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E. B. HAN\ LEY, WIL. C. CRUSER.
17 1). BALDWIN, M.
13A.F.PATHIC PHYSICIAN. has located htmarlf at
llnr,roor. where he call attend promptly to all pro
fearlor.ll ha...lncas entrusted to his care. Firol9er
Csrmslt a h.P.ldiog.s.e.nd floor, front. Board. at
11.1:aro,. Ps . March 10, 1811.
FRIENDCVII.I.E.PA.. Itluiraulltbs and Jobbera,Horee
Stoclua a aiecnilty in tho baalner, Wagons and
i.;el,,nt Ironed and work warranted per -Debts con
tracted mart be cancelled by the Gem. and neither
FnendeNnle Jan. 13, 1873.-3 m
LA TV A Sp COLLECTION OFFICE.
W WAT,ON. Attoroeyat-Lavr. Montrose. Pennlt.
ol,ections Promptly Attended to.
Attention risen to Orphans' Court Practice.
otee wall gun. W J. Thrrell, on Public Avenue, oppo
it.ii L. stte the Turbot) House. 1875.
FPGAR A. TURRELL
No. 170 Broadway, New York City.
tneadr to all kinds of Attorney' Business, and eon
lase !n ail the Courts of both the State and the
Feb :1.1,74 -'y
DK 4. W. :F.M.ITH,
Rooms at his dwelling. neat door northof Dr.
Ha.ne, F on Old Foundry street, where he would be
nee Cl those In want of Dental Work. He
leek tonftdera that be ean.plesse all. both lc qnality of
wort end to pace Of hours from 9a. it. to 4 r. 91.
Xuatrose, Feb 11. 18:4—tf
BLND. Pa. Situated near the Erie Railway De•
pot la a largo and commodious house, has undergone
s thorough repair. Newly formsbed rooms and sleep•
isr aperimentsaplendid cableaund all thingsmprie..
tug a dt at close hotel. MRS Rl' ACK ER
TJJ PEOPLE'S MARKET.
Pnattar MUM Proprietor.
Fresh and !Nailed Meats, Hams, Pork, Bologna Swi
nge. etc .of he best quality, constantly on hand, at
rtes to wit
Montt., Jan. H. 1M3.-11
IRE AND LIFE INEVOIIAN CR AGENT. Ale
hutIIGOP actended to promptly, on !air term.. Offs.
tint 6.,er east of the bank or Wm. H. Cooper er Cs
ATOo ue , law:arose, Pa. [Ang .1.1669.
I 7 1:.1t472.1 SU:LINOS STROUD.
THE HAYTI BARBER, hes moved hie shop to the
bc:ldlng occupied by R. klclienzle Co.. where he Is
reyared to do all kinds of work in hie lioe,euch s. =a
cne switches. puffs. etc. All work done on short
pouce sod prow,. low. /lease all indite me.
ATTORNEYS &T LAW. have removed ðyl" Sew
Ors.. opposite the Tarbell House.
H. B. Lrrr&a.
Ozo. P. lams.
E. L. BLazzaLza.
MCC4tICI , C.OOt. 15, ISIS.
W. 11. DILANS.
DEALER In Books. tqationery, Wall Paper, News
pert. Pocket Cutlery. Sten:op...plc Vletre, Yankee
'Notions. etc. Nest door to the Post Office, Montr.ee,
. B. BEANS.
wishen to inform thepublicthat
twrlng. rented the Exchange Uotel in Montrose, he
snow prepared to accommodate the traveling pnibitc
Ern! <lase ntyle
liot,trone Aux In, 1873.
Dater Staple and Fancy On Goods, Crockery, Hard•
vrue Iron. Stove., Drug., 01tg, and Paints. Boots
and Se.w. Rate and Cana. Furs, Battsle Robes. Ora
tiew•Minprd. s.. Noy. G, '74—ti.
L. !I ROSENCRANTS,
Et'LEcl It PLIYINIC'IAN, Fatrdale, Suq co.. PS..
”tn.t , al t.ckrr's Hotel, where prompt atteutlim wll
b. pnia :0 .0 tAlie.
Furatta.. !lamb iti,1.815.
F. D. LAMB. M. D..
PEIT,;CIAN AN.DAURGEUP; tenders nis profession
4.1 eerettoo to Tito ettlzethe of Great Bend and vicinity
023,, et the Vetley lino,.
wee. Haul Pet.. Starch Si. 183.—hf
DE D. A. LATHROP,
et:ltnr.t.tsten• Etscruo TunustaL BATHS. • Ae Foot of
etes:nilt street. Lalk:,. and co•e¢l In 4,1 Chronic
ionirse. Ln. i7..72.—n0g-1..
Lit. S. W. DAYTON,
viiTel , 2lAN S SURGEON, tenders his serlites t
rtusenn of Greet Bend and vicinity. Office at Di
...dent, opposite Barnum HOUSE. Cri. Bend Tian
SHAVING AND HAIR DRESSING.
Spoil la the new Postoffice building, where be will
tr found ready to attend all who Env want anything
iC tl/1.1.ne. Montrose ra.ocl. 13 1869.
CLIARLES IV. STODDARD,
Dealt r!n Boots and Shoes, flit and Caps, Leatherand
•Ptudines, Main Street. Ist door below Boyd's Eitore.
Work made to order. and repairing done neatly.
Montrose Jan. 1 leriO.
DR. TV_ L. RICHARDSON,
fHTt•P'IAN d SURGEON, tender' hl' protessJone
sery.c., u. the ektinens 111.01ItrOnn sad vicinity.—
ri Int, It hlPri.eiderse, on the cornercastol Sayre
Bro. Yeutter.. Isne.l. 1869.
sCOVILL & DEWITT.
tutor - Lep, at Law and Solicitor, in Bankruptcy. Office
4,, :V C ourt titruct . over City National Bank, Bing
bittn:on, N Y. Wia. EL. Scortti..,
Jo. , Ikri7. Jr:soars DiarrTr.
