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M'ABTHIJll, VINTON COUNTY OIIIO WEDNESDAY, .SEPTKMBER 17 1873. ;
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J. TV. BOWKN, Editor and Froprlotur
Tarma of Subaoriptlo.
One copy, one year.fl 60 I One copy, 8 mo .1 00
One copy, 0 mm . , IB One copy, 4 inoa . BO
Knot nam within tlio year..,.. ...... ...... . U0
CI ii In of Twenty ...... f M 00
The MoArtlmr Enqitirkb circulate HtKK
Or' 1'USTAtjK witliin the limit of Vinton
The Mr, Arthur EMQITIKKB and Tht Chrlt-
Hint Willi f will be ont to ouo ponou one
yeur for 3 00.
A falliuu to notify a dlaeontlnnanco at the
end of tha timo nuJjitoribeU lor, will be taken
la a new engagement for auuauriutlon. ' .
The Mpium oocupltid by 10 lino of tilt (Noll
ipnroll) type shall oonxtttuto a iquare.
Uulo and Pignrt Work 60 lent additional.
t moa. II mos. IS moi,
Twaaquarea, V50O i 1 00 'J- 10 00
Throe aqiiarei; 1 00 .... .10 00 , 15 00
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f ititii Ailvrtlenient--1 00 per iqnar for
IS, t inMirtlon; and 50 cant ver iquare for
aril additional InHortton.. ,
Uiuiues Canla, not excoeding 4 lluoi, 5
wryonr.. " " . . '
All nun ane on ant monition of aavrtio
laciitM. . , .
JillU with regular bdvortier to be paid
HubIiiphu Notice 10 cent a Hue. Marrlnve
Kotieu according to tho liberality of tlio
pa it Ins.
Yearly advertisers entitled to quarterly
i'ilveruementB not othorwlHa oiderocl, will
be continued until ordurod discontinued, mid
charged accordingly. ,
(Formerly Sanda House,)
J5GBERT BOWEN Pkoi-bietob.
TUIkIToiiw), wlilvh Is convenient to tlieR.lt.
depot, Mince changing pmpriotoin, lial been
tlioroiiirhlv renovated and refurnliilied. anil
the prudent proprietor offora to travelers and
nonmurn tni unit acuoninioiuitione.
Uood Stable on the prumiaes.
tSafrsttua moht rkasonarli pcf
. . Iw&ol i
. W. Tinkham and Mrs. Eliza Hy-
Having ImtHed this Hotel, wa would inform
(he traveliag publio and others, that they
hare thoroughly renovated anil refurnished
it. It is e.apiuilnui and commodious, and the
proprietors will endeavor to accommodate all
who may f.ivor them with their patronage.
Lunch served upon a moment's notice. Tennis
wi.i ne provided lor. Touaoco, Cigar, etc.,
kept at all times. Terms moderate.
July 10, 187.l-0.il .
ULBERT HOUSE, :
Mo ARTHUR. OHIO.
J AMES WORKMAN. Proprietor.
Tills If huso, aincc changing proprietors, lifts
been thoroughly renovated from "top to bot
tom." i lie present proprietor oners to truv
ulfis the best accommodation in clean and
firnt style, at low prices. Come and try it.
liood stabling, and horse will be well cared
for. C. W. IUknktt'8 "ltus line" starts from
this House dally, at 13 o'clock noon, for the
,PhEndkha8T & JKxmwa, PKee.
" " to Mabiet and Kbont st'b.
'11M House fronts Die Steamboat Landing,
, and convenient to tho R. It. Depot. Klegnut.
ly auu jjt uiy lurnisueu lor convenience and
3. V. VAttNEB
Till Hotel is In the most convenient part of
the city on t'rout St., between Slarkct and
MERICAN HOTEL. ...
Corner High and 8tato Sts., nearly opposite
K. J. BLOUNT r Proprietor.
This Hotel ii furntsliod throughout with all
the modern improvements. Guests can rely
ou the best treatment and very low bills.
