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A Family Companion, Devoted to Literature, Miscellany, News, Agriculture, Markets, &c.
Vol. XIII. WEDNESDAY MORMNG, MAY 23, 1877. No. 21.
h THE HERALD
At Newberry, S. C.
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MY LITTLE WIFE AND) I.
We are traveling o'er life's road together,
My little wife and I;
We are happy in fair and stormy weather,
My little wife and I.
The reason why is very plain,
There's nothing queer about it:
We never give each other pain,
When we can do without it.
We have toiled o'er many a road most dreary,
My little wife and I;
But our bearta were light, when our feet were
My little wife and I.
The reason why we journeyed on,
Since hand in hand we started :
" We ne'er had seen the battle won
By those who were faint-hearted.
Though our home be plain, that never teases
My little wife and me;
Though a humble cot, right well it pleases
My little wife and me.
The reason why we are content,
We do not fear to labor,
And though in toil our time is spent,
We envy not our neighbor.
"But, uncle, the thing is not a
new venture ; it is sure to pay."
"It is gaun to have new masters ;
an' men at sixty are na sae sure
aboot things 'paying' as lads of
So the young man went away
much disappointed and not a little
angry ; but -other friends looked
more favorably on the plan. Two
thousand pounds were borrowed
and Robin Rae and Aleck Lang
bought out the old established car
pet-weaving house of Thomas Bla
The first year the concern, in
spite of falling prices, did very well.
Robin's share of the profits not only
gave hinra good living, but paid
his interest and allowed him to lay
by nearly ?100 toward clearing off
his borrowed capital; and the next
year things were still brighter.
In the fourth year of the enter
prise Robin Rae called again on
his uncle. He was sitting smoking
in just the same dress and attitude.
"Good evening, Uncle David."
"Good evening, Robin. How's
"First rate. I don't come to
night about business."
"Heck ! What for, then ?"
"I'm going to be married. I
wanted to tell you about it."
"That's a mair kittle risk than
Blakie's business, Robin."
"I think not, uncle."
"Wha's the lassie ?"
"The minister's daughter."
"What tocher has she ?"
"Just her beauty and her noble
nature ; she is of good family, too,
and has had the best of educations.
Why, uncle, she can do most any
thing-paint, draw, play the harp,
sing like an angel-"
"I'm feared she'll be kind o' a
matrimonial luxury, Robin. But
she's a bonnie bit lassie ; I hae seen
her ; yet I doubt if she's fit for a
puir man's wife."
"You'll come to the wedding,
won't you ?"
It was a very grand wedding,
and Uncle Speers made quite a sen
sation by giving the bride a check
for five thousand pounds. Indeed,
essie seemed to have quite capti
vated the old bachelor, and he soon
began to spend a great many of his
evenings in her pretty home.
Three years passed happily away.
n Robert's home there had been
some pleasant changes ; and Uncle
Speers danced a pretty baby Jessie
casionally upon his knee, and
looked admiringly and wondering
ly at his own wee namesake in his
radle. Down at the mill things
were apparently equally prosperous
-all the looms were at work and
the very welfare of Kilmarnock as
a community was sensibly connect
ed with the business of "Lang &
Rae's Carpet Mill."
But a great deal of this success
was only apparent, for it hung upon
chances entirely beyond the con
trol of the young partners in it.
They had been compelled to bor
row largely, and had big interest
accounts to meet, and a great deal
of their paper being from houses
nnknown to local banks, had to be
cashed at very heavy discounts.
