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W. F. SMITH, Publisher, VOLUME VIII. ■ SOUTHERN NEWS. ■ In Columbus county, N. C., it in pro- to cultivate jute for market. I On one ranch in Texas a thousand Mf l,| bs were killed by cold weather. U Malvern, Ark., has voted down the Hranting of liquor licences in that place. JI The now code of Mississippi cost $12,- I sf)o, 5,000 volumes at $2 50 jer volume. Is. It is said that castor lieans ern lie j raised to perfection in Western Texas. ■ William 11. Vanderbilt has given $lO,- 000 to the University of North Carolina. ■lt is said in Alabama that for seventy fiSrc years good crops have succeeded '|prd winters. r r l lie places of a thousand or more ne ■ have left the prairies of Ala ■ ma lor Mississippi have been easily ft ed In Louisiana there are said to he IS9 I ‘•pedws of fibrous plants which can lie " i; tde amenable to the requirements of contnicrcc. Dur|ng six days of Christmas, $3,780 woprppf whisky was sold, the Rev. R. N I tpjHbays, in the town of Abbeville, sia 1 An eflort is reported at Prattville, Ala., ttjnprohihit the sale of liquor within the oiporatc limits, or raise the license to Jrrom .Jacksonville, Fla., the shipments of.lumber last year aggregated 41,719,255 fljjt, an increase of 7,740,317 over the year previous. KW largest crop of sugar in Louisiana IgP season is thought to be that made on ev,,( * plantation in St. Mary parish, WJfut 2,000,000 pounds. schools in Tennessee in 1880 Inhered 5,522, against 3,942 in 1875. RBso the teachers employed numbered PPH against 4,210 in 1875. In Alabama a law has been passed giv- Et|)gr hlurVumitlis and woodworkers a lien km vehicles repaired by them until the |)rice is pawl. ■ The black lands of Alabama are said 4> IK3 degenerating rapidly. The ridge much of canbrake have washed away, ■nd the bottoms need draining badly. Hie city of Galveston has contracted for the sinking of an artesian well to the depth of 2,500 feet or till water is reached satisfactory in quality and quantity. Olives and oil have been raised in "'outh Carolina. Fine samples have just been furnished by Mrs. Preston H. Mrooks, of Edgelield. The trees were planted in 1853. Build cotton mills. Five million bates of unmanufactured cotton is worth to the South *225,000,000. Spun into yarn this cotton is worth to the South $450,- 000,000. 1/ee county, to be named in honor of R. E. Lee, is proposed in North din ato be formed out of parts of .mxton, Wake, Franklin and Nash ountujs. The liquor traffic is one of the ques tions which the Legislature of North Carolina will have to face. A prohibi tory liquor law association has been started at Raleigh. • The South Carolina law -prohibits ab solutely the sale of intoxicating liquors, including malt liquors and wines, outside of all incorporated cities, towns and vil lages. The remains of the father of Hon. J&flerdon Davis are buried in Wilkes county, Ga. It is alleged that Mr. Davis ► has written to a gentleman of Wilkes county, offering a liberal reward for them. One of the most serious drawbacks to the prosperity of South Florida is said to be the fact that so large a portion of the supplies is imported from the North. The remark might be extended to other parts of the South. Kennedy, the South Texas cattle King, who recently sold out to an English com pany, had one of the largest ranches in the State, having 180,000 acres of land under fence, upon which he fed 50,000 head of cattle and 10,000 head of horses. Nagotiations are in progress for the purchase of land m Eastern North Caro lina whereupon to settle a colony of Swedes, who ar*i expected to arrive at New York early In the spring, a loca tion the Ffcmlico river in Beaufort Tb * Agricultural Department of South* Carolina will probably send an ageni to Germany to induce immigration. There U *&(' talk of managing this agency in connection with those of North Carolina and Georgia, thereby* securing greater United States Commissioner Le I)uc has arranged for leasing 200 acres of land in Colleton county, S. C., al)out two miles from Summerville, for the purpose of establishing an experimental tea farm under the management of the United States Department of Agriculture. The owner, 11. A. Middleton, of Charleston, grants a lease Mr twenty years for one dollar. At the end of the lease all per manent improvements will be his prop- erty. By the new homestead act of South Carolina, a homestead in 1 nds, whether held in fee or any