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THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE: WASHINGTON, D. 0., THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 1882.
THE MARCH TO THE SEA.
Inleresling Reminiscences of Eighteen
Written for the National Tribune by J. B. KMox
Memory becomes clouded and the vision
grows dim after the lapse of nearly eighteen
years, still the incidents and events of the day
and night with the Third division of cavalry
immediately preceding ''Sherman's March"
nre still as fresh in my mind :is if they occurred
On the 11th of November, 1PG1, the Third
division of cavalry, commanded by General
Jndson Kilimtrick, was composed as follows:
First brigade, commanded by Brevet Bjriga
dicr-General Thos. J. Jordan : Ninth Pen
vania, Second Kentucky, Third Kenti
Third Indiana, and Eighth Indiana.
ckv, Second brigade, commanded by Brevet B
aier-Gcncral S. D. Atkins: Ninety-second ! Hi
nois, Tenth Ohio, Ninth Ohio, First Ohio sqhad
ron, Ninth Michigan, and Tenth Wisconsin
Third brigade, commanded by Colonel Geo.
E. Spencer: Fifth Kentucky. Fifth Ohio,' and
The division was at ibis timo stationed at
Marietta, Ga., a beautiful, quaint old tovn of
about f,000 inhabitants. The day in question
was extremely beautiful, clear sunlight, with
bracing air, and the night cool and frosty. An
unusual feeling seemed to pervade our cainA, a
feeling of something about to take place.jstill
vague and undefined, yet full of hope and in
Marietta is situated on the Chattanooga; and
Atlanta Railroad, about tlrirty miles north of
the latter place. On the north, in the distance,
stands Kenesaw Mountain, and to the jwest
and northwest can also be seen the Lost' and
Pine Mountains. Around those and Marietta
during the past summer's campaign thercl had
been twenty-six days Of haul and constant
battle. It was now ten days since our return
from the pursuit of General Hood's army, Ihcn
in our rear; we had passed and repassed bver
many of the old battle-grounds; the break of
over twenty-miles that Hood's army had made
in the railroad and telegraph lines bad been re
paired, and communications opened; trains of
cars were hourly whirling by. carrying to the
rear immense amounts of stores which had
accumulated at Atlanta and along the railroad.
Of the seven corps that originally composed
General Sherman's army, four had returned
and were grouped in and about Atlanta, while
General Thomas with tho others had been
sent back to watch Hood's movements. A por
tion of tho cavalry had been dismounted and
sent back, and their serviceable horses turned
over to tho Third division. Paymasters had
been sent down, and the army paid. State
commissioners had been appointed and sent to
the front to convey such .sums of money as the
soldiers and officers desired to send home. The
sick and wounded at Atlanta and along the
road had been sent back to Chattanooga, and
such supplies as were needed sent promptly
forward. Tho most extraordinary efforts had
been made to purge the army of non-combatants
and of sick men, and to have our wagons loaded
with a good supply of ammunition, provisions,
and a limited amount of forage.
Thus, at this time, an army of sixty-five
thousand veterans, able-bodied, experienced
soldiers, stood detached, well armed, equipped,
and provided as far as human foresight could
with all the essentials of life, strength, and
for vigorous action. On the Sth of November
General Sherman, by special field-order, in
formed the Fourteenth, Fifteenth, Seventeenth,
and Twentieth Corps, and also the Third divis
ion of cavalry, that they had been organized
into an army for a special purpose, well known
to the War Department and to General Grant,
and that it was only sufiicient for the oflicers
and soldiers to know that it involved a depart
ure from our present base, and a long and diffi
cult march to a new one; that all the chances
of war had been" considered and provided for,
as far as human sagacity could. All that ho
asked of his oflicers and soldiers was to main
tain that discipline, patience, and courage which
had characterised them in the past; that he
hoped through them tostrikeablowat our enemy
that would have a material effect in producing
what we all so much desired, their complete over
throw. Various were the surmises as to where
we were going, for none of us even pretended
to know; only one thing was certain.it in
volved a departure, and a long and difficult
inarch ; of this wo were assured. The enemy !
It could certainly not be Hood's army, then at
Florence, Alabama ; for wc had but just returned
after a three weeks' chase, without being able
even to overtake or engage him in battle; no,
surely not; and yet, it seemed like a strange
event two hostile armies to bo.maiching in
opposite directions each in the full belief that it
was achieving a final and conclusive result in
the great war. No! it must be Richmond, the
rebel capitai, though a full thousand 'miles of
hostile country intervened, and that for better
or for worse was to end the war. Some said
Charleston, others Mobile, while a few thought
Savannah was to be our first point or destina
tion. Varied as were our conjectures, wo all
felt confident " Old Billy" would bring us out
On tho 12th the railroad and telegraph com
jnunications with tho rear wore broken, and
Shorman'sarmy stood detached from all friends,
dependent on its own resources and supplies.
