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ELLEN DOWD, THEPAEMEE'S WIPE.
Entered, aeeonllnt; to the Act of Congress, In
tlie year 1ST!, by Mrx. A. J. Dunlwny, in the Of
fice of the librarian of Consress at "Washington
Summer was over, and autumn, re
joicing in peace and plenty, Mailed over
all the landscape. The bright green
color of the summer foliage gave place
to sober hues of russet brown, and as
the (lava wore on, and the pure and bril
liant sunlight of October came to play
upon the air, bright gold aud gorgeous
amber tints vied with scarlet tinges and
variegated shades of gray -and purple,
that radiated from forest, hillside, plain
The great and sudden trial that had
transformed Ellen from a free and bright
and joyful girl into a defiant, restless
and exacting, excitable woman was
ever upiermost in her vivid imagina
tion. Instead of the genial companion
ship ot trees aud birds and flowers and
animals, which had been to her child
hood such a keen source of delight, she
now seemed to delight in their destruc
tiou. From a gay, kind-hearted crea
ture, who would not willingly torture a
housefly, she had grown into a morbidly
cruel sportsman, and following her own
wild will, had taught the binls and
squirrels of the D'Arcy estate to dread
her as their most deadly enemy
Grandfather D'Arcy, after Ellen's de
termination to submit to the engage
ment, which so singularly set his mind
at rest, appeared perfectly contented.
His wife, clearly perceiving that he was
afflicted with a monomania, which her
wifely heart excused with duo benevo
lence, calmly awaited tho course of
events and prayed in secret that some
avenue of escape might yet be opened
for hor daughter's child. It seemed that
her prayers were answered, for Ellen at
last grew tired of her cruel sport.
"Grandmother, this is October 1st,"
said she, coining in from the fields with
a brace of wild birds dangliug at her
side. "I threw my rifle over the cliff,
aud it was all I could do to help going
over after it. Even Grundy, here," pat
ting the head of her canine companion
for whom she had gradually acquired
much affection, "is getting tired of de
stroying life. I've lUIled my last bird."
"What are you going to do now, dar
ling?" "I'm going to be kitchen and dairy
"Hut your grandfather. What will he
"Grandfather may think and act and
talk as he pleases. He is under contract
to grant me perfect freedom for the next
four years. But two mouths of my pre
cious time are gone already," and the
poor girl sighed hopelessly.
"When will you begin this work, my
"Now. Any time."
"But you'll get very tired of it."
"I get very tired of myself."
"Well, do as you like ; but I think a
day or two of kitchen work will satisfy
you that It is not such occupation as is
best suited to your taste."
"I'll risk it."
Aunty Harris was busy in the fruit
house. Great barrels of sunny apples
lay awaiting their turn to be peeled and
placed upon the slats to diy. Vegetables
in another department were ready to be
carefully assorted beforo being packed
in the cellar for winter use. Seed stores
for coming gardening purposes were yet
to be properly arranged and assorted.
Certainly there appeared to be work
enough for half a dozen pairs of hands.
"Aunty Harris, don't you want an
"Why, child," pausing in the act of
peeling a Rhode Island Greening, "who
wants-to become my apprentice?"
"Your humble servant."
"Arc you really in earnest?"
"Try me and sec"
"How long do you want to work?"
"Until you pronounce me a faithful
and efficient housekeeper, perfectly able
to work for myself."
"But, child,, it isn't at all likely that
voiCll ever need the business, even if
you do learn it."
That's ray affair, Aunty, not yours.
Just look at grandmother! She de
scended from decayed. English aristoc
racy, you know, and will not assimilate
with her New England neighbors. She
is aud always has been as helpless as a
baby. Now, I want to get able to take
care of myself."
"As heir to the D'Arcy estate you will
always be able to live without taking
care of yourself."
"Aunty, would you accept the D'Arcy
estate with the incumbrance which I
shall be compelled to take with it?"
"That old singing, grinning ghoul,
whom my fastidious grandfather has
chosen for my mate."
"I would if I'd agreed to."
"That settles it, then. I did hope you
would aid me."
"Appeal to your grandfather, child."
"Appeal to the his Satanic Majesty!
Grandfather is as mad as a March hare "
"Then I don't see that you are under
any obligation to obey a mad man."
Across Ellen's earnest face there sud
denly flashed a gleam of gladness.
"Do you really think, Aunty Harris,
that I could honorably escape from my
" 'Tain't for me to say, honey. I have
my own notions about such things ; but
I've been in the employ of this house
nigh on to forty years. I couldn't think
of calling the acts of my employers into
question. No doubt they are doing what
they think is best for you." '
"Aunty Harris, set mc to work. I
must be busy, or I shall go mad!"
