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seemed to me that in some cases they did not over all through to my last mistress. It's try: tar for the outside of the sheep, and distinguish so clearly between green and blue just the 'orriblest book you can conceive. whiskey for the inside o' oursels." as bei ween green and other colors. In other

What that there Stanhope wanted to write respects they seemed to adhere equally closely

An American friend of mine, a distinto any color to which they were made accus

about Pitt for, I can't tell. Who can care to toined.”

know about ’im who never said or did a hin- guished author, who has always something teresting thing in his life. lle was only in

good to tell me, described the respective poCERTAIN Continental miscroscopic slidelove half a page, and it come to nothink.

sitions of two rival up-country American preparers have been detected in a fraud which, Well! people will lose their time to be sure

newspaper editors before the time of the elecif not thoroughly ventilated, may result in with such liko trash, and the more they're

tric telegraph.

The editor of the inferior paper was supemost serious inconvenience, and possible dan

bored the wiser they think themselves. The ger to the cause of learning. “It appears,"

rior to his rival in one respect, inasmuch as, hidear of writing about im.My friend dewrites Mr. W. G. Letsom, to the Acalemy, scribed the air and style of this delivery as

being possessed of a longer purse, he could “ that many polariscope objects are offered for irresistible. Macaulay says that “Pitt is

command at all times horse-express communisale purporting to be plates of minerals, which

cation with New York and Washington; claimed by Whigs and Tories as belonging to are nothing more than ingenious manipulations each party.” Agreed; yet after the lapse of

therefore his paper's deficiency in editorial of colored glass and cheap minerals. Thus, more than half a century his reputation has

ability was more than compensated or respartalite, for instance, is imitated by means apparently not yet reached the servants' hall.

couped by early intelligence. of a dark-red glass, in which is placed a thin

A cute Yankee of the district one day ensection of calcite. The combination is then Those who with the writer can look back tered the private room of the less affluent mounted in Canada balgam between two plates forty years or more, may recollect a native of editor, agd warmly condoled with him on the of glass." An optician in Berlin is credited the “Silver-Coasted Isle," an habitué of Paris, vexation caused him by his opponent's adwith the authorship of this deception, and

who was conspicuous from his penchant for vantage; but he made an important observawhy his name is withheld we are at a loss to

hanging on to the skirts of royalty. At the tion which commanded immediate attention. understand.

same time he had another great quality, of “I guess I can beat him and sarve you."'

occasionally giving excellent dinners. Lord 6 How?" asked the anxious editor. It is said that it seeds of barley-corn, etc., Alvanley was in Paris, and his friend came got a lot of first-class carrier-pigeons which I be placed between moist pieces of litmus-pa- one morning to him to ask his advice. He can sell to you as cheap, or cheaper, as any bird per, the roots, as they grow, stick to the paper, the day previous had been ignobly kicked by o the sort in the States, and I can command and color it an intense red. By an addition a subject of King William IV.

" What am I

a lot more, if need be, up to two hundred." of the tincture of litmus, this red color may be to do, Lord Alvanley?"_“Do!” said the fa- The editor jumped at the offer, and the greatly intensified. This result would seem cetious lord, “why, call him out.”—“No, pigeon-expresses proved a success, so much to indicate the separation from the roots of a Alvanley, that is treating the matter too seri- 80 as almost to drive the rival editor wild. strong non-volatile acid, and the fact, as here ously ; but I thought of writing to him to ask The Yankee waited until the pear was ripe, demonstrated, may be one of marked signifi- for an apology.”—“He is not such a fool as to when he paid the express-editor a visit. “I cence in vegetable chemistry and physiology. write an apology; therefore, unless you send guess, Mr. Editor, I feel very much for you,

him a message by a friend to demand per- for that d-d Mr. is driving a wonderful That our readers may be prepared for any

sonal satisfaction, there is but one alterna- trade with his pigeon-expresses ; but I can subsequent revelations on the subject, we

tive."_" What is that?"_"Sit down when- beat him and sarve you, and that pretty sharp." would state that Mr. Edison, of Newark, ever you see him."

