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Around the Corner. 1
One day my heart was very sad,
Oppressed with heavy sorrow, ;
And not a ray of hope arose
To cheer me on the morrow, |
1 walked along the crowded street, {
A dull, distracted mourner,
And guessed not what awaited me
As I went "round the corner.
There met me one whose sunny face
The smile of heaven reflected; |
The friendly greeting she bestowed ‘
Was wholly unexpected. |
For I had thought her hard and cold, |
Of lover’s arts a scorner;
But she was taken off ber guard |
As I turned ’round the coraer. |
What cared I though the skies were dark
And threatened stormy weather? |
W Lat mattered any griet at all |
1f we two were together? |
The blushes that were on her cheek
Did regally adorn her;
And oh! I blest the fate that turne®
My steps around the corner.
And thus I find it is through life—
So full of wondrous phases—
That when we walk amid the gloom
Or press through tangled mazes,
Feeling all friendless and alone,
A hopeless hapless mourner,
Some blessings surely lie in wait
For us around the curner.
BRI AR RS PR arowr ety Y
“Philip,” said old John Briggs to
his son, *‘you are 28 years old to-day.”
“So the family record says, father,”
responded the elegant young gentleman
addressed. I am disposed to place
implicit reliance upon it and on you.”
*“You have done nothing since you
left college but kill time.”’
* ©lt is only retaliation in advance,
gir. Some day or other the old chap
with the scalp-lock and scythe will kill
“You are too flippant. Since your
Aunt Priscilla left you five thousand a
year you have done nothing but spend
the money. Your income ought to be
enough for a single man, but you draw
on me too.”’
“I’ll try to draw on you less, sir.”
“It is not that, Philip. You are
quite welcome to a check now and
then, for I know that you neither game
nor revel, and I don’t mind your horses,
your club, your natural history craze,
nor your luxurious tastes, But still
you spend more money and get less for
it than most young men of your age—
have too much, in fact.”
“] don’t find it too much, sir, In
fact, I was thinking what a graceful
thing it would be if you were to double
jt—a mere trifle to a gentleman of your
means. I have to use the most pitiful
economy, 1 assure you.”’
“Oh, that’slit, eh? Well, there isa
mode to increase it very much. You
have heard me speak of FPhilander
Spriggs, of New York?
““Money-lender and skinflint? Ihave
heard of him.’’
““Nonsense, Philip. He is quite
worthy, as well as a very wealthy, man,
and if he prefers to invest ready money
in short loans what of that? I lend
my mony, or some of it, sometimes.,’
“*But not at cent. per cent,”’
¢No matter. I don’t propose that
you shall borrow of him. He has an
only child, a daughter, who will mberit
all his vast property, just as you will
“‘Does she shave notes, father?”
*Phil, be kind enough not to indulge
in chaff. I have seen her and talked
with her. She is ypung, bhandsome,
well educated, and has good taste—a
society gentlewoman with domestic
““Well, father, you are not so old,
and since you admire her so much, 1
see no reason why—"’
“Stop your nonsense and listen.
Spriggs and I bad a talk over it when I
was in New York, and we bave con
cluded, if you two come together, to
chip in equally and settle a halt-million
on you on your wedding day. With
what you have you’ll do well enough
for a while.” !
“I’d like to oblige you, father. 1
suppose I must marry some day; but it
will be some one I love, and then,
Philadelphia like, insist on a woman of
good family,”?
“Some one you lovel How the deuce
do you knet you’ll not love her till
you see her. Good family! Of course
you’re entitled to that. The peerage
of England is full of Viscount Briggses.
The Briggsesare found in the Almanach
von Gotha among the erlaucht families.
Your grandfather made $300,000 in
hides and tallow, and if he had not in
vested it in real estate that multiplied
itself more than ten-fold before he died,
I should have been in the same busi
ness to-day, and you in the counting
room or warehouse. Family, indeed!
You’re a foolisb boy, Philip, and your
aunt’s legacy has ruined you.”
] wish, sir, there were a half-dozen
more old aunts to continue my ruin in
the same way. Itisof no use getting
angry, father. You can’t keep it up.
I’ll take to anything you say—law,
physie, or divinity, sell my horses, drop
my club, read by the cubic foot, but to
marry—excuse me.”’
