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"H j ^*4' ''J-*- I SiS • & •] VOL. I. IH5I1K33 E. F. PARSONS, II. D„ PHYSICIAN AKDSCKGEON. B«si-denee and office cor. Pleasant and School streets, Tliompsonville, Conn. ^ J. HOMER DARLING, M. D., XTOMEOPATHIC PHYSICIAN.— Pleasant St., Tliompsonville, Conn. ly8 E. 0. WILBUR, T^ENTIST. Office on Pleasant Street, second house north of Hotel, Thompsonville, Conn. lyl JOHN HAMLIX, A TTOKNEY and Counselor at Law, and Solicitor of Patents. Collections promptly attended to. Tliomp- JPOOR DEATH. GEORGE P. CLARK, "jVf ANUF ACTURER of Patent Rubber Casters. Windsor Locks, Conn. lyi C. W. WATROUS, pURNITUREand COAL.—Undertak-iug in all its branches. Carriages and Teams to let. Windsor Locks, Conn. lyi J. J. NOLAA, ARPENTER AND BUILD E R. ^ bing promptly attended to. house Point, Conn. Job Ware-linl sonville, Conn. lyl THE PARSONS PRINTING CO., Y>OOK AND JOB PRINTERS, and Publishers of The Tliompsonville Press, Main Street, Thompsonville, Conn. H. H. ELLIS, TfcEALER in all kinds of one, two and four foot Wood, Orders left at A. T. Lord' , will receive prompt attention. Thompsonville, Conn. Iyl2 THE T. PEASE & SONS CO., ^tirHOLESALE and Retail Dealers in Lumber and Building Materials. Yards at Thompsonville and Windsor Locks, Conn. Steam Planing Mill at Thompsonville. tf JiENJAMIN BRIGHT, X>EEF, Pork, Mutton. Lamb, Poultry, Tripe, Ham, Lard, &c. All kinds of Meats in their season at lowest cash prices. Main St., Thompsonville. Iy3 F. A. KING, CELLS the Celebrated White Sewing Machines and warrants them for five years. Sewing Machines for sale and to rent. Pearl St., Thompsonville. tf JOHN C. "WIESING, TITANUFACTURER of and Dealer in Foreign and Domestic Cigars, Plug and Fine Cut, Chewing and Smoking Tobacco, Pipes, etc. Tliompsonville, Ct. lyl THOMPSONVILLE HOTEL, X> F. LORD, Proprietor, also Proprie- • tor of Franklin Hall—Good Livery and Feed Stable connected with Hotel Main Street, Thompsonville, Conn. Iv2 A. W. CONVERSE & CO., TRON FOUNDRY. Manufacture all A kinds of IRON CASTINGS. Windsor Locks, Conn. lyl GEORGETiLOVER, JR.," TV|*ACHINIST and General Repairer. ^ All kinds of Mowing Machines Repaired. Windsor Locks, Conn. lyl S. Me AULEY & CO., "OEEF, Pork, Lard, Hams, Fish and Oysters. Poultry, Game, etc., in thcir season. Windsor Locks, Conn. lyl > W. FRANK FULLER, tf^lOAL, LIME, CEMENT and FER-V/ T1LIZERS, Suffield, Conn. lyl A. B. SXOTKWELL, W"OOD, COAL, BALED HAY, &o. " * Livery and Feed Stable. All kinds of Jobbing and . Teaming promptly attended to. Windsor Locks, Conn. [Iy3 MORAN BROTHERS, TJJEEF, Pork, Mutton, Lamb, Poultry, Tripe, Ham, Lard, etc. All kinds of Meats and Vegetables in their season, at lowest cash prices. Main Street, Windsor Locks, Conn. lyl Death, be not proud, tliougli somG liave called thee, Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so; For those whom thou thinlc'st thou dost overthrow Die not, poor Death ; nor yet canst thou kill me. From rest to sleep, which but thy pictures be, Much pleasure ; then from thee much more must flow; - . And soonest our best men with thee do go— Best of their bones, and souls' delivery.. Thou'rt slave to fate, chance, kings and desperate men, Arid dost with poison, war and sickness dwell; And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well, And better than thy stroke. Why swell'st thou then? One short sleep past we wake eternally And Death shall be no more ; Death thou shalt die. JOHN DONNE. m F. >V. BROWN. ARCHITECT and BUILDER, Build- •J-*- ings raised and moved. All work done in a satisfactory maimer. Boston Neck, Suffield, Conn. Im3 JOHN H. HALLIDAY, A TTORNEY and Counselor at Law. Special attention given to the settlement of Estates. Collections promptly attended to. Mansley's Block, Main St., Thompsonville, Conn. Iy2 HAIR DRESSING SALOON. REDERICK SMITH, Proprietor. A ^oIog3Sliy6asmetws,.&e., constantly in hand. Shaving, Shampooing, Hair 'Cutting, Razor Honing, <fce. Under Lord's Hotel, Thompsonville, Ct. lyl %"• &,• A. T. LORD, TM" ANUF ACTURER and dealer in ail kinds of Harnesses, Horse Collars, Blankets, Trunks, Hammocks, Traveling Bags, Halters, Whips, Robes, Neats foot, Sperm and Mowing Machine Oil. A full line of Hardware, Farm and Garden Tools, Prices as low as such goods can be afforded. A. T. Lord, Main Street, Thompsonville, Conn. CHARLES E PIUCEj Agt , IN WOOD AND COAL. Wood a specialty; chips for sale. Moving and heavy teaming done on reasonable terms. Iyl8 GEO. I. KINGSKURY, iyrANUFACTURER of all kinds and sizes of Drain Tile, of the very best quality. P. O. Box 121, Tliompsonville, Conn. 6m5 J^EALER PEASE BROTHERS, ANUFACTURERS of and dealers in Furniture, Stoves, Tin and Sheet Iron Wares, Crockery, Glass Ware, Lead and Cement Pipe, and House Furnishing Goods generally. Slate and Tin Roofing and general Jobbing. Windsor Locks, Conn. lyl JOHN COTTER, ^ ARPENTER and HOUSE BUILD- ^ ER, East Windsor Hill, Conn, [lyl I. C. BANCROFT, ANUFACTURER of all kinds of Team and Business Wagons, Painting, Varnishing and Repairing promptly done at satisfactory prices. Opposite- Railroad Depot, Suffieklj-Ct. . , .21 H. B. S. HUDSON, v : ; ^ XXAIR DRESSER, and .dealer in'Ci gars, Tobacco, etc: News; apers Magazines and Periodicals ojE the various at the lowest rates. Agfent'fOr the Thompsonville Press. Windsor "Locks, Conn. .., lyl L. CHANDLER, ANUF ACTURER . of all kinds of Heavy and LigTit Team and. Business Wagons, Carts, etc. _ Horse Shoeing and Jobbing, "Mill and Machine Forging. Repairing done at short notice. Windsor Locks, Conn, JLy20 J. H. ADAMS, DRY GOODS, Groceries, Xrockery, Hardware, Notions, Fruits, eto. Main St., Windsor Locks, Conn. lyl DAVID BRAINARD, XMSURAN-rE AGENT. Insures all •*- classes of Buildings and contents against fire. Special attention given to insuring Houses and Barns with their contents against loss or damage by lightning whether fire ensues or not. Policies written on the most liberal terms, in sound companies. Losses paid proo pt-ly and honorably. Thompsonville, Conn. lyl JAMES WATSON, ("1RAIN, MEAL AND FEED for sale at reasonable prices. Custom grinding done at the usual rates. Corn shelled, or ground on the ear, at Watson's North Mill, on the Springfield road. A full supply always on hand at Thompsonville mills. lyl v" ' 'W-:' / - GEORGE MEACHAM, fl ARPENTER AND BUILDER.