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GEO. S. BAKER, Editor and Proprietor.
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VOL. IV.
L'OUISBURG v N. C, FRIDAY, APEIL
16, 1875.
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NO. 25.
We WatcJied Her Breathing.
We watched her breathing tlirooghihenigLt,
Her breathicg eoft and low '
Aa In her breast the wave of life
Kept hearing to and fro.
Bo (silently we seemed to speak,
8o lowly moved about,
As we had leather half our powers
To Lke her lU ing out.
Our very hopes belied snr fears,
Oar f ea s our hopes belied
Wo thought her dying when she slept,
And sleeping when (she died.
Tor when the morn came dim and sad,
And chill with early showers,
Her quiet eyelids cloned she had
Another morn than ours,
Thomas Hood.
tiii: nisi: jiax8 choice.
It is a simple story wo have to tell and
it is a story of to-day, with the actors
living; therefore we will riot direct the
stare pf the multitude by publishing real
names.
T - . J. 1 1 . A w w .
xjci m Bay mat .air. ueveriy was a
merchant, wealthy, respected and influ
ential, doing a business large enough to
Batisfy the ambition of an Astor or a Bill
Grey. Previous to the fell sweop of the
tire liend in Boston, his store reared its
. !l e i ' -ri i , , :
Kmiuiv ironi on rraniuin street,; and
multitudinous and bulky were the bales
and boxes that found daily transit to and
frornjho busy mart
In Mr. Beverly's emolov were three
a. r
clerks-Georgo Acton, Fhilip Lewis and
Clarence Bugbee who had entered to
learn the mercantile business,and who had
given promise of i)roficiency. The fact
that they had been retained in the house
a year or more, was proof positive to
those who knew Mr. Beverly that they
were of industrious, steady habits, and
youths of promise.
At his home Mr. Beverly had among
daughter had come upon the scene, once
more to look upon the ruins of the grand
storehouse. Lewis and Buzbee bowed
respectfully, and then drew aside in mor
tification that one of their fraternitw
should be found in sc menial a position,
for xfc was evident that both father and
daughter had recognized the youth in
he garb and grime of toil, as the former
clerk.
"Halloo 1" cried Mr. Beverly, as soon
as lie was sure that his eves had Tint
deceived him. "Is this von. Geortre
Acton?"
Mes, sir, replied our hero. His face
was flushed, but it was with healthful
labor, and not with shame the steady
brightness of his eyes showed that.
Are you regularly hired here I"
"Yes, sir. The contractor gave me
this berth until' he can find one better."
" What doe3 he pay you V
"Just the same as he pays others
two dollars a day ; but I earn a dollar
extra in the evening by keeping his ac
counts. It's better than nothing, sir. 1
tried to find a clerkship ; but there were
at least a dozen applicants for every
vacant place. Of course I couldn't
starve : and while I have health and
strength I will neither beg nor run in
debt. I was brought up to work, you
know; and, ; thank Heaven, I am
neither afraid of it, nor do I feel above
it."
"Hoist away!" shouted the master;
and George Acton applied himself again
to his work.
Mr. Beverly went over and talked
with the contractor, and from the fact
that they looked several times toward the
windlass where- the young clerk was at
work, it was reasonable to suppose that
they were speaking of him. "
And during this time Miss Florence
spoke with Philip and Clarence, and a
delicious fluttering seized them as they
met ner weicomino: smile. Thev ex-
h:s children a daughter Florence by Ipected that she would speak of the sal
name who often came to the store, and
wl 10m tin clerks had met at her father's
lnnso. These clerks could be -j gay and
gallant on occasion, but never toward
Flojvnco Bsverly. The feeling they en
tertained toward her was one akin to
worship. In their hearts they adored
her afar off, giving her respectful atten
nou, aim prizing nor smua oi recogni
tion as a priceless boon.
bo far as tho family connections of
these three young men were concerned,
tiny were all honorable, respected people,
but none of them wealthy.
On a certain occasion Mr. Beverly was
heard to remark tliat he would rather
give his daughter in marriage to a man
poor in purse, who could bring the
wealth of a pure and upright heart,
than to tho possessor of millions whose
manhood was tainted m the least de
gree.
and humiliating spectacle exposed be
fore them, and they were prepared to tell
her how mortified they felt; but she
mada no allusion to the circumstance.