All these things were much
against them, yet so great was
their industry and energy that they
might have turned all into "happy
circumstances," and won in spite of
the odds against them, if yarns had
not taken a tremendous and quite
unlooked-for fall. This, of course,
was followed by a number of fail
ures, in most of which they suf
fered. Not all theiri efforts could
now gather together their numer
ous lines of enterprise, and they
found it equally impossible to cur
tail them, and so, after a month of
desperate, anxious struggle, the
firm of "Lang & Rae, Carpet Wea
vers," appeared in the list of "Se
Old David Speers, with that sub
tle instinct indigenous to capital
ists, had long foreseen, and reso
lutely refused to meddle in the
matter. A coolness had, therefore,
gradually grown up between uncle
and nephew, and when the end
came David was not among those~
who offered Robert and Aleck ad
vice and sympathy. The young
mani behaved well: they surren-'
dered everything, even to the
home plenishing; but. Scotch cred
itors are a pitilessly just class, ani
did not fail to stigmatize as dishon
crable and unbusiness-like the spec
ulative and risky nature of the
trade done by the broken firm.
Aleck at once sailed for Sydney
where he had a brother, and Rob
ert took his wife and children tc
the manse, while he endeavored tc
find a situation. But week aftei
week passed, another winter waf
approaching, and nothing had beer
done. Once again David was smok
ing his after-dinner pipe and waE
interrupted. This time it was his
pretty niece Jessie. His face soft.
ened wonderfully when he met hei
large, tearful eyes, and laying down
his pipe hurriedly, he went to meet
her: The courtesy was a very great
one, and it gave Jessie hope and
"Oh, uncle," she said, "we have
sore need of you."
"My puir little woman ! Sit
down and tell Davie what he can
do for you."
Jessie's tale was soon told-hei
tears told it best- "Robert's heart
had quite failed him ; they were al
most penniless, and they had worn
their welcome out at the manse."
"Then you'll come here, my daw
tie, you and Robert, and Jessie and
wee Davie ; an' we'll see what your
man is fit for. If he canna find his
feet wi' a wife like you, I'm no sor
ry for him."
So the next day the family moved
with their small belongings to Da
vid's grand house, very much to
the annoyance of Mrs. Janet, Da
vid's housekeeper. This lady in.
eed soon made things so unpleas
mnt that it was evident to all par
ties there could be no delay in a
decision, and Robert, alnost in
desperation, resolved on trying his
fortune in the New World.
David, pressed by his housekeep
er's grumbling, and by his affection
for his nephew, knew only of one
other way-he could advance Rob
art money for a new effort ; "but it
would be the ruin o' the lad," he
said thoughtfully: "i'm doubting
if he's learnt his lesson yet ; he
must e'en go to school again." Sc
be praised Robert's suggestion and
ofered to pay the passage of the
whole family, and give him ?100 tc
start life with.
Rather grumblingly the offer was
ecepted, and in a few days they
were on the ocean, not one of themr
sware of the real interest and affee
ion which followed them-"but
they'll write to me," said David tc
himself, "they'll write, for they ker
[ hae plenty o' siller."
Once on a new track, all of Rob
art's energy returned. He sought
information from all he met, and
when he arrived in New York he
had a very clear idea of the direc
ion he ought to take.
Provided with a letter which a
fellow-passenger had given him to
the proprietors of the Mattatook~
Carpet Mills, he found his way
here and readily obtained work.
A part of his ?100 was used in
furnishing a little cottage, and
Robert en joyed a degree of peace
and comfort to which he had long
been a stranger.
The next year a lucky event gave
him prominence. A large mill in
the neighborhood imported some
machinery for weaving a peculiar
kind of rug, and no one could be
found in the locality able to meke
it run smoothly. Robert heard o:
the dilemma and offered his help.
The loom was familiar to him and
his success easy. He had foundc
his place, and he knew it ; day by
day he made his skill and energy
felt. He rose to overseer-busi
Still he varied very little the
quiet simplicity of his home. Jes
sie and he had found out how littk4
they really needed for happiness
and so, year by year, whatever the:
saved was invested in real estate
The land grew in value while the:
slept and worked at other things
and ten years after Robert's firsi
investment he found himself, b3
the simple growth of the village, a
very rich muan.
