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The Camden chronicle. (Camden, Tenn.) 1890-current, March 07, 1902, Image 4

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iMy what ate yi t.rcai liiuc?
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liHiiiuiit t'.uw hi-fnri: mil,
Born it 1 11 the nndei ihj l.ft c ze.
Whinnering hollly o'er i.ic?
SUNDAY morning, while Mrs.
Wilkins was at church with
Tommy, Mr. Wilkins. la dell
iinco of the social ethics of
Lake 1 1 III. rut on his overalls, ami,
rake in hand, attacked the carpet of
dead leaves that covered his lawn.
He knew that his wife would make a
scene If she caught him, and he knew
that his Sabbath-breaking would fur
niHh another argument against subur
lian life, and he anticipated considera
ble guying from his male neighbors,
and yet, In spite of all these misgiv
ings, he raked the leaves Into rustling
piles and watched with dogged satis
faction the columns of blue smoke that
rose among the oaks from his unholy
Wilkins had employed seven different
"hired men" since spring. None had
stayed more than a month, and none
had carried away either the esteem or
good will of Mrs. Wilkins. Most of
them were 'worthless, some dishonest,
some lazy and some lacked that regard
for the proprieties which the woman of
the house Insisted upon. So it came to
"jas? that Wilkins had a hard time getting-,
id say nothing of keeping, a ser
viceable hired man, and when the
leaves began to fall his lawns, gardens,
Tines and orchard were in sad case, his
c'hlckcndiouse needed repairs, his coal
cellar was empty, his winter kindling
was unchopped, and his loyalty to su
burban life was tottering. Therefore
he had defied all precedent and on
Sunday morning attacked the work
with his own hands.
While he was bending over a russet
mound of leaves he heard a voice:
"Mister, I'll clean up that lawn for
a meal."
It ,was a low, strong voice, musical
of tone and so opportune that Wilkins
let his rake fall and looked about.
The stranger was a tall, lean young
man, dusty from a long walk, but trim
and clean as to clothes and person.
"I'll just go you," said Wilkins, open
ing the gate. The big fellow walked
in, dropped his coat on the ground, and
fell to work without a word. After
getting back into his Sunday garments
the man of the house watched his res
cuer. The latter had laid aside his
round, felt hat, disclosing a bullet
bead, closely shaved. The worker's
clothes, new, cheap and coarse, 111 fit
the wearer, and as Wilkins watched
him swiftly and silently clearing away
the dead grass, weeds and leaves, his
heart misgave him, and he murmured
to himself:
"An ex-convict, I'll bet."
?.Irs. Wilkins soon came home with
Tommy and eyed the stranger askance
When she had noticed him eating
heartily but decorously, and had ob
served that he knew the purposes of
knife, fork aud spoon, she darkly
hinted to her husband that there was
"something mysterious" about the new-
Know ye LSlIp M.ir'i.
My et, my brown cfl d-ntjjlit' t?
I-jit'.'-t hhtt 11. nv llu' divine,
) rr t!ie In ivntrr
Where the lr,, t;t i u t S 4 sluon to lave
In tin- tj h( .ti river
III the in in si il v.n v
1' In -mi; on nil t-r ?
Visions, vision! of the rodd,
I would hear her Mory
l'-rin h-r hi onr uli-ht llilit,
Urmtt )"' li.irk in j inn ;
Ih'mj; hrr with her hoiiy-i divine,
Tttouirh t! nnyft.s i-.-eaihl her-
Lit tie, tnur.hiit M.tdelir.e,
My nwret, my hiownceil diudiU'r.
-Robert M.ukay, in the lkum.' .Mazinc
t rv' -rr r
coiner. When Wilkins felt sure that
his wife hadn't guessed the probable
truth he resolved to oiler the man a
Job, and ns the latter passed out the
walk toward the road, he stopped him
"My friend, I like the way you work,
and I like your looks, and if you'll
stay I'll give you ?i a week and your
hoard, just to keep up the place, tend
the chickens and the furnace."