She did not even intimate to them that
she had recognized the youncr man at
the windlass, i
By-and-bye Mr. Beverly came out
from amid tho ruins, and having drawn
the arm of his daughter within his
own, and bowing to his former clerks,
he departed. He did not bow an adieu
to young Acton, for just then the labor
er was, busy at his work.
And Philip Lewis and j Clarence Bug-
bee walked away talking of their pity
for poor Acton.;
"Mercy!" cried the former. " I
wouldn't have been in his place when
Florence Beverly came upon the scene
for all the money in Boston.'
" t was certainly numiiiatincr. as
This remark came to tho knowledge of erted the other. 'But," he added, re-
uiu cihm, uuu ii is noi surprising mat nectively, "Acton never was really high
tin y thereupon experienced wild and
brilliant day dreams, in which most
stupendous and dazzling castles were
constructed in the air.
As time passed on they became more
and more familiar with Florence's sweet
smile, and wero admitted to a degree of
friendship which proved, at least, she
did not despise them.
At length came the devastating fire of
tho ninth of Novomber. Upon viewing
tho scene of desolation, and calculating
tho chances and the necespities of busi
ness, Mr. Beverly resolved that he would
i not immediately seek new quarters for
tho continuance of his trade. He had
toned. I guess his family ia rather low
bred, any way."
a i m
Ana in tins conclusion Dotn young
men xully agreed; and they further
agreed that they should not in the fu
ture recognize George Acton a3 an ac
quaintance.
A week later Lewis and Bugbee had
occasion to call at the office where Mr.
Beverly had established his business
headquarters, and they were not a little
surprised at beholding George Acton
seated at the desk pf the confidential
clerk and correspondent. It was a pri
vate room, with a glass door, which
United State Iron Interests.
According to the census of 1810, there
were 153 furnaces in the United States,
producing 53,903 tons of iron, and four
steel furnaces, producing 917 tons of
steel, the importation of steel for the
same year being reported at only 550
tons. The. commercial and financial re
vulsions whiclx followed the war of 1812
15 affected disastrously .the iron manu
facture in common with all other indus
tries; but that it did not entirely inter
rupt it is shown by the fact that some
new establishments of great importance
went into operation at the time of the
greatest depression; and .in 1816 the
total import of pig-iron was but 329
tons. By 1824 the iron production and
manufacture were both very active, and
tne pig-iron product oi this year un
doubtedly exceeded 100,000 tons. For
1832 it was reported at 200,000 tons.
The first furnace for smelting with an
thracite coal was built in 1837, but at
the close of 1843 there were twenty an
thracite furnaces in successful opera
tion. The first important demand for
iron in the United States for railroad
purposes commenced in 1835, during
which year 465 miles of road were con
structed, followed by 416 in 1838, 516
in 1840, and 717 in 1841. In regard to !
tha production of pig-iron in the United
States during . the decade from 1840 to
1850, a period characterized by extreme
variations in the tariff policy of the gov
ernment, there has been little of con
troversy; but the most careful investiga
tion yet made into the subject (that of
Hon. W. M. Grosvenor) leads to the con
clusion' that the product of 1840 was
about 347,000 tons, and that it increased
from that figure to an aggregate of not
more than 551,000 tons in 1846, and
570,000 in 1848. Subsequent to this
date thef progress of the pig-iron indus
try mayj be accurately indicated as f ol
lows: 850, 564,755 tons; 1855, 784,-
178; 1860, 917,770; 1865, 931,582; 1870,
1,865,000; 1873, 2,695,000.
In 1865 the production of cast steel in
the United States was 15.262 tons: in
1873, 28,000 tons.
loots tne production o pneumatic or
Bessemer steel was 8,500 tons; in 1873
estimated), 140,000 tons: The recent
progress of that department of the iron
industry of the United States engaged in
the manufacture of rails for railroads is
also indicated by the following statistics
of annnal product: 1849, 247314 tons
1855, 138,674; 1860, 205,038; 1865, 356,
292; 1870, 620,000; 1872, 941,000; 1873,
850,000. .
