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JOSEPH W. MILLER, M. D.
Physician and Surgeon,
OXce and residence at •'3B 5. Mala St. Ballet, j
Dr. N. M. HOOVER,
lg7 E. Wayne St., office hoars. 10to 12 M. and
I to 3 P. M.
L. M. REINSEL, M. D ,
JCnVStCIAS AND SCBOKOX.
Office and residence at 12T E. Cunningham St,
rßTSictiS and srnOKOM,
2?ew Trou'.man Bulldinsf, Butler, Pa.
E. N. I.EaKK, M. D. J- MASS, M. L>.
Specialties: • Specialties:
Eje - M" 8n "
DRS. LEAKE & MANN,
G. !»». AIM MERMAN.
rfik'rficu* Asa SCBOIOS.
Office a' No. 46. S. MaJn ajreet, over Fran* C
<Vs IH iZ store. Butler. Pfct .
SAMUEL M. BIPPUS.
Physician and Surgeon.
AO. £2 Kt "1 Jttirrw ii St., Bi tier, 1 a.
I* J O* permanently located at 120 Soutu Main
Stmt buiier. l'a . m rooir.s formerly occupied
by Or. Waldrou.
j. J. DONALDSpN, Dentist.
li«ibr& Clothing Stcre.
DR. s. A. JOHNSTON.
DENTIST, - - BUTLER, PA.
All work pertaining to the profession execut
trjxtJouo' Teeth, Vltall*e<f Air adroimstered
A ■,j 1 v except Wednesdays ;tti I
nSSSui-STco.wuimß-Xi* by mall reee.ve
prompt ln Butler minK tin
be,t mmkes of teeth*
C. F. L. McQUJSTION,
ENbLVEEIt AM) SCBVETQK,
OFFICS J.KAH DIAMO2»P RCTLKR, I'».
A. B. C. McFARLAND.
Aii'y at Law and Notary FubUc-QffloecnS.
DUmbud St —oppoMte lie court Houie-sec
on l floor.
H. Q. WALKER,
Att«rney-at-Law-Office In Diamond Block.
J. M. PAINTER,
Office-Between Postofflce and Diamond, But
ler. I'a- _
A. T. SCOTT,
Office at No. «. South Dtatconrt, Butler. Pa.
A. M. CHRISTLEY,
attorney AT LAW.
Office second floor. Anderson Bl k. Mulu St.,
near Ccutl House, Buller, Pa.
J. W. HUTCHISON,
ATTORNEY AT law.
Office Ml second Boor oI the HuseUon Mock.
I'lamond, Butler, Pa-. Koom No. L
Attorney at Law. Office at No. IT, east Jefler
•oi' tit ,Boiler. i
W. C. FINDLEY,
Attorney at Law and Keal Eatate Agent. 01
net rear Of L. /.. Mitchell's omce ou nortU B.de
01 Diamond, Butler, Pa,
H. H. GOUCHER.
k u/irni-r- it-law. Office on Becond floor o!
Anderson building, n«ar Court House. Butler,
Alt'y at I JIW- Office.on Soutb Bide of Diamond
Insurance and Real Estate Ag't
BUTLER, - PA.
mm cm NT\
Mutual Fire Insurance Co.
Office Cor. Main & Cunningham Hn.
g. ROESBING, PRESIDENT.
U. O IIKINEM AN, SECRETARY.
H. 0. r "» Henderson Oliver.
J.LPurvifc • *r Jame|Btepli«n»on,
A. TrontiMn, ». <■-. lletoMaaa.
Alfred Wick. N. WclUel.
Or. W. Irvin, Dr. Rl^kenbacU,
j. W. Burkhart, D.T. Norrta.
LOYAL 8. M'JUNKU", Agent. l
rTrr.'""P. IP --
Veterinary f*nrjjc»an. J
Orudtiat«*of the Ontario Veitriuary j
OoMeiro, Toronto, Canada.
I)r, GaMe treatH all of Ibt 1
dom»*hticafp(l animalK. »od u>-ki*p
castration and borsp den
tintry u spt'ciaitf. Cantratiou per
formed wi'boot clama, and all other
mirzical opi'ratioDH performed in the
rnont Mneotific manner.
Calls to any part 0f tbe country
promptly responded to.
Office Hnd InGrmarv in Crawford'n
Li*ery, 132 Went .Feffernon Street,
G. D. HARVE ,
rontractor and builder in brick work. i<rnt»-
und nianiel M-ttloi( and all kinds of lux
a apeclalty. Aitwideolrr In bxtrei hint*. Wam
pum >(!"*•> lime, <«-iiieiit>.. N'atloual, Portlaixl
and all I*-*' (frart.*i in the market, calcined
1-U.iter, planter hair. Kind's cement. Ore brick,
tile. whHc wind au<l rl*er >«inil. Main office 3U
N. Mam street, ami all order* leliai. ware IKIUM
wiII receive prompt dellve.ry. Term., reasonable.
