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A BRIDE'S WEDDING-DAY WARNING.
"We're married, they tay, and you thjuk you have
"Well, take tliis white veil from uiy head nnd look
HcreV matter to vex you, and matter to grieve
Jlerc's doubt to distrust you, and faith to believe
I am nil, as you sec, common enrtb, common dew ;
Be wary. nd mould me to roses, not rue!
Ah, shako out the filmy thine:, fold after fold,
And sec if you have me to keep and to hold ;
Look close on my heart, sec the worst of its sin
ning. It is not your's to-day for the yesterday's winning,
TIk pa.t is not mine I am too proud to borrow
The future will tell us what shall be to-morrow.
"We're married! I'm plighted to hold up your
As the turf at your feet does its handful of daises;
That way lies my honor, my pathway of pride,
Hut mark you, if greener ras grow eithcr-ide,
J -hall know it, and keeping the body with you,
j-liall walk in my spirit with feet on the dew !
"We're married ! Oh, pray that our love do not
I have wings fastened down and hid under my
They are subtle as light, you can never undo
You may make them your pride, you may sec but
to rue them,
And spile of all clasping, and spite of all bauds,
I eantlip like a shadow, si dream, from your hands.
Isay. call me not cruel, and fear not to take me,
I am yours for my lifetime, to be what you mako
To wear my white veil for a sign or a cover,
As you shall be proven my lord or my lover ;
A cover for peace that is dead, or a token
Of bliss that can never be written or spoken.
Wanted : A Lady Clerk.
F. 3T. HICKXELL.
" Mrs. Ripley, I think 2cr7mps I've found
something at last."
" You never have ! " Mrs. Ripley's accent
did not contradict her young lodger's re
mark, though her wprds have that appear
ance. She laid down a goblet half wiped,
and looked with interest for further commu
nication. " Yes." continued the first speaker, holding
up a letter just come hy the morning post,
"see this! It is from Mr. Richard Allison,
whose advertisement in the 'Guardian' I
answered the day before yesterday. He asks
me to call at room 7, No. 103 Roelker street,
at nine o'clock this morning, if I have leisure.
If I have leisure," she replied. " I've had
nothing else for the past month. It is now
a quarter to eight ; I'll go up stairs at once
and put myself in order. I must do what I
can to make a good impression, you know."
" You couldn't help doing that," said Mrs.
Ripley, and she looked with a little sigh after
the graceful girlish figure in its suit of som
bre black as it disappeared through the door.
" Poor child, I do hope she won't be disap
pointed," she added fervently; "there's not
many brought up as she's been, would be
willing to work and do for themselves after
always having everything done for them.
If she can only get something to do, it will
take her mind off her troubles, and be better
for her everyway. Then it's her bread and
butter, too; -and no wonder she's beginning
to worry a little about it," she added, taking
tip her work again with an earnest wish for
the success of the orphan girl who, though
she had known her but a few weeks, had, by
her lovely face and gentle manners, in
terested her and filled her with an almost
motherly anxiety for her welfare.
An hour later Llillie Thorndyke was pass
ing No. 103 Roelker street, and looking over
at No. 103 a tall brick building, seeming
very wide awake with its numerous windows,
and liberal display of sign-boards and official
shingles. Its aspect was not uncongenial
should she ever make its more intimate and
friendly acquaintance? She walked on to
the next street, and crossing, returned for a
nearer inspection. At each side.of the door
was a thin marble slab with a list of the
names of the inmates of the building. In its
appropriate numerical place she found that
of her possible employer, over the words,
" I am glad it is real estate," she said to
herself with a feeling of relief, as sundry
visions oflong columns of figures and intri
cate calculations winch had been troubling
her. retired into the hazy distance. She had
need enough and energy enough to put her
hand to anything within the possible scope
of her power? ; but she had hoped Mr. Alli
son's clerk might be more a copyist than an
accountant. After some hesitation, she
began to mount the stairs slowly, for she
wanted to be exact a3 well as prompt, and
she had yet fivs minutes to spare.
Mr. Allison's office outside of which she
presently paused with a fluttering of the
heart and a shortness of breath due wholly to
excitement was on the third flight, in a cosy
corner at the end of a long, narrow hall-way.
