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The Long Island traveler. (Cutchogue, N.Y.) 1871-1940, August 29, 1872, Image 1

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OS. HI1L ASS SIMEON 8A.WYEK. It may p.dd to the interest hi the fo) lowing sketch i,o state that Dr. Hill , its h ero—for he was a hero—is an actual char- acter who lived a life fruitful in good work , and died , with a conscience void of of- fe nce , before any organized movement was rnade to ahate the evils of inteinpt- - ance. While he lived , eve n good peop le deemed him a f rantic ; but the influence of his teaching and examp le , and chat of me n like-minded with himself , gavo the first impulse to that Temperance Reform , the blessings of which we cannot suffici- entl y appreciate. If so much evil still arises from intemperance , what would ha ve! been our condition , if the habit of fushionable drinking had grown with the growth of population , unchallenged and unresi sted ? Th e world , hal f a century ago was a w« rld different indeed , fr om what it now is , and e specially in this coun try is tiic contrast widu. A man could then run in debt tor < ii|iior , Ins own body bein g a |<er- petnal p led ge for the recovery of the debt. For a d ollar , c a d ollar ai'd a half , a writ of attachmi-at could be issued in Massa- chu setts against the property of the dv ht.ii- . and in defaul t of property th.3 of- ficer I 'otild \ t ake the body. \ Bail mus t then he given , and , after trial , \ exe cu- tion \ i sswd. The property was sold to pay deb ts and cost , or the debtor was committed to jail , wi th the privilege of taking the '' poor debtor ' s oath , \ after thirty days. Kvou a gainst women , bein g adul t and unmarried , or widows , these summary proc eedin gs could be instituted. Step b y sti'i) ' . !i step resisted by human fossils v..w (luciced that all property values w ould bo unsettled b y any chan ge , these rigors have beeu abated. Women were exempted from imprisonmen t , at one session oi ' the legislature. Thu mini- mum for which a man c oald ho incarcer- ated wa s raised tirst to five and then to ten dollars. F or many years the whole system of detention, except as against fraudulent or abscondi n g debtors has been abolished. And a ol.iiin f or intoxi- catin g liipmrs , sold for consumption \ on the premi ses \ has been f or many years rot rec overabl e nt law. Of imprisonment for debt bat a shadow now remains any- where—and still the world goes on, Fn tho dnyr. of which our sketch treats , a debtor lived in fear ; but deb t was rather inure nsfd than diminished by such a state of things , since, as wo have r emarked the \body \ was the pledge, Especially nn- for tunate was the poor debtor who had friends or connections able to pay. To Incarcerate tho debtor wan to put his friends to torture , and compel them to pay for his release. In these days lived Simeon Sawyer, Ho was not a drunkard only a \ t emperate drinker ; \ but his tem- perate drinks cost more than tho broad tor his household. Ho did not drink till he could not see ; but ho did drink unt il his house was mort gaged , ond ho was uni- versally lu debt, lie had at Inst reac hed tin. - condition when ho never cau ght sight of a dollar. If ho happened to go t a week' s work , it was an eve n chance that on Saturda y nigh t his employer—If ho lind no oialm of his o ' wn against poor Simoon , would yrnduooa \ Trustee Writ , \ Tho operation of ttiiH document was to Uvrmd the em ployer to pay tho wages earned, nnd to ccns tjlnto tho said env plover n \trus tee , \ who must hold the funds for s o:no lynx eyod creditor. Those wii'e pvi isppi-ons days Tor country ' squires nnd siiinll lawyers , who grow rich on drible ts constantl y tailing in , nnd tho provident ous tom ' of tipplin g brought thorn c onst an t gains. Not seldom whs a man hired In con spiracy with his creditor and the lawyers , and tho \ Tn.steg \ was a uhiii'er in the boiiot lt. Tho