Dealer in Braze Medlcinia, Chemicals. Paints. Oils.
llyr-reaffe. Tea.. Spice.. Plumy Goode, Jewelry, Per.
Inmery, Brick Block. kiontrosa, Pa. BetablEaherl
;Me [Jan. 1.. IBTS.
L. F. 1 7 7.7V11,
ATTORNET AM) COUNSELLOIL4tT-LAW, -111out
rut, it 'omce west of the Court Hoops.
Mustruse, Janusry 77,1475.-4il
A. 0. IVARREN,
sTTuRNEI n. Lew. Botany, Bade Pay, Penston
ane Elea on Claims attended to. Office dr,
toot below Boyd'e Store. Montrose.Pa. LAD. /..81
W. A. GROSSMON,
orney et La, Office at the Court House, to the
Lemtom.toueee OElce. W. A.Caosserou.
Marltrose. Scot. .1871.—U.
J. C. WHEATON.
emu. Enaucizi AID Lain Braviros,
P. 0. address. Franklin Forks,
- Basque:masa Co., Ps.
W. W. SMITH,
ABINET AND CHAIR ISANUPACTURS/111..—Y00
of Mau, street. Yontacise. Pa. hang. 1.1669.
M. O. SUTTON,
AUCTIONEER, and IsevaAxca Mawr,
sal 6lnt Friesidsvilla. P.
D. W. tiEARLE,
ArTtIKNYT ♦T LAW, oalee over the stare of
De...utter , ll:marl* Block,ltontrose 69
J. B. h d. R. NecOLLUX
erreaxase ev Leer Oitee over the Sant. Montrose
PI. ECejralle, Max IQ, MI. if
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County Business Directory.
Two lines in tat Directory, one year, $1.50; each ari
dittonal line, 60 eenta.
WM. HAUGHWOUT, Slater, Wholesale and Metal
dealer in all kinds of slate roofing, elate paint, etc.
Roofs repaired with elate paint to order. Also. slate
paint for sale by the gallon or barreL Montrose. Pa.
BILLINGS STROUD. Genera Fire and Life f nen'
ante Agents ; also, sell Itallrosta and AccidentTiclut
- to New York and Philadelphia. Office on r dooreast
BURNS & NICHOLf3, the place to get Drugsand Med
eines, Cigars, Tobacco. Pipes. Pocket-Books, Spects
glee Yankee Notions. &c. Brick Block.
BOYD & CORWIN. Dealers in Stoves, Hardware
and Manufacturers of Tin and Sheetlron ware.corne
of Mainired•Ttirnpike street.
A. N. BULLARD , Dealer In Groceries, Provisions
Books. Stallone' and Yankee Notions, at head of
Public Avenue .•
WM. H. COOPER & CO.. Bankers, sell Foreign Pail
sage Tickets and Drafts on England, Ireland and Scot.
WM. L. COX, Harness maker and dealer In all article
s 13 al 1 y kept by the trade, opposite the Bank. •
JAMES E. CARNALT, Attorney at Law. Office a=
door below Tarbell House, Public Avenue. •
SAVINGS BANK, NSW MILFORD.—Fix per cent. to
terest on all Deposits. Does a general Banking Bar
' nese cal-tf S. B. CHASE & CO.
B.OARRST & SON. Dealers In Flour, Feed. Mel
Salt, Lime. Cement. Groceries and Prov'aiens
Main Street. opposite the Depot.
S. F. HUMBER, Carriage Maker and Undertaker on
Maln Street, two doors below Hawley's Store.
H. P. DORAN, Merchant Tailor and dealer in Read)
Made Clothing, Dry Goods,Groceries and Provisions
WM. COOPER & CO,
GENERAL BANKING BUSINESS DONE
COLLECTIONS MADE ON ALL
POINTS AND PROMPTLY ACCOUN
TED FOR AS HERETOFORE.
DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN EXCHANGE FOR
19 ..9. Xa XI .
UNITED STATES & OTHER BONDS
BOUGHT AND SOLD.
COUPONS AND CITY AND COUNTI
BANK CHECKS CASHED AS USUAL
OCEAN STEAMER PASSAGE TICK
ETS TO AND FROM EUROPE.
INTEREST ALLOWEeD ON SPECIAL
3:1331 2 .CPEA1T13,
AS PER AGREEMENT, WHEN THE
DEPOSIT IS MADE.
In the future, ss in the past 2 we shall endeav
or to transact all money truaineas to thraitis
faction of our patmna and correspondents.
WM. H. COOPER & CO..
Montrose, March 10, "15.—tt Bunkers.
Authorized Capital, -
Present Capital, -
PET NATIONAL BANK
WILLIAM J. TURRELL, Preside%
D. D. SEARLE, Vice Preside%
N. L LENELEIM,
WNL J. TURRELL, D. D. SEARLE, A.
J. GKRRITSON, M. S. DESSAUER,
ABEL TURRELL, G. V. BENTLEY,
G. B. ELDRED, Montrose, Pa.
E. A. CLARK, Binghamton, N. Y.
E. A. PRATT, New Milford, Pa.
M. B. WRIGHT, Susquehanna Depot, Pa.
L S. LENHEIM, Grrat Bead, Pa.
DRAFTS SOLD ON EUROPE.
COLLECTIONS MADE ON ALL POINTS•
SPECIAL DEPOSITS SOLICITED
Montrose, March 3, 1875—tf
SWIM SONS MK,
120 Wyoming Avenue,
RECEIVES MONEY ON DEPOSIT
FROM COMPANIES AND INDIVID
UALS, AND RETURNS THE SAME
ON DEMAND WITHOUT PREVI
OUS NOTICE, ALLOWING INTER
EST AT SIX PER CENT. PER AN
NUM, PAYABLE HALF YEARLY,
ON THE FIRST DAYS OF JANU
ARY AND JULY. A SAFE AND RE
LIABLE PLACE OF DEPOSIT FOR
LABORING MEN, MINERS. ME
CIIANICS, AND MACHINISTS, AND
FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN AS
WELL. MONEY,. DEPOSITED ON
OR BEFORE THE' TENTH WILL
DRAW INTEREST FROM THE
FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH. THIS
IS IN - ALL RESPECTS I'',HOME IN
STITUTION, AND ONE WHICH IS
NOW RECEIVING THE SAVED
EARNINGS OFTHOUSANDS UPON
THOUSANDS OF SCRANTON MIN T
ERS AND MECHANICS.
