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At (he End of Life.
80 many ypsp I've gone this way,
80 many years ! I must confess
Waste energies, much disarray;
Yet had I own no weariness,
Nor see I evening's shadows fall
Down my much inscriptioned wall:
The warm air still is like mid-day.
And many mournful ghosts are past,
Laid still at last.
The fabled fardel lighter grew
As near the bourne the bearer drew ;
Life can, alas 1 no more surprise
By its continuous compromise.
New faces fill the chairs, and so
Our interest in the game runs low,
Quiet pleasures longest stay,
Experience packs so much away,
I wait and wonder : long ago
This wondor was my constant guest,
Wonder at our environing,
And at myself within the ring.
Still that abides with me, some quest
Before my footsteps seems to lie,
But quest of what I scaroely know.
Life itself makes no reply ;
A quest for naught that earth supplies,
This is our life's last compromise.
" Nothing but hasty pudding and
milk!' said Tibby, with a grimace.
" What will mamma say f'
And Hannah Ann, the raw-boned,
wooden-vissaged servitress, uttered the
expressive monosyllable, " Humph!'
which is equivalent in Yankeedom to
that famous French shrug of the shoul
" It's all very well to talk," said
Hannah Ann, " but 1 dunuo as I can
make quails on toast an' currant jelly
outer sticks an' stones. I've done the
best I can, and nobody can't do no
" Is the leg of pork all gone, Hannah
Ann ?" said Tibby, plaintively.
" Every identiokle particle on't I"
Hannah Ann answered, with the majesty
of a Druidical priestess.
" And the chickens?" meekly hinted
" I killed the last one Wednesday."
"Didn't old Hugh bring along any
trout yesterday ?" pursued Tibby.
" Yes," said Hannah Ann; "he
brought 'em along. But we owed him
two dollars and fifty cents a'ready, and
Hugh has a family to support. So I
didn't fairly like to run up any longer
"And you were qaite right," said
Tibby, with a sigh. "But Hannah Ann,
what are we to do ?"
" That's what I'd like to know my
self," said Hannah Ann, curtly.
Tibby was silent, dramming her
pretty pink-tipped fingers on the
kitohen table, while her deep hazel
eyes looked intently at the old-fash
ioned, brass warming pan on the oppo
"Hannah Ann," said she, piteously,
at length, "couldn't yon suggest some
thing? Beoause, when I ask mamma
what is to be done, she only cries, and
says, ' Write to your rich Cousin Fal
coner.' And I have written to him and
I only get jback checks for ten dollars,
with the coldest acknowledgment of
my letter. I'd rather starve than live
on such grudgingly doled-out charity
as that 1 Don't you know of some
Hannah Ann, to make money?"
Hannah Ann's hard face softened, as
an icicle softens whan the winter snn
"Miss Elizabeth," said she, "it s a
secret. Don't speak of it. But I was
clear driv' to the wall, so I've took a
" A boarder, Hannah Ann?"
" Out in the barn-chamber," said
Hannah Ann. "You see, Miss Eliza
beth" (Hannah Ann never condescended
to the undignified pet name with whioh
her little mistress had been invested
since she was ten years old), "this
house used to be a sort 'o tavern in the
old days afore the bow-window was
added on, and the renaissanoy poroh
put out on the south corner. 'Jenks'
Glen Half-way House,' it used to bo
called when I was a gal. And there
come a gentleman as used to hunt and
fish on these 'ere mountains, twelve
good years ago. 'ls this Jenks' Glen
house ?' says he. 'Well, it's what they
used to call it,' says I. 'Can I get ac
commodations here?' says he. Tin
afeared not,' says I. And then you
should have seen his faoe fall. 'I al
ways boarded here,' says he, 'and I
can't make up my mind to go elsewhere.
I'll pay any price you please, my good
woman, and I am not at all partioulii
where you put me.' 'Well,' says I, 'if
you don't mind the barn-chamber—it's
very clean and quiet there, with the
apple tree boughs in bloom close to the
window.' And tays he, 'Put me in the
hen-coop, if you like.' So I've been
boarding him ever since ; and the week
is up to-morrow, Miss Elizabeth, and 1
expect he'll pay his seven dollars."
