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NEW BLOOMFIELD, PA., TUESDAY, JANUARY 8,1878.
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An Independent Family Newspaper,
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F. MOUTlMElt & CO.
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cation. How a Husband waa Won.
" T AM SURE I could do Unit,"
X May Perrian.
She wns sitting on an Inverted starch
box in the middle of the kitchen floor,
her round chin In her hands, her dotted
cambric dress tinned deftly up to pro
tect it from bll possible contact with
duet and dirt ; for Miss Perrlan spent a
goodly part of her time in Hint identical
Mark I'errlan had been a well-to do
merchant once, but unwarily allowing
himself to be persuaded Into endorsing
for a plausible vlllnln, he sank almost as
if by magic into the Slough of Despond
which men call poverty. lie was not a
man of much courage or endurance, and
consequently he gave up almost with
out a struggle, took to his bed, and sent
for a doctor.
And May, his eldest daughter, was
left in entire charge of a battalion of
young children. Servants had be,en dis
charged, the big house had been ex
changed for a shabby little tenement In
a side street, and all expenses were cur
tailed as much ns possible.
But May had all the spirit and ener
gy that her father lacked, and this she
, could have borne bravely enough had it
not been for the ever-lncrensing heritage
of petty debts that seemed to weigh her
down. She was sitting on the starch
box, with a grocer 'b bill In her hand, her
pretty brows knltted.and her Hps pureed
up in mute perplexity, when Annie
Smith came in.
Annie had been seamstress in the
family when they had lived in the big
house, and she had now been promoted
to the position of general assistant in a
fashionable millinery. She was taking
home an order, and she could not resist
stopping to exchange a greeting with
her young mistress as she came by the
"It's for Miss St. James," the said,
"Just look, Miss such a love of a
Miss Perrlan turned the hat around In
her hand, eyed the bunch of crushed
roses, the cloudy folds of tulle, and the
chrystal butterfly that quivered on a
spiral wire on the top.
41 I'm sure I could do that," she said,
44 'Deed, miss, and I wish you had the
chance," uttered sympathetic Annie.
41 For Miss Halwln is ill the best trim
mer that madame has and we're dread
44 Could you get one or two for me to
trim V It would be so nice if I could
earn n little money when the children
are at school."
44 I'll try, miss," said Annie.
And the next night she camo nt dusk,
with a mysterious paper box under her
arm, and her face wreathed with smiles
"There are two of 'cm, miss," said
he 41 one chip and one luce, with the
flowers und trimmings in a paper. And
If they suit you can have plenty more
to no. "
May trimmed the huts to the best of
her ability .studying over them as if they
had been prize essays or cabinet paint
ings, or anything else that required the
deepest thought and the most careful
manipulation, and Madame Denise went
into ecstacles over them.
44 She shall trim Miss Laplace's hat,
Smith," said she to the pleased little as
sistant. 44 And tell her to do her very
It was a piece of pink silk crape, with
ribbons of the softest sunset hue, and a
cluster of delicate spring honeysuckles,
that Annie Smith brought round that
eight to Miss Perrlan.
44 Miss Laplace is madame 'a best cus
tomer," wild Bhe, with a pleased air of
May Perrlan waited until Dr. Llnds-
ley had left her father's pick room Dr.
Lindsley, whose gentle patience and
uniform kindness filled her heart with
the deepest gratitude, lie looked in as
he passed the open sitting-room door.
" Your father seems brighter tills
morning, Miss Perrlan," said he.
May's brown eyes sparkled.
14 1 am so glad," said she. 41 And I
hope, doctor, in a few days to be able to
pay you at least a portion of"
44 O, there's no hurry about that," in
terrupted the doctor. 44 Time enough
And the next instant. May Perrlan
could hear his carriage wheels rattling
down the street. With a sigh, she went
to the cupboard where she had placed
the half-trimmed hat. Hut as she did so
a pallor overspread her fuce.
Litter Mlrlan, the eight-year-old girl,
had chanced to find her younger sisters
playing with the bottle of cod liver oil
which Dr. Lindsley had prescribed for
Mr. Perrlan, and, to Insure its safety ,she
had climbed into a chair, nnd put it in
the safest place she could find, quite un
conscious that the bottle had been crack
ed by the children's play, and was oozing
its liquid contents all over the shelf
where, alas ! May had deposited the
French crape and sunset-colored ribbon.
