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HIM. A. J. DCMWAT, Editor and I'roprlflor
OFriCE-Cor. Third and WowUIuRtou .St.
TERMS, IX ADVANCE:
ADVERTISEMENTS Inserted on Reasonable
ELLEH DOWD, THETABMEB'S WIFE,
Entered, according to the Act of Congress, In
the year 1S72, by Mr. A. J. Duniway, In tbe Of-
floe of the Librarian of Congrck at Washington
The hired man proved a valuable as
sistant, lie was thoroughly conversant
with all the various avocations of the
farm, and made himself so useful that
Aunty Harris styled him a perfect treas
ure. Everybody about the homestead
liked him, except the dog. Ellen could
not help but remember tliat a stranger
had, long years before, excited just such
a feeling of animosity In her good old
Bouncer as this man had aroused in her
present canine protector, and it was not
-without some strange forebodings" that
she regularly shut him In his kennel for
the night. But her apprehensions
seemed 111 founded, as morning after
morning found Grundy alive and well,
though no amount of coaxing could in
duce him to be friendly with Henry
Grandfather D'Arcy returned from
the Legislature disappointed about his
pet schemes. He had thrown all his
waning energies Into a railroad enter
prise, which had been defeated after
very spirited debates, and the excite
ment had proven too severe for his
physical constitution. Month after
month he kept his bed, never contented
in his waking hours when Ellen was
out of his presence. The close confine
ment of the sick room proved very wea
risome ana irksome to a bright young
girl who had all her life enjoyed the free
range of tho woods. She grew pale, spir
itless and pre-occupied, spending much
of her time with her face In her hands,
dreaming out vague uncertainties,
One evening the winter winds were
howling round the house and wailing
through the key-holes, making the
night hideous without, while the cheer
ful chamber lire within sent a glow of
oriental splendor through the air and
over the richly curtained bed where the
sick man lay dozing.
Ellen looked mechanically out of tbe
window and saw a man, muffled to the
eyes, alight from a sleigh and place a
bundle on the broad, high gate-post.
The man evidently was not tall, for he
tiptoed to place the package on the post.
Tills done, he glanced hurriedly around
him and, as if sure of having been un
discovered, drove rapidly away.
Grandmother D'Arcy, worn with
watching, sat In her great arm-chair
Free Srcuxu, Fuke Paras, Furr. People.
2? OTTXijV2NX , OEEGON, FKmAY, 3ULAJRCEC SO, IS:
Ellen threw a shawl over her head
and made her way through the blinding nothing at all, I tell you
snow-drifts to the gate-post, where, by at the gaming table."
.. a Till - r
an! .ueave me room ; x-n ring ior you
when you are wanted."
Once alone in his chamber, the old
man moved the carefully shaded lamp
so as throw the light In a full glare upon
his pillow and proceeded to read the let
ter. Deep groans and hisses occasionally
escaped him, but ho read on to the end,
and then, as If nerved with superhuman
strength, he arose from his couch,which
for many weeks he had not left without
the aid of his strong hired man, and go
ing to the grate, thrust the manuscript
between the bars. He then tottered
back to the bed -and, falling heavily
upon it, broke forth in piteous walls of
"Lost! Bulncd! "Undone!" he ejacu
lated, wringing his hands and trembling
in every limb.
Mrs. D'Arcy stood listening at the
chamber door, her heart beating in aud
ible thump3 and a feeling of impatient
desire to rush to her husband's bedside
almost overpowering her.
Clasping the little casket, the old man
proceeded to open It, and taking there
from a lot of costly jewels, held them
between his eyes and the light.
"Ha! ha! ha! These are grand in
deed. Just the things to captivate a
maiden! "Wife, wife, come here!"
Glad indeed to bear the summons,
Mrs. D'Arcy was Instantly at his side,
"See, mother! sec what a lot of costly
jewels ! Don't you think Ellen will be
willing to marry Killingsworth Imme
diately if she can by so doing command
such jewels as these?"
"Docs the man ask marriage of her,
father?" and tho poor old lady stood
shaking as If In an ague fit.
"Ask it, woman! He demands It! She
must marry him, or we will all be driven
out of doors. He has me in his power.
I played high games with him. I lost
Ho won. "We are all In his power, and
nothing but tho sacrifico of that poor
child can keep a roof over the stricken
heads of the D'Arcys."
'Do you then really consider it a sac
rifice for Ellen D'Arcy to marry that
Did I ever say thatl thought it was
anything else, woman? That man had
me in his power, or I should have never
thought of making such a bargain. You
thought I was crazy. I teas mad, but
not from the cause you mention. It
was because I could not help myself."
