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GUKEN MOUNTAIN VREEMAX.
iffi-e in the UrU l Block. Bead of But Street.
tlL il raid in adv&nce; otherwise,
li meiit may U mJe by null or otherwise to
II It. WUEELOCK,
KUitor nd Proprietor.
The Yr.rrVA. umlr the recent law of Conpreu
rir. niatt't froc in Wiwbinirton (bounty. On all papen
.ut.'iitM'ie WaHUiiikrtim County, the poatatr la Pl
hy tlic I'ul'huhtT at the uluce iu MoutveUcr.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2. 1879.
Agriculture in Japan,
President William S Clark of the Mass
aclmselts Agricultural College, who, it
will bo remembered, was invited by the
Japanese government to found an agricul
tural institution in that country, two or
tliri'O years since, lias recently published a
very readable pamphlet with the above
title, from which wo make some extracts.
" Although the Japanese have possessed
from time immemorial many of our domes
tic animals, yet they have derived but little
benefit from them in consequence of the
peculiar tenets of their religions, which
discountenance their slaughter for any
purpose whatever. Sheep were introduced
by ilio Portugese in the sixteenth century,
hut were not considered of any value by a
people who would neither eat mutton nor
wear woolen clothing. Swine ran wild in
tlio forests, but were not domesticated.
Europeans enjoyed comparatively free
commercial intercourse with Japan for
about one hundred years previous to 1650;
and they doubtless brought in some valu
able seeds and animals, though it doos not
ape:ir that many important results ac
crued from these importations. The
choicest animal known to have reached
the empire during this period was a horse
transported from the Philippine Islands by
the (Spaniards in 1.502. Tlio most note
worthy plant introduced from Europo was
tobacco, which has become a universal
favorite, mid is smoked by all classes and
both sexes, though in moderation.
" As the chief product of wealth, the
farmer in Japan has always held a high
rank, only government ollicers, priests,
teachers, and soldiers being regarded as
his superiors. Below him in tho social
scale were ranked mechanics and artisans,
bankers and merchants, physicians, actors,
and all other classes, without regard to
wealth, learning or ability. The agricul
tural population, according to the last
census, number about sixteen millions, or
nearly one half the entire people, and the
men are usually able to read, wrilo and
cipher. Originally the Mikado was re
garded as sole owner of tho soil, and su
premo ruler of all the people of Japan.
In ancient times taxation was compara
tively I'ght. but afterward became excess-1
ive, when the feudal system was in full
operation, and tho empire was divided
into about one hundred provinces, each
with its own local daimio, or ruler. These
diamios governed the farmers and taxed
them as they pleased; and at length, bo
fore their overthrow in 1871, they limited
their demands only by the absolute neces
sities of the tax-payers. A certain por
tion of the products of tho soil was taken
by the tax-collector, the per cent varying
from forty to seventy-live, according to
circumstances. At the present timo, the
land is 10 a great extent owned by indi
viduals, and assessed at a reasonable rate,
while the taxes are not allowed to exceed
for till purposes two and one-half per cent
of the valuation, and are payable in mon
ey. This very moderate assessment is,
however, uupoular among tho fanners,
because often it necessitates the sale of
their crops at low rales to raise tho cash
for their taxes. To obviate in some meas
ure the ilillieultios arising from want of a
suitablu market on account of the imper
fect means of tr.-m.-pui talioit in certain lo
calities, ollicers have been authorized to
purchase farm produce at equitable prices.
The revenue of the imperial government
is now chielly derived from this land tax
which amounts to about lifty millions of
dollars per annum.
"The mode of living among the Japa
nese! fanners is surprisingly simple and
inexpensive. Their houses arc mere shells
of wood, without cellars, chimneys, glass,
or paint. Tho doors, windows nnd parti
tions aro all made to slide, anil consist
chielly of light wooden sash covered with
thin, translucent paper, and without
hinges, locks, or permanent fastenings.
Evciypart is so slight and loose that a
foreigner wonders how such a structure
stands in a high wind. 1 ho roof is the
most substantial portion, and holds the
house together and in its place by its
weight. In the older towns and villages
excellent tiles of sioncwaro aro used for
roofing; but in this country isolated farm
buildings are often heavily thatched with
straw or grass. In Vezo the roofs are
covered with split shingles, or piceos of
liirch-bark, which are kept in position by
logs of wood or Hat stones.
" There aro usually no tables in a Jap
anese farm house; but the food is brought
in on lacquered trays with legs which
raise them a few inches from the floor.
The dishes from which the food is eaten
are lacquered wood of the size and shape
of a deep tea saucer, and ihe knives, forks,
and spoons of western civilization are en
tirely replaced by the much cheaper chop
sticks of ee-lar-wood. It is the business of
the cook to cut up and prepare food so that
it can be picked to pieces and poked into
tho mouth with the sticks, assisted by
timely inhalation of the breath. The
couking is 1I0110 chiefly by boiling
or steaming In covered kettles of
iron or copper. Making and roasting
are not common operations in Japanese
cooking, as It read and meat are rarely
eaten. Tho Universal substitute for breall
is steamed rice, which is eaten without
salt, sugar, milk, butter, or oil. It con
stitutes by fir the greater part of the
daily food or the agricultural population,
and is both easy ()f digestion and very nu
tritious." Concerning the well known Japanese
propensity for doing things in what np-
pears to us a very backhanded style, Pres
ident Clark says :
" Tuis fashion of checking a horse's
head down, instead of ', is only one 'of
many ways in which the .Japanese reverse
our methods. They back their horses
into their stalls so that they cannot kick
anil can no conveniently lcil. They ap
proach and lead them on what we call the
' oft'' side, and they mount and dismount
on the same t ide, lu-tcad of admiring:
long, llowing tail, those who can afford it
lie up this ornamental appendage in nn
elegant silk bag; and a stilish rider,
despising an arching neck, tries to make
his spirited steed stick his muzzle straight
out, so that his nose shall be high in the
nir and on a level with his cars. To ac
complish this, ho stretches his arms as far
forward as possible, and sei.es Ins reins
about six inches from tlio bit. Finally,
Japanese horses, in a land abounding in
excellent iron and skillful blacksmiths,
are Mind with shoes of straw, and aro often
led on looked food. Blacksmiths sit,
while .11 work, the anvil and lire being on
the ground, ami blow the bellows with
iln-ir loirs. Carpenters and tailors hold
their work Willi the same members, anil
the former draw the saw and the plane
towards them in cutting, instead of shoving
them away. They fasten pieces of wood
together willi pegs of bamboo, instead of
nails, cut square doles Willi chisels lor
pins in joining limber, instead of boring
round ones willi augers, find deK)iid large
ly upon dowclling nnd dovetailing for
strength. In writing, the Japancso begin
at what we call Iho last pago of a book,
though not at the bottom of it, -but at the
lop ; yet not at tho left hand corner, but at
the right h ind one; nevertheless, they do
not proceed Irom light to left, but from
lop to bottom, so Hint all lines aro vortical ;
and, in reading, they begin til tho la-t
column, and having (hushed that begin at
the top of the one next to it on the loft,
and so on to the place called by ns the
beginning. The title of a book is always
printed on 1110 Iront edges ol ttie loaves,
instead of on the back of the cover, rtnd
every leaf is double instead of single, and
so the paiK-r is printed only on one side.
