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THE GIFTS OF AGE.
Hotr TTJtt thoal chear me, ase, tvhea. year by
The grace "and jo; of youth are passed avray,
.And thou has turned the bormie brown hair
Dimmed th2 clear eyes, has bid the red lip's fade.
And the soft motion of the lithe, soft limb;
Into sU creeping, like the snail's, hast made?
Tlovr shall I cheer thee? I will crown thy head
"With gleaming silver: for youth's timid sips
Of po-irer Rive thee the best of all the power
To totnfort; seam thy softly faded face
"With deep experience: make thy faltering step
liusic most dear within thy dwelling-place.
"What wilt thou bring me, age, when from my
Thou tak'&t the light of youth, who gies the
Such brilliant, rapid flight: where all my power
Shall; oneTjy one, lose the fresh, vigorous play
That makes their excuse a pare delight?
Oh J how I d read to see youth pass away.
"What shall I bring thee? I will bring to thee
Long hours of pure companionship, whose wide
And perfect happiness shall with thee bide
Long after earth has passed. I'll bring to thee
Fair memory's afterglow, thy husband's trust,
Thy children's love, th7 friend's fidelity.
"What canst thou give me. age, to make a life
"With thee endurable? Then shall I know
The embers of the passions that now glow
And burn within my fervid heart. Canst thou.
The fo:eruuner of death, lind aught to ease
The dread descent foreshadowed on thy brow?
"What can I give thee? O. thou doubting heart!
I'll lead thee gently to the welcome grave.
"Where thou shalt leave thy body, passion's
"Worn out and useless, lappel in dreamless rest,
Thy glowing spirit, as it bursts its cell.
Shall own, exultant, ags's gifts arc best.
noTv Sho Subdued tho "Terror" of
The purple frlamour of an ideal Indian
summer enwrapped tho rich vegetation that
made Coyote Prairie, in far Southern Kan
sas, in its semi-unsettled days, so inviting
and wholly delightful to the Eastern-bred
family of Samuel Archer.
The Archer family had journeyed all the
way from' "New York that summer, in a
large covered wagou, or in "Western par
lance "a prairie schooner." Samuel Archer
was on tho loojt-out for "a home in the un
settled. West, and 'notwithstanding the un
pleasant reports which they frequently
heard of Indian depredations in the vicinity
of Coyote Prairie, as that beautiful stretch
of fertile prairie land had been named by
the early settlers, he concluded to appropri
sitc to himself a certain portion of its
billowy surface that had particularly cap
tivated hi3 vision.
The Archer family consisted of Samuel,
his wife, z. refined, pleasant woman, who did
not air her Eastern manners before her less
refined neighbors ol tho frontier, and their
only child, Zelma, as she was named, a
handsome, determined girl of seventeen.
Samuol was a big, robust, hard-working
Yankee farmer of more than ordinary
energy. With a neighbor's help he soon had
a very comfortable log cabin erected on his
Western claim, into which the family were
fain to move themselves after a protracted
residence under canvas.
Mrs. Archer was a busy, careful house
wife. Unused to the wild gales, which en
joyed such unfettered sweep over Coyote
Prairie, she was often provoked beyond
measure at tho sheets of dust from the
sandy road sifting through every crack and
crevice of the cabin and into the most seclu
ded place?. But Zelma did not allow tho
gales of her new homo to worry her. Tho
potatoes just taken from the cooking utensil
might be peppered over with dust driven
into tho cabin by tho high winds, while her
mother worried, Zelma would endeavor to
laugh off the provocation.
Zelma's was a choory, sunshiny tempera
ment, ever seeking and discovering the
bright side, where othors beheld tho gloomy.
Still, she could be very Arm, too, as one
could readily judge from the cast of her
prcttj mouth and snowy chin.
Her intensely dark eyes announced moro
plainly than words would have done to an
observer that she meant just what she said
and aimed to execute whatever she set her
heart on accomplishing, so long as her bet
ter judgment approved tho step.
Imbued with tho same spirit of industry
that characterized her parents, Zelma
Archer determined to bo a light a burden to
them in their new homB as posssible. Ac
cordingly, hearing that the Coyote Prairio
school was. without a teacher for tho win
tor term, Zelma donned her calico sunbonnct
and gloves and called on tho board of trus
tees. She had received a good education in
New York, but had no experience ii teach
ing school. But this did not deter her from
She informed the trustees that she had no
fears but tliat she could govern the school
r.nd instruct tho pupils, too. That board of
bemi-rough frontiersmen eyed tho small but
plump girl making an oral application to
leach tho rudo urchins of Coyote Prairie,
i'hey were doubtful and undecided. But, at
last, Zelma's self-confldenco in herabilitv
lo mauago ''the tough skule, miss," won the
day for her. She was engaged to teach the
school at thirty-tire dollars per month, and
board furnished her during the bad weather
at the nearest patron's, Jacob Hadley. When
the weather was farorablo and walking
good, Zelma preferred to walk over three
miles homo than put up with Hadloy's
family, who lived only one mile from the
school-house, although Mr. and Mrs. Hadlcv
had assured her of a cordial welcomo to stay
w ith them throughout the entire term.
