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BLOOMFIELD, PA., TTJESDA.Y, MAY 29, 1877.
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PERHArS some of our readers are
dlssatlfled with their condition In
life, and If bo, may find some comfort In
reading the following story.
Robert Hope and Samuel Hulllns had
lived neighbors for more than twelve
years ; and it is probable they would al
ways have been on good terms, had not
Samuel, who had served under Admiral
Nelson, gained at Trafalgar a small pen
sion, which he had paid for by the loss
of one of his legs. This leg less, and
this pension more, were for Ilobert a
continual source of jealousy ; he accused
fate for having left him his two feet, and
complained bitterly that he had not been
able, as he said, to sell his legs at the
same price with Hulllns. Every time
ho went to pay his rent, he repeated
grumblingly that his neighbor was very
fortunate ; that he was in a condition
to meet his bills, since the king gave
him a good pension ; while he, poor fel
low, had hard work to make both ends
meet, without taking into the account
Robert at first contented himself with
making these reflections inwardly, but
by degrees his dissatisfaction was expres
sed aloud, and became his habitual and
favorite theme of conversation.
One week that his rent had fallen behind-hand,
and he was sadly advancing
towards the house of Mr. Tyler, in order
to make his excuses for this delay, he
met Neighbor Hullins, who was as reg
ular as a clock in paying his rent, and
had just been for that purpose.
The very sight of Samuel produced on
Robert the effect of a fit of sickness ; so,
when he bowed in reply to the salute of
Hullins, his glauce singularly resembled
that of a bull shaking his horns at a dog.
Arrived at the house of the proprietor,
Hope did not fail to be reprimanded.
The example of IiIb neighbor was cited,
who always paid punctually, and to the
" Yes, yes," murmured Robert ; "some
people are born with a silver spoon in
their mouths. Hulllns is very fortunate
and I am not surprised that he pays
punctually with such a pension."
" Hullins has a pension, it is true,"
replied Mr. Taylor ; "but his infirmity
is a heavy cross, and if you were afflict
ed with it, I should pity you much more.
" Not so," said Hope. " If I had been
so fortunate as to lose a leg like him,
twenty years ago, it would have been a
productive day for me. I would sell all
my limbs at the same price. Do you call
his oak leg a heavy cross ? I think his
pension should render it light. The
heaviest cross that I know of, is to be
obliged to labor Incessantly."
Mr. Taylor was a man of joyous humor,
but a close observer. He had for a long
time noticed the envious disposition of
Robert, and resolved to convince him
that the lightest cross might become
heavy to a discontented mind.
" I see," said he to Hope, "that you
are disposed to do nothing. Well 1 1 will
exempt you from this obligation to labor
of which you complain so bitterly. If
you think the cross of your neighbor,
Samuel, so easy to bear, will you accept
a lighter one, if I will engage to give
you your rent?"
" That depends upon what kind of a
cross it is," said Robert, anxiously, for
he feared that the proposition would not
"This," said Mr. Taylor, taking a
piece of chalk and tracing a white cross
on Robert's jacket. " During the time
that you wear this, I shall not demand 'a
penny of your rent."
Hope thought, at first, that his land
lord was Jesting ; but beitig assured that
he spoke seriously, he exclaimed :
"By fit George 1 you may say that
you have teen my last money, for I am
willing to wearthls cross all my life
time." Robert Immediately went out, con
gratulating himself on his good fortune,
aud laughing all along the road at the
folly of Mr. Taylor, who had let him off
bo cheaply from paying his rent.
He had never been so joyous as at the
moment of returning home; as he found
nothing to complain of, and his dog
came to sit down at his feet without his
punishing him for his familiarity.
As he Beated himself on his arrival,
his wife did not, at first, notice the
white cross which he had on his shoul
der; but having passed behind her hus
band to wind up the clock, she suddenly
exclaimed, In a shrill voice:
" Why, Robert,where have you been ?
You have on your back a cross a foot
long. You have been to to the tavern,
and some drunkard among your friends
has played you a trick to make you
ridiculous. Get up and let me brush off
" Away I" exclaimed Hope, hastily ;
" my clothes do not need your brushing.
Go knit your stockings, and let me
" That shall not be 1" exclaimed Mrs.
Hope, in a voice more shrill. " I will
not have my husband become the
laughing-stock of the whole village, and
if I tear your jacket to pieces, you shall
not wear that ridiculous cross."
