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Algona, Iowa
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THE UPPER DJEB MOlNES. ALGONA, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25 V 1891, BY MARIE SAKAH BRIGHAM. "I will grant that, sir," said Sir Wren. 4 *Bnt one must remember that what rights they now enjoy tln-y hare had to straggle hard to obtain. And we cannot blame them for longing for more liberty. They only ask that their laws may be made by their own people, nnd that their interests ] inay be protected by laws of their own Shaking." "Could we grunt them so much without making our landed interest void?" asked the M. I'. "Yes sir, I think we could," replied Sir Wren. "But I believe the transfer of our land tttlw should be through the government, and, that the owners of lands in Ireland should be compensated for their landi by bonds bearing interest Issued by the government." "Would you be willing to part with your lands on these conditions?" asked the M. P. "I would. I believe every evil that now rests on Ireland or any other country where land monopoly Is allowed, grows out of the false system of the lands being held by the few and worked by the many," •aid Sir Wren warmly. "But, Sir Wren," 1 said, "if the English government held the lands of England and Ireland as carelessly us the American government holds the lands entrusted to it for future generations, in a few years' the lands would all bo held by a small minority." "That is true," said Lord Sanders, ns he joined the group. "I own nearly one hundred thousand acres in Illinois and about as much more in Kansas and Nebraska. And not an acre but will yield me ten times the amount it has cost me, in less than five years. And I can secure tenants ''• on better terms there than in Ireland." "Then America will soon 1'eel the same appalling misery and hear the same helpless cries that aflllct and curse Ireland today!" saiil Sir Wren. "Even now she feels that," I said, remembering my visit. "In the districts where tenants occupy the lands, you see the same wretched hovels and signs of destitution that we sec in Ireland!" "Well it brings us a line income," said Lord Sanders, putting his hands into his pockets with a satisfied air. "I can live in luxury and ease and my family can hold a high position in tho world while these proud Americans are glad to sweat for the gold I spend!" "But how many families are bound under iron clad leases nnd driven almost to starvation to provide you with the, means for all your pleasures?" said Sir Wren. "I don't know," said Lord Sanders Indifferently. "They do well enough. They only pay me rents for my lands." "To think," said Colonel Haynes, who joined the group in time to hear Lord Sander's lost remark, "that any American citizen must pay tribute to a foreigner for the privilege of living on American soil! It would be a queer sight for our State militia to be called upon, as her majesty's troops are in Ireland, to evict an American citizen from his home, because he cannot pay his foreign landlord the rack-rent demanded. Why, we boast that we are free from paying tribute money to foreign nations, especially to Britonsl I thought ' that oar war of independence meant something!" "Well I am glad to hear that America Is following in our tracks," said the M. P. "They will soon feel the annoyances we are laboring under, from the false system that was established years ago; if it is a false system." "Glad! no! I would rather sound the L note of warning so long and loud that every free American citizen would rouse up with the independent energy of their forefathers and crush out this foreign element which only holds her lands as means to obtain tribute money. No bloody war can make her suffer more than this cruel land monopoly will, in time," said Sir Wren .r/Itli solemn earnestness. "O, wfjll, sir," said Lord Sanders, "they are not so sensitive as you are. They are glad to sell us lands; it brings our money into the hands o£ their land agents. And as long as we can hold the titles and make our own terms with the tenants, our income is sure." "But they nriy not always bo so quiet," said Colonel Haynes. "If our people begin to realize the danger of allowing foreigners to obtain such immense tracts of lands they may soon flnd a remedy, and those wealthy landlords may have to seek some other source of revenue. It seems that for years the General Land Office, al Washington, has been the most corrupt department that ever existed in any government on the face of the globe. The choicest locations have been secured to alien landlords, who will not sell, and only hold them to introduce into America the feudal system that oppresses the pool tenantry in Europe. Rentals are placed at two or three dollars per acre and the tenants are compelled to pay the tuxes on lands they occupy, besides. When wil." our people awake to the