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NO MISREPRESENTATION, and GOODS ' ! SOLD AT A SMALL ADVANCE OVER FIRST COST. Give Us a Call, Ask for What You Want, and if We Haven’t it in Stock We Will Procure it for You. HIMLER BROS., nov2B’Bs Westminster, Md. Annual statement OK i Receipts and Disbursements on Account of the Public Schools of Carroll County , for \ the Fiscal Year Ended September 30, ISSd. RECEIPTS. i Cash on hand Sept. 30, 1884 §578.90 j State Schooi Tax 13,614.20 i State Free School Fund 2,326.31 ) County School Tax 21,000.00 | Book-Fees 5,433.72 1 Sale of Books and other property.. 110.35 State Appropriation to Colored Schools 1,107.52 | Notesdiscounted in bank(borrowed) 5,500.00 I Repayment of overdraft to teacher (Fall Term, 1883) 20.00 §49,057.00 DISBURSEMENTS. Teachers’ Salaries (white) $29,285.63 Fuel 2,291.47 Incidental Expenses of Schools 743.80 j Rent 98.25 I Books and Stationery 4,780.91 ! Building New Schoolhouses 2,588.00 Repairing Schoolhouses 1,310.95 Furniture, Stoves, Ac 067.84 Interest 417.75 Salary of Examiner and Assistant.. 1,400.00 Per Diem of Commissioners 500.00 Counsel Fees 50.00 | Printing and Advertising 101.25 Insurance 10.50 State Teachers’ Association 10.00 Donation to School Library 10.00 Paid to Colored Schools 1,503.52 Office Expenses Boxes, Freight, Hauling, Ac 115.95 Repayment of Borrowed Money.... 3,500.00 Cash in Treasury 129.20 $49,657.06 JAMES A. DIFFENBAUGH, n0v28,3t Secretary and Treasurer. JPORD’S BAZAR, 51 West Baltimore Street, .) Doors East of Gay, BALTIMORE, MD. The greatest variety of FANC\ GOODS for Wedding Presents, Birthday Gifts, Ac. Also, useful and ornamental Household I Goods of nearly every description. FINE ( SILVERWARE of every description, from the best manufacturers, triple and quadruple plated, all the latest patterns; Castors, Ac. j Protograph and Autograph Albums, Writing Desks, Work Boxes, Jewel Cases, Picture i Frames, Artificial Flowers, JEWELRY | Solid Gold and Rolled Plate Jewelry, Fine American Watches, Clocks, English and ! American Table Cutlery, Glass Shades, fine : Vases, Toilet Sets, MUSIC BOXES from 75c | to §IOO, Butter Dishes, Spoons, Knives and i Forks, LAMPS, Hanging Lamps, Brackets, i Bird Cages, Umbrellas, Glassware, Opera I Glasses, DOLLS, Statues and Ornaments, Games, Satchels, Bags, &c. I Gent’s Fine Leather and Ladies’ Hand j Satchels, all styles and sizes; BASKETS, TOYS, TINWARE, | And thousands of other articles too numerous |to mention. Everything in HOUSEHOLD ORNAMENTS at the lowest prices. jgsirDon't fail to give us a call. It will j pay you to examine our goods and prices be -1 fore purchasing. The most extensive line of I HOLIDAY GOODS in Baltimore. Special ; low rates. nov2ltd3lß6 JJOLAND HOG CHOLERA POWDERS, PREPARED BY F. H. Bankard, Veterinary Surgeon, AND SOLD BY Joseph B. Boyle, Druggist, Westmin ster, Maryland. These Powders are not recommended for i all diseases, or any disease except Hog Chol ! era. They not only effect a CUBE, but are | a PREVENTIVE when given to swine iu j infected neighborhoods. Experience has proved their efficacy. Try them and save j your hogs. octl7:tf TO CREDITORS. I This is to give notice that the subscriber I has obtained from the Orphans’ Court of Carroll county, in Maryland, letters of admin istration on the Personal Estate nt JOHN BLAXSTEN, late of Carroll county, deceased. All per sons having claims against the deceased are hereby warned to exhibit the same, with the vouchers thereof legally authenticated, to the subscriber, on or before the 21st day of June, 1886; they may otherwise by law be excluded from all benefit of said estate. Given under my hand this 16th day of November, 1886. MARGARET BLAXSTEN, nov2l:4t Administratrix. OTICE. Having associated with me in the Lumber and Coal business my son, M. JOHN LYNCH, the business will, after the Ist day of March, be conducted under the firm name of E. Lynch & Son. EDWARD LYNCH. We take pleasure in announcing to the pub lic that we shall continue to keep on hand and furnish all kinds of Building Lumber and Coal, at the Old Yards in Westminster, Md., and hope, that by strict attention to business and with a desire to please, we shall continue to have our share of the trade. feb2B,lßßstf E. LYNCH A SON. J H. MEDAIRY & CO., PRINTERS, BOOKSELLERS AND STATIONERS, No. 6 North Howard Street. Opposite the Howard House, BALTIMORE. J&'Blank Books Made to Order in any style. poy 26 1882 ly WESTMINSTER, MD., SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1885. GOD NEWS FOR ALL. If you want to save money and get good goods Go to M. C. STRASBURGER’S, Where you will find a full assortment, con sisting of Groceries of all kinds, a full line of Boots and Shoes, Queensware and Glassware, a full stock of Confectionery, free from all adulteration, such as Glucose, Terralba, or Grape Sugar; Fruits and Nuts of all | kinds, Limburger and N. Y. Cream Cheese. Try the old style Sugar House Molasses at 1 50 c. a gallon; Good Colfee at 10c. a pound: Good Raisins at Bc. a pound; the best Coffee ] Essence 25c. a dozen; Sugars at cost. LIQUORS OF ALL KINDS. Come and see OUR PI VE-CENT COUNTER, The largest pieces of goods of any house in the county for the money. Many other houses j sell the same goods for 10 