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THE ALMA RECORD.
FRIDAY, JANTAKY :;, lsrs. Ity looking t Hi" h-.idirif of the flrM pane ol thlM paper you will VrlloLKNIIMIIKIt 4 VI If too number following your mini" on this pit pot la tho fiiiu", or less thim the number of the PflPr, then your it.-riitln h.is expired. wed' not stop tho puper until no ordered ly pul-evrllmrv Ironholilors that decorated the parlor table, and then took up the overcoat, with a little ilgh, ns he realised the discrepancy be tween his size and its proportions. "Put that on for a minute," called Miss Prissy, "till we sec if it can Ix; taken in to fit you." The minister oleyed; but as he put his hands in the sidi pockets, to draw it more closely atxnit him, he discovered some thine: "in the way, and, drawing out the olwtrurtinn, produced n wallet. lie looked at it iu blank amazement. Miss Prissv could not restrain her curiosity, and snatching it from his baud, she opened it. disclosing the crisp bills. "Five hundred dollars!" she gasped, In credulously, anil there was a moment's breathless silence. "What does it mean?" said the minister, afraid to look upon the money ns his own, lest there should Ih' some mistake. Shrewd Miss Prissy detested the Deacon as cordially as she loved the minister and his wife, nnd, with a mental determin ation that the dose, old man should be out witted for once, she exclaimed: "Well, if that isn't a neat way to make a nice little present. The Deacon said he meant to do something handsome for once, but I never mi-trusted he would do any thing as generous as this. And hiding it away so as to surprise you, too! Well, I'll change my opinion of him." The minister and his wife were In an ecstasy of delight, and they were half fearful that the precious bills might van ish if they let go of them. "They shall have them too. for they de serve them," said warmhearted Miss Prissy, "and I'll tix it." Karly the next morning she started out, telling everyone she met of the Deacon's generous liberality and delicacy, and she reached the Deacon's irate just as lie had finished breakfast, and was in a most com fortable humor with himself ami all the world. "I just want to tell you what I think of you, Deacon," she exclaimed warmly, seizing his hand. "You're the most noble generous hearted man that ever lived, and the w hole village is talking about you nnd praising you. 1 never knew your equal never." "What do yon mean?" stammered the Deacon, rather lewlllered at this out burst, for he had always supposed himself a special object of Miss Prissy's dislike. "Why, your donation!" answered Miss Prissy. "Oh, you needn't pretend you don't know what I mean, though we all know how modes you arc." "Oh, the coat," said the Deacon, tcgin nlng to doubt the sincerity of Miss Privy's praise. "Yes, the coat that everybody thought was such a stingy thing for a rich man like vou to give; ml we didn't any of us know, when we were judging vou that w ay, what you had slylv hid away In the jacket. I expect Mr. ami Mrs. (Jood fellow got oil to the city, on this train, to get some of the things they've liecn wanting this many a year. Five hundred dollars was a big thing to them!" The Deacon gave an inarticulate gurgle, and his rubicund face turned to a greenish pa'lor, as he grasped the gatepost for sup port. II is f)H) gone! lie rememK-retl now how carelessly he had left it In the wket of his old coat. Miss Prissy didn't wait for him to speak, though her black eyes sparkled mischievously as she wit nessed the effect of her Intelligence. She knew that, if there was one thing the Deacon loved more than his money, it was the applause of his fellow-men, anil she bail managed so well that he could not re cover his money without incurring the scorn and ridicule of his neighliors. She trotted briskly oil, arid left him to himself, to get over his anger and grief as best he might. The Deacon was a wise man in his generation, and wise men al ways make the U-st of circumstances, so that Is what the Deneon did. He realized that he had irretrievably lost the money, so he resolved that no one should ever know it had not been a free gift, and he accepted