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VOL. VII. ST. CLOUD. MINNESOTA. THURSDAY. FEBRUARY 16. 1865.
Oh that the bell* in all these silent spire*
Would clash their clangor on the sleeping air,
Ring their wild mimic oat with throbbing choirs.
Ring peace in everywhere
Oh that this wave of sorrow surging o'er
The red, red land would wash away its stain
Drown out the angry Are from shore to shore.
And give it peace again!
Loud in his happy tangle hnms the bee
Nature forgets her hart, and finds her balm—
Alas! and why not wet
Spirit of God! that moved upon the fwe
Of the waters, and bade ancient chaos cease,
Shine, shine again o'er this tumultuous spare,
Thou art Prince of Peace!
Vrotn the LaJv's Friend.
BETTER THAN HK8TMT8.
I suppose you cannot begin to imag
ine what is better than chestnuts, espec
ially if I say at once I mean neither
peaches nor strawberries. I know you
eannot guess so, without making you
wade through half a dosen pages of
nonsense, I will tell you right out that
it is Philip.
And now I am confident you will
wonder more than ever what there is
in a bearded, black-haired man like
Philip to remind one ot chestnut*
Well, that is just what I am going to
Fii«t of nil you must be told sister
Kate, during that point of time when
the glories ot summer are past and the
glories ot winter are not yet come, was
on a certain day, while everything was
brown and desolate, se xed with an in
sane desire to go nutting. Now, if you
know anything about our family,. you
must know sister Kate has it all her
own way, and if she pronounced it her
imperial pleasure to go to the moon,
none of us would think of objecting, al
though, fortunately, sho has never as
yet got that notion into her curly head.
"Yes, girls, we must certainly go
chestnutting once this year, and to-day
is as good a time for it as any," raid
she, opening the door and letting itr a
gust of November wind, which scatter
ed my pile of papers as though thev
had been withered leaves, and filled the
room with a puff of smoke from the
Of course it was as good a time as
any I never saw the day, and never
expect to, which was iuale fur chest
nutting. That afternoon, to be sure, I
had set ap-rt esnecisilly for Foiling and
answering my letters—which should be
spoken of revi rently, some, at least, be
ing old enough to be venerable—and
had accordingly littered over the tabl
and settled myself down comfortably to
the task. When one has tuned one
self up to the key of writing, you know,
this bit of drudgery comes to be com
paratively a certain sort of enjoyment,
and it was actually with a a gh of re
gret thai I huddled everything back in
to my desk and portfolio again.
While was doing this you did not
suppose Kate was idle, did you If
yon did, that shows how little you know
of our family. She had been up garret
six times, and down cellar tour, at the
least calculation she had screamed
from the kitchen window to Indiana
Hamilton, her fast friend, who lived in
the brown stone cottage across the gar
den, "Going nutting! All ready Come
right over'." And she had shouted the
same formula from mother's bed-room
window to Margaretta Battlebrawn at
the parsonage next door, towards the
oortb pole, and sent word to Milly
Green by her brother Tom, who hap
pened to be passing opportunely, with
a cigar in his month, as he usually is.
To do all this, she had flung through
the sitting room towards a score of
times with the stir and uproar of
small whirlwind, upsetting mother's
work-basket, knocking down the tongs,
and overturning a chair in her career,
by the mere electricity of her presence,
as it appeared, for she did not aeem to
touch them with so much as a flying
I saw by the look of resigned pa
tience on mother's face, that, foolish
and tattle-brained as she regarded any
thing excepting sitting by the fire and
darning stockings, it would be a posi
tive relief to her when the doors were
finally closed upon us, and I fancied I
detected a similar expression in the
startled, disgusted aspect of the cat, who
had been roused rrom his corner, run
over and stepped upon, rutil I blamed
him no more than 1 did mother. In
deed, I pitied them both from this bot
tom of my heart, and I surely, deserved
their sympathy in return—though 1
dare ray I did not pot it, such i* the lieve, was no more nfraid than the
ingratitude of the world—fur if there fence, only was trying to act cityfied.
is anything I thoroughly detest and! "Pooh! don't be a goose, Marg.but
abominate it i* chestnutting. Picking come along if that is all," returned
potatoes, husking eorn, and pitching Kate, who has bv no means the fear of
hay, I am positive must be mere play the flesh, be it city or country bred, be
compared to it—and then nobody feels
So I always thought, and so I found it
Now I suppose you are imagining
that among this troop of girls some one
brought along a brother or a cousin na
med Philip, and that thus and then be
gan my personal romance.
