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VOL. 43 NO. 2.
WHOLE NO. 2,186.
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-i-L-r- juvl vi rv
Pattnily Hcdicines, ; Cheimcals.Dye Stuffs,- Paints,
Varnishes and 'Oils. ' " ":
And woKtor these being bought wince tbt? (treat contraction In prices we aro enabled
a. - to olfor at unusually low prices.
Of every description. Wecall attention ol the public (tcnernlly to our tull stock of
School Books, wlilcu weutlpru I'lililislierH price. You will find at our House the
ixMkn lu ne in (Vim mo n SWiooIm, Stewart t'-olietfC, ("larksvilie Female Ac.Klemy mid
JYivaU-hooUlhroiiglioul lucCouuty. To the I Julie we say, call and examine the
largest axMurtiueiit of .
Hew! Styles English and French Paper
Ever offered in thin market.
We have Jnst received a full assortment oToarden Boed from Itob't. Bulst. which
we nreeuabled to oiler wholesale or retail at Lowest Market Prices. A we did not have
a iiriier of uinl in our House lit the begin ningof t lie (Season, our friends can rely upon
all they (?et from us an being KRKXII. Iieicct fully,
. e, i87-tf.
Gents Furnishers,
For Sprinc and Summer Tra.le, ever before displayed in this place, and at
Kueh LOW PRICKS that everybody can afford to be
Well Dressed with a. Very Little Outlay.
AuiwT'eetion of our stock and prices is resjiei-tfiilly solicited.
I Kanawha Salt,
- IN
7 Bushel Barrels and 5 Bushel Barrels, Coarse ;
and 280 Pound Barrels, Pine Table.
For Sale by
irvin'wagok .
(Surtvssors to J. A. Irvln.)
Manufacturers of the Celebrated Irvin Wagon,
At the Old Stand, just East or the Methodist Church.
These wiorons are known throughout the country, and recommend themselves.
1 ii. se w iiK.Mis iy .,,...,. ..I u iti. II, .-ill, I Kstalilishnicnt for Hie past w-veii-
l. eii "ars T! ev .....I to Ik- thoroughly
well r. !! .
i.ri.-HIT MrPAIKISMdoiie with dispatch,
r Mnertfully tender my thanks to my patrons and friends for their liberal encoi.r
fo"the past twenly-ditlit years, and would commend iny successors to the
pubio J'd workmen ai,J deserving gentlemen. J. A. 1H IN.
.Special Attention to Roofing and Guttering.
March 21, ISTi-tf.
Having InUcn the above l.x-atlou for the iu nose of coiuliiotlng a first-class House,
'Merc&ant Tailoring Goods !
.i?..u. i 'Ihcntr' ."clnvi.ca tc:,ll u.,.1 cx iuiincour moc-U.
acquainted with the business, and pledge
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und all w..rk done in a satlsiuctory man-
Country Produce Taken in Ezchange for Boots,
Shoes, Hats, &c, &c.
Clarksville, Tennessei:, April, 1875.
Due appreciation of thchard times has shown me the necessity of rank
in" some very material changes in my business, and these changes are to the
end that all may as easily supply themselves with Boots, Shoes, Ilats, &c.,sc.
now, when money is so tearce, as they did twelve or eighteen months go,
when money was so plentiful. To accomplish thi8, I have first bought my
goods at extrewdy Itw prim. "Second, I have had my shoes, made of very
best material and workmanship; neat and handsome in fit, dispensing with a
great deal of unnecessary fancy work, which greatly adds to the expense of a
shoe, but none to its real value. Third, I am selling at very $hortprofis;yiheji
I say tlwrt prqfi's I mean it, for I do not believe it right to charge full prices
and biir profits, when five-sixths of the people in the county have not made
expenses in the last twelve months. I nave aaopiea mis course mruugu tvsj
and not from any over-stock of general benevolence, for by this course 1 be-
the nf unit r.untnmctt. and increase
the popularity ff my house, and then, by fair dealings, good goods, ana low
prices in future, hope to merit the patronage of the public when times get better.
