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"FOR GOD, FOR COUNTRY M) FOR TRUTH."
W. FLETCHER AU8BOH, EDITOR, ,
C. V. TV, AUSBON, BC8IHE8S MANAGER.
PLYMOUTH, N. C, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1892.
Within the last three years the Ameri
an Indiana hare disposed of 25,000,000
cnw of their land.
Alaska a gold products are constantly
growing more numerous, and reports
irom the gold' fields are of the most en
eouraging nature. True, the adventurous
miners mus,t'brave dangers and hardship!
ta order - to reach the remote mining
legions, but their reward is gold, and for
gold- men will risk their lives and even
tVdir souls,? With gold as their reward,
vaousands of prospectors will settle in
Alaska, and the precious metal may
make Alaska as popular in '92 as it did
California in '49, says the Port Townsen
Bays the Trenton (N. J.)' Amtrican:
Australians are-, protesting against the
'immigration of the scum'' of England.
1$ is not so long Bince the chief inhabi
tants of; Australia were English convicts;
dus, aiier au, iney were no worse
than the robbers who "came over with
William the Conqueror," and . there are
many persons who would be glad to
trace their descent from - them to-day.
But the Australian objection is based on
the fear that the English scum of to-day
will interfere with the prosperity of the
labor clement. Yet Australia could
easily sustain four times is many people
as thereare in all the British Isles.
Miss Alice Rideout the young Call
Jornian who is to model the statuary
Jflguie3 for the Woman's Building of the
"World's Fair, Chicago, HI., had a novel
introduction to the art in which she has
Bince become so proficient. She was
walking in San Francisco with her big
dog when the animal ; jumped into the
open door of Rupert Schraid's studio
. and upset a recently finished model.
V Miss Hideout hastened in to apologize,
'and finding no one there set to work
with her limited knowledge of art to re
pair the damage done. So successful
"was she that when the sculptor entered
he recognized her talent and persuaded
her to learn modeling.
Auciform' route across : the" Atlantic
ffor all steamers leaving Liverpool for
New York, and another separate route
lor steamers leaving New York for Liver
pool, have long been regarded by the
large steamship companies, and by all
thoughtful persons interested in the
North Atlantic trade, as a pressing need
cf the time. A conference of the prin.'
ipal companies trading from Liverpool ,
to New York, relates the Scientifie
American, has resulted in an agreement
. upon such routes, and the steamers of
ihe Canard, White Star, Inman and In
ternational, Guionand National com
panies will now follow them. The tracks
being fixed by common consent, repre
sent the safest courses which the com.
binei wisdom and experience of. the
lines adopting them can;; suggest. They
do not materially affect.' the. length of
the passage, which will vary from 2900
miles between January and July.to 2775
miles bstwean July and January, when
! the North Atlantic is comparatively
free frpm icebergs.
The preacher must be a man of fine
presence, awe inspiring, and, if possible,
phllosophicaltand' pensive, logical, po
etical aad fanciful, asserts a writer , in
the St. Louis Bepublic. He must also
see the humorous side of, things, and be
the center of the social -circle, and. must
likewise possess the ability to touch the
feelings. He must not only weep with
those that weep but must make those
who do pot weep at least moisten their
dry orbs. Beyond this he must cause
mirthful smiles to glisten on the half
dried tears that he may have started.
He must in his eloquence be a Cicero.
He must be-pious without seeming to be
so, for there is no defense , more obnox
ious than cant and long-facadness,
though he may employ the undertaker
tone's at funerals. Smartness and novel
ty must be possessed, even if they trench
on sacred associations. He mus not be
oblivious to the funny side of serious
things, for ho must draw like a poultice,
' developing the financial sido of the
church- The pews must be filled. Rail
way companies and banks and corpora
tions of every kind may refuse to pay
A dividends, but the church must pay
"h rough good and bad times. The pas-
t must be one of those nondescrip
Y' financiers who can do better pecuniarily
for everybody else than for himself, as
it is commonly understood to be. "the
prerogative of divine grace to keep him
huqiblti and of the church to keep him
, net never was success so nobly gained,
Or victory so free from earthly dross,
cut, in the winning, someone had been
And someone suffered loss.
