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thon Oiimt, o locg deUycd,
Burely, when the boune w msile,
In Its chjmbcrt, Mo nil f rM,
There wM et plAce f or tboe,
Rutf tjr In noine rooin i iprcivd
For Ihy mko fv fnowy bl,
Deukecl wlth llnen white iiml line,
Meet, 0 (luint, (or uto ot thlne.
Yet tliou hat not kejit tlio lryt,
Other gmti our llp" b&ve klxl
Other gueits lmva tartled lon,
Uoveil by nnn.hlne nml by oi)Et
ror tlie year wwi brlglit wlth May,
II the hlriln kept hollday,
All Ifce rklcn were clear and line,
When tliU liouio ot our wm new.
Tcnth catoo In wlth u to dwell,
Crowned wlth rore and aapuodel,
Llngered long and eien yet
Can not qnllehU haunt (orget.
Ijoys hath at betlde ottr board,
Drought U8 tre&snrea f rom hU hoatd,
Ilriinmed our cnpa Uh (ragrant wlne,
Vlntage ot the hllla rtlvlne.
Down oar garden path baa traycd
Tonng llomance, In llgbt arrayed;
Joy hath flung her garlands wlde I
Fallh inng low at eventldei
Care hath flltled In and out;
Borrow strewn her weedi abont i
Ilope beld p her torch on hlgb
When cloudi darkened all tbe eky,
l'aln wlth palld v and thln,
Ott hath alept our house wlthln ;
Llfo hath called na, lond and long,
Wlth a volce n trnmpet rtrong.
Bometlnva we nave thought, O Ouest,
Thon wert oonilng wlth the reat,
Watched to tee thy thadow fall
Oa the inner chamber wall.
For we know thatt aoon or late,
Thon wllt enter at tlie gate,
Crote the threshoUl, pas the door,
Ullde at w 111 f rom floor to floor.
When thou conieBt, by thlB Btgn
We Bb'all know thee, OucBt dlTlne:
Though alone thy couilng be,
Kome one rauat co fotth wlth thee.
ilri. J. C.Il.Ditr,in Harper'icr Dtcemttr.
Our Wiuter In tlio Conutry.
Tho sohools wero to opon on the first
Wodnesday in September, and by tho
middla o August we bagan regretfully
to realize that it was timo to bo thinking
of gettiug back to town.
" It is a great mistako having the
schools open bo early," said Jonas. " Sep
tember iu the city is ofteu the warmest as
well na tlio nickliest mouth in the year;
yet tho children are hurtied in froni the
mountaina and seashore, andcrowdedinto
cloee, ill-ventilated dchool-roonis at a timo
when in the country naturo is putting on
its gayest colors imd the air is the most
healthful and invigorating. And, as if it
were not enougb to mcarcerato them dur
ing school hours, bo many lessons are im
poscd to be studied at home that scarcely
a tnomeut is left to devote to recreation.
As a naturnl eequenoe, by the timo tho
winter lairly sets iu, all the good eilected
by tho Bummet's rusticatwg is neutral
ixed, leaving them au eaBy prey to diph
theria, malaria, aud a host of other evilo."
Tom and Ben exchanged significant
glances at the end of , this philippic, and
when Annie, who, being a Vassar gradu
ate. feels a fine indifference to tho lesser
cchools, ventured to propose our remain
ing another month in tho country, they
ontbUBiastically seconded tho motion.
"But we shall all fall behind in our
classes," protested Bell.
u And fail of proniotion," added Betb
" Oh, but we'll stay at home, and aister
Nan cau hear us recite," said Tom.
u We'd learn a good deal faster than
we learn in school, if she wonld," said
ISou, lootiug coaxlngly at Aume.
"I'll hear you willingly, if you will
proiflise to show me proper respect," said
Anuie, with a laugb.
