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VOL'. LIKE .4 EA'SL6EY, ,IOT .AOL INA 12' S , JUK . 1.884E.
VOL. 1.] . EASLEY, SOUTH CAROLINA, F'RID)AY, JULY 4, 1884. [NO. 39.
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If yolu have a cheerished ecret,
Don't you tell.
Not voil frielui--for his tyi nnI)U ill i
i a bell,
Wichel its echoesu. wvide rehmuldingy.
M1.iltipliod and far resounding.
Don't you tell.
IH y)1.-mrelf youI collnot ke-ep it,
Th'len whovcan1 I
('hild you mIr' VXecept of :ny
Ot her in ?
Yet You put him1, if he te(lls it -
If ie giveA'away or sells it
I'v'll your geus to atyi 1ye
Ill the mun: t;
(f youriu wNealtlh to feed1 the hiunigry
Spal'e a pal'.
son tlhe opllu po-10t.
1 ir set---kee it, lmck it
Iil TElir heal:u't.
BILL A I P.
What are tile Poor G Irls of 1 he Coun
try to dol.
[From Athinta Conti~t ilii.]
"What shall Iwe (b Ivith u r
ir1s?" I have heard :g ig-o. n
ny fathers ask that questiol ! I
('on't imeall rich fathe&rs V ho have
IM anx) iety ab1out their daugh)-lters;,
but I alh1de to folks in the middle
w alks of life whose daugditers have
haol ani educaitioni and the father
has nothing else to give themu.
What. is a p)oor girl to do~ when
she quits schioOl or comest~ honiel&'
from cuollege'. it is r'ighjit hai:1rd fort
hier to des'Mcend fromI1 the bea ut if'ul
Iileiglts of st rSIIOn)omfly alitIt t eb elx
(t' hlistory andt b)otanyl aiil t he
'lirtg&eri Of hotusekee'ping andl~
o 1-1loh thles. Ihut supp~ose' she is
a good (dutiul("i g iiln is willingo
to d1o thazt anid miore', the qinestioni
is what dotes it amiouint to and~
cant she do better y ( 'an' t sheO
take hold of somnethinig that will
excite her amubit ion and interest
lier andk~ liake her someW mon1ey y
do not marry a4d whose fathers
are poor will need some Money at
ter avhile when the roses begib to
fade, the roses on their cheeks.
Some are independent enough to
go to millinery and dressmnakiig
but this grives employment to but
a few. Some pai nt flowers and do
faney work and sell what they
make, but not many have the gift
of genius in that line and so the
qouestin still comes up what can
tle elever country girl do) to make
aI living for themselves and feel in
Not long o() I was over in
EaOnstemi North Carolina and I
16found the qj uestion answered in
iome places. I fouid m01110 nice
well ed1ucated .>irls cultivatingj
snall fruits andi vegetables for!
market. They dilnt plow the
ground~ but thley planltedl and hoedl
anl( weeded anild gatlered the crop.
I s:W ,,An acre of Strawberries th it
tvo sisters had plallt-ed ali they
made a frolie (fr it., that is, they
went at it with. a will and took
iively happV interest inl it, and
ty gat hered 4,000 arts and
-;ail they Voulil ()et a t hiou sand
m1ore, :ui they par ked them in tle;
little baskets :inl the ba kets in
to erates and(l sent them North and
their sales had avermage 10 (ent
. quart. Iheir total Cxpe (ses for
hire Iof kelp l anid c()st of baskr'ts
and1 freight to markAt was $200'
ai1l this left a thumsand.i for their
wrk anl watchiiiig and cistant
ar.Well those g2irls are proud(1
an 1 ine:endent. Thieiir fat her
hal five acres anuid he was
o40 -a ;o)(i de-i1 (it, money,
never Saw a nicer biusiness nor
)1( SOti sill pean Sue Th
1and was }Mm) nn I saiuulv. Th1c
oWS tfiree f'eet upart. N01e11 thel
plant s get wet set a poe
, o1Iii M ~) v! 0m t'acl -4i (ie
And tli'- Ill I us i e f filler eWithi
votoi st' :i andiei ue. eaThe
luWIIIvil ack 1)11 ae cotto en teed
after that the vines arue u11clhed
with pile straw an I that is all.
I ievr saw vines as smizall or her
iies as numerois. I cuinted 2.0
oni one pilanit. IThey Ll dio one
anoiit her. Th'lis vine haud tecn lpick
Hi three''i times(' andt there were 240
left. They fr'equetlyti p)icked a
qUart fromi :8 plaints aiiii left mrany
not ripe. TIhiey pick till S o'clock
in the nmorning~ andi the girls aver
auged 1 5 (quarts by that time.
Thmey bin a~ it 4 ini thet aiftern1ooni
andt I et 15. ji quts mored'. Wh len
Iheuy lirickr hypa . et
a quart tot girls andt 2 c(ents to b)oys
for' the irls are mlore careful anid
tit not mh11: h h i~ erries nior spill
themu ulu and d 10 nt at e'very big'
lluit t hi is is noUit aill. Thee~J gis
have got a crtop ot raspherries just
heh inla nmi t lev will make two or:
nd gooseberries tand talk about
going into potatoes and beans and
beani and grapes and all that.
