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Vernon Clipper 26 Dec 1879

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“I am dying, Egypt, dying.” – Shakespeare I am dying, Egypt, dying, Ebbs the crimson life-tide fat, And the dark Plutonian shadows Gather on the evening blast. Let thine arm, oh! queen, support me, Hearken to the great heart secrets Thou, and thou alone, must hear.

Though my scarred and veteran legions Bear their eagles high no more, and my wrecked and shattered galleys Strewn dark Actium’s fatal shore; Though no glittering guards surround me, Prompt to do their master’s will, I must perish like a Boman Die the great Triumvir still.

Let not Caesar’s servile minions Mock the lion thus laid low; ‘Twas no foeman’s hand that slew him, ‘Twas his own that struck the blow. Here, then, pillowed on they bosom, Ere his star fades quite away Him, who, drunk with thy caresses Madily flung a world away!

Should the base plebeian rabble Dare assail my frame at Rome, Where the noble spouse, Octavia Weeps within her widowed home, Seek her – say the gods have told me, Altars, augurs, circling wings, That her blood with mine commingled Yet shall mount the throne of kings.

And for thee, star-eyed Egyptian Glorious sorceress of the Nile Light the path to Stygian horrors With the splendors of they smile Give the Caesar’s crowns and arches, Let his brow the laurel twine; I can scorn the Senate’s triumphs, Triumphing in love like thine.

I am dying, Egypt, dying; Hark! Insulting foeman’s cry; They are coming – quick my falchion! Let me front them ere I die. Ah! No more amid the battle Shall my heart exulting swell; Isis and Osiris guard thee, Cleopatra! Rome! Farewell!


OVERWHELMING A PARSON “I’m real glad you’ve come, Miss Purdy!” exclaimed Miss Betsy Marcin, opening the door to the village dressmaker. “I’ve been expecting you fur this three weeks. My alapaca is getting’ so rusty I’m almost ashamed to wear it. When’d you git home?” “Last night,” answered the little woman, shaking out the felds of the large figured delaine before her. “The you haven’t heard the news, maybe – about Parson Noble’s leavin’ us, hev you?” asked Miss Betsey, with an air of mysterious importance. “Not a word except what I saw in the newspaper. You see I’ve been over to Florence, sewing, for three months; Cousin Maria’s youngest daughter was married last Tuesday. How will you have your dress cut, Miss Marvin?” “You don’t say!” Well I never! What luck she does hev marrying off her girl’s! Cut it polnase, Miss Purdy, and don’t get it ter long behind – it’s a dreadful sin to waste cloth so, I think. Well, I’m glad you didn’t hear it from Sophia Jackman – she has such a habit of coloring things so. Now I al’ays tell a straightforward story, and let folks touch it up to suit themselves. How did you like Parson Noble, what you’ve heard of him, Miss Purdy?” “He always put me in mind of those men that St. Paul tells about ‘of whom the world is not worthy,” answered the dressmaker, measuring Miss Marvin’s plump waist with her tape-measure. “Oh, well! I s’pose most people was pleased with him at first; maybe you’ll change your mind when you hear about the donation. I can’t say but what he has a pleasing way with him, but I always thought he was a little loose in his doctrine. I mistrusted him from the first that like as not he wouldn’t stay long. Somehow his preaching wan’t strong enough – there wan’t theology enough about it.” “Possibly not,” remarked Miss Purdy, basting up the lining, “but it seemed to me he preached the gospel and that was good enough for me.” “Do you think he was very spiritual!” asked Miss Betsey, waving the contested point. “H’s been seen more’n a dozen times sliding down dragon Hill with the boys on their double rippers –as they call’em. What do you think of that?” “I think most likely he enjoyed it, and I’m sure the boys did. I never saw a man have such a faculty for making everybody happy around him – it was really wonderful.” Miss Marvin laughed a low laugh which had in it neither mirth nor music. “It’s a real pity to spoil your good opinion of him,” she said, “and I hate to do it, but I s’pose somebody else will tell you if I don’t. When he came here, you know, they promised him $700 salary but the times is hard and everything is cheap, and they thought, mebbe, this year he’d be satisfied with six. Nobody but him and his wife, you wee. Seems to me $700 and the parsonage is a monstrous price – what do you think?” “I suppose they have food and clothes, Miss Marvin; in fact, I had an idea that ministers were human.” “I begin to think so myself, Miss Purdy, dreadfully human,” sighed Miss Betsey. “Well, as I was saying, they went to him – the committee did – and kindly asked him if he’d take sic hundred this year, as money was so scarce, and what do you think he said?” “I haven’t the slightest idea, unless he said he would preach for nothing.” “No, indeed; he said he couldn’t but just live on $700, and thought he ought to be making some provision for the future now, if ever. Mrs. Chapin said she thought that was distrustin’ providence, and that’s the way I look at it. Hasn’t the Lord promised to provide? Didn’t he feed Elijah and the children of Israel? And I calculated if ministers is faithful the Lord will take care of ‘em when they’re too old to preach?” “Well, what did the committee do then?” inquired the dressmaker. “It made a sight of talk, I can tell you; some was fur lettin’ the parson go, but Deacon Simons got real riled up. He said he didn’t blame the minister one mite. He thought they ought to raise his salary instead of lower’ it, and he’d be willing’ to give $50. The deacon meant well, but he’s a dreadful unreasonable man when he gits his dander up; but Squire Lyman he put him down at once. He said, ‘It was a poor plan to let ministers hev their way, and if they should give Parson Noble seven hundred this year, he’d be askin’ for eight hundred next, maybe.’ Then the deacon got up and says he, ‘I’d like to ask Squire Lyman if he could live on six hundred!” That was a real tender point, and the deacon knew it, for Sue Lyman told ‘round that her father gave her five hundred a year fur her clothes and to travel with, and they kept two girls and a man to take care of the horses, but the Squire only paid ten dollars minister’s tax last year – but then ‘twon’t do to git Squire Lyman made, fur he’s worth more’n a half dozen like Deacon Simons. So Justin Marvin made a motion to raise six hundred dollars and give the minister a donation to make up the other hundred. “That kinder pacified all round, and they agreed to meet at the vestry the next Thursday evening and give the minister and his wife a rousing donation and surprise party. They took pains to invite everybody, old and young, and when Thursday evening came there was a big crowd I can tell you. Squire Lyman gave the word to start, and just as we got to the door we all commenced to sing, “Praise God from whom all blessings flow.” “The minister and his wife both came to the door, and they did look surprised enough, but somehow they didn’t look so cheerful as you would expect. But they was dreadfully surprised. They didn’t even think to ask us in; but we didn’t wait for an invitation, but kept crowdin’ in, and the minister and his wife kept backin’ back ‘til the house was full up stairs and down. Squire Lyman’s wife and me and some others went out into the kitchen to look after the victuals and other things that was donated; and such a sight as ‘twas. “Deacon Bates brought a bushel of potatoes, and Squire Lyman a peck of onions. Levi Norse brought a hull keg of pork; to be sure Parson Noble or his wife never eat any, but then it showed Mr. Norse’s good will. Then Mrs. Prentis brought them a chromo of a bare-headed girl pickin’ flowers. You see Mr. Noble preached a sermon one Sunday about folks making home attractive for the children – said they ought t have books and pictures and all such things. I s’pose Mrs. Prentis thought ‘twould please him, and I think she was very thoughtful – don’t you? Somebody brought a nice Bible. Bibles, you know, are always appropriate to give a minister.” “I should think a minister was the last person who would need a Bible,” interrupted Miss Prudy. Miss Betsey did not notice the interruption, but continued. “Then there was a peck of apples and some soft soap, four loaves of bread, a pan of doughnuts, two loaves of cake, a couple of mince-pies, and a loaf of gingerbread – that I made myself. The victuals, of course, was for refreshments, for everybody expects something to eat at a donation party. But there was one thing – it did seem as if everybody had agreed upon, for I should think that everybody that came must have brought a few links of sausages – such a pile of ‘em – we just sat down and laughed; we couldn’t help it when we saw ‘em. “Of course, we helped ourselves to tea and sugar and such little things – we knew Mrs. Noble would be glad to furnish ‘em. Then nobody thought to bring any preserves. So we called Mrs. Noble out and asked her what we should do about it. She said she had a jar of quince sauce we might have. Mrs. Pierce dished it out, and she said it wouldn’t go half ‘round; she asked me if she’d better get two or three cans open; but I told her ‘twould make more trouble, and ‘twasn’t no matter if the children didn’t get any. So we made it go as far as ‘twould; but id did look kinder stingy.” “Well, I never heard of anything equal to that!” cried Miss Purdy, slashing away at the cloth before her as if she had a grudge against it. “Bless my soul! What are you dong?” exclaimed Miss Betsey. “You’ve spoiled that sleeve, and I didn’t get but nine yards; ‘twon’t do to waste any. Well, as I was saying, we s’posed everybody had had something when Mrs. Lyman came out and said there hadn’t been a thing passed in the library. So we hunted ‘round and found a loaf of bread, a couple of loaves of coconut cake, and some pies that Mrs. Noble had baked up for company. You see she was expecting a minister to stay over Sunday. “Twas real fortunate, for she might not have had anything in the house but for that. And she had all the next day to bake in, so we thought it wouldn’t do no hurt to take it. Mrs. Jones said that she found a pan of seedcakes afterwards that Mrs. Noble had hid away. We felt real worked up about it, children think so much of seedcakes, you know. And Mrs. Jones said that she thought it looked pretty small when we was givin’ ‘em such a donation.’ But maybe ‘twas just as well, for some of the boys threw cake at each other, and it got trod into the carpet at times, and I don’t believe in having things wasted. Use up the pieces if you can, Miss Purdy, and leave the hull piece for new sleeves. “There was one thing I was surprised to hear. The children got to fooling upstairs and knocked over a pitcher of water, and broke it. ‘Twas a pity, for it belonged to a chamber set Mrs. Noble had given her when she was married, and was painted by hand. And Mrs. Adams said when Mrs. Noble heard of it she looked real mad. Such an example to set before children – and a minister’s wife too! Children will be children, you know, Miss Purdy!” “The place for children is at home evenings, I think,” said the dressmaker, sharply. “Well, I dunno as ‘twas any worse than what Mr. Lum did. He was leaning on the fernery and the glass broke in a minute. But then, accidents will happen, and ‘twas different being a donation party.” “Of course,” acquiesced the little dressmaker “Then it was real funny,” continued Miss Betsey, “the way they worked it. You see the minister’s folks go home real early – being certain, I reckon they thought we would follow their example, but law sakes alive no; why before we got through with eating things and—“ “Then you had all the dishes to wash” put in Mrs. Purdy. “Bless you! No. If we had attempted to wash the dishes I know Mrs. noble would have stopped us, and besides it would have taken us half the night, and of course, she didn’t expect it. But as it was past midnight before they all got away.” “Well, the next Sunday we all thought the pastor would have an extra sermon, and make some acknowledgement of the donation besides, and of course everybody went to meetin’. I started early, and stopped for Melissa Jones on my way. When we got most there, Melissa stopped sudden and says she, ‘What on earth is the matter?’ ‘Sure enough,’ says I, “it can’t be ther’s crape on the door.’ Well, we hurried along, and what do you think we saw festooned the hull length of the piazza a glistening in the sun? What, indeed, but sarsages – link on link!” “Is it possible?” exclaimed the dressmaker, shaking all over with laughter. “I beg your pardon, Miss Betsey, but I can’t help laughing. It is too funny.” “’Twant anything laughable, Miss Purdy. Everybody was as indignant as could be. Of course ‘twas done just to insult us. Parson Noble’s sermon might have been in Greek that day for all the good it done anybody.” “And he asked for admission did he!” “Yes, he did, and got it, too, by a unanimous vote. And what do you s’pose he told Mr. Heywood? He told him he considered ‘two donations equal to one fire.’ And that’s the hull story, Miss Purdy – what do you think of Parson oble now. I think we’re well rid of him, but I tell you my faith in ministers is dreadfully shaken.”