My stock thi- Beacon is far superior to any I have ever offered lor the
consideration of the r-eopie, both in Quality and Prices. My stock of mens
and boys' Brogans are specially improved, in fact, are the best in town, bem
models of ueattiess, durability and cheapness, the prices rngiP 1. amaJ?s
full itvck gooii shoe at U 23 up. Also light Brogaas or heav t alf bhoes for
summer wear, cheap nd durable. Mens and boys' Plow Shoes, mens Plow
Boots, Sic. Ladies Sloes, a nice, neat, and good shoe for $1 00. Ladies till!
stock calf shoes from $1 23 up to the finest custom-made shoes. In Ladies
find Misses nice shoes I have the largest and best assortment of any house m
Clarksvillc. Ladies and Misses fine shoes in all styles, side lace, front lace
and button. Also the latest thing out, Istdics Box-Toed Sltoes, neat new and
nobby, and the Side Lace Button SJwe. Call ladies and see these goods, you
will like them. The best Ladies Custom-made, English Lasting Shoe in the
United States for $2 00 ; no Yankee shoe, every pair is tuny warrantee ana
will wear as long as any S3 00 or ?3 50 shoe in L'larKsvine. jnfams ana cwt
rens shoes in all colors and styh s ami prices. Mens and boys lull stock calt
ln:ird of. Mens' full stock sewed calf
Boots, fully warranted for $3 50. Box-toed Boots, Opera Boots, Cloth Boots
and Shoes, Cloth Alexis Shoes, &c. Gentlemen, please call and see these goods.
I have the prettiest and finest Ilats for old men, middle-ased and young
men of any house in this country. Of course we all think we have prettier
and cheaper goods than anybody else, but I only ask you to see the rest-in
town theu see my Hats and judge for yourself if above statement is not true,
every word of it. I have had many compliments passed on my present stock.
Please call and see them. Straw Hats, Ventilated btraw Ilats, Broad Brim
Straw Hats, Straw Hats of all kinds for men, boys and children, Prime good
straw hats for Boys' 10 cents each: When in need of any of above goods, see
mine always remembering, we show goods with pleasure, whether you buy or
not As one gieat means of relief from the hard times, I will take in exchange
for 'roods all kiuds of Country Produce, Butter, Eggs, Chickens, Dried 1 ruit.
Cotton Rags, Feathers, Beeswax, Tallow, all kinds of bkius, &e. I desire
your trade? and am willing to do all I can to assist you and all my customers
in their purchases, so offer the inducements of good goods at lowest prices
and then take your produce in payment at highest market price. My store-room
is No 23 Franklin street, look for my handsome new Banner across the
street, and Mammoth Sign on side of Store. Wishing all a prosperous year,
1 remain, very respectfully,
April 10, lK73-tf.
M lew Stock in the City
Wholesale and Retail
No. 2, Franklin Hall Building.
Staple Dry Goods,
Hosiery, Gloves, Suspenders, "Ribbons, the
Eest Corsets' in the Market
Beady-made Shirts, Cheaper than they have ever been sold in this place.
Mice Stocli of Hats in Iate Styles.
M stnek U all fresh and new. and was bought with care and the cash, 1
oifJiiXovl -11 exclusively for CASH. No tickets made.
Will be thankful for any patronage that may be given me.
April 19, IS75-3m
. IPrcsli Importation of
Spring and Summer Goods
Full lines of the above kept constantly on hand at the Lowest Market
''""Our Stock of Black and Colored Dress Goods is the best in; the city and
ill be s.,ld as cheap as any, if not cheaper. U e will give the BESI LLALK
MOHAIR iu the United States for the price.
Call for those Beautiful Embroidered
Call for those Beautiful Jilack l'laid ouk ana " w uraiau.u,
Call ior those Beautiful Colored Mohairs and Si k 1 ophns.
Call for those Beautiful Colored liorderea liaouwremBis, . vu
to match. . . .
Call for those Beautiful Silk and W lute Swiss lies.
Call for those nice White Cotton Hose at 124 cent. pci -naif .
Call lor those very hneandweii maaeisuoes soiuuj r-
Examine our Stock of Gent's Shirts, Clothing and Furnishing Goods, French
and English Coating and Cassimeres, Fine Boots and Shoes andbtjltsh llaU,
and we will make it pay you.
ladies and Gentlemen,
If you want anything usually kept in a First-Class Dry Goods Store, save
time and money by going to the Popular Store of
A prill", lS73-tf.
1,000 Bushels of Corn,
30,000 Pounds of Bran,
For Sale by
May I.lST5-tf.
if you w-nNrT
Como to tib.e Chronicle Office.
trench Batiste Robes, new.
Forlhe CHK03TICX-. ; "
, BT HItDA, ", '
"Oh t boar me op agnlnat the unutterable
Of earthly love, jny God ! In tho sick hour
Of dying it u man uuyu. w"": "'o now.
"Dn. Hath: '
Minice is quite unwell this evening.
I wish you to call around as soon as
possible. In haste, your friend, '
Ltdia B. Walkib." :
. He had just arrived in the city, and
settled himself in his cosy office for a
brief respites. Man-like, he had sought
sofa and slippers, and lay with his eyes
closed wearily aa though exhausted.