— ^ Contracts for buildings of every description, and furnishes materials if desired. All work executed in a thorough, workmanlike manner and on r asonable terms. Also Job Work done at short notice. Estimates on large jobs promptly furnished. Residence and shop corner of Pearl and King Streets, Thompsonville, Conn. lyl JAMES & F. E. ELY; —AGENTS FOR— JStoa, Hartford ail Ptaii teniwe Companies, of Hartford. m • • PEOPLE'S, OF MIDDLETOWN. "- smtS*l> CONTINENTAL, OF NEW YORK. North British and Mercantile Insurance Companies of London. g^f^Flre Association, of Philadelphia, All risks written in these Companies at the lowest rates. - • . Tickets for the Cunard Line of Steamers, to and from Europe, sold at lowest rates. MAIN STREET, 3tf Thompsonville, Conn. EDWIN KING, • UNDERTAKER, Will furnish Coffins and Caskets Of all kinds, at short notice. Stine's Patent Caskets with sliding: glass, always on hand. funeral Supplies, Burial Clothing, Ac., kept on hand and made to order. Tee Box furnished when necessary. Tennis always reasonable. Pease's B lock, Main Street, Thompsonville, teltt JOHN B. DOUGLAS, ATTORNEY AND COUNSELOR AT LAW AND NOTARY PUBLIC. Practices in all the State and United States Courts of Connecticut. Patents and Pensions promptly obtained. Collections made anywhere in the United States. . Office opposite the Ferry, WINDSOR LOOKS, ... - CONN. ^BANITE AND MARBLE MONUMENTAL WOBKS. J. H. COOK 4 CO., Cor. State and Willow Sts., near Main, y22 Springfield, Mass. CHAS. J. SHORT, lyTARBLE AND GRANITE WORKS, Monuments, Tablets and Grave Stones. Also dealer in Marble and Slate Mantels, Grates and Summer Fronts. No. 375} Main St. Entrance north side of First Baptist church, Springfield, Mass. yl3 Fire Insurance! PHCENIX INS. CO., Assets, 82,733,341,27. INSTJRAJSTCE CO. : —OF— North America. Assets, $6,591,740.10. Policies Written at lie Lowest Rates —BY— j. H. Hayden & Son, "Sw Windsor Locks, Conn. lyl A. W. CONVERSE, I Agency. RISKS procured at the Lowest Rates on the following Companies : NATIONAL of Hartford, ORIENT " CONTINENTAL^' NORTH BRITISH and MERCANTILE of London and Liverpool. CONTINENTAL of New York. FIRE ASSOCIATION of Philadelphia. r'ssjs: |raft and Passage Tickets •""ii . sold at satisfactory rates, 81 AT THE POST OFFICE, WINDSOR LOOKS, CONN. COMPORT'S HERITAGE. "Let me do this. Such work is too heavy for you." The speaker was a young man, tall, erect and sunbrowned, who stood by the well-curb, with one hand on the bucket rope, which Comfort Adams was about to draw up. The young girl whom he thus addressed did look rather slight and frail, and by no means fitted for severe physical exertion. A smile came into her pleasant face as she replied: "You always come at the right time, Theo." ' - 'It's your luck this time," he replied as he pulled up the- bucket and poured its contents into her pail. "We were so thirsty down yonder in the liay-lield, that I came up Tiere to fill the jug. The spring over in the pasture is nearly dry." He lowered the' bucket into the well, and drew it up once more full. "I will come to-morrow and dig those potatoes for you," he continued. " Oh, Theo," sqid Comfort, with the tears starting iuto her eyes, ' •' how good you are to us. What would we do without you ?" "It's only a pleasure," he replied, laughing. "What could you do—two women and an old man—without somebody to lend a hand once in a while ? I am only too glad to do anything—for you," he added, in a lower tone. Comfort blushed, and stooped to take irp herpail. He put his hand on her arm $nd stopped her. I will carry it in for you, in a mo-jaent," he said. "Who was that I saw "you talking with by the pasture bars this morning ?" and poor that nobody would buy it, long ago grown up toith mullen st and briars. There had been a within the memory of both Ethel Comfort when there was not a finer fa; in Western Pennsylvania than "Adams Place," but piece by piece,f the old man waxed in years, it had sold, until now there was left only weather-beaten house with its gr; dooryard, and that little patch of rock; unsalable pasture which nobody wantei " Was that Theodore Gray ?" ask* Grandfather Adams, as Comfort enteri " Why didn't you ask him to come in: Theodore's a likely young man. I lieve he's rather fond of you, t< Comfort. I'm glad to see it.; glad to » it. He'd make you a good husbani Comfort." ,Cif Comfort laughed carelessly, but'maS no answer. " I declare," continued the old man, filled with enthusiasm by his suddi discovery; "I declare, I'll speak t< Theodore about it. If he does hanke: after you, I'll jest hint to him, kinde: delicate like, that there ain't no obsta cles in the way; hey, Comfort ?" "Oh, grandfather, don't," said Com' fort, turning very red, as she spread th< cloth. " Why not? Why not? It's a go® idee," persisted her aged relative, " Theodore's bashful,.an' I'U jestsmoo the way for him a little. I don't, kno' of anybody I'd sooner see you marry, Comfort. He's a hard-workin' young man, and that's the kind you want. You'll have a little money when I'm gone. 