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_ . HERE SHALL THE PRESS THE PEOPLE'S RIGHTS MAINTAIN, UNAWEB BY INFLUENCE AND UNBRIBED BY GAIN.
CHARLES E. PAINTER, Editor, STEPHENS CITY, FREDERICK CoTvaTsATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 181. VOL. 1.-NoTtT
Molly at the Gate.
I left Molly Gwin this mornm' behind me,
Leanin' over the gato there to kiss me good
She's the loveliest lass around old Killarney,
And my heart is so heavy I'm ready to die.
I think of her face now, as fair as a daisy,
Of her beautiful hair and her pretty baro
And och I I'm afraid they'll bo thinkin' me
The friends that I pass and the strangers I
Now, don't you bo mockin' mv grief wid your
And tryin' to fill up my hoart wid good
Kure there's no one can half take tho placo of
Aud I'm alone always unless she is near.
I'm watchin' the wild birds, and wonder no
That none builds a nest without help of its
Ah ! its only half life I live while I wander,
And I'm going right back to my girl at the
- THE MINISTER'S WIFE.
"No good'll ever come of it, now,
mind what I tell you ! Tho idea of a
sober, respectablo man of forty marry
ing a chit of a girl like that 1 But it
'pears to me lhat the longer I live the :
more convinced I am that men are awful
fools when it comes to love. Whenever '
they git 'struck,' as my nephew calls it, ]
it just 'pears to knock all tho sen so out i
of 'em that they ever did have." And I
Mrs. Hezekiah Winters settled hor I
spectacles firmly on her nose, as though I
she mcaut they should always stay there, I
and then jammed hor needle energeti- '
call/ through hor sewing. t
You see Mrs. Hezekiah Wintors was a 1
prominent member of the sewing so- !
ciety at L , and was generally first >
spokeswoman everywhere. 1
"I agree with you entirely," said Mrs. I
Anthony Evans, a meek-faced woman l
who seldom had an opinion of her own, i
but always agreed with somebody. ]
"And he being a minister of the gos- 1
pel, too," put in Miss Sophrona Dobbs. )
"I don't know what the world is com- i
ing to, I am sure," said Mrs. Eben Rick- ]
field ; and there was a general sigh of :
dissatisfaction from all the members of i
the sewing society. ,
"I know that the duty of every mem
ber of this society is to convice that in- i
experienced child of her duty as a mm- i
ister's wife; and lam morally sure that i
something dreadful will happen to those (
children of his afore six months. To j
think of the way she has started out )
already—got a new croquet set I" And ;
Miss Arimintha Wright tossed this re- i
mark like a bombshell in their midst.
The ladies dropped the precious gar- <
ments intended for the heathen amid
such ejaculations as "dreadful!" "Atro- j
cious !" "What could he expect of her ?" ,
"Did you ever?" And again old Mrs. f
Bichfield tried to imagine what the (
world was coming to.
"Now I don't think it looks very well
to see the whole society swoop down on
one little person like Imogene," inter- ,
rupted Mrs. Arthur Wilton, who had ,
not been a member of the sewing cirole
very long. - 1
"We had better wait until she is here '
to defend herself," said Mrs. Henry '
Parsons, a meek second to Mrs. Wilton. '
"I see plainly, Mrs. Wilton, that you '
and Mrs. Parsons are taken by her silly,
childish ways. But I formed my opinion
of her that Sunday when she laughed
right out in meeting just because a lit
tle poodle dog barked at tho choir."
This awful evidence of the total de
pravity of the minister's new wife was '
revealed by Mrs. Hezikiah Winters.
"Almost everybody laughed at that,"
responded Mrs. Parsons. "Anything '
seems so much funnier if you hadn't
ought to laugh."
"And just to think of what she said
to me," said the owner of the afore
mentioned poodle. "Why, when I sent
and asked her to join our society she
said she had two little heathens at home '
to sew for, and that they took the most
of her time ; but if we wanted to sew
for the neglected children living under '
the shadow of our own church spires,
she would spare time to help us. Just
as if we wanted the lower strata in our
church 1" And Miss Sophrona Dobbs
sniffed the air disdainfully.
