Bath Independent, February 28, 1880

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February 28, 1880

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Bath Independent (Newspaper) - February 28, 1880, Bath, Maine 1 + 4 F 4 i1 � ii' |1-* SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 1880, - * NO. 12. CHANCE. w word unspoken, a hand tuiPreseed, A word unseen or a thought ungnesied. 'Ana Boulfl that were Kindred may live apart, Never to meet or know the troth, Never to know how heart beat with heart In the dim put days of a wasted youth. She>hall not know how his pulees leapt When over bis, tempiee n er ireesea swept; As she leaned to give him the jasmine wreath She tel this breath,and her face flushed red With the passionate lore that choked her breath, And saddens her Uf enow her youth Is dead. A fadedjwoman who wait* for death And murmurs a name beneath her breath ; A cynical man who scoffs and jeers At women and love In the Of en day, And at night-time kisses, -with bitter tears, A faded fragment of Jasmine spray. -London Society, Grump anil His Pet. TBUH romance op mining life OOZiOXtADO. in r On a certain day in November, 1864, ihere meandered into the new mining camp at Painter Bar, Colorado, an individual who was inBtantly pronounoed, oil voices concurring, the nglieet man in Ifeeoamp. The adjective ugly wes applied to the man's physiognomy alone; but time soon gave the word, as applied to him, a far wider significance. In fact, the word was not at all equal to the requirements made of it, and this was probably what influenced the prefixing of numerous adjectives, sacred and profane, to this little worJ of four letters. The individual in question stated that he came from " no-whar in pertipklar," �nd the savage, furtive glance that shot from his hyena-like eyes seemed to plainly indicate, why the land of his origin was so indefinitely located,- A badly broken nose failed to soften the expression of his eyes, a long, prominent, dull red soar divided one of his Then Block Tom advanced and pleasantly, asked, 11 Wat's your f av'rite game, Stranger?" "Blind man's buff," replied the stranger, << What's that ? inquired Tom, blush-ing with shame at being compelled to display ignorance about games; 11 any-thin' like goin it blind at poker?" << Poker ? 1 don't know what that is," replied the youth. " He's from the country," said the Colonel, compassionately, "an' hasn't had the right sohoolin' p'raps; may be he'd enjoy the cock-fight at the saloon to-night-these country-boys are pretty well up on roosters. Ask him, Tom." . Tom put the question, and the party, in deep disgust, heard the man reply: "No, thank you; I think it's cruel to make the birds hurt each other." " Look here," said the good natured Bozen, "the poor lubber's all gone in amidehip-see how fiat his bread-basket is, I Bay, messmate,'1 continued Bozen, with a roar and a jerk of his thumb over his shoulder, "come and splice the mainbrace." "No, thank you," answered the unreasonable stranger; I don't drink," The boys looked incredulously at each other, while the Colonel rose and paced the front of the saloon two or three times, looting greatly puzzled. He finally stopped and said; " The miBBBble rat isn't fit to be out of doors, an' needs takin' care uv. Come here, feller," called the Colonel; " be kinder sociable-don't stand there a gawpin at. us as if we was a menrg erie." The youth approached slowly, stared through the crowd, and finally asked : " Is there any one here from Pawkin Centre ?" No one responded. "Some men went out to Californy from Pawkin Centre, and I didn't know but some of 'em was here. I come from ther* myself-my name's Mix," the youth continued, "Meanin* no disrespect for your dad," Baid the Colonel, "Mr, Mix, Senior, ortn't to hev let you come out here; youa'nt strong enough fever'n agef 'fore you've half a day." "I a'nt got no dad," replied the stranger; " leastwise he run away ten years ago, 'an mother had a powerful hard time since a bringin' up the young 'una, an' we thought I might help along a big sight if I was out here." The Colonel was not what in the States would be called a prayer-meeting man, but he looked steadily at the young man and inwardly breathed a very earnest "God have mercy on you all." Then he came baok to, the more immediate present, and looking about asked : "Who's got sleepin'-room for this young man?" " I hev" quickly answered Grump, who had approached unnoticed while the new comer was being interviewed. Everybody started, and Gxump's countenance did not gather amiability as he sneakingly noticed the general distrust. " Ter neen't glare like that," he said; " I