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, ABILENE REFLECTOR
MY DEAR FRIEND.
Adown the vale of Life together
We walked In spring and winter weather,
"When days were dim, when days were bright;
Mr friend of whom God's will bereft me,
Whose kind, congenial spirit left me
And went forth in the Unknown Night.
I saw his step erow more invalid,
I saw bis cheek grow pallid pallid.
Wither like a dying rose ;
Until at length being all too weary
For Life's rude scenes and places dreary.
He bade farewell to friends and foes.
This is his grave: The spring with flowers
Bestrews it in the morning hours.
Her rarest roses o'er htm bowed;
And summer pauses to deplore him.
And weeping Winter archeB o'er him
Her solemn drapery of cloud.
He was not faultless: God who gave him
Life, and Christ who died to save him
Sent Sorrow, wherewith he was tried;
And if as I, who loved him, name him.
There should be heard a voice to blame him,
Hay we not answer: Christ hath died!
Ah, verily J I fancy often
I see his kindly features soften
I mark his melting eye grow dim,
"While Hunger, with its pained appealing,
Its want and woe and grief revealing.
Stretched its imploring palms to liiin.
He can not answer now : He never,
In all the dim, vast, deep Forever,
Shall speak with human words again,
He can not hear the song birds calling;
He can not feel the spring dews falling,
Nor hear the winter winds complain.
Dcp is his sleep: He would not waken
Though earth were to her center shaken
By the loud thunders of a God.
Though the strong sea, by tempest driven.
With wailing waves rock earth and Heaven,
He would not answer from the sod.
So be it, friend. A little while hence,
And in the dear, deep, dreamless Silence;
We too shall share thy couch of rest,
When we have trod Life's pathways dreary.
Kind Death will take the hands grown weary,
And gently fold them o'er the breast.
Sleep on. rtar frif-nd! No marble column
Gleams in the lights and shadows solemn
uver ;ne grasses on tny grave; i
But flowers bloom there the roses love thee;
And the tall oaks that tower above thee
Their broad, Rreen banners o'er thee wave 1
Sleep, while the weary years are flying;
While men are born, while men are dying;
Sleep on thy curtained couch of sod,
Thine be the rest which Christ hath given;
Thine be the Christian's hope of Heaven;
Thine be the perfect peace of God!
F. L. .Stanton, In SmUhtille Ga.) yeic.
THE WRONG STATION.
.A Schocl-Ma'am's Blunder and Its
The afternoon train that connected some
lonely, obscuro towns in Maine with the
rest of the world, was over two hours late.
The premature darkness of a stormy win
ter's night had set in comparatively early
in the afternoon, and, though it was barely
seven o'clock, it seemed to the few weary
passengers as though they had been travel
ing half the night.
There were two representatives of the
gentler sex present, but one, I am almost
tempted to say (and I think the conductor
and brakeman would bear me out in my dis
tinction) ; for while one, a shy, timid girl of
nineteen or twenty, had quietly gone to
sleep, the other, a lady of great asperity of
voice and demeanor, would noither go to
sleep herself nor render this comforting
performance possible to any one in her im
mediate vicinity, but persisted in adminis
tering large pieces of her mind to the afore
said conductor and brakeman concerning
the delay of the train, and their shameful
complicity with tho storm that caused the
"When at last tho brakeman threw open
tho door, in a slow, despairing way that
showed great depression of spirit, and
called out something that began with Hunt
er's and ended in a mournful, inarticulate
howl, he brightened visibly at seeing the
severe lady start up with a jerk and gather
up a collection of heterogeneous parcels
with an air of relief which, oddly enough,
immediately communicated itself to the
rest of the passengers.
He helped her off tho train with a cheerful
alacrity that was not apparently abashed
by the icy contempt sho unmistakably enter
tained for the railroad and every one con
nected with it from the president to the
The conductor promptly swung his lantern
to signal the engineer, called out briskly,
'all aboard," and sprang on to the moving
train without stopping to notice tint his ex
passenger was in a stato of violent dissatis
faction over the trunk.
May Smith, the girl who had been asleep,
started up with abewildered air as the train
left tho station, thrust her hand into her
pocket to see if her purse was still there,
and pressing her face close to the window
pane, against which tho whirling snow
dashed and clang, tried to make out some
thing of the landscape.
