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; RUGBY, MORGAN CO., TENN., JANUARY, 1881.'
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The following singularly beautiful poem, written by
Mrs. L. Virginia French, of McMinnville, Tenn., was read
to a delighted audience by Bishop Quintard, at the Octo
ber dedication of Rugby.( y v '
' WAKING THE WILDERNESS.
Long years and years, the wilderness, in regal beauty slept,
As did the enchanted Princess whom the bans of Faerie kept
In slumber for a century, until a princely knight
Should come to break that b'ndage with his glance of love
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October decks, to-day,'! the sleeping solitude a Queen
In robes of crimson, eroetald, and opalescent sheen;
Enveils her with the rnjUs thai foat from amethystine pyres,
And crowns her with tt coronal of ruddy, sunlit fires :
For why ! The princely kniglif has come, so loyal and so true,
With love light from the QU World as a, blessing to the New.
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This wiljl and lovely -inounin land, as fair as Eden isles
We sec her sleeping eyelids : 'ft j we see her as she smiles
In gladsome solitude .she .viUm at first in mute surprise,
With hands uplifted, like' r. child's, above her dazzled eyes j
She sees her prince's stmflushed brow ; she sees such glorious
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In his triumphal trainj that woke her wildest wonderings.
Smiles sink in sweetest laughter.
In meeting thus his eyes, that hi
And now we have aJiridal Say
The glory of the Of sAi to
as she swiftly comprehends,
VC her ban of bondage ends.
-a vvrfdfj'ns. hrave and t,rue, '
jt: the New.
He, bearing in his breast tVe e of lion-hearted sires j ;
She, holding riches drowfug in he undevtlop'd fires !
He, bringing intellectual ov for many 'jtoried shlineKr
She, yielding her hdajM welih from maVy a dakstn&
His Duovant couraiuiJunI'Un louor-oi ms nanus.
While she unveils the tveasuil Wad and lonely lands :
Here, Albion's brave, frn,efrra ons, and Erin's hearts
of-fire, j'.' ' ''y'l'y '.X:'''- ' - ''''; : ?'
From castle, court, and cottage home, 'and ivy-mantled spire :
We hail yon all, as brother barn, wefless the union true
Of this royal pair of lovers the Old World and the New. ,
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Progress of Rugby fiit ifa Past Two Montis.
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Jefore giving a brief notice of
better, than make two extracts
nnWi'cbprl '. hv nnr fmihflprs' ' tb
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last wovqmDer.- j nese vm st" vVhat had tb
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By, "jhe Board of Aid. They have made the
road between the Station and Rugby, before men
tioned, well graded, and with a good bridge over
White Oak stream1. This will be carried on beyond
Rugby as required, and as it will U: the only really
good and practicable? road for- a largn tract of country
west of Rugby, it is probable that it will ere long be
converted into a failroad. A builditig will be very
soon completed by the Board, one 'purt of ,' which is
toPeive, during the early days of theisettlement, as
a place of, worship for the different Christian churches
represented, and the other as a school.!' Much, larger
spaces have been allotted for recreation than w usual
in the laying out ojtownv sites, and the 6are of these,
aqd the walks alog:ttie gorges of White Oak and
Clear Fork, ' wlllvbte" handed over, ulp der certain
conditions, to the care of the municipality as soon as
it is organised. Thirty1 feet on either t-ide o( the
road to the Station is, also reserved' with the same
object, and the same space will be reserved on5 ahe
main road beyond Rugby. The board have headed
over the commissary store (of groceries, harawre,
and dry-goods), hitherto run by them, to such of e
settlers and neighbors ,as like to becom? subscribing
members, without any: charge for good will, and'
leaving their capital in the concern till it shall have
accumulated enough of ; its own, 6nly requiring to be
satisfied with the Trustees appointed by the mem
ThU pamphlet glve, It a condensed furin, rliable information
as to Hie founding of the colony, and ibe rapabililki ot the country,
and will be mailed to auy addreis ou r ppliuitiou to tba kct etury of :
the Bourd ot Aid, Rugby, Tenn. , . ; " '
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bers. They have been satisfied on this point, and
the newly organized "Rugby Commissary" has
been doing business since the 23d of last month.
Its plan is to balance at the end of every quarter,
and, after allowing interest on capital at the rate of
six per cent, per annum, to divide the net profits
among the members (the. Board, through their
representative, being the principal of these) pro rata,
according to the amount of the purchases during the
quarter. ' ; .
