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The Proress.
Volume 6--No 41. SHREVEPORT, LA., Oct b.: I'. !.;/. Price 5 Cents
The Colonel's Story.
BY \liss.-- BiTTIE - i n j LT l lt.[p
The doctrine of foreordination is
a question that has perplexed the
minds of many wise and profound
theologists ever since the Christian
era.
Although the writer of this ar ti
cle eschews it and believes it is a
dangerous fallacy, yet tells the
story of HIannon IHoliday, which
is founded on facts, and allows the
reader to draw his own (cnclus
ions.
It was a warm August evenfing.
After having attended a good old
primitive Baptist meeting a lot of
us youngsters met at old Colonel
MeMan's hospitable residence to
spend a pleasant evening in social
chit-chat after discussing the cur
rent topics of the day. Our dis
course naturally drifted to the ser
mon preached that ,day by the
Rev. Mr. Ilarrington, in ,hi-:: he
discussed predestination.
After having exhausted our vo
cabulary on the pros and cons we
turned to the old colonel, whI) had
been a silent listener, and asked
his opinion. ''Well, boys, I have
listened to what you have ha t to
say, and as I always love to hear
you talk, I wouldn't put in, and as
none of you have convinced the
other, I only have to say that 'man
convinced against his will is of the
same opinion still,' but your dis
cussion brings to mind the life of
my old friend, Hannon Holiday,
which with your permission I will
tell."
'It was along in the fifties, when
quite a youtH, I became acquainted
with him and a fine fellow. he was.
He was a Boston boy, the son of a
hard, cold and close business man,
who had no sympathy with the
romance or bubblings of youth,.
but his mother was a sweet, loving
creature who worshipped Hannon
and was in turn idolized by him.
Old Hannon often reproved her
tenderness and would wind up by
saying, 'Yes, you are making a
milksop of that boy, but I will ed
ucate him, which is more than my
parents did for me, and I will then
set him adrift and let him shift for
himself.' So as time passed on
young Holiday became of age, and
on the twenty-first year of his life,
old Holiday took him to his store
door and gave him one- hundred
dollars and said, 'never let me
see your face again until you bring
one thousand dollars. Great was
the grief of both mother and son,
but old Holiday's word was like
the law of the Medgs and Persians.
So young Holiday left his home
with sad emotions and doubting
fears, with carpet bag in his hand,
walked down the street, not know
ing which way to go or where to
turn, but luckily his steps brought
him to the pier, where a ship was
weighing anchor for New Orleans
and inadvertently he walked
aboard and applied for a passage
as a steerage passenger.
"His intelliget appearance caused
the clerk to likoc as if he did not
Sunderstand his ears. "Steerage,
did you say ?"- Ye , I said steer
ag. '()Only- ten dollars, but why not
cabnin ' "ircuzst-nces won't ad
nmit.'
"Long and tedious was the trip
and haid was the fare for poor
Ilannon. Mlany were the conjec
ture, of the c.,lic(''rs and p)ass-engers
as to who and what was the busi
ness of the handsome. gloomy
young man, but all, even the
roug h sailors, w ere kind aind con
siderate to him. So as all human
events end the passage ended on
C'hri.-tmas day-. Young Hlannon
found himself landed in a strange
city and almost an unknown
world, where the people and every
thing looked so different to what
he had been accustomed to.
\While walking en Canal street in a
gloomy and despondent mood he
was touched on the elbow gently,
and turning, he faced a kind and
benevolent looking old gentleman,
\vwho said, 'Beg your pardon, but
you sc"mn to be a stranger; take
my card and call on me if I can be
of any service to you.'
"Yes, you can tell me where I
can find a cheap, but respectable
boarding house," which the gen
tleman kindly did.
"After settling down in his room
he looked at the card and found
his new friend to be a priest. 'Ah,
I will call on the good father,'
which he did and was kindly re
ceived.
" 'Ah ! my son,1'm pleased to see
you and to renew my offer, but tell
me all.
"Hannon unreservedly told
God's man all hi - life, to which he
attentively listened.
S''Now, what would like to do ?'
"Hannon said he would take
his advice.
"'Well, you say you have a lit
tle money; would like a t: ade?'
" 'Yes, anything you please to
tell me to do.'
"'Ii will then introduce you to an
honest notion dealer, and would
advise you to buy a pack and ped
dle, as a good deal of miney can
be made by peddling in our coun
t'y parishes, and besides you will
see and learn a good deal of life.'
"After making his purchases he 4
returned to his room to dream, as
he fondly hoped, of a bright future 1
and a speedy return to his loving
mother. It was a bright and even
balmy day that he crossed the 1
Mississippi river to begin a new 1
and checkered life. Success t
seemed to attend his every step.
lie sold his goods quickly and met
kind and hospitable treatment on
every hand. lie, in fact, was so t
successful that he soon found his
mite doubled and trebled.
"So he concluded to buy a horse
to carry his pack. lie had by this
time gone a good piece in the coun
try. One day he came to a sluice
of water which looked shallow, se i
111 ii I '. it 'I x m i V
t l g(ib. 11 , pass n i,' l i: a ',\:I )!:
li o tr 1u; I z\Iv I :."t :i ? , it o i
(uctl him ntI tlc hi'm t;) their
catli) in : 1;t h f- ial .1.t,ndileio ,
.t ''Ihen h" s us;-, \, iltia '
Sra.ging lae\" , h i hte ai" t),
pvassmi ye ir h,.r ''! It wi:h h'"
''1Uct i t he (li' Oi(eig-ra r:11 :112·,1 i
father, ,it1 \v 1. a" wiy \ wI; r : ,:tl
ish hi- `I nly d:It''1 : .1 hi--, .an ,
hs' hos e wht rev -- ttoef at
,gt.e in th. ' e c' I1 V., a e t , ,- ' .
hiem o f the c(irunt i .. t, hich ol hi
little i" i'< itul io-t ib.',.d with il ti:'IEat
"VWhn thge llt ers tinished thetir
tst· i'y, sitw r . a:tset.i h r' Ihl, hnis Ia d
sai.d i
" 'Papan. lt uhs sti, hint andl dro
whart \he r.oo n. ,
"'sThe ld ,en:l aic ntre, n'r refosled
her anythin,. (i , w-hy- this tinwe.
