. 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!
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
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
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
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."
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
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,
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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
.. .... . 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.
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,
-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.
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