A LEAP YEAR VISION.
Can I forget that winter night
In eighteen eighty-four, *
When Nellie, charming little sprite,
Came tapping at the door.
"Good evening, miss, " I blushing said,
For in my heart I knew—
And knowing hung my pretty head—
That Nellie came to woo.
She clasped my big, red baud, and fell
Adown upon her knees,
And cried, "You knowl love you well,
So be my husband, please."
And then she swore she'd ever be
A tender wife and true—
Ah ! what delight it was to me
That Nellie came to woo.
She'd lace my shoes, and darn my hose.
And mend my shirts, she said.
And grease my comely Russian nose
Bach night on going to bed.
She'd build the fires and fetch the coal,
And split the kindling, too,
Love's perjuries o'erwhelmed her soul
When Nellie came to woo.
And as I, blushing, gave no check,
To her advances rash,
She twined her arms about my neck,
And then she pleaded for a kiss,
While I. what could I do
But coyly yield me to that bliss
When Nelly came to woo?
I am engaged, and proudly wear
A gorgeous diamond ring.
And I shall wed my lover fair
Some time in gentle spring.
I face my doom without a sigh—
And so, forsooth, would you.
If you but loved as fond as I,
And Nellie came to woo.
It was a very charming little shop
ping-bag, and Sadie had wanted such
an one for a long time. When she dis
covered it on her dressing table her
birthday morning, it pleased her more
than all her other presents combined,
though some were far more valuable.
Later in the day she said to her
"Now, mother, you know—and if
you don't, I do—that the very first
time I carry this bag I'll leave it some
where, as sure as sin."
"Yes ; but, Sadie, you're old enough
to be more careful."
"Very true, mother, but then I'm not ;
and I never shall be, I very much fear."
"Perhaps it you lose this it will be a
lesson you will remember."
"But I don't intend to lose it, even
if 1 do leave it ; for I mean to have my
full address engraved on this silver
plate, instead of simply initials."
She had it engraved" that afternoon,
and displaying it in ; riumph, said :
"There, mother! see that! Now he
who runs may read: Sadie M. Farn
ham, Pieasantville, Maine."
"Yes, perhaps somebody will read it
whom you won't wish to," responded
the mother sagely.
"O, I shall keep that side toward me
when I carry it."
The last of September she went to
visit her most intimate friend, Laura
McQuisten, lately married, and living
in Ohio. Laura's former home had
ing Laura's fondness for the Wild
Purple Aster which bordered all their
roadsides, nestling beside the Golden
rod, she gathered a largo bunch of
them to carry to her friend with but
one gorgeous spray of Goulen rod in
Her brother Harry found a pleasant
seat for her in the car, and handing her
the bag and flowers, he said.
"There ! these are almost equal to
big box, little box, bandbox and
"Now, Harry! you know father says
I'm a finished traveler. I never bur
den myself or any one else with lug
"You'll get sick enough of those flow
ers before you get there ; they'll be all
withered, any way."
"No, they won't; for I shall put
fresh water on the cotton every little
"Here are your tickets. Take care of
yourself, and don't getinto any scrapes.
Good-bye, little sis ; remember me to
The car was empty save for a few
passengers behind Sadie, whose faces
she could hot see. She loved dearly to
study faces, herself unobserved, and be
gan to wish the car would fill up. It
did with a rush at the next station,
every seat soon being full. Just as she
was wondering who would occupy the
seat with her, a rather elderly lady,
with a slightly troubled expression, en
tered the car and looked anxiously up
and down the rows of sqats. She ap
roached Sadie somewhat timidly, but
adie lifted the flowers from the seat
beside her and said brightly, "You can
sit here if you like, madam." The lady
—that she was a lady was written all
over her, though evidently unused to
traveling alone—thanked her with a
very relieved face and sat down beside
her. The lady's eyes fell at once to the
flowers and lingered there. Sadie, who
was watching her new traveling com
panion, saw from the half-sad, half
tender smile which curved her lips, and
the abstracted, dreamy look on her face,
that she was far away from her present
surroundings and busy with memories
which the Asters and Golden-rod had
stirred. As she looked up with a half
sigh, Sadie said: "You love flowers?"
"O very much ! Wild ones particu
larly. I used to trim my sun-hat with
them, and up by the old school-house
on the hill my girlhood's friend and I
had plot of them wall round with
stones. I haven't seen them in
before, my home having been in the far
"I am taking these to a friend whose
favorite flowers they use to be; but
you must please accept half of them."
The lady thanked her but declined
the gift saying she could not rob her of
"You will not rob her, for I can send
her a box full," separating the flowers
as she spoke.