Not a bit of it. There was never a
suggestion of mustache among them
all—only six tresl-faced, laughing
girls of us. That is, counting sister
Amy. who wasn't worth counting, as
she never is in any sort of a tramp if
she doesn't get a headache she does a
sore throat or a lame back, and it is a
wonder to me it isn't always her choice
to stay at heme with mother and the
eat. Hut, however, there she was, and
so we cast six shadows—or should if
he sun had shone.
"O dear what a disagreeable wind
I shall be blown all*o pieces!" Amy
cried, dismally, true to hcrselt, before
wc had gone twenty steps down the
laoc, which would have been green,
scattered over with buttercups and
white clover, if the season had permit
"Of course, child. Who ever heard
of chestnutting in a still day Windy
weathe* is just the kind to rattle down
the nuts," returned Kate.
I looked at the naked, tossing branch
es of the trees, where not even a with
ered leaf had clung for two weeks and
more, and then at-thc'"child," in utter
wonder at her simple credulity, but as
she appeared satisficdas well as silenc
ed, I thought it humane not to dis*
turb the bliss of ignorance, and man
aged to change an exclamation of de
risive scorn into a doubtful enough
cough, conveniently helped in the dis
guise by one of Margarctta Battle
This young lady, who was stopping,
Nevertheless, I stopped as the others
did, and cried, "What is the matter,
Margery What has happened as
loudly as the rest.
Margery screamed again by way of
reply, and pointed tragically at a herd
of cows gravely making the best of the
frost-bitten grass in Mr. Pendleton's
pasturr over the fence. One of them,
a little dun colored, slender-legged Al
derney (sister Kato said she was an Al
derney, and she is authority 1 should
hope,) a timid beast, who has never
brought herself to look with composure
upon full blown crinoline, was, to be
sure, standing apart looking at us, with
her small head np in a startled, irreso
lute way. At sound of Margaretta's
last scream, which was indeed shrill
enough to rouse the seven sleepers,
whoever they: may be, the little cow
tossed her head a little higher, and ran
wildly a few paces farther away, then
stopped and looked at us, more fright
ened than erwr.
"Oh! oh oh that horrible crea.
tnre is coming after ua—I am sore it
is! It is going to jump the fence and
run at us I know! O what shall
we do, girls? What shall we do?"
shrieked Margiretta, who, I firmly be-
fore her eyes
Such heartless indifference seemed
to produce a soothing effect, for Mar
upon this occasion, as you will shortly garetta stopped screaming, and although
see, though, as I intimated at the be-1 she and the cow continued to eye each
ginning, something came of the expe
dittan a thousand times better than
other suspiciously as long as we remain
ed in sight of the pasture, and she kept
us all between her and the danger (as
though it would be a pleasure to us to
be gored,) she came on without trying
to play off any more of the fine lady
and presently, being down the hill be
yond the oak tree, quite out of sight,
she grew as brave and gay as any of us.
After going down a hill, across a rude
bridge over a complaining, low-spirited
brook, up a hill and through an apple
orchard, we came to a group of chest
nut-trees, in the edge of a dark bit ot
woodland, where we stopped.
"It will rain. I know it is going to
rain," croaked Amy, looking pinched
0 no it wont rain it has looked
this way all «l»y," asserted Kate, who
has a way of making statements direct
ly opposite to the evilcnce of all the
senses, and then making us believe
them. This time, however, she failed
misciably in such kind ot craft.
"Why it does rain this very minute.
I just felt a drop on my nose—and only
see how it pours over on the moun
tain," persisted Amy, piteously.
"That is only a shower. It won't
con.c here. Besides if it does we can
get under a pine tree, and it will be all
the more fun," returned Kate, rattling
a couple of chestnuts into her pail, and
nowise disconcerted by the great drops
which came plashing down upon us
with no mote respect than as though
we had been so many dueks.
Are you expecting that "Philip"
came along at this point with au urn
brc'la and an irresistible manner, which
took my affections captive upon the
spot Not at all, my friend! Noth
ing of the sort. On the contrary, af
ter we had braved the pelting rain un
til wc had come off second best in the
combat, we began to look about for the
as I said, at the parsonage, being cons-1 i„ tree Kate had obligingly piomis
in in ime degree of Mrs Pettison, our d. Just like her, to speak so coafi
el.-rg) man's wife, had come to Meadows
from the city, where she had lived for
some years, 1 do suppose but she had
spent all her life in the country, until
her father had a place in the custom
house. However, that was enough for
fine airs but they were quite wasted
on me, for I never believed, after being
brought up in a farm-yard, as it were,
she was any more afraid of a stray
sheep, or cow, or of a toad, than 1 was.
