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MY LITTLE PLAY.NIATE.
I'm thinking of a playmate,
Who mate my childhood bleit,
Within the quiet churchyard,
She lies at peaceful rest.
Light as the winged zephyr,
Feree as the birds of air,
We roamed the hills and valleys
When summer skies were fair.
Sweet little brown-eyed Eflie,
With heart so full of love.
She seemed to live for others
An angel from above.
0 friend so true and faithful,
o playmate kind and dear,
Blest with thy sunny presence,
it seemed as heaven were here.
At last, her feet grew weary,
Along life's rugged way;
She sank in gentle slumber
One lovely autumn day.
A strange unearthly beauty
Across her features spread,
Then up the golden gateway
On snowy wings she sped.
Where the night winds softly whisper,
And stars their vigil keep,
And streamlets gently murmur,
We laid her down to sleep.
While I life's storm breasted
Through all these weary Sears,
My platmate dear has rested
Secure from grief and fears.
THREE DIAMOND RINGS.
There had been a thunder shower in
the night. All the pink, shell-like
petals were beaten off the apple
blooms; the high grass in the orchard
lav in lone. flat waves close to the
ground; tlie very daffodiis and tulips
in the borders were crushed into the
rich black mould; and Janie Barr was
trying to tie them up again with as
tender a sympathy as if they had lrtce
little children fallen down.
When suddenly Mrs. Barr came out
with a perturbed face.
"There!" said she. "I knew there
wpuld be trouble."
"What is it, mother?" said Janie,
"It's those worn-out shingles on the
roof," said Mrs. Barr, in the melan
choly half-whine which was habitual
to her. "The rain leaked in on the
boarder's bureau all night long and
she says she won't stay here if she
isn't to be properly protected from the
Janie tied the last puce-colored tulip
to its stake and straightened herself
"We must have the roof mended."
"Who is to do it?" sighed Mrs.
Barr. "There ain't a carpenter to be
had since Squire Follett commenced
the new cottages, and even Crazy Jim
won't go up on that steep roof. And
if Mrs. Lepell goes away what shall
we do about the interest on your
father's old note?"
"She won't go away,mother-never
fear," said Janie, brightly. "Dpn't
fret. You'll see that things will all
"But the shinoles must be fixed
right away," said Mrs. Barr.
"They shall be fixed, mother," said
"Who will do it?" impatiently re
peated the widow.
"I will!" said Janie.
"That's all nonsense !" groaned Mrs.
"Why shouldn't I mother?" said
Janie, merrily. "Of course I haven't
been brought up to a carpenter's trade,
but any one could manage a few shin
gles and a handful of nails. You shall
see, little mother! .O~nly wait !"
"Janie, if you think of such a
thing, I shall be very angry !" said
"Then I'll leave off thinkino. of it,"
said Janie. "Where's the bas'-et and
the claspknife mother? I am going- to
cut some dandelion greens for din
"Of course she is only joking,"
said Mrs. Barr to herself as zhe re
turned slowly to the house.
But Janie had never been more seri
osyin earnest in her life.
Mr.Barr went to the Parish Sew
ing Society that afternoon.
Colonel Addison from the Valley
Hotel, who was paying his addresses
to Mrs. Lepell, the boarder came with
a spirited horse and a buggy to take
her to the sea-beach, where a merry
bathing-party were to take advantage
of the tide and practice the noble art
"Now is my time!" said Janie ex
ultantly to herself..
But Mrs. Lepell 'came back before
she had got twenty rods away from
"Janie," said she, "I forgot to tell
you that I had left my three diamond
rings in the little left-hand drawer of
the bureau. I mio-ht lose them in the
water. I thoughtI would tell you, in
case of fire, you know, or any other
"Yes," said Janie; "but there won't
be any accident."
Mrs. Lepell laughed, and ran back
to the carriage and the impatient col
And not till then did Janie perceive
that a tall, half-grown lad, lurking
behind the porch rails, was waiting to
speak to her.
"Who are you !" said Janie, briskly.
"What do you want? No, we
haven't any old clothes. If you really
want work, you had better go on to
the new buildings, a mile up the
road. I dare say they can find some
thing for you to do there."
The lad mumbled out something,
whether thanks or otherwise Jame
was unable to discriminate, and shuf
And, slipping on her hat and bolt
ing the front door, she ran across the
back meadows to Ralph Parson's car
penter-shop, a quarter of a mile by the
"I want a few shingles," said she.
and a pound of shingle-nails"
"What for?" Ralph~ asked.
"No matter," calmly retorted Jane,
"How much will they cost?"
"They will cost you about a quar
ter," said Ralph. "Is it a hen-coop
you're going to build? Because if
you'll wait until Saturday, I could do
it for you.'
"It isn't a hen-coop. and I can t
wait until Saturday." said Janie,
shaking the bright-brown curls out of
her eyes. 'Her-e's the quarter. And
you needn't think, Ralphi .Parsons,
that we are going to call upon yNr
again until we've paid something on
the bill that we owe y-ou already."
She nodded good-by, and hurried
away under the canopy of pink ap
Ralp looked admiringly after her.
"She's a regular clipper of a girl,
that Janie Barr !" said he. "If ever
I'm able to support a wife, that will
be the one i'll choose."
Light as thistledown, Janie hurried
back with her precious bundle of shin
gles, and the pound of nails in her
"Now I'll show them whether I can
mend the roof or not, said she, as, with
a hammer added to her stock in trade,
she ascended to the garret and climbed
to an odd little ladder that led out
through a rusty trap-door to Lhe steep
The slant was abrupt, the old shin
gles were wet with the recent rain,
and slippery with greenmoss incrus
tations, but Janie Barr was not one
lightly to be discouraged, and present
ly she found herself neatly balanced
with her feet braced against the broad
gutter, one elbow leaning on the roof
and the other hand busily engaged
tearing away the old shingles and re
placing them deftly with ov-erlapping
row of ne- frant wood.
The click of the hammer, the ring
of the nails, was like music in her ears.
It meant that she had saved her moth
er's bill of several dollars, to say
nothing of mental tribulations which
could not be estimated; that Mrs. La
pell would still remain with them, and
that she, Janie, had actually proved
herself of some use in the world.
