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Vernon Clipper 23 Jan 1880

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A LEGEND OF ARABY – by Robert Burdette ‘Twas even, and Fatima, old and gray, Stood at her door to hear the khadoot sing; And as the tarboosh tolled the close of day, She heard her faithful Bah-wow whimpering. “Kooftah; the dog is hungering” she said “And too stuck up. I reckon, to eat bread.”

Straightway she oped the ke-yew-ubbahrd door For the dim relic of the soup – a bone; While Boh-wow sat expectant on the floor, And pounded with his tale in monotone. But she put on her khafadon, and said, “There is no meat; by-nings; you must eat bread.”

She took the Wady Hadir in her hand, And sought the Beled Yemen down the street; While the low sun across the desert sand Touched with the hadramant Akaba’s feet. To speak her hunger, quick she touched her throat, “Yokoob el Hafed, haben ale sie such brod?”

Then raised her finger in the air, and smiled “Hoop-la!” she said; “just put on the slate.” And homeward fled, while Hafed, somewhat riled, Marked on her score twelve cents instead of eight. But when Fatima reached the ranch – zounds! Bah-wow had sought the happy hunting grounds.

In speechless grief she dashed upon the floor The loaf, for lack of which the dog went dead. She paused one moment at the open door; “No, he’s too thin for sausages,” she said, “Sihond mehanna drahy jab el wag gin!” (Give me a cracker-box to put my dog in!”

But at the door she stops and gives a shriek Tht can be heard at Nedjed, fourteen miles For the dead Bah-wow, placid, happy, sleek, Sits up alive, looks in her face, and smiles “Islam Abdalah! Nassh-el-wahed matchet” Which means “Just a minute and you’ll catch it.”

She sought the bazaar of the shoosterman, And cried, “Ah! Wilkin, I would buy a boot, Strong as a derrick, that will boost a man High as the price of early northern fruit.” She put it on, and found her dog, the brute At the front window, playing of the flute.

Then she was mad. “By Ibrahim’s beard” she yelled, “I’d rather hear a double-barrelled bassoon!” She raised her foot; with rage her bosom sweellled, And then she lifted Bah-wow to the moon. “Wadji iouarick! Garattee! Ki-yi-d!” Which means, “I wish I’d stayed dad when I did.”

Slow sinks the sun; the tarboosh on th ejeld By the kafusha’s marasoot is thrust; And sacred mourzouk in the nagah held, Breathes in the haunted busted afullah’s crust While the fafallat sings the Badween chants Likewise his sistahs, cuzzhans and hvshantts.

STORIES AND SKETCHES – By Minnie Holbrook “Millicent, Millicent, where it supper?” “God only knows, child.” There she sat staring into the little fire on which their last atom of wood was burning, and seeing in the red ashes into which the light wood dropped so quickly, pictures of the past. They had never been rich people, but always comfortable. Her father was a seafaring man – first mate of an ocean vessel – and her mother a tidy housewife, who made everything bright and cozy. How he used to sit telling his adventures to them when he was at home. He would not have been a sailor had there not been sea-serpents and mermaid in them, but nothing was wonderful for those loving folk at home to credit; and indeed he probably believed them himself. The rooms had been pretty with shells and coral branches, and bright parrots in swinging cages and pictures of ships upon the wall. It had been so different from this wretched place in which the two girls now lived. That was not all; the love was gone, the tender care that parents have for their children. The mother lay in her green grave in a far-off cemetery; and who can point the place of a shipwrecked sailor’s grave? She remembered so well how he sailed away that last time – how she looked after hi, her mother and herself – how they waited for news, and waited in vain, until at last there came to them a sailor, saved from the wreck of the “Flying Scud,” who told how she went down in mid-seas at the dead of the night, ablaze from one end to the other; and how Roger Blair, the first mate, was among the missing. After that, poverty and sorrow; departure from that dear old home; toil and a strange city, sickness, friendlessness, and the crowning woe of all, the mother’s death. The girl had done her best for her little sister ever since, but she was not a very skillful needlewoman, and could not earn as much as some others; and now work had given out altogether, and she, pretty and sweet and good, and helpful in a daughterly way about the house, was not quite sure that she could win bread for two in any way – bread an shelter and fire. She was only seventeen, and a frail little creature, with very little strength in her small body, and now that matters were so bad, who can wonder that she almost despaired? “I suppose it isn’t quite supper time yet?” said little Jane again. “What shall I do?” said Millicent to herself, as she looked about the room. “I have sold everything – the clock, the books, even mother’s work-box and the parrot. There is nothing left. The child will starve before morning. Oh, what shall I do?” She arose and went to the window, and looked down into the street. It was dirty and narrow, and swarmed with filthy children. Opposite was a little drinking ship, about which a blind man with a fiddle dew a profitless audience. Nothing sweet, or fresh, or pure met her eye there, but between that scene and herself a sudden breeze blew a beautiful ---, and there was wafted to her ----the broken glass an exquisite-- ---without stood a rose in a ---- (TORN) gardener, and it had grown well in its handful of earth. Today it had bloomed; a perfect rose, exquisite in shape, perfume and color, drooped from one stem, and beside it a half-blown bud gave promise of another flower as lovely. Until this moment Millicent, in her anxiety, had forgotten her one treasure. But for a gentle shower that had fallen that morning it might have withered where it stood, for she had not even watered it. Now a bright through flitted through her mind. She had often seen children selling flowers in the street, and ladies and gentlemen seemed glad to buy them. She would force herself to be courageous. She would go out into the street with this rose and its bud, and some one would give her enough to buy a loaf of bread, or at least a roll for little Jane. She would do it – she would. She tied on her hood and rapped her shawl about her, and plucking the flower and a leaf or two, and that bright bud, that seemed perhaps the fairer of the two, bade Jane be good and wait for her, and went down stairs and out from the dingy cross street into Broadway. There every one save herself seemed gay and happy, and well dressed. She seemed to be a thing apart – a black blot in all this brightness. She stood at a corner and held out her flowers, but it seemed that no one heeded her. At last she gathered courage to touch one of the ladies that passed, and say: “Buy a rose, lady – buy a rose! Please buy a rose.” But the woman hurried by as the rest did. It would not do to stand still. She walked on slowly. Whenever she caught a pleasant eye, she held out her tiny bouquet and repeated her prayer. “Buy a rose! Buy a rose!” But the sun was setting, and she was opposite the City Hall Park, and still no one had bought her flowers. She was growing desperate. Some one should buy it. Jane should have bread that night. “Buy a rose! See! Look at it! See how pretty it is!” she cried, in a voice sharpened by hunger and sorrow. “Look! You don’t look at it, or you’d buy.” “These street-beggars should be suppressed,” said a stout man she had addressed. “Yong woman, I’ll give you in charge if you don’t behave yourself.” “He don’t know; he don’t know.” said Millicent to herself. “Nobody could guess how poor we are. Oh, what a hard, hard world!” Then she went on, not daring to speak again, and her rose drooped a little in her fingers, and still no one seemed disposed to buy it. In her excitement, she had walked further than she knew. She was far down Broadway, and before her was Bowling Green, with its newly –trimmed grass plot and its silvery fountain. A little further on the Battery, newly restored to its pristine glory, and on its benches some blue-bloused emigrants, with round, Dutch faces, and their bareheaded wives with woolen petticoats and little shawls crossed over their bosoms and knotted at their waist. As they stated about them, it struck the girl that they, fresh from the sea, might be tempted by the fresh, sweet rose she held in her hand, to spend a few pennies; but when she offered it to them, she was they were more prudent. They only shook their heads solemnly, and looked away from her. At this last hope gone, despair seized upon Millicent. She sank down upon a bench and began to weep bitterly. The twilight was deepening. She was far from home and little Jane. She was faint with weariness and hunger. Beyond the present moment all seemed an utter blank to her. She covered her face with her hands; the rose dropped for her lap unheeded. She cared for it no more. Fate was against her, that no one would even buy a beautiful flower like that from her. There were steps. She heeded them not. There were voices. It mattered not to her. Suddenly some one said: “What a beautiful rose!” And the words caught her ear. She looked up. Three or four seafaring men, with bundles in their hands, were passing by, fresh from the ocean evidently, embrowned by the sun and wind, and the ship’s roll still in their gait. Sailors were always -----. One of these would buy the flower. She held it out. “Buy it, please?” she whispered, faintly. “Please buy a rose?” “I’m glad to get it,” said a stout elderly man, stepping forward. “What’s the price, my lass? Will that do?” He tossed three or four foreign-looking silver pieces into her lap, and took the flower. Then looking at her very closely, he spoke again: “What’s the trouble, lass? Don’t be afraid to tell me. I had a little girl of my own once. She’s dead now. Tell me, can I help you?” Millicent looked up. The man’s face was half hidden by his hat, and he was stouter and grayer than her father had been, but she fancied a likeness. “You have helped me, sir.” she said, “by buying the rose. Thank you very much. My father was a sailor too, and he was ship-wrecked.” “It’s a sailor’s fate,” said the man. “It’s time you was getting home, lass. This city is no place for a young girl to be out after night. But just wait. A sailor’s orphan has a claim on a sailor, and my poor little Millicent would have been about your age if she had lived.” “Millicent!” screamed the girl. “Oh, my name is Millicent. I’m frightened. I don’t know what to think. You look like him – you. I’m Millicent Blair. My father was Roger Blair. Is it a dream? It can’t be true. It can’t be father!’ But the next instant he had her in his arms, and she knew that the sea had given him back to her. Wrecked with the vessel, but not lost. He had been cast upon a desert island, whence he escaped, after three weary years, only to find his little home empty. The widow had left her little cottage to earn her living in the city, and news of her death had been brought back to old home by some one who had been in New York when she died, and who had either heard or imagined that her children were dead also. And the news was told to Roger Blair by kindly people who believed it thoroughly, and had borne it best he could, and head sailed the seas again, a weary, heart-broken man. He had not found all his treasures, but that some were spared was more than he had ever hoped; and the meeting between father and daughter was like that between two arisen from the dead. And so the rose bush had done more for Millicent than she could have dreamt; and to this day it is the most cherished treasure in the little home where the old man lives with his two daughters; and when once a month, its blossoms fill the air with their fragrance, they crowd about it as about the shrine of some sainted thing, and whisper: “But for this we should still be parted.” CULTIVATION OF WHEAT – [Detroit Free Press] A communication has reached this office over the signature of A. B. Travis, of Oakland County, which gives some interesting statements concerning wheat culture. Samples of wheat in the sheaf were sent to illustrate the points made. He says: “My rotation is wheat, corn, oats, clover two years and summer fallow. The sheaf of wheat was grown in a field drilled on September 16th, 1878. Each alternate tooth in the drill was closed up thus throwing the rows of wheat fourteen inches apart. About four pecks of seed was used per acres and the crop was given a thorough cultivation, once in the autumn and twice in the spring with a horse wheat hoe, the work being done at the rate of one acre per hour. I am satisfied from my experience that the crop on ordinary soil may be thus increased from five to twenty bushels per acre. Pursuing this method I would always put my seed upon a summer fallow. Last year a committee was selected to gather, weigh, and pass judgment upon wheat managed differently upon my place. The soil was similar in two pieces, but in the one the drills were eight inches apart and ninety pounds of wheat sown per acre and no inter-culture employed; while in the other the drills were sixteen inches apart and sixty-0four pounds of seed sown per acre, and the grain was cultivated between the fall and spring. Three samples of each were taken, equal spaces being measured off, with the following results: Test No. 1, 16-inches space, cultivated…. 3 lbs Weight 4 oz. Test No. 1, 8-inch space, not cultivated.. 2 lbs Test No. 2, 16-inch space, cultivated……. 3 lbs 2 oz. Test No. 2, 8-inch space, not cultivated 1 lb 9 oz Test No. 3, 16-inch space, cultivated 2 lbs 10 oz Test No. 3, 8 inch space, not cultivated 1 lb 10 oz. “The committee found that there was a difference in favor of the broad cultivated drills, having less seed of sixty-nine and one-third percent.” “Again, another difference was noted: In the three samples without culture the number of heads of wheat was to the three samples with culture as 1039 is to 1541, showing that the tilling in the latter case produced more heads than the increased seed in the former. I am satisfied also that by cultivating wheat and thus increasing the number and strength of the shoots we are doing all we can to help grain to overcome the ravages of the Hessian fly. On strong soils, too, the stand will be stronger from cultivation and not so apt to lodge. My experience has all been in favor of thin sowing and interculture.”

