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HENRY A. PARSONS, Jr., Editor and Publisher Nil DE S PE RANDUM. Two Dollars per Annum. VOlTxTT MDGWAY, ELK COUNTY, TA TIIURSDAyTIAY 5, 1881. NO. 11. What Time Ii It ? What time is it ? Time to do well Time to live better Give up that grudge Answer that letter Kpeak that kind word, to sweoton "a sorrow ; Do that good deed yon would leave till to-morrow. Tirao to try hard In that new situation Time to build up on A solid foundation Giving up needlessly changing and drifting ; Leaving the quicksands that ever are shifting. What time is it ? Tinio to bo thrifty ; Farmers take warning 1'low in the springtime Sow in the morning Spring rain is coming, zephyrs are blowing j Heaven will attend to the quickening and grow ing. Timo to count cost Lessen expenses Time to look well To the gates and the fences ; Making and mending, as good workers should j Shutting out evil and keeping the good. What time is it ? Time to be earnest, Laying tip treasure ; Timo to bu thoughtful, Choosing true plcasuro ; Loving stern justice of truth being fond ; Making your word just tt9 good as your bond. Time to be hippy, Doing your best Time lo bo trustful, Leaving the rest, Knowing in whatever country or clime, Ne'er can we call back one minute of time. - .V,vt. M. A. Kidder. DOLLY'S DELINQUENCIES. " And why should I not go ?" I do -mand, poutingly. " Because it is not a fit piece for you to see, darling," answers my husband. "I am t iio best judge of wbat is and what is not fit for me to see," I return, with dignity. Will looks at me and stares and laughs. "Are you? Upon what grounds do you put forward your claims for super iority of judgment?" " Married women are always allowed more treed m of action than single girls," I rejoin, evasively, quoting from a speech once made to me hy a dis agreeable married friend in reproof of some scatter-brained offense I had com mitted, and which 1 had defended by as serting that she had done the like deed hersei f . " Single girls married women I Ah. C.i! . you dear little wife of nineteen years !" 4 cries Will, attempting to kiss me ; but 1 am onvimeu, ami turn away my neau. " I shall go !" I say, opposition only having increased my desire to witness the notorious piece now being performed al the Variety theater. "No, dear, I am sure you will not when I tell you I do not wish you to go." " Indeed I shall, whatever your wishes ruav be," is my mutinous reply, ' Dollv !" "Will!" I return his glance of reproving sur prise with one of unabashed defiance, and th'.'i), with every appearance of com posure, I resume my work. In and out of the canvas flies my needle. Will has shut up the book he was reading, and sits idly fingering the piper-cutter. He is the first to break the silence. " Yon said just now, dear, that mar ried women have more freedom of action than single ones. That is hardly correct; for, after marriage, a woman has her husband's will and opinions to consult." Tho lord-and-master style of this address is too much for me. I never could take kindly to control in any shape or form. " Then I suppose you think a wife ought humbly to ask her husbari'd's approval of every trifling deed she per forms V" "No, I do not think anything of the sorl; but I think that there are some matters upon which a man must neces sarily bo more able to form an opinion than a woman, and in these matters the .wife ought certainly submit her will to her hnsbaud's." " Which, being interpreted, means that I ought to submit my will to yours, and not to go and see 'Fact and Fiotion.' " " Exactly," says Will, with a sigh of relief, evidently imagining the whole affair comfortably disposed of. It is not, though. " Well, I don't agree with you at all, and I mean to go. You went." " I kuow I did, and that is the very reason why I am anxious you should not. I saw and heard things that I do not think it right my wife should see and hear." "Well, you formed your opinion from personal observation, and I shall form mine in the same way." " Dolly, understand that I distinctly and decidedly forbid your going." The only answer I make to this pro hibition is a slight shrug of the shoul ders as I bend nearer to the light in order that I may choose correctly be tween two approximate shades of green. I do not know after all, that I am really so very anxious to witness this narticular niece : but I do not like to be fi thwarted or contradicted. Accordingly Y 1 I I. II my nusuauu s voie ueciuea juo. ouun go, please him or displease him. It is as well, too, to let Will see that, though I am his wife, I have an in dividuality of mv own. I have read and t I have been told that husbands are too i fond of reducing their wives to a state K rt nnlni'lnaa n n niipnt innin rr nhedience. of treating them, in fact, exactly as if they were creatures possessed of no brains, hopes or ideas of their own. That state of blind subjection is not at all in accordance