lesser estate, not to exceed in value SI,OOO, with the yearly products thercoffriw exempt to the head of every family residing in the State from attachment, levy or sale, on any mesne or final process issuing from any court upon any judgment obtained upon any right of action arising subsequent to the ratification of the State constitution. Also personal property to the extent of SSOO is exempt to the head of any family residing in the State. Rats in India. A captain in the army, holding an ap pointment in the Bengal Staff Corps, was staying with his wife and young child in the same station. The father—a right brave man he Was, who had been wound ed not a great while before by some bib savage —wanted to bring up his son to be hardy and fearless, (like himself I should add) so the parents put their lit tle one in a room to sleep by itself. But they soon noticed scratches and strange ma rks on tho young child’s hands, which, getting worse, made them call in a doc tor. This gentleman’s advise was en couraging; he said: “If you don’t want your child to lose his hands you had better keep him away from the rats, for they have been biting him.” Traveling at one time in an out-of tlio-way district, I had put up for the night at a “d’ak bungalow,” i. e., travel ers’ rest house. I asked the native in charge whether any sahibs had been there lately, and he said no, not for a long time. Before lying down to rest, I todk oif nxy riding boots and flung them ontone side. When I came to put them on in the morning I found I should travel with much less leather than I had the previous day, for the rats had made a complete wreck of the upper parts of the boots. I hadn’t another pair with me or I should certainly have worn them, for my appearance was somewhat novel, as I was wearing white trousers at the time, and the holes in the boot uppers were painfully manifest in consequence. An old painter in India, whose word I readily believe, assured me that the zino lining of some grain bins was eaten through and mended, and eaten through again several times by rats, and that the performance was quite skillful, in that the bins were built on brick pillars, and great care was taken never to leave any thing beneath for the rats to stand upon. But nevertheless they managed repeat edly in some way, and gnawed through the wood and then through the zinc un til the grain fell out. I was living for a few months in an is olated, swampy district, and, as a nat ural sequence, the place being excessively unhealthy, I was frequently attacked by the constant companions of Indian jungle life, fever and ague. The bum gnlow was a very rough building, and had been put up in a great hurry, and every time the wind blew with any vio lence I anticipated it coming down in a space of time even less than that in which it was put up. When laid up with fever, ajid unable to read, I use to watch the mts running about the beams and rafters of the roof. Their performances would have put Blondin altogether to shame, t amused myscM- by waiting until the rats got into difficult parts of the roof, and then clapped mv hands to startle them. But endeavoring to cause them to lose their balance was utterly futile. They always goFfcut of sight in safety. I sometimes had something eatable left on the table, and then watched the ma noeuvres of the rats to carry it away. I was sorry afterward, because they got impudent and courageous, and fre quently stole things intended for my own consumption. Blue Monday. A recognized institution in England is “ blue Monday,” the direct fruit of the beer drinking which is there tolerated and allowed. The working. Englishman is wedded to his beer. He feels that it is the great comfort, and one of the very few enjoyments of his life. And not only is the chocolate room or any like contrivance “ slow,” but there is abont it an implication that he is taken in hand and managed by his betters, like a child, which he not unnaturally resents. Rightly or wrongly, he feels more ashamed at being treated in this way than he does of being drunk once a week—once, however, being here a word of wide signification. For in these cases 44 the same drunk * often extends from Saturday night to Monday, and not in frequently into Tuesday. Many first class knowing their own pro pensity, abstlutely refuse to work for any man more than four days a week. The social effcot of this habit on the /r nmunity may bei maK ined. Tee editor u n evening with Saturn, and it cameW in the paper “An evening with S* ftn ” It was h ?