North Carolina Newspapers

GEO. S. BAKER, Editor -and Proprietor. . - ' TETEMS : Sa.OO per Annum.
NO. 47.
1 llondcr Why.
I wonder why
The white cloud etay np in the eky 1
The Urdu light low that flr no fst
The downy tbintle fallw at lat ;
Tut the clonda are alwaya high. ,
I wonder why I
I wonder how . j
TIia liMft bird clings to its hongh
Hofantimea at night when I awake "
And hear the tree-tops moan and fhae,
I think, How aloep the birdies now ?" -1
wonder how ! ;
I wondr why
We leave the fair earth for the sky !
I wish that we might always ptay ; 1
That the dear Lord might come some day,
And make it heaven! Yet we must die.
, .,, I wonierwhy ! J u .
Mary A. LatWjury.
A Story of a Wife,' Devotion.
Since his wife died, Mr. March's home
had hot been a model one. It was left
with the additional care of two young
children to the eldest daughter, Maria,
and Maria hail not faithfully performed
her duty, therefore Mr. March felt4 she
had no right to surprise when he told
her ho was about to bring into the house
a second wife, who would be a kind
mother to his children.
Miss Maria went out of the door with a
Inng, and was found in hysterics on the
best bed. . But Mr. March, giving the
servants tho same intelligence, kissed
the children, and was off to the home of
Miss BH, which had made him tremble,
remembering the domain where Maria
was mistress. . . ;
Miss Melicent Bell, the new step
mother, was a sweet faced woman, not
yet forty, and so winsome as to attract
old carriage and and See . here,
Maria ;" and she drew from under the
sofa-pillow an absurd little sock she was
knitting, and contemplated it as if it
were Penelope's web. -'. . ,
" You must have been mighty sick 1"
cried Maria. And as for your mamma,
as you call her, you wicked little girl, it
is shameless in her to talk so to a child
like you 1"
Mrs. March took her work and left the
room quietly; and then Miss Maria, feel
ing the welcome of this little new comer
was the last outrage, broke into a flood
of angry crying, and scolded herself into
hysterics, with Julia exclaiming at inter
vals: "Oh, I'll tell my father of you !
You see if don't, Maria March !"
Miss Maria presently knew just how
sick (i una nau ueen. x or it was not a
week before the contagion, from which
she had run when it ; was , at home, as
sailed her in some of her outdoor jaunts,
and Bhe went doiro as suddenly as the
rest. Her first act was to send for Mrs.
.Lee, who returned regrets that duty to
her own family made it impossible for
her to come. , Her next was to summon
1 0,1 , , , V
ner iatner ana demand a nurse, ie . as
sured her that the nurse still in the house
should remain. rv .':
"A creature of Mrs. March's,
mured the "sick girl.
" Tho sickness is so general that there
is not another to be had. w Your? mother
andX wili be with you,"
"Don't let her! don't let her!"
moaned Maria. ' '- ' "
"l am glad to see such consideration
on your part, my dear," said her father J
"But I am afraid she will insist."
She did insist. When both the doc
tor and her husband urged Mrs. March
to keep away from t that sick-room, she
replied that it was impossible. " It is
nights of pity and sympathy, and felt
all at once that !her stepmother was
superhuman in her goodness. What if
trouble should come! what if this late
happiness of her father's should be
robbed from him J and by her ! what if
this gentle life, with : the beauty of; it
that now she saw too late, should go out !
She was fast working herself into another
you to
She sent
sit down
for Julia. "I' want
" she said, i4 and tell
Quest inn and Anmcert.
After how many years does a promi
sory note become outlawed ! Answer
Seven. - .
Is a husband liable for the debts of a
wife doing business with her own funds
and in her own ntaiden name I Answer
A husband is liable .- for . the debts of
his wife, , contracted as such, especially
for necessaries. In the case mentioned,
however, this responsibility would do
me all mamma said to you about about pend upon the circumstances of the case,
outside of the facts of doing business
with her own funds and in her maiden
name. . ;
Can" a man with sedentary employ
ment live -well on bread, -milk, tea and
fruit, and nothing at all else ? Answer
AncTMaria felt aa though her .own life There are manv persons who adhere
ana xieatn nung upon ino iaco or mai at- to ana uirive upon a diet wmcn excludes
your secret, you know." And as Julia
prattled on, the ! secret became of vital
interestrfOh. how blind, how blind
and wicked I have beenrHsfie cried.'