"Wife an' mo'll be powerful glad ter hov
you-uns board along with we-uns. Our
ranch is on'y a mild frum the slrulo-house,
which's right over yandor on thet thar little
rise in tho purary," Hadley had said to Zelma.
School opened on Monday. On Sunday
evening Mr. Archer hitched up his mule
team and drorc Zelma orerto Jacob Had
ley's so she might get an earlier start on the
llrst day of school than if she had to walk
"It's half tho battle, you know," Archer
said to Hadley, as ho helped Zslma out of
the wagon, to get an early start and head
the young ones off in plotting mischiof the
first day. Zel's grandfather was a mighty
brave Yankee soldier in the war of 1S12,
and I hopo she will tako af tar him and stand
her ground if the young coyot23 of Coyoto
Prairie raise a rebellion." ho addel.
"They're a passel o' tough-uns, miss,"
said Hadley, before Zelma started for
school next morning. "I reckon you-uns'll
want ter throw" up the contract 'fore night.
They 'ro tough as all git out," using a figure
of speech the girl did not comprehend, but
which made her smile in spite of herself.
"Yos, an' a quarrelin'cr set ye never
seed. I know," put in tho voice of Mrs.
Hadloy. "Oh, you-uns'll her yer hands
chuck full with 'em, miss. Now if I was
teacher of the con-twisted Coyote Purary
skule, Fd jest erbout churn the daylights
outer some of 'em," and she wagged her
head sagely' as she rendered this ponderous
"I hopo ,Ve wont Tier any trouble with
'cm," Jacob went on, "but, ya see, they're
so all-fired rough an heathenish lirin' out
hyar ermong wild white men an' mean
In j ins, with little or no sculin' ter speak of,
for so long a spell I'm kinder skeered fur
ye, miss.But don't let us diskerigo ye.
Try yer hand, lack" the very life o' mean
ness outin 'cm ef they sass ye. Whop mine
like sin qf they don't mind ye."
And thus equipped, with forewarnlngs
and most expressive suggestions, Zelma set
out across the- hazy prairie towards the
.cchool-honse. She found it a roughly built,
uncheerful structure. It had been made of
Krough, green lumber, from a distant saw
mill, and the fervid sun-rays 01 three jan
sas summers had warped and shrunken the
wide boards until they were an inch and
over apart in placc3. allowing ample venti
lation. The floor was so uneven one wa3 in
constant danger of being tripped up while
passing across it. The windows were
broad slits -in the walls, two on each side,
and covered with led-ticking tacked to a
rude framework, all four of which were
now loose and creaking and slamming dis
mally in the high autumn blast. The door
vr.n swinging on its rusty hinge as if bent
on getting free. It was a decidedly unfa
vorable appearance to greet the eyes of a
young teacher, more especially one who has
"Verily, mine is a m03t 'open' reception,"
exclaimed Zelma, with a smile, stepping in
and surveying the interior of her temple of
learning on Coyote Prairie. "We shall not
want for oxygen. The mudwasps have elab
orately festooned the walls, while the spiders,
evidently thinking that filmy lambrequins
would add beauty to the corners, have been
auxiliary in weaving most delicate patterns
for my academy. What! A great, ungainly
dry goods box for the teacher's desk. Now,
won't I look queenly and commanding be
hind that, seated on a big, much-whittled
"Gentlemen of leisure about town are said
to find much pleasure in dry goods boxes as
seats, so I'll get all the enjoyment possible
out of this one as a desk. It has not been
very well appreciated in the pa3t, judging
from the jack-knife defacements and at
tempts at hieroglyphic? on its sides. Well,
I'll make the best of things as they are, for
the present, but when I draw my iir.st
month's salary we shall behold some public
improvements. But I must not .forgot the
story of the milk-maid, last I, too, may build
too much on the future."
Zelma's adaptability to circumstances en
abled her to conquer all discouragements
that she might otherwise have experienced
in the novel arrangements of the school
room. Jacob Hadlej-'s numerous children "tuck a
powerful lixin' " to tho now teache as Mrs.
H. took the p-iins to inform her after one
wck of school had passed.
Jalie, the eldest, a robust fellow of
eighteen, had told Zelma of the unpleasant
experience of the last teacher, who, in Coy
ote Prairie language, had been forced "to
git up an' hustle" by tho largest pupil bo
longing to the school.- Bill Warren, who, as
the elder Hadley said, was "a holy terror,
and run the hull skule."
"Bill always goes armed." said young
Jake. "The other boys'll all mind yo but
him. He rules tho roost at home and over'
body is as 'fcard of him as o' Old Scratch.
He's twenty, now. aud bigger than my pap.
But rough as Bill is he'll hardly 'buse a
woman, I 'low."
"It is to bo hoped that he has too much
self-respect, if not politeness, to do that,"
Zeima had replied.