cents. We do not keep trash to undersell compet itors, but always KEEP THE BEST GOODS, And defy competition in prices. Give us a j call before purchasing and we will convince you. M. C. STRASBURGER, deco Westminster, Md. CLOTHING, Clothing, Clothing, Gum Boots, Gum Boots, Gum Boots, Leather Boots, Leather Boots, Leather Boots, Leather Shoes, Leather Shoes, Hats, Hats, Hats, Hats, Trunks, Trunks, Trunks; endless stock; prices greatly reduced; must sell our stock, as we are overstocked in this department. Call at once for the Bargains, deco GEO. W. ALBAUGH. JELLING OFF AT COST. j ALL MY STOCK OF 1)1)1) KKR Y Y GGG GO DO DUD s SS„ DDIt HY Y GGOOOODDg 0 1) I) KKK YY G 000 O D D °SSa D 1) It K Y GGOOOODD~q DDD K R Y G.GG -GO GO DDD ’ SfU NOTIONS, &c. Will sell the entire stock at cost to close out. IF YOU WANT A BARGAIN COME AT ONCE, As 1 will positively close out in thirty days. My Stock is entirely new and well selected, and must be closed out by January Ist, 1886. It will pay all per sons needing anything to call at once and get their choice of one or tiik BEST SELECTED STOCKS IN TOWN. MILTON SENFT, DRY GOODS, NOTIONS, &c., decs Westminster, Md. LADIES’ COATS in endless varieties; over 800 sold already; prices reduced on all higher priced garments rather than carry them over. Dolmans, New Markets, Russian Circulars, Child's Coats, Boys’ Overcoats, deco GEO. W. ALBAUGH. WANTED FOR Hon. S. S. Cox’s Great National Work “THREE DECADES OF FEDERAL LEGISLATION.” A History of Our Oicn Country and Our Own Times. The most popular and best selling book now offered agents. Strongly commended by the press without regard to political proclivities. President Cleveland says, “I conscientiously commend it to my fellow-citizens.” Hon. James G. Blaine says, “It is written in clear and graphic style and extremely entertaining.” Ex-President Hayes says, “It will be valuable and trustworthy in matter—scholarly and en tertaining in style.” Vice-President Hen dricks says, “It will be a valuable addition to our history.” Speaker Carlisle says, “1 would commend this work to the people of the United States.” Hon. Abram S. Hewitt says, “Interesting as a romance.” Hundreds | of agents are meeting with great success— making from SIOO to S4OO per month. Agents without former experience are doing grandly j with it, while experienced canvassers find it j a “ perfect bonanza." We want an agent in every township in the United States not now ; occupied. Previous experience, while desir | able, not absolutely required, as we give all ! necessary instructions for success. Books now ready for delivery. If unemployed or you desire to better your condition, write us for I terms to agents. Address J. M. STODDART k CO., | decs:Bt 022 F St., Washington, D. C. OUR SILK HANDKERCHIEFS,ToweIs, Napkins, Linen Doylies, Piano Covers, Table Covers, Organ Covers, Linen Hand kerchiefs at bargains. dees GEO. W. ALBAUGH. In the Circuit Court for Carroll county. George Warehime and wife, John Warehime and wife, and others, vs. John Downey and wife, Thomas Armacost and wife, and others. Ordered this 30th day of November, A. D. 1885, that the account of the auditor, filed in this cause, be finally ratified and confirmed, unless cause to the contrary thereof be shown on or before the 20th day of December, next; provided a copy of this order be inserted for two successive weeks, before the last named day, in some newspaper published in Carroll county. GEO. A. MILLER, Clerk. True Copy,—Test; decs:2t Geo. A. M idler, Clerk. In the Circuit Court for Carroll County. William Leese vs. Rachel Frock, widow, and others. Ordered this 30th day of November, A. D. 1885, that the account of the auditor, filed in this cause, be finally ratified and confirmed, unless cause to the contrary thereof be shown on or before the 21st day of December, next; provided a copy of this order be inserted for two successive weeks, before the last named day, in some newspaper published in Carroll county. GEO. A. MILLER, Clerk. True Copy,—Test: decs:2t Geo. A. Miller, Clerk. OIL CLOTH 25c., Mattings 10c., Rag Carpets 20c., Brussels Carpets 50c. decs GEO. W. ALBAUGH. floetol. DECEMBER. From the Buffalo Courier. Down drop the painted leaves; The world lies stripped and wounded, cold and hare; Piled are the golden sheaves, And passed is every object sweet and lair. Now faded are the flowers And grass ou sloping hills and tranquil dales, And songless are the bowers Where the lovers came and breathed their secret tales. The fruits are ripe and gone; The fields have lost their wealth and vernal cheer; The stars throw smiles upon The full-armed gleaners of the harvest year. Winds come with chilling breath; Rains fall, and brooks from woods begin to rise; Glooms All the realm of death, And birds take flight for warmth of southern skies. There’s nothing bright nor fair, Save fields of wheat that wear their cloaks of green; There’s nothing in the air But chill, where rays of gold and love have been. The seed of change was sown. Thro' months, by viewless hands, in field and to wn. And autumn, near his throne. Lets fall his crowded horn and brazen crown. The fire burns on the hearth. Where tempting fruit and charming books abound; Love opens springs of mirth. Where radiant hopes and bubbling joys