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A Little Woman.
In a. little precious stone what splendor
, meets the eyes : ; .
In a. little lump of sugar how much
sweetness lie ! ! ;
So In a little woman love grows and mul-
You recollect the proverb \ says , "a word
. unto the wlsc. "
A peppercorn \ \ Is very small , nlllI seasons
every : dInner
More than nil other condIments , although
'tis sprinkled thInner ;
Just so a little woman Is , it love will let
' you wIn her-
There's not a joy In nil the world you
I will not find within her.
t : . . And its within the little rose 'ou'li find
i the rIchest dyes ,
And In 1\ little graIn ot gold : much prIce
, and value lies ;
As from u little balsam a rich odor doth
So In a little woman thero's a taste of
The s'ltlnrlt and the nightingale , though
small and slight of wIng ,
Yet warble sweeter In the grove than
all the bIrds that sing ;
So In a little woman , though a very
little thIng ,
Arc sweets above all other sweets ,
I , o'en flowers that bloom In 8prlng
r 1 -From an Old Love Letter.
Played Possum for Life.
"Spealdng of assaults , " said the ma-
- jar , "when Co 1. Dan 1\IcCoole's brigade
made the assault June 27 , 1864 , . on the
'dead angle' at Kenesaw Mountain ,
. Capt. Jo Major , company A , Eighty-
sixth Illinois volunteer infantry , while
' - dose to the Confederate works , was
> . knocked down br ; something thrown
. " , , : . : , over the works by a rebel. When he
regained consciousness he found him- .
self on the fiat of his back just outside I
the rebel breastworks , among many
dead } and wounded. Our troops had
fallen back about eighty feet , and by
hugging the ground closely were part-
. " \ l , ly protected by the brow of the hill.
, I" & Spades were trumps , and by hard dig-
gang with spades , bayonets and cans .
s . _ teen sides a new line was soon cstab-
lisped which protected the men.
"In the meantime Capt. Major returned -
: turned to consciousness and soon real-
: Ized that he must play himself for
: dead or he would be forced to crawl
' . over the rebel worKs a prisoner , as
\ others who showed signs of life were
forced to do. On the other hand retreat -
treat was Impossible. About this time
. a venturesome rebel climbed over the
. works , and crawling around among
i t the dead and wounded came to the
. captain , relieving him ot his revolver ,
i sword , haversack , canteen , pocketbook
\ and hat. Noticing the captain was
breathing , the rebel turned a little ,
t" " water Into his mouth , but although I
! ( nearly dying of thirst the Yank was
It f , afraid to swallow , and permitted the
1. coveted fluid to run out of his mouth
. and go to waste in Mother Earth.
, , , ' The Johnny crawled away and left
i him , supposing , of course , there would
\ soon be another dead Yanle.
k r "It was now about 10 o'clock In the
forenoon , and for the balance of that
3 , hot day Capt. Major lay on the flat of
fi his back , with the merciless rays of
J the sun pouring down Into his barf \ ; !
f # face , not daring even to scare the flies
' from his mouth or nose , from which
. blood was oozing as a result of the
blow in the stomach. Nor could he
J1i ; , shift his body to gain a more comfort-
' e I able osltion. He could hear the bang !
bang ! of the Yankee guns , and the
wrack or Co1. Fahnestocle's Henry rifle
in the hands or Fife Major Weber , who
fr had got a good position behind a chest-
0 : ' . - nut tree and was doing all he could to
leeep the rebel heads below their head
r logs. When the rebels replied the
smoke would almost puff In Capt. Ma-
jor's face. With the bullets passing
both ways , only a few inches above
his body , there he lay , playing pos-
"Finally after a long wait darkness
: ame. Gathering all his strength for
" ' - a supreme effort , Capt. Major got on
f t his feet and made a dash for the Union
" I1n8. The route was down hill , and he
- same a8 near tiring as a man could.
l' TIle dried twigs and leaves made con
t lS4erabll noise , and the rebels fired a
volley after him , but , fortunately , he
escaped without a scratch. teaching
the line he sprang over works and
men , causing surprise and joy. His
nostrils and ears were fly blown from
lying 1 In the , sun all da ' .