"I've always -wished I had been
born a boy, instead of a girl," mused
Janie. "'but now," with an exultant
glance at the neat row of shingles, "I
ain not so dissatistied with my lot in
Suddenly, however, as she sat
perched like a squirrel on the slanting
roof, the sound of voices strick on her
ear, she paused to listen.
"Three diamond rings: I heard her
say so herself. In the lefthanddrawer
of some bureau." said the same ac
cents, which half an hour ago had
asked her for charity. "And no one
but a woman in the house
"Sure of that " said a deeper voice.
"Yes, plum-sure." was the answer.
"And I wouldn't wonder if there was
other things for the picking up."
"Come on. then." said the other one,
"and step lively. We can't stand here
jawing all day. The door bolted, is
it? Wait a minute, I've got a little
joker here as would start any staples
this side of Denver."
Janie had listened in breathless
horror. In an instant, as it were, she
comprehended the full danger that
menaced 'Mrs. Lapell's treasured gems
-the three diamond rings that the
boarder had once told her were worth
thousands of dollars. And here was
Phe alone and helpless:
Hurriedly she turned over the crisis
in her mind. If she were to re-enter
the house by the same way in which
she had left'it she must certainly meet
these rufians and any resistance which
ie could offer would be speedily over
powered. But Janie Barr was not
one to hesitate long. While the
thoughts yet careered through her
brain, she sprang from the eaves to
the blooming boughs of the great
cherry tree, which grew so close to
the house that its branches scraped the
roof on windy March days.
It was a hazardous thing to do for
any one who was not swift of limb
and accurate of eye. but Janie alighted
like a cat on the fork of the tree,
climbed lightly down until she reached
its lower bough, and thence leaped
breathlessly to the ground, springing
swiftly across the meadows toward
Ral h Parsons'carpenter shop.
"ff he is not there," she thought,
some of his men will be."
"Janie. what is it?"
Ralph Parsons himself rose up out
of the green hedges, directly across
"I was drinking at the Ice Cold
spring," he said, "when I heard your
footsteps. What is it?"
She told'him as well as she could for
excitement and breathlessness.
"Come," she cried. "Do make
He paused only to blow a small wil
low whistle which hung on his steel
"That will bring my workmen," he
said. "Its a singal we have agreed
upon among ourselves for just such an
emergency as this. You and Jones,
Janie, shall go around to the back
door, Hall and Robbins will watch the
front, and I'll go up and settle the fel
Janie glanced with shy admiration
into his set, determined face. After
all, it was something to be a man.
The little campaign was skilfully
conducted. The two thiers were
taken, the diamond rings were deliv
ered into Janie Barr's -eeping, and
the ruffians were dragged to the near
"Oh, Ralph." said Janie, when all
the little crowd was gone, "how can I
ever thatuk yvour
"By letting me put on these shing
esfor you," he said.
"I can't :" said Janie, laughing and
blushing. "They are put on already.
But I'll promise you my next job of
"Will you let me be your carpenter
always. Janie?" he asked. "Will you
promise one day to be my wife?".
The words had risen almost imvol
untarihy to his lips as he held her hand
in his-the words he had so longed,
yet dreaded, to speak.
And Janie hung her head and col
ored like a carnation and said she
And Ralph Parsons knew that lie
had won the day.
Mrs. Barr and the boarder were
alike amazed when they returned
"Our Janie to circumvent a gang of
burglars:" said the proud mother.
"To save my three diamond rings?"
hysterically cried Mrs. Lepell.
"But that isn't all I have done,
mother," said Janie laughinz. "I
have shingled the roof. And-I have
promised to marry Ralph Parsons
next spring. Upon the whole, I think
it has been rather an eventful day,
mother, don't you ?"
And Mrs. Barr did nat quite know
what to answer.-Satuday Night.
A Train Held Up.
ToLEDo. 0., July 24.-Train No. 37,
the westbound Chicago express on
the Lake Shore and Michigan South'
en Railroad was held up by six
masked men at 12:30 this morning at
a lonely place in the woods known as
Reece Siding, between Archibald and
Striker, Ohio, about ten miles west of
W .usee. The train stops there to let
the eastern express pass. The latter
train was approaching when the rob'
bery took place. The robbers were
mounted and rode out of the woods,
which are dense and close to the track.
Conductor Darling, who was stand
ing near' one of the coaches, was or
dered inside at the point of a revolver.
Admission to the express car was ob
taned by the same means, and the
messneer was forced to open the safe.
The ru~bers were evidently entirely
familiar with the traiin and it is
thought fact employes of the railroad
company or ithe express company must
i.hi2]licatei, either as principals or
s confederat(& It was undoubtedly
knowii to the bandits that an unusual
ly large .Cum was in the express safe
last nihs h amount reported to
ave been ied by them is said to
be $3,000, but it is believed that a much
larger sum was taken. No attempt
was made to molest the passengers,
many of whom knew nothing of the
occurrence. 'When the thieves had
secured the contents of the safe they
rode quietly away.
Siiver City Inundated.
EL PAso, Texas, July 23.-Silver
City, New Mexico, was visited on Sat
urday night by one of the most disas
trous washouts in its history. The
town is located on the side of a hill
and in a eulch. A cloud burst above
it, and afmost without warning an
avalanche of water swept over the
town from several points. Probably
half the business part was washed
away and in the main street the sand
and debris was piled up to the win
dows of the houses. The postollice
building was destroyed and the Tr'e
mont, Timmier and Broadway hotels
were wrecked; in fact houses tumbled
down all over town. Gillette & Son
lost $12,000' worth of stock. Bridges
were washed away and five miles of
Santa Fe track was torn up. The
w~eather is still thr'eatening. The loss
is estimated at $150,01(. iSilver City
THE COM ON PEOPLE,
REV. DR. TALMAGE PREACHES UPON
A POPULAR SUBJECT.
