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HERE SHALL THE PRESS THE PEOPLE'S RIGHTS MAINTAIN, UNA WED BY INFLUENCE AND UNBR1BED BY GAIN.
, CHARLES E. PAINTER, Editor. «* STEPHENS CITY, FREDERICK CO., VA., SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, 1881. VOL. I.-NO. 5.
Will the slow weeks never go ?
Hark ! the curfew ringoth low ;
Into twilight soft and gray
Melts at last tho weary day ;
Onco again the night is here.
Aro yon thinking of me, dear V
All day long my heart lias heard
Just ono softly-whispered word ;
All day lung your name has t-oino
To mo through tin- linsv hum ;
Everywhere iv hull and street
You have tarried with mo, sweet.
Iv the faces of the crowd,
In tho cries that echo loud,
All throughout tho hurrying throngs,
All amid tho strife of tongues,
tlothlng havo I heard or seen
Save your voice, your face, my qnoen.
Other women como and go,
Other voices whisper low,
Other eyes grow dim or bright,
Shed or veil their changeful light;
But I stand apart, alone,
Waiting still for yo I, my own.
All I that waiting. Do you feel,
Darling, as tho slow days steal
Silent, ono by ono away,
How my heart must yearu and pray
For tho touch of lips and hand ?
Darling, do you understand V
In the daily strife and stress
Do you sec the foes that press
Close and hard within, without ?
All the dread and all tho doubt,
All the fears that clasp and cling,
All the bitter questioning?
Fast, though with no clash of swords,
(lather all those phantom hordes ;
And my soul, as fall a the night.,'
Seems to lose her wonted might,
phi-inks before the dusky crow,
_ Trays and long and yearns for you.
Must I always watch and wait,
Exiled, famished, at your gate?
Will you not be brave and como
Ere the pleading lips be dumb ?
Ere wi thin the weary eyes
Hope's last glimmer fades and dies"?
Ah ! dear heart, be strong, be true I
See, a kingdom waits for you !
High abovo all stain or scathe
Floats love's banner, shines hive's faith,
Euter on your reign serene I
Come ! my own ! my love 1 my queen !
A RICE FOR A WIFE.
Did you ever ride a mule ? I don't
mean a civilized creature accustomed to
good society, but a wild steed of the
plains bi ought up on the grass and
rattlesnakes, and accustomed to cavort
regardless of the constitution as amend
ed, or the lights of man. Mules are
pretty much alike the world ovor, only
tho Texas' mule is a little more so.
1 rode one the other day, and I'm go
iug to try to tell you about it. It won't
be very well written, because my right
arm has been in a sling, and I have
more bruises than bones. You see I
fell in love with a girl—deep as a forty
foot well—l mean my love, not the girl
—sho isn't deep a bit—and as my luck
would have it, another fellow fell about
the same distance at the same time.
lie's not a bad looking chap, and
wears store clothes on week days. He
parts his hair in the middle, and oils it
up with bergamot and cinnamon. He
has his name printed on pieces of paste
board and d-ops them around promiscu
ously for fear people might forget that
A. Brown was about. I had to acknowl
edge the fact that between this fellow
and myselt, in tho affections of tho di
vine Araminta, it was nip and tuck, with
the dog a little ahead.
I put on my best clothes one day and
walked over to the gal's house, intend
ing to move on her works, and have the
little thing settled without further de
bate. My rival was there, and seemed
to have on his best clothes. That didn't
amount to much, for I knew that at ten
o'clock, six hours after my arrival, he'd
have to wend his winding way home,
for the old lady he boarded with didn't
allow irregular hours.
If he got to his frugal couch, or rather
the house containing it, he might skin
his knuckles and kick his boots off, but
he wouldn't get in after that hour, and
the haymow is not a very pleasant bed
room in flea lime. But I was soon re
lieved of all anxiety. Wo had a diver
sion that broke up the sitting.