clangors? Con gress should make some laws curtailing these frauds and restore the lands to the people who have just claims on the government for protection against these unprincipled land thieves." "How would you dispose of the lands we now hold?" asked Lord Sanders. "Pay you what they have cost you and no more!" said Colonel Haynes. "Wees- tend to aliens the same rights and privileges of a free born American, by his becoming a lionn Jlda citizen. Our people will not quietly submit to being robbed of their inheritance by alien capitalists and enemies to our institutions! Our lands are to be preserved for the use and benefit of American citizens only, if we wish to retain our present system of free government," The amusement of the evening ended and the company gradually gathered round the party that had been having such an earnest and interesting discussion. It was a signal for adjournment which proved effectual. The last reception was given at Raven's Park. There, Lady Waverland, or Stella, as I love to call her, assisted by the Duchess of Melvorne received the guests at the grand old mansion with quiet dignity. Colonel Haynes had established himself as Annie's companion at all these entertainments. She seemed well pleased with his society. .Notwithstanding the pleasure we enjoyed, I longed for the quiet of Waverland, where I could have the luxury of a happy home; for such I was sure it would be with my dear wife as my companion. As we were standing together after the guests hod nearly all left, I said: "to-morrow, little wife, we will be at Waverland once more," "I am so glad." said Stella, with a quiet pleasure in nor voin-. • Ait tins gaiety is nice, but 1 l«>:i,; f»v UK- rest, of honii?. "Well, we'll soon hi- home again." Sflid Sir Wren, joining us as wo stood by an open door. "We want- you to stand as member of parliament from our district, Loyd, in the coming election." "I am willing to try. But I fear there will be a strong fight against me," I said. "Very much will depend on Lady Waverland. If she is popular she will be a great help t o you in the coming campaign," said Sir Wren. "They will inoet her first," I said, "at our reception and bimanet. But I have no fear for her; she has a strong hold on the people's hearts already. "How do you know?" she asked with a smile. "I have 'heard of you very often among my tenants," I said, as we passed into the hall. Sir Wren, Annie and Colonel Haynes were our guests at Raven's Park, and were to accompany us home to Waverland. CHAPTER rriV.—THE BRIDE'S HOME COMINQ. The next morning we bade good-bye to the happy friends with whom we had shared so many happy hours. With many promises for exchange of letters and visits in the near future we left Raven's Park and started for Waverland. Sir Wren, Annie and Colonel Haynes were still with us. The Colonel had accepted an invitation to spend a month or two with its in Ireland to learn something of the true state of things there. I suspect a certain pair of blue eyes had a charm for htm, greater even than the troubles of the country, judging from the attention ho paid their owner. Raven's Park we left in the caro of the servants who had lived there in the days of Sir Edward, Stella's grandfather. It was arm n god that we were to return there to spend the Winter. "O, this is our station!" exclaimed Myrtle, as our train rolled up to the platform. Wo were met by a delegation of our people; and such a throng! "Why, I did not know there were so many people in the county," said Sir Wren as wo stood contemplating the situation and waiting for the train to move on. It was indeed a sight to behold! Women in their blue cloaks with happy, smiling faces; men in their smart Sunday jackets and children of all sizes, eager for a glimpse of our party. As the train moved on, so that they could see us, cheer after cheer made tho air ring with shouts of "Hurrah for the 'swate laflyl" "Long life to young imisthorl" "This is your home coming, darling," I said, helping Stella to a place in the carriage. When at a little distance from the depot we were met by carriages full of people; It seemed as though all the country had put on its holiday garments and were having a iubilee. As we were passing through the gateway Stella said: "O, Loyd! you have copied that poem of a gateway from one we saw in Glen Eyrie!" "Yes, I tried to make it like that, as a memorial of the love I found awaiting me in that far away land. And may it ever be a pleasant reminder of the happy hours we passed there," 1 said. Myrtle was in an ecstacy of delight at being home again, and seeing so many-people about. "Sister Stella," said Myrtle, nestling in her arms, "you will never go away again will you?" "No, darling, I am at home to stay with you now," she said. "And Loyd too? asked Myrtle. "This is our home, all together now, little sister," I said, ns we drove up to the doorway. The