his neighbors' praises as if he had fully earned them, ns well as the earnest gratitude of the minister and his wife. Only the Deacon and Miss Prissy knew it had Ix-en a mistake, but they never told the real truth alout that donation. From No Man's Land. "Washington is awaiting with some In terest the arrival of the delegate from No Man's Land. A great many people will be surprised to learn that there is such a province under the shadow of the Ameri can flag. It will oidy be found under that name on the older maps. It is the disputed strip of country north of the pan handle of Texas, whose inhabitants re cently held a convention and elected officers. A Territorial delegate is on his way to Washington to ak for n scat in Congress and admission for their section into the United States as the Territory of Cimarron. The name is derived from the largest river which flows through the proposed Territory. This land appears on the maps at the interior Department ns "public lands." It Is a parallelogram thirty miles wide, larger than the State of Delaware and nearly as large as New Jer sey. It is Iwundcd on the north by Colo rado and Kansas, on the cast by Indian Territory, on the south by Texas, and on the west by New Mexico. The Cimarron river rises near its northwestern boundary and empties into the Arkansas river In the Indian Territory. Cimarron Territory came Into the poss- I tsslon of the United States in 1819, under what Is known as the Florida treaty with J Spain, by w hich treaty we secured Florida j but lost "Texas. The proposed Territory j of Cimarron is the most symmetrical divl- j slon of the United States. Not far to the , south of it, in Texas and New Mexico, is j the high table land known as the Llano j Estacado, or "staked plains," which forms ; the enstcrn base of the Hoeky mountains . and rises to the height of over 2,000 feet. ; The vote of the new delegate will be ; Democratic. Infant Inenhatnr. At the lying In hospital of Laribolslcre, 1 at Paris, France, they are using what they i call "child hatching machines. These machines arc wooden lulw with lids of ! glass, in which children lorn ix fore the j proper time arc kept in a constant temper ature of nearly W degrees. Infants lorn J two months, or even eleven weeks, before , their time, and weighing urder two and J one half pounds, have been kept alive la Uicre maculae and aro doing well. DOM PEDRO'S WIFE. A Piir;etaro of th DmprcM mt llrftill. TLe Kmperor and Empress of lirnr.il ai tended a grand soiree at Paris recently, ami a corrcsjondcnt present thus descritx her: The Empress face improves as she advances In years. fche used to be a plain, commonplace little woman, but she has now n really heavenly countenance, and one might fancy that angel's wings were ready to sprout from her shoulder blades. Her hair is nearly snow-white. When 1 tlrst saw her, years ago, it was yellowish, streaked with silver. She wears a cap fastened on with diamond pins, which strike one ns fireballs, and a drcas with a lody neither high cor low. It ought to be elegant, but hardiv looks so, the draperies and fastoons of rich point lace notwithstanding. She recoguized a num ber of old friends, to whom she beckoned with her fan to come and stay near her, nud whenever there was an interval in the theatrical and musical entertainment pre pared for her and Doin Pedro she turned round, wift soft grace and kindness, to chat with them. I should say that this Maria Theresa is not taller than our Queen. She is not thin, though not what one would call stout. Put there is a shade of asceticism in the countenance which is picturesque and makes her interesting. It does not arise from severity toward the ladies of her court and the sinners of her capital, but, I should say, from observance of the fasts of the church. Notwithstanding the weight of his tall and ponderous body, the Emperor looks well, though he has aged since last here. It's a blessing of 1 leaven, he feels, to have a short, active body, when the inner man is beginning to realize that he has had enough of physical activity and wants rest. The Empcror'i Ix-ard has whitened almost as much as the Empress' hair. I suppose