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    THE TIMES, NEW BLOOM FIELD, PA., AVltlL 10, 1877.
Xoveiiiberlsstli, 1870.
For New York, at 6.80, B.10 a. m. 1.00 and
7.M p. in.
For Philadelphia, at 6.20, .10, 9.4ft a.m.l.OO
and 8.57 p. in. .
For Heading, at 6.20, 1.10, 9.48 a. m. 100
3.57 and 7.B6p. m. . .....
For Fottsvlfie at 6.20. 6.10 a.m.. and 8,B7p.
inland via Schuylkill and Susquehanna Branub.
Vor Vlentown, at t.2s 6.10 a. in., 8.00,
S.67 and 7. 66 m. .....
The 6.20,8.10 a. m.3.00 p.m. and 7.6o p. m.
train hate through oars tor New York.
TheHiJ, S.10 a.m.. and 2.00 p. m. train hava
through oar (or Philadelphia. .
For New York, at 6.2" a. nt.
For Allentown and Way stations at 6.20 a.m.
For Heading, Philadelphia and Way Stations at
1.45p. ni. i
Leave New York, at 8.41 a. m., 1.00, 6.30 and
7.4fp. in.
Leave Philadelphia, at 9.16 a. m. 8.48, and
7.20 p. ni.
Leave Heading, at 4.40,7.40, 11.20a. m. 1.80,6.16
and 10.3A p. ni.
Leave Pottsvllle, at (.16, 9.15 a. in. and 4.35
p. m.
And via Schuylkill aadSusquehanna Branch at
8.05 a. in.
Leave Allentown, at 2.30, 6,50,8.66 a.m., 12.15
4.SH and 9.00 p. in.
The a. 30 a. in. trala from Allentown and the
4.40 a. in. train from Heading do not ruu on Mon
day BffN'PlAYS l
Leave New York, at 3.30 n. m.
Leave Philadelphia, at 7.20 p. m.
Leave Heading, at 4.40. 7.40a. m. and 10.85 p. n.
Leave AUentowii. 2.30 a. ni. and 9.00 p. n.
Via Morris and Ewsex Hall Koad.
J. E. WOOTKN, Oen. Manager.
C. O. Hancock, General Ticket Agent.
Pennsylvania R. It. Time Tab.
On and after Monday, Nov. 27th, 1876, Pas
senger tralnswlll run as follows:
Minilntown Ace. 7.19 a. m., dallvexeeptBunday.
Johnstown Express 12.22 F. M., dally '' Hunday
Mall, 6.54 p. m., dally exceptSunday
Atlantic Express, 10.O2 p.m., flag, dally.
Way Pass. 9.08 A. m., dally!
Mull, 3.38 p. m. dally exoeptSunday.
Minilntown Aoo. 6.65 P. M. dallyexcept Bunday.
Pittsburgh Kxpress, 11.67P. M (Flag) dally, ex-
omit Bunday.
ranilio Express, 6.10 a. m., dally (flag)
Trains are now run by Philadelphia time, which
Is 13 minutes faster than Altoona time, and 1 min
utes slower than New York time.
J.J. BAKCLAY, Agent.
On and after Monday, Nov. 27th, 1876,tralus
will leave Duncannon, as follows i
Mlffllntown Aoo. dallyexcept Bunday at 7. 68 A. M.
.Tohnstown Express 12.63p.M.,dalyexceptBunday.
Mall 7.30 P. H f "
AUautlo Express 10.29 p. m., dally (flag)
Way Passenger, 8.38 a. x., daily
Mail, 2.04 p. m, dallyeiceptSunday.
Minilntown Ace. dally except Sunday at 6.16 p.m.
Pittsburg Ex, daily exoept Bunday (flag) 11.33P. II,
WM. O. KINO Agent.
Would respectfully inform the public that they
have opened a new
Saddlery Shop
in Bloomtleld, on Carlisle Btreet, two doors North
of the Foundry, where they will manufacture
Saddles, Bridles, Collars,
and every thing usually kept In a first-class es
tablishment. Oive us a call before going else
where. a. FINE HARNESS a speciality.
REPAIRING done on short notice and at rea
sonable prices.
W HIDES taken in exchange for work.
Bloom Held, January 9, 1877.
Flower and Vegetable Garden
is the most beautiful work In the world.
j It contains nearly 150 pages, hundreds of line I
lustrations, and six (Jliromo Plates of Flower
beautifully drawn and colored from suture.
. Price 50 cents in paper covers : 81.00 in elegan
loth. Printed in German and English.
