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(Copyright, 1807, by ?l: "tc RiwwU.]
It was in that voyage that 1 took in
/ the Empire that 1 made up my mind to
/ knock off tho sea. Wo was homeward
bound from Adelaide, and I W08 keep
ing a lookout one black night on the
?P' fok'file, when, there coming n yelling
epit of soaking blast slap into toy face,
I lifts up my fist and brings it down on
the rnil. For mere than 20 year had I
Dscd tho sea, and what was it come to?
An old chest, two or three shifts of
rags, a pair of Boa boots and a'help me,
no more. Through tho Improvidence of
?ho sailor? By thunder, then, no!
What's Providence got to do with such
n withered life as the ocean? Saving
means getting, and where in niggers is
the getting to be found where it's all
living hard, faring hard, dying bard
and going to hell after all?
Beef you could chisel into snatch
blocks, pork too foul to grease your
bor's with, kirks and curses aft, wet
and famine forrards?is it good enough?
With a fok'slo so full of tired Dutch
men?why, when they hoist the Eng
lish red ensign the flag's tho bitterest
lio sinco Annynius and Sophia.
But how was I to get a living ashore?
That was tho question that occupied
my attention whon I walked them decks
insolitudo. I'd say to my mates, "What,
'ud you do if you knocked oil?" and
somo was for going to sea again, and
tho rest was for the work'us. I'd seen
ho littlo of life ashore that I couldn't
guess how men got their living . What
was a merchant? Ho was a covey who
traded. What was a clerk? Ho was a
covey who sat on a steed and wrote in
n book. No use of my laying a course
for the likes of that. My taste went to
the country, deep inland. 1 fancied I'd
like to get a job under a market garden
er. I'd feel pleased when I thought of
reaping wheat and cutting down givs,
of nein?,' home at sundown on top of a
wagon load of hay, the air sweet as
nuts, and sitting down to a bursting
blowout of ale and roasted apples and
bread and cheese. "Co away, salt
watcrl" I'd think then.
I was about years old and looked
45. Lobscouso'll serve you measlier than
weather. They say a weak heart paints
the uoso blue, which colors tho spirits.
Soup and bully's worse than a decayed
vital, and if you leave your teeth in the
mess kid how many spoonfuls of peas
Boup do it take to raise a wrinkle?
Tho ship duly arrived, and I, along
with tho rest, was paid off. Thero was
22 months' wages to take up, so I had
scope to rido by. 1 took a lodging at 2
UromJey strefd, Commercial road, ami
Bpent ?'3 in a laudgoing rig out. Then
I was at a loss. The name of the land
lady was Mrs. Bloomer, and her hus
band WaH a waterman. Meeting her ono
day in the passage as I was going to
take a turn to look about me, I says:
"I should like to have n short yarn
with you, missis, if you'vo got a
'?Certainly, sir, " she answers.
"Don't 'sir' me, I beg, " says I. "I'm
She steps mo into a bit of n parlor,
close with careful keeping. Thero was
a little looking glass over tho mantel
shelf, bound in yaller Mauze, wit Ii oys
ter shells for occasional ornaments, and
a glass case, with a stuffed bird, in tho
"Can I nit?" says I.
"Why, yes," says she, smiling. "It
can't hurt you. "
I put down my cap and took a chair
and says: "Mrs. Biooiner, I've been a
sallornian all my life and have come
oshoro to find a Job, meaning to stop
asboro. I've got a few pounds and can
hold out for some time, and I want you
to tell mo how I ought to go to work."
"What's your age?" says she, looking
I told her.
"Thero's a many situations a-going,"
says she, "and n handy man ou^ht never
to want for n job Why not turn water
"No more water for mo," says I
"Light porter," says sho.
Thought sho mount something to
"Can yon drive a 'orso?"
"I don't fancy driving," says I.
"Look 'ere, Mr. Poo ley, " says she,
"your ohauco'll lio in advertising
Writo out a little pieco for tho papers.
It'll cost yon nhout U or 4 shillings to
pnt in. Answers'll come, and you can
pick and choose. "
I allowed this to bn up to tho
knocker, and in that samo room sho
and mo made out this advertisement:
"A sailorman wants a job Ho is an
all round hand, useful anywhere and
any time, being accustomed toaoalHng
that runs a day's work into 24 hours
and pays no overtime wages. Address
William Pooley, 2 Bromley street, Com
mercial road, E. "
When Bloomer camo homo that night,
he recommended me to put tho pieco in
to the papel which says it hns tho lar
gest circulation in tho world This Idid
noxt day?forget tho cost Valuing it
in pints of. beer, call it four gallons
i'm a slow hand ut reading, and it took
mo a srnothorod long timo to spell
through tho advertisements on tho day
whon tho piece 1 had wroto was to op
pear At last down in a cornor I spies
"Who's a-going to sr.. this?" says I
to Mrs. Bloomer, patting my finger
"It do look insignificant, certainly,"
the blooming blazes Is a-going
to seo it?" says I, a-bringing down my
"You never can tell," snyii Mrs
I wont out for a turn that afternoon
and sat for a spoil with an old shipmato
that had bronght up in tho homo, in
Well street. Ho had said to mo:
"You'll novor get rid of it, Bill. O'or
and o'er I've been n-giving of it up Six
times havo I been a-running, ami I'vo
tried my hand as barber, dorg fancying
and wheel ohnlr man. All no go," says
be. "Here I am throe weeks ashore
from Jamaica, and now I'm a-lookina
tor another ship They nnn-i*wnnt sail
ors on dry land. You'll bo drovo back
Whon I returned to my lodging, l
found a letter addressed to Mr. William
"Blistered if it ain't been seen arter
all I" said \, grinning liko a fool.