These Ordinary People Who Move lit Ordi
nary Spheres--The Disadvantage of Bei ng
Conspicuons-The Go-pel of Content--A
NEW YonK, Jilv 21.-Rev, Dr. Tal
mge, vlo is still abseit on his annu
al midsunuier tour, preaching and
lecturing, has prepared for today a
scrmton on "Plain People, a topic
w hich wili appeal to a very large ma
jority of readers aiy where. The text
selected was Romans xvi, 14, 15, "Sa
lute Asyneritus. Phlisgon, 11ernias.
Patrobas, Iermes, Philologus and
Matthew llenry, Albert Barnes,
Adam Clark, Thomas Scott and all
the commentators pass by these verses
without any especial remark. The
other 20 people mentioned in the chap
ter were distinguished for something
and were therefore discussed by the
illustrious expositors, but nothinz is
said about Asyncritus, Phlegon, Her
mos, Patrobas, Hermes, Philologus
and Julia. Where were they born?
No one knows. Where did they die?
There is no record of their decease.
For what were they distinguished?
Absolutely for nothing, or the trait of
character would have been brought
out by the apostle. If they had been
very intrepid or opulent or hirsute or
musical of cadence or crass of style or
in anywise anomalous, that fea
ture would have been caught
by the apostolic camera. But
they were ~good people, because
Paul sent to them his high Christian
regards. They were ordinary people,
moving in ordinary sphere. attending
to ordinary duty and meeting ordina
What the world wants is a religicn
for ordinary people. If there be in
the United~States 65,000,000 people,
there are certainly not more than
1,000,000 extraordinary, and then
there are 64,000,000 ordinary, and we
do well to turn our backs for a little
while upon the distinuishied and con
spicuous people of the Bible and con
sider in our text the seven ordinary.
We spend too much of our time in
twisting garlands for remarkables and
building thrones for magnates and
sculpturing warriors and apotheosiz
ing philanthropists. The rank and
file of the Lord's soldiery need espe
The vast majority of people to whom
this sermon comes will never lead an
army, will never write a state consti
tution, will never electrify a senate.
will never make an important inven
tion, will never introduce a new phi
losophy, will never decide the fate of
a nation. You do not expect to. You
do not want to. You will not be a
Moses to lead a nation out of bondage.
You will not be a Joshua to prolong
the daylight until you can shut five
kings in a cavern. You will not be a
St. John to unroll an Apocalypse.
You will not be a Paul to preside over
an apostolic college. You will not be
a Mary to mother a Christ. You will
more probably be Asyncritus or Phle
gon or Hermas or Patrobas or Hermes
or Philologus or Julia.
Many of you are women at the head
of households. This morning you
launched the family for Sabbath ob
servance. Your brain decided the ap
parel, and your judgment was final
on all questions of personal attire.
Every morning you plan for the day.
The culinary department of your
household is in your dominion. You
decide all questions of diet All the
sanitary regulations of your house are
under your supervision. To regulate
tho fnnl-1 't nonarel. and the hab
its, and decide the thiousarnd questions
of home life is a tax upon brain and
nerve and general health absolutely
appalling, if there be no divine allevi
It does not help you much to be told
that Elizabeth Fry did wonderful
things amid the criminals of Newgate.
It does not help you much to be told
that Mrs. Judson was very brave
among the Bornesian cannibals. It
does not help you much tobe told that
Florence Ni itingale was very kind
to the wounded in the Crimea. It
would be better for me to tell you that
the divine friend of Mary and Martha
is your friend, and that lie sees all the
annoyances and disappointments and
abrasions and exasperations of an or
dinary housekeeper from morn till
night, and from the first day of the
year to the last day of the year, and at
your call lie is ready with help and re
They who provide the food of the
world decide the health of the world.
One of the greatest battles of this cen
tury was lost because the commander
that morning hind a fit of indigestion.
You have only to go on some e'-rand
amid the taverns and the hotels of the
United States and Great Britain to ap-I
preciate the fact that a vast multitude
of the human race are slaughtered by
incompetent cookery. Though a young
woman may have taken lessons in mu
sic and may have taken lessons in
painting and lessons in astronomy,
she is not well educated unless she has
taken lessons in dough. They who
decide the apparel of the world and
the food of the world decide the en
durance of the world.
An unthinking man may consider it
a matter of little importrnce-the cares
of the household and the economies of
domestic life-but I tell you the earth
is strewn with the martyrs of kitchen
and nursery. The health shattered
womanhood of America cries out for a
God who can help ordinary women in
the ordinary duties of housekeeping.
The wearing, grinding, unappreciated
work goes on, but the same Christ, wh'o
stood on the bank of Galilee in the ear
lymorning and kindled the fire and
lad the fish already cleaned and broil
ing when the sportsmen stepped ashore
chilled and hungry, will help every
woman to prepare breakfast, whether
by her own hand or the hand of her
The God who made indestructible
eulogy of Hannah, who made a coat
for Samuel, her son, and carried it to
the temple every year, will help every
woman in preparing the family war
drobe. The God who opens the Bible
with the story of Abraham's enter
tainment of the three angels on the
plains of 3Iamre will help every wo
man to provide hospitality, however
rare and embarrassing. It is high
time that some of the attention we have
been giving to the remarkable women
of the Bible-remarkable for their vir
tue or their want of it, or remarkable
for their deeds, D~eborahi and Jezebel
and Herodias and Athalhiah and Dorcas
and the MIarys, excellent or abandoned
-it is high time that some of the at
tention we have been giving to these
conspicuous women of the Bible be
given to Julia of the text, an ordinary
woman amid ordinary circumstances,
attending to ordinary duties and
meeting ordinary responsibilities.
Then there arec all the ordinary busi
ness mien. They need divine and
Christian help. Wh len we begin to
talk about businesslife, we shoot right
of and talk about men who did busi
ness on a large scale, and who sold
millions of dollars of goods a year, but
the vast majority of business umen do
not sell a million dollars of goods, nor
half a million, nor a quarter of a mil
lion, nor the eight part of a million.
