The new Northwest. (Portland, Or.) 1871-1887, September 26, 1873, Image 1

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    A Jonrnal for the People.
Devoted to the Interests of Humanity.
Independent In rolttlcs and ReUglon.
.Mlve to all T.lve Issues, and Thoroughly
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Radical In Opposing and Exposing the Wrongs
of the Mae.
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tures must make known their names to the
Editor, or no attention will be given to their
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The A-list lays His psfcuetr;
Fort' !n;u Hlseavl, n th.Kcy
A pit i r. xwmgsbet th the Man
On.. .! i) hinge or 'wllhrJit fcaiw:
'Tin wrought upon; t m sween bs4
God ardstic eye t fp Um land.
A nd every year. th Immb divine.
sews Hun gil .. t'deMcB.
3 SB as the row nf Time,
AiSnw ae.cii.1 -uol'iietred trine.
Aisiffa ' ' rtilnyean,
TIfe'pSotar" comes, nd diKamMiaxe
Yet Ieare the canvas gtowtatfsttH '
WHhiraarvelii of the Master's skill,
Asflfflfcijii this Kingdom of lh8na
x'he erer-ciuuielrit ejrelos run.
XKgiscaiMUjMrftet! not a Mae
To mar the asMdenr of deiigB;
The i n tloitm SrojECHghdUuj heights,
The days er.-rif hlriJfe91llgllU.
Tbwe omr and lpmeLVmEj( days.
That backward thrpUfhrihe twilight gaze,
As though wtth liniuan hear. they cast,
Sweet yearning glances on the past!
The Hite on the mountain's brow,
Rich-leafed, lias elotub 1U utmost bough,
The Mrd have left the hill and glade
And sought the eool of deeper shade
The air, all tremulous -with light,
Wakes the sweet voices of the night;
And from the cops of vale and hill
Comes the sad plaint of the whlppowlll.
Oh, deeply lender Is the scene
Of nature in her moods serene;
When ripe maturity lias brought
To beaatr brow the shade of thought;
Here dreamers, lofty In desire,
Fan their too ardent souls of lire.
And In the eool of Nature's palm
Find Herman's dew and Oilead's balm!
For lorlnc hearts that And no home.
For souls afloat, that erst must roam.
For natures irlnwe exquisite mold
Khuns the rode touches of the world,
For lives before the tempered riven,
Hhipwreeked in right of their sweet Haven
For all who mourn "a broken dream,"
Whose hopes have crossed the Lethean stream
For these and all who toll In vain
For earth's sore recompense of pain
God help them to behold to-day
The glories which adorn their way.
Beside them, in the streamlet's flow,
Is Heaven reflected here below;
Beneath their feet, in heart of rose.
The tapestry of Bden glows ;
In flowers that climb the rugged slopes
Heboid their resurrected hopes;
Above them. In the ambient air,
God's love Is wooing everywhere.
And faith shall read a lesson true
In every leaf and drop of dew
That He who keeps the teeming earth.
As In the morning of Its birth,
Will somewhere meet us on our way
And make oar Bight eternal day.
And, for the sunlight hero denied,
Henceforth we may be filotified.
(EMend aeeordtat; lo tlte Aet of Congress In
the yew IS! by Ir. A. J. Bunlway, 1 n the of
fice of the Litwarten of Congress at Washington
thread and attacked a buttonhole with
unwonted vigor.
"Why?" asked tho young lady on the
sofa a9 she beat a tattoo upontlie rug
with her feet
"0, she puts on quito too many supe
rior airs. You know she's run this so
ciety ever since It was organized."
"Well, there's no denying that she's
made a successful run of it, at all events;
but how happens it that these stories
were never circulated before?"
"Because she came among us an en
tire stranger," said speaker number
two. "People can't be too careful as to
whom they associate with. One would
have thought from her deportment
among us that she was always tho very
pink of perfection."
"I'm sure we have no reason to doubt
it now, except that she's a little late,
and there's nobody else in this crowd
who can show me how to do that work,"
said number one, arising from her re
cumbent position and brushing away
the hair from her finely-formed fore
head. "I don't see," she continued, "why
it is that women are so ready to believe
ill of each other. One would think,
from the way you have been feasting on
the blackened reputation of Mrs. Worth,
that you all delight to feast on offal."
"This conversation is growing per
sonal," said another. "The accusations
may be true or false, but we should all,
as Christians, suspend our judgment
until the truth is known."
"Why, Sirs. Smith, how can you,
who have daughters of your own, jus
tify such conduct in any woman ?" que
ried speaker number two.
