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My old Inve. whom I loved not,
1 Uua your friendly hand ?
Jam very ysice, with a tremble in it - ,
Ncm else eotud understand?
My old lore wham 1 loved not!
Alter o many years,
fsrbnc in silence and in pain.
To meet with smiles, not tsars.
My old love wVom I loved not.
Do yon regret not I.
That all died out whicn bent were dead.
All lived which eon Id not cue?
Till at the last we meet here.
And clamp Ions em pty !
urcpina- oar sural secret sate.
mica no 01
Ton will leave nam behind Von,
--A life pare, calm, and lone;
But mine will fade from hnman ear
Like a forgotten sons;.
Ion have lived to smile serenely
Over a grief long dune;
Ton will die with children round your bed.
Bat I shall die alone.
0 kind love, whom I loved not!
O faithful, firm, and true!
Bid one friend linger near my grave
I think it would be yon.
Could 1 wish ooe heart to bold me
A little, an forgot.
1 think 'twould be that heart of yours.
My love whom I loved not!
. .-Harpcr'i Wtklf.
John Riddel- was a, young man in
whom confidence was justly placed by
Messrs. Moonstone & Co., jewelers, his
employers, in whose establishment, at
the time we became acquainted with
nim, ne occupied the post of foreman.
He was not a self-made man" as yet,
but he was on the road to it. For, as
we all know. Providence has still the
advantage of priority in this particular;
it makes' Its man (such as he is) at a
comparatively early date, whereas,
when a man makes himself, he seldom
accomplishes it before he is five-an d
forty at the very least when, indeed,
the other cannot be compared with him.
John never drank, except a glass of
beer with his early dinner; he never
smoked, nor of coarse took snuff; he
never handled anything in the shape of
a billiard "cue, unless it was his neatly
and tightly rolled-up umbrella; he
never 1 was going to add he had no
weakness as regards the ladies, but this
1 hardly dare to write, because of the
extreme attention he paid to his very
fine head of hair. Why should any
man, not being a Narcissus, take such
great pains with his hair, unless to
make an impression on the ladies ?
Yet even here I must hasten to do
John Riddle justice; it would have
shocked him to have supposed that Be
had any general views in this direction.
Still,- he cultivated that fine head of
hair, harrowed it with a tortoise-shell
comb, drove a farrow straight across it
from his brow to the nape of his neck,
and top-dressed it with macassar oil and
other unguents. It shone in the sun as
brightly as any of Messrs. Moonstone
at Co.'s costly .wares, over which he
presided. :
There were other assistants in the
hop, and with them I am sorry to say
Mr. John Riddel was not popular
young men rarely appreciate in their
associate so much virtue as resided in
cor hero, aad especially if that virtue
V nt Iimiiii it. siwn vAWAVsil Knl.k.a
neaoa MM stop men, -jmerw wan mm
j. one among them but at .some time
daring his servitnde! with' ' Messrs.
Moonstone ' had . mislaid a . ring or a
trinket for a. few hours, or had even
caused eomeloes to the firm, not so
match through carelessness as from not
being quite as wide awake as a weasel.
For the way of a Jeweler's assistant
is set with-springs. It is calculated
that about one per cent, of the custom
ers at such establishments are rogues
and vagabonds, people who come to
spy oat, not the nakedness of the land,
bat its riches, and if possible to possess
themselves of them by force or fraud.
And these look as little like rogues as
nature (and art) can enable them to do.
Notwithstanding . all that has been
written upon the deeeitfulness of riches,
it is difficult to believe that a gentle
man who drives his own mail phaeton,
' or a lady who oomes in a chariot upon
C springs, are brigands in disguise.
Yet the young 'men at Messrs. Moon
stone's had been, most of them, taken
in by appearances, and at least -once in
the lives of each their employers had
paid for the experience. ' .One of them
had taken jewelry to a newly-married
couple at a fashionable hotel on ap
proval," and had been so successful in
nis - recommendation s that they had
"eoiared". the. whole lot, and given
him such a dose of chloroform in ex
change for them that he was unable to
gtee any dear account of his adven
tures for hoars afterward. Another
had been set upon by a whole gang of
thieves, in such a promiscuous and
overwhelming fashion that he could re
call nothing of .what happened except
that he had been struck with an in
trameat like the aoe of spades," which
the- newspapers expressed the -.hope
would afford some clue to the police;
they thought it showed, I suppose, that
the perpetrators of the outrage must be
either gardeners or gamblers; but noth
ing came of the suggestion. Others,
again, had been exposed to the seduc
tions of the fair sex. and in losing their
hearts had sacrificed the diamonds of
their employers.
In this last regard Mr. John Riddel,
being adamantine, was invaluable. His
youthful as well as handsome looks at
tracted these ladies of industry, who,
on entering the shop, gravitated toward
him quite naturally. A man of that
age, as they flattered themselves, and
one so particular about his hair, must
surely fall an easy victim to their fas
cinations. Thieves as they were, they
were still women, and perhaps they al
lowed their feelings to carry them too
far; if they had stopped half way, where
Mr. Boltby the Cashier sat, or at the
, . " . 1 m 1 i -
desk over which Mr. Mai ton (the hero
of the aoe of 'spades) presided, they
would have had a better chance; but
Boltby was oaid and Mai ton was gray.
and women never will understand that
it is from forty to fifty that men are
most impressionable with respect to fe
male charms. .Your conceited young
fellows think it nothing surprising that
any lady should fall in love with them,
bat when a man comes to that more
mature period which we call (or at
least call) the prime of life, he appre
ciates the compliment.-
I do not say that Mr. John Riddel had
not some admirers among the fair sex
who loved him for hia own sake. In
deed, it. was whispered anion? his de
tractors that, like the first Duke of
Marlborough, and other great men who
ought to have known better, he derived
pecuniary advantage from their devo
tion to him; the sums expended in macassar-oil,
etc. for the adornment of
his appearance, came back - to him
twenty-fold in substantial tokens from
Duchesses and Countesses, and the like.
