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W. E HARP, Publisher. VOLUME 11. NEWS GLEANINGS. Virginia has (he larges mast crop known-for years. The 'Virginia penitentiary now con tains GS2 couvies. About three-fourths of the fruit crop of Georgia has been dried. At Gainesville, Ga., [Mis. dumber died at the age of 100 years. The South will make 7,("00,000 gal lons of cotton seed oil this year. Bee-keeping is becoming a large and profitable industry in Mississippi. The trade in cotton in Montgomery, Ala , last year footed up $6,000,000. Florida has shipped, during the sea son just closed, 25,000 head of cattle to Cuba. In some portions of North Alabama corn is offered at twenty-five cents a bushel. Clay county, N. C., polls but twenty negro votes, while Wake heads the list with 5,128 : . The colored mil it ary co.nptlhies'ilr the-' fkmth will hold an encampment in At lanta this fall The Selma, Ala., cotton mills have just sliiyped five car loads of cotton goods to China. Hale county, Ala., is looking out for her moss industry and is gathering thousands of tons. Macon, Ga., lias a bonded debt of but $700,000, and taxable property amount ing to $10,000,000. Memphis has one-seventli of the whole number of cotton-secd oil mills in the whole country. The first and only r town clock in the State of Florida surmounts the new court house at Tampa. Large and very rich deposits of iron ore have recently been discovered in Marshall county, Ala. A "rove of eighty bananna trees, eighteen months old, is hearing good fruit at Waynesboro, Ga. An effort is being made to found a collect: at Greenville, Miss., for the ed ucation of colored youths. Over 400 mines, including silver, cop ror nnd othnr minerals, are being work ed in iNortli Carolina. Florida will soon be a perfect net work of railways, and the rapid devel opment of the State will of course fol low. Her resources are wonderful, and a few years will place her among the liveliest of the Southern States. North Caroolina’s rice crop Is good, and this year will reach 65,000 bushels of tide-water and 200,000 bushels of up land. A stalk of Sea Island cotton nme feet in height and having forty-two branches and 250 bolls, is on exhibition at Bron son. Fin. The Georgia Lunatic Asylum is full to overflowing, and cannot accommo date a laige number of insane persons waiting treatment, Tt is estimated that over one-half of the new manufactories started in the South during the last two years belong to Northern capitalists. Little Rock, Ark., voted on the '‘license” question at the recent election and decided by an overwhelming ma jority to continue to “sip of the flowing bowl.” The New Orleans Times-Democrat say it is quite probable that .the amount paid by the South to the West for food stuffs this year will be $103,000,000 less than paid in 1881. The Atlanta Constitution publishes a table showing the taxable property of Georgia to be worth, as returned from taxation, $200,000,000, an increase over ast year’s returns of $16,000,000. There are now twenty-two iron fur naces in Alabama. The Birmingham Age says that within a radius of fifty miles of Birmingham there is enough iron to supply a thousand furnaces for a thousand years. Two more of the old guard have pass ed over the dark river. Michael Hol bert, aged 101 years, died last week in Marion county. West Va., and James Stalwart, aged 111 years, has just died in Aocomac county, Va. The Americug (Ga.) Recorder says that during the present cyclone the wells in tlie eastern part of the city were blown dry. These wells, up to the time of the gale, were unfailing. The explanation of this remarkable occurrence is the existence of subterra nean passages and Hie violent agitation on the surface opened channels of es cape for the water to these. A curious looking specimen of the bovine race was exhibited on the streets of Greensboro, N. C., recently. The animal is a Devonshire bull calf, three months old, with a tail and hide similar to those of an elephant. The calf is about the usual size, and apparently well and hearty. Its hide is entirely destitute of hair, lies in heavy folds like an elephant’s, and is of about the same color, Tlie tail is short and piked. THE JACKSON N E WS. A suit which will prove of great in terest to theatre-goers and managers of amusement halls has been brought at Richmond, Vnjf A gentleman was ar rested in the opera house of that city for occupying a seat for which he had ne coupon, although lie had a ticket of admission. The seat was the only va cant one in the house. Now lie will ask the courts to decide whether or not the theatre is compelled to furnish seats when a ticket is sold for it and the money paid. iiivc Jewelry. “ Hero is something wew in the way of ornamentation," a salesman in a large up-town