The lady'o lips quivered, and her
eyes grew moist as she
cepted them. She told Sadie that she
was on her way back to her home in
the west, having made a hurried trip
to the Bast to see her son, who had
been quite ill, but was now convales
1 cent. Her immediate presence was re
qui red at homo and she was obliged
return alone, the friend with whom she
had come not returning for some weeks.
"I am so unused to traveling alone
that I am quite timid," she said with
a deprecating look and smile.
Sadie did all in her power to make
her comfortable as far as their ways lay
together, and enjoyed her companion
ship, since she was very intelligent and
cultured, as further conversation re
vealed: When they reached K
they parted with real regret; Sadie
wished the lady, whose name she did
not know, a safe and pleasant journey.
Laura was delighted with the flowers,
which had kept wonderfully fresh,
more than delighted to see her friend,
and in the happy busy days which fol
lowed, all remembrance of the lady with
whom she had shared the flowers grad
ually faded from Sadie's mind.
One day there came a letter from
home in Harry's hand writing which
contianed the following paragraph :
"The other day Uio expressman
brought a box addressed to you.
Mother was dying with curiosity
know what was in it. Of course 1 had
none, being a man, but at her solicita
tion I opened the box. It contained a
beautiful panel painted in oils, of Wild
Asters, with fa spray of Golden rod.
Underneath lay a card, on one side of
which was inscribed : 'Geo. L. Crans
toun,Boston, Mass.' On the other:
Will Miss Barnham please accept as a
slight token of gratitude for kindness
shown my mother while traveling?'
"I wrote to Charley Livingstone, in
quiring in a casual way if he knew him.
When lie replied he spoke very enthu
siastically of him, and asked where I
had met him. So father wrote to young
C. acknowledging receipt of box, witn
thanks for contents.
"Now, I should like to know, 41IU10',
as yqn know, I've no curiosity, what
you've been up to. Wasn't my last
charge to you a solemn warning to you
not to get into scrapes?"
Laura declared ic was most romantic,
quite like a story ; and when Sadie left
for home she knew her departure was
hastened by a desire to see that panel.
Sadie had no adventure during her
homeward journey, having a seat to
herself most of the wav. The re
mainder of it was occupied by an old
gentleman who took snuff and had the
catarrh, saying "um! urn!" in the most
emphatic manner (after each applica
tion of his hadkerchief.
The panel was almost the first thing
shown Sadie on her arrival.
"And how did you happen to give
your name and address to an entire
stranger?" chorused the family.
"Why, 1 didn't."
"How did she know it, then?"
"Just then Harry's eye happened to
fall on the pretty bag' with its silver
plate. In a voice brimming with njis
ohief he read: "Miss Sadie M. Farn
ham, Pieasantville, Me.," and added:
"I suppose you labeled yourself with
that all the way, didn't you, Sadie, like
package sent by express?"
"The idea! I kept the plate out of
sight all the way ; but I left it on the
seat once when I went out to get some
"It's wonderful to me," said Harry,
"that you didn't leave it somewhere
altogether, being your cus
Autumn passed away, and early win
ter. With Christmas came another
ress to Sadie in care of
e box when opened was
found to contain a beautiful lace pin,
the design a spray of Asters, from Mrs.
Cranstoun. Later came a very charm
ing letter from the lady, begging Sa
die's acceptanee of the gift.
All the young readers are saying,
"Why doesn't she hurry up and tell
where Mr. Cranstoun came to see Sa
die, made love, and was accepted?"
My dear girls, I leave you to imag
ine that part, and I will simply tell you
that Mr. C. came up with Charlie Liv
ingston at New Year, and when the
Asters bloomed again there was a quiet
wedding in which Sadie Farnham and
George Cranstoun were central figures.
And the bride wore Asters instead of
orange blossoms—how odd !
Anabel C. Andrews.
package by exp
her father. Th
politician figured as
"What's bosh, doctor?" asked the re
porter, on the lookout for a possible
item. "Why, this runaway match which
you have just published. That girl's
father is a sharp man, but this is one of
the sharpest tricks he has ever played
since I knew him. That elopement was
all a sham. It's as simple as can be.
The girl's father is one cf the best
known men in this section of the town
and is a politician besides. He has,
necessarily, a large acquaintance with
the element who are always expecting
him to stand treat upon the slightest
pretext, and, what with this and the
wedding festivities, supper, and other
etceteras, his daughter's marriage, if
solemnized in the ordinary manner,
would have cost him a great deal of
money. An elopement saved all this,
so he just opposed his daughter's wish
es strongly enough to give a pretext for
the two to run over to Jefferson, where
the expenses of the wedding, all told,
didn't amount to more than five or ten
Economy in Elopement».