The pane of ground glass set in the' upper
half of the door, bore an incription similar
to the one she had seen below, supplemented
by the information, " Office hours, 8 to 5."
The door stood ajar, for which she was
In her tremulous state, to have turned the
knob would have been a real task: and under
the eircumstances,.she feared knockingwould
seem womanish and unbusinesslike. At the
last moment the temptatiou to ilee became
almost irresistible; but knowing hesitation
would be her ruin, she drew a long breath,
and pushing open the door, crossed the thre
liold. It was a large, clean, airy room, well
furnished and carpeted, and it looked much
more inviting than she had expected. Near
her were several chairs and a fable; opposite
stood a large safe, and before each of the two
windows in the further corners was a desk.
From behind oneof these of the kind known
as "rolltop" came a scratching sound,
which, with a little tuft of hair just visible
over the top, showed the presence of the oc
cupant. She was glad there was but one,
and that his preoccupation gave her time to
gather in a few of her scattered wits before
her presence was noticed.. As she made a
step or two forward the scratching ceased,
and the connection became apparent between
the tuft of hair and a head, the owner where
of straightened back in his chair, and wheeled
about so that she could see him. The first
look told her he was a gentleman. He had
a grave, handsome face, and a dignified air,
perhaps touching on severity. She thought
him about thirty-five years old, though the
full brown beard he wore so becomingly
made it difficult to tell his age with accuracy.
Having assured herself he was Mp. Allison,
she timidly made known her errand.
"Ah, yes," he returned; "sit down; Miss
Sbe fancied there was a tinge of surprise
in his tone, and feared he found her too
young and inexperienced-looking though
at twenty, with her bread to win, she felt
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"I want some one to look after the office
when I am out," he explained, " and to talk
with people who would waste my time when
I am in, and for such other general assistance
as I may need." lie was not a man of words.
He asked few questions, contenting himself
with learning she was a stranger in town,
had lost both father and mother the former
within six months and knew nothing, from
experience, of the duties attending the place
for which she had applied. He did not oven
ask for reference of any kind, perhaps see
ing in her face and manner what made that
" You may come on trial, and sec how wo
like each other," he said, and, to her great
relief, the important matter was settled for
tho time at least.
The life on which she now entered was
not very stirring or eventful, yet it was in
teresting from its novelty; and beside the
satisfaction of earning her own living, it was
not without some quiet pleasure. She was
not in the least obtuse or unteachable, and
she felt from the first that her efforts to suit
her employer were meeting with success.
Not that he ever praised her in so many
words, but he found no fault, aud with him
that was equivalent to praise from another.
"I think we shall get on," he said, at the
end of the first week, and she had taken
that as permission to stay.
Gradually the newness of her surround
ings wore off, and she settled down among
them as naturally as the great safe or the
desks, one of which was now devoted to her
especial use. She could not flatter herself,
however, on often holding a much more im
portant place in the thoughts of their com
mon master than these bulky pieces of
office furniture. Beyond giving directions
about her work, he seldom noticed her or
seemed aware of her existence. Yet she
liked him, and while she wondered at her
liking, held herself to be lucky in having
found so kind an employer. She thought
him the most unsociable man she had ever
met; but he was also the busiest, and conse
quently could not have much time for un
It did not take long to see she was in no
way a confidential clerk, or that Mr. Allison
had a great deal of business at whose nature
she could only guess. The stray house
hunters who were coming continually seemed
to interest him a little, and were usually re
ferred to her; but almost every morning he
was out for several hours, and he had fre
quent callers with whom he held long and
close conversations on affairs which, in her
mind at least, were invested with great im
portance. One gentleman in particular she
began to notice, from his almost daily ap
pearance and the intimacy she saw growing
up between him and Mr. Allison. He went
by the name of Morton, but she could not
allay a doubt of his right to be so called.
He looked decidedly foreign, and, she fancied,
like an adventurer; though not having had
personal acquaintance with one of that class,
she would not have insisted on the latter
resemblance. Ho had never addressed a
word to her, yet she disliked him emphatic
ally. His bold though brief look of admi
ration the first time he had seen her, had
prejudiced her against him, and, since then,
her disgust at him had been steadily increas
ing, though from causes the most, undefina-
ble His continued comings ana ms admis
sion into the good graces of Mr. Allison made
sure would re-
suit in no good to the latter. From various
bits of their talks picked up at different
times, she surmised that Mr. Morton was
trying to engage Mr. Allison in a heavy
speculation, to which he inclined favorably.