old butler and his wife met us as we entered the great hall. He was more pompous than ever in his enormous wig, high coat collar and cravat, while his wife, who was the housekeeper, looked smart in a new cotton gown and fancy cap. "And it's welcome home, ye are, Lord Waverland; and long life to ye's, and my Lady," said the butler, making a most profound bow, as we entered the house. Sir Wron, Annie and the Colonel were soon with us, and friends from every direction came to offer' their congratulations. The broad beauti&il lawn was full of people. Soon Stella and I were in their midst shaking hands with them, and receiving their "God bless ye'sl" It was a merry company that gathered, at the lon.u; tables to partake of the sumptuous feast that afternoon; and, as we passed here and there we heard these remarks: "I thought it was a great lady coming to Waverlaud, but it is the swate angel who came to me when I was sick!" or, "It's the swate. leddy who told me how to muko bread!" and, "It's the governess who was j Hero ana came witnher nwio oox or medicine and docktored my Jammie when he had the incascls, so it is!" All united in calling her tho "swuto leddy." The children gathered round Lady Wuvcrland for a kind word. No ono was overlooked. Most of them Stella knew und remembered their names. She hud a, peculiar faculty of gaining children's love. I had often noticed when in a room full of strangers, tlio children would soon flnd their way to Stella's side. While we wero busy seeing that our people wero having good cheer, the invited guests wore enjoying themselves according to their own tastes and inclinations. Some wore busy witli ball nnd mallet at croquet. Others with bow and arrow wero sending forth joyous peals of laughter at tho mistakes or good hits of thoir companions. Ono nnd all wore having a good time. Wren was in an eostacy of delight, nnd seemed tho youngest of tho party, giving a passing juke und friendly greeting to every ono he mut. As ho and I wero standing together und Stella was engaged with the little ones, 1 said: "You soo, Sir Wren, that there is no danger but that Lady Waverland will be popular with our people. Sho has won thoir love and trust ns she has won mine, by the goodness of her heart. I have no fear but that it will continue." "You are vory fortunate Loyd, in securing such a lovely wife. I congratulate you with a warmer heart since I have soon her among tho people. Hor gentle influence will have great force for their good." In the evening Lady Waverland was no less a favorite than among the humbler classes. The rich and haughty were glad to claim her for an acquaintance on account of her noble birth and great wealth. I thought as I saw some of the grand ladies aud gentlemen who had formerly stung her sensitive heart with cruel words, now trying to win more than a passing greeting from her, how different their conduct would have been hud she returned as simply a governess! But wealth and position are powerful agents with those wiio higher alms in life than show and l^nrty Waverland was equally a favorite •with rich and poor nnd made every one who came into her presence foci at ease. A few days after our return the people gathered to hear Mr. Parnell and to choose ji candidate to stand from our district for member of parliament. Our district was ono of the most extremely nationalist of any in Ireland. When Mr. Parnell came he found a remarkable gathering. It Vos thoroughly representative; people ot all trades, merchants, mechanics, professors, laborers and noblemen had met to see and hear the "unrrownod king." The applause nnd cheers that greeted Mr. Parnell were loud and hearty, but some hissed nnd many flourished t-ho black thorn shillnhih. That is a practical weapon in the hands of an Irishman and has convinced many a man against his will. Mr. Parnell came to the front snd was formally introduced by the chairman of the committee, lie Iniwed slightly, and commenced speaking in a conversational tone of voice, without the least visible excitement. At llrst the confusion in the crowd was so great that very few heard him. *Uut, with the command ho had obtained over himself in parliament he continued speaking. Very soon order prevailed and nearly every one in the vast audience could hear distinctly every word hs uttered. "Friends," he said, "I hope wo may gain Home Rule for Ireland in the coming parliamentary struggle. That will pavo the way for every tenant farmer to own the and ho tills. But to obtain this wo must stand united, In union lies our strength. Sngland has said that we never can agree among ourselves, so they have nothing to fear from us. In the coming election would liko to prove to England that wo enow what we want and are united in asking for it. "Now, friends, I want your assistance to help secure Ireland the managc-im-nt oi our local affairs, and protection of out liome industries. We