Bath Independent, January 17, 1880

Bath Independent

January 17, 1880

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Bath Independent (Newspaper) - January 17, 1880, Bath, Maine J I 4 # t 1 J * 4 -A. Local, Btu9fnm Cor-k in answer to my look of inqnixy, ' I mado free to send it away for ye; it*B with ua ye'll be stopping now, plase God.'* . "It was true enough. My faithless Jehu having been paid in Advance by me had. been only too ready to depart, and, unless I chose to walk back to Itoewortfastown, wluok ^ inclined to do, I was to all intents and purposes a fixture. At first I was in* oliued to be annoyed, but the. exquisite naiveness of the whole proceeding amused me, and I was really flattered by the solicitude of my would-be host; so, altera few half remonstrance), I was induced to write a telegram for my baggage,; which Oormaok confided to a young imp who appeared to be doing, odd jobs about the place, bidding him ' run over to the poet-effiee and give it to Mister Moran himself and tell him its immediate." " I stayed some little time at the Cor-macks', seeing the country in company with my boBt, and foiming my ideas of Irish political economy as it js, and as it should be, which, being rather a hobby of mine, I won't now trouble yon with. There was a gentleman's family living in the neighborhood, which I soon made the acquaintance of, as in that out-of-the-way lpcality the arrival of a stranger was as great an event as that of a foreign potentate in London. Several afternoons I spent pleasantly at 'the big house/ playing lawn-tennis with the young ladies of the place, whom I found to be far more proficient in the art than their English sisters, probably from the* solitude. of their country life having obliged them to concentrate their energies on that particular form of amusement. One day that I had been spending in the above manner, and on which I had accepted a kind invitation to dinner en fymilie, I noticed that Mr. M- seemed more absent than usual, and a trifle quick-tempered, as though he had been annoyed by something or somebody. When the ladies had left us, and we were sitting over the usual post-prandial bottle of wine, he took a letter from his pocket and showed it to hie. M That's the kind of thing we have to put up with here, Mr. Ellerslie," said he. ** You musu't go away with your ideas of the country too much couleur derote." " " That was in truth a strange production. It was written, or rather laboriously printed, on a sheet of coarse paper, headed by a rough but spirited, drawing of coffins and bell-mouthed blunderbusses. Below was the following composition, of which I mado a copy out of curiosity: M. M. DONT GO . TO . MOTE . OR .1. WIL . B. YOOR.rjET . IT* B . BIT . OB. WBONG . n-ET . P?T . HIGGINS. STyY . AT. OME." " I looked at my host for an explanation. " It is a threatening letter," said ho, "and not the first either that I have received. The printing is easy enough to read on the phonographic principle, with the caution that most of the A'a and I/s are upside down. The meaning is, that one of my tenants having, against my express orders, plpwe�\.up^a grass-field, I have given him notice to quit, and went into Moate yesterday to consult my attorney as to what compensation 1 was obliged to pay under the Irish Land Act. I got this the day before. I am not personally much afraid of the fellows, but it is very annoying ; and I am always on thorns lest ono of those letters should reach my wife; it would almost frighten her to death, I fancy." " You met with no interruption going into Moa*e, I suppose ?" siid L " No; but I took my precautions. I got a policeman on my car and drove in by a round-about routp. It isn't a pleasant way of doing things, is it ?" " I quite agreed with;Mr. M. that it was not, and expressed my surprise that the author of the letter could not be brought to justice. "You don't know the Irish, Mr. Ellerslie ; there is cot a soul here who would not swear black was white rather than be ibe meaus of convicting a neighbor. You know yourself how completely the police system failed over so daring an offence as the murder of Lord Leitrim. With such people as witnesses and jury, what is to be done? For my , own part I have no doabt that Mr. Pat j tn�y EO11!*? mio the 3?*?-HigginB himself wrote that letter, but bunting up any evidence would be hopeless." " A sudden thought struck me. I had seen that the last few words of tho document were lighter in color, as if they had been blotted. If so, would there not remain an impression on tho blotting paper? 