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MISS SOPHRONISCA SINGLETON.
H('f w t? ,
For fin Iv prido wtw plentiful n!
Lik' Mnt. ! s iiwor hrr toncmentB tnt rtlmt-
Intf t' t t.o k v,
V.!U(- cmmic bnnU lirr teniuiM tnimixti by
Hhr u d t in-nlR the mr no chonp, but mnn
htti h n -i( it dent ;
riioi if 1 1 Mvoti hi hi) hnttul fttid hrfvlit. Still
bnittni. timiif dn-nr:
Ami thoo who Or t1-?) hunlet toll mint know
hi nlmr n-it r-t,
A. id thMi who Uvtr tho heaving (.roRS bo oft
the tM'ttititcHt blest.
Mi Pophron'rK'fi SinulHon her wither!
(TptHi Itm torn nnd bltntrrod note hr bmiuitii
I h il 1it rent ;
I" pon tlKttn nhon tho Htdlns of toura thftt
hnnvy ovm hud flhed;
Tin 'v tii 11 h ( hiniiro! Tor Hhlnlng-gold for
fhluhirt nold lii-ti-ad.
In mimtni'i R hint, in w.ntor'8 cold, when
rioiuh t sorrow chIU,
M!h SiphroiiiM-K Singleton ne'nr wtilkfl thosn
Tho Ihw niHv tlinist n fiun'ty out, like vuimiittJ
on the ntroi't,
Bho iH'vor hMm tho low, ami moan or ioelfl
their pxr hoarf ImmiI.
Two hundred homo ?hlll and dark to frlvo
tui. wurmlli itud i-k'ttt,
Two hundred home pup wrip)od In K'oom to
inukn her fruy ami bright.
0 SoplironiHca SidKlcton!
Not n thnt diamond
0 ludy, proud and
niM'klaeo and the
bnllitin.w tint you war
Will inirrhtmo for your unxtoufl
tnu inmmwit ft nearo.
heitrt a part-
Or move oll-tor Death to Kraut
renew ill of
I'rlix FfiittlrtH, in .V. 1. irnthic
How an Editor's Wife Got Him
Into Serious Trouble.
A Bouncer that Interfered with the Personal
Liberty of a Tramp, and Caused
the Unceremonious Departure
the Unceremonious Departure of a Female Friend.
Ever sincn my l.usl i:iml ncciit"!) tho
position of editor of tin1 Irviu ,lou
litwim rnrtij ho liiux bolmved in a nmnner
C!iIcii1aU,(l to strain t!m holy l.oiid.s of
wedlock to the point of stripping liko
nil old kIio -.slriiiji. Ilu hiii immuriul
hims( If in tho riiwic'S of tlio wood-slicd
and ilolicd ull my i'iidoiioi's to iwitr
tiiin his occupation. All my playful,
purring ways and coaxing powers wcro
in vain. I fondled him with the broom
hundlo and eke the rolling pin, but ho
refused to divulge the secret. Finally I
threatened to discharge the hired girl
and do my own cooking, and he caved,
lie promised that in one week he would
admit uie to the caucus, as he called it,
mid show mo what it was that tore bvr
from the wife of his bosom ami divided
bis nlVcctions Meanwhile he kept eoinrr
in and out, carefully locking the door
ea "h time until but one dav of inv long
Then he was suddenly ('tilled to go to
Trenton in tho interest of a bill. I don't
know what it
was, but 1 sup
pose (.onio old
wash-bill of his,
ho was living
fit fj Lilt IT. IK 1 1 , 1 ITIIIt II
j$ Ify he'd forgotten to
till) IVI II w I . ulim I
-K on, I 1 ill I
JS" " me. as liiitenearu
or nm tkknton. did, not to at
tempt to outer until he returned. I
promised, but I crooked my linger,
which you know is a "mental reserva
tion," and wei into the kitchen and
whooped for joy.
The net morning I picked the
lock -with the axe -and went in the
woodshed, Henry had hung an old
blanket over the window and nil was
dark. I removed it, letting a tlood of
light fall on a lot of curious springs and
tools scattered about and a lare easy
chair standing under tho window, par
parlially covered with my almost lin
ished crary-(uilt w hich had beeu miss
ing so long, and w hich I had accused
ur wa.-herwomau of stealing. Uh, tho
'hilo I was w ishing 1 had a man to
f-wear a little for mo 1 noticed a l'atent-
on tho table,
w i t h the
n n d S i) r i n g
r r s h a n d 1
w r i t I n ir I - H
picked it" up.'rv :K&&2
in tho chair tiik i kaz.v ycii.T.
uud I ugun to read tho various specifi
cations; hut before- I had read two lines
1 saw Mrs. Kostler nunc around to tho
back door and knock. Ordinarily
1 should havo remained secluded
and allowed her to think I was not
at Inline, but I siuv that .-.he had turned
her. silk droxs, and was resolved to let
her know tl tit I oh erved it. We went
into the lions,, together and seated our-t-vivrs
for a gi.od long talk about Mrs.
Meyers. Shorilv alter, as 1 glanced out
of the window, I saw a great, hulking
liMinp sneak into the pantry, load Inni
M'lf with everything that ho could. lay
bis hands on, and then go into the
woodshed, w hich I'd left open. Terror
Mricki n, I thought ol lleuiy and his se
cret. hat would ho say when he re
turned!' (ill, what a punishment for
my curio-ity! I ga.ed lixedly at the
wood-heil, my eyes bulging like a
lob.-ter's and my blood chilled by a
blizzard of lviuoi M'. 1 clapped my hands
in agony. Suddenly there w.is a
whir-r-r-ra bang, a ter'riblo crash, and
the tramp came out.
