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Robes and Blankets
As cold weather approaches
owneif ii snve money
by buying tin horse blank
ents, knee rol ~ . tc., now.
A warm blanket on a
horse in cold weather saves
more for the owner than any
The largest and most com
plete line of robes,blankets,har
uei;f',whij>i?,trunks, valises, etc.,
in the county,and at. the lowest
price . v, ill ahv ys be tound at
124 N. Main St.,
D. E. JACKSON.
203 ?. Mr. 'S . - - Butler, Pu.
Everybody Delighted. .
\i •> ate n Deed of Seasonable
Having bought a latge Stock of
Fail ami Winter Goods, and owing to
bad weutbrr tud worpe roads, they
have not ! ; j eu going out as fast as
they ougLt to
CUT PRICES AWAY DOWN,
as we must on account of scarcity of
room close them out to make room
for Spring Goods.
If you want a Cloak, Jacket or
NOW IS YOUR CHANCE.
Or if you want Blankets, Comforts
Ucderwear. Ladies' or Gents', Flan
nels, Catton Flao not or anything in
before the Stock is broken, but
Co examine oar large stock of Dress
Goods, which are included in this
Also Fancy and Dress Plushes,
Black Suiah and Gros Grain Silks,
ali Marked Down.
We inoon our wall paper de
partment, full and overflowing
with our immense and choice
stock of paper hangings. You
must help us out, we haven't
room for bait our goods, until
you relieve us of some of them.
We have the choicest selec
tion of patterns in every grade
from Brown Blanks at 10 cts
to (Tilts'at from 20 cts to $1
per double bolt.
Examine our Stock.
J. R Douglass,
iVoar iVtolfice, Butler, Pa.
Extraordinary Bargains are offer
ed here in
Everything in fursifhinga for ladies,
children ur:d men.
Ompore cur prices with what yon i
have ittn paying and see if you
can't gave met ey by dealing with
John M. Arthurs.
333 SOUTII MAIN STREET. 333
Big Overcoat Sale
The Racket Store.
OVERCOATS OF ALL GRADES,
STYLES AMD COLORS AT
ROCK BOTTOM PRICES FOR
REMEMBER THAT NO FIRM
DOING A CREDIT BUSINESS
CAN QUOTE TllE LOW CASH
PIttOES YOU WILL FIND
AT THE ONK PRICE
i S. Main St.,
J'aicut Yurlsble Friction #n<! Belt Feed.
Steam Engir-s, Hay Presses,
Shing?e Mills, &c.
Portable Grist Mills,
Bend lor Illiw. lirtliM. Ar.
l it:;;! A. B. F.UMJI'HAB CO.. York, Pa.
A. .1. FRANK k CO.
FANCY am> TOILET ARTICES,
81'ONGKS, Ui'.l SUES PERFUMERY, &c
lif i'i' V ■' I" >' I'rt so r ptions carefully co.n
5 S. Main Street, Butler, Pa.
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by Dr. Waldron.
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Co's DIUK Store. Butler. Pa,
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8. W. Corner Main and North Sts., Butler, Pa.
J. J. DONALDSON, Dentist.
Artificial Teeth inserted cn the latest im
proved plan. Gold Killing a specialty. Office
over Schaul's Clothing Store.
DR. S. A. JOHNSTON.
DENTIST, - - BUTLER, PA.
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Specialties Gold Fillings, and Painless Ex
traction of Teeth. Vitalized Air administered.
Office on Jefferoon Street, one door East of Lowrj
House, l"p Stairs.
Office open daily, except Wednesdays and
Thursdays. Communications by mall receive
prompt attention, BJ>
N. B.—The only Dentist In Butler uslngjthe
best makes of teeth.
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Contractor, Carpenter and Builder.
Maps, plans, specifications and esti
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OFFICE NEAR DIAMOND, BCTLEK, PA.
Jl. M. CHRISTLEY,
ATTORNEY AT LA .
Office second floor, Anderson B1 k. Malu St.,
near Court House, Butler, Pa.
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ATTOKNKY AT LAW.
r Office on second floor of the lluselton block,
Diamond, Butler, Pa., Room No. 1.
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Office In Room No. l, second floor of Buselton
Block, entrance on Diamond.
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ATTORNEY AT LAW.
Office on second floor of New Anderson Block
Main St..—near Diamond.
Attorney at Law, Office at No. 17, East Jeffer
son St., Butler, I'a.;
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Attorney at Law and Heal Estate Agent. Of
flee rear of L. Z. Mitchell's office on north side
of Diamond. Butler, To.
