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THE SUNDAY HERMD, AUGUST 2, 1891.
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The National Intelligencer
- THE SUNDAY HERALD
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"Washington, Sundat, August 2, 1991.
President Habkison'b letter to Senator
Quay, expressing his regret at the Senator's
retirement from the National Republican Com
mittee, has not yet been made public. It will
doubtless furnish some mighty interesting
reading when it appears.
It seems a little difficult to reconcile the
statement that the Rational Republican Com
mittee is at present made up exclusively of
enemies of the President with the President's
appointment of Mr. .T. Sloat Fassett as col
lector of the port of New York.
The Administration has evidently got it In
for Pennsylvania Republicans. On the same
day that Senator Quay resigned the chairman
ship of the National Committee at the Presi
dent's request, Mr. Harrison discovered that
Captain Armes hadn't done anything so very
dreadful after all when he pulled Governor
Beaver's nose. i
The new Health Officer of the District will
have ample opportunity, if not to distinguish
himself, at least to get in a great deal of hard,
useful work right away. The damp, warm
weather which we have had for weeks is particu
larly dangerous, and the sanitary regulations
must be enforced rigidly If the eity is to be
kept free from sickness.
Suicides are unfortunately so common In
all parts of the country that there was noth
ing especially remarkable about the bare fact
that a Boston girl killed herself the other day.
Some surprise was naturally felt, however,
when It was discovered that she had no rea
son for her action. That a Boston person
should do anything, even commit suicide,
without having a reason for it Ib astonishing.
The Texas Farmers' Alliance people who
are encamped at Sulphur Springs have been
Indulging in talk quite In keeping with the
name of their place of meeting. Some of
their speakers threatened to try the bayonet on
the plutocrats if they fail to do them up with
the ballot. And altogether they have been en
joying a decidedly wild ana woolly time of It
at Sulphur Springs. Senator Peffer was there
and while the prairie breezes swept through
his whiskers, he told the farmers that the
Government ought to advance them money at
1 per cent, to lift their nine million mortgages.
The Maryland Democrats have nominated
a ticket which seems likely to rally every mem
ber of the party in the State to its support,
and they have adopted a platform which is
carefully and thoughtfully constructed, If not
as strong and outspoken In some points as
could be desired. If the action of the conven
tion was controlled by Senator Gorman, as no
doubt it was, the results furnish fresh proof
of that gentleman's political sagacity and abil
ity to effect judicious compromises without
sacrificing principles. On the question of
silver coinage the platform takes what may
be called the historic or constitutional atti
tude. It recognizes that thero is a marked
division of sentiment on the question within
the Democratic party, and therefore wisely
refrains from taking snap judgment and pro
nouncing with too much emphasis in favor of
the free coinage of silver. The convention's
enthusiastic Indorsement of Senator Gorman
for re-election was a fitting recognition of his
great services to the party and the country in
the fight against the force bill in the last
Among the men selected by the present Ad
ministration to represent this country abroad
In a consular capacity was one J. 0. Kerbey,
who claimed to be a journalist. Mr. Kerbey was
sent to Para, Brazil, although his qualification
for the post was openly questioned. Since Mr.
Kerbey has been In Para he has been writing
newspaper letters to American papers, which
show pretty clearly that his knowledge of the
rules of English composition Is very slight and
that he is entirely unburdened with care as to
what effect severe criticism on Brazilian public
men and sneering comment on Brazllain charac
ter and customs may have on his standing with
the people among whom he Is temporarily
residing. It Is likely If the Brazilians knew
Mr. Kerbey as well as he Is known here, they
would pay little attention to auything ho
might write. But they probably flo not so
know him, and in any event they must at least
officially regard him as a representative Ameri
can. As a general rule, there can be no ob
jection to American consuls eking out their
tmall salaries by writing newspaper letters1,
atjftMifcjML. , mraht.a. sarfStiMMtt, A .,
provided they can write tolcrablo English;
but they ought to have sense enough not to
insult the people among whom they live as
representatives of this Government.
If there is n desire in any quarter to dopose
Ananias from the legendnry position which ho
has so long held, this would seem to bo a most
opportuno timo to do It. Tho reports about
Secretary Blaine's health and Secretary Noblo'B
resignation make it evident that a competi
tive examination of certain nowspapor men
and public men just now extant would dis
close a prevaricator of such heroic energy, In
dustry, and persistence that Ananias would
bo no longer In It as the world's typical liar.
