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I'm sq used to them.

Why, when 1 was quite tiny.

Not more than six or eight,

1 had a little blue tarn,

A navy blue serge sailor's kind

With a navy ribbon for a band

And two short ribbons

On one side, the right side.

1 wore a blue chinchilla coat

Lined with bright red,

And I looked like my little brother

Who had the same kind of outfit.

Since then, I've always had

A distinctly feminine tarn.

When 1 was ten years old,

I had a marvelous tarn

( )f shiny patent leather,

Black with a rubber 'neath my chin.

It was large and round.

I used it for a looking glass

When it was lying in my lap.

And I was calling on old ladies

With Mother,

I could see my bobbed hair

In this mirror

And the bright red jacket

I wore with the tarn.

When I was twelve years old,

I had a dark red tarn

Of yarn, crocheted by Mother

W T ith a scalloped edge

And a huge red pom-pom

In the middle of the top.

Then I had red mittens to match


I treasured this tam su much

I hat when I was fourteen

I still had it!

And I learned to knit

By trying on a dark red scarf

But 1 could never wear it with a tam.

(Whisper it but this tam still lives
I sold it when I came to college.)

But when I reached fourteen
1 had — oh joy and bliss —
A really pretty tam
With another scarf to match.
This tam was white and blue
Striped with -little pom-poms
Over one ear, so chic !
( )f one scarf I made a muff
To keep one hand warm
While skating, the outside one
Which wasn't holding someone else's
Sometimes this muff warmed two hands
If we girls skated six abreast
And interlaced our arms.
I've lost the tiny muff somehow
But not the tam yet.

When I became sweet sixteen

1 had a tailored tam

To go with stern sailor suits

We had to wear in boarding school.

This was a scarlet tam.

Bright scarlet, felt, 1 guess,

Xo pom-poms, stripes nor scallops

But a very tight plain band

Around the face.

Mine was too tight and so

With great regret and tears and smiles

Contesting in my eyes

I tried the dear thing on

One last time, before

I sent it to the Halifax disaster.

But when I was eighteen

Then I arrived in college.

And when I unpacked my trunks

I found I still possessed the

Dark red crocheted tam,

The blue and white striped one,

And then still the plain bright red one.

And I thought I must wear green

And so I sold the red one,


And gave away the scarlet one.
And kept only the white one.
When I found I needn't wear green
I didn't have a new tarn
That year — oh Freshman year !

You'd think I'd tire of tarns

But no. I love them dearly.

In fact I've grown quite attached

To their youthful shape.

Further I even bought another one

This year, of rose and gold braid

All broadcloth, with another

Scarf to match, as usual.

1 wonder when I am four vears older

What kind I'll have?


By Charles \ evers Hohnes.

The night has passed, the storm is o'er,
The silent snow flakes fall no more.

The morning dawns unclouded, fair.
A crispy chill is in the air.

The sun is shining clear and bright
Upon a world robed all in white;

All blue above, all white below.
\ fairy-land of virgin snow.

A spotless shroud o'er knoll and lea
As far as keenest eye can see.

No field, no road, no wall, no lawn,
The hedges and the shrubs are gone ;

No barking dog, no singing bird.
Not e'en a human voice is heard.

The landscape lies as still as death,
Unkissed by breezes' chilly breath.

A sleeping world, all dazzling white
Reneath the sun's resplendent light ;

A snow-bound Earth, unsullied, new,
A universe of white and blue !



By Rev. Charles Blunt Mills, late of Mayrille. Michigan,

With notes by SAMUEL COPP WORTHEN, of East Orange, New Jersey,

a grand-nephezv of the Author, 1

The name of our family, Mills, is
said to have originated in the north
of England, a child having been
found between two windmills, used
then in grinding and named ac-
cording to the custom of the time
from the nearest object. 2 The de-
scendants for generations were
large, muscular and of roving dis-
position. They were marked with
Norman features and nearly all had
a passion for the sea.

