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The niiuistor et Doorwood was a
conscientious man; moreover, ho was
very much in' earnest, Sinco his ar
rival in Iheir midst, nearly a year ago
there wero few in his congregation who
bad not fnlt the sympathetic touch of
his largo lovo. Hut there was ooe to
whom his henit went out iu eager
sympathy, yet for whom he felt that he
had dono practically nothing.
Blanch Mcreton led tho choir, taught
in tho Sunday school and helped iu all
church entertainments. Sho was a
calm, quiet girl with nothing beautiful
about her save her earnest eyes and
exquisite voice. Humor had it that a
couplo of years ago she had been not
unsuccessfully wooed by tho young
lawyer over tho way; that an estrange
mout had come between them?one of
those senseless things that spring from
such tritles that the cause is bst sight
of in the effect. Humor further stated
that since thoso troublous times,
Blanch had never been like her old
self. That the lovo of her life hai
gone out iu the dark, lcnvmg her tho
emotionless being nobody understood.
It was this rumor that the minister
of Deerwood heard and believed, and
it was this young woman toward whom
ho feit that he had failed iu Ins duly*
Time and again he had resolved to
offer her the assistance his calling de-1
manded, only to let each favorable op
portunity for speaking slip through his
lingers while he shrank from intruding
upon such delicate ground. Truly,
fools rmh lu where angels fear to
Ho had compromised with his con
science while the stilling summer
months struugled through Ihcir weary
existence, telling himself (hat ho would
ho fitter for tho task iu the fall. Hut
tho busy fall had slippe 1 away and he
sat in bis study with his Christmas
sermon beforo hi in, facing tho bitter
accusations of a relentless conscience.
1;1 auch Mcrcloil's quiet, white face rose
before him like a reproach. She was
unhappy and he, her minister, ordained
by God to administer comfort and
consolation, bad not made one elTort to
allay hor buffering. Ho plunged his
faco in his hands, goaded by such pain
as only an eager, earnest soul may
know. To speak to her . at the risk of
hurting her or to let tho glad Christ
mas tide pass aud leave her.
Ho started up with a strong man's
impulse to tramp away difficulties, but
his eye fell on the closo written sheets
aud he stopped, staring down at them
mechanically. Gradually, as ho stared,
the troubled lines left his brow and
his eyes began to brighten.
" Peace on earth; good will toward
He caught up the written sheets and
tore them into bits.
An hour later, when the old house
keeper opened the door, sho found her
young master writing eagerly, and her
summons to tea was received with an
absent shake of the head.
In fact, the minister drank no lei
that night. His sermon finished, he
snatched up his hat aud ran out whis
tling liko a boy. He saw his way clear
toward making her happy.
Strauge that ho had not thought of
it before. " The best way to right a
wrong is to undo it." How fortunate
th?? the choir's tenor Bhould havo a
The tenor, perhaps, would have re
sented his turn of thought, but the
minister's countenance was gravely
sympathetic and the sick man was
touched by the tremor in the pastor's
voice. lie little suspected that itniose
from suppressed anxiety lest he should
bo recovering too rapidly.
" I won't be ablo to manage the
carols," ho said reluctantly, and the
sympathetic paetor hugged himself
with sdec as soon as the door closed
" Over the way" to the lawyer's was
a matter of a mile or more, but to this
the minister gave not a thought?even
though ho had hud no lea.
" Will you sing tenor?" he asked as
he took possession of the rug before
the lawyei's study lire.
*4 Yes, in the carols, you know. I
have just seen Gleason; he eays he
will not be able to manage thorn."
" He has a cold."
Tho lawyer thought a moment and
shook his head.
" Better get somebody elso. I'm
out of practice."
The minister smiled his quick, happy
4 There are three days yt t and we
practice every afternoon."
u Soiry, but I haven't time."
44 Seo hero, old man, you'll have to.
There is not another tenor to bo had.
It will spoil our carols."
