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THE LITTLE MAN IN GRAY.
Turns' a little man In jrriiy,
That manv a rlirii? h day
Iasts bni h up mill down our itilot trcot ;
Hi- atop lit every door
I'lii1 rich tnun'n mill (tie pour
CJu-ii hurries on with tjulck uuicliiiK fni't.
Hi- dors not rare bn spenk
To men whom hn inimt seek ;
He never hemls Imw anxiously they wait;
Hn sees no wiiti'lilha- i'VOS,
No looks of milt MurpHiu' ;
Onward ho kuu like some culm careless Fata.
Within his hitnil he hcnrs
A thoiiHmio. hope und cares.
Scaled toli-n. (in- llin yoiinx, the old, the itay;
o wui it ol C.nr or Ktna-
kii Imlf tuich t'liHne hrlim:
No one Is ivittcliod lor Ilka tho uian lu ((ray.
The merchant rUkliig Kld
The lovi'r plniiiK for hi liidy's ftruce;-
liiir,-nts Unit uniilly pruy
r .ir cliflflit-ii titt- awav ;
Tin sintoiinuu plotting- lor some powor or
The brave men flehtlna; linr-1
Fur sonic m ell -i-uriicd i-emud,
Anil llmlil yom hi tlmt only wutt h tor broad
-I men, where'er tley aluy.
Watch lo.' Ihn mull hi Hl'tiy,
Ami hour wltu buallutf hcurt hl rapid tread.
Tin culm nntl cheerful all.
And il l not four hi cull:
Good fortune coino iih easily a ill.
The Wile matt hi Kniy,
Though ho cull every dnv.
Can only hi in w hiltcvor It Lotl's will.
Mary A. Jlarr, in Hnrper'i Waily.
INTERPOSITIONS OF PROVIDENCE.
If I was vou, Lupiry, I would n't try
to do nothfn' with it, boin' It's green
besides boin' a terrible scant pattern to
niake a genteel dress out of, and yaller
and streaked in places. Groen is terri
ble unlucky and no mistake. I was
mcrried in green myself, and look at the
run of luck I've had!" And Mrs.
Smnllidgo, a doleful widow who " cut
and basted" for all the female popula
tion of liuninoy Four Corners, rolled
her eyes upward as if calling upon
heaven to bear witness to the woes that
the green wedding-dress had drawn
upon her head.
" I told Lupiry 't 'was a temptin' of
Providence to hev a green dress, but
she seems set upon it. Young folks has
to learn by experience," remarked Lu
piry's mother, who was also a widow
and dolof ill. "And the poor child won't
hev much, and Luke boin' app'inted to
a city church where I expect they 're
middlin' genteel she'd ought to make
the most of what she's got. She's a
master hand to calkilate, Lupiry is
takes after the Hopkins but when she
went up garret and fotehed down Granny
Hopkins' old green silk I was beat, for
it s seventy years om it it s a minute,
Meanwhile Lupiry, a buxom damsel
with the reddest of checks and the
bluest of eyes, a " tip-tiltod " nose and
a prim little mouth which contradicted
it, was holding Granny Hopkins' seven
ty-years-old green silk up to the light
witn ner mow contracted into an aoxious
" I did n't want it for a wedding-
dress. I am going to turn my turkeys
and buy mo a lilac silk. Luke likes
lilac. But I did hope this would do for
" They must bo terrible worldly, for
Methodists, down to Luke's church, if
they expeot tiie minister's wife to her
two silk dresses," said Lnplry's mother,
'There's Mis' Elder Bemus, the relio'
of a Fresldin' Elder, she never had but
one, and she s wore tnat every com
munion Sunday for nigh upon forty
years, to say nothin' of love feasts and
conierenoes, and it ain't wore out vet,
And here's Lupiry wantin' to start out
" I suppose I shall have to get along
with only thejilac silk, but I do wish I
coma manage to squeeze a oiacs casn
mere out of mv turkev monev ! "
"A black cashmere would be sweet
nrettv." said the dressmaker, "and lav.
lock is a real genteel color and makes
up pretty tor a minister s wue. Dein
kinder subdued ; and silks is reasonable
now, they say. I do hope you'll hev
good luok with your turkevs, Lupiry.
You'd ought to, you've took such care
of 'em and turkeys is dretful tender
fowls. If Abner Ransom is a goin' to
kerrv 'em to market for vou vou'll be
sure to get all they're wutt, for Abner
is terriDie snarp al a Bargain. u was
the one that made Elder Skilton take
off so much for every rainy Sunday
wnen ne naan t preacned to tnit tew
folks. The Elder he . was godly-given
and didn't want no fuss so he done it,
but some folks thought t was mean,
Bein' Abner hain't got no turkeys of his
own to sell, I guess you'll get a good
price for your a. If you're agoin' to be
merned in three weeks there ain t no
time to lose, and I'll be over earlv Fii
day mornin' to out vourlavlocksilfe."
" I toll Lupiry I Jtcpe ain't, got
her mind too muoh'set udou Tsnltim."
said Liiplry's motlie. t .'I Mtirryin. In a
wmuw avMim iwta; .responseruie tning,
pertikerly merry in' a minister."