Aramiuta is possessed of a little
brother—l hate girl's brothers ! If they
are little they play tricks on yon, and if
they are big they borrow your monoy,
got drunk, and insult you with impu
nity, knowing that you are in love with
the sister and won't resent an insult.
While we were talking in a small way,
and looking volumes of lovo at the girl
and wrath at each other, we heard a
fearful yell in the garden patch, and
running out, found little brother on the
ground iv active convulsions. He had
been trying to eat his way through the
melon patch. It was a disgusting fail
ure, for he could not have bursted open
and goiio into the contents of more than
ten or twelve.
As it was, it looked as if thoro was
going to bo a death in the family, and
Araminta screamed a scream and yelled
at us to run for a doctor.
Wo both took in the situation at
a glance—the man that got the doc
tor first woula got Araminta for life.
My rival went out over the fence like a
deer, and seized tho only horse in tho
ntable. He bridled and saddled tho an
imal in double-quick timo, while I
found nothing left me but a mule. I
seized a blind bridle, and rushing at tho
animal, felt something whizz over my
head that I am sure was a pair of heels.
They narrowly escaped my skull but
carried off my hat.
Nothing daunted, I seized the crea
ture by the ear, put on the bridle, un
fastened the chain by which he was
haltered and led him from the stable.
He went out willingly, so much so, in
deed, that I had some difficulty in keep
ing up, and had not the creature
stopped outside to give vent in a pro
longed bray, I could not have mounted.
As it was, before he got through with
his musical entertainment I was on his
Tho beast seemed somewhat aston
ished at this performance, and stood
turning it over iv hii: mind for a min
ute, while I dug my hoels vigorously
into his sides. He seemed suddenly ;to
como to tho conclusion that a change
of administration would be an excellent
thing, and to this end began going up
and down like a saw gate. I roally
thought I'd bo split in two, and would
piobably have been pitched over but
that, in the midst of this pleasing exer
cise Muley caught sight of the horse dis
appearing at a hard gallop in the dis
tance. He seemed auiaiated by the
laudable ambition of overtaking the
horse, and started so suddenly that he
came very near leaving me behind. I
worked my way forward until I could
get hold of the halter chain, and
pulling this rigging tight, got a pretty
How that beast did run! Ho not
only gained on the horse to such an ex
tent that Araminta might have offered
two to one and no takers, bat exhibited
his superabundance of bottom by
throwing in, at intervals, the liveliest
kicks that ever emanated from a mule.
About a mile out we closed in on the
cob, and as we passed Muley favored
him with a salute that was most diabol
ically foul; for planting his two heels
upon the quarter of the honest Buceph
alus, I heard a yell, and glancing
around, saw my rival and horse go
down in a most promiscuous manner.
My steed of the desert kept straight on.
We had a ride of eight mile 3 before us ;
and I felt satisfied that in that distance,
at the rato wo were traveling, Muley
would have a good deal of demon taken
out of him. I became aware of another
fact, and that was that my best pants
were giving way.
About five miles out we struck a
water-melou patch and went straight
through. I could hear the melons
bursting under me like bombs, and
when we emerged from tho farther side
specimens of this fruit were strung on
the mule's legs like beads.
A mile beyond this I saw our excel
lent minister of the gospel wending his
solemn way across tho prairies with a
wagon full of infant Jacobs, and I saw
that unless he whippod his horse into a
most extraordinary run, wo would be
into him almost instantor. I pulled
hard on the near rein with ono hand,
while I steadied myself with the chain
with the other, but with no more effect
than if I had taken a pull on Pike's
Peak. We struck the parson's family
about amidships, and went through. I
never saw infant Christianity so scat
tered as on that occasion.
I left the parson gathering up his
family, and continued until I struck the
doctor's fence, and went flying into his
front door with the bull dog close at
my tattered roar. I knocked over the
cradle and upset the supper table. The
doctor came to my rescue with a kick in
tho ribs of his dog that sent him with a
howl and a mouthful of pantaloons into
the yard. I then told the doctor in one
breath—all I had left—that Aramiuta's
little devil of a brother was dying of
too much watermelon patch, and wanted
a doctor with squills.
