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j_ A COLLI Kit POET.
The Wonderful Lifo-Story of
One of Er)K>ftß<l’ Beat Verna Writer*
Koee to lit* Povtubie Position--
Stronger Than Hi* Ilarljr *
- Tn all the annals of literary his
tory there can scarcely have been
recorded a life story more unusual,
and at, first view more nearly incred
ible, than that of Joseph Skipsey,
the collier poet. It is well worthy
the consideration and the emulation
of those to whom fate has been
kinder. He was born at North
Shields—in the “Black Country,"
as that part of England is called —in
h March, 1832. His father was shot
dead in some mining riot when the
future poet was only four montbi
old. He was the youngest of eight
children, and the widowed mother
was hard pressed to keep her little
ones fed and clothed. Joseph was
only seven years old when he was
sent to work in the coal pits of the
Percy Main, near North Shields, and
•from that time until he was past
fifty almost all his life was spent in
the dark world under ground.
Asa little boy his business was to
stand beside a wide door, open it
when he heard the rumble of an ap
cart of coals, and close it
again when the cart had passed
“Standing there in the dark,” he
said, iu telling.his story to a friend,
“I saw things wonderful and strange.
Sometimes I seemed to see a great
ball of light, like a gigantic egg, and
as I watched it it seemed to open,
and I saw shapes with aureoles round
It was by means of this door which ;
he guarded that Skipsey taught him- |
self to read, for he had only learned !
his letters when he was sent to the j
Candle ends were priceless treas- I
ures to him. He used them to light
his darkness while he traced on his j
door copies of any placards or ad-
vertisements he could pick up, thus
teaching himself to form letters into
words until he had learned to read
Before he was eleveu years old he
had formed a serious resolution tc
commit the whole Bible to memory,
and he could probably, even now, re*
peat more chapters of Holy Writ
thau any other person alive.
He printed a few of his lyrics in
1859, and in consequence of the in
terest they excited lie was made sub
librarian of a literary society at
Newcastle on-Tyne. But the sa.ary
was pitifully small, and after a brief
experience he returned to his under
ground world, where he could car: 1 ,
six or seven dollars a week, on
which he managed to keep his family
in what a miner considers reasonable
Tn 1882 he once more left the
mines and was soon after invited to
edit Walter Scott’s series of “Can
terbury Poets,” and the first six of
the series came out under his super
vision and with admirable prefatory
essays from his pen.
11l health compelled him to resign
this congenial work. Then for a
time he was curator of Shakes
peare’s birthplace, till his wife’s ill
ness obliged him to resign that po
sition also. But he has always found
something to do, and no difficulties
have conquered his resolute am?
Fancy a life of which nearly fifty
years have been passed under
ground, and yet out of which has
como the evolution of a poet! Noth
ing could be more touching than his
own simple story of his boyish days
and of the visions with which he
peopled his darkness. Sunday was
Tierallv sun day to him, for it was
th only dav on which be ever saw
He has published in ali some five
or six volumes of verse and has now
a recognized position among Eng
lish poets. Rossetti said of him:
“His real-life pieces are more sus
tained and decided than almost any
thing I know. lie is a poet of the
people and has lived what he de
Skipsey himself would not speak
of his life as sad, for it has had the
glamour of imagination, the excite
ment of aspiration and endeavor.
He has won friends among the best
And the noblest and he has proved
than a man. is stronger than bis en
vironment, more powerful than what
we foolishly call his destiny,—
Measuring the Wall of China.
The great wall of China was re
cently measured by Mr. Unthank,
an American .engineer engaged on
the survey for a Chinese railway.
His measurement gave the height 18
feet. JSvery few hundred ymrds there
Is a tower 25 feet high. Theiounda
tion of the wall is of solid granite
For 1,390 tniles the wall goes over
plains and mountains, every foot of
the foundation being of solid grauite,
and the rest of the structure of solid
masonry. In some places the wall Is
built smooth up against the bank, or
crosses a precipice where there is g
jfrfpr oCtC£j2t Of I, ( M IjWSjL
AGE AND MARRIAGE.
P* Girl of To-Dv Weds at Ner.rr
Twenty-five Than Eighteen.
The observant mortal must cer
tainly have noticed among other
things that the marrying woman of
to-day defers her wedding until &
much more advanced season in life
than did her grandmother, or even
the girls of a decade ago. The
question-arises, what is the cause of
this putting off that time so many
declare is the end of all women’s ex
Perhaps mothers are more sensi
ble in these days and the young
daughter is not thrown upon the
world, either in a social or more
workaday fashion, until she has had
a thorough schooling, which means,
! In these days of long terms, a com
munion with books until she is over
twenty-one. The girl herself may
be wiser in her day and generation
and realize that gayeiies and the
happy-go-lucky existence before
marriage must of necessity come
to an end when she is led to the
Then, again, this is an age of in
dependent women. They enter the
field of labor with men and find in
such occupation less time for senti
ment than was allowed the lacka
daisical girl of the past. It is our
earnest conviction that many girls
have been led into tho error of a
foolish marriage through a lack of
occupation. Busy, active, intelii- i
gent women have no time and less
inclination for the making of ro
mances. They are absorbed in art, !
tn music, or in more hum-drum oc- !
cupations that return an excellent
remuneration and which they are
too wise to give up until they are
certain that the man who asks
them is able to compensate for all j
that they put away for his sake.