The second Monday of school Zelma dis
covered many new faces at the school-house
as she came walking from her home.
Jake came out to meet her and whispered
lowly: "Bill Warreu's here, teacher."
Zelma was all curiosity to see the "holy
terror" who could so fearfully convulse the
people of Coyote Prairie.
"That's him lcanin' agin the side o' the
house'" whispered Jake, "aud he's got his
shootiu' iixin's along."
As she approached the school-house Zelma
gave a swift glnnce at tho tall, strongly
built bronze-faced fellow leaning earelossly
by tho doorway, with one hand caressing
the muzzle of a bright, new rifle. He was
quite handsome, she at once decided, with
his flashing eyes so deeply blue as to bo
easily mistaken for black, and his hair of the
hue of a blackbird's wing. He was dressed
in somewhat brigandish sty.o and wore a
richly finished belt, from which protruded
an V.-ory-handled revolver. Zelma had never
seen a "holy terror" before and the speci
men by no means impressed her unfavora
bly. For one week every thing moved along
without the least discord. Zelma seemed
to have "got on the blind side o' thot thar
Bill Warren." Jacob Hadloy told the neigh
bors. All the pupils seemed to like thoir pretty,
energetic young teacher, who ruled them by
a wi30 combination of kindness and firm
ness. The big boys all said that she was "hard
to beat," and even rough Bill admitted that
she was "tolerably fairish like."
"How a' ye gittin' crlong with thet thar
Bill Warren?" asked Jacob Hadley, hailing
Zelma as she passed his house on her way
homo after two weeks labor in the Coyoto
"Very nicely, indeed," she answered. "He
takes to books readily, and so far, has been
"He'll break out all of a suddint some day
like one of our Western blizzards, now you
uns mind cf he don't," chimed in Jacob's
better half from the door. "He's got awful
nice, well edcrcatcd folks but they've lived
out hyar on Coyote Purary so long, Bill's
got theuppcr hand of 'em, and ho je3t runs
wild, like an Injnu, and his pap has no moro
rulin' over him than nothin'."
When Monday morning came Bill Warren
did not' put in an appearance at school. A
little sister of his handed Zelma a note from
his father. It read:
"Mi AnciiEii I writs this to put you on
your guard. Bill, I a-n sorry to say, is beyond
my eontrol He declares that he will go to
school no longer, and his threatened to break
up your school, as he did the one held last
winter., , His mother and I were in high hopes
that you had won him over to good behavior, he
started in so favorably. But we are now in sad
B. L. WAKUEN.
Zelma's face flushed a little as she perused
this note, but almost instantly it took on a
determined expression, one a soldier might
have wore, and she said slowly under her
breath: "If he can not, I can. If I have
any martial blood in my veins it is in arms
and ready 'to dara or die.' "
As soon as school was called, she asked if
any of the pupils had seen Bill Warren that
morning. She immeliately learned from
Jake that tho "holy terror" was even then
amusing himself with target shooting on
tho prairio back of the school-house, evi
dently delighting in the thought that he
must bo terrifying tho new teacher.
Zelma at onco appointed six of the largest
boys to go out and command tho big truant
to come into school. "Tell him that his
teachor commands him to come immediately
into tho school-house and receive punish
ment for daring to play truant."
Her messengers grinningly obeyed, but
soon returned, saying:
"Ef ye please, teacher. Bill swore at us
awful, an' sent us to the hot place, an' jes
stood us all off with his revolver. Ho says
he won't como nary inch, an' you-uns kain't
"Ah. we shall see!" was all Zelma said.
But her' dark eyes flashed and her lips were
firmly compressed. Bidding the scholars be
quiet add prepare their lesson3, Zelma left
A short distance from tho back of the
school building Zelma espied Bill Warren
seated on the ground examining his rifle.
His back was towards her, and so quickly
and noislessly did she slip upon him that ho
was unconscious of her presence, until she
grasped, him vigorously by his coat collar
and shook him quite soundly.
"You rough, unmanly fellow, to send a
lady such a message I Perhaps that is your
idea of bravery! If so, it is a very poorone.
Are you not thoroughly ashamed of your
self!" and she bent her dark eyes upon his
Bill's countenance was a study. Surprise,
anger and shame, each contended for mas
"Gire me that rifle and revolver, sir, and
come in school at once." She spoke with the
tone of true firmness, but without the ring
"I intend to punish you, William Warren,
for your truancy, and for the use of tingen
tlemanly language to your schoolmates,
whom I sent to carry my orders."
BDl's'head dfop"peJ. His bronzed cheeks.
crimsoned with blushes of real shvne. He
was too utterly .con fused andnpsplussedior
the moment to effer resistance, even had ho
felt the inclination, as Zelma bravely pos
sessed herself of his rifle and pistoL
"Now, sir, march to tho school-house at
once," was the military order which the
littlo schoolmistress gave to the holy
terror" of Coyote prairie.
Bill started to obey, bat suddenly halted,
confronting her with a changed countenance.
