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Office on Pleasant Street, J-/ second house north of Hotel, Thompsonville, Conn. JOHN HAMLIN, ATTORNEY AT LAW, GEORGE P. CLARK, "TV/TANUFACTURER of Patent Rubber -"-*- Casters. Windsor Locks, Conn. A. >V. CONVERSE & CO., TRON FOUNDRY. Manufacture all A kinds of IRON CASTINGS. Windsor Locks, Conn. GEORGE GLOVER, JR. "Jl/TACHINIST and General Repairer. -"-*• All kinds of Mowing Machines Repaired. Windsor Locks, Conn. S. McAULEY & CO. T>EEF, Pork, Lard, Hams, Fish and -*-* Oysters, Poultry, Game, etc., in their season. Windsor Locks, Conn. MRS. Smrsojf's BUILDING, THOMPSONVILLE CONN. THE PARSONS PRINTING CO., "DOOK AND JOB PRINTERS, and Publishers of The Thompsonville Press, Main Street, Thompsonville, Conn. Office connected by telephone. II. H. ELLIS, "FiEALER in all kinds of one, two and four foot Wood. Orders left at_ A. T. Lord's will receive prompt attention. Thompsonville, Conn. THE T. PEASE & SONS CO., "\X/"HOLESALE and Retail Dealers in '' Lumber and Building Materials. Yards at Thompsonville and Windsor Locks, Cqnn. Steam Planing Mill at Tliompsonville. Connected by telephone with Springfield, Hartford and New Haven. BENJAMIN BRIGHT, T>EEF, Pork, Mutton, Lamb, Poultry, Tripe, Ham, Lard. &o. German Sausage, from the best New York makers, kept constantly on hand. All kinds of Meats in their season at lowest cash prices. Main Street, Tliompsonville. JOHN C. WEISING, TV/T ANUFACTURER of and Dealer in Foreign and Domestic Cigars, Plug and Fine Cut, Chewing and Smoking Tobacco, Pipes, &c., Tliompsonville, Ct. THOMPSONVILLE HOTEL, T> F. LORD, Proprietor. Also Pro-prietor of Franklin Hall. Good Livery and Feed Stable connected with Hotel. Main St., Thompsonville, Conn. JOHN H. HALLIDAY, A TTORNEY and Counselor at Law. Special attention given to the settlement of Estates. Collections promptly attended to. Mans ley's Block, Main Street, Thompsonville, Conn. JOHN COATS, ATTORNEY AND COUNSELOR AT LAW. Oflfjpq nvpr T.inHgftj'B Drnjr 'iAmii A. B. STOCKWELL, WOOD, COAL, BALED HAY, &C. * * Livery and Feed Stable. All kinds of Jobbing and Teaming promptly attended to. Windsor Locks, Conn. MORAN BROTHERS, "REEF, Pork, Mutton, Lamb, Poultry, -J-* Tripe, Ham, Lard, etc. All kinds of Meats and Vegetables in their season, at lowest cash prices. Main Street, Windsor Locks, Conn. L. CHANDLER, ]VTANUFACTURER of all kinds of Heavy and Light Team and Business Wagons, Carts, etc. Horse Shoeing and Jobbing, Mill and Machine Forging. Repairing done at short no-tice. Windsor Locks, Conn. J. H. ADAMS, "PkRY GOODS, Groceries, Crockery, U Hardware, Notions, Fruits, etc. Main Street, Windsor Locks, Conn. PEAS"E BROTHERS, MANUFACTURERS ofiand dealers in Furniture, Stoves, Tin and Sheet Iron Wares, Crockery, Glass-Ware, Lead and Cement.Pipe, and House Furnishing Goods generally. Slate and Tin Roofing and General Jobbing, Windsor Locks, Conn. JOHN COTTER, pARPENTER and HOUSE BUILD- ^ ER. Windsor Locks, Conn. I. C. BANCROFT, MANUFACTURER of all idnds^ of -L" Team and Business Wagons. Painting, Varnishing and Repairing promptly done at satisfactory prices. Warehouse Point, Conn. Tliompsonville, Conn. JAMES WATSON, /TJ.RAIN, ^ at reasonable prices. Custom grinding done at the usual rates. Corn shelled, or ground on the ear, at Watson's North mill, on the Springfield road. A full supply'always 011 hand at Thompsonville mills. CHAS. E. PRICE, Agt., T\EALEIl in Wood and Coal. Wood a specialty; chips for sale. Moving and heavy teaming done on reasonable terms. HAIR DRESSING SALOON, •FREDERICK SMITH, Proprietor. A choice supply of Shaving Soaps, Hair Oil, Colognes, Cosmetics, &e., constantly on hand. Shaving, Shampooing, Hair Cutting, Razor Honing, &c. Under Lord's Hotel, Thompsonville, Conn. DAVID BRAINAltD, TNSURANCE AGENT. Insures all classes of Buildings and contents against fire. Special attention given to insuring Houses and Barns witli their contents against loss or damage by lightning whether fire ensues or not. Policies written on the most liberal terms, in sound com panic?. Losses paid promptly and honorably. Thompson vine, Conn. JOHN LORING, UNDERTAKER, Cabinet Maker, —AND— UPHOLSTE EER Furniture Repaired. JOB WORE in this line neatly and promptly executed. THOMPSONYILLE, CONN. -m E. T. SPOONER, Fire Insurance Agent, WAREHOUSE POINT, CONN. Policies written in.the following strong and reliable First-class companies at the lowest rates: 2ETNA of Hartford - - - - $7,078,224 HOME of New York - - - - 6,410,988 NORTH AMEKICA of Philadelphia ------- - 6,591,740 LIVERPOOL, LONDON, and GLOBE, of London, Eng., Assets in United States - - HARTFORD of Hartford - - PHCENIX of Hartford - - R CONNECTICUT of Hartford - - NATIONAL of Hartford - - - ORIENT of Hartford - - - - MIDDLESEX Co. MUTUAL Middletown, Surplus- - HARTFORD CO. MUTUAL Hartford, Surplus - • TOLLAND CO. MUTUAL , Tolland 4,376,961 3,456,020 2,733,341 1,483,480 1,140,057 809,020 of of of 320,000 225,010 100,000 - ALSO AGENT FOR THE Hotoal Life lime Comply OF NEW TORK, ASSETS, OVEB EIGHTY-EIGHT MILLION DOLLARS. Rates 16 pev cent, less than any other Life Companies. CHAS. J SHORT, A/I ARBLE AND GRANITE WORKS, -L'J- Monuments, Tablets and Grave Stones. Also dealers in Marble and Slate Mantels, Grates and Summer Fronts. No. 375 1-2 Main St. Entrance north side of First Baptist church, Springfield, Mass. J W. BROWNING, DRUGGIST, JEWELER JLJVD OPTICMJY. 'Coogan's Block, Opposite the Ferr^ Windsor , Locks, • Con if. J J. CONNELL, Carpenter and House Builder, WINDSOR LOCKS, CONN. BP All Jobbing promptly attended to. CHARTER OAK HOUSE, Five Rods South of the Depot, MAIN ST., WINDSOR LOCKS, COJIN. HENRY CUTLER, Proprietor. JOHN B. DOUGLAS, ATTORNEY and CODRSELOE AT LAW And Notary Public. Practices in all the State and United States Courts of Connecticut. Patents and Pensions promptly obtained. Collections made anywhere in the United States. Office Opposite the Ferry, WINDSOR LOCKS ----- CONK. F. W. BROWN, A RCH1TECT and BUILDER. Build-ings raised and moved. All work done in a satisfactory manner. Boston Neck, Suffield, Conn. J. J. NOLAN, pARPENTER and BUILDER. Job-bing promptly attended to. Warehouse Point, Conn. Fire Insurance ! PHQSNIX INS. CO., Assets, $2,733,341.27. INSURANCE CO. OF NORTH AMERICA, Assets, $6,591,740.10. POLIOI.ES WRITTEN AT THE LOWEST RATES BY J. H. HAYDEN & SON, Windsor Locks, Conn. A. W. CONVERSE, FIRE INSURANCE AGENCY. RISKS procured at the Lowest Bates on the following Companies: NATIONAL, of Hartford, ORIENT, " " CONTINENTAL, " NORTH BRITISH and MERCANTILE, of ; London and Liverpool, *"/>/ CONTINENTAL, of New York, * * I, FIRE ASSOCIATION, of Philadelphia. " SPEIM ANODN HH AX iT. Cooking Ranges! GOOD NEWS, PAROLE, NEW EMPRESS, BEAUTY, SAM, and WIDE AWAKE, From $25.00 up, Including Ware. FOIRITMI! A Good Painted Dressing Case Chamber Suite for $25. Parlor Suites,'L ounge», Center Tables, Mirrors, Easy Chairs, Spring Rockers, Camp Chairs, Black Walnut and Ash Marble Top Chamber Suites, Painted Chamber Suites, Bedsteads, Cane and Wood-seat Chairs, Extension Tables, Mattresses. Steam-dressed Live Geese Feathers, Hens' Feathers, and all goods in this line of business. Curtain Fixtures! Spring and cord fixtures, Opaque Window Shades and Cloths of all colors, American and Scotch Hollands, Cord and Tassels, Window Cornices, &c., &c. PAINTS, OILS and VARNISHES! Jewett's White Lead, Raw and Boiled Linseed Oil, Coach and Furniture Varnishes, Turpentine, Colors in Oil and Dry Colors, also Kalsomine, Glue, Paints in Cans for family use, Lime for Whitewashing and all kinds Painting Materials. AGENTS FOR THE Celebrated Parrott Varnishes For Carriage and Wagon Work. Prepared Paints! Wadsworth, Martinez and Longman's Prepared Paint ia yet at the head. Nothing yet found to surpass it. Warranted to stand and the warrant carried out to the letter. Draft and Passage Tickets 5 W Sold at satisfactory rates, AT THE POST-OFFIOB, 4# WINDSOR LOCKS, C0H5. GRANITE AND MARBLE IVIonximerLtal "Works* ; v s J. H. COOK & CO., Corner State and Willow streets, near - F. S. WINSTON, President/;, Main, Springfield, Mass. PAPER-HANGINGS! Our stock is complete and we are confident that we can show as fine patterns as the market affords in Gold, Bronze, Satins, Flats, Buffs and Browns. We shall also show some splendid Dadoes, and Embossed Papers and a beautiful line of Borders. Sllver-Plated Ware ! Of the Meriden Britannia Company's manufacture. Table and Pocket Cutlery, Crockery, China, Glass, Tin. and Wooden Ware, Lamps and Chandeliers. OIL-CLOTHS — AND — Straw Mattings ! We keep a large and nice itock of Oil- Cloths and Straw Mattings, sufficient to meet the wants of the trade Baby Carriages! A good stock on hand and will order any style wanted. Boys' Wag®ns, Carts ana Weeelbarrows. Orders taken for Velocipedes and Bicycles. BIRD CAGES! A good assortment at low prices. Finn 1 HID nri! Copper, Iron, Wood and Rubber