Democrat and sentinel. (Ebensburg, Pa.) 1853-1866, December 20, 1866, Image 1

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Ebensburg. Nov. 8. 10C3.
ITTORNEY AT LAW, Johnatotcn, Pa.
A Office in building on corner of Main and
Vranklin 6tret, opposite Mansion Houx.
e.r.d rloof. Entrance on Franklin btr-t.
Johnstown, Nov. 16. 18615..
ITTORNEY AT LAW, Johnstown. Pa.
A OElce ia the Exchange buiioing, on the
Comer of Clinton a"d Iocast streets up
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Dec. 9, 1863.-tf.
U.m for Sale.
fUE undersigned is prepar to ship Lime
from LiVy Station, ot No. 4, on ths Penn
sy'vania Railroad to Ebossburg, Johnstown,
or any other point on the rnna. R. R., or
Its branches.
Address, WM. TILEY.
June28,-tf Hemlock, Cambria co., Pa.
iJIHIS HOTEL is pleasantly situated cn the
1 South side of Market street, a few doors
aboT3 Sirth street. Us central loclity
makes it particularly desirable to persons
visiting the city on business or pleasure.
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Jane 21, 1866.-ly.
PE0RGE TURNFR, 'Alain sired Jchnstovcn.
U Pa.. Dealer in HATS and CAPS, BOOTS
ISHING GOODS, such as Drawers, Shirt,
Collars, Handkercbitfe, Neckties, Stockings,
sG'.oves, Umbrellas, &c., keeps constantly on
and a general assortment, and his prices
Me as low as ths lowest.
Johnstown, Jans 21, 1866.-ly.
Maim Street, iohiutoim, Catnhria Co., Pa.t
A. ROW & CO., Proprietors.
BHJS H0U5E having been refitted aed
lalegantly fircished, is now open for the
reception an entertainment of guests. The
proprieora hr long experience in hotel keep
ing feel eotident they can satisfy dis
criminating public.
Their Bar is suppliad with tb choicest
brands of liqiors and irises.
June21,BC6. (ly.)
AIi tiods f Job Work doa &t this cfBcfc
Tbe Dylnsr Tear.
What solemn thoughts now cluster round
the soul.
At we behold the checkered landscape
' fading,
And Winter's Xing assuming that control
That Summer's Queen once swayed with
smiles pervading ;
The living mourn while mingling with the
And for the dead the Autumn winds are
Like the unburied on some battle field.
The withered flowers lie leafless, pale and
Their fragrance wasted, which warm suns
did yield.
To gentle zephyrs and to dews beseeching
On earth's cold bier lies nature's beauty
And o'er each faded form cold rains are
Wild night-winds round the cheerless, ice
clau eaven.
And through leafless forest branches
Sing funeral dirges, which the rustl'ng leaves
Ra echo to the eddying storm assailing.
And from o'erspreading clouds, broad snow
Slakes flying,
In sad procession, follow up the dying.
The orchard, where but one brief month ago,
The mellow fruits in golden suns weie
Stands leafless, trembling in the rain and
Robbed of its treasures, and in want re
pining; And frightened - birds, on weary pinions
- FUt through the grim, denuding branches
From murmuring streams there comes the
muffled sound
Of waves complaining to the glassy edges,
And icicles, that dangle all around,
CLant winter-dirges as they cling to hedges.
And sombre clouds to chilling winds, repin
ing. Collect in groups to keep the stars from
Where'er the eyes in weary glances turn.
Around, above, beneath, in field or mea
dow, Tbe dreary scenes but cause the heart to
And spread a gloom, as twilight spreads
a f hadow.
And shade and gloom upon the heart en
croaching, Are but the symbols of a death approach
Once, duriog the summer's solstice,
when everybody that was anybody (ex
cept myself,) had gone out of town. I was
lost to my own devices dnrinj the day
and lien's society in the evening for what
amusement I could find in hot pavements,
shaded he-use and libations of ice-water,
for the space of two never-to-be-forgotten
I had immolated myself on the shrine
of sisterly affection, for Ben'a down-town
affairs could not possibly bo wound up
before the specified two weeks had expired,
and a most comfortable feeling of self
righteousness accompanied the sacrifice.
To be sure, a trip to Lake George was
promised me as the reward of merit ; and
with th' in prorpect, my captivity became
quite endurable.