It was of no use; the window refused to
do any thing more than to givo back an im
age of a homesick girl with a tired, white,
scared face, and also that of her near neigh
bor, a gentleman of such on exaggerated
bucolic appearance that he seemed the cari
cature of himself.
Sho was afraid that she had been carried
past her station, and made a little timid,
irresolute movement toward addressing the
formerly dejected brakeman, who now
passed through the car, actually whistling
the frollicking air of "Begone, Dull Care."
He passed by without noticing her slight
movement, and a sudden recollection kept
her from repeating it.
The aunt with whom she had lived ever
since she could remember, had always emp
tied her largest vials of concentrated wrath
on the heads of those girls who tried to "at
Fearing lest by an unnecessary question
she herself might be classed with these rep
rehensible delinquents, she made no second
attempt, but leaned back in her seat an un
resisting prey to loneliness tnd foreboding.
She had never before been out of the
quiet little town of Massachusetts, where
she had lived with her aunt until tho death
of the latter forced her to find some means
of earning her own living.
Having had some correspondence with
the ''hiring" committee of a district school
in a small village in Maine, she was now on
her way to have her fate decided by the ex
As her mind was firmly mado up before
leaving home that she could never return if
3ho were disgraced by not passing her ex
amination, and as her stock of money was
not sufficient to hold out against any extend
ed siege of expenses while she was waiting
reinforcements in the shape of employment,
her depression was not wholly unfounded.
The train soon came to another halt, the
brakeman again roared out something thai
began with Hunter's and ended in some un-
Intelligible syllable. May's face lighted up.
when she heard the name, and, starting up,
she grasped her shabby, old-fashioned
carpet bag with one hand, felt nervously in
her pocket with the other, to make sure that
her purse had not been abstracted within
tho last two minutes by any of the listless
passengers, and hurried to the door.
The train had stopped at a little flasr
station, whose only accommodation for pas
sengers was a small platform, at present
covered with snow.
. As May hesitated an instant on the car
fcteps, a tall figure seized her, and carrying
heracross the platform deposited her in the
eleigh, and the train moved off before she
could recover from her surprise enough to
ask timJiliv: "Where's my trunk!"
'You don't mean to say that I'm such an
idiot that I've let the train go off an' carry
off your trunki" demanded the tall man in
tones of poignant disgust.
"I don't see the trunk anywhere," she
answered, ignoring the question of the
"Wal, I snum," said her disconcerted
companion, "you must think I'm the gol-
dern the biggest gump you ever come
acrost. There wa'nt nothin' in it you want
ed, was they?" he asked, as though pcop'.e
were in the habit of traveling with baggage
for which they had no earthly use.
"Yes," she admitted, "every thing I have
was in it, except what I haTe in this bag."
"Jewhitaker!" exclaimed the other, "ef
you'd only chuck somethin' at me to pay for
bein' such a loon, I'd feel better. I spose,
though, you hain't got nothin' you want to
waste on such a fool."
"You see it snowed, so I didn't much ex
pect ye, though of course I'd her come ef it
had .snowed billn' water, an' ez I'd been
a-waitin' for ye nigh on to three hours, I
was so oonsummedly tickled to think you
come I didn't stop to think about nothin'
else. Can you git along without it to-night !"
"O, yes," she answered, "I don't care, if
it isn't lost."
"Then that's all right." he said in a greatly
relieved tone, getting in the sleigh beside
her. "I'll get it for ye to-morrer ef I hev to
overhaul every train in the State with my
own hands. G'long!"
The horse moved a little, but refused to
"Git up!" he called louder, "what ails
ye!" Then in a different tone he exclaimed:
"Wal, by gracious! ef I ain't the biggest
fool thet ever I don't know whatr-I ain't
unhitched the critter!"
While the crestfallen stranger proceeded
to remove this slight obstacle to their loco
motion, May burst into hysterical laughter.
"I don't blame ye none for laughin'," he
said. "I shouldn't find no fault ef ye said
you wouldn't ride one step with such a
knownothin1 ez I be."
As there was no house in sight, and the
scow was nearly two feet deep and still
falling, no inviting alternative seemed to
present itself, and he got back into the
sleigh, saying plaintively: "I ain't always
this way, but I was so bejiggled at seein' ye
I don't seem to know whether I'm a-foot or
May was too bewildered and frightened to
make much reply to the stranger's self-accusations.
