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WF.DM.MDAV. N I IMS.
THE FAMILY TREASURE ROOM.
I lift thi latch with reverenoa and slowlr
I part the curtains nolseltsMy, to let tha light
The iinnlne streams across the floor, n here
tileneo reigns supreme,
Whllo In this ballot raomorr I walk u In I
There nro perm of rrteetesi treasure boforo
me on each wall,
Time worn p'ctures. dear reminders, that
tcrnlot sci-nfi recall:
There are souvenirs of loved ones, whose
stay on earth was brief.
There nro rIUs of love and offerings be
speaking' Joy and grief.
There are records of sad burials, of births
and bridal scenes.
Of g-olnirs out and comings In, and much
Of touching1 evicts and tender, of circum
Of jots and hopes all radiant, of swelling
hearts and clad.
There are locks of hair well silvered, from a
mother's sainted brow.
There are tokens of a fathor'o love, mad
verv precious now
Bcmcmtirances of chlldhoodr Ves, a little
Which the King of Terrors left untouched
whon he took our baby Hess.
There 11 o emblems of a husband's love of a
That stood the test of troublous times
thioupliout a lengthened life:
Paternal pride, maternal Joys, a sister's love
A brother's faithfulness revealed 'mid try
ing seoncs of outh.
There are kites and tops, nnd skatos and
balls, and nameless little tools
To help In mastering lessons not to be learned
While those to horn thev once belonged are
scntteied far and wide.
Some flghtlnir earthly battles, some gone out
upon life s t!do.
There are clipboards full of relics, packed
drawers holes and nooks.
There are shelves p led high with well-worn,
There Is da'ntv verso and doggerel, and full
paged childish lore,
Thore Is b story and mystery in numbers by
There are school books thumbed nnd tnt
tered. and lienrlnff mnnr a trac e 1
Of genius nnd or mischief caricatures of
form and face: ,
There Is liobblo's name In this one, and
Marv's name In that.
There are messages and marks to tell what
Cupid then was at.
But now I find on nil of thoso there's dust
and gathering mold.
For days and years have passod away, and
thev are growing old.
Old? Yes so old nnd yet so fresh upon tha
That stand around the avenues of raomorj's
I walk alone, yet not alono, ah, no, the very
Is peopled w'th remembrances so sweet, si
rich so rare,
Each trensnro has Its voice, nnd tells, yet
Ithout tonguo or speech,
IIow verv dear to mo are these how treas-
u red all and each.
I look at this and then at that, t turn a tnt-
Among the tos I linger, the tors of those of
My step falls light as passing on 'mid burled
hopes and fears.
I turn to go with beating heart, ej es dimmed
by falling tears.
I close the curtain noiselessly, tojshut the
I lift the latch with reverence, and slowly
ft ith memories swoet and tender of all of
thoso with whom
I walked as in n dream, anew. In The Family
Clark IF. ill inii, in (loud lliruukeepiiig.
His Lost Lovo.
There was some mystery, or something
wrong at Tinner's That was the reason
why the "neiKhbors', folks" on the porch of
Barker's store stood motiualoss, furtively
gazing at Finney's place beyond, as though
it was a camera and they were being
"taken" just as they were. Old Major
Hawkes had been so shocked by the sus
picion, that he still held extended high his
arm, which he had meant to' bring down
with a denunciation of Henry Clay, char
acterized by the vigorous emphasis of Con
necticut Democracy. Bat just at that mo
ment the Major's reflections were (.becked.
There was something wrong at Pinney's.
So the Major sat in the big anm chair in
the shady corner of the porch a spot where
he established himself and watched and
napped when the days were fine his
.billowy eyes, rolling over billowy cheeks
'that curved into a billowy chin ana neck,
fixed in a melancholy stare upon Finney's
Judson Guernsey known only as Jud
(tauy had at the moment been reading to
the ueighboig' folks from the weekly city
paper home dreadful warlike threatening!)
from Mexico, but he now tood transfixed,
bis finger on the line, and actually upon
tue woid "bloodshed," which he had just
itftd as Teaclium cumo up and wild that
there wu6 something wrong at Fiuney's
There ww .laliez Pcckham, whn had lioen
at the instunt testing the strength of a hoe
handle. He ktlu ttood leaning upon it, but
with his eyes turned toward Finney's place,
01 rolling'tbem timidly from one to another
of the gioup. Even the surveyor' men
across the highway on the old canal tow
puth halted in their work, forgot that they
wci e there to prepare to bring New Haven
and Northampton within three hours'
travel instead of three days, and stood in
subpeiibe bv thoir theodolites and checkered
poles watching Finney's hoube.
For Teachum had just come with strained
c us and bated breath, and unnouueed that
there was something wrong at Pinney's.
They did not need to ask hinuwhy he
said so. Of course something was wrong.
The little red fctory-and-a-balt houe was ah
tightly closed as a tomb, and tha sun was
three hours high. True, the faded green
shutters, upon which the rain bad tracked
serpentine trails, and which were bronzed
at the hinges with rust, had been as tightly
closed for twenty years, but theie was one
shutter in the window of the rear room
that was always thrown open precisely at
sunrise. That was tight this morning.
Then, too, the corrugated and mossy well
sweep bung with its bucket high in
air, as it haunot dona before for twenty
?ears one single minuta after sunrise; for
ben it was Finney's habit to come forth
from his boose and lower tba bucket into
the well for the day. But, beyond all,
Pinney's brown and gambrel-roofed store
aoross the lot, and opposite the canal, was
shut as though it was tha Lord's day.
The same thought was in the mind of all
of them, but none dared spaak it. Instead,
each, after the silence was broken, ven
tured some suggestion as far away sis pos
sible 'am the dreadful suspicion that bur
dened all. Major Hawkes, whose theory
of existence was that all Whigs ought to be
sunDressed bv law. and that no man who
slept enough ought to die, ventured to sug-
5 est that possibly Finney's clock had run
own and that he had slant over.
"II it wasn't lorwimmiu- ioiks ana oiocei
most on us would sleep over now and then.
It comes mat'rai to man ioiks, ana wnavs
nat'ral is what's bast. Now Pinney. just
aa like aa not. let tha bis clock run down.
