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WILLAMETTE PARMER: PORTLAND, OREGON, SEPTEMBER 23, 1881.
rillleil lir Hn Harriot T. Clnikr.
GRANDPA AND BESS.
To bright hearts in the comer,
Deep in the. easy chair;
One with a crown of yellow gold,
Anil one like the silver fair;
One with the morning's rosy flush,
Ami one with the twilight s tender hush.
, "Where do the New Years come from?"
Asks Goldilocks in her glee;
, "Do they sail in a pearly shallop
Across a wonderful sei;
A sea whoso waters with ranbows spanned,
Touch all the borders of fairy land !
"Do all the birds in that country
Keep singing by night and by day,
t. Singing among the blossoms
That never wither away!
Will they let j'ou feel as you hold them' near,
Their warm hearts beating, but not with fear?
"And the happy little children,
Do they wander as they will,
To gather the sweet, wild roses,
And the strawberries on the hill
White wings like butterflies all afloat,
And a purplo cloud for a fairy boat?
"There surely is such a country,
I've seen it many a night,
Though I never, never could find it
Awake in the morning light;
And that is the country o er the sea,
Where the beautiful Xew Years wait for me."
"Where do the New Years come from?"
Says Grandpa looking away
Through the frosty rimo on the window,
To the distant hills so grays
"They come from the country of youth, I know;
And they pass to the land of the long ago.
" 'And which is the fairest country?'
Dear heart, I never can tell;
Where the New Years wait their dawning
Or the beautiful old Years' dwell;
But the sweetest Summers that ever shone
To the land of the long ago have flown.
"The New Years wait for you, darling;
And the Old Years wait for me;
They carry my dearest treasures
To the country over the sea;
The eyes that were brightest, the lips that sung
The gladdest carols when life was young.
"But I know of a better country,
Where the Old Years all are new;
I shall find its shining pathway
Sooner, sweet heart, than you;
lAnd I'll send you a message of love and cheer
With every dawn of a glad New Year. "
The eyes of the dear old pilgrim
Are looking across the snows,
While closer nestles the merry face.
With its flush like a pink wild rose-Dreaming-together,
the young and old,
Locks of silver and crown of gold.
The time for canning fruit is not yet past
though most of it is done by this time, yet a
few words may not bo amiss for another year.
Iron should not be used in any way in the
process of preparing fruit, for there is a de-
i grce of acid in every kind of fruit that grows,
whith acid coming in contact with iron is
poisonous. There is a new ware called "mar
belized," which would seem to look as if it
TouU be used and answer the purpose as it is
made into vessels of convenient shape and is
quite cheap, but wo have been assured that
there is lead and other poisonous substances
used in the glazing. Yellow or red glazed
earthen ware has been pronoune'ed by scien
tific men as having the same objections in the
way of glazing. We have used both of the
latter ware to our own satisfaction, and if the
vessels are used carefully, and cleaned quick
ly, there cannot be so much harm in them.
In old times a big brass kettle formed, a part
of a young wife's outfit in house keeping and
was thought to be quite indispensible and was
kept carefully for this especial duty of pre
serving, for then " canning " was not thought
of. A good brass kettle was an heirloom that
passed from mother to daughter, and'was kept
as bright as scouring could make it. A little
salt and vinegar being always used at tho
last moment before using it to eradicate any
possible corrosion. Generations of house
keepers have used this sort of vessels with no
harm, but tho wise men of to-day pronounce
it poisonous, and the brass kettle that went
the rounds of a neighborhood has passed away
with tho spinning wheel, reel and loom. Tin
ware if bright and new is excellent, but one
sees how soon the tin loses its bright polish,
so there must be a trifle of objection to tin.
The best kind of a vessel for fruit is one of
iron that is lined with porcelain, the gray
ware being formed by using salt to perfect the
glazing, while in the marbelized iron it is said
that lead and arsenic are used in quantities to
affect this beautiful glaze. We have had a
porcelain kettle in constant use for eleven
years, using it not only for fruit.but for every
other use in cooking, it is pretty good yet and
looks quite white if scoured up with sand or
ashes, bo it is a cheap vessel alter all in the
end, and will out laBt a dozen tin vessels.