\, lbe f0k *niau said it toW? the “ de -“ *** Wide-Awake, Independent, bixt Neutral in Nothing. SAD HISTORY OF THE CONFEDER ATE OEXERALS. The Hfoii Who Oflrml Up Their Lim and Property On the Altar ofTeir t’onntry, ano How They Accepted the Arbitrament of the Swortl and Afoi ded by It. What a strange, and in the main, what a sad history is that of the generals who led the confederate armies in the late war. It is a story of poverty and depri vation, lit up here and there by a gleam of good luck—but of poverty borne man fully, and of deprivation met with the same courage that led these men to the front of their legions. The fate of the “rebel brigadier” at the close of the war was enough to de press the most bouyant among them. They had put everything on the turn of the sword and had lost. Property, busi ness and all had been sacrificed in the arder of war, and they were left, in the fierce light of fame, without any resource —expected to support a certain dignity and nothing to support it on. There was no standing army into which they could be retired with adequate salary. There was no hope for them in the thousands of lucrative offices that the republicans distributed among the federal generals. Their States were impoverished and were unable to support civil establishments that would furnish offices out of which anything could be hoped for. Of course the privates of the confederate army were deserving of all sympathy ; but it seems to me that the generals had some- what harder lines. At any rate lam sure that there is no old soldier that fol lowed the stars and bars that will not read with interest a kindly inquiry into the history of these old leaders and their families. I believe the annexed will be entirety accurate, certainly nearly SO. I hardly know where to begin, but suppose we take the living Lees with which to open the hurried review. AV’. IT. F. Lee, the oldest son of Robert E. Lee, is living at present in Fairfax county, on a farm that belonged to the estate of his aunt, Mrs. Fitzhugh. It is a fine place; the General is an attentive and successful farmer, and he gets a comfort able living out of it. Custis Lee, the next son, succeeded his father as Presi dent of Washing-Lee University and lives in Lexington. He is a bachelor, and his two sisters live with him. He lias fine expectations, Judge Hughes hav ing decided that the Arlington estate, now used as a federal cemetery, is his by Ti ht of law'. The case has been appealed, but the judgment will hardly be reversed —and the place will be appraised and payment made for it. Robert Lee lives on the old Lee estate in Westmoreland county, where he is moving along smoothly, making enough to supply his wants. General Fitzhugh Lee has a farm on the Potomac, that belonged to bis aunt, Mrs. Fitzhugh, and it is said is showing considerable enterprise, though not amassing money. He has a saw mill, I think, in connection with liis farm. The House and the Senate have a good many of our generals, and I think with the exception of Generals Cockrell and Vance, all of them find their salary very important. General Vance was living very easily, and added to his fortune by his late marriage. Senator Cockrell, who was a brave and dashing officer, built up a lucrative practice in St. Louis before lie came to the Senate, and is well fixed. Besides these there are in the Senate. Major-General Matt Ransom who is struggling to clear his property of en cumbrances that he was forced to put upon it to make it productive Briga dier-General John T. Morgan, of Ala bama, who depended upon his law prac tice, which was larger in volume than in income; Lieutenant-General Hampton, of South Carolina, >vho is a comparative ly poor man, though a large land owner ; Major-General Butler, his colleague, who last all in the war and has not recovered much ; Major-General Maxey, of Texas, who by the way has an independent in come from his practice, and owns a beau tiful home in Paris, Texas. In t e House there are many briga diers, and a few heavier generals. Gen eral Joe Johnson leads in rank, though his service in the House has not been brilliant. He has a fine insurance busi ness, and his w ife, a daughter of J udge McLean, had considerable property. His . book has not paid him much I hear, be ing published under a poor contract. Afabama has done well by her generals, having in the House—Major-General W. H. Forney, who