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HENRY L. DIEFFENI1ACII,
KDITOlt AND rUBLISHKIt.
BLOOMSBTJRG, PA., FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 1875.
THE COLUMBIAN, VOL. IX, NO. in
COLUMIIIA DEMOCRAT, VOL. XI, NO. 1
Columbia County Official Directory.
President .ludjc -William r.lwell.
Assocl.iti .ludtfiB -train Dorr, Isaac. S. Monroo.
l'rolhonotnrr, sc. II. Wank Zarr.
IP-lflster.S Recorder Williamson il. Jacob.
District Attorn jylotin M, Clark.
siirvo or-Isao Deivltt.
rcasurcr John sn tier.
Commissioners -William tJiwton, John llerner,
Ciuninlsslonera' Clerk William Krlekliaum.
Audltors-l'i J.Cnmpiiel , . K. Smith, l).uld Yost.
.oruuur i. mines t ,'i input!
Jury Commissioners lacoli II. Fritz, William II.
Count" Siip'rh'itendent Wl.llam II. Snvder,
llloomroor Iilstrlct -Directors o. P. lint, Scoit,
Wm. Kramer, llloomsburg and Thomas crcvellnir,
Sot, O. P. Unt, Secretary.
Blcomsburg Official Directory.
Mnomsuurrr Ilanktnir Oompany John . Funslon,
ITesldeni, II. II. (in) z, cashi.-r.
Klrsf Na lonal Ilank-Charlsslt. Paxlon, ""resident
J. P. Tus In, cas'iler.
Columbia Coun' Mutual Paving Vund nnrt Loan
asocial ion-ll. II. 1.P Ic, l'rcsldeu , C. W. Miller,
Iilooiiisburjr liulldtng and Saving l'und Assoclaiton
Wm. Peacock, President,.!. II. Koblson, secretary.
llloomsburg MU'ual Saving Fund Assoela Ion J
,T llrower, prosldoir, C. U. llarkley, Secretary.
Ilcv. J. P. Tus'ln, (Supply.)
Sunday H"rvlccs-1 i n. m. and 6tf p. m.
Sumla' school a.m.
Prayer Meeting i:very Wednesday evening at
s -a b ireo. The public are invited to attend.
sr. matthkw's i.L-TnnnANcntitcii.
WlnH cr-ltev, J. II. Williams.
Sunday Serlce.s-10)( a. m. and xp. ra.
UIl(la' school 9d.hi.
Prn it Mceilng-Kvcry Wednesday evening at 6f
Seats free. Nopows ren'ed. All aro welcome.
Mlnts'cr-Itev. stuari Mli'ihcll.
Sunday Services low a. in. and on p. m.
sundav Sc hool-9 a. in.
Praver Meo lug Kcry Wednesday evening at tyi
Sea s free. No pews rented. Strangers welcome.
Presiding Kldcr llev. N. S. Hucklnguam.
Minis er Kev. J. II. Mcdarrah.
sundav SerMccs Viys and 0 p. m.
Sunda School i p. m.
Illblo class-Kverv Monday evening at V o'clock.
Young .Men's Prajcr Mewing Every Tussday
evening al K o'clock.
(ieni-r.il Prajcr Meetlng-Kvory Thursday evening
at 7 o'clock.
Corner of Third and Iron streets.
Pastor ltcv. T. V. Ilotrmclcr.
Itcsldeneo Kast street, near Forks Hotel.
Sunday Sen ices lox a. m. and ox p. m.
Sunday School 3 a. m.
prajcr Meeting Saturday, 1 p. m.
All aio Invited There Is always room,
.ten lees cery Sunday afternoon at 9 o'clock at
Holler's church, MuilLion township.
bT. TAUL'S CUCKCII.
Ilector-Hev. John Hewitt.
Mmil.il Serilces lux n. m., 6) p. ra.
unday school 9 n. m.
First sui.day In the month, Holy Communion.
Sen Ices preparatory to communion on Friday
evening beloro tho st Sundny In each tnontli.
Pews rented; but oerjbody welcome.
Persons detlring to cvmult the Hector on religious
m.ii ters n 111 find him at the parsonage on Kock
LANK MORTGAGES forsalc .cap at the
WOLU q 111 A UillUU.
SCHOOL OllDEHS, blank, ju printed and
neatly bound In small books, o hand and
lur sale ut tho Colcmdian onice. eb. 19, 1615-11
lLANK DEEDS, on I'arrbu.'iit and Linen
Jj Paper, common and for Adinlnls rators, Kecu
Cjis and trustees, for sale cheap at the colvmuian
MAHU1 AGE CERTI EICATLS jmt printed
and tor tuilo at the Coi.iabUN omcu. Minis
ters of tlielospel and Justices bhould supply them
selves with thebe necessary articles.
TUSTICESand Constables' Fee-Bills forTalo
t tt at the Columbian onice. They contain the cor-
recicu iees as estauusneu ny tue last aci or tne lA'g
Islaturo upon tho subject, livery Justice and con
stublo shomd have one.
Y ENDUE NOTES just printed and for sale
cheap at the Columbian olllce.
AVID LOWENIIEUG, Merchant Tailor
Main St., aboie Central Hotel.
iioot5" and SIIOKS.
TTENKY KXEIM, Manufacturer and dealer
XI In boots and shoes, groceries, etc., Main St.,
Li M. KNOOH, Dealer in Hoots and Shoes,
J J, latest and best si jles, corner Main and .Market
streets, In the old ioil onice.
