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I? OTITIC AJSD , OKEGON, 3FKIIA.Y, A.3?RIX, IS, 1872.
ELLEN DOWD, THEPAEMEE'S WIPE.
Entered, according to the Act of Congress, I n
the year 1SS, by Mrs. A. J. Dunlway, In the Of
fice of the IJbrarlan of Congress at "Washington
Yet Peter Dowd was not a lazy man.
He was merely the victim of a wrong
education, and while he preferred to
live upon the half paid labor of his weak
child-wife rather than engage Jn her oc
cupation himself, thus freeing her from
toll for which he saw her strength was
poorly fitted, he inwardly fretted over
his idle life.
The balmy spring-time days came
round at last, and Peter and Ellen Dowd
left their dismal lodgings. The infant
school passed Into other csire than that
of the pale young creature whose ner
vous headaches, during her winter's
mental toil, had acquired a chronic hold
upon her throbbing brain.
Peter Dowd was not as happy in the
possession of his bride as he had hoped
to be. Many men have learned, to their
sorrow, that to chain a woman's unwill
ing body does not confine her soul.
Traveling first by steamer and then
by stage, our friends, after a few days,
reached the villago of Mackinaw, which
had vastly changed for the better since
the reader's first Introduction to its log
meeting house, where, more than seven
teen years before, a company of roughly
clad men, with good Aunt Betsey
Graham in their midst, sat around a
blazing open fire, devising ways and
means to feed and clothe the hungry
and half nakedxhildrcn of the first Pe
ter and Ellen Dowd.
Frame buildings of cheap architec
ture, painted white, with small, quaint
windows and neatly kept door yards,
had supplanted the unsightly structures
of mud and logs that for years did noble
service in the cause of pioneers. Or
chards, in bloom and beauty, decked
the sloping lawns, and nierry children
played at hide and seek on the grass
The great, lumbering coach halted in
front of the unpretentious Inn, and El
len, weary with her tedious ride and
sick with olden memories, entered a
cheap apartment, called by courtesy the
public parlor, though it evidently was
the family's sitting room as well. She
threw herself, panting and discouraged,
into the nearest chair, while Peter
looked after their little stock of baggage,
and pressed her throbbing temples with took advantage of my sister's unprotect-
her thin and blue-veined hands. ed situation and made her believe she
"Tan my hide for sole leather if this owed to him the allegiance of wifehood
ain't Ellen Dowd." You took advantage of my perilous po-
The tired girl, thus addressed, raised sition in my grandfather's house and
her head with a startled look and compelled me to marry you to escape it
there stood her brother-in-law, Ziek I believe now that I but jumped from
Hamilton, his head unon his chest as the frying pan Into the fire."
usual, his brawnv hands unon his hirii "You solemnly promised to love,
bin bones, his shainrv hair and beard as honor and obey me, Ellen. I have been
usual transforming his otherwise sufll- too lenient with you, or you would not
cierifly homely face into an expression dare to throw such taunts into my face.
half human, half orang outang. I sua11 Uiat 5'0U fulfill yur vows
"Why. brother Ziek." said Ellen.wlth hereafter."
a painful effort, "can this be you?" "And I declare, Peter Dowd, that I
"I don't see who else in the nation 1 1 despise you! I swear that I defy you!
ought to be," holding forth his hand. Now do your best and worst!" and El
"You've grown like all possessed; but len, forgetting for the moment her se
vou don't look Binninrn twn fi.imnsnns. vero indisposition, began pacing the
"Where do you come from? "What arc room excitedly,
you doing here? Tell me all about it." Evidently Peter Dowd had caught a
"Xever mind about me. brother Ziek. Tartar. He did not look for such a
Tfll mn niniif fioni. o.i niiiMmn I demonstration. Ho really loved his
and Ellen gazed anxiously Into his face wife, was solicitous about her health
with her lins half onen and her finger anu anxious mat sue snouiu cueriMi ui-
lifted in nttHn.lo f nnrimn inmiirv. fection for himself. This manifestation
"Tin. nM u-nmm'o m;t,f, untrnii of defiance grieved, angered and
Ellen. She keens her bod most of the tounded him
time now" Ellen took a few turns through the
"Who U the old woman? I do not room and then fell back, sobbing hys
understand." terically, in the chair.
