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Kansas Monthly Souvenir from Atchison, Kansas • 18

Kansas Monthly Souvenir from Atchison, Kansas • 18

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MONTHLY SOUVENIR. at Frankbur in the East Indies is dead, and that I am his sole heiress. The lieutenant lost no time. He set out for the village. The young lady was overwhelmed with joy on seeing her lover once more, but reproached him for his long silence.

Dont let us talk of it, dear Marie, he replied. There is now no obstacle to our union. The unexpected good fortune which Providence has sent us has removed the objections of my parents to our marriage for a fortune so great, so colossal At these words Marie looked at him with a puzzled smile and somewhat pained expression and taking his hand, said, Fritz, do not make fun of me. The lover drew out of his pocket the telegram he had received, asking her whether she had not written the words, My uncle has just died a millionaire at Utterly astounded, Marie dropped his hand, and said sadly, her eyes filled with tears, Dear Fritz, there is a mistake in the telegram, What I wrote was, My uncle has just died a missionaire in the East Indies, and the amount he has left me is just I96fr. The lieutenant then hurriedly returned to Berlin a sadder and a wiser man.

successful charge of bayonets, how few have been killed by the point in charging thrusts. -The men have died from thrusts during flight, or from the clubbed i.e butt-end) blows, or pierced when on the ground, or have been trampled to death. Courtship. Falling in love is an old fashion, and one that will yet endure, Cobbett, a good, sound writer, says Between the ages of fifteen and twenty-two, all people will fall in love. Shakspeare pushes out this season to the age of forty-five.

The old Greek epigram on a statue of Cupid is perfectly true Whoer thou thy master see Who was, oris, or is to be. No'one can escape from this passion. We find in all past history; the quaintest, quietest of men, the most saintly, cold, stone-like beings, have all had their moments of intense love-madness. The grave, sententious Johnson, the- great and good Sir Samuel Romilly, Caesar, Napoleon, David, Solomon, Socrates, all were slaves of the power, which few, if any, can control. So much for its universality.

Its influence admitted, its nature known, the diagnosis, in fact, of the disease being made, and its course determined, we may all of us make up our minds not to oppose it, but to control it. We must all, being men and women, fall in love, and go courting or be courted. Granted; but there is a method even in this: let us fall in love wisely and well. Now, any one who could teach a nation how to do so would deserve a statue of gold. He would deserve it more than any inventor, philosopher, or law-giver that ever lived.

No one man can do so but he can do something towards it. In the first place, we must get rid of the idea that love cannot be directed. We believe that it can. It will not do to dam up the stream till it overflows. It is a passion, and one of great force; but surely it is not a blind, foolish one.

So much happiness depends on courtship, that it is really a serious matter the most important, save one, in life and that one is marriage itself. In ninety cases out of a hundred, people do not fall over head in love all of a sudden. There is the beginning, the middle, and the end to that, as there is to everything in life. Companionship, small attentions, a thousand little niceties, precede the passion; and it is then that the young people should be on the look-out. It is well to remember that courtship is the real springtime of life; that nothing sordid or base should approach, nothing mean enter, the minds of the lovers.

He is about to pay her, and she him, the highest compliment a man or woman can pay. He circumscribes all his chances or hopes in one. To him she gives up all her rights, her liberties her very fate. Early Method of Writing. Some of the earliest methods of writing are singular evidences of the progress of civilization.

Bricks, tiles, star-shells, ivory, bark, and leaves of trees were used to write on and from the latter leaves of books are probably derived. Copper and brass plates were early in use, and a bill of feoffment on copper was some years since discovered in India, bearing date one- hundred years B. c. Leather was also used, as well as wooden tablets. Then papyrus came into vogue, and about the eighth century the papyrus was superseded by parchment.

Paper, however, is of great antiquity, especially among the Chinese, but the first paper mill in England was built in 1586, by a German, in Kent. Nevertheless, it was nearly a century and a half before Thomas Watkins, a stationer, brought papermaking to anything like perlection. The first approach to a pen was the stylus a kind of iron bodkin but the Romans forbade its use on account of its frequent use in quarrels, and then it was made of bone. Subsequently reeds, pointed and split like pens in the present day, were used. MIS CELLANEO US.