Just about this time Uncle Da
vi sent them a very urgent requesi
to come and see him, and as he of
fered to pay all expenses it was ac
ceped The old man was nov
nearing eighty, yet he was wonder
- fully hale and bright, and met them
[ at the steamer, apparently little
- older for the ten years that had
elapsed since he bid them good-bye
on the very same spot. He liked
Robert's way at the first glance:
"he has the look o' a man wi' siller
an' he bears himsel' well. rse
wager he's a full purse in his
Another thing made a still more
favorable impression on David:
Robert was not anxious to speak
on business. Indeed David had at
last to ask bluntly :
"Weel, Robin, what kind o' kin
try is yon."
"It is a great country, -uncle !"
"You'll hae done weel, I sup
A long pause.
"You'll no be needing ony help
now? I have money lying idle."
"Thank you, Uncle David ; but I
have fifty thousand dollars lying
idle myself. I thought some of in
vesting it here, if I can find just the
machinery I want."
"You're gaun to manufacturing
"Yes, I know all the ins and outs
of the trade-there is a good open
ing in our town. Yes, I am think
ing about it."
"You'll no be wanting a partner,
"If I can get the right kind."
"Would I do ?"
"You! Uncle !"
"Well, yes, laddie; an' you needna
scorn at me. I'll put a hundred
thousand to your fifty, an' we'll ca'
the firm 'Rae & Speers.'"
"You could not leave Scotland,
"Was I thinking o' sie a daft
thing ? I'll trust ny interest i' your
hands. I'll hae my full rights,
mind; an' you shall hae a fair al
lowance for doing my wark as well
as your sin. We'll put everything
on paper, and I'se hold you strictly
to the bargain."
The proposal made half in ban
ter, finally assumed a very real
shape, and it was agreed that when*
Robert returned to America he
should start a new manufacturing
firm under very different auspices
to his first venture.
But the past was only once al
luded to, and then David introduced
"You'll be thiniking, Robin, very
likely, o' the day when I wouldna
lend you the twa thousand pounds."
"You were quite right, uncle ; no
man ought to borrow money until
he knows the difficulty of making
it-and of saving ib ; young men
can't know these things ; they be.
long to experience."
"You had that lesson to learn
then, Robin, an' I thought ye might
as weel learn it o' ither folks as o
me. One fool teaches anither fool,
an' both grow wise thegither. San
dy McClure let ye that twa thous
and, and he was nane the waur o'
the lesson ye gave him. There
would be fewer young fools if there
were mair wise elders."
So Robert's visit was a great
success, and the old man shed the
last tears he ever shed on earth
when he bid the children good by.
"You'll tak' care o' wee Davie for
my sake, Robin," he said, tenderly,
holding the lad proudly by the
hand, "for when I'm no longer to
the fore, you'll let my name stand
i' the firm, till he's ready to take
my place ; so then the hundred
thousand will aye be in David
t-And to-day the house grows and
prospers, and is known far and
wide as the firm of "Robert Rae &
-David Speers," though old David
has long been gathered to his fathers
in Kilmarnock kirkyard. Robert's
early failure has brought forth a
late and splendid success, and bet
ter than this, his kind heartedness
has almost become a local proverb.
"I make it a rule never to lend
money to young men, but if you
want to go West or South I'll buy
you a ticket, and give you fifty dol
lars. If the right stuff is in you,
that is enough-it not, it is plenty
to make ducks and drakes of."
But somehow very few young
men that Robert Rae helps, do
make "ducks and drakes" of his
fifty dollars. In many and many
a case it has been an ample founda
tion for a good life, a good fortune.
Young men, earn your own capi
Fol THE HERALD.
BROADBRIM'S NEW YORK
Wild Extravagance of the Metropolis-The
Streets Swept with Silk Dresses-Eeg
Post-office Disaster-4ing Car
nival, &c., &c., &o.
