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& NAIE IN THE SAND.
Alone I walked.the ocean strand,
A pearly shell was in my hand;
I.stooped and wrote:upon the sand
'Miy na~e the year and day.
As onward from the spotI passed
One lingering-look'behindf cast
-Awaei came tolling high andfast
And sq ,mathQgbt 'twill quickly Pe
With*e er nirk on earth from me
Nvavc dark oblliin's sea
Where I bare -trod the 9Wody shote
Of time,:_nd be to mo no more;
*O,f me,.nm.yy. tl name I bore,
To leave no track or trace.
And .yitwitift Hinrwho-counts the sands
Asdholds the waters in His bands
I know a J sting record stands
Inscribed against my name,
f all tiiis mortal part has wrought,
afbald-this th'inking soul has thought,
*Ad;from-i*uesefeeting moments caught,
For glory or for shame.
* -* - 0-o
"Are tt one the ruins ?" ask6c
Maude Chalmeig, pointing Fi.t,
her riding whip. "I can see .h
glimpse. of gray waWs now an
then thrcagh A.4e trees."
"Yes;'? answered -Paul Trevor
"and we shall hive%tu dismouni
here and walk the- tbst of the di's
Lance, for the avenue to the hOus<
now so-overgrown with u'nder
brush as to be almost impassable.'
They alig4ted, and ar mgnaar
rced:thei.r .way -,wi.h,s6oe. di
It Was a gloomy-looking-biild
ng of stone, erected upon .a led..
f -dekg, which rose about twenty
e ove the sea. Long de
e,ted' .t had f4llei into gradual
iecay ; Ihe wals were green. witl
,oss,;.long, .dark weeds filled the
Aths, and the crumbling fountains
nd broken statues were covered
oithnmnifid. Far from all human
abitatious; sti'ounde~d by a dense
rood upon- thie one side, and upotn
be ot her by ih7 $5a, i , stood .ii
- .aud 'shuddered at the gloomy
~spect before her as she and Pau]
altd. before the crambling steps,
"Oh, what a dismal place 1 Don't
nter, Paul. I am not.supertitions,
1ut somehow a'thrill+-f fear and
iread creeps over me."
"Oh,.yfou ar'e onlg depressed
ith the melancholy aspect&of de
ay, an4 the. .solitary lon.lineass 01
he place. Shake off your ner
ousness.and we will explore the
interior. Nothing -worse to be
and--than owls and bats, I'll war
~And the better to reassure her
l :put' hsarm around. her waisi
d imprinted a kiss upon hei
'&athering -up her riding habil
fd. took the proffered arm 01
her rover, and they descended t;IP
broken~ steps. The, great hall dooi
~wung open with .a dismal creak
nd their footsteps echoed thr.ougl
he dismantled. hail. .They wan
dered through dusty corridors ant
deserted rooms. Here and t.her<
pathes of decayed_drapery or a
'rgot,en pictuire, stamned, anc
a'ked, clung to the mogld;
dielsand none and then a broker
butrar -statue sh'owed gha#tly:'ii
Iio neertain light. ~Owls ank
in dis'ti-bed in their n6oksany~
oners, fteyabout unea2ily ; rati
and mice, surprised in their'for
ging expeditions, scam.pered has
i1y to their -bbles; an~d hnge spi
ders, suiddenly deprived of thei:
obeb-hmes, crawled in all di
Maud lookEd with nerous fe'a:
into the di,n, dusty o ners, an<
started ant ,shivered at ever y and
"One flight tmore?' said Pan1
as they pdused at"t a foot of th)
last staircase, "and we *shall hav'
slendid view of the sea to re
pay as for the ghostly sights.anl
sounds we hlave had. to, endure
b y, .darling, hoy pale you'look
If you really .wish, we will go n
"No, Paul, I woiu'tgive way t'
y foolishness ; but the hous
seems to me like - an immen's
tomb, and the moan of the so
;ik mailing lament."
3"My,poor. ltte impressible dar
ling. I did not think you were so
eeasily affected. But. come up'to
the roomin..above, and you will get
a view from the window that wi'l
brighten yo4.r eyes and bring the
color back to your cheeks."
T hey scended the stairs,passed
> through a, narrow passage, and en
tered a room. It contained but
one window,. whiph ached. the
floor, opening to a balcony vhich 1
ovei hung he roclks b.elo. Tho !
ndoW was.cosed, and begrimed i
with long-acuqmulated dust, and I
festooned with e webs of busy I
spiders.. Determined to have an I
unobstructed view, Paul tugged at.
the closed saish..For a time it re- f
?ssd, but at last it opened, with I
a loud crash. A strofig wind was
blowing from the sea. It swept i
in at the open window with a
great gust, and the door of the c
room slanmed to with aoxsonant 0
clang. Maud gave a little scream I
of affright. ..ti
Oh, Paul,,. what if the, door c
would not open again.!"
