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Title: Harper's Young People, September 14, 1880 - An Illustrated Weekly
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Tuesday, September 14, 1880. Copyright, 1880, by HARPER & BROTHERS.
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The boys who attended Mr. Morton's Select School in the village of
Laketon did not profess to know more than boys of the same age and
advantages elsewhere; but of one thing they were absolutely certain, and
that was that no teacher ever rang his bell to assemble the school or
call the boys in from recess until just that particular instant when the
fun in the school-yard was at its highest, and the boys least wanted to
come in. A teacher might be very fair about some things: he might help a
boy through a hard lesson, or give him fewer bad marks than he had
earned; he might even forget to report to a boy's parent's all the cases
of truancy in which their son had indulged; but when a teacher once
laid his hand upon that dreadful bell and stepped to the window, it
really seemed as if every particle of human sympathy went out of him.

On one bright May morning, however, the boys who made this regular daily
complaint were few; indeed, all of them, except Bert Sharp, who had
three consecutive absences to explain, and no written excuse from his
father to help him out, were already inside the school-room, and even
Bert stood where he could look through the open door while he cudgelled
his wits and smothered his conscience in the endeavor to frame an
explanation that might seem plausible. The boys already inside lounged
near any desks but their own, and conversed in low tones about almost
everything except the subject upper-most in their minds, this subject
being a handsome but rather sober-looking boy of about fourteen years,
who was seated at a desk in the back part of the room, and trying,
without any success whatever, to look as if he did not know that all the
other boys were looking at him.

It was not at all wonderful that the boys stared, for none of them had
ever before seen the new pupil, and Laketon was so small a town that the
appearance of a strange boy was almost as unusual an event as the coming
of a circus.

"Let's give it up," said Will Palmer, who had for five minutes been
discussing with several other boys all sorts of improbabilities about
the origin of the new pupil; "let's give it up until roll-call; then
we'll learn his name, and that'll be a little comfort."

"I wish Mr. Morton would hurry, then," said Benny Mallow. "I came early
this morning to see if I couldn't win back my striped alley from Ned
Johnston, and this business has kept us from playing a single game.
Quick, boys, quick! Mr. Morton's getting ready to touch the bell."

The group separated in an instant, and every member was seated before
the bell struck; so were most of the other boys, and so many pairs of
eyes looked inquiringly at the teacher that Mr. Morton himself had to
bite his lower lip very hard to keep from laughing as he formally rang
the school to order. As the roll was called, the boys answered to their
names in a prompt, sharp, business-like way, quite unusual in
school-rooms; and as the call proceeded, the responses became so quick
as to sometimes get a little ahead of the names that the boys knew were

Suddenly, as the names beginning with G were reached, and Charlie Gunter
had his mouth wide open, ready to say "Here," the teacher called, "Paul

"Here!" answered the new boy.

A slight sensation ran through the school; no boy did anything for which
he had to be called to order, yet somehow the turning of heads, the
catching of breath, and the letting go of breath that had been held in
longer than usual made a slight commotion, which reached the ears of the
strange pupil, and made his look rather more ill at ease than before.
The answers to the roll became at once less spirited; indeed, Benny
Mallow was staring so hard, now that he had a name to increase his
interest in the stranger, that he forgot entirely to answer to his name,
and was compelled to sit on the chair beside the teacher's desk from
that moment until recess.

That recess seemed longer in coming than any other that the school had
ever known--longer even than that memorable one in which a strolling
trio of Italian musicians had been specially contracted with to begin
playing in the school-yard the moment the boys came down. Finally,
however, the bell rang half past ten, and the whole roomful hurried down
stairs, but not before Mr. Morton had called Joe Appleby, the largest
boy in school, and formally introduced Paul Grayson, with the expressed
wish that he should make his new companion feel at home among the boys.

Appleby went about his work with an air that showed how fully he
realized the importance of his position: he introduced Grayson to every
boy, beginning with the largest; and it was in vain that Benny Mallow,
who was the youngest of the party, made all sorts of excuses to throw
himself in the way of the distinguished couple, even to the extent of
once getting his feet badly mixed up with those of Grayson. When,
however, the ceremony ended, and Appleby was at liberty, so many of the
boys crowded around him, that the new pupil was in some danger of being

"Find out for yourselves," was Appleby's dignified and general reply to
his questioners. "I don't consider it gentlemanly to tell everything I
know about a man."

At this rebuke the smaller boys considered Appleby a bigger man than
ever before, but some of the larger ones hinted that Appleby couldn't
very well tell what he didn't know, at which Appleby took offense, and
joined the group of boys who were leaning against a fence, in the shade
of which Will Palmer had already inveigled the new boy into

"By-the-way," said Will, "there's time yet for a game or two of ball.
Will you play?"

"Yes, I'll be glad to," said Grayson.

"Who else?" asked Will.

"I!" shouted all of the boys, who did not forget their grammar so far as
to say "Me!" instead. Really, the eagerness of the boys to play ball had
never before been equalled in the memory of any one present, and Will
Palmer cooled off some quite warm friends by his inability to choose
more than two boys to complete the quartette for a common game of ball.
It did the disappointed boys a great deal of good to hear the teacher's
bell ring just as Will Palmer "caught himself in" to Grayson's bat.

"You play a splendid game," said Will to Grayson as they went up stairs
side by side. "Where did you learn it?"

Joe Appleby, who was on the step in front of the couple, dragged just an
instant in order to catch the expected information, but all he got was a
bump from Palmer, that nearly tumbled him forward on his dignified nose,
as Grayson answered,

"Oh, in several places; nowhere in particular."

Palmer immediately determined that he would follow his new schoolmate
home at noon, and discover where he lived. Then he would interview the
neighbors, and try to get some information ahead of that stuck-up Joe
Appleby, who, considering he was only four months older than Palmer
himself, put on too many airs for anything. But when school was
dismissed, Palmer was disgusted at noting that at least half of the
other boys were distributing themselves for just such an operation as
the one he had planned. Besides, Grayson did not come down stairs with
the crowd. Could it be possible that he was from the country, and had
brought a cold lunch to school with him? Palmer hurried up the stairs to
see, but met the teacher and the new boy coming down, and the two walked
away, and together entered the house of old Mrs. Bartle, where Mr.
Morton boarded.

"He's a boarding scholar," exclaimed Benny Mallow. "I've read of such
things in books."

"Then he'll be stuck up," declared Joe Appleby.

This opinion was delivered with a shake of the head that seemed to
intimate that Joe had known all the ways of boarding scholars for
thousands of years; so most of the boys looked quite sober for a moment
or two. Finally Sam Wardwell, whose father kept a store, broke the
silence by remarking, "I'll bet he's from Boston; his coat is of just
the same stuff as one that a drummer wears who comes to see father

"Umph!" grunted Appleby; "do you suppose Boston has some kinds of cloth
all to itself? _You_ don't know much."

The smaller boys seemed to side with the senior pupil in this opinion;
so Sam felt very uncomfortable, and vowed silently that he would bring a
piece of chalk to school that very afternoon, and do some rapid
sketching on the back of Appleby's own coat. Then Benny Mallow said:
"Say, boys, this old school must be a pretty good one, after all, if
people somewhere else send boarders to it. His folks must be rich: did
you notice what a splendid knife he cut his finger-nails with?--'twas a
four-blader, with a pearl handle. But of course you didn't see it, and I
did; he used it in school, and my desk is right beside his."

Will Palmer immediately led Benny aside, and offered him a young
fan-tail pigeon, when his long-expected brood was hatched, to change
desks, if the teacher's permission could be obtained. Meanwhile Napoleon
Nott, who generally was called Notty, and who had more imagination than
all the rest of the boys combined, remarked, "I believe he's a foreign
prince in disguise."

"He's well-bred, anyhow," said Will Palmer to Benny Mallow. "I hope
he'll be man enough to stand no nonsense. He's big enough, and smart
enough, if looks go for anything, to run this school, and I'd like to
see him do it--anything to get rid of Joe Appleby's airs."

Then the various groups separated, moved by the appetites that boys in
good health always have. One boy, however--Joe Appleby--was man enough
to deny his palate when greater interests devolved upon him, so he made
some excuse to go back to the school-room, so as to be there when the
teacher and his new charge returned. Half an hour later Benny Mallow,
who had sneaked away from home as soon as the dessert had been brought
in, and had vulgarly eaten his pie as he walked along the street--Benny
Mallow walked into the school-room, and beheld the teacher, Joe Appleby,
and Paul Grayson standing together as if they had been talking. As Benny
went to his seat Joe followed him, and bestowed upon him a look of such
superiority that Benny determined at once that some marvellous mystery
must have been revealed, and that Joe was the custodian of the entire
thing. Benny was so full of this fancy that he slipped down stairs and
told it as fact to each boy who appeared, the result being to make Joe
Appleby a greater man than ever in the eyes of the school, while Grayson
became a tormenting yet most invaluable mystery.