• We returned in about the same style.
The doctor having a younger horse than
my rival had been favored with, kept
the lead, his pill bags flapping in the
air, while his coat tails made a straight
If his horse flagged, the mule started
him up again with a vigorous bite on
the rump that seemed to infuse new
vigor into that medicated animal. We
passed my rival sitting on the roadside
nursing his off leg as if it hurt him.
He never came back, acknowledging his
defeat in the most gontlemanly manner.
The doctor soon put Araminta's little
brother in a perpendicular position, and
that night at tho bedside of the little
sufferer, keeping well to the front, I
proposed, was accepted, and tho happy
day was fixed. I rode into Araminta's
affections on a mule.
Terra cotta shades will be much
Red is tho prevailing color iv early
Fanchau and Normandy breakfast
'caps aro favorites.
Long mits are the favorite hand wear
at the moment.
Small broken checked suitings and
plaids will be worn.
Women with long, stick-like arms
should not wear tight, long sleeves.
White lace over-colored satin is the
latest relief for black dresses in Lon
Open work embroidery is an effective
trimming on mauve, lemon, pink and
In England mourning is worn only
ono year for the noarest relatives and
crape but, six mouths.
Terra cotta in all shades from dark
salmon to deep copper is tho favorite
color for early fall cashmeres.
The lawn tennis striped suitings so
fashionable this season have lent au ef
fect to the new fall goods.
New plash goods have extremely long
pile, which is cut in irregular depth, to
form the figures of the fabric.
Button, low-quartered or half boots
will be the leading shoes until tho mid
dlo of September or first of October.
Plaid, striped and shaded goods will
be combined with plain or self-colored
fabrics in the composition of the earliest
Heavy satins iv rich shades of color,
with stripes of long pile plush or che
nille, will be used for tho most expen
sive dress accessories.
The earliest water-color designs of
dresses for fall show no decided depar
ture from the general make-up of cos
tumes worn this season.
Plaited collarettes of mull, plain
white and dotted, lace-edged, embroid
ered und perfectly plain, are much
worn, with scarf bows to match.
Some of tho new silk goods show
moire stripes alternating with stripes of
brocaded or damask flowers and leaves
encroaching on tho edges of the moire
The special novelty in fichus is the
addition of long ends of wing-like shape
to designs made of mull and lace. In
some cases these ends reach nearly to
the knee and are narrow.
Longitudinal stripes in bright colors,
with gold and silver hair lino effects,
crossed diagonally with stripes formed
in the weaving of the fabric, make one
of the features of tho new fall goods.
A handsome novelty to be worn with
a dressy costume is the pocket sash,
made of black satin de Lyon, and either
tied in a bow or simply knottod at the
left side. The broad ends aro formed
each into a fiat pocket, on which there
is a hand painting of poppies, daises
and corn, flowers. The edges of tho
pockets are trimmed with plaited black
thread lace, the design being made to
button over with a lap. Each sash end
is provided with pocket, in one of which
the handkerchief is carried.
Billions of matches.
Europo, continental and insular, con
sumes two millions of matches daily
Assuming that each several act of igni
tion occupies the brief peiiod in one
second—and we have reason to believe
it is rarely performed in a shorter time
—it will be obvious to every ready reck
oner that five hundred and fifty-five
thousand hours of each successive day
are spent by the inhabitants of Europe
in striking matches. There is food for
much speculation in the fact that
Europeans dispose of nearly sixty-four
years per day in scraping tiny sticks,
tipped with some inflammable composi
tion. It is also interesting to learn that
four hundred thousand cubic yards of
timber and four hundred and twenty
thousand pounds weight of phosphorus
are in annual request for the manufac
ture of the seven hundred and thirty
thousand millions of matches used up
by Europe in a year.