Goofl Farm for Sa!^».
rontalnlnx 10a ucrea and »7 peri-be« Tu acres
cluar-d ard under fence. Balance xtaiidliiir in
Bod white 0»k tliulier. ComfßrUWa
use. g<io<i barn, waxon abed, sprlnxhouv Jj
best kind, Uok pen and siiecu nouw. Never
falllnir aprlniiß over whole place; a a'Ood or
chard. PotineaaloD rlveu April I, Isui. Tllle
Kuod Hiturtte In I'enu iwp . Butler couui.v,
Pa.. ab<iut'alx mllea wiulb of Kiitler.
Kuquira at C'tuzaa office Itntler. pa., or ibe
owner. DAVID DIXON.
browuauttlu, BUHoc Co.,Pa
"THE BUTLER CITIZEN.
! FURNITURE! FU RNITURE!
New stvles an iving daily. It will be
C c 1 » 1 •
bii a short time »mtil you will be looking
aionnd lor your holiday presents, we
Wit-.t to call your attention to our beau
tiful line of fancy
MIRRORS—ManteI and Cabinets,
PARLOR CABINET, etc.
We will also have tor the holiday
trade a full line of Dinner and Tea Sets
at any price from #4.50 to #75, all new
styles and new shapes, goods guaran
teed not to craze. A beautiful line of
Vase and Bouquet Lamps, from #1.50
to #lO. Anything you want in the
above goods call and see us.
Campbell & Templeton,
136 N. Main St., - - Butler, Pa.
We Would Like
To talk to you individually,
but as we cannot get a mail
list which shows your ad- —:o:
dress, we take this means to
to you personally,and the
carrier we use being this pa
per, which we think is the
:o: — most widely circulated of an}
paper in the county. We have
a large and varied stoek o'
seasonable goods. We are
proud of our stock and proud
ot our trade We have the —:o:
best stock and the b*st trade
in Butler. We bought this
stock to trade it for money,
and we will give you mere
.o; - goods tor the same amryint o!
money than you can get any
\\ here else f f i
RITTER & RALSTON
Perfection Heel & Tap Overs
FOR THE COMBINATION.
We offer the Farmers of Butler Co., this sea«on the greatest value for
the money they have ever bad.
The Hoots are the heaviest and best made and arc fitted with joint and
back stay of leather They are all wool and seamless, made mammoth size
and then fulled down to the proper dimensions They combine Soilness.
Pliability and Durability and will ke«p your feet warm the cildust day.
CANDEE BUCKLE OVERS.
This wall known brand of overs., which forms over one half of the
great combination needs no comment as to their quality. Every one kuows
that they are one of the best makes of rubber goods on the market to day
Their style is that of a back'e ankle boot. The buckle is a patent clasp.
They have solid Heels and Taps. The taps over extra thick at the ball
where the most wear comes.
We will se'l either part of the combination separately for SI.OO per pair.
This will give those who have boots but uo shoes a chance to buy the best
shoes at less than wholesale prices and vice versa
A last word. Don't delay in buving Wo have lots of these goods
now but no telling how long tbev will last at these prices.
A-L. ; R-U-F-F.
114: South iVLuiii Street. Butler, I J a
Fill THE HOLMS ONLY
Purchasers can save from 2."j to f)0 per
cent by purchasing their watches, clocks
and spectacles of
J. R. GRIEI3, The Jeweler,
No. 125 N. Main St., - Dully Block.
Sign of Electric Bell'and Clock.
All are Respectfully Invited
, —"Remember our Repairing Department—2o years Experience."—
WIDOW DRAKE'S BEAO. 1
Why Ho Looks Forward Impa
tiently to New Year's Day.
CL/A 3sf JELL!" said the
UP tr £' r *' as
1// she took a
J * |M hf. clothespin from
jtlft77* S her mouth and
ff'i ty/ksA L/B& carefully fast-
ened a pair of
|V trousers of an
w ! I I cient cut and
*->— Aij- ) I 'r I tions to the
/ I ' ' ,'i'W 1 ' "when it comes
I bc J" on<l m J" un "
I **o: derstandin'.
• What Mrs.
Drake can see in that there furrin
speakin' westerner I can't see. But
there's no question but what the wed
din's to come off sometime soon, an'
her tellin' me to fetch these here clo'se
that belonged to number one out an'
air 'em is to my mind a sure sign she's
goin' to dispose of 'em an' get 'em
out the way before number two comes
"Her first's been under the sod these
ten year an' she's mourned him long
enough, the land knows. I ain't in no
way against widows marryin' an' tryin'
it again if they like; but I do say it ud
be more seemly to choose a man o' her
own Yankee stock than one o' frog
eatin' French descent."
And the hired pirl gave the vest which
she was shaking a jerk which sent
one of the buttons half-way across the
It certainly did look as though there
was to be a wedding at Widow
Drake's before long, and the neighbors
whispered that there was a little ro
mance connected with it. And so there
was, but they never could have guessed
what it was about, neither could you if
you were to try for a month —so X am
going to tell you all about it.
