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The Easly. Mssengr
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VOL. 1.] EASLEY, SOUTH CAROLINA, FRIDAY, NOVEMINER 2, 10
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MESSENGER, Easley, S. C.
THE PLOWMAN.
Clear the brown path to meet his coul
ter's gleam
Lo ! on he comes, behind his smoking
team,
With toll's bright dew-drops on his
sun-burnt brow.
The lord of the earth, the hero of the
L'.,
First in the field, before the reddening
suln,
Last in the 8hadows when the day is
done ;
Line after line along the breaking sod
Marks the broad acres where his feet
have trod.
Still where he treads the stubborn
elods divide,
The smooth, fresh furrow opens deep
and wide;
Matted and dense the tangled turf up
heaves,
Mellow and dark the ridgy cornfield
cleaves.
4 At every turn the loosened chains re
sound,
I The swinging plowshare circles glis
tening round,
'Till the wide field one billowy waste
appears,
And the wearied hands unbind the
panting steers.
There are the hands whose sturdy la
bor brings
The peasa at's food, the golden pomp
of kirags;
SThis is the page whose letters shall be
seen,
~Clhanged by the sun to words of living
green ;
This is the scholar whose immortal pen
S pells the first lesson hunger taught to
mn l;
T ihese are the lives that heaven-com-.
mnanded tol
SShows on his deced-the charter of the
soil.
--Oliver Wendell Holmies
---Accordhwg to the "Catholic Di
rectory,'' the number of Catholics ini
the United States was 5,760,000 in
S1874 and 6,880,000 in 1882. This is
:equivalent to an* increase of about 20
per cent. in ten years.
L-An Insane workinan leaped ietic
the furnace of the glass works at Kent,
Ohio, on Friday, and was almost in
stantly consummd.
[For the Messenger.
Public Roads.
[CONT'INUED FROM LAST WEEK.]
I1 avor-thk break or turn.out systein
on roads'; I have some experience, as
I have had something to do with the
public roads for nearly twenty-flve
years, and have kept tip one or two
miles of -private ones for the same
length of time, and I contend It i the
next thing to- an impossibility'to do
without them. No sirs ! If you are
going to compel me to help keep the
public roads in a passable coudition
without them, or Macadanising, I
think I an ready to eminmigrate at once,
And why? My recollection is that we
have an annual rain fall of about 50
inches. Half of this frequently falls
in two or three of the winter or early
spring inorths. Now our wagon
wheels are about 5 feet apart. Hun
dreds of people, for the sake of econo
my, go to market immediately after an
all-day's rahli, with a three-horse load
ou a two-horse wagon. This heavy
load on, narrow tire drivethem to the
axle, so that it matters not how much
the road is raised in the middle, no
more water ever gets across those ruts.
but stands between or in them. Let
some of you who are fond of figtures
tell us how much water will fall on a
piece of road half a mile long an1d 5
feet wide with a column of water 25
inches high, on each square inch. Sup
pose this is a hill half a mile long and
elevated, at an angle of almost 45 de
grees, we will have ruts washed and
worn out that are almost bottomless.
Sometimes we searcely see the Sun for:
twenty (lays, the mud still remains,
and you had just as well till these ruts
with water or snow as to till them with
mud.
You never can get me to acknowl
edge the man who advocates the work
ing of roads without turn-outs, as my
Solomon on this question. We have- a
g reat many of these turnouts that are
dreadfil; they are too high, sharp.
and are not across the roads at the.
proper angle ; they ought, where it is
possible, run the water each way from
the middle of the road, and be built of
timber. You had just about as well
expect snow to stand against the wag
on wheel as to expect dit to in wet
weather. I know these turn-outs or
breaks are awfully cursed by such fe.
lows as are fond of driving at a break
neck speed, and who can not brook the
idea of being stopped in their wild ca
reer for a moment. They are wise
enough to require no more time for
pausing to reflect; they sometimes
cause the girls to get an awful jolt too.
Well, I ant sorry for them, until they
learn better what sorti of a poy to
choose to drive for them.
. To stop jesting, thuis is a question of
vital importance, and we ought to have
IL handled by the cleareht heads among
us. Some of our people spendi almost
half of their time on the roads- for
instance, preachers, doctors, mail car
riers, etc. If the roads were better
they wouldl be used still mnore. It
would increase almost.every branch of
business, from Church-going to goliug
a courting. I bleve the public has
determined (and if it has not It ought)
to have better roads8 at all hazards,
even if it has to take the hats off' our
heads, with all the tobacco and boxes,
whisky barrels and jugs, to fill up the
mud-holes and gulles. We must have
better roads else the law will be
changed; and I don't know what might
happen. Keep this subject before the
peonle "On all oainsand e sonm
times $et ween times." Let everybody
remehber that this subject Is of great
importance to all; from those In the
Alms-house to the greatest of. us, and
good roads are so easily obtained.
*Jost will it and it's half accoinplished.'
I will say in concolusion that these
are the roads for us to spend onr itue
and money oni. Let the men WitjI
millions build just as many Railroads
as they wish. Keep your fingers out
of the tire. . Our purses will riot pass
muster when those enferprises costing
from *25.000 to *10.000 per mile are
up. We have never built and kept in
a respectable condition otur own roads.
which do not cost more thani 03 or $10
a mile. SUBSCRIBER.
Extracts From Bill Arp in Atlanta
Constitution.
