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EATON, OHIO, THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 1872.
WHOLE NUMBER 258.
The Blacksmith's Story.
BY FRANK CLIVE.
"VeUYnoI - My wife ain't dead, sir, hut I've lost
.Derail the came;
St left me voluntarily, and neither waa to
rather a oueer story, and I think yon will
- ' -Mree . -
" 1 hen yen hear the circumstances 'twas rather
roDgb on me. .
't - ' ' ' ' '" '
fftie was a soldier's widow. He waa killed at Mal-
- Tern Hill;
A nd when I married her she seemed to sorrow for
him still :
But I brought her here t? Kansas.- I never want
; to see
A better wife than Mary was. for lire bright years
; to me 1 . .
-4, . . - . .
The change f scene brought eheerfulness, and
soon a rosy glow
Of happiness warmed Mary's cheeks and melted
all their snow,
I think she loved me some I'm bound to think
- that of her. 'sir.
And as for me I can't begin to tell how I loved
t ; her!
ITferBe years ago the baby came, our humble home
- to bless; -
.And tLen I reckon I was nigh to perfect nappi
'Twaa hers 'twas mine but I've no language to
-explain to yon
How that little girl's weak fingers our hearts to
;, gather drew! A
Once we watched it' through a fever, and with
' ear h gaspiofr breath.
Dumb with an awful, world ess woe, we waited
i for its death ; r- -
An l though I'm not s pious man, our souls to-
fc- rt.hT tli.-..'- '
Jar Ue&rea to spare- our darling went up in
nd when the doctor said 'twould live, our joy
. vh&t words could tell f
(Cloeped in each other's arms, onr grateful tears
i- together fell.
'.Sometimes, yon see, the shadow fell across onr
little nest,- ,
Jut it only made the sunshine seem a doubly-
welcome guest, j
"vVork came to me a plenty, and I kept the anvil
Eai ly and late you'd find me there a hammering
t- and singing ; . . -
Xtove nerved my arm to labor, and tuned my
teDgue to song,
And though my singing wasn't sweet, it was al-1-.mighty
One day a one-armed stranger stopped to hare
i me nail a shoe, - a .
And while I was at work we passed a compliment
v or two.
I aaksd him how he lost bis arm. He said 'twas
'- shot away
At Malvern HUI. "At Malvern Hill! Bid you
f ., know Robert May?"
'"that's me 1" said he. You. your I gasped.
1 - chocking with horrid doubt ;
, If you're a man, iuet follow me ; well try this
- mystery out.
With diss? steps I led him to Mary. God I Twas
true !--' . ...
Then the bitterest pangs of misery unspeakable I
knew. . .. t
Tiosen with deadly horror, she stared with eyes
v of stone, , ' .
And from her quivering lips there broke one
; , - wild, despairing moan.
Twas he! the husband of her y oath, now risen
from the dead, ...
Bat all too late -and with that hitter cry her
What could be done T He was reported dead. On
: - his return
Bo strove in vain some tidings of his absent wife
Twas well that he was innocent 1 Else rd hare
killed him too. . v ,
Bo dead he never would have lis till Gabriel s
fy.. i trumpet Wow 1
It was agreed that Mary between us should de-
-'--' cide, .
And each by her decision would sacredly abide.
ISo sinner at the judgment seat, waiting eternal
t. : doom.
Could suffer what I did while- waiting sentence
j .- in that room. ' -
Jligid and breathless there we stood, with nerves
u tense as steel, . ... - ,
While Mary's eyes sought each white fees, in
" -piteous appeal.
i3odl Could not woman's duty be less hardly re-
- - coneiled - " '
Between her lawful husband and the father of
. ..her child. '
lis,' how my heart was chilled to ioe when she
FT-. - knelt down and said.
Clf orgivs me, John ! He is my husband I Here I
Alive 1 not dead ! ...
I raised her tenderly and tried to tell her she was
But somehow in my aching breast the prisoned
words stuck tight !
" But. John, I can't leave baby" What I wife
"Must I yield allT Ah, cruel! Better that I
should die. . .
Think of the long, sad, lonely hours waiting m
. gloom for me ... . , ,
Ko wife to cheer me with her lore no babe to
climb my knee 1
And yet you are her mother, and the sacred
Is still the purest, teaderest tie that heaven ever
Take her. but promise, Mary for that will bring
. . no shame
My little girl shall hear, and learn to lisp her
father's name I" , ; .
It may be, in the life to come. IH meet my child
But yonder, by my cottage gate, we parted for
One long hand-clasp from Mary, and my dream
of iove was done I
One long embrace from baby, and my happiness
was gone! .
A MINE ON FIRE.
I was twenty-five years old" and was
working as a regular pitman on the day
and night shift, when I fell in love with
Mary AJidrews, the daughter of one of
our head pitmen.
