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   Bath Commercial (Newspaper) - December 27, 1879, Bath, Maine                                _ j -A^rioultWral and Family Newspaper I   F III. k.    - MAINE, 1 . * DECEMBER, NO. 4. _ *+   n-   1* Poor ft BY, katjiarinb s, MAC^frjOID. i. 1. i V -TWO 'FBIBNBfl. ��    - � * It was market-day in a gay old Breton town, full of quaint stano houses. One girl, fast aleep in the church porch, with a basket ofbutter beside her, wore a Mack Bkirfc, and a close white linen �ap shaped like a square sugar bag.; while in the market itself a woman with a rusty blaok velvet hood, ending in a eapeon her shoulders, was buying a babj-s cap made of velvet and satin embroidered with gold thread and brilliant spangles. The woman in the hood wore no stockings; her.bare -brown feet were stuffed into rough wooden shoesj but ahe^aSj for all that, "a farmer's wife from a far-off village, and she was buy-iup a present for her first grandchild. She heard the lond sound of a drum above the grunts and squealing of the pigs-tine hurried aeross the market, and eoon saw a crowd of children at the entrance of the pig market; but she saw something else too, at which her eyes and mouth opened widely. All the men and women seemed to have collected in the crowd, quite as intent as the children on what was going on in the circle marked out within, A man in the blouse #nd cap of a French peasant, in marked contrast to the long jackets, baggy breeches, and broad bjaok hats, of the Bretons around him, was playing a liveiy air on the flute, and to this  danced, with  awkward, solemn steps, a huge brown bear, balancing a thiok pole: He was such a comical-faced bear. He had little slits of eyes, and he peeped slyly out_,of^tiiem, as much  as to say, " Aha I my fine fellows, thiB is how we Frenchmen danoe ; a peg Above you, I fan<#." But Madame Orozon did'not laugh: ehelooked round her "with a face full of terror.n "Hecan't be a bear," she said; '*he is enelionted; and who knows, he may eat us all up."    She looked at the mm... ......._ ____________ He left off playing when the bear stopped dancing, and patted his brown coat.    "Good Roger,? he said, affeo- you are tired, aren't you, y oKiia-you' Mflir try now1 whether these good folks core for your dancing." He took out of his pocket V little tin plate, and put it in the bear's mouth.; ' Roger shook himself, and then, drop- himself down on four, paws, he began to walk quietly round the circle, pausing now and {hen with his still empty tin plate. �    * �   } The good people of Qnimperle had* never seen ouoh a sight before, and they drew back with,one accord. It was one thing to see a bear on his hind-legs ^oooupied^wi th_flajiQingjjej?b, but to' see the huge brown monster close beside them-ready, the women and children thought, to eat them up at a mouthful -this was more than they could bear. They r&n away as fast as they could, shrieking for help. Roger turned round and looked at his master-he was doing his part all right; the poor beast thought. Generally the sous and centimes came iattliag into his little plate, and now it was empty. JuBt at that moment it came into Madame Orozon*s head that probably the bear had the power of casting evil-eyed glances, and that it would be wise to ..propitiate him. , 11 Who knows," she said, " that he may not bewitch our little Loto, and give him crooked legs, and a man should never have crooked legs." She had not got' so fur off as the other women had-her cow had been in the way of haste- so she turned back, went up -to the bear, and bravely put a sou in the battered tin plate. "It is because of Loto," she said, earnestly. 1 You will not now wish him to have eropfced legs." Roger made her a low bow; but this only added to her alarm, and she retreated to a safe distance. But her example was followed; sou after sou ~ dropped into 'Rogers plato ushe wenfr slowly round that part of the crowd where the men stood. A few of the richer class who were looking on gave him silver, And so did an artist who had stood sketching tjie scene. Roger's eyes blinked still more as the tray grew heavier; and at last he turned from the crowd and laid the money at his mas-'s feet. There was an uproarious shout from the crowd and the flute-player bent down and kissed him on the forehead. "Thanks, good Roger," he said, "theseare for the little boy at home. Eh? How glad he will be to see thee onoe more J" Roger's eyes blinked and he gave a low, contented growl; but the poor bear