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ATTORNEYS AT LAW.
ATTORNEYS AT LAW, BKBVORD, PA.
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tho Lav, in new brick building near the Lutheran
Chnreh. [April 1, 1869-tf
jyj. A. POINTS,
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t<. the public. o!3ee in the Ixqoinnßuild ing,
jacr-Collections promptly made. [April, I'6B-tf.
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I S ATTORNEY AT LAW, BEDFORD, PA.,
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of the Mengel House. apl 1, 1869.—tf.
T R. DURBORROW,-
fj . ATTORNEY AT LAW.
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0 ATTORNEYS- AT-LAW.
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roan HOTEL, BEBFORD, Pa.
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[A W. CROUSE,
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Bedford April 1. '69.,
ti N. HICKOK?
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uiyl7,'6:ly WM. DIBERT, Prop'r.
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GENERAL NEWS ITEMS.
WHISKY and cards were the cause of the
late disaster on the Mississippi, by which
over 200 people were sent to their long
home. There is a temperance lecture in
that, which it would be well for all to heed.
A COLORED lawyer in South Carolina
having horsewhipped a white member of
the State Government for insulting his wile,
the Legislature appointed an investigating
committee. The committee reported that
"the flogging was thoroughly and hand
IT is now a law in Ptussia that a male can.
not be considered to have arrived at bis
majority until he is 24ireare of age. The
Prussian authorities are discussing a bill
which declares every male Prussian to be of
aire when he arrives at his 21st year.
THE portrait of Eliaabeth St Leger, the
ouly female Mason, is in every lodge-room
in Ireland. She made a peep-hole through
a brick wall with a pair of scissors, and was
not detected until she knew so much about
Masonry that is was thought necessary to
BROWN, who was in love with a young
lady, asked permission to call her by the
I explicit name of some animal, on condition
that she should have the same privilege.
On leaving, Brown said "Good night,
dear." "Good night, bore," said she.
Brown has since given up the company of
INFORMATION has leaked out at the Na
vy Department that within a short time it
has been discovered that four naval paymas
ters are defaulters to the Government to
quite a large sum of money. One paymas
ter, stationed on the Pacific, is short about
S4<K),OOO. The amount the other three are
short is not known.
MEDICAL statistics in France have devel
oped two facts which are of great impor
tance to ladies, namely, that tbe mortality
of thr female sex ha decreased in the ra
tio of eighteen and oue-half per cent, since
corsets have gone out of fashion; and, sec
ondly, that brain fever has increased among
the ladies seventy-two and three-fourths
per cent, since they wear chignons.
A MAN introducing himself as "Rev. Mr.
Wheeler, of Charleston, S. C.," has been
detected in New Jersey in a new and origi
nal swindle, that of soliciting donations of
old school books to bo sent South, and then
selling them to a paper and rag dealer in
New York. He has been engaged in the
business for three years.
A HEROIC BOY.—A little boy six J-ears of
age aod his two sisters, five and three years
old, respectively, children of Mr. Lewis, of
New Orleans, wandered into a swamp in the
Second district, a few days ago, and lost
their way. When night came on the heroic
little fellow stripped himself of his own
clothing and wrapped it around his sister,
and they all lay down on the ground to
spend the night. When found in the morn
ing all were insensible. Tho youngest has
THE progress of Minnesota in the prodnc
tion of wheat is among the agricultural mar
vels of the age. It is estimated that the
surplus wheat of that State tho present year
will be fully fifteen million bushels, while
but a little of the great grain plateau em
braced witbin its limits has been brought
under cultivation. One farmer, the past
year, harvested one thousand acres, with an
average yield of forty bushels to the acre.
This seetion, while much of it is too far
north for growing corn, will evidently be
come the Odessa of America in the produc
tion of wheat.
MINNESOTA was lately the scene of a mar
riage with a romantic origin. A lady who
had been a teacher in that State married a
missionary and went out to India, carrying
with her photographs of friends and ac
quaintances. A young British officer of
her acquaintance was looking over these
pictures one day, and was struck with the
appearance of Miss Jennie Shaw of Lake
land, Minn. He opened a correspondence
with her, and they were at last engaged
without either having seen the other. He
has since come to this country, visited the
lady, and they being mutually pleased were
married a few weeks ago and ha#e gone to
A SPIRITUAL PLANT.—A specimen of the
wonderful plant, "the flower of the Holy
Ghost," has been suceeasfully raieed in Nor
wich, Ct. The flower is a creamy white cup,
nearly as large as half an egg, and extremely
beautiful, and its wonder as a natural floral
growth is the fact that in this flower there
is a little pure white dove, with pink bill
and eyes, and its head turned as if looking
over its back. Its wings, feet, bill, <tc., are
as absolutely perfect as those of the living
dove, whose counterpart this wonderful
mimic vegetable is.