All the neighbors had deserted us ; and
I had watched trunk after trunk, carriage
after carriage, starting for various desti
nations. The newspapers afforded me,
in the letters from watering places, the
delectable information that "Miss B
was charming in a dress of blue crape
and pink trimmings ;" "Mrs. G ,
handsome and distingxie, in crimson moire
antique ;" Mrs. L like a sunset cloud
in violet silk," and so on through the al
phabet generally. As I knew some of
these people very well, I wondered if a
transformation had taken place from
charge of residence; and hoped that,
whatever it was, I might not fail to catch
it when L too, should pack up my tent
like the Arab?, and glide in the darkness
I fully expected to go in the morning,
when I did go ; but I think there is some
thing liko uus
in one of Longfellow's
poems. ,
Our next-door neighbor, Mrs. Beverly,
had one with the two children, and faith
ful black Hose, at the very beginning of
tbe ramiaor flittipgs-j na A3 Mrs. Eeref
ly was my especial admiration, and the
children my favorite amusement, I won
dered bow I could possibly get through
the weary day without them. Little
"Dory" (abort for Theodore,) whose fath
er's eyes had closed in this world without
seeing the face of his little son, was an
animated sculpture .of the purest marble,
lighted up by dark orbs .thai seemedlo
make whiter the ivory skin ; and his sis
ter, two years older, was the most be
witching little romp that ever soiled white
dresses, or set at naught all the rules of
As for the gentle sorrow-stricken moth
er, of whom scarcely any one ever got a
glimpse, I had fairly stormed her into a
sort of liking for me scaled her castle
on vftrkiua pxotextF, and curried off the
children so frequently that the fact of my
existence became too apparent to be ig
nored. All tbe family laughed at my
passion for Mrs. Beverly, and all that
pertained to her ; every one acknowledging
that she was lovely and attractive, but
completely wrapped up in her children
and the memory of a happy past. My
feeling for her, however, amounted to
perfect enthusiasm, and we bad become
very good friends some time before her
She had not gone among the charming
Miss L's, and li'p, and G's, with their
rainbow-huod dresses ; but off among the
green hills of New Hampshire, where
aunt and cousins awaited to welcome her
and children to pure air and green pas
ture?. She would be gone all summer,
and had laughingly requested me to keep
an erne on the house while I remained
near it. It is needless for me to say that
I kept two eyes perseveringly fixed upon
the domicile whenever opportunity offered;
and held endless discussion with lien as to
whether all the doors and windows were
properly fastened. For a constitutional
dread of burglars was one of my idiosyn
crasies ; and I had frequently been remon
strated with for looking upon them as
supernatural beings -inasmuch as, from
the nature of my searches before retiring
I evidently expected them to lodge in
bureau-drawers, and store themselves away
in small boxes.
Mrs. Beverly had frequently spoken to
me of a brother whom, as the country
people say, she seemed to "set great store
by," and who was now studying a pro
fession in a distant city. Ho was to join
her in New Hampshire, and return with
her on a visit ; and she had expressed a
strong desire that we should see each
other. I was quite persuaded that sho
hoped a great deal from this seeing, and
I must confess that tbe fact of his being
Mr. Beverly's brother threw a halo of
strange interest around Mr. Esselton.
I often found myself thinking of him
and wondering what he was like or
rather, what he would strike me as being
like ; for, of course, his sister had drawn
her own impressions of him for my benefit,
and if these impressions were correct, he
must be an uncommonly nice fellow. His
photograph was decidedly handsome, and
without ever having seen him, I felt pret
ty well acquainted with him in advance,
and waited rather impatienily for October
to bring Mrs. Beverly back to town. I
had decided how to "do" my hair, and
what dress to appear in in my first pre
sentation ; but I could not help wishing
that something unforeseen would occur to
bring about that first meeting in a way
entirely different from the usual hackneyed
I had my wish, as time will show.
About half of the two weeks had worn
away, when a very warm day and night,
that called forth experience and compar
isons from all the "oldest inhabitants,"
came down upon us with fury ; and after
gasping through the day in some sort of
fashion, I left my couch at midnight in
utter disgust at ray folly in supposing that
I could sleep with tho thermometer high
up among the nineties, and betook myself
to the window.
