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HERE SHALL THE PRESS THE PEOPLE'S RIGHTS MAINTAIN, UNA WED BY lIfFLUENCE AND UNBRIBED BY GAIN.
CHARLES E. PAINTER, Editor. STEPHENS CITY, FREDERICK CO., VA., SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 1881. VOL. 1.---NO. 8. Mother's Huckelberry Pies. How oft goes memory back to childhood, When picking berrios on the hill, With pail in hand I'd strip tho bushes Along with little brother Will. What cared we for the heats of snmmer, With broad straw hats tipped o'er our eyes 7 For, with those very huckleberries Oar mothor made those famous pies ! I see her now, dear cherished mother, With apton on as whit* as snow, Her plump arms bare up to the elbow, , And on her cheeks a rosy glow; I seem to see her roll tho pie crust, And fill the plates of largest size ; For well sho knew how hungry children Enjoyed her huokloberry pies. And father, he'd come in from baying. And stand by mother rery near, And say : "Now, wife, in all tho township None make such pies as yon do, dear, Except, perhaps, my dear old mother ; Why, at the Fair, you'd take the prize. Some, children, now we'll all to dinner And haw a feast of mothor's pies." Those dinners now I well remember, Within the kitchen large and cool; Those snmmer days of our vacation, When we were free of books and school. Ah I can it bo of years full thirty ? And yet it must bo ; how time flies ! Since wo sat in that farmhouse kitchen And ate, in childhood, mother's pies. Within our modest home is sitting An agod lady, saintly fair ; While at her side my lad and lassie Are looking up with earnest air. "Grandma," they Bay, "we picked these berries, We meant it for a great surprise," i And grandma smiles and Bays, "My darlings, I'm not too old to make good pies." A KIND HEARL The woods were gayly bedecked with , their autumnal foliage, rind tho robiDS ! had ceased chirping their sweet lays ; but the brook murmured on, with its lulling intonation, beneath the rustling branches of the trees, as happily as it did when its banks were luxuriant with summer's green verdure. And it was ' by this tiny rustic bridge that spanned the stream in tho shadow of the trees, that Nettie first met Lennox Vale. He had been listlessly tempting the speck led trout in the stream with his rod when sho came down from the cottage near by, to fetch a pail of water ; and on meeting the pretty girl he rose from his recumbent position, gallantly doffed his hat, and laughingly demanded her toll to cross the bridge. She blushed pret tily, and would have retraced her steps in dismay had he not reassured her by a lew joking words, and to her astonish ment filled her pail and carried it to the cottage for her. That was the way thi y became ac quainted, and it was not long before both were hopelessly in love with each other, although the sweet words had ' not yet been spokeu which would reveal their passion. He was handsome, and being from New York, possessed the polished manners of a thorough gentle man, while she, reared in the quiet lit tle village of Boselle, was as innocent and simple as a country girl could bo. He afterward called at the cottage where dwelt Widow BorrowdaJe— a graceful littlo lady, if possible more beautiful than her daughter. An air of mystery surrounded the pretty widow, whioh was only apparent to Lennox Vale; but he, too, was a mystery to them, as the extent of his confidence was that he was a New Yorker, rusticating a fow months for recreation. He boarded at the hotel in the village, but from the day he met Nettie most of his time was ■pent near her. And thus the happy days of summer and autumn sped rapidly by, and cold, bleak winter approached in biting gusts over the Blue Bidge, at the base of which the stream wound its sinuous conrse. And winter's approach brought terror to the widow's heart, for she had been unfortunate all summer ; the bank in which she had deposited what little money she owned had failed and left her penniless. This news she commu nicated to Nettie, one evening, as they sat in the tiny parlor before the cheer ful fire, a few minutes after Lennox had returned to his hott 1. "I do not know what we shall do, Nettie dear," she said, dolefully. "The few thousand dollars were all your father left us when le died, and that money he brought from England." "From England, mamma ?" queried Ne'tie, in surprise. "Yes, my dear. I never told you we are English, did I ? Dear me, how rap idly time flies ! Why certainly lam an English woman, but you were born here—in this house. And do you know, Nettie, your grandfather was a noble man ?" 