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PACIFIC eOMMEkciAL AdveMseM AfrRlh L 1888.
. . . U !J A I. ' i ,1 : t H YMREE "ROCKERS." "Three rockers together a-rockiii slow. On the east piazzer, all in er row; Where are the folks, yer want ter know! No answer conies, but the wind sighs low. The old house is gray with weather an time, The well curb is mossy an' green with slime, Winders rattle an endless rhyme; Nobody's here, but the cheers rock slow. 44It ain't very long sence all in er row Three sisters sat rockin' here to and fro. Knittin countin' from heel to toe, Watchin' the bay where sails come and go. "They watched an they waited day arfter day, Not a single hip sailed inter the bay; Joes long a-cominV then they say, Whales must be skeerce' and they all rocked slow. 'But while they ratched shrank, Mandy whitened and And Mercy into strange silences sank. And Marthy, she looked old and lank: 'When will Joe come?' an' they rocked more slow. "Then ther come er day when an empty cheer Moved soft in the wind by the sister pair; A year more parssed, and Mercy there Sat watchin' two idle rockers blow. '"Three rockers together, a-rockin' slow. Not a soul in ther place to make 'em go; Folks are dead, if yer want ter know, An' the lonesome aea is rockin Joe!" W. H. Winslow in Youth's Companion. THE OLD ROOFTREE. 'Hello, Jim! "Where have you been lately?" shouted a broker the other even ing to a portly, finely dressed man in the corridor of the St. James. The gentle man stopped, shook hands with his friend, v and replied, "I've been home to see my old father and mother, the first time in sixteen years, and I tell you, old man, I wouldn't have missed that visit for all my fortune." "Kinder good to visit your boyhood home, eh?" "You bet. Sit down. I was just think ing about the old folks, and feel talkative. If you have a few moments to spare, sit down, light a cigar, and listen to a story , of a rich man who had almost forgotten his father and mother." ". They sat down, and the man told his story. "How I came to visit my home hap pened in a curious way Six weeks ago I went down to Fire Island fishing. I had a lunch put up at Crook & Nash's, and you can imagino my astonishment when I - opened the hamper to find a package of crackers wrapped up in a piece of news paper. That newspaper was the little patent inside country weekly published at my home in Wisconsin. I read every word of it, advertisements and all. There was George Kellogg, who was a school mate of mine, advertising hams and salt pork, and another boy was postmaster. By George! it made me homesick, and I determined then and there to go home, and go home I did. "In the first place I must tell you how I came to New York. I had a tiff with my father and left home. I finally turned . up in New York with $1 in my pocket. I got a job running a freight elevator in the very house in which I am now a partner. My haste to get rich drove the thoughts of my parents from me, and when I did think of them the hard words that my father last spoke to me rankled In my bosom. Well, I went home. I didn't see much change in Chicago, but the magnificent new depot in Milwaukee I thought was an improvement on the old shed that they used to have. It was only thirty miles from Milwaukee to my home, and I tell you, John, that train seemed to creep. I was actually worse than a school boy going home for vacation. At last we neared the town. Familiar sights met my eyes, and, darn it all! they filled with tears. There was Bill Lyman's red barn, just the same; but, great Scott! what were all of the other houses? We rode nearly a mile before coming to the depot, through houses where only occasionally I saw one that was familiar. The town had grown to ten times its size when I knew it. The train stopped and I jumped off. Not a face in sight that I knew, and I started down the platform to go home. In the office door stood the station agent. I walked up and said: 'Howdy, Mr. Col lins?' "He stared at me and replied, 'You've got the best of me, sir. ' "I told him who I was and what I had been , doing hx New York, and he didn't make any bones in talking to me. Said he: 'It's about time you came home. You In New York rich, and your father scratching gravel to get a bare living. ' "I tell you, John, it knocked me all in a heap. I thought my father had enough to live upon comfortably. Then a notion fctruck me. Before going home I tele graphed to Chicago to one of our corre spondents there to send me $1,000 by first mail. Then I went into Mr. Collins' back office, got my trunk in there and put on an old hand-me-down suit that I used for fishing and hunting. My plug hat I replaced by a soft hat, took my valise in my hand and went home. Somehow the place didn't look right. The currant bushes had been dug up from the front yard and the fence was gone. All the old locust trees had been cut down and young maples were planted. The house looked smaller somehow, too. But I went up to the front door and rang the bell. Mother came to the door and said: 'We don't wish to buy anything to-day, sir. "It didn't take me a minute to survey . her from head to foot. Neatly dressed, John, but a patch and a darn here and there, her hair streaked with gray, her face thin, drawn and wrinkled. Yet over her eyeglasses shone those good, honest, benevolent eyes. I stood