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   Bath Independent (Newspaper) - March 20, 1880, Bath, Maine                                snd ITaflUtily- Newcpaper. VOL. I. BATH, MAINE, SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 1880. NO. 15. THE TASK OF THE FLOWER. A little flower In beauty grew Within a garden fair; No wants Its fragile leaflets knew, 'Twas watched with tender eare; ' Yet sorrow oft would tinge Ite joy For those whose hearts were sad; It longed Its beauty to employ And make their live/ more glad. One day 'twas culled, and borne away By careless hands and small; But fioon was dropped, and dying lay Unheeded in its fall. It sorrowed thoro with anguish sore, _   No longer might it live; Its fragrant life would soon be o'er, No pleasure could it give. A mother saw it lying there, And bore It home with joy; To blossom In the garret bare Beside her crippled boy; The child beheld itwlthdelight, And all bis love was won His pale wan face with smiles was bright- The flow're's task was done. The Severed Locks. "Ton might do bettor, John." Mrs. Williams spoke fretfully, ib if the news told to her by her only son was not pleasant for her to~hecr. " Better, mother!" What a ringing, clear voice it 'was I So strong and hearty, as if to match the tall, stalwart figure,the bright brown - eyes asd handsome, sunny face of John Williams. " Better I" And now a hearty langh rang out. "As if there lived a better woman than Hannah Ooyle!" " But, John, she is only a shop girl." " She won't be a shop girl when she is my wife. I f%m not a rioh man, but my Balary will make a comfortable home for allot us." "She will turn me out of doors, like enough." "Mother," cried John, with a quiver of anger running through the surprised reproaoh of his voioe, "you should know Hannah Ooyle better than that, Mrs. Williams' conscience gave her a sharp twinge, for she did know Hannah better than to think she would deprive a orippled old woman ol her only home. But Mrs. Williams, like many a fond mother, had nutsed such high hopes for the future matrimonial prospects' of her boy, that she felt only a rule shook of disappointment when he told her of his engagement. "Surely," she mused, after John had left her for his .daily routine of duty, surely John might aspire to something higher than a mere shopgirl." He was well educated, well oonneoted, and oooupied a responsible position. Just one little week later Hannah Ooyle came to the hous^, where she wbb to have had grudging welcome as its mistress, and entering softly, went to the orippled woman's oh air. Orouohed down among the cushions, seeming to have shrunk to less than her actual size in her misery, was the fond, proud mother, her frame shivering in convulsive agony, her words always the same, " Oh, John, my son, my good son I Ob, Heavenly Fathor, let me die ! She had been all one long night so moaning, so sobbing, utterly desolate, utterly alone. The soi) she idolized, the trusted clerk, the fond, proud lover, *as lying in a oell, waiting a trial for forgery, He had been arrested for passing u forged check, taken in the very -act of attempting to cash it at the bank, The story he told of its possession was so improbable that it still further in jnred him, and gave personal revenge an additional motive for his punishment. He said thai Gerald Somers, the son of one of the partners of the firm had sent him to the bank with the check. It scarcely needed the young man'i,.; indignant denial to contradict this story; A friend in the same employ had gone fo the mother and told the news as kindly and gently as possible. A fierce anger and stout pride had kept the old lady up during that trying interview. Bat onoe she was alone, she orouohed in the cushions of her chair and moaned out in the utter misery of her heart. There was no strong arm to lift her to her own room that night. There was no hearty, ringing voioe to bid her good morniug. Still the feeble voice, freighted with its burden of anguish, moaned its sad refrain, when the door opened and Hannah Ooyle come in. No friend had broken the news gently -to the young-girl, But "the shock came rudely upon her from tho columns of the daily paper. < It was not in one hour, or two, that she could so conquer her own grief as to leave the house. But when the first .,. battle!,waa,pver in her heart she went at onoe where she knew John would have had her go. So when, faint with her long night of misery, the mother lay moaning, a kind hand was plaoefTupon her shoulder, and a voice clear and strong, but sweet with womanly tenderness, spoke the dearest word on earth: "Mother!" She looked up with haggard, bloodshot eyes, and saw benuing over her a face that love, pity, and deep, unutterable tenderness had transformed into positive beauty. " Mother," the sweet, dear voioe said, " this is not whd't John would wish." The mother's tears, the first she had shed, flowed fast at the Bound of her son's name. "Oh. Hannah 1" she said, "you do not believe John is gailty ?" . "John-guiltyt" the girl cried, her voice rtogin&Jike ft trumpet oaU,, her eyes flashing, and her oheek growing crimson. "Mother, how can you pat the words together? You know-I know -that he is innooent." 