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The Laboring Man

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Never jndge a man by tlie quality of li ï s dollies. If a man is habi.ed iu a girb fililiy and tyged. - that is oue tliing; Lut thé (-imple pa! b of labor msy cover tbe beat of men. Aiuong the many uttfortonate mistaket which líate been mude in Uiis Intter respect is the follcrwiog, wbich hajipened within mv own knowledge and ohservalion : Cliri.noplieï jCjo'odbue, at the age of 40, liad amanecí a fortuuu iu mercabtile pursuits, uiid Ind lust bis hcaltb. His pbyaiuian told him he must leave tbe cily hik) quit bis present business. ''Of course you must have cmploymeDt, aud thaf, too, of a kiud that shall oxeruise jour best business fiicultiee. - Now I thmk, my deur Goodhue, I have juist ihc (hing fr you. You have been at Walker's Falls, up in Frankliu ?" "Yes." "Wtll, thnse large milis are for sale - both the woolen mili and the paper mili, togethcr with V machine shop belongiug with them. The former owner I ia dead, and bis widow wishes to sell ; (200,000 cash, I aiu very sure', will buy t!iü whole pioperty. You can pay that and yct have enough left to mnke you independent. ' And thcn, if you buy, yon will naturally improve two or threo excellent wutsr privileges whioh are1 nöw idle. ïbink" of it, dear sir. A very heulthy, salurious and invigorating mountain air ; a retircd and delightful location'; fish and game of allsotts, ready to your rod aud gun whenever ytiu wisli relaxaliou and recreación ; and the very best scbooj in the country fcr your childrën." Mr. Goodhue was taken with the idea bnt, like a prudent man, hcteaid he would epeuk with his wife. He did so, and che, Biïneible woman, paid : "Let us go from the city. Oh, we eun be so hai'py in the fiee, freBh air ; and not only you, but our childrën wül be better and stronger." So Chris. Goodhue went up to Walker's Falls, in the bcuutiful healthful vil lage aiuong tbe mountains, and bought tbe milis, together with all the ununproved water power, and within two weeks thereaftor he had removed thither with his family, acd entered at onoe hc.-irt and soul iuto the work oí improvement. "Now, Molly," he said to his wife, "you fnow I have coroe up here for healthful exercise, and sball hire meu to do the drurigery of close office work. We must lix up around tho house. I am going to dig and hoe and delve in the garden. So you must make me a pair of blue overulln and a frock. 1 must drews for tho uork I do." Mrs. Goodhue emiled, but the cheerful tones of hor busbund, already vinimy aud robust, made her heart glad, aud sbe and the girls eet to work cheerfully and merrily upon the olothiug for i hu noiv labo! ing man. Feoplo were rejüiccd when they knew that a wealthy business man from the dietant city had bought the milis, be cause those same milis, eraploying nearly 200 hands, were the life of the place, aud the real good and prosperity of othcr business depended in agreat measure upon theii' tv ft and succesgful management. The prinoij al store at Walker's Falls was kept by a man nained Ralph fStover. He had managed to workinto tbe bulk of trade through the partiality of the former proprictor of the iinll-i, with whotu he had Intred tht higli profits on (oods gold upon orders to the employés of llie mili. He was un linuest. man s the worldgoes; but with him honesty was p ilicy, and nothing more. Kben Shaikfoni kept iho ot! er proper stora - and wheu I gay "propor store," I mem a iSgul&r country More, whrre goods of all kinds, qualities nnd varieües are kept, and where farmers can dispose of all ons of transportable produce. Sliacidord was truly nn honeat mun - limicHt fiom the very iimiost iüHtiuct of his heart. With hnu honesty vas not so much a principie a a part of hia nature. He luid not luid up money. His tradu was confined mostly tn un oíd run of oustomers amoog the neihboring farmers, while thoae who had