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GEO. W, MBEATFEt, Proprietor and Pnblisher.
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Two Dollars .per Annum, in Advance.
VY1 V NO. 3fi.
WHOLE NO. 244.
la the toeing, matrimonially ln
wastea a jeer sb MHBlii
Of alio
raise rt eg, no doubt taa moat fa-
la paaaina'ane'a existence, like a spMer, la
I'ra anffSred half too agoniea to
roe ah is
And tooth-ache and sciatica seem ghastly Uuaga to I
Ait Srst among the torturea IliaTaBBi Set SBSWC
la when a lady nafUatay to ana we r Tea or Ho.
At leattad
martyrdom began.
And yet I
i to own II I
sun a single
The fault at irat Mai atwewh, for
Before I plucked" my courage ay saaeteattetskl1,
- '
But wbea4eahed my aeaUraenta! breathed 1
To pierce a heart of granite or of aiar rattan Blsasa)
iDuogoin uk rnawnamm ua( uw uraj couia do
now, ;i
Was Juet the sort of answer that yon cant call
Yes or Ho.
A month I waited anzlonaly a Dlaln
Bat no ehe'd had ao little time fat
Another month was oer, sad s third had Sown
away, -
And alOl ahe'd aot rejected ma nor named the hap
In feverisb Bemlexl'T rye oaaaed a Dredons year.
And qaitaearesew froravaay object 1 appear. I
jay amjM an aaco a OBawy, iuuy wreep mo Tory
While walling tn a frenay for a simple Tea or Wo.
There 'a not a
a naan tn twenty, I sat positively sure,
with equanimity the quizzing I en-
Could bear
dure :
I'm called a lucky fellow, too, by every ana I
pits' uaagiataUtlona at the dab or in tha
To-marrow,1 rat determined, be tha weather wet
or dry,
I'll seat my charmer's residence, s last appeal to
IH breathe her all my wretchedness, m paint her
And flclsh'oynaitlng on a nasi Yeor rtfe. ' "r H
t know. 8a uire Linton, I'd
to go and keep house for you
saw me wwo
low. slaving ner-
& the eate-latch. "I know.
you're in a pitiful plight With so miny
young cnudren ana nonsea. i a be wining
to go for a few days to accommodate you ;
bnrajrawt H
"ttdeed oh, I wasn't aware. Dont
let me detain you another minute," said
Bqutre Lmton, hurriedly. "I've taken up
too much of your time already."
" So, indeed," returned the widow,
twisting her ssmrTkerrhteft "T Was only
going to say L promiaeo to see Mr. Means
to-dav hat I that is to say I can tell
you better to-morrow."
"Mo, no; it is too sreat a favor. I
ought not to ask it I won't ask it, Mrs.
Whalen," sighed Squire Ianton, wonder -
lng.secrtl what traainees should bring
the wealthy Ms.
e was such a meek, self renouno-
that he never dreamed of pressing
claim any farther; and hastily
up hjfl reins, drove away,
jghiesWlf tor intruding his for-
m au otuag a oraugnt
"ThAHttat bh am uv halam 1
g.sWll Ti715aT
uvusua sua a. TT Ma mmy I
U reett6JJy r U
afts4tesweaw I-aboaU iufiUlr.
Ene ; I oouldn t have Held
i pleading. But taWSSj-itw.
out sgslsaS f
x suppose, mr. Means win be along soon.
I wonder whaf WfeAfls MfSLa They say
gmt as l never saw
up my
loaves ofnfialreT's bfead and rfnirer-bread.
and lumps of frowy butter, tne -widow
was standing opposite the little square
windowin-wteshhap- saoin.tyiiae.the strinirs
of her new jarender cap. WnsR She had
he as he entered
the little sitting-room down stairs. "Mrs
Whalen, I suppose f "Tarn Israel Means,
of MsWBif apev I see yo well
ntsifK iissf I
ttle countrified,
an admirinar
glance at his hostess, whose personal
cnarms rather exceeded ms expectations.
m 4saseas. -Aaa j0
for butter?
Mthinka Sir. Have shm f
aWbst mouth lookiiur as
WtwJWn't mrit in it even in "dog
' said Mr. Means, ac-
with it the right
; embarrassed lady
bat the tone
ow wished she
len, l suppose you may be
aware, ma'am, that 1 ahem called with
a view to " .wcrrn.-.
nude a double period.
fcrttin rssrswtb.e
isHgiiim,.nafT no finding it flashing oat
i bent
an appealing glance to the widow, who
was certainly in bo state to help him out.
V AhJ OJd" she faltered, while her
i f -Si r te nwnt jiatal t a
Mr. Means jaw the betraying color with
to bJmself; "the
up before I get
mouth l" "Mrs
may be aware,
ody with a pair
of eyes in their head can see I've called.
no ortense, I hope. I was coming up
this wetaMesvmymawew, kind o'
WassahlnWanvneSAnd here
she had- bean expecting Oh, Moses
PtteherTnesaA-eyidtytssa of mischief I
Couldn't he be in a better business tnan
gaUaTTOa widows' houses, making
believe old uncles were coming to offer
thernserVwa? Moses was a pitcher with
the man, of wurse I csssft -make
him S Chair, "Ali
'"Mldfflrrr" warm weather
wealhei at aU
If mittei
taur&t) of some wha
TfiaVIWMrweie SsHsalns,
jtTiA ux to-tlio oettiirc
woman neeon t H JPS
eelculate to dry her up and put her
rtlnff wmaflm klimiUIlii tha fall
tat ujiau
hints, she had gone and bought lavender
ribbon and a hem stich handkerchief.