W -a s- J n 1 1 m
n ia iu tne consumption oi iron in
the United States for all purposes was
estimated at aoout iorty pounds per
capita; in 1846, at about sixty pounds
in 1856, at sixty-four; and in 1867, a
(approximately) one hundred pounds,
The per capita consumption of Grea
Britain and Belgium alike for this latter
year was one hundred and eighty-nine
pounds; and of France, sixty-nine and
one-half pounds. For the years 1872-73
the per capita consumption of iron in
the United States has been estimated as
high as one hundred and fifty pounds;
and that of Great Britain at two hundred
pounds.
THE OVEUCBOWHEH
A Hint that i Worth the Heeding
Country r. the Citg.
There U hardly a dry in the United
States which does not contain more peo
ple than can get a fair, honest living, by
labor or trade, in the best times, says
J. G. Holland, in Scribner' Monthly.
When times of business depression
come, like those through which we have
passed, and are passing, there is a large
class that must be helped, to keep them
from cruel suffering. Still the cities
grow, while whole regions of the coun
tryespecially its older portions are
depopulated year by year. . Yet the fact
is patent to-day that the only prosper
ous class is the agricultural. ' We have
now the anomaly of thrifty farmers and
starving tradesmen. The agricultural
classes of the West are prosperous.
They had a good crop last year, and
have received good prices for all their
products; and while the cities are in
trouble, and manufactories, are running
on half time, or not running at all, the
Western farmer has money in his pocket,
and a ready market for; everything he
has to sell. The country must be fed,
and he feeds it. The city family may
do without new clothes, and a thousand
uxurious appliances, but it must have
bread and meat. There is nothing that
can prevent the steady prosperity of the
American farmer but the combinations
and "corners" of middle-men. that
force unnatural conditions upon the fi
nances and markets of the country.
This is not the first occasion we have
had for allusion to this subject, and it
is not likely to be the last. The for
saking of the farm for city life is one
of the great evils of the time, and, so
far, it has received no appreciable check.
Every young man, apparently, who
thinks he can get a living in the city,
or at the minor centers of population,
quits home upon the farm and joins the
multitude. unce in tne city, no never
returns. " Notwithstanding the confine
ment and the straightened conditions of
his new life, he clings to it until he
dies, adding his family to the permanent
population of his new home. Mr.
Greeley, in his days of active philan-
go where they can find the niinistry they
need.
What is the remedy t TLovt shall farm
ers manage to keep their children near
them ? How can we discourage the in
flux of unnecessary nay, burdensome
populations into the cities I We answer:
By making agricultural society attrac
tive. Fill the farm houses with periodi
cals and books. Establish central read
ing rooms, or neighborhood clubs. En
courage the social meetings of the
young. Have concerts, lectures, ama
teur dramatic associations. Establish a
bright, active, social life, that shall give
some significance to labor. Above all.
build, as far as possible, in villages. It
13 better to go a mile to one's daily labor
than to place one's self a mile away from
a neighbor. The isolation of American
farm life is the great curse of that life,
and it falls upon the women with a hard
ship that the men cannot appreciate, and
drivei. ihe educated young away.
CEXTEXXIAL EJCIIIBITIOX.
Hints to Employers,
We may safely hope, says the New
York Tribune, that with the opening
spring many new enterprises will be
started and many old ones revived and
enlarged. It is quite tfine for our busi
ness men to shake off the nightmare of
hard times. The one invariable charac-
George occupied, and they ventured to
no need, and he did not care to do it; so ask one of the bookkeepers if Acton had teristic of the periods in which a good
he secured an office where he could meet been permanently employed. deal of money is made, is that, during
" I don't know about that, reulied the them, people in creneral believe that
bookkeeper. . "I only know that Mr,
Beverly seems to have taken a sudden
and strong liking to the young man, that
ne intrusted him with his private corre
sponden3e, and has given him a home
beneath his own roof."
and consult with his correspondents, and
sottle outstanding accounts, in pursuance
of which only the services of his private
Becroiary and two oooRkeepers were
required.
Iho three clerks were summoned to
the merchant's presence. He told them
what he had concluded to do, and why
hej had so concluded, and he advised
that they should seek some other em
ployment until ha was ready to start
again.
