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ALPHA AND OMEGA.
THE MOST CONSPICUOUS CHARAC
TER OF HIISTORY.
Christ tie Overtoppinu Figure of All Tiie
-The Alpha and emega, the Beginning
and the End-An Example to. Preachers.
On Sunday morning the Rev. T. )e
Witt Talmage, D. D., preached on "The
Glorious Christ." His text was: "He
that cometh from above is above all."
John iii, 31. The preacher said:
The most conspicuous character of
history steps out upon the platforn.
The flnger which, diamonded with light,
pointed down :o nim from the Betble
hem sky, was only a ratification of the
Inger of prophecy, the finger of gene
alogy, the finger of chronology, the fin
ger of events-alli.ve fingers pointed in
one direction. Christ is the overtop
ping figure of all time. He is the vox
humana in all music, the gracefulest line
In all sculpture, the most exquisite ming
ling of lights and shades in all paint
ings, the acme:of all elimaxes, the dome
of all cathedral grandeur, and the pero
ration of all splendid language.
The Greek alphabet is made up of
twenty-fonr letters, and when Chri!t
compared himself to the Irst letter and
the last letter, the alpha and the omega,
he appropriated to himself all the splen
dors that you can spell out either with
thost two letters or all the letters be
tween them. "I am the Alpha and the
Omega, the beginning and the end,
the irat and the last." Or, if you pre
fer the words;of the text, "above all."
What does it meant It means after
you have piled up all Alpine nnd Him
alayan altitudes, the glory of 'Christ
would have to spread its wings and de
scehd a thousand leagues to touch those
summits. Pelion. a high mountain, of
Thessamy; Ossa, & high mountain, and
Olympius, a high mountain; but mythol
ogy tells us when the giants warred
against the gods they piled up these
three mountains, and from the top of
- them proposed to scale the heavess;
- but the height was not great enough,
and there was a complete fdilure. And
after all the giants-Isaiah and Paul,
prophetic and apostolic giants; Raphael
and Michael Angelo, artistic giants;
cherubim and seraphim and archangels,
celestial giants-have failed to climb to
the top of Christ's glory. They might all
well unite in the words of !he -tert and
say: "He that cometh.-fr6' above is
- 8 rist must be above all else in
our preaching. There are so many
books on homiletics scattered through
the country that all laymen, as well as
all clergymen, have made up their min !s
what sermons ought to be. That ser
mon is most effectual which most neint
edly puts forth Obrist as the pardon of
allsin and the correction of all evil-in
dividual, social, political and national.
There is no reason why we should ling
the endless changes on a few phrases.
There are those who think that if an ex
hortation or a discourse have frequent
mention of justification, sanctification,
bovenant of works and covenant of
grace, that therefore it must be pro
foundly evangelical; while they are sus
picious of a discourse which presents the
same truth, but under different phras~e
ology. Now, I say there is nothing in
all the opulent realm of Anglo-Saxonism
of all the word treasures that we inherit
*ed from - from the Latin and the Greek,
and the Indo-European, but we have a
right to marshal it in religious discus
ons. Christ sets the example. His
tions were from the grass, i the
flowezs,sthe spittle, the salve, the barn
*yard fow~l ~ieh crystals of salt, as well
as from the stas and the sthrs-adw
do not propose in our Sunday school
teaching and in our pulpit address to be
put on the limits..
- know that there is a great deal said
in our day against words, as though
they were nothing. They may be mis
used, but they have an imperial power.
They are the bridge between soul and
soul, between Almighty God and the
human race. What did God write upon
the tables of stone? Words. What did
Christ utter on Mount Oliveat? Words.
Oat of what did Christ~strike the spark
for the illumination of the universe?
Out of Words. "Let there be light,"
and light was. Of course, thought is
the cargo nnd words are only the ship;
but how fast would our cargo get on
without the ship? What you need, my
friends, in all your work, in your Sab
* bath school class, in your meformatory
institutions, and what we all need is to
enlarge our vocabulary when we come to
speak about God and Christ and heaven.
We ride a few old words to death w :en
there is such an illimitable resources.
Shakespere employed 15,000 diferent
words for dramatic purposes; Milton
employed 8,000 different- words for po
etic purposes; Rufus Choate employed
over 11,000 different words for legal
purposes; but the most of us have less
than 1,000 words that we can manage,
less than 500, and that makes us so stu
When we come to set forth the love of
Christ we are going to take the tenderest
phrasoology whenever we find it, and if
it has never been used in that direction
before, all the more shall we use it.
When we come to speak of the glory of
Christ, the Conquerer, we are going to
draw our similes from triumphal arch
and oratorio, and everything grand and
stupendous. The French navy have
eighteen flags by which they give sig
nals, but those eighteen flags they cn
-put inte sixty-six thousand different
And I have to tell you that these
standards of the cross may be lifted into
combinations infinite and varieties eve:
lasting. And let me say to these young
*men who come f rcm the theologieal semi
naries into our services every Sabbath,
and are after a while going to preach
Jesus Christ, you will have the largest
liberty . and unlimited resources. You
only have to present Christ in your own
Jonathan Edwards preached Christ in
the severest argument ever penned, and
John Bunyan preached Christ in t he sub
limes allegory ever composed. Ed ward
Payson, sick and exhausted, leaned up
against the side of the pulpit and wept
out his discourse, while George Whit
field, with the manner and the voice and
the art of an actor, overwhelmed his
auditory. It would have been a differ
eat thing it Jonathan Edwards had tried
to write and dream about the pilgrim's
progress to the celestial city, or John
Bunyan had attempted an essay on the
Brighter than the light, fresher than
the fountains, deeper than the seas, are
all these Gospel themes. Song has no
melody, flowers have no sweetness, sun
set sky no color compared with these
glorious themes. These harvests of grace
spring up quicker than we can sickle ~
them. Kindling pulpits with their fire,
and producing revolutions with their t
power, lighting up dying beds with their C
glory, the-y are the sweetest thought for t
the poet, and they are the most thrilling '
11llustratlon for the orator, and they offer s
the most intenses scene for the artist, and '
they are to the ambassador of the sky all t
enthusiasm. Complete pardon for direst t
guiit. Sweeteet comfort for ghastliest
agony. Brightst hope for grimmest 'l
death. Grandest resurrection for darkest t
sepulcher. Oh, what a Gospel to preach!t
Christ over all in it. His birth, his suf- a
fering, his miracles, his parables, his t
sweat, his tears, his' blood, his atone- t
maent, his intercein.-what g1nriousjA
heues! Di yo.u exercise faith? Ch:ist
s its object. Do we have -lov? It fastens
)n Jesus. E .re we a fur uc for the
i cll It is bcus ChriL. diel. for it.