"Chinese barbers shave without
lather." This reminds us that our old
schoolmaster used to lather without
shaving. One is said to be as painful
an operation as the other.
RELKJ IOCS READINti.
" Kemlnil Mr ot Hie King."
La Fontaine, chaplain of the Prussian
army, once preached a very earnest and
eloquent Bermon on the sin and folly of
yielding to a hasty temper. Tho next
day he was accosted by a major of tho
regiment with the words:
"Well, sir I I think you made use of
the prerogatives of your office, to give
me some very sharp hits, yesterday."
"I certainly thought of you while I
was preparing the sermon," was the
answer, " but I had no intention of be
ing either personal or sharp."
"Well, it is of no aao," said tho
major, "I have a hasty temper, and I
cannot help it, and I cannot control it.
It is impossible."
And still adhering to this opinion,
after some further conversation went his
The next Sabbath La Fontaine
preached upon self-deception, and the
vain excuses which men are wont to
"Why," said ho, "a man will declaro
that it is impossible for him to control
his temper, when ho very well knows
that were tho provocation to happen in
the presence of his sovereign, he not
only could but would control himself
entirely. Aud yet ho dares to say that
the continual presence of the King of
kings and Lord of lords, imposes upon
him neither restraint or fear!"
The next day his friend, the major,
again accosted him.
"You were right, yesterday, chap
lain," he said, humbly. "Hereafter,
whenever you see me in danger of fall
ing, remind me of tho King I"
ItcliitimiH News find Notes.
Of the 680 missionaries in India the
United States sends 117.
The tolal membership of the Morav
ian church in America at the close of
the last year was 10,491.
Last year 220 of the 520 Congrega
tional churches in Massachusetts had
no accessions at all, and the net gain in
the state was only 175,
Spurgeon says that London is getting
to be the most heathenish city under
the sun, and the necessity for evangeli
cal work there is greater than ever.
The 10,000,000 members of the Evan
gelical churches in this country gave
last year toforeign missions $2,121,731,
or an average of twenty-one cents each.
In the revised New Testament the
changes are more numerous in the
Epistles than in the Gospels. In the
Epistle to the Ephesians, which has
only 155 verses, there are 384 changes,
most of them very slight.
As an indication of the general atten
tion the Christian religion is attracting
in Japan, it is stated that a society has
been formed whose members solemnly
pledge themselves never to become
In Bocklin, California, the Congrega
tional church has for two years been
without a pastor. There is no rush of
applicants for the vacant pulpit, as tho
church has only five members. The
vacancy will probably continue for
some time to come.
The oldest missionary in India is the
Bey. George Pearce, of the English Bap
tist society. He arrived in India in
1820, consequently he has spent fifty
fivo years in the service. The Rev. J.
P. Bottler, who died in 1836, spent
sixty years iv India, a longer term than
any missionary in that country.
Tho native Baptist church in a Karen
village, India, took up a collection for
sending missionaries to the Ka-Khyena.
Tho amount was so large that the mis
sionary, Mr. Carpenter, who knew their
poverty, declined to receive it. They
insisted, saying: "We can live upon
rats; but the Ky-Khyenas cannot live
without the Gospel."
According to a correspondent of tho
National Baptist, there are more than
700,000 colored members of Baptist
churches in the United States. In
South Carolina, Georgia and Eastern
Texas three of the Sunday school mis
sionaries of tho Baptist publication so
oiety report that 152 Sunday schools
were organized last year.
During the month of July there were
shipped from Jacksonville 0,375,093 feet
of yellow pine lumber, against 2,660,000
for the corresponding month of last
year. Over six and a half million feet
were shipped in June from the same
William McKean, who saved a boy
from drowning in Harlem recently, is
said to have saved thirty-five other per
sons from the same death since 1869.
The Wedding Finder.