Bucket Pumps, Force Pipes for washing wagons, Lead Pipe. Special prices for large quantities. CARPET SWEEPERS! The Magic Carpet Sweeper is first-class. Anyone can take tnem on trial before buying them. Price $2.60. , - SMITH AMERICAN ORGANS! ; We are always glad to sell these instruments, because we know there is no better in the market. For proof of it ask those who have them how they like them. Prices low. Terms easy. Tltis is the best Wringer in market, and no one disputes it. The price it reduced to $6.00,* and for cash down, $5.50. Any one can take one on trial before buying- ^ We hkVe mentioned many goods that we keep and thefe are many more we have not named for want of room. Call here for any article in the housekeeping line. We heartily thank our customers for past favors and hope to so conduct our business as to merit Jjb.eir continuance. , _ I€; NILES PEASE. ^OMPSONyHXBw<CONN»l THEJV, AND NOW. The boys are coming home to-morrow, 1 our rural hostess said; While Lou and I exchanged q»ick Full of mingled fear and dread. Had we hither come for quiet, Hither fled the city's noise, But to change it for the riot Of those horrid country boys ? Waking one with loud hallooing Early every summer's day, Shooting robbins, teasing kittens, Frightening the wrens away. I wrote these lines one happy summer To-day I smile to read them o'er, Remembering how with anxious facea We watched all day the opening door: They came, "the boys," six feet in stature,? Graceful, easy, polished men; vowed to Lou, behind my knitting, To trust no mother's word again. ~ For boyhood is a thing immortal, As each fond mother will agree; And sons are "boys" to her forever, Change as they may to you and me. Now by the window, still and sunny, Warmed by the rich October glow, The dear old lady waits and watches, Just as she waited years ago. For Lou and I are now her daughters—; We married "those two country boys," In spite of all our sad forebodings About their awkward ways and i Lou springs up to meet a footfall, , I list no more for coming feet; Mother and I are waiting longer For steps on Beulah's golden street. But when she blesses Lou's beloved, And seals it with a tender kiss, I know that loving words go upward, Words to another world than this. Always she speaks in gentle fashion About "my boys "—she always will; . Though one is gray and one has vanished Beyond the reach of time or ill. « "3 GOOD INFLUENCES. ; One Monday morning in May, when Mr. Castor, of the law firm of Castor & Brush, entered his office he found on his desk a bunch of fragrant rose white flowers with that delicate flush at the heart that makes apple blossoms so ir-, resistible. ^ "Apple blossoms, sir," his clerk explained. "I spent Sunday in the country and brought them down, thinking you might like to see some." - Mr. Castor's preoccupied face lighted up with pleasure. "Thank you, Mr. Clark," he said. "Get some water, will you, John; we must keep them as fresh as we can; I shall want to take home to my wife to-night. There, looks countrgJike. daea it Watched Mr. "Edson's departure with smile on his countenance. "These apple blossoms are doing sad f Work in this office," he said, laughingly, |o Clark. "I've lost one promising case hrough them already, and as for keeping my own mind on anything legal it's Utter impossibility. It's evident to mind that law and flowers were not to go together." Edson, for his part, went down brother's office and entered with hesitation. The brother, a man than Edson, with one of those self-repressed "faces which say as as words could: "I've a hard life, I don't care a cent about you; Til what I can get, whether you suffer was startled as Edson came in. eyes rested an instant longingly on apple blossoms ; but the next min-he drew back, asking coldly, "Did wish to see me ?' es, George," answered Edson, fin-the| flowers awkwardly, "I cam^.to 'about the matter—that—property, know. It's a pity we should quar-and— well—well, I don't care, are the oldest and had the hardest bo hoe always, and I guess likely was fully my share spent on me I was in college; and, see here, old I'll do whatever you say if you'll to your lawyer and send him up office." was a moment's silence and the Edson, looking down, saw put his hand to his throat e choking. The next min-brother was speaking almost as as he had done. "It wasn't I cared for, but I wanted the I—well, I had some associa-it." nger brother started. Asso- What associations