  Good-by, vacation, you jolly old time--
    Good-by to your idle hours;
  Good-by to dear fields and mountains and glens,
    And the beautiful sweet wild flowers;
  Good-by to the hours of frolic and fun,
    And to freedom's all-glorious reign;
  For vacation is ended, it's season is o'er,
    And now for our school life again.

  No longer the fences we'll merrily scale,
    Nor climb to the tree-tops each day;
  But the ladder of learning before us is raised,
    And upward we'll wend our way.
  Ah, deep in our hearts will the memory lie
    Of the happy old days so dear,
  And over our books we will wearily sigh,
    "Oh, would our vacation were here!"

  The bright days yet linger, the grass still is green,
    Not yet have the mountains turned gray;
  But what are the charms of sweet nature, alas!
    Since vacation has vanished away?
  But there is one comfort--the seasons roll round,
    And all in good time we shall hear
  Dame Nature's glad joy-bell ring gayly once more,
    "School is out, and vacation is here."



"Yes, boys, de tide's a-comin' in now. Dat yot ob mine'll float afore

"General," said Bob Fogg, "may we have your skiff for our yacht club a
little while to-day?"

"No, sah," replied George Washington, positively, with a wide grin on
his wrinkled, old, very black face. "De club can't hab no skiff ob mine.
Ef dey wants to borry my yot, dey can, dough."

"Bob," said Tommy Conners, "don't you know a sailin' vessel from a

"Look at the mast," said Gus Martin.

"And the sail," said Stuyvesant Rankin, with some dignity.

"Now, Sty," said General George Washington, as he limped a few feet
further from the spot where his rugged-looking old boat lay stuck in the
mud, "wot do you know 'bout sails? Youah mudder nebber went to sea.
She's a dressmaker."

"We can have the yacht, then, General, mast and sail and all?"

The little old black man evidently liked the members of that club, but
he shook his grizzled head doubtfully. "You mought tip ober, and git
yerselves drownded."

"No, we won't," exclaimed Put Varick; "every one of us can swim across
the Harlem and back again."

"'Cept wen de tide's runnin' too strong. Well, it's wuff w'ile dat you
kin swim. I 'mos' upsot her myself dis berry mornin' comin' home.
Wouldn't I lost a heap ob crabs! More'n a bushel. Real blue-leg channel
crabs, bestest kind."

There was more to be said, but the yacht club carried the day, and the
General limped off, turning now and then to chuckle, as he saw his young
friends crowding into the wonderful craft on the mud.

"Ef dey hasn't h'isted de sail! Yah! yah! Gwine to sail dat yot ob mine
right across de sand-bank!"

There was hardly wind enough for that; but it would be some time before
the tide would rise high enough to float the boat, and the club were not
in a state of mind to wait.

"Tell you what, boys, we'll have a cruise," said Bob Fogg. "She's a
beauty. Let's have a 'lection of officers before we start."

They were all agreed on that, but Joe McGinnis insisted that the
grown-up yacht clubs never had any elections.

"They just draw cuts, boys, and they give the longest straw to the man
that owns the club, to begin with."

"That's the best way," said Tommy Conners; "but the General's gone

"I'll take his cut for him," shouted Bob Fogg. "I'll choose to be
Bo's'n, 'cause I know how to steer."

Nobody objected, although every member of the club said he knew how to
steer, and Sty Rankin had a lot of straws ready in half a minute.

Tommy Conners drew the longest straw, and said he would be Captain; but
when Gus Martin came next, and decided to be a Commodore, Tommy
muttered, ruefully, "I'd forgot about that."

Stuyvesant Rankin's memory was still better, for he had hardly compared
his straw with the others before he shouted, "I'll be Admiral of this

Put Varick was so stunned by that that he only said, "I'm Cook; there
won't be any work for me this trip."

"What am I, then?" asked Joe McGinnis, with the shortest straw in his

"You?" said Bob Fogg; "why, you're the Crew. Take hold of that larboard
oar, and pull it out of the mud. There's those three landlubbers up on
the bank. They'd pelt us if they dared."

The three landlubbers were there, and they were making loud remarks
about the club, but the yacht was almost ready to float now, and no
attention could be paid to them.

Just beyond the little creek where General George Washington kept his
boat spread the busy waters of the Harlem River, with the great city of
New York on both sides, but not very close to the edge of it. It was a
very busy sheet of water indeed. There were small steamboats carrying
passengers here and there; little tug-boats tugged and puffed and
coughed at the sides of big schooners loaded with lumber from Maine;
long race-boats, with gayly dressed oarsmen, darted swiftly over the
water, like great wooden pickerel, they were so long and sharp and
narrow. There were fishing-boats, pleasure-boats, steam-launches, even
canoes that were driven by one man and a paddle. But among them all
there was no other craft like General George Washington's "yot."

"Boys," exclaimed Captain Conners, "we've forgotten."

"What?" said Admiral Rankin.

"To name the boat."

"Oh, that's all right!" said Commodore Martin. "The General named her
himself. She's the _Hail Columbia_."

"Admiral," shouted Boatswain Bob Fogg, "she's beginning to float. You
get away forward there, beyond the mast. Captain, you and the Commodore
get in the middle. Now, Cook, you and the Crew pull hard a minute, and
we'll be out of the mud."

The Admiral obeyed, although there was hardly room to squeeze into, and
the mast crowded his back a little. The Cook and the Crew also obeyed,
and the _Hail Columbia_ suddenly shot away from the bank, and around the
head of the rotten old wooden pier.

"If there ain't those three landlubbers," exclaimed Boatswain Fogg, "out
on the pier head. And they've got a lot of half-bricks to spatter us


There they were; but at that moment the wind came up with a sudden puff,
and filled the sail which the genius of the General had added to the
motive power of that "yot." It was just at the wrong moment, for Captain
Tommy Conners and Commodore Gus Martin were having an argument over an
extra oar they had found in the bottom of the boat, and they were
rocking it badly. The Cook was rowing his best, but the tip of the boat
sent his oar deep under water, and the Crew suddenly found his oar
lifted out into the air.

"Joe McGinnis, you've caught a crab," exclaimed Boatswain Fogg. But
before he could say anything to the Captain and the Commodore, the three
landlubbers were at work.

Splash, splash, splatter! how those bricks and sticks did fall around
the _Hail Columbia_!

"Oh dear!" said Admiral Stuyvesant Rankin to himself, in the bows. "If
the yacht upsets, I'm the only member of the club that's got a new coat

The breeze came fresher and fresher, and in a minute more the _Hail
Columbia_ was out of reach of the "battery" on the pier head. Her sable
owner, however, was watching her from the door of his cabin with genuine

"Don't she go! Don't she jest slip fru de watah! She does moah sailin'
to de squar' foot dan any odder yot on de ribber."

So she did, if he meant that it took her longer to travel that foot, or
any other.

It was no joke to be "Bo's'n" of the _Hail Columbia_, as Bob Fogg soon
found out.

"Tell you what, boys," he said, "it's 'cause she hasn't any keel on her.
I have to keep steering all the while. There's no saying where she won't
go to."

"Keep along shore," shouted the Admiral from the bows. "You're heading
out into the river."

"Now, Sty, if you think you can steer this yacht better than I can, just
you come aft and try."

"Hey, there, you young pirates! Where are you heading for?"

It was the shout of a big-armed young fellow in a shell race-boat, who
found himself suddenly compelled to pull to the right desperately to
avoid being run down by the _Hail Columbia_.

"Lookout! Oh--"

Thump. "I declare!"

The first exclamation was from the tall, slim gentleman in the
"out-riggered" wherry, who had been racing with the big-armed young man,
and had not been looking out well enough.

He tried to turn to the left, but it was very late to try, and the
suddenness of it helped him "catch a crab" with his starboard oar. When
he said "Oh," he was just going over into the water.

The "thump" and the other exclamation did no harm to the _Hail
Columbia_, but the fat old gentleman in the tub of a pleasure-boat that
had bumped against the yacht remarked:

"The river swarms with boys to-day. I'm not sorry that other one got a
ducking. I've had to get out of his way twice."

The officers and crew of the _Hail Columbia_ were inclined to keep a
little quiet, all but their brave Boatswain.

"Don't you know how to steer, you fellows? Don't you know that sailing
vessels have the right of way? You ought to have blown your whistle

"I declare!" again exclaimed the old gentleman. "The child is perfectly

"Bo's'n," asked the Commodore, "can't we tack and keep along shore

"We can't tack with the sail up--not in this yacht; but we can let it
down and turn her round with the oars." They did that very thing, and in
five minutes more the _Hail Columbia_ was pointing her Admiral toward
the north shore of the Harlem again.

The slim man managed to get back into his "shell," but he had lost his
race with the big-armed man.

"Bo's'n," remarked the Commodore, as they sailed along, "you needn't run
us into the mud."

"I guess not," said Bob Fogg; "but if I can steer her close enough to
land, I'm going up as far as the bridge."

