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Bath Independent (Newspaper) - February 21, 1880, Bath, Maine - "J i r l h. 'A T 1- �w Mb r . jA. Looal SuvinMi^ A^priowltmural an<l Family Newspaper VOL. I. BATH, MAINE,') SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1880. NO. 11. HELEN OF T.YMB* What phantom latwo t&at appear* Tnrough the purple ralata of the years, Itself but a mist like these ? A woman of cloud and of fire; It ]b she: It Ifl Helen of Tyre, The town In the midst of the teas I " i O Tyre! in thy crowded streets The phantom appears and retreats, And the Israelites, that sell Thy lilies and lions of brass, Look np as they see her pass,. And murmur 41 JeaebeJ!" % L -m Then another phantom U seen At her side, in a gray garb a dine, Wtth beard that floats to his waist; It is Simon Matnis, the Seer; He speaks, and she pauses to hear Xhe words he utters in haste. �-+* He says: "Fromthis evil fame, From this life of sorrow and shame, I will lift thee and make thee mine t Thon hast been Qneen Candace, And Helen of Troy, and shalt be . The Intelligence Divine!" 4 � � l ri i � - Oh, sweet as the breath of mom, To the fallen and forlorn Are whispered words of pralee, For the famished heart believes The falsehood that tempts and deceives, And the promise that betrays. So sh*e follows from land to land The wizard's beckoning hand, As a leaf is blown by the gust, Till she vanishes into night! O reader, Btoop down and write With thy finger in the duet. O town in the midst of the seas, With thy rafts of cedar trees, Thy merchandise and tby ships, Thon, too, art become as naught, A phantom, a shadow a thought, A name upon men's lips. -Henbt Longfellow. Bridget's Valentino. The postman rapped sharply on Mrs. O'Donohue's door (this door belonged to the back room on the third floor of a tall, narrow, dingy house in a long% narrow, dark street containing many other tall, narrow, dingy houses) on St, Valentine's morning. His satchel and his left hand were filled with letters and valentines, and in his right hand he carried a "pretty blue-and-gold paper box-a little battered, as paper boxes are apt to be when they eome by mail- tied with a blue satin ribbon, and smelling like roses. A young girl wearing a Boiled calico dress and shoes down at heel, but with her rough curly hair piled in huge puffs on the top of her head, and a pair of cheap, tawdry ear-rings in hex ears, holding a torn an~S" crumpled novettn her hand, opened the door, " Miss Bridget O'Donohue ?" asked the postman. " That's myeelf," answered the girl. "Then here's a valentine for you," said he, handing her the box ; and taming quickly, he was down the stairs and out of ihe Jionse.in ft twinkling,_______ Mrs. O'Donohue was washing, and the windows of the room were dim with steam. Bridget went to one of them, wiped a couple of panes dry with the skirt of her dress, and opened the box, A howl of delight burst from'her lips. " An' what in the worrald is it Biddy dear ?" cried her mother, rushing from the wash-tub, her arms covered with soap-suds to the elbows. " Kape away! Don't come near it wid the soap-suds !'* screamed her daughter. "It's one of thim Kitty Orowley was n-tellin* about last night -a valentine. An', ooh]! ain't it lovely ? Niver sor I the likes before." Mrs. O'Donohue put her arms behind her and looked over her daughter's shoulder. "Bless us an* save us 1" she exclaimed ; " it makes me think of the fairies. Shure it looks like some of their worruk ; it do entirely." "Niver in all me life sor I the like before," repeated Bridget, and I don't bolieve she ever did. It was a beautiful valentine. A sheet of creamy, satinv paper, on which were delicately painted the loveliest white roses and snow-drops and blushing moss-rose buds, and in Ihe centre of which was fastened a pretty gold ring, and beneath the ring this verse was written in a plain and handsome hand: " I offer roses pure and white-Emblems of girlhood's happy days- And sweet moss-buds by Cupid plucked To deck Love's ways; And snow-drops-Hope's own dainty flowers- That whisper you may yet be mine, Dear girl with sunny hair and smile- My Valentine!" These lines Miss O'Donohue spelled out