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WISHING AND HAYING.
"I wish I had a beau!" Load, clear and decided were the words spoken just as Ida Lane always epoke. •'I just wish I had a beau!" What a wish for a well-bred maiden. No wonder her stern father frowned, her sober mother sighed, and her tr.aid pn aunt groaned in spirit, as she ejacu lated "No maiden modesty! No delicito reserve! No womanly decorum! Ida Lane, what will become of you?" "I don't pretend to know," she an swered, meekly. "From present indi cations, I presume I will proceed in the old way, working, and laughing, and grumbling, and wishing, for a few more years' and then will settle down to my fate, and knitting stockings, and die a superannuated spinster, mourned by seventeen cats, and as many pet dogs." "Ob, my daughter! are you not afraid some judgment will be sent to you for such frivolous talking?" inquired her staid mother. "No, ma am,"was her quiet reply. "In deed, I can not see the exceeding sin fulness of my wish. I know it is con trary to the regulations of society to ex press such a desire but, after all, I am onlv a little more honest than the scores of girls whs are looking at the moon, and wishing in their hearts even as I did. I should not wonder it Aunt Sally —the most proper damsel on earth, should tind my wish echoed in her heart. I only have a bad habit of thinking aloud. As for judgments, if one should tome in the shape of a nice young man, I would have do objections. I think a stroll in this moonlight, with my r.rm resting on a piece of broadcloth, would be vastly more agreeable than to read tnis 'Book of Martvrs again and I suppose I will shock you out of a fottnight's appetite, by asserting that, as I leaned my head against this post, I am wondering ii gray or black cloth would not make a pleasanter pillow—say it should be filled with an arm's length of flesh and bone." How Ida Lane dared talk thus was a mystery to all who knew the deac n, the uncompromising sternness of her moth er and the careful precision of her aunt. She had in reality been curbed and restrained until her gay spirits were so repressed that she was in general a model of deportment but occasionaly she rebelled against the rigid discipline and gave expression to thoughts which elicited lectures as lengthy as the moral law. While her mother and her aunt waited in silence for the deacon to ad minister his reproof, and that gentleman was recovering from his astonishment, Ida continued: "Yes, I do wish I had a beau!—really, decidedly, empha ical y, I wish I had a beau though, goodness knows! I under stand nothtng at all about the entertain ment of the tribe. It is my opinion sujli nights as these were made with a special reterence to the better acquaintance of broadcloth and muslin, with their re spective inclosures. But I do believe if the Angel Gabriel, with his excellent reputation, could come down from his exalted seat and invite me to take a moonlight ride in his chariot you would find some fault in his angelic highness, and make me remain at home.'', Of course such a speech was more im pious than miaht have been expected from a deacon's daughter, who had been iau.'ht the catechism from her baby hood—and yet not very unlike what a person well versed in human nature would have expected from a merry, in dependent girl who found herself de nied all the haimless little pleasures others of her sex enjoyed. The provo cation was very severe that night, too, for she was thinking of the gay party who had urged er to accompany them on their moonlight ride until a veto from her parents deeded the question. Having relieved her mind and know ing that f-he must do penance therefor, by listen.ng to an evening's lecture, she folded her hands and leaned against the post, with the air of a nsart vr. Her fat iier had just reached the point: "If you don't mend your ways you will never be a credit to anybody," when the shadow of a manly figure fell across the dooi way, and arrested the deacon's prophecies. Ti.f1 new-comer he recognized as Hnr vey ccratcon—a lawyer of eminence,who was spending the summer in their vil lage—and arose cordially to greet him while Mrs. Lane, with a high respect for their distinguished guest, courtesied her profoundest courtesy and Sally Lane— who admired the lawyer's fine face and faultless dress the Sunday before, when she should have been listening to Par son Brown's discourse on the "Vanities of Earth"—smiled her most bewitching smile, as she expressed !.er happiness at meeting him. As for Ida, when she recognized the stranger as the gentle man who had sat in Dr. Smith's pew and seen her pull the hymn-book from her neighbor's arm—whica sudden movement sent that sleepy