was very tired and foot-sore. He � and his master had been traveling for days, and often port of the nights as well, and since they had entered Brit-f tony there had been weeks of heavy rain, and they had missed the comfortable barns and sheltering out-buildings of the Norman farm houses. The bear's master, Joseph Lebas, had always been hospitably welcomed; but the farmers and cottagers had shrank back at the sight of a grizzly .brown bear. No one would admit poor ffager into the one stable where a oow and pigs, and often ahorse,:** well; herded together.under the same roof as their owners ; so the poor bear had been forced to sleep on th<* Mftok, oobv mud in. front of t)ie hoiuu itself, with seldom a bit of straw under Ljm, And it was on this account that Joseph had traveled do much at � thought if his bear must gtopniiin^d bettor be '* r.eiiuu8t a chance legged one of the a little straw; irlish-he did not Joseph could and although the 'and v � �� collar, arid then he pig-owners to give but the. man was oh understand French, not speak Breton; flute-player's gestures plainly told his meahingi the farmer^ shragged his shoulders, and peering'out of his narrow Jcuadk.qy^Jinron^ that nearly reached his! waist, he gave the bear.stfoha piercing glance of dislike that JojBeph turned away andwentBor-rowfnlly back to the path beside the river where he had; rested a little the night before. "My poor RogerI" he said; "if these f oofish people only knew thee and thy good, kind temper, they would wel-opmeiheeat once, and give thee a seat  beside the. hearth in their rough dwellings* -Never- mind,- old friend! Our wanderings here will soon be done, and-then we will go book, to the good wife and to Pierrot, and -thou shalt have plenty of straw and dry fern to rest on." The bear moved bis head from side to side; and again, gave a low, satisfied" growl; the name Pierrot had evidently some special ohorm for him ; but his pace grew slower and slower, and when his master stopped beside the river, he law down at onoe, quite exhausted. This grassy nook beside the river was shut in by a long, low hedge, and a gate-from the high road. :' Joseph e bfjir's heafl, so as to make* the poor swollen, I % ^71 ^$&\ Inside the low-roofed cottage a pale young woman, much wrapped in a shawl, sat rooking ft littte cradle. " Yes, yes, Pierrot; your father will come. You must look for him every day." The little fellow clapped his hands, and turned round such a merry face-short and brood! like his sturdly little body, with bright laughing blue eyes, a pair of .roguish red lips, and a turn-up nose. It seemed as if he had stood in the sun to ripen, for he had a skin like a golden pippin. "Mother"-he had been running a race with the ugly brown mongrel since his mother spoke-how soon will baby run races with me; he's not much use now* Ho gave a discontented look toward the cradle. Then, as his xnother did not answer,. he chatteredon: " Mother, why did you call baby Roger? He iWill never be so nioe as Roger is. Roger is big and strong, and carries me on his back, and lies down when I bid him.  Mother, I want Roger. I am sad without him." The mother's pole face flushed. She bant over the cradle and kissed the little sleeper. She was very good and gentle, but she was not clever, and Pierrot's words troubled her. " Roger is a good beast, Pierrot," she said, "but he is only a beast; he can -newbe..thy, brother. JLopk you, my darling, this little Roger will play with you and love you, and he will talk to you,'tobf my Pierrot; and," she,added eagerly, as a new thought came, "you can do more for the little Roger than you can for the big one. Believe me, child, it is sweeter to love and care for others than to be loved one's self." "Is it?" Pierrot looked doubtful. "Well, I shall sea about that. Now may I go to the end of the road and see if father is coming ?" He came back as he had oome so often, shaking his golden head; but today his eyes were full of tears. He so longed for hia father, and for the old friend who had been his playfellow for as long as he could remember. It is Christmas Eve, ' and although Liline keeps a brave heart, and will never listen to her neighbors' doubts and surmises, her heart sinks as she thinks of Christmas Day without Joseph. He left her just after Easter, and she so longs to show him the new treasure that has come to her in his absence- her beautiful baby* She has named it Roger;'for she thinks that will please her husband, and Liline never thinks about her own choice, in anything.  