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i r iF In comparing the taxation of France
and that of this country, Mr. DeEmhil says :
“A house costing in Paris §70,000, and pay
ing §3,500 rent, is taxed §3OO, equivalent to
per cent, on the rent, or 43 cents on each
hundred dollars of the value, say less than \
per cent. New York pays 3.03 per cent, on
the value, equivalent to §2.121, or 60 per
cent, on the rent, and if the house is mort
gaged for §20,000 must compensate in interest
the3.o3 per cent, tax, paying 900 more;
aggregating §3.030 or H 6 per cent, of the
rent, adding costs of repairs, lire insurance,
water taxes, etc., the rent being eaten up en
tirely. If the rent was only 42 cents on the
dollar, or 60 cents, as during President
Buchanan's administration, it would cost
§420, and the difference of §1,701 to §2 610
could be reduced in the rent without reduc
ing the net income.”
Fue Bed Bug. —We knew it would come.
Ihe Scientific American announces that an
insect, hostile to housewives and slumber,
lias been purged of his pestilential qualities
by a simple scientific method, and rendered a
delighful and indispensable article of the
dressing-table. By soaking nice fat bed bugs
in a saturated solution of nitrate of potash
and water, a perfume, delicate, delicious,
penetrating, and like nothing else in the wide
world, is obtained.
Tribune says :
What an impetus this will give to the
slaughter of insects of this persuasion 1 Ni
trate of potash is cheap, and bed bugs are
plentiful. The underpaid clerk on five dol
lars a week, living at a dingy, third-class
hoarding house, has in this announcement
the wherewithal to accumulate a competency.
Such is the value of the daily newspaper as
the handmaid of science, and benefactor of
the helpless and needy.
Now for the discovery that cockroaches
! C:m be used as flavoring extracts for pnd
j 'lings, pies, etc. G abriel, blow your horn !
— Aug. Const.
LSP This is the way the Cincinnati
Enquirer puts it: “In 1865 we had about
twenty-two hundred millions of dollars in cir
culating medium. The Republican party lias
contracted it to seven hundred millions.
. 8 has practically been a great confisca
tion of private property. This has been a
holesale robber3 r of the debtor class. This
cis caused a ruinous decline in prices. This
the mills. This has put out the fires
m the furnaces. This has closed the stores.
; Hus has produced a paral3'sis of the industry
*he country.” What we want is a cur
! r ency issued directly by the Government; a
currency which will be fair to all, enough for
:i “. and which will hold the Union together
uii'ler all circumstances.
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About a Dog. —The captain of a Nahant
M >ut has a fine, curley dog, which never
nmses making a trip with his master if he can
I le 'p it. He is quite sociable, and well ac-
I M'umted with the regular passengers. The3 T
I t| 1U - W P ecu harities, and he does some of
I tm™ (^OOS n °t regularly “beg,” he is
I ' m sharp enough to “ hang around” those
I !' ,aro ra ther liberally disposed. He often
lif S l >eTm Y or 5 cent piece and then off
I je bounds to the refreshment table and lays
I t out in cake as orderly as a boy. He would
I wf 11 eat the floor, like a dog which
1 1m' . ne ' er V©en taught good manners. He
I hi!! f master and puts the cake in his
I cat *.. a . then stands by decorously and
I him 1 /'.? lece Piece, as it is broke off for
lur1 ura ‘ Christian Intelligencer.
THE FOREST NEWS.
The People their own Rulers; Advancement in Education, Science, Agriculture and Southern Manufactures.
For the Forest News.
Letters to Young Men.—No. 2.
My Dear Young Friends: —ln my last
letter, I addressed you upon the subject of
the formation of good moral characters. In
this communication I wish to give you some
wholesome advice in regard to the proper im
provement of your understandings.
The mind is the noblest part of man. Your
bodies, however young and strong they may
be at present, are doomed to death, and must
soon be mingled with their mother earth
again ; but your minds are destined to im
After your weeping friends shall have cov
ered up your lifeless bodies in winding sheets
of clay, your immortal souls will continue to
act, and think, and feel forever and ever.—
Hence, while your bodies should not be neg
lected, your minds should receive your chief
attention, and should be improved and culti
vated with the most assiduous care, and with
the most unflagging perseverance.