,, ont all thusiness men of our citie
towns, villages and neighborhoods
side by -side, and you will find that
they sell less than $50,000 worth of
goods. All these men in ordinarv
business life want divine help. You
see how the wrinkles are printing on
the countenance the story of 'worri
ment and care. You cannot tell how
old a business man is by looking at
him. Gray hairs at 30. A man at 45
with the stoop of a nonogenarian. No
time to attend to improved dentistry,
the grinders cease because they are
few. Actually dying of old age at 40
or 50, when they ought to be at the
meridian. Many of these business
meii have bodies like a neglected clock
to which you come, and you wind it
up, and it begins tobuzz and roar, and
then the hands start around very rap
idly, and then the clock strikes 5 or 10
or 40. and strikes without any sense,
and theii suddenly stops. So is the
body of that wornout business man.
It is a neglected clock, and though by
some summer recreation it may be
wound up still the machinery is all
-out of gear. The hands turn around
with a velocity that excites the aston
ishment of the world.
Men cannot understand the wonder
ful activity, and there is a roar, and a
buzz, and a rattle about these disord
ered lives, and they strike 10 when
they ought to strike 5, and they strike
12 when they ought to strike 6, and
they strke 40 when they ought to
strike nothing, and suddenly they
stop. Postmortem examination re
veals the fact that all the springs and
pivots and weights and balance
wheels of health are completely de
ranged. The human clock has simply
run down. And at the time when the
steady hand ought to be pointing to
the industrious hours on a clear and
sunlit dial, the whole. machinery of
body, mind and earthly ca acity stops
forever. The cemeteries have thous
ands of business men who died of old
age at 30, 35, 40, 45.
Now, what is wanted is grace
divine grace for ordinary business
men, who are harnessed from morn
till night and all the days of their life
-harnessed in business. Not grace to
lose $100,00, but grace to lose $10.
Not grace to supervise 250 employees
in a factory, but grace to supervise the
bookkeeper and two salesmen and the
small boy that sweeps out the store.
Grace to invest not the $80,000 of net
profit, but the $2,500 of clear gain.
Grace not to endure the loss of a
whole shipload of spices from the In
dies, but grace to endure the loss of a
,)aper of collars from the leakage of a
di.placed shingle on a poor roof.
Grace not to endure the tardiness of
the American congress in passing a
necessary law, but grace to endure the
tardiness of an errand boy stopping to
play marbles when he ought to deliver
the goods. Such a grace as thousands
of business men have today-keeping
them tranquil whether goods sell or
do not sell, whether customers pay or
do not pay, whether tariff is up or tariff
is down, whether the crops are luxuri
ant or a dead failure-calm in all cir
cumstances and amid all vicissitudes.
That is the kind of grace we want.
Millions of men want it, and they
may have it for the asking.
Some hero or heroine comes to town,
and as the procession passes through
the street the business men come out
and stand on tiptoe on their store steps
and looks at some'one who in arctic
clime, or in ocean storm, or in day of
battle, or in hospital agonies, did the
brave thing, not realizing that they,
the enthusiastic spectators, have gone
through trials in business life that are
just as great before God. There are
men who have gone through freezing
arctics and burning torrids and awful
Marengos of experiences without mov
ing five miles from their doorsteps.
Now, what ordinary business men
need is to realize that they have the
after the religious interests of Matthew,
the custom house clerk, and helped
Lydia of Thyatira to sell the dry g-oods,
and who opened a bakery and fish
market in the wilderness of Asia Minor
to feed the 7,000 who had come out on
a religious picnic, and who counts the
hairs of your head with as much par
ticularity as though they were the
plumes of a coronation, and who took
the trouble to'stoop down with his fin
ger writing on the ground, although
the first shuffle of feet obliterated the
divine caligraphy, ana who knows
just how many locusts, there were in
the Egyptian plauge and knew just
how many ravens were necessary to
supply Elijah's pantry by the brook
Cherith, and who, as Iloral comman
der leads forth all the regiments of
primroses, foxgloves, daffodils, hyac
inths and lilies which pitch their tents
of beauty and kindle their campfires
of color all around the hemisphere;
that that Christ and that God knows
the most minute affairs of your busi
ness life, and however inconsiderable,
understanding all the affairs of that
woman who keeps a thread and needle
store as well as all the affairs of a
Rothschild and a Stewart.
Then there are all the ordinary far
mers. We talk about agricultural life,
and we immediately shoot off to talk
about Cincinnatus, the patrician, who
went from the plow to a high position,
and after he got through the dictator
ship in 21 days went back again to the
plow. What encourragement is that
to ordinary farmers? The vast majori
ty of them, none of them, will be pat
ricians. Perhaps none of them will
be senators. If any of them have
dictatorships, it will be over 40 or 50
or 100 acres of the old homestead.
What those men want is grace to keep
their patience while plowing with
balky oxen, and to keep cheerful amid
the drought that destroys the corn
crop, and that enables them to restore
the garden the day after the neigh
bor's cattle have broken in and tram
ped out the strawberry bed and gone
through the limna bean patch and eaten
up the sweet corn in such large qunti
ties that they must be kept from the
water lest they swellup and die; grace
in catching weather that enables them
without inprecation, to spread out the
hay the third time, although again
andl again it has been almost ready for
the mow; a grace to doctor the cow
with a hollow horn, and the sheep
with the foot rot, and the horse with
the distemper, and to compel the un
willing acres to yield a livelihood for
the family, and schooline for the chil
dren, and liite extras to help the older
boy in business, and something for the
daughters wedding outfit, and a little
surplus for the time when the ankles
will get stiff with age, and the breath
will be a little short, and the swing
ing of the cradle through the hot liar
vest field will bring on the old man's
vertigo. Better close up about Cin
cinnatus. I know 500 farmers just as
noble as he was.
What they want is to know that
they have the friendship of that Christ
who often drew his smiles from the
farmer's life, as when hic said, "-A
sower went forth to sow," as when he
built his best parable out of the scene
of a farmer's boy coming back from
his wanderings, and thie old farm
house shook that night with rural ju
bilee, and who compared himself to a
lamb in the pasture field, and who
said the eternal God is a farmeir, de
claring, "My father is the husband
Those stonemasons do not want to
hear- about Christopher Wren. the ar
chiitect, who built St. Paul's cathedral.
it would be better to tell them how to
carry the hod of brick up the ladder
morning with the trowel to smooth off
the mortar and keep cheerful and how
to be tliankful to God for the plain
food takei from the pail by the road
side. Carpenters standing aiid the
adz, and the bit, in.1 the plane, and I
the broadax need to be told that Christ <
was a carpenter, with his own hand
wielding saw and haimner. Oh, this
is a tired world, and it is an over
worked world, and it is an underfed
world, and it is a wrung out world, <
and men and women need to know :
that there is rest and recuperation in i
God and in that reliioi which was <
not so much intended for extraordi- <
nary people as for ordinary people.,
because there are more of them.