How happy the little thing will make
us! how we will all love it together!"
Orr a Century Old.
He is right here in Troy, says tho
Times, and his name is John Henry
Blackwell, and he has seen one hundred
and nine summers (when August is out)
and one hundred and eight winters.! He
was, therefore, born in the springs John
Henry is an Irishman, and has been in
this country sixty years. He lived in
New York fifteen years, and remembers
the city when it was, he says, no bigger
than Troy. t He has lived in Troy forty
five ysars, and recollects Troy as a small
country village. He lost hi wife , fifty
years ago. '. He had three sons and one
daughter, but they have all gone to the
other world, and now the old man is
alone. He has lived alone for twenty-1 f aloes. Approaching sufficiently near to
PeeultaritieM of the Dutfalo.
There is a very marked and curious
difference between buffaloes and domes
tic cattle. The buffalo oow seems to pos
sess scarcely a trace of maternal instinct,
and when frightened will abandon her
calf without the slightest hesitation! The
duty of protecting the calves is devolved
entirely upon the bulls. ' ' !
I have seen evidences of thif jxnaay
times, but the most remarkable in I Unco
I have eve; heard of was related '. to me
by an army ' surgeon, who .was an eye-
witness. He was one evening resuming
to camp after a day's hunt, when his at
tention, was attracted by the curious ac
tion of a little knot of six or "eight buf-
thoHo tired of beauty, her expression of
good will, patience, and purpose having I the only chancel have to win her love,"
grown with practice of her virtues.
The new Mrs. March had not stennerl
she exclaimed, with tears. "Heaven
senas it you must not prevent my
using it." And tho others, fearing too
much opposition, let her have her way
It? was a hard way, with nothing but
thorns for the treading. With all Maria's
behavior, Mrs. March had never realized
till the girl's delirium how violent had
been her execration' of herself. It was
a sad strain upon the poor lady's nerves,
to bear this torture of reviling, without
If ever a woman had her trials, Mrs. the suffering which sympathy with sick
inside hor homo and received the stiff
touch of Miss Maria's hand before she
h iw the lion in her way. She did not
blamo tho young girl ; she rather liked
her chivalrous constancy. She drew
her to herself and kissed her; and Miss
Muria, resenting it as an intrusive im
pertiuenco, ran to Mrs. Lee to complain
of it.
March did. Maria was stubborn and
was determined not to like her new step
mother, and many were the trials through
which the good woman, who tried to do
lier best, had to pass. But Mrs. March
had ample satisfaction in her husband's
lovo and veneration.
and the comparative order and comfort
to which she had reduced his home.
She had made the house beautiful. The
table shone with her wedding silver ; the
dishes wero faultlessly served ; the chil
dren, bright and clean, received smiling
encouragement to join the cheerful talk;
and if when they were in bed Maria chose
to sulk in her room,' she lost a great deal
Of pleasure. , J ;
ytiU Mrs. March's geutle heart was
K0r4 wr Maria. ;She would have been
glad to win tha girl, glad to provide
pleasure for her. Sue ' understood her
emotions, and seldom had any but ten
der feelings toward her. It hurt her as
sorely to think that the noble traits of
tho boys isho unlikely to bo able to
train to noble ends.
ness gives in itself, or the unconscious
effort made by her hourly acts of for
giveness. But though fierce, the fever
had a short run ; the fatigue of unceas
ing attendance was great, but the de
lirium was soon over. Mrs. March trust
ed that the last act of that illness was
delirium and not nature. Left alone
with the patient, and obliged to do some
thing that was resisted, she held the
aching head on her shoulder, saying,
though hardly knowing that she said it :
" Dear child, why won't jou let me love
you?" and the next moment received a
slap in the face. " ' '
If it was delirium, Maria had after
ward an uncommonly clear recollection
of her wanderings. It was not a tttrong
blow, of course ; but in the amazement
and recoil Mrs. : March staggered back
and fell against the corner of the table
that held the lamp ; and table, lamp,
and bottles had gone over, and a tongue
of fire was licking up the canopy.
