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WEDNESDAY. JAN. 23. 1878.
An English lad lost his life late In
December during n game of foot-bull,
near Sheffield. On tho edge of tbe field,
ivhnrn thn match was plaved tbero were
several deep quarries. Young Heauiuont
was either unaware of this fact, or in the
excitement of the game forgot it. for
when tbo ball was kicked over the wall ho
jumped after it, and Sell headlong into tbe
quarry below a distance of thirty or
forty feet, lie was taken np in tin insen
sible condition, and died soon after his re
moval to tho nearest bouse.
Yesterday I was personally told, " with
out winking without blinking, I do de
clare," by a well-known canon of the
church of England, and himself a. gradu
ate of the university of Oxford, that scven
tonths of tbe divinity professors, toaehers,
" coaches " and students at that place of
" Holy Orders " believe not in tbe devil or
future rewards and punishments, and me
remainder doubted the existence of God !
Inquiring of another " brother in orders "
if this wero true, bo replied, " Certainly !
it is tho greatest farce of tho age to fancy
for a moment th it Oxford is the seat of
learned Christianity!" London Letter to
In Sweilen, children are not allowed by
law to go to tho Lord's Supper without
passing an examination in reading and
writing, and young men and women must
prove their ability to read and write be
fore being allowed to marry; and the gov
ernment insists upon a rigid enforcement
of law. Swedish teachers after thirty
years' service are allowed life pensions of
three-fifths of their salaries. The teach
er's tenure of office is not tbe least unsta
ble. He can bu removed only by the
Hoard of Instruction, and even then has
the right of appeal to the King. Sweden
has twelve normal schools. The normal
course is three years.
iNnivinvAi. Work. I cannot help
thinking that if there was a little more
individual work, a little more moral cour
age in tho world to save men, the world
would not be so much of a wreck as it is
to-day. If you saw that a friend, a brother,
was taking a wrong course, what would
vou do? Would you merely say, " Dear,
dear, dear! how painful it is that so many
men are going wrong. Just as sure as he
continues that course he is a lost man ; but
he will go dear, dear, dear!" and when
you hear the despairing cry coming up
from the depth and, " I told you so!"
Now what should you do? Should you not
lav vour hand on him anil sav, " 3ly lnenu
you are going wrong!" What if lie swears
at vou? .Sever nnnii ; save nun n you can.
Manv a man hasn't cot so far from your
sympathy but that one word kindly said in
his ears: "My friend, vou are going
wrong," will check him. i'ho difficulty is
that wo let men go so far from our sympa
thy that we cannot reach them. Now, it
is this individual work that I believe is to
reform tbo world and bring it back to God.
John B. Oouijh.
The rnsliytcriaiifnys: It is all against
our natural inclinations lo lind fault with
Mr. Beceher. His genius would dispose
one, were it not for conscience, to worship
him with all bis faults. Iiut no man who
has any conscience can keep from cuter
ing 'protest, in the interest of truth and
common honesty, against his amazing
wrong-hcadeduess in denouncing what he
calls orthodoxy, under monstrous carica
tures. It is unworthy of a decent sinner
Inst Sabbath, if be is renorted correctly in
tho N. Y. 'limes, he must have been half
crazed, or have given himself up to mere
dramatic effect. This is tho best construc
tion of tbe scene which the largest charily
can make. He erected in riymouth Church
an orthodox scare crow, and commenced
swearing at it, throwing iuud at it, mak
ing faces at it, butting at it like an infuri
ated coat. Wo think that we are not
uncharitable in saying that it is untruthful
ns a description ot any orthodox laith
that it is an exaggeration as offensive to
justice as to that humble reverence that
dares to speak of God only in the con
seiousncss that we are dust and ashes.
Letters from Constantinople unito in
saving that the public feeling there is now
one of discouragement and glooiu. So
far Irotn having any reliance upon Eng'
land the people and the government have
a feeling of bitterness against her, partic
ularly siueo Scrvia, which was spared fur
ther humiliation last summer out of regard
to England's pleading, has been allowed to
stab tho Turkish cause in the back, in they
phrase it, without any objection from Eng
land. Tho attempt to raise levies from llie
non-Mussulman population has failed en
tirely, through tho spirited resistance of
tho notables of tho various Christian com
munities. Tho poverty of tbo people has
leached an almost intolerable pitch. Not
being able to get victory in any other way
the lino believers have resorted to praying
to Allah and reciting verses from the Ko
ran in the mosques. Thousands of devout
Turks may pe seen at a tiiuo in St. Sophia
and the Suleinnuiye singing in unison
whole chapters of the sacred volume. In
the meantime tho sultan would be ready
for peace negotiations did ho not fear that
the partisans of Mil rod would dethrone
him ; but even that fear will yet bo over
come. Trial by jury, says tho London Standard.
bus obtained barely ten years in Kussia,
and leads to curious results. A prisoner
after confessing bis guilt in court, often
finds the jflry differ with him, a verdict of
" not guilty being returneil. ilns arises,
in part, from tho rough-and-ready way in
which a jury, especially, if composed of
peasants, will look at tho prisoner and the
whole circumstances, irrc8oclivo of evi
dence in particular. A notorious offender
should be punished, a decent citizen should
bo acquitted, they think. They listen but
little to the advocate's eloquence, and fail
to comprehend lint need of him. "What
difference is tbero between paying an ad
voca'e and bribing a judge?" they argue.
Then, again, tbo llnssian criminal law lix
es minutely tho punishment for each cate
gory of ui imes, and leaves scarcely any
latitude to tho judge for extenuating elr-cum-tances
and tho like. Mow, Russian
juries have their own methods of looking
lit tho various kinds of wrong-doing, ami
th it which llie code detines as very sinful
indeed and deserving of transportation lo
Siberia, penal servitude with hard labor
may appear to the enlightened twelve a
very minor offence, or no offence at all a
thing they would, under certain circum
stances, do themselves. In many of these
trials the jury will 'weigh its own plain
common sense and kindly feeling for a
fellow -creature against the clearest evi
dence, and will lind the prisoner "Not
Guilty." In all cases of nssiiullB, cruelty
or dishonest dealing in matters commer
cial thn mind of a jury of Russian peas
ants inclines toward mercy. The position
of women in so low in Kussia that " hus
band's rights " aro alone recognized, and
these Include the privilege of enforcing
his will by chastisement if necessary; and
no jury will convict unless tho assault has
been one of a serious kind indeed. Juries
of all classes are, however, very severe in
cases of " crimes against the Deity," ns
they aro called. In conclusion, it must be
bin no in mind that the minister at St. I'c
tersbnrgh has all but unlimited powers,
and tho so called " independence of the
judges exists only in name.
Rev. Dr. Fowler of tho Christian Aiivo
rate reviewed tho 8Mecli made by Dr.
