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Vernon Clipper 7 Nov 1879

Microfilm Ref Call #373 Microfilm Order #M1992.4466 from The Alabama Department of Archives and History



THE TWO BURDENS – by Philip Bourke Marston, in Harper’s for Oct. Over the deep seas Love came flying Over the salt sea Love flew sighing. Alas, O Love, for they journeying wings! Through turbid Light and sound of thunder, When one wave lifts and one falls under, Love flew as a bird flies straight for warm springs.

Love reached the Northland, and found his own; With budding roses, and roses blown, And wonderful flies, he wove their wreath. His voice was sweet as a tune that wells, Gathers, and thunders, and throbs and swells, And falls and lapses in rapturous death.

His hands divided the tangled boughs. They sat and loved in a moist green house, With bird songs and sunbeams faltering through; One not of wind to each least light leaf; O Love, those days they were sweet but brief – Sweet as the rose is, and fleet as the dew.

Over the deep sea Death came flying; Over the salt sea Death flew sighing. Love heard from afar the rush of his wings Felt the blast of them over the sea, And turned his face where the shadows be, And wept for a sound of disastrous things.

Death reached the Northland, and chimed his own; With pale sweet flowers by wet winds blown He wove for the forehead of one a wreath. His voice was sad as the wind that sighs Through cypress-trees under rainy skies, When the dead leaves drift on the paths beneath.

His hands divided the tangled boughs, One Love he bore to a dark deep house, Where never a bridegroom may clasp his bride, A place of silence of dust and sleep, What vigil there shall the loved ones keep, Or of what cry of longing the lips divide?

SPEAK KINDLY ALWAYS – by Justin F. McCarthy By the banks of the river I wandered alone, And into the pure depths I dropped a small stone; It sank from my sight ere I went on my way As the eddying circles were fading away.

I passed by that spot in a day or two more, And the waters flowed on as I saw them before, But no ripple came over the surface so clear, To tell that the pebble was till lying there.

So harsh word from hips, p’rhaps unheeding, will fall And sink to some gay heart, tho’ tender withal, And the pain of that heart seems to pass in a sigh - Yet the pang will remain, though unseen it may lie.

Oh! Pluck not one petal from out a gay flow’r, To leave it to wither and die in an hour; Destroy not the bloom you can never restore But cherish it fondly, by day more and more. Rather speak the kind word to the nigh, broken-hearted, Shed light on the soul from which joy has departed; Let the balm of sweet speech on the stricken heart fall, Speak kindly to each one, or speak not at all.