The Widow Drake was plump, well
preserved little body, with fresh rosy
cheeks and bright blue eyes and the
smoothest of brown hair without a
thread of silver in it. She was not
young, but nobody would have guessed
that she was forty, and as a woman is
only as old as she looks, she kept her
own counsel and let people speak of her
as being thirty-five.
Her liusbafnd had left her a neat little
home and enough money to keep her
comfortably without any care beyond a
few little economies now and then, in
the shape of a dyed gown or a recon
Iler life was calm and uneventful:
too uneventful, by half, she thought, as
she sat in the twilight stroking the
great Maltese cat which was her com
panion and confidant.
I'riscilla, the maid of all work, was a
woman of too mature an age to be
called a girl in any other sense than a
"hired girl," and she chose that title of
her own free will. She had lived with
Mrs. Drake during her brief married
life, and the widow had kept her ever
since because she dreaded being alone
in the house. But I'riscilla was neither
sympathetic nor responsive, and Tom,
the Maltese cat, was much more apt to
agree with the widow's'opinions, so it
TOM PUKRED 11IS APPROVAL.
was to him that she whispered, upon
this evening in June, that she had half
a mind to go west and take up a claim.
And Tom purred his approval ynd the
widow went on and poured into his ear
a scheme which had been working in
her mind for ssveral days.
Of course every one said that - he must
be crazy. Odd, over-thrifty and ven
turesome were the mildest of the ad
jectives which were applied to this
harmless little woman, who wa, simply
tired of the dall life which she was liv
ing and who knew of no other way of
making a change which would benefit
her health and mind and her purse as
And that is how it happened that this
woman, who seemed far too dainty for
such a life, was living away out on a
Dakota claim, in a snug little shanty of
pine boards, banked with sod*, and in
tlieanidst of tlio crudest of surround
It was the first of July when she filed
her claim and it was required that there
should be a six months' residence upon
it. Everybody said that <*he never
would stay half the time; but she smiled
ami stroked old Tom.
It wasn't so bad, after all, she
thought. There were plenty of neigh
bors—not very near, to tie huro—but
half a mile seems so much nearer in
that clear atmosphere which transmits
light and sound so marvelously.
Each morning she heard the shrill
vocal salute of the two schoolma'ams
who lived on the claim next hers; aijjJ
from her own door she would call back
a hearty "hailoo-o," which always
brought a smile to the faces of those
And then, out there every body was
so kind to everybody else, and sr>m<»-
body w:.s always offering to bring one's
mail or one's groceries from the queer
low hut which served as general store,
post office, machine shop and dwelling
Of course the bill of fare was apt to
be a little monotonous. There was a
great deal of salt pork and bacon and
dried fish, hut there were lots of tinned
vegetables and canned fruit from homo
to help out; and, really, it wasn't at all
what one would fancy from the doleful
tales one hears of the suffering in new
Then there were papers and maga
zines and letters from dear ones. Only
there was one trouble. The widow had
no dear ones. She was so alone. And
a little jealous feeling would come in
spite of her when the two old maids
would stop with their hands full of let- !
ters from sisters and nephews and
uicces. to hand her a letter from —Pris- I
BUTLER, PA.,ERIDAY, JAXUARY 1,
THE SHY MAN'S OFFEIUNG.
Sometimes a tear would drop on
Tom's sleek coat, but that was not
often: only when she was silly, she told
Now there was, about three-quarters
of a mile to the right of the widow's
shanty a modest little shock, half cov
ered with luxuriant vines: over the
front door was a roughly-made lattice,
and this, too, was covered with the
vines, and the whole cottage was a
picturesque little affair and the envy of
the sclioolma'ums, who loved flowers,
but whose vines always died and whose
ornamental gardening was confined to
a bed of sickly-looking four o'clocks
which grew by their door.
The owner of the vine-draped shanty
was a bachelor of middle age who
spoke with a queer foreign accent. He
was an extremely bashful man and he
scarcely dared look at the ladies as
they passed him, with the good-natured
"Howdy" that was the customary
greeting of the country.
The widow had watched him often
from the window as he plowed upon
his claim, and she admired his fine
manly bearing, and she did wish in
her heart that he'd be a bit neighborly,
and she told Tom so; but Tom only
purred and stretched himself in the
Now, as I said, the schoolma'ains
were passionately fond of flowers and
were discouraged and chagrined that
nothing would grow in their door yard.