Further than this she knew little, but she
wished earnestly for something to happen
and dissuade him from such a step. Some
times she reflected that her anxiety seemed
rather out of place, and as Mr. Allison was
a business man well able to take care of
himself, any advice or interference from an
inexperienced girl would be more than ab
surd. She hardly confessed it to herself, but this
anxiety she thought perhaps unwarrantable,
was the result of a strong and growing inter
est in her employer more than in his affairs
of business. She looked on him as a friend,
and though usually a silent one, it did not
need words to tell her he was well disposed
toward her, or to realize that the best of
feeling had coma to exist between them.
He was very kind to her in hiB way, and it
was not an unsubstantial way, either. In
giving her work he was careful she should
not tire herself or be too much confined ; and
what was of quite its much importance to
!er ue paid, her rather more than she
thought she earned. As there were times
every day when he had nothing for her to
do, he suggested that she provide herself
with such occupation as she chose in the
way of needle-work or reading, and he even
left lying in the ollice copies of late periodi
cals and interesting new books, which he
incidently placed at her disposal. While
she took care not to abuse her privileges,
she accepted these and nameless other little
1 favors with more thankfulness than she
dared express for any special recognition ot
them seemed to annoy him, as if he preferred
their being treated as matters of course.
After a while, when she got used to his
quiet ways, she came to like them; and
some of her first impressions wearing off, she
forgot she had ever found him unsociable.
They were company for each other in the
office, and even though they did not often
speak, she was glad to have him there.
She had speculated a great deal about his
home life, and wondered how much he re
laxed his impenetrable reserve when at his
own fireside. She knew scarcely anything
about him, except that he lived at Linden
dale, about ten miles out of town, whence he
came every day on the train ; and her early
suspicion that he was unmarried had been
confirmed by a phrase from the lips of a lady
caller, wljo had playfully twitted him on the
ways of crusty old bachelorhood. She had
looked on this same caller with much interest,
for the reason that she was the only one of
his personal lady friends she had ever seen
or heard of. She was a very superb person,
richly and showily dressed, and though past
her first youth, had a great deal of beauty
which she know how to set off to tho
best advantage. She seemed very well
acquainted with Mr. Allison, whom she
called Richard, and by whom she was
addressed as Edith. She had seated herself
in his particular chair, rummaged recklessly
among the papers on his desk, asked him
scores of trivial questions without waiting
for half of them to be answered, and other
wise made herself perfectly at home. The
little clerk was at a loss to make out their
relations to each other, though she guessed
they might be cousins. She also guessed
if they were not engaged, to bo married,
such an arrangement would have suited the
young lady to a marvel. She evidently
admired him very much, and did not think
it worth her while to always take the trouble
of retaining expressions of a deeper feeling.
As for him, Millie had not thought he could
put away so much of his reserve and be so
amiable. His face relaxed its gravity to a
surprising degree, and more than once he
actually laughed aloud. Her coquetries
amused, if they did not impress him. Ho
admitted the strength of her fascinations
without seeming to consider them in rela
tion to himself, making her rather the
object of admiring study than tender re
"He likes her, but that is all," thought
Millie, " and she is not half good enough for
him to marry."
She did not see the young lady again, but
once when she was hunting for a paper in Mr.
Allison's desk, she caught a glimpse of the
top of a note beginning, "My dear Richard,"
in a pretty feminine hand, which she covered
up in a great hurry, fearing she might bo
tempted to glance lower down the page.
One morning Mr. Morton entered the
office in some haste.
" It is all arranged," she heard him say,
" and I find I must leave at once. I have
your certificate filled out, and I believo you
said the funds were ready. You can give
them to me to-day,. I supposo."
" No, I cannot," returned Mr. Allison, who
was at the moment deep in the contents of a
private drawer at the safe. "They are not in
town, and I must first sell some Govern
ment bonds, now in the sale-deposit vaults
at Boston. I will try to have the money
for you in tho course of forty-eight hours."
Morton made no reply ; but Millie chanced
to look up just then, and she was much
startled at tho reflection of his face presented
by a mirror hanging on the opposite wall.