PHYSICAL COURAGE There is no morality in physical courage, though its absence may lead to immortality. Not unfrequently, a bad man exhibits magnificent courage – because he is a splendid animal, with the nerves of a tiger, the digestion of an ostrich, and a bear’s capacity for sleeping. He is as courageous as a bull-dog, and for a similar reason – his physical organization. Henry IV of France rode into battle ducking his head to dodge the bullets; but he rode, nevertheless, into the thickest of the fight. There was morality in that act, for his will forced his nervous body to risk death. He could not control the nervous twitching of his head, but the brain, located in that dodging head, lead his army to victory. A bold, bad man, named Akey, once saved his life by his cool physical courage. He commanded, in the civil war, a company of California miners. His head was turned by his sudden elevation and he became a tyrant. Maddened by a long series of petty, despotic acts, his men determined to put an end to his authority and his tyranny. They resolved not to obey another command of his. They knew that disobedience would probably be death. But they preferred that risk to Akey’s persecuting despotism. The crisis soon came. Akey heard of his men’s resolution and called them out on parade. His first order commanded all who had resolved to disobey him to step two paces to the front. Ninety men, the number of the company, stepped forward. Turning to the sheriff of the county, who stood near, Akey asked if he would assist him in arresting the orderly sergeant. "Yes," replied the sheriff. The two men started towards the sergeant. Fifty cocked revolvers covered them. The sheriff took to his heels. Akey cooling faced the leveled pistols, and running his eye up and down the line, said – “Boys, the odds are too much!” This superb courage saved him, for they had determined to kill him. The revolvers dropped, and he was allowed to retire. The Government investigated the affair, and discharged Akey from the service. The men, however, were permitted to go unpunished.

HINTS TO UNGRACEFUL WALKERS An English lady, an acquaintance of M. Ingres, the well known French painter, had a most awkward gait. The gentleman recommended her daily to take a long walk, balancing meanwhile on her head a pitcher of water. This he said would give the true poise to the figure and necessitate the upright carriage of the head and a smooth, firm step. An eminent French actor who prepares young girls for the stage has take M. Ingres’ hint, and his pupils every day at a certain time have to walk about with vessels of water on their heads.

OUR SUPERSTITIONS – from Notes and Queries The following superstitions, handed down by tradition, are yet fervently believed in many parts of America: White specks on the nails are luck. Whoever reads epitaphs loses his memory. To rock the cradle when empty is injurious to the child. To eat while a bell is tolling for a funeral causes toothache. The crowing of a hen indicates some approaching disaster. When a mouse gnaws a gown some misfortune may be apprehended. He who has teeth wide asunder must seek his fortune in some distant land. Whoever finds a four-leaf trefoil – shamrock – should wear it for good luck. Beggar’s bread should be given to children who are slow in learning to speak. If a child is less than twelve months old be brought into a cellar he becomes fearful. When children play soldiers on the roadside it forebodes the approach of war. A child grows proud if suffered to look into a mirror while less than twelve months old. He who proposed moving into a new house must send in beforehand bread and a new broom. Whoever sneezes at an early hour either hears some news or received some present the same day. The first tooth cast by a child should be swallowed by the mother, to insure a new growth of teeth. Buttoning the coat awry, or drawing on a stocking inside out, causes matters to go wrong during the day. By bending the head to the hollow of the arm the initial letter of the name of one’s future spouse is represented. Women who sow flaxseed should, during the process, tell some confounded lies, otherwise the yarn will never bleach white. When women are stuffing beds the men should not remain in the house, otherwise the feathers will come through the ticks. When a person enters a room he should be obliged to seat himself, if only for a moment, as he otherwise takes away the children’s sleep with him. The following are the omens of death: A dog’s scratching on the floor or howling in a particular manner, and owls hooting in the neighborhood of the house. Domestic harmony must be preserved when washing day comes, in order to insure fine weather, which is indispensable as that ceremony is generally performed out of doors.

ACTING AND REALITY – from New York Sun Mrs. John Drew, of the Philadelphia Arch Street Theater, speaking of the simulated emotion of actors, lately said: “Undoubtedly an actor could grasp a situation more readily and represent it more effectively if he had once been in the same position in real life. But how seldom is this the case. Some of the most inhuman villains I ever knew – on the stage – are pleasant, mile-mannered men in private.” A listener reminded Mrs. Drew of Manager Bernard Maculey’s criticism of Mary Anderson, that she “owed her success to her remarkable beauty and power of portraying characters and passions, which she really had no idea of.” and might become a great actress after she had been once in love. Mrs. Drew responded: “Mrs. Anderson’s greatest fault is thought by some members of her profession to be want of concentration. They say that she is capable of turning around in the middle of an impassioned scene to make some frivolous remark to a brother actor. Mr. Macauley’s argument is good, but a good many examples might be cited to prove the contrary. Every one has heard of Miss O’Neil. Forty years ago, when she was at the pinnacle of fame and success, she was not only unmarried, but her habits and temperament were antagonistic to those natural to a mother. Yet one of her strong points was in portraying a mother’s tender love and devotion. Mrs. Bateman has achieved a great success in roles requiring a nice appreciation of sentiments foreign to her nature. Many people who have suffered all the pangs of poverty would be mere sticks if put on the stage to act the part of a hero or heroine who was supposed to be suffering from just such straits. An actor, to carry his audience with him, must be capable of imagining vividly any character he impersonates; actual experiences is of use to him, but imagination and self-forgetfulness are indispensable.”

