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RUGBY, MORGAN COUNTY, TENN.. SATUEDAY, FEBRUARY 21 189J, NUMBER 14.
THE RUSTY OLD SABER.
A cavalry saber hangs up on the wall,' "
All battored and twisted and eaten by rust.
Twas new when Its owner heard. Liberty
call, , .
And Into his fingers the weapon was thrust;
And many a desperate battle, I ween -
This rusty and battered old saber has seen.
My little boy asks me again and again
A hundred odd questions "What good does
it do?" -
And why is It rusty?" and "What makes that
At the handle?" "What is it worth, Pa, to
The little chap never hoard Liberty call,
He hasn't hoard Freedom's harsh lesson at
I tell him the story how up through the
Of Malvern Hill's battle the enemy came;
Up 1 Up to the cannon until the line broke,
Bent, wavered and vanished scorched out
by the flame. :
How over th cannon one brave fellow lay,
The saber held tight in hia dead hand that
My little boy ponders the tale at my knee,
"I wish we had sabers and fighting," he
" I wish there were tyrants and merfto set free,
And heroes to suffer and tight for a prize.
There isn't a war or a chance to be brave,
Or swords to be carried, or country to saveY"
Ant little boy f Never found hero a time,
In all 6f the' ages that history knows,
So fllje&up as-tuts age with chance's sublime
For meeting and conquering deadliest foes.
Not with tho old saber can you win your
Your weapon is forged out of Justice and
For falsehood chains truth and injustice is
And ignorance tramples on Liberty's law,
The country needs men with a hatred for
A heart without fear and a life without flaw.
And nothing is nobler, my boy, than the fight
That honest boys make to be true to the
, . Rural New Yorker.
A CHEAP COAT.
Like a Charm.
Written for This Paper.!
YEW" days ago
erguson & 1 1
ting on a bench
Park. I took a
seat by his side
and we con
versed : about
also . about ten
I had loaned
and which he
was to have
paid back by three o'clock of the after
noon of the following day. . I don't
think I, would have mentioned the ten
dollars to Ferguson if therfhad not been
outward indications in the superior
quality of his raiment that led me to
believe that his finances had improved
sufficiently to stand the strain. Usual
ly Ferguson wears a shabby coat, but
on this occasion he wore 5n elegantly
fitting coat of the finest kind of ma
Ferguson .seemed to suspect that his
coat was the cause of my taking it for
granted that he was in flourishing cir
cumstances, for he said: "This is the
KoriNo 15 th4 granger
handsomest coat ever I had, but, it only
'cost seven dollars." -
" "Yd like to buy a whole suit at that
figure," I Replied, examining the, all-,
. wool texture of the garb. k
"I don't think the party vvho pld me
this has any 1 more at that price; ' It,s
funny how I came to get it," said "Fer-
guson.'; - - - M;
"If Vou arc , sure that it is funny, I'd
like to hear about it," I replied. ', ' ".
"Mv wife's "brother, a 'young man
from New Jersev! has" "been pavinsr
n ir:K!t . TTp, is ft wrv niofl vonn? man
" . "
but he .is not any too smart, vell, the I congratulated Ferguson on his politi
morning after he arrived he" started out cal prospect, m and' am in hope"' that!
to see-, the eights. jvVhile strolling
around City Ilall he drifted into Baxter
Btreet. All at once a man rushed out
of a dark little den of a store, picked
up my wife's brother just as if he was
a clothing-istove dummy, and carried
hira inside. My Tvife's brother strug-
gled, but in vain. The grip of "the
man. who was the proprietor of a
clothing store; was like that of a candi
date in a closely . contested election.
Thomas, that's the name of my wife'1
brother, says that it reminded him of a
picture he had seen , of Jacob wrestlicg
with the' angel. The other fellow was
- ''Well, when the man got Thomas in
side, two other gentlemen, a clerk and
a cashier, took off his coat in the
twinkling of an eye, and had a new one
on him like a flash. One of tho gentle-,
men said: 'O, ain't he cunning? Don't
dot goat fit him shust like de baber on
de vails, and all foy seven tollars.'
