HIH l WMiHPHHHHHI ...,' I AfcBANY REOIHTER. (ll'UH, BY FRANCIS KKKT HAKTK. Sandy was very drunk. He was lying under an at)e.t-bnsh, in pretty X .1 ..itt...l.. !- .Ui..l. much the same attitude in which lie had lallensome hours before. How long he had been lying there he could not tell and didn't care ; how long he should lie tliere was a matter equally iudetinite and unconsidered. A tran quil philosophy, bom of his physical condition, snll'used and saturated his moral being. The spectacle of a drunken man. and of this drunken man in jutrtkular. was not. I grieve to say, ot sutticieut novelty in Red Gulch to attract atten tion. Earlier in the day some local satirist had erected a temporary tonib toiie at Sandy's head, bearing tlie in scription, "KtlVetsof Mct'orkbYs whis ky. kills at forty roils" with a hand pointing to MeCorkle's nlnou. Hut this, l imagine, was. like most local satire, personal ; and was a reflection upon the unfairness of tlie process rather than a commentary upon impropriety of the result. With this facet inns ex ception. Sandy had letti undisturbed. A wandering mine, released from his pack, imu cn.piiwi ine uun. nei ixige , and sniffed curiously at the prof rate man. A vagabond-dog, with that deep sympathy which the species have for drunken men. had licked his dusty boots, ami curled himself up at his feet, and lay there, blinking one eye in the sunlight, with a simulation of dissipation that was ingenious ami dog-like in its implied flattery of the unconscious man beside him. Meanwhile the shadows of the pine trees had slowly swung around until they crossed the road, and their trunks barred the open meadow with gigantic parallels of black and yellow. T.ittlc puff! of red dust, lifted by tlie plung ing hoofs of passing teams, dispersed iu a grimy slwwer upon the recum bent man. The sun sank lower and lower; and still Sandy stirred not. Ami then the repose of the philosopher was disturbed, as Other philosophers have been, by the intrusion of an un philosophieai sex. "Miss Mary," as slie was known to tlie little flock that sliL- had just dir missed from the log school-house be- yond the pines was faking tier after- THE IDYL F noon wane, unserving an unusual iy wilat confusing to observe, also, that I scions of this himself. 1 know he tine cluster of blossoms on the azalea- t,east, desiiite some tiilnt signs of ; longed to be doing something. -ski v busli opposite, she crossed the road to dissipation, was amiable looking in ling a grizzly, scalping a savage, or pluck it,-mekiug her way through tlie fiK.t a kind of blond Sttinpson, wliose sacrificing himself in some way for red dost, not without .certain fierce , corn-colored, silken Ueufd appftrWrti?1 ' the sake of this sallow-faced, grav little shivers ofdisgust. and some feline had never vet known the touch of a i eved schoolmistress. As I should like ctrcumtocution. .nn men sue came : suddenly upon Sandy ! Of course slie uttered the little fvte oito cry of her sex. But wlwn she hud jjsiid that triliute to her physical weak ness she became overbold, and halted for a moment, at least six feet from rhi prostrate monter, with her white skirts gathered inkier hand, ready for flight. But neither sound nor motion came from the bush. With one little foot she then overturned the satirical head board, and muttered "P.easts !" an epithet which probably, at that moment conveniently e!:is iiiedin her mind the entire male population of Bed Gulch. Fftr Miss Mary. Ii iiig possessed of certain rigid nothms ot lier own. had not, perhaps projx rly appreciated the demonstrative gallan try for which the Californian has been so' justly celebrated by his brother Gallfonilans, and had, as a new-comer, perhaps tairly e-arned the reputation of being "stuck tip." As she stood there she noticed, also, tliat the slant sunbeams were heating msHiys neau to wnat sne judged ro tp sn miheaitliv tetnperafun'. and 'hat his hat wa- lving uselessly at M side. ., ,,,! ,w speca, and thanked him To pick it np ami place it over hi . sw.;.v at the INI- thM ha stum face was a work requiring some cour- ,,1,5,1. u'hich caused