"Why, Sarah, of course, but it's been Ziek Hamilton drove up with his ox
so long since I've called her anvthine- wagon, and halting in front of the iuu,
olse but 'mother,' or 'old waman,' that I came to the door, with his large ox goad
hardly know her by the old name of her in his hand, and announced that all was
"What is the matter with Sarah?" "Whew!" he ejaculated, giving his
"O,itsasortof general debility. She's shaggy locks the usual blast, "in tears,
sort o' been In the decline for a number eh, Ellen? Women are such confounded
The two men advanced, and shaking
hands, gazed curiously into each other's
"So, by tome strange fatality, another
Peter Dowd has come into the family,"
said Ziek. "Bless ray stars If I don't
hope you'll prove les3 lazy than your
relative that bore tho name. I can't
say that I like tho looks of you at all."
"And, 'pon my honor, I can conscien
tiously return the compliment," was
the ready answer, that brought up rip
ples of smiles to the sad face of Ellen.
"If you're as lazy as the other Dowd
your wife won't tread on roses. Nobody
can say but my family was always well
provided for. "Why, man, when Ellen
yonder was left a wee mite of a baby,
and five more of 'em mighty nigh ba
bies, I, Ziek Hamilton, raised the blessed
lot of 'era. Then, when the oldest was
fourteen, I married her. It was a bless-
In' for the children when their father
died. The old woman makes a pooty
good wife for me, but she had a pesky
unruly spell of it when she was about
twenty years old. Break your wife in
early, Peter; break her in. Women are
liko horses need to be taught their
place. But I do hope you'll be a good
provider, though there's not much rea
son to hone, considcrin' your name. I
say, Ellen, what's become of old D'Arcy
and his grand, highfalutin' aire? Well,
Is he? What a bombastic"
"He was well when I saw him last.
But oh, Ziek, let me go home to Sarah,"
said Ellen, interrupting him.
"Better ask your husband's permis
sion. I lay no claim on any man's wife,"
was the rough reply.
"Peter, let's go," and tho pain in the
poor child's temples grew more and
"Better say, 'Peter, trill you go
That would sound more respectful, El
len. Never let her get the start o' you,
Peter, my boy," and Ziek Hamilton
thus rattled on with his silly twaddle,
till Ellen groaned in nervous agony.
Finally even Ziek's garrulous propen
sities seemed sated, and sauntering out
after his team, Ellen and her husband
were left alone.
"Is that a specimen of my wife's rela
tions?" asked Peter, sternly, eyeing her
as though he were the personification of
"He became my brother-in-law just
as you became my husband, sir. lie
ing from the wagon, fell fainting in her
Peter uttered an exclamation of alarm.
"Don't be uneasy," said Ziek. "It
runs in the family. The old woman of
ten has these spells."
But Peter was really alarmed. He
"I am afraid," said I, "you will never
find a husband to agree with you, Fan,
or one with the necessary early training."
"I may not," she replied, "but I hope
the boys of tho next generation may be
better educated than to feel It kind or
bore her limp form tenderly into the proper to lie in bed, or even sit and toast
house and laid her upon a cool, white their toes and read the morning paper,
bed. Proper restoratives were applied,
and the poor child-woman speedily re
vived to consciousness.
AuntBetsey beckened Peter aside and
gave him a few words of information
"Won't you spend a day or two with
us till Ellen gets a little stronger?" she
asked, beseechingly. "Sarah Is not able
to give her proper attention, an' she'll
die if she ain't taken care of."
"Oh, AuntBetsey," said Ellen, plead
'nglyi "do let me stay with you."
"It's all settled, honey. He says you
while the woman they profess to love is
hurrying to get them an eleborate meal,
lest they growl over muddy coffee and
"There is another point of the subject
that will bear thinking of," said I. "A
man's day's work is generally done at
six o'clock, and he has his evening for
rest and recreation, while most wives
and mothers -who have not plenty of
servants work, till a late hour of the
evening, often three or four hours after
the husband's work is done. It seems to
one it is only equalizing the thing for
may stay, liiess your eyes ! They're him lo start in first in the morninir. and
just as sweet an' pretty as they was iet her rest, and if ihev both agree to It.
w nen it was -eit a uny uauy i Aunty's r seo ,10thlnir improper in it."
tnougnt ot it so oilen! liut It's sick, "Tmnroner!" said Fan. "I hone the
poor cimu, an- inusn-t taiK now. to- time will come when the impropriety
morrow it s ail see it's sissy." wlll bo on lhe si(ie of Ul0Se husbands
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fully in the dear old face.