The lawyer hesitated, frowning at
44 Look here, Lcland, you are a man
of sense and honor. You have- heard
these confounded rumors."
44 Oh," responded the minister cheer
fully, 411.would not mind that. Besides
I will explain to the lady."
44 Lady, rumor?"
44 Yes, and that other ono."
44 Well, suppose you do touoli her on
the subject. If it will not cause her
embarrassment 1 can accomodalo you
on that little matter of the carols easily
enough. But you understand that
before I would risk annoying her your
carols might go to the demnilion bow
The minister laughed with nervous
I'll drop you a lino tomorrow," he
said as ho went out resolved to see
Blanch Merclon and settle tho matter
before he slept.
V Do you know something," ho be
gan with customary directness, as he
drew up an easy chair and leaned for
ward to warm his hands. "I bavo
been around to see Gleason. Be will
not attempt the carols."
" flow unfortunate 1"
' " If you would handle it successful
ly, go at a delicate subject boldly," the
minister reflected aud kept himself
from getting up nervously by sheer
~tM Yes," he responded slowly, " it Is
$ uufortunate. Glenson was in such ex
cellent training and it will be a dis
appointment to him, poor fellow. 1
Wont over to get Hamliu to take the
place; bo ha? a pretty fair tenor, and
used to sing sacred music. Ho had
abou. consented to help us out when
he suddenly rcmemlrered a silly rumor
tbat was once afloat about you and
himself. I assured him that you would
never give a senseless thing hko that
a second thought. Ho is a punctili
ous sort of a man?I've known him a
Ion* time. You wouldn't mind, would
you?" tie. got up to push back a
brand of the burning log with the toe 1
of his boot; his faco a litllo tonse in
" Certainly not;" tho girl's quiot
tones.fell like a balm ou his fevered
pulses. lie turned quickly and caught
" How can I thauk you," he said
She colored slightly aud answered
him with a question about church dec
Tho minister wulked homo uudor tho .
clear wiutor skies and the crisp sod |
seemed to bouud beneath his feet. He
was too excited lo think of slecpiug or
reading; he wanted to sit down before
his Are aud go over it all again. How
kind and friendly she had boon; what
a delicious cosy half hour I Three days
of choir practice, and then tho carols
and Christmas day. Surely the
thought had been Ileavou-scnt. Christ
mas day would lind her happy.
It was Christmas eve. The little
church at Deorwood was as Christmas
like as eager hands and loving hearts
could make it. Candles glowed among
tho evergreens about tho altar and
gleamed against tho white-berriod mis
tletoe aud tho rich red holly. Soft
gray moss wrapped tho pillars aud fell
iu festoons fioui their capitals.
Up in tho choir, a man aud woman
were making final arrangements aud
settling last points about tho carols.
They wero standing close logolhor and
their bent beads almost touched. The
minister saw them as ho came out of
" It will bo all right," ho told him
self mechanically, lu tho luat busy
days he had lost sight of tho matter,
but it came back to him now with a
rush, llo felt suddenly very tired.
Sonic of (he watchful eyes noticed
that their young minister looked rathor
white as he came under tho strong
light over the altar and whispered un
easily to their neighbors; but when he
began to speak they forgot tho man in
his message. How eagerly ho told the
old sweet atorv. how tenderly ho plead
cd for the supremacy of that peace and
good-will. A message Heaveu-setit,
aud right nobly delivered.
It was over at last. Tho congrega
tion drew a deep, quivering breath, tho
carols rang out triumphantly joyou0,
aud warm hands grasped tho minister's
with good wishes and blessings. Then
they went away touched and happy,
and tho minister turned into tho ves
try. The exhilaration of excitement
slipped from him like a gariuout and
agaiu he realized that ho was tired.
Blanch Meroton was standing beforo
tho vestry lire. lie had forgotten that
she was to meet him there, aud the
sight of her startled him.
" I'm so glad I had to see you about
the music tomorrow,1' she said frankly.
