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fR"'LI-WEEKL EDITIQN. WINNSBORO, . , JANUARY 27,81 O.I.N.19
While passing by the old horse trough
I heard a hackling hollow cough.
And, turning, met my neighbot Gough.
The wind was blowing raw and rough;
Baid 1, "Old fellow, rather tough ?"
"Ah yes," wheezed he, ''tin tough enough !"
lie limped along perhaps a block,
Thou said, "Aharp pains afflict my lough;
Would I wore by some sunny lough ;
"Or managing the well-yo'sed plouch,
Or resting 'neath the rustling bough,
Lulled by the gently murmuring sough.
'But va'n are all these wishes, though,"
Quoth he in accents sad and low;
"Alas, I fear my cake is dough I"
With pain I heard my old friend through,
And when at last we bade adieu
I felt his fears would soon prove true.
There had been strange times In the
Roseville Seminary. Two or three of the
girls In the junior class, and a few in the
senior, bad been in open revolt, though the
cause ot this singular behavior was not
generally known among the scholars.
The facts were these: Julia Fessonden,
one of the girls living in towli, had given
a birthday party, and a dozen or more of
the students had been invited, and the in
vitation submitted to the faculty.
After a little delay, Prof. Montrose
called the girls together. They know
very well what was coming, and if the
truth must be told, there was but one sunny
face among the group, cnd that belonged
to Kitty Bache.
"Young ladies," said the professor,
"while I dislike to stand between you and
any apparently rational enjoyment, I shall
be compelled to request you all to return
your regrets to Miss Fessenden. I beg you
to remember that I am not only responsible
to your parents and guardians for your in
tellectual Improvement, bit tor your social
and moral welfare. Miss Fessenden's
party may or may not be a good place for
tile students of Roseville; but so long as
there is the slightest fear in my own mind
in regard to the acquaintances you may
form there, the nature of my office compels
ie to the course I have mentioned. I feel
sure, young ladies, a little reflection will
enable you to appreciate the very delicate
position in which I am placed."
"Isn't it ahameful?" said Laura Cary to
Kitty, as they tiled out of the professor's
"I thought I should like to go," replied
Kitty, "but of course the professor lWhows
"W ell my father and mother would never
think of saying no if I were at home,"
continued Laura. "The idea of a girl
seventeen yeart old being tied up in this
style I We all ought to have high citairs
"Yes, and nurses," said another girl,
"and baby-carriages and blanketa, aud
blue quilted htods. Prof. Montrose is an
old stick 1"
I "That's just what lie is," said another,
"a perfeet fossil. lie's so old he can't en
joy anything himself, and he thinks no
body else can. I mean to go,.anyhow."
"I think you might have said something,
Kitty," put in Carry Dykeman. "If you
had teased a little, and promised that we
should all behave ourselves, I'm sure he
would have consented. He just acted as
if lie expected you to speak."
%I never' want anything enough to tease
for It," replied Kitty, pleasantly. "I felt
a good deal more sorry for him than I did
for myself. 1 know it hurt him to refuse
"0, pshaw I" exclaimed Laura Coery.
"Prof. hlontrose has never granted me one
favor since I have been In this seminary.
It just tickles him to torment us."
It was on the end of -Kitty's tongue to
say to Miss Laura that If she had received
no kindness from the professor, there could
* - be but one -reason for it, which was because
- - she had never deserved any. But so many
things that had been on the tip of this little
unruly member had dropped off before
* ~ now, and madec her trouble, that she de
- .cidled to keep a tight rein on it now.
Kitty had had a good deal on her mind
lately, and just at this time she doubtless
* felt the disappointment much less than she
* might have at some other. One of the
town scholars, a young and very lovely
girl, had been taken suddenly and strangely
Ill. Her maady was a baflikng one, from
* the fact of its being wholly of the brain.
'Tlie was known only to the mother, the
matron of Roseville, the minister's wife,
* ~ and Kitty Bachie. The report once started
that Ethel Lee was crazy, the mother well
knew that were her daughter to live a hun
* tdred years, she would always be called
crazy by the inhabitants of Roseville.
80o this feature of the Illness was kept a
T1hen there was another reason. Mirs.
Leo wvas a widow, and possessed of small
* means. By great, economy, she had been
able to educate her daughter, in the hope
that sho night support herself by teaching.
it lacked now only six months of her grad
nation, after which she had been promised
a good position in the State normal school.
T'his promise had only been secured in
advance to Ethel by the greatest pains and
liuiluenice. Mirs. Lee believed her daughter
would permanently recover. The doctor
thought she might; and Kitty Bache, the
only human beig. who could calim her
distressing pamoxysmes, was sure she would.
The matron of Rosovuhle, whose power
in certain respects was quite equal to the
professor's, had given Kitty permission
* ~ to go to the Leeo's whenever she was
Twice had the kind heat ted woman sum
monedl Kitty from her studies to this or
rand of mecacy, ami once, when sent for In
the evening, had escorted her herself.