CLOCKS, WATCHES, AC.
f E. SAVAGE, Dealer in Clocks, Watches
J , a:
and Jewelry, Main st Just below thu Ceutial
LOUIS IIEHNAHD, Satrh and Clock
maker, near southeast corner Main and Iron.
jill-UNKllY- FANCY QOODS.
"f ISS M. DEHHICKSON, Millinery and
J.iL Fancy Goods, Main st below Market. ,
TIMIE MISSES 1IAKMAN, Millinerv and
X Fancy floods, Main bticet, below central Hotel.
0. HOWEK, Hats and Caps, Boots and
Shoes, Main street, above Court House.
11. MILLER .0
SON, dealers in
Biiw.i, notions, etc., Main street,
DR. WM. M. REHER, Surgeon and I'hvsi
clan, ofllco S. E. corner Hock and Market
T R. EVANS, M. D., Surgeon and l'liyt
fj clan, north side of Main street, ;abovo J, K.
JR. McKELVY, M. D., Surgeon and I'liy-
blclan, north side Main street, below Market.
11. R01SISON, Attorncy.at.Law.
In llartman's bullulng, Ualu btreet.
QAMUEL JACOIIY, Marble and Ilrown
O Mone Woi ks, East llloomsburg, Uerw Ick road.
Clark a: Wolf's store, Main street.
R. H. C. 1IOWER, Surseon Dejitlst, Main
bi., auuvu iuj wourk ituuse,
J II. IIaI.K, Mmnmoth Grocery, Gne Gro-
cerles, Fruits, Nuts, l'rovlhlons. Si-., Main and
S. KUHN, dealer iu Meet, Tallow, etc.,
Cvntru street, tetweu Second and Third.
M. CIIRISTMAN, Saddle, Trtiak slid
, llariiess maker, Slili e'a Mock, llalu street.
fll HOM AS WEI1I1, ConfeHioncj-y and R ikery,
wholesale and retail, Exchange lllock.
W. C'ORELL, I'liniittire Rooms, threc
atarj' buck, Malu btroet, webt of Market tt.
DV, ROlUilNS, Liquor dealer, second door
a from the northwest comer Malu andiron
J. THORNTON, Wall Paper, Window
, shades and lUtuies, Itupert block, Main bt.
II. HEURING, Carpenter and builder
t Main street bel,wPUie.
It. O. A. MEGARGEL, Phy!cian anil
surgeon, Malu ttreet, next door to Oood's Ho-
AVID HERRINO, Flour and Orist Mill,
and denier In grain, Mill btreet
TAMES 11. HARMAN, Cabinet Mnker and
t uuuertaKer, Jiain sireei, ueioiv rmo.
F. OMAN & Co.. Wliitlwrlglits, firt
, door abovo School House,
S. ENT, denier In Stoves and Tinware In
, an us uruiicuca.
"lI.-'ri.M 1JVT 1 .1. I.. .,11 lln.l
X ottiraln.Flour.Feed.ee. All kinds ef tlrolu
Til W I'lWlAH U,i,u,,i,.l,9i,n.A l'luntiiir Mill
LKri'KU HKAUH, '
I BILL HEADS.
I'OalEUS, io ta.,
Neatly auj Cheaply printuU at the Oolum
Ilectir Itov. John Hewitt,
sand ly Ser lees-a o'tlock p. m. evory Sunday.
Kundav Svhool 1:30 p. m.
Holy communion the second Sunday In the month.
JQR. E. W. R UTTER,
omcc, on Jtaln street,
Mar.jjN-y Catawlssa, Pa.
M. L. EYICRLY,
Collections promptly made and remitted, omce
opposlto Cataw Issa Deposit Hank. m-3S
M. II. AIIHOTT Allorney-at-Law, Main
F. DALLMAN, Merchant Tailor, Second
, street, lmbhlns' building.
O. & W. It. 8IIOEMAKER, Dealers In
, wry uooas, uroccrics ana ucncrai Mcrchan
jyn. J. C. RUTTER,
onice, North Market street,
Mar.9f,'M-y llloomsburg, ra.
A. I.. TUBNEK.
B. K. OAKUNRK'
Ilcsldenco Market St.,
1st door below Hev. I).
j. waller s,
RS. TURNER & GARDNER.
ontco over Klelm's Drug Store.
Jan. e, ;, llloomsburg, Pa.
omco In Drower's building, gocond floor, room No.
Bloomsburg, Pa. Julyl,T3-y
Q R. A W. J. 11UCKALEW,
Office on Main Street, first door below court House
R Fi & J" Mi CLA15K'
Office In Ent s Building. April 10,'n y
A. CKKVEL1NO SMITH. nkllVEY WIN SlltlU.
CREVELING SMITH & SON,
B-A11 business entrusted to our enrn win rt.Mr.vn
prompt attention. Julyl,'J3 y
C. B. BKOCIWAV. OI0BOS . ILWKLL,
jgROCKWAY & ELWELL,
'E"A11 business entrusted to our earn will racelm
prompt attention. Sept.11,'11 y
. n. LITTLE. R0T. . UTTU!.
g U. & R. R. LITTLE,
to. Olbcc In tho Columbian Bulldinir. 1 v as
Will practice In all tho courts of Columbia. Hull!.
van and Lj coming counties. In the Buprome-courtor
Pennsi n unU. anil In the circuit and lilstrlet cmirtn
ol the united Mates held at Wllllaiusport, Pa.-
Will heln his onieo In the Columbian-building,
room .No. 1, llloomsburg, on Tuesdajs, Wednesdays
and 1 hursdajs ot each week ; andln Benton on'Mon
da s, 1'ild.ijs and Saturdays, unless absent on pro
fe bslunal business. sept, m.isfa.
