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THE A11GU8, THUKSDAY, APRIL 16, 1891.
-.4 signal service
to weak womankind is the finding
of lost health the building-up of
;a run -down" system. Noihinsj
docs it so surely a3 Dr. Pitrcc'a
Favorite Prescription. It cure s all
the derangements, irregularities and
weaknesses peculiar to the sex. It'a
the most perfect of 6trength-g:ver3,
imparting tone and vigor to tho
whole r-vstem. For overworked, cle
Lilitateil teachers, milliners, team
stresses, " shop - girls," nursing
mothers, and feeble women gen
erally, it is the greatest earthly
boon, being unequaled as an appe
tizing cordial and restorative ionic.
" Favorite Prescription " gives
satisfaction in every case, or it oney
paid for it is promptly refuided.
That's the way it's sold ; that's tho
way its makers prove their faith,
in it. Contains no alcohol to ine
briate ; r.o syrup or sugar t de
range digestion ; a legitimate '.ncdi
cine, not a beverage. Purely vege
table and verfoctlv harmless ri nnxr
condition ot the system. V. grid's
Dispensary Medical Association,
rropr's, ii3 Main St., Buffalo, N.Y.
ondition of the system. V. grid's
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CrOAR RAPIOS. IOWA.
S-i.il. I. TI,'I,TF
Like a star to the storm tossed sailor
When the tempest howls in wrath.
Or the wanderer in the forest wild
To guide him in his path.
The good resolves that we have made
In the years that have gone beforo,
Seem to awaken and start to life
To help us in trial's hour.
And the darker the night upon ns
The brighter they shino before.
Till with the courage they give us
We journey ahead once more.
More fully determined to conquer.
With Duty and Faith by our side.
With Providenco to help us on.
And conscience for our guide.
Lank Behyraer in Arkansaw Traveler.
When Annie nutl I went together to the
state fair held at Uobbswicli we were just
engaged to encu other, nnd everything
seemed roseate and lovely.
1 do not suppose that the machinery was
more wonderful than usual, or that the
pyramids of fancy soap and wax candles
were more translucent, or the silverware
more elecantly designed, or the pumpkins
bigsjer, or the artemerias and dahlias finer,
or the specimens of portraiture sent by the
rival photographers more lovely, or Sweet's
preserves more delicious, or Spicer's pickles
mere dainty; or any of the exhibits much
beyond what they always were in beauty
or value, but we were engaged, and every
thing seemed so.
Wc loaded ourselves with arms fall of
yellow and blue circulars, under the im
pression that we were making a choice lit
erary collection. We tasted free spoonfuls
of "Dr. Dodd's Magic Cough Syrup," and
deemed it tiie "nectar cf the gods." We
listened toa hideous brass band that blared
away in a kind of loft at the bottom of the
main hall, and bi-lieved that a heavenly
orchestra was giving us a musical tretit;
and later we partook of chicory coffee,
corn starch ice cream, leather sandwiches
and stale sponge cake, served in a grotesque
arbor hung with tissue paper flowers, and
Mieved ourselves to have feasted deli
ciously. You see, we were engaged, and
tint makes .such a difference in everything.
We spent a long afternoon at the fair, going
about arm in arm and thinking of little be
sides each other, nnd in the twilight came
out upon the grounds among the "side
Punch Was there, chattering as usual,
and our hearts were so soft that we wept
when lie killed the baby. TUore was a
frightful jutrgler in a booth who cut
people's heads off, but afterward found
them under clothes baskets, well mended
and none the worse for theirdecapitations.
We bought oriental amulets of a gentle
man in a turban, who, when we inquired
ns to :is nationality, said, "So help him
Hoses he was a Turk." and at last we
came upon the prophet's cave and entered
in. The prophet, done up in flowing robes
and white wig and beard, presided behind
a counter on which two beribboned baskets
were set forth, one marked "Ladies," the
other "Gentlemen." It appeared on in
quiry that the prophet saved time by put
ting up a nnmlxr of prophecies ia envel
opes, as busy grocers do pounds of tea and
sugar. You paid five cents, and t hen a
little green paroquet came down from a
perch and picked out an envelope as he
stood on the prophet's finger. Of course
we bought a prophecy each. Were we not
engaged? Did we not delight in the mys
terious, as all lovers do? and after that
hurried home to take high tea with Annie's
mother. We had no time to open our en
velopes l)efore we reached the table, and as
it seemed probable that they would amuse
the party, we produced them there.