Candles in Dai Nippon do not tit into a
socket of the candlestick, but are made
hollow so as to slip on it. Japanese do
not kiss nor rub noses, nor shake bands,
nor rise up, in saluting, but show their
respect for each other by repeated bowing,
rubbing their own shins with open bands.
or by touching tho forehead to the floor or
Tub Scandinavian Fakjif.ks. The
Scandinavians aro the most hardy, thrifty
and economical of the immigrants to this
country. They have settled in Wisconsin,
Minnesota and Northern Iowa in large
numbers and have cultivated farms. Most
of them came hero very poor, and with
little more than the clothes on their hacks
settled down on a farm from 40 to 80
acres, built sod houses, and Bet to work.
They spent nothing, snved everything,
paiil as they went along, and ns a natural
consequence have grown to be wealthy
When lirst starting out in life, with onlv
their hands to depend upon, thoir thrifty
nanus were wont to do characterized by
their more reckless neighbors in tho fol
lowing extravagant language: " They
sell what they can what they can't Bell
they givo to the pigs, and what tho hogs
won't cat they cat themselves."
Among the large number of Scandina
vians who have gone into the states named
few aro not to day independent of tho
world. And thev have added millions to
tho capital of thoir adoptod States. Where
Eastern people and thosa of other nation
alities have failod, the Scandinavians have
Mr. A. V. II. Carpenter, tho gonoral
ticket agent of tho Milwaukee and St.Paul
railroad company, was probably the first
among the railroad managers of the north
west to discover the benefit that this sec
tion would derive from these hardy set
tlers, and to everyway encourage their
locating in places that his lines would
reach. Mr. Carpenter knew that thous
ands of these pcoplo landed in the United
States too poor to get away from the sea
board, but he was not tho man to let them
remain there, His agents were directed
and did in all cases see that the poor emi
grants wero sent. Iftheyhadno money,
it made 110 difference on they went. At
many of his depots, provisions were piled
up in largo amounts to feed the hungry;
ami me wnole tiling was a good harvest
for the new comers.
Good news travels as well as bad news,
and ten years ago the emuiigrant cars of
the St. Paul road were crowded daily with
Scandinavians going to their now homes.
Other lines, and other sections wondered
why tho inducements they offered did not
secure immigration, but they could only
When tho great rush was over and Mr.
Carpenter's success was shown, much
surprise was expressed that he should be
so liberal at so large an expense. " It is
not charity," was bis reply. "Everyone
of these men will boeomo farmers, and
every 0110 of them will in two yeaas have
from 130 to 000 bushels of grain to send
over our lines."
Such was the case, and the great rail
road has realized millions of dollars
through the foresight of ono of its officers
that would not have been touched for
years. 1 here is 110 question but for the
act ol .Mr. (Jarpctiler, thousands of these
men would have gone fin other direct
ions, and the benelit his road is now de
riving from them would have been lost
To Cut Class Without a Diamond.
Carpenters, joiners and cabinet makers
aic frequently called upon to lit glass to
names or sashes where no glass has been
prepared to suit. Under such circumstan
ces it would be well to know how to cut
glass to answer their purpose without the
nil oi a diamond.
Manv persons may not be aware that
glass can be cut under water Willi great
ease, to almost any shape, by simply using
1 pair ot sliears or strong scissors. In
order to insure success, two points must
be attended to lirst and most important,
the glass must bu kept quite level in the
water whilo the scissors are applied; and
secondly, to avoid risk, it is better to be
gin cutting, by taking off small piecies at
the cornel's and along the edges, and so
reduce the shape gradually to that re
quired, as it any ellort is made to cut
the glass all at once to the shape, as we
would cut a piece of cardboard, it will
most likely break just where it is not
Some kinds of glass cut much better
than others, the softer classes beina the
best for this purpose. The scissors need
not be at all sharp, as their action does
not appear to depend on the state of the
edge presented to the glass.
When the operation goes on well, the
glass breaks away from the scissors in a
straight line with the blades. This mode
of cutting glass has often been of service
when a diamond has been at hand, for
culling ovals and segments, and though
the edges are not so smooth as might be
desired for some purposes, yet it will an
swer in a great many cases. The two
hints given above, if closely followed,
will always Insure success. Illustrated
Does IIek Own Wouk. Does she?
What of it? Is it any disgrace? Is she any
less a truu woman, less worthy of respect,
than she who sits in silks nnd satins, and
is vain of lingers that never labor? Wo
listened to this sneer a few days ago, nnd
the tone in which it was spoken betokened
a narrow ignoble mind, better lilted for
any place than a country whose institutions
rest on honorable labor as one of the chief
corner-stones. It evinced a false idoa of
the true basis of society, of true woman
hood, of genuine- nobility, it showed the
detestable spirit of easle, of rank, which a
certain class aro trying to establish a
easle whose sole foundation Is money, and
is Ihe meanest kind of rank known to
civilisation. Minds, manners, morals, all
that eiders into a good character, and aro
of no account with these social snobs;
position in their stilted ranks is bought
with gold, and each additional dollar is
another round in tho ladder by which
elevation is gained.
At so Much Puis Foot Faix. Some
years since (hero was a case in New
Hampshire where a train left tho falls and
went down a steep bank. Among the in
jured was a farmer, who soon after receiv
ed a call Irom the company's attorney with
a view to ' settle." The lawyor said be
wanted to do the fair thing, expressed his
conlidenco that the injured man would ox-
peet nothing more, and asked what amount
would satisfy bun. " Lot 1110 see," said tho
farmer. " how far did I fall?" ' About
twenty-six feet, I think," answered tho
attorney. " Suppose wo say a dollar n
fopt?" liniidly suggested the fanner,
" would Unit be too high?" Tho case was
settled then and there. llonton 'Iranscript.
A goullcuian traveling on a Hudson
river steamer, ono day at dinner was
making away, with a largo pudding close
by, when ho was told by a servant that il
was a dessert. "It matters not to mo,"
said he; " I would cat it if it were a wilderness."