"I'm glad to see you," sho whispered,
pressing her wrinkled hands in her own
transparent ones. "It seemed as if I
never should see anybody that I loved
"Why, don't you love your husband,
"Every woman loves her husband,
Aunt Betsey shook her head, and
then, aside to Jacob Graham, she ex
claimed indignantly, "That's no love
It was arranged that Peter and Ellen
were to visit tho home of Ziek and Sa-
and ease at the expense of their hard-
A WALK IN A PLOWEE GAEDEN.
A few days ago I walked forth to en
joy the vitalizing effect of the air and
receivo the magnetic Influence of the
sunlight. In my wanderings I came to
a beautiful garden, containing a variety
of shrubs and flowers, some of which
wcro very fair and fragrant, of gorgeous
colors and luxuriant growth. Others
wero not very attractive, cither in form,
a very small degree of brlttleness," and
ho severed a twig with his pruning hook
and gave it mo to test its pliability,
which T found to be very great. "We
always avoid," said he, "placing this
shrub near the fence, for it is so exceed
ingly flexible that the wind blows the
branches over, around and through the
fence in such a manner that it is almost
impossible to tell whether the roots are
within the enclosure or not. Its neigh
bors form a very favorable opinion of it
on first acquaintance, which it is ena
bled to maintain with most of them for
a time by its much smooth talk and fre
quent protestations of affection. But
when Injustice and oppression prevail,
and it becomes necessary to innovate on
the customs nnd laws controling the
garden, Instead of leading in lhe van,
Policy (for such is its name) falls la the
rear, and is sure to wait until satisfied
that the innovation will be adopted be
fore it consents to appear in the ranks
The gardener then led me to a remote
corner of the garden, where grew a
stately, wide spreading tree, whose
thick evergreen foliage afforded a cool
Shade from the burning rays of the sun,
which had now reached the meridian,
and whose fair, fragrant flowers, un
moved by the passing air, followed con
stantly, with unbowed heads, the daily
revolution of the sun.
"The name of this tree," said the gar
dener, "is Justice. In regard to its so
cial standing with its neighbors, it is
not very popular. They take offence at
Its plain, truthful sayings, and consider
It unrefined because destitute of that
prevarication which is considered so es
sential to polite conversation. Thus
Justico often receives the slights and
sneers of the giddy throng, remaining
steadfast to principle and apparently
color or odor. My curiosity was some-
rah on tho following day, if Ellen should what excited to learn the qualities of unmovetlatbehol.ltiig hom.i-o bcstowctl
recover, anu zaeK .rauuiuioii ucpuncu some oi tucm. unserving inc gartiener unon nthpr lm vnrlliv AlHinnirli
alouo in his wagon, soliloquizing as he at work near by, and thinking that 1 1 passed uy unheeded and neglected
wciii. I wouiu not oc trespassing on ioruiddcn
"I must keep my eye on Peter Dowd. ground, I opened the gate and cutercd.
If ho only starts right all will bo well Ho was spading around a tall, graceful
enough. He must be a good provider, plant, with rich evergreen leaves and
though; and then, if he'll manage EI- small pink flowers. I at once felt a con
Icn, and keep her in her place, they'll siderablc interest in it, and inquired its
do we'll enough. But it don't do to let name.
"Tills," said the gardener, "is Hope.
It is a hardy plant and often springs
upon very poor soil, although it never
attains its full size unless It is situated
in a fertile spot and receives much cul-
theso women get the start of a man.
Gee, Buck! Wo, haw, Berry!" and
leisurely wending their way through
the forest the contented oxen at last
reached tho ford by tho old foot-log
where Peter Dowd the first had lost his
Two of ids children stood upon tho
opposite bank, calling lustily for help.