" It permits me to thank you for," she
paused and added, in a low voice, '?1
cannot tell you what it has dono for
ine. 1 was not really alive before."
" Thank you," ho replied, gravely.
" I trust you will bo very happy."
" Will bo? Why, 1 urn now. I have
been such a scllish creature. 1 never
realized what good-wil' meant. It is
the sunshine of the soul."
" Yes," he said. Ho camo into tho
firelight and his face looked bleak and
cold. 44 I wish to offer good wises
for your happiness?and Ilamlin's."
"Hamlin," she repeated. Then
I-^r cyos shot from under his and she
turned to study the lire. ?* So you did
believe that silly rutu ji?" she said in
a low voice.
" Believe? Toll mo isn't"?
The minister moved s nd stood beside
44 I thought it was all settled," he
said in an undertone, 44and the thought
The girl slipped her lingers into his
half closed palm.
" I'm sorry," sho said vaguely.
II is hand closed eagerly on those
Thcro were voices outside the door.
The rest of the choir was coming to
"Please, doar," ho whispered,
11 just one for a Christmas present."
Sho lifted her lips and gave it to him
right royally. Such was the minister's
Christmas present. A kiss from tho
lips of the woman he loved aud with it
the whole wealth of her wonderful
Bllvly ARP HAS HAD THB GRIP.
He is Busy Taking Medicine and
Sneezing?Waiting for the
?* 1 knew him well, Horatio. A
man of infinite jest and moat excellent
It has been years since I mot my
friend, Mark Blauford. I see by the
press dispatches that he is dead?died
in Columbus last week. It grieved mo
for a lime, although he was old enough
to dio. Eighty years is a good old age
if the man is good. Every time one of
these old trees falls it shocks mo.
Gecrge Barnes died nut long ago in
Augusta, and I was grieved, for 1
loved him and I unconsciously whis
pered, M Next!" Only three of us left
of tho Senate of 18GG. Thore wero
forty-four, but the old reaper has cut
down nil but our Chief Justice Sim
mons, our chaplain, Brother Yar
brough, and myself?and I am sick?
But l was ruminating about Judge
Blnnford?men called him Mark?wo
who knew bim best. Ho was, as Ham
let said of Yorick, a man of infinite
jest and most excellent fancy. When
the spirit moved him ho could enter
tain bis friends most pleasantly, and it
was our delight to get him and Judgo
Underwood and Judge Buchanan to
gether with Evan flowed as a teaser
and spend the evoning hours during
the session of the supreme court when
Matk was one of tho judges. During
tho court hours Chiof Justico Warner
was sitting there as serious and solemn
as a Presbyterian preacher, drinking in
the record and digesting the law of the
case, while Mark took in the surround
ings and absorbed the humorous side
of everything. Ho was a good lawyer,
but jumped to conclusions liko a wo
man and never saw much difference
between the plaintiff and dofendant
unloss one of them was a woman or a
One 11 i flit we visited Mark in his
room, and ho regalod us with his ex
periences iu justices' courts when he
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was young and devilish. Tho old time I
justice court was a good school for a
young lawyer. Ho not only practiced
law iu it, but tho arts of oratory, and
could use big words with impunity, for
neither the old squire nor tho jury
kuow their meaning, but wore im
pressed with their loarued length and
lingering sound. I still remember the
Fretman case that Mark rehearsed that
night. A Yankee school teacher from
tho Nutmeg Stato had sued Jim Jen?
klus for $18 worth of schooling for bis
two boys, Troup and Calhoun. Jenkins
wouldn't pay it because the two little
nulliliors hadu't learn' 1 anythiug
hardly and thoy told hini ' Fretman
gavo powerful long recesses and carried
on with the big girh amazing, especial
ly with Sally Amanda Jones. Fret
man was a good-looking Yankee, with
pink cheeks aud winning ways, and
was popular with tho girl scholars.
