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fffiÖÖMoton fan ♦ » • ' ■ NO. 18. MIDDLETOWN, DELAWARE, SATURDAY MORNING, APRIL 29, 18T6. VOL. IX. Jumbcr and Hardware. LINDLEY & KEMP, —DEALERS IN— Agricultural Implements, FOREIGN & DOMESTIC Hardware, IV FOARD k COMF.GYS' WAREHOUSE. ♦I ill at own, Del. AGRICULTURAL DEPARTMENT. Heckendorn, Wiley, Moore, Concave and Farmers Friend PLOWS; Plow Castings, Grindstones, Pump3, Scales, Corn Shellers. Churns, Shovels, Forks, Spades, Hoes and Rakes, HARDWARE DEPARTMENT. Iron and Steel, Horse and Mule Shoes, Horse Nails, Blacksmith Supplies, Chain Traces, Haines. Trowels, Nails, Spikes, Locks, Hinges, Bolts. Files, Chisel*, Levels, Planes, Bevels, Wrenches, Picks, Mattocks, Hubs, Rims, Spokes, Shafts, Long and Short Arms, Clips. Springs, Enameled Cloth, Gum Canvass, sc. A complete stock of TOOLS and Supplies for Carpenters, Builders, Masons, Sadler9, Shoemakers and others, with many House furnishing articles. We invite the public to call and examine our prices. ßSS-Ho trouble fo show goods, [mar 18 LUMBER -AND— HARDWARE. G. E. HTJKILL, Successor to J. B. FENIMORE & CO., Oppotitt the R. R. Depot, MIDDIÆTOWN, DEL., DEALER IN ALL KINDS OF Lumber, Hardware, and General Building Material, Sash, Doors, Shutters, Blinds, and Mouldings, Paints, Oils, Var nishes, Glass and Putty, Bricks, Building Lime, Hair, Etc. Constantly on hand. —ALSO— AVERILL CHEMICAL PAINT, TOWN AND COUNTRY PAINT, ( Heady-Mixed. ) "Blatcliley's" Celebrated Cucumber Wood Pumps and everything in the building line. Having made arrangements with large wholesale dealers. I shall he prepared to fur nish large bills of Lumber for huildings. such as I'may not have in stock, direct Irom wliole jale dealers, thereby securing the lowest prices possible to be obtained. Give me a call, and get my prices, before purchasing elsewhere. Fel>5-ly. WORDEN Mi aiä Mill Mills, Saab, Door, Blind and Peach Basket Factory, AND LUMBER YARD. I would call attention to m.v large stock of white pine Hemlock Lumber always in stock. Also, Sash, Doors, Blinds, Shutters A Mould ings, which I will sell att-ity prices. Buying my lumber by the cargo, 1 am enabled to offer extraordinary inducements in prices. In quiries by mail receive prompt attention. All kinds of mill work to order. Peach baskets a specialty in their season. Jan 1—6m J. E. WORDEN, Smvrna. Del. APRIL. 1875. HARDWARE, PAINTS, AND CUCUMBER WOOD PUMPS. Or. E. HTTICIXjIj —SUCCESSOR TO— J. B. FENIMORE & CO., DEALER IN LUMBER AND GENERAL BUILDING MA TERIAL, HARDWARE—Building, Household and Agricultural. PAINTS—"AVER'LL" and * TOWN and COUNTRY"— all colors; jeady mixed; the best and cheacest— in quarts, gallons and larger package*. PUMPS—'BLATCHLEY'S" CUCUMBER WOOD— acknowledged the best. -NEW STOVE AND TIN STOEE in Middletown. Elhtson & Benson, Manufacturers and Dealers in STOETZES, HEATERS, RANGES, AND TIN WARE OF EVERY DESCRIPTION. We have in stock the most popular and best Parlor, Cook and Room Stove manufac lured, amoxg them may he found the Home Delight, Morning Light, Florentine, Tuscan, Bon Ton. Florence, Charm, Belle, Regulator, Centennial, Palace Cook, Golden Eagle, Eureka, Combination Cook. Wabash, Model Complete, Victor Cook, Pretty Range, Pet Range, and can furnish on short notice any other stove manufactuied. We invite special attention to the Regula tor "Revolving Top" for convenience. Sur passes anything in the stove line ever offered in this market. Stoves repaired on tbe shortest notice. Roofing and spouting a specialty. We hope by giving our personal attention to business, and making moderate charges to receive a share of the public patronage. Oire us a coll. ELIaSGN A BENSON, Middletown, Del. Utiddlftoum prcctorg CORPORATION OFFICERS. Tows Commissioners — T. E. Hum, Presi dent; Tiios. Masse.v, Jr., Secretary ; Jas. H. Scowdrick, G. W. Wilson, Wm. W. Wilson. Assessor —C. E. Anderson. Treasurer. —Isaac Jones. Justice or the Peace. —DeW. C. Walker. Constable and Policeman. —Vacant. Lamplighter. — F. C. Schreitz. NOTARY PUBLIC John A. Reynolds. TRUSTEES OF THE ACADEMY. Hon John P. Cochran. Pres. ; Henry Davis, Treas. ; Samuel Peninglon, Secretary ; James Kanely, B. Gibbs, R T. Cochran. N. Williams. Principal of Academy. — T. S. Stevens. OFFICERS OF CITIZENS' NATL BANK. Directors. —Henry Clayton, B. Gibbs, B. T. Biggs. John A. Reynolds, James Culhert IC. C. Fenimore, M. E. Walker, J. B. Cazier, Joseph Biggs. President. —Henry Clayton, Cashieb.— J. R. Hall. Teller. —John S. Crouch. sun, DIRECTORS OF TOWN HALL CO. J. M. Cox. Pres.; Samuel Penington, Sec.; J. R. Hal', Treas ; R. A Cochran, Jas Cul bertson. Jas. H. Scowdrick, Wm. H. Barr. • CHURCHES. Forest Presbyterian. —Rev. John Patton, D. D , Pastor. Divine service every Sunday at 10.30a.m and 7.00p.m. SundavSchool Lecture on Wednesdays at 7.00 p. Sunday School in the Chapel at Arm strong's every Sunday at 2 30 p. m. St. Anne's Protestant Episcopal. —Rev. Wm.C. Butler, Rector. On Sundays—Morning Prayer, 10.30 a. m.: Evening Prayer, 7:00 p.m. Sunday School, 9 a.m. Evening Prayer ou Fridays at 5 o'clock. Methodist Episcopal, —Rev.L. C. Matlack, D. D., Pastor. Service every Sunday at ïO.GO a. m. and 7.00 p m. Sunday School at 9.30 a. in. and 2.30 p. m. Prayer Meeting on Thttrsdavs at 7.00 p. m. Colored Methodist .