Not that I dared to have told her so,
I thought, but somehow the influence
of Mary used to lift me up more and
more, till I should no more have thought
of going to join the other pitmen in a
public house than of trying to fly.
It was about this time that I got talk
ing to a young fellow about my age who
worked in my shift John Kelsey his
name was, and I used to think it a pity
that a fine clever fellow like, he was,
handsome, stout and strong, should
be so fond of the low habits, dog-fighting
and wrestling so popular among
I was going along one evening past
old Andrews' house, when the door
opened for a moment as if some one
. was coming out, but, as if I had been
seen, it was closed directly. In that
short moment, though, I had heard a
laugh, and that laugh I was sure was
John Kelsey' s.
Time slipped on, and I could plainly
see one thing that troubled me sorely
John was evidently making an outward
show of being a hardworking fellow,
striving hard for improvement, so as to
stand well in old Andrews' eyes, while
I knew for a fact that he was as
drunken and dissipated as any young
fellow that worked in the pit.
I could not tell Andrew this, nor I
could not tell Mary. If she loved him
it would grieve her terribly, and be dis
honorable as well, and perhaps he might
improve. 1 can tell him, though, T
thought, and made up my mind that 1
would ; and meeting him one night, evi
dently hot and excited with liquor,-1
spoke to him about it.
'If vou truly love that girl, John,"
I said, "you'll give up this sort of
' He called me a meddling fool ; said
he had watphed me; that he knew I
had a hankering after her myself, but
she only laughed at me ; and one way
and another so galled me that we
fought. I went home that night
bruised, sore, and ashamed of my pas
sion ; while he went to the Andrews'
and said he had to thrash me for speak
ing insultingly about Mary.
I heard this afterward, and I don't
know how it was,, but I wrote to her
telling her it was false, and that I
loved her too well ever to have acted
Six months passed over my head six
weary, wretched months till Christmas
came on, cold and bitter, but not so cold
and bitter as was my heart.
; It was Christmas eve, and in a dreamy,
listless way I was sitting over - my
breakfast before starting for work,
when I heard a sound and knew what
it meant before there were shrieks in
the village and women running out and
making for . the pit's mouth, a quarter
of a mile away, -1 tell you I turned sick
with horror, for I knew that at least
twenty men would be down on the night
shift ; and though it was close upon their
leaving time, they could not have come
up yet. .
. "Pit's fired! pit's fired!" I heard
people shrieking; not that there was
any need, for there wasn't a soul that
didn't know it, for the pit had spoken
for itself. And as I hurried out I
thought all in a flash like of what a
Chrihtuias it would be for some families
there, and I seemed to see a long pro
oession of rough coffins going to the
churchyard and to hear the wailings of
the widow and the fatherless.
I didn't lose any time, as you may
suppose, in running to the pit's mouth ;
bufthose who lived nearer were there
long before me ; and by the time I got
there I found that the cage had brought
up part of the -men, and three who were
insensible, and that it wa just going
It went down directly, and just as it
disappeared who should come running
up, pale and . scared, but Mary An
drews. " There's no one belonging to you
down, is there ?" I asked her.
" Oh, yes yes ! my father was down,
and John Kelsey."
"JNow, then, wnos going down?" I
" You can't go down," Bhouted half-
a-dozen voices, " the choke got 'most
the better of us."
" But there fire two men down !" I
cried, savagely. "You're not all cow
ards, are you 7"
Two men stepped forward, and we got
in the cage.
" Who knows where Andrews was ?"
I cried : and a faint voice from one of
the injured men told me. Then I gave
the warning, and we were lowered down,
it having been understood that atj the
nrst signal we made we were to be drawn
We reached the bottom, and I found
no difficulty in breathing, and, shouting
to the men to come on, I ran in the di
rection where I had been told we should
find Andrews ; but it was terrible work,
for I expected each moment to encoun
ter the deadly gas that had robbed so
many men of their lives. But I kept on
shouting to those behind me, till at
once 1 tripped and fell over some one ;
and as soon as I could get myself to
gether I lowered the lamp 1 carried,
and, to my great delight, I found it was
Whether dead or alive I could not
tell then ; but we lifted him among us,
and none too soon, for as I took my first
step back I reeled, from a curious giddy
feeling which came over me.
" Bun, if you can," I said, faintly ;
for my legs seemed to be sinking under
me. I managed to keep on, though,
and at our next turn we were in purer
air ; but we knew it was a race for life,
for the heavy gas was rolling over us,
ready to quench out our lives if we
slackened speed for an instant. We
pressed on, though, till we reached the
cage, rolled into it, more than climbed,
and were drawn up, to be received with
a burst of cheers, Mary throwing her I
arms round her lathers neek, and sob
" I'm no much hurt," he said, feebly,
the fresh air reviving him, as he was
laid gently down. " God bless those
brave lads who brought -me up! But
there's another man down John Kel
: JSTo one spoke, no one moved ; for all
knew of the peril we had just escaped
from. - ' ' '
" My lads," he said feebly, " can't
you do nothing to save your mate?"
and as . he looked wildly from one
to the other, I felt my heart like in my
"Do you all hear?" said a loud
voice ; and I started as I saw Mary An
drew rise from where she had knelt,
holding her father's hand: "do you
all hear? John Keisey is left in the
pit. Are you not men enough to go?"
