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THE HOME,
A Bwwt Singer Who Considoti
"Nancy lee” a Flrst-
Clsst Fraud.
Facta of Intorcit Regarding The Homo
Club and Its Approach.
Ing Fair.
The Training and Education of Strip
Considered by "Aunt Lucy"
and Others,
neutrons CorrcspondtnU Unbosom Tbtnneliii on
the Subject of Florlcnllnrc.
What a llomeito Saw Daring a Re
cent Trip to tho Red River
Country.
Physical Ooltnre for Womea Advocated
in Strong Terms by a St.
Lonis Lady,
Miscellaneous Contributions on
Various Subjects.
NANCY IiTSB,
DT W. L. 3.
Mary had a little song,—
A Jolly tailor sire.—
Three verge* ami a chorus long;
Its name was “Nancy Lee.”
She sang it In the morning, when
She rose to make tho tiro:
Bho song it till her neighbors round
Bcacccbcd her to retire;
Bhe gang It till her voice was worn
Ai thin ns window-glass;
She snns hcrsoli all out of breath,
Apd then she died, alas!
Bnt still tho song It lingered near,
‘Along sisters, annts, end cousins.
Who spread It round among their friends
By sixes and by dozens.
A wandering organ-minstrel hoard
Of * ‘ Nancy." end bo thought It
A hotter tune then “Mocking-Bird,”
And to bis 1 * barrel" taught It.
With penile Spring ho ushered forth,
And, wlthfbuumon vivid,
Bo ground out “Nancy" by tho yard
Until bis face was livid,
ITo turned the crank with might and mala
• Until his vexed “niashoen”
Grow hot and blow up like a can
Uf nltyo-glycorlnc.
Thn organ's scattered contents fell
Down o'er tho doom-cd city,
Until, from Madamo (tender down,
All sang tho tuneful duty.
There nnver was a song like (hat.
“What, neverJ" “Hardlyever.”
It moved tho world from polo to pole—
Moro than tho “ciplior” lever.
It traveled west by telephone
Until It struck Chicago.
From there It took another Jumo
And lit in Colorado.
Then 0 or (ho ranee it sped in haste
To famous Leauvlllo City,
The newest, hijjhet.t town «*n earth,
So young and yet so gritty.
Unthoro poor “Nancy" met her fate;
She caught the mining lever.
With “IM-MSn-w," up Stray Horae Gelch.
She’s burled, wc trust, forever.
NOTES TO CONTRIBUTORS.
Contributors should remember that comma*
alcatlons are never returned to tho writers unless
tn amount sulllclent to pay postage Is for-
warded.
Orasgb—Theletter to,which you refer ap
peared lq The Ilumo the Saturday following Its
arrival at this office.
The Conductor would again call attention to
the (act that exchanges arc prohibited in these
column*. It Is necessarily painful to refuse In*
eertlon to a pleo for a chomlloon pattern, hut
rules must be adhered to even under ouch clr
cuuistuuccs.
THE LETTER-BOX.
There nro letters, papers, or postal-cards at
,hls office for the peraons named below. Those
I'vlng out of the city will please send their ad
dress and a throc-ccnt stamp, upon receipt of
which their mail will bo forwarded, llosldcnts
of Chicago can obtain letters addressed to them
by calling at Room lit) Tribune Building:
Kvlvanus, Violet Vernou,
Ella, Kerosene,
Erica, Mob,
Modiste,
Yankee Kell,
S. Kstcrman,
Gardner,
THE HOME CLUB.
THU I‘KBSIDBKT’B LRTTBn.
T« H-luor nt The Tribune.
CntOAno, Feb. 20.—1 have a grievance. By
what unlucky chance 1 have Incurred the deadly
spite of tho Inky demon that he should take
such fiendish delight lu maltreating my Inno
cent letters to The Home, I cannot even hazard
a guess; but his malevolence makes Hie a bur
den. Sometimes it Is tho spelling, sometimes
tho syntax, oftener the punctuation; but always
and ever something to make mo groan Inspirit
at tho thought of miming Dm gauntlet of criti
cism, more or less savage, which will surely bo
burled at my distorted effusions. Can nothing
appease Dm vindictiveness of Die said demon!