—Rev N. Morris— Pastor. Service every other Sunday at 10.30 p. m., 3 and 8 p. m. Sunday School every Sunday at 1 p. m. at 9 a. m. ra. MASONIC Adoniram Chapter No. 5, R. A. M. Meets in Masonic Hall on the second and fourth Fri days of every month at 8 o'clock, p m. Union Lodge No. 5, A. F. A. M. Meets on the first and third Tuesdays of every month at 8 o'clock, p. m. Masonic Hall. KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS. Damon Lodge, No. 12 Meets every Friday evening at 8 o'clock. Lodge room in the Town Hall. PATRONS OF HUSBANDRY. Peach Blossom Grange, No. 3. Meets every Tuesday evening at 7 o'clock. Grange Room in the Knights of Pythias Hall. I. O. 0. F. Good Samaritan Lodge, No 9. Meets every Thursday evening at 7j o'eik. Lodge Room •in Cochran H*1I, No. 2, Cochran Square. BUILDING AND LOAN. Middletown B. & L. Association. —Samuel Penington, Pres.; A. G. Cox, Secretary. Meets the first Thursday of every month at 8 o'clock, p. m. Mutual Loam Association of Middletown. — Jas. H. Scowdrick, Pres.; A. G. Cox, Sec retary. Meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 8 o'clock, p. m. on MIDDLETOWN LIBRARY AND READING-ROOM. E W. Lockwood, Pres.j.J. T. Budd, Sec'y ; Rooms in Transcript Buitding. Reading Room open every day until 10 o'clock, p m. Library open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 3 o'clo k to 5 p m. AGRICULTURAL ASSOCIATION Penins. Agricultural and Pomological As sociation. —Wm. R. Cochran, President and Chairman of Board of Managers; J. B. Clark son, Secretary. Annual Meeting fourth Sat urday in January. Next annual fair will he held on October 4th, 5th and 6th, 1876. DIAMOND STATE BRASS BAND. Meets for practice every Monday evening at 8 o'clock. POST OFFICE. Office Hours. —Opens at 6 30 a m and closes at 9 p m every day except Sunday Mails for the North close at 7.30 a m, and 2.45 p m. Mail for the South closes at 10 15 am. Mails for Odessa close at 10.23 a m and 7.30 p m. Mails for Warwick, Sassafras and Cecilton dose at 10.23 a m. DELAWARE RAILROAD. Passenger trains going North leave at 7.46 a m and 3 01 p m. ; going South at 10.33 a m and I- 55 P m - Freight trains with passenger ear attached, going North, leave at 5.20 pin; going South, at 6 30 a m. 8TAGE LINES - Stage for Odessa, with U. S. Mail, leaves shortly after arrival of the 10.43 am and 7.55 p m mail trains. Stages for Warwick, Sassafras and Cecilton leave shortly after arrival of the 10.43 a m train. _ Spring Clothing! SPRING CLOTHING!! We have just brought from the city a large assortment of MEN S AND BOYS' SPRING A SUMMER CLOTHING, which we would like you to call and examine before buiing elsewhere. Just call and examine our $10 SUITS and our §5 PANTS and VEST. We know that they will surprise von, as they are all wool. We manufacture our own goods, and can sell them nt reduced prices for the cash Clothing is cheap, hut we are selling ours CHEAPER! What do you think of a good suit of Clothing at j Ufiffit flBBkli ! j VALISES Ac,, 1 , , , .. . .. . i l"« 1 7. 0U wll ! find ,ha ' ,hev ' are cheap as the i Clo.hmg Come one ! come «11 ! and give us ; a cn '*> at '*' e d' et0Än Clothing House, $6, $7, $8 and $10 per Suit? I We have, also, a large assortment of S. R. ESTES & CO., Middletown, Del. NOTICE. The Board of Commissioners will meet in their office on the Second and Fourth TUES DAYS of each month. Persons having Bills against the Town will present the same at their regular meetings, as no bills will hereafter be paid unless properly passed by the Board, apr 22—3m T. E. HURN, Pres't. Select fjoefnj. The Magic Isle in the River of Time. [It seemed to he undecided for a time, who entitled to the authorship of the follow ing poem, hut public sentiment, in that after time, which sums up and passes just judg ment upon all human acts, pointed toward Mary E. Bachelor as the likely fountain of E., Cecilton, Md.] There's a magical Isle in the river of Time, Where softest of echoes are staying; And the isle is as sweet as a musical chime, Or the exquisite breath of a tropical clime, When June with *he rose3 are staying. 'Tis there memory dwells with her pale golden hue, And mii3ic forever is flowing, While the low musical tones come tremblingly through, Sa-tly trouble the heart, yet sweetens it too, As south winds o'er the waters are blowing. There are shadowy hills in the fairy like Isle, Where pictures of beauty are gleaming, Yet the light of these eyes, and their sweet sunny smile Only flash round the heart, with a wildering wile, And leave us to know 'tis but dreaming. And the name of the isle is the beautiful past, And we bury our treasures all there; There are heings of beauty, too lovely to last, There are bosoms of snow with the dust o'er them cast, There are trepes and ringlets of hair. There are fragments of song only memory sings, And the hoard of a dear mother's prayer : There's a harp long nnswept aud a lute with out strings, There are flowers all withered, and letters and rings, Ha'.lowed tokens love used to wear. E'en the dead, the bright, beautiful dead, there arise. With these soft flowing ringlets of gold ; Though their voices are hushed, and o'er their sweet eyes The unbroken signet of silence now lies, They are with us again as of old. In the still of night hands are beckoning us there, And with a joy, that is almost a pain. We delight to turn hack again, and in wan dering there, Through the shadhwy halls of this island so fair, We behold our lost treasure again. 