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Indians Welcome White Traders in the Daytime, but Won't Let
Them Stay Over NightAfraid of Losing Their Women-
Children in the Colombian ArmyHow Soldiers Are Drafted.
By Frederic J. Haskln.
UENAVENTURA, Colombia, tlon of the Bible stories is somewhat
Jan. 29.If some of the clouded. Their manner of showing
tribes of Indians in remote reverence is often most amusing. On
parts of Colombia succeed one occasion a notice of service was
in maintaining the laws and posted in which the Savior was re-
customs they now have in ferred to as "Colonel Jesus Christ,
force, they will oertainly not An inquiry developed the fact that the
meet the fate of their North American author of the notice considered col-
couslns, and become extinct. They onel" a very honorable title, and
welcome white traders but they won't thought that Jesus, being a great per-
let the pale-faces remain in their sonage, was worthy of being addressed
country over night. As soon as the* by the most distinguished name his ad-
tradlng is done the visitors must re- mirercould think of. It was some
turn to their ships and sail away. As time before it could be' made Plain to
long as they do so, they are not mo- the well-meaning native that the title
lested, but if they manifest a tendency was not reverent enough -Another
to hang around and get sociable, after notice concerning
Correspondence of The Journal.
Washington, Feb. 4.The biblical
adage about the camel and the eye of
a needle as related to the rich man,
can be amended to flit the case of the
mistress of the White House. I won
der if any wife or sister or daughter
of the chief executive ever pleased the
Washington public. In looking over
some old records recently, I found
some caustic criticisms of Dolly Madi
son, and Mrs. Roosevelt should feel
consoled. Such a disgruntled lot of
Benators' wives, judges' wives, repre
sentatives' wives, wives of men in so
ciety and out of it, widows and maid
ens with a grievance! The receptions,
the musicals and the informal at
homes on Friday have caused trouble,
but this is Uch an old story that it
cannot bear repetition. Some of the
people have discovered that Mrs.
Roosevelt, not to mention the presi
dent and Miss Alice, is too fond of en
tertaining the diplomatic corps. They
never were so much in evidence at the
White House as this winter. These
pedple demand why the foreigners
should be asked to every presidential
function, when the officials of the
government receive but one or two a
-winter. Mrs. Roosevelt is certainly
very gracious to the
she has a perfect right to be, her
tastes run that way. She Is but fol
lowing the fashion of her cult, the cir
,cle she moves in, who would rather
have an ambassador to dine than the
president and the entire cabinet. The
cabinet women have a grievance be
cause of the growing intimacy be
tween Mrs. Roosevelt and Mrs. Knox.
They are devoted friends, and Mrs.
Knox receives five invitations to the
White House where her associates do
not get one. But, again, can not Mrs.
Roosevelt select a friend without
causing a break in the harmonious re
lation of the government? She Is
showing herself utterly indifferent to
these criticisms, and continues to In
vite Mrs. Knox and the diplomats
whenever she desires their company.
She cannot please Washington society,
no matter how much she tries, so she
might as well have the comfort of
Mrs.Draper, like the other millionaire
"^winter residents, is not making a
record this season. Being a Kentuck
Jan, she is hospitably inclined. Mrs.
Draper, however, had the bad for
tune to offend Mrs. Roosevelt, and the
mistress of the White House, altho
a most amiable woman, is not'one to
forget. Last year Mrs. Draper re
ceived the first intimation of not be
ing in favor at court, when
not invited to the blue room4
the business is concluded, trouble is
certain to result. This is because the ^Xf' 'St S od
Indian women like white men and will
run away with them if they get a
chance. The native women are rather
attractive as girls, but they age very
quickly. The universal dress among
the women consists of one sack-like
garment, reaching from the shoulders
to the knees, with holes for the head
and arms. It is one place in the
world where the styles do not change.
Most of the men wear trousers, and
some of the more progressive and
prosperous among them wear shirts.