Mrs. March never knew how she got
the sick girl out of that bed or upon the
lounge, or how she tore the burning
hangings down and trampled but: the
She only re-
tle unborn child.
When Mrs. March came into the
room, Having been compeuea to Keep
hex -awn AomQ daysMaria took the hand
gently down. p'How are you ever
going to forgive me, mamma?" she
murmurea. T Li U " CJ 1 ? i r ' )
The tears bursC out "of Mrs. March's
eyes. (Jail mp jueiicent, dear, , sue
cried. " Oh, I ant so happy shfiLSafd
to her husband that night. "All the
children love me-and it seems now as
though I had more than my share 1"
And at her prayers there was1 a sort of
ecstasy in the way she repeated that
verse: " Thou wilt show me the path of
life: in Thy presence is fullness of joy ;
at Thy right hand there are pleasures
for evermore."
It was some weeks after, that Maria,
hiving sent tho children out to play,
stood grave . and solemn by the parlor
window; feeling as though the universe
itself must hold its . breath, when she
was summoned by the doctor. " She is
sinking," he. said, ' ' very fast. No- no
hope, no help. - She was never strong.
Be quiet.1 dear. r child; nobodv is to
blame. "r;Maria did not hear him. She
was flying up the staircase, and falling
beside Mrs. March's bed. " Oh, it is
my fault! I -have done it! II" she
sobbed. '
"Hush, darling," whispered Melicent.
"I have been so happy that I am almost
content. JDear,". she breathed, " tako
my placo. j -Make ; mm ana ner eyes
wandered to her husband, who sat utter
ly overwhelmed " happy too. I have
shown you how. You mustn't mind his
grieving for me just at first ; he he was
mine, Maria, more than twenty years
And, dear," she began again pres-
animal food particularly dyspeptics
and those whose pursuits are sedentary.
A hearty, robust person, who labors,
requires meat in addition to other food.
;Tj3 there any kind of paper that a man livelv old man. He can walk a 'mile
signing as awitness only, incurs respon-1 without a cane as fast as almost any one
sibility thereby? Answer We know seventy-five years younger. He never
of no pecuniary , respon si hil i ty or liability rides. He is a thorough pedestrian- He
wmcn can ue muuxreu .cy signing any. waa never on a street car, and only once
see clearly, no aiscoverea ina uua
littler knot Vere all bulls, standing in m
close circle with their heads outward,
while in a concentric circle .at some
twelve or fifteen paces distant sat licking
In fact, he is the type of a very 1 their chops in impatient expectancy at
five years, ever since his daughter died,
who was sixty-five years old. " He has no
relatives now, having outlived the whole
of them, grandchildren and alL . ' r.; -
Blackwell seems as vigorous as a man
of fifty.
paper or document as a witness only to
its executions 'There are very grave re
sponsibilities which may attach to j the
signature of a witness, sucn as proving
the execution of the" document; attest
ing the circumstances of the transaction
involved, proving the contents of lost
instruments, etc. " ' ' - s
Is a husband Dy law required to sup
port his wife when she, without any real
cause, refuses to live with him ? A ntwer
That depends upon circumstances
the question of cause being subject to
different interpretations as between tho
construction of individuals and tho re
quirements of law. II aiwife abandons
her husband, so that the" onus is thor
oughly upon her, her husband is not
bound to support her in -idleness and
crime. "
Science and Farming.
One of the principal requirements of
the practical farmer is to know the causes
as well as the means whereby useful
nutritive substances present in the soil,
but not in a form available for nutrition,
may be rendered diffusible and capable
of doing their work. The presence of
moisture a certain degree of heat and
free access of air are the proximate con
ditions of those changes by which the
nutritive substances in chemical com
bination are made available for the roots.
As the smallest portions of food cannot
on a railroad. . Then he went to Albany
on the cars, got lost there, and walked
back. He thinks jackasses superior to
horses for creneral' use, and -often ex
presses surprise that they are not in use.
The old man may not be aware of it, but
tho jackasses are, just as numerous as
ever ; they have two legs though, instead
of four, and are balky. ' Blackwell will
not ride behind a horse. It is against
his principles. He believes in ancient
instead of modern civilization. The good
old Oriental times are the times for him.
He believes in an eye for an eye, and .ft
tooth for a tooth. He is opposed to
lawyers, and puts no faith in newspapers.
