The Centre reporter. (Centre Hall, Pa.) 1871-1940, January 05, 1872, Image 1

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The Mia which ashcr ia that mora, —.
flirt ever drawn tny mind *way
To Bethlehem, where Chrtat wu born,
And the low eUble where He ley,
And braking down wfth Tow sinew,
Sack thought* t rtog ChraUnee one* a year.
At tarty day tho youthful voice, j,S
To know the children of the poor
For once are afl day long;
If a amile and lieten to the aong,
The burthen still remote or near,
"(MOhHetmae wm Hot once a year."
Upon a gavrr, happier scene.
Meter did holly berries peer,
Or ixy throw iu touting groan. >
On brighter forma than there are here,
Nor Chrtetmae in hia old arm-chair
Smile upon Upe so ', brows gnwr fan t J
i1lw *etrg tm id oarfcer|
I | Ohl Chissur Sua coiuei o %yep.
Annta art
u una. oornia r, aieow.
Twaatheere before Chriatmaa ; *" Good-Bight"
had been eaid,
And Annie and Willie had crept into hod ;
Thwwjreto tears on ttn*r aad tear* in
And each little boeern wae hearing with niirha.
For to-night their stem tether's command bad
been gjivn
That thee should retire precisely at seven
Instead o! at eight; for they troubled twin more
With nneethuis unheard of than ever before;
He had told them he thought this doluttau,*..
sin, m I
No snch creator, as "Bant* Ciana" had ever'
Arid ha levied, after this, he should aevwrnrare
How he scrambled ilown chimneys with pree
ente. ach tear.
And this was the' reason twp littk heads
Bo maUtMy toensd an thctr beds,
and the cfoek on the atcsg>k> tolled
Hot a aronl had been spoken by either till then.
When Wilke s ead face from tie blanket did
And whispered. "Daar Annie, is Vu teat
*• Whv, no, brother, Willie," s sweet -voire re
r*e tried long in vain, but I cant shut my eyre,
Ft* aoanehew it makes me so sorry because
Hoar papa has said there is no 'Santa Clans.
Now we Know there is, and U cant he denied.
Far he name every year before mamma died ;
But then, Pve been thinking, that she used to
And God would hear everything that mamma
would sa v,
And maybe ahe tshod hifo to send Santa Clans
With toe sock foil he brought every
44 Well, why tan'l we pray'dnat aa mamma did
Aad ash Dod to send him with prsacnis sdenT"
- rve been thinking en too," and without a
word mem.
Fwar little bare feet bounded out on the floor,
And font little tares the eoft carpet prcaaM, I
And two tint hands were clasped dote to each
Now, Willie, von know we must firmly believe,
That the preeenu we ask for we're sure to re
ceive ;
Ton most watt jnst as etiil.till! eey Amen,' •
44 Dear Jesus, look down on my brother and
And great us the fkttw we *re asking of thee.
I want a wax doily** tea e4, and hug.
And an ebony wcrk-bga that shuts with a
Btons SgJaTdear Jesus, and cause him to see
That Santa Clans Vovee as an much as dues he; J
Dont let him get fretful and angry again
At dear brother Wilis and Annie. Amen."
"Please, Doe us, ft Santa Tans turn down to
And; btng us some parent* hafor it's light;
I want he should JSC me a nice jttle sed,
With bright shinin*, and all painted red! j
A box fan ot tandv, e book, and a toy.
Amen, and then, besua, I'll be a dood boy." j
Thru r-raverw being ended thoy raised up their
And, with hearts, light and cheerful, again
nought liicir bfd*
They were soon met in slumber, both peaceful
sad deep.
And with teiries in dreamland were roaming in
Fight, nine, and the little French dock had
Ere the tether ted thought of his children
•"* again;
He seems now to tear Annie's halfraappraaeed
sigh-. j
And to seethe stand in Willie's blue .
"I was harte witM my darlings," he mentallv
"And should not have sent them ao early to j
bed; •
But then I was troubled; my teehngs found
For bonk stock to-day has gone down ten per
wet a'
But of course they 've forgotien their troubles ,
ace this.
And that I denied them the thrice-askcd-fcr
kiss; . |
But juat to make eme*ru steal up to thar
Foe I never pok* harsh to mv darling* before." ;
, So saying, be softly ascended the stairs.
And arrived at tte door to hear both of their
. JpiSjFßXll X
Hie Annie's " Bless papa" drvw forth the big
tear*. *7 --
Aad WUhe'a grave premise fell sweet on hi*
nttnuge— nd tefgoSten," said he
44 Hw I whwi a child to halve Christmas
drawntgh." * : .
"11l atone tor my haxsbncar, he inwardly;
•aid, - ...
" By auawering their prayers pre I sleep in my
iriit F
Thms ho tnrned to tte stain aad softly went
down. > •
Throw off velvet slippers aad sfflt dressing
I H-anM*t, cost, and boots, and was out tn
the street-
A mHtioosire. facing the cold, driving sleet.
Nor stopped lie until behadbnugix everything.
From tha box full of sandy to the tiny gold
Indeed, bo kept adding so mwet to km store
That the various prescnte outnumbered a score.
Then homeward he turned, when hia holiday
With Aoat Mary's help in the surhfry was
Miss Deily was seated boscatii a pine tree j
By the ride at s table spread out for her tea \
A work-box well flUec tn tteeentrc waa laid.
And on H the ring for which Annie had stayed:]
A soldier in uniform stood by n Sled, ' > Z,
" With bright shining runners and all pointed
There were balls, dogs and horses, books pleas-
UUF |0 9M,
And bird* of all colors ssereperehedfo Hie tree;
While Santa Clans, Janghing, stood up in the
As If getting ready mow presents to ,;
And as the mod father the picture *urr>xsl.
He thonght for hia trouble ne bad amply been
And he said to himself, ae be brushed oft s
tear. *
" I'm happier to-night than rvwteen for a year,
Pre enjoyed more true plaaaare tlj*qe'r be-
What' care I if bank stock falls ten per cent.
Hereafter, I'll make It A ruin. I teberui *' I
To hare Sent a Ciaua visit us
And, trippmg do*n ririrs'robrvdfor the nlgfct.
if soon aa the beuiaW thrtrfghf -foorniflg
Put the darkness to flight, and the stars our
Four liUle blue eyee out of sleep opened wide,
And at the eamc moment the prcsents-eepieC
Then out of their bede they sprang with a
bound. vl
And the very gifts prayed for were ell of tbem
They laughed end they cried, in their innocent
And shouted for papo to come ouiokand see.
What presents old Santa Claosbrongbt in the
they wanted,) and left before
' And now,'" added Annie, tn voiee soft and low.
" You'll believe there's e fianta Claua, papa. 1
While dear little Willie climbed up on bis knee,
Determined no secret between them should, be, ,
And told in soft whispers how Annie had said
That their dear, blessed mamma, ao long ago
Used to kneel down and pray by the side of her
And thai God up in heaven had answered her
prayer, "-Ti
" Den we dot up and praye d dust as well aa we
tould, !
And Dod answered our prayers; now wasn't he
doodr : J I i
. ! r/
"J should any that he was if he sent yon alt
Aad knew just what presents my rikfldrem would
(Well,'well, let him think so, the dger little elf,
Twould be eruel to tell him I did it mrg!f.)
• : ; -V ■ /
Blind father! who sensed your riern heart to
Aad the hasty words spoken so soon to repent?
Twa* the bng who bade you steal softly up
f / 1
And made you hia agent to answer their prayers.
Ladies who have iuat retained from
abroad report that large peniers have
gene entirely out of fashion, and over
afcirta are made shijrt and plain. They
alao report that the latest style c|f dress
ing the hair is in a simple coil at the
bide, and the front hau smoothed over
the forehead aad put back pluinly be
hind the ears.
BBTCBKS received at the Agricultural
Bureau indioate that the cotton crop will
yield threea4 one-third miihou buk.
: { ' Wg 1
FRED. KURTZ, Editor and Proprietor.