Would she aver hear the hast of it from
sister Dorcas?
BJefore Mr. Means had wiped his face
and rubbed dp another idea, the wary
widow had untied her cap-strings. She
didnt see the sense of streaking them
wkh perspiration for a man that had only
weather for cheese, as yon were
g, Mr. Means," Bam abe, In a tone
as leing, but with nearly as much
sweetness. uo you Keep a large
dairy: air r"
" Not ao very," returned Mr. Means,
somewhat reassured .'by this allusion to
business. " I hay e only six cows that I
milk this summer, and I expect to make I
beet or one or them come another spring.
ting somel ime along late la the fall. Let's
ou eyer oeen used to tne care or
her cart -strings.
Oh. yea," said she. capably : "In
brought uo on a farm."
, Want to know! Then yon understand
aU about the work. How do won like itf"
asked Mr. Means, moving his chair a trifle
nearer tne widow overlooking the vege
table garden, by which Tars. W haien sat.
" Work is work. I always like any
I have to do," returned the widow,
yer mads any cheese f"
3. Whalen laughed at the
tne question.
"Cheese is rather my strong
said she, witn dignity.
" Ah T How is it about butter ? General
lw had pretty good luck with that " con
tinned the catechist, taking; up his chair
smkbrangi-fi oyer by the WtedkrTr. .
- Mrs. Whalen made her cap-strings into
a double bow. Double
s had aii
been considered very
to her
" Butter, Mr. Means I- woadir Vd
you heard W nofsaMsJjrirg bautmy
ftw&c that prize last fall l"
. liesarLoesntsar mvselt far making-
such a speech," thought the widow, the
aiuuwuk las aww WUO VUt. JLl j.
it so poor and lonely, and if Dorcas
wasn't ao terribly trying to live With 1"
The steel beads under Mr.
brews elittered.
- Well, now, that's good, that's nice,
that's firs'-rate I " he cried, heartily. You
aren't engaged, ma'am, I suppose f "
- -Mrs. Whalen blushed like Aurora Bore
bNb. "Not positiyely," she began. " Squire
But Mr. Mean's cautious spirit again
took ready alarm.
" Engaged any where to housekeep, or
the like r said he.
"' No, I am not engaged any where to
keep house," returned the widow, frigidly,
" and don't know as I could be spared from
home. My sister-in-law is an Meet to sick
(spells, and needs me. Besides," added
she, with a took at the garden, which
threatened an early iroat to tne vegetables,
" I never did .such a thins- in mv life. sir.
as to-work in any body's kitchen, outside
of my own mmuy ana mends, oquire
m i
aTJtLinton, poor man, is left with six children.
Mis wile was a particular mend of mine,
and he did try to make some Kind of an
arrangement ; tint I haven't quite decided
The double bow-knot quivered: with
Outraged dignity. 1 '.,a
Mr. Means suddenly had a vision of
Lhandaome Squire Linton stepping in With
as nlov
lamtive utile ramiiy , cutting Aim out.
was to be done must be done quick
He cleared his throat and leaned for-
award in the most insinuating manner.
" Mrs. wnaien," said he, and again tne
tone was portentous " Mrs. Whalen, I
consider that I have the first claim over
you. i don't know how young Pitebat
Taeliyesed his message ; but the truth is,
(I've heard you so extra well-spoken of
that I had a kind of a notion"
sir. mean s tongue was running away
with him. He bridled it speedily, and
the next words were inaudible. .A man
with one of the best river farms tn the
county might pick up and choose for a
wife ; it wasn't best to be in a hurry.
" I had a kind of notion," added he, as
a happy thought struck him. " of asking-
you to come down to Marburg, ma'am, to
keep house for me a spell, and sea hew
you fare it."
I Just remarked to you.
And see how we both like it, you
know. It is always beat to start fair."
"Sly old fox," thought the wide
testily. " Oatoh me going to Malburg
" My house is a two-story brick,'' can
Unwed Reynard, softly, " door-yard all
round; patent clothes-wringer ; little
fourteen-year old bound girl, my wile set
the world by spry as you please ; cistern
and pump ; one grown-np son and daugh
ter, ain't afraid of work. I need some
body to oversee. Gome, say you'll go."
" A woman over in Mount Vernon has
been, recommended to me ; but I am satis
fied I'd a great deal rather have you."
No answer, save a perceptible lowering
of the lofty cap-strings. Mrs. Whalen,
this time, was having a vision herself.
Just such a house as she longed for, and
was fitted to adorn. And behold a Mount
Vernon woman walking into it, and mak
ing herself at home. How cheated the
man was likely to be ! It could hardly be
otherwise if he Went to such a " back
wood sy" place s Mount Vernon, and
married by " recommendation."
Mr. Means saw the softening of the
widow's features.