Your minds are susceptible of indefinite
improvement. But some of you may say,
“ we have no time to devote to the cultivation
and improvement of our minds. We cannot
attend school; and are compelled to toil from
day to day continually. We have but few
books, and cannot find leisure to read and
study the few books that we possess.”
Well, my friends, listen to me. John Brown
was a poor boy from Ireland, who, with his
parents, settled in the State of South Caro
lina about 100 years ago. Books were very
scarce then, and schools were not very
numerous, nor very good, and John Brown
had to work for the support of his father's
family. But he resolved that he would be a
scholar. When 16 years old, he attended a
school for nine months. When 19 years old,
he again attended a school for nine months ;
and this was the sum-total of all the school
privileges that he ever enjoyed. But John
Brown had determined that he would have an
education, and t hat he would possess a highly
cultivated mind. Therefore, when other boys
were sleeping or playing, he was studying
uid reading. And now mark the result. In
1788 he was licensed to preach the Gospel.
1 n 1809 he was chosen Professor of Logic
and Moral Philosophy in the College of South
Carolina; and in 1811 he was elected Presi
lent of the University of Georgia, at Athens.
Although he himself held no College diploma,
yet he conferred many diplomas upon others.
In the example of Rev. I)r. John Brown
con may discover what may he accomplished
>y a resolute will, an unfaltering purpose,
ui 1 unwearied perseverance.
Benjamin Franklin was a poor boy, com
pelled to work in a printing office for his own
support: yet he found leisure, while diffident
ly working at his trade, to study a little every
day. and to read good books ; and in time he
became a great philosopher, and the equal, if
not tl*e superior, of Danton and DuFay.
J ames Furgerson was a poor shepherd-boy,
keeping his master's sheep upon the heather
clad hills of Scotland, with little leisure and
few books, and 3 r et he became a great astron
omer, and the equal of Dick and La-Place.
Now, my young friends, } r ou may never be
come Furgersons or Franklins, jmt you may
render yourselves very intelligent men.—
Whatever may be your trade or profession,
you surely can find an hour’s leisure every
day for mental improvement, even if von
have to snatch it from the time usualty allot
ted to sleep. One hour every day devoted to
study, or to the careful reading of some learn
ed work, will be equal to 43 days in school
every year, and will do you more good, in
deed, than 43 days devoted to study every
year in the best school in the State. Do not
despise the day of small things. “Many a
little makes a muclde,” says the old Scotch
proverb. A little knowledge gained every
day will amount to a vast sum of intelligence
in ten years. Do not spend all your money
in dressing and pampering your mortal
bodies. Buy a few good books and papers
every }'ear. Get the best. Do not waste
your money and time on trashy novels, or
other shallow and worthless books and peri
odicals. Do not attempt to read many books,
but read slowly and carefully ; and endeavor
to understand and remember what you read.
Always have pen, ink and paper handy,
and be sure to compose and write two or
three sentences carefully every day upon
some important subject. Habituate your
selves to the practice of expressing your
deepest thoughts on paper. Write carefully ;
and after you have written down one sentence,
study and consider it well, and see if you
cannot improve it in some particulars; and
then write it over again. Many a time you
might profitably spend an hour in writing and
re-writing one single sentence. If you will
dilligently pursue this course, you will soon
perceive that yon are making decided im
provement in both thinking and composing.
When engaged in this exercise of writing,
never leave a sentence until you shall have
made it as perfect as possible.
Let me also advise you to cultivate the
habit of close observation. Many people live
in a world of facts and truths with their eyes
as good as closed eyes, and no better. They
see nothing, or almost nothing, of the won
drous mysteries and interesting facts scatter
ed all around them. For instance, many
grown men in Georgia never observed that
the blackberry bush bears only one crop of
berries, and dies as soon as it has ripened its
only crop. They never observe. They have
seen clover in its beauty and luxuriance
many times, but have never taken any notice
of the fact that every leaf-stem of the clover
has on it three and only three leaves. Such
people never grow much wiser by their own
observation. The natural world around them
teems with beauties and useful and interest
ing facts, but they see them not, because they
are traveling through the world with their
shut. Keep your eyes wide open, my T
3 r oung friends, and let the teeming truths and
JEFFERSON, JACKSON COUNTY, GA., SATURDAY, JULY 31, 1875.
beauties of the natural world find their way
through your eyes into your understandings,
that you may grow wiser as you grow older.
