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TRI-WEEKLY EDITION. WINNSBORO, S. C., JUNE 3, 1879. VOL. IV.-NO. I.
In harvest thue, when flels and woods
Outdazzlo sunset's glow,
And so)thom clang music through the land,
It is too late to sow.
Too late I too late I
It Is too late to sow.
In wintry days, when weary Earth
les cold in-pulAes sleoe,
With not a blossotn on her shroud,
It Is too late to reali.
Too late I too late
It Is too late to reap.
When blue-eyed violets are astir,
Mnd new-born gr.ssos creep,
And young birds chirp, then sow botitues,
And thou betimes'shalt real).
Then now I then sow!
And thou betimes shalt real).
Marrying A Clod.
Godfrey Prime was a very rich and sue
He had no wife, and but one -child
daughter - whom he adored, and upoi
whom It was his delight to lavish every
thing she asked for,, If money would bum
Annis Prime was beautiful, and she wa
besides, a girl of considerable sense ; tot
much so, indeed, to he easily satisfled in he
choice of a husband.
She had many suitors, but none of then
One day the merchant came home to hi
splendid nitsion, looking like a ghost, Ii
was ao pale. His hair had grown severa
degrees whiter since he went away in tll
4oibng to his private room Ie locked tih<
door and loatded his pistol.
"If I kill myself," he said, 'Annis wil
be obliged to marry Some of her rich aid
tirers, because she will have no home with
(Alt. I could never endure to live and se<
her suffer the miseries of poverty whiel
her rearing las so ill-ft ted her to hear. "
Then he took the p1ilot 1in his hand int
looked at it calmly.
"Shall I blow out my brains or shoot my
self through the heart?"
"Yott will do neither if you please, pal,
said Annis herself, coming forward fron
behind the curtain of a window in whiel
she hand been sitting ever since he eniteret
Slie room. "What is the matter? Why d
vou wish to kill yourself?"
"A nis, " said the merchant, sadly, "eve
since your imother died I have lived ouly
for you. All I cared to get wealth for wma
for you. Bit of late I have been unfortu
nate. I stand to-day on the verge of bank.
rIupt cy. "
"Vell, I am sure that Is bad enough.wil I.
out your killing yourself," mid Annis
"lDo you nungine, oh, foolish papa. Miht al
the riches of the world could make ill) ti
me the loss of you?" -
h'le merchant started and looked down a.
if ashamed. Then ho opened 1i armis wih
and his daughter flew into them.
"Promise me this moment, papa," se
said, "'that you will never, never think o
steh a wicked thing again?" .
"A1y darling," answered the merchmi
with emotion. "I never will. Now vot
inust make tme a promise. I can stem tht
tide, I think a month longer-posibmly si,
weeks. I should nlot Care imlyself how Soor
I he crash came, if I could see you providet
for. Will you not, In that time, choot
yomtrself a husband from all those who art
So anxious to marry you?"
Annis made a face. Then, seeing how%
anxious her father looked, she said:
"I'll honestly try, papa. lit, whoever I
choose must know the truth about yotu
aiTairs before I will marry hin."
"Certainly," said her father, "but I an
sure It will make no difference. You art
too( sweet and1( beautiful to be loved for anty.
t hing butt y'ourself. "
Upon the following evening, when An
nls receivedl comtpany, she made a- caref'u
She wvas a black-eyed blonde, and sht
wore a pale greent tIssue' of silk, looped witI
wvater lilies and sea-grasses, and water lilie:
In her yellow Iloating hair.
She looked at siren ;t b n9gsiren was eve1
so indifferent to the homage1lavIlthed at lie
One after another they camte-thec tall,
the short, the fair, the dairk. Shte hookem
in b~lue eyes, and site looked in black ; bhu
niot a heart-beat qutickented, even. whten th<
handsomest man Int the rooim bowedI lot
1hefore her, and murmured flatterlitg word:
n honeyed tones.
-All would niot do. .BShe felt a pomsitive
aversion to some of thei, and having every
thlug shte wanted, because of hter fatther'
indulgence, site could not reconcile hersel
to the idea of umarryinig a main for whom sht
(lid not care half as imucht as she did for lie
he the gomnhwal eay.udui
whthe gherchavely while he gootd limx
3ousl, and inothinge mnimes n spoke: y
Pap, shve sa"oug tarek o rlsdze
to rom, anod therh~ lieet invet
itchsyoue than it b aftunewihon
'"louid' know hat sioebtt ie, wah
hert fatther dispmlea.
"Bt gir haveit acriswty and knol,
the-augter lookedly. hint so loigld ait
ce a Iave oug t of gthen w r e ytfun
stewmrooms, and the cuofok wasiee glh
wmeck leina. Won-tb hoolen ta,
Thnae une mercan t laebth n
notatgetmhdipese. .,elto v
The tir y' sc an sy a ncain
voievs hene al was to oin, ahn<
hle was the habt o ging hr everthin
took wantd, So, the endtsof it walsl. hele
hlerd ashe lied iths . dla ea
Godfreyo pido~, saveohId fArm t
wreck. tHeowas- an- honog~rae antlini
I unt, evete all wIas load, udon hum
bl d Ja th V: $ t $4IJth a bI
upi aoogu wt ae ablmee tod
* . .~ ,L~ wo tIthe
y~ouj95p :4 it t.
tinguish that It ilad four legs and a head,
aud that would be all. I never cotuld make
any difference on paper betweent a horse's
head and at diog's head. I don't think I
should ever stieceed as an actress, aid thotgii
I have a tolerable voice, [ shoild he fright
ened if [ were to try to sing in public, that
I Could not litter a note."