"Call it three dollars ; and you Won't
have much to do but oversee."
"Well, I dont know. If it wasn't for
'aUtftS dollars, and 111 send my
top-buggy ior youT0oTrow
"After all," thought Mrs. Whalen, ar
guing the point With her self-respect,
"why not ? It is a mere matter of busi
ness. Four dollars is a large sum ; I need
the. money; Squire Linton has never
given oyer two and a half."
"Well, really," said she aloud, having
kept up appearances with her self-respect.
"I don't know but I'd better go, just
through the press of haying. But I
wouldn't pledge myself to stay a day
longer, Mr. Means ; tor, in case a time was
set and either one of us was dissatisfied,
it would be rather embarrassing, you see."
She spoke With such womanly inde
pendence and grace that Mr. Means was
on the point of exclaiming heartily, "Bet
the time, ma'am, do! bet It ror me, ana
But prudence got the better of him, as
usual ; and on the whole he left the wid
ow's presence without committing him
self any farther than a man with the best
farm in the county might do with lm-
Bpuire Linton had to content himself
With Nanoy Oroysr, a yingo with ft ftwtV
ty, but assured himself meekly that he
had no right to be disappointed.
"Well, well, Mrs. Whalen, this is com
fortable, now," said Mr. Means, coming
into his kitchen one rainy morning, drag
ging a couple of old harness after him.
"I always like to be where the sulks are,"
he corrtdrraSA, atllrs himself to the work
of mending and ogling mi fine end
wide stone hearth, while at the oth
Mrs. Whalen pours a dipper) M
of the
er end
water into the churn she was washing.
"She is smart t See how she steps !"
said Mr. Means to himself, watehing her
from under his palm-leaf hat-brim, with
serene satisfaction. "What you got cook
ing here ? A soup for dinner, hey f he
pursued aloud, lifting the lid Of a great
iron pot on the stove, and letting out a
fragrant steaming cloud into the room.
"Calista was great hand for 'em. She
usea io maKo me pest soups wim
least meat of any woman I erersefAxis
vwiufi was we zsse anas au.i
did in death, she must have been blessed
among women.
"I always like plenty to do with when
I cook," returned the Widow Whalen,
whirling the churn-handle with energy
enough to start the Great Eastern.
A, shadow rippled over Mr. Means'
face. "Calista cooked as good as anybody;
but she was always a very savi ng woman,"
said he, regretfully.
Then he sprang np so briskly that he
overset his skillet of grease.
"What ! here I there 1 that's too bad,
now 1 I'd no idea that plaguy skillet
handle was turned round right in my way!
But I just happened to remember there's
quite a good-sized junk of pork-rind set
away on the top shelf of the cheese safe.
IX has been overlooked till it's a'most
ready to take hurt. I'll reach it down
for you while you're cleaning up the
grease. Calista thought there was noth
ing like pork for giving a flavor."
There was a toss of Mrs. Whalen's cap
strings, but she said nothing as the phi
landering old diplomat brought to light a
lery Eauare of pore riiML "lime to
it in now, Mrs. Whalen ? Le' me see
haf o'clock f
r. Means, if it's
the same
id the widow,
waving her
it had been a
with her,"
" Wonder
her? If she
Mrs. Whalen
be aggravate!
Dinner-time ettsse.
" You've get an excellent sera
Whalen, ma'am. I don't know as
ever beat i," sard Mr. Means, turning
about the sftrory fragments with the la
dle. " WhJwnere's the pork, left out
for your use r I don't find it."
"I threw it into the soap-jrreasef " was
the defiant answer; for mnT Whalen,
with all her ambition and all her
weakness, was a woman, and wouldn't
bear watching any more than a boiling
Young Amos Means muttered " Jolly! "
under bis breath. Mr. Means looked up
in surprise.
"You don't say soap-grease, ma'am;',
There was an awkward pause.
" Luckily 2 haven't offered myself yet,"
thought Mr. Means, looking at his fasci
nating ew a-M with a pang of renuncia
tion. " She's a spry, capable piece, but
dont understand saving.
At the same time Mrs Whalen gazed
rueful v at the Pennine silver fork near
her plate, and said to herself :
" The house and rural tare are just to
my mind; but there, it's of no use, 1 can't
stand itl Of all men, preserve me from a
The wily host observed that she frowned
into his cup as she passed it, and forgot to
put the sugar in ; so with an ingratiating
smile, which was meant to be broad and
deep enough to drown all memory of
pork-rinds, he remarked :
" You do make prime bread, Mrs Wha
len. I 'most wish I hadn't let my daugh
ter go visiting this vacation, it weald have
done her so much good to take lessons of
Mrs. Whalen passed the sugar with
renewed sweetness 1 ' -1 '' nn
" But," added Mr. Means, relapsing; into
frugality, "You needn't be afraid to set on
the small pieces for me. Pity they should
go to the hens."
This wss a crumb too much. Mrs.
Whalen choked. Just as she was clear
ing her throat for a spirited reply the
door opened, and Moses Pitcher walked
in. V
" Thought won miarht be wanting? vour
mail," said he, producing a letter some
what the worse tor a splash of mud.