So one day when they saw the owner
c>f Vine cottage, us they called it, set
ting out for town, they equipped them
selves with a basket and trowel and,
stopping for the widow, they went on a
tour of pillage,
i They all entered into the fun of the
thing and in an hour or more a droop
ing, dejected-looking vine was clinging
to a string beside the door of each cot
And the odd thing was, that while
the vine of the school ma'ams faded
and died, that of th? widow grew
and throve marvclously. So wonderful
was its growth that soon it began to
spread over the walls and roof until her
■shanty rivaled the vine cottage in the
way of verdure. And the two old
maids joked the widow and caused her
to blush furiouslj' at the undigrAicd
prank she had played in getting the
In time; the shy man grew a little
neighborly and sometimes a brace of
prairie chickens would be liung, with
out a word, on the widow's door. Or
again it would be a lot of rare pebbles,
•juartz and agate,- or a trout or pickerel
from the lake near by. And at each
affering the widow would cod her pret
s ty head wisely and smile to herself,
i Nature was kind to the pioneers that
pear. There had been no severe storms,
ao terrible heat or drought, and in No
vember it was still mild and warm,
without a sign of frost. Everyone said
that it was a remarkable season, just
as though the remark werte quite new
The widow-was saying to herself one
afternoon that after all it had been very
I pleasant to be a pioneer woman. There
bad been no great discomforts and de
privations, and now that there were but
two months more to stay, she was half
She had been putting away some of
her summer clothes, and a white Mother
Hubbard wrapper, a fav< • ite garment
of the widow's, hung upon a clothesline
beside the • house. It was a dainty
thing, white cambric, with lace-edged
ruffles and with a pink ribbon bow with
long ends at the neck. Indeed, to have
seen the widow in it would have recon
ciled the most prejudiced person to the
much-maligned Mother Hubbard.
There had been little fitful gusts of
wind all day and late in the afternoon it
became quite a gale. The tumble weeds
hurried from spot to spot as the wind
veered about, and the dainty Mother
Hubbard flapped furiously in the breeze,
but the widow was reading a very in
teresting book and never looked up until
crash came a flying board against the
side of the house aVld the shanty began
to sway and rock like a cradle.
It was a short-lived storm and there
was 110 damage done, and in half an
hour the sky was again clear; but
when Mrs. Drake went out to look for
her gown it was gone, f'f course the
wind had torn it to tatters. There was
no use to look for it; it was gone for
ever. and with a sigh the little woman
went into the house.
The next two months flew very
■ swiftly. The bachelor had grown
bolder and had come to call, but the
I lively widow did the m< t of the talk
in-/ and he replied in broken monosyl
The weather was still bright and
pleasant, and there had been no bliz
zards. no snow. That was "remark
able" t'M>, for it was nearly holiday
Then came Xmas, such a queer, quiet
day with not i-ven,a letter troin l'riscil
la. Hut even then there was genuine
regret in her heart when Mrs. Drake
began to pack her belongings prepara
tory to going back to the state-. She
was in better health and spirits than
ever before, and she had a quarter sec
tion of land of her own and she had
made some pleasant friends. On the
whole it had paid well.
It was New Year's eve and she was
to leave the next morning. She put on
an extra lump of coal and set the
lighted lamp in the window. She
thought it might cheer som« one, you
know, and it did; it shone way out on
the path and lit the way for the bach
elor ns he came hurrying across the
As he came into the little room, bare
of all the pretty little articles which
had made it so cheerful and homelike,
his heart gave a thump to think that it
would so scon be empty and deserted,
and he resolved to say what was on his
I mind at once.
Hut the words would not come; he
could only open the parcel which he
I hud brought and take out—iruess what!
The tattared remnants ol a cam one
I As the widow gave a little squeal of
J surprise, he said, with a statel.v bow:
i-"I have bring ze —ze chemise of
' madame, which ze wind brings to me
so long ago." And with an impetuous
motion he tore open his coat and there
r ; j'over his heart lay the folded pink rib
•| bon which had been at the throat of the
Somehow after that he didn't need
words, for the widow's dark head rested
on the ribbon and both his arms were
; about her.
Xow there is something irresistibly
funny about the courtship of middle
j agid lovers. Young lovers are interest
! ing enough, and old lovers are pathet
ically grotesque, but when two com
i mon-place people in middle life fall in
love with each other 1 defy them to
behave so that they are above ridicule.
So we will draw the curtain here,
when 1 tell you that after her lover had
! gone the widow whispered to Tom: '"So
j romantic, isn't it? But how absurd to
; call it a chemise." The widow returned
I to her old home and to Priseilla; and it
has leaked out that she is wearing a
; ring with "Ilappy Sew Year" engraved
| inside, so the neighbors believe that the
. wedding is to come off on an anniver
sary of that day.
Hut I have told all that I am going to,
now, and if you really want to know if
fhey are married, just look among the
marriage notices on Xew Year's day.
MARIE MORS MARSH.
A HITCH IN THE FESTIVITIES.
Host (aside to caller) —Whaffor yo'
put sugar in dat bullion soup an' den
spit hit out on de flo'?
Caller—Keep yo' hands off. A man
dat hain't got no mo' sense dan to offer
a gemmen from de souf 6ech stuff as
dat in er teacup, 'serves ter have hit
6pit on de flo'. Doan yo' tech me, nig
\ New Year's I'oem.