He glanced hastily over the note, and
an expression of c'iscontent flitted over
his open countenance. The white
brow was drawn down till it over
shadowed the sunny blue eyes, and the
whole countenance was one glare of
annoyance." For three weeks he had
been absent from the city nursing Ruth,
and now the first evening of his arrival
this dainty note was handed him. He
had wished to discontinue his visits to
Minice Walker after the tragic death
of the young Colonel ; but she was ill
and he was called to her side profess
ionally. . He went daily before he was
called to attend ; Ruth, and he truly
pitied the bowed young creature upon
whom remorse of conscience was prey
ing unmercifully.- She seemed so help
less, so stricken, so penitent, that she
won his sympathy and condolenee.
Her contrition melted hia meditated
rebuke, her remorse silenced his cen
sure. Had she been defiant and non
chalant in regard to the affair, his
withering scorn he would not have
spared, but to-see her in this listless,
languid state of sorrow gave him a
faint hint that she still possessed a
heart. Aye, a woman may trifle with
worshipping men, and sell their souls
for one sweethour of flattery.but when
the test comes to tell them "you may
go, l never lovea you, mere comes
into her callous, fickle heart a sym
pathy, born in woman's heart, and
abiding there until its home is silenced
in eternity's slumber. She may bow
scores to her doomed shrine by her
fatal gift of fascination, and revel in
their devotion for months, nay years ;
but when the crisis is reached comes
the sting of repentance. She would
fain keep them bowed there. Her
position as priestess of the sanctuary
flatters her vanity. Their adoration is
balm for all earth's ills. To be the
expectancy of her coterie is the height
of the wildest dream. All, all is em
inently pleasing until the time of de
cision comes on, when she is to select
one, and banish the others, all despair,
forever from the precincts of her
charmed society. To turn aside from
a mau who has given her the devotion
of a noble, earnest heart, bows her
own, however hardened to humiliation.
It is not thus, I trow, with our male
flirts, who are happily minus this hiut
of conscience.1 Coquetry is somewhat
excusable in a merry, sparkling maid
in her teens. Wanton smiles rather
become a fresh, sweet face ; but to see
a "six foot" specimen of humanity at
tempting to coquet and jilt, I earnest
ly affirm, "it is disgusting." Some
make a glorious effort, and all make a
disgraceful failure. We do not won
der, though. We should imagine it
impossible for a false, winning' smile
to penetrate the barrier of a copious
moustache. The girls should thank
the fate who invented that appendage.
It covers the falseness of smiling lips
and saves them mauy, innumerable
heart aches. A male flirt I Bah, a
man ambling through life, and lisping
pretty nothings to sensible women,
basing his hopes of eternity ou his
affability in this life, and the number
of innocent, unsuspecting hearts he
has brought down by his exquisite
arrow (cupid shaped), living on the
image given back from his mirror of
his own, irresistible self, walking
through life mincingly, and "doing all
he can to convince the world he is not
a man." Vanity in man is unpardon
able, and flirting is truly derogatory.
They claim the superiority in every at
tribute of life. Aye, the self-assumed,
allwise seers amuse themselves ex
travagantly with the idea of woman's
wisdom. The idea of their attaining
literary distinction is exceedingly ludi
crous to these modern Solomons.
' Why certainly," they admit, "they
ornament our homes, are essential to
our amusement as are our horses,
hounds and so forth ; but we are the
iutellectual class. Inventions that
would take them a thousand years to
conceive, and arrange, are put in ex
ecution by .our towering genius without
delay. The government of our nation,
if transmitted into their white hands,
would become vitiated and weakened.
Our land would be filled with desecra
tions, our homes would be one scene
of discord, strife and confusion. Ac
knowledged then, ye learned Lords
We inferior, ornamental class of beings
will not discuss our intellectual ability,
but we humbly beg, oh I gracious Kings,
that if we and our vocations are so in
finitely valueless, to desist from them.
Seek solace in intricate inventions,
give your time and attention to state
secrets and business allurements, and
by no means bring your proud strength
down to tho level of "flirting." That
belong to us, you see, aud you must
not trespass on our rights, belongs to
the silly, ornamental class who believe
"thst ignorance is bliss."
Doctor Hays truly pitied Miuice
Walker, and before his visit to Ruth
he had attended her legularly. He
strove to divert her mind, aud to draw
her from repining into bright, pleasant
topics. He saw that her spirit was
crushed dow n by remorse, that the was
wasting away under a secret, corroding
sorrow. As I have said before com
passion usurped the place of offense,
and he exerted all his powers to draw
her from this worrying tate of lethargy .
