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A Journal for the People.
Devoted to the Interests of Humanity.
Independent In Politics and Religion.
UttS. A. J. DC.NWAT, tutor and rroprittor.
OITICE-Corner 1'irst sad Ash Strwt.
Mlve to all Live Issues, and Thoroughly
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ot the Masses. r '
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PORTLAND, OREGON, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1875.
Written lor the New Northwest.
BY MRS. OLIVE E. 3I'C0I!I.
"A letter, Evelyn." said Mr. Win
throp, as be handed bis wife one be bad
just brought from tbo office, post
marked Bennington, Vermont.
"Ah! yes; from sister Sarah,' re
marked Mrs. Winthrop, as her quick
eye caught the well-known hand-writing;
"I hope hersituation has Improved
ere this, and John is in good health
Her husband had by this time seated
himself comfortably in his favorite po
sition on the cool piazza, and had
opened a fresh copy of the Chicago
Tribune, when an exclamation of" sur
prise from his wife arrested his atten
tion. "No bad news, I hope ?"
"Yes; John is dead," replied Mrs.
Winthrop, in a husky voice.
"Is it possible?" exclaimed Mr.
"Winthrop. "He has been frail, ,for a
long time, I know, but I did not think,
from your sister's last letter, that be
was in any particular danger."
"So she writes now, but listen while
I read her letter."
Dear Sister Evelyn: When I wrote yoa
lastl little thought! should so soon be called
to pass through such dark waters as now
threaten to overwhelm meand tbehelpless lit
tle ones that are now.dependcnton my sole care,
or, rather, I wish might be permitted sp.to be.
John died on the first day of Mar, and the only
excuse I have for not writing to you sooner is
that I have had so many griefs and difficulties
to content against that I have had no time for
anything else, 'Noonehad the least thought
that he was in any Immediate danger, but the
morning of the first Tie was taken very sud
denly with a severe pain In his head, which
seemed to affect bis eyes so that he became
blind and unconscious ot everything around
him. I sent ror bis physician Immediately,
but be could give me no hope, and at twenty
minutes of nine In the evening he breathed his
last, still unconscious of everything around
him. It Teemed so dreadful that I could hardly
realize that 11 was not all a terrible dream;
that he who had been ro noble and so kind a
hnsband and lricnd should be thus snatched
from us; this, too, when our hopes of his per
manent recovery were becoming a certainty.
Oh I it seemed more than I could endure. But
you will fccarcely believe me when I tell you
that this Hear husband, so unselfish and de
voted to us In the strength and glory of health
had been dead and hidden from our sorrowing
sight only a short .time when another distress
assailed us, In the form of pecuniary oppres
sion, and in a manner .for which I was not pre
pared. My husband's long Illness rendered It
necessary for me to make an examination into
my affairs, to decide upon a proper course' to
pursue, in order that I might, begin arrange
ments for our maintenance I was Informed
that the law would provide for my children;
that guardians would be appointed for them;
and I remarked In my surprise that I thought
a mother understood the wants or her children
better than any one else could. X was Informed .
that It was not Supposed thata'woman would
know anything of business affairs, and that the
lawful course for me was to select some re
sponsible gentleman to take the matter In
hand. In the shock of the moment I asked,
In the bitterness of my soul, If I too would be
compelled to place myself, with all my aflairs,
under the direction of some protector. I was
coolly informed that a lawyer would attend to
the management of the property, and thus 1
should be saved further trouble with it, and
the prospects are very falrthat such will be the
case, for as matters arc now, I shall be without
a home, just when I need one most. Death has
remorelessly claimed my treasured husband
and tender friend, and an almost equally re
morseless law has bereft -me of -a home and
Its surroundings. I am stricken with humilia
tion and shame, while my bitter grief should
have sheltered myself and my little ones from
unnecessary evil. Sarah IIazleton.
Bennington, July 19, 1SCC
"Well, that t hard," said Mr. Win
throp, after a painful silence of several
"Yes, aud how foolish and totally un
necessary, too," replied his wife, "when
she has exhibited such ability to care
for herself-and family under the trials
mat nave' attended tuem'-ever since
John's sickness. For two years she has
managed admirably in-doors and out,
so that everything -has been comforla
bly prosperous; surely she could do as
"les, she has done well; but then
you know, Evelyn, that John has most
of the time been able to attend to finan
cial mattera.such as giving and signing
business papers." .
'And .what reason Jiaseyou for think
Iqg that Sarah could not have done as
well? She is not educated, in the strict
sense of the term, but fehe is well en
dowed wjth that useful commodity,
common sense." .