Woman's Rights Discouraged. ripe,w anr Mose is certainly a sea
They have interpreters who can In another place there was a cigar
speak English, and their standard store with religious mottoes painted all
money is American gold. While the over its front. "Fear GodDo
men are good traders, and lean to
ward civilized ways in their money
and their dress, they are quite barbar
ous in their habits of living. They re
side in shacks, and have three or four
wives each. They select their com
panions while they are very young, a
girl rarely reaching the age of 14 be
fore she is claimed by some brave.
There is no marriage rite. One trad
er among them insisted that the high
contracting parties to one of their
jungle matrimonial alliances acknowl
edge the solemn obligation by run
ning around a banana tree three
times, but one of his companions
scouted the idea, and said they never
thought of putting themselves to so
much trouble. The men insist upon
being the head of the house, how
ever, even, if there is a lack of formal
ity in establishing the same. A favor
ite method of punishing a disobedient
wife is to tie her to a stake over an
ant hill and let the Insects nibble at
her toes for an hour or two. It is
said she will always be good there
Lifeless Sentinels Stand Guard.
The manner In which these Indians
guard their villages from the Intrusion
of outsiders is very ingenious. They
string dry calabashes on ropes of vines
all around their camp, and hide them
In the grass, and hang them in trees.
Anyone prowling about will be almost
certain to disturb some of these life
less sentinels. The least jar causes the
seeds inside of them to make a rattling
noise that can be heard for quite a
distance, thus sounding the alarm of
the approach of an intruder. They are
ugly customers if trifled with and as a
rule are left severely alone by the
whites. It is undoubtedly best for all
that they insist on being so exclusive.
It would seem that there should be
some dark corners of the earth where
the crude children of nature can pur
sue their rough ways in peace.
"Colonel Jesus Christ.**
The IndianB living nearer to the
centers of population have become less
objectionable as neighbors, but their
proximity to civilization has taken
away none of their barbario love of
display. Many of them have embraced
the Catholic religion, whose forms and
ceremonials seem readily to attract
them. They invariably add to the
rites of the service whenever it is pos
sible to do so. There are many in
stances which show that their concep-
Busy Now Criticising the President's Wife Because She Enter-
tains Diplomatic Corps Too MuchSince It Is Impossible to
Please Every One, the Roosevelts Go on Their Way Serenely
IndifferentDoings in High Society at the Nation's Capital.
eas of Saint Av was tn
grandmamma of God
Thruout all the West India islands
and South America, there are many
traders who have married the native
women and pretended to embrace
their religion. Many of this class are
renegades. They smuggle and mix se
cretly in all sorts of rascality. Many
of these fellows flaunt their profes
sional religion like a merchant dis
plays his goods. Over one door I saw
this sign, "Put your trust in God, and
IS HARD O PLEASE
New Year's reception. She particu
larly wished to be present, and she
even politely hinted this desire in the
presidential company. Her disap
pointment and chagrin were so great
that she left Washington two days
before Jan. 1, 1903. This year she
met with no greater success at the
New Year's functions, altho such non
official people as Mrs. Leiter were
honored with the prized blue slip.
She will likely find diversion enough
at Madam Hengelmuller's and at the
British embassy, for I am told that
Mrs. Draper hag become quite friend
ly with Lady Durand.
Miss Daisy Leiter has returned
from her visit to England and we
may hope for some enlivening of the
social season. Miss Daisy is original
in her methods and she has doubtless
received suggestions during her stay
at the British capital. Strange to say
no new matrimonial rumor Is con
nected with the younger Miss Leiter,
so the gossips are saying that she has
hearkened to the voice of her old
admirer, Craig Wadsworth. Mr.
Wadsworth has been in London at In
tervals during the winter, and, so it
is said, has renewed his attentions to
Miss Daisy. This may be true, but it
will be a huge disappointment to Mrs.
Leiter if Daisy does not marry Into
the British peerage. Miss Nancy Lei
ter will not return to this country,
for some months yet. She is doing
Egypt and Palestine with a chaperon.
Mr. and Mrs. Leiter are living very
quietly this winter, and their usual
dinner parties and receptions have
been eliminated. Perhaps they will
take more Interest in the amenities,
now that Miss Daisy is at home. Some
of their friends say that Mr. Leiter
lost heavily during the panic of last
summer and that he has been com
pelled to retrench in every particular.
