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, V f Th Stranger on the Sill.'
Between broad fields of wheat and corn,"
In the lowly home where I was born ;
The peach tree leans against the wall,
And the woodbine wanders oyer all ,
There is a shadowed doorway still, -But
a stranger's foot has crossed the.sill.
There is the barn and as of yore, .
I can smell the hay from the open door,
And see the bnsy Mwailonrs throng,'
And hear the peewee's mournful song ;
Oat the stranger comes oh, painful proof,
His sheaves are piled to the heated roof.
There is the orchard the Terv trees
Where my childhood knew long hours of ease.
And watched the shadowy mqments run,
TJ1 my lite has imbibed more shade than sun
The swing from the bow still sweeps rhe air,
Eut the stranger's children are swinging there
There bubbles the uhady spring below.
With its bulrush brook where the hazels grow
Twas there l round the calamus root,
And watched the minnows poise the shoot,
And heard the robin lave his wing
But a stranger's bucket is at the spring.
Oh, y who daily cross the sill,
Step lightly, for I love it still ;
And when you crowd the old barn eaves,
Then think what countless harvest sheaves
Have passed within that scented door
To gladden eyes that are no more.
Deal kindly with those orchard trees ;
And when your children cro-vJ your knees,
Their sweetest fruit they shall impart, v
As if old memories stirred their heart ;
To youthful sport still loave the swing,
And in sweet reverence hold the spring.
The barn, the trees, the brook, the birds,
The meadows with their lowing herds,
The woodbine on the cottage wall
My heart still lingers with them all,
Te strangers on my native sill,
Step lightly, for I love it still.
Like a good many other young men
and women too, for that matter I was
once badly afflicted with cacocthess c iben
di. Of course greater evils might have
befallen me ; 1 might have been seized
with a pasnon for whisky or gambling ;
but, etill, my. ctco'thes scribendi wa6
serious enough. During my college days
the symptoms showed themselves
plainly ; bnt the malady did not really
assume ita true and awful proportions
until I had taken my degree. Then, for
sooth, it fastened upon me like a leech,
and before many months elapsed it
overmastered me completely. In ac
cordance with my mother's wish, I went
to Dundas ostensibly to read law with
my uncle, but it was a mere pretence of
law-reading, for the mornings that I
ought to have spent over Blackstone
were devoted to the composition of a
novel and the afternoons to the polish
ing of some poem?. Uncle Dick shook
his had gravely and remonstrated,
sometimes in badness and sometimes in
" That scribbling will nevtr amount
to anything," he would say contempt
ously. This was hard to bear ; but my
lofty aspirations sustained me, and firm
in my belief of ultimate success, I
scribbled on and ever, and bombarded
all the magazines in the country with
my manuscripts. The magazines did
not open their columns to me, and I
fell back at last upon the weekly
newspapers, and especially upon the
Boston Weekly Palladium. That journal
printed my essays and a certain assist
ant editor., whose initials were "F. B.
S sent me polite notes from time to
time. It was something to see my
productions in print ; it would have
been better had these productions
once in a while brought in a
check. But they never did ; they
elicited only polite notes from F. B. S
Finally, I wrote a letter to the assis
tant editor upon the subject,' and by re
turn post I received a reply. It was
sent to my private box at the postofiice,
but, to my great amusement, was "di
rected to "Jane Bell," instead of John."
My handwriting was not very distinct,
and perhaps a trifle feminine, and the
signature, upon which I rather prided
myself, certainly left it an open ques
tion whether John or Jane were meant.
The note, too, began,
"MissBeltj : In reply to your ques
tion, I would say that this journal pays
its regular corps of writers. We are
glad to receive -your articles, and per
haps later may make adequate compen
sation therefor; but, as a young writer,
it would be wiser for you to think at
present only of securing a foothold.
You have an excellent chance of success
in the end ; but much patience is neces
sary at the cutset.
"Please say wh.-ther I shall direct fu
ture communications to John Bell. Miss
Bell or Mrs. Bell. At present I do not
venture to give you any title. Very
truly yours, sr. B. fccisEYEN.