"Ah, my child," said the father, "if You
had only married some one of those rich
admirers of yours I"
"What is the u1se of saying that, pipa i?
Not one of them has been near us since your
failure. I always suspected their devotion
was iot to be trusted. But if onle of them
uid care enough for mue to come forward now
and offer to pay these dreadful debis, I be
lieve 1 would fall in love witi him out of
sheer gratitude. I Would marry a c/od, to
see your name clear of debt. "
'T'le father and daughter lid come out
for a short walk at evening, and neither of
them noticed that as Anis said these words
a gentleman who had been walking beli.ind
thei, passedl them slowly, with a lingering
glance into the girl's beautiful face.
Some days passed and then a very queer
letter came to Annis Prime. It reai :
l"DAn Miss:-i hav watcht yu offen
whit yu didunt no it. i hurd wat yu sed
-too yure fother ahowt Illarriun ennay wit
0hoo kood 1)pa iIz dets. I kan doo it, and if
yule have mee, will ime a clod, but ive got
the muinny. Ware n wred roze In yure
hare,, when yu go out to wauk the nextyme,
if you aksep and the jent that gives yu a
bokay will be ie. MCol."
Annis spelled this st range episl lie with
soie diflictllty, for It was miserably written
aside from the spelling. Then she showed
it to her fat her, and laughed till she cried.
1 " lte spells rose with at 'z' anld red with
an 'a.' But I think I shall- 'aksep,' ppa,
it you don't object, Just for the sake of thie
'lhokay.' Youi'll be with me, you know."
Accordingly, the merry girl, when site
went to Walk 11hat night, wore a red rose
coriteltishly below one ear, Where its crim
son Und velvet beauty brought out the
golden. tint of her mat liless hair ravishing
ler father was with her. They had not
been walking long before they noticed ai
proaching them the strangest specimenl of
-humanity either hiid ever beheld.
lie Was tall and awkward inl lis move
mIents, Iis hair hung long IIIII straight upon
lia shoulders. Ile wore i very broad-brim
med slouch hat of soft. felt, a swallow-tail
cQit, and plaid uIimentionables, with pottent
leather boots, narrow of toes and Ihigh of
heels. In one hand lie carried it boutquet,
Which he held at arm's lengthIt, as if it were
"lere lie really is, papa, said Annis,
with a smothered litaugh. "Now be sure.,
- you are civil to him."
Site accepted the bouquet. which the
at ranger proffem ed her smilingly, and her
father politely invited hitm to go home with
I tem, which Ie did.
-Annis noticed, with some surprise, that
her bouquet was mnde u) in exqisit e tomsie.
But that she attributed to the florist of
whom the "clod" had probably pirchalsed
But what surprised her most. was to lind,
whenI the eyening wits over, and the strange
gmes had departed, how much she had
really entjoyed It. Ini spite of his oddities
and.awkwardness, the "clod" had cotilrived
to be interesting.
"lie has title eyes and good features, pa
pa," she said, "and if lie would cut his hair
and dress With some regard to taste lie
would please ie better than any of those
others whom you would have liked me to
marry, and whom I am suro would every
ohe have instAntly withdrawn their suits
and they' known the condition of your
affilrs. I wondeC if lie is really so rich is
''Have l(o anxiety about the money,'' (said
Godfrey Prime, to lia daughter, after au few
(hays. "Thle fehlowv has comie most uinex
pectedIly itnto tanl immeinse fortune, ie could
paly miy debts and1( set mte up in buisiness
again, if lhe chose, without missing the
money. And lhe standls ready to (10 it if
you marry hinm."
"I1a1 readly," saidl Anis, gaily. "'My
heart warms to him alreaidy."
The imarilage took 1)1ace soon.
Thei merchant was rein.tatedl in his busil
ness,~ and in a gr'ander and1( more flourishing
iimner than btefore.
'rThe splcnded residenice which lie andi his
daughtter haid inhabited before lis baink
ruptcy wvas repurechased and refurnishedI in
the muost mlagntificent manner.
Only otte thing troubled Ans 11cr
''clod" still remaied a ''clod," (do what
she wouldl. All her efforts-though she had
made him cut his hair andi banish his rain
bow sulJ-couild niot uitke hhuit aniy different
fl'omi what lie was af. first.
But lie was devoted to her; andi, because
of his riches, everybody couirted him11. Is
very awvkwardness became the fashion, and
r il most ungranunatical speeches were.
passed0( from tongiue to tongtue as profound
Besides all this, lie htad a good heart, so
macli genuine kindness of dIsposition, lhe
ing always ready to succor the unfortunate.
and Ite loved her so well that Ann Is COld(
not hevlp lovintg him in return.
