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THE ANNUAL MIRACLE.
The Beautiful Story of the Coming of
Spring, And Its Meaning.
A. B. Williams in Richmond News
The annual miracle is developing.
The earliest spring flowers are in
bloom. The delicate perfume of the
violet and the jonquil are in the air.
Just beneath the surface of the earth
the others are ready, waiting eagerly
for the time when they may put aside
the thin partition between them and
the light and - spread their varied
forms of beauty before the sun which
has brought them life through in
finite distance. The trees, like virgin
brides, timidly conscious of their own
beauty. begin to' deck themselves in
their summer garments and show us
a pale. lovely suggestion of the green
:hat will be so vivid and luxuriant in
JTune. We have more light than dark
ness now. the sunshine is with us
innger than the night shadows. Pres
ently we shall have the sweet, slow
evenings and gently hovering twilight
of the late spring and summer. All
these things seemed very far away a
month or two ago, while the bitterl
cold.,the long. black nights* in~d tfie
-gloomy days of winter were upon-us.
The story of the coming of the
spring is familiar and the meaning of
it should be written in our hearts to
keep alive hope and faith and good
cheer. Many of us have needed them,
many of us do need them, all of us
shall need them in the days to come.
All of us have known. know or
must know times of fear and gloom
when deliverance seems far away and
happiness impossible. Individuals
and families endure years of it-years
of poverty, humiliation, anguish and
bitterness or many kinds. Willing
and faithful labor brings no reward'
but daily renewal of the struggle for
the bare and scanty needs of life.
Other willing hands are denied even
the ogportunity to labor. The mis
take of a moment of weakness, of
yielding or over-confidence bring
trains of disaster apparently endless.
Sins hastily done and repented in
misery bring consequences which
seem blacker and heavier and harder
to bear as years go by. We go down
until we think we have reached the
bottom of distress and the limit of
desolation. and shudder to discover
yet lower depths awaiting us; and our
very souls within us cry out against
the anguish and the darkness, some
times the horrible degradation, often
the laceration of our sensibilities
Even when our little harmless vanities
-and with what pathetic fondness we
cling to them!-have been torn from
us by hard and remorseless circum
stances, our poor remnants of pride
are bruised and tortued pitilessly. We
ponder desperately within ourselves
whether there is any limit to our pun
ishment for sin or error, for neglect
or misuse of opportunity, whether
what ~we have done or left undone
may never be expiated by suffering.
None of us is exempt. Sorrow and
h,. and pain, the wretchedness so
closely akin to uitter despair that the
div:ding line is lost, come to all men
and women, the rich and poor, proud
and humble. strong and weak, good
and bad, young and old. Black disas
ter falls suddenly, like a pall from
clo udless skies and hides from us
the glory, the light and the beauty of
the world. leaving us to deal with the
squ:alor, the gloom and the hardness
of :t. Ruin creeps upon us like an in
visible, destroying niend of the air.
Our dearest, fondest, most confident
hopes die in the darkness of the
night, the morning does not come and
the merciful oblivion of sleep is denied
us. Dreary days and weary nights
follow each other in bleak procession
and, looking ahead, we see no rescue
Yet every year the springtime
comes. bright and fragrant. balmy
and beautiful, and the long summer
days of sunshine, rustling leaves and
abundant roses follow. "There's a
*good time coming boys; wait a little
longer." used to be a popular song, and
it is a personal exhortation for each
of us, the profound philosophy of life
--and oi death-the war cry of the
stout, true heart battling gallantly
*against adversity and dalling to the
. coldest, blackest and gloomiest win
ter day the rbightness and the glory of
the spring. In the very darkest and
worst days. wait and strive and hope
and believe. That is The teaching of
the spring. We cannot see its pro
cess. *The niassive planers swinging'
:i:.;thei.r vast orbits and avenues
through space are working for the
1-luil ee planter1 in the ground or
thrown there by the winds or cast byl
the blighting frosts of October. None
of us knows what mighty, unseen, far-:
off forces are working for us. As dis
aster and ruin, sorrow and destruction I
of hopes come from the clouds and
the air, unheralded, sudden and in
visible, so may new hope and blessing
and comfort and peaceful, sunny days
and happy nights come. It never is
too late. The winter may be long, but
spring and summer come. None of
us fall too low, no man and no wo
man. The seed or root buried and
-trampled in the ground, part of the
mud, hid beneath the snow these five.
six, eight twelve months, will wave
triumphantly beautiful to the gentle
melody of April breezes and showers.
The trees from which the last leaves
were rudely torn. leaving them gaunt
and tossing skeletons, will be clad
gloriously with foliage. In every
community in this land we have men
fighting manfully but desperately
day by day to keep the wolf' fro;n the
door: old and broken men sadly con
fessing themselves as failures, some
ai tliem even seeking iTuge in the
almshouses, where -.they air their.
quarrels with the world and mburn-1
iully call thC roll 'of theirninfiortvnes;
outcast men w-ho have:aiade them
selves enemies of organized . society
and the "law; tired. discouraged, and
h'eartsicc Women who - have striven
honestly and apparently in vain: wo
men who-try to hide behind paint and,
gaudy raiment and bought smiles the
protests of their womanhood and the
yearnings of their souls for homage
and decency, and the respect that was
theirs by right, until it was forfeited.
For all these. miserable. there is hope
because history tells us. as the spring
tells us. that from all these classes
have blossomed some of the flowers
and beauties and glories of human
ity. All of these have claim upon and
appeal to those of us who are more
fortunate-not always because we de
serve to be: frequently because we
happen to be so. And the world is
full of good. There is help always for
those who will summon the strength
to seek and try to deserve it. There
is hope always for those who will hold
it and with honest heart and earnest
purpose look for it. The spring and
the good time will come for those who
will faithfully believe in them and will
borrow and welcome and cherish their
warmth and sunshine.