Cutting, cleaning and repairing promptly attended
to First tloor over J. F. Wideman's Hardware store,
Jan. c, 'J j tf
II. C. HOWEIl, DENTIST,
ltcnectfullv oners his nrofesslonal servlcpo to Oir
ladles and gentlemen ot llloomsburg and Mclnlty.
He Is prepared to attend to all tho various oiieratloiis
In the llneot his profession, and Is proWdeu with I he
latest Improved 1'oat'M.AiN TtEiu, which will bo In
sertnl on gold plating, bllver and lubber base to
look as well as the natural teeth. Teeth extracted
by all the now and most approved methods, and all
operations on tho teeth caretully and properly at-
Olllce a few doors above the Court House, same
side. July ,'73
77 J. THORNTON
X i. would announce to tho citizens ot Blooms
biiig and vicinity that he has Just recelu'd a full and
completo assortment of
WALL PAPElt, WINDOW SHADES,
FIXTURES, COKDS, TASSELS,
and all other goods In hla line ot business All the
newest and most nonroved patterns of thedav aro
always to bo found In Ills establishment, Main street,
ueiuw juaracb. jmyi, ,3
VULCAN IROiV WORKS,
DANVILLE, MONTOUIt COUNTY", PA.
"TiriLLIAM II. LAW, Manufacturer ol
V Wrought Iron Bridges, Boilers, Gasholder,
Fireproof Buildings, Wrought Iron Koonng, itoomng
Frames, Flooring and Doors, Farm dates and Fene
lnir. also Wrouirlit Iron Plnlnc. Stacks and all kinds
ot Smith Work, ic, jtepalrs promptly attended to.
N. II. Draw tngs and Estimates supplied.
KEYSTONE CARRIAGE WORKS'
AS. CROSSLEY has on hand and for sale
. cheaner thau thu cheapest, for cash, or w ill
exeuange fur old Wagons on reasonable terina,
ot every description both plain and fancy.
Portablo Top Buggies, open Buggies, Plain and
Fancy Platform Spring Wagons ail of thu latest style
and mado of irood material and fully warranted.
(lire me a call before purchasing elsewhere, aa I can.
not oe unaersoia. i ciaiui mat i maxe mu oust wag.
ous for tho least money.
I also do painting, trimming and ropalr old work
al lue suoriesi uuuee, um Biinujp weiueu mm war.
ranted to stand or no pay, I will exchange a porta.
lock, pine, ash, linn hickory and poplar to bedelltei
ed at my shop uy me nrsi oi r euruary, is.s. iron
dale, orders taken and McKelvy, Neal i co's for re-
palrl us cash.
A. S. CtlOSSLKY,
BUGGY & CARRIAGE
MY. OMAN hereby inforras tho jmbllj
, that he lias entered Into co-partnership with
ruther, ti, 1.. Oman, and that tho business Will
hereafter bo conducted under thu firm name of
ii, r. o.ha.v & iiitoriuat.
They will have on hand or manufacture to order
IIO A I) WAGONS,
an J v ery thing In their Hue ot btwluoia, of tne best
malt rial and most oompleta workmanship, and at
iu low au can us uuorueu.
Aor c Jillie ixitionay ii rjjuly
U. V. OMAN t DHOTUBIi.
NEXT DO U TO
HNDERSHOTT'S DRUG STORE.
Has Just oponcd with a New, Fresh Stock of
TEAS, COFFEES, SUOAltS, SHCES,
PICKLES, SAUCES.ISII, UAM,
SIIOULDMl, CANNED FltUlTS
VEOErAULKS, c, 0 ,
FOItEKJN AND DOMESTIC
Fruits, Nuts and f'onfuctionarics.
oods have been bourht at BOTTOM PHICE-i,
and will be sold
I at tho VEltY LOW US I' POSSlllLli
or exchanged for prime articles of
IT WILL TAY YOU TO
CALL AND EXAMINE GOODS AND
Wo keep no book-all purchases CASH at tho time
of sale. By this strict cash system a
Savins of 10 to 20 per cent. U as?tireil to
A share of public patronage Is respectfully sollo-
N. J. HENDERSHOTT.
Bloomsburg, March 19, lST6-y
E. M. KNORR'S
B00T& SHOE STORE
THE LATEST AXI BEST,
EVEBY VARIETY FOIl
MEN, WOJIES AND CHILDREN.
Boots and Shoes of every style,
Good to walk with rany a mile.
Gaiters, Slippers, Balmorals,
Just the thing for prutty gals.
Boots and Shoos for boys and men,
Heavy Boots to put on when
Italny weather Is about,
Or If you go to llsh 'or trout.
Lighter Boots for Sur day wear,
Or for a young mai "luntlng clear,
Boots and Shoes to sit the trade,
Mado to order, or ready made;
New ones made or old ones mended.
Thus the Poet's long Is ended.
Large variety ot Boots and Shoes
for Fall and Winter
BARGAINS 1 1 BARGAINS! I!
OUR MOT O:
Small ProlitN an uiucU SiiIcn
WORK MADE TO ORDER, BY THE BEST WORK.
MEN AN II OUT OF T11K1IKST MATERIAL.
A share of the Public I'atronmjc h toileted
JSfGIVE US A TRIAL! -a
Sept. 18, 74-tf. E. Al. KNORI!.
iVi WL Y
ABOUT going lo Hou-kecping shoulil call
before purchasing at the Popular Cash Store of
W. P. JONES,
and examine his nne stock of Goods suitable for thett
Fino Honey-comb Quilts large at $1.25.