"Well, honey, I won't deny that
there is plenty of work to be done ; and
in order to make it pleasant-like, so that
you may be broken into the kitchen
harness by degrees, Til give you the
management of tho seed stores. The
old man gathered all the seeds in their
season and put them in these sacks and
on those blankets and iu boxes here aud
there. I'm getting old and stiff-like,
and don't get through the work like I
did once. Dear me! When my little
children long since dead and gone
were all clinging to my knees, I could
keep up my work a great deal better
than now. There's watermelon seeds
on the boards yonder four varieties,
They're to be labeled and put up in pa
per sacks. These things must all be
made secure before the corn Is marketed,
for the mice will be troublesome after
that. There's the muskmclon, cucumber
and tomato seeds, dried in their own
juices to make 'em perfect ; they must
be cleaned and 'sorted and mind, don't
mix 'em. Here's radish pods, long red,
fall white, and the like; they musn't be
mixed, mind you, for seeds amalgamate
like men and animals. Here's pea pods
and bean pods, ever so many varieties.
There's cabbage pods and kale and mus
tard, waiting to be crimoived out. Here's
onion sets, onion seeds anil seed onions
for next year. And here "
"Stop, Aunty Harris, do ! I'll never
be able to remember half you tell me
unless you give shorter lessons. I am
deeply interested, though, and believe
that I shall like farming first rate when
I've once thoroughly mastered the busi
'I thought it was housekeeping you
wanted to learn, honey."
"It suits me better to call this work
farming, or farm gardening."
"Well, go on ; let's see how much of
this kind of work you will be able to
get through with tills week."
To Ellen's surprise, her new occupa
tion deeply interested and delighted her.
For a week she arose early and worked
diligently all day long, and when Sat
urday evening settled in tranquility
over that quaint old farmer mansion,
Ellen's delight over her achievements
was genuine. All along the shelves
were ranged neat rows of nicely labeled
seeds. The rubbish and litter were con
signed to the manure heap at the back
of the great barn, where the delighted
chickens scratched it into fragments in
search of straggling tid-bits. The dirt
floor of the seed room was carefully
swept, and Ellen was better contented
and really happier than she had ever
Steady, honest, industrious labor,
whether of brain or body, is ever the
best remedy for humanity's imaginary
or real woes.
The man Harris, who, with his wife,
had been a life resident of the D'Arcy
estate, was suddenly stricken with pal
sy. It was a severe trial to the indus
trious and honest old man to be thus af
flicted in the midst of his u.;fulncs3,but
It was a yet greater trial for his faithful
spouse, and a great loss to the always
Old Mr. D'Arcy was absent at the
State Legislature. For many years he
had been an active and enthusiastic pol
iticiau, and paid little heed to the man
agement of his really fine estate; and
now, when politics could not conven
iently spare him, lie would not leave
his public post, but wrote home, advis
ing his wife to employ a new farm hand
to take the long well-filled post of honor
as menial and manager.
"Grandmother, let mc go to the vil
lage to hire a farmer," said Ellen. "I
can ride old Betty; Grundy can go alon;
for company, and I shall enjoy it so
"What? A young girl like you to go
out on suclt business?" was the surprised
"Why shouldn't I thus co out. I won-
iicr. uesKlcs. I'd like to know vim !
here to go if can't? Aunty Harris
can't leave her husband, aud you are
not able to leave home. I am well and
strong aim actually feverish from the
want of some kind of excitement to start
my stagnating blood."
"But, my child, how will you manago
this business v"
"I'll go to the intelligence ofllec and
make the proper inquiries.'"
'The very thing to do, I really be
lieve," said the grandmother, speaking
slowly: "but, Ellen, dear, how came
you to think of such a thing?"
"I got information by leannug,
ma'am. Do you understand ?"
Grandmother D'Arcy smiled.
"I believe that is considered a good
way to get information, dear; but
shall trust you to demean yourself as a
lady as heir to the D'Arcy estate."
"Wliicli. would be a very pleasant
heirship to contemplate if it were not
for the singing, grinning ghoul cf an in
cumbrance which hangs over it. Under
the circumstances, I confess that I'm
ashamed of the D'Arcy estate!" and El
leu tossed her long bright locks defiantly
and stamped her little foot with empha
God knows, mv darling, that I did
1 not thus encumber your prospective es
tate. Yet, after all, I do not know but
that it is best that you should be settled
in mind as to who shall be your hus
band. It will prevent many wild fan
cies and cause you to settle down like a
good, sensible woman."