Cans of tin are said to be objectionable for
fruit, but if sugar is used in preparing fruit
and care is taken to rinse out and wipe the
cans instantly afUi taking out the fruit.
A can may be made to do service two or three
times, and we must say too, that we
in our own experience find some fruits keep
better in tin than glass. Strawberries are
always difficult to keep in any but tin cans.
Tomatoes will not keep good at all in glass
with me j but a friend told us lately that if
tomatoes when put in glass are packed in a
box with straw, and put away in the darkest
place possible, that they will come out per
fect. Light will spoil tomatoes, giving them
an acid taste that nothing can sweeten. Glass
will not bear transportation well, therefore
tin roust and will continue to be in favor to a
great degree. There is much in the selection
of sugar, aud it is always best to use the
sugar when doing the fruit. In these days of
adulteration there is no knowing what we eat.
White lump sugar is Ixst j next a clear light
brown sugar. Ground fit pulverized is often
mixeJ with flour, gypsum or marble dust.
There is an inferior sugar made from potatoes
Glucose, which does not contain but "5 per
cent, of saccherrl matter. Dried fruit u get-
ting into more general favor now, and it is to
be hoped that fruit put up in this way will be
more generally used. It will bo cheaper, and
cortainly quite as healthy, only requiring a
little more forethought in preparing and cook
mg. Fruit " butters" aro very nice, and are
much liked by the children for school lunches.
If put up hot and sealed, they aro but little
trouble, requiring but little sugar. The fruit
must be cooked slowly in as little water as
possible, then put through a collander to
take out stones and skin, as in plums, then
boil gently, constantly stirring with a wooden
spoon in n shallow vessel. When it begins to
thicken, add sugar enough to make it palata
ble, then cook to the right consistency and
put up hot. It will keep as long as the chil
dren don't find it. Au.vr Rem.
ADVICE fd'YOUNO HUSBANDS.
Don't think because it seems good to you to
get a chaucc to sit down in the neat homo
that your wife feels tho same way. She has
not tho out-door companionship and jostle
with tho world that you have, and gets tired
of the endless monotony of housework, and
feels the need of fresh air and change of scene.
So don't bo afraid of your trouble, but choose
opportunities to give a variety to her life.
Get up the team on purpose to give her aud
the children a pleasure. It business calls you
to a neighbor's, try and fix it comfortable for
wifo to go too. Men aro naturally selfish and
afraid of trouble. A farmer's wife, more than
any other, is tied down to a treadmill life,
and it is an ascertained fact that a majority of
insane women in the East are farmer's wives.
How few men there are who deliberately plan
an excursion just for the relaxation and com
fort of their wives. Tho time is fast approach
ing when every woman will take her own life
in her own hands, and future generations will
bo better for it. We will copy a paragraph
from the Country Gentleman that bears upon
tho subject, and is full of homely truth:
" Have a home of your own. If necessary, I
would not object to your father and mother
fouling a home with you; but you should tell
your affianced wife of this arrangement be
forehand. Have it well understood by all par
ties that the home is yours, and your wife is
mistress there. If the lot has fallen upon you
to be the breadwinner for your mother and
younger brothers and sisters in a homo that
is rightfully yours, your bride may be right
fully looked upon as an intruder, and her po
sition is a trying one. Many a young man
has taken his wife to his father's house to
await the completion of his own, and during
the fivo or six months that passed before set
tling in their own home, the vail that fancy
had woven around the bride is rudely pulled
away by his dearest friends, who seo and mul
tiply her faults and disparage her virtues.
Sometimes the feud thus began lasts through
the life of both parties, aud the husband who
expected a lasting friendship to spring up be
tween his wife and mother, sees nothing more
than polite tolerance on tho part of each.
