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Cincinnati Weekly Times (Newspaper) - May 15, 1884, Cincinnati, Ohio Vol. XLI. -IVo. SO.OIXCliv:tV.A.TI, THTJnéo^Y, MA.Y 15, 1884.' $ 1 Per Year. In    l>aj’P. In nflcr fluyi. irhlen Kr«fs(y; 1 Irh ttii «mb wlwre I li#, l%iuirh we I or ill the w rl-l a<ijuet fdy sloniier elain to Itoiiored (iuai, 1 filiiill not qucetiou nor rculy, I sliall not ere the morning I ehnll n<)i h* ar the nijrht wIikI eigh, I ahan be mate, aa nll m6it must, In after day»! And yet. now living, fain wen* I Tb«t aoaie one tliM w«uild testify, Saying, "lie lieia hi» pen in trust To art, not serving shaine or ln*t.” Will liouef • • • Then let my memory die In after day»! —[Austin Dobuon. NOTES ANO NEWS. Tlio Jnpaneae live nlmout wholly on fiah. Uraziru navy consists or «,000 men and fifty vesnels. The Old Testoment revision will be com-pleted in JtHy. Cburlce lli-iulo’e fortune amounted to alKtut 1100,000. It all goes to bis famlly. Rowell has made upward of |80,000 out of ttio various walking uiatvhea be baa en-teretl. The women in the Isle of Man are allowed to vote uiM)n proving the ownership of $20. A French scholar is the author of the theory that bald-headed soldiers aro the bravest. The President of France has a salary of $120,900 u year, with $120,OOJ more for en-UTtaiuing suid traveling. Htepniak endeavors to explain that is Russia to cry out when a |H)liceman is us-mercifullr )>ontintr yon constitutes a breach ol the pe-ico~a disiurbauoo oí publio order. An old ííuck aliooter calculates that broacl-biiis tlv at rhj rale of thirty-five to 110 miles an hnn:, and other varieties from fsi-ty-llvu or fifty to eighty and 100 miles an hour. 31. Wnddington, French Ambassador to Englaud, never goes anywhere, it is said, unless aec.ompunicd by his wife, wlw is an American lady, and who is both his secra-tary and treasurer. The black poodle is again becoming fashlnuablo in Kngland. lliese animals, to he in correct style, must have their hair shnvoil into knots and knobs, aud be rendered generally hideous. The Astors are still buylng real estate In New York. They have bought much on nrondway and Wall street, and in the new rtisirict above Harlem River. In 18!M they butight |tt.000,«00 worth of proiieriy. 31rs. Gladstone as the authoress of a modest little volnnie on “Healtny Bod-ro<>nM and Nurseries” aiiivcars to vastly Isitter advantage than does the **Gran?l <ikl Man” just now in Oriental diplomacy. Alelvllle testideB before the Jeannette OomiiiitU^ that cannibalism was thought of when the explorers seemed on the verge of stnrvation, lint it was determined that under uu emergency should it lie permitted. Mr. Fronde Ims U>en out of health for aonie time past, aud as toon as be has completed the revision oftbc proof sheets of the concludiii.r volumes of bis “Life of Ur. </arlyle,” lie will start on a voyage round the world. He proposes to pass some time both ill America and iu Australia. Queen Victoria, who has been, photo-gratdied several Ibousand Umca, kindly conseniml to sit once more at Darmstadt, and was the center of a group which in-cliidoil her daughter, grand-daughter and great-jrrnnddangiiter—four generations In the feuinle line of that most proilfio family. Mrs. Bonanza .Mackay is one oí the most tastefully as well as conspicuously dressed women in Paris, and her latest sensation was a calling costume of Mack and gold. Phe Is Buid to look her best in black—and sometiines her worst, os wi,cn the Meisso-nier imrtraii was shown to her she Istdted very black indeed. A flower has been discovered In South Amenoa which ft only visible when the wind is Mowing. The shrub belongs to the cactus family, and is abJtit three teet high, with a crook at the top, giving it the ap-Iiearance of a black hickory cane. When the wind blows a number of beautiful flow crs protrude from little lumps on the stalk. James Winters, a farmer, was stung to death by biiifalu gnats near Helena, Ark., a few days ago. While he was at work in a flcld the gnats swarmed up and envcl-op<Hl him. 1'heir stings iMummlng unbear-nuic, he started for boiiie at full sueed. All remedies failed to relieve him, and he died in n short time in great agunv, his face aud neck having tunicU almost blaek. Henry Lnbouchcre aiinouiioes his intention of coming to this country—not to lecture or to not or to write a book, but