May stood a second or two looking at it
through a mist of tears, while her heart
throbbed so that she could scarcely draw
44 What shall I do 5" she asked her-
Belf. 44 1 will go to Miss Maplace at once
and tell her the whole story. I will
throw myself on her kindness and chari
ty. The price of a hat like this is an in
surmountable sum tome; to her It can
be but a mere bagatelle. Surely she never
can be cold and cruel to a sister woman."
Miss Endora Laplace was in her pret
ty drawing-room, when the page, with
much social discretion, announced "a
young person to Bee her."
And May Perrlan followed his Intro.
ducllon, and almost Instantaneously
stood in the youug beauty's presence.
41 Miss Laplace," said she, 44 1 have
been trimming a hat for you at Madame
Deuise's order. Unfortunately, It is
And she told the simple story. A
dark frown gathered between Eudora 's
41 And what do you expect me to do
about it V' she said. 41 Of course, you
must pay for the materials you have
44 I'm very, very poor," said May
Perrlan, with a quivering lip. 44 My
father is ill, and-"
44 Oh yes, of course," peevishly inter
rupted Miss Laplace. 44 You need not
go on. I know the whole stereotyped
story by heart. Do you suppose I can
afford to buy costly materials to be
ruined by every milliner's girl who
chooses to be careless about them t You
will pay for them of course."
44 Miss Laplace"
44 No more altercations, if you please,'
said the arrogant beauty, tapping her
foot sternly on the carpet. 44 You will
pay for them. That settles it. I do not
intend to be imposed upon by "
It was a deeper, more serious voice
that interrupted her this time the voice
of Dr. Lindsley," who parted the dra
peries that divided the boudoir from the
44 Your voice is raised to a pitch that
seriously interferes with the nerves of
your sick sister."
Eudoru Laplace colored, and shrank
away with burning cheeks. Of nil liv.
ing beings, she cared most for the opin
ion of Dr. Luuncelot Lindsley and had
she dreamed for a second that ho was
listening to her, she would have mod
erated her accents to quite a dift'ereu
key. He advanced quietly Into the
room, taking out his pocket-book as he
44 Will you allow me to settle the
amount in which Miss Perrlan is in
debted to you V ' asked he. 44 Her father
is a particular friend of mine, and"
44 O, doctor, it's not of the least conse
quence," said Eudoru, in sugared tones
44 Then why didn't you say so to Miss
Perrlan V" brusquely . demanded the
44 It's all right, I'm sure, Miss Perrlan
If that's your name," said Eudora.
And May withdrew with burning
cheeks and down cast eyes, murmuring
a word or two of thanks to the doctor as
4 Not married to Dr. Lindsley 1" cried
out Eudora Laplace, just three months
afterwards. 44 What I that milliner's
But she's not a milliner's girl at all,'
maliciously retorted Stephana, her slrf
ter. 1 44 She's the daughter of a decayed
gentleman, I'm told, very highly educa
ted. And I tell you what, Eudora, you
lost your chance the day you scolded her
so about the hat, and he overheard you.
It's your own temper that has done it,
A SURPRISE PARTY.
IN NOHTHEUN VERMONT that
peculiar form of social outrage former
ly known as a surprise party, but of late
commonly called a Bulgarian atrocity, is
still lamentably frequent. On a cold
evening in the first week of last month
Mr. Sawyer and his family were seated
by their social hearth enjoying one
another's society. Tiie clergyman was
reading aloud the Bishop's pastoral let
ter ; his wife was busily calculating how
to cut up her husband's old overcoat, so
as to Mipply him with a new waistcoat,
herself with a new overskirt,and Master
Sawyer with a new pair of trousers;
while that excellent small boy was read
ing the improving adventures of an
eminent pirate, and wondering whether
he would ever be aSle to emulate them.
Not one of the family was prepared to
receive visitors. Mr. Sawyer had on
his. dressing-gown and slippers ; Mrs.
Sawyer had let down her back hair to
give freedom to her mental processe8,and
Master Sawyer had temporarily slipped
off ills trousers to supply his mother
with a pattern, while he wrapped the
hearth-rug about him. Suddenly, and
without the least warning, more than
four dozen people of all kinds and sexes,
including men, women, reformers, and
theological students, burst into the room,
carrying cake and devastation with
them. The marauders conducted them
selves after the usunl custom of their
kind. They conversed with one another
with great hilarity, Ignoring the suffer
ings of the clergyman and his wife. They
spread their cake upon the table, and
devouring it without plates, scattered
the crumbs over the new cajpet.