“‘See here, Phil,”” exclaimed the
father, who by this time was at a white
heat, ‘‘you can marry to please me,
and I will not only start you fairly in
life now, but leave you all 1 have when
lam gone, Marry to suit soms foolish
fancy of your own, and I'll—yes, I’ll
found an asylum for idiots. Now you
understand me.’”” And Briggs march
ed off, leaving his son to his medita
“If I stay here,” said Philip to him
self, “father and I will quarrel. Bet
ter give the dear old gentleman a
chance to cool off. I'll ruralize a
That afternoon Philip packed a port
manteau and with a fishing-rod and
mmdcl:,mw started ogd to Mont-
Wo"w‘ wn me‘
male ‘tiijs had married and settled,
one whom he had long promised to
visit. 'When he arrived there he learn
ed that Boudinot and his wife had gone
to Long Branch for the season, and
their servants with them, the house be
ing in charge of a care-taker. Philip
heard of good fishing in a stream four
miles off and concluded to try it. He
found lodgings at a farmhouse near the
place, owned by a man named Seth
His quarters were quite comfortable.
The house was an old stone building of
ante-Revolutionary erection, and was
roomy. He was assigned to a chamber
upstairs looking out on a trimly kept
garden in which old-fashioned flowers
and pot herbs were grown side by side,
and which sent a pleasant fragrance
through the open window. The room
itself was adorned with pictures and
knick-knacks showing feminine taste,
and the bedstead was furnished with a
hair matiress, and not the bag of feath
ers of the vicinage,
“Decidedly,” said Philip to himself,
‘“‘there is anotber female on the prem
ises, something younger and possibly
fairer than the substantial Dame Coop
er, and with some refined taste.”
But neither that day nor that week
did he see any woman other than Mrs.
Cooper or the hired girl.
In a week’s time the country grew
monotonous to him. As he sat upon
the veranda one afternoon debating,the
matter, a wagon was driven up the lane
and stopped at the door. Lightly out
stepped a young woman in a neat travel
-Ing dress, and the driver followed her
with a large trunk, under which he
staggered, burly as he was., Mrs.
Cooper came from the kitchen and ex
claimed: “Why, it’s Gwenny, I de
clare!” :
“You dear old Aunty Ruth!” said
the new-comer, hugging and Kkissing
the farmer’s wife. *‘l came to have a
good time for a month,”
**And so you shall, my dear,” was
the hearty reply.
Philip took an ocular inventory of
the looks, dress, and manner of the
new-comer as he took off his hat, “A
sweet face and graceful figure, and
presentable anywhere,’”” was his inter
nal comment. ‘‘lere’s luck. I shall
not visit the Branch yet.’?
*““You have a boarder, aunty,’’ said
the girl when upstairs wicth Mrs. Coop
““Yes. He’sa Mr. Bee,’’ said the other.
“It den’t look as if he had any call to
work for his living, judging by his
white hands and his fix-ups, and he’s
plenty of money.”’
“Bee! Then he isn’t a busy bee.
But he’s good-looking; if he be agree
able he’ll do for a walking-stick.?”’
Mrs. Cooper’s mistake as to Philip
was natural enough. When she had
asked his name on his coming he had
said, in his airy way, *‘Phiiip 8., at
your service,’”” and she had taken the
sound of the initial for his surname.
After she had called him Mr. Bee sev
eral times Philip saw the blunder,
smiled at it, and, as the naval officers
say, ‘““made it so;’ and when Gwenny
came to the table she was introduced,
“‘Miss Gwenny, Mr. Bee.” As she
was the niece he concluded her name to
be Cooper, but as the farmer addressed
her as Miss Gwenny, and the farmer’s
wife as Gwenny, Philip chose the more
respectful form of the two.
Philip soon learned that ‘‘Gwenny?”’
was the diminutive of Gwenllian, and
not of the more stilted Gwendoline,
which interested him., Philip’s mother
had been a Powel, with Welsh blood in
her veins, and bore the same name.
This later Gwenllian was a mystery to
What was she—a teacher? She had
not the look nor the way of the school
ma’am. A governess? Possibly. If
80, in a good tamily. But her belong
ings were not of the second-hand kind.