There never was so wisely planned a fete,
Or festal throng with hearts on pleasur9
Bat some neglectei one outside the gate
Wept tears of discontent.
There never was a bridal morning, fair
With Hope's blue skies and Love's un
For two fond hearts, that did not brinjr de
To some sad other one.
"Mia Wheeler Wilcox,in the Cosmopolitan.
ARD and stern
were the tones
of Mr. Orrin
as he called
Yo' lazy, shir-
mean b layin'
abed this byar
time o day I Git
up I D'ye heah
done duty as a fog-horn, and. as, by
climbing s couple of steps ot the rickety
ladder leading to the little attic, he
could have shouted his morning greeting
into nis step-daughter s very ear, it is
needless to state that his last query was
entirely superfluous. Perhaps ho
thought so,' too, for ho did not wait tor
any reply, but turned and clumped out
to the forlorn little lean-to, out by the
big' rocks, which he dignified by the
name "stable," whence thesounds which
presently issued informed the occupants
of the house that he was venting some of
his bad temper on his two unfortunate
Up in the little, stuffy attic a girl
knelt, staring stonily out of the tiny win
dow, through which the morning sun,
rising over Redtop, had shot a blistering
ray and wakened her, long before Orrin
Halpine had called her. From the
room below came the cross, whining
voices of two or three of the little Hal
pines, Quarrelling over the possession of
a little, scrawny, blear-eyed kitten one
of them had found at Gray s boarding-
camp the day before. Several big blue-
fiies buzzed drowsily on the pane. From
the stable came the sound of kicks and
curses, and the plunging of frightened
horses. Out by the hen-house, old
Podge, one of Orrin Halpine's starved-
looking, miserable dogs, lay asleep.
Two-jeaf-oldBud toddled up and kicked
him, as he had seen his father do, and
the dog ran away; terrified, bat without
a yelp. The Halpine dogs got kicked
for yelping, as Podge knew only too
The girl at the window in the attic
drooped her head and groaned.
Ob, God! 1 8 pose all ov 'em 11 be
like him. Pore mammy pore, broke-
down, tired mammy! Je3' t' thiuk ef
they all grows up brutes, like the'r pop!
An how kin it ever be helped, when
they all sees and an' hears him, all th'
time drunk, an' swearin', an' cussin', 'an
'busin' mammy, an them, an th pore,
dumb critters ! Oh, God, I cyarn't stan'
this no more! Please help us!"
Above the wrangling of the children
and the clatter of breakfast dishes rose a
tired, cracked, female voice: "Hattie!
Hat-tee! Air yo' up?"
The eirl at the window rose clow ly t )
her feet, wiped her eyes, and clambered
down the little ladder, near the foot of
which stood the family wash-stand, con
sisting of a rude bench, on which stood
a pail of water, with a gourd in it, and
a tin basin.
HAT AT TIIE ATTIC WTHDOW.
Hattie washed herself, wiped on the
long roller-towel near by,deftly fastened
up her long, thick, wavy hair, and be
gan to Assist her mother in getting
breakfast, without, a word.
They did not look like mother and
daughter, these two women. Mrs. Hal
pice, at seventeen, had been r.n uncom
monly pretty girl, At thirty-six, she was
old, thiot faded, with a weak,tremulous
mouth and Unkempt, half-bleached hair
an bid woman before her time, worn
with rheumatism and toil. She had never
known anything betteronly for a brief
year, and that was so long ago that the
memory was an indistinct one. Fred
Baroetc came to the mountains, all the
way from Nashville, to fish, and hunt,
and sketch, l and pais a quiet summer.
He came to Woodson's Gap, and met
Tillie Parsons, and his six weeks' outing
became twelve, and the twelve weeks be
came a year, for he and Tillie were mar
ried, and he stayed and worked the little
mountain farm stayed because his
people had written to him that he need
not come, except alone.
It ,was not the life for handsome,
scholarly, luxury-loving Fred BJrnett,
and one cool October night, after a day
of restless wandering in the woods, he
wrote a few letters, kissed his wife ten
derly, and went to sleep, never to
Tillie cried a good deal, but her heart
did not break; and when the baby came,
three months later, her sorrow only ex
pressed itself in the wish that Fred might
have been there to see the little one.