"Yes, but.'tbedaw does not recognize
woman as competent for such affairs',
apd. consequently ibe law makes pro
vision fojsucb cases. She might land
should be appointed administrator, and
then, when everything la properly ar
ranged, she would receive a thlrd',of--all
that remained; so I think that every
thing is very fairly-arranged, ail things
"'All things considered,' " repeated
pe&ted Mrs. Winthrop, in .a tone
questioning surprUe. "What do you
mean by that ?"
"Whyf.feminipe incompetency relat
ing to finuueial aflairs. l .Is.generally
accepted that wp.nieq.can know potWug
of thesjj jnatten;,! . " MlA ,
'jPerbaps it is.', replied Mrs. "Win
throp, "but not.by women."; .,
"Law-makers aim to-be-just," said
Mr. Winthrop, .,"and it h5,.tq shield
women from ,care apd responsibility
that these.'Jawa are, framed, and it is for
us.. to abide by tfiem."
"I have often wondered if men would
regard such laws as..so very .benignant
if apjIied to themselves
Mr. Winthrop glancedmueasily at.his
"You prpbabjy remember, Norman,"
fihe coqilnued, without observing idm,
"Mr. Wllltop,' whose wife died nearly
three years since."
"Oh, yes! very well."
"You know that his wife had been ill
for a long time, and his business had, in
consequence, been much neglected in
caring for her, for he was most devoted
ly attached to her. . Now, we will im
agine that as soon as bis wife was dead
and buried, ho had found himself sud
denly accused and convicted of inca
pacity to attend to his aflairs without
the ''hindrance not help of the law,
and when at last everything was ar
ranged to suit lawyers, aud the com
munity generally, he would have gra
ciously been tendered a third' of all that
remained, after every one else had been
appeased. Tn the mean time, bis chil
dren, whom he tenderly loved, bad been
withdrawn from his control, notwith
standing his most earnest remonstrance.
Do you "believe that he would have been
satisfied with such a disposition of his
domestic and financial aflairs ?"
'"Why, most certainly I should say
not," replied Mr. "Winthrop.
"Well, .you can readily understand
that such a course is equally unpleasant
to woman in the same position."
"Well, Evelyn,' I"must confess you
have made out quite a strong case; but
you forget," he continued, resuming his
usual imperious manner, which sur
prise at his wife's argument had mo
mentarily thrust aside, "that our wisest
statesmen have had this subject under
discussion, and have decided the matter
as it now .stands, and who will dare to
question the wisdom of their decision ?
Besides, you will acknowledge that the
men of our land have ever been ready
to accord to the women' a courtesy
equaled by no other nation." ' '
"No," replied Mrs. "Winthrop, wilh
evident depth of feeling, "I do not for
get that our historians have faifed to
record on their pages the names and
heroic deeds of women who gave to their
country everything they possessed,
husbands, fathers, children, and" every
hdpe of present comfort, and Jfn many,
very' many Instances, their own livss.
Neither do I forget that Mrs". John
Adams, to particularize, with her ex
alted patriotism, courage and endur
ance, her faith in God's help and the
ultimate triumph in our country's
cause, did a grand and noble part in the
moments of her country's agony; nor
yet that to Mrs. Madison was accorded
an honor such as has never ,beeu ac
corded to' any other American woman,
in that Congress conferred upon her, the
franking privilege, and unanimously
voted her a seat upon the Senate floor
whenever she honored that body with
"Well," said her husband, gazing at
her with amazement, "and was not
that a splendid feminine triumph ?"
"To her personally I grant that it
may have been, but I confess I never
think of it without humiliation and re
gret that a nation whose history is
fraught with the accepted evidence of
woman's noble endeavors in its cause
would dare to insult womanhood with
such a mockery."
"What would you have our law
makers do?" aslted "Mr. "Winthrop.
"Frame laws that shall prove more
substantial blessings to women than
empty lionors ever can or will. Place
women, wives and mothers; on an equal
ity, politically, with their husbands."
Yes, but some wameu are so reckless
and extravagant that to do tbia would
be thejr ruin," said Mr. Winthrop.
"Aud ,would you wish the innocent,"
rejoined his wife, "to suffes .with the
guilfy? Would you impose, unmerited
punishment upon the wise and prudent
from which they cannot escape? Do
you not see that our law-makers, by
their' present course, place a premium
upon extravagance aiid inefficiency?
for if a wife cannot have and control, or
at'least feel that She, in the hour of her
Boresf need, can, independently of oth
ers, eiljoyo!th'e results of toil and 'econ
omy, where Is the incentive1 for- such
"Qnd;thing Is certain," declareuVMr.
