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B" ITTHORNTON, DENTIST, Mansley's Block, Main street, Thompsonville, Conn. FIRST-CLASS WORK—LOWEST PRICES. Hair Dressing and Shaving. FREDERICK F. SMITH, Hair Dresser. JD Under Thompsonville Hotel, Thompsonville, Conn. Allbranchesofthebus!- ness done in an artistic mannei. give me a call. Dry Goodsj Etc. WILLIAM FINLAY, Dealer in Imported and Domestia Dry Goods and Notions. 53 Main street, Mrs. Simpson's block, Thompsonville, Ct. Attorney at Law. JOHN HAMLIN, ofTaw Attorney and Counselor at Law. Mrs. Simpson's Mock, Main St„ Tb 5$5P» Collections made in all parts 01 tn United States, Canada, England and Pensions obtained and Government Claims prosecuted. ^|p" Iowa Mortgages sold. Hotels, Halls, and Livery. Subscribe for the Press. SpriBffflel's Favorite Dye-louse! OLDEST—LARGEST—BEST. FAMOUS STATEN ISLAND DYER—Highest Skill—at Handsomest colors rpiIOMPSONVILLE HOTEL, BEN J. F. 1 Lord, Proprietor. Also, Pr°P"e*;°r of Franklin Hall. Good livery and Feeding Stable connected with hotel. Main street. Thompsonville, Conn. HAZARDVILLE HOT EL, WILLIAM WiLLiAMS Proprietor. rJbis hotel has been thoroughly renovated and refurnished throughout, and is now open for the reception of the traveling public. Skill_at Harmon's. ±ianasomesc coiors The best efforts of the proprietor will be j-nown on Dresses, Shawls, etc. Gent's put forth to make it in all respects a first- garmentg are saved a year's wear and class'hotel. The hotel is located on Main mam ot » omoii oTnmap street, Hazardville, Conn. Meat and Fish Markets. BENJAMIN BRIGHT, DEALER IN Beef, Pork, Mutton, Lamb, Poultry, : Tripe, Ham, Lard, &c. German Sausage, • •": ""frf"*'! i in tneir s~e~a~s~o—n a—t l—ow-e st cash- prices : Main street, Thompsonville, Conn. IRA. 2r*. A T «TJE3XT, Teaolier of Js/E-asic, ENFIELD, CONN. The latest and most approved methods used, and careful attention given to forming the technique. i am agent for several First-class Piano and Organ makers, and offer their nstruments on favorable terms. DENSLOW KING, —TEACHER of— Piano-forte, Orpi Playing & Harmony. Address P, 0. Box 462, Thompsonville, ----- Conn. HORACE L. ABBE, —DEALER IN— Pianos, Organs, Music Books, Organ and Piano Stools, Sheet Music, Etc. Agent for several first-class Pianos. Lessons given on the Organ. Thompsonville, ----- Conn. Printers and Publishers. ^HE PARSONS PRINTING COM-j. pany, Steam-Power Printers, and Publishers of THE THOMPSONVILLE PRESS, opposite the depot, Thompsonville, Conn. T Miscellaneous. CHARLES E. PRICE, AGENT.—Dealer in Wood and Coal. Wood a speciality— Chips for sale. Moving and heavy [teaming done on reasonable terms. Thompsonville, Conn. JAMES WATSON. GRAIN, MEAL v and Feed for sale at reasonable prices. (Custom grinding done at the usual rates. A ftill supply always on hand. Main street, ThompsonviJle, Conn. ':«7: EPHRAIM POTTER, MANUFACTU-rer of Wagons, Sleighs, Trucks, Sleds, Plows, Harrows, Road Scrapers, etc. Horse-Shoeing, General Jobbing, Carriage Painting and Trimming- done at short notice. Also, a general assortment of GROCERIES. Enfield, Conn. 5-7 Moir Brothers, PRACTICAL DYERS and SCOURERS of ladies' and gents' wearing apparel of cotton, silk or woOlen mixed goods, also velvets, ribbons and feathers. Hot pressing of shawls and dress goods a specialty. A great reduction in prices. ' No 69 So. „ Main St., near Freshwater bridge, Thompsonville, Conn. asefe.. James & F.E.Ely, <jre Insurance Mi THOMPSONVILLE, CONN.| :;4S IS Insurance placed at the lowest rates, an<« iSSU promptly paid by the folding' first-class companies: tf-TNA HARTFORD, PHCENIX, NORTH SlTISHand MERCANTILE: FIRE • ASSOCIATION of Philadelphia; NIAGARA and CONTINEN- 7 TAL, of New York.^,^ &3»»The attention of investor# if (felled; free, to the Loans of the Iowa Morfcgage Co. <0 per cent. _Farm Lands in amounts from #800 to #6,000. Of steamers. is^pall pi^lcularson application to ^.JESOLmTBT, ^ Town Clerk's Office- J mrnm N. Y., N. H., and Hartford Eailroad, -LOCAL TIME-TABLE. GOING NORTH. Leave 6.41, 8.52, 10.08 a. m.; 12.14, 2.19, 5.22, 7.01,10.09,11.53 p. m. ENFIELD BRIDGE—Deduct five minutes from above time. GOING SOUTH. Leave 6.01, 7.18, 9.43, a. m. ; 12.09, 2.43, 4.48, 6.21, 8.18 p. m. ENFIEIS) BRIDGE—Add five minutes to above time. * SUFFIELD BRANCH. SUFFIELD TO WINDSOR LOCKS. 7.10 9.30 a. m.; 1.40, 4.20, 6.10 p. m. WINDSOR LOCKS TO SUFFIELD. 8.15, 10.12 a. m.; 2.04, 5.06, 6.48 p. m. For connections see posters at stations. Jiits anil Jflrads, In all the NEW SHAPES, at- Mrs. A. J. Smith's, 95 Main Street, Thompsonville,Conn. Plymouth - Rocks! Orrocco Brown Egg Strain. The Business Fowl of the 19tli Century No Other Breed Kept. Visitors are always welcome to see for themselves. Eggs for setting, $1 for 13. Also, COTTON HULL ASHES for sale by Car-load or Ton Lots. R. A. PARKER, Warehouse Point, Conn. HIS VIEW OP IT. Upon the open porch we sat, • ; - v Our.host had doffd his slouchy hat, ^ tj And tilted back his easy chair, f ; i? His corn cob's smoke rose in the air, j The sinking sun threw golden lines, The hills were sweet with breath of pines. "Yes, I.war in ther war," said he; " I war a traitor once, may be, Tho' I had work'd my farm all day, An' didn't care a durn which way They settled ther questions o' ther state. I owned no niggers myself—but wait— When