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'." A BALLADE OF LAUGHTER.
Far iwetr than ny Heat hummlnf bird's note, Though poets have called It the essenoe of cheer: Far gayer than songs from a troubadour's throat: Though they win to his bosotn milady a us tore; - More thrilling than born of the bold moun taineer, With power to restrain the heart's ecstasy wild, Imbued with a harmony tender and clear, the music that lurks In the laugh of a ebild. When woe and discouragement orer as Boat, When sorrows their frown-burdened ram I partsuprear, .'. No balm oan such all-soothing healing pro mote, ...... Nor give to the downoast such Dleasura sin cere; , To the wavering hopes 'tis a beacon anear, Pointing out that on faith hath enjoyment e'ei smiled To assuage erery grief and dry op eTery tear Seek the muslo that lurks In the laugh of child. In halls of rejoicing Its accents denote That purity dwells In the oheerf ulnesa here, And find it at hand or in distance remote, 'Tls the same loving sound as It swells on the ear Search at will o'er the face of this swift ' whirling sphere, Ne'er can be from man's daintiest handwork beguiled A tone that the world will so truly revere As the muslo that lurks In the laugh of a child. imrvoi nines, take from our spirits all vestige of fear Allow us the gift of a heart undented; And grant that in soul, if not voloe, may sp near Such muslo as lurks In the laugh of a child. Charles M. Harger, in Detroit Free Press. 01AIAfiLGLAjQHri5ToN' 6tw i'iiii.ianjnrm o CHAPTER X. 'Keep thy heart with all diligence," eald the preacher, "for out erf it are the issues of life." After him the psalmist sang: "With God the Lord belong the issues from death." Un equal to the full comprehension of such words, yet trusting in their di vine inspiration, we accept them as Thomas a Kempis counseled regard ing the sayings of the ancients not to despise them, for "they were not uttered without a cause." It seemed strange, and not very reconcilable with the ideas even of pious people, for Cullen Amerson to be struck down in the midst of a young manhood so bappy and manful and apparently so vigorous. Yet the same pious people said they had not a doubt but what it was all for the best, and Cullen him self, from the beginning to the end of his sickness, spoke not one word of complaint. "It's all right, Hannah," he said when, in answer to a pointed inquiry put to bis physician, the latter replied that the case was hopeless. She fell upon her knees at Mb bed side, and, with affection child-like as It always had been, wept bitterly. The outpouring consoled him much; for an apprehension, vague as it was, had been in his mind for some time past with a soreness which he could not and self. He had not asked about what passed between her . and Wiley; but her continued avoiding of any , mention or ma name, ana an oo- ' oasional cloud on her face, had been troubling him. It was perhaps well that he had not earlier known all that occurred during her visit, because the revelation might have hindered the V resignation with which he was meet ing death. As it was, he heard with calmness the confession which she could not withhold. Weak in some re spects, she had a wholesome fear of wrong-doing, and now she felt that she could. not endure to go without his forgiveness for what, if he had known it when in health, might have exasper ated him to deadly resentment against his brother. "It was' not until then, my dearest Cullen," she said, "that I saw the dan ger 01 ine planning my poor, wean, foolish mind had conceived to bring about some sort of proposal from Wiley that might lead to a fair settle ment between you and him, a thing which I know Sister Julia desired as eagerly as I did. God knows I did not and could not respond in the smallest degree to his feeling, so much stronger than I had believed. I did not tell him so in words, keeping before my eyes, in spite of the Bhame I felt, the end tad in view. But on my bed that night I called upon my Maker to witness my resolution that such as that should never be again. Thoughts of you 'and Fearce, and added pity for poor sister, kept me awake almost the livelong night. Her delicate instinct, or some thing she noticed in my manner or looks, made her seem rather less cor dial during the rest of my stay, and when I left she did not ask me to come again. Oh, Cullen, Cullen!" Throwing herself upon her knees, ' the covered with her hands her burn ing: face. During her story his lips quivered several times. He now said: "Hannah, get up and sit in the chair where I can see your face.? She obeyed and looked with shud- ' ' dering fear down upon him. "Hannah, when I ana sister are out of the way, if brother should pro pose to marry you, how" AUOM1U VAJT DUO J, VUQf UU HOI VVUU IA7 nance an expression of mingled anger, horror and despair. Placing her hand ' upon her bosom she looked at her hus band as if he had pierced her with a dagger which was searching for every recess in her heart. Then, lifting both arms high above her head, she cried: "O my God, you know that from the first day when my huBband was laid upon this bed of sickness my constant prayer has been to lift np from it this light of my life and put me in hia place! And now you let my thoughts be turned away f rdm him to another man, who, of all I know and all ever did know, is the most odious to my heart! 