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B. P. 8GHWEIER,
THE CONSTITUTION THE UNION AND THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAWS.
Eilitoi and Proprietor.
VOL. XI. I II.
MIFFUNTOWN. JUNIATA COUNTY. PENNA.. WEDNESDAY. DECEMBER IS. 1SS9.
There is no danger of the World'"
Fair being held in Central Tart, nor U
there much reason to believe that It
will be held within several hundred
miles or that spot.
James Bod well was one of the first
settlers in Bingliam in the tl of
Maine. The whole region of the Ken
nebec was at that time infested by
various tribes of Indians, some of whom
seemed disposed to dwell peaceably
with the white, if possible, on the
land occupied by their fathers, while
ot!ie:s were exceedingly anxious to ex
terminate the imle-faced intruders.
Mr. Ike! well" family consisted of
himself, hi. wife, and three children
the oldest, Hannah, being 13 years of
ace, and the others, a boy and girl, 10
an I 6 respectively. A cabin had been
.,i, -.v,i.- i. - .... t. biui', several acres cleared, and the
uonai jurumif t.onrerence. 1 be lacl
that failing vessels hare the risht of
way over steamers seems to inspire
Iheir skippers with an overweening
telf-coufidcnce which often invites a
The Czir wants ths Kaiser to Tislt
hlu next summer when the Russian
army review tikes p!ace. He doibtless
wants the Kaiser to see what a big lot
of men he will have to meet in case of
THE sinking of the steamship Man
hattan in a eolliaston with a schooner,
and the deplorabla loss of life which
accompanied the disaster, constitute
PropoMt a Plan for
tbe Indians, ait J remained a number of
days to protect him and his family
should other savages seek revenge.
Xo further tiouble, however, was ex
perienced. The explorers settled in that
Immediate vicinity, and in a few years
II annah married a son of one of them.
And although she has now passed from
earth, her life ai cue of industry, vir
tue and happiness, and she had the "at
traction before she died of seeing her
oldest son inaugurated Governor of his
An Old Time New England Dinner.
BY R. MABIA GEOROR.
The year of l.-a is keeping op Its
reputation for disasters. Closely fol
'owlug the great fires at Lynn and
Boston comes a fire at Minneapolis,
wh.cn earned the death of at Ieat
even persons; the wrecking of a vessel
on the Jersey coast, with the loss of
several liven and now the los of
another ship In the Pacific Ocean and
the death of nineteen of the crew.
One of the npist gratlty.ng features
f the International Maritime Confer
-nee had been the unanimity shown by
l he delegates nn all questions of impor
Utuce. Even Great Britain, which
weut into the Conference reserving
ceitain rights, has given her representa
I ie greater freedom of action, and is
nut likely to put any obstacle in the
way of adoption of the proposed
changes. It seems assured that protec
l.ou and su'fty of life and property at
ea will soon be more effectually
Biino derives Mich standing as It
has obtiili e 1 in th s country through
English example, and now the authori
ty of I.omlo'1 have decided to pro
hibit, Kxlug io.tst-. It is not long
i life tlie people or England openly
i rii'oiir.iged and permitud prizefights,
i. nil hcn these fell into disfavor, box
mz whs held to le a gentlemanly diver
sion by a very large prrt of the people,
l'ti. t it should nw have lost Its pres
t ge, as iudi-ated by the action of the
London authorities, means, probably,
that ti.e professional boxers have so
h'U:i 1 their privileces as to bring "the
u.t.i y ait" into disrepute.
POSTMASTER Ct EN 1CU A L VASAA
KFRfl report is receiving the very
geueial r raise that it deserves. It is
reinurkal le for Us thoroughness, show
ing that the 1'ostma.ster General has
admired a thorough knowledge of h's
lepai tment duriug the few months he
La hi-en at its head. He has closely
scrutinized every portion of the depart
ment anj in a lucid and convincing
maimer suggests changes wh:ch would
doubtless be advantageous to the coun
try. He finds the present system too
cumbersome and points out how the de
fects may be remedied. Mr. Wjia- I
maker is bringing the mind and
n.ethod or a great and successful busi
ness man to bear on his depirtment.
Mauy of the neighboring Indians had
called at the cabin, inquired after the
crops, and taken a great interest In the
children; and although they had often
requested to take the smaller ones to
their camp, and as often been refused,
they appeared friendly and willing to
do what they could for the family.
Hannah's feature were finely formed;
her eyes were dark, and ber beautiful
brown hair, geneially hanging in
tresses over her shouldeis, always
called forth from the Indians expres
sions of praise and admiration. After
an acquaintance of several months an
Indian chief desireJ to take Hannah to
his camp and make her one of his fa
mily. To this proposition Mr. Bolwell.
of course, refused to accede, giving as a
I reason that his d mghter was at that
' time too young to be taken from her
parents, and suggested t the chief that
while he felt it his duty as a lamer to
retain Hannah in the family, he yet
wi-hed to live on terms of peace with
his (the chief's) tribe, and hoped that
the refusal to comply with his request
would not be considered a mark of dis
respect, nor be the means of creating an
unfriendly feeling between them.
The savage chief sat a few moments
in silence, arid then, heaving a siglt, re
plied that he wan so:ry they would not
do as he wished them to, and t at he
should not visit them but once more,
yet there would 1 e n troub e between
them, and none of his tribe should in
' jute ti m.
I After the chief had left the cabin.
Mis. Bodwell said: "Janes, I believe
that Indian means mischief."
"Why do you think so?" inquired
"Because he said he should
visit us but once more, and I fancy
that would be to kill us," she replied.
"I fancy not; he wouldn't do that."
"X ht pe not: but then it would be
just lik- the Italians. '
t "IVe like some of them, I know; but
! I think there's no danger."
I "I'll tell you one thing, now," said
Mrs. liodwell in a decided tone, "I
shall not go to bed to-night. I mean
to be awake if they come prowling
about here. They'd scalp us and take
Hannah aud the other children off with
It was evident that Mr. Bod well him
self was somewhat alarm d; yet. wish
ing to appear as cool as possible, he in
quired: "Suppose ttiey should come.
what would vou do if you weie
"l'J show fight in some way or
"Yes. but there are a lot of them
and only a few of us."