The latest trouble la that I find (t impossible to
persuade him to spell correctly the name
of the gentleman who has kindly offered
torccloyo contributions scut for our Fair from
our country friends, although written in ray
plainest ruuulng-hund,—B-h-a-y-s, without an
apostrophe. Ills family complain that the name
Is quite brief enough without leaving off the
final “b.” Will you kindly help to restore mo
to my former position Iu their confidence and
good-will by hereafter printing their patronymic
correctly!
Also, please allow me to answer n few oft
repeated inquiries, there belli# scarcely a week
when Ido not receive letters asking thu same
things so often asked uml uuswerod before. In*
deed, It might possibly save time, postage, mid
patience, 11 a standing paragraph should bcud
Inc Home, giving these particulars!
Hist, wnat the Conductor has so often ex
plained, that there Is no connection whatever
iKitwen Tub Tiuuunh Home Club and Thu
Home department of Tun Tuidumu, except that
some of the Club are mnoi;g the contributors.
Tdq I’muuKE Home Club Is so called slmplv
and only because it is composed of ladles uud
gontlcuieu who became acquulutcd through the
medium of that deportment.
Second, the object for which the Club Is work*
log. lu got funds mid friends enough loanable
them to open, ou a very modest scale Indeed, a
hotel or boarding-house for business-women,
t. e., those young ladles of education and refine
ment who, through death or other mis
fortune, have lost their ualural pro
tectors and are obliged to go to work
to corn their own living. Thinking “ What if
my daughter were left so unfriended," the
ladles desire to offer these young ladles the com
forts and surroundings of homo at the lowest
consistent rate, wishing them to feel that some
one cares for their welfare, uml so keen them
from becoming discouraged. Some call the Idea
visionary, Utopian, etc., but thu ladies believe
It con bo successfully carried out, and they aro
aomg to try. If those who laugh and call them
fjulxotlc could read some of the letters received
by Aunt Lucy, Orlcua, and thu writer of this,
—the Imploring appeals for advice und help In
finding a safe uud honorable means of living,
the assertions of many that they have absolute
ly no ouu to whom to turn for advice or com
fort,r-lt seems impossible that they would nut bo
stirred to sympathy with the writers, uud with
our curosat desire to roach out a (uml to them
In their need. I wish business-men, who wuut
help, would give us their applications, and so
aid some poor but educated girl to a place wblcb
would support her honorably, while we did our
part by giving her a pleasant place to call
home when bur day’s work was done.
lastly, la regard to our Fair, The ladies are
working as busily and rapidly as possible. It Is
a settled fact, and wo hope to make u both
pleasant uud profitable. There will be many
new leaturej, but It would be premature to say
much About them ns ret. It will he ttlvcn by
Tun TitinuNß Homo Club atone, haying no con*
ncctlon with any other society which may bo
contemplating fairs, or carnivals, or nnv other
form of Hie same thing. Letters from our dis
tant friends are pouring In upon us with offers—
which wo irralefully appreciate—of holn, If wo
will toll them what to do. Whatever vou can,
dear friends, whether fancy work, pretty ear*
ments for the little lolk, drawings or paintings,
or plants for our floral department, or oven a
little money, nil! bo acceptable. All money
should be tent to Maine, Treasurer TntnUNß
Home Club. No. GO Twenty-third street, Chica
go. Parcels by express or mall may be sent to
Mr. John W. Shays, No. 223 East Jackson
street.
With heartiest thanks to our friends for past
kindness, ami the Lope that we may always
count on them, I have the honor to bo
GIIANDMA OLDWATS.
LAST WEDNESDAY'S MEETING.