Many a woman defers marriage !
because she feels that her duty lies
at home in the care of an aged father
or an invalid mother or helpless
brothers and sisters who depend j
upon her aioue for support. Per- ;
haps someone argues that all this 1
tends to the establishment of a vast
spinsterhood. but let us whisper that
after all when the right man comes
along, when real love creeps into the
heart, and wily Cupid makes his
presence felt, then it matters not
what specious argument may l av,
been advanced heretofore, engage
ment and marriage appear to be- tin
truest art and the noblest duty; for
after all we are but women and are
governed more by the heart than by
tlie brain, independent and self-re
liant though we think ourselves.—
Many Men Use Them as Pads for
Jotting Down Things,
A London lauudrymau says that
the uSe of shirt cuffs for jotting
down memoranda is more common
than is. perhaps, commonly sup
posed. He related how one day at
young fellow drove up in a cab and
rushed into the office in great ex
citement, asking whether some
shirts deposited in the name of L
had been washed.
We found they had not, and as
the owner turned them over in
feverish heat he fairly yelled with
joy, pointing to a little column of
figures on the left cuff of one, which
he explained were the numbers of
eight ten pound bank notes which
had been lost or stolen, and had the
shirts been washed all hopes of ever
getting them back must have been
They were, however, successfully
traced and recovered a few days
later. The cuffs of stock exchange
men are often covered with mysteri
ous characters, presumably indica
tions of the stock market, and the
“tips" found on the wrist linen of
racing men were actually taken ad-'
vantage of by ironing girls on one
or two occasions with success. It is
not yet recorded, however, that the
mannish yo*ung woman has taken to
“cuff jotting,” as she has to cuff
and shirt wearing.—N. O. Picayune.
They Have No Corns.
MdllcoCerale, a premiere assoluta,
was asked by a Boston reporter
whether it was true that ballet
dancers suffered intensely from
corns, as, he said, it had been re
“I have traveled with ballet troupes
off and on for fifteen years all over
the world,” said she, “and have had
lots of opportunities to hear all about
their woes and ailments, but 1 never
heard corns mentioned. Dancers
are least likely of all women to be so
troubled, fer they make no secret of
looking out for the comfort and well
being of their feet before everything
else. I can pick out a ballet girl in
a crowd by her feet every time.
* ‘When chorus and ballet are mixed
together in street dress lean readily
tell which is which, for the dancers
all wear larger shoes than most of
their sex. They go in for comfort
in footwear, because it means bread
and butter to them. The chorus
girl, of course, has the common
weakness of her sex for squeezing
her foot into the smallest poss ; ble
shoe’. The dancer can't afford to;
she must wear an easy, wide shoe." ‘
Harmony Grove ancl Nortli-East Georgia First.
HARMONY PROVE, JACKSON (Sll NTY. GA., FRIDAY, JULY 20. 1804.
Mr. Childs' Paper and Esta'e.
The death of George W. Childs
will not affect the policy of the Pub
; lie Ledger nor will any changes be
| made in the management of the
I paper. By an agreement entered
into between Mr. Childs and tho late
| Anthony J. Drexol, and in -accord*
! anee with a provision of the latter’s
will, tiki Drexc l estate will now pur
chase from Mrs. Childs the interest
Mr. Childs held in the Lodger, lino
will, accordingly, own the paper ab
solutely. The four surviving chil
dren of Anthony J. Drexcl —John It.
Drexol, Mrs. John R. Fell, nee Sarah
prexel; Anthony J. Drexol and
George W. Chikls Drexol—will hold
equal shares iu Ihe property. (loorge
VV. Childs. Drexcl was installed as
publisher of the Ledger early in Oc
tober last and he will continue in
this capacity and have sole charge
of the plant.
Mr. Childs’ fortune was a large one.
He. was in receipt of a very large in
come for years and he made* excel
lent investments iu many ways.
But, while his income was so large,
his expenditures also were great, es
pecially so in support of educational
dnd charitable institutions and in
indirect charities. The profit from
the publication of the Ledger is said
to have averaged as high as one thou
sand dollars a dev.
Rev. W. M. Coil*, pastor. Services on second
and fourth Sakbatlm at 11.00 A. M, and 7,30 T. W
and *1 11.00 a. m. on Saturday preceding,confer
ence Friday preoedintf at 7.4 r > *. m, Kuuday
achool 9,10 a, m, and prayer-meeting at 4,00 r. m.
