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Bath Independent (Newspaper) - April 10, 1880, Bath, Maine 3> - 4 Hiobftl* Business, Affrioulfcvural and family Newspaper I. � - - . * ' BATH, MAINE, SATURDAY, APRIL 10, 1880. NO. 18. A PICTURE, Along a elope of grass nhe came, And as Eke wdiked, a virgin shams Lit up her face's snow with flame. F Pull Blight and small she wag, tuid bunt Hor lithe neck shyly, as Hhe went, In some childlike bewilderment. Gold was the color of her hair, The color of her oyes was vair, The Bun shone on her everywhere. Oh, fair she wap as hawthorn flowers! It seemed the flush of the spring hours Lay on her cheoks, and summer showers age, pale as a ghost, and by no means desperate-looking. bathed her in a sweet content, A virginal faint ravishment Of peace; for with hor came a scent Of flowers plucked with a childish hand In some forgotten fairyland, ,y "Where all arow the sweet years stand. And all the oreature3 of the wood, Crept from their leafy solitude, And wondering around her stood. The fawns came to her, unafraid, >.nd on her hand their muzzles laid ; And fluttering birds flew down and stayed. -John Payne. a Dahtziger's Revenge. + Or, How Oarl Waldow Punished a Eobber. In 1852 I was mining near the head of Fall creek in this county. I had a claim that was. paying me over an ounce a day, and, for once in my life, was quite content with my prospects. In July of the year named I took a lot of about eighty ounces of gold dust and went down to "Washington, on the South Yuba. Fall creek is a tributary of the South Yuba, into which river 'it empties but a few miles above Washington,'at which town X generally procured my provisions and other supplies. I was walking slowly along in the deep shade of the great forest, with my eyes bent upon the ground and thoughts far away in some of the'old forests 1 hod seen in Germany while serving as a soldier, when there came a. sharp, quick cry, "Halt!" . Instinctively I halted, hardly realizing that I was not still a soldier obeying the command of a superior officer. But it was only for an incomputable fraction of time, for on the instant a masked man, armed with a double-barreled shot-gun, stepped put from behind a large sugar pine, and about ten feet from where I had halted. "Hold up your hands!" cried the masked man, and the shot-gun was leveled at my "heafl;---------------------------- I held up my hands. The fellow then seemed not to know what to do next. He stood some seconds without speaking, as if considering how to proceed. * "Take off your belt." " How can I take off my belt if I am to hold up my hands?" said I. The man . seemed nonplussed, and again hesitated. "You have np pistol ?" said he. (' That is my business." Again the man hesitated and surveyed me. Seeing no pistol belt outside of my clothing, he appeared to be reassured, and said: "You can put down your hands and take off, the belt you have about your waist-that dust is what I want. Be quick about it!" and again the gun was leveled. I took my.own time, nevertheless, and as long a time as possible, closely watching the robber, who several times for. an hiBtant glanced nervously up and down the road. I also observed that his hands trembled. I could plainly see that he was really more frightened than I was. �Haying passed through many battles and dangers of all kinds, I did not feel at all alarmed at my situation. In a moment I understood the whole business. I knew that the man only wanted to get my dust, and did not want to kill me. If he had not feared committing murder he would have shot me down withoxft speaking- would havo taken no chances with me. While slowly taking off my pouch of gold dust, my mind was not inactive. I saw that the robber was a trembling- fellow, not at all fit for the business. A man that I could have cowed and commanded in almost any situation had we been placed on an equal footing. When the belt was off, the highwayman said : " Lay it down and be off." I laid it down and turned as though to go away, but as the fellow picked up my dust I faced about and said: "Do you know who I am-who you are playing this trick upon ?" 4' No; nor do I want to know. Go away !" said the man. *(Did you ever hear of Big George of Siskiyou, the stage robber ?" said I, moving toward him. Ho made no reply, but stood trem* bling and evidently quite bewildered. "Poor devil, how nervous you are!" . cried I. "Why, I am quite ashamed of you for a man in your business. There's not a bit of style about you." . I was now quite close upon him, and suddenly and, sternly said: '' Hand me that gun, you trembling ass, and I'll show you how to do things in a way that will make you a credit to the profession." The command came so unexpectedly that I had the gun in my hands before the man knew what he was about. *' Drop, that belt I" cried I, leveling the gun at Iris head. / He let it fall to the ground. m Take off that mask !rt The man hesitated a moment, and then took off his mask-a piece of blaplc mu& lin. with holes for theeye^whenl ' What is your name ?" The man hesitated. ""What is your name?'