Goodness knows whether there was any
truth in such stories. Perhaps it pleased
his rivals to invest the drudgery that
was thai daily lot with this,haio of ro-
or my part mytastes are
sensational, and 1 do what I can to
make my beliefs correspond with them
bat, on the other hand, my strong con
mon sense declares for moderation as
regards Mr. Riddel and the ladies of
rank; therefore I draw the line at
Duchesses. Bat he was .certainly as
fascinating; as he was hard-hearted.
When any lady customer who was un
known to him got out of her brougham
for no one ever came in a cab to
Messrs. Moonstone's establishment
and moved np the shop in his direction,
he would look at her through his half-
shut eyes for they were of the
dreamy" order of beauty and mur
mur to himself: "row, is this a
swindler or a bona fide nartvP" and
many a bona fide party did he serve
with much external politeness who lit
tle dreamed of the suspicion which she
excited within him.
He thought it a bad sign when they
took off their gloves, and under such
circumstances would always decline to
show them those specimens ot rough
diamonds which a wet finger can carry
away with it. Ana when they onerea
to pay for their little purchases by check
it was quite pretty to bear him explain
in his soft, voice, how the system".: of
the firm 'was a ready-money one. and
that no exception could be .made in
favor of any one, however highly con
nected, who was not personally known
to it.
You might have thought, perhaps,
that the entertainment of such suspic
ions, not to mention the 44 evil commu
nications" (when they turned out to be
well founded) to which he was neces
sarily exposed,' would have corrupted
his own integrity ; but this was not the
case ; his employers intrusted him quite
liberally with untold gold, and he was
the last man to have abused their con
fidence. And yet, as I have said, he
was not popular. Indeed, the story
which I am about to relate concerning
him, and which is certainly of a char
acter to arouse sympathy and compas
sion, was told me by his fellow-clerk,
Mr. Malton, (who has given me his own
ace-of-spades adventure in a very differ
ent style.) with a great deal of waggish
ness and enjoyment.
One afternoon a brougham stopped
at Messrs. Moonstone's establishment
with a widow in it ; about the brougham
there ooald be no sort of doubt ; it was
not a private vehicle, but one of those
which are hired by the day or hoar; the
appearance of the driver, not to men
tion that of the hone, precluded the
possibility of its being the property of
the person who employed it. If she
thought to be set down among car
riage people" because she used such a
conveyance, she must have been san
guine indeed. And so far that was a
good sign. - People that came to rob on
a scale worth mentioning, (I am not
thinking of those who slipped any un
considered trifle, such as a ring or a
spray, into their muffs ; they were
always detected and bowed out of the
shop into the arms -of a policeman in
plain clothes who stood at the door)
people, I say, who wanted to swindle,
were always very particular about the
vehicle that brought them.
What roused suspicion in the watch-
widow - herself.- lake - Weller, - senior
'(though without his matrimonial ex
perience to excuse it;, ne naa a preju
dice against widows at least in jewel
ers' shops; nor, I am bound to confess,
was it altogether without grounds; the
garb and the mein of sorrow being the
stalking horses under which a good
deal of xnavery is accomplished. - And
then this widow was so bewitching to
look at that he was naturally alarmed;
from every neat plait of her beautiful
hair, and every fold of her modest suit of
mourning, there seemed to him to flut
ter a danger signal. He was - wont to
declare, indeed, that he knew she was
after no good from the first moment he
set eyes on her; but that statement
must, I think, be received with caution.
If his face grew severe and his manner
painfully - polite, as she came up to
where be stood, it was because he knew
that Boltby and Malton had got their
eyes upon him and were looking out for
some sign of weakness.
"I wish to see some rings," she said,
in a soft and gentle voice; " mourning
rings;" and then she took off her glove,
displaying the whitest little-hand lmag-
Of course, he could not help seeing
her hand, nor yet her face, from which
she had put back her veil. It wore an
expression of sadness, but also one of
enfranchisement and content; it seemed
to say, My late husband was very un
worthy of me; but be has left me free,
and I forgive him." ' Who has not seen
suck widows, who wear their, weeds al
most as if they were flowers, and who
have apparantly selected black as their
only wear, because it is becoming to
themP I have often thought, if I could
have the choice of my own calling, that,
next to being " companion to a lady,"
I should like to be a young jeweler try
ing on rings. .. .-. . . r
Mr. - Riddel said. - Allow me;
madam," in his most honeyed voice,
and slipped (" eased" he called it, and
certainly it was very easy work) ring
after ring upon the widow s dainty fin-
fer. . f hope I am not hurting you,"
e murmured.
"O, no," she sighed; "there was a
time, bat that is passed now when it
would have given me pleasure. I
mean," she added, hastily, and with a
modest blush, ' when rings would have
done so; but jewels and gewgaws have
no longer any attractions for me." Mr.
John Riddel by no means felt certain of
this, but he had an eye for number, and
would have missed a ring from the tray
in an instant, though he had been ex
hibiting a thousand. At last she made
her choice (it was the most expensive
of the whole lot), and produced from
the prettiest little bag in the world a
check book. - . J
" Pardon me madam, we do not take
checks except from ahem old cus
tomers." ,
Well, I am not a very old cus
tomer," she said, smiling. ( No; but
you're a queer one," he thought, or
I'm much mistaken.") Still should
have thought in the case of a lady like
myself . - "U -.-
-" Madam," said this crafty young
man, " if it lay La my power to oblige
you, there would of course be no diffi
culty in the matter; the rule of the hrm
is, unhappily, what I have stated.'.'
'Then the firm wjll take my last
sixpence," she rejoined with tender
playfulness; and from the most elegant
of " porte-monnaies" she counted him
out the sum required, when its contents
in truth were quite exhausted. ' I am
lodging at Del la Bo is', the court hair
dresser," she said; my name is Mrs.