I suppose he's got tha big clork yet. It
used to be there. When the clock is run
down, and there atn't no wlinuiin' to bother,
a man of his years might forget to wake
Nobody paid any heed to this suggestion,
and tha Major rolled his billowy eyes
boutas though beseeching tome one to
offer a better. Than Jud Guernsey hinted
that Pinney might be a little under tha
weather. But to this Teachum replied:
"You've teased him enough to make a
aalut swear, Jud Gauzy. Why it was only
last week Fourth of July night that yoa
brought the cannon right under his win
dow and touched her off. What hain't yoa
dona to sicken him. Jud!"
"Wall, the rest of us haven't been skit
tish about bothering him first and last,"
replied Uuemaey, with a "yoa-too" apolo-
,Jabesf,eokbedaailthe possibility of
Pinney's Illness. "Pinney's one of Phar
aoh's lean kind aura enough, but ha is a
E rodent man In his victuals, and couldn't
s sick that Is, of his own accord"
The vague hint of these words, "of his
own accord, ' echoed what was in the mind
of all of them, and was the nearest to voic
ing that suspicion that any dared permit
himself to make.
It was fully an hour before any one sug
gested that ft would be well to make a
closer inspection than was possible from
the porch of Barkei 's store. Then it was
hinted that Teachum, by virtue of once
having been a constable, and Guernsey, by
reason of now being a tithing man, should
go and examine the path that led from the
side door of Finney 's house to the padlocked
door of the store, that tracks might be dis
covered, if any there wore. These two
thereupon crossed tho turn pike, scaled the
stone wall, and went first to the store.
Thepndlotk creaked in the door as they
tried it, but was firm, and the shutters
were tight. Then they carefully inspected
the little narrow path, watched closely by
the crowd on Barker's porch. Barker nlm
self, standing on his door-sill under a
wreath of pnlm-Ieaf hats that festooned
the dooi way, announced that they had dis
covered nothing and would discover noth
ing unless they went inside.
"Nobody ever walked that path but Pin
ney," he said "Do you suppose that any
bodywell, if there's tracks, they're in tha
The two men certainly found nothing,
for they were seen to be standing in front
of Finney's door, looking with inquiry at
it as though it had a voice and would
answer their unspoken questions. But the
houso was snhynx-like, and Teachum and
Guernsey returned to Barker's, not even
daring to rap on Pinney's door. No one
had lapped there for twenty years, and
habit assorts itself even in critical emer
gencies. "Nothing there," said Teachum as ho
came up the porch steps
"Not a sound," said Guernsey.
Nobody wanted to say it. Nobody
wanted to hear it said; yet every one bo
lieved that Pinney was dead. This sus
picion gavo tone to their utterances. They
discussed Pinney's virtues, and curiously
enough, through all these years Pinney '
name and his presence hud caused the smile
of pity or contempt to come, yet now thore
was confession that the man had good
traits Jabel Feckbam found the throng
nodding assent when he said that though
Finney was a "monstrous solitary man, he
had always lived upright." To Teachum's
suggestion that though "Finney had not
been to meeting for twenty years, be paid
more pew rout than any 0110 at the Corners,
and generally sent abairel of poiktotbo
donation," the Major added another to the
otTect that though Pinney had not voteil
lor twenty years "yet no was a goon
Dmiicrat and histed a. Hag when Folk beat
Clay," Jud Guernsey, who prided him
self upon his own gallantly, suggested
ttnt though "Pinney never spoke to wim
min folks, he alwa) s took nil his hat when
llioy trailed with him, und bowed 'em out
the tlom liko a youugbeuu;" while Hmker,
though the rival storekeeper of the
Corners, admitted that he should "feel bad
to bear that an; thing had happened to
Finney, though we've boon in the same
tra lo here for twenty years "
80 they spoke well of him whoso mys
terious absence bud alarmed tbem, and
rontinuod furtiveh to watch the silent
red house and the little brown store.
A geneintlon of ears huve passed since
Humphrej Finney began his career of si
lence and automatic legului Ity. Fortwenty
yetu J precisel ut sunrise he opened the side
door of his little house nnd ttaren hick tho
faded green shutter that sheltered the rear
window . Then be went down the path,
stopping nt the well to let the bucket down
into it and get a pail of water, which he
curried into tho store The path thus made
acrobh the lot had been worn hnid nnd
Mnooth by his always slippered feet. The
only exercise men over saw him busy him
self about was with the bucket at the well,
or if there was snow ho cleared it from the
narrow path. He had trod that path, like
a sentry beat at sunrise, at high noon, at
sunset, and when the distant church belt
rang nine o'clock at night; back and forth,
back and forth, eight times a day. He was
a time piece for the neighbors, just as the
noon train in the railway that ran along
tbo tow path came to be afterward But
he never was behind time In the dim rec
ollection of older men there appeared the
Ficture of astal wart, handsome-eyed young
allow, who was as genial as he was proud
and gentle. Then came the self-imposed
light. No one had seen him in any place
under the open sky tor twenty years ex
cepting in that path; no one in all these
years had mot him elsewhere than in his
store. There he had good custom. His
n eight was honest and his prices just. The
store was a sooty place, with great rafters
cobwebbedand giimy by the years' neg
lect, and a log was alwa s burning in the
great fireplace in heat of suimnor or dead
of winter. There was a mufcty flavor of
whale oil, salt fish, and crackers, and a
glistening barricade of hoes and rakes and
shovels was erected near the fireplace. On
a battered row of shelves were calicoes and
ginghams, and tough cowhide boots, ar
rayed like chess men in disorder, stood
upon one end of the long counter, while at
the other, in labyrinthian confusion in a
glass case, were pins and needles, tapes
and thread, scissors and pencils, and in
greasy boxes ancient sugar bull's-eyes
from which the sweetness seemed to
bare oozed away and left only the libbed
anatomy of confections. Behind this
counter by a pair of pendant scales stood
Pinney. His thin hair hung as nature had
it in misty locks far down upon his should
ers, and a tenuous beard combining with
his bair made a fringe about, so that it
seemed as though his clothes were sur
mounted by a tippet all about the neck of
thin gray hair. His eyes were gentle, and
bis manner too. His feet were always
clad in slippers, bis coat bad been burnished
by the years so that it shone as polished
wood, and tha palm leaf hat had been
dyed to a bronze-like color by the hickory
smoke of voars. Hi method of trade was
simple. When one asked the pi ice of any
article rinney wouia produce a piacaru on
which the figures bad been drawn and show
it. No one ever dickeied with him. His
communication was simply "Yea, yea," or
"ivay, nay." rio one nau neara mm speag
another word for twenty years Yet they
knew he was well informed. No man at
the Corners received a larger mail. Thus
all bis business was done and bis strange
h-.bitof life was loss a came of astonish
ment than tho fact that ho took two news
papers, one Whig, one Democratic. It was
this more than bis silence that induced the
belief that Finnoy was "a leetla queer in
When noon had come and gone, aad
there was still the mystery of silence at
Finney's, it became unbearably porten
tious, so that the neighbors quitted their
avocations and gathered on Barker's porch,
while on the tow path there stood groups
of wouen, crooning among themselves and
casting shy, uneasy glances at the silent
bouse. The awful mystery of silence and
of absence permitted the liveliest and
?loomlest fancies, until somehow it passed
romlin to lip that Pinney lay upon "the
floor; then, with more vivid detail, it was
said that his head retted upon the threshold
just inside, and with this fancy to seize
upon, the famished senses of the throng
took up the hallucination of one, until they
all believed thev saw a dark stain slowly
creeping from underneath the door, out
upon the sill and stone steps below.