Winthrop, with emphasis, "our laws
are made by 'the people, and when bus-
bands and fathers1 enact laws It is for
the benefit of those for whose interest
tliej feel'tbe tenderest welfare, and can
you doubt that they are anxious to
adopt measures that shall re&uit benefi
cently to those bo precious to them'?":
. "No", Norman, I do not doubt the
good intentions of husbands and fathers,
but did -it never" toccur- to you-that very
napy of those! sent to legislate on na
tibnal aflairs. are those whose profession
it is to; Attend-, tor litigation and-thus
win wealth and honor, and,-per couae
queuce, the more. litigation the more
.wealth?" - .
hWellf- it is of.no use arguing. this
subject longer; you,- at all events, are
safe enough," and Mr. Wintbrop's
voice assurnedT 113 usual cool decisive
ness, and he strode toward the harvest
fields to observe the. progress, made since
dinner. fi.i. . - ioq
Mrs. Winthrop gathered up her work
and began preparations for supper, just
as the children arrived from. school.
. 'JCoroe, my. .daughter,"' she said,' ad
dressing a fine-looking-girl of ten years,
"let ua work as fast as possible, for we
are ten minutes late," glancing hur
riedly at1 the clock-, "and supperijntisl.be
The home of the-Wlnthrops stood on
a gentle eminence which eloped toward
the road, and the house, embowered in
trees, looked the picture of a happy
home. It was surrounded with fields of
waving grain, which now in the fervid
glow of August was falling before the
reaper; broad pastures, teeming with suc
culent herbage, upon which roamed at
will, sheep, cattle and horses; commodi
ous barns, convenient outbuildings, aud
all that Indicates an eminently prosper
ous farming establishment.
Norman Winthrop, the possessor of
this fair estate, had years before jour
neyed westward with high hopes, and
the realization .of bis youthful expecta
tions was all about him. Commencing
fit the bottom round of the ladder of
success, he had steadily worked his way
up to his present position of compe
tency, and he' was wont to say, with a
Self-satisfied manner, "This is the work
of wity hands; J did this without help
from any one," until it had become a
fixture in his own mind, "that by his
Industry and economy alone had he
"been raised from poverty to compara
tive wealth." His countenance was an
index to his character brow high and
broad; large', square, firmly-set jaws, so
Indicative of iron will; lips finely chis
eled, that CdUld and generally did cut
off a yes- or no with the coolness and
precision of a guillotine. His every
movement indicated assurance and
dauntless" perseverance, and it is little
wonder that he now, at the age of forty
five, congratulated himself upon the
successful resul's of toil and care. This
man so happily situated felt that he had
ustly earned a respite from personal la-
bpr, acd that in future he should con
tent himself with .superintending his
Men liked to work for Winthrop, his
motto being, "If men do as well as they
have agreed to do, pay them all you
have promised them ; if they do more,
pay more," and this promptly carried
out proved, in the end, of great advan
tage to him. It is passing strange that
people will delude themselves intp the
expectation that auy saving can be ef
fected by demauding.m'ucli work for lit
tle pay. They seem' to, forget that if la
borers, in whatever condition, fail to
get a .living by honest toil, they' may
thereby be tempted to obtain it in some
less legitimate way. God will not be
mocked, and it is written, "Behold the
hire of the laborers who have reaped"
down your fields, which is of you kept
back by fraud, crietb, aiid the cries of
them which have reaped are entered
into the ears of the Lord of- Saba'otli."
Now, . whether Norman Winthrop
adopted this course from religious im
pulses, I am unable to say, but certain
it is that he bad decided upon a wise
course, and a plan so just could scarcely
fail to insure careful attention to his in
terest from every person employed by
him. His neighbors did not fail to ob
serve his perfect business integrity, and
he was honored and respected of all
men. Love of justice was a redeeming
trait in his character that, in a great
degree, overbalanced in their estima
tion the imperiousness of bis bearing.
When he married Evelyn Mill, then
jnst twenty, elie left the home and
friends of her childhood to journey with
him, to found a home on the broad and
fertile -prairies of Illinois, and though
her father declared that she had been a
most industrious and dutiful daughter,
he yet allowed her to go out empty
handed, because, as be said, her- brothers
were to be provided for, and if she bad
married a- man. without a comfortable
home, why, that, of course, was her own
ill-luck. She had enjoyed but limited
educational .privileges, but was endowed
with a rich fund of natural abilities, and
while no one would have thought of
calling her.-beautiful, hers was a coun
tenance expressive of intelligence and
strength of purpose." She had read
some, and thought much, and the. bis?
torical memories that clustered .around
her birthplace .bad. inspired lier;soul
with a revereuce for the' memory of
those who had passed, through the
scenes of. their country's peril, and .she
had never been able to.undetstand why
the sacrifices so cheerfully tendered by
them to tbeimation's cause should not
have been rewarded by equal .honors
and privileges. j-
Twenty years, with their checkered
scenes of hopes aud. fears, toil and care,
had.elapsed since then,andat the age
of.forty Evelyn' Winthrop was the per
sonation of intellectual 'Womanhood.
