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-THE BLUEBELLS OF OLD
As the famishing wretch with the glut
tonous eyes
Gases fiercely where plentys arrayed
So I eagerly turn from these colorless sKies
To the cedars embowering shade
There we wandered at will in the grass
wet with dew x
Having never a care to evade
There the breeze swept the leaves till tho
sun shimmered through
On thebluebells that grew in the shade
-Ah the bliss laden hours that dreamily
passed
Unawares while we aimlessly strayed
They were dearer than aught that awaits
in the vast
Somber depths of shade
Can the future restore to the heart of the
man
The unsullied delights of the boy
Can the years which are part of futuritys
plan
Give him back youths unreasoning joy
Will the cares and the burdens of weari
some days
Ever pass and his soul be arrayed
In the innocent mirth of the laddie who
plays
Where the bluebells grow sweet in the
shade
Idle fancies No more m the days that may
dawn
Shall he live as he lived when he played
in the hope haloed years that are faded
and gone
From the bluebells that bloomed In the
shade
Still doth memory bide to recall to his
heart
Vanished pleasures he knew by the
stream
Arid she graciously leads him at evening
apart
For an hour to dwell in a dream
Frank Putnam in Chitago Times Herald
GflPTflIN CLOSE
BY CAPTAIN CIIAKIiES KING
LCopyright 1894 by J B Lippincott Co
XVII Continued
But the sergeant dared not take the
responsibility of disregarding his in
structions and was wiser than Lam
bert in the wiles of Indian warfare
Td go myself gladly lieutenant he
said but orders are orders and a party
of four or five would be surrounded
and cut off and massacred before you
fairly realized that an Indian was near
you Then Lambert had appealed to
the Texans and the captain had re
plied as above and then just when he
was giving up in despair a sergeant
4i nd tw o men dust covered and with
horses in a lather of foam rode furi
ously in from the Waco trail
Is it true cried the sergeant as he
saw the unusual gathering at camp
We met a feller half way over to Bra
yos riding like hell warning folks the
Indians were to the north and he said
they had jumped the stage this side of
Cliente Its true And you havent
pne anything Mount every sound
jnan youve got and give us fresh
horses
My orders -were to take care be-
Damn your orders I bring later
The old man didnt believe it and had a
sure thing ahead of him or hed have
turned back with the hull outfit Why
man that stage or whats left of it
aint thirty miles away an you fellers
sitting herelike so many damn women
And the trooper flung himself from the
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saddle at -the word and then caught
sight of Lamberts forage cap and eager
face
Get me a horse tob sergeant Ill
go with you Im Lieut Lambert a
classmate of your second lieutenant
Youll go in command sir and were
with you six of us anyhow Ive heard
Corporal Walton speak of you sir
often How many of you fellers 11 go
he demanded eagerly of the knot of
Texans while the few troopers hustled
about saddling spare horses and levy
ing on the list of invalid mounts too
sore or too feeble for a long chase but
good enougb for a thirty mile dash
when it was life or death at the end
of it In an instant the whole atmos
phere seemed changed charged with
ozone electric force magnetism
something for the snap and spirit of
the newcomer flashed from man to
man Lambert a stranger and without
authority in the premises could effect
nothing Sergt Dolan a war veteran
a man they all knew and clothed with
power as coming direct from that mili
tary demi god the captainhad a dozen
men armed equipped in saddle and
ready for business in ten minutes Six
were soldiers six civilians who half
laughingly ranged their raw boned
Texas ponies in line with the mounting
troopers and Dolan sung out to Lam
Tjert who had raided his classmates
tent for extra boots and riWing breech
es Were ready sir
In the hot May sunshine at high
Tioon they wentloping northward over
the lovely prairie spasgled with wild
flowers the Colorado twistkigand turn
ing like a silver serpent in its green bed
totheir left Five miles out a wretched
half demented creature hailed them
from a clump of willows by a little
scream Youre too late you fellers
They aint anything left alive from
the Paloma to the Caliente exceptlndi
ans The countrys alive with them
Good by to your scalps if you venture
ever that ridge And he pointed to
the long low line of bluffs thatspanned