The healiug profession has had its
Abercrombies, and its . Abernethys,
and its Valentine Motts, and its Wil
lard Parkers, but the ordinary physi
cians do the most of the world's medi
cining, and they need to understand
that while taking diagnosis of progno
sis, or writing prescription, or com
pounding medicament, or holding the
delicate pulse of a dying child, they
may have the presence and the dicta
tion of the Almighty Doctor, who
took the case of the madman, and af
ter lie had torn off his garments in
foaming dementia clothed him again,
body and mind, and who lifted up the
woman who for IS years had been
bent almost double with the rheuma
tism into graceful stature, and who
turned the scabs of leprosy into rubi
cund complexion, and who rubbed
the numbness out of paralysis, and
who swung wide open the closed win
dows of hereditary or accidental blind
ness, until the morning light came
streaming through the fleslhly case
ments, and who knows all the diseas
es, and all the remedies, and all the
herbs, and all the catholicons and is
monarch of pharmacy and therapeut
ics, and who has sent out 10,000 doc
tors of whom the world makes no rec
ord, but to prove that they are angels
of mercy I invoke the thousands of
men whose ailments have been as
sauged and the thousands of women
to whom in crisis of pain they have
been next to God in benefaction.
Come, now, let us haye a religion
for ordinary people in professions, in
occupations, in agriculture, in the
household, in merchandise-in every
thing. I salute across the centuries
Asyncritus, Phlegoh, Hermas, Patro
bas, Hermes, Philologus and Julia.
First of all, if you feel that you are
ordinary, thank God that you are not
extraordinary. I am tired and sick
and bored almost to death with extra
ordinary people. They take all their
time to tell us how very extraordinary
they really are. You know as well as
I do, my brother and sister, that the
most of the useful -work of the world
is done by unpretentious people who
toil right on-by people who do not
get much approval, and no one seems
to say, "That is well done."
Phenomena are of but little use.
Things that are exceptional cannot be
depended on. Better trust the smallest
planet that swings on its orbits than
ten comets shooting this way and that,
imperiling the longevity of worlds at
tending to their own business. For
steady illumination better is a lamp
than a rocket. Then, if you feel, that
you are ordinary, remember that your
position invites the less attack.
Conspicuous people -- how they
have to take it! How they are mis
represented and abused and shot at!
The higher the horrns of a roebuck the
easier to track him down. What a
delicious thing it must be to be a can
didate for president of the United
States! It must be so soothing to the
nerves! It must pour into the soul of
a candidate such a sense of serenity
when lie reads the blessed newspa
I came into the possession of the
abusive cartoons in tho, time of Napo
iwa I, je imi~al while ne was yet alnve.
The retreat of the ar-my from Mosco~w,
that army buried in the snows of Rus
sia, one of the most awful tragedies of
the centuries, represented under the
figure of a monster called General
Frost shaving the French emperor
with a razor of icicle. As Satyr and
Beelzebub he is represented, page af
ter page. page after page, England
cursing him, Spain cursing him, Ger
many cursing him, Russia cursing
him, Europe cursimg him, North and
South America cursmng him, the most
remarkable man of his day, and the
most abused. All those men in his
tory who now have a halo around
their name on earth wore a crown of
thorns. Take a few extraordinary
railroadmen of our time and see what
abuse comes upon them, while thous
ands of stockholders escape. All the
world took after Thomas Scott, presi
dent of the Pennsylvania railroad.
abused him until he got under the
ground. Thousands of stockholders
in that company. All the blame on
one man !The Central Pacific rail
road-two or three men get all the
blame if anything goes wrong. There
are 10,000 in that company.
I mention these things to prove it is
extraordinary people who got abused
while the ordinary escape. The weath
er of life is not so severe on the plaim
as it is on the high peaks. The world
never forgives a man who knows or
ains, or does more than it can know
or gain or do. Parents sometimes give
confectionery to their children as an
inducement to take bitter medicine,
and the world's sugar plum precedes
the world's aqua fortis. The mob cried
in regard to Christ: "Crucify him:
Crucify him!" And they had to say
it twice to be understood, for they
were so hoarse, and they got their
hoarseness by crying a little while be
fore at the top of their voice, "Hosan
na :" The river Rhone is foul when it
enters Lake Leman, but crystalline
when it comes out oii the other side.
But there are men who have entered
the brioht lake of worldly prosperity
crystalfine and came out terribly ril
ed. If, therefore,' you feel that you
are ordinary, thank God for the de
fenses and the tranquillity of your
Then remember, if you have only
what is called an ordinary home, that
the great deliverers of the world have
all come from such a home. And
there may be seated, reading at y-our
evening stand, a child who' shall be
potent for the ages. Just unroll the
scroll of men mighty in church and
sate, and you will find they nearly
all came from log cabin or poor
homes. Genius almost always runs
out in the third or fourth generation.
You cannot Aind in all history an in
stance where the fourth generation
of extraordinary people amount to
anthing. Columbus from a weaver's:
hut, Demosthenes from a cutler's cel
lar, Bloomfield and Missionary
Car~y from a shoemaker's bench,
Arkwright from a barber shop,]
and lie whose name is high
over all in earth and air and sky from
Let us all be content with such
things as we have. God is just as good
in what lie keeps away for us as in
what lie givs us. Even a knot may
be useful if it is at thieend of a thread.