Only one part of the marble mansion
has been in use this winter and but a
fraction of the usual retinue of serv
ants has held court in the lower re
gions. Mr. Leiter's health is some
what Improved, but he is far from
robust. At present he is constantly
in consultation with those who make
a minute study of the diseases which
overtake all who indulge, not wisely,
but too well, in highly flavored food.
In other words, Mr. Leiter has the
gout, together with a rheumatic com
Hardly a week passes without the
arrival of a foreigner of note, and it is
becoming quite the thing for continen-
pants from Moses Maduro.
a maduro in
RlghtBuy Here was followed by
"Any man who says we don't sell
tal noblemen to pay a flying visit to
New York and Washington tor a few
weeks during the height of the season.
The visit of Count Hochberg last week
was the occasion of several rather in
formal and impromptu dinners in his
honor, as his coming was unheralded
and known to only a few of his in
times in the diplomatic corps. Count
Hochberg is a younger brother of
Prince Henry of Pless, who married
Miss Daisy Cornwallis-West, one of the
most noted beauties of London and a
petted favorite in the "king's set." It
was Prince Henry Pless who came
over last year to this country to at
tend the opening of the New York
Chamber of Commerce on behalf of
the kaiser. Count Hochberg's father,
the Prince of Pless, is grand hunts
man to Emperor William. This is not
the count's first visit to America, hav
ing come over last summer for a brief
stay at Newport during horse-show
week, when he was much lionized.
Another titled notable who is ex
pected to arrive shortly In Washing
ton, as the house guest of Ambassador
and Lady Durand, is the Duchess of
Sutherland, one of England's famous
beauties and philanthropists. Her
Grace, Mary, Duchess of Sutherland, is
a daughter of the dowager Countess
of Rosslyn, and a sister of the Earl of
Rosslyn, who has become notorious for
his eccentricities and penchant for
spectacular theatrical displays, pos
sessing the finest private theater in
Great Britain. The Duke of Suther
land is considered the wealthiest land
owner in England, and is a prominent
figure in politics.
Mrs. Richardson Clover's fancy
dress ball for the associates of her
young daughters was generally regard
ed to have exceeded in beauty all the
former occasions like it in the Clover
home. This view was strengthened
by the few grown-up friends of the
hostess who have been at them from
the first, and who found the picture
more bewitchingly beautiful than ever
before. The decorations were un
usually effective even in the days of
the wonders of the electric lighting.
The hostess reproduced in her dining
room a fairy orange grove, as the gold
en fruit and its white blossoms were
suspended from the celling and dotted
the walls from a mass of greenery.
Electric sparks made a wonderland
of the music-room, appearing in the
vine-embowered walls and ceiling. In
the drawing-room the tower window
was lined with green, flecked with
snow and a cutter lined with white fur
robes was the receptacle for paper
covered and ribbon-tied books and
toys, which were distributee! to the
youthful 'guests before they went
Mrs. Clover and her daughter Dora,
as "A Daughter of the Nile," splendid
ly dressed in velvet and gauze," mock
jewels and pearl-twined tresses, and
Beatrice as "Popcorn," a pink tulle
dress hung with strings of popcorn
and a headdress of popcorn on her
powdered hair, received their .guests
in the main hall.
There were about a hundred child
ren present in such a delightful va
riety 1 costumes that watching for
the duplicates was a part of the enter
tainment. Marching and counter
marching, dancing and romping, kept
the youthful participants on the go.
Supper served downstairs in the bil-
A CANE HOUSE IN COLOMBIA.
OWNS A WHITE SHIRT AND FOUR WIVES. A GIRL OF COLOMBIA. A CHILD SOLDIER OF COLOMBIA.
liard room was an agreeable break
The present-giving came near go
ing-home time. Miss Sherrill, Miss
Clover, Miss Sargent and the Misses
Sutherland were assistants to the
hostess in engineering all the pretty
movements. Mrs. Cortelyou, Mrs.
Draper, Mr. and Mrs. James Wads
worth, Jr., were among the lookers-on.
