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VOL. X.--NO. 3.
COLUMBUS, NEBRASKA, WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 1879.
WHOLE NO. 471.
PROPOSITION FOR RAIL ROAD
BONDS AND TAX.
BY VIUTUE of the authority In us
vested bv au act of the Legislature
of the State of Nebraska, entitled, "An
act to enable counties, cities and pre
clncts to borrow money on their bonds
to aid in the construction or completion
of works of internal improvements in
this Mate, and to legalize bonds already
isMicd for such purposes," approved
Fehriiarj'-irth, 1NK, and the acts of the
Legislature of said State amendatory
thereof. Wc, the County Comuiiisiou
vn or Platte county, in the State of
Nebraskaj for the purpo:c of aiding the
construction of a rail road, commencing
at a point on the line of the Atchison &
Nebraska rail road, in the county of
Lancaster, of said State or Nebraska,
aud running thence in a westerly and
northerly direction through the counties
of Lancaster, Seward, (Sutler and Platte
to the city of Columbus, thereby form
lug a continuous line or rail road from
the city of Atchison, in the State of
Kansas, to the said city of Columbus, in
tho State or Nebraska, do hereby submit
to the legal voters or the said county or
Platte, to be voted upon by ttiein at a
f-pecial election which is hereby called
to be held on the 14th day of.! tine, A. I).,
is1?!), at the usual places of voting in the
hoveral precincts of said county, the
following proposition for bonds and tax
that is to say: Shall the Count' Com
missioners of Platte couutv, in the State
of Nebraska, bo authorized and required
to iue and give to the Lincoln .t
Northwestern rail road company, or
the Ulue Valley V. Northwestern rail
road company, one hundred thou
Mind dollars of the coupon bonds of
htihl Platte county, to be dated the 1-t
day of January, A. 1)., is-), bearing
interest from date at the rate of eight
per cent, per annum, the interest paya
ble annually at the oflice or the County
TreaMiror of the said county of Platte,
and the priuclpnl to become due in
twenty years from the date of said
bonds ami payable to bearer at the ollieo
of the County Treasurer, of the said
county of Platte. Such bonds or any
portion thereof in sums or not less than
one thousand dollars shall be made re
deemable at any time alter ten 3-cars
from the date of the same at the option
and upon the call of the proper ollicers
of sitiii county, ami in addition to the
usual taxes, shall the proper cfiieers of
the paid county of Platte, be authorized
and required to levy a special tax on all
the taxable property within said count
sullicicut to pay the" annual iutcrest on
said bond ai the same shall become
due, and after the expiration of ten
years from the date of said bonds shall
the proper ollicer be authorized and
required to levy a tax in like manner
upon all the taxable property within
h.iid county in addition to all other
taxes, sutlicieut in amount to create a
sinkini: fund Tor the purpose of paying
at maturity the principal of said bonds.
The whole anion ut of said bonds to be
issued and given to one of the aforesaid
railroad companies upon tho following
conditions aud none other to wit:
That one or said rail road companies
hball construct and eomplote a line of
rail road of the standard gauge from
some point on the line of the Atchison
& Nebraska rail road, in the county of
Lancaster, "mining thence west and
north thtough the counties or Lancaster,
Seward. Butler aud Platte, to the cltv
of Columbia, and shall locate, establish
and maintain in the said city or Colum
bus a freight aud pa.scnger depot, .said
line of rail road to be completed to the
extent to have regular dail trains run
ning thereon to the eity or Columbus, in
the said couutv or Platte, bv the Istdav
or July, A. I)-, IS). Sald'bonds shall
be issued and delivered to cither or the
aloresaid rail road companies, which
shall construct and build the line or rail
road aforesaid, when said road shall be
completed and trains running thereon
to the said eity of Columbus.
At the time or the delivery or said
bonds to the coiupau building said rail
road, enough coupons shall be detached
therefrom, so that such bonds shall draw
interest only Irom the dafe such com
pany is entitled to receive the same as
hereinbefore pro ided. The vote to be
had and taken on the foregoing propo
sition shall be by ballot, aud the ballots
cast at said election shall have written
or printed thereon the following words:
Hail road bonds and tax, yes," or
rail road bonds and tax, ' no."
ir two-thirds or more or the ballots
cast at said election shall hac. written
or printed thereon the words " Hail
road bonds ami tax, yes,' then said
County Commissioners shall be author
ized aud required to issue said bonds as
Thorofore it Is hereby ordered that n
special election be held in said Platte
county, Nebraska, Tor the purpose of
-voting on the aforesaid proposition, on
said 11th day of June, lfiTO, in the sever
al precincts of said county at the usual
places of holding elections', to wit:
In Columbus precinet at the court
lu Ilutler precinct at the school house
of district No. 7.