'Why, how . ner.ous*. are,
frud.!" laugbed Paul. "You see C
Low quikly it will open."
And, advancing to.tbe door he C
clasped the knob, an,d gave it vig- I
orous tug. The lock was old,and
rusty, and the knob 'came off in i
hIshand,'leaving the door, which. t
was heavy.and well preserved,
still firm in its casing. I
"Never mind, my dear," said he, C
as he saw Maud's face blanch. "If f
th.e door won't open we can find i
ano,ther. gress. See,.. this balcony c
runs all the length of the house. e
We can walk upon it, and ente,r. a
some,open door 1widow. Sta ,
here for.a,momen.t." .
"Oh, Paul, don't leave me !" a
Ho turned, and. taking her in s
his arms, kissed her pale cheek..,.
"Why,Mad darlng, why this t
SexceWi f.epp-/ j am :
"I cannot tell, Paul; but an un
aceountable -oppression stble ovek a
me at the sight of this gloomy S
old building, and every moment C
I have -spent in it" has i.ncreased a
my Ngt&Eion. .It is a prescience ~
of conaing danger to one br' both '
"Pshaw, dearest; you are mor-- C
bidly affected by this dismal place. I
I did Wvrong to' bring 'you here. L
We will .hurry. away from its
gloomy influences." - -
He stepped out" upon the bal- a
co~ny as he 'spoke, and with. a i
-eAeery word turnead to reconnoitre, 5
#iren immediately there was a;
loud crash-the balcony,. -rotten a
with age, had given way beneath I
his f'eet, and he -was hurled to the1
rocks below. ~
.t4 was a strange sensation, the ~
radual awa-keni ng to conscious
ness, and Paal Trevor' opened his
eyes-languidly, and dreamily won
debed at his. condition. He was
lying in an -hurmbe "cottage ;
and: through the haff-open door
he coukdi- hear a murmu-r .of '
voices: At first the effort to re
member bewildered him; but
gradrralTy his mind became clear,
-and-nlh, yes:i-he: recollected his
all, the:rocks, the sea, andiWith a
feeling o.f acute pain it flashed ~
arose him. that Mfaud was left a
prisoxler.in that ratal hQuse. t
e strove -to rise; bet the sharp
ifed41 suddep mo9ve
j-enV ~resed a 'grean of agony
- iis Jips.. fe sank~ back up
onhis pillow. The mental shook,
together with the physical, so
prostrated him -that he was pow-.
erless but. bis brain-seemeden fire..
Terrible visions of Maud alone ~
and helpless.in thatsolitary cham
ber floatedi vividly_before his men
He 'pittired to-himself her ter
ror as she beheld hiis inad plunge
ito the sea, her agony when the
terrors of beu.-situation flashed
acro# her, her frantic attempts to
3open the door, her wild, -appealing
gazenut at.the moaning sea, her
depair as the daylight crept,
-slowly but surely out of the shad- ~
owy room, theadrkness gathering
lik'e a presence ; the deathly still
ness unbroken save by the dash of
)the~sea or the 'ghostly sounds of f
the house. And a more terrible
a thought stilr""rept in upon his
a arrowed mind, chilling his very I
hea' blood. He rose from the
Jed and gazed frntically around
Row. 4ong bad:e been lying sonse
ess and inanimate here-hom
ong ? and Maud, his beautiful be
rotbel,Ws starvifg -lying it
bat awful house!
The .-thaught brought bacb
tr-irigtfy to bis bruised limbs-hif
>Aood oursed Hke firet.brough bi5
rein.- lb-.ould go to cr! Dea_
)r -alive'be wbuld -bear her frow
Iat- fatal house- of- hau'ntin'
b'ado,*s and efiarful sounds. H(
*ilf}l from the boues and fled tr
he woods; the sunligft crei
brough the Uces and fell with
)road bdiIf g6o if N iilt on the
fe,s,r ; tea ts--sprang
cross, his ' track, .aitr'tned dit hi
iasty 'tiead; the bird twittered
netrily i&te-l46fv1branchLs. All
vas life -and joy, and 'seindd to
cr afdniock his wei. Beedless
f tfie"crainping saitin his limnbs
,nd upheld by the feverish strength
iorn, 6f intense excitement, he
trode rapidly out ;- but whe' the
ilapidated ruins, loomed still and
ombre in hits gaze le checked for
momenftis iMad ipeed. A cold
tifl <rept through his veins and
s trembling limbs refused to
bey thi& vil). Bnt MAud. Ah
lis darifng Maud.
in moniing Miudo. m com
g !" ho shouted, rushing' fran
ically up the cruinbling steps.