The widow took it, glanced at the su
perscription with some surprise, brushed,
rose from the table, and absently pawner!
her folded napkin through the handle of
the teapot. ,Jt
" Handwriting rather agitates her," ex
plained young Pitcher, as she hurriedly
left the room, and was heard to go up
stairs. l"
"Whose handwriting r" demanded Mr.
Means, fiercely. "What do you know
about itf
" Postmaster said 'twas Squire Linton's,"
replied Master Paul Pry. "Why, how
nice you lack-here. Dacie Means ! I al
ways said Mrs Whalen was just the
woman tor you.
"So she is!" thought Mr. Means, with
an inward groan. "So she is. And eco
nomical enough. I always thought Calista
was a little grain too saving."
But it wnat i near is true, yoa wont
keep her long, uncle. The squire ia on
your track."
"You hear a neat many things,
Moses," retorted Unclfc Means, snappishly.
"and talk altogether too much for a
Moses retreated, looking back longing
ly at the gooseberry-tart his cousin Amos
was eating with such a preternatnrally
grave face. While Mrs. Whalen, seated
in the sacred solitude of her own chamber,
with the door locked and her back turned
upon it, opened her letter. It was very
brief only four lines yet Mrs. Whalen
had not finished reading it in half an
" Dear Mrs. Whalen," it said, " business
takes me to Malburz next week on Thurs
day ; and If not an intrusion, I wish to
call upon you. riease or op me a line u
this will not be earreeable to you, or you
mx) permanently engaged."
Next week on Thursday T Why, to
day was Thursday ! The letter was dated
a week ago, and had been mellowing in
somebody's pocket all this time. So it
was too late now to decline the call If she
had wished to do so.
Mrs Whalen went down stairs, reeling
as though her brain was tied in a double
bow-knot, like the strings Of her bast cap,
the dinner, M
i is rom,- sb
if Iphsba' been assSavatinll
sha'tmetoin? house to
, Mrs.
that she had not neglected to arrange with
I Ill all MM
"Oh, about that cheese I" sajd Mr.
Means, as soon as she appealed; wVMc
one was you calculating I'd battel sell"
rm going over to the stores it tne rain
holds up, between sundown and dark, and
I'll take It along.
Brown to me I
a with some. Pick J
shnnt ftiraiahinir him
nnt as Hkelv a one as vou can. for 3t will
be a kind of a try-oheese, seeing s she
first I've let wm have since ahata'a
make." L ' v. L
"Yes" replied the relict or the late
Peter Whalen, Btm musing on the mother
less young Linton; "these are six of
them, of all ages, from two to thirteen."
"What f What do yon say f" esclahned
the astonished proprietor of the cheeses.
Mrs. WhaWs face glowed like ma-
pie tree Bt vOKyeWfT 111 1 v
"What rlirl vou savf Tl nmiMS 1 must
have had my mind on something else,'
sakt she.ini mani
Why said Mr. Mftaa glancing at her
flushed face suspiciously. "I was asking
you to select a cheese one of your best
ones for me to take to the store as a
specimen. And you needn't be- particu
lar to scrape it off , if there's any mould
or grease, or whatever, oh the outside.
Calista never did. 'It will weigh tome
thing,' she used to say, 'and every little
Ah, the mould was heavterlthejiijta
knew. It outweighed sis small children ;
thoagh helped in tne balance by a "cistern,
rjumn. and wash-room down cellar.''
"I don't believe that letter Was from t
the Squire. Moses is a master-hand to
conjure up things," thought the sanguine
Mr. Means, though rather uneasily; but
with rare delicacy refrained from asking
any questions.
"I'll risk it," concluded he, as he started
for the village after tea. "She has a
smarter turn than Calista, and beats her
on cheeses. I intend to marry the woman ;
but I've no notion of coming to the point
six '
She's been expecting it for the last
id the softer
sex; if you
'em, they're
let 'em see that you set by
, to give tnemseives airs.
ItmsbefirJ. Maiinar look of amused
condescension wouq hate given place to
one of dismay ifnenad knows who was
riding up to his door from the river-road.
No doubt he would hare turned back,
waylaid the widow as she was easwysng
her beer down cellar, and proposed on
the spot Bat, secure in his ignorance
and self-complacency, he rode away to
finite another fate. if. . i
At the same time Squire Linton, ring
ing the Means doer-bell, was trying To
fortify his faint heart, which was not
likely to win fair lady ; and above all,
trying to look as if hen.n1rj haai et
been abstracting a sheep from the neigh
boring meadow. wa'ii1 uj. 1
The widow met him with friendly po
liteness; but having learned a lesson on
the uncertainty of mankind, was careful
to have it appear that she was not ex
pecting him in the least, and only by the
merest accident happened to be at home.
" I have been over to the mbaiater's,"
said she, by way of apology for her silk
dress, waiaa she hsrt not ventured to don
till Mr. Means was out of sight (thinking
it unnecessary to add that she only caliw
at the minister's for a cup of yeast in the
early part' of the day, with a calico dress
on and an umbrella over her head).
IPttought it most likely you would
take fairer weather lor your business to
Malburg. Quite a storm to ride in. Glad
J"- " rsfl Till trn me the
news from home"
This show of difference was quite un
called for. Squire Linton had not noticed
the widow's silk dress; sad if he had was
not the man to take encouragement from
-'She didn't understand my letter, or
else didn't mean to. She isn't the woman
to meet a man half way," thought he, de
jectedly ; and only liked her the better
for it.