0 you terrible God! If you won't let me die, won't you won't you take some pity for what you, see is upon me7" She stood panting, looking upon her husband as if he was one from another world who had come to Judge her. Sad as the smile was, never one more dellclously sweet had been upon hia face. "Come here, Hannah." She let her hand lie in his that had opened to receive it "Never, never," he said, "were you so dear to me. Kiss ma." Two days afterwards, with his head upon her bosom, he died. CHAPTER XL The first news that Cullen was sick unto death was so appalling to Julia that her few friends believed that it would rapidly hasten her own death; Yet her grief was subdued by thoughts that he would bo saved the misery of what she suspected to be coming his domestic ruin. When they told her he was dead, she only said: 'Well, doubtless it was best for the poor boy." Wiley's behavior in the circumstances was as decent as he could make it. Ifo doubt of his being sensibly shooked by the unexpected end of his brother, who had gone out of life believing that he tad not been dealt with fairly;, yet the quickening of his own sense of person al security gave what consolation he needed. To several persons he inti mated his intention to do for his fami ly things which in Cullen's lifetime had not seemed practicable. Not a few reasonably good church members ad mitted to have been struck by the un expected soft words which Wiley spoke of his late brother. The forebodings about his wife in no long time were justified. Most benign is that one of the ways of Divine Provi dence wherein He leads those whom He is to take soon to Himself to the desire of doing some special good that may follow them Into the eternal world. The prospect of a judgment where every idle word is to be counted makes a dying woman, more often than a dy ing man, feel like forgetting or exten uating all evil doings except her own. Things in her husband which used to distress her to exasperation did so no longer. If she had loved him more, rather if the love indulged for a brief period had not been insulted and driv en out of her being, the coming of this condition might have been more diffi cult. As it was, the only concern for him she felt was that he might be saved from the ruin which she foresaw in the sub feu. vrox hbs kxbes at bis bhd- 8IDB. path he was following. Towards Han nah she did not indulge a feeling of personal resentment, nor would if she had been in robust health. Dissociated in every fiber of her heart from Wiley Amerson, she only pitied Hannah as she pitied other poor women who were in the habit of selling themselves to him. The compassion begun at the de tection of Hannah's weakness had deepened more and more, and now, since Cullen's death, she hoped she saw a way by which Ilannah and Wiley might atone for all past wrongdoings. When she could no longer rise from her bed, her husband spent most of the time in the house, and, with her broth er and her widowed sister, rendered every possible service. Occasional words of comforting came from his mouth, which were answered 'with calm thanks. Selfish, earthy of the earth as he waB, he pitied her for whom he was obliged to feel much respect, and the thought that soon he must' see her face no more touched him with some feelings of sincere sympathy. He was not wicked enough to admit great joy at the going away of one between whom and himself what affection had been was long gone, and in that pres ence of death his conscience, that nev er had been sensitive, troubled him no little while ' thinking of disappoint ments now past remedy which he had wrought His changed attitude com forted her much, and she began to in dulge hope of good to him to come, after her own death, from his more satisfactory home conditions. One day, whispering to the others around her that she wished to speak ; with him in private, when these had withdrawn she aid: "Mr. Amerson, I want to have some talk with you. It is about Hannah,' and I hope yon will understand my feelings in what I am going to say.' My belief sinoe Cullen's death -has been that after my own, and after what will aeem a becoming lapse of time you and she will marry S each.