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They say, in wondering surprise, (And yet it is not what I sought,) "Your life is purer than we thought, A mist has hung before our eyes. "We did not deem you worthy praise; We o ,ly saw the darkened past, And did not know, that years fly fast, And naught is clear through fog and haze. "We said-What has been, must be still, His present copies true his past; The cloud of sin that overcast His youth, must still the fair sky fill. "We judged you harshly all these years, We were not fair to you nor just; And now we bow us in the dust, And, conscience-smitten, beg with tears, "That you forgive us for the wrong, That you forget how blind we wore; And we will join in praise with her, Who has, alone, in trust been strong." To this I answer, carelessly: "Your meed of praise I have not sought; The good within me has been wrought By her who has been true to me; "And she to me is all in all, Her praise is praise enough for me, I look within her eyes and see She loves and trusts, though angels fall. "It matters not if praise or blame Proceed from other lips than her's; Your thought of me no feeling stirs, My thought of you is still the same." Tie Prodigal Son. Last Sunday afternoon the superintendent of a S anday school out in the Black Hills happened to be visiting some friends in Brooklyn, and, on invitation, attended the school service of one of the popular Metho dist churches. Invited to address the child ren, he declined at first, but finally consented, and to illustrate the welcome of the sinner to repentance related the following anecdote: "I reckon most of you young ones have heard about the old feller in Egypt, which was well fixed fer kids. The old man was heeled clear to his neck, and thar wasn't a dip nor spur he wasn't onto, and you bet he had his equar dose o' sheers in every pay dirt claim on the divide. He was a good old man, straight as a rifle bar'l, and without knot, rot, or woodpecker hole from root to crow's nest. For a long time he'd been full owner o' an eighty stamp mill, and travelers in them parts seen the smoke rising from his chimney pretty steady, and they knowed quartz was grinding and the dust was good. 1 Thar warn't no funny business about the old man. He knowed prime wash from salt by the color, and it warn't long afore the boys i quit stealing his mules and set right down to the levels and picked for trade. They i knowed he'd straddle any blind, but he dealt J fair, and they respected him. Well, child ren, the old man banked a heap o' quartz. He had a big ranch, and the sheep on it was 1 as thik, as miners' tents. Thar was antelop~ C and prhirie chickens, and jack rabbits, an4 ' black-tail deer till you couldn't rest. And d thar was lots of wheat and a big shack, built o' logs, with a parlor in one end. Now, I F tell you, that thar old man was fixed up to the trap, and don't you forget nothing. But one o' his sons was kind o' restless. He wanted for to prospect for himself. The old man give him the racket straight from the hip; told him not to make a dog-gone fool of himself. Stay where he was. Thar was more money in a stamp-mill than there was in mines, and he advised, the kid to locate right thar. Why, children, that thar old man knew from the sour that the short did'nt b have no show, even for tailings, and what's 0 tailings, even if he played to win, to a squar divide on the regular wash. ci "But the kid wanted long grass, and so the eC old man started him, and gave him his bless- " ing, and told him for to always deal level t with the table and never let a man get his elbow behind his kidney on him, and so the hi boy got away. Fixed straight to his hair. at All the dust he wanted. Best advice a boy ox ever got. What do you think hedid? Be si went broke. I never knew whether he got into a game whar they played straights, or rn whether some fellow held over him a square , deal, but he went clear to the bottom o' his Ei sock and struck bedrock. Clean up dead L4 gone. The yield didn't pan a cent to the ton. Gulch dried up. Dips crossed his angles, m Blind leads fetched the only vein he had, ex cept one, but that he didn't know of. He was so digging for yellow in black rock and couldn't cc see the glory that was only waiting for him to assay and coin. Yes, you bet. Thar that poor boy, without money enough to buy a th box o' matches, was driving where thar wasn't even pyrit, while all the sky was pour ing out the best color ever panned,. and he ui couldn't get onto it. Well, thar was only one thing to do. Prospecting was no use. So he went down on a ranch, and told the ranch men he'd keep the coyotes off the pigs. You cE know what an ornery derned thing a pig'is. ' You've got to kill him and smoke him and gi throw him away and forget him before you can eat him, and yet that thar young man hived right down with pigs and drawed when it was his turn, and if he got a fair hand o' shucks he was goose on his luck. c Bimeby the racket gotltoo stiff for, him so he ti kicked. He made up his mind that he would " flock back to the mill and strike the old man ( for another stake. Did the old man go back a1 on him ? Well, not for coin. Did he say he wasn't hiring any new hands, but the kid might work at Hamilton's Hollow? I ft reckon not. Says he, 'Put it here,. pard,' I and he just fell clean over him. Thet's style. ir Thet's trade from the origin. Thet ain't all. " ,Thet thar old man fetched out a buckskin d trowsers, and an antelope shirt, and some h buffalo boots and a camp hat, and drawed " the young feller right in. Eh ? How's thet ? Gitting you now, am I? Begin to hook on to my racket ? Know who the old man was ? Yes, you bet your life, and He's waiting on you to pass out on a bobtail, and for you to come to Him and be fitted out and started in the stamp-mill again like you never hopped the ti-ra-lu and hooked out from under the family unbrella. Let up be and saved. For I tell you children, the lower level gets awful hot sometimes, and if you can do placer work with the sky right around you keep away from the tunnel business, for thar's no draw ing after a bet. '"I'd like to have you sing a hymn for me that we sing in our Sunday school, 'Baby Mine;' do you know it ?" And to the astonishment of the local super intendent they did know it, and he couldn't stop it. Gambetta at Home. Gambetta has returned to his earlier loves. It is not so long ago