Howard Crosby, in which that gentleman
claimed that the Bibie sanctioned moderate
drinking. First, he quoted statistics which
show the amount of money spent annually
for drink and the number of crimes which
indulgence in the habit brings about, and
then drawing some graphie word-pictures
of the misery and distress which the traffic
brought iiM)it society in every grade, ask
ed the question. Can it be possible that
tied s Hook sanctions tins r llie balance ol
tbo argument was an attempt to prove
that tbe Hebrews used two kinds of wine
one which was intoxicating, tho other
the pine, unfenuented juice of the grape
The latter, he claimed, was tho only kind
recommended in the Iiible, and tho form
er the wino which was referred to in un
measured terms of condemnation. Taking
this standpoint, by probable and direct
argument, ho declared that tho reasoning
of Dr. Crosby was false in its logic and
pernicious in its results.
A story is told of Dr. Cox, who, whila
walking with a young lady to church, in
New Haven, ono Sunday evening, was
isked : " J)r. Cox, is it true that vou often
go to church without knowing the subject
you will speak upon?" "It is, and 1 have
no text lor tins evening. Cannot you Mig
gest one?" was the Doctor's reply. " How
will tho verso do beginning The Lord
pake unto Moses and Aaron ? " contin
ued tho young ladv. " I will take it," re
plied Dr. Cox; " for this is tho subject of
revelation, ot man s sin and error, uod
has given us a revelation of his knowl
edge and power a revelation by words,
by prophets, by tho coining of tho Holy
Ghost inspiring the Apostles, and other
events related in tho liib'.e. Then follows
the great lesson of wisdom and the grace
of God in giving it, and the glory of that
state whore no revelation would ho need
ed, where all should bo gathered round
the throno ol tho rattier in Heaven,
thought the Doctor. That was tho ser
mon. If his mind had not been full of
light, a suggestion from another would
not havo resulted as it did. It was a most
powerful and extraordinary sermon, pecu
liarly adapted to tbe skepticism at Yale
College din ing that period. So tho small
est suggestions may somo limes bring to
thcminil vast thoughts immediately elab
orated and presented.
Sextons. A great deal can bo done for
quietness in churches by tho sexton. The
most perlect sexton 1 ever knew was an
apostle of silence. His eye and ear and
hand wero everywhere and Ins genius for
forestalling and suppressing confusion was
wonderful. Before service ho always cx-
hanged his boots for slippers, lie glided
about tbo aisles as noiselessly as a ghost.
Ho made door-keeping a lino nit. Doors
and windows wore Iixed that they would
never bo heard, lie look care that no
sound should conio from the furnace or
gas-fixtures after the service began. The
fact was that tins was not a mere instinct
of propriety or crafty measure of success
in liisotlice; it was a constant answer of
his believing and humble heart to the sol
emn sentence, ' llie Lord is in His holy
temple.' What a contrast to tho clumsy,
fussy, heavy-shod brother, in chargo of
the stoves in a rural sanctuary I remem
ber, who was sure to start up two or three
times in tho midst of prayers, sometimes
when tho preacher was doing Ins best to
get or hold the attention of Ins hearers,
march round from his seat to tho fire,
swing open a stiidulous stove-door, punch
the sticks with a poker, and toss in an
additional supply of fuel, giving us another
shrill screech from the hinges as a finale.
Of it Pioxi:i:i: Mission in Africa.
Key. Joel Osgood sailed from New York
January '1, in the Bark Liberia. Rev
James II. IVpulie, of the Liberia Confer
ence, who has been for some months past
on a visit to the United States, started by
the same vessel for his home on the Junk
River, where for iifieeii years past he has
conducted mission woik among purely
native tribes. He has a number of boys
from heathen families in his own home,
and reports them as Intelligent Christian
Mr. Osgood goes lo attempt to reach
naporo. a large central native town beyond
the limits of Liberia, and about seveiity
live miles back from I he coast. The work
he undertakes is largely experimental, but
ho goes to it iith cheerfulness, and with
irrepressible ardor; tin ardor which im
pelled him to go independently lo Alrica
if no Missionary S .eiety would send him.
It is now well on to a quarter of a cen
tury since tho Missionary Society sent any
missionary, white or colored, to Africa. In
a given sense, the M. E. Church has never
hail a mission aino'igthe heathen of Africa.
This attempt to open work back from the
coast is, therefore, a new departure full of
great Interest. There is lilLlc disposition
to prophesy concerning the result of this
attempt. It is pioneer work that Mr. Os
good is to attempt. If he can but reach
ltaporo ami live, he may, in the very do
ing of Ihut much, accomplish for our
Church what Livingstone's language, on
departing for Africa tbo last time, mav
fitly express, lie said: ' I go to open the
door to Central Africa. It is probable that
I may die there; but, brethren, I pray vou
see to it that the door is never closed.1'
Tiik Panama Wiiahk. Charlie and
Lucy were silting ono evening on their
Lnele George s knee.
" Uncle," said Lucy, who was a dear
child, what did the minister mean this
afternoon at church when he said that
the man who despises small things shall
fall by little and littU?' "
' We'l, Lucy, my dear," replied Uncle
George, " I think that vou will understand
me belter if I tell vou a storv.
".Many years ago I was visiting at Pan
ama. This is a place which you will find
on your map, south of the United States
" 1 remained there for many months.
Near my hotel was a very largo whurf.
Year after rear tint ships had come up lo
it, and had unloaded their cargoes. It
was built at very great expense, and ovorj
person thought it entirely sale. Alercliants
ilten permitted thousands of dollars
worth of goods to remain on it over night.
It was tbo custom of iho wharf superin
tendent to examine it every month. Now,
while I was ihere, the report was spread
that some little insects wero. eating away
the wood. He looked at tho place, hut
said it was of no consequence that ihoro
were only a lew ln-ecls that could do no
great harm. Month after month passed,
ml still theso little creatures ate away at
the wharf. They did not seem to ho nu
merous, and but little attention was paid
"Ono day, as I was looking out of my
window, I heard a dreadful crash, and,
behold, the wholo immense wharf had
sunk into the sea. Sixty or soveuty per
sons were killed and an immonse amount
of property was destroyed all by the work
of these little tiny inseots. Afterward it
was found that ihey had been eating for
years at the wood. Hail they been stopped
at once, no harm would have come; hut
lliesuperintendend thought them too small
to notice, lie despised them because they
were so small.
"Children," said Uncle Goorgo, "be
careful of little things. Whonever you
discover a bad little habit, kill it at onco.
If you don't, it may kill you. Ask God,
for Jesus' sake, to help vou, and Ho will;
for Ho has promised to help those who
ask Him." & S. Visitor.
T11K I. AMI (IF Kltl A lls.
A roiithty icalin in the land of dreams,
WitU bleeps Ihat hang in the twilight sky.