'The cdays roiled on, and at last the nmght
* of Mises Fessendhen's party arrived
Strangely enough, all the excitement in re
gard to It hiad died out; and so coin
pietely I. ad it passed from Kitty's mind that
she had actually forgotten its dlate.
This evening, aibout, half-past, seven,
Kitty was sunimoned to the miatron's roomr.
'There she found M1rs. Coleman, the nin-.
* Isater's wife, waiting to take her to the Lees'.
When Kitty returned to her room for her
things, Cathiarine Lyndhurst, her room
mato, had stepped out, and she could leave
no message. Of course Catharine was not
in het confidence about Eitheh, for Kitty
hanpomied not to tell anyone. 'Ih all
nthtthe girl was ille and that Isity
'isited her, but nothing but the facts of
the case would have answered as an excuse
had it been known how much Kitty was
with her friend.
This evening Ethel was very wild, and
Kitty's efforts to caln her were unsuccess
ful for a long time. For more than an
hour the brave girl struggled with her in
sane companion, and not until they were
alone together was there the slightest
abatement in the intensity of the cerebral
Ton o'clock, and the sufferer was quiet;
hall past, and she was sleeping peacefully;
eleven, and Kitty could withdraw-her tired
arm from under the burning head, audpre
pare to return to the seminary.
The minister had joined his wife, and
escorted by these kind friends. Kitty
walked slowly home, being very much ex
hausted and frightfully pale.
She had just bade her companions good
night, and was about to step up on the
porch leading to the servants entrance,
where she was about to admit herself with
the matron's night-key, when a group of
girls rushed around the corner of the house
and ran up the stoop.
They were so disguised by their water
proof capes and hoods that Kitty could
hardly have recognized one of their num
ber. Suddenly it flashed upon her that
this was the evening of Miss Fessenden's
party, and that these girls had attended it.
Then the leader, whom Kitty strongly
suspected was Laura Cary, opened the
door. It was found afterward 'that they
had bribed the cook and obtained her pass
As they all crowded into the hall, still as
mice, Kitty bringing up the rear, there
stood Prof. Montrose in the door of his
study, the bright light from within shining
full upon the girls, and making each face
perfectly distinguishable I As the profes
sor threw up his hand, there they stood,
looking like so many monks in their long
"Where have you been, Miss Cary?"
inquired the professor, in tones that made
even the bold Laura tremble.
"We have been to Miss Fessenden's
party," she replied, after some delibera
There were seven in this group, and
three of the number were so frightened or
so conscience-stricken, that they began to
cry. Then the professor's eyes fell upon
"Miss Bache I" he exclaimed looking
like a man who had been struck, and start
ing forward a step or two, as if to make
sure his eyes had not deceived him.
For a moment Kitty's self-possession en
tirely deserted her, and she looked the
guiltiest one of the party. She was so
completely tired out thatshe had nostrength
left for this trial, and her heart sunk within
her as she found-probably for the first
time in her life-that she was actually un
able to speak a word.
She leaned against the door for support.
One of the girls, who saw how pale and
weak she was, .took hold of her arm, and
tried to lead her away. She was afrold
she was going to faint, and doubtless
thonahi lritL y iiad "o good a reason as the
rest of them for desiring to keep her own
counsel. Several times Kitty opened her
lips to speak, but was powerless to articu
late a single sentence. Then the profes
sor spoke again.
"Young ladies, go to ygur rooms. I
will see to you in the morninar."
Oh, how sad and grieved his voice
sounded) Then Kitty tried to move along
with the rest; but there seemed to be some
thing right before her all the time-some
thitug tall and dark, that would certainly
knock her down if she took another step.
flow she ever climbed the stairs and
reached her own room she never knew,
but Catharine was aroused from a troubled
dream by something falling on the thresh
old, and when she hastily turned up her
light, there was poor little Kitty in a dead
For an hour or more, Catharine did
everything in her power for the girl's res
toration, and waa just on the p~oint of sum,
moning the matron when Kitty recovered
"How can I ever live till morning and
have the professor believe me such a bad
girl?" she sobbed.
"But, Kitty, how was it possible for you
to go oif with those girls, anyway ?" said
Cathiarine,~ sobbing too.
"Et tu, Brutus!" said Kitty, raising
herself on her elbow and looking Catha
rine full in the face. "I steal away to a
party I--I/ Why, Catharine, you have
broken my heart I"
"But wiiere have you boon, dear?-' in
q'ilred her companion, tenderly.
"F~thel Lee was niuch worse, and Mrs.
Coleman came after me."