of pleasure have had with the place ? none, could be none, except Baird for one short year 'his now laid away in Greenwood, forward, "George, did you her? You could have won her ied, and you know it. She me first because I was your Did—do you mean to say you chance of winning her for t-minute or two the Edsons might been two Frenchmen meet-long separation. The older 6 to recover himself. to," ha fffiid para-give his he said, arranging the bio vantage in the background and stepping back to observe Clark smiled, and Mr. Castor went to work at his law cases. But something WaS the matter with him. His thoughts would go wandering off to the .giafcff meadow by the side of the river Where Clark told him he had broken th9 frji-frrant bunch. ^ • "I wonder," he soliliquized, "whether it is anything like that meadow where— pshaw! what am I thinking of ? In a case of ejectment—wonder if I could sing, Annie Laurie'; I used to know that tune," and he hummed softly 'to himself:— "Gave me her promise true"— ^ just as the door was thrown open violently and John Edson, the most quarrelsome man in New York, as his friends and enemies both agreed, burst in. "What's the matter now, Mr. Edson?" asked Mr. Castor, rising to client a seat. "Matter? Matter enough! But if he thinks Pm going to submit to this robbery by his knavery he'll find himself very much mistaken! My brother, sir, my brother—think of that, sir—is trying to cheat me out of my share of our paternal property. I want you to take steps immediately to stop his proceedings. He threatens to bring in a bill against the estate that will swallow up every cent—but what's that ? Apple blossoms! Where did you" get those ?' "Mr. dark brought them down thisj morning. Sweet, though rather out of place in a lawyer's office, don't you think so?" "I don't know," said Mr. Edson thoughtfully, taking up the tumbler and smelling of the fragrant things. "Where did these grow ?" , • "Up in a little village in ^onrfeiSliCTit. Clark is from the country, you know, and I should think from his description, it's quite a pretty place. Green meadows and a river, you know, and all that sort of thing. But what do you wan me to do?" "Wait a minute, can't you ?" said Mr. Edson, impatiently. "You lawyers are,; always in a tearing hurry." Mr. Castor raised his eyebrows, but made no verbal answer to the inconsistl ent remark, while Mr. Edson leaned? back in his chair and looked at the apple blossoms. In a minute he started up and brushed his hand across his e used to speak when ire boys together. "I've been ]bui, you see, I never had a wife to jme, and I intended to pay you share of the property at the out—well, it's no use talking it | Of course you didn't know, but I thinking you might have known if wanted to. But here, never mind now. Did yon know that Midland boa are going up ? I'll make a good g-out of them .yet." Put coal wrapped in little newspaper on the fire in a sick-room. Custard pie: Line a deep plate with pie crust and fill with a custard made of one pint of milk, three eggs, three table-spoonfuls of white sugar and a pinch of salt; flavor with nutmeg; bake until firm in the center; this ybu can tell by inserting the handle of a tea-speon; do not let the oven get hot enough to boil it. Breakfast toast. Mix two tablespoon-fuls of sugar, a little salt and a well-beaten egg in one-half pint of milk. In this mixture dip slices of bread and fry them on a buttered griddle until they are light brown on each side. To dress shad: Scale, empty, and wash the fish carefully, and make two or three incisions across the back. Season it with pepper and salt, and lay it in oil for a few minutes. Broil on both sides, over a clear fire and serve with caper sauce. Fig cake: Three tea-cupfuls sugar, one tea-cupful each of butter and sweet milk,four tea-cupfuls of fl«ur, and whites of twelve eggs beaten, two tea-spoonfuls of baking powder, one pound of figs boiled till smooth; put this between each layer. Dixie bis uit: Three pints of flour, two eggs,two table-spoonfuls of lard, one small cup of yeast, one cup^of milk, mix at 11 o'clock, roll out at 4 o'clock and cut with two sizes of cutters, putting the smaller one on top; let rise until supper. Bake twenty minutes. Apple pudding: A loaf of stale bread, steamed twenty minutes before dinner, sliced, spread with stewed apple, and a little butter, strewn with sugar and browned lightly in a quick oven, makes as good a pudding as any one