1 "I don't know what evil spirit took possession of meat this juncture, unless-I own it with contrition-it were that of inordinate .self-conceits Should I be able to. get enough evidence to convict Pat Higgins myself. I shouid certainly .derive much credit for my Fa-gac&ty, "and have an excellent story for my friends in England on my return. With this end in view I said nothing of my happy thought, determined to work it out. my self. ','Next morning, having found out the locality of Hlggins'c cottage from Oormaok, I went to make -a call there* The sole occupant of the tenement when I arrived there was a wrinkled old woman sitting on a three-legged stool and smoking a black clay pipe. She looked at me suspiciously, but her native hospitality forbade her to refuse me a seat. For the first time I felt some qualms of conscience at t^e character of my errand, but these were speedily dissipated by the sight, in the corner of a large open hearth, of the very thing I was sceking,j apiece of dirty blottingrpaper, orum- ' pledjup into a ball To be sure there was no telling how long the paper might have Jain there, still 1 felt a conviction �1 ' e lasFiiTtnc\^^a'irisimmam!^ tween an old sow and a dog j ust inside the door, which made the crone hobble out briskly to separate the combatants. She was not gqne long, but I had plenty of time during her absence to secrete the paper. As soon as I decently could afterward I took my leave. " ThemoraentT was out of sight of the door I opened my prize, aug found it to be what I hoped-a fairly good inverted copy of the threatening letter. Of course the last words were the most distinct, but bn the whole it was a very pretty piece of prima facie evidence against Mr. Pat Higgins. * I presented the paper to Mr. M-, who praised my sagacity and thanked me warmly for my exertions in his behalf. That same evening I made a deposition before a ma gistrate who lived near by,,and, much to his snrprise^ Higgins was arrested. j 1 Now I come to the unlucky portioh of my story. How my share in foregoing proceeding got about I don|t know; but a day or two after thisjl found a great change in Oormaok's manner towards me. Hitherto he had be^u hospitality itself ; now ho seemed ious to get me to leave his house, though he was as studiously polite iu hiding lis wishes as the most finished gentleman could have been. Of course, however, I could not stay longer with a man was tired of me, and I signified to accordingly my intention of leaving h He appeared to me somewhat relieved by the news. " I dined at Mr. M.'s the night before my departure, after a farewell gamejof tennis with the ladies, and did not le the house till nearly dusk. As I walking back tc Oormaok's I noti footsteps behind me, and looking ro saw that I was followed by a small 1 of men, all armed with sticks, wishing them to come up to me I quickened toy pace a little, -They, did tie same, and closed bn me sdmewhat. [ ' * I had to pass a sharp turn on me road. -Just as I neared the hedge, apd for the moment lost sight of my followers, I saw a woman on the ottier side close to me. Leaning forward, she said, eagerly, * Ban for yer life, sir; it's you they're after/ Before I could reply she had sunk down behind the hedge again as my pursuers came in sight. " J hope, if ever there be any chance of holding my own, that I shall hot be found ready to run away; but when followed by a dozen men, with sticks, it's about the only thing that can be done, so I trust I may be pardbned for taking to my heels. *4 The men instantly followed at full speed, and for a time the pace was hot. But, having still my tennis-shoes on, and being naturally swift of foot, I soon distanced them ,u?" asked I; " did youeverfind out?" "She was Cbrmack's daughter, and was engaged to Pat Higgins, as I found jWt"afteTWBrd/*--anBwered"EllerBliei"- Lost his Shawl. A gentleman returning from Europe brought a very handsome and expensive shawl for his wife. It cost between $2,000 and $3,000, and ho was very naturally desirous of avoiding the disagreeable necessity of paying several hundred dollars moro in the shape of customs duty. On board the vessel was an exceedingly attractive lady, to whom, when they were in sight of land, he confided his dilemnia, " Why, my dear sir," she said naively, " that is no dilemma at all, I will wear the shawl ashore, and then no questions will be naked." Tho gentlemau paid a glowing compliment to tho