I shall rebuild as soon as possible,"
he said, "and then your old places will be
open for you. In the meantime, if you
are hard pushed, do not hesitate to come
to me for assistance."
Within two weeks from that time
both Philip Lewis and Clarence Bugbee
called upon Mr. Beverly, and asked fpr
the loan of a hundred dollars each.
They had been unable to find employ
ment,, and were in arrears for board.
Tho merchant kindly gave them the
money, aud with it a little fatfierly ad
vice touching care and economy.
One day, after this, as Philip and
them,
they are going to make money. Such a
belief, widespread, at the present mo
ment, would start anew the busy hum of
industry all over the land. Mill wheels
would turn, forges would glow, immi-
- gratien would receive a fresh impetus.
Another day came a day when the
sleicrhinsr was excellent, and when the
merry bells were jingling far and near.
Through the kindness of a friend Lewis
and Bnsrbee had manaared to secure a
team for the afternoon, "and they drove
out upon one of the Brighton road3. Out
in the country they met the superb
double cutter of Mr. Beverly, drawn by
a pair of rattling bays. Upon the front
seat sat the merchant and his wife, and
on the back seat, smiling and chatting
with all the grace and charm of friends
who had given to each other the fullest
trust and confidence, sat George Acton
and Florence Beveily !
What did it mean ? t
If Philip Lewis and' Clarence Bugbee
are not stupid beyond belief, they must
ere this have solved . the problem ; and
Clarcnco were walking down the black- may the solution give them new and en-
cned track which had once been Frank
lin street, they saw a young man in a
guernsey frock, working at the windlass
of a derrick amid the ruins of the old
store, whom they thought they recog
nized. They crossed over, and found it
to bo their fellow clerk, George Acton.
They were astonished and scandalized.
larged .views of life and its duies.
Were Frightened.
The transit of Yenus seems to have
caused some commotion among the na
tives of Tokio. The Times, of India,
tells us: Qn the morning of the 9th
inst. the mayor of the first grand divis
In mercy's name, George, what does ion of Tokio posted up the news that in
this mean? Is it only an escapade of
yours?" 1
"No," answered Acton, wiping the
sweat from his brow, "I am fairly and
honestly at work.tand I earn two dollars
a day. That's better than loafing."
"Heavens J "I cried Philip Lewis, with
a start, "here comes Mr. Beverly and
Florence. Go and hide yourself, Acton,
before they see you."
But the young laborer did not budge
an inch. Just then the boss called out
to "hoist away!" aud George applied
himself to tho work.
Meoawhilo Air. Bayerly and his
a few hours Yenus would pass across the
sun. The ignorant, principally women
and children, not understanding any
thing about this phenomenon, believed,
on reading the notice, that the sun was
going to burst, and became excessively
frightened. Some hid themselves in
godowns, others ran about the streets
with a terrified air, and sought shelter
from the flames of the sun, which were
abow to fall on them. They wept, and
when any one inquired the cause of their
lamentations, they would reply that tho
fire of the sun would to-day set fire to
the earth
And money would be made; not in every
instance, not by every enterprise, but by
the community taken as a whole. For
the origin of wealth is labor, and when
men are not busy, or are only partially
employed, the community run behind
hand. This needs no demonstration as
legards workingmen, but it is equally,
true with respect to their employers.
We hope with the revival of business
to see more attention paid to the con
nection of interests between employers
and employed. The world moves for
ward in that direction; slowly, it is true,
as compared with tho urgent desires of
reformers, but still it moves. I here is
a continual increase in the number of
concerns that give their workmen an in
terest in their prosperity, and there is
from that direction the brightest ray of
hope that has ever been shed upon the
labor problem. Several manufacturers
have made and are making notable efforts
for the improvement and edueation of
their workmen. A few have made some
efforts to help them in providing against
sickness and old age. When it is con
sidered that nearly all ths workmen's
societies that organize strikes are in their
origin benefit societies, why does it not
occur to some employer to offer to his
workmen at least a portion of the bene-
fits that are proffered by these societies!