"Now this is enough for one time,"
interrupted Mrs. Wilton. "Would that
ministers could have two wives, so we
might divide the blame."
The ladies looked bewildored, and
some of them laughed a little; then
they launched into a discussion on the
It was to be the regulation kind of a
picnic for the ladies and children only,
and they were to have such a nice time,
with ham sandwiches, pressed chicken,
and lemonade made on the grounds, and
bugs and mosquitoes ad infinitum.
When the day of the picnic arrived,
Mrs. Merton, the much talked of minis
ter's wife, went. People had said that
they "didn't reckon Mrs. Merton would
go, as the church was at the bottom of
it," and when they saw her there they
said it was "jußt like a frivolous thing
like her to go to every picnic."
Nevertheless, church people at L
were like church people everywhere;
thoy said a good deal that they didn't
mean, and with a few exceptions, blue
eyed, fair-faced Mrs. Merton was very
cordially treated, and her friends, when
she made them, were very true to her,
and always defended her when she ran
the gauntlet of society's tongue.
The picnic seemed a success gener
ally ; everybody was having "such a
splendid time;" and the mosquitoes had
voted picnics a beautiful invention, and
were singing anthems of praise at the
prospect of a "good square meal," when
suddenly their was a splash and suffo- ■
eating cries, and two little forms dis
appeared under the gliding surface of ,
the stream that wound like a huge ser
pent through the woods.
There were shrill screams of genuine .
terror, and white faces stared at the ,
rush of waters in an agnoy as the awful
peril of tho children seemed to paralyze .
them. Mrs. Evans, whose little, dark
haired boy had loosened the canoe from
its fastening to take Vinnie Merton for ,
a ride had, whilo rocking it, rockod too .
far and tipped it over ; and now, while
her boy was almost drowning, was lying
in a helpless heap on the bank of the
river. Some were beginning to recover
their self-possession and were calling
for ropes, when Mrs. Merlon, stepping
out of her slippers, poised herself a
moment on tho bank ; then the slender
figure, clad in a wonderful array of ,
Swiss muslin and pale blue ribbons, .
dropped like an arrow into the water,
and struck out with the move of an ex- .
pert to where littlo Elmer Evan was
battling with the current, and holding
him so that his head was above water,
swam easily to shore, where many hands
lifted him to the bank; and then, swim
ming back to her rebellious little step
daughter, she carried her, half suffo- '
cated with waves, back -to terra fir ma.
Vinnie, by general advice from with
out, had managed to keep an almost
continual warfare at home, although ;
she was naturally a generous-hearted '
child; and when she had recovered
from her fright, and made sure she had (
not swallowed all the water in the river,
she looked gravely at her stepmother's
soiled garments and said, slowly,—
"If you don't care, Mrs. Merton, I'll '
call you mamma, now." '
After that day Mrs. Merton had many
friends; for you can always reach a
mother's heart through her children,
and every woman seems a mother to any '
child in the hour of danger. '
"She was bravo and self-possessed,
and she saved my Elmer, and I don't !
mean to ever say another word against
her if she never goes with the church."
That was what Mrs. Evans said at the
next meeting, and as she seldom ex- '
pressed an opinion for herself, the la
dies for the most part agreed with her,
except Mrs. Hezekiah Winters, who I
"Well, I dunno ; she may be all right,
but a woman that could entrap a man of
forty, and he a minister, kind of looks '
to me as though she was a flirt."
And Miss Sophrona Dobbs nodded
her false frizzes emphatically as she
"I agree with you, Mrs. Winters. J
We musn't all be taken in by one good
Well, to tell the truth, folks did, gen- !
erally speaking, keep an eye on her ;
but everything seemed satisfactory.
She did nothing that scandalized their '
ideas of propriety, and they had almost '
made up their minds that .with proper
advice she might do for a minister's
wife after all. .