only way for n poor wretch In those days was to run In debt, if ho could , and \ work it out ; \ a doleful , hoiioh ' sseort of« orkl ng j keeping thu p oor In tho most woi' ul of wolul p li ghts, Simeon Sawyer owod tlio docto r. Even d octors in those days collected hills of tin * poor , for u did » t whs a debt. Yet , to the credit of tho faculty It must ho concoodod that they mndo them , an thoy do now , many bad d ebts which thoy never at- tempted to recover, A man of fooling cannot roln so assistance when tdloworon- ti tros art ) suffering. Simoon was sunning hlmnol f boforo liln own door , ono l ino spring morning. Perhsps if he had not owed a hopeless score at the \ store \ and another at the tavern , he would have been sunning himself at one of those two p lace s. Dr. Hill came along the road. His first thoug h t was to pass Simeon with a \ haw do you do , \ but suddenl y he halted , a s if an inspiration had seized him. \ Morning, Simeon. I ha ve a pretty large sum to make up, and perhaps you could hel p me a little , on account ?\ Simeon has not a dollar. And never will have one , ' 1 said his wife , to herself , as she hid within hearing. \ Perhaps you have a few potatoes to spare, left over. \ Not a peck ' . His wife n odded to that. The last \ boiling \ was in the p ot. \ Nothing to do to-day? \ ' said the doc- tor. Simeon had nothing. \ Plen ty of p laces to work , \ thoug ht i ns wife , \ b ut wh at ' s tho use 2 All goes for old debts. \ Simeon was awfully discouraged , and no wonder. \ Ca n 't you do something in your own garden? It ' s fine p lanting weather. \ '•Tain t no use. I ve been warned out , for the squire is going to foreclose on his mortgage. Besides , I hain ' t, no seeds , nor nothing. \ \ Come to a day ' s work for me then- \ Simeon hesitated. But his wife was overhearing the conversation , and he had .N-'ine dread of her. He would get his own board for a d ay, if nothing more ; and board included drinks. And Simeon was oh , how thirsty ' . So , thoug h rather un- willing l y h e followed the doctor home. He was shown into the doctor ' s snug garden—country doctors always ha7e snug gardens—and instructed what he had to do. Then Dr. Hill left him , with the promise that he would work with him •if ter dinner. Simeon looked up at the sun , and inwardly comforted himself , that as tlii mrrning had been loi tered away. \ 'lc- ve.i o ' clock , \ and a dram could not he far 01T. and eleven, and four o ' clo\ ' : drams wort an understood part of every laborer ' s board. Of course Mrs. Hill knew tin it. Ii would seem that she did not , tor no summons to the bottle came Simeon was desperate , but he toiled on; too proud to ask , though he vowed to himself that \ Mada m Hill did not know manners '\ When dinner ca me we need not say he < ' .d justice to that meal, thoug h it was not moistened with even a glass of cide r. After dinner he went to work with a bet ter heart. Women are so forgetful ! But the doctor was with him , and lie would n ot forget his \ four o ' clock. \ And Simeon inwa rdly resolved on a dou- ble glass , in reven ge. \ D readful mean!' said Simeon to him- self , as four o ' clo ck came and passed , and there were no indications that the docto r had a memory any better than his wife ' s. \ Dreadful mean !\ Sime on muttered . \ I have faith to believe that old Pestle nnd Mortar has sneaked up to the cub- b oard and left me out , just because I nun workin g off an - old debt. It ' s atnazin ' stra n ge how many times he has been up to the hou se for seeds this afternoon . \ But Sime on dared not \ s peak out. \ He felt \ mean and meechin , \ as he has since described it. Sundown—or near sundown came at last. \ Now , Simeon , \ said Dr. Hill , \ I guess we 'll knock o ff for to-day. I have put in all the seeds out of these packets that I want. You shall have the rest if y ou put them in your own garden. \ Simeon received the seeds with a grnin affecta tion of thanks , and a mental reser- vation that he would \ put them in \ in n lump, if at all. \And now. Simeon , \ Dr . . Hill continu- ed, \I never drink sp irits . You do. But you have hart t o work without for one day, f or I don 't furni sh other folks with , what I don ' t use myself. Fact is , 1 haven 't » dro p of rum in the house. Bu t I' m not goin g to bo mean. Take this ninepenco and buy something to tnke home. And Simeon , oomo again to-mor- row, \ Simeon could do no less than say \ Yes, \ The \ ninepenco \ (twel ve nnd a hal f cents ) was moreover some tempta- tion, \ And , Simoon , \ Dr. Hill went on , •' by ri ghts you ough t to have your supper. Hut T know you want t o go home. Just lo ok In at the kitchen door as you go ft- long. May be Mrs, Hill would like you to draw a buck e t of water , cr somethin g. \ \ Humph I\ thou ght Simoon. \ He ' s been and (looked my supper to pay for tho niiippence. \ Ho did , however , call nt tho kitchen d oor, Tho doctor ' s wif e was waiting for him. \ ITeiv Simoon , \ said she , \ we ' ve been a bilking to day. Sollna Sawyer , your wlfo thinks she ' s a wonderful hand to hako broad. Just take this loaf with my com- pliment , and toll her some folks can do some thln x* as well as others. Mind you brin g tho towel hack to-morrow. \ \ Well , \ thought Simoon , \ tho ma ' am Isn ' t as moan as the man , anyhow. But how about tills nlnopen oo V\ It was burnin g In bin pocket so that ho could almost feel It on his skin. It Is not to ho denied that Simoon was sorely tempted to take toll from it to tho value of ono small drink , Tint bettor though ts pr ovnihd , nnd blinoo . n carried homo a i|imrtor of a pound of ono dollar Hyson ton, ft w t 8 a gront treat to hU wife ; and Simoon inwardly confessed that his sup- per hod \ relished , \ Mrs , Saw yer opened tho pookr.t c of seeds, \Well , I declare , \ who said , \ I wan jn at thinking to-day, that if ( had nomo. seeds , lettuce and snob I'd kind of scratch np a border mys elf, and nut thorn in tho ground , \ Tho effect of th ' s su ggestion was that a '!\lo bod was dug in tho garden by Simoon In thu twilight. Mrs , Sawyer pnt In tho needs , nnd tho children tumbled about In every- body ' s way. Tho family retired with tho profoun d Rfltlifaotlon that something In the way of future support was ilone for once. So passed a week , a whole week ; for Siiueon began at the doctor ' s on a Mon- da y. Five \ ninepences \ (besides little presents in kind.) was more clean cash than had found its way into that house in many a week . By dail y small installments .Simeon ' s hit of a garden was planted ; for ttie doctor sent huu home in good season every day, and always had some seeds over. And , on Saturday afternoon , quit- ting work at an early hour , as was the go od old custom , Dr. Hill said : \ Come. Simeon , into the office , and we 'll settle. 1 ' \Settle!\ thoug ht poor Simeon , \it ' s a poor settlement , when a body has only a ninepenco to receive, \ \ Now , Simeon ,\ said Dr. Hill , a d ol- lor a day is large wages as times go. But I , m bound to say you have made a good week' s work for :ne. I shal l allow you a dolla r. \ \ Humph , \ thought Simeon. He might as well allow two dollars a day, foral l the odds it would nlake. I never am pay his bill , and he knows it well enoug h. \ \ But , Simeon , \ the doctor continued '• I' ve concluded to pay you half cash and put three dollars to your credit—on one condition. \ T br«ie dollars , clean cash ! Simeon was al most as much intoxicated at the thoug h t, as if the doctor had relented from his temperance princ i ple* , and gi ven him a double glass of Santa Cruz \ sj e rits. \ He professed himself read y for any eondition. But the sti pulation really staggered him when it came. \ You must tak e this three dollars home to your wife , and let her have tne spend- ing of it. And you must promise not to drink a drop of rum , till I write you a re- gular presetiption for it. \ Simeon