So my nerves were not in the least
stirred by the series of piercing screams
she uttered as she turned about and
began to run back. I was prepared for
a great deal of that sort from the mo
ment when I heard Kate shnutin* out
her name at the north bed-room win
dow, and presumed she had seen some
thing as dangerous as a great auburn
caterpillar or an over-hardy grass-hop
dcntly too, when there was not a pine
within the radius of a mile. However
we found a wide-branched hemlock
which answered the purpose well
enough, and there we stood chattering,
and giggling, and trying to make our
selves believe wc were having a good
When the rain was over—for it real
ly proved to be nothing hut a very wet
shower—we came out from nnder our
shelter and began to stir about the
draggled leaves and prickly burs in
search of the expected nuts.
"1 wouldn't spend any more time
under that oak if I were you, Jane,"
called out Kate after a time.
I threw down, without any formal
leave-taking, the stick with which I
had been deftly turning the sodden oak
leaves hither and thither, so actively
that my arm was lame for two days,
and plodded back to where I found
cheatnut burs, again murmuring to my
self that I thought it strange I had
gone so long without any thorn pricks.
And here, not to make a short story
long, I will briefly say that, by keep
ing faithfully in the wako ot my sister
Kate, I finally succeeded in finding five
mouldy acorns, two withered chestnuts,
a shabby^binPs nest, a squirrel's hole,
a smoke ball, a pink toadstool, a snail
shell, a worm, and a cold—besides bur
pricks to keep me in needle-work for a
whole week. The others were, I think,
similarly fortunate—always excepting
Ktte, who would, I dare say, have
managed somehow to fill her pail with
chestnuts if she had been under a Lorn
bardy poplar, for she is a capable per
son, who has always that sort of luck.
"I will tell you what, girls, the bojs
have evidently been ravaging around
and stolen the nnts^from these trees.
Lot's go over thn brook to the trees on
the plain those nuts are larger, at any
rate, and will fill our dishes faster," sho
said, shaking down her pail, already
well nigh half filled, and picking out
some dead pine leaves and withered
If Kate had proposed to go and rifle
the nut orchard of a mandarin over in
China, without aying, "ah, yes, or no,"
I should have followed on in resigned
despair. So also would Amy and so
she did, though she snuffed dismally as
she slipped her little painted Indian
basket on to her arm and wrapped her
water proof more closely around 4ier.
think the other girls felt as we did,
but being young and silly, perhaps they
Any way we al! tugged on after Kate
as best wc might in the face of the sul
len, chilling wind, through a tangle of
underbrush, where I tore both my gown
and my shoe. And now came the
time for Amy to distinguish herself in
cr usual manner.
Crossing the brook upon the stepping
stones she must needs step upon a round
stone (I should think she might have
nown better, but it was just like her,)
and in an instant it had rolled over and
left her in the depths of the brook.—
Kate, who was first to see the accident,
sprang to her help and then the luck
less child must needs clutch at Kate's
pail instead of her outstretched hand,
and managed to overturn it, spilling ev
ery chestnut into the stream. Howev
er, Kate did not mind this episode at
all, but. was the very cream of kindness
aud sympathy for poor Amy, who was
ready to cry at such a culmination of
disaster. This, by the waj, is the pe
culiar institution of my sister Kate's
character. Let any one, no matter who
come to grief, or even disgrace, and
call upon her for comfort, and he, she,
or it, may rely she will never fail iu the
time of need.
So Amy was drawn out, condoled
with, and made much of, becoming
suddenly a person ot transeendant im
"We will go home at once. Amy
must not stay out with wet feet/' an
nounced our autocrat.
"Oh, no, you needn't. I can g»
home alone, and I don't want you to
lose your chestnuts," protested Amy,
"I have gone as far as I care to, for
my part. It is altogether too late fori
chestnuts. The boys and the squiircls
have gathered them all long ago. and
we can h*ve as many as we like irom
Georgie's pile, without breaking our
backs picking them this wet day even
if there were any to pick," returned
Kate, as coolly as though she had not
stared the excursion, and pretended
to enjoy it up to this time as coolly
and as generously.
That is her way she can change
her mind all in a minute, and then
nearly make you believe in spite of
yourself she ucver thought any differ
So we turned about and picked our
way over the brook where Milly Green
dropped her pocket handkerchief,
across a swamp where Indiana Hamil
ton lost off her India rubber, aud
through the brush where I tore my
"W won't go home around by the
lane. It is nearer over across by the
spice-apple tree," said Kate, taking the
lead, as usual.
"Aten't there any animals that way
wc shall be likely to come in contact
with queried Miss Margiretta daiut.