When night had come Teacnura and Jud
Guernsey were deputed by a justice to go
and fathom the mystery, with a stout
stick grasped with a firm grip Teachum
started, and with him Jud, with an ancient
JUtol, two-barrelled, charged with ball.
t was in the dim light of the gloaming.
Behind them was a dark mass of man and
women, like shadows creeping stealthily
on. The two man stood lay tha door In
tently listening for some moments. Then
they started back. They had heard some
thing moving about inside, but with a soft,
stealthy motion, as they thought, like the
rustling of leaves on a still summer's night.
With pistol cockea ana stout suck uputieu,
I they tried the latch and found it yielded.
1 it opened flush upon Finne
lev's living room.
Guernsey's lantern revealed that there was
no person in it, bat there came from a
Earily opened door beyond a faint flicker
g light as of a dying candle's rays. Softly
enough Teachum and Jud want on, and
brave enough, for now they were face to
face with danger and stood upon the
threshold of the inner room; but they
&aaed not over tba threshold. Tha up
if ted pistol fell, with a slow listless motion
by Guernsey's side, and tha stout grip on
Teachum's stick was relaxed. Tho crowd
outside, seeing this strange hesitation,
pressed silently into the living room, and
thus saw all that happened. There was a
bed in the further corner of the room. The
expiring flicker of a whale oil lamp upon
the table sent queer dancing shadows upon
the walls. There by tha bedside was the
half-prostrate form of Pinney, his bead
resting against the bad-post, while bending
over htm was a person whose presence had
caused this strange mesmeric impotence of
Teachum and Guernsey, It was a woman's,
rather a young girl's face, whoa profile
they saw, though she was strangely clad,
with hair most luxuriant and wonderful,
falling far down upon tha curious garment
that she wore; ana as she bent over Pin
ney 'e prostrate form, the hair swept hia
face like spray. When she perceived
this, she, with a touch inexpressibly tender
and soft, gathered her tresses from oft his
face and tossed them back over her neck,
and then passed her hands so lightly over
his cheeks and forehead that it seemed as if
the touch must have been as gentle as an
infant's breath. Then with exquisite deli
cacy she touched his eyelids, and, perceiv
ing that they fell and opened again, she
seemed to look down into his face with
something of hope and tenderness, yet
agony expressed in mute appeal upon her
lips. Then she placed her arms under his
shoulders and with desperate energy tried
to lift htm to the bad. That effort bring un
availing, with mute irresoluteness she
stood, bewildered. Then she held her face
close down beside his cheek, as though to
feel his breath upon it.
The people saw her profile onlv. It was
the face of a child, though the figure of a
woman. Its exquisite childlike beauty im
pressed them hardly less than her silent,
impulsive, and strango manifestations
Than there was commotion in tho rear
room. Some one had stepped hoavlly. In
stantly tho girl put her hands upon the
floor; then, rising, turned toward the door,
and with arms outstretched and her eyes
staring, her lips apart, she slowly ap
proached the door. Then her hand touched
Teachum, though she seemed not to see
him, for her ej es were set, and he saw there
was no light in them. He spoke to her, but
she made no answer; but with a touch
almost of magic passed her hands over his
face, his body, even his feet. Then in aris
ing she touched Guernsey, and strove to
know him too by her touch. Then she
stood irresolute for a moment, and then
with as plaintive a look of entreaty as ever
came to human face, and speaking with
the language of emotion t'at is silent, she
turned back to Pinney and put her hands
upon his face.
Teachum turned to Guernsey to speak,
but was checked by Jud, who pointed to the
face of Pinney. "then they'percelved that,
with most agonizing imploring glance, he
was looking at them. They went to him
and touched him.
"He's, olive, and has had a shock, Toa
chum. Do you hear me, Pinney 1"
The silent mnn closed his eyelids and
opened them. Human nature has respon
sive instincts more potent than any flpeeeh.
They raised him and put htm on the bed,
and then sent the people away, saying that
Pinney was alive, but smitten with the
palsy. When they came back they found
the strange .girl touching Pinney's face
with impulsive joy; and then she passed 1
hor hand over their faces Then she lifted
the hand of each, aud touched his eyes
with it, and perceived that he gently closed
them, and then, with effusive, unrestrained
demonstration of joy, she stroked and
patted these men, and rubbed her soft
cheok against theirs. Their response to
these demonstrations of gratitude were as
silent. They did not restrain their tears,
and, glancing at Pinney, they saw that a
look of ineffable gratitude shone from his
"Blind, isn't she 1" asked Jud ; and Plnnev
closed his eyelids to signify assent.
"Deaf and dumb, too, I think I" asked
Teachum, and they read assent in Pinney's
They cast quick glances around, and
judged from appearances that Finney,
huving arisen and partially dressed, by
the light of the lamp, had been seized with
the illness and fallen, and that the girl,
coming .down from the room above, had
thus discovered htm, and had labored all
day with tho,to her, strange mystery of
his disease. They asked Pinney if it was
not so, and he signified assent.