slowly, mispronouncing many of the words, and making sad nonsense of what was rather nonsensical already; but her mother listened with as much delight as taough the rending were perfect-as, no doubt, she thought it was-exclaiming, as her daughter finished, " That bates Tom Moor intirely I But, Btady darlint, you haven't * sunny' hair; your hair is like the sight," V They moBtly puts that kind of hair in songs," said her daughter; "an'I wish yon wouldn't call me Biddy again. Bridget's bad enough, so it is, an1 I'll change me'hull name whin I get married, Bojl will. I wonder who in the wide worruld represinted me wid this beautiful valentine?" " Bridget O'Donohue," said her mother,* solemnly, at the same time looking at ;her with admiring eyes, " some young gintleman has fallen dead in love wid yon, an' you only three months in this blissid coon try. An' I don't be surprised at. it, for since you put them pufps on the top of your skull, am* I bought you thim illigant ear-rings, you look like a princess. An' sorra a doubt I have bat that he'll be wantin* to marry you4n avearor so-I was mat tied meself at fifteen-an' I hope you'll not bedesartin1 your old mother when you're a foine lady." MI wouldn't so demane meself," re- Elied Miss Bridget, with a toss of her ead," if you bees only a washer-wo-man. I'll buy you a silk dress an' a hat wid an oarstrioh feather, an' a goold watch to wear whin you comes to see me. But you mustn't be comin' too often. He mightn11 like it." "Shure I'll niver interface between you an' him, me Brave gurril," said her mother. "Mothers-in-law do be dob' that too much, they do; but I'll kape me place, niver fare.; An' now, Biddy- I mane Bridget ^-darlint, your frinds must see this valentine, goold ring an1 all, an' lam the prospects that has arose before you. But it won't do for you to be runnin' about from house till house wid it as though you'd niver. had the like before at all at all." "Shure I niver had," said Bridget. " Whist! no nade tellin' that same," said her mother. " For all they know, you had hundreds in the old country. Put on your Ulster an' your new hat, an' go an' ax your frinds here to<a tay party. For a tay party I intend to have at four o'clock this very afternoon, an' while you're away, I'll put aside the washin an' red up the place. An' you'll have to go widont the lace hankerohy I promised yon till next month, for the money I've saved must go for the utin' an' drinkin'." So in a short times Miss O'Donohue, in a Pinafore hat set jauntily on the back of her head, and a gray Ulster coming down to her feet (thereby concealing the very much soiled calico dress) was knocking at various doors in the house in which she lived, the house next door, the house across the way, and a house around the corner, delivering verbal invitations to her friende to a tea party to take place at her residence that afternoon, all of which invitations, albeit, Miss O'Donohue was no great favorite, on account of her silly airs, were accepted, with loud expressions of pleasure, "It's me birthday party," she. explained to the invited guests. " But, Bridget, I thought your birthday was last December, just after you come over," said Kitty Orowley. "It was," said Bridget; "but me party was postponed for zaisons." And at four o'clock precisely a dozen or more young girls, with several of their mothers, grandmothers, and aunts, gathered around Mrs, O'Donohue's hospitable iabje^aaddevonxed. Jbisouits, cold ham* pickles, peanuts, and cake, and drank vast quantities of lemonade and tea, with muph gossiping and giggling. Mrs. O'Donohue .thought they never would stop handing her their plates and tumblers and oups; but at last, to her great satisfaction, they did, and the opportunity for whioh she had been impatiently waiting arrived. And pushing the tea table back against the wall, she called out, as though the idea had j ust occurred to her, *1 Bridget dear, perhaps your frinds vould like to see your valentine." "An' did you git a valentine? Oh, yon sly thing, to aay Jiotliihg aboutit L" said Kitty Orowley. " Is it a comical one ?" asked Mary Lee. "Bring it out this minnit I" commanded Annie Pheeny. And as Miss O'Donohue pretonded to blush and hesitate, all the girls shouted in chorus, " The valentine 1 the valentine I" And at last, with an air of great pride and importance, the valentine was produced.' Its extrem e beauty and costliness for a moment struck the group of girls dumo with astonishment. And then there was another chorus of 1'Spier did P "Beautiful!" "Iligant!" 