are found. The skies hang cold and gray, Among the hills the winds begin to blow ; Herds strike their homeward way; And earth grows white and strange with flying snow. Jetlccl Jstorii. PROMISE AT RANDOM. In a small but thriving village in New York State lives a man by the name of Albert Brown. At the age of four and twenty he took to himself a wife, and in three years he opened a shop on his own account. He was a tin-worker by trade, and his work gave the utmost satisfaction. He had bought out the shop and interest of a man who had moved away, so he had a run of business already on his hands. For a while all went on well; he had as much as he wished to do; his patrons were I prompt in their payments, and his pros pects were bright. His dwelling joined his | shop, so that he was always convenient to his place of business. But at length there began to be murmurings among his cus tomers. “Albert,” said his wife one evening as he came in from the post-office, “Mr Cum mings has been here after the funnel you promised to make for him.” “Ah, has he?” returned the young man, looking up from the paper he had just opened. “Yes, and he seemed quite anxious about it, for tlie weather is cold, and his family are unable to use their sitting-room just for want of that funnel.” “Well, I must make it to-morrow.” “But you know you have promised to have Mr. Moore's cooking-stove ready to morrow, and you have also the funnel to make for that, beside a boiler and a tea- i kettle.” “Yes, I know; but Moore’ll have to'wait. I must make that funnel for Cummings.” j For some time Alice Brown sat in si- | lence. Her face revealed a troubled mind, I and her hand moved tremulously over the j silken hair of her infant. “Albert,” she said at length, “you will pardon me, I know, for what I am now ) going to say”—she trembled as she spoke, ; for she was not used to reprimanding her i husband, and severity of language was ! something she could not use, unless indeed, j it may have been once in a while to her little son, who often tried her patience. “Go ahead, Alice,” returned the young man, with a faint smile. “I must speak, Albert, for I am sure j you do not realize how you are injuring yourself. You do not realize, I fear, how often you disappoint your customers. Now, j I heard Mr. Cummings say he had better j have sent to the city at once, and then he should have got his funnel in some kind of j season.” “Then why don’t he send ? I never ! asked him for his custom,” “Ah, Albert, you do not mean what you j say. You have asked for his custom. You have asked for the custom of all the people in town; and not only so, but in your ad- ; vertisement you promise to do your work with promptness and dispatch. Now listen to me calmly, for surely I am anxious only for your good. You have often promised people certain things at a given time, and you know how often you have disappointed them. Now why is it not just as easy to have your promises and performances agree, as to have them so often at fault ? When Mr. Cummings came for his funnel, why could you not have made up your mind just when you could do the work, and then do it at all hazards ? Of course, sickness is always a reasonable excuse.” “But you do not understand these things, Alice,” said the husband, in an explanatory manner. “When I have so much work on my hands, it is impossible always to tell just when such and such things can be done. Ido them all as soon as I can,” “And yet, Albert, you disappoint your customers. Now just reflect a moment. You do alfc the work you have, but the trouble is you do not do it at the time pro mised. Now, for instance, when Cum mings came for his funnel he asked you if you could not have it by the next day at noon. Instead of carefully considering what you had on your hands, and answer ing him accordingly, you simply wished to please hitn for the time being, and told him he should have it by night. This evening he called again, and again was he disap pointed. His wife is now fretting, and he is angry; and he has good cause for it. And now look at to-morrow; if you make his funnel to-morrow, you must disappoint Mr. Moore, for his is an all day’s job, most surely; and you know how particular he is.” “Oh, I know what you mean, Alice, but I should like to have you take hold and try. You’d find talking and doing two different things, I’m thinking.” “Perhaps I should, Albert; but yet I’d make them both agree in the end. When I had promised Mr. Cummings his funnel I would have done it. Last night I would have called to mind all the work I had on hand, and if I had been sure that I could turn it off as promised without working in the evening, I would have spent the eve ning in the house; but had it appeared otherwise, I would have worked till mid night if need be. Ere I would break a business promise I would work all night while my health and strength lasted. But there would be no need of this. Keep a book, and in it put all your work engaged, with the time at which it is promised, and then go at it. If a man wants such a thing at a given time, just refer to the work on hand, and if you find you can reach it without disappointing others, then promise him, but if you cannot do so, then tell him so plainly, and also when you can do it. Be sure no