Then, when big Orrin Halpine, who
had been so attentive to her sister Susie,
suddenly asked her to marry him prin
cipally because Susie had refused him,
but Tillie did not know it she con
sented, and for a while was just as happy
as though Fred Barnett lad never come
to Woodson's Gap.
Babies came, and more babie3, and
Hattie grew into girlhood and woman
hood almost before her mother noticed,
it. Then only a year gone by a letter
had come from Fred Barnett's mother
a carefully worded epistle, saying that
if Hattie would come to her, and leave
everything in the old life, she would do
well for her, and bring her up a lady, as
became a daughter of the Barnetts.
"HATTIE I 13 rr to' hoitey?"
Hattie read the letter, with throbbing
heart and flushed cheeks. How often'
fbo poor child had dreamed and hoped
for. this very opportunity! To go to
school to learn, and 6ee, and know the
great world, Ard then then -But
"then was too iar m the future to coma
within the scope of her imagination, and
she took the letter, in great glee, to her
mother, not dreaming that Mrs. Halpine
would be one whit less pleased than she
herself was. The elder woman read
Mrs, Barnett's note, and, after the fashion
of such weak creatures, wilted into the
chair and wept not for joy, but for
reasons purely selfish, which Hattie
readily understood, for she crumpled the
letter in her little clenched hand and
threw it into the fire. Mrs. Halpine
protested, weakly, in spite of her own
gladness, at first, but Hattie took up
the burdens of her starved, lonely life
and went on as before.
After breakfast, which Orrin Halpine's
uzly temper made more than usually un
pleasant, Hattie took a pail and walked
down to the spring, near the stage-road.
It was cool and quiet down there, and
at this time of day there was seldom any
one passing, so Hattie, worn out with a
night of wakefulness for Orrin Halpine
had come home drunk, and she feared
for the consequences to her mother sat
down by the spring to rest and think. .
The long, dreary, unhappy year that
had gone by had it brought anything
to reward the sacrifice she had made?
Would not her mother's life have been
really more endurable without her? For
she was the cause of much of the trouble
between Halpine and her mother.
' And what good had her sacrifice done?
Where would it all end? Her mother
would miss her if she went away; but,
she asked, a little bitterly, "How long?''
These and other thoughts crowded in
to her mind, and a spirit of pure selfish
ness, she had never before felt, entered i
into them. -Why should she, after all, I
throw away everything the world held!
for her for the sake of her weak,' selfish
mother and those little Halpine's! She
never thought of them as being anything
more to her than Orrin Halpine's chil
dren. Had she not rights as well
as others? . And she had foolishly
thrown away the only chance her life
bad held. No, there had been Sam
Hollis. What would he not have done
for her! But she had told him that she
could not care for him as he deserved,
and he went away to Louisville, it was
said, but she did not know, for he Bent
no word, though she heard he was doing
If he would only come back! She
thought she would be kinder to him,:ini
the? would be happy. Would the??. Sho
was not quite sure; for she did not feel
certain that she could ever love him-
suppose they should1 marry, and Sam,
poor, sensative, loving fellow, should
learn for certain that she did not care
for him as he did for her? He . had not
believed it before. But Sam was gone,
and it was not likely that she would
ever see him again. Ever if he should
come back, and asked her to be his wife,
could she be wicked enough to accept
htm? , And poor Hattie bowed her ach
ing head on the cool stone and sobbed
A tall young man, in 'store clothes,"
came along the road, whistling softly.
He saw the dejected figure by the spring,
and his heart leaped.
"Hattie! is it yo honey ?'
"Sara! oh Sam!". And then she wa9
in his arm?, and his kind, honest voice
was whispering sweet, passionate words
in her ear. He had tried to stay away,
ho said, but could not. He had to come
back and see her once more; and
" Hattie, darlin', will yo come now! I
cyarn't git 'long, nohow, 'thout yeh.
Yo' mus come, honey." I shan't go 'way
an' leave yo byar. I'm doin' well, an
yo' knows I luv yeh, anll be good t
yeh. Will yo' come, honey?"
The girl did not answer at once. There
was a battle, and a hard one going on in
that true little heart, and Hattie's better
self was winning. Presently she choked
back the sobs and looked tearfully up
into the kind, brown eyes which gazed
at her so longingly and her battle was
"Sam ! Sam! Ef yo' on'y knowed how
hard it is fer me I . But I cyarn't Sam.
