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THE GIRL’S CHOICE.
Judge Williams, one of the best known justices occupying the U. S. circuit bench, after listening to a party of lawyers the other day, lighted his pipe, leaned back in an easy chair and said: “Gentlemen, your stories of court ship and marriage are quite interest ing and romantic, but T believe that it is reserved for me to tell you of a love affair which, I am inclined to think, will teach you that the com mon-place marriages of everyday life are not worthy of a place in our most prosaic novels or even our spirited conversations. Quite a number of years ago. just after the war. I was appointed Judge of a Southern cir cuit. I attended strictly to the dis charge of my duty, and although very fond of ladies’ society yet in my rounds 1 mot very few representa tives of the fair sex who in the least impressed me. One day, during an overflow, I crossed the river about 25 miles away from my regular beat, and the stream was so swollen that by the time I had landed, the sun had gono down and darkness had spread itself over the face of the earth, and, as far as I could discern, the bosom of the water. I did not find a road when I landed, and made inquiry of the ferryman, who, in effect, declared that he had never made geography a a study and that I must take care of myself. Of course I intended to abide by the extremity of such ad vice, and after thanking my ‘water side character’ for information which, to say the least, was self-apparent, I turned, I knew not where, and began a solitary journey through the woods. I had not gone far when I came upon a large log-house, surrounded by a well kept fence and almost covered by a thick growth of wild vines. I was assailed at the gate by an army of dogs. Their fury brought out an old man who drove them away and in a voice of touching kindness asked me what I wanted. I explained my misfortunes attendant upon high water; that I was a Federal Judge endeavoring to reach the appoint ment. He very cordially invited me into the house.’’ “A jedge ur a constable is welcome at my house at sicli a time as this,” he said, throwing more wood on the fire. ‘T’ve been eotched out myself and I know what it is. So you are a jedge?” “Yes: lama judge, holding the office under the United States Gov ernment.” “That means you ain’t a State jedge?” “Yes.” “Wall, it don’t make any difference, I wouldn’t help a State jedge no quicker than I would you. .Myra, see if there is anything to eat in the I looked up and the girl to whom he spoke stood near me. She moved away immediately after being ad dressed, but not so soon that I failed to note the extreme beauty of her . face. I saw her wealth of bright, firelight reflecting hair, her glorious depth of eye, her ruddy fall-of-the year cheek and raspberry mouth. She seemed to pay no attention to me, but obeyed without hesitation. Presently she reappeared and an nounced that there was something to eat in the house and that it was spread on the table. “Come,” he said, and conducted me to the dining-room. Although I was very hungry, yet I think that my appetite could have been satisfied by allowing my eyes to feast on the beau tiful girl who attended the repast. The spare ribs and back bone and mashed potatoes were excellent, I admit, but that magnificent face which bent above it all, far exceeded any banquet that I had ever seen. “Myra," said the old man, after we had gone in and taken position be fore the fire, “hand around the pipes.” The pipes were brought in and filled with natural leaf tobacco. We puffed and puffed and talked and puffed. I told my experience and the old man told his. I had been a captain under Uncle Sam. Jefferson Davis had made him a colonel. The old man had no family except Myra, his daughter. He seemed as devoted to her, and quite as much dependent upon her as Mr. Wickliff was upon Agnes. I had been so much inter ested in the conversation, and espe cially with the occasional glance east at Myra, that I did not think to ask the old man his name until just about the time we were ready to go to bed. “My name is Jassmire,” he said; “I was wonderin’ ef you was ever goin’ to ask me, an’ hanged ef I’d a told you ef you hadn’t. Hope you’ll sleep well.’’ I bade him a cordial good night, and with one more glance at the beautiful girl, I followed the negro boy, who appeared with a lighted candle. I scarcely remember any of the conversation of the next morning, I know that I saw a beautiful face, that I sat down when an elfin little hand drew out a chair, that I heard the music of a sweet voice, and when I left I looked into a pair of eyes, di rect in earnestness. I don't know how I told the old man good-bye. I don't, know that I thanked him for his kindness, even after he refused to accept pay. I don’t know how i mounted my horse, whether I climbed on like all awkward judges do, or whether I was lifted into the air by admiration for the girl, and sat down on the saddle. The truth is, I don’t know anything about it, except that after awhile, how long I'll be hanged if I know. I found myself riding along the road, deep in the contemplation of a divinely drawn picture which the very sunlight itself framed and hung before me. The routine of court duty was very dull after this, and I longed for the time when I could wander back to the old log house, which to me held such enchantment. Previously I had lamented the fact that I had remained a bachelor, but now I was glad, be cause I had found an ideal. I don’t know how many sentimental decisions I made during that session of court, but I don’t ihink that it would shed the light of very much credit on my judicial career if the condition of the country should arise and demand a statement. After awhile I went back to the old log house. I found the old man just the same. Ho welcomed me as if he had never seen me before, but with rapture I noticed that the girl spoke as though she had seen me before, and that she was glad to see me again. This time I was determined not to leave so soon, and, the truth is, I lingered several days. I walked by the river with the beautiful crea ture, and helped her gather the kin dling at night. I roamed with her morning, night and noontide, and together we chased the rabbit and squirrel, and even the fox, with all his slyness, didn’t always escape our powers and skill. Not among all the 1 neighbors was there such a “girling,” and I, for myself, had never seen one to compare with her beauty, her grace and her voice. When I spoke of my leaving the old man objected, and even the girl slightly demurred, but I told them that business of pressing importance was claiming at tention from the North to the South. But the beautiful girl with rosy lips pouting, declared in a way that would have paralyzed Paul, that I was so restless and wanted to leave them be cause as she thought, I had found them all dull. I made a great effort to go without showing the slightest emotion on my part, you know, and when the old man seemed so anxious that I should remain, I decided that I’d better go and return within a few days. I didn’t care to overdo it, you understand. Well I went away, not because I really had any business, bul because I did not care to injure mj chances, for by this time, you maj know, I was dead in love with Myra I couldn’t remain away but a shori time. When I returned they were al glad to see me. Myra, it seemed tc me, wanted to kiss me, and I wculc have kissed her but I didn't have i good chance. She was more lovelj than ever, and when at night wc walked out under the stars I felt thal she loved me. I dreamed of her. Hei growing acquaintance with books pleased me, for I knew she studied for my sake. The old man, too seemed changed toward me. He spoke when we wei’Q alone of family affairs, and told me how glad he was that I had come to visit him. I sau that he knew that I was in love wit! his daughter, and with thankfulness I noted that he encouraged my suit One night, after Myra had gone tc her room, and while the old man anti I sat by tho fire, the old fellow re moved his gaze from the glowing coals and, looking at me, said: “Myra is the best girl in the world.” “You needu’t tell me that,” said I, “for I know it.” “Her husband will be a happy man.” “A glorious man,” I assented. “I hope you’ll