And weltering oceans and lrnllio streams
That gleam where the dusky valleys lir.
But over tho shadowy borders flow
Sweet rays from Uie world or end less morn.
And the nearer mountains catch the glow.
And flowers in the nearer llclds are born.
The souls or the happy doad repair
From their bowers oi ledit to that border l.iod.
An 1 walk in the fainter glory there
Willi the souls ol the living hand.
One calm, sweet smile in that shadowy sphere.
From eyes that open on earth no more,
One warning word from u voice once dear
How they rise in memory o'er and o'er.
Fur off from those hills that shine wilh day
And lields that bloom in tho heavenly gales,
Tho laud of dreams goes tlrctching away
To dimmer mountains and darker vales.
There lie the chambers of guilty' delight,
There walk the spectre of guilty fear.
And soil, low voices that float through the night
Aro whispering sin in the hopeless ear.
Dear maid, in thy girlhood's opening flowers,
Scarce weaned Irom the love of childish play,
The tears on whose checks arc but the showers
That freshen the cat ly bloom of May I
Thine eyes are closed, and over Ihy brow
Tass thoughtful shadows and joyous gleims.
And I know, by thy movinr lip-, that now
Ttiy spirit strays in lint land or dream.
Lighl-hcaited maiden, oh hcod thy left!
Oh keep where the beam of I'aradise falls;
And only wander wheie thou maycslmcet,
'1 he blessed ones from it shining walls.
So shalt thou come from the land of dieams
Willi love and peace lo Hits world of strife;
And the light which over the border streams
Shall lie on the path of thy daily lire.
William (.'ttllfit Hryant.
A Mother's Hoy.
The loud, boyish voice rang through the
quiet hotiso. 'the mother, sewing in her
sunny chamber, heard but did not answer;
she knew by long experience that tho call
was only a courier sent on in advance to
announce the coming of him whose feet
were even then bounding up tho stairs,
ind who burst into tbo room with all the
noise it is possible for an active boy of
fourteen to make in that simple ant.
Mother, Undo Charlie is going blue
fishing, and wants no to go with him;
Iter eyes rested upon linn a moment
before she gave consent. Ho was " the
only son of his mother, and she was a
widow." His father, and several others of
his kindred, lay beneath tho waves. Per
haps she thought of them as she gazed so
fondly upon bis face, clowing with health
and animation. Hut he had spent half of
his summer lifo in ami upon tho wate r:
she did not think of refusing his request-
only added to her consent a hope that he
would be carelul.
" Oh, mother! there isn't a bit of danger
with such a sailor as Undo Charlie; be
sides if I do get tipped over, I can swim
ashore; why, I could swim from hero to
" I should not want you to try such a
swim as that, Franky."
Frank turned to go, but paused, perhaps
the mother-look drew him back; lie stole
shyly to the back of her chair, and leaning
over her, kissed her forehead hurriedly,
and then ran away. Tho unusual caress
warmed her heart, and tho thought of it
was a comfort to him before tho day was
Capt. Charlie was waiting, and they
started briskly for their walk of a mile to
llie shore. The Captain was a young man
still but a sunstroke received while on
duty in a hot climate, had disabled him
from active service, and indeed from pro
longed or violent exertion of any kind.
Frank liked nothing better than to be with
him. be had so many stones to tell oi lor
eiirn countries and hair-breadth escapes at
sea; besides he could tell him stories of
his father his brave, noble father of
whom his mother could not speak without
tears. Frank bad seen very little ol in
father, lie could remember a lew hnel
ils, when he had come like a good prov
idence with wonderful gilts, and the lew
weeks of his stay had been one Joyful
holiday lime, with visits and merry-makings,
the little boy always at his father's
side, ' to get acquainted," tint Captain
said. Then had come the parting, and then
counting up id months, and weeks, ami
days, until his return. Alas! the last
reckoning had ended in thu bitterness of
Hut sorro.v, thank God! cannot slay
long with tho young, and Frank, walking
by his uncle's side, with many a skip and
bound of overflowing life, was as happy
as could be. He fore reaching the shore,
they saw a man with lines, apparently
bent upon tho same errand as themselves.
They recognized him as Josiah Smith, a
man of many occupations beside that of a
Going blue fishing. Si?" said the Cap
tain, as they overtook him.
' Ya-as. cf 1 can find a boat ; it's a good
day for't," drawled shiftless Si.
Capt. Charlie thought of the wife ami
two little children to bo supported by his
uncertain earnings, and good naturally
offered him a place in bis boat, which was
accepted, and they were soon off and
ready for business.
Hoys, did you ever go blue fishing? If
so. you would have said there could not be
a liner day lor tbe sport than that which
Frank and his undo had takon. It was n
cool day in early autumn ; thu sky was
deeply blue, the sun often obscured by fly
ing clouds, and tho 'northwest wind blow
ing briskly. On such a day step into your
boat, give all the sail she will carry, let
out your lines astern, then, as tbe boat
bounds along, the greedy fish jiimpat tho
bait, and you h.ivo nothing lo do but to
take them in as fast as you please; is not
this better than to flout leisurely about,
hour after hour, in the common way of
Tbe sport proved to be all that the day
had promised. Hack and forlh through
the bay tho boat Hew the fish shoaled
behind; the fishers had all they could do
to attend to the lines, and did not notice
that the clouds become darker and more
threatening, until a gust of wind tipped
tbe boat over .so much that tbo water pour
ed in over her side.
" Wo must haul In sail!" cried the cap
tain, springing up nnd shouting out orders
to Frank, who was unhooking a fish, and
the slow-moving 'Siah.
Too late! Another and a stronger gust
completely capsized tbo boat, and her
three late occupants struggled in the' wa
ter. Of coiuso they could swim no boy
nor man in the little cea. coast town of
Dunkirk could not and they made for tho
boat which floated keel up and supported
themselves as well its then could upon the
slippery bottom. Iho next thing to do was
to lake a review of the situation, and de
tormino what was best to be done. They
were in tho channel, distant about three
quarters of a mile from the main shore,
and somowhat nearer tbo "Nock" (a long,
sandy cape, inclosing tho bay upon the
northern side). The water was intensely
cold, and so was the wind, as it blew upon
them, wet to tbo skin.- No oilier boat was
out their only liopo seemed to be that
some one might see them from the shore
and conn to their rescue. Hut how long
would this faint hope sustain them? How
long could they keep their bold with this
icy numbness coming over tiiemr
They waited at first full ot impossible
plans lor escape, men silent, vt no can
tell what thoughts came to their minds in
those fearful minutes? Did not the Cap
tain think of his brothers, yes, and his
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father before them, to wonder if the sea
I could bo bis grave as it was theirs and
'the poor fisherman did he not feel. In a
inoekino dream, llie wiimi, uiuiin unicf suum;i ipuoii, alter too name so ucserveuiy
of his babies aiound bis stiffening neck? honored, these words: " A Mother's Boy."
