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TUSCUMI5IA, MO., TIUJliSDAY, SHPTCMHKR 2, 1880.
VOL. II.-NO. 35.
Jin, 51 i
J A . if X1T A 1
77: iimea EQcinnEK
, A hi wiak rAni.n.
A I.lo t thn iiilrrl nl1:
" Wink faithfully fur ind,
Ann whr'n your tHk In iIiiiik. my friend,
Kewnnleil j-nil biihII ho
VIU bmrvllul of finest mils, Inmli from
u .. . My 'w,, "" tree."
"Bljrllitnkliiir," the inulnd buM, "to this
1 lu ntrree. 1
The Squirrel tolled Ixith -lav mid hIhIiI,
gultn fiilthlul lo hi hire;
HO hungry mul no faint, imn llmix,
tin tlmittrht he must, ctrih
Bui still hi' kept ln eotirni up, nu-1 tutririfl
With ntlirht mul iniiln.
".Mow nice (tin nuts will titn." hn tlimijht,
When I my twrret tii. '
At ln.it, when ho wn nenrljr rlwail.
Anil thin, Htiil olil, uml ttrnv,
Quoth linn : "Trtere' ml mere Imt'l wo..
Vnu'ni lit tn rtn. i n uiy,"
A rmiTelful nr nuts l' inivri rlpo, rich
An'l hlif, ImiI ith!
The squirrel's te:irs run ilnwn hi checks;
Hi' it lust lil teeth, ymi hnnw.
Ili) diil at I wished, mul. in I stepped
Into tliri pung, I got ft fair viiiw of
such portions of tny pa e tier's face
as wero not inullled up. I miw a short,
thick frame, full, hard features, mul 1
could almost seo tlmt tlinro was ahouvy
heard under chin. 1 thought of
tlio miin whom tlio Postmaster had do
rriboil to tun; but I did not think seri
ously ii))on It utit.il I had started. Per
haps I had gone half a milu when I
noticed the mail bag wasn't in iu place
under my foot.
"iiciio: " says I, holding up niy
- A STAKE-DRIVER'S STOUT.
FftritTBF.N years ago I drove from
Ihtnbury to Littleton, a distance of
forty-two milt's, and an I had to await
thn nrrivnl of two or three coaehers,
and I did not start until alter dinner, I
very often had a good distance to drive
niter dark. It wim in the dead of win
ter, and th suiiHon had boon a ronh
cue. A great deal of snow had fallen,
nnd tlio drifU worn plenty and deep.
Thn m iil that I carried wan not duo at
Littleton, by contract, until ono o'clock
in fhontnrmm;. lint tlint wintertho Post
miiHUir was obliged to Hit up a littlo liv
ter than that hour fur mo.
Ono day In January, when I drove np
with my mail at Danbnry, the l'o-itnm-tcr
called me into his ollicu.
"Polo," aaitl lie, with an important,
(tenons look, "there's Homcprotty heavy
Money package in that ba;r," and hit
pointed to it cm hn spnko. Ho Raid thn
money win from Bwtm to hoido hind
HiriMiU near the Canada' lino. Then ho
aiked tno if I had any pannners who
were going through to Littleton? I told
liim 1 did not know. "I!ut HiippoDO I
liave not." hiivh I.
"Why." Haiti ho, "tho ageut of the
lower route came in to-day, and he
aaid that there wero two nu-iciotn
diarueterg on the Htjtgo that catno in
hml night, and ho munects that they
have ttn eye on I his mail, no it willmaBil
you iu hand to bo a littlo careful this
Hn said tlio agent had deicribod ono
of them ax a short, thick set fellow,
about forty years of ago, with long
hair, and a thick, heavy clump of
beard uudcr hit chin, hut none ou the
side of his face. 1 ilid not know any
thing about tho other. 1 told him I
ueincd there wasn't much danger.