sensible man will find fault with this. Let people see that you will be prompt and reliable, and you need not fear of losing custom; but if things go on in this way much longer, you must lose money; . it cannot be otherwise.” Albert Brown tried to laugh, but it was rather a ghastly performance. His wife had spoken the truth, and he knew it, but he made no promises, for he did not feel exactly like owning up to the error. Mr. Cummings was a good customer, and on the next morning Brown made his funnel. It took him until after ten o’clock to do it, and then he went to work upon the things for Mr. Moore. After dinner Cummings came in and got his funnel, but t he was not so thankful to find it done as Albert hoped he would be. Just at dusk, Mr. Moore came in. He had a heavy wagon with him, for the pur pose of taking his stove away; but the boil er and tea-kettle were not done. “I declare,” said Brown, “I haven’t got your job done yet.” “But how’s that? You promised me ’ that I should have them to-night without fail.” ; “I know —but I had a funnel to make for Cummings, and it put me back.” “But you should not have engaged other work until mine was done.” ' “Oh, I had engaged this before yours.” “Then you might have calculated upon that, and not promised me as you did. Had you set to-morrow night as the time for me, I should not have left my work at a busy | period, and ridden seven miles away from I home for nothing.” “I am sorry, Mr. Moore, but really I I could not help it.” “Perhaps you could not,” said Moore, with a dubious shake of the head; “but you remember you bothered me in the same way last spring about my milk pans. I came twice for those before I got them.” Poor Albert felt ashamed, and he stam mered out an apology. “Now, I’ll tell you the truth,” resumed Moore, rather severely. “I am just now very busy, and have several hands engaged to work for me, so I cannot leave them again. If you will finish these things and send them up to me to-morrow, I should like it, otherwise I shall not want them.” Brown promised to send them up, and Mr. Moore took his leave. But the young tinman was not cured of his fault. Things went on as before, and Mrs. Brown was obliged to hear much complaint. The winter passed away, and in the spring j another tin shop was opened in the village. A young man named Ames came to the place and sought the patronage of the in i habitants. Within a month after this, Albert Brown found himself almost with out a customer. To be sure he could make up any quantity of tinware for peddlers, but this was not to his taste. The most i profitable branch of his business was gone, ■ for all his old customers now flocked to Ames’, where their orders were promptly i answered. “I declare, it is too bad,” said Albert to his wife, as they rose from the supper table. “It is too bad, Albert; you ought not to complain of your old customers.” ‘T don’t —but why should Ames come here?” “He was asked to come back here, Al bert. You know the people had become tired of waiting your motions. And there I is Mansfied, the tailor; he is also obliged i to go without customers.” “I noticed that Mansfield’s shop was closed as I came by,” said Albert, thought i fully. “Then he’s had to quit.” resumed the I wife. “I heard some time ago that the i people would not put up with his negli ! genee much longer. He is a good tailor, but no one could depend upon him.” ! For some moments Albert sat in silence I and gazed into the fire. At length, while I a sad expression rested on his countenance, he said : “Alice, I cannot deny that I have lost all through my own fault. I remember what you have often said to me, and how you have warned me of this; and I know | that all of this could have been avoided I had 1 but listened to you. But it’s too ! late now.” “No, no, Albert! not too late,” uttered | Alice, moving to her husband’s side and 1 putting her arms about his neck; “you can yet work on.” “But not here. We must give up this snug little house and move to some strange j place.” “Well, ’twere better so, than to live | without business here.” “And could you be contented to give up | this pretty house, Alice ?” “1 shall be contented wherever your own good calls you, my husband.” Albert Brown kissed his wife, and short ly afterward he went out. As he passed down the street he saw a light in the shop which Mr. Ames occupied, and he went in. A friendly greeting ensued, and after some common-place conversation Brown asked Ames how he prospered. “Oh, very well,” replied Ames. “I am doing very well; yet I can do better. My brother has sent me an offer to come to L , and go into business with him. I was intending to call on you to-morrow and see if I could not make a trade with you. If I can sell out my heavy stock without loss I shall move, for my brother needs me, and the place will be far better for me than this. What say you now ? If you will buy my stoves and manufactured ware at wholesale prices, you can have them and I am off.” “How much will they come to?” asked Albert, anxiously. “The whole that I must sell will come to about S3O0 —not over that.” “I will give you an answer to-morrow noon,” Albert returned. This was satisfactory, and after some further conversation, the latter left and re turned home. He told his