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Ralph Ringwood. A Truo Story of a Kontuoky Plonoor. (Conttnuri fmm Mvttk.) Miller willingly reccivod mo Into his houso as an inmate, and seemed pleased with the idea of making a hunter of mo. Ilia dwolling was a small log-house, with u loft or garret of bonrds, so that tliero was ample room for both of us. Undor his in struction, I soon mado a tolerablo proficiency in hunting. My first ex ploit of any consequence was killing a bear. I was hunting in company with two brothers, when wo came up on his track, in o wood whero tliero was an undergrowth of canes and grapo-vinos. Ho was scrambling up a tree, when I shot him through tlio breast; ho fell to the ground, and lay motionless. The brothers sont in their dog, who soized the boar by the throat. lie raised one arm, and gave tho dog a hug that crushed his ribs. Ono yell, and all was over. I don't know which was first dead, tho dog The Counties. Madison County. Wnllnccton . J. W. Baker moved to Cartcrsvillo Saturday tho 2flrd. Mr. II. B. Wvlio is drilliuir a well but has got no water yet. Ratio Wylio will start in a few days for Lebanon to visit relatives. Rov. Parson preached at tho Bapt t'st Church Sundav tho 17th: a lanro crowd attended. flirs. way Wilson nas o loion on her thumb, which has caused much pain and must soon bo lanced for tho third timo. miss isarno ruts nnu joo wniiaco wero married at tho homo of Win. Hy ntls, Tuesday, tho 19th. A fow of her friends wero present, and all enjoyed themselves. Itlclimond. Ralph Bingham mado us all laugh at tho court houso tho l'Jth. Miss Maggie Broaddus, who is teaching at Irviue, will spend tho holidays with her parents and friends here. or tho bear. By degrees I became known, and rrof- neJnId opened tho holiday somewhat of a favorite among the entertainments here by giving his hunters of tho neighborhood; that is P"P's a Christmos tree in tho chapel to say, men who lived within a circle of hw Bchol MMIng. of thirty or forty miles, and came Tho taking of tho Morro Castle occasionally to see John Miller, who will le reproduced in tho M. E. was a patriarch among them. They church Tuesday evening, tho gifts lived widely apart, in log-huts and representing tho spoils, wigwams, almost with tho simplicity Miss Amanda V. Walker spent of Indians, and well r.igh as destitute, few days visiting Miss Minuio Gilbert of the comforts and inventions of civil- this week, while on her way to Ind lzed life. They seldom saw each lanapohs to visit relatives and attend other; weeks, and even months would school. . .11 1 ll 11H I eiapse, wiiuounueir visimig. nnen Representative elect Wm. Harris they did meet, it was very much after has finishod taking depositions for the manner ot Indians; loitering ui8 contest MoTe lho Legislatu rennd auout, an uay, wiiuoui uaviug mucn 8ay8) If j nm given a fair bearing, I to say, but becoming communicative shall bo seated." Hon. Brutus Clay is as evening advanced, and sittiug up managing tho case, assisted by Attor- . i n i i i. r n i-ii? J nan mo mgui ueiuru nm jire, telling uey Lowrv, was hunting-stories, and terrible tales of the fights of the Bloody Ground. Sometimes several would join in a distant hunting expedition, or rather campaign, .expeditions ot tnis kind lasted from November until April, during which no laid up our stock of summer provisions. Wo shifted our hunting-camps from place to place, according as wo found tho game. They were generally pitched near a run ol water, and closo by a cane break, to screen us from the wind. Ono side of our lodge was open towards tho lire. Our horses wero hoppled and turned loose in the cane brakes, with bells around their necks. One of the party stayed at home to waicn tno camp, prepare tiie meals, find lrrwin nfT ihn wnlroa i)m nillc.ro hunted. When a hunter killed a deer daughter moved into the house with at a distance from tho camp, ho would ora,tn weeK BWore ,ast' Grace. E. J. Benge has a fine supply of Clay County. Otri. Born to Mrs. Ella Hardy a girl. Born to Thomas Smith and wife, i girl. J. II. Fredrick is working for Josi ah Davis. James Davis moved on tothiscreok from Knox county week before last, Josiah Davis and Sarah Abnor wero married Dec. 19. Irvan Davidsons child died last week. Tnigg Swafford, merchant, returned Dec. 16, from a visit to Knoxville, Tenn Mrs. Betsy Ann Eversole and open it and take out the entrails; then, climbing a sappling, he would bend it down, tie the deer to the top, and let it spring up again, so as to suspend the carcass out of reach of the wolves. At night he would return to the camp, and give an account of his luck. Tho next morning early he would get a horse out of the canebrake and bring his homo game. That day he would atay at home to cut up the carcass, whilo the others hunted. By tho