the horizon to the northwest One man
stopped to question but speedily came
galloping on in pursuit Hes scared
out of his wits He cant prove wdrathe
says was the brief Teport to Lambert
and tbe sergeant now riding side by
sideat the head of the little column
Another hour and closer to the river
they were following the meandering-
of the stage road and the ridge loomed
higher ahead Two more settlers had
been passed and they were exaggera
tive beyond cany semblance of proba
bility The Indians numbered thou
sands the dead hundreds The stage
ha been warned not to push on beyond
Paloma bluffs last night but persisted
in art attempt to reach the Caliente Col
Sweet and party hadjjbeen butchered lo
a man victims of his own rash effort
to ad the poor fellows at the station
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warnings
Well know the truth in an hour
lieutenant so theres no use wasting
time with those beggars You can see
the Paloma from yonder bluffs was
Dolans onlv comment
Just at one oclock he foaming pant
inghorseswere reined in and the girths
loosened while Lambert guided by the
veteran Indian fighter crawled cau
tiously up the height in front of them
Half the men dismounted were sta
honed with ready rifle or carbine where
they could command every approach
Who could say whether Indians were
not even then lurking in every ravine0
A young Texan following the road
pushed on cautiously to the point so
as to scout the trail beyond With
drooping heads and heaving flanks the
motley herd were huddled in a little
swale to the right of the road their
holders eagerly watching the young
leader and saying few words Warily
Dolan reached and peered over the crest
They could see him pointing could
see both he and Lambert shading their
eyes with their hands and staring away
into space could see Dolan suddenly
clutch the officers sleeve and crouch
inglower point as though to some ob
jects far out oyer the slopes beyond
Then down they came eager elastic
with gleaming eyes and glowing faces
Mount men mount Theres a fight
not five miles ahead sang out Dolan
and swinging into saddle with Lam
bert only a length in lead struck spurs
to bis horse the whole squad clattering
at their heels Young Texas peering
around the point heard them coming
and threw a long lean
log over
pony See anything
his
he
Indians attacking something
bout a mile to the north of the
looks like a
dug out
o some
kind
Tis a dug out by Gawd I know
the place Witherells herd used to
graze around their last year and he
and his boys built that dug out in case
they were attacked and maybe the
stage managed to get back there Some
ones alive else the Indians wouldnt be
fighting
A cheer went up from the foremost
men After all then there wras ves
tige of hope Lambert eager and im
petuous was spurring off to the open
prairie that lay beyond a sweeping
bend of the stream but Dolan hailed
him
Not yet lieutenant not yet Theres
come wild arroyos out yonder Stick to
the road sir till we can see the hut
Its up a long shallow alley beyond
that second divide I know the place
now
But theyll see us sergeant shout
ed Lambert as he bent over the pom
mel and drove his rowels wickedly at
the torn flanks of his poor brute I
hoped to surprise them and charge
Lord love you sir theres no sur
prisingthesebeggars in broad daylight
Theyve been watching for some of us
now Lucky they haven t guns cept
old muzzle loaders Theyve mostly
nothing but bows and lances
The horses were panting furiously
now and some of the squad were string
ing out far in the rear Dolan glancing
back saw two or three men vainly lash
ing their exhausted mounts long musket-shot
behind
It wont do lieutenant well have to
keep together or first thing you know
a hulL pack o them yelpin curs 11 burst
out of some ravine cut those fellows
off kill and scalp em and scurry away
on their fresh ponies before we could
get back to help Let em catch up sir
Well get there time enough
And so more slowly now as advised
by the veteran plainsman Lambert led
his party the young Texan ranging
alongside and riding on his right He
too wanted to charge and again old Do
lan pointed out the absurdity of it
Their ponies are fresh and nimble
Wed never catch them while they
could ride around and split us with their
damned arrows What we want is- a
chance with our Spencers and rifles sir
thats the way to empty their saddles
and stand em off Look yonder sir
And then just as Dolan pointed three
mounted warriors their war bonnets