"Grandmother, do you love mc?" The
question was earnest, Impassioned, al
"Certainly, darling; far better than
my own existence."
. 'Then I beg that you will never more
attempt to mock me by a cruel jest about
my coming fate."
"I did not mean to mock or jest, ray
"Well, don't talk any more about it,
then. Let me enjoy my present freedom
The old lady sighed and made no fur
Old Betty, the gentle, patient animal
that for near a quarter of a century had
been on hand at the barn-yard for every
emergency, was soon saddled by Ellen's
dextrous hands, and off. went the twain,
witii Grundy trotting by their side, as
though personally responsible for the
safety and good behavior of the creatures
in his charge.
The road lay through a rocky defile,
where the grand old woods, arrayed in
ail the gorgeous glory of the full-ripe
autumn, sighed in solemn happiness. A
squirrel nimbly ran across the road, and
Grundy, giving chase, soon drove it into
"Now, if I had my gun!" Then,
quickly recollecting her resolve, she
added, "No, never will I take another
life in wantonness. That squirrel crossed
the road in front of me. Aunty Harris
would say that such an incident augured
bad luck. "What a silly, superstitious
notion! But, dear me, yonder goes a
deer! There, it's bounded across the
road! More signs of bad luck. Back,
Grundy, back! What a splendid garb
of broxVn red fur you have donned for
the autumn, you nimble, fleet-footed
darling! There, it's disappeared In the
bushes! Up, Betty ! . We'll not iret to
town very soon at this gait."
Thus Ellen soliloquized, uuconsoious
that a sudden storm had risen in the
south aud west, that was now over
spreading the very zenith. The coming
darkness and near-by growling thunder
awakened her from her reverie, and vig
orously applying the whip, she out-rode
the storm, aud dashed into the village
and up to the intelligence office, whore
a boy took charge of her steed and hur
ried away, just as enormous hail stones
began to burst in pieces on the pave
ment as they came crashing down.
A man with a shining bald crown,
which somehow disagreeably reminded
her of another shining pate, which she
resolutely struggled to forget, stood at a
high, dingy desk, with a pen behind Ids
car. Another man, of not very prepos
sessing appearance as to either dress or
address, lounged in an ofllec chair and
chewed an enormous quid of tobacco,
from which he every few seconds col
lected an accumulation of filth, which
he ejected into a box half full of stench
For a few moments the falling, crash
ing hall stones deadened every other
sound, but the violence of the storm was
soon over, and Ellen was able to make
known her errand.
"Sir," addressing the melancholy man
with tiic shining pate, "I want to hire a
farm hand one who knows all about
the chores on a well kept, well-ordered
farm, where apples are to be gathered,
cows milked, fences repaired, and so
The melancholy man grinned a ghast
"Are you a farmer, Miss?"
'That is not your business, sir. Can
you furnish such a man as I require?"
"Fortunately you are just in time.
Here is a man who wants employment.
You can make your own terms with
"Sir," turning to the stalwart, broad-
shouldered fellow, whose vital forces
were rapidly oozing out with his saliva,
'are you a thorough-going, scientific
I guess I be, Miss. I don't know no
other business except farmlu' an' team-
Can you give a certificate of honesty
"Nobody ever asked such a certificate
of me, Miss. I have these big broad
hands aud shoulders. I can do anything
that's needed, but I don't want to be
boshed by a woman. Be you the boss?"
"Well, then, I guess I won't suit."
" ery well. I can do the work my
r "l)u tell! but you arc gritty! I guess
I'll try t, jest fur luck."
-u presume you wouldn't suit me,
"It is your only show, ma'am," said
the melancholy man. 'The California
and Oregon excitement has taken off all
the surplus men."
"What are your terms, sir?"
'Twenty-five dollars a mouth through
the winter an' my horse kep'. I'll work
cheap, jest to try it, but I'm techy about
being bossed by a woman."
"AS long as you do what I ask, sir, I
sliall not bos3 you very much, but if you
get obstreperous I shall not longer want
"When will you want me?"
Fnr.K Srr.r.cir, Tr.tr. Vnxsa, Fbee People.
Tho storm had now abated. The
horses were brought and the two pro
ceeded through the hail-riddled forest to
the D'Arcy home.
"You haven't told .me your name,
sir," said Ellen.
"You may call me Henry Jones. It's
not my real name, but 'twill do for a
"Yon said you'd always been a farm
"Have I contradicted it?"
"No, but I am satisfied that there is
some mystery about you. You Imitated
the dialect of a genuine down-Easter
when I first addressed you, and yet you
forgot to sustain the character."
