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I U ABILENE REFLECIOB PCTJMSHED BY GfflraS PDBLISHIHG COMPAnX OLD SAWS IN RHYME. If you don't like it, lump it; don't blow your own bora: Too big tor his buttons; acknowledge the com. Standing water's unwholesome a standing debt, too; .And only give honor where honoris due. As clay in the potter's hands; mijht maketh right: Do not be the tail to another one's kite. The sweet bread of idleness mo: tly is crust: Be eats humble pie; he takes nobody's dust. A jewclis consistency; all fiddle faddlc; Strike the dog in the manger; your own canoe paddle. Nursing trouble don't mend it; speak not than speak ill: The still pig's the one which gets most of the swill. Upon its own bottom each tub ought to stand; Christmas cometh but once in a year; hand in hand. The children of old maids and bachelor's wives Are perfect; shank's mare; but the fittest sur vives. Any port in a storm: going off like hot cakes; In your pipe put and smoke it; sly boots; no great shakes. Some old two-and-sixpenee; too good to be true; Never trust in another your duties to do. Competition's the life of trade: sharp as a tack; As dead as a door nail; a hard nut to crack. Lookers on more than players see; slick as a whistle: Heavy as lead; just as light as a thistle. A ragged cap often may orown golden brains; What one person loses another one gains; A pot many own is ill stirred and worse boiled; By one rotten apple a barrel-full's spoiled. Domestic infelicity is a thorn in the flesh ; Happy go lucky; whipped cur dreads the lash. If a woman drowns hunt her up stream; split ting hairs; The wits are wool-gathering; putting on airs. All moonshine; blue Monday; some pumpkins; high jinks: A chain's only strong as its weakest or links, As cool as a cucumber; thicker than mud: As long as a piece of string; nipped in the bud. Telling the truth is more easy than lying: The sweetest of jovs from us always are flying. IT. C. Dodge, in GooJall'i a"!m. AKTHUE MAY. How He Became Sprigs & Co.'s Ohaplain Not a Love Story. Written for This Paper. Spriggs and Company, proprietors and ope rators of sundry coal minos, turnaces and rolling mills in Western Pennsylvania, sat in the "snuggery" at the rear of Spriggs and Company's office. John Spriggs, who is "Spriggs," and Peter Spriggs, who is "the Company," in vented the snuggery with an eye to other inventions in connection with their enor mous business. In the snuggery no books, no desks, no 3ny thing were to be found, save and ercept a pair of immense arm chairs, two pipes and a huge earthenware jar of smoking tobacco. In the snuggery Spriggs and Company held their cabinet councils, when they planned and sifted mat ters which they considered too exclusive even for the ears of their manager and their head book-keeper. Perhaps the most unique matter ever dis cussed and cardiaUy settled by two wealthy business men was under Spriggs and Com pany's consideration in their snuggery some few years ago. "He's saved us a clear hundred thousand in buildings and machinery, Pete, to say nothing about loss of orders," said Spriggs to the Company. "Notaceut less, John," responded the Company. "We can afford to do something hand some,"' continued Spriggs. "We can," echoed the Company. Silence ensued for a few moments save only for the steady puffing of Spriggs and Company on the brace of capacious pipes. Down came Spriggs' hand upon his broad knee, and he bent forward as he exclaimed with considerable emphasis, "I have it !' "Have whatl" queried the Company. something hnd- "I have a good idea by which, if carried out, we can help the parson and do ourselves and the boys no harm. We'll build a church a church that shall be a credit to the Lord and to Spriggs and Company. There's a good lot near the old mill, and we might build a parsonage as well without crowding cither the church or the mill. Then we might set aside a iwrcentage of the profits each year to help run that church. I tell you, Pete, this young May has grit, and knows how to handle our men better than we do ourselves. So we'll appoint him chaplain in charge of Spriggs and Compa ny's churclu What do you say J" "I cordially agree with you, John. We owe young May more than ordinary recog nition; besides which, I foel sure that a church, with such a parson, in connection with our works, will be a batter thing for all of us than we can properly appreciate at present." After which prophetic remark, Spriggs and Company adjourned to consult with their bookkeeper in regard to ways and means. Such a convention, tending to such a very practically and worthy conclusion, requires Mme explanation; and therein lies our story. Arthur May was, by all his acquaintances and manyjof his friends, considered a crank; as a matter of fact he merely had some very decided notions and opinions of his own. For example: Upon coming of age he re