In tho valley, centuries aito.
Grew a little fern leaf, green and slender
Veining delicate and fibers tender;
Wavlnc when the winds crept down so low.
Hushes tall, and moss and grass grew round il.
Playful sunbeams darted in and found it:
Drops of dew stole down by night ami crowned it
Uut no foot or man e'ere came that way,
EailU was young and keeping holiday.
Useless ? Lost ? Tuero camo a thoughtful man ,
Searching nature's secrets far and deep
From a Unsure in a rocky steep
lie withdrew a atone o'er which there ran
Fairy pencilinga, a quaint design,
Leafage, velmngs flaers clear and lino,
Aud the fern's life lay In every lino I
So, I think, Jol hides some souls away,
Sweetly to surprise us the last day I
TI1K SII.VF.lt l.IMMi.
There's sever a day so sunny
But a little cloud appears;
There's neror a life so happy
Hut lias had its time of tcars;
Yct the sun shines out the brighter
When the stormy tempest clears.
There's never a garden (trowing
With roses in every plot;
There's never a heai t so hardened
Ilut It has one tender spot;
We have only to prone the border
To And theforgot-mo-not.
There's never a cup so pleasant
Uut has bitter wtih the sweet;
There's never a patli so rugged
That bears not the prints of feet;
And we baveahclper promised
For the trials we may meet.
There's never a sun that rises
But wo know 'twill BOt at night:
The tints that gleam in the morning,
At evening are just as bright;
And the hour that is the Bwcetcst
Is bcU-ncu tho dark and light
There's never a dreain that's happy
But tho waking makes us sad ;
There's never a dream of sorrow
But the waking makes us glad;
We shall look somo day Willi wonder
At tho troubles we have bad.
There's never a way so narrow
But the entrance is made straight ;
There's aiwnys a guide to point us
To tho " little wlckot gato";
And tho angels wil 1 bo nearer
To a soul that is dosolate.
There's never a heart so haughty
But will some day bow and kncol;
There's never a hoart so wounded
'1 fiat tho Saviour cannot heal ;
There's many a lowly forehead
That is bcariug the hidden seal.
There's never a day so sunny
But a little cloud appears;
There's never n lilo so happy
But had its timo of tears;
Vol the sun shines out the brighter
When tho stormy tompeBt clears.
A Passing Cloud.
T.V MAI1Y C. HAUTI.E'rr.
Well, yes, I can't say but I do get sick
of the sight of Vienna creams and plain
rolls once in a while, and as for cake, I
don't think I've tasted a bit for these two
years; but. standing behind the counter
week in and week out, as I do, one sees a
great deal of human nature. Being upon
the corner of the two streets, the shop is
very handy for tho bos. I like bovs:
always did. It's never any trouble to me
to have them around. One cold, stormy
morning in November it makes me laugh
now to think of it, but I didn't feci like
laughing then -a whole party of them
were standing around the store, and we
were talking in quite a sociable way.when
in walked Mr. Sampson. Thev all Blurt
ed, and wero rushing out as if they'd been
caught at the money dawer, but I stopped
uteiu. ioys, saiti 1, tvnai s your liurry?
They turned, and came back, lookino-
sheepish enough. Mr. Sampson chatted
with them awlnlo, then ho went off into
the bake house. As soon as he was irone
the boys turned to me. Wo didn't know
as he'd like to see any of us here.said Sam
bldridge, the minister's- son. Don t vou
ever trouble yourselves about that, said I
What he doesn't allow when he's here will
never lie allowed by me when he isn t.
W hen he does not want you vou mav be
pretty sure 1 shall let you know. Ho gavo
me a look with those keen eyes of his.and
his face flushed up like a girl's. I bee
your pardon, said he You're a gentle
man, said 1, and it s granted. Hut let me
give you all a piece of advice. Never go
in where you'll have to sneak 01U. They
laughed, and we shook hands all around,
with a gootl many lino speeches, but we
were belter friends than ever after that.
Well, Sam Eldridire, he was in and out
every day nearly. He was such a bright.
wide-awake little Icllow that tho sndit of
his face did mo good. Ho liked to hear
about uiy old home, too, and the salmou
lismng, and the logging.and all that.so we
got along famously together. It happened
just about this time that Jerrv Lake.one of
our drivers, was taken, and wo wero look
ing around for somebody to take tho early
route. 'Twasn't a very desirable place.for
they started out before light, but for all
that wo had a number of applications.
Mr. Sampson and I were talking the
matter over one day when Sam had drop
ped in to warm his hands.
Why couldn't you tako me? said ho.
You! answered Mr. Sampson with a
But when we wero alone, I found, to my
surprise, that Sam was in dead earnest.
I'm used to driving.said ho.and if I wasn't
that old bread-and-eako horse could drive
himself. I can do it. I know I can.
It isn't only the driving, said I. It's the
bread here, and the cake there, and the
rolls in another place. Pies and dough
nuts thrown in.
Just as if I couldn't throw in pies and
doughnuts! Try mo, and see.
But there are the orders to bo taken.
Well, I can write.
It would iuterfere wilh vonr studies
Your father and mother would never con
I don't study heforo breakfast, at this
time of tho year, and father and mother
are going away next week. Aunt Aman
da is very sick, and wants to see thorn.
They will stay a fortnight, sure perhaps
longor. I shouldn't havo to ask them.
You'll never got a place here without
asking them, said I, hut what in tho world
you want to get up at four o'clock, and
drive around in the cold for, is more llian
I can make-out.
Why, said ho, I thought I told you. I
want somo Christmas money. Father's
terribly scrimped this year. Ho can't be
gin to give me what I want.
Well, tho long and short of it was that
ho pleaded so hard that Mr. Sampson told
him if his parents gavo him leavo he
might come. Now Sam didn't want his
mother to know of his earning money.
Uo'd set his heart upon "Wins her ono of
those long-haired black muffs at Christmas
and no wanted it to be a complete surprise.
So, tho night heforo they went away he
told her ho had a plan in his head, and
asked her if she wouldn't givo her consent
without knowing what it was. lie had al
ways beeu a' trustworthy boy, so she felt
mat sue could depend upon hiuf, and as he
gave his word that there wasn't a bit of
mischief in it, she and his father both Raid
yes, and ho came over, as proud as a pea
cock, to tell us about it.
It must have boon lonosouio enough for
the poor follow, with his folks all away.