To Pit editor of The Trlbunr.
Chicago, Feb. 20.—The working members of
The TttinuNß Homo Club met according to ap
pointment at the pleasant homo of the Presi
dent on the afternoon of Feb. 20. Busy Angers
kept time to the click of the cutter's shears as
each new garment assumed proportions and was
folded away to await the finishing touches that
shall give them consequence at the coming Fair.
Pile upon pile of babies’ slips and aprons loomed
up before our courageous little cutter, whoso
hands never ceased their adroit movements
until the shades of evening warned us to leave
thicozy rooms of our hostess uud sot our faces
homeward in spite of the piercing cold that
seemed clutching at our vitals. The meeting
next Wednesday will ho held at the house of the
Treasurer, No. 00 Twenty-third street. Already
donations and offers of assistance are being re
ceived. and wo fee) greatly encouraged by Uic
kind wishes that greet us from friends far and
near.
Please do not bo timid la sending, though
your offering may be only the widow's mite. It
will be Just as acceptable and Just as'thaukfully
received.
Cudjo, those articles you offer will be Just
what wo shall need, and gratefully accepted.
Your suggestion about tho shoo Is a good one,
bub It mav be Impossible for us to act upon it.
Many thanks for good wishes, and mayhap you
can Interest your friends In our behalf.
Home of our correspondents seem to be at o
loss to know what the object of our Fair may
be. 1 have tried to state It ere this, but will say
again that ws are striving to gain sufficient
funds to warrant us In opening a hotel or board-
Ing-houso wherein our working sisters may find
tho comforts and conveniences of a homo at a
small percentage of the usual cost of board. It
will also bo a quiet retreat fur business ladles
coming from Hie country to purchase goods,
where they may experience a more retired and
homelike influence than would bo possible at a
public hotel, and also at cheaper rales. If X
have not made It plain to you, do not bo back
ward iu speaking of the fact.
Will Mr. Abbott, the representative of a dra
matic club who met with us last soring, please
send me his present address os soon as con
venient)
I would like to diverge from the business In •
bund for a moment, for tho purpose of pro
impeding a conundrum, or, If you prefer to call
it thus, giving vua a subject for your next
week's consideration. If this spelling mania
becomes a Bellied disease, and " knowledge " is
spelled with five letters instead of nine, of what
earthly use will tho millions of books al
ready published, mid spelled In tho good old
fashioned way, bo to the corning generational
Address me at 11)1 Lake street, Wunzer Sew
ing-Machine Rooms. ' Oklbna.
01/ll GIRIjS.
ADVIOB BY “AUNT LUCY.”
To (he Editor 0/ The Tribune.
Chicago, Feb. S3.—This date reminds mo
forcibly of the hnppv days of childhood, when
wu looked forward to the national anniversaries
for a holiday, when schools were closed, Hogs
flying, processions formed, soldiers on parade,
nml everything betokening n great gala day; mid
at night every window-pane displayed its strong
or feeble light in honor of an eventful life or a
nation’s glory; but such anniversaries are al
most unnoticed. We say to a friend, “This is
Washington's birthday I” The response: “The
*32dof February! So It is!” That’s all. Wc
are glad that the memory of other days keeps so
fresh, and wc can live over and ouco again the
Joyous days of our youth.
When 1 laid aside Tun TmnoNß this morning
and took my pen, I had quite another text iu
my mind. Topics scum Inexhaustible in Tho
Home; like tho crowded omnibus, there Is al
ways room for one mure, uud I wonder, from
week to week, What next!
Orleno's suggestion was a good one, nud
Grandma Oldways wos prompt In responding.
