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n VOL.. II. NO. 10.
CAMDEN, TENNESSEE, FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 1891.
whole no. ::(.
Tins week the candidates and
wire adjusters- will arrive. Next
week come tha legislators. Nash
The: Republican Congress first
squandered the surplus, then raised
the taxes, and now proposes to in
crease the public debt by a new is
sue of bonds. New York World.
THFgrangers of Illinois and Wis
consin don't take much stock in the
sub-treasury plan. They demand
a lower rata of interest by strin
gent usury laws. Knoxville Tri
We agree with the Jaskson Whig
in its advocacy of a State inspector
for private banks, insurance com
panies, building and loan associa
tions, eta:. Itv will be for the good
qz the people, and our next legis
lature should attend to it. Union
SOXG OF THE HEW YEAR.
What shall the new year Ininft thee?
Silver mid gold?
Fiottdom from toil's pi in bomfctge?
iiy.H full of dreamy leisure?
Nights of delicious ease?
Never a breath to ruffle
The calm of life's placid seiw?
Ah ! wauld'st thou pray 'twould hear thee
Love's rosy dreams?
Days when thy life with wildest
Moments when lips will meet thee
Warm witli a waiting kiss?
Hours that brightly greet thee
Lnrion with purest bliss?
What will the new year brln,? thee?
Hope's unfullihnent? driers
Riches or love or laurels?
What e'er to thy lot be sent,
Cod grant the new year'll bring thee
Teaee and heart content!
New York Ledger.
A BASKET OF ORANGES.
The South,, in view of last No
vember, may go forward without
alarm. There may be a Force bill,
But the arm which seeks to enforce
ii has already been paralyzed. Its
adoption will' be no more- potent
than the curse -upon the lips of the
dying desperado. Memphis Scim
itar. The fanners of West Tennessee,
East Arkansas,, and North Missis
sippi, should support President
Dockery of the Farmers' Exchange
of Memphis, in his effort to secure
aid from the legislatures of the three
States for the establishment of an.
' experimental station in Memphis.
Physicians say the best way to
ure a disease is to remove the
eaus.s of it, and- honest Democrats
say the best way to remedy our
present financial straits is to regiu-
Iate the tariff and put more money
in circulation by removing the Re.
publican party as the cause of all
the deviltry. Sbmerville Falcon,
The third party movement is
Besting quietly until the meeting in
February. If in this interval the
idea seems to- gain strength, to
gather adherents to assume promi
nence, when the legislative commit-
tee of the National Alliance meets.
it will then, in all probability, take
measures to organize the much
.talked of third party Nashville
A NEGRO went into a barber shop
run by a white man at Memphis,
and demanded to be shaved. Be
ing told that he- could not be ac
commodated, he- became insulting
and had to be knocked down with,
a brisk. If Senator Ingalls can
space time from denouncing the
Mississippi constitution, he might
find this' incident suitable grist for
his outrage mill Jackson Whig.
The manner ia which Mr. Wade
has been misrepresented is but an
example of one of the evils of con
ventions of political significance
held behind barred doors. Mr.
Wade also remarks that the Alli
ance is non-partisan. That may do
very well to talk so long as its keeps
entirely out of polities as an organ
nation. But who ever heard of a
non-partisan organized body in pol
itics? The mugwumps of New
England; tried it, and gave it up as
a failure. It is as impossible as to
be' in politics and at the same time
not in politics. Non-political the
Alliance may be, as many great or
frftnizations have often been before:
but non-partisan it never can be if
it enters the political arena. It
will become Republican, orDemo-
erat, or a third patty, or sink,
S. A. AVeiss in Saturday Night.
" Christmas gifts are very good
things," said Mrs. Curry, as she
stood at the kitchen table measur
ing out flour, eggs, and sugar for
her big- Christmas cake, "but it
takes a smart person to know just
what is best to give that is, out of
your own family."
Cousin Hetty who had come to
spend Christmas smiled as- she
commenced seeding raisins.
"Fve known some odd things to
happen about Christmas gifts,,rshe
observed. "If you girls wish,
will tell you an experience of my
own of that sort."
Of course the girls wished it, and
she commenced :
" It was just ten years ago when
mother, and brother Tom, anc
Susie, and I were living in our nice
new cottage on Grove street Our
next door neighbor on the left was
a widow Gaines, who had as lodg
ers a voung man ana his two sis
ters, of the name of Parsons.
"I knew as soon as I. saw them
that they were gentlefolks, though
it seemed that they were very poor
and had to work hard for a living
and to pay the doctor who attend
ed them for the elder sister'i
health was very delicate, and her
brother had met with an acciden
which had lamed him, and also de
prived him of his situation.
"He now wrote for the papers
and magazines, while Miss Par
sons; did painting in water-colors,
and the youngest girl a pretty
creature of nineteen taught in a
school close by.
