IndeiDeiicieiit 111 ail tilings.
VOLUME IX. NO. XLVI1I.
NOVEMBER 27, 1858.
TERM or MJIWCHIPTIOW.
itrlelty la erfranet, II au at the end el ill monthe, I1
I tat end of lh year,
One eouare one week I M
.a munlliiniiMki I 0
aeequere three mot, t W
ae aa,uar ell nvt. 4 oo
Two tonaret three mot. M
two aqutrea l mot, I 00
ana euuare nnp 9 00
(our tnuerea one year 12 WO
One tmeare on tmt a
him enlamn ana year So 00
aiineaa Card nf not ever tlx llnee pai year
Twelve llnta or lata af thla tUa lelter mnVt a enuere,
Obituary Notleee of more than live linen, nnlen nf general
tatereet, will at loeertea at we tame raw at earerllln mallei
f avar aVterlpUoa attended to an tall, In tba matt tatteful
VA HIT! EltS' HANK OF AIIITADILA.
rtw A. M. to 12 K. and From 1 to I P. M.
Exchange en New York half par eent.
FAERINtiTON A II ALL. Physicians and
raoa uoeje in oia lull l ir t ai nnetnn,
a. h. fa rri eoTow, at. a.i ip,
AthUbala, Jan. 1, 1IA4.
. a. mu, a. b.
D.f Motiroeville, Huron
IT ALT KKLLOOO, A WADE. Attorneys at
Law, JtnVraan, Athtabula Cenntv Ohio. Particular alien
tiea paid ta Penaioa, Bounty-Land, and Pattnl Application!,
Alvkkt A. Mill,
4M liHcira Wtne.
SHKKMAN k FAKMKIl, Attorneys
Countellnn at Law, Aahtetnile. (Mile.
CIIAKLKS BOOTH. Attorney
tailor at Law. Athtahubt, Ohio.
W. H. OH AP.U.VM, Attorney at l-
JtiM ntf tkW IVaVC, intitlM4nntr of lW1 for Mfrhlffiui
.. low, trite Uuwa 4onni east of th Tramotit llou.
C H A FFKK, A WOOIHIUBY, Attorneys,
Jtfftreon, Athtabula touaty, OWe. 419
N. L. Catrria, C B. WooneraT.
FISK HOUSE, Ashtabula. Ohio. K. L.
HoLaaooa, Proprittar. Aa Orardbua raanlnf to and fmm
evarv train of cart. AlfA, a Rood llvtrrntabH krpt in rno
wtalea with tbla koaaa, ta eenrar aaaannra to ul derlrtd
HOUSE Jabn Thompson
ASHTABULA HOUSE, Robert C. Warm-
iagtoa, Athtabula. O.
8. BEXHAM, Jr.. Dfalcrin Dry Ooo(in,Grocc-
ritt, Croetctry aad ilaw H'are, and all tliote articlra utuallr
found la a complete and well aiipi.lled country Htoret. New
Duiliiin(, tecoud dour touth of lie t'itk iiuiue, Anhtabula,
EDWARD II. ROBERTS, Dealer in Fancy
and -tuple Dry Uond, ldiea' Cleaka, Kurt, 8klrti, Cereeti,
Cnoiee (Jroeerie, Slielf iiardwara, crockery, 4c, r'ink't
Block, Athtabiila. . 4i
TYLKtt COLLINS. Denlcrg in Dry Goods,
CreceHee, Cmckery, Uoott aad !bnea. Mat, Cant, it., Ac,
next door south or Athtaoula llauce, AMiutrala, o.
J. F. ROBERTSON, Dculer in Dry Goods,
Groceriee, liardwara, Crockery, Proritiona, Iloott and
Hhoea, and tvery atber elate af floodt utually looked for
la a Pint Claat Country store. Courtety and lair deallag
are the laduoeaienU oOered Ibra thara af pablie faror.
Maia ttreet, AahUbula nkin.
ROOT A MORRISON. Dealers in Dry Goods,
Oreeerie, Hoota and Hhoet, Uatt and Cant, Hardware,
Crockery, Hor.ki, I'aintt, Uiil, Ac, I'oat Cilice building,
GEORGE WILLARD, Deulerin Dry Goods,
alraetriet, IUU,Cnps Boota and Hhoea, Oroehery, Clam
ware, mauufcicturer of ready-made Clotliinr. Alto, whole
" aala and retail draler in Hardware, Saddlery, Nnll,lron,Stre1,
Itni(t and Mtdicinet, Painta, Oila, Dyattulfa, Ac, Main
ttreet. Afhtabula. 419
j. G. WRIGHT. Dealer in Millinery Goods,
Worked Collart and Sleerra, and Faucy Cooda. Next door
ta the Poti o.ner.
WELU-i at FALLKNEU. Wholesale and
. ltetail IMalera la Wettern Keterre Iluttor and Cbeeiw,
Dried Fruit and Flour, Athtabaula, Ohio. Ordrra retpect
lllT aoliciled. and Blled at the Lowent cath cort. 419
PRENTICE k SMITH, General Grocers and
Dealera In Prerieloaa, Produce, aad aa forth. Mala itreet,
Anhtabula, Ohio. 414
!. It. BECKWn II, Surgical and Mcclianical
Denllnt. Colbmek. Olilo 347
Uatrbet, Jrwelrjr, etc.
0. A. AMSDEN, Jeweler. Repoiring of nil
klndt of Watchet, Clockt, and Jewelry. tiLop, nppotite the
FUk Hoaee. Anhubuia. 0. 416
i7w. STEELEWatch nnd Clock Maker, and
Paalar tn Jewelry, Silver, and Plated Ware, Ac Mechaalea'
PniGIIAM A CO.. Wholesale and retail
Peaierelel Head Made Clothlnir, FuraUhlnf Oooda, llata,
Caaa. Aa. Aaktalwiaa. ' 9
J, A. TALCOTT. Dealer in Ready-MadeCloih-
Uf , llau. Car, and Furnlthinf Gondii, af all kind. Oppo
aite lAe farmere lUuk. Anhtaiiula.