have every ad van tuge for successful manufactories. All wo need is protection. But brute force wil never accomplish anything. I hate the cowardly heart that can iiud refuge ii dynamite. ['Ufa the only way!' cried voice from the crowd]. "It's base and cowardly in the extreme and Ireland in the use of it has weakened her power! Liberty for Iroliiml must com through the people. We must unite li asking for what wo need and then stam together for our rights. Wo can only reckon on what wo can extort from En gland through our united voices. We attired of being handled sometimes ver, roughly, by English officials; of bein treated like quarrelsome childrmi; of liav ing nothing to say but amen to every dc crce and nothing to do except to obey th will of our imperious masters. "In the past, the liberals with Gladston at the head have pursued a of un pardonable cruelty and exasperation Wholesale evictions have been permittee 1 Arbitrary arrests have been made! Jrelnu has been treated as though unlit for anj thing better than to bo trodden under fooi Are you willing to submit to all this in th future? (No! No! came in a deafen ing roar from the excited crowd.) "Well, then, hoar who my candidate is and stand by him. 1 have for my candidate the name of Lord Waverland!" (Cries of, "No landlord!" "No dictation!" filled the air, For a time it was a maddened and defiant crowd.) But Mr. Parnell continued quietly speaking. When the confusion ceased wo heard: "Name your candidates." A dozen different names were offered. "You see, my friends," said Mr. Parnell, "that you cannot agree even on a candidate, and if you do not elect your man you are giving one more man to your enemies. Do you remember Sarsficld's motto?" "Ireland and Liberty," came in shouts from a thousand voices, that made the very air re-echo back the words. That appeal was decisive; it united them. When Mr. Parnell called my name again, as the proper candidate for our district it was received with a cheer! As the meeting closed the wailing people gathered around to shako hands with their hero. He is young, tall, slender and prepossessing in his manners. His looks declare him to be a perfect gentleman. Ho cannot lie called eloquent, but ho impresses his hearers with the feeling that ho is thoroughly in earnest, and in sympathy with their cause. When he shook hands and spoke to everyone who could possibly approach him, he sout each ono homo fooling that he was their friend, and would stand by them with his life if need be. Tims closed a day that everybody feared would end in a bloody riot. It was this county that had been so fierce and determined that no landlord should bo supported, and no "dictation" should be permitted. Hero the secret societies had appeared the most determined. But Mr, Parnell, by his clear cool-hcudodncss, hold them in subjection to his powerful will until every man felt that it was for his own g4iod to unite and work with, not against him. I left the park feeling that a stormy net such meetings in America," i sntn, elcoming the Colonel with a cordial hand :iake. I think that if a crowd of Americans ml boon determined to fight ns your IH-Ole seemed to-day, it would have taken wre than Parnell to hrmv quieted them; houjrh he is a wonderful man, I must con- 'ss, so (.'aim, so quiet and yet possessed of o much magnetic force th;it he can com- nand the obedience of all who come with- n the power of his voice. What a general 10 would make in the Army! I do not vender now why England is uneasy. If e holds to his purpose and can elect his nen to stnnd by him, he will be a power he may well fear nnd strive to conciliate." But Kngland will never grant anything o Ireland that she can avoid," I said. "No, it is against her principles to admit luitshe is in the. wrong. If she grants my request, she will try to put such a rtgage on coming generations tlint you vill never dare to ask anything more," he said. 'But Parnell will never bind our people >y any iron clad mortgages that will tram- nel the liberty ot Ireland," I said, as we went in to dinner. HYMN OF XATLMIK. HEY. \v. n, o. (Soil of t'l-' ivirtli'" oNicndc Tlio ilsuk i.'rc(>n firHli rc'Nipmi'tl It*: Tlio nunintnlni rl"i' lik"" Imly town*. Whore nutn mlcM rommmio with tlti» «k.v; Tho ti\II clifT (•I^iHcnu't- t'io «tcvin That lmn'r« "I"'" l! "' "''' 1'i'low. U'lu-ri' *hnr.Vct f.iutimrr- -OIK! (Itrir «rnviiii«. With joyous mnsli- in ;hoir How, lloil of tlio ilnrk ami lu-ivlir.: drop: Tlio iv.'ivt'S lio shvpinir nn tho sjunl*, Till HIP II' !•<•<• trumpet of tli" siorm Until smmnoni'tl up ilioir tliumliM-itur l>:\tnlj; Thou tin 1 while sin'N aro ila*hcit with ro:in\. Or hnriy, trotnhlliii;. o'or tlic !»on«, Till I'.'ilmiMl by Ihoo. Iho Mnklnt: milo Serenely I'ri'atlicf, Depart In poan- (.loil of tho (oroM's solemn stuiilo! The granileur of Hie lonolv troo That wve«tle« Mnijly with the (•«!