'Tain't much, but it'll be enough to start ye on, mebbe. I'll do it. It's a good idee; a good idee." It was a peculiarity of Grandfather Adams that when he got hold of what" he considered a " good idee," he clung to it with the utmost tenacity, not only with both hauds, figuratively speaking' but he double-knotted himself to it in a; manner that usually defied all attempts to shake him off it. "But I can't marry Theodore Gray," blurted out Comfort, " and I wouldn't" if I could." '' Hoighty toighty! Why not ? Why not, I'd like to know ?" . ; i Comfort was silent, and rattled the; dishes nervously as she placed them. Ethel lifted her dark eyes from her work and said, significantly :.; "Perhaps Harmon Fraser could tell." " Harmon Fraser! Harmon Eraser. What's Harmon Fraser to do with exclaimed the old man,, exoitedly, rising from his seat. " Corafpxt Ai W> : • THOMPSONVILLE^5CONN,*AIDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 1880. NO:27. v -- That ni£ht, for the first time, Harmon j rather. I know now that his love was Praser called on Conlfort. j not for me, but for the poor little for- ^ My poipr child," lie said, as he took tune that he thought was mine. Poor Ethel!" REMARKABLE TOM KELLEY. A Remarkable Private Soldier. ife» . . r _ "Why do yon ask * " Because I thought it #as Harmon Fraser." • "•"You are right. It was Harmon Fraser." ",I am very sorry." The'girl bridled and tossed her head. . "I don't know why you should be either "glad or sorry," she said. "I presume I can talk to my friends wherever Iineet them, without asking your approval." "There, there!" he replied, taking up her pail;. "I didn't mean to hurt your feelings, Comfort. I don't like Harmon Fraser any better than your grandfather does, and I suppose it ri'ed me just a little to see you and him together. I won't say any more about it." "I don't see why everybody should say such unkind things about Harmon," said Comfort, hotly. "I'll make them sorry for it some day." "You will? You?" said the young man, smiling. "Are you going to fight j Harmon's battles for him ?" . "A woman will always fight for the man who loves her." Theodore Gray set down the pail, and looked at Comfort in astonishment. "The man—who—loves her!" he repeated, slowly." "Has he told you that ?" The girl dropped her eyes and blushed again. "Yes," she said, "he has asked me t > be his wife." ' 'And you have promised ? Comfort, have you promised ?" He asked the questions eagerly, almost fiercely, and bent his large, dark eyes upon her with the utmost earnestness while he awaited her answer. "I have promised," she said. The eager look vanished from the young man's face, and he stooped for the pail again weakly, and proceeded toward the house. The girl looked up nt him timidly as she walked by his side, but he turned away bis head and avoided meeting her eye. At the door-step he set down his burden and extended his hand. "I wish you every happiness, Comfort," he said, a little unsteadily, and still with averted face. "I will come and dig those potatoes for you to-morrow after breakfast, Then he pulled his straw hat further down over his eyes, and left her abruptly. Comfort sighed, and watched him from the open doorway until he passed from view down the road. She was sorry for Theo. Ever since she was a child be had been like a brother to her and to her sister Ethel, and she would have had him a brother still. It was not her fault that he had overstepped the boundary line where the brother ended and the lover began, but she was fond of him, and was s o r r y f o r him. 1-1 • : She entered the house and commenced to lay the table for supper. Ethel- sat by the window, sewing. Grandfather Adams, who had for years been both father and mother to these two orphan girls, sat iu his big easy chair, looking out dejectedly into the weedy door-yard where Comfort's dozen hens were picking up their scanty living, and across the or4ekto-the sterile hillside beyond. The old Man ooiild easily see the boundary line to his own property ndw. It was all eftmprised ili the ragged door-yard and the sterile bit of pasture reaehing down to the creek, 60 rooky Harmoa without a shillin'. I ain't got much to leave, but whait I hev .got '11 never go into a Fraser's pocket. They're n bad lot", an' sooner than see ye marry one of 'em, I'd see ye dead in your grave. No Fraser will ever cross this threshold while I'm alive." Comfort paused in her work and stood eyeing her grandfather a moment irresolutely. Then she came suddenly to him, and placing one hand on his shoulder, said: " Grandfather, I love Harmon Fraser. I have promised to marry him. Don't set yourself against it, or you will break my heart." The old farmer turned-pale, and was for a moment speechless with anger. When he found his voice, he cried, pounding the floor with his cane : "Break your fiddlesticks! If you marry Harmon Fraser, you do it with your eye3 open. I give ye fair warning, girl. If he takes y ou for a wife, he takes a pauper. Just remember that— he takes a pauper." And shaking with excitement and wrath, grandfather Adams stamped out of the room and shut himself up in his chamber until his anger had time to cool. When