11 Must have cost tin dollars at the very laste!" " Who suit it to you, Bridget?" " I ain't sure," said Bridget, with a simper and her favorite toss of the head, 11 but I mostly thinks I know. A yonng gintleman wid beautiful black eyes and a big dimant pin, that lires in a iligant house near the baker's. He sits in the windy an' smiles at me ivery day whin I goes for bread �" "An' you'll bo marryin' him some fine day, an' forgittin' all your old oom-radas," said Kitty Orowley, "Til not be forgittin* thim," said Bridget, with emphasis. "But you'll be forBakin' tfum," suggested Annie Pheeny. 11 Sure an* I suppose he'd make me," replied Miss O'Donohue. "I'd have to 'sociate wid me own class thin. But I'd spake to ye all whin I met ye," she added, in a patronizing manner, " Indade an' I'm obliged to you for your great condescension," said Annie. " An' so are all the rest of the gurrils, I'm sure,11 joined in Mrs. Orowley, Katie's mother. "You alius thought yourself above them, Bridget dear, but, faith 11 niver could see the differ." " Me child's Bhuparior style an' beauty is the differ," announced Mrs. O'Donohue ; "an' so I tell you, Mrs. Orowley, ma'am." ' "I don't take in washin' to give shu* parior style to me Kate," retorted Mrs. Orowley. " An' no daoent girl would want 'style* when her mother had to find it for her in the wash tub," declared Kate. ' < But I suppose the waahtubs^will be burned whin Biddy"-purposely using tfie obnoxious name-"gits the young gintleman, an' lives in the iligant house near the baker's." "Indade an' they will, Kitty Orowley," said Bridget, her voice trembling and her ear-rings jingling, "an' ivery-thing else belongin' to this low place; an' as for the low, common, jealous folks I've been forced to know here, I'll wash my hands of them for iver and ivex," Just then there oame a loud knock at the door. lay be it's blaok.evesl^ pin comin9 to see his bride," said Mary Lee . Mrs. O'Donohue handed the valentine over in perfect silence. - But as soon as the postman departed, such a Babel es there wasl "Shure, Biddy, 'twill be too bad if he don't let you 'sooiate wid us." " Doc't burn the wash-tubs yet awhile,. dear." "I thought that ring a little Ico genteel for anny of me lady's finger! " " Smile at us from the windy of the L;g house when w go to the baker's anyhow, that's a darlint." \ "I'll be thankful to yea all if ye'11 lave me house this instant, an' ntvai*' inter it again, said Mrs. O'Donohue, ia a quiet rage. "We're goin', ma'am-yes, ma'am,' said Mrs. Orowley. "Thanks for your intertaiument, ma'am. It's plisint to come where there's so much style an' beauty, ma'am, an' where the young lady is goin' to be married to a rich young gintleman, an' wash her hand** of all her comrades for iver an' iver, ma'am. Bind for us when ye have another valentine to show us, ma'am. Good-avenin', ma'am. Good-avenin*, Miss Bridget O'Donohue." A New Engine In War. � DYNAMITE AND GUN COTTON AND HOW IT-,WA& USED IN THB AFGHAN <JA^r PAION-ALTi THE NATIONS PRACTICING WITH THE DEADLY STUFF. TOPICS OF THE DAY. WIT AffD WISDOM. 9 Some Interesting Figures. THE OBOFS OF THE UNITED STATES FOB * 1879 AND THEIB MONEY VAXUE, In estimating the prospects of the new year, say Henry Olews and Co., in their annual oiroular, we may best get a conception of what is reasonable to expect by taking *a a-grouadwork - the progress made in 1879. The growth of the general business of the country last year is indicated by the fact that the exchanges of all the bank clearing houses of the Union aggregated, for the year, 838,732,000,000, against 828,371,000,000 for 1878. The increase occurred, however, principally during the second half of the year ; and the figures, therefore, fall muoh short of reflecting the rate of gain attained at the close of the year. Taking the figures for December