Bills, bills, bills, bills,
Bills, bills, bills,
Bills, bills, bills, bills.
Bills, bills, bills.
New Ye:ir'» Presenla.
(lowsomdever—Did old I)uste dis
tribute any New Year's presents?
Dashhard Poore —Yes, he distributed
various portions of men's outfittings.
He gave Charley the sack, he collared
Harry and cuffed him, and be gave me a
boot. Only p:ints were left for IJilly.—
SPRING WAGON DECK.
A Great Convenience Worth Much Mow
Than Its Small Coat.
Recently while attending a county
fair where a good many gardeners
were exhibitors I was struck with the
clumsy and inconvenient contrivances
for extending th-; carrying capacity of
spring wagons. Many were made* of
odds and ends of thick boards and
without reference to convenience in
unloading. By the side of them my
own looked as airy and frail as em
broidery compared to sail cloth, yet it
is sufliciently strong to carry 1,400
pounds in market baskets, and I can
unload the whole load without hand
ling more than six baskets V and
sometimes not then, if I chance to sell
these six baskets last My wagon
is.a platform spring, 90 inches by 30,
inside measure of box, with a falling
To make a deck I took two pieces r.f
pine board 1 iinjlrthfclt, 4 inches wide
and C feet 'long. These were for bed
pieces, to rest upon the sides of the
box, which is 8 inches high. This gives
room for halfrbushel baskets under
neath. For platform I bought a dry
goods box, 58 inches long and about - J0
inches square, for which 1 paid 10
cents. The material of the sides was
% of an inch thick, and of these I
used what I needed, nailing the boards
on to the edge of the bed pieces and
leaving vacancies between of about :5
inches Ido not grow radishes, onions
or celery for market, so it was not
necessary to have the deck boards close
together. The nailing was done with
long, slender wire nails, driven slight
ly on a slant and not all in line with the
center of the bed piece as that would
have a tendency to split it and weaken
the hold of the nail.,. A railing of inch
stuff inches high was nailed around
tha edge of the sides and back, setting
on top of the deck. The widest board
was at the forward end, as the deck is
used without a seat and the driver sits
among the baskets. Bits of iron
screwed on to the inside of the bed
pieces project downward into the clips
which hold the seat iu place and hold
the deck in position on the wagon.
Where a wagon has a seat rail on the
inside and holes for iron dowels, the
same kind of dowels must be used in
the bedpieces of the deck. Four
triangular wooden pieces are fitted in
outside to serve as braces. .I am sorry
■to say that my deck proved too iutich
for the cupidity of some one and I shall
have to build another, and in this I
shall leave off the clumsy outside
braces and have four pieces of strap
iron, 10 inches long, bent at right
.angles 0 incliqs from one end and
punched for screws. These will be
fastened underneath on inside of bed
pieces, the long ends projecting down
anil entering the scat fastening to hold
it in place. On the'first day of the fair
1 put the deck under horticultural hall,
expecting to get it when the fair wat
over, but when I looked for it it was
gone. It cost k'ss than 20 cents for
material and less than two hours'
labor to make, so I am not out ol
pocket very much; but I pity the man
who was so hard up as to take it. The
accompanying drawing, showing end
view, will make the way of construct
ing the deck more plain. Ais the end
of the wagon. The space above A
should not be , obstructed, as this per
mits taking out baskets when the tail
board is down. Baskets can also be
taken out of the forward end. There
are many times-when farmers as well
as gardeners find .such un attachment
to a spring wagon a gr.cat convenience
and worth much more thuu its small
cost.—L. B. Fierce, in Ohio Farmer.
Urnied In Style.
Western Stage liobljei—Hold up y'r
Scared Passengers—Yes, yes, yes, of
Robber (gallantly) Beg parding,
lady, you needn't hold yours up I'lit
'em down ugain
Lady My bands are not up Those
are uiy shoulder pull's. —N. V. Weekly.
XJ TER * IAS ,EON
-. JrS wr 'tten in. the
' * fife history of th e
world, a chapter
more wonderful than any in the won
derful narrative, and the recording an
gel sets his «eal and turns the page. It
is a story that it is granted to none to
see its conclusion, and few indeed are
there who rightly read its past. Its be
ginning was when the morning stars
sang together over the order that was
created out of chaos, and the plot, with
its threads of liarlit and shade, sublime
courage and pitiful cowardice, hate and
love, joy and fear, no man can compre
hend and no man can alter. He may
delay the consummation of the Divine
plan, but there is all eternity for its
The year of our Lord 1891 has wit
nessed marvels in the arts and sciences.
The depths of the earth and the heights
of the clouds have been called upon to
yield their secrets, and the wliolo realm
of space is now virtually the kingdom
of the mind. In a year the world has
.made giant strides toward the perfec
tion of civilization, and every one of 'se
last fifty years has witnessed discov. 'es
and inventions that have put to si me
those of a.s many centuries, until, j us
ing in amazement <;n the thresh U1 of
the future, we are forced to ex.kiirn:
"What wilt thou bring forth, oh, inex
plicable void! The crowning of man's
dreams or the end of material great
ness? The summit of perfection or the
return of formless chaos?"