there never was a more complete realization of the "John Anderson, My Jo," than this august pair offers. Yet their match was certainly not n love one, and in the early start the Em press was almost jealous of her husband's devotion to science. He might not, per haps, have turned out the scientist and sage that lie is, had he, as a youth, come to the Old World, seen some paragon ol leauty, fallen in love w ith her, and car ried her oil to 15raz.ll to place the Imperial crown upon her head. A LADY'S RACE. A Sleepy Looking Horn That Wn Fatter Than It Looked. A Mlnnenpolisladv drives n sleepy-look- Ing carriage horse about town on her shop ping tours that doesn't look as though it j could go a mile in a week. A well-known I citizen had a spanking big team that was acknowledged to It- the swiftest in the town. The lady and gentleman meet in society frequently, and the latter never lost an opportunity to chaff her alout her ill-looking horso. One day they happened to drive un to a city drug store'at the same j time. "Say," began the man, as he looked at the lady and then glanced at the horse, "whv don't vou hitch n snail to vour car riage? It would go faster than that horse and look a deuced sight better. "You have 'guyed' me repeatedly about that horse, replied the lady. "Now I'll wager that I leat you in a half-mile race.' "1 11 let 3'ou 10 3ou can t. "Wait till I drive home and get the' money and I'll take you." "Never mind doing that; III loan you the money, broke in a bystander. The money was put up and a half mile on a level street was chosen. Half the town witnessed the race, The flyers irot an even start and away they went. Tin little horse spurted at the start and took the lead. The little least's mane and tail fairly stood up in the air as she went1 at a Maud S. gait down the stretch. The I Mir team was not only beaten, but ins straight race would have been distanced. The town went wild. They are guying i the man yet up In that country. She Took It. The grocer had put up her tea, sugar, and starch, and to his qucrry of "Any thing else to-day? she replied: " les, I want a pumpkin." "Right this way, ma'am. Here is a very nice one. "Is it ripe?" "Certainly." "I want to be sure about that. Picas plug it." "O, certainly. Sec there?" "It's not a red core." "No, madam; It's a yellow core. All my pumpkins have been that way this fall, and every one has given satisfaction. Dog In Kuropean Armies. War dogs arc no longer a specialty of any army. All the European states have more or less dogs attached to the service. These sagacious animals arc not only use ful to guard a detachment against sur prises, but they are also being trained for tracing the wounded, for carrying car tridges Into the line of combat, etc. The native scouts employed by the Austrians in Posnia havclK.cn most successful in the employment of dogs on outpost.duty, as pathfinders and guides or scouts. ith docs to watch over them, the soldiers can quietly lie down and sleep during the i night without fear ol a surprise. An Isolated Colony. Some recently Russia. fifty square miles of forest were sold near the city of Vitebsk, The new proprietor had the ter ritory examined, and in the densest part of the forest thirty families of men were found of whose existence nobody had the least knowledge. 1 hey have their dwell- in trs and till the ground, and have hith erto lived without deriving any lenerits from, or paying any taxes to, the imperial commonwealth established around them. Meilcan Women's Pet. The Mexican women, l)elng as fond of I I m nrc t'c gentle sisterhood in other parts of the world, many of them choose, not cats or parrot or pugs, but pigs for the recipients of their caresses. It is quite common here to meet a woman leading by a string a pig that is black as black can be, with which she appears to I on chummy terms, and long after the NoAtbas ceased to deserve his juvenile title he literally shares her bed and board. A Handsome Compliment .Miss r.tnei mt. fcathtriy paid you very handsome compliment last night, Clara! Miss Clara Oh, did he? What was it? Miss Ethel He spoke of your new blatk-velvet suit, and thought he never saw you look so well. "It is wonderful," he said: "what a difference dress make with some people!" An Awkward Farewell. Guest Well, good bye, old man. And you've really got a very nice little place here," Host Yes, but it's rather bare Just now. I Lope the tree will have grown a good bit before you re back, old man. a a . 