"Oh, no, not if you have got pas
sengers all tho way through, but I only
told ym this so that you might look
out for your mail, and also look out
sharp when vou change horses. "
I unswereil that I should do so, and
then took tho bag muter tny arm and
left the tillice. 1 stowed the mail away
under my scat a littlo more carefully
than usual, placing it so I could keep
my feet against it, but beyond that I
did not feel auy concern. It was past
one when we started, and i had four
passengers, two of whom rodo only to
my lirt stopping place. I reached
Oowan's Mills at dark, when wo
stopped for supper, and where my
other two passengers concluded to stop
for the night
About six o'clock in tho evening 1
left tiowiin's Mills alone, haviug two
horses and a puiig.
I had sovonUieii miles to go, nnd a
hard seventeen it was, too. The night
was quite clear but tho wind was sharp
and cold, tho loose snow flying iu every
direction, while the drifts wore deep and
closely packed. It was slow, tedious
work, and my horses soon became leg
weary and restive. At tho distance of
six miles I eamo to a little settlement
called Dull Corner, whore I took
fresh horse. I'd been two hours
coingthal distance As I was goin
to start a man eamo no nnd asked
was going through to Littleton. I told
him I should go through if tho thing
could possibly be done. He said ho was
inxlons to go, and as he had no bag
gage, I told him to jump in, and make
Himself as comfortablo as possible. I
Was gathering up tho lines when tho
hostler eamo up and asked me if I
knew that ono of niy horses had cut him
Bclf badlv. I lumped out and found
that ono of tho animals had got a deep
cork on tlio oil foot. I gave sucn direo
tions as I considered necessary, and was
about to turn awav when the hostler
remarked that he thought that I eamo
ulone. I told him 1 did.
"Then where did you get that passon
gerP" said he.
"Ho just got in," I answered.
"Got in from where?"
" I don't know."
"Well, now." Mid tho hostlor.
" that's kind of curious. Thoro Bin t
hoen nnmicti man at tho house, and I
know there ain't been uone at any of
" Let's have a look at his face," said
L "We, can get that much at any
rate. Do von iro hack with mfl. Slid
when I get into the pung Just hold
your lantern so that the light will shine
Into bis luce."
homos a littlo. whuro's mv uiaili1
My passenger sat on a seat behind
ino, and 1 turned toward him.
"Here is a ba of S'lino kind that
slipped back under niy feet," ho said,
giving it. a kick, as though ho would
shove it forward.
Just at this moment mv horse lumber
ed into a deep snow drift, and 1 was
forced to get out anil tread down the
snow in front of them, ami lead them
This took mo all of (iflcen minutes;
and when 1 g-it iu again 1 pulled tho
mail hag forward and g it my feet upon
it. As I was doing this I saw the man
taking something trom his lap, beneath
the buffalo, and put il into his hreait
Iiocket. Tliis I thought was a pistol,
had e night a gleam of a barrel in tlio
starlight, and when I had time to ro
lled 1 knew I could not bo mistaken.
About this time I began to tlrnk
somewhat seriously. From what 1 had
heard and seen, 1 soon made up my
that the individual behind mo not only
wanted to rob me of my mail, but was
prepared to rob me of iny life. If I ro
blsted him ho would shoot me, and
perhaps ho meant to perform that
delectable operation at any rate. Whilo
I was pondering the horses plunged
into a snow drift, and I was agidn
forced to get out and tread down tho
snow before them. I asked in v pas
senger if he wouldn't help me. hut ho
didn't feel very well, and wouldn't try,
so 1 worked nlonc, nnd was all of a
quarter of an hour (JS team
through the drifts.
When I got into tho sleigh again, I
began to feel for tho mail bag with my
feet. I found it where I had left it, but
when I attempted to withdraw my foot
1 discovered it had become fast in some
thing I thought it was the buffalo, nnd
tried to kick it clear; but the more 1
kicked the more closely it held. I
reached down my hand, and after feel
ing about a few moments, I found that
my foot was in the mail bag. I leit
again, and found my hand in among the
packages of letters and papers. I ran
my lingers over the edges of tho open
ing, ami became ussurcu tli.it tno stout
leather had been cut with a knife.