It was a grand cruise, and it lasted a long time; but when the _Hail
Columbia_ once more ran into the little cove, there was General George
Washington ready to say,

"Look a-heah, boys, I didn't say you mought cross de 'Lantic Ocean. I
wants dat yot to go for some bass."



No. V.


Beautiful the green meadows, the surrounding hills, and the distant
mountains forming the landscape in Walpole, New Hampshire, which Colonel
Benjamin Bellows and John Kilburn gazed upon on the banks of the
Connecticut River in 1749. They had built their log-houses with
loop-holes in the walls through which they could fire upon the Indians
in case they were attacked. Though peace had been agreed upon between
France and England, the people who lived along the frontier felt no
security, for the French in Canada were continually urging the Indians
to commit depredations on the English. It was a short and easy journey
from Crown Point, on Lake Champlain, to the valley of the Connecticut,
and the Indians who sold their furs to the French were frequent visitors
to the settlements along the Connecticut.

One of the Indians who visited John Kilburn was called Captain Philip.
He had been baptized and christened by the Jesuit priests at the Indian
village of St. Francis, on the banks of the St. Lawrence, half way from
Montreal to Quebec. The St. Francis tribe were called Christian Indians.
There were rumors that war would break out again between England and
France. Before war was declared hostilities began.

It was in the spring of 1755 that Captain Philip made a visit to John
Kilburn's house with some beaver-skins for sale. He wanted powder,
bullets, and flints for pay. While he was trading, Captain Philip was
running his eyes over the house, looking at the thick timbers, the
loop-holes in the walls. When he had finished his trade he visited the
other houses in the settlement. He was kindly treated. The settlers
never mistrusted that he was taking observations for future use.

August came. The settlers heard that war had begun, and knew that the
French and Indians might be upon them at any moment. They strengthened
their block-houses. No one went into the field to work alone. They
always carried their guns with them. They had some faithful watch-dogs
which always growled when Indians were about. There were nearly forty
men in the settlement. They were stout-hearted, and were determined not
to be driven out by the French and Indians. They appointed Colonel
Bellows to be their leader. He had a suspicion that Indians were about.

"We must have a supply of meal, so that in case we are attacked we shall
have something to eat," he said.

The settlers filled each a bag with corn, shouldered them, and then, in
single file, each man carrying his gun, they marched to the grist-mill
which they had erected, ground the corn into meal, shouldered the sacks
once more, and started homeward, their faithful watch-dogs trotting in
advance, paying no attention to squirrels or partridges, or game of that

Suddenly the dogs came back, growling, the hair on their backs in a

"There are Indians about. Throw down your sacks," said Colonel Bellows.

The men threw their sacks on the ground, dropped into the ferns, and
looked to the priming of their guns. The ferns were tall, and completely
concealed them. Colonel Bellows suspected that the Indians had laid an
ambuscade at a narrow place in the path which they must pass. He crept
slowly forward to see what he could discover, careful not to break a
twig or make any noise. He crept to the top of a little hill, peeped
through the ferns, and discovered a great number of Indians, nearly two
hundred, crouching behind trees, or lying on the ground, waiting for the
white men to enter the trap. He made his way back to his men, issued his
orders in a whisper, and all crawled through the ferns toward the
Indians till they were only a few rods from them.

All were ready. Every man sprang to his feet, and yelled as loud as he
could, "Hi-ya! hi-ya!" It was a terrific howl.

The next moment not a settler was to be seen; all had dropped upon the
ground, and were concealed by the ferns.

In an instant every Indian was on his feet, firing his gun, but hitting

There was an answering flash from the ferns, each settler taking aim,
and the Indians sprang into the air, or fell headlong before the

The red men outnumbered the settlers five to one, but were so astounded
by the surprise that, picking up the wounded, they made a hasty retreat
into a swamp, and the settlers made all haste to their block-house,
anticipating an attack. Not one of them had been injured.

This body of Indians was a part of a band of more than three hundred,
led by Captain Philip, who had come from Canada with the expectation of
wiping out the settlements along the Connecticut, and of returning to
Canada with many prisoners and no end of scalps. It was at the
pleasantest season of the year. The woods were full of game, and with
the provisions they would get in the settlements which they intended to
destroy they would have an abundance of food.

Captain Philip, with the rest of the Indians, was creeping stealthily
through the woods toward John Kilburn's house. Mr. Kilburn and his son
John, Mr. Pike and his son, were out in the field reaping wheat, their
guns close at hand. Mr. Kilburn had trained his dog to scour the woods,
and the faithful animal ever had his eyes and ears open, and was
sniffing the wind if a wolf or bear was about. On this afternoon in
August the dog came running in with his hair in a ruff, and growling.

"Indians," said Mr. Kilburn. The men and boys seized their guns, ran for
the house, and had just time to get inside and bar the door when Captain
Philip and nearly two hundred Indians made their appearance.

The Indians staid at a safe distance, and so did Captain Philip, though
he came near enough to talk.

"Come out, old John! come out, young John! I give you good quarter," he


There were only the two men, the two boys, Mrs. Kilburn and her daughter
and four children, in the house, with three hundred Indians attacking
them, but John Kilburn was not in the least frightened--not he. Neither
was Mrs. Kilburn, nor her son or daughter. They had several extra guns;
Mrs. Kilburn and her daughter knew how to load them. They would rather
die than be taken prisoners. The Indians had no cannon, and their
bullets would not go through the stout timbers. Only by burning the
house would they be able to get in.

"Get you gone, you rascal, or I'll quarter you!" was the defiant answer
that John Kilburn shouted through one of the loop-holes to Captain
Philip, as the latter went back to the dark crowd of savages, who set up
the war-whoop.

"They yell like so many devils," said John Kilburn; but he was not in
the least disturbed by the howling.

Then the bullets began to come through the shingles on the roof, and
strike against the timbers.

The Indians surrounded the house, but there were loop-holes on each
side. Mr. Kilburn and Mr. Pike took two of the sides, and the two boys
the others. Bang! bang! went the guns of Mr. Kilburn and Mr. Pike. Bang!
bang! went the boys' guns. They could fire at a rest, and take
deliberate aim. The Indians could not see the muzzles of the guns, and
the moment one of the red men peeped from behind a tree his skull was in

One by one they fell, which enraged them all the more, and they crept
nearer, firing rapidly, riddling the shingles, hoping, quite likely,
that a bullet might glance down from the roof, and hit those inside.

"The roof looks like a sieve," said John Kilburn, as he looked up and
saw the holes.

Mrs. Kilburn and her daughter were loading the extra guns the while, and
handing them to the men and boys, who kept up such a rapid fire that the
Indians came to the conclusion that there were a large number of men in
the house.

"We shall soon be out of bullets," said Mrs. Kilburn.

A thought came: why not catch the bullets that were coming through the
roof? The balls had nearly spent their force when they came through, and
they hung up a blanket, with thick folds, which stopped them entirely;
and the girl, gathering them as they fell harmlessly upon the floor, put
them into a ladle, melted them, and ran new bullets, which soon were
whizzing through the air, and doing damage to the enemy.

All through the afternoon the fight goes on, the Indians aiming at the
loop-holes. Their bullets pepper the logs around them. One comes in, and
inflicts a ghastly wound in Mr. Pike's thigh, but the Indians do not
know it, and the brave defense is kept up till the Indians, foiled in
all their efforts, defeated, with several of their number dead and many
wounded from the volley fired by Colonel Bellows and his men, and by
those in the house, set Mr. Kilburn's wheat on fire, kill his cattle,
bury their dead, and slink away, not having taken a scalp or a prisoner.
They have only wounded one man.

When everything goes well with the Indian he can be very brave, but when
the tide is against him he quickly loses courage and becomes
disheartened, and so Captain Philip made his way back to Canada, very
much crest-fallen at the repulse received at the hands of two men, a
woman, two boys, and a brave-hearted girl.





No. 3.

About Combustion.



Combustion is only another name for burning, and burning in all ordinary
cases is _oxidation_, or union with oxygen, one of the gases that make
up our atmosphere. It is a _chemical_ change; that is, one by which we
get a new substance entirely unlike any of the substances united. Common
salt, for instance, is formed by the chemical union of a yellow,
bad-smelling gas and a soft silvery metal. When coal and wood are
burned, the chief products of the union with oxygen are carbonic acid
and water. The former is a colorless gas, and the latter is in the form
of invisible vapor, and both go up the chimney and mix with the outer
air. The ashes left behind are only what can not be burned or united
with the oxygen. If we collect all the products of the burning, together
with the ashes, we find that they weigh more than the coal or wood, the
increase being exactly equal to the weight of the oxygen consumed. No
kind of matter can be destroyed by any power known to us; it may unite
with other matter, and take many new forms, but its weight can be
neither increased nor diminished. The amount of matter in the universe
is always the same.