She supposed that he was the "hiring com
mittee" who was to meet her at Hunters
ville, where he lived, and take her to his
home, where she was to board, but her
natural timidity and morbid fear of doing
any thing to "attract attention" kept her
from asking any questions.
The night was very dark. A lantern
hanging on the dashboard cast grotesque
shadows of the horse on the roadsides, from
which, now a snow drift, now an evergreen
loaded with snow, apparently leaned for
ward for an instant, and then drew back
into impenetrable gloom.
A vague sense of horror added itself to
the homesickness of the trembling girL
Perhaps the man beside her was no common-place
committeeman at all indeed this
executive stranger was very unlike the ideal
committee to whom she had sent her little
re-written, re-punctuated letters, fearful
lest his critical eye would discover some un
pardonable grammatical error which would
make her timid aspirations toward the
dignity of a school ma'am absurd in his
Perhaps ho might be some robber who in
habitated the fastnesses of these gloomy
mountains, who had left her trunk for some
not very obvious reason of his own, and
who would shortly add the contents of her
bag and purse to his ill-gotten spoils. His
features were not visible in the darkness
and might wear an expression of inconceiv
able ferocity, but tho tones of his voice were
so sensible, kindly and whole-souled that
she felt an unaccountable sense of comfort
and security whenever he spoke, though in
the long intervals of silence that fell upon
taenia they journeyed slowly and labori
ously through the snowdrifts and darkness,
her fears could hardly be controlled.
"You're a little thing, ain't yel" ho finally
"Yes," she faltered, feeling that he might
consider this an insurmountable obstacle in
the way of her managing the big boys in
"Would tliat bo any objection?"
"Land, no," he responded, reassuringly.
"I like little women."
May had a dim, undefined feeling that
when a school was regulated by the likes
and dislikes of the committee, there was an
imperative call for civil service reform
A wild and improbable tale she had once
heard of a school committee who always in
sisted on kissing all the female teachers
flashed across her mind along with a vague
fear that this man beside her might resem
ble him in this respect, but she blushingly
dismissed it as an immodest suggestion, un
worthy of any decorous imagination.
Presently hor companion, after clearing
his throat several times preparatory to
speaking, but not being able to carry his
conversational attempts further than an
abashed "Gid dap" to his horse, began with
a manifest effort and much unaccountable
confusion and embarrassment, which he
tried vainly to conceal by interpolating
various remarks of encouragement to his
horse: "I've got your letters an' you've got
mine g'lang an' I'm suited an' pleased ez
ez gid dap but, ef you haint, all you've
got to do is just to say git out of that the
word, an' I shan't find no fault what yer
doin' nor blame you none. I'm a kind man
do yer want me to hit yer again ef I do
say it what ails yer? an' I don't think
you'll ever be sorry, but of you should
wanter tend to yer bizness back out, I
wish you'd say so soon's you can conven
ient. May listened to this incoherent harangue
with a deepeningof the confusion and alarm
with which this whole adventure inspired
her. She wished, for not the first time, that
she had never thought of teaching school,
but sho answered bravely: "I don't know
why I should withdraw now, if I am consid
ered suitable for the place."
"Thet's the way to talk," responded the
other, with groat cheerfulness, "aa' here
we be to home."
The forlorn would-be school ma'am was
again taken in strong arms, carried through
the snow, and this time deposited in a queer
little room, with a blazing open fire, pre
sided over by an awkward boy who was the
only occupant of the room.
"Here she is," said her host to the boy,
"an' now take the horse hs ain't quite tuck
eredan' go after the minister quick. He
said he'd come, rain or shine, an' he's got
The examining committee in her native
village had always been the minister, and
she realized with a sinking heart that this
energetic man determined to have the ques
tions of her eligibility for the school de
cided this very night.
"You'd ruther hev him come to-night?"
he asked, seeing something of her feeling
in her face.
"Why yes," she gasped, "I suppose the
sooner it's over the better."
"I kinder thought you'd sorter ruther hev
him come to-night," ho returned, relieving
his easily aroused embarrassment by poking
the .fire vigorously. "D'you ever read that
awful comical book derned ef I can re
member tho name of it I wish you could
hev read it, you'd died a-laughin'. I can't
remember how it all went, but there was
one feller, he was a-talkin' to the minister,
and sez he to himself, sez he the minister,
you know I like you, pard I an' I'll lick any
feller thet don't. Wal, them's my senti
ments exactly. I'm an awful homely lookin1
feller, ain't II" he asked, with sudden irrel
evance. May looked at him squarely for the first
He had taken off his fur cap and coat and
stood before her, a blonde giant. But in his
candid blue eyes and on his large rudely out
features was an expression so akin to the
kindly, hearty tones oX his voice that 'the
reassured girl felt that he was no mountain
I' Why, no, I don't think you are," she re
plied after conscientious deliberation.