0, this beautiful isle, with its phantom-like show, Is a vista unfadingly bright, And the river of time, in its turbulent flow, Is oft soothed with the voices we heard long ago, When the years were a dream of delight. was this rill of music. Id Written for the Middletown Transcript. Tie School Teacher's Experience. BY ALEXIS. "I shall accept her invitation, see her and have a flirtation," said careless Frank Münder. "Then, by Jove, you'll regret it, for she!ll use you as a character for one of her stories for the local papers she writes for." This reply, coming from a "chum," Will Beaob, was received with a burst of laughter bordering on mockery and a challenge from Frauk. "Let the result be as it may, I shall Come with me, Will, and watch the finale; for she is a green little country girl' and apt to believe any thing I may tell her in regard to my feelings towards her Then, you know, i'll throw in some praise for her beauty, be it ever so small, and then my object will be gaiued." "Then goodbye for the present. I decline to witness the cruel joke; that is if you carry it to a point of success " As the two separated, a thought Will's miud to write to the go It iu on a of an an came over voung lady iu question and give infor mation that would put her on guard for any assault on her affections, but he postponed it. intending to do so after Frank had made the visit. Down near the quiet and retired town of Odessa, Delaware, lived the timid, pretty little school teacher, Lillie B Laurine; living so faithfully for her neighbors' welfare and caring so little for her own that there seldom came a cloud over her life that was not easily dispersed. Ther-ehool children had been trained and drilled by loving persuasion to leave off their former habits of throw ing each other out of windows, jumping off the school house and tearing each other's books to pieces ; so the days came and went with no unusual change of scenes, except when a new scholar was brought in and had to go through a formal introduction to the whole school. Vacation arrived at last, just as spring, who had beeD rather lardy, made her appearance. Lillie, tired Lillie, concluded to pay a visit to hei relatives in Philadelphia, and in this wav found recreation. After her arrival in the city, every place of interest was visited, enjoyments in number were added, and the time for her return home was drawing near, when by accident she was introduced to stylish Frank Münder. She did not act the silly goose apd do as most young girls do : fall in love with him or his stylish clothing or moustache It was with her dignity coupled with intelligence, and to diaw a closer intimacy one was obliged to associate with her a great deal. The evening before Lillie left tbe city she said : "Mr. Münder, I should be happy to have yon call on me in mv Delaware home this summer. Peaches, pears, grapes, apples, strawberries, and all other fruits will be in abundance, and I'm sure you'll enjoy them when fresh." "Thank you. Miss Laurine, I shall be happy if I can accept your invita tion." an of of It at So the two parted with nothing to regret, unless it was Frank for having to part with his last subject for a flir tation. The fact was he had met with so many rebukes from Lillie that he hegan to half like or "love" her. August was a glowing month. Peach orchards blazed with large fruit, and apples and pears were in abundance Every Delaware heart throbbed wiih thankfulness for such bounteous pro On the 12th the Laurine farrn vision. house was a scene of active preparation for the coming guest, Frank Münder The carriage was ordered in the even ing and Lillie and her younger brother drove to the Middletown depot to meçt him. Of course, he was welcomed ip he of for the manner of an acquaintance by Lillie, and when home was again reached and introductions made, Frank fur the fir?t time felt his mission to be sinful to be carried into execution, and half resolved to steal away that night, riskiug his knowledge of the road to find the railroad station. But a mis sion of this kiud is never left undone. Its results are so overwhelmingly pleasing for awhile, that every obstacle is crushed, and the flirt walks over the soft feelings of his victim with a banner of "regret" following after him or her Every attention was paid him and the days stole rapidly up till they reached two weeks; two weeks in paiadise al most to Frank He would accompany Lillie ou trips to the orchards, drives to town and boat rides on Appoquiui mink creek The old resolution at Iasi came upon him and he commenced an attack on the affections of Lillie. "Miss Laùrine, why not let me call you Lillie? I much prefer it, as it wi'l prove that I am gaining your friend ship." "You may do the former, but as to the latter you always had that Friends meet and part only in friendship, Mr Münder." In an instant she rebuked herself for such a sentence, not that sh< meant to seem solicitous, but her very words betokened as much, and