Htroot tan pan till Hotel to and from all
. , OHIO.
DR. I.T. MUX All AN .... Proprietor.
Till home, formerly tha lahmn Ifnnu hu
been thoroughly renovated and beautifully
iiirniiiien. tiaving superior raoliltles, evory
; thing will bedouoioinake guests comfortable.
Table always suiipllod with the best the mar
ket affonls. Mcoly furnished room and
cleanest lieds. Good Stable. Every effort
made for the comfort of patron. All charges
th e. ohio.'
- . proprietor,
Till Hotel, a few lect from the Railroad De-
) 55'K Ji;
d, c and it now
r vunuiH I
imt, and whore all traveler on all train can
take munis, ha Just been greatlv enlartrod and
TralnaTtoT, ton m iiu r.1', STS.
llliil..'f,i . .. . I
(Inrnor Sixth and Walnut Street.
V. I. OAKKS A .T. T. FISHER. Pron
T, OAKKS A .T. T. FISHER. Pronrlntin
. .(.mi. ain i nt in j.ii. voNNiiLLT, Clerk.
Thl house baa been entiroly Refitted and
iiviuuiieieii, ami i in an Jtospect a
,1 FIRST-CLASS HOTEL.
ai.lthi Liixi'RiKR orrnnRiAaoN. Table
suriinssiNi uy none in tno west. Ample and
pleasant accommodation for traveler. Olvo
nail. UAKHS A CO.. Prourlotor.
. A merican Submerged Pomp. : t
'"The Best Pump in the Woeld."
OUll AGENTS report over $300,000 worth of
property ivod from Flra this year by these
Iiunips, pern; tua moat powenui loroe-punip
n tha world, a wall a Non-Krieiino.
Hue October number. nairoSIHL also tha Pre
mliim List, nairelWSor tho American Airrlenl
turlst. This paper never dbcelve the farmers.
' the American Agricul
foe notice In February number, paga 45. Trv
pno. ii it don't do the work claimed, send It
back and get your monev. as WE WARRANT
our pump to do all we claim fur them on onr
Send for circulars or order to the Bridge
port MTg Co., No. M Chamber Bt.New York.
A-nonlur for nluNo.l Pump secure an
exolulve townigeney. "T-tf,
(LTTOBITBY AT LAW
. -MoARTHUtt, euro.
Prompt atiention Rlvon to all legal bnslneia
dtrusted to blicare. , , , , .' '
' Ofllce at hi residence. ' K
reb. so, ima.
ATTOEKBY A.rV 3LA.W
Ilig, opposite Vinton Cou
Julykl. 1H7S ly.
y National Bank,
iir I .;;, m::!i r.
, : , . ; . . MoAHTHUB, .OHIO. . -
Will attend promptly to any limine given
hiaciire and iiiamageiuuut In anv Court of
Vinton and adjoining coiiutietk UrriuK In
the Court House, uj still. . :
IJ: S. CLATPOOLE, ' : . ,.
) :.v. :.;'.; ' -
I'KOSEOUTINO ATTOKNKV of VlNTON t'OUNTV.
Will pi-actice In Boss. Vinton and idloinlnir
counties. All legal htiHlnoi entrusted to hi
care piomjitly attended to.
g S. HIGGINS & BE0.,
. MANUFACTURERS OF '
Marble Monuments, Tomb Stones,
MANTLES. FURN1TURK, to.,
XjOGkA.Xr. ... OHIO.
Good Assortment of Marble constnntlv on
liaiid. All kinds of CUM KTKBY WOKK done
to order In tlio UiiCHt stvlu.
an! deal or In all kinds of
Picture Cord and Picture Nails.
giH-vuriinu cnreiuiiy none, ana me I
smallest l'lturcs enlarged to any size, end
llllislied in Oil. Wd.ler.cnlmn. nr Inilln Ink. nr
any other style tliat may be desired, at the
Large and II ncly flnlslicd Photographs can
ue mane irom sciai;ciiei nuu inneii riuturea.