Thin letter at once amused and piqued
me. It was pleasant and rather en
couraging, but it was plain the writer
Bet me down as an impeounious young
woman, whereas the truth was I had a
very fair income of my own, and was a
six-foot, mustached specimen of mas
culinity. The idea of playing the role
of Mis3 Jane Bell tickled my fancy, and
therefore, giving my imagination free
rein, upon the spur of the moment I sat
down and wrote as follows :
'F. B. ficBEVEN. At present I also
am in a quandary, for I do not know
whether I ought to address you as
Madame, Monsieur, or Mademoiselle
The last title is mine U6t now, although
of course I feel at liberty to change it
when I choose, or rather when the
proper opportunity offers itself. Per
haps matrimony would be a more profit
able speculation than literature. Do
not, however, suppose I am dependent
upon my pen for my bread and butter.
In this case, I fear, the butter would be
very thin indeed. No ; the fates have
given me most of the luxuries of life j
but these, of course, do not satisfy me.
The reason why I wrote as I did about
payment for my articles was simply be
cause I thought if they were good
enough to print they were good enough
to be paid for. It seems I was mistaken ;
but, to show you that I take, your ad
vice, I send you another essay. I will
at least try to secure a foothold, and pray
that greater success may follow.
"I am, dear Madame, Monsieur, or
-Laughing in my sleeve, I sent this
communication off. and rlfmnd that, if
the -assistant editor sent me a friendly
reply, I would open a correspondence
in my role of Miss Jane Bell and fool
F. B. Screven as never a man had been
fooled before. Judge, then, of my dis
may when I received a letter in what I
knew was Screven's writing, but not
written, on office paper, and signed
Frances Bertram Screven. "A woman
by Jove!" I exclaimed there and then
in the post-office, whereat a small boy,
who was standing nigh, nearly swal
lowed in- astonishment the postage
stamp he was ' lickin at." I thrust the
letter in my pocket and did not read it-
until i was safely at home. Thus the
missive ran : .
VDeab Miss Bell".--Tour piquant
letter prompts me to write you a reply,
not as an - assistant editor, but as a
woman like yourself, who in toiling up
the steep path that leads to P&rnAuma.
I might have known voa were a woman
and a young one at -that, because,
although there is a touch of masculine
fetrength In your essajs and poems, still
there is, too, a sweetness that is only
feminine. I think that women more
often have this flavor of masculinity
mau men naveanytuing ol that tender
ness which' is essentially and purely
femiDine. "Where I in a position of
authority, I shoul 1 very Btxn dismiss
the cut and-dra-d hack writers whose
contribntione, although s uooth ' and
1' t 1 1 a 1 m .
poiisnea, lacs the freshness, iLe spon-
taoeny, which is characteristic of the
contributions we sometimes receive
from unknown writers, and notably from
you. JUut, you see, I am merely an as
sistant editor, and a person of no con
sequence at all, except as I am useful to
do the work, all the gl jry of which goes
to the distinguished individuals whose
names are emblazoned at the head of
the paper. There ! that sounds better.
I am afraid ; but, my dear Miss Bell,
II . I 1 A . fa A
me iaies nave not oeen so Kind to me
as to yon, and it is not for fame I write.
out Icr the wherewithal to kep me fed
and ciothed. What makes it perhaps
harder is that I have known what it is
to have my bread and butter fresh and
sweet ay, and honey with it, too and
therefore the thin slices that are doled
out to me now taste the drier by com
parison. "Forgive me for boring you with so
muoh about myself. Pray, write to me
again. lour luxurious stationary, with
faint, delicate perfume prevading it, is
itself a delight. Sincerely yours,
"Miss Fbances Bertbau Sobkvbs."
As I read this letter I felt myself a
scoundrel. Mr first impulse was to
write a letter of confession to Miss
Screven ; but the desire to keep up the
correspondence and try my hand at
composing letters that should be sweetly
emimhe overcame my scruples, and I
sent off the following reply :
Dear Miss Scbeveu, Instead of
boring me,- the glimpse you gave me of
your life interested me more than I can
tell. But, at the same time, the con
trast between your life and mine made
me envious. Perhaps your lot is a hard
one, but it is at least brave and inde
pendent. Here am I, an only daughter,
petted and spoiled to a shameful de
gree, and bound by fetters of luxury.
Yes, I envy you. Sitting here this
mon.mg in my silly pint -curtained
boudoir, with a Dresden ohepherdness
simpering at me from -the top of my
escritoire, I feel my idle, luxurious life
hemming me and overpowering me,, as
the perfume of tuberoses makes heavy
and eickening the atmosphere of a room
hat should be flung open to the fresh
air and sunshine, I would change places
with you tc-day if 1 could."