be. took advantage of them by replying. "Can we never be more than friends to each other, Lillie? In my stay with you I have learned to care ever so much for you and your gentle manners: aud I plead for myself earnestly Will you be more than a friend to me some day ?" A choking sensation came in her throat, followed by a desire to run away and escape the sudden and un looked-fot questions. She looked up in bis eyes. They were ever so earnest, ever so trustful, but, O, the bidden de ceit of the heart; so the innocent little school teacher gave way to his petitions and iu a half dazed manner forgot her dignity enough to say she trusted him. She was, for the first time, a silly, thoughtless girl. The two separated, he assuring her of bis coustauey and she acknowl edging her fullest confidence in his avowals. School opened again, finding Lillie in her former position as gentle pre ceptress over quite » lirge number of scboCrs. She was as happy as ever, perhaps a little more so. for where is there a woman who will not be happy when she is aware that all her life has been trusted to a man whom she deems worthy of it. Duties were fulfilled by the pretty little school teacher in the same earnest manner, and she still gained the love of all parents who sent children to the school. Letters came from Frank and were answered punctually. After awhile they came reluctantly and grew to be very unfrequently and finally stopped Frank Münder knew he had accom plished bis design«, and. so informed his "chum" Will Beach, who imme diately discountenanced him as a friend and wrote Lillie the following note: nr out by the "Philadelphia, Sept. 12. Miss Lillie B. Laurine : I presume upou your time so much as to inform you that Frank Münder is a flirting adventurer, and would caution yon against W. B " us, ing and of his he cut a No to the him. Lillie stood in silence and thought over the few words of the note Beach was a friend of hers, she kDew. It was euougb that it ended where it did She was satisfied with the ending, for when such deceit was made practi cable, she lost all respect for the man, but used no sentence to form a curse ou him. It was over, and she did not go into premature decay. There was out* purpose iu* her mind, aud she carried that out by writing a touching piece of poetry for the local newspaper, describ ing her feelings at the moment of being deceived It was very pretty, she telling him how her trust was ensnared, how her life glowed with hopes of future hap piness, aud bow all this was crushed in one mass of deceit and burled iuto ob livion. She seldom referred to tbe matter; indeed, her pareDts were hardly acquainted with any of toe facts. The local paper often afterward received contributions from tbe little school teacher, and no outward sign escaped her to show that any deep regret was lurking way down in her earnest heart-. Of course, she resulved to ever live an "old maid" by shunning the society of young men, but she fouud a brown faced country admirer afterwards, who iu his acts and not his words was dis covered the true aud manly affection that proved ever after good, noble and pure. Münder lost all self respect, was avoided by former friends, and goaded on to desperation by the continued regret of his life of ruin, finally forged a uote for the purpose of being made a prisoner, so as to be excluded from the sight of family and friends. 0, girls, if you but knew the ways of man ; if you but knew one half the regrets of the broken-hearted girls, you would look upon the stranger with much reserve, thereby saving yourself from an intrigue invented solely for the pur pose of gaining your confidence for a moment to throw it away a moment afterwards, to be covered with the rub bish of regrets for a life time. Ouly an intimate friend should ever gain ad mission to your affections if you are disposed to trust them out at a premium. Will we are use on. in, but get the but to ale To it you is rest An Expensive Funeral -The funeral of Mrs Roxcellana Keyser, the widow of the late Ernest Keyser, an eccentric millionaire, took place from her residence in New York, on Thursday. Her sister assumed charge of tbe funeral. There were eighty car riages in the procession ; the hearse was drawn by six black horses, and six of the carriages were drawn by four horses. Tbe casket was made of oak, lined with white satin, and covered with black velvet costing $11 a yard It was covered with gold fringe, and had a solid gold plate and six chased gold handles. The cost of the casket was $2,000. The floral decoration were superb and cost nearly $1,000. Mozart was up io tbe morning early at hia music. of we are or in We The Boy's Characteristics. If there are any loose straw, chip?, sticks, old barrels or boxes anywhere within his reach and he can get a ich, be will make what he calls a ••bonfire," stand around it, and hold his bands before it until be gets smoked all over. If there is a pond or puddle of muddy water anywhere about he will take oil his shoes and stockings, roll up his clean white pants and either wade in or get a dirty board or plank and push himself about until face, hands and clothes are one uuiform dirt color from top to toe. He will go over any fence or wall or through