" That is true, Sister Hopkins, and I
do hope, as yon say, that Lupiry 's got a
realizin' sense. Ministers is apt to be
hearty aud pertikler about their victu
als. And the minister's family is ex
pected to be given to hospertalerty, and
tne oonterenue Dretnnnguoioton some'
thin' more'n common in the way of vie
tuals. And then tha minister's wife
bein' looked to for an example, had
ought to tie industrious and savin
There ain't no denyin' that Mis' Elder
Bemus' keepin' a hired girl hendered
her usefulness, if she did have eight
children, and the nueralgy dretlul, and
tne j.iuer always kinder sickly too,
There's sight more Tesponserbilorty
comes on the minister's wife if he U
sickly, ' And, oome to think of it, what
a terrible great Adam's apple Luke
Kankins has got, ain't he? Makes me
think of Silas Spencer, that preacher
over to Entield when I was a girl and
died of consumption before ne was
thirty. A man with an Adam's apple
u terrible apt to have consumption,
they Bay." . -
" I'm afraid Lupiry ain't got the gift
tor speaktn' ana prayin' in meetin' that
she ougnt to nev," said Lupiry'i
mother, with a mournful shake of the
head. . . y . . . -
"A Methodist minister's wife had
onght to hev them gifts as much as the
minister Himself. . And. as Mis' UUler
Bemus used to say, she's got ' to know
how to make her pie-crust short without
noshortenin', and never offend nobody'
But don't you be discouraged, Lupiry
It ain't every gil l that can got a minu
ter, especially when girls is plenty and
men Is scarce, as they be now."
And with another assurance that she
would be over bright and early Friday
morning to out the laylock silk, the
dressmaker took her departure.
Lupiry did feel a little discouraged
Bpeaking in meeting and cooking u
for the conference brethren were du
ties pertaining to her future lot upon
which Bhe had not cared to meditate
Jut then 8nth Jones, the dapper,
ctirly-hctKili'd rlnrk In the village Hture,
drove by, looking eagerly tip at all the
windows. .Lupiry drew back, blushing.
" I do duclnre, I wish Setli was Luke
or Luke was Hnth, or something!"
That was only a murmur In the depths
of Liintra's inner consciousness, but she
shuddered at hnr wickedness the next
minute, and thought she must be " fall
ing from graoe."
It was such a " privilege " to be a
minister's wile, hor mother said.
Then she resolutely banished from her
mind the prayer-meetings and tho con
ference brethren, and all the unpleasant
aspects of the position which had been
conjured up by Mrs. Smallidgo's lively
Imagination, and rellented uiion the
agreeable ones the lilac silk, the envy
o( tho girls who had not been able to
"got a minister," the "gentility" of
the city church, and Luke always at
nanu to ten nor now pretty sne was. so
she bocame cheerful again, and set hor
mind nt work upon a mathematical
problem which she had not failed to
calculate at least onee a day ever sinoe
uioopatra, tne great black turkey,
batched hor wonderful brood of fit toe n
lusty yoling turkeys, so many turkeys at
so much eitch, so many yards of silk at
so much per yard.
Every day Lupiry's calculations grew
more choerful. So many more pounds
oi inrxey, so many more yards ol silk.
it mere was any thing that Lupiry hated
it was "a scant pattorn." Scant pat
terns of the good things of life were so
common in nor experience! Now, on
the eve of the fateful day when Abner
Ransom was to S3ll the turkeys, Lupiry
calculated that there might even be a
nttie money lett lor gloves and trim
mings. Laces and ribbons floated be
fore her eyes in dreams all night, and
at the first peep of dawn sho arose and
hurried down to the poultry yard. The
whole fifteen turkeys were to be slain
and prepared for market before eieht
o'clock, and Lupiry wished to see them
once more in life. Not that she had
become attached to them, or felt any
pity for thoir sad fate in being martyred
lor her gain Lupiry kept too close an
account of profit and loss to loave any
margin for sentiment but she wanted
to assure herself once more that they
were fat and well favored.
Poor Lupiry! She was only one of
the innumerable company who, follow
ing in the footsteps of the far-famed
milkmaid, reckon up the profits of their
eggs before they get them to mavkot,
and are onen destined to bitter disap
pointment. There lay the whole fifteen
and Cleopatra, thoir mother, stark and
stiff on the ground. They were not de
capitated nor had thoir necks been
wrung, borne distempor seemed to
have carried them off "at one fell
Lupiry pinched herself to see if she
were awake. It seemed so like an evil
Ichabod came out of the barn door.
" P'isoned, and no mistake. Lupiry I"
he remarked cheerfully. (Ichabod was
one of the aggravating people who are
cheerful under all circumstances.) "It
don't seem as if nobody could have
been so all-fired mean as to have done
it a purpose. I exneot thev pot hold of
some ot that last medicine ol father's
that he throwed out of the sett'n-room
winder. Taint no use takin' on. 'AO'
oerdents will happen in the best reger-
lateo lammos. '
And Ichabod wont about the milking.
whistling as gayly as if wedding dresses
grew on every bush.
Lupiry sat down and cried, uranny
Hopkins' green silk had proved too
scanty, even if she could have braved
the awful perils of wearing green; to
be married in her old alpaca, which had
been her best dress for more than a
year, was not to be thought of. Matri
mony without the lilac silk was not al
luring to Luplrv. That hod seemed to
cover as with a mantle the unpleasant
duties in store for her of which Mrs.
Smallidge had reminded her, but they
loomed up fearfully against the back
ground ol the old alpaca.
" I shall write to Luke this very day
and tell him that we can't be married
till spring. He won't like it, but
shouldn't want bim to be ashamed of
me though I don't suppose he would
notice what I had on, with his head
always tin in the clouds."