THE MISSING CLERK Early in the morning of November 21, 1842, one Boissellier, clerk in the Bank of Orleans, went forth to collect the amounts due upon certain accepted bills of exchange, of the value in all of eight thousand three hundred and ten francs. Hours passed, night came, and Boissellier had not returned; anxiety and then alarm prevailed on his account. What had become of him? He was of excellent character; his integrity was unquestioned; his books were in good order. Inquiry was instituted. It was discovered that the moneys the missing clerk should have collected had been received by a man who was certainly not Boissellier, but who, nevertheless, in his stead, duly presented the bills for payment. Who was this man? The suspicions of the managers of the bank were naturally aroused. On the morning of November 22 they placed themselves in communication with M. Chavannes, Procureur du Roi. Boissellier was 40 years of age; he had been married nine years; he lived in the banking house with his wife. She was questioned on the subject of his mysterious absence. Her distress was very great. She had not seen her husband, she averred, since the morning of the 21st. Very early, while he was still in bed, a message had been brought to him by a man wearing a blouse. Some one desired particularly to see him. He left the house, and was absent about half an hour. On his return he did not mention where he had been nor whom he had seen. He said simply, “Notre affaire est bonne.” She knew that he had contemplated leaving the bank, and had been seeking an appointment in an insurance company by way of improving his position. She understood him to refer to his hopes of this appointment when he said, “Notre affaire est bonne.” She believed that one Montely, a friend of his, had promised him the appointment. She had seen Montely, but only two or three times, and not very recently. He had dined once with her husband and herself. She did not think that Boissellier owed money to Montely. M. Boissellier appeared to be in good spirits when he left her. He carried his bills in his pocket-book. He had some few francs of his own with him, and a silver watch. She lived upon excellent terms with her husband. A man named Frimault, keeper of a coffee-house in Orleans, was also a friend of M. Boissellier’s. It was thought well the Montely should be looked for by the police, especially when it appeared that Madame Boissellier’s description of him corresponded with the description of the man who had collected the money in Boissellier’s place. Evidence was forthcoming, also, to the effect that Montely had been seen in Orleans in the company of Boissellier on the morning of the 21st, and that later in the day he had left Orleans hurriedly in a hired carriage for Artenay, whence he had journeyed in a second carriage to Tours, with a view, it was supposed, of proceeding by diligence to Paris. A warrant for his arrest was forthwith issued. Frimault had been interrogated, and produced a letter, dated 15 days back, and furnishing Montely’s address at St. Germanin-en-Laye, where, it, appeared, he carried on business as the agent of La Francois Insurance Company. A commissioner of police started at once for St. Germain; and instructions were given for the gendarmerie to lose no time in tracing the traveler who had left Orleans for Artenay, and Artenay (presumably) for Paris. Gradually the story of Montely’s career came into the possession of the police. Montely had served in the army; Boissellier and Frimault had been his fellow-soldiers in Africa. He quitted (sic) the service a Sergeant in 1839, and for some while lived with his father at Bordeaux, working in a porcelain factory. He afterward married, and set up a grocer’s shop in a small way at Noranfonte, Pas-de-Calais. He did not prosper, however, and soon resumed his former occupation in a porcelain factory at He-Adam. About this time he was suspected of the crime of forgery, but was not proceeded against, probably from insufficiency of evidence. In 1839 he visited Orleans, to rejoin for a while his old comrades, Boissellier and Frimault. In 1842 he quitted He-Adam, leaving his rent unpaid, and re-appeared at Bordeaux. Having become a widower, he married again at Bordeaux, January 1, 1842; and in the following April, being out of work, with his wife and the child of his first marriage he proceeded to Orleans, remaining there three weeks looking out for employment. The while he had lived upon intimate terms with Frimault, and also, though perhaps in a less degree, with Boissellier. He was not seen at the bank, but he occasionally accompanied Boissellier upon his rounds when bills were due and payable. Late in October Montely obtained his situation as agent of the insurance company. He was by this time in pecuniary straits. He owed considerable sums, and had even been driven to pawn his clothes. He was in Orleans on November 2, and for some days afterward. On November 19 he left Paris for Orleans, arriving there at 6 o’clock in the evening. He had with him a small portmanteau, which he had borrowed in St. Germain, and a hat-box. He took his place in the coach under the name of Morean. Barignan, the driver of the Orleans diligence, when confronted with Montely, a month afterward, identifies him as the passenger Morean. “I particularly noticed him,’ said Barignan, “because I heard him telling a fellow-passenger that the night before, in the Rue du Bouboi, a man had cut another’s threat with a razor. I never converse with my passengers, but I could not help saying on this occasion that it was impossible – the murderer would have been interrupted. Whereupon Montely said, ‘I saw it myself.’” No such crime had been committed, however. It was judged that Montely was simply preoccupied with his intention to murder Boissellier. Arrived at Orleans, Montely passed the night at the Hotel de France. At 6 o’clock on the following morning he quitted the hotel, saying that he might possibly return at night, but he was not sure. Taking with him his portmantean and hat-box, he presented himself at the Hotel de Europe. It was observed afterward that the Hotel de France was very full. At the Hotel de Europe there were but three or four lodgers. Room Number 2 was given him. He sent a message by one Lanvray, a lamp-lighter, to Boissellier, expressing a wish to see him. Meantime Montely waited at the corner of the Rue Meslee. It was now half-past 7. Lanvray witnessed the meeting of Boissellier and Montely. Boissellier expressed surprise saying, “What, is it you? You are still here, then?” Between 7 and 8 o’clock Boisselleir and Montely entered a café kept by one Cointepas. Montely ordered a bottle of white wine. Boissellier said it was too much, and they were served with a half bottle only. Presently they left the café. Boissellier was not afterward seen alive. Between 8 and 9, Montely, alone, entered a cutler’s shop, and purchased a dozen table-knives. He then asked for a carving knife. The cutler declined to sell a carving knife without a carving fork; so Montely bought both knife and fork, saying, “Make haste, I am keeping a coach waiting.” The cutler was certain that this was before 9 o’clock; he had not yet breakfasted. He was certain about the day; it was the day before he heard of the murder of Boissellier. A woman present in the shop when Montely made his purchase confirmed the cutler’s statement as to the time. As she left the shop she was the workmen in the streets going to breakfast. Joseph Dupont, driver of a hired carriage, had driven Montely to the various persons from whom he had received the money for the bills Boissellier should have presented. Montely had manifested great impatience. It was noticed that upon some of the bills there were stains of blood. Montely explained that he had accidentally cut his right thumb. With his left hand he took up the money tendered him, and did not count it. He afterward purchased a trunk, asking for one of extra size – “large enough,” as he said, “to sleep in.” At another shop he bought some canvas or packing cloth; and he conveyed his purchases to his apartment at the Hotel de Europe. Toward mid-day he obtained the assistance of the porter of the hotel to carry the trunk down stairs again. The porter was not required to enter the room; the trunk stood close to the door. He remarked upon the excessive weight of the trunk. M. Benard, proprietor of the hotel, observed, jocously, that the portmanteau of the morning had grown into a trunk. Montely explained that he had been buying calicoes. The trunk, by his direction, was taken to the office of the Messageries Generales for carriage to Toulouse. He booked a place in the name of Morel in the diligence starting for Toulouse on the morrow. At 1 o’clock he breakfasted in the dining-room of the hotel. He seemed agitated, and at his request his wounded hand was bandaged by M. Benard, but without any exposure of the wound. Soon afterward he disappeared from the Hotel de Europe. He carried away with him the key of room Number 2, leaving the door securely locked. It was nearly 8 o’clock before he left Orleans for Artenay; meanwhile, expressing much impatience, he had remained in a café near the Port Madeline, kept by one Deshayes; he there threw away his key. It was afterwards discovered amid some rubbish in the yard at the back of the house. He was traced to Tours, which town he quitted forthwith in a post-chaise, arriving in Paris at 4 o’clock in the morning of November 22. At half-past 7 he changed for god certain bills of the Bank of Orleans, at a money-changers in the Place de Bourse. About mid-day he re-appeared in St. Germain, and restored the portmanteau he had borrowed. He redeemed certain of the articles he had pawned in the previous month, and paid a debt of some 800 francs. He went to a barber’s and had his upper lip closely shaven, professing that he had burned his mustache in lighting his pipe. And he took to the cleaner’s a pair of trousers which were afterward found to be stained with blood. At 7 o’clock in the morning of November 23 Montely was arrested in his bed, and charged with the murder of the missing clerk, Boissellier, on the 21st. The police had proceeded with get energy. Little time had elapsed between the discovery of the crime and the capture of the criminal. It was only on the morning of the 22d that suspicion was excited as to the commission of a murder in the Hotel de Europe. Some spots of blood were perceived in the corridor close to the door of room No. 2. Montely was missing, with the key. Madame Bernard thrust a long unlighted match underneath the door; upon withdrawing the match she was horrified to find it soiled with blood. A locksmith was sent for and the lock picked, the Procureur du Roi being in attendance. At the first glance the room appeared to be in perfect order; but closer inspection revealed splashes and stains of blood upon the white window-curtains, the towels, the wall-paper, the floor. Effort had clearly been made to wash away certain of these traces of crime, and to give the room an orderly appearance. A portion of the floor had been recently scoured, and the curtains were so folded as to conceal their soils. Other dreadful evidences were soon discovered. A sponge soaked with blood in a cupboard by the fire-place, a carefully corded bundle of blood-stained rags thrust beneath the mattress of the bed, and a traveling cap, soon identified as one the unfortunate Boissellier had been in the habit of wearing. That a murder had been committed was only too clear. But were these proofs of crime connected with the disappearance of Boissellier? He had not been seen to enter the Hotel de Europe. Yet here in No. 2 was his traveling cap! Some one then bethought him of the great trunk sent in the name of Morel to the office of the Messageries Generales for transmission to Toulouse. The Procurer at once decided upon the seizure of this trunk, which still remained at the coach-office. Forcibly opened, the trunk disclosed a dreadful sight. Mutilated human remains, which could still be identified as those of the missing Boissellier, were found closely wrapped in the packing cloth purchased by Montely. The Doctors Payen and Corbin proceeded to an examination of the body. They decided that death had resulted from a wide, deep wound in the neck, so suddenly inflicted that the sufferer had probably been unable to articulate a sound, although some movement of his limbs still might have been possible to him. The body had not been undressed; the limbs had been rudely hacked off after death. The clothes were recognized as those worn by Boissellier on the morning of the 21st. The face had been disfigured by wounds inflicted after death, as though to prevent identification. Upon the left arm appeared a woman’s face tattooed in red and blue. Boissellier was known to be tattooed in that fashion. And it appeared that Montely was similarly tattooed. In February, 1843, Francois Montely was brought to trial for the murder of Andre Boissellier, and for robbing the Bank of Orleans of eight thousand three hundred and ten francs. The accused was 26 years of age, low of stature, thick-set, of dark complexion – “le front deprime, l’aeil dur et oblique.” He was dressed in black, and wore a mustache. He professed perfect innocence, and met the statements of the witnesses with a positive denial. In the course of the trial, however, he declared that he would confess the whole truth. He had lent money, he said, to Boissellier, three hundred francs in all. Boissellier had begged that his wife might not be told of the transaction. He, the accused, had journeyed to Orleans to obtain payment of the amount due to him. “When Boissellier came to me at the Hotel de Europe, he brought no money. I had been shaving, and had cut myself accidentally with the razor; blood flowed from the wound. Boissellier, having his bills in his hand, said, “ I have no money, but I have a cousin, a book-binder, who will perhaps lend me some.” I said to him that he wanted to put me off, as he had put me off before, and I snatched from him the bills; in this way two of them were torn. I threatened him that I would tell his wife and the manager of the bank. He took up my razor and said, ‘If you do, I’ll kill myself.’ I moved away for a moment. He uttered a cry. I turned, and saw he had cut his throat. I struggled with him for the razor, which he still held firmly in his hand.” Montely went on to state that he lost his senses, that he knew not what he did, when he found that Boissellier had killed himself. He then took possession of the dead man’s bills, and purchased the knife, not to commit a murder, for Boissellier was already dead, but to cut up the body, so that it might be packed in the trunk. The cutler was mistaken, he persisted. The carving knife had been purchased, not between 8 and 9 in the morning, but at noon; not before but after the death of Boissellier. Dr. Corbin was called. Could the fatal wound have been inflicted by means of a razor? It was possible, he said’ but the knife seemed to him a more likely instrument. In any case, he judged the instrument had not been wielded by the deceased’s own hand. Was it possible, supposing that Boissellier had committed suicide, that he could have retained in his hand the instrument of his crime? Dr. Corbin thought that was impossible. Great loss of blood would immediately ensue from such a wound, and the man’s strength would at once fail him. He could not have retained his hold of the razor. The Doctor held the suicide of Boissellier to be impossible. Jean Baptist Frimault gave evidence. He was 39. He had known Montely since 1830. They had been fellow-soldiers in the 20th regiment of the line. They had been two years in Africa; Montely had been Sergeant of his company. Witness and Boissellier had been as brothers together. Witness did not believe that Boissellier was in debt; knew nothing of his borrowing money of Montely. Boissellier was not at all a likely man to commit suicide; he was cheerful and calm and strong-minded. “No more easily intimidated than I am myself,” said the witness, in a loud, firm tone. He did not believe that Boissellier committed suicide, or that he was pressed for money. “If he wanted money, he would have come to me. I would readily have lent him some.” The advocates of the accused insisted that his statement was reasonable and credible enough. There was no direct evidence of the commission of a murder. No witness had been present at the death of Boissellier, or could say positively how he died. His death by suicide was possible. The evidence of premeditation was imperfect. Montely’s proceedings had not been of a furtive character; he had appeared publicly in Orleans, as though courting recognition on all sides. Stress was laid upon Montely’s good character as a soldier. He had conducted himself always with great gallantry. At the risk of his own life he had once courageously avenged the death of a comrade. He had killed a murderous Arab, an enemy of France, and carried away his poniard and yataghan. The poniard was produced in court, and exhibited to the jury. The yataghan, it was stated, had been presented by Montely to M. Marcellary, his commanding officer. Montely was a man of an affectionate nature. He was fondly loved by his second wife; he was tenderly regarded, highly esteemed, by the relations of his first wife. Letters, abounding in the kindest expressions, addressed to him in prison by various members of his family, were openly read in court, in order to demonstrate his amiably and gentleness of character. An impassioned speech on his behalf by M. Johannet of Paird, concluded with an appeal to the jury, even though they might believe the accused guilty, to preserve his life, to give him an opportunity for repentance in remitting him to penal servitude of the remainder of his days. “Laissez-le-vivre,” pleaded M. Johannet, “les tortures de tous les jours vamidreont mieux pour la societe que l’execution sur la place publique.” After an hour’s deliberation, however, the jury found the prisoner guilty – without extenuating circumstances; and he was condemned to death upon the Place of Orleans. In a fainting state he was removed from the court, protesting that he was innocent, and that he had told the truth. Montely appealed to the Cour de Casastion to quash his conviction, because of certain alleged technical defects in his trial, but his appeal was rejected upon every point. He was executed at Orleans, in the presence of a vast crowd, on the 18th April, 1843. His courage had completely given away; he was in a most abject condition of body and mind when he appeared upon the scaffold. He made no absolute confession of his guilt, however, while making frequent protestations of penitence. But to the last he declared that although he deserved severe punishment, he did not deserve the punishment of death. The murder of Boissellier had greatly excited not merely Orleans and its neighborhood, but the whole of France. “It was,” as Southey said of a great crime committed many years since in London, “one of those few domestic events which, by the depths and the expansion of horror attending them, had risen to the dignity of a national interest.” As a means of attracting visitors to a café at Limoges, the murderer’s widow was drawn from her miserable seclusion and induced to exhibit herself publicly, presiding at a counter and dispensing drinks to the morbidly curious who came to gape and stare at her.

“MEN should not allow their wives to split wood,” says a mild contemporary. This is rather inconsiderate. How can a man refuse when his wife comes up with tears in her eyes and says, “Now do, dear, let me go down cellar and split wood for an hour to get up an appetite.”