Sometimes Salamandor, as they called
her, dident go out at recess, but pre
tended she had some Bums to do, and
wanted tho toacher to show her how.
Troup said ho hoard her squeal ono day,
and peeped through the crack aud saw
Fretman squeezing of her. She was a
O'.d Phil Davis was tho justico court.
Mark's ploa was that Fretman wasenl
a scholar, and not (itlin to teach, aud
that he couldent read writiu nor write
readin nor spell all the words in Daniel
Webster's bluo-back spelling book, and
he mado a motion to put him on the
stand and spell lmu. Fretman's lawyer
fought it, but tho old squiro said ho
must spell. Fretman was scared. He
trembled all over like a cold, wet dog.
" Spell Phthisic," said Mark, and he
spelt it correctly. He then spi lt him
right along on ah sorts of big wo: (Is
and litllu words and long words, and
afterwords, but. Fretman never missed
, until finally Mark says, " Now spell
i Ompompynusuk." Fretman drew a
I long breath and said it wasenl in the
' book. But Mark proved by an old
I preacher that it was iu his book, aud
j so old Phil spoke up and said: " Mr,
: Fretmac , you must spell it sir." lie
wus then 8weatiu like a run-down tilly.
Ho took one pass at it and missed.
"You can come down, sir," said Mark;
?? you'vo lost your case." And sure
enough old Phil gave a judgment
; against him and he had tho cost to pay.
liut ho was good grit, for ho stuck to
his school and his Salamander.
At the next court Mark moved to
nou-sutta doctor who had sued a feller,
and ho filed a plea of mal-prnciicu and
demanded a profert of bis diploma.
Tho doctor said ho had ono at homo,
aud begged for time to go after it. Ohl
Phil gave him time, and ho rodo six
miles and back as hard ns he could
lick it, and shook it in Mark's face
triumphantly. Mark smiled and snid:
" Now, doctor, please take the stand
and translate this furrin language into
English, so that his honor may know
whethor it is a diploma or not. Lt
looks to me like au old Revolutionary
grant of laud." Of course tho doctor
couldent translate it, and ho lost his I
case in a jiffy.
I don't believe we have as good an
ecdotes now as wc use to havo. I don't
know anybody who has taken tho place
of Howeli Cobb and Charles J. Mc
Donald and Cmcinnatus Peoples and
Hope Hull and the others 1 havo al
ready named. I am writing about them
now because I am sick and it cheers
mo to think of them, if it wore not
for the bright little grandchildren who
como to see mo I should go to bed and
;.'ive up the ship.
For two weeks I havo had tho grip
ami am a nuisance?blowing and
coughing and sneezing and wheezing,
my houd a fountain and mino eyes
! rivers of tears and nobody cares very
much, but they doso mo with quinine
and bromino and calomel, and, at last,
prescribed castor oil and turpentine. I
rebelled, but they brought mo some
thing in a cup that they said was tho
white of an egg and sherry wine, and
so I gulped it down and found it was
castor oil. My head aches, 1 want a
dozen holes bored in it and a dozen
corkscrews to pull the stuff out. Sick
as I am, my wife laughs at me and
says if I expect to rate as a gentleman j
1 had bettor be more caroful how 1 ex-1
pectorate, and sho made mo an old
fashioned honey stew anu I'm trying
that now. Its,tho weather?the horrid
old wealhor that has flopped ovor on
us from Yankee land.
Every old veteran who has tho grip
in had weather ought to havo some
body to toll him stories or somo chil
dren to play around and cheor him up
with their merriment. The old Persian
monarch, Harun al Raschid, was kept
alive by listening to tho beautiful sto
ries in the Arabian Nights. Corlain it
is I don't hanker after serious or
mournful company. I've coughed
until lam almost a coffin. I'm like
that bad boy who got to snying damn
it and his father whipped him for it,
and so one day he asked his father if
there was any harm in saying " coffor- J
*? No, of course not," said tho old
man. " Why do you ask?"