A WELL GOVERNED CITY Paris is the last place a runaway criminal would wish to go to. Such is the vigilance of that city’s government that no rogue can possibly hide there –and no honest man lack protection. The population, floating or permanent, of every arondissement or ward in Paris is counted officially every month. Be your abode at hotel, boardinghouse or private residence, within forty-eight hours you are required to sign a register, giving your name and occupation, and former residence. This, within the time mentioned, is copied by an official ever traveling from house to house, with the big blue book under his arms. The register gives, also, the leading characteristics of your personal appearance. -------attaches itself to host or landlord who fails to get or give to the official such registration of his guests. There are no unmarked skulking holes in Paris. Every house, every room, is known, and under police surveillance, every stranger is known and described at police headquarters within a few days of his arrival. Once within the walls of Paris, and historically, so to speak, your identity is always there. In case of injury to any person the sufferer is not dependent on the nearest drug store for a temporary hospital, as with us. In every arendissement may be seen the prominent sign, “Assistance for the wounded, asphyxiated, or poisoned.” Above always hangs the official tri-color. I say “official” because a certain slender prolongation of the flag-staff denotes that the establishment is under government supervision, and no private party may adopt this fashion. The French flag is not flung to the breeze like the Stars and Stripes, so that none can tell whether it indicates a United States government station or a beer saloon.

A REIGN OF SNAKES – A RAILROAD BLOCKADED WITH THEM, AND A TRAIN COMPELLED TO HALT (Communication in St. Louis Globe-Democrat0 In Northwest Missouri, where ex-Gov. R. W. Stewart resided years before an after his political career, up to the time of his death, many old citizens love to tell of his brilliant conversational powers and inexhaustible fund of anecdotes. The Governor often told of the difficulties which he had to surmount, and in one of his happiest moods he related a snake story which I have never seen in print. In those days, said the Governor, snakes were not only uncommonly numerous, but infested certain portions of the State to such an extent that farmers would often pack up their household wares and remove elsewhere. During the building of the road I have seen them so troublesome and numerous that the hands would sometimes stop work and inaugurate a short campaign against them with shovels, axes, and crowbars. The serpents were not vicious, the men being hardly ever bitten, but the great vexation consisted in their sociality and perfect indifference to danger. They apparently were utterly devoid of that instinct of self-preservation with which the Almighty endowed every creature. At night they would sometimes make sleep impossible by hissing and squirming in and about the tents, and during the day they would vex the men almost beyond endurance by running between their legs and otherwise annoying them. They were not considered dangerous, being of that species known as prairie hissers. It was only now and then that a rattler was discovered among them, and death was sure to follow, for the men would always stop and find time to chase one until he was overtaken and his head chopped off. The men always dreaded a shower, for then the snakes were the worst. They would literally swarm out on the prairies and travel in schools. On one occasion of this kind, when the road was in course of construction in Livingstone County, the construction engine with three flat cars was at the last camping place, about ten miles in the rear of the track builders. I was there awaiting the land of some tools and spikes, which it was intended to convey to the end of the road. It had been raining all morning, but cleared up about noon, and when we pulled out after dinner the weather was pleasant but a little hazy. We had traveled about half the distance when the engineer – I was riding on the engine – called my attention to the hundreds of snakes crossing several hundred years in front of us, the track for a short distance being black with them and entirely lost to sight. The engine-driver opened the throttle and in a few moments we were crushing through them. The drivers had not made more than two or three revolutions when they began to fly around at lighting rapidity, and the speed of the train was slackened. The wheels of the engine were almost clogged with crushed snakes, and still the track was actually buried beneath them for one hundred yards in front of us. We did not succeed in getting much more headway, when the train came to a standstill. We were unable to make our way through them, and amused ourselves by knocking them off the engine. We were detained nearly an hour before the grand march of the serpents and crossed and we were enabled to proceed. They seemed to be moving that day, and the earth seemed to be alive with them; indeed they seemed to cover the earth.