It would bo hard to enumerate all tho
argnmonts that were urged in favor of our
etaying. Evun Bell and Beth withdrew
theirprotest and declarcd themselvea will
ing to take their chances for tho next pro
motion ; and as Jonas tacitly abetted them
in this temporary revoltagainst the school
anthorities, it was useless for me to raise
xa objection. In fact, I had no wish to
raise one; if Jonas thought that October
would be early enougb lor the children to
enter school, that aettled the question
for myself, I felt in no haste whatever to
rcturn to town.
Only those who have spent an auturan
in the country can fully Bympathize in our
onjoyment of thoso rare oeptember days
days which the summer in all its glory
could never duplicate ; days when over
the woods and hills hung a shimmering
purple haze, and the blue waters stretched
motionless as a mirror under the dreamy
ekiea. For the next three or four weeks
we llterally took "no thought for the
inorrow," giving ourselves up physically
and mentally to the delicions idlenees
which nothiug but tho soft Italian dolce
Jar niente can adeqnately describe.
"Tothinkof being shut up in school
on days liko thesel" said Bell, as we
drifted about tho bay in tbo hazy aun
nhine, or jogged aloug roads that seemed
uut througb quarrios of rainbows, the
woods on either hand boing like the valls
of the New Jernsalom in tlie splendor of
their coloring. It was an entirely new
uxperience to the children, nono of them
having ever beforo seen the country in
autumn ; and as wo witnessed their de
light we had the feeling, Jonas aud I, that
in keeping them so large a part of the
year in tho city wo had in a certain way
defrauded them.
" Only one week moro I " sighed Beth,
as Septembor drew to a close ; but that
very day Jonas received a letter from a
well-known publishing house askiug him
to tako in hand the translation of " The
Ufe and Lettors of the Great German
Scientist, Profeseor Karl Von Steuklen
berg." It was a work that would occupy
him some three or four months and bring
him in a good round enm.
' If we wero going to bo horo all winter,
I ahould not hesitato a tnoment," ho said,
as he closed the letter ; " but they want it
to be ready for pnblication by tho first of
March, and iu the city thero are bo many
interruptiond." He took up another let
ter as he snoko, and opened it in a preoc
oupied way. It proved to be from his
brother, who, with his wife aud mothur-in-law,
had been occupying our house
durlng our ausonce.
" They have all beon sick, and ho begs
that, u possioie, wo wiu let inem Eeep
the houso another month, as tho old lady
ia not yet well enough to be moved."
Jonas is usually very ready to sympa
thize with his friends when trouble over
takes them, but in tho preseut instance
liia voico ahowed no recret.
' I only wiah they'd tako it lor tho
winter, he saiu, ai ne passou ino lener
aorosa the table.
" And what would becomo of us, In that
oaso V " I askcd, in a fltartled voice.
" Wo'il stay here, of courso," answorod
Johhb, cooly.
' Uut tho children, Jonas I " I ox
claimed, " Thluk what a Bet-back It would
ba to them, having to bo out ot school all
winter I"
"Not neoeasarily ft Bet buck, my dear.
They have done well thusfar; why not
lot Annio continue to toach them ? It Is
excellent disclplino for her."
Annle loolced disappolntea. it was w
havo been her first wintor in soolety, and
ahe had anticipated it with girllsh cagor
ncss. But when her father spoko of
tho ndvantago tho proposed arrangemcnt
would be to him In his work, and hlnted
at a necessity for rotronchmonts, she
yielded at onco, wlth her usual " aweet
reasouablonoss aua ino youngor onos
wero too well pleased with tho novel proa
poot of a winter in tho country to thlnk
of ralsing an objection. For myself, I
must confcss that, though I triod to give
my consent cheorfully, I was somewhat
appalled at tlio ouuook, lor in my youin i
had apent sevoral winters In an old New
Eogland farmhouse, and well remembored
how drearllv tho timo went by. Still, in
looking back, I could aeo that tho dreari-
nesa was due to tho peoplo tbomselves
rather thau to the placo and season, and I
mentally reaolved to profit by tho expe-
It ia a tentative nndertaking," eaid
Jonas, "and very likely we may all bo
sick of it before the winter Ib bau over ;
but if wo can manage to keep buny, I
hardly think we shall find the timo hang-
ing heavy."
