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BILL AND THE WIDOW.
“ Wife,” said Ed Wilbur one morning
us lie sat stirring his coffee with one hand
and holding a phim cake on his knee
with the other, and looking across the
table into the bright eyes of his neat lit
tle wife, “wouldn’t it be a good joke to
get Bachelor Bill Smiley to take Widow
Watson to Robinson’s show next week ?”
“You can’t do it, Ed; he won’t ask
her. He is so awful shy. Why he came
by here the, other morning when I was
hanging out some clothes, and he looked
over the fence and spoke, hut when I
shook out a night gown he blushed like
a-irymdwe x r
“ I think I (gin manage it,” said Ed ;
“ but I’ll have to lie just a little. But
then it wouldn’t he much harm under the
circumstances, for I know she likes him
and he don’t dislike her; but, as you
say, he’s shy. I’ll just go over to his
place to borrow some bags of him, and if
I don’t bag him before I come back,
don’t kiss me for a week, Nelly.”
So saying Ed started, and while he is
mowing the fields we take a look at Bill
Smiley, lie was rather a geo 1-looking
fellow, though his hair and whiskers
showed some grey hairs, and he had got
in a set of artificial teeth. But every one
said lie was a good soul and so he was.
He had as good a hundred-acre farm as
any in Norwich, with anew house and
everything comfortable, and if he wan
ted a wife, many a girl would have jump
ed at the chance like a rooster at a
grasshopper. Bill was so bashful—al
ways was—and when Susan Berrybottle,
that he was sweet on (though he never
said “ boo” to her), got married to old
Watson he just drew his head, like a
mud-turtle, into his shell, and there was
no getting him out again, though it had
been noticed that since Susan had be
come a widow he had paid more atten
tion to his clothes and had been very
regular in his attendance at the church
that the fail* widow attended.
But here comes Ed Wilbur.
“(Rood morning, Mr. Smilev !”
“Good morning. Air. Wilbur. What’s
the news your way ?”
“ Oh, nothing particular, that I know
of,” said Ed, “ only Robinson’s show,
!hatrevervb'/fh and bis girl is going to.
I was to old Saekrider’s last night, and I
see his son Gus has got anew buggy and
wasscruhbing up his harness, and lie’s
got that white-faced colt of his slick as a
seal. 1 understand he thinks of taking
tlie Widow Watson to tin* show. He’s
been hanging round a good deal of late,
hut I’d just like to cut him out, I would.
Susan is a nice little woman, and de
serves a better man than that young pup
of a fellow, though i wouldn’t blame her
much either if she takes him, for she
must he dreadful lonesome, and then she
has to let her farm out on shares and it
isn’t half worked, ancl no one else seems
to have spunk enough to-speak up to her.
By jingo ! if I were a single man I’d
show him a trick or two.”
So saving, Ed borrowed some bags,
started around the corner of the barn,
where lie had left Bill sweeping, and put
his ear to a knot-hole and listened,
knowing that the bachelor had a habit
of talking to himself when anything
“Confound that young Sackrider!”
said Bill, “ what business has he there,
I’d like to know ? Got anew buggy, has
he ? Well, so have I, and anew har
ness, too; and his horse can’t come in
sight of mine; and 1 declare I’ve half a
mind to Yes, I will! I’ll go this very
night and ask her to go to the show with
me. I’ll show Ed 'Wilbur that I ain’t
such a calf as he thinks I am, If I did
let old Watson get the start of me in the
Ed could scarce held laughing out
right, but he hastily pitched the bags on
his shoulder, and with a low chuckle at
his success, started home to tell the news
to Nellv; and about five o’clock that
e. verting they saw Bill go by with his
.horse and buggy on his way to the
Widow’s. He jogged along quietly
thinking of the old singing school days
—and what a pretty girl Susan was
then —and wondering inwardly if he
would have more courage now* to talk up
to her, until at a distance of about a
mile from her house he came to a bridge
—over a large creek-—and it so happen
ed that just as he reached the middle of
the bridge he gave a tremendous sneeze,
and blew his teeth out of his mouth, and
clear over the dashboard, striking on the
planks they rolled over the side of the
bridge and droqqed into four feet of
Words cannot do justice to poor Bill,
or paint the expression of his face as he
sat there—completely dumfounded at
this startling piece of ill luck. After a
while he stepped out. of the buggy, and
getting on his hands and knees looked
over Into the water. “ Yes, thcro they
CRAWFORD, GEORGIA, FRIDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 9, 1874.
were,” at the bottom, with a crowd of
little fishes rubbing elieir noses against
them, and Bill wished to goodness that
his nose was as close for one second.