personage "bobbing around" in a frightful manner, much to the amusement of Dr. Smith's guest—she arose and lei the room to sit in the beautiful moonlight, while he inquired as to the boundaries of an ad joining estate. So it was that, leaning over the gate, she encountered a hand some lawyer on his way home, who asked her if she did not fear getting moonstruck? "Oh no!" she answered gayly. "I believe it is like the measles—contagi ous, rather than an epidemic." "It may be," replied the amused lawyer. "My knowledge of either is very imperfect, not being experimen tal, bat only gained from observation. Experience is the best teacher." "Not always," responded Ida,naively. "Experimental knowledee would not be preferable to observation in hanginzand yellow fever, and it may be ao with these inooney infirmities, flesh is heir to." And this is the girl who diil not know how She should entertain a gentleman and yet, in a few sentences had awakened an interest in the mind of this Imchelor, Harry Stratton, O Ida Lanel It was •well for yon that you were such an art less child of nature, or the proverbially unsusceptible lawyer would not have -wended his way home with the bound aries of Jonea' estate so terribly con fused with black eyes, pouting lips, white arms, and moonlight. "Why did Mr. Stratton stay so long at the gate?" inquired Miss Sallie Lane, as Ida made her aopearance. "Oh! be was warning me of the in jurious effects of dew and moonlightl" •he answered, g-avely, "and told me of seventeen young ladies wno died of con samption caught in the night air. "He is a very learned and excellent man," said Deacon Lane. "And so sensible I" added Mrs. Deacon Lane. "And so polite! a real gentleman of .^K:' the old school!" continued the deacon's sister. "And so fascinating!" mentally ex claimed Ida. "If the angel I referred to awhile ago had given us a call he would hardly have meta more favorable reception." This was the beginning of an acquaint ance thac continued during thesummer for the lawsuit was tedious and trouble some, and Deacon Lane, being one of the oldest inhabitants, was like a book of reference. An thus it happened that Mr. Stritton became a frequent visitor. "I believe Mr. Stratton has a notion after sister Saily!" remarked the deacon one clay to his wife. "Those are just my sentiments," an swered that lady. "Sally will be paid for waiting, too, for the world hasn't his like." "He must have a fancy for dome one in this house," thought Miss Sally, "else why does he come so often? And it must be me. Ida is such a child, it can't be her- How that girl does tulk! Speaks to Mr. Stratton just as stie would to me! I must give her some more ad vice. It mitrht l»e a serious objection to iiis wedding me, that. I have such a reckless, frivolous niece!" And so, between the deacon, his wife and Miss Sally, Harvey .Stratton enjoyed so little of Ida's society (which had suddenly grown into a necessity), that he set his lawyer wits to work de vising some means to see less of Mi?s Sally and more of Ida and congratulated himself as being a very clever sort of a person when he saw the charming Ida alight at his office door twice a week to take her Latin lesson with the full ap proval of her fathtir, mother and Aunt Sally. But alas! for her Latin! And joy for her! When she came to conjugate "amare," her teacher taught her as teacher never taught before, and as it is not laid down in ancient, modern or normal systems of teaching. Certain it is, that when she arose to go, he said, as he kissed her: "I am a very happy man, with your promise to spend the future witli'me, conjugating 'amare. I will call this evening to see father, mother, and Annt Sally, that is to be." Father and mother smiled, and Aunt S illy looked pleased as a girl of sixteen when bushing Ida told them Mr. Stratton wished to see them on particular business. "My numerous visits to your house havu probably explained the reason of this visit," said the happy lover to the sober deacon that night. "Yes I calculate it was not all for the Jones' estate," replied the deacon blandly. "Having gained the love of one to whom 1 am sincerely attached, we only need your consent to our marriasre to complete oui happiness," continued the lawyer. "You have it—yon lipve it—my free and full consent exclaimed the deacon. "I honcr you, and would not be afraid to trust the happiness of my daughter in your hands!" "I feared you might consider the diff erence iu our ages an objection!" re marked Harvey. "Oh. it is not much—a mere trifle!" replied the deacon. "She will make a good wife." "Oh, I do not doubt it. Her faults are those of youth *nd inexperience, which time will correct," responded the lawyer, as he went to