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THE TIMES NEW BLOOM FIELD, VA., MAKCIl 13, 1877.
The Deacon's Indian Summer.
DEACON JAHIKL BRADEN WAS
u solemn, Industrious, uprlglitninn,
but wis as kind as one well could be wlio
luid lived bo far apart from lils fellows a
In his youth he hud .been one of the
rural dandles of the region and the chief
dean of his native town, driving the
fastest horses and lending oil' at the vil
lage sports; whether halls, quillings,
weddings or slelgh-lldes.
When about twenty-five years old,
however, n sudden blight had fallen on
Ms spirits for which no one could ac
count. lie hnd danced half the night in wild
lec ut ft wedding, played games of all
sorts, helped serve the guests from
iounllfully-laden tables, kissed thebvlde
s?ave her as a wedding present his best
cow, with a white heart shaped spot on
her forehead, and then went home full
of glee. Next morning he looked as if
tlfly years had been added to his age.
He now put himself to work earnestly
laying out cranberry meadows and rais
ing live stock, He withdrew from his
ld companions as If the sight of them
Hmrnt his eyes, unless he could help one
of litem; then he ennie out of his shell,
.but returned to It as soon as the emer
gency was over.
Some of the neighbors thought his
mind all'ected; some said he had repent
ed giving Matilda Day the cow he was
so proud of, and others decided that he
meant to turn over a new leaf, having
, .sown all his M ild oats, and become a
sober, settled man. Still more were the
.towns-people surprised when, some
months, after, he joined the church, and
'took up' as he said, "an orderly
it the saintly old Motherly Braden
knew the spring of these actions she kept
it to herself. When questioned she only
replied In her quiet way :
" ltejolee Avlth mo that this my son
M ho was lost Is found ; who was dead Is
Thus Jahicl moved on, cherishing and
Messing his mother, and clearing and
cultivating the hitherto useless lands on
the farm, till death left him and Ketury
I'erkins, his mother's life-long helper,
alone In the great, broad farm-house.
His brother had married, gone West,
made a great flourish In some patent
i t 4 l . i i T r I !. .,.
llUBiness UI1U 11111111. Jie ciimc uuuiv biu.-i
this and set up a store, and failed again.
Then he went back to honest farming,
twenty rriles away. Here ho wearied
for lack of the excitement of " failing,"
and died, leaving a very helpless family.
Jahiel Braden was a man of very few
words, and was slow In uttering those
few, but when action was needed he was
as prompt as any one. He went to the
funeral in the blue swallow-tailed coat,
with gilt buttons, and the Bame buff
vest he had on at his last daa''e. I hey
were still his best.
As soon as the funeral was over, he
said to his sister-in-law :
" I fear you have nothing to live on ;
come to the homestead as If It were your
own, and bring up your girls to be use
ful women. I'll semi Timothy over
next week with Star and Buck for your
goods. I'll come in the covered wagon
for you all, and If there are any bills at
the store I'll poy them. I'll see to the
doctor and funeral ; so drop ail cares
from your mind and try to be happy."
Jahiel Braden had grown to be a very
careless man, in a certain sense of the
word. Although neat and orderly In his
person, in his house and on the farm, he
had laid aside all the restraints of socl
ety. He came to the table In his shirt
sleeves, and sometimes, in his stocking
feet. He went up-town and even to
church with his pants tucked In his cow
Once he so far forgot himself as to put
on a clean farm-frock on Sunday instead
-of Monday, laid a good coat of mutton,
tallow on his boots, tucked his butter
nut-colored pants into them, and in this
plight took up the collection, for by this
lime he was a deacon. This was to no
small delight of the boys in the gallery,
who were always glad for somo ortho
dox subject for laughter during the time
Kctura Perkins was just as independ
ent of the world's opinion as was her
master, and did as many odd things by
way of shocking Its Benso of propriety
ns he did through absent-mindedness,
.She more than once presented herself at
church iu a clean min-bonnet and calico
sack, and enjoyed the staring of the peo
ple, because she had a black tiilk gown
a cashmere shawl, a straw bonnet and
black lace veil at home, " as good as Miss
Deacon Jones', any day."
You may be sure she did not particu
larly like the idea of a lady coming to
take her place, " with three citified girls
. full of airs." However, she was not
iiinuill f wl 1 ti i t ntnttnr 1m. I
yiiouitvi - va V UJIIV1 IIIJU HUM VWU
much good sense to throw herself out of
a house, so she made the best of the in
vasion. . . ..