opening of spring we would generally have quantities of bear's meat and venison salted, dried, and moked, and numerous packs of skins. We would men make tno best ot our way home from our distant hunting grounds, transporting our spoils, sometimes on horseback over land, and our return would often bo cele brated by feasting and dancing, in truo backwoods stylo. I have given you soma idea of our hunting; let me uow give you a sketch of our frolick ing. It was on our return from a winter's hunting in tho neighborhood of Green Rivor we received notice that there was to bo a grand frolic at VI. Mosely'8 to greot tho hunters. There was uo other man within a hundred jniles that could play a fiddle, so there Was no having a regular frolick without Bob Mosely. Tho hunt- goods Dr. Wyatt is very busy attending his patients. L. H. York's school closed at this place last week. Mrs. Polly Wyatt is visiting her daughter at Tinker. Miss Mattio Marion expects to teach school in Manchester. Mr. Wm. Murray and wife aro the happy parents of a fine girl. Lawrence Johnson has completed his house, and moved into it. Preston Fields returned from Pitts burg whero he has been working. Wm. II. Murray has a fine supply of men's clothing, and expects moro soon. Sovoral young mou and ladies pass ed through hero last week going to Beroa. Mrs. Liza Riggs has returned from Tennessee whero she has been visit ing her mother. Helen Brigmau returned from Ot ter creek Saturday, whero sho has been teaching school. Columbus Whittimore shot John Spivy through tho arm last week, lie claims it was an accident. Mrs. Susan Ben go Is vory bus Collingsworth. Mr. J. C. Powell Iuih gone to Liv ingston on n business (rip. Mr. W. P. Sandlin of Dreyfus was hero last week visiting friends and relatives. Prof. Dickson of Livingston staid over with your correspondent Monday night ot last week. Mr. Green V. Morris and Miss Ma ry Morris wero united in tho holy bonds of matrimony Dec. 14. Mr. Jako Millor, John Gibson, and two Messrs. Bates of Richmond slnid at Mr. J. C. Powell's ono night on a bird hunting trip. Clover Bottom. Henry Click took n load of apples to Berea Saturday. Thos. Hayes, of Gray visiting relatives hero. James Robinson, of Sturgeon, hero on business last week. Solomon Adams and Miss Susan Robinson wore married December 21. Cash Powoll passed through this icinity with a drovo of week. Mrs. D. C. Sparks returned to Drip Rock Sunday, after a two weeks visit at her fathers. Several of our boys and girls who aro attending school at Berea, are home for Christmas. Miss Ollie Hatfield has returned from a trip to Tennessee, and is visiting friends here. Rockcastle County. Withers. Jeffio French, our school teacher, is very sick. James Mullins and family are away on a Christmas trip. Mrs. Moore, tho noted horse back vicinity a visit SPECIAL DEPARTMENTS. THE HOME. KIUcl tijr Mm. Kat K. rct.iAM, teacher In Ilcrra Colics. Complicating Christmas. There must bo sotno radical and growing departure from tho right and best way of celebrating Christmas when each recurring year wo hear a larger number of men saying, "Well, I II lo truly thankful whon this Christmas business is over." Aud they are led to this remark generally by seeing their wives, mothors, sisters or daughters reach Christmas utterly tired out, with tho prospect of n seigo of illness as soon as Christinas is over. Now, there is always something wrong when wo inako n burden of our pleasures. And if ono of our sources Hawk, in of ploasuro in tho calendar's greatest gala day is derived from n feeling of thankfulness that it is over, there is something askow either in tho way wo prepare for, or speud, the day. Christmas is the last of all days which wo should complicate. If tho this nrs, therefore, woro always ready to buying eggs, butter, aud so forth, for givo him a share of their gatuo in ex- tho girls dormitory at Loudon change for his music, and iioo was always ready to got up a carousal whenever there was a party returning from a hunting-expedition. (To U tvnlinutJ.) I had dyspepsia fifty-sovon yoars and never fouud pennant relief till I took Kodol Dysjiepsia Cure. Now I am well and feel liko a new man," writes S. J. Flemtning, Murray, Nob. It is tho best digestunt known. Cures all forms of indigestions. Physicians everywhere prescribe it. S. E. Welch, Jr. Jackson County. Kvcrgrcen. Greon Lake was tho guest of Tom Jones Sunday, December, 17. Pino Grove school has adjourned for five weeks on account of uffuirs at Circuit Court, at McKoo. Charlio J, Lako and John Drow aro in the stave business, working for Captain Smith. C. P. Moore, of Welehburg, visited his brother's school Friday, Decem ber 11. He taught Pino Grovo school for threo years. rider, mado recently. Joo Griffin has a wator power mill on Horse Lick creek, for grind ing