Imu deeply lutorosled in “Our Girls,” our
women; the wives, mothers, ami grandmothera,
too; for I havo only too rapidly passed from
one to the other, until I know by experience
almost the whole problem of life. Each volume
ban its own interest, and so full of wonder and
Incident that at times. In the twilight, or aa it Is
fioumtlmcs called* “ blind man’s holiday,” I alt
and muse while 1 retrospect, and say to mvsclf,
almost audibly: “Truth Is stranger than Ac
tion.”
lu glancing backward through the fifty vol
umes of my life,—each with its 80S pages,—!
find here and there a chapter that I would wish
might have been different. 1 see little errors
that might have been corrected, but It Is only
experience that tells mo so, and “Old Tinio ’’ will
not let us retrace our steps. The young people
cun, if they will, profit by our experience, and
take time by the forelock.
Grandma Oldways, tho system of education
Is nut what It was when you and I were
young. Teachers and pnilnsophcrs may think
that they ore bringing their theories to perfec
tion, and sit with pride and self-conlldenccupon
thn rostrum, watching and listening to the fairy
creature, us they stand before admiring au
diences, reading the cuvefullr, perhaps studious
ly, prepared essay. Often scholarship Is judged,
or rather misjudged, by tho loud applause, and
favoritism declared publicly by the number of
bououeu presented. Vet the plainest-dressed,
must timid, unassuming one of the class mav
have the choicest, richest mind.
A young lady may be stint to some exceed
ingly fashionable boarding-school even alter shn
graduates, lor .a little polishing, returns well
schooled In fashion and fully, is Introduced as
MUs —“just finished at Vassar," one of tho
most popular, fashionable schools of the day.
But how was Dm foundation laid! Would tho
wholu course, from A. 15, C. bear Investigation!
It Is not wise to put a lino, showy cornice upon an
ID-coualrnetcd edifice; it would look out of
mace, and show bad taste lu tho architect.
Ihe foundation must bo as solid us u rock; Dm
structure must be slowly and carefully built
of Dm bust mid most useful material; tho ac
complishments arc pleasant and enjoyable, but
nut so absolutely necessary for our comfort and
happiness lu alter file as tbe solid branches of
education.
Our education Is never finished. Wo learn
something uow every day, and the facilities are
such that no one has any excuse for remaining
Ignorant; wo cau Icaru a great deal by observa
tion inul watchfulness; we can listen and leant.
A fashionable young Indy was boasting of the
number of books she hud read (always making
It a point, If possible, to have read the latest
new novel). Said a friend: “How do you like
hbakspeurof Isupnoaevouhavcrcad his works."
"Oh yes; 1 read them when they first came
outl"
I his little Instance Is only equaled by Mrs.
Shoddy, who wae preparing to go abroad lor tho
nurpusu of having her children'll portraits paint
ed by one of the old musters.
lureuis, who are just beginning to train and
educate the little ones that aro to toko your
Pisces in alter years, boo to It that tho louudu
turn Is properly laid. Do not make stndy Irk
sonic, do not crowd the Infant brain, und do not
send the children to school too early. Mother’s
training U best for the “wee ones,” and, no
matter how busy she Is, there are moments each
day In which she can teach her Utile one, and
not miss the time; vou have “object lessons"
all about you,--In your klteheu, bedroom, and
parlor. If the children have not alpbabotleal
blocks, cut some from pasteboard, bliow your
4-year-old a box; tell him how many slues It
has; teach him to count; nsk him if he would
like to know how to spell “box"; let him look
over hid blocks or letters till he has the right
ones; lay them aside, and try another word.
Perhaps one word would be all ho could learn
lu one day, but it would be a step uu thu ladder.
leach them to count by bringing their play
things to you one at u time, adding and sub
tracting ut your pleasure. .Make study half
play and children will lake pleasure In progress.
Dive them a thorough knowledge of spoiling,
au understanding knowledge of reading. Muuy
a person can appear before the public and please
au audience with a recital or display of almost
dramatic talent In the rendering of a selection
written by sumo great mind, who could scarcely
read without hesltatlau a selectiou ut first sight.