Jvxtra Heavy ami Large limits with
Fringe $1.75, 2.i(, 3.25 to ii 75.
, Veiy line Marseilles Quilts
ij3.00 Table Linens from
37 to $1.20 per yard.
All Linen Nap
kins at $125,
Towels 10, -M, 25
to 02 cents. Turkish
Bath Towels 8S cents to
$1.00. Wool and Felt Table
Covers $1.25 to 2.00 Towellings by tho
yard from 121 cents tip. Nottingham
Luce for Curtains at 20, 2S anil -1(5 cK per yM
SOLID ANDl'LATKD KAI'KIX KINGS, SPOONS,
Also a great variety of other goods wbi:h
we offer at the
VEKY LOWEST PMCES FOR CASH.
Corner .llulu and Tlilrd streets,
BAKERY AND CONEECTIOMY,
MAIN STRKET BELOW MAKKKr.
J1-.SIRLS to call the atlention o( thu pcnplo
obtained at all times thu tlbest fiWi
l'LAIX AXD FAXCY COXFKCTIOXMI Y,
Ac., Ac, ttc,
To be found la Town.
Ornamental CIiiurnWiI f) urder.
Parties supplied. All orders tilled prompl
attsfaetlon guarauttcd. Mi
KLLKR & HARTLEY,
Notions, Hosiery, Fancy Goods, &c,
Con-ell's building, Mam street, below Market,
VlUKh M, 1615-Slfl
BLANK NOTK8,wIlb v wltbuit utuptUu
HAVING resumed the business of Mcrchan
discing at his Old Stare, on
MAIN STIiEET, BLOOMSBURG,
M1R TUE F0HK8 nOTEL,
Desires to call tho attention of his Friends and tho
i-uuiic gencraiiy,o ins
NEW, FUIA AND VARIED
STOCK OF GOODS,
And solicits asluarc ot public patronage.
HIS STOCK CONSISTS OF
FI.OUR AND FEED.
In connection with his stock of MtrcnandUo he
constantly keeps on hand tn hlx yard.
A FULL STOCK OF
Dressed anil Uadressei Lumber,
AND SHINGLES OF niS MANUFACTURE.
Bill Lumber made a speciality,
CALL AND SEE.
Oct. , lS73-tf.
Iron Street, between Main and Third Street!
LL kinds oi Furniture made to order and
broken furniture neatly repaired. The quality
prices of his work will compare w Ith any tna
con be produced and bo respectfully solicits a snare
of public patronage.
Will bo carelully and promptly attended to. When
called upon during any hour of the day or night ho
will at once respond and lay out the dead, when
female hem In such cases Is desired he will furnish
Ready Made Coffins
both of WOOD and METALLIC! WARE always on
hand. He Is also the the sole proprietor In lllooms
burg and surrounding districts for
Taylor's Patent Corpse Preserver
By which a corpse may be surely and carefully pre
served In Ice fur any desirable length ot lime. 1ho
use of the Preserver may be obtained from hlmnt
any time. Scarfs, Shrouds, ll.oves nnd .Mourning
for Doors furnished when lequcsted. Also, HEARSE
and CONVEYANCES furnished
l&$Iti7nember he ha Regular Uiukrtaler
and thnrouyhly understands Ai'j businst. He
will not be undersold by any in Illoor.isburg or
in the county. BOBERT ROAN.
Dec. 11, '74-iy
A CHEAT ST81QEJ
I'pnitilOicr (lid nicllioilw ruimtl
lo Ix: faults', or olijvclloa
A NEW AND VASTLY ADVANTAGEOUS
I'LAX HEREBY A DOITED BY
At their Works in Bloomsburg,
Formerly llloomsburg Iron and Manufacturing
eonipaii)), hero will bo kept constantly on hand a
Urge assortment ot
FOR DOMESTIC rURI'OSES, AND
CUI'ULO, BLACKSMITH AND BITUMIN
at prices to suit the trade. All Coal 'ipcilally pre
pared before leaving the Yard. Also
Plows and Threshing: Machines,
and all kinds of
Casting and Machine Work.
HEP.UItlNt) promptly attended to. Ttioy wonld
respccuuuy solicit mo t'ju'onagu oi tne I'Uduc.
o. M. j.
Jan. 8, 'H-ly
GLAZING AND PAPERING.
"VM' P- EODINK. Iron Slreet below nro
kinds ofn1' lloom'ilur', 13 PrePar"1 " lo "1
In tho best styles, at lowest prices, nnd at short
Forties haying such wor to do wis nave money by
work warranted to giro sututactlon. Order
WM. V. BODINE.
Mar. 6. 'M-ly.
Gray's Ferry Printing, M Works.
BLACK AND COLORED
C. E. HOniNSOtf. J. C. KOIUN'SO.N,
JOHN M, l'HATT, Inleof II. I). Wado Co.
PUBLIC SALE HAND BILLS
Printcti at this OUico
0NBH0UT3TN0riCK AND ATTliK
9 Hpruco 8t Sl
New York. jXjMtA
TUP, SIIKLMIKK WILL CASK.
ROM AN OLD LAWYER'S MRRARY,
I do not remember a cn'c in which I ever
succeeded so unexpectedly, nnd, I might
ndd,by the uso of Mich very simple mean?,
in tho celebrated Sbelinlro will case. The
principal credit of tills success was not due
to mc, however, but to a young man, almost
a boy, who was at tho time a clerk in my
ofl'ice. He was admitted to the bar soon
alter, and has now got a nourishing practice.