The men took turns watching and nurs
ing. They were as gentle with the sileut
man as the strange girl. She, knowing
them by the touch, and being grateful,
went on in what seemed her daily way.
There were globes and cubes made of wood,
which Pinney had carved for her. and these
she fondled, and many times a day would
she go to him and put her cheek by him
and touch his eyelids. Then there were
times when a strange inquiring look came
upon her face, as though she was striving
to get at the mystery of it, and it happened
that at such times she would touch Pin
ney's eyes and sit silent thus for many
minutes, until at length the men became
convinced that by some occult psycho
logic operation she had trained herself to,
read his mind, for little by little' she toe
emp nhln tn care for him. and even to ore-
pare and administer his food. And she
would sit sometimes by the hour, her finger
on his face, and the changing emotions they
saw on hers persuaded the men that these
two were in converse with each other.
To be sure it was not of Pinney's illness,
but of the strange creature that people
gossipped, and many ware the things that
were surmised of bow she came there, and
how long she bad been there. The tongue
of unpleasant suggestion was stopped one
day by Jud Guernsey. It had wagged be
fore him, and with one stout blow he felled
the man and stopped it. And then there
came gentler conversation and the neigh
bors vied with one another in kindness.
At length they left her with blm much of
the time, for they saw that she had quickly
adapted herself 0 his needs. Two or three
times a day one or the other called for
such assistance as was requisite. They saw
him looking yearningly one day at a Bible.
They asked nlm if they should read. He
slgnifled assent, and when they opened it a
pa per fell out. His eyes rested on that
and they perceived he desired that read.
yy rD(bCllcu ao uottvu vuwv ivirai
,s written upon it t
1 brought the child of my lost lovo
n her is centered the Jove 1 bore her
This was written upon in
I have Drou
Iibm In tiAr
mother,' who marrieu a rue scounarei. im
his name be forgotten. In her dying mo
ments the mother sent for me. and committed
tho child, helpless through disease, to me.
Her name Is Mary. Her father sought far
and near for her. and mv only safety in keep
ing her was to keep her In seuluilocu What
nurmr nay ana a vnt were mv pbiub iu nor.
She neither heard 'nor spoke. But she
learned to know me and I her, and the has
her mother s face, and in her has been cen
tered the lovo I boro her mother. ,It was,
necessary for safety that I adopt precau
tions. Therefore I havo never been out of
s'ght of the plaoe iwhere the child was.
Therefore I limited my speech so that by I
aeo dent I should not betray my secret.
What first wus precaution became habit, and
In my life Ihae ual joy, because I have
been able to make her dark and soundless
life happy. If aught should happen tonne,
I pray that she mar be well cared for, and
for tha, I bivo made provision.
And then followed a brjef will, and , the
mention of a sura of money that bad been
saved that was large even lor those days.
When they had finished reading they
asked him it he desired it to ba known, and
he signified assent; and when the people
knew it they ware touched by: the unselfish'
romance of it and promised that whatever
happened him Mary should, be gently cared
But nothing hipponod.for many years.
He recovered his speech,' but 'not his limbs,
and he set Teachum in charge of the store
while, she, she for whom he. had sacrifled
his best years, became hia gentlest nurse
and greatest comfort X. l.tiu. t
NOT A, ROOSTER.
A Colored Individual Who Had Mora
Faith la Judgment Than In Bravery.
An old nogro who bad succeeded in
securing au appointment as deputy
sheriff aud who was placed on guard
near a machine shop o guard tho prop
erty, ual led on the sheriff.
"Why, Anderson, 1 thought you were
"What, made you coma away?''
"Wall, I 'eluded dat I didn't need dat
two dollars an' jar ha'f er day. Mighty
good roonoy an' all dat but I must gft
erlaung wfdout lt.n
"You are not afraid, are you?"
"O; uor, sab, ain't erfeerd.bnt some
bow I' bo got too ranch jedgraeuf tor
progio roun' dar, While ergoi aomo
men da come erlaung an' tole me 'dat
cf I wanted c'r appetite fur breckfus
ter-mor' dat I'd bettor drap datgunanV
ar'wav'lrum aar. my Drapery toie me
ter stay but my jedgment den hopped,
up an' tole me ter drap de gun' an' I
dropped It Lemma till ytr boat, ,I'd
ruthor liab er ha'fer peck oV jedgment
den er wagin-load o' brabory. Brabery
gits er man inter trouble but jedgmuat
keeps blm out. Bribery 'longs ter4 de
rooster but jedgment is do property o'
de flostrfer. 1'se er floserfer. iThought
I wuz er rooster but I ain't, so now yer
ken keep yer two dollars an' er ha'f er
day, l'se gwine off dowp la de swamp
an' ketch some fish." Arkuiuaw
Qtrll of Kleven Compelled to Marry Boyt
Fifteen fears of Age.
Front an artiole a Hindoo reoently
published It appears that marriage In
tho writer's country is managed entirely
by tho parents. Courtship, he says, is
literally unknown in India, and the
persons who arc united In wedlock re
main perfect strangers to each other
till their nuptl.il day, and often for a
long period afterward. Every thing is
settled to suit the fancies or caprices of
the parents. To tho parties chiefly
concerned marriage is a pure lottery;
but, fortunately, Hindoo connubial life
is not generally a miserable lot, as tho
wife ih unsurpassed In faithfulness and
devotion to her husband. Tho highest
age at which a Hindoo girl is married
with rare exceptions is eleven
years. The bridegroom is in his toons
and his bride has baldly seen ten sum
mers when they nro united for life.