Ho confidently expects the antipathy to die
out after a few years, but only when he sees
his children growing up estranged from his
relatives does he. realize, the fault as his in
taking his bride to his father's. Another bit
of advice I should like to givo is this,: upply
your wife with some good, live periodical on
housekeeping. Very few of tho marriageable
young women of the day havo tho training in
kitchen and pantry, cellar and chamber, par
lor and store-room that they ought to hare,
and a good regular writer on household topics
is a wonderful help."
Every paper tells of accidents by using
lamps improperly. Care should be taken to
traiu the children in handling them, giving
them to understand the extreme danger of
carelessness in filling and caring tor them. A
lamp should be filled and trimmed every day
if it is used for any length of time. The crust
formed on the wick is apt to cause the chim
ney to break, bosides giving a psor light.
Then the vacum left by using out the oil is
liable to be filled with a gas that will explode.
A child will snatch up a lamp quickly and
hurry into another and colder room with a full
blaze on; tho consequence is a broken chim
ney or an oxplosion. Ofton one will wonder
why the lamp gives a little sickly light, when
the reason is that the wick is clogged. Take
out the wick, wash it with soap and rinso well,
auJ see the improvement in light. Lamps
will often loosen and come apart, and can
be easily made as good as ever by using plas
ter of Paris. Clean the parts well withsoap
and water, then mix a little plaster with
wattr to tho consistency of paste; put some
in tho orofice aud quickly put the parts to
gether, holding it in firmly; it will harden in
a few hours. Care must be taken to mix and
use quickly, as it hardens soon. It is not
healthy to sleep in a room where a lamp is
turned down. See that the lamps are always
fixed and cleaned in the morning, as it is so
dangerous to be handling kerosine after dark
Where mutton .tallow is so plentiful, it is best
to "run" a quantity for home use for the
children to go about with.
ESSAY ON TOBACCO CHEWING.
Tobacco chewing is the most filthy habit to
which man or boy be addicted. It ruins the
teeth and weakens the nerves, (and it also
weakens the purse). I cannot see what good
it does a man or boy to chew, for they don't
swallow a bit of it, but spit it all over the
carpet, or on the stove. It gives the ctrpet a
perfume. I think that tobacco chewing must
lead to whisky drinking as you never see a
drunkard but hat chews tobacco. Tobacco
chewing, whisky drinking and swearing are
three things which a boy should never be
accused of. The money that is spent in one
year for tobacco and whisky would make
a poor home happy. The only thing which I
can sec tobacco is pool for is to cure lice on
calves or scab on Sheep. Down with tobacco.
A Yocso AasTAisr.K.
We are glad to see our young friend take a
stand so tarly in life in regard to this bad
habit, and to come out so loldly against it
all. We would like to have ever)' one of the
boys pledge therusclrea in tin way, whm
they write. We know a man who is poor-
has a large family, and yet is so tied to tho
habit of using tin's weed, that when he buys
thirty dollars worth of groceries he spends five
of it for tobacco, and it lasts but a littlo
while too. If his wife should spend that much
for candy what a fuss there would bo about it.
Most all men spend many dollars during tho
year in this way, in cigars, or in " treating;"
yet how long their faces would be if their
wives spent money in gratifying their tastes
in any sensible, yet may bo considered un-
THE TRAINING OF CHILDREN.
One obstacle, a very general one, in the
way of proper home training, is the mother's
want of time. Especially is this the case in
households where tho mother performs; or
helps to perform, tho manual labors of tho
kitchen, along with her other duties of moth
er and wife, With her the days are so filled
with cares, and herself so weary, the little
ones are too frequently looked upon as a vex
ation and annoyance, something in the way, a
hindrance tb a certain amount of work accom
plished between each rising and setting of the
sun. But to analyze tho sentiment how un
thinking and unwise! Time for cooking and
tho eating, washing and the ironing, scrub
bingand tho sweeping timo crowded in some
how to clothe the child's body and nourish it
it with food; but the mind, the soul, tho im
mortal part that must go neglected and un
thought of, nncared for and unkept.