staring at her end then she began to stare at me. I saw the blood rush to her face and with a great sob she threw herself upon me and nervously clasped me about the neck, liysterically crying: 'It's Jimmy, it's Jimmy. "Then I cried, too, John. I just broke down and cried like a baby. She got me Into the house, hugging and kissing me, and then she went to the back door and shouted 'George!' "Father came in in a moment and from the kitchen asked, 'What you want, Car Mine? "Then he came in. He knew me in a moment. He stuck out hi3 hand and grasped mine, and said, sternly, 'Well, young man, do you propose to behave yourself now? . "He tried to put on a brave front, but he broke down. There we three sat, like whipped school children, all whimpering. At last supper time came and mother went out to prepare it. I went into the kitchen with her. - " 'Where do you live, Jimmy?' sho nsked. '"In New York, I replied. " 'What you workin' at now, Jimmy V " 'I'm working in a dry goods store.' .''Then I suppose you don't live very high, for I hear tell o' them city clerks whAt don't get enough money to keep body and soul togetherv So I'll just tell I on, Jimmy, we got nothin' but roast We mh't got &nf We're poorer nor "I told her that I Would be delighted with the spareribs, and to tell the truths John, I haven't eaten a meal in New York that tasted as well as those crisp roasted spareribs did. I spent the evening play ing checkers with father, while mother sat by telling me all about their misfor tunes, from old white Mooley getting drowned m the pond to father's signing a note for a friend and having to mortgage the place to pay it. The mortgage was due inside of a week and not a cent to meet it with just $800. She supposed they would be turned out of house and home, but in my mind I supposed they At last 9 o'clock came, and wouldn't. father said: and see if 'Jim, go out to the barn and Kit is all right. Bring in an armful of old shingles that are just inside the door and fill up the water pail. Then we'll go off to bed and get up early and go a-fishing.' "I didn't sav a word, but I went out to the barn, bedded down the horse, broke up an armful of shingles, pumped a pail of water, filled the woodbox, and then we all went to bed. "Father called me at 4:30 in the morn- ins:, and while he was erettinc: a cup of coffee I skipped over to the depot cross lots and trot my best bass rod. Father took nothing but a trolling line and spoon hook. He rowed the boat with his troll- ins line in his mouth, while I stood in the stern with a silver shiner rigged on. Now, John, I never saw a man catch fish like he did. To make a long story short, he cauerht four bass and five pickerel and I never got a bite. "At noon we went ashore and father went home, while I went to the post office. I got a letter from Chicago with a check for $1,000 in it. With Home trouble I got it cashed, getting paid iu $5 and $10 bills, making quite a roll. I then got a roast joint of beef and a lot of delicacies and had them sent home. After that I went visiting among my old schoolmates for two hours and went home. The joint was in the oven. Mother had put on her only silk dress, and father had donned his Sunday go to meeting clothes, none too good, either. This is where I played a joke on the old folks. Mother was in the kitchen watching the roast. Father was out to the barn, and I had a clear coast. I dumped the sugar out of the old blue bowl, put the thousand dollars in it and placed the cover on again. At last sup per was ready. Father asked a blessing over it, and he actually trembled when he 3tuck his knife in the roast. " 'We haven't had a piece of meat like this in five years, Jim, he said; and mother put in with, 'And we haven't had any coffee in a year, only when we went a-visitin'.' "Then she poured out the coffee and lifted the cover of the sugar bowl, ask ing as she did so: 'How many spoons, Jimmy?' "Then she struck something that She picked up the bowl wasn't sugar. and peered into it. 'Aha, Master Jimmy, playm' your old tricks on your mammy, eh? Well, boys will be boys.' "Then she gasped for breath. She saw it was money. She looked at me, then at father, and then with trembling fingers ilrew the great roll of bills out. "Ha! ha! ha! I can see father now as he stood there then on tiptoe, with Ms knife in one hand, fork in the other and his eyes fairly bulging out of his head. But it was too much for mother. She raised her eyes to heaven and said slowly: 'Put your trust in the Lord, for he will provide. "Then she fainted away. Well, John, there's not much more to tell. We threw water in her face and brought her to, and tve demolished that dinner, mother all the time saying, 'My boy Jimmy! My boy Jimmy!' "I stayed home a month. I fixed up the place, paid off all debts, had a good time and came back again to New York. I am going to send $50 home every week. tell you, John, it's mighty nice to have a home." John was looking steadily at the head of his cane. When he spoke he took Jim by the hand and said: "Jim, old friend, what you have told me has affected me greatly. I haven't heard from my home way up in Maine for ten years. I m going home to-morrow." New York Sun. A Joke on the Duke. Duke Carl, of Wurtemberg, was a great hand at a practical joke in his younger Says. Once he called at a farm house and asked the