"Thank you, sir, I'll try it," was the
nnswer. "You don't keep a horse, and
I won't have to go to town?"
"No. Just stay here on the place,
and do whatever you see necessary,"
explained Wilkins, fully understand
ing the man's dislike to going into
"All right, sir. My name is James
Wilkins showed the tall, gaunt fellow
over the place and pointed out the
room over the carriage house where
he was to sleep. Tommy, who was
ten years old, trotted after them, deep
ly Interested In the stranger.
Of course Mrs. Wilkins didn't approve
of her husband's choice. She "felt
sure that there was something wrong"
about Green and as days went by he
proved himself a splendid gardener and
a most useful person la divers unex
pected ways, she was grleviously dis
appointed. What i-nraged her most
was Green's taciturnity. Every effort
of the cook and honse girl, prompted
and encouraged by Mrs. Wilkins, failed
to elicit a hint about himself. At
meals he was as silent as the tomb.
During the day he kept busy at the
back of the two-acre lot, at night he
eat in the barn doorway, telling stories
to Tommy and smoking his pipe.
Between him and the boy there
sprang up an extraordinary companion
ship. The man, silent with all others
began to tell his little comrade the
rarest and most extraordinary stories
of shipwreck, of battle, of wild beasts
birds and adventures of all kinds
He knew the habits of birds and in
sects, of reptiles and fishes, and these
he explained to Tommy with infinite
care until the boy came to dog hie
footsteps and sit beside him at all
The carved wooden toys, plaited
whips of horse hair and leather and
deftly fashioned bows and arrows that
Green made for Tommy were the won
der and envy of the boys of the neigh
borhood, but they convinced Wilkins
that hla hired man had spent much
time In some penitentiary. Mean
while, as day by day she failed to
penetrate the atmosphere of mystery
which surrounded him, Mrs. Winkins
grew more suspicious. When she
found out that he didn't want to go to
the village during the day, she con
trived errands that would lake him
there. At hist he quietly but positively
refused to do her i idling, explaining
that Mr. Wilkins had ill imjH I'll Lim
110m any duty but tu li tis he cuuld
liiid on the place.
He had hi en two months on the place
before In- Hpuke iimn. than a tluziii
words tn 1,1s employer. He had worked
well, asked 110 favors, made 110 mis
takes. I' ml. -r h!s nsslihufis i fl'.irts the
Will. his place had taken mi m w signs
of prosperity and liiauty. Then lie
came to Wilkins one evening and :-uld
that he'd like to sp-nd une day in
Chicago. He wanted t.) buy some
doilies, he Ktld, and would like to have
his pay. There was Y1 due him, and
Wilkins had only a $'Ju bill.
"All right, Green," said the big
hearted suburbanite, "heres a twenty.
You can bring me back the change;
and, let's see, here's my commutation
ticket. It'll save you paying railroad
Mrs. Wilkins overheard tills talk,
and when Green was out of hearing
proclaimed her husband a fool, a waste
ful, gullible, stupid fool.
"That man Green will never come
back." she snapped. "See him!" point
ing across the lawn. "He's not even
going toward the depot. He's a tramp,
maybe a murderer, and he's gone off
with your money, and your ticket.
Wilkins, you're a simpleton."
Wilkins was a little doubtful when
he noticed the course taken by his
"model hired man." The next evening
added to his misgiving, for at sundown
Green had not returned. Mrs. Wilkins
began to gloat when the 8 o'clock
train had passed, and there was no
sign of the missing gardener. Then
the doorbell rang, and the girl an
nounced "a lady to see Mr. Wilkins."
He found a youngish woman, with
much Jewelry and very pink checks,
smirking at him as he entered the par
lor. "Mister Wilkins," she began, "a lady
fren' o' mine what lives out here tells
me theys a man workin' for 3-ouse, an'
If I ain't much mistaken he's my hus
band. He's a tall, sandy feller, don't
talk much, and he's done time at
Joliet, and "
Mrs. Wilkins entered here.