<• Mfts up mlmtrlne eve* to tln'o: Hut more innjivllr fur they *>t;in<l When, «!ito hy slilc Iliclr ranks they form, To wave on hlc'li their plumes of preen, Ami llelit Ilielr Ixiltlc? ivilh tlin.«ti>rml (loil of the llnrlil nnil vlewles" air! Where summer lireozes sweetly (low, Or, KntliPtliiR In their supry tiiiRlil, The fierce nnd wintrv tempests blow; All— from the evenini; c plaintive s»l;jh Tliat hardly lifts (lu> dro "plinj flower, To the wild whirlwind's midnight cry— Itrenthe forth the IrtHRimp' of thy power. CHAPTEU XXV.—TItK TtCNtC. It is such beautiful weather, let's have i picnic, to-duy," said Stella, one morning at breakfast. "Then it's the very last chance wo will havo while Col. llayues is- with us. Are you really going day after to-morrow?" she nsked of him. "Yes, Lady Woverland, 1 must RO then. I will st ay and see Lord Waverland elected, which will take place to-morrow, then I must tear myself away. Hut 1 urn in fur n picnic to-day," he paid, with animation. "A picnic!" cried Myrtle, intensely excited, for, to hor, u picnic represented a fairy world. \\*liu shall we ask to join our party?" nsked Stella. "We'll stop for the St. Glair's. They uro always ready for pleasure. You remember them; the girls wero those good n rollers that wore hero tho night ot our return," I explained to the Colonel. Then there's Johnny O'llork. Wo must ask him for Annie's sake. Ho thinks she is the only gkl worth looking at in all the world." "Hut wait," said Stella. "I must soe if there is any thing in the house lit for lunch," and uway nho tripped as Imppy as a lark. "Waverland, yon are the must fortunate man alive in having won such n glorious wit'ol If I could only Hud such M dear little woman to brighten my life, I should lie as happy as a king." "You may well say Unit,. 1 have tlio one woman of all Hie world Hint could make mo happy. Unl llii'vo are nlliors, from whom yon may choose one jusl us dear to you.' 1 Soon the nrriiiiji'emciits were completed. Tho old family earring.'eamo to tho door. Myrtle was inside eager ID sl.-irl. The lunch basket, llshlng tackle, some bows und arrows, a croquet set unit any and everything that could possibly atld pleasure to the party, was placed in a light wagon with u number of Hcrvmils to accompany ns. With happy hearts we started for Sir Wren's. As wo passed through the little tenant village wo saw many a pleasant face, eager for tt smile from the "swnte leddy!" "Are yon doing nnyMiing '" help my cause in'tho coming election?" I asked of Stella. "Only remembering old acqnivlntuiu'os* nnil milking a few now ones," she said. "I can HOC u great change In tho condition of the people on your estate since lust year." "I know they (ire more comfortable und I think more contented. Hut who could blame thorn for being (Uncontented? Hunger and cold would ulVee.t oven my placid temperament," I said, laughing. "Yes, the old ad.-tgo Ui.-it 'if yon give nn •Englishman u good dinner, then nothing tan harm him,' holds good the world /»,*<,,. " uiii/l ('.nl l-fjl vijt'S (To bo continued.) FIUST 1'OSTAUK STAMP. Tim ItuliuiiH Claim tho llonor of Hnvlng I'rocluciMl It. (foil of (tin fnlr inn! open ?kvl How filorlmis ahove ns springs Tlio tinted dome of heaven Iv liine, Suspended In- the ralnhow v s rings 1 Knch lirllliniil slur, tlntl spiirklei" through, Knelt elided cloud, thai wanders free In ovcnlnjj'H purple niillflnro, ^ives Thehoaiity of Its prnlse to Ihoo. Ood of the inllliiK orlis above! Thy inline. Is written rlenrly tn the warm day's unvarying hla/o. Or evening's jjoldon shower of Unlit. 1'or every lire that fronts Hie sun And every spark Hint walks alone Around, the utmost. Yorjj« of heaven, Were kindled at thy hurtling Ihronn. Cloil of the world tho Imiir must come, And nature's self lo dust relurnj Her cnimhlliig altars must decay, Her Incense (Ires nlntll rnnso lo Imrn; llul still her (jfiind and lovely scenes Him 1 iniido iniin'.* \vnniiost pralsow How; For hearts jjrow holler us they truce Tlnilmiiul.v of Iho world helow. The Italians claim to bo tho first who introduced postage stamps into tho world of "lettRrs." Now, if you open tiny encyclo- paedia, whether Italian or foreign, you will see that tho postage stamp was invented by Rowland Hill, and was introduced into use in 1840. But Italians now soy that all this is wrong, und that the postage stump is un Italian invention, and was introduced in Turin in 1818, under Victor Emanuei I., king of Sardinia, tho first stump being un dosign of a genius on horseback, surrounded by a round frame, oval frame, arid octagon frame, of tho worth of 15 cents, 25 conts und 1 50 cents. Thoso fire'., stumps, however, were rather postal c-.rds than stamps, sinco the writing was on them, und not in- closed within any en/elope. They could be folded, however, und sealed. These remained in uso until 18HG. It was precisely this system, Italians now say, that Sir Rowland Hill