All tho detachments were ordered to inarch
rapidly for Atlanta, breaking up the railroad
During tho past week our division had made
the most active preparations. All details on
extra duty had been relieved and sent to their
commands. A special order was made for the
total destruction of all unserviceable anns-and
equipments which the division inspector should
condemn as worthless. This order helped
especially company comnnndcrs who were
behind during the summer in their ordnance
returns; these were burned at each company's
headquarters, together with all company and
individual surplus baggage.
Having thus briefly referred to some of the
cvonts preceding the march, I will now close
by relating some of the incidents of the day
and night before our departure.
The cool, frosty air of that memorable morn
ing gave the bugles a clear, distinct sound at
reveille, which sent back an echo from the dis
tant hills as wc answered to nearly our last roll
call at Mcrietta. Our last letter had been scaled
and was well on its way to the dear ones at
home; the morning was devojed to policing our
camp grounds, shoeing our horses, repairing
and cleaning up generally, looking over our
camp and garrison supplies, discarding and
burning such as could be dispensed with. Our
horses were not to be loaded down with any
thing not absolutely necessary. Each soldier
was orcierod to csrry forty rounds of ammuni
tion, one blanket, one rubber pouch, half of a
shelter teat, and two extra horse-shoes.
TIib transportatioa of each regiment was
limited t throe army wn jobs; company officers
to one servant, who took charge of their pack
mules and their mesi supplies; these rode in
rear of tho wagon train.
At ten o'clock "oflicers' call "revealed tho
fact that the division was to have a mounted
inspection, followed by a review by General
Sherman and staff. This was our first and only
review by this distinguished officer (save one,
that at Savannah, Ga., after the capture of that
city). Each captain inspected his company,
and special caro was taken that every soldier's
blanket and overcoat was properly rolled and
strapped on his saddle. At two o'clock "as
sembly," after which "boots and saddles," fol
lowed by each company leading into line of
regimental formation, mounting our horses,
nd marching to tho review grounds, which
lay about a half mile to the east of town.
Tho First brigade formed on the right, the
Third on tho left, and tho Second in the centre.
After tho division was formed, brigade- com
manders placed their brigades in column of
companies for inspection. Colonels accom
panied the inspection through their respective
regiments, followed by the captain as thoy
passed from right to left of his company, after
which thev resumed their former position.
j Tho effective strength of tho division was
I about eight thousand all veteraus, well
, mounted and equipped.
Just as the inspection closed, Gen.Kilpatrick
and staff rode upon the ground, followed by
Gen. Sherman and staff, while the band played
"Hail to tho Chief," taking their position di
rectly in front, whilo Gen. Sherman with his
staff' occupied a more elevated position still in
A call from the chief bugler soon brought
tho officers in line before our commander,
when he addressed us nearly as follows: "Ofli
cers, you arc about to pass your commands
before Gen. W. T. Sherman, reviewing officer
of tho day. See that you keep your men well
in hand, lines well dressed. As you como within
wheeling of the review stand, salute him. In
struct both officers and men as you pass to look
daggers at the General, let him know you are
full of fight. Officers to your posts march."
Arriving at our places, followed by the com
mands "Attention," " Draw eabres," " By pla
toons, right wheel," " Forward march," the
lmnd then struck up, when each brigade
wheeled into column of platoons, moving for
ward at a walk. As tho right of each regi
ment came up thoy saluted with tho colors,
passing first at a walk, then at a trot, and
tho third time on the gallop; finally coming
upon the ground of our formation, wheeled into
line, receiving the congratulations of our colo
nel, when our reviewing officers, together
with their escort, followed by our brigade com
manders, retired from tho field amid three
hearty cheers. Not a few of the rank and file
were dismounted while leaping ditches by their
horses falling. Tho bright sun gave a glitter of
steel blades and arms that day, tho like of
which was never seen before at that place.
The railroad had been destroyed north, and
as far south as Atlanta. As we were returning
to camp, we noticed that tho engineers had
already commenced tho destruction of the
depot and freight buildings, which were then
on fire. As these buildings were on ono of tho
principal streets, during the afternoon the fire
communicated from ono building to another,
until nearly all of the business portion of tho
town was destroyed. Several private residences
were burned. As night came on the dense
smoke seemed to hang like a pall over the
doomed city, and in the darkness the light of
burning buildings hero and there could bo
seen for miles around; even the old military
school buildings over on the heights were on
fire. Above all, still far beyond in the dark
ness, could be seen the dim light of the burn
ing city of Atlanta. A scene like this, so de
structive and appalling, 1 had never before
witnessed during the service.
As we sat by our camp-fires contemplating
the situation, with no prospect of having any
communication for months with friends at
home, and tho uncertainty of war, wo heard
"Oflicers' call." Going to the Colonel's quar
ters, he informed us that General Kilpatrick
desired to see all of his officers at his head
quarters that evening, and asked us to go over
with him. This was tho first and only timo
that I remember receiving such an invitation,
save one, and then we invited ourselves. It
was at Grcensboio, N. C, after the close of tho
war, when the officers of his division presented
him with a very beautiful sabre.
