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DREAMS AND DREAMS.
A. maiden sits'in a irindow seat.
And to and fro swings her idle foet
As 6he gazes off at the suntet glow
Over the tons of the hills of snow;
In her lap rests a book, unopened, forgot,
Her eyes are sarins where ours may not.
As she dreams ana dreams.
Tar up in thoc mountains of red and jrold,
Behind the bnew hills so whito and cold.
She sees, I doubt not. a lover true
On hisflcry steed go cantering through:
For the bright eyes flash and the red lips
And she sits there gazing a long, long while,
And dreams and dreams.
O! the steed is fiery, the k ver Is true
From the spurs on his boots to his cap of blue:
And the hot eyes flash, and the cheeks burn
As he spurs his horse through the mud and
At his side gleams a sword, now useless and
"With rare' Jewels set in itshilt of gold;
Thus 6be dreams and dreams.
He has traversed the world on his steed so
fleet , ,
For a mnid like thi in the window seat.
Scanned maidens of high and of low degree.
And of each one said, softly: "Not thee, not
"Will never a hand point him out the way,
I wonder? O. ye-.! he will come twlay J
So she dreams and dreams.
But hark to that Found; was it out of the
And wus it the sound of hurrying feet?
O. my heart, stand still and listen with me
While I press mv face to the pane and see.
3s it horses' hoofs on the pavement below?
Have you come, my knight, is it yes or no?
She dreams and dreams.
From that sword Hie jewels niethinks I seo
Adorning the hand of a maid like me!
And now I can f'fl hi breath on my cheek.
Hi hand over mine. Will he never speak?
A voice throutjh the darkness comes loud and
4'Vhat. dishes not washed yet? How's this, ray
Farewell, O ye dreams!"
WHAT THE ODD JOBS DID.
"It is the Lord's will, wife, and wc
can but submit," said Nathan Holloway,
.sadl.y. "1 have pra3ed long and ear
nestly that He would provide some way
.for lis out of this reut trouble; but He
knows best, and He will be with us
even when we have to leave the old
home. I hope they won't come, to
notify us to-day, the first day of the
!Kew Year, and yet I suppose we might
as well look this in the face lirst as
"O Nathan!" said his wife, as she fell
on her knees by the side of the chair to
which for months he had been confined,
"if j'ou were well and strong. I should
.not mind leaving the dear old place so
much; but I know how hard it will be
ior you, as you are, to make another
place seem like home."
'Wife," said her companion, laying
Lis hand fondly on her head, "with you
by my side an' place will seem like
home. Do I not know how you have
struggled and toiled so that wc might
stay here even until to-day? Where
should we have been now, had you not
so bravely taken things into your own
"Lands? I feel badly about Walter, for
I had hoped to give him a good educa
tion; but as God has seen fit to render
me so helpless, it cannot be now, and
we must try to find something for the
"boy to do. But, wife, we will not tell
liim of it to-day. Let us make it a
Lappy day for him, so that when we
are gone he may remember with pleas
ure the last New Year's Day he ever
"Yes, Nathan, I've "
"There, wife, I see lawyer Turner
coming up the lane. You had better
go now. I did hope they would let us
leel that the old place still belonged
:to us to-day, but God knows best."
"Nathan, 1 wish you would let mo
.stay and see the lawj'er with 3011."
"No, no, wife; I can stand this belter
His companion rose, pressed her lips
to his brow, and left the room without
"Happy New Year!" said the lawyer,
as she met him at the. door. --Happy
2s ew Year!" he repeated as he entered
the room where the invalid was await
"Awkward," he muttered, as though
to himself. "It don't sound right to
"wish a man that, when you've come to
turn him out of doors, as you might
During this, speech he had been
iumoling over a bag of papers he had
brought with 1 im.
"Suppose you know what brings me
Lore, Mr. Holloway?" he added, help
ing hiru-elf to a seat.
"Yes," was the reply; "you have
come to notify me that the mortgage is
to be foreelo-ed at once."
"I see you've kept track of dates and
so forth. I don't ofteu attend to such
matters on holidays, but laid aside my
rule for once and made a special case
of this. I understand you are not pre
pared to pa'."
"No, lam not prepared to pay."
"Pity you have not some friend to
borrow the money from. Five hundred
is a small sum to give up such a line
"I could not ask any one. to lend me
-money when there would be no pros
pect of my ever being able to pay back
"Wise, very wise; but your gnmdson
might be able some day to pay it for
"Walter is but a lad," was the reply,
"and it would be long ere he could do
it, nor would I be willing to burden his
3-oung life with a heavy debt. No, the
old place must go."