Iiut Frank's thoughts were all of his .
mother, swelling his boyish hoart till it j
somcd ready to break, as he fancied the watching foii Wn.UAM.-Tho father
bitterness of her grief ff he never camel, Kloron, 01imeili,t, Was a man of
back to her. Tho townspeople often call : ,illnjl a;scitllill0. Hig opposition to
hbu mother's boy, not only because ho . Uleillnr jn wag' ,nl(.nso. Uu lilrt rigi,,
had grown up under her solo caro-and it i ru,(.s f,1(ll7l0sti(. government, and ono of
was evident that he was the one precious , irnd tie fmwin of nU sons nt a
thing she had still to live for-but also, , m , ,,,,,. BlVi
because of a certain neatness in hia dross j', , , nqtliret
... ..II : . ...! mititloniicd nml ri.fi numtinl a n . . 1
it nil limes and centloness and refinement
in his speech and manners, which might
have come from that constant womanly
influence. Many feared that his character
might lack the manly virtues of courage
and decision; and even bis schoolmates,
when 1.1m love of teasing was very strong.
would call him "mother's baby," and
" Franky," laying an insulting emphasis
tinon the last syllable, so that he had beg
ged bis inotner to call him trauk, winch
she did, unless in a moment of tenderness
the old baby name slipped from her tonguo.
If llie veteran seamen of tho place
could have knwwn the situation of this
forlorn and shivering trio, what hope of
rescue would they havo found in the dis
abled Captain, the inellicient Smith, or the
ly who, according to their prophecy,
" would never he good for much brought
up so soft by women?"
The clock in tho steeple of the village
church struck ; the strokes were faint, but
ihey could count tho strokes.
Uncle Charlie," said Frank, " is that
" Don't the tide turn about this time?"
"It has turned," replied the Captain:
" it is ebbing now."
' Then," cried Frank, "we'll drift out to
sea; everybody will bo homo to dinner
now; no one will bo likely lo come to the
shore for an hour, and perhaps no one will
see ns to-day!"
"Frank," "said his uncle, earnestly "keep
up your courage don't give up. My
miserablo head is beginning to whirl, and
I may drop eff soon ; but bold on think
of your mother, Frank, and keep afloat as
lung as you have your senses,"
Hut even while ho spoko, ho felt how
slender was the chance that tho poor
mother would ever seo her living darling
The mention of bis mother called up
before the boy her gentle face as he saw it
last, smiling at his boast of swimming
from the " Neck " to the shore. He had
never heard that any ono ever performed
that feat; but would it be possible to swim
from the boat to the shore, through the icy
water and the wide boll of entangling eel-
grass? It did not seem so far to the "Neck
and there was no dreaded eel-grass on that
side to calch his feel and pull him down;
but the nearest point was fully two miles
from iho light-house, tho only inhabited
house there. lie might reach it alone, hid
could not lie so mean as to leave his uncle
without an effort to safe Inm, and Mali
" Uncle," said Frank, " I am going to
swim ashore; hero we are right opposite
Cant. Wentworth's; I can swim ashore,
gel bis dory, and come after you and Slab.
I ibink I can do it; at any rale, I can't
hold on long in this wind, and I s'utll soon
be too numb to swim."
The Captain was silent what could he
say ? To go or to stay seemed equally dan
gerous; but Frank, loosing the hold of one
band, was already working his stiffened
lingers, and trying to throw oil' his boots
in readiness for a start.
" Go!" said his uncle; " and God help
And God did help him as ho threw
himself into the angry waters, and struck
out for Iho shore, llu felt resolute, and
confident, wasted no strength in uncertain,
hurried movements, but with deliberate
and steady strokes went on. The tide be
ing almost at the Hood, ho passed through
the entangling eel-grass with less trouble
than he h id feared; on, on, stroke after
stroke, the shore seeming to grow no
nearer, until, at last, with one final, des
perate effort, he reached the shallow wa
ter; his feel touched bottom, he staggered
forward, and fell upon the sand.
Hardly a minute would he take for rest
the others must be saved. Ilu sprang
up, waved his hands toward the distant
boat to show the men that ho was safe, and
looked about -no boat in sight ; he ran up
the sands to the boat house and pushed at
the door it was locked!
Here was a difficulty that, be bad not
foreseen; it would take at least twenty
minutes to run up lo the house lor the key
and return; twenty iniiiuies lost, when
every ono was precious! lie seized some
thing heavy which lay at hand, and show
ered frantic blows upon the cruel door; at
last it yielded and there was the boat, with
oars all in readiness; he bad dreaded that
the oars might have been taken away.
Y'es, there was the boat, but it was many
feet from the water, ami it would be a
hard task for a man to drag it through the
deep sand, while he was but a boy, nearly
exhausted alicady by extraordinary efforts ;
buthe hardly thought of all that be laid
determined hands upon thu boat, and it
Impo-sille as it would have SHiimed to
him at any other lime, the boat was
launched; then he took up the oars his
work was almost done, but ho most not
rest yet, and, with straining muscles, ho
retraced his way over the rough water.
Ilis uncle almost fell into tho boat, with
the words :
" Frank, you have saved my life. 1
could not have hold en longer."
' Hut where is 'Siah?'' asked Frank.
" Poor fellow! I'm afraid he's gone, lie
declared that if you could swim ashore, he
could. I begged him lo wait until yon
could come to take us off, but 1 could not
keep him, I think ho went down just on
llie bar yonder.
Frank shed bitter lours
it was hard to
give up a life h
had done so much to
Thev look up llie oars anil pulled slow
ly to the shore. Frank wentdirectly homo,
sending what men he mi t at once to the
shore; 'while the Captain walked lo the
nearest houso, borrowed dry clothes, and
returned to the shore to direct the efforts'
made to recover their unfortunate compan
ion. Ascordingly, tho neighbors were
startled from Iheir afternoon quiet by thn
sight of Frank, a few wot garments cling
ing to him, running at lull sieed toward
homo. There, of course, he was received
with great surprise, and his story beard
with exclamation of deep sympathy and
thanksgiving, while erandiuoihcr and
mother rubbed bbn, brought dry clothes
and hot drinks, and finally put him to bed
among soft blankets, where, tired out, ho
soon fell asleep. His mother watched
him for a short time as ho lay warm and
ro-y, his yellow hair curled by the damp
ness into hundreds of little ringlets upon
his dear head, safe upon tho pillow at
homo, instead of on.tiie seaweed under the
waves; then, reluctant lo leave him, sho
went forth upon her sad errand of sympa
thy to poor Mrs. Smith; and tho two
widows, each with a baby upon her lap,
wept together. In a day or two, Frank
was quite well. Of course bu was a hero
among his playmates, and, indeed, in all
the village; buthe bore his honors mod
estly, pleased that the boys never again
called him by tbo old insulting names.