" Becftuse," said lie, "tho old cow
has swallowed a coh and is about to
cofferdam head off."
My daughter regales mo with anec
dotes and my wife foeds mo on anti
dotes, and so I am worrying along,
waiting for the spring. If I can live i
a month lougor I will get well.
Bill Aitr. |
Few people would think that there
ig n " busy season " connected with
the government deportments, and least
of nil, with the Patent oillco. Never
theless that office is right at the height
of the winter rush of patents that bo
?lns in December and ends with April,
'he great majority of the patents that
come at this time are from dwellers in
the agricultural districts, who are busy
during the open months of the year at
their regular pursuits.
Our Washington Correspondence.
The Chinese Minister Gives a Mag
nificent New Year's Reception.
Washington, February 14, 1D0U ?
Special: *? A Happy New Year " is a
somewhat surprising salutation on tho
8th of Fobruary, but such were tho
words wilh which Mr. and Madame Wu
greeted their friends on last Saturday
evening when tho " Envoy Extraordi
nary and Minister Plenipotentiary to
I he Uuited States from China " gave a
card reception iu celebration of tho
Chinese Now Year. Wu Ting Tang is
famous in Washington for his genial
hospitality as is also his charming wife,
and on no occasion lias it been more
evident than on this, from an Ameri
can standpoint, somewhat belated New
Tho rooms of tho spacious white
stone legation on Q St. were tastefully
decorated with smilax and roses, which
served to set oil to tho best advantago
the beautiful tapestries and rare speci
mens of Oriental art wilh which tho
apartments aro plentifully supplied.
The Chinese dragon and tho stars aud
stripes wero gracefully combined in
various cornors, and a double string
quartette rendered a pleasing musical
program iu the gallery abovo tho ball
Quests were invited from live to
seven o'clock und 1 did not get thoro
until six, at which time the formality
which attends the opening hours hud
worn off. Mr. Wu had lultthc receiv
ing line and was holding a minature re
ception in the ball room, where he an
swered the gay sallies of the ladies with
ready wit. Madame Wu, whose liny
feet make long standing painful, was
still at the head of the line, but was
resting on ouo of those extraordinary
high chairs one always finds in Chinese
homes and which enabled her to half
stand, half sit. They leave even a tall
man, who attempts to sit back in them,
with his feet dangling. Mrs. Wu was
assisted in receiving her guests by eight
American ladies, including Mrs. Hill,
wife of the Assistants loretary of Slate,
and Mrs. John W. Foster, whoso bus.
band has rendered such signal service
to the Chinese Empire. In tho recep
tion room adjoining the dining room,
stood Mr. Sheu Tung, himself a very
tall man for one of his race, and with
him was his wife, a tiny creature who
reminded ono of a dainty doll. Mr.
Shell's knowledge of English is some
what limited, but not suilicicntly so to
prevent his introducing to every guest
his petite wife whom he apparently re
garded with great piide. She is, per
haps, a Chinese beauty, and her boauti
ful costume made a lilting setting for
the youthful, quaint face which sur
mounted it. Stic wore a Kimoua like
garment of light silk elaborately em
broidered with strange Chinese figures
and llowcrs and carried a bou met of
Minister Wu was resplendent in a
costunio of magenta and daik grey silk,
while Madame Wu wore a gown of old
roso and bluo silk embroidered with
gold, and in her hair was a magnillcent
ornament of diamonds aud pearls. Mr.
Mun-Ycw Chung, the Secretary Inter
preter, was everywhere, welcoming his
many acquaintances and contributing
to tho general enjoyment. Mr. Chung
is a general favorito in Washington
diplomatic circles aiul ono ofton hears
his charming manners complimented.
The young son of Mr. Wu was present
and was tho center of much attention.