"Justify what conduct?"
"Mrs. Worth's in leaving her hus
band and dishonoring his name, steal
ing his children away from him, and
going out to the mines to lead a life of
infamy, and then coming here to im
pose herself upon respectable society as
a virtuous woman."
"Prom what I know of infamous
women, they usually abandon their
willingly admitted, had he been pres
ent, that at this juncture the silence,
even among women, was so deep as to
be painful.
The work of the afternoon went brisk
ly ou. The President, whoso many du
ties as supervisor of the thousand mys
terious looking odds and ends of all
manner of material, with the deft man
agement of which ladies alono are sup
posed to bo acquainted, delved deeply
into the intricacies of every tangled lab
yrinth of curious handiwork. No one
know how she had acquired her supe
rior skill, and if interrogated upon it,
she could only answer, "I do not know."
Some of tho ladies took their work
from her hand most gingerly, as if con
tamination lay iu her touch, and others
patronizingly assumed a -condescending
superiority, if compelled to address her
with an inquiry, that caused her pure
cheeks lo burn with mingled indigna
tion and shame.
"She looks guilty," whispered gossip
number one, who had been the direct
means of Intruding the scandal into the
"So would you if you were in her
place and innocent as she is," retorted
the same young lady who had dared to
resent the first insinuation against her.
But Ellen Dowd had caught the whis
per of the accuser. With her gleaming
eyes bent low over her work, and a yet
deeper tinge suffusing her face, she an
swered not a word.
It was a great relief when the gentle
men came in to dinner. Most of them
wore anxious business looks upon their
weary faces, and more than one had se
cretly said to his wife that "the society
was nothing but an cxpensivo nuis
ance," while the wife had just as wisely
decided that "business was a bore."
The fact was that neither husband or
wifo knew anything about the affairs of
the other, and consequently each undor
rated the other's efforts, as was natural.
The long dining hall was filled with
guests, when Edgar Worth, with his
wife upon his arm, moved forward to
children if they have any, and they tho post of honor, which the President
my faithful dog, the only friend of my
childhood who ever understood me fully,
I left the hallowed associations of my
stinted childhood. Iec a stately man
sion. Tho grandparents surround their
ward with tutors; overload her with ac
complishments, but never teach her
self-dependence. Their aim is to get
her settled for life. A bargain is made.
The old man who came to her as a tutor
became a suitor while she Is yet a child
of tender years. The young girl, panic
stricken and obstinate, places confidence
in tho hired man, who llees with her,
and under a promise wrung from her in
the depths of her desperation, becomes
her legal master under tho name of hus
band. Icannottellyoualllsee. Long
years of poverty, incessant toil and ex
cessive maternity, accompanied by such
abuses as no woman will complain of,
though thousands annually die because
of them, aud outraged mind and body
could endure no more. She fled, and
taking refuge, all penniless and sick
and weary as she was, with dear old
friends iu whom she trusted, her legal
protector, whose duty It should have
been to shield her from the rude tern pests
of life, attacked her through the newspa
pers, maligning her character in an ad
vertisement refusing to pay any debts
of her contracting. Then came a suit
for divorce, which the wife contested,
because she denied the charges of infi
delity, upou which ground the divorce
had been applied for.
"A dark-eyed man whom sho had
never met uutil that day of trial, was
foreman of the jury, which, after hear
ing all the evidence, and the wrouged
woman's plea, refused to grant the di
vorce upon the charges made, because
never teach school or keep boarders for
a living, either, as Mrs. Worth did, to
my knowledge, in the mines."
But tho friendly chat soon grew to al
most boisterous argument And the
one or two who had dared to plead her
case were hushed to silence by tho
clamor of thoso whose virtuous indigna
tion allowed, them no room to doubt
that Ellen Dowd was very wicked.
Suddenly the traduced victim con
fronted them and stood in silent dig
nity, while tho clamor ceased to a dead
silence and many a cheek was suffused
with blushes.
"Ladies," said Ellen, "I havo heard
all, though I did not intend to listen.
Great was the gossip in fashionable
cl roles when It became publicly known
that the heroine of our story, plain "El
len Dowd, the Farmer's Wife," who,
having risen by her own exertions from
tho very lowest position of life to one of
honor and affluence, was preparing to
go before the public and use her dearly
bought experience as an example with
which to smooth the way for others
who were to come after her. Women
there wore in plenty who were ready to
agitato this question, but among them
all what other one had gone through
the bitter fires of an experience like
hors and wholly conquered?