the. chiidreii to age. particularly ashweyes were open, laugh affiiu. -a laugh in wlfich Miss Tet she dkl it and made good her re- Mi,7v ;., aNtt tlx, color enme treat. But she wa somewhat con- tahitlv Into lie pfttecheeka. Theixt e-enied, on looking lck. to see that ; ,iav Urn) was mvsteriously pluotsi the bat was removed, ami that Sandy ; beviik; the door, and' as mysteriously was sitting up aud saying .something. ; ,i!ll ( wiai Wjj spring-yvater every The tmtli wa. that in the cahn ; morning. depth-- otfxtmiy s mind he was sari died that the rays of tlie sun were belief- ciai aim iieaiuiiiii ; ima inim viura- fam driver Of the .Siiinigullion !od lie had objected to lying down iu Ht!g-4., w(felv known in the newspa- hat ; that no people But condemned 1 for "galtortry" jn hmriahlv fools. jst redemption, ever wore hats offering the box-seat to the fair sex. ami that his right to dtactm wnn ! excepted Mis Marv from this at them whenhepleaseil wRsftiaheible. ( to,u0o. 011 the ground' that he bad a This was the statement of hh Inner j itit tf "twin' . up grwlex." amj eonTiousnejtf . IJtifortnnately, its out- ff,Vi. j,er half tlie coacii. to herself, wanl expresdon was vague. Isdng X,ck Uamlia, gaml.er, having once Hiniteil to a reputation of the lo low - j silM)y tilklm wjtll iwt (il mm ingrori)raia,--p rsnineaiini'. "as- sermaar. eh? Was np so 'shine ?" Miss Mary stopped, and, taking flesh courage from her advantage of distance, asked him If tliere was any thing that he wanted. "Wassun? asser rar!" con tinned Sandy, in very high kee. "Get up, you horrid man!" said Miss Mary, now thoroughly incensed ; Get up nod go home. Sandy staggered to his feet. He was tx feet high, and Miss Mary trembled. He started forward a few panes and then stopped. Was I go home tor?" he suddenly asked with great gravity. "Go take a bath, f replied Miss Mary, eyeing hit grimy person with To Iter Inttuite dismay, Sandy sud- his coat nu vest. the ground, kicked ott' his boob, and plunging wildly for ward, oweu headlong ove r tne hill, in tlie direction of tlie river. "Goodness Heavens! tins man will be drowned!'' said, Miss Mary; and then with fetiunine inconsistency, slie ran kick to tlie school-house, and locked lierself in. .... .... . That night, while seded at sitnoer with her hostess, tlie blacksmith's wife, it came to Miss Mary to ask. demure ly, if her husband ever got drunk. "Abner," responded Mrs. Stklger, re flectively, "let's see; A mier hasn't been tight since last 'lection." Miss Mary would have liked to Ml if he preferred lying In the sun mi these oc casions, and if a cold bath would have hurt him; but this would have in volved au explanation, which she did uot cart! to give. So she contented herself with opening Iter gray eyes w idely at the red-cheeked Mrs. Stidger a Hue qiecitnen ot Niulliwestcru efflorescence, and then dismissed the i subject altogether. The next da v she wrote to her dearest friend, in Boston: "l think 1 find the intoxicated portion of this community the least objection able. I refer, my dear, to the men, of course. I do not know anything that could make the womeu tolerable." In lesstliaua week Mis Marv had fcfcu this episode, except that her atieriioou walks took thereatler, al most unco;)cioiMlv, another direction. Site noticed, however, tliat every morning a livsh cluster of azalea blossoms appeared among the flowers on her desk. This was not strange, as her little Hock were aware of her fond ness for flowers, ami invariably kept her desk bright with anemones syrin gas, and lupines ; but. on questioning them. they, one and all, professed ig norance of the azaleas. A few days later. Master Johnny Stidger, whose desk was nearest to the window, was suddenly taken witn spasms of ap parently gratuitous laughter, which threatened the discipline of the School. All that Miss Marv wiuld get from hint was that some-one had been "looking in the winder." Irate and Indignant, she -allied from her hive to do iatt!e with the intruder. As slw turned tlie corner of the sdioul house she came plump upon the quondam drunkard now perfectly sober, and inexpressi