The wind so warud without, met
iM, chill and cold, as b4 pushed
Pn the gre'at door, anji the'yel
>w sunlight paled as' it striggled
a the sb'6A:dfirkness. "The dash
f the'se&!as it broke againstHhe
old gray rocks smoI his earwith
mournful sound; his own fdot
Aleeboed like, a 'kn-elf. An in
b.-ofdread and fear seemed-to
ettle upon his heart ; he felt
tiffed, and unable. to advance
ut, ahI -anything rather than
his terrible suspense. --He rushed
urriq4ty.up . the ,. stairs -to t.he
OQr qf.i.the, fatal,rooa.. t was
ill clospi;-and! all, was *ethly
ilen:t within-; .wjth. a' desperate
fort he pushed it open, and gave
horrified,. fearful gaze within.
es ; there-thgre,:pponrt ejoor,
~ith staring eyes and pinched,
allid features, lay his beloved-a
orpse !.-IJon"as amuentb e gazed
~npoiscious to the floor
*C * * *
"Pal.l PauJ" murmured. a
weet voice,- and a']ingering kiss
as.imprinated upon, his dips. "Do
ou know m~e at last, Pau:l?"
Drowsily opening ;his eyes, he
aw the dear face rof Maud above
is own, fair. and fresh as he had
ist seen it before that fearful fall
pon the rocks.
"Where. am I ? .What does it
aean ?. Are :you indeed, my ownl
weet Maud, or* only her glorified
Mand laughed a happy little
augh, although tears shone like
earls in her blue eyes. ......
"It is only the horrid phantom
f delirium .that still vexes you,
aul. I am'no spirit, but a living
And 'then she 'told 'lim how
oci hernen, sailng by in: their
ittle boat, b'an heard her :jerrified
eaim wn h.e was precipitated
o the rocks ; liow they had conme
o their 'aid, atd araiied themn bot'h
o a'ilttnie coltge rnear by ; how
e, bruised and bleeding, yet not
leaW'-ald pa.ssed frod eion
sognness 'to the~nraddeding Voir
u-es of- brain fever.'
~Tigh'subjected to a long ari
faififl ill'ness,- Paul could not fail
o rcoaisiis wontedibhealth un
ler Maud's ministrations. 'Yet he
vas permaently, Ar. How
ver, if the evident devodjon of..2
pride can gonfer happiness on a
iridegroom, Paul, leaning upon ~
taff while. -returnigg with Miaud
rom e hymenial altar, was.the
iappiest of Benedicts.
Every man's vanity ought to
e .iIs greatest shame, and every
nan's' folly ought to be his great'
Modest simplicity in rehigion 15
hat makes. its appearance per'
ect and its influence healthy.
'He that haa~ mrore' knowledge
hia judgment is made for anothet
nanM nse rather than his own.
A GOOD STORY TOLD ABOUT
AND BOB TOOMBS.
A doetor nained Royston had
sued Paetr Bennett for his bill,
long overdue, for attending the
wife of the latter. Alexander H.
Stepheus was on the Bennett side;
and Robert Toombs, then Senator
of the United States, was for Dr.
Royston. .The doctor proved the
number of his visits,-their value
according to local dutom, and his
own authority to do, medical prac
tice. Mr. Stephens told his client
that the physician had made out
his case, and As there was nothing
wherewith to rebut or offset the
claim, the only thing left to
do was to pay it. "No," said
Peter, "I hired you to speak in
my case, and now speak."
MIr.-tephens told- tira -befe
,ysnbthiTto say fhe lad looked
on to see that it was made out,
and it was.
Peter was obstinate, and at last
Mr. Stephens told him to make a
speech himself, if he thought one
coud be made.
"I will," said Peter Bennett, "if
Yobby; Toombs don't be too hrd
Senator Toombs promised,- and
"Gentlemen of the"jdry-You
i6d I is plain farmers, and if we
don't stick together these 'ere
lawyers and doctors will git the
advantage of us. I ain't no law
yer nor doctor, and I ain't no ob
jectioASI_0_.them_ injtheir proper
place; .Int they aW't farmers, gen
tlemen of the jury.