"There are guns in t' e house." ex
claimed Mrs. liodwell. "and we know-
how to use them."
"Father." exclaimed Hannah, "how
much powder is there in the house? '
"A good quantity."'
"1 know what to" do. then"'
"Yes. you women always contrive
souiethiug," repl'ed the father in
TiiF.nu is very little danger
that any AniericaD officer could be
s-.v-i ved from bis allegiance by decora
tions or present from foreign Govern
ments, but Captain Cochrane, of the
Marine Corps, and Lieutenant Aaron
Ward, of the navy, cannot accept the
rfbbom of Chevaliers of the Legion of
Honor, which the French Government
de-iies to lestow upon them, unless
peiin -tiou should be given to them t-j
do ! !v act of C'oii;ie-s. When the
"I kuow it'll succeed."
"Then explain yourself.
"You know.'' s.iid Hannah, "that
when an Indian wants to enter a hou
now J he goes to door and demands that It be
oi ened:, ana tnose wuo come witn mm.
if anv. stand lust behind turn. .o
mv tlan is to put some powder under
the urouud round the door, aud then
explode it when they demand admit
Mr. Bodwell shook his head as ha ex
"I think that it can be done," re
tried the daughter.
"I know it can," said Mrs. Bodwell
"You can Ut it If yon wish," was
Mr. liod well's reply, as he J roce !e i to
iret the poder.
suiiau e noie niri
mitt.in i n. i.iuivr- frfsti from Kovalist
. . . ...i. I After dicdiug a
rule i, .ere s.eii t i io . m V. ' Clle,! it with powder aud small
that an aristocracy flight be lormed In i . u . fuse l)ial It COuld be
imitatii-ii cf th.it of the Old Woil.l, ' lighted from the insi.le, the
.I.-. ..;..nj I.- tViA in;liti- ' ......iinia,l Stil 1 1!!." tlV
nation, by the in-ldi-
cUJ briberr of titles, oBices, illicit
undermine the Republic It was,
therefore, provided in the Constitutiou
that "no title of nobility shall be
granteJ by the Uuilel States, and no
person holding any office of profit or
trrat under them, snail, wiuioui me ,
consent of Congress, accept of any I
present, emolument, oflice or title of
a-iy kmd, from any King, Trince or j
f. reiTin state." It was a wise provision '
th. n, r.ud, though scarcely necessary i
n.v a a measure of protection, is a
wl.o'.e-o:r.e provision for all time.
The Governor of South Carolina in
lMronounced "complete" by Mr. Bo
t-ll. who. thouzh he distrusted the
Mrheuie when it was firt suggested
was now almost in ecstacy over it.
As. night approached the musket
were loaded, the doors barred ami the
lights extinguished. Mr. Bodwell took
his station at the "lookout." as the
orifice in the wall was called. Sever 1
new holes had been made te are through
and It wai understood that after the
explosion, if any human forms were
seen, the muskets should bj discharged
The evening hours passed slowly
a wav, and yet no visitors. Night was
well advauced. When a I natu e
seemed asleep the ltsteuimr ear caught
the souad of a footstep in tlie distance,
then another, and still arother. Mrs.
...... i i liouweii tears wcic
his mes age to me legislature Mroujt.f n A form wa, Tbll)ie m the star
recoiuuieiuls libenl expenditure for ddt, Da tlien a sreond, irnl n oo un
ii .i.-mrt of nn!.. .u si h Jols. m crier ..1 Mseen twenty and thirty Indians
to extend the soli teim and provide stood before the door. T'T
Ti..r in ' close (oeeiner. wiu iuum ui .rem
f on i ue mine.
I ti.. .ki.f ..Inniwl and strfkinir on
South Carolina S;,7ol white pupils anil . . witn his cub exclaimed;
more efficient t. uliers.
now enrolled in tl.e public schools
104,503 colored pupils, making a totai
enrollment of l'.,;t. lui'n!J the
the ..verae attendance was.
I'aleface. open door. Me break It."
All was still within the cabin.
1 Again the Indian knocked, and de
" n landed that tlie door be otiied.
I Mr. Bodwell pointed his musket
i ti nitrh the orifice in such a manner
colored, .. . th muzzle was in line with the
lencth I i.,i of the chief. Then giving the
of "the pubCd schcol term throughout signal for Hannah to touch the fuse, M
7 . a The Con- 'aimed and fired, and as the victim fell
the magazine expioueu, auu imj u-
White. 50.:4"; colored. CO.SW;
classical. T1I ; total. 130,3oi
ers emolovti: White. 2023;
StnlwM 3.4 mouths. 1D
siitutionof tlie State requires a mini
mum school urm of about six months;
but the eondiavi of the State finances
has not madeAit practicable to pay the
ntcssarily increased expense. This
coudition of iffairs will be better un
i . i !., it is remembered that
dians met their fate while on a mission
..f iriutltv and death.
ThM not KUiea DT uie eiuiwuuu
took to their heels. butbulleU from the
n.oininir muskets brought two of
them to the ground.
I'v.ntiilnir was a uiet now. and as
'the ravs of the sun lighted op the east-
...rlt th whole weight ot scnooi iw.- irn hui3 lhe gallant ramuy unnru
tha while population, 'the door and stepped out to gaze upon
""-" -..!. ,h- It was terrible to lool
who are also at me ru . . - fnrm. ot tne siskins, but
Theiaiiureoi ."""rr." . .,!.; were
uie leaevbivu - -. ---
taluing private stlioo!.
the colore 1 peopi, to piiy for schooling i ved WM sufficient to vindicate the
does not apparent- arise irom any ui- gaulInter that had ien maue.
lunation io take advanUge of their Tht day M r.' Bod well waa vis ted by
I nlrn tYm
opportunity to otUic " JSfSR w - 115?
attendance of negr chUdren Is uiU Knla burring the bodies of
punctual aa that of wkiU c2UIiit.