Despite her taste, for intellectual re
searches and love for all that ennobles
life, tbatilife had been to her a busy
one; she bad ever eaten the bread of
carefulness, toiling early and late, pa
tiently andcheerfully attending to even
the minutest duties appertaining to her
numerous, household; she was one to
whom the distressed could come and re
ceive' sympathy and assistance, "and
the heart of her husband could safely
trustin.her," and he knew It, yet bad
failed to. pnze.auch a treasure at thefuil
Value. He knew that she had unself
ishly .devoted her time, and strength,
both physical, and mental, to. himself
and tbeic children, some of whom bad
been claimed by death, and now Jay in
the silent cemetery awaiting the .final
consummation of a glorified existence;
others bad lived, (to grow up under her
wise care, such children as would in
time "arise and call her blessed."
Thanks to a good constitution", she
bad not pined and Jaded, beneath the
toll and. trials that bad been her portion-
Despondency had no place In.her
character, and health added beauty to
face and form.
As :Norman Winth'rop, on ibis sum
mer afternoon, surveyed the'excellencles
of his fair possessions, lie did not, for
some Tcason, feel that "self-satisfied
complacency which had generallyfound
so large a place In his heart. His mind
would revert, In spite of surrnunding-at-tractibns,
to theyearly returns' for the
cases of' golden butter' aud' tempting
rheese which had so largely increased
the sum that he had with so "much self
congratulation been accustomed, In the
past, to attribute to his own pecuniary
prudence and thrift; neither could, ho
cheat himself Into forgetfuluess of the
exact perfection of the household ar
rangements that reigned from garret to
cellar; system and cheerfulness shed
their "benign influence in'every depart
ment of their prosperous 'home, and as
he thought' a'nd thdugTfr, conscience
told him too loudly-to be silenced that
she to whom he owed all this assistance
and comfort had never received the
praise so" gratefuf to a truly noble mind,
and he fairly shuddered 63 his 'imagina
tion drew a picture of what his life and
financial position might now have been
had his wife been the' financial nonen
tity thai women areBUpposed to be.
Ar fast the rush'and bustle of Harvest
ing, threshing and marketing tho sum
mer's products was over, and then came
the gathering of the store of delicious
apples and other fruits; when drying,
canning and' preserving was the order,
until' the bounteous autunln yielded its
glory to the chill embraces of winter.
One day in the latter part of February
Mr. Winthrop started to visit a friend
who lived a few miles from his home.
He bad gone but a short distance when
his ho'rse, which was young and imper
fectly trained, becoming frightened,
madly reared and plunged, succeeding
at last in freeing himself; and Mr. Win
throp was' thrown with terrific violence
against the projecting corner of a strong
and high fence. The frantic animal
Immediately dashed off in the direction
of home, and' his sudden return riderless
instantly aroused the whole household.
The hired men, who luckily were at
hand, Mrs. Winthrop dispatched to-her
husband's' assistance. They soon re
turned bearing him; though they be
lieved him dead, he was' only nncon
scious, aud after carefully placing
him on his bed, Mrs. 'Winthrop dl
rected one of the men to go with the
utmost dispatch for a physician; In
the meantime, she, . with agonizing
fears for the worst, endeavored to
restore him to consciousness., A physi
ciau. soon arrived, when he quickly
became aware that the services of a
surgeon were requisite.
It soon became apparent that his in
juries were very serious; his right leg
was broken, and bis head was found tp
be dangerously, if not fatally injured, a
fearful incision appearing near the left
temple. The broken limb was success
fully set, and at last he showed signs of
returning consciousness, and- then fol
lowed the anxious days of watching,
with fluctuating hopes and fears, as he
wavered between life aud death.
All that the devotion of a wife and
children could do was wrought in his
behalf, and at Ieugth their hearts were
made glad by u. manifest improvement.
which grew more encouraging each day,
and, the bright days of spring bad glad
dened the earth once more with sun
shine ,and verdure ero. Norman Win
tbrop began to think of his aflairs; and
then to his anxious inquiries his wife
Would soothingly reply that he must
not worry about ony thing, for every
thing would be" right.
