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Sept 1 (1-1 y
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Wf\ST(>\, Hi. C.
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Having rebuilt our I'laning Mill,
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M >'OTlllNi SUCCEEDS MICE SI CCIISS."
I)ANBURY", N. C., THURSDAY. FEBRUARY 17, 1887.
A It URT DAY.
Now jur.t. tal« a j»oep rt tye window and see
—Oil, deer me J
How cloudy uiul tl.uk, and how dreary and
What a day!
The rah its t'> frown
As I'• writedown;,
And tin? wet, muddy earth looks as cro. s as
80 do J.
How could I expect to be happy an 1 gay, j
Such a day 7 i
When tiling* ar * as dull and as still a.» a I
nioii:»" In tlie house,
)h, dear, if I knew
Of something t » do!
The worid looks a* if it we-, having a cry. !
So am I.
j li ojy the sunshine would smile out again; !
And the rain,
1 And ill" dark, gloomy cloud*, and the mist, j
and tht* gray
Why, then yui would sen
How merry IM be!
If only tl M«u and the weather would try,
So would I.
—J\vdney Havre, in St, Nicholas, j
The Postmistress- i
in SI!!I It.A It. KUUCOMK.
"Vulßos and crumpets made to or- j
der." Thus ran the wtitcn notice, pen
ned, too, in characters nearly approach
ing half-text, stuck up in oue of the few
principal shops facing the main street.
'J he unimportant village of "Lam
! morion' lay somewhat fur away from any
; town, ami therefore did a fair amount of
steady going busmen nil its own ac
eouut. Fore-most of all ranked the rc
i positorv, or store, reniod by Janet Lisle,
i iu which she s ild .-tat ionery, newspapers,
[ (he magazines of ihe day if duly order
e 1 in time, brtidui a variety of useful
odd" and eads. She »ai also the village
postmistress, and carried out tho duties
of her • ffice with a marked legard to
prom, titude. In eaeb of these pursuits,
howi ver, she was aided by her pretty
and winsoiuo niece. l.lsie Falcoubridge.
In all reality, I-llsio was tuore uns
tress of the postal department than
Janet Lisle herself. It was she who
ordinarily undertook the dispatch of
that twice-aday letter-bag, bestowing
upon each missive previously the duo
official htampmark. "Janet Lisle's
right hand, iu fact," as every one said.
She, too, it was who make the muffins
and crumpets—muffins and crumpet*
which were so popular iu the village
that no one ever dieiimt of having a tea
party without also having "muffins and
crumpets*' to match.
"Oblige me with a two-cent stamp.
Miss Falcon bridge, won't you V and a
somewhat elderly man at that moment
stared her in the face—this necessarily,
however—through li • p made iu tho
wire network marking off the space al
lotted to the postoljco department.
She handed hiui what he required.
"And a registered envelope, also,"
Again she had fulfilled his request.
"Thank you," and without more ado
ho deposited u twenty-dollar note with
in the same.
"All right," he soliloquized as old
gentlemen are so fond of doing. "Come
that's done, at any rate," he added, iu
Then cauic aloud, questiomngly .
"In the letter-box ?—or shall 1 leavo
it with you t"
"You can leavo it here, sir," answer
ed Klsie, quietly.
Others were now coining in fast, de
manding tins am! tint, atd in adopting
a calm exterior lay her only eliai.ee of
attending rightly to each petitioner.
Juliet l.tsle also was unusually busy
tlmt afternoon. Miss Veal, the liehost
old lady in the parish, «rave a largo tea
patty that very evening,and muffins and
crumpets were accordingly being sent
oft in starting!)' large quantities.
'•ls thero any letter waiting for nie
to-day, please !' asked a somewhat tim
id voice a few minutes later on.
"No, Miss Josephine, nothing."
"1 atu sorry, disappointing—is it
The two speakers seemed fully to
comprehend cieli otliei. There existed,
apparently, a sort of pleasant sympathy
Both wete pret'y. lioth looked good,
and also thoroughly iu earnest Only,
that the assistant postmistress appeared
fnll of brightness and life, and the
nowfaeing her wore the aspect of being
tired of life already.
"Yes, very. lam sorry too."
I "Thank you. You are always kind.