He did not look on ber now as the be
guiling Circe, attempting to bring his
soul, heart, and spirit into subjection
by her irresistablo arts, but as a suffer
ing woman. She was no longer the
whilom sorceress who was striving
with all charms to make him subser
vient to her will, but a crushed, broken
creature, bowed by abusive reflections.
She already bore on her slight should
ers the censure of tho world, and why
should he add to her sufferings his up-
braidiugr iier wantonness ana in
sincerity was sung by tvery lip in the
city, and he, through love of right,
turned and pitied. She had repented
the evil deed, and he saw no justness
in still condemning. She deplored the
past and determined that the futuie
should be better, and he saw no reason
that he should not lend the helping
hand. Wheu he left, she was vastly
improved, and now this note surprised
and annoyed him. Could ithave been
that hu sooiety alone produced the
restoration ? Was it his presence that
charmed her from gloomy reflections
and placed her again with smiles in
life's artificial drama? lie shuddered
to contemplate a theme so distasteful.
He knew he could never love the
witching woman of the world. He de
nounced her 6miling stratagem, and
treated her winning devices with frigid
disdain. He appreciated he marvel
ous beauty, admired her exquisite con
tour as he would have admired a rare
work of sculpture, hut he never dream
ed of loving the frivolous, artful wo
man. Again, he was grieved to think
he had iuspired her love, a love that
could never fiud respouse. He now
determined to prescribe for her change.
To send her away to new aud varied
scenes that would perhaps efface his
image. He arose and started on his
disagreeable mission. Ah!
"Hereditary bondsmen ; know ye not.
Who would be free, themselves uiUKt strike
the blow?" .
When he left the city, Minice Walk
er had missed the kind calls and
gloomy and morose she moped about
until she contracted a low, nervous
fever which completely prostrated her
robust form. She missed the daily
eveuiug ride, and his cheerful morn
ing call, and her Iangour and decline
greatly 1 alarmed her mother, who as
soon as she heard of Doctor Hays' ar-
riral, dispatched for him immediately.
As he entered her presence he noted
the sad changes that had taken place
during his brief absence. She was
listlessly lounging ou a couch drawn
up before the grate, and the magazine
had slipped from her nerveless fingers
down to the carpet. She was finger
ing with the tassels of her breakfast
shawl, and the Lrown eyes held in their
depths an expression of vague regret.
Her cheeks were drained of their sweet
red roses, but the face was only lovelier
for the paleness of indisposition. Her
attitude of dejection conquered his re
pugnance, and her repudiated love
seemed for a moment wholly returned.
It is remarkably strange that at some
times, our most vehemently opposed
opinions are overcome by some subtle
charm presented in a new light, our
precious judgment forsakes us, and the
rejected power gains dominion in the,
twinkling of an. eye. Wre are truly
frail, unreliable mortals, that do not
possess stability of character enough
to adhere to a creed when we elect it.
Always doubting, unsettled and waver
ing, earnestly desiring right and truth,
and still always vacillating under some
vitiated fascination. We are never set
tled, never at rest, until touched and
summoned by the grim angel that lays
us down in our last sleep. Our throb
bing hearts obtain no respite until our
forms are chilled by the gales of etern
ity. Then all uncertain resolutions.
all anguished heart-aches are soothed
by the lullaby of ransomed seraphs.
There is no wavering there. No doubt
mars the peace of that upper clime.
Then why should we so fear death?
Why fear to fold the toil-worn hands
over the grieved bosom and go down
to that narrow home for a short season?
Why are we loath to close the dimmed
eye on earth's gray hills when we can
ope them in the future on glories un
rivaled,? Oh! why, why do we cling
so rigidly to life's frail fret work when
it has done nothing but oppress and
afflict us since first we were ? We are
pearly bubbles on a rushing brook,
tossed here and there by every ripple
of destiny, until the form is bent, and
the head is whitened. We are scatter
ed rose-leaves, borne hithcrand yonder
by wanton zephyrs uutil the soul is
sickened and panting for rest. Aye,
fleeting vapor. would be a fit simile
for our tempest-tossed, quivering souls.
We are always at war here. If not
with our neighbor, we are contending
against some evil passion within our
hearts. This world is truly a great
battle-field, where we bivouac iu vain
hope, and contend for unrealized hap
piness. Still we fiercely war from one
year's end to another, hoping and trust
ing, living and suffering.