"I think you're pretty as a picture," he
said, boldly. "I do, honest."
'May'3 lace grew hot with shame and in
dignation. At last her bold, unmaidenlv actions in
corresponding with a stranger was bearing
its bitter fruit. She seemed to hear her
aunt's thin, sarcastic voice say: ,:Men
know who they can say those things to."
"Where is this man's wife?" May thought.
"Is she offended because I wrote to her hus
band and said nothing about her!" She
grew cold at the thought
"I don't want you to say any more such
things to me," she plucked up courage to
"Why, I ain't agoin' to," he said, in a tone
of alarm. "I hain't no tuch thought. Don't
bemad with me," he added, pleadingly.
"Why, here, I hain't asked you to take off
your things nor hev nothin' to eat. I hain't
got no manners."
He got her some cake and tea, and then
with real delicacy left her alone until the
minister came. The minister's wife accom
panied him, and she came into the front
room to May, leaving her husband and the
man of the house in the kitchen.
"I was determined to come if it did rain,"
she exclaimed, kissing May effusively.
"Isn't it so romantic; just like a story, your
coming way up here. Well, I think you've
done well. I suppose you're a little nervous;
"Did you ever teach school?" asked May.
"Why, yes. I taught one term once," re
plied the visitor, looking as if she considered
the remark irrelevant.
"It was too bad about your trunk, wasn't
it? Never mind, your dress is plenty good
enough. Well, if you're all ready I'll call in
the men. You.don't feel faint,.do you?"
When the minister came in May rose and
stood before him like a child at school. Her
heart beat so fast and such a mist came be
fore her eyes that she did not realize that
her host was standing beside her.
She made a terrible effort to grasp all the
rules of grammar, arithmetic, geography,
and spelling at once, and felt to her dismay
that her brain was in a state of complete
The minister cleared hi3 throat "The
State," he began slowly.
"Geography is the first thing," she
thought, and tried to got an instantaneous
picture in her mind of the entire earth and
all its diversions, but all she could think of
were the names of Mount Popocatapetel and
the river Yang-Tse-Kaang.
"The state of matrimony is one ordained
by God for the purpose of "Tho minister
had got so far, when ho paused, arrested by
the look of horror and amazement on tho
girl's face, and her companion thinking the
blank was for him to fill out, ejaculated in
loud firm tones, "I do."
"Stop! quick!" cried the girl "there is
"You can't expect me to say it just right
the first time," said her host, realizing that
he hadn't responded in quite the right place,
butyou'd orter make some allowances, seein'
I never was married before."
'Married !" she cried, recoiling from him,
"I came up here to teach school, and you
know 1 did. I know my aunt would have
said it wa3 a dreadful venturesome thing to
do, but no one has any right to marry me, if
"But, my dear young lady," said the puz
zled minister, "Tom Mr. Hunter, has made
a confidant of me from the first aud he sure
ly understood thatyou were to marry him."
"I advertised for a wife, vou remember,"
said the crestfallen Mr. Hunter, turning to
her, "and you answered it "
"I did not," cried May, indignantly. "I
wrote to Mr. Hilliard, of Huntersville, for
"There is a Mr. Hilliard at Huntersville,"
said the minister.
"This is Hunter's Point," said' the min
ister's wife, who had been trying vainly to
get in a word.
"I musthavegotoff at the wrong station,"
gasped May, sinking into a chair. "I have
made a terrible blunder."
"It does seem to ba a dreadful mixed up
mess, but p'raps we can straighten it out,
said Mr. Hunter, dolefully. I3u't your name
"My name Is May Smith," sho answered,
"Now look here,my dear," cried the minis
ter's wife, "this is rather awkward, I know;
but I think I can find a way out of the laby
rinth. My name is Mrs. Seavor we'll begin
at the very beginning and Mr. Seavor is an
ordained minister come up here to marry
you, May Smith, to Tom Hunter, one of the
best fellows tbM ever lived. Now," said
she, clapping her hands enthusiastically,
"why can't we have the wedding after all J
I'll vouch you'll never get a better husband
if you search the wide world over. I know
you don't know him, but I'll guarantee that
you'll never be sorry."