Pictures of all kinds Framed to order, and
an work warrantuil tngivo satisfaction,
Joto:a C. H., Ohio.
Can at all timos be found at his office..
Elft'H KXTItACTKU absolutely without
ain, and with perfect safety, by the useof
AUUI1IXU UAl. olH
Ind., Cin. & Lafayette Railroad
Great Through Passenger Railway
to all Points
This is the Short Line via Indianapolis.
ThoOiuat Through Mail and Express Pas- I
aenger Lino lo 8t. Louis, Kansas City, St. Jo-
mj(iu, ieuver, sun i ranciaco, ana all points in
Missouri, Kansas and Colorado.
The Shortest unril nnlv fliiwel: rnnta in Tn.
iiaimpous, jjiiinyotie. 'lerre Haute, Cam
bridge City, Sprlngllcid, Peoria, Hmllngton, ,
in I'theoHiiwest1''''8' 8t" ux R" p"'"u
The Imllanaooliii. (InelnnHtl Jk Tufuvniia
Railroad, with it connections, now offer "
passenger more facilities In Thromrh Ci.m h I '
andSlueping ( ny Service than any other line
irum v,iiicinnnu, in living ine auvantage of
Through Dally Cars from Cincinnati to 8U Ol
Louis, Kansas tlty, 8t Jo.euh. Peoria, Bur-
iiugion, i.iiicago,u'nina, ami ail intermediate
points, presenting to Colonist and Familio
such comfort and accommodations a are
auoruea ny no otneir mutt,. .
Through Tickets and Uuggago Check to all
Trains leave Cincinnati at 7 :30 a. m.. 8:00 n.
i!Zk oaPn be obtained at No. I Bnniet
..uTOiCTiuoi jiiuu mm iuo, ruuuc L.nnu- I
Ing, corner Main und ltiver; alao, at Depot, &S
oorner Plum and Pearl street. Cincinnati.
lie sure to purclliaso ticket vlalndianau-
U A JLafayetto Kallroad.
O. I.. Jl AUK1NOKB,
Master Transportation, Cincinnati.
Chief Ticket Clerk. Cincinnati.
1IT o ARTHUR HACK LINE-
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r. r nr k .
viiakls vv. jMRNETr, Jfrounetor
"X-TT-lI.t. run n,..,ilQl.-.MiAl,,.o.4i
Hack loaves MnArthnv Post nmo f in U..4.
... . . .. . . . ' w iiiii,
"l. A. M to meet Fast Line West; at IS
ra. w IU
most the Cincinnati Express going east;
'clock P. at., to meet the St. Louis Express I
waar ft m u Lk.i T I- a. I
going west, at 6 P. II for fast T.lnn Bunt
win meet tno rarkorabiirg, Marietta and
ZnloBkl Accomodaition on application in per
on or bv Inttar.
Orders loft at the Post Olllce, MoArthur, or
un4:isa. ., , (J1IARLE3 W. BARNETT,
, Land Agency.
riRnV. Ainniinf'liiop in nunrK niui wwi m At.. 1
KlS Send fur tllO "Kllnaxs Central A.1n. -
ealo?' large W-column lnd t.m,or ft
ANSAS CENTRAL LAND
c' MaJ. JOHir'W. llEnks. Msniiiler.'
: . . . . : -.v.; . .. . Balina, Kim.
Real Eiitntfi Rnul
iMim ui viia jvnnsa rncino nailway 1.0m1
' 'AGENTS .SnTEDI i'
I?.Tfl.t "ty of each 8tale, for a now it.
J;i?jr.Vn",n,t- (''Kg i.!vkr ANn portraith
&7 WaJita y
llcin m. v. Of HiaaLn.ife a vt v
"While the Day Lasts."
1 , .While the daylight lingers, ,
Mortal, work and liravt
hint not plensuro'i volcei,
Drt'ftinlug life away.