Oxygen must be heated before it will unite with coal or wood. The air is
at all times in contact with them, but they will not burn unless they
are first kindled. The chemical process itself, when once started,
generally produces heat enough to raise more oxygen to the proper
temperature, and thus the combustion is kept up. The point to which the
oxygen must be heated varies much with different substances, as is well
shown in kindling a coal fire. The heat produced by rubbing a match on a
rough surface suffices to make the oxygen unite with the phosphorus on
the end of the match; the burning of this causes heat enough for the
union of the oxygen with the sulphur, and the burning of the sulphur
enough to set the wood of the match on fire. The shavings, the kindling
wood, and the charcoal are in turn ignited, and the burning charcoal
develops heat enough to enable the oxygen to combine with the hard coal.
Each step in the operation requires more heat than the preceding step.
This seems a very simple thing now, but the anthracite beds of
Pennsylvania long remained useless because no one had found out how to
kindle the fuel, and the discovery was at last made half by accident.

There are some forms of combustion which are very unlike ordinary
burning, and yet are essentially the same, being cases of union with
oxygen. The only difference is that the process goes on slowly instead
of rapidly. We know that vegetable and animal substances decay when
exposed to the air; and decay is a slow burning. The oxygen of the air
gradually combines with the substances, converting them into carbonic
acid and water, and leaving only a small remnant of matter as the ashes
of the lingering combustion. The _heat_ produced in this case is found
to be precisely the same as in ordinary burning, but it is set free so
gradually that it escapes our notice.

We know that green wood decays much sooner than dry wood. Indeed, if
wood is kept perfectly dry, it will not decay for ages. In the dry
climate of Egypt wooden mummy cases have been preserved for more than
three thousand years. On the other hand, dry wood burns much quicker
than green wood; it is not easy to set the latter on fire. Why this
difference, if decay and burning are similar processes? The decay of the
green wood is due to the fact that the presence of moisture causes
certain changes in portions of the wood, which enable the oxygen to
attack it at a low temperature; and the slow combustion, once started,
is self-sustaining. But in ordinary burning the temperature must be
raised to a certain point before the oxidation can begin, and this point
can not be reached until the moisture is evaporated, which uses up a
good deal of heat.

This process of decay is continually going on in our bodies; but during
life the matter which is burned up is being constantly renewed from the
food we eat. The body is not only decaying, as dead animal matter
decays, but it is also wearing out. With every motion a part of the
muscles is actually consumed, and must be replaced by fresh material.
The heat of the body is likewise due to combustion, and must be kept up
by proper fuel, like the fires in our stoves and furnaces. The products
of all this burning are carbonic acid and water, which pass out of the
body through the lungs.

The rusting of metals is a slow combustion, and scientific men have
proved that, like decay, it develops heat. Iron can be easily burned in
pure oxygen, with the production of intense light and heat. Zinc and
some other metals can be burned in the air if heated very hot, and most
metals are rapidly consumed in the flame of the oxyhydrogen blow-pipe.
Indeed, every form of matter known to us can be burned, unless it has
already been burned. All substances belong to one of these two
classes--those that will burn, or unite with oxygen; and those that have
been burned, or are products of oxidation. Water belongs to the latter
class, and so do nearly all the rocks and solid matter of the earth.

Slow burning sometimes becomes rapid, and then we have what is called
_spontaneous combustion_. When cotton or tow which has become soaked
with oil is laid aside in heaps, the oxygen of the air begins to unite
with it; but the heat developed causes the oxidation to go on faster and
faster, until in some cases the mass bursts into a flame. The same thing
sometimes takes place in moist hay, the moisture starting the process,
as explained above, and the confined heat increasing until it is
sufficient to set the heap on fire.

[_By special arrangement with the author, the cards contributed to this
useful series, by_ W. J. ROLFE, A.M., _formerly Head-Master of the
Cambridge High School, will, for the present, first appear in_ HARPER'S

[Illustration: GETTING WEIGHED.]



It was the great day at the State Fair, and the sidewalks were nearly
deserted as Dave Burt went down Main Street toward the post-office. As
Dave approached the Town Hall, or the City Hall, as the good people of
Rawley were pleased to call that fine building, he glanced up at it, and
saw Mr. William Henry Barrington, the great lawyer, standing at one of
the large windows of his office. Mr. Barrington was frowning, and looked
up the street and down it as if impatiently waiting for some one.

"I'll bet he's mad 'cause he can't go to the fair," thought Dave.

A few days before, Billy Barrington, a nephew, had been telling the boys
of that fine office, with its brass-studded revolving chairs, great
bookcases of books, and a private room where the great lawyer ate his
dinner, which was sent up to him on a dumb-waiter from the restaurant in
the basement of the City Hall the moment he touched an electric bell.

Dave was recalling all the delightful possibilities of such a room,
when click! went something on the pavement before him.

"A penknife," said he, picking up the article, and then, looking in vain
among the branches of the tree for its owner. Examining the knife, he
noticed a slip of paper shut in under the largest blade, and on which
was written:

     "Five Dollars Reward! I am on the City Hall roof, and can't get
     down, as the spring-latch door has blown closed. Please send the
     janitor to release me.


"Why, he's our Governor!" said astonished Dave, aloud, and started to
look for the janitor. Dave had been on the roof with his father only the
day previous, and knew just how the door would act if it was not
fastened back.

Stout old Billy Simms, the janitor, in his shirt sleeves, had
comfortably propped himself back in an arm-chair to take a nap, when
rap-rap-rap sounded on the door. Billy's "office," as he called it, was
on the ground-floor of the City Hall.

"Well, boy, what's wanted?" gruffly demanded old Billy, having opened
the door and discovered Dave.

"Why, the Governor's shut out on the roof, and can't get down," said
Dave, handing Billy the paper. "He must have been looking at the Fair

Old Billy lowered his great silver-rimmed glasses from his forehead to
his nose, and read the paper. He gazed for a moment in a queer way over
his glasses at Dave, and then laying his hand pretty heavily on Dave's
shoulder, said, "Come with me."

"I haven't time; and, besides, I don't want any reward," answered Dave.

There was a small room, or closet, back of Billy's "office," toward
which he moved, holding fast to Dave.

Remembering that the old janitor was rather deaf, Dave then formed his
hands in the shape of a trumpet and shouted in the direction of Billy's
right ear, "I say, Billy, I haven't time to go with you."

"Don't you call me Billy, you young rascal!" fiercely exclaimed the old
man. "My name's Mr. William Simms."

Before Dave could make reply he felt himself shaken, pushed into the
closet, and saw the door nearly closed.

"There, you've played that trick once too often," said old Billy. "It's
downright murder in you boys to try and fool me into going up seven long
flights of steps on an awful hot day like this."

"I did find that paper," said Dave, indignantly.

"Don't tell me you're innocent; you're a desperate character," said old
Billy, slamming to the door, and turning the key. "Now," continued he,
shouting through the key-hole, "I'll leave you in there two or three
hours to think what a dreadful thing it is to try and trick an old
rheumatic veteran."

The closet, Dave saw, was where Billy kept his brooms and brushes; the
ceiling was very high, and a small round window far up on the wall
furnished the light. At the back of the closet was a small sliding
shutter, which, after considerable trouble, Dave managed to push up,
hoping he might escape through it into another room. It disclosed a
dark, square funnel, that seemed to extend far down below and far up
above him, and suspended in which were several wire ropes.

"It must be the funnel where the dumb-waiter slides," thought Dave, and
he caught hold of the nearest rope, pulling and shaking it to attract
attention, and calling loudly at the same time. At once he heard a
tinkle-tinkle of a small bell up the dark funnel; and then a scraping
sound from the same direction, seeming to draw nearer him. Directly the
dumb-waiter cage was seen descending, and Dave held fast to the wire
rope until the cage was within a short distance of his hand.

When the cage ceased to move he climbed into it by aid of a chair, and
curled himself up, hoping to go down into the restaurant. There was a
wire running through the cage, and supposing it to be the same he had
been previously holding, he pulled at it with both hands.

The cage began to move; but in place of going down, it began to move
upward. Dave was frightened; but before he could decide what he ought to
do, the cage had passed above the open shutter, and went on scraping
between four dark wooden walls. Up and up went the cage, until Dave felt
that he had traversed a distance far more than enough to have carried
him to the very tip of the lightning-rod on the City Hall cupola.

Suddenly he saw a thin streak of light before him, and quickly releasing
the wire, the cage moved a little further, and then came to a stop. Dave
lost no time in waiting to drum on the door, partition, or whatever it
was before him, and loudly called:

"Hello! Let me out! let me out!"

In a moment there was the sound of quick feet, a sliding shutter was
pushed aside, and such a flood of light shone into Dave's face that
before he could get the dazzle out of his eyes some one carefully lifted
him out of the cage, and stood him on his feet.

"What ever possessed you to take a ride in that carriage?" asked a
pleasant voice.

Dave shaded his eyes, and saw that he was standing before Mr. Barrington
in his private office.

