Newspaper Page Text
)t jjto jjjkttijaiesi
HIM. A. J. DCMWAT, Editor and I'roprlflor OFriCE-Cor. Third and WowUIuRtou .St. TERMS, IX ADVANCE: One rear.. Kir months. Tbree months- ?3 00 ..173 1 00 ADVERTISEMENTS Inserted on Reasonable xerms. ELLEH DOWD, THETABMEB'S WIFE, Entered, according to the Act of Congress, In the year 1S72, by Mr. A. J. Duniway, In tbe Of- floe of the Librarian of Congrck at Washington CHAPTER XIII. The hired man proved a valuable as sistant, lie was thoroughly conversant with all the various avocations of the farm, and made himself so useful that Aunty Harris styled him a perfect treas ure. Everybody about the homestead liked him, except the dog. Ellen could not help but remember tliat a stranger had, long years before, excited just such a feeling of animosity In her good old Bouncer as this man had aroused in her present canine protector, and it was not -without some strange forebodings" that she regularly shut him In his kennel for the night. But her apprehensions seemed 111 founded, as morning after morning found Grundy alive and well, though no amount of coaxing could in duce him to be friendly with Henry Jouos. Grandfather D'Arcy returned from the Legislature disappointed about his pet schemes. He had thrown all his waning energies Into a railroad enter prise, which had been defeated after very spirited debates, and the excite ment had proven too severe for his physical constitution. Month after month he kept his bed, never contented in his waking hours when Ellen was out of his presence. The close confine ment of the sick room proved very wea risome ana irksome to a bright young girl who had all her life enjoyed the free range of tho woods. She grew pale, spir itless and pre-occupied, spending much of her time with her face In her hands, dreaming out vague uncertainties, One evening the winter winds were howling round the house and wailing through the key-holes, making the night hideous without, while the cheer ful chamber lire within sent a glow of oriental splendor through the air and over the richly curtained bed where the sick man lay dozing. Ellen looked mechanically out of tbe window and saw a man, muffled to the eyes, alight from a sleigh and place a bundle on the broad, high gate-post. The man evidently was not tall, for he tiptoed to place the package on the post. Tills done, he glanced hurriedly around him and, as if sure of having been un discovered, drove rapidly away. Grandmother D'Arcy, worn with watching, sat In her great arm-chair asleep. Free Srcuxu, Fuke Paras, Furr. People. VOX.TJME 1. 2? OTTXijV2NX , OEEGON, FKmAY, 3ULAJRCEC SO, IS: Ellen threw a shawl over her head and made her way through the blinding nothing at all, I tell you snow-drifts to the gate-post, where, by at the gaming table." .. a Till - r an! .ueave me room ; x-n ring ior you when you are wanted." Once alone in his chamber, the old man moved the carefully shaded lamp so as throw the light In a full glare upon his pillow and proceeded to read the let ter. Deep groans and hisses occasionally escaped him, but ho read on to the end, and then, as If nerved with superhuman strength, he arose from his couch,which for many weeks he had not left without the aid of his strong hired man, and go ing to the grate, thrust the manuscript between the bars. He then tottered back to the bed -and, falling heavily upon it, broke forth in piteous walls of augulsh. "Lost! Bulncd! "Undone!" he ejacu lated, wringing his hands and trembling in every limb. Mrs. D'Arcy stood listening at the chamber door, her heart beating in aud ible thump3 and a feeling of impatient desire to rush to her husband's bedside almost overpowering her. Clasping the little casket, the old man proceeded to open It, and taking there from a lot of costly jewels, held them between his eyes and the light. "Ha! ha! ha! These are grand in deed. Just the things to captivate a maiden! "Wife, wife, come here!" Glad indeed to bear the summons, Mrs. D'Arcy was Instantly at his side, "See, mother! sec what a lot of costly jewels ! Don't you think Ellen will be willing to marry Killingsworth Imme diately if she can by so doing command such jewels as these?" "Docs the man ask marriage of her, father?" and tho poor old lady stood shaking as If In an ague fit. "Ask it, woman! He demands It! She must marry him, or we will all be driven out of doors. He has me in his power. I played high games with him. I lost Ho won. "We are all In his power, and nothing but tho sacrifico of that poor child can keep a roof over the stricken heads of the D'Arcys." 