would like, with either hard or liquid sauce. Chocolate: Put into a coifee-pot set in boiling wat r, one quart of new milk (or a pint each of cream and milk); stir into it three heaping table-spoonfuls of grated chocolate n ixed to a paste with cold milk; let boil two or three minutes and serve at once. If not wanted so rich use half water and half milk. Crust for savory pies: To two pounds of flour and a pound and a half of butter or lard add the yelks of three eggs; rub part of the fat to a cream with the eggs; and then rub in the flour; wet with cold water and roll out with the remainder of the butter. The crust is suitable for pigeon, rabbit, hare, and other savory Pi' 8- . Orange salad: Peel eight oranges with a sHarn knife so as to remove every ves-liew, iwiB (>luaifrJ& thii 1 "It makes me think of old times," h§; said. "I nearly broke my neck onc^ climbing an old apple tree for blossoms^ like that to give to Lucy Baird, the prettiest girl in school. I fell from the top branch, and my brother—I never had but one, sir—picked me up and car*, ried me home. He was real- good to v j".&: vyl/l-! all the long time I was sick, to think he'd have died for Die, then, just to think that how we should bet quarreling over a few hundred dollar^ f Castor, you needn't do anything ab#v| this matter, just yet, at guess Til go down and see him. say"—rather slily—"you couldn't " s; me a little twig with a few of the soms, could you % "[' can't stay," said Edson, opening the door, ."but I'll see you again. Come up io-dinner with me, won't you?" - ' IJwill," said the brother heartily, ahc with a cordial handshake, they pai 'he younger brother went straight .e and put the precious bunch of tie blossoms, which had been a divin-rod to him, showing where the rich-eSW treasures of a brother's love lay hi( den, into a glass and set itjjwhere he cO' Id see it often. The older, as he te aed to his desk again, saw three pe aid lying on the floor. He hesitated a i toment, and then stooped and quickly gathered them up, laying them rev-erf ntly in his pocket-book. ' ^ * THE GBEEK ARMY. Eh regimental officer's the Greeks have iidedly the advantage, for the Greek :cers of the line are second to none in rope as regards a knowledge of all is required of them on the parade-ind. Every subaltern can drill and jjtruct his men as well as the best Eng-drill- sergeant, while the cavalry $ .d artillery officers have all passed tt rough the military academy, being m astly scions of aristocratic families. T ley are likely to err on the side of an e; &ess of science and theory rather than ft ?in a want of it. The officers of the infantry are required pass through the ranks, working their iy up through the different grades of ^commissioned officers, and, before flg commissioned, are subjected to an ideational test. The system of keeping ires of battalions, each with a full Implement of officers, although derided Stoilitary critics, has had the good re- Jt of producing a nucleus of well-lied officers and non-commissioned Bees, whose services are now invalu-m. IK pV" •:wm 111 THE STRENGTH OF SHIPSJ-It is not generally known, says Capt ads, lat all materials used in the conviction of ships are elastic, and that rge iron vessels bend and twist during jorma to an extent that seem impossible, r^iron bridges are so constructed that he elasticity of the iron permits them to jend under the weight of an ordinary train. Spans of four hundred when tested with heavy loads, ially bend from four to five inches, md a ship of that length will bend quite more. Those who have crossed p&jAtlantic have not failed to hear the Jking of the cabins during storms, could not occur if the hull did not and twist to some extent. The fear f-shjp being -strained while in tran-i founded in a want of the strength Ips* and of the capability of the ato sustain the load^ ^ •tig you would cS^Spples; lay them, either whole or cut, in slices in a deep dish; strew over them plenty of powdered sugar; add the juice of a lemon and a littie more sugar. Keep the dish covered until serving. Oyster toast: The same as for oyster stew, only no cream; thicken .the juice a little with flour; when the stew is ready, have a few slices of toast laid in a well-buttered dish, and pour the oysters over it. It is best to heat the dish hot that you put your oysters in to send to the table, as they are much better hot than merely warm. Cabbage salad: One quart 0' very finely chopped