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Windsor Locks, Conn. lyl of Hotel, lyl JOHN HAMLIN, A TTORNEY and Counselor at Law -t"*- and Solicitor of Patents. Collec tions promptly attended to. Thomp Bonville, Conn. THE PARSONS PRINTING CO., BOOK AND JOB PRINTERS, and Publishers of The Thompsonville Press, Main Street, Thompsonville, Conn. H. H. ELLIS, "|"|EALER 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. PE.1SE & SONS CO., TV'HOLESALE and Retail Dealers in * * Lumber and Building Materials. Yards at Thompsonville and Windsor Locks, Conn. Steam Planing Mill at Thompsonville. tf BENJAMIN BRIGHT, "DEEF, 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, renrl St., Thompsonville. tf J0H> C. WIESING, MANUFACTURER of and Dealer in Foreign and Domestic Cigars, Plug and Fine Cut, Chewing and Smoking Tobacco, Pipes, &C. Thompsonville, Ct. lyl THOMPSONYILLE HOTEL, BF. LORD, Proprietor, also Proprie- • tor of Franklin Hal1—Good Livery and Feed Stable connected with Hotel. Main Street, Thompsonville, Conn. Iv2 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 SAL00>. T^REDERICK SMITH, Proprietor. A •*- choice supply o£ Shaving Soaps, Hair Oil, CologneR, Cosmetics, <tc., constantly on hand. Shaving, Shampooing, Hair Cutting, Razor Honing, <tc. Under Lord's Hotel, Thompsonville, Ct. lyl A. T. LORD, lyr 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. PRICE, Agt., riEALER IN WOOD AND COAL. ^ Wood a specialty; chips for sale. Moving and heavy teaming done,on reasonable terms. Iyl8 GEO. L. KINGSBURY, Af ANUFACTURER of all kinds and x sizes of Drain Tile, of the very best quality. P. O. Box 121, Thompsonville, Oonn. 6m5 I) ATI I) BRA1NARD, INSURANCE AGENT. Insures all * classes of Buildings and contents against fire. Special attention given to insuring Houses and Barns with their contents ngainst loss or damage by lightning whether fire ensues or not. Policies written on the most liberal terms, in sound companies. Losses paid promptly and honorably. Thomi>sonville, Conn. lyl C. W. WATROUS, T^URNITUREand COAL.—Undertak- A ing in all its branches. Carriages and Teams to let. Windsor Locks, Conn. lyl J. J. NOLAK, (CARPENTER AND BUILDER . Job ^ bing promptly attended to. Warehouse Point, Conn. 1ml GEORGE GLOVER, JR., lyl 1VTACHINIST and General Repairer. All kinds of Mowing Machines Repaired. Windsor Locks, Conn. lyl JAMES WATSON, riRAIN, 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 Bupply always on hand at Thompson-vilie mills. lyl GEORGE MEACHAM, ^ARPENTER AND BUILDER.— Contracts for buildings of every description, and furnishes materials if desired. All work executed in a thorough, workmanlike manner and on reasonable 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 FOB— A, Hartford and Ftaii Insnrace Companies, of Hartford. PEOPLE'S, OF MIDDLETOWN. CONTINENTAL, OF NEW YORK. North British and Mercantile Insurance Companies of London. Fire Association, of Philadelphia. ' All risks written in these Companies at the lowest rates. Tickets for the Canard Line of Steamers, to and from Europe, sold at lowest rates. MAIN STREET,\ 3tf Thompsonrille, Conn. EDWIN KING, UNDERTAKER, Will furnish Coffins and Caskets Of all kinds, at short notice. Stine's Patent Caskets with sliding gloss, always on hand. i<fU£6ra^ Supplies, Burial Clothing, r '' pept on hand and made to order. when necessary. ll.ways reasonable. Pease's OOM strwt> Thompsonville, A. W. CONVERSE & CO., TRON FOUNDRY. Manufacture all 1 kinds of IRON CASTINGS. Windsor Locks, Conn. lyl S. McAULEY & CO., "OEEF, Pork, Lard, Hams, Fish and OOvyRsttAerrss,. Ponlfrv. H-ame. etc.. in th ir season. Poultry, Game, etc., Windsor Locks, Conn. lyl W. FRANK FULLER, tf^OAL, LIME, CEMENT and FER- ^ TILIZERS, Suffield, Conn. lyl A. B. STOCKWELL, "WOOD, COAL, BALED HAY, <fcc. * * Livery and Feed Stable. All kinds of Jobbing and Teaming promptly attended to. Windsor Locks, Conn. [Iy3 MORAN BROTHERS, "S-JEEF, 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 F. W. BROWN, A RCHITECT and BUILDER. Build-r And his clothes were all tarnished with aehes iinnggss raised and moved. All woir-. eoot; done in a satisfactory manner. Boston Neck, Suffield, Conn. lm3 PEASE BROTHERS, ]\f 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, /CARPENTER and HOUSE BUILD- ^ ER, East Windsor Hill, Conn, [lyl I. C. BANCROFT, \f ANUF ACTURER of all kinds of x Team and Business Wagons, Painting, Tarnishing and Repairing promptly done at satisfactory prices. Opposite Railroad Depot, Suffield, Ct. 21 H. B. S. HUDSON, HAIR DRESSER, and dealer in Ci gars, Tobacco, etc. Newspapers Magazines and Periodicals of the various kinds for sale. Subscriptions received at the lowest