I will look in again to-morrow, if uiy
| doing so will not trouble you ton much."
j "Not at all. Miss Josephine.*'
j The last named was already moving
! away to mane room for some one else.
J Elsie Ealcoubridge had, however, not
■ yet completed her bus>D«*9 with the
| iate lawyer's daughter.
"Auntie," she whispered, "take uiv
place here for 1 moment."
Janet Lisle nodded in asseut.
"I'o come in hero an instant with me.
won't you V 9 and Eljio sigtio'Jltrat Mids
Josephino should accompany her iu'.o
; the eozv back parlor, where all was now
iin leadings for tea. " The fact is, Miss
| Josephine, I've done the most stupid
thing imaginable to-day—made a uiis
j take, and prepared nearly twice the
, number of crumpets that will be wanted
by anybody. Isn't it absurd of mo !
You won't mind--no, I'm sure you
won't Miss Josephine—helping me out
of my trouble l "
"Hut how?" came, hesitatingly, in
response. Then came—ah 'so bravely, I
for it is ever difficult to tell the plain
truth in such matters—"l can't. It's
quite impossible. Wo have no money.
Don't you understand t"
"Absurd!" was the interruption.
"Why, it's a favor I'm asking of ynu ;
don't you see ? I knew you would be
in to-day, tor certain, auo would befriend
inc. It's only that I waut you, if you
don't mind the trouble, to carry home a
dozen or so to your sweet mother.
Many'* the dozen she has ordered from
us lu the past, when, perhaps, we hav
en't been able to supply her. Oneeuu't
forget that fact, you know, iu a hurry.
So there they are, Mis« Josephine, all
hot and ready-buttered, «for 1 dou't
thiuk you would know how to do it your
self. You had better go out this way,
by tho fide door, and tlieu no one will
bo the wiser for the favor you've done
For one biief instant her worn, pale
faced companion had bi it down impul
sively anH laid bur own soft oti.il;
against Elsie's, and the next, wholly
uuoblo to speak, she had di-appeared.
* * * * • *
"A rather heavier mail-bag to-night
than usual, wasn't it, Elsie ?"
"Yes, auut. Thank you for doing it
up for mo. At any r*te, tie registered
letters did uot occupy you a long
Meanwhilo Elsie had been engaged
iu penning a dozen words or more upon
a large sheet of letter-paper, and the
following morning, side by side with the
well-known "muffin and crumpet" state
ment appeared tho following :
"A young lady, clever and weh-odu-
cated, desires at once a good morning
or daily engagement as governess.
Terms moderate. Excellent reference.
Apply for particulars within."
Miss Josephine had, in a most inex-
plicable way, won the woman's entire
sympathy, and also the admiration ol
El: ic. i\ud yet tho latter never scciu
o ito forget the difkrence iu station
that she considered still existed between
her favorite and herself. Slio only
knew that the lawyer's daughter w*s a
very model of sweet patience, and that
she and all at home were as poor as auy
"Oh, my!" exclaimed little Hob
Travcrs that morn ng, as the letters were
brought in. "What shoals of letters!
What a lot of governesses we shall have,
mother ! 1 do deciaie if it won't be
just like an evening party."
"Hold ycur tongue, Bob!' - urged
his father, peremptorily. "Leave the
Letters of importance had to be dis
cussed, most of them bearing icference
to what J!ob had termed tho "even
Some applicant? declaring they were
experienced, because middle-aged. Oth
er* asserted that they were youug, and
therefore generally regarded as having
an attractive way with children ; which
latter statement was yet worse. Th»
last-described young ladies would por
haps provo attractive in other ways,
and fall desperately in love with tho
quiet bacholor—Uncle Fred.
No, that wouldn't do at all, and in a
decided lit of ill-huni"r Hob's father
threw the entire batch of letters into the
As usual, when perturbed in mind,
"mother" turned the current of oonverj
satmn by addressing Uncle Fred
"1 wish, wli n passing Janet Lisle's
to-dny, you would ask for our maga
| All was hurry skurry. ae usual, tl rje
J or four hours later on in the post-office,
A variety of small packages required
I immediate weighing; audit was at tl is
j very juncture that Unclo Fred placed
I his foot upon the threshold.
| Something had, however, just caught
j his eye, and without more ado Jie heat a
hasty retreat—not however, to a great
"Tho very thing!" iio ejaculated.