When I reached this point of my let
ter, I read ovr approvingly what I had
written. Arrived at the lines descrip
tive of my imaginary boudoir, I smiled
s my glance fell upon a boot-jacx in
one corner and tne snavmg-apparatus
in another. uiancmg at tne piaoe
where the Dresden shepherdess ought
to have been, my eye fell instead upen
pipe, which I took down and hiled,
and then resumed my writing with con
siderable complacency :
"This may sound to you rather scuool-
girlieh, and I may as well confess that
it is not many years perhaps months
would be more accurate since I left
the precincts of a finishing school.
Finishing-school, indeed I Much I
earned there besides the art of doing
up my hair! However, the defects of
my education I must remedy myself,
and I try every day to devote a few
hours to serious study. B at it is very
hard to seclude myself long enough to
accomplish anything. People call; I
must go to garden-parties ; 1 must drive
out with my mother; I must hold
solemn conclave with the milliner and
dress-maker ; in short, I have constant
demands of a most frivolous nature
upon my time.
"All this you will probably laugh at ',
and, lest I write yet more foolishly, I
will bring this letter to a close. If you
are not quite disgusted with me, do
write again soon.
"Faithf ally yours,
I may as well confess that I thought
this letter a successful imitation of
some f the epistles that I had myself
received " from feminine hands. It
sounded enthusiastic and very "missisb,"
and I sent it off that afternoon with a
"Jack," quoth my uncle, who met me
as I came from the post-office, "I verily
believe you are . making an ass of your
self over some girl. I don't believe it is
the muses you are courting ; it is no
muse ; it is a miss." And with this he
passed on, chuckling at his own wit.
As the days went on, however, my
Uncle's words seemed in a fair way to
prove true. I thought only of Miss
Screven. My novel I left untouched,
and my rhmying dictionary accumu
lated dust slowly, but surely. Fled
were my visions of astonishing the
world with my genius, " I lived only for
the mail from Boston.
- As I re-read the- letters I received
from Miss Screven, I can make some
excuse for my infatuation. They were
frank and outspoken, and sometimes,
indeed, tinged with cynicism ; but
through them there breathed a sym
pathy, a" tenderness, that touches me
even now as I read them over. Finally,
at my solicitation, 6he sent me her pho
tograph, which showed her to be a
regular-featured, large-eyed woman, of
rather a serious cast of countenance
indeed, but with a lurking smile in her
month that I confess was a large one..
She was not a beauty, I saw that, but
she had an earnest, interesting face,
that grew upon me every day.
Little by little I gave myself up to
thoughts of her by day and dreams of
her by night. Her letters I awaited
with a feverish impatience, and if one
were delayed I was in torment. I make
no excuses for my folly, dear sir or
madam ; but pray do not forget that I
was only one-and-twenty then, and had
fed myself plentifully with novels and
poetry. And this was my first love !
I endured it for just ten days, and
then I packed my satchel and went to
Boston. Bah! what a day it was when
I arrived there 1 It had snowed a little,
and then a thin, cold rain began to
drizzle down despairingly. The weather
suited me better than the garish
splendor of the hotel, and I wandered
forth that evening, half-unconsciously
wending my way toward the street in
which Miss Screven boarded. I found
myself opposite the house. From an
tipper window a light straggled faintly
between the closed shutters and thrilled
me through and through. " Perhaps she
was there, ill and alone, uncared for,
eave by the mercenary landladfor,
worse still, by a slatternly servant. I
went up the steps and rang the bell. - A
slip of a girl opened the door to me,
and I handed . her ray card, tayiug
mechanic-ally, "Ask Misi Screven il she
will see me," ' - -
I trusted that the name John Bell
would perhaps lead her to suppose that
I was a cousin or the father, cf her
The slip of a servant-maid looked at
the card and then looked at me,
"JTrances ocreven r she said, interroga
tively. ' Yes," I replied. Then I took the
card, ran my pencil through the en
graved name, and scrawled my illegible
signature below it. The servant took
the card again and skurried away, leav
ing me standing there in the cold, dark
"It was f everal minutes before she re
appeared, and then it was only to say
in a sing-song tone, "Three flights up;
first door to the right"
I went np the three flights and
rapped at the first door to the right.
A voice called out, "Come in."