Just then oetn Jones drove by on bis
way to the store, and looked back so
lingoringly that his horse ran into the
fence and upset the wagon. Lupiry felt
a little flutter of satisfaction at this mark
of devotion, and she laughed as merrily
at the catastrophe as n ner matrimonial
plans were not also upset. he wrote
to Luke Rankins that day explaining the
necessity of postponing their wedding
" Luke is terrible eager and impa
tient," Bhe remarked to her mother, as
she read the answer to her letter, which
had come after the smallest possible
apse oi tune. "ne wants to ouy m;
weddin? dress himself, but 1 euess .
have some pride if 1 am poor. He says
ha would rather marrv me In mv old
bdff calico than to have the wedding
put off. Ut course 1 like to nave blm
think so muoh of me, but I do wish he
cared a little more lor appearances. He
don't look half so genteel as as some
folks round here, if he does live in the
That's what 1 call an Interpersition
of Providence," said Mrs. Smallidge to
her crony, Mis' Elder Bemus, when she
heard the news. "Lupiry Hopkins
ain't more fit to merry a minister than I
be to merry the Angel Gabrel. She
ain't got no sprawl nor ao faculty, and
what's a minister's wife without them?
Whoever p'isoned them turkeys was
adoln' the Lord's work unbeknownst.
You see if sometbin' else don't happen
by spring to keep them apart that the
lxrd hain't never jined together. Luke
Rankins is terrible eawky, but ho is
smart and I've heard that they thought
a signt oi mm in the city, if Lupiry
Hopkins wanted him she'd better a'took
him when she could get hiiu without
fussin' about a triusao, for some of
them rioh city girls will be settin' their
oaps for him, and you and I know what
men be, Sister Bemus."
He was tall and angular, had stooping
shoulders, and wore his hair very long.
He had very large bony hands, which
be' never knew exactly what to do with
in society. He never sat down in the
presence of others without becoming
painfully embarrassed by tho length of
his legs, and eying them in a calculat
ing way. as if he were trying to devise
some plan for curtailing their propor
tions or getting mem out, oi signi. ne
had a high and prominent forehead,
near-sighted gray eyes peering through
scholarly spectacles, a large Roman
nose, and a very wide mouth which
suggested humor and relieved his lace
of an oppressive solemnity.
But his congregation declared that in
the pulptc, when he got fairly under
way and forgot himself, he was neither
ugly nor awkward. And not a few of
the unmarried young ladies thought his
appearance ' very interesting.
Miss Una Whitetiekl, the Bishop's
niece, when she met him at the Chinese
mission school, thought that his host)
resembled Guldo's head of Hi. Paul.
The low brow and the leonine locks of
St. Paul were certainly not Luke's,
but wnat a dreary and prosale world
would tins be II no latitude were allowed
the Imagination! Luke, on his part,
when he first saw Miss Una, mentally
quoted, " Her eyes, like the angels of
tne Lord, sang peace on earth, good
will toward men.'" He almost fan
cied himself blest, like the prophets of
old, with an angelio vision. How far
fluffs of golden hair and a white tulle
xinnet will go toward the making of
an angel, it is vain to consider, or how
often dazzling purity of complexion and
heavenly eyes are the masks of impurity
and earlhlinnss. It is sufficient that
Miss Una Whlteflold's angelic asrfect
was the outward and visible sign of an
inward and spiritual grace, and what
Luke saw in hor eyes came from the
abundance of her heart.
He felt like sitting at her feet to be
taught, rather than joining with her to
tench the benighted Ah Sins, Hop Wards
and Chin Wangs ; and when one of the
teachers jocosely congratulated her up
on her celestial employment, Luke felt
an unregenerate inclination to strangle
him. For a man to venture upon such
pun in her presence seemed to him a
striking proof of total depravity. How
her nuoils could repttrd nnr with such
stolid indifference while she talked to
them was a profound mystery to him.
He was convinced that if she should ut
ter such soft and persuasive accents to
him he should full down on but knees
The unhappy result of the reverential
admiration with which she inspired him
was that his hands and legs became
more hopelessly unmanageable than
ever before, and he clutched so fran
tically at his long lock of hair that it
threatened to come out by the roots.
lie blushed like a school-boy, and stam
mered a few commonplaces which
seemed so insane as he remembered
them that he was almost driven to de
it was the very next day niter bis
meeting with Miss Whitefield that he
received the letter from Lupiry an
nouncing the decease of the turkeys, and
the consequent necessity of postponing
their wedding dny. The letter seemed
to startle lukc toaotas a sort or moral
shower-bath. For the space of twenty-
four hours he had been unconscious of
Lupiry's existence. He drew himself up
to his full height and walked across the
room several times with long, de
" I can't have it postponed, not for a
nayi" ne said. " we are lar enough
apart now : in six months more "
And he firmly resolved to go no more
to the Chinese mission school.
He kept his resolve for the space of
three weeks. Durln? that time he had
entreated Lupiry to be married evon if
it were in her old buff calico, and La-
pirv had steadfastly refused. He had
then resolved to improve Lupiry's mind
in the time that must intervene betore
their wedding-day, and thus produce
some congeniality of taste between them
having a hidden consciousness all the
while that ponring water into a sieve
would be a more hopeful task.
And Lupiry, reading the improving
letters, signed and wished that Luke's
hair ourled like Both Jones'. She had
observed that men with long straight
hair were always dull and prosy ; and
the prospect of leading the woman's
prayer-meeting and entertaining the
conference brethren lay heavy on her
At the end of those three weeks Luke
had come to the conclusion that, consid
ering his unusual facility in acquiring
languages and the considerable com
mand of the Chinese language which he
had already gained, together with the
scarcity of laborers in the vineyard, it
was nis uuty to spend nis xnursuay
evenings at the mission school, n
temptations beset him there had he not
suflicient manhood to resist them, with
the divine aid which is never denied to
At first he decided that his only safety
lay in avoiding the angelio vision alto
gether.and confined his attention strictly
to the stolid, almond-eyed Celestials.