There are few objects among the pro
ductions of art contemplated with such
lively interest by ladies, after a certain
age, as the wedding-ring; this has been
the theme for poets of every caliber—
for geniuses of every wing, from tho
dabbling duckling to the soaring eagle.
The mouldy antiquary can tell the
origin of tho custom with which it is
connected, and perchance why the ring
was round, and account for many cir
cumstances concerning the ceremonies
of the circlet, on the most conclusive
evidence, amounting to absolute conjec
tural demonstrations. Amidst all that
has been said and written in reference
to the ring, I believe the part engaged
in that mystic matter, the taper resi
dence of this ornament has been neg
lected. Now this is rather curious, and
there aro facts which belong to the
ring finger which render it in a peculiar
manner an appropriate emblem of
matrimonial union. It is tho only fin
ger whoro two principal nerves belong
to two distinct trunks; the thumb is
supplied with its principal nerves from
tho radial nerve, as is al:o the forefin
ger, the middle finger, and the thumb
side of the ring finger, while tho ulnar
nerve furnishes the little finger ami the
other side of the ring finger at the point
I or extremity of which a real union takes
place. It seems as if it were intended
by nature to be the matrimonial finger.
That tho side of tho ring finger noxt to
the little finger is supplied by the ulnar
nerve is frequently proved by a common
accident, that of striking the elbow
against the edge of a chair, a door, or
any narrow hard substance ; tho ulnar
nerve is then frequently struck, and a
thrilling sensation is then felt in the
little finger, and on the same side of
the ring finger, but not on the other
side of it.
The Small Boy's Explanation,
Angelica had invited her "best young
man" to the evening meal. Everything
had passed off harmoniously until An
gelica's seven-year-old brother broke
the blissful silence by exclaiming :
"Oh, null yer oughter seen Mr.
Lighted the other night, when he called
to take Angie to the drill; he looked so
nice, sitting 'loug side of her with his
"Fred !" sereamea the maiden, whose
face began to assume the color of a
well-done crab—quickly placing her
hand over tho boy's mouth.
"Yer oughter seen him," continued
the persistent informant after gaining
his breath, and the embarrassed girl's
hand was removed; "he had his
"Freddie I" shouted the mother, as in
her frantic attempt to reach the boy's
auricular appendage she upset the con
tents of the tea-pot in Mr. Lighted's
lap, making numerous Prussian war
maps over his new lavendar pantaloons.
"I was just goin' to say," the half
frightened boy pleaded, between a cry
and an injured whine, "he had his
"You boy I" thundered the father,
"away to the wood-shed."
And the boy mado for the nearest exit,
exclaimed as he waltzed, "I was only
goin' to say Mr. Lighted had his army
clothes on, and I'll leave it to him if he
And the boy was permitted to return,
and the remainder of the meal was spent
in explanations from the family in re
gard to the number of times Freddie
had to be "talked to" for using his
finger for a ladle.
Indignant Postal Cork,
An indignant head clerk in the Balti
more postofflce wants the newspapers to
convey to the public his emphatic protest
againt the latest popular mania—con
fined as yet to sentimental writers of
billet doux—namely, the sticking of
postage stamps upon unusual and out
of-the-way parts of envelopes. There is,
it seems, a " postage-stamp code of
flirtation, and each position of a stamp
expresses some particular sentiment.
Now the law allows the stamp to be
put anywhere on the envelope the
sender may please. But its position is
a matter of importance to the cancelling
clerks. "As long," sajs'the Baltimore
official "as the stamps are in the ortho
dox place—the upper right hand corner
—they can work away like bees, and get
through quickly, because the motion
from the ink-pud to the envelope is a
continuous one ; but just as soon as they
have to hunt around over the letter to
find where the stamp is watered, why,
they can't get along near so fast. Please
hint through your paper that every let
ter that comes here not stamped with a
single stamp on the right hand upper
corner we use to make paper chickens
ITEMS OF INTEREST.