Religiously speaking, John Henry
least a dozen large gray wolvee, except
in g' man, the most dangerous enemy, of
the buffalo: ' " " ' " j ; .
Tho doctor determined to watch the
performance' After a few moments the
knot broke up, still keeping ia': com
pact nasa, and started on a trot, for: the
main herd, some half a mile off.a To his
very great astonishment, the doctor now
saw that the central and controlling fig
ure of this mass was a poor little coif , bo
The Haunt m of the Seat.
On deck, man, on deck, and see the
seeds!" The scene was peculiarly Gren
landish. The sun had all the bright
blue sky to himself not the great dx
rliug orb that yon are aecustomied to in
warmer countries, but a shining" disc of ,
molton silver hue, that yon can look into
sud count the spots with. naked eye.
About s nuarter of a mile to windward
was the main ice-pack, along the edge of
which we .were tailing under k grntle
topsail breeze. Between and around us
lay the sea, as black as a basit of ink.
But everywhere about, as far as the eyo
could see from the quarter-deck, the sur
face of the water was covered with large,
beautiful heads, with brilliant earnest
eyes, and noses all turned in one direc
tionthat in which our vssse! was steer
ing. We were now 'in the-latitude of
Jan Mayen; the mountain conei of that
itrange island we could distinctly see,
raised like an immense shiny sugar loaf
against the sky's blue. To this Ions
spot come every year, through eton
and tempest, in vessels but little biggrr
or better than herring boats, hardy
Norsemen, to hunt the walrus for its
kin and ivory, but by other human f t t
it is never trodden. It Is the throne of
king winter, and the abode of de'tolatiou,
save for the great bear that finds shelter
in its icy eaves, or the monatcc seals and
strange ses birds that rest on. its snow-
dad rocks. .At this latitude the sealer
Jl i n - -A: i.ii endeavors to fall in with the seals, com-
yards, tile calf laid downr - The bulls
disposed themselves, in a -oireloas before.
and the wolves, who had '.trotted' along
on each flank of their retreating supper,
sat down and licked their chops again.
ing in their thousands from the more
rigorous north, and seeking the south
ern ice, on which to bring forth their
ybung. - They here find a climate which
is slightly more mild, and never fail to
and flat, and
(it being late and the camp distant), ho
has no doubt that tho noble fathers did
Blackwell is a Protestant. He scarcely their whole duty by their offspring,' and
ever goes to church, however, but he
evidently reads the Bible, as he is con
versant with its passages. , He has no
fear of death, and acts as though he ex
pects to live forever. '
II7iei the lliiptnunkm Go to Work.
Dr. Abbott, in ropu'ar . iS'cicnce
Montldy, says : About August 15 they
commenced to work in real earnest. In
stead of playful, careless creatures that
lived from hand to mouth, they became
very busy and sober indeed. Instead of
keeping comparatively near home, they
wandered quite a distance for them, and,
filling both cheek-pouches full of corn,
This tra a Mnnafsil a in an.l emiin siTirl I
iOtteigfa-tto doctor did not thod fJtSt
breeding takes place as soon as the seals
take the ice, the males in the meantime
removing in a body to some disintspot,
where they remain for three weeks or so.
The seal mothers are, I need hardly say,
exceedingly fond of their young. At
all other times timid in the extreme, they
will at this season attack men .with all
the ferocity of bears. The food of the
seals in nursing season consists of the
small shrimps with which the sea is
sometimes stained for miles, and also.
no doubt, of the numerous small fi&hcs
to be found burrowing, like bees in a
honeycomb, on the under surface of the
pieces of ioc. , .
of themselves leave the spot which they
ently, am going to give you my little are firmiY gxed by the soil, we can un- chincapin (dwarf chestnuts), and small brnU) , coumf?e
daughter for your own. You must be to Aa-raiar,A wT,af immncA inflnwim Tnnjf nmrna. hnm thev would hnrrv. lookinc . .
her what, I would have been so glad to Tertert on the fertilitv bv its careful in the face like children with the mumps.
mechanical division and thorough ad- This storing away of food was continued
mixture. This is the greatest of all the until the first heavy white frosts, when
difficulties the agriculturist has to over the chipmunks, as a member of Con
come. If the field is to produce a crop gress once said, went "into a state of re
corresponding to the full amount oS food tirac
present in it, the first and most impor- The food gathered, we believe, is con
be to you. Will you take her ?" ; And
she laid Maria's hand on the little vel
vet cheek. " Will you love her ?"
