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ALBANYi OREGON. APRIL U; 1874.
t'upld lu UvornllN.
BY JULIA M. HILL.
"Is this fairy land?'
They liad half descended tlie
mountain side when a rosy gleam
of liglit thatcarried a vague present
ment of amber and crimson in its
trail deepaned the clouds into fleecy
billows of scarlet and glistening
gold, making a lovely setting to the
deep tints of tho green woods
through which their path still lay.
Tessa Travers drew a long breath
of delight as she finished her ques
tion, glancing at the same timd, at
the still figure by her side gazing in
such rapt admiration at the "fires
burning over earth and sea."
"If he was only a gentleman !"
she thought as she noticed the tm
conscious grace of attitude, the al
most perfect face and figure, which
neither the coarse straw hat nor
blue overalls of a laborer could dis-
"Did you speak ?" asked Geoffrey
Leigh, turning quickly to where
Tessa stood switching a tew dead
leaves from the low bushes skirting
"It was such a marvelously beau
tiful sun set," he continued apolo
getically, as Tessa, deigning no re
ply, started homeward.
A lew moments ot silence, aud
then there was a slight touch of
sarcasm in her voice.
"Oh ! I suppose one soon grows
accustomed to such things, and with
"A thing of beauty is a joy for
ever," was the reply.
liut Tessa Travers saw both the
smile and look of amusement that
accompanied the words, and she
mentally decided to keep Farmer
Bent's chief "band" at a more re
spectful distance in the future.
She bad come to this little farm
house among the hills, a few months
before, with the firm intention of
making herself as miserable as pos
sible during her banishment.
For Tessa had.been flirting flirt
ing as no proper, well-behaved
vouug lady of seventeen should do,
And when Madam Campen, who
had the honor of adding the finish
ing touches to the education of the
young heiress, informed pere Trav
ers of his daughter's propensity for
flirting with all her masters, not
even excepting the grave and rev
erend professor, big plans were im
mediately formed, aud Tessa soon
learned she was doomed to as severe
a punishment as could well be in
flicted. "Idleness is mother of all mis
chief," and she had nothing else to
do, Tessa told herself over and over
again, as some compunctions as to
the possible damage she might be
inflicting upon the susceptible heart
of the handsome farm "hand," Geof
frey, caused her to count upon up
trie broken resolutions memory
charged against her.
lint then he was always so ready
to accompany her on any ot her for
est expeditions ready, as ho laugh
ingly told her, "to take a trip to
the moot) at a half-day's notice."
" liut do you not grow very tired
.'Working so nam, she asked, as fie
let down the bars that led through
the meadow, where great stacks of
hay were piled in picturesque mass
t, tilling the air with its heavy
"You should not take so many
lUiivmpB twiaii 10, J. urciir
" When I have to work so much
harder to pay for my idleness, you
"But what if it is a pleasure?"
'rftit,1tt6fr ybtf any
uleaftAWtha mmifHMa . was
the reply Itiffiffroie sharply, as
she felt her face flush uncomfortably
hot under the prolonged gaze ot her
They had by this time reached
the gate that led into the little farm
yard, and Tessa glanced over her
shoulder at the face set so sternly
as the womb escaped her lips
words she m ght have recalled or
excused but the gate was opened
and closed very quickly, and Tessa
found herself walking up the flower
bordered walk alone.
"Would you not like the 'Fairy'
this morning?" asked Farmer Bent
the' morning before Tessa's depart
ure, as she stood rather disconso
lately watching the tilling of the
huge dinner pail that was to furnish
the noon meal to the hands in tho
"Hera, Leigh," he halloed, as a
pair of blue overalls passed the open
ed door, "you arc wanted as boat
man this morning." .
"Tessa, who had frigidly held
herself aloof trora. all the friqndly
overtures of the handsome young
farmer tor the past few days, would
have vigorously disclaimed all in
tention of requiring cither the
"Fairy" or its usual oarsman.