* and I raised both the gun and my voice. " George Robinson," came hesitatingly from his quivering lips. "*I didn't ask you to lie. Tell me your true name, or it will be the worse for you." "If you nmst have it, Thomas Berry is my true name, but I don't see why you should care to know it." " That is my business. I shall let you carry that dust for a time; the gun is load enough for me. As for your name, it matters little whether or not you have told me the truth, as I am going to take you to where you are no doubt well known, for now I shall march you straight to Nevada City." ^ "To Nevada City!" cried the man, stopping short, and beginning to quake from head to foot. " Why, ain't you Big George, the stage robber ?" ' * Never heard of such a man in all my life," said L "I am Carl Waldow, of all Creek, and am not ashamed of my ame. I'll take you to Nevada or blow the top of your head off! Do you understand that?" "For the love of God spare me!" cried the man, whom I shall hereafter call Reed, which is not his true name, but is a name given in the place of the name he ave me, and which I soon ascertained to e his real name. " Spare me, this and I will honestly tell you all." "Talk fast, then," said L 1' I have a young wife and a child-a little boy-and a ranch that I am about to lose. It is mortgaged and will bo taken from me in five days if I don't raise $2,000. On account of my wife and child I made this desperate attempt to save myself from ruin. I was in "Washington last night, where I tried in vain to raise money. I slept in the next room to you, and through the chinks in the partition saw your belt of gold. I hod heard you say you were going to Nevada early in the morning. It was also my road, and the devil put it into my head to get your gold without harming you. I had determined to do you no harm." "Is that all?" "That is all, and the whole truth, so help me God. Now, for the love of heaven, let me go,- and I'll never again do a wrong act to any human being." "March!" commanded I. "God help me!" cried lie, "will you ruin me and bring disgrace on my family by taking me to Nevada to the jail ?" "I did not say, 'March to Nevada;* I only said, ''March!' and I say agaiu March! We march, not to Nevada, but to your ranch, if you havo one." "Good God! You do not mean to take me there and disgrace mo ,in the eyes of my wife. She is one of the best women in -the world,- and it- would kill her." '11 will now know the truth of this whole business," said 1. "I am in no hurry to go to Nevada City. I will take my time and find out ajl. If you have, as you say, a form and a wife and child, I shall do you no harm-will cause your wife no pain. Again I say, march!" I made Reed shoulder my dust and march some ten feet in advance. I told him to take a straight course through the woods, as I wanted to see no one, nor was he anxious to meet any of his acquaintances." We turned to the right from the road and marched in a southerly course. It was a long way through the forest, and nothing worthy of note occurred while passing through it. Little was said by either Reed or myself. Reed tried to talk to me about his wife and child once or twice and beg me to be careful in what I should say before liis wife, but I sternly ordered him to shut his mouth. " I am tliinking," said I, " and that is enough. I am thinking of everything, and shall do what is right." We passed tlirough the pine forests and down into the foothills among groves of live oak and among manzanita thickets. "Is it yet far?" said I, after we had been some time among the low lulls. "But a mile or so," said peed. At last we reached the summit of a little ridge, he pointed to a cottage in a field half a mile away, and said: "There is my home." "Good," said L "Now sit down and compose yourself, for you are not appear at all agitated. We go now to see your wife and your little boy." Reed began to weep. " This is rough," said he. "It is," said I, ".but there is no help for it. I will now take the belt and put it on. Leave it where you are and move twenty feet further down the hill; then sit down and dry your eyes, for the sun is not half an hour high, and