' Men can t go," said one ot the day-
shift, gruffly ; " no one could live
You have not tried," again she
cried passionately. " Richard Oldshaw,"
she said, turning to me with a red glow
upon her face, "John Kelsey is down
there dying, and asking lor help. Will
you not go ?"
Ana you wisn me to go, tnenr" l
" Yes," she said. "Would you have
your fellow-creature lie there and die,
when (jrod has given you the power,
and strength, and knowledge to save
The next minute I stepped up 'to
ward the pit's mouth, where there was
a dead silence, for no one would volun
teer, and, in a half-blustering way, I
-I'U go down."
There was a regular cheer -rose 1,np as
I said these words; but I hardly heeded
it, for I was looking at Mary, and my
heart sank as I saw her standing there
smiling with joy.
The. next minute I had stepped into
the cage, and it began to move, when a
voice called out, " Blow it all ! . Dick
Oldshaw shan't go alone !" and a young
pitman sprang to my side.
Then we began to descend, and
through an opening I just caught sight
of Mary Andrews falling back senseless
in the arms of the women. Then all
was dark, and I was nerving myself for
what I bad to do.
To go the way by which I had helped
to save Andrews was, I knew, impossi
ble; but I had hopes that by going
round by one of the old workings we
jpight reach him, and I told my com
panion what I thought.
Turning short off as soon as we were
at the bottom, I. led the Way, holding
my lamp high, and. climbing and'
stumbling over the broken shale that
had fallen from the roof, for this part of
the mine had not been worked for
years. By pressing on, I found that
we were right, and gradually n earing
the point at which. the accident had oc
curred. ... ;
As we got nearer, I became aware of
the air setting in a strong draught in
the direction in which we were going,
and soon after we could make out a dull
glow, and then there was a deep roar.
The pit was indeed on fire, and blazing
furidusly, so that as we got nearer,
trembling I'm not ashamed to own it,
for it was an awful eight there was the
coal growing of a fierce red heat ; but
fortunately the draught set forjvard to
ward an old shaft fully a quarter of a
mile further on, and so we were able to
approach till, with a cry of horror, I
leapt over heap after heap of coal torn
from roof and wall by the explosion to
where, close to the fire, lay the body of
John Kelsey so closo that his clothes
were already smouldering ; and the fire
scorched my face as I laid hold of him
and dragged him away.
Jlow we ever got him to the foot of
the shaft I never could tell.
I have some faint recollection of hear
ing a cheer, and of seeing the dim light
of the chill December day ; but the only
thing that made any impression upon
me was a voice which seemed to be
Mary's, and a. touch that seemed to be
that of her hand. -
And it's not much more that I can
recollect, only being in a wild, feverish
state, wandering through dark passa
ges, with fire burning my head, and
coal falling always, and ready to crush
me ; and then I Eeemed to wake from
a deep sleep, and to lie thinking in a
weak, troubled way about getting up.
It was a month, though, before I
could do that, and then there was a
tender arm to help me, and a soft cheek
ever ready to be laid to mine ; for in
those long, weary hours of sickness
Mary had been by my side to cheer me
back to health, and 1 had learned that
I was loved.
Another Female Blackmailer.
. ' Another young girl has been trying
the black-mailing dodge in New York
and come to grief. Carrie W. Moore,
who says she is only 12, but looks 15
years of age, and is very pert, not to say
brazen on the witness-stand, was in
court on Wednesday as plaintiff against
Mary Florence and William - Dennis,
whom she charged with abducting her
for vile purposes. She swore she was
going to school on the 15th of December
last, about 9 o'clock in the morning,
when the prisoner Dennis met" her on
Sixth avenue and told her there was a
schoolmate of hers in a carriage close
by. She went into the carriage and
found no one in i', but was followed by
Dennis, who put a handkerchief over
her face and she became insensible.
She next found herself in a shanty on
Eleventh avenue, and thence Dennis
conveyed her in a carriage, to No. 143
West Twenty-sixth street, a house kept
by Mrs. Williamson, who would not let
them stay in her house, so they went to
No. 152 Sixth avenue, where he effected
her ruin. Counsellor Howe, in a very
few minutes, showed the girl to be a
prostitute. She had already been in the
House of Refuge for nine months, being
found in a house of ill-fame on Greene
street, two years ago. A verdict of not
guilty was ordered by the Judge, and
the prisoners departed rejoicing.
