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. THE GOLD THAT WEARS.
Ve parted one eve at the garden gate. When the dew was on the heather, And I promised my love to come ba.k to her i'ze the pleasant lautumn weather- That we twain might wel When the leaves were red, And live and love together. She cut 1me a tress of her nut-brown hair, *s I kissed her lips of cherry, An d gave her a ring of the old-time gold, With a stone like the mountain betry As clear and blue As her eyes were true Sweet cye., no bright and merry! iThe we:lth of my love is all I have To give you,"' she said in turning; ,'The gold that wears-like the radiant stars In yonder blue vault burning!" Anlt I took the trust. As a mortal must Whose soul for love is yearning. Fate kept us apart for many years, And the blue sea rolled between us, Though a kissed each day the nut-brown tress, And made fresh vows to Venus Till I sought my bride, And flte delied That had fltled from love to wean us. I fonnd omy love at the garden gate When the dew was on the heather, And we twain were wed in the;ittle kirk In the pleasant autumn weather; And the gold that wears Now soothes my cares, As we live and love together! maRY-MARTHA. In the dilemma of choice as to the supe iority.of Miary or Mart ha's character, a cer in man declared: " Martha before dinner, ad Mary afterward." Very well, were this ieory put into practice, *if we desired an ppetizing meal and a spiritual-minded com anion; but if the subject were to be deci ed matrimonially, were it Martha iirst.at ist remain Martha. It would be an insult the worth of either to halt in the selec on of them. I am certain did each know i the stiito'"s indeciion regarding both, ley would unhesitatingly vow to him either. Our very young men have at least is virtue: in the unreasoning ardent gen osity of their verdancy they marry to-day r love in thefaith that to-morrow's b read d butter, or bread without butter, will fall onr the skies,. and most disastrous or most rtunate results occur to them. Their mid e-aged brethern, in-the cool, calculating isdom of maturity, oftener wed influence, sition, wealth, blood, good house keepers. he mansion is turnished from garret to eel r, the bridal suit elaborately finished, the nk account large and secure, the great ast ready, .the carraige and four waiting. I wish we could combine the single-hiart tness of impulsive youth with the'.calm de beration of experienced manhood. I wish ,man was not so frequently only in love *ith an ideal, or did not too much idealize e real. = I wish he could marry \for love id thrive on it alway. We do not intend wed Mary or Martha, excellent women they were and are. Our scriptural friends yore who bore those names must have en wot'my., or it had not been written of emselves and brother: "Jesus loved em." I believe that Martha coul4.enter in that family with the harmless town gos and news of the times in an exceedingly icy,'intelligent wanner at eventide. I am rtain that Mary was able to provide a ma rial meal she need not blush to invite a esident to partake ot. Our informant left much margin for inference that the gen al verdict seems to have been, and to be, e-sided usefulness ascribed to our hero es. Suppose it to be thus. We yearn for combination of the two; but it would ease me best to place Mary first. Literal "she hath chosen the good part which all not be taken away from her." After e eating and drinking, the buying of hou s and lauds, the toiling after earthly hon S and popularity, the sewing-women's itching and whirr of machinery is ended, ere are intellectual repasts, mansions not ade with hands, robes such as angles wear all imperishable. As you are soul and dy you must have Mary-Martha to minis unto both. There must be a home, and ought to'be the dearest spot on earth, or e cannot be the dearest one that reigns ere. Under a democratic form of goveru at at least, a mistress must be capable to Instruct as well as oversee a domestic, be cause nine-tenths of that class have not more than the rudiments of culinary knowledge. The helpless man is tired, hungry, thirsty; he needs shelter. warmth, rest, kind words. Nourish the animal ; then when the blood flows freely, vigorously through his veins and his pulse throbs regularly, boldly, the higher nature will in turn demand its food. It your only training has been the sphere of kitchen, parlor, street, woe to your male relatives and.yourselves ! When they are nearing old age. and most of this lite's charms have faded or vanished, how can they receive from the ball-room belle, socie ty queen, girl of the period, queen of beauty, unetducated or worldly women heart comfort and sour cordial ? Or what relief would an offering from a literary star of a brilgiant pl ose composition or pathetic poem afford the weary one or invalid who asked for a well-made couch and a bowl of strengthen ing broth ? There is no reason why the av erage Americani girl may not become Mary Martha. The educational advantage within the reach of all can be secured and conjoined to solid household accomplishments. When to these two are added( Christian character. it is impossible for any conscientious daugh ter to develop into a failure as wife or moth er. No.; none will know her but love her, or name her hut to praise ! With her sharp instincts, large ambition, aflectionate dispo sition, she will never be satisfied to be ineffi cient, incapable, inferior in duties which she dare