El a .-ope of iavern It is because
wt::: a ead, the 'c.:d and fo&:
V':exy ro:>e etDem) rius was .o
:cs)tly, so bzautifui, that af er he had
put it uti no one ever dared put it ou;
but tis robe of Cbrist, richer than that,
the poorest and the wannest and the
worst may wear. "Where sin aboundeth
grace may much more abound."
"Oh, my sins, my sins," said Martin
Luther to Staupitz, "iny sins, sins"
The fact is, that the brawny Gbrman
student had found a Latin Bible that
made him quake, and nothing else ever
did make hi- quake; and when he found
how, t'rough Cl.st, he ws pardoned
and savd, he wrote to a friend, saying:
"Come over and join us great and awfui
sinuerE saved by thu ,race of G..d. You
seem to be only a slender sinner, and
you don't much extol the mercy of God;
out we :bat have been such awful sinners
we praise his grace the more now that we
hare been redeemed." Can it be that
you are so desperately egotistical that
you feel yourself in first rate spirit
uat trim, and that from the root of the
hair to the tip cf the toe you are scar
less and immaculate? What you need
is a looking glass, and here it is in the
Bible. Poor, and wretched, and misera
ole, and blind, and naked from the
crown of the head to the so:e of the foot,
full of wounds and putrefying sores.
No health ia us. And tuen taae tue ia;t
that Christ gathered up all the notes
against us and paid them, a:.d ten offer
ed us the receipt.
And how much we need him in our
sorrow! We are independent of cir
cumastances if we Lave His grace. Why,
He made Paul sing in the dungeon, and
under that grace, St. John from desolate
Patmos heard the blast of the apocalyp
tic trumpets. After all other candles
have been snuffed ou:, this is t: light
that gets brigbter and brighter uuko the
oerfect day; and alter, under the hard
hoofs of calamity, all the pools of world
ly enjoyment have teen trampled iuto
deep :unre, at the foot of the eternal rock
the Christian, from cups of granite lily
rimmed and vine covered, puts out the
thirst of his soul.
Again, I remark that Christ is aove
all in dying alleviatiosa.
Saladin, the greatest conqueror of his
day, while dying, ordered that the tunic
he bad on him be carried after his death
on his spear at the head of his army, aid
that then the soldier, ever and anon,
should stop and say: "Bebold, all that
is left of Saladin, the emperor and con
querer! Of all the states he conquered,
of all the wealth he accumulated, noth
ing did he retain but this shroud !' I
have no sympathy with such behavi',r, or
such absud demonstration, or with much
that we bear uttered in regard to depart
ure from this life .to the next. There
is a commonsensical idea on this subject
that you and I need to consider-that
there are only two styles of depart
A thousand feet underground, by light
of torch toiling in a miner's shaft, a
ledge of rock may fall uuon us, and we
may die a miner's death. Far out at sea,
falling from the slippery ratlines and
broken on the halyards, we may die a
sailor's deith. Oa mission of mercy in
hospital, amid broken bones, and reeking
leprosies, and raging fevers, we may die
a philanthropist's death. On the field of
battle, serving God and our country,
slugs through the heart, the gun car
riage may roll over us, and we may die a
patriot's death. But, after all, there are
only'two styles of departure-the death
of the righteous, and the death of the
wicked-and we all want! to die the
God grant that when that hour comes
you may be at home. You want the
hand ofyourH kin.dre4- in your hand.[
You want your children to surround
you. You want the light on your pil
low from eyes that have long reflected
our love. You want the room still.
You do not want any curious strangers
standing around watching you. You
want your kindred from afar to hear
your last prayer. I thiak that is the
wish of all of us. But is that all? Can
earthly friends hold us up when the bil
lows of death come up to the girdle?
Can human voice charm open heaven's
gate? Can humana hsnd pilot us through
the narrows of -death into heaven's
harbor? Can any earthly friendship
shield us from the arrows of death, and
in the hour when Satan shall practice
upon us his infernal archery? No, no
no, no! Alas! Poor soul, if that is all
better die in the wilderness, far from
tree shadow and from fountain, alone,
vultures circling through the air waiting
for our body, unknown to men, and to
have no burial, if oniy Christ could say
through the solitudes: "I will never
leave thee, I will never forsake thee."
From that pillow of stone a ladder
would soar heavenward, angels coming
and going; and across the aulitude an'd
the barienness would come the sweet
notes of heavenly minstrelsy.
Gordon Hall, far frotm home, dying in
the door of a heathen temple, said:
"Glory to thee, 0 God!" What did
dying Wilberforce say to his wife?
"Come and sit beside me, and let us
talk of heaven. I never knew what
happiness was ustil I found Christ."
Wha: did dying Hannah More say? "To
go to Christ, who died that I might
live! Oh! glorious grave!. Oh, the
love of Christ, the love of Christ, the
love of Christ."
What did the dying Janeway say?
"I can as easily die as close my eyes or
turn my head in slee p. Before a few
hours have passed I shall stand on
Mount Zion with the one hundred and
forty and four thousand and with the
ust men made perfect, and we shall as
cribe riches, and honor, and glory, and
majesty, and dominion unto God and
the Lamb." Dr. Taylor, condemned to
burn at the stake, en his way thither
broke away from the aguardsmen and
went bounding and leaping and jump.
ing toward she fire, glad to go to Jesus
and to die fcr him. Sir Charles Hare,
in his last moment, hadl such rapturous
vision that he cried "Upward, upward,
upward !" And so great was the peace
f one of Christ's disciples that he put
is finger upon the pulse in his wrist
sd counted it and ooserved it; and so
~reat was his placidlty that after a
vhile he said "stoppsd!" and his life
-ad ended here to begin in heave.. But
~razder than that was the testimony of
.he wornout first missionary, when, is
he Mamartine dungeon, he cried: "I
tm now ready to be offered si~d the time.
>f my departure is at hand;I have fought
he good fight,.I have finished my course
:have kept the faith: henceiorth is laid
ip for me a crown of righteousness,
'hich the Lord, the righteous Judge,
vil give me in that day, and not to me
nly, but to all them that love his ap-I
:aring!" Do you not see that Christ is
.bate all in dying al!cviations?
Toward the last h'our of our earthly
esidence we are speeding.