In the last place, let me advise you to con
verse with men wiser than yourselves,—
When in the company of intelligent persons,
draw out their information by asking them
questions upon important subjects. Be not
too wise to learn, nor too proud to ask for in
formation. He that associates and converses
with wise men shall himself soon become
wise; but the companion of fools shall be
The great philosopher, Lord Bacon, in his
sententious style, remarks : “Reading makes
a full man ; conversation makes a ready man ;
and writing makes a correct man.” By read
ing a little carefully every day ; by convers
ing with intelligent people, when you have
the opportunity; by writing out your
thoughts with great care when you cau ; and
by habits of close observation and thoughtful
reflection, you m<ay in due time rank among
the most intelligent men of our country, and
may enjoy that noble happiness which springs
onl} r from well-stored minds.
Very truly, your friend,
G. 11. Cartledge.
For the Forest News.
Letters to a Young Lady.—No. 1.
by uncle judson.
My Dear Niece : —As 1 feel a very deep
interest in your welfare, and as you and your
mother have been so pleased with my sug
gestions as to kindly ask me to give you any
advice which I might think would be of ad
vantage to you, permit me to ask you to con
sider the subject of marriage.
Doubtless it has not occupied your thoughts
to any considerable extent vet; still, as it is
a subject of the greatest possible importance,
you cannot be too early impressed with cor
rect views concerning it. Failing to duly
appreciate its importance, many have made
inconsiderate and hasty engagements, which
they have been compelled, with the appear
ance of wrecklessness, to disregard. Others
have not only made hasty engagements, but
have hastily married, with but a very imper
fect knowledge of even the leading traits of
character of those to whom they are to look
for support and protection, and who arc to
share their joys and sorrows to the end of
It is, therefore, not strange that so many
unhappy matches are made, and*, so many
suits for divorce are instituted. A young
lady may be favorably impressed with the
conversational powers of a young gentleman,
or his beauty, or his dress, but alter marriage,
to her great sorrow, she discovers not a
single quality belonging to him to make her
happy, and she regrets during the remainder
of life, the folly of a few days.
In contemplating marriage, a young lady
should carefully consider all that is involved
—that it is calculated to make her very hap
py or ver) r miserable as she is wisely or fool
ishly united. She should cultivate a long
and intimate acquaintance with him who
proffers to become hers, and thus test the
sincerity of his attachment. If persons are
not happily united in wedlock, far better for
them had they never seen each other's faces.
A person may make a mistake in a business
partnership. lie may loose his capital, blight
his prospects and injure his reputation, but
his condition is not hopeless. Improving bv
sad experience, he may regain his energy,
surmount his difficulties, and reach a Higher
pinnacle of fame and excellence than he ever
had in contemplation before. But a mistake
in marrying is life-long and irreparable. 1
hope you will not make a mistake so fatal.
Allow me to suggest to you here, the pro
priety of consulting your mother on every
important step which you may be about to
take, and especially should you have her ma
ture judgment and advice on the subject now
Bun-away matches but rarely result in per
manent good to the parties. Your mother’s
intimate knowledge of human nature, and
long experience and observation, together
with her deep affection for 3 T ou and interest
in your welfare, abundantly qualify her to
give 3 r ou wholesome advice. Do not rashly
disregard her and bring reproach upon your
self, from which y'ou will never afterwards be
able to escape.
Should 3'ou have a friend or two, in whose
judgment and discretion you can confide, you
should not hesitate to mention the subject to
them, and carefully compare their opinions
with 3’our own.
I cannot approve the course chosen b3'
many, of keeping the courtship, engagement,
and all, wholly secret until a few days before
they are to be married. However weighty a
suggestion might be, it is then too late to
make it, unless it accords with the course al
ready determined on.