But Geoffrey, with a s'mple
"Very well, sir," and without a
glance at her flushed and angry
face, started off in the direction of
the boat house, aud Tessa knew she
would find him awaiting her pleas
ure, no matter how long she de
layed her departure.
It seemed destined to be a very
quiet sail. Tessa leaned back on
the faded cushions, watching the
countless ripples that followed in
the wake ot the "Fairy," seemingly
unconscious of all the sights and
sounds ot the forest through which
their boat glided so quietly.
Tessa had very little kuowledge
of human nature, almost none of her
own nature. But she was dimly
conscious of an interest she had
never before felt in the simple little
flowers that lined the little stream,
in the birds whose voices had de
lighted her during her sun set sails.
"ou must have read a great
deal, Mr. Leigh, or is it the 'sermon
in stones', etc., Shakespeare speaks
of?" Tessa asked, as little bits of
foreigu scenery Geoffrey had de
scribed to her came to her mind.
Geoffrey dropped his oars for a
moment, aud his voice bad a touch
of perplexity iu it as he gravely
"Why is it, Miss Travers, that
you invariably associate ignorance
with iaAtw?' There is iu my opin
ioti, no excuse for the man, be he a
day laborer or not, that voluntarily
rejects all the opportunities so con
stantly ottering for mental culture."
"But it is rather unusual to find
a well educated la"
"Laborer -go on !"
"Well, yes; laborer forall that,"
"Miss Travers. I would like to
ask you a question."
Geoffrey's eye sparkled very
dangerously and Tessa had to drop
her own as she gave the coveted
"Tell me truly, is it the notice
able lack ot culture of refinement,
you may say that is to you a la
borer's badge of servitude ? Is it
not Bather the coarse, blue overalls,
the -'V. tfi wv
"I I do not understand you,"
stammered poor Tessa blushing in
very shame before this stalwart
young tanner, who had so perfectly
interpreted her silly thoughts.
Geoffrey saw all the signs of
shame and contrition pictured on
the Jace bent ( so low over ,the
"Fairy's" gaviy painted sides. But,
man' like, He pursued -his advantage.
and letting the boat drift wry much
toiWttwflftitW. tolil.tttf tfo
' UIU oUfflt
mer's toil, and importuned her tor
the' answer he knew she could not
give. , - , ,
The soft low sky stretched away
over velvety mraUows, garlanding
with wreaths of mist the low woods
and distant forest trees, and Testa
felt as if she had awakened into a
new and beautiful world as she bade
it all a silent good-bye.
"But if the (time should ever
come," Geoffrey was saying as he
assisted hei' up wie steep bank after
fastening the 'fodry' to its frail
moorings-" when i can don the
habilliments ot a gentleman."
"I can never answer for papa,"
replied Tessa, with slight toss ot
"Well, tlien,itor yourself"
A silence, which is so much more
dangerous, so much better under
stood than the power or speech, was
as lessa looked her
. "Well, and so your probation is
ended," exe'aimed Keenie Laurie,
as she gave hctf friend Test Trav
ers, a critical glance as she drew on
her gloves in' Mrs., Woodleigli's
"And how apropos it has all hap
pened. iMisH Traveres,' the heiress,
the young debutant, returns from
the country in the morning, the del
icate and divine Mr. Woodleigh,
from his foreign travels in the after
noon, while Mrs. Woodleigh, the
most devoted of aunts, gives an im
promptu reception m the evening,
in honor of the two celebrities. I
should like to boar you talk of your
travels," laughed the gay girl, as
she remembered the doleful letters
she had received from Tessa during
"But where lias this paragon
been traveling?" asked Tessa, as
they descended to the well-filled
"Oh, Europe, I suppose ! Is not
that where every one goes?" came
the answer as the crowd for a mo
ment separated them.
"About as definite an answer as
Tieeuie ever gives laughed Mrs.