Vlck' Floral Guide, Quarterly, 25 cents a yea
Vlek's Catalogue 300 illustrations, only 2 cent
Address, JAMES VICK, Rochester, N. Y.
Flower and Yegetattlo Seeds
See Vlck's Catalogue 300 Illustratlons.only 2
.cents. Vlck's Floral Guide. Quarterly, 25 cents a
year. Vlck's Flower and Vegetable Garden, 50
cents i with elegant cloth cover 81.00.
All my publications are printed iu English and
Address, JAMES VICK, Rochester, N. Y.
nfl AGENTS WANTED to caavass for a
WU gkand pictuhh, 22x28 inches, entitled
"Tim Illustrated 1okd's PKATna. Agents
Are meeting with great success.
For particulars, address
H. M. CRIDER, Publisher,
IT York, Pa.
The undersigned has removed hi .
Leather and Harness Store
from Front to High Btreet, near the Penti'a.,
Freight Depot, where he will have on hand, and
will sell at .
Leather and Harness of all kinds. Having good
workmen, and by buying at the lowest Ctuift
price. I fear no competition.
Market prices paid in cash for Bark. Hides and
Skins. Thankful for past favors, I solicit a con
tinuance of the same.
P. 8. Blankets, Robes, and Shoe findings made
a speciality,
Duncannon, Julyl9, 1876. tf
a beautiful Quarterly Journal, finely Illustrated,
and containing an elegant colored Flower Plat
with the Hint number. Price only 25 cents for
year. The tlrst No. for 1877 just Issued In Ger
man and English.
Vlck's Flower and Vegetable Garden, In paper
SO cent: with elegant dot h covers 81.00.
Vis Catalogue 300 Illustrations, only Scents
Address, J Ail lib VICK, Rochester, N. Y.
"rviIYKH, BARTIN! Yes, yes-I
J believe In dreams," said old Bilas
Tafton. He took another whiff at his
pipe, and then added: "One of the
greatest speculations 1 ever went Into
come of a dream--a wonderful dream.
I'll tell you about It."
And we listened to the old man'sstory
as follows :
"You remember, some of you, about
the great land speculations here in Maine
thirty years ago. Poor men a very few
of them were made suddenly rich ; and
rich men were made suddenly poor ; I
was living then In Orey. ,One day old
Bam Whitney, of Oxford,stopped at our
place, and showed us a map of a new
town which had been laid out In Bnga
dhoc. On the map It looked beautiful.
There were brooks, and lakes, and broad
plaliiB of pine and oak, with streets all
laid out, and spots for churches and
school-houses marked In proper array.
I had a cousin living down that way ,and
I concluded to go down and take a look.
I found the town of Ellenville, which
old Whitney had shown me on the map
to be a wild, worthless tract, all rocks
and swamps; but on the edge of this
tract, in another township, my cousin
owned a piece of good land,and I bought
a hundred and fifty acres of It, and made
me an excellent farm ; and for that pur
chase I was never sorry.
Meantime Ellenville was nearly all
sold In ten-acre lots. The excite
ment was at fever heat, and people
bought without once thinking of coming
to look at the land they were purchas
ing. But by and by the new owners be
gan to look up their property, and you
can rest assured that they were a blue
set when they were assembled on that
territory. Within all the limits of the
mapped-out township there was not an
acre that could be cultivated. On the
side that bordered my farm it was a
craggy ledge of rocks: and beyond that
to the eastward the land settled away
under the mud and water of a sunken
slough. Some of these lots had been
sold as high as one pound an acre, and a
few of them even higher than that. One
poor fellow, named John Twist, from
Vermont, had paid one pound au acre
for a lot that bordered on my farm. On
the map it had been set down as a mag
nificent pine forest, with a beautiful
river upon its border, on which was a
superb water-power. John Twist bought
it, and paid for it, and when he came to
look at it he found it to be a mass of
barren rock, with here and there a mass
of clump or scrub oak and a few Nor
way pines, and for a river he found a
water-course which tumbled melted
snow over the crags in the spring, but
which was dry most of the year. I did
not see the poor fellow when he came to
survey his property, but I can imagine
how he felt.
After a while, however, the excite
ment passed off, and the sufferers of El
lenville turned their backs upon the
grave qf their speculative hopes. On my
farm I prospered. My land was of the
very best quality ; my wife was a true
helpmate, my crops were abundant: my
stock thrived, and I found myself at
length with a goodly pile of money tied
up in my stocking.
