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VOLIIM 1. OXFOHD, N, C.y WEDNESDAY, JANDAEY 20-^ 1875. ' ' '■ NITMEBE' S.,
King Alfred and tho Orphan.
liing- Alfred yjji hi his prJaee. hall,
And thanes of i;i^;:h decree
Wor# erowdiri" round, to.profiVr him
:5ervdee oh teiido'd I'o^e.
■‘WhereV tliC- bruve'Earl/if ljoiderness*'?
The "ood ICTnc: Alfred c^Ied.
“Kinc;-' kmd’r’ot tlanvirc-t hlvt Wartiimias
He and liislady dh-d?” .
Said W'lilp’lT’rJte streir^arm. “Therefore
d'o me hi-: tow'‘i% and land :
Thou kuovvh't me weU for warrior bold,
'Jumatch',-'.! uir lanee and brand.'’
'•Naj;, kinj;. reiueroher when I went
Across t)te seas for thee.
3iy wisdom, more tliaii slro:ij;e.st aian,
. Was feU'; 'so.granl theuidu*'.-,’
Thiirstan, liic wisvs thm;spake ; w'heu lol
Kw ;ft tin the-cvatheyinc: throf.c^,
‘A wo-u; pale woman pret«ed, who led
. A iv.lle whHda!onJ,^
A liUleidiUd of uve years cld,
A: lUtle.-.ciiUd :hu.:--t fitir;
‘’JnsiicCvdvini^j;', AEryd," thus she cried,
.'TSwh-ip Ihq good Eiiri's heir!
No sire I:ai;h^:e by >vi.ird or cwf.rd
'i'o M ir. liU Tilrihri^ht lands ;
. Fi-Ioiidlesi un.d un-tfiv.rlepfl, to they
'■ lie IDtd his iitlh; i'.ands.
''Ori, , ha;d
ehdnid’ . ■ , , .
KiaelaiuL! ric'hi scorufuliV
Cried the- warlike'fiiauet; onr Kia^ ^eeti.^
Not babes on their nnrj-es kr'ce.
■‘'Boi'-i b'c’.rt'. stout :v!r;.-j -wijat eo-.dd
• ' . Uiat C'MUk
U-fue land-', t ': h.'m. '.v.-re •./.von/■'’ .
Thyc'iild loiii.cd.np with id:'■•-.■ft _ blue
‘•I v.ouiel pr-iy to G«d:n heaven,"
Kill'; Ai'rcd /‘ssei-hpoft the boy,
. lonjx Sind earnestlyj
And then upon his an^ry thaM.rs,
Who wutche'.l’nhn eager’y ; -
' At len^'th the’jybod km» rorfc.'aud thus
With soleiirn voice spake he : '
"AT praise unto the ttatci
Praise to the M'arrlor too ;
3ii^)it g-lailly.to each faithful Ihar-.e
Will tln‘ kin;;; yield guerdon duo ;
‘‘But to this child—this little ohild—
: >rust .his birthright lands bo given ;
For thy orjihan's claim is the ■weightiest,
ills father is God in heaven."
AFf-EOTIOSATELT IHSOSIBE-D TO LIT
TLE SISTER LOUISE.
By Mrs. Ciirre W.
Karris, of Wi!-
Several years ago, in the
northern part of Granville
county, North Carolina, stood
an old-fashioned, farm house,
'riu^ owner of ,the farm was
Mr.' Edward Eidley, who liv
ed ill the house with his wife
and four children, two girls'
and tw'6 boys. Mrs. Eidley
was a tlixifty house-keeper, a
good wife and a faithful moth
er. Her eai’ly education had
been iii a inea,sm-e neglected.
She enuId manage to read her
Bible on Sunday, and knew
enougb Aritlimetic to keep her
own accounts. She l.-ueiv lit
tle elsO' bet ,Olid'her chickeu-
coojis, hei- dairr. Jicr vegota- tl.rougli ' And what
ble garden.Mier inisbaiid and;good citizen for ten
•cause he had felt it is duty asltal.de. When her luit-baiid stop-
fi't'ouoni A’.uericau citizen to ped in a moment to see if the
bo there and see the thing dady's trunks had been cumed
otiu-r: up, sl'.o ca'led him to her a'
niik'S; moinent and 'tadted, .