not, cannot, shirk or even perform poorly, to insure a well-rctulated house hold and a large or small house well kept. The youth or man that imagined he did a clever thing when he said : " I take thee, Martha!" will feel the mistake most keenly when once he is a man. lie will be daily growing in mental culture, strength, fine taste. She will appear more and more in her true, dwarfed, common form, merely our hired cook. child's-nurse, chambermaid, seamstress. The dreaming lover who re ceives sheets of foolscap weeklyr from his tair tond girl, filled with sentimental ex pressions, emotionla gems flowery .figures of speech, skyrocket raphisodies, impossible ex pectations, should-open his eyes wide, wider, walk into her store room, peep into her market basket, even lift the lids of the din ner utensils. Be it ever so rude, the awak ening from the reveries would be ruder to couple. Because I like the pure, refined, poetical Mary so very much as I see her moving, a kindred spirit, sweet songs, know her grac ious, graceful ways, I would keep far, forev er distant, the evil day upon which her very dearest might say or look: "I have no pleasure in her." Ah, Martha, we seem to close with you triumphant? Do you not sometimes after all arrive at the conclusion that the chief end of wofnen and loftiest sublunary bliss, perfection, distinction is not a quivering, inimitable jelly, a towering, magnificently iced cake, a baked ham, puff paste light as a snowflake, a fowl done all over the most approved shade of brown and such like dishes? Does the female ability, glory and genius evince itself in wardrobes tucked, plaited. flounced, scalloped, quilled, trimmed with scores of yards of fringes, la ces, ribbons, rufliiigs and hundreds of but tutn. We must have Marjy Martha. I am confi dent she is and can be won after noble woo-. ing. If she is ours there will be no more deceived lovers, disappointed husbands, sour, bitter bachelors, neglected parents, brothers, sons.-Dora R. M'Knight, in Ger mantown Telegraph. A REMARKABLE 30X. Farmer lHobbs was a veracious old Amer ican dodger. His great delight was to se cure the attention of some one while lie spun a yarn about the cuteness of his boy Zeke. "Ah." said old Ilobbs one day, as he had fairly fixed his auditor, "Zeke is the most remarkable boy I ever set eyes on. He is like his old dad; you can't no more sarcum vent him than you ken a woodchuck. You recollect that choice apple-tree that grew at the bottom o' the hill, near the stump fence? Wall, 1 tell ye, I was mighty savin' o' them there apples. I forbid Zeke touchin' 'em, as they brought a high price in the market, a. every one counted; but he would get 'em iK spite o' me. It was his way, you know. an' possessed wouldn't stop him. One day I caught the young scapcgrace up in the tree stuflin' his sack with fruit, so I determined to punish him for it. 'Ezekiel, my son,' says I, 'your fathers callin' ye-come down.' I thought I'd be sort o' persuasive, so it would fetch him ; but he smelt a rat, and didn't budge au inch. 'I can't dad ; these pesky apples are in my way.' 'Zeke,' I continued sternly, for my dander began to rise, 'come down-come down this minute, or I'll cut down the tree and let you fall.' You see my poor old limbs wouldn't permit my shinuin' up the tree after the boy, so I had to take other means. 'Oh, no, you won't, dad,' says Zeke. 'Only think how you'd mourn if you couldn't sell the apples to stuff the old leather wallet that's locked away in the bureau!' That was too much to have my own boy accuse me of parsi mony. So what does I do but git the axe and cut away at the bottom o' the tree. 'Zeke,' - cried, when the tree was about half cut, 'will ye come down now and save yerself?' 'Never mind, dad,' said he; 'I ain't spilir.'.' It was no use; I couldn't fetch him that way ; so I chopped away at the tree till at last it began to sway, and fell to the group , with a cr-" "What-and crushed yo,,r own boy?" ejaculated his hoerified listener. "Not by a long chalk!" replied Hobbs, winking knowingly, "You couldn't come it over Zeke so. He crawled out on a limb, and, while I was choppin' at the bottom o' the tree he was cuttin' the limb off with his jack-knife, and, when the tree fell, there he was, still up there on the limb." A tSUNBEAM. The greatest of physical paradoxes is the sunbeam. It is the most potent and versa tile force we hat e, and yet it behaved itself like the gentlest and most accommodating. Nothing can fall more softly or more silent ly upon the earth than the rays of our great luminary-not even the feathery flakes of snow which thread their way through the atmosphere as if they were too. filmy to yield to the demands of gravity like grosser things. The most delicate slip of gold leaf, exposed as a target to the sun's §hafts, is not stirred to the extent of a hair, though an infant's faintest breath would set it in trem ulous motion. The tenderest of human organs-the ap ple of the eye-though pierced ant buffeted each day' by thousands of sunbeams, suffers no pain by the process, but rejoices in their sweetness, blesses the useful light. Yet a few of those rays insinuating themselves in to a mass of iron, like the Rlritannia Tubu lar Bridge, will compel the closely knit par ticles to separate, and will move the who# enormous fabric with as much ease as a giant would a straw. The play of these beams upon a sheet of water lifts up layer after layer into the at mosphere, and hoists whole rivers from their beds, only to drop them agin in snows upon the hills or in fattening showers upon the plants. Let but the air drink in a little more sunshine at one place than another, and it desolates a whole region in its lunatic wrath. 