The spring had slipped into summer,
and Mr. Winthrop received a reluctant
permission from, the surgeon to leave
his bed and occupy an easy lounge in
the. cheery sittlug-rqom. He had ample
leisure to puzzle bis brain over the ruin
ottsx:pndjtJon in which he felt certain
tfiat his business affairs bad been
plunged. He had given orders concern
ing the affairs of the farm since he had
grown so,much stronger,. brat he was
sure that all was golngKwrong. Then
he noted the taste and' delicacy- of even
the slightest arraugement.of the room;
On a rustic staudf pear a. window open-
ipg on the. piazza, were placed pots con
taining' geraniums, fuchsias, tea roses.
and- all .in. perfect glory of blossom
while the.more unobtrusive mignonnette
and heliotrope fllled.the rpomw.itli fra
grance. i'rora the. celll.ng waa sus
pended a banging basket of rustic work,
from which crept downward, in sooth
ing coolness, plants that seemed am
bltious to' conceal 'tbo workmanship of
their receptable from the view of pre
sumptuous observers. The floor waa
covered by a neat rag carpet of subdued
colors, and as he looked at dts humble
work-a-day uppearance, the very war
and. woof 'ueemed fraught with the his
tory of -his noble wife's undaunted en
ergy and devotion to the mutual wel
fare of their domestic peace and pro'S-
During these Jioura.of-.rerery.the re
membrance, of the conversation ot
nearly a year since came up with all its
calm, couvinclng argument, and then
as.nqver before, he felt .the. full force of
the; base. insult pllered to pure' and in
teillgent woraannood,, in mat they are
compelled to submit, to control and dic
tation, and that, too,, from "those wh
Often pro Ve themselves their intellectual
inferiors.. As he .dally watched tb.
ceaseless activity of his wife, nth .won
dered that he had been so long blind.
At such times his face would wear an
expression that foreboded a future ful
fillment of a noble resolve.
At length- his weary confinement
came to an end, aud as be slowly and
thoughtfully wended bis way, Investi
gating the. condition of- his farm, with
its varied arrangements, he discovered,
to his surprise and endless astonish
ment, that the wife who had, through
all these'weary months of watching by
his bed-side, ' anticipating' 'his every
wish, leaving no duty tieglscted within
doorfv - been sufficient for the cares
which he had once, regarded as exclu
sively the glory of-manhood:
The barns were as amply 'filled with
fragrant bay as In the days of his health
and strength, and the -reapers were
gleamingamong the wealth' of golden
grain, in the broad fields which were
tilled aiid sown under the watchful-care
of his wife. --it- .-
The next morninglie ordered the qui
etest horse hitched to the single carriage,-
and informed his wife that she
eed not expect his return before even
When he returned his ivife met-him
on the piazza, and they sab down to en-
oy the pleasant coolness of the declin
"Evelyn, dear,!' "said Mr. Winthrop,
'do you remember the conversation and
it's-occasion, in this -very place, just a
year since ?" .
"Yes," replied his wife, as a shade
passed over her cheerful countenance;
'X .recolject; it, perfectly. .Poor.Sarah !
She haa.pa8sed a sad and .lonely year.
It isaamething that I cannot reconcile
myself to regard as. between right and
wrong." ... ; .
Nor can I," said Mr. Winthrop, in a
tone of voice so different from that of a
year ago, that his wifagave.adook of in
'You cannot understand, I see, Eve
lyn, that my mind is changed on that
subject. I am aware that I failed,' nt
Xerly failed to appreciate the worth of
your noble endeavors which were-so
uccessful in bearing a full.share in our
prosperous course, and I will telL you
now what I should always. have known
and acknowledged, that- to you belongs
as much of the credit of our success as-to
Mrs. Winthrop essayed a- deprecatory
'jNo, iivelyn, I must- tell you now
how I thought of my last remark- in
that conversation, that 'you were safe at
all events,' aud I feared I should die' be
fore I should be able to atone for my
past thoughtlessness, it is not in my
power to alone change the laws, but
there -was one thing I promised myself
I could and would do. I would, as soon
as God who rules in righteousness
vouchsafed me a return to health and
strength, have a will executed, invest
ing you with the solo right to control
our property without let or hindrance,
in case of my death, and here it is."
They had- both unconsciously rUcn
while Mr. Winthrop was speaking.