A COOL LETTER FROM A HUSBAND – [London World] I have become accidentally possessed of the following letter, which is a correct copy of one lately addressed by a Corporal of Marines to his wife, from a vessel which is at present stationed off the west coast of Africa. “WIFE – I was greatly surprised to hear from you (through my Captain). I had forgotten that I was married, and to tell you the truth, I had entirely forgotten you. I should have thought that a handsome young woman like you would have been above applying to a poor marine for help. I think you have been guided by your mother in this matter, as you have in all others. Well, I should like you to act upon my advice for once; that is to take no notice of your mother, do the best you can for yourself, and, if possible, get married again. It might be better for you. I can assure you that I never will trouble you as long as I live. I am very comfortable in the service, and there is not doubt but that I shall stay in the service for the next 16 years. My Captain said that he would not interfere with my private affairs, and if I had any trouble with you to take no notice of it. I must now conclude, and I don’t think I shall ever see you or Manchester again, for I have greater attractions in Portsmouth that any other part of England. “I remain, etc. P.S. – I cannot return your letter as it is lost. In this letter the sternness of the warrior and the inconstancy of the sailor are fearfully and wonderfully combined.

“LONG METRE” INQUIRES “How do you cure hams?” Dear Metre, it depends on what ails the hams. If they have a slight cold, soak their feet in hot water and feed them composition tea. If there are symptoms of consumption slice thin and fry and the consumption is assured. If you wish to prevent the consumption, hang the ham out doors where the sun can strike it for a week or two.

THE QUANTITY of gold minted in Victoria from the discovery of the precious metal to Dec. 31, 1878, is estimated at 192,050,682 lbs. This -----has shown a steady decline of -----

MUSIC IN STONES – [New York Herald] A very interesting and curios exhibition was given by M. Baudre at Charlier Institute yesterday afternoon. M. Baudre made the accidental discovery of musical notes in pieces of flint, and for twenty-four years he has been collecting enough of these stones to make a chromatic scale. He has now perfected his discovery and has made a musical instrument of the general idea as the harmonicon, but which is much more powerful. The stones, which are of various sizes and form, are just as he found them, no artificial rid being brought to bear in adapting them to this use. The instrument I s composed of an iron frame, along the top of which the stones are suspended by means of stout twine; then, with two bits of stone that have no resonance. M. Baudre played a variety of tunes, making nice harmonies and bringing forth exceedingly sweet tones. The stones are not regulated by weight, as entirely different notes weigh just the same; the musical quality is something given them by nature. Besides the stones, M. Baudre had a number of bits of wood about the size of an old-fashioned clothes-pin, which he threw on the marble floor one at a time, and they produced the regular notes of the scale with remarkable correctness. The singing stones, however, are the more interesting of M. Baudre’s discoveries.

RECOVERING A LOST WATCH – [Bridgeport (Conn.) Farmer HORACE WEDGE, of Long Hill, Bridgeport, went out shooting recently, and returned at night after a tramp covering several miles of ground. After his return home he put his hand in his hip pocket for his watch and found it was missing. He then remembered that at Stepney Depot that day, he and his companion had pulled out their watches and compared them with the depot clock; but this was worth nothing as an indication for finding the lost property as they had tramped a weary round since them. That or the following night he dreamed that he saw his watch lying near a beach tree, in a run near Long Hill, where they had killed a couple of birds, and so vivid was the dream that the following day he resolved to go and take a look for the watch. He found the tree he saw in his dream without difficulty, and lying near it, just as he had pictured in his dream, he found the missing watch safe and sound.

ANGELS DON’T CHEW TOBACCO A Methodist minister, the REV. MR. H---, was a good man, but rough in his ways, and very fond of chewing tobacco. One day he was caught in a shower in Illinois, and going to a rude cabin near by, he knocked at the door. A sharp-looking old dame answered his summons. He asked for shelter. “I don’t know you,” she replied, suspiciously. “Remember the Scriptures,” said the dominic. “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” “You needn’t say that,” quickly returned the other; “no angel would come down here with a big quid of tobacco in his mouth.” She shut the door in his face, leaving the good man to the mercy of the rain and his own reflections.

CHANGING THE COLOR OF THE EYES The strangest news coming to us from Germany – even stranger than that the effeminate Viennese should welcome the man who conquered them at Koniggratz – is that a learned doctor has discovered a means of dying human eyes any color he likes, not only without injury to the delicate orbs, but, as he asserts, with positive advantage to the powers of sight. He can not give fair ladies eyes black as night or blue as orient skies by day, but he can turn them out in hues of silver or gold. He says golden eyes are extremely becoming. Nothing goes down without a grand name; therefore, the German doctor calls his discovery “Ocular Transmutation.” He declares himself quite ready to guarantee success and harmlessness in the operation.

SENSATIONS AFTER AN OPIUM SMOKE DeQuincy’s “Confessions of an Opium Eater” do not describe those of an opium smoker, although the feeling must be somewhat similar. The strangest dreams overtake the unconscious sleeper, the pipe falls from his hands, his face becomes livid, and the visions that pass before his drugged fancy are simply delicious. No dreams of pleasure, no fancied beauty, can equal the scenes and forms called up in the visions of the opium smoker. After half an hour of perfect content and ret the victim wakes to find that with the dawn of reason comes the waking, racking brain. The head feels about ten times its usual size, and the feeling about the heart is most painful.

PROBLEM IN ALGEBRA. – Let Mr. R. stand for x; a mad bull fanning his coat tails with its horns equal y; an eight-rail fence, two and a half seconds distant from life be the emergency. The question is, will x plus y be equal to the emergency. A dollar and a half pair of ear muffs for the first correct solution.

THE CHICAGO TIMES is noted for its dainty headlines. The following is one of its recent strokes of genius in that direction: “Saints in Soak – John Q Cannon, Brigham Young, Jr., and John Taylor Jailed at Salt Lake for Contempt.”

YOUNG MAN, DON’T waste your energies in attempting to wear too delicate a shade of clothes. The girls don’t care for them. Their own finery occupies their -----.

GOOD NIGHT Good night! I have to say good night To such a host of peerless things! Good night unto the fragile hand All queenly with its weight of rings; Good night to fond uplifted eyes Good night to chestnut; braids of hair, Good night unto the perfect mouth, And all the sweetness nestled there – The snowy hand detains me, then I’ll have to say good night again!

But there will come a time, my love, When, if I read your stars aright, I shall not linger by the porch With my adieus. Till then good-night! You wish the time were now? And I. You don not blush to wish it so? You would have blushed yourself to death To own so much a year ago – What? Both these snowy hands? Ah, then, I’ll have to say goodnight again!

CLIPPED PARAGRAPHS A barber generally dyes by overwork.

Mary had a little lamb. It was roasted and she wanted more.

Even criminals like paragraphs – that is to say, they prefer a short sentence.

It is a rule of the penitentiary to cut the locks off before turning the locks on a prisoner.

The boy who is well-spanked fully realizes the deep meaning of sterns juitice. (sic)

“Be careful how you punctuate the stove,” is the latest. It means not to put too much colon.”

It’s not only hard work to pop the question, but it is equally hard to question the pop about it afterwards.

A lame farmer was asked if he had a corn on his toe. “No,” he said, “but I’ve got lots on the car.”

Cervantes has said, “Every one is son of his own works.” This makes the great Krupp a son of a gun.

A man may have a Boston look in his eye simply by letting his imagination dwell on the things that have been.

Just as soon as ladies belts are made to look like surcingles horses will demand a change of fashion for themselves.

Don’t judge a man by his clothes. Can you tell what the circus is going to be like by looking at the Italian sunset pictures on the fence?’

Job has been marked down in history as the patient man. The fact is that at one time he was just boiling over with impatience to die.

If the surrounding circumstances are congenial, it is fair to conclude that the position preferred by lovers is juxtaposition which suits them.

A projectile weighing 1,700 pounds, shot from a cannon charged with 425 pounds of powder is the latest. Why not use the earth for a cannon ball?

An Irishman should patronize the concrete pavement because every time they look upon it they will see their country’s emblem – sham-rock.

Kansas school-teacher: “Where does our grain go to?” “Into the hopper.” “What hopper? “Grasshopper,” triumphantly shouted a scholar.

“I am glad that painted belts are in style,” said a frisky fellow, as he artistically decorated the one he received over the eye the previous day.

A correspondent wants to know what is an affinity. An affinity, my dear sir, is something that exists between a small boy and his neighbor’s grape vine.

A man’s clothes are not always indicative of his character; for a fellow may wear the loudest kind of garments and yet be as mild and quiet as an autumn sunset.

Fashion understands that a lady is in a full dress when the trail of her garments cover her form, the spittoon and three squares of Brussels carpet at the same time.

A rather gaily dressed young lady asked her Sunday School class what was “meant by the pomp and vanity of the world.” The answer was honest but rather unexpected: “Them flowers on your hat.”

