Bath Commercial, December 13, 1879

Bath Commercial

December 13, 1879

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Bath Commercial (Newspaper) - December 13, 1879, Bath, Maine MI& UNDERSTOOD. r Xet me try to lift tlio curtain Hiding other hearts from view; Ton Complain, tmt'are yon certain That the fault is not with yon ? In tho summer sunny hour*,' Con yon wonder If the flower* Breathe for yon no sweet perfume ? Yon must go to them, and stooping, , Coll the blOBBOms where they live; Ob your boEom gently drooping, ' All their treasure they will give. Talrly'sought some point of contact There moat be with every mind; And perchance the closest compact Where wo least expect to And. Closed the heart door of thy brother; All Its treasures long concealed ; Ante key laite, then trytanother, � Soon the maty lock shall yield. Seldom can the heart be lonely, If it-eccks a lonelier still, Self-forgetting, seeking only-Emptier caps of love to fill. 4 J*- , - - - � IM_ Si �� I My Christmas Fare. / fr 1�*,.r.l t-^r 1 - It was Christmas Eve and 1 shall never forget it, for it rained and snowed and froze all at once in fine style, and the people in the streets were looking as nice and miserable as they could look. I was not in good humor. In fact, to snake a clean breatt of it*, I was about as bad a CDbb^&a~We^&�mdled~lii8 �our-wheeler 'within the radius, and out of it; I was a wsmpire cabman who preyed upon . and the girl's box stuck ness and oold in the sfcummiok; he wasn't hastonished; he was dead and deaf to all emotion; he didn't even look rpnnd to see what had happened; he might have been wondering what had become of his nose-bog, which I had forgotten was under the peat till that moment. �. * WhatV to bedonenow^" Baidjtearyi Therewas the rub down/' as the maneaysat thothe theayter. The position was getting mixed.. What was to. be done ? What was to become of me, and especially of Mary Daykin, I couldn't quite mako out. 11 Can't you think of anything to do ?' suggested Maiy Daykin, piteously. 1  Well, if you'll allow me to get out of bearing and bave a good swear, I think I might pull my faculties together." Oh, don't talk tike that V said Mary; what good will that do?" ; I've found it answer afore now." * Not thai Oh, I'm so sorry for your cab too I" ^ "You'd better be eorry for old Bones, hough the infernal rapcal knew this cab wasn't stronger than a box of luoifers when he sent it out to-night m Boti lary, ion's, h 1 - obi'o roof.hard and fast, which the cnJy fhing about the frost that night that there was anything to be grateful awMT# "Oh, my 1^-eh 1 the poor horse V sajd W�ryDaykin* _ _________ t that there was anything the I shall get the horse out of these shafts, at any rate," And, by George, Six I before I could BtO]rher BhB"had~ done % and tho uni-,mal didn't, fall down, as I thought he would, butlcoked round for his nosebag as much like a human critter a� ever you saw in your life. We put him on his supper, and .then I, at Mary's suggestion again-if there was ever a thoughtful, good-tempeied little woman, it was this one-took him out of tho cold into one of the half-finished bonnes opposite, where the basement floor made quite a stable 'for him. When I came back Mary Daykin was in the cab, sitting all aslant, but quite content and patient * IVo got her out. of the cold, Mr. Cabman, if you don't mind." " If I don't mind !" I exclaimed ; that's the only place you can get to yet awhile, unless you'll do a run with me round the streets, and �ee if we can find that erased terris." 'I shouldn't care to leavo my box/' if Is there much in it?"* - u Not a great deal, but it's ail I have in the world." "1 don't think anybody could make off with it easy," J said; "but we're a foot deep in enow now, and you'll get your feet wet. Besides, 1 don't believe there is such a terris, or such a. house, or snob, a name as 15 other ton." " Ob, my gracious !