Tibby's eyes sparkled#
"Hannah Ann," she oriod, "you are
a female Napoleon. You did right."
"I know of two other boarders I
could get," shrewdly added Hannah
Ann—"sketch young ladies, as don't
like their rooms at Goons' boarding
house—if yon could make up yon>
mind to spare the big front room; an.*
after all, you never use it, except as u
guest chamber for oompany as nev*
"I'll ask mamma," cried eager Tib
by; "because, you know, Hannah Ann,
we must live."
Airs. Vayne, a limp, sentimental, el
derly lady, who spent her time in read
ing novels and bemoaning the splen*
dors of her vanqnished girlhood, began
to cry feebly at the idea.
"Boarders?"' cried she. "Mel Cap
tain Frost Frozenham's daughter ? And
has it indeed come to that ? Oh, if I
had only died ten years ago and avoid
ed the terrible humiliation I"
"But, mamma," pleaded Tibby, "you
need have nothing to do with it. Han
nah Ann will attend to everything.
And I can gather wild berries for the
table, and see to the linen, and get
flowers for the dining-room. Hannah
Ann says she had as lief cook for ten as
for two. And we might raise her wages
"Don't torture me with such de
tails," sighed Mrs. Vayne, behind her
" But you don't positively forbid it,
mamma ?" coaxed Tibby.
"I don't forbid anything," said Mrs.
Vayne. "My wishes are of no conse
quence, one way or the other."
Which Tibby joyfully construed into
a permission. And she ran downstairs
to count the enps and saucers, look over
the table drapery, and consider as to
the chairs which were worthy of use.
For some one must attend to these
things, and Tibby was so anxious to be
And ins a month the Jenks Glen Half
way house was full of boarders. Some
people came there for the view, some
for the air, some for the delicious quiet
whioh brooded over the orests of the
hills. Airs. Vayne contentedly read
novels in her own room, and Tibby kept
determinedly in the background, while
Hannah Ann was constituted managing
agent in general, and proved herself
fully worthy of the occasion.
" I'm payin' expenses," said Hannah
Ann, with pardonable pride, "and lay
ing np a little for interest on the mort
gage. Nobody don't foreclose on my
folks, not if I know it! And Miss
Elizabeth shall have a now dross in
September, just as sure as my name is
Tibby was busy enough now—what
with the house linen, the concocting of
rare and dainty desserts, which were a
degree above the solid puddings and
thick pies in which the soul of Hannah
Ann delighted, and the score of daily
duties whioh seemed, no one could tell
how, to fall to her cheerful lot. And
one day Hannah Ann mounted to the
attic chamber to which Tibby had trans
ferred her household goods.
"Alias Elizabeth," said sha, in a low
tone, " one of the boarders would like
to see you."
" One of the boarders, Hannah Ann ?
What one?" cried Tibby, dropping the
bottle of oxalic acid with whioh she was
taking ink spots out of the literary
'' It's the old gentleman in the barn
chamber," answered Hannah Ann.
" He's sittin' on the rustic seat under
the apple tree, with his white umberil,
a-waitin' for you."
"I wonder what he wants, Hannah
"Goodness knows I" said HanDah
And with the most dignified air which
,she could assume upon such short
notice Tibby descended to the apple
tree, where the gilliflower apples
(called " sheops noses" by the rustic
inhabitants of the neighboring vales)
were jast beginning to stripe their
emerald spheres into crimson.
The old gentleman was not so very
old, after all. He might have been
forty, but he was oertainly not older.
He was straight, ruddy-complexioned,
handsome, with dark, piercing eyes,,and
only here and there a silver streak in
his dark-brown hair.
He rose and bowed to Tibby. Tibby
inclined her head to him, and secretly
thought that if she were well acquainted
with him she should like him very
*• I hope, sir, that you have nothing
to complain of?" said Tibby, rather
" Not in the least," said the gentle
man. "On the contrary, I highly ap
prove of the manner in whioh things
are couduoted here."
Tibby drow herself up.
What did it matter to her whether
this tall personage approved or other
"I am a Southerner," said the
"Aro you?" said Tibby, still with
"I came hero to enjoy the trout fish
ing," he went on. " I had other busi
ness in these mountains, but I stopped
here to enjoy the July sweetness. Not
until now had I the least idea that yon
and your mother kept this place."