Deacon Jahiel had a great respect for
good women, and from the hour that
his brother's family came under his
roof he donned his coat before coming
to the table, and even went so far as to
buy himself a pair of slippers. He threw
open the long unused parlor, and said
to the girls, " Make yourselves at, home
He soon found there was a great lack
in his establishment, by overhearing his
niece lament the piano they had out
West. He never spoke of it, but en
gaged the minister's wife to go to town
and select one for him. The first the
music-hungry children knew, it was
brought Into the house; and still he
never spoke of it. Indeed, he rarely
spoke of anything at all.
The family lived on thus very happily
for several years, when all at once they
noticed a great change in Deacon Jahicl.
Ite began to whistle ut his work, and to
sing with the girls; he .bought a new
carriage Ketury described It as a ' car-
rluge like folkses carriages," he even
got a violin and checker-board from the
garret, and for the Ursl time in twenty
years played on than both with zeal and
rassingdown the main street of the
village, one day, he saw a buxom girl at
the window, and leaning over the fence,
he called out :
" Martha, I hear there Is a quilting
coming oil before long at your house."
" Yes, sir ; the quilt is my own work
a rising sun, with a square and com
pass in the heart of It. Mother said If I
ever got it done I should have a quilting
just like those she used to have when
she was young," replied the girl.
" Ain't you going to Invite me, Mar-
thai1" was the question that startled the
" Why deacon !" she cried, looking ut
the hitherto grave man, to discern if he
had taken leave of his senses. " You go
to a young folks' quilting V"
"Certainly I will, if I'm asked,"
said the deacon, smiling. " Your mother
can tell you how expert I used to be at
chalking the line, snuffing the candles,
and throwing the apple-paring, in old
Of course he got an invitation, and
before many hours had elapsed it was
noised abroad that Deacon Braden was
going to dance at Nattie Borland's quilt
ing party, and that the folks thought
For the first time iu a quarter of a
century the deacon set off for a trip to
Bostou, and, as Ketury said, "made all
over new I" From the crown of his
steeple-topped hat to the sole of his tallow-soaked
cowhides, he was renewed
in the outer man. He had gone so far
as to exchange his ponderous silver
watch for a gold one. In place of the
porcelain shirt-buttons with which Ke
tury had always adorned his cotton shirt
the deacon appeared with gold studs in
nicely polished linen shirt bosom, gold
sleeve buttons, and divers other worldly
vanities such as made a great stir in the
Cedar Creek meeting-house; hut it was
only because he wore such clothes;
others ihere had dressed as well. You
may be sure that the young folks stared
at him as lie sat thus, with Mr. and
Mrs. Borland, looking oil at the spots of
quilting; and the question was whisper
ed from one to another :
" What on earth has come over Den
con Jahiel V"
They soon found that the autumn sun
had come out in a brighter radiance than
its earlier glory, and that life's Indian
summer had come for him, with bright
skies, with flowers, and with the sing
ing of birds in the heart. '
One morning, soon after this, the
deacon called his sister-in-law and her
daughters into the parlor, and said :
" I have a plan to lay before you ;
shall need this house for myself now.
You may live beside me in the stone
cottage, or I will build you a little house
in a village."
" We will stay as near you as we can ;
but who is to take my place V" asked
the widow in amazement.
"You remember Matilda Day, the
girl to whom I gave my pet cow, Dilly
on her wedding day V A few weekB ago
I heard of her for the first time in many
long years, iter nusuand was never
worthy or her. lie ran through her
property and then took her into the wil-
derness to live, away from all privileges
of schools, churches, and society, She
burled her oldest children and was left
alone and very poor, with three young
" From boyhood up I had always ex
peeted to marry Matilda, but I was too
slow In telling her bo. The- rich, farmer
from the next town stepped In and mar
ried the only woman I ever loved.
choked down my grief, held up my head
gave her my best cow,, danced at her
wedding, kissed her, wished her much
joy, and then went home with a broken
heart. It was a long time before I could
see the sun shine after that. Life and
ull around mo was changed but Just my
mother. But God came and brought
peace and life, and then I sought to do
all for others for Ills sake. As time
went on the wound healed, but the scar
remained. I knew I was a stupid, awk
ward man in the esteem, of others, and
bo I kept out of the way, except when
duty called me forward. I had forgot
ten that the world, In Itself, had any
charms until you came here and brought
the fresh air and sunshine to these dark,
dull rooms. When you brought the rose
geranium In mil bloom it took me back
twenty-live years, when one Just like It
stood In Matilda's window. The songs
which the girls slug are the same she
sung, newly arranged and with new
" Not many weeks ago, I had, as you
know, some dealings with Carver, the
Western man, who stayed over night
with us. In talking with htm I said:
"I suppose you never happened to
meet with a man iu your State named
Wutterson Blake V
" Certainly I have, a thousand limes.
Did you know him he asked.