'But he is in prison.   He will be tried." This was the first conversation that drew the hearts of the two wdmen together, but the bond that knit them during the months that followed was that of suffering and sorrow, that would have torn the heart of the man whom they loved and trusted during his darkest hours. For the trial only separated them more surely and terribly. Twelve intelligent men, after hearing all the evidence, pronounced a verdiot of guilty, and John Williams was sentenced for ten years. It is not in the power of pen to describe the desolate home to which this news was oarried. They never doubted him, even in the face of all the overwhelming evidence that had condemned him, but Heaven seemed to have deserted them when they knew the result of the trial. Hannah Ooyle was not pretty. Her features were plain, her eyes a soft brown, and she had a sweet mouth, that could smile bravely, and light her face for the invalid's eyes in their darkest hours. But she had one great beauty in Jong, heavy masses of Jiair, of a rich desk, brown, and of which she was fond and proud beoause John admired it. "It is my only beauty," she would say, when old Mrs. Williams exclaimed at its profusion, " and I must keep it glossy and pretty for John's sake. He must find his wife unaltered, waiting for him, when he comes home." This was before the crushing verdiot that ended the young olerk's trial. Fortunately, the old lady owned the little home in whioh she lived, her sole legacy from her dead husband ; but as the weary months crept slowly along, Poverty showed her ugly faoe in the humble home. Hannah worked faithfully at her old post until Mrs. Williams was taken very ill. Sorrow and anxiety began to have physioal as well as mental effect, and the mother bowed down, aged more in one year of separation from--her "son than she had ever been in' ten of their loving companionship. It was impossible to leave her alone, apd;4he situation was resigned. Nearer and nearer crept the gaunt wolf, Poverty. Little artioles of furniture that could be spared were sold ; little comforts were denied; extra hoars were given to the poorly paid sewing that replaced Hannah's work, and yet actual hanger was staring them in the face. Nearly two years had John Williams slept in a conviot's oell, when one morning Hannah Ooyle, leaving her self-imposed charge sleeping, went to one of the fashionable hairdressers. " I have come to sell my hair," she said, choking back her tears, and thinking-"It will grow out again before John comes home." The proprietor led her to the hair-dressing-room, and hid his amazement at the superb profusion under a hard, half-contemptuous smile. When Hannah left, only three shillings had been paid her for her closely oropped head ; yet that would keep life a little longer in,the feeble frame of John's mother, and Hannah was thankful. She was rapidly walking home, when she was attracted for a moment by u crowd, and her feet seemed paralyzed as she heard a wan say : " I Baw hie faoe. It is Gerald Somers." "Is he much hurt?" "Fatally, I should say.   One of the horses put his foot on his breast." " Gerald Somers I   Fatally injured !" Hannah never paused to contemplate possibilities. She foroed her way through the orowd nto the inuer room where the young jan lay waiting for death. " You oannot go in." " I must go in ! It is a matter of life and death," she answered. " I must sec him before ho dies." Something in the wbite, earnest faoe moved the heart of the man, and he opened the door. i Upon a low sofa, lightly covered with a sheet, lay thehandeomo, dissipated son of the merohonb prinoe. Kneeling beside him, looking into the white, drawn face, was the hastily-summoned father, and the physioian stood at the head of the couoh. They had thought consciousness dead in the still figure, when a dear voice spoke the dying man's name. " Gerald Somers 1" He opened his eyes wildly, and the dear, sweet voioe spoke again in words itely painful, but he paid him his full salary for the time of his absence, and found him a lucrative position. It was the day of the home-comings.  Mrs. Williams in her own chair was smiling upon John as he caressed Hannah's oropped hair. "Very grave and pale his sunny faoe bid become in his bitter trial, but a smile brightened it as he heard his mother say: "It was for me, John, she saorifioed ell her splendid hair. I oan never tell you all she saorifioed for me, but that speaks for itself." 