Philip had a keen eye for female ap
parel. Her lace was of the rarest; her
gloves were perfect and of the newest;
her dresses were pretty in material and
well-fitting, though quiet in tone, and
though she displayed little in the way
of jewelry the stone that sparkled on
the head of a lacepin was unmistakably
a diamond. She had been well cultur
ed and every word and action showed a
purity that fitted her name.
On the other hand, Philip was as
much a mystery to the young girl. Ile
was & geutleman beyond doubt, But
what was he doing there, a man of cul
ture, refinement and @esthetic tastes,
idling alone. The girl did not at first
deem she was the attraction, but It
came to her after five weeks, and she
grew shy, and her shyness for the last
week of her stay infected Philip, who
became shy too, and lost all ease. At
length she announced to Mrs, Cooper
that she had to return home to Phila
delphia the next day.
All the night that followed Philip lay
and tossed restlessly. He could not
sleep. He felt that his father would be
as good as his word, but he would win
a wife then or never. Near morning
he arose, dressed and sat at the window
until the sun showed itself. Then he
slipped out of the house and strolled
toward a glena few yards off, intend
ing to remain out until he heard the
breakfast bell. It had been a tavorite
haunt of the two, and yet for the last
few days both had avoided it, He
made his way to a mossy rock, which
formed a sort of rustic seat, and there
he saw—G wenny.
““Miss Gwenllian!”” he exclaimed.
She rose with a rather embarrassed
air. *I rested badly last night, Mr.
Bee, and I came out at daybreak I
have been here ever since, The morn
ing air seems to refresh me.”
] have the same experience,’”’ be
said. ‘I have rested badly, or rather
have not rested at all. I—"’
She looked up inquiringly, and at
something she read in his eyes, drop
ped her cwn, while a flush overspread
his face and neck.
“Gwenny!” he said, desperately, and
‘took her hand. The fingers trembled
in his, but were not withdrawn.
**Gwenny darling,”’ he said, ‘‘we are to
part to-day. Do you know that 1 love
you dearly?”’
“Do you—Philip?”’ she murmured,
but she did not look un.
“Gwenny,” he said, “I have been
sailing under false colors, but innocent
ly enongh. I have a way among my
friends of using my initials, and soI
am called among them P. 8., or Mr.
B. When your aunt asked my name, I
said, **Mr. B.” and I did not care to
undeceive her; but I desire no conceal
ment from you, unless you do not care
for me. Then we will part as we mel;
but I shall be a changed man.”
He waited for a reply. There was a
slight tightening of her fingers on his
as she half whispered:
*““You must know that I care for you,
“*Now, darling,” said the exultant
Philip, **You must let me speak to your
father to-day,”’
“I fear you may find him rather ob
stinate,’” she said. *-He sets an undue
store by his daughter.”’
*‘l can satisfy him of my position in
society, and that I am able to maintain
you. I have means of my own, and
have—well, I may say I had, great ex
pectations; but my father, who is sev
eral times a millionaire, has taken it
into his head to fit me with a wife, I
prefer to choose for myself. If you
will be content to share what I have,
Philip Briggs does not care for more.”’
“Briggs—Philip!”’ cried Gwenny, re
leasing herself from his grasp and look
ing at him wonderingly. ‘‘ls your
father’s name John?”’
*“And he lives in Philadelphia?”’
Gwenny burst into a peal of silvery
laughter. ‘‘Do not feel vexed, Philip,”
she said at length. *‘‘l am only laugh
ing at the similarity of our positions,
My father chose a husband for me 1n
the same way, and 1t was to escape dis
cussion of the matter that I took these
few weeks rustication. Mrs. Cooper is
my old nurse, and I have called her
‘aunt’ from the time I could toddle
around. She was married from our
house. Her husband had very little
money, and father bought them this
farm and stocked It, But, oh! think,
Philip dear, how your father and mine
will chuckle! You are Philip Briggs,
and I—7l am Gwenllian Spriggs!”’
The Kyes. -
The eye is the index of the soul—the
interpreter of thought, feeling, and
In that tiny ball, so marvellously set
beneath .the sheltering brow, may be
read the strange volume of human life,
with its varied phases and vicissitudes,
Its hopes, its griefs, its fears, its high
resolves, its base designs, its noble en
deavors, and its guilt and crime.