"There! We have been hunting about
al! this while—and to wlui pjrpose'
'Particulate within.' Kb! Why, I'll
go in at once ami inquire. l 9
Uncle Fred was a widower, and had
therefore, made his home of late years
with Ins sister Folly's family. Any
thing, he thought, was better than living
lie wa; rich, too. a highly cultivated
man, with a peculiar faculty also for
engaging in the performance of kindly
actions. Like the rest of the family,
howmer, he had only lately come into
'\Y ill you excuse my troubling you
about tho notice in the window •"
Elsie started visibly an instant. Yes,
of couifo. This was not the tir»t occas
ion upou which she had seen that cer
tainly striking face. Yesterday, of
course, when ho had sent off the regis
Hut Elsie was instantly all attention.
Yes; she could toll him all ho required
to know—and did so ; and even as she !
spoke, Eire's eyes sparkled brightly and
lovingly. She was doing now what it
rejoiced her true woman's heart to ven
ture upon—trying to help her favorite.
"And Miss Falconbridge thought ti.at
tin young lady in question night be
fully relied upou iu her guidauee of
little elnldrcu I" ho asked.
"Oh, dear me! \ es, most certainly.'
"V ou can give me her address!"
Elsie noted it down quickly upon a
slip of paper.
iietore the end of that certainly
eventful day, Miss Josephiuo was en
gaged as daily governess in the family
of Uncle Fred's sister, at the moderate
salary of two hundred duilarsa year.
Some months have passer! away since
then. Kind Uncle Fred, that lie over
is, has just appeared m the large, old
fashioned hall, and is assisting "Miss
Josephine" in putting on her cloak
previous to taking her departure for
home, lie, and "Sister P-illy" also,
arc both made of good stuff, and folks
say, and—Heaven bless thorn for it!—
only wish to uiake her feel at home with
And for the reason, therefore,it seems
that Uncle Fred not only, on this spec
ial evening, escorts her to the hall-door,
but also a short distance ou the road
As he says, the evening is so lovely,
and the balmy outer air will do hiiu
good. She is telling him—why, she
d es not exactly know —something about
their troub es a', home since "dear fath
"In fact, you know," went ou "Miss
Josephine," unite simply, "he had not
even a penny left iu the house. It was
too dreadful, sir."
She paused a moment: then went on,
in the least degree nervously.
"Shall 1 tell you whut 1 did ?"
"1 advertised, then, in a county pa
per—don't be shocked, please. At any
rate, I did it for the best—whether
right or wrong, I don't quite know. "
" Qo on. "
" I merely said, then, that a widow
and her daughters—all horn to better
things, as it seemed—were suddenly
thrown into the lowest depths of pover
ty—and asked for help. "
Uncle Fred gave a sort of slight ner
vous start at this moment, but ".Miss
Josephine' did uot take notice of it.
She was thinking only at that in
stant of tho teniblj struggle which had
urged her to take such a .it op as that
which she wuc .tow describing.
" And the result ! " he asked, qmet
ly. •' V\ hat was it l "
"No answer came, " she returned,
gravely, but earnestly. "I'ossibly those
who read the words did not beliove in
th'ir truth ; or possibly some did so
who were not in a position to aid us. "
"I see," and Uncle Fred spoke now,
as if dreamily. "There! 1 must leave
you, Miss Josephine. Very sirry for
it - very lorry indeed. Have just sud
denly remembered something. You'll
excuse my running away thus abruptly ;
won't you ? Will bo a trifle more
courteous next time. Horribly liard
heaited oftlio people; wasn't it, Miss
Josephine?" And thus talking glibly
—as if, too, he did not exactly know
what he was saying—Uncle Fred lifted
his bat and disappeared.
The following Thursday morning,just
as "Miss Josephine" was starting f r
her usual daily occupation, a letter was
placed in her hand by the postman : af
ter reading which, that young lady
marched deliberately upstairs again, re
moved her hat and cloak, chuscd away
w.th a pocket lianderchicf a great many
tears that for some reason or other
would insist upon pouring down her
cheeks, and then set to work to re-read
the following wo ds :
"I)kak Miss Johwiiine.' Pardon
my Kbrupt leave-taking yesterday ; but
1 will now explain. Returning home
expressly by the way of the post-office, I
did a small stroke of business there on
my own account.
