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WIFE, CHILDREN AND FRIENDS.
When tho black-lettered list to the gods was
(Tbe best of w hat fute for each mortal Intends)
At the long string of Ills a kind goddess re
lented, And slipped In three blessings wife, children
In vain surly Pluto maintained he was cheated
For justice devine could not compass its ends;
The scheme of man's penanco ho swore was
For earth becomes heaven with wife, children
If the stock of our bliss is iu stranger hands
The fund ill secured oft In baukruptcy euds,
But the heart issues bills which are never pro
tested, When drawn on the firm of wife, children
and friends. '
Though valor still glows in life's dying era
Th e death-wounded tar, who bis colors defends
Drops a tear of regret as he dying remembers,
IIow blest was his home with wife, children
., and friends. ....
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Tha .Idler whoso deeds live immortal In story,
Whom duty to far distant latitudes tends
With transport would barter whole ages of
For on happy day with wife, children and
Though spice breathing gales on his caravan
Though for him Arabia's fragrance ascends,
The merchant still thinks of the woodbines
that coverp-r. ...... .
Tbe bower where ho sat with wife, children
and friends. , , .
The daysprlng of youth still nnclouded by
sorrow, ' ' '
Alone on itself for enjoyment depends s
But drear is the twilight or age if it borrow ,
No warmth from the smile of wife, children
and friends. ' .
Let the breath of renown ever freshen and
The laurel which o'er the dead favorite bends ;
O'er me wave the willows, and long may It
Sourish, i t
Bedewed with the tears of wife, children, and
Let bs drink, for my song, growing graver and
To subjects too solemn insensibly tends
Let us drink, pledge me high, love and virtue
shall flavor, '
The glass which I fill to wife, children a nd
By the lion. Wru. ItotM-rt Hpenrw, KtiKiand, boru
1770 diud ltsatf. Hue Chamber, kuc) dupi'tli. Lutf. l.lt-
A IllgU old Fog. V,
Some seven years ago there was an engi
neer on the! Chicago, Alton and Bt. Louis
Railroad who was called by all the railroad
men " General Taylor." Fogs are an every
day affair in that part of Uie country which
the road passes through, especially between
Chicago aud Bloomington. Early one morn
ing, in the mouth of April, the general left
Bloomington with tbe express. Before bo
reached Pontiao a very thick fog bad risen,
so thick that be could not see tho length of
tbe engine. The general told tbe conduc
tor, whilo faking wood at P , that if
there were any cattle; killed .that morning
it would not bo bis fault.
" How so?" said tbe conductor.
" Why," said tbe general, " because I
must get an auger to boro through the fog
to see tbe pilot, which is the only way to
prevent it ; for I looked out, and when 1
drew my bead back there was a round hole
left where I put out my head 1"
EST" Hollo I (Jot 'new carpet down,
haven't you?" was what a visitor to a
newspaper office said upon entering tbe
composing room tbe otber day.. ... ,,. .
" Jerusalem git off my corns I" was
wbat ' tbe foreman said when tbe visitor
stepped upon wbat be took to be a new
carpet, but' which proved to be only a new
pair of slippers on the feet of the boss pU
maker jf tbe establishment. '
JOSIE'S WEDDING GUT.
ND so I am to understand that you
. positively refuse to give up that
young fortune-hunter, Duke Marly?"
"I do positively refuse."
" Even after tho business failure which
bos reduced him to beggary, you still wish
to fulfill your engagoment?" ' r .
"Then bear mo" and Capt. Wychorly
dashed bis stout oaken cane upon the floor
with an emphasis that made tbe glasses
and decanters jingle "and mark wbat I
say : If you persist in such obstinate dis
obedience to my wishes, by the Lord Har
ry, I'll disinherit you. Tbe day that you
become bis wile will find you homeless and
penniless. And you may both sweep tho
crossings for a living, for all I care, for I'll
never help you to a penny."
Josie's cheeks burned scarlet.