"Dlear Clodh," shte saId to hm otne day),
disparingly when,' Ir spite of all her Instrue
tions, lhe would flame Qiut in a faincy neck-I
tie, and( persist in saying "hIaln't" for "hattve
not"-"'dcar CilodJyou are too stuid~ fotr
helief; butt soimehtow, I can't 1he11 loving
you, in- spite of thtat."
Thie ''clod'' siled andl kissed Iter tmost
"I have been stupid," lie said, "and you
hatve been more patient thtatn I deserve. But
frotm this hour you shtall see, a chmange in
Annass laughmed induilgently. S~he.hIad re
t signed herself to see hhnti always a "clod."
ltt, to he~r attateument, thant euvenintg when
her p~arlors wvere tilled with tlie elite and
fa~sfiloniahb of theelty, hlerliusbiand presenmtedl
hinself attired In exqisite taste, and so
Saltered In every other resp)c~t that onily thme
eyes of.loye could have traced In thmis ele
gat gentleman atny of the characerIsties of
bverybodiy stared, amid Annmis, unmderst and
Iiis that Ito had been playing a part, was
gieved and offended.
"How eouhd y'o'u, alt-?" sheo nakeid hIm re
proachfully. "I don't know how I can
ovei' forgiv ~yn| -
0.Het- htiabnd fanglied ifh ier face roguish
t I'dt ~ gin tor~ the. spume reoward
ndoitfor vo e il go back luulI
hi Foxt r9szRIIy :Look inithe dietlor.
The first. person that called oil us, whet
tle ioved to Truimplelown, just after on
wedding, wats 'Mrs. Colton. As her hus
band owned the house we were to live in
as well as that. occupied by his owl) ftamily
and wits besides the proprietor of the two
finest farms Iin the vicinity, 1 felt quiti
flattered by the attention. "I always liko
to be neighborly," Mrs. Coltmn said.
When the doctor came home, for I hat
married a physician, I told him what a
pleasant acqialintace I had made. "'Evi
dently i wolan of inf1ience," I slid. "11
was so kind in her to call it once, and es
pecially to promise to be so neighborly.
My husband of course assented.
A few days after, as I was getting sup
per, a red-headed, unkemet urchin thrus
his head in at the kitchen window, and said
in a high, 1111111 tone, "1 Ma says, can't yot
lend her it mess of flour for supper an1
breakfast ; conpany's comed, and she hain
got none; and pa's gone out, and won't bi
back till night."
"And who may your ma be?" I sid,
wonderingly at this cool proposai, for it
the place Iin which I had lived until imy.
ktirrriage, we hadt not beei accutomed I
such free and ea.sy lending and borrowing.
69,111s. Coltonl, 1111'am1."
"Oh !" I replied, and that only.
"And ma says,"resmned the shrill voice,
"if you could spare it, some butter aml1:
I took my hands from the dough amo
proceeded to comply with the request, for
I wished to be considered "'neighborly;'
but I thought to myself that Mrs. Coltor
Imight have sent to the store for what Ah<
wanted, ats it wts hardly a three miiute
walk distant. It certainly wits what I
should have done, instead of appealing to v
person almost. a stranger.
lardly a (lay passed, after this, tllit th(
shock-leaded boy did not thrust his head
into my kitchen door, and ask for th<
loan of something; and as my husbanl had
to make a practice, and so sought. to b(
popular, I cotilinued to be ''neighborly,
and lend whatever was requested. Now it
was eggs, or meal, or at bit of fresh meat.,
or butter; now it wits a book, at magazine
a flat iron, a pattern for a dress, a fewv
clps, or somethig else.
Of course I expected the things to I
dilly returnad), or at last what represente(
But (hily after dlly passed without. meal,
or butter, or tggs, being forthcoming; am
though the books and Imagazines cm11111
back, the latter were soiled andl([ torn; anl1(:
as for the flat-iron, it was absohltely rutstedC
At. first, I thought this failure to returt
"in kind" the-result of forgetfulness; bu
when the favorite book eame back, witl
the fashion plate missing, I could no longe
conceal from myself the truth. Yet I went
onl, complying, long after I had arrived it
this conclusion. "lie can't keep thc
thing i) forever," saidl my hushand. "1 Let
115 lose a little, miy dear, rather than giv
offenCe. If we get Mrs. Colton's eln1ty,
I shall never be called in there, or to any
of her relatives; a country physician, espe
cilly, in a neighborhood wvihere he is not
yet well known, has to study policy more
But at last Mrs. Colton's "being neigh.
borly '' began1 to cost so mull1cht that w(
could no longer afford It. If a beet wvap
killed or a deer shot. she knew of it ats soon
as ourselves almost ; and lo! at. the kitchen
door appeared the shook of red-hair, and I
heard the nasal twang, "Ma wants to know
if you can't lend," etc., etc. Finally I got
distracted, "I can't and won't stand this
any longer, practice or 1no practice," I said,
one day, to my lhuCband. "1 If that woman
sends lere again, or even comes, I'll have
it out with her. If she was poor I wouldn't
mind It. She'd be welcome to borrow.
But as she's far better off than we are, her
borrowing is simpl~ly mnn ess." My hus
1)and( made(1 nto reply, but gave 11e a qluizzi
cal look, for lhe had learned, by this time,
to kn'ow, that, whein my m1ind( wits mtade
up1, I wals "d(readlful sot," as m~y 01(1 aunt
usd to say.