“FOURTEENTH SIDING” – A ROMANCE F THE PLAINS Yesterday, in coming up the road, writes a correspondent of the Madison Journal, I witnessed a scene which to a “States” man could not but have a melancholy, though romantic aspect. There was a bridal couple aboard the train. He was a pleasant, intelligent appearing young man, with evidence of a farm-training and a fair education. She was as fair as Maud Muller, the day the Judge met her in the gabled field; of evidently far superior training to her sturdy consort, she was one of the loveliest and brightest and gayest brunettes one may meet in years of long extended jaunts. She had a bandbox, evidently containing her summer hat; a guitar carefully wrapped in an embroidered bag, of a workmanship so exquisite as to have been her own; a music roll, a shawl-strap encasing two or three of the latest novels; and all the miscellaneous satchels and bundles with which the average young lady possesses herself on a pilgrimage to the sea shore or on a tour to Aunt Betsy’s, among the rural hills. The brakeman hoarsely called “Fourteenth Siding!” There was not a building in sight save the one-roomed 6 x 10 shanty barracoon of the switchman, and the eye lost itself trying t fathom the dreary beyond. This was the stopping place of the bridge and her groom. He was taking her to his new home, 50 miles back on the plains; but there was no one to meet them as expected, and the threadlike trail disappeared over t he horizon, five miles away, with no sign of a greeting team. It seemed like a dark revelation to the poor girl; it was the first test of devotion to her husband – and a severe one. On being lifted down from the car steps she gazed around in the utmost dismay; then, with a quick, beseeching glance into the young man’s face, down which sympathetic tears were streaming, despite her evidently brave resolution, the bride of the plains sank into his arms and sobbed aloud. The scene told its own melancholy story, and visibly affected the hundred or more spectators who had crowded to the platforms, as usual upon all occasions of leaving a passenger on a siding. Let us hope that the messengers from that far-away home finally reached “Fourteenth Siding,” and that a husband’s love may soon be an all sufficient solace for the city bred bridge3 so suddenly transported to the treeless wilds of Dakota.

A LIFE IN BED A few weeks ago, says the Lowell (Mass) Mail, we published a paragraph concerning a woman, in some far-away land, who had been 20 years in bed. We have been told of a case more remarkable than that in a town in New Hampshire, within half a day’s ride of Lowell. More than 40 years ago, a handsome, intelligent daughter of a thrifty farmer of that town became attached to a young man in her neighborhood, toward whom her parents were not favorably disposed. They would not consent to her marriage, and she, although competent to reason with herself and then on the subject, gave up a school she was teaching, went to her bed, and never again arose from it to work or go into society. AT the time she was not more than 17 or 18 years old – healthy, sprightly, intelligent and good-looking. The world to her, it would seem, had as many charms as for anyone else; but without the man of her choice – though that choice may have been regarded as a poor one by her friends – her bed was her world; and for more than 40 years she clung to it, never once leaving it to help herself to anything out of her room. The members of the family were her servants.

MISS MACDONALD, LAWYER A novel spectacle was presented on Saturday, in the appearance of a woman arguing a case before Judge Blathford in the United States Circuit Court. Her name is HELEN MARIE MACDONALD, and she appeared to argue a motion for an injunction to restrain the infringement of a patent on an invention for protecting the bottoms of ladies dresses. Miss MacDonald is a silver-haired and rather stout maiden of 45. She was dressed in a business suit of check material with hat to match, and wore a half veil while speaking. Alluding to E. N. DICKERSON, who was opposed to her, she said she was astonished at the audacity of the man in misrepresenting her case. She spoke with much feeling, and declared that she believed that at least one of the alleged previous discoverers of her invention had in reality no existence. Miss MacDonald is from Boston. – [New York Sun]

HUNTING A FAMOUS BEAR Arrangements have been made by the Sierra Valley Shooting Club for a bear-hunt in the vicinity of Weber Lake, to commence Sept. 15 and continue six days. A circular issued by the Club states that bears are very numerous in that section this year, and furthermore, that deer, quail, and grouse are abundant. Not far from the lake is the home of “Old Brin,” the largest grizzly bear in America, and “weighing about 2,000 pounds.” He was caught by Grizzly Dave at his ranch on the Henness Pass Road in 1854, but tore the trap to pieces and made his escape. In case the bear is captured, the Club propose having a grand barbecue, and if he isn’t caught they will use some less eminent member of the bear family. – [San Francisco Chronicle]

GEORGE LECLERCQ of Cooper City, Pa., stuck a giant powder cartridge into his mouth, lit the fuse, and the explosion literally blew his head off.

PUNGENT PARAGRAPHS “Am I badly dressed?” asked a French provincial, while being measured by a swell Parisian tailor. “Simply covered, sir, simply covered.”

Upright legislator – “What, sir! You take me for one who can be bribed? You insult my sense of honor. But, in case I really was such a man, how much would you give?”

Newton was loafing away his time when the principles of gravitation struck him in a heap, but the modern youth who tries the experiment is more apt to be struck by a shingle.

Mr. Talmage says it is easier to serve God when the wind blows from the southwest than from the northeast; that Christians often attribute to their own depravity what is due to the weather, and that the devil never rides on the west wind.

It is only for innocence that solitude can have any charms. – [Bangor Commercial] – Perhaps: But we found a fellow in our melon patch the other night who, we think, would rather have remained alone. Come to think of it, though, he protested innocence. – [Boston Post]

A sweet little Norwich miss of 3, who had monopolized all the compliments for beauty in the family circle since her birth, was recently asked: “Is your new baby brother handsome?” There was a momentary juvenile confusion from jealousy, and with flushed face and a cu rles lip she replied, “No, I don’t think he is handsome, but he is real nice, though.”

MARK TWAIN contributes $25 toward defraying the expenses of the battle-flag celebration at Hartford, but takes it out of the money that he intended to spend for a pew in a church. The following is his defense of that course: “There is nothing nobler than for religion to support patriotism, and nothing wiser than for both to uphold and encourage domestic economy; therefore I subtract this sum from the pew rental.”

Old Mr. Doubleskull had been poring over a map for several minutes, the troubled look on his face showing that he was wrestling with a problem that had got the upper hold of him. Finally, looking up, the cloud o’erspreading his features partially gone, “I understand now how these lines come here” – pointing to the parallels of longitude and latitude up and down and across the Atlantic Ocean – “for I remember being told that ‘Britannia rules the waves: but how them lines get on shore, too, beats me.” – [Boston Transcript]

“Now, ladies and gentlemen,” shouted the book-agent, “before the picnic concludes I want to sell every one of you a copy of the ‘Life of Pocahontas’ She was an Injun girl, Poky was – they called her Poky for short – but she wasn’t’ the kind that went around peddling baskets and blow-guns. Not frequently. She staid at home playing croquet in the front yard, or went to the Ladies Aid Society, and didn’t take no copperas off o’ nobody. The celebrated John Smith came traveling through them parts as agent for a family paper, but Poky wouldn’t let her father raise a club. She married Smith afterwards, and the last act of her life was to die of consumption”. Just here Officer Uncle Sammy Jones approached with a shot-fun and the meeting adjourned.

THE GAMBLING MANIA The New York Times says : The number of people who expect to get rich by investing a few dollars in lottery tickets, or in the Wall Street gambling dens, seems to increase daily. The overwhelming probability against any given ticket’s drawing a prize in a lottery ought to deter even the most sanguine from that form of risk, but experience proves that probabilities do not enter into the calculations of the buyer of lottery tickets; were the chances ten times as unfavorable, the number of buyers would be nearly as great. The blind, unreasoning ho0e of a stroke of luck is an amply sufficient inducement. Over and above this consideration, there is the fact that most lotteries are rank swindles. Only very silly people are taken in by the ostentatious announcement that this or that lottery is “under the auspices” of a state government., but the state in no-wise guarantees their honesty or fair dealing; as to the “eminent gentlemen,” they commonly have nothing to do with the lottery save to loan it their names, which is a purely financial transaction. One of these swindling concerns has just been exposed by a suit of law in Louisville, and it was clearly shown that the company was organized and carried on as a scheme of wholesale robbery. The risks in Wall Street speculation are greater yet. Letters frequently come to this office from distant points, asking if certain Wall Street firms who solicit the favors of small country investors are trustworthy. These firms scatter their enticingly worded circulars over the whole country through the mails, and there is reason to believe that they reap a considerable harvest. The honesty of these persons need not be called in question. It is sufficient to say to all inquirers that even the shrewdest of the “outside” Wall Street speculators, living here in the city and constantly watching with a keen and intelligent eye the fluctuations of stocks, generally retire from their venture seriously out of pocket. What has the rural investor to hope for when he entrusts his money to persons he knows nothing about, to be put into a “pool” where the chances are twenty to one that it will be lost?


THE VERNON CLIPPER ALEXANDER COBB, Editor and Proprietor ALEX. A. WALL, Publisher $1.50 per annum FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 1879

EVILS AMONG YOUNG MEN Of all the evils among men, we know of none more blighting in its moral effects than to speak lightly of the virtues of women. Nor is there anything in which young men are so thoroughly mistaken as to the low estimate they form as to the integrity of women. Not of their own mothers and sisters, but of others, who, they forget, are somebody else’s mothers and sisters. As a rule, no person who surrenders to this debasing habit is to be trusted with an enterprise requiring integrity of character. Plain words should be spoken on this subject, for the evil is a general one and deep rooted. If young men are sometimes thrown into the society of thoughtless and depraved women, they have no right to measure all other women by what they see of these than they have to estimate the character of honest and respectable citizens by the developments of crime in our police courts. Let our young men remember that their child happiness In life depends upon utter faith in women. No world wisdom, no misanthropic philosophic, no generalization can weaken truth. It stands like the record of itself – for it is nothing less than this, and should put an everlasting seal on lips that are wont to speak lightly of women. – [Tallapoosa Democrat] A FEMALE FARMER The Riedsville (N. C.) Times says: We have a better than Dr. MARY WALKER in our midst, for our Woman does hard work, and is sensible with it all. And, moreover, she has worn the male attire as number of years, and no comment is made, because she is known as one of the best and hardest working farmers in the county, and she simply goes along and attends to her farm without showing herself much on the big road of life, save and now and then she drives her span of black horses to Riedsville, dressed in pants, boots an hat. She wears a striped cotton cloth dress over her pants that takes her just about the knees. She was in town the other day with her pair of blacks. Her name is Miss JANE SMALL, and her age is between thirty and forty. She lives near Wade’s Mill, in this county, and runs a small farm of her own. She worms, cuts and cures her own tobacco, cuts wood for the coal kiln, burns her coal, ditches, digs, and, in fact, does everything about the farm. She also runs a still house. She is no lazy woman, and is fitter to wear a man’s dress than many an idle loafer who has it on. She will whip a fellow in a minute.