And ts this all f iso; ins mother Keeps
as a precious treasure, shining out from a
bed of satin in its case, a silver medal,
awarded by the Massachusetts Humane
Society to Frank P , for courage and
perseverance in saving life. Sho showed
it to nie last summer; and as I looked into
her face, wilh its habitual look of sadness,
but glowing then with pride in her good
boy, I felt that I should like to add to the
strong passion for theatrical entertain
ments which he gratified at every opportu
nity. The ol I gentleman had n thorough
knowledge of his son's weakness for theat
ricals and was determined to modify his
tastes at all hazards. One bitter cold win-
j ; tor night a bill of extraordinary attractive
ness was offered at tho liowery 1 heater
management, and to tho young fellow it
was irresistiblo. The father suspected
Billy's intention to be ono of the audience
and at tbe supper table was prepared to
issue special orders for Ibe evening, but to
bis chagrin no William was present to re
ceive Iho parental injunction. Incensed
at the boy's absence, tbe father resolved to
catch his son on his return, and to trounce
him well for his tomoritv. He therefore
secured an instrument of torture, and pa
rading in front of the street door, impa
tiently awaited the culprit's approach.
An hour of rapidly increasing cold
passed and yet no signs of the lad. Hilly
however was on the alert, having fortu
nately espied the angry fithcr on bis
cheerless patrol. Skipping around tho
corner, ho scaled a roar fence and slyly
slipped up stairs. In a few minutes he
was beneath the coverlet, and wonuering
how much longer the old gentleman would
ho able to stand the bitter weather. Tbo
father, thoroughly benumbed, now thought
he would change tho tactics and so re
entered tho house to continue vigils In
front of Hillv's chamber door. Alter a
while he was greatly astonished nt hear
ing an unmistakable snore, nnd, striking
the whip upon tho bedroom door uemanu-
cil to know who was wunin.
Only me, drawled Master Innocence, as
he stretched and yawned like one just
awakened from a deep slumber.
You, sir? again demanded tbo old gen-
Yes, sir, responded Billy; and is that
you, pa? You are up Into to-night, I fan
cy. 1 hope yon haven l neen 10 any piacu
ot amusement '.
A Cuts Si'Aitnow. Tho English spar
row has manv enemies who think him
deoraved as well as a useless bird. Such
will read with pleasure iho following
story, vouched fov by the Hartford Times
which illustrates the" intelligence and ras
cality of the noisy bird:
Tlie gentleman, who resides in New
Y'ork, had erected last Spring in his back
vard a larsro box for sparrows nests.
w.-is divided into three rows, each coutain
iter four compartments. These were all
soeedilv taken oosscssioii of by a dozen
nans ot sparrows, and tue ousiuesa ui
niakino- nests proceeded amidst tbe cus
tomary chippering din of these fussy and
pugnacious feathered colonists.
Sitting idlv nt the window one Sunday
w:iu-liinir the birds, the gentleman saw one
..iiek-.sii.-irmw come living to his place with
a line, soft white feather in his Jiill. The
box was so fixed that he could see Into tho
apartments, and ho saw this biid fix Iho
feather into an incomplete nest and then
No sooner was ho out of sight than
f-niiile sn-irrow from the nriioinlng com
ntirdncnt.. who hail evidently seen that
linrr. honned into her neighbor'
house and pulled out and carried off the
Becoming inteie-ted.the observer watch
ed thn oeiformanco. expecting to seo the
litlle thief carry hoi stolen prize to li
own nest: but no. she knew a trick worth
two of that, and hero is where sho display
mi undeniable reasoning process, am!
acted on a clear perception of cause am
effect, making a prudent use of her knowl
edge of the character and disposition of
her plundered neighbor.
She flew oil' wilh tho feather in a neigl
borinir tree, where she securely faslenc
it in an inconspicuous place upon nnd be
tween two twigs and there left it.
Pretty soon tho bird she had defrauded
came back with a straw to add to his nest,
Discovering bis loss, ho came with an
angry chirruping that boded no good to
the despoiler of his hearth and home if he
could only lind tho rogue.
His first demonstration was to visit his
next door neighbor without any search
warrant. In that abode of peace and in
noceiice be found no traco of the stol
feather; and as for the actually guilty
parly, she was hopping innocently about
and loudly demanding as far as bird
tones could bo understood by the man at
the window what was meant by this un
"enth'inaiily and very impolite intrusion
inio a lack's bed chamber, and insisting
that she was no such kind of a woman
Tim cock -sparrow was evidently puss
z!cd. Unable, after a minute search, to
find the lost feather, ho at length appar
ently gave it up, charged it to profit am
loss, and flew awav ill search of another
Thu thief demurciv wailed until ho had
got well off and then How to tbo treo. so
cured tho st'den feather and look it ii
triumph to her own nest. This story we
arc it-sntcd is a true one.
Font Stuanuk Giui-S It will be
small ib op of consolation to the thousands
of honest fiousi wives who iook on servant
"iris as nuisances, lo learn that there in'
four working gil ls in Detroit whose plans
and deeds are worthy of public mention
One of them. Iho oldest camo to this
einiiitrv from England seven years ago
She was followed after a lime by a second
uml a third nnd fourth, nml during the last
; tl ree years tho four have hold places in
1 families in the same neighborhood. I:
unit bei'an saving money from the lir
Tin y have made every effort to pleaso the
fnni ies employing them, and consequent-
Iv havo been paid extra wages. Every
.on nient purchased bv them has lieen for
eoinfoit ami long wear, instead of show
mid stvle. Two of them havo never see
the city hall though living in Iho city three
veins. -None ol them have yet nan a oeau
or had occasion to go to tho store in the
evening. Each one can sew, patch, darn
put up fruit, make preserves, cook any
lisli. lack down a carpet, put up a siove
. harness a hoise, make her own clothes
and 1 1 1 ill ner own nut. j-.acii ono uaa n
bank aoemmt, and for several years past
til have had a grand obiect in view. I h
hii et is now almost accomplished. A fe.
weeks ago they united their savings and
purchased n lot in the northern part oi inc
city, 40x90 in sizo. Ihey then contracted
with a builder for a cottage, which was
ready for occupation only two or three
davs ago. Tho oldest sisier then gave up
her situation nnd moved in. 1 tie iiirniiure
was bought here and there, whero cash
would secure a bargain, nml is good if not
showy. Many liltle things were con
Irihuied by friends, and the liltle home is
as neat as a pin.