His business knowledge would enable
him to organize a better system for the
management of the funds, a - cheaper
mode of collection, a safer investment, a
more prudent outlay. At least so far
as the use of these funds for the benefit
of the sick, the widow, and the, orphan
is concerned, such an arrangement seems
practicable.
thropy, used to urge men to leave the
city to go West to. join the agricul
tural population, and thus make them
selves sure cf a competent livelihood.
He might as well have talked to the
wind. A city population can neither be
coaxed nor driven into agricultural pur
suits. It is not that they are afraid of
work. The average worker of the city
toils more hours than the average farmer
in any quarter of the country. He ia
neither fed nor lodged as well as the
farmer. He is less independent than the
farmer. He is a bond-slave to his em
ployers and his conditions; yet the agri
cultural life has no charms for him.
Whatever the reason for this may be,
it is not based in the nature of work, or
in its material rewards. The farmer is
demonstrably better off than the worker
of the city. He is more independent,
has more command of his own time,
fares better at table, lodges better, and
gets a better return for his labor. What
is the reason, then, that the farmer's boy
runs to the city the first chance he can
get, and remains, if he can possibly find
there the means of life ?
It can only be found, we believe, in
the social leanness, or social starvation,
of American agricultural life. The
American farmer, in all his planning,
and all his building, has never made
provision for life. He has only consid
ered the means of getting a living.
Everything outside of this everything
relating to society and culture has been
steadily ignored. He gives his children
the advantages of schools, not recogniz
ing the fact that these very advantages
call into life a new set of social wants.
A bright, well educated family, in a lone
ly farm house, is very different material
from a family brought up in ignorance.
An American farmer's children, who
have had a few terms at a neighboring
academv. resemble in no decree the
children of the European peasant.
They come home with new ideas and new
wants, and if there is no provision made
for these new wants, and they find no
opportunities for their satisfaction, they
will be ready, on reaching their majority,
to fly the farm and seek the city.
If the American farmer wishes to keep
his children near him, he must learn the
difference between living and getting a
living ; and we mistake him and his
grade of culture altogether if he does
Put Yourself in Her JPtaee.
Take a man, says Mary Kyle Dallas,
and pin three or four large tablecloths
about him, fastened back with elastic
and looped up with ribbons; drag all
his own hair to the middle of his head
and tie it tight, and hair-pin on about
five pounds of other hair and a big row
of ribbon. Keep the front locks on pins
all night, and let them tickle his eyes
all day; pinch his waist into a corset,
and give him gloves a size too small,
and shoes ditto, and a hat that will not
stay on without a torturing elastic, and
a frill to tickle his chin, and a little lace
veil to blind his eyes whenever he goes
out to n&lk, and he will know what
woman's dress is. Fasten him up in
one house with three or four children
and two hired girls from dawn to dusk.
Let his legitimate occupations be drag
ging a needle through cotton cloth, and
walking np and down the room with a
crving baby, and he will understand
some of the joys of woman's sphere.
Turn thing3 topsy-turvy, and let him,
somewhere in his teens, be married to
another somebody, who ever after will
say to him : thus shall you do, thus far
shall you go, and yet be perfectly free
herself; who can forbid the expenditure
of half a dollar, and dole out shoe-strings
The ftpaee Allotted to Different Coe
ernmentmTh nuiUllnw In
teresting Stmtistieo.
More than twenty-five genera in en U
have notified the United States authori
ties of their intenti on of taking part in
the Centennial exhibition. Europe,
Asia, Africa, South America and North
America are to be represent!, and
doubtless Australia alo, coming in un
der the title of Britiah colonics. The
space allotted to each nation is in square
feet as follows: Siara, 3,496; Persia,
7,776; Egypt, 7.776; Turkey, 7.776;
Russia, 10,044; Sweden and Norway,
10,044; Austria, 23,323; German Em
pire, 27,264; Netherlands and Denmark,
7.766; Switzerland, 6,156; Italy, 11,664;
Spain and colonies, 15,552; France,
Algiers, and other colonies, 27,264;
Great Britain, Canada, India, Australia,
and other colonies, 46,748; United
States (total), 123,160; Mexico, 11,664;
Honduras, 3,888; Gautemala, 5,508; San
Salvador, 4,536; Nicaragua, 4,536;
Venezuela, 5,508; Ecuador, 3,888; Uni
ted States of Colombia, 7,776; Peru,
11,604: Chili, 9,744; Brazil, 17,520;
Argentine Republic, 15,552;
3,883; Sandwich Islands, 3.8S8; Liberia,
2,263; Japan, 7,290; China, 7,290; re
served space, 21,408; total, 485,000.