This gathering, however, was under very
different circumstances. The war was then
ended, and wc wero 011I3 awaiting transporta
tion to carry us home. At S o'clock we
mounted our horses and escorted tho Colonel
over. Kilpatrick had made his quarters tem
porarily at a vacant house near town, the
owner of which had refugeed when General
Johnston withdrew. We were received cor
dially, and requested to make ourselves at
home. General Kilpatrick at that timo was
about thirty-i wo or thirty-three years of age
a West Pointer, small in stature, light auburn
hair, with thin side whiskers, sharp gray eyes
resolute mouth, clear, ringing voice, always
well dressed, quick and positive in his manner
of expression; a good horseman, gifted with
that dash and spirit which characterizes a good
cavalry officer; was always confident in battle,
and would be termed at times rash but that he
usually succeeded in what he attempted. Ho
was severely wounded in the charge on Ilesacn,
early in the campaign, but returned before we
reached Atlanta, and shortly before Hood
evacuated the place, made tho entire circuit of
the city with his division, cutting their railroad
There was one characteristic of this division
which I mention hero proudly and gladlj. I
do not believe there over was a division where
there was so littlo petty jealously among tho
officers generally, or between the brigades and
their commanders. This was worthy of emula
tion, such as became bravo men fighting in a
common cause. Tho various organizations
worked together in harmonious co-operation,
insuring success and bringing honor to their
General, whom tho several commands never
passed without cheering.
The band played both "Dixie" and "The
Star Spangled Banner," in each of which we
joined, singing tho chorus. The gathering was
not a council of war; simply for social greet
ing, which had its moral effect. The General
was extremely fond of the old war songs, many
of which wc sang as ho called for them. In
these days that tried men's souls we could sing
tho'.c old camp songs in tho fpirit and with the
understanding. Especially was this true of" As
We Thought on tho Morrow."
Before leaving, tho General addressed his
officers briefly, referring to the soldierly bear
ing of the division at review, what it had ac
complished in the past, and what ho had reason
to expect in the future; closing by saying
" We are now going to water our horses in the
Gulf of Mexico or on tho coast of the Pacific
Ocean;" which, it made no difference, so long
as wo came out victorious in the great strategic
combination which had so recently taken sbapo
in the far-seeing mind of General Sherman.
I cannot close this brief review of "the day
and night before the march," (the incidents of
which I may refer to in the future,) without re
ferring again to our old commander, " who now
bleeps his last sleep" in a foreign land.
General Judson Kilpatrick was a faithful,
intelligent, and brave officer. His officers and
men had too often followed him in the heat
of battle and in the fierce charge not to repose
perfect faith in Itiin or to regard him with en
" Do you subscribo to all tho articles of the
Athanasian creed?" was asked an old lady.
"No, I don't! I can't afford it. There's a col
lection next week for tho convention fund, and
1 can't do any more," was her reply. Philadel
STRIKING IT RICH
Or, From Kitchen to Parlor and
By Ethel Allen.
I was up in tho settin'-room the next evenin'
tryin' to get the baby to sleep, when Jim comes
in all of a sudden and says to 1110, " Sallie, don't
you want to go down to the theatre to-night?"
" Now you've gone and waked up the baby !"
I answers real cross like. " Why could nt you
have come in more quiet, instead of lettin' tho
door slam after you ? "
'" That's a nice way to talk to me, when I'vo
asked you to go to the theatre. All right!
stay at homo, then!" And what docs ho do
but walk right straight out of the room.
"Jim!" I calls, "enmo back here, I Avant
you ! I'll go to the theatre. I was only in
" Well, you needn't go if you don't want to,"
Jie says, puttin' his head in the door.
"But I'm dyin' to go, Jim! Come in, now,
and keep right still whilo I'm gottin' the baby
to sleep again. What theatre are you goin' to?
1 wouldn't mind seein' the Minstrels."
"0, I'm tired of the Minstrels! We'll go
down to MeViekers."
"What piece are they playin' thore, Jim?"
" now do I know? It'll be good, though,
"I don't care what it is, so it's funny do
you, Jim? Hush! Don't you say nothin'
more; the baby's just goin' to sleep."
" Well, I reckon I can keep from talkin' if
you can ! "
"Is it goin' to rain, do you think, Jim?" I
says, jnst as we are about startin'.
" 'Course it ain't! It isn't much cloudy."
"Maybe, though, you'd better take tho um
brella, Jim, 'cause I ain't particular about
spoilin' this new bonnot of mine, seein' I
haven't worn it more'n thrco or four times."
" What's tho use of luggin' an umbrella way
down town and back all for nothin', I'd like to
know? I tell 3'ou it ain't goin' to rain. Come
on, now ! "
"O, Jim, I've got my old gloves! It's every
bit your fault, too. You kept eallin' to mo to
hurry, and so I picked up the wrong pair."
" Well, you needn't think I'm goin' back for
your other ones just as we've got pretty near
to the cars."