I entered a medium-sized, plainly
lornisnea room mat was redolent of
r i i a
tobacco. There were two arm-chairs.
a large table, covered with a faded cloth,
and an old fashioned horse-hair lounge,
from which, as I entered, a young man
rose. He was thin and hollow-eved.
and a beard of several days growth
made him look, to say the leas s, un
kempt. "Mr. Bell, I presume," he said,
offering me his hand and then drawing
up a chair for me.
1 have called to see Miss R h-avati-m
said 1. " . "
"Have you, indeed ?" he replied, in a
nasty, sneering way.
It flashed through me at once. It
washer husband! She had. deceived
"May l ask if you are anv relation to
Miss Jane Bell, of Dundas, Washington
county, New York, postoffiee box 462?"
he continued, in the same sneering
1 stuttered atd stammered, tried to
lie, and nearly choked myself to death.
I wanted to be diplomatic : I wanted to
shield her from his anger.
"Who the deuce are you, anvwav ?'
"I-I am John Bell," I answered :
and I hare called to see your sister.
Is she ill?"
"I haven't any sister," said he. non
chalantly ; "that is, I am my own sister,
and she has just escaped pneumonia."
The truth flashed upon me. "You
are an impostor, sir I" 1 exclaimed.
"Your eister doesn t, think so," said
"I haven't any sister," sail I, in .my
He wheeled sharply about : "Who is
Miss Bell, then!"
"I am all the Miss Ball that exists,-'
"What 1" he exclaimed ; "you are the
petted darling who wanted to be a
poet and an essajist and Lord only
snows what ail lou are the only
child of wealthy parents? You are the
ovely creature who sits in a pink bou
doir and writes veises with a gold pen
and on perfumed paper ?"
"Yes," said I, desperately.
Screven dropped into a chair and
roared. "A sell all round I" said he.
And then he laughed until he ciied,
while I quietly stele away back to the
hotel, a sadder but a wiser man.
Charles Dunning, tn Lippineott.
The Pranks of the Missouri Eivcr.
A correspondent of the St. Paul
Pioneer-Press, writing from St. Joseph,
Mo., says" : The Missouri is a remark
able river, unlike any other I ever saw.
To be appreciated it must be seen and
heard during the April or June rise,
when its waters are red and thick with the
powdered soil they have brought from
the farms in the valleys. Then it pours,
and swirls, and eddies along with a
treacherous sound between a chuck and
a- half-suppressed whisper that repels
while it fascinates the listener. It has
made millions of acres of rich black
deposits, on which it still holds a mort
gage, the foreclosure) of which no man
can foresee, borne ol these fertile
acres may sustain forests that 'have
been growing for, hundreds of years,
but not a rod of the vast level bottom
lands which lie on either side of the
muddy monster, varying in width from
two to twenty miles, stretching all the
way from Yankton to St. Louis, and
covered with the finest woods and
richest farm produce that land can bear
up, under, is exempt from the possibility
of some day being devoured by its
hungry and fickle mother, Hundreds
of farmers, after clearing away the
heavy timber and raising fine crops year
after year, on their eighty or more acres
of deep, inexhaustible river bottom,
have aeeh their entire possessions swept
away in a few days by a sudden and un
expected "change of channel during
an April or June "rise."
These changes of channel have differ
ent causes. Sometimes a giant cotton
wood tree tht has been uprooted where
the river has raised upon the forest
above is borne down by the current and
lodged in the mud, where it will grad
ually become imbedded in the yielding
bottom, and .perhaps lie in wait for
months, or even years, without giving
any particular sign of existence. At
last an unusual rise takes place, and this
hidden "snag" creates a diversion in
the strong current, which begins to
circle round the spot, and which cul
minates in a boiling eddy. The eddy
increases in depth and force, gradually
diverting the water from its former
course, until a new pathway ia formed
in the river bed. If the eddy is located
near the shore, at the upper edge of a
promontory, and the water is sufficiently
high to overflow the flats, a new channel
is sometimes carved straight across some
valuable farm or timber strip, and a
river town, where steamboats took freight
and passengers last year, may be from
two to six miles distant from navigable
water next year. A few years ago For
est City, Mo., was kissed day and night
by the dirty lips of this Western flirt.
To-day the river sports miles away, and
is whispering soft things to WhiterCloud,
on the Kansas side, which has gained a
river, while the State has lost several
thousand acres of productive cotton
land that now supports cattle and hogs
in Missouri. When the Missouri river
begins to indulge it. its semi-annual free
lunch, it frequently devours strips of
bottom land several rods in width every
twenty-four hours. Missouri river towns
aro never safe except when located on
bluffs or table-lands, like Omaha, White
Cloud. St Joseph and Fansas City.