seek Miss S.illie. "Youth and inexperience!" mut tered the deacon, "what does he mean? I thought a girl of forty had passed her youthful days. I am afraid I don't understand. I guess it was a lo. -r's joke." ".Miss Sally," said the lawyer, as he entered the parlor where sar. that prim maiden, attired in her best array, "this is one of the happiest moments of my life!'' And,in the exuberence of his joy, he took both her hands in his. "You but express my sentiments!" she answered, blushing. The pleased lawyer continued. "Having gained the consent of your kind brother and hi3 wife, I have come to be assured that you have no objection to my uniting myself to one you must have guessed before this was verv dear to me!" Miss Sally thought, at this point, he ought to have taken the hand ho had dropped but as he did not, she placed both hands upon his arm, and, in a tragic way, laid her head upon his shoulder, whispering: "I do consent!" Mr. Stratton was embarrassed annoyed—amazed. What couid it mean? "You will miss her very much. I do not wonder at your agitation!" siid the lawyer, regaining hia self-possession. "Miss them! Oh, yesl" sighed Miss Sally. "1 shall miss them all but your presence will be more to me than all other friends'" "What does she mean?" thought the perplexed lawyer, and then added aioud: Ida is young, but I would like to marry her this winter!" "Ida! What did you say?" screamed Miss Sally, wildlv. "Just what I said at first!" answered Ilarvey. "I ask your consent to marry your niece, Ida Lane!" There was no mistaking that plain ex position of facts, and with a wild cry, Miss Sally fainted, bringing all the household' into the parlor. There wes a terrible confusion for a while. Every body but Ida and the lawyer misunder stood everybody else. A few words, however, unraveled the mystery, and when the deacon and his lady found that Mr. Stratton had sued for the hand of their daughter, they allowed their consent to remain in full force. Miss Sally was not asked for hvsterics inevit ably followed the mention of the subject. tm Gave Hit* Wife To a Friend. New Yorir World. Pleasantvii.le, N. J., January 9.—A few months ago the World published a story of a strang3 romance, upon which the curtain drops with the publication of the following notice, which appeared in a loc il pape »y ^WAitttrF.n.—1/ if•-"'v—if shews—Ta-»niry 7 1994, -a-d. V-'i M-. tUe#Vi» fjaliip Lafferty. Five years ago there lived in Centre ville, near this place, a well-to-do car penter, David Matthews, with his wife and a baby boy. Matthews had been in ill health and left his wife and child, presumably for a voyage on a coaster to the Bermudas and back. For six months, the Wife heard no word from her husband, when intelligence came from the American consul that David Matthews had died of yellow fever in the West Indies two months after he left home. Another child was born shortly after Matthews' departnre. With no means of support, Mrs. Matthews soon had to earn her living as a seamstress. Abont a year ago a young mechanic, Philip LaSerty, of Philadelphia, an old schoolmate of David Matthews, met the widow of his old companion. A warm attachment sprang up between the pair. Mrs. Matthews agreed to marry him. Lafferty then purchased back the home of Mrs. Matthews, and with the young widow, now his wife, and her two chil dren, had just begun to keep house when David Matthews, the long absent and supposed dead husband, returned, He said he had made a handsome for tune iu the mines of Brazil, in which country he has peen for over four years. When Matthews hinted that he would demand his wife and children, the neighbors, who were disgusted with the modern Enoc Arden's desertion of his wife, said that there would be a lot of cold lead, tar, feathers, etc used up if Latferty and she whom he believed to be his lawful wife were molested. Finally Matthews consented to permit hi3 wife to obtain a legal separation, the mother surrendering the eldest child, a boy, to the father, while the younger one, a little girl, whom the father never saw, was permitted to remain with her mother. Mrs. Matthews then deter mined to live apart from Lafferty until she could obtain a legal separation from her husband. The marriage notice shows that such legil decree was obtained. Matthews deposited $5,000 in trust for the baby, subject to the use of the mother if ever in abject poverty. IMKE13 SAIID1NES. now Small Herrings are Mado to Resemble the Famous Little French Fisb. Nine-tenths of the sardines consumed in the United States come from Maine. Very few of tho real F.encli fish are im ported now. These Yankee sardines are nothing but small herring put up in boxes with gaudy labels and French in scriptions. In