wife how the case stood, and she advised him to make the purchase. “We can raise the money,” she said, “and I suppose everything he has will sell.” On the next day Mr. Brown accepted Ames’ offer, and as soon as a list of the goods was made out he paid the money over, and ere long he had the field once more to himself. He issued a new adver tisement, and, after enumerating the arti cles he had for sale, he added these signi ficant words: “Try me.” And now Albert Brown commenced anew. He took a book and set down eve ry order as it came in, and noted the time set for its completion. He now made no promises without referring to his book, and the consequence was that he never failed to meet his engagements, and yet how sim ple it was. Ay, and how much easier than the old method. How smoothly all went now. His work was more than before in quantity, and yet be completed it more easily than before. The result was soon apparent. Custom ers flocked in upon him; his old friends returned, and within a year he was the most thriving mechanic in town. People from adjoining places heard of his prompt ness and faithfulness, and they came to employ him. Surely he never regretted the short sojourn of the other tinman in the village, nor did he ever fail to bless his wife, as each returning season found his coffers gradually but surely growing full. And so it must always be in all the de partments of business life. Try it, ye who need, and see. " fotlrg, . The Wonderful Crystal Wedding. t “’Tis time for our crystal wedding,” 1 Said Mr. Frost to his wife, With a sudden sharp expression, That cut like a two-edged knife. ’ “The North Wind must he invited 3 To bring his friend from the East, I And none of our friends must be slighted, 1 Or fail to appear at the feast.” r So then they began to make ready ; With speed regardless of cost, j For the beautiful crystal wedding Of Mr. and Mrs. Frost. The North and East Wind called for Miss Snow and old Mr. Sleet, And ail of that party together Were sure to have things complete. In honor of the occasion, 1 The house with fringe they drape, Rich beads and bugles of crystal Suspended in every shape, While all the poles and the chimneys Were dressed in transparent suits; And the trees were overloaded With loveliest glaced fruits. The Telegraphs were invited So out of town couldn't go, And the Telephones failed to answer When any one cried “Hello!” The magnates were not forgotten, Who stand in serene repose, And Franklin made his appearance, With an icicle on his nose. There were acres on acres of icing, And wonderful rivers and lakes; Most beautiful caves and grottoes, And delicate frosted cakes; While cobweb curtains suspended Above the scene, in mid air. Lent a charm to the crystal wedding, That proved such a grand affair. Decanters and tumblers, engraven With initials of old Jack Frost, Were scattered about in profusion— No telling just what they cost; And I couldn't begin to number How many from out of town Came to this crystal wedding, And at the banquet sat down. Old Sol got wind of the matter . Just as he was going to bed, And out from between the curtains He suddenly popped his head And smiled, as with glowing fingers He took Jack Frost by the ears, And loosened the pearls and diamonds That straightway dissolved in tears. Soon faded the lovely picture, The limpid and sparkling sheen, That seemed to our raptured vision Like unto a fairy scene; And some will remember the beauty. And some will remember the cost Of the wonderful crystal wedding Of Mr. and Mrs. Frost. <®ur ®lio. ’ Origin of Pamilliar Words, Phrases and Expressions. The Order of the Garter: “Honi so IT QITE mal y pense.”— Evil to him who evil thinks.”—Tradition has it that Edward 111, gave a grand ball, at which the beautiful Countess of Salisbury acci dently dropped one of her garters. Seeing | her dismay, and observing the smiles on the faces of some of the guests, the king took up the garter and said, “Honi soil,” etc. Then binding the ribbon to his knee | he said, “I will cause it to come about that the proudest noble in the land will deem it the greatest honor to wear this band.” So he established the Order of the Garter.” A Roland for an Oliver. —Roland and Oliver were two distinguished follow- j ers of Charlemange, and performed exploits | so daring yet similar that they were con- ' stantly confounded. Finally they contested I in arms, single handed, for five consecutive i days, on an island in the Rhine, but so I equal were they that neither gained the advantage. So we use the expression, “He I gave him a Roland for his Oliver.” The Pawnbroker’s Three Golden : Balls. —The Medici family had for their coat of arms three gilded pills, in token of ! their profession of medicine. They were rich merchants of a Florentine family who j lent money. The Lombards, who first lent money in England, brought the Medici i motto—though changed to three golden j balls—with them. A Blue Stocking.