"It was understood that they
were carrying on a law-suit for the
recovery of an estate of which they
had been unjustly deprived, and
our pastor, who seemed to know
them well, was confident that they
would be successful. But mean
while, they were so poor that as
Mrs. Gaines told us they had to
live in the plainest manner, and do
without delicacies which the doctor
" Mother, who was a good, plain,
old-fashioned soul, at first often
sent them over some of her nice
soups, and jellies, and blackberry
wine, or whatever she thought
would do them good, or that they
" But after awhile I fancied that
they seemed shy, of receiving these
attentions, probably-because it was
not in their power to return them ;
so, after that, out of regard to their
feelings, we had to bo more particular;.
"I knew the young ladies well
enough to exchange some remarks
with them when we chanced to
meet at our gates; but though
pleasant and ladylike, they did not
appear inclined to form acquaint
ances, and in fact were too busy
for that so we did not intrude on
" Tho young m: h wc never saw,
except when on sune fine day, he
would walk a little in tho garden,
on crutches. The doctor said he
would recover in time, but that it
would be slow work.
"We, of course, felt agreatsym-
)athy for him especially Alice,
who declared that he resembled the
portrait of Lord Byron, in one of
ier books. Alice was very pretty,
and of a romantic and literary turn,
and we were rather proud of her.
" Well, when Christmas approach
ed, the neighbors all seemed busy
and happy in preparing for it all
but the Parsons.
"One day I saw Lilly Parsons
come home from school with a little
paper bag in her hands and a few
sprigs of holly, and I thought what
a pity it was that those three young
people should have so little enjoy
ment at such a time.
"That evening it was Christ
mas Eve we received a box of or.
anges from Uncle David, who had
been for some years settled in Flor
ida. Such oranges they were, large
raid sweet and juicy, and some of
them attached to their stems, with
glossy leaves still on, all packed in
the long, gray moss that grows in
the Southern forests. We declar
ed that we had never seen or tasted
such oranges ; and then Alice said:
" How I wish that we could send
some of these to the Parsons ! It
is just what they would enjoy and
what would do them good. I saw
Lilly Parsons this morning buying
half a dozen from the grocer such
poor, sour things compared with
these! Do you think, Hetty, we
might venture to send them some ? "
"I was'nt sure, for that very day
mother, unknown to us at the time,
had sent them over some baked
custards. So after a discussion it
was agreed to act on Alice's
gestion, and send a box with two
dozen oranges directed to Miss
Parsons, so that they would never
suspect from whom it came.
"We selected the nicest of the
fruit still with the stems and leaves
attached, and I myself saw old Jim
delivertheboxatMrs. Gaines' door
saying that he had been ordered to
leave it there for Miss Parsons,
But the old fellow added, when
questioned by Mrs. Gaines, who
had a great curiosity to find out
whole story of the mutual Christ- '"You ought to know,' I
mas gifts, and asked her to help us. ' for Mrs. Goodwin told me
How she laughed ! you sent it.'
" But all the same she promised " ' Me ? '
to do as we requested, which was "'She thinks so. There must
to send tho fruit to the Parsons as have been a mistake somewhere.'
a 'Christmas compliment' from "She stared for a moment in a
herself. So, to prevent its being comically blank and puzzled way.
recognized, we stripped off the and then her round, rosy face sud-
leaves and stems, arranged them denly brightened.
tastefully in a basket, with bunch- '"Good gracious! it must have
es of grapes and a few roses and been that stupid Mirandy our new
geraniums from Mrs. Crowley's girl, you know. When I asked her
winter plants, and they made as if she had left the fruit all right as
pretty a show as one could wish I had directed, she replied, "Oh,
for a Christmas offering.
yes'm ! I carried it straight to the
everything, that 'he b'lieved the
gen'leman what 'trusted the box to
him was named Mr. Thompson, or
Mr. Robertson, or somethiu' o' the
sort.' So with this false clue our
secret appeared safe enough.
"Next day was Christmas, and in
the morning Alice and I went to
church. On our return, as we open
ed the front door, what did we see
but a basket of oranges there were
two dozen of them standing upon
the hall table with a card attached
bearing Christmas greetings ' from
the Misses Parsons !
" We understood it in a moment.
They had seized the opportunity of
making some return for our little
attentions, and in order to do so
had voluntarily deprived them
selves of what would have been to
them a great treat. I felt the tears
in my eyes even while we laughed
at the oddity of tho situation.
" But, you seo, we were very anx
ious that our next-door neighbors
should have those oranges. Miss
Parsons was just recovering from a
fever, and nothing could have been
better for her than this delicious
fruit ; and of course the others, too,
would enjoy them for no such or
anges were to be had in the town.
"While we were discussing the
subject in came our friend and
neighbor fat, good-natured Mrs.