'Do you then really consider it a sac rifice for Ellen D'Arcy to marry that man?" Did I ever say thatl thought it was anything else, woman? That man had me in his power, or I should have never thought of making such a bargain. You thought I was crazy. I teas mad, but not from the cause you mention. It was because I could not help myself." "My precious husband, let me be your counsellor. Perhaps there is some loon- hole of escape." "You know nothing about it, woman; I lost heavily tiptoeing, as did the man who had placed it there, she reached and grasped the bundle which had awakened so much eager curiosity in her brain. "I do believe this Is some sort of a message from that old ghoul. I felt that it must be no one else who brought it here. It's well for his interest la the D'Arcy estate that I did not meet liim "O, my husband! Anything but chamber of her grandfather had inter fered with much of her contemplated companionship with her farmer friend, but she now advanced to meet him with an earnest greeting of welcome. "Henry, to you and Aunty Harris I have come for counsel. That old ghoul that Isn't 'worth' 'killing1 has demanded the whole of the D'Arcy estates as his financial right He became my grand father's surety for an immense amount, and to satisfy the obligation my pater nal guardian has resolved to rnarry me to him without the four years' grace that were nominated In the bond." "Well, Miss D'Arcy, what Is your pro posed plan of action?" earnestly asked Henry Jones. "That Is just what I should like to know, sir. I don't care a straw for the D'Arcy estates, but if by sacrificing my self I can keep a roof over tho heads of my mother's parents, I don't know but I ought to do It." "Stuff and nonsense!" ejaculated Aunty Harris. "I'll not sit tamely by and see you of- ferred up on such a shrine as that!" said the hired man, excitedly. "But how am I going to help It?" "Ellen, will you marry ic" and the stalwart man leaned forward his hercu lean shoulders and gazed earnestly into her eyes. Ellen blushed painfully and bowed her head in confusion "I can't give you a D'Arcy estate, my dear, but I have strong hands and a will ing heart." "I do not love you, Henry Jones." "You will learn to love me, I am sure. I have told you that I am not exactly what I siem. Become my wife and will tell you all." "Henry Jones," and the slight form grew proudly erect, "you must not talk matrimony to me, even under the great temptation to escape my present peril, unless you tell me who and what you are. "Do you then give me any reason for hope?" Tell me your history and see." "Will you promise to keep my secret well?" "Yes, If Aunty Harris can be n lis tener." "Then Aunty Harris may listen. My name is Peter Dowd." Ellen started and gave a slight scream. "That was my father's name," she said. "Is It possible that you are a relative of his?" Aye, and of yours too, my jewel Our fathers were cousins. They belonged to decayed Southern stock all of them too proud to work and for several gener- her head in her wrinkled hands and shuddered. Then, as if a new idea gave her conrage, she exclaimed, "Gambling debts are not legal ones! He cannot compel you to pay such a debt! But oh, how could you" "Hush, I say! I've suffered enough as intensely as tnougu ins life hung A PIOTUiiti upon her decision. "Peter Dowd, my father's cousin, I will be your wife. God knows I do not want a husband yet for many years to como ; but here I am, weak, unprotect ed, lmpecunlou3, with no road before me, except the distasteful one of mar riage. Don't I wish I were a man!" and Ellen Dowd placed her hand firmly In the brawny hand of her future hus band and raised her head to receive the kiss of betrothal. "I confess that things don't hardly work to suit me," said Aunty Harris, soito voce, as she began a clatter with pots and kettles, preparatory to getting breakfast. When Ellen sought the sick chamber, a load or conscious gunc covercu ucr face with confusion. She had never concealed an act of her life from her grandmother, and now the secret that preyed upon her heart almost overpow ered her. "How did you rest, grandfather?" she asked, timidly. "Badly enough, my child. Can you guess the contents of that mysterious casket which I received last night?' and the old man looked eagerly into her eyes. "I haven't tried to guess, graudfath er." "See here, darling. Here are dia monds. They are worth a prince's ran som. All these shall be yours if you will at once consent to fulfill your en gagement with with Mr." "You've said enough, grandfather ! I shall not consent!" interrupted Ellen, savagely. The old man arose with the fury of a tiger. Grasping her by the throat, lie began to choke her in his frenzy, and she, unable to ejaculate a sound, was in danger of being strangled. Graudmothtr D'Arcy screamed for help, aud Peter Dowd rushed to the chamber and rescued his