*' " You've been 'oaxed-we've  been "oaxed." * * I don't believe there's anybody bad enough in. all the world to play me cuch a trick. I," she added, "don't know anybody who dislikes me." * I warrant you don't," I said,and we won't think it a 'oax till the day light. I'm blowed if we don't have to stop here till the daylight, unless I can find the place or another cabby. Axd that's wba� I'm going to do now." 'It's very kind of you to take all this trouble, and I sha'n't forget it." . " Thankee?" ' Whatfo your name ? I don't like to keep on saying * Mr. Cabman.'" "Toy name's Pledge: WoVs yours She told me, and that is how � came to know the name of Mary Daykin. I left he r in'eeareh of the terris, and I had a run round the houses without finding it or any body. She hoped I wouldn't go too far and lose myself, and her, and the horse, who was the best oil of the three of us; and I turned up in twenty minutes, scd tapped at tLe glass to let her know I was there. "What a time you have been, Mr. Fledge!" " Haven't you been to sleep ?" "No." " Try and have a nap wbiJe I for the high-road. Perhaps if there and shout, somebody will hear me." And off I went agin; but I might as well have tried to find the north pole as the high-road, or any road but these new buildings. I was clean lost. I tried a shout or two, but it wus no nee, and I eame baek to Mor� Daykin with no good news to cheer her up. t " Meanwhile Mary Dcvkhi had en idea-.-bless her innereeut little heart, she was from the country, indeed! "Dpn't yon think, Mr. Pledge, if you were to knock up somebody at the houses that aie occupied-wo have passed one or two-they would take us in till the moxning, and give us eome-ithing to eat and drink?" "I think they wouldn't myself," 1 said; %$w& I think we should get into trouble for waking ^people up, too. Bat if yon like, leave the box-" "No, I won't, leave my box," said Mary,very firmly; "only with you," she added, "if you'll mind it while I run round." "You'd lose yourself in arf a minit, child," I said- There! try and go to sleep agin; III have another spin." And away I went for the third rime; and, by Jingo, it was a spin. I lost myself instead of her tbia time-lost my. way clean, and eould not find her, ior hours-the Iiord knows how maay, or where I walked, and howl went round and round this beastly neighborhood of bricks and mortar, under-done back streets* and sloshy fields' and � roads, with the snow going it all the time, and no human being about that dirty night I began to thinks it must be a dream, when I turned .into the right street "t laa^ anal eprihe fragments of my eal all m a hf v in the road; just as I 1 snow was thicker on * - you've come? back at last, have you?" he said, addressing me. "Did you think I was going to run away?" I asked. "Ididn't," aaid Mary Daykin; "I knew! could trust you, Mr. Pledge." " Ah (Pledge is the name." said the parlicemen*- --Yon.wema.fc Kensington Lane Police Court three wee�s ago." "How do you know ?" * " I heard the ease. I've heard a dozen cases with you in 'em." �You*reln*y." . All my--had Temper eame bacXat. the sight of that man, or at hearing him let out my little/'faults to Mary Daykbt She w^as nothing to me but a fare, after all-never likely to Jbe; but somehow I didn't want her to know that Fd been a bad nn all my life a'most And I didn't want her to turn agin me, even for a quarter of an hour, which I calkylated might be the end of our' acquaintance. "The sooner you're rid of this fellow the better," he went on. "He might have robbed and murdered you in tbia street, and nobody the wiser-only I come down it once an hour." " Wot a liar I" I exolaimad; and then I seized my advantage here.. " He can tell a good one, he can," I added; "why, we've been here since 1 o'clock -Wlic**8 gofog to believe what you aay ?' " Well, I say tbiff-that you've come7 rldwn the wrong turning purposely. There's no good saying yon don't know your way about these parts, because you do, and I shall book your case and take your number." "Book away, and take what you like." I said. " And if I have any more imperence I phall lock you up. You've been drinking, and you weren't fit to drive." I didn't answer, lknew it was uncommon easy to make a case of this. I thought how I had been