There Is no instruction so cheap as
reading, and no pleasurn so lasting.
but tihe reading must be of the righr
kind. How the childreu (1o love a good
story, and how fortunate is the family
that has a good story teller in the
household. What a favorite with the
lit tle folks and how happy it makes
then to gather-rotnd aunity or an old
er siter, and listen to some wonderful
things thatt happened long ago or away
off somewhere
I reckon there never was a boy that
didn't want to do some big thing and
be a hero. That is all right aid very
natnral. Tihe nien do too ulItil they
get married and settle down to the
hard struggle of life, raising children
and paying debts, and that takes the
starch out of 'en and the romance too.
Its all fact, fact every day and night.
Thirty years ago I begun waiting on a
little cia) and washing his face and
tiein g up his toes and his tingers and
teaching him his lessons. attd pretty
soon they doubled on ine and then they
trebled and quadrupled and kept on
away up yonder and here I an still
working and teaching and every night
I have to hear 'em spell and speak their
speeches and show 'em how todo sums,
and I can't keep up with the new fash
ioned books and tht new way of cipher
ing by anatysis, and so sometimes
when I get stalled I have to look wise
and say the answer in the book Is
wrong.
Parents and teachers ought to be
mnighty patient with children. Some
have more capaity and some more
memory. Somc are slow and some are
quick. It is not the snartestchilid that
minakes the sminartest man or woman.
It is a powelful straiin on some of 'em
to keel) up, and the dull ones oughtent
to be crowded until they hate books
andl dreadi tine time of going Jo scho.
Sonme folks send their children to school
to get rid of 'em, hut my opinion is
the parents ought to hellp the teachner
every inight. lIt shows the children
how much interest they feel In their
education. It is a signi of a good teach
er when the children get ambitious to
keep up and get head mnarks,and bring
their books homie at night and want to
go to school if It Is rainling a little.
Wrap 'em up and let 'em go. T1here
is nothing that dlemoralizes a school
boy like staying at hpmne every few
day aund gettig behin d' the class. We
uised to walk three miles to school, and
we never minded it at all. It was a
frolic all tine way there and all the way
back and we did have thne best dinners
in thne world. Delmonico never had as
good things as our mother used to fix
up for us. It seejns to me so now. A
child's life ia full of romance and fun
theiest sort of fun. A htild's direams
are splesdid but we don't drean now.,
hard ver. I used to read Robinson
Crus an dream it all over in.
How I dkI Lg to be ship-wree on
an Island and raise noikeysandgnattA
and p*Motft SiMw hildrern are gen
Orally stre childr*t), but they don't
show off much. nie Webster was
most always foot his cts, btu when
he learned anythi he never forgot It.
Some boys are id and restless and
have no use for books, bitt they ought
ent to be given up or hacked or abused
continally. If they have good pa
rents they wil ime to themselves af
ter while. Th y will sow their wild
oats and gather the crop and get tired
of that sort of farming. I was read
ing the other day about Oliver Gold
smith, who I reckon was the worot
vagabond in all England, and was
kicked about and abused by everybody,
and got in jail. and sometimes slept in
the corner of the fence and liked to
have perished to death, but he came to
himself at inst and made one of-Eng
land's best and greatest men. The
three worst boys that ever lied in
Rome are now good 'men, splendid
men, and are hdnered and respected.
They had good parents. Olve a dog
a bad natne and everybody wants to
kick him. Good men ought to notice
the bad boys specially and speak
kindly. to 'em and offer to help 'ei
and make 'ei teel that they are not
6sh,&Maelites. Some boys get so much
abuse at home and abroad that they
are astonished when a decent man
spelaks to 'em. Some folks give 'et
no considoration, but want to see 'em
go to jail or to the calaboose, which Is
the worst thing that can be done for a
boy, for he never gets over it and
grows desperate. It is astonishing
how long a little sin or a little humilli
ation will follow a boy. One time a
boy stole a quarter of a dollar from a
nother boy at school, and that follow
ed him to his grave. He got to be a
great man and was thirty years in con
gress and was a senator, and one day
when he made a bitter speech against
the corruption of the opposite party.
and lenounced their stealing and pltn
dering by wholesale. one of his oppo
nents replied by saying he would re
mind the gentleman that preachers of
morality should nome in to the pulpit
with clean hands--that Ben Franklin
said, 'He that would steal a pin woul d
steal a bigger thing,' and he asked no
quarters from the gentleman on that
score.
So, boys, remember and keep your
hands clean. Folks will forgive mis
chief and a heap of other things, but
they won't forgive meanness.
BILJL Ani.
-A young m an has turned up at
Portland, Me., claiming to be the long
lost Charley Ross and telling a most
astonishing story of early abduction by
Frank and Jesse James, long confine-.
ment, a voyage on a pirate boat to Bra
zil and an escape. The chances are
uninety-nia to one that the young man
is an awkward and badly trained liar.
-Trhere were two soldiers in Gene:al
Grant's army, lying below blankets,
looking up at the stars in a Virginia sky.
Says Jack, ."What made you go into
army; Tomn?" "Well," ieplied Tom,
''I had no wife, and I love wvar. What
made you go Into the war, Jack?"
"Well, I had a wife, and I love peace."
-Augusta factory men are declining
Chinese orders for goods, as they ex
n~ect anl adlvanne in nerone Qnna .

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