wonderful fertility of the feminine mind and accepted the offer. The shawl graced the lady's shoulders, and was certainly very becoming. The trunks were examined and passed with that mysteripns chalk mark without which no baggage can receive the benediction of onr good Uncle Snm, and then the gentleman saluted the lady, spoke of the pleasure he had enjoyed in her company, hoped they woujd cross the ocean together again, aud then asked - for tho shawl. " I beg yoar pardon," she said, " but what shawl do you refer to ?" He naturally answered, " Why, the pno you have ou, to be sure." " And why should I give you my shawl ?" she inquired. Ia a word, the dialogue went so warm that she threatened to call a policeman un-Ie&Et he desisted, and since he conld not legally claim the shawl without convicting himself of a deliberate attempt to swindle the government, he was compelled to leave with the fair stranger.the present which he intended for his wife., The Country's Crops. The December crop report of the De partment of Agriculture states that pre hatinary investigation points to an in crease of 12 per cent, in the area sown in winter wheat. The only states reporting a decline are Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas, iu which the united wheat area would not exceed ttiat of tae counties of the Northwest. All the other states show on incrsase, especially tho spring wheat r^o-s of, tho Northwest. The winter wyfe&t acreage of these states, however, is small, and hence their increase. But many large winter wheat states report ^reat ^enlargement. .There .are general complaints of the ravages of the Hessian fly in the early sown crops and of drought hindering germination in the late sown. Yet the crop starts out on the whole under prospects considerably above the average, especially in the large winter wheat states. The final returns have not yet sensibly changed the November estimate of the tobacco crop. The total product of the country is within� a small percentage of that of 1878, the gain being chiefly in Kentucky, Tennessee and Connecticut, and the most serious loss in Ohio and Missouri. The quality is but slightly better ihan that of last year. The total crop of 1879 is estimated at 3g4.059.659 pounds, valued at $21,545,591, against 392,546,700 pounds, valued at $22,137, 428, iu 1878. The xeturn of oats made on November 1 is confirmed by the report of this month. The total product of the country is estimated at 364,253,000 bushels, against a total} in 1878 of 413,- 578,000 bushels, a decline of 12 per cent. The total valuation this year |s $120,855,000, against #101,945,000 in 1878. The total potato crop for the country is estimated at $79,000,000. The area in winter rye has fallen off about 3 per cent, from last year. The hay crop is about 10 per cent, less than that of 1878. The average price of hay is about $9.24 per ton, against $7.21 in 1878. The value will be over $325,000,-000, against $285,543,752 last year. TOPICS OF THE DAY. -r-The rank of Captain in the Chinese Navy does not seem to be held in" much account by the civil powor. At least we infer so from the faot that a certain commander of a gunboat has recently been subjected to forty strokes with the bamboo by order of the Arnenal authorities, 'It c^m^liboTifrttrthe-fotlowing manuerr "The officer in question while on leave at Hong Kong had an altercation with a son of a high Foocbow official, who was also on a visit to that colony, and they came to blows. The omoiars son received a sound thrashing, of w!}ich in duo course ho made complaint to* his father. Ou tho return of the nnval officer to Foj-chow by the Bteatuship Douglas he re-rortod himself at the Commission er's Yamcn, whereupon he was seized, deprived of his official button, thrown on the ground, flogged and subsequently kicked out of the Yamen. So much for the prospects of the infant navy of China. -Mnoh interest is manifested in a few portions of the South in a new machine which is said to have the power, when attached fro cotton-seed oil mills, of simultaneously makinc oil and cotton yarn on tho cotton fields. Its universal application to the entire orop of the great Southern staplo would donble itB value^ increasing the sum it now yields from about $250,000,000 annnually to $500,-000,000 annually, and, at the same time, provide remunerative employment for twice the number of people that are now engaged in growing tho cotton crop. If there ia any substantial truth in th?se claimp, they indicate