Household words. f
"That's all bosh!" remarked a well
known American physician to a journal
ist the other day, as he threw down a
paper containing an account of a run
away in which the daughter of a local
Artificial Oysters in Paris.
Artificial oysters are now manufac
tured in large quantities by several
oyster factories recently established in
the neighborhood of Bodeaux. This
new product, the making of which is
kept a secret from the uninitiated, imi
tates the real oyster very perfectly in
point of appearance, and the main
diflieulty of the business, the fixin
the spiduous produetto the oyster shell,
upon which it takes the place vacated
by its prototype, is said to have recently
been got over with perfect success.
The United States is to have another
Catholi' cardinal, probably Archbishop
Haskell & Smith, Proprietors.
The Uaskell House is the best hotel in Caldwell. It la pleasantly situated on Front
avenue in the upper portion of town. We have a first-class cook, hence we have nrst
clasa meals served at all times. Charges reasonable. Come all and give us a call.
The new Oregon Short Line town of Caldwell is advantageously located on the south bank of Boise River, at an altitude of 2,600 feet above the sea, a little more than 400 mile*
northwest of Salt Lake by rail, 150 miles northwest of Shoshone, 30 miles west of Boise City, and about 100 miles southeast of Baker City, Oregon. Silver City is due south 55 miles;
the principal settlement of Payette Valley about Emmetsville and Falks Store are from 18 to 20 miles north; Idaho City and the "Boise Bastn''(country, so famous for its rich mines, hi
from 46 to 60 miles northeast; the great Malheur and Owyhee farming regions are from. 25 to 35 miles west, and the widely-known Weiser Region, with Weiser City for its centre, is
50 miles northwest. , In other words, Caldwell is in the heart of the vast agricultural region formed bv the Junction of Boise, Payette, Weiser, Owvhee and Malheur Valleys with
Snake River Valley, the junction of all these important rivers being within a radius of 50 miles.
Boise Valley, 70 miles long; Payette Valley, 100 miles long; Weiser Valley, 100 miles long; Malheur and Owyhee Valleys from 50 to 75 miles leng each, and dozens of smaller
valleys, all within a day's drive, abound in evidences of successful agriculture, ahd invite the newcomer to settlement. In these valleys tributary to Caldwell there are not less
than 7,000 inhabitants.'
Along the Boise, 40 to 76 miles east, and along the Payette from 50 to 75 miles north, are some of the heaviest forests cast of Puget Sound. There are hundreds of thousands
of acres of pines equal to the best in Michigan, which can readily be floated down the river and worked up at Caldwell.
Within a day's drive, and naturally tributary to Caldwell, are the
., which have made Idaho famous. These various mining regions, vast
Caldwell, and will furnish us much business of various kinds.
Climate mild as Southern Illinois or Salt Lake Valley, ripening peaches, melons, corn, tobacco, etc. Water good and Inexhaustible for domestic uses, power or irrigation.
Superb wagon roads to all points as noted on accompanying map. Building-stone abundant and good. Market for produce first-class at the railway and in mining camps. The
Oregon Short Line Company has secured very extensive grounds at Caldwell, and will doubtless do much to make it the best point between Salt Lake and Portand.
great gold and silver mining regions of Silver City, Snake River, Quartzburgh, Placervllle, Idaho City,
in extent and richness, will always furnish a splendid market for farmers in the country tributary to
Our three-months-old town has some 600 inhabitants, 40 business houses, and about 150 structures in all. Our cash sales aggregate about $200,000 per month. In the past
sixty days our town received 200 car-loads of lumber, 160 wagons, 600 car-loads of coal, and several hundred car-loads of merchandise. We have shipped 2.000 sacks of flour, 100,
000 pounds of wool, 75,000 pounds of hides, 120,000 pounds of Boise Valley fruits and 200,000 pounds of vegetables. Cash receipts at Caldwell depot are about $40,000 per month.
We nave a telephone exchange and are building a branch telephone line up Boise Valley to Boise City. We have four hotels, five general merchandise stores, heavy stocks of hard
ware and agricultural implements, two drug stores. jewelers, news-stand, lumber yard, blacksmith shops, livery stable, the usual quota of saloons, good free school, town hall,
public park, etc., with the life, nerve and improvements generally of eastern towns twenty years old and containing ten times our population. Arrangements have been made for
starting a strong banking house, building waterworks and some very handsome residences. Town lots range In price from $40 to $300, and are a very tempting investment. Those
sold have doubled in value in some cases in sixty days.
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