with my view of the marriage contract. It is all very well to say that one will love, honor and obey one's husband. Love 1 Yes, I do love Will bettcrthan any one else in the whole world. Arid honor him I do, too he is good and true and worthy of honor. iJut obey I That is altogether different thing. He i only man after all, and not so many years older than myself. It is right, of course, to obey one's parents ; but a husband no, that is ex pecting too much. I cannot think why they want to put such an absurd clause into the service. I do not believe tha, when women utter the word, they ever mean to carry out the spirit of the vow. Y'es, having duly considered the sub ject, I am rather glad than not that this cause of disagreement has arisen be tween us, as I can now assert myself and show Will that it will be of no use ever to attempt to domineer over me, as I intend always to have my own way. Occasionally I may yield to him; but only when it suits me to do so. As a rule I shall act upon my own judgment. I judged for myself when I married him. That is positive proof, therefore, that my judgment is good and sound; and so I shall tell him if he ventures to dispute the fact. I shall ask Mrs. Up ton to accompany me. I do not particu larly care for her she is rather a flighty individual, especially for a widow; but there is not anybody else I should like to ask. Mrs. Upton declares that she will be delighted to go. It is tho very place, she avers, that she has been longing to see. I propose Wednesday, as Will will be late home that evening; and for tunately Wednesday will suit her ar rangements admirably. Wednesday comes, and I feel exactly as though I were a conspirator meditat ing some heinous crime, plotting against tho happiness of some one dear to me. I verily believe that were it not that I have settled everything with Mrs. Up ton I should relinquish all idea of go ing. Fortunately for my independence, I cannot with grace draw back. I am ashimed of my own foolishness I really am. I can only excuse it on the ground that Will has been even more kind than usual, and yesterday brought me home a pair of earrings such a pretty pair, and exactly the sort I have been want- ii dear lellow ! liut men, as 1 re flect, I am not a child to be bribed with new toys. I have told Jane to inform her master that I have gone out and shall not re turn till late, and that ho need not sit up for me. Tho theater is full; but wo have very good seats in the dreys circle. I do not enjoy myself a bit though. I am alto gether uncomfortable because of the smiles and stares with which we are favored. I do wish Mrs. Upton's ap pearance was not quite so showy I do not mean to say that she is vulgar in her manner or gaudy in her dress, but somehow she manages to make herself very noticeable. She is not particu larly nice-looking, but her flguro is good and her attire fashionable per haps too fashionable. Then she talks loudly, and has considerable uniniation of gesture. For these reasons combined I suppose she always manages to at tract attention to her neighborhood. She does not seem to mind it in the least, but I do. The place is horrid, tho acting is quite second-rate, and the heat is abom inable. I cannot imagine what Mrs. Upton can find to enjoy, but she says it is all charming; and certainly she looks, radiant enough, while I feel as cross as possible. I am thankful when it is over. I began to think it never would end, and the audience kept clapping and ap plauding. How terribly the public taste must be deteriorating ! I am dreadfully anxious to depart, but my companion is not inclined to hurry herself. There is a great rush at the doors, and we have some trouble in get ting a cab. The crowd is so rough too, and my head aches, and Mrs. Upton keeps saying such stupid things. As we drive along I resolve that I will never ask her to accompany me any where again. It is quite a relief to reach home, and so be rid of her. I knock very gently, in order that Will may not be disturbed; but my precaution is needless, as Will himself opens the door. " Good evening, dear," I sny, gayly. " But you need not have sat up. I toid Jane to wait for me." Jane informed me of the directions you had given her, but I told her that I should stay tap for you and that she could go to bed." " Oh, if you preferred it so it is all right then !" I return, nonchalently, taking off my wraps, and conscious of a coldness in my husband's tones. Supper is on the table, but prepared only lor one. " Won't you have some, too?" I in quire, taking my seat. " No, thank you. I am not hungry." Neither am I. I have no appetite, but I force myself to eat some pie and drink a cup of tea. I start a conver sation once or twice, but Will, who is reading, or pretending to read, gives such curt answers that I do not perse vere in my efforts. I push aside my empty plate and cup, and get up from my chair. Then Will rises too and comes to my