In Bismarck precinct at the school
house of district No. 2.
In Shorman precinct at the school
house of district No. 40.
In Croston precinct at tho school
house of district No. 4.1
In Shell Creek precinct at the school
house or district No. 4.
lu Steams precinct at the school
house or district No. 21.
In Humphrey precinct at the house of
"Walter 3Iead, in sectiou S, township 20,
range 1 west.
lu Lot Creek precinct at the school
house of district No. 11.
In. Burrows precinct at the school
house of district No. 1-1.
In Urauville precinct at the school
house of District No. f2.
In. Monroe preciuctat the school house
of district No. i.
In Looking Class precinct at the school
house of district No. 31.
In Pleasant Valley precinct at tho
house or Patrick Delany, on section 22,
township 20, range 3 west.
In Woodville precinct at the residence
or Cornelius Koch.
In "Walker preciuct at the house or
That the polls at said election shall be
open at S o'clock in the forenoon and
continue open until C o'clock in the
afternoon or said day.
Dated at Columbus, Nebraska, thcGth
day or May, 1S79.
By ordof of the Board or County Com
luissioncrs. JOUN STAUFFER,
-70-5 County Clerk.
NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS.
TOST OniCK DEPARTMENT, 1
Washington, D. C, -May 10, 1S70.J
PROPOSALS will be received at the
Coutract office of this Department
until 3 r. m. of July 10. 1879, for carrying
the mails of the United States, upon the
routes, and according to the sebedulo of
arrival and departure specified bv the
Department, in the State of Nebraska
from October 1. 1S79 to June 30, 1SS2.
Lists of routes.with schedules of arrivals
and departures, instructions to bidders,
with forms for contract and bonds and
all other necessary information will be
furnished upon application to the Second
Assistant Postmaster General.
D. M. KEY.
410-4. f Postmaster General.
lr. E. JL. SIGGEVS,
Physician and Surgeon.
at all hours
T J. BYRNE,
" " DENTIST,
"3F" Office: Eleventh St., onn door east
or Jouunai. building, up.stairs.
NELSON MILLETT. BYHON MILLETT,
Justice or the Peace and
IV. MIEEETT Ac SOIV,
ATTOHNEYS AT LAW, Columbus,
Nebraska. N. B. They will give
cloo attention to all business entrusted
to them. 213.
J. H. KELLY,
HOLDS HIMSELF IN READINESS
Tor any work in his lino. Before
letting vour" contracts for buildings of
any description call on or, address him
ut Columbux, Neb.
John S. Christison, M. D.,
PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON.
Formerly of the New York City Hos
pital, Blackwell's Island.
Office on Olive St., two doors south of
Cockbum's Store, Columbus.
FOR SALE OR TRADE !
MARES a COLTS,
Horses or Oxen,
SAimr.H: X'OXIES, wild or broke,
at the Corral of
429 UEKUAHD & ZEIGLEK.
JOHN HUBEK, the mail-carrier be
tween Columbus and Albion, will
leave Columbus everyday except Sim
ilar at C o'clock, sharp, passing through
Monroe, Genoa, Watorville, and to Al
bion The hack will call at either of
the Hotels for passengers if orders are
left at the post-office. Hates reason
able, ?2 to Albion. 222.1y
GOOD CHEAP BRICK !
AT MY RESIDENCE, on Shell Creek,
three miles cat of Mattbis's bridge,
?O,00O f;ooI. liarsl-lmrnt lirick
which will be sold in lots to suit pur
chasers. 41S-tr GEORGE HENGGLER.
Columbus Meat Market!
WSBES & KWOBEL, Prop's.
KEEr ON HAND all kinds of fresh
meats, and smoked pork and beef;
also rresh lish. Make sausage a spec
ialty. "STRemembcr the place. Elev
enth St one door west or 1). Ryan's
IT. fi. EXATUEVfirVG KIJIKGECKV,
OFFICE HOt'RS, 10 to 12 a. m., 3 to
4 p. in., and 7 to K p. in. Office on
Nebraska Avenue, three doors north or
E. J. Baker's grain office. Residence,
corner Wyominz and "Walnut streets,
north Columbus, Nebr. -ju-T-tf
JLMelrichV .Heat Jlurkct.