Many girls have been married whon
they "havo barely learned to feed them
selves. Tho boy Inmate of a Hindoo house
finds himself betrothed by his father's or
grandfather's command to some girl
perhaps an Infant of six or seven years
old, whom ho, Ins not seen; nor does he
see hor till at the age of fifteen or
thereabouts. While he is yet at school
he Is sent out to fetch hor home to his
mother's or grandmother's- zonana;
There tho child-wife takes the lowest
place, nnd becomes at oncu the toy 'and
sl.ivo of all tho women. She r has to
learn her domestic duties undor tho
strict eye of her mothor-Jn-law, and,
drudges on; unless indeed, (as Is gen
erally the case,) there vis a widow in
tho family to havo nil tho work heaped
upon her; for a Hindoo, widow is tho
cursed of gods and men. However,
even if this bo the case, the child-wife
must learn to do her work; which is
often menial, and mustabsolutoly'oboy
her mother-in-law. The husband and
wife pass their lives In two almost en
tirely different tracks, and, are brought
up ih ideas and associations widely
difterent from each other.' 'Beginning,
as wife at so early an age, and outer
Ing by tho door of marriage cer
emonies the little girl passes from,
infancy into the duties and trial of ma-'
turo lite, or at any rate into tho soclu-
sion and Imprisonment which are the
gravo of childhood. This dreary lifo
floom is appalling ahd most incon
ceivable to EngtKh readers. Thore Is
no divorce in the Hindoo law; nnd,
even when she is cruelly treated or
mercilessly neglected, the Hindoo wife
patiently submits. Still, the only
thought occupying her mind is tho
wolfaro of her husb.tnd, whoso wrongs
and injustices she religiously forgives.
Yet this cruel treatment from her
husband is preferable to widowhood.
The Hindoo widow is never allowed to
marry again. She has no one on
whom to rely; she Is subject to unkind
ncss from every one, and is liable to
be driven to despair. She has to put
on the plainest dress, to live only on
vegetables and fruits, frequently to ab
stain from all food, to use no articles
of luxury. Sho is expected to harbor
no cheerful thoughts to pass her life
immured within the four walls of the'
zenana, with grief for her only com
panion. Thus tho widow drags through
her wretched life till welcome death
comes and relieves her. It oft
en happens that a Hindoo wifa
, loses her husband soon after
marriage: and then she is initiated
into the ' horrors of a widow's life ere
she has passed her girlhood. An old
man of slxtv' will not scrunle to marrv
a girl of eight, though ho knows that
she win ne an outcast in ms nouse all
her life after sho has been deprivod of
her husband. Out of the total popula
tion of India there must at least be sW
millious of women suffering in this
wav. Tho last census of Calcutta shows
tliat there jire lift) -live thousand widows.
in that city.
The more enlightened natives of India
are strongly in favor of the abolition of
infant marriage and the introduction
of widow marriage; but the enlight
ened pro very few, and custom is om
nipotent 'in that land. The only ira
irove,ment! that has taken plaro in
respect to marriage is among tho Bratv
nios, tho new tneisuo body ln(,,lnnu,
whOjdonot many their girl),Defore
they attain their fourteenth y$ax,,and
wnq navealso introduced the, ma wage
of ', widows.
. But their hoartjitlw.laleil v of moving them. It
liub Chundor Sen,,raarried ff?,?ea W'!
lus, daughter when she wasonlyia lit
tle over tmrtuen years 01 age to tne
Maharajah of Cooch Bohar. For this
breach of faith he was severely blamed
uy fin tnia tsuiivmuu uunniryiuuii, aua
the whole ofntlie native press turned
against him. St. James Oazrtle.
The Slost Venerable Craft Afloat on tha
Deep Ulue S-a.
An interesting discussion took placo
between a numbor of Down East sea
captains who congregated in Captain
ungues' tng-Doat 011100, on vvamut
itr'eet, the other evening. Tho subject
was the oldest Amori can morohant'ves
tel afloat. Captain Kelley, ouo 04 tho
oldest of the.number. said thithe old;
est merchanYVossel now .afloat under
the American flag was built in'1815.
Captain Hughes, in whose office the'
discussion' took nlace. a-retired mari
ner, said that he noticed a few days
ago the arrival at New Bedford, Mass.,
of tho American bark Rousseau, C ap
tain Wicks, from St. Helena, after a
passage of fifty-seven days, with
a cargo of-1,300 barrels of sperm
oil. ilSO s barrels of whale oil,
and 700 barrels of bones. "This ves
sel,'' contlnned Captain Hughes, ''was
built in this cjty in 1801. She is a
double-docked vessel of 305 tous resis
tor, whloh in thoso days was considered-
an enormous craft, one was omit for
tho Stephen. Gfrard Line of packet
ships, anu ran on that line out 01 this
port for years. The Rousseau is now
classed as well as' the ordinary vessels
of ten years old, and is taken much
care of on account of her great age.
She is owned by S. Osborne, Jr., of
The discussslon continued several
hours, and nearly everawafclp of the
past century was talked -''rffr, by the
mariners, and their .qualities Compared
with those of to-day1.,
1 In looking, over the old records of
shipping .the oldest merchant vessel
auoat was iouna to ne tne oars: xruo
Love, of London, 296 tons register.
This vnual wna Vinllt In thla mtv in
176; making ber now one hundred
and twenty-two years old. She Is
owned Uy 'John S. Ward, of London, a
largo owner of vessel property. The
l'rue'Love is yet in active service,
ARondout (N. Y.,) man of small
stature gives as a reason for hia stunted
growth, that he was brought up, when
a tab y,, on condensed milk,, .
SCHOOL AND CHURCH.
, During the Inst aoventeen years the
Protestant churehea of Brooklyn hare
paid 9600,000 of ohurch debts. flroo-
Tho New York churches havo ap-
Sointed a committee of three whoso
uty It shall bo to provont tho desocra
tlon of the Sabbath N. Y. Tribune.
The Indian school at Lawrence,
Kan,, has experienced a remarkablo
revival, resulting In tho conversion of
nearly half tho pupils.
The demand for young men to take
charge of creameries at tho South Is so
great that the Mississippi Agricultural
College Is forming a class for special
Instruction In this Industry.
A Cathollo priest in Pennsylvania
brought a suit in court to compel his
bishop to assign him to parish work.
Tho court decided that the bishop was
Under no obligations to do this. Pn7a
The Foreign Missionary Society of
the Lutheran oliuroh In Baltimore has
sent slxtoon hundred dolls to a mission
In India, where they will be distributed
to tho little heathen who are attending
sohool connected with the mission.
The Episcopalians are makiug an
effort to celybrnto their centennial year
by raising 31,000,000 for .missions. II
is hoped that the fund may be raised
by five-dollar subscriptions (before the
meeting. of their genoral convention
next October. N. Yt Times, t
Within two t years' twenty Metho
dist missions havo been planted In1 Chi
cago, elovpn mission 'churches havo
been ercctod'nt 11 cost, including lots,
of $58,000, and $18,000' havo been paid
to support pastors and Sunday-schools
in those missions'. Chicago Mail.