"If you only will," said Mr. Hunter,
pleadingly; "I've taken such a shine to you."
"My friends," said Mr. Seavor, "I dislike
very much to interfere with the romantic
procedure that Mrs. Seavor has laid out."
"I never could consent to it, never," in
"In any case," he continued, "it is my
duty to remind you all that Mr. Hunter has
agreed to marry some one, and the lady in
question would have cause to think herself
unfairly treated if he married any one else."
Mr. Hunter groaned as he perceived tho
cogency of this reasoning.
"I'll do the square thing by her," he said,
"but I was never so disappointed in my life."
Mrs. Seavor staid that night with May,
keeping her awake until nearly morning to
listen to the praises of Mr. Hunter.
"If you can't find her," said Mrs. Seavor
in the morning to Mr. Hunter and May, as
they started to drive over to Huntersville in
search of her school and his stray betrothed,
"if any thing happened to her though most
likely there hasn't things never do happen
the wav we want them to, except in books
but if they should, just bring May right
back to my house for dinner, and we'll have
just the prettiest wedding that ever was
in spite of her" she added, meaning the
absent Maria Smith.
Froa which it will bo seen that the un
coaquerablc Mrs. Seavor, although a min
ister's wife, let hor sympathies run away
with her sense of abstract right and justice.
The morning was bright and mild, but the
ride was a very silent one.
Mr. Hunter wore an exDression of suffer
ing and resolution that would have done
credit to a mediaeval martyr.
Mrs. Hilliard met them at the door,
"Wal, yes," she admitted, "there was a lady
there who came on tho train the night before,
the new school ma'am, an' she guessed she'd
hev a pretty good gover'ment she's got the
snap to her. Yes, they could see her," and
she ushered them into the presence of May's
fellow traveler of the d3y before.
"Is this Maria Smith?" asked Tom, in a
tone that showed, he feared the worst.
"It is," ejaculated that personage, resent
fully. "I thought so," murmured Tom, gloomily.
"There's been some mistake. Miss; this lit
tle girl's' come up here to teach school and
made a mistake an' got off "
"Will you shut your mouth, you ninny,"
snapped Miss Maria, with such asperity
that instead of complying with her request
Tom stood with it wide open.
"If Mary Smith," she went on, scornfully,
"has made a mistake, that's her lookout
though I guess sho didn't make no mistake
3he knew what she was about fast enough.
I found that I was expected to teach school
and that's just what I'm goin' to do; and as
for you, you blundering know-nothing, if
you ever open your head and say I didn't
come here to teach school, and found there
wasn't any fool of a man here to meet me,
as he'd agreed to, Til have the law on you."
As the two guilty culprits hurried toward
the door, Miss Maria added, witheringly,
that she hoped "this would be a lesson to
him not to trifle with a gentle, loving, trust
ing heart meaning her's again."
"There's a trunk here Tire no use for,"
sho called after them.
"I ain't a callin' no name3," said Tom, solemnly,-
as they drove off, ''but there's such
things as narrer escapes ! And now we'll
go back to Mrs. Seavor's you know what
"Mr. Hunter," said May, tearfull?, "1
must go home. Please take me to the
"Home! Git out!" said Tom, incredu
lously; "I can't give you up now."
"You say this because you pity me for
losing my school," she faltered.
"No, I don't, honest," he exclaimed; "but
I love you, darling, an' ef you'll only marry
mo I'll stan' by yer thro thick an' thin, ei
long ez we botn do live."
She lifted her eyes to his and saw the love
and comfort he offered her in vivid contrast
to the lonely, troubled life she would lead
without him. The horse, judging by the
loose-hanging reins that not much was ex
pected of him, stopped and gazed pensively
at the bright, snowy landscape. A strange,
conscious silence fell on the two in the
"I'm afraid," said May, shyly, "that if we
stay here we'll be late to dinner with Mrs.
Seavor!" Ethel Gorham Clarke, in, Chicago
Tho Only System of Agriculture Which
Pays in the Long Kan.