TUF. CHOLERA ON ITS MARCH.—It is re
ported that the cholera is raging with sever
ity at the city of Kief, in Russia. This city
is on the Dnieper, one of the rivers of the
Black Sea, up which in 1831 2 the Asiatic
thence to the British islands, auu uTeuro
across the Atlantic to Quebec and New
York. Perhaps the dreaded monster of
Ilindostan may be again progressing
through Russia on a similar raid. If vigi
lautly watched, however, his march may be
FEMALE SKILL.—It is announced that six
teen of the most expert female money
counters in the Treasury Department at
Washington have been sent on to New York
to verify the cash balance stated in General
Buttcrfield's accounts as United States As
sistant Treasurer. When Butterfield's pre
decessors went out of office, a large number
of clerks from the prominent banks in New
York were engaged at this work for two or
three weeks, laboring day and n.ght. The
appointment of these sixteen ladies is highly
complimentary to their skill and business
THE State of Connecticut is stocking its
small lakes and ponds with the fine game
fish the black bass of the St. Lawrence,
.Gristes Nigricans Agassis. Mr. E. S.
Woodford of West Winsted, who has given
much attention to the cultivation of this
fish, has, under the direction of the Com
missioners on Fisheries, stocked about 20
ponds during the present season with 2,000
bass, one, two and three years old. For
the proprietor of the Cattskill Mountain
House, he has stocked his ponds on the
Mountain with 125 bass, and for the Com
missioners of Maine, several ponds near
Bangor. The wonderful fecundity of this
fine fish will soon produce a great amount
of delicious and wholesome food.
BEDFORD, PA.. FRIDAY, NOV. 28, 1860.
BY THOMAS MOOSE.
The harp that once through Tarn's halls
The soul of music shed,
Now hangs as mute on Tara's walls
As though that soul had fled.
Thus drops the pride of former jears ;
Thus glory's thrill is o'er;
And hearts that once beat high lor praise
Now feel that pulse no more.
No more for courts and ladies bright *
The barp of Tara swells ;
The only chord it breaks at night
Its tale of ruin tells ;
Thus Freedom now so seldom wakes
The holy chord gives.
Is when some heart indignant breaks
To tell that still she lives.
For passed away is Tara's charm
To help poor Erin's woe ;
Dissensions broke the Irish arm,
And gave her to her foe.
And now that haughty foe looks down,
That lord of all the Isles,
And meets entreaty with a frown,
Or coldly, proudly smiles.
Lie still poor harp ! perhaps again,
Thy chords may yet be strung,
When tyranny shall end her reign,
And right results o'er wrong.
Then may once more thy chords awake
Tbe deathless strains of yore,
And ireedom from her fetters break,
And Erin smile once more.
THE BROKEN HOME.
••TRUTH STRANGER THAN MICTION."
In San Francisco, on the north side of
Folsom street, overlooking Mission Bay,
stands a palatial residence.
The interior of this house is even more
beautiful than its exterior, every apartment
being in its way a gem of magnificence and
The library especially realizes tbe most
perfect ideal of an elegant aud cultured
And yet, at the moment we look in upon
him—one August afternoon, as he occupied
his library—the proprietor of all this wealth
appeared of all men the most miserable.
He was Mr. Morton Preble, for many
years a leading banker of San Francisco.
It was in vain that the broad bay window
at the south end of the room had been
opened, giving ingress to the sunshine and
the fragrance of rare flowers—in vain that
the walls were lined with richly carved
book cases and paintings—in vain that
soft couches and luxurious chairs had
been gathered around him.
He was wretched.
He lay on sofa, in the depths of the
great bay-window, the wreck of a once
powerful man. His figure was thin
and guanf; his face white as marble ;
his eyes having an expression of wo
ful apprehension, of harrowing anxie
ty, of dreadful expectancy.
