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There arc some souls that ever walk alone In this brief round of human life. Stithuj within the ever rising moan Lout if betray their constant inward strife. No soft caressing handa arc laid in thoirs, No voice* »peakin kimlly words of cheer, We meet and pass them often unawares Although they nee us,and chock the rising tear. Thi tt" hi the cercus of a midnight bloom So rare and fair, tho' shrouded 'mid the gloom The mystic plan of life would still be incomplete Unlr** the path of fate, which these have trod Still bore the imprint of their weary feet Striving &ud toiling toward tho heights of God DR. TRIM'S ROfltfl'K. From the New Orleans Times-Democrat. I "Upon my word, mamma, I look upon it as an impertinence." Mrs. Talbot laid her bJbv across her lap face down and jolted it gently, at the same time patting persuasively its exceedingly limp back, "Positively an impertinence," she went on "it's as much as to say, 'You are so expert in this sort of thing, aud have married oft' your own children so well, pray help me out with mine. Really, mamma, its an insult. I should write Aunt Trim a very sharp letter if I were in your place." Mrs. Fargo did not reply. She sat tapping her gold spectacles lightly against the open page of the letter she had been reading, while her blue eyes wandered abstractedly over the wide fields oi blooming cotton that stretched away beyond the garden fence. The imputation her daughter hinted at so resentfully did not disturb her in the least. If she had maneuvered a little to secure advantageous settle ments for her children, and she would not have denied that she had, her maneuvers had been so successful that she had nothing to regret. Certainly Ella Talbot had no reason to complain. She ad a kind, indulgent husband, a beautiful hanie and a baby which, though still tooMToung to excite much enthusiasm on the part of a novice in infants, was pronounced by its grand mother a remarkably fine child. Her other daughter and her two sons "Were equally well provided for, and Mrs. Fargo might reasonably have considered herself entitled to rest from her labors. The mail, however, had just brought her a plaintive entreaty from her sister, Mrs. Trim, that she would lend her aid in marrying off her son Albert a bachelor of 35, who seemed bent upon remaining single. He was a homeopathic physi cian in good practice, and well enough in appearance indeed some of his more enthusiastic lady patients maintained that lie was decidedly handsome, and of a very kind and amiable disposition. "None of the women here seem to please him," wrote his mother. "It has oc curred to me that one from the country might suit him. Do look for a sensible woman of suitable age, and domestic habits, and possessing other desirable qualifications, of which you are so good a judge." It was probably the "other qualifi cations" clause that gave so much of fense to Ella, it having been charged that, for the sake of advantages covered by this ambiguous euphemism she had jilted a younger and poorer suitor, to accept the wealthy but elderly Mr. Talbot. "I really believe Amelia Pullvn would do," said Mrs. Fargo at last, looking at her daughter as calmly as she had con templated the cotton fields. :'Mamma! of it!" 1 vou are actuallv thinking Why not? I see nothing unreason able in thinking about the happiness of my own nephew and the comfort of my sister. If you will let me have, the car riage this afternoon, Ella, I'll drive over and see Amelia." "Mamma, I protest!" exclaimed Ella, shaking the baby up so violently as to elicit a squeal of remonstrance, "lie sides, Amelia wouldn't thank him. You know she is determined never to marry again." "Nonsense!" returned Mrs. Fargo, with her good-natured laugh, "vou think, becauso she refused John, she is immovably fixed in her resolve. Don't jolt the child so, Ella. He is quite red in the face." Mrs. Talbot promptly reversed the baby, who now begin to protest so violently against his mother's treatment, that she called the nurse to remove hi in. John being her own husband, the al lusion was not agreeable. It was true that the episode had occurred before she made