trailing over their bounding ponies
backs the first hostile Indians Lam
bert had ever seen burst from their
covert behind the low divide to the
right and went scurrying away towards
the northward hills in wide detour to
join their comrades The road disap
peared round a gentle rise in the prai
rie half a mile ahead
Out with you Lang andNaughton
said the sergeant briskly Go ahead
to that point And the two troopers
well knowing what was required of
them darted on without a word Lam
bert and the main body following now
at steady trot Before the two thus
throWn in advance had come wimin
three hundred yards of the bend a little
jet of smoke and fire flashed out from
over the ridge followed instantly by
two others both riders swerved one
horse stumbled and went downhis rider
cleverly rolling out from among the
striking struggling hoofs Thats the
way theyd have picked you off sir
shouted Dolan as the whole party burst
into a gallop and drove straight for the
ridge Well sweep them aside in a
second
They did not wait to be swept aside
Six or -eight painted savages were spin
ning away over the sward by the time
the troopers came laboring to the top
and others circling yelling brandish
ing their arms and hurling jeer and
challenge over the intervening swale
were in plain view along the opposite
slope not half a mile away Beyond
that lay the scene of the siege and just
over it only a few yards away from the
road lay two bloated stiffening objects
at sight of which every horse in the
pursuing party shied and snorted
There lay bristling with arrows two of
thestage mules Two hundred jards
f archer the smoulderingTemains of the
stage itself with the gashed and muti
lated body of a man only a lariats
Teijgth away greted the eyeshot I-sun-
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One soft warm evening in early June
quite a family party had gathered on
the veranda of the old white homestead
at Pass Christian The air was rich with
the fragrance of jasmine and magnolia
a great bunch of roses lay on the little
table beside the reclining chair where
propped up with pillows Mrs Walton
was placidly enjoying the beauty of the
moonlit scene and rapturously contem
plating the stalwart form of her soldier
son It was too mueh it was too soon
to expect of a southern woman even
so customary a thing as a change of
mind when that change involved a con
fession of interest and pride in the army
blue but the mother did not lire in all
the broad and sorrowing south whose
soul would not have thrilled with pride
and delight even though hidden and
unconfessed in reading the ringing
words with w7hich in general orders a
great union leader had published to his
troops the story of the heroism devo
tion and soldierly skill with which
Corporal Floyd Walton Troop X
Fourth cavalry had conducted the de
fense of the passengers on the Concho
stage saving the lives of Brevet Lieut
Col Sweet who was shot early in the
engagement and of two civilians and
though himself twice painfully
wounded maintaining the defense and
inflicting severe loss upon an over
whelming force of hostile Indians until
finally relieved bjr the arrival of a detach
ment of troops and volunteers success
fully and gallantly led by Lieut I N
Lambert teenth infantry wounded
and Sergt Dolan Fourth cavalry
Sergt Walton promoted within the
week had been granted a months
Crawled cautiously up tho
thorn
height in front of
lough as soon as able to travel and with
his arm in a sling had hastened home
ward where within the forty eight
hours succeeding his arrival he had
time and time again to tell his story of
that fearful day They had got with
in five miles of the Caliente before dis
covering that only a smoldering ruin
remained of the stage station Hear
ing from fleeing settlers of the sraid
Col Sweet had decided to push for
ward at top speed to reinforce the little
party of defenders The driver had
urged the same course and the two
civilian passengers had naturally de
murred Then when they found it too
late they turned and strove to retrace
the road to Lampasas were headed off
at dawn but fought a way to Wilher
clls old dug out the driver and two
soldiers being killed Col Sweet and the
corporal both shot in the attempt and
the stage abandoned and burned And
there in that stifling hole without wa
ter for the wounded they had fought
off dash after dash of the Indians but
their ammunition was almost gone
and pnly two men had any fight Iet in
them when they heard the welcoming
