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A PERSIAN POEM
*Tbll me, gentle traveler. thou
Who hast wandered far and wide,
seen the sweetest roses blow
And the brightest rivers glide,
say of all thine eyes have eon
Which the fairest land has been?"
-Lady. shall1 tell theb where
Nature seems most blest and fair,
Far above all cimes beside?
'ris where those we love abide,
And that little spot is best
Which the loved one's foot bath pressed.
Though it be a fairy space,
Wide and spreading Is the place.
Though 'twere but a barren mound
'Twould become enchanted ground.
With thee yon bandy waste would seem
The margin of Al Cawthar'satream,
And thou couldst make a dungeon's gloom
A bower where newbora roses bloom."
A WEDDING PRESENT.
Yes, we were really married.
The clergyman, with impressive
solemnity, announced that we were
now one and sanctioned our union
with the blessing of the church. He
shook my hand, and the tears stood
in his eyes as he wished me unend
ing happiness. He kissed Eleonore,
whom he had christened 20 years be
fore, and repeated again, "God bless
you, my dear child!"
Then came the wedding guests,
one after the other,. to congratulate
us. There was quite a procession.
The sixth person in the procession
was Aunt Caroline. She is Eleonore's
aunt, but I am quite as fond of her
as if she were my own. She is the
best of creatures, always ready to
come when you need her and quite
4's willing to stay away when she
fancies that her society might be
burdensome. She is one of those
generous, patient aunts who in win
ter always have on hand a storeof
goodies for hungry nieces and
nephews and in summer are ever
ready to take charge of a particular
ly restless schoolboy or girl, whose
exuberant vacation spirits render
him or her an annoyance to the
quiet home circle. In a word, Aunt
Caroline is a noble example of what
an aunt really ought to be.
said as she clasped our -hands, "my
wedding present is so cumbersome
that I srranged to have it sent to
your house, where you will find it
when rou return from your bridal
tour-. -It will welcome you -to your
new home, and I trust it may give
you much pleasure and daily remind
you of your old Aunt Caroline."
"It is sure to give us pleasure,
whatever it nay-be," responded my
wiie, affectionately embracing the
dear old lady.
A dozen times a day during our
journey we spoke of Aunt Caroline's
present and tried to guess what it
mightbe Eleonere was certain that
it was a handsome bookcase, while I
maintained with -equal- confidence
that it must boa sdperb bronze orna
At last, after 14 October days of
crimson tinted forests and deep blue
bays, enchanting sunsets and cozy
evenin~is beside sparkling hearth
fiesincomfortable hotels-after two
weeks of perfect enjoyment--we re
turned to the charming little home
which had been prepared for us, and
~-~e eede b& be our
haven of hpies
I kissed meonore when I helped~
her from the carriage and mur
murted, "Welcome home, my dear
She return~ed my caress rather
hastily,~and runnig past ma into.
the house said, "Now we shall see
what it is."
Alas? we learned only too soon.
-Rika, our maid of all work, had illu
minated the little drawing room for
ing lamp above the center table-a
present from Uncle Augustus-was
-lighted. Red waxrnlesn burned
delabra-Unicle Christopher'k present
-~on the mantel, while two aighted
stndent lamps, likewise wedding
gifts, stood on the piano. The light
from all these served to illumnieand
direct our glances the moment we
entered the room toward Aunt Caro
line's present, which hung directly
opposite the door. It was an atro
ciously painted representation of the
parable of the prodigal son and
looked as if it might have originated
in a mannfactnry of "curiosities."
Its true origin I never learned, al
though I had ample opportunity to
It is quite certain, however, that
dear Aunt Caroline, knowing my.
own and Eleonore's fondness for pic
tures, and with her heart overflow
lng with benevolence and affection
had purchased the huge canvas at
some puction, paying for it a good
round sum and consoling herself for
the extravagance with thoughts of
-The canvas measured 8 by 10 feet.
The frame' was a broad gilded affair;
- the comnpositlon itself absurd in the
extreme. -In the middle foregrouznd
a group of figures in gala attire rep
resented the returned prodigal, his
parents and the guests invited to
celebrate the return. On a sort of
raised gallery in the background
were a number of figures with cym
bals, daiqcing and singing. All these
nswere in a kind of pillared
tthe left of which was an ab
ject looking individual in tattered
garments feeding some swine with
ears of corn. To the right of the
hall was an oriental butcher with a
Turkish scimeter slaughtering fhe
We surveyed the monstrosity in
silence; in silence listened to Rika's
admiring comments on the "perfect
ly lovely painting," then we went to
-inspect the dining room and my
But Eleonore could not at all times
use the stuady as a sitting room, es
pecially when I had business callers.