And In tho competition It is safe to say that
tho newspaper men would bo very far from
having a walkovor. When a nowspapor man
toys with tho truth, It Is usually with a view
to making a picturesque story. "When a poli
tician lies, ho does It with a clearly defined
pecuniary or political object In vlow, and ho
throws all his soul and energy into It in order
to make It convincing. Ho lies from no artis
tic motive, but from purely business reasons.
Hodoesltuot at all as an oxcrclso of tho
Imagination, but because he wants to conceal
the truth. Therefore ho Is nil tho more ener
getic and emphatic.
That oxplosivo western Individual of the
name of Vaughan, who vehemently demands
400,000,000 of tho Government to pension all
ox-slaves, 6hould be considerate and merciful.
Tho late Billion-dollar Congress left tho Treas
ury almost dead broke, and just at this timo
Secretary Foster is worried nearly to death to
scrape up money enough to pay ice bills and
tho other Httlo running expenses of the Gov
ernment. Besides this there are many of Un
cle Sam's notes falling due right along, and
owing to the generally bad financial condition
of the country, tho note holders are leery
about granting extensions. It Is probable, if
the case was presented to them in the right
light, that neither Mr. Vaughan nor his clients
would want the men who risked their lives in
making the prefix "ex" proper before the
"slaves" to go without their pensions, as they
would have to do if Mr. Vaughan's demands
were met at once. No; Mr. Vaughan should
be considerate and patient, and may be ho will
get what he asks In the course of time; If not
that, then in the course of eternity. Let Mr.
Vaughan and tho ex-slaves make up their
minds to wait a while say a couple of hun
dred years at least.
"Adopting an Abandoned Farm."
A bright and energetic woman has solved
the problem of what to do with the aban
doned farms of New England. Miss Kate
Sanborn is tho woman, and the solution of
tho problem which has given Yankee econo
mists so much anxious thought is revealed In
"Adopting an Abandoned Farm," a dainty
summer volumn ju6t issued by tho Appletons.
It does not appear that Miss Sanborn made
money by cultivating the abandoned farm she
rented at $40 a year. On the contrary, she
seems to have lost money In all her experi
ments In horse-trading, duck and chicken
raising, and peafowl culture. The flock of
ducks which she purchased with a view to
selling their eggs at a splendid profit, stub
bornly refused to lay. On Investigation, how
ever, Miss Sanborn found tho ducks had a
good excuse for their failure to give a return
in eggs for the food which they consumed in
Immense quantities. Miss Sanborn'e ducks
were nearly all drakes. The chickens were
killed by the dog, and the youthful peafowl fell
a victim to too much coddling. Still Miss San
born had an Immensely interesting experience
in adopting that abandoned farm; and while,
as before stated, she lost money on It, she will
no doubt get it all back and more, too,
through the sales of this book in which she
tells with delightful drollery and breezlness
the story of her daring experiment. The San
born plan of turning the abandoned farm6 of
New England to account, therefore, may bo
summarized as follows: First adopt your
abandoned farm and then write a book about
your experiences which everyone will want to
read. Miss Sanborn's clever work Is for 6ale
Mr. A. M. Gorman left last week for a trip
West. He will camp out with a party of
friends In the Yellowstone Park for some
time, then will visit Pocatello, Salt Lake City,
San Francisco and other places of Interest
Mr. J. M. Davis, tho junior member of
Havenner & Davis, the well-known shoe deal
ers, leaves Monday for Philadelphia, Atlantic
City and other watering places. Ho will also
visit his homo In Frederick County, Md., be
Miss Katie Lay IIowo left last evening to
visit her brother, Mr, George A. Howe, In
Toledo, Ohio. She goes by way of Watkin's
Glen and Niagara Falls, and will bo absent
about three weeks.
On Friday a number of tho hard-working
and pains-taking clerks of the City Postofflco
were made happy by promotions as a reward
for duty well done,
Mr. Charles M. Merrill, of tho City Post
office, Is making a tour of the St. Lawrence
River and Lake George. He will also visit his
old Maine home.
Mr. Ollni Chamberlain, of the City Post
office, has gone to Elmira, N. Y., to visit his
father, Assemblyman Chamberlain.
Mr. Lew Worth, a young actor of this city,
will be a member of the "Mugg's Landing"
Company the coming season.
Mr. Kimon Nicoladles left Friday for At
lantic City, where he joined his family, who
are stopping at the Windsor.
Secretary Foster kvill go to his homo at Fos
toria early next we ;k if the state of business
Dr. H. L. Sherwood leaves the fore part of
the week for Troy, N. Y., where'lils brother
is ill. , . , .
