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wtiokal tSSompany. VolV, No. 8. WASHINGTON, D. 0., MAKOH, m j T
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A Doctor's Story.
.Enttrtd oceonUng (o tct oConpreti, (n the year of our Lord, 1S7S, (n the OJiu oftht Libra, tanofSongrttt, at Washington, D. O.
Mrs. Itogors lay In her lc!,
Handngcd and blistered from foot to head,
Uandagcd tind blistered from head to the,
Mrs Kogors was vory low.
.Bottlo and mincer, spoon and cup,
On tho v,able stood bravely up ;
Physic or high and low degree ;
(Mlomol, catnip, boncsot tea
Everything a body could bear,
Excepting light and water and air.
I opened the blind? ; the day was bright:
And God gave Mr?. JRogorssomo light,
Opened the window; the dav was lair,
And God gavo Mrs Rogers sonic air.
Iiotttos and blisters, powders and pills,
Catnip, bonoset, sirup and squills:
Drugs and medicines, high and low,
I threw them as far as I could throw.
"What are you doing?" my patient cried :
"Frightening death," coolly roplied.
u ou are crazy " a visit ov said ;
I dung a bottlo at her head.
Deacon Kogors ho came to m ;
""Wife is a comin' round," said ho,
"I ro'lly think she will worry through;
She sco ds mo just as she used to do.
AH tho people have poohed and slurred
And the neighbors have had their word ;
'J 'was bettor to parish, some of 'em say,
Than bo cured insuch an Irregular way."
"Your wife," said. I, "had God's good care,
And his remedies light and water and air.
All the doctors beyond a doubt,
Couldn't have cured Mrs. Rogers without."
TIiq deacon smiled and bowed his head :
"Then your bill Is nothing," he said ;
"God's be tho glory, as you say ;
God bless you, doctor, good day ! good day !'
If over 1 doctor that woman again,
I'll give her medicines made by men.'
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promised my wife that I would not venture in tbe streets I There was one tiling that consoled me ; my companion
I shall not detail the particulars i appeared to be in deep sleep, for he did not even move. I
of Baltimore after dark.
of my journey. Wore T to do so I
could see the ridge made by his feet at the end of the bod.
crowded we wore ; how wo wore annoyed by a squalling &d that was all. I also noticed that the bed was a very
infant that it was utterly impossible to silence ; how we Jarge one. The man who had possession of it lay near
were delayed in the crossing of the Susquehanna by some , tuo wall, and there was plenty of space between him and
accident to the ferryboat ; how I tried to read, but could Clie outside lor me to lie without touching him. I screwed
not on account of the perfect babol around me ; how I mv courage up and began to undress but I suddenly re
endeavored to make fuu of the boys who sold apples, and ' membercd the landlord's words, that the stranger was an
had the laugh turned against me by those youthful vend- "ugly customer when he was riled," which made me do-
:orsot that wholesome fruit. All this and a great deal S1SC- ic thought struck me that I might manage to lie
I more I might tell you. but as every traveler goes through on tho floor, but a moment's examination settled the
the same experience it would only be repeating an old question in the negative, for the floor was entirely bare,
story. and the air blew very cold through the wide chinks in the
We reached Baltimore at last, and I was immediately planking. I cast my eyes to the ceiling and noticed for
driven to Barnum's Hotel. I had some difficulty in mak
ing my way to the clerk's counter, the hall was so crowd
ed with people.
"All full, sir,'' said the gentlemanly clerk, as I pulled
the book toward me to enter my name.
There was no help for it. I -went roaud to the Gilmor
llonse and received the same reply. It was the same with
the Eutaw and the Howard House and half a dozen other
hotols. It was getting dark, and I began to think I ahould
have to sleep in tho hack all night.
"Try Old Town, Bill," said a friend to the hackman,
who saw my dilemma.
the first time that a heavy beam, studded with numerous
nooics, ran through the apartment ; but as I was not a
bird and could not perch there, this discovery was of little
use to me.
Half an hour passed away in this state of indecision. I
stole cautiously to one of the windows, and gazed on the
beautiful city bathed in the light of a full moon.
How quiet and calm everything looked. But the air
felt fresh and cold, and I closed the window and resumed
my seat in the chair. I then found myself wondering
what avocation my friend in bed followed. I suddenly
cast my eyes on a, neap ot ciotnes wincii lay on a trunk,
A Terrible Night.
I am no politician.. I am provision dealer a wholesale
provision dealer doing business in Now- YorUc city.
Having commonced my "veritable history with the above
assertion, it is necessary that I should infurm the reader
how it was that I was a member of the New York dele
gation to the Democratic convention held in Baltimore
some years ago.
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One evening m the latter part of May I was seated with i m his face, shook his head and repeated the hateful words,
iy wife in our pretty house on Eighth street, onioying a ' "All full."
"They are only third and fourth-rate inns there." sad covered over with a handkerchief, no doubt belonging to
e driver, and perhaps the gentleman would not like to the sleeper. My curiosity got the bettor of my politeness,
and before I scarcely knew what I was about I found m'
self examining his apparel. Tho handkerchief which cov-
the driver, "and perhaps the gentleman would
lodge there for a night."