It. FASSETT. Agent for the Purchase. Sale, a
Rentluf of Keal Kutetr, Inaurm ca, NrcotUtlnr Iiant, Col
lectioa af Debta. Ac Property told for Conimitrina only,
aad at aab) no chaite. A tale, direct or indirect, contti-
atet a commltrlnn. Comer Main and Canter atraett. Aahta-
, lU lo. Alto, Aoury ruDiic. 41
C. C. DIBBLE, General (Collector, and Loan,
aad Baal EtUte Agent, Katt Athtabula. Ohio.
ALKXANDKU GARRETT, Und A (rent No.
Ad Wattr etreet, ClereUnd, O. Iindt for tale in Iowa, 1111
atoSa, rrlm'f'". and H.'uaeaeta, at i AO per acre, anil un
CVjOBGE C. HUliKARD, Manufacturer of
Tin, fewotitoa aeA Capper Want, aud IValer la Baatera
Coakinf , Parlor, (Uc 4 eaf- hipilatiiia eliaeUran Mnw
Iron Pumpa, ehaia -, lead rheet Iwn, aliett Wrt,
' aheat alao. wvaat tnjtur. det kraaa, Ua piate nMlain ket
tlaa, dairy kettiaa, Kaatero A-ara. ultiva-Ma and utnat otlt
ar kindt of famiiu utenailt. lae, aale Aaent lor the aala
tttrwait'l Celebratrd Air Tat turxuar aud Ulntrr CorA
in Store, tor taei.intef AthUbala. Athtabula. Ohio.Alt)
H. TOWER it HON. Maeliiuinln l.uiUk'ra of
Stationary and Portable ptaani Enftnet. IfSaw, and ntlier
Mill Work, and Jobbing and rteuwirin- dona to order, oa
abort notice, tat ia vorkluaaUka auuu-tr, arwIJi Main at.
Q. C. CULLEY, Manufuctrirer of Lath, Sidinj?
Chaeaa thixea, Aa lUnln( and Matching and Scrwwi-Aawiu-
dona an the abortaat notiot. bhop souili tide at Um
Methoditt, Church, Aehtaewla, Ohio. 40
A. a. ABBOTT, Lumber Dreuior, and Nairn-
faettirer of and Dealer la Sbinglet, Lath, Feaxd fluff, Ac Ae.
Vietag. and tlioutar nawtne aone to oraer. Hata atreot,
aoarlawer'a Maahina thop: AahUbula.
3, B CROSBY, Iron Foander, abd
rketartr aad laalar In Plowa, Plow Ctii., Will fait-
Moat deeerlpUeae of rouotiy M ara awae la tnttr
VT. W. 8MlTH-Muiiuracturerof Sole. Up
pee and Heraete leather, and lWJtt in Fienah Calf, and
Llatot Bklac Cub paid for Hide, and Skint 419
0EORGE H ALU Dealer in Piano Forte, -nd
Mtlodaona, PUno Htoola, Caeera, Inetractien BaoHA. etc
, Peaet aornar Main aad Centre Street, rev of H. fataet'l
Oftca. AahUbula. fed advertlaemeota. did
el. E. CHAPMAN. Dealer In Musical Merchon-
dir., Hooka, t-w.e Btatlowry. Torn, and Fancy Artlclet, at
tff'J"? Zl?' - eouth of tba Bank,
PUCRO k BROTHERS. Moi.ufactaren af a
Irtalert In F
neiy. euw general i noenaeeia, ana oianufaeturtrt of Cof-
" npiione, ano every ta-
it-aerai rndertakeia, aad oianufaeturtrt of Cof-
aaeio oruw, waia pwevi, pun, pi Bouui ruu 4 Buuare
LIM'S SATAGR, Fumit-re Dealer and Man-
luWaMr, etram eatablhhment. North Main atraaL new the
mat af Ore Farriugtoa a HalLAtbtahula, 0. 419
EatclaedrfMi t.4 irVeeii.g.
0. B. IIOLIIROOK, Fraotloal gurreyor,
Boat Athtabula. Ohio . 40
Boeu audi Hkoeia.
D. PHILLIPS, Boot and Shoe Store, Fink.
1 Beach, aefatoMfb-ae, Aaktabalt, O. ila
SPKXCF.IRAN WRITING, A new rtieel
mral lre of tr J . eorrtct ai d Hplrndid Eiarrlrrt
enibracina. both Riinlnara and Ladiaa' Ktrlva jurt pab
liiiktd, tae-ainilla, from tlatl pbtta, and ami by aiail for U
eanta. Price of th Whole J'aper frttein to one ad
draai pent paM, ft l. rT More. Hrallr food Writert
bare ort(inated la thli Sriirm than in all other.
Addreaa P. R. HI KSCfP.
401 flenera, Arhtabnla Co., Ohio.'
A. RAYMOND. Dealer in Frail und Orim
natal Trm, Hhnilrr, t, PeaBtld, Moama Count, Hi
W. II. ALLKN. Hook Binder Bookp and
Iftfftnlner bound In are .trie deitited. Blank booka made
and miea ta nmvri
H. A. MARSH. Successor to E. Howell. J
DagtierreotTie and Ambrotypa Artitt. A'an, K. Howell't
new Papert?ie, recently Patrnled. Ixickett and Mlneature
linn filled at rerunnahle eaten. Picture! taken On patent
leather, If dertred. f Hnrrme, I ret bu tilling aoulh of
the Hank, Main .treat, AnhUbtila, Ohio.
WILLARD k REEVES. Dealers in Itolinn
and Rutland Marble, (Irtre Stonea, Mnnumenbs Table Topt,
A L. THURSTON, Cartman, has taken
the F.etablUhnient of farld Camp, and will (tire lilt
attention to Draylng to and from the fteput, and about the
Ulan. AaiiTASri.il, April 1A67. 1A
EMORY LUCE, Dealer In Sweet Potato, and
other Early Plnhtt tnd Vetettblee,
Aim, Denier In Piraerred Frulta, Toroatoti ite. Cant Ath
tabula, Ohio. 4jJ
STANTON & BROTHER Li verv and Pale
stable. In connection with the FUk Ilouee. Atlitnbtiln. Ohio.
inndhiit Knnnlng tn and from every Train nf Part.