side. " Where have you been, Dolly V" he asks. " To the Variety theatre to see Fact and Fiction.' " " By yourself?" " No; Mrs. Upton went with me." " Do you remember that I prohibited your going?" Beally Will can look remarkably stern and severe when he chooses. However, I do not mean to be fright ened. " Yes, I remember perfectly well," I reply, calmly. " What of it ?" " And you went in direct opposition to my wishes ?" " Yes, dear, certainly I did. I told you I should." He turns away without another word; and, though I have displayed a proper amount of dignity and spirit, I am very far from being elated, I am utterly wretched utterly, completely wretched. It is a fortnight since my visit to the theater, and that fortnight has been, without exception, the most unhappy period of my life. Will has never referred to the events of that evening. He has not uttered a single reproach. I wish he would, for then Z could work up my anger In answering him, and feel better after ward. But no; he is as kind, polite and considerate as though we had never differed only when he kisses me there is no warmth in tho caress, and when he speaks to me there is an indefinable constraint in his tone. I do not care of course he may be offended if ho pleases; but it is so horrid to fell that there is something wrong between us. Perhaps he thinks I shall ask his pardon, and say I am sorry, and " won't be naughty ever any more." That is what I used to do when I was a tiny mite and had been punished for disobedience and wanted to be for given. But I am not a tiny mite now; I am a married women, and I intend to keep up mv dignity. I suppose we shall get right by-and-bye, but it is dreary work meanwhile. I feel in a particularly doleful mood this evening whv I cannot say, unless it is that it has cen raining' all day and keeps on. raining still. It is an unusually gloomy autumn, everybody declares, and I am quite willing to agree with everybody. It is gloomy out of doors and gloomy indoors, and Will is later than ever to-night. I wait dinner a long time, but he does not come, so I expect he has been detained late in the city. After dinner I sit and shiver, and indulge in tears and retrospection. In the midst of my misery a post man's knock startles mo, and Jane gives a further shock to my nerves bv appear ing with a telegraphic dispatch in her hand. Men in business regard telgrams as quite ordinary methods of communi cation, and suffer from no unpleasant emotion on receiving one ; but we women, who are not accustomed to such rapid transmission of general intelli geuce, generally experience a sinking of the heart at the eight of the orange hued envelopes. ' I glance at the direction "Mrs. Wil liam Mitchell." Clearly it is intended for me. I opened it with trembled fore1 bodings. It is from Will. "I shall not bo home to-night. Mother is ill. Shall catch the, express t j . ill write further particulars. And I shall not see him to-night, nor to-morrow, and most likely not the next ilav either. I cry m earnest now. Bv the last post the next day I have a letter With what impatience I tear it open and run my eves over the precious lines ! His mother is ill verv ill and the illness is smallpox. " Of course," he says, "I shall not leave her till she is out of danger. I will write to you every dav. I left all in order at the office, and have sent Simmons a paper of directions lie goes on to beg of me on no account to think of going to him, concludes that he is my affectionate husband, and finally adds a last exhortation to await at home his daily bulletins. Whatever my fears and quailings may be, illness does not frighten me. Or dinarv maladii s have no terrors at all for me, and I am not even afraid of in fectious fevers ; but I must own to a de cided dread of sinallp&t.. It is so un sightly and loathsome a qisease. Still, whatever risks mv husband runs, these risks must be mine also. I will share danger as well as safetv with him. He 1 is quite right in his determination to re main with his mother. She is a widow, and he is her only child ; therefore duty and love both demand his presence at her bedside. And duty and love show me that my place is there also. I acted in opposition to his wishes before when pleasure was concerned. I have certainly resolution enough to repeat the offense for so very different an object. 