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'A. B. Williams in Richmond News
Workmen laying a new pavement
piled the asphal*c blocks they intend
ed to use along the outside of the
sidewalk. A few days later they re
moved the blocks and the space that
had been covered was marked by a
fringe of beautiful, fresh, vividly
green grass grown up through the
crevices between the bricks. In an
other few days the grass had disap
peared, scorched to death by the heat
of the August sun, trampled by many
,heedless feet. The grass had been
there all the time and the seeds of it
are there, dormant and hidden, now.
Guarded and shaded a little from the
sun, protected from the trampling
feet, ij grew to life and beauty. Ex
posed and unprotected, it was burn
ed and beaten down.
All nature is crowded with para
ble:. allegories and lessons, from
which we may learn if we will but ob
serve and think.a little, and we may
find them in the smallest and com
monest things that live or grow as
in the unmeasured and immeasurable
sweep and spread of the planets, stars
and systf:ns of space. This little
story of the grass springing to life
and dying illustrates the truth, fa
miliar to us all and forgotten by us
all, of the universal seeds of good in
human nature. The seeds are every
where. We do not believe in them
because we -do not see them. Like
the grass, they need shelter and shade
to tempt them forth.
Everything in nature needs help.
The wild things deal directly with
God and in the woods and fields grow
as His laws allot them strength and
light and darkness, rain and sun
shine to Their needs. When we cul
tivate and tame them we train them
to be dependent on our care and air.
As we organize civilized society we
make man more dependent on man,
and then withdraw our guardian
ship and neglect to cultivate and pro
tect. We create social conditions
which make our brother and sister
need our k6eping and refuse to be
their keepers. The seeds of the vir
tues and graces are left to lie dor
mant and unfruitful, discouraged by
the. blazing, cruel heat of the stress
and' strife of life, by the tramping
of hurrying, grinding feet. When
they timidly and doubtfully peer out
through the crevices of hard sur
roundings, promptly obedient to some
temporary opportunity, we leave
them to die again, parched. We
trample over them and beat them
down-we busy people intent on our
The gentle dew that illustrates the
quality of mercy does not come di
rect from Heaven. It rises from the
earth, as it is ordained to do so by
the laws made in Heaven. From the
earth and mankind, obeying the or
~dinances of rhe Creating Power,
she--'d come the mercy and care tc
streng~.then and help and ennoble man
kind. WVe are mnade- responsible.
The earth teems withn supressed life
everywhVre. Vecry rarely. it at all
can we say that we have made it
y'eld all there is in it. Where the
clover spreads fairest and blooms
most luxuriantly, where the corn or
wheat stand thickest, there is always
the possibility of stimulating and cuti
tivating the- land to induce it to bring
forth more. In the most pi:ifuily bar
ren and scorched spots, even in the
busiest streets of the cities w~here
brick and cobblestone and asphalt
cover the ground and make a dreary
prospect there is life in the ground
waiting to come forth responsive to
a few days of rest, to the faintest
ho.pe of living. The wheat spilled in
the marts where it is not crushed
by wvheels and hoofs will find earth~
enough in which to germinate. The
seed carried by a bird to the top of a
ruined wall will live in the dust
borne to it by the wind and blossom
out, doing its small best to make t.he
world beautiful and to cover desola
tion with kindly, modest drapery.
In our personal contact with mer
and women we may know that ever
where the virtues are most glorious
ly bountiful and lovely there are more
wai:ing to be called forth; that where
lives are hardest and most barren anc
repulsive virtues and graces ar<
buried and dormant, ready to rise tc
our calling-sometimes quickly, some
times very slowly and only with pa
tient coaxing and love and care, per
severing after many failures. The
de if mercy, the shelter and shadi
of ceaseless care and guarding and
protection, the warmth of tireless
love and respect for humanity be
cause it is akin to the universal
Father and to us will bring forth,
timid and furtive and fearful perhaps,
the growth of virtues and beauties,
the parent of others.
And who are we who neglect and
despise our brethern, tread upon their
faces pitifully and dumbly turned to
us for help, trample rudely upon their
few poor, small virtues and aspirations
peering through the crevices of cold
or arid surroundings? Most of us
guarded, pampered, aided and stimula
ted from our births up, trimmed and
pruned and kept, protected from fiery
temptations, surrounded and exhort
ed, all our virtues given full oppor
tunity to blosom. We have been
helped. and the help we have received
is a sacred trus: to be held and given
again with tenfold increa3e. The ac
cident of the hard asphalt blocks
gave to the grass seeds opportunity
to grow to life. If we will not trouble
ourselves to nourish, let us a'c least
see to it that with cold or hasty
words and careless looks and impa
tience and hardness we do not trample
back to oblivion and uselessness the
few scant virtues that may be peep
ing up from the buried humanity
:hrough the crevices.
Kept Their Clothes Dry.
Back in the '5o's, when Abraham
Lincoln was little more than an ob
scure country lawyer, he was fond
of a joke. At one time he made the
late Judge Stephen T. Logan the butt
of one and came nearly being placed
under the displeasure of the courL
for the deed.
While riding with a cavalcade of
lawyers who went with the jurist
around the circuit, Lincoln was going
from Lincoln, Logan county, to
Delevan, Tazewell county, both in
Illinois. A marsh was encountered
on the Delevan prairie. The expanse
of water before them was about half
a mile wide, and nearly all -The law
vers believed that Salt C-eek had bro
ken its banks and formed a new chan
nel. Lincoln knew better, and thought
this an opportune time to get a joke
on the judge and his brother lawyers.