His name was William Wayman
Jacob Hlielmire, whose will was in con
troversy, wa an old man of eighty nnd up
wards, who bad lived many years in the city,
doing ii small mercantile business. 11a was
a thrifty, economical old iellow, and the
value of his property at his death had grown
to about X25,00O. The old man had lived
in a lmmblo way, known only by the few
with whom he did business a harmless, mi-
impoitant old body, with nothing noticeable
about him except thrift, and therefore his
death was an event which, in such a city as
t'ns, was not calculated to attract much at
tention. I had known old Mr. Slielinire,
merely as a passing acquaintance, for some
years j but I first became aware of his death
upon the visit of a young lady dressed in
mourning to my olfice to consult mo about
the estate. She was a pretty, thoughtful
looking girl, of twenty or thereabouts, but
an cntlro stranser to me She mentioned
her business; and as I was much engaged at
tho moment witli other clients, I asked her
to be seated for half an hour, and told Way-
man to find her a chair. During my conver
sation with tho men with whom I was occu
pied, I looked occasionally into tho next
room (tho door being open), nnd saw that
my clerk had for once broken though his
habitual reserve, and was standing by tho
young girl, talking in a low tono with her.
But then I did not know that Will had an
acquaintance witli her of some weeks stand
ing, and 'that the present call was pursuant
to his advice.
At last tho ofiico was cleared of all but us
three, and I approached tho two young
"ov, Mr. Wayman," I said, "you have
been talking with this young lady, and have
probably ascertained her business ; and ns
time is likely to be valuable to us to-day,
perhaps you can tell me what she wishes a
great deal quicker than sho can."
I shouldn't have ventured to say as much
as that before an elderly lady, who might
have felt called upon to resent my words as
an imputation upon her garrulity; but I
could see that there was not tho least danger
of that here.
Tho young lady smiled, giving mc to un
derstand that sho understood my meaning ;
and Will explained that she was tho grand
daughter of the late Mr. Shelmire, and his
only relative, so far as sho knew, and tbere-
forevntitkd tn hi pstato; and alio ilcsireil
to take such legal steps as were necessary to
This, as I have said, was rny first intima
tion that he bad had anv family. A few
moments' talk with the girl put me right
about tho facts. Her name was Virginia
Garvin; Her mother had been .Mr Shelmire's
only daughter. The old man's wife died
years before, and the daughter, Virginia's
mother, also died in a distant town, n widow
when Virginia was but eight years old Left
in poverty, without relatives, and almost
without friends, she resolved to seek her
grandfather, whom sho had never seen, but
of whom she had often heard her mother
speak. She found him, and ho welcomed
her warmly to his home. Virginia knew
that he had purchased several adjacent
houses very cheaply, and they had increased
in value; and sho supposed that he deposit
ed in tho bank, in his own name, several
thousand pounds Iu short, the total value
of the estate, real and personal, as I after
wards di-foveretl, wa rather abovo than
Virginia stated that sho did not know of
another living relntive of the deceased beside
herself, and believed there was none. She
said her grandfather had very often told her
that she should have all that he bad when
he died, nnd that lie had given her the same
assurance when lie was in his last sickness,
"But was there a wilU"
Sho said, in answer to this question, that
he had never said a word on this subject,
ami sho was sure ho would have mentioned
it itad he mado one, as ho had no ecret
fiom her. I bade her go homo and mako a
careful nearch for such an instrument, anil
return to mo when sho had done no
Sho was back tho samo afternoon. Sho
had i-earched tho house thoroughly, ami
particularly tho littio desk where her grand
father kept his papers, ami h!io Drought lo
mc all sho could lind in his hand-writing.
There was nothing moro than a single book
of accounts, three bills of goods sold, and
Bonio unimportant memoranda about his
business, hastily scrawled upon slips of pa
per of uneven sizes. In looking these things
over 1 observed that the hand-writing of the
deceased wits verv eccentric iu its character.
Tho tip-strokes of almost ever)- letter wcro
very heavy, tho down-strokes light , tho
writing sometimes closely followed up tho
line, and again went up abovo or below it
for several inches; its general appearance
was singular and unfinished, and the whole
atruck mo at first as an oddity in tho way of
'Did he always wiitc like this?" I care
lussly asked the girl.
"Yes, sir, always," sho replied. And then
I told her to accompany mo to a proctor's
ofiico, where I would take tho preliminary
steps to eecuro tho otato to her. irgiula,
being under age, could not bo appointed ad
miuistrator of Jacob Shelmire s estate, and
it was my purposo to consult with tho proc
tor and procure tho appointment ot tome
honest, trustworthy man, who would dU
charo tho trust with fidelity to tho girl and
all others interested. Thoso latter would uo
few- or none, as tho girl had inlormed mo
that her grandfather never coutracted any
debts that sho knew of, and that no bills hud
been sent to tho bonne since his death, some
The ofiico of tho proctor was npptoached
by a flight of narrow ttuirs, hali-way up
which wo met a man descending. I noticed
nothing about him except that ho bad a
thick black beaid and moustache, u keen
tyc, and was drcsud in u suit of fushionabl
nit and make, and tpoitcd u largo glittering
watch chain. Ho looked corilissly at us
uud passed down ; and just behind him
came another, kUui4 vWcrlj' tuan4 who
faco seemed familiar to mo. On reaching
tho top of tho stairs I saw that my compnn
Ion looked. after them mid I nsked her If she
"I don't know the first," sho replied.