rnonoy to p.ay for (heir goods hiid boen moiiopolizcd by the more stirring and scbeming Stover. "I beliove' siiid Stover, I must go and fee Mr. Gooiihue, nnd make some airiirigemcnt for Hecunng his oüstnm and his orderc. I calcúlate íiig Irude and influenoe will bt; worth more than a thousand dollars a year clcar -fit. He must have gat settled down by ihm timo, and ready for busines I wish I koow wbat sort of a nittn he is. liut I guess I will kuow huw to take him after Í havestudied him a wliile. I can rend human i nature prelty easily." The trfider was preparing to leavc ■ wlitii a laboriüg mau eutereil the atora - a maq haliited in blue overalls and frook, and wearing upou his head au o!d traw hat. 'Ralph Stover, I think," said the new eoiiitr. ' That'jj my name." The laboring man started at the alluptness of the tune. He was not used to being answered in that w#ay, nor was ho H8ed to hearing trader leiik do to customers. "Í want to get a little paint, eir I atn 1 1 "My boy will attcnd to yon. I ain bu.y." "But, sir, your boy may be a ignorarit of the com)onnds I require ug I am. I'rn going to pniut ,-i floor, and I only know that I want MM yellow oclire, soruo litharge and - " "I am uot a péiotar, sir," hroke íd Stover rouglily. "My boy will put up wlmtcvur you m:iy want." "Theu you canuotaccoinnindatc a cuhtnmer willi thu bmieiit of your kuowl edge conceruing tlie resiet;tivo quantilies for a respective purpose Ï" "Knowledge isn't on of my trading comm(iditie8. You'll find lliat up ut j t lie Aoaderuy. IIer, John, if that man wu'ils aiiythiug, sell it to Ijíiii." And ttius speaking, Mr. Stover puton his but and lef't the store evidcnily thinking bis custotDcr, wboni he had in-ver SÍ.-UH, wiis either ín ilineraut laboring mn or a formar l'roui tbe back región, wbo would want to pay fnr bis g.iods ín popUr wood 01 Qld potatoe. Huípil Stover went to the mille, where l. _ r . .1 t . i . lie touud uu arohituct and an cnginecr fiom tho city superinten&ng extcnme aitoratious and iuiprovementg. But Mr. Goodhua was not there. They thou í li t lifcoly he wan at liis bongo, tío tp tho houso Mr S'.over weaded bis jray, whare he was informad by a lady that if Mr. Goodhtie was back frona an errand upon whioh he bad hoen out, lio would probably bu found io the garden. Next, to the gardon went our enterfrising trnder and found a man in blue overnils and f rock, occupied a makiug a fiowcr bed. "Is Mr. Goodhue about hero ?" "That ia rny uaine, sir." "But I mean tLa ii'.an who owns the plucu - who owtis tlic milis." ' "I ani the rnan." ' "You - ah ?" Rnlph Stover beheld the customer to whom he had bohaved so indcconíj at his store. ■ ■ ' ' ■■.!' "ReaUy, Mr. Goodhue, I ÍTad no dea "If you Iiave any busioess with me, sir," iDter.-upted'GocJhú'!, respectfnly butBtdrní,' 'í wM'l a'tterid tb you, otherwine, my time is precious " "Upon my soal, Mr. Goodhue, I must ask your pardon. I had no idea it waa you. But- if you will give me your cu'ütotn - I think I could make it as iiiuch for your interest as - "Stop, s:r,'' commanded Mr. Goodhue, with a wave of the hand. If I wish to trade with you, I will cali ;it your store. I suffer no man to inftict bis begping for cnstoin upon me at homo. Good-day. sir." And while Mr. Goodhuo returned to hi work, Ealph Stover hacl read his man well enough to know that furtber remarks would be worse than imeleps ; so he turnad moodily and unhappily away. Mr. Goodhuo found Ebcn Shackford to bu an honest, upright, conscieniious and aooommodatiog tradscuian, and with him he made arrangement for Iho supply of goods for hiiuseif and workmen. Shackford throvo, and was grateful and liHppy, the laborers in the mili ob'tained their goods vastly oheaper tban ever before ; while Ralph Stover, in bitterness of spirit, curses the hour in which ho was led to insult a customcr who chanoed to bo habited in the garb of a laboring man.


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