Montford. However I will not trouble
you to send the ring, as I shall have to
go home to get some more money,"
and she looked at him with eyes that
seemed to say: " Cruel man, thus to reduce-
to destitution."
Then she rose and sailed down the
shop, carelessly glancing at this or
that (chiefly in the hair and mourning
department) as she passed out. "If
she is not on the square, she does it un
commonly well." thought Mr. Klddel;
" perhaps I have done her an injustice,
poor dear."
On the third morning after her visit
the widow called again, sailed quite
naturally up to our nero, ana cast
anchor under his eyes. "You will
think." she remarked. after what I
said the other day about gewgaws, that
I am very changeable in my tastes; but
1 am not come this time, upon my own
account; 1 want to see some diamond
lockets for a friend."
This is quite the usual course with
ladies and others who victimize the
jewelers. They buy a ring for ten
pounds, and after having thus estab
lished themselves cast out their sprat
to catch a herring they patronize the
establishment in earnest. -
Singular to say, however, this did
not rouse Mr. Riddel's suspicons. Not
withstanding his pretense of indiffer
ence to Airs. Alontford's charms, he
had privately sent to De la Bois, in the
interim, -rand found that the lady did
reside at the fashionable hairdresser's,
and on the first floor; he had done it,
of course, in the interests of the firm,
and in case she should call again; but
perhaps he would not have been pleased
had Messrs. Malton and Boltby been
made aware of his precaution.
The locket that pleased her most was
an expensive one, .perhaps too much so
for her friend's purse, she said. It was
very foolish-of that lady, bat she had
such a complete reliance upon her (Mrs.
Montfort's) taste and judgment that
she had placed the matter entirely in
her hands. It was a great responsibil
ity. What did Mr. Riddel think P
Mr. Riddle's thoughts were always
cut and dried on such occasions. He
expressed his opinion that the locket
selected by Mrs. Montfort was certain
ly the most elegant of all, and testified
to the sagacity of the lady who hod
such confidence in her good taste. But
as to the price, Mrs. Montfort herself
was the only judge as to the State of
her friend's exchequer.
O, she's rich enough," said Mrs.
Montfort, " and as open-handed as any
woman can be. - Our sex are naturally
inclined to be a little close." she added
with a smile, don't yon think so?"
Mr. Riddel did not think so; he had
always found ladies very generous in
their dealings; in this lady's particular
case he felt more certain than ever that
the locket and he let the light play on
it so as to show the brilliants to the
best advantage was the very thing to
suit her.
"I think so, too," murmured the
widow; " but then you see there's the
responsibility. I tell you what you must
do. You shall send all the lockets to
jny lodgings for an hoar or so, and then
my niece, who is staying witn me, shall
five her opinion on the matter; and by
er advice I will abide."
Mr. Riddel smiled, but shook his
beautiful head of hair. Every curl of
it and there were thousands of them
expressed a polished but decided neg
ative. -"We couldn't do it, madam,
we really couldn t."
-- Whal-aVO leewCi-the lockets for an
No, madam, not for a moment. Of
course, it is but a mere formula, one of
those hard-and-fast regulations, the ex
istence of which one so often has to de
plore; bat I have no authority to oblige
you as you request. I can send the
lockets, of coarse or bring them my
self box whoever is in charge ot them
will have orders not to lose sight of
them. This is an invariable rule with
everv customer whose name is not en
tered on oar books."
Instead of getting into a rage genu
ine, if she was genuine, or pretended,
if she was a swindler the widow ut
tered a low rippling laugh,
. ' " Like the voice of a summer brook
''"In the leafy month of June,
Which, to the sleeping woods, all night
Singeth a quiet tone "
only her teeth were much whiter than
the pebbles of any brook. " You tickle
me," she said, (of course she was only
speaking metaphorically,) " so that I
really cannot help laughing; it is so
droll that you should think I came here
to steal lockets."
"My dear madam," said Mr. Rid
del, pray do not talk like that; if it
rested with me," (sly dog that he was,)
" you should carry off the whole con
tents of the shop to choose from." . : . j
You are very good and very kind,"
she said. . " If any other person had
expressed such doubts of me I should
have been terribly offended. Bat I
quite understand how you are situated.
Well, you shall bring the lockets your-'
self, and for fear you should think I
have any wicked designs," she added
with a little blush, will you come this
morning P It will be equally convenient
to my niece, and you needn't be afraid
of being garrotedby daylight,"
4 " My dear madam," exclaimed Mr.
Riddel for the second time, and with a
deeper deprecation than before, " how
can you? Of course, I will come when
ever you please."
Very good; as my brougham is here,
I will drive you home in it." In five
minutes he had packed up all the lock
ets and was following her elegant
though stately figure down the shop.
"There he goes with another Duch
ess," whispered Malton to Boltby; " see
how he runs his hand through his hair."
Let us hope that she will comb it
for him," answered Boltby the bald,
thinking of that happy pair who had
seemed all in all to one another, but
had not been so preoccupied as to pre
vent them giving him the chloroform.
"I believe she's no more a Duchess
than you are."
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Months rolled on, bat though you
had gone ever so many times into
Messrs. Moonstone's establishment you
would not have seen Mr. John RiddeU
His flowing cataract of hair no more
adorned the foremau'sde4k,over which
gleamed in its place like moonlight
over sunlight the bald and shining
head of Mr. Boltby. And yet our hero
was in the shop; he stood at the counter
in the farther corner, where the young
est assistant was always placed, (in
charge of the mourning jewelry,) with
a Welsh wig on. His own mother
not to mention the Duchesses would
never have known him. He had fallen
from his high estate, and was begin
ning' life again on the lowest rung of
the ladder.- -
This was how it happened. - Mm.
Montfort and her niece, a young lady
only less charming than herself, dwelt,
as I have said, on the first floor of Mr.