childroi!.' Wlien she was o.' around c.es nwt felt the .sanio j ' fV'hiit 'did''ypu s
girl the neig-hbe.rs paid more ’ imj.'-iiise of pai-riotism I Vi hat; nalne. wa.s, iseu- .t’
attention 'to fheh- loom,., than : farn-'er of Gran-■ “ I'ii.So tthiry" Aiken,
the piano, iuu-p or guitar; iviilo has not often felt the no-'Uwefed, ‘-but .wife ' yo'u
they frequented tl'e kiltheii I co.ssity of'-taking his only i hotter call her jla-ty:'It rniglit
ofietiej- tlia.n the parlor, and i a.-vailalilo i;or.se cut of tlie'mako her feel- more homo
jiearly gall tiro sjtate time ofinlov.q ui .oixic?--to .add one to
the ladictj,of event th.e weatmi-j the i>romi.seuou3 crowd wiiich
est Imuseliold was ponsamed' throngs the jirelty little coiin-
iit cutting out garments ioi'ity-seat, crunug , court woe-t,
their slaves, and in .attending Gvljether he has any other uus-
t'O the )ieec,ssities pi' tiie' sick i ipe.s.s or not.l
ajid suj.iei'au'iiuatcd hlaclcs., j Hut Mr. Ed-.vard Phnlley
w'iio )-'.oked - to “niasier and' u'lt ho liad a two-fdid-obicet: Heck}-,” she coiilinucd in a
misfre.s- i'’ tia-'evc’-} ihiitg-. in 'G.ow. The hiliy and rocky' louder tone to a colored girl
road, liie c-ropB on tlio way-! iii-iae corn.er of the firo jdaco
side, even liis brother travel-1 who stood lno.k.ing on wlrilo
“Certainly, i,cr].'■ Aiken,
Aifc-en,” she -repeated slowly
to I'.-ai'.-elf. “.I’ooi- dear, she
looks like she’s gof an a.chin’
iicart—poor child—-yes, I’il
call her M.ary. Gome, here,'
'Mr. r’i'llvry'Pvas 'Ije'ttei- cd-u-
cated aiid v.'„-s certafaily more
progressivo in his ' ideas. Ho
lers were- scarcely noticed, .so
wa,3 a first-rate fai-mer. Hi.s' absoi-h'cd -vvas" the wortliy
stock wa-s ii'C hitrest-and b-est; farmeg in his neve gchoine. As-
in- tiie VK-inhy. -i-'is fences ho rode on he oveii clared to
W0!'3 I'llw.a vs in repair, and iiis. !;op'j this smar.t tc-a'chor in the
croj.s seldom faik-d. 'i'iio war | pro.spcctivc -ivould learn !iis
had injured him verv little, i cidest iiopel-ul, Edward, Jr.,
and found lie lost riotiiing by: t-t 'make'as big speeches, as
Vising the u.seiesr pi'irtion of’some of ihe “gentlemen of the
Mrs. Eidley did the work.,
“ Vv'iion Miss Mary goes up
to her room after dinner, you
go and wait on her, . To'ii licr
\-f.u are to be her maid.”
‘les’rip'^she answered co-ai'to-
syiiig. _ - ■
Slary Ai]co:i enjoyed the
luncli. for she was cold and
Ms colored household, and by ; Bar.” And ids littloqlaugliter; tired, and aim.ost s-tondered at
empjovi-’g f-m- goijJ ivages liik ‘nouid soon irnew lioiv to read tlie kospifiSity of the rpaaini,
experienced lieid hands. Tk
tiie conr.so' of tim-ehis children
becan'e old emv.igli to go to
school. Mr. Eidie-f hiid al-
i-.-Tr-cs scimn'o'lod'u'ed ii-o. i'fn-
was too Ei'nsibte a man to de
ity the .'fact, tnat it was tlie
the newspajicr to him, and
may lid,' in the eon-rso of time,
j'llay on the piano!' ’hlie
thoughts swelled in hir-fatber-
^ _ gave old
po'rianco of odi'ication. lie-Toby, ■ his faithiiil ho'rso,
ly bosom, and ho
sharj) touch of Ids sviiip in or
der to oarry out his grand de-
richesU. iegac}.' lie (,'Ould ieax-ftl.sign as quickly as possible.
lis children. Edward Eidley,
Jr., was tvvelve years old, and
Us fatlier - determined that
T’ho ' teacher was secured.
She was recommended by a
legal friend who undertook to
when the next eourt was lield t engage the lad}-, and see her
at Gxibi'd he would get .some safe!}' at the Eidley farm for
of the lawyers and “ smart a small fee. Site came from
old couple, -if she had been
tlieir oi-i-n child, .she could not miisic.'
have been treated more ieind-
1','. After lunch .she took a
long nap in her own, pleasant,
lire-lit room, wliiio Hecky
olicycd 3Ii-s. Eidley’s orders
by nodding in the conici- as
her now mistress slept.
Just before tea, Miss Aiken
Ned had known it ho
not.h.'fve allowed it.”
“ I am glad I came,
not mind the weather.’’,
“A.li,. ..but you must -inind
the -ivedthel. I would uo
more let. you ox])06e yourself
than .I ivvouid letymy gbraui-
ums stay out all night. No,
no, child, your own mothor
ivould not allow it.”