rates. Agent for the Thompsonville Press. Windsor Locks, Conn. lyl L. CHANDLER, TiffANUFACTURER of all kinds of Heavy and Light Team and Business Wagons, Carts, etc. Horse Shoeing and Jobbing, Mill and Machine Forging. Repairing done at short notice. Windsor Locks, Conn. Iy20 J. H. ADAMS, DRY GOODS, Groceries, Crockery, Hardware, Notions, Fruits, etc. Main St., Windsor Locks, Conn. lyl 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 LOCKS, - CONN. QRANITE AND MARBLE MONUMENTAL WORKS. J. H. COOK & CO., Cor. State and Willow Sts., near Main, y22 Springfield, Mass. CHAS. J. SHORT, ]Yf ARBLE 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! PHffiNIX INS. CO., Assets, $2,733,341.27. INSURANCE CO. —OF— North America. Assets, 86,591,740.10. Policies Written at the Lowest Rates —BY— J. H. Hayden & Son, Windsor Locks, Conn. lyl A. W. CONVERSE, 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. Draft and Passage Tickets sold at satisfactory rates, ; , ; , AT THE POST OFFICE, wikDSOB LOOKS, CONN, Tw&s the night before Christmas, and all through the houBe Not a creature was stirring, not evon a mouse ; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of sugar plums danced through their heads, And mamma in her 'kerchief and I in mj cap, Had just settled.our brains for a long winter's nap; When out on the lawn there arose suoh aolatter, I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter; Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash. The moon, on the breast of the new-fallen snow, Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below ; When, what to my wondering eyes should appear But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer, With a little old driver, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must bo 8t. Nick. More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, And he whistled, and shouted, and oalled them by n ame; "Now, Dasher! now, Danoer! now, Prancer ! now, Vixen! On Comet, on! Cupid, on, Donderand Blixen— To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall! Now, dash away, dash away, dash away all!" As leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, When they meet with an obstacle mount to the sky, So, up to the housetop the oouraers they flew, With the sloigh full of toys—and St. Nicholas, too; And then in a twinkling I heard on the roof, The prancing and pawing of each little hoof. As I drew in my head, and was turning around, Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound; He was dressed all m fur from his head to his foot, and soot; A bundle of toys he had Sung on his back, And looked like a pedlar Just opening his pack. His eyes—how they twinkled ! his dimples, how merry ! His chceks were like roses, his nose like a cherry; His droll ittle mouth was drawn up like a bow; And bis beard on his chin was as white as tho snow; The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, And tho smoke it encirclcd his head like a wreath. He had a broad face, and a little round belly That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly. He was chubby and plump; a right jolly old elf, And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself. A wink of bis eye, and a twist of his head, Soon gave me to kuow I had nothing to dread. He spoke not a word, but went straight to work, And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk, And laying his finger aside of his nose, And giving a nod, up the ohimney he rose, He sprang to his sleigb, to his team gave a whistle, And away they all flew like the down of a thistle; But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight : Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night TA6RA0'S CHRISTMAS. A baby is your only true democrat. Before the family mansion sat Bond, the banker's youngest son, in a gilded perambulator that shone like a little chariot. The small scion of wealth and dignity, all canopied by blue silk and muffled in dainty laces, was babbling with the most ragged street child and the most disreputable dog you ever came across. Into the church opposite, from which a marble saint looked serenely down, men were carrying evergreens for decoration. In this distraction, Eliza, the nurse-maid, had forgotten her charge. So baby threw down a Bilver rattle hung with bells of pure gold, to stretch out both hands toward the tattered girl. He gurgled a little laugh; she touched his pink fingers and dimpled face, whereat he laughed again, and the disreputable dog barked for joy. " Goodness gracious me !" screamed Eliza, turning at the noise; '' what naety child is a-huggin' our baby 1 Go 'way, girl! go 'way 1" But the dog set up a defense, as if he were the