Washington Arr., nearly opposite Court House.
OWING TO THE CLOSE TIMES,
meat will be sold at this market
low, low down for cash.
Best steak, per lb., 10c.
Rib roast, " Sc.
Boil, " Ce.
Two cents a pound more than the above
prices will be charged on time, and that
to good responsible parties only. 207.
MRS. W L. COSSET,
Dress and Shirt Maker,
3 Doors West ofSUUman's Drug Store.
Dresses and shirts cut and made to
order and satisfaction guarantoed. Will
also do plain or fancy sewing of any de
scription. 2ST PRICES VERY REASONABLE.
Give mc a call and try mv work.
BE OF GOOD CHEER. Let not the
low prices of your products dis
courage you. but rather limit your ex
penses to your resources. You can do
so by stopping at the ucw home of your
fello'w fanner" where you can lind good
accommodations cheap. For hay for
team for one night and day, 2."i cts. A
room furnished with a cook stove aud
buuks, in connection with the stable
free. Those wishing can be accommo
dated at tho house or the undersigned
at the following rates: Meals 25 cents;
beds 10 cents. J. B. SENEGAL,
14 mile east of Gcrrard's Corral.
UNDERTAKER, KEEPS ON HAND
ready-made and Metallic Coffins,
"Walnut Picture Frames. Mends Cane
Scat Chairs. Keeps on hand Black "Wal
SiJiiiSt:: Ats. c;;:rit Cnrt Erne. C:ktu, Kci
S. J. MARMOT, Prop'r.
Nebraska Ave., South of Depot,
A new house, newly furnished. Good
accommodations. Board by day or
week at reasonable rates.
IGrSct aFirt-Class Tabic.
Meals,. .. .25 Couts. Lodgings. ..25 Ct3
U. I Time Tabic.
Emigrant, No. (J, leaves at ... C:2."i a. m.
Passeng'r, " 4, " " .... 11:00 a. ui.
Freight, " , " ".... 2:15p.m.
Freight, "10, " ".... 4:30 a.m.
Westward Hound. .
Freight, No. 5, leaves at 2:00 p. m.
Passeng'r, " 3, " .... 4:27p.m.
Freight, " D, " " .... G:00p.m.
Emigrant. "7. " ".... 1:30 a.m.
Every day except Saturday the three
lines leading to Chicago connect with
U P. trains at Omaha. On Saturdays
there will be but one train a day, a
shown by the following schedule:
DERRY & BILLINGS,
wtsrsj nnsp .v , ni r.'iini ui?
iWJCINCSP.-j 7. ......... "'
EST All work warranted. Shop on
Olive street, opposite the "Tattersall"
Manufacturer and Dealer iu
CIGARS AND TOBACCO.
ALL KINDS OF
Store on Olive St., near the old Post-office
Columbus Nebraska. 447-ly
S21TS7 CAEEW. JCCEPH CAU?.
CARE W & CAMP,
Attorneys and Counselors at Law,
AND REAL ESTA TE AGENTS.
"Will give prompt attention to all bus!
ness entrusted to them in tiiis and ad
joining counties. Collections made
Office on Uth street, soutli of Depot, one
door east of T. C. Ryan's Grocery
Store,Columbus,Neb. Sprieht D cutsch
Eei a:J White,
?4V k I WnOC '7.
OHre Ctrrct, stria cf Hisses! E:s:e.
Men's and boys' suits made in the
latest tyle. and good lit guaranteed, at
very low prices. Men's suits $0.00 to
?0.i"0, according to the goods and work.
Roys' suits $3.00 to $LO0, according to
XSTCLKAXING AXD KKI'AIUING PONK.JgJ
Bring on your soiled clothing. A
whole suit renovated and made to ap
pear as good as new for $1.2." 424-y
BlactiEitts ui Wapi Makr,
ALL KINDS OF
Repairing Done on Short Notice.
Bogies, "Kazt", Etc., llilc t: Crier.
ALL WORK WARRANTED.
They also keep on hand
Furst & Bradley Plows,
SULKY PLOWS, CULTIVATORS, &C.
Shop on Olive Street, opposite Tatter
sall. COLIDIBUS, NEB.