"My precious husband, let me be your
counsellor. Perhaps there is some loon-
hole of escape."
"You know nothing about it, woman;
I lost heavily
tiptoeing, as did the man who had
placed it there, she reached and grasped
the bundle which had awakened so
much eager curiosity in her brain.
"I do believe this Is some sort of a
message from that old ghoul. I felt
that it must be no one else who brought
it here. It's well for his interest la the
D'Arcy estate that I did not meet liim
"O, my husband! Anything but
chamber of her grandfather had inter
fered with much of her contemplated
companionship with her farmer friend,
but she now advanced to meet him with
an earnest greeting of welcome.
"Henry, to you and Aunty Harris I
have come for counsel. That old ghoul
that Isn't 'worth' 'killing1 has demanded
the whole of the D'Arcy estates as his
financial right He became my grand
father's surety for an immense amount,
and to satisfy the obligation my pater
nal guardian has resolved to rnarry me
to him without the four years' grace
that were nominated In the bond."
"Well, Miss D'Arcy, what Is your pro
posed plan of action?" earnestly asked
"That Is just what I should like to
know, sir. I don't care a straw for the
D'Arcy estates, but if by sacrificing my
self I can keep a roof over tho heads of
my mother's parents, I don't know but
I ought to do It."
"Stuff and nonsense!" ejaculated
"I'll not sit tamely by and see you of-
ferred up on such a shrine as that!" said
the hired man, excitedly.
"But how am I going to help It?"
"Ellen, will you marry ic" and the
stalwart man leaned forward his hercu
lean shoulders and gazed earnestly into
Ellen blushed painfully and bowed
her head in confusion
"I can't give you a D'Arcy estate, my
dear, but I have strong hands and a will
"I do not love you, Henry Jones."
"You will learn to love me, I am sure.
I have told you that I am not exactly
what I siem. Become my wife and
will tell you all."
"Henry Jones," and the slight form
grew proudly erect, "you must not talk
matrimony to me, even under the great
temptation to escape my present peril,
unless you tell me who and what you
"Do you then give me any reason for
Tell me your history and see."
"Will you promise to keep my secret
"Yes, If Aunty Harris can be n lis
"Then Aunty Harris may listen. My
name is Peter Dowd."
Ellen started and gave a slight scream.
"That was my father's name," she said.
"Is It possible that you are a relative of
Aye, and of yours too, my jewel
Our fathers were cousins. They belonged
to decayed Southern stock all of them
too proud to work and for several gener-
her head in her wrinkled hands and
shuddered. Then, as if a new idea gave
her conrage, she exclaimed, "Gambling
debts are not legal ones! He cannot
compel you to pay such a debt! But oh,
how could you"
"Hush, I say! I've suffered enough
as intensely as tnougu ins life hung A PIOTUiiti
upon her decision.
"Peter Dowd, my father's cousin, I
will be your wife. God knows I do not
want a husband yet for many years to
como ; but here I am, weak, unprotect
ed, lmpecunlou3, with no road before
me, except the distasteful one of mar
riage. Don't I wish I were a man!"
and Ellen Dowd placed her hand firmly
In the brawny hand of her future hus
band and raised her head to receive the
kiss of betrothal.
"I confess that things don't hardly
work to suit me," said Aunty Harris,
soito voce, as she began a clatter with
pots and kettles, preparatory to getting
When Ellen sought the sick chamber,
a load or conscious gunc covercu ucr
face with confusion. She had never
concealed an act of her life from her
grandmother, and now the secret that
preyed upon her heart almost overpow
"How did you rest, grandfather?" she
"Badly enough, my child. Can you
guess the contents of that mysterious
casket which I received last night?'
and the old man looked eagerly into her
"I haven't tried to guess, graudfath
"See here, darling. Here are dia
monds. They are worth a prince's ran
som. All these shall be yours if you
will at once consent to fulfill your en
gagement with with Mr."
"You've said enough, grandfather ! I
shall not consent!" interrupted Ellen,
The old man arose with the fury of a
tiger. Grasping her by the throat, lie
began to choke her in his frenzy, and
she, unable to ejaculate a sound, was in
danger of being strangled.
Graudmothtr D'Arcy screamed for
help, aud Peter Dowd rushed to the
chamber and rescued his affianced wife
from the hands of the madman.
Another morning dawned, and Ellen
and the hired man had disappeared.
During their few remaining days on
earth tho stricken couple heard of their
beloved grandchild no more.
"Children will do as their parents did
before them," commented Aunty Har
ris. "What is bred in the Iwne will
crop out in the flesh."