Yanks kom down an' took my corn, An' burnt my house, wher I war born, An' carted off my hull blame crop, I sed, sed 1, this thing must stop! Fer I hed a kind o* honest pride In ther ownership of my fireside. I say, it made no odds ter me Whether ther blacks war bound or free; But I couldn't see them sogers take What my hands had toiled ter make! Theu, when Mandy paled and sigh'd, An' our kid got scart an' cried, By jinks, I rose an' grabbed my gun, An' sed, it's time these raids war done! So I fit right thro' in Longstreet's corps 'Till Bobby Lee gev up ther war. An' I war glad to see it cease, Fer all I wanted, sir, war peace. An' I hadn't ther heart fur layin' low A lot o' chaps I didn't know! Look at thet hand. You see it ? Well, That hurt kem o' a burstin' shell. To pension, sir ? By thunder, I would Not draw one fer it ef I could! Fer I'm kinder proud this fist war spiled While raised defendin' home and child! But it's past, an' I'm doin' well In keepin' this little one-hoss hotel. An' as long as this house stands,- An' they've no weapins in thai* hands, I don't care ef they wore gray or blue, Thar jest as welcome har as you." A MOTHER'S STORY. made to look like new at a small expense, if taken to Harmon's. Our Feather work stands unequaled. • If you cannot come leave your goods with our agent, THOS. MANSLEY, Thompsonville, Ct. june2^m BUKGIN & SONS:! KECORATORS, AWNING AND TENT idT - • - ' • — "The young man you met at the gate, sir? Yes, that is my son—my boy. "?ack. "You noticed the scars on hi^&ce, and thought, maybe, that they SR^fit features meant to be handsome? "Ah, sir! that was because you did not know. Why, those red marks make him more beautiful to me now than, when a baby in my arms, with yellow curls and laughing eyes and a skin like a rose-leaf, the people hurrying in and out of the trains would turn to look and smile at him, and praise him to each other, speaking low, may be, but not too low for a mother's quick, proud ears to hear.- "For we lived in a little house close by the station, and when I heard the whistle of his father's train, I used to snatch the boy. from his cradle or off the floor where he sat with his little playthings, and run dowi£to |he farther; end oiFt^e lpng d^pot where tjle engine F always halted, to get ' dead on the en through e, without ^a sale,' or made to order. Bunting, Flags. Banners, Sails and Wagon Covers. Canopy Awnings to rent for Wgfflings,g$Qllss Jte "Not the least Ijit afraid Was the t>aby IfigSyf^OU'ttSj •.Ja6^m of all thr e whistlin°g and clangin- g o-f bells ceptions, JPartt^r ^<" Also^erits^all the groaning of the wheels ana puffing of sizes,for campingVtournaments,'lawnpar- the steam. He would laugh and spring ties, etc. Chinese lanterns for Illumination Salesroom and' Factory, 27 Market st., cor. Sanford St., Springfield, Mass. 5-3m FADED —-GAF^ME ELEANE DR. E. S. WARREN, Cancer Specialist. Cures Cancers, also treats all, other diseases successfully. No. 30 Bliss street, Springfield, Mass. BEACH HOUSE, "Savin Rock," West Haven, Conn, . 3NTow Open. 1 "Hotel Sea View/* OPEN JUNE 15TH. Both under the direct management of E. FREEMAN, who has so acceptably served the public for the past seven years. This beautiful resort is well known to almost every one and with the many and varied improvements constantly^ being made, it is one of the finest sea sliore resorts on the Sound. Beautiful drives, bBthing, fishing, boating, and many other amusements all the season. For terms and particulars address E. FREEMAN, West Haven, Conn. THE THOMPSONVILLE PRESS. Published every ThurBdayEvenmg, by THE PARSONS PRINTING COKPAKY. THE THOMPSONVILLE PRESS IS an eight column folia weekly, filled with interesting reading—New England, local and general news, and well-selected miscellany. TERMS: $1.50 a year in .advance; six months, 75 cents; three months, 40 cents. Postage prepaid by the publishers. Papers are forwarded until an explicit order is received by the publishers for their discontinuance and until payment of all arrearages is made, as required by law. No notice will be taken of anonymous communications. Whatever is intended for insertion must be authenticated by the name and address of the writer—not necessarily for publication, but as a guaranty of good faith. 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P *1 believe In my btort!> ihat^l so in my arms that I could scarcely hold him, till his father would reach down sometimes and lift him up into the engineer's cab and kiss him for one precious minute, and Ihen toss him down to me aga'in. "When he grew a little older he was never playing horse or soldiers like the other little fellows around; it was always a railroad train that he was driving. All the smoothest strips of my billets of kindling wood went to build tracks over the kitchen floor, hither and thither, crossing and re-crossing each other. " 'Don't move my switch, mother dear!' he used to cry out to me. 