" Oh, " whispered Maria aching- like1 '
a niurderer, " ,if I have killed her moth
er I will die for her !" And she gather
ed the little creature in her arms, and
hid her ashen face upon it. There was
a long, long silence in the room. Then
Mrs. March turned her sweet, dim eyes
once mora upon her bnsbundrjAnd when
at last he lifted his face from hers, the
carried it safely to the herd; -
When feeding, the herd is more or
less scattered, but on the approach of
danger it closes and rounds into a toler
ably compact circular mass.' Although
there is not a particle of danger in ap
proaching such a herd, it in a" novice re
quires an extraordinary amount of
nerve. When he gets within three hun
dred yards, the bulls on that side, with
heads erect, tails cocked in air.nostrila ex
panded, and eyes that seem to flash fire
even to that distance, walk uneasily to
and fro, menacing the intruder by pawing
the earth and tossing their huge heads.
The enemy still approaching, somo bull
will face him, lower his head and start
on a most furious charge, ism aias xor
f When he has gone
twenty or thirty yards -Mr. Bull thinks
Thm IV ty Valparaiso.
A correspondent writing from South
America says : The greater part of Val
paraiso is built on the face of e hill, or
rather hills, that rise quite suddenly
from behind the houses in the main
better of it, stops, stares an instant, and street ; for, though it has originally been
then trots back to the herd. Another only one great hillside, the . frequent
and another will try the same game, with earthquakes have so rent and riven it
the same result, and if, in spite of these that it has become rent and divided into
ferocious demonstrations, the hunter many parts. In attempting ' to reach
still approaches, the whole herd will any particular house on the hill, one
take incontinently to its heels. This I mmt be careful to take tho right turn-
tant condition for its accomplishment is sumed in part on their going into winter bullying proclivity, combined with his ing leading from the shore, or, other-
gentle soul of
ed away, ,
this stepmother had pass-
Occaaion, coming to everybody, came
at last to Mrs. March, when every child of
the house was smitten with the dreadful tire on the empty hearth,
epidemic at that time raging in the vicin
ity. " Miis Maria, frightened out of her
souses, .betook herself to Mrs.. Lee's,
lint Mrs. M uch, though miserable her
self, dreamed no fear. She had the
children moved into connecting rooms,
and although there was a professional i.tMVm vibrated between those
rooms u wo think onl? mothers' can.
membered having thought that tven if
Maria died of the exposure, she would
rather be supposed guilty herself of care
lessness than let the girl's father know of
the vicious act. And Maria, whether
stunned or overcome, fauk into a long
slumber, from which, when she awoke,
she was out of danger. '
I owe you my life, doctor, "said Maria,
Xot s night did sho sliep till the crisis feebly, some days after,
wis over ; and in their convalescence it "No, indeed, child," he replied,
reomed to tho children that it was only " You owe it to your mother. I should
an angel moving about in her long white never have pulled you through but for
robe, bathing their, foreheads, singing her care. You owe it to her, too, tht
them to sleep, .bringing them tempting j you were
that its physical state be such as to per
mit even the finest rootlets to reach the
spots where the food is to be found.
The extension of, the roots in every
direction must not be obstructed by the
cohesion of the soil. Plants with their
delicate roots cannot grow on a tena
cious, heavy soil, even with abundance
of mineral food. None of these three
important constituents of food (potash,
phosphate of lime and ammonia) exists found four chipmunks very cozily fixed
by itself in a soluble form in the ground, for winter, in a roomy nest, and all of
and none of the means employed by the I them thoroughly wide' awake. . Their
An Ingenious Device.