- other; and what I've been wanting to say about it is this; It is not only my wish for it to be so, but it is my solemn belief that it will be the only means of reconciling the troubles over your brother's estate. I have thought much, very much about It, and felt It my duty to let you both know my views and my feelings. And I want them made known in the com munity, so that people will have no cause to remark on any impropriety of it or Its taking place, as I earnestly counsel, with little delay. That's what I had to say to you." V She looked at him with as much calmness as if never a tie of any sort had been between them. The shame which so long had been dormant in hia being came forth, making him shrink before those dying eyes. When he had somewhat recovered ho said: "Why. Julia! why, how can you talk mi 4 M$t to me in that way? I didn't I couldn't ! believe you thought so poorly of me. Hannah? Why, Lord help mel I can't talk, and I can't bear to hear you talk, about my marrying with Ilannah or anybody else." . . vr 1 -r i "Why not, Mr. Amerson?" Bhe asked, in a tone cold as her cold hand. V "Because because . it's a thing I can't even .think about; find I've no idea that such a thought was ever in Hannah's mind. ..Good Lord, Julia!" . She looked for several minutes at his evident embarrassment, and then, in a tone almost masculine, said: "I've been supposing that; at least you had been so expecting, and I wanted both to know that my wish was for the speedy fulfillment.of your expectations. If in this I was mis taken, the case is indeed an unhappy one. I don't think you can doubt that Hannah would marry you if you were to ask her. If you do not, Bhe is to be ruined, ",. Oh, Mr. Amerson!, ,you put wrong, more than one wrong, upon your brother which will have to, be atoned for in some way. The dear boy died not knowing the kind and extent of some of it, and without suspicion of what would have seemed to his gener ous nature far the greatest During his life, playing upon the weakness of his wife, whose loyalty he was too pure himself to suspect, you to what ex tent you corrupted it, only you two and the Creator know. I did hope that the feeling you had for her might, after my death, be made honorable by legitimate sanction. As it is oh, Hannahl poor Hannah! That's all I have to say now: please ask them to come back." , . J He knew then that either she had witnessed the garden scene or that it had been reported to her by one of the servants. He could not but feel the shame, yet he was thankful that his apprehensions were groundless that she had asked for the interview for the purpose of threatening exposure of what she knew about the pretended destruction of the will. Without ask ing, his leave, she sent a messenger to Hannah begging to 6ee her once more. It was a blessing she did so. In a brief conversation they came to un derstand each other fully. ' When told how Cullen had died, the invalid said; "Blessed be God! Oh, Hannah, yon have taken out of my heart the thorn that pained the deepest; and, my dear child, I have prayed earnestly that Cullen'B family may recover what has been taken from them. I trust it will be so; I cannot foresee how, but I know that God regards with peouliar watchfulness the things done to widow hood and orphanage. That's all I can say. I am thankful that you and Mr. Amerson will never marry; but, Han nah dear, I hope that when the doings in all that unhappy affair are brought to light, you will try to see that he has some chance to avoid absolute ruin in this world and in the next" At her death her husband shed some real tears. The brother and sister went away in continued Ignorance of the greatest miseries which be had in flicted upon her who now was beyond their sympathy and help. CHAPTER XII The two plantations, the large traot adjoining Cullen's and another on the river, having been purchased by Pearce Amerson after the execution of the will, did not pass by it, and to that ex tent he had died intestate. Dabney's counsel had been for Cullen to apply for letters of administration, although knowing that, as the law prefers al ways a sole administration to a joint, much more to two divided and hostile, Wiley, if he should contest the applica tion, must prevail. In such event Dab ney hoped for some result, if no other than increased exasperation of the public mind by the way he meant to-j discuss his conduct in the courthouse. If he did not contest, it would evince fear, or at least a sense of weakness. Then it would bo well to make the Issue as distinct and as hostile as pos sible, so that people would think and talk about it freely. Already he had alluded to the will several times on the streets, in the hearing of town and "KB. DABNBT, I DOB'T TOBY BUSTKXSS. BTT county people, and been pleased at toe sight of their indignation. Ht was not a lawyer of distinguished ability) but he was studious, courageous, vigilant and entirely honorable. Cullen, be cause of his affection for Wiley's wife, had resolved to make no publlo move ment during the remainder of her life, which he foresaw must be brief. His lawyer, when not occupied with the af fair of other clients, went upon what deer-shooters call still-hunts, wherein, without the sound of halloo and hound, quarries may sometimes be stolen upon. Cullen's death intensified his Interest in the case.' He did not ask of himself all the reasons., " One day, thinking what sort of man Gus Rach els was, be went Into the "Big Indian." The owner being alone, he said to him: "Gifs,. I'm sure you pitied Cullen Amerson in being put out in the cold by his father, and that you sympathize with the widow and child. It occurred to me that occasionally, between cups, as they say, you might hear things that it would bo worth while to make