lawful protector of patrician babies. Eliza, jumping about wildly, shrieked, " Master Alexander, oan't you oall the brute off?" Master Alexander, though a tall boy, was not inclined to tackle the ugly terrier ; so he cried out to the girl, " Say, call your dog off, or I'll have the polioe here." "Call him off yerself," she retorted, with a mischievous grin, and in an ugly, hoarse voice. Eliztj. screamed, "John! John Duffy!" and a policeman of giant frame turned slowly round, surveyed the scene, and stalked up to the small delinquents. The dog, no respecter of persons, snapped at his heels, and up went the fatal club. In a twinkling the girl sprang forward. " Say, cop, don't yer hit. I'll call him off. Here, Bobtail, lie down." The brute came meekly, licked her bare feet, and lay down with a smothered, protesting growl. "Come, now, I've seen that little divil's face o' yours afore. What ye up to ?" admonished the policeman, while she twisted and slipped about in his grasp like an ugly little captured fox. "Aren't she jist a reg'lar rag-bag?" remarked the trim Eliza, critically, while the small Bonds from out their velvets and furs, the Misses Louisa and Adelaide and Masters Frederick and Augustus, looked on half in disgust, half in wonder. " Why, day after to-morrer's Christmas," continued Eliza, " an' I declare to goodness if she hisn't barefoot, an' she must be thirteen year old. It aren't decent. 'Aven't ye got hany shoes ?" " Ye», lots of 'em." ; " 1 " Why don't ye wear 'em, then ?" " They's mosely satin, my shoes is," answered the child, with a grimace, " *n' J keeps 'em for goin' to parties." " Parties, indeed a lie!" "Lie yerself," the girl gave baok, sharply. ; 5 "She's a queer ono," said Master Alexander. " What's your name ?" "None o' yer bizness. What's yourn ?" "Come, come," spoke-the policeman ; " the young gintlemafl axes your name?" " Won't tell himand she stood defiant. Then, with a queer gleam of humor, she added, - "I's oalled mosely Tagrag, or suthin' o' that sort; sometimes jist Rags—plain Rags. I'm sure I dunno whyand with an impish'grin she flirted out the scanty skirt that hung in ribbons about her bare knees, then looked over her shoulder, fine-lady fashion, to get a back view of the drapery, laughing meanwhile until her rough cracked voice grew even more hoarse, and she broke off in a fit of coughing like tho dog's bark. "It's precious easy seen why," said Eliza, with scorn. "And, mercy me! how dirty she is ! Why, everybody cleans 'emselves for Christmas-time." "I don't care fur Christmas," said Tagrag. " Oh, you wicked child !" "Christmas don't care forme," she muttered, sullenly. " 'Tain't no good noway." " Ow!" exclaimed Eliza; "John Duffy, did you hever ! She's a 'eathen— a dirty little 'eathen." "Wot's Christmas fur?" the child went on, evidently enjoying Eliza's outraged feelings. "There's them green trees a-goin' into the churches, an' there's that 'ere marble man a-lookin' down on everybody. Ugh ! I hates him, I do." With that she bestowed a hideous face on the statue of St. Christopher. " An' there's lots o' folks buyin' lots o' things, but yer can't git none o' them things, yer can't; an' it's awful cold, an' yer gits awful hungry, an' folks is too busy to give yer a penny, and the bakers' shops is full, an yer gits put out. I hates Christmas. Hi! Bobtail!" Here she gave a sort of shuffle meant for dancing, and finished with a leap; as her bare feet came down with a dull pat upon the frosty pavement, she put the two ugly members together, and looked at them with a defiant satisfaction. "We don't care—me an' Bobtail." Whereat she laughed and barked again so like the dog, which joined in, that you couldn't tell which was which in the mad chorus. '' Christmas is fur rich folks. We hates it." "John Duffy," screamed Eliza, quite overcome, "I shall faint if that 'ere child don't git out. Git out you little wretch ! git out!" " Don't want ter stay," responded the street child, but glanced hesitatingly at the baby. He, mightily pleased at all the hubbub, showed in recognition two dew-drops of teeth in his rose-bud mouth; but as the girl moved slowly away the rose-bud grew into a little red cavern, out of which burst a tempest of screams and sobs. "Ketcher! ketcher! baby; look at its own Eliza," chirruped the trim nurse-maid; but baby only yelled the louder after its low frier d. Tagrag looked back, paused an instant, then came tearing, with the dog at her heels. ^ " He's a-cryin' after me!" she exclaimed—" after me;" and she struck her half-covered childish breast with an action that in another would have meant pride and love. In her it was the outcome of a pitiful, stormy, helpless, homely