At an anniversary of a -deaf and
dumb asylum a child wrote upon the1
blackboard words as sublime as the (
"Iliad," the '"Odyssey" and the
"Divina Commnedia" all compressed<
in one paragraph. The examiner, in
the signs of the mute language, deaf1
and dumb girl wrote upon the black
board, "In the beginning God created C
the heave and the earth." The exam inecm'
asked her, ''For what purposte did t
Cris com- int the world" Tlhie
leaf and dumb girl wrote upon the
blackboard, "Tis is a faithful saving
md worthy of all acceptation, that
.Thrist Jesus caie ilt) the world to
are sinners." The examinier said to
-er, "Whv were you horn deaf -ind
lumb, while I hear antid speak:" She
rrote upon the blackboard, "Even so,
ather, for so it seemeth good in thy
sighrt." Oh, that we might be baptized
vith a contented spirit: Tie spider
.raws poison out of a Qlower, the bee
y'-ts honiev out of a thistle, but happi
1 ess is a hieaveilv elixir, anid content
Ad spirit extracts is not from the riod
>dendron of tie hiiis, i.t fron the
ily of tihe valley.
ATMOSPHERE AND SOIL.
How They aive hEtreeted the Crops ofi the
Umn.sma, S. C.. .1 uly 2. -The fol
owing weekly bulletin of the con di
ion of theweather and the crops in the
tate, issued yester(lay by State Ob
erver Bauer, will be read with inter
st by those who give their attention
o agricultural conditions:
Correspondents, as a rule, report
hat the condition of all the crops con
inues satisfactory, but there many ex
eptions from all parts of the State.
'ood rain is the indicated need for a
rreat portion of the State, as it was
the case last week, only the need for
rain has become more urgent, for two
reasons, because in some portions of
State very little or no rain fell during
tire past week, and because it was very
ot week with less than the usual am
unt of cloudiness to prevent the
ground from drying quickly even
where the rainfall was heaviest. The
reports indicate that in Williamsburg
Union counties the droughty condi
ions are most severe and there corn is
iring badly. In portions of Aiken,
Anderson, Pickens, Greenville and
Barnwell there has been considerably
less than usual amount of rain since
crop season began; in fact, with the
possible exceptions of Newberry, Rich
land and Fairfield, where there has
been plenty of rain, it appears that in
every county there are larger tracts
where the summer's rainfall has been
below the usual amount, and in such
sections the crops are poorest, being
slightly uader an average condition,
otherwise they are above the aver
There was a hail storm in the ex
treme western portions of the State
and in Chesterfield on the 15th, doing
but itttle damage; it was accompaniea
by a high wind in places that blew
down trees, stripped the green fruit
from the trees, leveled corn and cotton
fences, etc. The wind did materal in
jury over limited areas only. On the
same date there were heavy rains in
Newberry, Richland, Fairfield and
portions of Lexington counties that
more or less injury by washing lands,
overflowin- creek bottoms, etc.
The wind~s were generally from the
south, southwest and west-very hot
There was more than the usual
amount of sunshine except on the im
mediate coast, where it was about nor
The temperature was very even dur
ing the entire week, with maxima
ranging from 88 to 102, and minima
from 68 to 78 (exception noted.) The
lowest maxima and highest M' ima
occurred along the coast, aa the
interio, so that the daily mean tem
perature differed but little in the dif
ferent p)ortions of the State.
The highest temperature reported
was 102 on the 17th at Batesburg. The
mean temperature of the week :for the
State was about 82, and the normal
for the same period is approximately
The rain of the 15th was the heav
ies and most general for a week past.
On thr-20th (Saturday) and 21st o~mn
day) were light local showers in var
ous parts of the State, but they were
for the most insufficient for the grow
ing crops. Of the thirty-seven stations
reporting rain during the past week,
thirty-one report less than the usual
amount and six more. The ave rage of
the thirty-seven stations, including
the rainof the 15th is 1.01 inches, and
the normal for the same period is ap
proximately 1.39 inches.
As indicated above, the general con
dition of the crops in this Stat~e is no
longer as unformly good as heretofore,
except that cotton has made g'eat im
provement everywhere, the weather
having been just right for it. In places
it is turning slightly yellow ai:d in a
few places growing to much w ced. In
some localities it continues small, and
in others has attained a seasonable
growth, but every where it is ~ruiting
welt with very little shedding. Lice
have entirely disappeared. Rust has
formed on sandy land in some places,
otherwise the crop is clean and free
from pests. It is being, or has been,
laid by generally.
In the eastern portions of thre State
and where rains were sutlicient the
earthly corn crop is safe and is a fine
one; westward, and where tlie rains
were wanting, it is in a critical stage,
but as yet looks promising. Bottom
land corn is looking very line every
where and is being laid by generally.
The present pr1ospect is that the entire
coin crop will be an extra la-ge one
this year, only a small po0-Lion of
which is already made.
The pea crop has imnprovedl and a
good stand has been attained in most
places. Some being shown even now.
In p laces pods are large eno~rgh for
Sweet potato slips are doirg well.
but the crop still promises less than an
average one, owing to the reduced acre
age. Second crop of Irish potatoes be
Cutting and curing tobacco is the
orderof work in Williamsbu:-g. Flor
ence Darlington, and to a less; extent
in a few other counties. The entire
rop is said to be a fine one of superior
General perparations are being made
for planting fall vegetables. Some
turnips are being sown and a large
Fruit continues plentiful generally,
but in Florence county it is said to be
scarce. Apples appear generally to be
inferior and unsound. The second
crop of figs promises to be a large
:e in the eastern portion of the State.
Large shipments of water at; d musk
melons weire made northern 2 nd west
irn markets, nevertheless the local
markets are glutted and prices ver-y
Gardens are practically ruined over
large part of thre State, as it.e weath
cr has been too hot and dry for them,
yet fine okra and tomatoes ar-c in ab
German millet is growving well. and
are soi-gumn cane, rice. peanuts, and
The prospects. in general, arc very
mcouraging at this mridsuninerseason
Then nearly all crops have been laid
> and are entering threir third or last
tage. which ends withr fructescence.
Tw Children Cremtated-t.
Nonwitri. N. Y., July 21.- A disas
rous fir-e which causedt thre loss of t wo
ivs broke out here this ever ing, the
Joigegationalist parsonage occupied
yr Terv. W. M. Scudder, antl fanily.