But the town of L—,— was visited one
day by a traveling theatrical troupe, and
everybody was going who wasn't a pil- '
lar in the church, and "wouldn't en
courage no such institution of Satan."
Mrs. Winters was especially bitter
against them. The theater, a long time
ago, had led her one son from his home,
and the only sweet, sacred spot in Mrs.
Winter's hard, religious life was her
love for her boy, her baby, as she called
him, although he was almost a man
when he went sway.
The day the troop arrived Mrs. Win
ters was at home alone, and the faint
sound of distant music was arousing to
utterance the grief she had kept buried
"I'll just go to the sewing circle and
forget my sorrow by listening to some
thing or other." And away trudged
Mrs. Winters to Mrs. Richfleld's, whose
turn it was to entertain the society.
Everybody was busy and gossipy, and
Mrs. Winters was listening to the re
port of the bad behavior of the girl of
the period when Miss Arimintha White
came bustling in.
"Law me ! ladies have you heard ?"
and without waiting for an answer, she
continued, "Oh, the dreadful, awful
actions of Imogene Merton t Sarah
Halcomb, that lives next door, seen it
with her own eyes, and she told me all
about it. And poor, dear Mr. Merton
away on church business!"
"What is it ?" "Do tell ?" "Go on,
A rim in I liar, and explain," were the
words from all sides.
"Well, to begin with, my feelings is
awfully riled up ; but you all know that
them theater fellars o >me J to-day. Well,
one of 'em—l know he was one because
he got off the train with them—come to
Mrs. Morton's to-day, and she was a
settin' in that room of her 3 with them
windows that swings out; and he, in
stead of going to the front door or
ringing the bell like a man, why, when
he saw her a-sittin' in that room, with
her back to the window, he just slipped
up sly and sneakin'-like and stepped in
through the window, and then jumped
clear across the room, and such huggin'
an' kissin' was never seen in a minister's
house afore ! Now, ladies, I know this
is so, 'cause Sarah Halcomb told it for
a solemn truth, and that ain't the worst
of it. After ho had stayed an hour or
so he went to the hotel aud got another
fellar, and them two walked straight to
the minister's house, and she opened
the door, fixed up fit to kill. Now /
say it's the duty of every member of
this society to look into this matter.
The minister is gone, anel we have got
tho respectability of the church to Bus
tain. We should go immediately and
hear what that dreadful creature has to
say for herself."
"Law me! Who'd have thought it ?"
"The most scandalous thing I ever
"Maybe there is some mistake," put
in Mrs. Evans, who hadn't forgotten
the brave swimmer tho day of the pic
It was a solcmn-visaged group that
filed into the minister's sitting-room.
Mrs. Hezekiah was to be chief spokes
woman, as she generally was on all
ohnrch occasions. Mrs. Merton greeted
them, her face all smiles.
"I had just sent for you, Mrs.Winters;
I have such a pleasant surprise for you!"
and she actually kissed the old lady's
withered cheek, while Miss Sophrona
Dobbs muttered "Judas!" under her
breath. "Just come right in here,while
I talk to the ladies." And Mrs.Winters
followed, her withered face white with
Suddenly there was a strange, glad
cry from the wrathy lady, and in answer
to the words, "Eddie, my boy!" some
one said "Mother 1" and then Mrs. Mer- j
ton went back to explain matters to the
"My brother came to-day, and in his
traveling ho came by chance upon Ed
gar Winters. Edgar is traveling with
the theater troupe that is here, and they
being friends, Luke brought Edgar
here, and I sent for Mrs. Winters ; but
she came before my note reached her."
The ladies now began to feel ashamed,
but they were generous. Miss Aramin
tha said :
"If I'm the bearer of scandal again
it shan't be about you, Mrs. Merton."
All hardness seemed melted out of
Mrs. Winters' nature as she returned to
"I want you to forgive me if you can,
Mrs. Merton. I came here to-day to
denounce you, and on ciroumstantial
evidence only; but I'll be your friend in
the future, remember that."
The ladies by turns apologized for
having troubled her so much.