Work on tho buildings has not only com
menced, but has been carried forward
energetically. Considered merely as ex
hibitina surface, these buildinirs will
U w
form a central avenue 1,832 feet long.
and 120 fept wide, with two aide avenues
of tho saine length, and 100 feet wide.
These great avenues are separated by
covered spaces forty-eight feet wide.
and two others twenty-four feet wide
A Chapter on Cats,
Happening to see a cruel man the
other day on bis way to the water's edge
with a bag, to the mouth of which a
heavy stone was attached, and from the
interior of which i&susd unmistakable
walls ol sightless kittenhood, our heart
fr the moment went oat to Mr. Bcrgh,
as the pirtire arose of a bereaved felice
mother mourning for her children and
refusing to be comforted with mien or
milk, aad we thought of those innc e:ut
little lives gurgling out at the bottom of
the dark and noisome river. But on
further reflection, as emotion yielded to
reason, memory reverted to the Dar
winian postulates of struggle for ex
istence and survival for the Attest,"
and in short, has it ever occurred to
Mr. Bcrgh to consider the abstract as a
geometrical progression f The period o f
gestation of the Ftlit domestica xs sixty-
three days; the young number from threi
to six in a litter. Allowing the fusi
bility of four litters per annum, it is
evident that each household pot may
give birth in five years to 120 kittens.
In the second year twenty-four of these
kittens will have reached reproductiro
JUji 1 maturity, bringing forth 2,304 in , the
ensuing four years. In the third yrsr
we shall have 624 cats with a potential
fecundity of 44,923 in three years. And
at the same ratio of increase at the end,
of the five yeass the offspring of our
original cat will amount to Sl.413.07i
individuals-enough to form a feline
procession one hundred feet wide and
a early one hundred miles long. It is
manifest that if Mr. Bergh's sweet will
were made law to the extent he would
wish in the preservation oi all nine livi
of every cat, tha time would speedily
surround the whole. The whole length when the human species must be
of the main building is 17830 feet, and
the whole width 464 feet, dimensions
that from their very strangeness almost
fail to givo a clear idea of its enormous
size. Vast transepts will break the
monotony of the long roof line, and in
crease the exhibitincr space, which in the
great hl amounts to twenty -one acres.
Separate buildings will add to this as
follows: The art gallery (a permanent
structure), two acres; machinery hall.
fourteen acres: acm cultural halL ten
w m - a
come exunct. in new xora aiy ir-
ticularly its insular position and pussy's
known dislike for swimming exercise
would unless strenuous efforts weie
made to complete the Brooklyn bridge
preclude the possibility of feline im
migration, and the biped population
would of necessity be crowded out lorg
before each household attained its first
quinquennial complement of 91,413,074
tabbies. Clearly, then, the que turn of
survival is only to be settled by deciding
hich, of men or cats, are flltosL
Both cannot coincidently harmonize ilh
acres: horticultural halL one acre. The
and hair pins with grudging looks and m:n bnildincr is constructed of built-np
inuendoes about extravagance, whilo he wrought iron columns, placed on maaonr the environment ad Infinitum, and since
is aware that, simply as domestic servant foundations. The columns are place! man's somewhat more advanced stage of
and seamstress, to say nothing of the i.-ntv.fnnr ft nnart in the longest selected development has given mm a
rest, he earns his wages well; or, let direction of the structure, and the open perhaps unfair advantage over bis m
home and provision therefore be liberal, gpj g fiUeJ with panels of timlier and evoluted quadrupedal cousins in the cxe
and yet be left to spend long evenings seven feet hizh. Above this are cutive department cf social life, his in-
there, while the being who has promised cUred sashes. It was dehrnd to open stinct of self-preservation will proliably
to be its protector, en joys herself any- I exhibition April 19, 1876, and close lead him to an egotistio and arbitrary
how, gives no account of herself, and : October 19: but in compliance with I decision of the matter, despite Mr.
regards her duty done when she pays the v,fl rftnnest of the forehrn rommiasioners, Bergh's dissentient rots. Bat one exje-
bills; and he will know what marriage xs xn ordr to take advantage of the dient suggests itself whereby these con
best season of the vear for fine weather, fiictiug interests might be reconciled in
these dates have been altered to May accordance with natural laws; and this
10th for the opening and November 10th is the importation and domestication of
for the close.
to very many women.