"I wonder if you can ever forgive me,
Kitty," said- Qathiarino. "Of course, it
seemed impossible, but when tea o'clock
struck and the monitor camne around as
usual,-and told me with tears in her eyes
that she feared she should he obliged to re
port you with the rest of the runaways, I
was nearly frantic. She finally promised
ame that she would wait till to-morrow,
and see what account you would give of
Then Catharmno made a hasty toilet, and
before Kitty knew what she was about,
left the room. She ran clown stairs quicaly,
determined if she saw a light in the pro.
fessor's study to ask permission to make an
There was no light there, and Gather
inc concluded that the professor had re
"lie has gone to bed, I suppose," said
she, on her return, "and we must be pa
tient until morning."
Tfhero was very little sleep for either of
the girls, but Kitty was able to rise, though
still looking very pale and worn.
Arfler breakfast, she sought the professor's
studly to) make an explanmation. Tihiree
times she went, but there was no answer
to her timki rap.
Then she wvent to the matron's room, and
found her Out, Then receiving no sum
mina's to thme p~rofessor's p~resence, she
waited until It was time for the acometry
class, and entered It as usual.
Thle truants belonging to the class did
not appear, and it was some thume before
time professor came in. When lie (lid, and
his eyes met Kitty's, lie seemed for a mo
meat quite undeled what to do. Then
lie said1, very slowly, but very distinctly,
the rest of the class looking on In mute as
"Miss B~ache, how dare you present
yourself in my presence this morning un
Kitty's fingers pressed her book like lit
ts clamps as she anhwcred :
"Because, professor, I am not guilty of
the disobedience with which you accuse
me. I have endeavored to see you all the
morning, but failing tv Io this, I could not
see why, having connitted no sin against
you or the institution, I might not go on
with my classes as usual."
Then the girls clapped their hands, and
the professor's eyes brightened.
"E~thel Lee was much worse last night,
and I went to see hr with the matron's
pi mission, and under Mlre. Coleman's es
cort. I was not able to leave her until that
very late hour, and then I was too ill my
self to say a word,"
"If I had only been informed," said the
professor, more to himself than to Kitty
"The cikconstances were very much
against you, my dear, but I should have
known better. There is such a load taken
from my heart, Miss Bache, that I don't
"But what you could forgive the runa
ways?" put in Kitty, archly; and then the
girls all clapped their hands still louder.
"[ don't think they will ever do so again,
sir. It, was a very great temptation."
"To you, Miss Bache ?".
"No. I should like to have gone, had
you thought it best; but then, God has
nade us all with such very different dispo
sltions,-it was no credit to me not to go,
because I prefer to obey. They might
have struggled harder with temptation go
ing than I did staying home." .
Then there was more applause, and the
"The class is dismissed. Miss Bache, I
would like to see you in my study."
So it caine to pass that the seven runa
ways were pretty thoroughly disciplined,
but not one expelled. Three weeks after,
Ethel Lee was able to resuie her work in
school, and no one knew she had ever been
Journeying on iriday.
Conductor William Coulter, of the Penn
sylvania Railroad, has been running on
trains between Jersey City and Philadel
phia for about forty-Live years, and he
seems to have twenty years of work in him
yet. One of the thousand of travelers that
he kncwa remarked to hin the other day
that his train was lighter than usual. 'Oh,
well," said Conductor Coulter, "it's Friday
"What difference does that make?' 'ask
ed the passenger.
"Why, there is always a falling off of
travel on Friday. It may seem strange,
but the old superstition that Friday is an
unlucky day to make a journey on, still
keeps many at home on Friday. Any rail
road man will tell you that.'
Captain Dennis. who runs another train
to Philadelphia, Conductor James Fields,
who takes a night train to Washington, and
Conductor Thomas Gallagher who runs to
New Brunswick, are the oldest conductora
ot ,he rennsylvama Hailro4d. Tfh rvj]
,Oa1lauiL11r, Vt:UertLu V0hductor Coulter's
averment about, the falling off in travel on
Friday, and share his opinion that it is
caused by the popular superstition that
Friday is an unlucky day to start on a jour
ney. Superintendent MicCrea, of the New
York Division of the Pennsylvania road,
was disposed to disbelieve the theory of
the old conductors. lie thought if there
was any falling off of travel on Fridays, it
was explainable by the fact that Friday
falls lute in the week, and many people re
turn to their homes on Saturday. Super
intendent, MicCrea, however, courteously
procured from the general office a series of
tabulated figures showing the numbe- of
passengers carried on each day of the week
For two nionths. The htures show that
there is probably some slight ground for
the theory of the old conductors. Of the
p~assengers carried on the six week days,
15 per cent, are carried on Friday, while
there is an average of 17 per cent. carried
oii each of the otner live week days. In
other words, there is a falliing off on Fridays
of nearly one-eighth as compared wit~h
the average of oilier weelt days. The
dlays of heaviest travel (givinig the 11gures
appioxinmately) Mionday, with 19 per cent.,
i'nd Saturday with 18 per cent., there
being many persons going to aind returning
fronm business on those days. The percent
ages shown on other week days arc: On
Tluesday, 16.25 per~ cent.; W ednecsday,
15.75 per cent.; Th'lursdaf 18 per centi.,
tad Friday 15 per cent.