"Oh, I'm getting used to be a minis
ter's wife, and I don't mind such things,
Perhaps this last remark was ungra
cious ; but it was true to her, and there
after one minister's wife was not made
the subject of ill-natured gossips.—
A New York goat came West with a
lot of poor children sent out to Westom
homes, and the first day it was on an
lowa farm it ate half a mile of barbed
wire fence and wanted more. It is al
most impossible to teach a New York
goat o eat grass or clover, when he has
been brought up from earliest infancy
on corset rods, tomato cans and wrecked
hoop skirts.— Hawkeye. '
Watered silk parasols are the newest
of the new.
Colored pearl jewelry ia fashionable
for full dress.
Venetian lace is worn as trimming
upon bright-colored Surahs.
The latest breastpins have the initials
or monograms in script.
Sashes are tied around the waist with
an immense bow behind.
Jet trimmings are so fashionable that
the supply will not meet the demand.
Gloves are worn over the tight sleeves
and bracelets and bangles over the
White costumes are not worn in the
streets, except in the country or at the
Among the latest vagaries of Parisian
women are velvet ear-rings of the same
color as the dress.
Another novelty has been added to
Saratoga toilets—parasols of velvet'em
broidered with golden bees.
A very stylish way to trim a navy-blue
flannel is with graduated bands of
striped gros-grain ribbon.
The wardrobe of a woman who adopts
the icsthetic style of dressing is more
valuable the older it grows.
Silk fans have each division cut in
the shape of a feather and embroidered
at the top to represent a flower.
Note paper and calling cards are or
namented with ugly scorpions, reptiles
and quadrupeds in the glossary of zool
Pompeiian red is to be the now color
for autumn dress. It is a little worse
than garnet, and that was.bad enough.
It is the height of elegance to have the
gloves somewhat dark, oven with light
dresses, medium tan being tho favorite
Silver bracelets are much worn. They
are cut in delicate designs, hung with
numerous pendants and fit the wrist
Stylish sunshades have "Aryma"
handles of woven grass or reed exactly
like the fine weaving which covers tho
exterior of Saqui cupß.
A clever china decorator of New York
will.se exhibit a dainty chocolate
service whioh will employ the shape
and color of tho pink morning glory.
Hats in the shape of an upset basket,
full of flower?, tightened over the ears
with a wide ribbon, are pretty and
unique for completing toilets of wash
Some of the new long gloves have
slits cut in them, either at the top or
half way up, into which colored ribbon
or broad gold braid about an inch in
width is inserted.
Watered silk and ribbons will be
largely used the coming season as trim
mings on velvet and satin dresses, man
tles, cashmere dresses and other woolen
Long shawls superbly embroidered
accompany all hand-worked dresses,
and are carried on the arm for use in
cool evenings at the seashore, or tied
with bunchy ends at the back.
Advice to <;ir!s.
Do not estimate the worth of a young
man by his ability to talk soft nonsense,
nor by the length of his moustache.
Do not imagine that an extra ribbon
tied about the neck can remedy the de
feck of a soiled collar and untidy
Ifyour hands are browned by 1 abor,
do not envy the lily fingers of Miss Fuss
and Feathers, whose mother works in
the kitchen, while the daughter lounges
in the parlor.
If a dandy, with a cigar between his
fingers, asks you if smoking is offensive
to you, tell him emphatically, "Yes."
The habit should be, even though the
odor may not.
Do not waste your tears on the imag
inary sorrows of Alonzo and Melissa,
nor tho trials of the dime novel hero
ines. Seek rather to alleviate the woes
of the suffering ones of earth.
Ben. Blanton, an ex-sheriff of Cook
county, Texas, and a very desperate
man, met James Todd, who had been a
witness agains him in a 1 awsuit, and
abused and insulted him in a shameful
manner. They separated, each vowing
to meet the other for a final settlement.
They met, and both drew their weapons
and fired. Todd was shot through the
heart and in the breast, and the top of
Blanton's head was blown off. Both
men were lying dead when discovered.
