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About The west shore. (Portland, Or.) 1875-1891 | View Entire Issue (July 1, 1879)
THE WEST SHORE.
OKI BY OKK
(Ine hy "tie ilia MttiU ara flowing,
hi In HH Uir MMM I";
flume MV oMuiiig. inr arc V"lng -
Ihj not atrltt- E iraaj thru all.
On )' "Hf thy iltiilea wait thfff,
11 Hi) tthola ircutflh n Ui Mh,
I- 1 M lolurr li a ui 1 i,i i
Inaii thou Aral wlial lltw rail lrw.1i
' 1 t) ua Itrltflil utfi from !l . 1 .
Joyi at wilt liter lirfe Im-Iow;
Tike tin-in rnwlll) -alien (ban,
II-.. 1. . to '.ti lliHM K"
One li) 011a Id) jffh U hall met I One
I hi M'rt tmmt fell trilio-l I mitt
(h Kill (ail- u tlirt Iffwl thar.
hl. I nHlllf tlirUfli till) Ulnl
! i. Uufh mt ui- Win rrw,
Km Km mimJI mtIi moment 'a (win;
IM will beli Ihw for ! morrow,
KtM) life) (.. 11. fefffelO
It. en hour Dial flwu -Jowly
llwi Ha Ui tin or War.
I.umiiioiii Hi anitu, ami holt ,
If BH w-t m h gnu with fat
I. iio lii.urr wllli rrtfreHliktr,
H I r 1 . 1 1 , hmira 1 1-1 .
Nor, tlii daily bill forgrltliiif ,
I I 1 Ifttil. iMfOM,
Hoiira arc -..M-n llnkfe, llifel'a token
Itrw lilug hofetrti; but MM hy oh
Tfefew llini) it tli i-halli Iw l-r-iken.
I " Hit 1 I" 1 i.i
QUI KIW KUOHBOfta AT ponkapoo.
Whttti 1 iiw Mm iittin Immmi bvildlu an
t(hth n( n mtln tryoml my own, mi the M Hay
i"vi. 1 vvitawd wko vm t i- th huom.
Tlir iiKhlnt fetrui-tura wm wt rll Iwn-k from
lh riNul, anion- tin' tmoa, m it the miiuU-i
to I llr M-'tlilll W !lAli' IT T A U'M ui till-
i)ltih rtUiitfri irhiflh IWtpt l 'luring thr
aummor w-awm, KT my arl I likr to the
iMtii)i in town or ininlry; l"it etch ha
1111 lute. Thr -ronrlir, who riiictl to Iw
Jao the art hi let t of the lu-w hoiiar, fell pen 11
WmlM thr vanoui (lvUili ( thr work with an
Mftitlultj that t.aw inc a high otiiiun of hia in
iwllijntT ami rkn-ulivr ahtlity. ami I coiirat
ulairl mxwlf mi the nrrtu lnvmjj oinr
It wai ijuito rar! tl.t NlriML tfl I MM R
U I. w lirn thr) in 1 .1 into thr iottfei a lo w y
liifetio 1 iMHr, rM.rhlli thr Wid ,ty VQUMj
trUjr. ami tUi Ow air f a lal) . thr huliami
wiiiKwIiat ohlrr, Imt atill in Ihr lnt lluxh of
matil..-l It wai umlrrwtMMi in thr village
that Mm9 Aim f r 1 1 1 I i&l t llllot ' ; It'll itn cur
km a tlirm timIIv, an. I tl bfMgM M
lrUn ..( inltlu. ti'.ii. ( K.-r Iimiui rra(ita
I Miuii lrm inriilixmiiK iwmra I It wu , lcr
lh I 1 ll.r .tmiit. at l.ut. ir ..n cm
atr m cniirrl, ullii'ivnl l..r llirm Thy
Mlr M l MMM 11U i.oanl Ihr MqwiallM
( My oi ih ItWttM m ihr Mtatttmal.
MWrqurtilh Irfl I.. llmi,U,.. that p
parralljr wa hat Ihn .lirr.l, an. I mkj Oiry
VMM In lmWa,; I ..r, a".,, ,u MmK lnu,
wiltl Uek Mill Ual. HUMfel It m . I.i. I WBm
J l'ikaj l'rllia il id,l iral l..rh
nnM fttnHlM W lnclllrl.