'Why, no, mamma," replied the as tonished girl. •Well, he was," continued Mrs. Bor rowdale. "The story of my life is an uphappy one, but I will tell it briefly : Your father was tho only child of Lord Borrowdale, and I was the daughter of a London merchant. My father and mother died leaving me destitute, and I was obliged to earn my bread by teach ing iv a private seminary. Your father met me, and falling in love with each other, we were married. By this aot my husband incurred the fury of his fatln r, who Was an ambitions old man, and had chosen the daughter of a peer for his wife. Considering himself dis honored by his heir marrying so far be neath him in rank, the old gentleman disowned his son, and forbade him ever to enter tho borne of hi* childhood day. again. Your father,' Nettie, was as proud as his unjust parent, and though we struggled hard at.first, for sustenance, we finally amassed enough money to carry us over the broad Atlantic, and we found a comfortable home here where you were born." "Well, I declare!" ejaculated the girl. "This is a revelation to me, mamma. But my possessing noble blood does not alter our situation. What shall we do ?" "I cannot tell," replied the widow, despondingly. The next day Lennox called at the cottage, and Nettie told him their mis fortune. He tried to comfort her as best he could, and then left her. He called several times after that, but seemed to grow less affectionate as the time passed by. He left Boselle for four months, and returned again when the flowers were beginning to bud into beauty with the advance of another spring. By this time. Nettie and her mother were sorely pressed for money; they had lived comfortably through the winter, owing to the kindness of the grocer, who had brought them such groceries as they needed every week. Mrs. Bor rowdale had told the man she had not the money to pay for it; but he smiled, and saying no money was needed, went away with her blessing. This had con tinued until Mr. Vale's return in spring, when the grocer suddenly ceased bring ing them their weekly basketful. On the day of Mr. Vale's arrival a letter bearing the post-mark of New York was banded to Mrs. Borrowdale, and won dering who her correspondent could be as she had never received a letter in the twenty years she had resided in Amer ica—she opened and read it. Its con tents seemed to perplex her considera bly ; and her leaving Boselle with Net tie for New York that same day, per plexed the villagers still more. Lennox called during her absence, and he was attired more fastidiously than he ever appeared before. There was an extreme nervousness in his man ner, too, and when he found the house locked up, although he appeared to be disappointed, he breathed a sigh of re lief and went away again. Nettie and her mother returned to Boselle the next day, and both seemed to be greatly excited at something which had occurred. Lennox called again in the afternoon, and as he approached the garden he Baw Nettie weeding the flowor-beds. A little cry escaped her lips when she caw him, and she flow to him with a hearty greeting. Then she noticed how grave he looked, and a chill came over her heart when she thought of his coldness when she told him of their poverty. Was he a fortune seeker, and thinking her financially "well oft*" had been hoping to gain her and her fortune? The widow's having had a comfortable amount of money in the bank was no seoret, but none knew of her losses savo- Nettie and Lennox besides herself. In her innocence Net tie did not imagine that Lennox was anything else than a poor man, and ii he proposed she would have accepted him as such ; but now— He spoke gravely to her as they wan dered in the shade of the trees in the garden, and in the course o( his conver sation declared he loved her, and asked her to be his own. The sweet words of oonsont trembled on her lips, but an instant later a thought occurred to her that sent the blood from her face and left it as white as snow. She trembled violently, and with a negative answer she burst into a passion of weeping, and breaking from his embrace ran into the house. He stood still a moment, utterly dumbfounded; then, with contracted brows, he hurried after her, firmly re solved to hear an explanation of her strange conduct. He found her in the parlor, weeping on her mother's breast. Then a dim idea of why she acted as she did crossed his mind; but ho said, — "Nettie, you must explain this. Mrs. Borrowdale, do i/oti think I am a fortune hunter?" "I cannot tell, Mr. Vale," replied the widow, coldly. "If you truly loved my darling daughter, why did you not con fess it when she was in her most straightened cironmstances ?" "I will explain," he replied hurriedly. "But first, Nettie, if you truly love me, come to my arms." The young girl hesitated a moment; then the sweet emotion that enthralled her very son! proved its strength, and she flew to his embrace, and was clasped fervently to his heart while her arms encircled his neck. "Now I will explain," he said, turn* ing to Mrs. Borrowdale. "When I left you last autumn I was obliged to go to New York, as my father had died, leav ing me his immense fortune. While there, by chance—l saw an advertise ment in the papers for the heirs of Lord Borrowdale, who had died in London, leaving his title and fortune to his only son, Herbert. Knowing this to be your dead husband's name, I sought out the lawyer in the city who had inserted the advertisement, and telling him I thought you were Herbert Borrowdale's widow, I advised him to communicate with you. This he did, and you received his letter, called on him yesterday, with Nettie, and proving yourself to be next of kin to the departed peer, you reoeived, I think, papers which will give you your rightful fortune. Is it not so ?" "Yes, yes I" replied the delighted Mrs. Borrowdale. "Lennox, forgive our unjust suspicions of you. We should never have doubted your