sed it, an' I mean it. Come along, youngster-it's about the time I generally iry mypork." And the two beauties walked away together, while the crowd stared in speechless astonishment. "Hewon't make much out of that boy, that's pne comfort," said Black Tom, who had partially recovered from his wonder. "Ton ken bet yer eye teeth that his pockets wouldn't pan out five dollars, " Then what does he want uv him?" queried Slim Sam. "Somethin'mean and underhan' for certain1," said the Colonel, "and the boy must be protected. And I hereby app'nt this whole crowd to keep an eye on Grump; an1 see he don't make a slave of the boy, an' don't rob him of dust. An* I reckon I'll take one of yer with me an' keep watch of the old raa-kal to-night. I don't trust him worth a durn." That night the boys at the saloon wrinkled their brows like unto an impecunious committee of ways and means, as they vainly endeavored to surmise why Grump should want that young man for a lodger. Men who pursued whittling as an aid to reason made pecks of shavings, and were no nearer a solution than whrn they began. Theie were a number of games played, but so gieat was the absent mindedness *of the players, that several hard-hearted bo amp a indulged in some of the most unscrupulous "stocking" of the cards without detection. But even one of these, after having dealt himself both bowerB and the king, besides two aces, suddenly imagined ho had discovered Grump's motive, and so earnest was he in exposing that nefarious wretch that one of his opponents changed hands with him. Even the bar-keeper fixed the bottles badly, and on one occasion, jast as the boys were raising their glasses, he metaphorically dashed the cups from their lips by a violent "I tell you what," and , a ^unsatisfactory theory. Finally the Colonel arose. " Boys," said he, in the tone of a man whose mind is settled, " 'ta'n't cos the youngster looked like lively company, fur be didn't, 'Tain't cos Grump wanted to do a good turn, fur'tain't his style. Confidently thar's something wrong. Tom, I reoken I'll take you along." And Tom and the Colonel departed. During the month which had elapsed since his advent, Grump had managed to build him a hut of the usual mining pattern, and the Colonel and Tom stealthily examined its walla front and rear, until they, found crevices which would admit the murale of a revolver if it would be necessary, -Then they applied their eves to the same cracks'and saw the youth asleep on ft pile of dead grass, with Grump's knapsack for a pillow, and one of Grump's blankets over him. v* '"'v. Grump himself was Bitting on a fragr ment of stone, staring into the fire, with his face in his hands. He sat so long that the worthy Colonel began to feel indignant ; to sit in a cramped position on the outside of the house for the sake of abused human nature, was an action more praiseworthy than comfortable, and the Colonel began to feel personally aggrieved at Grump's delay. Besides, the Colonel was growing thirBty. Suddenly Grump arose, looked down at the sleeping youth, and then knelt beBide him. The Colonel briskly brought his pistol to bear on him, and with great satisfaction noted that Tom's muzzle occupied a crack in the front wall, and that he himself was out of range, A slight tremor ^seemed to run through the sleeper; " and no wonder," said the Colonel, when he recounted the adventure to the boys, " anybody'd shiver to hev that catamount glarin' at him." Grump arose and softly went to a corner which was hidden by the chimney. "Gone for his knife, I'll bet," whispered the Colonel to himself, " I hope Tom don't spile my mad by firing fust." Grump returned to view, but instead of a knife he bore another blanket, which he gently spread over his sleeping guest, then belaid down beside Mix, with a log of wood for a pillow. The Colonel withdrew his pistol, and softly muttered to himself a dozen or two common oaths, then he arose, straightened out his,cramped legs, and started to find Tom. The two worthies had started on a similar errand, and on meeting, the two stared at each other in the moonlight as blandly as a couple of well preserved mummies. " S'pose the boys'll believe us ?" whispered the Colonel, "We kin bring them down',_ to see the show themselves, ef they don't," replied Tom. The Colonel's report was productive of the ohoioest assortment of ejaculations that had been heard in camp since Natchez, the leader of the Vinegar Gulch boys, joined the church and commenced preaching. The good-natured Bozen was for drinking Grump's Health at once, but the Colonel demurred. So did Slim Sam. "He's going to make him work on sheers, or some