Busy I Tom and Ben exchanged one
of their telegraphio glauces hadn't they
enough planned to keep them busy for
the next three months, at least, if only
the weather held fair?
But before a week passed, the weather,
as if to show us what was in atore for us,
took a fiudden turn ; tho fikios darkened,
an easterly wind set in, and day and night
we could hear tho thud of the breakers
tho Bridgehampton beach. By the
third day theso premonltory symptoms
had cultninated in a raging storm ; and
then camo tho problem how ehall we
make sunshine indoor when the outer
world is gray and cheerless V Fortu
nateJy, our Annie is something ot a
heliostat, holding a atore of suushine in
rosorvo for ust euch days ; and thongh
she Kept the children ngidiy to tbelr lea
sons during tho appointed atudy hour?,
she was as ready as the children them
selves for any merry-making tho moment
study hours wero over. To aeo her filling
the role of teacher, or BittiDg at her latli
er'a elbow, patieutly giving him the bene
fit of her German in translatiqg Frofessor
Karl von bteuklenberg'a prosaic Iettera,
ouo would scarcely have believed that this
clear eyed. practical-looKing young person
could enter bo heartilj into the iuvenile
pastimes of her brothers and sisters. To
ns, who know how great was the disap
pointment she waa bearing so bravely,
her sunninoss was a daily wonder; and,
thoroughly as we had sympatbized with
her, wo began to feel that tho discipline
ol the winter was in some ways moro than
compensating her for the loss of a season
in society.
One of tho convemences of our tarm.
house was a spacious attic : hero we es
tablished a gymnasium, and on days
when the weather was such as to keep us
indoors we usually spent an hour or two
with the bean-bags and dumb-belR mak
ing a Bort of family frolic of it. We bad
foared that tbe placo would be too cool for
comfort, but we found that, with the
vigorous exercise, a fire would have been
unendurable. A box of tools and a acroll
saw furmshed additional entertainment
for bad weather ; a small room, opening
from tho kitchen, that during tho sum
mer had been used as a laundry, serving
for a workshop.
But tho weather bad to be at ita worBt
to keep Jonas and the boys indoors for
moro than balf a day at a time.
11 Why bo afraid of a dash of rain or a
puu of cold air t said Jonas, one morn
ing, when I expreased the opinion that
the day was not very propitious for a
tramp. " If we accustom ourselves to
the changes in tho weather, we shall be
less likely to euffer from them. It is not
to be wondered at that the people who
breathe the overheated atmosphere of most
of our dwelling-houaeu, storee, and oflices
shiver at the thought ot lacing a respecta-
ble breeze; no wonder they have Bore
throats aud pneuraonia and conBiimption.
Tho only wonder is that any ot them sur-
vive the winter. But this house is in no
danger of beiug overheated, and I
glad of it."
No I though Annio and I had that very
.norning been listirjg all the doors, it
was not likely to be overheated. We had
not realized, until tbo November winds
began to rampage, how many cracks and
crevices tbere were in tho old house; but
no one seemed to suffer any ill effects
from this freo ventilation. On the con
trary, I think we were never raore exempt
Irom colds and headaches. btiu, our ex
cmption in this re.wect was no doubt
partly due to our frequent walkB; for,
except when the weather was such as to
make walking out of ciuestien, Jouas in'
sisted that tho girls aud I were not to be
left at homo when he and the boya started
out for a constitutioual. Beth, who, on a
cold day, likea nothing bettor than to
suuggle up to tho fire with a pleasant
booE for compauy. was sometimes dis
posed to obiect to this arraugement ; she
could see no uso in being dragged out,
rain or Bhine ; but, if there was no alter
native, why not rlde 1
" Because, mv dear," said Jonas, "in
cold weather, as a rule, people ought never
to rido when they are able to wal":. Uar
riage-riding, at the best, is an indolent
way of taking the air, and in winter one
wanta not only air, but action. There is
nothing like a good brisk walk to set the
blood in motion.
