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VOL. XII.-N0. 41.
COLUMBUS, NEB., WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 1882.
WHOLE NO. 613.
Sliojw ner Foundry, south of A. S. Depot.
All kind or wood and iron work on
V.'agoiiH, Buggies, Farm Machinery, &c.
Keepn on bands the
TIM 1 KEN SPUING BUGGY,
and other eastern buggies.
Furst & Bradlev Plows.
S. J. MARMOT, Prop'r.
Nebraska Ave., South of Depot,
A new house, newly furnished. Good
accommodations. Hoard by day or
week at reasonable rates.
ZaTMetM a Flrfct-Cla Table.
Meals, 2Ti Cents. Lodgings 25 Cts
Mrs. M. S. Drake & Co.,
HAS JUST KECE1VED A LARGE
FALL A"l WINTER
MILLIIEBY IIS FASCY
; O 1
S3T A FULL ASSORTMENT OF EV
KRYTIIING RELOKGING TO
Nebraska Avenue, two doors north of
F. GERBER & CO.,
TABLES, Etc., Etc.
GIYE HIM A CALL AT HIS PLACE
ON SOUTH SIDE lttb ST., '
One door east of Ilcintz's drug store.
Meat Market !
One door north of Post-office,
NEBRASKA AVE., - ColaniliaM.
KKKP ALL KINDS OF
Fresh and Salt Meats,
SAUSAEE. rOVLTRY. FRESH FISH.
Etc., in their season.
ISrCa.li paid Tor Hide, l.ard
H. B. MORSE
IS STILL SELLING VM. SCIIILZ'S
At Cost! At Cost!
AND HAS ADDED
A Line of Spring Goods
WHICH HE IS SELLING AT
Can still be found at the old stand,
where he continues to do
all kinds of
Custom Work and Repairing.
BECKER & WELCH,
SHELL CREEK MILLS.
SALE DEALERS IN
FLOUR AND HEAL.
OFFICE, COL UMB US, NEB.
DRUGS, MEDICINES, Etc.
DOWTY, MR ft CO.,
Columbus Drug Store,
Have the pleasure of offering to their
customers, in connection wiiu
their complete line of
A list of Proprietory articles not ex
celled by any of the eastern manufacto
ries. A few of the articles on our
tST A powerful alterative and
D.W.& Go's Cough Syrup
Concentrated Essence of Ja
3QT"The most wonderful remedy
ever discovered for chap
ped hands, lips, &e.
OUR EQUINE POWDERS,
J3J"For stock, are without an
equal iu the market, and
many others not here
All the above goods are warranted, and
price will be refunded if satisfaction is
not given. - 37-Sin
DKALKK IX ALL KINDS OK
I KEEP CONSTANTLY ON HAND
a well selected stock.
Teas, Coffees, Sugar, Syrups,
Dried and Canned Fruits,
and other Staples a
Qooda Delivered Free to nay
part of the City.
I AM ALSO AGENT FOK THE CEL
Farm and Spring Wagons,
of which I keep a constant supply on
hand, but few their equal. In style
and quality, second to none.
CALL AND LEARN PRICES.
Cor. Thirteenth and K Streets, near
SaecMtorito flirurd k Km! ml Tvnir k Eolft.
CASH CAPITAL, - $50,000
Lkander Gkhbard, Preset.
Geo. W. Hulst Vice Preset.
Julius A. Heed. . .
Edward A. Gerhard.
Abner Turner, Cashier.
Baalc r Depeoit; bif,eRRl
Cellectlea a Preatptlr made ea
Pay laterewt ea Time Depos
IAG0IS! ! MEMS!
WHITNEY A BREWSTER
Light Pleasure and Business Wag
ons ef all Descriptions.
We are pleased to invite the attention
of the public to the fact that we have
just received a car load of Wagons and
Buggies of all descriptions, and that we
are the sole agents for the counties of
Polk and York, for the celebrated
C0KTLA1D WAG0H COMT'Y,
of Cortland, New York, and that we are
offering-these wagons cheapertb'an any
other wagon built of same material,
style and finish can be sold for in this
3f Send for Catalogue and Price-list.
ANDERSON & ROEN,
t3TDeposits received, and interest paid
on time deposits.
tSTPrompt attention given to collec
tions and proceeds remitted on day of
VST Passage tickets to or from European
points by best.lines at lowest rates.
XSTUratts on principal points in Eu-
REFERENCES AND CORRESPONDENTS:
First National Bank, Decorah, Iowa.
Allan & Co., Chicago.