He didn't conic out by the door, he
Lad too lilUe lime. Ho left by the way
a d, n - , . . of the win-
the sash with
him, and tie
pa n u i n g a
portion of the
kept back as
M mcHlu iiiori
.-. '-'''J-'1' sections
;r-A'jT of hia gar-
r SN incuts. He
" ""- I ad an aw ful
the 1H4MI- cm hit. funny look on
bis face - a sort of where-did-l-yet-thts
cxpro-sioii mingled wi'h twenty
per cent, of mortal agony. He landed
ill unit thirty f et i 'lit i ie the fence in
heap, lying there a few moments, aud
then got up, -h ibling rags, broken
j'la.-s, links of sauage and egg all
iiro iiid him. Helool.el as if he had
moulted w hell he stood up. After Cast
ing a sad, reproachful glance at the
liou-e he hurried himself heneew aril.
Mrs. Kastier and I went out to the
woodshed to see what had caused hi
14 hi n r
I Ion- ' e O ' " 1' 'i-J
li'iea-.hifis. T"-. ' ! thing nppenrod thi
f one except the w indow, which looked
as though a torniido had been toying
wi'-U it, Tho fvuo of destruction np
penpul f bsve been upward, a-s Ixit-
tin of ink f tho window will was Mill in
position, wjd the lower portion of th
frame uNo. We rouhl not lind any rea-
stm for tlm disciplo of Henry (.eorga
having gone rut thnt way, and Mrs.
Ksstler sat down and Iwgan to talk
liout tho way to pronounce dynamite.
She said it was '1!!!!,'' and I
said tho "y" wm pronounced long. s
in "dve." That made her mad becauso
sho dvos her hair, you know, and alio
got mad and stamped her foot, and
i hen the chair gave a "click" and com
menced to go up. It didn't go up
slowly, either, but ns I saw il begiu V
go I grabbed her and wo both went up
together us if wo had been nhot out of
a mortar. Heavens! It was awful!. As
wo shot out of tho window Mrs. Ktvst
h r's head hit the bottle of ink and it
accompanied us in our llight, playing a
stream on us as we meandered through
Hie air clean over tho house.
She lit in a crotch of tho cherry tree
and I fell into the pond on the other
side of the road. I crawled out, got a
ladder and f
helped Mrs. Z,
of tho trcn.
wit li rago -and
but I could
bond w hich
some tna'r- "K" '' visitor.
netie way) sho thought I had inveigled
her into tho chair and had sprung il. on
Jior! Then to my horror I saw Henry
coino into the yard. He had not gone
to tronron, ami was only testing my
t'ur!os!ty. I was ready to sink into tho
ground for shame. I fled into tho house.
Airs, hastier went over homo and sent
her husband to perforate Henry w ith a
hay-fork, lint he knew that editors
were bail men to fool around, and he
commenced easy with Henry, and I
could see that there w asn't mi ch differ
ence between them as they harrowed
the ground, ready for spring planting.
After awhile Henry went in and got tho
chair and brought it out in the iniddlo
of the gr.i.-s-piot to explain its mechan
ism to hastier, but tho hitter was too
angry to listen to reason and ho went
for Henry with precipitation and tho
hay-fork, but Henry grabbed him and
they fell over tho chair. Then I saw
how tho thing worked. It had a big
spiral spring under it which worked
after a few moments' pressure. Tho
victim had only to seat himself and
commence to pour in tho editor's car
his little tale, while tho hitter smiled
his most leathery smile. Then sudden
ly the poet was wafted in tho realms
of space and the chair resumed its nat
ural pose. I never saw anything liko ir
Tho chairsprung itself loose with Henry
and Ka-tler and fell over on its side and
jabbed them against tho fence, leaped
up in the air and bucked against the
house. First they were on top and then
Hear -dug coming past tried
to stop tho
not as he thought it and
up in the
.7 his clothm
? beforo he
r had souse
VSu&2. enough to
get out, il
s e e ni s to
IT WAS A IJVF.T.V MUX.
mo. Then tho thing broke
wretched-looking creatures crawled out
and got axes and clubs and broke up
the patent Honneer in p ores. Henry
said that 'although it w as no doubt a
boon to editors, ho wasn't going to de
stiny the peace of Kssex County for any
, newspaper. So hastier uidn t bring
I suit against us, and Henry thinks that
although it cost a new dress for mo and
three suits of clothe, it taught two
women tho vanity of curiosity, and that
was worth the prieo paid. The tramp
has not been consulted. Mrs. Miyqs,
in X. y. Work!.
A PROFESSIONAL BEAT.
Not Evan the Glitter of a Revolver Could
Disturb His Sang Froid.