wo must soon go to your house." Reed did as directed, and when the belt was in place and I had given him time to compose his features, I ordered him to get up and move on. ' * My wife will think it strange to see you carrying my gun. Will you trust me with it ?" _ ^ "I have bought your gun, you know. When I leave your home I shall carry it away with me." Reed said no more. As we drew near the house I told Reed to fall back by my aide. "Now," said I, "pay attention. I am an old friend of yours, a man you knew many years ago in-where are you from ?" Near Cold Water, Michigan." *' Very well; I am from Cold Water, Michigan ; you knew me there; I have come home with you to see your place, and your wife, and your boy. Now go on. I am your old mend, Mr. Waldow; remember the "name-Waldow." So we went into the house. Reed's wife met w at the 4o?r. J, was introduced as Waldos an,4 .afc once be- Mrs. Reed was a woman about twenty-eight years of age and quite handsome. She spoke with a slight accent that caused me to ask if she were not of German parentage. She was. She told me the name of her father-Jacob Schroeder. "Jacob Schroeder!" cried I. "From what place in Germany ?" " From Dantzig," said she. " From Dantzig !" cried I. " Good ! 'I also am from Dantzig. It is my native town and I knew your father well," which in truth I did. My heart went out toward her, and I said to myself as I looked at her honest face : "Daughterof Jacob Schroeder, you are married to a weak, bad man and a robber, but I will do you all the good I can." As for Reed, he said nothing, but sat looking quite stupefied. Even when his wife said: " Is it not wonderful, Thomas, that Mr. Waldo should be a Dantziger and should know my father-he who is also an old friend and acquaintance of yours ? Reed muttered something about there being strange meetings in California. I paid no attention to Reed's distress, but went on and told his wife many things that I remembered about - her father and her uncles, of not a few of which she had heard her parents speak, for her mother was also a Dantzig woman. I was soon on gobd terms with the boy, sang little songs to him, and indeed mode myself so much at home and the friend of the family that Reed cast at me stolen glances of astonishment. He seemed to be saying to himself: "Is this the man I tried to rob a few hours ago, but who captured mo and marched me to my own house a culprit and his prisoner ?" But I gave heed only to become more merry and talkative than ever with the boy and his mother. Also with Reed I talked about his ranch and told him we would take a look over the whole place in the. morning. As soon as I found that he had actually conducted me to his home, and once I had seen his wife and child, I had no fear. I knew I was safe-that Reed would do no murder there had he a score of guns and pistols. After I was shown to my room for the night I took off my belt, and carried it to the room I had just left, and telling Mrs. Reed what it contained, asked her if she had a safe place to keep it till morning. She begged me to keep it in my own room; there was no knowing what might happen, and she did not like to take any responsibility. Reed looked astounded. He also begged me to take the gold to my room, and said: " Take your gun to your room-take care of the gold yoiu*sclf. wish to tako home some provisions or dry goods.  He said lie would like to take home some provisions, but did not like-to go to the storo after them, as he owed quite a bill-over $100, he thought I gave him $250 and told him to pay off the old score and get what ho wanted beside. "Also," said I, "go to a dry goods store and get your wife a dress and' some such things as you know her to need, and something for little Jacob." "But how am I ever to pay you all this money?" stammered Reed. " You are presently to give me your note for the whole." ' * But how shall I ever pay the note ? '' Never mind about that; that will be all right. I shall see that you pay-you will work it out."  "Work it out!" "Yes; right at home-on your own farm. You are going to work now-to work for me and yourself and your wife and your boy. -1 eould havo sent you to State Prison, but I can make better use of you-do better by you. I shall frork you on your own form, instead of letting you work in "San Quantin. You will have all manner of home comforts, and will be making money for yourself and wife and boy-more money than you ever made in your life before. I am not doing right, I know. I am compounding a felony, so to speak, for the law requires me to send you to State Prison. I choose to disobey the law', however ; I take the law into my own hands, and I'll make a better job of the business before I get through with it than the law would be able to do." Reed looked utterly astounded. "Be off with you now and get the goods you require ; you will find me with the team at the stable," said I. Reed marched away, did as told, and presently came to me at the stable, when we drove round to the stores and took in his purchases. As Reed's guest, I purchased some little present for Jacob and Mrs. Reed. dustrious, and was hi many respects a fair sort of man. Now that he had got a start in the right direction, he seemed anxious to go ahead. He began to feel pride in his ranch and all its belongings, and took great interest in everything. I had not found it necessary to keep Komph over him after the first year. All was going on ho well that in another year or two Rued would have been able to pay up every cent he owed me, when an accident happened him. While going homo from Nevada one day his team ran away, thro\virig him out of his wagon against a tree, crushing in his skull and instantly killing him. I was in Fall Creole when I heard that my robber was dead. I at once went down to the ranch and I married the widow-not right away, you must understand, for she thought a great deal of Reed; I comforted her and took care of things on the place till a proper timo had expired. Now you know how I met my robber and how I got my revenge. To this day Mrs. Waldow does not know when or how I first became acquainted with hor first husband. She still thinks it was at Cold Water, Michigan. Instead of three hundred acres of land in Nevada County, I now have three thousand in Oregon. Jacob is a line young fellow, and I think as much of him as though he were my own son, almost, although I believe I am somewhat fonder of my own boys. Perhaps it is because I think they have a better father than the man that Jacob called by that name. Jacob has six hundred and forty acres of as good laud as con be found in Oregon, and it is well improved and stocked. 1 have done all for Mm tftat I would have done had he been mv own son, and in that I have again had my revenge and carried out the law according to my own notions. No Homes on the Pacific Coast. On the way home I gave Reed instructions. He was to tell his wife that I had paid off the mortgage, paid his store debts and intended to set him upon his feet and give, him a good start to make money, giving him almost his own time in which to pay the note he would give me when all was arranged, and this I was doing on account of our old friendship in Michigan. All this he carried out !o the letter, and Mrs. Reed shed tears of gratitude when she tried to thank me. I remained five days at Reed's ranch, thoroughly studying it. During the time, I wont to Nevada City and drew more money, also took out to the ranche as assistant to Reed a countryman of mine from Deer Creek, a man named Kempf. I told this man that Reed was an old friend of mine to whom I had lent a considerable amount of money in order to " The gun !" said I,, "You think, _ give him a fresh start in the world ; that then," there may be danger of robbers ?"-Koed was a good enough fellow, but a "Oh, no-I don't know. Takeaway the gold. I will take no chances with it." Seeing a wood-box in the corner of the room, I threw the belt into it and laid over it two or three sticks of wood, and saying: "There is a better and safer place for it than in my bed-room," turned about and left the couple, Mrs. Reed gazing after me in astonishment. The next morning Mrs. Reed handed me my gold-Reed did not seem to want to touch it. I had given him a dose of it, by letting him sleep in the same room with it. I told her to stow it away somewhere, as Reed and I were going to look about the ranch a little before breakfast. I marched Reed off and we looked about the place. I saw that he had excellent land-three hundred acres of it in all-but that it was ^poorly cultivated. Signs of shiftlessness were seen in every direction. The fences were not what they should have been, the barn was dilapidated, tho animals lean and hungry-looking, and I soon was satisfied that Reed did not much relish hard work. His house was a large unpointed structure that stood in an open field, with not a tree or shrub about it. Of his three hundred acres of land he pretended only to cultivate eighty. He said he lacked water to irrigate more. As we were returning to breakfast, after this inspection of the premises, I said to Reed: "Tell your wife that we are going to Nevada City after breakfast." "To Nevada City !" cried he, turning pale and quaking with