affianced wife from the hands of the madman. Another morning dawned, and Ellen and the hired man had disappeared. During their few remaining days on earth tho stricken couple heard of their beloved grandchild no more. "Children will do as their parents did before them," commented Aunty Har ris. "What is bred in the Iwne will crop out in the flesh." (To be conUnned.) TOE PABMEB BANDS. nv JIOS. O. T. DANIELS HUS- face to face," she uttered, under her already, and will not bear reproach from breath. "I do wish I dared to open It ! you. I borrowed money to pay debts of Let me see! Here's a wrapper of strong brown paper and a red seal with grand father's name around it in old Killings- worth's hand writing. Ellen Dowd, you're a lucky bird! I'll see what this precious bundle contains!" Then, as if overcome by a sudden twinge of coun tenanco, she added hastily, "But I must not break a seal that does not belong to me." 1 1 ir-l t Til t-. . 1 1 . 1 1 linen, jcueii u Arcv. uauiiuivi uimci come to me," commandlngly called the wife." old man from the chamber, in a weak though startled voice, "With a fluttering heart the young girl obeyed the summons, bearing the pack age in her hands. that!" and the poor, stricken wife bowed attons to Por to r,ve w"1,out employ- menu i was nrougnt up a poor, prouu young man, without expectations. The first real hard service I over performed was on this farm. I ran away from home to find a place where it was not considered disgraceful to work. I as sumed the dress of a rough laborer, chewed tobacco like a fool no wise man would do so and as good fortune I 11 1 I L ,( .. . 1 honor, and that man is my surety. He woulu ll " B "lo" i,.iii .nr.i nit mvni.itmtioni if t .-tii only employer. ' .., i, r h, Tv.m. "Yes, I remember," replied Ellen, ccinnaau-iiiitiioni nf speaking slowly, ami men a gieam ui mv heart, niv dari ng E lcn." muiut-uuiij ''"" ----- I i r. il r u..Mn1viw aa II oIia n (fitml "Tint tn Hint nvnnt. tvhnt wnnlil l.n- ucr luce, m reuiuuiuw, iw, . , come ofu" 'Wo would remain here with our child." "And him! O, father!" "I tell you that we must endure it, "that one of your express conditions of acceptance was that you were not to bo bossed by a woman." "Didn't I waive that objection final ly?" "Yes, I believe so," bowing her head imt .11.1 ,, .nmi. tn rrnt. !nfn UPOU llCr hands. J o" . . -r.il. -r-....l t 1. .1 i,nMf. .loir? Yon know I never WArey, xjicii uu, -wu """" I - - , . , .1.. . r..f fWim could have believed it possible that you . j. biauu w l.l I .tlf,. of ei.li nniuliipt If vnn WHICH your inmost wjui iwuiu. i..i.f , i ,.r.lf " are about to be sacrificed on the altar of . . .. I . l....t f n Mmmttf A f lin AmllPnfWm "You don't know anything about the hwhiuihu, auu caresses oi an uujl-vl j man who cares only to possess you, re gardless of your own happiness. I am ready to protect you. Unfortunately "What have you there for me. my .i i. . .. .. - . .. .,(.. 11..1 i i:i:n:n.. uauguicr" anu me oiu man nervously 1 icmptaiious mat surruuuu u iwuuwau, stretched forth his arms. I wife. I was Induced to play in the effort "I have a singular looking package, I to win money to carry out some very sir. Somebody left it on the gate-post." Important schemes. I was at first sue- "Did you go out through the snow to ccssful,and then luck went against me." fetch it?" "As it always docs." Vps. ftlr." I "-o ...o ,. : .1 r ...Irrlif "You mav break the seal and onon it have known it. hut. limn vmi wore not I can ofler you no legal protection cx- for me. But stay! I guess it's -private with me. wife. A man is often but a ccl)t; marriage, business. Go to bed now, child, aud get! baby in hlseflbrls to resist temptation for you to live for you. a good night's rot," when he is alone. You won't despise wiU i'0" be ,ny wife?" t Ellen could not but uo as suo was uiu-1 me, will you?" den. But the contents of that myste- "Dcsptse the lover of my youth, the rious bundle puzzled her brain for many husband of my lifetime, the father of for both of us, I am as poor as you will be when that old villain claims this line estate as his own. As I have uo money, no legal protet I am willing to work Onco more, a weary day. After she had retired the old gentle man, in a petulant voice, called out for "mother." . Mrs. D'Arcy, startled from her sleep, speedily sought his bedside. "Wife, there's something here of more nil nir her lAl tne poor cnnu sieep. n,mi. nn i. ., cnoi mil let. But Ellen had heard all. She had en me know tlin wnrst nr liiwf nf. nnpp." "Is it something about your railroad behind the heavily curtained bed while interests, father?" the confession was being made, and "How should I know what it is?" now, hearing her name called, she slyly