H. H. GOUCHER.
Attorney-at-law. Office on second floor of
Anderson building, near Court llousc, Butler,
J. K. BRITTAIN.
Alt'y at Law—(mice at S. E. Cor. Main St, and
Diamond, Butler, Pa.
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L. 8. McJUNKIN,
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17 EAST JEFFERSONJST.
BUTLER, - PA.
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oiv.ee Ccr. Wain & Cunningham Sts.
>i. C. ROESSING, PKESIDENT.
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G. C. Roesslnic, Henderson Oliver,
J. L Purvis, James Stephenson,
A. Troutman, 11. C. Heinemaii,
Alfred Wlck.j N. Weitzel,
Dr. W. Irvin, I)r. Klckenbach,
J. W. Burkhart, D. T. Norris.
LOYAL sM'JUNKIN, Gen. A*'t.
v Q ALESM El\r
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A Wilson and Standard Sewing JlncLines. Banging and Stand Lamps. Manufacturer
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WHERE A CHILD CAN BUY AS CHEAP AS A MAN
We start 1891 with the greatest line of bargains ever offered. We have
bought some thoasands of yards of
We have marked it 20 cents per yard. This is 25 per cent, lower than it
has ever been sold anywhere ia America.
Still a nice BFfortmrnt at $2 to $35. Were $4 50 to SSO.
ALL OUR DRESS GOODS
Domestic Goods, underwear, in fact everything in our immense stock to be
rnn off regardless of coat Those who have dealt with us know we always
mean just what we advertise; those who have not, will learn that we do by
calling and examining goods and prices.
RITTER 8- RALSTON.
S- - \ THE
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FULL STRENGTH, FULL WEIGHT, AND IS SOLD ON ITS
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OOOKS QUARTERS, RETAIL AT 5 CT«.
COOKS HALVES, RETAIL AT 10 CTS.
COOKS POUNDS, RETAILAT2OCTB.
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the iaundry-To use if is to value, if-
What will SAPOLIO do? Why it will clean paint, make oil cloths
bright, and give the floors, tables and shelves a new appearance. It will
take the grease off the dishes and off the pots and pans. You can scour
the knives and forks with it, and make tlio tin things shine brightly. The
wash-basin, the bath-tub, even tha greasy kitchen sink will be as clean as
a new pin if you use SAPOLIO. One cake will prove all we say. Be a
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BUTLER, PA., FRIDAY, JANUARY I<>, 181)1.
A Story Of Sevei Devils.
The negro church which stood in the
pine woods near the little village of Oxford
Cross_Roads, in one of the lower counties
of Virginia, was presided ovet by an elder
ly individual, known to the community in
general as Uncle Pete; but on Sundays the
members of his congregation addressed
him as Brudder Peter. He was an earnest
and energetic man. and, although he could
neither read nor write, he had for many
years expounded the Scriptures to the sat
isfaction of his hearers. His memory was
good,and those portions of the Bible which
from time to time he had heard read were
used by him, and frequently with powerful
effect, in his sermons. His interpretations
of the Scriptures were generally entirely
original, and were made to suit the needs,
or what he supposed to be the needs, of his
Whether as ' Uncle Pete" ia the garden
and corn-field or "Brudder Peter' in ihe
church, he enjoyed the good opinion of
everybody excepting one perion, and that
was his wife. She was a high-tempered
and somewhat dissatisfied parson, who had
conceived the idea that her husband was in
the habit of giving too much time to the
church and not enoujh to the
acquisition of corn-bread and pork. On a
certain SaCurday she gave biia a most tre
mendous scolding, which so affected the
spirits of the good man that it influenced
his decision in regard to the selection of
the subject for his sermon the next day.
His congregation was accustomed to be
ing astonished, and rather liked it, but
never before had their minds received such
a shock as when the preacher announced
the subject of his discourse. He did not
take any particular text, for this was not
his custom, but he boldly stated that the
Bible declared that every woman in this
world was possessed by seven devils; and
the evils which this state of things had
brought upon the world he showed forth
with much warmth and feeling. Subject
matter, principally from hii own experi.
ence, crowded in upon his nind, and he
served it out to his audience hot and
strong. If his deductions could have been
proven to be correct, all women were
creatures who, by reason of their seven
fold diabolical possession, were not capable
of independent thought or action, aud who
should in tears and humility place them
selves absolutely under the direction and
authority of the other sex.