com. The littlo daughter of Tommy Anderson has been sick for somu timo, but is slowly improving. Mrs. Susie Goforth, of Madison county, is visiting her parents, Elisha and Eliza Mullins, of this place. W. C. Mullins is in tho cross tio business near Livingston, and ex pects to employ ono hundred men. Estill County. Locust Branch. Littlo Gilla Harris has been very sick for the past week, but is better now.. Miss Mamie Elliott, of Wiseman- town, is visiting her sister, Mrs. Aunio Goutry. D. M. Click, of Kirby Knob, was the guest of Miss Lilly Kindred last Friday. Jno. A. Bicknell and wife are re joicing over tho arrival ol a lino eight pound girl. Miss Lilly McWhorter, of Brass- field, is visiting Marsh Kindred's family this week. Lula Kindred returned homo Sun day after a month's visit with her sister, Mrs. R. W. Harris, of Panola. Louis Roulo, of Detroit, Mich., and Miss Stanley Bicknell worn married at the home of the brido's parents December 19th. Tho bride and groom will leave for Michigan in a few days. Leslie County. Hydou. An election for County Judgo was held Dec. 1 1. several furmers are clearing new ground for next year's crops. Miss Tana Morgan is going to Culdwell College uext session. Gran Cornell is delivering a fiuo quality of Caunel coal for so von cents per bushel. Several new students at the Acado- my last week; the gonial Jim Begloy is hero again. Justus Bowling and Sherman Ev ersole expect to start to Maysvillo af ter Christmas. Hiram Brock has closed his school on Hirts Creek. All his patrons are anxious to have him again. Mrs. Maud Jeffries, formerly Miss Maud Webb aud a student hero, died week before last of typhoid fever. Mr. Fritz Krugor has fiuishod tho brick work on tho court houso uud Eversolo's store aud left for homo. Die vi us & Co. havo bought the saw mill formerly belonging to Lewis & Maggurd. They aro prepared to fill all orders. Rov. Tyler of Campton is holding a protracted meeting ut tho Methodist Church. Rev. E. P. Size more is as sisting him. hogs last 1 simplicity was eximieu in ony o I l!f t; i ii i . uiu ut-r nvcu on cann u was in llio life of Christ. No being over taught tho sublimity of a simplo lifo moro forcibly : no other lifo has shown tho heights reached by simplicity of liv ing applied to high idoals. Tho com manding greatness of His life lies in tho force of His absoluto simplicity Because Ho lived all mankind rejoices ou tho day of His birth, aud proclaims it a day of congratulations, good wishes and general merrymaking, We givo presents to each other be cause, through tokens of His lovo for us, we have learned how to love others. Love tokens: heart offerings these are what wo call Christmas presents; aud they aro only such when they are given in the true spirit. Aud ono of the complications of tho day THE SCHOOL. the Edited by Mm. Kmia It. Yoct'M, Ifn of .Normal !rtrtmnit. Ifc-rrn Cnllcfre. There are so many goo I things pressed into this littlo jioom of Alico Cijry's that I want all tho boys and girls who are out of school to set to work and learn it by tho timo that 15KK) gets here, and try to livo by it llio rest of their years. For Young Folks. Don't ever go hunting for pleasures. Thoy con not bo found thus I know: Nor yot fall a digger for treasures, Unless with the spado and tho liool THE FARM. Tho beo has to work for tho honey, llio drone has no right to the fowl. And he who not earned his money vt ill got out of money no good. arises here. The real meaning of tho word "present" has been lost iu nil too many casos: wo givo from other motives man tno right ono: wo give here from obligation; wo givo there because others have given to us wo give to fit tho conditions of those upon whom we bestow, aud frequent i. ly go uoyonu our means; wo give where tho heart does not go with the offering. And there we tako tho day aWay from its setting; wo pervert its meaning; wo are untrue to ourselves and to others; wo place a burden oi; ourselves; wo wear ourselves out try ing to decide uot what wu would liko to do nor what our hearts prompt us to do, but what wo "must" do: what wo feel wo ought to do: what will bo expected of us. Much as wo need simplicity in all tho phases of our living, its greatest need is sometimes felt at Christmas. And it seems a pity that wo cannot make a beginning there. Wo could if we would simplify this question of presents: if we would leave out of our consideration all but the natural promptings ot our hearts. If ever material considerations should be dis missed from our minds and lives it should be iu connection with Christ mas. If over our friends should see our hearts our real inner selves it should be on Christmas Day. Not that wo should bo other than our real selves ou other days. But as it is, wo are not our actual selves on the day of all the days when we should