"I think you might! I'm ashamed to wear
these old things when I've got my silk dress
on. I don't see what makes 'em look such a
queer color at night. Thcy'ro blue in tho day
time, just like my dress, and now they look
downright green. I told tho girl where I got
'cm that they wasn't near dark enough, I
"What made you buy 'em, then?"
"Why, she said I couldn't find nono any
darker, and I thought she ought to know. She
seemed so sure about it that I didn't like to
say I wouldn't take 'cm. The girls in tho
stores aro mighty smart, ain't they, Jim;?"
"They ain't bad lookin', some of 'em."
"I'm awful afraid of 'em. They are fixed
up so fine, and they say, 'This is just what you
want, ma'am!' in such a kind o' firm way that
I don't like to tell 'em it isn't, either. I
wouldn't have got these 'ere gloves, only the
girl kept sayin' they was such a good match.
1 suppose she didn't think I'd wear 'em at
night. O, Jim, can't you button 'om forme?"
"Give mo hold of 'em, then. What, did you
want to get 'em so tight for?" And then he
gives such a pull that he tears a long slit, and
off flies the button.
"There, now, see what you've dono! Why
couldn't you bo a little bit careful ? What'll
"Keep your hand in your muff, can't you?
Nobody'll know tho difference."
"It won't tako five minutes to go back home,
Jim, and then I can get my white ones."
"0, bother your gloves! It's late enough
now. .Hero comes tho car, too."
When we got to tho theatre, Jim walks right
along in; and then ho puts his hand in his
pocket and pulls out two tickets, which ho
gives to the doorkeeper.
"Why, Jim," I says, "when did you buy
"I got 'om this mornin'. I thought maybe
you'd like to como to-night."
" We're awful late, ain't we? Don't you hoar
the music? I do hope it'll bo a right funny
Then a young man comes along to show us
our seats, and wo walks down the middle'aislo
:is grand as you please.
"Good evenin'! good evenin'!" I heard Jim
a-sayin', and who should I see right in front of
us but Mr. and Mrs. McCaflery and Miss Ebbs
and that stiff Mr. Raymond! I tell you I was
kind 0' mad for a minute, 'cause I had on my
old gloves, you know, and I thought Jim and I
were goin' to have such a nico timo all alone,
and besides I didn't like that Miss Ebbs any
too well. But I spoke to 'em as polito as I
could, and then the curtain went up and tho
Well, I must say T couldn't find out to save
me what the whole thing was about! It was
pretty near all of it singin'! First one of 'cm
would sing alone, and then thoy would all join
in, and I couldn't understand more'n two or
thrco words they said.
"I don't like it much, do you, Jim?" I
"It's tho craziest thing I ever heard!" he
"Hain't a bit funny, is it?"
"Well, maybe we'd think it was if wocould
hear what they're sayin'."
"But nobody's laughin', Jim!"
"That's so ; and they've all got books, too, so
they ought to know when to laugh hetter'n
" What do they have books for, Jim?"
"To read, I reckon. I'll get you one by
After a while tho curtain goes down, and a
whole lot of littlo boys begin scrcamin', "Books
0' Th'ropera!" as loud as ever they can, and
Jim buys ono of 'em and hands it over to mo.
" Why, it's tho opera, Jim ! " 1 says. " Why
didn't you tell mo before?"
" 'Cause T thought I'd seo how loug you'd bo
findin' it out."
"1 don't know yet what this little book'u
for, do you, Jim?"
"It's to let you know what they're talkin.'
about, don't you seo?"
"It's a good idea, ain't it, Jim? 'Cause they
don't speak at all plain."
" Iiow are you enjoying this most charming
opera of 'Mignon,' may I ask, Mrs. Miller?"
says Mr. Raymond, turuin' around just that
" Well, I'd like it better if I could hear what
they was sayin'."
"But now that your husband has procured
a libretto you will havo no difficulty in fol
lowing the plot I am confident, Mrs. Miller."
" Which aide aro they singin'?" 1 asks him,
open in' my book.
"Tho English, Mrs. Miller." And he looks
at me as if he thought it was queer I didn't
know that myself.
How was 1 to tell whether it was English or
Pennsylvany Dutch, or somethin' else, when I
couldn't hear one word they said, I'd like to
I leaned back in my seat and looked 'round
at tho people, while Jim begun talkin' away to
"How do you like the op'ra? " he says.
" O, more than I over can tell you, Mr. Mil
ler ! It's perfectly grand. Isn't there a good
house ? Everyone's hero to-night. Kellogg is
such a favorite ; and so is Cary, too, for that
"So Cary's singin' this evenin', is she? I
didn't know that before."
"Why, Mr. Miller, is it possible this is tho
first time you havo heard Miss Cary?"
" Well yes I believe it is. Sirs. McCaffcry
was speakin' about her one day, so I thought I
wouldn't mind hearin' her."
" Mrs. McCaffery is as wild over the opera as
I am. There is a good deal of dress to-night,
isn't there? What a lovely hat that is just
across from us ! "
" 'Tain't no prettier'n yours, Miss Ebbs."