' SwiftW ly llio ninnieiitiH "'
lioliinn monifiiili all:
Harvest flelds. now wllit'nliig,
ini ro. ucKiB i.uv tt
To thy ipli lt call.
j Mkfl the loaves of autumn,
tlhakeii bv the winds, '
: full thv fellow mortal, ..
. Dying In tholr sins.
' 'TIs no time to slumber
i ' Mighty Issue turn ;
On each rcJoui momnni.!
7 . Bend thee to thy mission,
Thrust the licklo In;
it' Bravely toil and earnest; !
rearing nituglit but aln.
' ffrnlHess hand am waiting
' Soattor. scattor fxnuly, "
; Jive In word and uoedl , , ,
; What ifbiuni thy forehead '.' 1
VI ith the heat of toil,
1 And tiy feet bo pressing ' ;;
livery kind of Kill. ' ,
KiiTT though thorns and thlsto, '
!' Now up stony steeps , .1 ,
Sweeter words mull gladden , .
Hlin who ow and roups. .
The War Worn Veteran.
An exchauge revives this
little story, which loses no in
terest by lapse of time 1
roor soldier r exclaimed a
lone old widow in East Ten
nessee, as a battered veteran
appeared at her door, and asked
for a cup of cold water. 'Poor
soldier ! I know in reason that
rllflr Tftt -MT ill ha nnntAtirul l.wl I
iu gcu a uimii. ui water, uoi 10
speak ot a little suthm to mix
'Thank you, mum ; but I be
long to the Daughters of Tem
perance, and cn't drink, unless
;x l-xii 11 01
It 1!? a Jlttle W the WaV Of med
icme, and I do feel a little
weak; and I have marched more
than forty miles to-day.'
'roily mile ! the laws hiice
massy 1 how could you do it?
Why, it would kill my
'It is very hard, but we fret
used to it. I wouldn't have
minded if if I had anything to
eat'- , .
'Sakes alive! Do come in
and sit down. Poor soldier.'
The good old lady brought
out a black bottle from whifh
u,av UUL,,CI lru,u WHICH
UU I.U...J ...i i
t,uo uuuereu veteran poureu out
teaspoonful into a glass of wa
ter, and took a vigorous pull at
the bottle when her back was
turned. Then she placed be
fore him a substantial supper
ham and eggs and corn bread
w mvh n.'ivu ajo aiA-
VEllCed in Pftllnnt sfvlft.
'And you are mighty young
llO A Hal florin' " cria aairl
,. , ,. , . , ,
lo01DS & benignantly
itr -r ..
-IcS mum, 1 am 1116 Only SOU
mV Widowed mother hilt m V
' wiuucu uiuuucr, UUl my
countrv OH pri rriA and mv lnf
UUUU,1J' CU11CU me, HUQ my OUty
my country is only second to
'Sh? Why yOU talk ES peert
'I was studying for the min
istry when the war broke
'I had 'a notion that the sol
diers were so wicked; but I'm
glad to find out that they ain't
You have 8ee power ol fight
- I reckon?' .
'A great deal, mum.
lioi.l o i I
llD,iau w taKo me;
i.U . . . I
1.1 h m ri m in iiiu fj mil. nnnnfm,
u v WW bVUUU V I
v.,i i i j i
mUSt D6 pUDlShed.
'Jest' so. Have
'Very often. I was once to
shot through the heart.' to
'Though the heart! Lawful
sakes I didn't it kill you?' we
'Not quite.. The intercostal I
muscle was penetrated longitu-
umaiiy anu extra vasted with
vanous veins: but the bullflt
ranfied across the lobe of
. . - . - .
Comminuted IrftfirilPfl ftf fho
PWm of the cerebel- L
and causing a lesson of 1U
popbTspfasTf tkrltaU, iui
l i i i '
uelavou ray recovery.