I opens tho lotter and, going to tho
window, holds it out and roads it It
was from agent, saying ho had soon my ]
advertisement and was willing to givo I
me a Job, but I must invest somo raonoy
along with him. Mrs. Bloomer said that
I must look to get a uumbor of letters
of that sort. They was all thieves who
wroto 'em, and I was to tako no notice.
ininlit bo tempted to call 'upou tho old
Wi ll. nl;. i that lotter 1 heard no
more Who was u*goiug to BOO my uaiuo
down in that there corner? 1 looked
round at the orfico four days after tho
UOtiCO hud appeared and says to a clork,
"Considering."! says, "'the cost I've
beou put to, I'm surprised," says I,
"not to bnvo got any answers."
'?Put it in again," says bo.
"Down in (bat corner?" says 1.
"What's your charge for half of one of
them pages of your n with that there
notice printed big, right amidships of
"We dOU't do business in that sort of
way, " says lie "if WO did, tie; cost 'ud
keep yon to wtnd'urdof Jobs for tho rest
of your shining days."
Wheu l gol to tho lodgiug that after
noon, Mis Bloomor told mo a party had
called to see me.
"Something in the job line?" says 1
"1 can t Kay, I'm sure," says she,
and 1 thought that her manner was
ohauged, she bad a sort of east in hor
eyes and look* d at the wall past my
bead, though she was a-staring bard at
me, taking me in.
"What did the party want?" suys I.
"She. was a female," she answers. "1
believe she'll he aide to lind yon a job,
Mr Pooioy She'll ho hero at half past
10 tomorrow morning if couvouient to
1 went to my room and smoked a pipe
There was no letters in answer to my
UOtiCO, The paper might have the big
g st circulation in the world, but its
corner pieces wasn't read. What female
party was this a -asking after me? A
good many women kept shops. Numbers
was widows in tho baeoy, sweetmeat
and other lines. Any sort of a job ashore
would suit mo, and one to my taste for
all 1 knew might be coining along to
morrow at half past 10.
Half past 10 came round right enough,
for if there's one thing that never dis
appoints a man it's time That old
bloke, drawed with a beard and a log
glass, always keeps Iiis blushing word
There was no letter from tho largest
circulation. 1 bad come back from get
ting a mouthful of breakfast and was
a-sliaving?it was about half past 10
Wbilo I was all lather conies a knock,
and Mrs Bloomer sings out, "Mr.
Pooley, (he party that called yesterday
is awaiting to see you in my. parlor. "
"Right," says I, and wiping off tho
soap I put oiTiny jacket anil went down
There was a woman und her littlo
Loy standing by the table Hho wore a
green bat and looked to he got up for a
Sunday outing The boy for his tidy
looks was like one of them children
that sings in the streets along with men
in clean jumpers and women with
babies under their shawls Mrs. Bloom
er, standing beside tho door, says, "This
is Mr Pooley. "
When I stops In, the woman took and
dodged a hit, shooting her head out first
to port, then to starboard, a-screw
driviug of hor eyes into mo with the
twistings of her face. Sho then says
" Lor?why?yes, Iii 111" And grasping
tho table she fell to rocking herself,
very quietly, saying once or twice soft
ly, "Bill, Bill," hut with a note of
such grief and reproach that an old goat
might have been moved by it
"What's thisr" says I, turning upon
"Oh. Bill," shrieks tho woman on n
sudden, holding out her hands to mo,
"don't pretoud not to know mo if I'm
not to drop dead. Here's your child,your
own little William He was ti months
old when you left me. and?and?oh,
William, think?now he's (5 years."
And with that she lifts him right on to
the table, calling out: "Look at your
father, Billy Ask him if lie ain't
ashamed to have left his poor wife for
nigh six year, with never one word to
say whether ho was alive or dead?"
1 thought to myself, "Bloomed if 1
don t thiuk now that them corner pieces
in tho largest circulation aro read I"
Mrs. Bloomer's face was like a ship's
figurehead, hard with foldings.