any tangled thicket of briars, thorns or brushwood, regardless of the strength of his trousers, even when it would be quite as handy to go around by the proper path. He will plunge into any muddy ditch or swamp after a mud-turtle or a and thm, after carrying it about awhile, will throw his prize away He will climb any ladder, pole, scaffold or tree, with no understandable except to get where he knows he ought not to be, and with the sure result of getting into danger. When bis kite lodges in a tree or a telegraph .wire he will try to get it down by throwing sticks at it until the kite is broken all to pieces, and will uch time and energy in this vain pursuit as would serve to make a dozen other kites. He will trudge through the snow and -lush in preference to walking on a per fectly clean path or pavement. He will spend hours in throwing clubs and stones to knock "candles" from the catalpa tree, to knock "beans" from the locust tree,to knock "switches" from the ailanthus tree, ahd to knock ••button-balls" from the buttonwood tree; and then when he has got them and got bis clothes in disorder he will gather up his "candles,"''switches" or "butten-balls." and immediately find he don't want them and give them away to some other boy who don't want them either. He will make a noise without any possible reason for it except the "fun" of making a noise. Finally, he will get his clothes dirty, bis fingers cut, or his shins or head bruised, if there is any show or chance for either within a. mile. Wherein the average American boy differs from the American girl : This "differentiation" is a problem for the "evolutionists" to solve. to is ina minnow. reason spend as nt nr Written for the Transcript. Observation No. 1. If we take notice of what transpires around us, many little amusing thing! happen in a country town, especially it you are shopping, a business very much liked hy the ladies. Occasionally a husband will accom pany a wife, but according to custoui, ladies go by themselves : we are going out shoppiug now. The first store we enter is occupied by several; the clerk and, of the proprietors are in ; the former meets he does others, with a smiling course, us, as countenance, while the proprietors are otherwise engaged. Presently customers pass out. leav ing us to be waited upon for the time being. As is conventional, proprietors are pleasant.it is seldom we see them hand some. but will say for these, they are passable; the youngest is a birkie bairn and a usual occurrence, occupies most of his time in arranging some part of his toilet, or walking up and down ad miring his good looks, reflected in the indispensable looking glass. All this is quiet amusing to young ladies. For a short time we linger over some article, then pass out to see something else ; going down the street enter store number 2, customers come out, as we pass io, leaving one still half recliuing in an arm chair While we are being waited upon, a second person makes his appearance taking a seat beside No 1 ; comments passed ; No. 1 remarks to No. 2 that if he (No 1) was io No 2's place, he would not spoil his good looks but cut off the down that was inclined to shade no 2's upper lip, in other words, a moustache. Now we would advise No 1, not to spoil bis good looks, but take the advice he gave to No. 2, aud the scissors well. We are prepared to leave, and say to those behind us, if the glove doesn't fit, why don't put it L. B. we are use on. The Rule of Economy. —"Take care of the pennies." Look well to your spending No matter what comes in, if more goes out you will be always poor The art is u«t in making money, but in keeping it. Little expenses, like mice in a barn, where there are many, make great waste. Hair by hair, heads get bald, straw by straw tbe thatch goes off the cottage, and drop by drop the rain comes into the chamber. A barrel is soon empty, if the tap leaks but a drop a minute When you mean to save, begin with your mouth ; many thieves pass down the red lane. The ale jug is a great waste. In all other things keep within compass. Never stretch your legs further than your blankets will reach, or you will soon be cold. In clothes, choose suitable and lasting stuff, and not tawdry fineries To be watm is the main thing, never tnind the looks A fool may make money,but it takes a wise man to spend it Remember, it is easier to build two chimneys than to keep one going, you give all to back and board, there is nothing left for the savings bank. Fare hard and work hard when you arc young, and you will have a chance to rest when you are old. If VVe all complain of the shortness of time, and yet bave much more than we know what to do with Our lives are spent either in doing Dothing at all, or in doing nothing to tbe purpose, or in uothing that we ought to do. We are always complaining that our days are few, and acting as though there would be no end to them. The greater the knowledge, tbe greater the doubt. Written for the Transcript. MY SON. Sad mem'ry with my spirit now Is buried with the past, And deep within my heart's alcove I listen to the last. The whisperings of other days Come shadowing o'er my soul, Like fleecy clouds athwart the sky, Beyond my ken's control. They speak of thee, mine own