"And yet," said the lawyer, writing
on one of the papers he had with him,
4I am told it was for his father, to pay
off some of his debts, that the place was
first mortgaged. I don't see why, when
Lis conduct almost ruined 'ou, you
took upon yourself the support of Lis
"That is all a thing of the past now.
Xou know that ray son is dead."
"True, the original mortgage was two
thousand, and you have paid up all but
live hundred." Again he busied him
self with his pen. "Suppose you would
Lave paid it all if you Lad not been dis
abled?" "I hoped to be able to do so, but God
in His all-wise providence has seen fit
to order things otherwise. When do
you propose to offer the place for sale?"
o-ne om mans voice was very saa.
for the place, and it is that which has
brought me here now."
"When does Le wisL to como into
possession?" asked tLe old man, think
ang more of that than, of the price that
ILad been offered.
"I think Le would like to come into
possession to-day," said tLe lawyer,
-writing-busily again. "I Lave brought
all the papers with me."
"To-day, to-day!" said the old man,
"Yes, many people, you know, like
to start things with tLe beginning of
lv v, in nor oe necessary to oiler it piio
"licly," was the lawyer's low reply, "for
J have privatclv found a future owner
tLe New Year. Will you look over thai
Nathan Holloway took the paper
Landed Lim with trembling fingers, for
it was a sbock to Lim to think of pass
ing over, that very day, the old place
to a stranger; but, though Lis eyes grew
dim at first, he bravely steadied himself
until he could read the words that
would pierce his heart like knives. A
frightened look passed our his face. A
momentlaterhe handed the paperback,
"You have made a mistake and given
me the wrong paper."
The lawyer looked at it a moment,
and then returning it said:
"No; if you examine it you will find
it properly made out and signed."
"But it is a release of the mortgage,
and is of no use when I have no money
to pay it."
"Butsuppose some one else has paid
it for you!
"There is no one to do that."
"On the contrary there is; for it has
been paid, anil the release was made
"What does this mean?" asked the
older man. excitedly.
"It means," was the reply, "that
your grandson, who is but a lad, in
deed, has paid off the mortgage, and he
now sends his grandparents the release
as a New Year's offering."
"Walter! Walter! How "
"Listen, Nathan Hollaway! Two
days ago your grandson he tells me
hois but thirteen came into my office.
He's a bright-looking lad, and I have
once or twice sent him on errands, and
given him a tritle for it. It seems now,
that, for the last year, he has spent his
holidays and all of his span) time in
running errands and doing odd jobs
for which he has received small sums
of money, all of which he has carefully
saved, so that when 1 opened the bag
he brought me, I found these small
sums had mounted up until the made
one hundred and twenty-live dollars
and fifty cents. He had heard, he said,
that his" grandfather must sell the farm
unless he could pay some money he
owed by the lirst of the year. He asked
if whathe had given me was enough to
pay it, and I told him Yes, that the
farm would not be sold now, and that
I would come down myself and tell you
"But" began the old man in a
faint voice, and trembling again.
"Wait a moment; I have more to
say. Never mind where the rest of the
money came from. It has all been paid.
What I have to say is this: I am gener
ally considered a hard and crusty old
bachelor. Perhaps I am; circum
stances may have conspired to make
me seem so, but I have a vivid recol
lection of my younger days. I know
what it is to begin life with a clog and
a weight dragging me down; I know
what it is to light and struggle against
adverse circumstances. I nave seen
life in some of its harshest phases, and
since I have been what the world calls
wealthy I have been called stingy and
mean because I have refused to endow
colleges and universities, to found hos
pitals and pay off church debts. But I
have had my own ideas about the dis
position of it, or at least I have wished
to use a portion of it in saving others
from the struggles that beset so many
in early life. Your grandson strikes
me as one to whom I could lend a help
ing hand, feeling confident I would not
regret it in the future. With your con
sent I will undertake to see that he is
well educated, will send him to college
and give him a start in life. As for
you and your wife, you may live here
as long as you need a home on earth,
and you shall want for nothing. It was
to tell you this that I have set aside my
ordinary custom and have attended to
business on New Year's Day. There, 1
am afraid I have told you too sudden
ly, after all," and he went over to the
side of the old man, who was trem
bling in a manner that alarmed him.
"No, no," wa the reply; "call my
wife, call my wife! O ! I could bear
trouble without her, but not this, not
"O Nathan, Nathan!" cried the wife,
when she had been summoned, "what
is it?" and once more she fell on her
knees by his side.
"It is joy. wife, joy! Tell Lor,
please" turning to the lawyer. "1
can't, it chokes mo."