A WONDERFUL instrument has been invented called the Audiophone. It is of peculiar composition made in the shape of a fan which possesses the property of gathering the faintest sounds (somewhat similar to a telephone diaphram) and conveying them o the auditory nerve through the medium of the teeth, the external ear having nothing to do in hearing with this wonderful instrument. It is the invention of MR. RICHARD S. RHODES who is himself deaf. About one year ago by placing his watch between his teeth he heard the tick which he had been unable to do by placing it to the ear. This gave him the idea that sound could be conveyed to the auditory nerve through the teeth, and he planned and schemed and experimented until he attained the result spoken of. The instrument has been satisfactorily tested at the Institution for the Deaf and Dumb, at Indianapolis. Some of the pupils who were deaf and speechless were able to detect the sound of a melodeon by the use of the Audiophone. In speaking of this remarkable exhibition of the instrument, a Journal reporter says: “Literally the dumb spoke and the deaf heard.” Until the day mentioned, Mr. Rhodes had never exhibited his instrument outside of Chicago where he resides. It is said to work miracles in all cases where the auditory nerve is not destroyed by disease.

A REMARKABLE RIFLEMAN IN CALIFORNIA San Francisco Record At Agricultural Park yesterday DR. JOHN RUTH of Oakland gave an exhibition of his skill as a rifle shot, and achieved a decided success, astonishing even his friends. During the entertainment he shot cigars from the mouth of his assistant, who was standing about twenty feet distance, and not only did so while having the gun – a twenty-two caliber Ballard - against his shoulder in the usual manner, but with it turned sideways or upside down, with the stock resting upon his head. He also shot apples from a stick two or three inches long held in his assistant’s mouth, the gun being fired from various different positions, including sighting over his shoulder with a small mirror, and also shot glass balls from his assistant’s head, making many shots that were difficult and seemed perilous. The audience were at a loss which to admire most, the nerve of the shooter or the youth who held the “target.”

A FIELD OF YORKTOWN - A DESCRIPTION OF ITS PRESENT CONDITION APPROPOSE OF THE BOVERNOR’S MEETING Baltimore Americana MR. LOB WOLF, who runs the farm at Yorktown, Virginia, on which LORD CORNWALLIS made his surrender of the British army, the centennial of which is approaching and expected to be celebrated n a grand scale, was asked as to what sort of an appearance the historic ground presented at this day. He said: “The arm is on the edge of the town and comprises about 270 acres of cleared land, mostly used for raising vegetables. It formerly belonged to DR. FRED POWDER, but it is now in the possession of my wife, to whom it was left by her brother, MR. DANIEL HEYMAN. The ground where Cornwallis actually handed over his sword to Washington was for many years marked by four tall poplar trees, but these were cut down for firewood in the late war, not, however, without the precaution being taken to plant a peach sapling in their place, and this has now grown up and stands all alone in a wide meadow.” “What relics are there of the surrender?” “There are hardly any. The monument that was put up to commemorate the surrender was destroyed during the rebellion, but the house which formed the headquarters of Cornwallis is still standing, and is used as a barn. The first custom house built in the United States is also standing within the limits of the ground. Cornwallis Cove is the name of a natural curiosity on the farm. The ground is rolling, and has traces here and there of the earthworks and fortifications thrown up in the late war.” “What accommodation is there in Yorktown for visitors?” The population is hardly more than 250, and that is half colored; but I think they would stir themselves up for the centennial celebration.” “Which is the quickest way to go there?” “The easiest way is to go to Baltimore and take the steamer direct to Yorktown, or you can go all the way by rail to West Point, and then you are within thirty miles of the place.” “If the French fleet should attend, can it anchor at Yorktown?” There are sixty feet of water near the beach, and there is room for a dozen fleets. From the shore there is a splendid view out on the Chesapeake Bay and up the York River.”


A child of JEFF. WALLACE, of east Perry was strangled to death, recently, by a chinquapin lodging in his throat.

The Mobile Register says Gov. COBB will be re-nominated without opposition if he desires the office another term.

C. W. O’HARA, of Shelby County, fell out of his bed recently and broke two ribs. Moral: We should all sleep on the floor.

MR. GLASCOCK captured a negro in Baltimore and brought him to Tuskaloosa last week; who skipped bond three years ago.

The trial of R. U. PALMER for the murder of COL. W. L. SALISBURY has been continued to an adjourned term of Russell Court in January.

The Wetumpka Times states that about a month ago MR. THOMAS JOHNSON went down the well at his father’s mill to fix a curb, when a hand-ax fell from the top of the well, a distance of thirty-seven feet, striking him on the head and inflicting a gash from which the brain exuded. Strange to say he is now up and well, except that he suffers some from physical debility.

A special from Courtland, of Oct. 24th, says: Last May JOHN T. HAWKINS shot and killed S. F. DRAKE. Hawkins was never indicted, which incensed J. H. Drake, brother of S. F., who met Hawkins today and commence firing on him at sight. Closing with Hawkins, threw him to the ground, when the city marshal ran up and attempted to pull Drake off, who was beating Hawkins over the head with his pistol. Drake threw the marshal off, placed his pistol to Hawkins’s head and blew his brains out. Drake escaped.

Eutaw Mirror: An old negro named NELSON, living on the Patton place, a mile and a half from town, attempted to drive a wagon across the railroad track on Friday evening last, just as the passenger train was coming south, when the train struck the wagon about midway, broke it all to splinters, and killed Nelson.

Also: On the 27th ult. JACK BEALL, colored, living a few miles north of Springfield, accidentally shot and instantly killed himself. He was shooting squirrels, and one fell or jumped out near him. He struck at it with the breech of his gun, which caused its discharge. The whole top of his head was blown off. It is a common and very dangerous practice to knock a wounded squirrel over with the breech of the gun.

Also: Two more remarkable and rare curiosities in the way of an egg and chicken were brought into our office this morning by MR. R. H. PEARSON. The egg contains a neck at the small end, similar to cushaw, and smaller than the usual size. The chicken has four legs, two of which it uses as other chickens, the other two are attached to its tail. The latter are joined together at the top and have three-perfect toes each, and on examinations by DRS. BARCLAY, MORGAN AND WEBB it was found to have perfect circulation in the feet attached to its tail. It also has two functional canals. It seems to be as healthy and lively as a cricket.

The horses of the Montgomery Fire Department are about as well trained as animals can be. At the top of the alarm bell, each horse rushes to his place at the engine, the horse carriage and the hook and ladder truck, are always eager to dash out on the streets.

Uniontown Press: The negro who murdered another negro on the plantation of COL. ALEXANDER with an ax a week or two ago is still at large. It was a horrible murder, and is the duty of all good citizens to bring the murderer to justice. He has the reputation of being a desperate scoundrel, and used his “razor” several times previous to this affray. He is about 5 feet 10 inches in height, copper color, with a wen a little larger than a partridge egg over his left eye. Look out for him.

The capitol at Montgomery has been recently repaired and its offices and halls put in decent order. The improvements have been made upon an economical and substantial basis, the most having been made of the appropriation for the purpose. A new roof is needed for the building, and when it is put on and some other slight repairs made, the capitol will be a credit to the state. The senate chamber and the House of Representatives with their new carpets look handsome and comfortable. The Supreme Court Room have been painted and out in excellent order. Indeed the public books and records will, when the present work is finished, be in a better condition than for years and the entire capitol building will be in excellent repair.

In Ohio there lives a little girl five years old, who charms birds at will. They fly into her hands and upon her shoulders. Even humming birds fly to her caresses; and all day long birds hover about her window.

Something new under the sun, and as near as possible to it, for it originated in India. That is a new method of preserving meats. It is done by injecting brine through the blood vessels as soon as the animal is killed. In this way, brine reaches every part of the meat just as the blood does, and preserves it most perfectly.

There is a man in North Carolina who, some years ago, married the widow of his son, and she was also his own niece. The woman has had children by both husbands. Not long ago, when one of the daughters was married, the happy bridegroom demanded and received a tabulated pedigree of the young lady.

MR. ISAAC G. JENKINS, a wholesale merchant of Syracuse, N. Y., while sitting in his library the other evening was handed a letter and on opening it was surprised to find $1,500, with the simple explanation, “I robbed you of this years ago.” Mr. Jenkins has no idea of who the conscience stricken person may be.

MAJ. RINGGOLD COOPER alias NOEL HUNTER, the celebrated American forger and man of many disguises, was arraigned in London for forgery, Oct. 21st. Cooper pleaded guilty to both the charges which were brought against him, and was sentenced to five years penal servitude.

Bright Eyes is the leading American girl of the period. And yet, shocking as it may appear, Bright Eyes is a little Indian lass. She was much like other Indians when a papoose, but was educated in Boston and now gives promise of stepping into history. She is well informed, a sound thinker, a ready debater and purist in the use of English. More than that, she is as full of fight as was old King Phillip, or the latter Tecumseh. She is now in Chicago with Standing Bear, the chief of the Poncas, and addressed an audience in that city a few days ago.

A novel case in North Carolina jurisprudence is that of a McDowell County murderer, whose counsel after his conviction, objected to his being sentenced, on the ground that he had become insane. The Judge had a jury try an issue of insanity, which resulted favorably to the prisoner, who has been sent to the Lunatic Asylum, with directions to the Superintendent if he should ever be cured to certify the fact to the sheriff, so that he could be taken out and hanged.