One evening In early autumn, after
our crops had all been garnered, a man,
riding a sorry-looking nag, pulled up be
fore our door. He was a well-looking
man , with a sedate and solemn face, and
dressed in black. It was safe enough to
conclude that he was a minister, and so
he announced himself. He said he was
the Rev. Paul Meekmore ; he was a mis
sionary, on a home circuit, and asked
shelter, for himself and his beast for the
night. Of course we welcomed him
cheerfully, and we were pleased with
him. He had traveled extensively, and
his conversation was entertaining and
Instructive. Before he went to bed he
read a chapter in the bible and made a
prayer ; and Betsey said to me, after he
had retired, that she never heard such a
beautiful prayer in her life.
The next morning, at the breakfast
table, Mr. Meekmore was very sedate.
He asked a blessing, and then only an
swered such questions as were asked
him. Finally Betsey told him she was
afraid he had not slept well. He smiled
and said he bad slept well, saving the
spell of a curious dream which had
visited him three seperate times during
the night. Betsey asked him if he would
tell what it was about. , '
"It was the old dream of hidden
wealth," he said, with a solemn look.
" I haven't dreamed such a dream before,
since by a wonderful dream in Bouth
Africa I led to the discovery of a dia
mond mine worth millions of dollars ;
and It never profited me a penny. But
such wealth is not for me. I need It not.
My calling hath higher and holier aims.
And yet this poor flesh Is sometimes
weak enough to Just after the dross of
gold and silver!"
By degrees we got from him that ho
had dreamed of a silver mine among the
crags of our hills. The mine seemed to
his vision utterly exbaustlees in the pre
cious metal ; but he could not locate it.
Betsey whose curiosity was aroused,
Would have pushed the matter, but Mr.
Meekmore Anally shook his head more
solemnly than ever, said that he would
rather forget the dream If he could.
When the missionary's horse was at
the door, and the owner was prepared to
start off, he Informed us that he was
bound toward the Cahada line, and that
he might return that way. Of course
we told him that our door would always
be open to him: and he promised that he
would abide with us again If he had the
In two weeks Mr. Meekmore came
back. He had received a summons, he
said, from the home board, to return to
Boston and make Immediate prepara
tions for a winter's campaign In the
The second evening In the society of
the reverend gentleman we enjoyed more
than we had enjoyed the first. Ills fund
of anecdote and adventure was literally
exhaustless, and yet an odor of sanctity
and delicacy pervaded all his speech.
We urged that ho should spend a few
do ys with ub, but he could not. He said
it would give him groat pleasure so to do
but his call to a new field of labor in
the West was pressing and Imperative.
On the next morning, at the breakfast
table, our guest was even more sedate
and thoughtful than on the previous oc
casion ; and when questioned on the
matter he told us that he had been visit
ed by the same strange dream again.
" This time," he said, " the vision
came with wonderful distinctness, I not
only beheld the vast chambers of virgin
sliver, but I saw an exact profile of the
overlying territory. It was a wild, des
olate spot, by a deep ravine, through
which the snow of winter seem to find
release in spring, rushing down a craggy
hillside to a dark and wide-stretching,
swamp below. This would not Impress
mo so seriously were it not that once be
fore a dream of the same import proved
a startling reality."
We conversed further on the subject,
and after breakfast Mr. Meekmore took
a pencil, and upon the blank leaf of an
old atlas he drew a picture of the spot
he had seen In his dream ; and he point
ed out where, beneath the roots of an
old, stumpy pine tree, he had seen an
out-cropping of the precious metal.
He had drawn the picture, he told us
to show us how vivid his dream had
been ; but he advised us to think no
more of it. Even if it were possible
that the dream had substance, the body
of the mine was fur below the surface ;
and, moreover, the Lord only knew
where the spot was located, even allow
ing that such a spot existed.
For orice in my life I had allowed my
cupidity to get the betterof tny outspok
en honesty. I allowed the reverend
guest to depart, and did not tell him that
I knew where there was a spot exactly
the original of that which he had pic
tured, even to every rock, shrub, tree
and ravine. And that spot was upon
the wild lot which had been purchased
by John Twist, and which John Twist
owned still.
That very afternoon, armed with an
old ax and a pick, I sailed forth to the
rough outside of the Twist lot. I knew
exactly where the pictured lot was to be
found, and when I had reached it I was
more than ever struck by the faithful
ness of Mr. Meekmore 's draft. The ac
curacy in detail was wonderful. And
when I reflected that this draft had been
made by one who was an utterand abso
lute stranger to the place, made from
the simple impressions of a dream, is
it a marvel that I was strongly and
strangely influenced. I found the old
tree which the reverend old dreamer had
particularly designated, and went to
work at its roots.
And ere long my labors were rewarded.