Crowley and knowing that she
could bo trusted, we told her tho
"All this t we did at Mrs Crow- Parsons and left it there, j list as
ley's house, next to ours on the you told me." Well, well, if this
right; and so left the present to ain't the oddest affair that I've
be dispatched to its destination. heard of for many a day !
"That evening we all accepted "And what between vexation and
an invitation to the parsonage, to amusement, good Mrs. Crowley
see the great Christmas tree. Ev- laughed with tho tears in her eyes.
ery one had sent or carried a con- " ' I'm determined that they shall
tribution, and after the entertain- have those oranges, after all ! ' slie
ment of sacred music and refresh- declared.
ments, each visitor was to receive a " And presently I saw her talk
little Christmas present from the ing apart with Mrs. Goodwin ; and
parson and his wife, in return for howsoever it was managed, it is
all that had been brought them certain that when the presents
the gifts to be distributed, like the were distributed the oranges fell
game of forfeits, by each being held to the share of Lilly Parsons. And
above the head of a person blind- that was the last that we ever heard
folded, who would name the one to of them, except that Miss Parsons
whom it should be given. said that they had cured her of hex
" This was a regular Christmas cold and fever, and that she had
amusement in our town, and one never enjoyed anything so much."
which we always enjoyed. Cousin Hetty rose from her seat.
" Well, upon reaching the par- and placed the dish of seeded rais-
sonage, the nrst persons that we ms on the kitchen table.
saw were Lilly Parsons and her " Is that the end of your story,
brother. Mr. Goodwinhad brought Cousin Hettv ?" Rose inquired.
them in his own gig; and, as he " Well, not quite," she answered,
told me that evening, their father smilingly. "You see, when Christ-
and himself had been friends and mas came round again, we received
college mates. . another present of oranges from
"And the next thing which at- uncle David two boxes this time
tracted our attention was would and instead of their being sent
you believe it ? our basket of or- around to the neighbors, the neigh-
anges and grapes on the long table bors were invited to come and par-
close to the Christmas tree. take of them, with other good things,
" Alice and I glanced at each oth- at our house ; for it was Alice's
other and could scarcely repress a wedding.
laugh. So the Parsons had served "She was married that Christ-
Mrs. Crowley's present as they had mas to Mr. Parsons ; and brother
done ours, and the poor oranges Tom and his wife pretty Lilly
were still upon their travels. Parsons got home from their bri-
" Just then Mrs. Goodwin, ob- dal trip just in time to be present"
serving our attention attracted to "What a nice ending," said Rose,
the fruit, near which we stood, said, " And how strange that it should all
pleasantly : ' have come of a Christmas gift of a
" irm-iriTnl ninnmic! ci-rtv T t- t-i rtr I I lrllvt-l III til?! 1 1' ti '
j- iiuiuui wiiiuvrsj cxt:n v tiicjr . i o "
Mrs. Crowley was kind enough to
send them, and I don't think I ever
saw any so fine. They are like
yourself, Alice as sweet and good
as they are pretty.'
" Alice laughed, and then blush
1 1 nr
eu as sue saw lur,
Grounds for a Divorce in Italy.
looking at her.
II Corriere di N-.rpoli.
We subjoin a few of the reasons
given for claiming legal separation
on the part of married couples in
Ttnlv On mini rnllcl liia urif'a
1 arsons who sister a thief. A husband had beat-
i . a
auu wueiixium- stantlv chewed to morn. A ihvA
ed to speak to brother Tom, I saw cut off llis wifeg curls witnoat her
him staring in just the same ad- consent. A fourth refused to take
miring way at jjiny rarsons. his wife out for a walk. A fifth
"'Nicest girl in the room,' he compelled his wife to sit up talking
murmured to me. 'Say, Hetty, with him after midnight, when she
can't you manage to get me ah in- would have preferred going to
troduction ? ' sleep. One lady refused to sew on
'"Get it yourself,' I returned, her husband's trouser buttons.
laughing. Another lazily stayed m bed till
"For Tom, though big and bold noon every day. A third would
enough among men, was shy and not let her husband go near the
bashful with women. And I was fire on a cold winter's day. A
rather surprised to see him, about fourth "lady" dragged her hus-
an hour after, trying his best to band out of bed by his beard. A
make himself agreeable to Lilly fifth went strolling around town in
Parsons. stead of attending to her domestic
"As for Alice, she and Lilly's duties.
brother wern talking
quiet corner, just, as some one remarked,-
as though they were con-
genial spirits. I was thinking that '
I had never seen Alice look so pret
ty, when Mrs. Crowley came up to
'"Why, Hetty,' she whispered,
'can that be our basket of oranges
on the table there ?'
" And we both laughed before I
was able to answer.
Don't find fault with your neigh
bors, even though you have nothing
else to do. If you want occupation
you can get a good deal longer job
by hunting for the virtues that they
think they possess. Somerville
A big "family can knock the
stuffing out of a Christmas turkey
mighty quick. -New Orleans f ic-nyune.