Thu oldest sistur will now become a
laundress, having already mora work of
that kind than she can do in four days of
llie week. She will keep house, and make
a home for and bo a mother to the rest,
All own a share, and if sickness comes to
one of the three still acting as servants,
she has a place to go and some ono lo care
for her. They will bo planting trees, set
ting out vines and planning improvements
as the weeks go by, each good naturedly
striving to do more than the others, and
tho little homo will keep their hearts pure
and their minds free from giddy thoughts.
Each Sabbath day they will gather mere
to foel that it is home, and visit with and
advise with each other, and letters from
father and mother across the wide ocean
will be opened and read again and again
through tearful eyes. Aro there four
other such girls in all this land? Detroit
UY MAKV 1I0NTKF.AI..
Do, please. Papa, bring me a pair of
shoes for Dolly, when you come home.
said, as my rather drove away irem tuo
door. "Her feet are all 'sposed to the
weather. Won't you. Papa? "
But tny father laughed and drove away
without giving the desired promise and
when lie returned he brought Dolly no
How disappointed I felt, and whon I put
her away in her little bud for tbe night I
kissed and cried over the little wootlen
feet ihat wero " all 'sposed lo tho weath-
Wo wero seated at the tea table that
evening when the door opened and a dark
woman, strangely attired, glided into tho
May I sleep here to-night? " she
Yes," said my father, who could never
refuse a kindness, " But are you alone? '
" My husband is at thu gate," she said.
" Call him in," said my father. " You
can stay until morning. " and she left the
room as noistdessly as sho entered.
" Ihey are Indians," said my mother,
and no ono knows what they will do."
" Yes, 1 know," said my father. " When
we loavo the table they will eat the good
supper that my kind but timid wife will
offer them. They will sleep on a good
bed to night, instead of camping od the
ground. In tbo morning they will eat a
warm breakfast and go away, fooling very
tjiankful, hut neglecting to say so."
l he Indian nnd his wife did ample jus
tice to the food placed before them, and
when my mother sat down by the lamp
with her sowing, 1 tried to make tho ao-
quintance of our strango guests. I first
showed them my cat, but pussy tho little
beauty that she was failed to please
Then I brought out my little poodle pup
py, wluto as show, with a bright red rib
bon around her neck. 1 heir black eyes
sparkled with pleasure, and I saw my pet
caressed to my heart's content.
It was my Dolly s turn to be introduced
next, and when I told the woman that
poor Dolly had no shoes, and I felt so
sorry for her, she opened a liltle bag and
brought out a piece of deer skin and somo
beads, saying, " Mo make moccasins. 1
Taking Dolly from my hand, she fitted
tbe deer skin to her feet, and then proceed
ed to sew together and l rim tho cunning
I stood by and watched her work, and
when they were finished and put on, my
happiness was complete.
1 asked the woman her name, and sho
replied in a long Indian word, but when
sho found that I could not ' pronounce it,
sho said: "Call mo Moon in tho Full.
That is what it means."
The next morning my new friend left
. I watched anxiously every autumn
for her return, but Moon in tho Fuli tamo
no more, and my Dolly never had but Iho
one pair of moccasins. Youth's Compan
The Osimiky. Almost every morning.
tbe osprcy, or !ih-hi wk, comes in front of
tho window and fishes in the shallow water
near the house. I In docs not seem to bo
as expert as tho kingfisher. I havo seen
him divo a di zen times or morn into the
water before bringing up his prey. He
sails around and around in thu air; and al
last fixing bis eyes upon a fish, he swoops
down, making the water splash around
him, Ilis feet are large and powerful, and
he arranges bis toes iu Iho form of a scoop
as ho plunges into tbo river; this scoop is
bis fishing-tackle with which he brings up
his finny loud.
I think I should not like to be an osprev,
for he seems to have such a hard time to
get a living, and yet be is an honest, well-
disposed laborer. After lie has succeeded
in catching a fish, a bald eagle often
swoops down from some tall tree, where
he has been watching him, and by main
force compels this honesl tislier to give up
his hard-won prey. The eagle is consider
ably larger tlfan bis victim, being about
three feet in length, while the osprcy is
only about two feet.
It is quito a grand sight to seo these two
large birds wheeling through tho air the
osprcy trying lo elude the eagle, diving
first ono way and then another, until al
last, when he sees tbo unencumbered caglo
must overpower him, in a tit of desper
ation he lets the lish drop, and tbo eagle
catches it before it reaches the water, and
carries it to somo retired pol where be
And now llie poor delraudcd osprcy
must go lo work and catch another fish
for his dinner. Mrs ilanj Treat, St.
Nicholas for Fcbru iry.
Unci.k Moses' T.kssox. Undo Moses
is the chief cxecutivo of a suburban color
ed Sunday school. The other Sunday,
raising his black face with its snowv
fringe, he peered over his ante-bellum
" slock" and collar al tho litlle nigs who
were buzzing like bees in a Invo just un
der his iinse.
" Onluh! chillrn, ordah! Don't j cr heah
me, clnleii J l.eetle Juu laiinpkmg. tlcn
iicsli il.it alkin' like a lainsterble on 'lection
When Jimmy ceased his conversation
the cheif executive reiismed:
" I calls de ik'tcnshiiii of do school ter
way yous horn a eurryin' on dis bresscd
day. Wot 'or bin doin'? Yor knows!
An' de way yor tongues is bin a carrus
catin' is scan'lous."
The black fingers pushed the 'tall collar
back, and pulled the black chin forward.
' Now, I puts it ter yor, an' de you all
listen an' you too, l.izu Millins; 1 ax you
ilis tneetion : How mennv eyes you
" How menny mouves you got? ''
Un iniinonsly " One."
" What does dat mean? It means yer
mils' see twice as much as yer lolls. Now
bow nieiiny cars yer got? "
" An' how monny mouves?"
" Dal means yer mils' be.ih twice ts
much cs vol talks. Now, 'member dis
lesson, un' you, Henry Gills, contribute
le papers rutin Tore wejines in prar.
The circulation of Scriptures from our
Iiible dcK)sitoiy for Japan increases.
During tho throe months ending Septem
ber 30th, we sent out ,'i,3:U volumes. This
is much hotter than I had expected, as
during thu preceding six months we lind
sent out 8,45b' volumes. During this last
quarter we have issued Acts for the first
time, from the hands of the Translation
Committee. The mechanical execution is
unusually good, which is largely owing to
the interest the Rev. D. C. Greene has
taken in the matter. The book of Acts is
very much sought after by the many who
now profess Christianity, and it must be
of great value to the Infant churches of
a mown nv b;i
BY FBASt'l E. I-OI-K.
We live in lilt of rollwii-,
Witli rtxuiiA neither nuuy nm wi'le.
Y'-t we're rich In Kiii-iwtoiiB-ait uble,
Our children couut three on siile.
There liro brown eyes anil blue eyes anl hazel.
Au'l with various tift they're endowed;
hut the i'-lKHil boya airn-e that our Uenlij
la the JolUest boy in the erowd.