—A literary woman, j About the beginning of the fifteenth cen- | tury a society of literary ladies and gentle- } men was formed in’ Venice, who were char acterized by the color of their stockings. Two centuries later the Parisian female, Savaulis, introduced the fashion. It spread to England, but died out about 1840. To Catch a Tartar —to be outdone. In a battle against the Turks, an Irish soldier shouted to his commanding officer that he had caught a Tartar. “Bring him along, then,” said the general. “But he won’t come” said the Irishman. “Then come yourself.” “Arrah, an’ so I would, but he won’t let me,” answered Paddy. I’ll Cook your Goose for You.— Eric, King of Sweden, on one occasion ap- i pearing before a town with a small army, i the enemy derisively hung out a goose from ! the walls for him to shoot. Finding Eric ■ was not to be baffled, the enemy asked him his intentions, when the king replied, “To cook your goose for you.” I do not Pin my Faith on your Sleeve. —In feudal times each vassal wore his lord’s badge pinned on his sleeve. After a time it became customary in the lords to often change the device of the badge; hence: “You wear the badge, bull do not pin my faith on your sleeve." The Barber’s Pole. —In early times barbers performed the office of surgeons. His sign pole was surmounted by a basin for catching the blood in venesection, and was also painted with red and white spiral stripes, emblematic of the two banda ges used by them in blood-letting. Not to know B from Bull’s Foot. — The letter B somewhat resembles the bull’s parted hoof, and anyone but a fool is sup posed to know the difference. Education of Girls. I can only hope that with the new and freer ideas now coming up some of the good old ways may also be restored. Respect shown to the aged, modesty, simple dress, home-keeping, daughters learning from good mothers their domestic arts, are so much better than the too early frivolity and freedom so many girls now enjoy. The little daughter sent me by my dying sister has given me a renewed interest in the ed ucation of girls, and a fresh anxiety con cerning the kind of society they are to enter by and by. Health comes first, and early knowledge of truth, obedience and self-control; then such necessary lessons as all must learn, and later such accomplishments as taste and talent lead her to desire—a profession or trade to fall back upon in time of need, that she may not be dependent or too proud to work for her board. Experience is the best teacher, and with good health, good prin ciples and a good education, any girl can make her own way and be the graver and better for the exertion and discipline.— Louisa M. Alcott. We should give as we receive, cheerfully, quickly and without hesitation, for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers. The Winter Evening Fireside. From Maryland Farmer far December. “With his ice, and snow, and rime, Let bleak winter sternly come! There's not a sunnier clime. Than the love-lit winter home.” So sang A. A. Watts, an English bard, and so sing we. December, as it heralds in the winter, so it brings to the farmer in our semi-Northcrn clime cessation from the busy duties of cropping and harvesting, and puts him more within doors, to enjoy for a time more of the amenities of domes tic life, and the silent, though inspiring companionship of books, than has been his privilege to share for many months past. All seasons bring their compensations, and to the refined and educated farmer—for there are many such —winter is not unwel come. Although it is a time when flocks and herds must receive careful daily atten tion, a time too when the fruits of the sum mer’s labors are being rapidly consumed, and little or no work a doing, yet ever mindful of the golden promise that links the years together in one unbroken round —“While the earth remaineth, seed time and harvest, etc., shall not cease,” —the prosperous farmer, with his bins and barns stored with needful provender, and every thing snug and cosy about him, can look from his chamber window out upon the snows and rains without dread, and fear lessly sing, “Let the storm come down.” December is a time for general rejoicing and social visiting throughout farmland. Preparations are making for the Christmas holidays. The wood-house is filled with the best of fuel, dry and well-seasoned. The wood pile is heaped high with the oak and hickory logs and split wood. The va cant sheds and stalls are stored with forest leaves for winter bedding. The poultry houses arc mended and chinked to keep out the weasel and other “varmints.” And the home dwelling and surroundings receive thorough renovation. Loads of evergreen find their way into parlor, sitting room, and chamber. The geese and turkeys are i fed to repletion, preparatory to the “grand slaughter of the innocents.” Parties of ! pleasure begin to be talked of, and the in vitations sent out, and everything gives i token that peace and plenty, like guardian angels, brood over the land. Such is a faint picture of the rural life i in December. But the brightest hour in ! j the farmer’s calender falls on the winter | evening, when he shuts himself within ; doors, and, as Cowper sings; I “Wheels the sofa round, | And while the bubbling and loud-hissing urn | Throws up a steamy column, and the cups j Which cheer but not inebriate, wait on each, ! Thus welcomes peaceful evening in.” With his books before him—the old-time standard poets, like Thomson, Goldsmith, , Cowper, Young, Homans, Campbell, and a few others that sing of the seasons’ chang ing moods—for few of our