" Mrs. Whalen, yen you don't mean
to sav vou are permanently engaged?"
UV not at all. I shall leave next
vina," said he, clutching at a for
lorn pe " Mai vina, you didn't write
and 1 mo aot to call 1" 1.. . . '.
"I couldn't very well, Mr. Linton. I
never cot vour letter till to day."
The Squire's faint heart dropped lower
"But. James. I am glad to have you call
me 'Mai vina.' It sounds like the good
old times when you and I used to go to
singing school together."
The handsome face lighted.
"So you remember those old times, Mal
vina : and how vou wouldn't let nee be as
attentive as I tried to be. You knew what
my mind was long before I spoke a word ;
but there was always somebody between
"Yes; it was Aaa Price," said the wid
ow, innocently.
"You know very wall I mean Peter
Whalen. I had never set eyes on Ann
then. She lived at Martha's, Vineyard,
and Peter was the one that introduced us
tame year yoa were married."
"Oh, yes. now I remember! Well,
James, we both did aa we were moved to
do ,- and I am sure you had no reason, to
regret anything.
"True, very true. Ann was a noble soul,
far too good for ma I waa s very fcrtu-
natA man WaJwnaa "
"Tea. and she waa a fortunate woman."!
quoth Mrs Whalen, with generous
warmth; for She had seen tne any when
she envied Awn, and contrasted the de
ceased Peter not very favorably with
"Thank you, Malvina. So it isn't that
is to say if you should refuse me a sec
ond time, it woaldnt be because you real
ly have anything against me? There is
some consolation in that."
"A second time? No, James; oh, no !"
said the widow, tenderly.
"It would be because of my encum
brances; my poor, dear little children."
"Well, I don't know about that, either,
James." g
Mrs Whalen's eyes were suffused ; but
Squire Linton dared not look at her.
" Yes, and still more, because you don't
feel really inclined toward me; that is
what you mean, I suppose f
"I don't know, James"
Her words were still lower and ten
derer. " Hearts can not be controlled, Malvi
na. You never did feel for me as I did
for you in the days that are past, and it
doesn't stand to reason that you ever can.
now. I was a fool to think of such a
thing. I hope you will, never lay it up
against me, but let us be friends the same
as ever."
" Friends, certainly, James," said rite
widow, jumping up to set a book straight
oa the wnter-twblei
" Yes, I knew it could be nothing more,
MHvina; still, I can not my I am quite
B spared for this disappointment. In her
it days Ann located into the future, and
grieved for me left Without her. 'I
know,' said she, ' there is one woman ia
the world who could almost fill my place
for yon ; though you need not think it
palhs me to say it, for nothing would give
me more satisfaction man to ieei sure Mai
wins Whalen would bring up my chil
dren.' "
The widow was weeping.
"Now I have hurt your feelings, 'Mai
Tine. I did not intend to allude to such a
painful thing. I hope you won't think
tor a moment 1 had any object." ti jj
. "Any object" sobbed the widow;!
" wnat object r
"Why, to work upon your sympathies,
Malvina. 1 know how tender-hearted
yoa are, and I would scorn to fake ad
vantage of your sensibility. No, you
have refused me because you cannot lore
me, and I am the last man "
"Refused you? When?"
" Why, just now. But, Malvina, no one
could have done it more delicately. Yoa
did all you could to soften the blow."
There was a convulsive shakmgef the
portly figure before him; Mrs. Whalen
was laughing.
"I dont refuse before I'm asked,"
sobbed she, hysterically. "And, James
Linton, if you think you've offered your
self to me this time, any more than you
did before, you are very much mistaken."
The Squire opened his honest, brown
ayes. . ,- - , -ti ,.
" What what did you say, Malvina T "
" You merely told me you shouldn't do
it, and didn't mean to." .
" Now, my dear "
"It was just so sixteen years ago," said
the widow, with a bashful glance down
ward. "You said you you . Well
you intimated then that Peter waa in
the way. Perhaps I might have refused
fou, James, perhaps not ; but, dear knows,
never had the chance."
" Malvina Turner I " cried Squire Lin
ton, with sadden courage; "you don't
mean to say there was the faintest possi
bility "
The widow covered her face with her
hands How, could she answer without
compromising the deceased Peter? ' ' '
"Or is how t But, possible or impossi
ble, yoa shall have the chance to receive
me thin time. I offer you my hand witn
-my whole heart in it. Say no, Maivina."
"Wnat ir 1 dont want to, James?"
murmured the widow.
"Oh, Malvina, you wouldn't trifle with
BMP, .... T
" You axnect me to saw ' No.' don't von.
James f said she, archly. " It would be
such a pityto disappoint you."
- Actually, now i cnea . James, seizing
er hand rapturously, " it does seem to
me, Malvina, as II you were giving me
some encouragement I" .
"Indeed! And it does seem to me,
James," returned toe VlSadow, frankly,
have been for some time." j
"Now, Malvina, ii yon say that Nan
the depths of your soul you make Tne the
happiest man liying."