Hero was a discovery. 1 began to
wish I had taken a little more fore
thought before leaving Danbnry; but as
I knew making such wishes was only a
wasio of time, I quickly gave it up, and
began to consider what I had better do
under existing circumstances. 1 wasn't
long in making up my mind upon a few
essential points. First, tho man be
hind tno was a villain; second, he had
cut open the mail bag and robbed it of
sumo vniuauio matter no must, nave
known the monev letters by their si.o
and shape; thinL, ho meant lo leave the j
stage on tlie tirst opportunity, nnu
fourthly, ho was prepared to snoot mo
if 1 attempted to arrest or detain him.
1 revolved tliese things in my mum.
and pretty soon thought of a course to
pursue. 1 knew that to get my hands
safely upon the rascal I must take him
wholly unawares, and tins l count not
do whilo he was behind mo, for his
eyes wero upon mo all the time, so I
must resort to stratagem. Only a littlo
distance ahead was a house, and ru old
farmer named Longee lived thoro; and
liroctly before It a lingo snow oatiK
stretched across tho road, through
which a track had been cleared with
As wo approached tho cot I saw a
light in tho front room, as I felt confi
dent I should, for tho old man general
ly sat up until the stage went by. 1
Irovo on, and when nearly opposite
the dwelling, stood up, us 1 had fre
quently done when approaching dilli
cult places. I saw the snow bank
ahead, and could distinguish the deep
cut which had been shoveled through
it. 1 urged my horses to a good speed,
anil when near tho bauk forced thorn
into it. One of tho runners mounted
thocdire of tho bauk, after which the
other run into the cut. thus throwing
thesloifh over about as quick as though
lightning had struck it. My passenger
had not calculated on any sucn move
ment, and wasn't prepared for it; but
1 had oaleulatod and was prenareu
He rolled out in the deep snow with a
hoavy buffalo robo about him, while I
alighted directly on the top of him. I
iiiinehnd his head iu the snow and sung
out for old Loncee. I did not have to
cull a second time, for the farmer had
nmnn tn the window to S0O 1110 DUBS, and
as soon as ho ssw my sleigh overturned
he had lighted his lantern and hurried
What's to pay?" asked the old man,
mi hn came lll.
" Lead the horses Into the track, and
tlien eomn here." I said.
i At I spoke I partially loosened mjr
hold upon the villnin's throat, nnd he
drew a pistol frqm hlsbosom; lint 1 saw
It in good seaon and jammed his head
Into the snow again, uud I got it away
By this time Longee had Jed the
horse out nnd came back, ahd I ex
plained tho matter to him Si: ns few
words as possible.
Wo hauled tho raeal out. into the
road, and, upon examination, wo (mind
about twenty packages of lottw.s which
ho had stolen from tho mail bag anil
stowed away In his pockets.
Ho swore, threatened and ''"ml, Jmt
we pa'nl no attention to his biirl'nf1'. "
Longee got somo stout cord, and
when wo had securely bound the villain
wo tumbled into tho pung. I then
asked the old man if lie would accom
pany me to Littleton, au.l ho said, " Of
course X will."
So ho got his overcoat and muffler,
and ere long wo started on.
1 reached tho end of my route with
my mail all safe, 1 hough not as snug as
it might have been, and niy mail bags
a littlo worse for the trick that had been
played on them. However, the miil
robber was secure, nnd within a week
he was idenlilied bv some officer from
Concord as an old offender, and I am
rather inclined to tho opinion that ho is
in tho Slato prison at llio present lime.
At any rate ho was there tho last time 1
heard of him.
That Is the only timo I ever had any
mail trouble, and I think that, under
all the circumstances, I eamo out of it
I'EKSONAL ANJ LITERARY.
" Ilolh tIiik" Is a Illr Help.
Thky wero holding an out-door ward
meeting tho other night, and a speaker
had just commenced to warm up to his
work, when a stranger with all his
worldly " duds" in an old sheep-skin
on his back, boots gone, hat going and
a'dyed-in-the-wool ti amp air about him,
halted on tho outskirts of 'tho crowd.