cabbage, two-thirds cup of sour cream, two well beaten eggs; season to taste with sugar, salt, pepper and mustard. If you have no celery to chop with your cabbage, put in a tablespoon-ful of celery seed, Add a little vinegar. This is very fine, will keep well several days and is excellent for picnics. Baked apples: Materials, half a dozen apples, half a pound of moist sugar, a little cinnamon, cloves 01* nutmeg. Put the apples, washed, peeled and cored, into a deep pie dish, half filled with water, and add the above ingredients. Let all stand in a hot oven until the apples are soft and brown and the syrup thick. When cold place them in a glass dish, pouring the syrup over them. Bed-warmer: One of the most convenient articles to be used as a bed-warmer and in a sick-room is a s-and-bag. Get some clean fine sand, dry it thoroughly in the oven. Make a bag, about eight inches square, of flannel, fill it with dry sand, sew the opening carefully together, and cover the bag with cotton or linen cloth. This will prevent the sand from sifting out, and will also enable you to heat the bag quickly by placing it in the oven, or on the top of the stove. The sand holds the heat a long time, and the bag can be tucked up to the back without hurting the invalid. It is a good plan to make two or three bags and kee,/ ready for use. ^ . •• *- i •£* y - 'IL, FASHION'S SLAVES. The Maris are a peculiar people—peculiar in dress, peculiar in amusement, peculiar in life, habits, language and tastes. They sleep on the ground, a girdle of cowries round the waist constituting their entire wardrobe both by night and by day. Still, says a recent traveler in India, they are slaves of fashion. The heads of the males are shaved, all except one top-knot, and this shaving is accomplished by the aid of a rusty knife, and looks as if it once formed part of an iron hoop. The operation must- be a painful and laborious one. Nor are the female members of the community exempt from the pains and penalties of fashion. Their hair is most elaborately twisted and plastered, whilst their bodies are covered with tattooing—absolutely and literally covered— and the designs are elaborate and must be painful in execution. Besides the girdle of cowries, a hoop of iron, on which are strong brass and iron rings, is necessary to furnish forth a Marl belle. But the elderly ladi«3 dispense with this as useless and inconvenient. All wear ear-rings,as maqiy as fifteen rings in each ear, of wax, iron, brass, copper, silver or gold, according to their wealth and station. Recent lettters from Paris have had much to say about the brilliant ball just given there by Mrs. Mackay, the wife of the Californian millionaire. Most of the writers of these letters probably knew nothing about the hall from personal observation, and the only reliable account of it we have seen is by Frederic Gail-lardet in the Courrier des Etats-Unis, of which he was long the editor-in-chief, and has been the correspondent since he returned to live in Paris some years ago. Says Mr. Gaillardet:— Mr. and Mrs. Mackay have a strong party opposed to them in the ranks of the American colony in Paris. The "big bugs" of this colony, those whose fortune and social rank date from a period more or less distant, affect to despise the millionaires of a recent date, who eclipse them, and have committed the crime of not putting themselves, on their arrival at Paris, under the patronage of these aristocrats. Mr. and Mrs. Mackay care little for this opposition, and they are right. They are sufficiently compensated by the esteem of those who know the simplicity of their daily life and the" noble use they make of their fortune. There is not in all Paris a more charitable woman than Mrs. Mackay. She determined to admit to her ball not more than 400 persons. In order to avoid crowding her rooms uncomfortably she refused more than that number of requests for invitations, and notwithstanding many of these requests came from distinguished persons, both foreigners and French people. To r-etum to the ball, it was one of the most splendid given this winter at Paris. The dancing room, of vast proportions, was built at great expense, specially for the ball, in the garden of the house. It was brilliantly ornamented with a dozen columns, and lighted by as many gigantic chandeliers, remaining, notwithstanding, however, somewhat cold. The toilettes of the ladies were of great splendor, but none of them equaled those