Omaha National Bank, Omaha.
First National Bank, Chicago.
Kountzc Bros., N. Y.
Dr. A. HEINTZ,
DDES. MEDICIIES. CHEMICALS
Fine Soaps, Brushes,
PERFUHEBY, Etc., Etc.,
And all articles usually kept on band by
Physicians Prescriptions Carefully
Eleventh street, near Foundry.
COLUMBUS. : NEBRASKA
SPEICE & NORTH,
General Agents for the Sale of
Union Pacific, and Midland Pacilii
R. R. Lauds for sale atfrom3.00to$10.0n
per acre for cash, or on live or ten year
time, in annual payments to suit pur
chasers. We have also a large and
choice lot of other lands, improved and
unimproved. Tor sale at low price and
on reasonable terms. Also business and
residenco lots in the city. We keep a
complete abstract of title to all real es
tate in Platte County.
Hattl QnUMT Bi
WHOLESALE & RETAIL
ALSO DEALERS IN
Crockery, Glassware, Lamps, Etc.,
and Country Produce of
tii k went of flour al.
ways kept on hand..
JgTGoods delivered free of charge to
any part of the city. Terras cash.
Corner Eleventh and Olive Streets,
Manufacturer and dealer in
. . w. v, -a. A v-7 a &. -. mtL IV"' -J
Wooden aid Metalie Bnrial Caskets
All kinds and sizes of Kobe, also
has the sole right to manufac
ture and sell the
Smith's Hammock Reclining Chair.
Cabinet Turning and Scroll work, Pic
tures, Picture Frames and Mouldings,
Looking-glass Plates, Walnut Lumber,
etc., etci COLUMBUS, NEB.
WKBER A KNOREL,
1 wmii W'imi i '
Oa Elereat Street,
Where meats are almost given away
Beef per lb., from 3 10 cts.
Best steak, per lb., 10 "
Mutton, per lb., from 6 10 "
Sausage, per lb., from 810 u
"Special prices to hotels. 562-ly
LAW, REAL ESTATE
W. S. GEEE.
MONEY TO LOAN In small lots on
farm property, time one to three
years. Farms with some improvements
bought and sold. Office for the present
at the Clother House, Columbus, Neb.
r t '473-s ' '
Restaurant and Saloon!
E. Di SHEEHaTJ; Priprieter.
EETWholesale and Retail Dealerin For
eign Wines, Liquors and Cigars, Dub
lin Stout, Scotch and English Ales.
&TKentucky Whiskies a Specialty.
OYSTERS in their seaso, by the case
can or dish.
Utk Street. Ss ktefDepet
pORKELlUS & SULLITAI,
Up-stairs in Gluck Building, 11th street,
Ab'ove the New bauk. T
TOIIIW J. 91AUGIIAIV, 1
JUSTICE Of THE PEACE AND
Platte Center, - - Nn.
tt j. iiriMnm.
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mm - "-" - -w i
jx vj.a.Jtt j. uruJiJjifJ,
12th Street, 2 doers west or HaMaoad Homse,
Columbus, Neb. 491-y
P)- M. 1. THURSTON,
Office over corner of 11th and North-st.
All operations first-class and warranted.
IHICAtiO HARDER SHOP!
HENRY WOODS, Prop'r.
J3TEvery thing in first-class style.
Also keep the best of cigars. 51G-y
II TcALLlSTER BROS
A TTOBNE TSAT LA W,
Office up-stairs in McAllister's build
ing. 11th St. W. A. McAllister, Notary
J. M. MACFARLAND. B. R. COWDERV,
Atten7 isi "StAuy Patli:. CoUittw.
LAW AND COLLECTION OFFICE
JOHN M. MACFABLAND,
Columbus, : : : Nebraska.
llth St., nearly opp. Gluck's store,
Sells Harness, Saddles, Collars, Whips,
Blankets, Curry Combs, Brushes, etc.,
at the lowest possible prices. Repaid
promptly attended to.
TIT J. THOMPSON,
And General Collection Agent,
St. Edicards, Boone Co., Neb.
Justice of the Peace and
Attorney; at law, coiumbus
Nebraska. N. B. He will give
close attention to all business entrusted
.o him. 248.
T OUIS SCHRE1BER,
BLACKSMITH AND WAGON MAKER.
All kiuds of repairing done on short
notice. Bungles, Wagons, etc., made to
order, and all work guaranteed.
aSTShop opposite the " Tattersall,"
Olive Street. ,2S
Tf J. SCI1UG, M. B.,
PHYSICIAN AND SUBOEON,
Office Nebraska Avenue, opposite the
Clother House, three doors north of
Bank, up-stairs. Consultation in Ger
man and English.
