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PAYING HER DEBT.
It was a very poorly furnished room in a cottage home; a small cottage, that was neither poetical or romantic, vine covered, or in any other way at tractive. The Newtown Mills owned the row in which it stood, one of many, all small, mean and scantily furnished, and the “hands” lived there. This one was Morgan's cottage, and it was Jack Morgan himself and his sister, Meg, who were seated at breakfast, lingering as was possible only on Sunday morn ing. The small house shared the one distinction visible in the row. and mark ing the difference that the agent usually mentioned in renting them: “Some on ’em’s clean, some on ’em’s dirty; but barrin’ that, they’re all alike.” Morgan’s was one of the clean ones, although Meg was house-keeper, ser vant, and one of the mill “hands” as well. She was a tall, well-formed, strikingly handsome girl of nineteen, as she sat facing her brother, who was some five years older, and upon her face was an eager, troubled look, while his was sullen and downcast. Young as they were they had seen better days; been well educated up to three years previous to that June morn ing, and then been suddenly thrown upon their own resources. Jack fought his way sullen and re sentful, making few friends and seek ing none. He had no vices because his pride held him above them, but he was hard and bitter, and added much to his sister's troubles by fault-finding and discontent. She was the braver of the two, meet ing their reverses with quiet courage, and bringing energy, trust and cheer fulness to the mean cottage home. Just one week had passed since an aunt, from whom they had never hoped for aid, had left them each five hundred dollars, and Jack had resolved to try his fortune in Colorado, while Meg put hers aside for a rainy day. “I'll stay here until you are sure of success, Jack,” she said, when he urged her to join him, “and keep a home for you, in case you need one.” “Do you call this hole a home?” he asked bitterly, And she only smiled and answered: “A shelter, then.” But she was not smiling when she sat at the Sunday breakfast, eating lit tle, brooding sadly, until suddenly she cried: “Jack! we must do something. Think what we owe Tom King.” “Owe him! I believe we have paid him every cent,” said Jack, sharply. “IVe paid him the money, I know But we can never pay him what we owe him still.” “Bah! Don't be sentimental, Meg. It does noi: suit you.” “Common gratitude is not sentiment alone, Jack. Jack,” she repeated, “are you made of stone? Can you forget that but for Tom King mother would have starved and been buried in a pau per's grave? Can you forget who came to us in that sore need, paid doctor and butcher, and then buried our mother beside father in the cemetery?” “And do you forget,” her brother answered, almost angrily, “how we worked and saved, starved and per ished, until every dollar of the money was in Tom King's pocket again?” “I know! I know! But think how kind he was—how he helped you and me to get the situations in the mills— how tenderly he helped to nurse mother, and how delicately he made the loans of money. And now-! Oh, Jack! I iim»u uu suuieumigr “What can you do? If Tom King chose to go to California and lose his money in speculating—if lie waswreeked coming home and lost all he owned— how are you responsible?” “I am not; but, Jack, there is Aunt Kate's money.” “Every dollar you have in the world.” “No,” she answered; “I have my wages.” “A noble fortune! Don’t be a fool, Meg.” But Meg was a fool in the sense he meant. All through the morning, while she put the house in order, while she dressed in her quiet mourning for church, even during the service there, she was thinking of what she owed Tom King. When her mother, crushed by the loss of her husband, unable to meet the change from comfort to poverty, sank down prostrated; when Jack, unable to get work, inexperienced and just out of college, was cursing fortune, Tom King came as their father’s friend, and under pretense of boarding with them, paid in a weekly sum that kept them from starvation. Meg’s heart glowed as she remembered how often he had an engagement at dinner time, an invitation to tea, when her mother required the time it would have taken to prepare the meal; how often he brought fruit or delicacies home; how thoughtful he was about sparing her trouble in every way. Ifc was more than double her age and a grave, reserved man, whom she regarded with the affectionate respect she would have given her father, but with that same reverence she loved him deeply. And when the whole town knew that Tom King had been picked up in an open boat with four compan ions, wrecked in mid-ocean, and lay in the Newtown Hospital, sick and pen niless, the whole noble, grateful heart of Meg Morgan went out to him. Many stories reached her. He had made a fortune by gambling and lost it; he had invested