An expresiionof intense resentment flashed
into hi3 eyes a3 he said:
"I'm not a young one to be ruled over by a
flip of a Yankee girl, I'll give you to under
stand," and he straightened himself up like
a young giant "Givemebackmy weapons!"
and he took a hasty step towards her.
There was a littlo click of tho pistol in
Zelma's hand, and he paused.
"Thunder! you'd as lief shoot a fellow a3
not, I believe," ho exclaimed; and he could
not help gazing, with some degree of ad
miration, at the spirited little teacher who
stood imperially beforo the huge truant,
leveling his own revolver at him.
"You will not find it very safe to menace
me. I intend to be obeyed, and without
further trifling, too. Do you surrender,
William Warren!" demanded tho plucky
The angry, sullen look gradually faded
from his face, and for answer he turned
and walked toward the school-house, keci
icg close by Zelma's side.
No word was necessary to prove that the
encounter had resulted for him in a Water
loo; he was vanquished. Had it been feasi
ble, Zelma might have banished him to St
Helena for all the resistance that Bill would
The incredulous stare? of the scholars
with which they favored Zelma as she
marched in with her cantive can bo more
easily imagined than described.
She talked to him earnestly on the sin of
disobedience, but she did not lecture him
long before tho whole school. He humbly
stood with drooped head and listened to
Zelma's words, then, when she had finished,
the crushed, would-be outlaw took his seal
and displayed assiduous attention to his
books for the remainder of the day.
That evening she dismissed them all ex
cept Bill, whom she desired to remain.
Little Lola Warren hurried home with
wild eyes to tell the news at home.
"You ought to saw Bill," she said ex
citedly to her parents. "Why, ho looked
just as scared as could bo when Miss Zelma
walked him in. And she's kept him in, and
she's got hi3 rifle and pistol by her desk,
and I just expect she'll nigh about wear Bill
out if he don't mind her."
'God grant that she may reform my way
ward boy," sighed Mrs. Warren. And Mr.
Warren echoed tho prayerful hope.
As Zelma sat by the conquered "terror"
that evening, she implored him to consider
his parents, whose heads were bowed in
trouble over his wild ways; she appealed to
his sense of honor, she urged him kindly to
think and develop the better nature and
manhood that she knew was in him.
When she ceased speaking to him, tears
stood in her lovely dark eyes, and, could it
bo possible! yes, there were tears, also, in
the deep, blue eyes of Bill Warren. Zelma
had moved him a3 he had never been moved
"I've been an ugly, big brute, Miss Zelma,
and I beg your pardon," ho stammered, tak
ing the hand which she offered him as a
sign that peace was restored between them.
-You ought to shoot me down like a prai-'
rio dog for tho mean way I've acted. No
body ever talked to m e as if there was any
thing but meanness in mo. But you. Miss
Zelma, make me sec my usrly, rough self in
such a light that I want to make a change."'
"And you can make a change for the bet
ter, Will, if you will try. True, persevering
earnestnes3 never yet failed, if it was on the
side of right," she replied.
'"I'll begin at once to try. I'm rc3olved to
make a man of myself or I'll ride over to
tho Indian camp and pay some Arrapahoe
brave to scalp me," he responded, and then
they parted for tho night
Bill was faithful to his word. He did try
to becomo a man, aud the progress he made
furnished Co;-ote Prairie with gossip enough
to last it a lifetime. In school he applied
himself diligently to his studies, and hi?
naturally good mind readily grasped the
most knotty subjects. No one was so tire
less as he in assisting Zelma to inako the
school house comfortable for winter, while
his gentlemanly deportment was the wonder
of hisschoolmates. But Bill Warren came
of a fine family; hepo3sosed the elements
of noble manhood, but had never developed
them; hence, his reformation was the more
rapid, the more noticeable.
"I jes believe you-uns air a witch, Miss
Zolmy," Mrs. Hadley said to her, one wet
evening that Zelma had come home with
tho children from school. "Nothin' short of
a right big hunk o' witchcraft would a tuck
the all-fired stiffenin' outcn thet wild Bill
Warren as you-uns hov done."
Then Jacob laughed heartily, saying:
"It clean beats me outen my socks, ter
see how ye, a small Yankee gal from back
East, hev the full rulin' o' thet holy terror
o' Coyoto Purary as yo hev.' Why, he
skeered every man teacher plumb outn the
country who tried the school 'fore you-uns.
But, great Svott,! yuu-un3 hev grit, Miss
Zelmy, an' must take after thet olo codger
of a relation o' youn, thet yer pap tole
erbout ilghtin' some'eres on them big lake
near whar you folks used ter live. I plumb
b'lieve it sure," aud the old frontiersman
gazed at Zelma Archer pridefully.
One evening as Zelma was walking horn",
Bill Warren overtook her. He was riding
hi3 spirited pony and leading a beautiful jet
black one, on whose back was an elegant
"Miss Zelma," he addressed her, "I am
not up to making a presentation speech, as
they do in the East but you have expressed
a wjsh to own a gqntle pony.; -so please ac
cept this ono as a gift"
"It would not look well for me to accept
such a costly present," she replied, never
theless looking admiringly at the black pony
with its proudly-arched neck.