passion undeflnable by any name—the joy, the fierce tenderness, of a starved, ungoverred nature. She was too swift for all the outstretched repulsing hands. Like a wind she passed them, and knelt by the baby's little carriage. Such a gaunt, ungracious figure as she made! She bent to the baby's face, now shining through its tears, and cried out, " Oh, baby, I guess yer love me ! I guess yer love me !" Then she kissed his pretty lips. Eliza screamed at the sacrilege, but the girl only stretched out her thin arms, and repeated, with a kind of sob, "I guess yer love me." Stooping an instant to restore the oost-ly rattle the baby" had dropped, she made off, and the mongrel dog after her, both running with much the same ungainly freedom, both the product and the victims of civilization. Next morning (it was the day before Christmas) the servants at Bond the banker's were in great excitement. Wilkins, the footman, as he opened the breakfast-room, was saying to himself, as usual, " Seving o'clook is too beastly hearly for to go to work," when he quite forgot his dignity, and, as Bridget, the house-maid, afterward testified on oath, "jest let a big screech." The safe that held all the silverware stood open, and completely rifled. Tbe corps of servants orowded to their master's room, whereupon the whole domain up stairs was found thoroughly cleared of valuables— jewelry, trinkets, even to the baby's gold and silver rattle, all gone. John Duffy, in full unifoim, was patrolling the sidewalk, and had come on the beat just as another responsible officer had gone off, but no Bign of burglars had been seen about the Bond mansion. The Chief of Police arrived, and shook his head very hard and very often, which impassive action was taken down by twenty reporters as significant. So it was; it signified there was nothing in the ohief's head about the robbery. All day long newspaper men ax>d detectives went peering about, until, at evening, as snow began to fall, and it was Christmas- eve too, the search and the theorising ceased for the night. On Christmas morning, very early, men were on the spot again. The snow had drifted and piled up by doors and fenoes, and the cold had put a crust on the drifts. A knot of policemen were talking over ' the burglary on the sidewalk. They noticed a jBMtrabk skulking paBt them ar» J down into the area nf the Bond mansion. With the prompt courage usual on such occasions, they pursued the creature and knocked him over. It was bleeding, but dragged itself to the heap of snow by the area door, and stretching out on that, with a yelp, it died. One of the men, who, never pausing in his talk about the robbery, had picked up the dog by the legs to toss it among the offal, stopped short in the middle of a sentence with, "Hello! what's this ?" "Something under the drift," said another man, " Why, it's a child," said a third; "it's a girl." By this time they had uncovered a body lying on its face, both hands tightly olasped over the bosom of its dress. They turned the face to the morning light. SucH a pinched, old look it had, to belong to such a small, childish body. " Begorra!" exclaimed Officer Duffy, " I see that child only the day before yiSterday here foreninst the house. What's that's she's huggin' in her breast ?" They drew the hands out. Tightly clasped in them was a baby's rattle, silver with golden bells. " That's in the list of stolen things," said a man, taking out a paper and referring to it. A clew, evidently; so the Chief of Police was again on hand, and Mr. Bond identified the stolen toy. In the kitchen the doctor stood over the motionless body. "She breathes," he said, "but it's useless to aslc her questions." "She's one o' thim little divilsaslives wid a gang o' thaves," said Duffy, officiously explaining to the chief. "I know the whole lot of 'em. She must have come into the area early ii?1 the evenin', and whin the min wint out on duty for the noight she was trapped' there like a rat in a hole." Soon came the hospital ambulance. The stretcher was being carried out from the house, but on the sidewalk the doctor ordered it set down. The child, lying upon it, gasped and looked up, up at tho great shadowing church, with its marble saint so calm and grand; then she shut her eyes, and whispered, with a halting, rasping breath: " I seed the baby's rattle with the things they stole, an'I bringed it back." "Sure," explained Duffy, stamping his cold feet on the" pavement, "she loves your baby, Misther Bond." " My baby !" and Mr. Bend arched his solemn brows in surprise; "and what could my son have—ah!