There were daya when I, too, was in
cliued to protest : the country was bo un
inviting at this aoason of the year, and it
waB bucIi a trouble to put ou one a wrapa
just for a little walk I But, the habit
ouce formed, I began to find that withont
my walfc tho dav waa Badlv lncomplete,
Aud I had never imagined that a winter
Jandscape could possesB bo many attrao
tionB the marvellous tracery of leafleas
limbs and twigs ugainst tho wintry sky,
tho slormy tournaments ot tbe clouds, tbe
tiuy patches of green grass laughing
through tho snow. Evory day had its
Burprisal. I remember one day iu partic
ular ; there had been a light shower the
night before, followed with a flurry of
anow, and wheu we started out, a cold,
gray 8ky bent over a cold and diamal
world; but juat as we reached the
woods the suu burst forth, and instantly
all was chauged : tho treea stood whita
aud glisteniug, every branch and twig
covorod with feathery foliago, whilo hero
and there a wild grapo-viiioliungin anowy
festoous. And as wo camo out on the
other sido of the bit of woodland, there
lay tho bluo bay dlropling in the Bunshitm
It was like staudiug in boiuo cool, whito
grotto looking out ou a aummer aea,
And this eujoymeut of the beautiful
was not the onlv cood that 1 derivcd from
my winter wallts ; as the weeks grew into
inontha, I found, to my Burprise, that I
was freer than I had been for yeaia from
tho attaoks of my former winter foes
neuralgia ana dyapepsia.
" I told you so," Baid Jonas, with that
asaumption of suporlor forcslght so natu
rnl to a man. " Thero aro thousands of
women IhrouEhout tho country to-day
dosiug down tonics, and imaginlng them-
Belves to bo conlirmed invalius, wno, u
they could bo porsuaded to take an hours
exerciao every morning in tho open air,
would soon bo ablo to laugh at tho doc
tora. But half of them would think any
doctor demented who darod to proposo
sueh a remedy."
" iot, aa a rulo." aaid i, "city women,
I atn inclined to think, do moro walking
than women in the country."
" And tho reaaon, my dear, ia obvious,
said JoDas, with exasperating urbanity.
" Broadway and Fourteenth street natu
rally offer greater attraotions to the foml
nine mind than winter woods and fields.
Our neighbor, Mrs. Tompkirjs, would will
ingly walk from tho forry to Macy's for
the sake of looking in at the ehop win
dows, but eho would hold up hor Iiands
in horror if somo fino morning you ahould
ask her to go with you to the woods.
Just try it and see."
I was very much afraid that the event
would prove him a true prophet, but I
determlned to mako tho experiment.
Usually wo took our outing in tho early
part of the day, Joaas boing of tho opin
ion that the morning raya of the aun pos-
aesa greater virtuo than thoao of tho nitor-
noon ; but tbe next morning so much
time was consumed in deciphering ono of
Professor Von Steuklonberg's hieroglyph
ical manuacripts that we deoided not to
start until after dinner. Seoretly, I waa
rather thankful to the old professor, feel
ing that the delay increased tho cbanco of
my success with Mrs. Tompkins ; and, as
the sun was sbining enticingly, it waa in
quite a sanguine mood that Annie and I
(Jonas having gono on in advance with
the youngstors) knocked at the farmhouse
door. We found Mrs. Tompkins and her
daughter in a close, overheated Bitting
room, busily engagcd in cutting carpet
raga. Walkl Thero waa a look of undis-
guised amazement on Mrs. Tompkins'
face a faco that would have been comely
but lor the sallownesa ot the complexion.
Well, now, the truth is," sho begau,
aiter thanking ua for the invitation, " we
have 80 much to do indoors, Iluth aud me,
that we get about all the walkin' we want.
Then, havin' a houseful o' boardera all
suinmer, the sewin' gete so behind that it
takes ub all winter to catch up. We've
been waitin' six months or moro for a
chance to get at theso rags, an'
j joij 1
lluth that if we didn't make a beginnin'
pretty soon the dinin'-room 'd have to go
bare floor next season ; so this moruin' we
got a real early start with the work, an'
here we bo."