Certain sounds that proceeded from tho
next room convinced me beyond a doubt
that Ben, though present iu body, was
absent in mind ; and with the pleasant
consciousness of being the only person in
the house alive to the-affairs of this mun
dane sphere, I turned my attention to the
glorious mooitlisht that,.as Hood enthu
siastically said :
Makes earth's commonest scenes appear
All poetic, romantic, and tender.
But while engaged in vague speculations
about tbe moon and stars, a sudden noise
brought my thoughts earth-ward aain :
and glancing toward Mrs. Beverly's back
premises, I actually saw a man on the
upper verandah, opening one of the bed
room windows !
My heart almost stood still with terror;
but by a fearful eflort I restrained myself
fropj ecreuxung for Ben was terf hard
to awken, and both our throats might be
cut btfore this was accomplished.
' No? venturing a second look, I retreated
trembing from the window, and proceeded
to thdtask of rousing Ben as quietly as
possif;eJ ,-
1&S obligingly left his door unlocked
forrj especial comfort, there was no
sircjt in effecting an entrance and had
my brother been capable of appreciating
the vision, he would have seen a wild
creaiure in white drapery calling his name
in a nightmare whisper of terror but of
course without producing the slightest
Bin always slept with revolvers under
his pillow, which made me chary of
touching him for fire-arms affected me
a3 a draw n sword did James the First :
but something must bo done speedily, as!
fancied that impudent man perhaps load
ing himself at that moment with movea
bles. "Get up !" I shouted, waxing stronger,
"Ben I. Get up this moment !"
. "Tisn't time yet," grunted my provo
king brother, now half awake, as he
turned over like the sluggard.
I never had any patience with people
who almost required a charge of artillery
to bring theru back to their sober senses ;
and shaking him now with good will, I
screamed, "Thieves! Robbers ! ! Fire ! ! !
Get up 1"
A head that would have served for
Medusa started from tbe pillows ; and
out came those horrible revolvers, point
ing directly at me. A frantic yell, that
I tried in vain to smother, issued from my
lips ; and Ben, now quite awake, shouted
out at me :
"Marie ! What in the namo of heaven
is the matter ? Do stop that confounded
noise !"
He had quite forgotten to call me
"Minnie," as I always insisted of being
called j being terribly in earnest, ho had
gone back to tbe humdrum appellation
that roused my intense disgust I was too
much tak en up with the revolvers, just
now, to remind him of his omission, and
between my terror of the weapons, and
his desire to use them immediately upon
iomeboity, we eeemed scarcely likely to
come to an understanding.
Finally, however, Beu was made to
comprehend what I had been ; and being
requested to retire while he donned a few
articles of clothing, I waited in breathless
suspense for his reappearance.
"Tbe fellow will not be in a hurry,"
said he, in answer to my fears that ha
would escape ; "he knows the family are
out of town. I shall get a policeman,
and secure him quietly."
Aud bidding me bo of good courage,
ke closed the door, and looked up and
down the street. I cowered in the parlor
half disposed to rush after Ben, and insist
upon accompanying him ; but I was cot
exactly in promenade costume, and it
would take eo long to "get myself up,"
that by that time, the affair would be
over. Then, too, those dreadful revol
vers might be used ; and a bullet would
be almost sure to lodge in my arm, or,
perhaps, in some more vital point, should
I chance to be within shooting distance.
These considerations induced me to re
main where I was ; although wanting
dreadful to know how matters were pro
gressing next door. I was obliged how
ever, to wait for Ben's return ; and then
to draw the desired information from him,
piece by piece.
After an interminable time, he made
his appearance, saying: "Well,, the
fellow's safely lodged at the station house
for tho night; lets go to bed, little girl."
And this was all, was it, after such an
excitement t Brevely may bo the soul of
wit, but it is not the soul of satisfaction
when one is hungering for information.
"Now," said I, planting myself on the
stairs in a decided attitude, "just please
to remember that he is wy burglar ; if it
hadn't been for me you never would have
seen him, and I insist upon hearing some
thing about him. Begin at the beginning
and tell me what you did first, after you
left me."
"Looked for a policeman," replied Ben,
"What next V
"Told him I had a little job for him."
"What then T Ben, do you happen to
know that you are particularly disagreea
blo and tormenting ? Why can you not
give me a ppicy and graphic account of
your adventure, (which is one you cer
tainly do not have every night of your
life,) so as to present it clearly to my
mind ? If I had gone in your stead, you
would have beard all about it, from be
ginning to end, as a matter of course. I
don't see why men need to be. so misers
ble stupid and unsatisfactory.