LIME. We slmll Fell Lime at tlic Ilnr
bnr th year nf 1368, at 28 cent per rtnrhrl, and at the
HI MP'IIKY A Mil l-
HALL k SEYMOUR, Forwnrditifr and Com-
mlttlon Merchnntt. and dealer In Salt, t Imir, KlHi, littler,
Water Lime, Ae. Attn, Cumnlttlon Dealert la Laitiuer an
fitaret. Athtabula llnrbor, Ohio. o3g
Anhiabnla . . djltmltia; of Malla.
T)0ST 0FFICK K0TICE The Mail
JL rolne Eatt will elote at 10 o'clock and 1 mlnutet, A.
and mail Wett will close at 1 1 o'clock and 30 mlnutrt, A. 11 ., the
Southern Mail clntea at a. a , and the mall to Jefferann at 12
M. F.Ik Creek Mall, via Plvaiouth, Tuetdayt, at 4 SO, a. a.
Office open dally from 1 a. a. to r. a. oa week dayt, and on
andaye, from 12 a. to 1 p. a. until farther notiot.
Athttliula, May 10th, 18 E. C. BOOT. P. a.
On and after Monday May. 10, 1858.
CLEVELAND AND ERIE R. ROAD.
Leaving Ashtabula goinq east.
Day Freight Xo,
1 lea vet at. .. .
11 11 a
41 r a
12 16 a a
Leaving Athtabula going west.
1 3 47 A a
10 47 A a
1 12 to T a
Par Freight ,
iprett " 329PM
Night Freight 1 81 A a
Chiaago Etprew, Eatt, and Mail Wett, tlop at til ttationa
except Saybmok, Unlonrille, Perry, Mientur, and WtckltfTe.
Cincinnati Exprett, Eatt, atopa at Palnetvilla and Kinge
Day F.tpreta Wett will atop at Girard, Conneaat,Atlitab
bula and ISltrearltle only.
Night Exprett Eatt, and Watt, atop at Palnavllla, Ath
tabula, Conneaut and Girard only.
BY J. G. HOLLAND.
Thoee arc my beautiful Carters;
Every one doomed to be martyr
To ibe eccentric desire
Of Christian people to tkiu them,
Brought to the trial of fire
For the good that ii in theuil
Irory tubers divide one I
Ivory all the way through!
Never a hollow inside one)
Never a core, bluck or blue!
Ab, you should tusle tlicut when roasted!
(Chestnut are not half so good;)
And you would Bud that I've b ousted
Less than I should.
They make the meal for Sunday noon
And, if ever you eat one, let me beg
You to manuge it just as you do au egg.
Take a pat of buitur, a silver spoon,
And wrup your napkin round tue shell!
11 uve you seen a humming-bit J probe the bell
Of a wnite'lipped luoruiug-giory 1
Well, that's ibe rest of the ntory I
From Chambers' Edinboro Journal.
I. SETTING OUT.
The bell rings, Ibe curtain rises, nnd dis
covers the actor iu our little druma. A
innjdle-ugtd, aloutly built luiin, who would
huve been good-looking, but for the deeply
graven impressions of uuxiety aud hunger
which his lace exhibited; he wag arrayed
in uu entire suit of fle-.li colored tights,
much dumed; round his lieud he wore a
Lillet, that hud once beeu glowing luce; but
ull its lustre aas goue, long, long ago, and
it looked like a piece of dirty tape; yellow
ochied cunvag shoes, terribly frayed and
jugged, und a pair of faded crimson velvet
trunks, ou which a tarnished spangle, hang
ing here there by a piece of yellow tbreud,
showed that they hud ouce beeu elaborately
trimmed, completed his attire. Two pret
ty, pale-faced little boys, dressed, or rath
er iiudreased, iu precisely the same maimer.
stood by, looking ou dejectedly, yet listen
ing uu -merest to the conclusion or a dia
logue bet-ecu their father and a hard-featured,
elderly woman, of whom the whole
fuuiily necmed to stand iu awe. These
formed t he group to which I would dirtct
' The long an' the short on it is, you'll
have to turn out I couiu ha let this
rjotu, times an often, for tluee-uu' six, au'
here I only charge you half-a-crowu, au'
that you won't pay.'
Won't pay, Mm. Niggs?' replied the
i Well, leastways, you dou't pay. To lc
Mire, your Diiaeis give me her bit of best
rowud yesterday, a a kind of security for
the rent; but what's the good o' that It's
tiawt but au old inerina.'
It was her wedding gown,' mildly ex
poKfilated the mountebank, hearing a sad
sigh as be thought of the liuppy sunny
morning when first 'the old meriua adorn
ed its guy owner 'it was her weddiag
goevn, aud poor Agues wouldn't like to lose
That may be; but 'tain't any use to roe;
it 'ul only fit a half-starved shrimp of
woman like her.'
'Dot, Mrs Niggs you're got my watch
'A trumpery, old fashfoned thing, as big
as a warming pan!' said Mrs, Nifiis.
'It Was dear grandfitther'a,' sighed th
Tain't worth balf-ft snVring, 1 know,1 re
turned the benevolent Mrs Nigg; 'an' J
want seven weeks' reat of 'you this Very
day Now don't jaw no ojorej Ulks mi
use; it won't fill my pockets; It's mbney I
vraAt, Why don't jyott go ut , vitb them
two lads? You id you could do nowt
yesterday an' the day before for the rain;
it don't rain to-dy.'
'Why, certainly, it doesn't rain to-day,
ma'nro,' raid the father, walkinp- to the win
dow, and rubbing a pane of glass with his
arm, to make a thoroughfare for his eye
sight 'it doesn't rain, but it looks" terribly
dark, as If thcre'd be a downfall 6t Sortie
sort either rain or snow, and looking
apprehensively towards his thinly clad chil
dren 'it's bitter, bitter cold.'
'Coldt' retorted Niggs; 'cold do votf sayT
Well, I'm sure, I don't find it cold.' (She
had on a warm cloth dress, a laree woolen
shawl handkerchief, and thick doublc-soled
boots.) 'Indeed it ain't cold for the time
o' year, Gne bracing weather, I call it
tnake the boys hardy to be ont iu it.'