modern poets do—he lolls back in his easy chair to re freshen his memories of the past and bright en up his imagination. Or it may be his tory, or literature, or the more abstruse contemplation of science engages his atten- i tion. Or does he turn to music and song, and play with the little ones ? Ah, thrice ! happy the man who has such treasures, | and thrice wise he who can find time to j join in their plays, sports, tableaux, and I | charades. Buch is the winter fireside as it may be j and often is in our rural homes. It is de lightful to picture it thus. It is an in spiring topic. As Howittsays: “All our ideas of comfort, of domestic affection, of social and literary enjoyment, are combined in the picture they draw of the winter fire side.” A Still Tongue. An old, experienced Wall Street banker 1 remarked in course of conversation with a reporter on one of our exchanges, a few days ago, that “a still tongue was often a fortune.” The idea he wished to convey was that men who talked too much expose the secrets of their business. A silent man is generally the safest adviser; he i thinks before he speaks, and weighs well his words. Some men are as ready with their opinions as a hungry man for dinner; all that is required is the opportunity to air them. Ot hers are so voluable they tell all they know about their own business, and their neighbors’ as well. Generally, you can take the measure of an inveterate talker, as it’s wind and froth. On the other hand, the man who holds his tongue is not easily fathomed. “Still water runs deep,” with but little noise and friction, while the shallows foam and fret with constant tumult. As a rule, the silent man is methodical, painstaking, careful. He weighs his words and pounds accurately. In business he makes no fuss or parade; he transacts it, however, with diligence and prudence. Brag and vanity are twins; together they were born and together they will die. Conceit and boasting are poor elements in trade; airs put on as soon as a little money is made usually have a chill. Boast ing of big profits and a speedy fortune to every listener shows a lack of good sense and sound judgment. Men have been hung on their own testimony, and mer chants have failed from too much tongue. Why should the secrets of the store or counting room be proclaimed on the street corner? A merchant’s knowledge of his business is the safest in his own breast. If he is making money, the fact will disclose itself soon enough, In a solid, substantial way. If you must have a confidant, let it be your wife. She is entitled to it, and is your helpmate. The White Ant. One may never see the insect, possibly, in the flesh, for it lives underground, but its ravages confront one at every turn. You build your house, perhaps, and for a few months fancy you have pitched upon the one solitary site in the country where there are no white anfs. But one day sud denly the door-post totters, and lintels and rafters come down together with a crash. You look at a section of the wrecked tim bers, and discover that the whole inside is eaten clean away. The apparently solid logs of which the rest of the house is built are now mere cylinders of bark, and through the thickest of them you could push your little finger. Furniture, tables, chairs cheats of drawers, everything made of wood is inevitably attacked, and in a single night a strong trunk is often riddled through and through, and turned into matchwood. There is no limitj in fact, to the depreda tions by these insects, and they will eat book, or leather, or cloth, or anything, and in many parts of Africa I believe if a man lay down to sleep with a wooden leg it would be a heap of sawdust in the morning. So much feared is this insect now, that no one in certain parts of India and Africa ever attempts to travel with such a thing as a wooden trunk. On the Tanganyika plateau I have camped on ground which was as hard as adamant, and as innocent of white ants apparently as the pavement of St. Paul’s, and wakened next morning to find a stout wooden box almost gnawed to pieces. Leather portmanteaus share the same fate, and the only substances which seem to defy the marauders are iron and tin.— Good Words. If you trust before you try, you may re pent before you die. L. XXI.-NO. 5. Every Day Life of City Children. From Chicago News Rambler. I feel a great pity for city children. By city children I do not mean generally the children of a city, although they, too, miss a great deal and are also to be pitied, but 1 I refer rather to thousands of little ones who live with their parents in the business portion. Often their parents have charge of the large building in which they make their home. If you will cast your eye to the upper stories of some of the tower-iike structures on the busy down-town streets you will see clean diminity or neat chintz curtains adorning the windows, in vivid contrast with the uncurtained, unkept, and grimy sash of the stories below. Mayhap the window ledge will hold a narrow wooden box containing a few moss roses, or else a few pots will hold to the welcome sun or the smoke-tainted breeze a few other hardy flowers. Owners of business blocks, like to the persons they give them in charge of live on the premises, and so the janitor ac4his