'You will wreck my train, for sure!' So I had to go softly about my work with scarce a place, sometimes, to set my foot. And all the chairs in the house would be ranged for cars, the big rocker, with the tea bell tied to its back, for the engine; and there he would sit perched up by the hour, making believe attend to the fireman. - * 'I shall never forget the first time his father took him to ride on the engine. "Jack had Pegged over and over to go, but his father always bade him wait until he was older. So I said: " 'Don't tease father any more, Jack, dear;' and like a true little heart that he was, he had not said another word about it for a matter of six months or more. "But that day such a wistful look came fnto his face, and he pulled himself up tail and straight, and said, quite softly, his voice trembling a little, 'Father, do you think I am grown enough now?' "Looking at him I saw tears in his pretty eyes. I tjhink his father- saw them, too, for he turned t» me in a hurry and said: . - "'We meet the up train at Langton, Mary, and Will Brown will bring, the little chap back all right, I know. What da you say?' "What could I say but yes? At supper time he was back, but he could not eat. His eyes were like stars, and there was a hot, red sp6t on each cheek, so that I feared he might be ill. And I thought he would never be done talking, but now he had said scarce a.word. " " 'What was it like, Jackie?' I asked k's™ * - - " • V '"O, mother 1' he said, 'it wasn't like anything!' . 7 "He sat for a moment thinking, then he said,'Unless It was like you read last Sunday '' 'And what was that. Jack?" Tinquired, for I had forgotten. «Don't you knoWj in()the;r? The Wingf of tie Wind!' „ . li "That was not his last ride on the engine by many times, for as he grew older his father would take him often on Saturdays or other half-holidays. He was perfectly trusty and obedient. I believe he would have had his right hand cut off sooner than have meddled with anything. •'But he knew every valve and screw ^d guage, and watched every turn, of his father's hand,, and learned the signals all along the line, so that my husband said was to be struck Jack could run her break!' 7 "He was in school, and learning f^st, but out of hours he was always porltfg over books and machinery and steam. Such an odd child as he was^|$£h) thoughts far beyond his years! "Sometimes, sitting here by myself, I go , over in my mind the very strange things he used to say to me those day^,. • "I remember that. one evening he had been reading for a, long time in some book that he had got out of the public library; but by-and-by he stopped and leaned his head on his hand, looking into the coals. Then, all at once: " 'Mother,' said he, 'isn't it a wond|r-ful thing that God could trust men with i t ? ' . . . ' . " 'With what, Jack?' " 'With the steam—the power in it, I mean! It was a long time before He did. But when the right time came, then He told.' " 'O, mother I' said he, with his eyes shining, 'what must it have been to be James Watt, flnd to listen to such a secret as that?' "In a minute he spoke again: : r " 'And it's never safe to forget to listen, because we don't know when he might speak, or what there might be to hear!' "I could not answer him for a choking in my throat, but I had laid down my knitting, and I put my arm around him and lie looked up into my face with something in his eyes that I never forgot. "We were getting on well then. The little house and garden were almost paid for, and we thought that nowhere in the world were happier people than we, or a brighter, cosier home. My husband and I were always talking of this and that to be done for Jack as soon as the last payment should be made. But before the money was due my husband came home very sick one day. " 'Do not be frightened, Mary,' he said, 1 think I shall be better to-morrow.' "But he only grew worse next day. It was a lung fever that he had, and for many days we thought he must die. Yet he rallied after a time—though he kept his hacking cough—and sat up and moved about the house, and at last felt himself strong enough to take his place again., . "But that was too much, for at the end" of the first week he came home and fell fainting on the threshold. "'It's of no. use, Mary,'he said, after he come to himself. 'I can't run the (teu-gine, and if I could it isn't right for. people's lives to be trusted to such weak hands as mine!' "He never did any regular work a that, although he survived for a year<| Consumption is a terrible disease^ awajr before your eyes,-and you help! to hold him back by so much as a hair's breadth Qrom the black gulf of death! Ah, sir! I trust you have never learned how hard it was! ( "Young as he was,'Jack was my stay and comfort through that dark time. JSjly poof husband had matters in his mind that he longed to speak to me about,.but I always put him off, for I could not listjen to anything like his going away from us. "But at last, the very day before the end came, as I sat by his bed, holding his hand in mine, he said very gently, but firmly: " 'Mary, wife, I think you must let me speak to you to-day.' "I fell to crying as if my heart would break, and he drew a pitiful s%h that went like a sword through my breast; yet I could not stop the sobs. Then Jack rose up from the little stool where he sat so quietly that I liad almost forgotten he was there,, and came and touched me. " 'Mother! dear mother!' he said; and as I looked I saw his face was perfectly white, but there were no tears in his eyes.. '_ ... : ,'..7 ^-,7' "'Mother!' he said again, 'pleasego away for a little while. I can hear what father wants to say.' "You will tfiink me cowardly, sir, but I did as the child bade