“How came you to be lost?” asked a sympathetic gentleman of a little boy e found crying in the street for his mother, “I ain’t lost” indignantly exclaimed the little three-year-old: “but m-m-my mother is, and I ca-ca-can’t find her.”

The other day, an old toper, recovering from a prolonged spree, sat reading the morning paper. Soon he looked up and exclaimed, “Why, bless my sol, the rebels have been firing on Fort Sumter!” – [Cincinnati Saturday Post]

“Johnny, what is a noun?” “Name of a person, place or thing.” “Very good, give an example.” “Hand-organ grinder.” “And why is a hand-organ grinder a noun?” “Because he’s a person plays a thing.”

He is a fruiter’s factotum; and when he writes letters for his employer, and signs them “John Smith, per Simmons,” he instinctively puckers up his lips. It is seasonably suggestive, and he can’t help it.

A story in an exchange is entitled “In Two Halves.” Will the author kindly inform a suffering public, blindly groping about in the misty avenues of ignorance, in how many more halves it would have been possible to have had that story?

The author of “Grandfather’s Clock” is at last meeting his punishment. One of his daughters, not able to stand the tick any longer, recently stopped short before a clergyman, with a runaway young man, promised never to go single any more, and the old man nearly died.


ALEXANDER COBB, Editor & Proprietor ALEX A. WALL, Publisher $1.50 per annum FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 1880.

The woman who wears rings on the outside of her gloves would part her hair in the middle and wear a scarlet necktie if she was a man.

The National Democratic Committee will meet at Washington on Monday the 23rd of February, to agree upon the time and place of holding the next National Convention. Senator Houston certainly loved his country and his last words, but a moment before death released his patriotic soul from its tenement of clay were: “John, bring my shoes. I must go to Washington.” Thus passed away Alabama’s noblest son.

The press and its correspondents report the Grant boom as failing slowly but perceptibly in the whole country. They now pronounce him decidedly the weakest candidate of the whole lot of spotted, ring-tailed and striped crew and that either of the other aspirants prove stronger on close examination than the much feted soldier and second Washington, so called.

Referring to the many blessings of a smart wife, a wise exchange says: The other morning a citizen called at a hardware store on Woodward Avenue and said he wanted a key to a certain door in his house, and he took up and carried away almost the first key handed out to him. On his way down town after dinner he stopped and exchanged the key for another explaining that the first wouldn’t fit. These changes took place twice a day for the next four days, the citizen being unable to get hold of a key to fit. On the sixth day he drove up to the store with a door on a dray, and calling to the proprietor, he said: “Bring your box of keys out here and we’ll get a fit to that lock. Here I have been running back and forth for about a week, and I might not have got a fit for a whole month if my wife had not suggested that I bring the door down here. Some of these women are mighty smart.” “Why didn’t you take the lock off and bring it down in your pocket?” asked the dealer. The buyer looked at him in a vacant way, stared hard at the door, and sat down on the curbstone with the remark: “It’s a wonder that the whole family wasn’t’ sent to the fool-house en years ago.”

THERE WILL BE FOUR ECLIPSES OF THE SUN and two of the moon this year. The first eclipse of the sun has already occurred, having taken place on the 11th inst. It was only visible in the extreme north western portions of this country and in the Pacific Ocean. There will be an eclipse of the sun July 7th, visible to the southern half of South America. An important partial eclipse of the sun December 1st, visible to the Southern Ocean. A partial eclipse of the sun December 31st, visible to the eastern portions of North America and to the Northern Atlantic Ocean. A total eclipse of the moon December 16th, visible more or less to the whole world. There also will be an accultation of Mars March 17th, visible to the eastern portion of North America. Lent begins February 14th. Good Friday is March 26th. Easter Sunday is March 28th. Christmas will come on Saturday. The 4th of July will come on Sunday.

LAW FOR THE PEOPLE – [from the Tuskaloosa Times] Recovery can be had on a note given for confederate money borrowed. The salary or compensation of a public officer cannot be reached by garnishment. All the earnings of the wife belong to the husband, and he cannot them to her to the prejudice of existing creditors (sic). The note, mortgage, or other contract of a married woman is not binding upon her, with the exception of a note or mortgage given for the purchase money of land. When a note for purchase money of land is assigned “without recourse,” the assignee cannot enforce the vendor’s lien on the land. A Justice of the Peace is liable criminally, but not in civil action, for corrupt official misconduct. The possession of personal property, under claim of ownership, for over six years bars all actions for its recovery. A valid mortgage of personal property, including a crop to be planted, may be made verbally. Any one selling or pledging property, upon which there is a lien, is liable to a criminal prosecution. Advances to make a crop one year, is not a statutory lien on the crop of the second year, though the instrument may purport to give such lien. A marriage contracted by infants, under the age of consent – seventeen if a male, and fourteen if a female – is voidable, and may be disaffirmed. When an administrator, or other trustee buys land at his own sale, the sale is voidable, and the parties in interest can have it set aside at any time within six years. Executors are not jointly liable for assets of the estate wasted, unless they give a joint bond. In all other cases, each one is responsible for his own devastavit. When a horse is sold, and a note given for the purchase money, with the agreement that the horse does not become the property of the purchaser until paid for, the title remains in the seller until the purchase money is paid. To sustain a charge of obtaining good, &c, by a “false Pretense” there must be a false representation of some past or existing fact; the mere promise to do something in future, though not intended to be kept, is not a false pretense, but a naked lie. Spirituous liquors cannot be sold or given to a minor, even though it be done with the consent of the father. Partners cannot claim exemptions in partnership property. The law requires guardians to lend out the money of their wards on good security. they cannot permit the funds of wards to remain unproductive in their hands. A. B. MCEABHIN

THE POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT has issued orders prohibiting the registering of letters of issuing money orders to all frauds. Before receiving letters the orders the other day a letter registered here to a firm in New Orleans was duly returned marked, “Return to writer – fraud” There are 195 names and firms given in the U. S. Official Postal Guide of these “frauds” in the United States. – [Eutaw Mirror]

THE PROFANE SWEARER calls forth our pity, our commiseration and disgust. And of all vices which sinful man falls into, there is for this the least excuse. How awful, how horrible it is to hear a mere child, the little boys of towns and cities, call upon God in cold blood, and common conversation to damn their souls, or the souls of their playmates, and send them to eternal perdition.


The Democrats of Lauderdale County have nominated their ticket for the August election through the agency of Precinct elections.

In the case of JOHN BAILES, the wife murderer of Limestone County vs the State, the Supreme Court reversed the decision of the lower court and remanded it for a new trial.

The Troy Enquirer says: JOHN JONES, of this county, has an anvil which he brought to Alabama in 1818, and had been is use at that time about thirty years. He also has a hat made in the village of Troy in 1836, which he still wears.

Grove Hill Democrat: The awful news reached our town Wednesday afternoon of last week that Mr. A. Lancaster, of Coffeeville, had been shot and killed the afternoon before by his son-in-law, MR. JACK W. CAVE. Family trouble was the cause of the difficulty.

A young man named BLEWSTER, living near Talladega, lost both feet while cutting a tree recently. One foot was caught under the tree and mashed off, and while falling the other was accidentally cut off with the ax.

The Centre Newman, who has evidently spent a portion of is life on a farm, and knows, says: A farmer should sow his P’s, keeps his U’s warm, hive his B’s, kill off his J’s, remember what he C’s, teach his wife what he O’s for the paper that makes him Y’s, and them he can take his E’s.

Tuskaloosa Times: A sad accident occurred across Sipsey River last week. Mr. STRICKLAND’S little son was cutting a tree down with his hatchet, his little sister being present and watching the operation. As the tree was about to fall, the children started to run, and the little boy stumbled, and, in falling, sefit the edge of the hatchet through his little sister’s brains. The parties were both under 10 years old.

Edwardsville Clarion: MR. TRAYLOR, who lives near Camp Creek Church, about twelve miles northeast of this place, was shot at five times last Sunday night by an unknown party or parties. In going to a neighbor’s house he was shot at once, and twice after reaching the inside of the house, thirty-seven buckshot taking effect in the door shutter and water bucket. On his way home he was waylaid and again shot at twice. It is supposed the parties thought they were shooting at HUDGINS, who is new here in jail. It is almost a miracle that he escaped without injury.