Mrs. D'Arcy tremblinelv broke the disappeared, and rushing through the seal. Around the outside of an inner corridor and groping in the darkness, casket was a letter written pages. "And my grandparents must I leave them to their fate?" "Your mother left them thus." "And brought herself to misery aud want and death. Oh, Aunty Hams, advise me! I know not what to do!" and the poor child burst into tears. "I'm sure I doti't know how to advise you, child. We married my man and I because we loved. each other; aud I don't know how to advise peoplo who don't take love into account," replied tered unperceived, and stood crouching tno woman. . . l t t.ll l?llf Atlnfl IIqIai CM-inll T clmf here and marry ugh! that abomina able, snaky excresence of humanity and make my life a constant Immolation ray child? Oh, husband, you don't know what you are saying when you ask me such a question!" The poor man wept like an Infant, "Call Ellen, won't you?" lie asked, at length. "Why, father, it Is almost midnight, upon the altar of hate, accepting as a of a dozen closely through the wintry, while the loud compensation till. home for my grand winds tolled out the wails of tho storm parents, which would be a hell to me Tlii h.tler is fmm Kiiisn'.rarM. ,!,: mined her chamber and. or mustltake this man, mj Kinsman - I iJil -'' o hurriedly unrobing, sought reruge be- wuoni i uo now iuc-mVb -iwpen ihV ice-cold sheeU, where, shiver- liim-lo be ray wedded husband and ac- 1 1 .i t ii ii.i . . ... i .lam. ai.n in-imHi tfnt. wiHi him a life of poverty anu "auu leave uiu ruum huh iniuute. JieilngllKe a inguit-iiw uo.i "- I i .1 t l - .. . i : .. .l.-i I . i . .. 1 u-. on ttiofnnf Inalnn I f nil 9" father." "Then give t Lxutnooo !. - I i -..tii... fur mi Instant Ioslnp 1 toll ?': -uiu j. i.G ..uj. wiiwuriin J1U- I nioniiiiUi oi 1 11 1 1.1,. "i.t nnnu,ivna . ,. ,, t "Your duty Is to yourself, poor child uwj wmh I UUiBCll III SivV" I i 1 wlrvlt i int earlv risers, but Your grandparents have no moral ngui iToni-imehnnd? You know timf. if T7ii n.t. nmincr was astir before to command you. Iwashmj nanus oi i orJnna nnnnv.mee it. u nnf .1 i:i. rimninf her wav to the the responsibility. God knows it troub- I4 ilkUU C3 I kitchen, she was surprised to find Henry les me, though." Tnnioi.,1 a ..nil-"Harris slttlnir before a Ellen raised her slight form to ..r vnnr iovs." l.ifiii, . nf lnr. fullest height, looked long and earnestly "I must control my own affairs, worn-1 Ellen's long confinement In the sick 1 at her relative, who studied her features OOBBESPONDENOE. This department of the ew North west is to be a general vehicle for ex change of Ideas concerning any and all matters that may be legitimately dis cussed inourcolumiLs. Finding it practi cally impossible to answer each corres pondent by private letter, we adopt this mode of communication to save our friends tho disappointment that would otherwiseaccoiefromourinability toan- swer their queries. "Wo cordially invite everybody that has a question to ask, suggestion to make, or a scolding to give contribute to the Correspondents' Column. The following letter speaks for itself. Geiivais, March 22d Mrs. A. J. Dcsiw.w: Dear Madam: Wo the undersigned citizens of this place, together with many others, most respectfully invite you to deliver one or more of your pop ular lectures on the "Woman Question, in this place, at some convenient time within the next two weeks, yourself setting the time. We can sccuro the church for a lecture room, and would suggest the evening as the best time, say at early candle light. Wo also recommend that you send posters one week in advance to J. C.Hayes, Gervals, who will see that they are properly dis tributed, that you may have a full house. AH of which we mast respectfully sub mit to your consideration. J. C Hayes, Dit. W. B. Mao Ens, "W. A. Cusick, A. S. Gleasox, Marv J. Maoers, Mary M. Hayes, J. A. Spencer, Mary Maxweli, and the names of forty others, which the New Northwest has not space to publish. Oestlkmex and Ladies: I have the honor to hereby ackuowl edge your very complimentary lette with forty-eight signatures attached. and will do niy.self the additional honor to accept your invitation, hoping you may not be disappointed in your expec tatious when you hear mo speak, would respectfully name Tuesday even ing, April 2d, as a time when I cau be In attendance at your thriving village. Time (evening, say nair past seven o'clock. Thanking you for your man! festation of Interest, I am, very respect fully, Yours for the right, A. J. Duniway Dr. Van. D. B., Salem : G. "W. Law son, Esq., is our agent in Salem, and will attend to all business for us en trusted to his care. Mrs. L.: Letter received. Rejoiced at tho good