Sometimesthisincessauthurryand stress and
strain of work and consequent weariness on
the mother's part is productive of disastrous
results, she becomes nervous, irritable, un
reasonable and unfit to govern at all. She
toils all day without rest or respite in a cloio
warm room, sewing and cooking, washing
dishes, scrubbing floors: aud as the day
draws to a close, her limbs aro weary, her
back aching, her temples throning. Trifles
seem of great moment aud motes appear as
mountains. The floor is clean, tho house set
in order, the finished garment is laid away;
but tho woman is fagged, enervated, unstrung.
The littlo ones como trooping homo from
school; eyes sparkling, cheeks a-glow, tho
out-door air in their garments, its sunshine in
thei rheart. Who but an ovpr-worked and
over-weary mother could seo aught but a pic
ture of beauty; feel aught but the joy and
blessedness of motherhood, and a longing to
gather the flock into outstreched loving arms?
But, alas ! they havo brought not only the
out-door air but the out-door mud; and blows
fall, unconsidered and inconsiderate tho
memory of which shall linger as a bitter mem
ory till the golden heads aro frosted or laid
under the sod. Poor mother! They ihall per
chance echo sadly enough sometime in her
heart too. But let us havo charity. It was
not tho mother who dealt the blows, but the
worn and fretted Bridget whom she person
ates. Nor must the mother forget the'impor-
tancc of example the effect of her own
words and acts upon the expanding and easily
bent minds. Let her deal fairly and honestly
always with these littlo ones, even in seeming
ly insignificant things. She must not tell
them that tho medicine is good, or that it will
not hurt to pick out the thorn, or make them
promises which she does not intend to fulfill.
Children reason, or at least perceive, more
than we are apt to give credit; for; aud it is a
dull child, indeed, that does not soon discov
er the difference between equivocation and
truth. Of the two, example goes much far
ther than precept; and that mntlier who at
temps to inculcate lessons of truth and charity
and self-restrain, while her own lifo is full of
temper and uncharitableness and prevarication,
or who expects to train her child in ways of
virtue and honor without keeping her own
life white and clean, will very likely find her
policy defective, and her hopes fall unfulfilled
to the ground.
And lastly or rather first, last aud all the
way between let the mother bear in mind
that tho object and aim of all government
is, or should be, to prepare forself-goveriiment.
Her authority will last at most, but a few
brief years, in which she has much to do to
prepare the child to govern himself. To do
this, arbitrary control must be merged as
quickly as possible into reasonable control;
and this again into a government wheie
the responsibility of its acts is thrown
to a greater or less extent upon the
child. The mother must show him
good and evil, set before him the benefits to
be derived from one course of action the evils
or disadvantages resulting from another, and
let him occasionally choose for hiinsolf, Of
course judgment must be exercised in refer
enco to what the choice is between, and noth
ing of great moment left to the option of the
very young, or ono entirely unaccustomed to
this form of control. If he choose wrong, as
he is pretty certain to do, the mother must
not hold herself aloof, or reproach angrily, or
parade too exasperatingly the "I told you so,
but with gentleness point out his en or anil
its consequence. In short, tho mother in
stead of an arbitrary and despotic ruler,
must bo ever the coucientious doer, the wise
and patient counseller, the symrjriiziirg
friend. Such a mother is sure to lay tWffund
ation of a useful manhood and womanhood
for her boys and girls, as well as to win for
her self a tender and lasting place in their
hearts. M'inlrttl, in Country Otnttmutn
I liavc just finished two beautiful table cov
ers which can be made at very little expense,
aud would like to have you see them as I
.knew they would be copied. Two or three
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pClOVUS IUUU1U IJUJT VUC IlldbCIIAlS ivgemtr, aa
it mikes them come very cheap to each.