She has not so many household cares for to-morrow's festival as an English mother would have.' Christmas is to Liline the. birthday, of the Lord, and therefore the special festival of all little children; and her chief carehas been to sew a new coat for Pierrot, and toftake him a bright red flannel cap,, which suits hia golden curls rarely*" She is It is a rash thing for an impetuous foreigner to name a child after ao American frigate. The Hartford Cour-ant published a letter,,which Captain Bunce, of the United States Navy, has received from a citizen of Konigsberg, JSast^I^usiiia, wherein an unprecedented obstacle to christening is set'forth'.'* It seems that this foreigner and his wife paid a visit to the United States' a year ago, and were detained in New York by the premature arrival of a little girl. |-The^deter.minati^ ^own_by the little one to be an American, induced them to call her by an American name, and, as they had no personal friends here, to name her after the United States -frigate Marion, which the childls-mother had happened to see and admire. They little thought that they would encounter any difficulty with their somewhat tolum-sy officials at home, but when they sought to have the child christened and gave the frigate's name as her godmother, there was considerable shrugging of shoulders, and at last a flat refusal to comply with their request with? out the written consent of the' party in question, according to law. What the parents are now anxious to have the .captain of the vessel do is to sign this certificate: "I hereby certify as' the commanding officer of the United States frigate Marion, that there is no objection to the ship being registered as godmother of the daughter of Frederick Wyneken and his wife, Mrs. Lucy Wyneken, born in the city of New York, United States, on March 9, 1878." The father assures the captain that not the slightest liability will be incurred either by himself or by the frigate. A Breach Story. while Pierrot fidgets tin* fingers. 1    ;   / Dialogue between Ntwo old schoolfellows, one of whom has sold with the wolves while the other has bought with the. lambs: "Well, old fel,'fortune has favored me; whiie luck has been decidedly against you. I'm going to retire now and settle down. Suppose you oome and live with me at my country seat ?" " Oh, you're too good I" "There is a nice little lodge, where the woodbine twineth, down at the gates that I'll have furnished. How would that answer ? X kno w you would feel more indepen^ nt and at your ease if you  had a/ ittle snuggery of^your own."    -  ( " My dear fellow, your generosity is equalled by " your delicaoy. Exouje these tears of grateful joy." "That's all- right-that's all right; between old friends like us, you know. Besides, you will have it in your power to repay any little services I may be able to render you." " Name it-only say how-and if my heart's blood- "Well, you see, being down near the gates, if any packages or letters .come you might take them in for me ; all ?on'd have to do would be to pull a cord '11 have fixed.up for you with a nice little ring at the end of it, and as you'd see me going in or. out you'd be able to tell any inquiring friends whether I was home or not, and-r" " But, I say, you want rhe to be your porter 1" " Can. you think so. unkindly of me as to think that ? . Why, I would pay a servant wages 1" The cheerful Detroiter goes about the street a sad and unhappy man. ' A chemist who examined the drinking water of the city has been telling him that an analysis shows the water to contain various insects with suoh unhealthy sounding names - as the ttitzsobia, cnrvula, the oymatopleura soles, the oymatoplenra elliptic*, the stausoneis punctata, the pleurosigna spenoerii, and last, but by no* means least, the rhizosoienia eriensis!-[ Detroit  Free Press. ____ � ;..... -The fastest; time evaffmadeln a running mrtoh in this country was made by a Texan; who was closejy. pursued by tar-anoneather commit seven days, and t being rubb flityTimea. - r -In concert beer saloons they have music and the drau>er.^-[Pioayune. -Character and money are alike, inasmuch as the less one has the more he needs.-[Haokensaok Reporter. -A hdrnh answer turneth away wrath, if you are the biggest and have a brick in each hand.- [Bd"rIihgtdn~Hawkeye;'   " -When a man gets the rheumatism in � Ins knees he known the beauty of a gate without hinges.