Great as has been the progress of the
world, the high water mark lias only
been reached in certain favored -.paces,
and vast continents are still reserved
for the maturing of God's purposes.
To our nation it lias been a year
whose bounteousness and peace have
been unparalleled in the history of an.v
country. The seasons have poured
from their laps their garnered treas
ures, and north, south, east and west
rejoice in abundance. The faces of na
ture and the elements have been pro
pitious, and the smile of Provi
dence seems to rest in benediction upon
the land. In the social world too, the
fruitage has been abundant. Xever bo
fore in the history of our country has
so much good been done by earnest in
dividuals and society for the reclama
tion of evil, the reform of abuses, and
the amelioration of the condition of tha
deserving poor. The harvest of good
deeds in that has been great in spite of
the fact there arc still fallow fields, and
that much has been left unattempted.
There are those, of course, who take
gloomy views of the times, who see the
evil, but fail to recognize the good, and
declare that morally the world is grow
ing weaker and more degenerate with
each year. But truth, the mighty leaven,
is germinating, dropped in the dark soil
of ignorance and error; and hidden
away from sight, folded in the bursting
sheath, is the sprout which shall one
day become the giant oak, 'neath which
our nation shall be sheltered from
storms and noontide heats.
Not in the bpirit of the Pharisee, but
in that of reverent humility, should we
view our blessings of the past year, and
have a fraternal sympathy for the fam
ishing peasants whose cry goes up from
the banks of the Volga, and from the
slopes of the Ural mountains; for the
exiled race, whose wandering through
the wilderness of prejudice and injus
tice is as cruel as their forty years' pro
bation in the desert; for the poverty-op
pressed masses of our kindred nation,
whose mother tongue is onrs, and with
whom we claim a common ancestry.and
for those nations who sit in darkness,
or girt about with m*sty and uncertain
light, but longing for perfect day.
The year 189'2, upon whose threshold
we now stand, is surely destined to be
a momentous one in the world's history,
and to America is granted the honor of
erecting a milestone in the univeqpal
progress, ln the year that is before
us the people of the old world will
summoned to witness tfte inauguration
of a monument worthy of the genius
and courage of Columbus, a monument
which puts to shame the proudest
structure ever raised to commemorate
the great deeds of prince or conqueror,
and that monument is an enlightened
and prosperous people, whose self rev
erence, self knowledge and self control
have raised them, in but little more
than a century, to be the object of the
wonder and admiration of the world.
Not Columbus, the Genoese, nor Colum
bus, the navigator, do we thus honor,
but the courage which was repre
sented in him, which dared to fling
away old traditions and obey the in
ward voice urging onward ta great
The year lies before us, a mystery as
great as the mystery of all mysteries
death. We meet it with high resolve,
but every day in our life in reality
marks a similar anniversary, and every
night witnesses the end of a year, a
step taken irrevocably from time to
ward eternity, for there, and there
only, can we meet face to face that
shrouded shape, the I'uture, which for
ever flees as we approach. If we would
truly live well, the years, whether
spent in work or meditation, in pleas
ure or pain, should yield us something
more than material good, which is as
evanescent as the morning mists. The
outlines of our lives are drawn for us
by circumstances, training, heredity
ami other influences above our control,
but day hy day we are filling in the
light iind shade, the coloring in the pic
ture, and it is the coloring that will
make or mar the beauty of that crea
tion that shall bang in the gallery of
God. Lou V. CHAPIN-
New York's Weak Point.
Mr. Gotham —We intend that New
York shall be lltly represented at the
Chicago exhibition. We shall put up
some grand structure in which to place
our exhibits, though exactly what form
it will take has not been decided.
Mr. Lakeside (of Chicago)— Whether
you give us a Vauderbilt palace, a sub
urban villa, a twenty-story flat or a
monster warehouse, we shall be thank
ful; but for mercy sake don't — don't at
tempt to build a monument. —N. Y.
To Kit her Way.
Two boys were observed leading
home a cow. One l>oy had hold of a
rope tied around her horns, while the
other had hold of her tail. A gentle
man asked liim why he kept hold o* the
"Well," said the boy, "when she
walks along all right John leads her by
the rope, and when she walks back
wards I lead her by the tail."—ltoston
"Now, then," said a New York mer
chant to one of his traveling salesmen,
who was packing for his journey, let
us see that you sell more goods on this
trip than you did before. Our tirm is
more generally known now.
"In that case," said the drummer,
looking dubiously up from his sample
eases, "I am a little afraid it will be up
hill work." —Texas .Sittings.
THE NEW YEAR COMETH.
And With It Coma Good KeiolatUu Mi
Other Hotburiome Ihlngi.