Among the disagreeables of a hotel
man's life are his encounters with the
professional beat Not long ago there
nourished in New York one of this
genus, w ho had so persistently worked
ihe hotels and restaurants that his fea
tures were familiar to all the clerks and
proprietors. His appearance became the
signal for a prompt and forcible ejec
tion. Chance favored hini one day,
and as he passed ono of the up-town
restaurants he observed a now man at
the cashier's desk. Assuming a lordly
air, ho walked in, seated himself tit ono
of the tables and ordered a sumptuous
repast This he consumed with a gretit
relish, aiding the process with a copiou.t
supply of tho best wines on the list
iMiniinouing the waiter, he was helped
on with his coat, and all'e.et'iig an ab-seul-tniuded
mood started for tho door,
disappointing the waiter of the generous
fee which might be expected from so
lavish a diner. As the beat neared the
door he wim surprised to see tho pro
prietor an oft-swindled acquaintance
seated at the cashier's desk.
The beat sauntered leisurely up to
the desk with his lingers in his vest
pockets, as though feeling for his
money. A look of despair cunio over
"l!y Jove, old man," lie said, "do
j you know I've come away from home
wiLhoiit a com? I changed mv vest,
and left my roll on my bureau. lVueed
awkward, you know, but I'll stop in on
my way down in the morning and make
it all right."
' Not much you don't," replied th
proprietor, producing a largo and po
tent revolver from beneath tho counter.
" You'll settle beforo you leave the
The beat turned pale as he looked
down the muzzle of the revolver. II
gasped and shook with terror, but of a
sudden regained his composure aud a
smile played over his features.
"My dear fellow,'' sail ho, "you
fr ghtened me for a moment. I thought
that w as a stomal h-punip." liujj'alo
heeoutly some wood-cutters in
Win teiiil iirg l ame iiikiii the remains of
i what soeuis to lm been an extensive
set of farm buildings of tin; liomaii
peril. d, the upper story of which was
built in compartments. A subterra
nean In tiling chamber was also found;
at lea-it this may be inferred from the
mils of short pillars, on which Hags
rested, ornamented with tiles, both
Hags and tiles being perforated with
holes to allow the cse.ipe of beat to Ihu
A Man Who Was Father--Law to His
"O, yes," said an attorney to whom
a reporter applied for any information
lie might possess on tho subject of
rhimsical marriages. "I know of ft
case in this city where two unoloi and
their nephew married threo sisters.
Thus tho nephen-'a wife lx' timo tho
niece of nor sisters and her hnsband be
came tho brother-in-law of his uncles.
His first boy became the grandnophew
of his aunts; his mother's sNters and
his cousins were necessarily his aunts
Thus encouraged the reporter with A
mission looked about, for morn whim
sical marriages, and learned of half A
dozen in as many hours. A prominent
sewing-machine man who formerly
lived in this city married a widow wdio
had a young daughter. When tho latter
had grown up to womanhood the sowing-machine
man obtained a divorce
from his wife and married her daughter,
making his former wife his mother-in-law.
The threo wore often seen riding
out together in the same carriage. It
is but a few years since a certain well
knowr. historian and poet, after the
death of his wife, married her daughter
by a previous marriage, much to the
disgust of his son. who found that his
sister had suddenly grown into his
lint the ijueerest caso of all is that of
a widower and his son who married a
widow and her daughter, the son mar
rying tho mother and the father the
daughter. When the widower married
tho daughter he became father-in-law
to the widow, who was his daugh:or-in-law;
or, in other words, was father-in-law
to his mother-in-law. His wife be
came tho step-mother of his son-in-law,
w ho was in fact her half brother, being
the full son of her father, her husband.
When the son married the widow ho
became tho father-in-law of his own
father, because his wife was his father's
wife's mother. I(v his marriage the son
became tile stepfather of his stepmother,
who was his stepdaughter. Tho widow
is not only the mother of her daughter
but also her daughter-in-law, and her
daughter becomes her mother-in-law.
The widow is likewise the daughtcr-in
law of her husband's father, who, it will
he remembered, is her son-in-law by
reason of being her daughter s husband,
lly marrying the widow tho son becamo
the son in-law "of his mother, the wife of
his father. The son becamo the father
of his father's wife, his half-sister,
his own daughter, because she is the
daughter of his own wife. Tho old
gentleman, by hi.s marriage with tho
daughter, becamo his son's wife's son-in-law,
that lady likewise being his
daughter-in-law, although being his
wife's mother. Tho father's wife, as
step mother to his children, is therefore
stop-mother to her mother and step
father, the latter being tho son of her
husband. If the union of the son and
the widow be blessed with a girl babe
the little one would ordinarily be the old
gentleman's grandchild. In this in
stance however tho old man being son.
in-law to the son he, in addition to be
ing its grandfather, is a half-brother to
the infant and the child is half-sister to
its grandmother. In case the daughter,
who married tho widower, should have
a boy, he would at once become his
grandmother's half brother and her
brother-in-law at the same lime. (ti
THE FINGER NAILS.
How They Should be Cared for so as to Secure
the Maximum of Comfort.