crack of the rescuers rifles Even then
the Indians hung about all the long
afternoon and night and Lambert got
his painful wound in heading a little
squad that ran the gauntlet to a neigh
boring spring for water for the fevered
wounded Of his own conduct Floyd
had little to say What else did they
expect of a Walton was his mothers
comment Is bravery so rare an at
tribute in the federal army but he
could not say enough about young
Lambert We were fighting for our
lives we had to fight he said but
he risked his to fetch us water L cny
that young fellows a trump And he
flashed a significant glance at Katesie
for Cousin Bart with the imbecility of
manhood had let that domestic cat out
of the bag and then once started had
told more Floyd Walton under pledge
of secrecy was held a spell bound lis
tener to Cousin Bart the second night
after his arrival when the rest of the
family had gone to bed Bart had
been celebrating his cousins deeds and
rejoicing over his return to the extent
of tangling his tongue but Floyd could
not trip him on his facts If you
dont believe melyOucan ask the doe
tor ask Col Seroggs or alton
hell be hyuh tomawwo saidjiis in
formant Thats the kind of Yarik he
is by Gawd suh gan if I thdughtUey
was maw like hiin you bet Idrecvori
struct too But the Lawd dont make
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THE BOHRBGxf NEWS TOEDAX JULY 6 1897
firing
berfc and his foremostmen HereDolan
flung himself from his horse tossed the
reins to one of the men saying Hold
all you can Lead em to the hollow
yonder and kneeling drove a long
range shot at some gaudily painted
warriors clustered about some object
half way up the opposite slope A pony
plunged and reared and a yell of rage
and defiance went up Man after man
nearly all the little squad sprang to
earth and opened brisk fire on every
Indian within rifle shot and every man
for himself following the genera lead
of Lambert and Dolan strode forward
up the gentle ascent towards a dingy
mound half earth half logs about a
quarter of a mile ahead of them until
Dolan shputed right and Jef t Cease
Stop your noise Listen
And borne down the wind faint and
feeble yet exultant there came the
sound of distant cheer and the rescuers
knew they had not risked their lives in
vain
too many like him nor young Lambert
either
And when Flojd finally went to Jiis
room that night after the
ing visit to his mothers bedside he sat
long at the open casement gazing out
on the soft still beauty of the moonlit
night his heart touched and thrillled
as it had not been for years and his
pride humbled While he wayward
and forgetful of their needs had left
mother and sisters to struggle for
themselves and had lost himself in vain
dreaming of a sweet faced girl who he
had early enough been warned was not
for him while he reckless selfish
weak had abandoned himself to drink
and despair and then to the cold char
ity of the world it was an alien andan
enemy an uncouth soldier in the hated
blue who had stood between the strick
en and helpless ones at borne and abso
lute want and privation The good
angel who ministered to them m their
distress even when stipulating that
they should never know whence came
the needed aid and who finally became
the purchaser of the desolate and
ruined place thereby supplying the
means to make them so content and
comfortable now wras that creature of
strong contrasts Capt Close
Not until long after midnight did
Walton leave his seat by the open case
ment and seek his pillow but there
was another watcher whose vigil out
lasted his In the little batch of let
ters brought by Cousin Bart from the
port office that evening was one which
bore the Austin stamp and was ad
dressed in Lamberts hand Reading it
hurriedly Floyd had changed color
and thrust it in his pocket Katesie
watching him with furtive eyes yet
never trusting herself to a question
It was Esther who eagerly demanded
news of their absent friend Oh yes
hes getting better Floyd admitted
but then faltered When was he com
ing Oh Lambert didnt say The
doctors probably wouldnt let him
travel just yet The letter was main
ly about other matters about Col
Sweet who didnt seem to be doing
ns well as they could wish His wife
was on the way to join him Didnt
Lambert send any word or message
No ne probably wrote in a hurry
And that night Miss Katesie sat with
her dimpled chin buried in her pret
ty round arms gazing long out upon
the flashing waters a sad silent and
deeply troubled girl There was some