"What do you want with him?"
asked the lady of the house.
The visitor was beginning to explain
when Wilkins heard footsteps falling
faintly on the walk outside. He slipped
quietly out of the room and Into the
yard. Green was coming up the back
steps Into the kitchen, when Wilkins
stopped iim with: "Well, I see you're
back all right."
"Yes, sir," said the gardener, pulling
out the railway ticket and ?S. "There's
your change and the ticket."
Wilkins noticed that the latter wasn't
"I walked," explained the man. "I
don't like trains."
Wilkins led him across the lawn
and told him that there was a woman
in the parlor claiming to be his Avife.
"A blonde, vulgar-looking woman?."
said Green.
"Yes. She's In there now, talking to
my wife."
'Well, sir, if you'll Just let on that
you didn't see me this evening, I'll
be grateful. I'm tired now, and I
don't want to see that woman, at least
not to-night. Please say that I'm not
here, and won't be back until to-morrow."
So Green slunk off to bed, and the
blonde woman was sent away, prom
ising to call again. In the morning
Wilkins found Green's bed unrumpled.
On the coverlet was a new leather
whip, with a card inscribed "For Tom
my. Good-bye." The Wilkinses never
saw or heard of him again, and Mrs.
Wilkins never knew that he had come
home that night with the change and
the ticket.
"I always knew he was a scamp," she
said, proudly. "I knew he'd run away
and he did."
"Well, I don't blani? him," mused
Wilkins, lighting his pipe and smiling
at the memory of the blonde woman
with the brummagem Jewelry. "I'd run
away myself, under the same circum
stances." John II. Raftery, in the
Chicago Ilecord-nerald.
Ancient Saxon Monuments.
In the churchyard at Bewcastle,
Cumberland, England, an Isolated spot
about twelve miles from any railway
station, is a monument built 1230 years
ago, bearing the Inscription: "The first
year of Ecgfrith, King of this realm,"
i. e., A. D., G70. Another inscription
(Runic) on the west side says that it
was set up as a "Standard of Victory
in Memory of Alchfrith, lately King"
(of Northumbrian who played so Im
portant a part in the history of the
time. An interesting account of the
cross is given in Bishop Browne's
work, "The Conversion of the Hept
archy." lie. says that the inscriptions
"are the earliest examples known to be
In existence of English literature." and,
"looking to the Importance in the his
tory of the world of the conversion of
England, there is no historical monu
ment in these lands to compare with
the Bewcastle Cross." The shaft as
it stands, is a square pillar composed
of a single block of gray freestone
fourteen and one-half feet high. The
cross head is gone, but when entire
the monument must have been about
twenty-one feet high.
What It Mean.
railing in love Is getting exclusive
ia your affectioua. New York Tress.
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N'( w York City.
i'iie novelty of the
season Is mid iiibte liy
wl'.'.i pleats that run
the shirt wa!U
to or oer the
shoulders. The
smart May Manton
example Illustrated combines that
feature with the new deep pointed
cuffs and stock and is suited to all the
season's waistings, madras. Oxfords,
pique, chambrays, linen, batistes, silks,
light weight flannels, albatross and the
like, but in the original Is of silk chain
bra y in pale blue, stitched with white,
and is held by white pearl buttons.
The fitted lining extends to the waist
line only, but forms the foundation on
which the waist is arranged. The
fronts and back of the waist proper are
laid lu two pleats at each side, which
meet at the shoulder seams. The
fronts include tbe regulation box pleat
and are gathered at the belt or left
free and adjusted to the figure as pre
ferred, but the pleated back Is smooth
aud without fulness. When the plain
back is substituted it is drawn down
in gathers at the waist line. Orna
mental stitehbg, simulating pointed
bands, is shown on the fronts. The
sleeves are in shirt style, but with deep
pointed culls that lap over and are but
toned at the outside. At the neck Is a
novel pointed stock that matches the
To cut this waist fcr a weman of
medium size four yards cf material
twenty -ona inches wide, three and sev-
en-eighth yards twenty-seven Inches
wide, three yards thirty-two inches
wide or two and one-eighth yards forty-four
inches wide will be required.