to revive youthful reminiscences and to look up a r«. w okl friend* who, perclisnoe, may be living. How far away Uie to be revived youth i* is recalled in tlie reminieoenoe that lie was an ottacbe of the British Leg»-tiuu at Washington thirty year* ago. One of I lie bights of the Sierra. [Sierra Valley (Ci.l.) leader.) A K)vo SlciTS City cun no.v bo witnessed the fight of a snow bridge crossing the Yuba River. It was caused l>y an immense snow-slide, w bich completely dammed the river and forincil an immeiiee reservoir. Pressure at last forced the water through ard uiidei neuth tlu* dam, leaving the top of tlie miow to form a complete arch across the strcniu. It is so bard Uiat teams eau be driven over it in perfect safety. Hart! to lNsoosu*«s«. (I^msll Ttaiss.) At Augosta,' 0»., ths Oihff 0«7. niug struck a hen that were sitting on s THE WIDOW FIDESSA. nest of eggs. The eggs was nttcrly destroyed and the nest scnttereil to the winds of heaven, but the hen still sat on. A hen loves to sit. ftUngini. irritatiea, ail Kktney and Urinary •eaptalaU eursd by **Uucha*patba.” II. “Have you ever worn a collar spiked by time and the laundress?’’ asked Amya, my fidus Acliates, as he and I wei*e oue day atiolliii}; Icwurcly through the park—‘‘a ooHar which mitdc you—” “As chaiy of turning the head as a dude of bonding the knco? I caift say I have ever worn one, exactly. [ have had one on occasionallj’, for a brief space.” “What is yonr opinion,” continued Amy8, with apparent inconsequence, “of a woman who will ask—” “Questions? Find mo one who doesn’t, and I’ll tell you what I think of her.” “Not alone questions, Araylion. Deeds, man — favors — kindnesses— -services—small and great.” “Beasonable and unreasonable, in season and out of season, I suppose you mean,” put in I, too impatient to wait his explanation; tor I had guessed, as usual, what he was aiming at more quickly than he, slow old fellow that he'is, could express it. see the point of yonr comparison, and I think it is a deuced pity tve can’t disfiose of one annoyance as readily as of the other. If our collar irritates the ciitielo we may fear it ofl’ and chuck it away. If a fellow-mau disturbs our equanimity we can eursc him and hustle him aside. In cither case we enjoy a blissful sense of i-elief, not nnminglcd with self-approval. But let a woman be the destroyer of our nerves of comfort, and no matter how savage the mood into wliieh she compels us, any clTori we make to piit her down, l)e slio never so deserving of a snub, leaves us witli an uncomfortable suspicion of our own brutality, even more harassing than the original nii-uoyaiice to width she subjected us. A man has no defense against such a womau as the one you inoaii, Aiiiys. I know who you were thinking oi— your friend Fidessa, the widow. TliQi'C is but one way for you to es-c*ai>e the iiillictioii of that woman’s ceaseless demand. Avoid her. But you seem utterly unable to do that, my friend. Yon have as good as confessed that she irritates you. Yet she hasn’t a more willing slave, apparently, than yourself. Jfas she been victimizing you again lately?” “Ah, no, not exactly that. What she asked ipc to do wasn't so far out of the way. It wouldn’t have mattered, von know, if that infernal parrot haá been less vicious, and if those cursed old women hadn’t been on the sjiot to rc|)ort the affair as even more ridiculous than it r<>ally was.” “This is interesting, Amys. The latest parrot story! I/it’s liave it, old fellow, without tielay.” “Well, you sec, I dropped in on Fi-dessa the other aftcruoou at a most luopimrtunc moment, as it proved. She was moving. lA:aving the Mars-den House a d going to housekeeping. She has a parrot. Thinks the world of it. Was afraid to trust it-” “To the expressman. I see. So she asked you to carry it through the streets on your finger from the Mars-deii House to her new place of abode. How many miles did it prove ?” “Not on my finger, Amylion,” he said, ignoring my question. “It bad a nice stand to which it was chained. After a block or two I found it rather heavy, and it was an awkward thing to carry, so I got into a passing dummy. I uut It on the step beside me, cintchea it tight with the left baud—” “What, the parrot?” “Hang It, no! How stupid you arc. The stand—the perch—with the uaiTot upon it Well, just as the bird began to flap its wings ami scream like