bly sheepish and gntity-iookiug. Tliese facts Miss Mary was not slow to take a feminine advantage ot, in ,er present humor. But it was some- barber's razor of iJelilnh's shears. So : that the cutting speech which quivered on ner ready tongue r.ie'l upon her lips, and she contented liereif witli receiving his stammering apology with supercilious eyelids and the gath ered skirts of uucoiitiunuiattou. V, hen she re-entered the school-room. Iter j eyes fell upon tlie azaleas with a new sense of revelation. And then she laughed, and they were all unconscious ly very happy. (t was on a hot day not long after this tnat two short legged hoys enme to grief on the threshold of the school with a pail of water, which they had laUoroiioly brought from the spring, and tliat Miss Mary compassionately seized file pail and started for tlie spring herself. At the foot of the bill a Jiatlow crossed lier jiath, and a blue shirted arm dexterously but gently relieved her of her burden. Miss Mary was both embarrassed and angry, "if voti carried more ot that for vnurself." lie said spitefully, to the blue arm. without deigning to raise her lashes to j and other details, which, from a wood its owner. "vouM do lietter." in the j pecker's view-point, undoubtedly must nhmUiive alienee fhst followed ; i Nor was tills superior voting person niSiirH,t other unlet fltten'tion-. -Pro- afterward threw a decanter al tlie bead of a toufedcrute tor metition Ing lier name in a bar-room. The overdressed mother of a pupil vjp paternity was doubtful had often lin gered near tne astute em temple, never daring to einerlts fflcred pre cincts, but conleni to wordiip the priestes from afar. With such iinco!isc!oii inffrvals tlie monotonous frw-esifofi of hlije -kies. glittering sunshine, brief twilights and starlit nights passt-d over Bed Gulch. Miss Mary grew fond of wan dering in tlie sedate and proper wood. I'eriiaps shehellevad, with Mrs. Stid ger, that t)balsaiicodora of the firs "did her ebett good, " for certainly her slight ixtugb was less frequent and her tfep was firmer; perhapa the bad learned the tine tiding lesson .which the patient, pines are never weary of re peating to lieedfnl or listless ears. Auso, one, day, she planned a picnic on Buckeye Hill, and took the chil dren withber. Away from the dusty road, the el niggling shanties, the yei low ditches, the clamor of restless 'en gines, the chean flnerv of shoo win dows, the deeir glitter of paint and colored glass, and ti e thin veneering j which barbarism takes upon itself in j such localities hat infinite relief wa theirs! The last bean ot rmwred rock and day passed, the last unsightly i chasm crossed, - how the watting wtutlu! woods opened their long files to re ceive them! How the children pcr hap because they had not yet grown quite away from the breast of the iwuntemw Mother threw themselves lace downward on her brown bosom with uncouth caresses, tilling the air with their laughter; and how Miss Mary herself felinely fastidious awl intrenched as -he was in the purity of spotless skirts, codar and cuffs lorgot all, and ran like n crested quail at the head of her brood, until, romping. laughing and panting, with a loosened braid of brown hair, a hat hanging by a knotted ribbon from her throat, she came suddenly and violently. In the heart of the forest, upon the luckless Sandy ! Tlie explanations, apologies, and not overwise conversation that ensued, need not be indicated here. It would seem, however, that Mi-s Marv had already established some acquaintance j wttli tins ex-drunkard. Knougli that ! 