adopted campaign was In store for mo. I could not (though the encyclopiudias say he, invented be ; it) 22 years later. Afterward ThoniUM rely upon this man with an iron will to present to rule tho mob as ho hail done today. I almost dreaded to go homo and tell Stella, and yet, how could i wish for better news. When I reached homo Stella mot ino at the door saying: "I know all!" "How did you hearf" "1 was ut tho village and had commtmi- cation brought me ovory half hour. Do you think I would stay at homo und know you were in danger, if a riot should take place? No, I must be near und know the Sir ' WOI ' st ' at least," she said, as sho gave me a, welcoming kiss. "Then you were going to be my guardian angel and watch over me, wero you, little woman?" I asked, leading her into the house. "Yes, Loyd, if there is such a thing aa holding a charm ovor another's life, I would exercise that power and always shield you from harm," "You do hold a charm, my sweet, precious wife. Your love for me gives me power to resist evil, and for your sake I am ambitious. To-day has brought out possibilities that will call forth all tho untried energies of my nature, and I need your help and advice to give me courage to overcome the difficulties that lie before me." She raised her clear brown eyes to mine, eloquent with love and trust, saying: "Dear Loyd, you know you always have all the encouragement I can give you. I am proud of my noble husbandl" she said, with confiding love. "But do you think Mr. Parnell will elect his men?" "Yes, I believe he will. He has now gained his point in one of the worst coun- , ties in all Ireland I I think every man wont , home in sympathy with him and ready to I work as he directs. Here comes the Colo- I -.1.>il tall TW lurty t.lmv con- Cnalmers proposed Ihe separate ppstac'c-s stamp, to bo placed on any kind of lettw or envelope to please Hio writer, and this soon became adopted by other countries. In 1857 tho United SUtos of America again robbed Italy of its invention by making stamped envelopes for newspapers.' In 1875 Austria also robbed Italy of its invention by introducing postal cards. In UKArON HMKFKN'N SUIT. Miss Caledonia stood shaking tho table cloth out into tho yard and scolding th chickens as they darted about greodil clucking over tlio rain of ertimlw Mm!. Fell from tho snowy linen cloud. Tho lady wu» rather thin'and hi'r hair showed a silver tin-end hero nnd there in its brown, straight bands, but ir, Doacon lilill'on's oyes she wits vory comely still, in tier neat dark dross, phi in collar and white apron, which had rather a coquettish looking bow of ribbon at tho waste-bind, and her eyes wero bright und smiling in srite of the forty years of life's storm und gloom they had looked out on. Tho doacon pitus- od as he was riding by and called (rood morning. "La. Deacon Bliffon, is that you V" said Miss Caledonia in reply, giving tho tablecloth a litm! shako before folding it up. "Yosm'm; is Obadiah at homo? 1—1 would—" "No, he's just gone. They're patching up tho fence over in tho meadow, and ho B tWo. Hill, get down deacon and I'll blow tho horn for him." Tho deacon alighted and secured his gray mare, but ho caught Miss Caledonia's bund us she put tho horn to hor lips. "Never mind about calling him, ma'am; most likely he's busy, but if you'll lot me I'll just take u scat hero in your kitchen, und miiy bo ho'll come back to tho IIOUHO— .—for—'for—something bo's forgotten. "LuV" suid his hostess, eyeing him in wonder. Then as u thought struck hor, her piilc face flushed up liko a girl's und sho suid no more, but busied herself ubout her morning work, chatting as sha wont to the deacon about widow Green's hick cow, Iho Sunday school work und tho Dorcas society. Sho made no sign but her glance foll'tinie rind again anxiously at tho cloudy sky showing in gray putohos through tho windows, und hor thoughts wero busy depicting Ubudiiih's disgust and wrath if it began to ruin and 'no returned to tho houso to find Deacon Billion in her kitchen ut !) o'clock in tho morning. That circumstance could, of course, boar but one meaning, and plmdiuh hutod courtship und lovers. Obadiah would call her un old goose. Sho know ho would, and Miss Caledonia shivorod to remember, how bo had laughed fivo yours before, when Lemuel Crane hud como to cull on Sunday evening, laughed till poor Lemuel had crept away nover to como buck. It had always boon thus, ovon when sho was ;i girl. In tho inoiintiino Obadiah worked away at tho meadow fence till a drop like ubig tour splashed on his hand. Ho wiped it oil, but twenty, thirty, fifty came polling after it. So ho sent his men uwuy, und stood undecided for u moment. Ho wanted to seo Deacon liliffon about tho mortgage Ilarkor wanted on bin mill, und his advice us to the vuluo of tho mill. Tho ruin was likely to drive tho doacon homo, too, so ho could not do better than to stop ovor to his house—it wus us near as his own—and talk the matter ovor with him. He had to run for it, for tho ruin was full- ing heavily, so ho tore up the deacon's slops and rapped ut tho door with quito u glow in his i'iico and ut hits heart at his boyish run. "Is your pa ul home?" ho said, smiling with h'is usual pleasantncs's ut pretty Kitty Bliffen us she opened the door. Str.mgo he had never noticed before how vory pretty tho girl wa a . Why her hair wus like "spun gold and hor evos us bluo as those flowers Caledonia was always tend nil f hr fallintr rain bwit a «off, nccompant- mf'rit to tioth pictures. After that, tirst morning it w>nif»rl to poor (virwienrf-v-trickrn M'.