These suggestions may seem to be out of
place, but I am sure you will duly appreciate
them when 3'ou become more interested in the
subject than you are now.
Yon cannot be too cautious in entering in
to an obligation which so vitally affects your
condition in time and eternity. How foolish
it is, and must ever be, for a young lady to
accept the hand of a 3 r oung gentleman of
whom she knows but little, and even the lit
tle she knows excites her doubts as to wheth
er he is competent and willing to make her
contented and happy when she has become
It is believed that a large per cent, of the
wretchedness and debauchery so rife in the
world, has its origin in discontentment in the
To assist you in avoiding a condition so
deplorable, and by various precautions and
suggestions, to enable you to be respected
and happy, is the object of this writing.
On a subject so important, and one so much
neglected, if I say any thing which shall be
of advantage to you, I shall be amply re
[to be continued.]
Ulle |)oets Corner.
For the Forest News.
My Childhood’s Home.
Dear home of my childhood, dear spot of this earth.
My heart clings with pleasure to the scenes ’round
Thy pleasures, thy blisses, thv sorrows and cares
Mingle in the joys of my evening prayers.
O home of my childhood, O home of my youth,
Long will live thy memory and thy every sacred
Taught me ’neath thy r dear old roof at my moth
To live in peace with God on earth and through
O home of my' childhood, I love each sacred spot,
The tiniest flower, the smallest tiling will never be
The tree that stood beside the door beneath which
I have played,
While the evening zephyrs fanned my head be
neath its cooling shade.
Farewell, dear lovely' spot, Fate bids me now de
But y'our memory' will ever cling around my lone
ly heart ;
Farewell! It makes mo weep—my breast a sigh to
A glance, and I am gone, my dear old home to
Love thee—yes, I love thee, my r childhood’s dear
To leave thee makes my sad heart, ache—this wide,
wide world to roam ;
Farewell! That word, that sound, how sad, but
yet must say' farewell—
But the pang of grief it gives my heart is more
than words can tell.
“ Thy will he done,” 0 God, on earth, and may' I
To have to leave my childhood’s home to ne’er
return again ;
But when ITn dead and gone from earth, this wide
world cease to roam.
May' 1 be buried in the old grave-yard at my child
hood’s dear old home.
filisccfltmcous filed fey.
THE BATTLE OF KETTLE CREEK.
The centennial celebration of this impor
tant battle will not occur until February 14th,
1879 ; but as it will be the next great centen
nial event in this State, a brief account of it
is certainly not ill-timed. We shall not as
sume that our readers know all about the
battle ; for one paper in the State missed the
tacts far enough to locate the battle field in
Ware county. The battle really occurred
in Wilkes county, about nine miles from
Washington, and perhaps half that distance
from the rails of the Washingthn branch of
the Georgia railroad. The creek preserves
its revolutionary name, and its peaceful wa
fers flow into Little river, a confluent of
the Savannah. Thecal l of Savannah on the
3rd day of January/l 779, and the loss of
Howe’s army had a most disheartening effect
upon the patriots of the whole state. Gen.
Provost and the victorious Col. Campbell of
the British army, followed up their victories
so vigorously that in a very short time there
was very little left of the American army in
Georgia. Col. Campbell pushed upward rap
idly, and in the last days of January took
possession of Augusta. After resting there
a few days, he pursued the march into the in
terior, ruthlessly destroying property, and
insulting the people as he moved along. It
was a march from the sea on Sherman’s plan,
but on a small scale. Most of the people
fled as he approached, into South Carolina.
The few who remained were re-assembled by
Col. John Doolv. His party was shortly re
inforced by 250 men under Col. Pickens.
Menaced as they were by Col. Campbell, their
situation grew worse when it was known that
the notorious Boyd had raised a partizan
corps of 800 men, whom he was leading to
wards Georgia to desolate the state. Pick
ens and Dooly, now joined by Col. Clarke, re
solved to attack Boyd, and save, if possible,
upper Georgia from utter destruction.