Mrs. Winthrop took the proffered doc
ument which her husband placed In ber
hand, aud her voice was choked with
emotion as she thanked him for his no
No thanks, Evelyn," Mr. Winthrop
replied, with indignant emphasis, "for if
our laws; as they now stand, a shame
and reproach to our legislators; were as
they should be, wives would not be left
at the mercy of caprice; and this, on
mv lmrt. Is after all, only an act of
Tite Realities op Life. There is
routine work to' life, and every man
goes through it, but not all in the same
wav. To some it is auruugery, to some
pain, to some art, to some. pleasure, but
to all lite, ir a man win not worn,
neither shall he eat, and the work men
do is . necessarily routine; the .same
wants, the same demands, similar mu
ties meet us every day. There arise
eridless details and fiuestions' of way
and means, but the one thing, life, by
dutv and by worn, is Detore us:- sut
wbat-wisdoin, what grace1 we require to
meet and fulfill it! How often we are
ve'xed and troubled by it! We are like
mariners in au archipelago; thechannel
.Is bordered on either aide by jocks, and
lio ls,.a sKliiiui pilot, wuo steers saieiy
through them. There is one thing,
however, that better than' ail things
helps a'man it is cheerfulness.- The
sun. rises every morniug in tne ueavens
aud although mists, and clouds some
times cover it, it is tuere. bo a man'!
disposition makes or mars his prospect,
mere is no neaituier, no more nopeiu
. ... .. ... l it:. t , '.u
lignc mat, a man can iiirowuu uis yaui
way tnan cneerruiness.
Hhe'JScientific Americart'tiays if a bot
tle; of the oil ofpennyroyol' is left un
corked in a room at nictit, not a mos
qui to or any other bloodsucker will be
found therein thti morning. Mix pot
ash with powdered meal and throw into
the rat-rboles; oi a cellar aua merais wjm
depart. J.f a rat or mouse gets into youi
nnntrv. stuff in his hole a rae well sat
urated with a solution1 ot Cayenne pepf
per, and no rat or mouse will touch the
rag for tne purpose oi opening commu
nicatlon with a depot oi supplies.
Good Conduct. If a grammariaji
cr'nrpwpa himself inelepantlv. or a mu
sician 'sing- without taste, they merit
the less Indulgence for the defects in the
nf Hiotr nrnfoaQ nrv ho ft pmmllv fTOIl-
templible who preteiids to the science of
i .1 .. l 1 .... f rr .yi
propriety In almost every act of his life.
trimii cuuuua. uuu vcb urmica .......
A Philadelnhla detective .has now
come to the decided conclusion that
Charley Koss was carried off By a-New
Culture for Wives and Mothers.
A correspondent of the Tribune
The trouble lies just .here : labor ond
tcraturo are not linked together as
thev oucht to be in the busy household.
but too often do we find work wedded to
worrv there. Mothers with silvering
locks and care-crossed brows,, bending
.over the burden of daily toil and' crying
out that you have no time for mental,
growth, here i6 a plaii for you which
has been tested ana proved uenenciai.
Whenever the labor to be performed
through the day, and .especially in the
evenings', Is merely mechanical and
does hot require the mind's close atten
tionas is usually tne case in well-regulated
households . after the morning
hours ask, "each child in turn to read
you something useful, while you fash
ion their frocks. You will1 soon not-
only be astonished to see their eyes light
p with new intelligence, out you will
also find yourself revived. A pre-pecu-
pled mind forgets the weariuess oi an
overwornea ooay. jioreover, cuuuren
whose literary tastes are early devel
oped by readinc to their mothers are far
saier amid tne snares oi aiter-nie, ana
far less likely to treat themselves to the
debasing luxury of reading yellow-cov-
-ered literature.. You' plan and plan and
toil and toil to send your children to
school; but in the evening, with one
ongtng iook at tne ooos-stieives and
paper-racks', you take up that great
basket of rent garments and silently
proceed to bind up their wounds, while
those "same bright-eyed boys and girls
are tirinir your nerves with their-nolsv
inventions to nil up tne vacancies oi
Give vonr bov a Roman history and
encourace him to tell you what he finds
n it, and you win soon nnu mm ae
ounng-the history of the world witn-a
Roman zeal. I know a little bov of
only nine years, who has .been accus
tomed thus to entertain his mother
since he could read at all, and to-day he
knows more literature than many a Jad
twice bis age, aud is so much attached
to certain fine old poems that ho will
drop everything at any titrie to read
tnem to her. JUet your uaugnter, among
other things, read ,to you receipes for
makincr conveniences wltn very little
trouble, which will bring order outj of
chaos, or as bnaKespeare says, tiiveau
things rein." xou ' thus educate her
from the start to a .systematic, orderly
wav of doing t nines, by stem, accom
panied by philosophizing "a process of
winnowing tne cnan ot non-essentiais
from tho wheat of. essentials" can al