. "You're quite mistaken." savs I. "I
never was married in ihis hero world,
and so if I've got a wife she must be an
"Never was married!" she screamed,
running up to me, while the hoy sang
out, "Mother, I shall fall!" and Mrs.
Bloomer put him down. "Never wa
married I" she shrieks. "D'you mean to
say you forget coi iting me at my fa
ther's, Simon Dudds, who kept the lios
tillory called the Sinking Star, on tho
Sandwich road? Never was married,"
sho yells, with her words streaming in
a quick rattle like coal from a tip,
"When tho church wns St. George's, at
Deal, and tho date Juno 24, 18'<C>?
Never was married? Ob, Bill!" And,
seizing mo by the arm, she pulls nio to
the window and sobs out: V()h, Bill, if
yon ain't so changed, I can't ho! I've
been alono for nigh six years. Look at
your child. It's mo as has fed him and
done for him, or whoro'd he bo? Don't
say you don't know mo I never expect
And hore, letting go of my arm, sho
buries her face and lets fly ull hor
nerves in eorecohings.
"Why don't you comfort her?" snys
" Why don t you?" says I. "Sho's got
nAthlno o> ?In with mn. "
With that I wulks out. The woman
flies after mo
"Bill, Billl" sho bawls, catching hold
I turned mid said, "What's it you
Here the young uu boganto cry, roar
ing for mother.
"What's all this nbont?" says
Bloomer, coming op from tho kitchen.
He'd got a cold in his bead and was
"Joo, " answered Mrs Bloomer, "this
poor woman has boon deserted along
with her child for nrgh upon six year,
and now she says she's found iier man
in Mr. William Pooley. "
"I'vo had almost enough of this hero
larking, hain't you?" says 1 to tho wom
an. "Who are you and what d'you want?
Yon don't boliovo I'm yonr husband
Bloomer, a'olp me, as I stand a living
man, I never was married, and that
woman knows it. "
"How should she know it?" sqnnwked
Mrs. Bloomer like a gull in a gale.
"Cot you there, Pooioy," says Bloom
er in a voice thick as gruel with cold.
"I was marriod," cried tho woman,
"at St. Uoorgo's, Doal, Jnno 21, 1876,
and William Pooioy was my man's
natno. Simon Dadds was ray father and
kept a hoatillory. Oh, ma'am, that ho
can stand them and pretoud not to
know nor n member If my father were
(int, pointing at im1 "Will von Ten mo
that you don't recollect stopping tho
carriage at ihn Deal Logger inn as wo
drove fiom church and treating tho
boatmen? Duln t you likewise stop at
the Yarmouth Packet and keep father
awaiting dinner for us" ?
"1 toll yen. " 1 roared out, breaking
in to her noise, "that I don't know von,
and that I never was married, and that
you've mistook your man."
Hero Bloomer, stumping back to his
kitchen, steps at the head of the stun
ease to call out:
"Settle it quickly, and don't make no
noise, for this OU80 as got a name to
lose. I know what sailors are, and
Uiubbeo it is and lunbboo it ain't. Liz
zie, keep yon ch ar, ami if the parties II
come to tarms outside it'll bo agree
able. " And down bo went.
"Are yon going to tell me, Mr
Pooley," says Mrs Bloomer, whose
face -bowed a relish for,this shindy, for
all that it was as hard as sailors' beet,
"that there's no truth in this party's
"Nouo," I yelled, for their working
up of my old iron WUH a-making me
"And you tell us," says Mrs. Bloom
er, with a sii'er, "that a woman's
memory won't allow her to recognize
her husband after six years of desei
"lie was li months old," says the
other, Bobbing and pointing to her hoy,
"when we was left He sailed in a ship
called the Miranda. I've never heard of
him since, but I knew he was alive, for
he desalted at Sydney and arrived at
Liverpool in a ship called tho Simon
'OrkillS, and that I lai nt, " she screamed.
"Uli, Oi/t/" shrieks tin: woman,
rounding upon me. "from .lim Red
path, who had sailed with you afore and
came home with you in the Orkins. "
When she had said this, I pulled oil
my jacket and waistcoat, bared my arms
to the elbows, and. opening my starched
shirt. 1 tinned it under, that they might
see to the flesh of mo They yelled and
fell hack, thinking I was going for
them, and Bloomer came up stairs
again, sneezing 1 ran my fingen
through my hair, and, dinging open t" ?
bouse door, that the light of Got.
which the miuistt r says is the truth it
self, might shine up.UO, I lays bold
of the woman and pulls her onto the
doorsteps and sings out:
"Now look at me. Can you see me?
Was this 'ere chest your William's?'
And I gives my bosom a thump. "Was
this 'eru arm your William's?"
"Yes," she shrieks, "that was his
"Was this 'ere face your William's?"
eays I, slapping my for; head, and I
Rhovcs it into her'11 and sings out:
"Look again. Lock by God's light.