Plainly, Mr. Allison's words had not pleased
him, for the expression on his dark features
vividly illustrated rage and disappointment
His white teeth were sot with a vicious
force, and his fists fiercely clenched. In
her tremor and confusion at this unexpected
sight, her pen dropped from her fingers, and
she was glad for an excuse to bend over and
hide her face, which must have betrayed tho
disturbance of her feelings. When Mr.
Allison sat down again, Morton had fully re
covered himself to all outward appearance,
and after a little more conversation in too
low a tone for her to understand it, he went
In the afternoon, Mr. Allison astonished
his clerk by asking if she thought she could
take solo charge of the office for a day or
two. He was going to Boston at five o'clock,
and could not tell just when he should
She answered him in the affirmative, but
with noticeable hesitation, for she had
strong reasons for wishing ho would not go.
" I don't think yon will have any trouble,
Miss Thorndyke," ho said; "if anything
comes up that you can't manage, put it off
until I return, or let it go."
Had she dared, she would have tried to
dissuade him from going, for she was sure the
result of his journey would be to put a
large part of his property in Morton's hands.
She did not speak then, but she was so
uneasy she determined to watch for an
opportunity of doing so. By and by he
happened to look up and see her eyes resting
on him, with an expression which caused
him to leave his desk and come to her side.
"What is it, Mil Miss Thorndyke?" he
asked in a tone she had never heard him
use' before, "you have something to say to
"I J yeg she stammered, and tnen
stopped short. She had not yet overcome
a habit of flushing up whenevor ho addressed
her a habit not at all unbecoming in his
eyes, though it was painfully confusing to
her. While ho was waiting for her to re
cover herself, the office door opened, at
which he stepped back with an air of
annoyance, aud, turning, confronted Morton.
Millie's chance was lost, for Morton stayed
until train time, and tho two gentlemen
went out together.
"I will leave tho safe for you to lock,"
Rnid Mr. Allison in civimi his final direc
tions, "you know how: shut the door hard
to, turn the handle that works the bolts
until it is quare across, and then turn the
knob two or three times toward the left."
After ho was gone, sho reproached herself
more than ever that sho had not spoken tho
warning that had been at her tongue's end.
It could have done no harm, and would at
least have put'him on his guard. But regrets
were useless, and she could only hope,
rather forlornly, that all might turn out
Being in a somewhat disturbed state of
mind, and having no work to do, she tried
to compose herself with a new book left in
the office by Mr. Allison, and she found it so
interesting she was loth to lay it down at
five o'clock, tho hour of closing. As her
supper would not bo ready before half past
six, and her quarters at present were com
fortable and quiet, she determined to stay
awhile longer, first taking care to lock tho
door that she might be secure from inter
ruption, though indeed there was "little
chance of that, as nearly every one in tho
building left early, and nobody over come in
at that hour.
As she was about to settle down, she
thought of the safe. " I will fasten that too,
else 1 may forget it which wonld be dread
ful, I suppose, though thero is no money in
it, nor anything else a burgler would tako
the trouble to carry away."
She never before had occasion to lock a
safe door, and sho carefully followed Mr.
"Oh, how heavy!" sho exclaimed, tugging
at the ponderous weight as she drew it back
for a long swing. "He said I must shut it
hard to," and exerting all her strength,
sho closed the door with a bang. Then she
shot the bolts, and turned the knob until a
significant little click told her all was secure,
" There now, everything is fast," she said
And so it was, even more than she
'thought; for in turning away, a quick tug
at her gown caused her to look down, when
she saw with dismay she had shut into the
safe a part of ono of tho folds of her skirt.
At first sho was disposed to smilo at this
mishap ; but very soon tho full gravity of
the situation dawned on her and filled her
with the liveliest uneasiness. One or two
ineffectual pulls showed that the iron mon
ster could not be made to give up its grip
until its jaws were forced apart in other
words, until the door was opened which,
as she neither knew tho combination nor had
the necessary strength, was of course out of
tho question. Had her gown been an old
one, sho might have freed herself by tearing
the cloth, but it being a new and very pretty
"arment, she was unwilling hastily to offer
it; violence. She thought of calling for help ;
yet what would it serve ? If her cries should
be heard, which was doubtful from the late
ness of the hour and the somewhat isolated
position of the office, no one could open the
sjafe except Mr. Allison, who was then miles
away ou the road to Boston, to return
when ? Really, she was in a most awkward
and unenviable plight. At one moment she
was ready to ciy with vexation ; at the next
the ridiculous side of the affair presented
itself, and forced from her a smile.