"The coat was made of the very finest
kind of cloth and did fit Thomas very
O'BAFf EBTT CAM? I.. t: Vi ,
nicely. Thomas has an :eve for busi
ness, even if heis from New Jersey, no
the clothiers. tCad no trouble in selling
him a twentydotlajr co'at'for seven doS
lars, although Thomas'; owned up tha
I I hi jonjjeiie 'twrabled'hiin for Jl'vmg'
swindled the clo'chiers. , They took off
the coat, wrapped it tip in a nice bun
dle, Thomas put on his old coat and
hurried home to us to show us what a
bargain he had made; but I wish you
had seen his face when he opened the
bundle, '-and ''instead' of, the expciisjve
coat he had purchased he held up a
shop-worn, fraved-out garment,,. tht
was not . worth two - dollars. He took
the coat back to the clothiers' . but the
refused to refund thet paoneyy alleging
that he was trying to swindle them by
oringmg back a coat they naa never
sold him. . " " oV ' , . ,,
"I tell you," coiltiiiued Ferguson,' 'I
was mad, but I made up my mind . to
get even with those Baxter street men.
I have a personal friend named O'Eafr
ferty. I think he may be of Irish ' de
scent. ,We got up a little scheme that
worked like a charm. I put on a shab
by coat and strolled past that identical
store, while O'Eafferty loitered in the
neighborhood.. Sure enough the pro
prietor rushed out and grabbed me just
like a spider does ffii unsuspecting fly.
They had toy old; coat - off and a real
handsome one on me before I could
catch my breath. It iwas -a pretty good
fit, and I cheerfully paid seven dollars
for it. Then they wanted to wrap it
up for me, .but T said t, believed I'd keep
it on. ', Thei proprietor tried "persuasion
at first, but, finding me obdurate, v he
called ' for reinforcements. , The , clerk
and the cashier came to his rescue, and
they all tried to -get me to take the coat
off. They began to use force. Just
then O'Rafferty came in, -and the pro
prietor turned a couple of summersaults
and stood on liis head in the corner.
While I was noundincr the clerk. O'Raf
fertey . got the cashier down and
warmed him with the top of a dry-goods
box. In the- meantime the proprietor
recuperated rushed to thedobr and
called: 'BoliCeJ ,bollce.
' "Did the'polic6 6ome?" ' '
"You bet they did, but "O'Eafferty
has a pull somehow or other with the
police, and the consequence was 'the
police clubbed the entire firm, arrested
them, and we went along as witnesses.
O'Rafferty; who keeps lj; saloon and
has considerable political influence.was
personally acqtizinted with the justice,
whose name was O'Donohue, so the
clothiers were fined ten dollars each,
and as I had bought the coat I was- al
lowed to "keep it. So, you see, it
1 really a wwentymollar coat, but yon
must not suppose,-Alex, .that rm flush
because Jm , wearing fine clothesbpt
election, times are coming, and rve Uo
a promls"e'fr6m'iySfcr:ity tht Lasa to
have a steady job carrying atranspar-
I encJi an '.HI ,Soon,,harJ mooey,k and
s 1 then I U payip, so you see. the outlook
1 1 1 1 1. k a . m a ..40
I s unguier man 11 was. 7 1"
will Tiava a chance to get my.- popuey
back. ' ' ' aiS?y. Sweet.
A THRILLING - EXPERIENCE.
Rem irkablo Statement of Personal Dan-
' ger and Providential Escape. '
Th3 following story which is attract
ing wide attention from the press Is so
remarkable that we cannot excuse our
selves if we do not lav it before our
readers, entire.' " "f " '
To th Editor Bochester (W. T.) Democrat:
Siu. On the first day of June;-1881, 1 lav
at my residence in this city surrounded by
my menas ana waiting lor death. Heaven
only know the agonylrthoa endured, for
words can never describe it-VAnd yet, fl a
few years previous any ne had told me
that I was to be brought so .low, and by so
terrible a disease, I should", have scoffed at
the Idea. I had always .been uncommonly
strong and healthy, and weighed over 200
pounds and hardly knew, lri my own experi
ence, what pain or sickness were.' Very
many people who will read this statement
realize at times that they are unusually
tired and cannot account for iU-They feel
dull pains in various parts of the body and
do not understand why. - Or they are ex
ceedingly, hungry one day and entirely
without appetite the next. This was just
the way I felt when tho relentless malady
which' had' fastened itself upon me first be
gan. Still I ' thought nothing' of it; that
probably I bad taken a cold which would
soon pass away. Shortly after this I no
ticed a heavy, and at times neuralgic,, pain
in one side of my head, but wit would come
one duy and be gone the next, I paid little
attention to it. Then my stc mach would get
out of torder and my fool often . failed to
digest',' causing at times treat inconven
ience. Yet, even as a physician, 1 did not
think that these things meant anything seri
ous. 1 fancied I was Buffering from ma
laria and doctored myself accordingljCBut
1 got no better. I next noti;ted a peculiar
color and odor about the fluids I was pass
ingalso that there were large quantities
one day and very little the next, and that a
persistent froth and scum appeared on the
surface, and a sediment settled. And yet, I
did not realize my danger, for, Indeed, see
ing these-symptoms continually, I finally
became accustomed to them, and my suspi-
cion was wholly disarmed byjthe fact tbl
had.no pain in the affected organs Xifi thtfrfj
vicinity. -. Why I should have bap tt bo blind
X cannot unaerstana ? , , ,
land. I visited all the famed mineral springs
in America and traveled fronif Maine to
physlcahs agreed' as )vf mjf1 nlalady One
said I was troubled 'with spfcaL irritation;
another, dyspepsia; anotherpeart disease;
another,,general debility, another conges-
tion of the base of the brain ; and so , on
through a long list of common diseases, the
symptoms of many' of which I really had.