It'd be too wicked fer I hain't changed
none. 1 God knows I wish't I c'u'd go
with yo', Sam but I like yeh too much
fer V make yeh mis'able all yo're life.
No, don't don't say any thin' mo'! It
on'y makes me feel wusser, an' kin do
no good. - Go, an' fergit it all, honey.
The man understood, and did not
speak. -He only pressed the tired form
closer, and kissed the for once unre
sisting lips again and again, turned sud
denly and was gone.
Hattie, with burning eyes, watched
the strong, manly form until it disap
peared around the sharp bend in the
road, just below. Then she took the
pail and dragged herself back to the
thorns, and crosses, and misery of the
old life. R. L. Kelchum, in Argonaut.
Wonderful Farm Products.
Some of the most wonderful farm pro
ducts ever exhibited in this or any other
State have been on exhibition in the
windows of the Merchants' Bank of this
city for several days, and will be shipped
to Melbourne and Sydney, Australia,
These giant vegetables are grown near
Dungeness, and will show to the world
what the soil and climate of Western
Washington will produce. Among the
specimens were white star potatoes,
weighing from three pounds to four and
a half pounds each ; late rose potatoes,
weighing five and three-quarter pounds
each; poor man's friend potatoes, weigh
six and a quarter pounds each; white ele
phant potatoes, weighing from three to
four and a half pounds each; a turnip
weighing twenty-iive pounds and a beet
weighing twenty-one pounds.
They were grown by John Alexander,
M. Alexander, Hall Davis and John
Dickenson on their farms in the northern
pari of this county, near Dungeness.
They were sent to the Merchants' Bank
by William Church, manager of the Far
mers' Mercantile Company. Some of
the specimens were sent by C. F. Seal,
to Chicago and Peoria, HI., and Dayton,
Ohio, to be put upon exhibition there.
The rest will be sent by Captain Barne
son to Melbourne and Sydney, Australia,
for exhibition, to show the people of
that distant island what America can
produce in tha way of large vegetables.
The farms from which these potatoes
were taken yielded 600 bushels to the
acre. Only the larger potatoes will be
sent to market. The small ones are kept
at home and used for food for cattle and
hogs. What are called small potatoes
out here would be considered from aver
age sfze to large in the East. Here any
thing under a pound is considered
On the same farms from which theso
giants were brought were grown cab
bages weighing twenty -eight pounds
each, and rutabagas, parsnips and car
rots of such immense size that they will
cause the people of the East to wonder
when they see them, and will have abet
ter effect upon homeseekers and will do
more toward attracting them to this
State than half a : dozen real estate
agents, for they can show conclusively
what Washington can produce. JeffsT'
ton ( Washington) leader.
Proud of His Blanket.
Lord Lamingtbn, who recently visited
the great Shan country north of Siatn,
describes one of the wild bill tribesmen
who wore a red blanket on which ap
peared in gold-paper letters the word
"Superior. Tne man was immensely
proud of this ornamental feature of his
garment. He knew nothing of the mean
ing of the mark, but he was fully con
vinced that the bright yellow characters
made the blanket very valuable. Chica
As far as known at the present tiny
there are but nine words which end in
"dons." They are: Tremendous, am
nhibodoua, hazardous, apodous, pteropo.
dous, cephaledous, gasteropodoqs, stu
pendous and gastropodous.
WHITE HOUSE OF MEXICO.
THE OBAjCTDEST" G6VEBNJIE2rtf
EESIDENCE IN THE WOBtD.
Chapultepeo, the Royal Palacn Neat1
the City ; of Mexicct-Onoo the
Residence of Maximilian.
The finest place in the City of Mexico,
ays the Indianapolis Sun, is Chapul
tepec, the royal palace. It is said to be
the grandest Government residence in
the world. The palace is located three
miles west of the city. To reach it one
may go by street cars, but to enjoy it
more a carriage ride over the Paseo, the
fashionat" driveway, should be taken.
The paseo runs by the Alameda the great
park in the heart of the city; goes by
the statue of Charles IV., the largest
single bronze casting in the world ; the
statue of Quanhtenoo, and the Aztec
chief who betrayed Montezuma into the
hands of Cortez, and many : smaller
statues of prominent Mexican men.