A capillary correspondence was recent
ly attempted between a notorious Paris-
iau .tuiet .in 'durance vue ana ni3 com
rades outside The prisoner was sent a
letter from his fiancee, containing mere
ly a lock of hair wrapped in the leaf of a
bokThe jailer did nokoonside 4he I withdrawing them ;from.- the:. ablution.
souvenur.mportant enougn to De aeuv- Tha. principal end gained by he means
ered, but in! a few days came a similar be employa oniy a uniform distribu
inclosure, and yet another. This arous- tion of the food throuehout the soil so
ed suspicion, and the governor took the nt it -ah the reach of the roots
quarters, they spending some tune in
their retreats before commencing hiber
nating sleep. This belief, on our part,
is based on a result of digging out a
third nest on the 3d of November. The
last time we noted down seeing a chip
munk, belonging to a certain nest, was
October 22. Twelve days after we very
carefully closed the three passages that
led to the nest, and dug down. We
natural indisposition to ere t out of the
way, has been the cause of the death of
thousands at the hands of men to whom
buffalo killing was no novelty, who need
ed no meat, and would not have gone
fifty yards out of their way to kill ; but
in whom opportunity so rouses that spirit
of murder which is inherent iu every
sportsman's breast that the temptation
was too strong to be resisted.
agriculturist to make them available to
his plants deprives the soil of its power
of retaining them, or, if dissolved, of
matter! ihana f Hg pxamihed the peat of hia plimts.
ox me UOU&. , lb wus iuul Ol
a common
novel, twenty Bix lines' on a Jage. Then
he studied the hair, ' iind f noticed the
small quantity of the gift. Counting the
The Difference.
store of provisions was wholly chestnuts
and acorns, and . the shells of these nuts
were all pushed into one of the passages
so that there should be no litter mingled
with the soft hay that lined the nest.
How long this underground life lasts be
fore hibernation really commences, it is
difficult to determine ; but as this torpid
state does not continue until their food
supply is again obtainable out of doors,
the chipmunks, no doubt, store away
iood Advice.
The author of this is not known, but
ho or she is' certainly a .wise man or
woman: would you show yourself
really good to your daughters? Then
be generous to them in a truer fienso
than that of heaping trinkets on their
necks. Train them for independence
first, and then labor to give it to them.
Let them, as soon as ever they are grown
up, have some little money, or means of
making money, their own, and
A desperate villain eight years of age, I aufficient for their needs throughout the teach them how to deal with it, without
wise, after a quarter of an hour's walk
ing, you. may find yourself separated
from the house yon wish to reach by a
deep, narrow valley ; and, though with
in a stone's throw of it, unable to get at
it without another half hour's toil.
Some of these gorges are four or fire
hundred feet deep, and in many instan
ces nave numerous , natural terraces
down. their sides, in which houses are
built. It has a very pcturcsque effect
to look down from the head of one of
these gorges and see house rising above
house, some perched on isolated projec
tions, others clustering in groups of three
and four, and all appearing' as if the
merest accident would hurl them down
the almost perpendicular . side of the
valley. The volcanic origin of theso im
mense ruts is plain enough, and one is
filled with awe on reflecting , how terri
ble mutt have been the convnhuona of
nature that left such fearful -traces
behind. "
named Robert Gordon, has recently
messes, telling them entrancing stories,
winning their hearts at last completely.
On tho whole', though tired, out in , the
effort, Mrs. March lid not know that in
.all her life she had had a happier time
than during that mouth of convalescence!.
And then Maria came hdrae.'
' Mamma and I havo a secret that Bhe
says I may tell you, Maria," cried Julia,
after tho greeting. .1
' ' "An open secret," said Maria, inso
lently, " that all the world knows."
. Do all the world, mamma ?" cries
Julia. - t
' ' Mamma !" says Maria, with a sneer.
" Only a small fraction of it, dear,"
answers Mrs. March. "I have told no
one but you." ,
" Yes, Miss Marin March," cries Julia,
"mammal and the dearest, sweetest,
best mamma, who took care of me when
she could hardly take care of herself,
and when you ran away!"
"Oh, no, no, Julia," exclaims her
mother. " Don't say so. Think that if
Maria had staid and taken the illness, it
would have occasioned us so much more
-trouble that it wasa kindness in her to
" Oh mv !" said little Julia, lauehinar
" Well, I don't care. Look here, Maria
r-whisper. Mamma says I may name
, it. She toU me when I was getting bet
. ter, so that I might have something
pleasant to think about."
" "Pleasant!" ' - :':
. . On, yes, so very J And we have had
such beautiful talks about "how it wjll
look, and what we will do with it Aud
I am going to wheel it out in Charlie's
not burned in your bed."