"Thank you, Mr. Miller! I got mine in
" It's ever so becomin' to you. That air blue
in front takes my eye."
I was half mad to hear Jim say this, 'cause
my bonnet had blue face trimmin', too, and ho
never had said once he liked it. I thought it
was downright mean in him to keep on talkin'
all the time to Mi-s Ebbs and let mo sit there
with no one to speak to.
"It's awful hot, ain't it?" ho goes on. "I
wouldn't mind bavin' a fan."
"Will you tako mine, Mr. Miller?"
"Thank you, Miss Ebbs. I was wonderin' if
you'd take the hint."
And what docs he do but begin fannin' him
self and Miss Ebbs as nice as you pleaso. I tell
you I begun to get warm, too, by that timo, and
my cheeks burned like fire.
"This ore's a pretty nico littlo fan. Was it
give to you?"
"Yes, it was a present from a very dear
friend, Mr. Miller."
"Gentleman or lady?"
"Why, lady, of course!"
" Don't you never take presonts from gentle
men ? "
" What a question, Mr. Miller!"
" Well, you needn't answer it if you don't
want to. I wasn't thinkin' of offering you a
whole set of diamonds or nothin' 'ike that."
"I wonder what it is, then, he s intendin' to
give her," thinks I to myself. I just wished I
knew whether it was jewels or not, 'cause if it
was I didn't mean to forgive him very soon, I
can tell you ! I was awful glad when the cur
tain went up again, and Jim had to lcau back
in his seat and stop talkin'. I opened tho book
ho bought me, and begun rcadin' along like the
rest of tho people, but I couldn't see much sense
in their singin' instead of talkin' it out. One
of the girls begun puttin' powder on her faco
and dancin' around tho stago with a glass in
her baud. I thought she behaved perfectly
"Don't she never intend to stop that air
screechin'?" says Jim. "She'll have a sore
throat if sho douH look out. Serve her right,
too. If this ere's tho op'ra, I don't think much
of it, do you Sallie? I do believe if they charged
twenty-five cents a ticket nobody'd come, but
folks get an idea that what they has to pay a
big price for must bo mighty fine."
" Why didn't you stay at home, thou?" I be
gun to say, but all of a sudden it flashed into
my head that most likely he knew Miss Ebbs
was to bo at the op'ra, and ho thought he'd
come, so as to havo another long talk with her.
Ten to one sho told him where they was to sit,
and ho went and got places right near. I was
bound, though, I wouldn't ask him about it.
I kept lookin' straight at tho stage, but if it
had been the funniest piece in tho world I
don't believe I'd have laughed once. I most
wished some of 'em would pretend thoy was
dyin', so I'd have an excuse to cry. Jim never
had cared for no ono but me before. Somehow
or other it hurt me to think he'd como to the
op'ra just to seo that Miss Ebbs. Every few
minutes the tears would come in my eyes, and
then I'd wink two or three times and keep 'em
back as well as I could. I wondered if the
pcoplo around mo was as happy as thoy all
looked. Jim and mo never had sat down in
front 'til that evenin', but wo always had over
so much nico times in tho gallery eatin' candy
and peanuts. I most wished we was up there
again along with Johnny Malony, who was
forever beggin' us to go to the theatre. There
wasn't no Miss Ebbs, with blue in her bonnet,
sittin' right ahead of us in them days! I came
pretty near wishin' wo was happy and poor liko
wo used to be instead of mil-lee-on-aires. Every
now and then Jim would look up at tho gallery,
too, and I thought maybo he was thinkin' liko
I was of the lots of times him and me and
Johnny had sat there.
"Don't you kind o' miss tho peanuts?" I
says, and then I begun to blush like anything,
far what did Mr. Raymond havo to do just that
minute but quick turn around, so I said it right
in his face !
"Would you not like my opera-glass, Mrs.
Miller?" he begins, very polite. "Keep it as
long as you please."
So I thanked him, and put tho thing up to
my eyes, but I couldn't see nothin' at all. It
made the pcoplo seem so far off".
" Pardon me, Sirs. Miller but you will find
tho other end preferable to look through."
Sure enough, I could see better the other way,
and I kept on lookin' for over so long, and then
Jim took it awhile.
"It's right kind in him to lend it to us, isn't
it, Jim ? " I whispers. " Do you think ho heard
what I said about tho peanuts?"
"Couldn't holp hearin'! He'll think wo
never sat down stairs beforo. Why couldn't
you havo kept still ! "
"Well, I guess I will after this?" and tho
tears come in my eyes again. I just wished I
was home, so I could havo a good cry.
Pretty soon tho curtain comes down and Miss
Ebbs asks Jim if ho liked tho op'ra any better,
and they talks away just as they did before.
"Isn't it charming, Mrs. Millor?" says Mrs.
McCaffcry. "I know you must be enjoying tho
" Yes, indeed, ma'am ! " I says, as if I was
perfectly happy. It's so hard to got along
without never lyin' at all.