So he pretended to jin in the gener
al belief of the par-ty, and said:
"This is a prettey mess! Now we
either shall have to swim the river or
go twelve miles out of the way to
find a bridge."
"How* can we safely swim th.is swvol
len stream?" one of the riders asked.
"There is only one safe way," sug
gested Lincoln. "We must remove
all our clothing and tie it on our
backs to keep it dry, then ri<de
"But Mr. Lincoln," said Judge Lo
gan, "this indeed would be a most
undignified manner of doing any
" -ery well. your honor," said
Lincoln, "you may stand upon cere
mony; but I intend to have a dry
suit on when I get to Delevan."
Fitting his ac:ions to his words,
:he lanky lawyer began to disrobe.
Others followed promptly, and by the
time all were ready for the plunge the
dignfied jurist had stripped him
self. The riders, led by Lincoln,
bent up their legs, like half-opened
jack-knives, and with light reins and
urging their steeds on to a swim they
reached the other side. At no time
was the water deep enough to more
han wet the fetlocks of their
Lincoln looked toward the learned
judge and received a withering glance
that took away all desire -to even
smie. Hie feared the explosion that
evidently was near at hand, so he
thought to head it ofi.
"Judge, do you think a bridge
across that stream would seriously
nterfere with navigation?" was his
A Limit To All Things.
He had been away on a long jour
ney and upon his return his wife was
detailing to him a number of reforms
and improvements which she had suc
cessfully engineered during his ab
"And vou know." she said, "the
rawer that was locked for over a
month and which you said could
n't b opened except by a lock
smith? WVell" triumphantly--"I open
"Well, well! How in the world
did you don t?"
"With a hairpin."
"And the oven door," she contin
ued, "has been clipping around on
one hinge for ever so long just be
cause you were too lazy to fix it,
but it's all right now."
"Well, I'm glad you had it fixed."
"Had it fixed! I fixed it myself
with a hairpin."
"And then there's that crayon
por-trait of mother that stood in the
corner for almost six solid weeks
because you never would bring me
any picture-hooks-I got it up with
a hook I made myself-out of a hair
"Ye gods!" he said.
"And there's Willie. You've been
coaxing him and bribing him for a
year, trying to break him of biting
his nails, and I broke him in a week."
"With a hairpin?" he inquired weak
"No?" she snapped. "Don't be al
goose? With a hairbrush?"
Miss Bortrox-Nearly all my ad
mirers think I should be able to get
tips from you on the market.
Gotrox-Encourage them in that
belief my dear. It won't be long be
fore I'll be realy to unload the
stock I'm carrying.-Puck.
Mr. Newlywed-By the way, dear
est, did I ever tell you about That
beautiful heiress who once wanted me
for a husband?
Mrs. Newlywed-No, dear: you
have never told me a lie yet-that I
know of.-Illustrated Bits.
Even weak fish will be strong if
you keep them lon-g enough.
Trapeze performers cannot get
along without suspenders.
If there were not so many breakers
on life's ocean, we would not be so
STATE OF SO.UTH CAROLINA
-NEWBERRY COUNTY - IN
The Newberry Savings Bank, Plain
tiff, agains-t John G. Wolling, Jr..
and J. E. Matthews, as Trustee in
Bankruptcy of J. C. Wolling & Son,
By virtue of an order of the Court
herein, I will sell before -Ehe Court
House at Newberry, S. C., on the first
Monday in October, 1905, within the
legal hours of sale, at public outcry,
all that tract or plantation of land
situate and lying and being partly in
Newberry County, in said State, and
partly in Union County, in said
State, containing four .hundred and
seventy-six and seventy-two one
hundredths acres, more or less,
bounded by lands of D. A. Thomas,
estate of Mrs. Susannah Oxner, de
ceased, J. M. Henderson, by tne
"Orange Hall" plantation, and by -the
line between Newberry and Union
counties, the same being composed
f two tracts of land which the lar-~
Sarah E. T. Chick died seized and
possessed: one of wvhich tracts con-I
tains four hundred and four and sev-~
ent-one one-hundredths acres, an.d
lies wholly within the County of
Union. in said State. and the other
Itract contains seventy-two acres.
more or less, and lies partly within
the county of Newberry and partly
within the county of Union. all of
whichb was conveyed to me by Jas.
M. Henderson, as the executor of the
last will and -testament of Sarah E.
T. Chick, deceased, and James M.
Henderson and Eliza Henderson
WVhitney, by deed bearing date the
th day of January, 1903.
Also all that other tract or planta
Ition of land situate and being in
Township No. i, in the County of
IFairfield, in t,he State o.f South Caro
lina. containing One Hundred and
Fifteen Acres. more or less. known
a the "Betty Coleman" place, bound
ed on the north by lands of H. C.
Coleman and T. E. Dye, on the east
by lands of T. M. Beam, on the south
by lands of J. G. Wolling and on the
west by lands of J. G. Wolling and
T. E. Dye.
Terms of sale: One-third of the
purchase money to be in cash and
the remainder on a credit of twelve
mnths, wit,h interest from day ol
sale, to be secured by a bond of the
p urchaser and a mortgage of the
premiseS sold the purchaser to pay
for all papers and recording of same.
H. H. Rikard.
Master's Ofnce. Master.
INewmkry, S. C. Sept. 8, Oos.
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