IS PREPARED, WITH
FIBST-CLASS APPA BATUS,
To remove houses at reasonable
rates. Give him a call.
TOTICE TO TEACHERS.
J. E. Moncrief, Co. Bupt.,
Will be in his office at the Court House
on the first and last Saturdays of each
month for the purpose of examining
applicants for teacher's certificates. and
for the transactton of any other business
pertaining to schools. f67-y
Drs. MITCHELL & MARTYH,
mm i nil mwm,
Surgeons O., N. & B. H. B. B.,
Ass't. Surgeons U. P. B'y,
COLUMBUS, - - NEBRASKA.
PHYSICIANS, CLERGYMEN, AND
THE AFFLICTED EVERYWHERE.
THE GREATEST MEDICAL
TRIUMPH OF THE AGE.
SYMPTOMS OP A
JjOMof ppetJte,Hqae,bcwel costive.
the pack pert, JPein under the ahonMer
blede. fullnees after eating, with e didE
clination to exertion of body or mind.
Irritability of temper. Iiow epirite. Jjoai
of memory, with a feeling of Bering neg
lected eome-dntyr wearineei. Dumneea.
ITntterGut of the Heert, .Pom before the
eyes, xeuow oxin. u eaoeene, iteaueee-
nees ex xugnt, nigiuy colored urine.
-. a ' r- - J
nr thxr WAHTjrei ah wvhzeded,
SERIOUS DISEASES WTU SOON IE DEVELOPED.
IU ITS nLU ere especially adapted to
iBcbeaseefonedoee effects aHCacBaage
ef feeling a to aatoaUfc tee sufferer.
They faereaee the Appetite, aad cmuae the
body to Take mm Fleah. Uioe the ayitem is
eewtahceLand by thelrTaale Aesieaoa tbe
BlgiaStTe SEraM. Meaalai eeeele arepro
dnced. Price 2 cecta. Se array at H.T:
TUTT'S HAIR DYE.
Ghat Haib orWrama caanged to a Otoesr
Black by a alngle eppiicaUoa of this DTK. It
Imparts a natural color, acta lastantaneooflr.
Soldby DrnggitU, or Mot by ezprea on receipt of f l.
Office, 35 Murray St., Mew York.
wltltth atacAi. r raaMr iinntta ee
THE MYSTERY OF THE VILLAGE.
Iq tbe southern part of France,
about seventy miles from the Medi
terranean, is a place called T . It
ib now hardly more than a small
town, and possesses not above a
thousand inhabitants ; but ic the lat
ter part of the last century it was
more than ten times its present size,
and its church, now in ruins, was
then one of the most beautiful ever
seen in that part of the country.
This church was finished in tbe
year 1795, and was, for a long time,
Ihe great object of curiosity for miles'
around. It was of tbe Gothic and
Romanesque style of architecture,
and was not only finely proportion
ed on the interior, but had, within, a
magnificence of decoration that as
tonished one more and more, the
longer he gazed upon it.
The church, unlike some of the
older ones standing at that time, had
a magnificent organ. This had been
paid for by separate subscription,
raised in Email sums by the common
people, and, having been built by
skillful workmen in Bordeaux, was
at length set up in the church amid
considerable enthusiasm and excite
ment. But who should play this grand in
How should a competent organist
be selected ?
The people were greatly interested
in the matter, and discussed itou the
corner of the rues, in the brasseries.
or taverns, and for a period of six or
eight weeks you might be sure, if
you saw more than two people talk
ing earnestly together, that they
were deliberating upon tbe choice of
Siuco the people, both high and
low, bad so freely contributed for
the purchase of the organ, it was
thought very proper that they should
be allowed to Choose a person to play
it. And the decision being thus left
to the multitude, the most feasible
plan that was suggested was that all
should go, on an appointed day, to
the church, and should then listen to
the playing of the various candidates.
There were, in all, nearly a score
of aspiring musicians in and uearthe
town, and each of these, hoping for
a favorable decision for himself, gave
no end of little suppers and parties,
so that the influential ones among
the townsmen fared sumptuously
But out of the entire number there
were two, between whom the choice
really lay. These were Baptiste La-
combe and Raoul Tegot.