news. Cornelius: Change made as directed Other letters answered next week, "What docs a woman know of hoU weather hero in the house?" exclaimed a stalwart man of 85, as coming from the hay-field he threw himself down on the bit of rag carpet that partly covered tho floor. The wife, who had remarked tho exceeding warmth of the day, re plied to this exclamation of her hus band's only by a slight compression of the lips and a single flash of the mild blue eye; then, holding "baby" in her arms, went on frying doughnuts over the hot stove. Now and then she looked at her bread as it baked in the oven, and turned the apple pies, whichwercnicelybrown ingforsupperand sendingndeliclous odor through the room. In a few minutes there camo from school five hungry, tired children, tho youngest only two years old. As she was just out of moth er's arms to make room for another, smaller yet, the mother sent her to school with her older brothers and sis ters. The craving appetites of the little army aro stayed with each a slico of cake, and they go cheerfully out to play, while the mother gets supper for six hired men, who must have their meals regularly in order to get their required amount of work done. "What Indeed docs a woman know of warm weather? Up at four In the morning and cooking over a hot stove till six in order that the men may have their breakfast betimes; beds to make; rooms to sweep; dishes wash (cool work this in August); lit tle ones to get ready for school; dinner get over the same hot stove; baking; washingr ironing; a nice, warm supper, for tho working men must bo well fed; butter and cheese to make, wherewith to buy tho groceries; sewing; mending; mopping; all through July days and August heats! Children to bear aud children to rear! How one's heart aches merely to hear the long cataloguo of hat she must do! No doubt our farm ers work hard too hard. But they arc n the open air, under the morning and evening sky not forever in the same earisomc kitchen. They have but the mild care of the farm animals not the orryingand fretting association of cry ing children. It is not possible for men conceive the nervous apprehetusionj the baseless but nevertheless real fore bodings of evil, and tho causeless melau- loly, which more or less infest the lives women while rearing children. All these make tho dally toll hard enougl on the bodily frame even worse on the nerves than the flesh, aud the soul breaks down under its burdens. But how much would sympathetic tones and words, appreciative compli incuts and kindly attentions from the husband sustain and cheer the overbur dened wife! Let not these be wanting, husband, hard-handed but kind-hearted, and you will bind a buoyancy of spirit, hopefulness aud affection in the sharer our toils, your joys and sorrows, that will doubly repay your efforts. Thus may you make happy the wife of your bosom whom before God aud men you solemnly vowed to love and protect, and should she bo early called from your side ou will not havo the remorse of con science caused by neglect of duty. If not, Shf'U grow yellow-and blllou ami thin, With hrr teeth fulling out nnd her checks fall Ins In, Till death and dynpepMa scire on their prey, Anu sue, in ner grave, gem ucr um immiuhj. ch its "Everv tiee is subject to diseaseJ said a sneaker in a Fruit-Growers' Con vention. "What ailment can you find on an oak? asked the chairman. "A- corn," was the triumphant reply. From Harper's Jtonthly Magazine. The "Woman Question Abroad. A Journal lor the People. Ueroted to the Interest or nnmnnlty.' Independent in Tolltlcw tind Religion.., :t Mlve to all IJvo Isnes, and.Thorqughly Radical In Opposing and Exposing Jhe yJJ)ne ot the Masses. i :r.i. Correspondents writing over assumed signa tures must make known their names to -the Editor, or no attention will be ziveii to their communications. From tho Iowa City Republican. Another Oase. Last week we published a statement of a novel suit brought by a woman in Des Moines to recover damages oi a liquor seller for selling intoxicat ing drinks to her husband and mak ing him drunken, to the great injury of herself and family. We publish this week the law in full under which that suit was brought. But it seems that Dcs Moines women are not atone or mo iirst In the field. A Mrs. Dowd of Marshall- town was ahead, she having obtained her verdict and judgment for five hun dred dollars. Iowa City wives who sulli-r in want because of the drunken ness of your husbands, do you hear that Mrs. Dowd's legitimate means of living were on deposit with the liquor seller. She has drawn for it with the above re sult. "Why not you ? Why go cold or hungry or Illy clad when tho law gives you a right to what has been so unjustly taken from you ? In Mrs. Dowd's case the seller did not, uare appear, anu me reiso went acalnst hini by default. The Marshall Jlepublican gives the following In reference to ine case: Mr. Henderson, who appeared ior tne plaintill addressed the jury substantially ns follows : Gentlemen of the Jury: lhls suit is brought under the law of 1872, to recover damages for selling liquor to plaintiffs lumli.nid in violation of the law. The statute provides that she may recover not only tne actum in-tuiuary uuuiuges she has sustained, but exemplary dam- nmw? tliat 19. such damaces as you tiitiiK h . . . n i r.. - i . Will give UCr nimu cuujH;ii.