I.jrmi ht((b up iitnUr Ilia ina ,. r Mm
lulu. an. I in th iIiiiu lii am ) inm ami
iUn, il ntunoM W l llw m.l .
ui gMiuiti ixhibUv. lUuti "i nnlra ,. IK.i,,n
-tin I. iimi 1 1 r, i an kv rr baal m haJf an hnur i
iwU ly rmiUay IWt Urn rilaa .ti, i.
itMvtt Iw ituhhi la ttrv in l Ira itulaiil ; ami Ihr
rvlutiiin it oilhoul a Haw. r,ik., Mai MM
mail a l a v , ( mailt a ilav iM rrtnlrr Ihr
Tm iliac ' '""li ! IWWfMl ttgl
at 4 ilialatio, Iwl aural rli an 1 iliaa-urra thr
miMuaul jrou ilnv int.. it hu uaiU a Urn
daUii( taiiUu. I ilo nut allu.lr to tM
pMvk aaxl Mokaral A Inn the .4.1 I lay niaJ,
Mgkvajr ivw id ouIowm dart, Ur ttt t
mimtwr ill rn.ii i-,. i-nt li "in Hlrfl"i;lilV' nff t'i-
wtnl Milton which art oooopitd fur thu sum
mrr liy ptorjt from Um city. ThM liirila of
iaua)r arc a distinct cIiuh from thu pcrnmucnt
phlnTUnto. anil thu two Hulilnm climuly aimiiiii-
latu ii 1 thin h- bMjo aiuiiu pntriooi cou-
i ,.. . m. il ii if u ii r hum in ijjhliom Mere to
OOOM OOdtT the In .i.i of partMOWt inhaliitan ts;
thuy hail limit thtif own boOMi ami hail thu air
ui iDtonding tu livu ii) it all thu year round,
"Am ymi KniiiK to call mi. them J" I uakeil
my M ifu oat morning
"When they call on im," ahu rupliuil lightly.
"Itul it in our place to call lirnt, they being
Thin waa naiil aa serioiiHly a the circmnntancuii
dMundtdi bnttny wife hinted itoir with a
iMLfhi anil I naiil DO inure, nl Maya trusting to
her intuitioiiH in thunc mat turn.
Bhttratrigbi she wonlil not htrt bm i
eeiveil, ami a cool "not at home" would have
DOtn a hitter tOOwl pill to tm, it M'c had gone
ottl "' Dur M-ay to In oonrtiottii
1 uw t ureal dial of our nuiglilinri, never
theleaa. Their cottage Man lietweun us and the
iHiatollice, M here he M as never to he met with
hy chance ami I caught freniieul yliinpses of
the two worliiux in the garden. Floriculture
did not tpM-ar so much an ohjeet at exercise.
I'ossihly it was neither; maybe they were en
Ktged in digKiug lor secimeut for those arrow
In i ls ami Hint hatchets which are continually
ooininu to the surface hcrcahoiitt. There is
scarcely an acre in which the ploMshare has not
tQ nod up some primitive stone M'capon or do
mestic utensil, disdainfully left to us by the red
men wl ncn held this domain an ancient
tribe called the I'uiiky im.iK", a lorlorn dttuuu
deiit of w hu b, cine I'ully ( 'rowd, flmrei in the
annual blue book, doWQ to the close of the
Southern war, aa a State nonitonor I ipioUi
from the local historiographer.
Whether they were developing a kitchen gar
den, or emulating I'rof. Sehln inann at Myeeme,
thu new comers were evidently persons of refined
musical taste; the lady had a vo e of remarkable
sMeetueas, although of no great Manila, and I
used often to linger of a morning by the high
gate ami listen to In r executing an operatic air,
conje. turally at some Mindow up stairs, for the
house Mas not visablo from tin- public road.
Thr huslitnd, somewhere about the grounds,
would OOOaaionally respond with two or three,
liars. It was all quite an ideal. Arcadian busi
ueaa. They aeemi .l vi ry blDM together, these
two n rs Mho ak.- l m ml, In whatever of the
i iiiuiniiiiity ui m In. h they had settled themselves.
There was a ipieemess, a sort of mystery,
alKinl Ibis couple, which I admit pjqojd my
OOnodty, though, as a rule, 1 have m, morbid
inWreat in the alTairt of my neighbors. They
Mhatrod like a iir of loverawbo hail run off
and got married clandestinely. I willingly ac
quitted them, the one and the other of having
uo legal right to do so; for, to change a Word lu
tne lima of the . t,
"Il U ).n in think Ihr Ileal
Wr iimi nl human ktlal"
Admitting the hypotheaia of rloiement, there
wm no mysUry in there neither sending nor
iwiuug letters! Hut where did they get their !
frooHtee ' 1 do not mean the money to pay f.u
them that is an enigma ap.ut but the gr-
.rnea Uwoiarlraa. No express wagon, no
butcher's esjrt, uo vehicle of any description w as
ever observed Ui slop at their domicile. Vet they
did nut order family stirt tt the sole etUblish
ment in the ullage aii inexhaustible ImJ, ,(,
which 1 1 advertise gratis) ran turn out auything
in the way of Mstojita, from a handsaw to t
-et handkerchief. I . oofeat that 1 allowed
this i.i.,iii,etanl detail of their house keeping
Ui isvup. more of my speculation than wu
creditable to me.