"We don't," said Tibby, with a
roguish sparkle in her eyes. " Hannah
Aun keeps it. We keep Hannah Ann 1
Bat we have no inoome, and it was im
peratively necessary that the trades
men's bills should be met. We are
ladies, mamma and II And— *'
" It is no disoredit to ladies to study
their telf-respeot by earning an honest
livelihood," said the gentleman, qnietly.
"My opinion, exaotly," said Tibby.
"But," remembering her dignity, "I
don't know why you should bo so in
teres ted in onr affairs."
Tibby tried to look very frozen, in
" Because," said the gentleman, " 1
am,your Oousin Falconer."
The rosy blood mounted to the very
roots of the girl's hair. Involuntary
"Yes," he said, smiling composedly.
" I came to the North to find you out,
and acquaint myself with the true
oharaoter of my unknown relatives.
To my surprise, I accidentally learned
that the name of my landladies was
Vayne. I had expected to find you
languid, fine ladies, without an idea
beyond dress and fashion. On the con
trary, I discover that you have spirit,
energy, noble independence. I don't
know whether to oongratulato you or
myself the most."
And Tibby, poor child, for her part,
did not know whether to smile or to
burst into tears.
This, then, was the Cousin Falconer
—the Southern planter whose unknown
personality had always been the beau
ideal of her mother's words and thoughts
—the cold, courteous gentleman whom
she had taught herself to hate. But,
do what she could, it was not possible
to hate him any longer.
" You are my cousin," said Mr. Fal
" Yes," acknowledged Tibby, " I am
yonr cousin. Your second cousin, at
"Sscoad or third, it matters but
little," said Mr. Falconor. "We are
all that is left of the old family. I have
como North to ask you and your mother
to return with me to Cressida Yale, in
Alabama, to be my mother and my
sister. We will divide the fortune
which should at first have been equally
Tibby flushed a vivid red.
" No!" she said, involuntarily olosing
her tiny fist, " I will accept nothing
which the law doesn't award mo I"
"But you will at least consent to come
thither as my gussts?" he pleaded, al
most with humility.
And Tibby, who had always felt a
longing desire to see the " Sunny
South" of her dreams, did not quite say
So they left the Half-way house to the
generalship* of Hannah Ann, whom
nothing could induce to go.
At the end of six months Tibby came
back to the mountains with Mr. Fal
ooaer. as bright as a human sunbeam.
" Humph 1" said Hannah Ann, who
was seated beside a roaring fire of logs
"piecing" calico bed quilts for the next
season's boarders. " I ain't surprised
to see you. I calculated you'd get tired
of the South."
" But I'm not tired of it, Hannah
Ann," said Tibby. " I shall live thero
always now. I'm only hero on my wed
" What!" cried Hannah Ann.
"lam married," said Tibby, showing
her wedding-ring with a sweet, happy
laugh. "To my Cousin Falconer. Be
cause there was no other way of set
tling the disputed question of the es
tates. and—and because I liked him !''
" Well, I declare!" said Hannah
Ann. "But if you'll remember, Miss
Elizabeth—Mrs. Falconer, I should
say—l always told you that the gentle
man in ths barn chamber was the
nicest of all our boarders."
And Mr. Falconer smiled good-hu
morodly as he thanked Hannah Ann
for her good opinion of him.
"After all, Tibby," he said to his
young wife, "if Hannah Ann hadn't
taken me for a boarder, I never should
have read your character in its true
light. And if I had missed you out of
my life, dearest," bending to kiss her
brow, "I should have missed a jewel
indeed I"— Helen Forrest Graves.
Judging from tho remarkable yarns
now afloat there are often onrious oir
cnmstanoes oonnected with the fish
oaught on the American coast. In
July, 1873, John Oomo, one of the crew
of the schooner Magio, caught a small
halibut on the banks and ont his ini
tials on its back. He then threw the
fish overboard. In 1874 he shipped in
the sohooner Mary E. Daniels, and
while hauling his trawl on the Grand
banks he discovered the identioal hal
ibut he had marked eight months be
fore. The initials were very plain, al
though the fish had grown considera
bly. In February, 1870, a plain gold
ring was found in the paunch of a fish
dressed at the Gloucester Qsh com
pany's wharf. In March, 1877, one of
the crew of the schooner Rebeeea Bart
leet hauled up a codfish on Georges,
and in the paunch was found a wallet
containing an old letter and a horse'
oar tioket, but no money. The writing
on the letter had become so indistinct
t: at it conld not be read.