Rev. If. 8, Allytt, pastor. Services every third
Sunday at 11.00 a. m. and 7.10 r, u. Communion
o* third Sunday in January, April, July and
October. Sunday-school every Sunday st 9.10
a. m. Prayer-meeting Wednesday* at 7.10 ?. M.
Rev. J, IV Milton pastor; Harmony Grove
service on every first Sunday at 11.00 A. X and
f.OO r. m. Sunday-school 9.30 a. n. and prayer
meeting Thursday at 1 p, m.
"Mt. Bethel—-Safurday before the first Sunday
and first Sunday, 8 P. m.
Mt. I’ioasHiit —Second Sunday and Saturday
Homer —Second Sun-lav 3 p. m.
Ebernizer—Third Sunday ami Saturday be
New Salem—Fourth Sunday ami Saturday be
Rev. J. M. Wood pastor. Services every second
Sunday at 11 a.-in.
JUSTICE COURTS. -
BISTBIT. KAtBEOFJ.P TIME OF CCTJE?
Jefferson, A. J. Bell, 3rd Monti ay.
Harissburg, TV. N. LaMastcr, Ist Friday.
Clarks boro, Jno.L Smith, 4lh Saturday.
New Town, Jesse 1.. smith, 3rd Saturday.
Minishes, T. C, Pittman, 3rd Wednesday
Wilson’s, Hanford Wilson. 3rd Friday.
Miller's TV. . Pa}rick, 3rd Saturday.
CunninKhiini’s, iff M. Duke, Ist Saturday.
Randolph’s, TV. O, Jones, 2nd Friday.
Ho:Schton, TV. M. Smith, 3rd Friday.
House’s, ti. M. I). Moon, 4th Saturdry.
Chandler’s, J. G. Barson, Ist Saturday.
Santa Fe. W. J, I’ottcr. 3rd Saturday,
Carncsville, S. J, Oliver,, 2nd Monday,
ited Hoilow, T. H. Knox, 3rd Monday.
Stranges. J, H. ITiekctt, Ist Thursday.
Gunnells, 8. A. Langston, Ist Saturday.
Gam Log, It. Fallbright, 3rd Saturday,
Bryant’s, J. G. W. Sewell, 4th Saturday.
Canon, Puui Owotr, Ist Saturday.
Manley's J. TV. Osborn. 3rd Saturday.
Dooly’s. TV. I?. Westbrook, Fri before 4th S’day
Middle River. TV. F. Phillips, Thu ” 4th S’day
Big Smith’s R, R, Volts, 3rd Saturday.
Wolf Pit, A. TANARUS, Davis, 4th Thursday.
Flintville, If. TV, Hemphill, 2nd Saturday,
Byram s J. A. MeCay, 2nd Friday.
Danielsviile, E. IYMc-Gowan, 2nd Saturday
Brookline, T. F. Christian, .Ist Saturday.
Fork, J. D. Wynn. it'd Saturday
Harrison, G, T. Nichols, 2nd Saturday
Mill. ]„< , Brockenridge,3rd Saturday
Poeataltgo, J, ti, Allen. Ist Saturday,
ritltuuu, H, H, Tolbert, 4th Saturday
Gr*v* Hill, ’ TANARUS, U. ilitcheor.k, 3rd fcrturday
R. A. Chapter meets every 3rd
Jl/omlav night in each month *t
Masonic Hall. Lodge over bank
\V. B, llaygood, High Priest.
(). K. Dkadwylkr, iSect’y.
Bin* Lodge first Wednesday
night in each month.
T. P Hudson, W. M.
TV. W. Jordan, Seet’v.
T X KIND,
* A i J OItNE Y- A LL A TV,
■- Carnes\ tile, Ga
Tin-: Bust Salve in ihe world
for ( ’til s, I Inuses, Sores, Vlcer iL Salt
Kheum. t Fever Sores, Tetter, * happed
Hands, (’hilhlaiiD, Corns and all
; Skin Eruptions, and po itively cures
Piles, or no pay required. It is guar
| anteed.to give perfect satisfaction or
money refundc l. Price 25 cents per
box. For Sale by l). L. J. Sharp *fc
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CLOTHING, HATS AND GENTS’ FURNISHINGS,
Disposed of During the 'Last Ten days.
Northeast Georgia lias never seen events to equal in importance the incidents of our
Hundreds of people have flocked here from every section to avail themselves of the
unprecedented opportunity of buying* first-t lass clothing
This sale ill continue from day to day until the entire stock contained in my store
is disosed of.
Do M want a Suit For what it Will Osot to Jake ti?
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Don’t think about it too long or somebody will he wearing it for you.
Come quick or you’ll miss what you want most, and an opportunity of a life time.
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