I tell you I was glad when it was over at
last! I never wanted to go to auother'op'ra as
long as I lived.
Wo all walked up tho street together, and
just as wc got to the cars Jim has to say, " Let's
go up to tho Palmer Houso Calf and get some
oysters ! "
"0, it's loo late! I think wo had bettor go
home," says Mrs. MeCuil'ery, and her voice
sounded as if she was cryin', but there wasn't
no tears in her eyes. I wondered if she had
been feclin' like I had. "1 fear we should not
find tho cafe open at this hour," puts in Mr.
"O yes it is," goes on Jim. "Don't yon
want some supper, Miss Ebbs?"
" Thank you, Mr. Miller, but I think, with
Mrs. McCaffery, that we had hotter go home."
So wo all get in the cars and Jim contrives
to sit between mo and Miss Ebbs and keeps
talkin' a perfect stream.
"You ought to wear that air big ring of
yourn outsido your glove, Miss Ebbs. It's too
handsome to cover up."
" Do you think so, Mr. Miller? It is cortninly
a very fine diamond. My mother gavo it to mo
on my last "birthday."
" Where's that littlo gold ring you used to
wear when I first know you down in Pennsyl
vany?" and he looks at her in kind of a sweet
way I that didn't like!"
"I I don't know that is I lost itl" she
answers kirn gettiu' as red as lire.
"That's too bad. I always liked that littlo
ring, but most probable you didn't care much
for it, did you. now?"
" Why Why of course I did ! What time do
you think it is, Mr. Miller? It must be after
twelve, seems to me. I don't believe I shall
have a good night's rest until I get back to
Milwaukee. I've been somewhere or other
nearly every evening since I came. Mr. Ray
mond has taken mo to tho theatre several
" Do you like Boston people better'n Penn
sylvany folks, Miss Ebbs? "
"I I that is why "
"Maybo it just depends on which of 'om
likes yon best ! Well, I know somebody who
used to think you was the nicest kind of a girl,
but ho was poor then, you see. You never liked
poor people, did you ?"
"I don't understand you, Mr. Miller!"
" es v.i do, too."
" Cflifie. Mariana ! " calls out Mrs. McCaffcry,
and the car stops and wo all start to get out.
Jim helps 1110 down the steps and then ho gives
his band to Mis Ebbs, who is right behind me.
" Be careful, Maria, and don't step in tho
mud!" I hears him say.
"Good evenin' all!" ho sings out at tho top
of his voice, just as wc como to our house, and
I walks in the dor and right straight up stairs
without sayin' a word.
When I gets to my room I sits down on tho
bed and takes out my handkerchief and cries
like a baby. I couldn't keep in no longer. I
wished I was dead ! What was the use of livin'
if Jim didn't caro for me? And I'd had to
wear my old gloves to tho theatre 'cause he was
too mean to come back for my best ones, and
he scolded about my askin' Mr. Raymond if ho
didn't mis3 the peanuts, and he talked all tho
time to Miss Ebbs. Like as not he was in lovo
with her before he ever saw me. Didn't I hear
him tell her he knew somebody what used to
think a heap of her? I was just sure he gave
her that gold ring he was talkin' about. He
said it was a little one though, and mine was
real wido, so maybe ho thought the most of me
after all. I wished he would come up stairs, so
I could ask him which one of us ho liked best.
I could see tho gas was burnin' real bright in
tho settin'-room, so ho was mo3t probable
smokin' his pipe. It was downright mean in
him to stay out there so long! He wasn't worth
cryin' for and I wasn't goin' to make a fool of
myself no longer.
So up I gets and takes off my bonnet and
cloak and then I starts to pull off my rubbers,
and I remembers how Jim said "Maria, bo
careful and don't step in the mud," and the
tears rolls down my cheeks again. He didn't
care whether I got muddy or not ! How did
he know hor namo was Maria? Mrs. McCaffery
didn't call her that I was sure. Then it came
over me, why they named the mine the
Stunnin' Maria! I came pretty near scrcamin'.
I kept sayin' to myself that I'd never, never for
give Jim as long as I lived ! I sat right down
on the bed again and cried harder'n ever.
All of a sudden I hears him a coinin', and I
jumps up in a hurry and makes believe to be
huntin' for somethin' over on the bureau.
"Sallie," he says, and his voico sounds so
queer that I quick turns around, and there ho
stands by tho door lookin' as white as a sheet
and holdin' a letter out to mo.
"What's happened, Jim!" I cries, nearly
frightened to death.
"It's a telegram from Joe como while we
was away and and Ruggles & Co. has busted
and our money's every cent of it gono! "
Then I rushes up to him and puts my arms
'round his neck, and tho tears rolls down my
cheeks right on to my new silk dress.
"Never mind, Jim," I says, "never mind!
Woll go back to tho store, and monoy ain't
much to have anyhow, and we'll make a whole
lot ourselves, and I never did care nothin'
about bein' rich, and we'll get Joe to buy ns
another mine, and you've got me and the baby
yet, Jim, and I wouldn't caro a cent, if I was
you, 'deed I wouldn't! "
If s funny, too, but abont the first thing I
thought of was, that Miss Ebbs wouldn't oven
look at Jim, now he was poor !