good-hearted ness!" He said nothing, but kissed Mrs.' Bor rowdale, and all that day there was re joicing in the cotta-re. He did not men tion then that he had paid the village grocer to see to their wants, and it was long after he married Nettie before they found it out, and that his cold demeanor was assumed, that they might not sus pect who their benefactor was in their distress. It was necessary for Mrs. Borrowdale and her daughter to go to England to make good their claim, and after Len nox had married Nettie, they all three went. They had little or no difficulty establishing' their identity and gaining their inheritance. It was ascertained that the old peer died repentant of his injustice to his only son, and had used every means of trying to find him and bringing him to his heart and home again ; but, living quietly in the seclu sion of the pretty little Jersey village, it is not strange that Herbert Borrowdale never heard from his father, as they never corresponded. And thus we leave our glad trio, living luxuriously in a great mansion in Lon don, onoe children of misfortune, but eventually made happy once more.— Waveiiy Magatine. A Scheme to Encourage Wedlock. At the next meeting of the Ontario legislature application will be made for the incorporation of the National Mar riage Dowry Association. The object of the promoters of the scheme is in all probability to make money, but the re sult of their quest of money will un doubtedly be to encourage the man and the maid to wed. The society first began its operations in Indiana, and is now casting its benevolent arms over the bachelors and spinsters in other states, territories, and provinces. In the words of the circular, the association is established "to encourage lawful wedlock, to promote economy, to endow homes, and to make married life the end and aim of the, rich and poor alike." The scheme is as follows : Supposing John Smith, on the 13th day of August, casts his lot in with this association. He pays, in the first place, 85 for his cer tificate, and a semi-annual payment thereafter of SI. In case some of his co-insurers marry, and there not being sufficient funds in the treasurer's hands to pay the sum to whioh the newly mar ried man is entitled, an assessment of 81 is levied all round. These are the payments to which he is liable. The benefits are that should he marry on the 13th of August, 1882, he is entitled to 8200. Should his marriage not oocur for five years, he would be entitled to 81,000, and so on. We don't suppose that ladies are excluded from the asso ciation. It's a grand scheme. Any young lady who was known to have one of these certificates would be the ob served of all observers, and the admired of all admirers. At church and market places she would not want for swains.— \London (Ontario) Advertissr. I It is very difficult to be learned ; it /seems as if people were worn out on the way to great thoughts, and can never enjoy them because they are too tired. r FASHION SPItAYS. Dress waists with long cost-tails are faehionablo in Paris. Shirred gatherings are much used when the fabrics are flae and snpplo. Laces of all kinds are worn, from point de Venice to imitation odgings. White moire satin is very popular •nd especially when adorned with floinces of silk muslin richly embroid ered. It is the height of elegance to have the gloves somewhat dark, even with light dresses, medium tan being the favorite shade. Collars designed after the style of an ancient girdle are favored. They are carelessly worn, forming a pretty throat garniture and shoulder drapery. Silk gauze and embroidered muslin form a showy combination for full dress evening wear. The garniture should be composed of lace and delicate beaded fringe. Tho report is, in the world of dress, that feathers will play a rather "loud" part in millinery. Long plumes, with their flues flying thick, will be in de mand ; some of the tips are shaded through several tones. Clouded plush has been introduced for full dress. This style of goods is very effective and showy. Moleskin plush will be encored next season ; this fabric was very popular last winter. It is now stated that plush will be the favorite material for autumn cha peaux. Fancy feathers will also figure largely in fall headgear. Tiny chanti ceers are very important in the trim ming department of the incoming mil linery ; they are made of impion feath ers and cock's plumes. Grecian Beauty. Much has been said in praise of Grecian beauty, and the men are hand some in every sense of the word.