In this eye-glass of the soul—this
transparent lens of human life so curl
ously wrought with skill divine; so de
licate, it could be crushed beneath your
finger tips, so sensitive, a mote might
destroy it; so small, you could pack it
within the compass of your thimble—
in this wonderful spirit glass are signs
and revelations, hlstories and prophe
cies that leap to our vision with the
rapidity and suddenness of electric fire,
disclosing soul — pictures and heart
secrets which tongue or pen could not
- How wonderful this magic lamp that
reveals the spirit lifel What strange
forms and fancies mount to view as
kindling thought and emotion fluctuate
within the soull Waithin the light of its
electric fire what passions rise—what
loves, what hates, wnhat celestial inti
Th 2 eye reflects the complexion of
the spirit, and in this faithful mirror,
what deep secrets are revealed!
The eye is the key of character. If
you would know of spirit, look into the
eye. If you would know the temper of
your neighbor, you need not follow him
to his business or home—llook in at the
window of his soul. Is he sour and
surly, crabbed and ill-naturned?—you
see the bear at once, and straight-way
bethink yourself of the safety of your
head. Is he kind, and generous, and
good-humored? — you become consci
ous of warmth, comfort, and protec
There are cold, grizzly eyes that be
token hard friction with the world;
strong eyes that give no admission into
them, arrow eyes that ward off ap
proach and pierce you with a sensation
of fear and dread, captious eyes that
dance, and. dart, and take you un
awares; there are jealous eyes, intri
guing eyes, prying eyes, and quick,
keen, restless eyes, full of passion and
of fire, there are roving eyes that seem
ever in quest of something; longing
eyes, in which a spirit breathes and
sighs; imploring eyes that ever turn
their wistful gaze, as if they would ask
your love and sympathy,
There are eyes like precious gems,
that dazzle and allure you; there are
soft, liquid eyes, into which you look
as into a deep well; peaceful eyes that
remind you o Zeplacid lake, on whose
unrufiled surface flit forms and shad
ows; and therp are eyes into which you
gaze as Into é spirit world—so bright
are they with heavenly light.
‘There are eyes so emotive, S 0 mag
netic, that th%v seem but outlines of
the soul, so aglow with spirit that they
seem themselves spirits, whispering
celestial inspiration. So are there eyes
pure and clear, from which beams a soft
love-light, which warms and cheers,
and brings a sense of grateful repose.
This is sometimes seen in mature life,
after a flame of passion has expired.
And there 13 the eye of the youthful
lover! 1t is more bewitching and pas
sionate. In tbfit strange magnetic ball
is an electric power that thrills the ten
der cords of human hearts, What
wondrous power of attraction and re
pulsion is lodged within the finger cur-
tain of a maiden’s eyes! ow many
hearts has it Inspired with jpve and joy
how many crushed with grif§f and pain?
How terrible the possibilfjties of the
human eye for weal or woe
Facts Worth Knowjng.
A good essay cannot be \written by
one who has nothing to say that 1s
worth knowing, says Prof. Hill.
There are about twenty-five thousand
new books published in the world each
year. }
It is a significant fact in t’ns centen
nial year of our government, which no
sagacity of our forefathers lz:ould have
foreseen that women have the privilege
of voting on school gquestions in four
teen States and four Territories, that
in one State (Kansas) they can vote at
municipal elections, and in one Ter
ritory (Wyoming) they enjoy complete
political equality with men
Ink stains are removed by the im
mediate application dry salt before the
ink has dried. When the salt becomes
discolored by absorbing the ink, brush
it off and apply more. Continue this
till the ink isall removed.
Cold food, says the Boston Jouwrnal
of Health, is much more easily kept on
a sensitive stomach than hot; so, in
cases where it is rejected in the ordin
ary warm or hot form, 1t had better be
tried as nearly frozen as may be taken.
In many fevers this would be a decided
advantage. Milk may be administered
in a frozen state, often with a positive
advantage. The Sanitary Era adds,
from frequent instances, that ice-cream
suits admirably some conditions where
hardly any other food is acceptable.