" Oh, let the rags wait, Mrs. Tompkins,"
urged Annie ; " it is too pleasant to Btay
indoors to-day.'!
liutli, a dellcate-ieatured giri witn a
general air of being overworked, looked
up wistfully: but ilrH. lompEiu's eyes
were fixed on the atrip of yellow calico
that sue was cutting,
That nin'r. mv wav." qairl flhB. with i
in onomnlin unin rf hnr fihnarq - whpn
there's work to do, I do it, whether the
sun shinea or not."
"Now, Mra. Tompkins," said Annie,
catching tho look in Ruth's eyes, "if you
will let Ruthgowith us to-day, we'll all
nma li.ranrmw nftBmnnn nnil liolr. with
the carpet-rags."
"Why, you're real clevor," said Mrs. V,,?? .,, "T "'"r
Tompkins, her face brightening. "Uuthi , "Well, I think, on the whole," said
can go, of course, if she likes, but for my
part I'd a
nnH ratimr stnv in thn
house on a day like this."
lluth. withnnt waitinrf for fnrllipr nPr.
- ' . : o . : i
ner lap, and ran to put on ner wraps.
"How pleasant this isl" she exclaimed,
aa soon as wo were in the open air. 11 It
ia so tiresome staying in the house all
day I It makes me dread to havo winter
" But why stay indoora so closely Y" I
"Oh, there'a always somethine to be
done," Ruth answered, in a dibcouraged
voice ; " and mother never seems to think
it worth whilo for any one to Btart out
jnst for the sake of walking. It wouldn't
be quite so uad it we had more books,'
Bhe added, regretf ully. Annie took a hint
from that remark, and the next day, when
we went to fulQll our promise, she carried
with her three or lour late magazines.
Ruth's eyes widoned at the sight of them,
aud the hungry way in which she turned
the leaves gave Annie another hint.
There were five or six farmers' families
within a half-mile'a radius of us, and,
knowing that tbere were but few books in
the neighborhood, Annie proposed forming
a reading club.
"Jt's all nonsense, Nan," said Bell,
"and it will bo peifeotly stupid for us.
They'll come, of course, if tbey tbink they
are going to havo a good time, but they
wont care a straw for the reading."
" Wait and see, said Annie, aa she
sutnmed up tbe names of those who wero
to bo invited. At firat nono but tho
young people were asked, but before three
meetings had been held lt began to be
hiuted that some of the fathers and moth-
ers would liko to join tho club.
' Let them come, bv all means, said
Jonas, who on club night waa always
ready to forego the society of Professor
Jvarl Von bteuklonberg and lend hiniself
to the entertainment of our guests ; "it
will do the young folka good to have them
here." As tho reault of this extended
invitation tho attendance waa speedily
doubled : even Mrs. Tompkins was per-
auaded to leave her carpet-raira for one
evening in the week ; and before the win
ter waa half over " the club " had becomo
the central interest of the nighborhood,
"The chief objection to living on a
farm in wintor," said Jonas to one of our
farmer friends, "is the lack of Bocitty,
and for that reason every neighborhood
ought to have Eomething going on todraw
the people together socially at least once
a week."
"You're right there, Mr. Brownln',"
was tbe answer; "it's tho lonesomeness
of the winters on the farm that sets our
boys and girls against f arm-life and drives
so many of 'em away from home. This
club is a godsend to us, and I dread to
thlnk of ita coming to an end."
" liut why let lt come to au end, Mr.
Sandera V" asked Jonas.
" Well, for one thiug, when you go away
there won't bo books enough among us,
all told, at least not tho right sort of
books, to keepup tho interest."
" That is easily remedied." said Jonas.
" Now, what I would proposo Ib this, that-j
anotner winter the club ahould meet from
house to house, and that a Buflicient buui
Hhould bo paid by tho members to sub-
scribo for two or threo niaeazines, ho
family at whoso houso the meuting is hteld
retnining the magazinea until tbo nxt
club night, thus giving all an opportur ity
to read them. l'ossibly the members up
feo would admit of tho purchase of a 1 ow
book now and then, and theso would fc rni
the nucleus of what might in time became
a circuiauug nurary."