William Priest attempted to aot peace
maker between a happy married couple
who were fighting in Anderson county,
Tcnn., and ad his arm chopped off
with en an by the husband for the
A W fe iHsrkat.
In Naples a kind of wife market is
held in connection with the foundling
hospital every year. All the marriage
able girls of the institution assemble in
a room, to which young men of good
character have access. Offer of mar
riage on the part of any young man is
conveyed by allowing his handkerchief
to drop before the objeot of his choice
as he passes by. If the girl takes it up
she thereby signifies her acceptance,
but her refusal if she allows it to
A (Striking Coatuine.
A young lady, a handsome brunette,
attracted considerable attention reoently
by driving through Central park, New
York, in a little gold colored phaeton.
She was dressed in a striking costume
of Pharaoh red satin, draped with black
Spanish lace, with bright glimpses of the
unveiled satin showing here and there
on the bodice and upper portion of the
overdress. Attached to the phaeton
was an immense canopy of rod satin,
lined with "sunset" brocade and edged
with a deep ruffle of yellow ficelle lace.
The lady wore an Alsatin peasant's hat
of immense helm and high towering
crown, covered with red and gold
colored feathers, laid one over the other
alternately. Long Mousquetaire driving
gloves of deep yellow were drawn over
tho close red satin sleeves, and at her
throat was pinned a bunoh of yellow
Newii and Note* for Women.
ft is said that there are 2,252 women
engaged in farming in the State of In
A female barglar was hilled at Madi
sonville, Texas, while trying to rob the
A young girl in Waukon, lowa, six
teen years old, droppod dead at the
sight of a rat.
Two Texas girls orossed the river into
Mexico and fought a duel to the death
with bowie knives.
A lady came up on the fteamer to
Albany the other day, en route for
Saratoga, with thirty trunks,
A thirteen-year-old Louisiana girl has
growing upon her face a light brown
board, two inches long and very heavy.
A London surgeon says only one
fashionably dressed woman in 500 can
draw a full breatn with her clothes on.
The moat beautiful Southern girl in
Washington this season is said to be a
daughter of ex-Senator Yulee, of
Miss Phebe Cozzens, of St. Louis, is
pronounced the best-looking, best-liked
and best-dressed of the woman suf
The English national union ior im
proving the education of women has
established twenty-four high schools for
girls in and about London.
Mrs. Ada M. Bittenbender, president
of the Nebraska Woman Suffrage asso
ciation, publishes every week a column
giving the progress of the movement in
Miss Mattie J. Evan, of Richmond,
Ind., received over 8350 for her woik
as stenographic reporter in narrow
gauge railroad cases in the Sullivan
We are told upon unquestioned au
thority that the report recently circu
lated of Mr. Osoar Wilde's engagement
to a young lady in this country is en
tirely without foundation.
Mrs. Margaret W. Campbell, of Mas
sachusetts, is in Nebraska lectaring and
organizing, having been sent by the
American Woman Suffrage association.
She is meeting with flattering success.
Mrs. Qeorge Farnas, of Brownville,
Nebraska, has this summer been testing
the possibility of rearing silk worms in
that State, and has met with remarkable
success, having raised and fed over ten
Repped silks, it is said, will supersede
A new trimming is wine oolored
Laoe leaves are wcnl in the hair with
New French dress; s are exceedingly
short in the skirt.
Muslin embroidery is seen upon new
bonnets of Parisian make.
Lawn nmbrellas are covered with
cretonne in floral designs.
New styles of French hair-dressing
are half classio, half Louis XV.
Yellow in all shades from briek-red
to canary is much worn this snmmer.
Silver pins for fattening on corsage
bouquets are new provided by jrwelers.
Linen goods and pique are among the
most favored fabrics for children g suits.
A handsome toilet set can ba made of
antique squares, lace squares and black
Red and painted sunshades are still
carried. Japanese mountings are in
The belt or sash no longer defines the
waiat line, bnt is placed at the bottom
of UM long i dated cortege.