In several reais-s on r neigh krt reminded
me of th.e inexplicable peraona we aomeUmos
mm acroaa in great eitiet, though seldom or
Mter in wborlxan tdac, where the Held may l
supKslu rvatn.te.1 f, their opeeaUont
peia who hare n.. perceptible meant of .uUit
teoce, and manaa-e to Uvt royally on nothinj a
year. They hold no government bonds, they
possess uo real cstato (our neighbor! did own
their house), they toil not, neither do they apjM;
yet thuy reap all the numerout oft advantages
that usually result from honett toil and skillful
spinning. How do they do it ! But thit it a di
gression, ami 1 am quite of the opinion of the
old lady ill "David Copperlield" who aayt "Let
us havu no inuamluringK !"
Thnugh my wifo had declined to ritk a cere
monious call on our neighbors at a family, 1 taw
uo reason why I ahould not tucak to tho hui
hand as an individual, when I happened to en
counter him by the wayaide. I made several
approaches to do to, when it ocenrred to my
penetration that my neighbor had the air of try
ing to avoid mo. I reaolved to put the mi's.
pinion to the test, and one forenoon, when he
was sauntering along on the opposite tide of the
road, in the vicinity of Fisher 'a taw-mill, I
deliberately crossed over to addreat him. The
hmsqiio mannor in which he hurried away wm
not to lie misunderstood. Of course I was not
going to force myself upon hi'n.
It was at this time that I began to form un
charitable supposition! touching onr neighbors,
ami would have been as well pleated if some of
my choicest fruit trees had not overhung their
wall. I determined to keep my eyea open later
in the season, when the fruit should be ripe to
pluck. In some folks, a tome of the doficate
shades of difference between meum el tuum doM
not seem to be very strongly developed in the
moon of cherriet, to use tho old Indian phrase.
I wat sufficiently magnanimous not to impart
any of thete tinitter impressions to the families
with whom we were ou visiting terms; for I
despice a gossip. I would say nothing agaiutt
the persons up the road until I had tomething
definite to tay. My interest in them wm
well, not exactly extinguished, but burn
ing low. I mut the gentleman at intervals, and
pasted him without recognition; at rarer inter
vals I saw the lady.
After a while I not only missed my occasional
glimpse of her pretty, alim figure, always draped
iiisomutoft black atuff, with a bit of scarlet at the
throat, but I inferred that the did not go about
tho bousu singing iu her light-hearted manner,
aa formerly. hat hail happened ? Had tho
honeymoon Buffered eclipse already? Was she
ill ? I faucied she waa ill, and that I detected
a certain anxiety in her husband, who spent the
uiorningt digging aolitarily in the garden, and
teemed to have relinquished those long jtuutl
to the brow of the Itluu hill, where there it a
superb view combined with several venerable
rattlesnakes with '2 rattlea.
At the days went by it became certain the
lady wu oonHood to the houee, terioutly ill,
Mihly a coulirmcd invalid. Whether she Mas
attended by a phyticitu from Canton or Milton,
1 am unable Ui tay; but neither the gig with the
large white allopathic hone, nor the gig with
the homicpathio sornl man, waa ever teen
hitched at the gate during the day. If a phyti
cian had charge of the case, he visited hit pa
tient only at night All thit moved my iym
pathy, and 1 reproached myself with havinf
hard thought! ol my neighbors. Tnnble had
mine to them early. I would have liked to
ifer them euch imall, friendly services at lay
in my power; but the memory of the npuln I
hail sustained rankled in me. So I hesitated.
One morning my two hoyi burst into the
library with their eyea sparkling.
"You know the old elm down the road ?"
"The elm with the bang bird's nott "
shrieked the other.
"Well, wo both jntt climbed up, and then'i
three young onet in it."
Then I smiled U think that oar new neigh
bors hal got inch a promising little family-
T. II. AUriek, in Atlantit.
A New Yrnta womau taya with muoh treth:
"Wen it not for tho telf-eacriHcing women of
the land who marry and support to many men,
the Bomber of trampt wonld be largely increased."