“Much,” sa3's Stevens, “depended on this bat
tle. It was a moment big with the fate of
On the morning of the 14th of January,
1779, 1103'd very carelessh' halted at a cer
tain farm near Kettle Creek, and his army
were dispersed in various directions, engaged
in killing and gathering stock, and other op
erations. This was the patriots’ opportunhy.
They advanced in three divisions, the center
led by Pickens, the commander of the day,
the right under Colonel Dooty and the left
under Clarke, all with orders not to fire a
gun until within at least thirtj'-five paces.
Pickens, stopped b3' a half-formed abattis,
skillfully gained the flank of Bo3'd, when he
attacked him with great bravery. Boyd was
shot down, and his men fled, but were rallied
on a hill across the creek. Clarke quickly
found a ford, and soon rose upon a hill in the
rear of the enemy. His deadly fire complet
ed the victory, and the 103’alists fled in utter
defeat and confusion. Not two hundred and
fifty of Boyd's eight hundred ever reached
Augusta. Bo3’d himself and seventy of his
men were killed, and as many more were
wounded and taken prisoners. The rest fled
in every direction. Some were afterwards
hung as traitors and miscreants, some skulk
ed among mountain passes of North Caroli
na, and the whole organization was annihi
It is difficult to over-estimate the impor
tance of this great victory. It not only saved
upper Georgia from invasion, but it infused
new vigor into the drooping cause of liberty
in Georgia and South Carolina. McGreth
immediately fell back to Augusta, which was
soon abandoned, and Camppell’s retreat was
onl\ T made possible by the burning of all the
bridges that he marched over. We are glad
to learn from the Washington Gazette that
arrangements are being made to celebrate
the centennial on the old battle field. Upper
Georgia can not well refuse to participate in
the celebration of a battle that saved her
from the barbarities of British warfare dur
ing the revolution. Out of pure gratitude
we should ralty in 1879 to revive the mem
ories of our brave and patriotic defenders.—
A stove-pipe hat is alwa3 r s becoming, un
less it is too much stove.
“Rossum the Beau.”
J. A. Dacus, in the St. Louis Sunday
Republican, furnishes the little history of a
famous old South-western melody and of the
quaint character it commemorates :
James Rossum, whose name was on every
lip for twenty 3 f ears, and has not yet entirely
perished from the memory of men, was a
pedagogue in a Mississippi village during a
period of nearly forty years, closing his
career about 1830. lie' was a prime old
bachelor, devoted to the duties of his position
from Monday morning till Friday evening.
Saturday was the holiday of the Beau, lie
rose early, dressed with elaborate care in
gorgeous attire, and sallied forth to spend
the da3 r in visiting the ladies of the neigh
borhood. This eccentricity had gained for
the pedagogue the sobriquet of the Beau,
and he was known far and wide in that State
as ‘Old Rossum the Beau.’ But the Beau
was no proof against the ravages of time.
One morning, as he passed along the street
with ‘tottering step and slow,’ his growing
infirmities attracted the attention of two men
who were then young. One of these Col.
W. 11. Sparks, of Atlanta, Georgia, still
survives at the age of eighty. The other
was a man named Cox, a jovial, fun-loving
man, who long ago passed awa3% lie was a
superior vocalist in those da3 r s, and could
throw' a vast deal of pathos into his songs.
On the morning alluded to, the, friends,
Sparks and Cox, were together in the law
office of the former, when ‘Old Rossum. the
Beau’ with weak, unsteady step, passed down
the street. Cox remarked to his friend:
Toor old Rossum! some of these sunny
mornings he will be found dead, when he
shall have a noble funeral, and all the ladies
will honor it with being present, I know.’
The manner in which he spoke produced
more than a passing impression on Sparks.
He seized his pen, and under the inspiration
of the moment, wrote the famous song, Old
Rossum, the Beau.’
Cox composed, or rather adapted the mu
sic from an old Methodist revival tune, and
many a time, when singing it before mixed
audiences, old and young were moved to
tears by the tenderness and pathos which lie
threw into the l3 r ric. The lines have no
claim to merit as a literal production judged
by any canon of literary criticism, and 3'et
the song ‘took,’ and for thirty years continued
to be a favorite throughout the Mississippi
valle3 r and the Southern States. As many
of our readers may not be acquainted with
the original lines of ‘Old Rossum the Beau,’
we give them as they were furnished to a
Southern newspaper b}' the venerable author
three or four years ago :
Now, soon on some soft, sunny morning,
The first tiling my neighbors shall know,
Their ears shall be met with the warning—
Come bury old Rossum, the beau.