Woodleigh, as fhe met Tessa as she
was entering one of the brilliantly
The fresh, piquant beauty, and
naive winning manners ot the young
(kfnttaiitc seemed very attractive
to the blase habitues of society, and
Tessa was wfor a time completely
surrounded by a coterie of admirers.
But Mrs. Woodleigh, with a tact
seeming a second nature to her, suc
ceeds in a few moments in scattering
the little crowd as she brings a fresh
Claimant for the attention.1
"My ne"phew, Mr; Woodleigh,
Tessa, who considers it his duly to
pay his earliest devoirs to Miss
''A duty which is also a fleasure,
believe me," replied a familiar voice,
and TVssa looked Up up into the
laughing brown eves of the haud-
wrao farmer, Geoffrey Leigh.
" M r. Leigh ! you here !" she ut
tered in amazement, while her
blushes rivaled the tints of the scar
let hearted roses nestling in the
filmy laces at her throat and breast.
Geoffrey H. Leigh wheu on bis
travels in search ot health and
streugth, Geoffrey WooiUeiyfi,
where at home to health and friends
restored,'' was the laughing rejoin
Papa Travers was considerably
6tortlid when Geoffrey Woodleigh
pn o'uted himself before b(m the
following morning as a suitor tor
his daughter's hand, i
"But, my dear sir!" he began.
"But, my dear sir," interrupted
hie nw,Mvmtiita cn-m law I.
has already given me her
linn a kmiii. lYii.mt mn hnv Tinmica
liao aiiaauj Kiwi uu i.v. ihvswidc,
we on v await your consent to
Geoffrey left papa Tiavent MwftaV
ing on th fallacy of all human
plans, to i oet Tessa standing very
suspiciously outside the library
door. , .
"It se.his just liko a story in
lioVi Is," : he said, "and no wonder
pap i was surprised, for, Geoffrey,
wh" won'd have thought of looking
"tV I in orrralk, Eh?"
A Ln cut Bot Swapped fob a
Dog. A bout a month ago, a Ger
man won an who was living at Mrs.
Cooke's in the Third wardtook a
fancy toM large Newfoundland dog
j owned by the landlady, and she
ottered m give one ot her little
boys ii 1 ?5 "to boot" for the
animal. Mrs. Cooke accepted the
offer, a' 1 the little Ileinnch, avIio
was ab 'it eight years of age, was
transit ired to his new mother, and
the Gt man woman took- her dog
and '.. parted well srisfied.
Thursdy she returned a; d de
manded the little Heinrich back
again. She said the dog ate too
much, aid she couldn't afford to
keep hi: . But Mrs. Cooke would
neither : ke back the dog nor re
fund the i5 preferring to keep the
boy, who had become quite useful
to her aud loved her very much.
A war o vords ensued, and then a
light, bu neither conquered', and
they had I o be parted by a f lolice
mtm. Mother Cooke still keeps
her little loy, aud she is determined
u dp so if the law will allow, her.
The little Heinrich is indifferent as
jo the result, but prefers to stay
fith "Mamma Cooke." Mil
Here is the most beautifully bad
uonuMrum winch we have over
met with, aiid we have rarely met
with a good one : What is the
difference between a' gauze dress
and a dre.wn tooth ? Answer (but
really, wo hope it will be well un
derstood that we didn't guess it ;
and still better understood than the
conundrn a js none of ours): Be
cause one is tooth iu and the other
is tooth out.
Captai n Starr has directed his
agent in Tacoma to sell his town
lots in th; t place at $25 each, and
it parties have not cash enough to
make full, payments to take
mortgages as security for the bal
ance. iiMrl Pickett has retired from the
editorial control of the Beacon,
and gone to San Francisco. That
paper will be issued once more, and
,tbeu be suspended, the printing
material shortly alter will be taken
Cattle and sheep are dying on
Camas Prairie, I. T., and the
country north ot Lowiston. Tho
lossnn amoiior cattle are confined to
those which were very poor at theJ
l ' 1
commencement of Winter.