While serving as a protection to the
extremities of the lingers, well-preserved
nads add much to tho beauty of the
On the contrary, nothing renders the
hand more unsightly than thick, irregu
lar and soiled nails. Hut another con
sideration, making a proper care of
them of the highest importance, is tho
fact that every person who labors with
the hands is liable to gather, under the
free margin of his nails, foreign matter,
which may be very poisonous to tho tis
sues of the body. Many cases have oc
curred in which the slightest abrasions
of the cuticle by means of tho finger
nail have resulted in malignant, even
If, from any cause, the nail becomes
thick and inelastic, it soon becomes
rough, and assumes tho appearance of
an excrescence rather than an orna
ment. In this condition it is much more
diiUcult to keep (dean. To avoid this,
the hand should not bo subjected to the
action of strong alkalies, such as quick
lime, etc.; neither should foreign sub
.stanccs no removed from the surface by
scraping, as, from the peculiar manner
of its growth, this will cause the nail to
To cleanse tho surface and the mar
gin adjoining the skin, a soft nail-brush,
mild soap, and soft water should be ap
plied once each day, w hile the foreign
matter, accumulated under the free
margin should be removed as often as
the hands are washed, by passing the
rounded point of a small knife-blade
once or twice beneath it.
This being done while the nail is wet,
one movement will generally bo sulli
cient to remove the substance com
pletely; but care should bo taken to do-
ta -h no more of the nail, a.s this may, 11
repeated, cau-o the detached margin to
recede until it is necessary to allow
wide growth to protect the end of the
The pa,ring should also bo done while
the nail is soft from washing, with an
instrument which will make a perfectly
smooth edge, and sufficiently often to
limit tho breadth of the free margin to
about one-twelfth of an inch. This
breadth is best, especially in the case of
persons who have to do rough work
with tho hands, for two reasons; it pro
vents tho breaking of the nail and also
the accumulation of much foreign sub
stance. The corners should not be very
closely cut, or the troublesome condi
tion known as ingrown nail may be pro
duced. To prevent the breaking of tho cuti
cle near the root of the nail (commonly
called hang-nail"), the skin should be
pressed not scraped loose from the
nail at least once a week. Youth'
Dr. Dallinger, the eminent niicro
scopist, holds that the development of
living organisms in a piece of lish
linisele, previously subjected to a tem
perature of boiling water, does not in
dicate spontaneous generation, despite
the belief that such a temperature
absolutely destructive of life. lie hopes
the microscope may yet reveal more
about the Details of the life of minute
creatures, but, in the meantime, he
says, philosophy must take it for
granted that the principle of life
something wholly distinct from the
matter w ilh which it is clothed. Cur
FOR OUR YOUNG FOLKS.
THE NEW BABY'S SOLILOQUY.
IIM brnml nnw tinby, Just two worM renin
to town :
Mjr .yi in any onlor, bfi' my hi!r Is Boft and
lirow n ;
Din of It I' w nln't a (tirl; ttmt mftlirs mo
rmw with Joy i
An' 14 pleiw 'em who ia uiwtor hero when
1 M i Wiorer Isiy.
C Is thu first
grand-bully my ftrnnifpa pver
'ftn lint a lot
of grftnilinns, luit only one
(rt rtndnti'l ;
t'fut K'( a lot of uncles ail'
frood titg lot of
Who I mip a-o very anxious
to boo mo
dnasiHl In mnls.
Put papa av I'm jot too young, an' mamma
liiiitrlm a n't.
Till Kuveril"K an' buhy mo finks sho must
hiivo a tit ;
I guoin new I will shut my eyes, an' wh(n
I liiiy sen mo smilo
They'll fiiy "he's uouo to sliiinborlund to stay
a llltlo while."
Inn Ikina, in IVifeUfWjiila CViU.
She Goes a-Begging and Meets with Wonderful
Success—Her Triumphant Return
Crash! bang! ting-a-ling-a-ting! went
tho piano. Mrs. Revere lifted her aching
head from the lounge with a groan.
"t)h, Tot! won't you plea-a; be quiet
for live minutes?''
"Yes, mamma," replied Tot, ahrilly,
scrambling noisily from tho piano-stool,
and coining up to where mamma was
lying. I was trying to play a jowet
with kitty, but she's just horwid to-day.
Mamma Revere. Slie made all that
Tut the kitten out of tho room,
Tot." said Mrs. Revere.
"Shall I fan you, mamma?" asked
Tot, when the reluctant, kilty had been
dragged out of the room by the tail.
And two or three gusty breaths from
a palm-leaf fan swept coldly around
Mrs. Rover's throbbing head.
"Thank you, no, Tot," said mamma.
"Won't you go into the dining-room
and shut the door behind you? If I
could only go to sleep, perhaps I'd
wake it) with my headache gone. You
may tell Mary Ann to givo you some
bread and milk."
"Shall I sing you to sleep, mnnima?
I can sing 'Little drops of water' love
ly. Shall I?"
"No, Tot," said mamma, in despera
tion. "I know you must be hungry, so
I won't keep you here. Mary Aun may
givo you an orange, too.''
So Tot went, blaming hersolf re
morsefully for neglecting " Mamma
Revere," but an orange was something
not to be resisted.
And now the bread and milk and
orange were gone, and Tot was making
lively, if rather discordant, mus'c on
her silver mug with t .e spoon. It had
been raining, but now the shower had
ceased, and a beautiful rainbow ap
peared in the east. Tot had watched it,
delighted, till it had slowly vanished;
but Tot was quite sure that one end had
been sticking in the ground iu their
'T am "(ring to dig some gold," she
announced to kitty, who was purring
contentedly in tho warm sunshine which
had suddenly burst into tho room.
"Don't you want to go 'long? Why,
you naughty, lazy thing! -Don't you
know we'll get rich if we go?"