Jn this way several years passed, during
which time I was steadily growing worse.
My condition had - really become pitiable.
The slight symptoms I had at first experi
enced were developed into terrible and
constant disorders. My weight had. been
reduced , from 207. V? 130 pounds. My life
was a burden to myself and friends. I could
.Tetain no food on my stomach, and livodl
wholly by injections, lwas a living mass
of pain. ' My pulse' was uncontrollable. In (
my agony I frequently fell to the floor and
clutched tho carpet, and prayed for death.
Morphine had little or no effect iu deaden
ing the pain. For six days and nights I had.
the death-premonitory hiccoughs constant
ly. My water was filled with tube-casts
and albumen. I was ' struggliug with
Eright's Disease of the kidneys in Us last
Stages! T-.4? - : " '
J While suffering thus I received a call from
tny pastor, the "Rev. Ir. Footc, at that time
rector 0$ -St. Paul's Episcopal Church, of
this city, I felt that it was our last inter
view, but in the course 01 conversation ur,
Fpote detailed to me .the many remarkable
cures of cases like ny own which had come
under hyj. observation. As a practicing
physician and a graduate of the schools, I
derided the'idea of any medicine outside the
regular channels being in the least bene-,
flcial. So solicitous, however, was Dr.
Foote, that I finally promised I would waive
my preju'dice. I.bcgau its use On the nrst
day of June, 1831, and took it -according to
directions. At first it sickened me; but
this I thought was a good sign for one.: in
my debilitated condition. I continued to
take it; the sickening sensation departed
and I was finally able to retain food upon
roy stomach: In a Xew days I noticed a do
clded changa for tn better; as also did my
wife and friends. My hiccough!? .ceased
and I experienced less pain than formerly,
I was so rejoiced at this improved condition
that, upon what 1 had believed but a few days
before was my dying bed, I vowed," in the
presence of my family and' friends; should
V I recover, T would both publicly and prp
vately make known this remedy lor , the
good of humanifcy,'wherever and whenever
I had an opportunity, and this letter is in
fulfillment of that vow. -'My improvement
nrna .nnst.nnt.Trom that time, and inless
1 than thr'eo months I had gained 23. 'pounds
I. . . . .. . . T. a
In flesh, became entirely, ireo.nom pain nna
I believe 1 owe my lllO aim iiresuu vuuui-
tion wholly to Warner's Safe Curethe rem
edy which I used. ' ' ,' " .; " " . ".. . . , ,
' Since ta recovery have thorodgnly re
investigated the subject of kidney diffi
culties and Bright's disease, and tho truths
developed are ' astounding.' ' t therefore
state, deliberately, and 'as a physician, that
;I believe laort than ajie-Aol the death which
roecurin America an caused by Wight' m
Mi of the kidneu. . This may sound like a
rash statement, but I am prepared to fully
(.verify it. Bright's disease has no distinctive
features of its'own, (indeed, it orten aevei
bnsswithobt' any riaih whatever. "In' the
kidneys drXhqir vicipitJ'Vbut bas.tho symp
toms of nearly every other common ;com-
plaint Biundreds of people die aaliy,.wnose
burials ar authorized by a paysiciau,:s cer
tificate as occurring from "Heart Disease,"
"Apoplexy," "Paralysis," "Spinal Com
plaint," "Rheumatism," "Pneumonia," ecd
other common complaints, when in .reality
It Is from Bright's disease of .the kidneys.