"The greatest dinner that I ever
helped abont, said Aunt Hannah, with
a flutter of her immaculate cap string.
as she finished wiping the dishes and
replaced the dinner service in the cor
ner enpbowrd. "wu the Lafavette din
ner, as we always called it afterwards.
I never see this bine set without think
ing of it, for mother used it the first
time that day, and the distinguished
r renchman ate from one of these very
plates, and be ate as H be waa hunirrv,
too, and praised all of the dishes as be
waa in dnty bound. 1 Bh&ll never for
get the time."
'Tell us abont it, Annt Hannah,
won't von? what yon had for dinner and
all? Mother alwavs said the blue set
had a hmstorv, but'l never knew what it
"It waa in 1S2j, well nigh sixty-five
years ago," Annt Hannah went on,
and I was twelve years old that verv
June. We had been expecting him (the
marquis) for several days; he had been
in Concord ever since the 22d, and we
ad a man there who was to let us know
hen he was to start, so that we
shouldn't be taken nnawares, for we
were determined to show onr patriotism
n honor of the man who had Irielned
ieneral Washington win the indeien-
dence of onr country. And among oth-
r things we were going to have a Mg
WelL the night before, just abont
sundown, the man came galloping into
the village with the announcement that
the marqnis would start the next morn-
ng at M o clock from Coucor.l. 1 ou can
tardly imagine what a stir the news
made in onr little village. EverylnMly
was at once making arrangements for
the event. The minister's wife came to
our house to see what mother was going
to do. It seems that there was a com
mittee of women appointed to see to the
furnishing of food and the setting of
the tables, and mother and Mrs. Well-
man were on the committee. Mother
said right off that she should prepare
some hot victuals; II any one wanted to
bring cold victuals they might, but she
chouldn't for one. Mrs. Wellman
thought as mother did, and said she
should go home and heat the brick oven
"I fhall have things all ready and
heat ours early in the morning,' said
mother, who was already picking over
her beans so aa to put them to soak over
night. I helped her; we picked over a
good half bushel, I remember. Enoch,
my older brother, was sent np to Mr.
Thompson 'a ator aftar soma pesrl-nli.
what von call fcaieraius now. iui ue
came Lack without any aa the trader
was out of the article. "'I won't borrow-,
declared mother, so she built a fire in
the fireplace and we children cleaned a
corner of the hearth and burned corn
cobs on the hot bricks till we had a
flaky heap of cob ashes. Ihese mother
took and 6teeped in water till all the
dirt hail settled, then poured off the
clear liquid into a gallon glass bottle.
when she had something mat was near
ly as cood as boufrhten iearl-ash.
It was eleven o clcK wnen we went
to bed that niirht. and we were up the
next morning bv four. The oven wood
had leen prepared and placed in the
bisr brick oven rea.lv to touch off, and
it was roaring good when I was delega
ted to "pile in the wood,' which was not
play, I tell you. After two hours of hot
fire I announced that 'the black was all
off," and Enoch shoveled the coals out
and 1 swept the oven with a new hem
lock broom. Then with the aid of a
long-handled crook mother stowed away
the beans and bread: there were ten
big pots of beans and six of brown bread.
Later she put in a dozen pies, a couple
of dowdy-puddinrs, and a loaf of dyn
bread, as we called it, a rich, plain
We had spoon victuals soup, bean
norridra. or rmddinir and milk for
breakfast, and father ate before the re:
of us, for he was a meniWr of Captain
Currier's comuanv and had rode off on
White Dan, our driving and work
hors;, to meet Lafavette and escort him
aiomr the route. I can remember watch.
ing his martial figure as he went down
the road, and wishing that I was a man
so that I eon hi ride like that and show
mv respect to the hero! But I had otb
er work to do. nn 1 so did mother too
Lnoch was busy with a lot of other boys
erwtirn? an arch over the street, wnicn
was decorated with roses and other
flowers that the girls made into bou
nnets and ear lands, and the boys tied
on with strings or witn loops oi wuii
"lievond this arch, in iront oi me
church on the green, the men had built
a lonff table of boards which was cover-
h! with webs of tow and linen broujrli
nnt from some of the housewives' laun
dries. Thev looked white and clean.
and all the good housekeejiers in the
village brought out their best ware, ami
I must say that l never saw a wiut
displav of crockery. This blue set in
the closet wasn't inch a sight behi:i l
the rest either; anyway they concluded
it was handsomer than the minister s
wife's and it was placed at the head of
the table, so you see Lafayette must
have used one of the plates, ior ruero
has'nt been one of them broken."
How many plates were set. Aunt?"
Mtttfl ftiatar Nellv.
"I think, I am quite sure, there were
over two hundred. There was a show
of them, I tell yon, and didn't we pet
tired washing them and clearing np af
ter dinner. There was another tabl",
too, a small one, where they had cold
victuals and any one who did not have
a seat at the long table, could help
themselves. Ton see nearlv the whole
town was ont, and we diin t know how
many there would le in the general's
suite and escort.
Earlr that morning while the beans
and bread and pie were baking in t lie
brick oven, we fried a lot of doughnnt -in
a shallow, wide-mouthed bail kettJj
swung ont on the crane ever a good fire.
We fried a good half bushel, and to
close with, mother let me frr a plate of
l Dtitrh crullers which 1 made all
mvself my first cooking experience
v.J .knWIo. We fonnd the receipt
in an old manuscript recipe book of the
date of 17f8, which grandmother must
have brought from "New York when she
married grandfather. I can remember
just how it read:
Take of batter milk one-half m cup
and two cup oi auuacavado, a piece of
swet batter as large as a walnut, a tea-
ppoonf ul of salt, and a tables poonful of
ground caas (cinnamon), just aa mnoh.
w heaten flonr as will make a running
dough; roll it even, not above a pie
thickness, cut in strips which tie over
in lover's knots; have a skillet with
sweet, home-made lard, and when the
fat is hissing hot, fry your crullers." I
learned ever v word of it so that 1 could
repeat it. There wasn't a word said
about pearl-ash or saleratus though,
and as I was afraid they would be
heavy, I just put in a tea spoonful of
mother's home-made pearl-ash, and I
had some of the handsomest looking
doughnuts you ever set eyes on.