" Oh, doctor ! Did she tell i you,
then"-' -' - "I : i
" Tell me whaW 4 ' : .'J.J
' " That I 1,"; whispered Maria,
hoarsely " I slapped her then ?"
"You did!"
" It seems to me I did," said Maria,
who knewfperfectly well she did, J
"No," said the "doctor. "She has
kpt that secret."
Miss Maria said the nurse," as the
doctor left, "I saw it all. Jnd it is a
miracle that the shock did not kill Mrs.
March. You should thank Heaven not
only that it is well with you, but with her I "
The doctor came back and found the
tears trickling through the gul'&,fin-
" It was too harsh medicine, nurse,
said he. " But we will do the best we
may with it. I have known you too
long, my dear, to disregard the happi
ness I see you throwing away."
Oh, dector," cried Maria, "I think
the fever has burned all the venom out
of me!" sAnd she burst into her old
hysterical sobs. But the doctor soothed
her, and did not leave till sure the nurse
had not misjudged her strength, and
that the truth would be a tonic.
As Maria lay there, thinking it all
over, the enormity of her conduct and
its possibilities made her blood run cold.
If her "stepmother had died in conse
M a a , '- a v .
quenoe oi mat snocK, sue did not see
how she could live herself. ' She won
dered if tho doctor was right in thinking
all danger of accident pat. She, was
amazed to think she cared enough to
fear it, and then she recalled days and
i : u j i 1 ii iv
F ' - W WrYTSr "rW?. been'pentencedby an English clergyman
and twenV-in rafter, the same vs d to 6ne'mmh'hl prison
early ' spring, and perhaps until berries
are ripe.
the lines of thepago jStruck with the
coincidence, he laid the hairs "ildng the
line of the page which they respectively
reached, beginning at the top with the
smallest hair. After some trouble, he
found that the end of each hair pointed
to a different letter, and that these let
ters, combined, formed a slang sentence,
which informed the prisoner that his
friends were ;on the watch, and the next
time he left the prison, to be examin?d,
and five years in a reformatory, for the
offense of placing a few pebbles oh the
track of ihe Midland railway, with the
hellish purpose, to quote his own blood
curdling language, of hearing them "go
smudge" when the train passed over
them. Taken in connection with the
sentence on Col. Valentine Baker, this
example of clerical justices justice will ing her grip. " How came you by these
An Obstinate Mother
Mrs. Blissof Mullett street, found a
euchre deck in ber boy's packet, and
when she took him by the hair he calmly
said': . .'.,!
'Hold on, mother it isn't your play."
" I'll play you ?' she hissed, tighten-
go far to reassure the average public
mind of England which has been grave-
car da I
' : i t j , ;
""Mother, you shouldn't tramp
an attempt wonltbe made to rescue , b y spreadof immoralit y this way !" he exclaimed.
him T Hrt trn Jtvrrtcir lain hia -nlann n- I " . . . .1 m
cordingly ; the attempt was made, but
the rescuers fell into their own trap.
. $
M i
and ruffianism. To be sure CoL Baker
gets only one year in prison, while Rob
ert Gordon gets five ; but then Gordon
is? not an officer and a gentleman, and
besides, being s? much younger than
What do yon
A prpcocious. five -year-older received, the other railway malefactor, he has the
her sister, a slice of wedding cake possibility of a longer career of crime
to dream upon. For three nights in suc
cession ir was; placed under her pillow,
witn turee sups or paper Deanng tue
names of three little boys. Golden hair
had an auspicious dream concerning her
next-door neighbor, a lad of seven years.
It r was exult in gly,-. 'related to the family
circle, and ou the following day, when
the children were at play,- tho little
dreamer took aside the boy on whom her
fate depends and 6&id, archly :-
" Willie, will you be my husband ;
I dreamed it."
before him.
j'l v JJete Site Did It. . - 1 . .
It takes a woman to repulse a travel
ing agent sometimes. In a neighboring
village the otner day a man called on
Mr. ,C at his place of business, and
wanted to sell him a parlor organ. Mr.
C. not wishing to buy, to get rid of him,
referred him to his wife. On tho
man's making his business known to the
lady, she asked him if Mr. C. sent hint
" Trumps ! trumps I
know about trumps t
" Why, mother, any fool knows that
the right bower will take an' ace every
time.!, .