linquished a fairly large fortune bestow ing it upon sundry charities and scientific institutions merely retaining sufficient to supply his absolute needs from time to time. People said his ideas were wild, visionary and Utopian some even asserting that Arthur May was a socialist, nihilist and anarchist combined. When he an nounced his intention of studying for the ministry his friends said he was crazy, aa no May had ever been known to bind him self to any creed or canon. That was true enough, and Arthur was May enough to re fuse to trot in the traces of orthodoxy. He entered no theological seminary and sub scribed to no confession of faith. He studied his New Testament with his own common sense for commentary and concor dance. He thought that the love of God and love for his neighbor made a strong combination for a preacher, without tho aid of 'ologies and 'isms. When he was twenty five years old he left his mother's home de iermlnefi to find a field of labor and he found it. Found it in the dirt-begrimed re- "WE CAN .FFOUD TO DO SOME." ion of Ironvale, "where a thousand men with dependant families earned their bread by the sweat of their brows men who worked like horses six days each week and loafed away their Sundays men who said so much that was black and dirty and un pleasant that most of them came very near forgetting that they were men. And thai, by the way, wa3 one thing which Arthur May never proposed to overlook. He had started out to do his life-work as a preacher and teacher, but he never intended to forget that he was also a man. Arthur May made his first public bow to the Ironvale population under rather favor able, if risky, circumstances. "While in Johnstown he had heard of the place, and sauntered over (a matter of a ten-mile walk) one day in the fall. The more of dirt, squalor, misery and degradation he beheld in the streets and homes, the more he be came convinced that it was the very place for practical Christian work a place where a few simple sanitary and hygienic lessons would bemore to the point than hypothetical discussions on such questions as conditional immortality and the personality of the deviL So he decided to stay, and estab lished his headquarters at the none too sweet and clean hostelry dignified by the name of the Ironworkers' Exchange. Opposite to the hotel was a three-story frame building, apparently rented out in flats. On the first night of his advent to Ironvale, Arthur May was about to retire when he noticed smoke entering his own half-open window. He peered out into the night and beheld a small flame slowly spread ing itself over the front of the dinsy tene ment house across the street. Without waiting to don his coat and vest, he hastily ran down stairs and gave the alarm. All the inmates of the tenement were soon in the street, but as there was not even the pretence of a fire department in Ironvale, the meager furniture of the house was doomed and the building itself was soon enwrapped in flames. Suddenly a small, slender figure in a white night-dress ap peared at a window on the top-story. It was apparently a little girl of seven or eight years, and, although not a word that she said could be heard in the crowd, it was easy to see that she was greatly terrified and crying for help. "Great God!" said a woman, "it's Tim Doolan's little Em ! She's all alone, poor young'un her mother dead three week's ago, an' Jim, the night watchman, over to the sheet iron mill !"' Other women in the crowd screamed and wrung their hands; some of the men be moaned the lack of a hook and ladder, while others, with hands in pockets and gaping mouths, watched with lazy unconcern or idle curiosity the fate of the helpless child. TIIEN- DASHING THE SMOKE AN'D But while the crowd talked, cried and gaped, Arthur May hastily endeavored to comprehend the plan of the burning house and its stairways. Then, heedless of the scorching heat, the blinding and suffocating smoke, and deaf to the warning cries of the men, he rushed into the ill-fated building. With great difficulty he found tho child and wrapped her in an old sh3vl which he saw lying in the room. Then, dashing again through the smoke and flames, he emerged once more on to the street, where he was greeted with a loud hurrah and almost deaf ening hand-clapping. Arthur gave up the motherless girl to some of the women and quietly returned to his lodgings. But sev eral of the Ironvale people followed him, and in the office of the hotel his sleeves rolled up, his hair and mustache singed, and his face, hands and arms blackened by tho smoke Arthur May held quite a reception, in the course of which he took occasion to introduce himself and explain his object in coming to Ironvale. When he said he was a preacher and wanted the men to come and hear him talk to them next Sunday, they all promised to be on hand, for they thought a man who wasn't