Student blue is a lovely shade of pall
gray blue, much in demand for ligh
woolen suits for country wear.
Dressy suits for children are made d)
eatines, plain and figured, and trimmed
profusely with laoe and embroidery.
Hats and bonnets of white dotted
muslin are shirred on white splits and
trimmed with flowers, feathers and
Dark blue or gray blue guimpes ot
yokes and sleeves are worn with pale
blue and pink gingham dresses by
In spite of the effort to introduoe
bouffunt skirts, paniers and bustles, the)
outlines of all costumos remain about
The kilt plaited flounces plaoed at
the bottom of some pointed
are remarkably becoming to both slen
der and full figures.
Mrs. Mary Jones," who made cart-,
ridges for General Jackson's soldiers at,
the battle of New Orleans, died at
Baton Bouge the other day.
At a recent fete Bnd fancy fair the
stalls were held in small tents, and the
stall-holders wore Watteau or Geor
gian dresses. There was also a gypsy
tent, in which a lady told fortunes.
White or sprigged muslin round hats,
shirred into shape over fine
~eeds, and trimmed with dots of satin
ribbon and cascades of fancy lace, are
worn with light summer toilets in town 1
Faille is very largely employed thi
season, and is usually oombined with'
other materials in the construction of
stylish costumes, pompadour satin, shot
silks, silk gauze or grenadine being the
other fabrics usually selected.
Pointed shoes of velvet, matching in
shpe the laced ones of kid now seen
uf fa the promenade, have the toes cov
ered with an embroidery of gold and;
silver beads. They are laced over the
instep with gold or silver cords. .
Fichus of the finest white linen, sim
ply hemstitched around the edges, are
worn over morning toilets of
muslin, cashmere or vigogne by the]
few women whose complexions can bear
the test of so severe a style of neck
Tho coquille ruche is formed by (
several plaits turned each way, so as to
form a box plait in the center. The
upper and lower edges of this ruche are
sew a together in the center, oausing the
other plaits to be set out in a fan or
shell shape, as the name ooquille de
Very young girls now tie the hair
which they draw away from the fore
head and temples very high upon the
crown of their heads, fastening it there
with a bright satin ribbon. These
flowing locks are then left to fall with
the back hair in a wavy shower over
To be in the fashion it is not neces
sary to adopt what is exaggerated or
unbecoming. Really elegant dark toil-,
eta do not attract attention, but need
careful examination before they are ap
preciated. For these toilets to be per.
feet, the shoes, hat and gloves must be
in exact keeping with them.
Very large sunshades are of laer,
plain satin, or in rococo style, with large
floral designs. For carriage use they
always have a bunoh of flowers on the
top and a large satin bow near the han
dle. One of these is quite peouliar
being of white plaited lace without any
lining. Around the border are large
white beads Bewed against the plaits to
fasten them down.
A Patent Hay Stack.
Mr. R. Neilson, of Halewood, near
Liverpool, has devised and placed at
the free nse of his brother farmers a
method of harvesting in the staok*
which may be applied to grass, grain
and almost all kinds of field prudnoe,
and which, if the statements made
•ibont it are trustworthy, renders the
farmer largely independent of the
weather at harvesting time. As applied
to hay, the process is simply this : The
stack is made in snoh away as to leave
a hollow spaoe in the middle, run
ning np about a third of its height,
and the lower end of this hollow
is connected with the outer
air by a tube. The end
of this tube is oonneoted with an ex
haust fan, and as soon as the stck
begins to heat the fan is net to work,
and the moisture is drawn forth in a
cloud of steam. The fan exhausts the
tube, the outer air presses through the
stack in all directions to supply it, and
the hay is cooled and dried. The stack
can thus be kept at any temperature by
watching the thermometer ; and a little
oareful attention has been found to
mane the condition of the hay thus
treated perfect, even in eases in which
it had been stacked quite wet. The
method is easy to oarry out, and is said
to save in labor in the hayfield what it
ooats in aimple machinery.
A boy renins of Charlotte, N. 0., has
mat's a small fire engine three feet high
and oomplete in every way. It rai- ■
■team in a minnte and throws a tiny
esteem of water newly twenty feet.
TH ft FAMILT DOCTOR.