:nsisting of wife anrd seven *.hidreni,
>einrg totally destr-oyed. Thre cildrenr,
;rho occupied a back roomi, were just
etir-ing. when coal gas in a chirmey
xplodd and instantly thre house wvas
blaze. All the children escaped wvith
le excep)tioni of Clar-ise and Mary,.
)Ot, isuis being burned to cr1i5n.
DISASTER ON THE DEEP.
TERRISLE LOSS OF LIFE IN A COLLI
SION AT SEA.
Marie P. From Naples For the River
l'Iate. Struck and Sunk in Piteiy Dark
neps 1ay the Ortigia, and -Is 1asseIZ(e)
LA SPEzzi.A, Italy. July 21.-A ter
rible accident, resulting in the lossot
143 lives. occurred near the mouth of
the G ulf of Spezzia today. At half past
I o'clock this morning the steamers Or
tigia and Marie P. ran into each other
and the latter vessel was so badly dain -
aged that she sank in a very short
time. The Marie P. had on board. in
addition to her crew, 17S passengers,
bound from Naples for the River Plate.
by far the larger part of whom were
The night was pitch dark when the
collision occurred and the scene on
board the sinking steamer almost de
fies description. Most of the passen
gers were asleep in their bunks at the
time, and were awakened by the
crashing of the steamer's plates, deck
beams and dock planks. They were
panic stricken and rushed pell mel I on
deck, where they ran hither and
thither calling upon the saints to save
From the reports of the disaster re
ceived here, it is impossible to deter
mine whether any attempt was made
by the Marie P. to clear away and
launch her small boats, to attempt to
rescue the passengers, but judging
from the accounts given by the sur
vivors, it is surmised the steamer went
down too quickly to allow of this be
ing done, though one boat got away.
The blackness of the night added to
the terror of those on board, and it
is understood that some of the passen
gers, crazed with fear, jumped over
board. The force of the collision was
The Ortioia struck the Maria P.
squarely on the starboard side and her
stem penetrated the ill-fated steamer
for a distance of eighteen feet. When
she backed out a grat volume of water
poured through the orifice and the ves
sel began almost immediately to set
tle. No mention is made of the Or
tigia lowering her boats to attempt to
rescue the imperilled people on the
Maria P. Whether the former vessel
was damaged or not is not known.
The survivors are in such a mental
condition, that it is impossible as yet
to get any connected story but from
the statements of some of the crew, it
appears that the disaster was the fault
of the Ortigia.
The crew of the Maria P. numbered
seventeen. Of this number fourteen
was saved in the boat that got clear of
the ship. This boat also saved the
thirty passengers who escaped drown
ing. The Ortigia, on her previous
voyage, collided in this same spot
with a French steamer and this fact
adds strength to the belief that she was
responsible for this morning's disaster.
Admiral Morin, minister of marine,
has ordered an inquiry to be made
into the affair to place the responsibili
The collision occured off Isola Del
Tino. The Ortigia left Genoa at 10
o'clock last night. Maria P. was
bound for Genoa, where the emigrants
on board her were to have been trans
shipped to the steamer Sud America,
which was to convey them to the
River Plate. It was learned this af
ternoon that the lookout man on the
Ortigia saw nothing of the other stea
mer until it was too late to avert a
collision. The officers of the Ortigia
say that no boats were lowered by the
Maria P. and their vessel saved all the
survivors. The Ortigia remained in
the vicintly of the accident for several
hours, hoping that she might be able
to rescue others. The bows of the
Ortigia have in them a rent four yards
long .just above the water line.
Admiral Morin, minister of marine
announced the disaster to the Chanm
ber of Deputies this afternoon and the
news created a deep impression. Many
of the deputies expressed sympathy
with the families of the victims. Chas.
Ferara was the master of the Maria
P. Later information is to the elfect
that al l~her passengers were emnigrantIs.
Five Ncgroes Killed.
ST. Louis, Mo., July 20.-A special
to the Chronicle from Waco, Texas,
states that a frightful tragedy occur
red this morning at Mart, a small
village in this county, twenty miles
distant. Five negroes were killed and
one seriously wounded. T wo nithls
ago a dispute :irose between A. Phil
lips, a negro, and Phil Arnold, white,
both farmers, in which the latter shot
and killed the former, and was in turn
killed by Phillips's young son. The
tragedy of this morning is the sequel.
Since Arnold and Phillips were killed
feeling has been bitter between their
friends, and they have recently been
threatened with extermination. This
morning the entire town was aroused
by a loud report, and people fouid tihe
the house of Mrs. Phillips, widow of
the negro killed by Arnold, in Ilames.
A stick of dynamite had been thrown
into the building, blowing it to pieces
and setting fire to the wreck. There
were six negroes in the building at
the time, five being killed. But one
person escaped, and it is thought he
will die. Ollicers have gone to the
The Murderer Smiled.
TRENTON, N. J., July 24.-John S.
Collins, the negro who shot and killed
Frederick Ohl, the Princeton student,
and who was last week found guilty
of murder in the second degree. w~as
sentenced this morning to twenty
years at hard labor in the State prison.
le pleaded non vult contendere to the
indictment for atrocious assault upon
Garret Cochran, the student who was
with Ohil in the fracas and got ten
years more, but the sentences are to
run concurrently and therefore, the
first one only counts. In pronounc
ing the sentence. Judge Gummer said
that had the jury's verdict been mur
der in the first degree, the court would
have considered it a proper judgment.
Collins snmiled as he stood up to re
ceive his sentence. His council hav
ing saved his life, had nothing further
to say for him.
JACKS)NVILLE, Fla., July 25.-A
special to the Times-Union fronm West,
Palm Beach, Fla., says: Sam Lewis.
at Lemon City. shot and killed .John'
F. Higsmith, ex-tax collector of Dade
county, and George A. Davis. Hig
smiths nephew, yesterday. Lewis
had been insulted in a drunken row
the night before. He armed himself
with a Witnchester, and meeting lig
smith, commanded him to kneel and
apologize. H~igsmith refused, where
upon Lewis shot him through the heart
and then shot his~ephew through the
heart. Le wis fled to the woods, vow
ig he would not be taken aliive.
