The New Bloomfield, Pa. times. (New Bloomfield, Pa.) 1877-188?, August 14, 1877, Image 1

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Lite is full of ups and downs
Valleys, plains, and mountains:
Kot forever are our tents
Pitched by pleasant fountains.
Sometimes In the burning sun,
Sometimes In the shadows!
Now we climb the rocky steep,
Now we tread the meadows.
Life is full of ups and downs
Made of gains and losses ;
Flowers that grow on prickly stems,
Crowns that hang on crosses.
Summer breezes fan our cheeks,
Wintry blasts alllght us;
And when snow's white mantle rends.
Spring's fair sights delight us.
Murmur not at ups and downs,
They are needful changes;
He can never err in aught
Who the! r lot arranges.
Seek not as the highest good
Thy content and pleasure ;
Wings have they to fly thee still
Seek abetter treasure.
Wouldst thou make life's ups and downs
Easier seem the brighter,
Share thy fellows' heavy load
Thine shall be the lighter.
Smooth the pillows of the sick.
Sweet shall be thy slumber ;
Will to bless shall bring to thee
Blessings without number.
Who would dread these ups and downs.
Since they bring us nearer
To the outer wall of life,
Where the light grows clearer?
Nearer to the heart of Him
Who, with gentle guiding,
Leads through all life's weary ways,
Into peace abiding?
Love can take from ups and downs
All the pain and trouble ;
For the Joy we give away
Comes back more than double ;
Love to Christ and love to man,
And a heart forgiven,
Make the ups and downs of life
Just a path to heaven.
THAT Barbara Hawkins owed a good
deal to her step-mother was a fact
that she could Dot have concealed from
herself if she had tried. '
Her father's house had been a very
home of discomfort during the dull
interim between her own mother's death
and the arrival of the youthful and
winning stranger who had been some
how persuaded by 'Squire Hawkins to
come and take keer of his little dar
ter." The history of the next five years, in
which she herself had grown from girl
hood to womanhood, included all the
genuine sunshine of Barbara's life, and
she knew to whom that change, and a
good many other excellent things, were
Then, since the 'squire had been gath
ered to his fathers, what a notable man
ager had Widow Hawkins proved her
self for the very moderate property he
had left behind him I
It was Just there that the difficulty
was now coming in, for that which,
with such good management, had kept
the two women very nicely so long as
they lived together, could continue to do
bo only under just that state of affairs.
The widow's share, if set apart by itself,
would be only another name for pover
ty. True, and yet what suitor, or at
least which one of the two how nearest
to a proper condition for consideration,
would care to "marry a mother-in-law,"
and a step-mother at that, as well as a
" And she understands it," said Bar
bara to herself that September after
noon, " as well as I do. She's as polite
to both of them as if they were courting
her instead of me. I must say it's been
very convenient once or twice, for they
toth like her. lu fitct everybody likes
her, and that's what makes my position
so very peculiar."
A very pretty girl was Barbara Haw
kins ; even prettier than her step-mother,
and that was saying (something in
spite of the widow's thirty years.
A bit of a belle, too wns the 'squire's
" heiress" in that unambitious rural
community, and by no means without
some characteristics which put the vil
lage gossips at times in mind of ' 'Squire
Hawkins' fust wife.'
At the present juncture, however, the
public opinion of the Dorcas Society was
more than usually perplexed. The best
judges of such matters were Inclined to
"guess Bill Emmons is a leetle ahead,"
although this was sure to be followed by
the remark : " But then, you know,Dan
Grover's got ten ten dollars to Bill's one
and he's a mighty fight stiddier."
And Barbara was in a worse quandary
about it than the Dorcas Society knew
how to b, for at times she almost sus
pected her heart of threatening an im
pertinent interference before her head
could have a fair chance.
" She'd be entitled to a third, I Imp
pose," soliloquized the fair maiden, 'and
she's a wonderful hand with the needle.
There's no danger of her starving.
There's lots of folks'd be glad enough to
have her come and live with them."
And Barbara did not know it, but a
train of thought very nearly related to
her own was at that moment passing
through the mind of the widow, as Bhe
stepped lightly to and fro among the
household duties, of which she kindly
relieved her step-daughter.