A decay of temperance sentiment in New England is deplored by the Springfield Republican, which says that the change for the worse within twenty-five years is particularly marked in villages. Montpelier, Vt., is illustratively described. “Thirty liquor prosecutions have failed to secure a single conviction. Yet the evil of intemperance has gone through that little town like a destroying angel, marking the first born for ruin, with no check for half a generation. It would be easy to name half a dozen young men out of the first families of the place, sons of doctors of divinity, leading lawyers, and other professional and business men, whose lives have been wrecked on this rock. Some of them were college educated, and all might have been if they had chosen to be. Liquor prosecutions are sneered at in one of the leading newspapers of the town. The town agency for the sale of liquors, which is supposed to provide the article in necessary cases, is run to make it pay. This is a type of the village community of New England, where the evil of intemperance is smiled upon rather than denounced and held in check by a strong body of total abstainers and temperate men, as was the case through the country when the temperance reformers began.” The Boston Journal, in an article on the same subject, says one cause of trouble is that the advocates of temperance reform are too often questionable characters, and therefore their work does more harm than good.

A grand Masonic display is to take place in Chicago next August. The Knights Templar of the United States will hold a grand encampment in that city on the 16th of August, and it is predicted that it will be the grandest gathering of Masons that the world even seen. All the preparations have been devised for the accommodations and entertainment of two hundred thousand of these plumed knights and invitations have already been issued. The encampment will last several days during which time prize drills will take place, prizes awarded, receptions, excursion, & C., given, and many other things done to make it the most magnificent event in the history of Masonry. – [Mont. Adv]

SALT FOR STOCK The value of salt for stock cannot be overrated. It is an undoubted fact that where animals have unrestrained access to salt at all times many of the diseased to which they are liable are warded off and prevented by keeping the system regular. Farm animals, when kept on grass or green succulent feed, naturally take more salt than when kept on dry fodder. Salt increased digestion by increasing the flow of salvia, aiding also further by promoting thirst, and a constant flow of fluids to assist in dissolving much of the food which otherwise might be only imperfectly digested. Actual experiments carefully conducted have demonstrated that where hogs are fattened, one fed salt in its food and the other with salt excluded, the one fed salt food fattened very much faster and in several weeks less time. It exceeded in weight by a considerable proportion the one fed without salt in its food. Stock should have free access to salt, and they will only take what is needful’ but if they are left without it for a long time a surfeit is often taken which operates injuriously. – [Western Farmer’s Almanac]

We understand that the colored refugees quartered in the barracks at Topeka have suffered greatly during the recent cold weather. If these deluded creatures could return to the South, we doubt if they could ever be induced to return to Kansas. They had had a bitter experience in this country and have suffered greatly, both from hunger and cold. During the recent cold spell a number of colored refugees were badly frozen. We heard one man whose ears were so badly frozen that he will lose them. – [Wyandotte (Kansas) Herald]

REV. A. J BRIGGS, of the Alabama Conference, has been appointed Grand Lecturer of the I. O. G.T for this State.

HOTEL – The undersigned is prepared to accommodate boarders, either by day or the month, at very reasonable rates. Strick (sic) attention given to transient customers. – L. M. WIMBERLY, Proprietor, Vernon, Ala.

ANNUAL SETTLEMENT State of Alabama, Lamar County Probate Court, ----20th, 1880 In the matter of the estate of SAMUEL J. MORDICAI, deceased, this day came MARTHA L. MORDICAI, administrator of said estate and filed her account and vouchers in annual settlement of her administration -----be 3rd day of February next wa ----upon said account, when and where all parties interested can contest the same is they think proper. ALEXANDER COBB, Judge of Probate

GUARDIAN SETTLEMENT State of Alabama, Lamar County Probate Court, Special Term, January 13, 1880 In the matter of the guardianship of PELINA E. WILLIAMS, this day came THOMAS MOLLOY and filed his account and vouchers in final settlement of his guardianship of said minor’s estate, whereupon it is ordered by the court that the 6th day of February next be a day set for making said settlement, when and where all parties interested can contest the same if they think proper. ALEXANDER COBB, Judge of Probate

BURRIS & BRO. No. 49 Main Street Columbus, Miss. We have now in store a full stock of general merchandise which we offer for sale very low, for the cash. Thankful for the liberal patronage heretofore extended to us, we hope by selling our goods much lower than in the past to be able to add largely to our already numerous list of patrons. Call and see our mammoth stock.

SHELL & BURDINE, Wholesale and retail druggist’s, Aberdeen, Mississippi. Are daily receiving at their Drug Store a very large stock of fresh goods of all kinds usually kept in a first class drug house, and will sell at bottom prices, for cash. All we ask is to give us a trial and we guarantee you will not go away dissatisfied for we are determined to sell goods so low that it will astonish you.

JOHN D. MORGAN. Wholesale and retail dealer in dry goods, staple and fancy groceries, hardware, wooden ware, willow ware, crockery ware, and tin ware. Boots and shoes, hats and caps. Plantation supplies, etc. would announce to his friends and patrons of Lamar and Fayette Counties, that he has in store, and is daily receiving one of the largest and best selected stocks of goods in the city, and invites everybody to call before buying elsewhere and examine his immense stock. It is no trouble to show goods, and when you look, you will be sure to buy for he keeps none but first class goods, and will not be under sold by any home in the city. Columbus, Miss. July 11th, 1879. J. S. ROBERTSON is with the above house, and would be pleased to serve his many friends at anytime.

DR. J. D. RUSH, with ERVIN AND BILLUPS, successors to M. W. HATCH; dealers in drugs, medicines, whiskey, tobacco, cigars, &c. Corner Main and Market Street. Columbus, Mississippi.

NATHAN BROTHERS dealers in whiskies, brandies, wines, cigars, tobaccos and pipes. Our Motto: Quick Sales and Small Profits. Columbus, Mississippi.

(engraving of possibly Santa Claus with huge ELGIN watch) BUDER BROTHERS, watch makers, and manufacturing jewelers, and dealers in diamonds, fine watches, jewelry and silverware. Repairing done neatly and warranted. Under Gilmer Hotel, No. 43 Main ST, Columbus, Miss.



Vernon, Ala., Jan. 19, 1880 At a call meeting of the Board of Intendent and Councilmen of Vernon, it was RESOLVED, that the Intendent appoint a committee of three of the Councilmen to prepare a plan with all necessary specifications for the building of a town prison to report to the Board at noon tomorrow, at which time this Board shall meet to make arrangements for letting out the building to the lowest bidder at 2 o’clock in the evening. The Intendent appointed THOS. B. NESMITH, M. W. MORTON, and WESLEY CASH said committee. JAN. 20, 1880 The Board of Intendent and Councilmen of Vernon met pursuant to adjournment. The committee reported a plan for a town prison, which was adopted and the committee discharged. On motion the Intendent appointed THOS. B. NESMITH to let out the contract at public outcry, to the lowest bidder, at the Court House door, at 2 o’clock, this evening. RESOLVED, that said building shall be let out on the conditions that the prison shall be completed within fifteen days after this day, and this Board shall have the right to reject the work, if it is not done according to the plan and contract, and when said work is received by this Board an order shall issue for the money which shall be paid by the 1st of March, next. M. W. MORTON, Sec. At 2 o’clock, MARDIS MORTON, being the lowest bidder became the contractor for said building at $37.25. M. W. MORTON, Secretary

All interest in a County Musical Convention are requested to meet at Vernon on Saturday before the 2nd Sabbath in next month, for the purpose of organizing.

Public school opened on last Monday morning in the Academy. PROF. J. T. RICHARDSON, teacher.

JIM PETER MORTON caught a large otter on night this week in a steel trap. It was about as much as the little fellow could well carry. His is a good hand at trapping, dead falling –ere, having caught a number of mountain-brook minks this season.


REV. MR. SPRINGFIELD preached an able and interesting sermon on Last Sabbath evening in the court house.

Let all attend divine worship on Sabbath morning; for there is nothing more encouraging to a minister than a large audience of attentive hearers. REV. J. J. CROW will occupy the stand.


We are authorized to announce D. V. LAWRENCE a candidate for re-election to the office of County Treasurer, at the August election in 1880.

Under the following considerations I declare myself a candidate for Sheriff, &c. of Lamar County at the ensuing election. 1st. I was born and raised a freeman in this county. 2nd. By standing in defense of my country I was mangled by the enemies missiles. 3rd. I was incarcerated in prison under false charges preferred against and finally ruined. 4th. I am willing to submit my claims to a Convention of the Democratic Party. Respectfully. J. A. DARR

We are authorized to announce B. H. WILKERSON a candidate for the office of Sheriff and Tax Collector of Lamar County at the ensuing August election, subject to the action of the Democratic party.