0 Clasping Hannah in a close embrace he asked: " Do you think now, mother, I might do better ?" " Not if you could marry an empress." She thinks so still, and John agrees |. with her, though he has been married four years, and Hannah's hair is as superb as ever. Daddy Turner's Victory. This was the pictnre in front of " Old Daddy Turner's " oabin in tho " Kuiu tuck " quarter of Detroit the other after noon: Two oolored men sitting on a wash-bench, silent and sorrowful; an old dog sleeping in the sun at their feet, and a oolored woman calling to a boy who was on the fenpe, "Now, Jee'ms Henry, you git right down from dat I Doan' you know dat Daddy Turner am jist on the pint of dyin'  a, wailed, as heir tearsxfell upon his faoe, " Ohile 1 hold my" han' I Ober hean am de path I I kin see men an' women an' ohildien marohin' 'long I Furder down am de sunlight. It shines on de great ribber I Ober de ribber am-do- gates-of "-- Of heaven I On earth old and poor and low-beyond the gates an angel with the rest.-Free Press. Losing Confidence. A dczen men were recently loafing away the rainy hours in a business place in Detroit when the conversation turned upon the subject of general publio rascality. A oitizen said he had given a boy a quarter to get ohanged and had never seen him again ; another said he wouldn't trust his own grandfather, and a third would give $100 to sol- an honest man. '   > *" I have not yet lost my faith in human nature," finally remarked a man on a back seat. " Any of you may call in a stranger to us all, and I will give him a $5 bill to go and get ohanged. If he fails to come back 1 lose the money ; if he returns you will see how foolish your insertions are." Half a dozen men rnshed to the door. A seedy, gaunt and evil-looking tramp vas paddling by in the rain, and he was selected to make the test. " Stranger," said the man who hadn't lost confiden ce, " take this $5 bill around the corner and get it ohanged and I will give you ten cents, The man departed without a word, and for the next ten minutes the laugh was on the man who Bent him. It died away, however, as tho tramp slouched in, handed out the bill and said : "I runned all over an' nobody could ohange him." He was given his ten cents, and the man who had lost the quarter by the boy said he couldn't have believed stioh an exhibition o,f honesty if he had not witnessed it, and he was willing to buy the cider for the orowd. of solemn import "As you nope for meroy in the next world, toll the trutn of John Williams' innocence." Ho gasped convulsively, while his father bent over him, and the physioinii looked inquiringly at the intruder. "John Williams," tho hoarse, dying voioe said, very feebly, " wbb innooent. I did give him the check, as he said. I wrote the signature." "Gerald,"oried the father, "is this true?" It is true, as I hope for God's meroy." There was a moment of awful silence. Then the old man turned to Hannah. "Who are you?" " John Williams' promised wife." " Go.  I will do him justice.  Leave me with my sou." -She, bowed her head, and went softly from the presence of the dying. James Somers kept his word. He was an upright men, and he saorifioed the name of the dead to right that of-theliving, .  \ He would not take John back. It^was only after the cider had beenj destroyed and paid for that he learned that the bill given the tramp was a base counterfeit which no one would aooept. For Diphtheria. _ A New Bedford (Mass.) woman re-ports&new and,)it is claimed, successful cure for diphtheria. A little nephew of hers was siok with diphtheria, and the child's mother was told to giye him a tea made from the bark of the root of white birch. She did so, and the white ooating of the throat and mouth began rapidly to loosen and come off, an entire recovery following. The tea may be used as a drink or a gargle, or may be held in the mouth. | A Hcub Ox.-The famous Lincolnshire ox, fed by Lord Yarborough, weighed 3,712 pounds, live weight, and measured 11 feet 10 inches from nose to getting of the tail, 11 feet 1 inch in girth, 3 feet two inohes across back in three placet-the nip, shoulder, and middle baok; 14 inohes from breast to ground, 9 inohes in girth of fore li between the fore legs. press publishes over 500 daily newspapers, more than 4,000 weeklies, and 600 monthly publications ; Of the dailies that existo.i in, 1870 about 800,000, 000 copies were struok off in that year ; of the weeklies about 600,000.000, and of other serial publications about 100, 000,000, amounting in all to 1,500,000, 000 copies.   And to sum ap the matter more foroibly,lt must be stated that the United States publishes more newspapers, with greater oombined croula-tion, than all the other countries of the world oan boast of having. -There is a ourions colored fraud in Riohmond county, N. O., who has been getting lots of money from the negroes in that region. He goes to an isolated house in the country and tells the in mates that the eleotion of Grant is oer tain, and that as soon as ho is eleoted he will be made Emperor and then there will bo a glorious division of the lands, goods and chattels and that a sam any where between ton cents and twenty-five cents intrusted to him will secure the contributor a handsome share of the spoils when the good time comes. Those who do not thus contribute, he is in straded to say, will be cast into outer darkness. He also tells them that a supply of arms will soon be distributed in Charlotte and a large military denx onstration made. -A ourionsly pathetic little story oomes from Ohio. Dr. Frank