-“ In what manner?"_"Why, by hawks. clairns to have discovered either a new force

I have got two dozen tarnation sharp hawks, or a modification of electric force, which, if it A friend used to relate an anecdote of his accomplish one-half that is claimed for it, first visit to Paris during its occupation by the

which I can sell to you as cheap, or cheaper, will effect far more for the cause of progress allied arinies after Waterloo.

as any birds o' tbe sort were ever sold in the He was, like

Northern States." than we dare to conceive. But of this more myself, extremely bald. At that time Engwhen more is known. lishmen were terribly victimized in the French

A bargain was at once struck, and a sharp capital. He entered a hairdresser's to be

lookout was kept whenever a pigeon was seen From recent reports, it would appear that

to be let loose from the other newspaper ofoperated upon, and was thunderstruck to find Mr. Stanley and his sail-boat Lady Alice will

himself charged ten francs.

“ Ten francs,"

fice. The hawks did their duty well by gensoon have to compete with an English steamexclaimed my friend, " for cutting my hair !"

erally capturing their quarry. er for the honor of exploration on the Albert

The Yankee now paid the disappointed “Oh, no, monsieur, not for cotting your hair, Niyanza. Colonel Gordon has, it appears, suc- but for finding de hair to cot."

editor a visit, so soon as the success of the ceeded in ascending the river to a point above

hawks over the pigeons was an established the rapids, whence a passage to the lake is un- A Scotch gentleman of fortune, on his fact. “I guess, Mr. Editor, I feel very much obstructed.

death-bed, asked the minister - whether, if for you, for I'm informed that that fellow's

he left ten thousand pounds to the kirk, bis hawks are killing your pigeons; and I can In his will, dated October 16, 1875, Sir

salvation would be certain." The cautious make all that square for you, and pretty Charles Wheatstone bequeaths all his scien- minister responded, “I would na like to be sharp!"_" What do you mean?”—“ Why, tific books and instruments to the corporation positive, but it's weel worth the trying." The Mr. Editor, l've got six eagles which I can of King's College, London. This gift is ac- gentleman paid the money, and soon after- sell you a bargain; and if they don't settle companied by a legacy of twenty-five hundred ward gave up the ghost.

matters with the hawks, and that slick, I'm dollars, for the further purchase of scientific

not the man I take myself to be."'_“You instruments.

A witty, popular, and learned lord on the

are a d—d scoundrel! and if you don't take northern side of the Tweed, tells a story of a

yourself off, and that pretty quick, I know Scotch wife, shortly after the nuptial-knot somebody who will make you." had been tied, mildly expostulating with her husband for indulging in two tumblers of

We were on a visit at the house of some whiskey-toddy just before going to bed. friends, who the day previous had imported a ” “ Agnes, glass o'

fresh house-maid, bringing with her an excelthor of “Reminiscences of Fisty maks anither man o' me."'--"

lent character from her last place. Our agreeYears," is fresh from the London press. It William, you take two.”—“Ay, Agnes, that

able hostess came to us in the drawing-room gangs to the ither man.”

to tell us that her new house-maid had already has many anecdotes, of which we glean a

resigned. “She came to me to say that the few:

An English traveler arrived at one of those house-keeper would not give her no elevens. I

comfortable inns in the north of Scotland, asked her what she meant by no elevens. A friend of mine, during a stay at the sea- although probably ranking below Dalnacar-Why, ma'am, bread-and-cheese, with beer, side, sent her maid for some books to the li- doch or Dalwhinnie, and told the landlord he at eleven o'clock.' 'Oh, that is what you call brary. The dainsel returned with an armful felt unwell, at which the latter expressed his your elevens. Now, house-maid, as I give my of novels which she produced triumphantly. | regret.

servants an excellent and substantial breakfast “There, ma'am,” she said, “there's 'Oscar “What medical officer," said he, “have between eight and nine, and an equally good and Belinda ; or, Love Indeed;' there's ' Ze

you here?"
66 Medical officer, div ye say,

dinner between twelve and one; and, as I lia's Escape, and the Depths of Woe!' Would sir ?"_“I wish to see a physician.” “What- have no intention of giving elevens, I fear my you think, ma'am, the man wanted me to en kind o mon is he?"_" Confound it, I place will not suit you.' 'Oh dear no, ma'am, bring • The Life of Pitt,' in four volumes; want some medicine." • Weel, sir, we've I can remain in no lady's service who don't but I was not a-going to take that. I read it only twa medicines in this pairt o' the coun- give no elevens.""