Hint t'oacernlng (Mclidbm.
Do not imagine that your dnty fa
over when yon hove nursed your patient
through his illness, and he is about the
house, or perhaps going out again.
Strength does not oome back in a mo
ment; and the days when little things
worry, and little efforts exhaust, whe.7
the cares of business begin to press,
but the feeble brain and hand re!use to
think and execute, are the most Hying
to the sick one, and then oomea the
need for your tenderest care, your most
In lifting th 6 sick do not take them
by the shouldern and drag them up to
the pillows, but get some one to help
you. Let one stand on 006 side of the
patient, the other opposite, then joia
hands under the shoulders and hips,
snd lift steadily and promptly together.
This method is easy for those who lift,
and does not disturb the who is
Don't have needless conversations
with the doctor outside of the sick
room. And above all, be sure not to
Whisper in the room or in the patient's
hearing. Nothing will excite and
irritate a nervous patient sooner. I
once knew a lady who recovered after a
severe fit of sickness, but who always
insisted that she came near dying on
account of persons ("friends") whisper
ing in the sick room. In her own
words, " I thought it would kill me."
If you do have such conversations with
the doctor, don't tell the patient that
the doctor said " nothing." He won't
believe yon, and he will imagine the
If you have a sick friend to whGm
you wish to b3 of use, do not content
yourself with sending her flowers and
jelly, but lend her one of your pictures
to hang in place of hers, or a bronze
to replace the one at which she is tired
Never deceive a dying person unless
by the doctor's express orders. It is
not only wrong to allow any soul to go
into eternity withaut preparation, but
how can you tell but that he has some
thing he ought to tell or do before he
Remember that sick people are not
necessarily idiotic or imbecile, and that
it is not always wise to try to persuade
them that their sufferings are imaginary.
They may even at times know best what
; they need.— Christian at Work.
A Legal Anecdote.
The Boston Herald relates this pithy
story, which will be appreciated by
gentlemen both in and ont of the bar : |
, The other day a special justice in a
suburban conrt, after trying a knotty
criminal case, retired to his private
room to refleot before announcing his
decision. Stepping to his office door
he saw a man within the rail whom he
took to be a certain keen-witted lawyer,
who sometimes visited the temple of
justice. He beckoned to him, there
fore, and the supposed lawyer entered
the judicial presence. " What do you
think of this case ?" asked the justice.
"There's nothing in it. I think the
defendant ought to be discharged."
"I'm inclined to think so myself,"
coincided the justice. A subsequent
chanoe remark of the lawyer (?) caused
the s. j. to prick up his ears, and he in
quired : "Who are you, sir? Aren't
you lawyer—of—l" " No, your honor,
I'm the replied the other,
with a grin. " What? Well, after this,
I think I ought to discharge yon, any
how." And lie was discharged.
A Beared Husband.
Marital affection is a beautiful thing,
and every fresh exhibition of its tender
ness and loyalty affects us to tears. A.
wife—possibly an old wife—ona certain
occasion fell ovei board. The husband
rushed frantioally about the deck, lit
erally tearing his hair out by the hand
ful and crying in the most beseeching
tones, "For heaven's sake, save her, she
is my wife." The noble sailors thought
of their own sweethearts and ran all
risks, and at last brought the poor
woman into the cabin of the swooning
husband. The look of gratitude he
gave them folly repaid them for all
their efforts. Then, raoovering his
equilibrium, he thrust his hand into his
wife's wet pocket, pulled out a some
what plethorio purse, and, with infinite
relief, said: "There, old woman, the
next time you tumble overboard just
leave that purse behind, will you ? Yon
soared me most to death f"
Force of Habit Illustrated.
Only the other day a Hartford barber,
who was called upon to shave the faoe
of a dead man, after applving the lather
and slapping the blade of his razor on
the palm of his hand in the most ap
proved fashion began his work; but
unable to target his shop habits,
halted, bowed low over the inanimate,
form and in the dnloet tones which the.
knigh tof the strap know so well now
to employ, asked: "Does tho razor hurt
you, sir f M He was called to his senses
by the sound of merriment whinh his '
attendant could not repress.
A strong tnd durable artioJa of belt
ing is maJs at Oakland,
of the entrails of sheep.