It was evident at a glance that no
merely physical ailment had made hirn
what he was.
By what withering secret, by what
destroying affliction, had he been thus
agonized? thus haunted? thus hunted?
he so noble and good! he so wealthy
and distinguished 1
As he moved restlessly upon his lux
urious cushions the pretty clock on the
mantel-piece struck five, every stroke
seeming to fall like a hammer upon
the heart of the nervous invalid. He
aroused himself, struggling feebly to a
"Oh, will this fatal day never, never
pass?" he murmured; "nor bring us
Noticing with a nervous start that he
was alone, he touched a bell upon a
upon a table before him, and called :
"Helen, Helen! where are you?"
Before the echoes of his voice had
died out a step was heard, and his wife
entered his presence.
"I left you only for a moment, Mor
ton," she said, advancing to the bank
er's side. "You were dozing, I think.
I wished to send for the doctor!"
Shewasa beautiful woman of seme six
and thirty years, graceful, with broad
white brows, and loving eyes, in which
the brightness and sweetness of a sun
shiny nature were still perceptible, un
der a grief and anxiety no less poig
nant than that evinced by her hus
"The doctor!" he echoed, half re
"Yes, dear," she said, in a calm and
cheerful voice, as she drew a chair to
the side of the sofa, and sat down, stro
king the corrugated forehead of the in
valid with a magnetic touch. "He
will be here immediately. Your last
me. You msv
Mr. Preble bestowed an affectionate
look upon his wifo, but said despond
"The doctor ! He cannot 'minister
to a rnind diseased ! ; Oh, il these long
hours would only pass ! If I only
knew what the day has yet in store for
"Look up, Morton!" enjoined Mrs.
Preble with a reverently trustful glance
upward through tho ojien window at
the blue sky, and as if looking beyond
the azure clouds therein. "Let us ap
peal from the injustice and wickedness
of earth to the goodness ar<l mercy of
The banker gave a low, sobbing
"I cannot look up, Helen," leans-!
wered, with a passionate tremor m his
voice—"only down, down at the grave j
that is opening before me!"
Mrs. Preble continued to stroke his 1
forehead softly, while she lifted her
pale face to the sunlight streaming in
to the apartment.
'Look up, Morton—always look up!'
she again enjoined upon the invalid.
"During all these fourteen years of ag
ony, I have not once doubted either
the goodness or the justice of Heaven.
'Blessed are they that mourn ; for they
shall be comforted.' I believe that we
shall yet rejoice more keenly than we
have mourned, and that we shall come
to a glorious day of joy beyond aU this
long night of sorrow !"
The face of the invalid lighted up
with an answering glow, aud ho mur
"Glorious faith! My wife, you are
indeed a blessed comforter! Perhaps,
after all, you are right J"
A knock resounded on a side-door at
this juncture, and the next moment
Dr. Hutton, the family physician, for
whom Mrs. Preble had sent, entered
He was an old man, portly in figure,
with white hair and beard, but with a
fresh and ruddy complexiou, a pair of
shrewd blueeyes, and with an exuber
ant boyishness of manner that sat well
upon him. He had a kind heart and
a clear head. He approached the sofa,
after greeting the husband and wife,
and lifted the thin restless hand of the
invalid, feeling his pulse.
"Quite a high fever," he said, after
a brief pause. "Worrying again, eh,
Mr. Preble? You are wearing your
self out. Medicine will do you no
good so long as your mind is in its
present condition. I must give you an
"Not now, doctor," interposed the
lanker. "I cannot—must not—sleep
10-day! I need to be broad awake now,
lor I cannot tell at any moment what
fhe next will bring forth. lam look
ing for the culmination of all my years
of anguish—for the crowning agony of
the whole. Perhaps even now— Ah,
what was that ?"
He started up wildly, and then, as
the souhd that had disturbed him was
not repeated, he sank back again on
his cushions, pallid and panting.
The doctor looked at Mrs. Preble
with an anxious, questioning glance.
"It is the anniversary," she replied
to his unspoken inquiry—"the anni
versary of our loss."