' There, there, James, dont let's be
foolish at our time of life," said Malvina,
seLLms Tt aglow witn joy. Dont let us
be foolish! I must go now and get some
light wood; we HeecPa little Are on the
hearth.'' 1 '
All this while, JU. Means was selling
cheese, mold andTjnJ, with great satisfac
tion. And wane MaiTine, ana ? tne nap
piest man living" were chatting delight
fa8y"by the fireside. Mi. Means was (rid
t- aW ama b. k.a4..1ikt
"A flre Li tneparlor! Wen, if a
damp night for tne time o jeer sun mm
Whalen is very tbojisbtfurwf my comfort.
I declare
day; I'll
i fort) g weVt'paMjBt off another
yaell to that woman, and
make her
; sue deserves it- .
Bat the
good man's
.ears, aa
he approacnea tn
9o cfj TOTfrici
waal' aLMei!tl
"IrmbAdpoken tooaerv Barnes, I
should never have come to MalBttrgf on
"tWhatdoyanffsadear, by coming
j vina. r era cam
Yes, James, I am ashamed to cepfeas
It: but he is a wealthy man, highly re
spectable, and T was uneasy and ambi
tious, and eafMfrsJkMtMbe with Dorcas
and as foryrM' 7&asVJames, I haws
we arwWfi flattened now.; aMsWato,
"Explain yourself, mv dear:
"Whv. he -isaaii wVife who will save
,cheeaa-mold sin pork-rind, like his saint-
etroaasta acta. I prefer a husband who
rfarHOt auk m tm ArUt "
r ''Meaning mrt ThnAyefciitw fiend."
"What luck! What lac ' tnetaglB poor
tha dnnr. "I've gone ana' overreached
myself this time ! IHdn't calculate on
women bMsV9Vasjfwn I If I'd only
asked the ouestfcm 'yesterday !"
Me bid tea face, am
e tnan the lorn or a
e loss
UV " IU1 XJ TTUIHI nWM. .111,
like a
spasm of neuralgia, quite ui
"Finding fault with and
f specimen of a Woman T He
specimen 'ot a woHosaiT Hotaoentdid I
make by it, either I She was good enough
as (he was, without any of my interfer
ence. T. nererVaat tosee afwthjsr mor
atfi of pork 1 Why didn't, J get her con
sent before she boiled that good -for-noth-
Vn2 soup? But it's aJJ'oyar wtU yoa qowri
Hold On.
Hold ona ycajr tongue when you are
just ready to swear, or to speak harshly,
or use any improper wards.
Hold oh to your hand when ton are
about to strike, or do anything Wrong.
Hold on to your feet when you are on
the point of running away from study,
or pursuing; the paths of error, shame, or
crime'. Hold on. to ypur. itistfie it is
above all price, at all times and ia all
Hold on to joargood character, for it
is now. and ever wwue, your best wealth.
Hold on to your gooti name at all times,
ior it umnqtt more valuable to you than
gold, AlgVplaceSorf -'
HolAtm to-ftsw- trilU, tor it will serve
ypu well and do you good throughout
eternity. '
. Ix does not foBow "that the afcon has a
dollar because it has four quarter',
ifJiw lAod 6otm 5jdq
' '
A tooth becomes a relation when it's
The bast thing to give to the poor
A flight of stairs
" A ioss I am no more," as the girl said
when she got married.
When is a lot o' com like a corner lot?
When it's ground.
The sting of a bee carries conviction
with it. It makes a man a bee-leaver at
Is- a man's aim in this world be flood,
the chances are that he will miss Are in
the next, .
La.ro butterflies and bugs are now
worn in the hair, made of silver or gold,
a Id Nilsson. - 1 ' ! - ' n
Out of the total area of Great Britain,
80,336,000 acres, or 53 per cent, are under
Wart of credit is a blessing undisguis
ed soma times Jtpr instance, wnen a
can't even 'borrow7toretiW.'e i
On a PMhenl Sunday, the
Jones, of Surry county, North
aged 81 years, baptized, by
Harden u.
Herring, aged 88.
A sion at one of the improvised hotels
tn Springfield, Mass., reads: "Boreding
by the meel, and loging at awl hours"
A sckqlb oat in Scotland produced ten
stalks, which contained mae hnadxed
grains, or an average of ninety grains to
the stalk.
TaTERR are two directly opposite rea
sons whv some men have poor credit
one because they are hot known, and the
other because they are smewa. ; ?.
Tub editor of the Mlddletawn (Conn.)
Constitution, calling attention to an adver
tisement, says-. "See plain statement in
southeast corner of this paper."
"Mb. S withers, how can you sleep so t
The sun has been up these two houra."
" Weli, what if it has?" said Bmithers.
" He goes to bed at dark, while Tm up
till after midnight?; ., , ., ( . -
A ce stain doctor ' asked Bpiffkins
which he thought was the best waa to
die. "Surely,'7 he replied, "you might
have learned that much from your pa-
Tn MOrarw farm, in the oil regions
of Pennsylvania, is said to have been sold
for $1,000,000. The average daily yield,
during the month of August, was 1,669
Tint force of habit: We know a gentle
man who is so methodical in business
that when he pays a compliment to his
wife, he always will insist on taking a re-
tw, PnD,, t ml.t laMawMiaiaarsTirllT'
r,"-" "r rr r-ri
m Tjompany vo mus a pun. aAwmywa.