, The cover is made of Cretonne, which comes
in the most beautiful designs and colors. Git
, one quarter of a yard of each kind and cut in
I to squares, sew these together a for a quilt,
I making the contrasts harmonize, and press
i the seams. Get enough of the goods in a
aeriped pattern for a border, sew on the same
, way. Then take velvet ribbon, or worsted
! braid, both narrow, and work any fancy sketch
, on it. I put narrow velvet aud worked the
stitch used in teaming up flannel with old
gold sill If braid is used, work with zephyrs
or old-fashioned crenel, then sew this down
between every square, and make a fringe of
zephyr. I had many yards of handsome real
brawn friuge used once on a suit. I took this
aud worked with bright colors, and had a
lovely fringe. Line with garnet cotton flannel,
and you will have a most beautiful oriental
looking cover. The Cretonne comes at 33 aud
45 cents per yard, tho flannel at 'JO cents.
T ho other cover is made as follows : Thero
is a cotton flannel plush, which has the plush
on both sides. It comes in every shado and
color at 35 ccnt3 per yard. Get one yaid of
garnet and one of old gold, cxt the garnet in
to ono sqitave, hem by hand a slip stitch, take
bands of the old gold about three inches wide,
and put on about two inches fiom the edge,
letting them cross at eacli corner, fasten them
down with bright crewels in any fancy stitch.
Make a fringe of garnet zephyr as follows:
With a crochet needle pit the zephyr into
tho hem at regular distances, then tie in
knots, as you sre on shawls and handsome lin
en towels. This does not have to be lined, as
both sides arc plush. This can be made for
less than one dollar. They aie lovely, cheap,
and tho work of making is quite fascinating.
Anna A'. W'ittt.
4f0tl Iffa Wclk
THE AGE OF INNOCENCE.
Drear were the world without a child,
Where happy infant never smiled,
Nor stirred a mother's love.
AVe sooner could tho flowerets spare,
The tender bud and blossom fair,
Or breath of Spring-time in the air,
Or light ot dawn above !
No monarch rules with lordlier graco
Than helpless infancy, its place
Soon narrowed to a span;
Outstrecliing hands thit claim as right
All things that loom upon tho sight,
And recking naught of greater might
That will discrown the man.
Oh, littlo king! Oh, littlo queen!
You rule not with tho golden sheen
And pomp of larger courts;
But sovereign is your gentlo sway,
Strong hearts their willing homage pay,
Lovo scatters garlands on your way,
Where your young life disports.
No poet utters daintier word
Than oft from lisping lip is heard
No wit moves purer mirth;'
In mimic satire babes grow bold,
And quaint surprises they unfold,
As first tneir untaught eyes behold
The wondrous shows of earth.
OUR LETTER BOX.
Our Letter Box is quite full again, there be
ing enough now on hand for two weelts at
least We havo one which comes from so far
away that you will all be interested, and then
it is the story of ono who seem to bear the
burdens of an unfortunate life with bravery.
It must be a lesson to teach you that are well
and strong to be thankful that you have a
strong body and limbs. We will tell you how
it happened that tin's letter was written to the
Home Circle. Noticing a letter in tho chil
dren's paper called Harder' Yoitmj Polk
asking to exchange curiosities, coins, stamps.
etc., by a boy who was crippled, we made
up a little box aud sent it to him. Ho writes
fmther of pictures ho has of himself and team
It seems as if it would be a pleasant waj of
helping linn to send on tweuty-fivo cents and
buy ono of his pictures. If any of our boys
or girls would like to do so, send us tho name,
direction and money, anil we will seo that
thuy are procured. Nettie must carry off tho
prize if she has such a flue geranium. The
cultivation of flowers not only gives pleasure
to others, but cultivates tiio mind aud taste
of the little gardener. The mind is opened to
the wonderful beauties of Natmc, and the
coarse, common things of lifo hive no chance
to cieep into the thoughts. Nettie must tell
how she managed to havo so nice a plant.