I don't know that it is any part of
the special correspondent's business
to read moral homilies to the public,
or to attempt to give advice which he
knows will never be taken ; and yet
he were indeed an unfaithful chron
icler of passing events who failed to
note the present wild extravagance of
our people, or ask himself the question,
Where are we drifting?
I write from a city where forty or
fifty thousand able-bodied men are un
employed, and wandering about the
streets; where women and children
with famine gleaming from their eyes
stop you on the highway ac all hours
of the day and night, and point to
their tattered misery and rags while
soliciting the alms which may possibly
save them from present starvation.
Scarcely in this generation have
there been so many houses to let on
all the great thoroughfares as there
are at the present time. Business
houses that withstood the shock of
1837-40 and '61 have succumbed to
inevitable fate since December last,
and ship-loads of people, in hopes of
bettering their condition, are making
the circuit of half the globe, and are
actually emigrating from New York
to Australia. Few kinds of business
have escaped d?saster, and exhibit
their usual activity; and yet, if you
walk Broadway or the Fifth Avenue
on these pleasant spring afternoons,
one would think that the wealth of
Cresus had been poured in upon us,
and that Ophir and Golconda were
at our very doors.
It was considered a wild stretch of
extravagance when a besotted Roman
emperor quartered his favorite horse
in a palace of marble and gold; but I
doubt if Rome, in its maddest satur
nalia, ever had its highways swept
with rare and costly silks, or its filthy
gutters sopped up with priceless laces,
rivaling the spider's web in the exqui
siteness of their film, and surpassing
in the beauty of their conception the
marvelous fret-work of the Frost-King
on the glass. Yet here in New York,
you can see all this. The flaunting
courtesans of the demi-monde give
fashions to our wives and daughters,
and instead of the decent and quiet
republicanism which characterized our
people forty or fifty years ago, we
amaze and shock with our thoughtless
folly even the foreigners whose fashions
we were once so anxious to imitate.
At a fashionable restaurant a few
weeks ago a party of twenty gentle
men were entertained by a distin
guished foreigner, and the charge was
one hundred dollars a plate. The
room was tr ansformed into a fairy
bower ; rare perfumes were thrown off
from miniature fountains ; distinguish
ed singers and celebrated instrumental
players added to the interest of the
feast, and as the host planked down
his two thousand dollars he declared
it was the cheapest entertainment that
he ever heard of in his life. A fort
night ago a young couple was mar
ried on Murray Hill, and the floral
decorations cost thirty-five hundred
dollars,-a marriage bell of camelias
and tuberoses six feet in diameter,
being one of the bridal gifts.
I stepped into Tiffany's and took a
look at his big case. I saw a nice
looking stone, and I thought if I could
find one to watch it I would have
them mounted for a pair of sleeve
buttons. I lost one of mine last week
that cost me fifty cents at the Cen
tennial. I inquired the price of a
nice young man who parted his hair
in the middle, and he politely in
formed me that the particular stone I
required was worth twelve thousand
five hundred dollars. I did not buy
it; but stepping out on the street en
countered an amateur jeweler with a
tray around his neck and invested ten
cents in a pair of solid gold sleeve
buttons which are now doing me most
excellent service. I recollected that
divine motto-" Economy is wealth,"
-I am waiting to realize the last part
The extanspnc I allude to is
confined to no single thing and to no
particular class. Hod-carriers and
bankers, temperance men and soakers,
priests and sinners,-all partake of
the general crime. If a congregation
on nne of our fashionable avenues
have fifty thousand dollars to put up
a church, they will contract for one
worth a quarter of a million. If a
hod-carrier wants a coat and has five
dollars, he buys one worth ten; the
banker with an income of ten thous
and dollars a year, spends twenty-five;
and hence it is that every day brings
to light some new and shocking de
falcation. Last week ex-Mayor Lam
bert of Brooklyn proved a defaulter
of the trust fund of his own sister and
her orphan children. He had squan
dered away eighty thousand dollars ;
he was a deacon and trustee. of Dr.