As she spoke thus, the wife attempted
to brush Robert's shoulder ; and the lat
ter, who knew that resistance would be
useless, walked off, shutting the door
after him violently.
"What a fury!" muttered he, as he
went away. " If she had been more
gentle, I would have told her of my good
fortune; but she does not deserve to
"01 Ol Robert," exclaimed old Fox,
at the moment when Hope turned the
corner of his house, " what is that white
cross on your back ?"
" Take care of your own clothes," in
Bolcntly replied Hope, going on his
" Mr. Hope," said little Patty Stevens,
the grocer's daughter, " stop one mo
ment if you please, that I may rub out
that great white cross you have on your
"Go and sell your herrlngs,lazy girl,"
replied Robert, " and do not concern
yourself about the passers-by."
The little girl, silenced, hastened to
re-enter her mother's shop.
At this moment, Hope arrived at the
house of the butcher, who was conves
ing on the threshold with his neighbor,
" You are just the man I wanted,"
said the latter, stopping Robert ; and he
began to speak to him on business ; but
hardly had he commenced, when old
Peggy TurtoH arrived, in her plaid gown
and blue apron.
"Mercy! Mr. Hope," exclaimed she,
taking up her apron, " what is that on
your back ?"
Robert turned to tell her to let him
alone, but the blacksmith then per
ceived the mark made by Mr. Taylor.
" Heavens !" said he, laughing, "he
might serve for a sign to White Cross."
" I suppose," said the butcher, " that
his wife has marked him thus for fear of
Hope felt that there was for him but
one method of escaping at the same
time from the apron of Peggy, and the
jokes of the butcher and blacksmith, so
he hastened to leave the spot, not with,
out some abusive language to his neigh.
bors; but the cross had begun to weigh
more heavily upon his shoulder than
he had at first supposed.
The unfortunate Robert seemed des
tlned tills day to provoking encounters,
for he had gone but a few steps when he
found himself opposite the school-house
School was just out, and the scholars
were at this moment Issuing from the
door, ready for any fun that might pre
sent Itself. Hope was terrible uneasy,
and imagined he already heard cries be
hind him. His fears were Boon realized ;
he had scarcely passed the school-house
door when a long shout was heard, and
fifty scholars at least began to pursue
him and point at him, throwing up their
caps in the air.
" Look, look," exclaimed one ; " there
is a sheep maiked for the butcher."
" Don't you'eee," replied another, "it
is a crusader Just setting out for Palestine."
And the shouting and laughter re.
commenced more loudly.
Hope became pale with anger ; he
turned like a cross dog pursued by chil.
dren, and, perhaps, would have cruelly
revenged himself on his young prose,
cutors, had not Mr. Johnson, the school.
master, suddenly appeared at the door of
Robert advanced towards him, com
plaining of his pupils as being Insolent.
Mr. Johnson replied that he would not
for the world encourage impertinence in
them, but that the white cross which he
had on his back might make wiser peo
ple than boys laugh.
" What is this cross to you?" replied
Robert, crossly. " Is not my back my
own property V"
The schoolmaster smilingly assented,
and Hope went oil his way. But the
cross was growing heavier and heavier.
He began to think that it would not
be 80 easy to pay his rent in this man
ner. So much raillery had already been
heaped upon him, what would it be if
the cause were known ? His landlord
might as well have written on hit back
a receipt in full.
As he reflected thus, Robert arrived at
the tavern. He was passing by when
he perceived Mr. Taylor himself at a few
paces distance, and on the other side his
neighbor Hullins, dragging his wooden
leg, and conversing with Harry StokeSj
the carpenter. Harry Stokes was the
wit of the village, and Hope would not
have encountered him before Hulllns for
the world. He therefore took refuge in
But the place was not long tenable.
The drinkers did not fall to perceive the
cross, and to rally Hope, who grew
angry ; the quarrel became violent, and
the Innkeeper, fearing some serious re
sult, turned Roberts out of doors.
The latter had left home with the in
tention of examining some work which
had been offered him In the neighboring
village, but his mind had been so dis
turbed by old Fox, Patty Stevens, the
blacksmith, the butcher, Peggy Turton,
and the Bchool-boys, that he resolved to
return home, thinking that would be,
after all, the most peacable place.