" And say," she retorted, her blue eyes
all atlamo with honest indignation, "that
no consideration of broad acres, or bank
stock, or even tho commands of a father"
hero she choked down a rising sob
" can tempt Josie Wycherly to break her
"Think," said the father, "of tho homes
where grim waut sits day after day besido
the hearthstone, whero children with
pinched features and hollow eyes beg vain
ly lur the food which is denied them ; and
yet you deliberately choose such a fate as
Josie's heart quailed a little, for, like all
refined women, she loved tho ease and
luxury which wealth could purchase, and
which she, all her lifo, bad enjoyed. But
she loved Duke and her own honor more.
" Wo plighted our troth with your full
eousantandapprov.il," she argued. "If
be has been unfortunate, it is plainly my
duty to cling to and comfort Mm. 1 have
given my sacred promise, and I shall keep
it." . . .
And her father, recognizing tho Wycher
ly obstinacy,' knew that furthor remon
strance was useless. But being by nature
despotic, and expecting to receive, at
borne, the same implicit obedience bo ex
acted on shipboard, be raved, and swore,
and scolded so continually at being balked
In bis plans, that poor - Josie was glad to
yield to her lover's entreaties, to become
bis wife, to escape persecution at home.
So one morning they quietly walked to
tbe nearest churcb, and in the presence of
a few friends, to whom they bad confided
tbe circumstances, Josie Wycherly was, by
a few brief sentences, transformed into
Mrs. Duke Marly. ' Scarcely were the con
cluding sentences pronounced, when a
sound was heard that caused tbe heart of
the bride to staud still with terror.
Thump, thump, thump I There was a
loud altercation outside a moment after
the door was flung violently open, and in
walked Capt. Wycherly, his stout oaken
cane coming down emphatically at every
step, his eyos blazing with wrath.
"So you bavo been batching your cursed
mutiny under my very roof, aud have out
witted tho old man at last I" he thundered,
confronting tbe trembling bride, wbo stood
surrounded by'ber horror-stricken friends.
"Hope you'll fiud smooth sailing with your
pictty craft, young man, for, by the
heathen gods, you'll never see the color of
old Mark Wycherly' s money. . I'll disin
herit tho ungrateful baggage this very
Aud he meant to be as good as his word,
for he walked stiaight from the church to
the law office of Hunt & Kotcbum, and as
tonished tbe senior of that firm by request
ing them to draw up a new will, leaving all
bis effects, real and. personal, to tho Sea
men's Charitable Fund, aud striking out
the name of bis daughter Josephino from
that important document altogether.
"But, my dear' sir, it is. impossible to
execute the provisions of such a docu
ment," replied the bland and smiling Mr.
Hunt. "Such.a will would bo illegal, aud,
" Confound it i" said tho irate old sea
dog ; " do you mcau to tell me that a man
cannot sail bis own craft in any waters he
And, after several stormy interrupt ions,
the lawyer at lust made It clear to his
wrathful client that, in order to be legal,
the will must contain tho name of Miss
Josephino as legatee, be the sum ever so
small. , ,
"Very well, since It must be so," replied
Capt. Wycherly ; and be bent bis shaggy
head to listen to the reading of the docu
ment that conveyed railroad shares, bank
stock, and farming lauds, amounting in all
to half a million of dollars, to the aforesaid
charitable fund, and loft to his daughter,
"Mrs. Josephine Marly, the sum of two
dollars, to buy a stool of repentance, whore
on she could sit and reflect upon tho in
gratitude of her conduct to an Indulgent
1 "And you may add," said tho old man,
with a grim smilo, " the Wycherly home
stead to her portion, also."