Eastport there are nine teen places whore they turn out sar dines, besides three at Lubeck, two at Janesport asid one each at Millbridge, Lamoine and Ilobinston. In 1870 a New York firm did a lucrative business pack ing "Bussian sardines" in Eastport. These were little herring packed insmall wooden kegs and preserved with spices of different Kinds. It occurred to one member of the firm that these little fish might be utilized to better advantage by cooking them and packing them in olive (il, like the French sardines. The ex periment had been tried several years before without success. The difficulty was to eradicate the taste of the herring. This gave rise to the couplet: You may snice and may call it sardine if you will. But the taste of the herring will cling to it still! It was easy to cook the herring, pack them in olive oil in tin cans, and seal them air tight, but when they were opened they had not the rich, spicy fla vor of the regular French sardines. Af ter a great many experiments, one of the manufacturers succeeded in produc ing a mixture of oils and spices which removed the difficulty. The herring used lor making sardines are about four inches long, and are tak en in great quantities along the Maine and New Brunswick coast. They can be bought of the fisherman for about $5 a hogshead, although when the fish are scarce, as they often are in the spring they bring as much as $15 a hogshead. To catch the fish small trees or brush are thrown into the sandy bottom of the sea, arranged in a line running out from the shore some seventy-five or one hundred feet, and then curved back like a horseshoe._ In side this trap is a net. When the tide is falling the net is raised, and the fish are taken out with huge scoop nets. Tho catch is always very uncertain some times only a "bushel or two will be taken and often bo many are caught a3 to en danger the net. There is another way of capturing the fish. Herring, like mackrerel, go in schools, and, for some reason, always follow a light. Two or three fishermen provide themselves with torches made of cotton batting saturated with kero sene, and on dark nights row along the shores with a torch in the bow of the boat. When a school is found the herring dart after the boat, coming so close that thev are dipped up in netf attached to Bhort poles. After being captured the fish are taken immediately to the factory and laid in heaps upon long tables. The fiist thing is to decapitate and clean the fisb. The dexterity with which this operation is performed by the chil dren who are employed, is remarkable. Oa an average seventy-five fish are cieaned and decapitated every minute by each child. Both operations are per formed with one Btroke ol a sharp knife. A box holding about a bushel lies at the feet of each operator, and as the clean ing is completed the fish slides into this box. The pay for this work is ten cents a box, and some of the children make §1.00 a day. After being washed, the herring are pickled for half an hour, and are then laid npon trays and placed in a large drying-room and heated by steam. Af ter the fish are dry they are thrown in to large, shallow pans of boiling oil and thoroughly cooked. They are then pack ed in tin boxes by girls and women,.and in each box is poured a quantity of the patent mixture of oils and spices. Cov ers are then fitted to tne boxes and sealed on by men. As air must be ex ct ded, the cans, when sealed, are placed in a tank of boiling water, where they remain half an hour and are then removed and placed on an inclined plane, so that the air insi .j rushes to one corner of the box. This corner is punctured with an awl, the hot air es capes, and the can is made air-tight by a drop of solder. The boxes are then or namented with attractive French labels, saying that the inclosed are "Sardines la Francaise some ate labeled "a l'butlle olive." Tne oil used is cotton seed oil. such as is made in South Caro lina. It is not always the best quality ol oil. The best oil is used, however, for fi.^hsold as "prime." There are prepared at these factories other varieties of fish Known as "mns rards," "roaranees and "sea trout," The mustard are prepared like the sar dines untill they are put in the cans They are packed in a preparation made of mustard, vineger and oil, with a soup con of spice. The mustards are larger fish than the sardines. The maratees are qacked in saucs made ot vinegar, spices, lemon and sugar, and theses tront are large herring put up in oval boxes with still another sauce. Almost the entire produce of theBe factories is shipped to New York, whence it is sold to retailers a! I through the country. One of the Lubec houses, prepares about 42,000 boxes a day The actual cost per box, including all expenses, is about five cents. The profit made by the packer is from five to seven cents. The difference between these prices and what the consumer pays for the fish at the grocery goes in to the pocket of the groceryman.