1 get a " Bradshaw " and puzzle out my route, when to start and where to change. It becomes clear to me, after a tremendous amount of consideration, that, if I leave the station at mid-day, I shall reach W early in the evening. This point settled, I feel more at ease, and retire to rest in sweet anticipation of soon meeting Will again. On the following day I set my house in order for an absence of an indefinite length, and then start on my journey northward. I have the railway carriage to mvself most of the journev. An old gentleman who shares it with me for part of the way manages, during the forty minutes he is my fellow-traveler, to comment upon an astounding variety of subjects. I reply to him in mono syllables, having no inclination for con versation ; but my feeble smiles fail to arrest his garrulity. He talks on and on, deserting one topie only to commence another, till the train stops at a junc tion, and I am relieved of his company. W is a small place, pretty enough in summer but indescribably dull in winter. Mrs. Mitchell's husband prac ticed there as a doctor, and since his death she has remained on in her old house, being attached to it because of its associations with her married life. When I alight at the station and have given the porter instructions as to the conveyance of my luggage, I ask him if he has heard lately how Mrs. Mitchell is. " Very bad, ma'am," i9 his reply, and I turn away with a sad heart. My mother-in-law has not shown her self particularly fond of me; she has been rather hard upon my youth and inexperience as a housekeeper. But then it must be a terrible trial for a mothei to rind herself relegated to tho second place in the affections of the son whom she has almost idolized; and Mrs. Mitchell is a good woman, I am convinced, a really thoroughly good woman, and above all she is Wills mother, and what troubles him grieves me also. Ivy Lodge is a low white house, with a veranda extending round two sides and a great deal of ivy climbing about it. I glance at the windowH. They are raised and the curtains are fluttering in the breeze; but thank heaven the blinds are not drawn. The maid who opens tho door to me has been iu Mrs. Mitchell's service for many years. She lifts up her hands with an ejaculation of astonishment. " Mercv on us ! What will Mister Will say 1" "Hush! How is she?" " Just as bad as she can be," returns Charlotte, raising her apron to her eyes. " Does not the doctor give any hope?" "Hardly any, ma'am. Mister Will he has had two and has sent for a third." ' Well. T will take off my things first, and then I will goto my husband. And Charlotte, will you get me some tea? I am parched with thirst." "To be sure I will, ma'am. You must be tired out with that long jour nev: and. if von're really come to help to nurse, it won't do to tire you out at first start off." She brings me presently a well-fur nished tray, and, when I have eaten and drank, I feel refreshed in body and strengthened in mind. Nevertheless, I am undeniably nervous as l approacu the sick-chamber. I do hope Will will not be vexed. But it is too late for scruples; so I push open the door and enter. ' Yellow shades are hung before the casements, and for an instant or two the transition from light to semi-darkness bewilders me. Then I perceive the quiet figure on the bed, and beyond my husband sitting. The movement of my entrance attracts his attention. He looks toward mo with a glance at first dubious and hesitating, but quickly changing to one of alarm. He rises and passes noiselessly around the foot of the bed. " Why did you come ?" he asks, hur riedly, agitatedly, but not angrily. " You are here." "Y'es, my place is here with her," pointing to the bed. "And mine also. You forget that when I became your wifo I became her daughter, also." " But there is danger of infection." " Not more for me than you. How could you imagine that I should stop in town while yon were wearing yourself to death with anxiety ? I couldn't. Why, you might be dying and 1 should not know it 1 And and, beside, I wanted to see you so badly? Oh, Will, I have been so miserable lately. Won't you kiss, and make friends again ?" 1 did not mean to say it; I did not mean to make the first advance. But I cannot retract my words now, ond I do not think I wish to do so either; for in another moment the peace I crave for is mine. Mrs. Mitchell's illness is a protracted one. She recovers in tho end, but it is a veritable fight for life a slow and weary ascending out of tho valley of the shadow of death. But in those davs of pain and languor Will and I learn to understand each other more fully to love each other more truly. After all I do take the disease, but very lightly so lightly that it does not leave any disfigurement. Half u dozen marks I have, certainly, but those Will calls " beauty spots," and will persist in asserting that they add to instead of de tracting from my good looks. Taking Comfort in Lite. Sooner or later, friends, the time for olded hands will come to us all. Whether or not we ceaso from hurry and worry now, we shall one day shut our eyes upon it, and lie still untroubled by the stir and fret of things about us. Why not take comfort as we go? You, proud mother of a beautiful, active boy, of what use will it be to you to remem ber how exquisitely fine was his raiment, how daintily, spread his bed and how costly and profuse his toys ? What the child needs is mothering, brooding, tender resting on your heart, and he needs it every step of the way from baby hood