booked and entered and warned at the Great Northern, i:cd how the license would go for good or bad, and forever, after this unlucky night "It'a a bad case, and you'll bo summoned in thd morning." said the Bobby. " Summon and be-" "Don't answer him-oh, dont M - m - r r - , so wicked as that!" cried njfary; "you haven't done any harm; you've been all that's kind and thoughtful, and you couldn't help the accident And he Fha'n't say a word agijrst you, Mr. Pledge* while I can be yo - witness." " Qod blees yob, y6uh& woman I'M burst forth. ' I couldn't hel it, but the tears came up into my eyes the first time in all my cabman's life* " Oh I H you haven't any thing to Bay. sg*inp.t him-if you're satisfied- that's a different thing ; but he is a bad un, and it's lucky I've como.round to help you." " He's not a bod one !" cried Mary, with her pretty face all aglow in my defense. Think of that, now-in my defens?! '* And what are ypu squatting in that cab for ?" fasid the perliceman, turning upon her suddenly, like the wiper that he was. " Goodness knows, if you've been there since twelve, you ought to bo ashamed of yourself, with Circumambient Terrace the first turning to tho right" " What!" cried Mary. "Wot!" cried L n " Tho first turning to the-rJ^ht-jufit round the corner. Oh, you knowwull enough," said the policeman to me. "Here, come in; help me to carry the box, if you're a man and a brother, and let ns have the young woman out of Ibis mess."   I'll keep an eye on the box till you eend somebody round to fetch it," said the policeman* "No, I won't leave it with you," said Mary, very firmly; " I can't trust you. Thatf s my box, and I won't leave sight of it" " I'm euro he won't run away with it," I e aid. This was ironical, for two of ua could bave hardly managed that; but the man brightened up as at a compliment . . "I'll help you," he said; and he did when Mary had got out of the cab. And a rare tough job it was, hauling down that frozen box; we both got hot and red and .wexxy much .strained^oyer it, and it'came away all of a run down hill at la&t^fr grees, and I iras left to wonder how she was getting on, and whether she ever thought of me, dud still was Bure I couldn't be a bad nn. When I was quite sure that I wasn't a bod un, I meant to go round to Circumambient Terrace, and show myaolf again ; but I wasn't certain how long it would take to tnriime out 'a pec table. I ble, bnt it for fares are dreadful contrariery, and my pais weren't good un, and rum was more templing that winter than ever I remember. Bat I gave it up at lost-ohneked rum clean overboard-took a pride in tho next cab and horse old Bones fouud for me, and was reg'iar with my washing and shaving till theyfcrdly knew me on the ranks, I was to orf ul clean, 1 was pari ikler over my personal appearance, they:said, and I had tofit&nd a lot of chaff from Bill Chumps and his Biug-songlot-but I-improved. � could feel myself improving all over - outartlly and inardly. have and I didn't get pnffect iu the luni: , but baek-Blided a little once or tv.-ic.-. I :-..v\ quite made up my mincl to tee Mary Daykin again, and in a brand newchuracter too. Ono afterjvxm, about tea-titno, I took an old party from the B*nk of Cutabor-weji Green-he was a wry old party, and very weak, for two of his cJerks carried him into tho cab like a Guy Fox. In the Grove, Camber well, I sat him down, and he took my arm to the door. you," he said" there's ay man." me three shillings and six- was trying hard to get 'spectab wouldn't come all of a sudden, It was hard lines waiting, bnt I said before I wasn't in a ijnrry, t nch, H:UM 1 r u 11 -toftt thereof, real liv talkh J si 1 Aa there waa iceman cop^oor Oh f yon have come,*9 she aaid, as mild aa milk itself; "I thought the trains would be a little late on Boxing-night" That old gal must have been an angel in disguise, I thought at first but she had only been fast aateep in her chair all night, sitting up for, Iter new servant, and did not know the time, - " If yon please', Mrs. Botherton, the cab broke down, and-" began Mary. " Yes, yee, tell me to-morrow," she said, more snappishly; " you're letting all the cold into the house. Fay the cabman, and come in, da" " Ob, dear, I don't know how to pay .you-for everything " said Mary, bewildered like as she took out her little * L.. ' arse. /The fare jia arf a crown, and von kifiht spring * sixpehea more, as irs a if rve been civil," I "Thank your fare,: e gave pence. "This is eighteenpence too sir/' I said* -The old gentleman leaned against his own door-poat for cup part, and struggled for some time to get breath. " Bless my soul and body 1" ho exclaimed. 