has little beyond his salary, and Brigadier-General C. M. Shedley who is in about the same condi 1 tion. Georgia has Brigadier-General Phi- Cook, who has a good law practice in Americus, Ga., and who has had four terms in the House. Brigadier-General Dibrell, of Tennessee, is comfortably fixed, and is re-elected to the House for his third term—and Atkins and White thorne, of the same State were generals of State troops. Virginia has Brigadier- General Beale, who is doing well outside of Congress, and General Eppa Hunton, who retires at the close of the present Congress, perfectly able to take care of himself. North Carolina has General Robert Vance in House, to balance General Zeb in the Senate. Louisiana has General Randall Gibson, who has been elected to the next House, and to the Senate also. He is a rich man, hav ing had means of his own, and his wife having had some property. General Chalmers is Representative of the fam us shoe-string district of Mississippi, and is, moderately well oft'. This finishes up the" list of “rebel” generals in the House hmL Senate, I think, without omission. P * There are a number of confederate generalsin the departments and in various service in Washington. First in the iin- 1 portance of his work is General Marcus J. Wright, who has charge of the Con- INDIAN SPRING, GEORGIA. Pcb 3,isai f federate records, and who was looking towards a literary connection w’hen he was offered this place that would have brought him fame and money. Major- Geaeral C. W. Field, who fought to the last day in the morning with Lee, is door-keeper of the house, having former ly had an insurance business that gave him a living, but not much more. Ma jor-General L. L. Lamar, who was a brave soldier, has some position about the house, probably being in the docu ment room. Major-General Cadamus M. Wilcox is with the sergeant-at-arms of the Senate and has little fortune outside of his position. Major-General Sam Jones is in the adjutant general's office, wherCdie has a good though not a prom inent place. Major-General Harry Heth, who was a classmate and great friend of Burnsule, has a comfortable position in the treasury—and this closes the roll I believe of the generals of the Southern armies'about Washington in any capac ity, unless General C. L. Stevenson, w T ho was formerly clerk of a congressional committee, still holds his place. The snuse of education has engaged the time and gives support to a good many of the old le ders of the boys in gray. General Custis Lee is at Washington-Lee as before noted. General Kirby Smith is chancellor of the university of the South at Suwanee, Tennessee, his neces sities making him greatly dependent on his salary. Lieutenant-General D. 11. Hill is president of the State agricultural college of Arkansas, at Fayetteville, at a salary of $3,500. He has been poor ever since the war, and lost much time and money in publishing a periodical that w r as, however, a creditable and pure publication, and in teaching school. Brigadier-General M. P. Lowry has charge of a female school at Salem, Miss., and i* prospering finely. Lieutenant- General A. P. Stewart is chancellor of the university of Mississippi, where he gets a good salary and has a fine position. Brigadier-General Lilly is a professor somewhere, I think at Washington-Lee unive sitv, and this, I,believe, closes the list of generals who are engaged in train ing the young men of the South. And yet thereris General J. Argyle Smith, now' superintendent of State instruction for Mississippi. There are very few of our old generals w'ho have accepted office from the federal government. Lieutenant-General Long street is minister to Turkey. Colonel Moshv, who won the prominence of a general, is consul'to llong-Kong. Major- General LaFayette McLaws, who was one of the powers of the Army of Vir ginia, is postmaster at Savannah. Major- General James Fagin was United States marshal of Arkansas under Grant, but I believe is out of the service now. Ido not know of any others that hold politi cal appointments, and believe there are none others. Oh yes, there is General Jack Wharton, of Louisiana, who took the marshalship of the New Orleans dis trict a few years ago. The railroad business has captured its quota of the generals and pays good sal aries for light and genteel work. Major- General Jo n C. Brown, of Tennessee, is first vice president of the Texas Pacific, with headquarters at Marshall and a sal ary of