Have you ever seen, In the month of
September, a young partridge, the last
of the brood, fluttering along through
the fields with a wounded wing ? Such
was Robert on his way to his home, at
the other end of the village. Now he
walked rapidly lest he should be over
taken, now slowly lest he should meet
some one ; now in the road, now In the
fields, gliding behind the bushes, climb
ing the walls, and shunning glances like
a gipsy who has stolen a chicken from a
farmer's poultry-yard. At this moment,
the white cross waB an unsupportable
At last he reached his dwelling, and
this time hoped to find a little rest.' But
as soon as his wife perceived him she
began to cry out :
" Are you not ashamed to come back
as you went? Five or six of our neigh
bors have asked me if you had lost your
senses ! Quick, let me rub out that
"Away, woman 1" exclaimed Robert,
" You shall not remain so, Hope; I
will not have any one belonging to me
so ridiculous. Take off that jacket !
take it off this minute, I tell you !"
As she spoke thus, Mrs. Hope at
tempted to seize her husband's arm; but
the latter rudely repulsed her. Mrs.
Hope, who was not remarkable for pa
tience, replied by a blow, and the result
was a scuffle between the two, to the
great scandal of the neighbors, who ran
to separate them.
Everybody blamed Robert, who when
he became calm, understanding that
there was no hope of rest or peace for
him otherwise, educed the cross of his
The Monday following, he carried his
rent early to the house of his land
" Ah 1 ah I Robert," said Mr. Taylor,
on perceiving him, " I thought you
would soon repent of your bargain
This is a good lesson for envious and Im
patient dispositions, who are incessantly
complaining of God and of life. Re
member this, Hope ; he who has created
us has proportioned our burdens to our
strength. Do not complain of being
less fortunate than others, for you Know
not the sufferings of your neighbor.
All crosses are heavy ; the way to render
them light Is to bear them with pa
tience, courage, and good will."
AN EPISCOPAL clergyman in Con
necticut relates a couple of Inci
dents aptly illustrating the embarrass
ments under which gentlemen of the
cloth are often placed, provided they are
gifted with a keen appreciation of the
humorous. Every one has felta tendency
on occasions of solemnity to laugh at
the slightest incident calculated to pro
voke mirth, and the worthy rector of
parish shares this feeling in com
mon with his lay brethren. From his
elevated position of course every move
ment among his hearers is noticeable,
and he confesses that it often requires
an effort to preserve a sedate counte
nance when witnessing the tricks of
restless urchins or the actions of eccen
The instances to which he refers as
particularly amusing were due to the
presence of dogs, which appear to have
an unaccountable liking for churches.
During the early part of the services on
a Sunday in Lent,a saucy-looking,frisky
little cur slipped along up the main
aisle, and encountered a hat just out
side of the new pews. He first smelled
of It cautiously, then nosed it around
for a moment, and finally, picking it up
in his mouth, shook it vigorously. By
this time several persons bad their eyes
on the dog, and the sexton came tiptoe
ing up the isle in pursuit,, while the
owner of the hat seized his cane and
poked at the animal. Finding his situa
tion uncomfortable, the cur trotted
leisurely up the aisle to the platform,
thence along to and down a side aisle,
shaking the hat all the way with evi
dent satisfaction. The sexton summon.
ed assistance, and an energetic but quiet
chase was organized, bo as not to disturb
the services, to which, however, few in
the congregation were now giving at
Nearly every face in the house was
either lighted up by a smile or distorted
by a grin, and the clergyman had a hard
struggle to restrain his emotions as he
witnessed the clever way in which the
dog again and again dodged his pur
suers, still clinging to the hat, which
was by this time only a wreck of its
former self. Finally, the cur made his
escape through an opened door, and
order was restored. But the climax, of
the clergyman at least, came a moment
later, when, in continuing his reading,
he encountered a warning reference to
dogs Matthew, xv., 26. In running
bis eye down the page he fortunately
detected it before the words came to his
lips, and like a flash the thought occur
red to him that to read this, after what
had happened, could not fail to provoke
merriment both on his own part and
that of his hearers. As the best course
out of the dilemma, therefore, he skip
ped the objectionable sentence, and none
of his hearers suspected the true reason
of his strange expression of countenance
and faltering tone at the time. He had
conquered, but not wishing to endure a
second trial, gave the sexton rigid orders
for the future concerning dogs.
