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ME!SSEi;NGER, Easley, S. C.
She Would Only Love a Temperance
She loved him, but she saw hin drink,
Ah I fearful sight for her to see,
And though it broke hevr heart,she said
That m.arried they could never be.
And other lovers crowded near
To breathe their fond hopes in her ear;
it puzzled me to see her smile
On others while se loved him so,
For none of them were half so brave,
Or handson,straiglt and tall as Joe,
I think that that was straige,
iOut thlen they all wore badges blue.
Joe went and took the pledge and said
He'd never stain his honor more,
and soon he on his manly breast
The badge of his redemption wore,
Anld when his (darlin1g hoard of that
I for fait ifuil heart went pit-a-pat,
She sackedl her lovers all and tiew
To lay her head against the breast
That wore the blessed badge of blue.
I think that that was sweet,
Don't you ?
Oh, bouny, bonny badge of blue.
Were I a girl I wouldit wed
A man that guzzled rtum, would you?
I'd give the chaices all to him
Who wore the little badge of bilue.
And if lhe wouldn't wear' it, I
Would pin it on andi tell himt why,
'T' would save bot h from grief anoi woe,
And every misery cold and black.
it made another man of Joe,
And now he's got te inside 'rack,
I think I'm talking sen se,
D)on't you ?
Thent wear the bonny badge cni blue.
--If we can spend a quarter of
a million educating the esteemed1
negro, we should like to know why
we can't give a pension to the dis
abled Confedecrate soldiers, their
widows and orphans?-Press and
Sa n ner .
We take the following sensible
remarks from the New Orleans
There is one old anil long-estab
lished custom that woman ought to
possess moral courage and common
sense enough to take into their
own hands and settle for them
selves on a simple and permanent
basis. It is the custom of wearing
mourning for departed friends.
Putting on and taking off of black
within a stated time is in itself, in
stead of a compliment, an insult to
the dead. One does not put on
and put off one's sorrow in this
way ; there is therefore no reality
to the fashion of symbolizing it. A
loss by death is irremediable ; the
grief of it may be hidden away,
but it lasts forever. It is true that
the desire when one has lost a near
and dear friend is for silence and
darkness, for neutral tints and for
the prosence and association with
only that which harmonizes with
our own sense of loss and bereave
inent. But we cannot often in
dulge in this selfish absorption and
exclusion-and it is doubtless good
for us that we cannot. Our lives
go out ; our duties remain. They
must be performed. We put our
griefs away. We do not intrude
them upon others. We lock then
up and keep them as a sort of lux
ury for quiet hours, when indul
gence will not interfere with our
obligations to the living, with ac
tive participation in the duties of
the hour. There is no reason, of
course, why women should do vio
lence te natural feeling and wear
high colors and gay ornaments at a
time when their hearts are sadden
ed by a heavy loss. Let them lay~
aside what they no longer take
plleasure in, and wear their sim
Iplest, plainest, darkest dresses; but.
why lay asidle what is perfectly1
suitable and even in harmony with~
their own feelings and incur much
unnecessary trouble and expense
in order merely to p)ut on garments'
a little darker, a little sadder and
which oblige an entire change in
thle ha bits ot life, the avoidance of
Imuch that would be healthful and
salutary, rat her than harmful, the
adaptation of social conditions tof
the circumsntances and accidents of
an individual, and the actual crea
tion of a code of ethics, the observ
ance of which depends on the pres
ence or depth of a crape band
The most ardent supporters of oul
ward and visible signs of woe ar
those who are least sensitive t
grief, but who like the novelty o
an entire change of wardrobe an
the excitement of finding out exact
ly what ought and what ought no
to be done under such circumstan
ces. As there is no authorize
code the rules extracted from sell
constituted authorities are oftei
more amuing than practical or re
liable. To many limited but wel
intentioned women the imaginec
necessity for "doing as other pec
pIle do" in this regard is a soure
of extreme enbarrassmient and pei
Perhaps they cannot afford th
outlay ; perhaps they have only re
cently, by dint of much contrivanc
replenished their wardrobes ; pe
haps it was not a near relative
perhal)s the relative lived at a dic
tance. All the facts are agitatei
pro and con to make a case agains
assuming this new burden ; and th
only argument on the other side
the strongest feeling, is this, thq
if they do not conform to commo
custom they will be the subject c
common and impious remark. Thi
is naturally much stronger in sma:
neighborhoods and communities
It is therefore the duty of any wc
man of position and influence i
such communities to set an exan
ple in the right direction, anI affor
the moral support of this influenc
to her poorer neighbors. In citic
women out of a certain exclusiv
circle are emancipating themselvc
from their tradition.
Oxw IITAcKs TO THIE FRONT.-No,
that another Presidential campaig
is at hand we find all the old1 brol
en diown lead horses of the Rep~ut
lican party trotting about the Stal
and attemptinrg to control the pr<
cinct meetings and State Conver
tion. They all want to go to th.
Chicago Convention and figum
there in the interest of certai
aspirants to the Presidential chaii
but more particularly for their ow
interest in the future, if a Reptl
Ilican Presidlent is elected.
Rev. June Mobley has turned ui
in Union simultaneously with tL
call of the county chairman to hohd
precinct meetings. June has not
been a resident of this State and
. county for several years, but had
- the impudence to pretend to repre
e sent the Republicans of Union at,
o the State convention 1in 1882. No
f doubt he will try the same gane
1 this year.
In Abbeville, the notoious Lom
t Guflin has turned up again, after
an absence of some years, and i4
making himself conspicuous in or
- anizing the party there for some
- If the Republicans of these coun
ties are willing to allow such lbro
I ken down leaders to comc in, when
ever there are good positions to
e be had, and control themi and their
party, they have not the grit we
believed they had ; but it is none
e. of our funeral.--Union Times.
--Fhe money which has been ex
pende(d in public education since
1868 would have paid the public
debt of South Carolina. If our in
terest account could be stopped,
and the education of the nogro
could be finished, our taxes would
be less than half what they are
now--Press and Baniner.
Kiuo nty KEnzosE.-- On1
fThursday night at Central a kero
s sene lamp exploded. The oil was
thrown upon a Miss Paine and at
once ignited. She was so terribly
1-!burned that she died in a very
n short time. She was about. 18 years.
e -Says an experienced bachelor:
s The best thing to take when you
e kiss a pretty girl-take tine. The
more you take the better she likes
it.' What a1 fool he must be---40o
take time. If he kuew what was
good he'd take kisses and let the
time go to thunder.
>- -The Missisippi Rivcr ofi' New
eOrleans has reached a height nev
.er bef'ore known, and the city is in
-gseat danger of being flooded.
-Robert Smalls, colored, has
been elected to Congress from the
n'Black District," in place of' E. W
' M. Mackey, deceased.
- The State papers are almost
unanimous in the opinion that there
p should be hut one Decmocratic Stato
~e Convention this-vear.