"les, that'a a sensible plan." aaid bur
neighbor, elowly j " but what I'd likd to
miBBion, haftily tumbled the raca fiomA'?.c". lu ua- -IB" urt"i
seo establlshed ia an old-fashloned lyceum.
Wo nsed to havo 'em when I was a boy,
and I can count up moro'n half a dozen
prominent publio men who did thoir first
epoaking in tho lyceum in tho old rod
" Oh, thero'a nothing liko it for bring
ing out tho boya," aaid Jonas, with en
thuaiasra. " I'd liko to see ono establlshed
in every noigliborhood. I had not thought
of it before, but I don't seo why we can't
combino ono with the reading club, do
voting an evening ouco a fortnlght to a
Mr. Sanders so heartily approvod of
this proposltion that at the next meettng
it was laid before tho membora.
" Must tho girls debato as well as tho
boya V" aaked lluth Tompkins, timidly.
"It is not compulsory, but I haven't
tho slighteat doubt that they would be
ablo to hold thoir own," said Jonas, smil
ing mallciouBly. Then up spoko Tom.
" I reovo that we havo a paper, and all
who don't care to apeak will have to write
The family amiled furtively at this,
knowing that Tom consldered declama
tion his forte ; but the motion was forth
with aeconded and carried. It was aston
ishing to see tho energy with which tho
young peoplo entered on thia " new de-
parture ;" and it waa equally aatonishing
to aeo what undreamed-of talent waa de-
veloped. Our own eirla and bova. thourh
tbey bad never manifested any relish for
writlng compositions, took a genuino prido
in the club paper, coittributint? to everv
nu,rnber, without the slightest urging, a
squib, a story, or a bltof rhyme, and even
venturing occasionally to try their hand
at an essay or a review.
" It is altogether different from writlng
compositions," said Bell, who had frankly
confessed to Annie that she found the
meetings far from stupid.
But the club was not their only recrea
tion. Within afew moment'a walk of
tbe house was a small pond that afforded
excellent akating, and of ten on still nights
the boys would build a fire oa the bank,
and, pitching a tent near by for the com
fort of thoso who did not care to trust
themselvea to the glassy surface of tho
pond, hold a sort of skatiug carnival.
Now and then we received and accepted
an invitation to an apple-paring or a quilt-ing-bee,
aud not Infrequently an evening
was devoted to popping corn and pulling
" 1 want tho children to feel." aaid
Jonas, who alwaya entered into these
8poris as ncariny as any oi me younger
ones, " that life may be just as enjoyable
in tho country as in the city ; and I want
them to be able also to enjoy tho simple
pleasuresof life."
"I think tho country is jollyin winter,"
aaid Ben. " You can't have half as much
fun in the city coasting and ekating."
" But we have missed all the concerts
aud lectures and partieo," said Annie, re-
"But all those things will keep, little
woman, and be just as crood another vear,"
ioa&3, pauing ner nead ; " even Det-
'r pemapS, IOr, aS an Old eider, WHO
' sometimes preached for us when I was a
k,K,v' had a hflblt. of 8ay1DS. ' Hpe def erred
Vn?KAr lno reallza"on mor? 8eete.F' . .
C VDL am U0Ir compiaining, aaid
; Annie, bnghtly. "I have roally enjoyed
.0e Winter ! and the tllUO ha3 p-Quo BO
-aPidIy that it hardly seems possiblo that
'w"r "? ,ne numoered tne laat pge ot
" '' and ieuers oi rroiessor Aari
' v: 11 ateuklenberg, " we shall all havo to
"tat our winter m tne country has
n ii n t.
Chrisnan Union.
Iuroad of tlio Barbarlnns.