Bernard, The first the Giver gave ; But soon He took the gift from me Unto Himself, to have. I saw thee draw thy long, last breath, In peace it passed away— And heard thee lisp with feeble voice, ''Thy will be done alway." Thy voice was truly mnsical, When of a Sabbath morn Ye sang an anthem to the name Of Him of Mary born ! And when that voice in prayer was raised Up to his Father's throne, It was a joy unspeakable To call thee, then, my own. 0 ! how I miss thy merry voice, That sang so sweet and clear, As ye came bounding home from school, YV'ith free aud joyous air. And, oh ! that bright and sparkl'ng eye Beneath a raven brow, 0, how I lov'd thee, then, my son, Nor less I love thee now. 1 will not say on thee alone My hopes werecen'er'd all— Yet 'round my heart thine image clings Like ivy to the wall. Thy brothers nestle 'round my hearth, Th? sisters, too, are there, But lonely stands, where erst it stood, Thine ever vacant chair. Such thoughts as these arc crowding fast Upon my troubl'd brain— Like day dreams ye have gone for aye, And ne'er will come again. But raem'ry with an iron grasp Holds o'er my spirit sway, For ye «re never absent from My weary heart a day. Z. McD. Roberts. The Tea Party. The following is a puzzle ; in ans wer, I want the n*mes of the places given so as to read like the following sample: Henry gave a tea party, to which be invited many of his friends ; among them. Miss Jeunie, who sat at his left and Mr. Jones at bis right, &c PUZZLE. An Island of the royal blood, north of America gave a tea party ; to which he invited many ladies and gentlemen of his rank ; several Saints also partook of his hospitable blood. A Miss Land sat west of him and a Mr Land east. Three groups of Islands robed in furs sat side by side. One Island east of America, was also there, and took from his pockets, in stead of a bottle of' cologne and hand kerchief, a flask of lamp oil and a ball made of a fish found in the waters sur rounding him; this act caused much merriment among the ladies, who said he acted precisely like a domestic fowl A ntaid from a city in Greece, whom Byron speaks of being so beautiful, honored them with her delightful pres ence. A miss city of Italy brought with her some superb paintings. A n.isscs peak and island, north of south America were there. Three Saints of the Windward Is. and one Miss island of the Leeward Is, ap peared in light fabrics An Islaud east of. Porto Rico by the name of the day, on which the massacre of the Huguenots occured, asked blessings at the table. The oldest city in the U- S. honored them with her august presence, robed in white, embellished with orange blossoms and magnolia leaves. Five peaks from one of our Terri tories, also five from a sister state; among them, the three sitting side by side robed in becoming garments, look ed very pleusiug, tbe Mr. Mount, comiDg from tbe northern part of tbe state, wore a white cap, this caused the ladies to laugh, and the gentleman, declared he must be one of tbe ancients The Miss Islands, southeast of China, were also there and looked quite spicy. The Miss Islands, sitting east of them, were adorned with beautiful shell head dresses. While some of the misses Islands sitting east of Australia, were quite friendly and sociable with the Mr. Is land sitting north east of them. The table was waited upon by a river in the north of south Am., flowing through three divisions. The decorations were beautiful. Beverages of China, Brazil, Madera. Bordeaux and also one made from a fruit grown in Italy, were served up. former in the Lervers ware, the latter in ware fro_m Venice. A fruit from Sicily, sat at each end of the table ; two dishes of two different kinds of fruits from Spain came next. A palatable dish made of a prairie biped, also a roast of a rooting animal com mon with us, sat near the side. A large and a small water foul came next ; while in the centre, was a dish of a large horned animal, found in the mountains of Pennsylvania aud Virgi ma. A shell fish, obtained from the wa ters of our bays stood in two large tureens; while on one side sat a dish, filled with a vegetable from the earth, from new Jersey, on the other, one from Ireland. Flour mingled with milk and baked, sat here and there A weed from Havana, the King kept at his elbow. Every thing passed of pleasantly ; and the guests were so delighted with the King, that they termed him, an animal of pleasure used in Jerusalem. Lillie Bell. ' The rainbow is one of the most sur prising of natural phenomena. The He brews called it the " Daughter of Won der " The phenomenon i« seen in the falling rain or dew, and not in the cloud whence that rain or dew proceeds. It is caused by a reflection and refraction of the sun's rays from the globularaparti eles of rain. The face of this beautiful iris or bow, is tinged with all the priini- | tive colors in their natural order—name- i ly, violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, 1 and red. It always appears in that part | of tbe heavens opposite the sun. A great composer—Sleep. Evils of the Credit System. It has involved a large majority our people in debt, who are no more able to pay to-day than they were the day they contracted their indebtedness At least a large majority