The speech soon caught him, and ho be
gan to applaud. At tho end of every
sentence ho chipped his hands and
roared like a fog horn. No matier
whether tho speaker " hit 'em" or not,
thn stranger never failed to come down
with the applause, and ho carried a
good share of tho crowd with him. Aft
er tno speaker had finished, and whilo
he was wiping his heated brow, tho
tramp approached him and :iid:
" That 'ere speech was ono of
best 1 over heard in all my life." '
" AhP I'm glad it plea-ed you."
"Pleased mol Why, it lifted mo
right ott'n tny feet! I tell you, you're
a born wrator. and I lust wish I could
j stay in this town and hear you mako a
speech every night.
" Yes, I wish you could."
" Hut I can't. 1 am on my way West.
I shall, however, think of your speech a
bundl ed times a day. 1 can feel the
electricity of it yet, and say, can't you
lend me half a dollar to help mo on? '
"Why, 1 don' know yon. Why
should I lend you half a dollar?"'
"Oh. oomo now don't try to ride
any high horso over mo. You know
how loud I hollered, and you know as
well as I do that if I hadn't put in my
best licks you'd have fallen a flat as a
shingle! You are a groat orator, sir.
and that was a groat speech, but if you
don't know that hollering is what does
the business, you'd better hang right
Tho orator pondered over tno mat
ter for a few seconds, and then proba
bly concluded that the reasoning was
sound, as he passed over the money.
Vdroil tree iress.
Mil Fhncis Cowtr.Y BtntMANt), one
of tho staff writers for the London
I'uruh, will succeed tlio Into Mr. Tom
Taylor In the editorship of that paper.
Mn. W. T. Wkioiiton, the Knglish
composer; who died atTunbridgo Wells,
was tho author of "Her Bright Sniilo
lliunts Mo Still." He was in his sixty
.Mits. MAttr J. ILi.mks, tho prolillo
novelist, is traveling In Scotland with
her husband, and while on tho way is
resdin r the proofs of a new novel called
"Chateau d'Of.M - -' ' ' '. -. .
Miss Drntr FLKTCimrt, tho author
of thoso charming novels, "Mirage"
and "Kismet," is about to publish a
new one with the striking title of "Tho
Ilea I of tho Medusa."
Limisay Mi'ss has been messenger
nt the olliee of the Secretary of tho
Navy for more than half a century,
I having been appointed under John
Quiiiey Adams, July Id, l.'fs.
Mu. I! KM., tho inventor of llio tele
phone is thirty-two years old. Ho re
ceived a large round sum for his in
vention, beiides shares in tho company
as consolidated, and ho has a salary of
S&i.OtH) a ye n- as an utoctrioitiu.
BitKT IIaktk is well sati.slicd with
his new oonsulato at Glasgow. He will
pass some weeks of the summer with
Fronde, the historian, at his residence
in Devonshire. He is engaged upon a
novel of country life in Kngland,
whoso scene is laid in Devonshire.
At his country seat ou tho Hudson,
called Ardsley lifter the old home-lead
of tho Field family in Kngland, Cyrus
W. Field has nine separate habitations
occupied by himself, his son, and his
dainrht.ers. Four oilier houses are oc
cupied by his relatives.
Marshall O. Kuikiits, the New
York millionaire, began life in a lowly
manner. Ho kept a ship-chandler
short, and was glad to retail tar and
oakum to the North River boatmen,
but ho got into the California trade and
is now ono of Gotham's solid men.
A Utah writer says that John Mao
kay, tho mining millionaire, walks about
Virginia City iu a thirty-dollar suit of
gray clothes, goet to work in his mine
at live o'clock in tho morning, lives iu
the plainest style. But Mrs. Mackay,
who is abroad, spends more money than
any other American woman in Kuropo.
PiiOK. Baiuo, tho Fish Commis
sioner, is anid to bo an insatiable novel
reader. When he goes away for tho
summer's tishwork ho takes with him a
largo valiso of two compartments.
Ono Is tilled with the paper-covered
no vols about to be read, the other with
thoso swiftly disposed of, whero his
family may browse nt their pleasure.
When it is remembered that a "Hsu
story" is a synonym for a relation of
fiction the suspicion ot an incongruous
mind will bo removed.
Women as Methodist Preachers.
