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10j THE PIOKENS SENTINEL.
W Xbze' Adventures in Search of a
,M$. EDOR: Once upon a time
thre resided in the pleasant little
village of 0. an illustrious "medical
get," who revelled in the high
sounding name of Dr. Bones.
. The Dr. having just completed his
course of lectures, was anxious to
procure a skeleton, to give his office
a "professioniffl air." The "boye"
said that he M%d no use - for one, for
lie had s , a grave-yardith look
that he w Iit for ,that purpose
Grave rot aea rather dan
-* gerous busiiess in that neighborhood;
i~ g ,. a poor .ullow died who
1ie't'ny too many friends, there
far, thq Dr. determined to secure
li"rody. The night after the burial,
lo sallied forth to the grave.yard,
ep)tde in hand. Ile soon reached the
+ grave, there taking a look around,
d if any of the departed spirits
were welching over their bodies, lhe
bjan digging. Just 88 his spade
struck tEe coffin, he was startled by
a deep groan, near at hand. Start
irg up b'elooked before him, when
to his horror, he saw a dreadiul
* ghost$yi 4gnre rise from the earth
antil it- reached the heigth of ten
f While standing transfixed
with fuorna, he beard the spectre
speak irr&e hollow voice as follows:
1you rob . the grave of any
bod$P This was too inuch- for the
IN/~s nerve, so with a bust of terror,
ho 'fid from the spet- 41ter running
am distance, he looked back and
saw the "ghost" coming swift)y, and
noiseles6 iiLnd3." \With another
yeNl-ylhe sprang off with renewed
ENd On his road home, he had to
* pass a house where was kept a large
Eti, *hItbbhd- an Incurable habit
of pursusip snything whiebi he saw
fleeing. Seeing the Dr. pass rapily,
he started in pursuit. Having the
d.elg in locomotive powers, he
aseban up, and made a snap at
the~ Dr. -With another yell, the Dr.
9 tang,cff leaving the bether extrem
iXesafl4ispaats in the dogs mouth~.
WIgael(IjaVe been well for his dog.
oRdehad stopped at that. But'
ly ha4 bandled too many sheep, to
be aatisaed with wool. Therefore,
be zeheWed the attact, but uo sooner
ha4 his tusks come into contact with
' tilt(ebus fli1ny abanks, than he beat
a retreat with hi; eaudal appendage,
curled the wrong way. Of onrse,
t lese ,kind attentions of the dog,
dE4i's tend - to diminish the Dr.'s
4 leE had now reached the back of
thy lot, on which he lived, thinking,
t4 puder the circumstances be
.migh t bg ju.stified in taking all "near
~cat," ha reade for the fence. There
*gti lmportant point about that
fence wdich the Dr. had togotteui.
.- He had insnrted a setof ro t... h i:..
teop plank, fo the benefit of ro
gNish boye. iat sle his'. fruit and
melons. Hd I dJpod the fence,
threw over one foot, just at this in.
itant his other foot slipped off of the
repe, and hes 4owa,, rther end
Jenly. The hurri4 munoqer in which
ie got up, sad used certin 'expres
iMas (ipWA I -metsfrai,eg*id,A
earn in the Sui4ay Schopl) would
iave convinced any one, that he had
Fut up a good job of dentistry. As
is wrA getU%g of of th'e feuce, he
ooked 1sa and saw Ise "ghos,
lose at hand. This made him get off
oo quickly; and the conequenoes
Nere, that getting his foot fastened in
he crack, b4 pitched headlong into
% large patch of bramble and black
erry briars, leaving a boot in the
enoe-the other, he had lost some
In this patch was a little house, in
ibited by a swarm of little insects,
alled "bornets." It had long.been
he desire of Dr. to destroy that ha
itation---he now succeeded, admi
rably. The poor little insects being
.hrust rudely into the chill night air.
began to hunt more comfortable
luarters. Finding a warm place
nside of tWe -Dr.'s shirt bosom, they
)egan to hive themselves there with
>ut delay. Once there, they smelt
alood, aid their blood thirsty natures
)eing aroused by the loss of their
jouse, they began to search for blood
Nith a conienient little probe. I
ron want to know how they succeeded
just ask the Dr. how he likes hornets.
Ile scrambled out, at length, and
nade a tresh start. A short run
3rought him to a narrow'passage,
Detween tits kitchen and bmoke
bouse. Here he saw some dark ob
ject in the way; trying to leap over,
be went into i pot tf hot soap. 'Of
:ouse ho didn't tarry 1..ng. As he
leaped into the back porch his feet
being rather slick with soap, slipped
from under him and be charged the
loor, head foremost. When his
sead struck the door, a panel fiew
in, iad followed close after it. Not
Feeling safe until he was in or under
bed, he went up dtairs in a manner
nuore.hasty- than dignified.