In one of the most fashionable up
town residences, adjacent to the happy
home of Ellen Dowd and Edgar Worth,
a chatty, gossiping group of ladies were
engaged in fashioning various articles
of merchandise for a forthcoming fair
for the benefit of one of the many char
itable societies of the city.
"Mrs. Edgar Worth Is late to-day,"
said a young lady who had become
somewhat bewildered over tho intrica
cles of "seam and gusset and band" in a
garment that had been on hand in the
society for months, and which the lady
thus alluded to, as President and gen
eral overseer, had decided must "hang
by tho heels" no longer. "Mrs. Worth
Is late, and there's nobody else who un
derslands the intricacies of this under
taking. I guess I'll rest," throwing her
work upon a table and herself upon
sofa near a window, over-looking the
"I guess you'll rest till doom'sday, if
vou wait till that woman shows her
face again in this society," said a friend.
"Why?" drumming with her fingers
upon the window-pane.
"I do wonder if you haven't heard?'
"Heard whall"
"That our worthy President, whom
you all have lo so loved to honor, was
grass widow of low reputation and made
her fortune by an infamous calling in
the mines."
"Is it possible?"
Work from many a score of nimble
lingers dropped in an instant, and all
eyes were turned upon the speaker.who,
having bad news upon her tongue, was
suddenly elevated to the dignity of an
"ies, anu mat Isn't all, either. Her
first husband, as good a man as ever
woman had, only he wasn't brilliant
was made so desperate by her miscon
duct that he parted from her, disgraced
ana Droken-uearted."
"I always thought there was some
thing wrong about that woman!" ex
claimed a vinegar-faced, nervous crea
ture, as sue snappishly waxed her
It happened to be convenient for me to tory t relate."
of the society had always occupied at
these social feasts. The ceremonious
dinner proved a most constrained and
awkward affair. Tho bright-eyed hos
tess brought her most ingenious devices
to bear to cheer her guests in vain. Tho
close of the repast brought visible relief
to every countenance, as rising from the
tables they prepared to wander through
the grounds, or amuse themselves as
might best suit them.
"Will the friends oblige me by their
attention for one moment?" asked EI
len with a quivering voice and laboring
breath, and all eyes were turned upou
her. "Can I meet you all In tho parlors
at half-past eight? I have my life-his
enter through my neighbor's garden,
and that accounts for you not seeing
me, as I came up the servants' way.
The old adage that 'listeners never hear
any good of themselves' has been fully
verified in my case. Arrested by un
kind mention of my name, I involunta-
ily lingered in tho hall and heard
every adverse accusation. Jauies 1
will not now call you friends it Is true
that I have a history. It is a
though not a wicked one. The unjust
uspicions that you cast upou my name
most freely forgive, as you aro not ac
quainted with the facts. Somebody
has been poisoning your minds against
me, I know not and care not whom
But there aro two sides to all stories. I
ask you now to hear mine. Will you
For a moment every tonguo was
mute. Furtive glances in plenty were
exchanged, but it was evident that,
though all were eager to accede to her
request, each one feared to say so lest
her neighbor should reproach her for
giving countcnanco to a suspected
woman, mo silence was painiui.
Ellen seemed less embarrassed than
the loudest of her accusers, although a
bright glow burned in her cheek aud
her breath grew strangely labored and
The young lady who had innocently
sprung the conversation by alluding to
her friend's absense arose to her feet and
spoke. All eyes were turned upon her.
"I move that Mrs. Worth's defense bo
posiponeu tin alter umner. Then we
shall have tho gentlemen present, and I
am persuaded that her experience will
be well worth the hearing."
"ou hear the motion; do I hear a
second?" queried the President.
"Kvnm1" said Mrs. Rmltli.
speaker number two looked daggers,
and the elderly woman with angular
visage twitched so hard at her button
hole that her needle was broken and
her hand torn by the friction of the
twist she was using.
"Aro you ready for the question?"
"I think if we've got to hear a vulgar
story we'd better havs it when no gen
tlemen are present," Baia number two,
"Do I look like one who had a vulgar
story to tell?"
The question was asked with a quiet
Calls of "question" were made on
every hand, and tho vote for the even
ing "confession" was unanimous.
A strange silence settled over that us
ually garrulous group. omen are al
ways accused by men of gabbling, when
together, like so many geese, but the
most cantious bachelor would have
When iron ore is first taken from the
earth it Is rough and ungainly. To an
inexperienced eye it seems nothing but
a clod of tho ground, a stumbling-block
to the beauty of the surrounding land- j
scape. But tuo practical worKtuan
waits not for ldld theorizing; he casts it
into the furnace, from whence it is
taken to bo placed upon the anvil,
where, exposed to the heavy blows of
tho blacksmith's hammer, it receives
Its trial, its test. Afterward it is to be
reckoned as soft and comparatively use
less metal or as true, hard iron perhaps
steel which shall receive its temper
aud shape during the same ordeal, com
ing out a? last In.onhs of usefulness
and "beauty.