Mr. Leach, Director of tho Mint, hasgoneto
Atlantic City for a short visit. '
Solicitor General Taft hasgoneto Cincinnati
for a short vacation.
Pretty and OoBtly Aids to Piety.
N. Y. Evening World,
Prayer books, bound in ivory, that sell at
$33 apiece, are among tho favoro in demand
at shops that carry specialty gift 6tocke.
With such a dainty book it is easy to be pious.
A ROMANCE OP THE ROW.
Whose Origin Has neon Wrongfully Im
puted to Private Secretary Halford.
Two young men 6atsoveral Sunday evenings
ago In tho dining-room of a well known up
town resort for newspaper men. Ouo of them
was a correspondent, the othor a department
official. Tho latter was half-jocularly, half
serlously abusing tho journalistic profession
and ridiculing tho idoa advanced by his com
panion that tho press was a great power In tho
land which tho biggest man feared and re
spected. Tho department official declared
that public men as a rule paid no attention
whatever to tho average newspaper story; that
tho endless "fakes" sent out from Washing
ton especially so disgusted public men that
thoy wouldn't take tho trouble to deny them.
At last tho nowspapor man, a correspondent
of n minor paper In an inland city, became
warmed up and declared: "I'll bet you a
wlno supper hero to-morrow night that I can
wrlto a 6tory, and not a wildly improbable
ono either, that tho President hlmsolf will
deny before supper time comes to-morrow
night. I'll wrlto it hero and you can see jt
before I send it out." Tho department official
jeered at this and declared that the newspaper
man couldn't write anything and get It
printed which tho President would over notice.
"Then you don't want to take tho bet f" In
quired tho newspaper ma quizzically. "Yes,
I'll take tho bet," said tho other, after a
moment's hesitation. "Now let's seo you
wrlto the 'fake.' "
Tho newspaper man pulled out a pencil,
got a waiter to bring him a couple of sheets
of paper and 6at a few moments twirling his
cigar between his fingers, thinking up a story.
Then ho began to write, and in the course of
ten minutes, with several pauses, ground out
about 250 words. "There, read that," ho said,
as ho finished and turned tho dispatch over to
his friend. Tho latter read the dispatch,
which wa6 about Mr. Blaine. It said tho
news had just leaked out here that when
Blaine was taken HI in New York ho became
so discouraged that ho sent to tho President
his resignation as Secretary of State. It was
known, tho dispatch continued, that Blaine
had for some time before the President went
West been disgusted with tho way Mr. Harri
son had treated him In connection with the
Canadian reciprocity negotiations and tho
Behrlng Sea matter, and that this made Mr.
Blalno all the more willing to quit the Cabinet
when he found his health broken. In conclu
sion tho dispatch said Harrison was inclined
to accept tho resignation, but was dissuaded
by members of his Cabinet friendly to Mr.
Blaine. They urged that If the Secretary
were permitted to leave tho Administration
he would give himself up altogether to the
hypochondria which always attacks him when
he Is 111, while If he had to look forward to a
return to duty ho would recover much sooner,
These arguments prevailed with the President,
so the dispatch went, and he wrote a kind
and cheering letter to Blaine refusing to let
him quit tho Cabinet.
When tho department official read this dis
patch ho laughed heartily and asked the news
paper man If he really meant to spring tho
"fake" on tho country. "Certainly, 1 do,
and here goes," said tho correspondent as he
pulled the messenger call in the corner. A
boy came in a few minutes, and to him tho
dispatch was committed. "If there Isn't a
denial of that story in the Star to-morrow
afternoon," the correspondent said as ho re
sumed his seat and lit a fresh cigar, "I'll set
up the supper and a bottle of Pommery here
to-morrow night." His companion laugh
ingly agreed to do the "blowing off" If there
was a denial of tho story.
Both watched for the Star eagerly tho next
afternoon, and when tho nowspapor man's eye
struck the Cape May dispatch he laughed.
There, sure enough, was an emphatic denial
from tho President that Mr. Blame had sent
in his resignation after ho was taken ill in
New York. That night the newspaper man
ate a good Bupper and helped drink a bottle
of wine at tho expense of the department
official. The latter, perhaps, would not have
paid tho bet so willingly if he had known that
tho newspaper man had telegraphed to a
friend, another newspaper man, in Cape May,
asking him to seo tho President about tho
Blaino resignation story and get a denial of it.
