at the foam of the sea, 8‘ltiiig wliiU-teelh fianii their eneniiet fraio, Gleiiitoiig no'.l healing like conlliett Uiliu Ot the U nefteent. odurout |*alin,— It S«>zo.lont. Awk l\»r Stvzodont If you wiutl a deiUlfrlce--aa you probably do—tvUich '' •11 protect your teeth from de* cay luid render tbciu white. b.>x.idoni it in vogue with tho professions whiubofall others are calUal ii|>on to display tbeir teetb the most—to-wit, tho musioul and druniatle. It Is esjiociaUy attractive w ith t le fair sox, a iwrtion of Ibu oomraiinlty wUc raiikc a imint of looking attracUve. Tbo breath is reudercit delightfulU- fra. grant by bozndont, which it certainly a aeslderatuDi to peraous of Ünt tastes.

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