hesitated—and no wonder. Such an un rea sonable thing to aslc! Who e ver heard the like? As he pondered, the doctor said : \ Well , Simeon , if you don ' t like the terms , I can just put down the whole six dollars to the old account , yo u know. That might suit me better. \ But Simeon thought of his wife. He must tell her , and what would she say * With a strong gul p ho s wallowed the terms; and agreed to go on and work for the doc tor another week. We need not attempt to describe the pleasure of his wife when three dollars and twe! \e and a hal f cen ts were taken home to he. on that Saturday evening. Simeon did wish he could have taken it to the store himself , to pay \ something on account , \ and run a few ne w items on his bill , and get the \ treat. \ with which paying customers w ere complimented. But he dared not speak his thoughts , and Mrs. Sawyer kept her hol d on the money. The wife had not been idle at home , while Sime on was busy at the doctor ' s. The h ouse was vastly heightened up, \ slicked up, \ Simeon called it. He thought , all t he while , tha t it was no use. But it was pleasant anyway. And Mrs. Sawyer had wonderfully rejuvenated the famil y wardrobe. Simeon and his wife; and the childre n of Simeon and his wife , went out in force to \ meetin g \ on the nest day ; and \ folks did hope \ th ey were turnin g over a new leaf. Indeed , the leaf was al ready turned. Ano ther week , very like that jus t pass- ed over. The only notabl e circu ms tance was that Mrs. Sawyer sent some dough- nuts to tho doctor ' s wife , to show that lady , that if she was good on a bake Mrs. Sawyer was groat on a fry. The doctor smiled when lie heard of i t. \There ' s lope of th ose folks , ma ' am , \ he m\W. \ Bo kind of onvefnl how yon send presents back. Le t all gifts be com- p limen tary. It ' s no use makin g people f eel that they are paupers. Pride is a fir st rate tonic. We 'll so t the Sawyers on their feet , ye t , Mrs. Hill. \ The nex t Saturday nig ht brought a now sutprise. \ Simeon. \ said the doc tor , \t here ' s a live hundred dollar mortgage on that house of yours. \ \ Yes , \ said Simeon , dolefully. \ And there ' s five years ba ck interest. \ Simeon gloomily assented. \ Five thirties is a hundred and fifty— simple in te.vst—and IIvu hiindivd is six hundred and fifty, \ A sad nod in answer. \ Well , I' ve boon and traded (or that mor tgage mid claim , I' ll give you quiis on your doc ti r ' s hill. And I'll take a new m ortgage for tho six hundred , and you must work out tho fif ty dollars back Interest , half cash , yon know , and keep tlio running interest down. \ \ The lawful suzI\ -pj iflliilnird Simeon , at what fooine u to him the hopeless pros- pect, \ Now , Simoon , \ said Dr. Hill , \ I' m not going to cheat you. And I don 't pre- tend to bo over generous. I can 't aff ord it. I can foreclose , you know. Tha t, snug little property of yours will bring a thonsnnd dollars , any way. I'd give It myself. O usts , say n hundred , lucum- broncos on It , six hundred and fi fty, Seven hundred and flliy in to a thonsnnd once , and two hundred anil fifty over. \ Simoon ' s eyes sparkled. The doctor , he thou ght , mi ght 'orooloso if ho liked. \ Bnt , \ c ontinued tho doctor , \there ' s B r own 'ms nn execution a gainst you for fif ty, and Jones tor a hundred, and exe- cutions are good a gainst real estate or personal property ei ther. Tho executions lonvo you a Hundred , \ And I re ckon tha t somebody or other will ' trustee ' tha t hundred. \ Simoon ' s eyes fell. Tho doctor know hia thought s ns if ho won. ' In him, '• Well , Simoon , wha t do yon say ? You ' re to keep to tho bargain about Snnta Cruz , too, mind. \ \ Dr. Hill , you ' re tit *- beat friend I over found , \ said Hlmooii , rising mid taking tho physician b y the hand. \It ' s a bar- gain, and Simeon Sawyer drinks no more rum , from this day out , f orever , and ever, amen I\ '• Till I proscribe It , \ said tho