" > iss Elsie Falconbridge was out,
having gone to spend the evening with
the widowed, and alas ! now childless
mo'lier. of her once, aud so lately too
sailor lover. We have, however, al
ready spoken together—you and I—of
this unlooked-for event, and nl«o of the
brave way in which Miss Elsie bears
the heavy blow.
"Hut. I would now speak of something
else—so selfish are we all in this world,
you see. I persuaded the good dame,
•Janet Leslie, to assist me in somthing,
which was puzzling tne not a little
"I heard list cveuitig fur the first
time, of course—and also from your
own lips most strange to say—that a
twonty-dollar-iiote. which I had sent
you in answer to your advertisement
asking for aid, never reached you. It
had not, 1 jio* lind, miscariied in or
dinary way that letters do occasionally
go astray ; but it was as itnpossiblo,you
will presently see, that it should ever
have reached your abode, as tho resi
dence of one ot the ancient patriarchs.
"The letter containing the amount
named was, it appears, although placed
in a registered envelope for which 1 duly
paid never dispatched ; and m the hur
ry-skurrv of the moment it never enter
ed, either, in tho official book. The
n';lt was, of course, tny own, quite as
much as that of any one else ; but every
one was asking hurried questions at the
moment, and my letter —yours rather
—paid the penalty. Then, as fate would
have it, it landed itself otherwise 'ban
in tho lcgUiiua'e post and dropped,
how is best known to itself, behind a
drawer that is rarely opened.
1 Forgive the details, howevon .Jan
et Leslie had only discovered tho thus
liidden-awuy missive halt an hour be
fore 1 appeared upon tho scene - mark
the coincidence— aud was in a state of
no little consternation.
'•Picture also my own dismay.
"The mystery, however, is now solv
"I will not again tender the amount
for your acceptance, as there certainly
seems to be something unfortunate at
tending its career—beside which, on my
part, 1 am going to ask a favor froui
"W ill yon, I ask, becoxe my wife !
—and also ktodly acknowledge prampt-
Iv tho receipt of this letter, or 1 shall
bo compelled to take it for granted that
my second communication has shared
the fate of the first.
"Miss Josephine,"like a wise woman,
answered the letter just received by the
return of post.
The years have flown since thcu, and
matters go on much as usual in that
small township of Lainnicrton.
Hut there arc changes, nevertheless.
Janet Leslie knows her place uo more
in tne cosy little postoflice. Sho has al
ready gone home long since to rest and
sweet Elsie Falcon bridge is now mis.
tress of everything.
ller hair, however, though still beau
tiful, is in theso days white—white as
the driven snow ; and the abiding ex
pression upon her still handsome face is
that of ouo who lias passed through a
mighty and also tcirible sea of trouble,
and borne the trial only as a true hero
She knows, she says, tliat God had
ordered all, and that she shall see her
sailer lover ugatn one day IU heaven.
liut there is still one person in the
world whom she loves deaily, and that
is the happy, true-hearted wife of "Un
"1 owe all—every bit. in fact--of my
happiness to you, sweetest Elsie," as
Joscphiuc says. "It dates from tho day
—doa't you remember ? when you
gave me tuulfins aud cru > pets,"
"And also dispatched my registered
letter so carefu'ly," remarks Uncle
Fred, quaintly.— Frank Leslie's
Old Cassius M. Clay desires to be
the Republican candidate for Governor
of Kentucky, and has announced him
self ps in the field. Brilliant, erratic,
bitter and unwise, hn would Rake a sor
ry official if elected.
1 The Springfield (Mass.) Republican
' says the v • man suffrage question has
i eouie to stay. Yes, and we hope it
| will torment the advoca'cs rf it in this
T I f L.T'.TS COLLECTIW
coi;i*Ti:si rr:iT amity.
[Reprinted with corrections from Msl issue
Oh v.-ad some power tlie giftle yie us,
To see ourscls as others sec us!
It wad frae nion.v a blinder free us,
Aittl foolish notion.