me. I left the door ajar, and I could hear my husband's weak voice, though* I could not understand the words, and then my brave boy's answers, clear and low, not a break or tremble in the sweet voice. And at last Jack said: " 'Is that all, dear father?' and 'Yes, I w i l l be s u r e to r e m e m b e r i t e v e r y word!' "Then he came out and kissed me with a smile, and went through the outer door. "But an hour afterwards when I went out to the well, I heard a little choking sound, and found him lying on his face in the long grass under the apple tree., sobbing his very heart away. So I turnjed about-and went into the house as softlyias I could, and never let him know- • | "After it was all over with, and we bad time to look about us, we found some debts left and very little money. It was a bad'thing for me, that had.for so long a strong, loving arm between me and every care, to "think and plan how to make both ends' meet, when . I could not even start evenly at the beginning. But Jack came to my help again. " 'Father said that you were never to Work hard, dear mother, because you were not strong,, but that I must take care of you in some way; He thought you could let two or three, rooms to lodgers, maybe; and that the best thing for mafj|ist now would be to get a train-boy's place. %He said the men on our road would be sure to give me a chance for bis sake.' - <'I do not know that I had .smiled before^ since his' father died, but when I hearft him say 'our road,' in that little proud tone he had, I .caught him to mjfJ and we laughed and cried together.'. & " *Atod I spoke to Mr. Withers aboi only.i yesterday,' he went on, Tom &rayf is 'going to- leave have his chance and. begin next wee like. What do you say, v|£Oh, Jacky said* |g||||* rt»j "He, s through the long, lonesome days without you? And if anything should happen to you I should die!' - "'Don't mother,'he said gently, for the tears were in his eyes again. But I would not heed him. " 'And you to give up your school!' I cried, 'and all our plans for you to come to naught !' " 'Father thought of that, too,' he answered ; 'but he said the whole World belonged to the man who was faithful and true; and I promised him. You can trust me, mother'!' "Trust him? Ah yes! he had struck the right chord at last, and I lifted my head and dried my tears. Whatever unseen dangers I might fear for my boy would be of the body, not of the soul. 'Faithful. and true!' I thanked God and took courage. "It. was wonderful how he succeeded-with the books and papers and other things he sold. There was something in him that made him a favorite with everybody. I have been told by more than one that the sight of his frank, handsome face was like sunshine, and that people bought of him whether they wanted anything or not. "Well, the years went by, and he grew up—working his way from one position to another on the road—trusted everywhere. He was my own boy still,though he was so tall and strong, with his bright curls turned chestnut brown, and a silken fringe shading the lips that kept their old loving kisses for me alone. "It was not long before he had the place of engineer, which he had so much wanted. He had a day off, and was doing some little things for me about the house and garden, when one of the depot hands came running up the path calling for him. " 'Mr. Harding wants you instantly, Jack,' cried the man. 'The Jersey express should have left the depot five minutes ago, and the engineer has just fallen down in a fit. Curtis and Fitch are both Off on leave, and Mr. Harding says there's nobod> left but you that he'll trust with the train." " 'I!' cried Jack in a maze. 'The Jersey express! And I never drove anything but a freight train!' " 'Wei!,' cried the man, impatiently, 'don't stop to argue! Orders is orders, and here is a minute and a half gone already.' "Jack seemed to come to himself at that. He darted one smile at me,and was off like a shot, drawing on his coat as he ran. In less time than I take in telling it, I heard the -Signal of the outgoing train, and knew that my boy was trusted With a task that jvaa used to be given only tothe^ost intelligent aiid careful men in night, siit and laid him on bis father's bed ; and by piece-meal, and then afterwards, I learned what had happened that day. "The train starting out so late, they were forced to make up time somewhere on the line. So, on that long straight stretch of track through the valley, they were making sixty miles an hour. The train fairly flew. - Jatek could feel the air strike his face like a sharp wind, though it was a balmy spring day. "Then an awfbl thing happened! The great connecting rod of the driving wheel on the right of the engine broke. Jack seemed to live his whole life-over in that one terrible instant when he saw the end of the rod swing upward. It struck the cab under him and dashed it into a thousand pieces, and he knew no more till a horrible agony awoke him where he had fallen senseless on the engine. "Burned and almost blind, with the flesh scalded and torn from his hands, he remembered his engine, with its open throttle, leaping on to certain destruction. He seemed to see the passengers inside the long train, as so many times in the old days when he called the morning papers through the cars. ' "He knew how they looked and what they were doing, smoking, talking of the elections, the price of grain, or how stocks went up last week; women, with crowing, dimpled babies in their arms; little children crowding to the windows, vainly trying to count the whizzing teW-graph poles; young, happy people going en wedding journeys) maybe, and others coming home who had been very long away. "He remembered that, as he hurried to his place at the front, that day, a little girl with a cloud of golden hair had leaned from a car window to give one more goodbye kiss to her father on the platform. 