(To be conUnned.)
nv JIOS. O. T. DANIELS
face to face," she uttered, under her already, and will not bear reproach from
breath. "I do wish I dared to open It ! you. I borrowed money to pay debts of
Let me see! Here's a wrapper of strong
brown paper and a red seal with grand
father's name around it in old Killings-
worth's hand writing. Ellen Dowd,
you're a lucky bird! I'll see what this
precious bundle contains!" Then, as if
overcome by a sudden twinge of coun
tenanco, she added hastily, "But I must
not break a seal that does not belong to
1 1 ir-l t Til t-. . 1 1 . 1 1
linen, jcueii u Arcv. uauiiuivi uimci
come to me," commandlngly called the wife."
old man from the chamber, in a weak
though startled voice,
"With a fluttering heart the young girl
obeyed the summons, bearing the pack
age in her hands.
that!" and the poor, stricken wife bowed attons to Por to r,ve w"1,out employ-
menu i was nrougnt up a poor, prouu
young man, without expectations. The
first real hard service I over performed
was on this farm. I ran away from
home to find a place where it was not
considered disgraceful to work. I as
sumed the dress of a rough laborer,
chewed tobacco like a fool no wise
man would do so and as good fortune
I 11 1 I L ,( .. . 1
honor, and that man is my surety. He woulu ll " B "lo"
i,.iii .nr.i nit mvni.itmtioni if t .-tii only employer. '
.., i, r h, Tv.m. "Yes, I remember," replied Ellen,
ccinnaau-iiiitiioni nf speaking slowly, ami men a gieam ui
mv heart, niv dari ng E lcn." muiut-uuiij ''"" -----
I i r. il r u..Mn1viw aa II oIia n (fitml
"Tint tn Hint nvnnt. tvhnt wnnlil l.n- ucr luce, m reuiuuiuw, iw, . ,
'Wo would remain here with our
"And him! O, father!"
"I tell you that we must endure it,
"that one of your express conditions of
acceptance was that you were not to bo
bossed by a woman."
"Didn't I waive that objection final
"Yes, I believe so," bowing her head
imt .11.1 ,, .nmi. tn rrnt. !nfn UPOU llCr hands.
J o" . . -r.il. -r-....l t 1. .1
i,nMf. .loir? Yon know I never WArey, xjicii uu, -wu
"""" I - - , . , .1.. . r..f fWim
could have believed it possible that you . j. biauu w
l.l I .tlf,. of ei.li nniuliipt If vnn WHICH your inmost wjui iwuiu.
i..i.f , i ,.r.lf " are about to be sacrificed on the altar of
. . .. I . l....t f n Mmmttf A f lin AmllPnfWm
"You don't know anything about the hwhiuihu,
auu caresses oi an uujl-vl j
man who cares only to possess you, re
gardless of your own happiness. I am
ready to protect you. Unfortunately
"What have you there for me. my
.i i. . .. .. - . .. .,(.. 11..1 i i:i:n:n..
uauguicr" anu me oiu man nervously 1 icmptaiious mat surruuuu u iwuuwau,
stretched forth his arms. I wife. I was Induced to play in the effort
"I have a singular looking package, I to win money to carry out some very
sir. Somebody left it on the gate-post." Important schemes. I was at first sue-
"Did you go out through the snow to ccssful,and then luck went against me."
fetch it?" "As it always docs."
Vps. ftlr." I "-o ...o ,. : .1 r ...Irrlif
"You mav break the seal and onon it have known it. hut. limn vmi wore not I can ofler you no legal protection cx-
for me. But stay! I guess it's -private with me. wife. A man is often but a ccl)t; marriage,
business. Go to bed now, child, aud get! baby in hlseflbrls to resist temptation for you to live for you.
a good night's rot," when he is alone. You won't despise wiU i'0" be ,ny wife?" t
Ellen could not but uo as suo was uiu-1 me, will you?"
den. But the contents of that myste- "Dcsptse the lover of my youth, the
rious bundle puzzled her brain for many husband of my lifetime, the father of
for both of us, I am as poor as you will
be when that old villain claims this line
estate as his own. As I have uo money,
no legal protet
I am willing to work
a weary day.
After she had retired the old gentle
man, in a petulant voice, called out for
. Mrs. D'Arcy, startled from her sleep,
speedily sought his bedside.
"Wife, there's something here of more
nil nir her lAl tne poor cnnu sieep.
n,mi. nn i. ., cnoi mil let. But Ellen had heard all. She had en
me know tlin wnrst nr liiwf nf. nnpp."