Grain, Produce, Etc.
Gooi Goofls anfl Fair Dealing.
NEW STORE, NEW GOODS.
Goods delivered Free of Charge,
anywhere in the city.
Corner of 13 th and Madison Sts.
North of Foundry. 397
MEDICAL I SVR6IGAL INSTITUTE.
t. r. miCHEtL, a. d. . t. itastiit, s. b
Physicians ait Surgeons.
S. B. K2CE2, V. B., ft 7. C.BZinsI, H. S., ef Osila,
Consulting Wlm lm
For the treatment of all classes ofSur
gery and deformities; acute and
chronic diseases, diseases of the eye
aud car, etc., etc.,
..: :v-r (l.v-nrri
ji'"t' i rTir "r I" r at r-r i0--
THE LIGHTNING ROD DISPENS0R.
A Farm Ballad.
BY WILL CAKLETON.
If the weary world is willing, I've a lit
tle word to say
Of a li'.'htuing-rod diipensor that drop
ped down on mc one day,
AVitn a poem in his motions, with a ser
mon in his mien,
With hands as white as lillics, and a
face uncommon clean.
No wrinkle had bis vestments, and Ins
linen glistened white,
And his new-constructed neck-tie was
an interesting sight;
Which I almost wish his razor had
composed a hangman's knot,
Ere he hrought lus slcek-trimmcd car
cass for my women-folks to see,
And his rip-saw tongue a huzzin' for to
gouge a gash in me.
But 1 couldn't help hut like him as I
always think I must,
The gold iu my own doctrines in a fellow-heap
When I lired my own opinion at this
person round hy round,
They drew an answering volley ofa"Vcry
I touched him on religion, aud the hopes
my heart had known;
He "said he'd had experiences quito
similar ol my own.
I told him of the douhtiu's that made
dark my early years;
lie had laid awako till morning with
that same old breed of fears.
I told him of my rough path I hoped to
heaven to go;
He was on that very ladder, only just a
I told him of my visions of the sinful
ness of gain;
He had seen the self-same picters,though
not quite so clear aud plain,
Our polities was different, and at 'tirst
ne ganeuanu winccu;
But I arg'ed hi in o able, he was vcrv
An 'twas gettin' toward the middle of a
hungry Minuner day;
There was dinner on the table, and I
asKeu mm wouiti lie stay?
And he sat him down amongst us, cver-
lastin' trim and neat,
And asked a short, .crisp blessing al
most good enough to eat;
Then he lired up on the mercies of our
Great Eternal Friend,
And gavo the Lord Almighty a good
And for full an hour wc listened to the
Talking like a blessed angeP-cating like
a blasted tramp.
My wife she liked the stranger, smiling
on him warm and sweet;
(It always flatters a woman when her
guests are on the cat.)
And he hinted that 9omo ladies never
lose their earlv charms,
And lie kisod her latest baby and re
ceived it in his arms.
My sons and daughters liked him, for he
had progressive views,
And chewed the quid of fancy and gave
down the latest news;
And 1 couldn't help but like him as I
I fear I always must
The gold of my own doctrines, in a fellow-heap
He was spreading desolation through a
a piece of apple-pie,
When he paused and looked upon us
with a tear iu his fir-otfeye,
And said,"0,happy family! your bless
ings make me sad;
You call to mind the dear ones that in
happier days I had;
A wife as sweet as this one; a babe as
bright and fair;
A little girl with ringlets, like that
one over there.
I worshipped them too blindly! my
eyes with love were dim.
God took them to His own heart, and
now I worship Him.
But had I not neglected the means with
in my way,
Then they might still be living and lov
ing me to-day.
"One night there came a tempest; the
thunder peals were dire
The clouds that tramped above us, were
shooting bolts of lire;
In my own house, I, lying, was think
ing, to my blame,
How little'l had guarded against those
shafts of flame,
When crash! through roof and ceiling
the deadly lightning cleft,
And killed my wife and children, and
only I was left.
Since that dread time, I've wandered,
and nought for life have cared,
Save to save others' loved ones, whose
lives have yet been spared,
Since then, it is my mission, where'er
by sorrow tossed,
To sell to virtuous people, good lightning-rodsat
With hure and strong protection, I'll
clothe your buildings o'er,
'Twill cost you lifty dollars (perhaps a
What little elso it comes to, at lowest
price I'll put.