thing in that letter that concerned her
and how disagreeable 9he had been to
Lambert and she just knew it and
Floyd was mean and wouldnt tell her
At least this was the burden of her
song when at two oclock in the morn
ing she threw herself sobbing into
Esthers loving arms and Esther
soothing and smiling softly to her
selr thought she could soon find meana
to comfort her
That week brought other letters and
a telegram to Floyd and he had busi
ness in New Orleans and must go over
for a da j Lambert yas comingon
iiornTexSsand hed fetch him back
wi th him Everybody could see hetwas
feverishty impatient to get away and
a sad smile flickered about the mot
crs Dale lios as she laid her hand ih
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morning-
on his head He went by ice
boat and hastened to the
levee where the steamers of the Crom
well line came in from New York He
as there hours before the Crescent
came plowing her way up the swollen
and turbid river and before she was
sighted at English Turn who should
appear but Lieut Waring and the gen
erals aide-de-camp who had come to
see him during his brief confinement
under guard
TO BE CONTINUED
WOMEN AT THE HELM
A Place In Russia Where the Housewives
Run the Government
Among the curiosities of the Russian
dominions is a group of communes in
the government of Smolensk surround
ing the convent of Besjukow where not
only do women vote but where they
practically do all the voting and office
holding
As the returns from agriculture are
very meager in the district and there
are large towns not far away the male
inhabitants of the Besjukow neighbor
hood emigrate to these towns early in
spring to find work leaving few but
women and children at home and not
coming- home to attend to the little mat
ter of voting
Inasmuch as the women have to do
all the farm work as well as the house
work in this singular community it
does not seem strange that they rather
insist upon holding the offices and not
assigning them to such old men as may
be about Furthermore it is said that
they have for a period of several years
managed all the public affairs of the
Besjukow district so well that the men
are quite content to abandon the tedi
ous work of government to them
Sometimes when the head woman
of the joint communes is presiding over
a public assembly of women to pass
upon important financial and other
concerns certain of the men have been
known to come home for the purpose of
merely looking on and admiringthe
method of procedure or else of heart
ily felicitating themselves upon being
rid of so bothersome a duty Youths
Companion f
Englands Fiery Dragons
Ill the year 1532 various parts of Great
Britain were visited by a remarkable
meteorological phenomenon which tha
old authors refer to as the visitation of
the fire drakes or dragons The au
thor of Contemplation of Mysterieu
says In yc latter parte of ye years
1532 ye fieri dragons appeared flying
by flocks or companiors in ye ayre hav
ing swines snowtes and soiaetirnes
they Were scene foure hundred flying
together In speaking of the fire
dragons in other portions of his work
he says Common people think fire
drakes to be spirits Which watch over
hidden treasure but the philosopheis
affirm them to be ye result of poisonous
vapors Avhlch are spontaneously lighted
in ve avre St Louis Reoublic
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A TEXAS COMEDY
HOW NOT TO NURSE
Which Has Soiuq Inclinations ot a
Tragretiy
Mrs Tabitha Jones lifted high her
Connecticut nose breathed deeply the
balmy air of south Texas and listened
From the kitchen region through the
open window came distinctly these
words Now git down dar on dem
coals you debble an stay dar
Mrs Tabithas Puritan blood was
aroused Hits all erlong ob you ef
dinnas late but I speck I don fix you
now you raskil Had the black wom
an in a fit of passion and carried away
by atavistic savagery and cannibalism
sacrificed her own offspring And Mrs
Tabithas mind reverted to Aunt Cyn
thias small woolly prototype which
two dajs before had arrived along with
Aunt Cynthias clothes and other ef
fects Her sympathies had halted at
this little creature when she saw it
deposited on her kitchen floor but now
its humanity called to her
With trembling courage she stepped
Quickly and softly to the kitchen and
slowly advanced her head beyond the
edge of the open door The smell of
burning flesh filled her nostrils At
the front of the stove stood Aunt
Cynthia inner hand lifted threatening
ly was a large flesh fork on her lips this