afraid to risk his life, as Arthur had done, was worthy a hearing, whatever he might have to say. One thing was assured Arthur's popularity with the women folk; and that was a great thing in Ironvale, as indeed it is in any community. Another method was necessary iu Iron vale to secure the lasting regard and esteem of the men, and the opportunity to bid for the respect of the Ironvale masculine popu lation came in Arthur's way on the first Sunday in the smoky town. There was no church in Ironvale; there was not even a hall, so on Sun Jay afternoon Arthur took up a position just outside of the big mills belonging to Spriggs and Company. Somehow or other he had managed to make it pretty well known that he was goiug to preach, and quite a crowd assembled to hear the young fellow who had so gallantly rescued "Jim Doolan's little Em." Arthur was a fascinating speaker, and be ing a good judge of human nature and pos sessed of his full share of common sense, he made himself more than interesting to these rough men, who gave him a respect ful hearing. There was one man iu the crowd, however, who objected to the preach ing. This was Jerry Burke, a big loafing bully, who worked very little and drank a great, deal. He was a chronic grumbler and especially objected, on general principles, to any thing like an innovation likely to better the moral condition of things in Ironvale. This same Burke was a sharp thorn in the side of Sprigsrs and Company, who only toler erated the fellow about their works, fearful of possible mischief which he might per petrate should they discharge him. Physic ally, Burke was a powerful fellow, stand ing six feet high and tipping the scale at two hundred pounds. He was never satis fied with either the wages or the hours of work, though as a matter of fact he had small cause for being discontented. In short, he was a bully, a sneak, and uncon scionably lazy. Still, among the Ironvale men he had some sort of a following: the weak-minded and Spore ignorant workmen looked upon Burkc'as the champion of their rights, and an additional reason for their tolerance of Jerry as a sort of unacknowl edged leader, was the fact that they knew he could "lick" any one of them. Now about the time that Arthur May came to Ironvale, Burke, with some other restless spirits in a neighboring iron center, was secretly arranging plans for a strike among Spriggs and Company's employes. Of oourse, so far as Jerry Burke was con cerned, he cared nothing about bettering the condition of the "boys;" he was looking to his own aggrandizement as a '-labor leader," and to the easy acquisition of money by means of assessments which would bs levied on the boys to further the strike. Now Burke had a fairly good idea that a sensible young fellow like Arthur May would not naturally assist him in his schemes, so he resolved to inform the preacher that he must "git." Arthur had almost finished his "talk," when Burke, who was in the crowd, rudely interrupted. "Most through, parson!" "Yes," said Arthur. "Are jou tired?" "O, you can finish your say this time, but yon can't talk here any more. Preachin's all right, xnebbe, but we don't want it here. Savey!" "Well, my friend, no one else seems to object, and if you don't like it Just stay away. StHL I wouM rather have you come and listen. I may as well announce now, IffggTA TIIROUGn FLAME. my friends, that I shall be here next Sunday afternoon. Perhaps bsfore the cold weather comes we can get a hall or church built." "We don't want no halL nor no church, nor no paraon," said Burke. "If you try to shoot off in this part of the country asrain, you'll be sorry, that's all I have to say 1" "If I do, what then!" inquired Arthur. "Only this; I shall knock a few of your teeth down your throat to sorter choke you off!" All thl3 time none of the couple of hun dred men assembled uttered a word, though once or twice the women cried "Shame on ye. Jerry!" or "Give th3 parson a show!" Arthur sikl up the situation in a mo ment. He saw at once that hi; would bo persecutor was a bully, so often found in communities of ignorant men, and under stood that Burke must be summarily dis posed of if he hoped to stay and do any good in Ironvale. Now If there was one thing Arthur May had been proficient in at col lege it was boxing and wrestling. tilL he was not a powerful man. and weighed less by fifty pounds than Jerry Burke. So the resolution at which he arrived was a risky one. "Boys," said Arthur, "this man says he will lick me if I stay in Ironvale. Now, I am going to stay and he may as well lick me now as later on. I don't much believe in fighting never saw any fun in it; especially it looks bad qn a Sunday and in a preacher. Sometimes, however, it is nocessary. It is necessary now, I think, and I guess you boys will stand off and see that a stranger gets fair play!" Off came Arthur's coat, and steppingdown