Few physicians', and fewer people, realize'
the extent of this disease or its dangerous
and insidious nature. It steals , into , the
system like a thief, manifests its presence
if at' all by the commonest symptoms ana
fastensJtoelf in the constitution before" the
victim is arare of it . It is nearly as hered-;
ltary as consumption, quite as common and
fully as Satal. ' Entire families, inheriting it
from their ancestors, have died, and yet none
of, the nupber krjew or realized the mysteri
ouit'iSower 'which was removing them. In
stead of common symptoms it often snows
none whatever, bullrings death suddenly,
from convulsions,, apoplexy, or heart dis-.
ease. '; As one who has suffered, and knows
by bitter experience what he says, I, im
plore everyone who reads these words nop
to. neglect the slightest symptoms of kidney
difficulty. ' No one can afford to hazard such
chttaoes,' '''( :' '
I make the foregoing statements based'
upon facts which I can substantiate to the
letter. , The welfare or those wno may pos
sifily be sufferers such as I was, is an ample
inducement for me to take the step I have,tj
and if I can successfully1 warn otherslram
the dangerous path in which I once walked,"
I am willing to endure all professional and
neraonal-oonseauences. ! .tw .VA AV
c. . J. B. HENION, M. D,
Rochester. N. Y.i DeaSo;'
if - v : ; ,r''l :" ;
Gross Selfishness Sometimes Taken for .the
yV0'iKVv-MMf Quality. ''-; '
M$em s k pity that the word "refine-1
mnt" should be. drifted so far from its
simple 'and original meaning, which was
"iuriflc'ation" "We still .use it in that
6ehs inegard to" substances,' and'speak.
u ae re lining processes 10 wmcn sn
gari taetals liquors; -etc., are snbiectea;1
wen all.textraneous or- defiling matter
.removed, But "reflnemenV'uM. ap
led toindivid'ual does not generally
ti'vey the idea of. purity. ' Indeed, it.'is
often supposed- to have less to do witfi
Wvhat is within a man, and proceeds
(frqn hinvythatt 3vitto wkat snrrcbnds
Jhin and; acts upon .him
There are persons, .who, would- indig-
pantly resent the' idea that they were
lkclcifigin renffement, yet who "can only
bail their clafnfto if on the atmosphere
dwlh,,rTlreir demands upon, the world:
are constant and exactinc. but that anv
tiling is expected of them seldom occurs
to them' Their appetite is 0 delicate
thAt every land must be laid under con
tribution to minister to it. "Their beds
must be soft, their chairs easy, '..their
dress luxurious and rich, Their nerves
are so finelv strunir that alLunnleasant
Heights and sounds.'iust e banished.;
JTliHr Sensibilities" are so keen that the'v
Ixiaa not endure to see pain 6r" poverty,
or to hear a tale of wbe. So they shut
puijl knowledge of the . straws of
opicrs.anu iiugancmseives cQptenteaiy
la their ,'owii iff e of ease. , Is this refine-
meiSftf Is it' not 'instead a gross and
'barlmric' sclli'shntss? AS has been said
byMiother, 1 "Is- it'not ungenerous to
make such a great hole in the world to
crush, so many roses for one fragrant
drop?. Such persons are sadly in need
of some- refining process which shall
purge out the dross which is in theni,
and) teach them to abhor so medn 'and
encroaching a life. ':;;'
Sqnie persons have a vague notion
that refinement is the privilege of rank
or position or culture. ln aristocratic
countries it is held to" be the exclusive
pos'kession of the nobility Snd gentry,
and it would' almost - create a smile of
derjsioa to speak of a refined peasantry.
Even in our own, land, where, we boast
of our freedom from .class preiudice.
we are apt to associate the idea of re
finement with that of certain education
al and social advantages, and to feel som6
degree of : surprise. twheri we see " its
marks among those whose bread is
earnqd by the sweat of their brow. Per
haps, However, if we know, more about
these honorable laborers, and were
more' ' in sympnthy '' with them, "we
should see more real . refinement of
heart and character among them than
often exists among those who have had
greater opportunities. , There are .cases
of delicate generosity, of willing jself
sacrifice, of manly tenderness and
womanly loyalty in many a cottage
that would grace the stately-hall!? of ft'1
palace, where only cold etiquette reigns
supreme. Thorcau says, "I called on
the king but he made me wait in his
hall, and conducted himself like a man
incapacitated for hospitality. There was
a man in my neighborhood who'lived in
a hollow tree. His manners! wereJtralyh
regaL I should hayei.dgneJlttQr had J
called upon him." Even intellectual
possessions, valuable as they are, can
.not of themselves refine their owner. If
he has in his heart the alloy of selfish-'
nles, or ingratitude, or. BelfVonceit, or
cxinterapt for those less learned; than
hiinself ,he lackstrus reflriehiehf in spite
of all his knowedge. , lie, too, needs o
bo purified. Phlladelppia Ledger.