'l'hirty-five years after this event
Gov. Tanner received a letter from
James A. Tones of Monroe county , Alabama .
abama , Inquiring for a 1\1ajor Eureka ,
Eighty-sixth Illinois , ' saying his grand-
father , John Williams , a Confederate
soldier , captured a sword inscribed 'To
Major Eureka , EIght "slxth Illinois \
volunteer Infantry , ' which ho iteslred
to restore to the owner. It had been
used in school exhibitions , and , later ,
by plantation hands to strip sugar
cane. Gov. Tunn r's inquiry resulted
In the deciphering of the Inscription to
be , 'Presented to Capt. Jo Major ,
Elghtysixth Illinois \ volunteer infantry .
try , Eureka , Ill. , ' and Mr. Jones forwarded -
warded the sword to Capt. To Major ,
now residing at Eureka , Ill.-Chlcngo
When the grand review of the victorious -
torious armies of the north took place
ill Washington In 1866 , there was one
woman In the ranks , au horseback ,
who marched with the soldiers from
Illinois. She was one of the most impressive -
pressive figures in the moat impree-
Iv.e ! parade of soldiers which ever
took place in the United States.
That woman was Mrs. Mary A. nick-
erdylte , better known as "Mother"
ll1clerdylte , who had endeared herself
to the soldiers as did few other women -
en during the war , through her self-
sacrifices and her untiring work as
a nurse on the battlefields and In the
hospitals of the south.
On that great day in Washington
the tried soldiers of the republic did
this noble woman a signal honor because -
cause they loved her and because they
appreciated to the full what she had
done. The soldiers of the south respected -
spected Mother ll1clterdyltO fully 0.3
much as those of the north , for she
made no distinctions In her charity
and her philanthropy. And so it wa
that the woman on' horseback In a
plain calico dress and sunbonnet , was
cheered equally that day with the
great generals , the tattered battlefiags
and the long columns. That plain
calico dress and sunbonnet were
eagerly purchased the next day for
That gives some Idea of what the
soldiers thought of Mother ll1clcordylte
in 1865 , but she has not been forgot-
ten by any means. Her "boys" In Illi-
nois are going to commemorate her
services to the country with a fitting
monument to bo erected at Galesburg ,
and it will be one of the choicest
memorials in that state. It will bo I
the first public monument erected In
the United States to a woman for ser-
vices in behalf of her country during
the civil war , and no monument Is
more richly deserved.
G. A. R. Parade on Shipboard.
Probltbly the first national G. A. R.
reunion and parade ever celebrated
on shipboard In midocean occurred on
August 16 last , on board the steamship -
ship Ontario , at the same time that
the G. A. R. parade took place In Bos-
ton. Disappointed at beIng unable to
reach Boston in time for the parade ,
owing to a break in the machinery 01
the steamer off Norfolk , Va. , Post No.
67 of Cincinnati decided to parade on
the ship at the time designated for
the Boston parade. The captain ordered -
ed every flag and bit of bunting on
board to bo displayed , and arm In arm
with the ladles of the party a parade
around the ship was made to the tune
of "Yanltee Doodle" and the "The Star
Spangled Banner. "
Saw Hard Service.
The Thirtr-slxth Massachusetts , Col.
Henry Bowman , was recruited In Wor-
cester In 1862 , and was in the Third
brigade , Ninth corps. The total enrollment -
rollment was 1,315 , 106 were killed
In action , 27 died In Confederate pris-
ons and the regiment was In eighteen
general engagements , including Fredericksburg -
ericksburg , Vicksburg , Knoxville , the
Wilderness , Spottsylvanla , Cold Har-
bor and Petersburg , where It sustained -
ed heavy loslel.
Consider the Lilies.
The lilies or the held , whose bloom Is
We art' 119 they ;
Like them wo fade away ;
As doth n lenr.
1'he sparrows / ot the air or 8mlIuc \ -
Our Cod doth view
Whether they fall or mount-
lie KUlllods UII , foo.
The lilies that do neither spin nor toll
Yet arc most ulr-
Wlull profit nil thIs care
And ) all this toll'f
1'ho birds that have no barn nor har-
vest w elts.
God gives them ood-
Much more our Father seeks
1'0 do us gooll.
Cons idut- .
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A Weighing Contest.
Here Is a jolly kind of entertainment
for you boys and girls to make use of
the next time you give a party. It will \
please your little guests ever EO much
Get two sets of scales , one to weigh
large articles and one for the smaller
things. For some of the tiny objects
suggested below It will perhaps bo bet-
tor to buy a cheap pair at a toy shop.