alone, they show an increase of 68 per cent. ; the increase for New York singly being 80J per cent., and for places outside of the city 40 per cent; It would seem fair "to reason -that whatever improvement in business was realised in 1879, is likely to be at least retained in 1880. The proceeds of last year's crops, on whioh the business of 1880 must largely reBt, show a very important increase. The last report of the Department of Agriculture gives the following estimates of the product and value of the chief agricultural crops in 1879, as compared with 1878 : Product. Value. Wheat, buuhels Corn, Oats, rota toes,. Hay Cotton, b^leu 18 IB. 448.7O0.0UO 864,200,000 181,000,000 6,020,000 1879. �499, 600,000, 130,8 79.000.000 825,000,' 301,000, II* I iii OlY 1878. $828,000,000 460,000,000 101,900,000 78,000. 285,600, 194, tit urn o o The storming of Sekukuni's stronghold, in northern Znznland, waa made memorable by the use of dynamite, or gun cotton, or both, to blow up the rooky oaves in whose recesses the Basu-toes bad token refuge, and to rattle the broken boulders down upon the wretched fugitives. The well-known William H. Russell, who has been correspondent of the London Telegraph during the operations against Oetywayo and the more recent operations against Seknk-uni in Zulu!and, furnishes an account of the Btorming of the stronghold, in tho oourse of whioh he says: "Well, then, at half-past ten, the Fighting Koppie in whioh Bekukuni enshrined his faith belonged practically to Queen Victoria; but inside its stony bowels was still hidden a band of des* perate, resolute men, of women and children wounded, and of dead-a fearful combination. When next day, the resoutoes of science were brought to bear on the hard rooks, and gun cotton or dynamite-perhaps both- in the skillful hands of Oapfc. McGregor, tore open the oaves or filled them with a rain of broken boulders, and the madness of thirst on hunger, and the odor of corpses oame upon the survivors in that dreadful cliaraal fequse, there must have been an accumulation of horrors' whioh it would not be easy to match in the record of human misery and endurance." Prof. Abel, O. B., of the British War Office, in a lecture delivered last May, spoke of one of these terribly destructive agents as follows: "For all military engineering operations, and ior employment in submarine mines and .torpedoes, compressed gun cotton, stored and used in the wet condition, has become the accepted explosive agent in Great Britain; within the last five years upward of 550 tons have been manufactured for this purpose, and are distributed over our chief naval stations at home and abroad. 'V Germany, France and Austria have followed England, according to tho. some authority, in adopting wet gun cotton for military and naval uses. Oaptain Wilhelm says of the Abel gun cotton, or Disk gun cotton, as it is often called : " It is best now known for military purposes, and is po uniform and safe as to have come into general use, especially in England. Fired by a detonating fuse, it explodes with great violence." The 3ritiBh War Department last summer, experimenting with dynamite ior military purposes, found that when frozen ousHion , explode makes its use exceptional in, armies. The St. Petersburg Artillery Committee have been engaged in experimenting with a dynamite shell-designed for destroying ironclads and for general military use. Tonite is a form of gun cotton, manufactured near Faversham, from which great destructive power with safe handling are hoped. At Tamky, Austria, an explosive gelatine, called gelatine dynamite,- resembling nitroglycerine and dynamite, but more manageable than cither, and claiming greater force, has been experimented on by the Australian artillery staff, and good authority Bays that 11 in a very short time this explosive will be largely used for military purposes." At the Newport, K, I., torpedo school, last summer, tho study of the various gelatine explosives for military and naval pnrposes was taken up in a building devoted to the purpose. A'l nations are eager to use the tremendous shattering powers oi nitroglycerine and gun cotton on their enemies, but have not yet perfected them