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DEVOTED TO POLITICS, NORALIT!, EDUCATION AND TO TM ENERAL INTURT @F THE UOUNTRY.
By D. F. BRADLEY & 00. PICKENS, S. C., THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 1880. VOL. X.--NO, 10.
IN T E OLOUDS.
NT VAnIr V. SNAW.
In a downward arch of the clouds,
That was rocked on the billowy air,
A ailver-white star lay alone
Like an innocent little one there.
Like a glorious soul that is free,
It lay In its beauty of white
Asleep in its cradle of clouds'
That was rocked on the bosom of night,.
Like a snowy-robed infant asleep,
Or a soul of the glorious dead,
In state lay the glimmering star,
All alone on its cradle-like boa.
Thin curtains of misty-like blue
Trimmed in white, filmy cloud lace,
Woro drawn from the cradle aside,
Where a zephyr just held them in place,
Then slow, as the picture dissolved
A White arm reached out in the blue,
And a beautiful fancy was mine
As my eyes grewa dim with lhe dew.
I thought, when our Father shall find
U silent In death's chilly Bleep,
With strange smiling eyes looking tip
To where tie white clouds away and weep,
He will look oiv our folly and sin
Tired children, who will not awake-.
And pardon with pitying tears,
For our Innocent babyhood's rake.
And with souls grown s~tless as then,4
With the laces of mis or our shroude,
He will take tip His poor, weary babes,
And rock us to sleep In the clouda.
A FATAL INHERITANCE.
BY LEIGH L. BROOKNER.
"Is this artist's blouse becoming to
me ?" asked Drusilla Sterling of her
" What matter whether a garment be
comes you or not? Your attitudes are
always graceful and fascinating. If it
were for this alone it would be worth
while to be the daughter of a dancer. I
wonder what Maxwell St. Ives would
say if he knew that?"
Drusilla's anger was at white leat
but so great was her self-control that to
an ordinary observer she would have
seemed perfectly calm. Her voice was
unusually smoolh and low as she replied
to Lucrece's scornful speech :
" Thank you for your compliment
though it is not by any means new for
me to be told that I am graceful.' As
for St. Ives knowing the story of my
parentage, I mean to tell him as soon as
occasion demands; at present he is too
little interested in me or my affairs to
care about the story."
Poor Lu felt that her thrust had been
without effect. It was rarely she al
lowed herself to be so bitter, but surely
she had occasion. Here was this squint
eyed, pale-faced, ill-born and ill-bred
creature, who, by some elfish witchery,
had won Lucerce's handsome lover from
From the first moment Roy Sebert
heard Drusilla's voice he had been ready
to follow her through the world. Only
two months from England, and already
so unfortunate as to have caused an affi
anced lover to be unfaithful to his vows !
It was rumored that a young curate on
the other side of the water had com
mitted suicide for her sake.
When her cousin left the room Dru
silla sat down before the pier-glass and
looked at herself steadily, sadly.
"My fate follows me. I am doomed
to make trouble wvherever I go. Lu is
jealous, and, therefore, unjust. I have
never, by the slightest conscious act,
tried to win her lover. Yet Roy is hand
some, and the temp~tation hasbenvr
It was a source of deep humiliation to
Drusilla that her mother had been an
actress, and, when she remembered her
cousin's taunt, she resolved to try and
make her more unhappy.
"I will deny myself the pleasure of
.being amiable to Roy Sobert no longer.
If Cousin Lu, with those lovely dark
eyes of hers, cannot enchain a lover, we
will see what the daughter of a dancer
caln (do 1
She lifted a small green-velvet shade
from the toilet table andl placed it over
her eyes. An intense and unremitting
devotion to philosophical studies had
made her nearly blind. Certainly, her
eyes were not pleasant to look at, and
she said, " I certainly wish to shock no
one by my hideousness." Perhaps she
was also aware that the dark velvet shade
would make her forehead the fairer by
contrast. She was tall and well deve
oped, not at all the sort of woman one
would take to be a coquette. This was
what her female friends called her, but
the gentlemen without exception denied
"She is simply a lovable woman, and
wins our interest without effort," said
her gentleman~ admirers.