Having arranged for the weighing , select .
lect a number of articles to bo
weighed. Have these as unlike and
deceptive as possible , so that there
really will \ be great difficulty in decid-
ing. For instance , the following list :
A man's hat and a bool
A pair of scissors and n bunch of
A boot and a pasteboard box ( con-
taining , say , a stone or something
very heavy ) .
A large book and a pasteboard box
( this one empty ) .
A watch and a bottle of Ink.
A pen nib and a feather
A pin and a little piece of papm'
An envelope and a postcard.
A one.cent piece and a bow or rib-
A doll and a I'Ihoe. '
A newspaper and a package of tacles.
A rubber ball and a sponge.
Arrange the articles beforehand , and
let each boy and girl write down on 1\
slip of paper which of the two articles
In each lot they think is the heavier.
The competitor hands the list , signed ,
of course , to the judge. Then com-
mences the weighing. -
A prize should bo given to the one
guessing the greatest number correct-
A Dainty Handkerchief Apron.
Have any of our readers ever seen
the pretty aprons made or handler-
chiefs ? It is a gift that will delight
your friends. To make this pretty and
useful girt two embroidered handker-
chiefs , or two gentleman's Initial silk
handkerchiefs , one yard of hamburg
insertion , three yards of one . inch rib-
bon , four yards of baby ribbon and
three yards of valenciennes lace are
Cut one of the handkerchiefs Into
four parts diagonally and Join to the
other with the valenciennes Insertion
The outside edge Is thou shaped to
give the rounded effect , edged with
vnlonclcnno8 Insertion run with baby
ribbon and vl\lenclonnc laco. The
holt Is made of Inch.whlo insertion
laced with baby ribbon an Inch wide
and leaving enough of the ribbon at
either end ! for tics. The nccomlmny- ;
lug illustration will bo of great benefit '
fIt to you In malting this n11ron.
How to Lift Oneself Up.
No doubt you have often heart ! how
impossible it is for 11 matt to lift him-
golf \ from the ground hy pulling on
the strap of his boots. Other things
are supposed to bo equally hnposslblo ,
one of thom being to lift ono's self by
means at a rope allll lmlloy. ; !
While this is l'reeUy true In the l
case of a straight pull , there Is a very
' simple way to do it which you may
easily prove to the astonishment at
your friends ,
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th I1 r I iP
W I iliv h I\ \ I \ \ I yl ( ti ,
Lifting One's Self.
Throw n rope over the limb of a '
' , . . .
tree , and in one end of the rope make
a strong loop large enough to hold
your root. Now you are to pull your-
self up as the boy in the picture Is
doing. You stand on the ground with
your left foot in the loop of the rope
and pull your best on the other end or
the rope , but , though you feel a good
deal of strain on your foot In the loop
you do not stir. Now yon are doing
exactly what Is done hy the man who
tries to lift himself over the fence by
pulling on his bootstraps.
By this time you are convinced that
there Is a trick to It. Indeed , there
Is , but so simple 11 one , that you will
have no trouble in performing it. Dear
your weight on the rope In your hands
and lift your legs , swinging thorn up-
ward from your hips. The result will
bo that your feet will go up about
three feet from the groullli , while the
rope in your hands will sink till your
head Is about on a level with your
Now climb up the rope , "hand over
hand , " till your heal Is above your
feet and lift your feet as before , pull-
ing on the rope at the same time.
You do not easily pull yourself up
this way , hut it looks so to the spec-
tators. You climb up the rope hand
over hand , and could do It just as well
without having your foot in the : oop
at all , providing the rope was fastened
to the 11mb.
Game of the Bird Dealers.
The game of the bird dealers Is
played as follows : The children
stand in a row , leaving two Gutsldtt. i
1'l1ese two represent the bird dealers.
Each child represents a bird-ono being - "
ing a crow , another a crane , another a
canary , and so on. One bird dealer
says to Uw other ;
"I wish to buy a bird. "
"What kind of a bird ? " asks the
"A bird that can fly fast , says the
"Ver.y well , " answers time other
dealer , "tale what you wish. "
"Then , " says the first dealer , "I will
take a robin. "
As soon as the word is out or his
mouth , the "robin" must leap tram the
row and run around it to oseape It
ho catches the bird , he puts It In a
cage , where It must star until aU the
other birds are caught.