PIANOS & ORGANS. From Factory to Purchaser, every man his own agent. Ludder & Bates Grand Introduction….(Too small to read)

MALE AND FEMALE SCHOOL – Detroit, Lamar County, Ala., will commence, Jan. 19th 1880 and continue eight months. Tuition per month of 20 days, $1.50, $2.00, $2.50, $3.00. Board can be obtained with private families at $7 per month. For particulars, address J. F. WHITE, Principal.

ANNUAL SETTLEMENT State of Alabama, Lamar County Probate Court, Special Term, Dec. 8, 1879 In the matter of the estate of ARTHUR T. YOUNG, late of said county, deceased. This day came SAMUEL G. YOUNG, administrator of said estate and filed his account, current and vouchers in annual settlement of his administration. Whereupon it is ordered by the court that the 14th day of January, 1880 be and is a day set for examining and passing upon said account, when and where all parties interest can contest the same if they think proper. ALEXANDER COBB, Judge of Probate

ADMINISTRATOR’S NOTICE Letters of administration was by the Probate Court of Lamar County on the 15th of March, 1878, granted the undersigned on the estate of ARTHUR T. YOUNG, late of said county deceased. This is therefore to notify all persons having claims against said estate to present them to me for payment, properly proven up as the law directs, or they will be barred. All persons indebted to said estate will make payment to me. This 8th Dec. 1879. SAM’L G. YOUNG, Administrator

ADMINISTRATORS NOTICE State of Alabama, Lamar County Probate Court, Special Term ’79 In the matter of the estate of BENJAMIN WINSTEAD late of said county, deceased. This day came JOHN WINSTEAD, administrator of said estate, and filed his amount statement and vouchers in final settlement of said estate. Whereupon it is ordered by the Court that the 8th day of January, 1880 be and is a day set for the passing upon said amount, it appearing from said amount that ELIZABETH MCDANIEL, B. W. WEBB, JOHN H. WEBB, ELIZA ANN RODEN, and FRANCIS WINSTEAD are heirs at law of said estate, and live beyound the limits of this State so that the ordinary process of Law cannot be served upon them. It is ordered by the Court that publication be made in the Vernon Clipper a newspaper published in this county for three successive weeks prior to said day notifying said nonresidents and all others interested of this proceeding and of the day for the making of said settlement when and where they can contest said settlement if they think proper. ALEXANDER COBB, Judge of Probate, Nov. 27

APPLICATION TO SELL LAND State of Alabama, Lamar County Probate Court, Special Term November 24th, 1879 In the matter of the estate of WILLIAM WALKER late of said county, deceased. This day came JOHN D. WALKER, administrator of said estate and filed his petition in writing and under oath praying for an order and proceedings to sell certain lands as belonging to said estate for the purpose of a division among the heirs thereof. When it is ordered by the court that the 7th day of January 1880 be and is a day set for the hearing and passing upon said application and the proof in the support of the same, when and where all persons interested can contest the same if they see proper. ALEXANDER COBB, Judge of Probate

Remember when you visit Aberdeen, to go to the house of Louis Roy and examine his stock. That popular house has a great name for integrity and honesty, and never uses humbug. Every article of dry goods shoes and boots, clothing, hats, and fancy goods is fresh, and warranted to give satisfaction.

PARENTS READ THIS. Nine-tenths of the sickness of childhood is caused by worms. Thousands of children die yearly from worms in the stomach that could have been saved by the timely use of Parker’s Santonine Worm Lozenges. They save thousands of children. They drive out the worms without pain. They cleanse the stomach, and make the little ones bloom and blossom as the rose. The are the finest and best medicine ever made. Thousands of parents all over the land use nothing but Parker’s Lozenges. Buy nothing but Parker’s. Give no other Worm Medicine to children but Parker’s Lozenges. They are the cheapest, best, and safest. Sold by your druggists, W. L. Morton & Bro.

$5 to $20 per day at home. Sample worth $5 free. Address Stinson & Co., Portland, Maine.

CITATION NOTICE R. W. THOMPSON Plff. vs. Attachment J. C. SAYLORS Justice Court, Dec. 15th, 1879. Attachment having been sued out by E. W. THOMPSON against the estate of J. C. SAYLORS which attachment has been returned executed by summoning J. G. ADAIR as garnishee, when the matter coming up to be heard it appearing 5o the court that the defendant J. C. SAYLORS is a non-resident of this State. It is ordered by the court that this cause be continued until the 24th day of January next, and notice of the same be given in the Vernon Clipper notifying said SAYLORS to be and appear before me on said 24th January next and show cause why, or judgement will be rendered against him for amount of plaintiffs demand and amount in hands of garnishee will be condemned. Given under my hand 15th December 1879. A. M. MOLLOY, J. P.

Pictures made in cloudy and rainy as well as clear weather at ECHARD’S Photograph Headquarters at his gallery, Columbus, Miss. 8 Card Ferrotypes, for $1.00. 1 doz. Card Photographs for $2.50. Special attention given to Family Groups and copying Old pictures to any size.

ADMINISTRATOR’S NOTICE. Letters of administration was this day granted to the undersigned by Hon. ALEXANDER COBB, on the estate of WILLIAM WALKER, deceased. This is therefore to notify all persons holding claims against said estate to present them within the time prescribed by law, or they will be barred, also all persons indebted to said estate will make payment to me. This 15tjh day of November, 1879. JOHN D. WALKER, Admr.

ADMINISTRATORS SALE By virtue of an order of the Probate Court of Lamar County, Alabama made on the 7th day of January 1880, I as the administrator of WILLIAM WALKER deceased will sell at the late residence of said WILLIAM WALKER the following tract of land to wit: 20 acres on north end of NE ¼ of SE ¼ and NE ¼ and NW ¼ of SE ½, Sec. 35 and SW ¼ of NW ¼, Sec. 26 T 17, R16. Sale will be on the 7th day of February next, and will be sold on a credit of twelve months from the day of sale, and will be subject to the widows dower. Parties purchasing will be required to give note and good security for the purchase money, and lien will be retained on the land until the purchase money is paid. This 9th day of January, 1880. JOHN D. WALKER, Admr.

Family Groceries. The undersigned has opened a family grocery store in the old Goodwin house on Main Street. Where he will be able to furnish the county and town with everything usually kept in a first class house: Such as bacon, lard, flour, sugar, coffee, molasses, tobacco, cigars, powder, lead, shot and a great variety of canned goods: Such as pine apples, peaches, tomatoes, pickles, &c., &c. Cheese and crackers in abundance, all of which I am determined to sell lower than they can be bought elsewhere. Give me a call. No trouble to show goods. Terms cash. G. C. LAWRENCE

CITATION NOTICE State of Alabama, Lamar County Probate Court, Special Term, ’79 In the matter of the estate of WILLIAM WALKER, late of said county, deceased. This day came JOHN D. WALKER, administrator of said estate, and filed his petition under oath setting forth that deceased died sized and possessed of the following lands to wit: N E ¼ of SE ¼ and NE ¼ and NW ¼ of SE ¼ Sec. 35 and SW ¼ of NW ¼, Sec 36, T17, R 16, and that MARTHA WALKER widow of said deceased claims dower in the same. Whereupon it is ordered by the Court that the 15th day of December next be a day set for hearing and passing upon said petition, and it appearing that S. P. WALKER, LUCINDA MANN, and the children of REBECCA SHIRLEY are heirs at law of said estate, and live beyond the limits of this state so that the ordinary process of law cannot be served upon them. It is ordered by the Court that publication be made in the Vernon Clipper a newspaper publishes in said county for three successive weeks, prior to said day notifying all persons interested, when and where they can contest the same if they think proper. ALEXANDER COBB, Judge of Probate Nov. 27, 1879

NON-RESIDENT NOTICE State of Alabama, Lamar County Circuit Court, Fall Term 1879 GEORGE G. WEIR, Executor of the last Will and Testament of DIADEMA COX, deceased. vs Attachment RICHARD H. COX Came the Plaintiff by his attorney and Defendant shown to be a non-resident of this state. It is ordered by the Court that notice be given to the Defendant of this attachment and levy of same on lands of Defendant by publication in the Vernon Clipper a weekly newspaper published in this county for four consecutive weeks, and that a copy of said notice be sent to the defendant if his post office can be ascertained. A true copy of the Minutes. This 19th Nov. 1879 JAMES MIDDLETON Clerk Circuit Court for Lamar County

ADMINISTRATORS NOTICE State of Alabama, Lamar County Probate Court, Special Term Dec. 5th, 1879 This day came THOMAS MOLLOY, guardian for the estate of W. N. WILLIAMS and MALISSA J. WILLIAMS heirs of the estate of W. A. WILLIAMS deceased, and filed his account current and vouchers in final settlement of his guardianship of said estate. Whereupon it is ordered by the court that January 13, 1880 be and is a day set for the examining and passing upon said account, when and where all parties interested can contest the same if they see proper. ALEXANDER COBB, Judge Probate

Cuban Chill Tonic is the great Chill King. It cures Chills and Fever of every type, from the shaking Agues of the North to the burning Fevers of the Torrid Zone. It is the great standard. It cures Billiousness and liver Complaint and roots out diseases. Try it – if you suffer it will cure you and give you health. Sold by your druggists. W. L. MORTON & BRO.