Two brothers with their families,
came to Jamestown, Va., at a very
early period. Their names were
said to be James and John. 3 These
names recur so often in the history
of their descendants as to render it
very difficult to avoid confusion.
Engaged as many of these descend-
ants were in a sea-faring life, as the
commerce of the colonies drifted to
the north, they also came north and
settled in the Middle and New Eng-
colonies. One of these settled in

Portsmouth, N. H. His name was
James. 4

His son, Eligood, was a sailor.
He was well educated 5 and for
some time was mate of a vessel en-
gaged in the West India trade com-
manded by Capt. Charles Blunt,
who was afterwards taken by the
pirates off the island of St. Thomas
after a desperate resistance and
chopped to pieces and fed to their
hogs. 6 The writer was named by
Capt. Mills, for him. Before the
death of Capt. Blunt his mate was
promoted to the command of a ves-
sel sailing up the Mediterranean,
which he commanded when the war
of the Revolution commenced-

Espousing the cause of liberty,
he entered very heartily into the
cause of the colonies and when the
Privateer Grand Turk, commission-
ed by the Continental Congress as
a Letter of Marque, was fitted out
at Portsmouth, he was one of its

j The writer of these notes request; th< oo-operatior ol students of New Hampshire

history in solving the problems presented by this somewhat remarkable manuscript, now

published for the first time. The original is in the possession of the author's daughter.
Mrs. H. M. Coldren of Bellaire. Michigan.

2. Evidently most of the matter in this sketch pertaining to the family history prior to
the time of Eligood Mills, the author's grandfather, is purely traditionary or conjectural and
has no substantial basis.

3. Another version, probably more reliable, is that the first settler was named Mark
Mills, that he was born in England, came to Jamestown in 1636, and married Mary Elligood,
by whom he had one son.

4. This is an error. His name was unquestionably Luke. He was the Capt. Luke .Mills of
Northampton, Virginia, who married Hannah, daughter of John and Grace (Broolcin) Lang of
Portsmouth on the 5th day of December, 1734. See New England Historical and Genealogical
Register, Vol. XXV, p. 121. Capt. Luke Mills was lost at sea, being swept overboard in a gale,
while standing on the deck of his ship by the side of his son Elligood, who. according to
tradition, tried to jump overboard in a hopeless attempt to rescue his father, but was restrain-
ed by the crew. The will of Capt. Mills was admitted to probate on August 29, 1764.

5. He is elsewhere described by the author as a man of "fine gentlemanly deportment,
temperate in habits and of enormous strength."

6. The Blunts were a famous seafaring family of Portsmouth. It would be interesting
to knew how Capt. Charles Blunt was related to the captains of that name mentioned in
Brewster's Rambles About Portsmouth, and whether his untimely fate is accurately described
in this narrative



officei - < >n the second voyage
was captured by a British Fri-

and was taken into Halifax, X.
S.. where all the crew remained in
jail five years, who 'lid not die of
brutal treatment. At the end, of
that time they were informed that
the colonics were subdued, W'ash-

ton and the members of the Con-
tinental Congress were hung and
that the very few prisoners were to
he taken to Boston and were to be
transported thence to England to
be hung for piracy on the high

5. < hi the way to Boston, Capt.
Mills with two others escaped over-

rd on a dark night and swam
three miles, reaching the shore near
a fisherman's hut below the mouth
of the Piscataqua River in New
Hampshire. Mere they heard for
the first time that the colonies had
gained their independence. 8

The next morning he learned that
his wife was dead, his property
gone, and that his two brothers-in

sea and moved upon a tract of land
in the then District of Maine, in
what is now Waterboro, York Co.,
Me. Idiere he resided till his
death in 1833, in his 88th year.

Luke Mills, son of Eligood Mills,
was born in 1778. At 15 years of
age he ran away and went to sea.
He was a sailor thirteen years
when he left the sea and mar-
ried Betsey Goodwin 11 of Wells,
Maine- Resided on a farm
which he bought in Rrownfield, till
after the war of 1812-1814- Dur-
ing the war he was Lieut, in the
militia and was called out to defend
Portland. Selling his farm, he went
to take care of his parents with
whom he lived till they both -died.
In 1835, he moved to Corinna, Me.,
where he lived till his death in
1856. He was in public office much
of his life and represented his dis-
trict in the Legislature one term. 12

Charles Blunt Mills was the son
of Luke and Betsev Mills, and was

law, Mark and Luke Laighton, 9 born in Waterborough, Me., May 5,

two of the richest merchants in 1823. He was the seventh child in

Portsmouth had failed. After a family of nine children, and much

gathering up a few fragments of the feeblest of all. He resembled

his shattered fortune and getting his mother's people and had none

together his scattered children, he of the Norman characteristics ex-

married Lucy McLucas, 1 " who was cept love of the sea. So far as is

of Scotch-Trish descent, left the known the wdiole race were dissen-

7. Corroboration of these statements about the Privateer Grand Turk, seems entirely
king, but they -ire no doubt correct in substance if not in detail. Information on the sub-
ject is requested. The author says in a letter to his niece, Mrs. Isadore (Copp) Wenk, wife of
the Rev. Robert Emory Wenk, now nf San Francisco, under date of Feb. 6, 1S93, that the
Grand Turk was fitted out by the Laightons, wealthy merchants of Portsmouth, and that on
its first voyage it sailed to the English Channel, where ,it did immense damage to
British commerce.