" I don't hear the piano," murmured
the soft, low voice of the widow, " and
yet I know she wanted to practice that
new piece. Young Emmons'll be here
this evening. I ought not to say a word
in such a matter. She's old enough to
decide for herself, but why can't she see
that Dan Grover's worth five hundred
of him ? not to mention his big farm,
and that's something now-a-days. I
won't put that in her head, however
not for the world. I've been paid dear
ly enough for making just that sort of a
mistake. Better have gone out to ser
vice or taken in sewing. That's what I
may have to do when Barbara's mar
ried." The neat, tidy figure paused in the
kitchen doorway as she said that, and
a shade of darkness swept across her
"Live in the house with Bill Em
mons for the master of it V" she ex
claimed after a pause. " Not I, indeed I
She won't have sense enough to settle
on Dan Grover, I'm afraid. Would I
stay, then, if she did V Kot so long as
I could earn or beg some other shelter."
The last exclamation came out with
unnecessary energy,, and the widow
caught up a broom and made an imme
diate assault on the kitchen floor.
The sweeping was very unnecessary
Barbara had clearly misunderstood
her step-mother, and the widow had
also failed to penetrate the mind of the
'squire's pretty and sensible representa
tive. That was only too good a reason why
the sheet of music forwarded by Mr,
Emmons had received so little attention
that afternoon.
Barbara's morning walk had carried
her past the old homestead of the
Grovers, now the sole property of the
present family representative, and Bhe
had noted only too precisely the reno
vating and beautifying process on which
Dan was expending half the proceeds of
that year's liberal wheat crop.
Carpenters, glaziers, painters, and all
the Dorcas Society was in arms, she
knew, about the extravagant waste with
which the old-fashioned interior was
transforming. .
More than one village critic had added
to his other charitable thoughts the sur
mise : " Looks kinder bad for Bill Em
mons ;" and Barbara herself could have
assured them of the correctness of their
She was too kind hearted, however,
not to add to herself: " So much the bet
ter, too for Mr. Hawkins. Neither Dan
nor I would object to her living at the
old place till we could find a buyer. I
only wish she could raise the money and
buy it herself."
It was, therefore, as the mistress at
the renovated mansion behind the
maples at the turn of the road that Bar
bara Hawkins wus considering herself
when tea time came, and she was quite
willing to hurry back Into the parlor
while her ready handed step-mother su
pervised their solitary " help" in put
tlng away the tea things.
By the time poor Bill Emmons made
his appearance, after his long day's
drudgery In the one law office of the vll
lage,where he was the junlor,and there
fore perhaps the working, partner by
that time Barbara was ready, civilly as
she received him, to wish he would post
pone his call until she could " receive
him in so much better style." And yet
that night, of all nights, the young law
yer had made up his mind to put his fate
to the test, "and win or loose It all."
Not a bad fellow was Bill, and he had
more thau once reflected how charming
ly convenient was the location of the
Hawkins homestead, and what a tre
mendous lift the possession of that and
the productive little farm belonging
thereto would give to a struggling young
lawyer like himself. The fact that lie
was over head and ears in love with
Barbara made the whole ofl'alr absolute
ly beautiful.
Sad was the trial to his Impatient
feelings, therefore, when all the elo
quence of which he was master and he
had long considered himself master of
the situation as well only resulted in
obtaining for him a promise from Bar
bara that she " M-ould consult her step
mother." " Such a change it would make for
her if I should leave her V" sighed Bar
bara. Not at all, not at all," eagerly ex
claimed Bill. " She could live with us,
you know. Everybody likes her. I'm
sure I do. She wouldn't be in the way
at all." But vain was all he could say
or do, except that Barbara's vision of
the Grover farm and house may have
receded somewhat as she listened to the
pleading of her suitor. She almost hop
ed Dan might not come that evening.for
not only the present situation had its
charms, but it might have its perils as
well. Dan Grover was not a man to be
trifled with, she knew, for all his quiet
self contained ways.
And so it was with something of a
feeling of relief that Barbara listened, at
last, to the bur of the big kitchen clock
striking nine.