You dn't mean' to say that
i''ved through all that!'
was spared, mum, to be an 1 hard
humbly monument of the mercy
Of PrOVldOnCe.' , , ; , ,.. , ,
'Should think bo, What was
tb'atr noise? It ' -sounded
somebody wai'dowp in 'h'e eel-
n.f 111 1.01, mi .;.M(I
arfi .! if,.-i ;.-;!, y - v --n
;Nothing but rats, , Don't
be' alarmed, madam.' I am here
to protect you. I once defend
ed the bouse'of ft wldpiy wjien
it , was attacked . , by a dozen
guerrillas. I ; was obliged to
kjll: seven of 'them, and the
balance ran 'atyay,' ' "' '"' ;'T
, ,'Doo.tell I Should think you
ought to be an officer,' , ,, , , .
; TJ) Resident has. tried , to
mission as general, ijiji i naye
believed ftaji qw , serve .. i)
country better Ja. my present
sphere. Thank you. I don't
care if I do take a spoonful of
that. I must be going now,
with many thinks, for your
kindness. It is nearly time for
our evening prayer meeting,
and I must be there to open it
Have you such a thing as a
pocket Bible to spare? : Mine
was destroyed in the last bat
tle, by feeing struck by a bullet,
in mv af w W wnfl TuA
,ast .ft of mv hp!(,
an(J sayed Jife,
LawMsakps which pook.
'The behind pocket, mum.'
'What a blessed thing it is
to have a Bible 1 There is one
that belonged to my Matilda
Jane ; but I know that you will
make a good use of it. I will
remember you in my prayers
poor soldier 1'
As the last rays of the set-
I .a it
tinS sun lighted up the tace ol
tba . "attered veteran, they
shone npon two big tears, that
slowly trickled down either
c lieeK' maklnS miniature canals
t ougb the dust tbat coatw3
1 "l Tf-rr
nis epidermis, lie walked up
the road until he was joined by
several more battered veterans,
who came out from a corner of
the fence. Two of them bore a
keg, others carried tin buckets.
others had their arms full o
'Have you got it, boys?' ask'
ed the veteran to whom the Bi-i
ble had been presented.
'All right, my oovey. Ten
gallons of peach brandy, a keg
of applejack and ever so many
bottles of blackberry wine. The
old gal was well fixed.'
'You made such a noise that
she would have smoked you if
hadn't been there to throw
her off the track. Let's go and
divide. I ought to have the
biggest share, as I had the
hardest part of the work."
It is thus that patriotism and
virtue are rewarded.
"What is your secret of sue
cess ?" asked a lady of Turner,
the distinguished painter. lie
replied, "I have no secret,
madam, but hard work."
An old sermon, preached at
Hanover, Va.. in Mav.1653.bv
among the rubbish offered for
wwiom vuvivu iui
. . . . . . -
oala or aniitiAn , ,1 Ul.AirnNj
Ip Ood 1m takpn a ,ifr.ADa
M u H ...vuvuu
our alms, no other is needed
establish the fact or to
perpetuate the record of what
A house uninhabited soon
comes to rum, ana a soii unin-
habited bv the Ho v Smnt of
God verges faster and faster to
, . r.
AtWAys in haste' but Dever
r' Jje,Bure 1,ave
iaKen leave 01 eacn otner. !i
Gain all you can, : save all
can, give all you can. .'
Success', is his who works
enough for it 1 r '
messenger Yes, Christian, persevere. If
Jesus has called you to any
sryl;f), dq p; p'ow weaiy in
W'fell-'Joing, for in duo tfme you
fiftU reap if you taint not
iMrs. U--.ra was one of the
Soble women who lett home and
iends to minister to the wants
( tlie soldiers, during the late
ad struggle, in the hospital,
camp, and field, her hand and
her heart were seeking by ev
ery means to add to their com
tortsin tljeir sufferings,
and lead the,m to-the Saviour,
the guly .rue source of consola-
I But the path was not always
rj'asy. , A regiment was sent to
tho oanip wberp. P?0 was labor
ing, under Col. S - ,who was
a skdptic, and opposed eveiy ef
fort she made to circulate relig
ious papers among his men. As
a gentleman, ho could not pos
itively prohibit her effort, but
when requested to furrish an
escort, he sent her to QR3 of bis
captains, who, when foind, was
intoxicated. This he did sup
posing she would be dsgusted,
and discontfnue the efbrt Not
so, however ; Mrs. B m not
only accepted his services, but
while he was busy introducing
her with drunken hesitancy,
quietly scattered thi precious
words of life through tent after
tent, among eager ippreciative
men, who were onlj too glad to
receive and read them.