, .Silversmith "That teapot is for a
member of Parliament Istit It a beau
ty?" Philosopher-T-'"Ithink. you have
not made enough of one feature." Sil
versmith "What's that?" Philosopher
He "The Van Alstynes live in
great style, don't they?" She "Yejs, ' ,
they e.ven have a dissipated son." .) ,
Soft Sawder "But I don't call this
a, fashionable 'at!" , "It will soon be- ..
coinc so, madam, if you wear it!" Lon- ,
---A. touch of love makes the most
matter-of-fact man a poet, or, what
amounts to the same thing, makes him
think he ,s a paet. Indianapolis Jour
nal. -. ', , ,,. , ,
Particularly the ' Regrets. Maid
"Mr. Small couldn't call to-night, and
he sends his regrets and this little pres- '
ent." i Miss Little "Thanks for both."
TEpoch. . . ;
-xrembling Youth "Madamt I love
you to distraction; will you be my wife?'!!
Girl of the Future VYou may - leave. .
oui1 references and call again!" N. Y.
Herald. , " i;.'., I )
Walker fnewlv marriedV "I hone
you will di justice to my wife's biscuits,
old man?"' Cutting (his guest) "Well,
frankly, I think they , deserve thirty
days." American Grocer.
:-"My husband is yery fond of an
imals," said. Mrs.' Furber. "Last night1
In his sleep he turned, over and said.
'Take out something for the kitty.' " 1
Boston Commercial Bulletin,"
i "Seems to me you're pretty rotigh
on me for an pld friend,", said the six;
dollar clerk as he ruefully looked at his
wonwmt linen collar. Binghamtoh'
Republican. ' v.i s
"That was a great scheme of Frank
lin's for getting lightning out of the
clouds," said Flickens to his slangy .
room-mate, "Yes," was the reply.
"Pretty fly." Washington Post. ,
"I beg pardon, but won't you ask
your wife to remove her hat? I can't )
see' the stage." , Husband (whispering,
back) "Ask heryourself, please. You
don't kmnv her as well as I do."-r-Flie-gende
Blatter. , , - ,,.','
Sweedle "I can't see what makes
everybody rush to that littlerestaurant '
on the corner.'' , Pjbes 'The salt-shak-,
era never clog. ' 6nTy place of the kind -
intown.'- ' '
Ed Spicer "A Brooklyn policeman.'
shot seven times at a brother officer and
only just grazed him once." John
Moore "Probably his motto was 'We j
aim to please!' "Week's SpotL, , .,
A Keen Sense of Humor. Jack (on
his knees) "0, Ethel, say the word
what on earth are you doing with that
camera?" Ethel "Don't move, Jack; I
want to show you something funny."
N. Y.'Sun.- -'" . ,
"They tell me Miss Eizzle calls you
an upstart,'! said a young man to Gus de r
Jay. "Yes; but I cawn't blame her,
don't you know. I had sat on a pin just
at the time, don't you know. Washing- ;
ton Post. ' '
. "Well, I don't care if she does talk
about her neighbors, there's one good :
thing to be said in her favor, anyhow."
'"What's that?" "She never fooled away
her time on a crazy quilt." Eani'a
. Horn. '
She Gave Credit When Due. Wife
(sternly) "Was that you singing, Mr.
Heavysides?" neavysids (meekly)
. "Yes, dear. I sometimes sing when I
am alone." Wife "You have more
consideration for the feelings of others
than I had given you credit for." Brook-'
lyn Eagle. . ,
"Brethren," , said an old negro
poacher, "I've got a three dollar sermon,
I've got a two dollar sermon, and I've
got a dollar and a half sermon; I want
this indelicate audience to take up a
collection, and then I will know which
is the easiest to give you." United
Presbyterian.- i ' ' ' '
' LUCID AS MUD.
Which To Xof
One of the most comical sights in ex
istence is to see a jury listening to-a
doctor giving evidence. To any ordin
ary observer it is evident that five-sixths
of the jury are hopelessly bewildered,
and the ' more the doctor explains the
less they understand
1 But the most obscure of all explana
tions are .thosewhicbj emanate 1 from
people who don't know what , they are
talking 'about, but' think they know
enough to explain; to others! ; One of
these gentlemen was showing a .friend
around town, and in the course of their
travels they caine to a place where ice
.was being manufactured. ; i ( .1
"Do you ' understand the philosophy
of making ice?" ask tlieod resident.
"No," answered . the stranger; , "I
never sawivbn6 of the machines; and
never had the thing explained to me."
, "I'll explain it," said the resident,
kindly. '"You see they have a kind of
tank?", .-i .; .: . )
- "And tltCy fill' that tank about two
th'rds full of water.,". ,1
"Yes. , What then?" , , . .
'.''Why.then, they freeze it'.""
;v.M0h," exclaimed the disgusted
stranger, "that's it, is it? I had an idea
that they boiled it!" Golden Days.