. " The Wycherly homestead ?" repeated
Mr. Hunt. " I cannot say that I ever
heard of it before.",
"Ha, ha I" roared Capt. Wycherly, who
relished his joke now aud thon. " I dare
Bay you never did ha, ba I Ten acres iu
all, and the most barren, unproductive soil
concoivable covered with rocks and water
ed by the blackest, dirtiest stroam that
ever ran, with a few gnarled and moss
growu apple trees, shading a log but in
their midst such is the birthplace of all
tbe dead and gone Wycherlys for genera
tions post a magnificent place ha, ha I
Or, stay ; instead of putting it in tbe will,
suppose you make out a deed of the place,
and present it to Mrs. Josephine Marly as a
wedding gift from her affectionate father,
on condition that she and her husband
spend tbo honeymoon there. I've beard
that my geutlumau was something of hu
amateur artist, aud bo cannot fail to ad
mire the scenery."
And with this parting joke tho Captain
went bis way.
So that evouing Mrs. Josio Marly, sitting
by her husband's side, in their boarding
house apartments, was surprised with a
packet of paper from tho ofiico of Hunt &
Kotcbum, setting forth tho above condi
tions, and endorsing the deed to tbe Wy
' We will go j won't we, Duke ?" 'whis
pered Josie, and ber red lips quivering, and
a tear or two glittering on tbe silken brown
laBhes that shaded her sweet, blue eyes.
"I tbiuk we'd better go, dear ; not for the
lapd, which, it appears, Is worthless
enough, but it is papa's request, and, per
haps it's the last he ever will make !"
and here she broke down iu a tempest of
sobs and tears.
' For although she bad wilfully disobeyed
him, yet, next to ber husband, Josio loved
the stern, tyrannical old man whom she
Captain Wyoherly was ill. Servants
went to and fro through the elegant rooms,
trying in vain to satisfy the capricious
whims of the childish old man, who, now
that bis fit of passion was over, longed
daily and hourly for the presence of his
cjilld bis darling Josie. But his stubborn
pride was not yet bumbled enough to allow
him to seek ber, and so the wtfary days
went by, aud be heard no tidings of bis
daughter, whose face be bad not seen since
the morning of ber wedding day.
At last, when golden dandolions and
delicate anemonos began to write thoir
sweet promises of spring all over field and
wood, and infused a warmer tint into the
the golden sunshine, Captain Wychorly
could sit at bis chamber window aud look
out upon familiar scones.
"What house is that?" he asked of
John, the servant, pointing to an elegant
brown stone mansion, of palatial dimen
sions, which occupied the place formerly
dedicated to a row of tenements.
"That, sir," suld garrulous John, "Why
that's the new bouse built by a foreign
gentleman, who took a fancy to tho place,
sir and paid a good round sum for it, too.
Why, they say there's no end to bis mon
ey ; aud be bus a title besidoa lord or
duke ; something, sir, whatever it may be.
Perhaps you've seen 'ora, sir ?"
And John,' who regarded bis roaster
as a sort of traveled paragon, to whom
nothing foi-eigu would be at all unfamiliar,
from a royal duke to a Bengal tiger, looked
up for a reply. . .
"Yes, John, I've seen 'em ; aud I can't
say they look much different from other
people, except a trille uglier, perhaps."
"Ob, sir, Bot any better than other peo
ple I and she the 'dukess' I mean send
ing you all that nice wine when you wore
ill I Yes, and the bouquets, aud "
" Stop John what do you mean ?"
" Why, Bir, when they first catuo the
lady heard that you were ill, and she scut
over a bottle of rare w ine, with her com
pliments ; and every day siiioe then sho has
sent a servant to make Inquiries about you,
sir ; and always a bouquet of choice flowers
for your sick-room not that you ever
noticed 'em, sir, more than if they had
been chips, sir," said John, with some
disgust; "and so I told tho mau who
brought them, but they came every day
just the same."
"And why," said bis gruff master,
touched more than he would have chosen
to confess by these attentions from a
stranger, "why should tbiB foreign lady
do all this for a rough old man like me ?"
" Perhaps this will tell you, sir and
John drew from his pocket a dainty little
note. "It came this morning."