doctor, (millin g. \ I c alkMate that don 't change the con- ditions much, said Simeon , with an an- swering smile. How Dr. Hill mana ged to eng ineer for Simeon Sawyer , compromising and ar- ranging with his creditors till there was left to Simeon no more terror of writs of at tachment , e xecutions , and trustee writs , we have not space to describe. The sum of the story is , that Simeon died a t a good old age , leaving his property unencum- bered and lar gely increased in value. And at this date there are quit? a circle of brothers and cousins, whose grand par- ents and great grand parents take in the t wo houses of the Dr. Hill and Simeon Sawyer of our sketch. — Arthur ' s Miuj- azine. Ger man Couktes y. —No one can help admiring the simplicity, kindliness , and hones ty of the Germans. The universal cou rtesy and friendliness of manner have a very different seeming from the polite- ness of the French . At the hotels in the country, the landlord , and his wife , and the servant join in hoping that you will sleep well when you go to bed. The little maid at Heidelberg who served our meals alwavs went to the extent of wish- ing us a good appetite when she brought in the dinner. Here in Munich the peo- p le we h ave occasion to ad d ress in the street are uniformly courteous. The shop keepers are obli ging, a nd rarely ser- vile , like the Eng lish , you are thanked , and punctiliousl y wished the good-day whether you purch ase anything or not. In shops tended by women , gentlemen in- variably remove thei r hats. If you buy only a kreuzer ' s wor th of fruit off an old woman , she say s words that would be , literall y translated , \ I thank you beauti- fully. \ With all this , one looks kindly on the childish love the Germans have for titles. It is , I bel i eve , difficult for the German mind to compreh end that we can be in good standing at home , unless we have some title prefixed to our names , or some descri ptive phrases added. Our good landlord , who waits at the tables and answers our bell , one of whos e ten- ants is a living baron , having no title to put on his door-plate under that of the baron , must needs dub himself ¦ ' priva- tier ; \ and he in sists ujjon prefixing the name of this uuambitious writer with the enoblin g van ; and at the least he insists in common with the trad espeople , that I am a \ Heir Doc tor. \ The bills of pur- chase by madaine come out to \ I' ran . well-born. \ A t a hotel in Heidel- , ..v.. vv .... ^ .- ber g , where f had re gistered my name wi th that distinctness of penma nship for which newspaper men are jus tly con- sp icous , and had added to my own name \ <fc wite , \ I was not a lit tle flatter ed to appear in the reckonin g as \ Herr Doctor Mamesweise. \ — \ Saunt ering * , '\ by C. B. Warner. Would not Ski.l, —A corre spondent telle the following : \ Wo were drivin g, \ s he says , \ throu gh ono of the prettiest and most p icturesque of New En gland villages ; it had about 000 inhabitants , nobody was poor , and nobody was very rich. One saw mill was on the bank of t he beautiful , foaming, shady river , and in front of i t sat the millers—one reading a newspaper , one a book. Said one of the par ty, • « There is fall enough hero to run a good many factories ; I wonder that it Is all unused , ' Our driver laughed and said, 'They won ' t sel l water-privil eges here. Some Boston men came here and tried to buy, but tho people wouldn ' t hoar to it; they said they didn 't want a manufacturing population to come hero and ' spoil their society. '\ So tho Oon- tucook flows f or miles unchecked by damn , free from , mill waste , wi t h Its \ fall \ unused , and its beauty unspoiled. Eatbn nv OANsmA!.». —A Chinese ves- sel was recen tly wrecked near the coast of Formosa , and sixty-four of the sap ors who wore export swimmers , reached the rocky shore , Thoy wander ed about for seven days , and then wore seized by n party of cannibals who would have eaten them