to manhood. Take the comfort of your opportunities. Never mind though the dress be coarse, and the food plain, and the pluythiugs few, but answer the questions, tell the stories, spare the half hour at bed-time and be nierry and gay, confidential and sympathetic with your boy. And you, whoso graceful young laughter is just blushing cut into the bloom and freshness of a wondrously fair womanliness, do not be so occupied with your ambition for her and her advancement in life, that you let her ways and your own fall apart. Why are her friend's, her interests, and her en gagements so wholly distinct from yours? Why does she visit hero and there, and receive visitors from this and that house, and you scarcely know the people by sight s You are losing precious hours ami the comfort you ought to take is flying fast away on those wings of .time that aro never overtaken. (olden j Lessor. j Why It Pays to Head I j One's physical frame his body, his i muscles, his feet, his hands is only a i living machine. It is his mind, control!-j ing and directing that machine, that gives j it power and ellicacy. The successful use of the body depends wholly upon the mind npon its ability to direct the will. If one ties his arm iu a sling it i becomes weak and finally powerless. Keep it in active exercise, and it ac quires vigor and strength, and it is dis-1 ciplined to use this strength as de sired, just as one's mind, by active ex ercise in thinking, reasoning, studying observing, acquires jivigor, strength, power of concentration and direction. Plainly, then, the man who exercises his mind in reading and thinking gives it greater power and efficiency, and greater ability to direct tho efforts of the physic! frame his work to better results than he can who merely or mainly uses ins muscles, li a muu reads a book or paper, even one ho knows to be erroneous, it helps him by the effort to combat the errors. The combat invigorates his mind. Of all men the farmer, the cultivator, needs to read more to strengthen his reasoning powers, bo that they will help out and make more effective his hard toil. The Four-Leaved Clover, In Germany there is a belief that the four-leaved clover, on account of its crossed form, is endowed with magical virtues. The general form of the super stition is that one who carries the clover about him will be able to detect the presence of evil spirits, and will be suc cessful at play. In Bohemia it is said that if a maiden manages to put the leaf into the shoe of her lover without his knowledge on going on a journey, he will return safely. The four-leaf clover in various regions is believed to protect one from witohes and keep butter pure, on wnicn account, it is con&Kierea a good form for a butter mold. FOR THE LADIES. Fashion In llnlr.' By tho way, there has not for ten years been a' timo when the women of New York left tho coloring of their hair so much to nature as they do this spring. Bleached blondes are migl-.ty scarce, and when found are bad. Even gray hair is not concealed, and the only hirsute falsification at all fashionable is the turning of auburn and brown to red. Hair-dressing has not yet settled down into any recognized stylo for 1881, and it is as probable as anything else that the long-abandoned bunch of curls will be restored to tho nnpes of our necks. Ncto Vork Letter. A Womnn Knviner. Mrs. Mary Maeutchen, of Lawrence, Kan., is, according to popular report, the best farmer of the neighborhood. Ten years ago she was left a widow with a few acres of land and four children. She went to work, literally putting her hand to the plow. Soon she added to her property by purchase and improve ment. In J8f4 she contracted for an unimproved farm for 1,800, which she gave to one of her boys. She has since paid for the land from the surplus prod ucts of her own farm of 120 across. Last year sho bought a farm of 150 acres at the price of 2,500, one fourth of which she has olready paid, and will pay over the other fourth from the crops of this yeor. She works her farm with the aid of her two sons and without much hired help. This is a good example of what has been done in the midst of hard times in Kansas by a widow with a family of children and no resources. The Mistake of .Holders. Thousands of mothers slave, grow prematurely old, forget and neglect tbwir own accomplishments, and drag themselves about as more appendages, something between a nurse and a house keeper to a daughter too young to realize or appreciate the sacrifices made for her. It is every person's business to make morally, mentally, physically, oil of themselves that is possible, and this settling down at thirty-five and forty into an old woman ond taking a back seat that the daughters may shine is a mistake, and defeats the very end sought. There's often altogether too much done for children, and the chief result is that of making them helpless, dependent creatures. Mothers to-da are saying: "I