most perform .miracles. How is it that
some women have time to do so much
work, and stiif leisure for reading and
writing? Simply because they plan their
work beforehand wltn that eua in view,
I know a farmer's wife with frail consti
tution who took-care of the milk from
10 cows, in addition to the pruiuary rou
tine of three meals aday, with sweeping
and dusting: tilled her house with num
berless contrivances, and conveniences
to , make hopie attractive; had time to
visit the sick, and time for reading and
wrilirig. She planned her Work by the
week: each day had its own duties, each
meal its own dishes. I know another
woman who had a special taste for mu
sic, arid was "so situated as to be obliged
to do her own bouseworK with very lit
tle assistance: Yet she found time to
nractice Irom four to six hours a day,
not to the neglect ot any or her own pe
culiar duties, but to the neglect of her
neighbors' affairs, jnow, I do uorvwint
to have women love labor less, but lit
erature more. I want women to read
more, or more women to read, so that
when one of our sisters gives us good
advice, it may be seed sown in good
ground, which will bring forth fruit in
abundance. When woman's work shall
have become reduced to a science: when
the fanner's wife shall avail herself of
the improved methods of performing
her part of the labor to the extent the
farmer now does: when seving ma
chines shall come to us laden with a
lighter load of tucks, ruffles, and puffs;
when all mothers shall become as care
ful to provide food for the mindsof their
families as lor their oodles, tnen snail
the amount of true happiness be in
Scared. The miseries of greeu visit
ors in New York are manifold. Their
ignorance makes them as easily scared
as cheated, aud a warning beforehand
by some knowing friend often makes
the matter worse. - J
A rural visitor to New iork, who hud
heard that horse-car fares'fn the city
-were only five cents, happened to get
into a Fourth Avenue car lmmeuiaieiy
after his arrival. Upon being accosted
by the conductor he tendered a live-cent
nickel, winch the conductor accepteu
and demanded one cent more. -
The countryman, recalling the many
instances of metropolitan imposition
ubon provincial unsonhistocaticity, de
bated the request, anu oniy airer a long
argument, paiu me exira wiu. jcai.
dav he happened to ride in a car of the
Broadway line, Upon which the "now
famous and weii-Kuown oeii-ouncii uau
lust been Dut in use. .
iieing accosted again ior ins aire, uu
tendered a five-cent piece boldly yet ap
prehensively, and nerved himself to re
sist the demand oi tne conuuetor iorau
extra penny. But the conductor, with
his usual' deliberation, caught the sus
pended card with one hand, arid reached
down wltn tne other ior tne Deupuucu
Suddenly the alarmed countryman
to whom the" Instrument loomed up In
the proportions of a silver-mounted
now revolver, shouted out. "Hold on
mister! Don't shoot! Here's, the. other
'cent. I was only tryin' or you."
LrrrLE Things. Little words are the
sweetest to hear: little chanties fly fur
thest, and stay longerou the wing; little
flakes are stillest; little hearts cue iouu
est: and little farms the best tilled.
T. It tic .hnnka nm the most read, and
little songs the dearest loved. And
ivhan nnfiirp would make anything es
pecially rare and beautiful she makes It
little little pearls, little diamonds, lit
tlA.dfi'ws. Agars is a model prayer, Vet
it.is..buOa little one, aud the burden. of
the petition. Ja out ior nine, xue ser
mon on the mount was Tbut little, but
the last dedication discburse was an
hour. Life is made up of littles; death
is what remains of hemall. Day Is
made up of little beams,' and night is
glorious with little stars. ' '
It ja said that at three ysara old, we
love(onr mothers; atsix.jJfir fathers; at
ten, "holidays; at sixteeti, dress? ati
twenty' ,'o'ur sweethearts; at twenty-five,
our wives; at forty", our eliiidred; and at
sixty, Qurselyes. .
Mt.l thin .wnai1 ef
A hundred years to come ? .
Who'll tread yon church with willing feet
A hundred years to come ?
Pale, trembling age, and fiery youth,
..J.hlMhiuul ti- t hi. rf Irath
Thn rich, tho poor.on land, on sea
Where win me mignis minions dc
a nunarea years w cuiue i
We all within our graves shall sleep
A hundred years to come;
No living soul lor us will weep
A hundred years to come.
But other, men our land wIU till,
And others then our streets will fill:
;Aud other birds wilL slng as gay,
aiiu ongni. uie sunsnine as to-uay,
. A hundred years to come.
THE KTE15SAL GOODNESS.
BY J. O.'WIOTnEH.".
0. friends! with whSm my feet have trod
The quiet, aisles of praver,
Glad witness to your zeal for God
And love- of tnan I bear.
I trace your lines of argument;
Your logic linked and strong
I weigh as one who dreads distent,
And fears a doubt as wrong.
But stilt my human hands are weak
To hold your Iron creeds;
Against the words ye bid me spealc
ily heart within me pleads.