It is the easiest thing in the world to
write fun. All you've got to do is to
sit down and think of it and then write
it. We would write columns of it—if
we oould think of it.
Nature reports a remarkable discovery
by Mr. Alexander Adams, of the British
Postofflce Telegraph Department: "It is
the existence of electric tides in tele
graphio circuits. By long-continued
and careful observations he has deter
mined distinct variations of strength in
those earth currents, which are invari
ably present on all telegraphic wires, fol
lowing the differtnt diurnal positions
of the moon with respect to the earth."
A fuller and more satisfactory exposition
of the matter was to bo given by the
Some time since the use of sawdust
in mortar was recommended as superior
even to hair for the prevention of crack
ing and subsequent peeling off of rough
casing under the action of storms and
frost. Some one by the name of Siehr
says that his own house, exposed to pro- l
longed,' storms on the seacoast, had
pieces of mortar to be renowed each
spring ; and after trying without effect
a number of substances to prevent it, ho
found sawdust perfectly satisfactory.
It was first thoroughly dried and sifted
through an ordinary grain sieve to re
move the larger particles. The mortar
was made by mixing one'part of cement,
two of lime, two of sawdust and five of
sharp sand, the sawdust being first well
mixed dry with the cement and sand.
An official publication of tho Gorman
postofflce contains a report on the dis
turbances in telegraphic communication
caused last August by a display of the
aurora borealis. It is well known that
both storms and the aurora borealis dis
turb the electric currents passing over
telegraphic cables, but recent experience
seems to prove that the disturbing in
fluences of storms chiefly affects short
lines, whilo the longer lines are more
liable to be affected by the northern
lights. There was a strong disturbance
of the latter kind from the 11th to tho
14th of August, 1880. It seoms to have
manifested itself throughout the greater
portion of the northern section of the
eastern hemisphere, sending off, how
ever, a southerly stream in the direction
of Mozambique, which reached to Natal.
It does not appear that the western con
tinent was affected. Tho general fea
tures of the disturbance consisted in
manifestations of the presence of strange
currents ("earth currents," as they are
called) of fluctuating intensity, the
duration and fluctuations varying in
different localities and the direction of
recurrents changing frequently.
The lower strata of the population of
our country, says Charles A. Speer, is
composed almost entirely of a heteroge
neous mass of emigrants, who hail from
almost every country under the sun.
Irish, Germans, Swedes, Norwegians
and Poles compose almost the whole of
our laboring classes. This fact is in
itself significant of the elevation of the
masses of native born Americans. A
prominent managerin one »l our largest
Western iron mills informs me that on
his laborers' pay roll there is not a sin
gle native born American, while his
whole quota of civil engineers, machi
nists, mechanics, blacksmiths, and al
most all positions where skill and in
telligence are required, are filled by
"In fact," says he, I always engage an
American before a person of any other
nationality, because I find them natu
rally more rapid, skillful and aocureat
in all branches where brain work com
bined with mechanical ingenuity is re
quired. I consider them faster work
men than either the English or Ger
The gentleman was himself an Eng
lishman, born and raised among Eng
lish workingmen, and a man of wide
experience among workmen of all classes
and nationalities. Should wo not be
proud of this evidence of growth and
advancement among our countrymen ?
Hardly a man among them who has not
intelligence enough to elevate him above
the level of animals and mere brute
forces, and enables him to live and go
on advancing by the aid of that mind
whioh God has given us to rule over
such forces. Barely a century's growth
has sufficed to place us head and should
ers above all other nations in that pop
ular intelligence which gives evidence
of a rapidly advancing civilization.
An old hen in Salisbury, N. 0., set for
two weeks on thirteen eggs, but became
disgusted during the heated term and
quit her nest. A week afterwards the
deserted eggs showed life, and nine lit
tle motherless chicks are now in the
yard, hatched out by the heat of the
weather, and the hen refuses to own or
scratch for them.
ITEMS OF INTEREST.