110 to liclcbinglry tor the Christmas!
awny from mv h|<t>v homo awav in the
iKetsat North! Ido not suppose ! kH.Wtil
plenecvl at this prvpnaal of mv father's,
which he announced to me at the luvokfasi
table ouc Noveuilior morning,hut notwith
standing my juvjuiiicro, n* Auut Dorothy,
j the prceidiug genius <f Detchiugley was
my n other's bftefoi sister, it was only a
| fe th*e 1 UUffM good-tgr e to
* tlfo flenr old home circle, and was traveling
rapidly northwards, through the falling
leaves and the fading flowers of the dywig
! year.
Aunt Dorothy came out Into the great
hall to meet me as I alighted from the
carriage, and my heart turned tow ard* her
with a loyal love.
j u You "have another aunt, you know,
Ellis, dear," she said, " t'ome, now, and
;, sew her."
Aunt Mvra We.itwood sat all alone br
ibe great log fire in the drawing-room. 1
1 saw at once that Aunt Myra was not a
, pretty woman, nor aught that is beautiful
or lovely ; but coldly, defiantly handscme; |
and the quick eye of youth told me that
there was a mystery about her, aud that j
I we should not be good Iriends until it was
i Ido nor snppose 1 shall ever forget my
1 first evening at Detchiugley—the small
dinner party of three ladies; thequaiut,
dark, wainacotcddming-room; the qusiuter
and darker fr.mily portraits hanging round
us on the walK like mates at a lunvral ; j
the metallic voice of Aunt Myra failing
lecbok-ss on my ear, and the sweet, tremu
lous one of Aunt Dorothy, like notes of:
the dear home music. 1 was very glad
when we rose to go into the drawing-room '
As we were crossing the hall, just by the
fcot of the stairs, 1 noticed bo h ladies (
glance quickly and mast uneasily up them, j
1 followed their glance, but the only thing
taat att!acted mv attcution was a portrait
rtthe fulUltngth |->rtrait of a lady tn a
flarvod oaketo (MMAI yeflrniig, wistful
face, shadowed by rich, eoft, hair, and
lighted by eyes that bad a storv in them.
" Isn't it a lauitly portrait f' I asked,
" or only an ideal subject I"
' sp[waled to Aunt Mm. * Ideal you
will find it, Edith, tn every sense," she ,
replied, but there wss something in her
tone, something in the wav in which she
covered her eyes with her hands as if she
would shut out the picture from their
gase, that for an instant startled mc, but 1 ,
"only replied.
" It is a very wonderful, beautiful paint
ing. 1 should love Uncle Charles toaev
The tangled netting at this moment fell
from Aunt Dorothy's nervous fingers and
she sprang before me towards her sister ; j
for the cold, white hand had fallen pulse- i
loss to that lady's side. Aunt Myra had
! fainted.
Aunt Dorothy turned suddenly cm me
j —suddenly, almost sharply, it seemed to
j me ; and said : 4 ' You must be tired, Edith, j
with vour long journey—cams to bed now,
child.* 1
I slept Tery little that night, and many, I
many times wished myself home again.
Three or four days peas-d awsy very
monotonously. I devoted myself to Aunt
• Dorothy, but I shrank intuitively from
! Aunt Myra. I felt that she repelled me—
only endured my presence because I gave
pleasure to her sister Dorothy. My mother
had made me a little acquainted with her
lamilv history. 1 knew she was what is
( called '• well-bornbut that oiw had de- 1
scended frotn such an ancient line as the j
( asmes recorded on the old church walls ,
told me she bad, was quite unknown to
I left Detcbmpley church that Sunday
afternoon under the impression that I bad
been sojourning for s brief while in a Taut
charnel -house vl tue temily <>f West wood ;
fod mmdst fnittn}>erk**, tit appeared to me.
were the tablets, scrolls, and ''storied
urns" wbeieon were traced the names of
mv mother* ancestors.
As 1 walked slowly akg, a white mar
ble cross, rising from among the green
, mounds, attracted my attention. 1 read
upon it:
Who departed this life, Dec. 24tb, 18—,
AGED 20 TEaas."
I A West wood lying ct in tie open
'graveyard! Was "there no roots' in the
' church for this young girl to sleep benosth
the dust-rovered" and rusty tnnor ?
My mind was dwelling on tha discovery
I bad jest made. It seas only natural that
II should tarn to my companion ami say:
" Who was Katharine West wood P'
Short and prompt was the answer I re
' ceiTed:
1 " Tour uncle Cbtri' "'* wffr." '
f literatlv stood still with astohwhment.
A " How very strange," I < bserved—" 1
never knew Uncle Charles had teen mar
ried at all."
" That is a proof, Ei itb," replied Ante
Myra, "that your mother did not thif k !
you sufficiently judicious to be cntnrited
with thO knowledge. It shows great wis
dofn on btfr part; <H6*btes judged of you as
Ha" : t
i " Aant Dorothy," 1 said to her, as she wa
1 about to leave mv room that evening, "why
have 1- not heard before that Uncle I'Harie*
wa married V
" There are some natures, Edie," replied
' Aunt Dorothy, slowly, " that never ran
endure tb hear these great sorrows talked
teMuU Your Unrie"Charles ha* amch a
' nature. Kdith. He loved his Wife so dero-
U-fHy.anil oheriahai her memory so even at
j this time, that hi* family never apeak of
! her to save him the p* n g" which mention
ofher would call forth.
I was quite by myself one bright, wintry
morning, and was making my way home
through the cbnrcb-yard, when a respecta
ble-looking old woman, standing by the
grave with the marble crosa, caught my
attention. It was a kind, good face,
motherly and soft, and it seemed to me
that she looked lovingly down on the
green turf, and was caressing with one
: i band the polished surface of the vt bite
" I knew ber, my dear young lady !"
she exclaimed; * nearly all her life I knew
her. Hlie was just a poi.r young thing,
left without any parents when quite a
baby ; end she was sent to the Hall to be
taken care of. Mr. Wcstwood—the father
of the ladies there now, roiaa—was her
guardian; and when she was about seven
teen, Mr. Charles who was a cousin of the
famjly, aud who, they all hoped, would
marry Miss Myra Westwood. eame down
to stay at the Hall, and fell m lose with
my Katharine, and married her, and took
hpr ott to where hU regiment waa for two
ypart- And then he was sent away to
i some foreign place, where there Was fight
ing going on, so he could not take bis wife
with him ; and she came down to live at
the Hall again with the ladie*. But she
was ill and weakly like, poor dear--fretting
after him, I aoppose. So thev took her off
, to France, somewhere; but she soon died,
ard then tbey brought her back here in
' her coffin; but she wasn't buried at once,
I wanted to ask more—to learn all that
the woman knew, but just then Aunt
Myra csmc along, and in her cold, distant
1 way took my arm and we went home.
' That evening as I groped my way to my
room, the lamp not being lighted, I made
a discovery—the recess between two of
' the portraits was not a recces, but a door,
1 and the door was open, only juat a little
way, and behind it was a dim sort of light
which glimmered on to the landing. My
vulgar curiosity," as Aunt Myra would
doubtless have termed my very natural de
. sire to know more on the subject, prompt
ad me to push the door a little further ,
open, and look in. Just then I heard the
I firm, unmistakable fboMeps <f Aunt Myra
ronitug from hct na-iu above. Slow ami
meamrvd It seemed at flint, then suddenly
became quicker ; and, from my gloomy |>-
*ition on the lowest stair, I could see her
hasten acrusa the landiug, lookiug quickly
aud furtively around her a* ahe wvtit, ami
disappear in the aeceo*. 1 heard no dour
close, but the faint, dim light faded in
stantaneously ; ami in the silence ami dark
ness 1 made mv way to my room.
tin entering, my heart teemed to cease
(•eating—for there by the fire sat a woman,
her face partly hidden from me by the
long brown hair that fell over it. The
closing of the door had startled her. She
half rose from her chair; then appeared to
• lie reassured in route way, and sat down
again. Frightened as 1 waa—terror-#truck,
I may nay—aa 1 stood in the shadows, and
watches! the firelight flicker over the pale,
beautiful face, the thought stole into my
mind instantly that the face before me
was the exact counterpart of the picture
banging in the hall, and which had so at
i Iraetrd mv attention. I went a lew step*
nearer. T made up a mighty mind, and
opened my mouth to apeak. The bright,
wonderful eyee were fixed on me a* 1 did
*o. But I heard no sound i*aue from my
, hp*, though they tried te form the words ;
i " Who are you P
The face smiled—looked tnto the fire—
posited away with both hands its long,
shadowy hair—then rose from the chair,
! and eame a step nearer to m aa it uttered
j these terrible words :
*' I am buried in Detchfnglev church
! yard."