from his impromptu platform of rough stone he walked briskly over to Burke, wno was at that moment the most completely surprised man in Ironvale. "I'll take that licking now, Mr. Bully!" Burke had no coat to throw off, as he was already standing in his shirtsleeves, but he replied by giving Arthur a back-handed slap in the face. Well, some of the Ironvale men tell, to this day, how it was the "prettiest" thing they ever saw "the way that the parson knocked out Jerry Burke," who, in ten minutes from the time he first interrupted Arthur, had as much as he could do to sneak off like a whipped cur. From that time on, with the exception of half a dozen malcontents like Burke, every man, woman and child in Ironvale was ArthurMay's warm admirer. As for Jerry Burke, he found it vastly more pleasant to reside in a neighboring town. Yet, although Mr. Burko removed irom Ironvale, he by no means relinquished his various schemes for bringing about a strike at Spriggs and Company's. But, in view of the fact that thousands of men in adjoining districts were idle, Burke and his coadju tors did not find many of the men very en thusiastic about striking; and when Spriggs and Company, getting wind of the efforts of the Burke gang, voluntarily raised the wages ten percent., the professional growlers felt that they might as well withdraw from Ironvale. Burke was the angriest and most disappointed man in Western Pennsylvania; all his chronic ill will and bad blood was focused in a determination to wreak ven gence, first on Spriggs and Company, and then on the "poor fools" who could be paci fied with a "paltry ten per cent, sop." Somehow or other Arthur May got to know that Jerry Burke occasionally found his way to Ironvale, and certain sly and underhanded actions of the fellow's made Arthur suspect that Burke's motive in visit ing his old haunts were other than ordi nary, so he resolved to watch him closely. One night, about two months after Arthur May's first appearance in Ironvale, the par son (as every one called Arthur, and as he rather lilted to be called) was making his way to his humble lodgings. As he passed Spriggs and Company's engine house the only building belonging to the firm which could lay any claim to substantiality or architectural beauty he noticed a man steal up to one of the windows, which he opened and entered. He noticed that the man car ried a small package. A minute later the man emerged from the same window, minus the package, and Arthur then saw that It was Jerry Burke. Now Arthur, for prudential reasons, car ried a small revolver, and this Mr. Burke suddenly found within about two yards of his eyes. "Burke, you are up to no good !" "What's that to you !"' "Now, my lad, you know you can't bluff me. You ought to know I am not afraid of you at even odds. With this weapon I ab solutely command you to explain your presence here." "I don't have to. Pity a man can't move about without telling his business to a d d preacher!" v - Airrnun addhessixg tiie ckowd. "Now, Burke, 1 mean what I say. But as you refuse to tell me any thing, I must find out why you were in the engine house. You will lead the way through the door, not through the window. You know me. If you disobey me I shall feel compelled to shoot. Goon!" Slowly and sullenly Burke led the way. The door was open, and just inside sat an old man who did duty as watchman. "Ah, Walker," said Arthur, "bring your lamp, will you?" The old watchman was surprised, but asked no question as he complied with Ar thur's request. Tb.6 building was large, built of red brick and stone. It was divided iuto two portions, one covering the six im mense boilers and the other the two power ful engines. The window which Burke had entered was on the side farthest from the doorway and just behind one of the engines. All was quiet at this hour, work being ulack, and consequently no night shift being run. "Look around a little, Walker," said May, as with pistol in hand, he closely watched Burke. But Walker discovered nothing unusual. "Ain'tyou glad!" asked Burke, sneeringly. "Why were you here, Burke!" inquired Arthur, very sternly. "Because it suited me," was the rough reply. Arthur wondered what he should do next. He still kept Burke well covered, but his thoughts were very busy. For a minute or two all was as still as death so still that Arthur could detect what sounded like the muffled ticking of a clock. "Is there a clock in this building, Walker?" queried Arthur. "Yes, sir. But it stopped this two weeks and more." Arthur noticeo. a queer expression pass over Burke's features, and an inspiration seized the parson. "Burke, that ticking is of some infernal machine which you have brought here I know it. I have both read of and seen such things." "Yes, curse you, and if you don't hurry out of here we shall all be to hell in a few minutes." "Scoundrel!" Arthur still watched his nan, and