There is an old, sweet hope, an
humble yet aspiring and triumphant
faith, that has gladdened many hard
lives, lighted many stricken hearts
in all the generations through these
many long centuries. It may live
when even at the end we sadly con
fess-as most of us must-that we
have failed: that our dearest and
most ten-derly cherished wishes have
been disappointed, that what we
longed for most has been denied to
us, what we loved must have been
lost. It is the hope and faith that
however grievous our sins may have
been, however, we have failed and
lost, however bitter may have been
our disappointments. disillusions and
sorrows, death itself, by infinite mer
cy. may mark the coming of the
ring, may be the wooing by mighty
and distant power of the poor seed
to bloom into beauty and loveliness
through endless tranquil days in in.
effable light increasing.
LATIMER TALKS PARKER.
Says He is a Winner-Talks Confi
dently of His Good Roads Bill.
A dispatch from Gaffney to the Co
lumbia State says that Senator A. C.
Latimer stopped over in Gaffney for
a few hours to visit Capt. Ross' tin
mine. He was on his way back 'to
t his home.
Senator Latimer is of the opinion
that Parker will be the democratic
nominee for the presidency. It all
depends on what New York state
oes. At one time Gorman had the
lead, but Parker is growing in popu
larity every day. One of the planks
n the platform will be the good roads
ovement in some form or another.
Ihat question is attracting more at
entiog than any other at this time.
On 'May.i and 4 Senator Latimer
will be in Springfield. II., to address a.
good roads convention, and from May
5 to 21 he will be at the National
Good Roads convention in St. Louis.
The senator does not think that
the attempt to boom Gen. Miles for,
the presidency will- amount to any-i
The senator is very enthusiastic
over his good roads measure and says
that if this had not been a presiden
ia yea the bill would have been re-,
ported at this session of congress alLd
would have passed, in his opinion.
Since the hill has been introduced it
has grown more and more in favor
till now there is very little likelihood
of its not passing. There has been no
measure introduced in congress since
the war that has grown more in favor.
There is now a majority of one in
favor of it on the committee, but the
republicans would rather that the
measure go over. Its report now
would embarrass some of them at
He savs that one clause in the bill
will provide that no city oi over 20,
ooo will be counted in prorating the
funds, which will be given to the
states according to population. This
provision will put the thinly popula
ted states on a par with the thickly
populated states of the north and
He seems to think that South Car
olina will get her proportion without
increasing taxes one penny. His ar
gument is about this: There are now
2oo.ooo men in South Carolina subject
to road duty for four days. By mak
ing the commutation tax $i.oo a day
instead of just $i.oo, that will give the
state credit for $8oo,ooo; there are
0oo convicts on the roads whose work
can be valued at $i.oo a day, which
will make $i5o,ooo: we have inules
and road scrapes to the value of
Sioo.ooo; the one mill tax will raise
S2oo.ooo more, while the state will be
given credit for what it spends on
bridges. He thinks that this state
can count on getting from $i.ooo,ooo
to $i,5oo.ooo from the national gov
ernment without increasing local
Letter to J. M. West, Newberry, S. C.
Dear Sir: There are two sorts of
furniture. You know both: for you
sell 'em both. One sort looks better
than it is, and the other is better than
it looks. There isn't any other sort.
The same. two sorts of paint, no
more: and we make 'em both-we
make tons of stuff that isn't worth its
freight. Belongs to the business
have to. Belongs to your business
you have to.
But this is aside. We put into cans,
with our name on the very best paint
there is in the world: Devoe lead
and-zinc. It takes fewer gallons than
mixed paints, and it wears twice as
long as lead-and-oil.
Mr. C. 0. Brown, Columbia, S. C.,
painted his house with Devoe lead
and-zinc. The painter, on seeing the
quanity sent to the house, said there
wasn't enough. There were ten gal
lons left. when the job was done.
65 F. XV. Devoe & Co.
P. S. The Newberry Hardware Co.
sells our paint.
We have in stock a full line of Har
ness, Plantation Gears, Saddles, etc.
When in need call on us, can supply
your wants at reasonable prices.
Sole agents in Columbia for the cele
he best on earth. Try them.
DAVIS & CO.
1517 Main St. Columbia.
BRICK FOR SALE
very Cheap. Apply to
GEO. W. SUMMER,
Don't forget to top,
dress your grain with
Cerealite. Now is thej
time to use it to obtain
best results, will double1
yield. We also carry
in stock all grades of!
Guano and Acid, also
Kairit, Potash, Nitrate
of Soda, etc.
HAIR & HAVIRD,J
+ The Right Price Store.
* The past two weeks Business in Mil-*
linery at our store, proves that we have*
. the Right Styles, The Right Goods and they*
are Priced Right. We will sell you your$
Millinery at a Saving Price of
a Good Pair of Slippers or Shoes:
for anyone of your family. Come to the
2 Place Where You Get Them Priced Right,
I HAIR & HAVIRDI
+ The Right Price Store.
HAVE YOU GOT A KEY?
Do You Need
A Pair of Shoes?
IF SO APPLY TO
W11Iskey --moahilne CIHZBt! All Dm%lad i0baco
Habit, iartt HaIt 5
cured by Keeley Institute of South Carolina
1529 Lady St. (or P. 0. Box 75,) Columbia, S. C. Confidential correspondende solicited.
Southeastern Lime & Cement Co.
CHARLESTON, S. C.
Building Material of all kinds. High Grade
Roofing "RU BEROID."
Write for prices.
Lime, - Cement, - Plaster,
Terra Cotta Pipe, Roofing Paper.
Car Lots, Sma~I Lots. Write,
arolina Portland Cement Co., - - Charleston, S.C.
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