* We might well imagine them to have been models of Phideas and Praxiteles. Their large eyes, black as jet, spaikle with glances of fire, while their long, silk;-oyelashss soften the expression, and give a dreamy appearance of melan choly. Thei- teeth are small, white and well set; a fine regular profile, a pale-olive complexion and a tall, elegant figure realize an accomplished type of distinction. As to the women, they seera to have left physical perfection to the men ; some possess fine eyes and hair, but as a rule they have bad figures, and some defect in the faco generally spoils the good features. It is among them, however, that the old oriental customs are most strictly preserved ; while the men are gradually undergoing the process of civilization they, in a moral point of view, remain stationary, and are just as they were fifty years ago. It may, indeed, be said that, with the exception of Athens, the women possess no individual existence, and count as nothing in society. The men have reserved every privilege for them selves, leaving to thoir helpmates the caro'of the house and family. In the towns, where servants aro kept, they are of the poorest class of peasants, who know nothing, and receive miserable wages. The families are generally large—seven or eight little children de mand a mother's constant attention. The morning begins by directing the work of each servant, repeating the same thing a hundred times, scolding, screaming, even beating them to be understood. In the evening, when the children are sleeping, if there remain some little time, the poor, worn-out mother sits down to her spinning-wheel to spin silk, to bow or knit, or, if it be summer-time, to look after her cocoons, happy if she has not to do the work of her incompetent servants over again. WORDS OF WISDOM. Dissolute people let their soup grow cold between the plate and the mouth. Learn to say no I and it will be of more use to you than to be able to read Latin. "One soweth and another reapeth," is a verity that applies to evil as well as good. No better advice could be given an aspirant than the terse little counsel of Emerson: ' you want sucoess, suc ceed." A great step has been gained when one has a high standard for himself, and measures himself on that ideal standard. To cover a bad life and its fruit the evil strive to divert attention from our selves by laying evil at the door of the innocent. Bad habits are the thistles of the heart, and every indulgence of them is a seed from which will oome forth a crop of rank weeds. Bullet-I'lOOf Vests. In answer to a correspondent's inquiry as to where he could obtain a steel jacket, a New York Sun reporter visited gunsmiths' shops to learn whether life saving apparatus was known to the trade as well as life-destroying applian ces. He visited eight first-class shops of this kind, aud no one in them had ever heard of such steel jackets made or sold in this country. Some bullet proof vests, it was said, had been made at one time by a firm in London, which is now out of the business. Such things are made tow in Paris, and might be imported. At two shops, one on Broadway , and the other on Maiden lane, it was said that such jackets had been made in America. In the Broadway establish ment the proprietor described a vest that had been much used, he said, by cfficers in the late war. The vests were made to order, and sent to the front. Privates never bought them, because they were expensive. Cavalry officers especially bought them, not only be cause they were heavy, but also because they kept the body as stiff as though it was in a strait jacket. The tailor's work was simply to make strong pock ets on each side that reached to tho bottom of his military jacket in front, and well around on each side. Solid plates of steel were slipped into the pockets, and when the jacket was but toned the plates met in front. They reached from the collar bone to the gioin. The steel plate was little more than twice as thick as a sheet of blotting paper. The inventor tested these plates by putting them into an old jacket, buckling it around a tree, and firing at it at point-blank range. It was found that a twisting ball from a rifle would go through them as though they were sheets of paper, but a pistol ball, even at close range, would be stopped and the plate indented. A bayonet or knife would make no impression. This bullet proof vest weighed abeut five pounds. In the Maiden lane shop it was said by the proprietor that chain-armor vosts had been made by his firm, al though none were kept in stock, and the proprietor did not seem to be over anx ious to receive an order for one. It was more bother than it was worth to make them, he said, since inquiries were made for such wares only three or four times in a year. The inquiries always came from tho Southwestern States. The vests were made, the proprietor said, in New York by a man in the em ploy of this firm. Tho workman's name the proprietor refused to divulge; say ing that the man was an artist in this and in other ways, and that it it wouldn't be for the interest of the firm to make his name public. The skill required to make these vests, continued the propri etor, lay in the necessity of making a garment of steel that would fit the person so that it could be worn under the clothing without attracting atten tion by any bulsring, wrinkles, or bag giness in appearance. The manufacture of a shirt of this armor is begun by linking four very short steel links into a central circlet of steel. These four links point outward to tho four links of the compass, and into the outer ends are linked other steel circlets, and so on outward in every direction. By making the links longer or shorter, or by leaving out one here and there, the garment,which is sleeveless, is moulded to the artist's design. The Judicious Waters at Carlsbad. Not the least curious part of the effect i of these wonderfully impregnated' waters are the exaotly opposite effects they have on different