DIRECTORS • JAMES BLAIR,
SANFORD GRA NT, .GEORGE FISH•
ER, JAS. S. SLOCUM, J.R. SIITPHYN,
C. P. MATTHEWS, DANIEL HOW.
ELL, A. E. HUNT, T. F. HUNT
JAMES BLAIR. PRESIDENT . ; 0. C.
MOORE, CASHIER. ' • '
OPEN DAILY FROM NINE A. M.
UNTIL FOUR P. - M., AND ON WED.
NESDAY .AND SATURDAY EVE.
NINGS UNTIL EIGHT ()Tikes.
Feb. 12. 1874.
.. 01000M•Enr, ,
Carpenter and Builder,
ecONTEACTB to erect 'El:tete:di of ad hinds. any
Vs ection sod 4:Maoists them in Ken detail. hisrbls
atm Wats Matales, Bub, BLEulsi P.o^4cati Window
Frames. ta rn ished to coder.. Stilt Bt Jldtng sad NAM
tag piper made specialties.
11y1 Employ none bat ever
icated*otEmea;ary M", 19111 tibop itis Methodist Churn-
Ding;taantort Marble. Wafts !
AU Wads of Noitunieats;_nseaastoass. sad qllartaa
lisatlesoaafa - Warder, 411soi, Sestet Gitsnifig Os
bassi • • • -• • •I. PIC'
LIS KERING - C o C
urt W O, •
e. &sow,. suipanum. zr,
Oct. la, Iffra.
fry - ' / 42 11113
IF WE KNEW
If we knew the woe and heartache
Waiting for In down the road,
If oar lips could taste the 'wormwood,
If our backs could teel the load,
Would we waste the day in wishing
For a time that ne'er can be ?
Would we waft in such impatience
For our Ulna to cows from sea 1
If we knew the baby flagon
Pressed against the window pane
Would be cold and stiff to-morrow—
Never trouble us again—
Would the bright eyes of our darling
Catch the frown upon our brow ?
Would the print of rosy fingers
Vex us then u they do now ?
Ab 1 these little ice-cold fingers,
How they point our memorice back
To the huty words - and actions
Strewn along our backward track.
How these little hands remind us
As in snowy grace they lie,
Not to scatter thorns—but roses—
For our rzaplng by and by.
Strange, we never prise the music
Till the sweet-voiced bird has flown.
Strange, that we should slight the violets
Till the lovely flowers are gone ;
Strange. that rummer akiu and sunshine
Neveriumm halt so fair
As when winter's snowy pinions
Shake their white down in the air I
Lips, from which the seal of silence
None but God can roll away,
Never blossomed la such beauty
As adorn the mouth to-day ;
And sweet words that freight our memory
With their beautiful perfume,
Come to us in sweeter accents
Through the portals of the tomb.
Let us gather up tho ouubemona
Lying all around our path ;
Let is keep the wheat and roses,
Casting out the thorns and chaff
Let us find our sweetest comfort
In the blessings of to-day,
With a'patienthand removing - '
All the briars from our way.
TH(SHELMIRE WILL CASE.
PROM AS OLD LAWYER'S LIBRARY
I do not remember a case in which
ever succeeded so unexpectedly, and,
might add,by the nee of such very simple
means, as in the Shelmire will easy. The
prifibipal credit of this success, was not
due to me, however, but to a young man,
almost a boi L iyho wrist that time a clerk
in mg office. He was admitted to the
bar soon after, and bas now got a flour—
jibing practice. His name was William
James Shelmire, whose will was in the
controversy, was an old man of eighty
and puwards. who had lived many years
in the city, doing a small mercantile bus
iness. He was a thrifty, economical old
fellow, and the value of his property at
his des th had grown to about E 25,000.—
The old man had lived in a bumble way,
known only by the 'few with whom he
did business—a harmless unimportant
old body, with nothing noticeable about
him but thrift, and therefore his 'death
was an event which, in a city like this,
was not calculated to arrest much atten•
non. I had known old Mr. Shelmire,
merely as a passing acquaintance, for
some years ; bat I first became aware of
hie death upon the visit of a yOung lady
dressed in mourning to my office to con—
sult me about the estate. She was a pret
ty, thoughtful looking
. girl, of .twenty or
thereabouts. but an entire stranger to me
i She mentioned her business; and as I
was much engaged at that moment with
other clients,l asked her to be seated for
half an hour, and told Wayman to find
her a chair. During my conversation
with the men with whom I was occupied,
I looked occasionally into the next room
(the door being-Open,) and saw that my
clerk had for once broken through his
habitual reserve,acd was standing by the
young girl, talking in a low tone with
her.. lint then I did not know that Will
had an acquaintance with her of some
weeks standing and that the present call
was pursuant to his advice.
At last the office was cleared of all but
us three, and I approached the young
"Now, Mr. Wayman," I said, '-yon have
lAen talking with this young lady, and
have probably ascertained her busintas .;
and as time is likely to be valuable to us
to-day, perhaps you can tell me what she
wishes a great dearquicker than she can."