One young man, having luld a large
piece of jelly cake on the sofa, subse
quently Bat down on it, and Mrs. Saw
yer felt that she would gladly join the
Church of Rome on condition that the
Lmedlroval tortures of the Inquisition
should be revived and she herself delega
ted to apply them to that particular
After having reduced the furniture to
that Btute of grease that it was no lunger
safe to sit down, the miscreants gathered
around the piano and sang "What Shall
the Harvest Be V Until Mr. Sawyer,
mild as he was, regretted that he could
not take a sharp scythe and reap an im
mediate and bloody harvest.
While these blood curdling outrages
were In progress In the parlor, the good
small boy kept himself carefully out of
the room. He was not, however wasting
his time In idle rage. He, too, heard
the melodious Inquiries as to the har
vest, and remarked to himself that they
would find out all about the harvest.
Meanwhile he was busily engaged in
carrying pails of water and emptying
them on the front step and along the
walk leading from the front door to the
gate. The night wus cold and the water
froze rapidly. Under his admirable
management the ice acquired an un
usually smooth and slippery character,
and when the work was thoroughly
done the small boy retired to the second
story front window and waited for the
surprise party to break up.
The moon was at its full, and shone
brightly when the first pair of miscre
nnU the young man who sat on tho
Jelly-cake and a heavy young lady to
whom he was affianced issued from the
frontdoor and instantly sat down with
tremendous emphasis. Close behind
them came the rest of the raiders, who
with one accord strewed themselves over
the ground, until In some places they
were collected three or four deep. The
shrieks of the ladies and the stronger
remarks of the' men filled the air. No
soouer would a struggling wretch regain
his feet than ho would sit again with re
The affrighted clergyman and his wife
gazed with wonder nt the appalling
spectacle, and the good small boy never
ceased to sing 44 What Shall the Harvest
Be?" at the very top of his lungs in
terspersing that stirring hymn with a
wild "whoop" whenever a particularly
brilliant pair of stockings waved in the
The ley pavement wns strewed with
fragments of teeth, spectucles, coats,
trousers and skirts, and Master Sawyer
picked up enough of copper and Bllver
change the next morning to enable him
to buy twelve tickets to a raffle for a
broken shot gun, and to subscribe hand
somely to the missionary fund.
AT A recent gathering of ministers In
a nelghboiihg town, when their
funny experiences formed the topic of
conversation, one of them, hailing from
Berks county, stated that on a recent
occasion he was engnged to officiate at
the funeral of a married lady, and after
the services were over, before leaving,
he took the hand of the bereaved hus
band to bid him good bye, and, as was
his custom, offered some words of con
solation suitable for so distressing an
event. As he was about withdrawing
his hand, the afflicted husband, drying
his tears, drew the minister to one side
and in a low tone asked whether he
would be at home next Saturday, ( this
being Wednesday.) The clergyman re
plied that he supposed he would. 44 But
why do you ask." 44 Well," said the
now widower, I have selected another
wife and we want you to mnrry us."
The minister remonstrated said it was
a shame, and that "he would do no such
thing. 44 Well," said the would-be
benedict, 44 1 cannot compel you to do
it, but if you will not somebody else
Of course this yarn brought out
another that happened In Montgomery
county at a funera of a wire also, pre
Blded over by another one of the gentle
men present. At this place the room
occupied by the chief mourners was
divided from the kitchen in which
the cooks were at work, only by a thin
partition, and a door through this parti
tion, slightly ajar. Near this door sat
the bereaved husband, steeped In tears
of grief at his great loss. The cooks
outside, as women will, talked of this
and that, pitied the poor man left with
out his help-meet, and finally concluded
that if he could (of course in due sea
son,) marry a certain maiden lady,
whose name they mentioned, it would
not be so hard a lot for him to bear,
The husband Inside the door, who had a
keen ear, heard this planning, and came
out into the kitchen, wiping his eyes,
said : 44 Yaw, lch hab au shon on de
Betsy gedenked." 44 Yes, I too have
been thinking of Betsy already."
i Work Neoessary to Happiness.