But before long he became disgusted
with his cowardice. aurely her com
panionship was helpful and elevating ;
was he sc contemptibly weak that Be
could not enjoy it without being faith
less to Lupiry P What an advantage her
friendship would be to Lupiry, ignorant
and inexperienced as she was. Clearly
it was expedient that he and the angelio
vision should be friends. How far he
had been led toward this conclusion by
a reproachful look in the vision's lovely
eyes s one would say "What have I
done that you should refuse to befriends
with nier" it Is unnecessary to in
Luke did not think of doing so, al
though he knew that the human heart
is deceitful above all things. He did
think that Providence had given him an
especial call to minister to the Chinese,
he had becomo so absorbingly interested
in the language, and had corns to ro
gard Chin Wang, who brought horn
his washing, as a man and brother. But
he was also dimly conscious that the
feverish longing for Thursday night
Which he leit in ail tne intervening week
was scarcely to be accounted for bv his
devotion to "the heathen Chineo,' ' 'and
he never went to the mission school
without previously fortifying himself by
firayer and ny writing one oi tne long,
mproving letters to Lupiry.
The Bishop suddenly felt a call
to invite him ; to dinner, and
Luke being compelled by polite
ness to accept the invitation, of
course saw the angelio vision at the
head of a glorified dinner table. What
he ate Luke scarcely knew, and he was
conscious of talking Such drivel that he
wondered why the Bishop did not make
arrangements for his Immediate removal
to an asylum' for the idiotio. The di
vinity was calm and islf-Dosinssed. and
deeply interested in the Chinese ques
tion, the condition of the Methodist
church in the South, and other grave
subjects ; but she had a way of slowly
raising her long lashes and giving Luke
a long look out of her wonderful eyes
which looks, Luke felt, were rapidly
reducing him to utter imbecility.
After he went home that night, he
added a postscript to his letter telling
Lunirv that he needed her aid and com
panionship, and begging her not to
allow such a petty consideration as dress
to longer postpone their marriage. If
he had not been a man he would have
known that to call dress "a petty con
sideration " was more likely to hope
lessly rullle Lupiry's temper than to
lead hor to yield to his wish. She
replied with considerable asperity that
she bad "proper pride " It he bad n't,
but she was going to keep the school at
the South Corner, and should have
earned money enough by spring to buy
herself a decent wedding-dress. Jane
Simpson had said that Methodists were
never genteel, even in the city, and she
would like to know if it was true. Luke
groaned, and decided that the improv
ing letters were a failure.
Sam Wa Kee was the most interesting
pupil in the mission school. It was not
only that, being very small ot stature,
lame, and possessed of a broken now,
was easily distinguishable from the
others although that was no small
point In his favor, as to a casual obsnrv.
the others all looked exactly alike,
and Luke peered at them through his
spectacles In a hopelessly bewildered
way, anil was continually rebuking Ah
Bin for the misdemeanors of l.nng Wing,
and irin- vi:ra. But Ham Wa Kee was
also bright, wide-awake and as 'cote"
a Yankee. Hn showed a regard for
teachers which was especially touch
ing in contrast with the stolid Indiffer
ence of the others, and a discernment of
spiritual things which was very encour
aging. He was only sixteen, and all
alone, the uncle with whom he had
come to America having died. He
earned a precarious livelihood by doing
errands for his fellow-countrymen who
were in tne laundry business, untu he
was run over by a frightened horse and
seriously Injured. He displayed a fran
tic terror of the hospital, being possessed
bv the fancy that it was a place where
tfiey made people's, bones into umbrella
handles: and Luke, for whom he sent,
once had him removed to his own
lodgings, and took care of him with the
greatest devotion until he recovered.
Then Miss Whitefield suddenly discov
ered tnat a Chinese servant was the one
thing necessary to make her uncle's es
tablishment, of which she was the mis
tress, complete, and at once installed
Sam wa Kee therein as hewer
of wood, scourer of knives and kettles,
and doer of errands, to his own delight
and Luke's as well. For it was clearly
the latter's duty to call now and then to
see how his jiroUge was getting on. And
he did call often, bam Wa Kee was
apparently an unfailing source of Inter
est, ine Inendslup throve apace, and
Lupiry received short letters instead of
the long improving ones, until suddenly
Luke s conscience awoke, lie tore his
hair and clothed himself In sackcloth
and ashes, metaphorically spoaking. and
went and told Una Whitefield that he
was engaged to be married to Lupiry
She listened with interest and gentle
sympathy, as became her since he was
her Iriend : but, except lor a I aim Hush
that came and went, she showed no
trace of any emotion.
"bhe doesn't cre! 1 was a vain
idiot to fancy that she would," thought
Luke, and was more miserable than be
fore. For several weeks he did not go
near the house, and at the mission
school he avoided her as much as possi
ble. One day the Bishop told him that Una
had come to a sudden determination to
go to China as a missionary. She was
to sail from New York in two weeks,
with a party of missionaries who were
returning from a visit to this country.
" 1 here is work enough for her here
work that she is better fitted for, too,
and I told her so," said the Bishop.
" You had better come and talk to her.
you might have more influence than I,"
giving Luke a sly and scrutinizing
Luke nrmiy resolved to ne giaa mat
another messenger bad been called to
carry the Gospel tidings to heathen
lands. He also firmly resolved not to
tro to see her: and he walked around
the square seven times the next day be
fore he rang the door-bell at tne uisn
op's house. She was surrounded by
friends, and he scarcely spoke to ner.