This little piece of strategy the newspaper
man kept to himself, and tho thought of It no
doubt gave a peculiar zest to tho supper and
And it should be said In justice to Private
Secretary Halford that tho story which origin
ated as above described has been persistently
attributed to him because It was sent to a
Western paper of which a friend of his is cor
respondent In Washington. This came about
In this way: The newspaper man who wrote
It on a wager was asked by a couple of other
correspondents after telegraphing it that Sun
day night if he had sent out any news. Not
being anxious for a "scoop," ho told what ho
had written about Blaino, and tho inquiring
correspondents thought It good enough to
send to their papers as well. This Is how the
story came to appear in the Western paper of
which Mr. Halford's friend is correspondent.
Truth Cost Him HIb Pulpit.
Rev. Dr. Lucas was seated among a small
assemblage of friends In Postmaster Thomp
son's room, making an honest effort to forget
that the thermometer was hugging the nineties.
Ho said: "I once knew a minister to loose
his pulpit by telling the truth." Being asked
to explain, he said: "While stationed in
Iowa, I became acquainted with a minister
who was a forcible speaker, but was deficient
in education, and occasionally committed
some grave misdemeanors against the king's
English. One Sunday evening, while speak
ing rapidly, he committed a gross assault on
Lindley Murray. No sooner had tho sentence
escaped his lips than he stopped aud said: I
am aware that my education Is deficient, I
regret that I did not have tho advantage of
good schools while a boy. If I had been more
fortunate In that regard I would now be
preaching to a more Intelligent congregation."
Tho minister told the truth, but that was the
last time ho preached in that church."
Dresses of Koman Itcd.
New York Evening World.
Bright Roman red dresses worn by a num
ber of society leaders, at Bar Harbor and Sar
atoga, are made of India silk, either plain or
figured, trimmed with flounces and insertion
of black lace, some having a coat bodice
fitted to the waist line, front and back, with
Bides lengthened in the shape of huge square
pockets, with a Spanish jacket of lace.
A New Use for the Bandanna.
There Is no better covering for a sofa pillow
than a bandanna. The colors are gay and
pretty and are too fast for any laundress to dis
locate. For hammocks, carriages or willow
furniture they are more desirable than any
ellk case, But one pays exactly tha same
price, or themes the cottons are imported.
THE INDIAN' SCHOOLS.
A Defense of Commissioner Morgan's
Wash. Cor. Pitteburg Dlspntch,
Granting that Bishop Kain is right In his at
tack upon Indian Commissioner Morgau from
tho standpoint of tho Church, It must bo ad
mitted that as a question of policy ho is pur
suing a course that has been abandoned by his
confreres In this locality. Tho attacks on
Morgau novcr had tho sanction of Cardinal
Gibbons. They were begun without his
knowledge, aud tho datnago had been done
beroro ho had a clunco to take a hand In it.
Tho whole row Is tho result of bad temper
and bad judgment on tho part of somo of tho
local priests, nud In saying this I havo beforo
mo tho testimony to that oftect from othors of
tho local clergy who utterly disagreed with
their associates in tho Catholic Indian Bu
reau, which has had charge of tho Catholic
Indian schools, and, quite as Important, of tho
contractsfor furnishing tho supplies.
Mr. Morgan has been greatly misrepre
sented In this affair. Ho is no at all allllcted
with popophobia. "Ho'lsnotan anti-Catholic
bigot, as Bishop Kain asserts, and ho did not
start out as 6oon as ho was Installed In office
to abolish tho Catholic schools. Ho recog
nized tho good accomplished by the schools of
both tho Catholic and Protestant missions.
Ho never has encouraged tho dismissal of a
single teacheroa accountof his or herrellglon,
and I cannot establish tho fact that any
teacher has been dismissed for such a reason.
Well, then, what Is all tho row about ? It is
just this: Mr. Morgan discovered when ho
camo hero that both Protestants and Catholics
had fat contracts with tho Government for tho
furnishing of supplies to these schools. Ho
believed that as the Indians were tho wards of
tho Government, the Government should seo
to and control their oducation. Ho objected
to a system that not only made tho Govern
ment pay for tho religious and denomina
tional education of the Indian children, but
which enabled tho bureaus having charge of
the schools to make scores, If not hundreds of
thousands of dollars every year out of the con
tracts for supplies.
While secular branches were taught In tho
schools, the main purpose of all tho sthools,
Protestant and Catholic, was to Impress on tho
children that the only proper and decent wav
to go to heaven was by way of the denoiulna"
tlon under whoso charge they were. They
were oven taught that tho Government that
supported them was a Godless Government,
and not fit to supervise their education.