Ziek whipped his oxen through the wa
ter, giving them no time to drink, and
taking the boys in tho wagon, hurried
to his squalid cabin home, whero the
young mother of his half a score of chil
dren lay upon tho ragged bed, her san
guine life blood oozing from her throat,
covering tho bedding with the clotted
The patient could not speak, but mo
tioning for a slate and pencil, with
which one of the little ones was amus
ing himself, she reached forth her hand
and scrawled the words, "Ellen I want
(To be continued.)
many children have you,
"Have you lost any?"
fools! But be patient, Peter Dowd.
Only be industrious nnd make a good
I provider, holdiu' a tight rein over her.
and she'll get as tame after a while as a
pot kitten. The old woman went through
"Yes, two. The last ones ain't seemed all them antics, but she's all right now,
to have no constitution." I though I must own I'd be glad to see
"Twenty-seven years of age and the I her able to work like she used to. Come
mother of twelve children. Oh, Ziek !" on, let's be off. Won'tshe be astonished,
"Well, it's what a woman's made for. though?"
No woman has a right to complain of Embarking In the great old-fashioned
her lot when she's decently provided wagon, the three proceeded on thel
for way to the home of the brother-in-law
"Did Sarah ever complain?" The news of Ellen Dowd's marriage
"O. ves. Like all women, she needed and return had spread like wild-fire,
breakin'in. She made a heap o' fuss at and the curious villagers and farmers
first about bor 'hard lot.' as she called paused in their worn to gaze anu won
it. but she hain't said nothin' of late der as they passed. Ellen took no note
years. But, Ellen, you don't tell me of them, and seemed oblivious even to
one wonl about vourself. Bless my olden memories until they nearcd the
WHO GETS BEEAKFABT?
tivation. It Is very valuable, and its
fruit is no less delicious than ure Its
flowers. Hope exerts a most charming
influence over its companions of the
garden, always giving them encourage
ment. When they complain of the cold,
cloudy weather, that they cannot attain
that perfection of character which they
desire without the light and heat of the
snn, it points them to the future, when
King Sol shall drive the dark clouds
away and triumphantly turn upon them
his dazzling face."
Thus Hope doth speak of Joy to come,
And ever gild the present gloom.
Not far from Hopo crept a vine of
rapid growth, with dark green leaves
and flowers of a purple hue, ever emit
ting an unpleasant odor.
"This," said tho gardener, "is Despair.
It also is hardy, and will flourish on the
poorest soil. Its tendrils often reach
throughout the long summer of peace
and prosperity, yet when tho winds of
adversity blow through the garden and
revolution impends over tho heads of its
inmates, then they appeal to honesty
and seek refuge under the canopy of
Thus Truth nnd Justice. Hone nnd Love.
Throughout the earth' broad Held limy move ;
With ignominy uall retreat.
S A i.em, March 20, 1S72
The Slnifer and the Kong.
The rapture of a song
Itose over crowded ways,
And thrilled the passive days
And stirred the Idle throng.
I sought the singer long,
And found a grass-grown grave.
With naught to mark It, save
Thu memory or a song.
The happy Dowrets, wed
To June, were blooming nigh,
Infinite heights ofsky
Wcre glatLabove the dead.
Ixjw In my heart I said,
"What need of lettered stone?
The singer died nnknown.
The .sweet sons Uvea Instead."
Tender and True.
BY T. S. ABT1ICR.
"Strong and manly and true as steel."
It was the remark of a gentleman
standing near me. I did not hear tho
reply made by his companion, who was
a lady; but, from'somethingln the man-
uer oi tne gentleman, l concluded mat
her idea of .the nerson referred to. iras
not in lull accord witn nis.
At the lower end of the room a beau
tiful young woman stood leaning on the
arm of her Husband, into whose face
scarcely any one could look without ad
miring its manly beauty and signs of in
tellectual strengtu. It was, moreover,
a true face; and yet as my eyes lingered
upon it, and then turned to the sweet,
loving countenance of the bride, a
shadow crept over my spirits.
"Stronjr ana maniy anu true as steel."
..nil n.nnll 4l.nl I.. 4. ,.1
juu Mkn iiu luiibin till; itiii;ijr uib
race; in the lull lips; m the large wide
eyes and nostrils; in the ample forehead.
"Strone and manly and true as steel."