had thoy not resisted with a despera- tion excusable under tho circumstance s , Thoy fled and again dwelt nmoti; r tho rooks , where tho Sangfau canni bal s sur- round ed them and killed and at e all of thorn but tweV. e , who wore lucky enough ro get away and r<- ich home. Tho Chinese Emper or has boon memorialized on tho subject. , and says , '• Lot the sufforora be reward ed according to tho will of tho momo rUUat . Lot tho civil and military officers make speed to examine and punish the cannibals , that It may bo seen how wo cherish tho peop le In our bosom. Mm. Prodger n , a lady of London , is , unhappily, separated from her husband , llecontl y soma ono lolt her a legacy of 880 0 00, r.nd she sued to have the legacy uivon up to hor. But her husband op posed liar , and succeeded in getting tho jtBiyiO O for himself. Prodpror a doesn 't Minport his wife or livn with hor , hut robs her according to English law , with uo help for it. Vt hen a lmu wishes to hav e a y iratfe for his dinner , he is obliged to he very careful how he goes to market. Giraffe a are not cheap articles of diet , even for a lion , and an attem pt to get a meal of that k ind of meat al ways costs him a great de al of trou ble , and sometimes costs his life. #f course the lion slips up very quietl y ^ toward the g ira..e. He always does that no matter what his prey may be , but in this case it is necessary to be very careful , indeed , for if he spri n gs and misses the g iraffe , the great beast nicy get a kick at him before ho has time to recover himself , and a kick from a g ir atU> , who se hii'd legs tl y out like sledge ham- mers , will make even a lion \ consid' able shuck up lik e. \ But even after the lion has safel y l aud- ed himself on the giraffe ' s back , his din- ner is not read y yet. The g i raffe is a large and powerful animal , and away he rushes as fast as his long, awkward 1, ga can carry him , and this is very fast in- deed. Gli tter clatter ! Spriug and bound ! Away he goes , with the lion hang ing on like a good fellow , a nd the hyenas yelling afte r , ho ping to have a chance to get some thing at the second table , for it i s ha rdly possible that a lion can eat a whole g i raffe. But it is not at all certain that there will be a g iraffe for dinner at all , r '>r if the fri g h tened creature can once get into the woods , he may be saf e. Da shing among the limbs and trunks he may knock the lion off. And then look out , M r. Lion ! Tho g i raffe will turn on you as jmick as li ghtning, and kick th e life out of you before you can get out of the reach of his heels , and all those poor , dear , li ttlt ¦ • onas will have to go hungry to bed. ii \ ' ,c ' • gi raffes have frequent- l y been knosvi. • g.. . he best of lions in this way, they are not always so fortun- ate. If a thick wood cannot soon be reached , the strength of the g ir nfi' t will soon be exhausted , and the cruel least upon his back will fix his teeth in his throat , and drag the poor creature down , and kill and ea t ?'<in. Blue Light as an Oko aniu Stimu- lant. —A t a recent meeting of the Phila- delphia A gricultural Society, Genera ) Plea santon read an inte resting paper on the effects of sunlight on plants and ani- mals when transmitted throu gh \ blue glass. Geraniums which had become un- heal thy recovered their vigor and became more deep ly colored wh tn covere d with blue g lass ; and the branches of the same grape vine showed a remark abl e differenc e in their growth of leaves accordin g as they were or wore not covered with blue glass , the leaves on the former having a diameter of six to eigh t Inches , being of a deep green color and perfectly healthy ; while the uncovered branches wore only two inches in diameter and of a pule sickly-yellowish col r.r , indicating a feeble vi tality. The paper also mentioned a case of the wife of a Phil a pelphia physician who had for some time been sufferin g from a comp lica tion of disorders