in mines and made millions, and the mines had failed and ruined him; he had been engaged, ac cording to the Newtown gossip, in a dozen different speculations, winning vast sums only to lose them. But one broad, indisputable fact remained, if all the rest was false; he was lying in the hospital sick from the exposure and starvation following the wreck that had put the last stroke upon his ill luck. Dinner over, Meg put on her bonnet again. “I’m going over to the hospital, Jack,” she said. Only a grunt answered her, but she was not to*be put off by Jack’ sour looks, and went on her errand. It was not such a hospital as a great city af fords that received the sick or injured in Newtown. The latest inventions in science for the relief of pain were not found there, the best surgeons did not apply for a position there. It was a cheerless frame building divided into two long wards, male and female, where the mill hands could have treatment free of expense in case of illness or ac cident. Every one of them paid a small weekly sum into the hospital fund to secure its privileges. One hard-worked surgeon and student did the professional duty required, and three nurses in each ward divided its attendance. Here, upon a low iron cot bed, pale and emaciated, but evidently on the road to recovery, Tom King lay when Meg Morgan came up the ward with a nurse, her face so grave and tender that the strong will and patient endur ance of its usual expression were lost in the pure, womanly sympathy that rested there. unr.. f_i .. . • j 11. 11 J vum, U1C wasted hand extended to her, and Tom King wondered if ever two little words held so much as those two. “Why, Meg," he said presently, look ing into her eyes, misty with tears, “do not feel so badly. I'm gaining every day. The doctor says he will have me on my feet again in a week, and I'm off to California." “Again! When you have been so unfortunate there?" “Eh? Oh, I see!” he said, with an odd look in his eyes; “you've been reading the Newtown Star. Unlucky, wasn't I?" “Yes. But Tom—1 came to tell you—” the words came slowly, “that I have some money that—that is of no use to me—” “Bless me! I never heard of such a thing. Money of no use!" “Aunt Kate left me five hundred dol lars. It came last week, but I never expected it, and I’m getting good wages. If it will start you again—” “You want me to take it?” “You can borrow it,” anxious not to hurt his pride, “and some day—when you are rich—you can return it.” “Yes, I see! Have you got it with you?” “I thought I would bring it,” she said, her face flushed with pleasure, "and here it is.” He opened the white envelope and took it out, one note, just as the law yer had sent it to Meg. Tom King laid it on the broad palm of his hand and stroked it tenderly. "All your worldly wealth, Meg?” he asked. “Not while I have these,” and she held up her hands. “I am so glad, though, that I have it.” He lay very quiet, looking steadily at the note for some minutes; then he began to speak, his eyes still fixed upon the money, his voice steady but monotonous, as if he was reading a story there. “When I went to California, nearly three vears atro.” he said. “T went to see if I could slmke myself awake from a dream I had. I dreamed that I could win the love of a child, a mere slip of a girl, who was forced into a premature womanhood by trouble. She was ut terly unconscious of my love, this gen tle, yet noble child-woman, but I knew I could not hide it if I staid be side her. Out of her sight, far from the sound of her voice, the dream, in stead of fading, became clearer, more vivid. I dreamed of a home where her step made music, where her smile greeted me whenever I came to it. I dreamed of a fireside where she sat facing me, of a table over which she presided. Day and night I dreamed, but I worked. 1 put what money I had into investments that promised well—but there, I will not speak of that. I started for home, believing myself to be a rich man, and still the dream followed me. When I lay in an open boat, death hovering near, star vation and this tearing at my life, the dream was most vivid, for the face of the woman I loved seemed ever near me, and the bitterness of death lay only in the fear of losing her. But Providence was merciful. I am alive, at least,” he paused there, but a low, sweet voice took up the story. “And the dream willbecome reality,” this voice said, “the child-woman did not read her own heart, nor under stand why nothing in her life met or fdled the longing there. She knew well that she had given gratitude and reverence where they were due, but love was a sealed book to her. Not until sharp sorrow came, and she heard of him she loved lying ill, in poverty and pain, did she understand that he took all the love she can ever know, away with him.” “And now, Meg?” “It shall be as you say. I love, I am young and strong, and I think I can be a help and not a burden to