When he approached the conclusion of
his sermon, Brother Peter closed with a
bang the Bible, which, although he could
not read a word of it, always lay open be
fore bim while he preached, and delivered
the concluding exhortation of his sermon:
".Now, my dear brev'ren ob dis congre
gation," he said, "I want you to understan'
dat dar's nuffin in dis yere sarmon wot
you've jus' heerd ter make yer think you
sef angels. By no means, brev'ren; yon
was all brung up by wimmen, an' you've
got ter lib wid 'em, an' ef anythin' in dis
yer worl' is ketcbin', my dear brev'ren, it's
habin debbils, an' from wot I've seen ob
some ob de men ob dis worl' I 'spect dey is
persest ob 'bout all de debbils dey got
room fur. But de Bible don' say nuffin
p'intedly on de subjec' ob de number ob
debbils in man, an' I 'spec' dose dat's got
'em—an' we ought ter feel pow'ful thank
ful, my dear brev'ren, dat de Bible don'
say we all's got 'em—has 'em 'cordin' to
sarcumstances. But wid de wimmiu it's
difrent; dey's got jus' sebin, an' bless my
soul, brev'ren, I think dat's 'nuff.
""While I was a-turnin' ober in my min'
de subjec' ob dis sarmon, dere come ter me
a bit of Scripter wot I heerd at a big
preachin' an' baptizin' at Kyarter's Mills,
'bout ten year ago. One ob de preachers
was a-tellin' about ole mudder Ebe a-eatin'
de apple, and says he: De sarpint fus'
come along wid a red apple, an', says he:
You gib dis yer to your husban', an' he
think it so mighty good dat when he done
eat it he gib you anything you ax him fur,
ef you tell him whar de tree is. Ebe, she
took one bite, an' den she frew dat apple
away. Wot you mean, you triflin' sarpint,
says she, a fotchin' me dat apple wot ain't
good fur nuffin but ter make cider wid.
Den de sarpint he go fotch her a yaller
apple, an' she took one bite an' den says
she: Go 'long wid ye, you fool sarpint,
wot you fotch me dat June apple wot ain't
got no taste to itT Don de sarpint he think
he like sumpin' sharp, an' he fotch her a
green apple. She takes one bite ob it, an'
den she frows it at his head, an' sings out:
Is' you spe;tin mo to gib dat apple to yer
Uncle Adam an' gib him de colict Den de
debbil ho fotch her & lady apple, but she
say she won't take no sich triflin' nubbins
as dat to her husband, an' she took one
bite cb it an' frew it away. Den he go
fotch her two udder kin' ob apples, one
yaller wid red stripes, an' de udder one red
on one side an' green on de udder, —
—mighty good lookin' apples, too—de kin'
you git two dollars a bar'l fur at the store.
But Ebe, she wouldn't hab neider ob 'em,
an' when she done took one bite ob each
one, she frew it away. Den de ole debbil
sarpint, he scratch he head, an' he say to
hise'f: Dis yer Ebe, she pow'ful 'ticular
'bont her apples. Reckin' I'll have ter
wait till after fros', an' fotch her a real
good one. An' he dono wait till after fros',
an' den he fotch her a' Albemarle pippin,
and when she took one bite ob dat, she jus'
go 'long an' eat it all up, core, seed, and
all. Look h'yar, sarpint, says she, hab you
got anudder ol dem apples in your pocketf
An' don he tuk one out, and gib it to her.
''Cuse me,'says she, 'l'se gwine ter look
up Adam, an' ef he don' want to know war
de tree is wot dese apples grow on, you
kin hab him fur a cawn-flel' han'."
"An' now, my dear brev'ren," said
I Brother Peter, "while I was a-turnin' dis
subjec' ober in my min', and wondering
how de wimmin come to hab jus' seben
debbils apiece, I done reckerleck dat bit
ob Scripter I heard at Kyarter's Mills, an'
I reckin' dat 'splains bow de debbils got
inter woman. De sarpint he done fotch
mudder Ebe seben apples, an' ebery one
she take a bite out of gib her a debbil."
As might have been expected, this ser
mon produced a great sensation, and made
a deep impression on the congregation. As
a rule the men were tolerably well satis
fied with it; and when the services were
over many of them made it the occasion of
shy but vory plainly pointed remarks to
their female friends and relatives.
But the women did not like it at all.
Some of them became angry, and talked
very forcibly, and feelings of indignation
soon spread among all the sisters of the
church. If their minister had seen fit to
stay at home and preach a sermon like this
to his own wife (who, it may be remarked,
was not present on this occasion), it would
have been well enough, provided he made
no allusions to outsiders; but to come there
and preach such things to them was entire
ly too much for their endurance. Each
one of the women knew she had not seven
devils, and only a few of them would ad
mit of the possibility of any of the others
being possessed by qnite so many.