SIO,OOO a year and expenses. He had money before he took this place, having had a practice of SB,OOO to SIO,OOO from soon after the war. Major-General J hn B. Marmaduke is railroad commis sioner of the State of Missouri on a salary of $5,000 a year, on which he lives with dignity and ease. He is a bachelor and will probably leave his position with a competency. He stands high in St. ljotiis. Major-Geralen M. D. L. Rosser, one of the most daring cavalrymen that ever drew* a sabre, is chief engineer of the Northern Pacific at a big salary, and has made a fortune in lands along the line. He is a bachelor, and divides with Pierce Young the honors with the fair sex. Lieutenant-General John B. Gor don is counsel for the Louisville and Nashville road, at a salary of $14,000, and General E. P. Alexander, the best artillerist of the army, is practical mana ger of the same road at probably as large a salary. Neither of the gentlemen are rich, but wrill both probably save money from their salary. General R. 11. Ran som v as in eharge of the freight agency of an important Southern line. Major- General E. C. Walthall lives in Grenada, Mississippi, and is general counsel for the Mississippi Central road at a salary of SIC,OO per annum, and is well off in the world’s goods. There are three of our generals who have become chiefs of police. Brigadier- General R. H. Anderson, a dashing cav alry officer, is chief of police in Savannah. Brigadier-General Tige Anderson, is chief of police in Atlanta, and Brigadier- General W. W. Allen, is chief of police in Montgomery, Alabama. There is a numbe: who have turned the sword ; nt ' a plough, and are leading bucolic lives- Besides the Lees, who nave g ne to farming, there is Major- General Frank B. Cheatham, who has a fine place in Coffee county, Tennessee, on which he makes a good living. General W. H. (“Red”) J ckson, who married a daughter of General Harding, and has charge of the famous Belle Meade farm, the home of Bonnie Scotland, Great Tom, and Enquirer, and from which came Bramble, Ben Hill, and Luke Blackbam. He is rich and is up to his knees in clo ver, literally and deservedly. Major- General A. Buford has a fine stock farm that is in itself worth a fortune, leing a gem of the blue-grass. He raises thor oughbreds, none of which are more thor oughbred than himself. Brig dier-Gen eral Wirt Adams is getting rich on a Mississippi fa’m. General Joe Davis is farming near the famous Beauvoir p’ace in Mississippi, but is in moderate circum stances. Lieutenant-General Joe Wheel er, whose wife was rich, runs a farm, does a large law practice, and owns a store. He is rich and is becoming richer, and goes to Congress next session. Major- General Pierce Young is farming in Georgia, ami Gen ral L. J. Polk has a fine stock farm in Murray coun y, Ten nessee. There are few of the gen rals who hold State offices. I may begin with General. A. H. Colquitt, who is governor of Geor gia at $3,000 a year and who is quite poor, although he has valuable lands. General Beauregard is adjutant general of ihe State of Louisiana at $2,600 a year —which salary is supplanted it is said by a salary of $5,000 for the Louisiana Sta e lottery, of which lie is commissioner. The law of course has its votaries. General Toombs, of Georgia, who is very rich, practices law in a casual way, chiefly representing the State against the railroads, volunteering for the State. General A. R. Lawton and H. R. Jack son, both of whom are well-to-do, prac- tice law in Savann h, Georgia, and have large incomes. Major-General Bate has a good practice in Nashville and is look ing to the Senate. General Alpheus Baker, most eloquent of men, practices in Louisville, where he is coming into a good income—which General Basil Duke, who is also in Louisville, has already built tip for himself. Major-General Bradley Johnston, who is said to have made a great deal of money in Virginia State bonds, is practicing in Baltimore with a big income, where Brigadier-Gen eral George H. Stewart is also located, and in good shape for a fine practice. Major-General W. Y. C. Humes is prac ticing in Memphis, where he has already amassed a competency, and Brigadier- General C. W. Gordon is in the same city doing nearly as well. General Clingman, of North Carolina, is also practicing law and doing well. Insurance has lost its popularity with the generals, although Major-General B. H. Robinson, now living in Washing ton, has made a snug fortune