De la Bois' the court hair-dresses. They
had lodged there for some weeks, and
by punctual payments and carelessness
concerning the domestic accounts had
won the heart of their susceptible land
lord. He saw that she had an inward
grief passing that of the ordinary wid
ow and he ventured to inquire what it
"AlasP' she said, "I have a dear and
only nephew whose condition gives me
the greatest uneasiness. He has over
worked himself, and is threatened with
brain fever; the doctors say that if we
could only get him to have his head
shaved, all might be well, but he has a
splendid head of hair indeed, a great
deal too much of it. - No argument of
mine will induce mm to part witn it.
This touched Mr. De la Bois profes
sional feelings. " Dear me, madam,
how I pity the young gentleman! It is
a terrible thine to part with one's hair.
but still we could shave him better
than at any other establishment in the
Kingdom, and Quicker."
O, I don't care about the quick
ness," answered Mrs. Montfort, hastily.
" the thing is to get it cone thoroughly.
I would give fifty pounds if Alfonse
would only submit to it. Don't you
think, if he came with me one morning,
you could get it done whether he would
or notr"
"Well, really, madam, that would
be a strong measure; still, if it is for
the young man s good "
"They tell me, Mr. De la Bois, noth
ing else will save his wits; he is half
mad already; entertains the strangest
delusions that everything 1 have my
jewels for example belongs to. him.-
They anU belong to him some day, poor
xeiiow that is," she aaaea witn a sign,
" if he lives to enjoy them."
" Poor dear young gentleman! And
you said fifty pounds, 1 think. Well, I
think it can be .managed for you. If
you will name a .morning, I will ' have
four .of. my. strongest young 'man in
readiness, and if you will ' bring him
here I will promise you he shall have
bis bead shaved.
" Very good ; I will take him oat
shopping with me ; he is fond of shop
ping ; thinks he is a 'shopkeeper some
times when his head is bad. He shall
come here in my brougham. You will
know nim in a moment by his magnih
cent head of hair."
"Just so ; and in five minutes nobody
shall know him, madam."
" Don't be in a hurry about it. Let
it be done thoroughly," she answered,
And so it was arranged.
Accordingly, when Mr. John Riddel
arrived in the widow s carriage at Mr.
De la Bois', and had just placed the
parcel of diamond lockets upon her sitting-room
table, there was an incursion
of four strong young men, with combs
in their heads and aprons round their
waists, oinoe taose. ,
' Fonr-and-twenty brisk young fellows,
AU of them with umbrellas,
Fell upon poor Billy Taylor,
And persuaded him to be a tailor"
there has been no such outrage. They
carried him into a back room, fastened
him into a chair, and in spite of his
babbling about how he was a jeweler's
foreman, and was being robbed (and
with violence,) they shaved his head.
They not only effected this with great
completeness, but took their time about
it, as his aunt had requested them to
do, so that in the meantime she got
clear out of the house, and nothing was
ever heard of her afterward, nor of her
niece, nor of the diamond lockets. It
was supposed to be the com pie test
l- aha-re," im tho slang sosiso, th& had
ever been effected. Never since Sam
son's time had any one suffered so se
verely from being cropped ; for Mr.
John Riddel not only lost his hair, but
bis situation. The Messrs. Moonstone
declined any longer to intrust their busi
ness to a foreman who had fallen into
such a shallow trap, and lost them
thereby a thousand pounds worth of
jewelry. They declared that it was all
through his insufferable conceit, and
that if he had not taken such pains with
his hair, or worn so much of it, such a
plan would never have entered the head
of that modern Delilah, Mrs. Montfort,
Belgravia. .,,. - .
Thrilling Experience ef a Family la a
Forest Fire.
Between eight and nine o'clock one
evening last week Robert C. Uffner, his
wife and a dan enter' twelve years of
age left FrackviHe for Shenandoah in
an ordinary farm wagon drawn bv two
horses. After driving a short distance,
Mr. Uffner on looking ahead a half
mile or so saw that the woods were on
fire on both sides of the road, bat as
the timber was small and the under
growth light he thought he would be
arie to get through without much diffi
culty. When he entered the burning
district the wind seemed to increase ana
the tire moved with such amazing ra
pidity he could hardly keep pace with
it. After driving through the fire
three or four hundred yards the smoke
became so dense that the travelers were
almost suffocated, and a few seconds
later were compelled to lie down on
the bed of the wagon to prevent being
smothered. The smoke so blinded Mr.
Uffuer that he could hardly see the
road, and consequently he allowed the
horses to go along pretty much as they
pleased. A half mile was traveled in
this way", when the -smoke suddenly
cleared away,' arid the flames on either
side of the road increased in strength
so rapidly that they almost roasted
the now thoroughly frightened
travelers. Seeing that ii they
did not escape very soon the
entire party would be burned to death.
Mr. unner tried to urge the horses to a
gallop, but the poor animals were so
frightened that they hardly moved, and
at last came to a standstill, and began
backing off the road. Fearing that the
wagon would bo pushed into the fire,
Mr. Uffner jumped out, and, taking the
horses by the bits, managed to quiet
them until he found a good, stout stick.
Then ordering his wife to take the reins,
he proceeded to belabor the horses
until they struck a gallop and dashed
along the road into the very heart of
the hre. Uffner succeeded in clamber
ing into the wagon as the horses ran,
and, taking the lines from his wife,
urged them on at the top of his voice.
This race was continued over the rough
mountain road for several hundred
yards, with the flames roaring on both
sides and myriads of sparks falling in
and about the wagon. Mrs. Uffner's
dress caught fire, and her husband
dropped the reins to assist her in ex
tinguishing it, when she fainted in his
arms. While he was endeavoring to
bring his wife back to consciousness
the horses were tearing along at break
neck speed, and the wagon swerved.
Iolted and swung around in anything
tut a comfortable manner. Mrs. Uffner
became conscious in a few seconds,
however, and just then her husband
saw a cloud of black smoke enveloping
the road and knew that they had
reached the outskirts of the fire, and
were safe. The travelers were all
slightly burned. Some idea of the ter
rible heat they passed through may be
had when it is stated that the paint on
the wagon was burned entirely off, and
the horses' hair was scorched In hun
dreds of places by the clouds of sparks
that fell on them. PotUviUe (Pa. J
The Democrats and the Finances.