Heading, spelling, writing, and the simplest
rulespt ahibmetlo will form, If Ihorouglyuo*
Suited, thu foundation of anything you muv
ostro in after life. 1
«? 0 l i .* i mJ i “ raU^yiwen,u#t »«U»» that “we
are ail different,"- Irue, we have pot all tho
sumo tnlcnt,--UiO world would bo monotonous
u wo had; let us find out tbc taleut we nave,
uud then put forth every effort to Improvo it.
If a young lady has au ear and passion for
THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE: SATURDAY. MARCH I. 1879— SIXTEEN PAGES.
music, after slio has formed the foundation of a
solid education. let her deyoto her time to this
talent, and, If circumstances are such that she
must depend upon her own exertions fora Hy
ing, let her musical talent support her. If an
other has a desire and talent for art, first secure
the foundation, then devote her time, if neces
sary, to art; but parents do not thus waste
time ami money upon a child whoso taste Is for
eign to music, drawing, and painting.
1 do not wish to IcavlT U.Q Impression that
there has been no improvement in the matter of
education since my collego-davs. only that I
think scholars are not so thoroughly taught the
rudiments. This It an ago of progress, and the
err is continual! v, " Excelsior I” but there is too
much hurry: ft Is a fast age, and the desire Is
to flnlsh, ami much Is only half-learned. Boys
and girls get a little Idea or one study, and, be
fore they are fairly interested, the book Is
thrown aside, another takes Us place, and very
little Is thoroughly their own. lam not n line
musician, but the lessons 1 learned when but 13
Years old made an impression 1 have not lived
long enough yot to forget. 1 shall always re
member the (frilling, the "go-bnck-nnd-try-tlmt
ngnltt,” til) I wondered If 1 ever could master
more than an ordinary exercise. I had a tbreo
years* smattering of French, a little Instruc
tion In drawing now and then} but the schools
In which I learned the solid branches are the
dearest to mv memory.
Ut.CI.WOV ... Itl, IUUMIV, ~
To “Our Girls” let mo say while you ere
waiting for Mr. Right One to come wooing do
not bo idle. Occupy well and profitably tho
time till he comes, and after patient waiting,
and you decide that there Is no right one for
you, and you have Hie courage to bo an oldmnld
rather than marry Mr. Wrong One, or take up
with a crooked stick, you will find Hint you have
stored lu your mind food enough to keep you
from hunger and want, and, perhaps, with in
dustry, will, and determination, you mav bo
able to live In affluence, evon If It should bo in
single blessedness.
Said ajgontleman “down East” to a lady:
'* Do tel) me why your sister has never married.
I am amazed that a lady of such sterling worth
ami noble mind should remain single. I am
afraid she will pass through the field and take
up with a crooked stick!”
"Ah I but mv sister has passed by Iho crooked
sticks, and thinks she now has found the straight
one, and will bo married next week.”
It is gratifying to know that women are
awakening to tho knowledge of the fact that
they can make themselves Independent, and wo
trust tho time Is not far distant when women
will be remunerated for their labor In equally
the same proportion as men,—not having to
work from early mom to late at night for half
pav, only because they are women.
I was told to-day that a lady wno has been In
many things unfortunate, u widow with one
little child to care for, had lost a position In a
store because of tho failure of Hiu firm, and
concluded to sew at home, has been making
overalls, for which she receives seven cents
a pair. Could she, by close application, make
ton pair a day, it would be little indeed. What
souls can men have that would ask women to
stitch, stitch, stitch, for such pay I This Is not
an Isolated case. There are thousands of help
less women who must take little or risk suffer
ing and starvation. I notice in Tub Thiuunb &
little sketch of u San Francisco female lawyer,
Mrs. Clara S. Folz, Upon being Interviewed,
she said:
" There is nothing to bo said about me. I
originated from the cradle, tho wushtub, the
sewing-machine, and the couklng-stuvc. 1 have
educated mvsulf, and am now trying to earn a
living for myself and llttlo ones by practicing
law, uml I mean to succeed, and Hint’s all there
is to bo said about me.”