Mr. Morgan did not put his wits to work to
abolish the denominational schools, but did
begin to multiply the purely Government and
secular schools rapidly. As fast as the Gov
ernment schools afforded conveniences for the
Indian children contracts for tho religious
schools of tho same locality were rejected. No
embargo was put on religious teaching. Tho
Commissioner merely satd that Secular educa
tion was furnished by the Government. If the
Churches desired to teach their, peculiar doc
trines to the children, thoy must do it at their
own expense, and make no more fat. profits
out of tho Government. '
No distinction Is made as to" denomination.
Catholic and Protestant are treated exactly
alike. The Commissioner expects ' within a
year or two to have tho system of Government
schools so general as to make the support of
tho denominational schools- unnecessary on
the part of the Government, and certainly this
Is a consummation to be.TYlcojne.ajyiall who
believe In the common school system of the
States, and that boys and girls' should be per
mitted to grow up with a secular education
that will enable them to reason out the relig
ious problem to their own satisfaction.
It Exists Until tho Man Tells a'Hove Story
of His Own
Platonic friendship between a man and a
woman can exist. It exists nuiny times until
the man is foolish enough to tell her a love
story of his own and somo other woman. I
overheard a woman telling another woman all
about it the othor day. They were at a table
back of me in a restaurant. She said:
"Wo have been tho best of friends for years.
1 had never thought of being In love with
him nor he with me. If I wanted to go any
where and had no one to escort mo fwould
always send for him, and beseemed so pleased
to come. Then to havo him como and tell
me all about his having been engaged to that
woman at that time. I will never forgive him
for it. And, indeed, I'll not call upon her.
He is at liberty to marry, and marry her or
any ono else, but he need not think I am wlll
ing'to take up any woman simply because he
is in lovo with her. Men are so conceited.
Without doubt ho has been thinking I've been
on the verge of loving him, If I haven't al
ready. Ho is the only platonic friend I ever
had, and I don't want another.
Ho wells on tho Theatre.
Harper's for August.
Some such error long disabled the theatre
from offering pleasures which might bo en
joyed with self-respect. But it is interestingly
noticeable that of lato tho theatre has been
somewhat better advised and at the moment
tho news stand has begun to topple on tho
edge of tho pit, the drama has been trying to
climb out of It. The theatre is still very
coarse, very shameless, but wo think It has
really somo impulses to purge and livo cleanly,
which ought to be encouraged by all who
know Its vast Influence. As wo havo often
said, It addresses tho weaker intelligences and
not tho cultivated, except on rare occasions.
But apparently tho news stand also addresses
tho weaker intelligences and tho acted fiction
has been growing morally better while tho
printed llctlon has been growing morally
worse, till now thero is much less to choose
between them than there once was,
I M I
Oscar Now Knows When to Come Off.
Mr, Oscar Wilde has accepted the inevita
ble and retired gracefully into private life. Tho
world is tired of his fooleries, and he has tho
sense and the wit to meet the world half
way. Ho now dines out as peacefully us any
other man, without attempting to 'live up'
either to his dinner or bis company. If anoug
peoplo, however, by whom he is hardly yet
taken au serieux, the great Oscar can still
dandle a lily, and yearn after a teapot, ' Only
ho is on tho watch, tho while, and knows to
the fraction of a second when to leave off.
Dullest Business on Earth.
Now York Recorder.
General Thomas L. Watson had just glypn
an order to sell 800 St. Paul yesterday, when
a healthy-looking tramp stepped unto him
and asked for "a little help."
"Why don't you work $" asked the general.
"My business Is dull."
"What Is your business V
"Picking buds off a century plant."
"Hero is a dollar."
COLONEL WILLIAM DICKSON.
What n Sapient Phlladolphlan Knows
Ahout Him and His Business.
.r 1VU1,nm Dickson's many friends In
lhlladelphiawlll be pleased to knowthntho
has settled Into a plnco that It Is said will net
him nt least $10,000 a year. Ho has becomo
tho agent at Washington of tho Pabst Brew
ing Company, of Milwaukee, recently made
vacant by tho death of Captain Wlddecombe.
Thero Is sntd to bo a grout rivalry between Mr.