" She isso artful as to conceal art,"
said the bitter and unloved of her own
One day, aa she sat talking to Max
well St. Ives the door openediand little
5-year-old Illoy said, "Mr. Devine is
Maxwell's lip curled, and he remarked :
" I did not know this was public-.recep
taon day. I will call again.
" Pray be seated, Mr. St. Ives. I
- have something to say to you when my
joung friend is gone. Fred is priv
gh, and comes at any time ; you
hnrme with your presence more rare
The caller had for excrse a pair of
Drusilla's white kid gloves, that she had
left in the villereadig-room. She
took them with thnks for his thought-.
fulness, and as she talked twisted them
carelessly in her hands. Fred was Pained
by this seemingly trival inoident. He
was romantic an d not a little supersti
Stilons,-for between the p alms of the gloves
he had placed a dainty blue violet, say
ing to himnself, I will let this blossom be
the symbol of my' fate. If she places it
at her throat or in her hair, if it in any
wa reevs attention or gives pleasure,
I shall hope. As she tossed the gloves
aside the flower fell broken and un
noticed at her feet. Ah, how different
i09ur dream from the reality. nt -
the first violet of the year, as it was the
first love of his life !
As he arose to go she said: "If you
will please take me by the hand I will
accompany you to the head of the stairs.
I want to scold you a little for something
I have heard. With this dreadful shade
that I am obliged to wear I cannot fand
my way without stumbling. Wii,you
excuse me for the merest moment, Mr.
St. Ives ?"
Now, it was not really necessary for
Drusilla to be led about in a house where
she was perfectly familiar, but she wished
to influence Fred, and knew of no way
How her soft, magnetio hand thrilled
him. Why, her lightest touch was like a
caress. She talked very earnestly to
him about his growing fondness for cards
and wine. Said she had heard such
rumors, but would not believe them.
Would lie promise that the gossip should
be. without foundation? He would prom
ise anything. He would reform !
Ro-entering the parlor, she remarked
to Maxwell: 'My college boys are so
much to me like brothers, I can reprove
and admonish them in truly orthodox
style without their resenting it. They
need some one to scold them a little
Maxwell said, in his abrupt, argu
mentative way: "Fred Devine does not
consider himself merely a boy friend;
he thinks himself a man and comes a
Tho color crept into Drusilla's pale
face : " Hush, Maxwell St. Ives, I will
not believe it. My own regard for this
lad is' so different. I want him to re
gard me as a friend ; I want him to look
up to me, and come to me for counsel
and sympathy; I want his esteem;
in short, I -want earnest, res)ectful,
beautiful friendship, instead of fickle,
passionate, fatal love !"
She was much excited. All the con
trol she had shown vhen Lu taunted
her was swept away. She had suffered
so much through love that she could
bear no mention of what had darkened
her whole life.
" Whenever and wherever I try to es
tablish a friendship, it is shortly trans
formed into reckless and despairing
All that she said was received in utter
silence. Surely he was not man but
marble. All this was such deep -grief to
her, and he did not care. Any other man
would have expressed some sympathy;
not so this impassive Northerner, who,
cynical and bitter, thought it a fine bit
of acting. He had been drawn toward
her at first, but an anonymous letter had
told him to " beware of Drusilla Ster
in g," that she was an actress by birth,
and by education, and utterly without
heart. From that time he had been on
" Pardon my emotion," she said, after
a moment's pause. " Pardon me also if
I go on to say more of myself.
"I want you to know if there is any
sufficient reason in the past why my
present should be so full of passion and
pain!i You have before now accused me
of being a coquette ! Upon my honor I
do not mean to be. What I do I cannot
help. It is a deep and sad fatality. Let
me tell y<.u the story of my birth that
you may judge for yourself how I camne
to inherit my birthright of sorrow.