But' said the father, 'they haven't broke
their fust yet; and'
'It's only twelve o'clock.' interiUDted the
humane landlady, 'an' many the good Chris
tyin as hasn't hnd their breakfast yet, let
Alone nionutebniiks an' the like meddicated
senm, whicii I look on ns hatlnngsl What
matters whether you takes your lads out
afore breiikfawcs or arter? You shouldn't
indulge their nppetites overmuch.'
Here the fulher glanced at the attenua
ted forms of his voung ones, and replied
only by n mournful shake of his head the
children staring earnestly at Mrs Niggs, ns
if wondering what her notions of 'indul
gence' might lie. A sixpenny louf and a
jug t water una iiccn the only provision
within the walls of their wretched garret
for the Inst four-iiHd-tweiity ; the last morsel
of the bread hnd been deiuoliehed for sup
per the night previous.
1 here,' added Niggs, as a sinc-le dab
was heard at the si reel door 'there's t he
gal with my tboulder and taters from the
bilkers. I must Ireiaroiiik-. for I hute mv
victnnls ct-ld. Now, you mind what I've
paid, Mr. Thingamy if you dou't pay up
nice a in hti. a tore i imrfday, out you go I
take them little creeters into the streets, nu'
see if they can't erim a trifle, as I call it;
either way, the money's ns good. Q rumble
about the weather, indeed! Why, for the
time of year Drat that gnl! she's left the
street door ajar, an' the draught comes up
them stairs enough to cut a body in two
Grumbling and shivering, Mrs. Niggs
lumped heavily down stairs to scold the
'gnl.' und afterward, to solace herself with
a pint of hot ale aud a good substantial
dinner, the steam und appetizing smell
whereof ascending to the mountebank's
garret, brought teurs into his eyes, as he
turned away from his hungry children, not
daring to meet their looks. So he paced
the room, as people do when excited, or
impatient, or unhappy, or hungry, pcr
hups: poor fellow, he was all these at
once. First he walked to the dingj
window aforesaid, gtzed up at the heavy
clouds, then down at the pavement, Buying
mournfully to himself: There's sore to be
downfall, for the pavemeut's quite damp,
aud that's always a sign.' Then hn went
to the almost empty grate, put on the hist
remaining morsel of coal, funned it with
his breadth into a tiny flume, then back a
gain to the window, then again to the
window, then again to the cheerless fire
place, Gtlgetiug about and busying himself
with such little matters as sweeping the
hearth, dusting the shaky mantle-piece
with a remnant of an old clown's cap; und
finally, setting a low, ricketty wooden chair
before the miserable attempt at a fire, say
ing, in as cheerful toue as he could muster:
Mother'U be coming in soon, my luds and
'And then, will there be bretfus, daddy?'
asked the youngest boy.
' Yes, yes, Midgklns) at least I hope
Here the poor fellow took the boy on his
knee, drew Alfy towards him also, and tried
beguile the time until mother should
come, by hearing them repeat the little
songs and hymns which that mother loved
' Now, Midgkins, it's yonr turn,' said the
father, after Alfy had gone through his
little hoard of knowledge, and yet no mo
ther, and no breakfast.
Accordingly, the child began to recite.nnd
prettily too, that infant lavorite, The Busy
Bee; but when he came to ' with the sweet
food,' &c., his voice failed him, the tears
started into his eyes, and he wept loudly
and bitterly, with his pale, tiny face hidden
his father's brdast. At this moment, a
weary 6tep was heard slowly ascending the
'Mother, mother!' shouted Alfv. who
sprang to open the door. Little Midgkin's
eyes brightened up his father set him gent
down, and hastened to meet his wile and
release her from the burden of a baby some
ten months old, which she carried with
great difficulty, for the womau was slight
and pal", hall'-stnrved, and half-dot lied.
The most cursory glance might serve to in
form you that she was indeed the mother
anxiously waited for bk was so like her
boys. The same expression of patient en
durance was on her long thin face aud in
her meek blue eyes. A girl, who might
have seen two sffiTWiTcrs, toddled in, cling
ing to lu r gown. The child's uose was red,
her cheeks blue, ami her eyes were filled
with water; it was evident, iu'dced, from the
appearance of both children, aud of moth
er too, that the morning was iutensely eoto.
Alfy met his sister,- toor off her lilac cot
ton bonnet, which, loVtg iuuocent of starch,
(lapped uneasily over her forehead, lie next
divested her of an old coarse, browu over
coat, made originally by mothe'r far Midg
kins to wear over his rX.-shiugs, but which
Lucy had on because Irer own green stuff
pelisse hud lust week been1 converted into
dinner. Strangely enotfgh,' the fire seem
ed to burn brighter as sorMi us mother en
tered the room! She sat down, aud Midg
kins climbed on her lap; Alfy took posses
siou of a low stool, seated Lucy on his
knees, and began chafing her poor half
frozen hands and feet; while father untied
baby's cloak and hood put on certainly
more for appearance suke than for warmth,
four young mountebanks iu succession bar
ing worn tbcm completly threadbare.
'No use your long walk, I kuow. Agnes '
'Very little. The guardians gave me a
shilling, and told me-r-uot gruffly, but as
they weiM sorry to say it to me, for they
looked pitifully at the poor babes they
told ou) that U'o tata exit inti tho Jbck-out
together W made matters so bad that in
justice to their own townsfolk, they ought
l" '' rv "o ecn 'net, ana mat i
mill! n't trotlhlp thnin nolr. t
... - 1
On mention of a shilling, Alfy quietly
filled the oiYfall tin kettle, and set it oif the
now sparkling fire, slipped on his overcoat
and cap, and then nodded to mother, who
or conrse understood him to mcaii: 'I'm"
rendy to go to the shop.' She' popped the
coin into his hand, and away he trotted dn
nis joytui errand. Uiiring his short ab
sence, what preparations Midgkins and Lu
cy maae I now tiiey bustled about how
they set out the old cracked cups and sau
cers, the two battered leaden tea-spoons,
nnd the old broken spouted brown tea potl
Father mean time recounted the partin'lars
of Mrs. Niggs's visit, which grieved his
wife, although it did not surprise her.