Ho is a bright little chap and speaks
A lady who attracted much attoulion
was Mrs. Yuug Kwai, tho American
girl who married tho Interpreter of tho
Logatiou, and who had by her sido her
little boy, about three years old, I
should judge, although ho is a perfect
little Chinaman, which reudors it very
diflicult to judgo his acre.
The reception was largely attended
and during tho houis nnmed nhnost
everyono prominent in Washington so
ciety was to bo sccu, so that at times
thore was quite a crush. Mr. Takahira,
tho .Tapaueso Minister, was present and
seemed to be very much at homo, fre
quently assisting iu doing the honors
at the supper table rud at. tho punch
howl, though, like all Orientals, ho is
most abstemious in tho use of wine.
Somo of the beautiful Chinese and
Japuneso carvings which Madamo Wu
brought homo with her from her list
trip across tho Pacific beggar descrip
tion. Their daintlnoss and tho deft
ness not only of tho Angers which
wrought them, but of tho eyes which
guided tho graving tool, must have
been wondorful, for tho Orientals uso
no magnifying glass in executing the
nv jt delicate carving. Whole village
streets carved in ivory wero shown in
one of the cabinets in the ball-room,
the human figures being not over an
inch in height, and even the laco at
the v.nr.lows of the sedan chairs being
*- " "Hv shown. Many hours could
HOW GF,N. POLK WAS KILLED
An IntcreBtlng Account Prom a
Northern Newspaper of the Sad
The death of General Leouidaa K.
Polk wae ouo of tho saddest tragedies
of the war. Thore havo been many
vei stuns of how tho death of tho noted
bishop and goncral occurred, but the
following from Tho New York Times
of 1804 is the truo Btory of tho killiug
of Goueral Polk, which occurred on
Konuesaw mouutam, tho body being
brought to Atlanta :
" It seems that Gouerals Joe John,
ston, Polk and Uardeo, accompanied
by General Jacksou, of the cavalry,
aud an escort of staff ollieors, had rid
den out iu front of RatcB' lino to exam
ine a position, thought to bo suitable
for the Washington artillery. The
horses were made fast at tho foot of
the hill, and the party ascended to the
crown. Here they were tho initials to
an nbattis, with sevoral embrasures,
rendering tho place very much exposed.
Our own guus were loss than 800 yards
iu front. There had been Utile desul
tory firing during the early hours of the
day, but this had ceased some time be
foro tho group of ollieors began their
rccounaissauco. This was prolonged
to a much greater extent than usual,
aud glided into a gcueraland animated
conversation, all of tho ollieors being
gathored into a knot aud using thoir
hands and glasses with a freedom bc
spenkiug rank and interest. The gun
ners upon our side could not fail to see
them plainly, and while thoy were he
ilig observed, deliberately returned tho
observation, with full timo for calcula
tion and adjustment. The party seemed
to forget their exposed situation, al
though sonic of the cannoneers who had
been at work upon tho littlo tier of
brcnslwoik-?, pointed out to them tho
accuracy of our shuts. Presently a
spherical caso shell was discharged
from our battery, aud exploded directly
above the heads of Generals Johnstou,
Polk, Hardce, and Jackson, all of whom
fell to tho ground to avoid the concus
sion of fragments. It was then pro
posed to divide, aud the different olli
eors separated to such courses as were
at band. General Polk selected a very
secure shelter \ but, becoming impati
ent aud anxious to see the range of Uro
more accurately, he stepped out upon
tho brow and was intently gazing out
across tho country?his arms fold d
and his left side presented?when a !$
inch round shot from a steel rilled can
non struck the elbow, crushing both
arms, and passing through the heart, a
portion of tho chest and stomach, and
out and on its murderous course,
liconidas Polk fell lifeless and mangled
to tho ground. Joe Johnston was
bending over him iL an instant, with
the rest of the party. They lifted him
in their nrms to an ambulance and his
corpse was carried to his quaiters
where his bewildered military family
received it with the mourning of men
meeting the. corpse of a father. This
was on the 14th, The body of the de
ceased reached Atlanta at 2 o'clock
1 next morning?services by Kev. Or.