out of it, and is driving a pair of Bonnie Scotland jays down the avenue—a gallant gentle man and general favorite, and blessed is the mahogany under which his legs are crossed. Major-General D. H. Maury is at insurance, and has done well, though not so well as General Robinson. Of miscellaneous pursuits there is a General Juhul Early is living at Lynchburg, a Bourbon bachelor, in tolerable circumstances. It is said that he draws $5,000 a year"from the Louisi ana lottery as commissioner of special drawings. Major-General Malione is con sidered rich, having made money in rail road bonds and stocks, it is said, and is now Senator elect from Virginia. Lieu tenant-General J. C. Pemberton is living quietly and in poor health in Philadel phia, where he has a rich brother. He is himself in moderate circumstances. He has writ en a book on Vicksburg’s defense and surrender, but I do not know whether or not he will publish it. Major- General S. B. Buckner has had a varied experience. His wife ow T ned large tracts of unimproved real estate in Chicago, which was confiscated, but afterwards recovered. It was then mortgaged and built up —and in the panic was sacrificed for its mortgage money, leaving General Buckner poor. He is now' living in Lou isville. Brigadier-General Zack Deas, of Alabama, went into Wall street and made about $200,000, w r ith Avhich he re tired, and is now living in ease. Bri a dier-General P. D. Roddy, the brave and chivalric cavalryman, also made a for tune in Wall street, but lost over SIOO,- 000 in a few and ys, and went to London, w T here he is now' living as financial agent of some banking firm, in moderate cir cumstances. Brigadier-General J. W. Frazer, w’ho surrendered Cumberland Gap is in New York, in the brokerage business, doin r well. Brigadier-General Thomas Jourdan is editor of the Mining Record, on Broadway—a prosperous pa per. Major-General Loring, w'ho served four years in the Egyptian army, is now' engineer for a mining company in New Mexico, and is taking chances of i>big fortune. General Frank Armstrong has made a fortune by running a “pony” ex press in Texas, and General A. W.Ttey nolds, who went t* Egypt with Loring, is still there —though out of service. General Tom Benton Smith lost his mind, and was, the last time I heard of him, in an insane asylum in Tennessee. It is a melancholy fact that nearly ev ery general who died or was killed, died in poverty brought about by hk devo tion. Raphael and Paul Semmes both died poor, but a daughter of the former married Luke E. Wright, a promising and prosperous lawyer. G neral Zolli coffer left nothing to a family of five daughters, but they have all married, save one, and have married well. Gen eral Pillow’s death caused the sale of hts house and library which, however, his friends rebought "by subscription. Gen eral T. C, Hindman, who was assassinated, left nothing at all, but the people of Helena loved and respected him. This family has many friends. General Dick Taylor died poor; and his two daughters are living with his sister at Warrenton. His book did not pay anything of account. General “Stonewall” Jackson left his wife and daughter without means, but his name has raised friends for them, one of whom Mr. Wade Bolton, of Memphis, I think, left them $5,000 in his will. General Polk left nothing to his family, but his son, Dr. Polk, has an immen e practice and distinguished character in New York. General Bushrod Johnson left only one son, who is aoing well, and eral Forrest, who left but little, left it with a thrifty and prssperous son, who makes all thatis needed. General Ewell’s wife had about SIOO,OOO worth of prop erty in St. Louis, i think, which was SUBSCRIPTION**SI.SO. NUMBER 23. saved from confiscation by a friend. Mrs. Ewell died within three days of her husband. General Bragg died without property and his wfife lives with her sister in New'Orleans. The history of Geceral Hood’s children is part of the history of the country. General I). H. Cooper died in poverty, and his wife lives with her daughter in Texas, I believe. Major- General W. H. C. Whiting, of Fort Fisher fame, who died in Wilmington prison in ’64, left nothing, and General L. M. AValker. who was killed in a duel with Marmaduke, left but little to his wife, who now lives in Charlottsville. General Cobb—oh, what a cavalier was there!