The next time that he went the same
thing happened, but on the evening be
fore she was to leave he lingered behind
the others. She was as calm and sell-
as ever; she even chatted
gayly on indifferent subjects, but she
would not meet his eyes until, as they
were parting, she did at last raise
her own those lovely eyes that sang of
"peace on earth, good will toward men"
and he saw that they wore drowned
in tears; then she snatched her hand
from his, and vanished like a flash.
Poor Luke! nothing but true religion
kept him from wishing in that moment
that Lupiry Hopkins" had never been
born. He went home and spent the
night "wrestling in prayer," and lm-
bibingdosesof theology, hot and strong;
and he did not trust himself to say fare
well to her again, although he could not
resist the temptation of watching from
rliaaneA tha r.rnin t.hftr. horn iiAr awav.
Then he went home, "his heart with
in hun like a stone," and found this let
ter awaiting him from Lupiry :
rtKAlt LttKK I do fee! awful ashamed to
write you this letter, and when 1 rettd about
men shontiuit thi'hiielvt's hm-nune their girl
have jilted tlit-ui I leel kind of worried, though
1 don't think von lire that kind. Anil I don't
want you to eel broken-hearted, nor think
hard of ma, for 1 nave (ilea rem nam an win
ter to belli It 1 mean to help feelinir dNcour
aired about brlna- u iiituiMter's wife, untl llklnir
Keth Jones. 1 know Its real wicked, nntl
mother thinks I've fallen from n;rnco thnuich
Heth.ls a professor. He Is a partner In tha
store now. nntl la able to keep ills wlla rem
Iteuteel. of course I know It iiin't ao tfnntool
hh liaiiiir a minlttter's wife, besides buhia a
areut nrivHeite. And I wiiut you to limy for
ine. I want vou to remember that there era
other Kh-ls Just as pretty and a trtioil deal
love one jieit as well; Hud 1 do hope you 'fl
u-at a manaifer, for niothor auys that la what a
minister ouitlit In have.
Your friend, T.ITI'IIIV Hopkins.
P. 8. Hath likes me fust a I am, ami dues
nt want me to read books or ba eli-vatetl. I
have got the lllne silk, aud It is a beautiful
shade, with itlnvea to mutch. We are itoink to
ha married lu May. I tlld leel awful bud when
my tin kevs were poisoned so we could n't be
mitrrled, but Setli savs it was iirovldeutial. I
hope you will think so soiunutne, and not do
any thing- ra-u or dreudful, buuuuae you are a
nil'nlaler, L. H.
Luke's first sensation was one of
happy relief ; then came a bitter and un
christian foeling that Providence might
have done its work a little earlier! It
wits maddening that his release should
have come just too late. He was tempt
ed to rush after Una, to telegraph, to
do a dozen wild and ridiculous things.
After forcing himself to deliberatecalin
ly for ten minutes, he went in search of
the Bishop, having resolved to open
his heart to that worthy man, and see
whother he could not devise some plan
to prevent the whole earth front being
put between him and the desire of his
' Himself is not at home," responded
an Irish serving maid to his inquiry for
the Bishop. " It's for your nverence
that Miss Una's jist after sendin'."
" Miin Una' Hasn't she gonoP" cried
Luke, thinking he must be dreaming.
"She couldn't go all along of the
young haythen ! It's tuk sick he Is, and
soracliin' and scramin' bloody murther
whin she'll lave him a minute. Whin
she'd thry to go and her thrunks all
packed and the coachman within' he
wint purple in the yaller face iv Mm,
the raskili, and his eyes stud out iv his
head, and is it scrao he he did P Sure
they must be aftlier hearin' him in his
own oounthryl And it's too late Itttirely
for the thrain now, and Miss Una thought
maybe you'd be knowin' what to do for
him. He wudn't lave the doother come
near him, and the mosther gone now for
another Chinee to see will he know
.wlmt'a the mat her iv him!"
While Bridget discoursed she led the
way to Sam Wa Kee's room. He lay on
the bed. with his almond eyes uprolled
until but little more than the whites
were visible, and his hands convulsively
clutching Una's dress.
" 1 am so irlad you have cornel" said
that young lady, a vivid blush leaping
into hor face. " I thought he was dy.
ing, but he seems better now."
A moment's inspection of Ham Ws
Kee convinced Luke that he was not
dying. The purple col'jr of his face
looked astonishingly like purple Ink, and
suspicion was instantly aroused in
lake's mind that the " young haythen "
hail merely feigned illness to prevent
I'na, to whom he was devotedly at
tached, from going away, his repeated
warnings that she would be boiled alivs
she went to China not having pro
duced the desired effect upen her.
Luke requested that he might be left
alone with Ham Wa Kee ; but he did not
forget to thrust Ixipiry's letter into
Una's hand before she left the room.
When Luko and Ham Wa Kee were
alone, that young Celestial sat up and
tipped Luke a facetious wink out of the
corner of one of his soft and guileless
eyos. Whether Luke rebuked him fot
his deceit, or fell on his neck and em
braced him, never transpired.
When he came out and told Una about
she said :
" Sometimes that boy has seemed lik
little saint, and to-day he seems like a
little fiend. I don't know what to think
" I'll tell vou what I think he Is.
said Luke; "an interposition of Provi
For the first time in the course of their
acquaintanue the angelic vision's turn
hod come to be embarrassed. bhe
bluthed very red, looked down very
hard, and finally hid her face in such a
manner that her nose was grazed bj
Luke's coat buttons.
And Luke was master of the situa
tion. Sophie Sii'etl, in Good Company.
A Diet of Eggs.