The Cortelyou children, the baby girl
as Red Riding Hood, Grace as Bo
Peep and their brothers as a Rough
Rider and the Black Prince Master
Quesada, a page Aurora Quesada as
Night Matilda Bussche, a Tyrolese
the Darling children as Dutch peas
ants Ida Wynne, flower girl Ruth
Wynne, a princess Marguerite Bar
bour, a marguerite Margaret Draper,
Italian girl Arthur Foraker, a China
man Margaret Smith, a Gainsborough
portrait Baby Louise Wood, rosebud,
and her brother, a Spaniard Jean
Sands, a Dutch girl Helen Le Seure,
tinkling bells Virginia Le Seure, Ja
nice Meredith, the two last, grand
daughters of Speaker Cannon Frances
Moore, a colonial dame Yulee Noble,
Spanish dancer Eleanor Reyburn, a
butterfly Gladys McMillan, a French
beauty Kent Legare, a British officer
Alice Brice, a snow queen Julia Brice,
flower girl Arthur Brice, Jr., Robin
Hood Roger Townsend, an Indian,
and the 7-monthes-old grandchild
of Senator Alger was a Chinese man
darin in his nurse's arms Sidney Wol
cott, Sunny Jim Stuart Wolcott, Lit
tle Boy Blue Doris Haywood, Folly
Margaret Perin, Pierrette, and Hous
ton Driggs, Egyptian shiek, were a
few of the pretty costumes noted.
Mrs. Roosevelt, accompanied by
Miss Carrow, Miss Belle Hagner, Ma
jor McCawley }and Mr. Wadsworth,
occupied a box at the National thea
ter one evening last week to see Max
ine Elliott's performance of Clyde
Fitch's comedy, "Her Own Way."
Between the acts Mrs. Roosevelt In
vited Miss Elliott into her box, and in
vited her to supper at the White
House after the performance.
As soon as the play was ewer Mrs.
Roosevelt and her guests left the the
ater by the side entrance, leaving Ma
jor McCawley to escort Miss Elliott to
the White House.
One of the .most notable social
events of the season was the reception
given Secretary Root by Senator Al
ger, at .the Alger home in this' city
last week. The drawing-rooms, re
ception hall, and library were fragrant
with -spring flowers, and the dining
room, where a buffet supper was
served, was decorated with American
Beauty roses and lighted with softly
shaded candelabra. The host and his
guest received in front of the draw
ing-room windows. Above them were
suspended the United States flag and
the flag of the secretary of war.
A notable feature was the presence
of four former secretaries of war
Proctor, Elkins, Lamont and Alger.
The company Included a large gath
ering of representative men from all
parts of the country, among them be
ing the president and former Gov
ernor Taft, just arrived from Manila.
The company further included the
members of the cabinet and the assist
ant secretaries, the members of the
supreme court and the senate, the
speaker, the Michigan delegation and
Representatives Hull, Hitt, Hepburn,
Grosvenor and Morrell, Admiral Dew
ey, Lieutenant General Adna R. Chaf
fee, with the general staff of the
Lieutenant Granville R. Fortescue
of the Tenth cavalry, U. S. A., now
detailed to duty at the White House,
gave a dinner last week in his apart
ments at the Marlborough, in honor
of Miss Roosevelt, daughter of the
The apartments* and the table were
elaborately decorated with meteor
roses, and corsage bouquets of violets
marking the places of the women.
The guests Included Mr. and Mrs.
Robert B. Roosevelt, relatives of the
president Miss Oliver, daughter of
the assistant secretary of war Miss
Hagner, Representative Ames and
Herbert G. Dering of the British em
Later the party attended the
The former Minister to Spain and
Mrs. Hannis Taylor gave a reception
at Rauscher's last Friday night to In
troduce their daughter, Miss Mary
Lily Taylor, to society. Mrs. Taylor
was assisted by a number of matrons,
among them Mrs. Blackburn, Senora
Calvo, wife of the minister from Costa
Rica Mrs. Charles B. Howry and Mrs.