Midhat Pasha escaped the executioner
aud goes into exile, where ho will live
and, perhaps, die unwept, unhonored
Mrs. Dominis, a sister of King Kala
kua, and the wife of an American ship
master at Hawaii, acts as regent of tho
kingdom in her brother's absence
The Fenians are aiming a carving
knife at the very heart of Old England
—they try to keep the Prince of Wales
from enjoying his dinners.
Eighty thousand acres of Arkansas
land have been bought by tho Catholic
Colonization Society. The aim is to in
duce Irishmen to become farmers.
Senator Wade Hampton has written
to General llaum that he hopos that tho
men who recently have defied tho Fed
oral authority in South Carolina will bo
There aro seventeen important arte
sian wells in Philadelphia, mostly at
manufacturing places. Tho doepest is
550 feet, and the amount of water drawn
from them is large.
President Garfield's two elder sons
will not be obliged to go through the
Williams College entrance examination
next month. Thoy will enter on a cer
tificate from their tutor.
The Smithsonian Instituto has securod
tho turtlo which has been the object of
he curious for the last few days in New
York. It died Saturday, and its weight
has been ascertained at 2,084 pounds.
Not Always a Remedy.
There was a group of gentlemen sit
ting in a drug store last Sunday morn
ing discussing smallpox. Gilhooly was
there, too. The doctor had just, re
marked what a blessing science was,
and how the lives of so many thousands
andjons of thousands of human beings
had been saved by vaccination alone;
that vaccination never failed to save a
"That may all be so,'' remarked Gil
hooly, "but in the case of my uncle, his
life was saved by his not being vaccin
ated. Ho lived in California, and tho .
smallpox was very bad, and all that
saved his life was his refusal to get vac
cinated. If he had got vaccinated it
would have cost him his life."
"That must have been a very singular
case. I wish you would give mo the
precise date," said the doctor, taking
out his note-book. I
"Not at all. Ho was iv jail, and the
vigilants broke in and took him out of
jail, and were about to hang him to a
tree, when they discovered ho was all
broken out with tho smallpox. They
scattered liko a covey of partridges.
The further proceedings were suspended
instead of my uncle, and his life was
saved. Now, you will acknowledge,
doctor, that if he had been vaccinated
he could not possibly have taken the
smallpox, and if he had not had the
smallpox at the time he would certainly
have lost his life; so in this case, at
least, you will admit that vaccination
would have cost him his life."
The doctor wanted to discuss tho
question, but was defeated on a strict
party vote. — Texas Siftings.
The City Council of Lynchburg has
ratified a contract with the Richmond
and Alleghany Railroad Company,
which provides that in consideration of
the company building a stone dam
across the entire breadth of the river
above the city, so as to have it always
amply supplied with water, the latter
agrees to cancel a debt due it of 180,000,
and to grant the right-of-way through
Thero is about to be an old California
'49 gold boom in Buckingham. It is
reported that irresponsible parties have
been digging for and getting nuggets
and working up "tailings" too profitably
for the interest of the owners of the
The annual state fair of Virginia will
bo opened this year on the 17th of Oc
tober, and will continue eleven days.
The Danville Times reports the pros
pect for tobacco as being very gloomy,
saying that the draught has very se
riously affected the crop generally—par
ticularly the early planting.
The total number of persons assessed
with a capitation tax in 1880 was,
White, 187,196 ; colored, 114,193. Tho
total amount of income assessed in tho
state for 1880 was $3,322,400 ; in 1879 it
At Big Lick, Roanoke county, the
unction of the Norfolk and Western,
he New River and tho Shenandoah Val
ey roads, a coal depot on a large scale
s to be established. Arrangements
have also been completed for putting
up extensive iron works at the same
place—the necessary arrangements hav
ing already been made.
The iron and steel works now being
erected at Goshen, Rockbridge county,
by an English, joint-stock corporation,
styled the Iron and Steel Works Associ
ation of Virginia, will be, perhaps, the
most extensive in the country.