The Christian Examiner hits a good
many people in an article entftlod
"Joining a Tastor." It says they do
not join tho church., They "unite
themselves" to the popular , pastor.
While he stays, tlioy stay. When he
goes,i they scatter and hunt for tho
ppxt popular, pastor lo join." Chicago
The oldest student in Yale College
is Porter Sherman, of thn Senior class,
who is bank afteran absencb of twontyl
years to finish his conrsc. Mr. Sher
man occupies the samo room In a house
on High street that ho did just twonty
years agoj He is a conspicuous figure
about college, and looks more like one
of tho old professors than" a student.
Ho hails now' from Kansas. Hartford
At thd recent' Baltimore annual
Methodist Episcopal Conference a reso
lution was adopted declaring that It Is
fitting that a statute or monument of
JohnWesloy, tho founder of Methodism,
should be erected in tho capital of the
Nation. Tho pastors of the Foundry
and Metropolitan churches, and the
Rev. G. W. Herbert and Messrs. M. G.
Emory and R. H. Stcncmctz, woro ap
pointed a committee to consider loca
tions, plans, ana cost
Tho tramp takes a walk before
breakfast because that Is just what he is
after. N. T. Morning Journal.
Whon tho single young lady works
tho unmarried minister a pair of slip
pers she is trying to win his heart by
capturing his understanding. Chicago
They uan't successfully boycott a
reporter on tho average morning news-
fiapor, beoauso he has , 865 nights of
abor that he can depend upon. -N"Y.
nun. , ,,- - ,,
It always oasts a gloom ovonthe
sky of love to have the young lady's
small brother poke his head in the door
and, yell: "Sue, your .other feller's
come." New Haven News. '
If your wife, faints do not spoil her
dress by dashing a pitcher 61 ' water
over her. Loudly kiss the back, of your
hand. She will immediately revive and
want to Tcnow whom you werc'klsslngf
Do not toll her. and she will not faint
again. Toledo blade.
"I don't sco how there ever came
to bo so many words in the world!" ex
claimed a girl who was studying her
spelling lesson. "Why, sis," said her
brother, "thoy come, through. , folks
quarreling. Then, you.know, one word
always brings on another. 'V ,
In a certain Austrian town thirty
female printers were introduced. The
ttmoaranhical sooietv adoDted a novel
jr-o-r ..-... v. . , .
11 iook two or
pilth'edi ,at, last by tho girls all bocom-
ingiwives of thoprinters. h
-il'I'say, Sambo, were you everin
toxicatedr" f'No, Julius, nebor; was
youP" "WoU;,I was, Sambo." "Didn't'
it make you feel good, Julius?" '.fYaht
but golly,' nest morning I thought my
head was a'wbodshed, ,and all de'nig
gers in Chrisendom was splitting wood
in it." N. r, Telegrafn. ' ,
A Scotch dorainlo.naftor relating
to his scholars the storv of Ananias and
Sapphira, asked them ''why God did
not strike every Douy aeaa wno 'torn a
tin ' Aft-ni n. lKnor fillnnr-A nnn lltt.ln
fellow got to his feet and exclaimed:
"Because.Jsir, there wadna'be onybody
left." jBoslon Post. r '
D6ctor "Iam" fcoing, to give yon
tbreoi'pllls,' one. of, which you are to take
before -each meal." ' Patient "How
mucKP," Doctbr "OnedpUar, ma'am.'!
Patient "If. I were to take a double
quantity, two before each meal'would
tliey. come any ckcaperP"uT-v.Bosto
t "So you are , .having your portrait
painted, Mrs. ." 'Xes.i "May I
ask, you whp tho tatist IsP'.' "Voll,
the fact is, I don't remember his name,
but ho came' to, us well recommended
from the Fltznoodles. Ho painted tbem
all, and did it so beautifully you couldn't
tell them front photographs when they
were framed.!' iTown Topics.
"Maria, I see thoy' are shipping
gold to England again," he said, as he
lowered but paper and looked at her
over his spectacles'. '"La me! but it
that true?" 'That's what the paper
says; that shows that the balance of
trade la agin, us." "Then. Samuel,
I've got to bunt up' that bogus half dol
lar and pass it off on some peddler this
'weeki That balance has got to oome
out even or I' ean't sleep a wink."
Wall Street News,
How-to Destroy flrubs.
Cattle are often being troubled with
warbles grubs In the back. Get a
small' glass syringe, the .smallest slse,
ana some sweet 011,
Insert this syrin,
in the hole at tbo apex of tho, little,
mounds on the cow's back, and squirt
the oil in on the grubs. This will bring
thorn away without injury to the cow,
but wo will not answer for the advice
of many of our contemporaries! who
suggest the use of kerosene. oil. t That
is most too irritating on a raw-anl 'tore
not. Sweet oil will answer the saue
purpose, for it is equally death to the
grub and is aot apt to make si'ioh a
troublesome sore. American - Dairy-
Uf friends, there's monster abroad in the
That scattort destruction on every hand.
Ba spares neither beauty, position nor fame,
e rules the iookuts and ruins the name.
Alike In the mansion or cottage, hit power
Is felt, and his Vlotims are seen every hour.
We meet tbem In every dlreotlon we tro,
And read In their features unspeaknblo woe.
Re standi at the rate-way that loads dowa to
And tempts the unwary to venture therein.
Ui tells thorn that rotes aro strewn all the
And lire in his service Is one holiday.
He takes the hard earnlnan of fathor and son,
And lauirln and grows fat on the snodJ ho
has n on;
Ho socs littlo children o starving for brrid.
And mocks at the mothers who mourn for
The young; and the old, all alike, aro his
And beauty and grace he lays low In tba
There l nothing1 too good, or too pure, or too
Tor bis merciless greed to put under his leet
In halls deoked with splendor, and palaces
Tha lives of his victims are squandered away.
lo leads them by wajs that look bright
cans mom dt wbj s mai iook origni to
- tnc eye.
Then lc:ics tbem In sorrow and anguish to
Oft times somo fair lady will smll'ngl v ttnnil,
And offer the wine eup, with beautiful hand,
To tho one she loves best. Oh, for God s sakei
, beware I '
Tou see not the serpent that Ilea hidden
My friends, ute great caution, look sharp
Or tho clutch of this monstor ou surely will
Mover Weld to temptation, no matter how
And of wine and Its kindred, beware I O,
Colt man' t Rural World,
THE TEMPERANCE REFORM.
now, It Deojan In the United States and
Ifow It Is Waged Uorn In a Utile
, Tom 11 011 Long Island How It Spread!