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A much-esteemed friend of mine, a naval officer writes: On one oocasion when I re- APPLETONS' JOURNAL officer, writes to me: “Here's one I never saw turned from foreign service, my father turned

FOR JANUARY 1, 1876, in print. Two jolly tars were one day passing to me, and said, 'I thought you were in LonSt. Paul's, one of whom was trying to count don,' thinking I was my brother-yet he had the statues outside the building, when he re- not seen me for nearly four years-our resem

“THE MILL OF ST. HERBOT," marked to his shipmate, Why, I allus thought blance was so great."

By Mrs. MacQUOID, Author of "Patty," " My as how there was twelve Apostles." "Well, 80 The next and last anecdote I sball give is,

Story," etc., etc.; there was, but you wouldn't have 'em all on perhaps, the most remarkable of those that I

First installment (in four parts) of deck at once, would you?'” have. It was sent me by the brother of the

* A JOURNEY TO THE UNKNOWN," twins, who were in middle life at the time of

By JULIAN HAWTHORNE; its occurrence : Francis Galton, writing on twins, in Fra.

“ A was again coming horne

The opening chapters of from India on leave; the ship did not arrive ser, states that he had received about eighty for some days after it was due; the twin

"GATHERINGS FROM AN ARTIST'S PORTreturns of cases of close similarity, in many brother B had come up from his quarters to

FOLIO," of which were curious and instructive de. receive A, and their old mother was very ner

By JAMES FREEMAN. One morning A rushed in, saying, '( tails :

Mr. James Freeman, an American artist who

has resided for thirty years in Rome, and during mother, how are you?' Her answer was, that time met many of the most distinguished men The manner and address of the thirty-five 'No, B, it's a bad joke; you know how anx- and women of the period, will give, under the above

title, bis reminiscences and experiences, wbich are pairs of twins is usually described as being ious I am!' and it was a little time before A

of the most entertaining character. very similar, though there often exists a dif- could persuade her that he was the real man.” And other papers of interest. ference of expression familiar to near relatives, but unperceived by strangers. The intonation of the voice when speaking is com

Notices. monly the same, but it frequently happens that the twins sing in different keys. Most singularly, tbat one point in which similarity

OUR FRIENDS WILL HAVE NOTICED the advertisement of Messrs. Decker is rare is the handwriting. I cannot account Brothers in our pages for some time past. The foundation of the house was unostentatiously laid in 1862, with for this, considering how strongly handwrit

a small capital in money, but a capital large in experience in all that was necessary to produce instruments to ing runs in families, but I am sure of the fact.

sell to a critical public-experience gained by an acquaintance from their earliest youth with every (even the One of my inquiries was for anecdotes as

minutest) detail of the mechanism of the piano-forte, and by having filled the most responsible positions in the regards the mistakes made by near relatives

establishments of the earlier manufacturers of our time. They indulged in no rosy fancies of sudden popularity : between the twins. They are numerous, but

and a quickly-realized fortunc. Of simple tastes, they undertook the business, not so much as a means to wealth

as for the purpose of improving the manufacture. Being practical artisans themselves, and familiar with the not very varied in character. When the twins

capabilities of every man employed in the business in New York, they found no difficulty in securing the ser. are children they have commonly to be dis

vices of the highest skill for each department. Good mechanics prefer employment where their ability is not tinguished by ribbons tied round their wrist

only well paid for, but is also properly appreciated, and the estimation in which the DECKER BROTHERS weze or neck; nevertheless, the one is sometimes

held was such as to cause the leading journeymen in other factories to seek engagements at their hands. The fed, physicked, and whipped, by mistake for

instruments manufactured by this firm fully realized the standard of what a well-made piano, for tone and durathe other, and the description of these little

bility, should be. The firm is one of the most prominent of representative piano-forte makers in the world, hafa domestic catastrophes is usually given to me

ing won their proud position by the intrinsic merits of the instruments of its make. Their ware-roems, at 33 by the mother in a phraseology that is some- Union Square, are well designed for their business, and afford every opportunity for testing the tone and for what touching by reason of its seriousness. I

the inspection of the finish of their pianos. have one case in which a doubt remains whether the children were not changed in their bath,

IVE COPY THE FOLLOWING in regard to the fur-trade from the New York Tribune : and the presumed A is not really B, and vice