My friends then so neatly shall dress me
In linen as white as the snow,
And in my new cdffin shall press me,
And whisper : Poor Rossum, the beau.
And when I'm to be buried, I reckon,
The ladies will all like to go ;
Let them form at the foot of my coffin,
And follow old Rossum, the beau.
Then take you a dozen good fellows,
And let them all staggering go,
And dig a deep hole in the meadow,
And in it toss Rossum, the beau.
Then shape out a couple of dornicks,
Place one at the head and the toe ;
And do not fail to scratch on it—
Here lies old Rossum, the beau.
Then take you these dozen good fellows
And stand them all round in a row,
And drink out of a big-bellied bottle,
Farewell to old Rossum, the beau.
Simple as are these verses, inartistic as
they may be, they had power to please, and
this became and for a long time continued to
be the lyric sung most by some millions of
When the far-famed Swedish nightingale,
Jenny Lind, came to America to warble her
sweet lays in 1848, she sang two nights in
the old Washington Street Theatre, at Mem
phis. Among the songs which the audience
desired her to sing was this, in memory of
‘‘Old Rossum, the Beau.” She sang it on
the second night of her appearance, with a
sweetness and pathos which had an effect up
on the audience, such as no music ever com
posed by the master geniuses of musical art
could have produced.
Dolls in Ancient Times.
Playthings, especially puppets, were so
entirely, in the opinion of the ancients, the
distinctive attributes of childhood, tlmt they
not only lavished them upon their children
during life, but dared not separate them from
them after death. Enter this tomb, the path
of which is still strewe l with flowers, raise
this stone which is covered with a gilt inscrip
tion ; a young child reposes there, and be
side it a little silver tuned bell, a splendidly
dressed doll, and all the playthings of its life.
‘ Go, my son,’ the mother had said ; ‘ death
has taken thee from my love ; but, arrived at
the fields of happiness, thou shalt have where
with to charm thy infancy, and recall to thy
heart thine abode among thy friends on the
How touching and poetical was this
custom! It was retained by the earlies
Christians, and it is from their tombs we
ought to derive our ideas of ancient sepul
chres. In their cemeteries the plajdhings of
infancy have been found.
These playthings consisted of puppets of
ivory or of bone, such as were found in
great numbers in the coffin of Marie, the
daughter of Stilicon, and wife of the Emperor
Ilonorious, which was uncovered in 1544, in
the cemetery of the Vatican. The body of
the young princess was wrapped in golden
tissues ; beside her a silver casket containing
the articles of her toilet; and finally, ivory
dolls, whose presence can be explained only
by the ancient custom, according to which
young girls consecrated their dolls to Venus
befor contracting marriage. In this is reveal
ed in a marked manner the part of the doll
in the amusements of childhood. The great
offering, the solemn sacrifice of the Roman
virgins to Venus, at the moment of marriage
was a doll. By this they hoped to propitiate
the goddess, and obtain from her a fortunate
TERMS, $2.00 PER ANNUM.
) SI.OO FOR SIX MONTHS.
A handsmo young man stepped off the
train at Milan, a few days ago, and while
the engine was letting off a few whiffs of
extra steam, eoncl a young lady
close by a pine-apple bv way of keeping his
image fresh in her memory.
He had rather a weakness for this young
lady and was therefore rather particular in
selecting the finest pineapple and wrapping
it up in the finest paper.
While bending over a table “grubbing up”
something very nice to put in the note to
accompany tho^present, lie failed to notice
that: a travelling drummer had laid a package
upon the table, very similar in appearance
to his pineapple.
111 l an unlucky moment he got hold of the
drummer's package and innocently dispatch
ed it with his bill (ft iloux to the fair charmer,
and again seat in the train, wearing
a smile of satisfaction beneath his curled
But his smile was sad when the mother of
the young lady, entered the ear about fifteen
minutes later, with a pair of soiled linen
breeches, flying pennantlike from her hand.