Whatever success may have attended
the efforts of those who have made
some particular line of farming a spe
cialty, it is found that, sooner or later,
such a system must be abandoned. At
one time, because of its importance,
cotton was the principal crop of the
South cotton was kins' but the effect
upon the agriculture of that section
was not such a one as might have been
With regard to some portions of Xew
England, the same may be said of to
bacco; when prices were high and
there was a lively demand, in the Con
necticut valley all other crops were
considered of secondary importance as
compared with tobacco, and, as a re
sult, the soil was injured to a very
great degree by the unnatural demand
that was made upon it.
It is quite natural, so long as there is
a demand for any particular crop at
good prices, to continue its cultivation
without giving a thought to the possi
ble consequences that may result in
the unbalancing of the natural ele
ments of nutrition. Where the soil is
new, or has been subjected to cultiva
tion for a comparatively short time, as
is the case upon the Western prairies,
where there appears to be au almost
unlimited supply of plant food, succes
sive cultivation of the same crop may
be indulged in with less danger, but it
must be remembered that in the most
fortile soil there is a healthy propor
tion of the elements of nutrition.
A soil may be possessed of an almost
exhaustless supply of- nitrogen and
phosphoric acid, and yet be so deficient
in potash as to render the soil largely
unavailable; it is a cultivation of crops
that draw heavily upon the soil for any
one important element of nutritiou that
soon renders them poorly adapted to
the growth of any crop that requires a
free supply of the exhausted element.
It is for this reason that many of the
most intelligent farmers believe that a
proper rotation of crops is necessary
to maintain a good healthy fertility of
soils; this condition is of the utmost
importance, not only in the production
of the then growing crop, but also for
the successful cultivation of future
crops. Not long since we noticed a
statement that a farmer had been very
successful in producing crops by the
use of commercial fertilizers alone, and
so long as crops were cultivated and
the fertilizer.was applied, every thing
was all right, but upon seeding to
grass there was a failure.
Now, it appears that crops can be
grown upon a soil for a number of
years with very satisfactory results by
tho use of commercial fertilizers, but
when it comes to seeding to grass there
is a failure to respond that is objection
able to every farmer.
It is probable that a rotation of crops,
pursued with intelligence, is much
more profitable to most farmers than
the attempt to succeed with one crop.
This, then, requires diversity, and af
fords a smaller chance for failure than
by any one-crop method. It is very
seldom that all crops should go beg
ging for a market, and yet how often
is it the case that the abundance of
some one crop renders it undesirable.
Eastern farmers have been, perhaps
from necessity, compelled to adopt a
system of farming adapted to the sur
face of the country, a condition thathas
has had its advantages as well as its
disadvantages, and to-day the average
New England farmer will -be found
carrying on a little of nearly every kind
of farm industry. In the first place he
has his variety of crops of vegetables
and grains; while making no preten
sions in the line of breeding, he will
raise his colts, his calves, his pigs, his
poultry, his bees and so on in the .line
of live stock; then you will find him
engaged in growing fruit, fattening
beef and pork, and so on tnrough the
the various directions of farm indus
try, and if he does not amass wealth,
he secures an honest living and saves
a little for time of need. It may be
that great undertakings are more
likely to secure riches if that is the
chief end aimed at, but even then fail
ure or disaster is liable to come.
Contentment is a point of much im
portance to the farmer, and in the
practice of that his mind must not be
turned to the rapid accumulations of
manufacturing capitalists. Wm. H.
Yeomans, in X. Y. Observer.
Chemistry of the Laundry.
The laundress will find it useful to
"paste this in her hat." Thirty yards
of cotton cloth may bo bleached in
fifteen minutes by one large spoon
ful of sal soda and one pound of
chloride of lime dissolved in soft
water; after taking out the cloth
rinse it in soft cold water, so that
it may not rot. The color of French
linen may be preserved by a bath in a
strong tea of common hay. Calicoes
with pink or green colors will be
brightened if vinegar is put in the
rinsing water, while soda is used for
purple and blue. If it is desired to set
colors previous to washing, put a
spoonful of ox gall to a gallon of water
and soak the fabrics in the liquid.
Colored napkins are put in lye before
washing, to set the color. The color
of black cloth is freshened if it is put
in a pail of water containing a teacup ful
of lye. Qood Housekeeping.
GENERAL BANKING BUSINESS
Giles Especial Attention to Collections
Bnyi and Sells Foreign and Do
Negotiates Mortgage Loans
"All business promptly attended to. Lly
(Malott & Company.)