At such times the poor child would
bravely conquer her aversion for the
"prodigals"-thus she designated
both the bipeds and quadrupeds in
the picture-and with her back
turned resolutely upon them would
sit in the drawing room until my
visitors had departed.
We have a large circleof acquaint
ances. Of course they all called on
us, and Eleonore said she always felt
as if the "prodigals" helped her to
"do the honors." Indeed the picture
seemed to receive the larger share
of our visitors' attention. Some of
Eieonores more intimate friends
asked her why she had hung such a
"very large" picture in our sall
dawming room. Some who con
sidered it impolite to make such re
marks ma'ntained a discreet silence,
while those who thought it "good
form" to talk about pictures and to
pretend a familiarity with art would
inquire if "that large painting was
the work of a Munich artist" or re
mark that it reminded them of some
thing similr which they had seen
in Dresden-or somewhere.
Now, there was no one in our vil
lage who was as familiar with really
good pictures as myself. When any
of my neighbors wanted to buy a
painting or engraving, he first con
sulted me. Consequently the fact
that I had the 'Prodigal Son" hang
ing on my wall was sufficient to con
vince even those of our friends who
really thought the picture an abom
inable daub that there must be
"something in it," and they exerted
themselves manfully to discover this
"How very natural those swine
are!" one would say.
"Just see what brilliant coloring
in those clouds," another.
"How repentant the prodigal
looks," a third would remark, with
the air of a connoisseur.
However, after everybody had
called and had been called on in re
turn there came a season of compar
ative peace, during which Eleonore
went to pay a two days' visit to an
old school friend.
During her absence I had the up
holsterer and two of his men come
and remove the prodigals into the
dining room, and when Aunt Caro
line on her next visit missed the pic
ture from its accustomed place she
seemed quite downhearted. I, how
ever, boldly declared that the light
in the dining room was much better,
and that the subject-feasting-was
more suitable for a dining room than
a drawing room.
-Now, -thught I with self gratula
tory feeling, Eleonore can receive
her callers in comfort. .
But I reckoned without my prodi
Although the picture gave us less
annoyance in its present position,
we did not become reconciled to it.
Far from it. But as I sat with my
back toward it during meals, and
Eleonore had onlya side view, it was
not so constantly obvious as it had
been, -and when the warm weather
came we covered it with gauze-on
account of the flies.
-It happened that the distinquished
botanist, Dr. S-, visited our town
There-were no flies at that time.
Our guest was a most amiable man,
and the friends whom we had invit
ed ta dine with him-did their best to
etertain him. -
During the soup he related a high
ly amusing adventure he had had in
e Ikoked up-the: prodigals were
ditetly 6pposite him-and well bred
though he was he could not help a
look of wondering surprise at siglit
of such a travesty on art.
A few days later Eleonore went to
visit her mother,-and while she was
gone I again sent for the upholsterer
and~ his men and had the picture re
moved to my study. To do this!I
was obliged to take, down about 200
books together with the shelves.
The light here was execrable, but
that did-not matter. I placed my
desk so that my back was toward it
and commended my visitors of taste
to the. mercy of their good angels.
On 1%ewKgr's day Aunt Caroline
dined with us, and you may imagine
her surprise, when, seated in the
chair Dr. S-- had occupied, she
looked uip and found. the picture
gone. She did--not say a word, how
"We~ hung your picture-your'
lovely picture, dear aunt-in my
study,"I answered casually, adding
in my desperation, "I intend to ex
hibit it to my Sunday class."
The dear soul did not say any
thing, nor was she offended, but she
apered so nielancholy that I was
conscience stricken.' Before I went
to 2bed I tried -to make amends for
the detestable story I had told Aunt
Caroline. I wrote to a friend of
mine and invited him to bring his
Sunday class on the following Thurs
day evening and drink tea with us.
The invitation was accepted.
I received my friend and his schol
ars in the drawing room. I asked
the little .fellows all sorts of ques
tioni about their studies, and Eleo
nore showed them our photographs.
At last came the welcome summons
to tea, after which I invited the chil
dren into my study to see the picture.
of the prodigal son.
The lamps were placed in the most
favorable positions. The youngsters
ranged themselves in a row in front
of the picture. I tookup my station
on one side, Herr Diebert on the
other. Icleared my throat and be
gan in a didactic tone:
"This picture, my dear children,
is partly allegorical, partly realistic.
These two rows of columns on either
side of the center divide the different
*eras of the parable. Here on the
left you see the prodigal, hungry and
wretched, sharing the swine's food
asthe Scriptures tell us. Here in the
background you see them singing
and dancing, rejoicing over the re
turn of the- prodigal. Here on the
right is the butcher in the act of kill
ing the fatted calf."