The Maryland Democrats must cer
tainly be given the palm for the pos
session of more impudence than the
average member of that organization.
Appreciating the effect that has been
S reduced on the country by the won
erful success of the financial opera
tions of the Republican party, they have
proceeded to arrogate full credit to
themselves for the condition in which
the country finds itself to-day. The
seventh " plank" of the platform
adopted at Baltimore declares that
"when the Democratic Conservative
party regained power in the Congress
of the United States ' it enforced an
economical administration of public af
fairs and made the resumption of specie
payments a possible event." This is a
claim which is to be hoped will be
urged by every Democratic Convention
which meets in the next year. It will
serve to keep the financial question be
fore the people, and to show them by
whom and what means resumption was
brought about, confidence restored,
and business revived. The fact will
be recalled by the public that every ef
fort was made by the Democratic party
to bring about the repeal of the Re
sumption act; that no effort was spared
to that end. It will also be pointed out
that when a direct repeal could not be
secured, every effort was made to make
the act inoperative when it went into
execution. Congress was flooded with
all kinds of financial schemes that in
tended to expand the currency in a
dangerous manner, and measures were
strongly-agitated which were calculated
to weaken and break down the confi
dence of those upon whom the Treas
ury Department relied to make resump
tion a success. No means were left un
tried to bring about these results.
Every one of these measures was de
vised and pressed forward by Demo
crats. Every assault upon the Resump
tion act was led by a Democrat. Everv
attempt to destroy confidence in the abil
ity of the Government to readjust values
was the work of a Democrat. There is
an abundance of testimony to back this
up which cannot be destroyed, and so
we see the " hedging" on the question
with which the Maryland Democrats
are leading off. The claim, then, is to
be that by- the " enforced economical
administration of public affairs" by the
Democrats resumption was made a pos
sible event. It will require something
beside a bald statement to convince the
country of this. For four years now
the Democrats have been loudly claim
ing they have been reducing expendi
tures in a greater manner than the Re
publicans did in the last years they had
the control of the appropriation bills.
They could not deny that every year.
xrom lobo to 187a, the Republican par
ty regularlv cut down expenditures.
and neither can the Republicans deny
mat on their lace the appropriation
bills of the Democrats have seemingly
shown very gratifying savings. But
the fact is Republicans have caused
statements to be prepared which show
that the Democrats, instead of reducing
the appropriations, have been in reality
Increasing them every year. One of
contributed to the North American Re
view by General Garfield, and showed
that omitting the permanent appropri
ations, which do not appear in the an
nual bills, the following has been the
work of the Democratic party:
Far the fiscal year ending one 30. 1877.tl24.122.010
Fwthehscalyearendingjune3i.lr8. 114.069.481
For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1879. 146.304. 909
For the fiscal year ending June SO. I860. 161.9U8.KM
For the fiscal year-ending June SO,
1878, there was no appropriation for
rivers and harbors, so that the small
amount which was seemingly awarded
that year is deceptive. To the amount
appropriated for the present fiscal year
$16,500,000 is to be added which was
authorized by the Forty-fifth Congress,
and then to this must be added defi
ciencies which the Democrats have dis
honestly allowed to accumulate until
now they aggregate over $54,000,000.
Mow, contrast this sort of thing with
the savings that have been effected by
the refunding operations of the Repub
lican party, and we think that organi
sation will have nothing to fear on the
financial issue. 2f. T. Commercial Ad
vertiser. A Democratic Indiscretion.
A few Democratic newspapers and
speakers, after much rumination, have
ventured to comment on the latest de-
velopmeat of " the Mississippi plan."
But it is evident from the tone of their
observations that these tardy and re
luctant critics do not comprehend the
enormity of the offense which they af
fect to condemn. They are not so much
moved by the moral aspect of Missis
sippi bulldozing, as by its unfortunate
political influence. Originally, "the
Mississippi plan" contemplated the sup
pression of the colored vote by yiolent
and, if necessary, even bloody means.
When it was found that there were
white men voting with and leading the
free blacks, it became obligatory to in
clude these in the general proscription.
It was thought a very unnatural thing
that white men should consort with ne
groes to the extent of voting the same
ticket which they aid, ana el instruct
ing them in the new duties of citizen
ship. It was only right that the ne
groes should be prevented from voting
in uimr iuurouin BuiKuuiouvQ wiuuu
was evinced by their voting the Repub
lican ticket; but it was necessary for the
safety ot society that their volunteer
leaders should be terrorized and sup
pressed. These latter were dangerous
agents engaged in sowing the seeds of
death and disease. They were treated
as the Abolitionists of ante-war times
were treated, and for the same reason.
Their presence threatened the safety of
the state.
While this process of elimination was
goiug on in the South; the Democratic
leaders of public opinion in the North
met the charge of bulldozing in vari
ous different ways. At first they de
nied that there was any such violence
employed to coerce the black or white
Republicans as had been alleged. The
whole subject ' was treated ' with
ridicule. The slightest reference to
the outrages of Southern bulldozers
was met with sarcasms relating to "the
bloody shirt" as an emblem of the al
leged imaginary terrors of the Demo
cratic plan of campaign. When con
fronted with facts which even the local
llnmnoratia authorities could not keeD
out of sight. North and South agreed
that there were brutal and dangerous
negroes, who had only sunerea a just
punishment for their crimes. To be
sure, they had been irregularly executed.