mad, drawing after us all the boys iu creation, who should come arotiiid the corner but old Mother Bunch and Mother Carey.” “The bigge.st old gossips iu town. Did they see you?” “Hang them, yes. How could they help it, though? That green devil was making noise cnuugh to rouse the city, I had to bow to the old wilches, and just as 1 was iu the act of raising my hut, something seized my left up))cr arm. I thought for an insta ut it was the conductor.” “Introducing a newly invented method of cliciling car fares. Ha! ha! Was it the parrot?” “It W'as the parrot. It had buried its beak in my arm, and was twisting and turning it in the flesh. My coat was anew one. Torn flesh heafs, but torn cloth does not. Scars can be respectable ; darns are disreputable. A patch on my skin I could emliire, but one on my coat sleeve, never. But of a sudden the stand iijwn which I had let go my hold toppletl over hrto the street and dragged away the parrot by its chain. The boys set upa howl of delight, while the okl women stood still, taking in every detail, and more besides. 1 jumped off to pick up my charge, and found it a crushed and lifeless mass upon the car track. Devil that it was, it seemed to have fluttered under the weocls simply to crown my discomfiture. Any decent bird would have flown clear of the rails. If 1 didn’t look a fool asl stood there clutching niy arm aud gazing upon the wreck, I shall never do so to my dying day.” “How did you break the blow to madame?” “I didn't venture to. I went dowsi towp, got a paiTot as like the dead devil as one pea to another and sent it with a new jteareh up to the house. It got there before Fidessa arrived, and she never would have discovered the ditlbreiM’-o if old Mother Boncli hadn’t called niwii her to condole. Tlieii she sent for me, tragically requested me to remove the alien* bird and wept over the memory of her lost pet But. I told you, Amylion, she was good hearted with all her faults. When I described to her the bite—” “She wanted to send you a new coat?” “She forgave me, consented to keep the bii-d— “And borrowed |90 upon the strength of her jntrdon. Satisfactory finale.” “I never told you that, Araylion. How on earth—” “I remember your telling mo that you had lost $20 about that time, a.s a reason for not going out of town for the Fourth. Giving, ft’iend Arays, is one of the luxuries of life. But just as soon as generosity suffers coercion it ceases to be a gratification to give. No man would relish an enforced diet, of pate dc foie gras, yet it’s a luxury flyfor the gods. To be asked for a loan by one who, on principle, never repays it, is pcrhaos the most trying form of compulsory gift. The borrower evades the stigma of begging, while the lender wholly misses the crctlit of giving. I think, Amys, I would rather avoid a more intimate acquaintance with your fair friend.” “I am sorry to hear you say so, for 1 promised to call upon her next Sunday, and I relied upon your aecompa-iiying me. Did you know that your little friend Oriaiia is down from Virginia City aud staying with Fidessa?” Now, Oriaiia is a pet of mine and 1 had not seen her for an age. I wa.-^ anxious, moreover, to keep a brotherly eye upon Amys; so Idctenniued tliat if he would go to Fide.ssa’s the following Sunday, so would I. When the day came I found that he was not to be turned front his puriwse. There-fjrc, wo called togcilier upon the widow. I carried with me into her house my prejudice against her. In her presence it seemed to melt away ill defiance of my will. She was certainly a wonderfully agreeable woman, and she appeared smcerely desirous to put forward little Oriaua, who is shy, modest and retiring. She evinced no feminine jealousy of her superior advantages of youth and good looks. Such not being always the habit of widows, I was pleasantly surprised. We were asked to remain to dinner. Fidessa pressed—insisted. It was no kindness to ask us, she said, for she had forgotten to market yesterday, and she didn’t believe there tvas anything fit to eat in the house. Then she went out of the room to ransack the pantries, she told us, and Oriana was left to entertain us. The latter was unusually quiet and silent. There was an embarassment in her manner that I could not iathom. Was she distressed at our remaining to what she know would be a shabby dinner? If so she placed instiflioient faith