—in common with this wretched child ?" Bless ye, sir, nothin'," said Duffy, apologetically; "but the little cratur knowed no betther than to be a-laughin' wid the gurl the other day, an' a-cryin' afther her; an' ye see they're that wicious an' ignorant, them low children, that jist to plaze him wid bringin' back his rattle, she's afther—" "Dying," said the doctor, stooping over the stretcher. The child struggled, rflung out her arms, looked into vacanoy with a wild, unnatural brightness, and said, in a voice just audible through something that choked and filled and gurgled in its way, "Oh, baby, I guess yer love me." In a moment the doctor stood upright. "Dead," he explained to the ambulance driver. "It's smilin' Bhe is," remarked the talkative Duffy, looking at the Bmall, pinched face, transfigured by death into peace and beauty. "Faith, she died thinkin' how the baby held out his arms to her. It's quare intoirely; but them craturB born wicious seems to have some good in 'em, afther all. I wonder"— and the officer, quite unconsciously, looked up into the frosty Christmas sky —" I wonder is there any way of dalin wid the loikes of her, an' makin' 'em da cent, as the laws hasn't found out ?'' Perhaps there is—who knows? Perhaps love springs to meet love; and if Tagrag has happened to go among beings innocent of social grades, like the baby who held out his arms to her, perhaps she has learned what we forgot to teach her—the meaning of Christmas Day. Who knows? Airing the Beds and Room. The air of a sleeping-^room should be constantly renewed from without, yet it should not be icy cold. It is quite amazing to see in otherwise well-informed people the lingering prejudice against night air, which makes them willing to breathe vitiated air all night long. Attention to the airing of beds and bedding cannot be too great, and it ought to be insisted upon in every house. The hurry to have rooms in order early oauses beds to be made up before they have been thoroughly permeated by air and sunlight, and gives them that close, stuffy smell which is a sure index of deficient cleanliness. During the night the body throws off, through thd invisible pores of the skin, much impurity, and to make up a bed while mattress, sheets and blankets are still sweltering with animal heat is a thing no neat, intelligent housekeeper should ever do under any pressure of hurry. The rest of the room can be dusted and set to rights, and the bedclothing left spread over chairs, with windows open, until a late hour, and nobody will be hurt. Where a bedroom is the common sitting or sewing apartment of a family, it should be thoroughly aired for a half-hour before dark, everybody vacating it for the purpose, and again before its oc-pants retire^ PUMPKIN-PUS. — Take the pumpkin when stewed and while hot; stir in a piece of butter the size of an egg; to every quart of pumpkin, after it is stewed and mashed, add a quart of milk and four or six eggs, as you ohoose; sugar to taste; one-half teaspoonful of salt, a table-spoonful of ginger, one tea-spoonful of cinnamon, and one small nutmeg grated. Bake in a hot oven in dog anieepaste, Up rose Mrs. Cratchit, wife, dressed out but poorly in a twice-turned gown, but brave in ribbons, which make a goodly show for a sixpence, and she laid the cloth, assisted by Belinda Cratchit, also brave in ribbons. Peter Cratchit blew tbe fire until the slow potatoes bubbled up, knocking loudly at the saucepan lid to be let out and peeled. In came little Bob, with his threadbare clothes darned and brushed, to look seasonable, and Tiny Tim upon his shoulder. Alas! for Tiny Tim, he bore a little crutch. Suoh a bustle ensued you might have thought a goose the rarest of all birds; and, in truth, it was something like it in that house. The two young Cratchits set chairs for every body, not forgetting themselves, cramming spoons into their mouths, lest they should shriek for goose before their turn came to be helped. At last the dishes were set on, and grace was said. It was succeeded by a breathless pause, as Mrs. Cratchit, looking along the carving-knife, prepared to plunge it into the breast; but when she did, and the long-expected gush of stuffing issued forth, one murmur of delight arose all around the board, and even Tiny Tim beat on the table and feebly cried hurrah! There never was such a goose ! Every one had enough, and the younger Cratchits in particular were steeped in sage and onion to the eyebrows. The plates being changed Mrs. Cratchit left the room to bring the pudding in; oh, a wonderful pudding. Bob said he regarded it as the greatest success achieved by Mrs. Cratchit since their marriage. Mrs. Cratchit said that now the weight was off her mind she would confess she had her doubts about the quantity of flour. At last the dinner was done, and all the family drew round the fire. Then Bob proposed: "A merry Christmas to us all, my dears. God bless us." Which the family re-eohoed. "God bless us every one!" said Tiny Tim the last one of all.