"It's all that old Billy Simms's fault," said Dave, hotly, "and he ought
to be arrested. I found a paper on the pavement that said a man was
locked out on the City Hall roof, and please somebody come and open the
door for him. But when I gave it to Billy, he just locked me up in a
room, and said I was playing a trick on him, and the Governor wasn't on
the roof. Then I opened a shutter, and--"

"The Governor fastened out on the roof!" said Mr. Barrington. "I've been
waiting an hour for him to come and eat lunch with me, but this accounts
for his absence. Sit down, my little man." Then Mr. Barrington stepped
into another room, where Dave heard him send one of his law clerks to
release the Governor.

"I see you are Captain Burt's son David," said Mr. Barrington,
returning. "Simms has treated you very badly; but come--you must be
hungry, being shut up in that dark hole--sit down here at the table, and
eat some lunch. There will be plenty for the Governor."

Dave excused himself, having already dined.

"Then I know what you will eat--a Neapolitan ice."

The door opened, and the Governor entered, looking as though he was
nearly roasted; and in a moment Mr. Barrington had explained to him how
Dave had tried to have him released.

"I'm many times obliged to you, David," said the Governor, shaking
Dave's hand, and making him feel very proud.

The Governor was too near broiled himself to feel like eating lunch, but
the ices appearing, he helped Mr. Barrington and Dave to eat them.

When the ices were eaten, the Governor wished to give Dave the five
dollars, as promised, but he was very, very sure he ought not to take
it. In a few days, however, there came to Captain Burt's house a package
of books, marked "Master David Burt," and within was a note with the
compliments of the Governor.

[Begun in HARPER'S YOUNG PEOPLE No. 37, July 13.]




The navy, especially the portion composed of the gun-boat and
mortar-boat squadrons, performed most arduous and valuable services in
connection with the armies on the inland waters of the great basin of
the Mississippi. Soon after the capture of New Orleans, Farragut, with
Porter's mortar-boats, and transports with troops, ascended the
Mississippi to Vicksburg, and after that national vessels continued to
patrol the waters of the great river.


At that time cruisers built in British ports for the use of the
Confederates in preying upon American commerce were active on the seas.
The most conspicuous of these was the _Alabama_, which for eighteen
months illuminated the ocean with burning American vessels which her
commander (Semmes) had plundered and set on fire. In the summer of 1864
the _Kearsarge_ (Captain Winslow) fought her, off the coast of France,
and sent her to the bottom of the sea. Our government held the British
responsible for her outrages, and by the decision of an international
commission they were compelled to pay the Americans $15,500,000 in gold
for damages.

National gun and mortar boats carried on a wonderful amphibious warfare
among the bayous and in the tributaries of the Mississippi in 1863. In
their exploits Commodore D. D. Porter was most conspicuous. The
blockading squadron were very vigilant--so vigilant and active that
during the war they captured or destroyed British blockade-runners
valued, with their cargoes, at nearly $30,000,000.

In the spring of 1863 it was determined to attempt the capture of
Charleston, and Admiral Dupont was sent with a naval force to assist the
army in the work. It was a perilous undertaking, for the harbor was
guarded by heavy batteries aggregating three hundred great guns, and the
channels were strewn with torpedoes. The navy had a terrific battle.
"Such a fire, or anything like it, was never seen before," wrote an
eye-witness. The little Monitors sustained the battle bravely, while
tons of iron were hurled upon them from Fort Sumter and the shore
batteries. During the battle of forty minutes the Confederates sent 3500
shots. The attempt to capture the city failed, and the fleet was
withdrawn. It was renewed the following summer, when General Gillmore
with troops on Morris Island, and Admiral Dahlgren with a fleet,
attacked its most powerful defenses. They jointly attacked Fort Wagner,
on Morris Island, and Fort Sumter, not far off. They drove the garrison
from the former, and reduced the latter to a heap of ruins. But they did
not take Charleston.

Porter, with a fleet of gun-boats, went on a remarkable expedition up
the Red River, for the invasion of Texas, in company with a land force
under General Banks, in the spring of 1864. Nothing of importance was
accomplished. The greatest exploit of that expedition was the passage of
Porter's fleet down the rapids at Alexandria. While he was above, the
river had fallen. It was now dammed by Michigan troops, and from an
opened sluice the gun-boats were passed over the rapids, as logs are
borne down a shallow stream by lumbermen.

In the summer of 1864 the government determined to close the two
Southern ports yet open to British blockade-runners, namely, Mobile,
near the Gulf of Mexico, and Wilmington, on the Cape Fear River. For
this purpose Admiral Farragut appeared off the entrance to Mobile Bay,
with a strong naval force, in August. He entered the bay on the morning
of August 5, four iron-clad vessels leading the way, and immediately
followed by the _Hartford_ (the flag-ship) and three other wooden
vessels bound together in couples.

In order to observe every movement of his fleet, Farragut had himself
lashed to the mast in the round-top, and thence gave his orders through
a speaking-tube extending to the deck. In that position he endured the
terrible tempest of shot and shell while passing the forts guarding the
entrance to the bay, also in the subsequent fierce encounters with a
huge Confederate "ram" and gun-boats. At the beginning of the latter
encounters one of Farragut's best iron-clads (the _Tecumseh_) was sunk
in a few seconds by a torpedo exploded under her, when all but seventeen
of her one hundred and thirty men perished. Undismayed, Farragut pushed
on, won a victory, and permanently closed the port of Mobile. When the
_Tecumseh_ went to the bottom the Admiral prayed for light and guidance.
"It seemed to me," said Farragut, "that a voice commanded me to _go
on_;" and he did.

"The port of Wilmington must now be closed," said the government, when
the news of Farragut's victory reached the capital. An immense land and
naval force gathered at Hampton Roads, the former under General Butler,
the latter under Admiral Porter. They sailed at the middle of December
to attack Fort Fisher, a strong work at the mouth of the Cape Fear, and
on the anniversary of the birth of the Prince of Peace, 1864, the fleet
bombarded that stronghold with very little effect, throwing eighteen
thousand shells upon it. A floating mine containing 430,000 pounds of
gunpowder had been exploded near the fort, but without effect. Troops
landed, but accomplished nothing, and the capture of Fort Fisher was
deferred until the middle of January, 1865, when all the defenses at the
mouth of the Cape Fear were captured by the same fleet, and a land force
under General Terry. The port of Wilmington was effectually closed, and
with this victory the most important operations of the navy in the civil
war closed.

       *       *       *       *       *

Here ends our brief story of the navy of the United States. It is only a
brief outline; sufficient, perhaps, to indicate what remains in store
for you when you come to read its marvellous details in volume at some
time in the future. Its record in the past is glorious; it may be made
more so in the future, for its capabilities are great. It ought to be
cherished as the strong right arm of defense for our government, our
commerce, and our free institutions.

Our government is now giving it a fostering care hitherto unknown. It
has established training-ships, in which American boys are thoroughly
instructed in all the arts of expert seamanship and the military tactics
of the sea, while particular attention is given to the training of their
minds and morals. There are bright promises that our future navy will be
controlled by highly educated officers, and its ships be manned by
refined, intelligent, and self-respecting American citizens, the peers
of those in any other stations in life.




  BAR HARBOR, _August, 1880_.

Do you remember, dear Clytie, a poem I read in school last Forefather's
Day, beginning like this,

  "The breaking waves dashed high
  On a stern and rock-bound coast"?

Well, these two lines I kept saying over and over to myself as the
steamer drew near to Mount Desert, on our way from Portland to Bar
Harbor, and long before we got here I had changed my mind about the
crooked coast. I think I shall _not_ tell the girls that the maps are
wrong, and that Maine is not as jiggly as they make it out. Between you
and me, Clytie, my next winter's maps will be better than they ever were
before, and I shouldn't wonder if I were to take the prize, for I have
seen with my own eyes the queer ins and outs along here, and I am sure
that the more we jiggle our pencils up and down, the more "true to
nature," as the artists say, our maps will be.

But I must tell you about our life here. There are mountains around us
as well as the ocean, and the waves don't seem sad a bit, but with their
pretty white caps on their heads, come rushing along in the sunshine,
and splash 'way up over the rocks. There are lovely roads through the
woods, and ponds where we go rowing and fishing. A little way from our
hotel is an Indian encampment, where _real_ Indians and squaws make and
sell baskets. I have bought a little beauty, made of sweet-grass, to
carry home to you. Yesterday we all went out to Green Mountain on a
picnic. "All" means papa and mamma, Cousin Frank and me, with about a
dozen of our friends. We had a neligent time, and after dinner, while
the others were sitting on the grass telling stories, I wandered off by

Mamma thought I had gone with Cousin Frank, while all the time I was
only a few steps from her, searching for blackberries. I could not find
any, and at last sat down under a tree to rest, for it was very hot in
the sun, and I had walked farther than I knew. I heard voices a little
way off, and thought they came from our party; but all at once some one
walked round the very tree I was leaning against, and, handing me the
prettiest little birch-bark canoe, about six inches long, filled with
blackberries, said, "Wouldn't you like some berries?"