of them may be so considered. It makes men ex travagant and indifferent when they can buy what they need without paÿiug for it at the time. They become indifferent about collecting the money due to them selves, and therefore lose a great many accounts which might bave been col lected if attended to in time, whereas, not being required to pay cash at the time, they become indifferent as to whether the bills due to themselves are paid. The consequence is they lose a great deal by neglect and have even tually to pay their own bills with in terest, which often takes the profits of many months and even years of bard toil Then let our people look to it in the future and pay cash, or do without many things which may be considered luxuries and not among the necessities of life While this system cannot be adopted in a day where the credit system has been so long in vogue, yet our people will find it greatly to their advantage to begin at once to reform the system of labor and business, and pay cash for what they get, and do without many things for which they could not pay. Wheu this system is once adopted, there will be fewer Con stables' or Sheriffs' sales, and more in dependent men among us. The com petition in business is one of these evils. It causes men to force sales where there is the least possible show to get money, in order that their sales may be as large or larger than their neighbor's. The first thing they know their shelves are clear of goods and they have no money to buy more. Then one note after another matures in bank, so that their credit is either gone or they must make sacrifice of some article of property in order that they may keep up their credit or keep out of the hands of the Sheriff. It is true that many men have made fortunes from small beginnings, and often those small beginnings were bor rowed capital, but where one man has risen to eminence or to fortune in that way, th lusands have amassed wealth by paying cash for everything they bought. They were careful not to ex tend their business faster than their knowledge to control and manage it was acquired, and this is just as im portant as the means themselves, and may with as much propriety be called cash capital, for without such skill it is utterly impossible to succeed at any business —Salisbury Advertiser. The Way of the World. A thief is a contemptible being, nf course; but in many cases haid want forces men to sin. Poverty is a fearful strain on a man's honesty. The poor man who lives an honest life is enti led to more credit than the man of wealth The one is forced to fight against temp tation, which comes to him under the guise of waDt and necessity ; the other has no motive except greed or ambition to tempt him from the path of rectitude Yet when a poor man sins against the laws of the land, how few sympathize with him, or seek to shield him from the penalty incurred He has no friends and the heaviest penalty that can be iufiicted is considered light enough for him. When the prison doors close behind him, hope is shut out forever, for be knows the pardoning power will never be asked to interfere in his be half. But the rich criminal is looked upon as simply unfortunate; he is lion ized ; Justice bows in his presence, and seems to ask his pardon for the un pleasant relations which it bears toward him. If he is convicted, it is an ex ceptional case, his sentence is made as light as possible; his prison life is en livened by pleasant enjoyment, and cheerful assurance that his confinement will be short ; and he soon walks forth; the recipient of executive clemency. The Vest Pockets. —A young man from one of the rural districts was iu one of our tailor shops getting meas ured for a vest the other afternoon. "Married or unmarried?" queried the merchant, after taking down the num ber. "Unmarried," said the young man with a blush. "Inside pocket ou tbe left hand side, then," observed tbe tailor, as if to himself, making a mem orandum to that effect. After a mo uient's fause, tbe young man from the suburbs inquired: "What difference does my being married or unmarried make with the inside pocket of the vest ? "Ah, my dear sir," observed the tailor, "all tbe differeoce possible, as you must see Being unmarried, you waut tbe pocket on the left side so as to briug tbe young lady's picture next to your heart?" "But dou't the married man also want his wife's picture next to his heart. queried the youth. "Possibly there is an instauoe of that kind,' said the tailor, arching his eye brows, "but I never heard of it."