(You signing this agreement, to pay so
inue.li per foot.)"
X signed it. while my family all approv
ing stood about;
And dropped a tear upon it (but it
didn't blot it out!)
That very day with wagons came some
men both great and small;
They climbed upon my buildings as If
they owned 'em all;
They hacked 'cm, and they hewed 'cm,
much against my loud desires;
They trimmed 'em up with gewgaws,
and they bound 'cm down with wires;
They trimmed 'em and they wired 'em,
and they trimmed and wired 'em still,
And every precious minute kept a run
ning up the bill.
My soft-spoke guest a-secking, did I
rave aud rush and run;
He was supping with a neighbor, just a
three-mile further on.
"Do you think,''I fiercely shoutcd,"that
I want a mile o' wire
To savc,cacli separate hay-cock out o'
heaven's consumin' fire?
Do you think to keep my buildin's safe
ironi some uncertain liarm,
I'm goin' to deed vou over a
all the bai
lance of my farm?
lie looked up quite astonished, with a
face devoid of guile,
And he pointed to the contract, with a
It was the first occasion that ho disa
greed with me;
But he held mc to that paper, with a
firmness sad to see;
And for that thunder-story, ere the ras
cal finally went,
I paid two" hundred dollars, if I paid a
a single cent.
And now if any lightnin'-rodder wants
With the restaurant department of an
Let him sethis mill a-runnin'just inside
my outside gate.
And I'll bet two hundred dollars that he
won't have long to wait.
A bright boy was walking along
the street with his mother, and, ob
serving a man with a peculiar hitch
in his gait approaching, he drolly
exclaimed: "Look there, Mamma!
See how that poor man stutters with
meets PIBIIS STORY.
There was never a kinder man
than Uncle Phil. lie had a warm
heart,a cheery voice and a full pui
and he was very generous in exert
ing their goodinllucnces. But there
was a melancholy air about the good
old man and a sad smile that ho us
ually wore, which gave one who
was as frequently with him as I an
impression that he had received, at
one time or othor, rather rough
treatment at the hands of the world.
So one winter evening, as wc all sat
around a roaring fire, iu the best of
spirits, exchanging jests and making
miserable puns, L said to him:
"Uncle Phil, tell us a story ?"
"What about, ray boy?"
"I wish that you would relate
some incident of your own life.
Did you ever have a love affair?"
Instantly I regretted that I had
asked the question. The kind ex
pression on his face changed. He
was not angry ; ho never was. But
a look of pain crossed his features
aud his melancholy mood, which he
had for a time dispelled, returned.
"I am very sorry Uncle Phil,''
said I, "if 1 have called up painful
"Yon didn't mean to, my boy,"
said he; "it wa3 a natural question,
and I wonder now that you never
put it to mo before. Odd as it may
seem, it is true that your crusty old
bachelor uncle has had a love affair,
aud a serious one, too."
lie paused, alnl wc all kept silent.
After a moment ho proceeded :
"My dears, I have never told the
story to mau nor woman, and never
thought to. But as you arc all just
starting out in life, and as Henry
there (pointing to me) seems to be
much interested in the 'vision in
white' whom ho 6aw at church on
Sunday, I will relate to you a por
tion of my history, which is sadder
and darker than that of any man I
know ; and however strangely any
sentiment I may utter may fall upon
your cars as coming from a man
near sixty. I know that you will uot
treat it lightly, for I will speak from
my heart. Perhaps tho story may
have a moral, which you may apply
to your own conditions as you think
It was about five and 'thirty years
ago," said Uncle Phil, ''that I first
met Helen Toli. She was a beauti
ful girl, with a soul as pure as her
bright blue eyes, aud from the first
moment of our acquaintance I felt
that I loved her with au ever
strengthening affection. She was
only twenty aud I was three years
her senior. There was a sympathy
between ur arising from a mutual
love of the beautiful art and nature
and a liking of the same authors so
that after six months I ventured to
tell Helen that I loved her, and you
will guess the purport ol her answer
when I say that I was the happiest
man in the world when I retired to
bed at a late hour that night.
After a most blissful courtship of
three months Mr. Toll, Helen's
father proposed taking his family to
Europe; and when I, with the pre
sumption of an accepted lover offer
ed 'to accompany the party Helen
joyfully acquiesced, and her parents
Wo arrived safely at Liverpool,
and went from there to London.