Edmund Talcott. A group of the sea
son's debutantes also aided in enter
taining the guests. The decorations
were carnations, In memory of Presi
dent McKinley, together with antique
silver brought from the Taylor home
stead especially for the night. Among
those present were Speaker and Miss
Cannon, Justice and Mrs. Brewer, Jus
tice Harlan, Justice and Mrs. Mc
Kenna and Senator Pettus,. Later in
the evening the young people danced
in the white and gold room.
Mrs. John S. Ward announced this
week the engagement of her grand
daughter, Miss Alice Ward, to Senor
Don Juan Riano, the charge d'affaires
of the Spanish legation. This happy
ending of a romance of several years'
standing comes appropriately at this
time. Senor Riano has just returned
from a short ,trip to Madrid, where he
was called by the illness and death
of his mother. Miss Ward is bright
and affable, and has a wide popular
ity in society, where she has been a
great belle since her debut a few sea
Following is a list of the more im
portant social events of the near fu
Feb. 8.The marriage of Miss Elizabeth
Brewer, daughter of Justice David J.
Brewer, to Wellington Wells of Boston, at
St. John's church, at high noon.
Feb. 8.Miss Louise Jones, niece of
Postmaster and Mrs. Payne, a leap year
ball at The Arlington.
Feb. 10.The third Bachelor's cotillion
at the New Willard.
Feb. 11.President and Mrs. Roosevelt,
a reception in honor of the army and
Feb. 12.Mrs. Roosevelt, a musical.
Feb. 12.A ball under auspices of Co
lumbian University hospital at the New
FEBRUARY 6, 190*.
cheap. Is not a true servant of the cers will drift around a bend in the
Children In the Army. families will be working along the
bank a little further down. At first
Colombia probably has more chil- sight of the recruiting officers the
dren In its army than any other South women will let out a shout, and their
American republic. It is a land of men will make a break for the brush,
never ending strife. If there were as The officers will round up as many of
many battles as there are manifestos, them as they can overtake, tie a rib-
there would soon be no soldiers left to bon around their hats, force a gun into
bear arms in the cause. When the their hands and march them away to
news of the secession of Panama fight, unwillingly, the battles of the
reached Bogota, the capital fairly petty little monarch who, for a time, is
roared with wrath. For several weeks "president."
one manifesto after another was
posted With such rapidity that it
seemed the very existence of the
United States was menaced. They
had us whipped a thousand times.
They tore us all to pieces and then
jumped on our bleeding remains.
They are the sort of fighters who win
many battles in the cafes they
conquer many worlds during
their noon siestas. When they talk
they get so excited it seems they
surely will explode. And the gestures
A Yankee sailor was watching a
crowd of natives having an argument
One black-whiskered individual got up
to have his say.and as he arose the
sailor said: "Now watch that old war
rior set his semaphores and sail into
the contest. I'll bet of you were to tie
his hands behind him he couldn't say
a word. He would be tongue tied and
The reason so many children find
their way into the ranks of the Co
lombian army is because they are at
tracted by the glamour of it, and do
not know enough to stay out. A
grown man, if he has any sense, will
know that it is the last place in the
world for him. The manner of draft
ing troops is about in keeping with
the way things are run in general.
The rivers are the roads of the coun
try. A boat load of recruiting offl-
Feb. 16.Song recital by Herr
Heinrich, at the New Willard.
April 4.Mr. and Mrs. William F.
per, a children's dance.
April 4.Mr. and Mrs. Francis Burton
Harrison, a cotillion.
April 20.The marriage of Miss Eliza
Hutchinson Webb, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. John Sidney Webb, to Dr. James
Fernandiz Mitchell at St. John'B church,
SUGGESTION FOR HOSTESSES
Floral tales as puzzles to test the in
genuity of people at parties have enjoyed
great popularity. A new one that was re
cently used as a basis for a prize contest
is good and will undoubtedly be useful to
many hostesses. The capitalized words
are to be left blank when the tale is pro
pounded as a puzzle:
The Belle of the Susquehanna.
In a pretty little village In the valley of
the Susquehanna lived a young lady who
was not only very beautiful, but was re
garded by all her friends as the Pink of
As might have been expected, admirers
came from all directions In Phlox, and
there was many a Bleeding Heart in the
village on her account.