which had bu llied the skill of her physicians , and who , on tho suggesti on of General Pleas- anton , tried the following p lan : Uvery o ther pane of glass in one of tho windows of the patient' s room was removed and blue gl ass substituted , nnd the patient re- quired to expose her back and spine to the action of the combined blue nrd white lights for thirty minutes each day, at the same hour. At the beginning of the trea tment she was unable to sleep or eat , was in a miserable c ondition , and wasting rapidly. At the end of ten day s the pains in her hack were less , hor hair had begun growing thickly, and there was a marked Improvement In her general condition. In three weeks she was al- most en tirely well. — Medical Rtcnni, IIbn iiv. — At a political meeting, the speaker and audience wero very much disturbed by a man who constantly aallod out fov Mr , Henry. Whenever a now speaker come on , this man bawled \ti t , \ Mr. Henry ) Henry ! Henry ! I want Mr. Henry. \ After several in terruptions of this kind nt each b poocIi, a young man ascended the platform and was soon H iring his eloqt pnfio In a r vagnlloquont i-rylo , striking out powerfully in his gof lure p , when the old cry was hoard for Mr , Hen- ry Pu tting hia lmnda to his mouth , like a speaking trumpet , this man was bawling out at the top of Ida voice , ' • Mr. Henry ! Henry I Henry ! Henry ! I nulled for Mr , Henry to make a speech 1\ Tho chairman now roao , nnd remarked that It would oblige the audience If the gentleman would refrai n from any fur ther calling fur Mr , Henry, ns that gontlnmn t. was now speaking. \ Is that Mr. Henry s \ said the disturber of the mootin g \ Thunder 1 that oac 't bo Mr. Henry ! Why, that ' s tho little ciiHii that told mo to holler , \ The Idon ' t Bide. Daniel Drew is wort h $25 , 000 , 000. Yunderb ilt' s dail y income is 812 , 00a Th e harve st ;u R ussia has turned out mu ch better than was expected. A Saratoga lady had twenty cottoge trunks of dresses sent her lust week. I n England , re centl y, a celebrated breeding blood horse sold for 8f>5 , 000 in gold , the highest price ever paid. Amon g the table-girls at one of the down-East watering ( duces are fifteen school-teachers , who thus employ their vacations. A baud of Apaches lately attacked a set tlement on the Sau Pedi ' o River , Ari- zon a , hut were repulsed b y the settlers , who killed three of them. Addie B allon recentl y married ,i couple at Terre Haute , Iud., and in the nuptial lecture told them that \ cr adles were cheaper than divor ces , \ A Dnnube damsel , pretty as a pink , entered a s aloon , kicked over a table , drew a revolver on the bartender , and led her father out b y the ear. The blossom cannot tell what becomes of its odor , and no man can tell «vhat be- comes of his influence and example , that roll away from him , and g o beyond his ken on their peri Ions mission. The Solicitor of the U. S. Treas ury has decided that whaling vessels ure not subject to the provisions of the Shi pping act , as they neither clear for Pacific nor forei gn ports for purpose of foreign trad e within the meanin g of those words. A g rocer being solicited to cod trib- ute to the building of ti new church , promp tly subscribed his name to the paper in the following eccentric manner : J ohn .Tone. 't (t\o »ui y place in town where you can get 11 pouuds ' good sugar for a dollar), 25 . eents. Another now p l anet has beeu discov- er ed, the one hundred and twenty-fourth of the group of the Asteroids. It is bri ght , shining as a star of the tenth ma gnitude , and its position one hour nit er midni g ht , was in '22b .., 21m ., '2'ls. of the right u.ssensiou , a nd iu 70° 18' and 30'' of the south declination. A correspondent of the Scientif ic American gives the reci pe ior driving off red ants : Mix a tenspoonfu ll of crystal s ft carbolic acid with nn ounce of lavender water or any perfume , and s priukle well on your shel ves. The per- fume