Who fathoms' the Eternal Thoughts t
Who talks of scheme and plan ?
The Lord Is God I He heedeth not
Tho poor device of man. '
I walk with bare, hushed feet the ground
Ye tread with boldness shod;
I dare not fix with mete and bound
The love and power of God.
Ye praise His justice; even such
His pitying love 1 deem:
Ye seek a king; I fain would touch
The robe that hath no seam.
Ye sec the curse which bverbroods
A world of pain and loss;
I hear our Lord's beatitudes.
And prayer upon the cross.
More than our schoolmen teach, within
. Myself, alas! I know;
Too dark ye cannot paint the sin.
Too smalt the merit show.
I bow my forehead to the dust,
I veil mine eyes for. shame.
And urge, In trembling self-distrust;
A prayer without a. claim. !
I seo the wrong that round me lies,
I feel the guilt within;
I hearrwlth groan and travail cries,
The world confess. Its sin.
Yet, in tho maddening maze of things,
And tossed by storm and Hood,
To one fixed stnke my spirit clings;
I know that God la good ! ;
.Not mlno to look where cherubim
.And seraph may not see, -Bnt
nothing can be good In Him
Which evil is in me. -
Tho wrong that pains my soul below
I dare not throne above;
I know not of His hate I know
His goodness and His love.
I dimly guess from blessings known
Of greater out of sight.
And, with the chastened Psalmist, own
His Judgments, too, are right.
I long for household voices gone;
For vanished smiles I long; .
But God has lead my dear ones on,
And He can do no wrong.
I know not what.tbe future hath
Of marvel or surprise,
Assured above that life. and death
His mercy underlies." "
And if my heart and flesh are weak
To' bear an untried pain.
The bruised reed He will not break,
But strengthen and sustain.
No offering of my own I have,
Nor works my faith to prove;
"I can but give the gifts He gave,
And plead His love for love.
And so, beside the Silent Sea,
I wait the mnllled oar;
No harm from Him can come to me
On ocean or on shore.,.. , ,
I know not where His Islands lift
Their fronded palms In air;
I only know I cannot drift
Beyond His love and care.
O, brothers! If my faith Is vain,
II hopes like these betray,
Pray Ior me that my feet may gain
The sure and safer way.
Vnd Thou.O Lord! by whom are seen
Thy creatures as they be,
Forgive me if too close I lean
My human heart, on Thee.
Arthur's. Home Magazine.
The Secret of Success.
Aim .at perfection in everything.
They who aim at It and persevere, will
come much nearer to ic than those
whose laziness aud despondency make
them give it up as unattainable. There
are no rivals so lormtdabie as those
earnest, determined minds that reckon
the value or every hour, and tnat achieve
eminence by persistentrapplication.
Vo the best, you can, whatever you
undertake. If you are only a street
sweeper, sweep your "level best." He
wbo does his -best, however little, is al
ways to be distinguished from him who
does nothing. Persevering mediocrity
is much more respectable, and unspeak
ably more useful, than talented incon
stancy. Frogs do not-croak, in running water.
Activity is the law of life. Patience is
power in a man. Faith in our own abil
ity' is half of every battle. "A living
dog is better than a dead lion." Char
acter is a man's real worth; reputation
is his market price. A good character,
good habits, and iron industry are im
pregnable to the assaults of all the ill
luck that fools ever dream of.
Genius, after all, is only the power of
making an effort "Genius, unexerted,
is nomoregeuius than a bushel of acorns
is a forest of oaks." Do not croak
against geuius or want of opportunity.
If your opportunities are not good
enough, better them. It is cowardice to
grumble at' circumstances; the perse
vering man rises above tbem. Opposi
tion gives him better power of resist
ance. Kites rise against the wind. "No
man ever worked his voyage in a calm.
A head wind is better than no wind at
No ,man ever achieved renown who
was too lazy to exert himself. It Is
more'nbble to make yourself great than
to be born greats There Is no genius in
life lke the genius in energy and activ
ity, AVe cannot go to sleep beggars and
wake up millionaires,; we cannot go to
sleep dunces and wake up Solomons.
We must work arid wait. We must
win if we want to wear. Every detec
tion of what is false directs us toward
what is true; every failure is but a step
toward success. We should profit'to-day
by the follies of yesterday.
The young man who distances his
competitors is he who masters his busi
ness, who preserves his integrity, who
navs his debts, who lives within his in
come, and who gains friends by deserv
"Stick to your aim; the-mongrel's hold will
But only crowbars loose the bull-dog's IIpJ
. Small as he looks, the Jaw that never yields
' Drags down the bellowing monarch of tha