A few mlornings after this the crisis cante.
Otur mteat for the fall and witer had( julst
beent br'ought in to lie cured, having been
fed and1( killed itt a farmter's i' few miiles off,
and( the smoke-house wats being got ready
by the farmter's mient, when Mrs. Colton'
made(1 her appearance. As soon1 as I hteard
heri open the gardien gate, "1 seed It. afore
hand," like .Josiah Allen's Wife, ''and
knowed there'd lie a qualrrel," for I diIvined
heri errand~ and1( at once resolvedl to settle
matter with her, for good and al1l.
" Mornin', Mrs. Mace," she began. " I
seedi the boys pass8 tihe house, and thouigt
1(d come and1( larit what'M thte news dlown
yontder. I haln't htearn fronm Jane," (her
sisrer-in-law, who lived neatr the farmner
in qulite a spell; her youngest gal was sick,
last I got word from her."
"I hitve htad no conversation with the
farmter's men." I said with dignity, "'
had beent too busy'." T1hen, fearing I htad
been too plin, I addeld, in a mlore conci
liiatory tne: "'But I will ask themn, assoon
as they comle-In from the smoke-house.",
"Well, do(. 1 wvant to knowv ratle bad.
I don't thlink Jannte'll ever raiso that gal.
she's too likely and peart; uisual smart tc
her age. Ain't you gittin' In y'ourI meal
rather eartly? Seemts to mec 'tis."
"'I think not. The weather Is quitt
cold tlreiady, and1( the dloctor say3s we'll havi
an early winter; and( it's better to be earl~
than late, Isn't It I"
''Yes, that's so in most thIngs. But w<
ain't ourselves pulttin'-in our mtent. yet., andl
so I guess Ill borrow 50ome fromt youi. M~
ole mtan'll kill fore long, aind then I Cal
give It back."
"I am11 sorry to seemu disoblIging, Mrs.
C'olton," I said1, nierving my3self with greal
effort, for when It canto to the point, It
was more dlflicuilt to face thte enemy thait
had sulpposed, '"but we reatlly canlnot sparn
anty of tihe moat; there Is only juist entough,
hardly that, to last use."
"'iu I inowv, i'd itever hiave thoutght you'
refuse me anythilng; andh 111 always trylnI
to be'so "neighborly," cried my visitor.
"Tro be0 frank," 1 sanswered, for now m~
blood! was uip, "I object to biorrowing.]
never (10 it mtyself. What I cain't .pay foi
.or earn. I (do wIthout."I
Fots and moment Mrs. Colton looked al
me a ff. I had been thte "Great Entmy'
htimself,. hoof, horns antd all; then she gav<
ant atidIble ftniff, and~ tturnied to hter read
headed scion, who had accompanied lher.
"Come, son," she cried, "let's go
Folks e talks so big about yearnin' things
and pay-In' for 'emn, won't htavo muchl to d<
It 'W1th afore long, They'd bettor not hokh
qitsuha hi1gh head," shnie. coutlied
darting btk on iewfth a Pe~thhan look o
dethance ithd soti -"ort le ad trafrie:ndi
with naboora. 'spnally when they're on,
a 'pothecary's wife, and poor as Job's tur
key, if they Is stick up."
Of course the Colton's never culled my
husband in. Of course also they instigated
such of their relatives,! as had already em
ployed the doctor, to bend for his profes
fional rival, when the next case of sick
ness occurred. But though this effected
our income for u time, it did not ruin us;
and when the year was up, for which we
had leased our house, we moved to the other
side of the village, and ceased "being
neighborly," in any sense, to the Coltons.
"The 'pothecary," as she had called the
doctor, did not trouble them.
The change proved a wise one in other
respects, also. Our now neighbors were
very different from our old ones, more cul
tivated, better bred, and really, "neigh
borly." They took a liking to us from the
first, and my htsba d so11 worked his
way, through their tnfluence, Into a hand
ome practice. We now own the place
where we reside, and it, is, by general con
sent, considered one of the handsomest in
Occasionally I meet Mrs. Colton in the
village streets, but she Is always oblivious
of my presecce. Once it a wedding at a
church there was a crowd when we camne
out, and she was pushed close to me. I
shall never forget the gesture with which
she drew away her akirt, as if I carried in
fection with me. Sie wats tired, you see,
witI hi me, at least, of " Ihnxa Nmlonnoi.Y.
More Natural HI8tory.
'What 1iuhn1iial Is this?"
"This is a baby. lie is now about. three
years old, and at the wickedest point of his
"What countries does the baby most in
"He ca1n be found in every inhabited
country on the globe, the ame as mos(ui
toes and bolls."
"Can they be tamed?"
"Yes, quite easily. After a little judi
cious discipline they cease to struggle, and
become subservient to the will of man."
'Does the baby eat grass?"
"Yes, or anything else. They swallow
pocket.-knives, thimbles, buttons, spools or
an1y other object a little smaller than a tea
cip. If offered milk they seldom refuse
"Do they graze through the day, or only
"eI'tiy are always grazing, paying not
the least heed to the hour. When not ac
tually cat-ing they generally give utterance
to a peculiar cry. Strong m1en often jump
out of bed at midnight in the coldest wea
thei upon hearing this cry."