.Millie has certainly written a very newsy let
ter, and teems to know how to be useful.
That little white pony has a good time as well
as his mistress, wo aro sine, for any animal
th it is so gentle and kind surely knows noth
ing of blows and kicks from the heavy boots
of brutal hoys. The horse is intelligent aud
exticuicly sensitive, soon showing a keen ap
preciation of good treatment. Long lifo to
Hilly and his sweet little mistress. Ida May
is a little Washington territory girl and we
must say we get many pood letters from thei c.
We shall look for mother letter fiom Ida tell
irfg the girls about her trip tofCaIifornia. It
seeiiH she came back to Oicgon, so we guess
she does not care for living in that dry place.
Minnie has waited till every thing was done
up on tl- farm and now finds time to give us
a nice letter. Yes, Katy did write again.and
Aunt Hetty owes her a promise that she will
fulfill as soon as she can stay at home long
enough to see to it, We will have to send
something for that friciidshipipiilt. It is so
nice for littlo girls to piece quilts when they
have time. We would not buy new cloth to
cut up in pieces, but the scraps that are left
of the dresses and aprons will be just like a
story book when they aro put together.
Grace must not wait so long again Wore writ
ing, for she writes about everything in an in
teresting way. It is nice to have a new house,
but it will take time and hard work to keep
it as it should be. There will be much en
couragement to be making pretty things for
the different rooms. Tidies, curtains, mats
and table- tpreads add so much to the furnish
ing of a room, ami such a good little house
keeper will bo sura to help mother make the
house look pretty. Only one boy this week
to corne into the Circle, Those little donkeys
are not at all to be despised; they are patient
and long enduring. It is nice in Chester to
be able to keep house for mother aud let her
have a trip. "That rifle" is something that a
Ixiy is always found to own, but we aro rcrv
much afraid of the wicked looking barrels,
ami tmiA of the poor birds ami annuals that
have U itltr from them. Hut after all, it is
well for every boy to learn how to hamVr tire
arms with discretion. Some shoot just for
amusement, killing animals only to show
their dextcrilv: that is wicked .ml cruel.
Wilminiitov, Del., Aug. 2, 1SS1.
Editor Home Circle:
I scarcely know how to reply to your kind
letter it was so unexpected to inc. Your
curio'ties were curiosities indeed, and I value
them very highly. 1 don't know how to
thank you cnought for them. I prizo them
all very highly. To one who has never seen
mo I suppose I would bo quite a curiosity. I
was born paralyzed from my waist down. I
have not a particle of use of my limbs, no more
than if they were stone. My father died when
I was eleven months old, leaving my mother
with three helpless littlo ones; but she did all
that lay in her power to produce life in my
limbs. Dr. 1'ancoast, Dr. Lee aud other em
inent physicians were consulted, who advised
braces to keep me on my feet. I put thciu
on at four years of age, but being very heavy
I could not get around as 1 liked, so I had to
use crutches also, and wore them ten or twelve
years; but they were so cumbersome I was
compelled to leave them oil'. When Iwas ten
years old 1 broke my right leg at tho thigh,
and the bono not being healthy, it did not knit
properly, so causes mo a great deal of trouble
at times; and unfortunately the other thigh
was dislocated at birth, and not being noticed
for some timo could not bo remedied. So yon
sec I am quite a wreck. Yet I never despond.
I would much rather be as lam than deprived
of sight, for now I can seo Nature and I en
joy Nature's things so much, l'robably you
wonder if I ever went to school. When I
was seven years old my mother lived very
near a school and I went a half day for three
months; that is all I ever saw inside of a
school loom. I lcarni-il my letters from the
stove health; a queer book, don't you think?