"Anywhere that I can got a bed, my good fellow," I
returned. ''It is no use being particular at such a time
The horses' heads were turned round, and we proceeded
over a bridge
which spauued a
Jones' Falls, 1 believe.
down Baltimore street
muddy stream of water, called
We then plunged into a mass of intricate narrow streets
and at last stopped before the door of a very ordinary-
It bore a uoudescript-lookmfi; sign, winch 1 was
represented a golden angel, by which name the tavern
I entered and made my stereotyped inquiry whether I
could have a bed there for the night. The landlord, a
thick, burly-looking man, with a gleam of latent humor
fragrant cup of tea for if there is anything that I am a j
good judge of it is tea. My wife had been shopping, and j
while I was sipping my Hyson flavored with orange, she !
was showing mo her purchases. She was expatiating on
a "love of a bonnet," when wo were both startled by a ,
violent ring at tho boll, and iu a minute or two afterward I
a servant entered, informing me that Mr. Lawrence ' to
away, but was recalled by the voice of
ered them was a coarse cotton one, and his clothes of
coarse homespun, and were such as are usually worn by
drovers. My companion, then, was evidently a drover-
a rough class of men who usually stand upon very little
Partly undressed as I was, I began to feel very cool
but before venturing into bed I determined to try an ex
periment to see if tho drover slent soundlv or not. I had
toldTtstkeH the precaution to leave the room door open so that
I could make a run if it is necessary. I fixed my eyes on
tho bed as I let my boot fall. The drover was evidently
a sound sleeper, for, although the uoiso made was consid
erable, he did not make the slightest motiou. This de
cided me, and I hastily finished undressing and crept into
Of course, I was careful not to touch my compan ion. I
do not know how long I lay awake, but the novelty of the'
situation drove sleep irom my eyes for some time. By
degrees, however, the strangeness of my position wore oft.
I telt reassured by my bedfellow's sound sleep, and the
ot the breeze outside caused mo to
head for persuading me to be his substitute.
" rour bedfellow is a quiet fellow when ho
Ardow wished to see me immediately. As Ardew was a
particular friend of mine I immediately ordered him to be
admitted. ' although I must say he is rather violent, when aunoved.
" Gunby," said Ardew, as soon as he had paid his re-' He sleeps very souudiy, and all ou have to do is to be
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spuuus w my wnu, ( i snoiua nave 10m you oeiore tnat my
name is Jonathan Guuby,) " Gunby, 1 want you to do me
a great favor."
" What is it, my dear fellow? " I replied. I could afford
to be affectionate, for I knew that Ardew was too rich to
"You know 1 am a politician? " said Ardew.
'I know you are," I returned, "and not much
has it done you. To my certain knowledge you have not
received a com uenout irom it ; on tho other hand, you
have spent a good many hundred dollars." '
" Just wait till is elected President, and then vou 1 1 was too much of a coward to brave being thought one
will see; but that is not the quostion, lam a delegate to J "I accopt your offor of half a bed. Bring mo som
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tiio Jisutimoro convention, and L want you to act as uf
" What !" I cried, jumping up from my chair iu excite
ment. "I, Jonathan Gunby. wholesale provision mer
chant, act as a member of a political convention ! never,
my dear friend, never ! "
" 8ut you must. I will pay all expenses, and the trin
"Would you mind sharing a bed with another party?"
II tnere is no help tor it i suppose I must, 1 replied, I gontle murmuring
"although, to tell the truth, it is by no means agreeable ! follow his example.
me," and I inwardly heaped denunciations on Ardew's ! I have no idea how long I slept before I commonced to
dream. L suddenly, however, thought that my companion
is asleep, woke and sat upright in bod ; that he glared around him
and at last his eyes iell upon mo. lie then uttered a ter
rible cry and threw himself upon me. In spite of my nat-
ca refill not to wake him. Helms been in bed some time." j ural cowardice, I saw that if I did not struggle I should
I must make a humiliating confession to the reader I ' bo killed. . I thought I seized him by the throat, aud
am not a bravo man. I have often tried to persuade my- tigh toned my grasp, I saw him gettiug black iu the face,
self that I am, but truth compels me to state that a greater , His hands fell powerless to his side, a smothered groan
coward does not exist thau myself. The landlord's de- escaped him : but still I pressed his throat tightor, tighter
scription of my bedfellow was anything but assuring, and
I was on the point of declining when the nronrietor of the
his face grew blacker aud blacker.