in the powers of our hostess. A more toothsome, inviting little dinner I never sat down to. The dishes were few, hut every one was dainty enough to set before reyalty. And the whole was exquisitely served. If I formed a better opinion of Fidessa as I sat at her table enjoying the delicacies she etidently took gcuurne pleasure in pressing upon us, then I had thouglit it [tossible I could entertain toward one of whose inveterate and inconsiderate habit of asking fti-vors I had heard much and experienced a little. ’Two items that told stroiulyiu her favor with me were her kind manner to Oriana and her evident ability as a housekeeper and hostess. Amys fairly beamed under the influence of the tidbits she had sliu))ed on tq his plate and the smiles' she lavished u^n him. The sherry was incomparaule, and I confess her solicitude iu keeping my glass in a brim-niliig state had a most inelluwing effect u[K)n inv humor. I could not uii-dcrstand how little Orldua, usually s6 bright and gay, could resist the effects of this genial atmosphere. 8hc had grown quieter and more silent, since wo sat down to dinner, aud all my cft'orts failed to draw her out. We (lined early, and the better part of the evening was still before us when wc left Fidessa’s house. Amys suggested some calls iu the neighborhood. I acquiesced. Our first visit was to the Brewii.s. They were at tea, and insisted upon our each taking a cup. The six-year-old daughter of the house, who had a childish fondness for mo, came and cuddled down i n a corner of the sofa licside me. Wc were somewhat apart ft’oni the others. “There is no cake for tea to-night,” she said condolingly. “Wo always have lota of cake, aiid Bridget made some that was awful good yesteixlay; but that lady who lives in the little liouse across the street begged it all away ft’om us to-tlay. Slic had company thtit cfiin^ unexpected, aud the mice had spoiled all her cake. And wc gave her some soap, too. She’s a nice lady, and I like her, hot I wish her soup didn’t all get burned up sometimes; ’cause I like soup, and today there was not enough for dhiner to give mo any, ’cause her soup got all burned up again to-day aud mamma lejit her some oCi>ui8.” I was deeply interested. “Does this lady's s<Aip often get burned?” I asked. “Oh I yes—’most every Siimlay! Aud pa))a was awful mad to-day, ’cause it was gumlp) soup wc had, and he likes giimlio soup, and he didn’t have but a little wee bit. And ho was awful cross with niuimija'causc he had a crushed napkiu, ’cause luaniiiiu lent all the clean ones to the lady. Aud you know, she hasn't brought back the silver buttcr-kuife mamma lent her ever so long ago. Aud papa says it won’t do; mamma must stoj) lending her tilings, ’cause she’s an iufcrual plague. What’s a plague?” I was spared thede»,ired definition by my little fneml’s mnnima, who at this moment descended a]>on her ami carried her off to bed. No one had overheard her confidences. Amys sat aud sipjKid his tea iu blissfnl ignorance of the evidence I had been gh;an-ingfrem the child’s prattle of his friend’s i>e<;u1iar and unique mctho<l of getting together an impromptu entertainment for unexpected guests. Yesterday I should have harshly condemned her ooiidiict. To-day, still under the influence of the new impression she had made tipon me, I felt annoyed that so clever a|id agreeable a womau should be capable of such devices.    I I said nothing to Amys when we got outside of the revelation made to inc. Wc called next upon the Robiii.-sons. Fate urged Amys to his undoing. He mentioned where he had dined, and went into raptures over Fidessa’s culinary skill, dwelling particularly upon her ability as a maker of calf’s foot jelly. A i>eculiar smile made itself visible oil the collective family countenance. “Now I think it’s too bad,” cried the oldest girl, “that my sister and I should lose not only our jelly, but tlie credit of having made it. We devoted the whole oi yesterday to its manufacture, aud the chief result of all our trouble was to give that angelic sister of mine an opportunity to supply an ac<:idciital deficiency iu a certain lady’s dessert. That cat of hers must bo a victim of dyspepsia if it really gets away with all it is said to. I felt tempted to ask it it ever had the I). T.’e when she camo round to ask for a ‘drop’ of sherry in a gallon demijohn. I would have given her