" When I told him he was almost a
townsman of mine, he said;
" Poor fellow ! he made a sad wreck
of bright prospects. He died poor,three
years ago, and left his wlfs and three
boys in a sad condition ; but she is a
jewel of a woman. Every body, loves
her and all would have been glud to
help her, but she had some Idea of inde
pendence, which she wished to instill
into the hearts of her boys. So she gave
the encumbered furm over to Bluke's
creditors, moved into the next town and
set up a school for little girls."
" Before he went away the next morn
ing, I drew a check for a hundred dol
lars, and sent It to the boys ' from an old
school-mate of their mother's,' and re.
solved to deyise some plan by which to
start them in life."
" The morel thought of it the more
I resolved that Matilda Day would make
the world new yet ; and I wrote and told
" Next month I am 'going West to
bring her and the boys home. I want
you to stay with us. till you get a home
of your own. I can never be thankful
enough for your coming tome. It has
broken the spell that bound me, and
brought me back to live among others ;
before I only worked , for them at arm's
length. Now that I love the world
more, my life will henceforth be of more
The old stone cottage was repaired and
furnished before Deacon Jahiel set off on
hU momentous Journey ; and the widow
and her daughters, now nearly grown
up, were rejoicing in the prospects of a
new neighbor and friend.
Matilda , Blake, although a mature
woman almost forty-four years, brought
back more sunshine than she had taken
away from her native place a quarter of
a century before. Her anxieties arid
sorrows had softened and brightened the
natural loveliness of her character, and
made her a blessing, not only to the
farm, but also to the church and town.
Indian Summer had Indeed come to
the deacon's hitherto clouded life, and
his heart and his house were open afresh
to the whole world. He looked hence
forth more leniently on the follies of the
young and more charitably on the errors
of those who wandered from the right
way. His voice, his features, his gait-
indeed the whole man were changed
from a solemn, unsympathlzlng bach
elor,as he used to be regarded, to a genial
husband, father and friend.
There is nothing like a solitary life to
fix a perpetual winter in the heart.
There is nothing like a companionship
with the good and true, who need aid
and sympathy, to bring back summer
though It may be an Indian Summer-
to the heart.
How The Lehigh Zino Mines were Discovered
by a Rare Plant.
ABOUT three miles to tho westward
of Hellertown station is situated
the little village of Frledensville, known
far and nearfrom its connection with the
Lehigh zlne mines. These mines have
been worked for this valuable metal for
number of years, and with regard to
their original discovery an interesting
story is told by the Easton Free Prcea
which shows the advautage of a sclen
On a bright summer's day in the year
1843, a savan skilled in the living sclenc
of botany, as well as the dead one of ge
ology, was making an excursion across
these fields; Intent upon adding some of
their products to the contents of his
herbarium when he recognized a rare
plant which he knew grew only in con
liection with some ore of zinc, or where
this metal was abundantly found, and
was commonly situated in close proxim
ity to the outcrop of the vein itself.
Reasoning upon this discovery, he sur
mised, the existence of a zlne , deposit
and, as the surroundings were favorable
he had search made, and was rewarded
with the discovery of this valuable mine,
JNot long afterward a company was
formed for the working of the deposit
and furnaces and smelting works were
erected at Bethlehem for the purpose of
reducing the ores.
These veins of zinc ore are situated in
limestone rock, the exact epoch of
which it not known, but is supposed to
be Trenton. The strike of the rock is
northeast and southwest, or following
the general range of the South Moun
tain, while the veins have a nearly uni
form east and west direction. Tho dis
trict, like the one on the other side of
the mountain, Is very much broken up
by antlcllnols and synllnals, contor
tions, bendings, and probably faults.
Numerous varieties of the ores of zlne
have been found at this mine, and some
very fine specimens are shown In the
company's cabinet at Bethlehem. The
ore from which a large quantity of the
metal is derived Is nine blende or sul-
phurct of zinc, which is one of the most
Protean metals known, assuming nu
merous forms. Occasionally It will
have the lustre and color of beeswax ;
uguln it will possess a certain degree of
Jransluceney,comblned with a yellowish
brown color, and a peculiarly fracture,
when, save by its specific gravity, it is
very difficult to distinguish from rosin.
Another variety of the same ore ex
actly resembles the ordinary gray lime
stone of the region, and sometimes it
appears like the yellow sulphur of com
merce. An Expensive Fire. '
" TONES, you have heard of the fire
J that burned up that man's house
and lot V"
" No, Smith, where was It V
" Herein the city."
" What a misfortune. Was it a good
Yes, a nice house and lot a good
home for any family."
" What a pity. How did It take Are?"
"The man played with fire, and
thoughtlessly set it himself."
" How silly ! Did you say that the lot
was burned, too?"