but the popular feeling could not be re
strained. It was well known that the
men who had been killed or driven out
of the country were the leaders of a ser
vile insurrection; they were organizing
a conspiracy which had for its object
the plunder and extirpation of the
whites, who had taken time by the fore
lock and had anticipated their would-be
destroyers. This pretext has been so
commonly employed in the South,
where " the Mississippi plan" is pop
alar, that disinterested people at a dis
tance naturally look for a negro mas
sacre immediately after hearing of an
alleged uneasy and turbulent feeling
among the colored voters of any local
ity. And when a political slaughter
could not be otherwise accounted for or
explained, it was customary to say that
it was an altercation among the negroes
themselves, in which the white people
took no part. Northern Democratic
newspapers could hardly conceal their
amusement at the success of these va
rious expedients for the. covering up of
political murders in the South. It was
not possible that they should not know
the real state of the case. The facts
were too patent to be overlooked;
but, so long as these outra
geous crimes swelled party ma
jorities, it was a good joke to wipe
out the opposition by the slow, and
gradual process of elimination. : At
least, this was the conclusion which
men drew from the comments of
the Democratic newspapers of the
North, which, it must be admitted,
took their cue from their contem
poraries of the South. - Why has a
change come over the spirit of their
dream P For the first time in the his
tory of the country. Democratic leaders.
North and South, have discovered that
there is ' violence employed in some
parts of the South for the suppression
of all opposition to the Democratic
party. This is not a new thing. It is
because it has been maintained after
the Republicans have been wiped out,
that we now hear something of its
wickedness. It was to be .expected, in
the nature of things, that a party which
began with beating down one species
of opposition witn a bludgeon would
not hesitate to use the same weapon
whenever any other opponent should
Let it once be established that a po
litical part may use the. most violent
means to perpetuate its power, and
there is an end of popular liberty. This
would not trouble the Democrats, but
it has become evident that Democrats
who have been allowed without let or
hindrance to bulldoze Republicans will
eventually practice the same tactics to
ward Independents and other Demo
crats. This is the aspect of " the Mis
sissippi plan," which has finally
alarmed our Democratic mends of the
North. It so happens that the candi
date who was clubbed out of the can
vass for Sheriff in Yazoo County, was
an original bulldozer and Uemocrat.
He is the proud possessor of a compli
mentary testimonial from his fellow-
citizens, on which it is set forth that he
has been thus rewarded for his services
in ridding Yazoo of its Radical con
spirators. It is not worth while to in
quire into the methods by which the
Radicals were driven out. But we do
know that the bulldozer has at last
been bulldozed. The engineer is hoist
by his own petard. To the Democratic
mind, the crime of "the Mississippi
plan" is not so much against human
liberty or against society as against the
uemocrauo party. xne on me is in
being found out found -tit fcn a wav
which makes denial and concealment
no longer possible. In popular par-
lancej the men of Yazoo have given
tnetning away." ajs long as tne ty
ranny of the truculent fellows who rule
the Democratic party in the South was
practiced only on Bepublicans, there
was a chance for their allies in the
North to deceive the people by false
hoods. This chance is taken away when
the witnesses are Democrats who. have
felt the keen edge of oppression. Acd
this is the reason why the Democratic
speakers and writers of the North are
finally oat of patience with their South
ern brethren; by a series of indiscretions,
they have finally given the he to all
their former protestations of innocence
of the crimes imputed to them. Not be
ing interfered with, they have been em
boldened to turn their weapons against
each other. N. F. Times. ; .- -
The Yazoo Mob Ordered by the Demo
eratic Party.
The more the Yazoo County (Miss.)
mob is probed the more odious it be
comes. It was hideous enough as a
mere exhibition of violence on the part
of the Democrats of a county famous
for its record of bulldozing. If it shall
appear that the mob was actually insti
gated by leading Demoratic politicians
of the State, with a view to keep Mis
sissippi " solid," it will . present an in
finitely more hideous aspect. ' A New
York Tribune correspondent charges
this to be the fact. - He savs that Con
gressmen Singleton and Major Barks-
dale, Chairman oi tne state Democrat
ic Committee, visited Yazoo County
and held a consultation with the local
Democratic leaders. He says farther:
Thev reDresented to those leaders that It
would never do to allow an Independent party
to be formed In Yazoo: that It must be nipped
in the bud; and that Yazoo and all Mississip
pi must be kept "solid." Not many days
passed before the advloe riven bore fruit In
the Yazoo uurislcfir. On his return to Jack
son, Chairman Barksdale Issued a circular to
the "Democratic Conservative party" of Mis
sissippi, the concluding; paragraph of which
reads as follows: Relieved from the menace
ot organized opposition, majorities are apt to
become Indifferent to the maintenance of their
own organization, and to divide among them
selves. It should be remembered that the re
forms which have been inaugurated can be
perfected and carried out only by a rigid ad
herence to the discipline and observance of
the methods by which the victories of 1375,
ib, ana ' fl were won."
If this statement is true, and there is
every reason to believe ana none to
doubt it, the moD-spirit was inspired py
the official representatives of the Dem
ocratic party of Mississippi. The Chair
man of the democratic state' commit
tee, supported bv a Democratic Con
gressman, goes to Yazoo County, holds
a consultation witn tne local uemocrau
io leaders, and orders for the formation
of the mob are deliberately issued. . In
a few days the mob assembles and forces
Dixon, . the Independent candidate for
Sheriff, to retire from the canvass.
Then follows the circular to the " Dem
ocratic Conservative (?) party f Mis
sissippi," in wnich Major uarxsaaie,
the official head of the Democratic par
ty, uses such language as would be ap-
Eropriate in the address of a General to
is troops after a successful engage
ment. He defines the nature of the
campaign carried on, defines it so
clearly as to- leave no doubt that the
shot-gun policy is to be continued, tie
actually says that "the methods by
which the victories of 1875, '76 and '77
were won" are to be pursued "rigidly."
We all know what those methods were.
They were comprised in a single word
"'bulldozing.'.' mobs, - hangings.
shootings, terrorism, lnnmiaauon, ana
frauds upon the ballot-boxes. The Dem
ocratic party of Mississippi throws off
its mask. It declares through the
Chairman of its State Committee that
" Yazoo and all Mississippi most be
kept solid!" And by the side of Major
Barksdale, supporting and countenanc
ing his threat against the freedom of
suffrage, stands a Democratic Congress
man! Mr. Singleton is a Democratic
law-maker, but he coolly advises the
local Democratic leaders of Yazoo
County to defy all law, to crash out by
mob violence freedom of speech and
political action in a county of his dis
trict! All this is monstrous, infamous!