"Now, this man Royston was-a
new doctor, and I Avent for him
to come and to doctor my wife's
sore Ieg. And, hei come. an' put
some salve. truck onto it and some
rags, but never done it ore bit of
good, gentlemen ,of the jury. . I
don't believe he is no doctor, io
way. Thbere is doctors, as is doe
tors, sure enough, but thig man
don't earn his money ; and if you
se&dj --f him;:as Mrs. $arah Ati
kinson did,ifor a negro-boy as was
worth $1000, he just kills him and
wants pay for it."~
"i don't," thundered the doc
"Did vou cure him ?" asked
Peter, with the slow accents of a
judge with the black cap on.
The doctor was silent, an.d Peter
As I was sayin', gentlemen of
tha jury, we farmers when we sell
our cotton has got to give vally
for the money we ask',and doctors
liti't none too good to be put to
the sim%rule. And 1 don't be
lieve this Sam IRoyston is no doc
The physician again put in his
oar *with, "Look at my diploma
if you think I am no doctor."
"His diploma !" exclaimed the
new-fledged orator with great con
tempt. "His diploma ! gentlemen,
that is a big word for, printed
sheep skin, anid it didentmake no
doctor of the sheep, as first
wr&it, hor does it of the mani as
-no :carries it. - 'A good ne ws
paper has more in it, and I p'int
out to ye that he ain'ttno doctor
The inan of medicine waWnow
i-~ -a dyp4screamned out : "Ask
my patients if I -am .not :aaloc
"I asked -my wife," retorted
Peter, "an' she said as how she
thought you wasn't."
"Ask iy other patients," said
-This seemed to be the straw
thgt" broke the "caii el's I,ack, 'f6r
Peter replied with'look and tone
of unutterrable sadness:
"That is a hard sayin', gentle
men of the jury, .and one that re
quires me to die or to have pow
ers as I've hearn tell ceased to be
exercised since the Apostles. Does
e expect me to bring the Angel
Gabriel down to toot his horn be
fore his time and cry aloud,
'Awake, ye dead, and tell this
court and jury your opinion of
Royston's practice'? Am I to go
to the lonely churchyard and rap
on the silent tomb, and say to urn
as is at last at rest from physic
a aoceor-bills. "Git up here, you,
and state if you died a natural
death, or was hurried up some by
doctors ? He says ask his patients,
and, gentlemen of the jury, they
are all dead! Where is Mrs.
Beazly's man Sam? Go ask the
worms in the graveyard where he
lies. Mr. Peake's woman Sarah
was attended by him, and -her
fuoeral was app'inted, and be
had the corpse ready. Where is
that likely Bill as belonged to Mr.
Mi'tchll? Now in glory a'ex
pressin' his opinion on Royston's
doctorin. Where is that baby-gal
of Harry Stephens? She are
where doctors cease from troublin'.
and the infants are airest.
"Gentlemen of the jury, he has
et -chicken enough at my house
to pay for his salve, and I fur
nished the rags, ad I don't sup
pose.he charges for makin' of her
worse, and even he don't pretend
to charge for curin' of her, and I
am humbly thankful that he never
gave her nothin' for her inwards,
as he. did his otber patients, for
somethin' made all die mighty
Here the applause made the
speaker sit down in great con
fusion, and in spite of a logical re
statement of the case by Senator
Toombs, the doctor lost and Peter
Bennett won.-IVew York World.
THE COUNTRY STORE.
Just. th6 place among the hills
for the old time country store,
that, like Noah's Ark, contAins a
little of all sorts. You look for it
at some lazy..four corners, within
hearing of an an vil's ring,-and the
grind of a mill where the creek
plays in the wheel like a caged
And you find it, the variety
store of a hundred years -8g0
where ieedles and crowbars, goose
yokes .nd finger rings, liquorice
stick and leather, are to be had
for.cash or "dicker." In the cor
ner Iyonder stands the spindle
legged desk behind a breastwork
of barrels, and a bastion of cod
frsh criss, crossed, a big blotter
spread upon the lid,..a goose quill
pen, 'a sand box and a pewter ink
stand within reach.
Here is the wooderi benh be
side 'the stove,.-cc;ered with jack
knife sculpture, awkward H's like
a pair of leaning- bar .posts with
one bar, and B's like ox yokes.