Look, if your dnrned perishing William
ever had such a face upon him as mine
in all his goiu n-ftshiii. "
There was a crowd by this time, and,
noticing it, 1 steps into the passage
picks up my clothes and goes up stairs.
After this I shifted my shanty. There
was nothing to bo lost, I allowed, by a
ohango of address, as I hoy cull it. By
? this tune all notion of getting a job out
of the largest cir< illation was clean gone
I hired a room in Smith street, Stopnoy
Tho house was kept by Mrs. Gamble,
widow of a coasting skipper When I
paid Mrs Bloomer, she took my money
scornfully, a.id I think would have
spoke, but my eye kopt her quiet My
pulling off my coat, too, and hauling of
the lying party en to the pavement had
done Mrs. Bloomer good.
I still carried some pounds in good
money in my pocket, but guessed if 1
didn't fall in with a situation soon tlx
old leather purse 'ud bo showing like
tho end of a long voyago. 1 answered
advertisements and hunted about. It
was all no good ? nobody wanted mo
What was expected was always exactly
what I hadn't got Then they wanted
written characters, and I bail nothing
but"V (? " certifloates to show 'em.
' I told Mrs. (Jumble I wauled to give
up tho sea and settle ashore, and she
answered that in her heart she couldn't
blame mo. She advised mo to pal in a
little notice 1 told her I'd done so.
Says slue "Though once might bo of
no use, twiOO might work the traverse
Trv another notier "
Aller COUSldOrtug the thing and un
derstanding it might lind mo a chance
if it did no more I walked round to an
other newspaper with the same piece
that bad appeared in I ho corner of the
largest circulation, only instead of sign
ing my norao William Pooley to it 1
took the name of William Treakell, my
motboi h name afore her marriage,
partl> because I reckoned (hat as Wil
liam Pooley I'd had all the innings I
was going to get, while Treakell was
liko starting on a fresh voyage, and
partly because I didn't want, my name
to meet tin eye of tho lying party.
And nov/ I'm a-going to tell yon
what, I daresay, you'll not believe, but
if it ain't true then my eyes aren't
twins. Two days after tho piece liad ap
peared I i/>tnrned to Stepney from a
cruise to Regent street. When I walks
in, MM. Gumble called out from her
buck room, "Isthat you, Mr. Pooley?"
"Pooley it is," says I, stopping at
the foot of tho steps.
She conns out, and, looking hard at
ino, sayn, "There's been a party, with
a boy, inquiring arter you."
"Female party?" says I.
"Yes," she says.
" What does she want ?"
"She says that her husband left, her
when her child was (1 months old. Ib
was a seafaring man. His name was
Pooley," says she, looking at mo very
hard. "Ho didn't always used to sign
on under (hat name, and sometimes
shipped himself as William Treakell."
I breathed short. "It was her mother's
maiden name," said Mrs. Cuinble.
"What brought her to (his honso?"
r ,iys I, talking as If I'd just had a toolh
"She's always on tho lookout for her
husband and reads tho advertisements
in (ho papers She saw (ho name of
Treakell und suvs-you'ro bor man. Bho
doscribed you," saya Mrs. Gumble, be
ginning to talk with a sort of snarl
(Ihoro's a dnrned sight too much of fol
low fceiing among peoplo of Mrs. Gam
ble's sort). "Sho gavo mo your likeness
in words in though sho talkod with your
pioturo in her 'and. Bho says yon
lodged, aj Mr*- JBloomor's. down out of
tho Commercial roan, auu im ?um?
house because sho discovered you."
"Well?" says 1.
"Well," Buys she, "she'll ho he-re
tomorrow morning at 10 o'eloek and
bopoa it'll tie convenient to you to soo
"It'll he convenient for mo to see bor
In"? but 1 stopped myself The bloom
ing joke was past boyoud all cuss s
"How in (lames did she know," Kays I,
"that 1 culled myself Troukoll?"
"She asked if the Treakell as lodged
here nusworcd to die description she
gave of you 'No Treakell lodges here,'
says I, 'but I've a party stopping iu
thu llOURO as is the same as you du
BOribc.' 'Then ids name's Pooley,' Bays
sho. 'Pooley it is,' says 1, tho surprise
making me answer quiok. Then sho
tells mo you murried her at Deal and
desurtod hor when your infant babe was
? mouths old. "
"I'll not see the hedgehog," I burst
out. "She's ten stun o' lie from bat to
heel. Don't let mo bO troubled by her
BllO'fl no wife of miuo. "
"Von won't see her, d'you say?"
"Look bore Is thero any letter for
"Nary letter You won't kco hor.