Lihrietmab in Norway.
In the mountain districts the day is kept
with hearty hospitality. All work is sus
pended for thirteen days. Trhe entrance of
svery h1.ouse is decorated, and the wails of
the kitchen are roughly adorned with gaut
dly pictures, fantastically painted in water
colors. Tlhroughiout Christmas Eve and
Ohristmas Day, the merry making is en
Lirely (domestic, restricted to thme members
of each household. Not even a friendly
visit is paid(. On the following days the
neighbors assemble at each other's houses
by turns, for carousing. No regular meal
is provided, but open house is kept, the
tables richly spread for all comners. No
stranger is permitted to leave the house
until he hias partaken of the strong Yuile
tile, which is served up in true Norwegian
fashioni, cask following cask in rapid suc
cession. On these occasIons the servants
sit at the saime table with the host, his wife
and family. All arc dressed jn their gala
attire of rich colored cloth, trimmed with
go:(d and silver braid, the women wearing
caps and aprons of brilliant lhues.
It was the Powdeor.
A lady's change of color at Avon Springs
was accounted for quite too easily the other
day. She had gone f rom Rochester with
a party for a day's pleasure. While she
was shipping mineral waters at the springs
her face began to assume a mothed appear
ance, black and white alternating. She was
askcd if she was not sick and replied in the
negative, but her face became so discol
ored, that her friends insisted on sending
for a physician, who on arriving and ex
anming lis supposed patient, smiled and
asiked her what kind of paint she used.
The lady tartly replied that she did not
paint, but only used a powder similar to
that used by her daughter, who was present
and whose face was bloorbing, The phy
sicIan attributed the discoloration to the
powder, and it Is supposed that it contain
ed some chemical that changed color on
contact with the suiphurous vapor from the
le U ised Not.
Not long ago two utlemen were look
ing out of the windo of a house on Mar.
kut street, San Fra deco, observed a cab
bage roll ol a marke wagon that was pass.
lug. Instantly over dozen webl-dressed
and apparently sano ersons began yelling
after the wagon as t ough the vegetable
bad been a gold wat i or i thousand-dol
lar bill. The driver topped about half a
square off, looked ba k at the cabbage,
pawed and drove on.
"What an absurd uSs people in the
street make over triv I occurrences," said
said one of the gea lemen, "Now, I'll
bet a silk hat that 1 uild get a crowd of
five hundred persons ound that cabbage
in side of thirty min es and yet not leave
''I'll take the bet," -mid his friend, pullhig
out his watch. "At you ready ?"
"Yes; give the wo .'
"t is now 11:30. 'ol"
The proposer of Ilt wager led his friend
to the window, thr w up the sash, and,
taking a cane, pointe t arnestly at the mud
covered cabbage will a terrilhe expression.
Preseuily a hack dri r noticed the action,
and begun to stare it the vegetable from
the curbstone; then ibootblack stopped;
then a billposter, a tessengerboy and a
"What's the nmatt ?" inquire( a Ger
man, approaching ti innocent base of his
"Don't touch it Look out there!
Stand backi" shout d the gentleman at
the window. At hi horror-stricken tones
the crowd lell back I ecipitately and forni
ed a dense circle aro nd( tne innocent cab
bage. Hundreds ct ne running up, and
the excitement incre sed rapidly.
"Look out, there 1' fIran tically screamed
the better, waving bib cane. "Take that
dog away, quick I'
Beverul stones we-e thrown at a cur
that was shilling arotind the cabbage.
"Take care I" said a car driver to a
policetia, who was shouldering his way
through the mass. ".'s an internal mach
ine, nitro-glycerine--or something."
Meanwhile the sidewalk was blocked,
the street became impassable, women
screamed and rushed into shops, and a
storekeeper underneath began to tie a
bucket on the end of a long pole with
which to pour water on the fiendish inven
tion. The crowd by this time pumbering
over one thousand, the two gentlemen
moved away from the window and sat
down. In a lew moments there ws a
hurried tap at the door, and there appeared
a man who had been sei, as a delegate
from the mass-meeting outside.
"I should like to know, gentlemcn,"
lie said, "what, the facts ore ?"
"Why, what there is peauliar about that
cabbage out there1"
".Nothing in the wdrid," was the soft
reply, "except that it Seems to be surround
ed by about, one thousand of the bige .t
fools in town. Do ay "' -
'.1 he man reflected a moment, said lie
"guessed not," and retired. Before lie
handed in his report, however Captain
Short's wiatch had dispersed the mob and
clubbed two hundred and cleveri separato
persons for creating a disturbance.