—New York Son. Admiration for Marshall. John Marshall holds the first place among the eminent men who served the nation as its chief justice. He was a .profound lawyer and a wise judge. The graveBt of constitutinal questions came ^before him. His decisions were so broad land sound that they were received, iapart Irom their judicial authority,as the best interpretations of the constitution. •Statesmen, lawyers and the people ad mired the great judge. Distinguished foreigners, who paid •their respects to 'he Chief Justice of the .United Scates, were impressed by the singular u.iion of modesty and power, gentleness and force, which marked the man. Pride, ostentation and hipocrasy are "Greek to him," wrote an English travel ler, who saw the Chief ustice when he was eighty years of age. "He really lives up to the letter and spirit of Republi canism, while he maintains all the dig juity due to his age and office. His house lis small and more humble in appearance than those of the average of successful Jawyers or merchants." Tlia simpliciiy of a child and the plain ness of a republican, which marked the venerable judge, were associated with another beautiful trait. "He maintained through life, and carried to the grave a, reverence for woman as rare in its kind as in its degree." It is not strange that a man of such excellence and a judge so wise should be venerated. Evan the cynical John Ran dolph was courteous when he spoke of the Chief Justice. An anecdote shows that even the common people admired the man and the judge. While the youngest son of John Marsh all was a student at Cambridge, he visited Boston, one day, to call on several ladies of his acquaintance. Ongoing to a livery fetable to hue a carriage, he found that he had left his pocket-book in his room. Frankly stating the fact to the keeper of the stable, he asked lobe trusted for carriage. "No, sir!" answered the man, suspect ing that the young man was trying to get a free ride I would'nt let you a carriage on trust if you were the son of Chief Justice Marshall." "But 1 am the son of that gentleman!" said the student, looking the man full in Ihe face. '•^ou are?" exclaimed the astonished proprietor, examining the student from head to feet. Then as the gaze satisfied liim, he said, "You can have the best carriage in my staple." And he did—Youth's Companion. GRANDMA »1M A. It is many years ego Since she led On a tiny tapered toe, With a tread Like a whisper, in ttie dances Stie's the sweetest of romances— Sue's the darling of my fancies, Though she's dead. Gradpapa was very slim— Wore a wig When she courtesiad to him In the jig She was modest, prim, andp etty, Ha was wealthy, wise, ana witty, And he joggled through the city In a eig. Sixty rammers side by side Did they go, Then the feeble father died, And the snow Streaked the curls that used to tangle At a captivating angle By her ciiea- s, be tore the bangls Caught th6 beau. And they say she used to sit All day through With he- Bi'dle reading it Till she grew Very old then ci«mi the tragic End of liie's unravtieJ magic, For her epitaph no adj ac tive will uo. All that I remember now Is the quaint Gold-rimmed glasses on her brow In the paint Where some portrait-painter caught her— And a most devoted mghter Mother—she who always thought her Just a saint. —Puck. The English and the French Parvenu. Give 50,000 francs to a Frenchman and he will place them in the funds and retire from active life. Give the same sum to an Englishman and he will either spend it in a month or go to the colonies and turn farmer. It is all or nothing with hitn. Fifty thousand francs! In English money that makes but £2000. What a meagre sum! How small it sounds to the ear of anEnglishman! In landed property alone the Duke of Denvonshire lias a fortune which amounts to about £8,000,000. which means 200,000,000 franc3. He is one of the richest of the peers of Euglacd, but there are many richer than he. The Duke of Westminister, for instance, whose fortune is something incredible. The word nobleman in English is almost svnonomous with rich men. Thin is the secret cf the prestige enjoyed by the aristocracy. Tne d*y on which the aris tocracy have the right to dispose, according to their pleasure, of the prop erty which now increases day by day on account of the law of primogen iureship, they will cease be to a political power they will become just what their French brethren are—a group of prejudiced men. The English parvenu