jewelry store said, opening a box. Out walked a monster beetle, fully four inches in length. About its body was a solid gold band, locked by a tiny padlock, to which was attached a costly gold chain, about two inches in length, fastened to a pin. The beetle,s back glistened in light, having been treated to a dress of gold, and as it lumbered along its long legs worked to gether in a curious fashion. ►‘lt’s a shawl pin. Yoa see the pin is used to fasten the faceo’ashawl, or perhaps worn ■on tlie bonnet, the insect crawling around the length of the chain. They areperfeotlyliarmiess andnot expensive, as they live on air—that is, they have never been seen to eat. This ono was brought here to mount, which is a very fine operation, as the legs and antennae are all so delicate. After all, there is nothing objectionablo about them, ex cept the idea of having them crawl over you. They all come from South Ameri ca, and the only lot in the city is to lie taken to France, where the owner will try to introduce the fashion of wealing them. They costfromsl() to SSO, depend ing entirely on the amount of the ring. There is nothing cruel about it, as they are bound loosely, and the gold has no effect upon their hard sides. In Brazil tlie fashion of wearing beetles is carried to a great extent. A well known resident has a beetle with a col lar of gold which meets at the top, and is there ornamented with a iliamond of great value. The insect has a cage sur rounded by the plants among which it lives in its native state, and nothing is neglected to make it as comfortablo as possible. But the most popular insect used for an ornament in Brazil is a small phosphorescent beetle. These are often worn fastened in the hair, and as the two phosphorescent or light-giving spots arc on the sides of the head, the black in sect is, of course, invisible, especially when in the raven locks of the fair Bra zilians. Twenty or thirty of these bee tles will throw out a light sufficient to rend by, n'lil when arranged around tlio head in a circle, or grouped over the forehead and held in place, the effect is beautiful. — New York Sun. Butting Away Tools. The wearing out of farm implements is, as a rule, uue more to neglect Ilian to use. If tools can be well taken care of, it will pay to buy those m ule of the best steel, and finished in the best man ner: but in common hands, and with common care, such are of little advant age. Iron and steel parts should be cleaned with dry sand and a cob, or scraped with a piece of soft irru, washed and oiled if necessary, and in a day or two cleaned off with the corn-cob, and dry sand. Finally paint the iron part with rosin and beeswax, in the proi or tion of four of rosin, to one of wax, melted together and applied hot. This is good for the iron or steel parts of every sort of tool. Wood work should bo painted with good, boiled, linseed oil, white lead anil turpentine, colored of any desired tint; red is probably the best color. Keep the cattle away until the paint is dry and hard, or they will lick, with death as the result. If it is not desired to use paint on hand tools, the boiled oil turpentine and “liquid drier,” does just as well. Many prefer to saturate the wood-work of farm implements with crude petro leum. This can not be used with color, but is applied by itself, so long as any is absorbed by the pores of the wood.— Agriculturist. How to Kill a Katllcsnake. A working party on a railroad here is made up of mountaineers and Georgians. One of the latter performed a foolhardy feat the other day that made the blood of the unaccustomed spectators run cold. They wero at work cleaning away the thick underbrush, in advance of tlie en gineer, when someone shouted : “ ’Ware of rattlesnakes!” He saw one ot_ these reptiles aboil, four feet, long and five or six inches in diameter lying just ahead. The Georgian cut a short stick with a forked end, and creeping up to the snake he deftly pinned it to the earth by pushing the forked end on either side of his neck. Then, seizing the tail in his right hand, he ran his left down the snake’s body, and graspingit firmly just back of the head he held it up at arm’s length and called on the others to “look at the varmint’s mouth.” It was any thing but a pleasant sight, and most of the spectators were horrified. After holding it a few minutes for general in spection, ho suddenly swung the snake over his head with his right hand, let ting go the hold of the left, and dashed it with great force against a rock, kill ing it instantly. It was a cool and dex terous feat, but very trying to the look ers-on, who censured the man for his “folly,” at which he seemed to be mightily amused. —The Mexican women are wonder fully graceful. This is partly due to i.keir manner of carrying baskets and