Ever since a long time ago, New
Ycar'sday, t' ■ Ist of January, has been
the da„v upon hich I 6vrear off. Not
swear of-ten, but swear that henceforth
I will off with some pernicious habit
which is slowly but surely weaving 1 ita
—its—its—its—its unseen network of—
of—of—o<—of vice about me. Vice
given its own way too long will soon
hold a person tike a vice. (2Tote: —This
is a play upon words which I just
thought of. The former vice referring
to sin in its unadulterated state, and the
latter meaning an instrument in which
carpenters torture two-by-fours and the
like and lather them previous to doing
a job of plane shaving. The phrase is
double action. The terms may be
transposed and they get there just the
Last year I resolved that I would re
trench in household expenses, and so I
agreed to give my wife a certain amount
of money every week and let her pro
vide for the table. That is the amount
was certain the first week, but my wife
says that after that it was frequently
decidedly uncertain. She hadn't had
much experience but she did nobly.
She said one day that she wished 1
would give her the name of some great
wholesale grocer, a name that would
be a synonym for the choioest of every
thing, so that when dealers asked hex
THE BITCUER DID* T HAVE THAT BRAND.
what brand of an article she wanted,
she wouldn't be at a loss and display
I told her to always ask for H. K.
Cooper's poods. (That isn't the name I
gave her at all, but that name will do.
I don't propose to give advertising
worth SI4 per agate line for nothing.)
The plan worked delightfully. When
she would inquire for some good olives,
and the clerk would ask her supercil
iously what brand she preferred, she
would remark, as pert as you please:
"11. K. Cooper's, if you have them."
Nine cases out of ten they didn't have
anything so good, but the salesman
would treat her with the greatest con
sideration because she appeared to be
up in the business pretty well herself,
and not try to work off any old shop
worn pickles or las* year's yeast cakes
Hut, alas! one day she went into a
meat market and in her most imperious
voice said: "I would like some liver."
"What sort, madam?"
"Why, I supposed that liver was all
"Oh, no. We sell several varieties."
"Well," answered Marie in despera
tion, "you may give me 11. K. Cooper's."
And this is a true story and worthy
of all people to be believed.
As near as I can find out, Adam was
the first man to turn over a new leaf.
I have a suspicion, though, that lie
turned over a good many before he got
his winter's supply of clothing all made
up. Adam must have reversed his cuffs
on Wednesday, and that was, of course,
a turning of leaves. As a man once
said to me, facetiously, when he discov
ered me trying to reverse my cuffs
without attracting attention, behind
EXAMINING ONE TEAR'S RECORD.
the cabinet organ at a donation party,
liavinp forgotten to do it in the haste of
my toilet preparations: "One pood turn
I like to turn over a new leaf once in
awhile. I get so tired of the old one.
It is so stained, and blotted, and discol
ored. It is torn in so many places and
it is written so full of mistakes and
There are the 3«5 little "X" marks
which indicate the days during- the
past year upon which I was needlessly
cross and irritable. There are a half
dozen near the top of the page marked
"XX." That was while we were mov
ing into the new house and getting set
tled. Then there's the entry January
2, where 1 began smoking again, a»d
379,472 little dots, like fly specks almost,
which mark the number of times I
have "kicked" about things during the
It's a poor, dirty, miserable, badly
kept, altogether too faithful record. It
is interlined and criss-crossed, but it
isn't illegible. Every entry stands out
bold and clear, and I can't erase a sin
gle one of them. I can only turn the
sorry-looking chronicle out of sight and
begin with a clean, fresh, new pajre
on the other leaf. "
Mcßcady—How long a run did you
have in Schenectady?
licane Oh. just from the hotel to
the btation. Judge.
A SOMEWHAT TARDV RESCI'KIt.
Voice (from the well)—//<"'/>!
blieehun—ls anuy wun dowu there?
bbeehan— I'fwhat'a yure name?
Sheehan— Well, llallorau, yez musty
fell a mile t' mek a hole like thot in th'
around phin yea »h truck. —Judge.
THE PASSING OF THK VKAffc
»iJj 3J J >IW,I echoing oloek
Telli the Im»
",!r stroke sad ttn
• .ay. ih u dusih.
Wf ~fYW SSS4T
I B A \» \ Wher# the bit
UO ! 80 J'tpV j«uliesooldaad
\ \ W T| Km U numb;
\\ fi V «/-iil Break, a charred
"a. [i fi Wml hearth
" •m\ And sings the MV
t,e ,ro— **
Wh c rv above
|lff ft s/L /V -ZT» ' the shreadefl
N fi\ S4 Dlaw the far am
I Ml JvVr/oJJ/Qi' K toward ita waao.
Tea; sad the thafV
"u dec's yawn
Gleams cavernous beside the eoela
And flickering shadows, faintly draWl^
Dance lightly to the rafter poles;
And royal in her mottled fur
And lengthened curve of caudal nwfc
With muffled and recurreat purr.
The ancient he use-cat dates deep.