still thought He thought of the costly engines which if destroyed would throw out of em- ( ployment a thousand' men for aaveral wecka. fi 0 fik "' He thought of a possible terrific explosion and the loss of life, probably, in the cottage which stood only a stone's throw away; he thought of his own life, and of old Walker, and even of Burke himself. "Burke, you are not a man. You are a deviL If you will pick up that package and carry it down to the creek you shall have that chance of your life; if you refuse I shall shoot you in a moment 3 hall kill you." The fellow began to whine like a babv and said it was almost time for the horrible machine to do it3 work. Said it was only set for fifteen minutes. Coward that he was, Burke begged for his own life, caring nothing for the lives or property of others. "At once, fellow, at once pick up that deviltry and take it to the creek. When it is th the water I will see that you have a chance to escape and then, never show your face near Ironvale again !" Seeing Arthur in earnest, Burke tardily took the ticking package from the machinery of the engine and made his way out of the building, followed at a short distance by Arthur who was himself running a great risk. Once outside, tho villain walked briskly toward the creek, which lay some three hundred yards distant. He soon reached the banks and hurled tho package, which was evidently heavy, into mid-stream. But one thing both he and Arthur had forgotten, or had been ignorant of. There was thick ice on the water, and as the package struct with considerable force there was a tremen dous explosion which shattered tho ice and splashed the water in all directions. Arthur was fifty yards or more from tho creek, but was thrown down by the shock and severe'y stunned. As for Burke, a dozen large pieces of ice struck him deal ing him a fearful death. It isn't necessary to go into auy more particulars but that's how Arthur May cama to be bprigg3 and Company's chaplain. W. H. S. Atkinson. LONE STAR GREATNESS. The riethorir Treasury and th Grand Capital of the State of Texas. No man can travel through this great Lone Star State, as I have often done, without being impressed with its mag nitude and present wealth and over awed at its prospective importance. We get but a vague idea of its size when we are told that its area is 291, 000 square miles. It helps us to think of it as forty-one times as large as the State of Rhode Lsland, six times as large as the State of New York, and that it might have a lake in the center of it fao largo that if the whole of France were anchored in the middle of this lake it could not be seen from the Texas shore. Governor Ross gave mo a few facts about the finances of the State that comport with its magnitude. Its bonded indebtedness, mostly held in the State, in round numbers, is $4, 500,000. Like Uncle Sam, it is troubled with a surplus that it don't know what to do with. It has in the general State Treasury a surplus of over $2,000,000. Its school fund has a surplus of over $16,000,000, more than half loaued out on county and railroad bonds, and they are seeking an investment for the balance. The farmers to whom the State has been selling its lands on forty years' time, with only 5 per cent, interest, in the hope that they would be very dil atory about paying the principal, are piling in the money to the overbur dened State Treasurer. The counties are doing the same. To add to its misery the State has 30,000,000 acres of land yet to sell, which are bringing every year higher and higher prices. Poor Texas! Let every nation and in dividual on the face of the earth that is sighing '-for lack of a dollar or two"' drop a tear over the lofty loneliness of this melancholy State. The first State House of Texas was simply a double log cabin. Then came two or three larger ones, oue after the other. But such was the obesity of the body politic that in 187.3 a State Con vention oflered anybody three million acres of land up in the Pan Handle that would build them a real big State House. These lands then were not sup posed to be worth more than fifty cents an acre. Governor Ross told me that under General Houston he commanded the frontier when he was nineteen years old. and was all over these lands, then in a particularly dry time. He says ho has to confess with shame that, as a member of that convention, he told them how barren these lands were, and that ho wouldn't accept them as a gra cious gift. Well, in five or six years three men from Chicago came along that were fools enough to take up the offer thev said thev would build them a big, fine State Hoyae for those worth less land. These men were Joiin V. Farwell, his brother Charles 15. Far well, now United States Senator from Illinois, and a little man called Abner Taylor. Work was begun in 1834. and, to help alonjr, some quarrymen in Bel ton gave all the