Mr. Talbot's acquaintance, but lew women have the magnanimity to forgive the superior discrimination of an antecedent rival. "I'm sure John has reason to con gratulate himself, at all events," site dftid a little sharply. Amelia's drawl and her melancholy combined would drive a man wild. Besides, it is said ihe has consumption." "Consumption," repeated Mrs. Fargo, laughing again. "She looks like it, tlid as for her melancholy, you don't suppose that is incurable, do you?'' "1 don't think Albert Trim is the man |q cure it, anyhow. He is solemn as an eivl himself.'' "That's just the point. They will eure each other. It will be a beautiful illustration of Albert's favorite princi ple. similia similibus. His lieing a physician is a great point in his favor, too. Amelia will not feel that she is disgracing Dr. Pullvn's memory by ac cepting a second husband of the same profession." "Gracious heavens! You have got to the accepting point already. You for get Dr. Pullvn was an allopathist." "Oh, that makes nothing," as Mad ame Panl in would say. "Love recon ciles all differences. Do not Catholic and Protestant marry? Why not homeopathist and allopathist?" "I really believe what that spiteful Mrs. Grimes said of you is true," said Ella, looking thoughtfully at her moth er, "and you would make a match for your bitterest foe." "Xo, it isn't and the proof is that I didu't make one for her Delia, which was what she wished. Well, if I am to go, I must get ready. I suppose I can have the carriage?" "Why, ot course. Is the visit of a strictly secret nature, or may I go along?" "Certainly. I didn't invite yon, as I suiposed your animosities would hard ly permit vou to accept." "Oh. I'm to much like my mother to allow my animosities to interfere with my pl« asure," replied Ella, laughing. II Mrs. Pullvn. in deepest weeds, not withstanding the heat of the weather, received her guests with the smile of soft melancholy that so well became her pale beauty. "Sit down," she said in the tone of one who invites to some mournful cere mony. "Are you well?" and she looked prepared for the worst. "Oh, ves, we are alwavs well," said Mrs. argo. "You are very fortunate," drawled the widow 'T am never well." "What is the matter." asked Mrs. Fargo, as sympathetically as if she heard this complaint for the first time. *T don't know," and oh, that it were possible to print her soft drawl. "I've hunted all through the doctors' books, and I don't find any symptoms that re semble mine so much as those laid down for consumption." "Do you cough?" "No, but I have all the other symj) toms, aud I am sc languid and have no appetite I don't know what can make me so." "Have you had advice?" asked Mrs. Farg anxiously. "Why, no. Yon know I have all the doctor's books and his prescriptions and formulas, and—and everything. I don't need to consult anybody." "But, my dear child, you are surely not trying to treat yourself in so grave a case, a thing the wisest and most skill ful physicians never attempts. You'll poison yourself, that's what you'll do. Mrs. Pullvn looked at her with mild pitying superiority. "Nobody could possibly know more about it than he did," she said "and nobody could understand my constitu tion so well. If the medicines he pre scribed do no good nothing could do good." "Reallv, you ought to have been in India," said Ella. Amelia turned her large, liquid eyes toward the sjeaker, and her resigned smile provoked Ella to go on. "I think the Indian plan better than yours. I should greatly prefer being burned at once to slowly sacrificing my self by swallowing my liusbaud's medi cines." At this moment a lovely little girl bounded into the room and ran to em brace her mother. Mrs. Pullvn kissed Jier with effusion, then tood her upon her lap, and, looking over her brown curlv head at Mrs. Talbot, said gently "You can't suppose I want to die?" Why, certainly not," responded Mrs. Fargo, again taking up the word, ''and we m't intend to let you, either. So, to prevent it, I shall take you in hand myself. Come here. Pet," holding out her hands .to the little girl, "come teil grandma you' pitty name, sweet." "Go to the huly, Gracie," said her mother, "go kiss the htdv." Gracie went