A Han in a Furnishing More.
A chatty writer in the Boston Globe,
who has been shopping, says: The
strangest sight of all is to see a man enter
a ladies furnishing store to execute some
little commission for Mary Jane, who
has Tgone into the country. He steps
carefully in at the door, treading as gin
gerly as though he expected to find in
numerable babies lying around under
foot, and really looking more bewildered
than he would if he had suddenly bsen
transported to tho moon. Standing
stock-still in the center of the store, he
surveys each counter in turn with a
puzzled air ; then as if he had discov
ered the object for which he is searching,
he stalks up to the hosiery department,
slowly proceeds to pull from some hid
den recces in his innermost coat a huge
pocket-book, which he opens, takes out
a letter, carefully unfolds it, deliberately
reads it through, then hunts through the
pocket-book until he finds a little scrap
of blue ribbon, and, scrutinizing the face
of each lady clerk, finally selects ono and
informs hr that he wants " le er yard
and, no (consulting the letter), two yards
and a half of ribbon (reading from let
tar) 'er, two shades darker and a
breadth wider than the sample." He is
directed to the proper counter, and,
after paying for his purchase, packs
away ribbon, letter, pocket-book and all,
then goes on his way rejoicing ; but very
likely comes back the next day, for the
return mail has brought him word that
it was one shade darker and two
breadths wider than Mary Jane wanted.
A Warning.
A story told about the great French j
artist, Corot, ought to be a warning to
landed proprietors who- meditate em
nlnvinc womenrjardon us ladies to
not stop over this statement, and wonder i their rents. Corot, when, in the
what we mean by it To get a living, to ; n yeara of money began to
make money,. to become " forehanded" flow -m on invested his savings in
this is the whole of life to agricultural ggain Paris, and employed a female
multitudes, discouraging in their num- 1; collect his rents. Whenever
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Ders io coniempiiMe. xu mriu uit-re i 0r vu tenants could not pay up
Am lneident.
On the horse cars, even love and sen
timent may be discovered. I was
corting home the lovely Charlotte -
to whom I was quite devot-d. She J
could scarcely find room to spread her j
crinoline and arrange her voluminous I
flounce. I stood up near her, there.be- j
in or no vacant seat After a few minutes
came in a poor woman, who deposited a
b4ket of clothes on the front platform
and held in hrr arms a small child,
while a little girl clung to her dress.
She looked tired and weary, but there
was no vacant seat; to be sure, Charlotte
might have contracted her flounces, but
she did not Beside her, hawrfer, sat
a very lovely and elegant young woman,
who seemed trying, by moving down
closer to others, to make space enough
for tho stranger between herself and
Charlotte. At last she succeeded, and
with the sweetest blush I ever saw, she
invito the poor female to be seated.
Charlotte drew her drapery around her
aad blushed too, but it was not a pretty
blush at all, and she looked annoyed at
the proxmiity of the new-comer, who
was, however, clean and decently, though
very thinly clad. The unknown lady
drew the little girl upon her lap, and
wrarped her velvet mantle around the
smsll, half -clad form, and put her muff
over the hUf-frozeu littla hand. The
rravJ Was ma crrat that I alone seemed
j to observe that the child rhivered. I
i saw the young lady quietly draw from
under her mantle a little shawl, which
she softly put on the shoulders of the
Little one. The mother looked on with
confused wonder. After a short time
she rose to leave the cars, and would
hare removed the shawl, but the tn-
thm f.Tnona aelf-limitinff Hibernian va
riety of 111, of which the veracious
poet sings that:
Thsrs once wr two esi of El!ennr.
AAd eh tboogbt tbs other too tasoj t
fto they stragll sod fit,
AjA titty senuhoi sod tbet tt
Tin. lct4 of two etU. tbsf wira't aov.
lneident s of a Hood.