But Bill insisted that his mother had had
the pony "trigged tip for her for a Christ
mas gift and would feel very much hurt if
Zelma refused it For they knew that Mr.
Archer had nothing but mules to ride, and
Mr. Warren had a great number of ponies
at his ranch, and the Warrens desired to
gratify a wish of tho young teacher, whom
they esteemed so highly. This being the
case Zelma accepted the beautiful present
with many thanks.
Winter sped rapidly away, and spring
scattered rare wild flowers prodigally over
Coyote Prairie. Summer was hurrying on ;
school had expired and Zelma was enjoying
a long vacation. She was very fond of her
pony, and no pleasure was greater for her
than to mount and ride across tho flower
It was a golden dav in lata spring. Zelma
decided to ride beyond the wide limits of
Coyoto Prairie and explore the wooded
stream which was only a vague, dark streak
far west from her home.
She was some time in reaching the wood,
but when she did the scone was so enchant
ing to her artistic fancy that she scarcely
heeded the distance she had come. At last
when she permitted her pony to refresh
himself at the stream, she suddenly realized
her position. She was alone in a wood
which was said to be the haunt of ferocious
wild animals and bad Indians. The girl was
almost frightened to think how far she had
heedlessly ridden beyond the rango of any
Before she had time to turn he: pony's
head homeward there wa3 a cat-like step of
moccasined feet, and a brawny, painted In
dian sprang from tho wayside bushes and
grasped the rein of her bridle.
"Ugh!" he uttered, fiendishly leering into
her scared face. "Itunnin' Wolf heap too
quick for white squaw. Good pony, me
take; white squaw pretty black eyes; me
take. Ugh '. Runnin' Wolf take both to his
lodge, way off."
. The poor girl was too thoroughly fright
ened to cry for belDhad nnv hfn -nrftbin
hearing which was very unlikely. Bo un- j
expected was tho appearance of Ennnirg
Wolf,' so sudden her capture, she was de
prived for a time of the power to stir a
mnacle. Indeod, she seemed fixed to the
The Indian, with a triumphant gleam in
hi3 eviL copper-colored eye.s turned Zelma's
pony into a tingled bypath, aud ws' fast
leading him with his fright-benumbed mis
tress deeper and deeper within the wild,
On and on Itnnniag Wolf went with his
At length they came to a pince where the
path made an abrupt turn. What was Zel
ma's joy to bo brought face to face with Bii!
Bill had been hunting for a lot horse
from his father's ranch and Providence had
evidently led him there.
Bill's wits were always alert, and he cdui
prehondod tho situation at a glance. With
a yell of horror the young fello-.v raised his
rifle and firod directly at the Indian. But
era Bill had pulled the trigger, the wily
Running Wolf had jumped aside, and the
bullet tore its way into the trunk of a tree
on the'ereek bank.
Bill allowel thtj Indian to go skulking off
without further molestation, while he has
tened to Zelma's side and received her into
his strong arai3 just as sho fainted from the
excess of her terror.
Water from the creek near by revived her,
and soon Zelma was able to ride home by
the side of her brave rescuer. Her grati
tude was too deep for many worUs: bosidos.
Bill would not allow her to allude to the
matter had she tried over .so often.
After that advcnt;:re, a war-ner friend shir
sprang up between Bill and Zelma. and the
latter never rod far across Coyote Prairie
unless Bill was in cloe attendance. It was
difficult for her to realize that this attentive
escort of hers had been, only lait autumn,
her unruly pupiL But she closed her eyes
to the contrast.
O in day as they halted their ponies for z
rest under a lone cottonwood tree, withir
sight of Mr. Warren's ranch and Mr.
Archer's new farm. Bill blushed as ho raised
his honest eye.s, uow o steady, to Zelma'
"Zelma, " he said, speaking in low tones,
"everybody says you have made a man oi
me, and I believe it. You achieved a great
victory when you subdued 'the holy terror,
as the Hadleya nicknamed me; but you
have won another conquest, my rough, un
tutored heart I have had a hard struggle
to overcome my wild ways that distres-.ee
my parent3 so, aud try to be moro miruly.
You have helped me so far, won't you he!r
mo always, Zelma!"
"In what way can a flip of 'a Yankee girl'
help you, Mr. Warren!" Zelma asked,
"Forgive thoso words, Zelma. You havt
taught mo courtesy since then and I shall bt
careful not to apply such names in future
I have been a 'holy terror' long on Coyote
Prairie, but you haro given me a delicious
taste of civilization and have carried off mj
heart. Am I to go back into terrordom, 01
will you be mine, Zelma. and exercise your
sweet civilizing influence over me through
"I will, my diamond-in-the-rough," she
replied, suffering his strong hand to clasp
hers; "Iwill help you through this life tc
attain a noble m mhood."