1 ehtpuldn't have ventured to say as
much as that before an elderly lady, who
might base felt called upon to resent my
wordsas an imputation upon her garrul—
icy; but I could see that there was not
the least danger of that here. -
The young lady smiled, giving me to
'understand that she anderitood my mean-
log ; and. Will explained that she was
the granddaughter of the late • Mr. Shel
niire,and the onifielative, so far as she
knewiand' therefore entitled to his estate;
and she desired to take such legal steps
as were necessary to secure iL
This, as I have said, was my fist in
timation that he had had any family. 4
few moment's talk with the girl put nip
right about the facts. Her name weal
Virginia Garvin ; her mother bad been
Mr. Shehoire's only daughter ; the old
maii's • wife died years before, and the
daughter, Virginia s mother, also died in
a distant town, is widow, when. Virginia
was bat eight years" ld. ',Min poverty, I
without relatives, and shpost;, without
friends, she resolved to seek her grand
father, whom She had never seen, but of
whom - the had often heath her speak.—
She found bun, and he welcom ed , her to
hie home. Virginia knew that be- had
purchased several . ' adjacent .bouses • very
cheaplyy, and they bad increased in value;
slid she sup pose dthat be deposited in the
bank, in his own . nanitionvetel . thonsand
pounds - . • In short, the total value of the
estate, personal and real, ea I afterwards
discovered, was rather !abovatlusisitslev
vagiout atatod that abo did not bow
of another, liviat rolatlvo of tho 4:ltccod
Weida broil, and bolitiet 'theca wca
DODO. r3he said bor gram— Umber bad otii,
toa told bcs t o obaldiaitillA that
MONTROSE, SUSQ'A COUNTY, PA., WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28, 1785.
“Stand by the Right though the Mavens fiall!”
be had when he died, and that be had
given her the same assurance when be
was in his last sickness.
"But was there a will ?"
She said, in answer to this question,
that he had never said a word on this
subject, and she wee sure he would have
mentioned it had he made one, as be had
no secrets from her. 1 bade her go home
and make a thorough search for such an
instrument, and return to me when she
bad done so.
She was back the same afternoon. She
searched the house thoroughly, and par
ticularly the little desk where her grand
father kept his papers, and she brought
to me all that she could find in hie hand
writing. There was nothing more than
a single book of accounts, three bills of
goods sold, and 0.13/a unimportant mem
oranda about his business, hastily scrawl
ed ou 'lips of paper of uneven Size. la
looking over these things I observed that
the handwriting of the deceased was
very eccentric in its character. The up
strokes of almost every letter was very
heavy, the down strokes light ; the
writing sometimes followed up the line,
and again went above or below it for sev—
eral inches ; its general appearance was
singular and unfinished, and the whole
struck me at first as an odity in the way
"Did he always write like this ?" I ask
Yes. sir, always," she replied. And
then I told her to accompany me , to a
proctor's office, where I would take the
preliminary steps to secure the estate to
her. Virginia, being under age, could
not be appointed administrator of Jacob
Shelmire's estate, and it was my purpose
to commit with the proctor and to secure
the appointment of some honest, trust
worthy man, who could discharge the
trust with fidelity to the girl and ali oth
ers interested. The latter would be few
or none, as the girl inform d me that her
k ratidrothor never contr tad apy debts
that she knew of, and th t no bills had
been sent to the house nee his death.
some weeks before.
The office of the proctor was opproach
ed by a flight of narrow stairs, half-way
up on which we met a man descending.
I noticed nothing about him except that
he had a thick black beard and mous
tache, a keen eye, and was dressed in •
suit of fashionable cut and make, and
sported a lame glittering watch chain.—
He looked carelessly at us, and passed
down ; and just behind him came anoth
er, a slim elderly man, whose face seemed
lamiliar to me. On reaching the top of
the stairs I saw that my companion look
ed after them and I asked her if she knew
"I don't know the firet,the other is Mr.
Pasamore, who used to help my grand
father sometimes in the warehouse. He
has been selling off tile stock since grand
father died. But I thought it so queer
that be shouldn't speak to me. He knows
in. just as well many on• can ; but when
be saw my face he looked the other way,"
The incident did not disturb me at the
time, although I did not fail to remember
it afterwards, and to attach deepMean
ing,to it. We found the proctor alone in
his office, and I stated our business. The
good man looked first incredulous and
then puzzled, and exclaimed, "Well this
is strange ! Did you meet anyone on the
"Yes, Mr. Patismore and a stranger."
"Well, sir, that stranger is called Ruins
'Bledsoe. He states to me that he was a
distant relative of the late Mr, Shelmire'e
wife, and that be has the last will and
testament of Mr. Shelpiire himself io his
possession. He has applied for probate
upon it, end 1 nave granted him a citation
returnable on the 19th of the present
month. There was only one person to be
cited, and she lives in the city."
"Virginia Garvin," I suggested.
"Yes, that is the name "
This, of course was all the information
the proctor had to give. Bidding Vir.
ginia follow me, I returned to my office.
My lawyer's instinct had already sug
gested a suspicion of foul play in this pro
ceeding ; and, alter explaining to the as
tonished girl what I had learned, I inter
rogated her about the two men we had
met. Bledsoe she declared she had never
seen or heard of before. She knew that
he had never been at the house of her
grandfather since she had lived there,and
she never heard the old man name him.
As to Pasamore, she could add little to
what she had already told me of him. In
busy times she knew this Passmore to BA ,
siethim in his sales and accounts. Her
grandfather had spoken of him rie a good
assists 't, and a faithful band ; but he
had iiiiVer been at the house until after
his employer's death, when he came to
tell her that he would carry ou the busi
ness as usual until the-estate was settled,
and would then account to the proper
person for his sales and the balance of
the stock. She had not seen him since
I explained to Virginia that nothing
further was to be done in the matter un
til the 19th, when the citation to attend
to the will was returnable. I eat in a
brown study after she left the office ; and
then, jumping up with a sudden impulse,
1 switched my hat and went up and down
the streets of the city.antil I came to the ,
dingy ; warehouse that still bore on its
Weath'erliciiteii sign `board 'the 'name of
Jacob Stielmire. entered and before
everethe two men I had met on the
Surrogates stairs,,_ They were whispering
togethet pee; the desk ias len tired, and
Pcsitiaiskiiihitublitus 80011 ititi.fitsw. me,
and curtly deinauded. my buspri.