Well, I suppose I shuddered, and turned
: white, and felt as any other young girl
' under the same circutustaucca might hare
done; bull do not remember anything
i distinctly, except shivering very much
I over a tireless grate, ami wondering how
tit was that 1 was found lying senseless ou
' the hcarthiug.
Time stole on; a fortnight had passed
away; it wanted juat a week to Christ
mas, but the strange face had not yet reap
peared. I had not been inactive all this
time, for 1 bad most persevering!)' attacked
daily the door in the recess, but it never
once yielded to my edbrt*, and 1 was al
most beginning to despair of accomplishing
the work I had laid out hw myself.
One intolerable dull day I proposed so
lacing myself ri ha little muric, and was
. about to commence; but, hearing my
amiable relative mutter something about
being " bored," and " that horrid march,"
' I thought it as well to spare her the inflic
tiou. I remember she informed me that
| night, before going to bed, that my uncle
I Charles was exptctod to arrive the follow
ing Thursday—Christ ma* Eve—and that
lit was proposed that 1 should return to
town with him after hi* short visit of two
jor three day* was concluded. Both piece*
of intelligence gave more real pleasure than
I cared to express.
That night I had fallen into my first
sleep, when I was suddenly awakened by a
soft, warm band being laid on mine.
"Yea, Aunt Dorothy," 1 said, starting
up, and endeavoring to look extremely in-
I tclliyent. at the same time being awkardlj
sensible that I felt uncommonly stupid.
But the voice that replied to me wu not
Aunt Dorothy's.
" I vrai married once," it said, in a low
murmur, " a Jong time ago now—when I
wu alive. And in the church, that day
they played as you did to night. But it
wu on the organ, yon know—the organ in
the great church in the valley. But I am
i Imricd now—buried in Detcbinglej church
; yard. Myra said it would be better for
; iiw it I died. Ha would be rich, and
i great, and grand ; and people would love
: and honor bim. It wu I only that kept
him back—because 1 wu poor and not
j clever."
1 knew all now ; there was no Katherioe
Went wood in the churchyard—no one at
all in that grave!
Christmas morning at Detcbinglej. It
bad been my intention to meet ray Cacle
Charles at the station, to (irepere hint for
the strange announcement; hot, on reflec
tion, it occurred to me that he would
not allow mc to accompany him to the
grave; tberefore, 1 resolved he should have
no opportunity of refusing me, aud so
would meet him. Thus I came upon bim
just aa he was entering the churchyard
gate. I saw be wax surprised, and not aito
getner pleased ; but he greeted me affec
tionately, and a a he walked by my side up
the narrow-pared pathway, lie remarked
that I did not look well. We bad just
reached the marble cross, and the difficulty
of my undertaking rose before uie in al lit*
magnitude; Tiewcd from a distance, it had
not appeared formidable. I stood at ill, re
solved to enter on the subject at once, ami
said : 44 1 am not very well, Uncle Charles.
I have something on my mind that I ought
to tell you about. I could not speak ot it
at the Hall, so have come here to do so."
lie frowned, and-looked annoyed, mut
tering something sbofit: " Would not an
other time do as well 7"
, 44 Nt not Fell," J mhdej answer.
r- This ta ttra Only r%bt fime, aixi'thv only
right 'place, T ncfe Charles. You most
listen to me"—for he w* turning angrily
away, ° I would not intrude on yonr sor
row if 1 could not lighten it—"
i 41 1.iffktcn it, child P* he iaterrupted mo
by 4 ) Bo yon know what the sor
row is that you speak of 4 lightening ? 4
[ Can you bring the dead back to lite, or
, brighten the gloom of ten long years 7 Can
you tell that cold, dark grave to give me
Uck my young wifow-" >
It wa* my torn tdlnterrnpt now.
44 Yes, yes, I can, Uncle Charlt*. That
is what 1 have to tell you."
Sternly be looked at me a* he firmly
grasped my arm, and drew me from the
grave on to the pathway,
i 4l This gloomy place has weakened your
mind, Edith—it ie only chanty to think
44 Oh, Uncle Charlea, if yon could but
believe that wha# 1 oey 1* real and true!
There ia no one in that grave—never ba*
been. A terrible deceit has been practised
noon yon all these year*, and unec my
virtt here I have discovered It. Ask Aunt
Dorothy, ahe will tcdl you what I have.''
There was a dead silence when I ceased
speaking, that seemed to last a long time.
Anxiously I waited for a response; but
none came. He stood with his wee averted
at lint; then turned suddenly on me, and
•aid: 44 <tome, come—quick !"
' We had reachrfl the Hall: we were in
the drawing-room. Uncle Charles folded
his arma on the mantelpiece, and leant bis
face upon them; then said, almost in a
voice of command— 41 Fetch your aunt
Myra, Edith ; tell her I am here."
44 1 can't Uncle Charles—f can't indeed."
Rut he only repeated hia words in a still
sterner tone.
And then I went—but not to fetch Aunt
Myra. I went straight to my own room
—for the dusk of the early evening was
closing in rapidly, and that wa the ac
customed time for the stranpe woman to
meet me. She waa there, standing by one
of the windows, aa I entered; and greeted
me with tbeae words— 44 This Is Christmas
Eve. I died on Cbristmaa Eve."
44 That is gone by," I replied. 41 You sre
dead no longer. Come now, with me'"
1 slid by hand into one of bers, and led
her to the drawing room ; only saying,
as I closed the door on her, to my uncle
Charles— 41 Remember, to-day you have
come back to life."
Then I rapidly returned up-stairs; hut
this time I made way'to Aunt Dorothy's
room. I knocked; no reply. 1 entered
the room ; it was tenantless. She would
be with Aunt Myra, I naturally thought;
so turned my footsteps that way, { softly
tapped, but softer still was the low voice
that replied—though iu tones were firm
and concentrated— 44 Come in, Edith."
1 went in. I closed the door behind me,
And then I shivered. I don't know why I
did so—the room iva* not cold ; and Aunt
Mi r* wa* lying ou the U-d, with lit-r rhin
renting on the c!a*|ad hand*, ami her tare
turned to the riding light, Bculptured
from a block of mat hie *hc might have
Uen, for aught of lit* that wa* visible in
the proud, majestic form.
" Come closer to me. Edie, child," aid
Auut Dorothy, with a rort o! wail iu her
voice"; " lor I am alone iu the world—quite
alone. 1 mt-ait. Edie, there wno uue now
to whom my love ia ncccasary.'
I understood what she meant. I wi-ut
up to her by the bedside, and took her in
my anus, pressing the dear face, vith it*
dowu-l'alling tears, cke to mine.
" tli, Auut Dorothy, what have 1
done V'
" Right, rhtid," she taltl in a utern, cold
voice, sttange to her, and startling to we.
And then we were quiet for some time,
until Aunt Dorothy spike again.
"It wa* a* 1 tenred. Edith. (iradoaHy
a* the truth broke upou her, the shock was
too much ; hut *he died aa she lived—to
herself. She made no sign, uttered no
word; only lay down and died. One
yearning cry for pardou, one word of *or
, row fortho sad btttei ps*t never pa>cd
her lips; aud now her trial tune is over,
aud h* ha* entered on the never-ending
lite. Whether it was woman's jealoudy—
for if she ever loved a human being it w*
vour Uucle Charles—or family pride, which
lia* been the curse of her existence, that
induced her to act the cruel port she ha*,
11 cannot nay. She ha* passed beyond
human judgment. We must leave the
creature with it* Creator, Kdith; for to
llira alone we either stand or fall."
u Oh. Aunt Dorothy, if she should find
!uo panhn! and I have hurried her there!"
" Hush, hu-h, child! It ia not for u* to
limit the mercy of Heaven."
