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own from the nearest large city new business. When I had had finfor the appointed evening. I secured ished enough of my wares, I went my tickets on credit, and paid with them around selling them. It was in a neighthe rest of my printing bills. I man boring village, where I was peddling aged to get the editors, lawyers, doc- my baskets, that I encountered what I tors, and principal citizens interested have learned to call my destiny. My in my long list of building-lots, horses, knock at the door of a trim little cottage carriages, watches, etc., etc., by secur was answered by a plump, gray-eyed ing their prizes to them in advance. young lady of about nineteen. She This style of lottery was a new thing in looked to me the prettiest girl I ever the country then, and everything worked saw in my life. She had on a neatadmirably till I roped in a deacon of fitting calico dress, and then such one of the local churches. I gave him, lovely slippers ! Well, sir, when she two or three weeks before the concert would n't buy a basket, I asked her for and drawing were to come off, a splen- a drink of water. That was an excuse did watch which cost me fifty-two dol to have her ask me to sit down. It lars at wholesale, buying it with the succeeded, and when she returned with money accruing from the rapid sale of the water in a bright tin cup, I thought tickets. The deacon himself, thus en of Rebecca at the well, and all the good couraged, purchased twenty-five tickets things that I ever heard of in my childat one dollar each ; but he was in real- hood. You see, of course, I was in ity the source of all my subsequent love with that girl. In some way I bemisfortune in this promising scheme. came inspired with a sudden interest His share in the enterprise, some way, in the adjoining country, and I asked got to the ears of his church, and he her innumerable questions about the was expelled. This seemed to change distances of the neighboring towns, the minds of the town authorities about just to keep her talking; for it seemed the legality of my measures, and they so pleasant to hear her. Finally getrefused to give me my license. That ting back to the subject of my wares, I exploded the whole scheme. As fast observed that if she did n't want a basas my money had come in for tickets I ket, probably she might want a willow had expended it in prizes for the prin- cradle, if I would make her one. She cipal citizens. The thing was well turned red, and looking right down planned. I have not time to enter into at the toe of her lovely slipper, she said details, but if they had let me alone that she reckoned she did n't need any I would certainly have cleared ten of those things. I told her that she thousand dollars. As it was, I came might, and she replied that she was out of the enterprise, not only without sure she did n't know, — which latter a cent, but in debt; and I had to leave remark I took for encouraging. So the town in the night.

when I saw that I could not properly I made my way to a smaller town far- stay any longer, I assured her that I ther West, and turned my hand to would be around in a week or ten days, making baskets, resolved, however, that and then, probably, she would have I would soon go back to the patent- made up her mind about the cradle. medicine business, but not till I could Well, to make a long story short, I do something worthy in that line. I went to her house so regularly, with had, of course, no previous experience and without baskets, that she agreed, in basket-making, any more than I had at last, to marry me. had in drugs and simples before I went The uth of March was

set for into constructive chemistry. It takes the wedding-day. I resolved in the I suppose the same kind of Yankee

mean time to make a large stock of confidence and handiness to make a baskets, hire a one-horse wagon, and basket or a patent catholicon. At any peddle them out so as to have ample rate, I was tolerably successful at my funds for the great occasion. As soon

suppose, than

as I could get my baskets done, I which I painted “ Laboratory” in mamstarted. I wandered away sixty or a moth letters. I commenced now that hundred miles, I suppose, through all great system of advertising which has sorts of late winter and early spring since been imitated by so many interstorms, before my wagon was empty lopers in the business. All the money of its stock. At last my baskets were that could be possibly spared from the all sold and I was on my return jour manufacture of the oil was invested ney.

The rivers and watercourses in heralding its merits about over were swollen with the usual floods of the land. Ornate woodcuts of Indians that season of the year ; but it lacked scalped and healed by my medicine only four days of the 11th of March, were scattered everywhere. The death and I hurried on faster, I

scene of Tecumseh himself became was prudent. I attempted to ford a our trade-mark. His last agonies were river after dark, I know, and drowned so vividly portrayed in colored ink, that the horse and lost the wagon, barely the sympathetic beholder was at once escaping with my life from the swift inspired with regret that the great current. I had to pay for the horse chief's namesake, my celebrated oil, and wagon, and that left me just money had not been discovered in time to enough to buy a marriage license, and relieve his terrible sufferings. no more. I went and stated the case My humble laboratory at last made to my intended. She was a brave girl, way for a great manufactory, and my and made only this memorable remark: wife retired to the exclusive manage“I reckon our wedding-day was set for ment of her household. I spent thouto-morrow; the old folks is willing; sands and thousands upon advertiseand I don't see why it should n't come ment, and yet my money came back to off.”