This is the light in which Mary Clem-
mer, the versatile and bnlliant Washing
ton correspondent of The Independent,
views tne assembiing ot congress : " Uon
gress day, liKe the tiueen a weather, ia
almost sure to be fiuo; and last Mon-
day did not fail to como up to ita stand-
ard of azure and gold and delicious
atmosphere, full of the scent of late rosea
and still lingering chrysanthemums. It
was more than a sentimental sich one
gave in passing from God'a bright weather
into the Capitol, to see at once that the
beautiful corrldors given to cleanliness
and sileuce for tho last nine long months
had in one brief hour been seized by the
i'tiuistines and besmeared and uenled bv
tho tobacco chewing and spitting citizens
of the United States. During thesessions
of congress the internal condition of the
Capitol of the uation is a perpetual insult
and griet to every reuned American. ln
a singlo day, not ouly the auperb Capitol,
but tbe streets of our beautiful city, eeem
suddenly posseesed by hordes of uukempt,
dreadful lootciug men. Tbe lluna of
Attilla, when they swooped down from
the North, did not look half so dissipated
as theso men do whose greater propor-
tion, by tho way, do not swoop from the
North at all, but from the South and West,
" 1 Who Is this, wlth face ho red,
An old nlouch hat upon lils liead,
Who movea about wlth stately tread 1
The "colonel."
" ' Who ln this, wlth blood-shot eye,
WhogrnlllngKreets each paiaer-by,
Who walks right up and calla for rye ?
Tho " major."
" 1 Who Is this, wlth poraponi air,
Who nover combj hU frousy
And eats free hmcli no matter whore ?
" ' Who Is this. wlth carpet ntck.
Who swlDgH aloug liko " Jumplng Jack,"
witn nnen auster on nis dick i
The " member,' "
These clever and apropot lines are part
ot a poem rewritten by one of l'rosldent
Arthur'a secretaries, thau whom no one
in Washington is more likely to encounter
tho vast army of ' colonels,' ' majors,'
' jddges' and 'members,' who every year
descend upon Washington i to tho diBcom-
fiture of many well-bred citizens."
a ... , ni.' ' i a
An oditor in Chicago reoently orderod
a pair of trousers from the tailor. On -ye mvite OU1 CUStoniei'S to SCC these COOClS. JiVei'V gar
trying them ou they proved to bo several . "
inchos too long. It being Iato on Satur-
day night, the tailor'a shop was closed,
and the editor took the trousers to his
wife and asked her to cut them off and I
hem them over. The good lady, whoso
brusSely r&'d. Thosamo reault fol.
and the eldest daughter. But beforo bed-
timo the wife, relenting, took the pants
and, cutting off six iuches from the legs,
hemmed thoin up nicely, and restored
them to the closet. Half an hour later
tho daughter, taken with compuuotion for
her unfilial conduct, took the trousers,
aud, cuttlncr off six inches, hemmed and
rppluoed them. Finally, the Bister-iu-law
felt tho panga of conscieuce, and Bhe, too,
performed an additional surglcal opera-
tion ou tho garment. When tho editor
anneared at broakfast on Sundav the fam
ily thought a llighlaud chioftain had ar-
rlved. lhe Century.
Bulwku was right; there is no such
word as fail ; it is molifl)d down into as-
signraent. Burlington UawUyt.
Absolutely Pure.
ThlB nowderneTervarlefl. A marrl of nnrltr. fttrnffth
and wholeftomeneRft. More economlcal than the ordinary
klndii, and cannot be aold In competltlon wlth the mulU-
raua oi iow iCTi. nnon weigni, aium or pnoopnaut pow
dem. SoMonlyincani. HOVAI. IIAKINU l'OWDER
COMrANV. m Wall Btreet. New York.
TrrmB nnd tA otitflt
ree. Addren II Hai.ihi
i y.T fc V.n.. l'ortlatid, Mo.
65,000 Hanover Crackers
Manufacturcd at "Whito Itivcr
all Bcalcrs 111 Vermont
Ttin oreartv IncrBimlnp demnnd for mv eooda
lnereasa my (acllltiea, and now I have tho largest and most completo Factory of tho klnd ln
Vermont. Tumlng out over 05,000 " Ilnuovcr " Crnckcrs every workinc ilny proveH that
" Hanover " Crackers aro what the people want. Thanking you for your generoua patronage ln
thepast, and hoplng yon will always ask for Smith's Confectionkhy and "Hanovku"
Ckackeus, I am respectfully
A Grand Announcenient
FOR ( UKIs m VS!