Wasn't I proud of that plate of crullers,
all my own work without a bit of help!
Mother told me that I might keep them
warm in the oven and present them to
(ieneral Lafayette with my own hands
if I wished to. And so I kept them
ready for the occasion.
"Enoch was sent down the road to
report a soon as he caught the first
glimpse of the procession. It was after
twelve o'clock when he rushed in shout
ing. They are coming! Thev are just
below Deacon atson s, and I saw La
" asn t there scampering then, har
ry was no name for itl Mother had her
beans and bread out in no time, and
Knoch and I helped her carry them
up to the table. I tell you it waa a
sight, that loaded table.
"Well, by the time everything was
on the table, the marquis and bis com
pany bad arrived and everybody was
stretching forward to get a good look
at Lafayette. There was a great bustle
and a good deal of hurrahing, and after
a little time Squire Woodman made an
address of welcome and several of the
older girls sung a song. Then the gen
eral got out of his carnage and shook
hands with everybody and kissed all
the Iwbies verv gallantlv.
"Tell ns how he looked, aunt? Was
he large or small, and was he handsome?
I have seen his picture, of conrse, but
a portrait never gives as any idea how
a man looks.
"I shouldn't cull him handsome by
any means, though he might have been
so when he was younger, but his seven
ty years gave him a majesty and digni
ty that was more effective than mere
leauty. Leaning on a staff, memento
of bloody Braudywme, great frame,
massive head, ears exceeding in spread
common mortals, eves radiant as a sun
leam, and the sweetest smile in the
world, genial, yet grand of mien, he
moved anione the throne, friend and
companion of all. Especially did he
have a kind word for an old soldier,
and there were two or three of those
We've Always Been Provided For.
"Good wife, what are vna lnglng fortyoa know
r'v lnat thA hi
And what we'll do with horse and kye, is mors
than 1 can say ;
While, like aa nnt. with torm and rain, well
lo both corn and wheat."
6h looked up with a plaftant face, and ans
wered low and sweet:
There la a Heart, there Is a Hand, we feel,
but cannot see ;
We've always beea provided for, and we shall
Be turned around with sudden c loom.
said : "Love, be at rest :
Ton cut the grass, worked suon and late, you
did vour verv bet.
That was your work : you've naught at all to do
witn wina aim rain.
And do not duubi but you will reap rich fields
oi goiuen cram :
For there's a Heart and there's a Band,
feel, but cannot see:
We've always been uruvived for, and we shall
That's like a woman's reasoning; we must
because we innst.
She softly said: "1 reason not; I only work
The harvest may redeem the hay, keep heart.
wnaie er oetioe ;
When one dooi shuts. I've always seen another
There is a Heart, there Is a Hand, we feel, but
We've always been provided for, and we shall
He kled the calm and tiustful face; gone
was uis restless pain :
She beard him with a cheerful step gow hlst-
iiiic uown lur 2 c.
nd went about her household tasks full of a
SingiiiK to time her busy hands, as two and fro
"There Is a Heart, there is a Hand, we feel but
We've always been provided for, and we shall
Days eome and eo twas Christmas-tide, and
the creat fire burned clear.
The farmer f.aid? "Hear wife. It's been a good
and liaiiv vear:
The fruit was nam. the surplus corn has bought
the liav. vou know."
She lifted iheu a smiling face, and said; "I told
For there's a Heart, and there s a Hand, we
feel, but rannot see:
e've alwavs Im-cu provided for, and we shall
always b-. "
TRACED BY A BOOK.
Tesent, though bnt one of them had
ver seen the illustrious man before.
i his one was a little squat, eccentric
ersou who had a funny, squeaking
uice. J nst as Xaf avette waa about to
hit down he rushed np and grasped the
visitor s hand, whining out, 'How dye
lo, Criueral Lavfavette? 1 thought J.
k no w'd ve. We were at Monmouth
ihe marquis shook his hand warmly
with his genial smile, and said some
thing about Monmouth being a hot
hwttJtt. V4KJ iwrwuzi Weritmwn amid .
grace the general bowed his head very
low and his face grew grave. 1 think
he must hnve been thinking of the old
times and '.he manv sad changes since.
Hut he ate heartily as thongh he rel
ished the food set before him."
"Hut the crullers, Annt Hannah,
how about those? You have forgotten
"Xo, I had not cot to them. The
general ate so plentif ullv of the beans.
lread and pudding that 1 was nail
afraid he wouldn't care for the dough
nuts at all. but I went and trot them
aud carried the plate to him, thongh 1
blushed fearfully I can assure you.
Said the general, 'What are these, my
" 'Ihev are Lafavette crullers, sir.
I answered. ! fried them purposely
"At this he smiled and thanked me.
and took one of the crullers, and he
ate three of them before he arose from
the table. Ami we have called them
Irftfayette crullers ever since." Vottag
Origin of Mother Goose.
"Sing a Hong of Sixpence" is as old
as tlie sixteenth century. "Three Blind
Mice" is to be found in a music- book
dated UVY.K "The Frog and the Mouse'
was produced in 1380. "Three Childrei
Slid n ?r on the Ice" dates from 1C3'J.
"London Bridge is Broken Down" is o
nnfaihomed antiquity. "Girls anc
Boys Come Out to I'lay" is certainly s
dd" as the reijrn of Charles II., so i
"Lucy Locket Lost Her Pocket," t.
the tune of which "Yankee Doodle'
was written. "Pnssy Cat, Pnssy Cat,
Where Have Yon Been" is of the age ol
(ueen Elizabeth. "The Old Woman
Tos-ed in a Blanket" was written in th
reitm of James II., and is supposed U
allude to him. Some of these sklpp?
versos were incorporated with "Mothei
(loose's Melodies," and suggested som.
of them. Mother Goose was a real, and
not a fictitious, person. Her maidei
name was Goose; she came of an excel
lent family, and was Ixrn in Boston.