Then I had toy books, aud would ask numer
ous questions as to what the words spelled,
etc., until I learned to read. My mother had
not much time to teach ine, as she devoted
her time to sewing. I read a good deal, and
am blessed with a memory to retain what I
read. After I left off braces I could but creep
around, which did not satisfy me, for I can't
be quiet, and my mother has often told me
that I never was quiet except when I was
asleep and I guess she is right. So about
five years ago I set my heart on a goat team,
but my mother did not think I could do at all
with one, but I was resolved to try. I had
built myself a littlo wagon the wheels sawed
out of a log and broads laid on the axles
with which I got around, a littlo boy pulling
me, but still that did not satisfy me. So ono
day my cousin, a boy of fourteen, pulled me
around to look for n goat. At last we bar
gained for one of an old colored man for TO
cents and the, proiuisu of a pair of pigeons.
We biouglit tho goat home and sent the man
his pigeons, who was much surprised, fur hu
said hu never expected to seo the them. And
now for tho training of that goat. Wo sat up
at night and made our harness of bits of
leather, and hitched tho goat to tho wagon.
I got in, my cousin leading the goat. 1 had
many tumbles, much broken harness, and a
wreck of tho wagon; but wo trained that goat
and I drive him to-dav. Since then I havo
trained several myself and bold them. For a
well trained one I get ten dollars. During
the Spring and .Summer I sell vegetable, aiid
in the afternoon sell papers, which keeps iiu
pretty busy. Two years ago I built a littlo
skill", which I called "Littlo Eva," for a little
girl I knew. I made tho sail on our sewing;
machine, holding tho goods in one hand and
turning tho wheel witli tho other. Anil many
a good time have I had in that boat all alone,
I creep to the wagon, drive to thu whaif, tie
my goat to a willow tier, and sail away for
bonis, enjoying it exceedingly; in fact 1 en
joy life to its fullest extent, although I am
never right well. For some yeais my spine
has been gradually giving away, anil for a
year I have had curvature of spine, so much
that it causes me much suffering mourn! the
heart and lungs. I must also tell you of my
fondness for music, I nmiisu myself of even
ings with the violin, which I taught myself
to play. So you see I nm never idle, but have
a real good time, although I don't know what
it is to run about like other people, but cieep
about on my hands. I am very small for my
tge. I expect you have gotten very tired of
reading these disconnected bits of my life, but
felt liko giving it to yo'u, as I think you have
sympathy for tho iilllictcd. I would like to
exchange with any one such curiosities as I
havo; I have shark's teeth, some fossils, pet
rified wood, (liHeient kinds of iniucials, eti
,J, S. JKKFKI1I4.
I-'roKKh Crry, .Sept.."., lsl.
Editor Home Circle:
I thought I would write a few lines to your
paper while I have a little time. 'I hue is no
school here at pieseut, but it will commence
about thu 1st of October. My ma went to
I'oitlaiul and stayed a week, mid I cook id
while she was gone. I tell you we had ufiae
time, As Aunt ilett iiliiu me to tell of
my Summer trips I will do so with pleasure,
They are to Eugene City with a pack load of
cheese on a little long-cared donkey about
twice a week. Who else can boast of such
pleasure trips? I havo got a littlo rifle, witli
which I just make tho woods ring when I go
out to hunt pbesauts and squirrels, which
thickly abound in these woods, 1 went out
last Saturday aud killed five phes.iuts In alxjut
an hour. I have two dogs who tree them for
me. We are milking fifty cows now,
G. CilhiTKIt Oilll'Jv,
Wl.-.Tu.N.jOr., Sept. I, Ibi I.
Editor Home Circle:
As you printed my other letter, I will try
and write again. 1 am a little girl 11 years
old. We have beci Very busy thu Summer
and I could not take time to write till now.
Ma hat so much ta do that I try to help Iter
all I can; I wath the dishes, maku the beds,
weep the floor, aud can make pip and cikis.
We are building our new house now; it will
na.c nine rooms in all, a porch on each tide
and a po,ticoHn fiont. We had lots of fruit
this Summer, It 'ins been raining real hard
to-day. Myiurothers arc running tho header
this Summer; they name home last night.
Brother Frank is breaking' a pony for Mr.