Bledson and wife, of Brownstown, separated fourteen years ago, and the wife pro, oared a divorce,retaining their two little girls. The Doctor soon married again, and his second wife, after bearing bin five sons, died. Then a correspondence sprang up between the Doctor and his other wife, whioh resulted in the re newal of the old love, and a promise of remarriage. They met and the plight ed faith was renewed, the Dootor promising to be kind and loving to Mrs Bledson and her ohildren, but told her that she must likewise be a mother to his five boys. She indignantly said, ' Never-i"-The-Dootor-took-the-train to join his five boys, while Mrs. Bled son took her two girls and returned to her home in Brownstown. Professor Fauoett, the blind mem ber of the British Parliament, says that when, at twenty-five, he lost his sight, there were many things of whioh he was passionately fond, and he resolved that those pursuits whioh he could follow he would.   No one enjoyed salmon-fishing The late Professor Faraday adopted the theory that) the natural age of man is one hundred years. The duration of life he believed to be measured by the time of growth. In the oamel the union takes place at eight, in the horse at five, in the lion at four, in the dog at two, in the rabbit at one. The natural termina-tion is five removes from these several points. Man being twenty years in growing lives five times twenty years-that is, one hundred ; the oamel is eight years in growing, and lives forty yearfi ; and so with other animals. Tho man who does.not die of siokness lives everywhere from eighty to one hundred years. Tho Professor divides lifo into equal halves -growth and deoline-and these into infancy, youth, virility, and ago. In fancy extends to the twentieth year, youth to the fi'tieth, because it is in this period the tissues become firm, virility from fifty to Bevf nty-five, during whioh the organism remains complete, and at seventy-five old age oommences to last a longer or shorter time as the diminution of reserved forces is hastened or retarded, A Weather Prophet. Baltimore has a weather prophet who surpasses Vennor.    Early the other morning, says the News, a succession of shrill "caw, caw" sounds were heard overhead, coming apparently from the south and gradually receding  in the northwest.    An old gunner was heard to way, " Do you hear those sounds? Well, sir, I can tell you without looking, where they come from.   A flook of wild geese are now on their way from the South to a oolder climate, and you can bet your laBt dollar that the winter is broken.   When you see wild geese going northward it's an infallible indication that spring  is near at baud. See, now," said the sportsman, as he pointed to a V shaped flock of the birds sailing through the ah, "the bird at the wedge corner of the V is the leader, and all the others recognize him as such, and will follow him like the leader in a flook of sheep. If the leader there should be shot or killed in any way, all the others would desoend to the gronn' The birds are now on their way to a oolder climate, where they will build ; and rest assured that spring is not far behind them." New Bankrupt Law. the The Bub-committee oi the United States House Oommittee on the Judiciary, to whom was reforred for investigation and report the subject of a national bankrupt law, gave a hearing to ~a""~idelegation-of-Baltimore-merohants-who expressed their desire to emphasize the efforts of trade representatives of Boston snd New York looking to tho passage of a National Bankrupt law by Congress.  The only suggestions made as to the features of the proposed law were that it should be, as oompared with the former law, more simple in its machinery, more uniform in its operation, __________________________a  and lesB expensive to those availing in the Tweed or the Spey more than he I themselves ot its provisions ; also, thut -    -        -    � -   i -,     -i- -i-ij i_____j_ i  ____ ,- -To stop a man trom talking-Out his said off.-[Syracuse Standard. -Advertising is yeast that makes the ' business rise.-[ Danielsonville Sentinel. -Since man to man is so unjust, You scarcely know what man'll bust. -[Whitehall rimes. -Never lie-to your lawyer-it is a waste of raw material.-[McGregor News. . 'V* -" I might dynamite not," is the constant thoneht of the unhappy Ozar.- [Paterson Press. -As n general rule the road to riches through poonomy is not rough from over travel.-[Owego Record. -Over in England when anybody has a complaint whioh puzzles the dootors they lay it to American beef. -" Sweet are the uses of university," said the girl when the senior asked her to go to a conoert.-[Syracuse Standard. If we would all turn to and lay np our savings like Mr. Vanderbilt, this would be a hfppior world,-[Buffalo Express. The best newspaper men, it is said, boil down their matter, whioh probably aooounts for their work being so well done.- [Borne Sentinel. "Home, home, sweet home, there is no plaoe liko home "-even when it was mortgaged for twioe its value.