The man to go crazy is not the one
that has a dozen 'Irons in the fire. The
mad-house is often replenished by men
of leisure, who mope about thinking of
themselves until reason is dethroned
Motion is a law of the universe. 44 From
the particle of dust at our feet to man
the lust stroke of God's handiwork, all
bear the impress of the law of labor,
The earth is one vast laboratory where
decomposition and reformation are con
stantly going on. The blast of Nature's
furnace never ceases, and its fires never
burn low. The lichen of the rocks, and
the oak of the forests, each work out
tho problem of Its own existence. Tho
earth, the air, and the water teem with
busy life. The world is animated with
the same spirit. Onward unceasingly,
unwearied, age after age, it pursues its
course Itself, with all it contains,
perpetual lesson or industry to man
The Joyous song of labor sounds out
from the millioncd-voiced earth, and
the rolling spheres Join the universal
chorus." Action is indispensable to
physical, mental, and moral vigor. It
is a law of nature that a certain
quantity is good format). If we would
have a well-developed physical frame
and material good, there must be phys
ical labor. Mental strength and the
exploration of the depths of philosophy
are the result of ceaseless mental activity
The maturity of Christian character Is
reached only by the man who does what
his hands find to do with his might.
The true nobility of this world are those
that pour Into the current of life the
honest vigor of toll. We cannot honor
too highly the faithful, industrious man,
who by his economy and patient labor
is building up the welfare of this world.
The best Legacy for Boys.
Every parent is anxious about the fu
ture of his children. This is a natural
Instinct. But in these days of luxury.
and speculation, fathers make fatal mis
takes in regard to their sons. Even toll
and hardships, by a mistaken affection
withhold the discipline that made them,
what they are, and which is absolutely .
necessary to develop their boys. It Is
well and wisely said that the best legacy
a man can leave to his children is the
ability to take care of themselves. Fit
them for active business or useful labor
and you secure for them an income.
This Income is as much greater in value
than the same income derived from an
inheritance, as useful business, art or
trade, seems indispensable In these days
of sharp competition and hardships.
And in selecting employment for your
son9 one thing should be clearly under
stood the market is largely over stock
ed with clerks and salesmen who expect
large pay for little work. Success and
affluence must be looked for in other
fields. And those most promising in
good results are identified with the de
mands, growth and development of the
Country, where the profits may be small
but sure. " Small, steady gains lead to
competence and peace of mind." Give
a young man good moral habits, and a
practical knowledge of some useful bus
iness, and the chance Is that he will not
be long in working his way into a po
sition where he will realize $1,000 a
year an amount about equal to the in
terest of $15,000. Now, a young man
who thus earns $1,000 a year is in a far
better position than a thoughtless and
ldio young spendthrift who possesses
$15,000, because he is more useful and is
making himself happy instead of mis
erable. Plain Talk to a Girl.
Your every day toilet is a part of your
character. A girl who looks like a
44 fury" or a sloven in the morning, is
not to be trusted, however finely she
may look in the evening. No matter
how humble your room may be, there
are eight things it should contain, viz:
a mirror, washstand, soap, towel, comb ,
hair, nail and tooth brushes. Those are
just as essential as your breakfast, before
which you should make good and free
use of them. Parents who fail to pro
vide their children with such appliances
not only make a great mistake, but
commit a sin of omission. Look tidy
in the morning! and after the dinner
work is over improve your toilet. Make
it a rule of your dally life to " dress up"
In the afternoon. Your dress may or
may not be anything better than calico,
but with a ribbon or flower, or some bit
of ornament, you can have an air of
self-respect and satisfaction that in
variably comes with being well dressed.
Q olden Itule.
Much Sense and Many P's.
A writer puts a good deal of good
sense and good many p's in a small
space in the following: Persons who
patronize papers should pay promptly,
for the pecuniary prospects of the press
have peculiar power in pushing forward
public prosperity. If the printer Is paid
promptly, and his jiocket book kept
plethoric by prompt-paying patrons, he
puts his pen to paper in peace ; he paint
his pictures of passing events In more
pleasing pictures, and the perusal of his
paper Is of more pleasure tohls people.
Paste this piece of proverbial philosophy
in some place where all irsons can per
ceive it Be pleased, also,, to ponder
upon it personally, patiently and per
severingly, and profitably and persist
ently practice its precepts perpetually. -
GT As the word 44 bulldoze" threatens
to become a fixture among American
ism, it is well enough to learn Its true
origin. The usual mode of intimidating
colored voters in Felicianna Parish, La.,
was to give them a dozen lashes with a
bull-whip; hence a bull-dozen; hence,
the verb to bulldoze.