Once again the story was told ol
what a grandson's love had done, and.
as he finished, the lawyer saw the tear
ful face of the wife rai-ed to that of hei
husband. Then, as both heads were
bowed, he stood reverently bv, for he
knew that prayers of thanksgiving were
ascending to the throne of grace. Ever
when he clasped their hands in token ol
farewell, there was no word spoken.
Their hearts were too full for utterance.
It remained for the grandson, who came
shyly in not long afterward, to bring
them to a full realization of the change
in their prospects.
Was it a happy New Year's Day:
Ask any one of them, now that ten
more years have passed away, and they
will all reply alike that it was the hap-
all their lives. A. Weston
Whitney, in S. S. Times.
The Dead Languages.
The ancient languages, with great
beauty of structure, contain wonderful
remains of genius, which draw, and al
ways will draw, certain like-minded
men Greek men and Roman men in
all countries, to their study, but, by a
wonderful drowsiness of tisage, they
had exacted the study of all men.
Once (say two centuries ago), Latin
and Greek Lad a strict relation to all
the science and culture there was in
Europe, and mathematics had a mo
mentary importance at some era of
activity in physical science. These
things became stereotyped as educa
tion, as the manner of men is. But the
good spirit never cared -for the col
leges, and though all men and boys
were now drilled in Latin, Greek and
mathematics, it had quite 'left these
shells high and dry on the beach, and
was now creating and feeding other
matters at other ends of the world. But
in a hundred high schools and col
leges this warfare against common sense
still goes on. Four or six or ten years
the pupil is parsing Greek and Latin,
and as soon as he leaves the university,
as it is ludicrously styled, he shuts those
books for the last time.
Some thousands of young men are
graduated at our colleges in this
country even year, and the perscn:
'who at forty years still read Greek can
all be counted on your hand. I never
met with ten. Four or live persons I
Lave seen who read Plato. But is not
this absurd, that the whole liberal tal
ent of this country sLould be directed
in its best years on studies which lead
to notLing. R. W. Emerson.
Dr. JbLn H.tMcCrary, of Lancas
ter. Pa., suggests that the school chil
dren raise a penny fund to erect at the
State Capitol grounds in Harrisburg a
monument to the memory of Thaddeus
Stevens, the father of the free school
system of the State. Philadelphia
Continental post-offices held them
selves answerable for the contents of
registered letters and packets, provided
the)- value be declared beforehand and
a small sum, in addition to postage,
paid to cover risk of loss. But great
risks the post-offices refuse to accept on
any terms, and they draw the line at a
very modest maximum. This system,
which the English post-office has not
yet seen fit to adopt, is a great con
venience in a country like Switzerland,
where the niannfacture of watches and
jewelry entails the -frequent transmis
sion of gold and precious stones. As a
rule the system works well, but when
diamonds are in question foreign postal
administration and insurance com
panies are sometimes victimized by per
sons whose positions might be supposed
to offer a sufficient guarantee for their
honesty. In April, 1882, a firm at
Chaux de Fonds, Canton Neufchatel,
Switzerland, Lad certain diamonds,
valued at 6,400, to send to BucLarest,
and this being beyond the post-office
maximum for transmission abroad, the
insurance was effected with two com
panies La Baloise and La Suisse
which cultivate this sort of business. In
consideration of an agreed premium
they guaranteed the safe delivery of the
diamonds, which were handed to their
agents, Mayer, Freund & Co., and sent
by them in a registered packet to the
consignee at Bucharest, M. Julien
Bloch, a relative of the consignors, and
their representative for the whole of
Roumania. The packet arrived at
Bucharest on April "JO, and in accord
ance with the usage in such matters
was handed by the post-office to the
custom-house aushorities, who duly
advised M. Bloch of the fact, and asked
him to claim his property. Six days
later that gentleman called at the
custom-house and asked for his box,
but the box was gone. "It contains
diamonds diamonds worth 160,000
francs," said M. Bloch, "and it
must be found." The custom
house neoule were quite of
the same opinion. They, too, said the
missing diamonds must be found, but
thev wero nof found, and M. Bloch
went away without his precious box.
Naturally enough.he did not seem much
concerned at his loss, the diamonds, as
he remarked to M. Georgesco, chief of
the custom-house, being insured for
almost their full value, and M. Blooh
gave himself no further trouble about
them, not even informing La Baloise
and La Suisse of what had come to pass.
But the Bucharest post-office authori
ties were less indifferent. They insti
tuted a minute search for the missing
valuables, and a searching investigation
into the circumstances attending their
disappearance. In the end, whether
influenced by fear, or as he himself
said, moved by remorse, a certain
Sperlich, a minor revenue officer, con
fessed that, after handing the box to
M. Georgesco, he had stolen it from
that gentleman and handed it to M.