a snort and eawy method for overcoming the financial anil industrial difficulties under which tho South hasjjeeu struggling. -A hero araoDcr physicians in Dr. South of Western Texas. "Ho was"warned some time a^o that his life was to pay the forfeit of having voted on the Grand Jury for the indictment of a certain band of desperadoes. One night a man rode up to tho doctor's ranch aud informed him that the wife of tho ringleader of the gang was ill, and that ho must attend hen He naturally thought it was a trick lo get him out and kill him, but he was conscientious in his profession. Ho got his horse and rode away with the messenger right into the gang of desperadbes, and, dismounting, entered the tent of the woman. There lay the sufferer, while the man. who had promised to kill the doctor stood near by. * The doctor drew his revolver, placed it- on the pillow, and remarked that he would " attend to professional calls first and personal ones afterward." The desperadoes were struck with his con rage and his humanity, aud trebled his feu instead of shooting' him, . -Forney's Trdgress states that-Geo. H. Stuart, the well-kuown philanthropist of Philadelphia, has lost all hi^ princely fortune by the failure of another, whose indorser he had become. Mr. Stuart was president of the Sanitary Comjnission during the war, and devoted himself to the humane and patriotic service for. which the commission was organized with an earnestness and zeal which made his name not only known, but beloved in every camp of the TJnion armies. He surrendered"hiu entire estate to the-oreditora of tho party for whom he indorsed, and now, at the age of over seventy years, he lives in a routed house, yet meets his friends, every day with the sweet smile of conscious integrity- and tho proud content resulting. froUi a well ordered and honorable life. *-A St. Louis quack doctor, who professed to cure all diseases through the help of spirits, bargained to rid a man of rheumatism for $800. They could not agree, at first, as to whether tho mon^y shou)d be paid before t^he recovery or afterward. The quack finally proposed that the $800 be placed in a sealed envelope and kept for twelve days by a third person. Then, if the patient was well, it should be given to the doc-or, but if he was still ill', it should be returned to him. The dupe readily agreed to this ; but when the time was up, and he had as much rheumatism as ever, he tore open the envelope and found in it only scraps of worthless paper. The doctor was arrested. -A teamster, at Carson, Nov., was told that somebody in Paris had offered a prize of four thousand dollars to anybody who traced a figure like the following, without lifting the pencil, going over a line twice, or making any erasures: , IRISIJ? LU+.LABY. I'd rock my own nfwcuc chiMio .to ro^t iu a nrudlo of gold ou a hough of the willow, To |lie �ho-heuivfcbo of Dig wind of the west, and ihp. sho hoo lo of the so't sea billow, Sleep, baity new, Sleep without fear. .Mother is hero beside your pillow. h F J">,JiiA'--------- I'd put my own sweet childie to bleep in a silTer boat oi) the beautiful river, Where a pho-huuti whimper the while caaeadea und a alio lion lo the �nn'n flags shiver. Sleep, haby dear, ISlcep without fetir. Mother is here with you forever. t Sho hoolo! to the rise and faJl of mother'* bosom 'Us plccp has bound you. And O/my child, whut coaler nest for ronlsr rest could luv� have found you T a ^ .Sleep, buby dear, . Sleep without fear,l Mother'6 two arms are clasped around you. WIT AM) WISDOM. e. there's no thanks duo to "I attempted ft few words of explanation aud gratitude, bat I coulees "2Wfe but to feeling decidedly 'email' as I rode, away, and inwardly took a vow never to interfere with other people's baeiness again. ; "I sent my late host a check afterward fc* what I considered a fair sum my forloJfihfa board and lodtfn**, Condition of the Crops. The December crop report oi the Department of Agriculture at "Washington states that � preliminary investigation points to an increase of 12 per cent in the area sown in winter wheat. There are general complaints of the ravages of the Heseian fly iu the early sown crops, and of the drought hindering germination in the late sown. Yet the orop starts out on the whole under prospects considerably above the average, especially in the large winter wheat States. The total tobacco crop of 1879 is estimated at 384,059 659 pounds, valued at $21,545,591; in 1878 the product wag 395,516.7