Several legal lights were warming their
shins arouna the stove In Judge LaRue's
ollice, Lafayette. Indiana, one day last
week, and all was quiet as a house on
Christmas Eve, with the childrea an
ticipating a visit Irom Santa Clatus. The
stilness was finally broken by a gruff dis
ciple of Blackstone, Who sententiously
said: "The dictionary, as far as its words
are concerned, has passed into decay and
"Hlow so?" asked all in chorus.
"Why? I'll tell you wvhy. Society has
become debased, anud the speech or its
miembers is saturated with tihe slang of the
T1his remark woke up a young attorney
who prides himself on being a society man,
andl ho defendedt himself amid his "society"
"You can say what you like," continued
the first speaker, "-but 1 attended a society
gathering last night, and 1 tedi you the
slang used by the young ladies, waus just,
such as I had heard in places 'where
nioralhy is not, and where plea
sure is the omay ob'ject. 1 wvas in
conversation wvith Mims , when up
stepp~ed a giddy creature, who cried out:
'it, wouldln't work.' 'They tumbled to time
racket,' 'got on to mae,' and, 'I had to
cheese it.' it seems thait site wantedl to
p~lay a joke on some one of the company,
out, they had discovered lier before shmehad
time to carry out, her designs. Btit I was
simply horruiled when the young lady with
whonm I was conversing upb~raided her
friend for her stupidity, in language like
this: 'Well, I must say you're a 'pretty
plum,' to let thbem 'guys' 'twig' our little
'scheme.' Why didn't, you 'douse the
glim'? You just, fell right over yourself.'
"'Why, gentliemen, .1 terd mnore of that
kindi of talk ini an hour than I could iepeat
Ia a day, and I repeat, my
assertion that, thme conversation of soci
ety is soaked clear through with 'salang 01f
the slums,' and the dictionary is obso
Theo Origin of Whiint,.
Whlst 18 a wvell-known game at cards,
wIch requires great attention and sIlence;
hence the name. To lie a good whilst
liayer requires not only very high mental
and intemlectual power, bust considerable
study andl long practic. This fIne game
has always cousnaded the attention of
men of the first order of mind. WImst is
unquestilonably of English orim, though
to the tinmo andi place os its birth we (10 not
possess any precise evlen~ce. Whilst, Is
not mientionmed by Shakespeare, nor by any
wrier of thme Elhzabethan era, from which
we may. infer that thme gamne was then
scarcely in exlstence. Th~e game seems to
have manifested seductive powers in 1680,
for Taylor, the water poet,, mentions whist
as Inducing thme prodigal to "fihng hIs
money free wihs caeesns. It us prob
able that at this period thme character and
friends of whist t5ero decidedly low. Whilst
oven appears in the "lock-up" in the
questionable company of Jonathan WIld.
Fielding recordls that when the ingenious
Count ha itusso was domiciled with Gecof
fery Snap (who enjoyed ofice under the
Sheriff of London), his countship spught to
beguilo the tedium of his la-door exIstence
by recourse to the amusements of the
A Wonan Blacksanlth.
At one forge later on, between nine and
ten o'clock, in fact, I discoverod a female
nailer working under disadvantages that
might have daunted an anchor smith.
Whether she had a husband whose absence
was accounted for by his being addicted to
beer-shop fogging, or whether she had no
husband, I did not ask her, and she did not
tell me. Anyhow, she was working alone,
and she spoke of having "all these brats" to
pr ovide for, as though the whole responsi
bility rested on her poor narrow shoulders,
the bones of which were so sharp that they
threatened to cut through the flimsy mate
rial that covered them every time she tugged
at the heavy bellows. There were four
little children, the oldest about seven, the
youngest at baby in "long clothes"-in a
calico bedgown, in fact, and nothing else.
This solitary article of rainient had once
been white, but was now approaching the
complexion of a coal-sack,
Tihe two children who came between the
eldest and the youngest were disporting in
the ashes, anid puninielling each other's
awfully dirty little bodies in a fierce strug
gle for the mnuigled remains of a woodi
doll. There was only its carcass let, and
its hair was singed off its head, and the
paint on its face all rcorched and blistered
bnt the two infant nailers could not have
fought for it more furiously had It been the
choicest prize in Mr. Creiner's collection.
The other two children-the oldest and the
youngest, the former acting the part of
nurse to the latter-were de posited in a
kind of wooden cradle that shared with the
bellows the hearth where the fire was. The
baby was shrieking, and the boy was shout
ing out. a hymin in a vain endeavor to quiet
One way and another, the mother, poor
soul-she was quite a young woman-seined
well-nigh distracted as she banged away at
her work,Ibent seemingly on getting some
set task done; the perspiration streamed
down her face as though she was crying.