—Dickens. Monaco and the Bonapartew. A correspondent of the London Truth 8ayB ;—I am afraid that the marriage of M. Roland Bonaparte and Miss Blano is likely to lead to the suppression, before long, of the gambling tables at Monaco. The young lady is the daughter of the proprietress of these tables, and it is hardly likely that the Frenoh Government will, if it can hinder it, allow millions to be gained annually at trente ci quarante, and devoted to a Bonapartist propaganda. When the Emjnre fell the Empress spent a good deal of money in subsidizing French newspapers. The editors were well aware that Prince Napoleon was not likely to allow them to fool him out of his money, and this was mainly why they urge that Prince Victor should be recognized as the Emperor in partibus, instead of his father, for tho subsidies of the Empress would then have continued. Already numerous petitions have been signed by the inhabitants of the Riviera, asking that the Monaco hell be suppressed, and the marriage will give them an additional weight. But is it not in accordance with the fitness of things that an Empire which was the elysium of broken-down gamblers and the riff-raff of Europe should now find resources for its re-establishment in a public gaming-table ? A Western Bargain. A man from Washtenaw county, Michigan, found himself in Custer City one day last fall without a nickel in his pockets. He was wondering what he should or could do in this emergency, when a hand was laid on his shoulder and a stranger said in his ear : " Surrender quietly and it will be all right, but if you go to pulling your shooter I'll -drop you ?" "Who do you take me for?" asked the Michigander. "For Jim Russell, of course, and you've got to go over to Dead wood with me. Been looking for you more'n a month." The prisoner set about convincing the officer that he had made a mistake, and this he was able to do after a time. He had the general look of the man wanted, but the officer finally said : " It'B clear to me that I've made a mistake, and that you are all right. How are you fixed ?"• "I'm strapped." "Good. This is my first case Binoe I was made deputy. If I go back without a prisoner the boys will give me a racket. Now, I'll tell you what I'll do. I want to take you over to Deadwood as Jim Russell. Jim is a hard case, and they offered to bet ten to on© that I couldn't collar him. You look enough like him to pass muster in the evening. I'll show you off, get the brag over the boys, and then lock you up with a saw in your hand. The bars are only wood and you oan escape in an hour. Do this for me and I'll give you $30 in cash," " All right," was the ready lesponses and the programme was carried out to the letter. The Michigander was exhibited, well fed, and before night was out of jail and lodged in a boarding house. Next morning he ^took a clean have, bought some new clothes, and, the " notorious JimRussell" was hunted for and not found. VILLAGES WHERE ONCE WAS WATER. —Since the beginning of the sixteenth century more than 800,000 acres have been won from the water in Holland, and reclamation still goes on at the rate of about eight acres a day. Since 1850, the Lake of Haarlem has been converted into a region of farms and villages, and the pumping out of Zuyder Zee, now to be done, will surpass in magnitude all previous endeavors, and give fresh force to Zealand's TOotto, Isitctor et Em• One of the Most Carious Domestic Tragedies in Many Years. The St. Louis Globe tells this strange story :—A lew days ago there was recorded in the register of the city prison the arrest of Mary Ann Beach for insanity. Investigation shows one of the most curious domestic tragedies that has occurred for many years. The simple entry means a ruined home, motherless children, half-crazed husband, and wife gone stark raving mad, through the effect of remorse for her infidelity to marriage vows. The story is as follows : About one year ago Mr. and Mrs. Beach lived in Plumas county. The husband was a mining man, and was offered employment in the State of Nevada, which would compel him to be absent from home -fully a year. He explained the matter to his wife, obtaining her consent to go, and made ample provision for her and her two children. The husband was gone a year lacking about eighteen days. He corresponded with his wife, and supposed all was well. In the meantime the wife had received attentions from and was criminally