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Vol.Tv,K"o. 12. "WASHIN"aTOK B. 0., DECEMBER,, 1880. i tbrms.mi-tt obntspee ybab.
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Is It Worth WhilP
T JOAQUItf MILLBB.
Is itworth -while that wo jostle a brothor, -
-Bearing his load on tho rough road of Hfo? 4 ,
la it worth whilo that wo joor at each other
In blackness ot heart that wo war to the knlfo? ,
God pity us all in our pitiful strife. '
God pity us all as wo jostle each other j
God pardon us all for tho triumph we feel
"When a follow goes down 'ncath his load on tho heather,
Pierced to tho hoart : Words aro keonor than steel,' ; .''
Aad mlghtior far for woo than for weal.
Wore it not woll, In this brief little Journey
On over tho isthmus, down into tho tide,
we give hlxn a fish instead of a sorpont,
Ere folding tho hands to bo andabido
Forever and ayo in dust at his side ?
Look at tho rosos saluting each other;
liook at tho herds all at peace on tho plain
Man, and man only, makes war on his brothor,
And laughs in his hoart at his peril and pain
Shamed by tho boasts that go down on tho plain.
Is it worth while that wo battle to humble
Some poor fellow down into the dust?
God pity us all i Timo oft soon will tumble
All of us together, like loaves in gnst,
Humbled, Indeed, down into tho dust.
Washington's Dream.
'
Little Sioux, Iowa, June 18, 1S80.
Pseo a request for Washington's Dream, and, as one of
my neighbors chanced to haveMt, I borrowed tho paper
containing it and take the liberty to send you a copy of
the dream. - ' J. W. H.
WASHINGTON'S VISION.
' The last time I ever 6aw Anthony Sherman was? on the
4th of July, 1859, in Independence Square. He was then
ninety-nhi years old, and becoming very feeble ; but,
though so old, his dimming eyes rekindled as ho gazed
upon Independence Hall, which he had come to gaze upon
once more before ho was gathered home.
" 'Let us go into the Hall,' ho said. I want to tell you
an incident of' Washington's life one which no one alive
knows of except myself, and if you live you will before
long see it verified- Mark tho prediction, you will see it
v6rified. From tho opening of the Revolution
we experienced all phases of fortunenow good and now
ill, one timo victorious and another conquored. The dark
est period wo -had, I think, was when Washington, after
several reverses, retreated to Valley Forge, where he re
solved to pass the wlntor of '77. Ah I I haw often seen
tho tears coursing down our dear old commander's care
worn cheeks as ho would be conversing with a confidential
officer about tho condition of his poor soldiers. You have
doubtless heard tho story of "Washington going to the
thicket to pray. Woll, it was not; only true, but ho used
often to pray in secret for aid and comfort from God, the
interposition of whose Divine Providence brought us safely
through those dark days of tribulation.
" 'Gne day, I remember it well, the chilly winds whis
tled through the learloss trees, though the sky was cloud
less and the sun shone brightly ; he remained in his quar
ters nearly all the afternoon alone. When he came but I
noticed his face was a shade paler than usual, and there
eeemed to be something on his mind of more than ordi
nary importance. Returning just after dusk, hodispatched
an orderly to the .quarters of tho officer I mention, who
was presently in attendance. After a preliminary conver
sation, whioh lasted about half an hour, Washington, gat
ing upon his companion with that strange, look of dignity
which he alone could command, said to the latter : 'I do
not know whether it is owing to tho anxiety of my mind,
or what, but this afternoon as I was sitting at this very
table engaged in preparing a dispatch, something in tho
apartmenttsoomod to disturb me. Looking up, I behold
standing opposite to me a singularly beautiful female. So
astonished was I, for I had given strict ordors not to bo
disturbed, that it was somo moments bolorc I found lan
guage to inquire tho cause of her prosouce. A second, a
third, and evon a fourth time did I repeat my question, but
received, no answer from my mysterious visitor, except a
slight raising of the eyes. By this timo I folt straugo
sensations spreading through mo. I would have risen,
but the riveted gaze of the being before mo rendered voli
tion impossible. I essayed onco more to address her, but
my tongue had become powerless. Even thought itself
suddenly became paralyzed. A now influence, mysterious,
potent, irresistible, took possession of mo. All I could do
was to gaft steadily, vacantly, at my unknown visitant.