bundles, begun in early childhood. I watched a Mexican girl carry an im mense basket of clothes homo to tw laundried. First she selected from the basket a towel, and twisting it tightly, wound it round and round until the cir cumference was the size of her head, on which she placed it; then, helped by a companion, she lifted the basket, weighing at least thirty pounds, on top of the roll. She balanced it by touch in" it lightly, first with one hand and ttu n the other. After she had gone a short distance she folded her hand-, in her shawl, walking with the greatest ease and unconsciousness- — Philadelphia Twm. Devoted to the Interest ot Jackson and. llutts County. JACKSON. GEORGIA, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4,1882. TOPICS OF THE DAT. About three-fourths of the Georgii fruit crop has been dried. Ben. Butler has been retained by the Dorseys in the Star Route trials. The last of the Irish suspeots have beeu released from Kilmaiuham jail. A farmer at Valdosta, Georgia, has made two crops of corn on one piece ol land. The proposed introduction of Chinese labor into England is meeting with op position. Hereafter no breeobloading rifles are to be included in stores for uncivilzed Indians. A fatal case of blood poisoning from the bite of a mosquito is reported from Louisville, Ky. Sir Garnet Worse let is a one-eyed man, .and was left for dead in the trenches at Sabastopol. Oliver Ames, Republican nominee for Lieutenant-Governor of Massachu setts, is a son of Oakes Ames. “One country, ono starry banner, and ono wife,” is the platform of on editor whose field adjoins Mormondom. According to the Minneapolis Tribune there is not enough low grado wheat in Minnesota this year to feed the ohickenß. Lieutenant Danf.niiowf.r will enter the lecture field in a few days,having for his subject “Arctic” and Siberian ex periences. The United Presbyterians have agreed to raise a fund of $500,000 in honor of the twenty-fifth year of their organization. It is the thing now for young men of society who have nothing to do, to claim they “ write for the papers.” It makes them seem to have brains. Ten thousand acres of oysters have been discovered in the North Sea. The attention of managers of church festivals should be called to this item. Half a ton of the silver three cent pieces which originated under Buchan uu’o adzuiuiuirnUim was Shipped a few days ago from Boston to the Philadel phia mint. A recent decision of the Supreme Court of Florida makes railroad prop erty liable to taxation, and thus adds about $5,000,000 to the taxable property of the State. The Egyptian war helped the sale of English journals wonderfully. The Lon don Standard, on the day succeeding the bombardment of Alexandria, sold over 300,000 copies. It is stated that a block of creosoted pine, in use in the street pavement in Galveston for seven years, was recently examined and found to have lost but an eighth of an inch. Special inducements to plant trees arc offered in Dakota, where for every live acres of trees, forty acres of land with SI,OOO in improvoments are ex empted from taxation. Moses Williams, who died in Boston a few days ago, leaving a fortune of $6,000,000, began life peddling milk in the streets of that city. That’s what comes of selling milk where water is so abundant. A Boston hanker went to the Oceanio House at the Isle of Shoals for recre ation, taking five rooms for himself and family. When he went away, September 1, he paid his three months’ bill of SB,- 000 ami said it was cheap enough. Herbert Spencer is in this country, and he is sick, yet withal he is able to use this forcible language in speaking ol Oscar Wilde: “He is that outlandish person who attempted to reconcile idiocy with art and namby pambyisra with sentiment.” The Louisville Courier-Journal ex presses the opinion that if Alfred Tennyson were to go through a news paper waste basket, and attach his name to all tho original poetry he should find in it, he would still be read, admired, and paid. WnAT sort of doctors have they in New Jersey ? A Jersey paragraph says: “Tho health authorities of Paterson have declared the office and residence of Dr. Daeumer untenantable from I filth, and the inmates are to be removed and the premises cleaned and fumi gated.” A member of immigrants of various j nationalities passed up Broadway, New York, the other morning. The Italian men carried deep carpet sacks, and the women, left far in the rear, and wearing pink and green costumes, earned or led half-grown children. The Scotch women and men were about equally laden. The Englishmen carried nothing at all, while the women, endeavoring to keep up with them, were burdened with a heavy port manteau in each hand. The African expedition under Stanley, i sent out by the King of Belgium, is