"Now wo nVZ rich, kitty, for I once
heard Mrs. French say il was queer that
mamma had only ono servant, wheu
papa was makijg so much money. She
didn't know 1 helped do the washing, I
cuess. When I told Papa Revere he
just laughed aud said:
" 'Mrs. French is liable to be mis
taken.' "I'll bring you a chain for your neck,
kitty, made of twenty gold cents."
Rut digging gold was certainly dis
couraging work, and Tot's arms soon
began to ache. She knew exactly
whero the end of the rainbow had been,
but sho could lind nothing there except
a rusty nail. Mamma's silver spoon ha I
broken right in tho middle. Tot be
came disheartened. Then a happy
'bought struck her; sho would go a
begging. She had seen a little girl once who
sang and dau::ed, and who got, oh, ever
so many pennies!
"I can sing 'Little drops of water,' "
thought Tot, "and l'apa Revere says I
can dance lovely."
Mr. Smith, the next-door gardener,
was tying up some vines that had been
beaten down by the rain. His dilapi
dated straw hat was hanging on the
fence. Tot put it on. It was ever so
much too large, and flapped dismally
over her face wheu she walked. Rut
beggars must not bo choosers, you
In a twinkling Tot was out on the
sidewalk, with tho silver mug which
was to hold the pennies clasped tightly
in her hand. Oh, naughty littlo Tot!
There was an old gentleman reading
a newspaper out on the veranda of the
lirst house Tot decided to enter. He
looked just liko her grandpapa, so she
wasn't a bit afraid of him.
How ho stared when Tot began to
sing "Little drops of water," and how
he laughed and applauded when &hc
Heally, begging was great fun, Tof
dec ded, when, breathless with her ex
ertions, sho held out her ir.i.g, and the
old gentleman put a shiuiug silver piece
How people laughed on tho departure
of the funny little ligure, which rang
their door-bells so furiously aud sang
and tripped a polka so irresistibly!
Most of them knew who she was; but.
somehow, no ono thought of sending
Tot felt very rich, indeed, as she look
ed at the shining heap of pennies and
silver pieces in her mug.
Two ladies and two gentlemen wcro
playing croquet out on Mrs. French's
sniooth-shaveu lawn. 'They looked ai
fresh and happy after the rain as the
birds and flowers did.
Mrs. French her-elf was reclining iu
a hammock, reading a book. She was
a slender, elegant lady, w ho talked in a
soft voice, which fascinated Tot, in spite
of tho vague idea she hud conceived
that she ought to dislike her very much.
"I'vo come a-begging," announced
Tot halting directly beforo tho ham
mock. "Wo ain't rich. My papa says
you're liable to be mistaken. We don't
nml moro n ono servant, 'cause 1 help
do the washing. Shall 1 sing for you? '
As Mrs. French nodded, her f u n was
a study. She was a lady, with lady
like instincts, and I am sure she felt
thoroughly ashamed of her-elf because
of what she had said about the Reveres.
The croquet-players mad) believe
they had not heard, for their faces were
very, Very grave. Tot wondered why,
because they had been laughing a mo
After Tot had sung and danced for
them, Mrs. French invited her to play
giuiio of croquet. Then tea was brought
out under one of the trees, and Tot felt
like a dignified young lady, for Mamma
Revere never hUoiVciT her to druik tea
at homo. Mr Trench irseff oVoTt
Tt home In hnr lnvtty pony phneton.
There had lieon n coldness between
lft. Itevern and Mrs. l reneh before
Tot's exploit; but after that they be
came tho best of friends again. So
Tot's escapade wns productive of grout
Cood, after all. Anthony E. Anderson,
in Uohlcft Unyi.
The BOYS CLUB.
How It Is Carried on, and the Good
Time It Affords Its Members.
The Roys' Club is not a school nor a
lei turo-room, nor any kind of a ro opt
ing. It is only a clnn for tho East-side
boys, whero every fellow can read, of
p ay games, or talk, or tell stories, or
do anything that is regular outr-and-out
fun, and not mischief.
Tho Snperint ndont has one or two
boys to help him ono to look after the
hats and cups, another to keep an eyo
on the wash-room, and another to take
chargo of tho drawing materials used by
the boys who are busied with the study
of drawing. Those ofllcers, if you have
a mind to call them so, take turns, so
that every young member of the Roys'
Club has a chance to mako him-clf use
ful, and may be promoted to the high
est pos'tion if he shows himself fit for
Every night at half-past seven, except
ing on Sundays tho doors are opened
and the boys file in, down tho stairs to
the big basement w here the club holds
its jolly meetings. Show your ticket at
the door, give up your hat to the gen
tlemanly usher, aged nine, and take a
check for it Will ou road the picture
papers, sir, or play checkera? Will
you read a story-book or indulge in
"(io-ISang?" A game, eh? all right;
show vour ticket to tho librarian. He
takes it, punches a hole in it and keeps
il while you have your game. Here are
a table and live chairs.
On the walls of tho room are posted
the catalogues of tho books in tho
library. Half a dozen little follows are
reading the enticing lists, and oil' they
go to the librarian, and present their
cards for their books. Here's a good,
quiet place in a corner, where a fellow
can read in peace. There is a CTeat
clatter of voices, with every one talking
a-s fast as ho can; but your city boy can
Every boy can talk and Ip.ugh as
freely as in his own home. Make all
the noise you liko, within rea-onable
bounds. It is good for the lungs. Who
ever heard of a boy who could fold his
arms and bo truly good all the tiuio. In
the Roys' Club every fellow can bo as
lively as he pleases, provided ho does
not interfere with any other boy's fun.