Romo t!mo ago the leaders and stew
ards of Hamiiue Methodist Episcopal
Chinch (the Kev. W. I. McKenny, pas
tor) recommended Mrs. Clara lioacn
for license to preach, sho having been
an exhorler for some time. At a recent
meeting of tho Quarterly Conference of
the Church this recommendation was
brought forward, and the Presiding F.l
der, tho Kev. It. Peytou Brown, declined
to entertain tho reuomiuundatiun on the
ground that thoro is no law of the
Church justifying tho license of women
to preach. An Bppeal was made by
Mrs. Hooch's friends, and tho questiou
will now go to that Bishop who ruav be
assigned to hold tho next session of tho
Baltimore Conference. Airs. Koaen
(formerly Miss Cutter) has been prom
inent in church work and has held aa
exhorter's license for about two years,
ami has been successful, especially at a
meeting she held some timo since lu
Delaware. The until decision oi mis
question is looked for with Intorest. .
Tub highest monument In. Great
Britain, and possibly in Europe, is that
erected by his tenantry to the first
Duko of Sutherland, on the summit of
Ben Vraggio, Kutlierlandshire, 1,400
feet above Ihe sea. The pedestal is 106
feet high; the statue, from a model by
Sir Francis C.'hautroy, thirty. It is a
conspicuous landmark on both sides of
Tn K Chinese Six Companies In San
Francisco own property valued, at 122,-li'J0,(XW.
An Ice Cream Trent at Nantucket.
Bimuikttk, of thn Burlington Hawk
eye, tells how tho scarcity of young men
works for evil at Nantucket: "One
evening. I don't remember when, I
introduced a young friend of mine, and
ho is very young and bashful, Mr.
Julian C. ICIginbrod of Buffalo, to a
young lady acquaintance. After a few
moments of society chatter ho suggest
ed tho Ico-crcam saloon. Then she
arose and introduced him to her two
schoolgirl friends, her mothor, tho
mother of one her friends, and nil aunt
who was visiting them. Then tho aunt
introduced hint to Iter eider sisier turn
auold lady who was not arelntivo, they
explained, but was as dear to them us
though she was their own mother.
Then thoy all said in a general sort of a
way. 'Woil. are you all ready?' and
imswerod themselves in tho nllirmative,
as l hey slowly followed tho horror-
stricken young man to tho door, and
tho procession filed down street toward
the ice-cream saloon, stopping on tho
way home nt a house to picK up tho old
lady s daughter, and calling at a storo
for tho twin cousins of ono of the aunts
beautiful girls they wero from Spring
field, I waUdied tho column when it
swung by 'fours, right into line' in front
of tho ice-cream Baloon, where it formed
like a line of men at a ticket olliee, tho
old lady smilingly and patiently bringing
up tho rear, standing under the dicker
ing gaslight and the steadfast stars,
awaiting her chance at tho frozen pud
ding. It was far, far iu the summer night
when Julian Elginbrod return to tho
hotel, ami when 1 looked out of tho win
dow and saw his pallid face uml glittering
eyes, and noted tho club in ono hand
and the revolver In tho other, and heard
him mention my name and ask tho
niirht clerk what was the number of my
room, 1 feared that he might feel harshly
toward me. and I barricaded the door
of my room with the lounge, tho bed'
stead, tho stove and the trunk, just be.
fore he came banging against it. He
slept in the hall that night, across my
threshold, and I only escaped the next
afternoon, when the landlord, aweary
of his incessant pmimling of my door
panels with his club, had hi w arrested
as a dangerous lunatlo.
HOME, FARM AM) (1ARDEX.
HoitsKs, hate solitude, and are made
savage by being kept alone.
Toothaciik. To - euro toothache,
take of chloroform, spiriLs of camphor,
laudanum, of each ono drachm. Apply
on a littlo oolUtn wool.
SofTiimtrt Fried Homint. Warm
somo boiled hominy left over from the
day before; add to it a tumbler of
cream or rich milk, a pioce ot butler, -two
well beaten eggs aud a little flour;
fry lu hot butter.