said to have established the first four of a line of various stations which, starting from the Congo, will for commercial purposes tap the most populous districts of Central Afrioa. These four stations are described as cities in "mbryo. They possess bouses and gardens; they are connected by well constructed roads,aud at each a European acts as Chief of the community, haviug another European as sub-chief. Mrs D. W. Lincoln, of Portland. Maine, lately fell heir to $175,000, the estate of her oonsin, Erven W. 3. Noughton, cf California, formerly of Maine, deceased There*is a vomnntio history connected with the bequest. Mr. Noughton and Miss Lincoln, in their younger days, were intimate friends, and would probably have been married had it not boen for opposition of relatives. Mr. Noughton started for the West, de claring he would never come back. He kept his word. Business prospered with him and he became wealthy. Speaking of the Princess Louise, as she appeared in that city, the Omaha (Neb.) Bee says : “The Princess made her appearance on the rear platform of her oar to watch tlie antics of her little terrier, in charge of the porter. She was accompanied by one of her ladies, and only remained a moment, and few of the crowd suspected who slio w as. She was attired in the most modest man ner imaginable. Her dress was of dark lawn, and a spray of violets on her bo som, a plain bracelet, and a couple ol plain gold rings werr tho only ornaments she wore. Sbo is k well formed, halo looking woman of thirty-five, or there about, and is said to have the features of her mother, and, like her husband, e podest yet frank demeanor. Her face is bright and intelligent, and lights up very pleasant/? when she smiles.” Tlio Tiger. Speaking of King Faro in New York and Boston, the Boston Globe says: The mere mechanism of a game which can scarcely he learned otherwise than by observation and practice is not easy of description. How can the mystories be conveyed to those who know not of “coppering,” “singleout,” “break evens,” “odds” and “evens,” of the refined article ot switching and the unavailing of the “whipsaw?” Let it merely be said that a full pack of cards is inserter! faces upward iu a metal hex, open at one side; that the alternate cards 'rom the top one win, and the alternate cards from the second one lose. This is the order of rotation from the top; the first card, of course, being considered dead, the third,fifth,seventh, ninth and so on will win, and the sec ond, fourth, sixth, eighth and so on will lose. Cards may be backed to win or lose. All bets are even, save when only one turn, i. c., four cards remain in the box. Of these four cards two are con sidered dead, the top one as belonging to the previous turn and the ono at the bottom as being the last in the pack, and for bets made on the other two, odds of four to one are offered against naming them in their order. This, at first sight, seems a liberal proposition; but a slight reckoning of the many dif ferent combinations that may be made with the cards will show how great an advantage the banker has in this case over the better. The latter character istic is, indeed, general with faro, as with most other banking games. The only ostensible advantage of tho bank at faro is in the splits, or the coming together of two single cards, in which case one-half of the bets fall to tho banker instead of being considered even. The game is recorded on a small in strument called a case or cue keeper, resembling the framed wires strung with wooden balls used for counting at school. The proportion in favor of tho bank is estimated at fifteen per cent, against any individual player, but, of course, the collective advantage is far greater. The success of the gamo, backed by sufficient capital to resist a few lucky bets, is a nnlhematical cer tainty, like roulette and other games to which dupes and spendthrifts have been contributing for centuries. The devices for cheating at faro are numerous, and even in in honestly con ducted house a player constantly back ing certain cards or pursuing a system would be liable to Jose, for the dealer who shuffles and cuts for himself is gen erally practiced enough to arrange the deal or at least some part of it much to his own wish. The dealers of faro acquire their calling only by long and careful practice. They are generally sharp, keen and impassive men. An expert dealer can always command a fair salary, generally from $25 to SIOO per week, and even larger prices are paid when the services ren dered justify it. Illimitable field. Recently Captain Burton, tlie trav. eler, reported that almost illimitabls gold can ho obtained or. the Gold Coast, Africa, a district which has been aunt erously prolific for centuries. He savi tho region is equal to