"Is it something about your railroad behind the heavily curtained bed while
interests, father?" the confession was being made, and
"How should I know what it is?" now, hearing her name called, she slyly
Mrs. D'Arcy tremblinelv broke the disappeared, and rushing through the
seal. Around the outside of an inner corridor and groping in the darkness,
casket was a letter
"And my grandparents must I leave
them to their fate?"
"Your mother left them thus."
"And brought herself to misery aud
want and death. Oh, Aunty Hams,
advise me! I know not what to do!"
and the poor child burst into tears.
"I'm sure I doti't know how to advise
you, child. We married my man and
I because we loved. each other; aud I
don't know how to advise peoplo who
don't take love into account," replied
tered unperceived, and stood crouching tno woman.
. . l t t.ll l?llf Atlnfl IIqIai CM-inll T clmf
here and marry ugh! that abomina
able, snaky excresence of humanity and
make my life a constant Immolation
ray child? Oh, husband, you don't
know what you are saying when you
ask me such a question!"
The poor man wept like an Infant,
"Call Ellen, won't you?" lie asked, at
"Why, father, it Is almost midnight,
upon the altar of hate, accepting as a
of a dozen closely through the wintry, while the loud compensation till. home for my grand
winds tolled out the wails of tho storm parents, which would be a hell to me
Tlii h.tler is fmm Kiiisn'.rarM. ,!,: mined her chamber and. or mustltake this man, mj Kinsman
- I iJil -'' o
hurriedly unrobing, sought reruge be- wuoni i uo now iuc-mVb -iwpen
ihV ice-cold sheeU, where, shiver- liim-lo be ray wedded husband and ac-
1 1 .i t ii ii.i . . ... i .lam. ai.n in-imHi tfnt. wiHi him a life of poverty anu
"auu leave uiu ruum huh iniuute. JieilngllKe a inguit-iiw uo.i "- I i
.1 t l - .. . i : .. .l.-i I . i . .. 1 u-. on ttiofnnf Inalnn I f nil 9"
t Lxutnooo !. - I i -..tii... fur mi Instant Ioslnp 1 toll ?':
-uiu j. i.G ..uj. wiiwuriin J1U- I nioniiiiUi oi 1 11 1
1.1,. "i.t nnnu,ivna . ,. ,, t "Your duty Is to yourself, poor child
uwj wmh I UUiBCll III SivV" I i 1 wlrvlt i
int earlv risers, but Your grandparents have no moral ngui
iToni-imehnnd? You know timf. if T7ii n.t. nmincr was astir before to command you. Iwashmj nanus oi
i orJnna nnnnv.mee it. u nnf .1 i:i. rimninf her wav to the the responsibility. God knows it troub-
I4 ilkUU C3 I
kitchen, she was surprised to find Henry les me, though."
Tnnioi.,1 a ..nil-"Harris slttlnir before a Ellen raised her slight form to
..r vnnr iovs." l.ifiii, . nf lnr. fullest height, looked long and earnestly
"I must control my own affairs, worn-1 Ellen's long confinement In the sick 1 at her relative, who studied her features
This department of the ew North
west is to be a general vehicle for ex
change of Ideas concerning any and all
matters that may be legitimately dis
cussed inourcolumiLs. Finding it practi
cally impossible to answer each corres
pondent by private letter, we adopt this
mode of communication to save our
friends tho disappointment that would
swer their queries. "Wo cordially invite
everybody that has a question to ask,
suggestion to make, or a scolding to give
contribute to the Correspondents'
The following letter speaks for itself.
Geiivais, March 22d
Mrs. A. J. Dcsiw.w:
Dear Madam: Wo the undersigned
citizens of this place, together with
many others, most respectfully invite
you to deliver one or more of your pop
ular lectures on the "Woman Question,
in this place, at some convenient time
within the next two weeks, yourself
setting the time. We can sccuro the
church for a lecture room, and would
suggest the evening as the best time,
say at early candle light. Wo also
recommend that you send posters one
week in advance to J. C.Hayes, Gervals,
who will see that they are properly dis
tributed, that you may have a full house.
AH of which we mast respectfully sub
mit to your consideration.
J. C Hayes,
Dit. W. B. Mao Ens,
"W. A. Cusick,
A. S. Gleasox,
Marv J. Maoers,
Mary M. Hayes,
J. A. Spencer,
and the names of forty others, which
the New Northwest has not space to
Oestlkmex and Ladies:
I have the honor to hereby ackuowl
edge your very complimentary lette
with forty-eight signatures attached.
and will do niy.self the additional honor
to accept your invitation, hoping you
may not be disappointed in your expec
tatious when you hear mo speak,
would respectfully name Tuesday even
ing, April 2d, as a time when I cau be
In attendance at your thriving village.