Brighter than a banqueting hall
brough which the light feet of the
ancers go ap and down to the sound of
rumpeters will be the sepulcher throuf a
hose rifts the holy light of heaven
reameth. God will watch you. lHe]
ill send his angels to guard your slum
ering ground, until, at Christ's behest,
dey shall roil away the stone.
So, also, Christ is above all in heaiven.
he Bible distinctly says that Christ is
1e chief theme of the celestial ascrip-,
on, all the thrones f.icing his throne,
il the palms waved before his face, all
1e crowns down at his feet. Cherubimu
>cherubim, seraphim to seraphim, re-1
recite the Savior's earthly sacrifice
Stand on tome high hill of heaven, ard
i- all the radist sweep -the moat glori
ous object will be JCsUS. Myriads gnz
ing on the scns of his suffering,in
siiaceGra afterward breaking to:h
into acciamation. The martyrs, all the
jurer fo'r the flume through which they
passed, will say: "This is Jesus, for
whom we died." The apostles, all the
happier for the shipwreck and the
scourging through which they went, will
say: "This is the Jesus whom we
preached at Corinth, and at Cappadocia,
and at Antioch, and at Jerusalem."
Little children clad iu white will say:
"This is the Jesus who took us in His
arms and blessed us, and when the
storms of the world were too cold and
loud, brought us into this beautiful
place." The multitudes of the bereft
will say: "This is the Jesus who com
forted us when our hearts broke." Many
who wandered clear off from God and
plunged into vagabondism, but were
saved by grace, will Bay: "This is the
Jesus who pardoned us. We were lost
on the mountain, and He brought us
home. We were guilty, and he has made
us white as snow." Mercy boundless,
grace unparalleled. And then, after
each one has recited his peculiar deliver
ances and peculiar mercies, recited them
as by tolo, all the voices will come to
gether into a great chorus, which wi 1
make the arches ecio and re-scho with
the eternal reverberation of gladness,
and peace, and triumph.
Edward I. was so anxious to go to the
Holy Land that when he was about to
expire he bequeathed $160,000 to have
his heart, after his decease, taken to the
Holy Land in Asia Minor, and his request
was complied with. But there are
hundreds to-day whose hearts are already
in the Holy Land of heaven.. Wherc
your treasures are, there are your hearts
also. Quaint John Bunyan, of whom I
spoke at the opening of the discourse,
caught a glimpse of that place, and in
his quaint way he said: "And I heard
;n my dream, and lo! the bells of the city
rang again for joy; and as they opened
the gates to let in the men I looked in
after them, and loI the city shoae like
the sun, and there were streets of gold,
and men walked on them, harps in their
hands, to sing praises withal; and after
that they shut up the gates, which when
I had seen I wished myself among them."
YOUTH UNDER THE AX.
Remarkable .rre Exhibited By the
Youngest Victim of the Guillotine.
"That man has recently witnessed a
rare and infrequent sight," said a well
known man-about-town to a New York
Journal reporter on Broadway. point
ing to a foreign-looking man who was
just going into the Fift'h Avenue Hotel.
The reporter approached the gentle
man, who gave his name as George
Herbillon. a well known Parisian jour
nalist. Heleft Paris about ten days
"Yes; I have witnessed a strange
sight, and one I don't care about seeing
again," he said. with a strong foreign
He then related the incident. He
had seen the guillotining, about twe
weeks ago, at Paris, of thes youngest
person who had fallen a victim to the
grim ax in Paris since the French Rev
It was a bov of 18 who had suffered
the awful punishment. His name v-as
Georges Henri Kaps. He had murder
ed his sweetheart in May last. At the
trial for this crime it was shown that
vouing, beardless Kaps, at the age of 14,
had assassinated an old man in a dark
When arrested for this last murder,
boy though he was, ho threatened his
guards wiith death.
"I have seen many persons die,"
said M. Herbillou. "I was in the com
mune in '71 and at the executions after
it, but I never saw anything so distress'
ing as the end of this young murderer.
"He was only a boy fit still for n
mother's caressing,' "went on M. Eer
billon, "but he displayed the most re
markable nerve during the trial and
greeted the verdict of death with a
When the officials came in to the
prison to announce that his hour had
come he showed no fear,though till that
moment he had expected a commutation
He dressed himself with out assist
ance. When a priest approached he
motioned him to leave with a wave of
his little hands.
Afterward he gayly skipped to his
place in the sad procession for the
When he arrived at the "Place of the
Ax" he glanced curiously at the few
spectators. Catching sight of the
deadwagen that was soon to carry
away his lifeless body he smiled visibly.
Standing beneath the glittering
knife, the priest extended the cruciix
to the boy's lips, but he turned aside
The victim's manner was so naive
that a movement of pity made a mur
mur in the little throng as the execu
tioners forced him back and laid his
neck in the fatal groove.
"As he lay for a second before the
blade dropped," said Mr. Herbillon,
"I caught a lingering smile upon his
"Then I turned away." he said, "and
the sound of the falling knife was
heard. The boy died more like my
idea of a Christian martyr than any one
I ever saw die."
Ibsen lives in Munich, and he is a
very peaceable man. Every evening
at the same hour, he walks alone, with
slow steps, up and -down Maim ilian
street. Punctually, and ever rep eat
ing itself, this promenade takes place.
In the "Maxmil lan" he sits alone, mo
tionless, always at the same table, for
about an hour, before him is a glass of
beer, sometimes accompanied by a lit
tle glass of cognac. Thoughtfully the
keen eyes gaze through the spectacles
straight ahead; the thin lius remain
closed, for he is rarely addrcsscd. His
acquaintances-of whom lie has not
many-remember well a remark he
once made with the friendly look of a
man who means no harm and simply
says what he thinks: "I like to be
alone." Should he nevertheless be en
gaged in conversation, he we will hard
ly say anything that some one else
might not also say. He likes to hear
everything new; especially facts rather
than thoughts. He never talks about
his own works unless some one else in
troduces the subject, and then only
with miserly words, and even these
When Frederike Gossmann had re
cited "Nora" to him in his own house,
the variety of opinions about the play
was mentioned. '"They make a sense
less objection," Ibsen declared, in his
labored, halting German, "who main
tain that I have said a woman shall or
may not leave her husband and chil
dren. I have not said at all what any
woman may or shali not do. I have
soken only of one woman. Of my
N ora. Of this single woman. I have
asked myself: What will this woman
bere do according to her nature? And
[ thought to myself: She will not go
tway. Another ene perhaps would
iae done something else."