is still more objectionable than bis like in France, because ne is not, as the latter has, a certain leaven of admi ration and respect for knowledge and talent. When he is in good society the Frenchman contents himself with rat tling his guineas while the other will tell you without hesitation that he might have turned his hand to poetry or paint ing, or easily learned Latin and Greek if he had set himsalf about it, but that, like a good Briton, be preferred to be useful to his country and go in for busi ness. Barring this, the two types are similar, always excepting this little dif ference—that the French specimen has invariably arrived in Paris in wooden shoes and with 40 sous in his pocket, whereas this kind of covering for the feet is unknown in England, and the English parvenu always comes up to London with only half a crown about him. Judge Thomas Settle, of the United States District Court of Florida, is in poor health. A few years ago he was a splendid specimen of robust, vigorous manhood. He is a native of North Car olina, was for years a Supreme Court Judge in that State and ran for Gover nor on the Republican ticket. He pre sided over the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia to 1872. ANCIENT CITY DISCOVERED. 5lore Belles of an Extinct Race of Men Pound In an A* izona Canyon. A Washington dispatch, dated Janu ary 8, to the New York Sun says: Mr. James Stevenson, of the Geological sur vey, has reported to Major Powell, as one of the results of his last season's field operations, the discovery ofpeveral more ruined *ave and cliff cities, differing in 6ome respect? from any he had before examined. The most remarkable was a village of sixty-five underground dwell ings situated near the summit of one of the volcanic foothills of the San Francis co Mountains in the San Juan region of Arizona. The surface stratum of the hill had, by exposure, bacome hardened, and formed the common roof for the en tire community. The dwellings were ex cavated after a common pattern, and a description of one gives an idea of the whole. They had no intercommunica tion beneath the surface, and were only accessible by means of square holes lead ing from the surface by a vertical shaft to the floor of the main room of the dwelling. Holes cut nt convenient distances, along the sides of the shaft served the purpose of a stairway. Descending the shaft, the explorers'found themselves at the side of an oval-shaped, arch-roofetl room, about twenty feet in its smadest diameter. At the eniis and on the ends opposite the entrance low doorways connected the main room with smaller rooms, tho whole suite consisting of four apartments. A groove eighteen inches deep hy fif teen in widthl extending from the door of the room up one side of the shaft to the surface of thj3 hill, its bottom filled with ashes and its sides blackened with pmoke formed the fireplace and chim ney of the establishment. Around the mouth of the shaft a stone wall enclose! a kind of dooryard The wall seems to have served the double purpose of guarding against snowslidesaud prevent ing the accidental fall of ac inhabitant into his own or his neighbor's dwelling. Considerable debris was found in these ancient dwellings, an examina tion of which led to the discovery cf manj' curios, illustrating some of the social and domestic customs of the ex tinct race. Stone mauis and axes, the implements used in excavating the dwellings, pottery bearing a great varie ty of ornamentation, bone awls and needles of delicate workmanship,*the family grinding stone for grain, its well worn surface indicating long use, shell and obsidian ornaments and implements of wood, the uses of which were undis coverabie, were among the trophies of the exploration. Searcn was made for a watercourse ov spring, but no appearance of the exist snce of water in the region in recent sentuaries was discovered. There were signs of intercommunication between Ibis village and a cliff city some fifteen mites distant, which is also a new dis joverv. This city, or, gather, cluster of villages, occupied the side of a canyon, which has recently been christened Walnut Canyon. It is an immense fis sure in the earth, with nothing above the general level of the country to indi cate its existence to the traveler until lie stands upon its brink. The sides bave been gullied by storms and tor rents, leaving shallow, cave-like places )f great length atdifi'erent heights, along he bottoms of which, wherever tho ledge furnished a sufficient area, dwellings ,n groups or singly were built. The sea jou was well advanced when the placa ivas reached, and only little time was ipent in its exploration. All the ancient nethods of approach had been long be