Captain Wycherly opened It and read :
" Dkau Sin I bear that you ore a lonely
old man, without kith or kin to cheer your
solitude Though in all this wido world
there is no one to call me daughter, yet I
remember when I enjoyed tho fond pro
tection of one who was tho dearest aud
most indulgent of fathers. I have only
done for you what I would wish another to
do for him, if be was sick and lonely like
yourself. I bopo that you will allow roe
to call some time, to cheer and amuso you.
" God bless ber 1" said tho old man, with
tears in his stern eyes ; the rugged lines
of his face softening as be road. "God
bless her for her kindness to a lonely old
man. John "
But John had disappeared. A moment
after bo opened tho door, and called out in
a stago whisper, " Lord lovo you, master,
she's coming ! In a silk fit for an empress,
and with tho jewels shining in her hair.
Oh, master " ,
But this rhapsody was cut short by the
ontranco of tho lady herself, wbo with her
silken robes trailing on tho floor, crossed
tho room, and stood by tho captain's
"Madame," ho began, but stopped in
confusion. Was it a dream or was it
Josio who stood besido him, her arms
around his neck, her cheek pressed to his,
and, amid sobs aud broken exclamations,
told liiir. again and again her joy at this
meeting. It was too much. Tho captain's
rosentment melted away, dissolved iu tho
tears which fell upon tho face of his
darling, as bo pressed ber in a close em
" But what does this mean?" be said at
last, when be had made her sit opposite,
where be could gladden bit eyes with the
Bight of ber fresh sweet face. .
''Where did these come from, Josie?"
and be touched the glittering jewels that
shone amid her sunny braids."
" Why, don't you know, father ? Is it
possible you have not beard? When you
gave your Josie the Wychorly homestead,
you gave tho . richest of your possessions,
though you, nor none of us, know it then.
Yes," she continued, not noticing ber
father's questioning look, " the black and
sluggish stream that watered the Wycherly
farm developed a source of wealth richer
than all the placers of California. Our
petroleum wells have enriched us beyond
our wildest dreams ; and to-day Duke and
I count our wealth by hundreds of thou
sands. But we do not forget," she added,
with a mischievous smile, " that we owe it
all to you, dear father." ;
Perhaps no protestations, couched in tbe
most eloquent terms, would have shown
the change in Captain Wycherly as did the
simple sentence he uttered in reply. '
" I confess myself beaton," bo said ;
"and I thank God for it. -Henceforth one
roof shall shelter us, and we will never be
parted again until tho old man launches
bis craft for the last great voyage."
And they never' were. '
Tim rresident'H Salary.
President's bouse, gardens, con
. servatories and stables are all fur
nished and kept in perfect order, in all
their details, at the public expense ; stew
ards doorkeepers, and a band of muslo for
all publio receptions are furnished without
a dollar's expense to tho President. All
the furniture, carpets, beds, tables, to the
minutest thing which convenience or lux
ury cau desire aro furnished by the Gov
ernment. Tho wholo establishment is also
warmed and lighted throughout ; all this
at au expenso to tho publio Treasury of
100,000 or $70,000.
But you may ask me ' What, then, doB
the President pay out of bis salary ?'
Ho pays bis cooks, the wuiters upon his
tiiblo, the driver of bis carrlago, aud tho
servants who wait upon his family and his
guests; bo pays for what is eaten and
drunk at his table. By custom, It is ex
pected of tho President to give several
State dinners; and iu the course ef the
year to entertain each member of Congress,
the Judges of the oourts, the foreign Min
isters, bis Cabinet, and occasloualy dis
tinguished strangers in all, prohablvjllve
hundred persons. If such dinners should
cost f 10 for each person, $5,000 would
cover that expeuso. , Of tho 130,000 re
maining $10,000 ought , to pay bis other'
family expenses. That would leave him
$10,000 per annum clear.
Now, what does experience show? Let
mo state some instances : Mr. Polk, of
Tennessee (and whilo Mrs. Polk, that ac
complished lady, was in tho White House
it was never more popular,) saved about
$40,000 of four year's salaries about $10,
000 a year.