In the last act of the "Wild Duck"
i gave the stag-e directiens concern
ng the winter forenoon after due con
ideration. "On a clear summer after
ioon Hedwig perhaps would not have
hot herself. One feels differently
ren one stands in a room or on a
neadow between hills. Before dinner1
Ld after dinner--that is a great differ
mne. Our feeling is different in a
right day than on a cloudy day."
WOOLFOLK. SEE ORRORS.
And le Desc 'bs, r I 't lor 1o
ATLANTA, FCb. 20.-Tn' Wofelk s
wrinten a letter to Goveraicr Gord.on
beggieg to be removcd froni the jail in
The story he tells is not cre3ited a
the executive department, as it is writ
ten in a wandering way toward the lns
although the first part is coherent
After beggng t-) be rEmoved Tom
says: "I could give you a dozen reasons
for this, but one will do.
"In the cage below my cell are be
tween fifteen and twenty prisoners. I
don't know for certain, but I earnestly
believe it, that white pcople, men, wo
men and children, have been trapped by
the jailer and some of his assistants :nd
"I believe these people trapped are miy
witnesses and frieuds.
"Tbev are first arrested, tied, gagged,
thrown into a ba:b tub, while one of
the assailants sus oz him till he
"They are then thrown out among
the negroes while some of the prisoners
put on boiling wa:er nnl then :dl the
hair is scalded ofl the drownedI ncn or
"One of the assant sI who is a
ter, then pains the white bodies black or
covers them ;ver very rticely with rcme
pieces of seal skin, and when the r fcers
come the jailer tells them a rigger is
He continues, saying tha. the men
who do this are in - gang together and
open all letters *cn t. prison rs and
take out all money that ia in then befre
thev receive the lettert.
Ile contirues, saying tha' many '-i r
mers and othe'r strangzers in M nave
been trapped by the jail i
been organized for tne piurp) of mak
ing money. The drummer, T01M thitks.
are carred into the crar at the jail or
thrown into the sewer wbhic opens into
the jail and empties into the river, first
being cut ui: So that they can be easily
A Prolbund Youngster.
There was convention of Sunday
school teachers in Illinois, and the
teachers of three counties were there
to the number of 400. On the last
day of the convention the clairman
anrtouced that he would be pleased tc
have the k-:owing ones think up
some hard questions on subjects per
taining to their work. write them on
slips of paper, aad submit them tc
him, and that evening at the laSt sea
sion, which was to be a sort of enter
tainment, he would answer them.
A lot of people wrote these ques
tions, and gave them to the great pro
fessor, and when evening came he had
about fifty good old problems in his
bunch of paper slips.
The evening exerciscs began with
reading and answering the questions,
and though some of them were very
obtuse, the professor coped with them
successfully, and impressed the great
gathering with his vast knowledge.
Finally he ran against a question
that made him knit his brows; He
scowled at it a moment and then laid
it aside. When he answored the rest
he picked up this query and said:
"Here is a question which confess
I am unable to answer. I submit it
to the audience, and if any one is able
to give the answer I will be glad tc
hear what it is."
Then he read this query:
"'Who was the boy, and what wa~s
his name, who held the basket con
taining the nyve loaves and two liahet
which fed the xrultitude?' "'
Nobody made any effort to ansve
it, and the professor said:
"It seems that nobody knows any
more about it than I do. I will have
to call on the person who submitted
the question to come forward and
answer it. Will you please do so?"
To the great surprise of the 400 peo
ple, and his mother as well, Frank
Jones, a thirteent year old school boy
got up and modestly walked up th~
aislo. Everybody looked at hirt
TIhe professer said: "Did you sub
mit this question?"
"Can you answer it?"
"Well, I am sure everybody will
be gla-1 to hear it."
"The boy," said Frank, quietly but
steadily, 'was Ben Eara, son .of Niri
am, who was a sister of Philip, one
of the twelve disciples."
A murmur of astonishnment ran ove:
the audience. Here was something
too deep for even the proferssed theo
logians in convention assembled. The
professor turned to the boy.
"Did you find that in the Bible?"
"W here, then, did you get it?"
"In Greek history."
That was the cap sheaf. A lad oj
thirteen bowling down ~400 declared
teachers in the Christian cause, and
telling them in an unassuming way
that he dug the informat-ion out o.
To Start an Alliance Organ.
CoLBEM, S. C., Feb. 2.-It is re
ported that at an early day some of the
wealthiest Alliapce farmers of several of
the counities will meet in this city to
organize a jo~nt stock company for the
purpose of publishing "a p~urely agricul
tural paper" for the benefit of the farm
ers of this State, and that the very best
talent wiil be employed that can he
found in the South to~ conduct it-men
who can instruct the farmers not only in
the sciesce of agriculture, but in all the
practical methods and reforms necessary
to make farming a success. The projec
tors say that some of the papers have
beconie poli tico-agriculturat, sud have
failed so far in irnstructing the farmers as
to their ag'ricultural wants. Thaecapital
will be $25.'i00 at $100 per share. The
paper will be published in this city.
Gecrgia' Dar: Fund.
'.: a rcW: 20.- sraina~ i~r '
(.,Ahbun, who is greagtr..er of t.:e m
window and orphan furad for Georgia,
states that he ha, so far only collected
a little over $7,000 of the amount sub
scribed, and he rtquests that ni! tru:.tees
and others havieg tn their hands any
part of the Lund forwar the same to
him at once, as he is desirous of making
his report to the Governor.
Probable str-ike or Coal Miners.
.LosNo, Feb. 10.-A great striku of
British coal rminers it, thre-atened.
Four hiuudred thousand of the
operatives having determined to
insist upaa their emaind for ten per
cent. incre:.se of wages. Should the
strike he inaugurated, it will be followed
by a decreas;e of thre3 gaarters in the
out put of coal.
MIrs. Parniell VWanit a Pens-ion.
Mrs D~eli-. Paraell. the mother of
Charles Stewart IParnel, visi ted~ Go-er
nor Abbott yesterd'- to run his support
>f the bill befre C ongress. giving to her
a pension of $1,00 Mrs~f 'Ih rnell : the
daughter of Adii 8:ra t, .h a
S soldlGr (of the. &etia .end Cc:I1 wars.
She presented aliidavit Sh'owir"' her
aed of the pensi:on. ad the Governor
ignedi it, exprsnthe - . piio
t'd dec!:nring himnsecf in favor of the
passage of the bill.-Wa&rinton Star.
-Thelanehas been definitely or
lered to be adopted as the arra of the
sermaa cavalry, against the advice, it
GENERAL NEWS ITEMS.