--4iiuii iui luu lass of companionship and the support of the strong arm or her Husband, tne disquiet of the mind and body, and at tne same iimc pumsu wu uwu uuu- tributlng to these unuappy resuus. Tim law can clve no adequate com Eensatlon for the unhappiuess produced y these saloon keepers. JiutUtankGod! one law doe say that the unhappy wife In such cases shall have some pecuniary onmrwn.itIon and satisfaction. The evidence shows you that the plaintiff has lost the benetitoi meyears support lint linw can we estimate tho heart aches for which no compensation is Tt. Is too lato to-nicht to detain you longer, but I trust that your verdict will be such as shall be an example to the defendant and those who are engaged in the unholy business. Thc lurv wcro out but a short time. and returned a verdict for the plaintill, a . .1 l anu assesscu ner umnugea ai ?ow. It is singular that in the country of Jane Eyre tne woman's movement, as it is called, lias a certain sonuity winch it has not yet attained in this country. Mnnv most eminent Englishmen are not only known as friends and advocates of political equality, but they have nrmxi lDunon ranimeiu; anu wuue me fashionable woman, or woman of so ciety, as she is called in America, is gen -I ' .tin- i i ii. n :r eraiiy iiiuuiervui. i" iu auiyt-vk, n nui, onenlv hostile. Lady Ambcrly, who win. in tne ower oi naiurer soon oe Countess Kussell. does not hesitate to address a meeting in this country in be half of tho eoualitv or her sex. et. again, tho laws in England weigh more heavily upon women than in this coun try: and the movement for their polit ical equality usually contemplates the voting or tuoso wno represent property. The most significant recent event in the history of the cause in the United States Is the passage of a resolution by the Massachusetts Republican uonven- tlon commending tho subject to the thoughtful consideration of all citizens, The president of the Convention, Mr. Hoar, oi Worcester, spoKe very strongly in favor of the movement in his opening address. It is thus formally introduced into a party platform, not, indeed, as a policy, but as a consideration. The ef fort at recognition, which lias been good humoredly but resolutely laughed down before, has at length been successful. Such success is emphatic proof of the firm hold which the question uas tauen of many most practical minds, and it is not to" be doubted that the subject will command constantly more attention. Yet is one which by its associations is so easily assailed by ridicule, and is so susceptible or odious misrepresentation, that nothing is more necessary to its friends tliati tho utmost patience and good humor. It is in itself a question of tne utmost gravity uoiu ior men aim women, it involves a very great, cuangc in political habits and thoughts. But irravo as it is. its gravity may be readily misconceived aud misstated, and like all great causes, it may sometimes stag- t i - . ii. l . . ; . r i. crer. woumieu. in uiu iiuuai; ui u.- iriuuus. Meanwhile, a great cause is not to be iudced bv the follies that attend it, more man civilization uy its ironuers. ii anybody supjioses that the question which the Jiassacnuseiis uouvcntion commends to thoughtful consideration is one of new methods of divorce, he is as ludiciouslv mistaked as if lie imag ined it to be one of a new method of computing eclipses. Yet there is no doubt that the progress of the move ment has been very much obstructed by sucii oppositions. Questionable advo cates always harm their cause. There must be such, of course, as bummers must attend an army. But if you want to understand the object of the march, It is better not to mind the bummers, but to Inquire at headquarters. 