'JAh. yes," said the doctor. "I re
"Yes, it is another of those terrible
days," cried the banker, in a hollow
whisper. "Sit down, doctor, and I
will tell you the whole story. I can
think of nothing else to-day, and am
almost wild with apprehension and
anxiety. Sit dowu."
l>r. Hutton drew up a chair and
seated himself, his face expressing the
double solicitude of a friend and phy
"You knew us fourteen years ago,
doctor," said Mr. Preble. "We lived
where we do now, in a cottage on the
site of this great mansion. There were
but three of us—Helen and I, and our
three-year old Jessie. And it was
fourteen years ago to-day that our lit
tle Jessie was stolen from us."
"I remember it," said the doctor
softly. "Yet might she not have been
lost, Mr. Preble? She went out. to
play in the garden, if I remember
rightly, and was never seen by you a
guin. She might have strayed away—"
"So we thought for a whole year,
doctor," interrupted the banker. "We
never dreamed that she had been sto
len. We searched everywhere for her,
and offered immense rewards for her
recovery. I employed detectives, but
all to no purpose. When our little
Jessie ran down the steps into the flow
er garden," and he pointed to the
front of the house, "as if the earth had
opened and swallowed her up, we nev
er saw her again."
"She must have found the gate open,
and wandered out," suggested Dr.
Hutton. "She might have strolled
down to the waters and been drown
The banker fixed his burning eyes
upon the physician's face and whis
"I said we never saw the poor child
again. I did not say we never heard
of her. She was lost on the 9th of Au
gust, 1854. For a year we thought her
dead. But on the anniversary of our
loss we received a written message con
"A message!" cried Dr. Hutton,
"A mere scrawl—a single line in a
hand evidently disguised," said the
banker, "Here it is."
He produced a dingy scrap of paper
from a drawer in the table, and held it
up to the view of the physician, who
read as follows:
AUGUST 9,1855. Jessie, ha, ha ! Jes
Dr. Hutton looked, with a puzzled
air, from the scrap of paper, which he
turned over and over, to tho counte
nance of the banker.
"I can make nothing of this," he de
clared. "It is merely a date, with
the name of your lost daughter. It
tells me nothing."
"Nor did it us, at first," said Mr.
Preble. "Then that name and that
date, t \Kithuo Wh JWi£. ""A" WiASkS
year we agonized over the dreadful
problem, aud then we received anoth
er message, which you shall see."
He thrust a second slip of paper, i
dentical in shape and appearance with
the first, before the gaze of Dr. Hut
ton, who read it aloud :
"AUGUST 9, 1856, Your Jessie still
The physician started, as if electri
"Ah! this is something definite
something decisive," he muttered. "It
convinced you thsK your daughter was
"Yes, doctor," said Mr. Preble, "aud
every anniversary of that day has
brought us some message. The dis
appearance of the child, mysterious as
it is, does not seem to me half sostrange
as that the vallain who took her away
i <ould contrive to communicate with us #
I tvery year since, aud always on a par
ticular day—the anniversary of that on
vhich she was stolen—without our be
iig able to discover who he is. And
a still greater wonder to me is what
cm be his motive. It seems incredible.
lit was stated in a novel many peo
|le would not believe it. But
•ruth is stanger than fiction.'"
Mrs. Preble drew From her husband's
Feast-pocket his note-book, opened it
b the proper page, and presented it to
Dr. Hutton adjusted his spectacles,
ganccd over the page, and then slow
ly read the group of entries aloud.—
The entry the first year is as follows:
"AUGUST I). 1855. Jgssie, ha, ha ! Jes
And the next year it is—
"AUGUST 0, 185. Your Jessie Hill
And the next—
"AUGUST 9, 1857. She is in good
And the Dext—
"AUGUST 9,1858. She is well as ev
And the next—
"AUGUST 9, 1859. I saw her yester
And the next—
"AUGUST 9, 1860. She's growing rap
And the next—
"AUGUST 9,1861. She continues to do
And the next—
"AUGUST 9, 1862. I've seen her a
And the next—
"AUGUST 9, 1863. She's becoming a
And th£ next—
"AUGUST 9, 1864. Your child is thir
And the next—
"AUGUST 9, 1865. She's lovlicr than
And the next- 1 —
"AUGUST 9, 1866. She's really char
And last year it is—
"AUGUST 9,1867. My reward is at
And what shall we get to-day ?
The physician looked up and fixed
his thoughtful gaze upon the bereaved
husband and wife.
"How did these messages come to
you ?" he demanded.
"Invariably by post," replied Mr.
Preble. "Usually to the house, but
sometimes to the office!"