"Well, Miss, I am not really what I
seem. I tell you this 'pon honor, and
yet I cannot tell you why I seek to hide
my Identity. Will you accept my con
fidence anil promise that you will keep
this fact that I have thus revealed as a
sacred, honorable secret?"
"I will, upon one condition."
'I am curious to know whit that con
dition can be."
"That you at once and forever stop
the use of tobacco, sir. It U degrading
to your manhood. Give it up and I will
be your friend as long as you deserve my
Very little like mistress and servant
did these equestriaus appear, as with
their horses' heads close together, and
looking earnestly in eacii other's eyes,
they plighted vows of friendship that
would have shocked Mrs. D'Arcy into a
fainting fit could she have known of it.
Death had visited the homestead dur
ing Ellen's absence. The tried aud
trusty Harris, to whose economy and
foresight the estate was indebted for
most of its thrift and prosperity, had
yielded to tho final messenger and gone
tho way of mortals. Aunty Harris made
no loud lamentations. She went about
her various avocations with her hand at
times pressed tightly against her heart,
while her blanched lip and check bespoke
her bitter agony. Ellen relieved her of
many of her most arduous household
duties; and when the mortal remains of
the companion of her life had been as
signed to their last resting-place, good
Aunty Harris did not seek, to make oth
ers sad by recitals of her woes.
(To bo continued.)
This department of the Nkw Noktii-
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change of ideas concerning any and all
matters that may lie legitimately dis
cussed in our columns. Finding it practi
cally impossible to answer each corres
pondent by private letter, we adopt this
mode of communication to save our
friends the disappointment that would
swertlieir'queries. We cordially invite
everybody that has a question to ask, a
suggestion to make, or a scolding to give
to contribute to the Correspondents'
'To Carrie:" The lines are verv fair,
but not up to tho requisite standard.
The writer can do better. The public do
notcaro for personal poems, unless they
concern public celebrities. The lines
may be appropriately preserved by you,
In your own handwriting, to present to
the child at her majority. She will prize
them much more highly in this style
than in the newspapers.
Olive: Hope to hear from you fre
quently. "Write short, crisp, terse arti
cles. You have much more than average
Sylvia: Your letter has been neg
lected through an oversight. Sorrv.
Many thanks for kind words. Write
N. E. L.: You have politic talent, but
your work needs criticism and culture.
We give your best stanzas, and thank
you for (hem. Glad to sec you develop
literary aspiration so early in life :
"Fifteen to-day; my eager feet
Upon tho chores of girlhood beat,
Impatient for the ebbing tide
To boar me down Its waters wide.
Far In tho distance, rising there,
I sec a gateway opening fair;
All, 'tis the gale to womanhood.
And many thus have waiting Mood."
The other stanzas are not so good.
You will better understand tciy, when,
like yourmother, you shallliavctried the
difference between imagination aud re
C. A. H. : Your lines are fair in some
respects, but pos.-css the Mine faults as
those alluded to in reply to "Carrie."
Young writers should always submit
their efforts to some educated friend for
criticism; that is, unless they should be,
unfortunately,, situated as we were in
our younger days, where they have no
educated friends to consult. All such
may come to us for counsel, and shall be
Other letters will be answered next
Tho Unitarians have one ordained
woman occupying one of their puIpiLs,
aim arc ready to extenu generous nospi
talitv to others who are qualified to en
ter the profession, and are desirous to
Idcntifv themselves with their denomi
national interests. The cordial welcome
which Mrs. Burleigh has received from
Unitarians lias been most gratifying.
She lias been received with most heart
felt sympathy by tlie clergymen of her
church, and by the press. She lias been
Invited to preach the leading sermon
before Unitarian Conferences, and some
of the eminent Unitarian ministers of
Boston invite her to their pulpits and
await her coming.
BV 11E3. C. jr. STOWE.
"Go, atone her to death!" said a maiden prouj.
Ax an outcast fled from a piping crowd;
And sho turned her steps to the Church, and
Bowed low as the minister knelt In prayer
And he prayed thnt tne Lord of Hosts would
To the widow's heart and the orphan's home
And for all the powers that bo he pniyed,
And aMress on tho sins of man ho laid.
Bat where shall the outcast hide her shame?
Must she turn to the sink or vice asnln?
"Go, stone hor to death!" was the matron's cry.
As she passed the suffering outcast by;
And she hastened home where her daughters
Moved round the room with a queenly air.
And told how with shame she blushed as she
The squalid form of the Trail outcast.