"Narv h'tcr?" I says "It cost me 4
hot), and who tho blooming blazes is
a-going to see it where they've) gone
and stuck it, light amidships of a whole
smother of like uotices? if they takes
yer IliOUoy, why don't they Qud yer ill
answers? Damn mo if it ain't worse
than picking your pookot to entice a
man into spending 4 boh and never a
one withered reply in two daysl"
"So you won't see her, then?" says
Mrs. Humble, lifting of her oyebrows
and sourly spreading of her lips till 1
saw the red of her false teeth at the
back of her jaw
I just wished deep down in mo that
she'd been (tumble instead of Iiis wid
j der and passed up stairs
1 went to a coffco house for breakfast
early next morulUR and was messing
about all day looking after it job, but
could got nothing to do, not even down
at the decks, though 1 remember think
iugi when it came to my turning my
eye in that direction, that if I was to
knockabout ships for a living I'd bettet
go to sea for good. There WUH no conn
try fancies in the isle ol Dogs, no smell
of the haystack, no scent of the milk
maid in tlie breezes there. I went bnok
home to my lodgings in llifl ovouing,
wore out. Mrs. Gumbo* told mo that
tho party und called at 10 o'clock along
with the boy, but I wouldn't hear tell
of her and went straight lo my bedroom
Olid lay down on my In d to smoke a pip
ami to cousidor whether this sort ol
looking for a job wasn't like asking the
way to the work'us.
I lay late next morning, being, as I
have said, wote out. 'Sides, what wa
thcro to get up for? Of course it would
be the old joke over again, ways of r<
fusing of a man that was the same us
puuchlug his Lead, lording about all day
long, coming home and no letters and
wondering if drowning was as quick a
I was getting out of bed at nooi
when conn s a knock upon tho do< ;
and Mrs. Gitniblc's voice says, "You'n
" Who wants m< ?" says I.
"An offlcor of the court," sho an
I opened the door to her, und, putting
my head out, says, "What court?"
"Tho police court," says she.
"What does he want?"
"You come down and he'll tollyou."
I dressed and went downstairs. Mrs.
Guiiibie,.hearing my footsteps, beckon*
me into tin flout parlor, and there I
found tho party as claimed 1U0 for her
husband, the young tin. and a tall
man with sticaig whiskers, dressed like
a polieo boss.
"Now, sir, "cries out tho party when
I steps iu, "that's my 'usband, William
Pooley. Ho di sal ted me"?
"This female," says the oflicer,
"was up at the court thisuioming, ask
ing the magistrate's adviee. Iiis wash
up sent mo round to inquire into her
complaint. Sho says you're her hus
band. If she can prove that, you're lia
bio for her maintenauoi?hers and her
"His youngster," says the party.
"This all conies along," says I, "of
my stepping ashore and puttin? a piece
in tho papor with the 'opes of getting n
job. If that," says I, pointing to the
party, "ist ho sort of n job I lint 's offered
to sailormou w hen th y couios nshoro
sick of tho sea, the sooner it's aboard
and 'up koolog* with them again tho
bettor. Mr. Officer, I'm no married
man, and sho knows I never was her
husband. I was in Hoinbuy in a ship
called the ttutlcj when sho says I was
a-marrying of her at Deal. "
"Oh, you liar!" shrieks the party.
"If he can prove he didn't marry you,
there's an end," says the ofllcor, turn
ing to the female.
"He's got a crucifigo on his arm,"
who yelled; "so had my William. What
made him take tho name of Treakell?
Don't it stand to reason? His name's
William Dooley, and, Mr. Officer, he's
my man?glowed nothing, broadened n
little, certainly, but it's William's faeo
after six years, and, oh, William," sho
cries out, "bow can you deny it?"
The oflicer- looked very hard at me
and then very hard at the female and
then says to her: ' If ho can provo an
alibi, what are yon going to do? Have
von set no certificates of discharge."
", The man who is
n blown uj> by a hidden
mine of explosives
IM ,lmy kave fH'1'" things
T/j that should have
^aroused his huh pi
?- ." clous, but heedlessly
^v";, put thCtn aside as of
" 8 the
death. Insidious dis
orders of the digestion and bilious spells
arc passed by AS of HQ moment. In them
selves these complaint* may not be dan
gerous, but if neglected their cumulative
effect is terrible.
The man who neglects tin little disorders
that are the sign* of approaching ill health
is walking over a hidden mine that may
cause his death. The explosion will come
in the Ruise of consumption or some other
deadly disease. Dr. Picrce's OoldVn Med
ical Discovery cures all disorders of the
Stomach and P.ver. It cures oH per cent, of
all cases of consumption, bronchitis, asth
ma, laryngitis, weak lUllgS. Spitting of blood,
lingering cough, nasal catarrh and di senses
of the air passages. It acts directly on the
diseased tissues, driving out all impurities
ami disease-germs, ft is the great flesh
builder, blood ? maker and nerve - tonic.
? i.ere Is nothing in the medicine store
,'\ t as good."