She was of a cheerful disposition and
not inclined to indulge in the blues, yet
she sometimes became so perplexed among
her many admirers that instead of being
a "merry bell" she might more properly
have been called a Love-in-a-rhlst.
Among these suitors was a Dusty Miller
whose product was known in every kitch
en, and who had accumulated much
wealth, but she said to her friends, "I do
not want to Marigold."
At last a man from New York named
William Van Dyke came to the village
and was at once attracted by her charms.
He pressed his suit vigorously and assured
her that his devotion would never Flag.
She admired him personally, but was
uneasy about his business relations, for he
admitted to her that he bought and sold
Stocks and his assurance that there was
no risk connected with the class which he
handled, failed to satisfy her.
But one morning as they were out drlv
ing along the banks of the beautiful Sus
Quehanna he told her that on account of
his love for her. he had abandoned the
business to which she objected. On hear
ing this she accepted him and called him
her Sweet William.
He said, "You have cause me hitherto
many a heart-ache, but now you are my
He insisted that there be no more delay,
but that they go home and tell her par
ents, and right after dinner drive to the
minister. To this she agreed and they
were married at Four-o'clock that after
noon and took the next train for Wash
So happy were they in their mutual love
that they both expressed the desire that
they might thus happily Live-forever.
An EASY WINNER.
The porcupine may have his quills.
The elephant his trunk
But when it comes to common scents,
My money's on* the skunk.
THE WAY HIS WONEY GOES.
New York Times.
"Who Is tftat fellow who says he has
money to burn?"
"Stockholder in a fire insurance com-
stream. Some fishermen and their
Wanted American Husbands.
The women of Colombia are its one
redeeming feature. Altho they are
tied to faithless husbands, they re
main good women. Their lives are
devoted to their children, and they
certainly deserve more happiness than
they receive. They are very proud
and altho their liege lords and mas
ters do not walk in a becoming way,
they conduct themselves as gentle
women should. The girls never let
slip a chance to get an American hus
band, for they understand that the
men of the north will be more de
voted to them and provide better for
them. They are so eager to make
matches that will take them away
from their unfavorable surroundings
that they almost lead oft in the court
I know of one instance where an
American had called to see a girl
several times. He had made no pro
posals of any sort, and, in fact, had
not referred to such subjects as love
or matrimony. But the girl did not
mind this oversight on his part. He
was going away to be gone about a
year, and she told him she was awful
ly sorry to have him go that she
would think of him every hour of
every day that she would dream of
him every night and that she would
not dance with a single man while
he was away. She said all this and
meant it, without his having made a
single advance to her. He was dis
mayed. He did not desire to hurt her
feelings and laughingly said, "All
right." The next day their engage
ment was announced, and he has not
finished his explanations yet.
Strained relations and rumors of
war make no difference to these girls.
They are willing to become United
States subjects on short notice, and
the American young man had better
"look a little out" or he will find him
self captured hair and hide.
[This la the poem of which Golorntn says In
his Narrative, that it has been rendered into
Japanese by order of the emperor, and is bung
up, embroidered with gold, in the temple of
Jeddo. An honor somewhat similar has been
done in China to the same poem it has been
translated into the Chinese and Tartar lan
guages, written on a piece of rich silk, and
suspended in the imperial palace at Peking.]
Ihis poem is printed from the San Franclso*
Argonaut, by request of Colonel John J. Clague,
who regards it with great admiration.
O Thou eternal One! whose presence bright
All space doth occupy, all motion guide
Uncnanged thru time's all-devastating flight!
Thou only Godthere Is no God beside1
Being above all beings! Mighty One,
^hom none can comprehend and none explore!
Who hll'st existence with Thyself alone
Embracing all, supporting, ruling o'er
Being whom we call God, and know no morel
In Its sublime research, philosophy
May measure out the ocean-deepmay count
The sands or the sun's raysbut God! for ThM
Thero is no weight nor measure none caa
Up to Thy mysteries Reason's brightest spark.
Tho kindled by Thy light, in rain would try
To trace thy counsels. Infinite and dark
And thought is lost ere thought can soar
Even like past moments in eternity.