If lhe could only get under the bed
bie felt sure that he would be safe;
but alas! his troubles were not yet
anded. E4shing into his room, he
made a dive under the bed to the
Farthest corner. In this corner, on
i pile of the Dr.'s "dirty duds," was
luietly coiled a large "Thomas" cat.
IFeeling his dignity insulted by the
brusting of the Dr.'s nose in his face,
ie began to show his cat-like nature.
e seao the. afrst thidg that he
~onld l6f hold of, whfch -wasi 4he
Dr.'s long nose. This was too much.
twas the "last st'raw upon the cam
l's baok"-exhansted nature coula
itand no more. The poor tortured
D)r. found sweet relief in a blissfull
When be recovered, we do not
mowr, as we left about that time.
We have smnce heard that the Dr.
ma concluded to postpone, indefinet
ya search for a subject. Heb thinks
inoe~ his late adventures that he can
igree with the "boys" in their 'opin-.
on as to his fiwness for a skeleton
BJondes,ganpot wear the fashion
tble shad'es olyyf10w, and only brn.
ets are vialbie nowadays. The
>londs * have presumably all dyed
It was an old negro cookc who made
his highly important discovery
'Sass is powerful good in eberything
>ut children. D)ey need some older'
tin' of dressing."
He who lives tono purpose lives
o a bad purpose.
The young man who never enjoyed
hie bliss of courting is recommended
u get a little gal..an...y*
Aunt Chloe's Trust iU God.
Aunt Ghloe was cownected with
the church of which I was for years
pastor. Though somewhat sooentric,
she was a devout, humble Ohristain.
Hard as was her lot, or gloomy her
prospects, her faith never failed.
Lord has always cared for m6, and he
always will. It would be wicked not
to trust him," was her answer to ev
Her history was as follows: 'In
early life she had mirried a man who
proved unworthy of her. Disover
ing his true character, and that she
had little to hope for in thisilho, she
was led to seek a treasure in Leaven.
The grace of God gave strength for
When I first knew her, she 'had
been for many years an explary
member of the church. Har hus
band had been long dead. With
very littlejhelp from him while liv
ing, by unceasing toil she had pro
vided for her family. All were now
gone, and she was left alone.
The oldest son succeeded in get
ting a classical education; entered
the legal profession; located in N.
Miss., and ultimately stood at the
head of his profession in that State.
While literally working his way
through college his mother, in her
deep poverty, aided him to the ut
most of her power. Many a day did
she spend in woods -and swamps,
gathering roots for the druggists, to
help him in paying for the necessary
books. This was, at least, sixty years
Her other children, as they reached
maturity, had gone from her, and
she was left alone. Of them all,
John, the lawyer, was the only one
who ever made any suitable return
for her care and labor. $rom him
she received frequent remittances of
money, and had purchased a small
house, in which, at the time referred
to, she was living alone.
At length these remittances ceased
and in the feebleness of old age, no
longer able to labor, she was left
without means of subsistence. But
she was not forsaken. The church,
acting on the Gosp~el principle, pro
vided for her. Every morning, the
little son of the pastor was sent to
inquire if she was in need of anys
thing. If so, she was supplied.
Very often she spoke of her son
John. "I wonder what has become
of him. I am afraid he is dead. HIe
was so good to me, sending money
for many years, but now it is . ten
years since I beard from him. But,
then, the Lord reigns, and he will
take care of me as he has always
done. I can trust him still." So she
lived on year after year, growing
weaker and more infirm, but still
submissive, trustfull. and cheerful.
When we expressed fears that she
might sicken and die atone, or perish
of cold in the wintry nights, her an
swer was: "When the Lord calls, I
am ready to go, and in any way he
At length, one day in the summer
of 18--, as the hack came from the
depot, a stranger alighted from it at
the hotel, and inquired if an old lady
by the namie of F was living in the
village. Reoeiving directions, be
passed up the street, and entered the
humble dwelling. He found her
alone, bowed under the weight of
eighty years, and almost blind, but
still cheerful. In answer to his in.
quiries, she told him that none ot hor
children had done much for her, ex
copt John; that ho had formerly
helped her', but now for ten years she
had heard nothing from him. HIe
must be dead, or I should hoar from
him. But the Lord has been very
good, and has raised up others to
care for me. The minister's family
and the church have been as kind as
if I had been their own mother. The
stranger asked: "Do you think you
would know John it ho should come
to see youl" She replied: "Probably
not, for I have not seen him for more
thani thirty years."
As be looked on her bent figure,
worn by long years of toil and onff
aring, and saw the indications of
4eep poverty in hor dren and sur.
foundings-hearing at-the same time
such words of faith and cheerful sab.
mission--he was deenly affected.