Mr. Pierco did the same. Mr. Buch
anan did nearly the samo. Mr. Lincoln,
when elected President, was worth about
$00,000;" and bis estate, upon bis death,
was about $73,000. It must be borne in
mind, too, that Mr. Lincoln received his
salary in greenbacks, when they wore the
Mr. Johnson saveil from his salary, iu
threo years and a half, $20,000 or $30,000 ;
and that, too, when greenbacks were still
at a discount of twenty-five per cent. And,
it must not be forgotten, none of those
Presidents ever accepted presents. Mr
Johnson refused tho present of a carriage
Whatever may be said in criticism of Mr..
Johnson's public course, all parties agree
that the White House was never more
gracefully kept and presided over than by'
bis daughter, Mrs. Patterson a perfect
lady and a modol of a Republican mistress
of the Whito House. Let me tell you a
fact which bus never been published, but
which I had from tho lady's own lips. Just
ossho was about to leave, at tho end of
Mr. Johnson's Administration, the steward
of the bouso took an inventory, and found
that not ono urticlo of furniture was mis
Bing or broken ; not a sheet, towel, or nap
kin was lost ; and the houso was in poriect
order from top to bottom. She told mo
another fact, which I know' the wives and
daughters cf the farmers of the country will
be glad to hear. Whon she went into tho
White IIouso she. purchased two excellent
cows. From tho milk of theso cows she
made all the butter, used all the cream anil
mado all tho ice-cream used in tho Presi
dent's family during the term. Whon site
wont home she shipped these cows to Ten
nessee. Is it any wondor, ladies, that Mrs.
Patterson received the first premium on
butter at their late fair last fall ?
, Ad Interesting Incident.
An interesting incident has just occurred'
at Bucharest, and has created a profound'
sensation In theatrical circles in that place
to seems that tha proprietor of the Subr
Circus, anxious to provide amusemeut for
the public, lately published au announce
ment that a challenge given by Jules
Rigal, a wrestler attached to tbe circus,had
been accepted by a gentleman wbo,wishing
to presorvo a strict incognito, would, ap
pear before the publio in a week. The
amateur athlete, who, it was stated, was a
person occupying a high social position,
was rumored to be no otber than Prince
Stourdja, a Moldavian noble who has tin,
reputation of possessing herculean strength.
On the evening when "tho great unknown"
made his appearance in tho circus, tbe
stalls were filled with eager spectators long
before the commencement of tbe perform
ance. Iligal and bis maskod opponent
having made their bow to the audience, at
once commenced the struggle, which was,
however, of short duration, for the- dis
tinguished unknown in a few minutes,
amidst frantio applause, floored his pro
fessional antagonist. So great was the
success of the speetacle that the manager
announced to tbe admiring audience that
tho nobleman wrestler had condescended
to appear again before them on the follow
ing evening, when tho performance was
accordingly repeated, and wos continued
for several successive nights, until one
cveniug, an indisoreet member of tha
troupe unfortunately divulged the fact that
the masked wrestler was not a distinguish-
eu nouicman, out only ono of the clowns
attached to the circus. This led to a dis
turbance, tho "great uuknown" narrowly
escaped being torn to pieces by his lata
admirers, the manager and bis troupe bad
to fly for their livcs,and the circus building
would probably have been dismantled and
destroyed but for the exertions of the po
lice, who, with great difficulty, sucoeeded
in repressing what promised to bo a se
GST A compulsory education law, simi
lar to that which will go into operation
next month in Now York, is enforced in
England. There is now a novel riinim.ii.-
Iu Loudon in the way of exacting oompli-
khco wiiu us provisions. The holiday
pantomimes und sueetacle ut !
employ hundreds of children, and the pay
is six shillings a week. As the fine for tbe
parents who do not send their children to
scooiis usually a shilling, thoy jpaid It
w UsJIJ u
once a week, and keep on breaking the
" Itsiyu 1,1111 li. m H 1. 1 1 S V ill v imi s-
i.iw. uigner penalties are proposed.