It is here that in rainy days and
winter night,s thbe whittlers, smo
kers,. spitters- and talkers gather
in, and lay their blue and white'
mittens beneath the stove to dry ;
perhaps a village doctor, with his
saddle bags and pink and seana
nimabus ; peitaps a country law
yer, who practices at the country
bar in court time and the tavern
bar the year round, with his dog
matic way and tobacco atmos
phere. Here Unions .are saved,
States constructed, stories told and
pig-tails gnawed. Here lore-handed
farmers talk pig and potatoes, and
buxom country girls smell of pep
permint, and warm their rosy fin
gers, that match their ripe cheeks
for color. Here clouds of smoke from
clay pipes float up among the bed
cords, and brooms, and .tin lan
terns, and cowhide boots suspend
ed overhead. And the stove, with
its red mouth diose to the hearth,
roars and 'reddens in the howling
nights, and .the black nail heads
in the floor are worn silver bright
by stamping and uneasy feet. A
boy, tipped with red as to fingers,
nose, ears and toes, stands before
a short row of glass pickle jars,
in a brimless hat of covers, where
in lean a few streaked* sticks of
childish 'happiness at a penny
apiece, and gazes with watering
mouth, that keeps him swallow
ing in his blissful expectancy.
As land is improved by sowing
it with various seeds, so is the
mind by exercising it with various
Always speak well of the dead,
and once in a while a good word
1for the living if you have the
Occasions of trouble and adver
sity do not make a man frail, but
they show what he is.
The other evening the Rev. Mr.
Philacter sat down at the tea
table with a very thoughtful air,
and attended to the wants of his
brood in* a very abstracted man
ner. Priesently he looked up at
his wife and said:
"The Apostle Paul"
"Got an awful lump on the hei-d
3afternoon," broke in the pastor's
Aldest son, "playing base ball.
Bat flew ont of the striker's bantds
when I was umpire, and cracked
me right over the ear, an'dropped
me. Hurt ? Golly !" and. the lad
ihook his head in dismal but ex
?ressive pantomine as he tenderly
rubbed a lump that -looked like a;
)illiard ball with hair on it. The
?astor gravely paused for the in
;erruption and resumed:
"The Apostle Paul"
"Saw Mrs. O'Gheminie down at
xreenbaum's this afternoon," said
he eldest daughter, addressing her'
nother. "She had the same old
)verlasting black silk, made over
ith a vest of tilleul green silk,
3oat tail basque pattern, over
skirt made with diagonal folds:in
!'ront, edged with- d6ep- frirge-;
Fellow straw hat, with black vel-.
ret facing inside the brim, And
pale blue flowers. She is going to
The good ministei waited pa
,iently, and then-, in tones-1i6t a
ihade -louder thAn before, said:
cThe Apostle Paul"
"Went in swimmin' lasWAight
with Henry and Benr pop, and
3tepped on a clam shell," exclaim
3d his youngest son; "cut Jmy foot
io I can't wear my, shoes; and
please, can't I stay at home to
The- pastor informed hii. soi
that he mright stay from the river,
%ad then resumed his topic. He
"The Apostle Paul says"
S"My teacher is in awful liar,"
shouted the second son; "he says
the: world is as round as an orange,
mad it turns round faster than a
ircus man can ride. I guess he
ah't gt much sense."
The mother lifted a w,arning
nger toward the s.boy and said.:
'Sb P' and the,father iesetned a
"The Apostle Paul says"a
"Don't bite off twice as much
is you can cbew," broke oat f,he
sdest ~son, reproving the assault
f his little brother on a piece of
~ake. The pastor's face showed
ust a trifle of annoyance as he
said in very firm, decided tones:
"The Apostle Paul says'
"There's a fly in the butter I"
shrieked the youngest hopeful of
te family, and a general laugh
Ellowed. When silence was re
stored the eldest daughter, with
mu air of curiosity, said: :
"Well, but pa, I really would
ike to know -what tho"Apostle
"Pass me the mustard," ;said
the pastor, absen4ly.
Then the committee.:rose&and
the senate went 'into' executive
sssion and soon after adjQurned.
Wiw GEEE-A BelfaBt (Maind)
ousewife who incautiously made
se of a rotten line to dry her
week's washing during the furious
wind of Monday, realized -a sad
disaster. All- the nameless and
ldescribable garinents tugged fu
ioisly at the 'line. The, shirts
semed to belong to.giants, .and
the drawers- were filled with a
preternaturalTlunipess, until the
ine broke, and the'*hole laundry
wealth of the household took
i iflight upward and .on-ward.
A. farmer living in the south
asatern part of the oity saw
their ,approach, led by a pair of
gray flannel drawers, and ran for
is gun, shouting "Wild geese!"
Frther particulars are awaited
Let your expenses be such as to
Leave a balance in your pocket.
Ready money is a friend in need.
As to lawyers, their professiona
is supported by the indiscriminate
defense of right and wrong.
Blame not before you examine