His beautiful teeth that had cost him so
much, and the show coming on and no
time to get another set —and the widow
and young Sackrider. Well, he must
try and get them somehow—and no time
to lose, for someone might come along
and ask him what he was fooling around
therefor. He had no notion of spoiling
his good clothes by wading in with them
on, and besides, if he did that, he could
not go to the widow’s that night, so he
took a look uq and down the road to see
that iy> one wgs in sight, un
dressed himself, laying his clothes in the
boggy to keep them clean. Then he ran
around to the bank and waded into the
almost icy cold water ; but his teeth did
not shatter in his head, he only wished
they could. Quietly he waded along so
as not to stir up the mud, and when he
got to the right spot he dropped under
water and came up with the teeth in his
hand, and replaced them in his mouth.
But hark ! What noise is that ? A
wagon ! and a little dog barking with all
his might, and his horse is starting.
“Whoa! Whoa!” said Bill, as he
splashed aud floundered out through
mud and water. “ Confound the horse.
Whoa! Whoa! Stop, you brute you.
stop !” But stop he would not, but went
off' at a spanking pace with the unfortu
nate bachelor after him and the little
dog yelping after the bachelor. Bill was
certainly in capital running costume, but
though he strained every nerve he could
not touch the buggy or reach the lines
that were dragging on the ground. Af
ter a while his plug hat shook oft’ the
seat and the hind wheel went over it,
making it as flat as a pancake. Bill
snatched it as he ran, after jamming his
list into it, stuck it, all dusty and dim
pled, on his head. And now he saw the
widow’s house on the hill, and wliat, oh
what would he do ! Then his coat fell
out and he slipped it on and then making
a desperate spurt he clutched the back
of the seat and scrambled in, and pulling
the buffalo robe over his legs, stuffed the
other things beneath. Now the horse
happened to be one that he got from
Squire Moore, and he -got it from lhe
widow, and he took it into his head to
stop at her gate, which Bill had no pow
er to prevent, as he had not possession
of the reins; besides lie was too busy
buttoning his coat up to his chin to
think of doing much else. The widow
heard the-rattle of the wheels and look
ed out, ond seeing that it xvas Mr.
Smiley, and that he did not offer to get
out, she went to the gate to see what he
wanted, and there she stood chatting,
with her white arms on the top of the
gate, and her sinking face turned right
toward him, while the cold chills ran
down his shirtless back clear to his bare
feet beneath the buffalo robe, and the
the Water from his hair and the dust
from his hat had combined to make some
nice little streams of mud that came
trickling down his face.
She asked him to come in. No, he
was in*a hurr.v, he said. Still he did not
offer to go. He did not like to ask her
to pick up his reins for him because he
did not know what excuse to make for
not doing it himself. Then he looked
down the road behind him and saw a
white-faced horse coming, and, at once
surmising that it was that Gus Sackrider
coming, he resolved to go or die, and
and hurriedly told his errand. The
Widow would be delighted to go, of
course she would. But wouldni’t he
come in. No, he was in a hurry, he
said ; had to go on to Mr. Green’s place.
“Oh,” said the widow, “you’re going
to Mr. Green’s are you? Why, I xvas
just going there myself to get one of the
girls to help me quilt some. Just wait a
second while I get my bonnet and shawl,
and I’ll ride with you.” And away she
“Thunder and lightning!” said Bill,
“ what a scrape!” and he hastily clutch
ed his pants hetxveen his feet, and xvas
preparing to wiggle into them, xvhen a
light wagon, draxvn by a xvhite-faced
horse driven by a boy, came along and
stopped beside him. The boy held up a
pair of boots in one hand and a pair of
socks in the other, and just as the widow
reached the gate again, he said :
“ Here’s your boots and socks, Mr.
Smiley, that you left on the bridge xvhen
you xvere swimming.”
“ You’re mistaken,” said Bill “ thc’re
“ Why,” said the boy, “ ain’t you the
man that had the race after the horse
“ No, sir, lam not ! You had better
go on about your business.” Rill sighed
at the loss of his Sunday boots, and
turning to the widow, said :
“Just pickup the lines, will you,
please; this brute of a horse is forever
switching them out of my hands.” The !
xvidow complied, anti then he pulled one !
corner of the robe cautiously down, and
she got in.