family are assigned to apartments in . upper story. Often these- quarters are made cozy and pleasant by a neat and methodical wife, but oftener still they are rendered more bare and miserable. than their uninteresting surroundings. /It is the children of such families thatll feel sorry for. Their hard-working Jparents are busy all day, and the little oneslare left to amuse themselves. But how?l They have no playmates for, likely enough, there may not be a family similarly situated, within two or three blocks, and they arc afraid to trust themselves so far away from their door. They clamber down five or six flights of great wide stairs, thronged with busy men with the eager glare of speculation and competition in their eyes, and reach the still more thronged side walk. Poor little things! They have never had a playmate who could teach them a game such as other children play. Once in a great while one notices them making a dismal attempt at “King ’Round Rosy” or some such play, but the trial is generally a dismal failure. Then, occasionally, you are startled to hear above the crash and : din of the street the shrill voices of little ones singing “London Bridge.” But out side of these I have never seen these poor babes engaged in any other play. They run about in an aimless way and fight and get very dirty, but they never enjoy themselves. They always and hot. and rather disgusted. anHH faces wear a pale, oldish look. They have no place to play .■v.' ".; sidewalks. If they play in the IB cross men come out and scold when they go to t he pavement run into, jostled, and knocked other cross men. They have no nor front yards. They cannot hies or Imp-scotch for the interrupt • ■hispv" is denied them for the Kites are out of the question, see a rift of the sky through a net telegraph wires. Their only grass blades that spring from oats dropped in cracks of the paving stones by horses their noonday meal. The country is a terra incognita to them. The parks? Oh, yes, they have been to a park—twice. Their father and mother took them on two occa sions on Sundays. It was very hot, and the street cars were crowded, and they got _ tired before they got there. time? Oh. yes, they had red pnp-i nrn. ami the ground was ;d|tf there was water and boats— said they were boats. Tlialifl don't remember anything ' Wi 'lll'll. : ll l.i reillelllb’Ted ♦M l .’ been for the pop-corn. Nobody they meet in theireW has a kind word for them. hBHHBmH speak to them it is to tell of the way. Where other earessess they reeeiw cuffs. sky is never blue. Thick. of smoke obscure what little otherwise see of it. blackening HJBHBH|| and -h ■w.-nni down -taut and street is full of charging horHHHHHj air is full of the din of busii^Bd experience no sweet and tendet^BnHHH| and have no associations to plea-ure and teach them kn urIe^HBHHHBH are pi- oTiiat ur.ihy -ho w i and are never at loss for an an>Wer JScmWBhP! or a lie slips from their nature. They have noonc toflMPlH comfort, or instruct them, Poor little^HH children! The Greatest City in the World^Bi London, England, is the greAesUuty world ever saw. It is the heart of British Empire and the world. It covcrsjH within the fifteen miles radius of Cross (Strand), 700 square numbers within these boundaries o.OtMH inhabitants. It comprises over foreigners from every quarter of the It contains more Roman Cathol’cs Rome itself; more Jews than the whole ofH Palestine; more Irish than Dublin; inoreH Scotchmen than Edinburgh; more Wclshß men than Cardiff. It has a birth in five minutes; has a death in every eighjH minutes; has seven accidents every day itH its 8,000 miles of streets; has on an forty miles of streets opened and new houses built in it every year. In 1 there were added 22,110 new houses to vast aggregate of dwellings which is the metropolis, thus forming 368 streets and one square, covering a of sixty miles and eighty-four yards. It difficult to form any mental picture these figures. Brighton (the queen watering places) in 1881 had habited houses, so that London added to itself a town bigger that bfl London has 46,000 annually afli ‘ birth) to its population; has ovtßH ships and 10,000 sailors in its day; has as many beer shops and gin aces as would, if placed side by side, from Charing Cross to Portsmouth, a dH| tance of seventy-eight miles; has drunkards annually brought before its nuBK istrates; has seventy miles of open every Sunday; a yearly delivery in its tal districts of 298,000,000 of Eight hundred and fifty trains pass ham Junction every day, and the portation (underground) 1,211 trains every day. The nibus Company has over 700 carry 56,000,000 passengers 3 ip-j|BB is more dangerous to walk 1 London than to travel by v the Atlantic from New Orleans pool. The cost of ga* for lighting LdH annually is 83,000,000. London has 4H| daily and weekly newspapers. The and famous city of London was first by Brute the Trojan, in the year of B world 2832, so that since the first it is 3057 years. The draining of is superb, and the death rate very low. Kind words produce their own imH in men’s souls, and a beautiful image They soothe and comfort They shame him out of his ings. We have not yet begun them in such abundance as they be used. A word sometimes lasts longer tfcnß marble slab.