No man knows what a ministering angel his
wife is until he comes home one day, suffering
with a jdreadful Cold and she happens to have
a bottle of Dr. Ball's Cough Syrup in the
. r Jessie. -
"Jessie loved them," said the mother,
- As she fondly, meekly bent
- O'er the plants on which her darling
Many a thought and care had spent
"Jessie loved them." This the secret
Of her kind, unseaaing care
Of those fml and fragile blossoms, .
Blooming in their beauty rare. ";
Then, as turned we from the window,
From the mass of radiant bloom,"' .
To the work so idly lying
AH about the sunny room.
A sweet vision flitted o'er me,
And a vanished face and eye
Stirred within my beating bosom, .
A faint, low, heart-troubled sigh.
All about me there lay scattered
Traces of a girlish hand ;
Her a pictured face was resting
On a carved and dainty stand.
Tuere, some tasteful mats of ciimaon
Half concealed a statue white ;
And a host of other fancios
Met my eager, tearful sight
And I caught her picture to me,
With these words of solemn truth : 1
Poets say, "The fairest faces
Vanish in the days of youth."
Ah ! methought, as o'er my past life
Swift I glanced at dark scenes bid,
Shall I leave as clear a record,
When I die, as Jessie did ? ;
And will some one, true and tender,
Love a flower, or shrub, or tree,
Like the mother of my dead fiend,
' Just because twas dear to me ?
FOB THE FAIR SEX.
Bonnets grow larger and smaller.
Neck lingerie grows more volumi
nous. Large bonnets are very large, and
small ones very small.
The most effective lace used for
fashionable fichus is the Carrickma
cross in improved modern designs.
Shrimp-pink bonnets with plumes to
match are affected for reception and
evening wear by young ladies af high
Immense scarf a of Spanish lace, either
black or white, muffle the throats of
our most fashionable ladies in the cold
est weather, placed above the fur collar
or tippet. .
The gilt dagger with jewelled hilt is
the favorite bonnet pin; it is-thrust
through the large bow on one side of
the head, and requires artistic taste to
give it the correct angle of incidence or
reflection to the base of the bonnet or
Two Wealthy Ladies.
-I The New York correspondent says :
The Fifth avenue contains two ladies of
great wealth, each of whom may be said
to live alone, with the exception of
servants. One of these is Mrs. A. T.
Stewart, who occupies a place which
cost $1,000,000. The taxes alone on
this grand establishment are $12,500.
She has a dozen servants and" a house
Keeper, but otherwise lives alone though
olten visited by her young and .expectant
relatives. The other -is Miss Harriet
Lenox; sister of the philanthropist,
who occupies the house built by the
latter when the Fifth avenue first
became so an aristocratic street. She also
lives alone, with the exception of the
servants, but her purpose in life is to
carry out her brother's philanthropic
schemes, for which reasons he made her
his sole heir. Old Koberfc Lenox, the
founder of the family, had four children,
a son and three daughters. Harriet is
the last of the line, which in her death
will become extinct. She is, like her
late brother, a recluse, but devotes her
time and her wealth to beneficence,
which is administered through approved
channels of usefulness.
A Girl Wh. Can Shoot.
The St. Louis Chronicle, in an ao
count of the operations of the band
with which Bjan, the railroad train
robber, was connected, tells this story
about the sweetheart of one of the men :
The robbers used frequently to shoot
at targets in company with their sweet
hearts, in the shooting the girls making
sometimes almost as good a score as the
men, and the yell? that would rend the
air as one's favorite lady would split
the bullet on the half dollar as it fell
toward the ground would have done
justice to a border scout. Nor were the
young ladies behind them in equestrian
ism, Miss Byan. in particular, often
boasting that she could drop the nickel
as often in the race as any of the boys.
It may be proper here to explain the
modus operandi of the "nickel race."