final taunt - Now I speck you gwine
te behave yosef and she jabbed vig
orously at something hidden from Mrs
Tabitha by the stove
Looking up the negress caught sight
of the pale rigid face projected just
beyond the jam of the door She ut
tered a loud scream dropped the fork
and half fell against the kitchen table
An ashen hue settled over her dark face
as she gazed at the apparently dissev
ered head and it was not until Mrs
Tabitha finally presented her full figure
at the doorway that Aunt Cynthia was
able to speak
What done happen in de house Miss
Bithy Is you seen a ghostie she
gasped Making a great effort to effi
ciently oppose her civilization to the
barbarism confronting her Mrs Ta
bitha said in a qpavering voice Cyn
thia I know what you have done and
youd ought not to done it
Aunt Cynthia began to recover
Lod GoWd Miss Bithy whats I
done
Where is your baby solemnly
Pomp Hes asleep dey aint nuf
fin hut him his it and with sudden
fright the negress hurried to an ad
joining room almost immediately re
turning with a small bundle of black
and white half asleep but intact
How you done skeer me Miss Bithy
A faint color began to show on Mrs
Tabithas cheeks Crossing the kitchen
she walked around to the front of the
stove Whered you get that chicken
she asked severely pointing to the
half cooked fowl on the broiler
seen dat chicken walkin roun like
hes los Miss Bithy so I dess ketch
him an cook him fur dinna and she
continued to apostrophize the guilty
bird while she shook down fresh coals
With her other arm she tenderly sup
ported the baby against her shoulder
N Y Journal
The Vigorous Outburst of a Victim
ized utlent
Helen Hunt Jackson in a letter to
her physician destribes a stupid nurse
as follows
Can I endure the presence of this
surly aimless cow another day Ko
Why
She has less faculty than any human
being I ever undertook to direct in
small matters
When I ask her to bring me anything
she rises slowly with a movement like
nothing I ever saw in my life unless it
be a derrick
She sighs and drops her under jaw
after every exertion
She sets with a ponderous inertia
which produces on me the most remark
able effect I have a morbid impulse
to fling my shoes at her head and see
what would come of it
She asks me in dismal tones if I am
v
well in other ways besides my throat
convejing the impression by her slow
rolling eyes that I look to her like a
bundle of unfathonable diseases
She takes the tray out of a trunk to
get some article at the bottom where
articles always are and having given
me the article asks helplessl if she
shall put the tray back again Happy
thought Next time Ill tell her No
we keep the trays in piles on the floor
Is this Christian No for she is
well meaning and wishes to do aright
and I dont doubt every glance of my
eye sends a thrill of inexplainable dis
comfort through her
But as a profession al nurse she is the
bjggoiit Joke I ever saw Everjr Where
Flannel in Summer
It is a mistake to abandon the -wearing
of flannels in sumssr considering
the suSa changes of our cliixyit the
erratic conditions a rui atmosphere
which sjcuYittmes gives us a July day
coider and more bleak than one in Jan
uary A good way to wash ordinary
flannel is to pour strong boiling soap
suds ovr if in a tub When cool
enough to allow the hand to bear it
pour off the suds and add boiling hot
clean water let this stand as before
then pour off and add more boiling
clean water When cool enough squeeze
the garments but do not wring or rub
Stretch immediately on a line in the
hot sun or by a hot fire pressing out the
water with the hand as it settles in the
dependent parts of the garments
Stretch the flannel as soon as the water
is pressed out keeping it hot until dry
as much as possible This treatment
will keep woolen garments soft and
pliable till worn out Housewife
IVejLjroes IiOHins Value
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SCHOOL AND CHURCH
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Baptist church of Montclair N J was y
formerly pastor of the Seventh Baptist r
church of Baltimore but has been en- y
gaged for a year in literary work Two
years ago he made a trip around the V
vorld
Sir Isaac Pitman the shorthand
man and vegetarian who died a short
time ago arose every morning at four
oclock and- went to his desk where he1
worked with short pauses only for nis
simple meals until ten at night On
Sundays he preached in the Sweden- i
borgian churchy
Archbishop Martinelluthe apostolic