I clapped my hands and cried out: "Oh, how cunning! Isn't it lovely?
Where--" But not another word did I say, for, on looking up, who should
I see standing before me but my emerny from Old Orchard, Randolph
Peyton! Yes, there he was; no mistake; and after all that had happened,
he _dared_ to offer me blackberries! I tossed back my head, and said,
proudly, "I _scorn_ your gift: we are emernies."


He made no answer, but walked sadly away. Here is a picture of us. Of
course I can not make him look quite as ashamed as he did, nor me quite
as scornful.

When he was out of sight I sat down again, and when my surprise and
anger had passed off I almost wished he had left the berries, for I was
tired and warm and thirsty. But no, he had taken the little canoe with
him, and had not dropped a single one.

I was so tired that all at once, before I thought of such a thing, I was
sound asleep. When I woke up the sun had set, and it was almost dark. I
was alone on Green Mountain, with no idea which way to turn to get home.
There wasn't a sound to be heard except the chirping of the crickets,
and the queer noises we always hear at night, and never know where they
come from. I tried to be brave, but the tears _would_ come. I called as
loud as I could to papa, and everywhere the cruel echoes called back,
"Pa--pa--pa"--but there was no other answer.

At last, after wandering about for what seemed to me _hours_, I sank
down, perfectly tired out.

All at once I heard a crackling in the bushes not far away, and started
up, expecting to see the fierce eyes of a catamount glaring at me, but
instead of that I saw a straw hat waving, and heard some one shouting,
"Here she is! I've found her! she's all right!" and then happy voices
called my name, and in less time than I can write it I was in papa's

As soon as mamma had gone back to the hotel and found that I was _not_
with Cousin Frank, papa had started with several of his friends in
search of me. But, Clytie dear, the one who waved his hat and shouted,
"Here she is!"--the one who _really found_ me--was Randolph Peyton!

The little canoe is packed away among my treasures, and I shall never
look at it without thinking of the day on Green Mountain when my life
was saved by my bitterest emerny, who has become my friend forever!

Don't you think I have had adventures enough for one summer? _I_ do, and
we shall be home very soon, dear Clytie.

  Your loving mamma,


A Japanese Fairy Tale.


In the good old days of the Daimios there lived an old couple whose only
pet was a little dog. Having no children, they loved it as though it
were the tiny top-knot of a baby. The old dame made him a cushion of
blue crape, and at meal-times Inuko--for that was his name--would sit on
it as demure as any cat. The kind people would feed him with tidbits of
fish from their own chopsticks, and he was allowed to have all the
boiled rice he wanted. Whenever the old woman took him out with her on
holidays she put a bright red silk crape ribbon around his neck.

Now the old man, being a rice-farmer, went daily with hoe or spade into
the fields, working hard from the first croak of the raven until O Tento
Sama (as the sun is called) had gone down behind the hills. Every day
the dog followed him to work, and kept near by, never once harming the
white heron that walked in the footsteps of the old man to pick up

One day doggy came running to him, putting his paws against his straw
leggings, and motioning with his head to some spot behind. The old man
at first thought his pet was only playing, and did not mind him. But he
kept on whining and running to and fro for some minutes. Then the old
man followed the dog a few yards, to a place where the animal began a
lively scratching. Thinking it only a buried bone or bit of fish, but
wishing to humor his pet, the old man struck his iron-shod hoe in the
earth, when lo! a pile of gold gleamed before him. He rubbed his old
eyes, stooped down, and there was at least a half-peck of kobans (oval
gold coins). He gathered them up and hied home at once.

Thus in an hour the old couple were made rich. The good souls bought a
piece of land, made a feast to their friends, and gave plentifully to
their poor neighbors. As for Inuko, they petted him till they nearly
smothered him with kindness.

Now in the same village there lived a wicked old man and his wife, who
had always kicked and scolded all dogs whenever any passed their house.
Hearing of their neighbors' good luck, they coaxed the dog into their
garden, and set before him bits of fish and other dainties, hoping he
would find treasure for them. But the dog, being afraid of the cruel
pair, would neither eat nor move. Then they dragged him out-of-doors,
taking a spade and hoe with them. No sooner had Inuko got near a
pine-tree in the garden than he began to paw and scratch the ground as
though a mighty treasure lay beneath.

"Quick, wife, hand me the spade and hoe!" cried the greedy old fool, as
he danced for joy.


Then the covetous old fellow with a spade, and the old crone with a hoe,
began to dig; but there was nothing but a dead kitten, the smell of
which made them drop their tools and shut their noses. Furious at the
dog, the old man kicked and beat him to death, and the old woman
finished the work by nearly chopping off his head with the sharp hoe.

That night the spirit of the dog appeared to his former master in a
dream and said, "Cut down the pine-tree which is over my grave, and make
from it a mill to grind bean sauce in."


So the old man made the little mill, and filling it with bean sauce,
began to grind, while the envious neighbor peeped in at the window.
"Goody me!" cried the old woman, as each dripping of sauce turned into
yellow gold, until in a few minutes the tub under the mill was full of a
shining mass of kobans.

So the old couple were rich again.

The next day the stingy and wicked neighbors, after boiling a mess of
beans, came and borrowed the magic mill. They filled it with the boiled
beans, and the old man began to grind.

But, at the first turn, the sauce turned into a foul heap of dirt. Angry
at this, they chopped the mill in pieces to use as fire-wood.

Not long after that the old man dreamed again, and the spirit of the dog
spoke to him, telling him how the wicked people had burned the mill made
from the pine-tree.

"Take the ashes of the mill, sprinkle them on withered trees, and they
will bloom again," said the dog-spirit.

The old man awoke and went at once to his wicked neighbors' house, where
he humbly begged the ashes, and though the covetous couple turned up
their noses at him and scolded him as if he were a thief, they let him
fill his basket with the ashes.

On coming home the old man took his wife into the garden. It being
winter, their favorite cherry-tree was bare. He sprinkled a pinch of
ashes on it, and lo! it sprouted blossoms until it became a cloud of
pink blooms, which filled the air with perfume.

The kind old man, hearing that his lord the Daimio was to pass along the
high-road near the village, set out to see him, taking his basket of
ashes. As the train approached he climbed up into an old withered
cherry-tree that stood by the way-side.

Now in the days of the Daimios it was the custom, when their lord
passed by, for all the loyal people to shut up their second-story
windows, even pasting them shut with slips of paper, so as not to commit
the impoliteness of looking down on his lordship. All the people along
the road would fall down on their hands and knees until the procession
passed by. Hence it seemed very impolite for the old man to climb the
tree, and be higher than his master's head.

The train drew near, and the air was full of gay banners, covered
spears, state umbrellas, and princes' crests. One tall man marched
ahead, crying out to the people by the way, "Get down on your knees! get
down on your knees!" And every one knelt down while the procession was
passing. Suddenly the leader of the van caught sight of the old man up
in the tree. He was about to call out to him in an angry tone, but
seeing he was such an old fellow he pretended not to notice him, and
passed him by.

So when the prince's palanquin drew near, the old man, taking a pinch of
ashes from his basket, scattered it over the tree. In a moment it burst
into blossom. The delighted Daimio ordered the train to be stopped, and
got out to see the wonder. Calling the old man to him, he thanked him,
and ordered presents of silk robes, sponge-cake, fans, a _netsuké_
(ivory carving), and other rewards to be given him. He even invited him
to pay a visit to his castle. So the old daddy went gleefully home to
share his joy with his dear wife.

But when the greedy neighbor heard of it he took some of the magic
ashes, and went out on the highway. There he waited till a Daimio's
train came along, and instead of kneeling down like the crowd, he
climbed a withered cherry-tree.

When the Daimio himself was almost directly under him, he threw a
handful of ashes over the tree, which did not change a particle. The
wind blew the fine dust in the noses and eyes of the Daimio and his

Such a sneezing and choking!

It spoiled all the pomp and dignity of the procession. The man who
cried, "Get down on your knees," seized the old fool by the top-knot,
dragged him from the tree, and tumbled him and his ash-basket into the
ditch by the road. Then beating him soundly, he left him dead.

Thus the wicked old man died in the mud, but the kind friend of the dog
dwelt in peace and plenty, and both he and his wife lived to a green old


[Illustration: OUR POST-OFFICE BOX.]


     An article in your paper of April 27, 1880, entitled "A Cheap
     Canoe," has given a decided stimulus to the boys of this town in
     the matter of canoe building. There are now six on our lake, built
     almost entirely by the boys who own them, on the model there

     I send you a short article from our local paper, written by my
     son, a lad of fifteen, giving his experience on his first canoe
     trip down Ipswich River. He proposes a much longer one next summer

     Many thanks are due to you for giving the boys something useful to
     do, which teaches them how to do their own work.

  S. W. A.

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     Undertaking myself the education of my young son, I am deeply
     indebted to you for much useful information. I find YOUNG PEOPLE a
     _multum in parvo_, serving as an entertaining reader, besides
     giving manly hints in all branches of knowledge--geography,
     natural history, science, drawing, and music. Even the puzzles
     draw out the youthful mind, which learns from them unconsciously
     the analysis and definition of words. It is like the medicine
     which "children cry for."