Gradually tho surrounding atmosphere seemed as though
becoming fillod with sensations and grew luminous. "Every
thing about mo seemod to rarify, the mysterious visitor
hersolf becoming more airy, and yet oven moro distinct to
my sight than before. I now began, to feel as one dying
or rather to experience the sensations which I have somo,
times imagined accompany dissolution. I did not think,
I did not reason, I did not move ; all were aliko impossi
ble. I was only conaoious of gazing fixedly, vacantly, at
my companion,
" Presently I heard a voice saying, " Son of tho Uopub
lie, look and learn," while at the'same timo my visitor ex
tended hr arm eastwardly, I now beheld a heavy whito
vapor at somo distance, rising fold upon fold. This grad
ually dissipated, and I looked upon a strange scone, Be
fore) ate lay spread out in one vast plain all the countries
of the world -Europe, Asia, Africa, and America. I saw
rolling aud toug between Kurope and America the bU
lew of the Atlantic, and bqlweta Aitf ad:Awrie ky
tho Pacific. "Son of the Republic," said the samo mys
terious voico a3 before, "look and learn." At that mo
ment I beheld a dark, shadowy being like an angel stand
ing, or, rather, floating, in mid-air between Europe and
America. Dipping water out of the ocean in the hollow
of each hand, ho sprinkled some upon America with his
right hand, while with his left hand ho cast some upon
Europe. Immediately a dark cloud raised from each of
these countries and joined in mid-ocean. For a while it
remained stationary, and then moved slowly westward,
until it enveloped America in its murky folds. Sharp
flashes of lightning gleamed through it at intervals, and
I heard the smothered groans and cries of tho Araorican
people. A second timo the angel dipped water from tho
ocean and sprinkled it out as before. The dark cloud was
then drawn back to the ocean, in whoso heaving waves it
sank from view. A third, I heard'' tho mysterious voico
saying: "Son of the Republic, look and loam." I. cast
my eyes upon America and beheld villages and towns and
cities springing up one after another, until the whole land
from the Atlantic to the Pacific was dotted with them.
Again I heard the mysterious voice sav : " Son of tho Re
public, the end of the century comoth : look and learn."
At this the dark shadowy angel turned his face southward;
and from Africa I saw an ill-omened spectre approach our
land. It flitted slowly and hoavily over town, aud city of
the latter ; the inhabitants presenfcly.sct themselves in bat
tle array against each other. As 1 continued looking I
saw a bright augel, on whose brow rested a crown of light,
on which was traced "Union," bearing the American flag,
which was placed between the divided nation, and said :
"Remember, ye aro brethren." Instantly tho inhabit
ants, casting from them thoir weapons, became friends
once moro and united around the national standard. And
again I heard the mysterious voice saying : " Son of tho
Republic, the end of the century comcth ;' look and learn."
At this tho dark shadowy angel placed a trumpet to his
mouth and blew three distinct blasts, and taking water
from the ocean ho sprinkled it upon Europe, Asia,- and
Africa. Then mv oves beheld a fearful scone. Fmm finch
of4 these countries arose thick black clouds that were soon,
Canino Anecdotes.
joined into oue. And, throughout 'this mass there gleamed
who, moving with the cloud, marched by land and sailed
oy sea to America, WD1cU -Muntry was enveloped in the Two girls, daughters of an English country doctor, were
volume of the olond. And , I dmVlv saw thdso visfc av-rhioa :? Afc rVr. rw-iU tftoOmi.- tc.i.. mtiwimTi .
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The following is a touching incident in the life of a.
collie dog. Somo time ago tho late Mv. H possessed
a oollio shepherd dog, which was very clever at its duty
until it had a litter, one of which was sparod to it. After
this all the poor animal's affections seemed to be centered
in hor puppy, for she refused or did most unwillingly tho
work alio had to do; whioh so vexed her master that ho
cruelly drowned the puppybofoTtf the mother's eyes, cov
ering the bucket in whieifhe loft tho body with a sack.