" Have hcen hi podr. health for about seven
years," writes Mrs. I. Albert Hiiklns, of No. 14B
Main Street, Dallas, "1 cxas. " Uvery Hummer I'd
have a bilious attack lasting two weeks, besides
heaclacliefl all my life, wucrnl debility niul an
inactive liver. I suffered with my bladder ami
kidneys for five yearn at least. I could not stand
011 my feet longatatimc unt;I I commenced your
treatment. I took Dr. I'lerce's Golden Medical
I)i-,<-?.very, ' I'nvorlte Prescription ? and 'Pleasant
Pellets.' They have helped me wonderfully. I
had a disagreeable drain Ann Irregular periods.
J thought I should go in ni ? sometime. I wor
ried about everything! hml t ie bines nil the time
and did not care to live. No-v I am well."
Constipation in a little illness that If
neglected builds a biff one. nr. Pie.cc >'s
rieasant Pellets cure constipation. One
little "Pellet" Is a gentle laxativc^uid two
?. mild cathartic. They never gripe.
fcfp.. /" i *s I'"1 them aside as 0
iPP* . I'A&Sno moment, it is th
*?rf!0fZ/ A 0 same the sick
r\? MM that ends i
.U.H. ?_I-II v 1 ?
Celebrated for its groat leavening
Btr ogth sind health fulness. Assurcf
the food agalust alum and all form'
of adulteration common to tho oheap
Royal Baking Powder Co.,
"Oh. uou U. r!"
says ho, "going ?uck nix yuurr'
"Ilavo I?" says 1, and rnshiug up
stairs i brought him down a handful.
There was seven, and they went back
12 years. He turns 'em about, then,
asking for tho dato of tho marriage,
"Hero y'are He's spoken the truth.
Tiiis man was at sui when you said you
were married to him, "
"And am I to believe they're Iiis own
certificates?" cried tho woman "Aren't
sailors every day a forging of these here
V. G. 8?"
"Put 'em up, ' says the officer to mo.
"1 can't help you, missis," says ho,
taking up his bat.
.lust one hour later I im t an old ship
mate on tho steps of the shipping yard
nt Tower hill
"What aro you doing here, Bill?"
"Looking for a ship. ' says I.
"I hoard that you'd squared yurds
with the sea and was ashore for a set
"And a settlement it's been," says I,
and just then, some one singing out for
hands for u China clipper, I steps in,
Bcarco smiling as i thought of that
night when 1 brought my list down on
the fok'slo rail of the Kmpiro.
Peanuts na ?> Vegetable.
Pcniiuta inuy bo linked nnd served an
a vegetable. Ucinovo the skins from the
mints and put one cupful into uncart li
on baking di.-b. Pour over them two
pints of boiling water, cover the dish
with a pinto and place it in a moderate
ly cool oven and bake from four to livi
hour a, or until Iho nuts are tender.
When the nets are partly cooked, se a
son tin in with salt and stir among
them a toaapooilful of butter.
-? * . ^am~?
ENGLISH < <>TT< ).\ MILLS.
Wc have been talking, for yen 1*8, HI
the South of New Bnglnud cotton mills
moving to this section, bul now there
is a ri port that Knglish facto ties will
bo established here. Tl.o Host on 7V?n
xcvipt says lliis would be an ur.doitak
ng that would make old Lancasliinns
turn in tin ir gravi s, cause ? very nnile
I'rainc in Oldhain to run out of gear
and every Ii on, m Manchester to lose
Our lb stoii conlemporaiy ndds :
Hut what better alternative presents
UtclfV In our Southern Slates, in
close proximity to the staple and will)
other advantages which vvotid lud tin in
regain son n ol the ground winch I hey
have lost through om cause ami an
other, we have loom and 10 Sparc fol
all Blieb, and their coming here I' g< ih
er with their workers, would ho a
boon I i what Ver section they settled
in, In the present crisis hi the lotion
industry throughout the world, Bug.
Ian ! is the most unfortunate of the
countries engaged In the inaiiufac arc.
The I rade once compact is being
to broken up as new factors alC C lining
the front, and she sees her old .UStOlll
eis supplying their ow n needs, .is well
as calciing to the trade of others.
"The part America is biking in tins
division ?l' the cotlon goods I rude has
boon commented upon before There
is no good reason why wo should no!
hold fast what we ha\c acquired in
this line abroad, or why we should not
possess ourselves from lime to time of
new territory m the commercial world,
and whether such acquisition be the
result of natural conditions or of Iho
native energy of Northern or Soulbern
manufacturers, the glory and the ad
vantage accruins from il will he shared
by iho country as a w hole.
?? Tho contemplation of such a possi
bility as Die ICinOVal Of English C( tton
mills hero, nnturallv Bigges s the llrit
ish policy relating to cotton manufac
ture in favor in the last century.