There are seven suits for divorce
to be lieard at the approaching
term Of the District Court In Clarke
County, W. T,, and more that are
doing all they cau to bring about
A cabin belonging to Joe Gigsf
& Co., on Blue Gulch, L T., wa4
broken open last week and robbed
of between 8300 and $400 worth
Rumor says the ScSutlb i)is0?h
and Olympia 7orif a going to
be consolidated. It wquld ,be, an
improvement iu both publication;
A Court St one in tho Karl.i
In earlier days in Missouri there
presided over the judicial destinies
of a la rge Circuit a judge ii mrka
ble for his ofticin' and socini excel
lences. He was uiiiversalij k uown
as ' Horse Allen," to whl,.., title
in later years the prefix Ot Old"
was added He was a soui law,
yer and an incorruptible jud and
in those primeval days impoNjd a
personal regard by the possck.-.in of
a sot of brawny limbs that me said
had been called on more than one
occasion into active exercf ' to tedftn
the red'; liory "how to r, peet the
court " lie" regarded the bar
Composed generally tf young men
whom lie called by their Christian
nStties almost iii the light of his
children, and they in turn soon
learned to love him as 'a lathed
They tell this story on the old
On one occasion, while he was
holding court in a log cabin iu one
of the then wild! comities of .the
Southwc-t, two ot his boys became
so excited over a cafe, that, afteT
each had in unmistakable language
quest:oned the veracity ot the other,
an inkstand had been hurled, and
the c .mpliment returned by a forci
ble propulsion of the Missouri Stat
utes by the maddened disputants at
each otlier's heads, The rhohi
thing occurred so qnickly that the
j ud tie had not time to prevent it,
but' he proved himself equal to the
"Cyrus," he remarked to the
sheriff, "adjourn court for fifteen
minutes." It was done by Mr.
Frost, the sheriff. "Now sfnWthat
door, and lock it."
As soon as these orders had been
executed, turning to one of thecoma
batants, then State's attorney1, and
now an eminent citizen and. lawyer
in California, he said :'
"l'etercome ont and standi be
hind that bench !" The represen
tative of the State quietly took po
sition. "Tom," he continued, to young
Horroll (of whose future yourhfsto1
rian has lost sight), "do you stand
there !'' and the attitude was taken
"Now, boys," said the "Old
Horse," in gentle tones, "you have
been guilty of a very gross disrespect
of this court, and the court cannot
and will not stand it, and will take
proper steps to vindicate itself. I
have always held myself as fcood
'judge of a fight s of the la. h
this matter ot outrage the court
will sit and see it out, and yon both
shall have fair play. Now pitch in
and fight it out."
k & ...&,... k. ,t.A,
Nothing loath, the boys weut 8
lb UIU DhUli, 1UA vllv.l JklflOW YC1
. ,.:, ,tm ... . ,H ;
wcu uiab ii. u-j uiu uufc rabyii; ii j
this way the "Old Horse" won!
probably quit his seat and thrai
them both a teat very easy of a
coinplishmcut to him. 'AoS j
hey fought, and the judgo looki
on to see fair play. Ilistory do
U . l!.l- .t. a
not record which of the two w
the victor, but after protracted ai
exhausting efforts, and, alas ! mn
profanity, of which the court to
no official cognizance, the d ,
turning to the sheriff, said : '
"Cyrus, separate them, unh
the dooT, and oper tlWconrt.""
And when court was opened, j
turned to the court and faid:
dollars each against Mr. 'Minor' I
Mr. Ltorrell for a flagrant oouteu . t
of this court." .,,
Before tlie adjournment tni fi
were remitted, aha1 the bovtfV i
ever afWwanft' tfte bet"rr;i .
1,!!W'Ca Coujilf OlyfcpS'r -fused
to grant a pfcfidh asking 1 , t