Thou from primeval nothingness didst call
First chaos, then existenceLord! in Thee
Eternity had its foundation all
Sprung forth from Theeof light, Joy, has*
Sble Originall life, all beauty Thine,
Thy word created all, and doth create
Thy splendor nils all space with raye divine
Thou art, and wert, and shalt he! Glorious!
Light-giving, life-sustaining potentate!
Thy chains the unmeasured universe surround
Upheld by Thee, by Thee Inspired with breath!
Thou the beginning with the end hast bound.
And beautifully mingled life, and death!
As sparks mount upwards from the fiery blase.
So suns are born, so worlds spring forth from
And as the spangles In the sunny raye
Shine round the silver snow, the pageantry
Of heaven's bright army glitters In Thy praise.
A million torches lighted by Thy hand
Wander unwearied thru the blue abyss
They own Thy power, accomplish Thy command.
All gay with life, all eloquent with bliss.
What shall we call them? Piles of crystal light
A glorious company of golden streams
Lamps of celestial ether burning bright
Suns lighting systems with their joyous beamsl
But Thou to these art as the noon to night.
Ten! as a drop of water in the ea,
AU this magnificence In Thee Is lost
What are ten thousand worlds compared to
And what am I then?Heaven's unnumbered
Tho multiplied by myriads and arrayed
In all the glory of subllmest thought.
Is but an atom In the balance, weighed
Against Thy greatnessis a cipher brought
Against infinity! What am I then? Naught!
Naught! But the effluence of Thy light divine.
Pervading worlds hath reached my bosom too|
Yes! in my spirit doth Thy spirit shine,
As shines the sunbeam in a drop of dew.
Naught! but I live, and on hope's pinions fly
Eager towards Thy presencefor In Thee
I live and breathe, and dwell, aspiring high.
Even to the throne of Thy divinity.
I am, O God, and surely Thou must be!
Thou art!directing, guiding allThou art!
Direct my understanding then to Thee
Control my spirit, guide my wandering heart
Tho but an atom midst immensity,
Still I am something fashioned by Thy hand!
I hold a middle rank 'twlxt heaven and earth*
On the last verge of mortal being stand.
Close to the realms where angels have their
Jast on* the bonndarles of the spirit land!
The chain of being is complete in me
In' me Is matter's last gradation lost.
And the next step is spiritdeity!
I can command the lightning, and am dust!
A monarch and a slavea -worm, a god!
Whence came I here, and how? so marvelously
Constructed and conceived? unknown! this clod
Lives surely thru some higher energy
For from itself alone it could not he!
Creator, yes! Thy wisdom and Thy word
Created me! Thou source of life and good!
Thou spirit of my spirit and my Lord!
Thy light. Thy love. In their bright plenitude
Filled me with an immortal soul, to spring
Over the abvs of death and bade It wear
garments of eternal dey, and wing
Its heavenly Might b-yon this little sphere.
Even to its source, to Thee, its author there.
O thoughts ineffable! oh visions blest!
Tho worthless our conceptions all of Thee,
Yet shall Thv shadowed image fill our breast.
And waft Its homage to Thy deity.
God' thus alone mv lowly thonghts can soar.
Thus seek Thy presenceBeing wise and good!
Mldnt Thv vast -works admire obev, adore
Aand when the tongue is eloquent no more.
The *o" shall sneak in tears of gratitude.
Translated from the Russian of Gabrfel Romaa
owitch Derzhavln. by John Bowrlng.
HISSES HIS CHANCE.
New York Times.
Balboa had jnst set eves on the Pacific.
"What a grand expanse of water," exclaimed
"Superb," replied the discoverer. "Just think
of the possibilities it affords for capitalization."
Bemoaning his lack of financial ability, he was
doomed to die before the days of the south sea
THE MISTAKE OF THE MINUTE MEN.
New York Sun.
The Minnte Men were gathered at Lexington.
"We see our mistake," they Bald sadly "we
should have been infinitesimal constructive recess
Perceiving that they were too slow to be
major generals,' they 'farther disgraced
selves by actually fighting the enem/,