you. These last years have taught me how to meet poverty and how to work.” . “And you think I could ask you to take poverty and work from my hands?” "Lightening both by love!” “You will be my wife, Meg?” “Whenever you will.” “Meg, did you think, dear, that I put my fortune in my vest pocket when I left California? I lost by the wreck only such baggage as I needed for a few weeks, and your home is ready for you when we return. You see how I hoped my dream was to come true. I am a rich man, Meg, but I mean to keep this!” and his hand closed over the note. “You shall never have it again, Meg.” “I am content,” she answered. And even Jack was satisfied, and willing to accompany them back to California, and share in Tom’s busi ness, something of his sullen temper being lost when once more he found himself on the road to prosperity. A PROGRESSIVE PARTY. My son, you will cast your first vote for President next November. I don't want to influence your vote. I don’t want you to vote for a certain man just because certain other men do. I want you to sit down and think about it before you vote. I want you to be able to give a reason for your vote. I want you to go to the polls in good company. As a young man of pro gressive ideas I want you to be abreast of the world, and shoulder to shoulder with the times when you walk up to the polls. I want you, on entering politics, to align with the party that has the purest, most progressive rec ord. I don’t care a cent, my boy, whether you are a Republican or Dem ocrat. There are honest men, patri otic citizens, good Christians, in both parties. Only I don’t want to see you walk up to the polls and cast your vote with the party That upheld slavery as a divine in stitution; That bought and sold men, women and babies like so many mules; That fired on Fort Sumpter; That for nearly five years fought to destroy the Union; That opposed the issue of green backs when the Government was fair ly perishing for the want of them; That organized mobs and riots to op pose the draft; That swept American commerce from the seas with armed privateers; That is the party’ of Boss Tweed and Jefferson Davis; That polls its heaviest majorities in the most vicious and ignorant pre cincts; That is strongest in the States where the percentage of illiteracy is greatest ; That has opposed every liberal and progressive measure in legislation dur ing the past quarter of a century; That was the defender of slavery; That is the defender of Mormonism; That slandered Garfield, and That assassinated Lincoln. Now, as I said before, my son, I do not care whether you are a Republi can or a Democrat. Choose for y'our self. Just keep away from the crowd whose record I have very briefly out lined. Find the party to whom this record belongs, and then forever after l.— __ r_ ij. tt__i . -j-i I *»vm au. xuu 1U.H1 nvu particular with which party you vote, if you don’t join that one. Always vote against that party, and you will always vote about right. I am a Re publican, but I will shake hands with fraternal love with any Democrat who votes against that record. That kind of a Democrat is always a good enough Republican for me. P. 8.— I have never found that kind of a Democrat.—Bob Burdette. A new school to promote artistic dress cutting, which might give exam ple to New York, has just been started in the fashionable quarters of London. The prospectus, among other things, says: “We aim to instruct any lady in the womanly art of dress cutting until she is perfect. AVe teach how to cut out any kind of dress to fit any shaped figure perfectly, with a saving of mater ial. AVe teach how to shape a skirt so that it will drop artistically. There are thousands of ladies who have leisure and ability to make their own garments if they did but possess the requisite knowledge of cutting out. Our aim is to supply that want. It is becoming recognized more and more every day that the useful accomplishments are a greater necessity and a more wo manly study than the mere elegancies.” Before leaving for England the Crown Princess of Germany complet ed a large oil painting representing a landscape on the estate of the Crown Prince of Bornstadt. Prince Henry, who, like his mother, is passionately devoted to art, is engaged on a large sea piece representing a man-of-war in a storm. -♦ ♦-—— “No,” said a druggist, “there is not such an awful profit on a glass of soda water.