he had gone, Ethel laid down her sewing. " Will you give him up ?" she asked looking at her sister curiously. "Never!" exclaimed Comfort,brushing away the hot tears from her eyes. " I have promised to marry him and I will. He loves me—it will make no difference to him whether I am poor or not." "I think grandfather means what he says, though," said Ethel. , And it became evident to both girls that he did. Al though the first outbreak of the old man's wrath became in time somewhat spent, it was clear that he did not intend to recede from his determination. He obstinately refused to permit Harmon Fraser to visit the house, and poor Comfort's interviews with her lover were forced to be stolen behind the barn or anywhere beyond the reach of grandfather Adams's sharp eyes. Between the girl and her aged relative a gulf opened—one that widened day by day, and though she tried hard, by redoubled efforts for his comfort, to lead him to think kindly of her,- her resolution was in no way shaken^ and her grandfather's opposition only strengthened her in her fidelity to the: man to whom she had given herpromisey. But at last, one night, a dread visitor: came, and in the morning grandfather Adams was found dead in his bed from a stroke of paralysis. The few days that followed were almost a blank to Coxa* fort. After the funeral the old niafe's will had -been opened, and it was found that all his property in bank, consisting of some five thousand dollars itt notes and bonds, had been left to his. " dearly beloved granddaughter, Ethel; Adams"—a codicil dated shortly pre* vious to his death having changed the original dispositionV which had content-plated an equal division. Wifti gt&ix generosity, the dilapidated farm-house;, with its adjoining bit of useless, m8lati?j oholy pasture, was bequeathe^. " Comfort Adams and lier heirs forever;. This was all. True to his promise the obstinate old man off without a Bbillifif her in his arms and kissed her, "what iirill you do now ? You can't stay here, you know." Comfort looked at him in vague won 'der. Stay here! Would they not be married now ? Was he not to take her | to his own home as his wife ? Lv." What do you mean ?" she asked. Jl^'Why," he sa'd uneasily, "I mean that without money you can never man age to live here. You must do seme-thing, you know, or you will starve. She sank into a chair and said weak-l y . fe" I don't know." "It was a most unjust will," he con nued. "I don't suppose Ethel has offered to divide with you, has she ? "No," replied Comfort, "I would not .ear of such a thing if she did. You must get some dressmaking to o,*' said Harmon, speaking very rapid-end looking, not at her, but on the ,oor; "or millinery, or something of at sort. Of course, we can't think of setting married—not now. If the old an had left you something, so that we ibuld start iu life, it would be different, wenty-five hundred would have done perhaps. But you know I am but a Oung lawyer, with very little practice, d I don't see how we can think of it der the circumstances." Comfort's eyes were fixed on him with stony stare. Looking up, he met em, winced, and looked away again. st brain seemed strangely bewildered d her heart numb. Was this the an whom she had loved so truly ? Was ior him she had sacrificed her grand-sther's affection, her very means of istence, even ? She was silent for a rnent and then said, slowly, in a ice that she could hardly recognize her own, -"Perhaps it would be best to set each er free." "I really think so," he said, quickly. Jtlind, Comfort, I don't ask it. I am dy to fulfill my part of the bargain, t it would be selfish* in me to marry •u without money. No man who refects himself will ever condemn man to a life of toil if he can help it. hot so base as that. For your own 6,1 really think it would be better cancel our engagement." Very well," she said, wearily. "I willing.' You had better go now. at to be alone." 5eyed her for a moment, wistfully, lay X kiss you, Comfort ?" he cheeky to him, coldly, her. , * ! When you think this i% you will see that it is for he said. -bye!" gone, and Comfort was alone, him from the window—him been as all the world to her— walked rapidly away, whistling bl^^ly as he crossed the fields. world was very dark, indeed, to CtBifgrt, during the weeks and months th ^followed. Whichever way she turned th are seemed to be an impassable barrier bi .ilt up between her and the future. T< t jher there was no future. All that lifa held, or would ever hold, for her, wi i here, confined within the limits of th is weather-beaten old house and weedy pasture, and here, shut up with her ov n sorrow, she was doomed, it seemed, to end her days and never smile again. The summer passed away and autumn ca aie.. Ethel accepted the invitation of a i listant relative and went to the city foi • the winter. Comfort refused to go. / "I shall do well enough," she said to her sister. "I would rather stay here, dew. I shall try to get the village School to teach this winter, and if I succeed I can rub along until spring. After th: it—-well, after that we will see what we can do next." i Comfort obtained the school, thanks to the efforts of some unknown friend. Wid it was she never knew, but she su spected—nay, she hoped, that it was . Theodore Gray. However, in view of fchn fact that she was a helpless woman, unable to take upon herself work that ws s harder, the trustees reduced her sal ary to two-thirds of the meagre pit-tance which had been allowed her pre-de iessor, a man who had been unable to find work that was easier. 