"'Whait m lean1ing is attached to this cry?"
"Men of the deepest thought have agreed
that it signifies to wake up the neighborhoqd
and hove some fun.'"
"Of what benefit to mankind Is a doies
"They are of no earthly account for the
flist few years, but by and by they can slide
down hill on a cellar door and carry articles
ou'. of' the house and tiade them for a wood
en sword or lose them in the grass."
"Do you know of any Instances where
the baby has attacked the household and
killed or injured any one?"
"Such instances are related by such emi
nent naturalists as George Francis Train
and Texas Jack, but we don't pti very
nich faith in them. lowever, if the baby
Awas maliciously provoked there is no know
ing what. he might do."
"Are they a healthy animal?"
"No. On the contrary, no druggist could
make enough profit in a year to buy him a
pair of Arctic overshoes but for the presence
of a baby In every household. There is
hardly an hour In- the day that the baby
does not demand peppermint, paregoric,
milk, sugar, cordial, cod liver emulsion,
ipecac, or something else costing money."
"What machinery is made use of to com
pe01 the baby to take a dose of castor oil ?"
"Tlhere are several patent miachines for
the purpose, but most peop~le follow the old
rule of knocking himu senseless and getting
the (lose Into his mouth before lhe recovers."
"Is the bald headed baby more domestic
than the others?"
"Not a bit. Ho kicks aroulnd after the
sonic fashion, and( has even a wor'se tine
lighting flies and( mosquitoes."
"What music do they seeim to prefer?"
''A base drum Is their first choice; but
they have a hearty leaning toward1 the sounid
of the stove handle knocking the nose off of
the pitcher with the emnptyings in It. ThIs
is all about the baby.
Talking at; Table.
Tlalking at table is onme of the very best
dligesters ; there is no tonic knowna to equal
it, if It is of t~he kind calculated to p~romiote
hilarity anid good feeling generally. Most
parents lire prone to prohibit their child~ren
from laughing and talking at the table; it
is unp~hysiologlcal ;It Is a cruelty. Joy
ousness promotes tile circulation of the
blood(, enlIvens It, invigorates It, sends it
tingling to the remotest p~art of the systemi,
carrying with It animation, vigor and1( life.
Th'le louder the little ones laugh the better;
the faster they talk the better, for then they
eat less in a given time, consequentty chew
their food more thoroughly. Discard con
troversy from the (dininig table. Discourage
all subljects whIch livite political or re
ligiouis rancor. Let every topile introduced
be calculated to instruct, to Interest, or
amuse. D~o not let the m111 ind run on)busi
niess or previous mishapsor1 pitst (disappoint
nment. Never tell bad news at the table,
nor for an hour before. Let everythimg
you have to commnunicate be, If p~ossible, of
a gladsome, joyous, hilarious character,
calculated to bring out pleasaniter remarks
or agreeable associtionms. On the other
hand, never administer a reproof at the
social1 board to either servant or child; find
fault with nothinig ; speak unmkindly to no
one. If remarks are mode of the absent,
let them contain sonme wordls of comnmend~a
tioni, which, if repeated In their hearIng
afterward will kindle kindly feelings, and
thus will thoughts of the family table come
across the nmemory it after years, when we
have been scattered and sonme laid in their
lost .resting, place, bringing with thenm a
sweetness of emotion whlh makes It a
pleasure to dwell upon tholn.
A d ver't sing Otheats.
It has beo so common to write thb
beginning of an elegatut, interestng
article and thon run it into some adver
thsement that we syold all such c'ieat'
and sitmply eti attention to the meority
of Ilop Bitters ii) as plain Ifogest term>
as possible, to indec peoplotto give
them one trialf ab no one #110vkn~ws
shelf Val# ill etIs df dg 4
A rnavo Boy.
A low yeare' ago a lad who was left
without. Ifather or mother went to New
York, alone anl friendless, to get a po
sition in a store aa errand boy, until
lie coulI command a higher position;
but this boy had been in bad company,
and had got into the habit of cal ling for
'bitters' and cheap cIgars.
Onl looking over the papers, he notic
ed thati a merchant wanted a lad of his
age, and called there aLld made his hits
'Walk Into the olice, my lad,' said
the mrchiant; 'I'll -attiend to yot
When ihe had walted upon hils custo
mer lie took a seat near tihe lad, and
es)ied a cigar in1 his hand. This was
emiotigh. 'My boy.' said he, 'I want a
smart, honest, faitht'al lad, but I see
you smoke cigars, mid, lin my exper
ience of iminy years, I have ever fouind
cigar simokimg lads to be comiected
With varIous ot her evil habits, ami, if
I am not iiiistaken, yott are not an ex
ceptioni. You cali leave, you will not
John held d(own i his head and left
the store; amid, as he walked along the
strect,, a stranger and 'rilendless, the
counsel of his poor aother came forcl
bly to his miid, who, 1pon her Oeath
bed, Called him to her side, ami placing
her emaciated hand upon his he11ad,
said 'Johiny, my dear boy, I'm goiig
to leave you. You well know what
disgracenaimd mnieryyour f'ather brought
upon us before his death, and I wait,
you to promise mae before I die, that
you wlli never taste one drop of the ac
cursed poison that killed your father
nor tobacco. Proinise me this and be
a good boy, Johnny, and I shaill die lin
The stialdhig tears trinkled. down
Johnny's cheek. He Went to his )odg
ings, amnd, throwing im1self upon h is
bed, gaVe vent to his feelings in sobs
that were heard all over the house. -
But John had itoral courage. lie
had energy and delermill')ation, and
orQ ani hour had passed lie made up his
1mid neVer to taste amother drop of 11
(u1Or nor to smoke another cigar.