—You see, the wear and tear on the glass amounts to something.” MOURNING CLOTHES RENTED. “lam just introducing a line of busi ness that is entirely new in this coun try, but that has millions in it. I think,’’ said a Philadelphia merchant to a re porter. “It’s the hiring out of mourn ing goods to ladies and gentlemen, so that they may be suitably attired at funerals. You see, most families can’t afford to keep mourning clothes on hand to be ready for an emergency, but have to go to the trouble of bor rowing from neighbors or appearing in hastily made-up or badly-fitting dresses. Now all this annoyance will be done away with by their coming to me. A family can get everything necessary for the occasion, and the goods can be made up at leisure. Ladies can have their measure taken at home and the dresses will be sent to them. Bonnets, veils and shawls can be rented separately or with full suits. Estimating the number of deaths in Philadelphia at 400 a week, it seems to me there is a great opening here. It has long been a flourishing trade in London, and I clon’t see why it shouldn't succeed in Philadelphia. I only started in the business recently, but already a number have called for dresses. I don’t expect that it will be confined to Philadelphia, but hope to furnish the country within a radius of 100 miles. The clothes will be of the very best materials and made up in attractive styles. ---- . A story coming Forsyth, Ora., which rivals anything in the same line for some time past. 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MAIN SPRINGS, 81.00 WATCHES CLEANED, 81.00. FINE COMPLICATED WATCH-WORK A SPECIALTY. No matter how badly your watch may be broken, we can repair every injured part, employing only first-class workmen. All work done promptly and at a moderate price. Check and price given before doing any work. sepl-ly THOMAS M. LOCKE. C C STEWART 939 CARPETS! 939 OILCLOTHS, MATTING,WINDOW SHADES, Ac. In all the Newest Styles and Prettiest Designs. We still offer special inducements to Cash buyers, and respectfully solicit a continuance of the liberal patronage we have heretofore received from our New Jersey friends. We are always glad to have you call whether you purchase or not. No trouble to show goods. LOCKE & STEWART, ®PHPET, PHILADELPHIA, (second door below Tenth Street.) South Jersey Institute! Will begin the 15th year Wednesday, Sep. ioth, ’84, H. K. TRASK, Principal, Moral Philosophy and Greek. F. R. ROCKIVOOD, A. M., Mathematics anil Latin. J. E. TRASK, A. M., Natural Science. J. P. HUNT, Penmnnship, Book-Keeping and Commercial Arithmetic. MRS. H. K. TRASK, Lady Principal, French and Latin. GEORGIANA L. MORRILL, A. B., Higher English and German. LUCY M. HAMILTON, Fine Arts. MARGUERITE MORTON, Elocution and Calisthenics. SARAH C. SILVERS, Elementary English. CORA M. SHORT, Piano and Pipe Organ. MRS. HENRIETTA L. MEYER, Voice Culture and German. MRS. EMMAM. THOMPSON, Matron. The above teachers have been selected with special reference to their qualifications for teaching in their respective departments. Each has had much successful experience. We have prepared many students for the leading col leges, universities, law, medical and theological schools of the country. More than a hundred have become successful teachers in either pub lic or private schools. Very many have received careful training in Penmanship, Book-keeping and the Science of Accounts, ami are now occupying responsible positions in business life. In Music the same high standard will be main tained. We have very high testimonials in re gard to the ability and success of Miss Short as a teacher of Piano and Pipe Organ. In Drawing and Painting and Modeling Miss Hamilton is recommended to us as thoroughly competent. In Voice Culture Mrs. Meyer has shown herself to be a very careful, enthusiastic and conscientious teacher. She has given much study to the physiology of the human voice and those who place themselves under her tuition will be sure to receive intelligent and skillful training. Miss Morton will continue to give instruction in Elocution. Her excellent success in the past is a guarantee that very desirable opportunities for learning how to read will be afforded in future. Instruction in this department is worth all the students pay for tuition. Miss Morrell is a graduate of Vassal* College Grammar, Rhetoric, History, English Litera ture and Essay writing. She has shown herself to be a very enthusiastic and painstaking teacher. Miss Silvers is from the Normal school at Al bany, N. Y., and has had successful experience in teaching English branches. The other teachers are too well known to re quire any notice here. Large additions will be made to our apparatus and cabinets, and with those increased facilities, patrons of the Institute may feel sure that no pains will be spared to give students the train ing they may need to tit them lor life’s work. We give a cordial welcome and a helping hand to all who wish to avail themselves or the advantages we offer. sept 4 H. IC. TRASK, Principal. RUTGERS COLLEGE, Now Brunswick, N. J„ 1 hour from N. Y., on the Pa. R. It. Year begi ns (examinations for admission). Sen. Vith. 1884. Sloan Prizes for Best (Classical) En trance Examinations; 1st, $400 (100 Cash); 2d, $350 ($50 Cash). Eighteen Professors, no Tutors, The Classical course full and thorough. Additions to Scien titic Apparatus. 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