bre worn away, and access to the near 3st of the groups of houses was a work )f difficulty. The group or village, which nas most narrowly examined was about liree-quarters of a mile in length, and jonsisted of a single row of houses, the :ommon rear wall being the lining rock, while the sides and fronts were made of !arge squared stones laid in clay. A nar row street or pathway extended along he entire front. Other and similar vil ages could be seen along the canyon for distance of five miles. Among the relics found here was a wooden spindle K-hiri similar to those iu use by the Pue dIos of the present time,but unlike them the apparent manner of its manufac ure. Nothing indicating tho use of metallic tools of any description was discovered. The surface of the wood of which the whirl was formed had apparently been .•harred and then ground down to the requirrd size and shape by rubbing it apon sandstoue. A shaft of reed similar :o bamboo, a species entirely unknown in that region at this time, still re named in the whirl. It had beenbr«Ren by the ancient workman, and neatly mended by winding about it apiece of 5ne twine. The ends of this twine, be ing examined under the microscope, dis pose the fact that its fibre was of very Sue human hair. Articles of wood, corn cobs and even perfect grains of corn, walnuts, bones of the elk, antelope and wolf, portions of wearing apparel of a fabric resembling the mummy cloth of Egypt, and other irticles were found in abundance bur ied in the piles of debris which partially Slled these deserted homes. They were ao weapons of war or work of defense, ao temples or idols, and no hieroglyph cs or pictures. A Clever Country Cousin. Bostoa Glob?. They evidently like each other better than molasses candy. The young man with the hich-water trousers and the elongated coattails is of a timid, bashful lisposition, and I fancy has nst yet icrewed up his courage sufficiently tode lare hia love. The blushing young .•reature in the green dress and the pink bonnet is as "willin" as Barkis, ind has been meditating for several days past whether it would be un oaaidenly for Tier to avail herself of the sweet privilege which custom ha3 given io girls in those delicious years which an be divided by 4 and not by 100. She would like to encourage Henry a little if she could, but she wouldn't do any thing that wasn't proper for the world. Just now she is in a bewildering condit ion of doubt. Thus mused the reporter, whatching the innocent pair as they picked their way hand-in-hand over the sloppy fidewalk, going up Tremont street yesterday afternoon. At Winter etreet, where the water flooded the roadway, they paused an instant in dis may. Tnen the young lady raised her skirts, displaying a pair of substantial rubber boats, and bTavelv started to wade across, accompanied by her de voted swain. Half way over she stepped on a bit of ice and fell with a splash that covered the passers-by with flying drops. Henry looked wofully down at i* ••?•:•'. •',v"!- V. -7 /v- 1V1 -.- 'C V': .^' the fallen damsel for an instant, and. then, seeing that she was unhurt, be sought himself of an ancient joke, pop ular iu New England villages to the present day. "Oh Mary, you dropped something!" he exclaimed. She was just beginning to find out where she wag when he spoke. A rosy blush suffused her cheek. Looking up with a coy glance into her lover's face she modesf ly murmed: "Did I? well, if you'll pick it up you can have it." The banns will be published in the village meetin' house next Sunday. ABOUT SHOP GIRLS. An English Woman's Observations. New York Sun. A compact and enfrgetic little woman with neatly brushed hair, high color and an exceed'ngly business-like man ner, was bustling own the floor of a great up town dry-goods store recently, when the per.tacle of a solitary man itmong several hundred indifferent women attracted her attention. The man couldn't endure the situation much longer. He had been stared at, jostled, jeered, and snubbed until he felt round shouldered and hollow-eyed. "What can do for vou, sir?" asked the compact little woman in an agreea ble voice. "On, I came in search ofinformation." "Have you found it? "No, I can't say that I have. I want ed to make some inquiries about the merits of foreign and domestic shop girls. I asked two of the many young women here. One told me that the in telligence office was in the basement, behind the elevator shaft, and the other that the best time for a casual conver sation was on Monday after 0 p. m." "You made the mistake of approach ing pretty girls. Men always ao that, and they usually do it with a smile that gives the pretty girl an opportunity. Plain girls are alwa- civil with men. It is a habit