As soon as Col, &
that Jtrs.' B n.
ceeding, ho sent a
upon her track to gather up all
the tracts she had distributed,
and returned them to her with
the message, that "he did not
want his men made either fools
But God's providence was
mightier than ho. God can
make the wrath of men to
praise him, and the remainder
he will restrain.
T I i. 11 i '
just ai mis time, a pious
Lieutenant came with his reg
iment to the camp, and hearing
what Col. S had done.
quietly came to Mrs. B
for the returned tracts and cir
ciliated them among the sol
diers. They began also to hold
prayer-meetings in the evening.
but owing to the opposition few
One day a sad accident oc
curred, by which a soldier in
stantly lost his life, producing
saddened feeling among the
men. The time for the funera;
came, but they had no chaplain
conduct religious service.
they, stood sadly around,
the officer of the day asked,
"Is there any one here that can
make a prayer ?" Immediately
Lieut. T stepped forward
and made an address and offer
a prayer to God, asking his
blessing upon distant friends
bereaved, as well as those as
The Spirit of God came down
upon the hearts of those pres
ent, strong men trembled be
fore Him, and many asked,
"What must I do to be saved?"
From tins time the prayer
meeting was well attended, and
among others converted was
tho skeptical, scoffing Col. S .
No longer a persecutor: like
Saul of Tarsus, his first inquiry
was, "Lord, what wilt thou
mve ino to do ?" And, as he
md been prominent in opposi
tion to the servants of Jesus, so
now he was instant in season,
and out of season, everywhere,
and by all means assisting in
arrying the blessed tidings of
salvation of his perishing fellow-
ClniHtians, "In the morning
sow thy seed, and in tho even
ing withhold not thy hand ; for
thou knowest not whether they
shall prosper,- either this or
that, or1 whether they both
Hints to Housekeepers.
; Pickle froa' Hams. For one
hundrec(s. poinds of hftnj, ' take
six gallons of,. water, , nine
pound of. salt, one quart of
molasses, three ounces, of salt
peter, and oue ounce salei-atus.
When ready to smoke they can
be soaked and freshened , to
taste, if too salt. . ; , i ...ir
, JuMBLES.-T-IIalf , a ; pound oi
butter, half i a pound of sugar,
threfQur(h.s pf ft. pound, oj
flour, three eggs,' flavor .. with
ro3e water and nutmeg. After
the ingrodjPRta are rqi$cfl, take
out a little a... ft, .well-sugared
board, and cover with sngar.
Cut in short strips, and cook on
a well-buttered tin.
Eaa Cake. Two cups of su
gar, one egg, a piece of butter,
the size of a, large egg, one cup
of sour milk, one teaspoonful of
soda, a little salt and nutmeg,
one teaspogaful of lemon, three
cups of flour; beat the white of
eggs separately, the sugar and
yolk and butter together;
hake in a thoroughly heated
Making Citric Acid. The
fresh lemon juice with powder
ed chalk until all the acid is
neutralized. Citrate of lime
will be precipitated, which wash
and thdn decompose by means
of diluted sulphuric acid. A
precipitate of sulphate of lime
will then be formed, while the
citric acid dissolves. Filter,
and the sulphuric acid will
then deposit itself in crystals
when the concentrated liquid
Berry Pcddino Steamed.