Brown, and he gets $5 for riding it. I thought
it would throw him off. l'a is reading the
FAU.MKaaud he likes it real well. I have a
large doll and sister Millie has ono too; wo
havo had them a year. Our scheol will com
mence in ono week, and I like to go to sciiool
very much. Ma says I can't go the first
month, for she wants me to help her cook.
Ma raised 150 chicken, 12 tutk'ysaiulG
geese; sho picked the geese yesterday. We
have two pet kittens named Joiinny aud
l'usscy. (Jkack I. Kimi.
Wamiotoal, W.T, Sept. 3, 1S81.
Editor Homo Circle:
I am a little girl and livo on n farm, I
never went to school but six months in my
life, so cannot writo very well. I will tell
about my pets first because I liko them best.
1 have two kittens, one ninicil Fieddieand
the other Rett ; also a dog, whoso name is
Beauuu. My brother has a little colt. I build
thu lire, set tho table and dolots of other littlo
things. My and I havo just returned, from
a long visit to California, and ir Aunt Hetty
is kind enough to print this letter, I will write
again and tell all about my trip and what u
good time I had. Iia May 1'ikrce.
Wiston, Or , Sept. I, 1881.
Editor Home Circle:
As you was kind enough to print my other
letter, I thought 1 would write again. We
havo a white pony and I ride him after the
cows. I can make hiingo in agillop. He will
let three or four get on him at once. Ho laj
down till I get on him; his name is Hilly. I
like to go to school, and can' read in the fourth
reader and spell in the second spelling class.
When wo get .tho Faiimku I always look to
seo who has written a letter. 1 think it is
best to writo your naino in full. I like my
doll real well. Ma made it a now dress thu
other day. I help gather the cucumbers
Ma has sild .?'J0 worth this Summer and will
havo more yet. She has also sold $150 worth
of butter and $'-'7 worth of eggs since tho 1st
of January. We milk si cows.
Millie A. Kimi.
Jkffkuson, Or., Aug. 31, 1881.
Editor Home Circle:
1 thought I would vviitcafew lines to the
Homo Circle. Our folks are busy harvesting
now. I.have livo brothers at home and ono
sister, who is married, I am all the help my
ma has. 1 help to cook, wash and iron, and
do all kinds of house, As tho rest of tho lit
tlo folks tell how many pets they havo, I will
tell about mine, 1 havo n cow and a pet
lamb; the lamb's name is Daisy. We havo u
few flowers, and among them h some Horse
shoo geranium; one of tho largest leaves
measured 21 inches in eneunifeience, I will
clcro by wishing the Faiimku success.
Euiik.sk Citv, Or., Aug. i!li, 1881.
Editor Home Circle;
As I haven't written tu.tho Ilomu Circle
for a long time, I thought 1 would try and
wiito again, as I have nothing elso to do just
now. Father has got allot' his giaiu put in
stacks ready to thresh. It is i.tiiiiiig now
aud I expiet it will spoil lots of giaiti, Our
school is out, but will commence again soon
after harvest. M. C Hiilliuan is our teacher's
name, and I liko him ie.il well. I am making
a fiii'inlsliip quilt, and I think it will be real
pietty when I get it dime. 1 was a littlo sur
prised to seo another letter fiom Katy K. I
had begun to think sho had forgotten hei
fiieuds. My cousins c.imu up from Portland
and spent vacation. They havu gone home
now. I havu a sister living in Dayton, W.
T., and she is coming down this Fall on a
visit. I am real glad, for I have not seenhei
foriiliuoit two yearj. Will, I guess 1 wi I
close fur this time, hoping to luar froiunli
the little folks again. Fiom your littlo fiieud,
Banish Humors, and reiiivigni'.iti1 thu Stom
ach, Liver and Bowels, with King of the blood
Mother like, and Phyaiolans
IT IS NOT NARCOTIC.
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SPURTS of dlsgnstlufc Hnom,
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