half a dozen < ali fornias. In this he is supported by till English Commander Cameron, who in vestigated the Gold Coast in his coin, pany. Gold is found in the sea sand, ir tlie dust of the roads and in the mud walls of native huts. A subject of suet importance has of course been widely discussed by experts in England, anc by this time large numbers of pros peetors are doubtless verifying matter* on the spot. Notwithstanding all llie difficulties that would confront gold miners in Africa—the insalubrious cli mate, the savage inhabitants, tlie hos tility of tlie native rulers, and otliei ob stacles equally as great- there is nc doubt that when proof positive is ob tained that a great gold deposit exists there all these difficulties will Ik; over come, and that tlie white men and the capita] and energy of civilization willtiow thither to confront Vhe cl nature and barbarism- DILIGENCE IN BUSINESS. A l*ay Sermon. “ Seoßt thou a man diligent in his business? lie shall stand before Kin#*; he shall not stand boftnv moan nuui.*’— m. Dearly beloved, you will not listen to any Scripture iti other pulpits ties morn ing that carries more truth to the square inch than this. Amt tho especial atten tion of the young men in tlie congrega tion is called to t lie text. The reason why, or at least one reason why, the Psalmist, alter lie had been young, and was old, could not remem ber ever to have seen tlie righteous for saken or his seed bogging bread, was because a lazy man can't be very right eous. Not righteous enough to hurt him. Tho spectacle of a la/.y Christian would be ns great a rarity us a fat skel eton. If your Bible toadies you anything it teaches you that there is no room in this hive for a drone. “The hand of tho diligent shall bear rule; but tho slothud shall be under tribute.” “The way of the slothful man is as a hedge of thorns; but the way of the righteous is made plain.” • “The desire of the sloth ful killetli him, for his hands refuse to labor.” “Hie sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold, therefore shall ho lien; in harvest and have nothing.” “The soul of tho sluggard dosireth. and hath nothing; but the soul of the dili gent shall be made fat.” “Notslothful in business; fervent in spirit serving the Lord.” “An idle soul shall sutler' hun ger.” A lazy Christian, brethren, would find but cold comfort if he should exert himself to read his Bible. The diligent soul always possessed the land. Not tho man or woman who steps into a dead man’s shoes and a fort une, but the boy and girl who learn in their teens what a dollar is worth, and how to gam and use a power that money cannot buy, are tho people who move the world. Gifford, the first edi tor of tlie Quarterly Review was only a common sailor; Bon. Johnson was a bricklayer; John Bunyan was a tinker; Hugh Miller was a quarryman; Shakes peare’s father was so illiterate ho didn’t know how to spell his son’s name; neither did his son, and no more do you, for that matter; l)o Foe, the au thor of Robinson Crusoe, was almost wholly self-taught; Edgar A. Poo was the son of strolling players; Ben. Franklin, the printer, was the son of a tallow chandler; Sir Richard Arkwright, inventor of the eotton spinning ma chine, was a barber; Tom Moore was the son of a grocer; Gerald Massey be gan life as an errand boy; and Caxlon, who set up the first printing press in England, was a weaver’s apprentice; John Adams was tho son of a farmer; President Lincoln was a farm hand and fiat, boatman; Andrew Johnson was a tailor; Grant was a tanner; Garfield was a canal boy— none of these men wore renowned for their groat wealth, perhaps, but they wore diligent in their business, and they stood before Kings; a long, long ways before most Kings. There is no particular merit in being a King. Any man who happens to ho born at the right time into the right family, can’t help being a King. But nil the kingcraft in tho world couldn’t make a De Foe. a Hugh Miller, a Burns, or a Bunyan, if tho boy didn't make liimself. Dearly beloved, it may bo that, this congregation is not, made up oxclusivo lv of future Presidents, and of people whose names shall bo written the fore most of all in their time. But there is little doubt that it is largely made up of men and women who ure not doing all the world lias a right to expect of them. Ask yourselves how many of you de serve to stand before Kings for vour diligence? Possibly, my young brother may not wish to stand before Kings. Very well, then lie doesn’t have to. But if lie does, there is only one way for him to get tlioroj lie must he diligent in business, whatever his business is; c n- Bluntly active; persistent and devoted in his application, lie wants to keep his elbows, not his feet, on his desk. He must work harder in tho morning of his