And then we sat together a long time
silent, with our arm* clasped round each
other, iu the dark, auk-uiu room.
I have been aw uuan ever since that
Christmas Eve at ltetcinngiy. It wasl he
turning piant in mv lite- it made me dis
cover the true mission of woraau upon
earth ; to bring comfort and peace into the
aching, weary heart* of our tellow- crea
tures. Katltariue Westwood, with the
love light softening the mild, wonderful
beauty of her eyes, told me this a* we all
sat together in the drawing-room, when
the evening lamp* were lighted ; L'ncle
Charles, with a gladness in hia voice I had
never heard before, told me the sain*;
and Auut Dorothy, dear Aunt Dorothy,
a* she stood bv my side in the great hail,
listening to the Christina* belli ringing
their joy-toned menage over mountain
and valley, Aunt Dorothy whispered
" The an^cL —the angel*—fcdic, that *pqke
ao long ago to troubled hearts, tbey are
speaking to us, child, now—the same
word*. Let u* listen—and learn i"
The New Year.
'• We take no note of time but from
its toss." The y<-ar* come and go, and
wc mark their commencement and their
termination, the one following bard
upon the other. Whether we have been
immersed in cares and duties, or whether
we have experienced vivid pleasure*, or
whether the time has jwrea so quietly
that we have taken but little notice of its
flight, we have y<-t gone ouce more
through the round of mouth*, aud again
the New Year comes up to claim its |uaco
ia the coming history of tho days lliat
are to lie.
In the short interval that comes be
tween Ckrutnut* and the New Year we
have an opportunity of reviewing the
past and anticipating the future. We
Sinse, and look hack ward* and forwards.
'e look before and after, aud pine for
what ia not.
Porhapa this in so, or perhaps we re
joice in lite attainment of sum* object
we have desire*!. There sre a few jw*>-
plo—we wish there were manv—who can
say that they have reached the summit
of their ambition- It was our chance to
meat with one of theso fortunate people
the other dav, and she said : " I im
wry happy; I have everything I wish
for. " It aoen one coot! hi hear now aud
theu of a person whose utmost wish has
been gratified. Wo trust that aiming
our readers there arc some to wltoin the
Old Year has been tlni* bountiful. There
are no doubt others who will have to aay
of the passing time,
44 He gare mo a fiiond, and a true, true-love.
And the Now Year wdl take them away.'
Let us hypo that iu such raw* as these
the New Year will not only take away,
bnt will give also ; will give abundantly,
so thnt it shall he rcmcmlwred more for
its gifts than for what it has taken.
Lot us ull turn to it with anticipations
of better things in the time that is to
come. We hope that the now leaf which
is te be turned over will make a wonder
fnl difference in fhe Htyh- of the cliapter
that is nlKHit to lie written. Of ooume
we arfr sure that in many instances it
will not, bnt the prcaont ia a season of
looking forward with hojm and confi
dence, and we would not spoil pleasant
anticipations by any gloomy forelKxlings,
For our readers, and for all those who
are dear to them, we wiali a Happy Now
Year in the fulloU aud beat sense of tun
THE liroiax ARROW.—From the small
branches of tho dog-wood, or some
other hard wood resembling birdseye
inapk, simply with their knives and a
flamo of fire, the Indian women work
out the haft, which is smooth tunl al
most n* straight n* a sunbeam. This
done, by the aid of a piece of h< Bp-iron,
sharpened upon a atone, they make n
point, whicn, with the feather*, i*
(winnd on the shaft. The next atop ia to
ornament it, by means of pigments,
with the national colors of the tribe, and
to so mark the polished aides with lines,
that the completed arrow, to the Indian's
eye, is the very representative of the
armorial bearings of his people. Armed
with his bow. and a qniver of these ar
rows, he will mount his favorite horse,
and dialling into a drove of buffalo, he
will drive these feathered messengers
through the hard rib* of n veteran bull
with snnli force that it will pans Irayond.
and make a second one bite the dust;
end do this too against walled side*,
which flatten the rifle bullet into a pel
let that falls harmless to tho ground.
called Hazel Plain, iu Prince William
county, Y*., (bettor known an tlraChinn
farm), containing fiVe hundred and fifty
aorea, belonging to B. T. Uhinn, was
sold for eight dollars jer acre, to Mrs.
Mary A Downman, exccntrix. This
farm is a portion of tho plateau upon
which were fought the first, and second
battles of Msnsasas. When the war
commenced it wa* under a high state ot
improvement, and the dwelling house
upon it wns one of the finest in this sec
tion of the State, but war devastated it,
and the open fields, aud the young pines
snd shattered mansion all now boar evi
dence to the bloody conflicts of which
it waa tho seene.— Charleston News.
DECIDED. —Covington, Ga., has a
Debating Society. The question last
discussed by this august assembly was,
44 Which is the more useful, paper or
gunpowder." The President was for a
tang time in great doubt as to which
side had produced the- strongest argu
ment, when one of tlie powder side arose
and veiy gravely eaid : 44 Mr. President:
Spose oar was a bar out dar at do door,
and you was to go dar and shake de
paper at him, you'd sec what do bar
would do. But jes shoots cannot at him
and mark de result. I calls for de ques
tion." The President forthwith decided
in favor of powder.
Iu old lloiusu mythology J<mm wa* a ,
royal doorkeeper, au appro|iriiite name
for such a pi-raonsge, iunsnon h as the
Latin word jusM, from which Jonus is
derived, menus a trior. When Nutuu
Puuuiiliua, a hose reign dosed about ix
hundred and seventy two years B. D. I
I before Christ), took it into his hsad to
wake a new " time table " for the world;
he ujiset tiring* generally. The Aticieut'
Jewish, KgypUnn, and (ireok Calendftrt
begau tile year ou the 2.*ith of March,
aud this system rati onward info the
OhriKtiu!! cenUirtc*. But Nurna Pom
pilitis phuwsl two new months before the >
( previous ten, and culled the first Jauu- j
ary in honor of Jtotus; and very appro- (
I pi iat' ly, for as the old mult-.logical deity
; was a door-opciMtr, ao Jauuarv open's '
j the year. This Janus, by the way, had j
two faoea (ami the two tared people of 1
i these days show that the nice is not *x
tincl), one looking forward and <>nai
backward, into the future and into fhe <
, jmat Occasionally he waa represented j
with four teres, ami thus he had U>4 ,
double name Junws liifrons ttwo-fuocd),
ami Jouut (Jnoilrtfrim* (four-faced).
The Romans worshipped Jon us as the '
guardian of the year and the seasons; of |
gate* aud doors ; aud the beginning of I
th day the people praycxl to him, aad at ,
j tho beginning of tho year •aerifies* were
offered to htm on twelva alters, ou* for
each month.
Tho first day of January lias for many'
■ centuries been celebrated hj fasftngs'
, and rejoaiug*. aud the ou*tom of mnk -1
tug presents ilate* book so fu into the
dim past that we cannot trace iWongm. j
Early Latin Authors mention it, aud jt |
is piactistnl to great excess in the far *dT .
years of English and Prench history.
, The fsihiou was, in those days, to giro
such articles sa were rare, and tre;
1 read of ireaeut of " glove-money," or
i gloves, when gloves were expensive, t
About the beginning of thn sixteenth I
j century metallic pins were invuuted,
doubtless to the grert joy aud oouvoui- j
once of the ladies, ami these useful lit
i tie artictea were often given aa New
Year's presents, and money with which
to pwrcosse piu*, and ao 44 pin-money " I
| became a common gift. In proceas of
j time the phase came to uraan any money ;
to b# expended for triflt *.
Preserrs It.
Few readers can be aw are, until they
have lid occasion to test the fact, how
much labor aud research i often aavt-d '
by such a table as the following, the
work of on# now in hi* grave. If his
tory ia poetry, then here is 44 poetry
I {leraonified : 1
1607—Virginia settled by th* Etighah.
1614—New Y'ork settled bv the Dutch, j
i lftilO—Maiwachnsette settled by the Pu- j
1624 —New Jersey settled by the Dnteh, 1
1627 Delaware aettled by the Sjmh# '
and Pinna.