A man who stood on a platform before a big crowd down in Texas, the other day, declined an invitation to address the audience on the ground that he was not accustomed to speaking in the open air. Two minutes later the bottom dropped out of the platform and the man strangled to death because he couldn’t touch the ground with his toes. This should be a warning to orators who complain that they are not accustomed to speaking out of doors.

FRANK SLATON, of Marshall County, is in jail at Gadsden, charged with stealing a pair of shoes and a pair of pants.

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.

The Vernon Clipper. A brand new paper. Published in Lamar County, Ala. For $1.50 per annum.



A great deal is being said about the proposed vacancy in Congress, and, no doubt, al that have been mentioned by the press are trustworthy of the position. CAPT. S. J. SHIELDS will probably be a candidate before the convention, and a more noble, and patriotic heart never beat in man’s breast. We feel confident that, should CAPT. SHIELDS be honored with the pleasure of filling the unexpired term, he would acquit himself to the entire interest of the people, and be a credit to the State. As to talent, integrity, sobriety and honesty he is equal to any.

EDDIE MORTON, left on Wednesday morning of this week for Aberdeen, whither he goes to embark in the mercantile business, as salesman for ROY & BRO. – Eddie is a young man of bright prospects, and bids fair to attain a high and honorable position in life’s panorama. May happiness and pleasure attend you, Eddie in your undertaking.

See new advertisements in this issue.

Our streets are thronged daily with cotton wagons going to Columbus.

SHERIFF LACY has been sick this week, and unable to attend to his Tax appointments. R. B. LACY is, however, attending the precincts. BOB is worth his weight in gold, and we propose to run him for High Sheriff.

MR. GREEN SPRINGFIELD in town this week.

ESQU. JUSTICE in town this week, and called to see us.

As an evidence of a look up in business, R. W. COBB has MR. WILLIE MORTON behind his counters, acting the part of a clerk.

The North Alabama Annual Conference of the M. E. Church South, will convene in Tuskaloosa on Wednesday, the 26th of November. The venerable BISHOP ROBT. PAIN will preside.

The colored people in the vicinity of ESQR. J. T. COLLINS, have organized a Debating Society, at the school house called Temple Star. We learn from PETER M. SHAW, a member, that peace and harmony prevails, and all seem to have a feeling of civilizing interest in the organization.

NOTICE All persons are hereby notified not to credit my wife, SARAH THOMPSON on my account, or any one else without written order from me, as I will not pay any debt contracted by her from the date, October 31st, 1879. MARVEL THOMPSON

The dealers in counterfeit money in New York are again flooding the country with their captivating circulars, several of which have been recently received by citizens of Montgomery, who are at a loss to conceive how these swindlers obtained their addresses. A citizen of Summerville, Georgia, a few weeks since, received one of these circulars and was at once taken in by it. He borrowed $500 from one of his neighbors and at once went to New York to buy $2,700 in counterfeit money, which he expected to circulate. The parties from whom he bought it informed him that he would not be allowed to bring the money back upon his person, but that he must let them express the money to him, in a box, Chattanooga. The simple minded Georgian readily consented this, and left New York for Chattanooga to await the arrival of the package with $2,700 of the “money” he had purchased. In due time the box reached its destination and the Georgian hid to a secret place to open it and take out the “price.” To his utter astonishment upon opening the box, he found it contained nothing but sawdust. And now he is going about mourning the loss of $500 borrowed and the amount of his expenses. Everybody will say it served him right.

Tuskaloosa has a new paper called the “Clarion.” Mr. MONT BURTON, a first-class typ is the publisher.

Auditor BREWER publishes a list of twenty-one defaulting Tax Collectors in this State, in the Montgomery Advertiser.

E. B. LOTT, Tax Collector of Mobile County has sued State Auditor BREWER, for the sum of $45,000, which he claims to have overpaid into the State Treasury.

The new Queen of Spain is to be married in silver cloth embroidered in garlands with sparkling white jet. One of her costumes is blue embossed velvet and opal colored satin trimmed with fringes of small pearls intermingled with silver lace.

Garden City, L. I., Oct. 31. MAJOR GEN. HOOKER died here this afternoon. Gen. Hooker had been in his usual health until an hour before his death, and proposed going to New York tomorrow to attend to business matters. He took his accustomed walk in the Park during the afternoon and did not complain of feeling ill until about four o’clock.

The Corinth (Miss.) Record says: JACK HARRELL, in digging a well on his place in Prentiss County, exhumed the skeleton of a man at the depth of forty-three feet below the surface of the earth. He also obtained several gold coins of the Fifteenth Century, bearing the superscription and coat of arms of Ferdinand and Isabella.

Census day will be June 1st 1880. On that day about twenty thousand enumerators will commence their labors – those in the cities being compelled to complete their work in two weeks, while others will be allowed the whole month of June.

The other day a Mississippi planter ordered out three teams for the purpose of sending to the railroad, a long distance off, a number of negroes who were anxious to get to Kansas. This act says the New Orleans Democrat has greatly surprised certain of the Northern papers, who are seeking an explanation of it. If they were no so far from the scene they would readily understand it. The average negro who turns his face Kansasward is looking for a place where he can live without work. It is that kind of negro the average planter does not care to have on his plantation. The conduct that has go greatly surprised the Northern editors is thus easily accounted for. – [Mont. Adv.]

The Tuscumbia Alabamian says: The popular packet, Ranidan, ran on a snag near the head of Diamond Island, on Tuesday night of last week, and sunk in fifteen or twenty foot water in a few minutes. The boat was split open nearly her whole length and will be a total loss. Two negroes, one of them a deck hand and the other the watchman are supposed to have been drowned. CAPT. GEO. BROWN displayed his coolness and presence of mind in putting out a fire in the office, and CAPT. SLEATH, although thrown from the roof into the water, climbed back over the guards and took command, reassuring every one by his cool and efficient directions. The Rapidan was but three or four years old, cost $20,000, always made money, and was universally popular.

FREAK OF NATURE – JUDGE GOLDTHWAITE, agent of the Southern Express Company, at Troy, Alabama has in alcohol two six months old children, which, had they lived, would have been greater wonders than the Siamese twins. There is one body, two heads, four arms, four legs and two spines. They or it, as you would term the monstrosity, is perfectly formed. It was born in Pike County, a few miles above Troy. They seem to be united just below the breast. The heads are turned in nearly opposite directions.

A colored woman in Monroe County undertook to fill a lamp while it was burning. An explosion and the death of two of her children were the consequences. It is astonishing that anybody with sense enough to keep out of the fire should run the risk of filling a lamp while it is burning.

It is always safe to learn, even from our enemies; seldom safe to venture to instruct even our friends.

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SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of a venditioni exponas issued by W. G. MIDDLETON, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Lamar County, I will offer for sale for cash at the Court House door of said county on the 1st day of December next, the following tract of land, to wit: E ½ of SW ¼ and W ¼ of SE ¼ and SE ¼ of SE ¼ Sec. 29, T 13 R 14, levied on as the property of J. F. HAWKINS, and will be sold to satisfy said venditioni exponsas, in favor of G. C. BURNS. Sale within usual hours. This 24th day of October, 1879. D. J. LACY Sheriff, L. C.

ADMINISTRATOR’S SALE Letters of Administration was this day granted to the undersigned, by HON. ALEXANDER COBB, Judge of Probate, for Lamar County, on the Estate of WOODY BAILEY, late of said county, deceased. This is to notify all persons holding claims against said estate to present the same properly proven up within the time prescribed by law, or they will be forever bared. All persons indebted to said estate will make payment to me. THOS. W. SPRINGFIELD, Admr.

NOTICE On Tuesday 2nd day of December next, I will sell to the highest bidder 80 acres of land, on the Military Road, Eighteen miles N E of Columbus. There is on the place a roomy dwelling, kitchen and dining room, all framed buildings. Situated on Military road near by the junction of the Jasper and Vernon road. Terms one third cash, the balance one and two years credit. Eighty or two hundred and forty acres more can be purchased privately if desired, on the above named terms. The sale will be on the place at twelve o’clock. There will be no by-bidder, the place will sell. JESSE CALDWELL. Oct. 29, 1879.

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.

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.

A WORD TO THE AFFLICTED The most miserable human being in the world is that person suffering with a shaking chill of a burning fever. The joys of life are but a misery to his mind, and he longs for a balm to go restore him to health. The cure is at hand for every sufferer. The greatest of all medicines. Cuban Chill Tonic the Great West Indies Fever and Ague Remedy cures Chills and Fever, billiousness, and liver complaint every time. It blots out disease, carries off malarial poison, and restores the sufferer to health, strength and happiness. Try Cuban Chill Tonic, the Great West Indies Fever and Ague Remedy, if you suffer with chills and fever, and be cured. Take no other medicine. Cuban Chill Tonic will cure you and give you health. Get a bottle from your druggist W. L. MORTON & Bro., and try it.

Parker’s Santonine Worm Lozenges are the best of all worm medicine. Thousands of mothers, all over the land, give their children Parker’s Santonine Worm Lozenges. Try them, at W. L. MORTON & BRO.

As LOUIS ROY is selling more goods than any house in Aberdeen, he can on that account sell ten per cent cheaper than any other house in the place.

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.

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


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.

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GENERAL BREVITIES The longest sum ever paid for a horse in England was $72,000, given for Doncaster by the Duke of Westminster.

A girl only 11 years old was married in Colchester, Vt., last year, and now has deserted her husband, taking her infant along.

A Braintree (Mass.) man is the happy possessor of a four-pound sunflower – diameter 12 inches. The seed came from California.

W. W. STEWART, who has neither arms nor legs, has married the daughter of the manager of the Boston side show, in which he is on exhibition.

There are six counts against the defaulting Treasurer of the Massachusetts Home Missionary Society. In each case he had counted the money of the society as his own.