The will of Isaiah V. Williamson,
leaves about $1,300,000 to charity, di
vided among a host of institutions,
All the advise in the world will not
make young men and women rich,
Ex-Mayor Hewittsays: ‘[T you want
to know what I tell my children with
reference to the best way of making
money, I will say that I counsel them
to tell the truth and work,”’
During the Fiftiesth Congress, just
ended, nearly $10,000,000 were avpro
priated for the construction and im
provement of public buildings. The
appropriations for like purposes by the
Congresses immediately preceding the
Fiftieth ranged from $6,000,000 to $9,-
During the past year the Lutheran
Church erected 298 churches in this
According to the American Year
Book for 1889, issued by the American
Baptist Publication Society iln the
United States, there are in all 1,312
Baptist Associations, which ‘comprise
32,900 churches, with an aggregate
membership of 2,997,794 members, an
mcrease of 31 associations, 1,009
churches, and §0,479 members. The
number of orda‘ned ministers is 21,420,
an increase of 943. In the white
churches of the South, there are 1,171,-
057, and in the colored 1,100,303 mem
Dr. Court says: Truth objective is
reality; truth subjective is the mirror.
ing of reality; but veracity consists
with even a distorted image.
The oldest minister of the Gospel in
the world in active service 18 Rev. Wil
ham Stoddart, of the parish of Mod
esty, In Scotland, who is now in his 102 d
year, He walks about a mile to his
preaching service every Sunday with
buoyant step, and preaches a sermon of
an hour’s length, discharges all his pas
toral duties, and -is a most efficient
chairman of the County School Board.
Fashionable Women.
Fashion kills more women than toil
and sorrow, Obedience to fashion is a
greater transgression of the laws of
woman’s nature, a greater injury to her
physical and mental constitution, than
the hardships of poverty and neglect.
The slave woman at her task will live
and grow old, and see two or three
generations of her mistresses fade and
pass away. The washerwoman, with
scarce a ray of hope to cheer her in her
toils, will live to see her fashionable
sisters all extinct, The kitchen maid
is hearty and strong, when her lady has
to be nursed like a sick baby. Itis a
sad truth that fashion pampered women
are almost worthless for all the good
ends of life; they have but little force
of character; they have still less power
of moral will, and quite as little physi
cal energy. They lLive for no great
purpose in life—they are dolls, formed
in the hands of milliners and servants,
to be dressed and fed to order. They
dress nobody, they bless nobody, and
save nobody. They write no books,
they set no rich examples of virtue and
woman’s life, If they rear children,
servants and nurse do all, save to con
celve and give them birth. And when
reared what are they? What do they
ever amount to, but weaker scions of
the old stock? Who ever heard of a
fashionable woman’s child exhibiting
any virtue and power of mind, for
which 1t became eminent? Read bio
graphies of our great and good men and
women. Notone of them had a fash
ionable mother. They nearly all sprung
from strong minded women, who had
about as little to do with fashion as with
the changing clouds.
LITTLE BENNIE was away from
home for the first time in his life—away
from father, mother, sister, and his
twin brother Georgie. He was sleeping
alone for the first time, also, and his
little heart was heavy.
The room was dark, the house was
strange, the mice in the wall made
frightful noises. Dennie’s soul was a
little scared, and, after a while, he lift
ed up his voice and wept sorely. *“What
is the matter, Bennie?’’ called his aunt
from an adjoining room. *‘The matter?
800-hoo! The matter! I was just a
thinking how Georgie is a-missing of
me! 800-hoo!”’— Presbytertan Journal,
~lt will soon be 100 warm td
the fur capes which have beent w
winter over the Directoire co
Jackets shou!d not be worn over
long redingote dresses, as they
repeat the lines above the wa
break the long, graceful lines
skirt. The fur capes will he ¢4
tuted by shoulder capes of faced
cut about the size or the fur cap
tha cloth is placed layer upon
consisting sometimes of three
and at others of six capes, each
than that just above it. 'The
edges of each cape are smooth
and require no other finish,
shoulders are high 1n the way
popular, and the collar of vel
plush 18 turned over widely arour
neck, and a great Directoire Hile
ribbon is tied at the throat. Red
cloth with red plush collar is r
mended to young women lor coa
capes, while two quieter colof
made to alternate in other capes,
as green cloth and yellowish o
cloth alternating in six layers, or
of two shades, or grayish green
fawn color cloth,
—Jackets will be worn for
spring, over dresses that are
without redingote. The Direc
revers, short and broad, are on a
ber, and are turned over at the t¢
disclose a vest of cloth of lighter
in some jackets, while others have
rolling revers extending to the en
the fronts of the jacket, and dis
ing a vest of lighter cloth nearly
ered with applique designs, cufie
arabesques, flowers, ete., done in ¢
of a darker shade and edged
feather braid. Some have the Eujis
belt on, four or five inches wide,
placed across the vest, disappea
under the revers. It is usually ¢
orately embroidered.