Only a few weeks afterward, however.
and while the affair above related was
still fresh in his memory, another ad-
venture of the same nature occurred.
A country couple came into the city to
be married, and the service was per
formed in the church. Accompanying
the couple was a brother of the bride
groom, who brought a dog with him
the groom having one also, and both
having escaped the notice of the sexton
The brother seated himself in a front
pew, and undertook the task of keeping
both dogs quiet. At first they were in
the aisle, but eventually the brother
lured his own dog into the pew, and
placing the animal's head between his
knees, held him fast. Then he endeav
ored to entice the other into tjie pew by
snapping his fingers softly and uttering
low whistles, all of which the clergy
man could not avoid noticing. The stray
animal would come aa far as the pew
door, but then, seeing the scrape In
which his companion had become in
volved by overconfldence, would turn
tall and trot away. Then followed a re
newal of the whistling and finger-snap
ping, until at last the clergyman could
endure it no longer, and cutting the
ceremony as short as possible, fled to a
side room where he could give vent to
his feelings. He says that since these
two affairs he has never ventured to
proceed with a service when a dog was
any where in sight, for it would be Im
possible for him to keep his mind con
centrated on his duties. Editor's
Drawer, In Harper's Magazine for
Cleaning a Quaker Meeting House.
Dr. II , one of the skilled physU -
clans of old-time Philadelphia, was a
member of the Society of Friends,though
not always strictly obedient to their
rules. He was called on at one time by a
committee of the " Meeting," who ex
postulated with him upon his want of
conformity in some respect. He heard
them patiently, and in silence, and then
" Friends, I have had a dream which
I would like to tell you."
They agreed to hear him, and the old
" I dreamed that the whole Society of
Friends were collected in our great
meeting house, and attending to the
business of the Church. The subject
under discussion was the filthy condi
tion of the meeting house, and the
means of cleansing it. Many plans
were proposed and discussed by the
prominent members, who sat in the up
per seats, but none seemed likely to
answer the purpose, until one little man
who occupied a seat on the floor of the
house, and had not taken part in the
discussion, got up and said : " Friends,
I think that if each one of us would
take a broom and sweep immediately
around his own seat, the meeting house
would be cleaned."
A good lesson for every one. Im
provements may go abroad, but should
begin at home. Let each man improve
himself, and he will be better fitted to
A Fish Story.
Land and Water relates the following, '
concerning a remarkable battle, lasting f
for sixteen hours, between a plucky '
sportsman and an obdurate salmon, be- J
fore the latter was conquered : " On
Friday, 4 P. M., Mr. Crawshay hooked i
a fish below Houghton Castle, but did
not land him till Saturday morning, the
24th inst., at 8 A. M. Immediately after .
being hooked, the fish went down the
river, taking out upwards of one hun-.
dred yards of line. The water being
strong and the fish determined, it was
Impossible to get him back. A wood by
the water-side made it equally impossi
ble for Mr. Crawshay to follow his fish,
and so things remained untill a boat
was brought at daylight the next morn
ing from some distance, by which means
the wood was passed and the fish at last
landed on a gravel bed, in the presence
of many spectators, some of whom had
passed the night with the angler. The
fish was a splendid mole, forty inches
long, and twenty-two inches girth ;
weight, 25 1 pounds.
Strike the Knot.
"Strike the knot!" said a man one
day to his son, who, tired and weary,
was leaning on his axe over alog he had
in vain been trying to cleave. Then,
looking at the log, the man saw how the
boy bad backed and clipped all round
the knot without hitting it. Taking the
axe, be struck a few sharp blows on the
knot, aud split the log without difficul
Smiling, he returned the axe to his
son, saying, " Always strike the knot."
That was good advice. It is good for
you, my children, as it was to the boy
to whom it was first given. It is a cap
ital maxim to follow when you are in
trouble. Have you a hard sum to 'do at
school?" Have you got to face the dif
ficulty? Are you leaving home for the
first time to live among strangers?
Strike the knot t Look your trouble in
the eye, as the bold lion hunter looks in
the face of a lion. Never shrink from a
painful duty, but step up to it and do it
Yes, strike the knot, boys and girls, aud
you will always cenquer difficulties.
g- What is the use of crying over
spilled milk? It only makes it more