The Drought in Massachusetts.
The Springfield Republican of Monday
says the scarcity of water, in Berkshire
is becoming a serious matter. One-
third ot iritteheld is now without water.
The frost has penetrated to an unusual
depth on account of the severe cold and
the small quantity of snow. The
streams throughout the county are so
low that many of the mills have stopped
entirely, and others are running on
short time. All the paper mills in
Dal ton have been obliged to stop work.
In Cheshire the wells are failing, and
water is so scarce that milkmen have to
return from their delivery routes with
their cans full of water for their own
families, and are stopped by thirsty
neighbors with a demand to treat to a
drink. Scarcity of water is also the
universal complaint in Franklin county.
In Conway nearly half the wells and
springs are dried or frozen up, or pipes
and pumps are frozen, and some of the
farmers go nearly half a mile to water
their stock. Tucker & Cook's large
reservoir is nearly dry, and they wiTl be
obliged to stop their Conway mills ia a
tew days, unless there is a thaw.
Imprisonment of Witnesses.
It quite often happens that a crimi
nal, while awaiting trial for his offence,
is at liberty on bail, while some unfor
tunate man who saw his crime,, and se
cured his arrest therefore, lies in prison
for days and weeks, because, from
poverty or lack ot friends, he cannot
give the required bonds to appear
against him. No doubt, if this reten
tion of witnesses were done away with,
some rogues would go scot-free, by buy
ing off er putting out of the way the
men whose testimony would tell against
them. On the other hand, it is manifest
ly unjust that an innocent person, not
even charged with guilt, should be re
tained in a prison-cell, to the great
detriment of his business and his
health. This matter has been often
agitated, but the abuse continues. If it
is absolutely necessary to lock up our
witnesses for the sake of convicting
rogues, they should at least have sepa
rate quarters and better fare than the
regular prisoners, and should not be
forced to make vicarious atonement for
A Western man traveling at the East
was recently seduced by a party of swin
dlers into investing his money on the
well-known padlock game. He opened
the lock, however, with a sledge-hammer
Farm and Garden.
Beet Sugar Making. The following,
from the Pacific Rural Presa, will be in
teresting to growers of beets j
The undoubted success of the two
companies that have ventured upon the
experiment of beet sugar making, upon
a reasonably extended scale, is quite
apparent in the effort of the Alvarado
Company in securing an additional
tract of land after their first season's
run, at $200 per acre ; and, the recent
lease by the Sacramento Company of
600 acres of land in the immediate
vicinity of their own 630 acres, making
in .all about a thousand acres, which
they intend to plant to beets the com
ing spring, carries with it the evidence
of success to that degree that we need
no longer doubt, notwithstanding the
reticence of the parties in interest, in
giving the exact figures of profit.
The question is not whether beet
sugar can be produced in California as
cheaply as cane sugar can in the Sand
wich Islands or elsewhere ; but is as to
whether it can ' be produced here at a
profit to the company or community of
farmers who grow the beets, and to the
manufacturer who converts them into
sugar. . ' . '
-We can not all be growers of cane
sugar if we would '; we are not in the
country best adapted to its growth ; but
a great many of the people of California
can be growers of beets and producers
of sugar at a profit upon land and capi
tal employed, altogether exceeding that
from any other agricultural and manu
facturing pursuit in the State. -
The cultivation of the beet is at a
season of the year when the wheat crop
commands the least attention, and the
gathering of the same for the factory all
come at a time that in no way interferes
with the culture or management of
other farm crops, and the profit derived
therefrom is just so much added to the
farmer's annual gains.
The manufacturing part will take care
of itself, at a profit of from 30 to 45 per
cent, per annum upon total cost of
buildings, machinery and labor required
2x a ' '
ior in production. -
The fact demonstrated that a beet
sugar factory is also a refinery for the
raw sugars of commerce at seasons of
the year when there' are no beets to
work, gives to the beet sugaries a signifi
cance that was not dreamed of by the
old refiners of sugar in San ' Francisco.
But this fact, important as it is, need
not give them the least uneasiness, be
cause there probably will not be beet
sugaries enough in California in ten
years, to supply even, the home and in
ferior demand, as the population is in
creasing far in advance of the supply of
sugar. As a consequence, it cannot be
lowered in price, and the last 20 years
have demonstrated that the. zone belt
for the production of cane sugar, is not
sufficient to supply the world outside
the tropics, with the required amount
To Cover a Sleep Bank vAih Grass. A
German method is : For each square
rod to be planted, take half a pound of
lawn grass seed, and mix it intimately
and thoroughly with about six cubic
feet of good dry garden earth and loam.