—A handsome new tea gown
spring is made of sateen, figurad,
light grounds. The front Las the
cordion plaiting of light blue s
falling from the neck to the floor.
has the Directoire revers, and a
of the surah tied on the side a
waist, from the side seams.
sleeves have wide cuffs of the su
The back is tight fitting, It
handsome costume,
—The Empire waist 18 the
suitable for young ladies’ dresses
for school girls' graduating gow
made of thin summer goods. Sd
have the Empire belted waists, &
insertion down the fronts and
sleeves, and worn with a broad sd
Some have the fronts gathered on
shoulders and lap in surplice fas
on the bust, and sometimes the bac
also lapped. Other waists have
fronts gathered to the shoulders of
plain back and open in V shape at [
throat, then drawn down to the Wwa
line, while still others are draped ac
the front in curving folds and trimuog
down only one side, A full straig
skirt is in keeping with these waists.
—DBelted walsts should not be wd
on full figures. They are more adapf
to slim figures, DBasques or rou
waists made with darts and side forng
should be worn on full forms. Tb
should not, however, fit as closely
those made for stiff dresses. KEasy f
ting basques of gingham or perce
dresses are made with or without
thin muslin lining, and to give the
variety a short, square-cornered jack
18 set on the front, extending only
the waist line, and opening over Ul
pointed front of the basque, which hi
embroidery laid upon it; this embroig
ery 1s three inches wide, and 18 set ¢
with the scalloped edge meeting dow
the fronts, and edging the bottom (
the basque to the under-arm seam
Sometimes the basque is of plain colo
while the over-jacket front 18 plald o
striped like the back and sleeves. Fu
sleeves are on most of the cotto
dresses, but for very large arms a
easy coat sleeves finished below th
elbow with a plaited frill of the ma
terial or of embroidery falling loos
and displaying the tapering waists.
Other pretty waists: have no darts
though they are made over a lining
fitted with darts; the wmaterial 13 gath
ered on the shoulders, and drawn dowl
to a point below the waist line, and
open over a tucked or shirred vest o
plaln goods. A pointed girdle or
wide Kmpire belt crosses the front
Mutton-leg sleeves look well With this
—Gloves, which had lately been s
elaborately trimmed with Dows and
ribbon, are once more quite simple,
The Mousquetaire cuff has gone out of
fashion. (Floves ars made plain, long,
but with only three buttons ab the
wrist; a small elastic circle should be
placed Inside, so as to keep the glove
straight and cliagiv .to the arm. For
the morning the fashionable glove is of
dark kid, with thick black seams: for
the afternoon it is ¢* Suede (unglazed)
kid, with fine sea .; for riding, of
deerskin; for the eve: ing, the long kid
glove, of light or medium shades,
reaching up to the t» of the arm, it
the dress is low-necke .
—We understand {:om the very best
authorities on such iratters that our
elegantes have had qu 2 erough -
of such comparative s plicity as that
of this winter’s fast' n, and . that
spring modelsjare to L' 't unmitigated
elegance. Fiounces . coming in
again, flounces of eve:, /¥ andi size.
Deop Or NAITOW, heu. d or pnled
e . jdere , edged with.
out, plain ‘or embroic
lace or bound with ribb» 1l flounces
will be fashionable for i "\AE dresses
and costumes, The skiil flounced all
round, nowever, will not ne frequently
seen as that only parth 7 trimmed,
with flounces, either 1o o - OF at the
back or sides, snd the flninces wx‘l‘
often be put on siantways '¢ In scal,
lops. . i

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