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War's Horrors

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The correspondent of the Lontion Daily News at Plevna senda a horrible story of tho state of things prevailing in and around the captured town. Before he recent great storm Plevna was simply a charnel-house. Modern -warfare has no parallel for it, and its horrors can only be compared to those which foliowed in tho wake of Genghis Khan, or Timour, as their savage Tartar hordes swept over and desolated Asia. The Earnished dogs, of which there are always large numbers in every Turkish town, were feeding on the corpses of the dead, and the bodies of the stiil living wounded, The savage howls of the grecdy brutes as they toro tho putrid flesh of the dead, or crimohed the bones between their teeth, the cries and groans of the wounded as they vaiuly struggled witli the dogs, might be heard for miles around, and made the soul sick. Birds were pecking at the sknlls, hopping from body to body with beaks and plumage besmeared with human blood, and screaming with ñendisJi delight. Dogs fought among themselves, aud bird struggled with bird for the possession of a morsel of human flesh, and the most indeseribable horror prevailed. In one house alone thirty-seven dead and fifty-three wottnded Turks wem found, some of the former in a half-decomposed and putrid state, and the wonnded in a condition that can be more easily imagined than described. Some of the wounded were able to crawl about, aud clutched at odd morsels of food thai were found in the hands of the dead, devouring it witli feverisb avidity ; but thousands of them were utterly helpless, and awaited ddith or succor with a listless fatalism. Eighteen hundred oners were hnddled together on the banks of the Vida, and the horrors of their position equaled those of the great plague which ravaged Europe iu the fourteenth ccutury. Livirg and dead were piled togetlier prorniscuou&Iy in heaps likewoodand carted away. There were only three carts available for this work, and the confusión was indescribable. Osman's bravery is stained and blaekened by his trentment of the Kussian wonnded that feil into his liands. His gallant defense of Plevna for a moment blinded tlie ictors and Europe to the fact that all irisoners were butehered by the troops under Osman's command. A Bucharest oorrespondent says that a fearful retribution has overtaken a part of Osman's army, which was caughfc on the march by that dreadful storm. Fate seems to be wreaking vengeance for the slaughter of the Kussian wounded whose corpses lie uiiburied on the hills around Plevna. Ilarris' Carpt. Mrs. Harris told lmbby that she must havo a carpet for the front room, and she thought that a fifty-dollar one would snit. Mr. Harris called in at the auctionroom the next day. He didn't know a velvet f rom arag-carpet, but he bid asif he had been in the business from childhood. The auctioneer put up a beautiful ingrain, worth obout üve cents a mile, and asked how mucli he heard. Mr. Harris bid iifty cents a yard. Mr. Bealos, who was in another part of the store, had been indulging very freely, and he said, "Five." " Sevecty "shouted Mr. Harris. " Fivc !" eame from Beales' corner. Mr. Harris became angry, and determined to have that carpet if he never laid up a cent; so he yelled, "One dollar !" Mr. Beales never moved an eyelash, but lic said, " Five !:' By the time that the two had run up the carpet to four dollars a ■ yard, botïi were red in the face. Mr Beales' " Five" carne regularly, and all other bidilers gave up in despair. Beales gave the people in his neighborhood to understand that "that was his carpet," Mr. Hiirris winked at his friends with i a wink that said, " If I don't get that Cürpet, you can put me dewn for a horse-thief." ]5ofore the matinee was over, Harris luid bid eleven dollars, and Beales said, "Five." The carpet was finalTy knocked down to Beales; hut when it was ascertained that he ouly had five cents, the auctioneer's trusty assistant showed Mr. Beales the hola the carpenter hfld left in tho front of the building. Mr. Harris finallv srot the carüet for iiiiii' dollars a yard, and when lie got it home, haviag neglccted to raeasure the room, he fonud that it ■wouldn't fit the first floor of a corn-crib. Mrs. Harris informed H. eoufidentially tliut he was a "darned fool," and that he didn't know enough to go in the house wlien it rained. She uses the carpet ios a table-cloth, and Harris buya his carpets at a organizad store now. Hotv to I'rcserTC a Piano. It is evident that if the piano is to remain in good order for many years, good care must be taken of it. The instrument should be closcd when not in use, in order to prevent the eollection of dust, pins, etc., etc., on the sound board; kowever, it must not be left closed for a period of several months or longer, bat be opened occasionally, and the dayliglit allo-sved to strike the keys, or else the ivory may turn yellow. Any liard substance. no matter how small, dropped inside of the piano will cause a rattlíng, jarriug noise. It is in every case desirable that an india-rnbber or cloth cover shonld protect the instrument from bjraises md scratohes. The piano should not be placed in a dnmp room, or left open in a draft of air - dampnees is its most dangerous enemy, causing the striugs and tnuing pipes to rust, the cloth used in the construction of the keys and action to swell, whereby the mechanism will move sluggishly, or often stick altogether. This ocenrs ehiefly in the sunamer season, and the best pianos, made of the most thoroughly-seasoned material, aro neeessarily afffifitcd by dampness, the absorptiou being rapid. Kxtreme heat is scarceiy less in juiions. The piano should not be placed very near to au open fire or a neated siove, nor over or close to the hot air fuinaoes now in general use. Moths are very drstructive to the cloth and feit ust'd in tlio piano, and may be kept out of it by pkeing ahimp of camphor, wrapped in soft paper, in the insidc corner, care being teken to renewit from time to time. Many persons are nnaware of the great importance of haviag their pianos kept in order, and only tuned by a competent tuner. A new piano should be tuned by competent tuner. A new piano should be tuued at least once every three or four months during the first year, and at longer intervals afterward. The amount of sugar annually consumed in Great Britain is 900,000 tons, beiBg about sixty pounds for every one of the popuia tion. llaw sugar, when imported, contains from 2 to 3 per cent. of impurities. As much as tliree tons of atones have been fonnd in a single carffo. According to experimente made by Dr. Oineron, of Dublin, and Dr. Haseel, of Louilon, as aiuny as 100,000 niites are sometimee found in a pouncl of raw rogar


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