1635— Rsnlaod settled by the Irish |
ISB6—Connect!cut settlivl by the Pari- (
1639—Rhode I*l*ud aettled by Roger
1650—North Carolina settled by the*
1670—Soiith ('xrolina settled by the
Hugnauote. i
1682-rennaylvauL settled by YYUlism ,
17S2—Ueorgia Kettlctl by Honoral Ogle- j
1791 Vermont admitted into the Unlou.
1793—Kentucky admtite I into the Union
! 1796—Tcnneasoe admitted into the Uniou
. 1802—Ohio admitted into tn* Union.
1811—Ix>uiaaa admitted into the Union.
1816—Indiana admitted into the Union.
181ft—Illinois admitted into the Union.
1819— Alabama admitted into the Union.
1830— Maine admitted into the Union.
1821—Missouri admitted into the Union.
188ft—Michigan admitted into the Union
' 1886—Arkansas admitted into the Union
1845—Florida admitted into the Union.
1846—Teise admitted into the Union.
1847—Iowa admitted into the Union.
. 1848—Wisoooaia admitted into the '
185G-—California admitted mtotbe Union
Is9—Oregon admitted into tha Uni^a.
A Pri*on Romance.
Ever* prison has ita romance, and that
of the f'enitentiaiy at Kingston.t 'anada,
i worth recounting. In 1842, uear To
ronto, the serving cum of a Caption Kin
near murdered hia master to obtain a
sum of monsy which wa* in the honre.
After killing bim, the vrretrli sl*o slew
the housekeeper. He waa arrcsti-d. and
at lii* trial implicated a girl of fifteen,
named Grace Mark*, who was living in
the house, as an accomplice, alleging
that she knew of tho murder of the mas
ter before that of the housekeeper took
fdacc. Her story wa* that he threatened
ler with death if ahe gave the alarm ;
but as she hail bean ou intimate terms
with the murderer, it was discredited.
He waa hanged and sbo sentenced to the
Penitentiary for life. Almost thirty
years have elapsed. and she is stfll n pris
onor, no more a blooming girl, but an
old woman, pale, silent, sad, and prema
turely gray. From time to time some
newspwjMtr correspondent, visiting the
iustitotioa. hears and jmblishi-a her
stoTy. Hiere is a talk of a petition for
her "relcnie; people say 'tis strange, 'tis
Sussing strange, *ti* pitiful, 'tis
roua pitiful, and then thi' matter tliifs
away. Whore she lived and the cryof
murder went tro are now acres of teio.:
and mortar ana miles of dirty strfcete.
Her kindred are dead, her crime forgot
ten, aud her very existence aad history
Eclipse for 1872.
In 1873 there will lie four eclipses, two
of the sun snd two of the moon.
I. May 22, a partial retapse of the,
mooa, invisible in tho United .States,
and therefore not especially interesting
to the majority of our reader*.
11. June 5, an annulsx oolipne of the
sun, subject to the same disadvantage*
ss above. An 44 annal.-.r" eclipse is when
s part of the sun's disk projects as a
brilliant circle around the dark shadow
of the moon. . r
111. November 14 and 15, a partial
eAlipre of the moon, invisible in tbeUoi-'
ted fttate*. At Boston ?—it begins st
12:15 (midnight) and ends at 12:53.
IY. November 30, ao annular eclipse
of the son. not visible in the United
States. Should ws lo "doubling"
Gap* Horn at that time, the darknesa
will be visible to iw.
—The Legislature of Pennsylvania Is to
lie culled on daring the next session to
pass an act providing for the destruction
of weeds in thnt State. Owners, occu
piers or lessees of lands are to lie com-
Klled to keen not only their farms free
im Ml sncli weeds 'as mulleins, wild
carrot, Canada thistle, horse nettle aud
oxeye daisy, but tho-e portions of tho
public roads which pass through or ad
join their properties. Railroad compa
nies are to be amenable to the provisions
of this act. As very much mischief has
been done by selling grass seed foul with
all these and more vilo seed, persona
who knowingly or even inadvertently do
so should be brought within the scope of
this act If it is true that 44 the de
struction of the poor is their poverty,"
it is equally true that weeds produce
poverty both of the farm and the farmer.
limn, -to uting lUlCalocs.
I utu a unlive A merit an, write* a ft#-
reap iudi<ut, and justly proud of ray
country, so fur n* there M uoyiliiug ti>
be proud of, utul brim without worth is
more damaging than wu soraetimoa think.
The wosU-ru tormot Deeds oomwtiou
, *W<t hf fluuri* more lhaii hi* due. Sow,
in the matter of douiestieaUng the buf
falo, of utilising lifts raw material, of
working this vast field of wealth, what
does llw (arwara say ? If yott ak him, '
Will the taming of the buffalo pay ? he
almost uaivcraally ajra he thinks it will.
Hut why don't Ire uudurtake it 7 " Well,
he's to, aa soon aa he kin eonre
1 round to It -, the farm's so "big, and
' axraev'a so scarce, and times is so hard
i that ha hain't had ojiportnaity jet, but
j he'a agtun' to."
II ul the axpurinreut is being tried, and
so far as 1 know anything of it, with
auceuss. I know of sutne buffido, (or
I bison.) heifers aud bulla, two years old,
' which promise well for geutleneas and
' trotting fat under conditions that the
i native stock suffer from. The feet te
I the buffalo will fatten easier, be worth
j mure in hide and flesh, can be cultivated
, into a good milker, and will b* kind and
gentle. Hut the difficulty of taking the ,
calves retards fhe process somewhat;
' they are kept fn the centre of the herd,
1 mid in all cases of danger tha bulls flank
the herd. To capture thm it is nv
mry to break through tha 11 inkers,
, through Ui* rnoks of oowa to tire calves,
ami thou, riding at full galop, either
iparo them or catch them by the tails,
which stiuk straight up iu the chase, and
. npset ana tie them. Bht why don't they
1 trap tliein 7 you mar ask. Because they
I have no trap's which insure the litre of
tha eolvre. A pit-fall night do to get
buffalo steaks but the Ufe and limb of ;
j lire CAIVO* would be greatly endangered, i
and, of e utrro, the calvea only mnat he
iakea. lira old fellows are too stiff in
. Hicir pr j;idio;M for ojven prairie free
dom. It ta a problem vet nusoived.
Ttra ftpamsh fever, brought up by the
fliM drove* last summer, has depopu
lated tha Country of the Durham*, nod
jll vpaa, aad Ji rreya. Milk and butter
ia scarce , Is f i plenty, such as it is
but one who ka triod a Texas steak from
s creature which has exercised its inum-lre
'over a 1,20" mile journey, sigh# for a
tender, jtecv Wt of good sirloin. Some
thing milt lie done to replenish our
I stock. Tiioas who pretend to know say
I i-uffslo re prrferalik- to Texas cattle, and
|1 have an idea that the taming of the
' ormtyrv is an outerpriso which will, ueit
year aud anvci-eding year*, receive such
on imperii* M will soon place it among
the legHimnt# endoavora of the western
An Eastern here Story.
Kum-JaUkaya, a Buddhistic legend,
has been rendered for the first time into
English verse, frotn the Hinhalea. by
Thomas Hteele, of the Ceylon Civil Ser
vior, and published in iem'doa by Trnb
per k A'a. It is the story of an Indian
i'riuco, son of the greatest aovvrt igu of
Ihunbadiva (India;, who is gifted with
"Very intellectual and moral quality, but
ill-favond in hb personal arancc.
asks in marriage a priocews of great
tieanty, and ha* her hronght in pomp to
the court of the king, his father. As
soon as the krrely I'rabasati has seen
her Iwtdagroom. Prinoe Kusa, in broad
day-light, she takes to flight and returns
to hr father's house. Kuaa follows her,
and after practising various trade* in the
town where her father reigna, ends by
obtaining acre* to the palare. where, aa
a cook, he dwtingnii- he-l himself by his
uncommon talent But neither hia enli
naiy skiU nor hi* lamentations move the
heart of Psabsvati ; and. being imnilt
vngfy rifltttted, tio.ift induced to return
to hu native town. Immediately after
bit departure, seven kings arrive, each
at the livid of an army, to demand the
hand of PmbavatL The father of tho
prince** is mnoh embarrassed ; if he be
stows bis daughtf up"D one of the sevee,
the other six will nmte against him in a
war which may niin lus country. Iu
this dilemma, the king, touched with
compassion, for hi* people, decide* that
Ina daughter shall he ent into seven
nieces, and the portion* carefully equal,
izefl so that the seven suitors' any be
satisfied, and no one ma le j .-aloufl.