Their preacher's explanation of the man
ner in which every woman came to be
possessed of j'ist so many devils appeared
to them of little importance. What they
objected to was the fundamental doctrine
of his sermon, which was based on bis as
sertion that the Bible declared that every
woman had seven devils. They were not
willing to believe that the Bible said any
such thing. Some of them went so far as
to state it was their opinion that Uncle
Pete had got this fool notion from some of
the lawyers at the court house when he
was on a jury a month or so before. It
was quite noticeable that, although Sun
day afternoon had scarcely begun, the
majority of the women of the congregation
called their minister Uncle Pete. This
was very strong evidence of a sudden de
cline in his popularity.
Some of the more vigorous-minded
women, not seeing their minister among
the other people in the clearing in front of
the log church, went to look for him, '>nt
he was not to be found. His wife had
ordered him to be home early, and soon
after the congregation had been dismissed
he departed by a short cut through the
woods. That afternoon an irate com
mittee, composed principally of women,
but including also a few men who had ex -
pressed disbelief in the new doctrine,
arrived at the cabin of their preacher, but
found there only his wife, cross-grained
old Aunt Rebecca. She infc jed them
that her husband was not at home.
"He's done 'gaged hisse'f," she said
"ter ™t an' haul-wood fur Kunnel Martin
ober on Little Mount'n fur de whole ob
nex' week. It's fourteen or thirteen mile'
from h'yar, an' ef he'd started ter-morrer
mawnin', he'd los' a'mos' a whole day.
'Sides dat, I done tole him dat ef he git
dere ter-night he'd have his supper frowed
in. Wot you all want wid himt Gwine
ter pay him fur preachin'T"
Any such intention as this was instan
taneously denied, and Aunt Rebecca was
informed of the subject upon which her
visitors had come to have a very plain talk
with her husband.
Strange to say, the announcement of the
new and startling dogma bad apparently
no disturbing effect upon Aunt Rebecca.
On the contrary, the old woman seemed
rather to enjoy the news.
"Iteckin he all "bout.dat,"
she said. "He's done had free wives, an'
he ain't got rid o' dis one yit."
Judging from her chuckles and waggings
of the head when she made this remark, it
might be imagined that Aunt Rebecca was
rather proud of the fact that her husband
thought her capable of exhibiting a differ
ent kind of diabolism every day in the
The leader of the indignant church
members was Susan Henry, a mulatto
woman of a very independent turn of mind.
She prided herself that she never worked
in anybody's house but her own, and this
immunity from outside service gave her
a certain pre-eminence among her sisters.
Not only didj Susan share the general
resentment with which the startling state
ment of old Peter had been received, but
she felt that its promulgation had affected
her position in the community. If every
woman was possessed by seven devils,
then, in this respect, she was no better
nor worse than any of the others, and at
this her proud heart rebelled. If the
preacher had said some women had eight
devils and others six, it would, have been
better. She might then have made a
mental arrangement in regard to hsr
relative position, which would have some
what consoled her. But now there was no
chance for that. The words of the preacher
had equally debased all women.
A meeting of tho disaffected church
members was'held the next night at Susan
Henry's cabin, or rather in the little yard
about it, for the house was not large
enough to hold the people who attended
it. The meeting was not regularly
organized, but everyboby said what he or
she had to say, and the result was a great
deal of clamor, and a general increase of
indignation against Uncle Pete.
' Look h'yar!" cried Susan, a( the end of
some energetic remarks, "is dar enny
pusson h'yar who kin count up figgers?"
Inquiries on the subject ran through the
crowd, and in a few moments a black boy,
about fourteen, was pushed forward as an
expert in arithmetic.
".Now, you;;jim," said Susan, "you's
bJen to school, an' you kin count up
tiggers. 'Cordin' ter de chu'ch books dars
forty-seben women b'longin' to our meetin',
an' ef each one ob dem has got seben
debbils in her, I jus' wants you ter tell me
how many debbils come to chu'ch ebery
cl'ar Sunday ter hear dat ole Uncle Pete
This view of the case created a sen
sation, and much interest was shown in
the result of Jim's calculations, which
were made by the aid of a back of an old
letter and a piece of pencil furnished by
Susan. The result was at last announced
as three hundred and nineteen, which,
although not precisely correct, was near
enough to satisfy the company.
"Now, you jus' turn dat ober in you all's
minds," said Susan. "More'n free hundred
debbils in chu'ch ebery Sunday, an' we
women fotchin 'em. Does anybody s'pose
I'se gwine ter b'lieve dat fool talk?"
A middle-aged man now lifted up his
voice and said: "Iso been thinkin'
dis h'yar matter, and Ise 'eluded dat
p'raps de words ob de preacher was used
in a figgerato form o' sen«e. P'r'aps de
seben debbils meant chillun."
These remarks were received with no
favor by the assemblage.