" My father was an English artist and
mnarrie a woman who made her living
by singing and dancing at the theaters.
She was as dleceitful as she was beauti
Ful. My old nurse Jeanette has often
told me how mother would say to her :
' The Englishman is an ogre.' But to
him she would say: 'You are grand
like the gods.' She won him, not be
cause she loved him, but because he
was supposed to be wealthy. He loved
her with his imagination rather than
with his heart. He was very suscepti
ble to beauty and gracefulness, and both
were her's to a remarkable degree. The
fact that she was married did not p~re
vent men loving her. She died when I
was but three days old, and father anid
Teanette brought me to England.
"From my tenth year I have been con
scious of possessing my mother's fatal
fault of fascination. Thiere is nothing I
so much deplore, for I have my father's
honest En~glishi heart, and wouh'l win love
only where I could return it. Until the
last few months I have never known
what that word meant. You are still si
lent. I have lost your esteem b~y con
fessing my mother's profession. Oh,
Maxwell St. Ives, I trusted you ! Are
you not still my friend ?"
In hmer earnestness she laid1 both her
little caressing hands over both of
his. All his reserve and skepticism
were swept away. He pressed her hands
like rose loaves in his own, and an
" For life-for death !"
Before they parted they were b)etrothed
lovers. Drusilla had some misgivings,
and said :
" Can you go to your proud mother
and tell her that you have espoused the
daughter of a dancer ?"
" Drusilla Sterling, I can say any
thing to anybody. If only you are true
to me there is no obstacle to our union
that I will not easily overcome. I have
g'ven myself to you, body and soul, and
(*dhelp him who comes betwveen us !
she felt her heart grow cold as he
spoke. Was this love also to prove uin
happy ? O, it was too sad that in this
first glad hour of betrothal ther e shouldl
be a shadow of impending rjvil. She
loved him so!i It was cruel that she
dould not be free from foret odings. At
the moment of farewell she sob)bed as if
her heart were breaking, and he hatd
scarcely reached his hionae wvhen a note
followed him, sa*
" MAXWE~LL . fvfa : As I Jove you
I must never -e yo, -gi- I ..ou
only bring you unhappiness. It is my
sad fate. Forget me and farewell.
"Yours, with love and regret,
' DusILLA STERLING."
It was hardly the kind of etter to send
a man the world's width from his heart's
desire ! No possible combination of
words could have been more certain to
bring him to her side. No pleading, no
tenderness, could have been more potent
than this deeply-despondent dismissal.
What would he not venture for her af
fection ! Other men might love her
they must love her if they but entered
her presence-but as for Drusilla her,
self, she should be so sheltered by his
devotion so hedged about by his atten
tions and tenderness that she could love
no one else.
He would not visit her to- morrow nor
for many days. He would wait until
her mood had changed and she was sub
dued by a desire to see him. He had
some power over her that he knew. But
his own will was weakest. He must see
her. He must hold her in his arms, if
only for a moment. It was evening,
two weeks from his last visit. That very
afternoon Roy Sebert had returned from
a fishing excursion, and at 8 o'clock he
found Drusilla alone in the brilliantly
lighted parlor. Never had lie
seen her so well dressed, she
was careless about her attire in general.
m1ie had put on her one rich dress, a
myrtle green silk, bought, I think, to
match her emerald ring and necklace,
Drusilla had persuaded herself that Max
well would visit her that evening. Oh,
could she but have known on what a
fatal errand, she would never have let
Roy lift her hanil to examine the quaint
device on her ring. Before she could
prevent it, Roy hat pressed her -hand to
is lips. She snatched it 'angrily away
and at that instant the words flashed
through her brain, " God help him who
comes between us."