me tenfold. You will probably think I And come off it did. While working was satisfied with this prosperity, but I over my baskets, my mind had been was n't. I had introduced all sorts of constantly struggling over a great idea; other medicines, but never could sucno other, sir, than the composition of ceed in getting up a “bitters” that what has since become my celebrated could compete with a certain Eastern “ Tecumseh Oil.” I borrowed two dol- article of the kind. I finally deterlars of my wife, and made the first half- mined, if I could not make a better one, dozen bottles of that famous medicine. or even as good a one, I would at least You have seen it advertised all over make the same “ bitters." I went quithe world ; so that two dollars, I need etly incognito to the great factory of not tell you, was the foundation of my my rivals, and enticed away one of the fortune. I sold the six bottles and principal men in their laboratory. I say made eighteen more. Selling those, I their,”

,” because it was a joint-stock increased my stock further, and started concern. I took home the new man out through the country to introduce whom I had bribed, and set him to my invention. For a long time it was work; but the “bitters ” did not sell my custom to travel afoot, my medi as I expected they would, on their own cine on my back and my paint-jug in merit. So I came out with the trademy hand, blazoning the fences on my mark of my rivals, adding an "o" and way with “ Tecumseh Oil.” Gradually doubling an “1” in the name of the I got to leaving it at the drug-stores, medicine. This, of course, brought a working up a demand for it rather than great lawsuit, which, however, at great peddling it wherever I went. My wise expense to lawyers and witnesses, I stayed at home, manufacturing the won, ostensibly on the strength of my medicine. Our business grew so that additional letters. But my rivals now she had to have a man to help her, then brought a more formidable suit against two men, and then I had to build a lit me for infringement of their patent. I tle house, separate from my own, over might have added some new ingredient

to the mixture, I suppose, and have and trust the rest to me. He left me beaten them in that way; or I might with the assurance that he would obey have adduced in defence, what was orders, but that the case would certainly actually the fact, that, in the failure of be my ruin. the necessary supply of cherry-bark, - I went back to my manufactory, the base of the “bitters," - I had sub trebled my force, and put them all to stituted prussic acid ; but that being work in the concoction of the “bitters." well known as a poison, I did not care The medicine sold hundreds of thouin either case to take the trouble. I sands of bottles. The original makers had beaten my rivals once by means of of the “bitters ” were, as I have said, the best counsel, and I had no doubt I a joint-stock company. Well, in that could do it again. When, however, I two years I made money enough out came to consult the most eminent law of the infringement of their patent to yer I could find, he shook his head, and buy up, in an underhanded way, the told me that I was a ruined man; he, greater part of the stock of the whole at least, would not go into court with rival concern; and, when it came time such a suit. He spoke of injunctions to bring on the suit, I had the majority which the opposition could bring, and of the votes to cast as I would, and, in fact talked to me in the most hope of course, the suit was abandoned. less, discouraging way. I told him of Both of the great establishments are other injunctions which we might get now wholly in my hands, and I think out, since I might claim the invention you have heard for yourself how prosof the “ bitters ” myself, for the sake perous they are. of law; and I ended by asking him My wife manages her house on how long he thought, by appeals and Fifth Avenue as well as she did her counter-injunctions, he could probably cottage, when it was half laboratory; stave off the suit. He was of opinion and, by the way, I must go up and see that it might be delayed for two years. how she and the “hop" are getting I told him to spare no pains or money,

Ralph Keeler.

on.

THE PRAYER-SEEKER.

A ,

LONG the aisle where prayer was made

Close-veiled, between the kneeling host,
With gliding motion of a ghost,
Passed to the desk and laid thereon
A scroll which bore these words alone, –

Pray for me!
Back from the place of worshipping
She glided like a guilty thing:
The rustle of her draperies, stirred
By hurrying feet, alone was heard ;
While, full of awe, the preacher read,
As out into the dark she sped :

Pray for me !"
Back to the night from whence she came,
To unimagined grief or shame!