Cossiiierino the enormous quantities
of eggs which are imported annually
from France into this country, it would
seem not only that the business of
poultry farming is better understood
across the Channel than it is here, but
also that the English are even more fond
than the French of this article of food.
It is not uninteresting to have the opin
ion of a popular medical writer in
France upon the merits and demerits oi
diet of eggs. After explaining the
chemical composition of a hen's egg,
and laying due stress upon the large
proportion of albuminous matter con
tained in it, lr. Valoureux goes on to
assert tnat some prudence should be ex
ercised in indulging an appetite for eggs.
tM 1 .1 i i 1 . ....1
vi ail urn siA uuuureu uuierein motion
of preparing them for the table, the
most wholesome is that of simply boil
ing them a la cm, as the French phrase
has it. But it is necessary even in ac
cepting this rule to qualify it by adding
that the egg should not be boiled too
mucn, as in sucn case it becomes very
much less digestible. Another injunction
is that the eggs should not be eaten
without taking some wine or other
liquid at the same time; and the Doctor
recounts a story of a certain modern
Blue Board who was said to have killed
four or five wives successively by induc
ing them every morning to eat two eggs
without drinking any thing at all.
Moreover eggs are not to be devoured
in large quantities at a time, unless the
Eerson making the experiment wishes to
ave a painful experience of the maxim
that an egg is equivalent to a quarter of
a pound ot meat.
Apropos of this latter warning the
Frenchman might have added, if he had
known it, a very modern Devonshire
story of a laborer who was ordered by
tho village doctor to eat eggs, and
whose employer gave him a sniiling to
enable him to comply with these orders
without going to any unwarrantable ex
pense. A few days afterward the good
natured employer called to ask how the
sufferer was. He had followed out the
doctor's injunctions with alacrity, but,
instead of being any better, was a great
deal worse ; and further inquiries elicited
the fact that he had bought eighteen
eggs with his shilling, and had at once
set to and finished them at a sitting.
Obliterating the "Pathies."
There is a movement on foot to bring
together the foremost men of the medi
cal profession of the United States and
Canada in a "Free National Conven
tion " at Chicago on the 21th of August.
The object is to do away with sectarian
ism in medicine, and to establish a new
code of ethics for physicians. It is an
organized effort to remove the barriers
that exist between the different scnoois,
and to obliterate the present antagonism
of " pathies." That there is a wide
spread desire for a free and amicable
discussion of many vital questions by
practitioners of the old and new schools
is frequently evinced at meetings of the
different medical associations, in tht
periodical literature ot the profession,
and by thousands of minor indications
both in the halls of instruction and in
the walks of daily life. On the 22d of
December, 1879,Dr. Frederick F. Moore,
of Harvard University, read a remarka
bly liberal and instructive paper before
the Cambridge society lor Medical im
provement, which- was an argument
against that dogmatism which rejects
truth because it was discovered outsiue
of the regular creed. At the recent
meeting of the American Institute of
Honiieopathy, held at Milwaukee on
June 15, the address of a physician was
rejected by a large majonry oi me
members because it advocated a strict
adhesion to the laws of medical prac
tice laid down by Hahnemann, and con
demned that spirit of liberty that per
mitted the use oi any but "ortnodox "
remedies. N. Y. Qruphio.
Hot Weather in Mexico.
The morning sun was dancing ovei
the floor in double-Bhti!)les as his Honor
fell into the station, his face flushed, hU
hair wet, and his general look one ol
" Ilijah, did you ever see such a
scorcher?" he faintly inquired, as, be
funned himself with his hat.
"This 'ere weather," replied the old
janitor, as he stood his broom in the
corner, " is freezing compared to some
that I experienced in Mexico, vt Hy,
Judge, I've seen it so hot in Ssnta Fe
that ink boiled in tho ink-stand while I
was trying to write a letter to my
mother. 1 was sunstruck seven times
In one day while drivinean ice wagon."
"Mr. Joy," said his Honor, as hu rose
up and moved to his desk, " I was in
hopes your late illness would be taken
by you as a solemn warning, and I am
grieved to find you still treading that
same old path.
" Wasn't I ever in Mexico?" demand
ed the old man, as his face grew red.
"We won't argue the case. I am
sorry for vou."
A bootblack behind the stove here
began to grin. Bijah walked over and
seized his hair and gave him a lift in the
world and whispered in his ear:
" Boy, I want you to understand thai
I've been in more Mexicoes than you'v
ont hairs on vour soaln. and any more
grins around hero will lose you the top
ol your neaii I ' veiroit t ree nesa.
Close (raining and hard labor are al
damaging to beasts as to man. tie care
ful with your teams.
AT MOTHER'S KNEE.
IM nt to th fold thp Shepherd fcda
III lltM latntu nt citm of day.
And thus my dsrllnascome to ma. '
Al hmt frown tlrwl of thulrplay:
And whll" thn twlhrhl ahatlown full
O'nr hill and meadow from aliove,
1 draw myhtllft lamliklna aafn
Within ttie fold of boine and lore.
O dtYiwuy eyfts of hlne and brown !
O notlfllii heads! I understand;
TIs time two Utile traveler start.
With mother a aid. for " shiwbor-lSDd,'
Bo f.'ld Ihed.-ewiKa snilir away.
And free the re.tle dainty feet
From nh'ie and itncklna-. Thus at last.
My little IhiuImi, rein-shod and awetn
And rolled In white, before me kneel
with folded hand, it Father. Thou
Who art the Hbephred of Thy Hock,
ll iw down Thine ear and llten now
To each low, ului'lNh prayer that these,
My children, offer opto Thee.
Hallow the twlilifht hour, i) Lord,
That brliu them thus before my kneo.