delegate and representative of the 7-
pope in the United States has just sus
tained a severe loss by the death of his
only surviving brother the Augustinian
monk Father Aurelius Martinelli The
archbishops other brother Cardinal
Martinelli died two or three years ago
College oarsmen will give a remark
able dinner soon in London Their
guests will be four old university oars
who have attained high judicial rank
Lord Macnaghten lord of appeal in or
dinance Lord Esher master of the
rolls and Lord Justices of Appeal A L
Jmith and Chitty the last three con
stituting one half of the British court
of appeals The provost of Eton also
aa old Blue will preside
The setting apart of an Episcopal
deaconess in Connecticut says a t
spondent has given rise to the state-
meilt that she had taken orders in the
Episcopal church whereas women are--not
ordained or admitted to orders in -the
Episcopal church and deaconesses i
are not in any sense ministers but only
authorized helpers in the charitable and
guild work of the church and are not C
allowed to preach or to conduct public
services
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BEHIND THE PURDAH JNDIA
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Veil of Dignity Which Shuts Women
from the World
An Englishman bent on mastering
the mysteries of their code of worship
attended Hindoo debates where the or
thodox and the advanced school met to
gether in discussion Can you tell
me he inquired at last confused by
the arguments and counter arguments
tossed like shuttlecocks from one to an
other of one single article of your
creed which you all hold in common
We all believe one of them replied
in the sanctity of a cow and in the de
pravity of a woman
As a rule they act up to this article of
belief or rather they live down to it
Yet once upon a time even in India
there seems to have been a golden age
for women Their present social
tion is traced to the Mohammedan
vasion The country was harassed byi
irruptions of Arabs and Persians f rom
the year 1000 until it was conquered by
Sultan Baber in 1525 The Moslems
brought with them not only ravage and
bloodshed but many evils hitherto un
known in the country The Hindoo
homes were robbed of their women and
jjirls to fill the harems or zenanas
as they were called in India and the
Hindoos shut up their wives and
daughters in order to protect them
Only the higher castes could do this ef
fectually Stern necessity required
that the poorer girls and women should
work and it offers degrees of liberty on v
a descending scale The higher thj
caste the more complete the seclusion
It is computed that at least 50000011
girls and women live behind the pur
dah or curtain metaphorically a veil
of dignity which shuts them off from
the outer world It is not from want oi
natural humanity that a zenana is the
darkest part of the house and farthest
away from the entrance into the street
A JJinddo is very religious it is said
that he even sins -religiously Hii
sacred book tells him that a woman
must be protected that she must notl
be allowed to look out of a Avindow into
the streets that no man except a near
relation must look on her face and ii
she offend she may be corrected by a
rope a whip or a cane London
Quiver
Japun and Russia in Cotca
The little kingdom of Corea whose
affairs furnished the ostensible provo
cation of the war between Japan and
China and whose king has recently
been under the guardianship of Russia
has passed under what is practically a
joint protectorate of Japan and Rus
sia The two governments have signed
an agreement by which each is to sta
tion a limited force of troops in Corea
for the protection of their settlements
-Both powers also agree to give Corea
financial aid Japan is to control the
telegraph lines except a new line to
Seoul which Russia is to build This
agreement seems to settle rivalries
which at one time wore rather a threat
ening aspect Youths Companion m
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Mrs Somers The man in the flat
above has sung and whistled and 7
knocked over furniture all the even
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become daft
Mr Somers Oh no hes all Tight
His baby went away for the
day N Y Journal
Unimnglnable Silence
You will be sorry for the way you
have neglected me when I am silent in
the tomb said Mrs Peck Think of -
that
My dear said Mr Peck as inno
Dently as he could I cannot imagine
such a thing Indianapolis Journal
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