lifo, just when he wants to play, than he will in the afternoon. It won’t be at all easy for you, dearly beloved, to bo "diligent in business,” A man is often very busy who isn’t af all diligent in business. The most act ive man I ever saw was a man who did less than you would suppose ten men could do. He lived on the street. Ho talked politics ten hours a day. He was always going to run for some office, but nobody' ever nominated him. Ho would drag you away from your desk or book, to talk to you by the hour about some thing you didn’t care a cent for; he know a little about every living man's bus ness save his own; ho spent the most of his time in caucus and the rest of it in convention and procession, and yet, when went into that man’s office, there was a great legend staring at, you from the wall, right over his desk—“ Time is money.” Be diligent, in your business, dearly beloved, and you will have no time to manage your neighbor’s affairs, and this will keep you out of trouble and mi-chief. And just as soon as your neighbor finds that, your time is too val uable to he wasted upon him for noth ing, he will want it, and pay for it. Men always Want what is hard for them to get. Be diligent, and your “thoughts will tend to plenty.” Be diligent, and “out, of Asher your bread shall he fat.” Be diligent, and “God shall give thee of the dew of heaven, and tho fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine,” and a whole chapter of amend ments can’t keep it from you. Be dili gent, and your fullest manhood will bo developed; the world will be glad that yon have lived in it. and society will miss you when you are called up higher. Be diligent in your business, and the thousand and one temptations that lie set tho la/.v man cannot be heard by you, absorbed in your own honest affairs. Be diligent and “rejoice in your labor; this is the gift of God,” and “ it is good and comely for one to enjoy the good o all his labor that lie takeih under the sun all the days of his life; for it is his portion.” Be diligent, and rest and refreshing will followyour toil, for "the sleep of a laboring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much.” “ Seeat thou a man diligent in his busi ness? He shall stand before Kings; he shall not stand before mean men.’ Cut that text out, my young brother, and paste it over vour dejg It may save Four situation. There will be no collection this morn ing. If the sexton wants any money [ from this congregation, he will be a lit tle more diligent in his business and dust the pows back under the gallery, samo as the body pews down in front, and sweep the carpets at least once a month. —ilurlinatun Hatokeve. Imaginary Birds, Tlie phoenix, as everybody known, gathers dry sticks to make its funereal pyre, which it then contrives to set alight, and is presently consumed in the fiuiues. From its ashes a worm crawls out, and, being gradually covered with feathers, takes tlio form of its parent bird. Tlie eagle, which fears nothing else, dreads tlie approach of venomous serpents. To avert evil from its eaglets it places two agates in its nest. When its beak grows too long it breaks off tlie Bupeifluous pieoo against a rook. Tho serre is a very powerful bird, and takes immense flights. It is fond of tho com pany of ships, but if a vessel happens to lie an unusually swift sailer, it closes its wings and sinks to the bottom of the sea. A sentimental bird is the female turtle-dove. Should its mate chaiioe to die, it never again alights on a leafy tree. It is remarkable for its chastity, lmt is averse from melody. If it hears tho warbling of other birds it groans dismally. In winter time it loses its feathers, and slielteiß itself in holes and hollows. It is related of tho wood pecker that if any ono drives in a peg to close the entrance to tlie hole in the troo in which its nest is built it llics off' in quest of a particular herb with which it touches the peg, whereupon it fulls out. This, too, is curious. The hoopoe is un able to moult in n natural manner. Its young ones, therefore, pull out its feath ers, and cover and feed her till they uro full grown. Tho stork's young ones are not less filial. So long as tho parent bird has provided for her brood, so long will her brood provide for her. On tho other hand, the undo crow is cruel to its offspring, anil pecks nt and boats them till their feathers aro ns black us his own. The vainest and silliest of all birds is tho poaeook. When it looks upon its brilliant plumage it is so de lighted that, it spreads out the glories of its tail, lmt wlion it looks down upon its feet it is so disgusted and so ashamed < f itself that its tail droops to tho ground. It is said to hnve the voice of a fiend, the head of a snake, and the gait of a thief. The swan likes to