At Drusilla's command Roy instantly
left the room. He had been gone but a
moment when she heard the report of a
pistol, and, fearing she knew not what,
she rushed into the hall only to find her
worst fears confirmed. Roy Sebert I y
there upon the floor in a last agony, the
blood issuing from a wound in his
Swift as Drusilla had been Lucrece
was there before her. She was down
upon her knees trying to stanch the
blood. Her face was distorted with hor
ror and grief. She was still as death
until she found her efforts vain, and
when her lover fell a lifeless burden
from her arms, such a shriek echoed
through the house as could never be for
gotten by those who heard it. Father
and mother knew in that instant that
their beloved only daughter was a hope
less maniac. Glaring wildly around,
her glance fell upon Drusilla, and, re
garding her cousin as the murderer of
her lover, she sprang toward her with
isane fury. It required the united
strength of Mr. Sterling and his farm
hand to loosen her hold of Drusilla's
throat! 0 what anight of horrorwasithat!
Drusilla lying between life and death,
Lucrece raving of her lover, and accus
ing Drusilla as his murderer.
Only one person knew the truth of
the affair ; that was John Miller, the
hired man. Ho had been to the village,
and, on his return, he saw Maxwell St.
Ives standing by the gate, looking
toward the house. The man glanced up
to find what attracted his attention, and
there, plain as day, saw Roy Sebert kiss
Drusill a's hand. The net instant Max
well went rapidly up the walk, entered
the house without announcement, and,
almost immedilately afterward, retracedl
his steps, mounted his horse, and rode
All this was elicited the following day
at the Coronier's inquest, andl the fact
that Maxwell St. Ives was missing was
all that was needed to confirm the ver
(lict, au(t free Drusulla irom any sus
picion of direct complicity in the mur
decr. Yet when, after weeks of illness,
she came back to reason and life, she
felt that she could no longer remain
under her uncle's roof.
" I must live by myself," she said,
sadly ; "I b~rinig sorrow and death into
every household I enter."
So it was planned that a cottage
should be0 bought, and Jeanette should
be0 sent for as companion andl servant.
I was visiting a friend in the country
who told me the story. She said to me,
one afternoon when we were out driving,
" Would you like to call on, Drusilla
Sterling? there is the cottage."
It was a beautiful place. There were
English roses trained about the low
porch. A woman in French cap met us
at the doer and conducted us into the
room where her mistresa sat reading. A
stately woman, wearing a black dress
andl a small black cap, that, with its cor
onet outline marked by' tiny pearls,
looked like a small royal crown. The
eyes were clear and dark, but infinitely
sad. Of late years Jeanette had read
to her mistress 'until Drusilla's over
taxed eyes had, b~y rest and carefulness,
become as bright as in youth. Her
mouth was large, but curved and sweet.
She was so grateful to us for coming ;
she admitted that her life was lonely at
When my friend said, "I have told
Miss Brook ner your story, and she gives
you her love and sympathy," she reached
1her ight hand out to me. I can never
forget thie clasp of those soft, caressing
fingers. By-and-by she was led to talk
of the past and of Maxwell St. Ives. A
man answering to the advertised descrip
tion of him had died of yellow fever in
Newv Orleans one year after that sum
mfer- night tragedy.
TrF. elimbing of Mt. Blanc by F. J.
Campbell, a b~liud mian, was8 a piece of
Hinds is the most populous county in
There are nine cotton seed oil mills in
The cattle drive of Texas this year will
The State Treasury of Texas contains
Jasper county, Ala., voted to repeal
the prohibition law.
Western Texas is fast being turned
into pastures with barbed wire.
Beaufort cotitnty, S. C.,has 2,438 white
and 27,752 colored inhabitants.
The State oflices at Little Rock are
still heated with blazing pine knots.
There are 2,170 members of the An
cient Order of United Workmen in Ten
The new public school building at
Little Rock will be heated with hot
A gentleman has recently settled at
New Smyrna, Fli., with twenty-two
hives of bees, brought from Ohio.