8. The foregoing passage — about the voyage of the Grand Turk — was printed in the
American Monthly Magazine, Vol. XXI, p. 118 '(Avg. 1902) at the suggestion of Mrs. Mary H. (Elli-
son) Curran, librarian of the Bangor Public Library (a great, great granddaughter of Eli-
good Mills), largely for the purpose of making a record for the benefit of descendants of Eli-
good desiring to join the Daughters of the American Revolution and similar patriotic orders.

9. The Laighton who married Mary Mills was named Paul. Thev had 13 children one of
whom, Mark Laighton, was the grandfather of the celebrated poetess, Celia Thaxter. A
brother* of the author of this sketch. Mark Laighton Mills, for many years a well known
resident of Bangor, probably derived his name from this relative. His daughter, Mrs Abbie
i Mills) Wilson, late of Bangor, bore a remarkable personal resemblance to Mrs. Thaxter.
Mrs. Patten a granddaughter of Mary (Mills) Laighton, used to say that her grandmother was
"a very aristocratic lady" and was spoken of as a Virginian.

10. The author was not correctly informed as to the time and circumstances of this
marriage. Eligood Mills married (2nd) Lucy, daughter of John and Lydia (Webber) McLucas
on the 29th day of August, 1774. See Records of the First Congregational Church of Bidde-
ford, Maine, published in The Maine Historical and Genealogical Recorder, Vol. VI, p. 333. Both bride
and groom are described as "of Biddeford." Eligood's first wife was Mary, daughter of
Thomas and Elizabeth Dyer of Biddeford.

1!. She was a daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth iHobbs) Goodwin of Wells.

12 Luke Mills lived about 2% miles east of Corinna Village at a place called Morse's

ier. He was a respected citizen of that locality, known for integrity, strict religious

principles and kindly disposition. He was elected a representative to the Legislature

of Maine in 1844.



ters and were in favor of the fullest
civil and religious liberty. They
were not clamorous or factious, but
always arrayed themselves on the
side of freedom.

Charles B. Mills early developed
a love of reading and study, and ac-
quired some knowledge of Latin,
Greek and Hebrew, besides a
pretty thorough English education.
He became a member of the Free
Will Baptist Church in Corinna,
Me., in his 14th year and be-
gan preaching the gospel five
years later. He traveled and
preached extensively in Maine,
New Hampshire, Vermont, New
York and Ohio, and occasionally
lecturing on Temperance and Slav-
ery. He was ordained at Fort Ann,
New York, in January 1848. The
same year he returned to Maine and
supplied a church in Kennebunk a
year, during which a powerful re-
vival followed- After supplying
the church in Springvale a year and
a half he settled as pastor of the
church in North Berwick (Dough-
ty's Falls) where he remained three
years. Just before this. September
18, 1851, he was married to Ann
Maria Morrison.

At North Berwick two powerful
revivals occurred and three promi-
nent ministers were raised up, viz:
James and David Boyd and James
Jepson. In 1854, on account of
failing health, he resigned and spent
the winter in Ohio. The next year
he removed to Chester, Geauga Co.,
and took charge of the F. B. Church

and also taught in the Geauga Semi-
nary. In 1856 he removed with his
family to Tuscola Co., Mich., and
began life anew as a pioneer in the
wilderness. On the organization of
the Township of Fremont he was
in some public township office for
four years, when he was elected
Probate Judge of the County and
served eight years. In 1868 he was
elected to the Michigan Senate and
took a prominent part in shaping
the railroad policy of the state. In
1879 he was in the House, and
among other measures as Chairman
of the Committee on the Univer-
sity introduced the measure to ex-
tend and regrade the courses in the
medical department. This met
with great opposition but was
finally carried- From 1877 to 1886
he was Secretary and Treasurer of
of Hillsdale College and also filled
the chair of Ecclesiastical History
in the Theological Department
seven years. 13