"pp. stono her to death !" said the man of God ;
bile's not nt to cumber the earth's ereen sod;"
. . )c Craned for the sins or Adam's race.
Ana forgot his own In hli prayer for craee.
Go. stone her to death !" fs the popular cry.
As tho rich and the powerful pass her by;
sue j ; drank of the call and vinegar now
Let tho crown or thorns be placed on her brow.
What' the virtue worth that turns In scorn
J1,'" "? hcart 'hat's with sin andsorrow torn?
W hat's tho priestly robe, if Its folds enclose
A heart that scotl's at the outcast's woes?
;"VnMen proud, with the heart so cold,
Itemembcrthe Majrdalene ofoldT
lias she welched what the lowlv Jesus said.
As the doomed of old was before him led?
Ami thejjauglity dame, who blushed as she
The outcast frail, could she have cast
The stone at her stitrerin idter t hero
And nt night have bowed her head In sinless
Could the cantlni; priest with his holy tone.
Cast with thcslnles heart or hands tho stone?
Oil, when will the spirit of Christ, as of yore,
ItaUe the fallen up bid lhemln no more
"Woman in Ancient Times.
Mrs. Matilda Joslyn Gage recently
lectured in AVashingtonon the "Women
of Ancient Egypt," from a report of
which In the Chronicle of that city, we
gleam some interesting facts. Mrs.
Gage is evidently a woman of extensive
ream ng ana unusual research in the lore
of recondite ancient history. Her lec
ture was full of pith of rare instruction
We regret tliat we have room only for a
At the marriage ceremony of the an
cient Egyptians the husband promised
to obey the wife in all things; yet no
wife put her husband to death, or shut
him into a certain suite of apartments;
on the contrary husband and wife were
always together in life, and in dcatli
were deposited in one tomb.
Tho employments of women were va
ried. They engaged in merchandise, in
marketing, in manufactures; and one
important branch of the medical profes
sion was entirely in the hands of wom
en. Women are depicted on the monu
ments counting tne threads
sonic of which was of the exquisite line-
It was known as the trovcit wind, ami 1
sought by the mightiest monarch. '
iip-i ni tnroniK rn rim cmi'iiM iha
But the cookiu
family was .
done by men
Even the notent Plm-1
roali. with who:
we dream of the fat and I
the lean klnc wo are all so familiar, nvon
he trusted not. his kitchen in the hands
of a womau.
Women attended social festivals and
private feasts in company with their
husbands. It was through (lip superior
power held by women that thedaughtcr
of Pharoah was enabled to preserve the
life of Moses in defiance of her father,
and to bring him up as her own son,
destined to succeed that very Pharoah
upon his throne. Women held high
rank in the priesthood, two of the most
.acred oillces belouging solely to them.
me oiliest literature or tne world was
the sacred sonits of Isis. which Plato
deemed worthy or the Divinity. They
continued in use until the second cen
tury after Christ. The oldest library
was the one at Thebes. Its presiding
geniuses were two, the liord of the Li-
urary, aim tne Jauy of Letters.
It has been said women have written
no grand poems, yet some proof exists
that both the Iliad and the Odyssey were
the work of a woman, Phemtaria" a
priestess of Phitha in Memphis. They
were deposited among the archives in
the temple from which they were stolen
'llic world best knows Ec-vnt throuirh
her architecture. Much of the glory of
Egyplaln architecture was traceable to
women. In eacii of the three great pe
riods the Pyramid, theTemple.and the
Obelisk period her work is found.
Mlietnird of the great pyramids, winch
was more elaborate than'thc others, and
of greater scientific structure, was the
won: oi uucen rseitkan, Known m His
tory as tho "rosy-cheecked and fair
haired queen of Egpyt."
The two great obelisks before theTein
plc of Karnak, tho lanrcst ever erected
of one stouc, were placed there by Queen
.mcusis oi tne eignteetnn tiynasty.
Her reign of twenty-two years was the
period of Egypt's greatest lircliitectual
glory. She was also a great warrior. It
is thought she drove the shepherd kings
out of Egpyt. The monuments record
the events of her reign, and over the
whole of Egpyt remains of her worksare
still found. Egyptian queens are de
picted upon the monuments wearing the
triple crown in sign of their ecclesiasti
cal, civil and judicial power.
All creat oillces. nriestiv. legislative.
judicial, mouarchiai, were open to
women, aud to tins fact is due tlic per
manence and long continuance of that
government, anil from the same reason
arose hei fame for wisdom. Woman's
power in Egypt was not a surreptitious
and irrepressible one, arising from fer
vor, but was recoznlzed as iiilierimr in
her from birth, ami consequent upon her
ueing a component part oi Humanity.