TOO GOOD TO BE KISSED – from Paris Boulevard A correspondent writes: “In your last number your allusion to promiscuous kissing among dissenters remind me of a kiss called the ‘kiss of reconciliation,’ with which a very high Anglican clergyman sealed his sentence of absolution, were his penitent but young and fair. He heard confession in a private oratory, established in his own house, and so decoyed his spiritual flock into constant visits. One of them talked her mother over to adopt the modern guise ‘mock turtle’ Romanism. She, too, knelt a humble penitent before the ritualistic fledgling. “Did he kiss your mother?” I inquired. Her naïve daughter answered: ‘Oh, no! Of course not. She is such a saint, you see, that she requires no reconciliation.”

WHEN A CITY BECOMES infested with a band of old and young croakers, they work more harm to the city, than a good active band of robbers. When a city becomes so afflicted, the greatest boom it can pray for is a few magnificent funerals.

THE GREAT UTE RESERVATION The White River Agency has control of about 900 Indians, who occupy the extreme northern district of the Ute reservation in Colorado. The entire region is picturesque and mountainous. Colorado contains 63,000,000 acres, embracing an area thirteen times larger than Massachusetts. More than one-half of this magnificent domain is occupied by the Rocky Mountains. When the mines were opened after the famous Pike’s Peak excitement in 1859-60, the Ute Indians were assigned the then unexplored region west of the first range of mountains bordered by the celebrated Northern and Middle parks. The district was considered “out of the world” and it was seldom visited except by a few adventurous hunters and prospectors. But when the mines of Central City, Black Hawk, and Georgetown had been fully opened, and flourishing towns sprang up, railroads were built through the hitherto inaccessible canons, and prospectors pushed their way up to the snowy peaks of the highest mountains. Mining camps were opened on the summit of Mt. Lincoln, 14,000 feet above the sea. From the tops of some of the mountains the most enchanting views of the Ute Country appeared, and in fair weather the smoke of the Indian camp fires could be seen rising from the white tepees in the valleys below. It has long been the opinion of experts that the mountains and streams of the Ute reservation were rich with silver and gold, and a few months ago it was reported that valuable discoveries had been made in the neighborhood of the North Park. Some believed that there was even more wealth in this Northern district of Colorado than there was in the celebrated gulches of the South Park. When reports came “over the range” that gold in paying quantities had been discovered up there, prospectors flocked in from al parts of the state and from Wyoming territory. The Indian agent and the authorities at Washington protected against these invasions of the reservation. But little attention was paid to their complaints, and the Indians soon became jealous and quarrelsome, so that soon afterward, when the agent began to build extensive irrigating canals and to plow large tracts of virgin ground, the chiefs looked upon it as a part of the “white man’s policy” as exhibited by the miners were soon to be taken from them and sold to the settlers. This was the real cause of the present war. The whole district occupied by these Indians of the White River Agency is a succession of parks, gulches and mountains, and it is almost a copy of the famous regions around Kars and Erzeroum in Armenia, where Moukhtaar Pacha held the mountains all summer against the artillery of the Russians. The mountain passes of the White River country are narrow, tortuous and difficult. The climate is mild and healthful. Beyond this strange and enchanting wilderness lie the alkali desolation of the Bitter Creek Country. The White River district is full of beautiful and clear-running streams, which are fed by the ice-fields of the higher mountains. There are many little parks or meadows lying up there high above the altitude of the New England mountains. Cattle find excellent pasturage and pure water there. The Indians prize these spots of unfailing verdure for “picketing” their ponies on. The old agency at White River was in one of these mountain valleys, which the agent considered to high and too contracted for agricultural purposes. The department at Washington read his report and gave him permission to remove the buildings to a larger and more open place some twenty miles farther down the valley. The Indians opposed the transfer on the ground that it would destroy some of their grass lands. The agent said that little could be raised at so high an altitude as the old agency site, and he purposed to move where the land could be tilled and irrigated. He took possession of the new location, and discovered, among other things, two extensive beds of coal. Irrigating canals wee built through his persuasion by some of the Indians, while the “hostiles” growled and went off on a hunting expedition. A large tract was plowed and preparations were made for extensive Indian farming. This was the condition of things when Chief Douglas discovered that the plough was turning under some of his ancient pasture lands, and then he rebelled and the trouble began.

COON VS. DOG A coon has the best of a dog when the fight is in deep water, as a citizen of Portland, Oregon, has learned to his sorrow. A valuable dog belonging to him went out last week into a field and found the track of a coon, which he followed to the animal’s hiding place. There he began to dig and bark, making the dirt fly in the air until the coon cunningly escaped and ran into a little pond near by, the dog following him. A hard fight then began. The coon seized the dog by the nose and pull him under the water. Again and again the dog rose to the surface, and again and again he was pulled below it, until at last he had too much of the business, and sank for the last time from view. The coon went quietly ashore and disappeared in his hole unharmed.

A CURIOUS MODE OF TRYING the title to land is practiced in Hindostan. Two holes are dug in the disputed spot, in each of which the plaintiff’s and defendant’s lawyer put one of their legs, and remain there until one of them are tired, in which case his client is defeated. In this country it is the client, and not the lawyer, who puts his foot in it.

TOO LATE Once your heart was mine, all mine, Then I turned from you away, Dreaming not the love you gave me, I would crave from you today.

Weary years have left me – left me With a sad and aching heart Knowing now, too well, my darling I must live from you apart.

Yet I’m weary, still so weary Longing for your smile once more, For the old love that you gave me, And I threw away before.

I have lived and waited –waited Hoping on from day to day Empty arms are reaching to you, But you never come this way.

Now my heart is yours – all your Ah! You turn from me away Wanting not the love I give you Loving some one else today.

CLIPPED PARAGRAPHS In the past year there were sixty-eight suicides in the ranks of the Italian army, said to have been caused by ennui from military life.

A recent picnic was turned into a hollow mockery by every fellow remembering to bring a corkscrew, and depending on somebody else to furnish the bottle.

Martin F. Tupper asks: “Where are the pure, the noble, and the meek?” Don’t know where they are in England; but in this country they are running for office.

To inquirer: By referring to Bartlett’s Dictionary of Quotations you will probably find that the author of the request, “give me another horse,” is Robert Bonner.

The gang of burglars who work for seven straight hours to hammer a safe to pieces, to secure fourteen cents, know how a country minister feels next day after a donation visit.

A French widow, who was bewailing the loss of her husband, suddenly hushed her sobs, and drying her eyes, said: “Why should I weep? I know where he spends his nights now!”

The school-boy will gloat for half a day on the enigmas in the puzzle column, but when he comes to getting his regular arithmetic lesson he considers it the greatest bore on earth.

“How to tell a bad egg” is the title of an article in an exchange. When you have any thing to tell a bad egg, you must be careful not to break the shell while imparting the information.

“Go to the devil!” muttered a lawyer to a dead beat who entered his office and requested the loan of a nickel. “That’s what the man next door told me. Good morning you honor; glad to see you!”

“Farewell, my own!” sang the man who took his sweetheart into a fashionable restaurant, handed her the bill of fare, and then slipped out the back way and left her to settle the bill.

When you are in bathing always dive under water and grab a lady’s foot so she won’t scream. If she should happen to set up a yell, then “duck” her, and if you hold her under long enough, this will prove effectual.

In 1878 2,708 medical students were graduated from fifty-nine colleges of the United States. As the statistics show that in this country an average of 500 people support one physician, there must be a constant supply of over 13,000 patients, who must pay the handsome sum of $1,976,000 a year, in order to allow each doctor only $2 a day.

Several men lately swam the Mississippi River, above New Orleans, on a wager. A reporter on the race says: “None of them seemed to be putting forth much effort till it was discovered that an alligator had struck out from shore as a competitor, and then, well, every man did his best to keep the alligator from carrying off the stakes.”