While she was trying to devise some means
of drawing herself out of her dilemma, sho
heard a sound of approaching footsteps, which
stopped outside the door, and were followed
by the rattling of a key in the key-hole.
Then she remembered with consternation
that she had locked the door and tho key
Aras in the lock, to the exclusion of any
" Was ever anything so stupid ? " she ox
claimed. "I have walked into a complete
trap ; I can't get out and no one else can get
The person outsidehaving probably guessed
the reason of his non-admission, now knocked
on the door, aud asked who was within. To
her unbounded surprise and relief, she recog
nized the voice of Mr. Allison. But how
could sho let him in ? One way presented
itself to her it seemed the only one. She
did not hesitate long. A few indescribable
movements of her nimble fingers, the bonds
fell away, and she quickly crossed the room.
"Mr. Allison," she called, "I am going to
unlock the door now, but you must not come
in for a minute." Then turning the key, she
hurried back to the safe, and reversing tho
little operation she had just gone throngh,
was again a prisoner. When Mr. Allison
entered, he looked at her with much surprise,
as well he might; but he comprehended the
situation even before she began to explain.
"How careless of me to leave so unwieldly
an affair for you to manage! " he exclaimed
self-reproachfully. " Had I not come back I
should never have forgiven myself, though I
setrcely thought it fortunate when I found
I must lose my train on account of the key
to my strong-box in tho safe deposit vaults,
which I forgot to take with me."
While he was speaking, sho moved aside
out of his way, aud a half dozen rapid turns
of the little knob enabled him to throw back
the bolls, so that only the opening of tho door
remained to accomplish her freedom. Here
an unforaecn difficulty prevented itself. The
cloth, which had been shut into a space seem
ing scarcely largo enough to admit the
breadth of a hair, acted as a wedge, and
made it impossible to start the door by
"Don't trv anv more. Mr. Allison, she
begged, seeing the tremendous effort he was
making, "you will hurt yourself, I fear."
i "You are quite right," he answered,
straightening up, "I must apply my strength
more scientifically. If you will bo patient a
few moments longer, I'll go and get some
help." The help he brought was a tough,
hard-wood stick, which he used as a lover,
prying against the handle until, after several
efforts, they hod the satisfaction of seeing
the obdurate door yield.
"T hope I never shall do anything quite so
foolish as that again," said Millie, with a
nervons little laugh, as she withdrew her
imprisoned skirt, and smoothed the creased
"If you ever should chance to meet with
a similar misfortune, may I be near at hand
to come to the rescue," ho returned smiling.
No doubt her blush and pretty look of
gratitude repaid this effort at saying tho
proper thing, which she was inclined to
think he meant, for she had never yet known
him to be wasteful of his words.
At a quarter past six, so ho told her, ho
intended to take tho 'next train for Boston,
though he seemed in no hurry to get away,
evidently preferring the society of his clerk
to a lonely wait at the railway station. To
her surprise ho took pains to make himself
agreeable, and sho was compelled to admit
he could be very agreeablv when he chose.
The little incident that had just occurred
had suddenly changed thoir relations to each
other, and advanced them to something like
intimacy. She wao very glad of this, for sho
had determined to free her mind about Mor
ton at any cost, and now she felt only a
small pari of her former reluctance.
"Mr. Allison," she begun, at the first op
portunity, "before you went out you asked
if I had anything to say to yon. I had, and
did not dare say it."
"Indeed, Miss Thorndyke! am I then tho
object of so much dread?"
" Oil, no, sir," she answered, looking down
at the carpet, not quite able to meet his eyes
just then, "only I feared you might think
me impertinent or officious."
"Not in Uie least that would bo impossi
ble," he assured her warmly ; " speak out, I
"You will bo surprised at what I shall
ask," she said, her courage failing somewhat
before the final plunge; "I want to know if
you think that is, if you are quite sure
Mr. Morton is wholly trustworthy? "
1 Ee tow surprised. He looked at her twice
before replying. " Your questiou 'implies
you think him otherwise. He came to mo
highly recommended, and he is the agent of
a company in which some of tho heaviest
business men in New York are closely inter
ested. Why do you doubt him ? "
" Because I do not liko his face," she an
swered simply "a woman's reason, is it not?"
she asked, seeing a smile beginning to dawn
on his face.