'The winter. was, in consequence, to Comfort, on a of rigorous self-denial, almost of we nt. What would she have done with- Ou i; Theo ? He helped her in a thousand ways, though never obtruding upon her hit services or his presence. But in the m< r&ing, before sunrise, Comfort would he ur the ring of his axe at her woodpile, an! when the snow was deep, would find his horse and sleigh, driven by his young br< >ther, awaiting her in the afternoon at the school-house door. From Har-m< fl; Fraser she received not a single visitjbutfrom the neighbors she learned it;he had removed to the city, and * rumor came that he was engaged Comfort heard the story •wUh-indifference. It neither augmented no ^ assuaged the dnll, aching, pain that wa i eVer present in ier heart. '•• - jiight, after she had locked the tB61 loo!-house dopr-and taken her weary jsra t homeward, she was startled by com- |§| #mMtaily upon Theodore, waiting jba the bend of the road. | 'oft," he said, smiling in his seerjr way, "I have news for you 4^s." . < received news, too," she said, a letter. "Perhaps it will Irou, Theodore. Ethel is mar- V:" v . •'-1 '<••••' jtiarmo& Fraser," she replied, &£$ pifcyjtne," 6he said, quickly,: that. my Eth»l, SQ$ tip Theodore Gray stood still and took both? her hands in his. "Then," he said, "my news will be all the better, little girl. You have an inheritance that Harmon Fraser has thrown away. It was God's providence that we knew of it no sooner." She looked at him wonderingly, and he continued, rapidly and in eager excitement : "You know they have been boring for oil up at the Norcross farm, on the creek above you ?" "Yes," she replied, "I have heard something about it." •; "Well, last night they struck it—a five hundred barrel spouting well. The whole neighborhood is full of excitement, and the company is buying all the territory they can get for a mile about. My farm isn't on the creek, but your old pasture is, and they will give you more for it, Comfort, than your grandfather's whole fortune." She made no answer; her heart was too full. Theodore walked by her side for a few moments in silence. When after a while he looked up at her, she was crying softly. The sun had set when they reached her doorstep,, and the snow-covered fields began to glisten in the light of the rising mpon. He refused her invitation to enter the house, but held her hand lingeringly, as though there was something more that he wished to say. She half divined his thought, but did not shrink away. "Comfort," he said, after a moment of awkward silence, "you are rich now. Can you spare something for me ?" She understood him perfectly, but cast down her eyes and asked : "What do you mean, Theo?" "It is not what you have, but what you are, that I want, Comfort," he said. "Oh, my darling! While I thought you promised to Harmon Fraser I was silent, but now I can speak. I love you, Comfort. I, too, am seeking a fortune, but the fortune I want is not your inheritance, but you. Can you not learn to love me, Comfort ?" She turned to him with her face radiant in the soft light and put her arms around his neck. "I think," she said, that I have never known my own heart. I know now that I have loved you all the time, Theo." The Biggest 0n$. .e decease of the .'ate se*ton o Grace Church brings to mind the longtime sexton of old Trinity, David Lyons, who died some twenty years ago, and who, like Brown, was quite large in bodily diameter, and very well known in his day. In decorating the church one Christmas he caused a canopy supported by fouf wreath-twined posts to be erected over the lecturn, giving it very much the appearance of a parrot cage. As a finishing touch to this work of art he proposed an inscription in German text for its front. He thought it best, however, to consult one of the clergy before adding this final embellishment; and it was well that he did, as the sequel will show. To the question, '' What do you propose for the inscription ?" he replied that inasmuch as the lecturn held the sacred Scriptures, he thought, "The Bible, the biggest Book in the World," would be eminently appropriate. " There will be no objection to that," the witty clergyman responded, " if you will put underneath it, 'Trinity Churoh the biggest Church, and David Lyons the biggest Sexton.'" A Bovine " Bender." It is an uncommon sight to see a drove of cows intoxicated and on a jolly spree. Yet the cows on Mr. S. B. Dolson's dairy farm located about two miles from Warwick, Orange County, N. Y., have had a spree. Mr. Dolson's cows were pasturing in a lot adjoining the orchard.. At night they broke down the fences and, of course, ate until they were full, in fact, intoxicated. The actions of the animals, as descrided by witnesses, were ludicrous and laughable in the extreme. They staggered and reeled about, pawed the ground and puffed and snorted like locomotives. Several battles with heads and horns took place, but none were seriously injured. After a short trial at ground and lofty tumbling the cows returned to eating apples, and then followed another spirited and amusing performance. This was kept up for some time until the bystanders interfered. A curious result of the overindulgence in the fruit was that it shortened the drove's yield of milk very much. Not more than one-eighth of the usual amount was produced after the cows had their spree. A literary Woman. , Mrs. Lydia Maria Child, whose recent death, at the age of seventy-eight, occurred at