To satitize tho foibles of our follow
beings is a province in which the aver
age mortal i» a trespasser. It is a duty,
however, whoso performance is incum
bent upon some one. And, albeit this
scribe clui>u« no exemption from tha
frailties which fl -sh is heir to, it is hop
ed that a few strictures on some of tho
prevailing vices may result iu some
good in our midst. That the gossip
monger nnd habitual ttlcr is the great
est nuisance that infests modern society
has passed into a proverb— that we have
such nuisances among us is equally
proverbial. These self-opinionated, self
sufficient and intolerant gyascutuscs,
with the complacency and solf-satis
factron of Saticho l'anza astride l.is
donkey, peddle their wares from doer to
door, creating misunderstandings, en
gendering social discord aud arraying
neighbor against neighbor. In all con
science, it is bad enough for tho vilest
sinnors to do the like, but when wo see
professing Christians magnifying their
fellow creatures' short-coinings and al-
ways calling attention to the moto in
their neighbor's eye, we are amazed and
murvel tuat these so culled Christians
are so unconsciou" of tha saw log ia
their own vision. The leading injunc
tion of Holy Writ is to love our neigh
bors as ourselves, but it seems to bo
more honored in the breach than in tho
observance in this immediate section of
the moral vineyard. Ihe Lord knows
what sort of neighbors sonic people mako
and will hardly hold us accountable for
not loving them, but at all events they
are entitled to the charity of our silence
These bogus disciples of tho meek and
lowly Jesus are a positvo hindrance to
the cause of religion. The chief obsta
cle that retards the church, in extend
ing its influence and uncfuluess, is some
of its unworthy members whose daily
practices bolk their professions. \V o
are constrained to believe that in tho
final reckoriojj Hob Ingorsnll will stand
a more creditable examination. Ono
I thing can be said in Hob's favor and
that is we know just where ho stands.
He does not "borrow tho livery of hea
ven to servo the devil in ho (foes not
screen his deviltry beneath the habil
iments of roligion ; nor does he, "with
devotion's visage and piius action, sugar
over the Devil himself." So much call
noi be said in fayor of these la!lor day
Scribes and Pharisees, who never fail to
occupy prominent seats in the synagogue,
pray aloud before men and shod croco
dile tears when their good (!) hearts aro
moved with sympathy for their sinful
brethren. Hut when out of tho sanctu
ary and the sight of men, they thank
God that they are not as other peoplo
are—wholly ignoring the fact that they
themselves aro carrying a heavier bur
den of sins than Kiminsky over did of
goods. These hypocritical «galoots"
have about as much genuine religion as
the average razor-back pino rooter and
will have as hard a tiino getting to
heaven as a camel going through tho cyo
of a needle. To watch tlieir conduct
in church and out of church is enough
to make a horso laugh. Instead of cul
tivating » feeling of brothe l v love and
a spirit of humility, their hearts aro
filled with empty pride, tliev strut with
alt the importance and arrogance of tho
peacock and look upon their neighbors
with the contempt that tho "bumblo
tug" bestowes upon the maggot. To
gossip and tattle seems to be a constituti
onal or hereditary trait of character with
them. It is a kind of second nature
with them and so strong is the foroc of
habit that, should they ever get to heav
en, in less than two hours after their
arrival they would bo talking and fib
bing about Abraham and Isaac. In
case they should go below (as is moro
likely) they would undoubtedly establish
a news bureau and n tattling school,
extending to Satan tho courtesy of a
free scholarship. It has been properly
said that "Whom the gods lovo dio
young." This accounts fur tho remark
able longevity of these unlovable neigh
bors. Thoy are not in favor above as
well as here below. Owing to the great
appreciation of their absence above, it
is quite probable we will bo afflicted
with their presence many years to come.
And, in very truth, the plagues of
I'haroah were not mere annoying than
those self-sauie Pharisees who pose be
fore the world us Christians. Just
what the Lord put them here for is ono
of "those mysteries which heaven will
not have earlh to know." Vby and
wherefoio they aro I ere, howover,
amounts to little—how to got rid of
thorn is tho pertinent inquiry. And wo
frankly eonfesh that wo "don't know
what the devil to do with 'em." To
purge tho church and community of suoh
posts is a con sum mat ion devoutly to bo
wished. Hut it seems to bo hoping
against hope. In any i vent, we trust
thut tlx ir sojourn in onr midst may not
be of indefinite duration and that after
wo have passed through nature to eter
nity our respective abodes may be in
PETER W. SNOOKH.