The bluntness of hie winner unexpect
ed as it owes, threw me off my guard, and
I asked, without - preface, - "Hare you any
iutercikair,in.bpposition to that of your
late empliiyer J O granddaughter?"
"Have you any business to afar Me
oven a question I" be retorted, rudely' if
"I am her counsel, sir,"l replied, "dud
"Yee, yes," be interrupted. "Well, sir,
the will is to be proved oo the 19th, and
if you are preiont you will know all about
"But bow is it about the will r I asked.
' "Virginia insists that them it no mill,
"She is mistaken." be rejoined. ,
"Ur. Passmore, from. the relations that
base 'existed between yourself and this
prank grasdfietber. yea eboald
nosedu. it you duty be imprisit ;for
/trigs aspiring that rag , kappa b year
litlimiktivol” t 4 *ft ItailfrOtit
aek you now, sir, have yop nothing to
"Nothing whatever, sir," he responded
with a bland smile.
"Mr. Passmore, you are a scoundrel,"
";Mr. Williams, you are certainly any
thing bnt a gentleman," was his tantal
I went back to my office, chafed and
irritated to an unwonted degree, and en
tirely satisfied that a deep plot bad been
formed to cheat Virginia out of het In
heritance. I thoroughly believed it, but
1 could do nothing but wait until the day
appointed For the e robate of the will lied
brought its revelations.
Well, it came ; and I attended before
-the Surrogate at the hour named in the
citation with my client. There were also
present Passmore, Bledsoe, and a dis
tinuished member of our bar, whom, the
latter had obtained to assist him- The
man Bledsoe produced an instrument
which purported to be and which he de•
clared was, the will and testament of Ja
c.b Shelmire. It was very brief, giving
to Rufus Bledsoe all the property, both
real and personal, of which ho should die
possessed. It was dated,l observed,about
a year previous to the time Virginia came
to live with her grandfather; it was sign
ed with the lull name, Jacob Shelmire,
written apparently in the same hand with
the body of the instrument (and the
handwriting was marvelously like that of
Jacob himself,) and it was witnessed or
purported to be, by Thomas Drake and
Peter Lenard, both merchants of the city.
As he read their names I happened to
know that both of them had been dead
The will was proved by Bledsoe and
Passmore, both of them testifying to the
genuineness of the signatures of both
the testator and witnesses. And Bledsoe,
in addition, swore' that he had received
the will from Jacob Shelmire personally,"
upon the day after its date.
TLS otory cohinh this man told was sub
stantially as follows : He was a nephew
of the late Mrs. Shelmire, and was quite
a boy when his aunt was married. His
new uncle saw him on that occasion. and
took quite a fancy to him. The wedding,
he said, was in a distant town, where his
parents resided, and when the wedding
broke up, Mr. Shelmire said to him, "Re
member me, my bay, if you •ver want
help." Years after, when chance left
him penniless in London, he remembered
the circumstance, and went in search of
Mr. Shelmire ; and the old man gave him
a warm welcome. • Your aunt is dead,
.ny boy," be said "and I have no kith nor
kin on earth that I know of ; I had a
daughter, but she is dead, too, and I can't
learn that she has left me any children to
take care of. You are welcome indeed
my lad." With this he took him home
and treated him affectionately while he
stayed. The old man was anxious to
adopt him with him till death should op
erate them ; But Bledsoe was a sailor,
and soon began to long for another voy
age, and at last told the old man that he
must e . The wept before he went, Mr.
Shelmire sat up after his usual bedtime
writing, and in the morning he gave his
guest a folded paper which be told him
would do him good some time. The old
man at the same time gave him .£loo,'
and leaving London the saute day, Bled
soe had thought no more about iu until
the day before his interview with the
proctor. He had been at sea most of the
time since, and had learned by the merest
chance in Liverpool, while looking over
the files of a paper,of the death of Jacob
Shelmire. Curiosity led him to examine
the document which be lied given him
and he discovered, to his_astonishment,
it was the old man's last will and testa
ment, giving all the property to him and
making him his executor. In addition
to this, the fellow swore that he had of
ten seen ,Mr. Shelmire and both' the wit
nesses write, and that be knew that these
were their genuine signatures.
That this man had lied from begin
ning to end I could not have the least
doubt.. I saw deliberate,,determined per
jury in his snakylooking eye. For two
hours did I cross examine him, endeav
oring to find a weak spot in his story,but
he had thoroughly fortified himself and
delivered his evidence with all the cool
ness and nonchalance of an expert. As
for Passmore, he swore quite as plumply
as Bledsoe that he was well acquainted
with the writing of all the parties whose
names were on the will, and that they
were all genuine signatures: further
than this, he remembered distinctly the
fact of Bledsoes visit, and even went so
far as to swear that Mr. Shelmire sent him
for Drake and Lamed the night before
Bledsoe left. He said that he found
them, and requested them to go, to the
house on business, and that both had
told him that they would go.
I could - make nothing more of them
than this; and the Suirogate admitted
the will to probate when the examination
was finished. From this decision I took
an appeal to a higher court..
1 eliall have nothing to say at present
of the triumphant looks and actions of
those two scheming villains, nor the grief
and despondency of poor Virginia. The
sight of her pretty face, pale and patient,
and so ray anxious, made me nervous
and unfit for work; and at lust I told my
student, Will Wayman, that he must talk
with her whenever she came into the of
fice. _ _
"Tell her that lam working hard far
her.and that I will do what can be done."
And with that I left him to talk to her
and comfort her.. And Will, as I have
reason to think, was not adverse to the
duty, and , performed it to the mutual eat
isfaction of both.
