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THE HAND OF LINCOLN.
BY EDMUND CLARENCE STEDMAN. The subject of this poem is a plaster cast of Abraham Lincoln's hand. It Is now in the National Museum at Washln gton. Atlas, according to the old myth ology. was a man on whose shoulders the whole weight of the earth rested. Ac cording to the Bible, Anak was the an cealor of a race of giants. OOK on this cast, and know the hand That bore a nation in Its hold; From this mute witness understand What Lincoln was—how large of mould The man who sped the woodman's team, And deepest sunk the ploughman's share, I And pushed the laden raft astream, Of fate before him unaware. This was the hand that knew to swing The axe—since thus woifld freedom train Her son—and made the forest ring. And drove the wedge, and tolled amain. ''Firm hand, that loftier office took. A conscious leader's will obeyed. And, when men sought his word and look. With steadfast might the gathering swayed. No courtier’s, toying with a sword. Nor minstrel's, laid across a lute; A chief's, uplifted to the Lord When all the kings of earth were mute! The hand of Anak, sinewed strong. The lingers that on greatness clutch; Yet. to! the marks their lines along Of one who strove and suffered much. For here. In knotted cord and vein, I trace the varying chart of years; I know the troubled heart, the strain, The weight of Allas —and the teara. Again I sec the patient brow That palm erewhllc was wont to press; And now 'Us furrowed deep, and now Made smooth w ith hope and tenderness. For something of a formless grace This moulded outline plays about; A pitying flame, beyond our trace, Breathes like a spirit. In and out. The love that cast an aureole Round one who. longer to endure. Called mirth to case his ceaseless dole, Yet kept bis nobler purpose sure. Lo. as I gate, the statured man, Dullt up from yon large hand, appears; A type that Nature wills to plan But once In all a people's years. What better than this voiceless cast To tell of such a one as he. Since through its living semblance passed The thought that bade a race be free! RATTLER MESSENGER TO TRIBE . •cmlnoles Accept Serpent's Coming to Council as Augury. Ore* I consternation waa created •non* the members of the Seminole council at Wewoka, says a Muskogee tl. T.) telegram to the Kansas City Star, when a large rattlesnake glided Into the tent where the assemblage was being addressed by the attorney of the nation, Capl. A. J. McKenoon. THE STATESMAN. DENVER, COLORADO. ; Capt. McKcnnon Was about to kill the | make when one of the councilmen | (topped him, explaining In broken j English: “Him rattlesnake; he come | to Seminole council; no other snake jdo that He sent by Great Spirit. He I go south; that mean Mexico. We must all go Mexico soon.” The captain was told that the rat tlesnake had long been a messenger to the Seminole tribe from the Great Spirit. They told him that just be ) THE WESTERN COLLEGE Macon, m m m Missouri Th* *ld**( OkrMtaa MMIm hi tha Wnt it* training I* w>nliw«lw an* UirtMgk h> gradual** tak* high ran)* COURSES OP iTUDYi ACADEMIC (Classical and Scientific) Pr*s*TM tar tasnktaa tutus and profwtakmaJ Hi*. ENGLISH PREPARATORY TUrmn toosdetias *Mfe ta th* alnairir tnaSs BUSINESS MUSICAL. Uitncttw m Ptaaa md fug as. gad la OsSsr* ai unaoap MANUAL. TRAINING Plata irrtng, hmaithg OnsHaa IMS dartotaa Pitafiaa W*o4»otk. at*. TUBOLOGICAL ADVANTAGES! Ch«iS*>—> Ohrtatlas taautoni aplanfld hdiMi Wttbftd l*«attasj praabaal wan* at atad/i Wv mli* Fall Term Begins 2d Monday In September Vhr («Mral tatansatfea aoßgall RJT7. i ft rOU, p«s>*s •* UT. W. B. Mgangs, rl*» graalda&t board. OoiartSe «pri»*a. (Me tor aatakso* am* parttantan, writ* r&*Bxxsx:rt am ua&xnt sokdoos. *. a, a o, Kanos. Ktnosal fore their nght with Jackson. in the south many moons ago. a great rattle make crawled from the bank of a lake and came into camp. The medicine men assembled and told the members of the tribe that great trouble was about to come upon them. They would have a great fight, and as the snake went west a part of the tribe would be driven west. They said that the rattlesnake had been looked upon as a messenger ever since. Capt. McKern non apologized for attempting to kill the messenger from the Great Spirit, and appeased the anger of the council by giving the members a box of ci gars. BE ON WATCH FOR CHANCES. Writer Points Out Danger of Oppor tunities Being Invisible. It is n dangerous thing to watt for opportunities until it becomes a habit. Energy and inclination for hard work ooze out in the waiting. Opportunity becomes invisible to those who are doing nothing, or looking somewhere else for it. It is the great worker, the man who Is alert for chances that gees them. Some people become so opporfun itybllnd that they cannot sec chances anywhere—they would pass through a gold mine without noticing any thing previous—while others will find opportunities In the most barren and out-of-the- way places. Bunyan found opportunity In Bedford jail to write the greatest allegory in the world on the untwisted paper that had been used to cork his bottles of milk. A Theodore Parker or a Lucy Stone sees an opportunity to go to college in a chance to pick berries. One boy sees an opening to his ambition in a chance to chop wood, wait on table, or run errands, where another sees no chance at all. One sees an oppor tunity to get an education in the odds and ends of time, evenings and half holidays. which another throws away. •“O. S. Marden In Success Magazine. Dowager Empress of China. A wonderful woman Is the dowager empress of China. She Is a picture of vigor, with piercing black eyes. Jet black hair and pretty little hands, whose nails, several Inches long, are protected by golden shields like elong ated thimbles. Tsl An Is very vain of these hands, which, according to Chinese notions, are extremely beau tiful; and she Is equally proud of her long hair, which she parts in front and brushes over her ears, Manchu fashion. At dinner she eats with gold chopsticks, talks much and smokes a little.