Whiting ox Newspapers. The fol
lowing is the act of Congress In relation
to writing upon newspapers or other pe
riodicals sent by mall, and mav bo of in
terest to many who have fallen infn flm
habit: "If any person shall inclose or
conceal a letter or oiner thing, or any
memorandum in writing, in a newspa
per, pamphlet or magazine, or make
any writing thereon, which he shall
have delivered into any postoffice, or to
any person ior tliat purpose, in order
that the same may be sent fno of i..f r
postage, he shall lorfceit the sum of S5
for every offense and the letter, news
paper, package, memorandum or other
thing, shall not be delivered to the per
son to whom it is directed until the.
amount of single letter postage is paid
for each article of which the letter is
Silver Cake. Whites of one dozen
eggs; flour, five cups; white sugar, one
cup: butter, one cup; cream or sweet
milk, one cup; cream of tartar, one tea
spoon; soda, one lialf teaspoon; beat and
mix as in Gold Cake. Bake in a deep
A Woman on "Woman's Fashions.
BY r.VNJTV FEEX.
hen I say that the street dress of
tne majority oi respectable women of
New lork to-day is disgusting, I but
feebly express my emotions. 1 say the
respectable women, and yet, save to
tliem who know them to be such their
appearance leaves a wide margin for
doubt. The clown at a circus wears not
a more stuniiimr or narti-colored cos
tume; in fact, his lias the advantage of
uemg suincieniiy "taut" to use a nau
tical phrase to interfere with locomo
tion; while theirs what wifli disfii-Mi-ic
humps upon their backs, and big ro
settes upon their sides and shoulders.
and loons, and folds, and linMnii5. ntifl
clasps, and bows upoii their skirts, and
striped satin petticoats, all too short to
hide often clumsy ankles and more
colors nud shades of colors heaped upon
one poor little fashion-ridden body than
ever were gathered In one rainbow and
all this worn without regani to temper
ature, or time, or place I sav this
presents a spectacle which is too dis
heartening even to be comical. Oni
cannot smile at the young girls who are,
one day Heaven lieln th pill tn lio
wives and mothers ! I say to myself, as
I see the throat and neck with only the
protection of a gold locket between 'itself
and tho cold autumnal wind. Wives
and mothers I say. as I see them ruin
ing their feet and throwing their ankles
out of shape in the vain endeavor to
walk on their heels like corks, fastened
Jar into tho middle of the sole of their
SVa.Vd ihose boots M hiRl "Pon the
1? ,ekaml, so tightly buttoned
Sim? U'.thaJ dreulatlon is stopped, and
violent headaches follow. Wives ami
mothers! I say, as I see the heating and
burdensome pannier tacked on the most
delicate portion of a woman's frame, to
make still surer confirnwui ;,,-oi;.i;. ...
What fathers, husband, brothers, lovers",
can be thinking about, to be willing
i tue women tiiey love and respect
should appear in public, looking like
women whom they despise, is a marvel
to me. Why they do not say this to
them, and shame them into ti decent ap
pearanceif their glasses cannot effect
it I do not know. Oh, the relief it Is to
meet a lady, instead of a ballct-mrl !
Oh, the relief it is to see a healthy, lirm-
stepping, rosy, broad-chested, bright
eyed woman, clad simply with a dress
all of one color, and free from bundles
and tags ! I turn to look at sucli an
one with true respect, that she has the
goon sense anil contains aud srood tasti-
to appear on the streets in a dress befit
ting tne street; leaving to those poor,
wretched women whose business it is to
auvcrtise tneir person, a free Held with
out competition. If I seem to snonlr
harshly, it Is because I feel earnestly on
t,lis s",,jt. I had hoped
w''nen of 1S72 would have be,
,u 1,10 ,mv ,H which tney live. I had
imw lint ..II 1 , i
110!1, that all their time woul
".avc b.cen stnt 1,1 keeping up with the
uiKiiiien-uii eiumges oi iasuion, loo ugly,
too absurd for toleration. It is because
1 want them to be something, to do
something higher and nobler than a
peacock inightaim at, that I turn heart
sick away from these infinitesimal frip
peries that narrow the soul and purse,
and leave nothing in their wake but
emptiness. Nor is it necessary, in
avoiding ail this, that a woman should
look "strong-minded," an the bugbear
phrase goes. It is not necessary tliat she
should dress like her grandmother in
order to look like a decent woman. It
is not necessary she should forswear
ornamentation, because it were better
and more respectable to have it confined
to festal and home occasions and less to
the public promenade. Sho is not
driven to the alternative of muffling
herself like an omnibus driver in January-
or catching consumption with her
throat protected only by a gold locket.