don't care for myself now, so that Eflie or Nettio get their full quota of accomplishments," when, if that mother went on building herself up on the basis of her own matured ex perience and ceased to sink and absorb herself so completely in Effio and Nettie, the world with which she came in contact might be profited. Society needs matured women as live;, potent factors, and the shining should not be left entirely to fledgelings. WTere there time and space a word would be said here in this matter for the old man, too, though he is more apt to take core of himself. Silver. Steel mid Siinnlsli I.ncc lloiineln. The silvered or steel lace bonnets are much lighter and more dressy than those of steel-beaded net in embroidery designs worn during the winter. These silver bonnets need the stylish salmon, pink coral, or dark red shade in feathers or in flowers to give them tone and make them youthful-looking. Some of the most elegant of the black Spanish lace bonnets are the most simple, being made of a wide scarf of the lace, or else of two rows of lace that is six inches wide, with the straight edtres sewed together. For these, flaring fro tit f mines of medium j size are chosen, the middle of the scarf is on top, falling back on the crown and ending in wide strings. llie lace is laid in plaits on the edge of the front, i and each plait is held by a cut steel but- ' ton that is faceted like precious slones. ' Half-wreaths of dark red carnations are crushed in the lace across the top, ond some flowers are lurllicr dock on Tiie crown; inside the front a row of silver lace is laid quito plain, with scallops coming close to the edge. Pink coral with bright yellow is one of the favorito contrasts of colors, and when these two Spanish colors are used with Spanish lace, the effect is excellent, and is found to bo as becoming to blondes as to brunettes. Pink bonnets ore also triven character bv tho use of very dark red trimmings, either of flowers, feathers or son sm in. iiiirjiern inttnr, I'nnlilon Note. The granite ribbons have come into use again to match steel trimmings. Little morning caps are made of phish or damask with deep frills of lace. The ribbon knots worn on the loft shoulder are fastened by a steel butterfly. Pongee for overdresses is wrought in dark brown as well os in bright colors. Only those persons who have long, slender arms should try to wear sleevts shirred into two pulls. A border of flowers and a center powdered with butterflies, is the design for a lawn tennis apron. Sabhes of sheer winte muslin, env broidered in gay silks, are made up to wear with summer gowns, Feather flowers and leaves have been imported in small quantities, but aro not likely to be much worn. More Canton crape has been imported this season than has been brought into the country for many years. The flu tings of lace worn at the neck and wrists are almost invariably double this season. Neapolitan bounetH are Bimply trimmed with wreaths of tlowers and lace or satin strings. The Cramm gingham is a new material which has wide stripes of pale or dark pink or blue. About two yards and a half of the wale satin ribbon is required to trim a me dium-sized bonnet. The berries which the milliners have introduced this season are used for loop ing white dresses. Open embroidery executed on the ma terial of the gown and lined with a color, is a new dress trimming. Some of the' elegant dlrectoire cloak have tho wholo back of beaded net and the front of brocade satin. Brocado and satin wrought with gold are among the materials used for parasols, but plain satin is the fa vorite. Tho Princess of Wales introduced the fashion of wearing yellow gloves iu the evening. As only tho narrowest plaiting of surah shows below the littlo dresses of lace now worn by children, the slips arc. often made of sateen. Plain silk grenadine is now used fo make entire dresses, but it is profusely trimmed with frills of black net dot ted and bordered with white silk. The sateens with patterns repre senting plates aro used for the basques of plain sateens. They are trimmed with cotton fringe mixed with gold. The Florentine grenadines arc like basket-woven silk, but arc very thin. Tliey ore wrought with jet ond are cut up for waistcoats and trimmings. HEALTH HINTS. l'j:r,i Kix Lotion. Muriate ammonia, ono dram; cologne water, two drams; distilled water, seven ounces; mix and use os a wash. It contains nothing in jurious. Wash ron SisiiritN. Take two drams of borax, ono dram of Roman alum, one dram of camphor, half on ounce of sugar candy ond one pound of ox-gall; mix and stir well for ten minutes or so, and repeat this stirring three or four times a day for a fortuight, until it appears clear and transparent; strain through blotting paper and bottle up for use. An Excellent Diunk fou the Sick. Toast ripe Indian corn quite brown, or even a little black, and put it into hot water to steep; drink when cold. This makes one of the