Oter the Country Fallier .Uathew's Visit1
The Women Arointed.
' J I
Tho first Temperance agitation In the1
United States of which thero is any
record occurred in tho ,yoar 1651, in a
little' town on Long Island. An ordi
nance was passed at ft tou n meoting
"that no man shall sell any liquor but
such as, aro deputed thereto by the
town, and such men shall not let
youths and such as aro under others'
management remain drinking at un
seasonable hours, and such persons
shall not have above half a pint at a
'time among four men." In ,1655 an
ordinance was passed forbidding "any
ouo selling to the Indians any quantity
above two drams at one time, and to
sell to no Indians but such as aro sent
by the sachem and shall bring a writ
ten statement from him, and no shall
not bo given above a quart at a tlmo."
During successive years similar acts
were passed bv tho towns and colonies.
In 1676 the Constitution of Virginia
prohibited the sale of wines and spirit
uous liquors. In 1760 religious socie
ties began to protest against drinking
liquors at funerals, and soon after the
Society of Friends abolishes this prac
tice. In 1776 the question of prevent
ing distillation entirely was agitated.
The year 1785 has been called the "cen
tennial mile post of Temperance. " In
that year Dr. Benjamin Rush, of Phila
delphia, published an essay entitled
The Effects of Ardent Spirits on the
Human Body and Mind." This papor,
sam to tie tne nrst puonsnea auaress in
this country against the use of spiritu
ous .liquors, and flying as it did in the
face of public opinion, attracted much
attention. It was a unique literarv
production, and, contained a descrip
tion 01 a nt 01 arunitenness one nun
dred years ago:
1. Unusual garrulity.
2. Unusual silence.
3. Captiousness and a disposition to quarrol.
4. Uncommon good humor, insipid simper
ing or laughing. ,
6. Profane swearing and cursing,
a. A disclosure of their own or other people's
I. A rudo disposition to tell those persons in
company whom they know their faults.
8. Certain Immodest actions. 1 am sorry to
say this sign of the nrst stage of drunkenness
samotlmes appears In women who, when
sober, are uniformly remarkable for chaste
and decent manners,
9. A clipping of words. .
10. Fighting: a black ere or a swelled not
often marks this grade of drunkenness, .
II. Certain extravagant sou which Indicate
a temporary fit of madness. , These are sing-
liur, nauooiav, ruunuKViuuiaiiiijriue noises 01
nlturo upon the floor. After awhile the car'
cixj sm of drunkenness Is completely formed.
The face now becomes flushed -the eyes pro-
Iect and are!omewhat watery winking Is
ess frequent than It natural; the under lip It
projected the. bead Jncl
little to one
inouidcr tne jaw
falls belch!! and hic
cough , take ''place the ''limbs totter the
whole body staggers. The unfortunate sub
ject of this history falls on hit seat he looks
WMin hint with nlv,iHint iwnntflnnnna anrf
mutters Inarticulate sounds to himself ha
attempts to rise and walk. In this attempt
be falls upon bis side, from which he gradu
ally turns upon bis back. He new closes hit
eyes and falls Into a profound sleep, fre
quently attended with snot n and profuse
sweats. In this condition be often lief from
ten, twelve, and twenty-four hours. In two,
three, four and five daj s, an object of pity
and disgust to his family and friends. 'His ro
coverr from this fit of Intoxication Is marked
with several peculiar appearances., He opens
ins vyva uuu uiusvb wow ugniM uo Hupa onu
Btrctobcs his limbs bis voloe Is hoarse he1
rises, with dlfnoully and stajrrers to a chair.
His eves resemble balls of tire his hands
tremble he loathes the tight of food he
cant ror a iriats 01 soirits to oomnose nit
Btomach now and then he emits a deep
fetched siirh or eroanfrom a transient twimre
of conselence ; But he more frequently scolds
ana curses every wing, ju mis time or lan
guor and stupidity he remains for two or
three days before he is able to resume bit
former habits of business and conversation
'Dr. 'Rush's papor also contained a
"moral and physical thermometer of
Temperance, "'from which the follow
ing js, taken; ,
juy oeiow zero runcn; idleness, rauiBtr.
. 30' below zero Toddy, rum; peevishness.
80 below zero Brandy and waters quar
40 below xero Flip and shrub; horse-
low zero Bitten: lvlna- and tweak
00 below zero Oln, brandy and rum In the
morning: stealing ana swindling.
1 W below tero-The tamo, day
burglary and murder,
day and nhrhti
July 13, 1789, about 1,200 persons of
Litchfield County, Conn., formed a
society to discourage 'the uso of spirit1
nous liquors, andjdecided not to uso any
more distilled linuors while doinir their
farm work. In 1780 'a, memorial was
lent to ' Contrres's asklnir that
body to impose suck heavy
duties upon all .distilled spirits
as should restrain their intemperate
uso. The first Temperance society in
this State was established at Moreau,
Saratoga County, in April. 1808, and
was called the Union Temperance So
ciety of Moreau and Northumberland.
A similar society was .organized one
year later in Greenfield, Saratoga Coun
ty. At this time preachers 'supposed
they could preach better when they
used a little stimulus, and Ue records
if tfiA nKiimn allow "that at Hnnatlnna
and installations the liquor items on
uiis ex xare wore tne most numerous
"and the largest. At tap ordination, of
a pastor over tne aoutn Bocioty. at
Hartford the following was consumed:
Two'mur toddy. t Ml Utters, Mi'8
breakfast. t Bdt 15 bowls punoU.'.18! 11 bot
tles wine, 8 d: S mugs nip. Ss.lfld! bowls
punch, StiS bowls toddy, 8t (kji K4 diaaaft,
mm mou. i
Juno 99, 1849, Father Mtew landed
nH tolkaH TAimuruuw In. this nountrv
lor fiitww months. He then .returned'
to Ireland. He died wHMtVftnMtk
after roachlag Us home. In lftbT the
order of Good Templars was organised.