"And you have never seen their-au
"The last of them is dated, I see a
year ago to-day!"
"Yes, yes," faltered the banker, "and
the time has come for another mes
sage. This is the 9th of August, 1868!"
"I see," said Dr. Hutton. "And this
is the secret of your terrible excite
ment. Y T ou are expecting to receive to
day another of these strange messages!"
Their was a brief silence. Mrs. Pre
ble's hand fluttered in its task, and her
face grew very pale. The banker
breathed gaspingly. The physician re
garded them both in friendly sympa
"We shall hear of her again to-day,"
said Mr. Preble; and what will the
message be ?"
The mother averted her face. Her
bravo heart faltered as that question
echoed in her soul.
"The writer of these letters is un
questionably the abductor of your
child !" said Dr. Hutton. "Have you
any suspicion as to bis identity?"
"Not the slightest," said Mr. Preble.
"We have puzzled over the problem
for many years, but we cannot guess
who he is."
"Think," said the doctor. "Have
you no enemy ? I do not mean peo*
pie with whom you are not friendly—
every stirring man has plenty of these
—but a downright enemy! Is there
no man whom you knew in the East
who hated you ? No one against
whom you were called upon to testify
—no one whom you possibly injured ?"
The banker shook his head. He had
asked himself all these questions re
"I have no such enemy, doctor," he
answered with sincerity of voice
"And Mrs. Preble?" suggested the
doctor, turning to her. "Have you no
rejected suitor who might be revenge
ful enough to desolate your home ?"
"No," said the lady. "I was mar
ried early. Morton was my first lov
"This is strange—very strange!"
muttered the doctor. "You are not
conscious of having an enemy in the
world, and yet you have an enemy—
a hidden foe—a fiend in human form—
who is working out against you a fear
ful hatred! Aud you have not the
slightest suspicion as to whom hets?"
"Not the slightest," declared the
"Not the slightest!" echoed Mrs.
Preble. My husband had a step-broth
er who might have been capableof this
infamy—but he is dead!"
"The handwriting is not familiar?"
"No. It is merely a rude scrawl, as
you see," said the banker. "It sug
gests nothing—except that it is evi
dently disguised !"
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"Our child would be seventeen years
old now," at length murmured Mrs.
Preble, her voice trembling. "She
Is on the threshold of womanhood.
No doubt, during all these years, she
has yearned for us, wherever she may
be, as we have yearned for her!"
"But where is she?" asked the phy
sician—and now his voice was broken
by his deep sympathy with ttfe ago
nized parents. "Where can she be?"
"Heaven only knows," answeredthe
mother. "Perhaps in San Francisco—
perhaps in some rude hut in the inte
rior T with some obscure farmer, and
under a name that is not hers! I think
her abductor would have carried her
to some lonely region of the interior,
among the valleys and mountains.
Yet I never see a young girl in the
streets without turning to look at her.
I never hear a girlish voice without
listening eagerly, half fancying that it
may prove the voice of my lost Jes
"Oh, pitying heaven 1" sighed Dr.
llutton, dashing a flood of tears from
his eyes. "Will this long agony nev
er be over?"
"We hope so, and even believe so"
answered Mrs. Preble, with the firm
ness of an unfaltering trust in God's
mercy. "The last message we receiv
ed from our enemy seems to point to
some kind of a change."
"True," assented Dr. Hutton, look
ing at the message in question. "It is
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unlike the others. It says that his
j 'reward Is at hand.' He means either
| that he intends to marry your daugh
ter, or that he intends to demand
money of you for bringing her back—
or both." *
"We shall soon know," said Mrs.
Preble, with forced calmness. "To
day we shall have another message,
no doubt. What will it be?"
The banker turned restlessly on his
sofa, and his face grew paler.
"Whatever it is, let it come!" lie
murmured. "Anything can be borne
better than this awful suspense. Let
As if his impatient words had pre
cipitated a crisis, a step was heard on
the walk at this moment, and a ring
at the front door followed.
"Another message!" breathed the
A servant soon entered, bearing a
letter, which he extended to Mr. Preb
le, saying :
"The bearer is in the hail."
With an eager gaze, the banker
glanced at the superscription of the
"It is from him /"
He tore the envelope open.
It contained a slip of paper, of well
known shape and appearance, upon
which was scrawled a single line, in an
equally well-known hand writing,
which the banker exhibited to his wife
and the physician.