shyly, holding on to lior mothers hand, and only staying long enough to plant a hasty kiss on Mrs. Fargo's chin, and then ran back to her refuge in her mother's lap. "Yes. indeed." resumed Mrs. Fargo. "I shall just take you in hand myself. Your mother and I were schoolmates, and I was always very foml of her, which gives me a sort of right over her daughter. You shall come down the city with me next week. My own houso is all in disarray with the painters and paperers, but we will stop with my sis ter, and you shall see a physician." Amelia did not reply save bv her mel ancholy smile. She seemed to be reflect ing, however, and presently she said: 'Are you going to the city next week "Yes, for a few days. I want to see what the people are doing in my house, and get measured for a dress or two be fore my dressmaker is crowded. Won't you come with me?" "I have been thinking of going down. I have a tooth that troubles me. I ought to have it attended to, I suppose. "Yes, indeed, you can never be too prompt about a matter of that kind. Well, wVere shall we meet?" "I don't know perhaps I won't go." "Oh, yes, you must Ella's is nearest tho railroad. I shall drive over Sunday evening, and take yon back to stay over night with me, and we'll start Monday morning." "Really, I don't know, my health is so uncertain," objected the widow. But Mrs. argo was not to be put off. "1 shall come for you, she said, as she kissed her good-by at the front MiuuMiuiJUiri I door, "and mind you're ready. Gracie will come, too." "Oh, you, if I go," sighed the widow. "I never leAve Gracie behind." III. So down to the citv came Mrs.I argo and Mrs. Pullvn, an amiable dragoness flying peaceably away with her victim by steam train. Mrs. Trim's house stood in a quiet up-town street across which the tall trees met in friendly conference. Mrs. Trim met them in the hall, an elderly wonuui whose once blonde hair had tad ed to yellowish white, tnd whose eor pulancv bordered upon the miraculous. She kissed Amelia affectionately, though she had never seen her before, and lead ing herMiito the parlor left her there while she withdrew to a sitting-room with her sister. "Yon have been very prompt," she said seating herself in her own especially wide-armed chair. "I was surprised to find you had one already on hand, as it were." "I had never thought about her until your letter came," returned Mrs Fargo, "and I don't know now whether it will amount to anything. They are both so dull it is like trving to strike fire with two wet sticks." Meantime in the parlor, Amelia had taken off Graeio's hat. and was holding the half-sleeping child upon her lap, ami looking abstractedly out through the blinds into the quiet street. It was characteristic of Mrs. Fargo that she had not mentioned her sister's name, and Amelia was wondering in her own mind how she should address her host ess upon their next meeting, when a gentleman entered by a door at the end of the room, and came directly toward the sofa near which she sat. He was a tall, fair man, with a little professional stoop in the shoulders. Dr. Albert Trim, in fact, coming, according to his habit, to rest a few moments before dinner, in the shaded parlor. He was close upon Amelia before he saw her, ami she. slowly rising, and let ting Gracie slip to the tloor, confronted him with a suppressed scream, "What, you!"'exclaimed the Doctor, coming to a sudden stand. "You!" repeated Amelia, echo like. "In my house!" continued the Doctor. "I never knew it was your house, you may be sure, and I'll go out of it at once." She snatched up Gracie's hat, ami turned toward tho door, dragging the child after her. "You shall not stir. I am delighted to see vou I.'re you shall not leave." "I shall leave, and this moment, too." She caught Gracie up and made a movement to dart past him, but he .step ped before her with one. arm outstreched, barring the way. Gracie alarmed at this gesture, uttered a piercing shriek. There was a sound of quick steps ap proaching, and Mr-.. Fargo appeared upon the threshold. Dr. Trim drop ped his arm. aud Amelia with Hushed face and indignant mein, approached Mrs. Fargo. "What in the world is the matter?" exclaimed this