1 AlJM After Fortr jeer iperieore n the r reparation of more bo Oo Hundred MO Thousand application fnr patent Is the United Mte and Porelrn eons. the United Mt and Korelrn conn trie, tbe publisher of the Sc-tentide IrV VtI American oontinoe to act aa aolieitora g "ine for patent, caveat, trerte-niarka, opjr iaaawl rifbu. ate., for ti United ritatee, and to obtain patent In Canada, Knf lend, France, Germany, and all ether countries. Their eipen ence i uajuald and their faoiliUe are uuur ieaeed. lrawlnf and epeclfloatlon prepared and filed la the fateot Offloe on abort notice. Term very reasonable. Wo charge for eiaintnatioa of cuodela or drevlnjr. Advice f mail free. Patent obtained through MnnnatV are noticed In the MCIKNTIKIC AMKIUCANI, which baa tb largest circulation and la the moat infloentiel newapaper of it kind pubtUhed in tbe world. The advantages of inch a notice arery patentee anderetenda. Thi large and eplendldlr Moot rated newipaper Is publuhed WLKKLVlt a.1.00 a year, and la admitted to he the beet pepe devoted to ecience. mechanic. Invention, engineering work, and ether department of induitrial progreea, pub lished in any cone try. It eontaio the name of all patentee and title of every invention patented earh week. Try it four month for one dollar, ftold by all newsdealer. If you bava an invention te patent write to Mann A publ inner of Soieatitie AjaetMac Ml Hroadway. New York. llaadbook about patent nailed free. "'J' Lung Disease If you havo Conch or Cold, or tho children nrc threatened with Lroupor V hooping Uongh, use Acker s tnglxah Hemedyand prevent farther trouble. It is a positive cum' and we guarantee it. I'nco 10 and oUc Bold by ii. S. Webb. Vflll you miITit vrltli IM -tx"li' ami l.lvt r (joiiipliiiiit Miuoli b itiillr.er Is K"rritfi rureynu. I always have Ackor's liaby Soother at hand. It is tho only fcafo medicine yet mado that will remove all infantile disorders. It contains no Opium 9T 2Iorjhin$, but ftlves tho child natural mm from pam. Prico 23 cents. Sold by Sold by n. h Wvhh. HlTpl"s nlM in'il mioratilr ly tha terriMf comm. hiloh'w ciiir Ih the i mly r t yon. r A and reliable Mcdicinen are thebc?t Jvv to depend upon. Acker's Blood El ixir baa been prescribed for years for all 1m- puritiea of tho Blood. Inevcrylonnoibcror nlons. Prrhlliticor Mercurial diseases, it is Invaluable. For Rheumatism, has no equal. Sold b U.S. V.( fntiirrh (luifMl. liritlth nnd imiol hienfh fo- eur"l, !r Shilih c-;itnrrh reinnly. I'i ! ;0 e, is warranted, is because it is the best Blood Preparation known. It will posi tively cure all Blood Diseases, purifies tha whole system, and thoroughly builds up the constitution. Kemembcr, wo fuarohtcO It. Soi l by H S. W.-bh. For lame 1'iick. niJp or elut, use hlloh's porous plitMr. Prtr.' .'." icnts. 6 YjP Cv wou enjoy your dinnsr 3 j and are prevented by Dys pepsia, use- Acker's Dyspepsia Tablets. They are a positive euro for Dyspepsia, In digestion. Flatulency and Constipation. We guarantee- them, 25 and CO cents. fr.ld Vy H. S.Webk 5n iloh'f eouifh and coniimptl.in run- l 1J ty ii'!i a tuiinintef It cures coiirumptmn. Why W:ftt Time mikI loiiey im th.it which d(x noirorxl. Your rhil'lrcn hVP vnriii ami an- Cnc-, itlwuy hunirry, lr'ple. puny urnl tvc:ik from the prcMMiri' of WnniK In the Momueh which piecnt the J'(nnl lieiiur taken up to nouri-h the body, purine ler'i Siintonine Worm 'amlies will liiolvf and remove the worin.' nnd then nil will he well S'ou cunnot di hotter hy your children than to attend to their health. Trice centr ti-r loX. old by M. S. WeMi. Jan Khllh Vitalize? if what v rn need for t'on atipution, lo of appetite, dl..ines and all f.vniptoiii of Dy-pepslii. l'rlco 0 and 'S cent HT lKtt l". T AtSIoine and Abroad; At church and theatre. In the rountinjr house and work room, in tact everywhere i hpurd that hacking couh which Mn devel- ipes into Cnntreatioii nr lntlaraation of the I.unir", nnmehitH. Pneumonia and I 'on u mo tion, lie w se iu time. Imiiifdiute relief and cure can be cheanly obtained. Hamilton' Cough Halnam will urely icite you rell. t from Huso Throat and Lunjr trouble that often ter. minute In death. Instant relief in ( roup, and a nubduer of Whnoplnjr Couh. Your con sumptire friend will be greatly benefited Price 3'nind .Sn cents. Sold by B. . Webb. Jan Cmup. wlinopiwr eouah and bronchitH 1m nipilintciy relieved by Shllou's cur'. 