But there is only one Democratic paper
in Mississippi possessing honor and
moral courage enough to protest against
the infamous proceeding. That paper
is the Vicksburg Herald. It has taken
a manly course, but it has also paid the
Benalty. At a "called meeting'' of the
emocratio citizens of Yazoo County a
resolution was adopted wherein the
Herald was denounced as an " ene
my to the community." . It is claimed
by Nortnern Democrats that the Oko
lona States does not represent Southern
sentiment. Dr. McKown, of Areola,
111., with whom the Tribune lately, had
some controversy on the subject of the
patriotism and political virtue . of the
Southern wing of the Democratic party,
treated with well-simulated scorn-the
claim that the Okolona - States repre
sents anybody. Bat the Yazoo mob
followed the teaching of the Okolona
States newspaper, and the citizens of
Yazoo County in public meeting assem
bled have repudiated the .teaching of
the Vicksburg Herald. And,, as the
mob was inspired by the Chairman of
the Democratic State Committee, it may
be presumed that the repudiation of the
Herald was inspired by the same au
thority. It may be fairly , charged that the
Democratic leadership of the country,
North as well as South, sympathizes
with the acts of the Yazoo Democratic
mob. They propose to carry the Presi
dential election by bulldozing and
fraud 'at the South and by wholesale
bribery and ballot-box stuffing - at the
North. They have opened their pre
liminary campaign in Ohio on this
Slan. ft is confidently stated that Til
en has engaged to purchase the elec
tion of General wing. It would seem
that a great political party, for the
second time in the history of the coun
try, deliberately proposes to buy and
force its way to supreme power to buy
and ballot-box-stuff its way at the
North, and force and shoot its way at
the South ! We call the attention of the
people of the country to this startling
fact. What will free government be
worth when its control shall have been
secured by such means? We ask the
question in all seriousness.
How long is the .fourteenth Amend
ment to the Constitution likely to stand
as a bar against the payment of Rebel
Sensions, Rebel claims and the Rebel
ebt after the Demo-Confed alliance
shall have obtained power to reorganize
the Supreme Court? Is it likely, to be
less scrupulous about accomplishing its
purposes through the Supreme Court
than it is through the agency of mobs
at the South? Chicago Tribune.
A National Question.
We have been reminded that the
principle of State rights has been in
voked for .tie protection of liberty more
than once, and that our statement of the
contrary was too sweeping, as it cer
tainly was. The fact, however, remains
that the distinctive State-rights party
was the party of slavery and disunion,
and that the cry is now raised again by
those who count upon fraud and vio
lence to carry elections, and npon so
great a scale that it is a matter of Na
tional importance. ' The Springfield Re
publican thinks that to call attention to
an immense electoral wrong, which in
volves possible civil convulsions, is to
show an anxious desire to help the stal
wart plan of a sectional campaign. If
the statement of such a wrong be un
true, the Bepubltcan very properly dep
recates its repetition. But if it be true,
it ought to be emphasized, whether it
helps the stalwart plan or any other.
A sectional campaign resulting from
suppression of the colored vote would
be one for which . " the North" would
be in no sense responsible. Such a cam
paign arising from such a cause would
be deplorable. But it would be much
more deplorable if sensible men, seeing
such a situation, should play that it did
not exist, because to recognize it, and
to deal with it by an appeal to the coun
try, might be called a stalwart pro
gramme. - That such is the situation is
incontestable, and it is not to be dis
missed with the remark that there are
always irregularities at the polls.' We
quoted last week from a letter adressed
to us by a Southern Union man, in
which he says that he gives money to
stuff the ballot-boxes, and that he does
it in self-defense. Sir George Camp
bell, in his White and Black in the
United States, says that he was in the
South during the elections of 1878. He
describes the cheating in detail as prac
ticed in - South -; Carolina. There
was no concealment, and no pre
tense that - anything but . fraud
was intended; - and he . states , that
there was matter enough within his
own knowledge to have vitiated such
elections in England a hundred times
over. The result was, he adds, that
South Carolina returns a solid Demo
cratic representation to the next Con
gress." . The question raised by such
elections Sir George frankly admits to
be whether tne amendment oi the
United States Constitution securing
equal electoral rights to the blacks is
really to be enforced, or whether it may
be set aside in practice by the action of
individual States " is, in (act, the set
tlement at the end of the war to be
maintained or surrendered?"
Sir George is not a stalwart shaker of
bloody shirts, but an exceedingly sensi
ble and shrewd observer, who sees the
situation without party spirit or sec
tional prejudice, and his testimony is of
the highest value. It is precisely the
situation that he describes which keeps
alive the sectional aspect of politics,
and which : renews 1 the discussion of
State rights. The Louisville Courier-
Journal, with the amusing truculence
of the old fire-eating epoch, remarks in
effect that the condition-of-the-negro
question is not a National question.