"Oh, you git out!" cried Susan. "Your
ole woman's seben chillun, shore 'nuff, an'
I s'pec' dey's all debbils. But dem sent'-
ments don' apply ter all de udder women
h'yar, 'tie'larly ter dem dar young uns wot
ain't married yit."
This was good logic, but the feeling on
the subject proved to be even stronger, for
the mothers in the company became so
angry it their children being considered
devils that for a time there seemed to be
danger of an Amazonian attack on the
unfortunate speaker. This was averted,
but a great deal of uproar now ensued, and
it was the general feeling that something
ought to be done to show the deep seated
resentment with which the horrible charge
against the mothers and sisters of tho
congregation had been met. Many violent
propositions were madf, some of tho
younger men going so far as to offer to
burn down the church. It was finally
agreed, quite unanimously, that old Peter
should be unceremoniously ousted from his
place in the pulpit which he had filled so
As the week passed on,some of the older
men of the congregation who had friendly
feelings towards their old companion and
preacter talked the matter over among
themselves, and alterwards, with many of
their fellow-members, succeeded at last in
gaining the general consent that Uncle
Pete should be allowed a chance to explain
himself, and give his grounds and reasons
for his astounding statement in regard to
womankind. If he could show biblical au
thority for this, of course nothing more
could be said. But if he could not, then
he must get down from the pulpit, and sit
for the rest of his life on a back seat of
the church. This proposition met with
the more favor, because even those who
were most indignant had an earnest curiosity
to know what the old man would say for
During all this time of angry discussion,
good old Peter was quietly and calmly
cutting and hauling wood on Little Moun
tain. His mind was in a condition of
great comfort and pea>e. for not only had
he been able to rid himself, in bis la.«t
sermon, of many of the hard thoughts con
cerning women that had b»on gathering
themselves together for years, but his
absence from home had given him a
holiday from the of Aunt
Rebecca's tongue, so that no new notions
of woman's culpability had risen within
him. He had dismissed the subject alto
gether, and had been thinking over a
sermon regarding baptism, which he
thought he could make convincing to
certain of younger members .of the con
He arrived at home very late on Satur
day night, and retired to his simple conch
without knowing anything of the terrible
storm which had been gathering through
the week, and which was to burst upon
him on the morrow. But the next morn
ing, long before church time, he received
warning enough of what wa3 going to hap
pen. Individuals and deputations gather
ed in and about his cabin.—some to tell
him all that had been said and done; some
to inform him what was expected of him;
some to stand about and look at him; some
to scold; some to denounce; but, alas! not
one to encourage; nor one to call him
"Bruddcr Peter," that Sunday appellation
dear to him ears. But the old man pos
sessed a stubborn soul, not easily to be
"Wot I says in de pulpit," he remarked,
"I'll 'splain in de pulpit, and you all ud
better git 'long to de chu'ch, and when de
time fur the sarvice come, I'll be dar."
This advice' was not promptly neted
upon, but in the course of half an hour
nearly all villagers and gone off t;> the
church in the woods; and when Uucle
Peter had put on his high black hat, some
what battered,but still sufficiently clerical
looking for that congregation, and had
given something of a polish to his cowhide
shoes he betook himself by the accustomed
path to the log building where he had so
often held forth to his people. As soon as
he entered the church he was formally in
structed by a committee of the leading
members that before he began to open the
servicos, he must nwke it plain to the con
gregation that what he had said on the pre
ceding Sunday about every woman being
possessed by seven devils was Scripture
truth, and not mere wicked nonsense out
of his own brain. If he could not do that,
they wanted no more praying or preaching
Uncle Peter made no answer, but as
cended the little pulpit, he put his hat on
the bench behind him where it was used to
repose, took out his red cotton handker
chief and blew his nose in his accustomed
way, and looked about him. The house
was crowded. Even Aunt Rebecca was
Ajter a deliberate survey of his audience
the preacher spoke: "Brev'ren an' sisters,
I see afore me BruJder Bill Hines, who kin
read de Bible, an' has got one. Ain't dat
Bill Hines having nodded and modestly
grunted assent, the preacher continued.
"An' dar's Aun' Priscilla's boy, Jake, who
ain't a brudder yit, though he's plenty old
'nuf, min', I tell ye; and he kin read de
Bible, fus'rate, an' has read it to me ober
an' ober ag'in. Ain't dat so, Jakef" •
Jake grinned, nodded, and hung his
head, very uncomfortable at being thus
publicly pointed out.