Even so. And, yet looking still into
the tender, almost dreamy face of the
bride, X could not reel all at ease toucn
in;r her future.
Grant Baldwin I knew well. Ave
were old friends. His bride I bad not
seen until this evening. There was
something more than beauty inhcr face
something that held your gaze like a
spell. Her eyes wero ot a deep uazci,
largo auu son; ner countenance very
fair, almost to paleness; her form slight
and her stauru low. I noticed that, as
sho stood by her husband, she leaned to
ward, him in a Kind ot a shrinking, ue-
"Oh. VCrV wplli lll nncivnmil wtfl'.nnf
change of tone.
uetung more reconciled to her new
"I'm glad to hear it. Few of us can
near an entire change in our surround
ings without a shadow falling on our
He did not reply to this remark, but
changed the subjeet.
Mrs. Baldwin met her husband almost
at the door. She had been watching for
him at the parlor window. I noticed
tliat he kissed her tenderly and put an
arm about her waist, spite of my pres
ence. Her face was all alive witli pleas
ure, and Its whole expression so differ
ent from what it was when I last met
her, that I could but wonder at the
change. Her manner toward me, her
husband's friend, was vpry cordial, and
quite in contrast with what it had been
at a previous meeting. Then she was
depressed, absent, and. ill at ease, and
when she looked at her husband her
face, instead oflightingup, grewstrange
I understood it all. The true and loyal
husband had suplemented fidelity with
tenderness. I saw this in every word,
and tone, and action. The half-proud
courtliness of manner the dignified re
pression of feeling which had so hurt
and chilled his loving little wife, and
held her away from him, were all gone,
fused by the tenderness he permitted to
go forth in speech and act. Tender and
true ! Yes, he was all that now ; and
ids sweet young wife felt herself to be
the happiest woman in alHhe world.
The flower trade of Xew York city ag
gregate? over one million or dollars a
A widower was recently rejected by a
damsol who didn't want a "warmed
A Wisconsin girl was married bare
foot, in the bootless hope of obtaining
good luck thereby.
A candid old bachelor says: "After
all, a woman's heart is tho sweetest in
i the world; it's a peneci, iiouui-cuiuu
jTull of sells."
pendent way, and every now anil then J a young lady wants to know whether
glullCUll Ull llliu ma lituu witn it wiaiiu
sort of look that I did not understand.
Hope and twine so tightly around the
BYMBs.nnixr.w.cooKK. youtig and tender branches that it is
As I was walking up street the other with great diiliculty that they are re-
day in company with a friend, we over-1 moved. Despair exerts a melancholy
heard tho following racy dialogue be- influence over its neighbors, telling
tween a pair of five year old "Young I them of some- impending evil and caus-
'I say, Trottle Barnes, does your
mamma lie in bed in the morning and
let your papa get upand get breakfast?"
Yes. she does," replied Trottle
"Well, I think It's awful," was little
I should like to know why?" queried
Trottle. "What does your mamma do V
Does she get up and get breakfast and let
your papa lie In bed ?"
No," said 2? ell; "they both lie In bed
and the Chinaman gets breakfast."
Well," said Trottle, "my papa can
cet better breakfast than a Chinaman,
and, besides, my mamma isn't well, and
I don't think she is awful a bit. She Is
lust as cood as your mamma, Nellie
ing them a great deal of unnecessary
Uut weak souls only breatho the nlr
Where float foul ordors of Despair.
The gardener advanced a few steps
toward a wide spreading plant of luxu
riant growth, with uncommonly large
leaves anil golden flowers, which glit
tered in the bright rays of the sun.
This," said lie, "requires much care
and pruning. It sends forth sprouts
in all directions, and would choke
out many valuable plants were It not
often trimmed. It is not only an orna
ment to the garden on account of Its
beauty, but It possesses some excellent
qualities. It gives its neighbors very
good advice, which, if followed to a rea
sonable extent, would give strength and
vigor to both mind and body and enable
them to excel in the most difficult un-
We passed on, and I remarked to my Jcrtoklng,. but lf followed t00 cIoSe,y It
stars, how you have grown ! "What are
you doln' here? Who d'ye come
"I came with my husband."