Qulntard were said at noon, and the
remains proceeded on the alternoon
train to Augusta ; and from thence to
Ashevillo, N. C, whero his family
CITIZEN JOSHUA ASHLEY.
Anderson's Famous legislator and
His Political History.
Charleston Evening Pout.
There is a warm child of nature in
Charleston today. Citizen Josh, sur
namcd Ashley, has como to town. If
thero bo any among us so benighted as
to know not the iudcutity of Josh Ash
ioy, it is proper to inform him that Josh
is a member of tho Legislature from
Anderson County, a successful farmer
and tho dispenser of a lino of dictiou
which makes up in pith what it lacks in
Josh Ashley is a unique character.
Tho llavor of tho soil permeates his
rhetoric; the tang of tho woodlands
pervades his parts of speech and throt
tles English grammar, Ho is not a hand
some man; nor is he ugly enough to
hurt, llo wears a llorid face aud a wool
hat. Ills hair aud mustache are red.
Ills mouth iB too numerous to mention,
llo has a magnificent sot of tooth which
havo contributod no littlo to his fame.
Lie is a tritlo below tho averago height,
but above it in weight His neck la
muscular and thick, indicating strength
and lifu ovorlasting. Iiis hands aro large,
hairy and freckled, nnd he has a grip
that would make moat men curl up like
a watch spring Josh is now about 45
years old, but he is as virile as a young
Hercules. Ho was found iu tho wilder
ness near Honoa Path, Andersou Couuty,
in l -'.>;>, by B. H Till man and ho speedily
developed an amazing thirst for politics.
In those days came Benjamin Ryan
Tillnian, a plain farmor from Edgeliuld,
preaching tno gospol of retrenchment
and roform. A hot political revival fol
lowed. Josh Ashley was ono of tho first
and most enthusiastic converts. lie
thought Ron Tili man was the personifi
cation of probity and a leader from
Leadorsvillo. Tillnian couldn't mako a
speech within llfty miles of Houea Patti
without Josh Ashley gracing tho oc
casion with his prosenco. Aud when
Ronjamin began to fry tho conservatives
in language chaste and seemly, Citizen
Josh could bo hoard shouting above tho
tumult: "Hit 'cm agin, Guvnor; dats
do God's truf."
And yet, Josh owes his (hat term in
the Legislature to tho volo of tho con
servatives in Arnim son County. It was
douo for a joko. Tillnian had tho ma
jority cf the sons of toil by tho Bcruff of
tho neck. Tho chances for a consorva
tivo candidato wero not visible to tho
unclothod eye, as the m )du8t spinstor
expressed it. It was then that Josh
Ashley M 'lowod" he'd run for tho Legis
lature. At that timo Josh could neither
read nor write. For that reason tho
Tillmanitcs did not rectivo tho announce
ment of his candidacy with enthusi
asm. Ono of thorn twitted him in this
" You go to tho Logislaturo, Jo?' ? ^
exclaimed with a laugh; " Why you
can't write your namo."
" I knowod that without you telling
mo," retorted Josh. " And you kin go
to an Anderson bank and writo your
namo on a note and it won't bo wuth fivo
coats; but if I pot my mark on it you
ki- got all the mouoy you want." And
th.w was true.
But tho conservatives resolved to vote
for Josh. They had no candidates of
their own, so thoy played him to wia
siuco his election would bo a joke on the
Tillmauites and add to the glory and
renown of their delegation to tho Legis
lature When tho votes woro counted
Josh was " it." Borne fow Tlllmanlios
could not help supporting him for wool
hat aud ono gallus reasons, aud this
with tho conservative veto, enabled
Jobu to harpoon victory. That was in
181)2 aud since thou, excepting ono torin.