Oh, what a delightful time it was for
us two traveling through the large
city and hunting out the places of
historical interest, with which out
reading had made us familiar. Dur
ing the first two weeks of our 6tay
wc were perfectly happy, sight-seeing
and love-making. Then wo be
gan to get acquainted with some of
the great people of London, and
were rather annoyed than otherwise
at the batch of invitations to dinners
and balls which we received. But
we entered into the society of tho
metropolis with an eagerness which
was somewhat whetted by curiosi
ty. The friendship of the Ameri
can minister opened all the doors to
our entrance, and Helen at once be
came a favorito with both ladies and
gentlemen, and I had no reason to
complain at my own reception."
Uncle Phil leaned his head upon
his hand as if he were collecting his
thoughts. He heaved a sigh and
pretended to blow his nose; but I
plainly saw his handkerchief come
iu contact with his eyes.
"Well, children, at a grand ball,
given by a nobleman, whose name
escapes me, Helen met a scion of a
great family the Honorable Charles
Leigh who paid her much atten
tion. She seemed pleased to receive
his addresses but relaxed not a jot
of kindness to mo. Ho took her to
the opera, to the parks and to the
"Zoo," and daticcd often with her at
the entertainments to which I gen
erally escorted her. By some means
unknown to me perhaps from a
careless remark from Helen he be
came aware of our betrothal, and
from that moment his sole aim seem
ed to win my dear girl's heart from
me. I suspected this. Perhaps my
suspicion had a color of jealousy,
but a coolness had sprung up be
tween him and mc, who had former
ly been good friends, and as I was
tho lover and had tho hotter tem
per, I could not reply to some sar
castic hits he would give me except
in a way that displayed my anger,
and which was, therefore, devoid of
wit. On one or two occasions I
must havo made a great fool of my
self, and Helen was troubled that I
showed so much feeling over what
she declared to be a harmless matter.
But I told her harshly that I was
ill pleased with the state of affairs,
and that I wished her to tell Mr.
Leigh that his attentions were offen
sive. No girl of spirit would quiet
ly permit such language, even from
a lover and we then aud there hud
our first quarrel, during which Mr.
Leigh was announced. Ho entered
tho parlor and was received with
inoro warmth than usual, and
by me with a coolness which I
meant to be crushing, but which, I
have not a doubt, pleased him great
He asked her to go to the Drury
lauc theater with him that evening,
and she gracefully declined on the
plea of an engagement there with
inc. But I told her in au undertone
while he was looking at her albu m,
that I absolved her from that en
gagement, and added, half afraid to
speak the cruel word.s, 'from any
other engagement which is disa
greeable to you.'
Tho words had not left my mouth
before I could have lorn tny very
tongue out for having given tho ut
terance. "Very well, sir," said she, in a
voice trembling with grief and
auger, "all engagements between
us are disagreeable to mc. They
are now cancelled. Mr. Leigh, she
said, turning to him, I have recon
sidered your invitation and I accept
"Oh, thank you," said he, taking a
scat at her side. "Why, Mr. Elton
head," he asked rather cxullinglyas
I arose, "not going, I hope?" But I
made no reply aud slammed the
door like a school boy that needed a
I went to Drurylanc that even
ing and never removed my eyes
from Helen from the time the cur
tain ro6e until it fell. Mr. Leig hwas
more assiduous thau ever in his attcn
tions to her; but I could easily sec
that her thoughts were neither with
him nor with tho play.
Upon arriving at our hotel I wrote
her a note. I was still angry,though
more at myself than at her. I
thought that if I had acted indiffer
ently toward her she would ask a
reconciliation, so I told her iu my
letter that I was resolved to return
to America at once ; that I had been
shabbily treated; and that as she
had probably purchased rank at the
expense of an honest heart, I hoped
that she would live long to enjoy it.
I then started for Liverpool and em
barked for New York. Just before
sailing a letter was handed to inc.
I found that Helen had returned
my aruel uotc, with these words
written in pencil :
"Mr. Leigh this morning propos
ed for my hand. I accepted him.
Uncle Phil again made use of his
handkerchief. So did wc oure.
"My dears, I was determined not
to make the first advances. I came
to New York and three days after
wards I received a letter from
Helen. I have it yet."
He took a packago which was
carefully tied with a faded ribbon
from his huge pocket book ; unwrap
ping this he disclosed an envelope
much worn aud discolored,, drew
therefrom a torn and yellow sheet
of paper. As his oyes recognized
the loving hand tho dear old
man burst into such an agony of
tears as I have never seen equaled.