'Take good care of mamma, darling,' he had-heard the gentleman say. ^ "The fireman—no coward, either, wis Tim Harbrook, with wife and babies at home—let himself down from the tender and escaped. So might my -'Jack have done. But he crept along the side of the leaping engine, carefully and painfully he swung himself Into his place, and with every motion of his hands an untold 'agony, he revecsed^he engine and put on the air break. ' c *1 - , c , ' 'Then the train stopped, snatched back fronr the pit's mouth, and they took my boy from his posf—'faithful and true!' • "It was-a long time before Jack's burns-were healed. The road people came often to. , see him—no men could have been kinder—and every week his wages came in fbll. . , V . V-1-'-'" . - - . "But one evening, after he had begun, to g6t around a lMj|fe» one of his . mates came in an®,want® Jack to go to a meeting wlthhi4' M ';>What fdtt of A-meeting?' said Jack, p.^ 'Oh, I can't say exactly—something interesting, they told me, and everybody invited.'Sa, Jj&gs*; e a cpfelf ""look at me, and I knew he wanted me to help'hlm."" So, as I reall^thot^ht it migjrt do Jack good, I " 'Yel* Jack] go along with Tomt*'' 'But*. I'm not presentable with this ifocei " 'Pahaw. inan! Ifs evening, and no* body will notice. Leastways, they need not.' "With a little more coaxing, Jack set off with him. I had hardly heard the gate click, when the door opened again, and Jennie Brown came in like a sprite. " 'Quick! quick! Mrs. Burton! Put on your bonnet!'she whispered. " 'Where? What do you mean?' 1 said, for I was frightened. " 'To the meeting? Hurry, or we-shall be too late!' "She was tying my bonnet strings under my chin as she spoke; and she had the house door locked and me down the garden path and out of the tfack'gate fairly without my will. She hurried me across the square, and then pushed me through the crowd at the hall entrance. ' 'I was out of breath with nervousness and fast walking, so we' sat down in a back seat. The room was full. There was a great many ladies there, and on the platform sat the superintendent and several of the directors of the road. Everybody seemed to be whispering and smiling and looking backward toward the door, and I looked too, although 1 did not know why. "Then the door opened and Jack came in with Tom. I heard somebody on the outer side of me whisper, 'That's he?' and another and another, and a rustle crept though the place, and then, all at once; such a cheer went up as, I can truly say, I never heard in all my life before—no, not even when the troops came home from war. The people stood up, and the ladies waved their handkerchiefs. "The superintendent tried to speak, and rapped on his little table, but all in vain, until the crowd had their three times three. "And through it all I watched my boy. He looked around him, dazed at first by all the tumult, and trying to see what it meant. Wherever he might turn his eyes he met a hundred others smiling on him, and a score of hands stretched out to him. as he passed—and all at once he knew. "Oh, sir, I cannot tell you about it! How they carried him up to the front, though not on the platform—there he would not go—how they found me out and made me sit beside him; how there were speeches and hand shakings and laughing and crying. "And at last the superintendent said that there was a little child there, the granddaughter of the president of the road, who had been with her mother on the train that day, and that she had been selected by many grateful friends to present a little token to the man whose faithful courage had saved so many lives. "Then a beautiful lady, all in soft rustling silk, came up the aisle, leading the loveliest child I ever saw, with a great glory of golden hair around her head, like the Picture of an angel. • il Jelt^Jacfc THE BAPTISM OF JOHN. EXPLANATORY NOTES BY REV. S. M'ARTHUR, D. D. R. Lesson IV of tlie International Series (Third Quarter), for Sunday, -July 34. Text of the Lesson, Matt, cxl, 13-17. Golden Text, Matt, cxi, 17. We here pass from the ministry of John to that of Jesus. The transition hour is the baptism of the Lord by John; that was the most important act in the harbinger's mission. The king was thus inaugurated, and tho work of the forerunner was nearing its end. The scene is profoundly instructive. The sinless One submits to the symbolical act as if he were a sinnner. THE LESSON. V. 13. Then Cometh.—We cannot be quito certain how long John the Baptist had been preaching up to this period. Perhaps, taking into account the comparative age of the Baptist, we may suppose that the baptism of Christ toot place six months after John began his ministry. ' Tradition, which has selected the spot, has also named the winter as the time of the baptism. Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee. Mark i, 9 names tho town. We have already seen that this town was about seventy miles north of Jerusalem, and perhaps about the same distance from the place of baptism. That spot would seem to be the same as where, in verses five and six, multitudes came to John for baptism. Probably this was the place already signalized in the history of redemption. Here the Israelites under Joshua crossed the river; here the waters showed the power of God when they were miraculously opened by Elijah and Elisha. No wonder that multitudes still come, as many travelers inform us, and plunge into the waters at this sacred spot. V. 14. John's Hesitancy.—John knew something of Christ's miraculous birth, blameless life and divine character. No wonder that he -shrank from performing this service. More fitting it seemed that Jesus should baptize him. He felt unworthy to unloose liis Lord's sandals, far less to baptize him. This hesitancy is in perfect harmony with other examples of John's marked humility. The imperfect tense here employed shows that it was not a momentary act when he forbade him. The word means that he tried to hinder him. As Alford suggests, the word implies active and earnest preventing with gestures of hand and tones of the voice. When Jesus spoke the words which removed John's doubt he immediately obeyed. We have three accounts of the baptism, but Matthew alone tells us of John's hesitancy to perform the significant act. John already regarded him as the Messiah, but he wanted and he now received perfect assurance regarding his divine anointing. Why should Christ, the sinless one, submit to the baptism of repentance? The answer is not far to seek. He was made sin for us. Being in the likeness of sinful flesh, it was fitting that he should submit to the rite intended for sinners. In this spirit he performed many other acts, such as keeping the Passover, an observance belonging especially to sinners. His baptism thus identified the Lord with those whom he came to redeem. V. 15. Our Lord's significant auswer removed -John's hesitancy. The reply also shows Christ's design in submitting to the - — — t- IT- J' jn l^lTwalWWpM^hos^ce come to him in that «wfhl moment on the flying-engine.' ' 'The little thing let go her mother's hand as .she came near, looking up with shy, blue eyes, and in her small fingers was a purse of gold. You could see the great coins shining through the silk netting. She held it up to him, and all the room was still as death. I heard one great sob rise in my boy's throat, and then he lifted the child in his arms, and stood up, holding her, straight and tall. "But he did not take the purse. 'No, darling,' he said, in a low, tender voice, so clear that everybody heard. Then he kissed her, and lifted one long curl from her neck. ",'This is the only gold I want,'he said, and looked at the child's mother with a question in his eyes. "The lady nodded, and my boy took out a little pair of scissors from his vest pocket, and cut the curl off gently, and put it carefully away. "And sir, if they had cheered before, what was it now! The arched ceiling rang, the gas jets flared and flickered,and the very pendants on the chandeliers dashed together. "But he would not take the money— tljen nor afterward. " 'It is not ours. What can we do with it? We cannot throw it away,' the superintendent said. " 'I'll tell you, then, sir,' said Jack, at last; "brakeman Jim Flaherty was killed last week. He left a sick wife and six little children. Give the money to them. "And so they did. "Now you know, sir, what the scars on my boy's face mean to me. I read in the red marks, 'Faithfhl and true!' and I would not have them changed for the coat of arms of any king on, any throne." —^Boston Home Journal. : nrdirtantw. Had Christ teffc this act unper- ^2bift)a43, sptnet&ingr. would have been, wonting; POWDER Absolutely Pure. This powder never varies. A marvel of purity, strength and wholesomeness. More economical than the ordinary kinds, and cannot be sold in competition with the multitude of low test, short weight alum or phosphate powders. Sold only in cans. ROYAI, BAKING POWDER CO., 106 Wall street, N. Y. 1. Keeps constantly on hand a full line of Trusses, Supporters, and Surgical - • ; August Trimming of Hedges. - , ^ The expense of a hedge fence is comprised in the trimming. This expense is increased by delay. It is less labor to trim a hedge three times during the year, when, the branches are small and soft, than once when the branches have made a full seasons' growth. If the hedge is trimmed once in June and again in August, it will be kept in good shape, and the labor will be less than if the trimming is put off until spring. In August, the branches can be cut with shears or a sharp corn knife. The foliage on them will aid in their burning, when they have dried a few days in the sun. The thorns are not so hard as in the spring. The brash will be less, and on account of their pliability and greater weight, will pack into the heap much better. If trimmed in August, the hedge will not inake:any considerable growth during the fell, wfugiist trimming does not injure the hedge, rather helps itj as it tends to ripen the wood; preventing a late autumn growth to be injured by the winter. The loss of sap is less than when