The drive is the broadest in the city,
and is about as wide as Washington
street. It is made of stone blocks, and
is as smooth as a floor, On either side
are rows of cypress trees, separating a
very smooth walk from the drive. Along
the sides are also two trenches through
which the water flows. When the drive
is sprinkled peons stand in the trench,
dish up the water with gourd vessels,
and with a " peculiar twist throw the
liquid ever the stones. Every afternoon
mounted soldiers are stationed on the
paseo to prevent fast driving and the
rich Mexicans, in their United States
carriages, enjoy driving here, and ele
gant turnouts are to be seen every after
noon. Maximilian built the paseo in one
of his extravagant moods. The people
obiected to it then but appreciate it
it ends near the viaduct of adobe,'
which history says, the Aztecs built, and
winds its way through tropical shrub
bery and shade trees around the site of
the palace and to the plaza on the south
side. The palace stands on a hill of
solid rock, the sides being almost per
pendicular and arising to a height of
200 feet. From the top of the hill a
solid wall thirty feet high runs almost
around the palace. During the Mexican
war Chapultepec was, as now, the West
Point of Mexico. The United Statei
troops scaled the hill, climbed over the
wall and captured the place without
much difficulty. The place is in the
form of a hollow square. " The east side
is occupied bv President Diaz. The
west side is- the training school foi
troops. Inside the square and upon the
top of the palace is the court.
It is filled with flowers, fountains and
statuary. From the round observatory
in the centre one of the finest views in
the Republic can be obtained. To the
northwest stands King's Mills, the Ameri
can battle ground. Coming nearer to
within a stone's throw is the grove of
Montezuma, or Montezuma's oaks. The
trees are cypress instead of oak. They
aro very high and some are twenty feet in
circumference. They look very much
like the weeping willow of the north
and have very long gray moss hanging
from the branches. .Montezuma, the
lust Aztec ruler, had them planted, and
tha leaves now shelter the soldier stu
dents when they study. To the couth
are the high hills upon which can still
be seen the fortifications erected by the
United States troops.
The hilltops are high above the clouds,
covered with fir tree3, and look very
gloomy. To the southeast isPopocata
petl. It rises high above the clouds, and
the 100 feet of snow and ice that covers'
its summit all the year is very impressive
in the sunshine. The summit looks very
much as if an amount of wood ashes had!
been poured upon it and allowed to slide
down twenty feet. To the east and
nearly at one's fees is the City of Mexico,1
in all its whiteness and cleanliness.
, The palace was erected many years;
before the Mexican war, but didn't reach
its present state of splendor until Maxi j
milian combined the people's money with j
hi3 : taste. . He filled it with rare paint- !
ings and decorations that cost a frightful
sum of money. In the drawing room to-)
day hang draperies about the windows
that are said to have cost $300,000 per
They are made of the rarest material,
interwoven with threads of pure gold
and silver. The Mexican coat of arms,
about three feet square made of all the
precious stones, are on the costly draper
ies. The fringe is so heavy it '-can't b
lifted from the floor by two hands. Th
floors are of white marble, the ceilingi
ornamented by the coats of arms of al
the Mexican rulers painted by hand in i
way that only a Mexican can paint. - Th
carpets are of the richest fabric, thi
candlesticks and chandeliers of gold and
silver. The table service is of pure sil
ver and gold. : Altogether the furnish
ings of this castle would put those of out
White House to shame. By visiting I
one can hardly comprehend the splendot
of this royal palace. As a place of safeti
it can't be equalled in that vicinity, j
once private escape, but now known U
everybody, leads fromthe foot of thi
rocky hill on the north, side up directlj
under the court, and through a well-lik
opening to near the President's apart,
ments, the tunnel having been hewen out
of the solid rocks.
The first Union flag was unfurled oj
the 1st of January, 1776, over the catnj
of Cambridge, Mass. It had thirteen
stripes t ;f white and red, and retained
the Engiish cross in one corner,
Tomatoes were not cultivated seventy
five years ago.
The cod bank of Newfoundland is fir
hundred miles long.