Beneath one of the main roots I found
a lump of pure metal as large as a hen's
egg; and upon further chopping and
digging I found several more smaller
pieces. They had evidently been broken
from a molten mass, and upon rubbing
off the dirt I found them all pure and
That night I slept but little. I could
only lie awake and think of the vast
wealth that lay buried in that bleak hill
side. But what could I do? The lot
was not mine, and I should run great
risk if I troubled another man's proper
ty. And, moreover, if I made further
exploration while the land was not mine
the secreet might be divulged and the
vast wealth snatched from me. I must
purchase the Twist lot, and I had no
doubt that I could buy it for a mere
On the next day I rode over to see my
cousin, and when I had spoken of the
Twist lot he informed me that not only
that lot but a number of others, were for
sale. They had been advertised and
would be sold at auction in two weeks.
He called me a fool when I told him I
should bid on the Twist lot; but I told
him I had looked it over and made up
my mind that my sheep could find plen
ty of grazing there throughout the sum
mer months. He asked me if I hadn't
nlreudy got all the sheep pasture I need
ed ; but I told him he need not trouble
During the next two weeks I kept
quiet and held my tongue, giving no op
portunity for my secret to become known.
On the appointed day I went over to the
settlement where the land was to be sold.
It was to be put up In hundred-acre lots,
and sold by the original plans of Whit,
ney purchase. Lot number one was put
up first, and sold for one quarter of
a cent an acre.
The next lot was the " Twist lot," so
called, and I heard It whispered that Iron
and copper ore had been discovered upon
it. A stranger, in Jockey clothes, start
ed it at fifty cents an acre. Another
stranger who wore a blue frock and top
boots bid Beventy-flve. 1
Then there waB more talk about iron
and copper. The man In the Jockey
suit said that he had positive assurance
that pure iron ore had been found in some
of the gulches, and he bid one dollar an
acre. At tills point I entered the con
test, and bid one dollar and twenty-five
cents. Up up up twenty-five cents
at ft time, until at length I had bid ten
dollars an acre. People called my1 crazy.
Ten dollars an acre was more than the
very best land In the whole country was
worth. But I held my bid, and kept my
own counsel.
And the Twist lot was knocked down
to me for just one thousand dollars. The
terms were cash. I told them to make
out the deed while I went home after
the money. And away I rode. I
emptied my old stocking of gold and
silver, and found nine hundred and fifty
dollars. I borrowed the other fifty
without trouble at the settlement, and
straightway proceeded to the office of
'Squire Blmpkins, where the deed had
been made. The instrument was duly
signed and sealed, and when the 'squire
had assured me that the payment of the
money would make all fust and safe, I
handed over the gold and sil ver.
I observed that the name of John
Twist had been recently signed, and I
asked Blmpkins if Mr. Twist was pres
ent. " He was here a few minutes ago,"
said Blmpkins, " and will be back again
after his money. He's feeling pretty
good, I should judge, since he has got
rid of his hundred aero lot for twice as
much as it cost him, and for a thousand
times more than any sane man would
think it was worth."
Half an hour afterward I called at the
'squire's again. Mr. Twist had just
gone out with his money.
" There he is now," said Blmpkins,
"Just bound off."
I looked at the window, and saw, at
the door of the inn, on the opposite side
of the way, a tall man, In a bottle green
coat, with bright, glaring buttons, just
mounting a horse. I recognized the
horse, and I recognized the man.
"Who is that man," I asked, "he
with the green coat and glaring but
tons V"
" That," said Blmpkins," Is Mr. John
In a moment more the man in the
bottle green coat had ridden away, with
his heavy saddle bags behind him, and
buttoned up within that coat I beheld
my reverend guest 1 It flashed upon me
that the Rev. Paul Meekmore and Mr.
John Twist were one and the same per
son I And this was not all that flashed
upon me.
A few days afterward I took my lumps
of white metal to a man who was versed
in such matters, and asked him what
they were. He took the largest lump
and tested it, and said :
I asked him if pewter was ever dug
out of the earth in that shape.
" Well," said he, " seeing that pewter
is an alloy of tin and lead, it couldn't be
very well dug up, unless somebody had
gone and buried it beforehand."