what was left from clearing the’jelly, but papa turned up and insist»^ upon letting her have the best. WDn such cucouragerncnt she will ask next for champagne.” Amv’s tacc tvas a si tidy. ^ I fairly reared. If it had not been too late to pay any more visits I am sure wc should have traced out, iu oor further projrress through that vicinity, the origin of the entire menu to which wc iiad done honor at Fiih'ssa’s table. About a week later I encountered Orlamt one morning early upon Kearney street. I did not recognize her till she spoke to me, for she was thickly veiled. “Ah, I am so glad (o have met you,” she said, excitedly. “I am iu siich a dilemma, ami I could not jijear to sficak ot it to any one. 1—1 want so much to know—perhaps you could tell me, and I don’t mind so much sjieaking of it to you—wbat Uncle Harris would be likely to give me for this?” She oijened her hand wide enough to show me a glinrjjsc of a tiny, blue-cnamclcd ¡watch. “I was afraid they might insult niolf I asked for more than I should.” Í* “What do you want molaeyfor?” It was a rude, blunt qnestk>n, and I put it harshly:    but    old bachelor fWeiids arc privileged to be rude and blunt, aud 1 was annoyed to tliiiik that Fidctwu’s iufluence might be telling u[)on her. She hung her head. “I want to go home, aiijl 1 have nothing to take me.” “Didn’t your father—” , “Al^ but you see-1 tjicnt all ho gave tne, and 1 don’t want to trouule him for more. Perhaps he couldn’t spare it very well. I’d much ratiier get it this way,” Itoldiujf up the watch. “What have you sitent your money upon ?” She was silent A new inspiration stinick me-“You didn’t spend it all. Yon lent It. It was borrowed from you by—” “Ah, hush!” she cried, “I didn’t want you to know that. Please don’t tell it to any oue. tíhe really is so good-heartod, and she has been so kind to me. 8he has $ivcH me so many presents. Still — “Still you would rather bé out of her house and home again. You are right It is iM) place for you, let her be as kind and generous as site may.” The next day I saw the child otl' home, without however, cajliug in the aid of Uncle Harris. When Oriana was gone l s«t about maturing a scheme I had formed. It was Quixotic, jjcrhaps, but 1 thought the possible cure of a fault like Kides-sa’s in one whom, despite lun* Idiosyu-cracy, few coiilA help liking, was worth the trouble of trying to cfl’ect I called upon a carefully choscu number of her most iutimate frtends whom 1 could trusty I hoped, not to betray me. They entered con amorc Into my plan. Simultaneously tlioy all began to borrow from her. And she lent to them u uuheslutiugly she had boiTOwed ft-om them, showing no reluctance to grant ali. their requests, though they ran the gamut from a lace scarf to a biick(^t of coal, taking ill even the gas globes nod doof keys. Those in the secret derived no little amusement in comparing notes and consulting as to what out-of-the-way articles they should ask fur next. The thing grew more ami more exciting as the days went by. Each conspirator's house eUntaiiied a vast and miscellaneous collecfion ot Fidessa’s worldly goods. By the end of a fortnight the discomfort of a rifled home would have been iiiiendui’ahlc to one less amiable, but with uitdiminished good humor she continued to lend. At last a period came when those iu the plot began to doubt Its success. There was ño punishment in It to one who felt not its iiicoavenioiKX), aud knew uo reluctance iu parting with her belongings. The intended lesson would >rove no lesson at all if she never took n its meaning. Fidessa continued amiably and oxas{>eratingly obtuse. There was nothing for it iu the end hut to confide the secret to old Mother Cary under a solemn vow of silence. Before tne week was out Fidessa’s eyes had been opened. First she called on her female friends aud wept. Then she l>egan to toss her head when she met them in the street, and look the other way. Finally the ludicrous side of tJic ufi'air seemed to strike her, good nature prevailed, aud she laughcil about it with those who l>crsistcd iu spcmking to her. She confessed herself justly served, and profiisscd to be wholly cun*d. Never again, so long as she lived, would she ask anything of anybody. This resolve was openly expressed, ami to uo one did it prove more gratifying than to Amys. But, alas! poor fellow, his satisfaction with the result of our scheme was short-lived. Oue day he came to me with the most rueful ex-])res>iouon hisgoud-nafured face that I had ever seen there. “We have banished Fidessa,” he said. “I kuew she was no longer happy among us, though she tried so amiably to hide her chagrin. 