of the mistress of the mansion and her sister, the Countess Celfetter. Those toilettes were two poems. I was told that Mrs. Mackay had made twelve dresses, out of which to select one for the • ball, and that the lace which she wore cost $ 10,00#. On her dress neither pearls nor diamonds were seen in profusion. The dinner at midnight was followed by a first supper served for the papas and mammas at 2 o'clock in the morning, and that supper by a second one at 4 o'clock. Both suppers were served on large and small tables, and could St down aFTfiem. TE&iiaeira not engraved this time on silver plates, but printed on bands of satin. It Was worthy of Lucullus, for among other things was found fresh asparagus, which sells at present for $6 a small box. The guests remarked at the suppers the absence of Miss Mackay, who went to bed early like the modest and well-trained school-girl that she is, and also of Mr. Mackay, who, I suppose, also prefers to retire early, like most hard workers. It was the first time I saw this giant of California miners and I was surprised by his youthful and almost frail appearance. He looks like quite a young man, although he is, I believe, past 40. He does not speak French, and I now speak English very badly. We therefore could have but little conversation. But from the few words I exchanged with him, he gave me the impression that he was a genuine gentleman. He is also artistic in his tastes, for I see it reported in the newspapers that he has just bought at an auction sale "The Negro Barber," a fine canvas of Bonnat, for 22,500 francs. Contrary to stories spread about, and which Mrs. Mackay caused to be contradicted, there were no jewels given to the ladies who danced in the cotillon, but only silken scarfs, which were distributed with charming grace by Mrs. Mackay, assisted by her mother, Mrs. Hung-erford. To the gentlemen in the cotillon were given little silver medals engraved with the arms of the United States and the date of the ball, which will mark an epoch in Parisian entertainments. One of its novelties was combining with the forty musicians of the orchestra an equal number of men and ^omen singers, who accompanied the instruments during the waltzes and other figures. This mingling of voices and instruments had a fine effect, and added to the animation of the whirling coaples. There did not appear at this princely fete Queen Isabella, who received at her house the same evening. According to some persons, who say that the queen and Mrs. Mackay have not visited for some time, this reception of the former was held on that evening on purpose. This rupture between the two ladies is explained by the refusal of Mrs. Mackay to give her daughter in marriage te a certain chamberlain^of the ?ueen. How much of this story is true know not. I can only say that during the evening this absence of the queen Was frequently compared to that of M Gambetta from the ball of Mme. E. Adam. \ v:#' •vi:l SACKED HRE. At the beginning of the sixteenth century a- powerful Mohammedan chief, who had established his authority in a neighboring district, attacked Sanjan. He was at first repulsed by help of the Parsees, who fought valiantly on the side of the Hindu Rsya, but in a subsequent battle the Mohammedans were victorious, and the Parsees being routed loft Sanjan and sought refuge with the colony at. Nowsari, taking with them the sacred fire which they had consecrated eight hundred years before, and maintained in the same fire temple ever since. Some time afterwards jealousies and disputes occurred between the old and new colonists. The fire was therefore removed to Udwara, 38 miles .south of Surat, where, says Prof. Williams, It still continues in the most ancient of all existing fire temples, and is held i# the greatest veneration bv all orthodox -N-'> OHILDBEN'S OOLTJUOT. REFORMATION, LHtle Harry Careless 1 Was always losing things- Shoes and hats, and slates and Pencils, marbles, strings— , Till at last his mother Took a faded flag (A great, enormous one it was) And made of it a bag. "Now, my careless Harry," a. Said she, with a kiss, ^ "When you feel like losing things, Pop them into this." "That I will," cried Harry, Happy as a king; And since he's had the losing bag j * He's never lost a thing. Y - BEARS. ' '' Uncle Fred was sitting under a tree in his orchard, reading his paper. The children caught sight of him, and then there was a rush and a hurry to see who would get to