Horace Ilwys at this moment was
not in love with the stricken woman
before him, but his compassion soften
ed to tenderness and his sympathy into
genuine pathos. He prsecribed change
and travel, advised her parents to take
her South for the remainder of the
The Cliffords were once more en- i
sconced in their city home, much to
Carter's joy, who had not appreciated
the possession and silence of tho house
as he imagined he would. Ruth was
yet feeble. With all their care and
skill her recovery was prolonged, and
she was quite unable to join, the festiv
ities of the season. Clara Ray rallied
her ttrcnKth aud had takeu her place
among the pleasure seekers. She was
much admired and courted with her
dark, bright face and ever ready re
partee. She was often at Mr. Clifford's,
and through her gcuial influence,
Willis was occasionally led into the
gayeties. Willis' health also was much
impaired. In the deep thoughtful
eyes was a wistful expression, and the
features were pinched and spectral. A
feeling of unquiet had stolen over her
since her rtturu home, and she wan
dered around iu a listless, dreamy man
ner. At one moment she would be at
the piano pouring her soul into "Mo
zart's requiem the next she would
flit up the steps to her room and sink
down exhausted, and unsatisfied. An
undefinablc feeling of longing had taken
possession of her heart and ruled her
by its weird, fitful capricn. She craved
some nameless something that had al
most receded from her sight, a bright,
unhasting object which cunningly
eluded her. This sad state of mind
preyed upon her constitution, but she
braced herself np with a desperate
effort to conceal it. There was ene vigi
lanteye though that watched thesteady
decline. Doctor Hays . noted the fail
ing step and her weary, languid air,
but since the rebuff at the hotel he
had never proffered his services. They
were very formal. Meeting only at
the table, they generally acknowledged
it by a slight nod of the head, . He
-grieved that the estrangement had
sprung up between them, grieved that
Willis coldness had erected a barrier
of ice between them. A reconciliation
would have been gladly, heartily re
ceived hy him. . ;
Ludolph Lee was still in the city,
but was to return home in a few days.
One night as they were all assembled
in the sitting room discussing his pro
spective travels, Ludolph said: "Hor
ace, Bupposeayou accompany me on my
European tour. It does not matter if
you have visited it once before, you
will enjoy it now. 'A thing of beauty,'
you know, should be 'a joy forever.' '.'
"No, Keats wasemiuently mistaken
wheu he wrote that : Some beautiful
things we tire of and they become ob
jects offensive tc the sight, rather than
'things of beauty.' No, Ludolph, I
am fully satisfied with scenes of the
old world. I do not imagine I should
particularly enjoy a second trip." He
leaned indolently back as he spoke,
and fixed his brilliant eyes on the
"I tell you, Horace, I have it now,"
Ludolph continued. "You go with
me over to Germany and take a year's
study under Dr. , whilst I flit over
the Continent. Come, what do yon
"By Jove! that is a capital idea,
Ludolph. I fed sadly the need of
completing my course, and I believe
I'll go." ne leaned eagerly forward,
and fixed his eyes on Willis' face, as if
to note the change, but none came.
She was bending over some delicate
needle work, and the white hands wove
the dainty stitches in as skillfully as
before. A vague shadow of disap
pointment crept over his features as
he said :
"You will Lave to give me to-night
to decide. I like the idea very much,
and think it probable I will accept
your invitation."
Ruth had been sitting by a desk ex
amining a book of print, but with her
uncle's last remark she arose and came
over to his side. -. .
"You are not going to leave us. Uncle
Horace? You. must not go. We can
net spare you," She wouud her arms
around his neck, and gazed down into
his eyes with beaming fondness.
: .."Well, Rath, I don't believe I should
go if my fashionable niece was not so
wedded to the world that she never
gives her staid old uncle a quiet hoar
the whole year. One tires of being
alone, you know," he answered with a
mischievous smile.
"You had better say, sir, that my
popular uncle does not vouch-safe an
hour of his precious society , to his
weak, suffering niece. Oh 1 you are a
dissembler to turn the tide of censure."
rihe ran her white fingers through his
brown, curling hair with deft, tender
"Ruth, you are fearfully selfish,"
complained Ludolph. .
"Well, if my fearful selfishness will
keep Uncle Horace at home, I thank
iny stars I have it." She laughed
"But he is going with me. Lady Gay,
and you need not waste your entreaties
on him," he answered spitefully. Car
ter's nick name for Ruth waa often
used by the whole family.
"Hush, Ludolph, you do not know
what you are talking about. It would
be unmitigated folly for Uncle Horace
to leave the city now when Lis practice
is so extensive, and the confidence in
him unbounded. Let's change the
subject, please. I never like to talk
nonsense." She settled herself on an
ottoman at his feet, and he laughed
heartily at her vehement opposal.
"Yes, but let me tell you, Ruth,
when he returns he will deserve the
confidence lavished upon hiai. A
year's study will wonderfully improve
him. Only for a year ; why think,
twelve months will slip away before
you hardly miss him."
" You u nderra te my a flection for him,
Ludolph, if you think I would not
miss him during twelve months. It is
a perpetual loss."