“ WhaV a lox-ely evening,” said she
“and so warm I don’t think xve need the
rqj>e over us, do xve ?
(A ou sec, she had on a nice dress and 1
a pair of new gaiters, and she wanted to j
“ Oh, my ! v said Bill, earnestly, “ you’ll I
find it eh illy tiding, and I wouldn’t have j
you catch oolfi for the xvorld.”
She seemed pleased at his tender care
for her health, and contented herself
with stic' i ../*• one of her little feet out,
sjyer t);e mid of
; it * ’
“ What is this, Mr. Smiley ? a neck
“ A es, I bought it the other day, and I
must have left it in the buggy. Never
“ But*” she said, “it xvas so careless,”
and stooping over picked it up and made
a motion to stuff it between them.
Bill felt her hand going down, and ma
king a dive after it clutched it in his and
held it hard and fast.
Then they went on quite a distance, he
holding her soft little hand in his and
xvondcring xvhat he should do xvhen they
got to Green’s, and she xvondering he
did not say something nice to her as well
as to squeeze her hand, and xvhy his coat
was buttoned up so tightly on such a
warm ex*enjng, and xvhat made his face
and hat so dirty, until as they xvere go
ing down a little hill one of the traces
came unhitched and they had to stop.
“ O murder!” said Bill, xvhat next!”
“What is the matter, Mr. Smiley?”
said the xvidoxv, with a start that came
near jerking the robe off his knee.
“ One of the traces is off,” said he.
“ Well, xvhy don’t von get out and put
it on ?”
“ I can’t,” said Bill; “ I’ve got—that
is, I haven’t got—oh, dear, I’m so sick.
What shall I do?”
“ Why, Willie,” said she tenderly,
“what is the matter, do tell me?” ami
she gave his hand a little squeeze, and
looking into his pale and troubled face,
she thought lie was going to faint; so
she got out her smelling-bottle xvith her
left hand, And qulling the stopper out
with her teeth she stuck it to his nose.
Bill xvas just taking in breath for a
mighty sigh, and the pungent odor made
him throxv back his head so far that he
lost his balance and went oxmr the low
backed buggy. The little woman gave
a little scream as his big bare feet flew
by her head ; and covering her face with
her hands gax*e way to tears or smiles—
it was hard to tell which. Bill was
“ right side up” in a minute and was
leaning over the back of the seat humbly
apologizing and explaining, when Ed
Wilbur and his wife and baby drove up
behind and stopped. Poor Bill felt that
he would rather have been shot than
have Ed Wilbur catch him in such a
scrape, but there xvas no help for it now,
so he called Ed to him and whispered 1 in
his ear. Ed xvas like to burst with sup
pressed laughter, but he beckoned to his
wife to drive up, and after saying some
thing to her, he helped the xvidoxv out of
Bill’s buggy into his, and the txvo women
x\*ent on leaving the men behind. Bill
lost no time in arranging his toilet as
xvell as he could, and then with great
persuasion Ed got him to go home xvith
him, and hunting up slippers and socks
and getting him washed and combed, had
him quite presentable xvhen the ladies
arrived. I need not tell how the story
xvas all wormed out of bashful Bill, and
hoxv they all laughed as they sat around
the tea-table that night, but xvill con
clude by saying that they x\*ent to the
show together, and Bill has no fear of
Gus Sackrider now.
This is the story about Bill and the
Widoxv as I had it from Ed Wilbur, and
if there is anything unsatisfactory about
it, ask him.
What Constitutes a Car Load.—
Someone xvho has been investigating
the subject says that in general, 20,000
pounds is a ear load, 70 barrels of salt,
70 of lime, 90 of flour, 60 of whiskey,
200 sacks of flour, 6 cords of hard wood,
7 of soft, 18 to 20 head of cattle, 50 to
60 head of hogs, 80 to 100 head of sheep,
6,000 feet of solid boards, 17,000 feet of
siding, 13,000 feet of flooring, 40,000
shingles, one-third less hard lumber, one
tenth less of Joists, one-fourth less of
green lumber, scantling and all other
large lumber. iJ4O bushels of wheat, 360
of corn, 680 of oats, 400 of barley, 360 of
flax seed, 360 of apples, 480 of Irish po
tatoes, 360 of sweet potatoes, 1,000 bush
els of bran, The foregoing tale maybe
not exactly correct, for the reason that
railroads do not exactly agree in their
rules and estimates, but it approximates,
so closely to the general average that
shippers will find it a great convenience
as a matter of reference.