le went straight back to the mer
Chant. Said he: 'Sir, you very pro
perly sent nine away this morning for
habits that I have been guilty of; but.
sir, I have neither father* nor mother,
and though I have occasionally done
what I-ought not to do, and have not
followed the good advice of my poor
mother on her death bed, yet I have
now made a solemn vow never to drink
another drop of liquor nor to smoke
another cigar ; and if you, sir. will only
try me, I; is all I ask.'
The merliant was struck with the
decision an1d energy of the boy, and at
once employed him. At the expira
tion of five years this lad wits a part
ncr in the busiiess, and is now worth
The Tragedy at Sioan's.
"Do I understand, Mrs. Sloan,." paid the
magistrate, "that you make a charge of at
tempted infanticide against your husband?"
"Well, not exactly that," replied Mrs.
Sloan. " You see, I--"
"lOne minute-permnit mie to explaitn,"
exclaimed Mr. Sloan. "Your honor, the
situation is this: We have one baby a year
mand a half old, amnd then we also have twins
just two months old. Igittle cheruibs, both
of them. Their mother's turmn-up) nose,
perhaps, but my eyes.and amiable expres
"'Ills hair, too, your honor," sid Mrs.
Sloan, "h ia hair-red I'"
" Before we were married; may it please
the court," said Mr. Sloan, "she was fond
of alluding to it mas auburn, 1hut no matter.
She went yesterday t'o a woman suffrage
convention. I stayed at home with the
children-three of them, your honor! 1
have only two arms. When two of the
little folks cried I would set downi a silent
one and carry those that screamed. Thleni
the one I put downt would begin, and i'd
have to pick hhn uip and'laly dlown another,
and then It wvould scream. -I tried to carry
thei oddi one pig-a-back, butt it was 1no use,
he would slip (downi and bump his niose on
the floor. Imagine the aittuationl. It was
hard. I was necarly wild. Only two nurs
lng bottles, and the third baby yelling like
a Crow Indian, while the twins wecre feed
"Couldn't lhe suck his thumb?" asked
''Mrs. Sloan won't let himi. She closed.
the gate of joy, so to speak against her owni
offspring!I Absolutely prohibited the child
from sucking its own thutnb I Nero, in lis
worst (lays, never went that far, I imagine."
"The historians forgot to mention it If.
lie (did," said the justice.
"PrecIsely. Well, I got along aq wvell
as I could, wheni in Comles a boy with a
note from Mirs. Sloan saying that Mrs.
Gibbs, the vice-president of the convention,
wantedl her baby out of the wvay while lhes
was conferring with the selett committee
on ways and means, so In domes the ser
geant-at-arms with Mrs. Gibb's-baby for ine
to take care of. That made four. Your
honor, if Mrs. Gibb's baby grows up and
blecomnes a missionatry, be can preach to
heathen ini Africa withouit Jeavinig homne.
IHe lies a voice like a fog htorn. So lie
turnel)d in and cried, and the other babIes
cried for sympathy."
"It wvas hard,' "sid ti niagistrate.
"lIard i WVell, I'm an ca~ommiodating
muen, so I put one twin in o? e cradle and
rocked it with my right foot, arid I plit the
other in another cradle and rocked it with
my left foot ; then I sat Gibb's baby .on one
knet and Johnny on the other, and, by it
peculiar action of my legs k'ept all four i.
motion at once.. You understand? Well,
sir,'just as calmness began :topreva1#, in
comes the sergeant-nt-armse again with the
secretary's baby. Said )frs. Sloan had
sent it wvhile the secretai-y Wyrote tip hert
mninutes, and wouiln't I look after it for
"Was it asleent"
hY'6 ono~ rr % and
" ito N~tit nwLnqoxg
left lung ! It whooped and hallowett in
mclh a manner as to alarm mie. Then
Libb's baby joined Inl, and they gave a
hiet. Pretty soon our three tuned up for a
Ahorus, and-well, suppose a whole orpbn
Isylum should suddenly have at spasim of
1tomaich ache, and you can form some idea
>f the racket."
"Could't yoi uillet them by singing to
"No, sir; you couli't have heard a
ans-drum in that room.
" Vhat, did you do?" .
"I gave the family Bible to one twm
and put Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
>n theIap of the other, merely to play
with. I thought I'd go down stairs and
ret some milk for the whole crowd. I did.
When I camte up, as I had only two numrs
ng bottles, I emptied a bottle of hair re
lovator, which Mrs. Sloan uses-"
"I don't!" exclaimed Mrs. Sloan.