"Ah!" said I, reading the words printed
on a slip of paper within my envelope
"ah! I shall Ik? rich and powerful if I live.
Beware of sacculation."
We all laughed; and Annie was called
npon to read her fortune aloud. She
opened the paper laughingly; but no sooner
had she cast her eyes upon it than she
"Oh, dear!" she cried. "Oh, how dreadful,
just when I am so awfully happy! Oh,
John! oh, pa! oh, mamma!" and she burst
into a flood of tears and began to sob bit
terly. I caught the paper from her hand
and read those words:
"Lovely lady, you will die before the vio
"And they bloom in May," sobbed Annie.
'"Surely, my dear, you don't believe this
nonsense?" I ejaculated.
But Annie cried between her sobs:
"Oh, yes, I do. You will be rich and pow
erful, and you will marry some charming
woman; but I shall be dead before the vio
"flow absurd! A printed slip given you
by an old humbug in a fair booth," said
In fact we all said something; but Annie
wept until she grew hysterical, was led
away and put to bed, and was ill for a
week. The doctor was very serious over
the attack, and when she came down stairs
again she was pale and nervous, and per
sisted in taking the prophecy as though it
were a revelation from on high, continu
"I shall die before the violets bloom!"
It was quite Christmas time before she
began to )e like herself again, and al
though I loved her better than ever, and
she was always the sweetest little creattfre
alive, I could not but wonder how such an
absurd thing could have such an effect on
any one endowed with a grain of common
sense. I felt sure that although Annie
was merry and bright again she had not
forgotten tho prophecy, and once when I
spoke of the fact that we were to be mar
ried in June she sighed and said:
"Ah, John, spring comes liefore Bum
mer, uud the violets bloom in May."
The worst of it was that the doctor made
such a serious matter of her condition, and
told us that he could not answer for the
results unless we could rid her-of what he
spoke of as a monomania.
Still the winter was not bad, but when
April came we found her constantly wan
dering about the garden and watching the
violet plants, of which there were many.
As I coaxed her away from them I used
to wish that I could meet that old wretch
of a prophet and punish him as he deserved,
but he never crossed my path, lie had
vanished with the closing of the fair. It
was well for him that this was so.
With May our trouble grew greater.
We who loved Annie were in despair. The
mother arose at daybreak to nip off the vi
Dlet buds. But there were other gardens
in the place, and Annie might find them
there, for now it was really the time for
blooms. We knew not what to do. I re
memher that it was the 10th of May, when
I bethought me that a trip to the city might
divert' Annie, and went to the house to in
vite her. My dear girl met me at the gate,
holding a violet leaf in her hand.
"How green they are just before they
bloom!" she said. ...
I took the leaf from her and threw it
"Forget all about those violets, love,"
said I. "Let us take an outing. Come to
Nanr York and snend the day." '
Shesmiltd and said that she should like
that very much, and ran away to dress,
while I talked with her mother, who waa
rery sad and anxious.
"I fear for her mind and her life," she
I also had my terrors, but fay darling
came buck looking so bright and pretty
that I l)egan to feel hopeful again, and we
started on our way quite merrily.
We all know how people who visit New
York but seldom amuse themselves. We
saw nil that was to be seen and had lunch
at a line restaurant. We had finished and
were about to seek other amusements when
in turning the comer of a busy avenue we
tame upon a little museum where curiosi
ties were exhibited, and there W8s every
afternoon a performance of some kind, and
at the foot of the long line of attractions
read these words: "The prophet's cave.
Don't fail to have your fortune told by the
only surviving prophet."
"The prophet again!" cried I. "Xow for
Annie clutched my arm and t ried to pull
mo away, but I refused to depart.
"My dear," said I, "a dime museum is a
very vulgar show, but I intend to inter
view that prophet and tell him my opinion
of him, and shall be obliged to take you in
with me." i
As I spoke I stalked through the door,
and, having bought my ticket, made my
way directly to thecurtained archway over
which I saw the words:
"The prophet's cave. Mr. Mesrom is the
only prophet yet alive."
"Ah!" I said as I read this, "and it is very
probable that in a little while the world
will be entirely destitute of prophets. I
intend to finish off this one."
As I expected, Mr. Mesrom was our old
original prophet white wig, beard, robe,
baskets, paroquet, nnd all as Ix-fore. Two
young people were just departiug wim
their envelopes in their hands, and we had
the place to ourselves. I walked up to the
counter, and, fixing a stern gaze upon the
prophet, said, in a low voice:
"Mr. Mesrom, I have an account to settle
The prophet retreated as far as the wall
of his "cave" permitted.
