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SOUTHERN STANDARD MCMINNVILLE. TENNESSEE.SATURDAV, JUNE 14, 1890.
KDITKD UV ltlvV. F. L. I.KKPEK.
i'r child .f mosaiich,
A little kingdom I possess,
Where thoughts and feelings dwell,
Aud very hard I find the task
Of governing it well ;
For passion, tempts and troubles me,
A wayward will misleads ;
And selfishness its shadows casts
On all my words and deeds.
How can I learn to rule myself,
To be the child I should,
Honest and brave, nor ever tire
Of trying to be good?
How-can I keep a sunnv soul
To shine along life's way?
How tan I tune my little heart
To sweetly sing all day t
Dear Father, help rae with the love
That casteth out my far ; .
Teach me to lean on thee, and feel
That thou art very near,
That no temptation is unseen,
No childish grief too small
Since thou, with patience infinite,
Doth soothe and comfort all.
I do not ask for any crown,
But that which all may win,
Nor seek to conquer any world,
Except the oue within.
Be thou my guide until I find,
Led by a tender hand,
The happy kingdom in myself,
And dare te take command.
Louisa 31. Alcotl.
Aunt Maria's Afterwards.
It was years ago that March, when
a few days of springlike airs swelled
the buds on the maples, sent small
green shoots from the daffodils, and
set us girls planning about spring
hats. Cousin Louise and I were to
go into the city tomorrow on a shop
ping expedition ; so my sister and I
ran across the street to Aunt Maria's
to consult with our cousins, the "oth
We always drifted into Grandma's
room. It was the largest, pleasant
est room in the house, and Grandma
was so bright and cheery we loved to
be with her. She sat by that- morn
ing, occasionally putting In her quiet
word, while we went deep into the
subject of straws and bonnets and leg
horns, high crowns, rolling brims,
tips, plumes, ribbons, etc. It was all
settled at last that Louise, being fair,
should get a pale blue, shirred-like
bonnet, and cousin Clara a white
crape one with pink roses. Sister
Ituth's bonnet was to be like herself,
quiet and sweet a fine straw with a
delicate lace and heliotropes; while
mine, all agreed, should bo a hat with
rolling brim, faced with black velvet,
and glowing with scarlet poppies,
There was no need of so much clatter
and consultation, however, for each,
alter receiving advice, resolved to
provide herself with the identical
head-gear she had in her mind for
the last month.
After we had somewhat subsided,
Grandma got up and went to her
"I guess I'll have my hat tended
to while you're about it," she said
as she lifted it out. "I've worn it just
five years now. Isn't it getting a lit
tle sort 0' rusty ?"
"Grandma ought to have a new
bonnet, mother," said Louise. "One
of these fine black Neapolitans
trimmed with black lace would be
lovely for her."
Aunt Maria took her mother's
straw bonnet and turned it about on
her head, inspecting it critically,
thinking, meanwhile, that the girl's
hats were all to be rather expensive
this season, and that it was time to
retrench somewhere. What great
difference did it make about an old
lady's bonnet anyway, so that it was
comfortable, she went out so little.
"Nonsense, Louise !" Aunt Maria
said at last. "This bonnet is just as
good as it ever was."
"O, I don't think I need one,"
J rand ma said meekly. "That would
be extravagant ; but" I thought a new
border might be put on, and maybe a
new pair of strings."
"I don't see anything the matter
with the border," said Aunt Maria in
a decided tone.
"The strings can be sponged and
ironed, and tltey will look as well as
So saying she handed it back to
Grandma, and turned to give further
commissions for the city, ltuth told
me afterwards that she felt like say
ing: "Give it to me, Grandma.
will have it all freshened up for you,
and I'll pay for it myself."
I?ut none of us ever thought of go
ing contrary to Aunt Maria's decrees.
She was the commander-in-chief of,
Grandma took her bonnet in silence
and put it back in the drawer. She
was not growing childish, but I was
sure a tear trembled on her eyelid as
she bent her white head an unneces
sary length of time over her drawer.
She felt hurt I know she did. She
was not a vain old lady, but her tastes
were nice, and she knew as well as
any of us younger ones that her bon
net had lost its freshness.