not regret the day when you came here.” “I know that I shall never do so. ■ Myra .and I understand each other.” “You do?” “Yes, sir.” « “I am glad of it Myra is slow to j speak out and I am glad that you know it. Speakin’ on the subject i might shock her. Wc 11, good night,” | and he grasped my hand warmly. That night I could not sleep. I ■ knew that the old man understood I my great love for his daughter, and | with a thrill I saw that it met with' his approval. Next morning I was determined to ; ask him for her, so, after breakfast, | when he invited me to take a walk with him, I thought that he had di ; vmcd my intention. Myra, too, l seemed to know tl$t something was likely to pass between us, for she shook her fist in a charming way at me when we lett the house. I looked back aud saw her peeping at me, wjili such deep fixed love in her glances that I thought I ought to go back and kiss her, but I turned to the old man ! and talked to him about his hogs and slieep. I decided to ask him for the girl, and although I knew he would ' willingly consent to our marriage, | yet it was a difficult matter. “When ! I get to that tree,’’ I mused, looking straight ahead, “I will ask him.’’ •Just as we came to the tree he stopped j and said: “You’ve knowed my darter for | some time.” j “Yes, sir.” “Not such a long time, it's true, but so long we almost look on you as one of the family.’’ “I am proud of it.” “Thank yon, sir. Well, now I’ll tell you My darter is going to be married next week, and I want yon to be with us.” “To whom?” I gasped. “To a ferryman down hero. She's been engaged to him a long time.” I said nothing as we returned, but when I found the girl alone I said: “Don’t you know that I love you j devotedly?” “Of course I never knew it, Judge.” “But I do, and want you to be my | wife.” “Judge, I can’t. I am going to marry Tom Patrall, the ferryman. I i know you are a good man and I don’t want you to think I won’t marry you because you are a judge. Position makes no difference with me, and if I loved a man I would marry him, even if he was a judge, just as soon as I would a ferryman, and I hope that you will understand that position has not influenced this case, for even though you are a judge, I must say that you have ever conducted your self as a perfect gentleman.” “Why didn’t you tell her that you had been a captain in the army?” said one of the listeners. “I did, but she said that the ferry man had been a teamster, and that while she would just as leave marry a captain as a teamster, yet she was compelled to turn to her ferryman lover, and now when I tell my wife of the choice, she says, ‘Yes, the girl was right in taking the ferryman.’ ” It was a Through Train.—“Is this a through train?” asked a traveller of the brakeman, as he entered an unoc cupied car. ' “Yes, sir,” said the brakeman, turn ing over a couple of seats before mak ing his exit. And then the tired traveller fixed himself for a nap. After dreaming of awakening in Albany, ho did awake, and found the car in the same place whore it had been before he had his nap. With fire in his optic he sought the brakeman. “Look here, you tow headed ruffian. Didn’t you tell me this was the through train?” “I did, sir,” quietly replied the car coupler. “And so it is a through train, sir. It’s through for the day, sir.” Napoleon was bow-legged, C;esar had short legs, Hannibal had big heels and was knock-kneed, but every stumpy, duck-legged, bow-legged, knock kneed, flat-footed, long heeled man you see isn’t a combination of military genius, by a long shot. THE DUDE AND THE COWBOY. “Next!'' yelled a Third street barber yesterday as -lie looked around the room for a new customer. At the call a long haired cowboy from the bad lands of Montana and a Minne apolis dude both arose and advanced toward the chair. The dude was a little ahead and seated himself when the cow puncher said he was in a hurry and ordered the dude up; but he claimed he was in his turn and didn’t come up. “Lookhyar, ye pin legged gopher,” howled the Montana tough, “ef yer don’t vamoose outer that ar chair in less’n two shakes er a steer’s tail, I'll break yer up an’ use yer ter plug rat holes with. And the cowboy let off an athletic laugh that made the barber turn chalky, but the dude didn’t move. “Did you hyar me murmur?” said the cattleman. “Aw, yaas, I aw, heard sawmithing,” replied the dude. “Yaas wal aw, I’ll give yaw just a half a minute to git.’’ “Weally, my boy,” replied his dude ship, “vow see I eawn't think of mov ing so wapidly. It isn’t natural, you knaw; it’s weally too warm for such exawsize.” “Aw, it is, aw I’ll just take er con tract ter move yer,” and the cow man moved over in the direction of the half reclining dude and caught him Ire flip poll nr. TIip lmrlipv sn.irl lip thought a Dakota thrashing machine had got in and taken possession for the next live minutes; the cowboy’s boots went over and mixed up with a lot of cosmetics; a seven shooter from his belt got into a tussle with a hair brush and a lot of razors, his hair was pounded down in the cracks of the lloor, and the mirrors were spattered with drops of his gore. When the dude finished the cowboy l»oked as if he had been holding an indignation meeting in a slaughter house, and straightening his nose and gathering up what was left of his raiment, he said he guessed he’d go over to an other shop, there were so many ahead of him and he was in considerable of a hurry. The dude, pulling a hand ful of the cowboy’s hair out of his pocket and dropping it in the waste basket said: “That will put me in good trim for the ball game this after noon.” She Knew Henry.—He had been very kind and solicitous for several days, and at breakfast yesterday morning he suddenly remarked: “My dear, you don't know now bad it makes me feel to see you look so thin and careworn.,’ “Yes,’’ she softly replied. “You must have lost at least five pounds in the last month.” “I presume so.” “And that haggard expression shows overwork and need of rest.” jlcjb. “Dear rae! but I could never .for give myself if you should go into a decline. ” “See here, Henry,’’ she replied, as she laid down her fork and looked him square in the eye, “you want to drop that! If you think you can pack me off to the country for a month and leave you to gallop around here you have got hold of the wrong end of the string!” He sighed heavily, but made no reply, and yet as he stood on the corner waiting for the car, and Smith asked how his wife was, ho answered: “Picking right up, thank you. She’s gaining a pound a week right along and was never in better spirits.” Hints For Hot Weather.—Don’t shake the hornet’s nest to see if any of the family are at home. Don’t go near a draft. If a draft comes toward you, run away. A sight draft is most dangerous. Don’t blow in the gun your grand father carried in the war of 1812. It is more dangerous now than it was then. Don’t hold a wasp by the other end while you thaw it out in front of the stove to see if it is alive. It gen erally is alive. Don’t try to persuade a bull-dog to give up a yard of which it is in pos session. Possession to a bull-dog is ten points at law. — There is one sure way of attaining what we may term, if not utter, at least mortal happiness; it is this—a sincere and unrelaxing activity for the happiness of others. DR. DAVID KENNEDY’S ' remedy For the Cure or Kidney and Diver Com plaints, constipation, and nil disorders arising from an impure state of the BLOOD. To women who suffer from any of the ills pecu liar to their sos it is an unfailing friend. All Druggists. One Dollar a bottle, or address Dr. David Kennedy, Rondout, N. Y. Among Railroad Men. Popularity and Usefulness of Dr. Kennedy's Favorite Remedy—A Thrilling Fetter from a Master Mechanic. M vster Mech anic’s and Supt.’s Office,] Lowell Repair Shops, Boston Low ell U. R. Lowell, Mass., March 25,188*. ) Dr. David Kennedy nomlout.X. V. De ui SIR:—1 think it is duo to you that I should make the following statement, and J make it vohmtarilv and willingly: On the ith ,lav of .1 unt*, 1 was taken with what was called paralysis of the bowels. The seizure was unexpected and terrible. Tin* stomach and other organs seemed to sympathize with it and to have lost all power of action, for a long time inv life was despaired of, but at length I recovered so far as to be able to ride out. By the advice of my physician 1 visited Poland Springs, (Vt..) hoping to benefit-from tho wa ters. But tliev did me no good. Neither were the best physicians of Lowell and Boston whom I consulted, able to afford me more than tran sient relief. 