But even that journal will not deny that
a party majority in Congress or a party
President secured by an elaborate, open
and general system of fraud is a matter
in which even voting , mud-sills may
rightfully interest- themselves. . The
puerility of the effort to set off against
the suppression of the colored vote the
influence of large proprietors in North
ern and Western States over their la
borers, is : merely contemptible. , In
stances of sporadic cheating and-unf air
influence at the polls are always possi
ble. - But does any 'well-informed man
allege that in any other than certain
Southern States there'is deliberate coer
cion of the vote of an immense voting
class? In the election of 1844 that emi
nent Louisiana politician John Slidell,
by his Plaquemine frauds, secured
a Democratic majority of 970 in a
parish in which the whole Demo
cratic vote of the previous year was .;
306; and this fraud gave the electoral
vote of the State to the Democrats, '
whose whole majority was only 690. '
Would anybody pretend to put against :
such systematic and wholesale electoral '
swindling at one point, the cases of .
farmers and proprietors in other States '
who may have threatened to dismiss 4
their hands if they did not vote as they
were told?" ' ' - - -
It is both to facilitate and to conceal
this enormous' wrong that the cry of T
State rights and of soldiers at the polls
has been raised. What invasion ' of '
State rights is alleged? The super- '
vision of national elections in the States :
by National agents. If that be a dan- ,
ger to just local right, it is in pursu
ance of a law whose constitutionality '
has not been questioned by the courts, i
The cry of military interference is raised .
to confuse the real question, which is t
usurpation by forcible and fraudulent
suppression-of the colored vote. It is'
a dismal prolongation of the politics of
the war, which is- to be regretted on
every accoiait, but which cannot be t
avoided by shutting our eyes. The in- ,
stant that any Southern white party in
sists that the legal colored vote shall be '
protected, or that it shall be reduced by
any equable qualification, the National .
question arising from it will vanish. t
But so long as the Southern whites .
forcibly and fraudulently suppress the
colored vote, lest by an honorable and '
legal reduction they should lose in. the
basis of representation, it will be neces- .
sarily a National question.-2farper' .
Weekly. .
.. Indians as Stage-Drivers. .,
After breakfast I got Superintendent
Parker to tell me about his stage line. -It
runs from Vinita, Indian Territory,
to Las Vegas, New Mexico, about 900
miles, and passes through some of the
most dangerous Indian country in the :
world. It has 108 drivers, thirty of
whom are native Indians. . The line
carries the United States mail daily,
and what passengers it can get, although
Mr. Parker is as yet the only white man
who has been over the entire route. - ,
" Can you trust your. Indian driv- .
ers?" I asked.
" O, yes," said he. " Everybody '
said at first that I couldn't do anything
with them, but I bad to do something, .
for the redskins had a habit of killing
off the white drivers in some localities.
I got some of them broke in at last,
however, and they do very welL They
like the salary, for it enables them to ,
fut on style above their brethren, and
tell yon they do . like to dress. It ;
catches the squaws, and the young men '
like that as well as you fellows down .
east. One day an Indian driver ran oft
after a buffalo, and was gone two or
three days. I sent men to hunt bim up,
but he came back before-' they found
him. with a dead buffalo and Uncle
Sam's mail as unconcernedly as if
nothing had happened. I discharged
him, and it taught the others a lesson. .
You ought to see them hunt paths at
pight. If they can get a glimpse of a
single star they can find their way the
darkest night that ever blew. Some of
them are great astronomers. They
nave m idea mat mere was once a
great flood which covered the whole
earth. Everybody was drowned but
seven chiefs who were strong enough :
to climb to the top of the highest mount- -'
aininMbe country. They would have
been destroyed also had they not prayed
to the Great Spirit so fervently that
their supplications were answered. -They
lived' to a great age and replen- '
ished the earth. When they died they
each became a brilliant star in the
heavens. These Indians know the
principal stars by the names of departed
chiefs. ' This belief is prevalent among ' t
nearly all the savage Indians in the
southern part of the Indian territory." :
" Are any of your Indians desperate ?
characters?" " - '
: " Some of them. Six of my drivers
saw the Custer massacre. They prob
ably took part in it, but they claim that "
they were near by herding ponies. '
They describe the whole bloody affair, '
but will not tell who killed the whites.
Custer has many friends, and thy are (
afraid of them." .
" Have any of your Indians ever seen -the
cars ?" '
"Yes. seven chiefs went up to Vinita
one day and I got them to look at a
locomotive. It suddenly whistled and '
blew off steam; and you ought to have
seen those seven Indians wilt. ' They
fell down on their knees con stem a- -'
tion and began to pray to the Great :
Spirit. I guess they thought the en- '
fine was the Great Spirit, but I don't t
now as to that." Las Vegas, N. M.
Cor. Buffalo Courier. -
Eight Years Dying The Effects of ;
. , Drinking Concentrated Lje. .
' Our readers will remember the men
tion in last Friday morning's issue of
the death of the nine-years-old daughter ,
of Henry Haldeman and wife, at their
residence on Acequia street. The cause ,
of the death was a very unusual one, ,
and the incidents relative thereto were ,
very strange.- When about fourteen -
moatbs old, little Annie, xor mat was
the child's name, while in the kitchen
got hold of a can of condensed lye and
drank a portion of the contents. Of
course, the consequence was that the
child suffered intensely, and came very
near dying at the time. After recover
ing from the first effects of the lye it
was discovered that the child's throat
was scalded, and that it was unable to
swallow any food of a solid nature.
Despite the efforts of skilled physicians, '
and the constant attention of her loving '
parents, little Annie's throat never did '
heal up. But the child lived and grew
to be plump and fat, though bereft of -that
vivacity which characterizes chil-
dren.' The child's pain and suffering -seemed
to detract the mind from the .
frivolous and the gay, and turn the -thoughts
more to solemn and real things. ;-
As years rolled on, however, such nour- -ishment
as Annie was capable of taking -proved
not sufficient to meet nature's -
demands and sustain her growing body, -and
presently it was observed that her
condition was rapidly becoming more '
serious, and a physician was summoned
to take charge of her case. But no good
was ever accomplished, the injury re
ceived was incurable, and it was settled- '
that the child gradually approached the -end
of existence. -Finally, death cauie, '
though Annie had attained the age of
nine years, during nearly eight of which :'
she had lived exclusively off of soups, -gruel,
and liquid-like food. At the '
time of her death, the child was in ap- : -:
Eearanee as a skeleton, but retained
er powers of mind and conversed
rationally to the end. San Antonio
(Tex.) Express.
"ii- -Totcsc
In no to-morrow, sav the Pui- -
losophers; bat the Detroit Free Press ' -says
the rule has an exception when :
you promise your wife a new bonnet on '
that day.

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