This is placed in a tub and to it liquid
manure, diluted with about two-thirds
of water, is added and well Btirred in,
bo as to bring the whole to the consist
ency of mortar. The slope is to be
cleaned off and made perfectly smooth
and then well watered, after which the
paste just mentioned is to be applied
with a trowel and made as even and
thin as possible. Should it crack by
exposure to the air, it is to be again
watered and smoothed up, day by day,
until the grass makes its appearance,
which will fee in from eight to fourteen
days, and the whole declivity will soon
be covered by a close carpet of green.
Parsley for Sheep. A correspondent
of the foronto. Globe reports a farmer as
saying : I sow parsley all through my
grass land, ar.d never lay down any
land to clover in the spring, but I sow
parsley with it. It is the best food for
sheep there is, keeps them healthy, and
fattens them with wonderful rapidity.
Of course I don't sow enough to smother
the grass ; but I take care there is some
all through it, and the sheep will find
it out, and never leave a bit of it if they
can help it. The cows and cattle are
also very fond of it, but it is the fittest
for sheep, as it does them the most
good, ' The only thing to be guarded
against is to keep the breeding ewes
from getting too much. They fatten so
fast that it stops tbeir breeding, which
is of course a los-'. But I am careful to
keep the breeding ewes off it as much
as I can. It does well for lambs, how
ever, and for wethers and fattening ewes
nothing is equal to it. I find that it
does better than grain. It also pro
duces heavy fleeces of wool.
Pears Among Corn.- The Country Gen-
llemcn says that Jehn Morse, of Cayuga,
N. Y., has found of late years that he
gets more pears and better ones, by
keeping the ground cultivated instead
ol letting it run to grass, the corn
crop proves one of the best for this pur
pose, as it represses the growth of
weeds, and in this respect Is better than
potatoes. Lime has been found de
cidedly beneficial, being first slaked
into powder, and then spread broadcast
over the ground at the rate of over a
hundred bushels per acre. His ground
has been perfectly underdrained, and
the result of his careful culture is, that
his orchard of 3,000 trees yields an an
nual income ot over $3,000.
Hints for the Housewife.
Home-made Corner Etagere. A simple
etagere can .be made by fitting in an
angle of the room a set of shelves, a lit
tle rounding in front, and decreasing
slightly in size and in distance apart as
they rise to a height of about five feet
from the floor. Each shelf should be
covered by reps, or cloth, of a color to
correspond with that of the curtains, or
oiuer upnoistermg ot me room, and
trimmed on the edge with woolen
fringe of the same shade, put on with
invisible furniture tacks. If the shelves
are used as a book-rack, this frincre.
which can readily be brushed, serves a
usetul as well as an ornamental nur
pose. The dust all collects on the
fringe, which thus protects the tops ot
the books beneath. '
Black Walnut "Stain." To impart to
common pine the color and appearance
of black walnut, the following pompo.
sition may be used : One quarter of a
pound of asphaltum. one half a rjound
of common beeswax, to one gallon of
turpentine, it found too thm, add
beeswax ; if too light in color, add as
phaltum, though that must be done with
caution, as a very little will make a
great difference in the shade, and black
walnut is not what its .name implies,
but rather a rich dark brown. Varnish
ing is not essentia, as the wax gives a
Sugar Biscuits. Dissolve one teacup of
wmte sugar in a quart ot new. milk;
then stir in a pint of lively yeast with
sifted flour enough to make a stiff
sponge ; let it rise until very light, then
work into the sponge three-quarters of
a pound or melted butter, with silted
flour enough to make a stiff dough;
work the dough thoroughly, cut into
biscuits, let them stand on buttered tins
to rise, sift sugar upon each, and bake
in a quick oven. . 1
Remedy for Catarrh. Take half a tea
cup of blood-warm water, and dissolve
sufficient salt in it so that it can be
plainly tasted. Then pour in the palm
ot the hand and snuff into the nostrils.
Two applications a day will soon pro
duce good results. -
FOR THE BOYS AND GIRLS.
The Little Traveler.
Here's what I saw one morning.
In the mid'at of a storm of snow :
A great black wet umbrella.
With two little legs blow;
Two snch plump little ankles.
In bright-red stockings dressed ;
Two little feet in morooco.
Deep in the wet snow pressed.
What could thechild be doing.
Alone, and on suoh a day ?
" I'se going to see my Damma "
That's what I heard him say.
Off trotted my chubby traveler
Before I could reach his side :
And though I coaxed and Bhouted,
Kever a word he replied.
Where in the world did he come from ?
Where in the world did he go 1
I'm sure in a moment I'd tell
A Child's Logic.
A baby girl knelt down to pray
One morn. The mother said, ,
" My love, why do we ever say,
dive ns our daily bread 7 '
Why not ask for a week or more 1"
The baby bent her head
In thoughtful mood toward the floor :
"We want it frh I" she said.
The Forgotten Promise.
" But will you ertainly come ?"