best drinks for the sick, and will often stop sickness at the stomach when all other remedies fail. Light Blankets. There is a good ! deal of sense in the following advice: j Never use anything but light blankets to cover the sick. The heavy, imper I vious counterpane is bad, for the reason that it keeps the exhalations from the ; pores of the sick person, whiln the j blanket allows thein to pass through. : Weak persons are invariably distressed by a great weight of bedclothes, which i often prevent their getting any sound j sleep whatever. j Best fob. Headaches. Dr. Day says, I in a late lecture: Whatever be tho plan of treatment decided upon, rest is the first principle to inculcate in every severe headache. Best, which tho busy man and anxious mother cannot obtain so long as they manage to keep about, is ono of the first remedies for every headache, and we should never cease to enforce it. Tho brain when excited as much needs quiet and repose as a frac tured limb or an inflamed eye ; it is ob vious that the chances of shortening the seizure and arresting the pain will de pend on our power to have this carried out ellectually. It is a practical lesson to keep steadily in view, in that there : may lurk behind a simple headache ! some lesion of unknown magnitude ; which may remain stationary if quietude j can be maintained. There is a point worth attending to in tho treatment of ; oil headaches. See that tho head is ' I elev rated at night and the pillow hard, if it bo soft the head sinks into it for ! and becomes hot, which with some people is enough to provoke an attack j i in tho morning, if bleep has been long i and heavy. j Eyesight. Milton's blindness was the result of overwork and dyspepsia. Mult itudes of men orwomen have made theireves weak i for life by too free use of the eyesight, reading small print, and doing fine sew ing. In view of these things, it is well to observe tho following rules in the uses of tho eyes: Avoid all sudden changes between light and darkness. Never begin to read or write or sew for I several minutes after coming from dark ness to a bright light. Never read by twilight or moonlight, or on a very cloudy day. Never read or sew directly in front of the light or window or door. It is best to have the light fall from above, obliquely over the left shoulder. Never sleep so that on the first waking the eyes shall open on the light of a window. Too much light creates a glare, and pains and confuses tho sight. The moment yon ore sensible of an effort . to dislinmiish. that moment cease and take a walk or ride. As the sky is blue and the earth green, it would seem that tho ceiling should be a bluish tinge, and tho carpet green, and the walls of some mellDW tint. The moment you are prompted to rub the eyes, that moment cease using them. If the eyelids aro glued together on waking up, do not forcibly open them, but apply the saliva with the fiugers. It is the speediest diluent in the world. Then wash your face and eves in warm water. Fretful Words. Why be so severe in dealing with the faults of those at home while we excuse anything friends or acquaintances may do ? The laws of politeness should be binding at home as well as abroad. We j enjoy seeing our husbands and wives lioiuu lo our nciKiioorx, omv lei us ue sure to practice our good manners at home. There ore husbands who would hasten to assure a neighbor's wife, who had, in her haste, burned her biscuits, that they "greatly enjoyed them when they were so nice and brown," who would never think their own wives needed the same consideration. No man cun be a gentleman, though ever so genial abroad, who is a tyrant or habit ual fault Aider at home ; and no woman is a real lady who is not a lady at home in her morning wrapper, as well as iu silk in her neighbor's parlor. One mem ber of a family who tegins the day with fretful words and harsh tones, is gener ally enough to spoil the happiness and temper of the whole for the day. Not all who hear the impatient word give the angry answer, for many choose to suffer in silence ; but every such word makes somebody's heart ache ; and, as a rule, it is somebody whom we love and would do anything for, except to keep back the unkind, sarcastic word. Then do not let us make ourselves and other n'usewvblo by being fretful at homo, xt Summer. Beautiful things there are coming this way Nearer and nearer, dear, every day Yes, closer and closer, my baby. Mischievous showers and faint little smells Of far-away flowers in fur-away dells Are coming in April, my baby. Sly 1 it tlo blossoms that clamber along Close to the ground till they grow big and strong Are coming in May, littlo baby. I!osct and bees and a big yellow moon Coming together in beautiful June, In lovely midsummer, my baby. Pretty red cherries, and bright littlo flies, Twinkling and turning tho Adds into skies, Will come in July, little baby. Feathery eh.uds and bng, still afternoons, Scarce