     Especially let me thank you for your historical sketches, and also
     for the healthy moral tone pervading every part of the paper,
     teaching the children to be gentle and kind, as well as manly and

     For myself, I am only less interested than the little ones for
     whose especial benefit it is intended. As a "little mother," my
     sympathies are all with your success.

  E. S. C.

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     Perhaps you would like to hear from one of your little American
     friends over the sea.

     We live in Frankfort-on-the-Main. It is a beautiful city, full of
     public monuments and handsome buildings.

     Last month when I was in Freiburg, in Baden, I had the pleasure of
     seeing the Grand Duke and Duchess of Baden. They were spending a
     few days in Freiburg to visit their son, the Heir Prince, who
     lives there. During their stay the feast of _Frohnleichnamstag_,
     or Corpus Christi Day, took place, and a large procession was to
     pass through the streets and before their palace. The Grand
     Duchess came to an open window, and was joined by her daughter,
     the Princess Victoria, who is eighteen. Then the Grand Duke soon
     came and stood behind them, and when the Heir Prince peeped over
     his father's shoulder, the picture of the ducal family was

     The Grand Duchess also visited our school in Freiburg, and asked
     me several questions. She is very beautiful. She is about forty
     years old, but her skin is as fine and smooth as wax. She looks to
     be as good as she is beautiful. The Grand Duke is not less

     I and my sisters and brother all enjoy YOUNG PEOPLE so much, and
     welcome it every week.

     We have lived in Paris several years, and I have often seen going
     through the streets the bath-tubs and boilers full of hot and cold
     water that Paul S. speaks of in the Post-office Box of YOUNG
     PEOPLE No. 39.

     I will write another time about the curious houses in old


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     We have not been so fortunate with our pets as other young people.
     We had three rabbits and two guinea-pigs. The other morning, when
     we went to feed them, the top of the hutch was broken, and nothing
     was to be seen of the animals. We are pretty sure some dogs got
     them in the night, from the way things looked. We are very sorry
     to lose our pets.


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     I am ten years old, and I have one little brother. Papa is a
     doctor, and Johnnie and I take long rides with him, and drive for
     him. We have two horses, named Roxy and Bill. We have gold-fish
     and turtles and frogs in the fountain in front of our door.

     We like YOUNG PEOPLE very much, and jump for joy when it comes.

  A. W. and J. R.

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     I have been taking YOUNG PEOPLE for eight weeks, and find it very

     I have a little dog so small that mother can almost hold him in
     the palm of her hand. I call him Dash. Whenever I go out in the
     yard he runs after me, and tries to bite me. I have a little
     brother who is always begging for peaches.


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     A few weeks ago, as I was passing a bookstore, I saw HARPER'S
     YOUNG PEOPLE, and I went in and bought a copy. I am going to get
     all the back numbers. I think "The Moral Pirates" was a splendid

     My brother has a row-boat, and I often go fishing and rowing in
     Burlington Bay. One day papa and I went fishing, and we caught
     four fish. Mamma laughed ever so much when we brought them home.


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     I am very glad that I have commenced to take YOUNG PEOPLE, and
     sorry I did not begin sooner. All my friends take it, and like it
     very much, as it is both amusing and interesting. "Across the
     Ocean" and "The Moral Pirates" were splendid stories. I wait
     impatiently for Tuesday to come, so that I can read the stories
     and the Post-office Box, which I like very much.


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     Here is a recipe for ink powder for the chemists' club: Four
     ounces of powdered galls; one ounce of sulphate of iron; one ounce
     of powdered gum-arabic; half an ounce of powdered white sugar.
     This, mixed with water, will make a quart of ink. A few powdered
     cloves stirred in will keep the ink from moulding.


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     I am twelve years old. I like YOUNG PEOPLE very much. My mamma has
     three mocking-birds she raised herself. She feeds them on cooked
     egg and bread, cooked potato and raw egg mixed, fruit of all
     kinds, and Hungarian seed. She gives them a feast of spiders
     occasionally, and always keeps plenty of clean sand in the cage.

     I have two playful pet kittens, named Milly and Lillie, and a
     little dog named Dickie. He will shake hands with me, and when I
     make up a face at him he will frown terribly.


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     I am eleven years old, and I live in the country. I have a nice
     little pony, which I ride almost every day for two or three miles.
     I enjoy it very much.

     We have a little bantam rooster that takes care of six little
     chickens which their mother deserted; and I have three dogs, five
     cats, and a bicycle.


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     I have a little bantam hen that mothers twenty little chickens,
     although she only hatched four of them herself. I call her Minnie.

     I have no sister, and only one brother. He is seven years old. He
     has a pet 'coon. I caught a little bird to-day in the meadow where
     my papa was working. This is a very pretty place. We live near the
     new cemetery.


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     We live in the country. The farmers around here are harvesting
     their grain now. We have some very warm days. We like "The Moral
     Pirates" the best of all the stories, and "Across the Ocean" the
     next best. The little picture called "I's Learning to Swim,
     Mamma," is just as cunning as it can be.

     Our little brother Artie says, every time it is mail-day, "Mamma,
     does HARPER'S YOUNG PEOPLE come to-day?" We like the Post-office
     Box best of all.


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     I am twelve years old. I have a pet shepherd dog and a little
     white calf. Papa takes YOUNG PEOPLE for me and my sisters, and we
     like the stories very much, especially "Across the Ocean," and
     "The Moral Pirates." This is a beautiful, healthy State to live


     I have some old and foreign postage stamps that I would like to
     exchange for some pretty sea-shells and a few specimens of
     sea-weed. I also have two Japanese newspapers, a Japanese bill,
     and writing paper that I would like to exchange for some relic.

  Greencastle, Putnam County, Indiana.

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     I would like to exchange birds' eggs with the correspondents of
     YOUNG PEOPLE. I give a list of birds found in the Canadian woods:
     Baltimore oriole, barn swallow, wild canary, sand-martin,
     cherry-bird, ground-bird, ring-dove, shore-lark, red-headed
     woodpecker, orchard oriole, brown canary, dipper, phoebe,
     kingbird, guinea-fowl, and sparrows.

  Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada.

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     I have some morning-glories growing near a wild cucumber vine, and
     the leaf is just like the cucumber leaf. I am waiting to see what
     the flower will be like. I hope it will blossom before frost

     I have a good many French postage stamps which I would like to
     exchange for others.

  Bismarck, Dakota Territory.

This address does not appear sufficient to render an exchange

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     I would like to exchange birds' eggs with any correspondents of
     YOUNG PEOPLE. I give the names of some of the birds found here:
     linnet, tree blackbird, red-winged blackbird, thrush, ash-throated
     fly-catcher, California canary, ground-sparrow, chipping sparrow,
     yellow-hammer, California quail, meadow-lark, common swallow, bank
     swallow, martin, yellow Summer-bird, night-bird, golden-crested

  Santa Cruz, California.

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     My father takes YOUNG PEOPLE for my brother and sister and myself.
     We think there could not be a more interesting paper published.
     "The Moral Pirates" is about the best story I ever read. I wonder
     if it is true?

     I am having a great deal of fun this vacation. I read two hours
     every day. I am now reading the _Life of Benjamin Franklin_. I
     enjoy it very much.

     I am making a collection of stones, and will exchange stones from
     the shore of Lake Erie for specimens from other places of note.

  Cleveland, Ohio.

As Cleveland is a very large city, we doubt if this address is
sufficient, and we will gladly print a fuller one if our young
correspondent will send it.

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     I would like to exchange seeds of the sensitive plant for seeds or
     roots of rare plants growing in the far West or in the most
     eastern States.

  Salem, Dent County, Missouri.

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     I am a constant reader of your splendid paper. I enjoy "The Moral
     Pirates" very much.

     I brought two mud-turtles from the country this summer. One is so
     tame it will eat from my hand. I feed them on worms, meat, and

     I have a small collection of postmarks, and I should like to
     exchange with any boy reader of YOUNG PEOPLE in the West.

  557 Henry Street, Brooklyn, New York.

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     I wish the correspondent who sent me a piece of colored marble
     from Tennessee would kindly write again, as I can not make out the

     I shall be glad to exchange shells or minerals with any readers of

  Lansing, Michigan.

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     I have a collection of birds' eggs, and a collection of stuffed
     birds which I stuffed myself.

     I would like to exchange eggs with any readers of YOUNG PEOPLE.

  8 Myrtle Street, Boston, Massachusetts.

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     I am collecting postmarks and stamps, and I shall have enough
     before long to exchange with the readers of YOUNG PEOPLE. I would
     like to exchange a French stamp for a Danish one now.

  Care of W. S. Combs, Freehold, New Jersey.

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     I would like to exchange postage stamps with any correspondent of
     YOUNG PEOPLE. I am nine years old.