—left to his family but little of the fortune that his generous heart dis pensed so bountifully in the piping times of peace. Truly it is sad history! The story of men who gave their lives to their coun try, and left nothing to their wives but a poverty that made life a struggle. Braver soldiers never drew' sword—purer men never went to battle—whi er-minded men never went to death. Had the issue of the conflict to which they pledged their honor and their lives been different, a pleasanter record could have been writ ten. As it is, the love and sympathy of a whole people w'ill envelop their widows, their sons, and their daughters—and their names and their deeds shall be part and parcel of the glory of the South. “H. W. G.” In the Atlanta Constitution. HUMORS OF THE DAT. The Yonker’s Gazette calls the minis ter’s fee “the tax on matches.” We can match that; the shoemaker’s fee is the tax on men’s soles. A little girl reproached with diso bedience and breaking the command ments, said, “Mamma, those command ments break easy.” When a man offers to read your for tune out of the grounds of a coffee cup, set that man down for a cup and sois cerer. — Burlington Hawkeye. The average age of a hog is only fif teen years. This always consoles us when we see a man spread himself over four seats in a railway car. The first time a white man sees an English railway coach, he thinks he has struck a traveling American photograph car on rails. —Burlington Haw key e. Not everybody will be able to see the Nautch* girls,' but everybody get. pretty* good idea of their A uoe by put ting two hornets down thej ousemaid’s back. —Bouton Post. T + A man in Caton, Steuben County, N. Y., has raised a cabbage around the head of which thirteen smaller heads were clustered. Exchange. Probably the cabbage was on the table. A pew days after going to a wake, Bridget asked her mistress for her money. “Are you going to leave?” “Yes, ma’am, I’m going to marry the corpse’ husband. He told me I was the life of the wake!” Says bis landlord to Thomas, “Yot-r rout I must raise, 1 I’m so plaguily pinched for the pelf.” 1 ” Raise my rent!” replies Thomas, 44 Your honor’s main good, For I never can raise it myself.” It is now said that the inventor of the Brush electric light received his first hint from brushing a black cat’s back the /wrong way. This should teach us not to despise the small and apparently use less things in nature. “I say, Clem,” cried two disputing darkies, appealing for decision to a sable umpire, “whioh is right—dizactly or dezactly ?” The sable monarch reflected for a moment, and then, with a look of wisdom said, “I can’t tell perzactly. ” Toddlekins is a very small man, in deed; but he said he never minded it at all until his three boys grew up to be tall, strapping young fellows, and his wife began to cut down their old clothes and cut them over to fit him. And then he said he did get mad. 44 How can I bet Increase my stock?” Said tanner John to Thomas; 44 By making six of one,” quoth Tom; 44 No miracle I promise. A simpler process ne’er was known. What is it? Well now, s’posin’ Yon put that yearling cow to sleep, ’Twill make a heifer-dozin’. Yonker'i Gazette. One night Uncle Harvey, keeper of a poor house down in Maine, was waked by the groans of one of the old men. “What is the matter?” he asked. “I’m dying. Uncle Harvey,” said the old man. “I’m dying; go and get me a doughnut; I must have suthiiv to pass away the time. ” Fitting emblems are not always ap preciated. The neighbors of a poor fel low who died erected a tombstone to his memory, and had placed above it the conventional whit© dove. The widow looked at it through her tears and said: “It was very thoughtful to put it there. John was very fond of gunning, and it is an especially suitable emblem.” Another New Plant. A curious plant has been discovered in Wisconsin, which produces a kind of cotton and flax from the same stalk. An exchange says: It has already been woven into fabrics, and, as any article that will make as good cloth as can be made from this plant will make good paper, it has been called the paper plant It can be planted in the spring and cut in the fall and winter. It bleaches itself white as it stands, and it will yield three or four tons to the acre. From a single root that was transplanted last spring grew twenty large stocks, with three hundred and sixty-five pods containing the cotton, a| least sixty seeds in each. From this wero ob tained seven ounces of pure cotton, and over a pound of flax. It is a very heavy plant, and grows from six to seven feet