While I delivered this highly in
structive lecture Herr Diebert point
ed with a ruler toward the designat
The silence which followed my re
marks was actually oppressive. At
last one little fellow, Fritz Diegel,
the butcher's son, feeling that some
thing ought to be said, stamnmeringly
asked, "Be them Hungarian or Ba
The -laughter which followed lift
ed the- general oppressiveness, and
the clock striking 0 soon afterward
Eleonore and I gave thanks for our
'1hese are only afew of the. many
annoyances which Aunt Caroline's
well meantwedding present brought
Fortunately, there were some very
warm days in March-quite wannm
enough to bring to life two flies in
my study. Once I should have put
n end to their premature existence.
I did not do so now. I fetched thel
gauze veil and draped it securelyI
over the prodigals. The next day
Aunt Caroline called. Said 1 to her
when shecame into the study:
"Have you noticed, dear aunt, how
very early the flies have made their
appearance this spring?"
Aunt Caroline had not noticed.
the truth were I to say that we were
not perfectly happy in our little
home. We were-even though there
was hardly a forenoon, afternoon or
evening that one of the prodigals
either the son, one of his parents.
the butcher or one of the swine -did
not somehow mix in our conver"'i
tion. It was not for this-although
it helped somewhat-that when sum
mer brought my vacation we con
cluded to spend it in the Black for
Those were enchanting days.
Eleonore embroidered, sketched
and read to her heart's ccntent
while I wrote diligently on a new
work I had begun.
Thus we passed six deihtful
weeks with never a thought of the
prodigals, when one mornig fatie.
in the person of the postismti.
brought me a newspaper.
"Are yon Herr Treuberg:" h- iii
"The same." -
"Then here's something that may
interest you," he added, pointing to
an article in the paper. I read:
. "Yesterday in the town of Imm.
gen, upper Bavaria, a fire consumed
the residences of Fiau 0 ulie Zieber
and Herr Felix Treuberg. Th losS
is total, partly covered by insm
I summoned my poor little wife,
to whom I communicated as gently
as possible our great loss.
We began at once to prepare for
our return journey, and as our train
would not leave until the afternoon
I wired a friend for further particu
lars of the fire.
The answer came as we were leav
ing the hotel:
"Fire started in the Zieber house
Unfortunately very little saved."
As I concluded this rather 'pre-ss
ing message Eleonore clasped my
hand in both her own and whispered
assuringly, "We have each other.
dear Felix, we shall not be poor-we
have each other and our love."
A few days later we were in immi
gen. As we drew near to the sta
tion Eleonore leanea toward me and
said, smiling through her tears:
"Felix, dear, we have or:o com
"What is it, my love "
"We are rid of those detestaUe
"That's so," I assented. "There's
never a misfortune that has not
I had sent word to a friend to
meet us at the station. He had not
come alone. There were sevei-al
sympathetic acquaintances with him.
"It was so late," said my friend,
referring to the fire, "and so sudden.
There was a furious wind"
"But," interrupted Herr Diebert,
"one thing will give you great pleas
"Indeed I" exclaimed Eleonure ex
pectaitly. "What, pray '
"You have.to thank Fritz Diegels
courage for it. When all hope of
saving the house was gone, he and
several of my Sunday scholars broke
open ths shutters of your study win
ow, and Fritz bravely entered the
burning dwelling and cut the large
painting from the frame. That was
the only thing saved."-Translated
B'rom the German For Romance.
Names of Authors.
The habit frequently adopted by
booksellers of using the possessive
ase of a writer's name followed by
the title of his work leads somietime s
to curious effects. For instance:
Berkeley's Wealth and Welfare
"Lalor's Money and Morals," "Turn
r's Wish and Will." "Ellis' Temper
and Temperament"' and "Wynter's
Subtle Brains and Lissom Fingers."
suggestive of the Artful Dodger's pro
fession. Occasionally the bookseller
himself deviates into humor, as in
the two following instances: "King's
nterest Tables, a rather poor cop~y
and very poor price;" - "Poems~ by
James Gay, with a portrait of the
reat Man, who modestly calls him
self Poet Laureate of Canada and
Master of all Poets. Notwithstamd-I
ing these high claims I sell his poemis
for 4d."-Chambers' Journal.
LUTTLE ALL ALONEY.
Little All Aloney's fee':
Pitter patter in the hall,
And his mother runs to racet
- And to kiss her toddling sweet
Ere perchance he tall.
He is, oh, so weak and smnall! .