Cuyler's church, and was making long
prayers while he was robbing the
widow and the orphan. Last week
the wretched man made a public con
fession of his crime; but that will
not atone for the widow's and the or
I sometimes ask myself if we are
greatly benefited by our boasted eiv
ilization. Within the past week,
atrocities have been perpetrated in
New York right under the nose of
the Police.Commissioners, and within
pistol-shot' of the marble palace in
which they hold their councils, that
would have shocked the savage Bashi
Bazouks who ravaged Bulgaria.
A poor family by the name of Con
nor live in a wretched neighborhood
only a block or two from Broadway ;
it consists of a father, mother, a
daughter about eighteen years of age,
and a boy about twelve. The father
and son were away the other night
trying to earn a few pennies to keep
them from starving, and in their ab
sence their house was broken into by
four brutal ruffians. The mother and
daughter were foully outraged and
left for dead upon the floor, and when
the brutes departed they set fire to
the old woman's clothes, hoping to
burn her to death. The screams of
the terrified and agonized woman rang
through the neighborhood, but no
hand was raised to save them, and no
policeman could be found, though
that pitiful cry might well have dis
turbed the watchful Commissioners
as they sat over their midnight lunch
of deviled-crabs and champagne. The
father, at last, reached his wretched
home to find his wife dying; he noti
fied the police, but they took no no
tice of him; he was'sent from court
to court, and at the end of four weeks
succeeded in getting one of the ruf
fians arrested and convicted, and the
judge sentenced him to three months
in the penitentiary,-less punishment
than he would have received if he had
broken a pane of glass in a shop win
dow, or stolen a sixpenny loaf from a
baker's. Only a few weeks ago Judge
Hackett sentenced a man to seven
years' in the State's prison for stealing
a dollar,-and this worse than mur
der is let off with a merely nominal
A Brooklyn girl visiting New York
was dragged from the streets by a vil
lainous Italian, and, after ,being cruel
ly abused for four days, during which
time she was kept locked up in a dark
room, her prison was discovered by a
benevolent missionary ; and, more
dead than alive, she was restored to
her widowed mother.
Sudden and mysterious disappear
ances are an everyday occurrence. In
the past sixty days nearly seventy per
eons have disappeared, of whom no
trace remains on earth. Two weeks
ago a m&n stepped out of his house to
get a paper, and never came back. A
well-known resident of Brooklyn went
to church a week ago last Sunday, and
no one has seen him since. Another
well-known citizen started from New
York for his home in Brooklyn, and
he never arrived there. All of these
people were old men, well-to--do, not
financially embarrassed, of the most
pleasant domestic associations, and
apparently having everything to make
life desirable. The latest item in this
chapter of horrors is the disappear
ance of John T. Daly, proprietor of
the Windsor Hotel. Mr. Daly was
known and respected by thousands of
people all over the United States. All
we know concerning him is that he
left the hotel on Tuesday mornmng,
and has not been seen since.
On Tuesday last a portion of the roof
new Post Office fell in, crushing to
death four men and wounding several
The Corn Exchange has been a sort
of prize ring for the bulls and the
bears during the week just past.
Wheat that brought two dollars and
twenty-five cents the week before last
tumbled to one ninety within the last
three days. Corn holds its own, and
you can tell your folks not to be
alarmed if it does rise a few cents ;
there is still corn in Egypt,-the en
tire crop of the year 1876 being over
twelve hundred millions of bushels.
I see by my exchanges that Tal
mage's life insurance sermon, which
he preached about two months ago,
advising every one to take out a life
insurance policy, quoting Scripture to
prove that it was a favorite institution
with the twelve apostles-is now be
ing published as a campaign document.
It is refreshing to know that so worthy
an institution receives the indorsement
of so excellent a divine. I trust that
the Mutual Life and Equitable may
not be ungrateful to his widow.