bo accompanied by a harp, aud is most melodious during the last year of its life. It is also inter esting to learn that tho swallow is capa ble of restoring sight to its “callow brood” when carried away into captivity and blinded. Any one gowing where nuukH iihounil will <lo well to take with him some burned vulture's feathers. The heart of a vulture wrapped in the skin of a lion or of a wolf frightens away demons. It is quite untrue that vultures were originally a race of men who were cruel to the pygmies. But how is it that medical men do not make greater use of the caladrius ? If this beautiful, snow white little bird, which is a native of Jerusalem, be held in front of a mail whose death is certain, it averts its head, and will in no wise look at him ; hut, if on the contrary, the sick man is destined to live in spite of bis plivsicians, the caladrius turns to him, as John expresses it, “faunynge mid playsvngc. ” —All lltc year Round. Snakes as Trout Catchers. Mr. George W. Morris, of Bridge water, thinks fishermen had better go into the snake-killing business alpng the brooks if they wish to have any trout fishing. The other day, while he was at work near a brook near tho Bridge water and Itoxbury lino, the cries of a mun in tho c.lofiw i>y liin attention, and going to his help he found a very largo water snake, as saucy ns you please, jumping at the man. The snake was disposed of, and, noticing that it had something inside of it, he pressed upon tho snake with his foot, and a trout, which was about six inches long, appeared in view. Altogether lie forced three good-sir,ed trout from the snake, tho last ono being pretty well gone. At another time, as Mr. Morris was passing along tho bank of a brook, he saw a largo water snake glide from the roots of a tree into the water. Ho thought nothing of it at first, as he sup posed tho snako had disappeared be cause of his approaeh, but soon there was a comm ition in the water, and looking down into the pool, where a number of suckers had gathered, lie saw that ono of them had been caught in the head by the snake and was whip ping the water with its tail at a tre mendous rate. The snake succeeded in landing its prey, when it was killed, and the sucker, which appeared to bo unharmed, was set free by Mr. Morris. No Nonsense Mil Her. “ I tell you what it is,” said young Spilkins, “that Podgers girl is just the right kind of a girl. There's no non sense about her, you know, and site’s so observing, you know; sees everything there is to be seen, and slie’s just as economical and modest-like as she call be. I took her out to walk the other evening, ami she saw everything in the shop windows. More than a dozen times she said: ‘ Doesn’t that candy look nice?” And two or three times, as we were going by an open door, she said: ‘How lovely that smells! It, smells just like ice-cream, doesn’t it?’ But, la! notwithstanding she would like to have had some, she never once a ked me to give her any. 1 tel! you, boys, you don’t often find a girl like that, -o thouglitfu and economical, .you know, Spilkins s tvs if lie ever go's married, Miss Podgers shall he the happy woman, but Spilkiti- inay be mistaken. Miss Podgers mav have a word to say. I lo ir oit Free Frets —James Field obtained a promise from Jenny McHenry and her parents, in Philadelphia, that she would become his wife when she was sixteen, her age at that time being twoive; but on her six teenth birthday Field committed sui cide instead of marrying, for tho girl refused to keep tho agreement. —N. Y, (iun. 'IEKM>: $1.50 per An mini. N UMBEE 3. SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY. —A driver in the Troy fire depart ment has invented a contrivance by which his horses are unharnessed by simply palling tho reins.— Troy (N. Y.) Times. —Dr. Isndor Kitsoe, of Cincinnati, has patented a device for discovering fire damp in mines before the miners enter them. Electricity is used to fuse little pieces of metal at, various points in a mine, and if an explosion of damp occurs a bell is rung.—N. Y. Post. —The Journal, of Science says that at tb soiree of the Society of Chemical Industry, held at Owens College, Mr. Fletcher, of Warrington, Er.g., demon strated the possibility of the combustion of gas without visible flame, tho heat obtained from a quarter-inch gas-ptpe being sufficient to fuso iron into drops. A gun invented by a man in Ripley, Miss., is, if it is what it is claimed to be, ono of the most wonderful inventions of the age. It can be tired from ten to twenty thousand times a minute, can be elevated or depressed or turned to the right, or left, inclined to cover the slope of a hill, contracted so as to bring the fire to boar on one spot or expanded to cover a wide area, and all withtho great est ease and in the simplest manner, by merely turning a orank. Gldcaijo Times. —lt is said that alcohol equal to that made from grain can be produced from acorns. The acorns aro freed from the shell and ground finely; then they are mashed with malt and allowed to fer ment. Acorns contain about 20 per cent, of starch ami 18 per cent, of glu ten. They would boa valuable article for human food if it were not for the tannic acid (about 8 per cent.) which they contain. Vast quantities which go to waste every year, where hogs are not fed in the woods, might bo gathered by boys and converted inio alcohol for use in the arts, thus freeing an equivalent amount of grain for use as food, .