hoouspocuBin' arrangement, an' he can't afford to have him get sick-that's what his kindness amounts to," said Sam. "Urgo for hiB gratitude-and dust when he gets any," suggested another, and no one repelled the insinuation. It was evident, however, that there was but little chance of either inquest or funeral from Grump's, and the crowd finally dispersed with the confirmed assurance that there would be one steady cause for excitement for somo time to come. Next morning young Mix staked out a claim adjoining Grump. The Colonel led him aside, bound him to secrecy, and told him that there was far richer dirt down the stream. The young man pointed toward the hut and replied : " He sed 'twas.payin' dirt, an' I ortto take his ndvioe, seein' he giv' me a pick -an1 shovel an'-pan-sed he'd hev to git-new- ones1anyhow/' '1 Thunder 1" ejaculated the Colonel, more puzzled than ever, knowing well how a miner will cling as long as possible to tools with which he is acquainted. ; Jifit wait till that boy gits a bug of duet," said a miner, when the Colonel had narrated the second wonder. 1 * The express agent '11 be here next week to git what fellers want to send, to their folks- the boy'll want to send some to his'n- his bag'U be mis sin* 'bout then-]isfc wait and if my words don't come true call me a greaser." The Colonel pondered over this prophecy, and finally determined on another vigil outside Grump's hut. Meanwhile { Grump's .pet, as Mix had been nicknamed, afforded the camp a great deal of amusement. He was not at all reserved, and he was easily drawn out on the subject of his protector, whom he spoke of in terms of unmeasured praise. "By the piper that played before "oses," said one of the boys ope day, beneath Pet's head, and with it came a leather bag containing gold dust. The Colonel drew, a perfect bead oh Grump's temple.; "I'll jest wait till you're stowin' that away, my golden haired beauty," said the Colonel within himself, " an' then we'll see what cold lead's got to say about it," Grump untied the bag, set it upon hia own pillow, drew forth his own pouch and untied it; the Colonel's aim remained true to its unconscious mark. "Ef that's the game," continued the Colonel to himself, <11 reokon the proper time to play my trump is just when you're pourin' from his bag into your'n. It'll be ez good ez a theater to bring the boys up to see how't was done. Lord, I wish he'd hurry up 1" Grump placed a hand on each bag and the Colonel felt for his trigger. Grump's hand opened wide the mouth of the Pet's bag and his right hand raised his own; in a moment he had poured out all his own gold into Pet's bag, tied it and replaced it under Pet's head. The Colonel retired quietly for a hundred yards or more, then he started for the saloon like a man inspired with a three days' thirst As he entered the saloon the crowd arose. "Any feller ken say I lie," meekly spoke the Colonel; " an I wont shoot. 1 wouldn't believe it ef I hadn't seen it with my own eyes. Grump's poured all bis duat into the Pet's pouch." The whole party in chorus con* demned their optical organs to supernatural warmth; some, more energetic than the rest, signified that the operation should extend to their lungs and livers. But the doubter of the party again spoke: find yer," said he, "tomorrow he'll be complainin' the Pet stole it, and then he'll claim all in the Pet's pouch." The Colonel looked doubtful; several voices expressed dissent; Bozen, reviving his proposition to drink to Grump, found opinion about equally balanced, but conservative. It was agreed, however, that all the boys should "hang around" the express agent the next day, and should, if Grump made the Pet any trouble, dispose of him promptly, and give the Pet a clear title to all of Grump's rights and properties, x-5 The agent oame, and one by one the boys deposited their du�t, saw it weighed, and took their receipts. Presently there was a stir near the door, and Grump and Pet entered. Pet's gold was weighed, his mother's name given, and a receipt .tendered. *' Thinks he's goin' to hev conviction inwritin'," Whispered the doubter to the Colonel, But the agent finished his business, took the stage, and departed. Grump started to the door to see the last of it. The doubter was there before him, and there was a big tear in the corner of each of Grump's eyes. * * * - * * * * " faow did it come about ?" asked the Colonel of Pet. * Broady done jt," Replied Grump, in a hoarse whisper'* he^bunded the boy and I tackled, him-then he fired." The doubter went around and raised the dying man's bead. Pet seemed collecting all his energies for some great effort. Finally he asked: "What made