alarm. "You don't intend to deliver me up ?" " Calm yourself," said I; " I have business there and shall do you no harm. Tell your wife that we shall be back tonight, and also tell her that I shall be your guest for some days." "I shall do as you say," was Reed's reply, but he did not look very comfortable. ' * I presumo I shall be quite welcome in your house for a week or so?" said I. "Ye-e-s-Oh, certainly," said Reed, *' quite welcome, I am really under great obligations to you. You havo saved me from doing a great wrong. I shall always--" " Never mind : you havo said enough. I think we are begmning to understand each other-that is, to some extont. We have not been acquainted long, you know,'' After breakfast Reed harnessed his team and we left for Nevada, Reed's boy -little Jacob-calling out after us, "Papa, bring me something from town !" He was a bright little fellow, about five years old. On reaching Nevada I told Reed to drive directly to the court-house. He turned pale. "It is all right,'* said I. "We are going to see about the mortgage-it is, of course, on record ?" "Oh* yes; of course," said Heed, looking relieved. We found, it all straight. I sold my dust, drew some money that I had deposited at the bank in the town, and then ^ent.with Ree^�nd had the niortKa�e little inclined to bo lazy and shiftless, therefore I wished him to push hini in Ahe work on tha^ ranch, as 1 desired to get my money back as soon as possible I also told Reed that any soldiering on his part would be reported to me. I found and took up a water right, through which sufficient water could be obtained to irrigate the whole ranch ; had surveys made, and at once let a contract for digging the ditch, which was but two miles long. I bought an additional team and lumber for fencing 1C0 acres of land ; also for putting private fences about the house and barn, and gave orders for fruit and shade trees to be planted. All this I did tlirough my robber, Reed. I then returned to my mine at Fall Creek, telling the Reeds I should return in six weeks. At the appointed time I was again at the ranch, and found that all was going on well. The ditch was completed, the house and .barn had been fenced, also that the greater part of the fence about the 160 acres had been put up, and .the old fences made as good as new. 1 bought 10 cows, 100 sheep, caused a well to be dug, walled up and housed in, (before they had been using water from a ditch), hired another man, and u stout girl to assist Mrs. Reed, left orders for an addition to be built to the house, and the whole house to be well painted, then returned to my mine. I say I did these things, and so I did, but no one knew it, as all was done through Reed. When winter came, and the mines were buried in snow, I went down to my robber's ranch, and went to work there with a will. Mrs. Reed did not think it strange, as she knew her husband owed me a large sum of money, which was to be made out of the ranch; beside, I charged regular wages-wliich was but right. She conld not but know that her husband was rather indolent, and doubtless suspected why I desired to be on the ranch and see that work was pushed. We plowed and planted the whole quarter section of land, beside doing a vast deal of other work, marketing and the like. The ranch did not look like the same place. The next year all tho ground was fenced and brought under cultivation. Fifty head of cows had been purchased, and two thousand head of sheep, with many swine, and fowls of all kinds. Chinese wex*e put to gardening, and two herders hired, one to attend to the sheep out in the hills and mountains, and the other to look after the cows and to milk and make butter and cheese for the market. When' the Chinamen were not busy at gardening, they were made to work about the house, orchard and grounds. Thus all was put in shape, and my robber was made to become a very industrious man. I frequently visited tho ranch, and the next year began to, get back my money. Mrs. Reed was a very happy woman. It was her nature to desire to get along in the world and moke money, and all was now going to her satisfaction. Her parents lived but five miles away. I frequently visited them, and they were often at Reed's. X began to hove a good The Virginia City (Nevada) Enterprise gives this not very agreeable picture of home life on the Pacific Coast: The saddest phase of this coast-probably of all gold and silver mining regions-is the absence of homes. We mean real homes, whose founder laid the first hearthstone and made the first clearing with the thought that on that spot he was to do his life's work, and there, at