"Look a-here, sir," said he, "I don't wish
no trouble with no gent, but if you are
looking for any you will be bounced. My
remarks are not personal, but any gent
making trouble in this museum will be
Lqijjed. bv the management."
"All right,'' said I. "I suppose, being a
prophet, vou don't mind answering a few
"Xot if they're civil," said he.
"What I want to ask you, Mr. Mesrom,
is this," said I. "What the deuce do you
mean by putting up in your envelopes
prophecies calculated to alarm nervous fe
malesprophecies of death and disaster?
Such a one, bought of yon, has done more
mischief than I can tell. It is absurd that
it should be so, but it is a fact. You have
upset a lady's health and unbalanced her
"Oh, John!" whispered Annie reproach
fully; but I went on, shaking my fist at the
"A woman who believes that your non
sense is prophecy got hold of one of those
yellow envelopes that foretold her speedy
death, and, as I said, the consequences
were deplorable and are still. She will not
listen to reason. She may die of over
wrought imagination, and if she dies you
die also! I've a mind to kill you now!"
The prophet retreated again as I shook
my fist at him, but he stared at me in
amazement as he did so.
"Look here, sir," said he, "we don't put
no prophecies of that there character into
none of our envelaps. Them sort wouldn't
be popular. Our'n is all favorable and en
couraging. We make a rule they shall be.
"Him that prigs what isn't his'n.
When he's cotched shall be sent to prison,
which is in the gent's basket, and is re
garded as a joke. There ain't no evil
prophecies in the collection. Oh, no, it's
some other prophet. There is two or three
of them along the Bowery. Xone genuine
"My friend," said I, "you are the person
who had a booth at the state fair at If obbs
wich last autumn."
"Yes, I was there," said the prophet;
"but, as I said, our'n, especially for the la
dies, is all encouraging."
"Do you call this encouraging?" I asked,
taking the envelope from my pocketbook,
where I had kept it since that fatal day.
Mr. Mesrom took the slip cf paper from
me, gazed at it, and read it aloud:
" 'Lovely lady, you will die before the
violets blow,' "he repeated.
"Now, ef that ain't a blamed shame, Im
a donkey! See here that ain't no fault of
mine. I'll explain. But the lady hasn't
read the rest of the printing; it's been
folded up and tucked under somehow
readin' it altogether ain't so bad."
Lie hail smoothed the paper now, and it
was evident that it had been folded so as to
conceal several words which followed those
I had read.
" "Lovely lady,' he began again, 'you will
die before the violets blow if you let that
cold run on and don't t ake good old Dr.
Dodds' Magic Cough Sirup this winter.
For sale in the great hall. H per bottle.'
"Don't you see?" Mr. Mesrom said, ap
pealing to me, "that that ain't no proph
ecy, but just a regular adt? I'll tell you
the way of it: That old quack, Dr. Dodds,
Lad his cough sirup et the fair, and he
bribed our loy to stick some of them cir
cylars into o"r envelups. I suppose some
was distribbyted before I caught him at it
and dismissed him with as good a welting
as boy ever Lad. Why, that ain't no proph
ecy, lady! Here, lady, let Polly pick
you out a true one to make up for it. No
He held the paroquet toward the basket.
She jerked out tiny envelope with her beak
and dropped it into Annie's hand.
"Opeu it," said I; "ojien it and read it.
It id the true one, you know," and on the
instant the dear girl obeyed and read aloud:
"You'll be a bride in June."
"All's well that ends well," said the
prophet. "Hope you are satisfied, sir?"
"Entirely," said I, offering him my cigar
rase, and Annie and I went home together
In a state of utter beatitude, to which we
had been strangers since our first interview
with tho prophet, and when we arrived at
the door Annie rushed into her mother's
arms, crying ouj,:
"Oh, mamma, dear! I am not to die when
the violets blow I am to be married in
June." Mary Kyle Dallas in Fireside
A Whist Storj.
When Lord Thanet was imprisoned in
the, tower for the O'Connor riot three of
his friends the Duke of Bedford, the Duke
of Laval and Capt. Smith were admitted
to play whist with him and remain till the
lock up hour of 1L Early in the sitting
Capt.-Smith fell back in a fit of apoplexy,
and one of the party rose to call for help.
"Stop!" cried another, "we shall be turned
out if you make a noise; let our friend
alone till 11; we can play dummy and he'll
be none the worse, for I can read death m
his face." San Francisco Argonaut.
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