a note of. If you do" 1 ill' ; ft It 8 "Mr. Dabney," with cold, quick in terruption, - he answered, "I don't think it's my business to try and pump people that, takes drinks at my coun ter. I rather feel like it's my duty to try and protect 'em ag'in" beln' hauled np for what they thoughtless might say when taking of my drinks. Yit, if anything happen that I can help Hannah, that her mother is my own dear cousin, in a way that's perfect fair and honor'ble, I'll let you know. I'm jest as sorry for Hannah as I can be, and my opinion of Wiley Amerson is that he's the crowd inest man on them that'll let him they is in the whole of Bald'in county. If anything happen to Hannah's advantage in a W8y that's fair .and honor'ble, I'll let you know ubout it But my advice to you would bo to study up Owen Car ruthers, that know more of Wiley Am erson's business than any other man, either in the town or in "the county. Little account if Owen be in gen'il, he's one not to talk ag'in anybody, special them as has been good to him, and he have to be squeezed like a body have to squeeze a red grasshopper to Bet the molasses out of him. Yit whnn fthe answers at all. he answers the truth, nigh as he can come at it." "Thank you, Gus; although I didn't come in for that purpose, I believe I'll take a julep." "Don't you tako it without you feel like it, Mr. Dabney." "Why, of oourselfeel like it, or I wouldn't have asked for it What do you mean?" "Nothing, Mr. Dabney, exceptln' of I don't want to be paid for what little help I can be to Hannah." I "Come, now, Gus, don't misunder- stana me. Don t make the julep if you think I'm trying to buy you. Really, I don't care for It; but, as I happened to be in here, I thought I'd take It I've got enough confidence in you to be lieve that it would take nothing be yond your sonse of right to make you willing to help anybody that you be lieve to have been wronged." "I beg your pardon, Mr. Dabney." Then, taking especial pains, he made np as nice a thing of that sort as a man ever drank in that or any other county. to bs continued. MONTANA'S ICE MINE, ' Prospectors Using- It as R ftrt fere tor and Mat Safe. An "ice mine" is reported from New York Gulch, Meagher county, Mont In early days the gulch turned out two million dollars' worth of gold, but of lato years it has been nearly de serted. Last summer, says the North west Magazine, two prospectors un covered the mouth of an old shaft and glanced curiously down it. They saw the ice, whioh reached up to with in four feet and eight inches of tha surface. They considered it curious, and thought what a good place it would be to keep their meat, butter and other food from spoiling while they were working in the neighbor hood. They lowered their provender into the ice mine with the best results. Naturally they told of their find to other miners,' with the result that for a radius Qf three or four miles around the miners Came to the Ice shaft; lowered their beef and other provisions into the mine, putting their tag on it, and hoisting the rope from time to time as provisions were needed. It is a god send to the miners, as it enables them to keep meat fresh in the very hottest weather. The miners are unable to give any solution of this strange phe nomenon. The formation of the gulch is shale, reddish in color and full of Assures. It is supposed that gusts of air from a cold cave may have under ground connections with the shaft, and rapid evaporations near the top may explain the continued formation of ice there as it is cut away. Absent-Mlnded. One peculiarity of Sheridan Knowles, the clever Irishman, was absent-mind' edness. At one time he mailed a large sum of money to his wife in bank notes and discovered a week after ward that the letter had never reached her. In a towering rage he wrote to 'the postmaster general, and was informed that the notes were quite safe in the dead-letter office; for Knowles hod not only omitted to address the envelope but had neither signed his name to the letter nor inclosed his address. He was always blundering over the identity of two friends, Mark Lemon and Lemon Redo, and not only con founded their names but their persons. One day he met the pair, arm in arm, and was more perplexed than ever. "Well, now, I'm bothered entirely!" he exclaimed, in his choicest brogue. "Come, one. of you tell me whioh of you two is the other I" , In the days of dear postage Enowlea was contemplating a journey, and asked a friend If he could take any letters for him. . 1 "Yon are very kind," said the latter, vbut where are you going?" ' "Well,' ; now," replied Knowlea, "that's inquisitive! I haven't Quite made np my' mlndr Youth's Compan ion. , The BU StMnartb. The boss loafer around the country store was making " beU on ' his strength and giving a large bluff to little fellow who didn't seem to have strength, enough to raise his vole.' "By gum," said the big fellow to tha proprietor. "I'm as stout as four cl him." , v,';v. ' "Hardly, I guess," objected the pro prietor. - "I say I am," contended tie rustic Sandow. 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