"An' dar's good ole Aun' Patty, who
knows more Scripter* dan ennybuddv
h'yar, havin' been teached by de little gals
from Kuunel Jasper's, an' by dere mudders
afore 'em. I reckin she know' de hull
Bible straight froo,from de Garden of Eden
to de New Jerns'lum. An' dar are udders
h'yar who knows de Scripters, some one
part an' some anudder. Now I axes ebery
one ob you all wot know de Scripters ef
he don' 'remember how de Bible tells how
our Lor' when he was on dis yearth cas'
seben debbils onto' Mary Magdalumf'
A murmur of assent came from the con
gregation. Most of them remembered
"But did enny ob you eliber read, or hab
read tu you, dat he ebber cas' 'em out o'
enny udder woman?"
Negative gruuts and shakes of the head
signified that nobody had ever heard of
""Well, den," said de preacher, gazing
blandly around, "all de udder women got
A deep silence fell upon the assembly,
and in a few moments an elderly member
arose. "Brudder Peter," he said, "I reckin
you mought as well gib out de hymed."
On New Year's Day, before the coals,
"We sit and der why
"We made so many blunders in
The year that's just gone by.
"We look back on our many calls
On fickle P 8 's hard blows,
And fondly hope that this year's joys
Will outweigh last year's woes.
And yet if it should happen that
By Times be 0 decree,
The same old troubles should come back
To test both you and me,
Remember that, in this queer world,
For every who tries
His level best, and is content,
There's sure to be a prize.
He Fell Out.
A Wisconsin man who went to Kansas
and fell in love with a girl, received the
following note and fell ont: "Dear Sir —If
you call on Mary again I will put a bullet
into you on sight. Your obedient servant,
A Hit Back.
A Russian editor who has been traveling
in Germany says that the sight of a body
of conscripts at a railway station is exact
ly akin to that of a body of exiles on their
way to Siberia, both being downcast,
lamenting and taking a long farewell of
A Michigan doctor who has spent years
among the Indians says that tbo Indian
medicine men have no standard remedy
for even the simplest ailment. They can't
break a chill or stop a fever, but trust to
luck and the first handy compound to pull
—Rheumatism cured in a day—"Mystic
cure" for rheumatism and neuralgia, radi
cally cures in Ito ;j days. Its action upon
the system is remarkable and mysterious.
It removes at once the cause and the dis
ease immediately disappears. The first
dose greatly benefits. i 5 cts. Sold by J C
Redick, druggist, Butler.
—Dr. Fenner's Golden Belief is warrant
ed to relieve toothache, headache, neural
gia, or any other pain in 2 to 8 minutes.
Also bruises, wounds, wire cuts, swellings,
bites burns, summer complaints, colic,
(also in horses), diarrluva, ili'sentery and
flux. If satisfaction not given money
Game for Winter Evenings.
The spelling game is a popular amuse
ment fur winter evenings. Each player is
provided with a pencil and a slip of paper,
and the person having charge of the game
sits where a clock or watch may be readily
consulted. A word is then selected and
announced, a long one containing a num
ber of vowels being preferable. This word
is written at the top of each paper, and at
a given time each of the players begins to
write down as many words as he can think
ol which commence with the letters ot
which that word is composed, each letter
being used only as often as it occurs in the
word selected. At the end of three min
utes the leader calls "time," and each per
son reads aloud the words on his slip and
sets the number of them down in numerals.
When ones writes a word that contains a
letter or letters not in the original word,he
loses two marks, which he must set down
against himself; and if anyone has words
which no one else has thought of, he is al
lowed to take two credits for each. After
the words have all been read, the next
letter of the original word is taken as the
initial for a new set of words, and when
these have been treated like the others the
next letter is taken and so on until all have
Take, for example, the word aristocrat.
Beginning with the letter a will be fonnd
the words art. artist, air. arctic, aoria, at,
attic, acts, acto; etc. These having been
read and the debit and credit marks set
down, ii new set of words beginning with r
are writtten, snch as rot, rota, etc. When
a letter occurs twice or oftener in the word,
it is used but once as an initial. The play
er who has been able to remember the
fewest words, or who has made the most
errors in the original word, is sentenced to
pay a lorfoit by the one who has the most
credit marks. This game not only affords
considerable amusement, but it also serves
ns an excellent drill for those who are not
well up in spelling.
For the Common School.
The Pennsylvania Grangers do not agree
with King William of Germany that educa
tion is a bad thing for the people. Neither
do we. and therefore we agree with all our
might to the preposition that the State
shall double its appropriation to the
common schools. The appropriation of
$4,000,000 to the schoois, instead of the
$2,000,0p0 now appropriated, would relieve
the local taxation to just this extent, and
local taxation is the most burdensome up
on every community. Practically there is
no State taxation, the bulk of it coming
from corporations, licenses, collateral in
heritances, and fees for commissions.