Her eyes fell at once upon the offender.
She wanted him to know that her daughter
was not to be insulted in any such manner,
and he had better explain himself without
I lie drummer here put in an appearance,
and comprehending the situation, disgorged
the pine-apple from his carpet-satchel, which
he had so innocently mistaken for his own
bundle. A light broke on all parties and a
general laugh ensued.
The young lady got her pine-apple, and
the train rolled away, bearing a young man
happy that the mistake had been so fortunate
Plowing vs. Studying.
A great many boys mistake their calling,
but all such are not fortunate enough to find
it out in as good season as did the one to
whom the following story relates. It is said
that Rufus Choate, the great lawyer, was
once in'New Hampshire, making a plea, when
a boy, the sou of a farmer, resolved to leave
the plow and become a lawyer, like Rufus,
lie accordingly went to Boston, called on
Mr. Choate, and said to him :
“ I heard your plea up in our town, and
I have a desire to become a lawyer like you.
Will you teach me?”
“As well as I can,” said the great lawyer.
“ Come in and sit down.”
Taking down a copy of Blackstone, he
said: “Read this until I come back, and I
will see how you get on.”
The poor boy began. An hour passed.
His back ached, his head and legs ached.
He knew not how to study. Every moment
became a torture. He wanted air. Another
hour passed, and Mr. Choate came and
“llow do 3 r ou get on ?”
“ Cet on ! Why, do }’ou have to read
such stuff as this !”
“ llow much of it?”
“All there is on those shelves, and more,”’
looking about the great library.
“How long will it take?'’
“ V ell, it lias taken me more than twenty
five 3 T ears.”
“ How much do yon get !”
“ Aly board and clothes.”
“ Is that all?”
“Well that is about all I have gained as
“ Then,” said the boy, “ I will go back to
plowing. The work is not near as hard, and
it pa3 r s better.”
A Mother’s Influence-
A college student, not a professor of reli
gion, was accustomed to kneel down and pray
before retiring to bed. Ilis room-mate, who
was prayerless and profane, speaking of it,
said : “ It's on account of a promise he has
made to his mother, I suppose.” Of his
room-mate’s praying he*spoke thus sneering
ly, but his conjecture was probably correct.
Happy are those sons whose mothers teach
them to pray, and whose influence over them,
on account of a pious example, is so power
ful that they are constrained to do as they
have been taught.
The young man who was not ashamed to
pray, even in the presence of his irreligious
room-mate, has been for years a member of
the Presbyterian church, was joined in mar
riage to a pious lady, and fills with honor a
high station connected with one of our State
The other, who made light of a mother's
holy teachings, was a young man of talent,
and a good scholar, but after leaving college,
he failed to occupy a prominent position
among men. He died a few years ago, prob
ably as he had lived, a scoffer.
To a pious mother’s influence, many of our
best men trace their elevation in the world.
— S. S. Times.
Was Tempted. — A member of the colored
church was the other evening conversing ear
nestly with an acquaintance, and seeking to
have him change into better paths, but the
friend said that lie was too often tempted to
become a Christian.
“Whar’s yer backbone, dat ye can’t rose
up and stand temptation !” exclaimed the
good man. “I was dat way myself once.
Right in dis yere town I had a chance to steal
a pa’r o’ boots—mighty nice ones, too. No
body was dar to see me, and I reached out
my hand and de debbil said take ’em. Den
a good sperit whispered fur me to let dem
“An’ you didn’t take’em?”
No, sah—not much. I took a pa’r o* cheap
shoes off de shelf an’ left dem boots alone !”
A man in North Carolina who was saved
from a conviction for horse stealing by the
powerful plea of his lawyer, after his acquit
tal by the jury, was asked by the lawyer:
“ Honor bright, now Bill, you did steal that
horse, didn’t you?” “Now look-a-here,
judge,” was the reply, “ I allers did think I
stole that hoss. but, I'll be dogoned if I
aint got my doubts about it.”