Time (evening, say nair past seven
o'clock. Thanking you for your man!
festation of Interest, I am, very respect
fully, Yours for the right,
A. J. Duniway
Dr. Van. D. B., Salem : G. "W. Law
son, Esq., is our agent in Salem, and
will attend to all business for us en
trusted to his care.
Mrs. L.: Letter received. Rejoiced at
tho good news.
Cornelius: Change made as directed
Other letters answered next week,
"What docs a woman know of hoU
weather hero in the house?" exclaimed
a stalwart man of 85, as coming from
the hay-field he threw himself down on
the bit of rag carpet that partly covered
tho floor. The wife, who had remarked
tho exceeding warmth of the day, re
plied to this exclamation of her hus
band's only by a slight compression of
the lips and a single flash of the mild blue
eye; then, holding "baby" in her arms,
went on frying doughnuts over the hot
stove. Now and then she looked at her
bread as it baked in the oven, and turned
the apple pies, whichwercnicelybrown
ingforsupperand sendingndeliclous odor
through the room. In a few minutes
there camo from school five hungry,
tired children, tho youngest only two
years old. As she was just out of moth
er's arms to make room for another,
smaller yet, the mother sent her to
school with her older brothers and sis
ters. The craving appetites of the little
army aro stayed with each a slico of
cake, and they go cheerfully out to play,
while the mother gets supper for six
hired men, who must have their meals
regularly in order to get their required
amount of work done. "What Indeed
docs a woman know of warm weather?
Up at four In the morning and cooking
over a hot stove till six in order that the
men may have their breakfast betimes;
beds to make; rooms to sweep; dishes
wash (cool work this in August); lit
tle ones to get ready for school; dinner
get over the same hot stove; baking;
washingr ironing; a nice, warm supper,
for tho working men must bo well fed;
butter and cheese to make, wherewith
to buy tho groceries; sewing; mending;
mopping; all through July days and
August heats! Children to bear aud
children to rear! How one's heart aches
merely to hear the long cataloguo of
hat she must do! No doubt our farm
ers work hard too hard. But they arc
n the open air, under the morning and
evening sky not forever in the same
earisomc kitchen. They have but the
mild care of the farm animals not the
orryingand fretting association of cry
ing children. It is not possible for men
conceive the nervous apprehetusionj
the baseless but nevertheless real fore
bodings of evil, and tho causeless melau-
loly, which more or less infest the lives
women while rearing children. All
these make tho dally toll hard enougl
on the bodily frame even worse on the
nerves than the flesh, aud the soul
breaks down under its burdens.
But how much would sympathetic
tones and words, appreciative compli
incuts and kindly attentions from the
husband sustain and cheer the overbur
dened wife! Let not these be wanting,
husband, hard-handed but kind-hearted,
and you will bind a buoyancy of spirit,
hopefulness aud affection in the sharer
our toils, your joys and sorrows, that
will doubly repay your efforts. Thus
may you make happy the wife of your
bosom whom before God aud men you
solemnly vowed to love and protect, and
should she bo early called from your side
ou will not havo the remorse of con
science caused by neglect of duty. If
Shf'U grow yellow-and blllou ami thin,
With hrr teeth fulling out nnd her checks fall
Till death and dynpepMa scire on their prey,
Anu sue, in ner grave, gem ucr um immiuhj.
"Everv tiee is subject to diseaseJ
said a sneaker in a Fruit-Growers' Con
vention. "What ailment can you find
on an oak? asked the chairman. "A-
corn," was the triumphant reply.
From Harper's Jtonthly Magazine.
The "Woman Question Abroad.
A Journal lor the People.
Ueroted to the Interest or nnmnnlty.'
Independent in Tolltlcw tind Religion.., :t
Mlve to all IJvo Isnes, and.Thorqughly
Radical In Opposing and Exposing Jhe yJJ)ne
ot the Masses.
Correspondents writing over assumed signa
tures must make known their names to -the
Editor, or no attention will be ziveii to their
From tho Iowa City Republican.
Last week we published a statement
of a novel suit brought by a woman in
Des Moines to recover damages oi a
liquor seller for selling intoxicat
ing drinks to her husband and mak
ing him drunken, to the great injury of
herself and family. We publish this
week the law in full under which that
suit was brought. But it seems that Dcs
Moines women are not atone or mo iirst
In the field. A Mrs. Dowd of Marshall-
town was ahead, she having obtained
her verdict and judgment for five hun
dred dollars. Iowa City wives who
sulli-r in want because of the drunken
ness of your husbands, do you hear that
Mrs. Dowd's legitimate means of living
were on deposit with the liquor seller.