Upon wnat subject? said uaniei.
The king." answered the other. "Oh,"
aid he, -"Jkhe kJhgJSno jrubject."
Fnaaca, ttotfgh nov gfeeuy W sMa
than the State of Tessa, produces more
wneat tnan tne wnoie united states, ids
figures being Ma.OOO.OAO bushels for
France, and 240,000,000 for the United
States. rwr-
Ir it be wise to insure your property,
the loss of which would fall heavily upon
your family, it is wiser to insure your
life, the loss of which would be a blow
infinitely heavier. Insure in the Mutual
Life Insurance Company of Chicago.
Tie one end or a ropa faaToyra Daaaft,
And make a aUp-sooas as t'other axoaaae ;
Then Job t underneath let a cricket be set.
On which let tea Iowa aalaWaainluMy get; . k , j
Orer hie head let the noose then be go,
And ooder one ear be well settled the knot ;
The cricket kicked down, let him take a fair awing.
And leaT all the teat of the work to tha at Mug.
Oicuaaa says : "I have heard vast quan
tities of nonsense talked about bast men
not looking you in the face. Don't trust
that v.wmTiaJ Idea, Dishonesty Will
stare you out of countenance any day In
the week,' if there is Vnything to be got
try it.-- ti aw.j
AcAacAor in the British navy, meet-
ins- a friend as he landed at Porta
Boasted that he had left his whole ship's
company the happiest fellows in tne
world. "How so T" asked his friend.
"Why, I hayejnst flogged seventeen, and
they aw Sappy i t is over ; and aU the
TesWre haaW that thsv ksayxqsd .
Fob the benett ot young girls who are
impatient to pat on trained ski rts , tt
be stated that
tnennceas -Beatrice,
daughter of Queen Victoria, now nearly
16 years oli
naa never yet stuns. aAyaesnjr
but short
occasion of a '-drawing
when court trains are
A DoBOQoa grocer
had an un-
precedented demand for
esar for sev
eral days, bottles, mugs, tags, basins, tea
pots, and other pots, having been con
stantly coming for a supply of the acid
fluid, was tempted to try Its quality for
himself, when he discovered that
at be bad
tapped the wrong cask, a
of old Bourbon whisky
topped the wrong cask, and soioa,Aarre
Washtjigtos was the soul of punota
ality. and ruiredthdse aboom -e be
punctuaL When his prirate secretary
upon one occasion excused himself for tlie
lateness. bis PPesrafice, Oh the ground
that his watch was tfe blame, his master
quietly said, than yon mnst gwt saftear
watch, or I another secretary.
A W sai amir editor " ifaarea-es thaocca-
sion" presented by the casual descent of
one of his No. 12 brogans upon an una us
pect ing " Colorado" m the following pa.
TOT-. Qnrurti
Gone to his test :
i a waa oeft
aatex rror i
d to tha d aa 1 1
A i
a letter in Mem -
.phis the other
other day,
returned !
ft up and
the owner, say -
You have dropped a paper, sir ; it
. paper, sir ; it
be gentleman
be valuable." Tl
ed him, looked at the wandering
. snd replied : - valuable I noa
at .11 ifa only a love-letter." nentimenvai
young ladies can make a note of this
Pkof. Cocxjsb, of Michigan Univer
sity, an.EngllBhnmn Wnrnar, fPe
b, the "old country.
the story that one well-informed person
demonstrated to him the impoaaibility of
America's becoming a. great nation,
because she had no teal,. lsatorj ex
pressed s ooaunendabfc degree , of sur
p rise when she learned that when we kad
scooped afl the coal out of some of our
districts, their ltttia Wend coujd be drop
ped clear out of sight in the hoiev T
A UuBuqua (lews) to water has en
graved tha Lard's BfW npop the in
verse side of a gold dollar. The Amari
oar. TniOt 0OlV ought VO SBUtaOf hid k)
7 I
turn out more of these jobs, for it is
the only way in which the Lord's pray-
saw rtan Wss Wrwifiht t-v t Van .Asl.e P - -
A DuBoqtmh, who had bees studying
perpetual motion ever since l6Cygot mar
ried a few days ago, and on a subsequent
eweaang rusaea into tne awning ltunatfo
ana tola uenerai 'iTumwill that we
had "discovered it j come right along and
IH show it to you I" The General Went
with him straightway, and oa rearming
the discoverer's home she men pointed to
his wife, and said, "There it Win her .
mouth. It's her tongue I"
"Why, Mary.mydearhowUit that I
find you sitting here so comfortably- with I
your husband ? Yoa told me this morn
ing that you had quarreled, and he had
gpne for a sailor." "I, tuber? I sold
you nouungoi one aina. -un, nonsense!
younotmngoi me aina.
I am sure yon said you hi
together." "Tea, tether,
He asked me what time it
naa some worn "
father, sad so We had.
what time it was I said I
did not know ; and so he left the house.
ing e vxu going to see. That was all I
The editor of the Willtmanry(Oona.)