intimate with a man well known to her husband, and now in business in Lassen county. The husband returned, but on the very day he got back, after supper, his wife informed him that she had something to tell him. After some persuasion she told the astonished husband that she had been untrue to him and was enceinte. He replied: "Mary, I would rather you had killed me than told me that." He told her he should make no scandal about the matter, but would sue for a divorce the next day. Meanwhile she was to keep her apartments, as all was ended between them, forgiveness being out of tho question. Mr. Beach got a divorce, with custody of the children, but he could not bring himself to turn out into the street the woman who had borne to him- his two little ones, aged eighteen months and three years, so ho offered her shelter and employment as housekeeper and nurse to her own children. The woman, in deep grief and remorse, thankful even for such mercy, accepted tbe proposition. They lived entirely apart, though under one roof. Three months ago they moved to this city. When the period of the woman's confinement drew near Mr. Beach suggested that she go to a hospital, but after delivery, if she chose to return, he would employ her as before, and she could have a home with him as long as she lived. The woman was absent a Bhort time, but returned without the child. She made no explanation. He asked no questions. She merely begged pite-ously to be given a home and a chance to care for the children as before her departure. The husband allowed this, but he noticed a great change in her manner. She was more tender to the children than ever before, but wept continually. Her mind was deranged, and a month after her return she attempted to take her life with a knife. Her husband prevented her and set a strict watch over her. She grew worse daily, sank into hopeless melancholy, from which she aroused herself a fortnight ago to attempt suicide by jumping into the bay. Her husband, as a last resort, called in a policeman who lives in the neighborhood, and the woman was quietly arrested, examined, found to be insane and sent to the Nupa Insane Asylum. The husband provided for her comfort in every way. He visited the asylum a few days ago, but she did not recognize bijn or the little children he brought \vith him. She had wasted in flesh, and physicians said she would not live lotfg. Mr. Beach, who is an Englishman, intends to go to his old home in a short time to educate his children. Try, and If You Fall, Try Again. It is said that in the bright lexicon of youth there is written no such word as "fail." But this is a poetical conception, not literally oorrect. So far from it, the first ventures of youth are very apt to prove unsuccessful. But the lessons of experience, though not pleasant, are oft-times profitable. Failures turned to ac-oount contribute largely to ultimate success. The failure ever to be avoided, the greatest and worst of failures, is a failure of faith, of ambition, of courage. In this sense, indeed, there should not be written in the lexicon either of youth or of age any suoh word as "fail." Hope and courage should never be permitted to die out in the human heart, leaving it all darkness and gloom. It is unmanly to give up: it is weak and contemptible to shrink before adverse circumstances and to be discouraged. Perhaps the most remarkable of all the great and distinguishing traits of Washington was his never waning confidence, his abiding faith, his unconquerable courage. Privations, cold,, sufferings, even treaohery, never disheartened frim- To his eye the star of hope never Bat, and through the blackest of clouds it never shone dim. Imitate Washington's example. Ring out wild bolls to the wild eky, ' : ; The flying cloud, the frosty light; ; ^ ^ The year is dying in the night— -5 , ^ Ring out, wild bells, and let him die. Ring out the old, Ring in the new Ring, happy bells, across the snow: v ;; The year is going, let him go ; Ring out the false, ring in the true. ;• Ring out the grief that saps the mind, ;> ; • For those that here we see no more, . / v Ring out the feud of rich and poor, Ring in redress to all mankind. Ring out a slowly dying cause, And ancient forms of party strife ; Ring in the nobler modes of life, With sweeter manners, purer laws. Ring out the want, tho care, tho sin, The faithless coldness of the times ; Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes, But ring the fuller minstrel in. ; > Ring out false pride in place ond blood, The civic slander and the spite ; Ring in the love of truth and right, Ring in the common love of good. Ring out old shapes of foul disease, Ring out the