Waylaid. Massachusetts, was for several years a resident of New York city. On account of her husband's ill health she took the entire editorial charge of the Antislavery Standard for two years. Afterward she and her husband edited it conjointly for severaj years. While in New York Mrs. Ohiid gatherd around her many friends, and although she cared little for general so-society, her home was a pleasant meeting- place for the most distinguished lit-eray men, artists and philanthropists. Her latter years were spent in retirement at Wayland ; but as a successful authoress and jourfialigt, and as a warmhearted^ untiring philemthropist, she accomplished' a long-to-be-remembered work, and her memory will be held in esteem and veneration by her country' men and country-women. liar.i One of the most remarkable private soldiers on either side in the late war was a young man named Tom Kelley, a private in the Second Michigan Infantry. The remarkable began with his build. He had arms a full hand longer than any man who could be found. He had no more back-bone than a snake, and could almost tie himself in a knot. He could tell the date on a silver quarter held up twenty feet away, and he could hear every word of a conversation in a common tone of voice across an ordinary street. He could run half a mile as fast as any officer's horse could gallop, and there was a standing offer of $10 to any man who conld hold him down. On a bet of a box of sardines he once passed six sentinels within an hour. On another occasion he entered the Colonel's tent and brought away that officer's boots. When Tom's remarkable qualifications were discovered he wa° detailed as a scout and spy, and was changed from one department to another. In the capacity of spy he entered Richmond three times. He entered Vicks-burg and preached a sermon to the soldiers a week before the surrender. He was in New Orleans five days before that city was taken. He was a man who firmly believed that he could not be killed by an enemy, and he governed his movements accordingly. While under the orders of Gen. Hooker, Kelley proved on several occasions that he could see further with the naked eye than any officer could with a field-glass. If he could get a place of concealment within fifty feet of a picket he could catch the countersign. He visited Lookout Mountain, intending to spike as many of the Confederate guns as possible. His disguise was that of a farmer who had been driven from home by the Union forces. The enemy somehow got suspicious of him, and he was placed in the guard-house for the night. There was a sentinel at the door, and others near by standing guard over guns and stores, but it was all the same to Kelley. With an old tin plate for use as shovel and scoop he burrowed out at the back end of the building, and walked up to two pieces of artillery and spiked both before any alarm was raised. When the sentinels began firing at him he ran out of camp, but before he was clear of it he had been fired on fifty times. " _ Kelley was once captured when aeleejp opened his eyes,; he was surrofaided by five or six men on foot and others in the saddle. It wai under a tree in an open field, and he had been tracked by a dog. As he rose up at their command he resorted to his wonderful skill as a gymnast. By dodging and twisting and jumping he got out of the crowd, pulled a man off his saddle, and would have escaped had not the dog fastened to his leg. He was then put under guard in a log house with only one room. Two sentinels sat at the door with revolvers in their hands and kept watch of his every movement. After an hour or two Kelley approached as if to offer them tobacco, and jumped clear over their heads like a deer. He had half a mile of open field to cross, and he crossed it under the fire of a score of muskets and revolvers without being hit. During his three years and a half in the service Kelley captured fifty-two Confederates and turned them over as prisoners. He himself was captured and escaped five times. As a spy he entered more than thirty Confederate camps and forts. He was fired upon at least 1,000 times, and yet was never wounded. He had said that he would never die by the hand of an enemy, and his prophecy came true. In the last year of the war, while bringing a captured Confederate tcout into camp both were killed within forty rods of the Union lines by a bolt of lightning.—M. Quad. A Frightful Scene. The following is told by an eye-witness of the fate of six male patients of the Minnesota Insane Asylum who were seen crowding around a window in an upper story during the progress of a fire: ' 'They were wonderfully apathetic, and were apparently more interested in the work of the firemen—as a child might be interested in such a scene—than in caring for their own safety. They did not appreciate nor understand the mortal peril in which they were placed, but jabbered away at times among themselves with apparent delight at the spectacle, as if the affair was something especially ordered for their entertainment. At times, as the flames came upon them, they would move aside, but only for a moment. Finally, when their retreat had been cut off, some of them seemed to realize in their dim intellects the extremity in which they were placed, and turned to escape, but, returning to address a tirade of gibberish to the firemen, the floor gave way beneath them and they fell back uttering a chorus of imprecations and were roasted." REWARDED.