Touching further explanations on my
" Twist lot" I will not speak. I will
only add that I have at home an old
stocking with half a dozen lumps of
pewter in it ; and I never look unon It
but I am forced to acknowledge that
dreams are sometimes very strange and
wonderful things.
man a little past the middle age
perhaps five and fifty short and dumpy;
with a very red face, and with a little
round head, utterly bald from the crown
to the ear tips, and the sparse, crisp
semi-circlet of hair was of the color of a
boiled carrot. Noah Cadwollopper went
in for saving the country. It was his
especial mission to sacrifice all else to
that end. In the village bar-room, and
at the fireside of the village store, and at
the post-oftice he was an oracle. He
knew everything that was going on in
the political world and could point out
just how the whole body politic was go
ing to rack and ruin. He had been one
year a representative to the great and
general court, and in his computation of
time he reckoned, not from the birth at
Bethlehem, but from " theyear I was in
the leglslnfr7rre."t
Noah Cadwollopper had his likes and
dislikes; and of all things he disliked
his chief abomination was a minister
who preached politics. He would not
have It If he could help It. At all events
not a penny of his money should ever
go towards the support of such a min
In the course of time It came to pass,
that Wallowdale was without a settled
minister, and the chief men of the par
ish looked around for a man to fill the
pulpit. After one or two Ineffectual
trials, the Itev. Absalom Ablwt was rec
ommended to them as a man who would
be sure to suit. He was without a set
tlement at that time, and being without
a family the matter of salary would not
be hard to arrange, provided that the
sum agreed upon was promptly paid,
He could not put up with slackness in
the payment of the minister. "
Mr. Cadwollopper did not exactly like
that. It sounded to him as though the
man was a little too much stuck up.
They didn't want a preacher to come to
Wallowdale to tell them how to do their
"You'll find him alive man,' said
the sponsors "a man who is not afraid
to preach the truth, let It hit where it
will. He don't waste breath over the
sins and iniquities of those whom the
flood swept from the face of the earth,
while sin and misery and wretchedness
are to be found on all hands at the presr
ent day."
Noah Cadwollopper shook his head
very doubtfully. He did not like that at
all. He feared the man would create
dissentlon8 in the parish, "Just the
kind of a man to preach politics," be
Well, by and by, Rev. Mr. Abbot came
to Wallowdale to preach.
Said Cadwailopper : " I'm a goin' to
watch him I'm goin' to weigh every
word, and If he's one of yer politician
preachers, I shall know it."
Mr. Abbot preached such a sermon as
the people of Wallowdale had not heard
for a long time, If ever before. It shook
the dry bones, and beat the dust from
the backs of the lazy ones. It was, in
short, a practical, earnest christian plea
for right living; and while the reward
of the well-doer was pictured in pleasant
colors, the portion of the workers of
iniquity was presented In a manner to
make even a hard man shudder.
At the close of the service a number
of the faithful sojourned to a neighbor's,
among them Noah Cadwollopper. Noah
was asked what he thought of it.
" Think of it!" repeated the bobtailed
conservator of the public weal, smiting
his hand upon his thigh. "Think of It 1
I'll tell you:
"I think It would take that ere preach-
ety all to pieces. What does he think?
Does he think we're all fools, and he's
the special agent to make men of us ?
And then agin, we don't want none of f
his politics In the pulpit. We won't i
have it?"
At this point Beth Doolittle ventured i
to inquire how the minister had preach- I
ed anything about politics.
" How ?" shouted Noah, spinning
around and facing the presumptuous:
Doolittle. " Goodness gracious 1 the
minute he give us his text I knew what
wascomin'. Clean politics, of his nar
row, jself-concelted school, right out an'
out. You remember the text ?"
" Yes," responded Beth. "It was in
Proverbs : Righteousness exalteth a
nation ; but sin is Na, reproach to any
people.' "
" Aye," cried Noah "that's it. That
is the way them chaps always h'ist in
their politics. I know 'em. And did
yon notice how he scowled when he
quoted more scriptur' ? D'ye mind
when he said 'though hand jiue in
hand, the wicked shall not go unpun
ished?' And did you notice where he
looked when he was a spoutin' about
the ungodly, and the, self-righteous, and
the sinners, and the doers of iniquity ?
Aye and what did he mean by 'Ephra
iui is J'ined to his idols, let him alone ?'
I tell you, he meant the political party
that opposed him ! I can see. No sirs!
He ain't the the man for the place ! Not
a political preacher for me, if I know
And Noah Cadwollopper carried the
day. There were dry bones enough in
the parish that would not be willingly
shaken up to give him the balance of
power. (
A young man, fresh from college
anxious to display his learning, tbrew
the following string of high-sounding
words at his amazed grandmother :
" You see grandmother we perforate
au aperture in the apex, and a corres
ponding aperture in the base, and by ap
plying the egg to the lips, and forcibly
inhaling the breath, the shell is entirely
discharged of the contents."
" Bless my soul !" cried the old lady,
" What wonderful improvements they
do make. Now, in my younger days
we just made a hole in each end, and