"Perhaps ifc might be so called by some
persons," he admitted. .
"I know little about matters of business,"
sho went on, speaking more easily now the
mattorwas fairly broached, and becoming
beautifully pink in her earnestness, " but I
know when a person's appearance pleases
me and inspires me with confidence."
"And you condemn Mr. Morton for this
For reply sho told him what sho had seen
in Morton's behavior that morning to excite
her suspicions. He listened attentively, and
sho saw her words were making an impres
sion. " From parts of your conversations I
could not avoid hearing," sho said in conclu
sion, "I have inferred you mean to give some
money into his charge. It is because I feel
so sure ho ought not to bo trusted with it
that I speak." Her hesitation was all gone
now; and if zealous argument alone were
necessary, Morton's doom was sealed.
Before sho could say more the conversation
was interrupted. Some one came down the
passage way outside, and presently opened
the office door. Mr. Allison started up, and
received from -tho boy who entered a tele
graphic message, M lie. xead. it a carious
look came over his face, and in a moment ho
hrfnded it to her without a word. It was
dated in New York, and ran thus :
"Stop negotiations with Morton; have
discovered crookedness. M. L. & Co."
She could well afford a feeling of satisfac
tion as she read the3c words, and there might
havebeenalittloofthe"I told you so" in
the look she gave him as she returned the
"Yes," he said in answer to the look,
"honor where honor is due, always. I ad
mit the superior keenness of your penetra
tion, and it has perhaps saved me the half of
my fortune, for which I am very thankful to
you. I did not guess I had engaged a clerk
who would watch so well over my interests,
and see what I was blind to. Such devotion
deserves much better reward than I can
offer.' Miss Thorndyke Millie," he pursued,
changing to a more serious tone, and speak
ing with marked hesitation, "may I ask if
you would deign to to fill a more import
ant position than you have held? that of
of equal partner? "
He had been long enough in saying it, but
thero was no mistaking his meaning. Millie
was too much astonished to speak.
"I know it is sudden to yon," he continued
earnestly, " though I have thought about it
so long, waiting and fearing to tell you. I
could not let this chance pass. Forgive me,
Millie, if I have spoken too soon, but do not
refuse me hastily. If you can't say ' yes'
now, take time to think, and say it by-and-by.
Sho could not yet find her voice. That he
had loved her all this time seemed incredi
ble, though it explained many little things
which had puzzled her before, when she had
not suspected what warm affections lay hid
den under his silence and reserve.
"At least I may believe my case not quite
hopeless," ho ventured, after waiting in vain
for a word.
When she found courage to meet the
handsome blue eyes looking down at her so
tenderly, the last of her doubts was swept
away; then she knew her love, now awaken
ing to a fuller life, had been born long be
fore; and he, reading fron the depths of her
heart what words could not have told half so
eloquently, clasped with his strong arm the
treasure he no longer feared to call his own.
A YOUNG GIRL'S DISGRACE.
Pathetic scenes are not uncommon in the
Police Court, though the great majority of
those who, morning after morning, fill the
prisoners' bench, are too hardened to give
way to tears. Yesterday Lucinda Lally was
brought up for drunkenness. Young, mar
ried, with a pretty face not yet marked by
tho ravages of drink, it was the second ap
pearance of the girl within a fortnight. She
lived in Newport, where two little ones call
her "mamma." Day before yesterday she
came to this city to visit her sister. That
sister offered her whisky. She drank too
much, and while staggering on her way to
ward home she was arrested. At the time
of the first offense she was dismissed with a
warning. Yesterday, when the judge fined
her $10 and committed her to the workhouse
for thirty days, shelmrst into uncontrollable
tears, beseechingly crying for mercy, and ex
claiming that she couldn't go to that place.
Weeping and shrieking she was led below.
After court the judge relented, and suspend
ed the sentence on the promise of the woman
to let drink alone. Cincinnati Enquirer.
A NOVEL SUMMER TOUR.