" It will, eh f" she hissed as she walked
him around.
Of course it wilL II diamonds are
trumps, for instance, and I hold the ace
andleitbow" !i I ?;,. -
Bowers I bowers I III bower you
to death, young man 1" she said as she
walked him the other ay.) ' )
"Or, suppose, that spades were
trumps, and you held the nine vpot and
king and turned np the ace, what would
you dot' he earnestly inquired. '
" Ob, 111 show you what I'd do 1" the
growled as she got in a lefthander on
needing every momert somebody to
Help them. Calculate what you give
them or will bequeath to them, not as is
usually, done, on the chances of their
making a rich marriage, but on the pro
bability of, their remaining single, and
according to the scale of living to which
yon have . accustomed them, Sappreas
their luxury now if -need he', but do not
leave them with scarcely bsrenecrssaries
hereafter, in striking contrast to their
present home. Above all, help them to
help themselves. Fit them to be able
to add to their own means, rather than
to be forever pinching and economizing
till their minds are narrowed and their
hearts are sick. , Give all the culture
you can to every power which they may
possess. If they should marry after all,
they will be the happier and the better
I or ic ix they anonld remain among
the million of the unmarried, they will
bless yon in your grave, and say of you,
what cannot be said of many a doting
parent by his surviving child: My father
cared that I should be happy aftrr his
death as well as while I was his pet and
his toy.
Ax EnTAPH. A Vermont maiden fell
from'a crag while plucking a wild flower
on the British side of Niagara in 1847.
A stand for the sale of refreshments
toner., "Jtes, ma am,'
"There! arJIothll Willies in? the J Well, sir.T saidtMrs. C, "yon just
rld,".was tbe-replVi '''.' 'go back and tell bisi that until he can
he replied I his eat. 111 teach yon a lesson yonll
world," -was the-reply!
" Yes ; but it was you," she said.
Willie retreated a step or two, and an
sw. red:' M:,"1' ,i' :
"It takes a woman to ask that question."
furnish me with something liesides
mackerel to eat, I can make all tho music
that is necessary around this house.
Tho agent concluded he cculln't sell an I and played a lone hand Detroit
organ there. Press.
never forget !
That wouldn't be Hoyle, mother ;
yon could pick up' tho ace and make a
point every .".'''"' ' ' '
But she drew him over her knee
a buuu iur ue raie vi reircsumrnui was
immediately arranged near the rpotwith to all si
a sign-board with this inscription: . - ao!", or in a
- - Xor and
of the bonus
Oh, WMoao ! moet L&ntrw
B careful when yen ri-it til
W1M . t
For bor Hum Mirth l! twenty-
tnre -CTm
lumcbed into errrlT :
kxA if sh b&d Dot lort litr.
8h would bars mml a icttM wili.
Triekm of. pee eh.
Xothing is easier to acquire, nothing
more diocnit to lose than a trick oi
speech and manner ; and nothing is
more uxuversaL II-. we look round
among our friends and acquaintances wo
shall find scarcely one who has not his
favorite word, his perpetual formula, his
automatic action, his unmeaning gesture
all tricks caught probably when young.
and, by not being corrected then, next
to impossible to abolish now. ,Who docs
not know the familiar " I say as the
preface to every remark f and the still
more tamJIIar "yon know as the mid
dle term' of every sentence ? Who, too,
in these later times, has not suffered
from the infliction of "awful and
"jolly milestones in the path of
speech interspersed with even uglier and
more obtrusive signs of folly and cor
rapt diction milestones that are for
ever turning np, showing the successive
distances to which good taste and true
refinement have receded in this hideous
race after slang to which our youth is
given. Then there are the people who
perpetuate ejaculations ; who say
' Goodness l" as a mark of surprise,
and "Good gracious!' when surprise is
a little mixed with reprobation ; lower in
the social scale it is "My word I" "Fa
tiencel" "Did I ever!" and indiffer-
stations, .' Ton don't say
a voice of depreciation.
Sorely Hot! To judge
by, voice and word, these ejaculstory
people are always in a state ot surprise.
They go through the world in unending
attoni&hment; and their, appeals to
their goodness and that indeterminate
quantity called good gracious are iuevs-.
tant. - .
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