A SINGULAR OCCURRENCE – from San Francisco Bulletin A singular meeting happened in an employment office in this city a few days ago. If the conclusion was not so disastrous, it would strongly flavor of the romantic. A moral to employment office clerks might be extracted from the story. An apparently middle-aged man applied at the counter one Saturday and asked for a housekeeper for a bachelor, wearing a telling smile on his face at the time. After a moment’s conversation, he was asked point-blank if he did not want a wife. His reply was in the affirmative. He was told to come the following Monday at 5 p.m. It happened that a young woman called the same day, and, after some beating about the bush, declared she was looking after a husband. She was requested to come again the next Monday at 5:30. Every thing came on serenely Monday afternoon. The two principals came to time and were directed to an adjoining room. They had not been there long before sounds of some disturbance reached the ears of those in attendance at the office, and the woman gave vent to a shriek. One of the assistants went to the door, and found that matters had progressed beyond all expectation. The girl held the man by the hair – at least she though she did. An effort to relieve him of some surplus scalp-covering, instead of performing the desired object, drew a wig from his head, and the fellow appeared quite a young man. The woman screamed, “My brother!” and fell on the floor in a faint. The two others united in a short time were so successful that she arose, grasped an ebony ruler lying on a desk, and struck the clerk a blow he will not soon forget. She then left the office for parts unknown. The man, in his turn, abused the clerk like a pickpocket, and endeavored to strike him, but did not meet with much success. He then departed, leaving the clerk a sadder, and possibly a wiser man.


THE VERNON CLIPPER ALEXANDER COBB, Editor & Proprietor ALEX. A. WALL, Publisher $1.50 per annum FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1879

When old age mellows the resolute heart of manhood; when adversity tames the fiery will of youth; when the bald pate shines like a whited sepulchre, and lustrous eyes fade with the wear of years, then backward glance and the future hope unite in one deep, solemn, awful yearning - that this intelligence extend over and beyond the gate of death.

GEN. JAMES HARDING, railroad commissioner of Missouri, is doing his work in a most novel manner. He is now on a 200 mile walk over the railroad of Northwest Missouri inspecting the condition of the road-beds, rails, ties and bridges. The work, he claims, cannot be properly done in a palace car, or from a car platform.

An attempt was made upon the life of the Czar while on his way Moscow, by placing explosives on the track over which the train bearing his party passed. the result was the complete destruction of the imperial baggage car, and the killing of one man but none of the imperial party was injured.

There is one thing in Mr. Hayes’ message that should be mentioned to his credit. He does not, like Conkling, Sherman and the implable Stalwarts generally use the word “rebellion” to designate the war between the states. He speaks of it as the late civil war.

“Tis said that the word girl appears only once in the Bible, and may be found in the words of the prophet Joel III, 3. The words are: “And sold a girl for wine, that they might drink.”

Ten thousand counterfeit trade dollars are said to have been put in circulation in New York during the past few days. They are very easily detected upon close examination, and it would be well to be on the lookout for them.

On last Monday night, soon after dark, Mr. SYLVESTER WOODSOCK, was shot dead while standing in his own doorway, at Ocean Springs, Mississippi, and in the presence of his wife. No clue to the murderer.

SOUTH LOWELL NURSERY – REED & ROOT Editor Clipper: MR. THOS. H. REED has a fine selection of fruit trees and especially apples and a young nursery of his own making at his home in and near the South East corner of Marion County. During the two seasons last past he has sold trees and apples in this county, and along the road from here to Columbus, Miss. – He carried the trees to the purchaser, and plants them, and gives full directions for their future management. So far his trees about this place look well and are growing finely; and no doubt they will soon bear apples as fine as the samples brought along by Mr. Reed. I have been in his orchard and his trees are as large to their age, as well shaped and thrifty as I ever saw. Last spring the fruit was generally killed by the frost in the country around him, but he raised a full crop this year. He gives his customers full directions how to keep back the budding in the spring till the frosts have ceased, and thus secure a crop every year. His tress have the advantage of having been selected from the fruits that have been grown here till they have become acclimated, and have adapted themselves to our soil. Mr. REED has formed a partnership with Mr. JUSTICE ROOT, who has a thriving young nursery of all kinds of fruits, grapes, and ornamental shrubbery near South Lowell, in Walker County. Hereafter MESSRS. REED AND ROOT will furnish any thing in their line to customers in their counties and adjoining counties, as cheap as it can be done, and more conveniently to the customer than anyone else will do it. And they will give their trees attention as they pass around, as long as they continue the business. Let every farmer REED & ROOT, Far, and pay far beauty and fruit; ‘Tis now no harm apples to eat, If they’re your own, and good and sweet. - [IMPROVEMENT]

INTERESTING TO TOBACCONISTS The Sub-Committee on Agriculture reported favorably to the full committee this morning on the House Bill providing for a repeal of so much of the 6th clause of section 3244 of the Revised Statutes as prohibits farmers and planters from selling leaf tobacco without paying the special tax, and allowing them to see such of their own productions without taxation. – Referred to the House.

A NEW ORLEANS JUDGE, riding in the cars recently, from a single glance at the countenance of a lady by his side imagined that he knew her, and ventured to remark that the day was pleasant. She only answered: “Yes.” “Why do you wear a veil?” “Lest I attract gentlemen” “It is the province of gentlemen to admire,” replied the gallant man of law. “Not when they are married.” “But I am not.” “Indeed!” “Oh, no! I’m a bachelor.” The lady quietly removed her veil, disclosing to the astonished magistrate the face of his mother-in-law. He has been a raving maniac ever since.

WALTER T. COLQUITT, the father of Governor COLQUITT, of Georgia, and JAMES ROCMORE were famous preachers in that State in former days, and this story is told of an encounter which they once had. Mr. COLQUITT, while on his way to church one Sunday stopped at a peach orchard by permission of the owner and ate some of the fruit. Mr. ROCKMORE, riding by on his way to his meeting called out: “Never mind, Colquitt, I’ll bear witness in heaven against you for stealing these peaches.” “Hold on,” said Colquitt, drawing a blank book and pencil from a side pocket; “let me take your interrogatories; you won’t be there.”

A FARMER BEING ASKED how many potatoes he raise, said “I planted three bushels of potatoes in the spring. If what I raise were equivalent to one third the number of pennies I expended for Paris Green, or three millionths of the number of Colorado bugs that the land yielded, or equal to one twenty-millionth part of the improper wards indulged in during the season , I should have potatoes enough to supply the whole world for ten years? How many did he raise?

WHEN THE WORLD is destroyed, and a new series of planets have revolved in a new orbit around the sun in a new universe for an eternity of years – then where will you be? That time will constitute a moment compared to the infinity of ages to follow.

A NEWSPAPER REPORTER who was inadvertently locked up in the china closet on the night of Alfonso and Marie’s weeding, says that the first yawning remark His Majesty made on waking in the morning was poetical as well as endearing: “My love, my dove, my heart’s desire! Get right up and build the fire!”

IF YOU ONLY have candle light, bless God for it, and he will give your starlight. When you have got starlight, praise God for it, and he will give you moonlight. When you have got moonlight rejoice in it, and he will give you sunlight. Praise him still more and he will make the light of your sun as the light of seven days, for the Lord himself shall be the light of your spirit.

STATE NEWS Mont. Adv. says: Mr. B. B. BROWN, for many years a compositor in the Advertiser office, died very suddenly at his residence, in the western portion of the city, on Sunday He left this office on Saturday night after finishing his duties for the day in apparently as good health as ever, and his family state that he so appeared up to the moment of his death. About noon on Sunday his wife went into the kitchen to look after dinner, leaving him reclining on the bed in his usual health, and without detecting anything unusual in his manner. She had been out of the room but a few minutes when she heard a noise in the room where her husband was, and on returning found that he had turned over on his side and was dead. The physician reports that his death ensued from appoplexy. Mr. Brown was the oldest printer in the Advertiser’s employment. We shall miss his good natured face from the case where he has so long stood. It is hard to realize that we shall see him no more. He was a good printer, a fine pressman, a well informed man, a good husband, a loving father. He served in the Confederate army four years. He was a member of the Montgomery Blues, and was a faithful soldier of the “Lost Cause.” He was a great admirer and friend of Abraham Lincoln, having lived in the same town with him and having known him well. He said “ole Abe” was a good man, and that it was a great misfortune to the South that he was taken off at the time he was. Now he and his “martyred” friend have met. The shadows have passed. The president and printer are alike before the Maker of us all.

A MAN IN DECATUR proposes to give $100,000 to help build the Aberdeen & Decatur Railroad.

Talladega Reporter: Died, Nov. 26th, MR. JOHN MOSS. If he had lived nine days more he would have been one hundred years old.

The Examiner states that JO LLOYD, of Hayneville, colored, took the premium for the best bale of cotton at the late State fair for colored people at Montgomery, and for the best team of horses.

Gov. COBB engaged in a camp fox-hunt in Autuaga County, and several reynards were captured.

All the United States Commissioners appointed prior to the late October Term of Court have been dismissed from office by Judge BRUCE. Their disgrace was caused by malfeasance in office.