Then. Samuel Sinter, Aikwiight's
young appienticc, stole secretly out of
England with Ins head full of the de
tails of spinning machinery, hut with
novel a line oi model, the ilndlng of
whi :h wt uld betray his secret and give
him a turn in jail Tor the heller protec
tion of English spinners against
colonial competition! Thanks to his
retentive memory, Iho foun at ions of
Aincriciyi cotton manufacture weir
laid deep ami sure, and what the stipcr
?eincline is to-day we all know. Il
would he a strange fide thai made the
PUcCOSSOrS of lacs, Strut! and Ilar
groaves accopt Iho Iiohj iialiiy of his
country, which, in spile of ombnrgo
and repression, has made Il8?indu8l rial
power fell throughout the world, and
now magnanimously holds out a glad
hand to (ho descendants of ils old op
??? ? ? . ? ? ?av?
?Tho girl who hesitates may not bo
lost, but she is apt to become an old
?They who cannot have what theV
Hko should learn to liko what tl ey
?When It comes to keeping a soorot,
the less said about It tho bettor.
TO REDUCE 'HIE ACREAGE
The farmers of ?ut'.s County, (?a.,
are preparing to organize a union or
alliance, for tho purpose cf reducing
(ho acreage in cotton. I tie said lobe
more aggressive than the Cotton Plant
it's Protective Association, and it cer
tainly has very Birougaud binding pro
visions in the plan of union, which in
cludes the following:
1. Evory land owner or farm laborer
2. No member will be allowed to
plant more loan onoaci'e toovoiy three
3. The whole union will he composed
of the cotton-growing Stales. Each
Slate will have a union, and each coun
ty and each district a union.
4. It will be an oa'h-hound Organ
ization, but not net "ssanly a secret so
ciety. The penalties for violating any
of the itiles arc very severe and will
cause the average to he reduced ill fact.
For instance, each district will have a
surveyor w ho will measure all the crops
after planting is done, and a mail who
has planted more than allowed by the
society will forfeit two bales to the
acre for every excessive acre be has
; planted, to go into the treasury of the
association. No member will employ
a laborer, exo p( for wages, w ho is not
a member, and no member will work I
a man's laud whose owner is not
a member. 1 hey will not patronize a
merchant or a raihoad that deals with
men w ho arc not member.-. They mean
to reduce the cot.on crop or die in the
attempt. Th. p'.'C&idoUt ol the cOUllly
union will be authorized t<> employ the
county surveyor to investigate every
suspicious case. Alter he lias coin
pared the digest flock returns with the
average of the returns of the union's
biirveyor, the union's surveyor, would
forfeit all bis compensation for any
mistukc he had made
The increased acreage in grai l crops
? would [iievei t millions of dollars from
leaving the COtloU States. The BysU'111
would Improve the lauds Inn per cent
.Ii usu years. The improvement iu
cattle and slock would be immense.
The iuctenbo ol home unide manure
Would save llioio than the tanners
clear ou their crops now. There are
hundreds of oibei advnulugcs loo nu
llit ions ti: mention.
Si'KciAL Chops.-?The onlv special
crop a farmer should raise and acknowl
edge Mi| i :i<>r (onil others i- his family.
Do not make your house a place for (hem
to ml and sleep Olli)*, hill COUVCrl It
into n home, pull on; (In weeds m ?.l
cultivate their minds \\ i h Christianity
and they will respcel you ; cultlvaie
your OA-n mind, hi ginning all reforms
with voiM-eli; practice that which y< u
teach. Keep abreast of the tunes, lake
I Iii ( ottos I'LA nt and oilier good
wholesome journals and the world will
he the belli i I hat you lived. Success
ful fariniiia In those depressed limes
depend- on good miuingciueiil, ilial is,
for one to spend as lit'do ?d lib moncj
;i> possible; for u rarmer to pure hast
somel lung that he d< cm not need is not
good manag) incut. A variety of farm
crops, dnhyiug,' including raising youi
? vvn i>e-t calves and pigs, a varli tv el
[loultry, vegetables, fruil, and garden
products, making ii a point to buy noth
ing that can raised at home, selling
everything to the best advantage and
when making a ptucbnsc be Sur? l?get
nil y< u can foi yoill dollar. The elm I
object in variety farming is that sea
sons > hange : some crops w ill In- over
productive one year nod the in xt ;
l>artial or total failun and in a season
m bile (Ute crop is a failure auotli< r is
abundant, scarcely ever all crop.* fad
iug Iho same season Kveij farmer
i should know and Ihoiotiglily study the
| demands of home innikels undoi his
? best elitnatic eondi ions. Va.icty faim
I ing will give steady employment t<> the
l oss, foreman and hired man and Ibis
! is an ilemol save over hiring by day.
w. u. mautik,
Attorney at LtUV,
Lauuknb, - South Cauouina.
Will practice-in nil Ciurtsol this sun
Attention given to collodions.
I. I. JOHNSON. W. a. RtOHKY
JOHNSON & K It'll i:v,
ATTOilN K V H At LAW.