J. L. RANSOM, of North Alabama with Settle & Kainnaird, manufacturers of and wholesale dealers in boots and shoes, Nashville, Tenn. Orders solicited and carefully filled.

GEO. W. RUSH with N. GROSS & CO., Columbus, Miss. Wholesale and retail dealers in fancy dress, and staple dry goods & ready made clothing, boots, shoes, hats, notions, etc. Will be glad to see his old friends and all new ones who may be pleased to call upon him. No trouble to show goods, on the contrary, it will be a pleasure, whether you buy or not. Satisfaction guaranteed, as to articles bought and prices.

BILL HAMILTON with ROY & BRO., wholesale and retail dealer in dry goods, notions, clothing, boots, shoes, hats, &c. Aberdeen, Miss. Highest price paid for cotton.

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE OF U. S. MAILS The Columbus Mail by way of Caledonia arrives Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturdays at 11 o’clock a.m. Leave same days at 1 p.m. FAYETTE MAIL Arrived on Wednesday and Saturday at 12 p.m. and leaves same days at 1 p.m. MOUNT CALM MAIL Leaves Wednesday at 7 a.m. arrives Thursday at 2 p.m. PIKEVILLE MAIL Arrives Fridays at 6 p.m., leaves Saturdays at 6 a.m. SCHEDULE OF MOBILE & OHIO R. R. Train leaves 6:30 am Train arrives 9:30 am Train leaves 3:20 pm Train arrives 6:30 pm Train goes through to Starkville on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Leaves Aberdeen going South at 4 o’clock p.m., returns at 8 p.m. Leaves Aberdeen going North at 7 o’clock a.m., return at 11 o’clock a.m.

MCQUISTON & HEISEN, Cotton Factors and Commission Merchants 96 & 98 Commerce St., Aberdeen, Miss. Farmers will make money by letting MCQUISSTON & HEISEN sell their cotton when they come to the city.

R. A. HONEA & SON, Wholesale and retail dealers in staple and fancy groceries, Aberdeen, Miss. We would respectfully inform our friends, and the public generally, that we are at our old Stand next door to J. W. ECKFORD & Bro. (Old Presbyterian Block) and have in store and will keep constantly on hand a large and well selected stock of staple and fancy groceries. Bagging and ties, corn, oats, wheat bran, &c., which we will sell at rock bottom figures for cash. R. F. RAY, of Detroit, Ala. is salesman.

MEDICAL M. W. MORTON. W. L. MORTON. DR. W. L. MORTON & BRO., Physicians & Surgeons. Vernon, Lamar Co, Ala. Tender their professional services to the citizens of Lamar and adjacent country. Thankful for patronage heretofore extended, we hope to merit a respectable share in the future. Drug Store.

DR. G. C. BURNS, Vernon, Ala. Offers his professional services to the citizens of Vernon and vicinity.

Masonic: Vernon, Lodge No. 389, meets on the 1st Saturday of each month, at 7 p.m.

PROFESSIONAL CARDS. FRANCIS JUSTICE, Attorney at Law and Solicitor in Chancery, Pikeville, Marion Co., Alabama Will practice in all the Courts of the 3rd Judicial District.

SAMUEL J. SHIELDS, Attorney at Law and Solicitor in Chancery, Vernon, Ala., Will practice in the counties of Lamar, Fayette, Marion, and the Courts of the 3rd Judicial District.

JNO. D. MCCLUSKY, Attorney at Law and Solicitor in Chancery, Vernon, Ala. Will practice in the counties of Lamar, Fayette, Marion, and the Courts of the 3rd Judicial Circuit. Special attention given to the collection of claims, and matters of administration.

EARNEST & EARNEST. W. S. EARNEST GEO. S. EARNEST. Attorneys at Law and Solicitors in Chancery, Birmingham & Vernon, Ala. Will practice in the Counties of this Judicial Circuit.

NESMITH & SANFORD. T. B. NESMITH, Vernon, Ala. JOHN B. SANFORD, Fayette C. H. Attorneys at Law. Partners in the Civil practice in the counties of Fayette and Lamar. Will practice separately in the adjoining counties. THOS. B. NESMITH. Solicitor for the 3rd Judicial Circuit. Vernon, Lamar Co., Ala.

ALEXANDER COBB & SON, Dealers in ready made clothing, dress goods, jeans, domestics, calicoes, silks, satins, millinery, embroidery, notice, &c. Hats, caps, boots, shoes, saddles, bridles, leather, &c. Tin, wooden, Hard and glass wares, crockery, &c. Salt, flour, meal, bacon, lard, soda, coffee, molasses, &c.

LAMAR DIRECTORY County Court – Meets on the 1st Monday in each month. Probate Court - Meets on 2nd Monday in each month. Commissioner’s Court – Meets on the 2nd Monday in February, April, July, and November.


COUNTY OFFICERS ALEXANDER COBB – Judge of Probate D. J. LACY, Sheriff and Tax Collector W. G. MIDDLETON, Circuit Clerk JAMES M. MORTON, Register in Chancery D. V. LAWRENCE, Treasurer J. E. PENNINGTON, Tax Assessor W. T. MARLER, Coroner


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The mealy-bug can be removed by touching it with a feather dipped in alcohol.

A blade of grass is like a note of hand simply from being matured by falling dew.

Easy plants to grow in the sitting room are the calls, wax plant, cactus, ivy and dracaena.

In husking corn leave no silk on the ears for mice to build nests of, when the corn is stored.

Less labor is required by both man and beast if ploughing is done in the cool fall months.

Manure and dig flower beds and leave them rough for the action of the frost through the winter.

Attend to all loose boards, rickety shutters and doors about the building before the cold and stormy days set in.

A poor tool or implement is not worth taking as a gift; with a good implement we have half the work accomplished.

In the orchard all fruit should be gathered carefully; pack after they have gone through the sweating process, if for keeping.

Land designed for oats next spring should be plowed this fall, just before winter sets in, left rough, and sown to oats early in the spring.

Secure enough parsnips for a winter supply, leaving the balance of the crop in the ground for spring. Farmers should grow more parsnips for cattle.

How few farmers know what ingredients are required in the soil to raise abundant crops of grain, hay, fruit, or vegetables; or what those crops are composed of.

Never try to get a heavy day’s work out of a team. Moderate and steady going are what count in a long race, and the farmer’s race is a long one. It takes but a few hours, or even a few minutes, to tax a horse so that he is out of fix for months.

Worn out lands are greatly benefited by turning sheep upon them. The importance of fertilizing the land in this way is becoming more apparent to the farmer every year. “The tread of the sheep is golden.”

It is estimated that nine thousand acres along the line of the new York railroads, between the rails and fences, are mad e to produce corn and potatoes by six hundred families living in shanties on these squatter farms.

A natural arbor can be made by planting the Osage Orange at equal distances apart, in any form desired and, as they grow, interlocking the branches, and bringing the tops together to form the roof, trimming inside or outside as required.

During the past eight years wool growing in Colorado has increased nearly 500 percent, and the territory has now 700,000 sheep, which will yield the present year nearly 3,000,000 pounds of wool. Leading flocks number from 1,000 head up.

We hope a good supply of carrots have been grown for the horses; half oats and half carrots make excellent feed, given the animals smooth coats and keeps them in a healthy state. Cows fed upon carrots produce excellent butter, well colored in winter.

In storing potatoes in the cellar use a chute or wide trough, running from the wagon through the cellar window into the bin, and it will save many backaches. Farmers should not be so ready to waste their strength. Use a little thought and then go to work. Don’t make yourselves beats of burden.

In wintering bees a great deal depends upon the condition of the colonies at the commencement of winter. They must be populous, full of young bees, which condition will always be secured by commencing in time. They should have not less than twenty pounds of honey to winter on to each hive, and it must be pure and sweet.