- Gowanda Enterprise. -When a Nihilist draws a pistol in a orQwded.stieet, all the.people in his. rear crowd around to the front to escape the bullet.-[Oil Oity Derrick. -Jones tells his wife|that she is worth hor weight in soold, and yet that lady doesn't feel the leaBt bit complimented. -[Philadelphia Ohroniole-Herald. -Patriok having been told that Dr. Peter had formed an asteroid, remarked: " Bedad, he may have his asteroid, but as for myself I prefer a hoss for riding." -[Home Sentinel. -Trout, the most beautiful of fish, are deceived by the flies that are most artificially made ; but there is no reason why a girl should fall in love with a mere mustaobe. -Young man, don't try to oover too muoh territory. Remember that a little syrup will make one panoake more palatable than it will if spread over a dozen. -[Whitehall TimeB. -The duty on paper-To pay your subscriptions promptly and under the oonscioushesB that you get more for the money than can be had in any other way.-[Elmira Free Press. -The statement is going around that Lotta is 33 years old. Of course she doesn't look it, and we wish to state that the figures have by some means been transposed. -[Boston Post. -The proper thing to do when you oall upon a friend is to ask him whether ho will hear you whistle "Pinafore" or join you in a friendly tussle with the gem puzzle.-[Bridgeport Farmor. -Put away the new prize puzzle, 'Twill lie never needed more, ' Fifteen, fourteen, bothoration!" Bang! there goes the anylum dpor! -N. Y. Express. -Men differ. For instance, there is the same difference between Jay Gould and some other men we know of that there is between $15,000,000 and 15 npnts. One of whpm we are whioh.- [ Kansas Oity Times. - A robust countryman meeting a physician ran to hide, himself behind a wall. Being asked the cause he replied :. "It is ho long since I have bean siok , that I am ashamed to look a physioian in the faoe."-[Boston Post. -Tn England �10 for a boy is a good start in the world. In America, many a smart boy will make a gopoT start if his mother gives him only one or two pounds-with a btoomstiok for instance. -[Philadelphia Bulletin. -This is a free country. There is no law compelling contributors to write legibly, and there is no law compelling editors and compositors to waste their time over hieroglyphios. The waste basket is handy and paper stock is up. -[Boston Transoript. -Some of the high-toned would-be-fashionable people of Fifth avenue,New York, are giving receptions at whioh only Fronoh is spoken. Something more remarkable would be a swell party at whioh only good English was spoken, -[New Orleans Pioayune. -A living skeleton' applied at a, drug  Btore in this oity, yesterday, for a situation as prescription clerk. "What dp you know about drugs ?" askod the pro-prietor. " Everything, sir; eyery-thing; I was a juror in" the HSyden case."  He got the position at a large-' did,- no one more enjoyed throwing the fly in smoe quiet stream in Hampshire or Wiltshire. He enjoyed as muoh as any one did a gallop aver the turf in com pany with some friend. He appreciated all the health-giving vigor of a long row from Oxford to London, and,, although the late Bevere f roBts nipped up a great many people,no one in the whole country enjoyed better than he,with a friend,did a fifty or sixty mile skate oh the Fens, He referred to these facts in no spirit of egotism, but as showing that there was still for the blind a store of happiness and pleasure if only they had the courage and determination to avail them selves of it. certain acts Bhould be mode to oonsti tute a prima fade case ' of fraud, and that the burden of proof should be ohanged from the creditor to the debtor. The subleot of homestead exemptions was discussed and the point made that in meny States the exemption covered so lar^e on amount that creditors were virtually powerless to polled debts. Bats.-A Frenoh newspaper states that if a little ohloride of lime be spread on the soil, rats, mice, and insects will at onoe desert it. Plants may be easily protected by it from insect plagues by simply brushing over the stems with a solution.of it. salary,-[Cincinnati Inquirer. -Gilmore has ohanged the last two' lines of hia "Oolumbia," They now read : " In awe and reverence we waits, for Thee to save the united States." Now, if he will change it once more, the whole regular army won't be'able toputdown the riots.-[Oil Oity Derrick. -" I wonder where dear Iohabod oan be this evening ; it's after nine o'clock now," said Mrs. Smiley as she shaded her eyes with her hand against the window pane. "Gone on some mercenary errand or other I believe. He's a real good charitable soul, and it's just like him.-[Boston Courier. -John, who lives on Jefferson street, came home from his club the other night, and astonished his wifey with the following remark: " My dear, it's ooldest year we've had for many a night At fifteen degrees past ten, the dock stood twenty minutes below freezo," and still he wonders why she objects to bis frequenting the olujb,-[Hartford Buftv day Journal, >   

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