they acquire early." "I know all ab-ut shop gins," contin ued the little woman, resting a plump hand on one hip, while she tapped her teeth thoughtfully with a long pencil which she snatched from her back hair, where it had stuck out like the fish bone in the head-dress of a Fiji Islander. "I have been with them all my life. I am one now, only I'm no longer a girl, but I have three of my own. I'm superintendent of them here, and I find them easy to manage. One must not be the least bit familiar with the girls, or they will become unmanage able." *'A great many of them have been in muchbetter circumstances, have they not?" "That is a very common impression, but one that hasn't the smallest founda tion in my opnion. The girls are fond of giving people that idea. In point of fact, however, they are almost all of them the most pretentious and am bitious members of their families, and miles above their parents in the social scale. When a woman of position meets with a misfortune she resolutely avoids the shop. She will do anything rather than come to an establishment like this. She takes in Bewing, gives painting or music lessons, or goes out as a gov erness for half the money the money that she could earn here." "How do American shoo girls com pare with those in England?" "There is no comparison whatever,"I said the little English woman, with a de cisive shake of her head. "The -Amer-I ican girls are superior in every respect) intelligence, taste neatness, quickness. and courtesy. It may strike you that there is doubt about the last, but I arai right. The London shop girls are inso-! lent, while here they are only saucy orj impertinent, if they ofFdnd at all. There* is a vast difference. London girls are so stupid, you knew." "There aie many complaints about the girls?" "Oh, yes, quite a number. We ob serve, however, that the complaints al ways come from shoppers who are not ladies. A well-bred woman will not find a disagreeable shop girl in along pil grimage in New York. If the girls are bothered by questions which no one has aright to ask, they are very apt to be pert." With this the litt'e woman nodded brightly, thrust the pencil into her back hair again, and bustled cheerily away. A Call for Yonng Men. From the Williamsport Breakfast Table. In all ages and at all times there has been a steady demand for sensible, hard-.working young men. In these days of dudes and kijl-glove nonsense, how ever, the supply is far below the de mand, and instead of young men with honesty, intelligence and industry in their heads, we find a large number who are striving constantly after sociai effects and puny honors that are as shallow as the sentiment that prompts their attain ments. Wien a man is worth money and desires to loaf it is all right for him 'o be a fool, if he pleases, and loll around languidly like a most approved aristo crat. He has money, he must live, and he pays his way. But for a young man in moderate circumstinces, to say the least, it is in bad taste indeed to ape the aristocratic idea, and it is fatal to all in terests, national and social, to have them waste their time on style, fashion and foolishness, Such men are puppets to be knocked about as the will of their superiors may indicate. It is also to be deplored that while the majority of young men who go astray in this vain race for fashion are nincompoops and numbskulls, there is a significant number among the foolish ones who are capable of better things. It is therefore all the more lamentable to see brains and mus cle going to the wall for the lack of proper advice or direction: If our yuung men of brains could only be made to see that wordly puccess depends on the forming, early in life, of sound busi ness principles, and their constant rigo rous observance, the good things of this life would be rere evenly distributed among men. and there would be more domestic happiness and solid social en joyment for all. As it is, the grand re sults reaped from sobriety enterprise, brains and painstaking effort are achieved and enjoyed only by the sensi ble few, and so long as young men b.indly follow the part of foolish indul gences and petty pleasures this hard working few will continue to gather on to themselves the golden sheaves of suc cess. A man cannot be a man and a dude at the same time. A poor m»»| ca .not wear kid gloves and promenade the street. There is no character in loafers and hangers on. What the age and the nation want is character, time tried and fire-tested and to character labor and snap the nation will deliver her wages, because the laborers of the people are always worthy of their hire. Wake up, young, man! Go to work and make your mark. :m'i: iv: vk-%^'^i^"v:''-•V ,J-",: »?s