"Jim!" I says, openin' the door that goes
into the store, " come on in to your supper."
"All right!" he calls back; so I takes the
sausage off' of tho stovo and turns it into my
nice white platter and sets it down on the table,
and then I screams "Jim!" again, as loud as I
"What are you hollcrin' so for?" ho says,
comin' in. " You always expect me to bo on
hand just at tho minuto."
" But you never are, Jim, you know you
ain't. I'll get supper all ready, and then just
as everything is about cold, in you'll wulk."
" Well, I reckon I'm not late to-night, am I?
I'm right glad to see that air sassage. I never
get tired of it, somehow. We haven't no cook
now to tell us it ain't tho thing to havo sassage
for supper, and I don't know as I'm sorry,
" This 'ore kitchen's a heap cosier'n that big
dinin'-room used to be, ain't it, Jim? I like to
hear tho tca-kettlo singin' away on the stove.
I tell you what, Jim, I was kind o' glad to get
back to tho store, after all. It seems real good
to bo wash in' dishes and cookin' and scrubbin'
again. I'vo pretty near cleaned tho whole
house to-day. It was awful dirty after boin'
shut up so long. Isn't it lucky we couldn't find
no ono to rent it? It would have just about
broko my heart if wo couldn't liave come back
here to live. I'vo had enough of big stone
houses, haven't you, Jim?"
"Yes; and you was tho 0110 what wanted to
movo the minuto we got Joe's telegram, didn't
"But how did I know I wouldn't liko livin'
the way rich people do till I tried it? You
ought to be glad I ain't cryin' all the timo
'cause the money is gone. Some women would
make an awful fuss to have to go without silk
dresses and jewels and everything."
" It wouldn't do no good if they did, would
it? Some women is fools, anyhow rich or
" But I behaved real good when we got Joe's
telegraph savin' wo hadn't a single cent loft,
didn't I, Jim? I didn't say nothin' silly,
"You was a regular trump, so you was,
"I tell you what, Jim, wo won't go to tho
op'ra very soon again, will we?"
" Not much wo won't! "
"Wo haven't seen Mrs. McCaflery and tho
rest of 'om since that night, have we? You
know it was dark when wo took our trunks
away, so they wouldn't see 'em, and wo -didn't
want to go over to say gmid-bye. I'm awful
glad they don't live on tho West Side, 'causo I
ain't particular about iuectin' 'em again, aro
" 'Deed I'm not! I wouldn't run across any
of 'em for tho world."
"Jim, I wish 1 wish "
"Woll, what do you wish?"
" O, nothin' ! I don't wish nothin' at all."
" Yes you do, too."
"Why, I wish 1 wish "
"Now, just stop that evorlastin' wishin', and
say right out what you mean."
" Well, then, Jim, I wish you'd tell mo what
mauo you call tho mine the Stunnin' Maria,
after Miss Ebbs."
" How, under the sun, Sallie Miller, did you
evor find out hor namo was Maria?"
" Why, I heard you call her so comin' homo
from tho op'ra."
"So I did, that'd a fact? I was tryin' to
tease her. She makes believe her name's Maria
Anne, or somethin' liko that, but it was only
Maria when she lived down in Pennsylvany.
I reckon she wouldn't mind addin' a couple of
letters to that air last name of hern, too."
" Raymond is long enough for hor, I gues3,
"Good for yon, Sallie!" She'd tako him
quicker n a wink if she bed the chance. Ho
didn't seem very sweet on her, though, 'pears
" But he didn't havo no show at all when
you was around! "
" I did talk a heap to her, and no mistake."
"Do you think yoa'U go up to Milwaukee
after that beer, Jini?"
" Why, you know she asked you to como and
"I didn't say I'd go, did I?"
"Yes you did, too!"
"Then I was only foolin'. You'll never
catch me again within ten miles of her, if I can
" Why why. Jim, I thought you liked her
" Now, look here, Sallie, you don't mean to
tell me that you was silly enough to got
"'Course I wasn't! But I couldn't help
thinkin' yon kind o' liked her, you know."
"Well, what if I did?"
" O, nothin' ! Only only "
"Only you'd bo mnd about it, wonlcln't
" I think you're real mean, Jim, to talk to
me so ! I guess yon wouldn't like it if I was to
ask one of my old beaux if he'd lost the gold
ring I givo him once! Now, what are you
laughin' at? I think you're too hateful for
" That's the best joke out, I must say ! So
you heard me pumpin' her about that air littlo
gold ring? Well, that's too good to keep!
I reckon I'll have to tell Joe."
"Now, Jim, if you do, I'll be downright mad I
Was it long beforo you knew me that you givo
her the ring ? "
"It wasn't afterwards, certain."
"You might tell mo about it !"
" What do you want to know for?"