you put your dust into my pouch ?" " 'Cause," whispered the dying man, putting one arm about Pet's neck' and drawing him closer, "'cause I'm yer dad; give this to your mar," and on Pet's homely face the ugliest man at Painter Bar put the first token of human affeotion] ever displayed in that neighborhood. The arm relaxed its grasp and fell loosely. The experienced Colonel gazed into the upturned face and gently Baid: " Pet, yer an orphan." Reverentially the boys carried the dead man into his own hut. Several men dug a grave beside that of Perkins, while the Colonel and the doubter acted as undertakers, the latter donating his only white shirt for a shroud. This duty done they went to the saloon, and the doubter called up the crowd. The glasses filled, the doubter raised his own and exclaimed: " Boys, here's corpse-corpse is the best looking man in camp." And so he was. For the first time in his wretched life his soul had reached his face, and the Judge mercifully took him while he was yet in his own image. The body was placed in,a rude coffin and borne to the grave on a lifter of spades, followed by every man in camp, the Colonel'supporting the only family mourner. Each man threw a shovelful of dirt on the boffin before the filling began. As the last of the surface of tne coffin disappeared from view Pet raised a loud cry and wept bitterly, at which operation he was joined by the whole party. A WEDDING SONG. 4 -Raid, My heart, now let uaMng a song For a fair lady on her wedding day, Some solemn hymn, or pretty roundelay, That shall be with her as'she goes along To meet her joy, and for her happy feet Shall make a pleasant mu&ic, low and sweet- Then said my heart, It la right bold of thee To think that any song that we oould slag Would for this lady be an offering Meet for snch gladness as hers must needs be, What time she goes to don her bridal ring, And her own heart makes sweetest carolling And so It is that with my lute unstrung, Lady, I come to greet thy wedding day j But once, methlnks, I heard a poet say, The sweetest songs remain for ays unsung. So mine, unsung, at thy dear feet I lay, And with a " Peace, be with you!" go my way. WIT AND WISDO Hints for the Sick Roo something that evert nurse should not fail to remembeb. j i ej half that boy sez is true, some day Grump'11 hev wings sprout through his shirt an' '11 be sittin' on the sharp edge of a cloud an' play in' onto a harp jifit like other angels." As for Grump himself he improved so much, that suspicion was halt disarmed when one 'looked at him, nevertheless the Colonel deemed it prudent to watch the Pet's landlord on the night preceding the express day. The Colonel timed himself by counting the games of old sledge that were played. At the end of the sixth game after dark he made his way to Grump's hut and quietly located himself at the same crack as before, � The Fet and his friend were both lying down but by the light of the fire the Colonel oould see that the eyes of the former were closei while those of the latter were wide open. The moments flew by and still the two men remained in the same positions, the Pet apparently fast asleep,and Grump wide awake. The interior of a miner's hut, though displaying great originality of denign' and ingenious artistic effects, becomes, alter a time, rather a tiresome objeot of contemplation. The Colonel found it so, and relieved his strained eyes by an occasional amateur astronomical observation. On turning his head with a yawn from one of these he saw inside a state of affairs which caused him to feel hurriedly for his pistol. Grump had risen on one elbow and was stealthily feeling with the other hand under Pet's head. "Hal" thought the Colonel, 4'right at last." Slowly Grump's hand emerged A few days later Grump went to Plaoorville for a new pick for the Pet- the old one was too heavy for a light man, Grump said. Pet himself felt rather lonesome working on his neighbor's claim, so.Jifl- sauntered down the creek, and got a kind word from almost every man. His ridiculous anatomy had escaped the grave so long, he was so industrious and so inoffensive that the boys began to have a sort of affection for the lad who had oome so far to help the folks. Finally some weaker miner, unable to hold the open seoret any longer, told the Pet about Grump's operation in dust. Great was the astonishment of the young man, and puzzling miners gained sympathy from the weak eyes and open mouth of the Pet, as he meandered homeward, evidently as much at a loss as themselves. Unluoky was the spirit which prompted Grump in the selection of his claim. It was jnat beyond a Bmall bond which the Bun made, and