-:: Iiterc.r aierc from Vari
-Dr W.J hmsne .of th-le mo-_;.
p ::psc of North Caro
i, ii Wilingtou Tuesday,
of diphtheria, aged seveuty-two
- scri:ius c'lliery ex plosion took place
W'inesdny niuht rear Decize, France.
Thirt-four bodies have thus far been re
coverd, Th total iumber of victims is
-The Railrcad Comm'ssion has taken
a to toh vMteilr:co:ier ke!
cl's" eonner a Clumbii, wi h the
train lvn . c-y '.r 8part'u-g
at 10.40 a. m.
-M wr Twan (S. L. Clemens) has
bcen invited to take part in the forth
coming London reception to Stanley,
and he seriously thinks of making the
ocean trip for the special purpose.
-Popular Branch Alliance, in North
Carolina, has got up a mutual aid so
ciety, and when a member loses a
horse or a cow they contribute the
sun of one dollar each provided the
loss will require that much.
-Henry J. Fanz, the victim of the
Aberdeen outrage, has been recom
men(cd by Superintendent Porter for
appoir.tment as special agent of the
eleventh census to collect statistics
relative to the recorded indebted
-Four hundred thousand miners in
Great Britan have decided to adhere to
their Ocemand for an increase of ten per
cent. in wages. It is probable that the
men will strike. Should they do so, tbe
coal output will be decreased three
-A theatrical performance for the
benelt of Mrs. James G. Blaine, Jr.,
came off Wednesday afternoon in
Uroadway theatre and netted $4.000.
Among the performers were Elsie
Leslie, William H. Crane and Mrs.
--The Paris correspondent of the Lon
d'i News says Dni Pedro's nervous
disease increases and partly unhinges
his mind. le lives in daily expectation
of bleing recalled to rule Brrzil, and does
not rea!ize the precarlous state of his
own finance. He rcfuses to reduce his
imperial suite. and maintains his expen
ces on a graUd cale.
-S. P. Chandler writes from Max,
Sumter County, S. C., as follows:
"Our Alliance is thriving, and is still
growing. All seem much interested in
the progress it is making against trusts,
combination etc., and wish it success.
Yout see from the way old subscribers
have renewed their subscriptions to
The Cotton Plant that they know how
to appreciate it."
. -Washington Post: Senator Vance
says a constitaent of his in a pine
woods district of North Carolina, to
whom he sent a copy of of the Pat,
ert Office annual reports, spoke to him
of the occurrence in this way: Gineral,
I got them speeches o' yourn, but I
cou.11't read 'em through. Thar war
a le!'le-too much Whig doetrin into
Poor Place for Stamps.
An amusinz incident occurred in the
postoffice recently. Stamp Clerk
lereke had just sold a natty old gen,
tleman a dollar's worth of "2." The
old man was wondering where to put
them, when he accidentally put his
damp fingers on the sticky side of the
stamps, and they began to stick togeth
"Say, how do you keep these things
from stecking?"h~e asked.
"Rub them ou your head," the clerk
"Ah, that's a new scheme," said the
purchaser of the stamps. and he re
moved his hat and began to rub them
over his bald head.
"The longer we live the more we
learn," he said, 'smiling, as he allow
ed the stamps to remain on his head
while he paid for them and put some
papers back into his coat pocket. The
"Thbere, now, that's"- he said, as
he reached up and tried to - remove
the stampu. They were sticking clo
ier than a brother to the shiny white
scalp. He tore one of them off arnd
he said it brought the skin: The
clerks could not contain themselves,
and the bald headed eld gentleman
slapped his hat over his head and hur.
ried off to get a sbamnpoo.--Savannah~
.A Midnight Funeral.
A midnight funeral is a queer sight.
. hortly before that alsmal hour Sun
-day night a long line of carriages trail
ed through the mud and mist of M!adi
son street. The plate glass sides of
the sable trimrned hearse flashed back
the struggling gleams of the electric
lights and the dull rumble of the ve -
hicles sent a shiver thrcough the peo
ple who faced the fog and chill of the
night. A dozen carriages followed
the black transport of the dead.
Weeping women in mourning veils
and relations and friends of the dead,
with bowed heads, were seen as the
carriages passed beneath an electric
lamp. The body had evidently arriv
ed by a late train and the-last rites of
the dead were being performed in the
darkness of the night. It was agloomy,
sorrowful procession-the weather, the
hour, the grief, the pall, all inidnight
blackness--not a ray of light.-Chica
Boycott ing tihe Bishxop.
CH1ALE6ToX, S. C., Feb. 20.--The col
or questi'n in the Episcopal Church in
this diocese has cropped out again.
For over one hundred years the diocesan
co:'ention whenever held in Charleston
bas always met in St. Philip's church.
At the last convention which was held
in Aiken, it was decided that the con
vention of 1800 should meet in St.
Philip's church in Charleston. It is now
announced that the convention will be
held in anuher church, the congrega
tion of St. Philip's having notified the
Bishop that they will not permit the
convention to meet in their church.
The delegates of St. Philip's are the
leadera in the opposition to the admis
sion of the colored clerey and led the
dimeusion in the convention several
years ago. The collorel question is ex
peced to turn up again in the conven
Eurnedt to JDeathi.
LAN.SsTEIn, S. C. Feb. 20-A colorca
wom-mn, the wife of James Creighten.
-Aout 40 years of age, living en the plan.
:ation of Mr. M1. J. Williams of this
Countyl, was fatally burned on Wednes
day iast Sh was engaged in burning
brush inanwground when her clotbes
caught feand before the flames could
be extinguished the unfortunte woman
wa& burned in a most horrible manner.
.Judge KeilleyM Suecessor.
P H U..DEL!An, Pa., Fe b. 1.- The.
ull vote cast yesterday in the Fourth'
Cngressional district for :be une-xpired
tear~n of the late Judge Win. D. Kelley,
wa: eviurn, Riepublien:, 24,S;30;
A-yers, Detaocrat, 16,446; Tumbixston,|
P~inkibiition. 238: Reyburn's plur..hty
b.:18. Kelley's plurality over Ayers in
Th etVirglnia House hasrpasied
i alot- form law, and the Senate
bas k illed 't. The H-ouse is Democratic,
nd' the Senate is Republican. That
:eem st'ge, in view of the schemes
"enggested by menu like Chalmers and
hndler to -'reform" the ballot in the
A Sad Mistaks.