" Certain, sure !" was the : emphatic
response, "iff trier said 1 might have
the carryall all the atternoon, and 1
would rather take- you to ride than go
anywhere by myself. Are you sure you
can go 7 '
" Yes. Mother likes me to go out
on Satuaday afternoon, oven, if it is
" I'll 1 call for you then at three
o'clock. Be all ready the afternoons
Mary nodded an answer, and went
homeward at a brisk pace, thinking of
the pleasure of her promised drive, lor
country girl as she was, it was not a fre
quent one. Her mother was poor, a
widow, who earned her bread by her
needle, and Mary was housemaid, cook,
and worker in general for the small
household. By early rising and hard
work the little girl managed to gain
time to attend the school in the village,
cheerfully walking two miles each way
in the most severe weather. Her cho
sen companion and friend, Susy Graves,
was the daughter of a farmer living on
the other side of the village, and quite
frequently the girls of the school were
treated to drives in the farmer's carry
all, with Susy for a driver. The horse
was rather heavy and slow, to be sure,
but what cared they for that, as they
travelled through long, delicious coun
try roads, and filled their baskets with
flowers, fruits, or nuts? Dobbin would
stand still for any amount of berry
hunting or frolicking, and Susy's popu
larity was great among her companions.
She was a careless, light-hearted girl,
quite a contrast to her friend Mary, but
good-natured and anxious to please
Mary's mother met her at the door, as
she hurried home on the Saturday fore
noon from school.. Her face was anxi
ous, and she greeted the child with
" Mary, dear, you'll have to take
the shirts over to Mrs. Dempster's for
me. Your Aunt Jane "is very ill, and
has sent for me to come over."
"How fortunate! Susy Graves has
promised me a ride, and she can take
me over to Dempster's. There is a four
mile walk saved. Shall you stay at
Aunt Jane's all night?"
" If she is very bad, if I am not home
by dark, go to Mrs. Jones's to sleep ;
or, if you like, you may go home with
Susy, and I'll meet you in . church.
Wear your best things, if you do that.
But be sure you take the shirts."
" I'll take them."
It was hurried work for Mary to fin
ish the housework her mother left, and
dress by three o'clock : but the hour
had not struck when she sat watching
the road for the carryall. It was cold
and dull, but little girls, well wrapped
up, would not mind that, and Mary was
very sure she would rather have Dobbin
carry the bundle of shirts than herself.
But at half-past three there was no car
ryall, no Dobbin, or busy beiore the
" It will never do to wait any
longer," Mary thought. " I have made
all safe for the night: so I'll run over to
Mrs. Jones's with the key, and tell her
not to worry if I am not back. 1 may
meet Susy before I get to the village. If
1 had known 1 must walk: l would have
started two hours ago, it is so far to
It was useless to think of that now.
She had relied upon Susy's promise,
but that failing, she must take the
long, cold walk, it was already oubr
when she reached the store, delivered
her bundle, and received her mother's
hard-earned money. She felt a little
hurt at Susy's neglect, and turned her
face homeward, resolving to go to
Mrs. Jones's, if her mother did not re
turn. Her steps were hastened by
finding the snow falling, and the village
was not nassed before the flakes fell
thick and fast, and the dusk became
darkness. The child hurried on, bat
tling tlje wind and snow, and wonder
ing why Susv had broken her pro
mise, and made her afternoon of an
ticipated pleasure so unlike in reality,
And where was Susy? Returning
home from school, she found her
brother Roger in high glee over the ar
rival of a box of presents from a city
aunt and cousins. There was a treasure
of books and tow, games and papers,
sufficient for theTong evenings of the
entire winter. Roger and Susy scarcely
took time for their dinner before sitting
down to try their skill in the games,
and the afternoon was gone, when Susy
" Oh I I promised Mary to ride this
atternoon, and never thought of it !"
" What a shame ! Perhaps her moth'
er would have let her go home with
you," said Roger.
"She would like to see our box while
it is new," Susy answered regretfully,
" I'm sorry I didn't go over. We could
have driven over here, if only for an
" No good being sorry," said Roger :
"if you premised, you should have
gone, or sent me." , ;
Susy was sorry, but soon forgot again
her broken promise and regret in the
delights of a new book, full of stories
and pictures, which she thought Mary
should read also.. But the morning
brought a regret and sorrow which no
book could charm away, no game saothe
or comfort. The spor lay in a white
mantle over the country, and . the sun
shine chased away the night's clouds
A tanner, driving along the village
road to church, saw something unusual
in a pile of snow by the roadside, and
left his wagon to examine it. - A cry of
horror brought his wile to his side, and
tears rolled down her cheeks as she also
looked down: for there, in the snow,
half covered by the cold, pure mantle,
lay little Mary, frozen and dead. Her
squirrel-skin muff had fallen from her
hands, and the little roll of money lay
at the end of her stiff fingers." Round
the white, still . face, her little rose-colored
silk bonnet was carefully tied, and
the Sunday cloak was wrapped over the
cold, still figure. She had stopped to
rest, and God had taken the gentle, pa
tient spirit to a higher life. But Susy's
careless wiil never return. A promise
now is to her a sacred pledge not light
ly forgotten or easily broken, .. . . 1
Try It for a Day.