Repeatedly he went to the window
to conceal his emotion. Wondering
that a stranger should manifest such
an Mnterdat In her ase, abe *atched
and saw him wipe the tears from his
tace, and as he turned from the win%
dow, she caught a clearer view of
his face, and In spite of the changes
wrought by thirty years under a
Southern sun, her eyes bleared"'by
age and suffering, the truth Pashed
upon her mind; she tottered towards
him, and, throwing her arms arwound
his n9ck, she oried: "0 John I Joln,
my ws my soul yon must be mp
son." A he took her in his arms,
he replied: "Yes, mother, I Am
your son, come to comfort and re
lieve you. Thank God; I find you
still alive, so that I can make some
further returns for all you did for me
in early life."
It seemed that for years lie had
been prosperous, and had made re
gular remittances, sufficient to sup
ply her wants. But reverses came
and for years his property had been
beyond his control. Of course, his
remittences ceased. Forced toretire
to an unimproved plantation, far
back in the wildernes of Louisiana,
he had been unable to keep up como
munication with her, Property
placed in the hands of a brother, for
her benefit, had been w'thheld. As
soon, hower, as he regainod possess
sion of-his property, he inftituted ins.
quiries respecting her. Failing in
thia effort, he had now corpe 2,000
miles to see and aid her, if living, or
monrn for her, if dead.
He proposed to her to accompany
him to Mississipi, and have a home
in his family. This, however, she
declined, giving as a reason, "I am
told there is no Sabbath day there.
While I live let it be among old
Obristiavi firiende, and near the house
of God, and the minister." So, after
making the best provision in 'his
power for her comfort, he left her to
the care of friends, and returned to
his Southern home. Apprehensive
that she might sidken and suffer, and
perbaps die there alone, friends had
again and again urged her to give up
her solitary way of living, but her
invariable answer always was: "I am
not afraid. I am ready to go In any
way God choosee.".
A few years, etapsed, and thae pas
ter, crushed ad?d prostrated by dis
ease, was forced to leave his quiet
home and the people ot his charge,
and seek health in a distant land.
the care of Aut Chloe was commits
ted to other hands.. She lived on,
still trusting in God; calmly awaiting
his call. At length the end came.
One morning the friend who cailed
to provide for her wants found her
dead. There, in diarkneas and soli
tude, the messenger foun4 her. From
that lowly dwelling bhe passed, we
doubt not, to a mansion in the skies.
Nwean we doubt that he in whom
she trusted, was -with her to the end.
The village of WV., Vt., is nestled
in one of the beautiful vallies ot the:
Green Mountains. In the cometary
stands a small obelisk of pure white
marble. On ono side is the simple
On the opposito side the name, ago
and date of death of the subject ot
this sketch. "Erected by her son."
This simp11le narativo of facts, with
out addition or emblelishmenit, shows
the power and? beauty of faith-...also
God's care for the weak and weary.
---N. Y. Obser ver.
The 1aby's Miin Shirt
"We were all preparing," said Mrs
Jones, "to go to the wedding." I was
going, father was going, the gals was
going, and wf was going to take the
baby. But, oome to dress the baby,
eful'nt And the baby's shirt! I'd laid
a diea one out of the drawers a pur
pose. I know'd just where I'd put
it, but come to look for it 'twas
6Jor mercy's saiet says I, "gals
has any one of ye seen that baby's
Of course none of them had seen it
jn4 I lopked, and looked, and looked
again, but t'want nowhere to be
found. 'It's the strangest thing in
all naturel' says I-here I had .the
shirt in my hand not more'n ten
minutes ago, and now it ig gone, no.
body can tell wherel I never seen the
beatl Gals,' says I, 'do look around,
efn't ye& But fretting would not
11nd it; so I give up and went to the
bureau and fished up another shirt,
and put it onto our baby; and at last
we was ready to start.
Father'd harnessed up the double
team-we drove the old white mare
then-and gals and all were having
a good time, going to see Mary Ann'
married; but somehow I couldn't get
over that shirt. 'Twant the shirt so
much, but to have anything spirited
away right frotn under my face and
-yes so 'twas provoking.
'What ye thinking about mother?"
says Sophrony, 'what makes ye so
sober?' says she.
'I'm pestered to death thipking
about that are shirt,' says I. One of
you must a took it.
INow ma;' bays sophrony, says
she 'you needn't isy that,' says she,
and as I laid it to her a good many
times she was bdginning to get vexed
and so we'had It back and forth all
about that baby's shirt, until we ar
rived at the wedding.
Seeing company kinder put it out
of my mind, and I was getting good
natur'd agin, though I couldn't help
saying to myself every few muinutes.,
'what could have become of that
shirt' till at last Whey stood up to be
married, and I forgot all about it..