Grandma took her knitting pres
ently and seated herself by the south
window in her armchair. As I
watched her I fell to wondering if
her thoughts were going back just
now over the years to the time when
Aunt Maria was a baby. They were
poor then, and I had heard Grandma
tell how 6he did her own work, and
made shirts for several families to
help make the ends meet. Was
she recalling how she sat up nights
and sewed to earn nibney enough to
buy a cunning little white hood,
made of satin and swan's down for
her little girl ? Or did she remember
how many weary stitches it took to
earn that fine broad-brimmed straw
hat trimmed with white ribbon that
her thirteen-year-old daughter might
be "like other girls?" Perhaps her
mind dwelt on a story she had often
told me ; how, when Aunt Maria was
nineteen, there came an invitation for
her to go to Boston and spend a
"Maria felt bad," Grandma's story
ran, "because she thought her hat
wasn't fit to wear. I had a bonnet
made of a handsome piece of velvet
that my brother sent me from Paris.
I just slipped upstairs and ripped that
bonnet up, then I got your grand
father to take me to town. I had
some money I had been saving up a
good while to buy me a new bomba
zine dress, but I thought a cheaper
one would do just as well ; so I just
took some of that money and went
to the best milliner in town. I bought
a long black feather I knew Maria
liked 'em and I told her to make
me a hat fit to be seen in Boston. I
never let on to anybody what I'd
done. But you ought to 'a' seen Ma
ria when that hat came home. If
she wasn't happy ! It was a beauty.
The long black feather curled around
her goldy hair, and just touched her
shoulder. In front there was a little
white tuft, with some tall birds o'
paradise feathers waving in it. The
milliner said it needed that, so I got
it besides. You've no idea how hand
some she looked, and I enjoyed that
hat forty times better than when I
had it for mine."
Was grandma thinking: "And yet
Maria begrudges me a little new rib
bn for my bonnet, as well off as she
Is, too !" If any such thoughts dis
turbed her, they did not appear on
her placid face as she patiently knit
ted on. It was only a fortnight from
that day, and we gathered again in
uranumas room, lucre was no
merry talk. There was that strange
hush which but one presence brings,
broken only by low sad strains of
music, and words of consolation
spoken in subdued tone-.
Grandma slept peacefully. There
lingered on her dear face the light of
the parting smile she had given us at
parting. Fair tlowers were all about
her, and I noticed, as I bent over her
for the last time, how pure and fresh
the white ribbon was which tied her
cap, and then with a pang remem
bered her old bonnet strings. Dear
Grandma, she had gone where gar
ments are without spot or wrinkle.
How she would enjoy the white rai
ment, purity, th, unchanging fresh,
ness of the heavenly land !
We all loved Grandma dearly, for
a time it seemed as if we could not
go on without her. One day, to
wards evening, a longing seized me to
look once more into Grandma's room;
so I went accross the street, and stole
around to the side door which opened
directly into her room. It was ajar
and I stepped softly in. Grandma's
armchair empty ! stood by the
window. I leaned over it, trying to
picture her as I had seen her so often
sitting at dusk humming her favorite
hymn, "Sun of my soul, thou Saviour
dear." But the sound of sobbing
reached my ear, and looking up I saw
in the shadows, at the further end of
the large room, Aunt Maria, stand
ing by the bureau. Grandma's bon
net was in her hand. She turned it
about and looked at it as if she would
torture herself with the certainty that
it was indeed shabby ; then she kissed
it again, and bowed her head low
over it in an agony of bitter weeping.
And I had thought Aunt Maria self
constrained and cold ! She had not
heard me come in, so I went noisely
Aunt Maria meant to be a good
daughter. She had always abundant
ly supplied her mother with necessi
ties and comforts, but'she would have
given all she possessed that night,
standing there in the desolate room,
to be able to recall the thoughtless
words which for the sake of a few
paltry dollars denied the dear old
mother almost the last request she
"Let love antedate the work of
death," and now bring the sweet
spices of a fresh ribbon, a flower, a
tender word, a loving thoughtfulness,
which will brighten hearts that are
Christ Forgiving Sin.
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that God can forgive sin. Science is
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ISature knows nothing of forgive
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That he will blot out our transgres
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