VOL- le U2ASLE SOUTHCARI, FIDAYE2' 8 81100KX I2' &8L4S.
VOL.1.]EASEYSOUH CROLNAF'RIDAY, OCTOBER 3, 1884. NO. 52
ghe jsl*eg MJesenger.
J. k. IIAOOD, Editor and Prop'r.
Ente.sed t the Postojie at Eailey
S. C., as & econd Class Matter.
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Rle is Visited by "Cousin John'
Thrasher---A Snake Story.
Cousin John Trasher came to sec
.us the other day and it made us
proud. For it is no small compli
auent for a man like him to ride
'five miles on a dirt road in hot
weather to (10 us honor and show
.his regard. Ie dideit stop long,
101 he is always in a hurry, and so
just before leaving he said he want
c( to go dowit to the spring and
dip UP a drink -of pure water. I
went dowi with him and kept a
little ahead. I stept down oft the
log that was close by the spring,
4an1d Uncle "John stept down just be
hind me, -and lie stept high and
.fir, and hollered "snake." Su re
-enough I had stept over the var
miirnt-a big, rusty nmoecasin- and
:he made for a hole in the roks
and we lost him. Cousin John
.d i(ent get over it foru seera l min
Ites, and had to set d' wn and
'blow for he is awfully afraid of
simakes. 'It is mighty hard on my
wife, for snakes are her everlasting
-horror. If we kill oneonl the prem
ises, she always declares there is
another close by, and if we kill t wo
she says there must be a den of
them1 and so there is no way to
pacif3 and make her calm andl se
'rene. Carl is getting to be a right
smart chaunk of a boy now, and
hankers after a guin, and soth
other day I told him we would go
hunting snakes. I gave him the
:small gun and I took the big one1
andl *we meant~dreed slowly alon1g
the branch, and snre enough he
spied thatesame big moccasin down
below the spring sull~ning himself'
on a plank, and I got him a rest
and .cocked his gun, alkd he took a
,t.rmbing aimf andl fired and killed
the beast., anld he was the proudest
boy 1 think I ,ever saw.. We kill
ed four on that ex~Cursionls, and(
no0W he don't want to do anything
ut. hant saakes and swells mynndi~(
struts round with his now import
anco. We killed a rattlesnake's i
pilot over in the field and ten
young ones came crawling out of
her inouth. It is snake time now. i
This hot, dusty weather makes i
'hem travel around in search of I
Food, and you can see their wormy t
squirmy track across the road I
most ever-y day. The books say a
that snakes that lay eggs are non- I
veneinous, and those that give
birth to their young are venemous I
and that none but the latter ever'<
allow their young to run in and run I
out of them. But they are all thet
same to me, and I let none escape t
if I cau help it. Our mortal aun
tipathy to snakes is to my minid
one of the strongest proofs of scrip- o
ture, and it is apart of my religion
to "bruise his head1 wIIeneer 11 1
have a Chance.
My wife, Mis. Arp, oves to go I
dowil to the spiing house an1)d see I
after the milk and superintend the! f
chur'ning, and1 she is proud of thel I
rich cream , and prouder of the but
ter, aid I dout Wan [t any' of these II
insidious I:cramnbultint It)reptaIes to:
interfere with her peIftct serenity. r
I love the bu t termni .i t he Cold blit- 1
termilk that she prepares, for Ii
kiow it is IicO. She caled me
dlowli to the spring house yester- j
dayr to show mue how mcI nice.
yellow ibutter she had nInmde at a.,,(
double chrN1ig. Of course I comn
plimneuted her wvith gushing and
Uxorious lanigutage, and 1 whIe She I t
told 110 to gO() to the house and look
onl the pantry shelf' and iring her'
(own tie owl of salt, wherowith
to season the butte.r I went with
alacrity and brought it and I then i
watchedhl lier as she sprinkled it all I
over and stirred it in witLh a paiddle,
and in coirse of ti me she concilu
ed to taste it anIId seC if it ''assadty.
eiouigh, an11d I Iever will f'oet th'e
lost and lamented look she gave I I
as she exclaimed: "bWillhain you t
br'ougi. me sugar."
She sat (OwnI onl a chair andl I
looked away oil. ".1 tholuht it t
was the salt," said 1, "1 Fonn-d it!A'
just where you told me."' ' Of11
course you (did, she said. '-I'm not
blaming you ait all ; I forg'ot ther'el
was a bowl of sugar there, and if~
1' had had on my specks I could(
have told the difference. Oh my !
what at pity it is to be~ old and near'- I
ly blind1(. It was a bea utifulI lot of !
butter' and now it is all spoilt.i
"My (dear"' saidl I, wont it dlo for' I
('ake, andl you said you was going a
to make at breadi( pudding to-day t
and it will be splendid for sauce.Q
It is already mixed."'