A great many things are at least
worth trying for a day. Politeness, for
instance, patience, good temper, . neat
ness, gentleness, industry, charity, and
so on. We boys and girls hear a great
deal said and see a great deal written,
about these and other virtues, and, be
tween ourselves, I'll admit the repeti
tion gets to be just a little tiresome now
and then. Thefeest of folks dislike to
have one set of ideas constantly thrust
at them. I do, that is, and you do. But
if there was only some way, you say, to
make such subjects really interesting, it
would be a great deal pleaaanter. Sto
ries and pictures do it sometimes, but if
they try to do it too much, we soon de
tect it, and feel, upon the whole, rather
imposed upon.. I'll tell you what can
be done. Let us, just as an experiment,
give each of these hne qualities a rair
trial for a day. Then if we find
that . all this talking about them is, in
the main, correct, if we find they are
really pleasant' and profitable if, in
short, they " pay" why, you see, we'll
have something worth holding on to.
That's all. Wouldn't if be fun to have
a sort of experiment-week ? On Mon
day, for instance, we'll be resolutely
good-tempered all day long every min
ute from waking until sleeping; : on
Tuesday, we'll be absolutely neat; on;
Wednesday, polite; on xnursaay, indus
trious : on Friday, thoughtful : on Sat
urday, gentle : and on Sunday there.
we ought te have commenced with
Sunday, ought we not? On Sunday, so
much that is good and sweet anct noiy
comes to us, that it at least would make
a better beginning-aay, woman.-1 hi
Oh ! I know t Let's begin to-day-
whatever day it is and whether Sun
day comes at the beginning or the end
or the middle, its blessed influence will
help us, I know. - ;
You see. I have not once mentioned
the highest reason of all for trying these
experiments, l nave a special motive
for just giving these much-praised qua
lities a trial from simply commonplace
motive ' I know we'll find that the
virtues will get mixed up, we'll find
them running into each other on me
different days, in spite of us. But never
mind that. In the course of our experi
ment, we may find this mixing up of
the virtues to be one oi its very greatest
advantages. Who knows?
Wow, who 11 begin .an, experiment
week this very day 1
Important Discovery at Jerusalem.
An inn.fahf. A laouprv rum been
made at Jerusalem by Mr. C. Schick.
(Japt. warren, wniie conducting mo ex
cavations made at Jerusalem by the
Palestine exploring fund, explored a
, i i i. i
remarKaDie iwk-uhu iioorogo
southward toward the temple area from
the subway at the Convent of the Sis
ters of Zion. Mr. Schick has found a
continuation of this passage, or rather
aqueduct, as it is now proved to be,
toward the north wall of the city, a
little east of the Damascus gate. At
this point the aqueduct has been cut in
solid rock, which lies in front of and
communicates with the well-known cav
erns ; it is, therefore, older than these,
and can hardly be assigned a later date
of .Todah. Mr.
a. s A CO a A .ubwv va - - - p
Schick was unable at the time to follow
up his discovery, but the jraiestine ex-
w-kt-vTa i-5Ti fun rl have taken the matter
in hand and hope to find the source
from which the water is derived. The
existence of the aqueduct lately dis-
mna a.rmmAnffi in favor
of the belief that the city of David oc
cupied a portion of Mount Moriah, and
iVilv Ana.hlA ta identify
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the pool or some source near it as the
Upper Gihon, and Silvaur as Gihon in
Frepbrick Baldwin, an inventor, died
ot. Jt3ab trills. Win., a few davs since.
from the effects of intense mental ap-
Eight pounds of sausages for one dol
lars are advertised in New York. Dog
Two Boston girls have recently be
come paralysed from the use. of cos
A woxaw named Sarah Pinckney is
Captain of one of the steamboats pn the
Mississippi. ,., .
Libzbal and varied premiums on cats
will be an attractive feature of the next
Vigo county (Ind.) fair.. , ;. ;
LaCkossk, Wis., has an ox with a horn
ten inches in length growing from his
breast, between the fore legs. ' ' ' 1
Tnr tell of a railway in Kentucky
whereon the locomotives are assisted up
steep grades by aoke of oxen.
Mb. Polsorovk, of Fort Scott, Kansas,
has raised from . seed,, in one year, a
grove of soft maples four feet high.
A Txnnksscb editor was so rejoiced at
the death of a rival that he announced
it under the head of "Amusements."
. . A oirl at. Blue Earth, Minn., calls on
her lean-year victim regularly; every
Sattu day night, and goes , home alone
after 12 o'clock.