Only a few weeks intervened before the
sitting of the court at which the case was
to be tried. I worked with all the zeal
and fidelity of my nature, and with the
excitement of my sympathy for the poor
girl ; bat, when the day of trial came, I
had to,confese to myself that I bad done
next to nothing. I could not find a sin
gla person who kriew anything about
Bledsoe or his pretended visit to the de-
ceased, and Mr. Shelmire as well as the
pretended , witnesses to the will, were so
little known in the city, and their trans
actions with konsirmarnen,which required
theta to grim, had been .so few, that it
was with mat difficulty that I could find
any one that knew ,their writing. And
of those Who,lad,''scen theca snit, , and
who examined the 'pretended,' will than
was not one that, could scrim ihat either
of. Abe ovate:nu were.. set yet guanine. •
I =turd the court -co •Ctit mendus of
the trial with a strange feeling of hope
lessness. Except the assertions of fraud
and conspiracy that I could make for my
client, I knew of nothing that promised
to tell in her favor. Virginia took her
seat at the counsel table by me, and look
ed with interest and curiosity upon the
unaccustomed scene. She was lookioß
very handsome, notwithstanding the anx
iety in her taco ; and there were others
beside Will Wayman who thought so, too.
I had almost forgotten to mention the
deep interest Will had taken in the case
since its commencement. I wanted some
body to whom I could talk in confidence
about it, and so he had become thorough
ly posted in all its details. I knew that
he had pondered over them cineiderably,
but 1 was far from thinking that he had
worked out anythine that could be of
any particular use in the case. I under—
stood him better before the day was over.
The case was called and a jury empan
emu- The respondent's counsel opened
the ca'e in art .la...e s of half an hour
giving all the details, ana v minute
ly what he could prove. Then
the evidence of Bledsoe and Passmore,
given as audaciously as before the Surro
gate. My counsel's cross examinntion
failed to entrap either of then into any
inconsistency, or to shake their 'wonder
ful self-possession in the slightest.
At the conclusion of the respondent's
case my counsel addessed the jury in be
half of his client. He roundly charged
perjury and fraud upon the two men who
had occupied the witness box all the
morning pointed out the suspicious cir
cumstances that both witnesses to the
pretended will were dead, and the diffi
culty of any ne owho knew their writing.
He insisted that the pretended will was a
base fabrication, and the whOle story of
these 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 she was, huw long she had lived
with tar. Sheltnire,atirl what her relations
with him had been The point of her
evidence was that he had very often de
clared that she should be his heir . ; that
he had never mentioned the subject of a
will to her, and that she never heard him
speak of Rufus Bledsoe.
The jury were evidently interested in
the girl, and I thought, sympathized with
her, but I well knew that this could not
prevail against the strong affirmative evi•
dence of the respondence.
Will Wayman had sat quietly by the
table, taking minutes of the evidence.—
He handed me a scrap of paper, folded,
torn and soiled, with the following writ
ten upon it :
July the PM. 113—
Ito Jana Goma : Please send me two bails flour,
Barlow Erna. Jags saxonas.
The person to whom this was address
ed had long been a large operator in flour,
and supplied many of the dealers in the
looked inquiringly at Will.
"Recall Bledsoe," he said, in a whisper.
"and let our counsel ask him whose
writing it is."
I did so. Bledsoe took the paper in
his hand, ran his eye keenly over it, and,
in answer to the question, said that it
was undoubtedly Jacob Shelmire's hand
I looked again at my clerk.
"Ask him if be is as sure of it as he is
that the writing in the will is Mr. Shel-
I made our counsel ask the question,
and the lip of the witness curled under
his moustache. Certainly he was, there
could be no doubt of either.
I looked again at Will.
"Let him go, and go through the same
• I did so, and Passmore clinched the
evidence of Bledsoe. He said the writing
in the order that I had produced was Mr.
Shelmire's beyond qestion. He would
know that writing anywhere,. - And Mr.
Shelmire often wrote such orders and sent
them by him. Had he ever taken any
to Mr. Gregg? Yes, very often. Might
he have taken this ? Very easily ;in tact
he remembered this particular order.
Mr. Passmore went down with an air of
easy insolence ; and Will, his eyes beam
ing with delight, leaned over and whis
pered again in my ear. He did not ut
ter more than four words, but they open
ed upon me almost like the shock of an
electric battery, and the weight that had.
lain at my heart for six weeks rolled away
In one instant our victory was insured.
I whispered to our counsel, and he call
ed the name of William Wayman.
Disposing of the preliminary questions
as to who he was, his occupation, 4e, our
counsel asked : "Was the paper in your
possession before exhibited here,just now?"
"Do you know who wrote that order ?"
"1 wrote it myself last night,for the pur
pose of drawing these two gentlemen in—
to the trap they have eo cleverly walked
into. And I believe that if you'll look
close you'll find my imitation of poor old
Jacob Shelmire'm writing a great deal bet
ter than theirs."
This was virtually an end of the case.
The jury began to catt indignant !oakum.
Mr. Bledsoe, and his companion, bOth of
whom turned white and red, and looked
very uncomfortable. The judge simply
told the jury that it remained for them
to say, from the evidence. whether Jacob
Shelmire had executed the will in dispute; ,
and without leaving their seats they found'
that he hail not. • -
One of the most remarkable things was
the sudden dissapearence of Bledsoe and
Taturrnore. Within fifteen minutes after
the verdict I bad a warrant for their ar
rest on a charge of perjury and forgery in
the hands of the police, but they never
found them. They had fled, secretly and
precipitatelyi and we never beard of them
again. I can only say that 'have full
faith in the words, "The way of the' trans.
grasser is hard."
Some - daya after the trial, I said to the
clerk, "Well, Will, my. client, -Virginia
Oai'vin,will not be of age for some months
yet, and it is necessary to havoin'admin-.
tiltrotor bud guardian appointed. • Do you
know whom she would prefer."'
"I have no doubt, air, that she would
prefer me. And as I am tobecome tier
husband in two weeks, you Will concede
the propriety of the suggestion. ' • •
1 ilidmore; I shook - the *timid :fellow
El tbeliand'anit wished him a whole OA.
tary ,of bappiamta. And- was ...set Alban)
that his adrostuata bads saved
astute, 10;1 eat thane Sias a prattlAri:fla;
Pea .is bar elaweekag kits far her
TERMS :—Two Dollars Per Year in Advon.oe.