His frame shook, and he groaned
in bitterness of soul as if his
heart was breaking. It seemed a
long time before he mastered his
emotion. Then he read the letter
with a trembling aud broken voice :
London, E. C, Oct. IS, 18:
Dear Phil : .1 will forgivo you your
cruel treatment if you will return
and bo a good boy. Your own
"I was still wicked, and I wrote a
formal letter in reply, stating that
business prevented a trip just now.
I signed the letter with a cold
'Yours respectfully, Ph. Ellonhcad.'
One month after mailing it, my
dears, only one month, just when I
began to grow sick for a sight of
her, I received a copy of the Times
uewspaper containing a marked
notice of the marriage of my poor,
deserted girl, to Charles Leigh.
From that day to thi3 I have been
but the grave of my wretched hopes.
But away down in the deep chao3 of
my soul, is enshrined the image of
her whose heart I broke. For sho
died in ono year from tho date of
her marriage, aud the last words of
my angel were of forgiveness of tho
misery I had wrought.
Aud now, my darling, said Uncle
Phil, as lie wiped his eyes', "you
have heard my secret. Beware, of
jealous, for that h tho lesson.
"And Henry," he said to mc, "if tho
'vision in white' encourages your
suit, ascertain whether herlieart is
right or not. If it is, do not seek
to control her actions, but leave her
to the guardianship of her own con
science. For if vou meddle in af
fairs of hers, which do not concern
you, a future generation may find
you in the midst of them a sad and
lonely old man, rotating a history
as mournful as that of your Undo
-Airier? often before he wrote pre
pared his mind by listening to music.
" Almost all my tragedies were
sketched in my mind either iu
the act of hearing music or a few
hours alter," a circumstance which
has been recorded of many others.
Lord Bacon often had music played
in the room adjoining his study.
Milton listened to the organ for his
solemn inspirations and music was
ever necessary to Wnrburton. The
.symphonies that awoke iu the poet
sublime emotions might have com
posed the invcutive mind of the
great critic iu the visions of his
theoretical mysteries. A celebrated
French preacher, Bonlolouc. of
Masilion, was once found playing
on the violin to screw his mind up
to the pitch preparatory to his ser
mon, which, within a short interval,
ho was to preach before tho court.
Currants favorite mode of niedita
tionwjIgwJth Ma-Yiolin in his hand ;
for hnura together 1 i c would forge t
himself, running voluntaries over
the strings, while his imagination.
collecting its tones, was opening
all his faculties for his coming emer
gency at the bar.
Interview with J. II. Smart, Illi
nois State Superintendent of Edu
"What i3 tho chief agency in the
degradation of our young people, so
far as it occurs ?"
"Well, I should say that bad lit
erature is tho devil's most powerful
weapon in this work."
"Then an education means a good
deal more than the mere acquisition
"Yes, sir. Our best teachers un
derstand very well that taking out a
child's brains and stuffing the vac
uum with a few books is not educa
tion. As ha? been well said, if you
train a man's body only you make a
magnificent brute; if you train hi.s
body and his mind you make a
magnificent scouudrcl, and if you
train his body, his mind and his
heart you have a magnificent speci
men of manhood. Itighl education
will make manly men and womanly
women. The school plays an im
portant part in tlifs work, but there
are other agencies of just as much
importance and with whom the
responsibility must certainly be di
vided. At 1'lie Jtc'iiinlnx.
Nothing is learned without a cer
tain amount of drudgery, and boys
who undertake to learn a trade must
be prepared for work of all kinds.
A boy from a wealthy family was re
ceived into a large establishment,
but found no royal road to business
advancement. lie had to begin at
the bottom of the ladder just as the
poorest in the store did. He often
wondered why his employers kept
him two long years assorting shoes
aud handling great sides of leather.
Kut when he became a salesman all
was plain, for he was able at a glance
to tell almost the exact worth of a
pair of shoes, or the quality of a side
of leather. Thorough knowledge
only comes by practice. Repetition
makes the most difficult matters
easy and seems almost to add a
Bixth sense. The old tellers in banks
can count oh" with the greatest ra
pidity vast piles of coin, casting
aside, as if hy intuition, all the light
pieces. Their fingers have learned
to weigh like the nicest balance.