It resulted io n hie : sweiel.. takeo n to
his house,, wvrile .ver attention
could I be gIven ;hit . ltl s:till li n
ghered hbewtween li're "nt deathe, ver ,
speaki f g in his 1.1)iri1,;) ()l si h
sweet Qn.lc]1 noth+,lr. :s he callel
her.
"It was a bri,'hit :,lay orning I
when Hannon t oper(ll his eyesy ian
a strange platce where thIe sw\:et t
scent of roses wafted through his I
window, and the'(ehirl) of birds was I
heard in the trees a,)iund loti lres'
mansion. Then his eyes wandered I
around the roomn , i which hung;
most beautiful pictuites, until th .y
rested on the sweet IMadonna,
which seemed to seile. He looked
and listened, bet could not realize
where he wasi. o'riently he heard
a door softly ()_),1n a,1d sawva syllh=
like form api;1n:i..i his bed; when I
he uttere- d i .y of joy and ex- t
claimed: 1
" 'An angel; 'in in Paradise !' a
''"She placed her ftnger on her
lips is a token for him to be sihlent,
and then poured out a lotion and
gave it to him, saying :
" 'Take this and be quiet.' Th -n a
smoothi:g his )illw, sha e s . a,
"'hankl y, h, livter .'
"h)a:ys lengtho'ed into week: -
fore yo"unX l l)li(la"y was alhle t>
go forth a..in. bIu( t(h)s(, clays I
were nauit. hei., ,r1'1l , ,v i h kind li
att'ntion s of lis 1"%.t an o little
ulk ihto , \V -t pi 'ttie. l t' i t ;: er "
te plted tha:: t ) :bk at.y <lu(C'ni S
that amight n,- (,ll .1ar i'i;1n,
"(n( et vcii!." in tohe latter part of I
.June he and little FYO liita han re
turned from a walk. Ile was very
p)ensivc a1nd(1 ; olo ).>.. :-, ) m h sI)
that it distlurbed hcr ' o) that she
l)lace'd her ha.n, in his ant! said:
`" `ýIy ;v o()< shi, wilat nil- youl "?
`" "Oh, my little fri'nd, enou I h : t
to-morr'wv I nlllU.,t ],a-V-'.
" -Why. who said s: ?")
"'No on ,: bllt I m u1 . ;..+) tt 1(1 I
work to pa." yo I ',r .yo,.iur ki!-,:,,
and troubl.. "
want work why don't ,-ou speak
to papa? If you d )n't -shall.'
"' So that iight she told her
Snfather what had passed between
ht'in. Next morning the old gen
e1 ral sent for young HIannon to
( c('o' to his lil)rary and told what
his ,'aughter had told, and offered
to (o ainyvthing he could for him.
'" 'I have never asked you any
thing about yourself, thinking you
w \\uld tell iime if you wished me to
"'Yo1ung Holiday told him all,
l both fears and hopes, and how he
longed to make the money, only
that he might return to see his
111ot her.
"Ah. weli, my young friend, I
'an symmpathize with you, and amn
glad I 'ant aid you. I have an in
tere st in a blusiiness in New Orleans
S;illl nm l)artner wrote to me last
niight that we need a man to repre
sent us, so will you undertake it at
lifteen dollars, with the promise of
raising your salary if business will
adminit?'
'This was almost too good to
believe, and of course he accepted
with thanks.
'" 'But how much do I owe you
for taking care of me ?'
" "Nothinlg, nothing! I am al
most offended at your asking such
ia (nustion.'
"ilaunnon spent the rest of the
day getting ready to leave and
was assisted by little Felicita, who
proved an apt hand in fixing up
his luggage.
'' I e retired early to meditate on
his apparent bright future and
ponder over the freaks dame for
tune had played him, but did he
know how fickle she was yet to
prove ? The servant called him at
an early hour next morning, and,
coming down, he found the old
gentleman ready to accompany
him to New Orleans, where after
due course of time they arrived,
and he was duly commissioned in
his new employment, which was
to take charge of a trading boat
which plied between New Orleans
and St. Louis. Like Joseph of
old everything prospered in his
hands, so that next year he was
made a partner in the entert rise,
and by the end of three years he
accumulated the coveted amount
and returned to Boston to see his
mother, but how often are human
aopCes dashed to the ground.
\Vh n he arrived he at once re
paired to his home, and before ex
changing greetings with his father
he presented his check for $10,000,
\ hich the old man examined very
closeily to see its gelluinences,
which proved all right. Hlis flist
question was:
" 'Where is my another ?'
\" -Your mother died last week,'
said old holiday, without even
clhanging his countenance.
"T'his was a blow that shattered
his every nerve, which was very
unusually strong. The world
seeiime'l to reel under his feet and
everything grew dark. Young
Ilan non fell as if struck by a sledge
hamme r. Again, weeks and days
found him in a bad degree, as
brain fever set in and he lingered
between life and death.
"His absence and not hearibg

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