The prospect of this sevenfold marriage
causes Prattsvaii to reflect; ahe begin*
to consider that Prince Kuaa, whom ahe
so arrugantlv rejected, is certainly not
handsome, W fnl! of intelligence, of
constaWy, and love : that he la the *<w
of the most powerful king, and at the
head of the most bnllwat court to be
found ; she declares herself therefore
reedy te accept him aa ber spouse. Kusa
hits in the meantime returned ; by I>L
*ti]N-ior talents, without shedding of
I dood, I* l defeats and takes prisoners
the seven kingly suitors ; and as his
clemency equals his bravery, aad Pra
lie rati fortunately ha* seven sister*, he
gives one in marriage te each of the
conquered kfogx. As for himself, his
ugliness is suddenly transformed into
beauty, he in married to Frabevati, " and
they both live happy ever afterwards."
A RIT -Boraarkahle stories
about the sagneita- of rata abound, and
rats 44 of the period" wn to he improv
! ing ott the wisdom of thefr aiirestors. A
, lady Brunswick, Maine, vouches for
the a talo a* strange as Any we
have heard lately. Tha lady waa greatly
annoyed by rat* in herccltnr, where phe
, kept, anmng other thing*, several downs
of bottle* of preserves Ou shelves, She
often found the oOtks out of anaie of tha
I Kittle*, aad an evident deereane of the
Km rve*, a eirmmatanoe which pnezh-d
meh. fine day, sa she was In the
yard near the cellar window, ' ahe hap
pened to suv an old gray rat ran across
lbe cellar and climb ou the shell. Stand
ing on his hind-tag*, with hia fore-tag*
around the neck of the Itotita, he nosed
out the stopper, sn 1 drawing n quart
box that Wo* eu the shelf to tho side of
the botiie, not up on it. He then turned
about and dipped hia tail full length in
to the preserves. Carefttlly drawing his
1 tail ont, he doubled himself up, and drew
Hiis tail through hi* mouth until he had
i removed all of the preserve*. He rtn
jiested this satneproooss, and the lady
i wwtohed thi* bailing, for nearly half nu
, hour, tttrtil tiie liad settled thepre
lervcs tomft two inches.
A UFLAFRT, OBOW.—A orow owned BY a
farmer iu 8 tan ton, Va., has constituted
himself superintendent of the cußnarv
department of hi* master'a household,'
, and when tha dogs invade tho premises,
clears them out He destroys every
frog about the well ; allows a mouse ao
chance for hi* life; drives away hawks
from the poultry, and bids fair to act as
the best squixrel dog in the country.
With lus argue eyes he readily spiea a
squirrel ei thernpon the fence or on trees,
and, with natural antipathy te the whole
squirrel tribe, liis shrill, keen note is
readilv detected by hi* owner, aaeom
pauiei'l by rapid darts np and down, and
the owner is thus led to the game.
CONTEHTBD.— Indiana has one editor
who is thoroughly content with this
world and it* belongings. Indeed, he
is inclined to 44 brag" stiffly of his com
t fortable situation. He says: " The
editor is now in the possession ot the
prettiest and the smartest daughter in
the State, the handsomeet and most in
tdligent wife in the State, the fastest
and beet horse in the State, the best
cow in the State, the best pig in the
State, he prints as good a paper as any
body else does in the State, and in this
state of affairs he is happy." We sljpuld
say lie oofbt to be-
t en# mine t hri-lmsa.
"Yawning for a Cheshire eberee" ia
lucutiunod in the Atectttfor as s Chrlsl
mss garnboL
It wsssustomary for the King of Prunes
to give preMsau to their soldiers at
Christ rasa rime.
It was formerly thought that bread
baked on Christmas Ere would not turn
Within the lsst hundred years the
freti vitire appropriate to Christens* bav#
ranch fallen off.
In the North of England a goose is
slwsya the chief ingredient in the com
position of a Christmas pie-
In Ui* arUur age* of the church** the
hi*hop* were accustomed, on Christmas
Dav, to sing carols among the clergy,
The young girl* in Kuaua are the her
oines of the Christmas festivities which
atMun invented hut for their amiwement.
In the Roraau Catholic ohurch three
maaere are preformed at Christinas—one
at midnight on* at daybreak, aad one
in the morning.
The Christmas festivities celebrated
with more or loss brilliancy till Candle*
ma* ; aud with great spin! kill Twelfth
By the Itaritan parliament ChrtenH
was abolished altogether, and holly and
ivy were made seditious badges.
Chriatmaa Day,in the Prion!i ve obureb,
was always observed as the sabbath Day,
and like thai proceeded by an ore or vi
"Oiorisin Exetaia," the well known
hymn sung by the angel* to theaheparas
at the Lora'a nativity, was the earliest
< 'hri*ttnaa carol.
Christmas was called the fsl of
i Lights tn the Latin cbw eh, bars use they
used many lights or candle* at the feast.
It is the saying in Lincolnshire. Eog
' land, that if there is as much io before
Christmas as would bear a gooee, there
will not be so much after aa will bears
i duck.
44 The mistletoe. magical shrub,"
■ays the Gmrirmrm's M ttjasonc, in 1871,
44 appeared to bo the forbidden tree in
the middle of the trees of Eden."
The yak-Dough was a kind of baby,
or htu* imago of part*, which bafcera
used formerly to bake st Christmas time,
am! present to their caatomera.
Mistletoe was abolished in the Christ
mas decking of churches because it was
found to set the young ladies and gen
tlemen a reading the marriage service.
Mtaleto* waa formerly bung in the
kitchen or servant'shall * More recently
it has bees raised totbe parlor and deal
ing-room, without, however, reducing
the quantity of kissing in the lower
The UmtUmum's Mtvftums for Asguat,
1790, save that at Kippon, in Yorfcjinm\
<n Chnatmav Eve, the grocers send each
of their customers a pound or half-w
--pouod of corrants and raiwna to xtttks a
Christmas pudding.
In theScilly lafland* they hare a cus
tom of nngrng carols on Christmas I ay
at chnreh, to which the congregation
make contributions by dropping money
into a hat carried about Die chnreh when
the performance is over.
It us the pnsctiee ia England to ewt
ashen fagots for Christmas eve. The
' nah ia said to be the only wood that will
burn green, and it Is the policy of the
wood cutter* to by on as many 44 hinds"
upou tha fagot* as possible, as it b an
aid established custom that every bind
should represent a jug of eider, riot that
thi* ia the limitation of quantity con
sumed on the occasion, only that thm ia
part of the oeroinoaial
tiambUng Helta la New York.
According to the estimate* of police
officials, based on report* and special in
i formation colooted in the discharge of!
their duties, there are at least 211? gam- 1
bliag houses in New York, and at least
1560 person* of known bad character '
i make their livings through conaeotion
aa owners, backer*, dealers, ropecs and i
servant*, with these illegal establish- \
maati The number of victims who,
j are robbed of tho tueaaw by which this .
tanre criminal class Uvea e.tanot well be 1
.-ale ilatcd ; bnt, in view flf the extrara-'
qant habits of the gamblhr. and the
, great axpemtft of aaintAiaing the konsaa, <
; the victims are at least fifty times j
|as nnmerous a* the thieves. Doabtira* i
the aggregate looses of mors than ibff,- i
1 600 dupe* coatribnta to the support of,
I these 2.500 rogue*.
. Most of UM hell* are located brer 1
(Moras to whiatal ladies and ehildren re- :
i sort for purchases, and ia entering and
, leaving are comjmUed to fare thminsaiti i
. tag store of impertinent,
: ed gamMcrw wh lounge atxral the au- I
' trance* Thrv are for this reasou prjo- ,
tieally niriwinces in the eyes of Imriness
mcn.'ittid as soeli ought to be abated hy
being snppremod. Down-town the.