The Steep Creek Correspondent of the Hayneville Examiner says: The late Col. ROBERT DICKERSON went hunting not long before his death, and found that $50 he had left in his dwelling had been stolen from him. A few days later he went on a fishing expedition in Crenshaw, and remarked to a member of is family that he had hid his money where it could not be found by anyone. His sudden death a few days after, occurred before he confided any knowledge of his secret to others – so far as is now known – and the utmost efforts of the family have been exerted to ascertain the place of concealment. The amount was said to be $600 or $700, and is of course worth the very thorough but vain search that has been made to discover it.

A FEW DAYS AGO a little girl swallowed a nickel and was saved from choking to death by a gentleman who seized her by the ankles and shook her violently, head downward, until the nickel rolled away among the chips. It was momentarily lost, and the little one wailed until it was found and returned to her, whereupon she immediately put it back in her mouth – [Ex.

IT IS STATED that five miles southwest of Kenton. Tennessee, on the Mobile and Ohio Railroad, is the greatest monstrosity of the age – a human being who resembles a frog. He is the son of R. NEWELL, is twenty-six inches high, weighs forty-eight pounds, and was born in Obion County, Tennessee, March 12, 1875. His body and arms are regularly formed and well developed, his fingers are short, and the manner in which they set on his hands give them the appearance of a frog’s feet. His legs are small and are set at right angles with the regular line of walk. His feet are small and badly deformed. His face is eight inches long and make an angle of sixty-two degrees with the base of skull (facil angles). His head is almost conical. His eyes are small, and without expression. His upper jaw projects far over the lower one. His lower jaw is small, and has a superabundance of flesh attached, which renders him quite froggy. He can’t talk. If you throw a nickel on the floor, he will light on it like a chicken on a june-bug. He can’t walk, but what is wanting in walking is made up in jumping. If a tub of water is placed near him, he will jump into it like a duck. In rainy weather he goes to the door and leaps out, and remains outdoors until the rain is over. Obion County has given birth to the following: The female dwarfs, the mud-negro, the sleepy beauty, and the frog-child. She is justly entitle to the appellation, “Mother of Monstrosities” – [Mont. Adv]

A 78 YEAR OLD MAID who was quite ill told the doctor that she had never been hugged by a man in her life, and asked for one kiss. The gallant doctor complied with her request, of course, and she got well. When the doctor got home and told the story to his wife he got – well he is balder than he was.

A firm in Cincinnati have been manufacturing cheap and inferior buggies and selling them at auction. They have made several sales in Alabama recently, the prices ranging from $30 to $50.

The Mont. Adv. says: A mock duel was fought near Macon, on the banks of the Ocmulgee River, a few days ago, between several of the young gents of the community. It seems two of the young gentlemen, who are about sixteen years of age, had some unpleasantness between them, though not of a serious nature. The plan was made up that a mock duel be fought, one of the challenged principals to be ignorant of the nature of the affair. The preliminaries were arranged and on the banks of the placid Ocmulgee the preparations completed under the regulations of the most sanguinary code. The principals were placed in position and two shots were exchanged with blank cartridges. At the second shot the principal, who was in the secret, fell dead in truly orthodox style, the other principal rushing up in great solicitude, regretting the occurrence greatly, and offering to send for surgical aid at once. The parties after a hearty laugh, returned quietly to the city, and the entire affair leaked out to a favored few.

Little Rock had a fire on the 14th which destroyed a livery stable and a considerable quantity of cotton stored near by. One lady was burned to death, and two children and a fireman seriously injured.

The cheapest, largest, best, and finest stock of clocks can be found at Buder Brothers, Manufacturing Jewelers, Gilmer Hotel Corner, Columbus, Miss.

When you go to Columbus, call on Buder Brothers, Gilmer Hotel Corner, and see the beautiful solid silver Elgin watches, stem winder and setter.

Remember if you wish a hair chain or other hair jewelry made, put in your order now and they will be filled on short notice by the Buder Brothers.

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.



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.

WE TAKE PLEASURE in recommending Mr. LAWRENCE as a faithful and honest officer, and we believe that no better can be found anywhere. And he being the first and only candidate we are sure his is the best in the field. If there are any more candidates for office in this county come in with your V and we will let the people know who you are.

WE GO TO press this week earlier than usual in anticipation of Christmas. Our patrons will indulge us in a few holidays and excuse the want of an issue of next week. Since we gave our “banner to the breeze” we have not missed an issue up to the present time and feel that we can be readily allowed a few days recreation. After the Holidays we will be found at our “case” fully prepared to begin cheerfully the labors of the coming year, and give all that energy and industry can accomplish in increasing the usefulness of the CLIPPER and making it more attractive to subscribers than ever. With sincere thanks to the friends and patrons who have encouraged the printing of a county newspaper and the assurance that their appreciation of our enterprise in journalism will stimulate us to all proper exertion in furnishing them future entertainment. We wish to all a merry Christmas.

IT IS ALWAYS A SOURCE of pleasure to our citizens to know of the esteem in which Lamar boys are held, abroad. We learn from visitors to Louisville, that MR. ROBT. KIRK, the handsome son of DR. KIRK, of Military Springs is progressing finely at the Medical College, and is taking a high place among his classmates in all branches of the science. All speak of him as both a talented and studious young gentleman, and evincing a proper pride in the noble profession he has chosen. An honorable career beckons BOB to future usefulness, and we are assured his friends and relatives will realize their brightest expectations in regard to him.

MARRIED. On Thursday 18th inst., at the residence of the brides father in Lamar County, by the REV. A MARKHAM, MR. ELI B. GUIN of Fayette County, Ala., to MISS MARY E. HILBURN.

On the 8th inst. J. A. JOHNSON to MARTHA F. MCGEE, by the REV. M. R. SEAY. All of Lamar County.

A lady of experience observes that a good way to pick out a husband is to see how patiently he waits for dinner when it is behind time. Her husband remarks that a good way to pick out a wife is to see whether the woman has dinner ready in time.

John Barleycorn and Colonels Tangle Foot, Rot Gut, Pop Skull and Knock-em Stiff are here to spend the Christmas.

If you do need glasses, be sure that you get Buder’s perfect fitting spectacles or eye glasses. They are the best, because the lenses are pure, hard and brilliant, and will not dazzle the eye. If you cannot read distinctly your eyes need help, your sight can be improved and preserved by purchasing one of Buder Brother’s perfect fitting spectacles. Gilmer Hotel Corner, Columbus, Miss.

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

Two century plants have recently been planted near the capitol building.

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.

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

SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of an order of sale issued by JAMES MIDDLETON, a Justice of the Peace in Lamar County, Alabama, I will offer for sale for cash at the Court House door of said county on the 24th day of December, 1879, one Sewing Machine levied on as belonging to the Singer Manufacturing Company, and will be sold to satisfy a claim in favor of GEORGE S. EARNEST. Sale within the usual hours. This 10th day of December, A. D. 1879 D. J. LACY, Sheriff

At Louis Roy is selling more goods than any house in Aberdeen, he can on that account sell ten percent cheaper than any other house in the place.

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 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.

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

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TAX NOTICE I will attend at the Precinct in the several beats in this county at the following times for the purpose of collecting the State and County Taxes for the present year, 1879, to wit: TOWN BEAT NOV 1 NOV 19 STRICKLANDS “ “ 3 “ 20 STEINS “ “ 4 “ 21 MILLPORT “ “ 5 “ 22 VAILS “ “ 6 “ 24 TRULL’S “ “ 7 “ 25 WILSONS “ “ 8 “ 26 LAWRENCE’S “ “ 10 DEC. 1 SIZEMORES “ “ 11 “ 2 BROWN’S “ “ 12 “ 3 HENSONS SPRINGS “ “ 13 “ 4 MILLVILLE “ “ 14 “ 5 PINE SPRINGS “ “ 15 “ 6 MOSCOW “ “ 17 “ 8 BETTS “ “ 18 “ 9 The last five days of the year I will be at Vernon. D. J. LACY Sheriff, & T. C. of L. C., Ala.

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

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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$72 a week, $12 a day at home easily made. Costly outfit free. Address True & Co., Augusta, Maine.

Bring your job printing to the CLIPPER. We print all kinds of blanks, deeds, mortgages, law briefs, cards, tags, circulars, bill heads, letter heads, note heads, statements, poster work. We propose to do all kinds of job printing as neat and as cheap as any city, either North or South, and our work is equal to any. When you want any kind of job printing done, please don’t fail to examine our specimens before going elsewhere. Blank Waive Notes for sale at this Office.

The Light Running New Home (picture of sewing machine). A model of simplicity, Strength and Beauty, Never gets out of order. A pattern of perfection. Makes no noise. Does not fatigue the operator. Latest. Improved. Best. Agents wanted. Johnson, Clarke, & o., 30 Union Square, New York City. Orange, Mass.