people. Amus ing dialogues may frequently be heard in consequence. The daughter of a con spicuous New York publicist had been drinking from the Frederioksbrunn for some time, when, meeting a New York acquaintance, a young girl, she asked in astonishment: "What are you drink ing from this spring for?" "To get flesh," promptly responded the other. "Why," exclaimed the first, indignantly, "I'm drinking it to get thin." Then the two girls tore over to their physician, a celebrated professor from Vienna, and beset him for deceiving them. He ex plained that the water on certain con stitutions would have one effect and upon another a directly opposite. The girls retired, by no means convinced of this miraculous discrimination of the springs, but at the end of four weeks the doctor was justified. The stout girl had lost seventeen pounds of flesh and the delicate girl had gained nine. A man must punch over 200 half-dol lars to get silver enough to make sixty cents, and yet some one keeps on punch- ITEMS OF INTEREST. The man with biased judgment is the man whose opinion differs from your own. A Leadville journalist has shot so many men that he is now spoken of as "the local leaditor." In an effort to enforce, in St. Lnuii, a law against oarrying conoealed weapons, fines as high as 8100 for a pistol and 8200 for a slungshot are beiug imposed. Ladies with small months are in favcT In the South this season, and it, is f oared ' that not a persimmon wid be left on the ' trees to ripen. Irwin Stark, of Harbor Creek, Erie count/, has a yoke of trotting seers, three years old. One of them gees sin gle inside of four minutes. A Connecticut woman presented hor son with a bed quiit made of hair cut from Lt - own head. It will go down to posterity as a family hairloom. George Dorn, an attorney of Erie, became suddenly crazy in the presence of a great multitude at an open-air meeting and announced himself the Son of Gjd and appointed to convert Ohio and Pennsylvania. Three Michigan girls made up a part;" and eloped with a young man. By go ing to three different ministers, he married all three of his companions ; and then they went on a tripartite bridal tour. F. M. Darnell, a dwarf, four feet four inches high, caused a sensation in Co lumbus, Ga., by appearing in the streets with a son only 33 inches high, though nine years old. The father has four children, two of whom are dwarfish, while the other two are of the ordinary height. Temptation is a fearful word. It in dicates the beginning of a possible series of infinite evils. It is the ringing of an alarm bell, whose melancholy sounds may reverberate through eter nity. Like the sudden, sharp cry of "fire I" in the night, it should rouse us Ito instantaneous activity, and brace every muscle to its highest tension. Row the Prince Obeys His Mother. In Europe, as you know, royalties-are nearly all related. When ono dies, all the rest go into mourning and suspend pleasure. A common result of this is a little passage of-arms between the Queen and Prince of Wales at this mo ment. Tho Duke of Saxe Coburg died two or three days ago, just when the Goodwood races were in full swing, and when the Prince of Wales was enjoying himself very much indeed at thj man sion of the Duke of Biuhmond. In stantly the Queen telegraphed to the Prince, de.diing him to return to Lon don. The Prince sent ba.-k word that he cou J d weep just as freely for the de parted si.-ond cousin at Goodwood as in Marlborough House. The Q teen in sisted on his not going to tho races. The Prince replied that he must; where upon the Queen, in a great rape, tele graphed positive orders to the Duke of Bichmond not to allow any dancing at Goodwood House during the races. Thus, the Prince goes to the races in the daytime, but has to content himself without tripping the particularly light and fantastic toe, which he loves to wield when any fair dames are about. I now hear that he will go to Cowes next week ; but the newspapera have been asked not to allude to his pres ence, as he intends to be at the regatta almost incognito. The Queen, too, being at Osborne, would be a trifle too handy for him, and he would in all probability find that merrymaking at Cowes was followed by a little enforced penitence at Osborne. The Prince has evidently lost none of his original dread of his august mother's anger. VIRGINIA ITEMS. A duel was fought near Warrenton, Va , Monday evening, betweeD James 0. Soott and Robert B. Cimpbell, young lawyers of that place, in which the for mer received a wound in the hand. Tho meeting errew out of a political dispute. Campbell is the son-in-law of Colonel John 8. Mosby, and Soott is a son of Major John Scott, Commonwealth's at torney of Fauquier county. A large black snake entered an upper window of the house of Mrs. Elizabeth Holman, in Petersburg, whioh he had reached by making his way up a tree. The lady heard a noise of something coming down the stairs, but could not imagine what it was until the snake en tered the room where she was seated. A scream preceding a fainting spell brought assistance, and the snake was despatched. Bussell and Tazewell oounties have been favored with seasonable and abun dant rains, and grass and crops have re vived and are as flourishing as could be desired.