JOHN CHINAMAN looks upon the whole world of trade as his oyster, and expects to open it. The following appears upon a Denver sign-board: “Wa Kee, Headache Medicine and Black Tea, Silk Handkerchiefs, Washing and Ironing, Sewing on Buttons and Mending.”

DANIEL STNASBERRY, a prominent farmer, residing near Keokuk, Iowa, was recently gored to death by a mad bull. The animal had to be shot before the body of Stansberry could be recovered, and it was then shockingly mutilated. The deceased leaves a wife and 14 children.

Two-thirds of Cyprus is at present “a parched thistle-covered wilderness,” but SIR SAMUEL BAKER says that there is a supply of water, believed to be inexhaustible, within a few feet of the surface, and in days gone by, when irrigation was practiced, the sterile place was a granary.

A man named PHELPS, in Cumberland County, Ky., has named his children as follows: Robert Goderich Channing De Ausbrey Phelps, Quitman Fremont Iturbide Cadwallader Phelps, Belchis Zenobia Semiramis Phelps, James Richard Augustus Phelps, Bothenia Pamelia Melvina Phelps, Easu Mahurshal Alhasbar Phelps, Dionysius Edric Robert Turner Phelps, Thompson Baker Sampson Boanerges Phelps.

The Liverpool Post says that the enormous richness of the old gold fields on the Guinea coast has not been exaggerated in the reports received of late. Sir John Glover’s statement, that he had traveled over districts, where one might dig up gold like potatoes, is all but literally realized in recent discoveries which give $600 per ton of quartz at a depth of 50 feet, and $15 on the surface. Their extent is practically unlimited.

Secretary MULLENS of the London Missionary Society was the official who organized the movement to Christianize Central Africa. Of the six missionaries who made the first start for Lake Tanganyika, two abandoned the journey and two died by the way. Mr. Mullens decided to go along with the next party, so as to learn for himself the difficulties and the dangers of the enterprise. News of his death has just been received.

Mrs. JAMES BRYANT of Lowndes County, Ala. donated last year her colossal fortune of natural black hair for the benefit of the Memphis yellow fever sufferers. It realized several hundred dollars, and has now come back to the original owner by the kindness of a Boston merchant, who was the last purchaser. It will be raffled for in Montgomery for the benefit of GEN. HOOD’S children.

A curious happy family is now amusing the Russians at the Zoological Garden of St. Petersburg. There are in a large cage two young lions, two young bears, and two large dogs. The members of this family live in perfect peace, playing heartily together. It is proposed to add to the family a pair of young hyenas and a couple of young wolves. The managers hold that the peace of the happy family will remain undisturbed, even after it is thus enlarged.

COL. J. G. FAIR of Nevada, who has been visiting the King and Queen of the Sandwich Islands, relates a pleasant little story of a water excursion which he took with them. When they approached the island which was their destination, the breakers were found to be so boisterous that no small boat could land. Not at all discouraged, the King jumped overboard, the Queen after him, and both swam with exceeding grace and coolness to the shore.

Among the many queer epitaphs found upon the tombstones in ancient burial places is the following, from the old Dutch Church-yard in Paramus, N. J. The son of this man yet lives, and is over 90: CASPER KOUGH is my name, Small Lotts is my station, Heaven is my dwelling place, And Christ is my salvation. When I am dead and laid in grave, And all my bones are rotten, This I leave for you to see, That I may never be forgotten When the bell begins to toll Oh Lord, have mercy on my soul!

An “asylum for aged domesticated animals” has been opened by a benevolent citizen of Conesse, a suburb of Paris. Among its inmates are a 36 year old cow, a 25 year old pig, and an 18 year old goat. The senior member of the fraternity is a nonchalant mule, aged 40 years, that excellently exemplifies the benefits of the passionless philosophy of Epitetus, with which M. Thiers used to say he quieted the Paris mobs – as much as he could.

Augus Smith of Harrisville and Mr. Leonard of Detroit are looking at land along Otsego Lake, Mich., and camped Friday night in the woods. Early Saturday morning, before break of day, Smith awoke, and feeling cold, went out of the tent to gather material for a fire. Leonard awoke, and, not knowing Smith was outside, discovered a dark object moving outside the tent, and, supposing it to be a bear, discharged his revolver. It proved to be Smith, and the shot entered his abdomen, from the effects of which he died.

In Rothermel’s painting of the “Battle of Gettysburg” a Confederate soldier is represented as in the act of falling from a Federal gun, upon which he had endeavored to clamber. Henry Ganseman, who is now living in Limerick, Montgomery County, Penn., where Mr. Rothermel has his country place, says that the incident is a real one, and that he, with a dozen Federal soldiers, discharged his musket at the brave Confederate. Though made the target of a number of guns he received a slight wound only, and is now a conductor on a railroad in the South.

FARM AND GARDEN SEEDLINGS – Really more pleasure accrues from starting a new plant of worth than from amy other branch of horticulture. Among the plants most easily experimentd with are the geraniums, gladioli, phloxes, roses; indeed, any of the perennials or biennials afford an opportunity for improvements. Seedlings of geraniums sown in a hotbed can be brought to blossom the first year. Select seed from a bed in which have been grown several colors, and you are sure of something interesting, if it be not worthy of propagation. The gladioli require a little more patience, needing about three years from seed to come to maturity. The same is true of the hyacinth and the tulip. Most bulbous roots take three to five years of care. Any one having a small garden should set apart one bed for experiments. Here may be planted extra large seeds of fruit, or whatever draws the attention as peculiar. A few grapes may be grown, while peach stones may be planted instead of being thrown away. Seedlings of Crawford’s Early, and some other varieties, almost invariably produce good fruit; often better than the parent, and are often hardier. It rarely pays to expect apple seedlings to equal the best varieties now under culture. Better graft at once. There are fruits as well as flowers capable of great improvement. This we may be certain of from observing the recent remarkable development of the wild grapes, the pear, the potato, the rose, the dahlia, the geranium, and the strawberry. Among those deserving of experiments are the persimmon, the quince, the blackberry, among fruits, and the improvement may be looked for in any direction among the flowers. Accurate hybridizing is not so difficult, and is a very attractive style of experiment. It consists in simply removing the pollen from one flower or cluster of flowers, and dusting on the pollen collected from some other desirable variety. The bunch or flower must then be protected from the contact of the insects. The seed produced by this cluster or single flower will probably produce plants in which the two crossed varieties will combine their qualities. But hybridization is so largely engage in through the agency of the wind and bees that if several varieties of grapes or geraniums or roses grow together, we have only to sow their seed to secure results similar to more artificial hybridization. A pleasant supplement to the work suggested is to name our choicest seedlings after our choicest friends. – [E. P. Powell, in Rural New Yorker]

RAISING POULTRY – The losses in the poultry business are far greater than the profits, and still the profits will average at least fifty percent per annum over the outlay. Paradoxical, you say? Granted! But did you know that a paradox is always true? I will make the assertion that a hen always knows what is best for her, while her owner never does, except in some great emergencies – a storm for instance. Disease, almost entirely unknown to birds in the wild state, is the canker which causes all the loss referred to above. Disease is the concomitant of civilization in man, and follows every attempt to bring poultry to our level. Hen-houses breed more vermin than artificial dust-baths will remove; they gradually render poultry delicate in constitution, and thus more and more unable to repel any disease which change in diet, weather, or forced habits may invite. Stock thus deteriorates, eggs fail to be fertilized, chicks are tender, mothers abandon them too soon, and the artificial state which fancy food produces, interrupts the laws which govern health and success. Civilized man must, to a certain extent, have his poultry cared for in a rational manner, and, as “forcing” is supposed to be the foundation of profit, and, as much profit is desirable, much forcing is resorted to. More stock is lost, more weak and worthless stock is produced, and more loss sustained by over-anxiety and petting, than many imagine. A strict account of the number of eggs set, the number which hatch, the total arriving at maturity, and finally the actual number of really profitable fowls sold or carried over winter – which includes good, steady layers, good mothers, and vigorous fathers – would give such an insight into the waste in the poultry department as would create wonder “that hens paid at all.” There is nothing in business pursuits like facts. Every one is full of fancies, theories, notions, cranks, and crudities, but hard facts are never though of. All the diseases of poultry are directly the fault of the owner. They are they consequences of too much or too little care being bestowed on them. The successful poultry breeders are, in every case, those who, instead of compelling stock to walk a chalk mark, only interfere when some sudden emergency arises which the chicken is not equal to. Food and water ad libium, in variety, shelter in various places and of several kinds, room to wander at will, perfect freedom from annoying animals, both wild and domestic – in fact, absolute wildness, with only a few of the “modern improvements” – a yearly change of male stock, and a share of common sense -–not quite so much of the uncommon sort – will do much toward making poultry pay better than any other branch of farming. Elevate the stamina, select so as to suit the climate and soil, ward off all loss through foolishly devised safeguards, then give the old hen her full enjoyment of instinct, and the yearly account will show a profit of from 10 to 200 percent. I have pursued this plan for many years, have had no gapes, roup, pip, cholera, or other diseases, and don’t know them, absolutely. My remarks are founded on facts, hard facts. My old hens and I together have just enough common sense between us to succeed perfectly. -–[Cor. Country Gentleman]