The former of these bad lived in
the town only five years. lie had
come from Bruges, so he said, and
although ho astonished everybody
by bis skill, he had not been liked,
from the first. lie was very reserv
ed and parsimonious, and his eye
never met, frankly, the person with
whom he talked. But no harm was
known of him, and he found in
Tranteigue plenty of exercise for his
Raroul Tegot, on the contrary, was
a native of tbe town ; and, together
with his young son. Francois, was
beloved by all. lie bad married one
of the village maidens, and had been
so inconsolable at her death, which
occurred when Francois was a baby,
that he never thought more of mar
riage; but devoted himself to his
child and his art.
He was certainly a very able mu
sician, and, being so universally
liked, many people urged that a pub
lic performance be dispensed with,
and that he be elected at once. But
although Baptiste Lacomb was not
liked, h skill fouud many admirers ',
and, besides, it was flattering to the
worthy country folk to think of sit
ting solemnly in judgment at the
great church ; and so the proposed
plan was adhered to.
Finally, the weeks of anticipation
came to an end, the appointed day
was at band, and according to the
arrangements previously made, at
nine o'clock in tbe forenoon, the
three great doors of the church were
swung open and tbe throng, orderly
and even dignified, entered and fill
ed the edifice.
The seats, which, in French
churches and cathedrals, are mova
ble, had all been taken away, and the
crowd quite filled tbe whole space.
All male inhabitants of the town who
were over twenty years of age were
to vote, and each, the town-officials
and tbe poorest artisan alike, had
The great and beautiful organ took
up nearly the whole of tbe large gal
lery over the entrance and extended
up and into tbe clear-story until it
was mingled with tbe supporters of
In tbe organ-loft the candidates
were crowded together in eager ex
pectation, and the glances that pass
ed from one to another were not the
kindliest. Each of them bad been
allowed several bonrs, at some time
during tbe week, for practice on the
instrument, and each doubtless con
sidered himself deaerviug of the
Presently, when all was still, Mon
seigneur Jules Emile Gautier, a very
learned gentleman of the town, who
had been chosen for that purpose,
ascended two steps of the stairway
which curved up and around the
richly carved pulpit, and announced
the name of tbe person who was to
I' should not be able to give, in
detail, tbe progress of the trial, for
the .history of the affair ia, not !minJjitamay,e -werHtTed.-ao j'flaah
ute enough for that. But snffice it
to say, that the last name on the list
was Raoul Tegot ; and the name im
mediately preceding iCwan that of
At length, in his turn, Monsieur
Lacombe, his iron-gray hair disor
dered, his bands rubbing together
nervously, and his eyes flashing as
was afterward remarked upon with
a malicious fire, stepped forward and
along to the organ-seat, and, for a
few moments, arranged his stops.
Then he began lightly and deli
cately, creeping up through the var
ied registers of the noble instrument,
blending the beautiful sounds into
wonderful combinations, now and
then working in a sweet melody, and
then again upward until the grand
harmonies of the full organ rolled
forth. There was something myste
rious and awe-inspiring in the efibrt.
It seemed to tbe people that they
had never heard music befote.
The music ceased. The people
came back to their prosaic selves
again, looked in each other's faces,
and said, with one breath : 'Won
Gradually they recovered their
sober judgment, and then, mingled
with the murmurs of admiration
were heard the remarks, 'That is
fine, but Raoul Tegot will make us
forget it I' 'Yes, wait until you hear
Raoul Tegot !'
Soon MonsoignenrGantier ascend
ed tbe two steps of the pulpit and
called the name of their kind, gener
All waited breathlessly. All eyes
were turned toward the organ-loft.
The musicians there looked around
and at each other. But poor Raoul
Tegot could not be seen.
Where was he ? The people wait
ed and wondered, but be did not
come. Monsieur Baptiste Lacombe
was greatly excited, and was wiping
the perspiration from his heated face.
'Perhaps he was afraid to come,' he
ventured to remark to a man near
him, at the same time looking out of
Several noticed his agitation, but
they ouly said, 'Ah, Mon Dieu, how
he did play ! No wonder that he is
The disquiet aud confusion in the
nave and aisles increased. A mes
senger bad been sent to look for the
missing man, but he could not be
What was to be done?
Finally, some friends of Monsieur
Lacombe made bold to urge his im
mediate election, declaring that he
had far surpassed all competitors;
and they even hinted at cowardice
on the part of Raoul Tegot.
This insinuation was indignantly
denied by Tegot's friends, who were
very numerous but helpless; they
knew their friend too well to believe
him capable of such conduct. He
was, they said, probably detained
somewhere by an accident.