“ My mother, a-nd father aro
“ Poor little thing! E,nd you
aro’ alGno in tnh'world 7” ask
ed the tondorhearted kouso-
vvifa with a dimnosa in hor
“ I have a feiv dista-nt rola-
iives who educated mo. I
Gcai-cely romembei- my pa
rent!-.,” replied, the girl looking
affectionately at hornewfi-iond..
■“'\Yoll, -lYoll, ...don’t grievo
oVbr it. You know, I.Iary,
the Good Book tells us of tlio
Or]»ban’s h'l'iend. Aiid . you
kiiovz you hax-G friends horo.
I mean to ho a mother to. you
■while yo'ii are hore. Can you
play on tlie piano ?” she asked,
wishing to change the conver-'
“Oh yes ! I am very fond of
“ And you know Arkansas
Trax'ollor, Eislier’s Hornpipe,
Gi-eenland’.s lev Mountains
and all such tunes 1”
“I can play almost
tiling if I have the notes.”
“Any thing and every thing,
ch f” asked the old lady de
folks,” as Ins wife called them,
to procure a toaclier for his
children. There ■were no good
schools near the Eidley farm,
and Mr. Eidley decided to
have one in lii.s own 3'ard if it
cost him a “ thousand dollars
another .state. Mr. Eidley had
neglected to ask the name of
the state and droi o back home,
rejoicing in the certainty of
having “a }"Oung and very ac-
conqilished lady” added to his
family in a week or tw'o.
a year.” He immediately
commenced to build a neat lit
tle room, -with a huge tire-
])lace, in the comer of Iris
front yard under an old oak
tree. M’hen the school house
was finished he bought one
dozen chairs and as many
In due time she ra-rix'ed.
Mr. Eidley -mot her. at the
gate .ivith a most cordial wel
come, and Mrs. Eidley kissed
her cheek when she entered
the house. The children wore
shy at first, but the pale, pret
ty face and gentio manners
small tables and placed them ■ soon w-on them. Tiiey came
around the room. On theup and shook hands with her,
next Monday of court -sveek I and little Annie Ridley tiire-w
he trotted off to Oxford in a | her chubby arm arn'iind the
more comfortable state of ■ stranger’s neck. M hen the
mind than ever before. \ gi-.eetlngs wore over, Mrs.
Strange to say,'for the first i Eidle}' arose and said to lier,
time in his life he felt he had “ .^-ly dear, you must not go
business at court. It is true,; to yo-ur room until you Iiave
he had travelled the same road! had a nice hot cup of coffee
with the same de.stination in | and a lunch. A\ hen tlie bell
x'iew- every court week, since rings, . husband, bring her in
came down in a briglit merino, I lighted,
will: her wavy yelkriv hair! “Not quite, madam,” sho
coiled around lier. fair, sliapely; answered smiling. “I expect
iicad. Mr. and Mrs. Eidley T sliall be able, to pleaso you.”
wore in the front room wait-i “Please,” internijied Mr.
iiig for her. The former ini Ridley; “.Please! Why,Mis.s
one corner reading a paper a I Mary, you are sure to please
month old, and the latter qui- us. 'Where w-ero you educa.-
etly knitting. The children
were in the midst of a romp
in tlie lumber-room, and a
faint peal of .silvery, riptiiing,
“In Baltimore,’’ sir.
“Well, then, you just write
to Baltimore and buy me a.
ehildi.sh laugliter sometimes; piano. My wife never had
fell on their iiarents’ ears, a chance to learn hoiv to play,
or I ivould have had one long
Neither -one of the worthy
couple could conceal their sur
prise and admiration when the
cigo. Send for books for the
children too—-and wtliile you
lady entered. Mr. Eidley | are getting ready to oommenco
quickly arose and lianded lier; tlie school you can look
a rocking ch'air,' and seated
lier in front of the blazing oak
and pine' fire. Good Mrs.
Ridlex' sat and silently admir
ed. Her knitting noedlosfle'w
around and enjoy yoiu-solf.”
“ I’hank you, sir.”
“That is -tlie tea bell. .Walk
ill the dining room. Just li.s-
ten how- tlioso children are
ho arrived at that independ
ent age, tw-enty-one years.
But hithei-to he has gone be-
the' dining room.
The active liousew-ifo
busying herself preparing the
on, hut her'eyes rested on the running. Mary, 1 arA going
.siveet face to wliich the red To get you to teach them bet-
light from the lire lent , a, ter maiiner.s.”
liealtlviei- hue. At last she: The'good old lady said this
a.sked: ito Mary as she walked to-
“ And x-ou ha,vo rested from, xvards the dining room where
your long ride, my child ?” 1 they found a tempting meal
“ I am entirely rested thank: already -spread, (uid four
you ma’am.” | bright, rosy faces anxiously
“ Glad to hear it. It xvas a i a.w-aiting them.
cold day for you to be out. If I
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