He then went round tho fields followed by the old dog,
who from that moment resumed her former usefulness.
On Mr. H s return, after having had his tea in tho
evening, ho bethought hitnself of tho bucket, and went to
fetch it to empty fiib contents into a hole he had made in
the manure heap.- He found tho bucket, covered as ho had
left, but on pouring out tho contents thcro was nothing
but water. He questioned his wife and her niece, but
neither knew any ting about it.
The next morning Mrs. H was struck, with the
piteous expression olVthc poor animal's face, and sho said
to her, "Scottie, tell me where you have taken your
puppy." The dog immediately ran off a distance of quite
a hundred yards to thekitchon garden, jumped the fenco
and went direct to the farther end of tho garden to a spot
situated between two rows of beans. There, where the
earth had been apparently recently moved, she sat, and,
as it wore wept. Mrs, H went again into the house,
and without mentioning what had occurred, said to her
nieco: "Ask Scottie what she has dono with her puppy."
Tho question was put, and again the poor creature went
through the same performance. These circumstances were
mentioned to Mr. 1J , who pooh-poohed tho idea of
thero being anything out of the common; but to satisfy
his wife he went to the spot and dug down a distance of
three feet, and there, suro enough, had the faithful, fond
mother carried and hurried her little one.
Some dogs, in their love and affection for their masters,
have at times equalled human beings -hrtheir constancy,
and even surpassed thoni in the marvellous intelligence
with which they foresee and avert approaching danger.
The following example related to us by a lady may prove
interesting :
devastate tho whole country andburn tho villages, towns,
and cities that I hoheid springing up. As my ears list
ened to the thundering of cannon, clashing of swords, and
shouts and cries of millions in mortal combat, I again
heard the mysterious voice saying: "Son of the Repub
lic, look and learn."
"'When tho voico had, ceasod the dark shadowy angel
placed his trumpot once moro to his mouth, and 'blow a
lng, powerful blast.
"'Instantly a light, as if of a thousand suns, shone
down from above me, aud pierced and broke into frag
ments the dark cloud which enveloped America. At the
same moment I saw tho angel upon whose head still shone
the word "Union," and who boro our national flag in one
hand and a sword in tho other, doscend from Heavon at
tended by legions of bright spirits.
1 ' ' These immediately joinedthe inhabitants of America,
who, I perceived, were woll nigh overcome, but who, .im
mediately taking courago again, closed up thoir broken
ranks and renewed tho battle. Again,, amid the fearful
noise of the conflict, I heard tho mysterious voico saying :
"Son of tho Republic, look and learn."
"'As the voico ceased, tho shadowy angel for the last
time dipped water from the ocean and sprinkled it upon
America. Instantty the dark cloud rollod back, together
with the armies it had brought, leaving tho inhabitants of
tho land victorious.
"'Then, onco more, I beheld villages, towns, and cities
springing up where they had been before, while tho bright
angel, planting tho azure standard ho had brought in the
midst of them, cried in a loud voico : " Whilo tho stars
remain and the heavens send down dew upon tho earth,
so long shall tho Republic last." And taking from his
brow tho crown, on winch blazoned the word "Union,"
ho placed' it upon, tho standard, whilo tho people, kneeling
down, said "Amon." '
" 'Tho scouo iustantly began to fado and dissolve, atyd
I at last saw nothing but tho rising, curling vapor I had
at first behold . This also disappearing, I found aiysolf
onco moro gazing on my mysterious visitor, who, in the
same voico I heard before, said: "Son of tho Republic,
what yo have soon is thus interpreted : Three perils will
come upon the Republic. Tho most fearful Is second,
passing which tho whole world uuited shall never bo able
to provail against hor. Let every child of the Republic
learn to live for his God, his laud, and tho Union." '
" With these words tho vision vanished, aud I started
from ray seat and folt that I had seen a vision wherein
had beon shown mo the birth, progress, aud destiny of
tho Uuited States. In uuion sho will have hor strength,
in disunion her destruction.' ' ' "
"Such, my friends," concluded tho venerable narrator,
" were the words I heard from Washington's own lips,
and America will do well to profit by thorn,"
Wksley Brausiuw.