We have recently seer a uinted etter
io'.tc; out oV an Alliancc man who wvants
offiec. It sets forth in od . mIe hi
titu nsc for the poeiti. an ui ves
Ie co:ceives to be *d .-is..u<. vWay ;t
sh.-ld he supi'red. Thi I nI a
ken n:irie frum te ;:Ls e.,'ItIectiolI
with the Alliance, would not cause any
comment upon our p irt, but when mci.
try to use the Alliance as a steppiog stone
to office, we most seriouly oliject. The
aspirant is not in any way coninecred
with the State Alliance, either as an offi
cer or as a committeman, and does not
aspire to be gr.vrnt:r. but he ints
p ti n i f ' u A !d h is p i t e - d
lei % giv ch :'e -,f the Aihbi:cc to
If ima ..n he :iniOn of the
Die'erie par: nme w:.nt to tiee hinm
seek it ,s a Dcrnore:, but not enfbpr
to cOnS1Itute. himself an Alliance candii
dI~e, an d o a hii tinted campaign
clrcIkZrs to 3:reet Alliance mien of
prominnice, seeknt: their endorsement
which he in turn would add to h's cam
paign literature. If a brother is so well
known and his fitness for a position is so
evident that the people thr.-ughout the
State want hirn to serve them, he will
not have to se%,d out letters to the order
telling them who be is and how he is
needed in -flice. These of our brethren
who are now or ever expect to indulge
in that ktad of p( liy will dd that they
have made a great mistake. Simply be
ing an Alliatce man does not Ct one for
office any-m(e- than it tinfis him for it.
The order wiii nlways condemn such at
tempts to use its influence. That is the
kind of politics .e are to far.-South
Negrow in New York.
A young r(al estate man who has
charge of the renting of a goed dcl of
property telsme that be would rather
have colored people for tenantz than any
other class. Same years ago Le got hold
of a block of tenements <nd rented them
out to colored people. The owner of
the buildings was highly incensed, -but
has since chadged his views. Where he
previously got but 5 or 6 per cent. on
his investments he now gets 10 or 12,
and he is loud in his praise of his agents
sagacity. Colored people, the real es
tate men have just begun to realize, are
a very desirable sort of tenants. They
find it so difficult to secure good qui;r
ters in this city that when once settled
they remain for an iadefinte period
TIhey pay promptly, complain little and
give infinitely less trouble to their
landlords than do any other race of peo
ple. I am told they are charged on an
average 10 per cent, more than white
people are, but they make no protest.
The only objection real estate men have
to renting buildings to colored people is
that they are never able to re't white
tenants to occupy the apartments after
wards.--N. Y. Letter.
A Pointed Incident.
The Washington correspondent of
the Atlanta Constitution says: It is
conceded on all hands that Thomas
Brackett Reed is the House of Repre
sentatives, that he is the only mem
ber, and that the others who hold
seats are merely honorary members.
An incident showing this was when
the clerk of .the House went te the
Senate this morning with a batch of
bills that had been passed by the
House. Either inadvertently or pre
meditatedly, as the clerk was intro
duced, and placed the bills in the
hands of the secretary of the Senate,
"Mr. President, I am instructed by
the House of Representatives to in
form the Senate that the Speaker of
the House has passed the following
The dignified Senators were quick
to detect the error, and- laughed hear
tily. Some one on the Democratic
side was heard to say:
"So the Speaker passes all the bills
in the House, does he?"
North Carolina Negroes Mad.
A Washington letter says: The
negroes of NorthCarolina are raising a
great howl because the administration
bhas giuen all the offices in that State
to white Republicans. There is a
gang of a dozen negro politicians here
from that State, and they are raising
much of a rumpus. They say there
are 140,0 10 colored voters in North
Carolina, and they have not a single
office. They send the only negro to
Congress in that body, yet ho cannot
get an office for a constituent above
a job as laborer to haul wood or cleasn
spittoons. They swear that although
Harrison made a dicker with some of
the white Republicans in the Tar Heel
State, giving them the control of pat.
ronage for the promise of a solid Har
rison delegation in '92. the negro vote
of North Carolina will be cast against
him, and the delegates will go instruct
ed for another man.
Harassed by In~cenijaries.
RALEIGH, N. C., Feb. 20.-The peo
plc of Rocky Mount, a town just north
of Wilmington, are in a state of indig
nation and alarm, by reaeson cf reteatid
incndiary fires. Sunday night, the
cotton seed warehouse of R. D. Arm
strong was destroyed by an incendiary
fire, and Monday night the torch was ap
plied to the large carriage arnd buggy
factory and] eight small buildings were
destroyed; loss $20,000. Telegrams re
oeived here today state that the fair
ground buildings at Rocky Mount were
burned last night. It is believed there
that negroes are the incendiaries. Last
night when the fire broke out at the
fair grounds, which are half a mile from
town, thc white people thought it 'ns a
ruse to induce .them to leave ticeir
homes, but they did not turn out.
Sams Jones~ Will Quit Georgia.
A special from Cartersville says: Oar
people received with much regret the
anneuncement that the Rev. Sam Jones
is soon to take no his residence in the
State of Kentucky. The famous evan
gelist will, on or about the 1st of June,
remove to his beautiful farm at Imi
nonce, thirty miles from Louisville. We
understand that Mr. Joncs's !.urnose
in going to his Kentucky farm is to
take a few years of much neededi rest.
Only Partially Educated as Yet.
Mrs Kidsma-John left a vase on
the table today where Willie could
reach it, and the little man went over,
put his bands behind his back and
said: "Willie mus'n' touch, Willie
John-And he let it alone, eh?
Mrs. Kidsma-N-o; he said that
three or four times, and then he grab
bed the vise and dashed it againist the
mantel before I coula stop him. But
he's learnihg to let things alone a liL
tie; doit you think so?
There is no country li ke France fo
sta~rtingi journals. l)urirg 1889) no les
than 950 new ne wapaipers were brough
out, of which no~t one remains in life'
On the other hand, the Petit.Journal
now claims a circulation of 1,005,
000 copies. During the same prriod
there were pripnted in France over 15,
000 new books, including 5,000 new
The pasion grab does rat dimiltish
in extent. The pension ::ppropriation bill
ft the ::e:t tiscal year gives $n8. 427, 491
-heinc an iicrease over the previous
year of $16,668.761 lDut i: vwil! requre
$21,59S,SM to me'e the deficiency of the
present year. So tiai: :here is a decr ease
of $t4,930i,073. Corp.;rJ T:acoer's 3iews
were so liberal that even the Rei ubli
cans cun't adopt them.
A CANARD EWLODD.
,t Seraiion-tt %torr
eS. ,Fb. 2-3-The ato
ry n ir - Cierwo, - G., to the
di . L Comer.~ ilmeh, who rceaetly
shot L ii-.gro in Lhe ect of s-exiig, held
the mnqnl t over the hody of the de
ceased is '.otally falc.