His little sister Mamie went, loo, and he
was left all alone. He look his meals at
Deacon Rokor'B, just opposite, and slept at
homo. I saw inoro of him than ever now,
for he used to run in often of un cvenin"
lieforo we shut up. Once or twice I un
dertook to pity him, but I soon found that
ho wasn t the kind to be fussed ot'er. Don t
you see, ho would say, that it's just Ihe
luckiest thing for mo that ever was.-" II
mother was at home.I couldn't rush out of
the house at four o'clock in the morning
without her knowing why and tbero would
Iw :m end of my fun.
Mr. Sampson said he never had 11 boy
who learned the route so quick. He went
with him for two or threo mornings, and
then Sain was already to try il alone. He
had a systematic way of taking things that
reminded us ! his father; and he was so
bright and pleasant spoken that tho eusto
mers all liked hini.
Well, the fortnight passed, nnd then lie
bad a letter from his mother, saying that
her sister was failing t'ast.and she couldn't
bear to leave ber. His f ther was coming
homo, but she must stay; nnd soon after
that came word Hint his father hail sprain
ed his knce.and couldn't stir. It did seem
as if Mrs. Eldriilge hail trouble upon
trouble. Sam looked pretty solnr. but in
spite of it all, I could see that he felt a
little bit glad that he was to bo alone a
For everything was going on nieoly.aad
there nendn t have been a bit of trouble, ii
it hadn't been for Deacon Iloker's wife.
She came into Ihe shop one nifjit at dusk
to see about having a loaf of cake frosted.
She wouldn't trust rue with the errand, but
must see tho foreman herself, so into the
bake house she marched.and there sat Sam
upon a flour barrel, figuring away for dear
There's the pics for Henderson, throe
lozen and a half of buns for Westovcr.
be.lilcs the rolls for (ho looked up sud
denly) Oh, Mrs. Roker! Won't you sit
What on! she asked eluuilv. and well
she might ask, for there was nothing iu
signi out nreati troughs and Hour barrels.
Shu did her errand, and wont out. She
never said a word to mo, and sho didn't
ask Sam a question, but sho watched him
pretty close, and whenever she got a
chance she gavo him a word about picking
his csmpauy. choosing the best, and not
lowering himself, and all that. It was
very good advice, but the best advice
needs to he given witli tact, and seasoned
wilh good will. Mrs. Roker always gavo
hers when she felt like it, and wasn't par
ticular abo it the seasouing. It seemed
natural for her to meddle with other folks'
business, and I don't suppose sue could
help it. Sam stood it pretty well for
awhile, and never let oil to her that he
minded it a bit.
But, as bad luck would havo it, just be
fore Jerry Lako got out again, Deacon
lloucr was sick one night, and she had to
bo up and down wilh him hy spells unlil
morning ;nnd as things wilfhappen some
times, she went to the window to look cut
just as Sam was leaving his house. Sho
saw him go down the street and you can
imagine lliat sho did some pretty tall
thinking between that and sunrise.
When Sam en mo in lo breakfast, she
went at him. Asked him right before tho
boarders what very important business it
was that took him out of bed that hour in
Ihe morning. Of course ho was all taken
aback, and stammered and blushed as if he
had been doing some dreadful thing, but
he wouldn't tell her what Ihe very viqw
Uud business was, and at laBt she got
angry, and said some pretty hard things;
and Sam I'm sorry lo say it, though 1
really can't blame him Sam just told her
ho wished she'd attend to her own affairs,
and let him alone.
He felt quite cut up about it. He wasn't
an impudent boy naturally, but he said the
words came out of themselves. I told him
he ought to apologize.
Mrs. Itoker's a lady, said I, and
No she isn't said he, interrupting.
Well, she thinks she is, aud wo know
you're a gentleman.
Ho laughed and colored. It doesn't
look much like it, does il? said he, and he
walked straight out of the shop.
The next tune he came ho told mo that
ho had apologized just ns handsomely as
he know how. lint I don't know whether
sho forgives me or not, said ho and I don't
much care. She says she hopes I'm not
doing anything to disgrace myself, but she
feels thai I need a father's care, and if
mine wasn't coming home soon she should
write and tell him of my strange behav
ior. I didn't answer. Thought I might
have to apologize again if I did, and I
didn't want to keep up that sort of thing
Well, said I, I'm thankful lhat Jerry's
got back, and I'm more thankful vet that
your father's coming soon. I shall wash
my hands of you then, and it will bo a
llu laughed, but a customer camo in
just then, and he made no answer. I
didn't see him again until Mr. Sampson
paid him for his services, when he went
off us happy as a king, with ten dollars
and fifty cents in his pocket.
His folks came homo a day or two
afterward, and he was glmi. enough lo soo
them, ile was a real mother boy, and it
was. first time he had been separated from
her for any length of timo. Ho loved his
father, too, hut ho was pretty strict, and
had a stern way with him that made the
children half afraid of hiin.
Sam camo in to see lis, as usual, hut
after awhile, 1 began lo notico that he
seemed sober aud quiet, as if something
weighed on his mind. I tlidn't ask any
questions. I thought if ho wanted mo lo
know what ailed him he'd tell me
But one morning Mamie Eldridge came
came running in, looking just ready to
cry. Father wants to know if you won't
please come over right away, saitl sho.
Me! I exclaimed in amazement.
Yes, you. Can't you come, pleusc?
I don't sec how I can, said 1, for thero's
nobody to leavo tho shop with. What's
tho matter? Is Sam sick?"
No, Sam isu't sick, and I don't know
exactly what is the matter, but you
must come. Father here sho broke down
and did cry as if her heart would break
I stepped into tho b.iko-honso and asked
tlio foreman if ho cotiltln t have an eyo to
tho customers for a few moments, and
without waiting for his answer, I put on
my things and went. Mamie wiped her
eyes, and protended she hadn't been cry
ing, but neither of us said much. We
didn't feel like it.
Air. Eldridge was watching (or us, and
he opened the door. Ho took mo into the
library, and there, upon a stool by the lire,
sat my poor boy, his eyes looking so like
his fathers's that I fairly started, and his
laeo as paie as a ghost.
His mother sat upon a loungo quite near
him. Ile tlidn't seem lo notice her. or any
one else. Ile was gazing straight into the
lire, and his faco had a si range, unnatural
look, as if s Jino great trouble had suddenly
set him apart from all his friend.
Miss Adams, said the minister, will you
tell me if my son has over received any
money from your establishments? ''
Yes, sir, said I, ho has.
Ten dollars and a half.
Did he receive a ten dollar bill?
For doing what?
I told him. No one spoke for a mo
ment, then, to my astonishment, the min
ister went up lo Sam and held out his
hand. Cod be thanked, said lie, that my
son is innocent. Forgive me, my boy. ftir
my unjust judgment.