— Danbury News. We are iu daDger of ruining our promising plans, in themselves very good, by the habit of putting off until to-morrow what may be done to-day. "That letter may be answered to-mor row ; that request of my friend may be attended to to-morrow, and he will be no loser." True, but you are the loser; for the yielding to one such temptation is the signal far the yielding up of the whole citadel to the enemy That note and valuable fact may be recorded in my common-place book to-morrow." True, but every such indulgence is a heavy loss to you Every hour should be preseveringlv filled up People who sit at their front windows and stare at their neighbors from morn ing till night will, perhaps, not be deter red by the fact that a South Brooklyn woman in this line nf business had her nose frozen fast to the window pane one day last winter, and was subsequently obliged to have the tip of it amputated Nevertheless, the affair cast the radi ance of a profound joy over the entire neighborhood. Sensible opinions—Those which co ineide with your own. fterittits. To owe men is a bad omen. Texas has nealy two thousand miles of railroad in operation. A thousand probabilities will not make one truth. Florida watering place hotels are clos ing for the season. Those usually deserve most from their friends who expect leaBt of them. Australia exported, in 1875, gold dust to the amount of $15,889,525. Ought to be allowed to sit down— A merchant of forty years' standing. Blind people, like blinded finches, sing better but louder than those who see. Happinpss grows at our own fireside, and is not to be picked in a stranger's garden. The moment a man is satisfied with bimstlf, everybody else is dissatisfied with him. Millais, the artist, bas been offered $75,000 for a single picture not yet painted. Tbackery once said, very finely, " Next to excellence is the appreciation of it." Lost time is never found again, and what we call " time enough" always proves little enough. Glory will Jo very well in homeo pathic'doses ; but it is poison, never theless. Some men are so far-sighted they look through and beyond objects, and awear they are not. Merit readily recognizes merit. Cer tainly he cannot have it who doesn't know it when he sees it. To the old man, there ia in the heart of a rose or a violet the fragrant echo of scores of dead springs. Look well into thyself; there is a source which will always spring up.if thou wilt always search there. I never aaw an oft-removed tree, nor yet an oft-removed family.that throve as well as those whosettled be— Franklin. Happiuess is having what one likes ; contentment ia liking what one baa; contentmeut is only the pale ghost of happiness. There are more sorrows of women than of men, just as in heaven, there are more eclipses of the moon than of the sun. A Persian proverb says; "There are only two days for which to feel anxious. One is the day that is past, the other ia the day to come." Drink water From water Venna was born. It ia the mother of beauty, the girdle of earth, and the marriage of na tions. Absolute, peremptory facts are bul lies, and those who keep company with them are apt to get a bullying habit of mind. Excitement promotes the develop ment of genius, as a phosphorescent sea is the more brilliant the more it is agi tated. Contentment is more satisfying than exhilaration; and • contentment means simply the sum of small and qniet plea sures. A man rarely speaks of himself with out loss. Hia accusations of himself are always believed; his praises never.— Montaigne. Somebody wants to know why news papers will persist in abreviating a son of temperance and make an S. O. T. of him. A man in Oswego county proposes to . wear to the centennial a pair of trowsers that his grandfather wore in 1776. He pants for fame. The way to conquer men is by their passions ; catch but the ruling foible of hearts, and all their boasted virtues shrink before you. Most lives, though their strength is loaded with sand and turbid with allu vial waste, drop a few golden graina of wisdom as they flow along. Society is a strong solution of books. It draws the virtue oat of what is best worth reading, as hot water drawa the strength of tea-leaves. A home for friendless women and girls is about to be established in Wash ington, in which they may be trained for useful avocations ic life The surest remedy for chapped bands is to rinse them well after washing with soap and dry them thoroughly by apply ing Indian meal or rice powder. One cent per bushel makes a differ of ten million of dollars in the ence alue of the annual crop of corn in the United States. How the moon's fair, pale light and all its magic pass away when it is brought near by tbe telescope ! as when the future becomes the present. Some men are kinder to the occu pants of their kennels than to their fam ilies. They will treat wife and children like dogs, but not dogs themselves so. The heart that is at once softened by gratitude and the tear of joy will show its thankfulness in this, at least, that it will be milder towards others. One of tbe happiest and most inde pendent of the human occupations is that of an intelligent farmer, whose land is paid for and who keeps oiit of debt. A prominent lawyer at Petersburg, Va , was so ccufused recently by the entry of his wife into the Court-room as a spectator that he broke down in his argument. Truth being founded on a rock, you may boldly dig to see its foundation ; but falsehood being built on the sand, if you proceed to examine its fonnda tions, you cause its fall. Fools and madmen have their para dise, and are much pleased with their imaginary honors as they would be with the real. This has a tendency to make them averse to all methods of cure. We should always he slow in choos ing a friend, and still slower to change him. We should always be courteous to all, aud intimate with few; never alight a man for poverty, nor esteem any one for his wealth.