DISCRACEFUL DEATH RIT.ES.
The Ghastly Merriment That Prevailsat
Many English Funerals.
It has been as;erted with tedious ir
ritation that the English people take
their pleasures sadly. says the London
Rej'cro. No one will deny the truth of
the indictment, but it is seldom urged
that in revenge we take our sadness
pleasantly. Nevertheless, an English
funeral is often a nerry-making.ajovial
excuse for dance and song and the pass
ing of the flowing bowl. To go to a
funeral is with soume of us equivalent
to going out for a festive holiday.
Let any one who is anxious to study
the manners and customs of the En
glish mourners spend an afternoon
Monday afternoon for choice-in the
neighborhood of a 1,ublic house near a
cemetery. Ill warrant me he'll come
away with all his preconceived notions
of "going to a funeral" knocked into
the cockedest of cocked hats.
The other day it was my good-or evil
-fortune to have an hour to spare in a
rorthern suburb of London. I had
driven some distance, and I wanted to
give my horse a rest, and so I put up
for an hour and then wandered away
to a public house in the neighborhood,
to which I was attracted by a large
number of empty hearses and mourn
ing coaches drawn up in picturesque
confusion around it. Outside the un
dertgkers' men were chatting together.
with their hands in their pockets, and
were smoking short clays, and passing
the pewter along. Inside the bar was
crowded with men and women dressed
in deep mourning. I explored the
house and found mourners in the
coffee-room, mourners in the smoke
room. It was a case of mourners
mourners everywhere, and-I can't
finish the quotation, for there certainly
was a drop to drink. The mourners in
the coffee-room were more subdued
than the mourne's in the bar, but
they were merry. Here was a widow,
who had just left the dear departed
"up the road," smiling at a story which
another lady mourner was telling
about "old Jones." There was a young
man with a black band np to the top of
his hat coaxing a girl mourner to have
another whisky. I looked round the
room for tears, and I saw but few.
One or two eves were red, but smiles
were in the ascendant, and, altogether,
the various belonging to the hearse out
side seemed disposed to have a pleasant
hour at the "pub" before they went
An Interesting Time in Maine.
The skunk is inighty. He always is
for that matter, but just now he rules
three or four villazes in the vicinity of
Bangor with an irresistible and odorif
erous rule. Hampden has been over
ridden of late with a herd of active and
strong-breathed skunks who havemade
things interesting for folks whoventured
out at night. A whole prayer-meeting
was demoralized by them recently
when the worshipers were returning
home. That was the only nice thing
about it. Had the attack been made
on the way to prayer-meeting it is
doubtful if the exhortations would have
been delivered in the same spirit of
good will and peace. They might have
been more earnest and fervent though.
The up-river towns have had similar
experience. A fellow and his girl go
ing to a ball met a skunk and didn't
go. The fellow swore and the girl
cried, and then they went home and
put their clothes in pickle. The skunk
can be spared. He is unnice.-Bangor
HE FOUND OYSTERS ON TREES.
How the Succulent Bivalve Grows and
Thrives in Honduras.
Business recently called me to Hon
duras, and I have just now returned,
well pleased with myv trip. I had often
heard of cysters growing on the trunks
and branchies of trees,-groves of living
green umbrageous trees, with oysters
growing upon them-and my friend
and I set aside the day to investigate
the fact. Our dory cut the water like
a knife and slipped along rapidly and
easily, with hardly at ripple in her
wake, and in about half an hour we
had left thle sights of the town, with its
convent and shipping and soldiers'
barracks. behind us. We were then
nearly abreast of an island called
The front of it is embowered in
graceful co coanut trees, and the back
part trends o011into swvamp and is cov
ered with a dense growth of the red
mangrove. This mangrove tree grows
in either fresh or salt water swamps,
and even in water three or four feet
deep. The limbls of the tree send shoots
or roots down into the water, and thus
a thicket of mnanLroves is a matted
mass of trunks, and limbs, and roots.
On these trunks, and limbs, and roots,
deep down under the surface of the
water, cling hunches of single oysters,
and thus are formed the oyster grve
I had heard of. The leaves of these
trees are of a beautiful dark green, and
the swamp islands,from a distane, look
like fairy bowers.
We p6led our dory around to the
south of the island, but could not get
near. as we were scraping bottom all
the time, We passed over numerous
oyster beds while doing so, andl, with
an ordinary~ rake which had been
provided, we hauhed aboard a lot of
osters. They were small and flat, and
te shell looked more like a, lant clam
than an oyster. But the inside tasted
all right,~and our boatsmnan swallowed
that dtown with a relish. I did not care
mu -h for them myself, except as curi
osities, for the mud that stack to them
did not smell app)etizing.-F'orest and
Artificial Lightning in War.
'"This s the age of patent new inven
tions for killing bodies aund for saving
sous," is what Byr'on wrote nearly a
ceintury ago. There -is a man over in
Trenton who coumes forward today
with a sehenme for ki!ig bodies which,
he thinks, when duly patented, will
revolutionize mnoden warfare. Unless
he is in error, lhe plan will certainly
serve to put an end to battles, because
the inventor will by this ingenliouS (de
vice kill wvhole armies in a day. The
man's name is Grinnell. He is aJersec
man and feels a little anxious to know
what tihe effect of his planu 'will be be
fore getting a patnt on it. ie wvants
it used only in c:ase it wvould pult an end
to wars. The Jerseymani, you will see.
is a kinid-hecarted destrover. His in
ventionI re-ides in the power~ to pro
due lightning by artilleial mneans.
Br' tile use of a small den :uo Grin nell
hs already kiiled :he liies in a :Hx20j
room,and by a littie wor'k in perfecting
his scheme he expects to be able te kill
an army any fair day in the weck. The~
act of wholesale destrutionm will have
to be suspended on wvet days.---5 Y
Letter. ________ ___
A three-story wvagtou was captured
at Martiusville. Md. a few days since.
Thec iirst story under the runn'ing gear
was a coop of live chicke'n:: the see
:d, sandtwichecd between he first and
ird and lhdd-: frona vi'w. was dec
r'otedl to "mii-0ineia a:rh: the third
Those Good Old-Fashioned Fok.
Somehow the people of to-day ain't as they
used to he.