A THAOHKii in tho Wiltwyek, Ulster county, school,
recontly electrified hor pupils, who woro annoying hor
with questious: "Children, I am engaged." Noticing
tho general look of astonishment, she added : "But not to
any fool of a man. ' ' The excitement subsided.
Mamma "Why, my dear Willie, what in the world is
the matter with little Ooys head? Willie" Well,
we're playing 'William Toll,' and somehow my arrow
won't hit tho apple, but keeps pluggin' his eyes and nose,"
"On, Franky," exclaimed a mother, who was taking
dinner at a neighbors, "I never knew you to aakfoisa,
second piece of pie at home 1" " 'Cause Ikne it was no
use," mumbled Jfraaky as he filled his mouth.
atwalk together. If was- aiittutumn after
noon, sunuy and pleasant. They wci6 accompanied by
then: littieMog named Jack, who was a clever little terrier,
and more than onco had proved his claim to be considered,
as indeed ho was, their protector while outwalking. Their
father often said he folt "quite happy when Jack was
with them, ho was so sure no harm could come to them."
The two girls pursued thoir walk merrily. Tho fin
afternoon tempted them to go farther than they ought,
however, and by the timo they turned the dusk had fallen
and they wore afraid they would be laite to toa. One of
them proposed to take a short cut through a wood with.
Which thoy weitt well acquainted, having, often gathered
blackberries in it on a summer afternoon. The other
agreed, and so they arrived at tho edgo of the wood and
prepared to outer it.
"All tho same I am rather afraid," said Dora, the
younger of the two; " there have been several robberies in
tho neighborhood, and I saw aomo very odd-looking men
pass our door to-day; besides, I am, wearing iiiy. new
watch which papa gave mo on my birthday."
"Oh, nonsonso!" her sister replied; ''it is nearly six
o'clock now, and we shall bo lato. But what's tho matter
with Jack?"
Just as she had said this Jack advanced toward them,
and planting himself in the middle of their path, sat down.
and whined.
"That is odd," said Dora. "I hover remember him
doing that before,"
Tho other girl derided her fears and attempted to pass
the dog, but ho caught hor dress in his teoth and held, her
so firmly that sho hardly dared to sot herself free. Oho
moro effort she made, but Jack was resolute; so at last,
seeing how determined ho was to prevent thoir further
progress, sho gave up trying.
Well, woll, you stupid littlo brute," sho said angrily,
I suppose we must go all that long way round."
bo the two sister abandoned tho idea of taking tho
short out through the wood aud went homo by tho safo
lughroad. When thoy arrived how grateful, how unutter
ably thankful did they feel to their little protector, whoso
intelligence had been so far superior to theirs, and had
saved them despite themselves. A man had boon found
in tho wood shortly after they had left it, murdered and
robbed it was conjectured by tho tramps who had passed
through the village in the morning. Thus Jack had, pre
served his mistresses, from mooting perhaps a similar fate.
Their gratitude, it is needless to add, was profound toward
their littlo fouivfooted protector, who, wo are glad to hear,
lived to a good oluage.
" -i
A of.kti.emak had fivo daughters, tho first; of whom
married, a man by tho name ofPoor, the second a Mr.
Littlo, tho third a Mr. Short, tho fourth a Mr, Brown, tho
fifth a Mr. Hogg. At tho wedding of tho latter, her sis
tors, with their husbands, woro there, and tho old gentle
man said to tho guests : " I have taken pains to educate
my daughters, that thoy may act woll their part in lifo
aud to honor my family. I find that all my pains, caro
and expectations have turned out nothing but a Poor,
Little, Short, Brown, Hogg."
Tjrachkk, to a by-no-maaus promising young scholar
"Three from six, hpw many?" Pupil" Dun.no."
Teacher a Oomo, now, suppose you had six apples"-
tho pupil's faco brightens 'and I said to you, 'Give m
three' how many would you have loft ?" Pupal" Six,"
Teacher "$(o, no; you forget that I had told yoti
togivorao throe," Pupil, with great decision ," .Rufe X
wottkui' t giv 'em to you. ' , -
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