was therefore out of .sight of the claims of the other men belonging to the camp. And it oame to pass that while Pet was standing on his own claim, leaning on his spade and puzzling his feeble brain, there came down the Bun the great Broady, chief of the Jolly grasshoppers, who were working several miles above. Mr. Broady had found a nugget a few days before, and in his exultation had ceased work and become a regular member of the bar. A week's industrious drinking developed in him that peculiar amiability and humanity which is characteristic of cheap whisky, and as Pet was small, ugly and alone, Broady commenced working off on him his own superfluous energy. Poor Pet's resistance only increased the fury of Broady, and the family at Pawkin Centre seemed in imminent danger of being supported by the town, when suddenly a pair of enormous stubby hands seized Broady by the throat, ano^a harsh voice, which Pet joyfully recognized as Grump's, exclaimed : , 'Let bini go, or I'll tear yer into "mincemeat, curse yer." Tho chief of Jolly Grasshoppers was not in the habit of obeying orders ; but Grump's hands imparted to his command considerable moral force. No sooner, however, had Broady extricated himself from Grump's grasp than he drew his revolver and fired. Grump fell, and the ohief of the Jolly Grasshoppers, his injured dignity made whole, walked peacefully away. The sound of the shot brought up all the boys from below. " They've fit!" gasped the doubter, catching his breath as he ran;; "an the boy-boy's had to-lay him out." It seemed as the doubter might be right, for the boys found Grump lying on the ground bleeding badly, an? the Pet on bis hands and knees. Somewhere lately I read that in some country house where miik was in plenty, a pan of it was placed near moat in the larder to keep the latter fresh. I am sorry to be so lame in my story, but the principle to be carried out waB that milk, being a ready absorbent, the bad air that would otherwise have tainted the meat dew to the milk instead. My tnoughts immediately reverted to the sick room, where milk is often left standing for the use of the invalid ; and it occurred to me that if this were the oasa would it not just as readily absorb the poisonous exhalations that arise there ? Why, or how, I am not chemist enough to explain, but-as most persons are aware-water- is a rapid absorbent of the taint of paint; and in a room freshly painted, a pail of clean, cold .water left standing there, will quickly " take off the smell." Dip your finger into the water which has been thus left all night, you will find it tastes strongly of the paint. Milk is too costly to be thus largely used, but a little-say a saucer-full-might be placed for experiment, and if it tastes of the paint you may reasonably conclude that it wuld taste_ just as much (certainly absorb just as readily) of whatever impuritieg hang round a sick bed when left standing near it. Let me impress upon invalids the importance of keeping their refreshments oovered. Many delicate persons not absolutely in need of night attendance yet require a supply of night nutriment. I know of an invalid Home where almost every patient is regularly supplied with a glass of milk at the bedside for night use. Then there are cooling drinks, jellies, blancmanges, and a vanety of liquids usually seen at the invalid's bedside, a nd all more or less absorbent. All should be kept covered. I once visited an invalid who had her bedside table supplied with an array of glasses, cups, tumblers, etc., the contents of not one of which could we see, all being oovered with a most amusing variety of glass and porcelain lids. The invalid liked to forget the contents of each, and was amused to lift one pr another of the tiny covers and select a refreshment whioh presented itself to her taste. And to keep invalids amused, and.ready to relish what is provided for them, are important dutieB in nursing. Such slight attentions cost little trouble, while they prove to the sufferer that he or she is tenderly oared for.-Land and Water, -The trarnp's motto : 11 God bless* our room."-[Whitehall Times. -A good deed is never lost-especially if it be a good mortgage deed.- [Turners Falls Reporter. -Honesty may be the best Indian policy, but nobody knows. It has never been tried.-("New Haven Register. -Bismarck gets away with, a bottle of brandy daily, and yet people wonder why his dog is so cross.-[N. H. Register. -Some men are so puffed up that they have to get up on their tip-toes to speak to themselves. - [Whitehall Times. t -Warren's monument was erected where Warren fell. Why not looate Adam's by the same rule ?