William sosfe who recently murdered
his daughter . in. Mumcie, Ind., has died
of the wounds which he afterward in
flicted upon himself. ' - -
One Scott, who runs aekunk-skia tan
nery in Indianapolis, appeals to a higher
court from the persecutions of a nuis
ance-abating Mayor. " 1:'-';
$3,000 house, and paid , forty -cento a
gallon for her kerosene until last week.
The new building will be lighted - with
gas.. - ' .
Iff Maple Grove, Barry county, Mich.,
is a white oak' tree twenty-seven feet in
circumference, claimed to be the lar
gest tree in the world of that particular
species. -' (. -.. i ., , e-:'
- Tu referees between the . Eastern
railroad and ; Stephen , D. .Thayer, of
Newton, Mass., who "was seriously crip
pled in the Revere disaster, have award
ed him $25500 damages.,,, .
Thk wool product of California last
year aggregated 24.276,253 pounds, an
crease of ' nearly,000,000 on the pre
vious year.' The clip this season is ex
pected . to be larger and of superior
quality. ' ' ,
Thkkb is an' infant 'phenomenon in
Lynn, Conn., in the shape of a little
girl, who demands her daily . dose of
opium with a storm of inextinguishable
screams if it is not promptly forth
coming. . - . - . .
A Philadelphia woman who had
broken her leg was so modest that she
would not permit the surgeon to set it,
and there being no female doctor
around, mortification -ensued, which re
sulted in death, ... ' . : ., . n , ;
Two four-story brick buildings on the
levee, at Galena, 111., fell on Wednesday
afternoon. They were used 'as grain
storehouses, ana the three upper sto
ries were filled with grain. The loss
will be about $50,009,, -, , ; u,i t
A obxtlbhan ' and his wife departed
from Indianapolis on Wednesday even
ing, taking 'with them 'their nineteen
children, five of whom were 'fin arms."
The father is thirty-eight years old and
the mother thirty-six.' '
There is a man in Fort Wayne, Ind.,
who built a coffin eleven years ago out
of the twisted branches of a walnut
tree, and who is in the habit of .stretch
ing himself out in the box from time to
time and eyeing himself in a mirror.
A taamrr named Meeson came to In
dianapolis last week and -offered forty
acres of land to the policeman who
should find his lost daughter, Lueinda.
Eli . Thompson, the Chief, of . Police,
found heron Sunday, and says he will
make a summer retreat for " the boys"
on the force out of the old gentleman's
land, , . ...
1!nvin Cnni. a Tiuin; married man
living in the wieinity of Charlettown
Landing, Ind., was found dead . in a
skiff floating down the river; on Sunday
afternoon, half a mile below! the land
ing. He had gone out to hunt oucks
,:.W a lsiiVlA!hM-rAlA1 shot-turn. J One
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barrel of the gun was discharged and
. , rv m i .
the hammer Dro&en on. ise coswiiw
lodged in Cook's side and breast. It ia
supposed he snot nimseu scrauenuuij.
To V VnrV nnhnhfl ' tb-A Hons. Ja
cob Sharp and Augustus lvins,i were
.l.a;.. ..nli sitliap thA nfhar Axv about
their early industrial habits,' when the
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three cords of wood per diem without
any extra outlay of muscle. The result
- a i 1 A . A V.
of Hon. .Augustus B&epvicjBut vm w
subject was a bet of $1,000 that the Hon.
still canable of "putting up"
his two cords a dajv The' money was
put up, and chopping against tune is w
come off within thirty days.
nr.. Tit, iiw iwrnnBur. the son of
ji, nm vvmj. ,
11 ...sli.f. tia t.riAfl litAratnrA, for a
year, and likes it so well that he baa
renounced his profession of civil en
gineering and will devote himself for
.i a. a !.!.( aiti-1 will Vil imV i wi ry
He will soon return to Germany, where
U t,.vs4;ast 4VkT O vaaf CtT twO. MJlA TAside
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with his family in Dresden while fulfill
ing his literary engagement, i r im
fine health, competent talents, and a
fair share of culture and experience for
one so young, Mr. Hawthorne has the
firomise oi a prmiant juiure uoiure uuu.
r Aira 4a aAvAral mBraziiiM in
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this country and perhaps in England,
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where tuey are giaa w ge gww aiuwi
Treatment of Soft Corns.
solved in two tablespoonfals of spirits of
wine, ana ine same tjuauufj . .
Saturate a small piece of sponge or
linen rag, ana piaoe ii - uom"
toes, changing it twice a day. This
will cause the skin to harden, and the
corn may be easily extracted. A good
remedy for soft corns is common chalk
rubbed oe the corn every day, and a
piece of cotton wool worn between the
toes affected, to prevent pressure ; the
chalk appears to drf tp the corn.