Her daughter Elizabeth married Tho
mas Fleet, a printer. Thev were bless
ed with a son, to whorr Grandmother
Goose became very math attached. Jt
was for him that th composed and
sang the ditties.
Mr. Fleet, her 6u-in-law, was s
shrewd fellow. He saw that money
could be made oit of the nursery
rhymes, and so he iwuedtbem ma book
under the title t "Mother Gooee'r
Melodies," and ihey became widely
known and instantly popular.
"Little Jack Horner is said to be
founded on .'act, and it is a very old
But where shall I meet you again?"
asked Colonel Alack ay
lie was a colonel by courtesy, like so
many Western men, and a real es ate
agent by profession.
lie had just taken Burton Ilalleck
for a drive about ti.e latest additions to
that thriving youiur city. Fort Itaynor
during which he had descanted most
eloquently on its advantages as a place
of investment for Eastern capital, some
of which Ilalleck represented; and now
be had set him down in Main bt., ac
cording to request, and wai on his way
to keep an engagement at his office.
"1 don't want you to miss seeing our
new gas well," he went on, cordially.
"Discovered by boring last niontu;
throws up a column of fire half as high
as a house, and is bound to make the
city a manufacturing centre. They're
already talking of glass works. Iand
is bound to boom in its neighhoi hood
right soon, sir, now I tell you," enthu
siastically. "This business of mine
won't take more than half an hour, mid
if you'll just let me know where to pick
you up then, I'll spin you out to the
well at a two-forty gait eh, Molly,
He paid Molly, bis trim bay mare.
tne friendly attmitMin of flicking on a
ny as Tie ended, and leaned forward
trom his buggy, elbow on knee, to see
if gas wells seemed more attractive than
corn-lands and corner-lots to this possi
Ilalleck. standing on the sidewalk,
ills father had lately been seized
with the Western fever, and he had
been persuaded to go and spy out the
land lor a good location; but. so far, he
had failed to take a reasonable, busi
ness-like interest in the matter. Mill
it would no doubt be as well to see the
place thoroughly, since he was there.
"I might wait at my hotel," he was
lieginuiug, rather doubtfully, wheu the
colonel cut him short very decidedly.
He did not intend to allow any rival
scent to secure the desirable firm of
Enderly was suie to be at llalleck's
hotel by this time. Someth tig must
U lancing up across the busy, sun-
stceped stieet, he caught sight of a row
of plate-glass windows, lace-draied aud
inviting of aspect, and had an inspita
"Oh. don't bother to go 'way back
there in this heat for such a little
iflnle," he said. "J st step over to the
l ouug Men's Christian Association
to nns yonder," pointing where those
m il-know n letters ran in glaring gilt
cross the second story of a handsome
i r ck building, "and amuse yoursell
'.ill 1 come. The ladies here have Just
been giving a book-socl.il, and (.'Ot
unite a library together for the read
ing-room. Any young man is welcome
to pass the time there. Or, if you didn't
care to read, you mizl.t talk to the
secretary. He's generally ou tap. and
.t's his business to entertain strang
"A book-social?" repeated Ilalleck,
MIy amused at the fussy, friendly little
man's unconscious air of giving htm
tl.e freedom of the city. "What tort
ot thing is that?"
"Oh, a new idea of the Ladies Aux
iliary! They fitted up the rooms, you
M-e, and then gave a social, and Instead
of paying at the door, eveiybody that
came had to bring a book for the reading-room.
They've fixed a very co ru
in table place, altogether, and the asso
ciation's doing Quely."
And he might liave gone on still
further; for, he told himself, the young
mau seemed an uncommonly steady
sort of fellow, and would pei haps re
tard a flourishing Y. M. C. A. as an
attractive feature of a town.
Ilalleck, however, unconsciously
broke the tV.read of his discourse by
saying be would detain him no longer,
accenting his latter invitation with
a coup:e or visitots were engaged In
Like them, ilalleck round a comfort
able chair by tne book-table, but, un
like tnem, did not begin to read.
The coolness, the quiet, the half-
home-like air of the place, the care
shown for the welfaie and comfort of
any wayfaring young man all were
I wonder." perversely mused Mr.
Ilalleck, with the cheap cynicism of a
too much petted sex, as he glanced
about in a critical way with his keen,
handsome gray eyes "I wonder when
women in general will think enough of
other less lucky women to fit up such
pleasant places for them instead of
For it is extremely natural for a man
to seize any occasion to blame "women
in general" for anything or nothing,
when one woman in particu ar has left
a sore spot in his heart.
Tlie reader nearest Halleck, a tall.
lanky joung countryman, suddenly
pushed away his book with a little,
half-audible groan of disgust.
'I'm gom'. Boh," he gruffly in
formed his neighbor. "I heard so
much about Browning's po'try last
month t our Literary that 1 made up
my mind that I'd come here and lead
it first morning I was In town and had
time; but I'll be switched 'f 1 can make
lead or tail of it. It's harder work
than breakln new prairie. I eive it
And he rose with a worn-out asiiect
and left the room.
Halleck smiled a little at this glimpse
of Kansas culture. Browning's poetrv!
Certainly, whoever selected that for
such a library as this mut have had
exalted Ideas. Or perhaps it was one
of the "book-social" contribut.ons.
given because its owner did not care to
ith au idle curiosity he took up the
rejected volume and read the title
Men and Woaien." It had leeu
familiar enough to him once, and the
sight of it now touched him with a
fcharp pain, while still he went on glanc
ing at page after page with au odd,
half-unwilling fasciuat on.
Tne lines teemed to come to him in
the music of a girl's pretty, unusual
vibraute voice; theie seemed to bend
with him over the book a dainty,
golden-brown head; an impetuous,
dimpled, little hand seemed to poiut
out beauties here and there with a swift
appreciation; an arch, earnest April
fa e seemed to look up with a Cash of
triumph in the dark, hazel eyes at
having won some disputed point of in-terpretat'on.