Erty-eight different languages are said
to be spoken in Mexico. , -
Constantinople, Turkey, has been be
sieged twenty-eight times. .. . r
Harry W. Wood, of Lansing, Mich.,
dislocated hii shoulder while stretching
Caligula, the Roman Emperor, caused
a poet to be thrown to the wild beasts of
The Russian Government will lend
the Central Famine Committee $25,000,
000 without interest.
Bank notes in Austria-Hungary are
printed on one side in German, and the
other in Magyar for the benefit of the
The first vessel launched by the early
American colonists was . the Blessing of
the Bay, launched in Massachusetts Bay,
July 4, 1631.
Money loaned to Luke Hayden, of
Torringtf , in 1801, has just been paid
into the Connecticut School Fund. . Six
times the amount of the original loan has
been paidn interest.
The total area of bog land in Ireland
is 2,830,000 acres, cf which 1,254,000
is mountain bog, and the other is avail
able for fuel. The average thickness of
the peat is twelve feet.
Since 1860 $12,000,000 has been ex
pended in constructing 11,000 miles of
canals and 11,000 miles of distributing
ditches, which now furnish irrigation for
6,000,000 acres of land.
: A Chicago (111.) company that makes
a specialty of supplying sermons so ordei
for ministers says that it has the names
of 1000 clergymen to whom these manu
factured pulpit discourses are regularly
The term "tabby cat" is derived from
Atab, a famous street in Bsgdad, Arabia,
inhabited by the manufacturers of silken
stuffs called atabi, or taffety. This staff
is woven with waved markings of
watered silk, resembling a 'tabby" cat's
Although bedridden for some months
and' believed to be unable to move hand
or foot, Charles Hildebrand, of New Al
bany, Ind., on a recent week, when he
found the house afire, "arose from his
bed with alacrity and vacated the build
ing." Living near the Tennessee city of
Memphis are seven sisters whose names
rhyme beautifully, but do not scan. The
names are Nancy Emeline, Lucinda Caro
line, jviary llaseltme, jane Palestine,
Lulu Paradine, Yirgio Valentine, and
Maudie Anna Adeline.
The new hospital at Antananarivo, the
capital of Madagascar, was opened oj the
Queen of that island recently. It is sus
tained by the Society of Friends of Great
Britain, under the superintendence of Dr.
Samuel Fenn, and several trained women
nurses from London are in constant at
A Musical Well. ,
At Tacoma, Washington, is a well. '
The well is about 400 feet deep and
furnishes good water. It also furnishes'
from some mysterious source a constant
blast of air or gas. One day not long
ago the owner collected all the wind
musical instruments he could amount
ing to eight from his neighbors and
friends. He bored holes in the boards
covering the well and at one aperture
placed a cornet, at another a brass horn,
at another a clarionet, then a fife, an im
mense tin horn about three yards long
which he had made, a ' mouth organ and
other instruments, up to the number
mentioned. One after another they be
gan to blow as he put them in. The
hoarse growl of the bass horn mingled
with the clarion notes of the cornet and!
clarionet, etc. When all were going
the din was terrible and there did not
seem to be a good note sounded. The
wind does sot come up from the well in
a steady blow, but in gusts of more or
less force.-New Orleans Picayune. - -
Leave Leaves on the Lawn.
, "Most people," says an artistic gar
dener, "rake off the leaves lrom their
lawns and then to protect them smear
them ovei with some vile compost. I
can understand why they prefer the
rank flavored stuff to the beautifully va
riegated blanket of leaves nature pro
vides for that very purpose. What is
prettier than a wide stretch of the rest
less, fluttering things, and no better pro
tection can be given the grass than they
afford. 'Enough will decay in the course
of the winter to enrich the soil sufficient
ly, and when raked off in the spring the
lawn is as seat and clean as one can
wish. Some argue that the leaves are so
long falling that the beauty of the lawn
is marred long before the protection is
needed, but to this I answer that these
early dropping should be raked off and
preserved till cold weather, when they
should all be scattered over the lawn afi
ones."- Chicago Herald.
Here's a Good Hair Tonic.
Here is a good hair tonic : Take seven
parts of water to one of acetic acid (five
cents worth from the druggist's will last
quite a while), mix well and rub well in
the scalp with some sort of brush every
night. Of course it takes some time for
the effect to become apparent, but in time
it really does brinj out the hair, New