This line was as follows:
"AUGUST 9, 1808. At six I will
A shock of wonder and horror shook
the three simultaneously.
"Will call!" cried Mr. Preble, smart
ing to his feet, and glaring wildly a
"Is coming here?" cried Mrs. Preb
le, also arising.
"It seems so," said Dr. Ilutton, his
eyes again reverting to the message,
"He will be here at six o'clock, and
see I it is six already!"
Even as he spoke, the clock on the
mantel-piece commenced striking the
appointed hour, and at that instant
heavy footsteps resounded in the hall,
approaching the library.
"It is As!" cried the doctor, also ri- j
As the last stroke of the hour re
sounded, the door leading from the
hall again opened.
One long and horrified glance cast
the banker and his wife in that direc
tion, and then she fell heavily to the
Her senses had left her. The above
we publish as a specimen chapter; but
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One science only can one genius fit,
So vast is art, so narrow human wit.
AMERICAN GIRLS ABROAD.
We have never been to Europe, nor do
we expect to get there shortly; but we do
not despair of some day treading the soil
and seeing the wonders and beauties of
which we have heard and read so much.
Our desire to accomplish this is greatly in
tensified by the thought that we shall have
an opportunity of beholding with our own
eyes—what so piany have gone into raptures
about—the robust, rosy-cheeked girls of
Merrie England; the dark-eyed Castilian
maidens; the gay and vivacious French
grisettes : and the buxom lasses of Germa
ny. We want to see these various speci
mens of feminine humanity upon their na
tive soils, and contrast them with the girls
of our own native land, for be it known, we
have a vague impression that in all that con
stitutes an earnest, lively, dashing and ac
complished female, the American girl stands
at the head of the heap. That we are not
alone in this opinion is shown by the follow
ers to s^Y
stated whether the writer is an American
or a foreigner. If the former, his admira
tion of his countrywomen is pardonable ; if
a European, the compliment is the greater.
"I Jo not wish to undervalue English beau
ty which is most satisfactory and enduring,
and most of which will wash. But I con
fess that Americau beauty from New York
to New Orleans has spoiled my eyes for any
other. I fear you do not half appreciate
them at home. Here they admire and envy
them —that is, the men admire and the wo
men envy. On the, Continent they rave
about them. Half a dozen American belles
send a whole German town distracted. It
is not only their beauty and grace, but their
wit, spirit, and happy audacity. The con
tincntal customs favor their triumphs. No
girl over there ever dares to say her
soul is her own, let alone her body. An
American girl, on the contrary, asserts her
freedom, goes wherever she pleases, talks
with every one she cares to talk with, says
du to a German at the first introduction, and
orders him about just—just as she would do
at home. He is overwhelmed and astound
ed, but all the more delighted. He tells his
friends that the beautiful girl he walked
with said du to him, and told him to bring
her a glass of water, which sets them all crazy
to be introduced to her, hear her say duo
them, and be made water carries likewise.
Next day the whole town is talking about
her, and staring at her. The women are in
a rage; but the result is the conviction that
America must bo a great country.— Evatiug
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THE FUTURE OF PENfiiXVLVAJIIA.
It has been calculated that if the vrhcic
republic were peopled as densely as Massa
chusetts is at the present time, it would
have 618,000,000 inhabitants, an aggregate
far transcending even the vast multitudes of
China, and making the greatest empire of
ancient or modern times. This would be at
the rate of an average of one hundred and
seventy-three persons to the square mile,
which is by no means large. In the State
; of New York the average is about ninety
four to the square mile. According to the
estimation, made loqg ago, of a population
of 100,000,000 in the year 1900, the average
would only be twenty-eight persons to the
square mile. •
There can be no doubt that ail these re
sults will be reached in due time, and we
quote them in support of our assertion that
Pennsylvania caQ and will, in time, sustain
with ease, a population of thirty million of
sou'.s, to all of whom Philadelphia will be a
natural metropolis. Hence there is really
no exaggertion in our estimates of the fu
ture of this city or State, and all that seems
to be needed is tha% as regards the State,
we should go ahead to open up and improve
its boundless resou?ccs of iron, coal, petro
leum, salt, marble, lime, limestone, turpen
tine, &c., to put the forests that clothe our
mnuDtaips to their true uses for lumber and
bark for tanning ;to multiply industries; to
stimulate wool growing and woolen manu
factures ; to convert our hamlets MiLo vil
lages, our villages into towns, our towns
into cities, and our cities into places of
wealth and power. The railroad is our civi
lizing agency, and with the railroad our
progress must go hand in hand in every cor
ner of the Commonwealth.