Preparations are being made to light
the Eagle and Phonix Mills at Colum
bus, Ga., with the electric light.
Of 122 Greenback newspapers in the
United States only sixteen are published
south of the Ohio river.
S. H. Cox, of Oglethorpe county, Ga., i
presented the Rev. Mr. Ivey with a
plantation worth $4,000.
There is but one member of the forty
of the last Georgia Senate returned to
the present Legislature.
There are fourteen thousand six hun
dred and fifty-two more females than
males in South Carolina.
The Pratt coal and coke company, live
miles from Birmingham, Ala.,. are get
ting out 600 tons of coal per day.
The Commissioner of Immigration of
Florida thinks that 18,000 people 1 ave
immigrated to that State within two
An elegant new steamer is being built
to run un the line between New York,
Port Royal, Fernandinia and Jackson
In Nicholas county, V. Va., James
Austin, aged thirteen, and George Mas
tin, aged sixteen, killed during a week's
hunt, four (leer.
N(otiec hats been given that a hill will
be introduced mnto the next, Legislaturea
to increase the liquor license of Telfair
count y, Ga., to $5,000.
The shipments of cattle and sheep
from South western Virginia arc now so
heavy that it is with (dificulty that cars
can be procured for their transportation. I
Thela machinery for a Clement Attach- 1
muent has been received andl put in posi- r
tion at Mt. Pleasant, Gadsden counity, I
Fla. It took three ears to carry the ma- 1.
chinery to that place.
A sale of $20,000 in Tennessee bonds a
was made in Nashville at forty-six cents 1
onl the dollar, a heavy adIvance on the I
rates which have ruled for some time r
One thousand feet of tubimg for the s
artesian well has arrivedl in Little Rock,
andl work wiill be ait once resumed in pre
paring the well for further boring. TIhe ~
directors believe that a large voliune of .
water will be obtainied.t
A man in Madison county, Tex., gath- ~
ered on his farm 1,000 b~ushlels of pecans
andl sold them in San Antonio for $3.40r
per buslhel. .Just $25 covered the ex
penses of gathering and marketing, so lbe
realizedl a profit of $3,400 on the crop.
In Augusta, Ga., a velocipede tourna
mnent for the small boys & I." w'' ery1
year, the merchants of thme city contribu
ting the prizes, which consist of knives.
balls andl other articles best suited to
There will be jive colored men in the
Tennessee Legislature, three from Shelby,
one from Tipton and one from Davidson
county. T. A. Sykes, the colored menm
ber from Davidson, was a member of the
North Carolina Legislature.
Thme Capitol Commissioners appointed
by thm' Georgia Legislature to look into
the validity of thme title of the city of
Atlanta to the City. Hall lot, which was
deeded some time ago to the atrte for
the site of the State capitol, have helki a
meeting and dlecidedl to accept the City
At lu'~las, TFex., Maj. Penn baptized
thirteen coniicts, 01(1 men andl women,
nmidd(le-agedl andl yoiung people, in the.
river. Long before the hour arrived for
the immersion the townm commnencedl pour
-iver on either side was a mass of hu
nanity. His meetings are the events of
The hotel-keepers of New Orleans,
vho have decided to employ white girls
is waiters, say they have no trouble in
ecuring them, and say that respectable
amilies apply almost daily for places
or their daughters. The girls like the
vork and give satisfastion, both to em
)loyers and their guests.
The Columbus Enquirer-Sun says that
n1 the list of applicants for legislative
Lppointments in Georgia are found the
iames of leading lawyers-men of years'
tanding at the bar. This shows that
lie legal imsiness of that State must
)c at a very low ebb, and as a rile is not
Three crazy persons. two negro women
Lmd a white man, all of Newnan, Ga.,
)assed through Macon Thursday, on their
vay to the asylum at Miliedgeville.
singular to say, all three went crazy
hrough jealousy. The negro women on
iccount of the infidelity of their liis
)ands, and the white man fron the same
in the part of his wife.