Oh, I wlsii that a bevy of young and
handsome girls, of good social position,
would inaugurate a plain, ladylike cos
tume for street and church wear. I say
young and handsome, because if an old
woman noes tins, tlielittlechits toss their
heads and say, "Oil! she has had her days
and doesn't care now and we want
ours." Now that's perfectly natural
and right, too, that you should have
your youth; tliat you should, as girls
say, "mane tue most or yourselves:"
but In doing so don't yon think it would
be well not to lessen or cheannn vonr-
selves ? and I submit, with all deference
to youruress-niakers and mammas, that
every one of you who appear in public
in the manner I have described are
doing tins very thing are delilimr
womanhood, and bringing it into deris
ion and contempt, whether you believe
it or not.
Miss Sarah F. Smilie, a Quaker lady,
is now interesting the people of Brook
lyn in an unwonted degree by evening
sermons, which she preaches in the
Methodist, Presbyterian and other or
thodox churches. Great crowds flock
to hear her, and hang with pleasure and
prolit on her words. Her age Is between
forty and fifty. Although a maiden, she
wears a matronly look, and her speech
is full of motherly tenderness. TTnr
nion is not of the kind called "inspira
tional ;" it is not left to the moment.
like most of the preachluir anions nun.
kers. but is carefnllv nlmuii ivr..-
hand; and though she takes no scran of
paper into the desk, yet the oration
smells of the lamp ; it gives evidence of
i...wng ocen constructed with astute
pains; it proceeds like the chapters of a
story, or the links of a chain, and the
CTuiuaaujiiies not only tlie logical and
emotional, but also the constructive and
cstuetic scn.se. Her favorite form of
discourse is an allegory, built on some
iiiciuresque text, as, for instance, tne
Marriage .Supper. Sue carefully carries
out tne ngure rrom the beginning to me
end of the sermon, first vividly present
ing tlie image with its outer details, aim
then spiritualizing these one hy one.
Her language is simple, chaste and fine
reminding one of the good, old, unam
bitious Enslish of the Pilgrim's, Prog
ress. Her delivery is gentle, "nlmnas
sioned, and quiet almost to a fault, but
vcrv successful in passages of pathos
niwf nnimal. Altogether, slio makes a
.ii.Miri nf more than ordinary intel
lectual and moral weight. Her ortho
doxy is of a most evaugical and fervid
tvne abounding with tlie name of
f'lirist tirelessly reiterated after thn
manner of St. Paul. This feature of her
faith commends her to thousands of
conservatives who, n tney were radical
in theolozy. would fancy that tlio
Hons to her public ministcrations aroc
from her being a womau. 'Hi tmti. i-
the time Is coming when two-thirds of
... V""1"1 puipus or the country
will be occupied by women. Golden
JlliS. A. J. U'ltVIHAl, Editor ana Proprietor
OITICECor. Third aud Washington St.
TKUMS, IN ADVAXCK:
ADVERTISEM KSTS Tnrtl mi TtreLsnnrililp
Over Oilf llllnilrrwl WHw nm ef ,,!..!. .
law in America.
If sneecli 14 dilAT. nnrl rllnnn. T . 1
now much is a dumb man worth?
Vassar Collern is snnn f t.o,. r. t
ancse Princess as one of its pupils.
There is but one good wife in the world,
and every happily wedded' man thinks
he lias litr.
The paths of Hon' which load to tli
grave, are explained as allopath and
Note for Darwin: Tn timn i
, - i mul
berry tree becomes ;i siHr mitni ..r,
silk gown becomes a woman.
I would rather mv tlanohtar cfim.M
have a man without money, than money
without a man. Themisloclee.
Conundrvni for married men Why
is a wito like a newspaper? Because
every man should have one of his own.
Vaccination has heon r!tt
dogs from taking the hydrophobia.
Buck-shot makes the bast vaccine virus.
More than one hundred wornon Imhl
post-masterships under our National
Administration four of the number re
ceiving $4,000 per annum each.
An old minister the other thiv. .ist-mi
a woman what could be done to induce
ier nusuanu to aitenu ciiurch. "I don't
know," she replied, "unless you were to
put a pine and a iuir of -hi!:v in tho
It is a notable fact that Italy now fur
nishes very few of the great sopranos
who adorn the operatic stage. In look
ing over the list Of entmp'ninnlift: nt tlm
various onera houses nf 'Pi I form trw!
America we see but few Italian names.