Sam looked up. His face was white
and set. Father, said ho, you wouldn't,
believe mo, I can't forgive you yet. If I
wero to say I tlid, I should be just what
you thought mo a linr.
O, my boy, my boy! said Ihe minister.
Can't you see that 1 have been hard with
you just as I should Iciye linen hard with
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2,
myself? Can't you see that it is just bo .
cause you are a part of myself that I did
Ile stopped. The hand' which he still
held out was trembling, but Sam sprang 1
up nnd took it in both of his. I see, I see. 1
lather, lie cried. J ion I ask me to forirjvo
.(on. I can't stand that; but do please
believe in me, for indeed, indeed, I wilt
try to be good.
Dcnr me! It makes Iho toars come now
to think of it, and they came fast cnouidi
then, I can tell you. Though I didn't
know what the trouble was.) cried so that
I was ashamed of myself, and Mrs. El
dridge kept wiping her eyes. Mamie
nadn t beeu in the room at all. 1 lotind
out afterward that the poor child was sob
bing away in her own littlo chamber
through tho wholo of it.
All at once it camo to me that as I had
said my say, there was 110 need of my in
truding myself up- n them any longer. I
was slipping quietly out of tho room.when
Sam said suddenly.
Mother, yon haven t thanked Miss
Adams for coming. You must thank her.
too, for her kindness while you were away.
She's been like a mother to me.
Nonsense! " saitl I. It. made mo
ashamed to hear him speak so, for what
Kaa 1 done !
She has, he persisted. She knows how
to play mother.
And then but I can't begin to tell you
what they all said, and I wouldn't if I
could, i couldn't seo that I deserved it at
all. It uade mo feel like a goose, and I
told then so.
' In the midst of it all, Sam happened to
think tint they hadn't told 1110 why I was
sent for. Well, Mrs. linker was at the
bottom f the trouble, as I suspected.
She went at the minister and his wife as
soon as they came home about Sam's
queer behavior; told them she was quite
suro he had gol into bad company, and if
she was b their plaoo she would know
wiiero Ib went at four o'clock in the
morning. They didn't think much of it at
first, (or Ihey believo in Sam its they be
lieve in the sun, but constant dropping
win wonr a stone, they say, anil at last,
without really feeling that ho had done
wrong, they began to distrust him ; and
when he begged them not to ask where
he went in tho morning, his father shook
his hcadand his mother looked sober; and
somehow, though they didn't say so, Sam
fell the; were loosing conlidenco in him,
and il lurt him dreadfully.
Bui things camo to a climax when the
minlstir lost a Ion-dollar bill. He was
sure he left it in his dressing-gown pocket,
but it (otililn.t bo found.
Ono day Maiuio,in rummaging in Sam's
drawci for a piocc of twine, came across
his prtcious 11 oney, and what did she do
but lake it out and bring il down stairs for
her falser to see. Of course, it did seem
strange that the boy should have stu b a
sum liiJtlen away, and a horrible suspicion
came iito tlio minister's mind.
It was a dreadful lime for Sam; for
though his mother absolutely refused lo
believe liiin guilty, his father was so stern
and severe that tho poor fellow's heart
was bo;b hardened nnd broken, if such a
thing cm be. He told them at once where
Ihe money came from, but, as you already
know, his father refused to believe him
unlil I had continued tho story.
It wis a black, black cloud, but I be
iievo tie sun shone brighter after it. It
seemed as If Sam nnd his father loved
each oilier a great ileal better. It was
just as if each of them had seen a little
bit ot .'iimsclf in tlio olhor, which he was
bound to respect and ruako allowance for.
Sam thought at lirst that his Christmas
was spoiled, but it wasn't; for the muff
was as much a surprise as if his mother
hadn t seen the money that bought it. 1
went over to their merry making by
pecial invitation. This pin came from
their tree. It was done up iu a nice little
iox, and directed to " My other Mother."
Sam's work, vou know.
About that bill! Oh, yes. I forget lo
tell you that when Mrs Kldridgo came to
lenii House she lound it rolled up 111 a lit
tlo wad, just under the edge of tho library
carpet. How tlid it get there? Well, lhat
I can t tell you, and 1 tlon t believe the
minister could cither. Strange things will
happen sometimes, you know. From the
r.xammcr ana (Jlironuuc.
Almost every family has a spare bed.
It is generally in a spare room, remote
from the living room, where it would
never feel Ihe influence of a'iy lire that
would usually be kindled ; or iu a chamber
with no arrangement for wanning it in
winter. Into this spare room aud spare
bed company are put, frequently without
the least thought that there is tho slightest
dangxr of injuring their guests. This is
done with tho kindest intentions, out of
respect to their fiiends, who they wish
might enjoy the best they havo. Strong,
healthy persons, in the vigor of life, might
not experience any serious inconvenience.
Not tho feeble or old aged. Many under
these circumstances have taken a cold that
has brought on severe cough, sometimes
congestion of tho lungs ami oven death
It ought to be known that an unoccupied
bed in a cold room in winter not only bo-
co lies cold, out also gamers moisture, and
is dangerous to tho most robust and
healthy, but especially so to the aged and
infirm. Nono are more exposed to this
danger than the ministers who preach with
two or more churches alternately. Some
times they arrive at tho house where they
intend to spend the night late in the day.
thoroughly fatigued and chilled; or at the
close of the labors of the Sabbath are
completely prostrated. In either ease the
sysiem requires rest and comfort, and is
in a poor condition to be taxed with an
extra efl'ort to keep up animal heat in a
cold, damp bed, anil the result is a sleep
loss uight, cold and hoarseness in ihe
morning, protracted cough, congestion or
consumption nnd death.
These dangers are easily remedied.
The least trouble, perhaps, whore it oan
lie done, is to kindle a tire in the room,
or in an adjoining room, nnd open tho bed
room door an hour or two before it is to
be occupied; or it may bo warmed by a
hot soapstone, bottles of hot water or tno
old fashioned "warorng-pan." or by ap
plvinn beat in any way that a thoughtful
woman can lind out. Extra quilts nnd
comforters will afford no protection. Tho
colli mid dampness anil dangers aro in the
bed. Horning War;
SififiKSTioNS About Sewing. Hero
are a few that may bu useful lo young
seamstresses: Iiong cloth and linen
should bo scalded heforo you work on
them in order to render llieni soft enough
for tho needle to pass through easily; but
should you he unablo from haste or other
circumstances to havo this done, tako a
cake of soap and rub it on the part you
are going to sew or hem; you will lind
vour neodlo will then slip along with the
greatest caso, and you will run no risk of
breaking it. Young ladies who havo tho
care of their own linen, and perhaps have
their own allowance for dress, should tako
a few hours on a fixed day, weekly, to
look over their clothos, ami do any small
repairs that may bo needed. They will
lind tho truth of this wiso old adage, "A
stiloh in timo saves nino," and will make
their linen last as long again as it would
otherwise do. In washing now embroid
ery after it is cut out, pour boiling water
upon il; let il stand from twenty minutes
to half mi hour, rub lightly with hands
dry and press on the wrong side. This
takes out the stiffening so that llw ni iehme
does pot r.ui il.