The bronze balconies alone in Wm
H. Vanderbilt's house will cost $60,000.
The Boston Journal believes tho Vice
Prosiden 1 ; should be made a cabinet
officer, in older to give him something
A St. Louis belle is said to have won
81,100 recently at the Saratoga races.
She will probably buy a pair of shoes
with tho money.
Tho Empress of Austria wears a train
! thirty feet long, and when she walks up
stairs the disheartened Emperor goes
. up in the elevator.
The young belles of New York aro
. becoming vaccinated, and as there aro
plenty of young doctors there to do the
work they are correspondingly happy.
Chicago claims to furnish better ac
commodations in her station houses than
Long Branch does in hor hotels. Re
sult : All hor station houses are full of
Stout John Hancock's chair, the one
in which ho sat when he signed his
name to the Declaration of Independ
ence, now stands in St. Paul's Church
at Norfolk. Va.
Dan Rico has been divorced from his
first wife, anil now the second is apply
ing for a similar document. This goes
to show that a man may be able to train
a horse antl yet not know how to man
age a woman who is old enough to use
The latest lamp-shado is made of pink
silk with a row of iiny pink roses
arounel tho edge and a fall of lace, and
it makes the heretofore respectable
looking lamp look like a ballet girl in
Picas Harper, one of the most suc
cessful coloreel planters in Georgia, has
just bought 2,100 acres of land in Ogle
thorpe county for 832,000. He does not
confine himself to cotton, but grows of
other crops enough to ran his place, so
that the cotton is all clear profit.
Thero is groat excitement at Long
Branch over the death of Mrs. Kate
Griggs, the wife of C. R. Griggs, the
I contractor and lessee of the Wheeling
and Lake Erie Railroad, from blood
poisoning, alleged to have been caused
by using an anti-fat medicine. She con
fessed to have taken eighteen bottles of
the anti-fat medicine in ten months.
Tho Richmonel and Alleghany Rail
road has now an unbroken line between
Richmond and Lynchburg, the first
through train having entered the latter
The term of John E. Poindexter, sent
to the penitentiary for two years for tho
murder of Charles E. Curtis, will be out
in February next; but three months
will be deducted from this for good be
havior, and this will make him a free
man about the middle of November.
Mr. W. R. Grisham, well-known in
Lynchburg, and until recently the com
monwealth's attorney of Lancaster
county, attempted to commit suicide by
cutting his throat.
One hundred and twenty-five locomo
tives are now in operation on the Ches
apeake and Ohio Railroad, and by the
latter part of next week the number
will be. increjised to near a hundred and
Mr. C. P. Huntington, president of
the Chesapeake and Ohio, gave his
check in New York recently for one
million four hundred thousand dollars,
in part payment of a Kentuoky road,
which has been lately added to the
Chesapeake and Ohio system.
The owner of the Libby Prison has
put up a notice stating that all persons
depredating upon the building will be
dealt with according to law. Relic
hunters and curiosity seekers have been
clipping off pieces from the bricks ex
tensively, and hence the necessity for
Tho water famine at Richmond is as
suming alarming proportions. Water
is selling at five cents the bucket. The
probability of a fire is creating a sensa
At Waynesboro', Kirk Kidder was
shot and killed by a brakeman named
Basset on the Shenandoah Railroad. A
woman was at the bottom of the diffi
The strike on the Chesapeake and
Ohio Railroad at Newport News is now
ended, the paymaster having arrived
anel paid the discontented faction off.
All the men resumed work.
The Richmond Whig has been told
that the supply of oysters the coming
season will run short, especially as to
the Chesapeake source of supply, and
an advance in prices is expected.
In some parts of Pulaski county there
has been no rain of any consequence
since April last. In Chesterfield county
the farmers are cutting down their corn
to save the fodder, anel it is a difficult
matter to get water for the cattle.
The saloon keepers of Alexandria
threw their places of business open on
Sunday last and sold as on other days.
Their object was to test the validity of
a law recently passed by the city council
prohibiting the sale of intoxicating
liquors on Sunday.