1,lB "3 Mqiranof oi tins nationaltv
now living and well known to fame are
:itu.-iiu:i ami tjarioita I'atti.
i c,,ert'vl"a" passing a boy weeping
bitterly, halted and asked: "What is the
ii Kuier, my mtie follow?" The boy re
plied. "Before we hardly got enough to
eat of any tiling, and now what shall
u uo, ior lucre's ano thor one come?"
"Hucli M.. ... ? i .....
muuriiuijj, ami wipe on tnose
tears," said the clergyman, "and remem
ber tliat Ho never sends mouths with
out lie scuds victuals to nut. inlii tl mm "
"I know tliat," said the boy, "but then
he sends all the liinntlia tfl mil linncn
and the victual to vours."
A Neat Retokt. Adolphus Fitz
melou was a smart young mau. It was
his linn conviction that with the oppo
site sex lie was irresistible. Onecvon
mg Fitzmelon was at the opera, airtl in
an adjoining box lie esnied a beautiful
young lady without a male attendant.
He nodded to his companions, and re
marked tliat lie must make a conquest,
bo into the adjoining box lie made his
way and uncereninmniicK' c,...f.wi
self by the young lady's side. Sho
looked up in surprise. Adolphus smiled
sweetly and begged pardon. He must
have been mistaken. "Ho bad thmmiit.
ecognized in her an old flpriimmt-
She informed him
"Still," ventured Adnlnlma r i,n r
don't intrude." 11 1
The ladv m.nfo no rmiU- t.m ,,,.'.,!
her attention to the stage, where a scene
iliujiiuij; in which sue was mucli
interested. At lcmrth Adnlnlma n,i.
drc&scd her again. Turning quickly she
"You annoy me. sir!" and hnrliri!1ih
JIess mc!" cried Adolnlms. rim.-!n it-
back with mock terror, "don't cat me!"
The lady smiled a swent. !imiin
smile, as sho replied :
"Be not alarmed, sir. I am a Jcwes3,
and my rclirion forbid mn tn nnt
Unfortunately for Adolnlms. his friond
heard the rejoinder, and lit is not likolv
soon to hear tho last of his passage willi
tne luveiy juwess.
A writer in the Overland, mnsnnkinc
tlie universe for arguments against
woman suffrage, says:
"We nave to consider the sad and terri
ble fact, i lat according to the best sta
tistical information, on-- out of every ton
of the women inourcitiesis leading a life
of shame." Now, if this fnet should bar
the nine out of overy ten virtuous wom
en from tlie ballot, we would lie pleased
to have s:.;d writer dilate t-n the follow
ing conundrums: As it U supo3ed to
take sev'ocnl men to support one woman
in a "life of shame," wnut proportion of
the male sex are leadim? thn sumo lifv.
and hence morally on the same level?
vnu ii woi. t-n should be dei ied the bal
lot been- jo one woman out of every ten
is morally unfited Tor it, wherein, reason
ing from tlie same premises, has man a
better claim? But what lias chastity or
morality to do with the question, any
way? Who ever claimed this virtue in
tne male sex as a precedent to the en
joyment of political righu? And if not
in uiiosex, wny m tne otiier? Admit
ting that one-tenth portion of our wom
en are morally disqualified to exercise
political privileges, would not the nine
virtuous tenths bring a largo and pre
dominating accession of decency to the
franchise as now administered, and
therefore on the whole beagM.I thing for
the State ? We might extend these co
nundrums, but the above will suilice for
the present. Jim Joc Mercury.
Re t the Paper. How much more
Intelligent and fascinating the majority
of voung ladies would appoar were they
to give a little more attention to news
paper reading! We do not mean the
Hash papers of the day, which are filled
with matter that, if it does no harm,
can certainly do no good, but to news
papers those which make us familiar
witii the present character and improve
ments of the age. It is well enough to
know something of the world's hisfnrv.
bnt it is with the present we have
mainly to deal, and we know nf nn mnre
engaging trait in a lady's character than
a fair acquaintance with tlie passing
events. Every youmr ladv should have
inintel itrcnt opinion nn rhftmnml. im-
liticall and reliirious snhionts of the
times, and tho best and only way to find
this is to read good newspapers dil
igently. Mrs. Jane Swisshelm preachcilreccntly
in the Congregational Ciiurch, in Co
lumbus, Iowa, on Women in the Church,
particularly in the pulpit end of the
church, giving the congregation an il
lustration which added to the force of her
arguments. In fact the women in tho
pulpits, like the illustrat ions in our best
pictorials, are a good deal mprc "tercst
ing than the arguments adduced by the
other sex for their being there.