the trimming is done in the early, spring* as then the wounds are larger, and <Jo not heal before the sap flews. Do not neglect to burn the brush as soon It has dried sufficiently. If allowed to remain on the ground, it will harbor mice and .other vermin. Trim the hedge in August and burn the brush. in that perfect righteousness which he came to manifest. He Came in our nature not only to die the death of atonement, but to live a life of perfect obedience. Baptism is an act of obedience. Standing in our place it was fitting that Jesus should submit to this ordinance. What Christ sanctioned now by his own example he afterward commanded, making it binding upon all his true disciples. Tlie baptism also v/as an inauguration of Christ's public and official life. The "now" suggests that the relation of subjection was real, but was only temporary and would soon give place to a truer relationship. Christ recognizes some ground for John's doubt, but John was to acquiesce for good, though temporary reasons. The act is that of Jesus ae well as that of John. V. 1G. Went Up Straightway Out of the Water.—After the act was performed the heavens were opened, the clouds were parted, and the spirit as a dove descended. As a Dove.—This may be understood of the shape which was assumed, or of the manner of descent, so far as these words are concerned; but adding what Luke has said jLuke iii, 22), it is more probable that the reference is rather to the form which the spirit chose to assume. To limit this expression to the manner of the descent is to do violence to the natural meaiyng of the expression. Nothing could be more appropriate to the character, life and work of Jesils than this dove like form. John tells us (John i, 32) that "it abode on him." It was a permanent possession; thus he received the spirit without moasure; thus he was'formally anointed for his great work; thus he officially entered upon it. Then John and others knew, by testimony from heaven, thatfhe was the Messiah. V. J7. A Voice from Heaven.—The voice of the eternal God was now heard. This voice would confirm John most fully and better prepare him for his further relations to Jesus. It is possible that the voice was heard only by him and by Christ himself. Tho term Son was applied to the Messiah in Psalms ii, 7,12. On two other occasions the voice of the Father was heard—at the transfiguration and shortly before the crucifixion. A comparison of the records of these three events by all the evangelists will show that on every occasion Christ was engaged in prayer. The three occasions abound in suggestive lessons. My Son, My Beloved.—This is a sort of proper name; it is a distinctive title. The remaining words are from the Mesgianic prophecy as found in Isaiah xlii, 1. This was a wonderful moment for the Son of man.' No® as never before up to this horn- his great mission was opening to his gaze. All the persons of the blessed Trinity were audibly or visibly present: ^jie Father by an audible voice, the Son in human form, and the Spirit as A dove. The ordinance thus honored by-tho triune God should be honored by all true believers.* "" ' ibadtSiiotoE&D.''' "" 1. It becomes us to follow Christ's example and to obey all Christ's commands. We may not understand the full significance of some of them any more than did John, "but, it is always right to fulfill all righteousness.-'" 2. Christ's obedience in life as well as his atoning' sacrifice was necessary to the completion of his work, and brought a great reward. Every act of obedience on our part also may be followed by a still, small yoic^ saying to each *truo Christian, Thou art my sonjvtbou: art, my daughter, in whom lam! war pleased. - 8. All the persons of the Trinity, are deeply* interested in, and have their part to perform in; the salvation of sinners.' In the conversation of Christ with Nicodemus, tiie part which each person A the blessed Tripity performs is fully iUustrated.—Sunday 8cb9ol World. ' Superiority of the Cowboy's Method^®® "the riding in the Wild West show lias impressed several Englishmen by its grace and ease, due-to the straight legs whieh-thie Americans carry, instead of the staHsnsdiBtirirapa and wellbent knees of English horsemen. Letters are printed in The Times pnxslaiming the superiority of the Atiieirican ia&ldUoVer the-English method of "riding with the knew in the mouth." It wouldbe bard American diidds if the IShje^sh'fashions&mld change ust af ter they have pcunf ullyJicquired it- " ^ranscript. i •' ances. Pure Drugs, Medicines, Toilet Articles, In fact, everything pertaining to a first-class drug store. J0ELM.PEASE, Main street, > * : 'J " ,:.V^ ;.^,C 'M m m $ THOMPSONVILLE, CONN. THE BABIES CBY FOR IT, and the old folks laugh when they find that the pleasant. California liquid fruit remedy, Syrup of Figs, is more easily taken and more beneficial in its action than bitter, nauseous medicines. It strengthens the Liver, Stomach and Bowels, while it arouses them to a healthy activity. For sale by Nqel M. Pease, druggist, Thompsonville. -- a That MUST BE SOLD to make Room ; for.. $500Wortli Boots and Shoes at Bottom Prices! iota I||| The place also to get First-Class Groceries at LOW PRICES. CLOTHING FIELD PRICES,,
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. THOMPSONVILLE, OON&, THURSDAY, JULY 21, 1887. NO. 10.