She has drawn for it with the above re
sult. "Why not you ? Why go cold or
hungry or Illy clad when tho law gives
you a right to what has been so unjustly
taken from you ? In Mrs. Dowd's case
the seller did not, uare appear, anu me
reiso went acalnst hini by default. The
Marshall Jlepublican gives the following
In reference to ine case:
Mr. Henderson, who appeared ior tne
plaintill addressed the jury substantially
ns follows :
Gentlemen of the Jury: lhls suit is
brought under the law of 1872, to recover
damages for selling liquor to plaintiffs
lumli.nid in violation of the law. The
statute provides that she may recover
not only tne actum in-tuiuary uuuiuges
she has sustained, but exemplary dam-
nmw? tliat 19. such damaces as you tiitiiK
h . . . n i r.. - i .
Will give UCr nimu cuujH;ii.--4iiuii iui luu
lass of companionship and the support
of the strong arm or her Husband, tne
disquiet of the mind and body, and at
tne same iimc pumsu wu uwu uuu-
tributlng to these unuappy resuus.
Tim law can clve no adequate com
Eensatlon for the unhappiuess produced
y these saloon keepers. JiutUtankGod!
one law doe say that the unhappy wife
In such cases shall have some pecuniary
onmrwn.itIon and satisfaction. The
evidence shows you that the plaintiff
has lost the benetitoi meyears support
lint linw can we estimate tho heart
aches for which no compensation is
Tt. Is too lato to-nicht to detain
you longer, but I trust that your verdict
will be such as shall be an example to
the defendant and those who are engaged
in the unholy business.
Thc lurv wcro out but a short time.
and returned a verdict for the plaintill,
a . .1 l
anu assesscu ner umnugea ai ?ow.
It is singular that in the country of
Jane Eyre tne woman's movement, as
it is called, lias a certain sonuity winch
it has not yet attained in this country.
Mnnv most eminent Englishmen are
not only known as friends and advocates
of political equality, but they have
nrmxi lDunon ranimeiu; anu wuue me
fashionable woman, or woman of so
ciety, as she is called in America, is gen
-I ' .tin- i i ii. n :r
eraiiy iiiuuiervui. i" iu auiyt-vk, n nui,
onenlv hostile. Lady Ambcrly, who
win. in tne ower oi naiurer soon oe
Countess Kussell. does not hesitate to
address a meeting in this country in be
half of tho eoualitv or her sex. et.
again, tho laws in England weigh more
heavily upon women than in this coun
try: and the movement for their polit
ical equality usually contemplates the
voting or tuoso wno represent property.
The most significant recent event in
the history of the cause in the United
States Is the passage of a resolution by
the Massachusetts Republican uonven-
tlon commending tho subject to the
thoughtful consideration of all citizens,
The president of the Convention, Mr.
Hoar, oi Worcester, spoKe very strongly
in favor of the movement in his opening
address. It is thus formally introduced
into a party platform, not, indeed, as a
policy, but as a consideration. The ef
fort at recognition, which lias been good
humoredly but resolutely laughed down
before, has at length been successful.
Such success is emphatic proof of the
firm hold which the question uas tauen
of many most practical minds, and it is
not to" be doubted that the subject will
command constantly more attention.
Yet is one which by its associations is
so easily assailed by ridicule, and is so
susceptible or odious misrepresentation,
that nothing is more necessary to its
friends tliati tho utmost patience and
good humor. It is in itself a question of
tne utmost gravity uoiu ior men aim
women, it involves a very great, cuangc
in political habits and thoughts. But
irravo as it is. its gravity may be readily
misconceived aud misstated, and like
all great causes, it may sometimes stag-
t i - . ii. l . . ; . r i.
crer. woumieu. in uiu iiuuai; ui u.- iriuuus.
Meanwhile, a great cause is not to be
iudced bv the follies that attend it, more
man civilization uy its ironuers. ii
anybody supjioses that the question
which the Jiassacnuseiis uouvcntion
commends to thoughtful consideration
is one of new methods of divorce, he is
as ludiciouslv mistaked as if lie imag
ined it to be one of a new method of
computing eclipses. Yet there is no
doubt that the progress of the move
ment has been very much obstructed by
sucii oppositions. Questionable advo
cates always harm their cause. There
must be such, of course, as bummers
must attend an army. But if you want
to understand the object of the march, It
is better not to mind the bummers, but
to Inquire at headquarters. 11 anybody
in England had advocated the extension
of the suffrage for the reason that it
would enable poor men to vote into their
pockets the money of rich men, lie would
do precisely what Is done by those who
allege that the extension of the suffrage
here would produce this or that direful
result. It is something that nobody cau
know. A possibility Is not an argument
until you have made it an imminent
Every reform has its disagreeable
stages oi growtuiiKe tnciiumau system.