a leaf stirring, and birdies' soft croons Are coming in August, my baby. Glimpses of blue through the poppies and wheat, And ono littlo birthday on fast Hying feet, Will come in September, my baby. - Lavra lA'hjard, in Unrer's Young VopirJ HUMOR OF THE DAT. A jobber's cave A burglar's confes sion. When things go to D K how C D they B come. Marriage keeps men out of mischief; and so does a ball chain. The material for good soldiers must be planted in drills. Picniune. Decisions in law suits aro rendered the same as lard is rendered by try ing. Lowell Courier. Why is a fellow with a bad cold in the head like Niagara Falls ? Because he's a catarrh-racked. New .York News. APhiladelphian has resolved to starve himself to death. Ho will engage board at a watering-place ond never fee a waiter. Elmira Advertiser. Some colleges would never be heard of if the students didn't cut up iu an out rageous manner occasionally ond get into tho newspapers. Saturday Night. It has been discovered that three coats of paint do not keep a house any warmer than no coat at all; but people will hang to old prejudices. Detroit i''t'fl Ye'. It was their first night aboard the steamer. " At last," he said, tenderly, " we aro all alone out upon the deep waters of the dark blue sea, and your heart will always beat for me as it has beat in the past ?" " My heart's all right," she answered, languidly, " but my stomach feels awful." "Yon ain't taking any stock in woman's love, eh?" " No," he answered, despondently, " it's all flummery." "Very strange," added his friend. " Yon didn't use to talk that way." " I'erhaps not," he replied, "but I've been married nearly two years, and there are four pair of trousers hanging up in my closet waiting tq4e patched, and not a stitch taken in them yet." Rhode Island papers are telling a very beautiful story of a clergyman who visited an insane asylum and was attacked by a maniac, but who broke into a song and sang it so sweetly and clearly that the lunatic was calmed. A Chicago man recently visited the Cook ('ount-v msano and while there j sa" a s.onS; eyeral ot 1 ie. 'nmates were so toncneu mat iney trieii to es cape. Cli ice i'jo Tribun e. Monster Teloscnries. California means to beat tho world in telescopes, as in everything. It seems to bo a law of optics, in the use of that kind of telescopes known as refractors, that no amount of increased size in the object glass, beyond a diameter of per haps twenty-eight to thirty inches, will avail to improve the powers of the in strument. What is gained in magnify ing or space-penetrating power is lost in the diminished clearness of definition. But the astronomers and telescope mukers do not all believe in this law. The great glass ordered in this country by thellussian government, and which is now in the slow and patient process of transformation from a rough and bulky disk of glass into tho ground down, scientifically shaped and polished lens of a great telescope, is one proof of the conviction that increased size in a refractor should give increased power. The great glass at Washington, by which the moons of Mars were discov ered, is in diameter twenty-six inches; the one ordered for the Russian observ atory at Pulkowa is to be at least thirty inches. Even that, it appears, is not to be the largest of the refractors. The trustees of the Lick observatory, in California, have finally closed tho contract for the optical part of the great telescope pro vided for by the will of the Cali fornia millionaire. There has been con siderable doubt whether a refractor or on enormous reflector wouh'.be selected, but the decision is jn favor of the former. Jhe object glass is to he three feet in diameter, and the Clarks, of Cambridge, Massachusetts (who are making the glass for Itussia), are to make this California lens for 850,000. The mounting for the instrument is iibt yet provided for. Proposals will be ob tained from the principal instrument makers of Europe and this country be fore tho contract is awarded. Probably the mechanical part of tho instrument will cost about as much as the optical. It cannot probably be completed in less time than three years. It is believed by many that the power of this monster glass (for, compared with other refractors it is a monster, though reflectors are constructed of a much larger size), will be proportionate to its size. If it does prove successful it will be by far the most efficient glass ever pointed at the heavens, nnd under the clear skies of California ought to accomplish great things for science. Sot Agreeable. As a rule the plain, unvarnished truth is not agreeable. Speaking it is not always a virtue. Concealing it is very often judicious. It is only when duty calls upon you to reveal tho truth that it is commendable. A tale-teller may be a truth-teller, but every ono dis likes the character of a person who goes from one house to another and inter communicates all ho ie or heart.