If your brain is ou fire bfoxv it out.
“ Lotting off sleep ” is a little boy’s
definition of snoring.
The highest compliment to a barber—
He dyed and made no sign.
The only kind of stakes that a farmer
should hold are fence stakes.
What preachers lack in depth they
generally give you in length.
Gravity is no more evidence of wisdom
than a paper collar is of a shirt.
A man named his best hen “ Macduff,”
because he wanted her to lay on.
What trade is it whoso works are tmm
pled undfcr foot? The shoemakers. >
A man xvent the other night to ascer
tain the color of the xvind, and found it blew.
An Eastern debating society is trying
to settle xykich is the hardest to keep, a diary
or an umbrella.
An loxva editor recently announced
that a certain patron of his was “ thieving ”
as usual. It xvas written thriving.
What is the difference between a car
pet-bagger and a church bell ? One peals
from the steeple and the other steals from the
When a Chicago man can’t lie on his
back and go to sleep without dreaming of his
mother-in-laxv, it is considered, a sufficient
ground for divorce.
If it takes six days for a Bologna sau
sage to sink to the bottom of a barrel of soft
soap, hoxv many boot jacks xvill it take to
shingle a lamp-post.
A youthful Pennsylvania granger,
about to be chastised by his father the oilier
day, called for his grandfather to protect him
from the middle man.
A little boy heard his mother tell of
eighteen head of cattle being burnt the other
day. “ Weren’t their tails burnt also ?” in
quired the verdant youth.
In Bellefante, Pa., a man keeps a pet
rattlesnake secured iu his front yard to drive
away lightning-rod men, sewing-machine
agents, aud book-peddlers.
A lady asked Mr. Johnson if he liked
children. ‘'Don’t know, ma’am,” answered
that crabbed old gentlemen; “ never tried
’em ; am not an ogre.”
A Western postmaster writes to the
Postmaster General that “ hell would be full
of country postmasters if they didn’t get more
pay thou is-allowed
“ What becomes of .dogs when they
die ?” was xvhat a juvenile in Boston asked
his pa. “ They go to the happy land of ea
niue,” his parent quickly replied.
The following is a popular song' in
Athens: “ Beefsteak xvhen I’m hungry,
whiskey xvhen I’m dry, greenbacks when
I’m hard up, and Heaven xvhen I die.”
Progression is the watchword of the
hour, but Oglethorpe mothers haul their dis
obedient children ox r er the knee and strike on
the sgme old spot that Romans did 3,000 years
Landlady (fiercely)—“You must not
occupy that bed with your boots ou ! ” Board
er—“O, never mind, they’re only an old pair.
The bed-bugs can’t hurt em ; I’ll risk it any
A good way to restore a man appar
ently drowned, is to first dry him thoroughly,
inside aud out, aud then clap a speaking
trumpet to his ear and inform him his mother
The expression of a nervous xvoman’s
face, upon getting into a dentist’s chair, is
something that no man can imitate until lie
gets a letter from his mother-in-laxv, sharply
inquiring if that spare room is ready.
“ Wife, do you know that I have got
the pneumonia ?” “ New monia, indeed ! Such
extravagance! You’re the spendthriftest man
I ever did see ! To go and lay out money for
such trash, xvhen 1 need anew bounet so
A couple of neighbors became so inim
ical that, they would not speak to each other,
but one of them, having been converted at a
camp-meeting, on seeing his former enemy,
held out his hand, saying : “ Hoxv d’ye do,
Kemp? I’m humble enough to shake hands
with a dog!”
The beauty of keeping a goat is that
he isn’t particular xvhat you feed him on. A
Buffalo billy got into the house the other day
during the family’s absence, and managed to
make a respectable meal oft" of a Panama hat,
three linen-bosomed shirts, a box of Havana
cigars, and part of anew bonnet.
Johnnie, xx*ho is studying French his
tory, was observed at dinner sawing the relics
of a watermelon with a chicken bone. “ What
are you doing, Johnnie,” said papa. “ Making
a tableaux,” said Johnnie. “ What of?”
queried papa. “ Bone-a-part crossing the
rind, you old lunatic,” said the young chap.
The most diabolical pun ever invented
was perpetrated by a very harmless sort of
person the other evening. When Mr. Sober
leigh read that a farmer in the West had
chopped his only son in two, he innocently
remarked that he didn’t think that they ought
to arrest a man for simply “ parting his / ir
in the middle.”