"Well," rejoined Ben, with a fearful
yawn. "I believe a woman can start up
as bright as a lark at, any hour of, the
night, and talk upon any subject in .the
universe ; but a fellow can't be spicy and
graphic at two o'clock in the morning.
Wait until to-morrow and I'll v tell you
all about it" '
As he made a tnovement to ascenl I
exclaimed tragically, "If you advance it
will be over my body !" and finding that
something of an obstacle, he retreated.
"Now," said I triumphantly, "what
was the man doing when you found him I
Was be rolling up the carpets or what ?"
I had just been reading of a deserted
house enterei by thieves, who cooly rolled
up the carpets, and other desirable articles
neatly for transportation carrying them
away as it was convenient, and I thought
how unpleasant it would have been for
Mrs. Beverly to return to a home in ials
condition !
"He was not doing anything in par
ticular," was the reply, "we found him
comfortably lodged ia the buck bedroom
sound asleep."
I was fiilled with amazement to find
that my burgjar had only wanted a night's
"That dues not follow at all," said
Ben authoritively, he was 6ure of his
house before he begun, and being just
then in need of comfortable rest, he con
cluded to take it, and other things at his
leisure. He seemed determined not to
wake until we had turned on the gas full
blast ; when he sprung up and caught me
by the hair. - A siht of my pistols, how
ever, sooo quieted him, to say nothing of
the policeman's appliances. He's too
nice-looking a fellow to be engaged in
such work, and he( carried it oil" with a
high air protesting against being dis
turbed, and assuring us that he bad a
perfect right to lodge at Mrs. Beverly's as
he was a relative of that lady's."
"A relative !" I repeated with breath
less interest.
"That is what he said ; but the police
man cooly replied, with a grin. You see
it ain't exactly the fashiou for relatives to
visit folks in your off-handed way climb
ing in at their windows when they are
out of town ; and as yon seem to be in
want of a night's lodging, just put on
your duds and I'll accommodate you at
the station house. "How dare you men
tion such a place to me?" stormed the
grandiloquent burglar. I tell you I have
just arrived in the city tired out with my
journey, and came here, at the request of
my 6ister to transact some business fur her
in this house."
"His sister?" I exclaimed in great ex
citement ; but Ben went on regardless ;
"Do I look like a burglar ?" he asked,
striking an attitude. "At the burglars I
ever sen were much like other pe.-ie,
said the unimpressible policeman, 'some
better, some worse, and, cause you hap
pen to have a straight nose and mu cur
able looking, ain't no reason why we
should let you off, so just ycu come along
quiet now, and it'll be the better for you.
'I'm obliged to you for your invit-iluu,
replied tbe burglar, who seemed mora dis.
posed to laugh than he hd been et,
'which appears too pressing to be declined ;
but I can assure you that I am very com
fortable here, and also that I have a per
fect risrht to be here.' A difference ot
opinion, mebbe,' returned the guardian of
the public peace: 'but when I see folks
breaking into, other folks' houses, my or
ders is to nab' em. 'But you did'nt sec
me doing anything of tho kind,' retorted
the culprit. 'You saw me peacefully
sleeping, and made an unwarrantable as
sault upon me. 'Well, this gentleman's
sister saw you any how, said the police
man, determined not to be baffled. 'Then,
observed the robber with rather a comical
smile, 'It is to a lady thai I am indebted
for these polite attentionsf ' So take carr,
little sister, that he does not wreak his
vengeance on you I My experience of
burglars is not extensive, but this fellow
doesn't look at all like his business just
the kind of a man I'd liko to smoke a
cigar and have a good talk with."
"Now," said I, severely, "don't you
feel a little ashamed, after this long story
of trying to put roe off' with a sentence ?
But, Ben," I continued with a strong con
viction that the burglar had had truth on
his side, notwithstanding the fact that
Mrs. Beverly's brother was supposed to
be recreating among the New Hampshire
hills at that identical time, "Mrs. Beverly
really has a brother she has talked to
me about Lim often, an 1 I do believe that
man was telling the truth.'"
"Pooh !" said Ben incredulously, "such
a story is easily manufactured ; it is very
natural for people to have brothers, and
I suppose that was the first idea that pre
sented itself."