A fraid to stand Trial.
WINsToN, N. C., July 20.-News
was received here today of the suicide
yesterday in Nash county of I r. WV.
. Spruill, a promtinent citizeni and
practcinlg physician of that county.
ie stood charged with attempting a
eriminal assault ont a resp~ectable mar
riedl lady of his neighborhood. Whlen
le saw the otlicers comiing to a reest himn
le drew his pistol and fired a ball in
his head, which produced death abnmost
A cream or tartar Daring powder.
Highest of all in leavening strength.-LA -
test United States Government Food Re
Royal Baking Powder Company,
106 Wall St.,N. Y .
Kemilin Was 'Not Killed.
The Press and Standard, of Walher
boro, says it is probable that Henry
Barnes, who was incarcerated in the
county jail a week ago. on the charge
of murdering John Kenlin, will be
liberated from prison this week under
a writ of habeas corpus. It now ap
pears that Kemlin was not killed.
Messrs. Ilowell & Gruber, attorneys
for Barnes, have in their possession
several allidavits from reliable men
of IIanpton, setting forth the fact
that Keinihi has been working in
Hampton county ever since he mysteri
ously disappeared from the communi
ty in which he was supposed to have
been murdered. These affidavits will
be supplemented by the testimony of
the train hands on Mauldin's railroad,
who will swear that Kemlin rode on
their train to Hampton on the 27th of
last February, the day after the sup
posed homicide. It appears from the
facts as they have been developed in
this remarkable case that Kemlin left
Hampton for his home in Atlanta the
day Barnes was imprisoned. It is un
deistood that the people of the com
munity in which Barnes lived became
intenselv excited when he was arrested
and would have lynched him at the
dropping of a hat, so confident were
they that he had committed a foul and
brutal murder. Subsequent develop
ments have shown, however, that an
innocent man would have been hung
had they yielded to the impulse of their
It also appears that the articles of
clothing which were found on the
scene of the supposed murder, and
identified as belonging to Kemlin,
were some that had been discarded by
Henry's elder brother, Joe Barnes,
the story of whose career for the past
three years is not uninteresting. One
day about three years ago, it is said,
Joe left home and for several weeks
his whereabouts were not known.
Then his family discovered that :ae
visited the house in the dead hours of
the night for the evident purpose of
getting something to eat. Upon mak
ing this discovery they placed within
his reach a plate of provisions every
night for six months, which he as of
ten devoured. He was never seen in
the day time, the neighboring ;oods
and swamps affording means for his
effectual concealment. Finally, his
father summoned to his assistance
several of his neighbors and too-ether
they laid wait for and capture him
one night when he camne for food.
Around his waist he. had tied pieces of
rope from which dangled scraps of
leather. Otherwise his body was
nude. he was examined for lunacy,
prenounced insane and sent to the
State Lunatic Asylum. Sometime af
ter being contined in that institution
he escaped and wandered off to the
Blue Ridge Mountains. There hea.
taken and darried back to the asylum,
but escaped. Again he was captured,
but for the third time he was success
ful in effecting his escape from the
surveillance of the authorities. Since
then lie has been living at home. He
is not violent, but is unfit for work of
any kind. Latterly, however, he has
ac~juired a fondness for fishing and in
this pursuit is quite successful.
KoBE, .Japain, July 2.-A frightful
accident. in which 14 soldiers perished
has occurred on the rail-oad running -
from this place to Osaka. A train of
twenty-three cars wvas conveyed to this
city with 400 Japanese soldiers, who
were returning from China, where
they had taken part in the military
operations. A heavy storm was rag
ing, and. as the train was running
along the sea wall, on which the
tracks as they approach the city are
laid, an immense sea leaped over the
wall, separ-ating the train and derail
tng the engine and eleven cars, which
plunged off the wall into the bay.
Most of the men in them were drowned
like rats in a trap. The accident oc
curred at about 1 o'clock in the morn
ing and the night was pitch -dark.
The sea was runnn so high that it
was impossible to render any assist
ance to the men in the cars that had
gone overboard, even had means been
at hand to do so. Some of the men
who managed to get out of the cars
while they wvere in the accident were
dashed to death against the wall.
A Great Rice Crop.
The latest circular from Dan Tal
mage's Sons has this to say about the
coming rice crop: We hand herewith
the present condition of and the pros
pect for the rice crop in the respective
States. It cannot as yet be said to be
assured as contingencies may arise
which would curtail the promised out
come. If, however, there should be a
continuation of previous favorable
circumstances, it will give a result
fractionally in excess of 1892. Esti
mated yield 1u0,000 bushels-treble
the amount grown prior to the war
and double that of any other since.
The yield by states is: North Caroli
na, 2u0,00' bushels; South Carolina,
85Q,000; Georgia, 450,000: Louisiana,
, U,00 Texas, FlIorida, Alabama
and 3Iississippi. estimated yield for
those States. 500,0011.
shot With His Owd Weapon.
BaANL'ExBUcn, Ky., July 25.-Geo.
Robinson, the keeper of the work house
in this place, was shot and killed this
morhing by Bland Shacklett, one of
the commissioners of the institution.
Shacklett and another gentleman were
riding into town in a buggy, and when
within three miles of town. Robinson
rode out of a cross road and, it is said,
began cursing Shacklett. Robinson
soon began liring and one bullet hit
Shacklett in the mouth, lodging just
beyond tile ear. Thr-ee others missed
hin. Shacklett, although wounded.
took Robinson's pistol away from him
and tired one bullet in Robinson's right
breast. The man fell and died in a
Tharee' Inov, Killed.
DaLcmiJm-:, July 28.-J. 'Waters
Blundon. aged thirteen years, J. Guy
Brown. fifteen years old, and Charles
E. Lvnch. !!fteen vears old, were killed
last iighit near Riverdale Park station,
seeral mliles from Wash:ington on
the Blaltimo're and ( hio Railroad. The -
youngsters wer'e walking on the north
ioundx tracku. To avoid an approach
ing train the boys step~ped on to the
south-bound track. directlyv in front of
a fast mnoving "Royal Blue" express
tri. All three wer-e instantly killed,
their bodies being frightfully man