From the unmeasured depths of the
human mind masses of thought are
brought forth, at first rude and appar
ently without use. Cast into the fiery
furnace of public criticism, lain upon
the broad anvil of human observation,
and beaten with the strong hammer of
practical experiment, comes their test.
They will afterwards be reckoned of no
use to the world, or they will assuuie
shapes of usefulness and beauty which
shall be immortal and bless all future
dwellers upon the globe. Newton had a
thought that there were laws of Nature
not understood by man. Ho laid it
upon the anvil of observation and per
ceived that objects, when dropped,
would fall to the ground. Hisjhought,
though to the unthinking of no use, was
discovered to be one of tho first of Na
ture's principles, and was called the law
of gravitation. All have thoughts
which, if exposed to the human view,
To Young Married Women.
they could not be proved, even by cir-1 . ,'."',,,,,, , vn,
l -..!.. t !.T 1
"Friends died and bequeathed her
property, which enabled her to resain
possession of the half a score of children,
of whom, under wise and wholesome
laws, no man could ever rob a mother.
Turning her effects into teams ami gold,
tho lonely widow, undor the stigma
which any pure woman feels, of widow
hood while one sho had called husband
fainthearts, but makes duty none tho
less obvious oilers no good excuse for
hiding light under a bushel
Galileo had a thought and uttered it:
"Tho world moves!" "The world" be
stirred itself at the dangerous doctrine;
lifted its hands in dismay at the poor
lunatic. Wisely they cast him into
rln,i "nut. nf hfirm'ft w.iv. " "Estill it
yet lives upon tho earth, she traveled mov, murmurci thi9 "advanced"
oi ion ; inrrtfnPA tt,,minn,li..rj' nnrinn. Thus
and thrift and skill rolled on. Fortune lhe H u the anvll of
smiled upon her In many way. , but de-1 ol)3ervaUolK lt waa sb , miUcn b
served disgrace or any sort of dishonor
attached itself to her never.
Tho stranger who had been the fore-
luau in a trial iu tne dark days wiion
tlie billows of troubled waters were
surging around her, found her iu her
tlie hammer of practical experiment
anil found to contain the "ring of the
true metal." That it has been of incal
culable service to the world it would
sound hackneyed for me to say now.
But to you, daughters of America
t -.-,.. i i i
ewauuauu uunuM """(There are thoughts to-day concerning
nanus nau earned jus moiner, wnoso , your wdfaro wlkll have bw,n cast Jnlo
tuiu ui uufiui nuuiu iitrus.u jum uiuuu,
Consent was given, and curiosity and
comment were on the qui vive.
"Ellen, my wife, what new crotchet
have you gotten in your head ?" queried
her husband anxiously aside from the
throng. "Was it not agreed between
us that the dead past should bury its
"Yes, dear, but there is a grinning
skeleton of suspicion lurking In the
heart of every one of these women, awak
ened by somo silly or wicked tattler, !
which says to them that there is blight
upon my fame and name. Nothing but
my history will exorcise that ghost, and
they must have tho story."
"What!" exclaimed her husband In
anger. "You do not mean inai any
mortal has dared to impeach your pur
ity aud worth?"
"Yes, Edgar, I do mean just that"
"Who are they and where are they
who would wrongfully accuse you, my
longsufferingandsurely wounded bird?"
'Don't get angry with anyone, dear
est; and don't sympathize with me too
much or I'll get so sorry for myself I
cannot talk," she whispered, falteringly,
as brushing away an unbidden tear, sho
stole away to bo alone.
The company assembled In knots and
groups and whispered mysterious things.
Edgar Worth, disdaining to notice any
one, and becauso not knowing whom to
accuse, suspected everybody, walked
back and forth with arms folded, up
and down the lawn
Punctual to tho moment, every scat
In the gay parlors was filled by anxious,
waiting occupants.
Presently Ellen appeared before them
and choosing a position where she could
command the array of curious faces
that ever turned upon her inquiringly,
stood hesltatlnRlv" in their midst. A
slight tremor shook her frame and her
whole organism seemed as if aglow
with a magnetic light.
"Friends," says she, "the way is loner.