Life and Scenes in Russia. This mammoth stretch of country, embracing so large a portion of Europe and Asia, is not well known to us. Miss Edna Proctor, in. her Russian Journey, recently published, gives much information in regard to its people and their customs, from which we learn that Moscow is full of interest outside of Kremlin and church and palace. Its situation is high and healthful, and its half-million inhabitants are spread over ail area greater than that of any other European city, except London.

It is the largest manufacturing town in Russia, having within its walls and suburbs nearly two hundred factories for the weaving of silk alone, and when more railways have penetrated the East, it will be the mart of exchange for Europe and Asia. Miss Proctor says that nothing can be more interesting than that labyrinth of shops called the Great Bazaar, in whose long arcades each trade has its quarter; none among them more inviting than that devoted to jewelers and silversmiths, whose shelves and counters shine with the crystals and gems of Siberia and India, and with articles of the exquisite niello work peculiar to the country. At each merchant's right hand was seen a small frame filled with ivory balls, strung on wires by which he reckoned his accounts; and, perhaps, standing near it was a glass of tea. Scarcely less attractive is the Raidi, an open bazaar, the center of the traffic in wax tapers, sacred pictures, and the lamps which burn before them. When one remembers that no Russian room, whether in hut, or palace, or place of public resort, is complete without its holy picture hung high in the farthest corner, it explains these piles upon piles of madonnas and heaps of saints and apostles, framed in every form and fashion to suit varying tastes and means.

Then there is the fair held on Sundays in the street the bazaar of the poorest classes, where every variety of trash, spread over rude tables or upon mats on the ground, finds a market. Miss Proctor says that a novel feature of the city are the tea-houses, with their white-robed attendants, who serve the delicate overland tea to the ladies in cups, to the gentlemen in deep glass tumblers with a slice of lemon dropped into it instead of cream. To these quiet tables, she says, come friends for genial talk buyers and sellers to consummate their bargains civilians and soldiers to discuss politics and promotion, and all classes for recreation and cheer. The finest tea there costs about seven dollars a pound, and a leaf or two make a cup full. When drawn it is of a faint amber color, and has a delicious rjoma.

Hot tea is sold about the streets in winter, as lemonade is in summer. When sugar is used, it is not dropped into the cup or glass, but the lump is held in the hand, and a bite taken now and then an inconvenient way, for the fine-grained, solid beet-root sugar is as hard as a stone. A Swiss Romance. A letter from Vaud states that a young lieutenant, wounded in the late war between France and Germany, was sent to a quiet village in that canton to recruit his strength. There he made the acquaintance of a young lady of the same village and the couple became engaged.

The grief of the lovers, when the time came to part, may be imagined, but, with many vows of constancy, the lieutenant at last tore himself away, and in due time arrived at Berlin. At first his letters were filled with protestations of the enduring nature of his love, but gradually, as time wore on, they became less frequent and much colder in tone. Six weeks had elapsed since he had last written, when instead of a letter full of reproaches, the lieutenant received a telegram from his dear Marie, in the following words Dear Fritz, I have just received a letter, informing me that my uncle, who was a millionaire Johnny. Only five bites Jimmy, and Ill put my hands behind me. Eyes During Bayonet Charges.

But the power of the eye is yet more strikingly illustrated by the fact that when two bodies of infantry meet in a charge of bayonets, the front rank, on one side or the other, almost invariably gives way directly the bayonets are crossed, that is, before the -cold fteel enters the body of either party. The front ranks givingway, therear ranks are generally broken, and a rout ensues. The dreadful passion and fixed resolve in the eyes of the front rank on one side overpowers that of their antagonists, whose hearts quail before them. Calculations have been made to supersede this, by the order that each soldiers bayonet shall not take the man directly in front of him inthe enemys ranks, but the next man to the left. A systematic mutuality of reliance was thus provided for, and the effect of the enemys eyes superseded.

It was a horribly clever idea. But in vain the eye of the weaker will only shimmer and waver between the two trembles for the midriff and no doubt gives the preference to the man whose bayonet-point is within a few inches of the juste milieu. Between the two he generally falls, ortakes to flight. The single-minded glare of the devil of war reflects the prefulgent horror of the cold steel point. It is examining the dead bodies on a field of battle, after there has been a.

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