Across the threshold of that door
None knew the burden that she bore;
Alone she left the written scroll,
The legend of a troubled soul, –

Pray for me!

Glide on, poor ghost of woe or sin !
Thou leav'st a common need within ;
Each bears, like thee, some nameless weight,
Some misery inarticulate,
Some secret sin, some shrouded dread,
Some household sorrow all unsaid.

Pray for us!

Pass on! The type of all thou art,
Sad witness to the common heart !
With face in veil and seal on lip,
In mute and strange companionship,
Like thee we wander to and fro,
Dumbly imploring as we go :

Pray for us!

Ah, who shall pray, since he who pleads
Our want perchance hath greater needs ?
Yet they who make their loss the gain
Of others shall not ask in vain,
And Heaven bends low to hear the prayer
Of love from lips of self-despair :

Pray for us!

In vain remorse and fear and hate
Beat with bruised hands against a fate,
Whose walls of iron only move,
And open to the touch of love.
He only feels his burdens fall
Who, taught by suffering, pities all.

Pray for us !

He prayeth best who leaves unguessed
The mystery of another's breast.
Why cheeks grow pale, why eyes o'erflow,
Or heads are white, thou need’st not know.
Enough to note by many a sign
That every heart hath needs like thine.
Pray for us!

John G. Whittier.

OLDTOWN

FIRESIDE STORIES.

THE GHOST IN THE CAP'N BROWN HOUSE.

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there, and can't say that there ain't no “ Be there ghosts?” said Sam, im- ghosts and sich, can we now ? " mediately translating into his vernacu We agreed to that fact, and sat a litlar grammar; "wal, now, that are 's jist tle closer to Sam in the gathering gloom. the question, ye see.”

“ Tell us about the Cap'n Brown “Well, grandma thinks there are, house, Sam." and Aunt Lois thinks it's all nonsense. “ Ye did n't never go over the Cap'n Why, Aunt Lois don't even believe the Brown house ?" stories in Cotton Mather's Magnolia.” No, we had not that advantage.

“Wanter know ? ” said Sam, with a “Wal, yer see, Cap'n Brown he tone of slow, languid meditation. made all his money to sea, in furrin

We were sitting on a bank of the parts, and then come here to Oldtown Charles River fishing. The soft mel to settle down.. ancholy red of evening was fading off “ Now, there ain't no knowin' 'bout in streaks on the glassy water, and the these 'ere old ship-masters, where they houses of Oldtown were beginning to 's ben or what they's ben a doin', loom through the gloom, solemn and or how they got their money. Ask me ghostly. There are times and tones no questions and I'll tell ye no lies, and moods of nature that make all the is 'bout the best philosophy for them. vulgar, daily real seem shadowy, vague, Wal, it did n't do no good to ask Cap'n and supernatural, as if the outlines of Brown questions too close, 'cause you this hard material present were fading did n't git no satisfaction. Nobody into the invisible and unknown. So Old- rightly knew 'bout who his folks was, town with its elm-trees, its great square or where they come from ; and ef a white houses, its meeting-house and body asked him, he used to say that tavern and blacksmith's shop and mill, the very fust he know'd 'bout himself which, at high noon, seem as real and he was a young man walkin' the streets as commonplace as possible, at this in London. hour of the evening were dreamy and But, yer see, boys, he hed money, solemn. They rose up blurred, indis- and that's about all folks wanter know tinct, dark; here and there winking when a man comes to settle down. candles sent long lines of light through And he bought that are place, and the shadows, and little drops of unfore- built that are house. He built it all seen rain rippled the sheeny darkness sea-cap'n fashion, so's to feel as much of the water.

at home as he could. The parlor was Wal, you see, boys, in them things like a ship's cabin. The table and it's jist as well to mind yer granny. chairs was fastened down to the floor, There's a consid’able sight o' gump- and the closets was made with holes to tion in grandmas. You look at the set the castors, and the decanters, and folks that's allus tellin' you what they bottles in, jist's they be at sea ; and don't believe, — they don't believe this there was stanchions to hold on by; and they don't believe that, - and what and they say that blowy nights the sort o' folks is they? Why, like yer Cap'n used to fire up pretty well with Aunt Lois, sort o' stringy and dry. his grog, till he had about all he could There ain't no 'sorption got out o' not carry, and then he'd set and hold on, believin' nothin'.

and hear the wind blow, and kind o'

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