1 " Just eighteenpence," I paid. " Good Lnd! Have you been long at j your business ?" " Twelve years, sir." " I have been Mty at mine, and I have had a cab from the city a'l those years, and I have never been told that I paid too much before/' He took back his eighteenpence. I had not expected that quite, but it was on my conscience to tell him. I, had improved sol " You're a fine fellow," ha said; " you're a credit to cabmen. You can call for me every afternoon, if you liae. You re a fine fellow, sir." I drove away an proud as a peacock. At the end of the grove I thought that as I was a fine fellow and a credit to cabmen, it was time I looked up Mary Dakin, and I went off in search of her at once, in the full flush of my poppy-larirv* I had a trouble to find that terns again-I lost myself three times in new streets, but there were people to' ask questions" df,~ and' it was not long afore I was at the 'dentical house where the perliceman and I and Mary went np the steps in the morning after Boxing-day. 1 It was extrornary how my heart baat under my badge as I walked up those steps. Was I getting fat and puffy ? Wasn't I well? It wasn't likely I could be bashful at my age. Cabmen can't be bashful-it ain't nateraL Yet I was bashful when she, Mary, opened the door, prettier and trimmer than ever, stared for a moment with her big eyes full of wonder, and then broke into a merry laugh and clapped her "Why, I declare, if it isn't Mr. Fledge. " Bnt yon haven't told mo how you are, Mr. Pleqge?" "OhI I'm allers well." You caught a bad cold that night You'ro hnfcky now." . "If.'n the fog on my choat," "Why, it isn't foggy." "Ifc'a comiu' up thick," I stammered; "all dowh-tho-PeckhomJEtaad, like soup. It'll be hero presently." * "In it though?-and-_ Oh I . hero's my mistress 1" Mrs. Botherton enme out of her little parlor, and looked from one to the other. " I havent ordered a oab," said she. " No, ma'am; but-" "And yon aren't going out in a cab, surely ?" "I'm not going out at all, ma'am." "I thought your young man was coming for you at six." "If you please, ma'am, he's not my young man; and I wasn't going out with.him; and I told him this morning I would never, never keep company with him.'1'. " Who'n she talking about ?" I asked. "Mr. Bigga-the-the policeman." " Wot-the perliceman-the felter-" "Yes, that's the man," said Mary; " he's been calling ever sinca. Ho wanted me to go to the theatre to-night, as htt'a off duty and got an order." __^He's a very respeatable young nmn- I know hifi father-^Te 'was* a milltmauT and had two cows on the Bye," eaid Mrs;* Botherton. "If you're going to the play with the Bobby, 1*11 drive you there for nofchin'," I said, hoarper than ever; "not that I lilio him-not that I shouldn't die happy if I wjs to run over him; but I'll do it, if vou're goitfft." "I'm not going." "Don't yon like him?" " I can't bear him ; but he's been here calling ever so many times since that night, on ono exuuso or another; and I can't abido him." " I'm precious glad. Good evening." I could not say any mora thnt night ; I went away happy but muddled from my pretty Mery r.nd that wicked old match-maker, her mis sun. I culled n^ain, though-without''my cab-and at last took Mary to tho theatre mynelf, all b ntysel/^anS in a new suit that "made ri tremendous ewuII of. mo." I wrofti to her fast, and she sunt v.crd Iwck she'd come, and a h;ippy evening wo spent to-golher in the pit. Going hoae that night, I drove her home in d hansom. I told her through tho trap in the