Mumps aud measles and scarlet fever
must not dismay us, however, nor breed
despair of the issue. Silly men and
silly women, fulfcpf conceit and senti
mentality, and wn3t is familiarly known
as popcock, are unfortunately not iiecu
Ilar to any particular department of hu
man interest and activity. If the new
cause is often advocated witli feebleness
mill inf nloT-ilitfi I linn ?ol I f r lit iinnoi
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just think of the ill logic aud and the
rutliity Willi which it is opposed by
men! But as Insanity Is of no sex, and
the foolish of one sex aro admitted, why
should the wise of tho other be ex
cluded? "Oh, dear Mr. Easy Chair," says
some friend faraway, "you are not really
in favor of this unnatural thing! You
would not have the vine wrestling with
the oak, would you? Oh, let us respect
the laws of nature!" "Well, well, dear
madamc, we will do what we can. But
have you reflected upon tho number of
masculine vines and of feminine oaks?
Shall wc say that oaks only shall vote?
That may bo wise; but you see that in
suggesting it you have abandoned sex as
Indeed, the oak and viuc argument
has been retired, after long, meritorious,
even If painfully ineffective, service. It
is plain mat ii me progress or me cause
is to be stayed, it must be by so mo other
argument than that women arc weak
and men are strong, for the simple rea
son that all men are not as strong as all
women; anu ii strengtn is to determine
the question, a great many apparent
oaks will be disfranchised, and a great
many vines go to me pons. There Is
no solid argument in that direction
but that of the kind mentiousd in
Bret HarUi's little poem, "And bosses
well, bosses is bosses." Women
are to be excluded because thev aro
women, anu tne advantage oi mo argu
ment is that, at least, it can be stated,
even if it cannot be understood.
Meanwhile the real argument in the
case proceeds. Here Is Jane, whooulet-
ly aud honestly makes her own living
anu supports her paralytic father and
ner u run Ken uromcr, anu every year
me lamer aud tho brother may decide
the disposition of her property, and she
may not so much as express dissent, be
cause it is indelicate aud unwomanly for
women to mix in politics. Jane does
not ask it. Jane has never supposed
that anything else is possible. Jane
goes to no meetings, and would blush if
you tnougiit sue could speaK. uut no
John of clear head who sees her docs
not feel the argument, Aud when
Julia, with the same right to speak that
Jenny Lind had to sing namely, the
gut ot eloquence anu me wish tospealc
calmly states the argument which John
reels, lie may muse a little, because It is
very true to him. And so the question
is uemg aiiawereu.
Do yon know, sweetheart, that undr theow
A million roses lie?
That over the clouds which hang below i i
burnt are in me SKy 7
That a rainbow shone ere the day wattgnne
Over the darkest place? "... i
That the fair new moon goes rounding on
To the fullness of her lacet
That our garden brook, so small and 1qvu
Is Widening tnn-nnla till, rlv-ilr-
That unJer the ice its f.-Uthlul How
Makes music sweet as'ever?
That the naked trees are all a-throu'
With the sweet blood in their, vetiMiI . ,
That blindly rendilng tliyyarn atttrM)
For the blessed April raint? 1 j
That t he blessed seeils of lift are prcMd ,
I niter the frozen soil, - -
Till the great earth warms tbrouah her fruitful
With the spirit of her God".
The mother of Mrs. Mansfiidil. nf t?ii-
notoriety, is living, it is stated, in Vir
ginia City, Nevada, and is a very hand
some woman, looking scarce thirty
years of age, aud is the wife of a sporting
The shame and disgrace of Govern
ment State and national are drunken
legislators. It Is notorious that sober,
temperate men are the exception among
our members of Congres.?, and also in
many of our State Legislatures. And
these are the men who make, break, and
prevent our laws; who, filling places of
trust, are casay corrujiiea, and so bring
Itsgrace on our democratic republican
nstltutious. Men wno can not, win not,
or do not control their own appetites
and propensities are permitted to fill
places of trust while they do not control
or regulate themselves! How preposter
ous! Is there causfe for surprise at the
predictions so often expressed that wo
our American institutions are going
to tho dogs? Can a drunken man be
trusted to navigate mo snip 01 state
when le would inevitably run on tfib
rocks or reefs, and strand his ship aud
sink all who were so unfortunate as to
be with him? And yet we do elect and
trust just such drunkards to be our cap
tains. "Why? Aro there not enough
clean, honest and Intelligent men to
serve us in these respecte? "Would we
sutler our personal business interests to
be thus jeopardized .' w ou tu wc employ
for clerks, salesmen, book-keepers, or
cashiers habitual or even occasional
drunkards? If we did we should deserve
the fate we courted or tempted. No.