1 gained no strength, and my cast* appeared almost hopeless. In the a nd vised me to try KENNEDY S I AN Olll LE REMEDY, and although opposed to patent medicines, I made the trial. To make a long story short—FA VO RITE REMEDY, in my opin ion, saved my life. I consider it the'best prep aration in the world for stomach difficulties, as well as of tin* liver and other organs. I am glad to SUV it is ill general use among the K. 11. men in tins vicinity. ^ jYo^F01tD. Mr Gifford is the Master Mechanic of the Lmvell division of the Boston & Lowell Rail road, and his illness and recovery are known to many who can testify to the facts in itis letter. Use this medicine tor all diseases of the blood, kidneys, liver, stomach, bowels and skin. It mav save yon or yours from pain and death. Address! if desired, Dr. David Kennedy; Rondout, N. Y. July 17-lin THE ESTERLY Light Draft Twine Binder Manufactured by George Esterly & Son, White water, Wisconsin, is the best Binder in market, j The Drive Wheel has a heavy tiro, welded and shrunk on. Thousands have been made, and )no has never been known to break down. The Cutter Bar is made of angle iron, and is he best known. The Guards are so placed on the cutter bar ' hat we are enabled to cut short, lodged and angled grain better than any other Harvester nade. The Platform Canvas runs close to the sickle, md does not permit the butts of grain to draw. m Cutter Bar. The Raising and Lowering Device is more ample than any other known, and more easily operated, and from the driver’s seat. The Double Truss Brace holds the platform ind elevator frames solid,so that it is impossible for them to get “out of true.” The Canvas Adjusters at each end of the Binder, help to form a good bundle in long or short grain, or on side hill. The New Sliding Seat enables the driver to balance the machine instantly, whether going up or down hill—one of the most valuable im provements. The Three Discharge Arms prevent dragging of the bundles even in badly tangled grain. Our Knot Tying device has been so simpli fied that it astonishes even “old binder men” to see how little machinery is necessary to tie a knot. E. P. HORNER, Agent, myy 15-3m Greenwich, Cumb. Co., N. J. MILLVILLE MUTUAL Actual Surplus over all Liabilities, in cluding Reinsurance, Fire and Marine, $z±,zuo ov. Rates Low. Security Unques tionable. Policies Liberal—Honest—No Two Thirds Swindle in Them. Settlements Prompt and Management tconomical. Agents wanted where not represented. F. REEVES, Pres. R, L. HOWELL, See. dec 9-tf BLATCHLEY PUMP! BUY T BEST. BLATCHLEY’S TRIPLE ENAMEL PORCElAiN-LINED on SEAMLESS TUBE : COPPER-LINED PPJMP Do not bo argued into L owynuff inferior Goods. * v’ - . . , . *or Kilo by the best ' . ... SSr “0UBes in tho Trado. O. bLATCHJ-EY.raru f’r MARKET ST.. Fhllad’a. '• rito to Lie for name of nearest Agent. S’ The Postal Tel. Cos. are Doth pushma aho with new lines. The Standard lMultlpfox TV ’ Co., recently Incorporated, extends Fust \vw" North and South. Good positions now’Slv’ I or further information, address wit h stanm The Penna. & New Jersey Telogranh hand & Type Writing Instriieiim,* y- 8ho,t" Main Office,!**)Chestnut'St!, PhlhX.^PaPaMy’ —-_•__ July il-tt. AGENTS S3&&7& n America. Immense profits to agents b°An intelligent people want it. AnyonnfSS.ftA a successful agent. Terms I'raJu 600111 Book Co., Portland, Me. 18 °° doc ST-U^ SEED . The largest stock of Pure, Fresh and Reliable GardenSeed TNT TOWN Early Jersey Wakefield Cabbage Beans, Peas, Cabbage, Tomatoes, Cu cumbers, Radishes, Celery, Sweet Corn, Beets, Melons, &e. I would especially call your attention to my stock of Extra Early Peas, Extra Early Tomatoes, AND THE NEWCOMB RADISH. Having secured a stock of this excellent and unparalleled ltadish, I put it on the market for tiic first time—having been in t lie hands of only two or three truckers, who kept it out of