Could Willis Waters' heart have
spoken as she fat there so rigid and
still, those would have been the words.
A perpetual loss, a vacancy that no
other could fill. Beneath the unim
passioned veil of dignity her heart was
throbbing with acutest pain. Under
the demure mourning robes there flut
tered an anguished regret. She sat so
still, so still, and the rich wreath of
blue-bells grew into exquisite perfec
tion under the slender fingers. She
was sitting by a small work stand, and
the lamp threw its tinted light on her
lace in delicate, pink radiance. It
played on the broad brow, shaded by
bands of jetty tair, and softened the
resolute mouth into crimson curves.
The lithe figure was, as usual, attired
in deep'mourning, except a small white
collar that turned back from the throat,
displaying the proud poise. Her coun
tenance was as placid as a moonlighted
lake, while a tempest raged beneath,
which threatened to break the confines
of her ice-sheathed heart, and spend.!
itself in bitter sobs and mournful
words. The whole misery of the world
and the agony of years seemed gather
ed in her heart within the last hour.
A new, suffocating weight was laid
upon the already burdened soul, and
still she sat as unruffled as a- statue.
She felt that she held in her hand
Pandora's box of misfortune, and that
she had preserved them all, and lost
her hope, priceless, sustaining hope.
Horace Hays had become part of her
very life. There was a world of glad
ness for her in the light of his sunny
I blue eyes. Sho now felt that she could
not live deprived or me mnueuce oi
his genial companionship. He was
king of her heart's whole affection,
aud fight royally he ruled his sceptre.
Seemingly she was cold and indifferent,
but her proud heart loved more dcath
lessly and intensely than one with more
demonstration. Her every feeling ap
peared to be chilled, and indifferent,
but, ah 1 around his image the warmth
and light of devotion burned on for
ever. Now he was about to leave her.
The restless billows of the Atlantic
would soon plunge between them.
Her father, in sailing across the mur
muring waves, was folded low in its
heaving bosom. The dark, dreadful
sea, that had already robbed her of a
parents' precious love, might how Meal
from her this prince of her soul. Why
not? It had taken men as much be
loved, as much honored, and as much
lamented. Why would it not Jealoos
ly snatch him into the gray grave?
Had those sullen waves relented any
since the noble form of her father had
been buried there ? Would they deal
more leniently with her than they had
with her fair, winsome mother ? She
had no reason to believe it. Not the
slightest foundation for her most fleet
ing hope. A gray pallor settled on
her face, and a steady, troubled look
burned in the liquid eyes. . Horace
noticed the little start she gave wheu
Ruth spoke of missing him. ne had
known for a long time that Willis
loved him ; not from any plain proof
had he drawn his conclusion, but love
is instinctive, and ber beautiful eyes
often followed him with a tender, wist
ful look. Ah 1 did he return tha love
of this proud young creature? Reader,
descend with me in fancy to the portals
of his heart, and gaze on Willis' image
there. In the marvellous lights of
truth, fidelity and fervent love she is
enshrined. He had Wbiehed her in
his unerring scales of justice, and found
her wanting in one thing only, and that
was religion. He had labored faith
fully to win her from her miserable
belief, but he knew unless she was
clearly convinced of the truth of a
theory she would never accept it. So
she still lingered in the grim shadow
of doubt Hitherto the Doctor had
met with no success in his arduous
undertaking of convincing Willis. She
was still a disciple of speculation, a
follower of nothing. She well knew
that Dr. Hays would never wed an
Atheist. But could she sell the truth
to win his love ? Could she go to the
altar, professing his faith, when deep
in her heart she denounced it as null.
No, never 1 She would not eacrifice
her principle to gain the world. He
was thinking of her thus : Sometime
in the future, he knew that an intellect
like Willis possessed would be brought
to acknowledge the existence cf God.
Should he undertake the Herculean
task of convincing her of right? He
shrank from a reformation that seem
ed so far adown the vista of uncertain
ty. Should he hang the wealth of his
life's great love on this skeptical
thread, with so many dark doubts as
to its ever strengthening? Oht no ;
he 'must wait and pray without ceas
ing. As much as he loved her, he
feared the result of a union. He now
determined to leave her, to go far away
to distant lands and live a miserable,
dissatisfied man. Aye, it is better
thus, than to live "so near, and yet so
far," mingling around one common
hearti-stone with mountains of dis
trust between them. 'Twas the dark
moment of his life when he made the
decision to go oat from her presence.
To depart and leave her with her
fallacious belief, and the swift coming
retribution. Aye, perhaps she might
go down into the vale of shadows be
fore his eyes would again rest on her,
and the compensation of the unright
eous be meted out to her unsparingly.