She Southern Girls Tako a TnoOIonth's Tramp In
A recent dispatch from Mount Airy, N.
C, says: "Six gay and frolicsome young
ladies arrived in this placo to-day, all rigged
out and equipped for a journey on foot
through the mountains of this State. The
girls wear dresses even shorter than the
regulation walking skirt, have knapsacks
strapped over their shoulders, wear broad
bottomed shoes, dark hose, and are fixed up
for comfort. They propose to toko a trip on
foot through all the mountain counties of
North Carolina. In their baggage they have
hammocks, which will bo used in case they
have to camp out at night. The trip will
consume about two months, and cover a dis
trict of 600 or S00 miles. The girls are all
young, the oldest probably not over twenty
two, and tho youngest sixteen. They are
lithe and hearty, and appear to be able to make
fifteen to twenty miles a day easily. Three
of the fair pedestrians are from Virginia,
and the other three from Maryland. Four
of them are pupils of a well-known semi
nary in Virginia and the daughters of well
known business men in that State. Their
present novel and independent trip is mado
principally to gratify one or two of the
party, who could nob afford to travel on
niilroads. When a desire was expressed by
them, in tho presence of the other four girls
who make up the party, to see the magnifi
cent scenery of tho western part of the
State, it was at ouco proposed to tramp it
through tho country, and thus avoid rail
road fares, and at the same time afford a
better view of the picturesque. The party
will leave here to-morrow for Ashoville in
Buncombe county. They do not manifest
any fear of being molested on the long and
lonesome route. They say they aro fully
able to take care of themselves. Part of the
way is through dense forests, whieh even
many daring men aro not anxious to travel
through, especially at night.
AT A LONDON
Tho great Almack's ball is over, and many
of the forecasts concerning its intended ar
rangements proved less correct than those
issued by tho meteorologists.
The electric light had been chosen as tho
means of illuminating the scene, but from
the first moment it was not a success. There
was a weired look on everything, and even
tho youngest and prettiest were severely tried
by its ordeal, while upon those whose adorn
ing is not that of nature only the effect was
The supper was laid on round tables in
one of the broad corridors off the conserva
tory. Just at the moment when a move was
being made toward the supper room a sud
den darkness fell upon the scene, for the
electric light had gone out!
The music ceased, the dancers stood still,
and consternation was on all. Faint screams
were heard at first, and then the whole mul
titude burst into a simultaneous peal of
laughter. A few feeble attempts were made
to revive the electric light without success ;
and then, to the delight of every one, the
long line of gas jets which run around the
conservatory was lighted, and a decided im
provement was noticed at once in every
one's personal appearance, though, thehaxe-
holders in electric light looked blue, and
began scientific explanations of the reason
for the sudden collapse London World.
Several months sgo Shakespeare and Hev
crin, the attorneys for Miss Louiso Montague,
Forepaugh's former $10,000 beauty, began a
snit against the veteran showman in Phila
delphia to recover $G0,000 damagesfor breach
of contract. To tho surprise of the clerks
and of Mr. Forepaugh's counsel, Mr. Brown,
two more sum mouses have been taken out
indorsed "Laura S. Keyset, professionally
known as Louise Montague, vs. Adam Fore
paugh." As thero have been no further
transactions between the beauty and tho
showman since the beginning of the former
suit, it is supposed that her counsel feared to
risk prosecuting the suit with the fair client's
name defectively stated.
THE GIRLS AT OLD POINT.
A correspondent who has studied the va
rious "types" at Old Point Comfort, says
that the New England girl wears a blue flan
nel suit, a broad-brimmed hat, scarlet stock
ings and yellow sandles, lives in a boat, and
is as brown as a berry. The Philadelpia girlt
likes tennis and langnages, is chary of too
wide a circle of acquaintanceship, and makes
her grandfathers a topic of conversation.,
Baltimore girls are pretty and bright, and;
wear lovely clothes. Louisville girls are
light and airy, and when married are the
handsomest women in the United States.
FISTS SUBSTITUTED FOR PISTOLS. .