I have just purchased and
and best line of Goods, suitablc for Presents, and will sell
them at lower prices than ever before. China and "Wax
Dolls, China Cups and Saucers, Bohemian Glass Yases,
Toilet Sets, Cologne Bottles, and almost everjthmg in tho
line of China. Also Tin Toys, Games, Blocks, and a big
line of Majolica AVare. Don't fail to call and s.ee the va
riety and learn prices. I also have a big stock of Dry
Goods, Silk Handkerchiefd,
State Street,
"Wholesale and
Teas, Coiiees, Floiir, Bntter, Proice,
Crockery, Glassware, Lamps and Fine Family Groceries.
Sole Agents for the well-known brands of
Archibald's Bxtra Spring "Wheat
and White Koll
New Roller Process St. Louis Flour!
"Would respectfully call the attention of the Tkade and Fam
ilies to these brands. Superior to all others in the past, and
Give them a trial once and you Avill be convinccd that the
above statemcnt, though strong, is nevertheless true.
We are now receiving
facturing House of MeSSl'S.
I iresli mvoices ot their New
ment oears iManujacturers
UlliOn BlOOlC, StatO St.,
t. c. pr-nisrisrEiY,
Dookgeller and Statlonor, wonld rojpecttiilly cill the attention oi book-bttyerH to his large nnd
well-selected stock of new and dmlrablo bjoks of tho nft.ison, Lwge buyers,
SumUy-schnols nnd I'ublic Llbrarles, f urnished at speclal raten,
Scliool Books of all Kintl !
Writlng l'apers, Envelope, and School and Countlng Home Statloncry of overy dffctlptlon,
selllnK t lowor prices thin over before ollered ln this nmrket.
And an endless varlety of Fancy Goods, Gnuos, Croquet nnd Ilase Uall Goods, nll of which will
bo sold at astonlshluKly low prices. Any book you nee advortlsed will bo
eeut, poatpam,
T. C. Phinney
$cw tlvyfhitimfiuin.
The Dakota Investment Co
Grand Forks, Dakota.
Money loaned on FlrBt Mortgtge ivcuilty npon lmproved
lll KlVfr Valley Farin, at
8 Per Gent Net
We liavn niarte nvr one thound loftrjc, flfrregAUng
SIV)tOOO, upon iMkotararmit wltliout tti Iom of a Ior16
dollKr to tlie Invpftor. Money jilnud nnd Interest ftnd
prlDcifal collertfd nnd trAnmllted free of clmrirei For
rcferencen And full pnrtfcnlatit addrpnH the linUota
InTCHtmeHt Coinpuny, Urjiml Forkn, Dnkuto
Attorncj-B nt Lmv.
Carefulattcntlon glren toall legal matteri wlthln the
Terrttory ot PakoU. U-U
Eilit Per cnt hM
on Weatirn Farm Landi, ln large or rmall amounta.
Ileatot Becnrlty. No eipenw for oollectlon. No com
mlaslon. Ateo other deslrable InveBtraenlB. Inqnlre of
OKOIiOK Q. KKLLOOO, Montpelier, VU 28-tf
them ptt frvfl, for U-n 3-cent ntAmpfl; 300, all different,
lOv hftnrtfome Rcrnp Iiook rlctiirefl,25ccntfl. AudreM
umop uaku tuai AJi, jionipwier, vt.
Juiiction, Yerniont, and sold by
and Aew lLainnshirc.
hag comoelled me each vear to enlaree nnd
White River Junction, Vt.
am now opening the finest
"Worsted Jackets, Leggings, &o.
Montpelier, Vt.
Ketail Dealers in
clirect from the large Manu-
and lasluonable ULUAlib.
name m iuu. itespeccuuiy,
- - - - MOlltpeliOl', Yt.
on receipi ui uw.
- state St., Montpelier, Vt.

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