11 anybody in England had advocated the extension of the suffrage for the reason that it would enable poor men to vote into their pockets the money of rich men, lie would do precisely what Is done by those who allege that the extension of the suffrage here would produce this or that direful result. It is something that nobody cau know. A possibility Is not an argument until you have made it an imminent probability. Every reform has its disagreeable stages oi growtuiiKe tnciiumau system. Mumps aud measles and scarlet fever must not dismay us, however, nor breed despair of the issue. Silly men and silly women, fulfcpf conceit and senti mentality, and wn3t is familiarly known as popcock, are unfortunately not iiecu Ilar to any particular department of hu man interest and activity. If the new cause is often advocated witli feebleness mill inf nloT-ilitfi I linn ?ol I f r lit iinnoi ...U ..1 .... (..... J I.W...V... just think of the ill logic aud and the rutliity Willi which it is opposed by men! But as Insanity Is of no sex, and the foolish of one sex aro admitted, why should the wise of tho other be ex cluded? "Oh, dear Mr. Easy Chair," says some friend faraway, "you are not really in favor of this unnatural thing! You would not have the vine wrestling with the oak, would you? Oh, let us respect the laws of nature!" "Well, well, dear madamc, we will do what we can. But have you reflected upon tho number of masculine vines and of feminine oaks? Shall wc say that oaks only shall vote? That may bo wise; but you see that in suggesting it you have abandoned sex as a basis. Indeed, the oak and viuc argument has been retired, after long, meritorious, even If painfully ineffective, service. It is plain mat ii me progress or me cause is to be stayed, it must be by so mo other argument than that women arc weak and men are strong, for the simple rea son that all men are not as strong as all women; anu ii strengtn is to determine the question, a great many apparent oaks will be disfranchised, and a great many vines go to me pons. There Is no solid argument in that direction but that of the kind mentiousd in Bret HarUi's little poem, "And bosses well, bosses is bosses." Women are to be excluded because thev aro women, anu tne advantage oi mo argu ment is that, at least, it can be stated, even if it cannot be understood. Meanwhile the real argument in the case proceeds. Here Is Jane, whooulet- ly aud honestly makes her own living anu supports her paralytic father and ner u run Ken uromcr, anu every year me lamer aud tho brother may decide the disposition of her property, and she may not so much as express dissent, be cause it is indelicate aud unwomanly for women to mix in politics. Jane does not ask it. Jane has never supposed that anything else is possible. Jane goes to no meetings, and would blush if you tnougiit sue could speaK. uut no John of clear head who sees her docs not feel the argument, Aud when Julia, with the same right to speak that Jenny Lind had to sing namely, the gut ot eloquence anu me wish tospealc calmly states the argument which John reels, lie may muse a little, because It is very true to him. And so the question is uemg aiiawereu. I'romLse. Do yon know, sweetheart, that undr theow A million roses lie? That over the clouds which hang below i i burnt are in me SKy 7 That a rainbow shone ere the day wattgnne Over the darkest place? "... i That the fair new moon goes rounding on To the fullness of her lacet icq mil. That our garden brook, so small and 1qvu Is Widening tnn-nnla till, rlv-ilr- That unJer the ice its f.-Uthlul How Makes music sweet as'ever? That the naked trees are all a-throu' With the sweet blood in their, vetiMiI . , That blindly rendilng tliyyarn atttrM) For the blessed April raint? 1 j That t he blessed seeils of lift are prcMd , I niter the frozen soil, - - Till the great earth warms tbrouah her fruitful breath ' With the spirit of her God". fOoldeif Ago. The mother of Mrs. Mansfiidil. nf t?ii- notoriety, is living, it is stated, in Vir ginia City, Nevada, and is a very hand some woman, looking scarce thirty years of age, aud is the wife of a sporting Drunken Legislators. The shame and disgrace of Govern ment State and national are drunken legislators. It Is notorious that sober, temperate men are the exception among our members of Congres.?, and also in many of our State Legislatures. And these are the men who make, break, and prevent our laws; who, filling places of trust, are casay corrujiiea, and so bring Itsgrace on our democratic republican nstltutious. Men wno can not, win not, or do not control their own appetites and propensities are permitted to fill places of trust while they do not control or regulate themselves! How preposter ous! Is there causfe for surprise at the predictions so often expressed that wo our American institutions are going to tho dogs? Can a drunken man be trusted to navigate mo snip 01 state when le would inevitably run on tfib rocks or reefs, and strand his ship aud sink all who were so unfortunate as to be with him? And yet we do elect and trust