narrowing lust of gold ; Ring out the thousand wars of old, Ring in the thousand wars of peace. Ring in the valiant man and free, The larger heart tho kiDdller hand ; Ring out the darkness of the land—• Ring in the Christ that is to be. —ALFBED THNNTSOK. '"I*"!' , - j- f *f a •• WIT AND WISDOM. A HEAD waiter—An idle barber. ALWAYS in working order—least. THE last gobble of a turkey comes after his death. MICHIGAN has produced a pig with a trunk. This should be checked. IF TOU want to appreciate the genius of Shakespeare put yourself in his plays. PURITY, faith and perseverance are the eternal conditions of successful prayer. IT'S easy for the hotel clerk to keep warm. He's always hanging over the register. THE BORE is no sooner trained to shut ap office door than the weather changes and you want your door left open. JUST now the papers are greatly agitated as to what shall be done with the ex-Presidents. How would it do to pickle them ? " IF THERE is no moonlight will you meet me by gaslight, dearest Julia?' "No, Augustus, 1 won't," replied she, " I am no gas meter." You have plenty of this world's goods if with your little you have contentment. If you have not contentment you can never have enough of anything. S, OF A miserly man who died of softening of the brain,' a local paper said: '« TTi« head gave way, but his hand never did. His brain softened, but his heart couldn't." THE Wheeling Leader's editor was standing un a bank of the Ohio River when a girl came down, and looking at a beautiful sunset, exclaimed : " My ! but that looks like circus lemonade." Two CHILDREN in the Tuilleries were extolling the qualities of their respective papas. " Mine is as tall as the garden wall," said one. "My papa can see over the garden wall." "And mine too, when he has his hat on." IF A newspaper should contain all the things that its readers want it to print, it would have to be bigger than a bedspread. If it should leave out all that each of its readers does not wish to read, it would be a blank paper. A JOLLY looking German was quietly walking down the street when he was approached by a man, who said: "Hello, Joe! What are you doing here ?" The old man looked and said, "But I am not here at all." "Not here ?" s id the man. " What do you mean by that?" "Veil, now, you see my name is not Joe, and so how could I be here ? You muBt mean some other man." , • • : AN OLD farmer came home drunk the other night, and became the victim of an irrepressible desire to get still drunker. So he thought he would bring out his wagon and drive over to town for more whisky. Just as he was about putting the finishing touches on the harnessing arrangements he said to himself: "This horse has got horns!" He brought out his lantern and found he had hitched the cow to the wagon. He muttered: "I'm drunk enough now," unhitched the beast and went into the house to sleep it off. ^ SHOULD your sweetheart show a movenj)^»t. That is odd, eccentric, queer; ^" Should she describe a sudden curving, With a rapid "sooot" to rear; . » Should she kick with little pedals, _ . ,-7 As if heels were coming loose; v Making queries about the weather In a manner most obtuse— Do not think her head is turning That she poses on such gaits; She's longing for the rink to open, AnH she yearns to try her skates. • tf SINGLE WOMEN.—In 1876 more than one half of the marriageable women in England and Wales were spinsters. In 1860 five of our Eastern and Middle States had an excess of males, and four an excess of females, ranging from 1 per cent, to 7 per cent. In 1860 only two of these States showed an excess of males, all the others a marked increase of females. In 1870 every one of the Eastern and Middle States had an excess of women, the exoess in Massachusetts and Rhode Island exoeedipg the ratio of England and Wales,; 31 •4 *V v, V! —r Petroleum World. IN TBOTJBIIE.—A tremendous beating of gongs has been kept up night and day for weeks in the house of Feng Chan Sung, a Chinese merchant of San Francisco. This is done to drive out a devil who has been pestering Sung's pretty wife. She says that the monster • has lustrous green eyes, red hear, blue S skin, and a yellow tail. He comes to ; her in the night, and is an exceedingly audacious fellow. The din has not jet; dislodged him. TREASURE.— Lord Oarlingford, " the fourth husband and widower of Lady Waldegrave, has just erected a monument to her, the last words of the' inscription on whioh run, "For where your treasure is, there must your heart be alsoand as the lady left her husband an inoome of a hundred thousand a year, the wits are busy with the epitaph, vJgteL-. :4 M
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