Two young gentlemen, one the son of a
well-known general, who were taking in the
town by moonlight, fell out, and decided to
settle their difficulty with pistols at ten,'
paces. But it so happened, when the chal
lenge was passed and accepted, both commu
nications being verbal, that only one had a
friend present in whom he could place im
plicit confidence. So tho belligerents and
the second repaired to the room of a young
gentleman, whom they awoke, and to whom
they made known their mission. Only a
glance was necessary to tell the half-asleep
gentleman that both principles were full of
eomething besides fight, and, with a smile,
he accepted the trust. After leaving hid
room he objected to pistols, and induced the
duellists to agree to a fight a la Sullivan
Ryan. About daylight the quartet reached
the battle-field, and in a few seconds the two
principals had divested themselves of all
superfluous clothing, and at the same time
went for each other in fine style. Three
rounds were necessary to settle the affair.
One was told that they were to fight until
time was called, and as soon as he was struck
he called, it. Atlanta Constitution.
VIT AND HUMOR.
In the wild West: These hot nights in
Leadville folks are frequently covered with
nothing more than a revolver. Denver Trib
unc. Circus jokes : The jokes of the circus clown,
must he made up of kind words. For, yon
know, "kind words never die." YonJcers
The book agent as a heroine: "HerFaco
was Her, Fortune" is the title of a popular
novel. She was evidently a book agent and
traveled on her cheek. Marathon Independ
ent. Banking: "Well, old fellow, what are yon
doing now?" Nothing; but I've a big
scheme on foot. Lot3 of money in it."
"A-ah! What is it?" "I'm going into a bank
ing house." "A-ah! After dark?" From
Canse and effect: Eminent provincial tra
gedian "Come hithorr, sweet one Your
mothorr tells me that you shed teorrs during
my soliloquy in exile last night!" Sweet
one "Yes, sir. Mother kept on pinching
me 'cause I was so sleepy ! " London Funch.
Picking up: "I guess you must be better
to-day," said Farmer Hodges to a sickly
f neighbor, whom he found rusticating in his
strawberry patch. "Oh, I'm picking up a
little," was tho reply, as the invalid bent
over to gather a red nugget or so. Tonkcrs
Highly intelligent darling: "The robbers
can't steal my mamma's earrings, cause
papa's hidden them." Interested lady vis
itor : s Is that so, dear ? Why, where has he
put them, I wonder?" ''I heard him say
he's put them up the spout, and expects that
they will stay there."
Novelty demanded : "By jingo!" exclaimed
Brown, " did you read this heroic act of a
gunner on tho Invincible, who picked up a
lighted shell and put out the burning fuse?"
"Pooh?" replied Jones, "I saw that feat at
the Boston Theatre last winter; give us
A good catcher: "Is that animal a suc
cess?" inquired a neighbor of a farmer who
had recently purchased a watch dog. " Well,
I guess so ; he caught right on the first day,"
replied tho owner, proudly pointing to a
mouthful of pantaloons debris near the dog's
An enthusiastic Briton: First John Bull,
'nadmiral Seymour's the boy ! Hi wouldn't
give much for Harabi when the Hadmiral's
done with 'im!" Second J. B. "Them's the
very words Hi said meself this hevening.
Hi 'ope the Hadmiral will bring 'ome the
'arem ! "
Simile: Miss Walnut Street, of Philadel
phia, turns up her nose at Miss Michigan, of
Chicago, at Cape May, because the latter
says the former is "stuck up." "Dear me,"
lazily says the Quaker City maiden, "that
Western girl's feet are like the hand of
Providence they cover everything.
Death of George Washington: "When did
George Washington die?" asked an Austin
teacher of a large boy. "Is he dead?" was
the astonished reply. "Why, it is not more
than six months ago that they were cele
brating his birthday, and now he is dead.
It's a bad year on children. I reckon his
folks let him eat something that didn't agree
Water privileges: "You advertise that
there is" a fine stream of water on the place,
but I don't see it," remarked a stranger who
wanted to rent the place. The landlord said :
" Just work that pump-handle a little and
you will see a fine stream of water. You
don't expect to have tho Niagara Falls ou
the place for fifteen dollara a month, do
Fun at the expense of courtesy: "What
shall my song be to-night? " said Miss Tibbs
at the tea table. "We are going to have a
musicale. I think I shall try 'Within a
Mile of Edinboro.'" "Seems to me," said
Jones, the undaunted, " I would try some
thing I conld cdmo within less than a mile
of." Miss T. says she thinks Lieutenant
Jones, is horrid,