bo. Tho ant builds her houso with her lalwr, Tho squirrel looks out for his mast. Aud ho who depends ou his neighbor ill never havo friends, firstor last. In short, 'tis no bettor than thioving. Though thief is a harsh name to call. Uood things to be always receiving And noverto givo back at all. Aud do not put off till to morrow The thing that you ought to do now, But sot first the share in tho furrow And then set your hand to tho plough. Tho timo is too short to bo waiting, The day makoth haste to tho night, And it's just as hard work to bo hating lour work as to doit out right. Know this, too, Ix'foro you aro older, And all tho fresh morning is gone, Who puts to the world's wheel a shoulder Is he that will move tho world on! Don't weary out with delaying, And when you aro crowded, don't stop: Beliovo me, there's truth in tho saying, "lliero always is room at the top," To coimcienco bo true, and to man true, IMItcd t.jr 8. C. Mawin, l"rof.or ol limn cnlture, llorra Collet. Cowpens nml Holl Innovation. A field of cowpeas has been very linpplly designated "tho poor man's bank," for iu common with all its le guminous congeners, tho field p.M, clovers, alfalfa, and a score of other., this crop has the jtower of Increasing tho facility of tho soil upon which ll grows. This fact has long boon iu ceptod by farmero aud students of agriculture, but until recent discm eries in Germany and America it was believed that tho chief function of these plants was to pump up nilm gen from lho sub soil reservoir to (he surface by means of their long nutH for tho uso and bonefit of succeeding crops. But experiments in the field and laboratory for tt puroso of deter mining tho causes of natural pirn nomena havo taken tho placoof cla.-n room philosophy aud spcculatio reasoning. Within tho last twenty years scientific workors have disco orod that minute micro-organisms, or bacteria, which livo withlu tho tissum of the roots of leguminous plan' toke up free nitrogen from tho gasei in tho soil, just as tho higher plants aud animals utilizo tho oxygen of tlm air. The nitrogen enters into comb' nation to form nitrio acid, which uuiteri with tho mineral dements of the soil to form nitrates, a kind of plant foal exceedingly valuable to the growing crop. Nitrogen, when iu combination with other elements, N an indispenaiblo form of plant an i animal lood.biit the froo element can uot be utilized, tincomhincd, by an i i oi uiu mgiier organisms, small a amounts of nitrous acid are formed as a result of lightning dihchargi-t and are washed out of tho air bv rains, to bo iu part ahorlcd by tho soil, and in part carried by rivers ami drniuage waters into tho sea. Frv nitrogen exists only In the air and iu tho gnat-a of tho M)il, but as ammonia. Keep faith, hope, and love in your nitrous and nitric acid, nitrite and breast, And when you havo dono all you can do Then you may trust for tho rest. Alice Cart. This column extends a heartv Chritmas greeting to you all, with wishes for a glad Now Year. Let It Conic. Whcthu (uu.hlnr, whether rain, lrt It mm, Whrthrrtorrotr, whrthr rln, Lot It come I It bjr (Ate jnu'rr ttrtr ken, try Nut to Morrr, tnx, n.I lh Sorrow"! ortAtilclnr. why, Let It (Tract Whn rrtir lilt (All thick An J (.t, Let Ihetn enlur, And flrmlr blowt IKo'i Umprtt LUut, Let It (time! Trlilt only male ui tronc, Nrnrc u to wltlutaml lha wroar. He It lf h, or trr, or wn(, Vt It come t Trotitlci come, ofl hinl to beir, Let them come: lUch and all tnuit bear a ibare, Ift It come! Ood the Father In lilt might. Often worki beyond our litht: What He do ! alraji right, 11 It rumr! IlKMtr Auis liANi, Colletrlllll. nitrates, it is present in varying nuan lilies iu tho toil, tho unbroken rocks, and tho waters of continents and oceans. There aro a great many acres of fanning land in the South in need of renovation. Tho red uplands and yellow clay-soils were undoubtedly less fertile originally than tho alluvial and black pntirio soils, and the nieth otls of cultivation which formerly pre vailed havo still further diminished their productiveness. Inlhedavs when every plantation numbered Its acre by the thousand and labor was cheap tho planter could affonl to clear oft" tho uBtivo forest growth and bring fresh fields into cultivation whenever the yields of cotton aud tobacco fell below what what was considered a profitable figure. The old field, atrip ped iu a few years of its accumula ted store of humus,was abandoned and allowed to grow to weeds and under brush. Tho forest again spread across it, and gradually, in tho slow- course of half a lifetime, tho natural enrichment of its surface soil by tho growth of woodland grasses mado it ready for another robbery. ? I I It .mm iI$W UWfcrcj&saswwaBTaMpaFTill-TO X arw i -y . - ir .'HI r . 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