She stuck to her work, however, and kept
the sparks flying, showers of them be
sprinkled the occupants of the cradle, but
without producing the least effects on those
young salaianders-until a shriller thriek
than hitherto caused the woman to throw
duwn her hammer and take the child on ic
lap as she sat dow n on the nose of the
"It is just that, master," she remarked,
in reply to an observation of mine; "and
often I wish I was in heaven, and out of it
all, 'pon my soul and body, I do; I raloy
get, so sick of iti"
And as she took the 'sooty handkerchief
from her head and wiped her wet face with
it, a milderform ofasseveration would have
satisfied inc of the probability of the change
suggested being tolier advantage. It was in
vain she tried to pacify the squalling child
at her lean bosom.
"iush, then, and inammy'll spare a pen
ny for half a pint of beer presently, and
said the poor soul, as protesting against tle
nockery offered it, the little rebel stiffened
itself out, and ref used either to unbend or
leave olf shrieking.
"11aven't I got no help in working 'em
all? No, master, I've got no help. How
inuch can I earn? Well, its right-down
sla% cry to earn a penny anhour at it. More
often-especially when this young tin o'
mine is cross -it isn't more than *muepence
for the whole day. No; we don't quite
live on that, sir, I'm 'lowanced two lonves
a week, but it's nigh on four miles to fetch
'em, so I don't know, reckoning the loss of
time, that I'm much richer alter all. I'm
sure I don't know what's coming to the
work, and the priee they're giving for It.
It's almost as bad is chain -making."
"Is that, worse than nail-making?"
"For the women it Is. Just you go to
Cradley and ask 'em."
it was too late to follow her advice that
night but I did so next day.
A Courtiing in the Oldon Days.
Thirty years ago, Michigan people were
a frank and truthful set. fitrangers could
conie here and trade horses with their eyes
shut, and breach of promise cases were
uniknown. F"olks meant what they said, and
when they gave their word stuck to it.
Exactly thirty years ago this month, a
man alpeared in Lansing oni business. Tihme
same business carried hini over to D~eWitt,
eight miles away. While on the way he
steppled at a log farm house to warmi his
cokil lingers, ie was warmly welcomedl
by the pioneer and hits wife, both of whomi
were well along in years, and after sonie
general talk, the woman queried:
"Anm I right in thinking you are a wid
"Did you come out here to find a wife?"
*"Did any body tell you of our Busie?"
"Well we've got as bouncing a gi of
twenty-two as ever you set eyes onc. She's
good lookmng, hea.tthy and good tempered,
and I think she'll like your looks."
"Where ms she?"
"Over in the woodls, there, chopping
(Iowa a coon tree. Shall I blow the horn
"No. If you'll keep an eye on my horse
I'll find her."
"Well, there's nothing stuck up or af
fected about Susie. She'll say yes or no
as soon as she looks you over. If you
want her, dhon't be afraid to say so."
Tnae stranger heard the soundt of her axe
andi followoui it. lie found her just as the
tress were readly to tll. She was a stout,
good-looking giirl swinging the axe line a
an, and mi two minutes lie had decided to
"Susie, I'm a widower from New York
state; i'mi thirty-nIne years old, have o~ne
child, own a good farm, and I want a wife.
Will you go back home with moe?"
She leaned on the axe and looked at him
for half a minute and then replIed:
"Can't say for certain. J ust wait till 1
get these coons off any nmind.
She sent the tree crashim( to the eartl.,
and with his help killed live coons whicin
wee stowedh away in a hollow.
"Well, what uo you say?" lie asked, ei
the last coon was stopped iromi kicking.
"I'm your'nl" was the reply; "aiid b~r
the time you get back fromi DeWitt I'dh
have these pelts off ai'.d tacked up and c
ready for the proachierl"
.lie returnedi to the hbuse, told the iolks
that lie should brioc a preacher back ':ith
imu, and at dusk tuat evening, the twain
were mrrrkd. hardly an hour had been
wasted In courting, and yet he took
home one of tho best girls in the hState of
The Wonders of siaicry.
A very striking illustration of the
possibility of mimicry without drollery
was afforded once by the famous Coulon,
who may be described as at once the fool
and physician at the Court of one of the
Louis. le actually mimicked the deceased
Minister Villele with such accuracy as to
afford the means of painting what has been
declared to be a wonderfully faithful por
trait. It appeared that after the deatt of
the minister his friends were grieved to
find that there wete no satistactory por
traits of him in existence. Coulton was
present when expression was given to their
regret at the circumstauces, and agreed
with them that no likeness of the deceased
stateeman represented, as lie said, "the
profound subtlety of his character and his
evanescent expression." As he spoke he
assumed the leatures, exlression, attitude,
and toii of voice of tie depirted mua
with the most staitling acuraey, and was
at once requested to sit for a portrait. As
to the feaures something, we suppose,
must be accredited to the imagination of
the beholders. The artist probably was
satistied to catch the expression from the
nihnic's face and to rely on hii memory or
interior portraits for the delineation of fea
tures, unless the two men bore a resem
blance to each other to a degree which
would have robbed the perloriance of
uch of its merit. One oi the most re
inarkable facts about the most skilful of
mimics is that they are able to overcome
the apparently insuperable difliculty pre
seated by the endless and radical varicey
of feature, and will give to a face an aspect,
and expression which have been character
istic of tome visage totally different in
every respect. There can be do doubt also
that this is the real secret of much of the
power of anuiusing possessed by the mimic.