Eighteen nundred and ninety-two will
wipe out nearly the entire debt of the
State, and unless some such disposition is
made of the immense revenue it will only
prove a source of corruption and extrava
ganco injurious to the morals of thepeople.
It is true a new Capitol building is needed,
but this ought not to cost at the utmost
limit more than $3,000,000. and as it
would take four or five years to complete
it, it would not require much more than
$1,000,000 in each year. It will be neces
sary, therefore, either to decrease the
revenue, or provide for its proper dis
tribution, and what better distribution can
be made than giving it to the schools?
Let the Grangers agitate the question.—
They will find many who are not Grangers
ready with helping hands.- -Harrisburg
Starting Seed by Electricity.
It appears frjm the results of a series of
experiments recently undertaken in Russia
by X. Specnew that electricity may event
ually be made to play a prominent part in
agriculture. These experiments, which
extended over five years, showed that by
submitting different seeds to the action of
an electric current their development is
rendered more rapid and complete. The
seeds of haricot beans, sunflowers, winter
and spring rye were used. A second sories
of experiments was made with pot herbs
and flowering plants at Kief. The influ
ence of the electrical treatment was shown
by a larger crop and by the growth of
vegetables of enormous dimensions. In a
third series of experiments electricity on a
large scale was applied, static electricity
being used instead of current electricity.
The results were quickened ripening and
larger growth. Barley ripened twelve
days sooner with electro-culture. Potatoes
treated in the same way seldom showed
disease, oto 5 percent, being bad, instead
of 10 to 40, which is the usual percentage.
An iu.portant factor in this treatment is
that vines which have been subjected to it
possess immunity from phylloxera, and
this points to a new means of combating
the microscopic diseases which attack
vegetable growth. It is suggested as a
weapon with which to fight the potato bug
and the army bug. The cost of the pro
cess is exceedingly small.—Chicago Seics.
She clung to him and sobbed in heart
"Promise me, Ilarry," she pleaded,
"that your last thought shall be of me!"
"I promise, darling," replied the strong
man brokenly as he strained her to his bos
om and mingled his tears with hers. "I
will die as becomes a brave man, but my
last thought shall be of my own little Bes
One conclusive embrace, one last kiss,
and he tore himself away from the fainting
girl and rushed from the house.
lie was on his way to play in the rush
line at a game of football.
If They Were Only Seals.
Capt. A. M. Brown tells a Pittsburg
paper that the marshes of New Jersey, the
swamps of Virginia or the Everglades of
Florida can't hold a candle to the moss
covered soil of Alaska for breeding mos
quitoes. In summer time they are so
numertms that even goats and Newfound
land dogs have to hunt for cool and
secluded spots, and a man unprotected
could not live an hour.
He Ought to Be.
A Colorado man killed a slieep and hung
it up and dressed it. He was still at work
when a mountain lion crept between his
legs,pulled the mutton down,and although
given a good kicking, held fast and got
away. The man wasn't a bit thankful that
he wasn't taken in place of the meat.
—The moment catarrh becomes chronic
it is difficult to overcome. However Old
Saul's Catarrh Cure will cure the most
It is hard work for the baby to cut teeth (
and it should be assisted by the use of Dr.
Bull's Baby Syrup which will cool the
—Don't put to« much trust in Provi
dence. Providence has her arms full of
"Where are yon going.my pretty maidt"
"I'm going a milking sir," she said.
"May, I go with you, my pretty maid?"
'•Why, certainly, as fur as I'm concern
ed; I don't see no use o' havin' you hangin'
'round, but I guess you'll be company for
the calf, sir.
The Force of Imagination.
I met her in the darkened hall.
But there was no mistaking
Her form (I deemed), erect and tall,
Of nature's rarest making.
I drew her geutly to my breast,
So lovely and so tender,
Convinced that life at her behest
I gladly would surrender.
And silence reigned. There is uo need
Of words for love's completeness,
I only telt that it indeed
Was perfect in its sweetness.
E'en darkness grew with rapture bright,
As oft I stooped and kissed her; a
Then caine a flash of vivid light,
And I beheld —my sister!
"Why, Tom!"' "Why, Jfellf" we jointly
In tones that did not flatter.
The most disgustedf To decide
Would be no easy matter.
But neither now could have the face
To tease or chide the other.
1 thought it was sweet Kitty Chase,
She thought 'twas Kitty's brother.
"Dying Like a Man."
Iteatric Ceuci was a golden haired, deli
cate blonde. Lucretia Borgia was a creature
so slight ami weak, it is said, that a strong
man could have crushed her with his hands.
The ideal Judith, sawing off the head of
Holofernes, would be a slender, pale
blonde, with gentle blue eyes and a rosy
mouth, and at first glance a creature who
could not hurt a fly.