Only, house fun is in order; and, if any
boy feels that he must race about the
room, the fatherly policeman suddenly
wakes up and Mr. Itace-horso is invited
into the street, where he can run to his
heart's content. Ho can not come
again to tho club till ho learns how
young gentlemen behave in the house.
Of courso there are rules of some
kind. To enter the club, the boy must
apply for a ticket and this ticket is only
good for a month. If, during the
month, a boy behaves badly in the club
room, he will lose his ticket and, per
haps, not get auother for a long time.
All the boys who show that they w ish to
do tho right thing, aud treat the club
and each other properly, havo their
tickets renewod every month. You sea
from this that, really, tho club is prac
tically free to any littlo East-side fellow
who wishes to escape from the dismal
streets, and is willing to behave him
self for sake of the good time the clnb
affords him. Charles Barnard, in St,
A Mole's House.
Some animals havo tools to dig with.
The mole is one of them. It plows and
digs A'ith its claws. They are heavy
aud strong, and are worked by large
muscles. The mole does great work
with these digging and plowing ma
chines in making tunnels and galleries
A mole's house is a very funny affair
a sort of round room, with several pas
sages. This is the way ho makes it: he
first heaps up a round hill, or mound,
piessing the earth so as to make it very
hard aud lirm. Then he digs out his
round room, where he lives. Ry means
of passages ho has two galleries, one
above tho other. Tho round room is
connected by no less than three of these
passages with the upper gallery. A
deop passage out from it at the bottom
opens from the lower gallery, and
another leads into tho open air. The
use of all these winding passages is to
enable the mole to keep out of the way
of any enemy. Our Little Ones.
A FORGOTTEN FUND.
What Is Left of the Dollar Subscription for
a Lincoln Monument.
An old tin box, in which a lot of
papers and a package of District of Col
umbia 3.1)5 bonds are kept was opened,
to day, iu the Treasury Department, to
cut off coupons. Tho box contains all
that is. left of the National Lincoln mon
ument fund, which at one time amount
ed to over !jL'0,000. When first do
posited there were about $1,500 worth
of "bends, but in premiums, accrued
interest and reinvestment of interest
payments it has grown to nearly $2,
700. A large sum was raised shortly
after tho assassination of Mr. Lincoln by
popular contributions of ono dollar for
the purpose of erecting a bronze mon
ument in commemoration of the niartyi
l'resident Lincoln, according to the ad
vertised design, was to be the central
figure in a group of the leading emanci
pator of the day. A committee of
prominent citizens was appointed t
take chargo of thu matter, and ex
Treasurer Spinnet was appointed treas
urer of tho fund. Confident that money
would continue to How in from all
parts of tho country as it did at first
some very extravagant plans were
arranged to carry out tho general idea,
(dark Mills, tho celebrated sculptor,
was directed to go to work and pre
pare models for the monumental group.
Agents were appointed to make col
lections at a salary oi $151) per month,
aud a lot of printing, engraving and
stationery was purchased. Ihe sculp-
. . en 1 l . i i
101 h uoi ioi iiiiiL mm iiiuui aim uiaiei i;u
used ill the construction of models soon
ate largo holes in tho fund, which did
not grow in proportion to tin; demaudb
made upon it. Finally, when the sub
script ous ceased coming in, there win
less than OUU left, cleurof aUoxpenses,
and i:o signs or hope of a monument
existed, tho cash remaining was eon
verted into H.(i," bonds, the colleo'.ioD
agents were discharged, and the ac
counts and bonds were bundled into the
tin b ix b ought forth to-day. This was
dep. siled in the I'nited Stales Treasury
for security, and it is only when tho box
is opened to add a few dollars' interest
lo Hie fund tt tho Treasury oilieiala
think of it Ry the outside world it is
; wholly forgotten. Wudiitytvii iSceui.
FOR SUNDAY READING.
"Tot will I not forirnt Thoo." '
I" of lorrts, Ttmu prt. Jehovnh,
Hosts miniMiit'T'l wief I li.",
)tjHnt F iirUI Bi-a riitrmt T t" rullinft
('aunt Thou, thon, reinetnlx r ma
As h drop amid tha neenn.
In 'I hy 'u til ?nut I Hpeonr,
ThI that drop Thou lm-1 rreiilivl.
l-'or lis own appolnied sphere.
Though Its lot tie poor and lowly,
lltu to ehiMT a ilrnoplnw (lower,
Btlll tt tins a irinrious mission.
To reveal Thy saving power.
Borvlng Thoeare mighty anirels.
Who Thy yt'ent helietF. etui henr.
Yet Thou (teitfni.Hl to lo honored
lly the fulling of a (our.
"Jesus wept:" His tears as diamonds
(lltsten on tho snored imi'O,
Lighting up the heart of mourners.
As they grieve, t'nnn ago to ago.
Ill tho universe of being
I niflv bo a littlo one.
Yet tho leiist esn irlvo Theo glory,
lu a dew-drop shines tho Bun.
HE REMEMBERS THE " RELIGIOUS BURDEN."
A Freethinker's Objections Answered—A
Few of the Humane, Moral and Social
Results of Christianity.