Dickson's company aud tho Anhouser Busch,
to n V0,11,'8' n.nd tho Horguer & Engle. of
Philadelphia. He runs tho Democratic party
f 0 M8'ct ? Columbia anil is a member
of the National Democratic Committee. Ho
fewn'i8 Ceu ?elintf Cleveland and Is
known to be ono of tho loaders of the move
ment that was started somo timo ago bv a
&C,Otfrl0n Democratic politicians to
make Senator Gorman tho Presidential nomi
nee next year.
i"Mi;; D'c,k80,f 8ald owe hfR now posi
tion to tho friendship of tho man who was Mr.
Cleveland's Postmaster General, Senator-elect
Vilas, tho politician aro surmising that Mr.
Cleveland may gain an advocato and Mr. Gor
man loso one. Mr. Dickson hlmsolf says thero
iiV? l)0i,tlcs lu uls appointment; that ho Is
still for Gorman, aud it is his boliof that tho
Marylaud Senator is tho man who will take up
his abode at the White House when Harrison
leaves there on the 4th of March, 1893. Ho
says tho men who aro fostering tho Gorman
Doom are doing their work very quietly but
very systematically. Thoy are not hunting
delegates with brnss bauds.
NATURE'S NEED OP DUDES.
It Is a I,onpr Way Back to Them, b nt Thoy
Cause Variety In Plants.
Detroit Frco Press.
Tho Professor of Natural Science at Ann
Arbor was discussing tho process of fertilizing
plantB by means of insects carrying the pollen,
from one plant to another, and to amuso.
them told how tho old maids were the ulti
mate cause of It all.
The humble bees carry tho pollen; the Held
mlco eat tho humble bees; therefore the more
field mice the fewer humble bees and the less
pollen and variation of plants. But cats de
vour field mice, and old maids protect cats.
Iherefore, tho more old maids the more cats
the fewer field mice, tho more bees. Hence
"lamaWe are tho cause of variety in plants.
Thereupon a sophomore with a single eye
glass, an English umbrella, a box coat, with
his trousers rolled up at the bottom, arose and
"I 6a-a-y, professah, what Is the cause ah
of old maids, don't you know?"
"Perhaps Mi68 Jones can tell you," sug
gested the professor.
"Dudes 1" said Miss Jones sharply, and.'
without a moment's hesitation.
THE ANT AS A SURGJGJON.
Indiaus of Brazil Use tho Little Insect to-
Sew Up Their WoundB.
The grip of tho ant's jaw is retained even
after the body;has been bitten off and nothing
but tho head remains. This knowledge is
possessed by a certain tribe of Indians in Bra
zil, who put the ants to a very peculiar use.
When an Indian gets a gash cut in his hand,
Instead of having his hand sewn together, as.
physicians do in this country, ho procures five
or six largo black ants, and, holding their
heads near tho gash, they bring' their jaws to
gether in biting the flesh, and thuB pull the
two sides of tho gash together.
Then tho Indian pinches off the bodies of
the ants and leaves tho heads clinging to the
flesh, which is held together until the gash is
A MID-SUMMJEK. PJEAN.
From the meadpws comes faintly the sound of
Borne up to tho ear on tho soft southern
The hillsides in soarlot with lilies aro glowing,.
And the cattle Ho resting beneath tho broad'
It is mid-summer noon, and the sun in bis
glory , ,
Pours down his warms jays on the bosom of
Forever repeating tho wonderful story
He has told through tho ages Binco timo had'
'TiB small wonder, that bursting from clouds.
In tho morning,
Or robing in crimson from victories won,
All nature with light, heat, and beauty adorn
ing, The life-loving .OrcekB made a god of the
When ho rose from hiB slumbers beneath tho
now tho dnffodls opened tholr buds in the
sprlng. While tho bees and tho birds, In a mld-summer-pa'an,
All hastened tho pralso of Apollo to slug.
Who olso but a Deity, blessed and blessing,
Could thus condescend upon mortals to
shine With his smiles, now tho tenderest flower ca
ressing, Now ripening the olive, tho corn, and tho
Although Greece has long faded, with all of
The same sun sheds its beamB over earth's
While no record of mortal, though ever bo
Detects In his brightness a shadow of change.
Through the beauty of spring time, the splen
dor of summer,
The glories of autumn, and winter's long
He repeatB tho same legend to earth's latest
That he told tho first day when ho sank in tho
No longer wo worship the fabled immortals,
Nor bow to their Images, graven in stone,
But wo dimly discern, as through tho half
A power above us unseen and unknown.
While wo throw to the winds mythological
Cast tho shaklcs and fetters of creeds down
As we gaze on tho seasons, so changing, yet
Who can doubt that ttrc author of all is di
vine! Forest and Stream.