Hard and constant work is needful
before perfection can be reached.
In n suburban school, where an
examination was conducted on the
basis of general intelligence rather
than book lessons, the question was
asked for what was Princo Bismarck
best known, when the unique small
boy vehemently declared, "For
keeping a big black dog!"
A grave-digger buried a man nam
ed Button, and brought in the fol
lowing bill to his widow : "To mak
ing one Button-hole, $5."
Anna IicUln.von,H YIcitm or
American Ilomu Life.
We can sometimes work best
alone, but in our hours of leisuro
and recreation wo usually seek
society. "We want companions lo
our garner, harmony in our music,
sympathy always. The first impulse
upon every emotion of surprise,
admiration, wonder or delight is to
find some ono to share it.
"I praise the Frenchman; hi remark
How sweet, how passing sweet 13 soli
tude l :
But grant mc still a friend in my retroaC
Whom I may whisper.Solitudcls sweet!"
"My mind to mo a kingdom ia"
sang an old-time poet, but tako a
man of largo capacity and fino cul
ture aud shut him up within four
baro walla without booka or nouud
of human voice, and ho will find
hid kingdom a very barrou ono In
deed. So true is that wo are created
social beings dependent upon each
other for aid, support, sympathy,
companionship and all that makes
life worth the living. Wo may
imagine wc can stand independent
and alone, but wc never do anything
of the kind. The continued contact
with other minds iu the home, on
the street, in busiucss, in society,
affords a power and stimulus which,
being like the sunlight and the air,
constantly about us, wo seldom
estimate at its true valuo. Wo must
have society ; let use sec that wo
take from it and give to it tho best
and highest within our reach.
Let us be careful too that wc get
from society and from our honrs of
recreation that best suited to our
needs. One whose days are neces
sarily spent in petty cares and tire
some, monotonous duties may find
true recreation in study and mental
improvement. While the tired
nerves and muscles rest, tho braiu
can work, and so the equilibrium bo
restored and new ideas and subjects
for thought gained which will
lighten and brighten the morrow's
toil. Another whose mind is kept
constantly on tho strain during tho
day needs pure relaxation, rippling
conversation and merriment, music
or some light reading ; while public
entertainments with which a city
abounds give an agreeable variety,
and if moderately indulged iu only
gives rest lo the quiet, happy even
ings at home. The practical, hard
working, utilitarian American is apt
to forget that "all work aud no play
makes Jack a dull boy," and to think
that anything simply pleasurable is
secured at a waste of time and
money. "Women, the most frugul
and selfish of the human firm, aro
especially liable to err in this direc
tion. They will often have ascriou3
tussle jvith their consciences before
indulging in a concert or lecturo
ticket or other treat, thinking, per
haps, the money should be expend
ed in something useful, aud the tired
mother and house-keeper has a guilty
feeling when the mending is un
finished or she fears the uew cook
will not havo dinner served in time.
It should bo remembered that a
healthy, happy, useful lifo requires
rest and recreation quite as much as
it requires food and sustenance. Aa
for physical growth and develop
ment tho body needs rest and
change, and persistent, unremitting
cilort is impossible, so, in tho physi
cal life, mind aud heart and soul
need rest, variety and recreation.
Good wives and mothers, bo ad
vised that you need a little play as
much as your children do, that you
may preserve your good looks, your
good spirits and your good health.
Do not let work and worry encroach
on tho evening hours. Keep up
your reading and your music. Go
to an occasional lecture or concert,
though you arc tired, and with tho
passing years easy chairs and quiet
grow more attractive. Interest
yourself both in the sports and tho
studies of your children, though
you spend less on their wardrobes.
Let them not sail away from you on
the broad sea of liberal education
and modern culture, and Icavo you
stranded on the shore of old timo
ideas and prejudices ; but trim your
sails with theirs, that you remain
through life their guides, compan
ions and friends. So may young
and old enjoy life together; the old
giving of their riper thought and
rich experience the young, of their
more exuberant fancy, their fresh
ness and their enthusiasm.
A French physician says that to
allay anguish there is great advan
tage in crying, especially during an
operation. And he is entirely right.
Any intelligent boy will testify that
during tho operation of applying"
the maternal slipper, good vigorous
crying will shorten the operation
and diminish the pain by at least
A little girl, on looking at a pic
ture of a ship in a thunder-storm,
remarked that "God wa3 striking
crooked pins into the bad men."
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