Zelma was true to her promise. When the
wedding took place tho Hadleys broke forth
into everlasting exclamation points from
which they never fully recovered, althougi
they occasionally exchange visits with the
happy young couple, whose household is the
brightest out on Co3ote Prairie. A. II. Gib
son, in Yankee Jllnd'.
HINTS ON CALLING.
How to Make YoursHf Agreeable
Friends itml Arqu'iintnnces.
When 3"ou r.ro ushered into the par
lor, stare around tho room and examine
every tiling that happens to bo lyinj.
If a child or do comes into the
room while yon are waiting, take it or
your lap. If the child cries thereat,
don't mind it. Children should learn
to get acquainted with strangers.
If it is near the dinner hour whor
you call, don't hurry. The cook car
put the dinner in the oven and keep ii
warm until you depart.
If you carry a cane, twirl It with
your linger. Should it fall and smash
a vase or punch a hole in a picture yor
If you happen to b e seated near an
other caller, it is quite proper to turn
your back on the individual. It show.'
you are independent.
Open the piano and begin to play,
whether you have any skill or not. In
fact, the less you know about playing
the longer yon shoul.1 keep it up.
Handle all the ornaments and bric-a-brac
in the room. You might whittle
the furniture a little to ascertain whether
it ba solid mahogany or a base imitation.
Pull out your watch every few min
utes during conversation to see what
lime it is.
If you find the room too warm open
the indows. This uivos tho caller the
appearance of fueling perfectly at
If you find the lad' of the house
about to go out, begin. some long story.
It will niaku her so happy to wait
while you tell it.
If you are a new comer, call on the
neighbors at once and gut acquainted.
Don't wait .fo put carpets elown 01
stoves up, but cail.
Don't di.-cuss weighty subjects when
von make a call. Something light thr
tariff or the weight of a ion of com
would be best.
After yon havo started to go. sit down
again as often as you think of some
thing more lo say. Texm Sifiinj.i.
Darning Rents in Clothes.
Very frequently a little boy's clothes
get sadly lorn, and tho inexperienced
mother does not know how to repair
the mischief without making thu gar
ment unsightly. If ravelings of the
goods are to be had, even a very bad
rent can be made almost invisible. But
if silk must be used, have it fine and the
color of the goods, and you will need a
fine needle. If tho tear is ragged, put
a bit of the goods under it. or of some
other goods tho same shade. Haste the
goods around the rent ji as to hold the
edges smoothly; thread your needle with
the silk, and put the knot on the under
side. Commence -at least one-fourth
of an inch back, 'and run your needle
with the smallest stitches to the same
depth on the other side, taking care to
keep the thread entirely out of sight.
Xow go back again, and so on, forward
and back, until the rent is closed,
taking care not to draw or expose the
thread. Now dampen tho work, slip a
press-board under it, and lay a piece of
cloth the color of the goods ovorir, and
press with a warm iron. A press
board is one of the necessaries for the
mother who makes her boys' clothes.
Mine measures thirty six inchea in
length, one inch thick, 4 inches wide
at one end, three at the other, with
both ends and the side's a little rounded.
It is made 'of lvrwdWoTnaif
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"MAKING A MASH."
rioir rreltr and 3Ilschirous Srnorltas
Do It in Mexico.
The stranger in Mexico, especially if
he be young and good-looking, is liable
to be considerably surprised at his first
ball here, when some pretty senorita,
whom he has never seen before, trios
up to him with an engaging smile on
her face and something that looks like
an egg in her hand, and suddenly
smashes the latter over his cranium.
To one not- acquainted with the cascar
nne custom it is startling, to say tho
least. Luckilv. however, tho ess has
been robbed of its usual interior, tho
original contents having been emptied
through a small hole at one end. Tho
shell is then refilled with finely chopped
tinsel and colored paper, perhaps with
the addition of perfumed sachet pow
der or some dainty trinkets, after which
tho opening is neatly closed by a bit of
paper pasted over it.
In tho good old days of the Spanish
aristocracy the egg shells to be used by
proud grandees at swell fandaniros
were filled with gold and diamond dust.
Similar extravagances are sometimes
indulged in nowadays, but rarely. Oc
casionally small gold coin, charms,
pearls, opals or spiced candies aro
stuffed in with the chopped tinsel,
making the divertiscment rather ex
pensive. One can buy very pretty cas
caronus. however, for about one dtd
lar per dozen, and it is quite the cor
rect thing for a belle or beau to go to a
ball armed with several dozen of them.
Often the s hells are hand-painted or
otherwise beautifully decorated, much
like Easter css, in the North. Society
matrons who propose giving balls dur
ing tho cascarono season have the shells
of all the eggs used in the household
carefully saved for the purpose, and
many an hour is spent by herself and
friends in tilling and decorating them.
The act of breaking a cascarone on an
other's hen d is considered a compli
ment to the recipient, who feels in duty
bound to return the honor at the first
opportunity. Previous acquaintance is
not essential, it being of itself a sort
of informal introduction. Thus any
Mexican lady may literally "make a
mash" on. every strange gentleman who
ple,ases her and without offending her
countrymen 's extremely sensitive no
tions of propriety. Mexico Letter.