  Rye, Westchester County, New York.

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     I am making a collection of postmarks, and would like to exchange.

     I have an aquarium with gold-fish, minnows, tadpoles, eels, frogs,
     and turtles, and would like to know how to feed them.

  3 Potts Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Very full directions for the feeding of these creatures have been given
in different numbers of YOUNG PEOPLE.

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     I should like to exchange foreign postage stamps with any boy.

  120-1/2 Eleventh Street, Brooklyn, New York.

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     I am collecting postage stamps, and would be glad to exchange with
     any of the readers of YOUNG PEOPLE. I have also some postmarks.

  P. O. Box 243, Boston, Massachusetts.

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     I and my cousin George are collecting stamps. We have a lot of War
     Department stamps which we would like to exchange in sets, or
     singly, for those of any other department. We have one, two,
     three, six, twelve, and fifteen cent stamps.

  74 De Soto Street, St. Paul, Minnesota.

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     I am beginning a collection of shells, minerals, birds' eggs and
     nests, and I would like to exchange with any correspondent of
     YOUNG PEOPLE. As I have just begun to collect, I have not very
     many things yet.

  Care of P. Gunari, New Rochelle, New York.

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     I would like to exchange Indian arrow-heads, and specimens of lead
     and spar, for shells, ocean curiosities, and pressed flowers.

  Elizabethtown, Hardin County, Illinois.

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EARNEST READER.--The small round holes in the clam shells are probably
the work of the oyster drill, a tiny sea creature which does much
mischief to all kinds of shell-fish.

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ALFRED B. C.--Directions for making a paper balloon were given in Our
Post-office Box No. 43.

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B. H. W.--The numbers of YOUNG PEOPLE you require will be forwarded to
you, postage paid, by the publishers, on the receipt of one dollar and
eight cents.

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FORD M. G.--The genuine Bologna sausage is manufactured in the city of
Bologna, in Northern Italy. Many imitations of the imported article are
sold in the United States under the same name.

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DAISY VIOLET.--The first volume of HARPER'S YOUNG PEOPLE will close with
No. 52, which will be published on October 26, 1880.

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MAUD C.--There is no better way to preserve autumn leaves than to press
them between the leaves of a book, or sheets of paper, and varnish them
when they are thoroughly dry. In the Post-office Box of YOUNG PEOPLE No.
38 there is a letter describing a neat and simple method of varnishing

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No. 1.


First, negative individuality. Second, the imperfect form of a verb.
Third, the ablative form of a noun signifying a portion of the body.
Fourth, a bird.


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No. 2.


  My first is in yacht, but not in ship.
  My second is in beat, but not in whip.
  My third is in bun, but not in bread.
  My fourth is in needle, but not in thread.
  My fifth is in ink, but not in pen.
  My sixth is in boys, but not in men.
  My seventh is in table, but not in bench.
  My eighth is in chisel, but not in wrench.
  If ever my whole you chance to meet,
  You would better make a speedy retreat.


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No. 3.


1. In Labrador. Something all girls should learn to do. To revolt. A
textile fabric. In Labrador.

2. In Palermo. Novel. A hard substance. A passage. In Palermo.


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No. 4.


A gentle animal. One of the United States. A Scottish lake. A mark made
by a blow. A Norman name. A recluse. Answer--A city in Europe and a city
in the United States.


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[The following puzzle is for the benefit of our young readers who are
studying French.]

No. 5.


  I am a French proverb composed of 28 letters.
  My 18, 5, 27, 15, 10, 3, 24, 13 signifies endurance.
  My 12, 25, 23 is a ruler.
  My 21, 7, 19, 17, 27 is a measure.
  My 14, 28, 9, 16, 8 is a fight.
  My 11, 26, 1, 27, 20 is a pit.
  My 6, 22, 13, 2 is an adjective.
  My 9, 4, 24, 8, 16 is an educational institution.


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No. 1.

Cleopatra's Needle.

No. 2.


No. 3.

  B O M B
  O L I O
  M I E N
  B O N D

No. 4.

  S   no   W
  T  erro  R
  O  liv   E
  R epubli C
  M   on   K
  S  hip   S

Storms, Wrecks.

No. 5.


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Favors are acknowledged from Ethel Frost, S. T. H., Grace A. C., Mary L.
Jones, C. T. Hamilton, Burton Wilson, Elvira Holder, St. Clair Thornton,
Lynn D., E. L. D., Elmer Wheeler, Daniel D. L., Stella M. B., May,
Hattie M., George Berkstresser, Etta D.

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Correct answers to puzzles are received from Ada B. Vouté, Nellie Binney
and Harry Phillips, Annie D. Jones, Fannie E. Cruger, E. Eden, K. T. W.,
Gracie Kelley, G. Volckhausen, Frank T. Merry, Eddie A. Leet.

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The following poetic answer to "A Riddle in Rhyme" in YOUNG PEOPLE No.
39, page 568, has been received from a correspondent in Auburn, New

  From Anno Domini--for short A.D.--
    Begins the count of the Christian year.
  That Adam was fatherless all agree;
    That he was a father is very clear.
  That a dam is a mother who'll dispute?
  Or that a son's his father's fruit?
  And puzzle over it, little or much,
  A dam gave Holland to the Dutch.

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The Musical Anecdote given in YOUNG PEOPLE No. 44 can be translated by
substituting for the musical signs the following words in the order

  _Quick, staccato._
  _Full stop._
  _Very loud._



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Of these two objects the first is not a hand, and the second is not a
windmill. What are they?



The puzzle is to draw two squares in the positions shown by the diagram,
without lifting the pencil from the paper, or crossing one line with

Let our little readers exercise their ingenuity over this apparently
simple problem.



You would like to be able to mate a cucuius, would you not? We will tell
you. But perhaps you would like to know what, in the name of Memnon, a
cucuius is? Well, we will tell you that too.

A cucuius, or cucuij, is a kind of beetle, about three inches long,
which emits a very brilliant light from two large protuberances in its
head, which look like its eyes. It is called the lantern-fly in English,
and lives in South America. The light it gives is so bright that you can
read a book by it. The natives employ them in place of candles to
illuminate their rooms while performing their domestic work. We have
seen one exhibited in a room where eight gas-burners were in full blaze,
and yet its two great demoniac-looking eyes (or what appeared to be
eyes) shone more brightly than the most brilliant of precious
stones--with an intensity, it will be no exaggeration to say, equal to
the electric light. The effect was perfectly startling, and rather

To give light, however, is not the only good quality this wonderful
insect possesses: it is a deadly enemy to gnats, by which the natives of
the Spanish West Indies are greatly annoyed. When they wish to rid
themselves of these pests they procure two or three of the cucuiuii, and
let them loose in the room, when they soon make short work of the enemy.
The method of catching the cucuius adopted by the natives is to repair
to some open piece of land with a flaming fire-brand, which they wave
vigorously backward and forward, calling out all the time, "Cucuie,
cucuie, cucuie." This attracts the insects to them, when they are easily
captured with a small net. What a blessing these cucuiuii would be to us
be-bitten inhabitants of the United States if Mr. Cucuius would only
treat our mosquitoes with the vigor that he does the gnats of the

In South America they are used as ornaments for the hair and dresses of
the ladies; and on certain festivals young people gallop through the
streets on horseback, brilliantly illuminated, horse and rider, with
these insects, secured in little nets, or cages made of fine twigs woven
together. The effect is marvellous, producing in the dark evening the
appearance of a large moving body of light. "Many wanton, wild
fellowes," as an old writer describes them, rub their faces with the
flesh of a killed cucuius, as boys with us sometimes do with phosphorus,
to frighten or amuse their friends.

[Illustration: The Cucuius, or Lantern-Fly.]

And now we will tell you how to make a very fair--by no means so
brilliant--imitation of the cucuius. By looking at our picture you will
see the shape of the insect. Cut this out of a piece of cork about three
inches long, and make the legs of thin wire (after the manner of the
spider we described in a previous number); then get some strips of thin
tin-foil, and gum them on the back of the cucuius; then paint over the
whole with transparent green color (oil paints if possible). Now gouge
out two holes about the size of the head of a common match, and then cut
off the heads of two common matches, and insert them into the aforesaid
holes, and your cucuius will be complete. To make the eyes shine, rub
them with oil or water. If your insect is painted with oil-colors, you
can place it in a vessel of water, for it is in that element that the
real cucuius shines most brightly.

You can make a still more brilliant imitation of the cucuius by filling
the eye-holes with grains of pure phosphorus, easily procured at a
druggist's, or with a paste made of tallow and phosphorus, which is less
combustible than the pure article. But as both these things are very
dangerous to handle, we would not recommend their use except with the
consent and in the presence of a grown person. Another point with regard
to the handling of phosphorus, which applies also to matches, is that it
is apt to destroy the teeth, particularly where any decay has already
taken place. For this reason only persons with sound teeth are employed
in match factories. Therefore never put the end of a match in your


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