Mauy leagues of plain and mountain
and stream and valley stretch away In
tho dim distance, and I witness, in a
lowly hut, the death agonies of my
mother, whoso life went out when mine
came m. 1 see Jong years of childhood.
passed in penury and toil. I see a sis-
could I but tell it, came to them hope
lessly deranged. O, tho unwritten his
tories of woman! O, the anguish that
is often buried beneath the chastened
smile! O, the weary heart aches tiiat
choke themselves in vain attempt at
concealment! Ellen Dowd - has never
shirked a duly. Her life has been, as
the world accepts virtue, as pure as vir
gin ice. She lays no claims to unexam
pled goodness. Butherlastdaysare being
her best ones, and she now declares to you
that for tho purpose of amcleo rating the
conditions of tho millions of working
women throughout our laud, she pledges
henceforth her life, her fortune, and her
sacred honor. The bands of inequality,
under the assumed name of protection,
that oppress the weary women of the
world must be loosed, that both men
and women may bo free indeed."
Thecompany had listened withbrcath-
less attention. Ay tlie last tones of her
voice vibrated upon tho air, a brace of
canaries iu a gilded cage over her head
set up a warbling, trilling melody as If
rejoicing at her words. One by one,
with tearful eyes and throbbing hearts,
tho women who had shunned her now
came forward and craved forgiveness.
A week later and the same party,
with numerous additions, met at her
residence and organized, in lieu of tho
charitablo society they had been run
ning, au Equal Rights Association
San Francisco was shocked. Newspa
pers were in ccstacy, for did they not
now have sensational items aud silly
caricatures in plenty to vent against
their political inferiors?
But the organization grew and multi
plied. The glowing West joined hands
with tho rosy East, and as the grand,
good work goes on, amoug the leaders
in the van can always be found at her
post of duty none more assiduous than
she, the wealthy wife of Edgar Worth,
who in her days of adversity the reader
knew and pitied as "Ellen Dowd, the
Farmer's Wife."
tlie furnace and are passing through tho
fierce fires of public prejudice and hot
headed opposition. He not satisfied
with the verdict of uninformed theo
rists, who denounce them as stumbling
blocks to tlie lxauty of your woman's
nature. Accept the lessons of the past,
and they will teach you wisdom for the
future. Grasp tho "thoughts," throw
them upon tlie anvil, smite them with
tlie hammer. If they are Indeed use
less, jou will find it out, for they will
not stand tlie test. If, on the other
hand, they aro of true metal, you will
have helped to mould them into shapes
of usefulness and beauty which shall
endure and bltss the world. Never
mind If at first It does seem an ungrate
ful world, which calls you such very
bad names as "strong-minded," "ad
vanced" and "unpopular;" or even
casts you Into prison for giving expres
sion to your convictions. Be of good
cheer aud bo not afraid, for "still it
moves," and still it needs earnest work
ers at its anvils and hammers. Wait
not until it is too late; "strike while
the iron's hot."
Before a young woman utters the
momentous "es,"siie should ask her
self two questions. Does she love and
respect tlie mau who proposes 10 uecome
her husband? If this question is an
swered in the allinrfntive, she should
theunsk herself if she is willing to ac
cept tlte position In life which he can
ollfcr. As a rule vouinr men are poor.
Almost without exception tho rich men
of tins city were poor wueti iney at
tained tiielr majority, li a mau watts
to get rich before he marries, some
woman is deprived for that period
of time of a husband. The man mar
ries, say, at middle age, a young wom
an, but tne young woman ne wouiu
have married at twenty-live is either a
hopeless old maid or hopeless without
being even a maiden. We assume,
therefore, that the young man who
proposes is in moderate circumstances.
For convenience, wo will -suppose tlrat
lie UU JI1UUII1U Ol UI1U lJUUUil-U illlU
twenty-five dollars per month, depend
ing on his own services in some capacity.
It may be wise or foolish to marry on
tiiis sum, according as the couple are
wise or foolish. Witit this income it is
possible for a couple to live comfortably
and still save a few hundred every year,
or it is possible for them to run a litlie
into debt. A majority of young men
who desire to marry feel tho responsi
bility of the step, and if left to them
selves, would livo within their means.
Tho world expects them to support their
families, and to fail is to ue in a meas
ure dishonored. The young wife,
probably, has little idea of the difficulty
of getting money. She knows, possibly,
that It tooK a good ueai oi coaxing to
make her father "come out" as often as
desired, but she attributed this inclina
tion nioro to obstinacy or avarice than
to any difficulty in procuring it. To
wheedle it out of him was her only
trouble, and she had not given a thought
to the labor by which it was obtained.
