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The Butler herald. (Butler, Ga.) 1875-1962, January 19, 1877, Image 1

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■newspaper DEVOTED to industry and civilization terms,‘$1.66 u l'ear in Advance*. FlEU; UEOItGU, FRIDAY, JANUARY 1«,. IS 11. '■ _ - * i WHOLE NUMBER, 18 cold It W$f winter. tho land, . ^ _.. gle witli itH frosty breath, that I Was seated before a blazing fire, surrounded by a jolly half dozen boys and an old bachelor, a Peter Green, about forty and eight years old. It was just the night without to make those within enjoy a good story, so eaeli of us had to tell his favorite story, save Mr. Green, and ns he was a jolly story teller,- wo woro Boinewhat surprised to hear him say, “I have no story flint would interest you,” so 'We had to find othur entertainments for a while; When one of the boys toUlino to iislrtliin how it happen ed that he never got married. So I did. “Well, gentlemen,he began, “It does not seem right foil me to toil how that- happened, but as it is uboiit my self, 1 don’t . eare inuob. Yofi-soe whea l avilB young we hud to walk as far as five.miles to church and siuging sohool which was our chief enjoy ment. But this don’t have any thing to do with my not getting a wife, but I jllst wanted to show you‘that wo had some'trouble them days in getting out' Bport, “John Smith aud I were like Mary and her lamb.’ Whore one went tho other was sure to go. So we vreift ta see two sisters, and us we were not the best boys imagiuablojtha old gentleman took Umbrage and would not allow us to come near the house so wo would take the girls to the end of the lane, and there we would have to take tho final kiss. “We soon got tired of thiB sort of fun, and I told John, on our way to singing school one night, that I was going to tako. Bailie, home and that I was going into tho house, too. Ho said the old man would ruin mo if I did. “I told him I was going to risk it anyhow, let come what would. .“So homo we went with the girls When we get to tho end of tho lane . I told the girls wo proposed going all tho way. “They looked at each other in a way I kidn't like too well,but said they(tho old folksjwoutd be in bod so they didn’t care ifho did. They were a little surprised whenl told them wo thought of going in a lit tle while, hut nil was quiet when we got to tho house,as wo had no trouble in getting iuto the kitchen Then and there we had our first court,audj niado np niy fnind to' ask Bailie to bo lny wife the next time I camo.” “It was now poet the’ turn of ,'nd as We had four miles to [told John wo had better lift n we stepped out on tho ,but just then the sky was lit iy lightning,and one treinen- s thunder peal rolled along tho mntain sidis. Its echo had not id away in tho far oft'vales until Train begaii to pour frotn tho Wne'red fullness of .tho clouds. VVo whited for it to stop until we wero all sleopy,when tho girls said Wo could go to lied in the little room at the hciulbf tho stairswtiioli led out of thb kiftihen, as their fa ther did not get Up early we could ing his cane above my heads This camo to an end by John giving mo a kick. “John looked,o'l(t of.tho window und said we could got down over tho porch. • “Get out and drOss as soon as possible,"said he. Su in my hurry my foot got he at home before the ol.d folks i fastened ia the bed olothes,and out woro astir. Bo after bidding the I tumbled, heq|j foremost, turned girls a swbot good night,itnd hug ging thorn u little, wishing them pleasant dreams, and promising them to come hack tho next Sun day night, wo started to bed. | the old manv ,-He''throw up his .ml ci'Sd.—- . ‘ over, and dowji&hu ste)is, until I struck the doo&M^h-fffls (listened by a wooden 'bjjittbn,’.and it broke . , ” Id'iiTfi'Oiit of loose, and out* We didn’t have far to go,as the bed stood near tho head of the stairs. John was soon in bed,hut iih I always a little slow and full of curiosity,I was looking around tho little room. At last I thought I would Bit down on a chest, that was spread over with a nico white cloth,while I dreivoff lny boots. So down I sat, when stars of the aufitJ.-J iveflt plump into h. bigjcua- tard pio 1 ‘I thought John would dio laugh ing,for lie said 1 smashed that cus tard all to thunder and tho plate right in two. You see we lmd to be awful quiet,so tho old man would not hear, ‘I was now ready to got into bed so I put the light out and picked lip my hoots thinking to put them in a more convenient placo, when downono of my legs weilt through r ipe hoie,which had been] cover- by paper, up to my hip. ‘Now one part of mo was up stairs while tho longest part of mo was in the Kitchen. As my leg was very long,it reached, a shelf which was occupied by dishes,ifans,oeftee pots, etc., etc., and turned it over with a tremendous crash. “The girls lmd not retired, and we could hear them laugh fit to split I tlioir sides. I felt awful ashamed,and tfas seared until my heart was in my throat, for I ex pected the old man every moment. “I extracted my leg from the confounded hole just in time, for the old lady looked into tho kitch en from the room door and asked what all that noise was about. Tho girls .put Mr off as best they could and Iwent to bed,while John was strangling himself under the cover to keep from laughing aloud. ‘\Ve soon went off into thelnnd of dreams with ttie hope of wak ing early. I wish I could tell you my dreams,but it would take mo too long, One inoment I would fancy myself by the sido of my Sallfb, sipping .nbetar from her heaven bedewed lips,and the next I would bu flyin hands aud or Lord save usl' for he thought it was tho devil.’