lady. "Albert. I thought you were a robber. How have you been frightening Mrs. Pullvn?" "Shall I explain?" asked the Doctor, looking toward Amelia, who vanished through the door without replying. "Why, where are you going?" cried a voice in the hall, "ft was Mrs. Trim, who arretted her guest on the way to the front door. Mrs. Fargo and Albert now rushed out. and the storm center was trans ferred to the hall. "You must not go Amelia. I entreat you do not go," cried Albert v-ildlv. ''Of course you will not go," said Mrs. Fargo, with decision. never heard of anything so absurd come back dinctlv. I insist upon knowing tho meaning of all this." She took Amelia by the arm and almost forcibly led her back into the parlor. "It is clear you two have met before," she continued, assuming the office of inquisitor "when and where was it?" "Shall I tell asked Albert. Amelia maintained ahaughtv silence. "You do not object, and, reallv, I see no reason why you should. Mother, yon have often wondered that I did not marry. Thii is the reason." He point ed to Amelia, who still stood draped in her long widow's veil, clasping tho white-robed child in her arms. "I. was not to blame." she said calmlv. "lou Were to bluine you should not have let your father influence vou." "You should not have disputed with my father. He was older than vou, and of course knew better." "Ihat is an exploded assumption. But I am not going to renew that dis cussion with you." Then with a sud denly-awakened tenderness he advanced and took from her tired arms the little girl, who was nodding heavily against her shoulder. "There, sit down," he said gently. After all these years we may certainly let thr old quarrel rest. I was so taken by surprise that I did not do justice to the tender feeling my heart has always retained for you." "Tender feeling-quarrel! What in the name of heaven are you talk in about.1'" cried Mrs. Fargo, impatientl v? "I am going to tell vou," returned Albert, laying the head of the sleeping child against his breast, aud boginnii)rr to walk the tloor. "IIow like vou sho is, Amelia," he said, looking fondly at her. "See, mother, this should have been your grandchild. Yes, we were engaged. You remember, Ame lia, the night I proposed? It was After the ball at the col lege, and Ave Were walking home togeth er through the moonlit villege street. You wore rose-pink silk, with tulle over it, and the tulle was all in tatters, but vou looked as lovely as an angel and vou said 'Yes' without hesitation, liko the frank, sweet girl you were. Ah! we were verv happy." "But you would always dispute with papa about the proper treatment in fe vers, and the giving of calomel, and all that," said Amelia, sadly. "Papa, who had practiced medicine forty years, and who of course knew so much better." "Ah! don't speak of that," pleaded Albert humblv, melting more aud more, wrought upon not by memory alone, but bv that inexplicable tenderness thai will flow out about a little head nestled against the breast "I own that I was wrong." "You admit it, at last!" exclaimed Amelia, with an air of triumph. "Wrong in disputing, I mean not in the principle. "You cling to your heresy? Papa said it was fiat heresy." "What have'medical theories to do with my loving you?" he asked, pausing before iter and looking earnestly at her. "You married, to please you father, an old-school physician, twenty years old er than yourself. Did his medical ortho doxy make you happy?" She did not reply.. "Tell me." he insisted, "were you happy with him?" '"You shan't question me so," she re plied. making a last struggle, "Give me my baby, I don't love to have any one hold her but myself." "See how sweetly she is sleeping in my arms, Amelia. I have never bt en so happy since the night we walked home from the dance together. Doesn't vonr heart tell you vou owe me soiuo reparation for all the. happiness you yon have kept back from me?" Amelia fluttered her fan and looked at the tloor. It was a stained tloor she noticed. "Let me keep the baby," he urged. "Let me teach her to call me papa." A faint smile curved Amelia's lips, but she did not look up. lb1 bent on one knee before her, "Say 'yes' again, dear," ho whispered. "I'll