At::ny rate.I'm I retty sure 1he3 re not the
I uy-dtokne w
Tit :trr- s.-ores :,i1 e-o:'= :a:!:' ::0 .t I i]hat.
are onily so tad m..
we ust..l to :~t"way ta!.:L aai "a "!via he
But now it's safe to t..-e hin .usL the other
It does iny ho:irt Just lots of good to meet once
Son.c of t ho,-e ot'nd .i tie folks so near
ly out otyl" .
I wouldn't say the world in hcnesty is 5iPPLU9
"I w~- V:y:: - hitiains hunntang grace
I w.h.':...:.....--.....to-d:ay are less the
>,, :t;- tb : ir rrin tLe ones I
's. V . - .. I~ : - o me tite ats well as these I -
-i I :: nd wre honest and their
Di.i tieet d.f:shiotni peop!e now :o nearly
out of htZyle.
we're wier h an we tised to be. we may be
lii ood 0o! hOt:'esn I:nest y inay lcss our
Th':-c -atter tIy. we are all hent on gett'ng
rie so fa-t
we haVen't time to think of things they
thourht ' in ihe past.
We're wildly striving after gol..we rush and
push and crowd.
Anl after wiile well each be warning pockets
in1 his rw.
But non- of , s can e'er outrai:k within the
Those good obi-fashioned p:oplc now so nearly
Snake Charming Is a Gift.
Men with sn:-kes in their bots are
of such frequenit occIrrentce :hat they
havc no t!anati01ons as cuioie; but
a womtan with snakes ii her hair has
proved a great and drawing :turaCtion
at Wonderland. Not only has se
snakes in her iair, but they are wound
about her whhie throat like a necklace
and twined about her wrists lie brace
-There. there. Samson. old fellow,
don't get excited," she said in a low,
purring tone to the great bo.t constric
tor that was wound about her and
which is vicious and ugly if teased.
"He sprang at a man's heal once,"
she said, "make a leap of four feetwith
his mouth open. but he missed, and we
caught him again."
-Does he knew your voice?"
"Indeed he does, just like a dog or
any animal. When the man who takes
care of him puts a tray of hot water in
the bottom of the trunk where the
snakes are kept Samson hisses angri
ly. Be quiet. Baby-there - there,
"Baby" is a small snake of a lighter
color that Miss Fatima, the snake
charmer wreathes in the electric hair
which ornaments her head. "Python"
is a South American snake. Samson
she has raised.from its infancy. This
snake could crush in her ribs with one
turn of its little body; but refrains from
love of its trainer.
'How often do you feed them?"
"Once in six weeks. Then we give
them all a full meal of live pigeons,
rabbits and other things."
Miss Fatima was restoring them to
their warm blankets in the trunk.
They clung to her bare arms and ran
out their pretty forked tongues and.
seemed loth to return to the snake
chest. One lay supinely along the
iron railing, moving its head to and
fro at the curious crowd that watched
its every motion. The snake-charmer
picked it up with her jeweled fingers
and pressed its ugly muzzle against
her delieate cheek. --You wouldn't
imurt me, would you pet?" she purre~d
as sihe caressed it before dIroppimg it
-with its mates in among the warm
"You've got more nerve than I
have," said a man who had been watch
ing her. "Do you use anything to
charm them with?"
'-Nothing. Snake-charming is a gift.
It was born with me." she answered.
.Detroit Free Press.
Do the Dying Suffer Pain?
The rule is that uneonsciousness,
pain. attendsl the final act. A natural
death is not more painful than birth. I
Painlessly we come; whence we know
not. Painlessly we go; where we
know; not. Natuire kindly provides an
xesthetic for the body when the sp)irit
leaves it. Previous to that moment.
and in preparation for it. respiration
becomes feeble, generally slow and
short. often accompanie~d by long in
spirations, and short. sudden expira
tions, so that the blood is steadily less
and less oxygenated. At the same time.
the heart acts with corresponding .de
bility.p)rodlucing a slow,feeble,and often
irregtular pl)lse. As this process goes
on the blood( is not only (driven to the
head in dliminished force and in less
quantity. b)ut what flows there is load
ed with carbonic acid gas, a powerful
antesth~etie, the same as derived from
charcoal. Subjected to the influence of
this gas the nerve centers lose' con
sciousness and sensibility, apparent
sleep creeps over the system; then
comes stupor and then the end.--St.
* Said to be 180 Years Old.
The oldest man in the world is a
citizen of Bogota, in the Republic of
The new Methuselah declares that he
is 180 years old, and it would seem he
flatters himself, for his neighbors give
the assurance that he is older -than he
says he is.
H~e is a half-breed, named Michael
Solis, whose existence was revealed to
Dr. Louis Hernatndez by one of the old
est planters in the locality, who as a
cild knew Solis as a centenarian.
Tihey hav'e found in the year 1712 his
signature among those of persons who
contributed to tihe building of a Fran
cisro convent which exists near San
His skin is like ptarchmtent, his long
hair, of the whiteness of snow,envelops
his head like a turban, and his look is so
keen that it made a disagreeable im
pression on the Doctor.
Interrogated hy the D~octor, he
answered complaisantly that his great
age was (due to his regular niode of liv
ing, and to his never giving up to any
excess of any sort whatever.
"I never eat but once a da'y," said he,
"btut I never use any but the strongest
andl most noturishing foodls. My meals
last a half hour; for I believe it is im
posible to eat more in that time than:
the body can digfest ina twenty-fouri
hours. I fast the iirst and fifteenth day
of each month, antd on those days I
drink ats mutch water as I can heal-. I
1ways let mny food become cold before
I touch it. It is to thee tinis 'hat I
a(;niu':o my grol e' - Uion~
Lieralc 3f Qut..tcc.
Many Mockingt 15!rds.
A writer who lhas recenmly visited the
Bridal Veil Falls in the Yosemite Val
ley thus describes the mocking birds in
that vicinity in the New Yor~k Press:
"Milions o'f brown-coated birds there
were everywvhere, m::til t~he whole of
our very flatunre seemed permieated with
their music. Sometimes lo w and sweet,
agia sad and plaintive, anad then full,
rich and triumphant, like a p~ean of
joy and gladness, while we looked at
each other in wondleringl silence. Just -
as it seemed that the nie'lodv Wras un
suportably sweet. and that'our hearts
could not contain more without the re
lief of tears or shouts, the wind died
away anud the water aga~in st:-ck with
an awesome roar into its rocky hollow
with a force that matde theC earth trem
ble. and was aan meed to ftrious
foam and the sonr t.f the socking birds
m ushed. TJ'eus it 'o,,'-on eyer andY ever,
dlternatelt , atn.! has for ages, the song
f the birds andI the thunderous revn
beration of the catarat"