"Tho other is Mr, Passmorc.who used to help
my grandfather sometimes in tho warehouse,
Ho has been Belling off the stock since
grandfather died. But I thought It bo queer
that ho shouldn't speak to me. Ho knows
mo just as well as any ono can ; but when
he saw my faco ho looked quite tho other
Tho incident did not disturb mo at tho
time, although I did not fail to remember it
afterwards, nnd to attach deep meaning to it.
Wo found tho proctor alono in his office,
and I stated our business. Tho good man
looked first Incredulous and then puzzled,
nnd exclaimed, "Well, this is strange 1 Did
you meet any ono on tho stairs 1"
''cs," I replied; "Mr. Passmoro and n
"Well, sir, that stranger is called Rufus
Bledsoe. Ho states to me that ho was a
distant relative of the lato Mr. Slielmire's
wife, and that bo has tho last wilt and testa
ment of Mr. Shelmire himself in his pos
session, lie has applied for probate upon it,
and I have granted him a citation returnable
on tho 19th of the present mouth. There
was only ono person to bo cited, and she
lives in the city."
" lrginia Garvin?" I suggested.
"Yes, that is tho name."
This, of course, was all tho information
the proctor had to give. Bidding Virginia
follow me, I returned to my ofiico.
My lawyer's instinct had already suggested
a suspicion of foul play in this proceeding;
and after explaining to the astonished girl
what I had learned, I interrogated her about
the two men wo had met Bledsoe she de
clared she had never seen or heard of before.
She knew that he had never been to the
houso of her grandfather since sho had lived
there, and sho had never heard tho old man
name him. As to Passmore, sho could add
littio to what sho hud already told mo of
him. In busy times she knew that Mr.
Shelmire was in tho habit of calling iu this
Passmore to assist him in his sales and ac
counts. Her grandfather had sometimes
spoken of him as a good assistant, a faithful
hand ; but lie had never been at tho house
until after his employer's death, when ho
came to tell her that he would carry on tho
business as usual until the estate was settled,
and would then account to the proper person
for Ins sales and tho balance of the stock,
She had not seen him since until to-day.
I explained to Virginia that nothing
further was to bo done in the matter until
the l'Jth, when the citation to attend the
will was returnable. I sat in a brown study
after she left tho office; and then, jumping
up with a sudden impulse, I snatched my
hat and went up and down the streets of the
city until I caino to the dingy ware-house
that still bore on its weather beaten sign
hoard overhead tho name of Jacob Shel
mire. I entered, and before mc were the
two men that I had met on the Surrogate's
stairs. They were whispering together over
tho desk as I entered, and Passmore advanc
ed as soon as he saw me, and curtly de
manded my business
The bluntness of his manner, unexpected
as it was, threw me on my guard, and I
asked, without preface, "Have you any in
terest, sir, m opposition to that of your lato
"Have you any business to ask mo such a
question?" he retorted, rudely, if not insult
"I am her counsel, f-ir," I replied, "and "
"Yes, yes," he interrupted. "Well, sir,
the will is to be proved on the nineteenth,
and if you are present you will know all
But how is it about the will?'' I asked.
"Virginia insists that there is none, and "
"She is mistaken," lie coolly rejoined.
"Mr. Passmore," I said, "from the tela-
tinns that have existed between yoursolf and
this young lady's grandfather, you should
consider it your duty to acquaint her with
anything that may happen to your knowl
edge, adverse to her intercuts I ask you
now, sir, have you nothing to comiiium-
'Nothing whatever, sir," he responded,
witli a bland smile.
"Mr. Passmore, you aro a scoundrel, sir,"
"Mr. Williams, you aro certainly any
tiling but a gentleman," was hi.s tantalizing
rejoinder; ami, with a meek bow, he retired.
I went back to my olhce, chafed and irri
ated to an unwonted degree, and entirely
atUliid that a deep plot had been formed to
heat Virginia Garvin out of her inherit
meo. l tiiorougniv neiieveu it, nut i couiu
lo nothing but wait until the day appointed
for the probate of thu will had brought its
Well, it came; and I attended before the
Surrogate at the hour named in the citation
with my client, there were also present
Pasmore, Bledsoe, and a distinguished
member of our bar, whom the latter had
obtained to msi-t him. Tho man Bledsoe
produced an instrument which purported to
be, and which ho declared was, the will and
testament of Jacob Sheliniro. It was very
brief, giving to Rufus Bledsoo all the prop
erty, both real and personal, of which ho
should die. possessed. It was dated, I ob
served, about a year previous to tho time
that Virginia had como to live with her
grandfather; it was signed with tho full
name, Jacob Shelmire, written apparently in
the same hand witli the body of tho instru
ment (and tho handwriting teat niarvelously
like that of Jacob himself,) and it was wit
nessed, or purported to be, by Thomas
Drako and Peter Lamed, botli merchants ol
the city. As ho read their names, I hap
pened to know that botli of them had been
dead several years.
Tho will was proved by Bledsoo and Pass
more, both of them testifying to tho genu
ineness, of the signatures of botli tho testator
and witnesses. And Bledsoe, in addition,
snore that ho had received tho will from
Jacob Shelmire personally, upon tho day
after its date.
Tho htury which tills man told was sub
stuutially as follows; Ho was a nephew of
the lato Mrs Shelmire, and was quite a boy
when his aunt was married. His now undo
saw him on that occasion, and took quite a
fancy to him, The wedding, he bind, was in
u distant town, whero his parents resided
and when tho wedding party broke up, Mr
Hhcluiiro mid to him, "Remember mc, my
boy if ever )ou want help." Years after,when
chauto Kit him penniless iu London, ho
reiucinbvnd tho circumstance, nnd went In
starch of Mr. Shelmire ; und tho old man
truvu him a warm vtclcouie. "Your auut i
dead, my hov," ho said, "and I havo no kith
nor kin on eartli that I know of; I had a
daughter, but sho is dead, too, and I can't
learn that she has left mo any children to
tako caro of. You are welcome, indeed my
lad." Willi this, ho took him homo and
treated him most aflecttonately while no
stayed. Tho old man was anxious to adopt
him and keep him with him till death should
separate them ; but bledsoo was a sailor, and
soon began to long for another voyage, nnd
nt last told tho old man that he must go.