'he was soon accepted as one of the I party : that the children, with that i I quids intelligence which I'rov'a ler.ee I gives the helpless, recognized a friend. : and played with his blond beard, and ! ! long silken inrstaehe, anil took other I liberties as tlie helpless are apt to do. J ! And when he bad built a tire against a ' tree, and had shown them other mvs- teriesof wood-craft, their admiration ' ! knew no bounds. At the dose of two ! such foolish, idle, happy hours he j ' found himself lying at the feet of tlie sclioohni-tress gazing dreamily in her I face, a she sat upon' the sloping hill- j ; side, weaving wreath:: of laurel and j syringa. In v ry much the same Ktti j tude he had lain when first they j i met. Xor was the similitude greatiy forced. The weakness of an easy. ' sensuous nature, tliat had found a dreamy exhalation in liquor, it is to be feared was now finding au equal I think tliat tvmdv was dimlv eon- nioxinir on u ove to present him in a heroic attitude. I stay my hand with great dilheiiltv at tins moment being only- wttheld from introducing such au episode, by a strong conviction tliat it does not usu- ally occur at such times. And I trust ! that my fairest reader, who remembers tliat, in a real crisis it is always some uninteresting stranger or uuromantic policeman, and not Adwphus. who rescues will forgive the omission. So they tat tliere undisturbed, the woodpeckers chattering overhead. and the voices of the children coining pleasantly from the hollow below. What they said matters little. What they thought which might have been interesting did not transpire. The woodpeckers ouly learned how Miss Mary was an orphan; how she left lier nude's house, to come to Califor nia, for the sake of health and Inde pendence; how Sandy tutsan orphan, too: how he came to California for excitement ; how he had lived a wild life, and Iww he was trying to reform: have seemed stupid, and a waste ot time. But even in such trifles was the afternoon spent: and when the children were again gathered, and Sandy, with a 'delicacy which the -clKiolmistre-ss well m derstuod. took leave of them quietly at the outskirts of the settlement, it hail seemed the diortt st day of her weary life, As tlu long, dry summer withered to Its roots, the -ehoo! term of lied i Gttleh-to -dried up' list; a local euphuism alo. In aiinflierday Miss Mary would be free; aud for a sea.-nn. at least. Bed Gulch Would know her I no mote. She was seated alone in lier I school-house, her cheek resting on her baud, her ejus half closed in one of ! thoe(iiytlreams in which Miss Mary j 1 fear to Hie danger of ehool disei ' pline was lately iu the habit of in : dulgiiig. Her Jap was roll ot (Bosses, j ferns and other woodland memories. I She was so preocBplcd with (ham : and r own thought tliat, a gentle 1 tapping at the door pasa-d unheard, or translated itscil into tlie remem brance of f.nviff woodpeckers. When at last it asserted it'Cif more distinctly, she started up with a flushed eheek and opened the door. On the threshold 1 stood a woman, tlie self-assertion and i audacity of whose dress were in sin ; gular contrast to her timid, Irresolute bearing. : Miss Mary recognized at a glance ! the dubious mother of her anonymous pnpil. Perliapsshe Wnsdlsappointed, perhaps she was only fastidious ; hut as she coldly Invited lier to enter, she half unconsciously settled her white cuffs and collar, and gathered closer tier own chaste skirt K was perhaps, for this reason that the etnbarrassed sti anger, after a moment's hesitation, left her gorgeous parasol open and sticking m the dust beside tlie. door, and then sat down at tlie tardier end of a long bench. Her voice was husky as she begin : - 1 "I beerd tell that you were goin' '' down to Ufa Bav tomorrow and I couldn't let yon go until I came to tlia'hk you for your kindness to my : Tommy." rom'my. Miss Marv said, was a good hoy, and deserved more than the poor attention she could give him " I hank you. miss ; ma thank ye !" cried the stranger, brightening even through tlie color which Ked uutui knew facetlouslv as her "warpaint." and striving, iu embarrassment, to ! drag the long bench nearer the schooi- mi-tress. "7 thank you. miss, for that ! and if I am his mother, there ain't a sweeter, dearer, better boy ; lives than him. And if I ain't much : as says it, thar ain't a sweeter, dearer, j j ungeler teacher lives than he's got." ! Miss Mary, sitting primly behind ! her desk, with a ruler over her shoul i der, opened her gray eyes widely at I i this but said nothing. "It ain't for you to be complimented : by the like of me. I know." she went on. hurriedly, "ft