Tho husband now takes the father's
place. It does not oci-ur to her, per
haps, that it is not perfectly right for
lier to live in as goou styie as any oi ncr
friends. She docs her husband the
honor to believe htm as smart as any
of her friends. She does her husband
the honor to believe him as smart as
any other woman's husband, and if ho
is as smart, ne certauuy can iiiuhu as
much money. Through thoughtless
ness, therefore, and through ignorance
of the thousand changes of business, the
w!fi oftnn urces her husband to ex
penditures beyond their means. She
does not mean to cripple him or to be a
drap unon him. but she acts upon the
principle that if lie will consent to incur
certain expenses no win mm some -u
to meet them. On tlie husband's part.
pride and affection require him to sup
port ills wife as well as any other man's
1 . - . 1 TT ..I.I
wile is supponeu. xii- wuum ;au'i
foreco this ruinous rivalry, aud live in
a style corresponding to ins means ii
his wire would ue content, lie iacKs,
however, tho courago and manliness to
denv luxuries which he can possibly
procure. So lie goes on, from year to
vear. livinz un to and a little beyond
his income, dimly conscious that greater
expenses are inevitable, and that sick
ness and misfortune come to almost
every fortuno sooner or later. Show is
the besetting sin of our women. Com
fort is everywhere sacrificed to style. A
fine house and handsome furniture are
kept for tlie world's inspection. A ser
vant or two must be paid out of a lim
ited income, because it Is vulgar for a
lady to tlo her own house-work. Our
middle classes live as if they were rich.
The pride of women is to break down
the distinctions that the possession of
wealth naturally creates. A finer and
more worthy pride would Inspire theni
to observe distinctions they are not
responsible for, and which entail no
disgrace. We admire a woman who
says openly, "We cannot allbnl this
tiling." These words uttered, the battle
is won. Half of the expenditures which
make married life burdensome, arc sac
rifices to a false and ignoble vanity. In
stead of feeling humiliated at a plainer
style of living than a ncn man in
dulges in, a xor man-s wno suouiu
glory in it. Who are the women of our
city that are subject to scandal ? Not
those who livo within the known means
of their husbands. The devilish whis
per does not follow tliem when they ap
pear on the street their virtue is
demonstrated in their daily life. But
the thoughtless woman whose rich and
varied toilets cost half her husband's In
come, is always recrarded witu sus
picion, no matter how correct and cir
cumspect her life may be.
Evu. of Gossir. I have known a
country society which withered away
all to nothing under the dry rot of gos
sip only. Friendship once as firm as
granite," disolved to jelly and then away
to water, only because of this; love that
Eromised a future as enduring as
eaveu, a'nd as stable as truth, evaporat
ing into a morning mist that turned to
a day's long tears, only because of this.
A father and a son were set foot- to foot
with the fiery breatii of anger, that
would never cool again, between them,
only because of this; aud a husband
and his young wife, each straining at
the hated lash, which iu the beginning
hail been the golden bondage of a
God-blessed love, sat mournfully by the
side of tlie crave where all their love and
joy lay buried, and only because of this.
1 nave seen laitu transtormea to mean
doubt, hope give place to grim dispair,
and charity take on itelf the features of
black malevolenae, all because of the
fell words of scandal, and tlie magic
mutterings of gossip. Great crimes
work great wrongs, and tlie deeper trag
edies of life spring from its larger pas
sions; but woeful aud more melancholy
are tlie uucatalogued tragedies that is
sue from gossip and detraction, most
mournful, the shipwreck often made of
noble natures and lovely lives by the
bitter winds and dead salt waters of
slander. So easy to say, yet so hard to
refute throwing blame on the inno
cent, and punishing them as guilty, if
unable to piucic out tne stings tuey
never see, and to silence words they
never heard. Gossip and slander are
tlie deadliest and cruelest weapons man
lias for liis brother's hurt.
The CuitioiUTY of a Fly. Talk
about the curiosity of a woman! Wo
will back a ily against any woman.
Just watch him as ho gaily traverses a
bald man's cranium, halts on the eye
lid, aud, taking a cursory glance around
him, waltzes over to the cud of the nose,
peeps up one nostril, aud having satis
fied Ilia curiosity there, curvettes over
the upper lip and takes a glance up the
other. With a satisfactory smile at
having seen all there is to be seen there,
he makes a bee-line to tlie chin, stop
ping a moment to explore tho cavity
formed by the closed lips. Arriving at
the clitu, no takes a notion to creep
down under tlie shirt-collar, but, sud
denly hesitating, he turns around as if
lie uad rorcotten someitnng, anu pro
ceeds to an exploration of the ears.