Poultry should have warm quarters. Eggs can not be expected unless fowls are housed comfortably. In addition they should be well fed with wheat, meal, mush, and scrapings from the kitchen. If the swill were fed to the fowls as well as the pigs, more profit would result from the practice.

Some farmers laugh at the idea of currying and crushing cows, but if they could see the cow that the writer owns, which was brought into good condition in flesh, slick coat, good looks and good temper, (not speaking of the extra yield of milk and butter), from a poor scrub of a thing, their faces would relax into serious anxiety of inquiry to get at the facts of the management which produced such a wonderful change. – [Exchange

Within a very few years past the sheep industry of North America has made greater progress than perhaps any other save only that of dairying. Both of these are likely to continue their growth for many years to come, because of our exactly for their development at a merely nominal cost, and because we have both a good home and foreign market for all the butter and cheese, wool and mutton we can produce. And these two together will in all probability progress at the expense of the hog product, or in other words, the production of pork will depreciate as the others increase. Several circumstances combine to indicate this change in our industrial efforts, the chief of which are the uncertainty of the hog crop on account of disease, and the growing impression that swine flesh is not the most desirable article of diet. In the building up of these two industries we shall be careful to make haste slowly, otherwise haste will bring waste, and waste want, as sure as the sun shines. In other words, commence with a few, and expand with growing knowledge and experience.


ADVICE TO HOUSEKEEPERS – If you can’t can all you want to, can all you can, and dry all you can’t.

In dusting, use a soft cloth instead of a brush or a wing. The cloth will catch all the dust, and you can shake it from the window, while the others set it floating again.

TO CURE FRECKLES – Wash in fresh buttermilk every morning, and rinse the face in tepid water. Then use a soft towel. Freckles may also be removed by applying to the face a solution of nitre and water. Another good wash for freckles is made by dissolving three grains of borax in five drachmas each of rose water and orange-flower water. There are many remedies for freckles, but there is none that will banish them entirely.

ROAST TURKEY – Wash nicely in and out. Plunge into boiling water ten minutes. have ready a dressing of bread crumbs, hard-boiled eggs chopped fine, one tablespoonful of butter, minced parsley, thyme, and celery. After rubbing the cavity well with salt and pepper and putting in a slice of pork, fill with the above dressing. Do the same also to the crop, so as to make the turkey look plump. Rub the turkey well with butter, and sprinkle salt and pepper over it. Dredge with flour. Lay in the pan a slice of pork and a pint of boiling water. Lay the liver and gizzard in the pan with it. Put in a hot oven, basting and turning frequently till every part is a beautiful brown. When the meat is amber color, pin a buttered sheet of writing paper over it to keep it from becoming hard and dry. Cook three or four hours. Season the gravy with minced parsley and celery, and serve with cranberry sauce.

“Mrs. Endicott’s Journal” in the Rural New Yorker is so full of real interest to the housewife that we can not refrain from occasionally copying her week’s contribution bodily. In a late issue of that paper she gives her experience at housekeeping in the following manner: Monday was such a beautiful day, the clothes drying so quickly, that I had many summer clothes washed, ready to put away. I think it is so much better not to have them lie with the starch in especially if there is much white about them; as it is almost sure to turn yellow. I don’t know but I have rather a novel complaint to make for a housekeeper – that of too many closets. Our home has a very peaked roof, and the rooms upstairs have a strip taken off of each side, so as to make the ceilings square, giving two closets the whole length in each room, and in one there is a third made by the chimney. My trouble comes in spring and fall, when their concents have to come out. It being so handy, many things get tucked away that should have been disposed of at once. I made quite a large package of the children’s outgrown clothing for the Dorcas Society. As I had planned more extra work for this week than Betsy could do alone, I thought I would bake bread while she ironed, on Tuesday. Keeping that in mind, I had my potatoes for dinner mashed on Monday. When they were boiled sufficiently, I had my flour in a jar – about three pints I should think – and over it I poured the water in which the potatoes were boiled. After they were mashed, I left two good spoonfuls in the kettle to which I added about a pint more of water and put all in the jar, stirring till perfectly smooth. Just after supper I added a cupful of soft hop yeast and set it on the hot water tank of my stove, in a dish, not wanting such another experience for Betsey as I had while she was gone. (Coming out one morning, I found my sponge running over tank and stove, and dripping down on the clean floor.) Before breakfast next morning I stirred my sponge down, adding a cupful of warm water. After breakfast, I mixed my bread, adding one more cup of warm water and kneading the dough thoroughly. By nine o’clock it was ready to work out into the pans. Before our 12 o’clock dinner I had four beautiful, smooth, brown loaves of bread, which, when cut, wee all one could ask for. Now that the weather is getting cool, I will not bother with yeast any more, but each time save a pint bowl of sponge, which I will use to start the next. I think it makes superior bread. Wednesday morning was not just the kind of a day I would have chosen for house-cleaning, but as we only intended to clean two chambers, and only in one of them did the carpet have to be taken up, I concluded to go on. I was glad I did, for by nine o’clock the sun was shining brightly. Barton being to busy to help us, he sent a colored man, who took up the carpet, switched the dust out of it, folded and carried it upstairs, thus saving us much time and strength. The beds I put out in the sun and aired, had the room swept with a damp broom, then the wall wiped off by tying an old flour bag over the broom. In Harry’s room I took some spots off the paper by rubbing with a dry crust of bread. Then I called on my old assistant, the ammonia bottle, without which I wonder how any one keeps house. The addition of two or three spoonful to a bucket of water made the paint look beautifully clean without any soap and with but little rubbing. The carpet in my east room, which I did not have taken up, is rather light. I had Betsey take a bucket of water, just a little warm, with one spoonful of ammonia in it, and wipe it all over, just as you would an oilcloth, only wringing the mop drier. You would be surprised to see how clean and bright this treatment made the carpet look. The windows in this room I had her leave until afternoon, as it is my experience that it is almost impossible to clean glass and make it look clear when the sun is shining on it.

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A NEWARK Sunday School boy gave his teacher the illustrative definition of “responsibility.” “Boys has two buttons for their ‘spenders, so’s to keep their pants----Then one button-----(TORN)

THE GARDNER GUN – [Cleveland Herald] Sometimes ago Capt. William Gardner, of Toledo, invented a remarkable gun, which was claimed to be the most ingenious and deadly instrument known to modern warfare. It received marked attention from the leading officers of our army and navy, and Mr. Gardner was complimented on all sides at his success. Since that time Mr. Gardner has made some great improvements upon his original invention, and a Cleveland company has organised to purchase his patents for the improvements and secure the right to manufacture the gun in all foreign countries. For over a year this company has had its agents abroad, endeavoring to induce the English, French, and other governments to examine the gun, and if it proved to be all its friends claimed for it, to adopt it and put it at once into practical use with their armies. The English Government more than a year ago appointed a commission of scientific experts to examine the gun, and on various occasions the commission and some of the most accomplished military men in Great Britain have been present at various trials to test its qualities. The gun proved unequal to every demand made upon it, and on Monday a telegram was received from London saying that the English Government had approved the gun and would adopt it for use in their army. The gun is light, can be handled by two or three men on the filed, can be carried in the arms of two men, can be made with double or single barrels, and made to fire with deadly precision three hundred shots per minute. Wherever three men can go they can carry this gun and work it in the field. Hence its vast superiority to all guns that require horses and heavy carriages to transport. The adoption of the gun by Great Britain is the highest compliment that could be paid to the inventor, and this action of the English Government will probably be rapidly followed by the leading nations of Europe. There is no doubt that the gun is one of the most deadly weapons ever known in the history of the world.

HE WAS A NEW MAN in the big music store, she was a delicate blonde. She entered, and approaching the young man, timidly asked, “Have you ‘Rocked in the Cradle of the Deep’?” He answered with a slight blush and some hesitation, gazing far away toward the horizon, “Well – I really couldn’t say – I must have been very young at the time, if I did.”


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A Universal Wedding Present. Free to all brides. Notice is hereby given to all the readers of this paper, and all their sisters and their cousins and their aunts throughout the United States and Canada, that a copy of THE HOUSEHOLD FOR 1880 will be sent as a free gift to every newly married couple whose address -–and 10 cts to pay for postage – is sent to the publisher within one year from the date of their marriage. Persons sending for this present are required to send a copy of a paper containing a notice of their marriage of some other evidence that shall amount to a reasonable proof that they are entitled to the magazine under the above offer. Address The Household, Brattleboro, Va.

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