My neitrhlMir. who has only dautfhtera,
C una m with her bcwiuk one day.
And, while we were utcusautly ebatttutf.
The children came iu from their play.
She limned In the midst of a atory,
Unused to hearvotcea Bo loud.
Mut amiiliuidy added: "Your ileum
la the uoiaest boy in the crowd?"
Their irraudpa drops in or a m iraiur,
And ia olt invited to slop,
To tell them Borne story or other.
Or mend up a W4au or top.
He is always amused at their Bayimr s.
And seeuisof them all to be proud;
hut he says nutta rtirf. that Penny
Is the smartest of all iu the crowd.
Kn arandma, wno dwells In the quiet.
Unmoved by earth's clamor aud noise,
Co:ues ia wit i h-ir sweet, pla-id maimers .
For an afternoon's talk with the boys, .
She Bets them at peace, if a quarrel
llreiksover their Joys like a cloud.
She Is food of them all: but thiuks Ueli'iy
la the prettiestoue iu the crowd.
Auut -lane, from her stately old maiistou:
O'l-rshadowed by popular and elm.
Came down to the city last wluter,
To visit my turbulent realm,
" I am if lad," she assured uie, at partmir,
" Such blessiutfs to you are allowed:
But keep a tiidit rein on that Ueuuy,
lie's the sauciest boy lu the crowd !"
Ahnie: what a mixed reputation
For any one boy to possess !
As the olherB have talents unuuiuliei e l.
We're a lubel, I frankly confess.
A philosopher, asked to appraise the-.n.
At the task would be puz.led aud cowed ,
Thowfh at diuner miKht reason that Ileuty
Is the huiurriest boy in the crowd.
At nisflit. wheu they all hnve been settled
Iu crib aud in cradle and bed.
I no on a tour of inspection
And pillow each sluinle riui head:
And, while I command them toheaven.
With spirit in reverence bowed.
I am sure I can never determine
The d-arest or best in the crowd.
Tots, flic Peace Maker.
Tots was just upon tho point of stepping
into bed when an idea struck her. It had
been a trving dav for Tots all tho way
through. From morning until night this
insignificant member of the family had
oecn in diflicultics, and a source of much
discomfort to herself and other people. It
was hot, everybody was cros, and lots.
whoso resources in tho way of entertain
ment wero limited, had bad great trouble
to dispose of her time. In the morning
she had gone fishing in the duck pond
with a crooked pin for a hook, and a ball
of worsted for a line. After waiting pa
tiently for her prey for some time, sho
had tired ol tins amusement, owing to its
non-success, and determined to go after
some water-lilies. When Tots grasped
the water-lily, the board upon w1 ich she
rested her tiny loot slipped Irom under
them, and Tots was summarily precipita
ted into the pond, tt hen she appeared at
the farm-house, her bedraggled condition
brought down such a storm of denuncia
tion upon her head that the unsuccessful
angler, who had expected nothing but con
gratulation upon her narrow escape from
drowning, was disgusted. Aunt Susan
dressed her, and Tots suffered so much
during the operation that she vowed sho
never would go near the pond again.
After dinner she had wandered out to
tbe arbor, underneath whose leafy roof
Flo Stanton was playing with her clergy
man lover's heart, as if there was so little
pain in the world that she could nll'ord to
manufacture More. Tots listened to the
whole interview, and watched the young
minister go away, too well-behaved a
young woman to interrupt tbe tilc-atc'c.
Hut after having furtively watched Aunt
Flo ervasifher heart would break, for
the two hours after his departure. Tots
thought she might venture upon a litlle
consolation It really was too bad that
her well meant eliorts only resulted in u
pair of boxed ears, and abrupt orders to
Then life became a burden. Tots began
to iook upon llie world as n melancholy
place. There was nothing to do, and ev
erybody was too full of their own afl'iirs lo
pay her any attention.
It was a gleam of happiness when the bell
rang for supper. In spite of her weariness
and general diegu-t wilh sublunary affair
Tots still retained her appetite, and her
bread and butter and strawberries certain
ly did their part toward raising her spir
its. Hut after supper came tho culminat
ing disaster of the day. In a thoughtless
moment Tots, in spite of llie wari ings of
past expei'incec, wandered into the kitch
en. The kitten lay under tho stove, and
Tots made a rush to take possession of her
pet plaything. Her foot slipped, she fell
against a table, and a big china dish went
bumping, bouncing ami crashing, on to
tho floor. The altar upon which burnt
sacrifices were daily offered was . broken
in a hundred pieces. Aunt Susan witnessed
the whole transaction, and in Iwo minutes
Tots was siezed, spanked, and sent to bed.
Tbero is nothing to do but to yield to Fate
and Aunt Susan. They are a combination
too strong for Tots to overcome. So she
toddles up stairs, lays aside the garments
she has worn during the day, and buttons
herself into her bifurcated night dress.
Then it is that the idea comes to her:
Tots, in twithslanding her tender years, is
devoted to fictitious literature. She cannot
read herself, but she takes great pleasure
in listening to Aunt Fanny, who some
times entertains the family by reading
aloud Their last author was Dickens,
and Tot's imagination had been greatly
excited by Iho beautiful story of David
Coppeilielil and his child wife, litlle Dora.
"It, ' said lots to herself, l could only
marry some body. Now Dura was just as
good" for nothing as I am, and yet Dodo
loved her, and nobody called hor a nui
sance and boxed her ears. It must have
licen very nice to havo lived in the little
bouse with Dodo and Ji p. 1 wi nder if I
could find any body to marry me?
Then, all of a sudden. Tots thinks of the
minister. Ilis name is David, and be lives
all alone in the cunningest liltlo cettage,
with an old woman for a housekeeper.
"It would bo just iho thing," thinks
Tots. "I'll ask him."
Wilh Tots, to plan is lo execute. She
withdraws tho foot with which she has be
gun to scale the heights of tho bed, and
goes to the window. Tho moon shines
brightly. She is''t a bit afraid. In two
minutes she !..is scrambled ever tho roof of
the shed, seized a bough of tbo old apple
tree, let herself quietly down to the ground
ami is on her way to the minister's house.
Tho Rev. David Thornton, sitting
in his study on the ground floor of his
house, and lighting manfully with the
heart-ache caused by a girls careless
words, is suddenly startled by two white
legs tearing their way through the vines
., . e . ..c - i
mat grow 111 liuill UI Ills niuieis, aim a
small body turning a somersault Into tho
middle of the room.
"I caught my toe and tumbled," ex
plains Tots, assuming an upright position
and caressing tho in jured foot.
"What are you fining here at this timo
of night?" asks tbo clergyman, beginning
"I want to get iniirried.''
This time the grave man laughs, and
seating himself in his arm chair, takes tbe
child upon his knees.