" Yes, lot and all. All gone slick and
" That's singular. It must have been
a terrible fire and then I don't well see
how it could bum the lot."
"No, It was not a large Are, not a very
hot fire. Indeed, it was so small that it
attracted but little attention."
" But how could such a little fire burn
up a house and lot ? You haven't told
" It burned a long time more than
twenty years and though it seemed to
consume very slowly, yet it wore away
about $150 worth every year, until It was
" I can't understand you yet. Tell me
all about it,"
" Well, it was kindled In the end of a
cigar. The cigar cost him, he himself
told me, twelve and a half dollars a
month, or $150 a year; and that, in
twenty-one years, would amount to
$3,450, besides all the interest. Now the
whole sum wouldn't be far from $10,000.
That would buy a fine house and lot. It
would pay for a large farm in the
. " Whew I I guess now you mean me,
for I have smoked more than twenty
years ; but I didn't know it cost as much
as that. And I haven't any house of
my own. Have always rented thought
I was too poor to own a house. And ail
because 1 have been burning it upl
What a fool I have been 1"
The boys had better never set a Are
which costs so much, and whlch,though
it might be bo easily put out, is yet so
likely, if once kindled, to keep burning
all their lives.
O Conor's Wooing.
Charles O'Conor has very direct ways
about him. The story of his wooing is
thus told: The young and beautiful'
widow of Commodore M'Cracken,of our
navy, returned from abroad after her
husband's death, and finding her finan
cial affairs in a complicated state went
to Mr. O'Conor to get his legal advice in
disentangling them. Mr. 0'Conor,upon
examination, discovered that the com
modore had died insolvent, and the beau
tiful widow was left to the cold mercies
of a selfish world without a penny to
call her own. This fact he was obliged
to break to her, whereupon she held up
her hands In piteous dismay, crying,
" Oh, Mr. O'Conor, what shall I do ? I
who have lived In luxury all my life?"
" Madam," said the great lawyer, "the
best advice I can give you is to marry
me." Whereupon they were married.
The Latest Waists.
Ladies' waists, says a fashion writer,
are now made to appear, by the dress
bodices as extending behind lower, than
the spine. To produce the required
length with as little breadth and thick
ness as possible is the modiste's aim.
In this she is assisted, of course, by her
patrons, who not only wear their stays
whose whalebones fail to cease where
anatbmy suggests laced over their
skirts, but the new skirts are devoid of
starch or stiffening of any kind. In
fact, many ladies, in order to obviate all
chance of bunchiness at the hips, have
discarded muslin petticoats and wear
Instead a long flannel one trimmed about
the bottom with an embroidered flounce,
with costumes, and a short flannel
petticoat with a long, narrow white
surah one over It, for evening toilets.
DIL SOIESCK'S STASDARD REMEDIES
The standard remedies fur all rilapfl nt the
'lings are bchenck's 1'iilinoiilc Rvriip, Hehenek's
Bea Weed Toiile. and Kehenek'i, Mandrake Fills.
aim ii lanen notnra tue lungs are destroyed, a
speedy cure Is eltected.
io tnese mree medicine Dr. .?. ii. HchaneR, or
Philadelphia, owes his unrivalled sure.esa in the
treatment l pulmonary diseases.
me ruiiiiuiiiu nyrup rippns inn moroin matter
In the limit ; nature throws It on" liy an easy ex
pectoration, for when the phlegm or matter Ii
ripe a slight couch will throw It on", the patient
has rest and the lung lwgln to heal.
Toeuahle the pulmonic syrup to do this. Pr.
Schenck's Mandrake Fills and Bchenck's Hea
Weed Tonlo must, be freely nsed to cleanse the
stomach and liver. Hehenek's Mandiake Fills
acton the liver, removing all obsuuetlons, relax
the pall bladder, the bile starts freely, and the
liver Is soon relieved.
Rchenek's Hea Weed Tonic Is a gentle stimulant
and alteratlvet the alkali of which It Is composed
mixes with the food and prevents souring. It as
sists thedlgestlon by toning up thestomach to ft
healthy condition, so that the food and the Pul
monic Byrup will make good blond: then the
lungs hea). and the patient will surely get well U
care Is taken to prevent fresh cold.
All who wish to consult Dr. Rchenck. either
personally or by letter, can do so at. his principal
on ce, corner of Hixtli and Arch fits., Fhlladel
phla. every Monday.
Bchenck's medicines are sold by all drngglsU
throughout the country. inch & apr.
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TURIFIES THE BLOOD,
RenoTates and Invigorates the Whole
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The following letter from Rev. E. 8. Best. Fas
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NATtCK. Mass.. .Tan. 1, 1874.
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