'The marvel is that a power which is capable of assuming such diversity of form and of producing such stupendous results, should come to us in so gentle, so peaceful, and so pretentious a manner. WHAT MAN CAN DO. We can not always, hardly ever root out an evil thendency; but we can always grow it out. Give men life, more growth, more sun and rain, more truth and love these powers of growth will conquer the evils in the soul and in the heart. rT'hese considerations, as I have said, should make us both humble and hopeful. We are hum ble in thinking that our best success and our highest gifts have their danger. We are hopeful when we see that even the wol'st thing in us can be turned to good. So God, in His great geological workslhops makes diamonds out of carbon and rubies out of clay. Man's brain is a self-compensating machine, an automatic, self-correcting ap paratus. God has set in it two against two; every power has its antagonist power. Ile has placed in man a tendency to hope, and another to caution as its counterweight. lie has given selfreliance, and also sympathy; lie has inspired the wish to battle with wrong and evil; lie has added the tenden cy to reverence and submit to good. iHe has given us powers which take us outward into the world of things and men; others which draw us into the world of things and men; others which draw us inward to tho world of imagination and reflection.-Jas, Freeman Clarke. -------_ - lI---- CLKANLINEss of person promotes health of body, and this in turn naturally begets purity of mind and moral elevation. Such persons are quite as much concerned in hav ing the inner and unseen as tidy and as clean as the outer, and the visible; they are pure from principle not policy. ":ItARRY, my wife and I have both no ticed that the townspeople stare very hard. I hope you haven't been telling anybody that we are newly married ?"--" Me tell 'em, sor ? Is it likely I'd go agin my express ex press orders? Why, whinever anybody thryed to pump' me, sor, I tould 'em you wasn't married at all." Hlow many take a wrong view of life, and waste their energies and destroy their nerw ous system in endeavoring to accumulate wealth, without thinking of the present happiness they are throwing away. It is not wealth or high station which makes aL man happy. Many of the most wretched beings on the'earth'have both; but it is a radiant sunny spirit, which knows how to bear little trials and enjoy comtorts and thus extract happiness from every incident in life. .. .... . I - 4 1 . . . A CITCAGO commercial traveler saw. two mischievous girls shaking their handker chiefs ata moving passenger train, from their pleasure-boats in the river, near Vin ton. He conceitedly imagined the demon strationto be intended for himself, got off the train, lired a skiff, and set sail tor the sirens, and. they led him and his boat quietly into the currrent that swept him over thie dam. He swam ashore 'mid the laughter of the &andker(ilie maidens, and his con ceit is 'not thoroughly dried out yet. IN the city of Halifax dwelt a lawyer, crafty, subtle and cut as a tox. An Indian of the Miami tribe, named Simon, owed him some money. The poor red man brought the money to his creditor and waited, ex pecting the lawyer to write him a receipt. W' iat are you waiting for ?" said the law yer. "Receipt," said the Indian. "A re ceipt," said the lawyer; " receipt! What do you know about a receipt ? Can you under stand the nature of a receipt ? Tell me the use of one, and I will give it to you," The Indlan looked at 'lm a moment and then said:; " S'pose maybe die; I'me go to heben; we find gate locked; me see 'postle Peter: he say, 'Simon, what you want!' Me want to get in. He say;' You pay Mr. J. dt. money?' What me do? I hub no receipt; hab to huntiall over hell to find you." He got a receipt. GOLDEN SHEAVES. Ever backward to the past, Thoughts are flying thick and fast, Thoughts that till the eyes with tears, And the thoughts of pleasant years ! Ever to the future veiled Golden ships of thought have sailed ; Out of sport to distant realms, Loving lingers at the helms, Dear to us the thoughts that fly Ever upward to the sky Noble thoughts that never die I -No legacy is so rich as honesty. -Jealousy dislikes the worhl to know ft. -Thle innocent seldom lind an uuea y, pillow, -Never put off a Job till to-morrow it you (an do it to-day. - Indolence never sent a man to the front, Industry never left a man in the rear. -The one certain, remunerative, iattamn able quality in every study is attention. -.-Meanness sometimes , makes a saint.. Some men are good only because it cost4 money to be wicked. -If my friends have alabaster boxes laid~ away, full of perfumes of sympathy and ..:X fction, which they intend to break ovVr my tlead body, I would rather they would bring them out in mny weary hours, and openl them while I need them. I would rather have a bare cutotin without a flower, and a funeral without the eulogy, than a life with out the sweetness of love and sympathy. Let us learn to annoint our friends before hand for their burial. Post-mortemn klum nesses do not cheer tihe burdened spirit. Flowers on the cotinm cast no tragrance backward over the weary days.