homo of Jacob and Betsey uraham,
when she involuntarily gazed through
her blinding tears into the commodious
hewed log cabin, now black with age,
"There is the question of the day dis
cussed by those little midgets, unwit
tingly and Indirectly, but, after all, the
point in dispute is the same. No doubt
Nellie has heard the mother of her little
friend censured by her pareuLs, and is
thus early forming opinions in accor
dance with the old-time notion that it is
a woman's duty to cook (whether able or
not), and equally the man's duty to 'let
it alone.' If Mr. Barnes was as frail and
"Your husband! AVhewl" and Ziek but sisrhtlv in its tasty covering of run-
Hamilton tipped back his oat straw hat nine- roses, with which Aunt Betsey's
and gave his hair a blow, sending the guardianship had clothed It as a fit bower
shaggy locks away from his fishy eyes, for fairies. The good old lady sat in the
"Tan my hide foi- sole leather if this door-way, straining her dim eyes to get
uon-1 Deat uss v hen did you get mar- a view of Ellen and her husband,
nea no's your husband ? "Whoa!" yelled Ziek, In a voice that
"He is my father's second cousin, and seemed to Ellen as though It would spilt
ins name m reicriAiwu. jjut here he her head.
COmes. Allow me to introduce him." Tin rlo Tnroh rvml frnm bis work In
turning pale and tightly pressing her the garden and leaned upon the handle
throbbing temples. of his rak M if stupefied with ton.
"My husband, Peter Dowd, allow me islimenL
to introduce my brother-in-law, Ziek Aunt Betsey came tottering out to
Hamilton." " i meet th'em, and, Elleu Dowd, descend-
only exposes their frailties and makes
a wreck of the most profound mind. Its
name is AmbitI6n."
I observed, situated in a more remote
portion of the garden, a very slender
shrub, with linear-shaped leaves and
delicate white flowers, whose waxen
petals glistened in the sunlight. It was
so exceedingly fragrant that all the air
was filled with its odor.
"This," said the gardener, "has
m 4t . .
lpllent as his wife, no on wnnl.l rr sweeter penume man anything in the
find fault If she should waiton him with Se". but-lt ""'res a great deal of
bis toast and coffee at his bedside in the culture ana must ue Kept free from all
morning, and spilt her kindlings and weeds, for it begins to droop the mo-
brine the water, or even dig the potatoes "" wenw. iu ongmest neglect,
ifshe chose. She might even be called uuoi, u wuuoui, special
a pood wife for her kind care, and no one and tender care. Its name Is Affection
would think of blaming mm." ,KT , J """-""' over its
iva siiil mv friend, "what you say ueignoors, causing mem 10 live in bar-
is true. But leaving mc quesuou oi o '
,,tn. nut. otitirelv. I never could see
whv it was any more a woman's natu
ral dutv to tret up in the morning and
build a fire and get breakfast, and then
call her husband, than it was his to do
other. And where its advice is strictly
roiiowea there is no such thing know
as war, backbiting or scandal."
May I-ove with nectar nil her bowl
And give to drink each thirsty soul.
Not far from the center of the garde
tho same thing, provided he knew how; grew a shrub with long, wiry branches,
and his knowledge would of course dc- which bent to the slightest breeze.
peud on his early training." I . "This," said the gardener, "possesses
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matters that may -bo 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
otherwisenccruefromourinability to an
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everybody that has a question to ask, a
suggestion to make, or a scolding to give
to contribute to the Correspondents'
M. A. S., Lafayette: With practice
and experience you will make a good
Titer. "We give the two first stanzas
of your article on Woman's Emancipa
tion, and hope to hear from you again.
"The winds are free, the waves arc free,
And flowers and birds and bees;
And to our cars there cornea a chime
Of music from all these.
Then make all womankind ns free,
And let there be no slaves;
Then there'll be smiles and hannony
And peace, and fewer graves."
It docs womanhood no good to talk
about "appalling servitude," "living
death," "mercy of tho oppressor," and
so on. Men really arc no more to blame
than women for woman's present status.
Tho dawn or intellectual supremacy
Is upon us, and our correspondent even
now can sever her "clanking chains of
positive slavery" by resolute determina
tion to work out for herself such destiny
as suits her. "Girls who have passed
the age when they are not able to plan
anil work for themselves" need not sub
mit to "the legislation of fathers and
brothers" unless they lack energy to help
themselves. The great trouble with
most of these restles spirits is that they
make bad worse by getting married be
fore they are old enough to endure life's
severest discipline. We hope our con
tributor will not make this mistake.