Laden witli a loaf, tea, sugar, and two red
herrings, Alfy retnrned.and the whole fami
ly in spite of landladies and tnrn-ouls,
end the cold wpnthcr--enjoyed a hearty
meal; bahkius (bnby, I mean) tacking iu
wonderful quantities of wpak tea aud sopp
ng bread. Poor fellow ! tho maternal
nourishment must needs have been but
Breakfast over, cverylioily looks more
lively; father thinks that 'after nil the snow
mayn't come to-dny;' mother fancies that
' the weather's milder than it was two hours
ago;' nnd the boys button on their conts.
' Well, well, we must even try our luck,'
says the monntebnnk; 'we must see if we
can't get ns fur ns Eglinthorpe; there's a
iuir ueiti mere to-morrow. It's no use try
ing tho town again; what with tho strike
and the denrness of food, poor folks can't
give, and rich ones never stop to look ntus.
xvct p up your spirit, Agnes; perhaps we
may make a pitch at some village on the
roud; und if we do I'll send you half of
whatever we get ; so look out for a letter.'
So saying, he strapped a dr.um round his
waist, over a miseroble ragged grey. coat,
and pinned a little square of worn carpet
ing over Milgkins shoulders; Ag nes tied
tier own cotton shawl round Alfy, kissed
her boys, said good-bye to them nnd father,
but still seemed to linger about them; nnd
when they were quite rendy for a start, she
laid baby on the bed, followed them down
stairs, kissed them once more, thrust the re
mains of the loaf iuto Alfy's pocket, nnd
whispered to him: 'Be kind to li'tle Midg
kins?' Mother watched her treasures in
their progress down the street; and when
they were quite out of sight, she turned
away with a heavy heart to her infant
charge in the garret. Poor mother! why
was her heart so heavy? Often and often
hnd she been separated from her husband
aud the boys for three and four days at
time, while they pursued their calling.
Why, then, was her heart so heavy?
II. THE MOOR.
On they went the mountebank and his
boys through dirty, poverty-stricken lanes
on, on, through dark; dejected looking
courts and narrow alleys where father
thought it just possible they might raise a
few pence. In front streets and bustling
thoroughfares, he was aware that none
would be tempted to stop und admire their
performance. Indeed, hnd a few specta
tors been, by some wonderful chance, col
lected iu any such locality, the police would
certainly have interfered with the customa
ry gruff 'move on there 1' After thread
ing innumerable intricate passages, and tor
tious by-ways, with which the mountebank
seemed perfectly fumiliur, our little party
emerged iuto a large opea squre in former
times, used as a hay-murket which, being
surrounded by workmen's cottages, was a
place where, perhaps, an audience might
assemble; so futher beat the drum with al!
bis might, Alfred startled the neighborhood
with the clash of cymbals, and little Midg
kins shook and spread hfa'tiny square of car
pet, Ly way of giving 'note of preparation'
to parsers by. The drum and cymbal over
ture continued for full ten minutes before
any one condescended to notice the efforts
of the performers.
Three or four workmen, having jilst dined,
then sauntered to the doors of their respec
tive dwellings, where they stood a while
leisurely smoking their pipes add enjoying
the fresh air; a few children, too, attracted
by the noise, formed into a group to witness
the proceedings of the professionals; and
a yrung woman with an iufunt In her arms
leaned out of the upstairs window of one
of the udjrtcent Cottages. Father cust Ids
practiced eyes around, counted heads, ami
shrugged his shoulders. He drummed away
for another five minutes, aud then took a
second survey of his audience, but withotlt
auy satisfactory result, if one might judge
fftnn the rueful expression of his counte
nance; however, he muttered to himself:
'We must make the best of it, I suppose;
it's the only likely place for a pitch at this
end of the town.'
Giving a sort of sideways nod to the boys,
they took the cue from him with great alac
rity, divested theiuselve of their coats, and
prepared to dazzle and delight all beholders
whir the splendor of their wardrobe, and
the combined grace and agility of their
moveitreits Unluckily, just, us those pre
paratiuus were completed, ding dong, ding
dou'g, went the large bell of the nearest
factory, und, obedient to its summons, away
walked the workmen. A moment after
was heard the tinkling of a school-bell,
whereupon, 'with unwilling steps aud slow,'
as if sorry to be thus deprived of tho ex
pected siffbt, the aidim'rinir scholars moved
off. Father aud boys, perceiviug; that iw
chance remained or earning even the small
est pittance, made ready for their depart
ure. Just as thvy were walking sadly away,
the young woman at the window cadedout:
'Bide a' bit ; I've suinmat for the little ludi '
Presently, out she cuhtc,' brirrging a f rg of
not tea and some thick slices of bread and
butter, saying, 'you tnun tat this, and take
this tea, before you go any frjrtber, poor
things 1 You'll do but little to-day, for it's
beginning to snow, and you can't act In the
wet streets. God help you I There 1
Stop a bit,' she exclaimed, as Alfy gave her
the eiilpt'y jug 'stop a bit 1' Site ran up
stairs, and returned with an old scarlet
muffler aud a green cotton neck-tie, which
she gave to the mountebank to' Wrup round
the children's throats. lie received them
with' m"ny expressions ol gratitudo so
much kiuduess was something rather una
sual. Tuo sure you're heartily welcome,'
said the friendly giver; 'I wish t could do
more ftf your' but my man's; (aiV of the
turn-ont-i. and wo've nowt but the c'lection
brass to live on. Good-luck to yon, muster,
ana 10 your pretty lads, wherever you iro,
A t. I : t , .
Ah I there's no knowing what one's own
poornuie nns mny come to in this hard
world.' Here she hugged lrcf, bnby fondly
to her bo'sonf? rind riddding' ii kiini farewell
to the strect-flrtisferS, she disappeared.
Perehrtnc'Cj comfortable reader, you wonder
these children could Btul an appetite
to enjoy a second mcnl so soon after their
breakfast; but, remember, the boys hod
existed in a state of scmi-stnrvntion all
their lives; and iu such coses the craving;
for food is incessant.
Jt s useless to go homo without money.'
thought the poor mountebank. 'I could
no more face Mrs. Niggs than I could n ti
ger; so, we'll step on, best foot foremost;
and if the weather doesn't turn out very
bad we enn be at Eglinthorpe by five
o'clock. Tom Wl.itlock's sure to be there
with his tumbling-booth; he'll bo glad of
us, and pay us well too, for the fair-day.