roof, that I wa&n't a bud un any longer, and that it was her own blasted self, that had made-a different man of me, and she cried a little, and eaid sho didn't �onbt it. and that she had never doubted mo. I made her un offer through that trap-reg'iarly proposed-and was accepted I And so wo kept company together when we c mid, and. Mrs, Botherton al lowed me to visit once a week, and pee Mary, nud 1 saved np, and Mary saved up, and Bones i going to let me haye a cab of my o'.v-. next week for fourteen pounds paid down, arid tho rest in monthly 1-instalmenU till ifc'a squared, and M*ry next week will be my own Mrs. Pledge. There, that's tho long nud short of it, Sir, and you're quite welcome to put it id! into print, tidying up. languidge here and there, lb was a Call, wasn't it now. Audit was all throngh my dear Mary, Heaven bksn her 1 A Modern Convenience* 1YIT AXD WISDOU. Ah one of the moat prominent young burglars of San FranciBco, says a local paper, was walLiDg. out of court the other day, jusfc after having securedan acquittal regarding his latest j&Tvby a prompt and business-liko " divvy " with the powers that be, at tho uanal rates, a 'well-to-do but anzions-looking stranger touched his arm and beckoned him into a doorway. "You are 1 Teddy, tho Ferret,' aren you," asked tho gentleman, "the man who was tried to-day for safe-cracking ?" " Well, wot of it ?" repliedgthe house-breaker. "Why, just this-you'll excuse my speaking so-low-but "the!y1fi..|__...... come all the way from the Ban Joaquin to look up a party in your lino of business." "Have, eh?" "Yes-I-well, I've a little proposition to icaLe to you." "Exactly," scid the Ferret, calmly ; "you'ro a bank caahier down in the foot-hills." "How did you know that?" stam-mered the gentleman, much amazed. "And your cash and accounts are to be gone over by the directors on the -Tho ft^lucuable ivwioty wedding is described ua owner ilTu.rtki�n a printing (jffiao towel.- [ McGregor News. * 1 -When a- spinRter remarked that old bachelors should bo fined, one of that ilk replied; " Yds, luxuries should be^ - "It's a -very-singular--thing-that, when thieves fall out thyyuovpr fallout of a seven-story window.-[Wheeling -The best wny to hold your age is to li-3 a rope around ifc. If a vigilance committee doe* the tying, your age ouds.-[Froe-Presa. - -With all^ the Frenchman's boasted economy in culinary matters, he never thiuks of serving up lamb iu its own caper*.- [Tamer's Falls Keporfcer. -IVprything has recently advauoed in pries excapt liberty, which remains at*utarnal vigilance, with liberal reductions ti the trade.- [Milwaukea Ban. -General Walker favors the employment of women as census-takers. Wo would remind Gen. Walker that women ?a \ nsfl up the ceats-us chap9 make, -=� [Whitehall Times. -Many a handkerchief flirtation has caused a runaway.-[Exchange. Bur the ruuawaya are often brought to a Hu-Ideu stop by an 'alter and a bridle.- [Norx'iatoam. Herald. -A philosopher says, " Don't stop to tell stories during business hours." Row in the world can a man do busi-ucgs and not toll stories. -[Whitehall Times. * .aV -" Pigbv, will you take some of this butter V" Thank you, ma'am, I belong to tiiO tamporiaoa society can't take anything strong;" replied Digby.- ^ [ iVduiington Bapublicanf -Mr. F. A. Darivaijehas turned dra-matin aut^r in a character comedy entitled -"Dead Broke," The leading 'jhiiraotcr is as strongly individualized arf Lh-ttof Solon Shingle. . -T:ip fellow who drops a counterfeit c tin 011 the church plate 19 the one who nr�.:�nj)io.a tho hist \mw in order to save 'he interest on his ct'nt while the .collection js being tuken up, -[ Haokensack - i'he now govameEn-" Now I suppose yo'* huo.ff that there are . .three r�mr>3 aE^uca water o.a land upon the Burfjico ot the earth?" Tummy-"I. M^o'iiM think not indendl Look at the puudles!"-[Punch. -Bees have b^guu to kill their drones Tor the winter. lf, the human species could* thin put their ranks in this *vay fcvery fall, ftjwor candidates ior the Lr3>;urdtura would show up > every -[Cincinnati Enquirer, -AUouhd was S2.000,000 for his wedding expenses. a ieUqw in this country coald borrow a couple oi millious.oni'suoh an occaston theru wouldn't bo tt nugl�flfc*jd spinster from Maine to Texa3.