8hc has broken u]i housekeeping ami gone away.” “So I have been told,” I answered quietly. “She has gone East—on a pass.”—[8an Franciscan. 'Woman. Last and best of (Jbxl’s creations; Itulbler, strcrifcth and hojM» of nations. Whose iiuine lia» deck’d ali history’s pages— Mother of warriors, martyrs, sages; With voice («I full of iniis.c's cnifciiec, And eye that beams with heaven's rauiaiice. And touch that sou'.hcs wlieo pain around us Throws her cloak, and Death oonfonnds us; Ho gentle, loving, sweet, forgivutg; Made to Inve, In wvc bclicviMg; Ho strong ftj others’» trihnlutioii— Tu tliee 1 bow in adoration— Thou l)lcuiimgut divine aud Intinan— t\ f ing it lake a Noble woman! -[.Miltons. Allen. Colorado’s First Vot.e. [Han Francisco (Cal.) Unllctin.J The Constitutional Convention of Colorado had completed its labors; the Committee of Ilcvision, whose Chairman, Judge 'Wells, one of the recent Territorial Judges, noted for not only his high legal attainments, hut also for his elegant phi*ascology and literary accomplishments, had made tlie filial report, which was adopted ; all that remained was the signing of the instrument The Convention took a recc.ss to allow time to have the Constitution written out on parchment 8omo of the members were loitering ill the anto-rooin of ' the large hall in which tlio Coiivciitiou held its soamuii, when all of a sudden one of the members s|>okc up and said: “We have forgotten something. We have made no provision for Colorado to cast its vote at the approaching l*residcntial election.” Thatcher replied, “That is so, and wc must at oiicc arrange It Toil the Scargeanl-at-Arins to go for Uie President and all the absent mcmbors and have the eoiivention immediately reassembled.” This was done and a clause inserted iu the Constitution authorizing the Ijcgislature of Colorado at its first oessiomto elect Presidential electors. The Legislature met on the 1st of November, and on the 7th day of that month met in joint convention and elected three Ibmnb-Hcan Presidential Electors, who duly east their votes ill the Electoral College lor Hayes aud Wheeler. There could be no provision imulc in time for the iM;o|»le at large to vote for the Presiden I ial Electors, as they Avould have to do this by the preliminary action of tlio State IjOgis-lature ill a general election law, which, of course, txiiild not bo ^lasscd and']iiaoeil in o|icratioii within the two days iutervcuiiig between its meeting and tli« Presidential elec-liiai. Colorado lies, of course, since ado))(cd the mode of the other Htates in this matter. Its first Presidential vote was to meet the emergency. Had it not been for an arcldcntal remark tlic convention would have adjourned without i\iakiiig a needful pi-ovisiou. There would have been no need for the Electoral Coimuis-sioii, as, without the vote of Colorado, there could have been no disagreement on the subject of who was elect(al President. Tilden would have been, uuder the circumstauces, uu-questioiiablv Proshtniit of the Uuiled btates. It U another incident showing how groat events are frequently shaped by accidental oircuinstaiicus. ]|>oc Trains iu Idslio. [San rraocUoo Chruniia*.) During the day of ray arrival I saw a few men sweating iiuder the labor of pnlllng two mcks of flour on a toboggan, and several dog trains. Thc.so dog trains are amusing, if not admirable, as a means of trans])orting freight. They are made up of Indian dog.-’, collies, mongrels, scrub yelpers, Newfoundlands, and mastifi's, with now and then a bull dog. The driver goc.s behind and urgesr them on with snowballs, now aud then tiudiui necessary to go forward and iiia lazy cur work up to his collar by giving him the bight of a packing ro))e. Poor brute! Probably it is bi.s only bile of any kind for many hours. I ask«*d one dog team man what he fed to his dogs, and ho said : •‘Tallow and Indian meal.” “Are they traiiKid ?” “No; we pick up all sorts of dogs and work them in very soon by putting a good dog on the lead.” “I)o tliey never balk ?” “No; dogs is the blankest fools in tlie world, while they is the saga-cioiisest animals. Why, when them dogs near about pull their toe nails off coinin’ up a steep hill, they bark out their delight when I go up aud l>at them on the head and call them ‘good dogs.’ Horses nor no other animals won’t be fed on such tall^'. Why, these dogs will stand it to be cussed for miles and then be tiukled to death at a pat on the head.” The nicrchunfs .say the dog teams s|K)il goods like the mischieu They are all the time tipping them over niul rolling them around. liaineiit of » llejcrstofl Lover. The jrirlH are all .a fl<v>tinirKhow For mun's delusion (tivrt: Tli«lr siiiiU's of joy or tears of woe iH'veitful (joiHP, fu-rritful go; There's not one inte-hy heaveo! They’re false and liirlit. and can a.ssume Fro.n early morn till even. Fond love; hid hojte arise and Idimni Within man’s breast, then seal Ids itoom And all hnpe blight--by heaven! Their moods arc like a stormy day, All clouds, when tempest driven By ^nlons fancies, they will away And make your life .1 tr.-)uble«l way UnttI you long for heaven. --[Han Francisco News I.ett€r. H’ariUKl tn • Dream. [Danbury News.) F. 8. Olmslcad has for years iiad business dealings with the late President Seeley, and had a strong personal attachmciit for him. Oue Sunday night, the day before the funeral, ho dreamed that he aud Mr. Seeley were standing on a floor which gave way with them. In the struggle to save himselt he was awakened. The dream mude a strong impression ujioii him, and after eating an earlv breakfast he hiiiried to the house of his dear triend, and without, disturbing the family found his way into the cellar. Ho felt that the dream might poH.sibly Ix! a warning, and lie w as mov(;d to examine the supports to the floor. He found that a very large beam wbicii sii|)i>orted the floor timbers of the jnirlor and a partition wall was cracked. Tlio crack ap-[Msarcd to bo a fresh oue, and a closer examination with a lamp showed that it was, and that it was so If rgo tliat due’s    Mr. Olmstcad immediately got two' heavy posts, and in a short time mudo the timlier pcrfci’tly safe. This timber is thirty feet long, and had no siipttort-ing )K)st.s. Its great size was sup-ixised to be sufti<dent to sustain the weight n[K)n it. In thij parlor above rested Mr. .Seeley’s remains. A few hours later the building was filled w ith friends. Had it not been for the dream it is not likely the broken timber would have been diyscovei'cd in time to provciit a catastrophe. Blaok Snakee by tiie Hod. ITreoton (N. J.) tSajottc.J Every «jirliig Jaiiiee L. DeVVitt, a farmer living three miles from Deck-ertowu, ta¿es a flail and goes to a clifl* on bis farm and kills block snakes, lie lias never missed a spring snake-killing in that spot for twenty years. He went earlier than usual this season, being pres.sed with other spring farm work, and only got eight. Last spring he paid his annual visit to the cliff on May 1 and bagged tWeiity-sevon, aud that was not a satisfactory day’s killing citlier. Of the eight broiif^ht in inis year he killed seven. Tlie eighth he captured aiive for a fricnáIn Deckertown, who wants it for a pit. This one is seven feet and a half long. Mi'. Do 'iVitt says his farm raises no black snake less than six feet iu length. This year’s prenia-ture yield nieusiirikl • trifle over three rods. De Witt saya he tvill gather a stHXind crop in May, and will, consider it a failure if it does not run out a total of nine rexls. His snake patch yields nothing but black snakes. Frank Knight, ot Purdy’s Station, went out snaking 0110 day last week. He came back with fourteen fair sized black snakes. On being run out by the ta[)e-liiic they were found to measure up nearly four rods. FVtualc Franehinoln KnglHiid. ri’all Mall Gazette] Tiiere is uo bliiikiug the fact that fenialo franchise is becoming a question of practical politics, and one uioivover w’hich will give Ministers a good deal of trouble. Mr.s. Fawcett showed true debating instinct in her s|)cech at St. James’s Hall last night when she fastened on the “capable citizen” argument, aud ii Is extremely hard to see how Ministers, who adopted that argmnont the other day, can with any sliow ol reason refuse the franchise to female householders. It will be iiitcrestiiig when Mr. Woodall’s anieiidinont comes on to licar how Mr. Gladsiouo will deal with the thousands of women wlio are daily fulfilling ali the functions of “capable citizens—tlie 50,000 women farmers, for instance, or the 120,000 women teachers, or the large mmiber of women doctors, women jwor law guardians, and wouioit civil service clerks. CUKKENT Fl'N. Pr«r«lMM* «I lU(tocr Coinplaü.t In AiMrka; la »«juick, compkt«cur*. $1, A little girl calls her g(X)d father par excellence.