Mollie G.: The spring styles of mil
linery are now out, but we are not as yet
advised as to the ruling ones. Will ap
prise you in due time of what prove to
bo popular styles.
Ellen: Efforts are again mado to re
vive the trained dresses for street wear.
"Wo honestly doubt any woman's capac
ity to exercise th prerogatives of an
American citizen if she willfully mops
up dust, tobacco juice, cigar stumps, and
other filth, with her skirts. A trailing
dress is an emblem of degradation. It
is suggestive of weak brain and back
aches; of dependence and incompetency
of frailty and subjugation. Mark the
contrast between you tidy, brisk little
woman, whose neatly trimmed skirts
coquettishly clear the dirty sidewalk
and that would-be stylish dowdy who
mops the pavement with several square
yards of costly silk, and choose between
them for your model of neatness and
A ronius for figures computes that
the weight of the salt in tho oceans of
tllO WOriU IS juau iiuuut -i,u-iv,wv,vw,-
000,000 tons. That salt savors of naught,
I met them not long alterwards m
their new home, and was more than ever
charmed wilh Mrs. Baldwin. She was
pure aud sweet and gentle, and he was
strong aud manly and true as steel
meet compliments of each other, one
would think; and yet, as on that first
eveulng, I felt tho lack of some element
to give a complete hutmony to their
lives. It troubled me. I knew my
friend well knew him to bo a man of
high honor and strength of character; a
little cold and undemonstrative, as we
say; rather more inclined to hide what
he felt than to give it free expression.
It happened that I did not come very
near them again forseveral months, and
then I noticed with pain that an invisi
ble barrier had irrown un between them.
and that neither had found the sweet
pleasure anticipated. During the even-
ng 1 spent with tiiem, i saw the tears
pring to tne eyes ot Airs, jjaiuwm more
ban once: and I noticed in them a hun
gry kind of look as they rested now and
then on her husband's face. I was puz
zled. What could it mean?
tV few days afterward, meeting Mr.
Baldwin I asked after his wife.
"Well," ho answered.
But in his tone of voice mv ear read:
"How does she like her new home?"
innuired. He had brnueM her from a
illy mend-sighed Involuntarily, "Isot
too well, I'm afraid," he answered.
'She still feels strange."
"The tenderer thollower," I remarked,
the more difficult to transplant."
"ics," in an ausent tone.
has a highly sensitive spiritual organization."
'Undoubtedly that is true," answered
my friend. "But are not persons so or
ganized difficult to understand?"
"Always, I should say," ho returned.
I did not know what reply it was best
i make, and so kept silent. After a
little while be said with some feelings:
"X wouiu give an tne worm to mane ner
"Happy!" My surprise expressed it
self in my voice.
"ies, happy," he said, with cmnliasis.
'My wife Is not hapny and it troubles
mo beyond measure."
"ix you mane no guess at tne cause
r her uniiapniness Y" 1 asked,
"I am at sea. Sometimes I think she
don't really love me. No! No!" he
added quickly, "not that! I am sure of
"Is she as sure of your love?" said I.
The question seemed to hurt him.
"Have I not chosen her from among
women to be my wife?" he answered,
witli some of indignation in his voice.
'Am J the man to say I love,' and not
meau it ? Did I not promise before God
to love and cherish her till death? Sure
of my love? If I have any clement of
cuaracter more strongly ueveloped than
another, it is the element otlrutli. When
I told her that I loved her. I told her an
abiding truth. Sho Is as dear to me as
tneappieotmmecye. The very thought
of adoubton her parthurts me like an ac
cusation of wrong."
r light came into my mind, bringing
revelation of the real ground of
trouble, and I said: "Have you been as
tenuer to your young wile, always,
His eye flashed: but the fire went out
of them instantly.
'Afnr fmtli In plmmplnr ! oflnn rp
served and proud," said I. "True steel
is all well enough. But steel is hard and
cold, and chills by contact,"
Ualdwin looked at me strangely.
"Tender and true, my dear friend
Tender and true! Love will have noth
ing less," I ventured to add.