for projectiles. In the Zulu campaign England used them, or at least one of them, in actual campaigning, assaulting an enemy's stronghold. -George Myers was an athelete and a remarkably hearty, eater. He,~WAS sent to prison in Philadelphia for two year a. and the fare there waB too scant and plain to please him. On getting out, he determined to gratify his appetite for awhile at any risk. Every night he broke into some pretentious house and regaled himself on choice viands and win en, often spending foar or five hours at it. Nine of these burglaries were committed in as many nights before he was caught. -An, incident, whioh would be absolutely incredible were n^t its truth amply vouched for, recently occurred at Marseilles. A man hanged himself at the door of his house with a girdle of wool, A neighbor having given the alarm, a number of persons Pushed up, but they never thought of cutting the man down, and calmly watched him as he writhed in the death agony, whioh was very long. An officer of customs, who reached the spot a quarter of an horn after the crowd had begun to collect, released the victim, but he had ceased to breathe. -Tho Call, of San Fran oi boo, referring to William A. Beck and the late MiBS Nellie Crocker, of Sacramento, says: 41 The lady, who is well known in this city, being related to one of the railroad magnates, her father having been also on after_ consultation, they determined to keep the temperature of the small-pox wards very low and apply small quantities of ice to the patients. The results surpassed- their expectations, and At the end of a week all the patients had recovered. 81,6M,800,0U0 $1,430,400,000 The estimated value of the six leading crops is thus 81,854,800,000 for 1879, against $lf4a0,400,000 for 1878,-an increase of $424,400,000, or at the rate of nearly 30 per cent. As a rule, the increase in quantity does not equal the gain in value, and in some instances there is a decrease in quantity; and therefore the augmentation of value must be regarded as partly due to a rise in prices. The rise in the prices of agricultural prodouots, however, is to be accepted as affording a basis, in the ordinary equities of trade, for the continuance of the rise in the prices of other commodities that has ooourred during 1879. The Revival of Business, Those Mammoth Farms. The St, Paul Pioneer Press gives as the cause of the development of the few large farms of Minnesota and Dakota, the circumstance that when, owing to the failure of Jay Oooke & Oo., tbe bonds of tbe Northern Pacific Company, convertible into lands, depreciated to a few cents on the dollar, many heavy holders, as well as small ones, caught at the chance of exchanging comparatively worthless bonds for the rich lands of the Bed Biver Volley. By this means several large blocks of land fell into the hands cf wealthy capitalists, two or three of whom were induced by Mr. Dal-rymple to let him make an experiment which has proved suooesef ul on a great farm cf his own-that of putting several thousand of those acres into wheat. Other large farms in southwestern Minnesota grew out of the similar circumstance of the possession of large tracts of railroad landy by the resident stockholders of the St. Paul and Sioux Oity road. The land was lying idle for lack of purchasers, and the owners endeavored to make it profitable by patting extensive areas of it under cultivation. The rolling mills of Chicago now employ over 8,000 men, and are running night and day. In the car shops at Middletown, Pa., which are soon to resume work, 300 men will be employed. A silver mine has recently been discovered in Gorret county, Md. The ore yields $113 to the ton. Arizona has produced a quality of cotton equal to the Sea Island cotton from seed brought from China. The fifteen oar manufacturing establishments in this country turned out 37,850 oars in eleven months. The lead mines near Phcenixville, Pa,, that have been idle for twenty-two years, are now being worked. Over 1,500 persons are employed in chair making in Gardiner, Mass., turning out over $2,000,000 worth annually. The Chicago and Northwestern Bail-road is building a new bodge over the Minnesota river that will