Four cups flour, one cup sugar,
one cup mills, two eggs, two
tablespoonfuls melted butter
one teaspoonful soda, two tea
6pooniuis cream tartar, one
teaspoonful salt. Steam one
and a half hours. Butter the
pan, into which pour the batter,
Shut the steamer very tight,
and keep in steam until cook
1 ' YYTl v
eci. wnen ngntiy done it
comes froni the steamer looking
like a loaf of cake Fruit to
taste, mixed with the batter be
n : ' '
vUTLETS OF VEAL, LAMB OR
Siioat. When the rack ot veal
is chosen divide each bone sep
arately, break an egg, and we
the pieces with it; then roll in
bread crumbs, afterward frying
them in lard. Make a nice
gravy with butter, pepper and
salt, mixed with the bread
crumbs. Any part of the vea
almost, cut in small pieces may
be dressed in the same way.
Ihis dish must be thoroughly
done to be good. Either
quarter of lamb or shoat, cut
in small pieces that is to
say, the usual Bize for chops-
may be dressed in the same
way, and will be found very
Kaspberry Jelly. To each
pint of juice allow three-fourths
pound of loaf sugar. Lt the
raspberries be freshly gathered,
quite ripe, and picked from the
stalks; put them in a large jar,
after breaking the fruit a little
with a wooden spoon, and place
jar covered, in a sauce pan
boiling water. When the
uice is well drawn, which will
from three-quarters to one
lour, strain the fruit through a
Ine hair soive or' cloth; meas
the juice, and to every pint
allow the above proportion of
oaf sugar, Put tho juico and
sugar into a preserving pan,
place it over the fire, and boil
gently until the jelly thickens
whon a littlo is poured on a
plate; carofully remove all the
scum as it rises, pour the jelly
small pots, cover down and
keep m a dry place. .t!
"Why can't ther rain - stop,
and the sun come out again?
I do wish ' it would, for I
want to see Hattle Gray." So
said a little girl, who " stood
pouting by a window, in a
pleasant house, 'Nothing but
rain always raining whenever
I wish to do anything pleasant.
I do wish the clouds would pass
over, and ', fall somewhere
else,' ' . V;"; -t;:
'Kitty, Kitty,' called a pleas
ant voice from the next room ;
oome bore and let me tell you
it story.' ' " ' ; - -:;iii , i .
; ;' 'Ob j do, sister ''feaid Kitty,
and she Bprang from tie. ' win
dow to her sister's side. 'Mary,
what makes you so cheerful
day after day you never seem
disappointed when you are hin
dered from doing? Are you
never sorry? Don't you ever
wish to have it different?'
'Wait, Kitty ; not too many
questions at once. If you had
asked me if I ever wished, I
could then have said yes ; but
I hope now. I only wish to be
more like our Saviour, and al
ways do what is right'
'Well, Mary, I can't help it
Do tell mo when you ever
wished. Were you as large as
lam?' . '
'Yes ; Kitty, I was just as
old as you are, when I wished
as you do now.' , , i
'Do all little girls Btop when
they are ten years old, Mary?'
; 'They are old enough, Kitty ;
but it is not years that give a
contented spirit When I have
finished my story, you can tell
me what it is. When I was
ten, I had been promised a sail
on the bay with four little girls.
Old John, the sailor, had a boat
and as he was Tery careful and
steady, our parents would some
times allow him to take us i
short distance from shore. Bu
the next morning, as soon as I
awoke, I heard the rain patter
ing against the window panes
Oh, how disappointed I was
and instead of feeling grateful
to a kind Heavenly Father for
keeping me safe through the
night and tho storm,! grumbled
that he should let it rain when
wished to go sailing. At
breakfast I pouted and had no
smile for dear mother nothing
pleased me the whole morning.