Physicians and Surgeons.
F. PARSONS, &• D-. PHYSICIAN
• AND SURGEON.—Residence and
office No. 45 Pearl Street, Thompsonville,
Conn. Connected by Telephone. No. of
HENRY G. VARNO, M. D.—PHYSICIAN
AND SURGEON. Office
and residence, No. 17 Prospect street,
EO. WILBUR, DENTIST.—OFFICE
• on Pleasant _ street, the second
house north of the hotel, Thompsonville,
Mansley's Block, Main street, Thompsonville,
FIRST-CLASS WORK—LOWEST PRICES.
Hair Dressing and Shaving.
FREDERICK F. SMITH, Hair Dresser.
JD Under Thompsonville Hotel, Thompsonville,
ness done in an artistic mannei.
give me a call.
Dry Goodsj Etc.
WILLIAM FINLAY, Dealer in Imported
and Domestia Dry Goods and
53 Main street, Mrs. Simpson's block,
Attorney at Law.
JOHN HAMLIN, ofTaw
Attorney and Counselor at Law.
Mrs. Simpson's Mock, Main St„ Tb
5$5P» Collections made in all parts 01 tn
United States, Canada, England and
Pensions obtained and Government
^|p" Iowa Mortgages sold.
Hotels, Halls, and Livery.
Subscribe for the Press.
SpriBffflel's Favorite Dye-louse!
FAMOUS STATEN ISLAND DYER—Highest
Skill—at Handsomest colors
rpiIOMPSONVILLE HOTEL, BEN J. F.
1 Lord, Proprietor. Also, Pr°P"e*;°r
of Franklin Hall. Good livery and Feeding
Stable connected with hotel. Main
street. Thompsonville, Conn.
HAZARDVILLE HOT EL, WILLIAM
WiLLiAMS Proprietor. rJbis hotel
has been thoroughly renovated and refurnished
throughout, and is now open
for the reception of the traveling public. Skill_at Harmon's. ±ianasomesc coiors
The best efforts of the proprietor will be j-nown on Dresses, Shawls, etc. Gent's
put forth to make it in all respects a first- garmentg are saved a year's wear and
class'hotel. The hotel is located on Main mam ot » omoii oTnmap
street, Hazardville, Conn.
Meat and Fish Markets.
BENJAMIN BRIGHT, DEALER IN
Beef, Pork, Mutton, Lamb, Poultry,
: Tripe, Ham, Lard, &c. German Sausage,
• •": ""frf"*'!
i in tneir s~e~a~s~o—n a—t l—ow-e st cash- prices
: Main street, Thompsonville, Conn.
IRA. 2r*. A T «TJE3XT,
Teaolier of Js/E-asic,
The latest and most approved methods
used, and careful attention given to forming
i am agent for several First-class
Piano and Organ makers, and offer their
nstruments on favorable terms.
Piano-forte, Orpi Playing & Harmony.
Address P, 0. Box 462,
Thompsonville, ----- Conn.
HORACE L. ABBE,
Pianos, Organs, Music Books,
Organ and Piano Stools,
Sheet Music, Etc.
Agent for several first-class Pianos.
Lessons given on the Organ.
Thompsonville, ----- Conn.
Printers and Publishers.
^HE PARSONS PRINTING COM-j.
pany, Steam-Power Printers, and
Publishers of THE THOMPSONVILLE PRESS,
opposite the depot, Thompsonville, Conn.
CHARLES E. PRICE, AGENT.—Dealer
in Wood and Coal. Wood a speciality—
Chips for sale. Moving and heavy
[teaming done on reasonable terms.
JAMES WATSON. GRAIN, MEAL
v and Feed for sale at reasonable prices.
(Custom grinding done at the usual rates.
A ftill supply always on hand. Main
street, ThompsonviJle, Conn.
EPHRAIM POTTER, MANUFACTU-rer
of Wagons, Sleighs, Trucks, Sleds,
Plows, Harrows, Road Scrapers, etc.
Horse-Shoeing, General Jobbing, Carriage
Painting and Trimming- done at short
notice. Also, a general assortment of
GROCERIES. Enfield, Conn.
PRACTICAL DYERS and SCOURERS
of ladies' and gents' wearing apparel
of cotton, silk or woOlen mixed
goods, also velvets, ribbons and feathers.
Hot pressing of shawls and dress goods a
specialty. A great reduction in prices.
' No 69 So. „ Main St., near Freshwater
bridge, Thompsonville, Conn.
James & F.E.Ely,
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