"The Board have thus made it free to all settlers,
who see the advantage of it, to deal direct with the
manufacturing and wholesale houses, with only the
slight addition to first cost entailed by an economical
management, under control of the members' 'them
selves The liberal offer of the Board was ther more
readily accepted by the settlers and their neighbors,
as its acceptance did.not cause any injury "to private
interests, this being the chief objection which
naturally stands in the way of carrying out a,similar
pian in 01a communities. ,
" A garden and orchard have been laid out, undef
, an experienced manager, with a view of ascertaining,
for the benefit of settlers, what vegetables and .fruit
trees can be cultivated to best advantage, And a
vineyard is to be planted with various sorts of vines,
in the coming season, with a like object. 1
J "The garden manager (an Englishman, settled in
this part of the country for many years as a. success
ful farmer) has a thorough knowledge of forestry,
"and settlers new to the country are strongly recom
mended to tke his advice, which he gives without
charge as the Board's representative, as to clearing,
stocking, and cropping their land. By doing this
and acting on the advice given, they will avoid many
mistakes which they would otherwise be almost sure
to "make, however well they might understand farm--
. in?,; gardening,"-or stock-raising, undor ' other' cjreum-
t; Since the pamphlet, from which we have made
this extract, was written, the officers of the Board
here have had to contend with many unforeseen
difficulties.; Their saw-mill, which, under any cir
cumstances, would have been barely equal to turning
out the lumber required by the new arrivals, has
been brought at times to a standstill, owing to the
impossibility of supplying it with sufficient logs during
eather more severe than has been experienced here
for the last ten years. The same cause has made the
prompt conveyance of household goods and supplies
for the daily increasing numbers of settlers a matter
of great difficulty, and as a matter of fact the Rob
bins Station, from which hitherto all the hauling has
had to be done, has been for the last ten days glutted
with freight for Rugby. Help however is at hand in
the shape of (1) the' side-track for freight which the
trustees of theCincinnati Southern Railway, recog
nizing its urgent necessity, have decided on laying
down at once at our Sedgemoor Station, thereby re
ducing our nine miles over an" ungraded to seven
miles over a well graded road, and (2) a portable
saw-mill already on the, way hither, and another to
follow. And ,so we may predict with some confidence
that the worst of "the winter of our discontent"
will soon be worried through. Were it otfierwise the of
ficers of the Board on this side would be likely to find
themselves in considerable trouble oy tne middle 01
next month, fdr they have just received advice frpTv
headquarters that the negotiations which nayar Deen
for someUmein progress with " theAWerican line
of steamers whichyuns from Liverpool to PhiladeF
phia," and with the rnnsylvana Central Railroad,
have been, successfully cpni&uded, and that these
companies "have agreed to take settlers from Lon
don to Rugby probably Sedgemoor is meant ,at
15 15J. to i first class, jia 1 1 ox. second class,
and 8 iof, third class;, and if this does not bring
a rush of new comers Tram the other side of the
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water in the Spring we cannot trust past indications.
Our next extract shows what had been done at the
end of October :
" 2. By the Settlers. Since the 23d of Septem
ber, ult , they have (though at present few in number)
reorganized, in conjunction with the officers of the
Board,. the before referred to Rugby Commissary;'
founded the church of Rugby under the name of "
Christ Church, and come to such an understanding
among themselves as will render easy the fixing of
the different times at which the services of the
various denominations of Christians here represented .
shall be held in the building now in course of
erection ; and - formed the ' Rugby Library and
Reading-room ' Society, which has already had pre
sented to it by the publishers of Boston, New York,
and Philadelphia, some twelve hundred volumes;
and which intends, as funds allow of it, to build a
(Substantial sandstone library near the hotel and over-
atrfeh.Mhe Mn for which, capable of being ex-
tenoea as occasion may require, has neen already
With regard to what has been done by our settlers
; (whether from the Old,' or different sections uf the
New, Country), we may say emphatically that they
have proved themselves to belong to the good old
stock which has taken in hand the best part of this
little planet. They have gone quietly about their
business, amidst the rattle of criticism, some friendly,
other the reverse, which the unusual notice attracted .
to their enterprise has excited,ft and we most heartily '
congratulate them on the energy, perseverance, and
good humor, with which they have faced the difficul
ties al ready .indicated, and othgs peculiar, to Ja; new
settlement, and on the liberal intelligence, without
which they might have had to wait many months for
this, the "Organ of" their "Public Opinion",'
The Commissary has been doing a daily increas
ing business, and its balance, sheet for the first threft
months'-working, which is now in preparation, is
expected to show a good return of profit to its
purchasing shareholders. .. It-was hardly, however, to .
be expected that the principle of co-operation would
be accepted as a panacea for all the ills of txade :
among a people, many of whom believe in competi
tion as the whole duty of man ; and accordingly we
have already in Rugby a store of that pursuasion ' ,
also, and any of us can ' ' pay our money and take our
choice." ' :,, .'-""' ,' .
The announcement that the publishers of Boston,
New York, and Philadelphia had presented the
"Rugby Library and Reading Room" Society with
twelve hundred volumes, was followed in a few days
by the almost bewildering , news that the twelve
hundred had gr,owi''.'to five thousand (oh, for the
leisure whichxtfo few of us will have for many a day
to come !L6n the condition that the building which
was to he their home should be free to all, and be called
"Th Hughes- Public Library," a condition which,
it As needless to say, had only to be made to meet
with cordial acceptance. Immediately a subscription
to a building fund wis set on foot, headed by $500
from; one of Rugby's best friends, ana it is con
fidently anticipated that the required amount will be
ready for the building as soon as the weather.
One settler has managed, in spite of the lumber
difficulty, to build two houses, one for himself and
family, the other let. to an eager tenant before it was
well begun. Another has discovered and bought
one, and. leased another, clay tract, (the latter with
coal immediately underlying,) and leased a sand stone
quarry and will be ready early in spring to supply
us with all we can require in the way of durable
building materials. A third has introduced a first
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