Let's make a start, boys 1 come 1 cheerily,
bo!' Thus monologuing, and leading Midg
kins by the hand, he turned his back ou
the town, with little Alfy bringing up the
rear. At the outset of the journey, the
youngsters were lively enough, and prattled
on, in childish fashion, about 'what they'd
do when they were older; what pains they'd
take with their -posturing and vaulting;
and how they'd get a situation in some
grand circus, wheie an immense amount of
salury would be theirs; nnd how joyfully
they'd give it all to their father and mother,
who should never be ragged nor hungry
uny more. The mountebank smiled on them
compassionately ns he listened; he remem
bered that long years gone by, he, too, had
thought nnd spoken in the same strain.
Alas for human hopes and resolves ! his
parents hnd died in the parish workhouse !
Not that he was unwilling to assist them
but not that lie lucked affection towards
them but few and fur between had been
his opportunities of assisting them; for he
had not been fortunate iu a profession,
which is, at best, but a precarious one.
True, he had seen others, with a very lim
ited amount of talent and industry, get
forward in the race of life rise iu the world,
ond attain a high position in their callinr;
but his career hud been an unsuccessful one;
and though it would have been the pride of
his affectionate heart to have cherished the
declining years of his aged parents, it was
not to be; and, as I said before, they died
in the workhouse.
'Cheerily, ho, Alfy ! Give me your hand,
and I'll help you along. So the father led
both boysjaiid when they hud walked near
ly five miles, arid begun to look tired, to
their great delight he opened his inexhaust
ible budget of oft-repeated tales, to lighten
the tediousness of the journey. First, he
related the anecdote of Alfred the grout
and the burned cukes; then the story of
William Tell; after these came the fable of
the shepherd boy nnd the wolf all of which,
though heard for the twentieth time at least,
awakened in the juvenile auditors as warm
an interest as ever; aud mnny were the
sensible remarks and pertinent questions to
which they gave rise. Formerly, when the
children were too young to be amused in
this manner, the mountebank, in providing
for a bu.Miiess excursion, would purchase
some cotnGts er pepperrocnt lozenges, and,
after walking so long, that symptoms of
weariness began to exhibit themselves in
the slackened pace of the little pedestrians,
lie would scatter the sweetmeats here and
there on the road at short intervals, ard
the chsldren, forgetting their fatigue, would
follow quickly to secure the tempting prize;
and when the stock of confectionary was
exhausted, they would race with as much
eagerness after a ball thrown by father iu
their onward path, as ever was manifested
by jockey when competing for tho Derby.
Latterly, tales and songs had takcu the
place of the comfits and the ball.
Ihe sixth milestone was greeted by the
youngsters as a friend, for it told them that
half of their journey was accomplished;
but father appeared uneasy; he looked with
dismay at the heavy black clouds overhead,
and at the thickening snow; it had fallen
gently ull the afternoon, but it now began
to assume a threatening ospeet. lie stop
ped suddenly in the most interesting por
tion of The Thriftless Heir, which he was
relating, and fell irresolute whether to re
turn even then, or to go forward. After a
brief pause, be chose the latter alternative,
for, as he argued mcutally, to return with
out having any part of the rent to proffer
to Mrs. Niggs, would only provoke her to
carry into iic'm'cdiate execution her threat
of turning ull the family out into the streets;
whereas, if he went dji to the fair, his wife
and the younger children would at least be
certain of a root to'sirefter them and that
was something iu sich' ine'leraeut weather.
Selling this out of the question, his' little
party was hW way to its place of destina
tion. To be sfffe, the rem'aiuTiVf toilf fay
across a barren moor, where there were no
hedgerows or wulls to screen the travelers
frorw the Weather. Wliist of that ? He'd
curry M'idgtVnis aud then ho nnd Alfy
could walk faster than they had done pre
viously, aud wouldu't feel the cold. Pur
suant to thfs resolution, he took the tired
little one, nothing loth, in hisairft, itltlnrugh,
encumbered as he was by the large drum, it
was a troublesome matter to manage this
additional weight. Still he toiled on, sup
porting Midgkins on one arm, aud leading
Alfy as quickly onward as he could, while
thicker aud faster fell tlie snow-liukes, aud
gradually slower and more feeble became
the boy's steps; and Midgkins nestling in
his father's bosom, overpowered with the
extreme cold, fell fast asiccp.
'Come, my boy, step out and let us get
nnder cover; it's going to bb a fenfrfirl night!
Luckily, the first house we come to' in Eg
linthorpe is the Trevelers' Rest; and a
kind-hearted body is Mrs: Dawson, that
keips it;-' she'll not refuse to let you and
Midgkins sit by the kitchen fire, while I
look for Tom Whitlock, and settle matters
with hinl'. Walk us last as you can there's
good' boy !'
This the in'oirutetmnW said' in an1 anxious,
husky tone of voice, for the biiudmg snow
preveuted his discerning anything likely to
prove a guide;' a thick-darkness was spread
ing itself all arouud, aud the uubappy man
felt a dire foreboding of evil.
'ludeed, father,' leebly replied the child,
'I do walk as fast as ever 1 can; but Iv'e
lost y shoe in the- suow, and I'm $o tii ed.
na sun endeavored to urge lum rorward.
In what direction they were going, he knew
of yet hoped for tho best. At length,
after wandering about on the desolate,
snow-clad waste for nearly two hoars, with
how ' out meeting a living creature the fury of
the storm ever increasing, nnd the cold, 03
j the day wore on, becoming yet more intense,
he yielded to the faint cuti ities of poor
Ally, to 'sit aud rest just a little while.'
I Ho sut down with both the children on his
I might lie down and take a sleep.'
The mouutebnok made no rcnlv to this:
but he clasped the boy's hand convulsively,
knees, Midgkins still slumbering, out not
peacefully, ns hnppy childhood sleeps; his
teetn chattered, he tnonned incessantly and
trembled from head to foot. Alfy was
pale, foot-sore, exhausted. In this terrible
strait, what was the bewildered father to
do? Shivering os he was with cold, the
agony of his mind caused streams of per -
spiraiion to roll down his enre-worn couute-
nance. A short time sufficed for delibcra-
lion; be arose, took off his coat, wrapped
it round his boys, nnd placed them in u sit -
tintf posture against the drum.