Citizen Abhloy has boon a mombor of
the " legislutur," and his admirers say
ho can make laws as easily as he can
Whon Josh roars up on tho iloor of
tho House to do a fow DemoBthonoau
stunts ho ladles out au assortmont of talk
that is not infrequently crowded with
hard, horse sense What ho knows about
political economy and tho science of
government signifies nothing, but in
dealing with prttotical propositions that
are not beyond his kon JobIi can make a
" spooch " that is anything else but Hat.
stalo and unprofitable.
In tho fullness of timo Josh's affection
for Benjamin ft. Tillmau bogan to suiTor
for lack of propor nourishment. Tho
Edgofiold politician was comfortably
ensconced in tho U. 8. Senate and ho bo
gan to givo Josh cold aud ropoilont
glances. Tho latter recalled tho many
golden promises that Benjamin had
mado and did not hesitato to rebuke him
for his deeds of omission. But Tillmau
wnB too wiso to monkey with Josh ; he
merely gavo him tho indifferent oyo and
tho Inattentive ear. JobIi " "lowed" he'd
Elay another favorite. Whon tho Mc
aurln bandwagon camo rattling down
tho pike of opportunity, JobIi flagged it
and fought his way to a front Beat. And
now ho says ho is ''jest as happy, as n
big suullowor that nods and shines iu
Iu Audorson County Josh Ashley is
regarded as a formidable proposition in
a fisticuff. Ho is chiefly feared since
whon ho has a fight on his hands ho
manifests au alarming tonJoncy to bite
And if Josh's powerful jaws woro to
fasten on some important part of a man's
anatomy it would probably it can a case
for tho coroner.
Back in tho oarly 90's Josh Ashley and
J. L. Farmer, of Anderson,, clashed on a
train whilo on route homo from Groon
villo, whore a big political pow-wow had
becu hold. Farmer was an auti-Till
manito and was known to bo not afraid
of anything human or otherwise. JoBh
was lusting for trouble ; Farmer was in
a mood to deal out sudden deatli to any
body who craved it. Josh tackled him ;
thoy hitched. FightV Very much so,
thank you. Above the roar of iho train
aud the noiso of tho combat Josh's teeth
could bo hoard snapping as ho strove to
clamp down on his opponent's ear or
nose. It was even reported that J sh's
tooth wore seen to strike fire, but the
this story could not bo verified. Any
how. Farmer was able to take care of
himself until passengers interfered and
stopped tho battle However, it was a
Jroat BOUillo, OSO of the many iu which
osh has played a star role
Thia is not Josh Ashley's first trip to
Charleston. He was here several years
ago with a number of members of tho
Legislature, aud ho had at least oue un
happy experience. The party was taken
for a sail around the harbor. Josh got
seasick. When the bovt returned to
the wharf and Josh found himself on
terra firma he was asked how hoenj >yod
Hit was all right," he replied, weak
ly ; " but, my God, how I did fling up."
Josh recoatly announced himself a
candidate for the State Senate. He wi 1
make a hot canvass of his county and
astonish tho "doar pcopul" with lin
guistic Uro works.
A certain member of the legal pro
fession, whoso name is omitted for
reasons which will appear obvious, was
asked some years ago by a young ne
gro io defend him on the charge of
44 How much money have you got?'
asked tho lawyer.
44 None, sab."
"Any friend or relative who'll raise
some tor you?"
"None," despairingly replied tho
negro. ?* I'sc got nobody tor cum t'
41 Humph 1" muttered the attorney.
44 Say you don't want a lawyer. You
want a minister."?Philadelphia Times.
The ollicers of old St. John's church
on Church hill, Richmond, Va., con
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Story to the effect that the venerable
structure is to be sold to make way for
a block of commercial buildings. The
senior warden, Capt, CyiU3 Bossicux,
says that the church docs not owe a
cent to anyone, it was in this church
that Patrick Henry made his celebrated
44 Give me libeity or give me death"
speech iu 177o, and it is the delight of
all visitors to Richmond to stand Ui
the pew in which he uttered tho mem
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