It was at the same instant that the
shadows of the two who were walking
side by side in the moonlight fell on the
gate in a singularly unified manner ;
and then, as the gate opened, Barbara
sprang to her feet with a slight excla
mation. She had been sitting close to
the low window seat, and Bhe had not
seen fit, or had forgotten, to light a
There may or there may not have bees
any cause for surprise, but the way of it
had been this : No sooner were the tea
things out of the way than Mrs. Haw
kins remembered an errand she had in
the village, and had slipped quietly out
to perform it. Nor would so simple a
matter have taken two long hours, but
that, just as the widow was stepping
across the little foot-bridge at the brook,
the form of a tall, broad shouldered, vig
orous man of, say, thirty-five summers,
stood before her, and a deep voice re
marked :
" Bight about face, please. I want a
bit of a talk with you, and there'd be no
chance for it at the house."
Not a word said the widow, as Dan
Grover drew her arm in his, but she
thought, " If he wants to speak of Bar
bara, he's right, for Bill Emmons must
be there by this time. What a fool she
is I He don't begin to compare with
It must be confessed, however, that
it seemed wondei fully pleasant, even
when Dan turned up the shadowy lane
toward the grove, and when he seemed
disposed to put off his express business
and to talk of his farm and his house,
and at last of himself.
" I have everything around me fixed
as nicely as I could ask for," he remark
ed at length ; " but I grow lonelier
every day. The fact is', I've determined
to have a wife, if I can get the one I
want ; but there's only one in all the
wide world. I'd be lonelier than I am
now with any other."
" Why don't you speak to her, thenV"
said the widow, with a half choked feel
ing in her throat. " She's a very sensi
ble girl, but I don't think it would be
right for me to try to influence her. I
believe a woman has no right to marry
without loving,"
Quick ns lightning very different
from Dan's ordinary calm, slow style
was his responsive query : "Have you
always been of that opinion V Have you
acted on it ?"
The plump, soft hand on his arm was
jerked away in an instant,and Barbara's
step-mother was almost sobbing, with
angry and wounded feeling, as Bhe step
ped back from him, exclaiming : " How
dare you I What have you to do with
that ? Ask Barbara for her eecrete, if
you will. Mine are my own."
" Exactly," responded the steady
minded Dan, but his voice was shaking
now in spite of his self control. " You
have told me part of your secret, Marian
Hawkins, whether you meant to or not.
I knew you could never have loved him.
Now I will tell you mine. You are the
one womaui without whom I must for
ever be lonely. You have been only too
faithful to Barbara, or you would have
seen it before."
Rapid, earnest, passionate, grew the
strong man's words as he uttered them,
and he closed with a sudden forward
movement. Before the widow knew it,
Dan's arms were around her,-' and even
her tears betrayed her.
It was too late for anything but to let
Dan have his own way. Such a willful
fellow he was, too. And when at last
the widow insisted on going homeward,
their arrival at the gate was signalized
by just such another theft as he had per
petrated twenty times already, for Bar
bara's exclamation had been simply:
"Kissed her I"
' Never was a lamp lit so quickly in all
the world before ; but, between the find
ing and the scratching of the match,
Bill Emmons managed to say for he
was a fellow of excellent mind" Fer
haps, Barbara, that may remove some
of our difficulties."
And Barbara, mode no reply; but
when Dan and the widow came into the
parlor, it was not easy to say which of
the two women were blushing the most
" It's all right, Bill," remarked Dan.
"I don't know that any explanations
are required. You have our entire con
Bent." The visions of the newly painted
house had faded from the mind of Bar
bara Hawkins, but it was Dan's remark
that called her attention to the manner
in which she was clinging to the arm of
Bill Emmons. The latter was equal to
the occasion, however, for he replied :
" Well, bo long as I've got Barbara's I
don't mind having yours ;" and then he
added, quickly : " I say Dan, you and I
are two fellows of remarkably good
So Barbara's difficulty about her step
mothers's future as well as her own was
removed from her entirely, and, curious
ly enough, Dan Grover spent the re
mainder of his natural life in the un
broken assurance that neither he nor
his admirable wife had ever known but
one love.
One Way to get Rich.