be 2,000 feet long. The Southfleld corset shops at New Marlboro, Mass., are running night and day, and are turning out 750 dozen oorseta a week. The Delaware Boiling Mill at Phil-lipaburg, N. J., whioh has been idle for many years, is again in operation under a new management. In Vine land, N. J., the wages of the shoemakers have been increased fifteen , per cent., and the factories are running on full time, A large grain elevator and freight depot is in oourse of erection in Atohi-eon, Kansas. It will employ about 500 hands when complete d. The January dividends in Boston aggregate $18,649,734, of whioh the railroads pay $1,874,375�and manufacturing companies $883,240. - A thrilling incident occurred on the WeBtern BaUway in Franoe. A passenger train had just left the station of No-intot, when the door of a third-class carriage which had not been properly closed flew open, and a child of four years who was leaning against it fell out on to the line. The mother shrieked in despair and tried to jump out after her child, but was prevented by the other passengers, who had to hold her down. After some minutes' shouting and signalling the attention of the guard was aroused and the train was stopped. The poor woman alight d and, followed by the guard, ran in Bear oh of her child, whom she expected to find dead, but the poor little thing was unhurt, standing crying on an embankment, -In a street in Canton rats are hung up for sale with poultry. They are dried and salted and are very much affected by ladies whose hair is falling' off, as the flesh of rats is known to be an excellent preventive of baldness. Pork is one of the staples of Chinese cookery, the best bacon and hams coming from the provinces of .Fokien and Quong Tnugt the flavor of the hams being muoh imp rove 4 by keeping them for a year or two in eawduat after they have been cured. As in Europe and here certain places in China are renowned for their produots, such as Pekin for its sweet ducks; Tou-lion, a small village near that oity, for its vinegar (tsou), Tchin-Kiang, in the Eiangsu, for a sauce made with fermented beans and salt, whioh the Chinese use as we use Worcestershire sauce. -A turkey witii clipped wings has a defective flew. -The beat dress for Buffalo girls!-Buffalo robes.-Buffalo Courier. -A woodcutter never fells a tree against its will. Ho always axes it first.- [Boston Courier. -The hard pan of the world is composed of tin. but requires brass to obtain it.-[Whitehall Times. -If yu knnt trust a man entirely let . him skip ; this trieiag to get an average on honesty alwuas hnz bosu a failure.- | Josh Billings. -Edmund Yates says that jealousy is a mental disease which can be successfully resisted. Paste this ou your rival's eye.-[Turners Falls Be porter. -When a standing army of nearly 500,000 men is not sufficient, it looks as if Germany was determined to have peaceif she had to fight for it.-[Chicago Inter-Ocean. -Tho telephone is only about two years old, but some of the jokes about it sound os though they were ragged when tho pyramids were young,- [Burlington Hawkeye, -The interchangeable family Ulster supplies a want long felt. In the possession of a young married couple, it can be worn by either party.-[Hartford Sunday Journal. l ' -When a champion wrestler lets on that he does not know anything about the bneiuens and then floors an adversary, isn't he a mere pretender to the thrown?-[Cincinnati Saturday- Night. -Tennyson, spends hours on a single line. But that's nothing. We have known men who spent their whole lives on a single line. They were generally conductors.-[Philadelphia Bulletin. -It is surprising that some of our enterprising dramatists have not constructed a scene in whioh a safe is hoisted into a fourth story window. It always draws a* big audience.-[Boston Bulletin. -There are several successful oases of nose-grafting ; but if surgical science will discover some way to graft a man's nose ou to his own business exclusively, we will call it a scheme.-[La OrosBe Democrat. -The head waiter of a hotel is the chap who comes to inquire how you are getting along after you have been served. During the half hour you are waiting for water he is not visible.