THE WOOD BUFFALO.
A Fott of Thrsn Anlmnla Still in Kxlstonce
In ISrltNh Columbia.
There still remain some of the wood
buffalo. This is an animal larger than
the American bison of the plains.
They are larger, coarser-haired and
straighter-horned. I mention this pe
culiarity of difference in the horns be
cause it is believed that the shape and
the broken and crooked nature of tho
horns of the prairie buffalo has been
caused by his habit of digging into tho
gravel, whereas in the more northern
species they had to co ntend with other
conditions, where straight horns would
be of more use, as, for instance, they
use them there for clearing aside from
their pathway the brush and luxuriant
undergrowth. These animals would
weigh at least 150 pounds more than
the buffalo of the Saskatchewan plains.
In tho northern regions the vetches and
gr asses are so high, and the snowfalls
not being unduly heavy, they havo not
had to paw and break the crusted snow,
as was tho habit of the buffalo, and
that may account for their superior
size. In the country where these aro
found horses can not be used in pur
suit and the aro stalked in tho same
manner that the moose and tho other
large animals are. It is difficult to
form an accurate estimate of the num
ber of these animals that may be left.
Uut perhaps investigation may show that
five or six hundred may yet remain in
scattered bands. Owing to the fact that
tho horse can not be used in pursuit, it
is more difficult for the Indians to hunt
them, aud indeed to find them, than it
was in the old days of hunting upon
the plains. So rank is the under
growth of this rich country, and so
difficult is it for the Indians to get at
these animals, that, perhaps, just now
any attempt on the part of the Govern
ment to afford protection to them
would bo useless. Then if, however,
some regulation would prevent whito
sportsmen from deliberately coming
into the country to hunt these animals
for mere pleasure, it might result to ad
vantage. At present it would be vexa
tion to the Indians, and of no great use,
as the animal has becomo in its habits
so much like the moose that he is able
in a great measure to protect himself.
Longevity Aided by Salt.
In a recent woi'k by Prof. Burg
graeve. of Ghent, the prominent theory
maintained is that salt is the great reg
ulating agent of life, and on the proper
use of which human longevity largely
depends, it being at any rate a great
preventative of certain maladies if tho
blood is too rich, salt will render it less
charged; or if it is poor, salt will recon
stitute it, and restore to it the necessary
elements. Among the interesting facts
cited by Prof. Eurggraove in elabora
ting his subject is that about the end of
the last century a terrible epidemic,
bearing some analogy to scurvy, broko
out in Saxony, making such rapid prog
ress among the poorer classes that tho
Government ordered an inquiry into its
nature and course. The result was tho
establishment oi a singular fact viz.,
that miners, although reduced to the
same misery as other workmen, re
mained, with their families, completely
exempt from the malady; tho diet of
the miners differed from the others only
in one point viz., that being employed
by tne State they were supplied with
salt gratuitousVy, the deduction being
that the absence of salt in tho diet of
the other workmen was thecausoof the
malady. Salt was then prescribed as a
curative measure, aud the epidemic
disappeared as if by enchantment
A Dallas County (Texas) preacln r
has issued circulars declaring himself
to be the watchman spoken of in tho
twenty-third chapter of EzekicL Among
other assertions, ho alleges his ability
to prove that the Bible shuts out all un
married persons over twenty-one years
of ago from the kingdom of heaven un
less a good excuse can be shown.
WHIMS OF WOMEN.
A. Xer Xork Shoe-Dealer Chats About H!a
'Yes, it takes unlimited patienco to
fit shoes now, but I always like to fit a
fidget of a woman, even if it is a work
of art, for she will go and tell all tho
other fidgets in her sot, and they will
say: "O, if he can fit Mrs. IL, who is
very particular, he can surely fit me!'
So they will all come, and it is the fussy
women who buy the most expensive
shoes. Three-fourths of the women
wear shoes too small, or, if they have
their shoes made to order, we have to
mark them a sra aller size than they are
or thoy will not be satisfied. If a shoe
must be tight, let it be in width rather
than length, for short shoes aro the
bane of shoe dealers and the essential
blessing and creators of chiropodists.
"Women resent a long shoe in a peculiar
way, though they will accept a wide
one without murmur. There seems to
be a certain disgrace in No. 5 length,
but no stigma is attached" to a double E
width. Some ladies after they are mar
ried rise above their follies so far as
they themselves are concerned, but de
vote their energies to making cripples
of their children by crowding their feet
into tiny, fancy little boots, and some
women never overcome their vanity in
"Iknow a lady whoso hair is as white
as mine and whose age approximates
sixty, wh5 will insist upon wearing tho
same-sized shoe she wore when a girl,
though she has gained twenty-fivo
pounds in flesh. It is the most singular
thing about women, this obstinacy
about their shoes. All over my store
are signs reading: 'Do not wear too
short shoes.' 'Insist on being properly
fitted,' and yet three-fourths of the
ladies go out with shoes that make
them wretched, and had as lief go to
their dentist as to come here to be
The different varieties of shoes now
run up in the hundreds. There are the
now kid walking boots, both high and
i lnw xvif-V o il i-iTwinil-3li-innrl till nf
patent leather, most popular of all, the
uatty little patent leather vamped boot
with cloth tops, the house shoo of plain
soft kid, the party shoe, as soft as a
glove, with a sole so thin that it can
be rolled up like a shaving; the scarlet
seaside shoe, the new half shoe of un
dressed kid in delicate gray or tan,
with the heavy George Whshington
buckle of oxidized silver on the tou or
fastened in a bow of soft ribbon on the
strap which buckles about the instep.