Tub Now York spirit of the Timz
ae.ysthcrss tsoo cure for acoit firmed wind
gall. Blistering and rest would, nodouufc,
reduce tho si.o of tho wind gall tem
porarily; but a long jonrtioy or a few
fast drives invariably bring thorn back
again ns largo a ever.
Pkkskhvino Sacks. In Germany
sacks are admirably preserved by steep
ing them in a solution of tannin for
twenty-four hours and instantly drying
them; two pounds of tan Is allowed to
sleep in twelve quarts of boiling wator
for ono hour, and is then filtered.
A coHitKst'ONDENT of the Massachu
setts I'Umqhman gives tho following
remedy for chokou cows: One pint of
milk, half a pint of soft soap simmered
together. Givo the cow half the quan
tity. Hold the cow's head up and rub
the throat. Then lot the head go down
suddenly. If that does not relievo, give
the other half. I have novor known a
case whore tho second dose has been
The Iowa Mwlitonian, gives auothor
reason why farmers should koop a few
bees: "And then you want a few hives
of Italian bees to fertilize your red
clover and make it yield seed (for
clover will not produce, seed where
there are no humble bees or Italians,)
and gather up tho fragments in tho
shape of honey, and tako the sweets
from the fruit blossoms, the buckwheat,
the sniartwoed, the linn and the goldon
Tomato Soup. Take a shin-bone,
have it broken, nnd put in asoup-kettlo
with five quarts of cold water; allow it
to boil steadily, and skim. In an hour
nut in two dozen good-sixed tomatoes;
do not skin them; boil until your soup
is reduced- to one-half; take a potato
masher aud crush tho tomatoes; pass
through a strainer; return to kettle, anil
remove beef before serving; season with
salt nnd pepper. This is a plain coun
try tomato soup.
Coi.oiiiNd Pickles and Swekts
Gkkkn. Tlio following green coloring
extract is said to bo destitute of nny
poisoning properties: Dissolve livo
grains of saffron in one-fourth ounoo of
distilled water, nnd in another dish dis
solve four grains indigo carmine in one
half ounce distilled water. After mix
ing thoroughly let stand twenty-four
hours, then put-together, and tho result
will bo a green solution capable of
coloring four or tivs pounds of sugar. .
Ai'i'LR Cukkse. Peel and quarter a
quantity of apples, stew them with a
littlo water, a good deal of sugar, the
thin rind of a lemon and a few cloves,
or a stick of cinnamon. When quite
done pass them through a hair sieve;
and to ono quart of tho puree thus ob
tained add half a packot of gelatino,
dissolved in water; mix well, pour into
a mold, nnd whun set, turn It out and
servo with a custard pourod about it.
It is woll to remember that the puree
must be thoroughly well swoetened and
flavored to carry off the Insipidity of
Manor in calves, says tho Now York
Tillies, is caused by a mile burrowing
in tho skin. Tho euro is reached by
dressing tho part with an ointment com
poserl of four ounces of lard, ono ounce
of sulphur and ono drachm of creosote.
well mixed together, uuu this into mo
skin every morning, and give each calf
one teaspounful of sulphur dally for two
wecKS. l)y giving iiiis quaintly ui nnt-
phur for a week, twice or thrice in tlio
year, this diseuso is prevented. Tho
sulphur is absorbed into the blood nnd
passes through tho skin in the perspira
tion, and in this mannor reaches nnd
destroys the parasitic mites, if present
there, or secures such a condition of
the skin as to repel them if they attack
Cut Flowkrs. Tho main feature
in arranging cut flowors is to show each
(lower separately and not a quantity
crowded together, forming a mass of
petals, but that each flower may be seen
reposing quietly among the green, giv
ing to each bloom an individual charac
ter. A few colors in a bouquet have a
much prettier effect than a mlxturo ot
many colors. Hud, white aud buff go
well together with green between. A
few rose buds with their own leaves,
and a little green smilax, make a bou
quet more handsome than ono composed
of many kinds of inferior flowers. In
all floral arrangements, whether for
vases, bouquets or designs, it Is better
to put iu the green first, aud gradually
working them up to the required bright
noH, nivvavt remembering that the col
lection bad better lack a flower than
have ono too many, the object being to
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