"Now, Alfy,' said he mukintf a fioinrul
effort to speak cheerfully, 'J must leave you
r ...! w at
lur a wunc. ion Know 1 can walk verv
fast; and I'll try to find rhy wny to the
village, ond get somo one to come nnd help
mo to carry you and Midgkins to the Trav
'But, father' yon mustn't go without yonr
coat ; sec what large (lakes of snow are
Don't heed mr, love,' replied father ;
'but (ry to stay awnke, and keep close to
your little brother.'
'Yes, father, and I'll Fay my prnfers.
Mother always told ine to pray to God to
take tare of ns if we should be irY trouble
The idea of mother at that m jtn'erit al
most overcatno the mountebank ; but he
struggled manfully with bis feelings ; he
embraced lovingly, ncfain and again, AUy
and" the unconscious Midgkins. He could
hardly persuade himself to go ; yet to stay
was certain destruction, for the snow full
still, it the darkness still increased. Alone
and unencumbered, he might reach Eglin
thorpe very soon nay, perhaps, at that
moment he might be close Upon the village,
although the darkness obscured it from his
view. These cheering hopes he tried to en
courage, as if to brace his nerves for the
approaching trial. A trial it was, and a
heavy oue, to leave his young ones in ntter
darkness on that dreary moor ; but it must
be.' The father yielded to stern nccccssity
and with tears of agony,' tore himself from
the spot, aud walked away with rapid
strides. It was alT guess-work as to which
wny he was going all hnp-hazard it
being by this time so dork' that, to use a
common but eipresaive phrase you, couTdu't
have seen your huud before you.'
and so cold, niulso very drowsy. I
III. THE TRAVELERS' REST.
The door of the Travelers' Kest "(VP
stands hospitably open, ns is becoming in a
roadside house of entertainment. Ou this
particular stormy night, the snow enrue
drifting in furiously ; nnd the wind, whis
tling nlong tho wido passages of the old
fashioned public house, disturbed the whist
players, who were enjoying their nsual cve:
niug rubber in the bar-parlor. ' Mrs. Daw
son, from her sanctum (the bar), where she
sat in attendance on her customers, observ
ed this, and called out to the servant :
'Bet, my lass, thou mays't shut the front
door ; we shall ha' no more visitors to-night
for certain ; nobody would venture out iu
such a storm ; so get thy supper, and bod
wi' thee thou bast to rise early to-morrow.
If the morning turns out fine, we shall ha'
lots o' fair-dry folk here by seven o'clock.'
Betty went to obey her mistress's orders,
but immediately rushed back, screumiug
with terror, and crying out ; 'A ghost, a
ghost !' she took refuge iu the kitchen.
slamming the door after her, to keep the
spiritual intruder at a respectful distance.
A ghost ; wry, what does the silly
wench mean V said Mrs. Dawsou, ns she
put her knitting down, and came out of the
bur to ascertain the cause of this extraor
dinary conduct, uu arriving in the pas
sage, she might have echoed Betty's cry
that is, if she, too, had been giveu to a be
lief in ghosts for there, leaning for sup
port with one hand on each door post, stood
a figure ghastly to behold ! a man, gasp
ing and struggling for breath : his eves
bloodshot, and glaring wildly around ; his
hair matted and dishevelled : shoeless t
and, in such a bitter liiijht as that weariu'sr
only the thin garments of a Rtreet-tunibler,
aud those saturated with 6tioW.' At last.
the mountebank had renched the Travelers'
Best whose fricudly lamp bad guided him
to the door. . ., .
'Bless me !' cried the landlady." 'here's a
poor chap that looks ns if he was dying.
He's one of the . show-folk, I see Come
in, gootl rilati f don't stand there come to
the, tire thou seems perished.'
The mountebank essayed to accept her
hospitubhi .invitation ; ho staggered for
ward; a few1 sfeps f ottered, in a bourse
whisper, the wont 'water, when a stream
of blood flushed from his mouth, aud he
fell heavily face downwards.
Tho house was all astir directly ; the
rubber came to a sudden close, und the vil
lage doctor; who was ouo of the card play
ers, hurried out to the sick man's assistance.
With tho help of the other members of
the whist party, ho raised the patient up
and bore him carefully into the bar-parlor,'
where bo was, deposited ou the sola. Joe
Ostlor, and Batty too, now that her fears
of 'the ghost' were dispelled, hastened to
offer their services iu his beh ilf.
'Blunkeis made quite hot, Betty I Warm
water and a sponge; Joe I A glass of
weak port-negus, Airs. Dawson 1
Such were tbo doctor's hurried orders ;
hi coiii)lTauce wiiu which, the persons ad
dressed disappeared iustauteously, aud re
turned auou with the appliances above
named'. Every one present leuding a hand,
the hot blankets were quickly spread, and
the insensible form of the mountebank' en
veloped therein ; bis mouth and eyes were
therein ; his mouth aud eyes were spongod
uuccasingly for uik.uy minutes, but no sigus
of returning" consciousness appeared.
'No, no,' replied the doctor, 'but he's iu
iuimlueut danger ; ho has burst a blood
vessel, from' over-exertion, apparently.