Mary Aftn waesteal modest creature
and was mnor'n frightened to death,
when she eame into the room with
Stephen, and the minister told them
to jine bands. She fust give her left
band to Stephen. 'Your other hand,'
says he, poor Steve was so bashful
too, he didn't know what he was
about-he thought 'twas his mistake,
and that the minister mnent him, so he
gave Mary Ann his left hand. That
wouldn't do any way; but by this
time they didn't know what they
was about, and Marry Ann joined
her right hand with his.left, and the
left with his right, then both their
hands agin till I was all of a fidget,
and thought they never would get
fied. Mary Ann looked as red as a
turkey, and to make matters worse
she began to cough, to turn off I sup.
pose, and called for a glass of water
The minister had been drinking, and
the tumbler stood right there, and I
was so nervous andl in such au hurry
to see ii all over *ith, I ketched4 up
the tumbler and run with it to her;
for I thobght to goodness she was go,
lng to faint.. She undertopk to drink
-1 don't know how it happened, but
the tumbler slipped and glorious me!
if between ns both we didn't spill the
tumbler of water all over her collar
I was dreadfully flustrated, for it
looked as though it was my fault; and
the fust thing 1 did was to out with
my handkerobief and give it to'Mary
Ann; it was nicely done up; she took
it and shook it out, the folks bad held
It up putty well to that time, but then
such a giggle and laugh as there was.
I didn't know what give 'em such a
start, till I looked and seed i'd give
Miary Ann that baby's shirt!
11ere Mrs.. Jonw, who is a v...
fleshy woman, unduIAted -and shook
like a mighty Jelly, withrber wzttli,
and It was some time before she oould
prooeed with her narrative.
'Why,' said she with tears of langh.
ter running down her cheeks, "I'd
tucked it into my dress pocket for a
handkere4bief; that came of being ab
sent minded and in a figet.'
'And Mary Ann and Stephen
were they married after all?'
'Dear me, yest' said Mrs. Jones tand
it turned .out to be the gayest wed
ding I ever 'tended.'
'And what about the baby's shirts
'La mel' said Mrs. Jones, 'how
young folks do ax questions. Every
body agreed I ought to make Mary
Ann a present on't?
'Well Mrs. JoneeP
'Well,' said Mrs. Jones, 'ewat long
'fore she found a use fortl And that's
the end of the story'
SWM roT,r&Tow.-And oW for
the potato patch, as we call it. Plough
your intended potato patch two or
three times, before setting out draws,
having it in rows. PlougT and re
verse, getting the soil in fin'e tilth.
When the time is near for setting out
take a single shovel plow, opeu your
beds to the depth of three inches,
put a little pure stable manure in the
trench, and await'the rain. If the
rain does not come, set out with
water-half a pint to each hill
the earth being pressed firmly a
round the potato root, apd a little dry
eart:a spriokled around the top
ground. iext is the asttixig gut
some say onq toot, some say two feet,
apart; 1 say four inches. The best
cultivation is to plough your potatoes
all the time, pullfag the earth up
around thQ little plants with the hoe
the first working. Never bar off,
the.eby saving the small roots which
make potatoes, and saving oneshalf
the ploughing. In 1876, 1 made 150
bushels sweet potatoes on one-half
acre of land by this mode-giving
one hoeing, or pulling up with the
hoe and two ploughings to thke pota
toes.--R. L. Tanner.
A mornaa or HLrYs's A PPoINTEzge
DauouNEs.---r. Hayes offeted yes.
.erday to Judge Samuel W. Melton
the soliotorship of the United States
treasury. The proffer of the offie
was made to Ju4ge Meltpn by tele.,
graph, and was promply declined. It
will be remembered that Judge Mel
ton was for a long time the law part
ner of ex-,Governor Chamberlain, and
it is probable that the defunct Massi
ach usett s carpet begger suggested
Judge Melton as about the ablest man
in the State, who had the misfortuno
to think and act with the enemies of
'South Carolina, as the proper man
for the place. It is stated that the
Judge's practice was too lucrative
tor him to think for a moment of
giving it up for the sake of a paltry
government office, which only paid
$4,000 per annum. Be that as It may,
we are glad, for Judge Melton's sake,
that he declined what was supposed
to be a sweet morsel for a "native
Republican. "-Coh imbia lUegister.
N~o wonder the war fever in Eng
land is at its height. There are four
women's clubs in London alone.
The barytic mines of South Caro
lina are to be reopened, which will
be found on trial a Varyticlish ope
Bettor give a shilling than lend
and lose half a crown..
It is absurd to be serious about
Hie that lends to all shiows good
will, but little sense.
The memory should be a store
house, not a lumber room.
Very few have sense0 enough to
de8pian the praise of a fool.