The Astor memorial at the back of
Trinity Church is almost finished, a
hundred thousand or more having
been expended to keep in remembrance
a man whom the poor scarcely knew,
except as a hard task-master and op
pressor. The millionaires who have
passed away within the last few years
have left little besides their millions
behind them. Macy, the great fancy
goods man of the Sixth Avenue and
Fourteenth Street, died in Paris, leav
ing a million to his wife and daughter.
He was cursed, like another great
millionaire, with a dissipated son, and
he leaves him only one thousand dol
lars a year.
The great terror of New Yorkers,
moving day, is over. The custom of
changing. every year has long been
going into disuse, and there were fewer
removals this season than ever before.
We have a grand Carnival coming
off the week after next, at which all
the world and his wife are expected to
be present. Great preparations are
being made, and if the weather is fine,
I shall be prepared to see one of the
grandest turn-outs that we have had
since the Peace Jubilee.
The weather is getting settled, and
the trees in blossom. Still, at the
present time, we don't feel like betting
very heavily on anything.
Yours truly, BROADBRIM.
ORIGIN oF JOE Smrr's POLGAr
REvEiMTION.-We will impart to our
readers a bit of church history.
The Mountain Meadows hero, John
D. Lee, was one of forty everlasting
priests selected by Joseph Smith
to form a quorum to test the reve
lations vouchsafed to that holy pro
phet that they might pronounce
whether they were the true word
of God. All revelations which
passed the scrutiny of that synod
of devout men were presented to
the congregation of the Saints in
Conference as the declared will of
the Lord. But the revelation on
polygamy was never presented to
this quorum of forty. And for this
reason. One day Joseph's wife, the
Lady Elect, was greatly shocked
by discovering her prophet husband
in an outhouse in very suspicious
relations with a female neophyte.
The injured wife made complaint
to the High Council, and the amor
ous Joe was cited to appear. He
admitted the charge and asked a
cotinuance of two weeks to put in
an answer. In the meantime he
evolved from his true inwardness
the revelation on polygamy, and
as immediate use was required of
this opportune document there was
no time to submit it to the quorum.
This is what the Illinois Legis
lators of the current session would
call passing a law with an emergen
(Salt Lake Tribune, March 25.
One hundred and thirty-five per
sons have mysteriously disappeared
in New York and Brooklyn in the
past three months.
Birds packed closely in paper
barrels are shipped from Kansas
and sold in England.
Some 100 Catholic Canadian Pil:
grims are going to Rome, carrying
$75,000 to the Pope.
Within two years Mrs. Day, of
Pomfret, has brought three hus
bands to the hymenial altar.
It costs $600 to send a car load
a frnit from Califania to Boston.
Advertisements insert6d at the rate of
31.00 per square (one inch) for first insertion,
and 75 cents for each subsequent4insertion.
Double column advertisements ten per cent.
Notices of meetings, obituaries and tributs
of resipeebt. ca1mi. rates per !:gntre as ordinary
Special Notices in Lem. l column 15 cent.
Advertisements not ma~rked with the num
ber of insertions will be kept in till forbid,
and charged accordingly.
Special contracts made with large adver
tisers, with liberal deductions on above rates.
JOB PRl.I' IeW
DONE WITH NEATNESS AND DISPATCH.
"THE SURE WITNESS."
"The nineteenth century is the
age of novels," remarks a literary
historian,-he might have added
with equal truth, and "~novel impo
sitions." Studied politeness has
been passed off on us for native
refinement, the forms of devotion
for its essence, and speculation for
science, until we look askance at
every new person or thing, and to
an assertion of merit, invar ab'y
exclaim, I"Prove it !" In brief, Sa
tan has made himself so omnipres
ent, that we look for his cloven foot
everywhere-even in a bottle of
medicine. Imagine a lady, having
a complexion so sallow that you
would deny her claims to the Cau
casian type if her features did not~
conform to it, purchasing her first
bottle of the Golden Medical Dis
covery. The one dollar is paid in
the very identical manner in which
Mr. Taylor might be expected to