We'll try the effect of the negus; so say
ing, be slowly poured a" small portion of it
down' tbb patient's throat. With' mucb
difficulty, the latter contrived to swallow"
It. It somewhat revived him, for pretnnily
ho opened lifs eyes, and gazed Inquiringly',
at the anxious faces assembled round his
couch ; the doctor took this opportunity
to administer a second dose ; and having !
laid the stranger in as easy a posture as he ,
could, began to make his arrangements for ,,
the night. Tuking tho patient's da ngeronif '
condition into consider; he. resolved to sit
np with hiiri all night. Mrs. Dawson' and
Joe Ostler volunteered to Watch too ;: and ,
it was ngreed npon,' that; at six In the '
morning, they should be relieved by tho
other members of tho party Fain would ',
the eood-naturcd trio of card-nlaveri Intra
remained all night; but this the doctor
would by no means nllow ; so, with many '
kind wishes for tho Invalid's speedy rccov- "
ery, they took their departure. Betty re-'"'
tired to rest ;' and Mrs. Dawson brought' '
the doctor a stiff tumbler of his favorite n
beverngc (brandy and Water, hot) ; also '
glass of strong rum pnnch for Joe, 'to help
him to watch.' It didu't. produce' the de- ! f
sired effect though ;' for Joe, tired' out w'.th' '
hard day's work he was ostler, boots, '
Ignnlncr, and waiter, too,' sometimes after '
tossinir off the stentninrr notion lonnnrl hnh '
in his chair, and fell frfSt a'slecp. Mrs.
jdnsuu viupioyeu uerseir iu Auiiung a
stocking, ond sipping green tea ; the doc
tor, with his feet ou the fender, , was Soon r
deeply immersed in newspaper, politics
and the mountebank fiTcmberCd uneasily.
This was the state of affairs in the little
bar-parlor until three o'clock, when sudden-
ly the patient started up,- Seized A chair ' '
which stood near lnm'; waved1 it over bis
head, ouii finally balanced it on bis fore- ! '
head by one leg, exclaiming in a hoarse: '
voice : Bravo, bravo, Alfy 1 A capital1 "
II ..... A. I 1 t i r . ....
jwsethatf Ha, ha, ha I We shalT soon' '
eclipse Ktsley A: Sons ! Frnvo I Now lit-' "
tie Midgkins, it's pu'f turu. Now' for '
somersault! Here goes 1' ' "
Suiting the action to the word, he was '
about to precipitate the chair across th '
room, niid through a large looking-glass
which hung over the mantle-piece when ' '
the doctor, being on" tho alert, woke Joe '
with' a heavy kick" ou the shins, and," by
their united efforts, they wrested the chair?
from' him, aud forced him to lie down1. ; '
'Joe,' said the doctor; 'run across the
rond ; rin the surgery-bell as load as you
cau till my young mau answers it, aud tell"
him to scud me d composing-draught.'
Joe hastened" on his mission, while the""
doctor ard Mrs.' Dawson held the patient
down, aud tried with soothing words to '
calm bis agitation, but in vain, ne trem
bled violently, bis eyes flashed fire, and be'
raved unceasingly about his boys his dar-
lings 1 about hunger poverty suow the
workhouse death 1
Joe re-appeared with1 the draught ; this '"
the doctor put into a' tumbler; and applied ,
to the patient's burning lips, with, 'Come, ' '
driuk, my man, drink ; a glass will drown,' ,:
care.' . . .
The mountebank shook his head ; but, '
on hearing the landlady in a kindly tone 1
add her entreaties to those of the doctor; 't
be said quietly : 'Well, well, Agnes, if you .
wish mo to lake it, I will , and he held
out his hand for the glass, the contents of
which he drained nt once. t fts effects Wer$
instantaneous ; the poor man laid his head, '
the pillow aud soou slept tranquillv. . ..
At the appointed hour, the gentleman '
who had promised to' relieve the watcher j 1
assembled at the Travelers' Rest. Mrs
Daivsoa, however, declared that she 'didu't
feel fatigued that it war n't worth while
eo to bed, for the fair-day folk wonld be '
meeting in au hour or two. and she wonlrl"
rather slay up.' So said the doctor too:
and Joo agreed with them. .'
'Bring breakfast then, for the party, at
expense,' cried Hopkins, the exciseman:'
and let it be of the best. . - '
. The landlady bustled abont. aroused
Betty to assist her; and between them thev
quickly prepared a capital breakfast, to ,:
wtitcu all present did ample justice. Ag . i
mea! drew towards a conclusion, the
mountebank slowly arose, and assuming a. :
sitting posture, surveyed the room and its'
occupants with unfeigned astonishment. . . ,
'Well, mv man.' said the worthv doctor' , . .
'you've had a tolerably Jong nap ; now; -
take this cup of coffee, and, if. you' .ratt,,1
a slice of .bread and ham ; it will do ,
you no harm.' , . . ' ,
The poor man made no' answer,' for lie
was completely bewildered, but, .mechani
cally, he took the cup in his hand', staring
Vacantly aro;ind unfit he chanced' to see the 1 '
portly form of tho landlady, who was pre-
sidiug at the breakfast-table, when with' '
speed and force of jghtning, yesterday's '
incidents rushed in a' crowd upon his mem-
cry. This is tho Travelers Rest, then," ,
said lie. 'Don't you remember me, . MVaV,
Dawson? You used to call me Belphbgor,
because liko him, I was a mountebank, till "
like him, bad a pretty, wifa, and a family."
'So it is, I declare,' replied' Mri Daw i
sou ; 'it's the father ojf thca: two lofely
boys as were here lust fall.'
At the mention of his boys the sick man'
face became absolutely livid vvith fear; end, '
lips quivered' as' he gasped forth; 'My
children are thry safe V ,
Thore was a dead silence, for th't dYead
ful truth flashed upon every one present.
father had been compelled to leave his
darlings on tho moor, exposed Id the fur
that terrible tempest, while he soughs '
iu their behalf. The doctor Wa tho '
to speak : '"We'll hope so. mr eooi
iend.' , , v
'Hope ?t Are they . noi Aeri 1 Speak I '
quick ! quick ! quick.? You won't answer
O my boys 1 Dead ! dead ! Wretch,
irffuman wretch' that 1 was to abaodoa 1
them 1' .. .
Agaiu the benevolent doctor was the
spokesman ;. he hastened to assure tho un
happy father that Immediate search fhould,
made -tried to cheer him by expressing
haverwhteh he certainly did not fed
tbe.children would be ftmod safe, and
promised that everything possible should
done for them.
If. roy delight, of a shiny nignt, In tho .
season of the year P roared rather than
sung a rough, good-natured yolce, as its
owuer drove up to the lna-dobr in. a liffht
There.s Tom Wlutlock,' exclaimed1 U -raouutebaik4
a,nd, exerting" all hJ strength,
gathered his blauket rouud him, rushed .
of the room, and' opened tha ttreet
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