Yet what danger shall he fear
When his mother hove'rrth near
And he hears her cheering call,
Little All Aloney's ac
It is all aglow with gi",
As around that romping place
At a terrifying pace
Lungeth, plungeth he!
And thbat hero seems to bo
All unconscious of our checrs
Only one dear voice he hL'rs
Though his legs bend with their loa:1,
Though his feet they seemn so small
That you cannot help forbodo
some disastrous episode
Neithrreatening bump nor fa-ll
Little All Aloney fears,
But with sweet bravado steers
Whither comes that cheery call,
Ah, that in the years to como,
When he shares of sorrow's stare.
When his feet are chill and nurgh.,
When his cross is burdensome.
And his heart is sore.
Would that he could hear once more
The gentle voice he used to hear
Divine with mother love and cheecr
Calling from yonder spirit shore.
"All, all alone!"
-Eugene Field in Chicago Record.
AJ~ LAY ON HAND ATf
he Well-Koown and Reliable
DRUG STOR~E OF
r, W. M BrckintoD
In addition to a toil and coit
stock (of drugs, Medicines ;ad
C'hemicalds, we kc-ep a em-M
Patent Medicine. ,
And the thousand and onec things
usually found in every rt:s
and well-regulated drug S:'re.
WE ARt R A !
Our Fal Stock !s Now Oomplete.
'-- prern , o shi,w fhe :re 1an best v-letv we have ever carried.
N4 DRY GOODS hcs n 11on la c,. cot tn.). - t
be sl,1acc slidy. mon:; te b gain intal-(ie:"artmelnt Will -fo(l;
0 stahr nppiec p r ngh"::, equal to toil de norti .
e:. G (.1 .l 5 Ge. 0:: ease I :.!e tch, )C., "nod N;,alue I- 8 1 -3c.
W iave a ecca ete linc in all thle newest styes and
CAPE ! C PES CA AS a.. e prserlyiurtejurn-tnion to our
i- at 2.5 an $LOO. These ;ere bought at a sacrifice sar- fo. spot casJ, and without doing an:
iu p , i ase)ting that th - nnot; duplicat.e4 for less than &Ifty
r - oi r cc I'petitors, j zii'l inpr ---.
SEE OR URSEIj - it-, CONVINCEG
Oir S 1.50 and 41.75 lines will al- o bear clcse inspection.
W*. ;iOre howin son iobby effects at S5, S7.50 and .410.
Ourtline of Carpets; Ruas and Malting8 "' ERY OU LETE
"e have niade some improvments in our store. which has enabled us Lo carry a more complete line
ii:.e in tLi i deparinment than ever before. We will sell you a good Clay Worsted at 15; an All
Wool Cheviot, in round, square-C.:. or oub1e-b)eateel, at $6.50.
\e bileve w.e have jusy earned the reputati)n of being t 'e Cheapest 'Rouse ;I this City
.n I(is line, and we i,-e fully prepar'l to sish n ii ;his sea
EOH - S . You nre sloubtless aware of the uipreced"ented
advance .. ibis line. We arc pleasea to st:ite
riiost of enr stock was Ioight at old prices. Our
.vamen's Dongola at $1.50 (every pair wvarranted) are good value. Our line of men'.; goots, made ny
L. M. Reyuolds & Co., of Broel:ton, Mass, will be sold at last year's figures.
In Our Line of Groceries, Crockery, GIassware and Tinware.
You wi!l Iiroi ani excellent .assortmenUt I.r h. ehcl and. table use.
O' D N ELL &, CO.
'IUT2E S73F F. 0 .
i A. BR3OG-DOTManager W. Ei. MEACHAM, Auctioneer
This Wraceherdsd Has Been in Operation Since August 20, and Has
of Tobacco at an Average of Between 10 and 11 cents per Pound.
This warchouse is open six dlays in~ cver' . for the sale of tobacco
and has good E.accomnmohtions fo: man ud beast. We have all the
time an able corps of honest tobacco buyers, who are anxious to par
ch;~" atrgfo gjilautities of South Carolina Tobacco.
[t Is Oii1lPgosc to Mi\ake S~iute the Tobacco Market of Sonth (trolii
nol Our nl'nl4 wh.o inltra.st theirP to-oaCO to our geepinlg
shall have llhend~tOit of om- combine(d cliurts and~ ex
pe'riecel. G!V-~ ; a trial and1 see thl S:ator is the
place to sell yofir tobacco.
Will Have Your Tobecco Nicely Graded for 75c per 100 pour.s
Hogsheads Furnished Free of Charge an-i Shipped to our Friend3 on Application.