8 I'ntiitf and Start Iiir. It in nil the same, for you are uure to sufTcr from Piles. No wnrse torture can be conceited of, Llllnd or ltchlnir Pile are uneualed for annoyance, hut by a few ap lieati'uih of Par mclee'a Pile Su ppofitories mi1 aeeordlrur to direction. juiekly reduce, replace and drivp them away. Warranted to cure. Pric l -ents jier box. Sold by 11.8 Webb. Juu TIip Throat I often iliened on account f Catarrh, producing dryness and a contant d'slre to couirh. That ticklintr censatlon and the hoarsneM that is io comiron to public r-lnjrcrs and upeaker epee1ally. is relievel at nncp by Hnmllton'aCouvh Trot-hen which are prepared from the ni"it appnived formula. Oo not wait till Acute llrouchitis or even Coniumptlon take firm hold of vou Price only 25 cts pwr box. Sold by II 8 Webb. Jan Now Is the time your horeos ahd cattle nerd attention. To prevent diaense and tone up the ystem you will find Paruieh-s's ( ondition Powders unexcellel. Sold by 11. S. Webb. 449 lyr. Ducklcns Arnica Salvr- The Tjeet Salve la tha workl for Cut, r.ruls.', Borea, 6alt Rheum, Fever Soroa. TetWr, Chapped Hands, Chilblains, Coma, and an Skin Eruption, and poritlvelj cures Pllea, or no ity required. It Is gTiaraoteed to glr perfect aatlsfactlnn. or money refunded. rr1c 3 wnta per bug. Kit Sale by D. P. Webb. A "WoinnnN Dixoovcry. 2 'noth r wonderful diaorery has been made and that too by a woman in this county. Ii s fiietetied ita clutelies upon Mer and fur seven yearn rho wlthstoiM Its severest testn, but her vitAl organs were undermined and death w-nned Imminent. For three months he roughed luces anntly and could not sleep. She Indilit of us a liottle of Ir. Kin'a Sew Iicovcry for Conumiv tinn and was ao much relieved on taking the Hint done that tdi slept all nlKht, and with one Ix.tik has leen mirsculouhly curel. Her tiante is Mrs. Luther Luti." Thus, write W. C. Hamrii k Co. of Shelby, N. C.iet a free trial bottle at 15. S. Webb's I)ru Store. The Yonllct UiiaiiimoiiH. 2 V. I). Suit, Inifris'bt, Hii'pus, Ind , teKtiib-: I ran recomnn-nd Kloctrio Hitters ns thetery et remedy. Every bottle sold has civen nlief In every case. One m.in took tit Ixiitle nml a as cured of liheumatism of 10 years' stnndliuf.'' Abraham Hare, drujrbd, Hellville, Ohio, aftlrma: "The best m-llinc metllclne I hare ever handled in my ! yearn' experience, I Electric liitters." Thousands of others have added their testimony, ao that the verdict is unanimous that Electric Pittern do cure all diseases of the Mrer, Kidneya or Wood. Only half a dollar a bottle at 1). S. Webb's proa Btora. 'i.ii-4ul 1 4.'." wi.' ti fa MM Ill does not include a Watertmry Watch or a trip to Europe. This B a Mm Pr lOUUIliSIU.B Wright, ScliDeider i Stuttz, The LargGst and Leading Mercantile House, ALMA, Til If V . ' WLJL hi ti a tf-.o'ucr...., $597j Which he might have done had he promised an Acorn Cook and Heating stove. Any sensible young lady who views matrimony from a business stand-point should insist as a part of the contract, on having the Acorn Sto ves.both for cooking and heat ing; saves so much labor and fuel, you know. Kelso Bros, are manufactur er's agents for the Acorn Stoves: call and see them also look at those excellent second-hand stoves. Bio: Bargains ! Kelso Bros J. M. MONTIGEL & (X , Founders,, Ifiachsraists, AND BLACKSMITHS. MA N V FA CT.V 1 1 K K S Sdraartz pat. Bead Ca Carriages. Wagons, Steel Plows, and all kinds of farm implements ALSO AGKNTS FOU THK- OlrlYER GIIIIcIfED .1. J Li J -J.?. $5.9? ? D Bo lM 3 V 3 C a S r MICH. $5.97 Pans 'Tis sweet to court. But oh how bitter, To court a girl. And then not git 'er: OF TIIK CKLKIIKATW)- .A PkOWS & REPSIRS