—Considerable progress is being made in reviving the mining industries of the Isthmus of Panama. For many years its mines excited the cupidity of Span iards and buccaneers. Indian and ne gro slaves were made to work in quartz and placer by the most primitive proc esses, and almost entirely without ma chinery, but their labors were very pro ductive, according to tradition. It Is centuries, however, since most of the mines were abandoned. Some were worked out, others were not rich enough to pay with hired labor, and all required an investment of capital which tlie un settled condition of the country, and especially 1 lie fear all foreigners enter tained for isthmus fever, effectually pre vented from being made.— N. Y. Sun. —An impetus has boen given to the nickel industry by tho improved process es of making il, malleable. Many useful as well as ornamental articles are now made of this material. Nickel table utensils especially aro in groat favor abroad. This class of goods is now be ing manufactured largely in Prussia, and is preferred to similar articles of other materials. The hardness of the metal renders it capablo of receiving a high polish, which is not readily in jured by friction of any usual kind ; on account, too, of the peculiar smoothness of the surface, matters do not adhere firmly to it, and cleaning requires but little attention or effort. It also pos sesses the advantage of not tarnishing, like some other substances, when fre quently used.— C/iica'So Tribune. Life in the Deep Sen. The conditions under which lifo exists in the deep sen are very remarkable. The pressure exerted by tho water at great depths is enormous, awl almost beyond comprehension. It amounts roughly to a ton weight on tho square incli for every 1,000 fathoms of depth, ho that ti,o of 2,500 fathoms there is a pressure of two tons and a half per square inch of surface, which may lie contrasted with tho fifteen pounds per square-inch pressure to which we are accustomed at tho level of the sea surface. An experiment made by Mr. Buchanan enabled us to realize flic vastness ot the deep-sea pressure more fully than any other facts. Mr. Mr. Buchanan hermetically sealed up at both ends a thick glass tube full of air several inches in length. He wrapped this sealed tube iu flannel, awl placed it, so wrapped up, in a wide copper tube, which was one of those used to protect tlie deep-sea thermometers when sent down with tho sounding apparatus. Tho copper case containing the sealed glass tube was sent down to a depth of 2,01)0 fathoms, and drawn up again. It was then found that tho copper wull of the case was bulged awl bent inward opposite tlie place where tho gliiHs tube lay, just, as if it Imd been crumpled in ward by being violently squeezed. TANARUS! glass tube itself, wi bill its flannel wrap per, was found, when withdrawn, re duced to a fine powder, like snow al most. --Notes by a Naturalist on the Challenger. Tho Telephone Improved. To overcome tint local noises charac terizing mills and other places, and which, as is well known, disturbs the successful operation of the ordinary telephone, un instrument has been devised, consisting of a square box, in which are placed both a transmitting and receiving diaphragm; from tlie chamber of the latter two sound tubes extend, to be received one in each ear, these being kept in place by a small spiral spring, fending to draw the tubes together, end thus keep the small rubber S caps on the ends of the sound tubes in i place in the i ar. The effect of these i caps is to shut out all extraneous sounds, and confine thoso of the receiving tele phone, so that their full force is felt on the ear. The lower part of the box ! contains tho transmitter, which is made ; very sensitive; pressing a button brings I the battery Into circuit with the trans -1 mitter. It is claimed that this instru i merit will talk 200 miles or more.— N. I Y. Sun. | Dallas City. Tex., is building five public school-houses at a cost of $5,000 ea h. San Antonio is erecting a high school at a cost o; $34,000. Corsicana j has u>t built two school-houses at a cost of $12,000 each.