Eleven; and the jarring strokes
Come harshly as a warning will;
Outside, the giant naked oaks,
Snow girdled, stand all white aad ttfil;
And like to ships the wan clouds pass
Across the lone moon's argent shield
While, down below, the (rosea grass
Lies dead within a froxea field.
Twelve; und upon my feet I stand
And Sing aside the unread hook.
For ghosts rise up oa every hand
As backward o'er the days I look.
Aye! warp of fr.te, and woof ef life,
What matters, since but death shall
Falls the last stroke, a sevtriaf knife—
Thr old year's out, the new real's la.
A NEW YEAR'S WISH.
I wish you a happy New Year! May reset Strew
And paths be glad aad peaceful oa whioh yoa
May golden shafts of tunthlaa bring )ast a
Aad gracious gifts of pleasure held jut a shade
For tides are fairer which the clouds Bay
And pleasures are the best whioh oetaa whta
grief aad paia are patt.
And If among your rotes the ivy It eatwlaod
Tour heart will beat the nearer to the heart ef
I wish you a happy Vow Yearl Ah! who eeuld
wish you less;
May all the tender charities that heal aad
soothe and bless
Be scattered at your feet like flowers, aad stay
you e'er Impart
To all the weary souls of men the Joy withia
i your heart.
For hearts that hold no love kaow not the Joy
! It Is to live;
Our lives are measured by the Joys whioh we
to others give.
May charity and kladllnctt your life and mint
My Joys shall be the brighter for the Joys I
wish to you.
The Kind to Which tho Prudent Has
Will Confine lllmself.
£ once more the
X % o oft " tried experl
rSgs? \Xi • V rnent of making
New Year's res
. not much time
too. As a rule the more thought that Is
bestowed upon the subject the more
elaborate and lengthy the set of resolu
tions become. That is goinar in the wrong
direction. A more useful kind of study
is that which discriminates, prunes and
discards the superfluities. Don't resolve
too much. If you do you will fail to
keep your resolutions and that will
tend to weaken your fnith in yourself.
If you are particularly fond of an after
dinner cigar and resolve to dispense
with it, that is one of the resolutions
that a discriminating- resolver would
prune out, because there ic next to no
possibility of its being kept more tftan
three days at the utmost. There we
some resolutions that are easier to
keep, and to these the prudent man will
confine himself Resolve that if you sit
down suddenly on the icy sidewalk, or
pound your thumb with a hammer, you
will make a few cursory remarks; be
cause it is a resolution that you will
surely keep. Resolve that in any case
you will read this paper; that is an
other that you can't help keeping. Res
olutions that arc kept are a source of
satisfaction, says the Host on Globe, and
the kind that are made every New
Year's day and never kept are a foun
tain of more or less poignant regret.
Opening a New Account.
Old Scadds—Young man, you're got
to turn over a new leaf this yearl
Young Scadds (modestly)— Thank
you, sir; would you mind starting my
fresh page in the ledger with an ad
vance of two hundred? —Puck.
A Hitch In the Programme.
Dashawav —I understand that you
were around to Miss Palisade's last
night. Did you sec the old year out to
Cleverton—No. I wanted to, but
Miss Palisade saw me out first.—Jury.
Keeping Up Old Cattomt.
"Going to swear off drinking and
smoking this New Year's?" "Of courae,
I have always done it and I'm not go
ing to quit now. I'm a firm believer in
keeping up old customs."— Philadelphia
A Falling Oat.
"Oh, prithee, Ethel, let me know
Why thus you have dismissed Bttf
" I stood, sir, 'neath the mistletoe
Last night (weeps), you never (wee ya)
kissed me I"
We have knocked the stuffing out of
the Christmas turkey and are already
tryingtlie strain on a New Year'sresolu
tion which will stretch a mile before it
Will tear an inch. —Dallas Newa
The Cnltetl states In Minister*.
One of the most unique novelties at
the world's fair will be a huge map at
the United States exhibited by thq
coast survey. It will be about 400 feet
square and be placed horizontally on
the exposition grounds and a Urge
building erected over it. This building
will be provided with galleries iw
pathways on the inside so as to allow
visitors to walk over the whole United
States without touching it. The model
will be made of plaster of pari*, and
will show the exact height of moun
tains. the depth of rivers and the curva
ture of the earth.
The Carthagenians were the first to
introduce a stain ped-leather currency*
Leather coins with a silver nail driven
through the center were issued In
France by King John the Good in 1806.
A Few Opealag Remarks.
He was in the pantry trying to ope®
a can of tomatoes, and making a good
deal of unnecessary noise about it
"What in the world is the matter?"
demanded his wife from the kitchOft.
"What are you trying to upca that Can
of tomatoes with?"-
"Cau opener, of course," he growled
' back. "Do you suppose I was trying to
open it with my teeth?"
"No; I thought, perbap* judging
from your lanjruage, you were UTl&g
to open it with prayer."—Texas Sift'
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