These slippers havo high Louis XV.
heels, and are exquisite producers
of pain. A natty little shoo of
scarlet leather, cut down low at the
sides like a man's siipper, is displayed,
and slippers with nothing in the back
but a sole are called mules, and made of
scarlet leather for bedroom use.
Part slippers are of bronze, un
dressed kid, or black kid. with the largo
silver buckles, or embroidery of beads,
while brides' slippers and shoes are
made of the material of their wedding
gowns, either with or without em
broidery of pearls, and cost 15 or S18.
Perhaps tlio most bewitching piece of
foot gear manufactured is a ladies'
riding boot, with its patent leather
vamps and top and soft kid legs. Some
times a fringe of gold bullion finishes
theso boots at the top with tiiry de
pending tassels of gilt X. Y. Sun.
Fanlls of Ill-Ureil Peoplo Who Think Well
It is vulgar for a lady to go to the
theater or opera wearing a hat that
obstructs the view of people who sit
behind her. It is valgar because it is
a needless infliction of serious incon
venience upon others that a really gen
teel woman would not be guilty of.
In England, ladies who appear at the
door of the theater or opera wearing
hats, are compelled to take them off
before they are permitted to enter.
Hero the valgarism is tolerated by
managers, but no woman wears the
offensive hat without impressing all
around her that she lacks in the
most refined qualities of a well bred
lady. One of the unerring attributes
of a gentleman or a lady 53 considerate
respect for the comfort of others.
It is vulgar to interrupt hearers at a
theater or opera by conversation.
Many do it; and. strange as it may
scorn, those who assume the highest
claims to social distinction, most fre
quently are the offenders. We have
seen theater and opera box parties of
our apparently most cultivated people
hissed by the audience at opera and
theatrical performances for persistent
babbling and interruption of hearers
near to them; and wo have seen others
who well deserved to bo hissed for
the vulgarism of disturbing scores
of hearers around them in the most im
pressive parts of the play. Conversa
tion at the theater or opera is an Ameri
can vulgarism thatdeformsour so-called
best society, that brings it into con
tempt with every intelligent man and
It is vulgar for a theater or opera
party to enter the house after the en
tertainment has commenced and dis
turb thu audience generally, and per
sonally disturb all who happen to be
seated near them, by the confusion and
delay of a party getting settled in their
seats. It is especially vulgar because
especially ostentatious; it commands
no admiration, no matter how conndy
the ladies or how fascinating the
gentlemen: it provokes tho criticism
that common sense ever gives to the
social pretender, and it is an ostenta
tious disphvy of vulgarity.
Simplicity is one of the inseperable
qualities of true gentility, and the well
bred women and the well-bred man aro
never forgetful of it Simplicity in
dress is most becoming, as a rule, on
public occasions, but simplicity and
gentleness of manner and a considerate
respect for others, can not be cast
aside without assuming the role of the
vulgarian. Philadelphia Times.
The difference between hon.e races
and walking matches seems to be that
In the former the contestants score be
fore they start, while in the latter they
must start before they can score. Idea,
The great Sioux Reserve embraces
an area equal to that of the States of
Indiana, South Carolina, Maine, and
GENERAL BANKING BUSINESS
Gives Especial Attention to Collections'
Bays and Sells Foreign and Do
If esotiates Mortgage Loans
yAll business promptly attended to. By
(Malort & Company.)
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So limit to our liability.
A. W. RICE, I). R. GORDEX, J0H3
J011STZ, IT. R. GILES A3D
T. H. MALOTT.
T. II. MALOTT, Cashier.
J.E.BONEunAKr, Pros. TnE0.3IosnER,Cas!
FIRST NATIONAL BAKE
Capital, $75,000. Surplus. $15,00C
STAMRAUGH, HURD & DEWEY,
ATTORNEYS AT LAW,
T. S. BARTON, Prop'r,
Respectfully inrites the citizens of Abi
lene to his Rakery, at the old Keller,
stand, on Third street, where he has'
toustautly a snpply of the hest
to be found in the city. Special orders
for anything in my line promptly aU
tended to on short notice.
T. S. BIRTOH.
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Respectfully inform all who intend
building in Manchester and vicinity
that they arc prepared to furnish
terms :-: li
AS LOW AS THE LOWEST.
Call and get. estimates before
M. T. GOSS & CO.,
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