ABILENE, - - - KANSAS.
Transaots a general banking business
No limit to our liability.
A. W. RICE, D. It. GORDEX. J0H3
JOIIXTZ, W. B. GILES AND
T. H. MALOTT.
T. H. MALOTT, Cashier.
J. E. Bonebrake, Pres. Theo. Mosheb, Cashj
FIKST NATIONAL BANE,
OS A-mT.i.:iv !
Capital, $75,000. Surplus. $15,0004
STAMBATJGH, HDRD & DETTET,
ATTORNEYS AT LAW,
T. S. BARTON, Pop'r,
Respectfully inrites the citizens of Abi
lene to his Bakery, at the old Keller
stand, on Third street, where he has
toastantlj a supply of the best
to be found in the city. Special orders
for anything in my line promptly aW
tended to on short notice.
T. S. BARTON.
M. T. GOSS & GO.
Respectfully inform all who intend
building in Manchester and vicinity
that they are prepared to furnish
ins :-: Materi
AS LOW AS THE LOWEST.
Call and get estimates befora
M. T. GOSS fc CO.,
ST. LOUIS MD THE EAST.
3 Daily Trains 3
Kansas City and St, Louis, Xo.
Equipped with Pullman Palace Sleeper
and Buffet Cars.
FREE RECLINING CHAIR CARS
&sd Blegaut Coaches.
THB MOST DIRECT LINE TO
TEXAS and the SOUTH.
S Daily Trains &
V principal points In the
LONE STAB STATE.
IROff MOUNTAIN BOUTE
Memphis, Mobile, New Orleans and principal
cities in Tennessee, Mississippi, Ala
bama and Louisiana. oSer
inr tbe choice of -
TO NEW ORLEANS.
For Tickets, Sleeping Car Berths and further
Information, apply to nearest Ticket affnt or
J. H. LYON, W. P. A 638 Main street,
Kansas City, Ms.
W. H. KKWMAir, Gen. Traffic Manager,
$I00,00(T- IMPORTANT- $100,000
The ABILENE IMPROVEMENT CO. offers
$100,000 IN BONUSES
to reliable manufacturing concerns who will
locate in Abilene. Abilene is the largest as
well as the most prosperous city in Central
Kansas. It will soon have
THREE NEW TRIM LINES OF RAILROADS,
making FOUR lines, -which, will insure tun
equaled shipping facilities.
ABILENE IMPMIIT CO
THE ABILENE NATIONAL BANK
CAPITAL, - $150,000.
CLARK H. BARKER, President.
IV. P. RICE, .ice-President,
E. D. HUMPHREY, Cashier.
A. K. PERRY, Assistant Cashier,
TRANSACTS A GENERAL BANKING BUSINESS.
Business of Merchants, Farmers and Individuals generally
solicited. Unequaled facilities for the transaction of all
business intrusted to us.
J. C. BOYER, Attorney
FRY, BOYER CO.,
Loans on farms and city property. Real Estate bought and sold.
Insurance contracts at current rates. Notary business promptly attended
to. Special bargains In city and suburban property.
Citizens' Bank Building,
-Rttm a TtT. - r
LEBOLD, FISHER & CO., Proprietors.
Done in all its branches. MORTGAGES negotiated on .Farrj
Property at 6, 7 and 8 per cent., with reasonable commission
Also, money on Farms without commission.
At all times ; for sale at lowest rates.
Furnished on all the principal eities of the world.
BOJSTDS BOUGHT AND SOLD.
Special attention given to business of Farmers and Stockmen.
Personal liability not limited, as is the case with
VksiiW tEr XEssVsr
jb22EE25 sits. I jSi-
We arc giring special attention to this department; carry the largest
and finest line or UNDERTAKERS' SUPPLIES In the city, and are pre
pared to attend to this business in all its branches.
Comer Fourth and Broadway.
C H. IBOU, J. JL nSHEK, J. E. HEBB3T,
E. A- Hekbst, Cashier.
Oar individual liability is not limited, as Is the
case with stockholders of incorporated banks.
LEBOLD, FISHER & CO., Baaken,
C. G. BESSEY.
- m?i - p 1870.
utile aofl Met Ci
No one should purchase real estate until
they know the title Is perfect.
W. T. DAVIDSON
has the most complete set or Abstracts
In the County. 14 years experience.
Office orer Post-offlce,
ABILENE, - KANSAS
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