ain't for me to be comln' here, in broad day, to do it, j either; but I come to ask a favor. - not for me miss. uot for me, but for ! the darling boy." I KnciHiraged by a look In the young schoolmi-tress's eye. and putting her lilac gloved hantls together, the lin gers downward, uetween tier Knees. she went on, in A low voice "You see miss, there's no one has any claim on the boy hut me, and 1 ain't the proper person to bring him up. I thought some, last year, of sending him away to 'Frisco to school, but wuetl they talked of bringing a schoolma'am liere, I waited till I saw you, and then I knew it was ail right, and I could keep my Irh a little .on ger. And 0, miss, he loves you so much; aud if you could only hear him talk about you, iu bis pretty way, and if he could a-k yon what" I ask you now, you couldn't refuse him. !t is natural." she we,,t on, rapid- !....-! ... . I ........... 1,. lv, in a voice that trembled strangely between pride and humility. "it's natural that he should take to you, j miss for his father, when 1 first knew i i him, was a gentleman, and the bov ' anil , must forget me. sooner or later, so I ain't a goin' to crv about that. ' For I come to ask you to take my j S Tommy, God bless him for the be ; ' test, sweetest boy that lives, to to ! : take him with you ! I She had risen aud caught the young ; girl's hand in her own. and lutd fallen j I on her knees beside her. "I've money plenty, and it's all i vours and his. Put him hi some good i school, where you can go and see him. i and help him to to to forget his i mother. Do w ith him what you like, 1 Tlie worst you can do will lie kindness to what he will learn with me. Onlv j take him out of this wicked life, this cruel place, this home of hame and sorrow, lonwni; 1 know yoirwin, won't you? You will, you must not, you cannot say no! Voti will male him as pun', as gentle a your self; aud when lie is grown up. you will tell him his father's name, the inline that hasn't passed my Hps for j years, the name of Alexander Morton, wiioni iney can uere nanuy: miss Mary 1 do not fake your hand away 1 .Miss Mary, speak tome! You will take my boy ? Lo not put your tnce frotn use, i know it ought not to look on such as me. Jliss M iry ! .My God, be merciful 1 she is leaving me !" Mis- Mary had ricn, and, in the gathering twilight, bad felt her way to tlie open window. She stood there, leaning against the casement, hereye fixed on tlie last rosy tints that were I was still some of its Ikdtt on her wire tailing from the western sky. mere voting forehead, on In r white collar. ion her clasped white "hands. But all 1 fading slowlv away. The suppliant i had tlragged herself, still onherkuees - beside lier. i know it takes time tocon-lder. will wait here all night ; lint I can- not iro until you sneak. Do not deny ; j tne now. Von will ! ! see it in your f.weet face, such a face a, 1 have sen in : my dreams. I see it. in your eyes, Miss Mary 1 yrtfl will take my loy 1" ' The last red beam crept hlglier, suf-! t'u-ed Miss Mary's eyes with sometliiiig i of its glory, tlii'le-red. and failed, and j went out. The sun had set on Bed Qulch. In the twilight, and silence i Miss Mary's voice sounded pleasantly. "I will take the boy. Send him to me to night." The happy mother raised tlie hem of Miss MaVv's skirts to her lips., She would have burled her hot face in Its virgin folds, but sho dared not rose to lier feet. Khc "Does-this man-know of your in - tentiot said Mis Mary suddenly. T ; . "No. nor care. He uas never seen the child to know it." "Go to Win at once, to-night, now! Tell him what you have done. 1 ell him 1 have taken his child, and tell htm he inii't never see sec the child again. Wherever It may be, he must not come ; wherever I may take it, he must not follow! There, go now, please, Pm weary, and have much yettodol" They walked together to the door. On the threslsold the woman turned. "Goodnight," She would have fallen at Miss Mary's feet. But- at the same moment the young girl reached out her arms, ea nght the sinful woman to her own pure breast lor one brief moment, ami then