And sothrouirh all the silent honra
Wbli-h lie oetwi-en the nlirht and dir.
They shall not fear, since from Ihe fold
Toy love will drive all ft)"S away.
Hleep, little ones, oh. sweetly sleep.
Till mornin aiinietsin a-nther fav.
And siife from alumner-lan-l you come
liitck to your m itbirs knee at last.
lUuttralM CnrUttan Wttkttl.
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An. S Ahram and Lot Oen. 18: 1-1$
Aug-, lie-Ahram and Melchlze-
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Faith ... Gon. 22: 1-14
flept. 19-Kevlew of the l.esons.
bc-pt Lesson selected by the SchooL
The Christianity of Every-Day Speech.
TftriSK who linve iintlerttilren in lnarl
Christian lives, and who are known to
the world as having made confession of
duties and obligations of high and un
changing character, are in constant
danger of permitting themselves to for
got the true nature of their obligations,
and of being more or less inniienced by
the purposes and the sentiments of
those who are not Christians at all. Ho
who would constantly rise higher in the
performance of Christian duty must
constantly struggle so to rise; for in
the Christian lite there is rightly no such
thing as stagnation or subsidence.
When we are not positively and ag
gressively seeking to do right, and to
be worthy of the Name we have named.
we mav be sure that our non-action will
result in a practical acceptance of prin
ciples of thought and life which have
been framed by the enemies of true re
ligion. In our work and our plav, our
thought and our speech, and all the
conduet of our daily lives, it cannot be
doubted that, when we cease to shape
our doings in obedience to our sense of
what is right and wrong in the Chris
tian sense, we fall at ouee to the level
of those whose principles of living are
essentially worldly and unchristian. It
is hard to climb; it is easy to let go;
and so it is that too many Christians
practically throw the influence of their
lives, or of a very large part of their
lives, into the worldly ana material side
of the balance, and so destroy when it
is their duty to upbuild, and follow the
broad way of popular usage rather than
the narrow one of individual duty.
Take, for instance, but one line of ob
ligation that of not conforming to low
aud unspiritual standards of speech.
Are we always as careful as we ought
to be in what we say about the religion
we claim to believeP Do we always
speak of it as a true and holy thing,
about whose verity we have no doubt?
Do we talk reverently of its Bible, its
roerauieuts ond other offices, its serving
ministers, its gatherings and its places
of worship? The non-Christian world
has its own vocabulary of speech con
cerning all these things; do we ever
adopt parts of that vocabulary as ex
pressive of our own feelings, or, at any
rate, of the toolings which, in our cow
ardly moments, we affect to have? We
may be sure that there are plenty of
people who are ready, and more than
willing, to treasure up what we may
lightly say of things which we profess
to hold dear, and to try to justify the
coldness and selfishness of their own
unbelief by any lack of warmth or posi
tiveness in our own expressions con
cerning the highest themes and the
noblest duties, if by our daily speech
we seem to express the conclusion that
religion is a trivial and unimportant
matter, that its creeds are outworn, its
ministry an excrescence of bygone
superstition, and its membership hypo
critical and hollcw-hearted, how is any
body to know that in our heart of hearts
we hold any higher view? If the world
finds us willing to accept its standards
and its utterances when we are on the
street, what right have we to ask that
give us credit for any firmer faith or
auy devouter spiritual frame in our
closets? We are measured, and we
ought to be measured, by what we say,
and by the manner in which our words
are spoken. If our language in weaker
hours, when consorting with the
worldly-minded and unspiritual, be
trays our higher purpose and our more
trustful faith, we have no right to eom-
plain u we are ranked witn unoeuev-
ers and with enemies of the cause
which we pretend to follow. " He
who is not with me is against me; and
be that gathereth not with me scatter
eth abroad." There is altogether too
much scattering abroad by means
the worldly words which we seek
embody in Christian speech.
In order to refuse thus to adopt
lower scale of speech and action than
that which we are bounden to hold,
is by no means necessary to adopt
"strait-laced" mode of conduct, or to
fall into Pharisaic or monastic habits
of seclusion, or to become morbidly
sensitive oonoerning the relations be
tween "the church and the world."
Not by such means shall we rise toward
the ideal Christian life, but by testing
our thoughts, words and dee is by the
simple question whether their true
source is a constant desire to think,
speak and act as in Christ's name,
whether they spring from no nobler
purpose than a shifting desire to get
along as easily as may bo, by following
the general current. S. 3. limes.
"Beareth all Things."
Theke are only a few who possess
enough of the grace of charity to "bear
all things." Occasionally we see one
of this class, but liko the "diamonds of
(iolcondu," they arc very rare, and not
We understand the term "beareth all
thinu-a" as meaning; those who possess
so much of the Christ spirit that "noth
ing shall oit'ond them" or turn them a
moment from tho path of duty. While
in hers fret and mourn over the oppo
sition aud trial that meet them and stop
In their spiritual Journey lheso keep
onward lu tho narrow way, never nan-
ins? or turninir back. If others revile
at litem, thev "revile not agmn," and
-still woar the same bright faces that
ever beam with ihe lijilA of eternal
love If human nature is ever perfectly
subdued by grace H is exhibited by thus
who "bear all things" and "endure all
If there are any that "live above tha
clouds" upon whose lives eternal sun
light ever falls they are these. If there
are any who ever live In the bright spring
time of "eternal youth" there are these
who possess so much of the greatest
grace that they bear and endure all
things for the Master's sake. For His
sake, this is the great secret of a holy
life. None can ever fail of becoming
like Christ, who walk In the path of
duty for His sake. All can learn to bear
and endure, to hope and believe,
when living a holy life for His sake
Mr$. U. A. Holt, in baptiM Weekly.
"Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep."
Br virtue of its age and value and
Erevious associations, this little prayer
as become a classic. It must be very
ancient, for who can toll when or by
whom it was written? Thousands,
from tha ailvar-rinir.1 niltrrlmn tn thai
lisping infant, sink to nightly slutrh'
murmuring the simple petition. Itj
trembled on the lips of tho,'d
One instance was that of an
of eighty-six years, whose min
failed that he could not recogri
own daughter. ' Very touchiuf
the relator) was the scene otw
after retiring, as he called.his dv
as if she were his mother, sayij
a little child, ' Mother, come l(
my bed and hear me say my p
neiore 1 go to Bleep.' he cam
He clasped his white, withered
and reverently said:
' Xow I Isy roe down to sleep.
I pray 1 he.-, Ixnd, my soul to keep- V
If I should die liefore I wake, .
1 pray Thee, Lord, my soul to take;'
then quietly fell asleep and woke in
A distinguished Jud?e, who many
years ago died In Aes iork in extreme
old fnid that his mother had taught
the stanza to bim in infancy, and that
he never omitted it at night. John
Ouincv Adams made a similar asser
tion; and an old sea Captain declared
that, even before he became a docidej
Christian, he never forgot it on tu-.'r
in at night. An eminent Bishop, in
dressing a Sunday-school, said tli'
every night since his mother taiigh''
to him wiien a babe at her knee h'r
accustomed to repeat it on retirirv
There is an addentlum (by whl
known) which brings in the It
sor, giving a distinctively Ct
tone to tne lines:
And now I lay me down to sleen,
f pmy Thee, Lord, my soul to koep
If I should die before 1 wake.
I pray Tbt-, Lord, my soul to take,
Aud this 1 ak f-ir Jeut sake."
From another unknown source is
companion prayer lor morning, wnicn
may be welcome to some of your read
ers: Now I wake me out of sleep.
I pray Thee, Itrd. my aoul to keep;
If 1 should die before the eve.
1 pray Thee. Ird, my soul receive.
That I may with my tiavlor live. Amen.'
Augtuta B. Qarrett, in Churchman.
Heaven will pay for any loss we may
snffer to gain it; but nothing can pay
for the loss of Heaven. R. Hazier.
If in a dark business we perceive
God to guide us by the lantern of His
providence, it is good to follow the
light close lest we lose it by lagging
We do not need to see wickedness
around ns to know that we are sinners.
A man's conscience tells him that; and
if everybody else were good, the man
would feel his sins all the more. (jolden
We utterly mistake in our culture
when we make our religion unamiable
or our unamiablcness underout. Tho
majestic and the lowly, the solemn and
the gay, are to meet in humanity to
meet and mutually to relieve, soften,
and to exalt each other. Dewey.
Self-love leads us to do certain
things because we choose them for our
selves, although we would not do them
at another's bidding, or from mere
obedience. If things are our own
originating we like them, but not when
they come through other people. Self
is forever seeking self, self-will and
self-love; but if we were perfect in the
love of God we should prefer to obey,
because in obedience there is more of
God and less of self. St. Francis da
Jue umbrella, which the Englishman
nnder his threatening climate wisely
considers an indispensable accompani
ment of his toilet as often as he breathes
the outer air, is, for very different rea
sons, in the East a necessity to the na
tive. In Siam and Bunnah, China,
Annam and Cochin China, it is not only
the necessary protection against the in
trusive rays of a vertical sun, but it has
functions of its own to discharge which
are quite foreign to it even in those
countries where it is, as it was intend
ed to be, a " little shade." It is a dis
tinctive feature in the lives and charac
ters of the natives of those parts, and
their Kings and Emperors, when writ
ing to one another, to allude to tneir
subjects as " wearers of the umbrella"
in contradistinction to the ignorant and
misguided people of other climes. Thus
we tind an Emperor of China writing to
a King of Burmah: " From the royal
eblnr hrother. Tan-kwane. Emperor of
China, who rules over a multitude of
umbrella-wearing chiefs in the Great
Eastern Empire, to " his royal young
er brother sun-deicended King, Lord
of the Golden Palaue, who rules over
a multitude of umbrella-wearing chiefs
in the great Western fcmp:re." in
Burmah, especially, me umorena na
a deep and secrdi meaning u
convey what is as double Dutch
at nrst to ine ioreigner a ear. i.
need hardly be said, the necessary
finish to the out-of-door toilet 'of a
Peguan or Burmese foshionablo, but it
is much more. It has very delicate
duties to perform, which could not so
well be allotted in Burmah to any other
instrument. Gold or gilded umbrellas,
which in tho Provinces may be carried
by any nobody, are reserved in the cap
ital for Princes of the blood alone, and
red umbrellas are affjoted by the gay
sparks of Burmese society as being the
next thing most gaudy in appearance.
htiquette has also nxoa ine exact num
ber of umbrellas that Burmese nobles
may display when they approach the
lord of the golden palace; and it nas
now been settled by the Ainndeiay
Herald's office beyond possibility of
dispute that no one but the Kin-She-
Men, or heir apparent, is entitled to
have borne over his litter the full com
plement of eiirht golden umbrellas. To
carry a litter under an umbrella is to
accord to it royal honors in llurmah.
Eight golden umbrellas aro pro perly
carried over a King's litter, and when
the Burmese authorities would not per
mit the umbrellas to be carried over the
Governor General's Lttor, according to
custom. Major Phayro, our envoy to
Burmah in 1855. insisted upon the
nnion jack being waved over it on ita
way from the Residency to the pulaca.