She never said anyvtin~g, btL
.handed mie the butterl and told1 me:
to set it in the spring house. I didk
so and vecnt rued to remark that isi
wa-s mighity nice sweet buttte&r.
Well, I got the pudlding for' dinne4
taind ent about twie na much as I.,
vanted just to show her how goo<
t was, and now everything is caln
rnd serene. I expept we will hav<
midding und cake every day for i
veek, but I dont expect to evei
nistake sugar for salt again ak
ong as I live. There are som<
hings, that wont bear repeating ir
t family, and Mrs. Arp sometne!
imlspects io of doing a little devil
nent out of pure cussedness.
We are preparing to go to win
er quarters now. My wife ha
'alled my respectful attention to t
'ew broken window glass and f
eak ill the roof and a brick oi' tw(
hat are loose in the chimney back,
nd she has menitoled that anoth
r' ipair of' blank(ts will be needed
or the grandchildren will he com
nig out, and she sa that my 1lan
[di shirts are getting old and di
apilated ; she ahvas looks aftei
ne, b!ess her heart, and I ahvav
()ok afte' IC'. ble)SS 1y heI'art, too,
or shc wont ask for anything and
have to talk to the girls and find
ind oit what their mother needs.
f she ever asked me for 1yt.hin
nI her lifd I dont know it, and ]
(Ckoln the retisoll is I dont givo
1r a cha-ec . She has got things
n thut big (11 family trunk noi
hat I have doin forgot I evei
>ough1t. Winter is coniug and]
ll glad of it. I () -so love thi
'h eerfu ill hazing fire in the fumil
ooM i and the chib1iten !!ittimn
brou nd andEM rs. Arp in -her accus.
omed ('ornelr and the good. warn
arpet on the floor an1d the richl fal
>ine by the clo'et door to kindh
he fir'e in the morning.
Well there i.s power of pleasur'
it this subloonairy' life it we wil
ook for it. Dim, Aur.
A Delicious Bit of Repartee.
The f1ollowing bit of wit upon th<
mrt of Nor'th CIarolin a girl come
o us from the 'reenbrier Whit<
'utlphiri Sprinlgs, the falshionahlih
iriginiia wateringr-plaice: Among
he regular ha bitues is Col. B
Wvell-preserved, hanclsome (Joh
>eau of i unceritain agfe. His soci
ty rcor isbrilliant. ad hu
eo has r'aisedl miay hop~es, sentsoi
ft er' season has e'nded and the (Col
nrel has yielded his liberty to none
Tis spai.ai strength is pride (o
ailyi~ boasting, as he does, it
e'asoni and out of season, not oni:
n t he bluest South Carolina blood(
mt the most direct Hiugenot de
cent. During the past sumlime:
here appearedt flitting about thE
>rOadl pialzz and through the long
Ir'awing room a brlight (lashing gir
'romn the "LanIfd of the Sky." The
JoloneJ, as usua1, began tht schemi
ifl monopoly' and the ambition.
'oun g belle seemed notinzg loth t<
tec(ordl to hzimt the coveted p)ositiol
is chief' of staff. It began to b.
vhisnered about that the (Colonc
I was really in earnest for once in
i his life. Those who knew him
best and watched him the closest
k were sure that he was on the eve
of victory. His gait was more
martial, his manner more lofty
than ever biefore, and the poor an
Cestral Iluguenots Were dragged to
; the front without nercv,
Unfortunately a bit of eavesdrop.
ping the dim sir-lighted seclusion
- of what the Colonel thought to be a
d deserted corner of the piazza tohl
i the story of such worfil disconfit
i re that ha fled the pilce within
> twenty-four hours afterwards. IlIe
, had evidently proposed in his most
-I)oUS 111d conidescending man
ne,and had heard with amazement
a quiet negative fromt the young
'liut. I think-I am sure.' sai(d
-. C olonel, hardly able to coitrol
his indignant pride, 'you do not ur -
derstand, you do not appreciate,
Miss, the honor that has been con -
ferred upon you, that you so light
ly dlecline. I Im a lugunomt ofSouth
' CAh, olonel, it is you who for
got,' said .M igs , with her most
roguish smile. 'You do not appre
ciate t le honor to which you aspi re.
I nt a Lightwood Knot ot North
Carol ina ! -Ilarper's Magazine.
--It was a com1mercial traveler
who sang 'My face iS Il o* e.'
The Larges4 Stock of
Ihe Best Stock of Cloth
ing in town.
<The most Comfortable Clo
thting inl townVJ.
-The IMost Stylish Clothing
The Cheapest blothing in
BA I'IMORE OL4OTHINV HOUSE,
iS. WV. (Cor.-MN1ain and Washngtoni st.s.,
HGREENVILLE, S. C.
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