closed and locked tlie floor. It was with a sudden sen c of great responsibility that Profit Rill took the reins of the Slumgtjljiinh srsge the next moruli g, tor the sctioludstress was one of bis pfisscngers. As he en tered the high-road, in ttbeilieiice to a pleasant voice troll) tin.; 'htsitle" lie suddenly rei; ed up his horses mid res pecttUlty waited, as tommy bopped out at the command of Mii Marv. "Not Hint l ush. Tommv, the next." Torh'mv whlnped ut his new nocki t knife, and, cutting a branch from a tall azalea-hush, returned with it to Miss Marv. "All right now 1"' "All right." And the stage-door clo-ed oft tlie idyl of Bed fjulch. lnrjeonoir.. 'Transnetio'is in Hair " is tin-heading given by a 1 troif editor to an ac count of a street fight, A Kansas man who went to a circus thought that the Kgyptlan imuumy was nothing but jerked (tijilii. A western jkner aflvertlse tor girls for cooking. He prwer tliera raw ; no matter what variety. To the anxious Inquiry " Uow.slmll we keep our boys iu nights:'" we would respectftiliy suggest a total abstinence frotn uuripe iruits. Au Iowa editor recently announced that I) certain irdron of his was "thiev ing as u-ual." He declares Jta wrote it - thriving." A gushing poet asks jjj the first line of a' recent e'l'usion. "How many weary pilgrims lie 'i " We give it up, but experience has taught ns that there are a g od many. A South street bov can make o-k hundred and sixty-five "faces " with- out sitting down. The feelings of hi i. i L . I ...... ...I. V i! broken-hearted father, when reaching fur him with a strap, can better bo im agined than described. We didn't think there was anybody so insane as to practice on a holiday with a pistol loaded with lead, but as there is such a person in Danbnry. we hope he may he caught, and respect ably buried! Mrs. Emery, of Indiana, warns all women against her fukle, faithless, husband, who has deserted her. She says he may be recognized by a broken Hose, which she demolished with a skillet. A German, while crossing the moun tains (luting (he winter, states : "llat ven going up de mountain his foot slipped him olf on de ice. and hecoom down on de broad of his back nail hi face stickln1 iu de mud, and dere he stliood." A Greenwich man has invented something that goo; into a cow or horse and brings out anything like au apple or potato that may be misplaced. A good deal of enjoyment us an ani mal's eating is marred by the appre hension of accidents in swallowing. The Greenwich man's invention will b" apt to give the animal more confi dence. 1 wish you would give nie that gold ring on your finger," said a ( la idy to a country girl, -for it re semhiel the duration of my love tor 3 on it has no end." " F.xcue me. sir," -he said. "1 choose to keep it: for it is likewise emblematical of my love for yon it ha- no beginning." A Frackville, Pennsylvania, cow ate an entire hurrol ot saur-krant tor lunch. d tlieu refreshed ltereelf wUh a tub , cider vinegar that was standing near. She gave sow milk tor a week I alterwanl. hnd her owner says he is t0 Wf He says he can't, ' 8fiWfl u m il Gernian coiiinmnity. "Girls for cooking," is the laics j advertising dodge. A Charleston lady wants a place as "asstetillit in the duties of a family." Why is a newspaper like an army ? Because it tias leaders, columns and reviews. A Chicago poet begi its an a post rophe to the ocean with "Prodiglo;; : dam liess I" One Mis lourl editor says of another, that "his ears would do for awning to a ten-story wholesale hog packing establishment." A Leavenworth editor sat down in a reserved seat already occupied by a hornet. He stands tin w hen scissor- '"8 0,,ftrl;,'-s nW- Many persons write articles and ! ' M,"B',WHT 10 W cwre, I !ia " a" (!(IItor 3 w mt i of correction. 1 j pm j, a very handsome old j raun, with a manner at once shrewd i and bland. Ho appears to be In ei- cellent health for a person of his ad vanced years, and though be has a shuttling gait, inseparable, perhaps, from Ids rather inconvenient costmne, there Is nothing In his actions to de note physical weakness or anything like decrepitude.