Patrick Creighton lived with his wife
and nine children in a little Louse n
the German town flats of Port Jcrvu.
N. Y. He lately had cue f his legs cut
off on the railroad, on which he was em
ployed. The flood came so suddenly
that the ice was knocking hoi' in
Creighton's house before he knew it, and
the water was pouring In. -Iug un
able to escape In this crippled condition.
his wife tarted her nine children out oi
the bouse, and then took her helplem
husband in her arms and hurried sway
to a safer place. This poor faaily lot
everything they possessed.
Mrs. Mary Moloney, an aged widow,
lived alone in a small house on the fUU.
In the morning Policeman EUton went
to her house and told her ahem ut move.
She refused to go. Your bouse will
be knocked all to piy," said the offi
cer. Then IH go wid it, shore," Le
replied, and did not leave her horuw. It
was surrounded by large cakes of ice,
and carried twenty -five feet away. She
stuck to it, and still refused to quit it,
although the ice and water were a foot
deep in it, and it was propped up on
every side by huge cakes.
When the flood was bearing down
with great speed on the town, an Irish
woman rfa to a bouse near the river, and
soon appeared with a haU -grown pig ia
her arms, carrying it off in the very face
of the flood.
known gently whispered, "No, keep it
How rapidly tho coal in the bin be
comes the coal that hath been !
no difference between living and getting
a living. Their whole life consists in
getting a living ; and when their families
come back to them from their schooling,
and find that, really, this is the only
pursuit that has any recognition .under
the paternal roof, they must go away.
The bovs push to the, centers of the
cities, and the girls follow them if they
cATi, A young man or a young woman,
raised to the point where they appre
hend the difference between living and
getting a living, can never be satisfied
with the latter alone. Either the farm
er's children must be kept ignorant, or
provision must be made for their social
wants. Brains and hearts need food and
clothing as well as bodies; and thoso who
have learned to recognize brains and
hearts as tha best "and most important
part of their pirtonai possessions, will
promptly, they, knowing Corot s fine
heart, would waylay him on his way to
tr ' i 1 1--- despair, for I wanted to follow s id dis-
VhW. as si v- vv
it for her." The woman did not answer;
the conductor hurried her out, and her
eyes swam with tears. I noticed her as
she descended to a basement, and I
hastily remarked the house, b xm after,
mv unknown rose to depart J was in
. j Two CoTrrrparxs. " Bub, did yoa
to mention the matter to his woman of
business, would lend them the mount i
of the rent out of his own pocket, charg
ing them solemnly not to mention it to
his collector.
Bt Jckt. The difficulties under
which the jury law labors is thus told
by an exchange: When the jury in a
case of damages returned all but one was
in favor of allowing from $500 to $1,500.
The twelfth man said: " Gentlemen, I
am in favor of six cents. I won't
change my mind, and if you don't agree
with me we will have no verdict at alL
The jurors debated two hours, and thea
graed with the six-et&i man.
Miss B. How glal, thu, I was to see
h-r bowing, as she passed out, to a mu
tual acquaintance who stood in the door
way. From him, ere many minutes, I
learned her name and address. To
shorten tha story as much as possible,
that lady is now my wife. In the small
incident which introduced her to me she
showed her real character. A few days
after our marriage I showed her the
blessed crimson shawl, which I redeemed
from its owner, and shall keep as a rae
xnento. There are sometimes pleasant
things to be found in unexpected places;
certainly I may be said to have picked
mX my wife in the car
ever stop to think.- said the grocer, as
he measured out half a peck of pota
toes, "that these potatoes contain
sugar, water and starch!'
Noah, I dida t, replied the boy,
but I heard mother say you put pa
and beans in your eofZae, and about a
pint of water in about every quart cf
rfc you sold."
Tne subject of natural philosophy was
dropped right there.
Tk Bjusox. A PottsviHe man, wbns
chickens had been stolen, advertised for
the thief to come back and take thi
coop. The next day the following was
received at the Sfinert Journal ore:
I examined with care the coop of Mr.
D. G. Matthews, when I stole the chick
ens, aad had I found it a good one I
would Lava taken it along at the time.
I decline his oZsx ia this cxroisg's
JcumaL TjctText."
    

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