red grauite for the building, and the State sent its convicts to quarry it. Now the State has the largest State capitol in the Union, if not the finest, and second in size only to the capitol at Washington. It is 562 feet long. 287 feet wide, and its height, from base line to the silver star in the hand of the goddess of Liberty sur mounting the dome, is 311 feet four feet higher than the national goddess at Washington. It is grand, elaborate and massive in its exterior, anfl its 256 interior apartments are light, airy, ele gant, magnificent. I have been all through it to-day. and I don't wonder that Texans are tickled with iL Gov ernor Ross tells me li cost the Chicago syndicate $4,500,000 in cash. And what have they got to show for the pin money they have spent? A little farm that it takes 750 miles of fencing to surround, to say nothing of cross fences, watered, where lakes, rivers and springs are lacking, by flowing artesian wells only 150 feet deep worth, says Governor Ross, $9,000,000. C. M. Cadi, in At lanta Constitution. No kind of grain is so well adapted to feeding young stock of any kind as oats. Their large proportion of husks keeps them from cloying the stomach even of stock that has too poor diges tion for thriving on corn. Pigs will prefer the latter grain, if both are given together, but the pig is not the best judge uf what is adapted to his needs. The oats should, however, be at least full weight to give the best re sult. It has been shown by experience that a pig digests a larger percentage of grain, converting it into animal in crease, than a steer, cow or sheep. MISCELLANEOUS.' A shoemaker at Atlanta, Ga., lately completed a pair of shoes that are four teen inches long, 51 wide and 8 deep. A human subject without collar bones has been met with in a St. Louis dissecting room. This structure is that of most of the vertebrates, such as lions, bears, etc. A New York coroner's physician remarks that in his experience he has found that more people die in the fourth floor of a building than any of the others. In the cases of sudden deaths he says that there are more which take place on the fourth floor in one year in New York than in all other parts of the houses combined. For quickness in raising money lor business enterprises Hutchinson, Kan., seems to outrank some of the large cities. They called a meeting out there for such a purpose, and, after the hall was filled, locked the door. A local paper tells that work then began, and in just one hour and fifteen minutes the sum of $224,000 was subscribed. A novel instrument was filed the other day at Springfield, Mo., by George Schmidt, in the shape of a deed adopting Maggie Brown, the three-year-old daughter of Julia Brown. In consideration of one dollar the mother ag.-ees to relinquish all legal rights and privileges over her child, and the foster father agrees to properly support and maintain her, to treat her humanely, and properly feed, clothe, shelter and educate her. It was at Dublin, in 1741, that tho first performance of the "Messiah" took place, Dr. Beattie, author of the "Minstrel" and the "Essay on Truth," records an interesting anecdote told him by the Earl of Kinuoul. Calling on Handel a few dnys after the first performance, he naturally paid him some compliments on the success of the noble entertainment which he had given the public. "My lord," said Handel, "I should be sorry if I only entertained them; 1 wish to make them A Belfast, Me., woman has found a way to dispose of money with holes punched in it. She recently offered one to a merchant there, not with the shame-faced or hurried manner in which such coins are often offered, but reluctlantly, asserting that it was a keepsake, and she would not part with it for any money, but would leave it provided the merchant would promise to keep it until she could call for it, which she promised to do within a week. The merchant took the keep sake, delivered her goods, aud gave back the necessary change for five dol lars, and the customer departed and has not been seen since. The mer chant is about fifty cents out. Salutations in Japan are something remarkable, and are thus described by a correspondent of the San Francisco Chronicle: "The men of Japan are always excessively polite to one an other. They bend their backs and bow their heads, and put their two hands back to back between their knees and have a great time. But the most amusing thing is to see two old ladies in Japan meeting one another on the street. They catch sight of one another three or four blocks apart. They im mediately begin to make obeisance al one another, and they keep bending and bowing at short intervals until they come together, when they make a peculiar hiss by drawing in the breath and keep on saying 'Ohavo' for about two minutes." A fish of the sturgeon variety, about eighteen inches in length was re cently