•>.•) C.ilOflonia ")li:iiii:',h was vory often from hnmo, and r once ili-l (ho deacon in his many visits n-'ver run ncro«s him. "Poor misusptvtinj? follow!" thought bis ;((•!•. "I iMit hardly fuce htm when he loos como in. :niil it really seems as if he vns kimifr than lie nsfd to lie. He loiiR-h! melhur pink mmlin I said waa iretty. us if 1 had any idea of coining out it my age in a thing liko that, James— Icar'me; Deacon BlitTen, I meiui.says I'm :>nly in the prime of life." Hho sighed, UK! smiled and sighed nguin, ''I can't :ell ObmHnh, I just can't! He'd laugh at is both, a widower liko the deacon and an old maid liko me, besides I couldn't nive the heart to leave him hern to look ifter himself." "No, I'll have to give .Tamos up," «ho oncliuied, and forthwith began to cry, in which occupation tlio deacon discovered liei. I'shaw!" said that, gentleman, smiling. "We'll juat make the foolish fellow reason, liocauso. he's a rusty, crusty old hater of matrimony ho mustn't expect^ to msko other people such. He. shall live with us, Caledonia, and you shall be 08 lovoled to him ns you like, only yon must spnro a little love for me. Npiv here is the (lucsfion. Will you tell him or shall 1." Miss Caledonia shivered, but answered bravely: "No, no. If I must strike him thin blow. let. me be the one to toll him. It shall be part of my punishment," So after tliiMimnncr of women she cookod her brother an unusually nice supper, and made much of him when he caiuo in. Somehow he seemed vory thoughtful, ami several times l.hcir anxious oyes met by aecl- dent., when hoMi faces Hushed and both hearts,u panu; of keenest solf-roproach. Oimdiah scarcely touched (he marmalade poor iMiss Caledonia had brought out on this special occasion because ho was HO fond of it, and the lady noticed it in dismay. "Can ho heard it'? No surely not,." Tlioro was no hope that, sonio one else had wived her tho dreadful task of breakinp; it, to him. After Iho thinK* were cleared away and Mm lire houpod up in n cheerful dancing llaiiie, .Mi-* Caledonia drew her chair close to when; her brother NII(. sLuriiipr into the i lire. "Ohudiah, dear brother," sho faltered, "1 must,—liotu—1 fool it my duty t(i Hpeuk to yon of Honiolhing.' "Yes, yes, Caledonia, 1 know — 1 know, I fcarc'I you would— you would," stammered Odadiah, embarrassed and Ooush- ud as a school boy. "it griovosjiuo very much, dour brother," wont on his sisHir twisting her apron around her hands. "I know it would, I know it." "I cu'-mot boar lo think of. leaving you," mi id the poor lady bursting into tours. "Why yon must not think of such u thing, there, there, don't, cry! Nothing shall bo changed. We will love each other just as well, und you shall teach Kilty nil you know." "Killy y" oshoud Miss Caledonia. "Oh, yes, 1 shtdl lovohorus a daughter. How good you uro, Obadiah, to think of her. _ "Love has u daughter. Humph!" said Obadiah. "Why, them's not all th(it}difft'ronco in your ago. Plenty of sisters have the same voars between them. A daughter! Yon "might havo spared that allusion, Caledonia, knowing I am onlj u few years younger than you." "Younger than mo," cried AT IBS Caledonia, bewildered and indignunt. "Why you know perfectly well, Obadiah CrumOj that you uro live years older than 1 am.' and it grieved Then molting sho ran to hor brother clasped him in hor arms. "1 se~ '• is, my dear, dour brother, I've „ uud upset you so you don't know what you're saying. If you feel HO about it, I'll not go away from you not for all tho Doacon Billions in tho whole world." Obadiah raised her drooping head from his breast and looked her in the face, his lips twisting violently. "Caledonia,' ho suid solemnly, "What have you been , talking about?" ,. , marry ing Deacon About— about my Bliffon next week!" Obadiah gavo u shout. • "You were? Woll, I U'oiiffht you wero talking of mv miiiTving Kitty BlifFon the week ttfJtoVl Miss Caledonia burst into fresh [tears. "Oh, Obadiah, Obadiah. I urn HO hupny! May — may yon bo hapry, brother. But please forgive me— I'm afraid sho won't know how to roast your mutton to the turn you liko it, nor to— season tho catsup as I did?" ing. What wero they? Oh, yes, forget- not at 111 VCIl \iL\Jll tJY 1 11 Ul «J t-l LH-<1 11 fci IJWOUUll VH4VA.J. 1(1 *~* ,-_ 111 1882 Belgium robbed Italy of its original m« nols. No. the cteucon was ireation by introducing postal notes. All j j'ouio, but Mr. Crump must wa k in, tor A C1V11,. WAR INC1UKNT the fuss, therefore, that was made during the 15th anniversary of tho postage IUO 1UII1 illimvuisiuy Ul mu jjuomga ---- -p . i stumps, aud which gave so much honor to <\i'"plo P 1 ")?'