MM. J. crwanr.
Yes, dear. it Ls twilight,
Put your pen away ;
Make the fire born brighter
At the close of day.
Elsll I tell you, softly
Of the long ago f
Then draw nearer, darling
To the ruddy glow.
In this timeworn casket,
Are my keepsakes old ;
Letters and , a portrait
In Its frame of geld ;
And some faded mess,—
Petals to decay,—
Slumber now in silence,
Once they bloomed in May.
They were fondly gathered
By a loving one.
Wove in wreath of beauty
Ere the day was done.
.nr brow encircled
By their snowy bloom ;
Made my heart grow lighter
With their sweet perfume.
But they drooped in sadness,
Bo 1 laid them here, ~
With the cherished leaf,
And the portrait dear,
Then I whispered gently ;
"These are mine to keep
Through the future toiling
When the Past's asleep.
Do you know the 'wry
Told in grief and pain,
How these hidden treunres
In my heart have lain f
How I sent the letters,
Just a day too late,
To some one in sorrow
Lost In arms of Fate ?
Letters and the.portralt,
Came again—were mine, l c..
Itto I laid them fondly
On my memory's shrine,
With the wreath of roses
That my brow had Pressed
Ere the leaves had withered,
In a strange unrest.
Dearest, close the casket
Place these things within ;
They have brought me shadows
Of "the might have been."
Lay them, there, in faience
In that grave away ;
Smooth my silver tresses
Changed from brown to grey.
FALSE IDEAS OF SIARRIED LIFE
It is a sad lature of modern society that
young married people think they must begin
their wedded life where their fathers and moth
ers leave off. They must have homes furnished
with all the luxuries. and &noised in all the
magnificence of style, equally with those who
have acquired abundant wealth. It must be
this or nothing Parente impress upon the
minds of their daughters, that they ought not
to think of leaving the parental roof unless for
a home as good as, or betterin all respects,than
the parental abode and that, unless such a
home be offered them, is will be far preferable
to remain single. This advice ie given in kind
ness through a feeling of false pride, of social
position—or, more commonly, from a desire to
shield their daughters from the like privations
and rough experiences through which the par
, ents have been compelled to pass. They would
' save their children from straightness of limited
possession, and from the toll, deprivation, sad
close economy requisite to the accumulation of
The result of this Is to prevent many a mor
tgage which would otherwise tak• place. Young
met, aware of this parental advice, have come
to. deem it the orreries of an insult to ask a
young lady to share with !hem berries more
plain in appointments and surroundings than
that of their girlhood ; and, where the ability
does-sot exist to provida/luxurious homes, the
idea of marriageisdisetided Young women,
also, have coma to regard it as an act of unpar
donable fully and humiliation to accept an offer
of marriage which does not carry with it all
the luxuries and surroundings of wealth. On
ill sides, the opinion prevails that married life
should begin at the high tide of indulgence in
all that constitutes an- elegant, fashionable, and
wealthy home, or not to begin at all. The old
ides of "love in a cottage" is put slide as a bar
baric relic of the rude put. Nothing short of
fuhionable life amid elegant and luxurious sur
roundings, either with or without love, w ill
meet the requirements of the refined present.
The consequence is,that thousands of our young
men do not marry, simply became of their ina
bility to meet these demands of the age ; while
hundreds d• marry, try the experiment et high
living, sink hopelessly under a load of accnmu
lated debt, or, goaded by pride, keep up a while
peculations, and then end their career in a
ffilon'e cell or by suicide.
* In whatever light this state of things is view
ed„ to be deplored. Marriage u the nor
mal and devinely appointed order of society ;
and whateier tends to prevent marriage tends
to destroy ; that order, to disrupt tbe true social
bond, and to open the deor'for the incoming of
lleentiouness. Surely, this state of things
ought to be remedied. Young men and young
,women should be made to regard marriage as
Awed duty, and married life as the only true
relation for wild beings Their ideas should
be raised entirely above all considerations of
faablenableetanding in . wieldy; and bo regula
ted solely by the higher modes of obedience to
. ditlncli constitutional law of social life,
which makes marriage obligatory, and puts the
relation of husband and wife above all relations
iii litieredtieSS itnd perpetuity. The ftiture well
being of thri rice depends upon this being done,
and being done effectually. All loose ideas on
this object eliould be frowned down at once,
and be banished forever. Men everywhere
should, be,made to feel Witt married life is ob
ligating, tend that chaitliy - is the vlttue of
social idrtuoi;without which happy- and well.
ordered society Is iMpowilble.
But bow *ball this- be brought about ? The
Atli answer ardnldtequire mOrtt Space than may
he bore allowed ; but one or two points. may
be pertinently noticed. 'Lad the first is, that.
in public estimation, it should beteadtt honors.
I hto fbr men to live simerding to :their ritltts,
mad dishonorable to lied boyeed theirmeass. —
Boarrenemes and ppm Item= ,should be
tussill4 ths.t: l o l l 5 4 0 ova" o froPotab ili tr
-PO litL with bare Missearts abclfsw
losswies, *Lois pelembei' ability will warns(
tteare ; and ied* "gfaaraame them
ell lase et @odd viandlog , by so doing,
m *odd be made to
feel that he may honorably oler his heart as
his hand to any women, whenever he in ahtl
with her assistance, to provide a home with ei.,k
necessaries of life and ordinary comforts : art
every young ,woman should be taught to rcgat,
it as neither derogatory to her alisseefor or ear.