SUNFLOWER SEEDS FOR POULTRY – Many farmers look upon the sunflower as simply a worthless weed, and never dream of the valuable qualities the sees of this plant possesses. For several years they have been used by the breeders of fancy poultry as a food for choice fowls; in small quantities they are mixed with the other food, and the peculiar properties of the seeds impart a beautiful gloss which no grain will give to the plumage of the adult birds. For those who raise fancy fowls for exhibition, it is essential to perfect success that the plumage should be in perfect condition, and to attain satisfactory results we can judicious feeding of his seed. It has long recommend no more valuable aid than been known that the oil extracted from sunflower seed makes a dressing for the hair which is very beneficial, imparting a smoothness and vigor highly appreciated by all who have tried it. It grows very readily, and the poultry man should not forget this cheap and useful assistant to his labors.

KEEPING APPLES IN PLASTER. – I have been experimenting the past few years with apples, and find those packed in plaster keep much longer than any other way I have tried. I use flour barrels, as they are made tighter. I first cover the bottom of the barrel with plaster, then a layer of apples, then cover with plaster, and so on till the barrel is full. Then put the head in and drive the hoops tight. The plaster, being of a cold nature, keeps the fruit at an even temperature, and being fine and dry, packs so close as to keep the apples air-tight. I had Northern Spy and Swaar almost as fresh in May as when picked, and found no decayed ones, and think they would have kept will early apples were ripe, had we not used them. Shall put up several barrels for next spring and summer use, as I am satisfied that our best varieties, such as Steel’s Red Winter, Wagner and See-no-Further will keep several months longer than putting them up without plaster, and will retain their flavor much better beside. – [Cor. Rural New-Yorker.

COUNTRY SOCIAL LIFE – Country folks are in general so fully occupied with affairs that they have no time to discover how lonesome they really are. So far as this is concerned we think it is a misfortune. We are too busy. We work too hard. We take few, or no holidays. We read and think too little, and do not spend sufficient time in social culture. There is no reason why those who plow the soil or “whose talk is of bullock” should not experience the refinements which are the result of formal social life. In business, at bargains, in pursuit of dollars, no man is seen at this best. He is thorny, spiney, with his back up as a porcupine might be at his business. Let one doff his working clothes and enter a room full of neighbors. – men, women, young men and maidens – and he is a man of another kind. He naturally falls into the ways of an intuitive kindness which is really the truest politeness; the doing to his companion what he should do to him. He “lets himself out” to please, and after an evening spent in social converse, he retires with many rough corners and asperities toned down. For a few days the influence remains. It would be permanent if it could be reinforced now and then, and the good results would be most agreeable and useful. There is not difficulty in bringing these good influences to bear. Two or three persons with energy and some magnetism about them can put them in motion with ease. Now is the time to begin the effort. – [Rural New Yorker

KEEP AIR FROM STORED HAY – If this principle is true – and both science and practice prove its truth – it follows that the larger our mows and tighter our barns, the more perfectly is our hay preserved. It also follows that in storing hay the common practice of putting one load in one mow and the next in another is all wrong. Fill up each mow as rapidly as possibly. And if the mows are large, fill each bend separately and read down the hay as it is stowed away. Not only is heating prevented by this mode of storing hay, but the aroma is preserved. Hay from a large mow has a better flavor than that from a scaffold, and the reason is that a volatile oil is not dissipated by contact with the air.

ARBORICULTURE – Arboriculture is carried further in Iowa, probably, than in any other state in the Union. The impetus is doubtless given by the liberality of the State Government, which, under legislative enactment, remits a certain portion of taxes for five ears on every acre of fruit, and for ten years on every acre of forest trees planted in the state and kept alive. The result has been that a great change has been wrought in the aspect of the Iowa landscape. Over seventy-five thousand acres of fruit and forest trees have been put out, and the remission of taxes resulting amounts to about $20,000. The acreage of trees is about one half of the percent of the farming lands of the state.

THE ORCHARD – To begin an orchard get the ground ready now. Have it rich and mellow. Plant the trees in October or November, after the leaves fall, and not before. Select few varieties – such as do well in neighboring orchards. Get the trees mainly of a near nursery, or a man you have reason to believe trustworthy. Go select the trees yourself, choosing them with fibrous roots and plenty of them. Be sure you know what varieties you want before you leave home. Search out the roots when transplanted with great care. Set as deep as the trees grew before. Tramp very firmly. Trim the tops as much as the roots were trimmed in taking up. Stake each tree. Make a diagram of the orchard.

PRESERVING SHEEP FROM DOGS – Place on one seep in every ten of the flock a bell of the usual size for sheep. The instinct of the dog prompts him to do all his acts in a sly, stealthy manner. His attacks upon sheep are most frequently made at night while they are at rest, and the simultaneous jingling of all the bells strikes terror to the dogs; they turn their tails and leave the sheep, fearing the noise of the bells will lead to their exposure. The ration of bells may be made to vary according to the size of the flock.


BEANS AND OTHER SOUPS – Soak one quart of dried beans in lukewarm water over night. The next morning put them into four quarts of cold water, and let them boil slowly for three hours. Just before serving stir in a large spoonful of butter, beef drippings, or pork fat. Of course, it will be much richer and have a finer flavor if a small piece of salt pork is boiled with it.

DRIED PEA SOUP is made in the same manner, with the addition of a few tomatoes, or a pint of milk, put in at last.

NEVER throw away bones left from any kind of fresh meat. In winter they will keep good several days. In summer crack them as you have them, cover them with water and let them simmer for several hours. With the addition of a few vegetables you will be surprised how good a soup this will make.

FOR POTATO SOUP boil a pound of salt pork in three quarts of water until it is done. Then take it out. Slice up a dozen large potatoes and two or three onions. Put them in the water and let them boil about an hour, stirring often.

For BEEF SOUP take a two cent soup bone (part of the shank); wash it and put it in three quarts of water. Let it boil until all the scum has risen and been removed. Then put it where it will only simmer. In three hours add to it a few carrots (cut in slices), two or three turnips (quartered), a couple of large onions, a bunch of parsley or a few celery tops, and, to make it very nice, a pint of fresh or canned tomatoes. Let all boil an hour or two longer and serve. You can, if you choose, before putting in the vegetables take out the meat, and in serving strain out the vegetables, which will make a good separate dish, and thicken your soup with a couple of teaspoonfuls of flour, or pour it over stale bread.

FOR TOMATO SOUP buy five cents worth of bones; put them, after cracking well, into two quarts of water. Put on at ten o'clock and boil slowly for two hours. Then add two onions and a can of tomatoes. About fifteen minutes before dinner, strain, blend two teaspoonfuls of flour and stir slowly. After boiling fifteen minutes, stir again, and it is ready for the table. The second stirring can be dispensed with. – [Cultivator

LAUGHTER THE LANGUAGE OF THE CRUEL The world grows more tender-hearted as it grow s older. If we examine the sports that have amused our ancestor, we find them more and more cruel as we go back into history. Event he gladiatorial shows were not so cruel as some of the butcheries of prisoners that amused the preceding generations. The bear-baitings and bull-fightings of a later age were less cruel than the arena. Prize fights that amused our grandfathers disgust the men of today. The world got too tender-hearted to laugh at a wounded gladiator afterwards, too gentle to enjoy the wounded bulls, or bears, or badgers. Refined people turned their backs on such cruelties, and handed them over to the vulgar and brutal. Go to a dog fight today and note the kind of men you see there, and you will know what your ancestors were at heart, however they may have hidden their cruel natures under courteous manners. Shakespeare’s age was a cruel, though heroic one, as may be seen in his plays written to please the age, to hold the mirror up to it and show its form and pressure. Shylock was made to be laughed at. It was formerly played by a low comedian join a red wig. The sufferings of the Hebrews in that age inspired mirth. The language of Shylock that we find so touching used to be thought mirth-provoking. Imagination and sympathetic insights are sad and serious. They find sad, sweet poetry, where the frivolous find only food for laughter. Laughter is nearly always cruel. Somebody writhes while the rest are merry. Examine even what is called the ”innocent laughter” of a child, and you will find it the germ of cruelty. The wit and the butt go together, and the butt feels the keen thrusts of his enemy none the less because he smiles – because all smile. If we turn our eyes inward upon our laughter and its sources, we shall find that in most cases that it is either a sudden discovery of our own superior or happier position, or else the discovery of the weakness, folly or failure of some one else, which makes a pleasant contrast for us. When we think of that thing we do not seem so funny.