—He was a seedy-looking customer and the worst bore in town, but he was as bold as a lion. He walked right up tOa ft Jaewly-elected candidate .j - - - and said: : - "I want you to lend me $5 for political services rendered you during the election." " Why, you never came near me ing the eleotion.'^ig , " - _ j||§ " That's just what I mean. He got a nickel, and said doing better than he expected, how the business leasoa was over. -.v m Wlf'- wm ,V.:.JWTS AND WISDOM. WHAT is the spot most dear to cattle ? Their fodderland. WE can refute assertionp, but who can refute silence?—Dickens. COMPLIMENTS oftener come from an,., empty purse than from a free heart. THE telegraph tells us "the Kurds have fallen back," which, perhaps, indicates that the whey is clear. "WELL, wife, you can't say I ever contracted your habits." "No, sir, you generally expanded them." A NEVADA ball report says : " Miss |jl| Honor a X. was full of eclat, in fact she *U was the eclatist lady present." ^ WE are advised to look out for S^"cold winter. We would rather look out for , . it than look in the house for it. • ^ A LEGITIMATE case of a human being , communing with nature may be found iu the story of Jack and the bean's talk. EVEN if a boy is always whistling " I ' | want to be an angel" it is just as well keep the preserved pears on the top shelf * -1|§1 IT WASN'T very complimentary to Reu-y^ ben when Solomon remarked that wisdom-/"*/f^| is better than Rube is.—Boston Tran% ~ z script. SOME OF THE Choctaw girls in " the Nation," as Indian Territory is called,,, are highly educated, very beautiful, and" 4 nearly as fair in complexion as their sis-V f : ters in the States. A LAZY boy was complaining that histr , bed was too short, when his father sternly replied, "That is because you': are always too long in it, sir."; ':'•(> , MEN'S weaknesses and faults are; ^ known from their enemies, their virtues';' and abilities from their friends, their customs and lives from their servants. A medical writer asks: "Does position affect sleep?" Well, rather; if you're hung up by your trowsers on a spiked fence, you won't sleep very soundly. LIGHT-HOUSES are of great benefit to the sailor, in preventing him from getting wrecked ; but a succession of light houses is sure to wreck the theatrical manager. A MOBMON sermon can be boiled down to this: "Obey the Council and pay your tithes; especially pay your tithes." ; That appears to be about the substance ; ' ': of the religion. J J* THAT suburban school boy was not*^ far from the truth when (never having heard of a trident) the teacher having asked what sort of an instrument Nep-tone carried , in his hand he respmidefl j are"men who Vould fee selves grossly insulted if it were insiu- ' uated that they are not gentlemen, who 5 couldn't gain admission to a respecta-' ble house without the employment of a jimmy. gfa. THERE seems nothing left for the cam-^wgpl paign speakers now but to open a bar4; 'C'.y ber shop and give their customers lee-; tures on political economy. A man with-a towel under his chin and a razor gliding over his jugular vein must listen. WHEN we are happy, autumn brings no melancholy to our hearts; but the mournful sound of the wind, the fading leaves, and the hazy beauty of the landscape are fraught with sadness to one already anxious and dejected.—Irving. A POOR fellow who was refused by all the pretty girls to whom he proposed ended by marrying a middle-aged and rather ugly woman. They joked him without mercy. "But I am content," he answered. "I prefer to eat an apple than to look at a pineapple forever. A SERVICE was recently announced at St. Matthew's Sydenham, London, "for children of the upper classes." Where- ^ upon the following amendment to the well-known saying was promptly offered by a newspapor commentator. " Suffer < little children of the upper class to come unto me." ; ^ MRS. DUNOAJT MACLABEN of Edinburgh15 recently returned a sharp, answer to a man who at a social gathering inquired what sort of husbands the ladies had;... who spoke so bitterly and harshly upon • the subject of the property of married women. Said she: "Ladies who have .. good husbands are the only women who, dare speak on the subject." t}*- '' COMB, clear out, you" carT^ ge^rn there," said the new watchman to a man fumbling at the office door. "Why, Dubbs, don't you know me? I'm » new member of the firm." " Oh, I beg • pardon," replied Dubbs, " but yousee, sir, I was told to keep away all suspi- - cious-looking characters, ,|o I on you, yousee." DRINKING saloons of every degree are very abundant in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the truthfulness of the sign over the door of one of the lowest class is very striking. An old-fashioned perforated tin lantern hangs apon a rude bracket, and in the night throws a dim and fitful light upon a strip of white muslin om, which is inscribed in large letters, .^ Paint. "THB Chicago Miniature Piano Company" was the name of a concern ad4; vertising a new instrument on which! any one could play on sight, tot sale one dollar apiece. A rural youth Winston, N. O., sent on a dollar received the following instructions making an alleged piano:. "Take a barrel—any old one will do—put fti many cats into it as it will hold. Lew a slit in A pointed Is sure to produce all the since moet of the cats will answer to pJCtjhfldEOjf ' Man** • V'' I •'•IP ' Wi Mm Mi
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E. F. PARSONS, II. D„
PHYSICIAN AKDSCKGEON. B«si-denee
and office cor. Pleasant and
School streets, Tliompsonville, Conn.