^' m and out ot hor round England, should hove devolved on Italy,! ch«ek. What did it remind him \vhereitwusfirstinventedandintroducod °'' in 1818. At least, so say the Ituliuns. A Heavy Kuln. (jood Mown. Young inhabitant—1 neve.' saw it rain harder than it Uid today. Old inhabitant—Today wasn't a circumstance to a rain we hud onco.. at Grass mg rf ^ t(J m -- fa Lake, I took my rowbout out to paint it, j • - •* and.had it Jay in'on the ground, bottom; up, dryin' when the storm commenced, j Well, would you believe it tho rain came I uown so thick that that old boat thought i sho was in the water an' went floatin' off, bottom up. •JiKik'K Tullsoiiui ntnruhoH W«ro Over, and 'I'lutro Wurii no RIi>i-u ItattluH to Fight. Among many incidents related to me by soldiers on thoir return from the lute war was tho following: A score or more of men woro gathered in a group on tho camp-ground when one of them began to sing in a musical tenor •The Crimean 0 imp Song." All listened with brouthlHss interest to the rich tones ot tho manly singer us they flouted on tlio still air. With tendoi pathos in his voico ho sung the words: "Am! lrl>>)i Norn'H uyi'B ur« dim Kor u Hliigtir ilumli uml (.'lory: Ail I ICnglliili Mury moimiH for him." A stray bullet sped ovor Iho skirmish line, and before any of tho number could oven turn thoir heads, tho singer had gone to join tho ban-', and the Crimean camp Bung Annio Laurie. Thoy mourned their comrade, theso wurm-hwirted soldier-boys, but us he was lying so culm and peaceful it was raining so hard ho would got wot Jin the last restful sloop, they thought through. This with many Iliishoa and ul of Iho many hard miles of weary inarches, " " " tho buttles to bo fought, and tho hardships still in storo for them. One of the soldiers drow a rough, brown hand usross his eyes us ho muttered, "Jack has no more battles to fight, his toilsome marches are ovor,"and those who heard him felt a softened sorrow und a fooling, almost of thankfulness, entered their hearts, us U should ours when any of our loved ones are called within the Father's fold—the weury march of lifo o'er. VENIOB, Mr. Crump sat and pondered this for quito u minute us ho drew off his dripping coat und put on tho dry one of hor father's Kitty brought him. Then ho remembered with u intiiK 1 ' such as his heart Hource!.? understood. Oh, yes, ho remembered it well! Sho hud bluo eyes, liko those Kitty lifted up to his face, and in her cbeek u dimple, too, played hide und BKNOUNCKI) AS A J..I15. UenertU Newgate Disclaims Any Uj In lieruiudu. LONDON, March 12. — Lieutenant Governor Newgate, comrnander_ of the forces in Bermuda, writes emphatically denying the story of an alleged military uprising two months ago ]by the Leicestershire regiment. The attorney general of Ber< muda and prominent citizens also denounce the story as a baseless lie. The Times, in Poor girl! Her grave hud known the snows of thirty winters, for she had slipped away from life while still a child, but In A Dilemma. a country town u tailor was accus- >UU,lAU.U, 9M>, furnished agency says the dispatch in queetepn her memory hud awakened in tho boyish heart of her lover, whose only romance it had boon and softened him moat wonderfully toward Kilty BUffen, who hovered abouUiim with most fluttering solicitude as ho but und dried his feet at the cheery bla/.e she hud kindled on the hearth of the best parlor. All hor lift she had admired her father's friend, for it was that he hated woman und she adored people out of the ordinary. I'liutf, while, the deacon eat and helped $ iss Caledonia string pepper with their ch'airs close together, Obadie.h listened to , Kitty Bliff.m's fresh „ „..".._ w " . "Beul«in Land" to the ranuw of the olw I spinet that had been her grandmoth,ej;'g tomed to make occasional pilgrimages to the nearest city to obtain his goods, ana ho never resorted to writing unless in caaa of dire necessity and hiute. At one timei however, ho wus in need of two of the articles called "a tailor goose," and was unable to leave home, So in great distress he began to compose his note, which speedily presented a difficulty, beyond the usual one of spelling the words properly, in the shupe of an unimtnagaable plural. Should he say "geese" or "gooses? &} last a brilliant idoa occurred to him, ana i he sent off the following note: "Dear Sir.: Flaw send me at once % tailor's goose, and oblige. Yours respectfully. A.

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