THE l)00.11i:i .MAN.
There Is a time, we know not when,
A point, we know not where,
That makes the destiny of men,
To glory or dOBuair.
There is a line by us unseen.
That crosses every path.
The hidden boundary between
tiou's patience and His wratb.
To pas that limit is to die,
To die as if by stealth
It docs not quench the benmlug eye,
Or pale the glow of health.
Tho conscience may be still at ease,
The spirit light and gay;
That which plessing, still may please,
And care is thrust away.
But on tlio forehead God haa set,
Indelibly a maik
Unseen by man . for man as yet
- Is blind, and in the dai k.
But. angels know the fatal sign,
And tremble at Uie sight;
And devils trace onch livid line
With desperate delight.
And yet the doom'd man's path below,
Like Euen may havo bloomed
He did not, does not, will not knew,
Or I'eol that ho is doomed.
He knows, he feels that all is well,
And every Tear is calmed ;
lie lives, he dios, he awakes In hell,
Not ouly doomed, but damned.
O, whero is thy mysterious bourno,
By which our path is crossed,
Beyond which (jod himscll hath awotn,
That be who goes is lost ?
How far may we go on sin ?
How long will God lorbcar?
Where docs hope end, ana where begin
The confines of despair?
An nnswer from Iho skies is sent
. Ye Unit from Uod depart,
Whilo it is called to-day, repent,
Aud harden not yoar hoart.
The Thread of Life.
Once upon a lime there was a littlo boy
called Allied, who thought mat uie was a
great ileal too slow; that it was too bad to
be such a litue boy lor so long, and to
actually have a nurse to look after him
like a baby.
One dav as Alfred was grumbling about
all this, over a slice of bread and molas
ses, he felt a kind of shock quiver through
him, which made him blink his eyes, nnd
when he opened them again there was a
Ho know that he was a genius, because
he did not look like anything else, and
therefore ho must be lhat and nothing
Little boy. said the genius, " I know
what you are grumbling about, nnd I am
going to give you your wish. Here, lie
said, showing bun a spool ot tnreati, here
is the thread of vour life. Now, whenever
you want to get older, aud mako time
pass, just pull tins inroad, nnu nays,
months years, even, will lly like minutes.
Alfred rcd.lened with delight as he grasped
his life; ho couldn't speaK for astonish
ment, but he made a low bow, and when
he looked up again the genius had van
ished. Now, he thought gladly, I'll soon
row out of Mary Ann's reach, nnd he
pulled the thread.
Immediately ho Hill hnnsell growing up,
and when he looketl in the glass he found
that he hail grown into a boy of sixlocn.
His joy at being rid of bis nurso was not
very long-lived, for soon a stern looking
tutor made his appearance, and desired
him to come instantly and road a chapter
f Creek. Now Ibis did not please Alfred
ivnv more than his earlier trials, anil after
a few days, although he always pulled the
thread at lesson time, ho got very tired of
having a tutor always with him, scolding
him for not making any progress in his
studies ; he decided that it was a great
bore, and that ho would bo a young mau
in business. I'll pull again, ho said. No
sooner said than done, un raising 111s nand
to his mouth he felt a moustache there.
and immediately became very proud.
Then he found himself in business. For
a short time his now life was very pleasant
to him, but when a few weeks had passed
he began to envy his employers, and wish
that he wero a married man with a One
position. Soon the desire to pull his
thread became irresistible; ho pulled
igain, and lo! tbero he was, in a beautiful
house of his own, with a family of pretty
hildren around hini.and a charming wife;
but tho children made such a noise and
took up so much of his wile's lime that he
soon wished lhat he might have a quiet
homo, with his children all grown up and
settled. Again he pulled, and when he
looked in the mirror his hair and beard
were streaked with gray!
' Oh,' ho sighed, " 1 am getting old'. 1
wish that I could retire from business. I
long for the quiet days when I shall have
made enough to spend a peaceful old ago."
One day, when he was very much wor
ied with business, he found the spool in
his hand, and could uot resist pulling the
thread with such impatience lhat only a
tiny cortl remained, and ho found himself
But. alas! great difficulties surrouuded
him now, and kept him from enjoying his
retired ease, for lie had no teelli lett witll
which to eat apples and tried potatoes: his
sight was dim and his step uncertain, nnd
in a very little while he was lying on his
bed tortured with rheumatism, and groan
ing bitterly, as ho repented losing the
many years that ho might have enjoyed.
.Manv times nis trembling nanus toon
up ihe spool with its liny bit of thread,
and he wished that he had courago to give
ono 111010 pull, that an end might bo put
to his sullerings. But ho was terribly
ifraitl ol doing it, lor what would become
of him then?
At last, after many days of pain and re
gret, ono evening he was looking nt Iho
spool, and had hold of the littlo remnant
of his life-thread, when suddenly a spasm
of pain made linn start so that ho jerked
off the remaining hit of life, and fell back,
at rest forever!
Thus Alfred managed his life for him
self, and ran through it all in Hist two
months from the day on which genius had
given bun the spool. a. i. Keening rost,
Gasmcht and the Eves. An official
report made to tho Prussian government,
bv medical cxpesls on tho cllcot of gas
light in living, states some facts of interest
in that connection. According to the
previous experiences of occnlists, no
injurious effect of the eyes of pupils has
been observed, when it has been used
properly, anil especially whero arrange
ments are present to protect tho eyes from
tbo direct lntiuoiicn ol tho bright llamo
In general, says tho report, shades and
globes servo lor this purpose; the dark.
totally opaque, tin shades are, howover.
very injurious, ami all complaints against
tilt! use of gaslight are referablo almost
universally to these improper contrivances
for with, those tho eye stays in total
darkness, but looks upon a brightly ilium
inatod surface, so that a dazzling and
over irritation or super-oxcitement of the
cyo result with all their attendant injurious
results Globes of milk glass, are, how
ever, very suitable, as thoy dill'uso tho
light, and are safe for Iho eyes.