J. HOMER DARLING, M. D.,
Pleasant St., Tliompsonville, Conn.
E. 0. WILBUR,
T^ENTIST. Office on Pleasant Street,
second house north of Hotel,
Thompsonville, Conn. lyl
A TTOKNEY and Counselor at Law,
and Solicitor of Patents. Collections
promptly attended to. Tliomp-
GEORGE P. CLARK,
"jVf ANUF ACTURER of Patent Rubber
Casters. Windsor Locks, Conn.
C. W. WATROUS,
in all its branches. Carriages
and Teams to let. Windsor Locks, Conn.
J. J. NOLAA,
ARPENTER AND BUILD E R.
^ bing promptly attended to.
house Point, Conn.
sonville, Conn. lyl
THE PARSONS PRINTING CO.,
Y>OOK AND JOB PRINTERS, and
Publishers of The Tliompsonville
Press, Main Street, Thompsonville,
H. H. ELLIS,
TfcEALER in all kinds of one, two and
four foot Wood, Orders left at A.
T. Lord' , will receive prompt attention.
Thompsonville, Conn. Iyl2
THE T. PEASE & SONS CO.,
^tirHOLESALE and Retail Dealers in
Lumber and Building Materials.
Yards at Thompsonville and Windsor
Locks, Conn. Steam Planing Mill at
X>EEF, Pork, Mutton. Lamb, Poultry,
Tripe, Ham, Lard, &c. All kinds of
Meats in their season at lowest cash
prices. Main St., Thompsonville. Iy3
F. A. KING,
CELLS the Celebrated White Sewing
Machines and warrants them for five
years. Sewing Machines for sale and to
rent. Pearl St., Thompsonville. tf
JOHN C. "WIESING,
TITANUFACTURER of and Dealer in
Foreign and Domestic Cigars, Plug
and Fine Cut, Chewing and Smoking Tobacco,
Pipes, etc. Tliompsonville, Ct. lyl
X> F. LORD, Proprietor, also Proprie-
• tor of Franklin Hall—Good Livery
and Feed Stable connected with Hotel
Main Street, Thompsonville, Conn. Iv2
A. W. CONVERSE & CO.,
TRON FOUNDRY. Manufacture all
A kinds of IRON CASTINGS. Windsor
Locks, Conn. lyl
TV|*ACHINIST and General Repairer.
^ All kinds of Mowing Machines Repaired.
Windsor Locks, Conn. lyl
S. Me AULEY & CO.,
"OEEF, Pork, Lard, Hams, Fish and
Oysters. Poultry, Game, etc., in
thcir season. Windsor Locks, Conn.
> W. FRANK FULLER,
tf^lOAL, LIME, CEMENT and FER-V/
T1LIZERS, Suffield, Conn. lyl
A. B. SXOTKWELL,
W"OOD, COAL, BALED HAY, &o.
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Meats and Vegetables in their season, at
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Death, be not proud, tliougli somG liave called
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
For those whom thou thinlc'st thou dost overthrow
Die not, poor Death ; nor yet canst thou kill
From rest to sleep, which but thy pictures be,
Much pleasure ; then from thee much more
must flow; - .
And soonest our best men with thee do go—
Best of their bones, and souls' delivery..
Thou'rt slave to fate, chance, kings and desperate
Arid dost with poison, war and sickness dwell;
And poppy or charms can make us sleep as
And better than thy stroke. Why swell'st thou
One short sleep past we wake eternally
And Death shall be no more ; Death thou shalt
die. JOHN DONNE.
F. >V. BROWN.
ARCHITECT and BUILDER, Build-
•J-*- ings raised and moved. All work
done in a satisfactory maimer. Boston
Neck, Suffield, Conn. Im3
JOHN H. HALLIDAY,
A TTORNEY and Counselor at Law.
Special attention given to the settlement
of Estates. Collections promptly
attended to. Mansley's Block, Main St.,
Thompsonville, Conn. Iy2
HAIR DRESSING SALOON.
REDERICK SMITH, Proprietor. A
in hand. Shaving, Shampooing, Hair
'Cutting, Razor Honing,
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