"hnlta" are often found on the'wsme
floors with the nffioas of reiqmatablnl
dealer* and professional mru, and tile j
envlomere of there are
tcring and teflvinp, to risk having their,
(fnctiti picked by the freqnetifarMtf the
44 heNa " —for these gamblers by prof es
aiou ore thuwoa by nstaro. sod often
dosparnto bunntan by noeossity. " ~ \
Many of the princiival and aevwrsl of
the worst gambling house* have 4 t <tey " i
or 41 d.iwn-towc games for the aerrau
im<xta*ion (ami ruin) of the merchanU
whose infatuation for gaming leads them
te neglect business for a fete tatmra of the
day. Naturally puv dark* anl even
the MI HOC agcr boys of marohanta an
drawn into luoae ptaooa, and tore targe
amount* of who! thoy have probably
previously stolon from employera^—Jvu
•jT. Pwpor. , , s
Doctor* at Fault.
The Louisville Conrirr-Jowrmit gives
the following : It will be remembered by
many that on the 24th of December last
the wife of a well knowu German <nti
r.en, on PresMta street, between Green
and Jefferson, was secidentlr shot in the
abdomen with a pi*tol by a* man named
limbic, who fired at a man while in a dif
ficulty. and missed his turn- shooting the
lady. Biebio waa alao shot on- the same
day. and lied a few days ufterwaeda.
The lady w* in a very delicate rendition
nt the tffor of tlie shooting, which mqde
the wottnd doubly dangeroa*, and caused
a very seriohs remit soon after. An
eminMit physician prononnesd her iti
jnrim of such a nature as to preclude
the possibility of her ever again beeom- 1
ing a mother. A woek-or two passed
after the most serious conscquanow of
the affair were over, when the wound
began rapidly to heal. She soon re
gained her former health and strength,
and in on ineredibiy short spare of time
ahe was in the performance of her do
mastic duties, hale add hearty as ever,
and to the astonishment of hex friends,
in due time brought ajxiut a circum
stance that was the astonishment and the
sensation al topic of all the neighborhood
yesterday. Sure enough, on Monday
evening this same lady gave birth to a
boy baby weighing twenty ponuda.
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A Viarr.—Mrs. Wilson, the woman in
whose company Pet Halatead lost hia
life, has made two visits to the murderer
Botts in his cell. She went at the re
quest of Botfs friends, and against the
wishes of her father. The interviews
between them were vary affecting. Both
ware in tear*. At the laat interview they
embraced and kissed aaeh other, and
made other demonstaatiena of svxa pothyj
and of affection until separated by the
d *if¥ twm.i * d*ta li*. j
TKBMB* Two Dollars a Yegr, 1h Advajwjc.
Withered Marss. " ; '
Walking in the wood# ow eoM, krk
4*7 fort Full, with * gloomy beted, I gtb
-4 together * frf! of the dead leaves
that covered tic- ground, and rifting
down, gave myself up to wd thought*.
Ail the world looked leaden-colored,
| UJM sky, and *ll life a* joylm M th .'lull,
brown leaves. Th* dower* hung their
liooe, lifeless bead*; aotn bird-song fell
lag, and I walked the fart in the and
company *1 taanrtten, feeling it WffJPJ,
right ptaee. for f mounted' mare than
tb *j *'
Kooo a faint, sweet odor came to am
from the crushed leave* ; after listening
: long to the wind m it aighnd, through
th* trees, I found there WAS M the sound,
so undertone of hope below all the end- ;
AMM ; a little insect, spared by the frost,
•poke to ne with its tiny voie*; far
I away I heard the fatal aoaai of a little
lirook as it babbled ewer th* atones.
1 Grado-Sy and sweetly the finer, bidden <
tones of nature spoke to me, and km
the Wiles# branches of the trees earn* a
breath which my heart interpreted:
"Wc iurget net tb" grata leaves that
xeem kissed, Wnt end swung on thou
tender atmns tkroqgfcail long anm
mer days; happy birds flew in and oat
unong them, HttJe rhildten played un
der them, and tared men lusted in ibr
eool 'shadow. Now they Ha, the poor
dead things, broken and brown at onr
fcv>t. Shsl! We, therefore, be ondlewdy
t eadr for their loes t. t lurelj no, sfobe we
j kuow that joy cometh in the' #ihgf"
We will TejotM again to harean* bright
and strong and been dial. . ho, dear -km
uiiu - nit. (tad any Use take* (busya*
cherished hopes and plana, krtwilg
on ftm tee# of your Iff* only leafless
branches, through which the winter
winds mean drearily. Tet Maia*t
Curtly joy will eome for you in (tad's
springtime—if not on earth, in heave*.
And ai our fallen J cares aw not. useless#,
j but make the earth fruitful, so
j flowers have stronger US* by means of
, Übeir death, and green leaves am stronger'
for those that have lived aad died before
i them. So your dead hopes may make
sweet flowers Mnaaorn mote frnaMy in
year soul, mey make your Ufa eumugnr
j aad larger and more beautiful" t
I Pertly comforted. I raised my hand,
( but th* memory of * great grief beat At
| down again, as I thought: " The trees
have only • little time to wort, end the
I sweet sunshine and gsmfla rainorill give
them bask their leaves : bat nenaeehtae.
nor eny nun ens of tears—can give
tee beck me friend, and below all, ether
sorrow Hem the deep, hopeless longing
' for a buried face.* Kt!B the ertoet mur-
Luur went on, cbangeleeslv, tender and
j hopeful . Tb/coid winter V* Wan
' not to have been long. Lookiug bask,
liu the blessed light of Godfs awwet,
heavenly summer, with th* dear ftet
user your own, it wfll eeem bat n little
while, after all that yen have waited.",
. A voice within see said : ** Waft on the
I Lord. Be of good courage, sod Be abfjl
strength ,'n thiac heart."
What pleated a bird that suddenly be
•ouniledhis sweet note calling to bis
mate ? Where bad the ateudsgort*, that
: the sky was blue * How gently' th*
1 wind whiypered in the pro* tajeeat Far
j away the little brook leaped and denned
b * smile of the sushght played eger it
for a moment. At my feet Use ground
| from which I bed gathered the ksyns
was bright with soft, green mow. Had
the earth chkngeJ her aad tone for one
'of happiness ? Or bad my heart g&wn
! reconciled, learned, if not to stag'in
unison with her great song, at tatet to
, understand its hsrmoay. M. F. IX
/;. r ßuiliUuglee flftoea. ;
. U tuigiit be morooamfertnhle t> gpcnk
of ice and tee-ho awes when madimmmcr
heals ;:re oppressive than when Itacem-
Insr** frosts are nipping onr cam, Jl
1 ussy be unfortunste 'told Nature d<>-a
riot make tee fbv us whka we feel moei to
need it. Itni the procpeek now i# that
•be will give uch a Iwmntiful fupply
this araaoa that there will be notate
when tee sultry day* oI Aagurt, lfeTL
call for froqucmt cookng patol*oo rind
SSra.TlL^' , Aa
site loe-fiouw may be made : any for
mer can construe! bis own without diffi
eultv." Several Amities An a riltegs
might unite in storing (heir tee in one
bo a nr. And if country pespte should
data form (be lishit of pnorwliifg this
so-called luxury for their iuwt nee.
they wo*ld reriinir its value- The BOon
--tey Qeollenum gives, in substance, £be
folk)whig (hrecflooi tar makiui- *' very
Hrmple structure, which will rirw. a tear
nortiw purpose j Lav entne e!|rails or
poles on R piee* of ground sufll-icntly
inclined to carry off water, All tits'or* -
vices trite snwdwA, end ouwr old
boards qr slabs. Get from the saw mill
s tew load# of slabs, take four about
twelve feet long, notch the oonuwnpn
for * log-house, sett! cm On the phUJosm
and vou have * erth about teb and a
half feet square by the width of MttdMHb
deep i fill this amb with MMritug end
pack it down hard. Gut your is* so that
it will pack close, lay it on the sawdust,
put on another crib of slabs, end fill up
nd pack with sawdust all round, tndeo
gd on till you gt t up Si* or eight feet j
then put'* foot and * half of sawdust cm
top. Over tbt* jmt • shed roof of slabs
—cms end of • the slabs nearly on the
iea, raising the oilier .Afaroe leet Ice
will keep in fnch house as weft as in
a more elaborate strnotur*. .