is not necessar y, but is used to cover the un pleasant smell of the acid. A Dre p \\ Bi.t.. — At about twenty miles from Ber lin is situated the village of Sperenburg, no ted for the deepest- trtll tha t has ever been sunk. Owing to the . presence of gypsum in the locality, which, is a t a moderate distance from the capita) , it occurred to the government authorities in char ge of tho mines to obtai n a supply of rock s uit. With this end in view the sinkin g of a shaft or well lCft.in diamete r was commenced s ome five years ago , and at a dep th of 280 feet the sal t was reached. The borin g was continued to a further depth of 0 00ft., the diameter of this bore bein g reduced to about lHin. Tho opera- tions wer o subsequentl y prosecuted by the aid of steam until a dep th of 4 , 104ft . was a ttained. At this . point the boring was disc ontinued , the borer or bit bein g still in the salt deposit , which thus \ exhibits the enormous thickness of 8.00711. .The boring would have been con tinued , in order to disc over what description of dep osit lay under the salt , but for tho mechanical di fficulties connected with the further prosecu tion of the operations . Darin g the progress of this Interesting work repeated and careful observation s wore made of the temperature at various depths. The results confirm very closely those which have been already arrived at under similar circumstances . Dih.n ' t Likb a .Ioicb, —A wlillo a go nn officer in tho English anny, having in- spec ted some home stations , sent in his statement of disbursements. There was ono item as follows: \ Porter, <W, \ This Item was struck ou t of tlio list b y the War-office ; hut the officer explained that tho charge was f or carriage of his luggage , under clroiiins tnnci H whore he would otherwise have hud to pay Ik. M for a cab . To this explanation enmo a reply tlm t in thi s eiih« the claim would ho allow- ed , hut that It ili wiild have been pnt for \ port er..*!) , \ nnd no t \ por ter. \ The officer annvert d that ho would obey orders , al though ho could (ind no authori - ty for such a word as \ porterage ; \ and inquired , In addition , if In future ho should tiao tho term \ oabfb)a ge \ when ho meant ••cab? ' ' The En glish Wnr -nffln n would not take a loko, and tho witty officer was severel y reprimanded. Claims. —The numb er of olalmn before the I. ' . S. .Sou thern Claims Oomml sHioni pr scnted thus fur , amount to l , 000 , rnn g- In g from tt ' 2 to ft860 , 00n , anil averagin g 82. 00\ .mcIi, Accord ing to law tho Oorn - irilshion exp lroa on tho fld of Mnr Mi next , lin t It Ih uniil nix yours will ho re. -julred for tran sacting tho buMno ss now on hand , and , under the pre acnt bureau syntom of the Department , It may oven extend to (I fty years. Hrevltiei. C'j) f Crn foler. PUBLISHED EVERY THOBSDAY , at SOUTHOLD , L. I. TERMS : $1.00 a Tear. L. F. TERRY , Publisher . JOB PRINTING Doue at Short Notice mid at prices thut def y 0'im ni'titi'in. Uom-spinuli'Hta ami (. ' tkii vasbura wmiteri in ev- ery village. Midnight and June : J'hc yellow p hantom \fa muuu Far out nt sen. Dark liranclivc arching overhead , The river lloivin^ in tlm g loom , Ami h' . 'uvy scents of luaf and blnom Making it just a jo . v to bo! And in the dew , Beneath tho branches beiutiiig too , Two faces bent— Bout in a uwit ' t and daring dream , An ecstasy of trembling bliss , And scaled together iu a kiss— And the ni g ht waiting passion-spent. Fur this the day Swooned from its ticry skies away ¦ . Fur this thn niidit I' .mH ui» its slar* and silences ; For this tin; royal Hiiramor came VTrupped in her robes of fragrant ttamu— This moiiumt pausing on its flight! Midni g ht and Juno : A dreaming bird repeats his tune ; The sea rep lies— Pei'fuu.e and hush and darkness stilt , But nothing as it was before , SuMly and sweetly all made o ' er With love ' s unsealing of t' .e eyes ! Lovers.

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