J. A2 BROGDON, Manager.
- E BE T1~m TIerry~i .Fish ('mpmu~ Hlave
- rd by nlluring advertisemerltsYo
hin~k yon can get the best made, yg~s ge n.ESO
- -. S- e to Iit that~: it~
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t a(a.-u.ii :*i*enitt S ritg a
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- can ecu.:t in muechanical cor.- ~ l- i1t. ~ c~.iintb
- '1struction, duralbi:tv of wocrking e'* Acn . ~ ~ ' '~v~i~:lyd~V~ e
,arts, tineness of finish, beauty ,2~ w~- t"s~t,;D~'a wl ~ efr
.f in ppeatrarlce, or has as maun
improveaenlts asthe 2tu MRE T. CALSO vrltn .~tri~.~o ors
'va ti Tension, Doiuble iFeed, :- 2q0 --
.nec3e (ptented ,no e thrP has~ , ~1I L I-~
- nd( patentd), driving whe-.1 ningc1 12 g~ 'vrrcN
NRT FO CDRCULRS.Ok1
THE EW IIOM'E SEWIiC MCWH 00.t u
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vinig an experien(- o: 2hirtv reven years, .~f:. :i 'h M ii
ors his orofessuionul e'nrviec to the people . ~ 't0 r D' d..'.1 rd2)Ms~t~
of C'.arndon COand. . eiti::t.itante gd r the na t. 1
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For Honest Goods and Popular Prices Is
Elegant Goods and Most Splendid Attractions
Investigate the golden opportunity our new
stock affords. We simply ask you to come
and see -our goods, assuring all that they
will find the highest grades and uniform
prices. Our new goods must be seen to be
appreciated. Samples sent on application.
D G d The largest assortment of Dress Goods
resseve: brought to this city now open for your
inspection. This line izcludei "':e ,ewest, lated and most correct
styles in cheviots, Scotch eifects, iwo-toned silk and wool, English
covert cOoth, with smoother weavez, black and domestic dress goods.
Shoes for Men. Shoes for Ladies.
Shoes for the Little Ones.
Shoes for Misses. Shoes for Boys.
In this ceparmer viL be i"nd laces. ladies'
Notions, and gents' handkerchliel3 in lace, siic and cotton,
in all size-, colors and styies, and at the lowest prces; hamburgs;
thread, needles, pins, soaps in all the itest styles and fashions;
hair-pins (plain and fancy), perfumes, towels, white and colored bed
spreads, doylies and hosiery for men, 'ad;es and childrer,,in all
styles, colors and sizes, an,- at prices to soit all; underwear, bats
(trimmed and untrimmed) for ladies and misses, all the newest and
best desigas; velvets, satin5, ribbo-s, and many other notions.
Low-Priced Clothing for Xen, Boys and Childre
Best Flour. Best Bacon.
Best and Cheapest Canned Gocd.
When you visit Sumter tall and see us and make
our store your headquarters. Polite and at
tentive salesmen always in attendance. No
trouble to show goods. Call and examine our'
goods and prices before purchasing elsewhere.
Come early and avoid the rush. .
Highest Prices Paid for Cottdn
STRAIGHT -:- BUSINESS!
Come and See Us and Let Us Talk Straight Business
We have one of the largest steek~ Cf goode ever: isrought to this
town, and they were bought to d
Give you something to eat 9 Then you hit us at our strongest
point. But it is impossible to Niy to tell you here what we have,
but you will find everything, from a soda cracker to barrel of
molasses in our grocery 'department. *
Evrytbing fresh a'nd of the very best quality.
" White Dove " Brand Hams,
" Gold Medal" Flour,
.ai Fine CofteesAe u p.
Our line of tobaccos and cigars is comnp'ete.
Ladies, Your AttentionU
Dress goods in
In fact, we can furnish you any goods you need.
Dry goods have gone up since we bought, but we wilt giv~e our
eustomers the benefit of 'our early purchases.
Ribbons, laces, trimmings - an.1 buttons and gloves in large
Our Gent's Furnishing Goods
Department is full. Ready-made clothing to fit anybody's back
and pocket-book. Large line of pant goods in bolt..
Liow about Shoes~
Now you are talking. If we can't fit and-'please you in footwear
you will have to go barefooted. We've got 'em.
Urops are good ?
All right. Then you will want bagging and ties. We have a
warehouse full and will make prices right. They must be sold.
Want to Sell Your Cottoni and Cotton Seed~
Our seales are at the back door; and we will give you the top
figure. Haven't time to write more, bul want to see you before
vou sell your cotton or buy your goods.
Y*ours-~. for flin .1 '.
J. W. McLEOD.M