At ten o'clock the rain stopped,
but the clouds still looked dark
and lowering, and mother said
must stay at home. When
father came home to dinner, he
said he would take mo a pleas
ant drive, for it was going to be
clear ; then, for the first time,
condescended to smile, and
hurrying though with my dia-
ner, I was soon ready for the
carriage and pony, which soon
made its appearance. Off went
the horse as happy, as I then
was, carrying us through pleas
ant lanes and woods, where the
birds were flying , about and
singing. Boon we stopped at
pretty, cottage, in front of
which some little girls were
'Where, is your father,
'In the house, eir,' replied the
At that moment the door
opened, and " a man appear
'Well, John, isaid my father,
what do you think of tho show
er?'' 1 ; " :
'I have just been thanking
God for it,' said the man. "With
out it, I should have been a
ruined man, and r iny children
without a home. , I have plant
large crops of corn and po
tatoes, from which I hope to
realize nough to p.iy, for my
lttle farm ; but the d rough t bad
nearly; burned it all up. . Oh,
sjr, God sent, the, rain in an
swer to many prayers, for many
were suffering as I was. I shall
now be able to pay you all on
the place this autumn, sir.' Af
ter a few more words, we drove
on. :;. :..,, .' . '
i 'Did my little girl hear what
ivir. . omiui saia i asKoa ; my
father. 'I, too, have cause td bo
thankful for , the 6howor; for
without . the . payment by Mr.
Smith, I could not have met
the expenses of the year, and
we also might have, been oblig
ed to leave our pretty Jhome.'
Of course I felt very, sorry for
my vain wishes and hope , that
I never' should be; soi naughty
again. Soon we came in sight
of the beautiful sea, that I lovei
to watch. 1 ' in
'What means the hurrying to
and fro 2' asked my father of
man that was passing. ; : i o i
'Old John's boat upset when
three miles out, and though he
did all he could, two ol the
children were drowned,' replied
Sad and stricken r were two
houses in our village that night,
for each had lost a, lovely
'Mary, darling ; I can thank
God again, and more than
ever, for the shower, - said my
lather ; 'for if it had not rained
this morning, you would have
been in that boatand we might
never had a little daughter, for
old John could only save two
Oh, how guilty I felt thatl had
pouted and been so wicked j'.'
I Blot Out a Day.
Before the place where ' I
daily write, hangs a calendar.
It is a miniature map of the
year. The montns are in capi
tals, the days in numerals, When
a day is gone I draw my pen
over the figure. , I blot out
that day. So I have often said
to myself, but I am startled at
the words and the thought, 'A
day I blot it outl' ,
What is a day ? A section
of my own existence a link in
the chain of my own probation
' certain - measure - of' the
stream that flows On to immor
tality. It came obeying no call
of man it departs with no pow
er of mine to retain it I did
not give it, and can not keep it
It is perfectly, independent; of
me. I blot it out! No more
than I can the sun. .,
A day it has a record ot
my emotions and my actions.
Each honr is a graving tool and
writes a portion of my history.
The record is visible, but be
yond my reach. I blot it out !
or make the record, other"than
it is when it is finished ! . I al
ter, add, erase! No,, not .the
shadow of a shade ! I might
have made the record different
by different emotions sod : acr
tions as the day went on, I
might have avoided thin and
done that But when the day
is over and the record complete,
blot it outl INo. Ino more
than I can my own being. Im
perishable is that page. ; ; ,
1 blot out a day 1 1 can blot
out the letters that compose the
word. My pen can dash out
the word itself, so that no man
should know the word day was
there. But the written history
of a day I did not write it I
thought, and felt, and lived,
but an invisible hand drove the
pen ' of history; ' 'Faithful' pic
ture, infallible, true--th at hand
writing on the wall. .1 can no
more blot it out than the terri
fied king of Babylon couiu erase'
what he aw. ...
Blot out a departed davl
Yes, you pan the numeral that
represents it, but tho moral his-.
tory stands. . ,. , , . , ,
My little calendar is full of
DO ' . " '-' t - ,
A glance, at it shows how
many days are gone., My era
sive pen has swept over all the
year, thus far, a passing reason
for the right improvement of the
remnant. i d ; .,
Erasing the numeral that
represents it, I propose not to
blot, biit to beautify each day.
The record can be improved.
can live in sweeter harmony
with Him, who, while making
each day a testimonial of His
goodness, thus, most kindly in
vites me to make each ait im
provement oh its predecessor,
love and obedience, so that
when all . my day3 are blotted
out by the destroyer, "death, tha
eternal day may dawn upon tno.
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