"Well," I replied, my conviction,
growing 6trong from opposition, "you mast
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go with me to the station house to-morr.v
morning ; and if I can identify fb'.s raaa
as Mr. Eiselton, from the plotograph tL?.$
Mrs. Beverly has shown rsebf corns
thej will lei him go: ; As I hava - y
into a aerape, the least. I tun do, if Ji js
innocct, is to get him oat again."
"We'll go to bed now," pzld Be'r whosJ
thoughts inverted to first principles,- "i
talk about the station-house tomorrow."
"Let's goto bed, '
Said sleepy head," ,.
was my retort ; but Ben was in earnest
this time, and to bed we accordingly went.
I was visited by such troubled dreass,
though, in which Mrs. Beveria Lather
climbed . into our window and tried u
strangle me, that I gladly welcome, .ha
morning sun.
-I gave Ben no peace until ho
agreed to accompany me to the s?:'tion
house ; and packing up my head and faea
in a double green veil, I started Lrarc-Iy
or the scene of action.
The premises were not inviting i arA
several poor unfortunates were i,.;r'nn
about awaiting - their sentence. Sittir:
fcbout upright in a very- uncomfortable
chair, wi:h an air of injured r innocence,
was an extremely handsome, gentlemanly
looking young aan, whose feature seemed
familiar. ' .
'The burglar," whispered Ben by way
of introduction. ,,
"Oh Ben!" I exclaimed quite consci
ence smitten, "Jo make them let him go!
I am sure he is Mrs. Beverly's brother!"'
"Dooa he look like tbe portrait ?" ask;.
Ben with cousidsrable interest.
"Yes," I replied, scarcely daring to look
look, "I am almost surest is the same faco.
But let me get outside, "and then tell them
that we made a mistake."
I did col know what - was passing in
side; but my face burned painfully ; and
when Ben joined me, I walked an ay at a
race-horse pace.
"That was a great idea of yours," said
my brother laughing,-' 'and placed me ia.
rather a queer potation just the next
thing to apologizing to a man for shooting
him because you took hira for seme one
else ! Ha really is a nice fellow, though,
and shook my hand as gratefully as though
I had never disturbed his slumbers. He
said that, in future, he never would even
enter his own home unless he could go
through the door, and at an orthodox
hour. He is coming back with his sister
iu ilie autumn, and then I hope we shall
see something of him."
"I never wish to see nor hear cf him
again ! said I wrathful.'-, "and I onlj
wished he would go somewhere among th&
cannibals, and be eaten up as soon as h
landed 1"
Of course, I wrote immediately to Mrs.
Beverly, telling her of my ridiculous mis
iJLz and intense mortification, und beg
ging her to explain to her brother just how
it all happened ; and I eoon received a re
ply that was characteristic of her own
sweet self.
"If I could put a good, hearty laugh on
paper," cbc wrote, "yoa should certainly
Lave it as some faint representation of tho
cachiuations of Harry and myself over
J2r profeedin-s. To think that one
whom I h.o always looked upon as a
well disposed young lady, should make
such an uuiovoked attack upon an inof
fensive young man, ar actually lode hint
in the station-house ! Ob, Minnie f Ivlin
nie ! I could not Lurs b'lcved it of you 1"
"But, seriously, rj dear child, I b. g
that instead of giving yourieif any unea
siness, you will accept my grateful thanks
for vatching my premises so lkithfully ;
and you certainly had every reason to sup
pose that man who would enter my vindow
at two o'clock in the mor!i.g, culd not
possibly bo a respectable member of soci
ety. I really did send him, though to
spend the night thero, and to get jf;ae
valuable papers ; ar.d I told him, moreover,
how to unfasten the window. Iwry
seems far more impressed with your kind
ness in getting him out of the station-houso
than with your unkindaesa in getting hiru
in ; and he is so anxious to express his
thanks in person, that 1 am afraid ho will
succeed in worrying me home seme weeks
sooner than I intended."
Now, I had not the slightest desire to
this injured young man; and when the time
of his arrival came, like all other things
we dread, with amazing celerity, I called
up all my powers cf strategy tor decent
excuses to avoid tbe evil moment.
But that provoking lien must needs
"take" to him wonderfully ; and somehow '
or other, I always found myself wherever
Ben did ! It all seemed like a dream t
my introduction to Harry Esselton, eu
gagemeut, and marriage, but the affair f
the burglary has furnished tbe whole fam
ily, himself included, so much amusement,
that I can bcarcely regret having once
lodged my husband in the station-house
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