Bloch, who had promised him for his
pains a reward of 200. Sperlich said
further that the box contained nothing
but sealing-wax, and that Bloch had
contrived its disappearance in order to
get the 6,400 for which it had been
insured by his confederates at Chaux
de Fonds. On this Bloch took to flight,
but was arrested at the frontier,
brought back to Bucharest, tried, and
condemned to four months' imprison
ment, a term which the Court of Ap
peal subsequently increased to twelve
months. Sperlich received the same
condemnation, and Georgesco was sen
tenced to fifteen days' imprisonment
for neglect of duty. It will hardly be
believed that after this exposure the
firm at Chaux de Fonds had the hardi
hood to sue La Baloise and La Suisse
for 6,400, the amount for which they
insured the box of sealing-wax. But
they did, and the case has just been
decided by the tribunal of the Seine
of course against the consignors. The
matter was" probably referred to the
tribunal of the Seine because, although
the companies in question arc Swiss
companies, their headquarters arc at
Paris, and they have "elected domi
cile" there. In other words, if you want
to sue them the action must be tried in
the department of the Seine. It may
possibly occasion surprise that the firm
of Chaux de Fonds have not been pros
ecute I: but as they still insist that the
packet did actually contain diamonds,
and it cannot be produced, it was prob
ably thought that it would be impossi
ble to convict them on the sole evidence
of a man like Sperlich: and seeing that
Sperlich is in prNon, even his evidence
is not obtainable. From the practices
to which certain Swiss watchmakers
and jewelers sometimes lend them
selves, it might almost seem that they
look upon roguery as a neje-sary ad
junct to horology. Not very long ago
the French Government discovered that
they had been for years systematically
swindled by certain watchmakers at
Geneva. Until the discovery in question
led to a change of system, all articles of
jewelry entering France from Switzer
land were stamped at the frontier, and
when re-exported a drawback equal to
the duty was returned to the exporter.
The sta'mp, or hall-mark, was taken as
a proof that the duty had been duly
paid, and beyond a declaration as to
the ownership no formalities were re
quired. This system suggested an in
genious and easily practiced plan for
netting the better of the French custom
Rouse.0 Gold chains, brooches, watches
and similar articles were sent openly
over the frontier, stamped, and the duty
paid. This was the first stage of the
business. They were then taken to an
other custom-house on the border, de
clared for export, and the drawback
secured. The next procedure was to
smuggle them back into France and get
the drawback a second time (of course
at another custom-house), and so the
ball was kept rolling for nothing
is easier than to smuggle jew
elry and it went on rolling until
a jeweler at Geneva, who had
failed and, been, as he thought, badly
treated by his confederates, revealed
the plot out of revenge. Some of the
most respectable houses in Geneva were
implicated in the business, and those of
them who had branches in France were
heavily fined. The latest dodge is mak
ing bogus coin for circulation in Egypt
and the East. A short time ago the
Egyptian Government prosecuted the
counterfeiters, but were unable to get
redress. The Geneva tribunals, before
which the matter was brought, decided
that, as there exists no treaty between
Switzerland and Egypt for the recipro
cal punishment of fabricators of false
money in their respective territories,
the prosecution had no case. And even
if this difficulty had not arisen the de
fendants would probably have been ac
quitted all :" same. In the East coins
are used botb as money and as orna
ments. The coins fabricated in Gene
va were called ornaments, and strung
together in tLe shape of bangles and
bracelets. TLe parties concerned might
easily contend did, in fact, contend
that "it was not witLiu tLeir knowledge
that the article tLey "were making were
coins at U1, or intended to be used as
money. It is no part of a Switzer's
duty to understand Arabic or be con
versant with the coinage of the East;
and when a Geneva jeweler receives an
order the only inquiry Le is called upon
to make is an inquiry toucLing tLe solv
encvof his customer. That being done,
he "thinks all is done. Cor. London
Street Peddling in Jiaples.
Street peddlers abound as thick as
lice in Egypt, or to give a better idea
of their number, as lice in Naples. In
the matter of lice Egypt even when
plagued was nothing to Naples. The
wrath of the Almighty did not produce
more lice in Egvpt than does the filth
of the people in 'Naples. But this has
nothing to do with the street peddlers.
All kinds of goods are sold by ped
dlers upon the streets as well as in shops.
Peddling exactly suits the Neapolitan
temperament, as there is no very hard
labor in it, and it affords great scope
for lying and swindling. It is some
labor to carry a basket or tray, and he
had rather not do it, but that is over
balanced by the delight there is in lying
to somebody and getting the better ol
somebody, which this occupation af
fords him. He doesn't make much
money, but then he doesn't want mueh.