the market. I have also in stock a good line of tools for garden use, such as Hoes, Rakes, Shovels, Wheel Hoes, Wheel Plows, and in fact every thing for the garden. J. LEWDEN ROBESON 105 Commerce St., Bridgeton. rSTGIVE ME A CALL. oct,4-lv $1 JE5&2L SHEET MUSIC FREE Buy fifteen bars of Dobbins* Electric Sonp of any grocer: cut from each wrapper the picture of Mrs. Fogy and Mrs. Enterprise, and mail to us, with full name and address, and wo will send you, free of all expense, your own selection from the following list of Sheet Music, to tho value of One Dollar. Wo absolutely GUARANTEE that the music is una bridged, and sold by first-class music houses at tho following prices: , INSTRUMENTAL. ^ Price Artlzt’a Life WaMzcs, (Kuntter Leben,) op. Slfl, Strauss 75 Ever or Never Waltzes, (Tonjuurs on Jamals,) Waldteufel 75 Chaste Infernalc, Grand Galop, Brilliant, op. 23, Rolling 75 Turkish Patrol Reveille, ..... Krug 35 Pirates of Penzance, (Landers,) ... D Albert EO Sirens Waltzes, •••*.. Waldteu/el 75 Fatlnltzn, l'otponrrl, • • • • • Suppe 100 Mascotte, Potpourri, • ••••• Audran 1 00 Trovatore, Potpourri, ..•••* Verdi 75 Night on the Water, Idyl, ... Op.95, Wilson CO Bustling Leaves, • • . • • op. 68, Lange CO ' VOCAL. Patience, (The JIngnet nml the Churn,) • Sullivan 85 Olivette, (Torpedo nnd the Whale,) ... Audran 40 When I am Near Thee, (English and German Words.) Abt 40 W ho’s at my Window, • • • • • Osborne 35 liOtt Chord, .•••••• Sullivan 40 31 y Dearest Heart, •••••• Sullivan 35 Lire’s Best Hopes, ...... ATeininger 40 Requited Love, (4 part Song,) • . . . Archer 85 Sleep while the Soft Evening Breezes,(4partSong,)2?i(Aop 35 In the Gloaming, ...... Harrison 30 Only be True, •••••.. Vickers 35 Inner the Eaves, •••.••• Winner 85 Free Lunch Cadets, • . . » ... Sousa 35 Tf the music selected amounts to just $1, send only the 15 pictures, your name and address. If in excess of ?l, postage stamps may l>e enclosed for such excess. vVe make this liberal offer because we desire to give a present sufficiently large to induce every one to give Dobbins’ Electric Soap a trial long enough to know just how good it is. If, after trial, they con tinue to use the soap for years, we shall be repaid. If they only use the fifteen bars, getting the dollar’s worth of music gratis, we shall lose money. This shows our confidence. Tho Soap can be bought of all grocers—the music can only bo got of us. Sco that our name Is on each wrapper. A box of this Soap contains sixty bars. Any lady buying a box, and sending us sixty cuts of Mrs. Fogy, can select music to the amount or $4.50. This Soap improves with age, and you are not asked to buy a useless article, but one you use every week. !.LCRAGJN&C0,”A1ia®^ ISAAC LANING, Watcte, Jewelry, Silyerware 25 Commerce St., East of Bridge. While the above heading would seem to be suf ficient to indicate the character of my stock, yet I must call attention to a few special lines upon which thought and care have been ex pended. Mr Table Silver, Such as Knives, Forks, Spoons, Castors and other ware is varied in style, and the celebrated makes of the country are among my selections. MY WATCHES Are of the Waltham make, with fine Keystone cases. Gold and Silver Open Face and Hunting Cases. Stem and Key Winders. :twrz SPECTACLES! In gold, silver and steel frames, are King’s make, of which I am sole agent. A silver nose piece is attached to each steel frame,thereby preventing rust. The sizes are varic 1 to suit different faces. CAREFUL ATTENTION Will be given to customers desiring Spectacles, that selections may not be made, which will prove injurious to the eve. STAGE LINE. MILLVILLE & BRIDGETOH SUMMER ARRANGEMENTS. This line of stages will run as follows: Leave Millville at 8.20 a. in., (on the arrival of the train from Capo May), and at 3 p. m. Leave Bridgeton at 8.00 a. m. and 3.00 p. »•« (in time to connect with the morning and even ing trains for Cape May*) Fare, 50 cents. J. W. PANCOAST, I. A. DUBOIS, Proprietors and Drivers. N. B.—Passengers on the Port Norris Railroad wishing to connect wit h stage in the afternoon, will stop off at the East Bridgeton Station. doc.23-tf __ _ June 20-5t