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LMKIHSBLK.— A pwtty good etonr is
told of s arisen of W J.;
who went oh the cars oh T1 ion k sariring
Day tp see his daughter Having
secured * seat for her, he left the car
and went round to her window to **y si
porting word. While he was prosing
out the daughter left the seat to speak,
to a friend, and at the boa* rims a pripi
looking isdy who occupied the neefrwith
her moved up to the window. Vnawaro
of the import-ant change inside, oar
veneralde friend hastily put his face up
to the window and hurridly rodlniaMfl :
"One more kits, sweet pet" In another
instant the point of a blue edtton um
brella caught hi* seductive lips khcoitr
panied by the passionate injuricrionu
" Soat, yougrey-hended wretch." He
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Aoiccia!f*kV SXATMTWS.—'.Tie total
vmlue of farm products in United
States and Territpiies during the year
ending June 1, 1870, according to th*
tansus statement jnst publisiicd, was
82,445,000,006. The largest product wSs
in New York, and the net! largest in Ill
inois. The total wool ahp for the same
yew is stated at 1U1,234,678 pounds, of
which about one-fifth is credited to
WosAmim wataHteg taws*
Of the trt*grtHswbs;
AmUmwyear 1 Anrthwr gnttl
•'>ollo7, we will est mmm,
* <WMjjj r-l.
Bat rttt! #y afceer rite gtsd taw Tear,
$ Witkh lied Bceva em** tax eat.
Pacta ntal' Faacim.
. A country editor my* that when he
looks at woman's bead be Is poaaled to
teßvrtrtehiansritahw -
sssea. # . dtaofiaroro *1 --
The MM aw a tswsi m uwiasiy a I'mse
of the fuirer hmvyeiHWgb toreneb down
■JMk* pnWlc nortioa in Mornflrid.
Ify., he other day, Urn (kmaty Jail sold
for and the Cowrt House, lor fTh
The very deatmrt piece, is the star*
rtstsWt .. Vnut oas, iwptaa
ata. prism, and then thank us for H-ltiag
the truth.
IjrtUkrshJ Hale i* rtiU, i bar 94th
year, at on Tk. An#ta Book, with
which she has Imen nnsocitaed during
half *f hsur Jifs.
> Mother of she tamQlr ayysto the motor :
••JTea, 1 make it* point of never using
our own hum-# or onrriagea oh Sswdny.
When weHtaeduteri tone day, we nlwnya
hbe." I -f i i'
*.Woman is ahltan, mmla!"•
churned a crusty old bachelor to a witty
young lady * And man fa ahmya ham
aiwg vrn tkdueism er other," was the
oncrsamfMrthm* day, ** who Imm all
■Mf, j " Xun uussus," was the ansa*
Heeled answer.
A few Ay "t who had
sr^s, u, AS-^asrs.i°£
had, contrived tortat>oa( on* third of
* I'lankst that covered him.
tot to"ine
* 31m Wtart "mrtlf ii tor the tadtaa
to color^M^SliSkZ
theogmida. WhpAnntfl
Silver neeklnem in theehsf* of daseiee
rtixhkd wish small rut steel heads or tort*
Mm ssiitaj nrttliwtabeor tarlatan dress,
atone grwetadan Qwmswcml. to.he ready
ekstluvsl Ilenft what I pane I have."
ft* estimated flhntntltorttoOiOOeent-
Ue lew* been driven from Texas this
year ' into Kansas, Ncliraadta, end the ,
Western States. It takes abcrit 800,000
han*ta( beef to feed the Indians every
Two prominent New York beflea, who
were reemtly married, aad went to
Knriipe, 'have test their hoihsads One
died of heeri drteito on tb® vpjpge over,
aad the r of typhoid fever in Ham-
MflKtal lo iHlef u ,-s,.ii.F
ZtaJS teT h25" fin? S ten yearn
i for al : l*efci on Asm*
Wetidril Fhiffipe any* he la himself n
oMtah*t, and ta flMarm-r?'l would
only hsv* enengh to hw eomfartsbiy
HP,- . , n ..t it^Tifsn
Dm yoang men of Wnterville, M*.,
hsvr orgmmrcd *n sntt-eoreck society.
They tdcdgeibeoitalven to merry no girl
who* w*>Aieo right''that ii will not
a strong arm is .tou^p
an faakmndnpin, ahnu thu luflils mvycf
Tvrtaty te grids®- hair, but 4 nol •"in deck,
Vrpata or Nnck, i ■ . i
r \ Kacmmento aeeemor took
of a run on s saving* bank to übeerve
Vriri wlfethgn depoMts. sa caught
iipicce wha Had vrom. ,two dnyy briore,
Oil they did not own a eepl
V *l told iti a St. Lcmia
tnesuh " tUve me ttae krt gmin of truth
rtjt*i*wwVr ihtarismaA ad ttoy will be
brwaghtto n raaltasttaa el tin troth.
b Two women wees naked whiah of two woa
woa chpom wvm phe com
ttriled to marry one of them. One •
piled: •* Tlfl. ridWrt, that I aright be the
Mxeaer rid afl km!'' 33m etlmr—"The
la^himMkel m
Ttta*Af<ta#ltiiy "ay be Made fire
ptnaf by apeinkhaa n layer ni salt bw
twwu each isyecof hey, This proem*
u> recommended at wrriaa tike double
pnTfwm of a igaiuld Are, and
naiti 'ring tf itisay Mere immUnrive to the jorttta *aA more appeable th
their pakites. (
*fhc pafive birds on Bositm Common
aredisptavms-adog-in-thewnakger spirit.
The.* woa't. themaritaa kill the worm*
(list infest the trees, no? allow the Eng-
to do' it. and kOI the latter
ihirtirif Theemrrew* arc fast dianp
cennM bdw the comhined atteeks of
the robins and the otL. r winged enemies
Of toe fitflri ihuxfigniute.
A Wrra's Daemon —Mr. Jacob Stal
w. eome time ago, thought "proper to
a*****tetter " Omaha from the United
States mail. The letter oontaiued a draft
on wtrich the rash wne'gnrt bjHa forged
umtarieetentk' A tonehing feature of the
3< cousisteil in live fact Stale.?'a
> went upon the stand and swore that
n MM frigwr. Her hopwwte to save
tartensOMßi. and she appnrwiUy pr
jure d ut i*elf to compass Uiat end. The
effort was vaih, and the in peee
tag aeatenee, said he wee enrivMy satis-
As woman waa not guiltv of
the crime with which she charged her
self. ' "ttke sentence was a heavy one, be
•ing that fltakij ahoukl be confined in the
o|,gorreetion farten w*ars. In
concluding his remnrks, the Judge made
the following singular bbaemtton: " I
walleag to you that enabled .
materiidlyte) shorten this term if you are
careful ko to conduct yourself As to win
the approbation of yewr keepcrt,"
M tagri' ofl was first
" strack," on the 26th of August, 1859,
teW pWple imagined the vast wealth it
manto bring t* the country, ant the mil-
Honrirm it waa, to make. One of the
not ablest of these, James Tarr, died a
feu*day* ago at Meadville, Pennsylvania.
The history of the "Tarr Same," as oil
proiljirinA 1 861 - rt
emoracekl93 acme. In August, 1861,
Ite TarraoM half of it for PfiO.OOO to#
Clarh h Hnmner, uf New Ymk. They,,
tapfd-ttaeliM in -the price of oil mad*
them their pnrebas*. mri they re
sold > C. Ut S. for the price they gave.
New wells were oontinuaUy developed,
end Mr. Terr aamuwpl&ted great for
gold for the fee aimdte'm lib farm—
ebuivnhml to 112,006,000. He rriused it.
Oil la still a success a* a steady business
in the oil region. We know ooe gffltib
man whoee income from teat .ioarce if
About P day.
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