The Knoxville City Council now has
>ending before it an ordinance providing
hat manufaictories hereafter established
i Knoxville with a capital of $5,000 or
nore shall be relieved of taxation for
ifteen years. Atlanta, Chattanooga and
>ther Southern cities long ago adopted
his policy, and now have their reward
n extensive and paying manufactories
of various kinds.
Judge William Cothran was on his
Vay to Lexington, Miss., to hold Circuit
Jourt, when he was suddenly taken sick
t Winona and died in a few hours. He
vas seventy-five years old, and had been
Jircuit Judge six years before the war.
Ele was elected by the people since the
var and was removed by Governor
Nies. He was appointed in 1876 by
Ltovernor Stone for six years.
The New Orleans Picayiune has some
<tatistics showing 'that before the civ
ivar the South had more taxable property
m her rolls than New England and t.!e
Iiddle States combined. After the con
:est and five years of peace, she had sunk
300,000,000 below the New England
states alone. In 1860 forty per cent. of
ill the real and personal property as
essed in the United States was in the
outhcrn States, while now they have
mily 'ourteen per cent.
Some English capitalists own 500,000
cres of land in A labanma, on the line of
lhe Alabama Great Sothernit rail road,
v'hich are v'ery rich in timbecr andl mini
rals and which they intend developing.
'or the pres'ent chief attention will be
:iven to developinig the mineral resources
*f those hmnds, which are almost bound
ess, but tihe farming interests will not
e neglectedI. Arrangements arc now
riaking to indluce immigration of En
ish farmers, andl at an early day a num
>er will probably settle on the lands.
Deliville (Trex..) Times : W. E. Crump,
iear his plantationi on the Brazos river,
ut week (discovered an alligator on the
e' k, some (distanice from the water. On
iuing ump qjuite close it rearedl up to at
ack him, when he dhextrously thirew a
tronig rope over its head, anid wheeling
is hmorsec rode quickly off. Trhe alliga
or followed so rapidly that it were fully
hundred yardls before lie suceeed~ in
igh tning the rope around~ his neck. A f
er a desperate struggle Mr. Crump sue
ceded in (draigging lh prize honme, where
e dispatched it at his leisure. It
ieasured over ten feet.
Ho0w Tooth-Brushes Are Made.
Although the tooth-brush is not a
i very complicated article, no small de
gree of skill is required in its manufact
ire. In the first place, care must he
ixercised in the selection of bone from
vhich the handle is to be made. For
:k'is purpose the thigh bone of an ox is
sband instead of boiling these with
tho joints on-thme method commonly in
vogue-thesie joints are sawed off pre
vous to the boiling process. The in
3reused heat necessary in the former
miethiod renders the bone unfit for the
purpose of, the brush manufacturer.
On arriving at the factory the bones
ire first sawed into the requiredl length
md thickness for brush-handles. They
ire next turned with a model in a simi
lar manner to that employed in the m
ifacture of shoe-lasts. Then comes
polishing process, which is done
mneans of a sort of revolving chu
&.n ingeniously-contrived machine
takes the pieces and deftly punct
holes for tihe b)ristles while -rooves are
aut in the top by saws. how being
ready for the bristles, they are intro
:luced to the department for this work.
rBirls are usually employed for this
b~ranch of the business. After putting
in the bristles, they are backed with
sealing wvax to fasten them securely in
place anid to fill up the grooves. All
that renmainus to be (done is to brand~ the
brushes and pack them for market
PITH AND POINT.
AND now Lady Godiva is said to be a
myth-a bare falsehood, as it were.