For our personal confidential servants,
wc should take caro that they were al
together trustworthy and solf-control-ling.
"We should require them to be
above suspicion, and on the first drunk
en spree would throw them out of place,
not to be trusted more, until the evi
dences of reform were unmistakable.
Citizens have been criminally careless.
They have not-attended to the selection
of tho best men in the nation for the
most important and responsible offices
in the nation, nnd hence our present dis
graceful dilemma. But the ship of state
has not yet foundered; she has en
countered fierce storms, has been in im
minent peril, on her beam-ends, but by
the temperance, intelligence, and good
management of some of her officers, and
by the grace of God, sho has righted
and rode out the storms. Let us not
again put out to sea with unworthy sea
men. We can have the best as cheaply
as the worst, and lu the end they provo
much cheaper; for in the latter case
there will be no plundering, stealing, or
robbing, and wo shall not live in the
constant fear of shipwreck.
"Weed them out." In all com
munities, in ail societies, among all
bodies of men, there will be found moral
delinquents, intellectual imbeciles, and
social lepers. They must be weeded out
aud cast aside, lest they choke or con
taminate the true and pure. Then look
out for the future, to see that only good
men be chosen to represent us, make
laws for us, and attend to our public af
fairs. "We want only trusty, temperate,
cajxiblc and judicious servants, and if
wc are wise we shall have them. Let
no more drunkards, corruptionisls,
public thieves, libertines, or vagabonds
disgrace us or our legislative bodies.
J'hrenologioal Journal for January.
It is believed by some that the mai
dens who would make the best wives
never marry, but remain free, to bless
the world with their impartial sweet
ness and make it generally habitable.
This is one of the mysteries of Provi
dence, and iscw England life. It seems a
pity, at nrst sigut, man mose wno become
poor wives have the matrimonial chance,
aud that they arc deprived of the re
putation of those who would be good
wives were they not set, apart for the
nigu anu perpetual oince ot priestess 01
society. There is no beauty like that
which was spoiled by an accident, no
accomplishments and graces aro so to be
envied by those that circumstances
rudely hindered the development of. All
of which shows what a charitable and
good-natured world it is. notwith
standing its reputation forcynicism and
detraction. L'harlcs jjualcy Warner, in
Scribncr's for March.
Fashioxable Lifk. If there is any
environment which can degrade a hu
man being or harden a young heart,
it is the atmosphere of merely fashion
able life. You may take tho tondorest
and most beautiful and lovely girl, tlic
one that is kindest at home, and loves
her father and mother most, and put her
in the highest circle of fashionablo life,
with plenty of money aud full scope to
do as siic pleases; let her dress herself as
sho will cover herself with diamonds
and pearls; let the love of admiration
become me ruling passion, anu soon all
the tenderness of that young nature pass
es away; her thoughts concentrate upon
nerseu wnai, iiguro sue is cutting, wno
her admirers are, what conquests she
can maKe. juy-and-by the youthful.
beautiful modesty is gone, and the way
is open for vice, that, in the beginning,
would not have been dreamed of, or if
thought of, put away as utterly impossible.
For the nossihle benefit: tn vnnntr
house-keepers, wo wish to tell them how
to coon an old chicken: Prepare as for
roasting, then boil three hours in a cover
ed pot, with one quart of water, to which
add two table3poonfuls of vinegar, after
which put 111 a pan in a not oven n
about au hour, to brown. The liquor 111
the pot to bo prepared for gravy; should
the water boil away too much, more
should bo added. The result is, tbe
meat is as tender as young chicken, anu
some think richer and belter.
Seven young ladies from Oregon havi
just cuiercu their names as students at
iuu iMjsiou uonversatory of Music.
Truth is as impossible lo be soiled by
nj uumura loucii as tne sun-beam.
m i r ...Mna nil hour is shown,
by ig al service 'observation, to be the
S X y of a storm; wlieii it
hasTfce tlmt velocity it becomes a tor-
Fee Simple-Money given io a quack