Lot “Our Girls” study everything practica
ble, mid have something to fall back on in ease
of emergency. If, while you nro pursuing vour
collegiate course, you cauuot spnru time to'tnko
lessons In housekeeping, make It a point to de
vote some time otter you leave sciiool to the
study nml practice of household duties. It Is
well to understand the theory, even If la after
life you never need the practice.
There Is on old odojreofteh quoted: “ Where
Ignorance Is bliss 'lls folly to bo wise,' 1 but I
cannot believe there is any bliss to Ignorance#
We all want to know something, and the more
wc learn tho more anxious we are to add to our
little store of knowledge, mid in time it becomes
power; so, like the little busy boo, let us Improve
each shining hour. aunt Luor.
TUB EDUCATION OF GIRLS.
To (he Utlitor of The Tribune.
Davunpout, la., Feb. 21.—Grandma Old
ways: You surely did not have your glasses on
when you road my last, for I an positive, cer
tain, sure, I never Intended to convey tho Idea
that girls should ho brought up mere nonenti
ties. Nor, ludeed, If I had a “baker’s half
dozen,” thcyshould each.have a trodo or oro
fcsslon. 1 only said tho reason ,they did not
achieve higher things was beeauso’lhoy expected 1
sooner or later to bo Invited to a life partner
ship, nml It their heart was seriously affected
they would nearly always give up for “good
nml all ” their chosen pursuits for the care qf
family mid home.
1 heartily agree with you that every woman
should have, not only enough Knowledge to
keep her household expense account corrcctlv,
but enough to win broad ion her children's
mouths were she left destitute by the death of
her husbund, or by hts absconding, os Is quite
the fashion of late, or when a noble, devoted
husband is crushed by financial dlllleultles and
he is almost paralyzed at tho calamity which
has befallen him, happy the wife who can help
him on his Icet once more by nutting her
shoulder to the wheel. 1 knew a Indy once
whoso husband was a bankrupt—alas I from
drink. When be went to his datlv toll sho
hung out a dressmaker's sign iu tho early morn
ing only to bo removed before her buabuid
came homo at night, iiy this means she earned
snltleieut to cloth her three children. Yes,
happy tho mother must be when If poverty,
cold, and want stares her iu the face she can
laugh at adversity If she has husbimlod her
strength; sho can Join tho army of workers,
determined to outride tho storm of adversity,
bravely tako up her peu or stun courageously
on the platform or put ou the noiseless slipper
mid sole dress of a nurse; or she cun
resume her| brush and palette, or dranghtman's
pencil, or utilize the kuowloduo gained ut a
thorough college course, and by uuyof these
means earn a competence for her dear depend
ent ones. Sho will not bo obliged to dim her
eyes iu the midnight watches wearily stitching,
aUvingcxpommtof Hood's “Songof tho Shirt,"
plying her needle for n pittance; nor yet open a
hoardlng-houso to cue out u living, too often the
only resource of many a gentlewoman brought
up In luxury; nearly always such women arc
helpless when the great responsibilities of life
fall heavily ou their widowed shoulders. “If
riches take wings sho must weep In despair, and
wring her white hands, so bojeweled and fair.”
Lot the idle and frivolous drift Into matrimo
ny unprepared for tho battle of life; they will
surely deplore it when adversity comes, as It
will to a large per cent of sued women. But lot
all girls of common souse make the best use of
the talents they possess, nut pride, and preju
dice, and trilling aside, ana step llrroly each day
nearer, still nearer, the goal of their ambition.