Acrons should be watched closely on
election day. They are professional re
SoxE one inquires: "Where have all
the ladies' belts gone?" Gone to waist
IF a mulo had as many legs as a cock
roach this country wouldn't be so thickly
Ti bobtailed horse spends his whole
existence in lamenting his lack of ter
A COMPOSITOR who cannot agree with
his wife says he must have taken her
out of the wrong font.
WnY is the discovery of the North pole
like an illicit whisky manufactory? Be
cause it's a secret still.
IT requires but a short time for a
young lady out shopping to learn all the
countorsigns of the dry-goods trade.
"I CANNOT think," aya Dick,
"What makos my ank los grew so thick."
"You do not recollect," says Harry,
"How great a calf they have to carry."
TiHE Eye says it was a Bloomington
man who hit the nail on the head, but
he mourned the loss of a thumb by the
Faom Adam they took a ribbone to
make fair woman. Fair woman has
been made up with ribbon ever since.
PHYsicIAN now say that the telephone
is injuriou- ao the ear. We presume
it's the sti a of listening and hearing
nothiug thI does the harm.
ONE of t o first requisitions received
from a newly-appointed railway station
agent was: "Send me a gallon of red
oil for the danger lanterns."
IN Texas there is a township called
Gin, and in it a town called Brandy, and
the name of the postoffice is Rummy.
No State could ask for anything better.
A VERY disagreeable old gentleman
dies. A nephew, charged with the duty
of preparing his epitaph, suggests :
"Dee ly regretted by all who never
i. dew has com
said in his softest
she yawned, "'ve
hear adieu for some time.
l the next evening.
Times says the fish in
L have been so -long with
out we 4 when it began to rain, for
the first , e in six weeks they were
seen running about with umbrelias over
A YOUNG woman in Denver flung heN
self into a cistern, but she was fished
out. A local paragrapher advised her
as followi.4: " Cis turn from your evil
ways.'' But he won't joke that way
when it comes ciswern.
A PoET asks : " When I am dead and
lowly haid. .. ...And clods fall heavy
from the spade, who'll think of me?'
Don't worry. Tailors andl shoemakers
have retentive memories, and you'll not
be forgotten. -Norristown Herald.
FATE of a jilted butcher .
Hie tried in drink to drown his caros,
An d there found no relief ;
But dally grew more wo-begone
You never sausage grief.
At last his weary soul found rest,
His sorrowvs now are o'er ;
No tickle muaid now troubles hinm
P'ork reacher, ho's no more.
ONE Sunday night wve were sitting out
in the moonlight, unusually silent, al
most.sad. Sudd(enly some one-a po
etie-looking man, with a gentle, lovely
face-said, in a low tone, " Did you
ever think of the beautiful lesson the
stars teach us ?" We gave a vague, ap
preciative nmurmur, but some soulless
clod said, "No; what is it?" "How
to wink," he answered, with a sad, sweet
Simple Language In Sermons.
In add~ressing the multitude, simplic
ity of language is always highly desir
able, there being the danger of the un
learned attaching very different (and
sometimes very awkward) meanings to
the grand and uncommon words which
even careful clergymen may be betrayed
into using in the pulpit. One of those,
when in his study and in the act of com
posing a sermon, made use of the term
" ostentatious man." Throwing down
his pen, he wished to satisfy himself,
ere he proceeded, as to whether a great
portion of his congregation might corn
preheond the meaning of the said term,
and adop~ted the following method of
p~roof. Ringing the bell, his footman
appeared1, andl was thus addressed by his
master : " What do you conceive to be
implied by an ostentatious man ?" " An
ostenitatious man, sir ?" said Thomas.
" Why, sir, I should say a perfect en-.
tieman." "Ve 1oo,' said the Vicar.
" d ''"El
every word mI oedit' under
stand. A ladininher effort to
explain what oet she wanted,
adwyshe waa t. mentioned that
she ate lier beef ocoed rare. " Rare ?"
he repeated1. "Rare ? Vat ish dat?
0, yes; I know. R-a-r-n--very aneldm."