-[American Queen, -The popular and well-paid poet and the pig are alike, in that both get fat by confining themselves to the pen,-[Steuben ville Herald. -There iz only one kind ov person who kan keep a sekret, and he iz the one who refuses to take it at enny price.-[Josh Billings, -No Cincinnati paper has told about seeing a snake, with a head the size of a beer cask, for six days. Has the price of liqnor risen ?-[Boston Post. -There's no crowd, or no person, so uninteres ting as that one which does all the talking when you want to do it all yourself.-Steubenville Herald. -The only instance of leap year privilege yet notioed is that of a woman being seen down town at midnight after her ^husband.-[Hartford^ Sunday Journal. -One day, after a Iong-oontinued snow storm Old Sol peeped out from behind a olond and lispingly remarked : " I never thaw so much snow at once." -[Rome Sentinel. -A Marlborough, N. YM farmer claims to have lived twelve years without sleep. Nature evidently intended him for the father of twins,-[Philadelphia Krohikle-Herald. The Unused MilK Weed. The announcement that an inventor fias turned to use the jnioe of the milk weed will take nobody by surprise who has studied that curious production of our northern fields. There is something about the whole weed that suggests its availability for man'a purposes. The ourious, sticky juice that exudes at every fracture in leaf or stem has, it is said, been applied to every variety of cloth, rendering each waterproof without loss of color or flexibility* But the pods whioh load every stem of milk weed have in them a curious silky floss attached to the seeds, whioh seems to be carried in nature's workshop further toward a resemblance to man's finest textures than the raw cotton or flax. The case in whioh this material is Btowed away is made up of a tough fibre that might be put to use if some of the misapplied human ingenuity now going to waste were turned to the study of it,- Buffalo Courier. Lost.-^Several charitable institutions of Pittsburgh lose a large bequest through the Pennsylvania law that wills devising property to charities are, void as to flacV bequests, if made within thirty days of the testator's death. -We protest against the folly of this senseless demand that the money of the land should be kept in circulation. That's just the trouble with it; it circulates too fast.-Burlington Hawkeye. ~ -What bump hia" the red man, braT�, That beats our continuity ? Why, though the redskin be a knave, He*s a bump of Injun-uity. -Owego Itecord. -There is no unanimity among the great operatio singers. Home of them have one husband, and others bave two. But no matter how many a prima donna has, she has them all to support.-[Atlanta Constitution. F "What' a name?" Ah, William, you didn't know everything, that's certain, Salt can be bought for a few cents a quart, but call it chloride of sodium, and the apotheoary will mulct you to ' the tune of half a dollar for one poor Boruple,-[Boston Transcript. -A mean man put sixteen hornets in a whisky bottle and gave it to a Texas man, in the dark, to take a drink out of; and though the hornets got in their work as they went down, the Texan re-f marked that it wasn't real Texas whisky, as it lacked fire.-[Boston Post. -General Sherman is Baid to be a greater kisser than any other man in America, who has never taken religious orders. As soon as he has kissed every woman in the hall, the ball always breaks up, and the guests, feeling there 1b nothing further to wait for, go home, -[Burlington Hawkeye, -1{ the young man who 0couples hotel stoops aud chews wooden toothpicks took a more contemplative view of the situation, he Would soon become aware of the extravagant use he was making of valuable lumber that might otherwise be converted into baseball bats.-[Tioga Uounty Record. -If that bill-allowing husbands and wives to sell property to each other -introduced by Assemblyman Oongdon, becomes a law, when business iB dull we can go home and buy all our wives furniture and sell her our scissors and paste brush, and keep business moving juse the same as at election times or town meeting week.--[Gowanda Enterprise. -41 There's something about your daughter," Mr. Waughop said reflectively; " there's something about your daughter-" "Tes," said old Mr. Thit-tlepod, " there is. I had notioed it myself. It comes every evening about 8 o'olook, and it doesn't go away usually til) about X Aud some of these nights t am going to lift it all the way from the front parlor to the aide gate, and see what there's in it,"-Bailing ton Hawk-eye. 1" ** i.T---- #1 . . ---" �___. _ "T1 J L 1 �" -r �1 -". J j- 1m m^ ^ -I. - J. _ ;