A contemporary h;rs liccn asked: "Can
a man belong lo a brass band and lie a
Christian?" It replies: " Wo see 110
impediment in the way. But if ho is a
member of a brass band, and is given to
practicing on a cornet or trombone at
liouie, il is an iniHissiliility fur tho man
living next door to be a Christian."
Words of Wisdom.
Somo hearts are seen only at dead low
Most people's compassion is worse than
To be dumb for the remainder of life is
lietlcr than to speak falsely.
He is the only rich man in tho world
who has learned to be content with what
No man knows the highest happiness
of life until he knows the happiness of
Fire and sword are but slow engines of
destruction in comparison with the bab
Life would bo Insupportable if pain
over a great loss preserved Its bitterness
for a long time.
If you sweep your own doorsteps clean
you will have little time to criticize lho-e
of your neighbor.
Many a man who feels himself great
among littlo pcoplo would tind himself
little among great people.
Live within your means and nobody
will know how much you have ahead ;
but the moment you borrow a cent people
will know how poor you aro.
Women and men of retiring timidity
are cowardly only in dangers which affect
themselves, but the first 10 rescue when
others are endangerotl.
No man will excel in ms profession 11 he
thinks himself above it ; and commerce
will not flourish in any country where
commerce is not respected
Mere Immensity of size always astounds;
but our wonder at the vast results accom
plished by comparatively slight means
remains the longest wilh us.
Killing a Mouse. A gentleman, who
was exceedingly averso to that little animal
denominated a mouse, was one day travel
ing, and, as night set in, put up at a coun
try inn. After supper lie retired to his
room, cafffully examining tlio corners
and crevices to ascertain if there wero any
holes from which those littlo marauders
might be likely to issue forth, but finding
nono, he divested himself of his wearing
apparel, anil consigned hinself to the
guardian care of Morpheus- After sleep
ing soundly for about threo hours, he again
became conscious of his existence in this
world of transitory bliss, but being some
what in a dreamy state, he had no clear
perception as to what might disturb his
disordered imagination. As ho was thus
lying, midway between sloop and con
sciousness, he beard something go pit-pit-pit
upon the table, which closely approxi
mated to the bead of tho bedstead on
which he was sleeping. Ho listened more
attentively, nnd observed, very softly to
himselt, " As 1 live, this house is beset
with those informal mice, and there is
one now gnawing at something 011 the
table." So saying he slipped as noiselessly
out of bed as possible, and feeling for his
boot, took bold ot tbo toe part ot it, and,
the heel upraised, very softly approached,
on tip toe, his intended victim. When
close enough lo be in striking distance, he
again listened, and to his delight, found
the noise still there; he then raised bis
arm, and wilh unerring precision, let fall
the heel of his boot upon his own beauti
ful gold repeater, that he had placed upon
the table on going to bed, that bad made
tho noise, and which now lay smashed
A man advertises for " competent per
sons to undertake the sale of a new medi
cine," and adds " it will bo profitable to
the undertaker. No doubt of it.
An English paper says tho question of
using iron and steel rails, that has so long
porplexed railway companies, has been
finally settled in favor of tho former.exper
iments having resulted in making a first-
class rail of great durability out of Cleave-
land iron. Ihe rails so produced are
believed to be more lusting than steel,
while much cheaper, and when worn out
oan be worKeu over again, wnuo stoci
Heroic Self-denial. In a battle
against the Spaniards,fought at Warnsliold,
n the sixteenth century on ocnaii 01 the
Dutch, Sir Philip Sydney was fatally
wounded. As ho lay on the field in agony
and parched with thirst, his devoted fol
lowers brought linn a vessel ot water
procured at a distance with great difliculiy
during the heat of the battle. But, seeing
soldier lying near mangled like himscll
and apparently expiring. Sir Philip refus
ed tho water, saying, "Give it to that poor
man, his sufferings are greater than mino!"
Remedy for Wakts. Warts are very
troublesomo nnd disfiguring. Ihe fol
lowing is a perfect cure, even of tho lar
gest, without leaving any scar. It is a
Frenchman's prescription, and has been
tested by the writer: Tako a small piece
of raw beef, steep it all night in vinegar,
cut as much from it as will coyer tho wart
and tie it on it; if the excresenco is on the
forehead, fasten it on with strips of stick
ing plaster. It may be removed in the
day nnd put on every night. In ono fort-
nmlit Iho wart will dry ana peol oil. ine
same prescription will euro corns.
Prof. Henry Morton, of tho Stevens'
Institute, pleasantly suggests tho utiliza
tion of phosphorescence as a means of
producing light. lie says 11 wo couiii
paint our walls with such a body.it would,
' as it wero. nbsorb light during the day,
and then emit it during tho night; and it
would only be nocessary to nave curtains
to draw over our luminous walls at night
to shut out their light when necessary,
just as we now draw curtains over our
windows in 1110 nay-time, uy panning
the outside of houses with the same mate
rial, all need of street lamps would bo
You aro to find Christian joy In your
duties in the family, and in your duties
outside of the family; in your every day
life at home and in society. Ihe great
truths of JGod's love, of the redeeming
power of the Holy Ghost, of tho watch
fulness of God over men, and of his help
fulness toward them, are to have such an
effect on your mind that when you enter
upon your daily tasks you shall have pow
or of hopo in you so that yon can extract
joy from common tilings, more is wnere
you must get your oy in uiiuuuj 111 bu
ciety; in social intercourse; in all things,
Paul said he rejoiced even in infirmities
Unpbomisinci Sons. An English barber
once told a company of lawyers that ho
had tried to make a barber ol his son, but
not having sufliciont genius for the art, ho
had sont him to study law. lie suDse
quently bceamo ono of the most eminent
judges in Great Britian. The Transcript
tells an equally good story of John Adams :
" Tho older Adams was tho son of a
cobbler. It was, porhaps, owing to tho
very fact of his humble parentage, that
the older Adams became what ne was. 1
have scon tho following story in print.
but it lerritimately descondod to mo by
oral tradition, having been told my great
grandfather by "tno pious Deacon Adams,
of the town of Braintreo," himsolf.
The Dencon, during a temporary al
senco, had sot John to cutting out the
"miners" for somo shoos; but, liko tlio
Chinaman, who in making a pair of
brcechos from a pattern furnished by somo
prudent captain, had faithfully copied tho
patches which his wife had put in the soat
of tho old ones, John had embclished
every "upper'' ho had cut, with tbo throe
cornered holo by which the patorns had
hung on Iheir accustomed nail. " I saw,"
said tho Dcacom " I ootlldn t mako a shoo
maker of bun, so I put him to learning!"
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Words nro to actions only the saw dust
to the club of Hercules.