Free traders have reproached us with our
devotion to coal and iron; let us show them
jin earnest what coal and iron can do. They
know already somewhat on that head, but
not a tithe of what they may and should be
made to see. Iron is a necessity the wide
world oyer. The cannon of the conqueror,
the ship of the merchant, the plow of tho
farmer, the machinery of industry, all alike
Ae of this mighty agent that lies imbedded
so richly all over Pennsylvania, and the
possession of which gave strength to the
national cause in the civil war. Sixty per
cent, of all the iron made in the United
States is produced in Pennsylvania. They
are hunting everywhere for rival mines to
build up some formidable competitor against
us. Let us all put our shoulders to the
wbeel and show them that it is not so easy
to bend the old Keystone State. Seventeen
millions of tons of coal are produced annual
ly from our soil, and we supply alike tho
valley of the Mississippi and the seaboard
and the lake region. They are stimulating
competition against us, threatening to re
peal the protective duty in order to invite
foreign coal, and, in fact, seem to be all aim
ing to bring us low in the dust. But we
arc not of the stuff to bend to such a storm.
The held is ours. Let us hold it by main
strength. Let us open more mines, produce
more coal, build more steam coal transports,
and defy rivalry. A great deal has been
said about railroad monopolies, yet it is
chiefly by the indomitable energies of tho
great railway corporations that so many
branch and tributary iines have been built
and have proved profitable ; that more re
gions have been opened to industry and trade,
and that the treasures of the mines, long
! neglected, have been brought to light and
use. These companies are still doing their
uiighty work, and if they retain aconfidenee
they will cheerfully toil on.— PkiL M Amer
Marriage is a woman's one career, let
women rebel against the edict as they may;
and though there may be word rebellion
here and there, women learn the truth early
in their lives. And women know it later in
life when they think of their girls; and men
know it, too, when they have to deal with
their daughters. Girls, too, now acknowl
edge aloud that they have learned the les
son, and Saturday Reviewers and others
blame them for their lack of modesty in do
ing so—most unreasonably, most uselessly,
and, as far as the influence of snch censors
may go, most perniciously. Nature prompts
the desire, the world acknowledges its übi
quity, circumstances show that it is reason
able, the whole theory of creation requires
it; but it is required that the person most
concerned should falsely repudiate it, in or
der that a mook modesty may be maintain
ed in which no human being can believe!
Such is the theory of the censors who deal
heavily with our English women of the pres
ent day. Our daughters should be educa
ted to be wives, but forsooth ! they should
never wish to be wooed! The very idea is
but a reuiDt.nt of the tawdry sentimentality
of an age in which the mawkish insipidity
of the woman was the reaction from the
vice of that preceding it. That our girls
are in quest of husbands, and know well in
what way their lines in life should be laid,
themselves, and we shall cease to hear of
the necessity of a new career for women.—
From the November number of Lippincott's
HAVE YOU ENEMIES? —Go straight ahead
and mind them not. If they block up your
path, walk around them, and do your duty
regardless of their spite. A man who has
no enemies is seldom good for anything.
He is made of that kind of material eo easi
ly worked that every one has a hand in if.
A sterling character, one who thinks for
himself and speaks what he thinks, is al
ways sure to have euemies. They are as
necessary to him as fresh air; they keep
him alive and active. A celebrated charac
ter who was surrounded by enemies used to
remark: They are sparks which if not fan
ned, will go out themselves. Have courage,
and you will live down the scaldal of those
who are bitter against you—lf you stop to
dispute, you but do as they desire, and open
the way for more abuse. Let the poor fel
low talk, there will be a reaction if you per
form your duty, and the hundreds who were
once alienated from you will flock to you
and acknowledge their error.
A DEAR little girl, on being told that God
made the fruit and the flowers grow, aad
sent all the good things she enjoyed, said, in
her gratitude: "Then I'll send a kiss o
HEBER G. KiMBALbTan out of names IK>
forc he acquired all his children, and two of
the fot tyfuine have the namei if bcrah M-