The night hoforo ho went, Mr. Sliclmlro sat
up after Ills usual bedtime writing, nn in
tho morning he gave to Ills guest a folded
paper which ho told him would do him good
somo time. Tho old man at the samo time
gave him 100, and leaving London the
samo day, Bledsoe had seen no more of it
until the day before his interview with the
proctor. He had been at sea most of the
time since, nnd had learned by the merest
chance, in Liverpool, whilo looking over the
files of a paper, of the death of Jacob Shel
mire. Curiosity led him to examine the
document which ho had given him, and lie
discovered, to his amazement, that it was
the old man's last will and testament, giving
ill his property to him and making him his
executor. In addition to this, tho fellow
swore that he had oltcu seen Mr. Shelmire
and both tho witnesses write, and that he
know that theso were their genuino signa
That tills man had lied from beginning to
end I could not have the least doubt. I saw
deliberate, determined perjury in his snaky
looking eye. For two hours did I cross-
examine him, endeavoring to lind a weak
spot in his story, but he had thoroughly
fortihed himself and delivered ids evidence
with all the coolness and nonchalanco of an
expert. As for Passmore, ho swore quite as
piumptly as Bledsoe that ho was well ac
quainted with the writing of all tho parties
whoso names were upon tho will, aud that
they were all genuine signatures. Further
than this, ho remembered distinctly the fact
of Bledsoe's visit, and even went so far ns to
swear that Mr. Shelmire sent him for Drake
and Larncd the niirht before Bledsoe left.
Ho said that ho found them, and requested
them to go to the house on business, and
that both had told hi in that they would go.
1 could mako nothing moro of them than
this; and tho Surrogate admitted the will to
probate when the examination was finished.
From this decision I took nn appeal to a
I shall havo nothing to say at present of
the triumphant looks and actions of those
two scheming vidians, nor the grief and de
spondency of poor Virginia. Tho bight of
her pretty face, pale and patient, aud so very
anxious, made mo nervous and unfit for
work ; and at last I told my student, Will
Wayman, that he must talk with her when
ever she came into the office.
Tell her," I said, "that I am working
hard for her, and that I will do what can be
And with that I left him to talk with her
and coinlort licr. And Master Will, as I
have reason to think, was not averse to the
duty, and performed it to the mutual satis
faction of both.
Only a few weeks intervened before the
sitting of the court at which this case was to
bo tried. 1 worked with all the zeal and
fidelity of my nature, and with the excite
ment of my sympathy for the poor girl ; but
when the day of trial came, I had to confess
to myself that I had accomplished next to
nothing. I could not find a single person
who knew anything about Bledsoe or his
pretended visit to tlic deceased ; and Air.
bhelmire, as well ns both of the pretended
witnesses to the will, were so little known in clerk, "Well, Will, my client, Virginia Gar
the city, and their transactions with business vin, will not be of ago for some months yet.
men, which required them to write, had been
so lew, that it was with great dilhculty that
I couiu lind any one who knew their writing,
And of those who had seen them write, and
who examined the pretended will, there was
not on,e who could swear that cither of the
signatures wa3 not genuine.
I entered the court on the morning of the
trial with a strange feeling of hopefulness.
Except the assertions of fraud and conspir
acy tli at I could make for my client, I knew
of uothintr that promised to tell in her favor.
Virginia took her seat at tho counsel-table
by me, and looked with interest and curios
ity upon tho unaccustomed scene. Sho was
looking very handsonio, notwithstanding the
anxiety in her face; aud there wero others
present besides Will Wayman who thought
so, too. I had almost forgotten to mention
the deep interest that Master Will bad taken
in the caso since its commencement, I
wanted somebody to whom I could talk in
confidence about it, and so ho had become
thoroughly posted in all its details. I knew
that bo pondered over them considerably,
but I was far from thinking that lie had
worked out anvthine that could bo of anv
practical uso in tho case. I understood him
better before the day was over,
The case was called and a jury impaneled.
Tho respondent's counsel opened the case in
an address of half an hour, giving all the
details, und telling minutely what he could
prove. Then followed tho evidence of Bled'
soo and Passmore, giving as audaciously and
completely as beforo the ''Surrogate. My
counsel's cross-examination foiled to entrap
cither of them into any inconsistency, or to
Bhake their wonderful self-possession in tho
At tho conclusion of tiic respondent's
case, piy counsel addressed the jury in be
half of his client, lie roundly charged
perjury auil fraud upon the two men who
had occupied tho witness box all tho morn
ing, pointing out the, suspicious circumstance
that both witnesses to tho pretended will
were dead, and the dithculty of finding any
one who know their writing. Ho insisted
that tlio pretended will was a baso fabrica
tiou, and that tho whole story of theso men
was a lie, coined and uttered for the purpose
of defrauding a poor girl of her patrimony,
Virginia told her story in brief. She told
who sho was, how long she had lived with
Mr. Shelmire, and what her relations with
him had been, Tho point of her evidence
was that he had very often detlarcd that she
should bo his heir ; that he had never men
tioiud tho bubject of a will to her, aud that
sho never heard him speak of Ruftu Bledsoe
Tho jury were evidently interested in the
girl, and, I thought, sympathized with her;
but I will knew that this could not prevail
ngiiinsl the strong affirmative evidence of tho
Will Wayman had sat quietly by the table
taking minutes of tho evidence. Ho now
handed mo a scrap of paper, folded, torn and
soiled, with thu following written opou it i
Jt't.Y thoDth, 18 .