farmer's wife, who was churn ing, for a drink of milk. She did not know her visitor, but went away to fetch the milk, when the duke seized a cat, which was lying near, and threw it, toT gether with a ducat, into the churn. When the woman returned, he drank the milk and walked away. A year later the same prince entered the house in different dress, and again asked for a glass of milk, and inquired whether some one hadn't once secreted a cat in her chum. The farmer's wife laughed, and said: "Oh, yes; and I wouldn't mind his doing it again at the same price. ' ' 'What did you do with the butter you were churning then?" "Oh! I sent it to the palace, where they take all my stuff." San Francisco Argonaut. A Writing: Desk of Cannon Balls. The twenty-fifth anniversary of Prince Bismarck's services in the government of Prussia brought him, among others, a present of unusual weight from Lord Ranelagh, who is a great admirer of the prince. "An iron present is the most suit able gift for the iron chancellor," he may have thought. And there was delivered on the festive day, at the palace of the prince, a parcel of immense weight. To guess by its weight, says a contemporary, it might have been Bismarck's voice in the council of the powers, but it was not. When the covers were removed there stood a writing table of iron fashioned as if made out of "real live cannon balls." Chicago Herald. Improvements in the Air Brake. Eighteen years ago, when the air brake was tried, it required eighteen seconds to apply it to a train 2,000 feet long. Four years later the time was reduced four seconds. Recent experiments with the air brake on freight trains show that it can be applied to every car in a train of that length running at the rate of forty miles an hour, and that this train can be stopped within 500 feet, or one-fourth of its own length, and all this without any serious jolting. New York Sun. Pleasures of Duty. Busy Father My daughter, I must take an early train to-morrow, the alarm clock is out of order, and some one will have have to sit up so as to wake me. Dutiful Daughter I'll do it, pa. "My dear, you are a daily and hourly blessing to me. Are you sure you can keep awake?" "Oh, yes, George will be here to-night." Omaha World. ipareribs fbr' supperi money now, Jimmy. Jobs turkey.' A Remarkable Case Under the above heading the "Don caster Reporter" of July 6, 1887, pub lishes the following in its editorial col umns : Our readers may recall the circumstance of a young clerk, named Arthur Richoid, falling insensible on the Wheatley Lane in this town some time ago, and being picked up, as he continued perfectly helpless, and taken in a cab by two gentlemen to the office of F. W. Fisher, Esq., the solicitor who employed him. On restoring him to consciousness it was ascertained that he was afflicted with what seemed to be an incurable disease. When he was able to speak he said he had been to his dinner and was on his way back to his work, when suddenly his head was in a whirl and he fell in the street like a man who is knocked down. On coming to his senses in the solicitor's office he thought what this might mean, and feared he was going to have a fit of illness, which we all know is a very dreadful thing for a poor man with a family to care for. With this in his mind he at once sought the best medical advice, telling the doctors how he had been attacked. They ques tioned him, and found that his present malady was exhaustion of the nervous .system, resulting from general debility, indigestion and dyspepsia of a chronic nature. This in turn had been caused by confinement to his desk and grief at the loss of dear friends by death. The coming on of this strange disease, as described by Mr. Richoid, must be of interest both to sick and well. He had noticed for several years previously, in fact, that his eyes and face began to have a yellow look; there was a sticky and unpleasant slime on the gums and teeth in the morning; the tongue coated ; and the bowels so bound and costive that it induced that most pain ful and troublesome ailment the piles. He says there was some pain in the sides and back and a sense of fullness on the right tide, as though the liver were enlarg ing, which proved to be a terrible fact. The secretions from the kidneys would be scanty and high-coloredi with a kind of gritty or sandy deposit after standing. These things had troubled Mr. Richoid a long time, and after his fall in the street he clearly perceived that bis fit of giddi ness was nothing more than a sign of the steady and deadly advance of the com plaint, which began in indigestion arid dys pepsia, riis story ot how he went irom one physician to another in search of a cure that his wife and little ones might not come to want is very pathetic and touching. Finally he became too ill to keep his situation and had to give it up. This was a sad calamitv. He was appalled to think of how he should be able to live. But God raised up friends who helped to keep the wolf from the door. He then went to the seaside at Walton on-the-Naze, but neither the change, nor the physicians who treated him there, did any good. All being without avail he visited London, with a sort of vague hope that some ad vantage might happen to him in the me tropolis. This was in October, 1885. 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