him first. Will and Tom were the fastest runners, and didn't mind the fence any more than a log; but poor little Bobby and Sue, who ran as fast as their little legs could carry them, were far behind, and, besides, the fence j i was too high for them to climb, so they set up a pitiful cry, begging the boys to wait and help them. Will and Tom were in far too much of a hurry for that, and the poor little things would have cried in vain had not Uncle Fred left his tree and newspaper, and lifted them over the fence. Will and Tom were resting under the tree when he came back, looking rather, ashamed. "Why, you are not as kind as the bears," Uncle Fred said. "I am going to punish you by making you listen to a IK The boys looked doleful enough at this idea. They had hoped that Uncle Fred would tell them one of his nice stories. "The sermon will be preached by •bears," said Uncle Fred with a sudden spring at Sue and Bobby at the last word. Of course they all jumped and screamed, and the boys soon began to brighten up again. "Do you know how they catch bean in Russia?" No, the children did not, and settled themselves with a delighted air; for they knew a story was coming. "It is easy enough as they do it. Why, you children could oatch half a dozen at once, if you choose. "Could we really, Uncle boys asked eagerly. ' "Could we too?" echoed Bobby and Sue with opgaaes. I 4/;-; j. - v .• -- Sift kfarong: dig a pit several feet deep. Tom could do that if I helped a little, and Bobby and Sue could cover the top with turf, leaves and sticks, so as to hide the hole. Then all we would have to do would be to put some food on top, hide behind a tree, and watch and wait." "And then what next?" cried tho children in a breath. s "Why, then we should see a big black black bear shuffling along. As he came ^J| near the pit he would begin to snuff, and , ^ look around to see what the food was. * In a moment he would see it, but the ' r|' , moment he would put his paw on the '* > ' -m ••'u- •;.vhr % •I- •M 1 turf he would go to the bottom of the ' ' pit." "Would it kill bim?" "Oh.no; but he couldn't get out pbs-sibly, and then tho hunters would come S|| and shoot him. But if four or five bears happen to tumble into the same hole r£| they'll get out again." -?" "Tell us, tell us!" Bobby said, ~&'||| Uncle Fred stopped at the most interest- ||| * ; ^ v ing part of the story to knock an apple oft the tree. | "Well, they make a ladder by stepping ggg on each other's shoulders, and as thoy ' reach the top of the pit all get out,—all but the bottom one, and he, poor fellow, would never get out if bears were not kinder than boys." p§f Will and Tom were too much asham-ed to ask how, so Uncle Fred went on, and finished his story. "The first thing they do when they |f|§ get out themselves, is to get the branch |||| of a tree, which they let down to their m ms •<?&>: : k ' - .-"i - n. - % 1 brother bear. In a minute more he is out, and away they all scamper to the ||| woods. If the bears were like some ^ boys, they would leave the poor, help- \ less bear to cry in the pit,, while they ran off to have a good time." Uncle Fred told them a story, but the boys found they had been listening to a sermon all the time. It was one they could not help remembering either, for whenever they started to run and. leave their little brother and sister to help themselves, the bears' lesson would come into their minds, and ^ they would be so ashamed to have bears ^ kinder than boys, that they would stop and be kind too. -1 •iS' ^ 3-1 >:! % ' 31 • • 1 I INVESTOR OF THE ULSTER. J Astory is told to prove that Donizetti was the inventor of the ulster. One day at Paris, so it goes, he sent for his tailor to measure him for an overcoat. The tailor found him at the piano surrendering himself to the rapture of composition. Nevertheless, he was persuaded to quit the beloved instrument and deliver himself up to the man of tape and chalk. The tailor made the first measurements, then stopping began to take the length of the garment; "To the knee, sir P" he said, timidly. "Lower, lower," said the composer in a dreamy voice. The tailor brought the measure half way down tha leg, and paused inaulringly. "Lower* lower." The tailor reached the oompo-ser's ankles. "Lower, lower. siiyyou won't be able to walk.' walk! who wants to walkf* wfcii ate ecstatic lifting of the arms, tgrtivj 180ar.": smoking,! s %••••
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