HARD TO PLEASE “My dear,” said Mrs. Joblink last evening, “when can I go?” The lady referred to a visit to California which she had been contemplating for months. “How soon do you want to go?” inquired Mr. Joblink, looking up from his paper, and benevolently gazing through his spectacles upon the partner of his wallet. “Just as soon as ever I can,” replied the lady eagerly. “Let’s see,” said Joblink, pulling out his pencil and proceeding to figure. “Mebbe in three weeks, Mariar – mebbe four,” and he continued to figure. “Four weeks,” murmured Mrs. J., in a disappointed undertone. “Ah, I know what’ll fix it, Mariar,” suddenly exclaimed the old gentleman, tossing aside his paper and pencil. “I’ll sell my Belcher. I’m tire o’ paying assessments. You can start day after tomorrow!” Mrs. Joblink burst into tears. “Lord bless me!” cried the bewildered Joblink. “What on earth’s the matter, Mariar?” “You – you –oo-oo-oo- want me to go away, you old brute! Hoo-oo-o!” An hour later an elderly gentleman might have been seen in a leading saloon with his hat jammed on the back of his head, and his cravat untied, inviting all hands up to drink.

A POOR YOUNG MAN FELL in love with an heiress, and the passion being returned, it only wanted the parent’s consent to make them happy. At length, meeting the father, he asked for the daughter’s hand. “How much money can you command?” exclaimed the millionaire, gruffly “Not much,” was the reply. “What are your expectations?” “Well, to tell you the truth, I expect, if you refuse your consent, to run away with your daughter, and marry her without it.”

AN EXTRAORDAINARY RAILWAY PROJECT – [Baltimore Sun} One of the extraordinary projects, with which the brains of modern French engineers appear to be teeming, is that of constructing a railway from the frontiers of Algiers across the desert of Sahara to Timbuctoo, the great mart of Soudan, in Central Africa. It was in Soudan, in 1806, that Mungo Park, the once celebrated traveler, was killed on his second African journey, and it was in the same region that Clapperton died during his explorations in 1827. Denham, Caillie, Lander, Barth, Vogel, Rohfls, and Nachtigal, have since struck the Soudan in their travels from various points, but it has never been thoroughly explored. What is known of it is that it is very populous. That it contains magnificent rivers, large lakes, and that except in its southern portion, where marshes abound, it is extremely fertile. But the heat is oppressive, and the climate very unhealthy for Europeans. The total population is roughly estimated at fifty million. Its trade with Europe is carried on by caravans from Morocco and Algiers cross the great desert. The exports consists of attar of roses, gold dust, gum arabic, indigo, ivory, ostrich feathers and skins. Of these, Algiers receives about $7,500,000 worth annually. Its imports, which average about the same amount, consist chiefly of cotton goods, cutlery, and weapons. The distance from Algiers to Timbuctoo, across the desert, is about 1,600 miles. It is traversed by the camels, which are the beasts of burden of the caravans, in about four months. The proposition submitted to the French Government in the interest of its Algerian colony, is to cover this distance with a railway, which starting from the village of Appeville, would penetrate thence 220 miles to the Oasis of Laghonat, the last oasis in Algeria before entering the desert. From that point the road would stretch across some 200 miles of desert to the Oasis of Laghonat, the last oasis in Algeria before entering the desert. From that point the road would stretch across some 200 miles of desert to the Oasis of El Goleah, and thence to the Oasis of Touat, 434 miles further on. Exploring parties have already been pushed out as far as El Goleah, and it is stated that “data have been obtained in regard to that part of the desert which separates El Goleah from Touat.” One-half of the route may therefore be said to be more or less perfectly known. The remaining half, some eight hundred miles, is described by Caillie as a flat country without water, and “where the route of the caravans is strewn with the skeletons of animals, which no doubt have all died form thirst.” The cost of constructing the road is put at $80,000,000; the time occupied in crossing the desert, at an average rate of speed of twenty miles an hours, would be four days instead of four months by camels, as now. The project is a bold one, and if feasible, the doubt still remains as to whether, on a commerce of $15,000,000 such an enterprise would pay.

FOREING ELECTION TRICKS Even in imperial Austria, it seems, they are up to electioneering tricks which rival the drollest that are practiced in the freest and easiest parts of our own land. In Galicia, the two leading parties are Polish and Ruthenian. At the recent election efforts were made by both side to secure the success of their candidates, and the two principal hotels on the market-place of Brzezan were filled with electors who had arrived from the country to record their votes. The Ruthenians, mostly priests of the United Greek Church, who occupied one of these hotels, determined to steal a march on their opponents by going to the place where the election was to be held at sunrise, in order to win votes for their side. Accordingly, at five o’clock in the morning of the polling day, they called the waiter to brush their clothes and boots. The waiter came and took away the garments, but, although the priests waited nearly an hour, he did not bring them back. They rang and shouted but in vain; all the people of the hotel seemed to be asleep. At last the priests began to suspect that a trick was being played on them. It became evident that they must either allow the election to be completed without taking part in it, or go barefooted and without their nether garments to the voting place. They chose the second course; but here, too, their adversaries were too much for them. Scarcely had they come out of the hotel when a Polish policeman came up and threaten to put them in prison for improper conduct, if they did not return at once to their rooms. There was nothing for it but to go back, and the Poles won the election.

“You seem to cough with more difficulty than on yesterday,” said a friend to Curran during his last illness. “Do I?” replied the witty lawyer. “That’s odd enough. I’ve been practicing all night.”

Tossing upon a bed of agony. Tortured in every joint with inflammatory rheumatism, is a prospect which may become a melancholy fast if the twinges of the dread disorder are not checked at the outset. Persons of a rheumatic tendency find Hostettler’s Stomach Bitters useful remedy, nor do they encounter the risk in using it they do from resorting to that active poison Chochucum, which is often employed to arrest the malady. The use of the Bitters is equally as effective in its results, and is attended with no risk. There is ample testimony to prove that the medicine possesses blood depurating qualities of no common order, besides those of a tonic and general alternative. It stimulates the actin of the kidneys and promotes the removal from the system of impurities which develop disease and are fraught with serious danger. Fever and ague, dyspepsia, debility, nervousness, constipation, etc., are remedied by it.

Carefully avoid the use of rasping cathartics. They weaken the bowels and leave them worse off than before. Use instead, that salutory, non-irritating aperient and anti-bilions medicine, Dr. Mott’s Vegetable Liver Pills, which will not only achiever the desired object, relaxation of the bowels, without causing pain or weakening them, but promote digestion and assimilation and depauate the blood. The pills are sold by all druggist.

Brown’s Bronchial Troaches, for Pulmonary and Asthmatic Disorders, have proved their efficacy by a test of many years, and have received testimonials from eminent men who have used them. 25 cents a box.

Certainly one is not wise if he purchases any organ before obtaining the latest catalogue and circulars of the Mason & Hamlin Organ Co. See advertisement, and send postal card asking for them, and they will come free.

For one cent purchase a postal card and send your address to Dr. Sanford, 162 Broadway, New York and receive pamphlets by return mail, from which you can learn whether your liver is out of order, and if out of order is any way diseased, what is the best thing in the world to take for it.

Wanted. Sherman & Co., Marshall, Mich., want an agent in this county at once at a salary of $100 per month and expenses paid. For full particulars address as above.

Young men, go West, learn telegraphy; situation guaranteed. Address R. Valentine, Manager. Janesville, Wis.

Prevent crooked boots and blistered heels by wearing Lyon’s Heel Stiffeners. Can be applied at any time.

Chew Jackson’s Best Sweet Navy Tobacco.

Truth and Honor. Query: What is the best family medicine in the world to regulate the bowels, purify the blood, remove costiveness and biliousness, aid digestion and tone up the whole system? Truth and honor compels us to answer, Hop Bitters, being pure, perfect and harmless – Ed. Independent.

Nature’s sluice way. If the kidneys’ (natures’ sluice way) do not work properly the trouble is felt everywhere. Then be wise, and as soon as you see signs of disorder take Kidney-Wort faithfully. It will clean the sluice-way of sand, gravel, or slime and purify the whole system.

$3300 a year. How to make it. New Agents & Goods. Coe & Younge, St. Louis, Mo.

66 a week in your own town. Terms and $5 outfit free. Address H. Hallett & Co., Portland, Me.

$5 to $20 per day at home. Samples worth $5 free. Address Stinton & Co., Portland, Me.

Shakespeare’s Complete Works and Dr. Foote’s Health Monthly, one year for $1. Sample copy free. Murray Hill Pub. Co., 129 E. 28th St., N. Y.

Opium, Morphine habit speedily cured by Dr. Beck’s only known and sure remedy. No charge for treatment until cured. Call on or address Dr. J. O. Beck, Cincinnati, Ohio. 112 John Street.

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Females – Dr. Marshal’s Uternine Catholicons – (too small to read)

Ridge’s Food for infants and invalids. The best food in the world for invalids and readily taken by the little folks. Woolrich & Co., on every label.