cial position to accept such as offer, end to help
provide such a home. Young married 111 i
should begin to-day where it did fifty years an
in a home of one room, If need be, and by mu
tual labor and economy grow up into mot"
ample accommodations. All honor and re!.ocat
should be given to those who accept of lova
without wealth, and are willing to do,a•nd beer,
and suffer their part in the battle of life- Sac::
a position is the beginning of eolf-sininnoce,
which •Is so important an element in life, rmd
withou,t which all efforts at improvement ell
short of their aim, and leave the parties to 11111
Young women should be taught bow to
work, and be brought up wish a willinoness
work, whenever or wherever eircumat:;noa de
mand it. They should be mad* to regard It es
a solemn duty to assist their boa: nadir in the
battle of life ; and to think it no hard••hi?
accept of "love in a cottage," whore love sad
work must go hand In band. rathers and
tnotbers should teach their children to b.etoor
their affections and link their destiny for lit,
with reference to worth and not en tooney.—
They should seek to bring haer^that rood off
custom of beciuning married hie at the ; , aos of
the hill,and mate it honorable tor husband r.. 7.4
wife to travel up together. No longer rlsowld
it be considered derogatory so roapeegehillty,
nor degrading to social standin:so starry :TM- •
out wealth, and to begin howikowing ea
limited scale, Every wile should betrul7
help-meet, and regard it an no dirrrsen to do
her own work, until pecuniary ability .rail tally
warrant the hiring of it done. livery —Aso
should be made to feel that it is honorable to
marry en a small income and shoo to live with
in his means, without losing social costa or aa•
There is nothing halt so sweet in Ids, half
beautiful or supremely delightful or en levubt,
66 • nice girl. One of those lovely, livrly,;, - ; ,e—lS,
natured, sweet fates& scalable. neeit,naity.piess,
prayerful.domeetie greeter« met with wiel9
the sphere of home, chin:ming erawaci the iriCs
ence of her goodosos Ilks the 0211111e0 of awaft
A aico girl is not tie languishing, bokur,7,
drawling on the tole and ditotweiv, the last e
era or novel, or the &We-like ereerpre ew:ep
ing majestically through the drawtag-room.—
The nice girl may not even play cr C,ncc
and knows nothing about rein: bor sym or co
quetting with a far. Was never langninhez, she
is too active. She ie not given to evotoVert
novels, she is toe busy. ln pah v,o eo is not M
front showing her shealden sh• el". quiet and
unobtrusive at the bask el the crowd most
likely. Ia fact, it la set °flan we ill:cover kw
Home I. her place.
Who rises betimes sad supsrintruds IF:10
morning Meal 1 Who makes tlie mast atd ma,
and buttons the boys' shires, and Neas too
chickens, and brightens up the parlor and eft
ling-room Is it the langsisher, or the
or the elegance 1 Not a bit et tt. Ifs the nitA
Her maiden toilet is made in the ehortnsi pos
sible time, yet bow charmingly tt it dace, sad
how elegant and neat her dress and o.llltr I If
you covet anything, it is one of the Lie. errs
kisses. Not presentin,s her chuck or Mow
like a fine girl, but an audible sennek whit , /
says plainly, "I love you ever so oeceb I"
Breakfast over, down 1n ibe kltehcn le.sec
about dinner, and' all day long she it ap and
down, always cheerful and light keened. be
never ceases to be active and asoil4l estirths
day is gone, when she will pelka with the here
or read, sing old songs or play old tunes to bGv
father or mother for hours together. fine is a
perfect treasure, is the Mee girl. IT boo sinks
ness comesot is she who attend: with newest ,
ying patience on the sick okambor. Thsre is
no risk, na fatigue that she will not untiergetosis
sacrifice that she will not make, Übo is oil invo
all devotion. I have often thought It.vrctild ho
happiness to be watched by such lovin: eyes,
and tended by such a fhir hand.
One of the strongest marked eberaelerlitthi
of a nice girl is tidiness and simplicity of drat
She is invariably associated In my mini with a
high frock, plain collar, and the neatest of nice
ribhens, bound with the most modest ifttin
brooch in the world. I never knew a niee
who displayed a profusion of rings and breve
ista, or who wore low dresses.
1 say there is nothing in the world half as
beautiful, half so intrinsically good us a Mee
girl. She is the sweetest dower in the path of
fa. There are others far more gni-Raging, Wit
thee') we merely admire as we go hgr.
where the daisy grows that we like to trot.
HOW TREY READ IiEWSPAPERS.
Uncle Ned first hunts up a funny thing, theca
laughs with a will. Arms Sue first roads the
stories, then turns to ttrp li - arriage , rthe end
deaths. The laborer dnly looks at tee • • auts,"
hoping to find a better opening in his bas upia,
Mill Flora seeks out the new advartievinstam to
ascertain the newest importations in bonnets.
and kids. Mr. Pleasure ...alter terns to the
amusement column and cleeides which enter
tainment will afford him the gresteta enjoy
ment. Mill; Prim drops a tees'—flat over Its
marriages, then over the deaths, for, soya the,
"one is as bad as the ether." Mr. Pulltielse
commences with the editorial, thou rotas the
telegraph ending his perusal with the apsecias
quoted. Mr. Professor slowly 0.12121‘11,43 the
editorial, Its rhetoric, syntax. and loots, thee
glances at the correspondenee, finally return!
to his Latin. and quickly forgets what he Mis t
read. Mr. Marvelous looks for the acoidenliv
murders, inquests and deaths, reads the court
record and ends with the stories in search st:
something -aeneational. But why extend 1146
list? Each individual rends for hiineelf, and
each does not find a column or so to kis panic•
ular taste, the paper Is insipcd, the editor lazy
and deserving of censure.
Never go back. When you attempt, do with
all your strength. Determinction is om
nipotent. If the prospect be som•what.derk
ened, put the fire or resolutioulo your'roUl,and
kindle a fame that nothing bat death can ex
The fireside Is a school of infinite importance
It is more important because It is uairerssl,and
because the education it bestows, being woven
in the woof of childhood, glees fern and color
to the whole mature of life.
Were lt given to our orpnio eye to see into
the Millie of others, we should judge a tuna
much more surely from what he dreams, *ban
hum what be thinks;
,there is ',wlll M its
tbenglkt, then Is none In ►he dram.