Just such a slim, delicate, graceful,
golden haired giil was Eleanor Pearcey,
who was hanged iu London the other day
for murdering Mrs. Ilogg and child.
Eleanor Pearey was so modest and grace
ful that she even impressed the judge at
her trial. She had the most innocent,
trustful face and large, lustrous eyes—a
beautilul girl. Yet she fluw into a passion
of rage and fury, aud committed one of
the inost fiendish murders in history. At
ber trial she maintained the calmest pos
sible demeanor. She knew from the time
of her sentence that there was no hope for
her. and simply annonnccd to the prison
attendants that they would find she wonld
"die like a man."
During all her imprisonment she be
haved in tie most courteous, high bred
manner, being considerate and gracious
to all around her, never once losing her
extraordinary composure. Such nerve and
coolness have seldom been witnessed in
any condemed prisoner. Upon the scaf
fold, to her lost breath, sho maintained the
same ladylike composure, and went to her
death without a sigh, sob or moan, dying
indeed "lik # e a man."
s The Better Way.
The official hangman of England says
there is no neater way of taking a murderer's
life than to hang him. If the knot is right
ly adjusted, the condemned man suffers no
pain whatever, and if he is rightly "coach
ed" he will remain passive and help the
executioner to do perfect work. He says
the guillotine and electricity are worse
than the war-clubs of Indians.
In the last fifty years over $100,000,000
in cash has been raised to teach the
African to love his neighbor as himself,
and yet no two tribes are ever at peace,
and the first salutation a stranger receives
is a poisoned arrow.
Better Not Sigh.
A chemical analysis of the food cooked
by our grand mothers, which men sigh for
once in awhile, wonld show it 35 per cent,
more dangerous to the stomach than food
prepared in the modern kitchen. As a
matter of fact, American women knew
nothing ot cookery up to twenty-five years
Pliny the groat could see things in front
of his nose as well as afar off. "I notice
that the women rub the washing in cold
water," lie wrote one day. "Let them
heat the water and the alkali in the soap
will be freed and take far better effect."
And only after that did women know how
—Here is an item that should be pasted
in the hats of our Councilmen. Annually
scores of our people are notified to repair
their pavements. They don't care a con
tinental for the notice and the bad places
remain unfixed. A Shamokin man re
ceived notice to raise his sidewalk or pave
ment as high as his The no
tice was unheeded and one night Mrs.
Mary Ueaddy fell and broke her arm.
Mrs. Readdy brought suit against the bor
ough and obtained judgment for $912. The
case was taken to the supreme court and
Judge Rockfeller was sustained. The
supreme court took the ground that if the
person is notified to repai%his pavement
and fails to do so, the council must compel
him to make the improvement or abide by
the results. The case will cost Shamokin
—The Czar's excuse for persecuting the
Russian Jews seems in substance to be
that thoy know more than his Christian
subject aud must bo kept under to pre
vent them from gaining too much advan
tage. This is an eminently Asiatic policy
and emphasizes the old saying that "If
you scratch a Russian you find a Tartar."
It is a reason,also, far from creditable to
the Russians themselves, and amounts to
an admission that, as a people, the Chris
tians.of Russia are inferior to other nations
where Jew and Christain thrive, side by
side, each able to keep his place in the
grand march of life with due regard for the
rights of his fellow.
—There was a duel in Georgia town a
couple of weeks ago. It was a purely
local affair, weapons being shotguns, the
duel gTotuid the public street, and no sec
onds. The village doctor was in his office
nearby. One man dropped and the other
was brought before a Coroner's jury, where
he swore it was a fair fight and no advan
tage taken, because they fired on stroke of
the town clock. The jury rendered a ver
dict of "accidental death." In event
of a fatal result trom a French
duel this might have been a
proper verdict, but we thought Georgians
too proud of their skill with firearms to
make such an excuse.
—Here is a warning for the thoughtless.
A few days ago a prominent contractor in
Syracuse dipped upon a banana skin, fell,
fractured his skull and died in a few hours.
Do not throw banana skins, orange peel,
apple skins, or anything else, to endanger
the lives of people, upon the pavements.
It is a duty we owe our neighbors not" to
lay traps for thein. And any one of these,
however we may regard it, frequently
proves itself the worst sort of trap.
—ltch on human and horses ana all ani
mals cured in 30 minutes by Woolford's
Sanitary Lotion. This never tails. Sold
by J C Kedick, druggist, Butler.
The ice in the Erie harbor is about 10
inches thick and of good quality. The work
of cutting ice for the wholesale fish dealers
is in progress. They had to get most of
their supply from Canada last year.