“ Among holiday - presents there seem to be none more appropriate to the season, and, on that account, In another case an artist was engaged

more welcome to the fortunate recipients of them, than articles of fur. At the fur-house of C. G. GUNTHER'S on the portraits of twins who were between Sons, at No. 502 Broadway, a very fine stock of furs has been collected for the holiday-trade. This is headquarthree and four years of age; he had to lay ters for the fur-trade, the house having the recognized leadership. The members of the firm state that this wiaside his work for three weeks, and, on re- ter bids fair, notwithstanding the financial stringency, to be very profitable to fur-dealers. The rich furs, which suming it, could not tell to which child the have been very much in demand for a few years, are even more sought for this winter. This is especially true respective likenesses he had in hand belonged.

of seal-skin, which is more universally worn than ever before, in the shape of caps, muffs, sacques, etc. The The mistakes nre less numerous on the part

peculiarly rich, dark color of the far of the seal, its fine lustre, velvety softness, and enduring qualities, accrunt for of the mother during the boyhood and girl

the favor with which it is regarded. Ladies' sacques made of scal-skin, plain or trimmed with silver-fox, otter, and

other furs of contrasting colors, are exhibited by the Messrs. Gunther in great variety, as to shape, size, nichhood of the twins, but almost as frequent on

ness of material, and cost. Some of these cost $350. Hats, caps, muffs, and other articles of dress made of the the part of strangers. I have many instances

same fur, are sold at prices varying with the quality of the material. Among the other much-prized furs et of tutors being unable to distinguish their

Russian sable, a set of which, consisting usually of a muff and boa, costs from $200 to $1,200; Hudson's Bay twin pupils.

sable, which is fine but much cheaper than Russian sable ; silver, black, and blue fox furs. Chinchilla is ssed No less than nine anecdotes have reached chiefly for trimmings on other furs. The fur of the silver fox is especially valued on account of its brilliarcy. me of a twin seeing his or her reflection in a It is of a light, bluish-gray color, sprinkled with glistening white points. Both mink and ermine have lost nach looking-glass, and addressing it in the belief of their popularity recently, but they are still worn on account of their durability. Ermine costs only about hali it was the other twin in person. I have many as much as formerly. Many articles are made of Alaska sable or black marten fur. This is very durable, and anecdotes of mistakes when the twins were

a muff and boa made of it are sold for from $15 to $25." nearly grown up. Thus : “Amusing scenes occurred at college when one twin came to SCIENTIFIC BOOKS. —Send 10 cents for General Catalogue of Works on Architecvisit the other; the porter on one occasion ure, Astronomy, Chemistry, Engineering, Mechanics, Geology, Mathematics, etc. * D. VAN VOSTRAND, refusing to let the visitor out of the college- Publisher, 23 Murray Street, New York. gates, for, though they stood side by side, he professed ignorance as to which he ought to APPLETONSAMERICAN CYCLOPÆDIA, illustrated with several thousand! allow to depart."

Maps and Engravings, is the very best selection that could be made for a Christmas or New-Year's Gift. It is I have four or five instances of doubt dur

a peculiarly appropriate and admirable gift in the following cases: From church-members to their minister; from ing an engagement of marriage. Thus : A Sunday-school teachers to their superintendent; from scholars to their teacher; from a citizen to a school or dis married first, but both twins met the lady to- trice library: from artisans to their foreman; from members of a club or society to their president; from any yether for the first time, and fell in love with person to a friend; from a parent to a son; as a wedding or birthday gift. It is as noble and handsome an ornaher there and then. A managed to see her

ment as a piece of plate, and far more useful; it is choice, elegant, dignified, appropriate, and of lasting benefit to home and to gain her affections, tbough B

the recipient. The American CYCLOPÆDIA will be completed in sixteen handsome octavo volumes, fourteen of went sometimes courting in his place, and

which are now ready for delivery. The remaining two will be published during the present winter. It is a com neither the lady nor her parents could tell plete library in itself, affording a full survey and summary of every subject in science, art, history, philosophy

. industry, belles-lettres—a thorough and exhaustive Dictionary of General Knowledge, and a work indispensabile which was which." I have also a German

to lawyers, merchants, manufacturers, statesmen, men of letters, and students of every grade Those who design letter, written in quaint terms, about twin to present this great American work can arrange for the delivery of the two volumes necessary for its completion brothers who married sisters, but could not as soon as they are published. Prices are as follows: in cloth, $5.00 per vol. ; in library style, $1.00 per volg: easily be distinguished by them.

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