But wherever be was, he was not
present ; and when a vote was taken,
hastily, by a showing of band9, Mon
sieur Badtiste Lacombe had ten
times as many ballots as any other
person, and, of course, poor Mon
sieur Tegot, not having competed,
was not balloted for at all.
The people dispersed to their
homes, some iu vexation" that their
favorite' bad not appeared, others in
a little alarm at his strange absence.
Young Francois Tegot had not seen
his father since earjy morning, and
could not conjecture where he
The next day the missing organist
did not appear, and his friends be
gan to inquire and to search for him.
But thay were wholly unsuccessful.
A little boy said that he had 6een
him go into the church with Mon
sieur Lacombe early that morning;
but Monsieur Lacombe said, very
distinctly and with some vehemence
that the missiug man had left tbe
church an hour later to go to a cot
tage at the edge of the town, where
he was to give a lesson in singing.
So the affair lay wrapt in mystery.
There were many surmises, but
nothing definite was known. A few
expressed suspicion of the rival can
didates, but the suspicion was too
great to be thrown rashly upon any
body. Tbns no progress in the in
quiry was made. A human life did
not mean bo much in those stormy
days after tbe Revolution as. for
merly, and tbe mysterious disappear
ance, without being in the least
cleared up, gradually faded from
men's minds and passed out of their
Months and years passed away,
and nothing was kaown of the young
man. His son now come to the
years of Boanhood,alwaystdeclared
that his father would not have been
absent from the.-trial willingly, and
he firmly believed-that he had met
with a violent death. More than
this be, would not say ; but some
times when he looked toward Mon
sieur Baptiste Lacombe still- the
respected organist of the- church
Thero was to be a grand fete in tbe
church, and a great preparation was
made. As the organ needed repairs,
it was decided to repair it thorough
ly; and one of the builders from
Bordeaux was sent for.
He was to come on Thursday ; but
be chanced to arrive the day before,
and was to begin work early the
following morning. That night a
light glimmered out of the darkness
of the gallery of the church.
Two days passed. The repairing
of the organ went on, but there was
much to be done and it might take a
week. One afternoou, as Francois
passed through the center of the vil
lage, two men came hurriedly out of
tbe towu-house and hastened awa
toward the church. It was the
organ-builder, very much excited,
and one of the officials of the town.
The young man, venturing on his
well-known skill as an organist, fol
lowed them; and the three entered
the building. A few worshipers
were at the great altar, and the
sacred edifice seemed uiiusuall
quiet and peaceful.
The organ-builder seemed too agi
tated to answer the questions that
the town official asked him, but led
the way quickly to the organ-loft.
'Put your foot on that pedal!' he
said, excitedly, pointing to a partic
ular one of the scale.
The official was too bewildered to
comply, and Francois did it for him.
'Now try the next one !' said he.
Francois did so, but no sound
came; only a queer, intermittent
rumbling' like a bounding and re
bounding. 'It does not sound said the organ
builder. 'Follow me and I will show
'It never has sounded since the
great trial-day, years ago,' muttered
the young man. But he followed on.
They clambered up a rickety stair
case, a 6till more rickety ladder, and
came to a platform at a level with
tbe top of the organ ; and all around
them, reaching up out of the dim
light below, were the open pipes.
Passing hurriedly around on a nar
row plank to tbe back of tbe organ,
their agitated guide paused before a
row of immense pedal pipes, and
without allowing his own eyes to
look, he held the light that he car
ried for the others.
Both looked down into the caver
nous tube that he indicated, and both
started back in surprise and fear.
'It is a man's legs!' gasped the
frightened town official.
After the first moment of surprise
had passed, they began to get bark
their wits ; and the young man ad
vised that they send for several
strong men and lift out the pipe.
This seemed sensible, and iu a half
hour tbe men were at hand and the
pipe was drawn down to the level of
the organ-loft and laid horizontally.
The workmen had been informed
of the nature of their work, and all
were under intense excitement. The
pipe was very long, and the
body was at least five feet from the
top. One of the workmen reached
in a pole having a hook at the end,
and the next minute drew forth the
dead body of the sinister old organ
ist, Baptiste Lacombe.
There was a pause of silent horror.
Nobody cared particularly for the
dead man, but tbe manner of his
death was terrible.
'How did it happen?' whispered
'Perhaps it was suicide,' answered
They began to more closely exam
ine the large tube. Francois Tegot,
who, although thus far cooler than
the others, now seemed unable to
stand, pointed to the band of the
dead man, which was tightly clench
ed upon a small cord. One of the
workmen approached, aud with some
difficulty drew out the line; and a
new thrill ot expectation went thro'
tbe silent company when they saw,
attached to the end of the Hue, an
old leather bnndlc covered with dust.