" I don't want to know ! I wouldn't know
for nothin' in the world!" I says, jumpin' up
and beginnin' to clear off" the tablo in such
a big hurry that I nearly broke one of my best
Jim lights his pipe and goes out In the storo
again, and I can hear him laughin' away to
himself, as if somethin' was pleasin' him
mighty well, and I makes up my mind that I'll
nover ask him another thing about Maria Ebbs
as long as I live!
So, when ho comes back, I keeps right on
with my sewiu', and never looks up at him
" See here, Sallie, ho says, sittin' down in a
chair close beside mo, " I'vo a great mind to
tell you somethin'."
"What is it, Jim?"
"Maybe it isn't tho fair thing to do, but I
ain't goin' to have you worryin' for nothin'.
You know, Joe and me has been friends ever
since we was -"oung 'uns, and ono summer,
when he como to Pennsylvany to see me, ho
happened to get acquinted with Maria Ebbs,
wiio was livin' there then, and, like a fool, ho
asked her to marry him."
" Why, Jim Miller I Why didn't you tell ma
"Most likely I would if I'd been a woman,
but men ain't given to blabbin'. I was bound
I'd keep Joe's secret as long as I could." Joo
thought a heap of Maria, and I was always
tellin' him that she'd go back on him some day.
Sure enough, after thev moved out West, and
her father begun to make money, she wouldn't
have nothin' to do with him. But he ain't for
gotten her yet, and ho was set on namin' tho
mino tho 'Stunnin' Maria,' so I had to give in.
I wanted to call it the ' Lovely Sallie,' or some
thin' liko that, after you."
" Never mind, Jim, Maria's a beautiful name.
I never thought I'd liko it so weU. I
"Now, Sallie, you was a little gooso to think
I cared a cent for her, and that night you
heard mo askin' her about that little gold ring
Joe give her once, I was just tryin' to find ojit
if she had forgotten all about him or not.
Why, I never thought of your really carin', or
I wouldn't havo talked to her so much. Seo
hero, tho baby's goin' to open them blue eyes
" Give him to me, Jim," I says, and I takes
him up in my arms and sits down in tho big
rockin' chair. " no doesn't know he overlived
in a big stone house, does he, Jim ? It's nothin'
to him how poor wo are. He's crowin' and
laughin' from mornin' to night. And as long
as I have you and tho baby, Jim, I'll always be.
happy, if you ain't never a mil-lee-on-aire ! "
And what does he do but put both his arms
right around mo.
"I tell you what it is, Sallie, I'vomado up
my mind that I struck it rich the day you and
mo was married!"
Young, niiddlc-aged, or old men, suffering
from nervous debility and kindred weaknesses,
should send two stamps for large treatise, giv
ing successful treatmont. World's Dispen
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" Jump up, Johnny, tho school-house is on
fire," said an Austin mother to her sleeping
son. " Is the school teacher burned up?" "I
guess not." " Oh, Pshaw ! "Texas Siftinga
Tho Miner's Protese.
From the Pittsburgh Labor Tribune.
Wal, you see, it's a queer story, Missy ;
The littlo gal's none of our kin;
But, you bot, when the old men pro under,
She's tho one who will handle onr tin.
My pnrd mi mu's rough ininin' fellers,
We've got nary children nor wife,
But we love little yellow-haired Nellio,
An'wc'll rear her up right bet your lifo.
How old ? Wal, she'ssnigh 8, 1 reckon ;
Five years since we brought her out hero;
An' sho was the cunnin'est baby
We'd looked at for many 11 yenr.
You see, 'twas the timo the Apnches
Broke out. Blast the red imps of sin 1
The emigrant train crossed their trail. Miss,
An' the Jnjuns they scooped 'em all In.
Yes, thar lay men; children, an' wimminj
The red devils raised all their hn'r.
We couMn't do nothin' to help 'cm,
So my pnrd nn' me buried 'em thar,
We found one likcly-lookin' young cretur'
LyiiT out from the rest of the heap,
She was dead, like the re-t, an' Nellie
Lay close by her side fast asleep.
Wal, 'twas nigh ninoty mile to the settlement,
Bill an' me turned the thing in our miud ;
An at last wo concluded to keep her
An' bring her up lovin' an' kind.
We buried her poor dad an' mammy,
Likewise all their unlucky mates,
An' we named her Nell, arter a sweetheart
My pard had once back in the States.
But the trouble we had with that young un,
Was somethin' quite funny to see;
Bill gave her up for a mystery.
Likewise she was too much for me.
Her durned duds wo couldn't get on right.
And we cussed ev'ry but'n an' string;
But arter a spell we did better
"When we once got the hang of the thing.
An' she growed up quite pertlika an' bloomln1,
We take her to work ev'ry day,
While Kill an' me's busy a miuin'
Sho'll sit by the rock pile an' play.
An' she's made better men of us both, Misa,
We don't cuss now, nor go on no spree,
'Caubo wo'ro workin' an' savin' for Nellie,
Tho prldo of my old pard an.' me.