A nickle or other small eoin is placed
in the forks of a tree, about the distance
from the ground that a man's shoulder
would be while on horseback. Each
arty has one shot at it as lie flies by on
is horse at lull speed. Uheiadies tase
their regular turn, and Miss Kyan has
been known to drop the nickel three
times out of five races, and that she is
indeed at home in the saddle is demon
s' rated by the fact that when alighting
from her favorite .horse, a powerful
black charger, she simply raises in the
saddle and leaps to the ground, while
her horse walks to the nearest hitching
post t6 await his rider. When she is
ready to remount her intelligent horse
comes to her call, and taking the saddle
by the pommel she bounds into it and
is off at a fast gallop, the only gait she
The New York Clipper lately cited the
case of Captain Jacob Schmidt, of Tom
kinsville, Staten Island, N. Y., who had
been a great sufferer with rheumatism
for many years. He used St. Jacobs
Oil with splendid success.
Two women have been arrested with
their husbands in a woods at Vincennes,
France, on a charge of fighting a duel.
The husbands acted, as seconds, and
both women were wounded.
From the Atlanta (GaJ Sunday Pho
nograph: The .editor pf the Pike county
Newt has been cured of rheumatism by
St Jacobs Oil. "
The coming woman will not marry until she
is able to support a husband in the style he has
been accustomed to at home.
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, Murder will out, so will the tact that Cax
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natural hair renewer and restorer, is the
best preparation ever invented and excels all
other hair dressings.
The muskr&tn alnr.o- ITiaT Mn.T
in Pennsylvania, are building their huts
above the water level, which is said to
ce an unfailing sign that the winter wil
i cpeu one. jjast winter not a
musk rat hut was to be seen along the
Lehigh, and the winter was a tevere
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Medical Discovery." It is, however, unequalled
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oures the most obstinate cases of bronchitis,
coughs, colds, and incipient consumption, far
surpassing in emcacyicod aver oil. bend two
stamps for Dr. Pierce's pamphlet on Consump
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Dispekbabt Medichx association, Buffalo,
a. I. .
"Legion of Honor i: is a French order insti
tuted by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802. It
embraces all persons distinguished for their
services k inesrate.
' . "FEMALE COMPLAINTS."
Dr. R. V. Piebok. Buffalo. N. Y.: Dear Sir
I wrote to tell you what your "Favorite Pre
scription" has done for me. I had been a
great sfifferer from female complaints, es
pecially "dragging-down," for over six Tears,
during much of the time unable to work. I
paid out hundreds of dollars without any
benefit till I took three bottles of the "Favor
ite Prescription," and I never had anything do
me so much good in my life. I advised every
sick iauy to taae it. aiES. .L..311.L1I UMUAU8,
' ' ' McBrides. Mich.
The watchmaker can't afford to do a cash
business, because he makes all his profits on
time. , ;-
Young, and middle aged men suffering from
nervous debility, premature old age, loss of
memory, and kindred symptoms, should send
three stamps for Part VII of pamphlets issued
by World's Dispensary Medical Association,
Buffalo, N.Y; , -
Cereals were so called from Ceres, the
lamea goddess or corn and agriculture, ene is
generally represented as being crowned with
years of wheat.
Vegetine. It extends ita influence into every
part of the human organism, commencing with
its foundation ; correcting diseased action, and
restoring vital powers, creating a healthy for
mation and purification of the blood, driving
out disease, and leaving Nature to perform its
allotted task. - - -
The national debt of France is over twice as
large as that of the United States. .
Warner's Safe Kidney and Liver Care.
There never was a time when national bank
notes were legal tender.
The existence of
feeling on the part of the.
xrenoh Nation for the peo
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by the presents tion of a
colossal bronze figure of
Freedom holding aloft the
torch of Liberty. Beauty,
with usefulness, Is com
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blazing torch will serve
the purpose of a beacon
2:teutinthe harbor of New
lork. There is another
figure which will chal
lenge larger praise and ad
miration than "even the
great work above referred
to. It is illustrated here
with, and represents the aged and worthy St.
jAcoB.holdingaloftinhishand that beacon which
will guide aright all sailing upon the sea of life,
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the true and trusted means -of keeping- the body
on its proper course, and of easing and "righting
it should it be unfortunately cast upon the shoals
of rheumatism or other painful ailments. Thous
ands of grateful ones throughout the world have
proved the value and felt the good of this Great
German llemedy, and aro glad to recommend it
to all needing the services of just such a remedy.
In this connection Mr. Jplui S. Brijrgs, a well
known citizen of Omaha, Keb., told a newspaper
man that he was terribly afflicted with an acute
attack of rheumatism in. his bock. The disease,
which had been preying upon him for years had
drawn him out of shape. He resorted to every
remedy known to physici ans, but found no relief
until he tried St. Jacobs Oil. one bottle of which
effected a complete and radical .cure. Another
case may justify reference : ,
A VETEE AN SE ASIAN'S TJiOVJSLE.