Young Tegot now seemed to mas
ter' himself by a greet effort, and
motioning the workman back, he
advanced, and, lifting the bag ten
derly out into a more convenient
position, he ciirl, solemnly, as if to
himself, I have long pusprcted some
thing was wrong, and now I shall
-.Then he examined tbe bag, and at
length took from bis pocket a knife
and carefully cut open one side.
Despite the fact that be.expected
the revelation that now came, he
started a little back, for the opening
revealed a piece of cloth, a coat,
which even tbe town official could
recollect to be the coat of tbe long
lost organist, Raoul Tegot, Francois
The young man stepped back and
sank again into his seat, and the
others, coming forward, laid the bag
quite open, and drew forth a watch
and an embroidered vest ; in a pock
et of the coat was found a purse.
'Here is on odd treasure,' said one of
the .workmen, holding up a locket of
Fraucois seized it and opened it.
The color forsook his face and his
eyes filled with tears. He simply
The town official now whispered
to tho surprised organ-builder that
the villainous Lacombe had killed
poor Tegot on the morning of the
trial, and bad secreted the body ia
some unknown place and hidden the
valuables here. Frightened by the
fear of discovery, ho bad attempted
to remove the treasures, and had
fallen into the pipe and hud thus
met a horrible death. 'There is
nothing secret,' said Francois, 'but
shall bo revealed. Sin is it.i own
detector, and its secrets cannot rest.
The excitement among the towns
people was for many days even
greater than it had bocn at the time
of Tegot's disappearance, and many
and bitter were the reproaches heap
ed upon the wicked organist's mem
ory. Francois was immediately chosen
organist, and held the position dur
ing his entire life. Youth's Companion.
A Predcet Yankee Coaataale.
Mr. Elijah Hitchcock was a Con
necticut constable, whose character
was under scrutiny. Deacon Solo
mon Rising wns inquired of about
'Deacon Solomon Rising," said
the questioner, "do you think Mr.
Hitchcock is au honest man?
Very promptly "Oh, no, sir!
Not by any means."
"Well, do you think he is a mean
"Well, with regard to that," said
the deacon, a little more deliberate
ly. "I may say that I don't really
think he is a mean man; I've somo
thiuk thought he was what you
might call a keerlul a prudent
"What do you mean by a prudeut
"Well I mean this; that one time
he bad an execution for fouf dollars
agaiust the old Widdow Witter,
back here, and he went up to her
house aud levied on a flock of ducks.
He chased them ducks one at a time,
rouud the house pooty much all day ;
and every time he catched a duck
he'd set right dowu and ring his nock
aud charge mileage ; and his mileage
'mounted to more than the debt.
Notbin' mean about it, as I know of,
but I always thought after that, that
Mr. Hitchcock was a very prudent
Tfce Otraerxhip of Water
melttBM. Who ever heard of any one being
punished for stealing a watermelon ?
It was tried once in Teunesee, three
or four years ago. Good old Judge
Frazier, of the Davidson aud Ru
therford Circuit, was presiding; an
unlucky negro was the prisoner; a
very young lawyer was defending
him ; twelve good men and true
were in the box. Thero was no
donbt that the prisoner bad stolen
the mclen ; the proof against him
was as clear as noonday. Tho at
torney called no witnesses whatever,
but simply arose and said : m "May
it please your Honor and gentlemen
of the jury, my client is charged
with stealing a watermelon. He
does not deny it. But this is a new
crime for our courts. I have stolen
watermelons myself ; the chances are
that your Honor has stolen water
melons ; and, gentlemen, I'll agree to
Bet 'em up if there is a man on that
jury who hasn't stolen a watermel
on 1" The Judge jerked up his head,
took off his spectacles, and looked
with a startled but smiling stare
upon the young scamp ; the jurors
nudge'd each other aud snickered,
the spectators guffawed; but it is
needless to say that the brief argu
ment for the defendant was a suc
cessful one with the honest jury
man. Ltfuisville Courier-Journal.
No, young man, it doesn't hurt yon
a particle to sow your wild oats. Go
ahead aud sow as many as you wish.
But its tbe gathering in of the crop
that will make you howl. And you
have to gather it,. too. If you don't
it gathers you, and one is a great
deal worse thau the other. Go oc
and sow your wild oats, but keep
away from thU offke during harvest
time. Burlington Uawkeye.
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