Well, why not. Fruit vrrowing is
a nice business for girls and so is
raising vegetatbles. 'Ihose girls
have the advantage of ours for
the market is nearer, but I have
never seen the time th at )ice
strawberries cohildn' t he sold at
hone for 20 cents. and that will
make lots of mouiev. And then
aga~qini tihe exerise is ) (roo(1 for
their lealth, andI t1e occupatioln is
so cleanly and delicate and suits
their nimble :and delicate fingers
so well. Woman was tihe tirst to
pick tie fru it an I have always
thought she ought to have beeni
orgive6. for her first th ought
when she found the fruit good
was to gif 0 her husband some.
But he like an old rascal went aid
laid all the blame on her an11d tried
to get out of thei scranpe. Now
there is a1 chance foi our girls to
Leke me lOneV. 1et themi try
I Sni0l1 patch, say one-fourt hi of
'in :mCe. P lant inl Aulist and
have n goot (i0.) of rulit next
ipring. It canl he donet. I heatrd a1
Nash vile. man 1av tIant two 0ears
ago() the're Was lo such husiISS
IrN)ud l NashviIle as gow()ig1 her
I"(es for Northern 11111kets but now
there was 150 bushels shipped a
Any' V fro ()i One town, the town ol
Franklin, atnd they netted 20cen.ts
a quit, i $ a bushel, a11(l the
girls diI mot (o f t!he work. I
wish tite dear creatires were all
richbI e1ough to live withoit w.ork
and onl hald to wmk when they
f'lt like it. anId I never see ladies
of culture and retillment doing
druudgery 1 but what it shocks mry
humnanity anrl 1 want a society
est-ablished for the prevention ofl
eruel tv to angels. But work is
the commIioll lot for ]imit anld ror:
w()man too, and I rectoik tiy are i
hajppier for it.
I was r1mnflinatilng2 ov'er these
Bell Mu the. tr'ain. (anordtheol
relia,1ble conductor whoim every
I ao T k 1ows and1 every I A, II I V
and1( we got to talking ab)out the('
timies audl the rops, ainl wheni I
mientionled .Johni Il. .James(' anid his
bust upi, Sanford saidi yes, that is
mrighity haud on .1 amies anid lhad on
the poor fellows who hadl their
mioney'', in ihis banrk. lie haul a
thioudandr~ dolb~Irs ther'e hie said, a
thiouisandi dlollar- the samvings- of
ten ye~ar'siu nd ow lhe lhad to taike
a1 new start, and~ his plans :aml his
hopest' wer'e broi kenl 111, )fr)0 he was
g.oing to take $200( of that money('*
andiu s(end ('lithford to Moore('s'' buis-i
ness col lege an Ud the $M)( was lfor
his (laughter who hard been so
go0:1 (end( wvorked so wvil ingly andr'
faithf'ully at horme, and( he had
Iicked out a nice little place to
the rents, but the money was gone
and the prospects Was b)ad, very
After tellingy me of the dlark
side lie brightened pl) and said,
-well, I Won't give nt) 80(111 for
Mr. James failed in 187:1 and li
owed mie $500 then andi he paid it
in full interest and allowed me a
premiun of 12 per cent for mv
gold, just what it was wort.h wlenl
I put my gold in there, althiouigh
it Was wor'tlh only 4 per cent pre
iium when he paid it back. Ih%
is a good maln, James is, and will
do the best lie can and he can't
do ally more. Sone folks abuse
hiiin for Speculating on1 olr 111mev
but I notice t h(ev ne,"ver abuse -t
man until he has had lu(ad luck niul
breaks. .J ames specul Ia ted in
G'eorgia railroad stk two vetrs
tgo alid made, thev say, $100,000
and every , N. I s1iled and sn iiI
Jan-s was ionig-headel, not oic
said a word against him1, but
now thev abuse him tr beino a
speul a -toZ.
A bout I his tile We met the
down train ail the n(gineer, M r.
Ad11n!s. cale up to Salito'rd :1nd1
said, ".w hiat's i ie news, mv frien i
will we ever get anythinig '
A nd Sanford heered him ip a
little and then told ma that Adamin
had $2,500 in there, and it was his
hard earninmgs inl cold and( he2t and
winter and a sunfniir and dav
and night, while he stood at hi
1st of duty, which is the the post.
Well, all this is had, very had,
and there are many worse cases.
Saniford toldI me about them and
said he was sorrier for some othi
ers.than he was Ior himself.
"But then,'' said he, Mr.
James is yourg enough and smart
enough to rise again and I believe
lie will do it, and l'm not going t)
say a Word to hurt his feelings or
larss him, for he has load enough
LO carry now ald my wife says I
will get, that imoney Nole (ay
she hiac faith and she cheers me
up whenm I aim downi, and that is
what a good wife always does.
She belheves that money earned
honestly is niot goinig to be lost.
-'What have voli done about
your c'laimi,'' said I. "Nothling,
therme is nothing to do that I know
of. I gave t he certificate to Mr,
James and said, -I have heaird
a bou11t your troubles and .1 thought
I would( hi ing you this anid let you
mnainage~ it for you know better' how
to do it than the lawyers or any
WVell, I wish everybody had as
much faith and( charity as Sonford
Bell. .1 reckon his boy will get to
the college sonme waiy, and if his
daughter will go to raising straw
berrie-', I think she will make thle
800) back inm two or three vaars. I