Oh ! God, have pity.
From the Columbia Herald.
The Supreme Court of Tennessee,
iu a recent decision, pronounces the
jury law passed by the last Legislature
unconstitutional, null and void. It is
an exceedingly able and interesting
opinion written by Judge Nicholson
and we regret we have not room for it
The case is stated so plainly' and an
derstandingly that we copy it:
"Samuel M. Neeley was one of the
regular jurors appointed by the County
Court of Maury county, for the May
term, lS75,of the Circuit Court of that
countv. After servinir three days tne
jurors were informed by the Circuit
Judge that their compensation as ju
rors could only be providea lor by tax
ing the same as costs against the losing
parties, in pursuance of chapter 7 of
the act ol 1S75. Whereupon Neeley
.declined to serve longer, and for so re-
lining the Circuit Judge imposed upon
Luu a fine of $10 for contempt From
tbis judgment he has appealed to this
The Court then goes on to say:
"It cannot be controverted, that it is
one of the implied and necessary con
ditions upon which men form govern
ments, that sacrifices must sometimes
be made by individuals for the com
mon good, for which no compensation
can be claimed. Such sacrifices of
time or personal service, or of prop
erty, are compensated for the protec
tion which the Government furnishes
for their rights of person or of prop
erty. "Courts are an essential part of the
machinery of Government, for the
preservation and protection of their
rights. Juries are a necessary portion
of the courts; and whenever it be
comes proper to require the services
of iurors in carrvine on the courts.
this service may be required, and, if
need be, even without compensation ;
but this must be required in pursu
ance to laws enacted for that purpose
by the Legislature."
The reasons assigned for declaring
the Statute unconstitutional are suc
ciutly given :
"Again, the bill of rights guarantees
to every citizen the right of trial by
jury, without violation, and bvthe 7th
amendment of the United Stutes Con
stitution, it is declared that the right
of trial by jury shall be pnsseryed.
This manifestly means that the right
shall never be encumbered with con
ditions, which, in their practical opera
tion, may impair the free and full en
joyment of the right The act of Feb.
2 1S73, leaves to the citizen no dis
cretion, he must enjoy the right if at
all. nuoti the condition of beiDjr made
responsible for the compensation of
thtt jury which in practice may, and
probablv would, entirely defeat the
enjoyment of the righ.
"We fully appreciate the patriotic
motives which influenced the Legisla
ture iu the passage of the act under
consideration. It was manifestly de
signed as a measnre of economy, and
we do not undertake to question its
wisdom in that view. The responsi
bility is devolved upon us, however, to
protect the condition from infraction,
nd as far as in our power, to preserve
the right of trial by jury from violation
or demoralization, while we are re
luctant at all times to differ with a co
ordinate branch of the Government, as
to its constitutional powers, yet we
cannot discharge our duties without
doing so unhesitatingly, when such
differences exist We are therefore,
constrained to hold the act of Febru
ary 24, 1S75, unconstitutional and void.
The St. Louis Globe thinks that
Norway, where the days are three
months long, is the best place to start
a daily psper.
Circular Address ef the State taper
indent of Faille Instruction. .
General Points ef Interest Belati&f t
Our State System of Schools
Col. Leoo Trousdale, State Super-"
inteodent of Public Instruction, has
just issued an elaborate circular ad
dress, in which be says that as the law
now stands no district tax can be levi
ed, the Directors being dependent en
tirely upon the resources derived from
State and county taxes. Ho urges the
prompt collection of poll taxes.
The amendment which requires the
County Trustee to place to the credit
of each district the unexpended
balance of each year, allows the Jis
tricta to use the same for school pur
poses on the next year, thus giving to
each district a fairer scope for im
provement He recommends that County Super
intendents advise the District Directors
to "make contracts of consolidation
with the Trustees, teachers or other
authorities of academies, seminaries.
colleges or private schools, by which
tae public schools may be taught in
such institutions : Provided, that the
branches of study designated in the
3lst section of this act shall be taught,
free of any charge, in such consolidate
e J schools; and, provided further, that
tue authority .of the County Superin
tendent, District Directors aud other
school officers over those studying such
branches, shall be as full and ample as
in the ordinary public school," aa
provided for b7 the M section of tho
school law.
Such consolidations as are contemp
lated by this section, will enable the Di
rectors to establish "graded schools,'
thus increasing the efficiency of the
whole system, when the taxation of
the State and county does not furnish
a sufficient fund for such purpose.