Luke Mills, the son of Captain
Lligood Mills and Lucy Mills, nee
Lucas, was born in 1778, died Mar.
1856. Betsey Mills, nee Goodwin,
was born in Wells. Maine, in
March, 1782, and died in Corinna,
Maine, Feb. 28, 1880, aged almost
98 years. She was a well-informed,
intelligent observer and reader, and
It ad a marvelous memory of events
that had transpired during her life-
time. Her last illness was pain-
less and continued only a few
hours. 14

13 The Rev. Charles Blunt Wills died at Mayville. Michigan.


1896. His services to

the region in which he lived are thus summarized by
Inow deceased) in a note book which contains much

''His health failed and he went in pursuit of it to
ed a powerful influence in the early development of all
medicine, of surveying, and of scientific farmirg all
these early pioneers. He surveyed land, doctored the

his niece, Mrs. Isadore (Copp) Wenk,
v-iluable information : —

the wilds of Michigan — ' . He exert-
that region. His knowledge of law, of
were used to better the condition of
sick, preached the gospel sat many

Libra ry

terms on the Judge's bench — framed laws and endured hardships incredible.''

14. The writer of these notes derived much information on the subjects covered,
the late Mrs. Mary H. (Ellison) Curran, for many years
of Bangor, Maine.

Mrs. Curran devoted a considerable amount of time to an attempt to check up and verify
the statements in this manuscript, and the writer has done seme work along the same lines.
The Rev. Mr. Mills wrote it when somewhat advanced in years as a memorandum for the
benefit of his children, and relied wholly upon personal knowledge and family tradition,
without reference to any records or other written authority. Such memoranda while very
valuable, require careful checking; and always involve errors of detail though generally
based upon facts.


Pwo years' experience has prov-
ed to the presenl owner and editor
of the Granite Monthly that its pub-
licaior) is not a pecuniarily profitable
proposition. Its support, in sub-
scriptions, news-stand sales and ad-
vertising, has been good, and is
surely, though slowly, increasing;
but the increase in the cost of print-
ing, engraving and paper since
January 1, 1919, has been so great
that most small publications have
had a hard struggle during that
time t<> achieve an even break be-
tween income and outgo. Nor is
I ere any immediate prospect of a
considerable improvement in these
conditions. The editing and pub-
lishing of the New Hampshire state
in gazine are likely to be. in 1921.
as in 1919 and 1920, labors of love.

But there are compensations.

It is sufficient recompense for a
good deal of labor and some anxiety
to have New Hampshire's poet
laureate, Edna Dean Proctor, now
in her 92nd year, send a check for
tour dollars, in payment for her
subscription for the next two years,
and an accompanying note in which
she says: "Let me tell you how ex-
cellent I think the magazine is.
The December number is very at-
tractive, with its Exeter article and
beautiful illustration, its Shaker
story and its poem, 'The Morning
Cometh.' "

It is worth wdiile to have one of
the state's best known business men,
James W. Hill of Manchester, say
that no magazine which comes to
his desk is read by him with more
interest than is the Granite Month-
ly. The editor feels highly compli-
mented when one of the old guard
of 40 year subscribers, Walter Sar-
gent of Warner, writes that "the
most recent issue I consider among
the best since the publication was

The many kind words which the

newspapers of New Hampshire and
• .me without the state have said
about the Granite Monthly have
been appreciated sources of encour-
agement. When Captain George
I. Putnam, editor and author, writes
in the Claremont Eagle of the Janu-
ary issue of the Granite Monthly :
"The number is a strong one. The
magazine grows in value to New r
Hampshire people," he provides an
incentive for trying to make other
numbers progressively good.

Another item which looms large
on the credit side of the account is
the kindly and generous interest in
the magazine which has been taken
by its contributors, without whose
aid, of course, no number could be
published. The friendships which
the editor thus has made in the
past two years are worth more than
the things which money can buy.

And so the present publisher of
The Granite Monthly plans to com-
plete its Volume 53 and hopes to go
on with many other volumes beyond
that. He thanks his patrons, whom
he counts, without exception, his
friends, and he would not be averse
to being under heavier obligations
to them through their mention of
the magazine to those with whom
they chance to talk about New
Hampshire, its past, present and

We promise every subscriber and
every advertiser that their aid will
be utilized to the utmost for giving
the Granite State a magazine
worthy of her.