'I he vagaries of expression, voice, tone,
attitude and utterance, present a constant
series of striking incongruties. That
which in one person requires a very keen
obset vation to catch, and is not particularly
st.iking when caught, is no sooner donnut
by sonie totally dibsimilar person than it
becomes ludicrously inccn1ruous and is
found to be irresistibly aniusing. There
was nothing, so tar as we are aware,
specially odds about chantry, the sculptor,
yet Sir EIwin Landscer once put a dinner
party in a roar of laughter by cleverly per
sunatng hiim. The sculptor put Landseer
in his cnir at the head 01 the table, and
Went hiic'seli ant stood by the lire. "Come
young nnin, " said Landauer, ininitatiug to
a nicety the tone and manner of the mdi
vidual whose chair he occupied, "you
think yourself ornanmental; now make
yourself useful and ring the bell." Land
seer was one of the clevereAt minics that
ever lived. His slnulations were described
as perfect in every particular, displaying
the nicest, discrininatilon in points of char
acter, and the nost astonishing accuracy.
The bewildernient of the butler who, on
the occasion just referred to came into
whilo he heard his niastei's veice at the
head of the table orderiuig more wine, was
A Straniger's Mistake,
A few days ago a western merchant who
wanted to do sonic sight-seeing and buy
his fall stock at the same tue, entered a
dry goods jobbing house on Broadway,
New York, and accosted the first person lie
met with : "Are you the proprietor here?"
'Not exactly the proprietor," was the re
ply. "At present I am acting as shipping
clerk, but I am cutting my cards for a
partnership next year by organizing noon
prayer-meetings in the basement."
The stranger passed oi to a very imnport.
ant-looking personage with a dianmond pin,
and asked. "Are you the head of the
"Well, no; I can't say as I am at pres
ent, but I have hopes of a partncrship ini
January. Fin only one of the travelers
just now, but I'm laying for a $200 po0w ini
an upi town church, amii that wvill man a
quarter Interest here in less than six
Thelm next man had lia feet up, lis lint
back and a twenty-centsegar in his mouth.
andi looked so solid that the stranger
"You must run this establishment?
"Me? Well, 1 may run it very soon.
At present I'm the book-keeper, b~ut l'mm
expecting to get into a church choir with
the old muan's dlarliug and become an equal
Th'le stranger was determined not to make
another istake, lie walked around till
lie fotund a man with his coat off and busy
with a case of goodls, and said to him:
"T1he p~orters tire kept pretty busy in
here, I see."
"Yes," was the brief reply.
"But I suppose0 you are planning to in.
vent a gospel hymn-book and sing thie old
nman out of an eighth interest, aren't you ?"
"Well, no, not exactly," wan the quiet
reply. "I'm the 01(d man hImself."
And all that the stranger saId, after a
long minute spent in looking the merchant,
over, was : "'Well, dturn amy butltons."
An A wini Look.
One day recently a boot-black stood at
the south door of thme Postoilce lookIng
across Larned street, Detroit. A woman
camne out of the ohlica anid banged the (loor
against lis head andt back and htecha and
lifted hin clear oft the steps by the con
"I dlon't care-you had no buslness
there I" she snapped, as lie picked himself
"Say, that was real mean," ho said, as
lie -rubbed his head.
"Well, then, keep away from the
"I was goen' to make you a Christmas
present," lie renmarked as lie followed her
up Larned street..
"I dlon't want anmy.
"Yes, I was goin' to buy you a fifty
paund sack of flour and p~ut It, in your
'I Uon't carol''"
"That's what I was goln' to do, but I've
co:'cluded not, te. Yer see, it would slip
dowii into U' . foot of yer stockla' an' lit
so chis that ye couldn't git it out without
bumldin' a stagin' an' hiirin' carpenters an'
goin' to amore trouble than the flour was
Bhe gave him one awful look and lie fell
back, but she had no sooner turned the
corner than she halted before a window for
no other purpose than to get a sly look at
her feet and see If they had swelled any
since she left honeo.
NEWS. IN BRIEF.
-There are 35.000 more females than
mates In Philadelphia.
-There are at least 100,000 Idle young
men lu Now York city.
-There are abotit 3,000 Indians in
extreme southern Caliornia.
-.'he earl of Beaeonsaield Is visit
ing the Queen at Windsor cast1e.
-The Reading Railroad rolling mill
is turning out 90 tons of rails per day.