Among tho many journals which
come to thia office is ono which has for
its object the overthrow of religion. It
calls itself, with line Irony, The Truth
Pecker, and Its peculiar province Is to
seek occasion to hold religion up to rid
icule and contempt To its perverted
understanding tho truth of God is a lio,
and the creature is more than the
Croator, who only differs from other
idols in being the work of the mind in
stead of the hand. It looks npon Chris
tians as bondmen to superstition, and
deplores the sad stale to which Chris
tianity has brought mankind.
Rut we are not specially interested
just now to doscribe Its type of atheism,
nor lo mquiro into its character and in
fluence. We refer to it because of a
thought suggested by an editorial in Its
columns on the cost of religion to the
people of the United States. Ry an es
timate, with whose accuracy we are not
concerned, it finds that upwards of
f'250,(Hil),lH)0 is paid annually in this
country for the support of religion. It
speaks of this a- the "religious burden
borno by the people." We must sup
pose that to tho sympathetic mind of
our contemporary this seems an awful
oppression, laid for the support of the
Moloch of superstition. "Every man,
woman and child in tho country" pays
on an average, it says, five dollars for
this monstrous purpose. The inference,
of course, is that they get nothing iu re
turn. Let us see.
In the first place' these offerings are
all voluntary. No public tax is levied
and collected for the support of re
ligion. The ? 250, Out 1,000 is not wrung
from an unwilling people. It could not
bo raised unless they were willing, nor
would they bo w illing unless they be
lieved that groat good is accomplished.
Are they mistaken in this belief?
1. One of tho features of religion is
its kindness to the poor, the sick and
the unfortunate. It tills hungry mouths
with meat and drink, it clothes the
naked, it visits the sick and rears hos
pitals for their sake, and it helps and
encourages the unfortunate. It causes
money to How like water for these pur
pose, and its "dupes" give their per
sonal advice and sympathy as well as
their funds. Every church is- an
eleemosynary institution, every pastor
an luigel of mercy ti) the sick, the
suffering, the needy.
2. Another channel of tho benevolent
activity of religion is education. It
rears schools . and endows colleges
everywhere, and invites and urges
everybody to use them freely, and pur
sue all branches of learning. It both
stimulates and .satisfies tho dedre for
education, and encourages research in
every liold of human knowledge.
3. Religion seeks to bind society to
gether and uphold the State. It is the
strong friend of civil law, and demands
equal liberty for all, Christian or pagan,
theist or atheist It inculcates sub
mission to rulers, payment of tribute,
and exhorts to industry and diligence
4. It is especially active in the reform
and prevention of criminals. All the
inlluenco it can command is exerted to
make worthy citizens. It restrains
from murder, robbery, dishonesty,
drunkenness, adultery, cruelty and all
the crimes and vices which alllict so
ciety. It has reformed many a crim
inal, many a drunkard, and mado of
them useful members of society.
Here are only a few of tho humane,
the moral and tho social results of re
ligion, given in merest outline; and yet
they sum up the creed of Mr. Ingersoll
and hi.s party. Millions of money are
expended annually by religion for this
purpose, and its humanity is not con
lined to nation or continent It covers
the globe. It has created the civiliza
tion and commerce of savages in tho
South Seas and Africa, and developed
the bettor elements in all peoples. This
is the fulfillment of the highest demands
of F'ree-thitikers. Is it not magnificent
beneficence? If religion does this, is it
a "burden" on tho people? Whero is
the beneficence, wdiere is the humanity,
that are not tho offspring of religion?
What is the Ingersoll party doing to
day but trying to defeat this spirit of
humanity by attacking its inspiring
Is tho Cospel a burden to the mind
and conscience? Ask him who has ac
cepted it, and lives by it, and hopes in
it The world is full of pain, perplexi
ties, privations; life is a batllo with
fears and forces of evil, and death is a
dark destiny. What help or hope has
the Freethinker to offer? None. Rut
the Gospel smoothes out the difficulties
of life, lightens its burdens, eaaes its
pains, turns ils sorrows into joys, and
lights with an unquenchable and restful
hope down to and through the gates of
death. To whom, then, is the Gospel a
burden? Ar. Y. JiulepetuUiU.
A Young Man's Covenant, and How It Was
Remembered and Kept.
llie Ola .south Lhurch, Huston, is
now an historical museum. Tho po
litical gatherings hold there in colonial
times were powerful in producing tho
public sentiment that led to tho Revolu
tion. If Liberty were born in l'aneuil
Hall, she was consecrated in the Old
South Church. There Warren deliv
ered his famous iiddre-s; there the
Rntish olhccrs were quartered dunn"
the orciipat'on of Roston; there Inde
pendence days and Washington's birth
days were once olo jiioully celebrated,
and there now is the office and recep
tion room of this Wcb-ter Historical So-
eiely, a society that recalls tho genius
of tho great eulogist of ashuigton.
Rut the, ( ld South Church deserve
remembrance for its nolrio Christian
men, who were a power in Rostou in
the past, as well as for beiug uu altar
ef patriotism Btid A jdnreof poiif'cil In
fluence. Some sixty years ago (.hero ath'tided
Ita services a toy who w as led to giv
himself to ft religious life, and to seek
in the teachings of the Iliblo for tho de
velopment of that which wns best in
himself and in the world about him.