The constitutional convention,
re-assembled on January 28, voted
to submit to the people for ratifica-
tion amendments allowing the legis-
lature to tax incomes and inheri-
tances, reducing the size of the
Mouse of Representatives and giv-
ing women full rights as to holding



state offices. All of these amend-
ments should he adopted; the first
must he or an intolerable situation
will be created in New Hampshire.
Tf, during the next few years, the
state is forced to depend upon its
present sources of revenue, either
we shall have a taxation of real

property that will be almost con-
fiscation or the work of almost every
state department and institution
will be crippled seriously. Go to
the polls on March 8, if you are a
citizen of Xew Hampshire, and
vote Yes.


By Mabel Cornelia Matson.

There is a house upon a hill

Where I delight to go :
It seems a little nearer heaven

Than anv house I know.

White birches beckon up the slope,
Pink phlox bloom in the yard ;

New Hampshire skies brood over it.
Xew Hampshire hills stand guard.

Calm haven for my wandering feet
In sunshine and in storm.

For here dwell laughter-loving hearts,
Brave hearts, and true and warm.

Who give their wealth unstintedly
With open hands and glad.

Rare comradeship for happy days.
Wise comforting for sad.

There is a house upon a hill

Where I delight to go :
It seems a little nearer heaven
Than anv house I know.


The Dame School of Experience

\\i> Other Papers. By Samuel

McChord Strothers. Pp., 27').

Cloth, $2. Boston: Houghton

Mifflin Company.

Because of his long-time summer
residence in our Carroll county
town of Madison, New Hampshire
claims as her own that wise and
witty essayist of today, Rev. Dr.
S. M. Crothers, and welcomes the
successive appearance within hook
covers of collections of his maga-
zine contributions.

His hook list has so lengthened
that only one more volume now is
needed to complete a. round dozen
of titles, of which "The Pleasures
of an Absentee Landlord" has the
most Xew Hampshire interest and
"The Gentle Reader" is, perhaps,
the best known and most popular
of all. Together, they well prove
his right to the title one critic has
licstowed upon their author, "the
Charles Lamb of American letters."

The present volume includes "An
Interview with an Educator," "The
Teacher's Dilemma," "Every Man's
Natural Desire to be Somebody
Else," "The Perils of the Literate,"
".Natural Enemies and How to Make
the Best of Them," "The Spiritual
Adviser of Efficiency Experts,"
"The Pilgrims and Their Contem-
poraries," "Education in Pursuit of
Henry Adams," "The Hibernation
of Genius," "The LTnpreparedness
of Liberalism," "On the Evening of
a New Day."

Without exception they are in

Doctor Crothers' best manner, very
true and very keen ; more so than
one realizes when carried along
gently through the first reading by
the whimsical charm of the author's
style. It is upon after reflection
that one sees what depths of wis-
dom and experience have been
plumbed, into wdiat safe harbors of
clear thinking our voyage in a book-
has brought us.

Take a paragraph from the essay
upon 'The Pilgrims" and their
tercentenary ; "Today we are better
able to appreciate the efforts of the
Puritan than were our immediate
predecessors. We cannot accept
his answers, but we are beginning
to ask the same kind of questions.
We are less sure than w^e used to
be that religion and politics can be
kept in separate compartments.
We are not altogether satisfied with
purely secular solutions of social
problems. We hear people talking
again about a community church.
In an amendment to the Constitu-
tion enforcing Prohibition we have
gone further than the Puritan Com-
monwealth did in looking after the
morals of the people. The indivi-
dual conscience is more and more
reinforced by a social conscience that
finds its expression 'in law. Our
philosophers have been telling us
that religion is loyalty to a beloved
community. All this does not in-
dicate a return to the Puritanism of
the seventeenth century, but it
makes seventeenth century Puri-
tanism more intelligible to us."



Rev. Henry Clay McDougall. for 21
years minister of the Unitarian Church
at Franklin, died there January 4. He was
born in Ypsilanti, Mich., November 22,
1850, a son of John and Alary (Muir)
McDougall. He graduated from Uni-
versity of Michigan in '77 and taught
school for several years, being at one
time principal of "the High School at
Princeton, 111. He prepared for the mini-
stry at Harvard Divinity School, gradu-
ating- in 1885. He occupied pulpits at
Rockland, Mass; Madison, Wis., Marble-
head, Mass., and Franklin. He was vice-
president of the American Unitarian
Association and minister-at-large of the
New Hampshire Unitarian Association.
He was president of the board of trustees
of Proctor Academy at Andover. His
wife, two sons, Capt. James McDougall
of Wilkesbarre, Penn., and Lieut. Ken-
neth McDougall of Boston, both com-
missioned during the war, and a brother,

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