Tliis concluded, he carries out his origi
nal intention, ami disappears between
tlie neck and shirt-collar, emerging, after
the lapse of some minutes, with an air
seeming to say he had performed his
duty. What matters life frantic at
tempts to catch him, the enraged ges
tures and the profane language? They
disturb his equanimity not a moment.
Driven from one spot, lie alights ou
another; he finds he has got a duty to
perform and he does it.
Slang and Wit. The Philadelphia
Ledger is moved to the following ex
pression of opinion: Slang is not wit.
Neither is tho misspelline: of words
humor. Aud wo may go even farther
and sav that tho prevalent disposition
to present everything, serious as well as
trilliug, in a ridiculous light, is not only
bad as a matter of taste, but mischiev
ous as a matter of morals. Yet there
are manv people whose sole effort in
writing anu in conversation appear to
be In the direction oi wuac tuey con
sider "smartness." This constant
trilling with the serious work of human
kind, with the events of the day and
with the facts of history, with the char
acter of tho living and with the mem
ory of the dead, is lowering tne tone,
not only of literature, but or morals.
Tho world Itself is not a huge joke, how
ever somo people may so aflect to con
sider It.
TTnmnrrled women in China can al
ways be distinguished from matrons, as
the hair is allowed to fall over the back
in long tresses or in the form of a queue,
or caught up at the back in a simple
bow, fastened with silk cord. In Can
. : form of a nlaited tail at
tlie back, and a fringe of hair over the
toreneau. ner '""""b0
up and dressed into the form of a tea-
POt, UaVing IW UuliUlU uuc "J-""
t c.vnfnw it. is made to resemble :
raettnir on the crown of the head,
or a horn bent backward, and rising
from the back of the head. The Man-
-i m.. f mntmn nnrts lipr hfltrin
ter, who, at the age of ten, became my It is to this early practice in tlie great . t as our ladies do, while the back
be-, ' f. fV",f 'L ! llr h clone up in a huge bow adorned
SECnrrr of Okatouy. I owe my
success in life to oue fact, said Henry
Clay. At the age of twenty-seven I
r-nmmnnced and continued for years tlie
practice of dally reading and speaking
upon tho contents of some historical or
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scientiuc oook. luesu uu-imim or scien
tific efforts were made sometimes in a
corn field, at others in the forest, and
not unrrequentiy in some uisiam. barn,
with the ox and horse for ray auditors.
iuuiuci. auu "j u'uuc-i : , .,,. tm.,, "I
fore her time. Years passed; I see that I ,"."u,r-y 'ZVZZL'X ".T with flowers.
A I - - I V. a 1 a 4Tll.Al mm At t. . . . I
sister, turcu iiuui tuo iubij iuui ium moulded my enure subsequent destiny
covered us, and made tlie legal slave of
a hard master whom tho law called
husband. Tho story is too sorrowful to
tell. Years again passed aud she died.
"Changes came. My mother's par
ents, learning of our whereabouts, came
from their far New England homo and
took me with them. Accompanied by
Improve, then, young gentlemen, the
superior advantages you now enjoy.
Let no day pass without exercising the
power of speech. There is no power
like oratory. Casar controlled men by
exciting their fears, Cicero by captivat
ing their affections and swaying their
passions. The influenco of the one died
with the author; that of the other con
tinues to this day.
Hair-dves are unknown,
as hair is uniformly black, becoming
gray only iu extreme oiu age.
Iced Fkluts. Take fine bunches of
ripe currants on tlie siaiKS, tup tnem in
gum-arabic water, or the whites of eggs
well beaten; lay them on a sieve, sift
white sugar over, let them dry- They
are very uice for dessert or the tea table.
Bunches of grapes, cherries or plums
may be done in the same way.
Ouu Mother. Round the idea of
one's mother, the mind of a man cling
with fond ailection. It is the first deep
thought stamped upon our infant hearts
when yet soft and capable of receiving
the most profound impression, and the
after feelings of tlie world are more or
less Jicnt in comparison. Jiven in our
old age we look back to that feeling as
the sweetest through life. Our passions
and our wilfulness may lead us far from
tne obiect or our luiai love: we learn
even to pain her heart, to oppose her
wishes,- to violate her commands; wo
may become wild, neaustroncr and an
gry at her counsels or oppositions; but
when cieatn lias stilled ner monitory
oice. and nothins? but still memory re
mains to recapitulate her virtues and
ood deeds, ailection, UKe a llower
beaten to the cround by a past storm.