-During the fiscal year ended June
30, 1880, 75,430 Canadians c.ame to the
-Buenos Ayres has been eelected as
the definite capital of the Argentine
-In England there are ]00 science
and art schools, with an attendance of
-Mary Anderson purchased $5,000
worth of diamond3 during a recent
visit to St. Louis.
-There are in the United States 727
paper wills, making 1,800 tons a day of-*
all kinds of paper.
-Te Government of the Argentine
Republic offers to make a lanid-grant
for an Irish colony.
- -Nearly one-eighth of the commer
cIal pOpulatlon of the city of Boston Is
composed of shop girls.
-Washington Territory posse~sos
20,000,000 acres "of the finest tLimber
land on the face of the earth."
-Tiei total value of the property oc.
cupied by the religious orders in Paris
amounts in all to 110,500,000 franes.
-The Boston an d Providence Rill
road made $422,179 the past year above
expenses, and paid 8 per cent, in
-The first settlemea t of Mennonites
in Minnesota was made in 1876. Three
years latter the community iumbered
-Buddhism is rapidly losing its hold
in Jaipan. Since 1873, in a single
district, 71 temples have been diverted
to secular uses.
-Senator Thurman, it is reported,
intends to live permanently in Wash
ington and practice at the bar of the
-There are in the United Stales 343,
888 wiles of postal routes, which, Iu.
ciiding all expenses, cost annually
-The geographial center of the
United States is at 95 (log. 47M mib.
west longitude, which is about the
vicinity of Omaha.
-Carriage building has become one
of the great American industries. The
trade employs 75,000 men and they
hold an annual convention.
-Tiffany & Co., of New York, hava
just recelyed a yellow diamond valued
it $30,000. It is beautifully out, ind
land 5000 reaping machines, and mioro
than 1000 thrashing maohnes, of
which :174 are worked by steam-po wer.
-Olikosh has the largest match
factory in the world. In one year 2,
000,000 feet of logs were consumed u.nd
$300,000 worth of revenue stamps
-''le number of yearly thorough
breds from the great breeding eitab
lishmuent of England sold during the
past year aggregated 451, the progeny
of 112 sires.
-it is said that the British I'oreign
Oflice has ordered Colonel Synge to re
fund the ?12,000 advanced to him as
his ransom from the brigands who had
-The remains of Simon Snyder, who
was governor of Pennsylvania from
1808 to 1817, lie in a church-yard ia
Seilngsgrove, in that Stite, unmarked
by monument or tablet.
-Tie Mormon temple at Salt Lake
City hase been in course of construction
b r twenty years, and is not yet finish
Cu. It it built of Usth granite and its
total cost wvill be over $28,000,000.
-T.ihe Nuns in the convent at Manilla
spe'mt one year in the making of a
piece of lace from theo fibres of the
pineapple, and their wvork is on exhi~.
bition at the Art Lean in Washington.
-The Patent Office has a surplus
revemnue of' $200,000 annually. Tu tun is
extent there is a tax otn Inventions. As
the number of patemnts taken out last
year was 20.000, the average tax was
-In the last week of Oatober the
wrecks in Europe were almost unpre
cedented in niumber. The apprexinate -
value of the property lost is put ait
$20,000,000, of which $15,000,000 was
-Thle Emperor WIlliam of Germany
has been during the past year earning
time gratItude of tihe archmelogists. lHe
has defrayed from his own private
purse the expenses of the excavations
-A silver vault, to be 18 by 12 feet,
and to cost $7000, is to be built in the.
Baltimore Custom Hlouse. TIhero are al
present in the Sub-T'reasury there $1,
U44,235.28 in fractional silver, and but
$179,610 gold coin..
-Thne Prince of Wales rides about a
great doini in a private hansom cab
whleh has many comfortable improve
ments. Among these is a. travelling
clock with a luminous dial-face sot ila
the contre of the splash-board.
-Blaltimore 18 to have. a direot line
of six steamers to Liverpool for the
development of her cattie trade, the
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad agreesing
to furnish thne freight, while Eamglish
capitalists will provide the steamers.
-Tihe registration of women cuali
tled to vote for a school conmuitteo at
the liostont municipal election shows
that interest in thne suffrage qustion 1w
declining. Th'ie number this year is
772, a failing off of 217I from the regls,
try of' 1879.
-According to statistics made by one
who has an opportunlty of knowlitg,
there are 13,)0,000l milkc cows in the
United States, 54,000,000 acres of land
to furnish toed I or that nualbor, it4e
milk produced by the oows annually
at 12 cents a gallon is worth $095, 70,
--The first ,lhghthiouse' ini loa4~
was built at B~racllint, thai d
to Nantuckos Imr bor, In 174~~s#
light was nmain'eained tl ere fo~ri \i
liye years, - througfip Ate ads~~pU~
tions of the iertian jio
fore 1lt passed iid 1
of the United Stat*YjMA