Many a noble, high-spirited woman Is reduced
to the ignoble state of subordination to u de
praved or drunken husband because she Is en
tirely dependent on him, for she has no qualltv
within herself to keep the wolf away, so she
must, with an aching heart, see her children
grow up under a dire ami demoralizing ln
llueneo. Such coses may be rare, but they do
exist wo all know too well, 80, should not all
Americans girls, with so nianv doors opening to
them, Ignore all conventionalities, and thought
fully and considerately determine what life
business they are bust adapted to, and faithfully
prepare themselves for all tho emergencies of
coming years I To inauy a woman they will bo
a struggle, to many u womou they will bo a dis
appointment, but If they are equipped (or ita
most Important duties half Urn battle Is fought;
site can buckle ou her armor and demand from
a frowning world her ahare of Us good things.
Knowing tho “ laborer U worthy of his hire,"
she cun trust the rest to a kind, overruling
Providence. Wall, Grandma, yousoc wo do nut
comoto swurds’polnts after all ou this question.
i stlil say the girls will get married.—ut least
for titu next century*.
lam Iu hopes to near the subject you pro
pose ably discussed. This mental cramming
process reminds me of tho cruel way they grow
geese livers In France fur the greedy epicure,—
man. Thu }>uor goose must lie tethered, mid
stuffed, and stuffed, day after day until one of
Us most vital organs is enlarged to an abnormal
condition. Bo the scholar of 10-duv has Ids or
tier brum overtaxed with study utter study to
bo accomplished lu aglveu number of months,
iu such quick succession do the different lessons
crowd upon one another, no allowance being
mudu for the different capacity of the learners,
that when the tune comes to oow, read essay,
pick up bouquets, cic.,Uioy have a smattering or
every tiling and a real comprehunslou of nothing.
It they ore wise enough to toko up a course of
study o( say forty minutes a day, as tho time
proscribed bv tho Chautauqua course, they may
redeem the lost time. 1 know a minister’s wile
who, In spite of her onerous position, has de
termined in tills way to review her former stud
ies, amt lu so doing liuds, 1 doubt nut, a great
pleasure lu addllluu to the beuedt sho wilt de
rive from It. . M. £. W.
SBUINAUIIB VS. fUUUO SCHOOLS.
To Pis Editor oj The Tri&uns.
Ottawa, 111,, Feb. 33.—Eduvatlpo, as Us der
ivation Implies, U the leading out of the facul
ties that God has given us. A person of either
sex following a prescribed course of hooka—for
no matter how many years-Is not educated la
the true sense of the word. One cannot become
a fully developed man or woman mentally, as a
rag-baby is formed, by continual stuffing till
the outline Is complete, neither cad a person of
no mental capacity mature Into a perfect mind.
All tho systems of Instructions invented would
never make a master-mind of an Idiot.
A fashionable, brainless mother was anxious
that her daughter should have on education,
and, taking her to a noted teacher, told the
latter whni she would have her daughter ho.
"I will fulfill your wish It, she has the rapacity,'*
said the teacher. ” I will send to Now York and
buy her one,” suggested the mother.
But no money can buy brains, and often we
see those wtio hare been through tho form of
■ school, graduate with a few senseless words, and
enter their aimless life of pleasure and folly.
'Hie fault Is not wholly In the system of educa
tion— t he blame is not wholly with the Instructors.
As far as my observation goes, our public
schools have the best system of education, mid
their graduates show the greatest amount of
brnln-work ami mental discipline. A girl-grad
uate of our common schools cannot fall to have
a thorough English education, and many of
them a commercial one, ns tar as Ills necessary
for Hie business of life. How can a pupil In any
of our free schools pass from one room to an
other without tho required examination) How
can they enter tho High School or college with
out fulfilling to the letter their requirements)
What fills our private schools and seminaries
hut the brainless offshoots ot society, or tho un
appreciative student In our common schools)
"Milk for babafrVstrong meat for old men,”
will apply to Um mind as well ns the bodv.
Give to the weak our seminaries of lax disci
pline; lot them cull what little they can from
tho class-book ot knowledge: let them graduate
with Utelr poetry of language and their garlands
ot flowers; but reserve fur the strong, for those
who will find It by some means, and ean digest
the stronger, richer loud. Give them the sub
stantial education of our free High Schools uud
colleges. «- Ikoa.