Woman' Bolero WaUt.
The bolero waist Is a marked favor
ite of fashion, and is shown in many
of the advance styles. The smart May
Manton model shown in the large
drawing is admirable in many ways,
and Is adapted to a variety of mate
rials. The bolero, having no collar,
makes it peculiarly desirable for wear
beneath a wrap, while at the same
time it gives sufficient of the Jacket
suggestion to be suited to street ' cos
tumes designed for spring. As shown
it makes part of a costume of satin
faced cloth In sage green, with the full
waist of Liberty satin In a lighter
shade of the same color, the trimming
being folds of the satin, cross-stitched
on with black corticelli silk, and at the
ends by Jeweled buttons.
The fitted lining closes at the centre
front. On it are arranged the waist
and the bolero, so that both are made
In one. The full front and back of the
waist are tucked to yoke depth then
left free to take soft folds, the closing
being effected at the left front where
an opening is cut from the shoulder to
waist line. The jacket is fitted by
means of shoulder and under-arm
seams only, and is cut away at the
neck to reveal the chemisette. The
sleeves are novel, while in bishop
at the upper edge which render them
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shape they Include deep tuTis, pointed
e.vct ptlonally becoming. At the nerk
is 11 regulation stock that Hoses Invisi
bly at the centre back.
To cut this waUt for a woman of
medium size two and one eighth yards
of material tweiity-oiie Indies wide,
one and three-quarter yards twenty
seven inches wide, or one and three
eighth yards forty-four Indies wide,
will be required for the waist; two
and a' half yards twenty-one Inches
wide, one and seven eighth yards
twenty-seven inches wide, or one and
one-eighth yards forty-four inches wide
for the bolero.
Tiny JoU For I.HIb Ontrr.
The evening gown of blade lace or
dotted Brussels net is treated with
paneling of embroidery. The panels
are of white satin veiled with ("han
tllly lace medallions. Although the
medallions are not large in size they
are enhanced by edges of baby vel
vet ribbon applied in three rows. At
intervals here nnd there the ribbons
are joined with small jet ornaments,
"paillettes," which make lattices of
the delicate structure. This adds to
the beauty of the lace ovals ued in
paneling the skirt.
CnflT on Lawn Khirt VVainU.
Many of the white lawn shirt waists
are finished with wide cuffs made of
alternating rows of insertion and lace,
with a narrow ruffle of lace at the end
and coming over one side of the open-'
ing. The cuffs fasten with three pearl
buttons concealed by tne lace ruille.
Fancy Foliage on the HU. .
Gold and silver tissue is now used
to make foliage of the most fancy
variety, and if fruit effects, such as
tiny berries, grapes and currants,
form a part of the spray, pearls are
employed for the latter. .
Girls' Four-Gored Petticoat.
Little girls as well as their elders
have need of well fitted underwear if
the pretty frocks are to appear at their
best. This carefully shaped petticoat
was designed by May Manton with
that fact in view and can be relied
upon to give entire satisfaction. As
shown it Is of white cambric with lxvJ
of needlework, but taffeta, Sicilian and
gloria are all correct as well as the va
rious white fabrics. When made from
silk or wool a plisse flounce makes the
best substitute for the embroidered
one, although a bias ruffle, gathered, A
is correct.
The skirt is cut in four gores so pro
viding a straight back that can be
trusted to launder satisfactorily. To
the lower edge Is Joined a deep gath
ered flounce that, In turn, is edged
with a frill. The upper side is finished
with a painted yoke-band, applied over
the material that can be drawn up to
the required size by means of tapes or -ribbons.
To cut this petticoat for a girl of
eight years of age three and a quarter
yards of material twenty-one inches
wide, two and three-quarter yards
twenty-seven inches wide, two and a
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half yards thirty-six, indies wide t.
one and a half yards forty-four inches
wide will be'required. with five yards
of needlework for frill.
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