A gentleman at Troy recently attended
the funeral of a deceased relative. Just as
the coffin xvas about to be lowered in the grave
he stepped ont from the crowd of mourners,
deliberately opened a pen-knife, clipped a
splinter from the rough pine box in which the
coffin xvas encased, and coolly proceeded to
hittlc out a tooth-pick.
DISGUSTED WITH LIBERIA.
The Experieno* of a Tennessee Colored Man
who Does Rot Relish a Diet of Roots,
Snakes, Lizards and Soorpions.
Strawberry Plain*, Sept. 12,-rDan
Price, a bright, intelligent mulatto,
who left this neighborhood the 23d day
last November, in company xvith thirty
two others for Liberia, arrived in our
town on the ten o’clock train this morn
ing, on his return from old Africa, the
native country of his race across the
deep blue sea. Dan tells us a very
distressing story of his relatives aud
He says they had not been in Liberia
• rruva+h till they* hsd bjiried niyie of
their little party, all of whom died of fe~
fever, including his wife, mother, grand
mother, and his oldest child. He brought
two of his little children back with him,
xvho were fortunate enough to escape the
The remainder of the party are nearly
all sick aud anxious to get back to
America, but as a trip this xvav. costs
fifty dollars, none of them can get the
funds to return on. But few of them
have been able to do a day’s xvork since
they arrived in Liberia, and xvhen they
can xvork they only get twenty cents a
He says that the agent of the Coloni
zation Society grossly misrepresented the
country to them or they would never
have thought of leaving East Tennessee.
The natives, xvith but few exceptions,
arc of the rudest type, and nearly all of
them live on roots, frogs, snakes, scorpi
ons, lizards and insects of various kinds.
Bacon being fifty cents a pound, and
flour from ten to twelve dollars a hun
dred, of course can ouly be used by the
rich. Corn, wheat, oats and other staple
productions of this country cannot be
grown there to any advantage.
He never saxv a team of horses, mules
or oxeu.from the time he left New York
till he returned, the soil being cultivated
mostly with, the hoe. No one ever
thinks of going out xvithout an umbrella
or something to protect him from the
intense heat of the sun.
Settlers are often ox T crrun by the dif
ferent savages from the interior, them-
HfJuea killed and thir robbed and
burned. Many of the natives dress in
regular barbarian style; that is, they go
entirely naked, except xvhen out from
their places of abode; they then dress up
xvith one garment—a hip cloth.
The offices of the government are all
filled by negroes, xvho are generally mean
and tyrannical toward the common
people. The rich will not in any man
ner associate xvith the poor, and when
the poor negro xvorks for the rich one he
is sent to the kitchen for his meals.
He mailed a dozen letters at this office,
which xvere xvr.itten by former slaves to
their old masters in this country, all
asking that money be sent them that
they be enabled to get back to their old
homes once more. He brought the let
ters to this country and mailed them,
because none of the xvriters had the
money to pay the high rate of postage
charged in Liberia.
Take it all in all, Dan says, if he
could even have his health in Liberia,
he xvould rather be a slax'e here than a
freeman there. Dan reads and writes
xvell, and has for years been considered
a leader among his race in this section.
He advises his people to quit politics
and go to xvork, that they may be pros
perous and happy.
The Effects of a Hot Brick.—
Mrs. Battles, says Max Adeler, suffers
from cold feet, and the other night she
warmed up a brick, intending to take it
to bed with her. She laid it down by
the bedside xx’hile she attended to the
baby, and then forgot about it and turn
ed in. After awhile Battles came ox*er
to the bed room, and when he had assu
med his night shirt he began to say his
prayers. When he was about half way
through he happened to move his kneo
a little to the left, and it came in con
tact xvith the brick. For an instant ho
thought that something had stung him,
and jumping up, he came back to ascer
tain what it was. He saw the brick
lying there, but it never occurred to him
that it xvas the cause of the trouble, so.
he picked it up for the purpose o brow
ing it out of the window. Then ie sud
denly dropped it on two of his corns
with a cry of pain, and after an indig
nant denunciation to Mrs. Battles, he
procured a piece of paper, aud in a furi
ous rage hurled the brick through the,
xx-indoxv-sash. It hit a policeman who.
happened to be standing on the pave
raent below, and in less than ten min
utes Battles was on his xvay to the st.i
tion-house, where he was locked up all
night on a charge of assault and battery.
He xvas released in the morning after
paying §2O fine. He has not finished hi t
prayers yet, and Mrs. Battles now warms
her feet with a flannel petticoat..