HINTS ON PICKLING, PRESERVING, CANNING, ETC., ETC. from The Detroit Free Press In preparing catsups, pickles, etc., vessels of earthenware, stoneware or well-tinned copper pans should alone be used, as salt, vegetable juices and vinegar rapidly corrode copper and render the results poisonous. Nothing in the shape of copper, lead, or pewter should be allowed to come in contact with them at any time. Even a plated copper spoon left in a bottle of catsup of some time will render its contents dangerous. A porcelain kettle is always best for this purpose, though many prefer the granite ware, and I see that is the kind Miss Dod uses in her cooking operations in her school. In making pickles use none but the best cider vinegar. Never keep pickles in glazed earthenware, but in glass or hard stoneware, and well covered with vinegar. They should be examined every month or two and soft pieces removed. If there is much tendency to soften it is advisable to strain off the vinegar, add to each gallon a cupful of sugar, boil it and return it to the pickle jar while hot. The occasional addition of a little sugar keeps pickles good and improved them. Spices in pickles should be used whole, slightly bruised, but preferably not ground; if ground they should be tied up in thin muslin bags. Most pickles, if well kept, improve with age by the vinegar losing its raw taste and the flavor of the spices improving and blending. To strengthen weak vinegar, if in pickles, turn it off, heat it scalding hot, put it on the pickles and when lukewarm put in a small piece of alum the size of a filbert and a brown paper four inches square wet with molasses. If it does not grow sharp in two weeks it is past recovery and must be thrown away. If in winter freeze it and remove the ice on the surface, for the water alone freezes, leaving the vinegar. To keep up a constant supply of vinegar: Before the barrel is quite out, fill the barrel with one gallon of molasses to every eleven gallons of soft water. This mixture will become good vinegar in about three weeks. If the barrels stand on end, there must be a hold made in the top, protected with gauze to keep out insects. If standing on the side the bunghole must be left open and similarly protected. Meat can be preserved with vinegar by washing the meat, drying it and laying in strong vinegar, or by being boiled in the vinegar, leaving it in until cold and then set aside in a cool cellar. Fish can be preserved for a long time by sprinkling with sugar, keeping the fish in a horizontal position, so that the sugar may penetrate as much as possible. Salmon thus treated has a more agreeable taste, and this method does not destroy the flavor of any fish if so treated. To insure success in canning fruit, select that which is perfectly ripe and at the same time sound. To can fruit in tin cans, fill them full of the fruit and solder securely, then pierce a small pin hole in the top of each can to allow the air to be expelled; place the cans in a boiler as deep as the cans are high, pour boiling water into the boiler until within one-half inch of the top of the cans. Keep the water hot over a moderate fire, but not boiling, until the air ceases to escape from the cans, and then seal the air-holes with solder before removing the cans from the water. The cans should then be taken out, wiped dry and allowed to cool. When cold, if the cans have been closed perfectly air-tight, the vacuum inside will cause the top and bottoms of the cans to become concave, or hollowed inwards. Tomatoes are also canned in this manner. Meat can be canned in the manner by removing the bones, parboil the flesh, put into cans and fill up with rich seasoned soup. Proceed as above. No water should be used with fruits, except in cases where a little is necessary to dissolve the sugar. Small fruits are kept in better condition by adding one-half pound of white sugar to each pound of fruit, letting them come to the boil and then filling the cans quite full, soldering the lid of the can immediately. Most vegetables can be kept in this way, omitting the sugar and scalding them in water sufficient to cover them. To can peaches by the cold process, pare and halve the peaches, pack them as closely as possible in a can without any sugar. When the can is full, pour in sufficient cold water to fill all the interstices between the peaches and reach the brim of the can. Let it stand long enough for the water to soak into all the crevices – say six hours – then pour in the water to replace what has sunk away. Seal up the can and all is done. Canned in this way, peaches retain all their freshness and flavor. There will not be enough water to render them insipid. If preferred, a cold sirup could be used instead of pure water, but the peaches taste most natural without sweetening. Glycerin of purest quality has been recommended for the preservation of fruits (have not tried it), previous to eating which, the glycerin should be removed, by immersing the fruit in water. To keep apples and pears fresh, gather the fruit during a dry day, and put it at once into earthen, glazed pans, deep enough to contain two or three layers of fruit, and each one having a tightly fitting lid. If the fruit sweats, the exudation dries on the fruits surface, and helps to keep in the moisture and flavor. The cover helps to do the same, and to exclude the light. Keep the pans in a cool, dry place, and never wipe the fruit until required for dessert. Pears may be kept in the same way, but require constant watching. After fruit in has been allowed to lay on the shelves in the fruit room, and sweat, they should be wiped dry and packed in boxes, with dry sawdust enough to exclude the air from them. The sawdust from resinous woods should not be used. If they were packed in dry sand they would keep equally well, but it is difficult to clean them from the sand, and therefore they are gritty, which is unpleasant.

AT THE 21ST birthday of a Stratford (Conn.) lady recently her health was drank from a bottle of champagne 21 years old, which was presented to her father by a friend at the time of her birth.

SHORT CROPS IN GERMANY The failure of the potato crop in Europe will nowhere cause greater hardship than in some parts of Germany. Last spring the German newspapers were full of startling descriptions of people suffering for want of food in the forest region of Spessart. While the Government was expending enormous sums upon fortifications and soldiery, official investigations revealed the fact that over three-fourths of all the inhabitants of the Spessart district were in pitiable destitution. A leading journal of Germany said of this impoverished population: “They are barely able to maintain a wretched existence form one potato crop to the other, and a single failure of this crop reduces them to the most abject want, even in times when there is no such general industrial depression as at present exists.” A commission directed by the government to examine into the correctness of the newspaper reports, found in the habitations of this impoverished population “no bread, no potatoes, no salt.” It was a population on whose faces the shadow of starvation lowered, and who brooded in speechless distress, their courage gone, and already too weak to work.” In one village it was reported that wild hogs that had been buried were dug up and eaten. Greater than even this and more widely diffused must the suffering be during the coming year, unless means of relief are promptly provided. – [New York Sun]

A STRONG feeling of animosity is growing up between Russia and Germany, and there are politicians and journalists on both sides who make no secret of their wish for a trial of strength between the two countries. Germany is certainly taking precautions that seem to provide for the worst. Then thousand workmen are laboring on the fortifications of the fortress of Thorn, which is called the Strasbourg of Germany’s eastern border. The fortress of Posen has also been immensely strengthened and enlarged, and can now accommodate a large army. A considerable part of the indemnity payments made by France has been expended upon these fortifications and in furnishing them with enormous stores of provisions and ammunition.

A writer in the Evangelist has called attention to a small but very common error which older people as well as children make in repeating the familiar little prayer, “And now I lay me down to sleep.” Probably there are few persons who do not use the definite article “the” before the word “Lord” in the second and fourth lines. By so doing they simply make an affirmation and not an invocation. The writer with very good reason holds that the prayer should be given as follows: And now I lay me down to sleep, I pray Thee, Lord, my soul to keep; If I should die before I wake, I pray, Thee, Lord, my soul to take.

That Quinine will cure chills and fever is well known. But it is strange that the other febriture principal contained in Peruvian bark are more powerful than Quinine, and do not produce any annoying head symptoms like buzzing in the ears. This fact is proved by Dr. F. Wilhoft’s Anti-Periodic or fever and ague tonic, which is a preparation of Peruvian bark, without quinine, according to the declaration of its proprietors, Wheelock, Finlay, & Co., of New Orleans.

All who have used Nation Yeast say it makes whiter, sweeter, and better bread, biscuits, etc. than any other yeast. Try it.

Chew Jackson’s Best Sweet navy Tobacco.

Free - $1.50 worth of music for 3c stamp. J. M. Stoddart & Co., Philadelphia.

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$2000 a year easy made in each county. Good business men and agents Addr. J. B. Chapman, 60 West St. Madison, Ind.

HAIR wholesale and retail. Send for price list. Goods sent COD Wigs made to order. E. Burnham, 297 W. Madison, St. Chicago.

Students. English branches $10 a year. Write to Miller’s Great Business College, Keokuk, Ia.

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That Little Paint Store. No. 10 S. Fourth Street, St. Louis, Mo., will sell you lower than anybody, all kinds of brushes, paints, varnishes, wax, paper flower and artist’s material. Please write us.

Pure teas. Agents wanted everywhere To sell to families, hotels, and large consumers. Largest stock in the country; quality and terms the best. Country store keeper should call or with the Wells Tea Company. 201 Fulton St. N Y PO Box 4560.

Well – Auger. Ours is guaranteed to be the cheapest and best in the world. Also nothing can beat our sawing machine. It saws off a 2-foot log in 2 minutes. Pictorial books free. W. Giles, Chicago, Ill.

Beautiful “New Style” organ in solid walnut case. 5 octaves and 4 stops only $41. Elegant new 9 stop organ, two full sets reeds only $50. Elegant new Rosewood $800. Parlor upright piano only $141. All sent on 16 days test trial to your home. Illustrated Catalogue free with thousands of reference. Address U. S. Piano & organ Co., New York.

Cure fever and ague, dumb ague, &c. for 50 c with a bottle of Dr. Bond’ Comp. Tonic Syrup. The medicine was never known to fail. $50 offered for a case it will not cure. Sold wholesale by Meyer Bros & Co., and at retail for 50 cents per bottle by all druggists. Dr. Bond Med. Co., Prop’s., Peoria, Ill.

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Agents wanted for the Pictorial History of the World. It contains 672 fine historical engravings and 1260 large double-column pages, and is the most complete history of the world ever published. It sales at sight. Send for specimen pages and extra terms to agents, and see why it sells faster than any other book. Address. National Publishing Co., St. Louis, M

Catarrh, asthma, and bronchitis cured at your own home by Devone’s Inhalene a healing vapor taken direct to the disease. The most reliable treatment known. Satisfaction guaranteed. Home treatment sent on trial, to be returned if not satisfactory. Send for circular to the Home medicine Co., S. W. Cor. 10th and Arch Sts., Philadelphia, Pa.

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Ridge’s Food for Infants and Invalids. Has found its way into high places the world over and Medical Journals and physicians give it their approval. Woolrich & Co., on every label.

Occidentalis. Prevention is better than cure. To avoid chills and fever, billious attacks, sick headache, dyspepsia, constipation or piles, use our great herbal remedy. No aloes, quinine, arsenic or nauseating drugs. Thousands are using it. All indorse it. Ask your druggist for it. A. & V. C. Miller, Proprietors, 722 Washington Ave., St. Louis.