"Mr. John Grroo: Please send mo tw
bar'ls (lour, Harlow Milk
Tho person to whom this was addressed
had long been a largo operator iu flour, and
supplied many of the dealers in tho city.
The handwriting of tills order fecmed to bo
Identical with that in which tho will was
written ; nnd tho date was tho samo year.
I looked inquiringly at Will.
"Jtecall Bledsoe," ho said, in a whiper,
"and let our counsel nsk him whoso writing
1 did so. Bledsoo took tho paper in his
hand, ran his eyo keenly over it, and, in an
swer to tho question, said that this was un
doubtedly Jacob Slielmire's handwriting.
I looked again at my clerk.
"Ask him," he whispered, "if ho is an
sure of it as ho is that tho writing in the.
will is Mr. Slielmire's."
I made our counsel ask the question, and
the Hp of the witness curled under his
moustache Certainly ho was, he replied;
there could bo no doubt of cither.
I looked again nt Will.
"Let him go," be whispered, "aud go
through the same with Passmore."
I did so, and Passmore clinched tho evi
dence of Bledsoo He said that the writing
n the order that I had produced was Mr.
Slielmire's beyond question. He would
know that writing anywhere. And Mr.
Shelmire often wrote such orders and sent
them by him. Had ho over taken any to
Mr. Gregg? Yes, very often. Might he
have taken this ? Very easily ; in fact, he
remembered this particular order.
Mr. Passmoro went down with an air of
easy insolenco ; nnd Will, his eyes beaming
with delight, leaned over and whispered
again in my car. He did not titter moro
than four words, but they operated upon mo
almost like tho shock of an electric batten-,
and tho weight that had lain at my heart for
six weeks was rolled away. In one instant
our victory was insured.
I whispered to our counsel, and he called
the name of William Wayman.
Disposing- of the preliminary questions as
to who he was, his occupation, &c, our
counsel asked: "Was this paper in your
possession before I exhibited it here, just
"Do you know who wrote that order?"
"a'cll us about it."
"1 wrote it mye(f last night, tor the pur
pose of drawing these two gentlemen into
the trap they havo so cleverly walked into.
And I believe that if you'll look close you'll
find my imitation of poor old Jacob Sliel
mire's writing a great deal better than
This was virtually an end of the case.
The jury began to cast indignant looks at
Mr. Bledsoe, and his companion, botli of
whom turned white and red, and looked very
uncomfortable. The judge simply told the
jury that it remained for them to eay, from
the evideuee, whether Jacob Shelmire had
executed the will in dispute; and, without
leaving their scats, they found that ho had
One of the most remarkable things con
nected with tho trial was tho sudden disap
pearance of Bledsoe and Passmore. Within
fifteen minutes after tho verdict I had a war
rant for their arrest on a charge of perjury
and forgery in the hands of tho police, but
they never found them. They had fled,
secretly and precipitately, and we never
heard of them again. I can only Bay that
I have full faith in tho truth of the words,
"The way ol tlio transgressor is hard "
Some days after the trial, I said to my
aud it is necessary to havo an administrator
and a guardian appointed. Do you know
whom she would prefer V
"I have no doubt, sir," Will solemnly
replied, "that she would prefer me. And as
I am to become her husband in two weeks,
you will concede the propriety of tho sug
I did more ; I shook the splendid fellow
by the hand and wished him a wkole cen
tury of happiness. And I was not abovo
acknowledging to him, then and there, that
his adroitness had saved Virginia's case, and
that thero .was a peculiar fitness in her
choosing him for her life-guardian.
A green grocer one who trusts.
Ho that is never idle will not often be
A man 81 years old is confined in tho
Eric jail for wife desertion.
TodrcamainilKtono is about yourtircklsn
sign of what you may expect if you marry nn
To dream of a fire is a sign that, if you are
wise, you will seo that all the lights in your
house nro out hofoio vou go to bed.
Does tho Lord love a man who spends at a
church festival tho .money ho owes to othir
people? is tho question asked by u contem
When u young lady dreams of a coffin, it
betokens that sho fhould instantly discon
tinue tight stays, and alwnys go warmly and
thickly shod in wet weather.
A rich but parsimouious old gentlemaa on
boing taken to task for his unchuritablcncMi
said, 'True, I don't give much but if you
only knew how it hurts when 1 give anything,
you wouldn't wonder,"
A wealthy and eccentric woman in Spring
field. 111., contributes J500 a vear to thebui).
p0rt of ono of tho churches there, but cannot
be induced to attend a siuglo service. Nor
will she allow its pastor to enter her house,
It is easy enough to tell whether you've
been cheated in a bushel of wheat, Some
one has just found out that a bushel contains
exactly 550,000 grains of wheat; all you have
to do is to couut the grains, and if the count
isn't full you can rely upon it youare a swin
A strong-iultided woman in Detroit inndo
the following gentlo reply to a politlcianwho
had called at her house to get her husband to
go the polls and vote : "No, sir j he can't go,
He's washing now, and he's going to iron to
morrow ; nnd if ho was not doitig any thing ho
couldn't go, I rulo this 'ere house, I do ;
aud if any ono vou. it'll be IhiiUHUowduuut.