—[Haverhill Gazette. Oleomargarine has reacbed England. It will soon be as widespread as butter.—[Picayune. Fruit ('.anniiig is supposed to be a modern invention, but they had preserved pairs ill the ark.—[Lynn Item. A now fashion paixjr is called the Sewing Circle. From the title oue might sup)H)so it was entirely devoted to news.—[Exchange. The far Western editor is a well-read man. lie publishes ‘’Thanatot>-sis” aud underneath it he puta; “W. Bryant in the Clam County Courier.” We regret to learn that the author of “How to be W(dl” lias beim laid up for several weeks with a com-piicatlon of diseases.—[Norr. Herald. I>o not stare at the ladies in the stre’ct. You may cause them to think that you are admiring them, and therefore make them vain.—[Boston Treusíu-ijit. Father—“You can’t maii.ige a kite bigger than you are yourticlf.” Son (not so stupid as he looks^“Why not? Mother manages you."—[New York Graphic. A small boy of seven to small boy of nine—“Now lem me smoke ?” Small boy of nine (shocked)—“Why, you’re loo young to smoke!”—[Louisville Courier-Jounial. “(’an you give me ten cents for a drink'?” asked a s(*edy-lookiiig chap of a rciKU’ter. “Certainiy,” rep4i«d. the reporter, “bring in your drink.”— ^Burlington Free Press. “Will the.vonngestgirl iu the room pleflso rise,’^ said a school siipcriii-tendciit, in a rural school. Every female sUxxl up, including the teacher. —[Burlington Free Press. “How Shall Wc Treat Bismarck,” is tho headline of an nrticic in the Now York World. An order for two Hi’liooiiors would probably be about right—[Pbiladelphia Call. Salvini says Irving’s legs are not ('Oiupctent to play Othello. That may very likely be; but as we understand it, Irving plays that character with his bead.—[Lowell Citizen. He that control let h hh temper is greater than he who taketh a city; but a braver u>an than these is he wIm wears the first straw hat of the season.—[Norristow ii Herald. Tho real author of “The Bread Winners” is to be uongratuiated on keeping unknown so long. By and by the odium of tho affair will blow over, and It will then be safe for him to come out.—[Lowell Citizen. A poet says, “I am not dead.” But we can’t always tell. Poets exaggerate so wildly and call it poetic license, that it is best not to believe the statement quoted iiutil it is corrolxirated 1)V some rcliabloporsoii.—[Norristown lieitild. A New Hampshire lady has worn one ))air of ear-riugs night and day for forty years. We doa’tUiink that liogins to compare, as a matter of cixjnotiiy, with the man who wore one pair of’ stockings for six months.— [Burlington Free Press. “Papa, what is the tariff?” asked a Cogressmaii’s little boy. (mazing comimssionatelv at the youthful knowledge seeker, ami sadly shaking liis head, the fhtlier replied: “My son, I can not tell a lie; I do not know.”—N. Y. Journal. A morning pai>era.sks: “.SImll the ticket speculator go>' No, let him stay. Give him a cluh aud uiiiforiii anii let him have a chaiici!. The tiiJiet s[K*culator is oue of the tilings we need in this world to make u» appreciate the next.—[Daily Graphic. A question for jniz/le-solvcrs: In waltzing with a young lady not over seventeen yi'urs,* pretty, and one of the jiover-get-<iizzy »Hnt, docs tJie vouug ninn go round tho young lady, or does the young lady go round the young imtu?—[Hartford Sunday journal. It is a remarkable coineidcuee that just at this time there arc so many women sufi'eriiig from bad colds. Ami it is also astonidiiiig that if you usk any one of the many thus afflicted they will toll you the cause was leaving olf their scal-skin sacque* so soou. —[Bradiord Sunday MaH. All Illinois mail •eciiretl a divorce and married hia mothcr-ln-law. Uo evidently had not heard of tho fact of that clown who dropi>etl dead in tho ring the other day while peri>e-tratiug a joke on tho mothcr-ln-Saw. it was a mean sort of revenge to take, any way.—[Norristown Herald. My hiwliawl (wrU«»a UmIt) M Uinw lUMi ÚMS Mlof -W*!!*’

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