given to the superintendent ol an ice factory in Parkersburg, W. Ya. It was placed in one of the ice molds and frozen in the center of a huge cube of ice. This block of ice was put in a public place, where the citizens could view the fish, frozen hard and fast in the center of the cake. The ice began to melt aud it dwindled until the body of the fish was exposed to the air while the head was still firmly imbedded in the ice. The tail of the fish was seen to move slightly, as the hot sun poured its rays upon it. Attention being called to the fact, the head was carefully released from its icy prison and the sturgeon placed in a tank of water. It recovered completely in a few minutes, and was apparently as sound as ever. CONCERNING FAULTS. Whatever May Be Their Cause There Ij No Merit In Thein. It is difficult to define exactly what we mean by a fault. There is a popu lar impression, which is nearly cor rect, that it is something irregular, but that it lacks in magnitude or intent something of that which goes to con stitute a positive sin. In many in stances faults are simply irregularities in execution, or mere inattentions. negations, and almost always have th quality of being incidental; not inter tional, not purposed, nor the result d passion. There are a great many who suppose that there is a merit in fanlts. We think they do not discriminate very wisely. It is true that perfect people are the most disagreeable and intoler able people in the world those so called perfect men that, in order not to speak wrong, never speak at all, and, in order not to do wrong, do noth ing; those cold, precise, inelastic, hard, smooth, polished people, that are re garded as perfect by themselves. It is true that when you are in contact with such people you hunger and thirst for some roughness, and wish they would break out somehow and seem to be human. There is an impression derived from excess in that direction that faults are signs of a fertile nature; like the bark on wholesome trees; like gnarls and knots on the oak; and people say that they would not want a man to have fewer faults, because they give a kind of robustness to character. Now, there may be certain kinds of faults of which this is true faults of manner, faults of irregularity but this ought not to blind us to the moral character and to the effects of faults that involve principle, that touch, the question of benevolence and selfish ness, that run their roots, even deeper, and touch the very seat of honor and character. X. T. Ledger. $100,000 IMPORTANT-$100,000 TO MANUFACTURERS. The ABILENE IMPROVEMENT CO. offers $100,000 IN BONUSES to reliable manufacturing concerns who will locate in Abilene. Abilene is trie largest as well as the most prosperous city in Central Kansas. It will soon have THREE NEW TR1K LINES OF R1ILR01DS, making FOUR lines, which will insure un equaled shipping facilities. ADDEESS ABILENE If HIENT CO ABILENE. KANSAS. THE ABILENE NATIONAL BANK CAPITAL, - $150,000. CLARK H. BARKER, President. IV. P. RICE, Vice-President. E. B. HUMPHREY, Cashier. A. K. PERRY, Assistant Cashier. TRANSACTS A GENERAL BAMING BUSINESS. Business of Merchants, Farmers and Individuals generally solicited. Unequaled facilities for the transaction of all business intrnsted to ns. A. FRY. J. C. BOYER, Attorney and Notary. FRY, BOYER CO., HEAL ESTATE, MANS Ai HIAIE. Loans on farms and citj property. Real Estate bought and sold. Insurance contracts at current rates. Notary business promptlj attended to. Special bargains in city and suburban property. Citizens' Bank Building, TTtgarTf A TtT.TH AJBILEISTE, LEBOLD, FISHER ABILENE BANKING BUSINESS Bone in all its branches. MORTGAGES negotiated on Fant Property at 6, 7 and 8 per cent., with reasonable commissiou. Also, money on Farms without commission. STEAMSHIP TICKETS At all times ; for sale at lowest rates. F'oiroig'xi :E3:x:oliL:o.-e Furnished on all the principal cities of the world. BOJSTDS BOUGHT AND SOLD. Special attention given to business of Farmers and Sfockmeiu Personal liability not limited, as is the case with Incorporated Banks. Dpbai Fife in! iii it IWDERTAKERS. We are girisg special atletitiea te this departneat; carry the largest aad flHest line er UNDERTAKERS' SUPPLIES ia the city, aad are pre pared te attead te tils baslaess ia all Its breaches. LOWEST PRICES Corner Fourth and Broadway. ABILENE BANK. a H. LEBOLD, J. M. nSUElt, 1. C IIEHB3T, Proprietors. E. A. Herbst, Cashier. Our individual liability is not limited, as is the case witii stockholders of incorporated banks. IEB0LD, FISHER & CO., Baakera, ABILENE, KANSAS. C. G. BESSEY. ABILENE, KANSAS. H t.iTT-1 1870. KANSAS. & CO., Proprietors. BAM ABSTRACTS. Ko one should purchase real estato until they know the title is perfect. W. T. DAVIDSON has the most complete set of Abstracts lathe County. 14 years' experience. Omee OTer Post-omce. ABILENE, - KANSAS. I .