What a Dime will do. It will get the Louisville Weekly Courier Journal – the great newspaper of the South and West – from the receipt of order to January 1st. In order that those unacquainted with it any see and know the great merits of this paper, the publishers offer it as above for the insignificant sum of 10 cents and this will include The Double Holiday Number, the largest single sheet paper in the world, and of itself richly worth the price charged for all. Address Courier Journal Co., Louisville, Ky.

L’assommoir. By Emile Zola. Price 75 cents in paper cover, or $1.00 in cloth. “L’assommoir” or Demon Drink, is one of the greatest novels ever printed, having already attained a sale in France of over 100,000 copies. It will be bound to be the most extraordinary work ever written, dramatic, and pictorial. It has been dramatized and is now being played at all the leading theaters in the country. For sale by all booksellers and by the publisher. T. R. Peterson & Bros., 306 Chestnut ST., Philadelphia, Pa., Copies sent, post-paid, to any one on receipt of price. Send for our illustrated Holiday Catalogue.

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Kidney Wort. The only medicine that acts at the same time on the liver, the bowels, and the kidneys. These great organs are the natural cleansers of the system. If they work well, health will be perfect. If they become clogged, dreadful diseases are sure to follow with terrible suffering, biliousness, headache, dyspepsia, Jaundice, constipation and piles, or kidney complaints, gravel, diabetes, sediment in the urine, milky or ropy urine, or rheumatic pains and aches, are developed because the blood is poisoned with the humors that should have been expelled naturally. Kidney wort. Will restore the healthy action and all these destroying evils will be banished. Neglect them and you will lie but to suffer. Thousands have been cured. Try it and you will add one more to the number. Take it and add health will once more gladden your heart. Why suffer longer from the torment of an aching back? Why bear such distress from constipation and piles? Why be so fearful because of disordered urine? Kidney wort will cure you. Try a package at once and be satisfied. It is a dry vegetable compound and one package makes six quarts of medicine. Your druggist has it, or will get it for you. Insist upon having it. Price $1.00 Well, Richardson & Co, Proprietors, Burlington, Va.

The Pond’s Extract Co., 18 Murray St., N. Y., publish a small book free, telling what the people use Pond’s Extract for, besides being food for pain.

Pond’s Extract. Its sale extends to every portion of the country. There is only one genuine Pond’s Extract for Pains and Inflammation.

Pond’s Extract, the only true remedy for Blind and Bleeding Piles and Hemorrhages of all kinds. Try it once and you will always use it.

Pond’s Extract, for beast as well as man. Traveling shows, menageries, etc. always carry it with them, and unanimously testify to its efficacy.

The Smith Organ Co. First Established! Most Successful! Their instruments have a -----value in all the leading markets of the World! Everywhere recognized as the finest in tone. Over 80,000 made and in use. New Designs constantly. Best work and lowest price. Send for a catalog. Tremont St., opp. Walham St., Boston, Mass

Saponifier is the old reliable concentrate lye for family sap making. Directions accompanying each can for making hard, soft, and toilet soap quickly. It is full weight and strength. The market is flooded with (so-called) concentrated lye, which is adulterated with salt and resin and won’t make soap. Save money and buy the Saponifier Made by the Pennsylvania Salt Manuf’g Co., Philadelphia.

Ward’s 6 Fine shirts for $9.00. Printed directions for self measurement and price lists free by mail. E. M. & W. Ward, 381 Broadway, New York.

For two generations the good and staunch old stand-by Mexican Mustang Liniment, ahs done more to assuage pain, relieve suffering, and save the lives of men and beasts than all other liniments put together. Why? Because the Mustang penetrates through skin and flesh to the very bone, driving out all pain and soreness and morbid secretions, and restoring the afflicted part to sound and supple health.

Ear Diseases. Dr. C. E. Shoemaker (the well known aural Surgeon at Reading, Pa.) gives all his time to the treatment of deafness and diseases of the ear at this office. His success has given him a national reputation, especially on running ear and catarrh. Call or send for his little book on the ear, its diseases and their treatment – free to all. His large book (350 pages) price $2.00. Address Dr. C. E. Shoemaker, Aural Surgeon, Reading, Pa. Mark Twain’s New Book, THE TRAMP ABROAD! Good times for agents ahead. Prospectuses for this universally looked for book now ready. Speak quick and secure territory. “ A word to the wise is sufficient.” Apply to F. F. Bliss, Hartford, Ct.

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Cure yourself. Just published, and selling like wild-fire, a book entitled EVERY MAN HIS OWN DOCTOR. A practical household physician. A guide to promote health, cure disease and prolong life. By J. Hamilton Ayers, M. D. Fully illustrated $2.50. Sold only by subscription. The easiest book to sell ever known. Terms, etc., address G. W. Carlton & Co., Publishers, N. Y. City.

THE WEEKLY SUN. A large, eight-page paper of 56 broad columns, will be sent postpaid to any address until January 1st, 1880 for half a dollar. Address. The Sun., N. Y. City

Cured free! An infallible and unexcelled remedy for fits, epilepsy or falling sickness, warranted to effect a speedy and permanent cure. “A Free Bottle” of my renowned specific and a valuable treatise sent to any sufferer sending me his post office express address. Dr. H. G. Root

$72 a week, $12 a day at home easily made. Costly outfit free. Address True & Co., Augusta, Maine.

$77 a month and expenses guaranteed for agents. Outfit free. Shaw & Co., Augusta, Ga.

$777 a year and expenses to agents. Outfit free. Address PO Vickery, Augusta, Ga

Free – Chromo Catalogue – families, everybody, lowest price. Metropolitian Art Co., 59 Nassau St., NY

$10 to $1000 invested in Wall-Street stocks makes fortunes every month. Book sent free explaining everything. Address Baxter & Co., Bankers, 17 Wall St. N. Y.

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$1425 profits on 30 days investment of $100. Proportional returns every week on stock options of $20, $50, $100, $500. Official reports and circulars free. Address T. Potter Wright & Co, Bankers, Wall St., N. Y.

Teas! Ahead all the time! The very best goods direct from the importers at half the usual cost. Best plan ever offered to Club Agents and large buyers. New terms free. The Great American Tea Company. 31 and 33 Vesey Street, New York.

This Claims House Established 1865 – Pensions – New Law. Thousands of Soldiers and heirs entitled. Pensions date back to discharge or death. Time limited. Address with stamp. George E. Lemon, PO Drawer 325, Washington, DC

Agents wanted for A TOUR AROUND THE WORLD by GENERAL GRANT. This is the fastest –selling book ever published, and the only complete and authentic history of Grant’s travels. Send for circulars containing a full description of the work and our extra terms to agents. Address National Publishing Co., St. Louis, Mo.

Warner Bro’s Corsets. Received the highest medal at the recent Paris Exposition, over all American competitors. The Flexible hip corset (120 bones) is warranted not to break down over time. Their improved health corset is made with the tampico bust, which is soft and flexible and contains 120 bones. Price by mail $1.50. For sale by all leading merchants. Warner Bro’s 251 Broadway Lane, N. Y.

Just Out. BELLS OF CORNEVILLE. A handsome and complete edition of the “Bells of Corneville” by Planquette, is now ready; and as the music, the acting, scenery and costuming arquite within the reach of amateurs, it is sure to extensively given and enjoyed. Pretty, lively French village scenes, contrasting with events in the haunted castle, make a spirited combination. Words unobjectionable. Price $1.50. WHITE ROBES. The new Sunday School Song Book, by Abey and Munger, bids, fair to be one of the most successful books of its class, as it is undeniably one of sweetest and best. It will pay to buy one, if only to sing from at home. Price, 30 cents. VOICE OF WORSHIP. L. O. Emerson, $9 per dozen. THE TEMPLE, W. O. Perkins, $9 per dozen. NEW METHOD FOR SINGING CLASSES. A. N. Johnson. $9 per dozen. The above are our three newest Singing School Books. The first two have a full set of tunes for Choirs. See full lists of New Sheet Music every week in the Musical Record. That is the way to keep well informed of all new issues. Mailed for 6 cents. Wait for these books almost through the press. TEMPERANCE JEWELS. J. H. Tenney. AMERICAN ANTHEM BOOK. PARLOR ORGAN INSTURCITON BOOK. A. NL Johnson. Oliver Ditson & Co., Boston. C. H. Ditson, 843 Broadway, N. Y. J. E. Ditson & Co., 922 Chestnut St. Phil.

The Rising Sun Stove Polish. For beauty of polish, saving labor, cleanliness durability and cheapness. Unequaled. Morse Bros. Proprietors, Canton, Mass.

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