arises up her head and smiles among
our tears. Bound the idea, as we have
said, the mind clings with fond ailec
tion; and even wlien tlie early period of
our loss forces memory to be silent.
nicy takes the place of remembrance.
and twines tlie image of the dead parent
witu a gananu oi graces ana beauties,
and virtues, which we doubt not she
Injustice. There is a widow lady
living in Lawrence, Kausas, who is one
of tne ucaviest tax-payers in tne cuy,
and who Is well known and universally
admitted to be one of the best aud ablest
business citizens of the city, and even of
the State, and well acquainted witu the
. ... i ...!.. i ... l
law, Willi icgisiaiiuu, wiui uaiiKinj;, aim
tho transaction of all business necessary
to tlie care of a large estate and yet slie
cannot vote because she is a woman, al
though no one denies that stio is a citi
zen: while thcro are scores of persons.
both white and black, with no taxable
property and little business capacity.
who can vote, and by voting dispose of
ner nglits and property, lt seems to us
that such 'glaring injustice cannot fail
to be seen and admitted by the people,
even if they will not remedy it by giv
ing tho ballot to females at least to
tax-navinc women. Almost every town
has some examples like the above.
Banner of Light.
How to Make Tomato Fios. Pour
boiling water over the tomatoes iu order
to remove tne sitms; men wvigu mem
aud place them in a stone jar, with as
much sutrar as vou have tomatoes, and
let them stand two days; then pour off
tho syrup and boil and snim it until no
scum rises. Then pour it over the toma
toes, and let them stand two days, as be
fore, and boil and skim again. After a
third time tney aro nt to ury. it me
weather is good; if not, let them stand
iu the svrup uutil drying weather. Then
nlace on large earthen plates or dishes,
and nut them in the sun to dry, which
will take abouta week, after which pack
them down in small wooden boxes, with
fine white sugar between each layer.
Tomatoes prepared In this manner will
keep for years.
liaron Atioinne ae ltotnscniid gives
5100,000 to ouuu and endow, at ueneva,
Switzerland, a hospital for persons af
flicted witu diseases ot tne eye.
Nettio Adelia McKee, a Harrisburg
school girl, has inherited from her
father a fortune of nearly $2,000,000.
How to Fut Children to Bed.
Not with reproof for any of that day's
omission or commission. Take any
other timo but bedtime for that. If you
ever heard a little creature sighing or
souoing m its sleep, you could never do
Wis. fceal tiielr closing eye-lids with a
kiss and a blessing. Tho time will
come, ail too soon, when they will lay
tucir lieaus upon tneir pillows lacking
both. Let them, then, at least have
this memory of a happy childhood, of
winch no ruture sorrow or trouble can
rob them. Give them their rosy youth.
Nor need this involve wild license.
The judicious parent will not mistake
my meaning. It you have ever met
tiio mau or woman whoso eves havo
suddenly filled when a little child has
crept trustiugly to its mother's breast,
you may have seen one in whose child
hood home "Dignity" and "Severity"
stood where Love and Pity should have
been. Too mucu indulgence lias ruined
thousands of children; too much love,
not one.
Icing that will not Break. Take
one pound of pulverized sugar, and the
wiiucs or turee tresn eggs, wen Deateu.
Mix them well together, and flavor
with the juico of one lemon or add a
teaspoonful of strong cider vinegar.
Pulverize one teasnoonful of wheat or
corn starch, and add to it. Flour the
top of the cake as soon as it is taken out
of the oven, and put on the icing with a
large spoon, spreading it in place bv
dippinga broad-bladed steel knife into
water, and tuen smootiitng tne Hosting
with it.
The California State Woman SuffraM
and Education Association was duly in
corporated in the Secretary of State's
office, July 0th. with tho following
Mioard of Directors: Mesdames M. Hull,
a. d. iving, .u. j. jienuee. u. t:. Cal
houn, J. Roberts and Mr. J. B. Smith,
of San Francisco; Mrs. Kinsbury, of
Sonoma; Laura DeForce Gordon, of
San Joaquin; Mrs. Sarah Wallis. of
Santa Clara. There was a special
meeting at the Soclelv at Anthonv's
Hall, Bush street, San Francisco, Aug.
bin, at'J v. 31., tor the purpose or revis
ing the Constitution and By-Laws of
said Association.
A writer in the Cincinnati Gazelle
notes that Gen. Butler's wife was an
actress in her youth a Miss Hildretb,
of the Cincinnati National Theater.
Hon. J. B. Grinnell, of Iowa, threat
ens to deliver an address on the life and
character of the late Oakes Ames.