Under this spirit of devotion, at tho
ago of eighteen, ho wrote, after tho
inanner of tho Puritans, a covenant,
which ended with these words: "I-ot
my lifo bo spent in the light of Thy
countenance, as my Father and my
(rod; that thus I may 'grow in grace
and in tho knowledge of God, my
Saviour,' and daily become moro and
more tit for Thy immediate preseneo in
Thv kingdom above."
lie put this covenant into his jacket
pocket to be carried there as a reminder
of his purpose and of his vows. It was
often reviewed, and ono day In every
year he devoted to solitude and devo
tion. Ho becamo rich. In the years
when his wealth was accuinul.vting ho
gave more money to purposes of charity
than ho spent upon himself, and finally
consecrated all of his income, except
for tho essential things of living, to be
nevolence. The young men who owe to
him some of tho best influences of their
lives and helps to education, business
and preparations for usefulness, are
still to be found in many parts of the
world. Ho died full of years and the
confidences that reflect honor upon
character. His last days woro serene.
"I shall be with my Saviour to-morrow,"
ho said on the'day beforo his de
cease. Some days passed after his death,
when there was taken from the oh
man's coat a paper. Friends read it
tearfully. It ended with the petition:
"Lot my life bo spent in tho light of
Thy countenance. . . . Aud when the
solemn hour of death arrives may I re
member tho dedication to Thee, as all
my salvation and all my desire."
It was the same paper that the boy,
more than half a century beforo, had
put into his jacket-pocket. The petition
had been answered. Ho had grown in
spiritual knowledge, his lifo had been a
blessing to the world, and in his death
he found the promises of his God veri
fied. His Presence was manifested to
him. Youth's Companion.
Duties of Life.
When once a senso of the
foots of what we call trifles
mind, life resolves itself into
practice of duties. The feeling flies that
we can do no nothing for religion or
humanity because our lives are taken
up with housekeeping aud shopkeep
ing, professional work and earning a
living. Carelessness or ignorance on
ono of these points may make moro
scandal, and undo more good, than ono
can ever accomplish directly. Head in
the light of tho consequences of small,
things, we understand the order of life:
"Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily as to
tho Lord." A floor ill swept leaves or
ganic dust to breathe, which lowers vi
tality, if it does not kill by lung disease.
A house kept without taste often leaves
a man, or leaves children, w ithout that
strong attachment to home and its
ways, which, next to religion, is tho
strongest tie for good in the world
nay, which is tho only symbol of good
that many ever know. What a hind
rance to usefulness and good living it is
for a man to be always in debt or ham
pered lv the needless poverty which
conies of ignorance and unthrift. Where
ono woman ought to neglect her house
keeping for other duty, a hundred ought
to lind their duty in their housekeep
ing. Aud every man ought to show
hi.s piety by striving to make an honest,
comfortable living. ". '. Times.
Looking on the Bright Side.
It is always a great gain in Christian
work when one acquires the habit of
looking upon the brightest side of
things. However unpropitious circum
stances may seem, there surely ought
to be enough to make us joyful in that
which comes to us from a personal
union with Christ If there were no
other motive to seek this divine union
than to possess gladness of heart in our
work, that would bo a sullicient reason
to desire such union. F'or that man
or woman who enters the harvest field;
anywhere to glean for the Master, hav
ing a happy heart and a radiant face, is,
an unspeakable blessing to all around.
I ho happy pastor, Sunday-school super
intendent, teacher, is a constant stimu
lus for good; while, on the other hand,
he who toils with a depressed spirit and
downward look is a grievous burden
for others to bear. Chicano Standard.
Righteousness is not a chance con
dition, which is liable to come to any
ono and fasten to him in some myste
rious way. Christian Companion.
Rev. John Hall, D. D of the Fifth
Avenue Church, New York, says: "Tho
world ia not to bo reformed or elevated
into holiness. It has to bo converted."
Napoleon onco said (after tho Rev
olution j: " F'ranco needs homes."
And what we need is, not now pictures
and new carpets, but Christian homes."
Grace is the essonco of tho Gospel.
Grace is the ono hope for tho fallen
world! Grace is the solo comfort of
saints looking forward for glory!
Sword and Trowel.
Fifty years ago peoplo would go
three or four miles to church with tho
thermometer at zero; now the cross is
heavy if they have to go a mile w hen it
is below freezing. St. Paul Globe.
In a world of unceasing change it
is a great consolation to have an un
changing and unchangeable faith in
tho goodness and grealno-s of God.
Empires may perish and thrones crum
ble, but our God changeth not Cum
Love is joy, and all true joy is love;
they can not bo separated. And Christ
is an exhibition to us of this fact iu His
own person a revelation of God's eternal
joy, as being a revelation of God's
eternal love coming down thus to ut
ter in our ears this glorious call, as a
voice sounding out of God's eternity:
"Enter ye into the joy of your Lord."
1 liko that old Scotchman's word,
when ho was puzzled about a mutter of
duty and wanted to end the debate
"Reach me )ou Rible. That Kettles
all." Go to your knees, and cry to God
in prayer, and crooked things shall be.
made straight Re willing ty be guided
and you shall be guided. If you blun
der on in your sclf-sutliciciicy, vu will
wait upon God, your stops shall bo or
dered of the Lord. Wo honor God
by taking counsel of Him. Spui rjma.
"Toothpick's were used in Shakes
peare's time. "1 will fetch you a tooth
pick now from the farthest point of
Asia," is a sentence iu "Much Ada