As in other parts of Italy, truth is not
a part of their system and a lie is con
sidered the first virtue. To reap some
advantage from a lie is to experience
the highest delight known to the Italian
Also there is no price for anything.
Your street peddler appears to you with
a pyramid of fancy baskets which at
tracts the attention of your lady friend.
She asks the price and the answer comes
slowly, deliberately and desperately,
"Bah! it is too much." (By the way,
the experienced one would say "too
much" if the price had been a franc.)
"What will madam give?"
"I am not-putting a price upon your
goods. That is for you to do."
"Trade is dull and my children cry
for bread. I will sell the basket for
thirteen francs. But I make no profit.
I am eating up my capital."
There goes on more chaffering, the
seller dropping a franc at a time to
begin with, and then a half-franc, till
finally he is down to five francs. Then
the final struggle begins. The lying
that has preceded this is merely clear
ing the ground. The seller looks ex
pectant, and the lady defiant.
"I will give you!" (she says very
slowly and with great impressiveness).
"I will give you exactly two francs,
and not a sou more. There need be no
more talk two francs or nothing."
The peddlar sees that she is in earn
est, and that further talk is unneces
sary. He cannot, however, forego the
delight of another lie, for they hold on
to their luxuries as long as possible,
and he commences one, but is cut short
with the peremptory "two francs !"
"lAvill take it," he says very quickly.
And before the astonished woman has
an opportunity to say "no," the basket
is in her hands.
The villain made a good franc and a
half as it is, and goes away bursting
with a joy that he has to conceal till he
turns a corner. Then he throws down
his baskets and rolls upon the ground
in an ecstasy.
The new comer thinks himself smart,
and thinking to beat the vendor, oilers
ten francs for what is asked fifteen
for, and goes about exhibiting his pur
chase in proof of his cuteuess and is
laughed to scorn immediately by those
who have been here a week.
The shops are but little better. There
are shops where tlrey deal with com
parative honesty, and where the prices
are fixed, but they are few and far be
tween. Falsehood is a part of the
Italian system in trade, and is consid
ered no crime, or even a fault. The
merchants operate upon the theory
that they will never see their customers
again, and the best policy is to make
the most out of him while they have
him in their clutches. The price asked
is always more than they expect, and tc
get anything above what they will sell
at, if you have patience to chaffer, is tc
make them happy.
There is no dependence to be placed
upon their representations as to goods.
You have to depend upon your own
judgment, and unless you are a verj
good judge of an article you are cer
tain to be swindled, for there is no lie
too Inure and no aduleration or shoddy
izingtoo outrageous for these highway
robbers. D. R. Locke, in Toledo Blade.
Talking With Strangers.
At another time, when riding toward
Washington, Thomas Jod'erson over
took a man of respectable appearance
a country merchant. The President
drew up and saluted him, as was his
friendly habit. The two then journeyed
on together. Political topics erupt
in, and the man on foot strongly cen
sured certain acts of the Administration.
He then proceeded to quote some per
sonal stories against the President.
"Do you know Mr. Jefferson, per
sonally?" inquired the man on horse
back. "No, nor don't want to."
"But is it fair play to repeat such
stories, and then not dare to meet the
subject of them face to face?"
At the word "dare" the merchant
"I will never shrink from meeting
Mr. Jefferson if ho comes in my way.
"Will you go to his house to-morrow,
and be introduced to him, if I will meet
The next day the stranger bravely
sent in his card "at the Presidential man
sion, for in the intervening time he had
discovered the identity of his new ac
quaintance. When fie saw the Presi
dent he said:
"I have called, Mr. Jefferson, to
apologize for having said to a stranger
Here the President interrupted him
with "hard things of an imaginary
personage who is no relation of mine."
The merchant attempted explanation,
but the President laughingly parried all
efforts of the kind, and insisted on his
staving to dinner.
Afterwards this gentleman used tc
caution young people to be guarded
when talking with strangers, but instead
of being an enemy of the President he
and his fatnilv became "fiery Jeffer
sonians." X.'Y. Ezamimr.
Lord Coleridge declined all th
numerous invitations extended to him
by photographers to sit for his picture.
The merfof the camera then sent to
England for one to make copies of, but
were disappointed to find that Cole
ridge had not been photographed foi
twentv veais. N. Y. Times.
Massachusetts and Rhode Island are
the onlv States which now olect all
(State officers and Legislature every
' yea, and only six States ha.ro sessions
ol-'the Legislature every year. Boston
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