"And a castor-oil bottle. I put the milk
n these and* in an old paregoric bottle,
punheled holes through the corks and han
led thein around. When I came to tile
wins, they had the Bible and tile dictiona
,'y lying right on their bosome, and they
were blue in tile faco; too heavy, your
ionor! So I had to pick them up and
ioise them a couple of times in the bath
)ub'to bring them to; and when I got back
nto the room with them I found Gibb's
alby in spasm from the taste of tile hair
estorer, and tile secretary's baby had swal
owed( the cork, and the other child looked
is if the caster-oil bottle somehow had not
igreed with it. A minute later in conic
%lrs. Sloan and the secretary and Airs. Gibs,
md they hustled me out. I don't know
yhut happened after thut, but I believe it
vas old Gibbs put Mr. Sloan up to charge
ne withi murder."
"The case is disinissed," said the justice,
mnd the Sloan's withdrew. Mrs. Sloan has
iired i nirse.
Old s- lived in tihe city of U
he proprietor ofi a well-known tavern.
le was von Deutscher. Seldom was he
meten by at dead-hliad, ani he made his
3rligs accordingly-that few meni ever
ot Isqti'are mea0i at his place for notih
ng. One day, howpver, a genitilman,
hoiom we will call D-, made a bet
;hat he would dine upon-: at certain day
it S--'s expense, $5 being tihe simiti a
4ake. Mr. D - went to the tavern
it tile apinOIIteed time, and, in1 a very
3xelted maniuner', luitforimed milne host
,hat11. he Vacs a detctive oileer in quest
)1tll I individualII who illul Stolen $10,000
rom a bank. lie had received iniror*
nation that the thief would dine there
iat day, Mr. D- said lie would
tep in at (Inner-time, aid, If tIe idi
idual wats there, would seat hinaselt'
it the table. but lie preferred not to ar
-est 111111 in the house. His plait was
;o let 111111 eat, then follow him out aLnd
make the arrest. The so-called detec
Ave sat (o*n1 to at stmptitous meal, ey
ng atstratiger who sat at his right hand.
'he unsuspicious stranger finished his
ietal and. took his departure, followed
)y E- and the landlord. D- told
Ine host to'call the man, and lie
would go and get the help of a brother
>Aleer down tle street. Detutscher
iniled the stianger, who suddenly
ttopped. "I was Just about to return
i1n( pay my bill. 'How much do I owe
rou?" "Fort.f cents," said S-.
'111re is your-money, sir, and my ad
tice to you is, never follow me again,
rou old Sour Krant!" ."You scoun
Irel !" said the landlord. "I vill have
rou undei' arirest!I" And tile twvo menl
tlmost came to blowvs. D--, whlo waus
ome distance off, looking on the scene,
vas convulsed with laughter. The bol
uterous mirth of- I--- re'acheod tihe
andlord's ear's, and -hmediately, like
iflash, he smielt a nmouse. Turning on
uls heel, he started for home, with tile
tnrses of' the stranger ringing ini lis
ars. For once lie owned lie was sold.
The Sea Gunt.
One of the most remarkable and at the
ame time pleasing incidents, showing the
)0wer and influence of human kindness and
eontleness, even upon tihe "fowls of the sir
md1( beasts of tile field," has come to our
tnowledge within the past rew days. .I'The
neident occurred on board of tile light-shiip
>ff' Frying Pan Shloall, and is to this effect
During the prevalenee of the severe storni
>f the 1 2th of September last, after the
larkness of night had set ibl, rendlered
loubliy gloomy andh forbidding by the how
Ing temptest that thundered through the
'Igging, broke with furious violence over
lie staunch vessel, and sent the salt spray
n phiosphoresent clouds over the very mast
ieads, one of the seamen was leaning lis
mlhow upon the p~ort rail of the ship, watch
ng the storm as it raged in all its grandleur'
md sublinity, when a large black bilrd
lashed through 'the blinding mist and lit
ipont the r'ailing near where lhe was stand
ng. Hie took the bird which proved to lie
in ordinary seagull, all. .wet, and: drabbled
)4 the storm, ahdh warnied and dried it in
il bbsohi, after which he' placed It in a lit
tie-bed improvised for tile occasion, after
ii'st feeding it, as if it had beenj a little
shilld. The next mornIng, the storm hav
ng 'subsided, our seaman turned .the bIrd
oose, of course wilth no expectAtlon of ever
teeing it agoln. Very much to his surprie,
lowvever, on the very. nokt nighl ,- at About
the same hour of Its previous isit the gull
igain put its appearance,'ailfghtihg upon
lthe rail of thie ship as before, when it was
red,'careksed'aid caredi for ts' on the occa
tion of its firet dall, tt'd 'from that time u~p
ao the fith of N6y,'nely twbinonth~ wlfen
tho hitest' infou'nation' Vas -receit itoin
the shuip, the bird had coptnited Its nightly
risitn and been ieguhltfed and donsigned
to& ita olittle bed, whete It *o61d remain
intil r'eegIed the inext 'ndthii' ' Thiar is
rid fancy sketceh or draft.'f64 . e himagina&
tion, bult Is an "&kr thls 1a0% fromi ,
loure entiresy'i'liabhe'nd (rtist*oithy.
As the be o'cI~olet heirey ,*nd de
pats wihott infj arj to te Awer ~&
'l)f hUith OM sFio wheM o ejttle.