-[Boston Tran-sori pt. -Bummer, to educated man on train : "What house "do you travel for?" "My own." "What line of goods do you deal in?" "Common sense." ** Well, my friend, I must aay you carry a vory Buiall sample oasu. - [ McGregor -Soone, a S^iss hotel parlor. Dramatis persono- English lady and her daughter, "the latter in mountain cohtumo. American lady ou tho sofa. EngliEU lady (loq) -"Don't laugh bo load, M^ryyou'll be taken for an., American." American lady (sottovooe)- "Quito impossible. Look at '.her feet."-rPuok. -When you see a man with a gun on his shoulder and three dogs at his heels making across the country, you needn't feel biid for the rabbits. He'll miss a orow or two, find a fe"v frozen apples, fall ipto a creek, and return home believin.' he has had a thundering big timo. - [Detroit Freo Press. -Bngnoli soys; "Ten yoars ago I conld not seeng. Tho critic he say so, and ze cribio is right. I w&a much aspirated, but now I travel all ze day, get uo bleep ze night, and I sing one hour tttd dou't foel it. I love ze Eagleesh Boug, I Ring hiin better zin before. I could sing ze Englaesh song all ze night." spring obliged to borrow ...... r X The Longevity. otlccfeerg� If j WW Kurl WeypreoUt, in hia work on the Polar Sea, discusses the longevity of icebergs. Icebergs are subjected to disintegration after somewhat the same manner us rocks. They are full of crevasses, into which the water formed by melting penetrates ; in winter this water freezes, and by its expansion all through the /glacier a rupture 'of tho mass ensues. "Ifc is highly probable," he soySj "that oet of the icebergs afloat in winter are in such a condition that a very slight at- and-as-you- eau-t-roaiizo ou-your |^auuewia_3idfioicnt_to__niake^hem burst I answered. "F rlieeman tho said at the half a crown" " I wouldn't grte "Yea, that's him,' the bad un!" 4' Come in, pleaae. I won't keep you long. Ill just run upstairs and get-" "Not the money I" I exclaimed, in a more woolly voice than ever ; don't say any thing aJbout the money. I ain't oome forthaff^ " Wat Jiava yon come for, then V she asked. " Jest to see yDu-jest to see if you're well" " Oh! Fm very well, thank yon," she said, laughing. "ThaVs good hearing. And do yon like your plaoe ?" "Xos. JUra, Ootherton's very kind ma11 "And'that's good hearing too. I think m go now." I turned to go. It sudden that I hadn't for, ox to ssj. had strnek ma Dvttdngto stop � 1 1 h stocks, you want mo to gag you some time next week, shoot your hat full of holes, find the combination iu your breast pocket and go through the safe in the regular way." "Great heavens, muni how did you find all that out?" I r " Why, I guessed it. It's the regular thing, yon know. Got tliree orders to attend to ahead of yours now, Lam me see. Oan't do anything for you next week, but might give you Wednesday and Thursday of the week after. How'll that suit you ?" The cashier said bethought heoould make that do, and in less than Ave minutes they had struck a bargain and arranged the whole affair. 6 Even New York isn't much ahead of San Francisco in regard to modern a?u-vexdenoes. because of iheir state of internal tension,"^ Every Polar traveler can tell how a7~ shot, the driving-in of an ice'anchor, or any other sudden vibration, has brought about tig"catastrophe; oases .have even QCtmrrcd&gm which the sound of the voico alone was sufficient. An iceberg ia always an unpleasant neighbor." So many are the causes which, tend to destroy icebergs that the author concludes that "no berg exists that could withstand them more than ten years, and thnt commonly the life of a berg is! much bhorter." However this may be, doubt-leas the much larger Antarctic bergs last very much longer, as must necessarily occur because of the greater uniformity of the climate to whioh they are exposed. The iceberg into which the. Arj zona ran recently must have been, an solid one. _r ;