"Good-morninir!" be said in a-vn!t
I scarcely recognized, and turning from
mc ne waiKeu away.
iiau jl onenucu him? Wo did not
meet again for several weeks. I was go
ing homeward one evening, when I
heard quick feet behind me. A hand
wa3 laid on my shoulder and a familiar
voice spoke my name". It was my friend
"Come home with mc," he said.
I tried to excuse" myself, but he would
take no denial; so I accompanied him
home. His manner as wc walked was
frank and cherry.
"How is Mrs. Baldwin?" I uaturally
a cirl mav be sure a man loves her unut
terably when he sits in her presence for
an hour without speaking.
A citizen of Salem complains that he
hasa neighbor who lives so close to him
that said neighbor has not spent a cent
for fire wood for six months.
A man who was told by a clergyman
to remember Lot's wife, replied that he
had trouble enough witli his own, with
out remembering other men's wives.
Husband and wife in Russia always
own their property separately, and in
stances of wives suing their husbands
for debt are by no means uncommon.
A temperance editor in drawing at
tention to an article against ardent
spirits in one of his papers, says : "For
the Effects of Intemperance see our in
side." "Don't trouble yourself to stretch
your mouth any wider," said a dentist
to a man who was extending his jaw
frightfully, "as I intend to stand outside
during the performance."-
It is a fact, hardly realized in this
country, that Russia is as famous for
high educational advantages extended
toherwomen as is the case in the United
States, Boys aud girls are equally con
The "Woman Suffragists of Massachu
setts claim that there are 150.C92 women
in the State who are ready to vote, more
than three fourths of whom are natives
of the United States. These would-be
otcrs pay taxes on 131,000,000.
In Cincinnati a woman lately bailed
her husband out of the station-house,
where too much indulgence in the flow
ing bowl had sent him, with the pro
ceeds of the sale of her hair, which was
unusually long and beautiful. He, on
his part, grieved so much at his faithful
wife's surrender of her chief beauty for
his sake that he procured a divorce, and
is expected to marry another woman at
an early day.
A humorous young man was driving
a horse which was in the habit of stop
ping at every house on the roadside.
Passing a country tavern, where there
were collected together some dozen coun
trymen, the animal, as usual, ran oppo
site the door, and then stopped, in spite
of the young man, who applied the whip
with all his migntto drive the horse on.
Tho men on the porch commenced a
hearty laugh, and inquired if he
would sell that horse. "Ies," said the
young man, "but I cannot recommend
him, as he once belonged to a butcher,
ana stops whenever he hears any calves
bleat." The crowd retired to the bar in
Horse car conducting lias its amenities
in San Francisco. The other day there
entered a passenger, richly dressed, wear
ing a suit whose ponsn reneciea onu-s
face almost as a mirror, and from the
pocket of his velvet vest hung a massive
gold chain. The chain alone gave him
the appearance of a fortunate miner.
The conductor, as the car neared the de
pot, started on his tour ol coneuuou, in
tending to commence with the miner.
He placed his hand on tho side-pocket
of his coat to draw forth hl3 nippers,
when out camea lormmanie nve-shooter
from the miner's hip pocket, accompan
ied with this exclamation: "Look hvar.
stranger, I klm from the mountains, but
you can't get the drop on me!"
The following bit of romance from real
life appears in the Greeley (Col.) Tri
bune; About thirty years ago- a young man
was betrothed to a girl In England, but
subsequently the engagement was
broken. He afterward married another
woman, had children, lost his wife and
came to Greeley. On Monday morning
an old man with a stair was at the depot
on the arrival of the train from the East.
An old lady, Miss Dean, stepped from
the cars and inquired for Thomas Mc
Dowd. The old man knew him, and
would be happy to carry her baggage
to Mr. Child', where he was stopping-
She said that McDowd was expecting
l,ni- an,i.i,.,. ..urn she would unov,
bin, for he was an old jicqua ntance.
fix n IInr nf T 1 1 f 1 11J UOVl
. . . - rtfirml
asked her if shc
was certain that sue
1 recognizer friend Of conns
would. AVell, Moria, I am hoono
aresee ing. Ju;t t 'tn
came in, " ;..!u,,
after thirty years of waiting-