"I dare say, a whole drove. If there
are, I hope you wont set up another
scream and frighten them out of their
senses," returned Kate, loftily.
So we crossed the meadow, and al
though we did not meet with a cow we
did with a fence. Now I regard climb
ing fences as a mere joke—anywhere
excepting upon the Western Reserve,
I will admit eight rails are a trifle high
even for me. That is, if I am upon my
own responsibility when any of our
legal protectors are about, of course I
ean mince and stumble over two rails
with the most helpless.
At this point I dare say a common
place story teller would certainly drag
up Philip in season to catch just a
glimpse of a foot so delicate and tiny
(my foot is small when it isn't clothed
in two stockings and a Polish boot) that
he is attracted to look at once upon the
face accompanying such a iairy foot
whieh faee he doubtless discovers rosy
and resplendent with exercise and ex
citement, the torn dress adding pictur
esqueness to the scene and that then
eame the A in the alphabet of our love.
Fudge! nothing of the sort occur-
red. On the contrary, I glided over
the fence as sprightly as a young squir*
rcl without attracting the notice of so
much as a gentlemanly crow, who was
abusing the weather and calling out
dismal prophecies after us from the top
of a blasted cherry tree. But Amy.—
Oh yes! Amy caught her dress on a
knot and contrived to fall with no ex
cuse, but with a groan of distress.
"What is the matter now, child V*
asked Kate, sharply. Kate is a trifle
sharp at times it you know anything
about the nature called human you
must have guessed as much ot a per
son with her temperament.
"Oh, I don't know!" sobbed poor
Amy. "But 1 guess I have broken my
She hadn't, tor she walked home
with our help, but *he fancied she had,
which, tor the time, was quite aa hard.
When she saw us coming in this wise
mother fainted as I knew she would,
being a habit she has and Kate cried
out to me to run for the doctor. The
doctor wasu't needed any more than
the undertaker, and I knew it but
that is the way in our family. The
medic.!I man is called in if one of us
has hdt so much as the quivering of an.
So I started on what I was conscious
to be a fool's errand, without disturb
ing my placidity by any useless remon
strance but meeting Rose at the gate
just coming from school, I sent her and
returned to help Kate drench mother
in aromatic vinegar and clothe Amy iw
All this while I wa» perfectly aware
there was never an hour in the twenty
four when it was possible for Rose to
blunder upon an errand but that she
did it nevertheless, I fondly believed
it to be utterly impossible at this time,
as the child knew the way to Doctor
Camphor's as well as she did into owx
diuing-room she had had sufficient oc
casion to learn it I should think. So
she did, there was no difficulty in that
but as it happened the old doctor was
too ill, or fancied he was, to go out, and
when he proposed sending a yonng stu
dent ot his, Rose, in the simplicity of
her heart, believing half a doctor bet
ter than none, readily assented, and as
tonished us presently in very great de
gree by ushering iuto our presence the
young Dr. Bray, whom I had a habit
of calling irreverently by the suggest,
ive alliterative of Doctor Donkey. And
this proved to be my Philip, at your
Amy's hurt was only a very slight
spiain, such as you and I would carry
off without a wince but she did maw
age a silly sort of low nervous fever,
and as Dr. Bray had commenced upon
her case he saw it through. saw
also at the same time that though I was
hwnifly I was good that it I didn't
sparkle and dazzle like Kate, I was ten
times as reliable being patient, and
sensible, and long suffering being be
sides, useful aa a bed of sage. And
thus it came about that ever since that
blessed day we have had a physician
right in the family, which is an un
I am not jEsop nor any descendant
of his, being iu a lineal line direct from
the virtuous Japhetb who eame over in
the Ark nevertheless I pray you let
me add a moral to this pleasing table
of mine. Whieh ii, my dear girls, al
ways keep your cup clean and bright
and right side up against the much
looked-for, long delayed rain of por
ridge. That is, be upon every occa
sion amiable and good, and sett-sacrifi
cing, and then yon will be sore to shine
upon the right one.
Observe also, how the chestnutting,
which I detested aad fell in with for
the pleasure ot others, whieh indeed at
the time wrought only the
discomforts, was, after all, the
to the happy end whereby I wan re
warded by becoming Mrs Philip Bray.
IN au action, lately, Mr. Jesses sand
it was a lamentable thing to son "two
tailors in the same suit."
A Fou i. JOKE.—Why is Hairy Ska
the place where chickens roast f—Be
cause ha'a a Hen-aery.
NEW Negro Song, unpopular with
School Boys.—"The happy land of
Ole Bull, after aa absence of ssaaj
years, recently played at Berlin,