In agony of fear 1 awoke, and what was my horror and
I exclaimed aloud. w Can ho be
Golden Angel, no doubt reading what was transpiring in 'dismay to find that my hand was really pressing my cora'r'
my mind, exclaimed: J panion's throat. He did not move nor stir, and his body1
" i ou are.atraid, are you? ' i ielt as cold as ico-
" Afraid ! I should thiuk not, indeed." I returned, for " Great God I"
some l iiimpea out oi tne oea. uorning naa uawneu, ai-
brandy and water and a cigar." though tho sun had not yet risen. I rushed to the wiudbw
I sat down at one of tho little tables in tho bar-room, j and pulled back the curtain. I then ran to the bed again
j aud, puffing away at my cigar, I tried to persuado myself t and looked at my companion. My worst fears were real
i that 1 was vory jolly, it was a miserable attempt, ' how- fized. IIo was dead black in tho face straugled in nry
! ever, I had previously sunned at a restaurant in a more i sleep !
modern part of tho city. After my cigar was finished I
asked to bo shown to my chamber. The landlord took
jood. I have noticed that vou seemed to bo ' upon himself tho task of being my conductor, aud I foi
ls tho vory thing 'lowed him up a narrow, mcketty staircase. Wo kept on
used to bo : a
will fin vnn
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thinner than you
my lifo,r I roplied. somewhat softened by tho fact that all t contained but one bod, which was placed against the wall
my expenses would bo paid. "I should make a blockhead ! near the door. At tho opposite end of tho chamber was a
you. . llio Inot is I have an important lawsuit going i ascending until we readied the top ot the house, when wo ' was only to realize in a more
, and it is utterly impossible that I can leave New ontered a moderately-sized room, but much cleaner tlian I my situation. There lay my v
k. You mitst do this favor for mo, my dear Gunby." , had expectod to find it. Tho ceiling was vory low, aud i My trial, my conviction and
But. Ardow. I never attended a nolitical moetinn-' in , inclined in front to tho slone of the roof. Tho anartmont ' in'ranid review before mo.
of mysolf, for I know nothing of the rules and regulations
of such assemblies."
"Yon don't waut to know anything ; all that you have
to do is to vote through thick and thin for V '
"Butl don't like tho man."
"You have nothing to do with that, I like him, and
you will bo oting for mo."
"You are right I forgot that."
"Jonathan shall not go to that awful rowdy city, Bal
timore." said mv wife. ' He will bo killed bv the Phur
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Uglies,' 'JJiood runs,' or 'Uiacic bnaices.'
to walk the streets there. 1 11 never consent to
"You need have no fear on that head, madam, " said for tho night was anything
Ardew ; "they have got a now police thoro, and Baltimore
is one of tho quietest oiues iu tho Union."
I need not detail any more of tho conversation ; suffice
it to say that Ardow persuaded mo to act in his placo, and
tho hint of a handsome present from tho monumental city
so molified my wife that she gavo her consent.
On tho appointed day, provided with tho necessary
vouchers, I started on my journey, having first faithfully
table, placed between two windows which looked upon ! over see them
The laudlord placed tho lamp upon the table, and I
noticed that he shielded tho light with his hand as ho
passed near tho bod.
"I shall bo careful," I ronlied.
"That's right! Good-night," ho whispered, and loft
Ho had no sooner gone than I cautiously sat down, tak
ing cure not to make the least noise. I thon calmly sur-
It is not safe J voyed my position. It was certainly not a very enviable
o his going." one. According to tho landlord's account, my companion
I shall not attempt to describe my sensation at this hor
rible spectacle My body was bathed in a cold porspira-'
tion, my hands trembled, aud for a few moments I believe
I was bereft of my senses. I recovered by degrees but it
acute degree the horrors of
ictim and I was a murderer!
tho hideous gallowsall passed
Who would believo me ? J
sat down, buried my face in my hands and sobVotlHik'e a
child. My wife, my own comfortable hoino-lioupl I?
ovor see them again If ,.
but an amiable character. If
What was to bo done? Should I arouse tho uoiisband.
make a clean breast of it ? But what could I say ? Tell
them I had killed a man in my sleep? Not a soul would
beliovo the story. Could I effect my escapo? Impossi
ble ; the crime would bo discovered before I could leavo '
the city, and I should bo arrested j then the law would '
take its course, and I would bo hanged by tho neck until
I was dead.
Hanged by tho neck ! Yes, that would bo my fato.
As "the torriblo thought crossed my mind I cast(my eyes
around tho chamber, and they foil upon tho beam ,with
tho hooks' in it. From thence thoy wandered to tho hand-
1 k1 urn hi nlmneo to nwakftn him T know not what imVht lem'ohinf covering tho dead mail S olotllOS. l
occur, lie might assault mo dangerously bofom I could ! A means of safety suggested itself to my mind. Sup,-1
outer into any explanation. I half resolved to pass the pose I could make it appear that tho man had commifcCed.'"
night in tho chair, and not retire to bed at all. But it ; suicide. Yes that was my only chance, and I determined ,
was one ot tuo om-iasmonou, iugii-uaoked cnairs, and to put it into execution.
made such an uncomfortable spat that I soon
I thon ventured to glance aiound tho room,
naturally fell on tho bed.
tired out. j 1 took the dead man s handkorolnel, and advancedwl
My eyes j tho corpse with a great deal of repugnance, butitlrruor,
(courage than I could have anticipated. My own Tearful
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