.She had been so full of sweetest life.
his Lucie, so intense of feeling, so
bright of intelligence, and so deter
mined that he should share her pleasure
n her favorite twiet. and they f liould
be one in that as in all other things.
"The eood Mars met in your horoscope.
Made you of spirit. Qic and dew."
he fouud himself reading out of "Eve
lyn Hope," as he had once read to her;
and then turned some pages in baste.
ow Miss Ulard was not "his
Lucie," he reminded himself, bitterly.
Their engagement was broken by
mutual consent . they had drifted apart.
lie did not even know where she lived
He had quite over-lived the whole
episode; could never again feel pain, or
Joy, or anger because of it; and to prove
tins to himself, he began to read Just
where the book happened to open at "A
It was the height of foolishness to let
bimselt shrink Irom the sight of a
harmless poem like this. Surely he
ought to be able to read it without
remembering how Lucie had looked
when they read it together that last
day on the porch, when the apple blos
soms were drifting down in scented
showers, and she wore a dress of pink
aud white like them, and her face
He would read Browning:
"learest. three month aco.
Wlirn we loved eneh ottiei so,
Lived and loved"
Only a little more than three months
ago they, too, had lived aud loved and
quarreled. It seemed about such a
trilld looking back now
"Not from the heart bf'neatli.
'Twas a bubble born ol ureaili."
There had been a lew angry wm-.'s,
a palling in wrath, a week's chill, in
distant, silence, and then, when he
came, ieeutaiit, to make his j-e.ire, l.e
found she had abruptly ended let visit
to her cons n.
And as she had b en too proud to
leave any word that inip.hl hint of hojie
to him. so he, Buiait .n under the sting,
had been too proud t ask lit r new ad
dressfor he knew her f.iuii y were
an ut to leave the New Yo;k town
where they lived or to try to seek her
out, and thus all their happiness had
ended for a hasty word.
See a woi d. liow ti severeth
his desk, at the other end of the room
and quite out of llalleck's sight.
He was rather hard of hearing, the
secretary, and the lsquirer was obliged
to raise her voice also a pretty, un
usual, rirlish voice, which Halleck
recocn'zed with a start.
Neither the speaker nor he could see
each other, for the secretarf s desk: oc
NKAVS IN BRIEF.
At ti e beginning of this century
enly a'.vtut twenty million people spoke
the English lanpu lge, and they lived
maiul) in Englan I.
It is estimated that 150 'uen and
bovs in a south-astern Oh o c.mnty are
euDled a recess near the door, and the lengiie 1 in huu'ltiir skunks. There is
big book-case stood boldly out lietween.
"No, valued," she explained, with a
touch of anxiety evident in her tones.
''It is quite a shabby book, but I value
it for certain associations. There wai a
mistake made in giving it to the li
brary. I had put it away out of sight,
and my mother thought I did n it want
it any longer, especially as she had
given me a complete set of Browning
not long since, and so she brought it to
the Look-social with other books. I
was not at home, or I would not have
allowed It. I want the book back very
much indeed, and I will gladly give
you a new copy in exchange, or pay for
It, just as you like.'
A short pause followed, in which
Halleck heard the rustle of pipers, as
if the secretary were looking among bis
rules and regulations for one to cover
"I'm awfully sorry. Miss Willard,"
he announced, at las', "but I can't find
anything authoiizing me to dispose of
any of the association's property so. If
you will see the real secretary about It
I'm only his assistant, you know
lrhiips he mlht do It for jou. He'll
le most happy to. If he can, I've iio
doubt," he ended encouragingly. "I'll
speak to him as soon as he comes in,
and I expect him any time now."
"Thai k you 1 shall be very much
obliged 1 Tell him 1 11 call this after
noon. Aud please be sure that the book
doesn't get lost or mislaid. Browning's
Men and Women' It is, you will re
niembei?" There were more regrets and assur
ances from the martinet assistant sec
retary an exchange of good-mornings
the oening and shutting cf a door.
Halleck started to his feet, caugnt up
his hat, and followed Miss Willard at a
sate, respectful distance.
He had checked his first hasty Im
pulse. He would not try to stieak to
her or claim her recognition here; but
they would meet in a few minutes, aud
she cared she cared!
The slight, gracefully-erect young
figure in its white gov. n was easily kept
in sight along the street, tolerably
crowded though it was.
Halleck observed to himself that
there was evidently a good deal of busi
ness astir iu roit ltaynor, as Colonel
Mackay hal said; and were ever skies
mo:e blue and suunv, or air more sweet
and pure, than here in Kansas?
1 or all the world brightens to a man
when looked at through happy eyes.
and anv town seems pleasant and pros
IK-rous when gt ace 1 by the presence of
the woman he loves.
Yet Ilalleck had time for doubts and
fears enough while Miss Willard, un
conscious of his proximity, pursued the
even tenor of her way home.
He examined with a ieolously critical
eye certain men who bowed to her, and
it was a face more anxious even than
hopeful into which she looked up just
as she entered her gale mid turned to
close It after her.
Her own face grew pink and startled,
and then pale aud roud. But she stood
serenely calm, with her large, lacy
white parasol making a soft and hecom
lug background for her pretty, high-held
brown head and smiling, tileasatilly sur
pri-ed countenance; and there was only
a I right, cordial courtesy iu her face
and manlier as site spoke.
"Why. Mr. "Ilalleck! Who woul
have thought of meeting you here ou
Westj' oirt you come iu
"?he was moving aside to let him en
ter, but lie va.s motionless, resolute.
"Perhaps," he said, very quietly
l.ui ie, 1 was In the reading room
when you called there just now, am
could not help hearing what you said
1 thought, since you wanted your book
back so much because of its associ
Hons, you might le willing to take
back the lover who hel'ied m ike them
W as I right.' ill you let me in now f
There Wits a moment's pau-e; an
tin u slowly, shyly, a small hand ijh-ii
ed the gate, and Halleck entered
Colonel Mackay had never lieen able
to make up his mind whether corner-
lots or gas welis proved most "fetching
to Mr. Ilalleck.