->-[ N ow Haven Register. t-Correspondent: " What is the Order of the Bath?" Go. and eoak your head,-*[Cincinnati:Saturday Night. -The writer who cannot himself make a readable thing can do nothing better than to criticize others.-[N. O. Picayune. - -Jay Gould's success in managing railroad b is explained by the fact that his father used to keep a switch for his especial benefit.-[Chicago Tribune. -Better a patched pair of pants and contentedness therewith, than a fine suit of clothes with a tailor's mortgage on it.-[Hookensaok Republican. -Adam hud one joy that we poor mottals are deprived of. Eve never traded off his clothes for plaster of Paris images,-[Whitehall Times. -What an object of pity that man is whose extreme sen^e of dignity won't allow him to have ajjy fun in this world. -[A. Miner Griswold. -Are the favored ones bh earth aware that there is but little virtue in the goodness of one who has never been sorely tempted ?-[San Jose Mercury. -M ten. a child ; at twenty, wild; At thirty, Btrong, if orer; At forty, .wise ; at fifty, rich j At aixty. good, or never. -[Buffalo Courier. -John Bright's son is hunting out West.   His aged father is hunting in. Eugland^-for office.    A good many people down this w.av ftrr suffering from Bright's diseaae.-[IliohmondlVu.yBft-^ ton. -Truth crushed to earth will rise again.   But if it be crushed to earth, it lies.   And if it lies, it cannot be truth, Tcerftforoi it cannot risa again*_J3,JSt__ D.-[Philadelphia Bulletin. -The Legislature should never rest content till it has passed a law to pre-, vent barbers...-from drinking .Medforfl. rum on the same day they eat raw onions, -[WoonsooketReporter.. , -The reason why Rhode Island has �two capitals is that two capitals are necessary, one for Rhode and onejor Island. Nobody would like to spell, it rhode Island, or even Rhode island.-[Philadelphia Bulletin. %r    ._...... rr-V What was it Nelson said before he went into the battle?" asked the teacher. "Eogland expects every man to pay his duty," said a pupil, whose father was, a collector of customs.- [Burlington Hawkeye. " Who can say that I am not a good man?" asked a tramp of a citizen this week. And then he continued: Who over saw ma break the blessed Sabbath M dav, as some men do, by working on it. - [Chicago Journal. -The Detroit Free Pre$a makes the statement that '* people will yet learn that one of the most dangerous things iu the world is an empty shot-gun." Folks will find thore*s something in it, -[Boston Post. ,-<< is the Indian a citizen ?" asks the New York Times. question mrlat not be answered top hastily. Let us consider whether we can rob him most effectually as a citizen, an alien or a ward.-[Elmira Free Press. -The people of Elmira, Y. N., appear to be in earnest about erecting a monument to Adam." As Adam never copied paragraphs without giving credit,1 and never growled about other papers stealing his items, we hope the project will succeed.-[Norristown Herald. -Yes, oome to think of it, why don't Bogardus and the other crack shots go * out on the skirmish' line and take a pop at the Indians ? Oue dead Indian would go for more than a hundred thousand �broken glass balls.-[Dadroit Tree Press. * V -We suspect that thejo are men in New York who would willingly give $100,000 for a seat in the New York Stock Exchange, who rarely give a cent towards securing one in the heavenly kingdom,-] Brooklyn Union-Argus. -Owing to eo many publishers making fortunes the past few years in the newspaper business the price of printing paper has been increased to one and two cents per pound during the pastJfew . wepks.-[Hartford Sunday Journal. -Ifc takes some people a long time to learn that a fifty-cent or dollar advertisement, or a few' dollars' worth of printing, does not purchase space for puffing in the columns of any well-regulated newspaper.-[Yonkers Gozatte. -Emerson says a man ought to carry a pencil and note* down the thoughts of the raouipnt. Yes, - and one fc short pencil, devoted exclusively to that use^ -wouldlast some men we know about two thousand years, and then have the original point on. -Did you ever notice thaj if you go into an ofiloe where the man is on the street talking politics all the time he isn't in bed, you will always see * framed ohromo motto hanging up over the desk, "Timeismonay ?"-[BujtfinjrV; ton Hawkeye,,   .J . V "J -When Senator Thurrnan found a banquet on his table as he entered the . _.u "anate, the btheEjjflyJie said toSenato*vl u 'i -11 V. - 4 TV A ��tT -   L. - 1. r r- f \ � f'.r troin offi havealai   

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