- New Orleans Picayune. -There are plenty of men who can got along very well in the ordinary affairs of life, but the men who can wrestle with an emergency and floor it every time are not bo abundant,-[New Haven Register. -A boy who won't take as big a bite as he can from anothor boy's apple is diguising his real feelings and should be narrowly watohed, lest he make a sudden grab and run off with the whole.- [Oil Oity Derrick. -There was pith in the old man's appeal when he prayed: "Lord, send us all a good conceit of oursolves I" When a man does not ovn as muoh pride as will prevent him from sprawling in the gutter he ia a poor stick-[Somerville Journal. .-The girl that wants a lot of elbow room around thef house is perfectly easy when seated with her young man in a bucgy so narrow that a sheet of paper would orowd them apart if it was inserted between them.-[Danielsonville Sentinel. -A man at Amsterdam, N. Y., predicted cold weather. It didn't come, and when his friends laughed at him he went to the bam and roped himself into a country where the weather is always at even temperature.-[Detroit Frae Press. -Some persons oan project the lower joint of the thumb almost into the hollow of the palm ana yet not be able to raise one finger to help an unfortunate neighbor. Marvelous are the mysteries of muscularity!-[Haokensaok Republican. -The flies who were left behind to take care of the house last fall have sent word to their relatives that there ia no use spending any more time at expensive watering places in Florida, they can be just os comfortable at home how,- [Baltimore News. - -Bertha-'* Mamma, Johnny is awfully naughty^ He's been banging my new dolly with all his might against the floor V Johnny-41 Pooh 1 Aw-  1 'I. L !� 1 - -0 1^ " k � � � �; !i 7 � t" � I. * T ^ ,f - �f_ �"fid l -1 t - .....r& r b-^" -r.i I bang it herselt t'other day. " Well what o' that ? Ain't it -James Buchanan Evoub was one of the head clerks in the Treasury Department, eighteen years ago, and a great favorite in Washington society. He was a noted wit, a graceful dancer, and a free drinker. A Miss Harvey was a Washington belle. She belonged to a wealthy Norfolk family, and hod been carefully roared. This couple oauBed a social flutter by eloping and getting married. I^fiey did not return, and were soon forgotten in the circles in which they had moved. Even their relatives lost sight of- them, A few days ago, while a woman was singing and dancing on the stage of a concert saloon at Milwaukee, she was told that her husband was lying unconscious in a barroom. It was common for him to get drunk, and she attached little importance to the message; but her daughter, also a performer, went to see her father, and found him dying from a fractured skull. He was the onoe courted James Buchanan Evans, and had become a sot. The woman was the former vey, and had turned ments to account in a show business. belle, Miss her aooompliah- low form of the seen her Bertha- y dolly ?" -[Boston Transcript. -A diamond sparkles the brightest when placed before a dark back ground. So it is with prosperity, no one can enjoy prosperity as well as he who can place it before days of adversity. Ahem 1 we have a beautiful back ground.-[Whitehall Times. -" Why do /mis burst ?" asks a contemporary, and v*ien devotes nearly a column to answering the question. Guns burst because powder is put into them, You might keep a gnn seven hundred years- and it wouldn't burst if you keep powder out oMt.-[Mt.- Holly Herald. -A victim of domestic infelicity, who is in the habit of dreaming, should never go to sleep in church. A congregation near Quinoy, was somewhat ., startled last Sabbath when a venerable member excitedly yelled, " Here, now lv" drop that skillet, old woman,"- Modern Argo. -Two boarding house keepers ^ ,!;,wm comparing notes, " It 'pears to me,--;^T Mrs. Miggles, that your chicken salad^ is never found out-leastways, I nerttt^^ bears tone of the boarders oomplain^*^| " Well, you see, explained Mrs. MiggleM "I alios chaps up a few feathers witt* the veal. "-[Andrews* Baaar. f-1 8 4 v4 j j j AW L" 4 - -*m - L _ ^

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