Nothing is more easy than to grow
rich. It is only to trust nobody, to be
friend none, to get everything and save
all you can get, to stint yourself and
everybody belonging to you, to be the
friend of no man and have no man for
your friend, to heap Interest upon inter
est, cent upon cent ; to be a mean mis
erable and despised for twenty or thirty
years, and riches will come as sure as
disease and disappointments. And
when pretty near enough wealth has
been collected by all disregard of the
human heart, and at the expense of
every enjoyment save that of wallowing
in filthy meanness, death comes to fin
ish the work ; the body is burled in a
hole, the heirs dance over it, and the
spirit goes where V
How Babies are Treated In Different
Different countries have different
methods of dealing with their young.
The Greenland baby is dressed in furs
and carried in a sort of a pocket in the
bock of his mother's cloak. When she
Is very busy and does not want to be
bothered with him Bhe digs a hole in the
buow and covers him all up but his face,
and lets him there until Bhe la ready to
take care of him again. The Hindoo
baby hangs in a basket from the roof,
and is taught to smoke long before he
learns to walk. Among the Western
Indians the poor little tots are tied fast
to a board and have their heads flatten
ed by means of another board fastened
down over their foreheads. la Lima
the little fellows lies all day in a ham
mock swung from a tree-top, like the
baby in the nursery song. In Persia he
is dressed in the most costly silks and
jewels, and his head is never uncovered,
day or night, while in Yucatan a pair
of sandals and a straw hat are thought
to be all the clothing he needs.
An Editor's Wants Classically Expressed.
One of our contemporaries makes'
known his wants to his patrons in the
following classical language : " Hear us
for our debts and get ready that you may
pay, trust us, acknowledge your indebt.
edness, and dive into your pockets, that
you may promptly fork over. If there
be any among you one single patron
that don't owe us anything, then to him
we say : Step aside, cons'der yourself a
gentleman. If the rest want to know
why we dun them, this is our answer ;
Not that we care about ourselves, but
that our creditors do. Would you rather
that we went to jail and you go free,
than you pay your debts and keep us
moving V As we agree, we have worked
for you, as we contracted, we furnished
the paper to you ; but as you don't pay
we dun you. Here are agreements for
subscriptions, promises for long credits,
and duns for deferred payments. Who
Is there so green that he don't take a
paper t If any, he need not speak, for
we don't mean him. Who is so green
he don't advertise? If any, let him
slide ; he ain't the chap either. Who is
there so mean that he don't pay the
printer ' If any, let him speak, for he's
the man we're after.
A Curiosity of Numbers.
The multiplication of 087,654,321 by
45 44,444,444,445, reversing the order of
the digits and multiplying 123,456,789 by
45 we get the result equally curious,
5,555,555,505. If we take 123,456,789 as
the multiplicand, and Interchanging the
figures of 45. take 54 as the multiplier.
we obtain another remarkable product,
6,666,666,606. Returning to the multi-
pllcand first used, 987,645,321, and tak-
ing 54 as the multiplier again, we get
63,333,333,334 all threes except the first
and last figures, which read together 54,
themulplier. Taking the same multi
plicand and using 27, the half of 64, as
the multiplier, we get a product of 26,,'
666,666,667 all sizes except the first and
last figures, which read together 27,
the multiplier. Next interchanging the
figures in the number 27, and using 72
as the multiplier with 087,654,321 as the
multiplicand we obtain a product of 71,
111,111,112 all ones except the first and
last figures, which read together give 72
the multiplier.
Equally curious results may be ob
tained by multiplying these digits, writ
ten either way, by 9 or by the figures
composing the multiples of nine various
ly interchanged.
Window Glass.
There are seventy establishments in
the United States devoted to the produc
tion of window-glass. Twenty-seven of
these are in New Jersey ; the others are
scattered through New England, New
York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio
and-elsewhere in the West. The capital
invested in the industry is about $6,000,
000 in New Jersey alone, while the an
nual propuction of that State is between
2,000,000 and 3,000,000 boxes of the vari
ous qualities and sizes of glass. The
window-glass manufacturing interest is
now one of the principal industries of
this country, and is destined to check
the importation of gloss to America; in
fact, many of the American manufac
turers are now exporting large quantities
of glass and glassware. It is believed
that fully three-fourths of the factories
are now stopped some few in Pitta
burgh being in operation. Somewhere
near 25,000 men and boys are now strik
ing, and it is not improbable that that
number will be increased. The plate
glass for the San Francisco Stock Ex
change is 186 Inches loug and 120 iuches
wide, and is said to be the largest glass
ever imported.