be so good to you both." The smile grew more decided, and she bent forward as if to kiss the child's fair temple, but Albert, perhaps misin terpreting her design. I tent forward al so, and the kissfell upon his mnstached lip. Mrs. Trim and Mrs. Fargo, who had tiptoed from the room a few moments before, were embracing each other ill the sitting room, with tears of irrepres sible laughter. Half an hour later Mrs. Fargo returned to the junior, thoughtfully overturning a chair as she came through the hali. "Well." she said, "if you two have come to a place where you can leave off. perhaps you will come to dinner." "We are resolved never to leave off," said Albert, "but dinner will not be amiss." "I'm afraid it will be very much amiss." observed his mother. "It has been waiting an hour." "Never mind," rejoined Mrs. Fargo, cheerfully, "we'll wash it down with phials of Xux." Preserving Milk by Chemicals. From the London Standard. It might bo of interest to that numer ous class of the community into whose dietary milk, enters more or A PI,AGUI: less, tc know whether carbi jiate of soda borac ic acid or nitrate of potash in pi res or improves tho quality of the fluid. From the evidence of a correspondent it ap pears that in hot weather milk venders, or at least some of ttiem have adopted tho very questionable habit of mixing these substances with the articles which they .sell in order to keep the milk fresh. It is, of course, possible that horacie acid may have the proper! v of preserving milk from "turning." The same agent has been tried bef »re for keeping meat from putrification, and has been snppo-,el to answer. Bu th efleet which this particular form of milk adulterations is likely to produce on the digestions of those who consume the novel compound can not be prophesied with any safety except bvpetsons well acquainted with the laws of chemistry. According to the testimony which we publish, the results in certain instances has been to produce illness of rather a severe type. A little knowledge of chem istry among venders of milk "would be a dangerous thing for their customers if this practice continues and it is ob viously not to be endured that our milk supply should be meddled with and its purity destroyed by means of chemical experiments conducted by perfect ama teurs. Out. of sixteen analysis of milk made with the purpose of discovering the causes of the illness described, onlv two samph s we. re found to be pure one was adulterated by the admixture of water, and no less than thirteen had een subjected to tho experiments we have mentioned with boraeic and other acids. e have heard of flour and chalk being used as ingredients of cows' milk nv dishonest venders but the addition of chemical compounds intended to pre serve the article gives & new terror to the homely milk-jug. Romances sometimes occur outside of books. V verv wealthy family in Prov idence, R. I., who had moved in the first circles and who lived in one of the finest residence# on the aristocratic east side becanm.vory poor not long since, sold then house to a rich gentleman,a widow er from the south.aud went to live in verv obscure quarters, the two daughters of the impoverished house being obliged Wst 1H' th(nh' livi"K' or nans, Th.Bl.ckD.., li»vo II,i, The ravages of the plague veiv 'ng fill beyond conception, J'ciitli XJxtri la Han' ofF* •ring ,, result l»th.rourt.e»tiwJ«*. hicago ilia-aid The alarm excited by th* pecialiy those of the mia.U viruh'nt Thac •tclies the wal ,e notequ PT desir* is. w„lltr "a we n „w tut 1 w 'iier are i be IV Il"apu.,ul jl lw wjw commonly (. i. !ornn'onlv callwi ble scourge of which COIlt icure th ied. i iplest a imgcon tfofth whic 1U1V ?'?, been preserved. To read oft seems like some horrible L' uahio 1. .* 1 some monkish vision of the J' world. It M»paLs the imaginati,, shows what fearful rav^, ,, could make before ,mU) had beJ quainted with hygienic laws. lfr Ihe black death, which was* ern plague, and actually d^olai* world, got its namefrow the hla,k caused by decomposition thatai on the body of the sufferer. .