last, amid familiar scenes, sink into that sleep that is final. The absence of this disposition has made nomads of the men of tliis coast. They came here originally with the thought that in a little while they would return and make the home of their future in tho lands of their birth. Could the air-castles which have been erected in thought by men on this coast, wliile lying in hunfts in rude cabins, pr in blankets around camp-fires, bu woven into a picture, what a city it would make. But tho years have stolen by ; except in isolated cases, the bewitching dreams have never been realized,-.and._\\; hoped-for homes were never builded back in the land of childhoods, neither, alas, havo they been builded here. We do not mean to say that there ore not plenty of families living in what they call homes. But those who have homes which were created with the expectation that they would be permanent, that in and about them was to be hoarded the gathered treasures of a life-time are very few. WIT AND WISDOM. What is better than a promising young man ? A paying one. Could not the doctor's fees be 'justly called ill-gotten gains ?- Yonfcers Ga* ze.tte. Halt codfish -should be sold under the name of dry goods.*-Daniclsonvillc Sentinel. h* ever a man needed to travel for his health it is the Czar of Russia.-New Orleans Picayune. Two things that don't loose their sting by being carried over a year-hornets and maple sugar.- Whitehall Times. The rumor that the baby has had an attack of the cholera elephantum is without foundation.-Philadelphia Bulletin. In Russia the children grow up in as dense ignorance as if there were three hunched thousand dollars in the treasury. - (i at vest on News. No wonder the Chinese nre rushing East. Washington is just charged to the muzzle with dirty linen.-Philadel-phia ('hronh-tr-Herald. We warn all Nihilists that they need not shoot at us. We have adopted Meli-kofV's plan and had all our shirts ironed. -Ph i lad ------ ----\ by some strange hance got into a fight yesterday afternoon, was asked by ay acquaintance some particulars in regard to the affair. Said he: "Well, sur, to tell you the thruth, 1 saw but little of the fight. I was on the undther side of it."-Virginia Enterprise. When a New Hampshire chap wanted to break off the engagement of the girl he loved to another fellow, he didn't try to persuade either that the other was false." He just contrived to get them both to join the same church choir, and in less than a week they didn't speak.- Boa ton Pont. Hekeaeteh otjb rates for pubHshing explanations of how the *' fifteen-puWe ' can be done will be a dollar a Hue, invariably in advance. We may add, by way of consolation to those who haven't got the money to get then* explanations into print, that the puzzle can't bo done.- Kansas Vity Times. Gen. Melikoff is said to be of " nervous temperament.!' We don't wonder. Any man who can* move around St. Petersburg with the Nihilists dogging his footsteps and occasionally firing a broadside into him without being nervous must bo of sterner stuff than Rus- - Baltimore he had passed 100. Democrat-he had voted the Democratic ticket since the formation of the party- .________ ho had never been a candidate for. any $jans are usually built of. ollice, and once, when appointed by the Gazette. Governor a Justice of the Peace, had peremptorily refused to serve. Having married early, and having had three children, who died in infancy, he became a widower at 30, and never remarried. A Bad Man.-A "Now Haven, Ct., man, wdio is now traveling abroad, writes to a friend iu that city that some barbarian of a relic hunter has broken off and stolen about two and a half inches of the handle of the iron trowel which was found by Lieutenant Gorringe at the base of the Egyptian obelisk which is about to be removed to New York City. Dejlf and Dumb.-In the Pennflylvo-nia Institution for the Deaf and Dumb h Have yod called on Mrs. Tellitall recently?" inquired one blooming matron of an equally blooming friend. "No, I haven't, but I must. I should like to know what Mrs. Madasahare says about mo. You know they are intimate." "Yes, and you must call on me immediately after. I shall be dying to know."- New Haven Register. *1 You no not mean to call that a yard, do you ?" said an indignant house hunter, looking at the little on closure at the rear of ' � an elegant residence," which th* broker was showing him; why, there is not more than three feet of ground there." "Well," said the imperturbable house agent, "three feet make % d, do they ao$ JBoaton (femmff* ^ �5-

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