This society is bow the largest Tem
perance order in the world, having
more than three hundred thousand
members. In 1851 a Democratic Leg
islature in Maine passed a prohibitory
Perhaps the most exciting event in
the annals of Temperance agitation
was that of the women's crusade.-which
began nt Hlllsboro, 0.. Deo. 23, 1873.
Saloons woro closed In 250 towns and
villages In that State. The outoome of
the crusade was tho formation of the
National Women's Christian Tomper
ance Union. During 1883 Miss Frances .
Willard visited every State and Terri
tory from Fuget Sound to the Gulf of
Mexico, and, with the help of the pi
oneer trips of Mrs. Clement Loavitt in
California, of Mrs. S. F. Chapln in the
South, and of Mrs. Mary F. Shields in
Wyoming, New Mexico and Arizona,
organized this sooloty by Statos and'
Territories throughout tho United
States. - Mrs. Loavitt is now on a
journey around the world, engaged In
an effort "to belt the fclobe with the
white ribbon of the W. 0. T. U." The
society has a membership of 129,000.'
Col. J. J. Hickman, of Kentucky,
said to the writer the other day:
"I have but recently1 returned from
a trip through New Mexico and Colo
rado. I had an impression that I
should have an easy 'time lecturing.
But I found tho people out there to M
of a very high ordor of intelligence,
and I had to do my best. l Employers
of largo numbers of men pay liberally
toward tho support of Temperance so
cieties. It is a safe investment.!' v
It is asserted that the balance of po
litical power is hold by the Temper
ance element in Texas, Arkansas, and
Georgia. In Missouri Temperance is
strong in the s.nall towns. ,)s
Ex-Governor Dlngley, of Maine, Is re
sponsible for the assertion that on an
average each inhabitant of tho United
States, outside of Maine, drinks fifteen
dollars worth of alcoholic stimulants
every year. In fourteen States of the
Union there aro laws whichrdemand
that tho effects of alcohol upon the sys
tem shall be taught, to chiIdron!,',,"A
graded system of text books Is, 'now
ready representing five years'bf experi
mental study onithe subject Between
thirty and forty different works 61
physiology, with special reference to
alcohol and other stimulants, for
school, havo been Issued ' "
Both England and America lay claim
to the honor of starting tho first total
abstinence society. Tho English claim
is founded upon tho fact that in 1832 a
society at Preston, England, adopted
the principles of total abstinence. It
is also declared by this society that the
word teetotal originated with them in'
this way: Dickoy Turner;'Stammcr-v
ing farmer, referring to a moderation
pledge which had been In use, said:
"I'llhave nowt to do wl' this bothera
tion moderation pledge. I'll bo right
down tee-toe-totai forever.",, In alotter
dated Troy, Fa., September 19, 1885,
Rev. Joel Jewell disputed boMi these
claims. He says that in 1827 ho was
secretary of a Temperance society in
Hector, N. Y., whoso constitution In
cluded a total abstinence clause. In
writing the names of members on the
roll he prefixed the letters O. F. to the
names of, those who adhered to the old
pledge, and a big T to those who were
total abstainers. "By continually ex
plaining that T was for total, he
says, "we were directly called 1-total-ers,
and this was the origin of the
word years before itwas coined in En
gland." , hulbo.
The Prohibition Dartvhashad four
Presidential a candidate uln-i the' field.
Black, in 1872, received 6,608 votes;
Smith, in 1876, received 9,759; Dow,
1880, received 12,640. and St John',.
1884, received 152,070. N. Y, Smt. '
Work to Be Done.
To those who are disquieted in their
religious beliefs, who aro consoions of
religious aspirations, and who some
how can not assent to the creeds of tho
churches, there is one sure course to
pursue: Let thementcr upon some
great humanitarian work. Wo may
be mistaken as to ounroligious creeds, ,
but -we can not go wrong in trying to -benefit
our fellow-men. Hence, we
should all be interested in some work:
of benevolence. To snob the Temper
ance movement ought to be particular
ly attractive. It is the great practical
reform of the age and tne country we
liye in. Every one knows of the, hor
rors of, tho liquor traffic, and-there Is,
abundance of testimony to .prove that ,
those communities which nave put a
stop to liquor selling, are vastly better
off than where the trafllo ila, unrestrict
ed, , and liquor drinking Is under legal
sanction.' All forms of vice or crime
flourish in every community where
liquor dealing is permitted. Tho evi
dences multiply that the Temperance
tide is rising and, in every part of the
country. Indeed, the encouraging re
ports come front' 6 many different di
rections that wo, havo not space to tell
the whole story, Local option is now
the battle-cry In about every State in
thd Union, as well as. in the 'Dominion
of Canada! "These 'skirmishes' id the
localities are first in- orders ..Then will ,
eomo State action, and,unally the, Na
tion must take the matter 4m band nnd
reduce to a minimum the. evils im the
traffic, in strong i drinsbThlfemered's
Monthly. . . "' '
The old Moravian town of Salem, N.
C, has not permitted 'any liquor is en
ter the place for onahundred years. It
Is the banner Temperance town of the
country. i ' -
At Griffin, Gai; recently a man who
had been mayor of the' en and one of
its most prosperous and popular citi
zens, died a pauper in its poor-house.
Drink did it
An Irish candidate for Parliament In
a speech at Dublin said that 150,000,
000 had been spent in Ireland fordrinlc'V
In the last throe years, in districts wbera
laborers were starving, and where, it
was Wld, tbo tenants could not pay
A legend says that the devil gave a
hermit the choice of three great vices,
one of which was drunkenness. The
hermit chose this as, being the least
sinful. He'baeamo drunk and then
committed .the 'other two. And It still
remains a faotj that a man is capable of
any crime,, however revolting, when
under the influence of liquor, whisky
is the devil's Samson and pelllab,-.
Chicagb liiter Ocean.
Able legal opinion in Rhpde Island' "
1DKUB VI. HIO VIUYV WW, IllfUUl 41VUUCttU
win do jnvaiiu tnero upon tne result o
the.' vote on the prohibition ahioud
nient Doing declared, in the General As
sembly. The constitution says' that "if
then approved by three-fifths of th
electors of, that State present and voU,
ing thereon', In town and ward moefcfT
Ings, It shall become a part of the con
stltntion of tho State." Under thn ex.
I Uting Uw all Uoenses expire with June