„ ties or health records were kept dark ages therapeutics wasiB fancy ignorance and iridifiVret I versully prevailed. We Imvev^ dat-a of the plague weiuv!uia(w with its symptoms, it crisis method of ifsinfection. They varied gieatly at different times!! diflerent places. The cases malignant and more videlvhital than in Europe, owing to the wo:• dition of the people and the lowei of civilization K very filing connected with t! was hideous and revolting. Th tacked by it suffered terribly, had burning and im.jiK'iicloibie racking pains in the head ami 1 boils and swelling* ail "v.-nk putrid inflammation of tin-lungs were a mass ot corrupt ion aud a. they often begged to be kilbdtur them of their misery, and wilt had sufficient strength ilo-tnn.-iii .so Ives. The gr« at majority jit-risi two or three days: medicine: wen ericas the appearance ef tie! spots was the sign of doom. 5a cruel as she is. was nev.-v more than at that frightful j*"ri•«!. While much that ha- been ]ml concerning the plague i.s ar,. viously fabulous, f!,. !.• no rat doubt it it had it- n- in China ing the first part of the loart«'Tit! turv, and that if was piviviiti swarms of locusts, drought-, faiu floods, tornadoes. ea*thi|,.i ik',s volcanic eruptions throughout tin? 1 which destroyed vegetable .W'l an life far ami near. Smilar dera ments and convulsions of nature common in Kurope. All t!ii~n-.he and disorder, with the attendant composition of matter aud asi. substance. is supposed to it caused s"iiio eil raordinary atffi pheric change hostile buni&ii 1 which acted like poison iijhui tin piritory organs always the ti'v* attacked. Some writers of the ti say that the steady progress ot tlw domic from east to we.-. couM be tra by the vitiated air, which rosenibiei cloud rr lia/.e the cloud of fate, haze of death. Scarcity (if f'fd unwholesome living prcdi.q'wl peoi to the disease, which constantly from infection and e .illation. Itm its wav from China aheig tin1 rov.b s westward. From tin1 S| .•oast of the Iihick Siti it weld t" I itantinople. tin nee to tie1 It.iha ports and throughout l\uril"\ ing three years in passing, by i ifci .'.irele, from Constantinople. ^el iround to Russia. have id-« v perm fea jr affor erp©°: jits. It is th •eat do. nestly fiudles use too uiug i her u ings as mice -.sc*.! jie equi •dlow .1(36. mpetii _'llt St ,-re mi "do st, am rg ma nnot This i e peof lie sei: -ourI iadiv oft jl'iftl. sin .m lida .. 1 ituri :M .ale, uinis irds Dri Wet in u- th nl it i th utar [Si: ran ."uof r]as n the ll: 1 kfiiei r,.li.'a *idi i uv 1 IMS. HgU ?TS i it dri .»t trough tho world, mowing dewa victims everywhere. Every 'i'i ^mal life was assailed. Tliou-a-i® ..-orpscs were cast into huge i1""'' For the purpose lakes and i' 1 1 •onsoerated, that the dead :hrowii into them, thus avi .Iread and danger of infection, ^ers and crews were ea: stricken often nohodv w as leit alive ihe land." The moral most cases inq less. It seemed on v wis, which, loaded with pufivtymgj rimnity, tvere borne aimlessly by t'eetod' winds and e finally driven ivhere thev spread the contagion 0 «llccN ot avcre us luul u* t'1*' :eets. Thousands died h't iii h,|lor' :ies of humanity and kin jVi iroken husbands deserted thei. brothers their sisters, mothers Iren everybody was absorbed iy desire to save himself at all lift/an it auv price and yet salvation issible. alnie-t as if the wh»l was doomed to destruction: spair had seized and shattered th( any price 1 heart. ., The gigantic accumulation o at once disorganized society an 1' i'/etl humanity. Snpcr-dition ranee, which are twin brothc scarcely less evils than Ihe 1' It is hard to estimate the '°s^ from tho scourge. But it is that 13,000,00(1 perished J] elsewhere in the East about more, (iermany lost nearly A*'. Italy half its entire population: alone an excess of 100,00(1. fully }(),0(H),000 must have dic«i. all quarters of the globe not I .on 1 70,000,000 of people a niim shocks the senses and well nigh i one's faith in nature. Such conditions or such would not be possible uov*. it is marri! l' °n» °f named the rich widower and lives in e elegant, home of her childhood, and brotl 80011 lence can be very be married to his 1 per»u,ion In this era of infelligem'c. r( science we know how to dea ni'JI'.IM'l! IV V* 41*'" .Irt'l demies and have little caus^ shem.