Do not begin your singing classes before examining L. O. Emerson’s new book, THE VOICE OF WORSHIP. While containing a large and valuable collection of Church Music in the form of tunes and anthems, it is perfectly fitted for the singing school and convention by the large number of songs, duets, glees, &c. and it well made elementary course. Price, $9.00 per dozen. Specimen copies mailed for $1.00 Send for circulars and catalogues, with full list of standard singing school books. The new 50 cts edition of Pinafore, (complete) sells finely and fantaic $3.00 Sorcerers $1.00 trial by Jury 50 cts. Are in constant demand. Emerson’s Vocal Melody by L. O. Emerson $1.50 is a valuable new book for voice training , containing all the essentials of study, plenty of exercises, and plain explanation, and costing much less than the large works on the same subject. Subscribe now for the Musical Record and receive weekly all the news, and plenty of good music, for $2.00 per year. In Press., White Robes, a charming new Sunday School Song Book. Oliver Ditson, & Co., Boston.

Pond’s Extract subdues inflammation, acute or chronic controls all hemorrhages, venous and mucous. Invaluable for sprains, burns scalds, bruises, soreness, rheumatism, boils, ulcers, old sores, toothache, headache, sore throat, asthma, hoarseness, neuralgia, catarrh, &c. Physician of all schools use and recommend Pond’s Extract. No family should be without it, as it is convenient, safe and reliable. Invaluable as a pain destroyer and subduer of all inflammatory diseases and hemorrhages. Farmers stock breeders and livery me should always have it. Leading livery and street car stables in New York and elsewhere always use it. Sprains, harness and saddle chaffing, cuts, scratches, swellings, stiffness, bleeding. &c are all controlled and cured by it. Our special preparation, veterinary extract, is sold at the low price of $3.50 per gallon, package extra. Prices pond’s extract and specialties, Pond’s extract, 50 c, $1.00 and $1.75. Catarrh Cure 75c. Ointment 50c, plaster 25c, inhaler (glass 50c) $1, Nasal syringe, 25c, Medicated pap’r 25c Any of the above preparations sent free of charges in lots of $5.00 worth, on receipt of money or P. O. order. Caution – Pond’s Extract is sold only in bottles, enclosed in buff wrappers, with the words, ‘Pond’s extract’ blown in the glass. It is never sold in bulk. No one can sell it except in our won bottles as above described. Send for our new pamphlet to Pond’s Extract Comp’y. 18 Murray Street, New York

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Fall and Winter Fashions 1879-80. Mme. Demorest’s Grand Opening of Novel and Beautiful Styles in the Fall and Winter fashions, on Wednesday, September 10th. Mme. Demorest is pleased to announce the opening as especially attractive in wraps, costumes, and evening toilets direct from Paris, and Novelties of design in every department of ladies and children’s dress. Opening simultaneously at No. 5 Rue Scribe, Paris, and 17 Eat and 14th Street, New York, and at all the Agencies in Europe and America. Patterns in all sizes , illustrated and fully described, from 10 to 50 cents each. MME. DEMOREST’S PORT-FOLIO OF FASHIONS. A large and Beautiful Book of 54 folio pages, containing over 700 large illustrations of the latest and best styles, including all the standard and useful designs for ladies and children’s dress, with French and English descriptions, amount of material required, etc. etc. Every lady wants this book. This valuable periodical is also printed in the German language. Price 15 cents. Post free. The Eighteenth Semi-annual issue of Mme. Demorest’s WHAT TO WEAR. Contains the latest information on every department of ladies and children’s dress, including materials, trimmings, traveling, wedding and mourning outfits. Costumes of all descriptions, jewelry, coiffures, millinery, etc. etc. with valuable information for merchants, milliners, dressmakers, and ladies generally. Price 15 cents. Post free. Also, DEMOREST’S ILLUSTRATED JOURNAL. A beautiful, entertaining and comprehensive family paper. This eminently successful journal, with a circulation of over one hundred thousand is printed on fine tinted paper. 16 folio pages, splendidly illustrated, and contains Entertaining literature on various topics, and a brilliant display of the leading styles for ladies and children’s dress. Single copies, 5 cents; Yearly 15 cents. Post free. All of the three publications mailed free for one year on receipt of seventy-five cents in postage stamps. Mme. Demorest, 17 East 14th Street, New York.

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DR. CLARK JOHNSON’S INDIAN BLOOD SYRUP. Cures dyspepsia. Cures liver disease. Laboratory, 77 W. 3d. St., New York City. Late of Jersey City. Cures fever and ague. Cures scrofula and skin disease. Cures biliousness. Cures heart disease. Cures rheumatism and dropsy. Cures nervous debility. Trademark (picture of an Indian). The best remedy known to man! Dr. Clark Johnson having associated himself with Mr. Edwin Eastman, an escaped convict, long a slave to Wakametkla, the medicine man of the Commanches, is now prepared to lend his aid in the introduction of the wonderful remedy of that tribe. The experience of Mr. Eastman being similar to that of Mrs. Chas. Jones and son, of Washington County, Iowa, an account of whose sufferings were thrillingly narrated in the New York Herald of Dec 15, 1878, the facts of which are so widely known, and so nearly parallel, that but little mention of Mr. Eastman’s experiences will be given here. They are, however, published in a neat volume of 300 pages, entitled “Seven and Nine Years Among the Commanches and Apaches: of which mention will be made hereafter. Suffice it to say that for several years Mr. Eastman, while a captive, was compelled to gather the roots, gums, barks, herbs, and berries of which Wakemetkla’s medicine was made, and is still prepared to provide the same materials for the successful introduction of the medicine to the world; and assures the public that the remedy is the same now as when Wakametkla compelled him to make it. (Picture of another Indian) Wakametkla, the Medicine Man. Cures female diseases. Cures dyspepsia. Cures constipation. Cures humors in the blood. Cures coughs and colds. Cures indigestion. Nothing has been added to the medicine and nothing has been taken away. It is without doubt the best purifier of the blood and renewer of the system ever known to man. This syrup possesses varied properties. It acts upon the liver. It acts upon the kidneys. It regulates the Bowels. It purifies the Blood. It quiets the Nervous system. It promotes digestion. It nourishes, strengthens and invigorates. It carries off the old blood and makes new. It opens the pores of the skin, and induces healthy perspiration. It neutralizes the hereditary taint or poison in the blood, which generates Scrofula, Erysipelas and all manner of skin diseases and internal humors. There are no spirits employed in its manufacture, and it can be taken by the most delicate babe, or by the aged and feeble, care only being required in attention to directions. (Picture of another Indian) Edwin Eastman in Indian Costume. A correct likeness of Mr. Edwin Eastman after being branded by the Indians in 1860. Seven and Nine Years among the Commanches and Apaches. A neat volume of 300 pages being a simple statement of the horrible facts connected with the sad massacre of a helpless family and the captivity, tortures and ultimate escape of its two surviving members. For sale by our agenets generally. Price. $1.00. The incidents of the massacre, briefly narrated are distributed by agents, free of charge. Mr. Eastman, being almost constantly at the West, engaged in gathering and curing the materials of which the medicine is composed, the sole business management devolves upon Dr. Johnson, and the remedy has been called, and is known as Dr. Clark Johnson’s Indian Blood Syrup. Price of Large Bottles $1.00 Price of small bottles .50. Read the voluntary testimonials of those who have been cured by the use of Dr. Clark Johnson’s Indian Blood Syrup in you own vicinity. Testimonials of Cures. DYSPEPSIA AND INDIGESTION. Greensburg, St. Helena County, Ia. Dear Sir: This is to certify that after trying various kinds of medicine in vain for dyspepsia and indigestion, I got some of you wonderful Indian Blood Syrup, which I took according to directions and was greatly benefited thereby. It is an excellent remedy. Chas. A. Dyson. A WONDERFUL CURE. Fisherville, Merrimack Co., N. H. May 11, 1879. Dear Sir: - This is to certify that after trying your Indian Blood Syrup for rheumatism, neuralgia and liver complaint, and have never been troubled since. I never knew a well day before I took your medicine. Mrs. H. Knowlton. LIVER COMPLAINT. Brookhaven, Lincoln County, Miss. Dear Sir – This is to certify that I have used some of the Indian Blood Syrup for disease of the liver and have been very much benefited thereby. I can recommend it to all similarly affected. A. O. Cox, Sheriff. FOR BRONCHITIS. Lentzville, Limestone County, Ala. Feb 15, 1879. Dear Sir – My wife has been afflicted for several years with chronic bronchitis, and, after trying all other remedies and finding no relief, I purchased some of your very excellent Indian Blood Syrup, which she used, and, after a fair trial, I have no hesitation in recommending it to the afflicted. Rev. Jesse James. CURES DYSPEPSIA. Piney Grover, Alleghany Co., Md. Jan 24, 1879. Dear Sir: I have been afflicted with dyspepsia for several years, and have tried every kind of medicine, but to no effect. I was induced to try your Indian Blood Syrup and purchased four one-dollar bottles, which entirely cured me. C. Craword. CURES AGUE. Caddo, Choctaw Nation, Ind. Terr, Feb 28, 1879. Dear Sir: This is to certify that your Indian Blood Syrup has cured me of chills, which had been annoying me for a long time. I can cheerfully recommend it to all sufferers with chills and fever. It is the best medicine I ever used, and would not be without it. Mrs. John Blue. CURES RHEUMATISM. Mannington, Marion Co., W. Va., March 4, 1879. Dear Sir: I have been bothered for several years with rheumatism, and was unable to find anything to relieve me, I got some of your Indian Blood Syrup, which relived me wonderfully.

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