He was sure it was one or the other
however, and he has loi.g since forgive
the broken appointment made ou tha
memorable morning, as Ilalleck in
only decided to settle In Fott llatn
but built one of the prettiest hou.-es iu
town to receive his bride.
a good demand for the plts.
Pentist's advert setnint In a Read
ing, Pa., daily: Teeth tilled and ex
tracted without j aiu by the use of vi
talized air, and uia!e fresh every day
and perfectly harmless.
With a view of testing a new tooth
pulling machine which he was about to
purchase a Williaimport dentist al
lowed himself to he Ojerated upon, and
the lower part of his face was nearly
There are more than 40,000
Chinese in San Francisco Tl ey form
learly one-seventh or the city's p pula
tion. and t is computed that thev send
$12,OOJ,000 a year from their earnings
Superstitions In Ireland.
iincl. Thre are several versions of
the story, rut the accepted one is mat I Hants, ana aauing mat. ue wouiu wait
the Abbot cf Glastonbury had offended in the reailing-room. sauntered across
Henrv Vl by building bis kitchen so the hot street toward it.
rubtantialy that the destroyers of the It was very comfortable. The re
in .luuiteses were enable to throw it sources of artistic furnishing, as under
down, -n a rage, the king sent for the tood iu Fort ltaynor. had evidently
abbot, vho, hoping toappessethe mon- been taxed for its benefit,
sic j, snt to him his steward, John Staiued lasa tquares bordered the
Hornet with a wonderful pie, the in- large windows, aud bars of many-col -tenor
of which was composed of the oied light from them lay here and there
title dds to twelve manors. Bnt as on the dark moss green carpet.
John Jorner sat in the corner of the Pictures of very doubtful merit
wagor that carried him to the king, he adorned the pearl-gray walls. A large,
was iiduced. by curiosity to lift np tlie op-n book-case lie Id an exceedingly
crust and to abstract therefrom a title motley array of Volumes, new and old.
deed. which, on his safe and successful There was a writing table at the pub
retail home, he showed to the abbot, lie service; another table covered with
and old him that the king bad given papers aud magazines; a third set
him lie deed for a reward. Ihe deed about with chairs and littered wan
was hat of the Manor of Wells.
Futpad Hold up your hands!
pdestriau (calmly) I have been out
shopin? all day with my wife. "
loot pad (sympathetically) By Jinks!
lire, take this quarter.
, An eccentric Detroit millionaire
go iut an argument with a womaiu,
art ot bis tenants, and she slapped hisi
rputb. with. . di&hcloth.
nooks, among which stood a large bowl
of pale amber glass, crowded with
crimson aud white carnations, whose
clean, s;icy fragrance pleasantly pene
trated the air.
And eveiy where the hand of minis
tering woman had lett lis trace in arti
cles of fancy-worlc, pretty and ugly,
appropriate and inappropriate.
The secretary was apparently not
"on tap, " but was bus:ed at his desk;
ill. power of life antl death.
In the tongue, as the pieajher saith."
There was a dreadful appiicabi ity in
the rippling rhymes.
Irom them he turned for relief to a
mechanically close insp ction of the
pae on which they were printed, and
wl icli was maik'd here and theie with
light jeticil strokes "a heart in dots
Lucie was an inveterate marktr of
her pet books, he remembered. M u.-t
he always remember her ways, her
words, even her tricks of marking
These, now w hy, these were
marked just as they had been iu the
copy he had read with herl It must be
it wa the same book!
The name on the fly-leaf was hidden
by the printed library label, but their
were her delicate, familiar little inaiks
at the well-known passages, the stain
where she had shut in a cluster of vio
lets he had brought her one day, the
absurd little profile of the poetUigadihs
that he had teased her with by sketch
ing on the margin!
For one ins'aut his heart leaped with
a sudden, tender joy at the recognition
that seemed to put him in touch with
his lost love once moie; the next he
giew angry with the girl who bad cared
so little for this book that tlie conl 1
give it. with all its traces of her ow n
inner nature and its associations of the
man who had loved her, to be handled
and lead and curiously examined by
any one who chose.
Had loved her, indeed! "o, loved
her still, he owned to himself, bitterly,
in the swift self-knowledge brought by
the words of the master-poet aud the
thronging memories evoked by the
He recollected how, woman-like, Lu
cie had been wou't to treasure the
merest trifles that were associated in
any way with her fiieuda. She had
returned all his gifts, of course, but if
she had ever really cared for him,
surelv she would hav valued this book
'A valuable book, did you say?"
questioned the secretary, in his high
pitched voice, just then, of some cue by
It Is very unlucky to meet in the
early morning a balking dog or a bare
foote 1 woman.
When a corp e retains animal heat
over-long another n ember of the family
i- to dij within ti e year.
If the stacks are not circled each
night by- the hoi.-eless barn owl a blight
will fall upon next season's crops.
Any three idle strokes of a stick In
the ashes or a spade or other farm toI
in the soil making a figure resemhliug
a cotlin Is certain to oi teiid dea h iu
'1 he linnet jhiuis forth the most ur I
aneho'y song of all Irish birds, and I
have seen honest-hearted peasants af
fected by It to tears.
When the nest of the thrnsh or mavis
is built unusually high iu the thorn
bush this betokens a great calamity to
Over In Counemara to this day a fun
eral procession ou its way to church
will halt at some distance away and
cast together a huge pile of stones.
Oue of the oldest of all Irish sujier
stiliolis is the Wlief that If you chase
and catch a butteifjy you imprison the
wandering soul of your grandfather.
An Old House Servant's Honesty.
All Irish woman went into an emi
grant o thee in rail Hi ver, Mas.. two
or three weeks- ago, and asked tor a
draft for two ioutids, directing that it
le sent to au address winch she gave.
The woman salt that she had been a
set vant in a w. I i-to-do family in Ireland
4u jea s a-'o. a the time of a famine.