Okkiub- Floating 'Uuruor, N ort, littst
.Mil.- oi Public Square.
H. y. simpson. O. i). UAitKSDALF
SIMPSON ?V UAltKSDALE,
Attorneys at Law,
LAURENS, SOUTH CAHOLINA
Special atn ntlon g Iven to tho Investi
gation of titles and collection of olaitus
Ii. W. It v 1,1.. I,, W. HIM KINK. W. W. 11am.
BAU,, Si ll KINS A BALL,
Attorneys at Law,
Lauhkns, South Ca hoi.in a.
Will practice in all Stale ami United
states Court. Special attention given
Who is;; Will Whitener?
He is our Fashionable Hair Cutter and Shaver
-IN BENDELL.A HOTEL.
Cut jV* rices
On Pianos, Organs and Sewing Machines. Wc
drive our business these hard times by selling at Cut
Prices. We don't sit down and croak about the scarcity
of money like the old fossils who let purchasers pass
on when they won't pay them great long profits. If you
want to purchase a Piano or an Or gun conn; and see
us and we will sell you. We have on hand the largest
und best selected stock of Pianos in the Stute including
some of the besl makes on the market, and we aregoitlir
to sell them. We guaruntec our prices to be lower
than any other reliable dealer will make Our terms for
lime purchasers are ca^y. Only a small cash payment
required and we make the sailing smooth For
Spot ( ash Buyers we will say, yon can buy a Piano or
Orgun cheaper from us than lrom any concern in tin;
business. We keep constantly on hand a Cull stocK
of small instruments, consisting oC Guitars, Banjos,
Mandolins, Autoharps, Violins, &,c. Also the various
parts, strings and supplies for same We are selling
Sewing Machines at ridiculously low prices. If you
want one, just intimate it, and you will he surprised how
low you can buy one. Our stock of sheet music, both
vocal und instrumental, is kept full, and you can get any
of the popular and up-to-date songs and music at any
lime. Yours i ruly,
alexander bros & co
W. H. GIBBES & GO.,
? (AGENTS l'OK AM) DEALERS IN) ?
Machinery, Vehicles and Mill Supplies.
A. Ii. Farquhur Co., Fngines, Boilers, Saw-Mills,
Thres hing Machinos.
Chandler & Taylor Co., Engines nntl Boilers.
1 ami bard Iron Works & Supp' Co., Boilers and Saw-Mills.
Liddell Co., Cotton Presses 12 gincs and Boilers, Saw
Daniel Prall Gin Co., Cotlon gins and cotton presses.
Winship Machine Co..' olton gins and cotton presses.
Brown Cotton Gin Co . Co ton gins.
Lane Manufacturing Co.. Saw-Mills.
St raub Machinery Co., Grist Mills.
Braunau & Co., Cam- Mills, ICvaporator pans, etc.
Henry R. Worthington, Steam Pumps.
Meridian Machine Shops, "'.hinter Full Circle May
I no. E. Chisolm, "Chisolm's $;^5 hay press."
Stover Manufacturing Co., Wind mills, tanks and towers.
Rife I IydraulieEngine M'f'g Co., Hydraulic Rams.
Henry Disslon & Sons, Saws.
Deoring Harvesting Co., Harvesting Machinery.
Keystone Manufacturing Co., Corn Shredders.
|..\. Fay d- ICgun Co., Wood Working Machinery.
Studebaker Brothers M'f'g Co., Wagons, Buggies, etc.
|. B. McFarlan Carriage Co., Vehicles.
New York Belling iC" Tacking Co., Rubber belting and
We are in a position to quote Factory Prices on any
thing in the Machinery, Vehicle or Mill Supply linos.
We keep in stock, Cotton gins. Threshing machines,
Hay presses, Binders, Mowers, Reapers, Hay Rakes, Cane
Mills. ICvaporator Pans, Furnaces, Saws. Disc Harrows, Pipe
and pipe fittings of all kinds. Injectors, Boiler tubes, Pumps,
Drive Points, Pump Cylinders, Rubber and Leather Belting,
Wagons, Buggies. Road Calls and General Machinery Sup
?WF~ Reliable Goods.
&J0F~ Low Prices,
W. H. GIBBES & CO.,
So.j Gervais St. Columbia, S. C.
Represented in Laurens County by II. E. Gray, Laurens, S.C.
Prudential Insurance Co.
OF AMERICA. ?-?^
Home Office, Newark, N. J. John F. Dryden, President.
Assets July 1, 1807,
New Business Writ
All Policies Contain the INCONTESTABLE and NoN-FoRFEITABLB features and Promise to
Pay Claims Immediately upon Receipt of Satisfactory Proofs of Death. Also Provide for Cash
Values, Loans, Paid-Up and Extended Insurance.
I. L. WITHERS,
GENERAL AGENT, COLUMBIA? S. C.