"Cause Aunt Sue spanks me, Aunt Flo
boxes my ears, and I've been hearing
about David Copporfield and Dora, and I
want to get married and bo a child-wife
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like Dora, and have a dog named Jip, and
I'd like ou." Tots accompanies this
statement with a kiss.
And I'll call you Dodo, and hold your
l'iis. lliey are all so cross at borne, ana
there is nothing to do, so I thought I'd
c line and ask you to marry me; I wish I
hail thought ol it lielore 1 got undressed. '
and Tots surveys her toilet, for the first
lime realizing that sho had committed a
breach by upcaring in public in panta
'What did Aunt Flo box your cars for?"
'After you went away this afternoon she
began to cry so I thought you had been
pinching her". It hurts so, you know, when
you take a little nip. Rut when I beard
her say she had been so wicked, and dono
something that you never would forgive,
and that you never would conio back
auin ; so then I thought it must have been
slit; that pinched you. So she cried for an
hour awful hard. 1 hen 1 look her some
jam. When I cry, and ihey give inejam.
I always slop, hut she boxed my ears
and sent mo away. Don't skecse me so;
'Tots," said tbe minister, "you are the
dearest litlle child in the world, and I am
going to take you home.
"I won't go. I want lo stay with you;
only I must have some clothes."
"We'll go lor Ihe clothes."
Aunt Flo is sitting in tho parlor wip
ing a very red pair of eyes whn tho
Rev. David appears with Tots on his
"Florence," says the clergyman, "may
I forget all the harsh words spoken this
"Can you forgive tlieni?'1
"Were all the tears Tots tells about shed
for me? I have just had a visit Irom the
little lady." Tho clergyman looks ten
dei ly down at the red eyes, and Flo's hand
feels its way into his.
Poor Tots! hero arc two more people
who won't. pavjutr. any attention.
"You are going to marry me, you
know," tugging al the Reverend David's
"No, Tots, not you Aunt Florry."
Tots begins to cry.
"Never mind, .et;" nnd Aunt Flo takes
the child in her arms. "You shall have
your reward. 'Blessed are the peace
makers,' Tots, and I'll give you a big cako
in tho morning. Now Aunt Sue will put
you lo bed."
"I don't know what 'peace-makers' are,
and I don't want a cake. I w-w-want to
g-g-get married '."
Tots is borne screaming awav.
The Foo of American Social Life is in
the tendency to luxury and effeminacy
among the well-to-do young women of our
American cities and large towns. They
do not realize how ibis dreadful mania for
expensive pleasures, and a lifo of alternate
idleness and amusement, is destroying
their health, abolishing truo marriage,
feeding the llaiue of gross sensuality anil
intemperance among young men, and sad
dening llie hopes of the best parents of the
land. Some of them will never know it in
this world. Hut most of them havo no
real purpose to waste their lives in this
wretched way. And it is a-high crime in
mothers, teachers, ministers of religion
and tbe public press to pander to this in
sanity. Thousands of good-heai ted young
girls aro sacrificed every year when a lil
tle wise and loving guidance could save
them. Iiut we feel that they should bo told
that, unless they change this life, they will
pass away like the flowers of June, and a
more hardy and resolute clu-s appear in
their places. American society will shed
every class of tritles, male or female, as
llie irees shed Iheir withered leaves. I,et
them awake from their dream of social
indulgences; learn to live out of doors; to
build up their health; to cultivate more
simple tastes in dress and more modern
lion in pleasure; study domestic economy;
study social skill and tact; lit themselves
for the noblest iositions ever yet offered
to their sex, and learn that woman is tho
soul of American life not the tinsel on its
A Dkap MoTHKit's Ixfi.i kxce. It was
tbe rough bar room of a country tavern on
tin emigrant thoroughfare west of tho
Mississippi. A wild looking man tossed
otf a whiskey sling, and raised bis baby
lo take the sugar at the bottom. The
child drank it with relish, and instead of
thanks, looked into his fathers' face with a
fearful oath. The first oath these lips bad
ever uttered. Ilis sin-htrdened father laid
down tbe cup and looked at his child and
then about tho bar room bottles, glasses,
cards, chairs. One thing more a small
stand, holding an old family 15'dile that
had come wilh him across the ocean years
before Wicked as ho was, lie had never
parted from this.
It was early in tho morning, and no
customers coming in, and the oath echoed
through bis ears again and again. It was
'as if I bad been struck,' said lie. Away
in Wales, many years before his mother
had langlit him to pray. 'Hut what would
sho have felt,' said be, "if she could have
heard my child's first word, cursing me?'
He deliberately took the greasy pack of
cards and threw them into the open tire.
Deliberately he carried the jugs of liquor
to tho door and turned the poison on the
ground. He was known thionghout nil
the country as 'The Wild Man." People
wero afraid of him, ho was so ragged, pro
fane, cross-eyed, quick-witted and drunk
en. That was nine years agii, and his lips
have never known an oath or a dram
Tub Tki.kpiione. A worthy and elder
ly divine fiom the rural regions, who has
zealously labored for a number of years in
Ilis divine calling in the true spirit of inno
cent simplicity, came to the city a few
days ago. His visits to the city aro not
very frequent, and they occur at great in
tervals. Ho has not quite so much followed
Ihe world's progress in scientific advance
ments and discoveries as ho is interested
in tin) wayward trials and vicissitudes of
his own little band ot sinners in tue rural
Ho dropped in at the office of a compan
ion ot his youth, tho chief ot a large and
extended manufacturing establishment.
They have a quiet, pleasant chat in the
elegant, cosily furnished apartment. Ono
of tho novelties in tbo room is a telephone
connecting it with a factory some dozen
miles oil. Our friend the chief is suddenly
called out. Tbo reverend gentleman re
mains alone in tbo room. He pulls out
the latest tract, adjusts his specs, nestles
down in the fautcuii and begins to read.
"Kilo!" in sepulchral tones. Ixoks up.
Thinks it is omsido.
"El-low! Wake up, old boy."
Our divine starts up and gazes around.
"Why the devil don't you answer?"
"I I beg beg your ."
"What in aro you doing?'' contin
ues the telephone.
"Really my doar dear sir," gasps our
kind sir, swaying unsteadily through tbo
'Order down two car-loads of coke and
a barrel of brimstone."
"Lord have mercy on their souls," rnuui
blos the preacher, in panic-stricken terror.
"Send down a new pack, a box of cigars
and a half-dozen bottles of Joe March's
This was too much. Tbe elderly divine
bolts through the door, flies down the
street, his umbrella swinging like a weath
er vane at nis back, ana bis long, baggy
ooat-tails flopping up and down on his
heels. The crowd on the street gaze after
hi ui in amazement. He boarded the- first
train home, and never got over his terrible
excitement until bo has landed safely in
the parsonage in the rural domain..