Contracts may be made with teachers,
who are qualified to teach the higher
branches, allowing thiol the amount
of the tuition fees which may accrue
from the same, but taking care to make
the schools, in all instances, absolute
ly free to all pupils who study the ele
mentary branches required by the law, -and
to leave such pupils to the tola
control of the public school officers.
lie recommends the making, every
year, of aa estimate of the amount of
money, from all sources, to be appor
tioned to each district the ensuiag
year, and the first amounts to be used
to pay any accrued indebtedness to
teachers or others. He is induced to
make aud argue this recommendation
from the numerous instances which -have
come to his knowledge of gross
carelessness in making contracts, reck
less as they have proven of the rights of
inviduals, and tending to bring our
school interest into disrepute. He
adopts the instructions issued by the
late State Superintendent with refer
ence to the mode of examining and
licensing teachers with modification,
that when, after examination, the grade
of the applicant in any branch of in
struction prescribed by the law for the
schools, falls below five, the applicant
must be rejected.
The law requires the District Clerks
and Treasurers to take a census of all
persons residing in the school district
between the ages of six and eighteen
years, annually, in the month of July.
It is the duty of the County Superin
tendent to consolidate these reports
from districts, and to furnish a state
ment there of the Cosnty Trustee, and
also to report the same to the State
Superintendent, in his annual report,
on or before the 1st day of October.
Census blanks, for the use of Clerks
and Treasurers, are sent with this cir
cular to the County Superintendents
iu every county, which they are strict
ly enjoined to distribute hefore the 3i)th
of Jane, giving the necessary instruc
tions with regard to the time and man
ner of making reports. Duplicate
copies of these enumerations should
be made in each case.
The annual reports of the District
Clerks and Treasurers to tha Cooaty
Superintendent, are required to be
made for the year ending 31st day of
August preceding, on the 15th of Sep
tember, on all subjects indicated in the
blank forms. It is very doubtful
whether districts which havn not com
plied with the law, in making enumera
tions of scholastic population, are en
titled to the benefit of an apportion
ment of the school money, as there
will be no standard by which an ap
portionment can be made, if no census
betaken. Three or four counties have
tailed to comply with the law, by elect
ing County Superintendents. The
County Courts, at their J uly term, are
respectfully notified of the delinquency,
and requested to re medy the sa me. 1 f,
however, they persistently refase or
fail to comply with the law, in this
particular, legal steps will be taken to
compel their compliance. It is also
believed, that the failure to elect a
County Superintendent will deprive
theu of a share of the school fund
distributed semi-annually by the Comp
troller, as all the data upon which said
distribution is made are required to
be furnished by that officer.
in consequence of the postpone
ment of the collection of taxes until
November, and the passage of tho as
sessment law, the County Superintend
ents, in counties which have levied no
additional tax for prolonging the
schools for five months, are urged to
respectfully call the attention of the
County Courts to the necessity of mak
ing the necessary levy. The schools
sre established by law, which seems to
be fortified by a sentiment so strong
that they may be regarded as fixed. Ii
will be almost a waste of the publio
money to attempt to carry them on wit h
the interest on the school fund and the
State levy on polls and property slone.
The Quarterly Courts at their June
term ought, therefore, to be urged to
make them equally as efficient as those
counties of a more advanced sentiment
have done, who have levied additional
poll, privilege and property tax, the
latter, some of them, at the rate of '
twenty cents and twenty-five cents on
the $100. To fail in this important
duty, is nearly to throw away or waatr,
as useless, the State fund apportioned
to them.
He suggests that Teachers' Conven
tins be held in each county, which will
a rouse in the tecbersneprtid corps,
and a worthy ambition to avail them
selves of every opportunity to improve
their own methods, and to qualify
themselves more perfectly far the high
er and honorable duties to which they
have been assigned.
By the enlightened co-operation of
the Board of Trustees of the Univer
sity of Nashville, and of the disting
uished General Agent of the l'oabody
education fund. Dr. B. Sears, the one
lending the magnificent grounds, build-
ings, and income of the University, and
the other contributing the annual sum
of &J.0U), under the supervision of the
State Board of Eduction, the State
Normal School will certainly be put in
operation during the ensuinv fall, as I
am enabled to announce. The term
upon which the pupils will be admitted
will be announced by a timely circular
from the Board of Lducation. AuA
vilie Banner.
An Arkansas youth eame tohis fath
er and said: "Dad, they ain't knives
enuff to sot the table." Dad "Whar's
big butch, little butch, the case, cob
handle, granny's knife, and the one I
handled yesterday ? That's enough to
sot any gentleman's table, without
you've lost 'em." '
It is the wear and tear on the female
intellect n the matter of deciding
upon the arrangement of the new bon
net that is filling so many graves for
the daisies to grow upon.
i i
oV. 1S74-U.

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