The Rome Sentinal says the world never
knows the great respect lawyers have for
ono another until ono of them dies and
there is a meeting of the bar.
Gideon Cook, a Baptist preacher, well
known a quarter of a century ago, wns a
man very eccentric in his speech, even to
his last earthly moments. A few hours
previous to his doath his brother, also a
preacher, came to his bedside and inquired :
' Do you think you are dying, Gideon?"
And ine reply, sharo and nuick. came:
' Don't know can't tell never died yet!"
An Astonished Editob An exchange
says: "We find upon our table one of the
newest of pictures. It is beautiful in
csign, small, but showing rreat artistic
skill in its mako tip. The prevailing
colors are green and black, the two blend
ing so harmoniously that the effect is
pleasing in the highest decree. We shall
not, of course, presume to give an exact
description of this picture, but some of the
characters look so noble, so striking, that
wo cannot refrain from describing them.
1 he head center, or rather tho hero of the
picture, holds in his left hand a banner, in
ns right hand a sword ; his hat is thrown
on thu ground, his head is thrown back,
his left foot extended, and, taken altogeth
er, his appearance is that of ono challenging
another to mortal combat, waiting for the
other fellow to knock off the chip. His
eyes are cast upward, resting on the word
Hollo! what's this? Groat snakes! if
it isn't a five-dollar bill! We took it for
some new kind of a chrome that had como
n the mail. But wo seo how it is oithor
our devil has been robbing a bank or somo
delinquent subscriber has been conscience
slickeu." Tub Bovs who Caught a Ride. "I'm
abused, Mr. chief of poleesc," saitl the olti
countryman, and bis voice trembled as if
he might begin to weep. ' I didn't ihink
d git sarved that way, fight in tho street
ot Seeracuse ware I've dono business for
forty year gosh darn the little rascals!"
1 lien the cluct smiled, and asked tho
incient granger what it was that troubled
" I'm stuck, I tell ye," ho ejaculated.
I'm stuck, and can't move an inch.
Dum it, do yon s'poso my hoss can draw
ninety-two of e'm?"
bee hero, my good man," said tho
chief, " sit down here. Of course it's near
Christmas, and if you've been drinking,
we II do what s right abont it. What do
you mean by saying you are stuck?"
UI course 1 ought tor 'xulain: vou
didn't see it ; how could you know any
thing about it? Wall, ye see, I was drivin'
my old boss hlyor, along South Salma
street, an' tho boys waz a runniii' an' a
catcbin'on the sleds to havo a ride, ye see.
lump on, every mother s son on ve: Mer
ry Christmas! Course you can ride. I
used tcr bo a boy myself. Jump on
whoop la! An' they begun fer to couio.an'
they grabbed the tail-board, an' the side-
boauls, an they piled inter the box front
an' rear; an' 1 hollered an' laded, an'
thought 'twas good fun for 'cm. Pretty
quick, darn my skin, if they tlidn't begin
to climb to the harness, an' climb on the
horse, an' I calculate there was more'n
lifty boys on my sled ; an' Flyer was just
a tuggiii' an' strainin' an' sweatin', till
biiucby the ole boss had to stop. Then
tho young vagabonos begun ter holler.
G'loug! Lick up yer old Pergasus!
Drive on yer ole steed! But the olo hoss
couldn't move an inch; an' all the time
the boys was a comin' thicker 'n thicker,
till I couldn't see tho sled at all. Every
body was a laflin , an' whon I axed 'em to
get off', so I could move along, lord, how
tno littlo varmints did hoot. I got out
from amongst 'em an' hero I am. I want
a lot of p'lccemen to go an' 'rest tho wholo
gang I tell ye, I never was so 'bused in
iny whole life!"
An officer was sent out with tho irate
old fellow, snd ns no moro was heard
from him it is fair to presume ho got out
of town safely.
Possible, Not Piioiiaiii.e. Ho was a
nice young man, witli a lino littlo cane,
polished boots and stand-up collar, and
ho wore a buttonhole bouquet, composed
of a rose and two or three violots. Button
hole bouquets are all right. They don't
cost anything to speak of, and tho wearer
is generally certain to be taken for the
sou of a millionaire or the head clerk in
a wholesale tea store. Tho nice young
man sat down beside a motherly old lady
in a streetcar. She had a market basket
on her lap, a nickle between her fingers,
and did not even scowl, when a boy tram.
pled over Per corns. Mie gave the young
man a motherly smile as he sat down, and
pretty soon she asked :
' Them can't be artificial flowers can
He did not reply. He aid lots of dig
U-intnem bo artificial uowersr
sho inquired, raising hor voieo much high
er. lie gave a little start of surprise, mum
bled over something and partly turned
My biggest girl had deafness come on
hor once,' sho continued, sending her
voice a peg higher, ' but wo curetl her by
rubbing goose oil into her oars. Is it a
case of long standing?
1 am neither deal nor inclined to hold
conversation," ho muttered, Hushing very
Oh! that's it Then you don't need.
any goose oil. Did you say them flowers
was artificial onesr '
' No,' he growled.
' Natural, eh?' she quoried. 'Well I
thought they studied like natural ones,
but there's such a crowd nnd so much
noise lhat I can't trust my nose. You
didn't grow 'em, did you?'
He did not reply.
' Did you grow them ilowcrs?' she em
' I didn't know whether you did or not.
I was going to say that a little weak vin
egar would take tho dust off' and make' cm
look like new. Do you wear a bokay as
a general thing, or are you going now to
He turned his head away and tapped
tho toe of his boot with his cane.
' Boy,' she remarked, pushing her bas
ket against his knee,' I asked you a civil
quostion and I want you to answor. This
isn't a country like Japan, whero some
folks are stuck up abovo other folks, but
were all nliko. I'm afraid you haven't
boon brought up right.'
' I do not wish any conversation or dis
cussion with you,' he whispered.
' Why don't you?' she demanded'
Because what sir? Dare you say a
word against my character, sir? I'd like
to hear you, sir, I would! I want you to '
understand that I could buy a whole ton
of them flowery gogaws and then have lots
of nionoy loft.
When 1 ask you a civil question it is
your business to speak right up in answer.
Now I'll ask you just onco more Have
you boon brought up right?' Ho slid for
the rear platform, and in grasping for his
flying coat tails sho upset hor basket and
two quarts of cherries rolled ovor tho floor
of the car.
4 1 don't caro one cont let 'em go,' she
remarked as sho tried to scrape the pilu
under tho soat with her foot. ' AVhen any
ono sticks up their noso at mo two quarts
of cherries ai n't nothing to my feelings."