.Nib gave fjjd Ut the suffering poor
from the la der of the household, with
o t the kuow ledge of her mistress.
The fa t that she had giveu away what
did not belong to her preyed u;ou the
st'i'vaul's mind, at.d she resolved to pay
h.ick the val'ie of the goods whenever
sh9 became able. Later she removed to
this country, and saved what little
money she could sare until she got
together the $10, which she forwarded
to her old mistress. In the 40 years the
mistress had been greatly reduced in
circumstances, and she wrote that the
money was Indeed a treasure to ber,
and that she was deeply touched at her
The oldest M.-rse tehgrapher In
the world is J. P. Heed, the statistician
f the Western I'uion Company at
New York. Mr. Heed is 71 years of
ige, a Scotchman by birth, and is as
vigorous aud che-rful as a man ot
American wild turkeys have been
uiccessfully acclimitized in Austria ou
that portion of the estate of Count
Ireuuer which is known as the l.uiu-
an meadows, and great flocks of them
ire lo be seen in his forests.
A small flint stone idol was recent
ly brought up by a saud pump ileal
Boise City, Idaho, from a depth ot Ml
feet beneath the surface of the earin.
Scientists who have seen il believe it to
be the work of antediluviau man.
A singular accident hajvieiied to a
Boston horse, 'i he animal, in falling,
jot his leg into a cesspool opening al
the curbston , and it a not until
Kirtiou of the curb had been removei
that ha was extncateJ. lie susiaine-.t
no injury whatever.
The habit of asking for samples U
:e dry goods sto.es has grown so com
non iu New York that mot of tin
irger shoe's thcrs hnve a sccial de-
lartinent now devoted lo sallstyiu.
Is class of customers.
fieorga Fredericks, who lives neai
Leetoina, )., was b.idly scared recent
ly by something he thought was a ghosi
at his bej-iooin window. Invesliga
io'i showed, however, that the in ru
ler was only his old white horse.
It is a curiotn fact, brought out 1j
the New Yoik 'oiuuiigsiouer id I.aboi
tatk'tie-i, that prison estimates o
he amount of fo id ueedt d to suslali
life are more 1iUt.i1 thin estuiiatii
for eisons dependent on public charities.
Numerous methods of cheating tin
ulomatlu weighing machines havt
been devised, hut It remains for iar
ticular Ing' nious la Is lo 1 iiuk oi at
taching a string to ti.e nt'KeIuilL
which, after ohUmiiii;; thir weight, li
w thdiaw the coin.
According to the 1 lenc'i papen
the Madrid Gallery has laMv i-ceivei'
as a gift lioui the. lluchess Il.mitger 1
1 astraua '- pictures, atnoi g whlck
are said to - v o ks by Vau 1 i k, Itu-
bens, Teu its, Meiigs, and other rim
According to London advices
Frank Slav.n is anxious to mrane i
match for a hunted number of louudi
with John L. .Sullivan, or he will flgb
the big fellow to a finish for fnu
$o,0:KJ to l'l.tHHl a bide, under Loiidoi
Vtizes rin rulas.
That reuiaikable story from neai
tilling, N. J., about the "colored boj
and his fatal muzle' turns out to hav
been a canard. A resident of Ne
I'rovideiice, K. .1., writes the Nei"
York Ti ibunc that, "from liegii.niu U
nd, the Htory did not contain one woro
Carpi-uteri, ''al., has a grape
ine of the Mis-ion vaiiety, which ha
i girth of six feet at its base, and ;i
he height li of six feet branches out it
very direction for a hundred feet- h
la- planted fuitj -seven years ago hy
Spanish girl. This season its produc i
s estimated at lour tons.
'i'.ix stauipj have beon estaWisho.
il Switzrilaiil to enable the poore
las-es to pay their taxes in Mnall In
talments instead of handing out i
imp Hum. Ihe tax pay ir cau oil
.eekly a few twenty-live or thirty cen
Hue stamps, aud so giadually clear of
is debt to the government.
The tawu of Cullman, a thriving
Alabama village, makes tho boast, tha
t has not a negro within its bonlers. Il
s naued after a rich German wht
vished to found a col. hit of his owl
race iu the Alabama frui. growing r
;loii. It has a iMioiilatloii ol '2..VIO.
A vocabulary ot piiysical terms
styled "Butsui ig.iku Jutsugo," hai
lieell issued in Japan. It gives the au
horitative Japanese equivalents of ar
imorlait group of Western scientific
eims. In all thirty-six Japanese gen
lemeu have been engaged in its prep
aatiou for Hie pa-it s.x years.
A Maine coiiteniKirary tells of i
merchant in Augusta, who examine:
very package left in his store, whethei
iie has any business to or not. Kecent'j
in acquaintance, knowing tni faiiing,
left a paper bai of hornets iu the nur
Iiant's store, lo be "kept if ly nuti
callid for." The men-haul exp'on
.ts i s ual, w 1th results that inay easil
The present estimated pnpulatioi
.f the United Slates I-. 01, O'.itO. Tin
ate of increase, exclusive of im nira
ion, is estimated at l.S ji cent,
eut p r ai iri inn alxnit l'fi,o i
uontlu 15y immigratiou the increasi
t population aveiages over 4:!,'.-rft i
nonth, or over RV)J yeaily. Tin
tggregate snnual growth from IxiU
Muses does not fall short of 1,7 .Vlfwj
the estimated foieign opu!ation Is no'
much below 14,t.0,HH.
The Boston Memorial Association
an organization formed to protect llos
ton from the invasion of bad statues
has formally protested against the ac
ceptance by the city for the public gar
den of the memoiial to the late Colotie
Caas. This Is the monument ma le to
the btonecuttei after a design winch h
FecureJ from a scu'ptor of some name
liut the scultptor supposed that tin
n onument w as for a cemetery, and wai
horrified to learn that it was to lie '
up in Boston's most favorite square.
The dried leaves of the Japan all
spice. Clilmonunlhiis fragrans, have
tea-like flavor, a'ul are said to 1
superior to much of tlie green tea sold.
The plant is sold in England as a
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