just such drunkards to be our cap tains. "Why? Aro there not enough clean, honest and Intelligent men to serve us in these respecte? "Would we sutler our personal business interests to be thus jeopardized .' w ou tu wc employ for clerks, salesmen, book-keepers, or cashiers habitual or even occasional drunkards? If we did we should deserve the fate we courted or tempted. No. For our personal confidential servants, wc should take caro that they were al together trustworthy and solf-control-ling. "We should require them to be above suspicion, and on the first drunk en spree would throw them out of place, not to be trusted more, until the evi dences of reform were unmistakable. Citizens have been criminally careless. They have not-attended to the selection of tho best men in the nation for the most important and responsible offices in the nation, nnd hence our present dis graceful dilemma. But the ship of state has not yet foundered; she has en countered fierce storms, has been in im minent peril, on her beam-ends, but by the temperance, intelligence, and good management of some of her officers, and by the grace of God, sho has righted and rode out the storms. Let us not again put out to sea with unworthy sea men. We can have the best as cheaply as the worst, and lu the end they provo much cheaper; for in the latter case there will be no plundering, stealing, or robbing, and wo shall not live in the constant fear of shipwreck. "Weed them out." In all com munities, in ail societies, among all bodies of men, there will be found moral delinquents, intellectual imbeciles, and social lepers. They must be weeded out aud cast aside, lest they choke or con taminate the true and pure. Then look out for the future, to see that only good men be chosen to represent us, make laws for us, and attend to our public af fairs. "We want only trusty, temperate, cajxiblc and judicious servants, and if wc are wise we shall have them. Let no more drunkards, corruptionisls, public thieves, libertines, or vagabonds disgrace us or our legislative bodies. J'hrenologioal Journal for January. It is believed by some that the mai dens who would make the best wives never marry, but remain free, to bless the world with their impartial sweet ness and make it generally habitable. This is one of the mysteries of Provi dence, and iscw England life. It seems a pity, at nrst sigut, man mose wno become poor wives have the matrimonial chance, aud that they arc deprived of the re putation of those who would be good wives were they not set, apart for the nigu anu perpetual oince ot priestess 01 society. There is no beauty like that which was spoiled by an accident, no accomplishments and graces aro so to be envied by those that circumstances rudely hindered the development of. All of which shows what a charitable and good-natured world it is. notwith standing its reputation forcynicism and detraction. L'harlcs jjualcy Warner, in Scribncr's for March. Fashioxable Lifk. If there is any environment which can degrade a hu man being or harden a young heart, it is the atmosphere of merely fashion able life. You may take tho tondorest and most beautiful and lovely girl, tlic one that is kindest at home, and loves her father and mother most, and put her in the highest circle of fashionablo life, with plenty of money aud full scope to do as siic pleases; let her dress herself as sho will cover herself with diamonds and pearls; let the love of admiration become me ruling passion, anu soon all the tenderness of that young nature pass es away; her thoughts concentrate upon nerseu wnai, iiguro sue is cutting, wno her admirers are, what conquests she can maKe. juy-and-by the youthful. beautiful modesty is gone, and the way is open for vice, that, in the beginning, would not have been dreamed of, or if thought of, put away as utterly impossible. For the nossihle benefit: tn vnnntr house-keepers, wo wish to tell them how to coon an old chicken: Prepare as for roasting, then boil three hours in a cover ed pot, with one quart of water, to which add two table3poonfuls of vinegar, after which put 111 a pan in a not oven n about au hour, to brown. The liquor 111 the pot to bo prepared for gravy; should the water boil away too much, more should bo added. The result is, tbe meat is as tender as young chicken, anu some think richer and belter. changc. Seven young ladies from Oregon havi just cuiercu their names as students at iuu iMjsiou uonversatory of Music. Truth is as impossible lo be soiled by nj uumura loucii as tne sun-beam. m i r ...Mna nil hour is shown, by ig al service 'observation, to be the S X y of a storm; wlieii it hasTfce tlmt velocity it becomes a tor- uado. Fee Simple-Money given io a quack doctor.