since he was a lazy, ill dressed, and rather unkempt cafe lounger. Now he is a statesman and one of the world's leaders for the time being. Nevertheless, he does not altogether forget his old friends and associates: The liquor saloon-keepers of Paris, says a Paris letter, indulge in an annual dinner, which is quite an affair in its way, and rather eclipses our own French cook's ball. Gambetta was invited by his is old friends, and cheerfully consented to at tend. Wine-shops are important centres in e politics. Even so popular a m!n'st r as Mr. Gladstone has been defeated before now by a judicious admixture of the gin and gospel elements in British politics. So Gambetta went down among the tavern-keepers and made a very pretty little speech. He did not e tell them precisely that they were the salt of h the earth, for he has a constitutional objection to quoting scripture. But he did tell them he a was extremely gratified at coming into inter e course with trade societies such as theirs, y which were the real representatives of indus d try and thrift. Indeed, sucn intercourse was It a duty which he would never shirk on any a pretext. Tavern-keepers, he informed 1 his delighted audience, were the pillars s and conservators of society, whose only enemy was the clerical. Tavern-keepers never fomented riots, which is only a stereo typed accusation of the revolutionary press. The wine-shop was for the workman and small tradesman what the club and the sa loon were for the rich, and Gambetta con demned tle rigorous legislation to which so useful and beneficial an institution was sub t jected and which placed it at the mercy of officials. "The humble wine-shop keeper was an important section of society in popu lar quarters, for, as his friend Martin Na daub had said, 'Labor makes one thirsty."' These words wA go all 6ver France, and are destined, as they doubtless were intended, to bear rich vintage in the election for the pres idency of the French republic. FLOATING FANOIES, "Oh, she was nice to eat," Remarked the alligator' "She tasted very sweet, And I am gladiator." A long deal-a twenty-foot plank, A close shave--2 per cent. a month. "One difficulty about a chip off'n the old block," said Deacon Searchly, "is that its of'en the old block-head." The marquis of Calinax was so exceedingly cautious in everything that he wrote at the end of his will: "It is my last wish that I may not beburriedalive * * * as far as this may be possible." A singular fact-A Galveston gentleman has observed that when he goes out hunting and has his gun with him and wants to ride on the street car, he has never yet had occa- A sion to signal a street-car driver twice. An Alabama paper publishes the following notice: "Married, at Flintstone, by the Rev. Samuel Windstone, Ephriham Grindstone, to Emiline Sandstone, both of Limestone." Look out for a lot of small Grindstones. Indignant mother-"Surely, you don't mean this for a likeness of my son ? It's not got his nose." Photographer-"I'm very sorry, but the fact is the nose never does come out quite right wtth the first copy. If you took a dozen, now-" Just why a man should be ashamed to own M that he is injured by a fall we don't see, but ninety-nine men out of a hundred on getting up from a slippery spot will lie like butchers, and say "Not hurt at all," when in truth they are bruised'and skun in over twenty places. Small Brother: "Where did you get that candy from, Annie ?" Small Sister: "Mother gave it to me." S. B.: "Ah, she always gives you more than me." 8. S.: Never mind; she is going to put mustard plasters on us when we go to bed to-night and I'll ask her to let you have the biggest." "What does your husband do ?" asked the census man. "He ain't doin' nothia' at this time of the year," replied the young wife. "Is he a pauper ?" asked the census man. (She blushed scarlet to the ears.) "Law, no,",she exclaimed somewhat indignantly; I "'we ain't been married more'n six weeks." "Ever kill a man ?" they asked of a tender foot, when he arrived at Deadwood. "Reckon I have, several," he replied. More respectful in manner they asked him: '"Shoot him ?"' "No." "Knife him ?" "No." "Club him to death?" "No." "Poison?" "N'o, sir." Then how the devil did you ever kill a man ?" "Drove a butcher's cart " t ? Technical k;nowledge: A two-foot rule on was given to a laborer in a Clyde boatyard s? to meisure an iron plate. The laborer not on being well up in the use of the rule, after to spending a considerable time, returned. "Noo, in Mick," asked the plater, "what size is the ed plate ?" "Well," replied Mick, with a grin of he satisfaction, "it's the length of your rule and r I two thumbs over, with this piece of brick and ul the breadth of my hand and my arm from rk here to there, bar a finger." ay Horace Greeley's advice to young men was: W- "Go West and rise rapidly with the new country." The young man that rushed into ne the elevated car the other evening and sat by down on the arm that separates the seats, rose with a rapidity that would have made 'r- Horace's new country perfectly wretched. 't The only disadvantage in raising, under the above circumstances, is that you have to force a sickly grin and look unconcerned, which is very trying sometimes. S. A Chat With Salvini-On being introduced 11- to the great tragedian I opened the conversa r. tion by remarking, "Sig. Salvini,chiaros curo 's maccaroni," to which he courteously respond s, ed, "Sig, Americano, Andante stiletto." I Is was delighted to hear it, and replied, "Mezzo re tinto, bittorio Emannello vivo voce." That .n seemed to please Salvini, and he replied, te smiling, "Pianissimo staccato mio." I h agreed with him, and said, "Bravo lazzaroni is piano." He seemed to like the idea very t- much and declared quite earnestly. "Handano n organo granderino." I then shook hands r. and withdrew, as I saw many of his friends a waiting an opportunity to speak to him." 31 "I swore to never drink a drop, a Alas !" said he, ' I think d For me it will be hard to stop, For T-ice-water drink " Choteau House NEW HOTEL. Thoroughly Refitted and Newly Furnished, SULLWVAN & HILL, Proprietors. s Conducted on first-class urmciples. Everything new, neat and attractive. Feeling assured that we can offer the very best of accommodation, we res pectfully solicit the patronage of the public. PRICES REASONABLkE:. 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