. “The old Itply screamed until you could hayb heard her a mile. I was so seared aiul bewildered that I couldffiot rise up at once. It was wai'ni>Yeather,and I didn’t have on atiy|hing‘but a—well,one garment. Jr-« t er it made me mad, and 1 jumped up and rushed out df the door,and loft tlie areator part of my only anrment on tho old door latch. “Off I started for tho barn*, and when half way throunh the yard tho doos set up a howl and went for me. “When I aot into the barn yard I had to run throunh a flock of sheop,and amouo them was an old ram,who backed off alittlo and started for me. With one hound I escaped his blow,sprano into the barn,and beoau to cliriib up tho loas into tho mow, when an old motlior lien pounced upon njy loos, peckino them until they bled. I threw myself upon the hay, and after John had slid down the porch into a lioasliead bf raiii wa ter, he camo to mo with ono of my hoots, toy coat, and ono lea of my pants. Ho found mo oonf- pletely prostrated. Tart of my shirt,my hat,ono leo of my pants, my -test, stookinas, necktie and one hoot, were left behind “I vowed then and there that I would never ao to Bee another airl, and I’ll die boforo I will.” allTor the best. There was once a collier who worked in one of tho coal mines hear Newcastle, in England. His oonfpanions Called him “Pationt Joe,” hecauBO ho bore patiently every trial that befell him, Always saying that the will of God was best. When things went Well with him, and he enjoyed health, When sickness or want came. • llpon him, still ho was resigned, and contented, and cotnfonliu Him self with tho thought that God would make these things work to- getlidr.ibi' his.-goodo Ho always contrived to-livo-OQ'.iltiS'.lwages, . Whether greater Or lew} and if. lie had hut a crust nt’bread and a cup of water he had li 1 thankful heart, which made him ftjlil hlijl pier than if his ISlhlo was loaded with-dainties. Luck and chance word words that wore never heard from the lips of Joseph, except to show hew wrong it is to, use such lan guage He believed that the provi dence of God directed the smililo^t as wellastho gru teat .events of life. And ho‘Ofym ! queted those words .< of tile '‘Not jfBpflrfd# .'intlieufc til el and had enough to eat and drink, from tho old | lie gave thank.! to God as the au- man, while he would- b'o flourish- thtt of all' lvis mercies; falls to the ground . iyiwioas w will of your heavenly’ S’etthor.' Joseph had {tho 1 misfortdB.H td he working in the same pit with some very wicked men, who took pleasure in scoffing at ovrything good. Among his follow wtfrk- mea was ono who exceeded the rest in tho Wild df drurlkeness,gam bling, itnd mocking at religion. His name was Tim Jinkina. .Tim tooljc great dolight in laug- ing ht Joe’s notipnjdiut all things woro for the host. * One day, as Joe andJTim wero preparing to go down iuto the pit, Joe laid the bread and moat which lie had brough for his dinner dfiwfl on tho grown. A hungry dog, watching his op portunity, seized tho provisions aud soafhporod off with them. This was finb sport for Tim Jen kins, as it gave occasion for ,,tcasi ing poor Joo. “iai-i Joo,” I &Htr ho, “is tho loss iff your dinhor nil for tho best?” “No doubt ofit,’’said the pationt man; quite unmoved by the acci dent; “but as I cannot live with out eating, it is my duty ti try to recover it.” So saying, lie sot off utter tho dog while Tim laughing and swehring, went down into the pit; The dog led him a long round, and at last got clear off with his dinner. When Joe re turned to tho pit, he saw the col liers huddlodj together, with tho greatest lioiror in their counte nances. They exclumed, “Oh, Joo, what a narrow escape you! have made! Scared}' hiild you got out of sight, when tho roof of the' pit fell in, and poor Tito JoukiuS is burie’d under itl” Thus ware the words of Olifisf proved true, “Eien tho fery hairs of your head arp numbered;” and! thus tlib words of the Psalmist woro fulfilled, “Muny oku the af fliction's of tho fightoous,- lint the Lord delivered! him out of thorn 1 all.” Ho knepeth all his hone's, not' one of them is broken Evil shall slay the wicked, aud they that-haltft' tho righteoiiii shall b'e desolate’. ’ ’