Jottrma hastseaslysd the foUowing epistle
Tor advocating town assistance to Hie Air
, IT 1 . .
Line railroad . "Windham, OoSEL, Sept.
1. leYW.-EdaoT: . I -want, an .naner
siopped J. can't stand it to have -yon tell
ing me nnay-jto-ana asy arapnay,kor I
won't When yoa told fokes to vote yes
you over steped youf orthorty. As a pwb-
lick jonrnarsrt l sold your no ,
vercate what yep do. Napo
is a grate man ana i say
yureaxoW-i Saopmi paper rjl never pay
a nother scent Yours, eta"
"A Subosoh" writes- "The greatest
lite, was, perhaps, fee tyihgof'rthe alroSf
artervln the -cite of wowmded arjkUar.
bleeding to death on the, hideous day of
Sedanby asurgeon amldstahurriane i
tear surgeon. The soldier has recovered, :
snstcnad frtrm fie'jBWS bf deatk. The
Aaa&an-was helped by anJriah surgeon.
This Is one .of the most dliperste opera-
tions In swgeryv 4M4
. menu-
mtoute precision of a w
lag a Geneva watcV;i
Irish, friends did
flinch, though the hospital itself
smashed by oanSOn balls !
not .
The Midnight Sun.
f "
A LaTrti dated at Bsmmerfeat. Kor
way, July 18, is published in Ike S'laassai
tr. irne water, waD WKST. : jur. yamei
VsTavwwaK mm mm
"Sis midnight Df my watch, lajljilgjsti i
by the watches or my
ions, midnight by the shii
midnight by our reeteMUisp of tame on
ousassp s voyage, and yet the sun is shin
ing aiTceuy in tne norm, ran-ornea mm
as full of light as wMa'wJnrXaV aa hmmfff.
g in a clear sky la America. 1 loos
down a beasaSal fiord, between two walls
ana tn the utmost limit of the view is the
great orb of day pourin a fssnt latmsAsa
fight upon the water,, Wad ling Uu fieeing
clouds above him with all tg hlfca laHM
rainbow, crowning the dark ridges ff Jka
wntnlne with rosy Unbi, aaa
coverin g the wote fens of land
and sea with a calm, sacred, awful
beauty, such as I have rreyer-1 shell
in any ofater ssmmi Of tAe earth, it seems
as if I had climbed so hi
of the round world taunt
sign up tne naga
a I could see ever
into the secret chambers where the king
of day retires to hlateolden rest. ,tfeeieT-
naost atrsM to look at the awful mooarch
why e he ia putting on his robes OTbrtfaaV
nesTand piupairaf-to go fVarak saadse
upon the subject world. It seems as if I
had intruded with rude and hnesjrtfeastt
earsmltyinsaaae ssastsfgdsii of thkmg
of light, and that ha might punish the in
trusion by smiting ; nee sritk hWHdaSfe
cver eoaid .strangri sight of the mid
night sun be seen to greater advafiaafie.
The atrip entered this bnssirlfel fiavd last
tionr befoWrng 'tile 'two aigS wafoh
one seen are never to be foxgotten-AS
sun at midnight, and the sun dlrectryin
the north. ,T"'('r iririniuita
'meteaya of Hamrnarwist is the most
northerly town in aD the world. 1 have
TjeewatattMMBatsSs thai sftexaoon, and
.xecepUoii,tltlf jaakv atJV
HKaUIU. laUOOU. Ml W1AC WAV llVlst
Thrrmdjem, Ms besa meat wonderfsl in
and beauty. The steamer does
fietoftord eaa'n bat passesfrom
always brining1 wUtinyfew of lok!
hea3s, and g. peaks, ansa cmtet
and greaa haaks .andmeadows, and sil-
cascadea leaping aown tne sausaiiaiii
isyisaw n-mfummmm,
saanslsd, chaniring and muiup
endless variety and tt
dleas variety sua snooaesion.
if Lake WraJatoisec-ee sad Javkes Oeprge
and a stesaier shsiaiifteks as .through
tbean alL. The Lcfodon are' (
beautiful beyond au defcrtpOon'
The Midnight Sun. Them Good Old Daze.
How I leM (once is a while) for
. old daze.
thar was SVe for SO
cents than thar is p,ow te 7 dollars and a
ess dase when a man married 145 lbs
of woman, and less than 0 lbs. (swl told)
daherekasnn conri rted bn what
Jid well. ' ' ci'J i. U id
Them dase when deacons were aa aus
tere as hoss radish, ana aulnlsters
preached to men's souls instead of their
Them dace whan potytVss wss the ex
oeption and honesty the roole.
Them dase wnen lap dorgs wurn't
known, sad when brown bread and baked
goose mads a good dinner. ' t"
Them dase when s seen awho wasn't
btxiy was watched, and when women
spun yarn to make stockings.
How I do long-tor the -seed old dase
when now and then a gal baby wis called
araa.ssj ana a imij wassi i wmnu ne waa
attssvCl m mrXTytt0mt ft ajLfafa. ?aJ
And ye who have the Tethers and fuss
of life, w ho have eodfishof weelw without
aeaes aader un nose, earn heneetk this
tree and Tnmm ah aalsHrr matmu ior tne
toots ana wimm
Josh Billings

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