Edilor Inter-Ocean. Chicago, I'd.: I send you this,
feeling that the information conveyed will be ol
material benefit to many of your readers. One
of our oldest citizens, Captain C. W. Boynton, the
Government Light-house keeper at this point, is
probably one of the oldest seamen in -America,
having sailed twenty-six years on salt water.
After this forty-six years' sorvice his eyesight
failed him and he kept the Light at Chicago until
the Government built the Gross Point Light here,
when he was transferred.. While seated in my
stcve this morning the Captain volunteered the
following written statement : " This is to certify
that I have been afflicted with rheumatism for
twenty (20) years, both in my side and limbs. I
am happy to say that, after using less than two bot
tles of the 8t. Jacobs Oil, I am entirely free from
pain, though still limping somewhat when walk
ing, from long force of habit. C. W. Bothtow."
Referring to the foregoing facts, I might allude to
numerous similar cases that have come to my
notice, but "a word to the wise I sufficient."
JOHN Goebel, Pharmacist, Evanstnn. m.
Suravalof the Fittest
Ia fahilt kedioxk that sas exalzs
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William J. CouK&Un, of Somerville. Mass., says: Ia
the fall -of 1876 1 was taken with hWh.f .. i.
followed br a leYera cough, I loat my appetite and
.,uiuuum w my qoo. xn ion i was ad
mitted to tha hoecital. Tlwi dwtnr. ,.mti.4 . v-l
In my lung as big aa half Si dollar. At one time a re
port went around that I wa dead. I gave np nop
but a friend told me of Re. William Haix's Bali ai
fob thk Lrow. 1 got a bottle, whento m surprise
I commenced to feel better, acd to-day. 1 feel better
than for thres rear vast. 1 wrlt tM bWiw
one alHicted with diseased lunjrs will take Da. Vfm
uah am i balsam, and & convinced that cov
SUMPTION CAS BE OrmED- I can IloaifivoK- ,tiT it h
done more good than all the other medicines I have
A man must be going slowly when he lets
I Made up my Mind to try the
Mi.. H. R. SravExs r
-... T - " -v ...v, i iv ..iriii m BirTOl, VI taut
city. I una t9yora of aee. For aeroral v mist I
nS tUU1 u n nealtb" My complaint is what
At times I sintered severe pains in m v side and back.
iDflH AnnmWtf m .... 1 ..... 1 . : . .:
- VT .7 , - " .Limn. EvtroiYiiiK auy
reliei. Mv attention was called to vour advt-rtise-m?nS
.OIiVKflETJ.NE iB our PIer. 1 marte up my
Boemed to help me iron, the first, and in a short time
tut.... x unre urnm a nuuiDcr ol pot
tles, and am now onjoyinpr better health than I havs.
V koettks ito i my filter and also to several acqnaint
aiices. and they have used it- with equally good re
sults, it ; Is the btajt medicine for weakness aud gen
eral dolnlity of thesrstomthat I know of, aiid-f do
with great eonCultnce recommend it to' all my friends
great many years I have been a sufferer from rheu
matism, and elnoe 1 eoinm-nced using the Vkok
ttmb I have had but very little trouble from it. .
luum, very respoeimuv.
MKS. SAMXfEL GREENE.
T un nprwiTinllY uinn.inf. vkk ir .
tnnv ! . M ft ..1 . .1.1.. . .1 1. 1.1.
know that the above statement is true..
a ours, respecuully,
, , D. B. SMITH,
Dispensing Druggist, 9s9 Niagara Street.
Has 3Not Its Equal.
- Lung Disease.
Qit . i ln V. - in . n.n
H. E. Stevens, Boston :
I take ffTOftt llleaftllrft f n MWnnimonrlinff wnn-w ViuriL
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conld set, bnt none eerncd to dome anv good until
1 , ri ...1 lAn.ffMDl Vwolln. r. .. ,1 .. T t . . , j
. ' tv t cf,i;uuu im'ji l v. uau. i;eu 11
only a short time beloro I conld discover a verv croal
r-linno ii Tiltf I'pulMi fAftli. Win. X, .1 . i
that your medicine has its equal for the diseases
which yon propose to cure, especially the disoast
that I ha ve neon afflicted with.
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