Iy.Aeolfineato spoak Mhat he think~s oM S
tr upt hupinnI . with what helprn1
Educated Cattle Traders.
In Colorado thiere is a class of highly
educated mien, engaged in the cattle
trade. The men are stinburnled ad
wear flaniel shirts while on the ranelh
but none need mistake them for com
tuon or ignorant persons. They are,
in very maiiy cases, geitlenil of, eti
ture and standing. [in .ni circle of
ranchmen whose acqualutance i have
formed during my stay, there are sev
eral men of large wealth and se holarly
attainments, who traveling in the W est
for health, became interested in the
cattle business, enchanted by tihe wild
open air life, and have Invested lin
stock, roughed i& and enjoy the elimate,
the freedom and the excitement, ,F
well as the monov It brings. One geni
tiemani-mine host-was In the navy,
but likes the billowy prairies better
than the deep blue sea. . A neighbor is
one of the fintest special geologists li
America. Traveling in pursuit of hiis
profession, lie gaw there was money In
cattle, and so left his anthetle Boqton
home for a tent on the plails. A nother
scientist, whose name is known on two
continents, has during the past year
gone heavily Into the business, and two
liarvard graduates are on ranches ad
oining. Two young men, educated in
Germany, herd their own flocks, and
live temporarily in a dugout. At the
ranch where I was entertained, I saw
three youths, brown and bashful, come
every evening home with horses, aid
rIde away in the early dawn, at break
ieck pace, after the snort-ing herd.
They looked like any farm boys ; yet In
the evening when work was over, andl
they sat on tile steps with the fanmily,
their talk was wonderfully bright and
interesting. Two of them had traveled
in Europe. One was the son of Ox
Senator Conness, of Califox'nia ; onie
was Mr. Pope Yeatman, nephew of
General Pope, U. S. A.; the third was
the sop of Fred Law Ohmstead, of New
York, Tihey are as well read boys as
one can find anywhere. In delicate
health from city life and study, tle%
went out there to "rough it,'' are stot
and well, busy from morning until
iight, riding all day over the blossoms
and fresh grass, and learning the cattle
business, will, no doubt, in a few years
own ranches and herds of their owin.
In the Poiipeii Museum at Niples,
ai s to be seei loaves of bread charred
black, Uilt otherwise perfect In form,
and not much unlike, in size and form,
the loaves.of tle Dresent day. Think
of bread 3800 years old. Other artieles
of food have been found; as well as a
great variety of household Iino.enents,
colors, &c., to say nothing of the rare
sculptures, broizes, jewelry and coli,
&e, The mosaic floors and frescoed
walls in many of the houses are almost
as bright and fresh loQklng as if newly
painted. Many of these mosaics are
rich and beautiful and artistic in a high
degree, while the columiis,altars, fonm
tains, &c., in the religious temples,
forums and rIcher private dwellhings at
test to the beauty and luxury'of these
cities, of which Herculaneum Is con
sidered to have been the richest, since
greater and rarer works of art have
been found there than at -Pompell. To
the writer's mind it seems a pity to
have shorn these ruins of most of thelir
statues, furniture and ornaments. Why
not have left them where they were
fouhd, and then roofed in the
ruiins and made them the museuni in..
stead of carting them ofi' to a modern
museum in Naples ? -How much great
er would have been tihe interest, aiid
how much more instructive, had such
a plan beein adopted. All interestIng
feature of Pompeii is found ini the re
markably wvel, paved streets, In manay
places worn inll deep ruts by chlarhot
wheels, showing that they must have
been very old at the time of the city's
destructIon. Trho uost remarkable
'relics of Pompeii are the humin.bodle~s
tihat have been fouimid perfect in form,
covered with a hard crust of cinders;
if they are broken as son'ie of them have
been, they crumble to dukt. 'We saw
the corpse of a dog preser'ved in the
same way. Theevidentes tnd toshiow
that comparatively few of 'the inhabIt
ats perished. Momst of' them hiad tIme
to get away, anti were not destroyed
withI the city, as we think ls the popu..1
lie Wanted fler Inmured.
A good-natured lookingyolung man of 253
accompanied by a modest-fip~earing young
woman of about the same age, evidently
his wife, and jusat made s'o, receetly called
upon a Grisvald st~reet insurance sagent to
see about insuring her life. After somec pre
liinary converfiation the agent inquired
what s(im they had in mind.
"I want hecr insured for at least a million
dollars!" promptly replied ,the . husband, as
lie rcached~ over and patdhton thme
Thi6 agent figluied iip the6 pihnum andl
stated the anount. ' Th'e wfe 'tiied pale
~death, and the hiusbahdilosti a. pound of
eshia ini iiate,.1...
"But tak a ilialler pum,. sAve or teni
"Not a 0ent IOM'n it mifloiP'iclaimed
the husband. "If she ain't *ortf that, she
ain't wor'th iotlhlp 4nd as I cant'tehalk upi
for a millio we'~"
gunn for ar
Jip&l~y Wi:o fin adthe dayto~long, finil
life Magrs, m, .~ die
a0og 111iy~ daspa in1,IRiaiondat it ia
.bett,a'o (1Injfld~3 $f$q es9r it.
11 e the
olace a sort .to'
mutor ttrayv #a~