TKMPKUANOB.
SUGGESTIONS TO WORKBRB.
TO (he JJdllor of The Tribune,
Marshaixtown, la., Feb. 10.—Although a
constant and ntercstcd reader of The Dome, I
have never yet entered Its list of contributors.
I have noticed that of late tho discussion of
temperance has been added to that of manv
other subjects. The thought occurred to me
that It was not lecelvlng that attention of tho
llomeltes which tho universality of tho subject
would admit. May i, then, bo permitted tho
medium of Tho Home la giving expression to a
few thoughts] Certainly there is no other sub
ject from the discussion of which Uio readers of
this department can derive more benefit.
1 was very much pleased with Gaol’s contribu
tion. Ho tbutwould bo nsuccessful temperance
worker must have sympathy for Uie Intem
perate, and take a heartfelt interest In
their redemption. But It Is evident to
the most casual observer that, in the
generation of drunkards that is, Uioro Is
something wanted in reform besides mere
moral suasion. We must bavo this constitute
a plank, and a most Important plank too, in nil
platforms of rclorm; but I think that most
tcmpcr.inco-worucrs wilt agree that it will not
staud alone in the reformation of those unfor
tunates with whom drunkenness Ins become
more of a physical than moral or mental dis
ease. Then. If this Is tbo case, wo must leave
to scleuco the cure of all those who have so far
wrecked themselves bv the use of Intoxicating
liquors as to bu unable to command their men
tal powers.
But the prevention of intemperance In the
coming generation Is a work In which wo can all
engage. Let tho question from all its stand
points and outlooks bo freely and openly dis
cussed around the fireside. Let the children
hear you and dlscuss.lt with you, giving their
Ideas and views, and by thus doing they become
thoroughly informed as to the Inevitable con
sequences which follow the violation of our
moral nature, lung before they encounter nnv
temptation: then, when they are tempted,—lf
they are,—tho very knowledge which they pos
sess of the consequences which must follow if
they give way, too chances to one will save
them. Hits plan, I think, is not
only applicable to intemperance, out to alt tho
evils which Imperil tho future mural and phys
ical welfare of our children. There is nothing
so helpful to tho advancement of aln imd.crlmu
ns Ignorance. Let us bo radical to our reform,
und by being radical wo go to the root and pre
vent men from destroying themselves and be
coming criminals. Let us give free vent to nil
those subjects which, as a rule, parents leave
the children to And out for themselves,—for the
child sooner or Inter docs And them out, and
who knows under what circumstances]
This Is reform beginning ot home; but bow
about tho outsiders) There are those who have
but Just started in the downward road, and theso
it Is that it is our duty to extend a helping bund
to, and, if possible, save. Let us nob be afraid
of soiling ourselves. If we wear the clothes wo
ought to wear when wo go to meet such, they
are of the kind that will not soli. Lot ns be over
kind to them, and try to replace (ho loss which
they foci in giving up their old compontonsidps
by something which (s better. Make them as
much ot homo In their new and strange position
as the circumstances will allow; ami ofttimes it
takes but a littlo while to develop Uio rarest
typo of true manhood.
1 could say much inoro, hut. being a now con
tributor. fear being leib out altogether. Let us
hear more on this subject. Flokhno*.
a TEnnrm.B experience.
To the Editor of The Tribune.
Chicago, Fob. 95.
Then stand to your glosios steady,
Thu world Is a world of lies;
Hero's a cup to the dead already;
Hurrah fur tho nest who dies!
I am 000 of those men, unfortunate as they
are weak, to whom total abstinence from Intoxl
eating liquors Is a necessity. Starting lo life
with excellent business prospects mul a good
social position, I nevertheless contracted drink
ing habits, and eventually a'.tnsta for liquor,
which led Dio down stop by stop til) at last I
had lost friends, my business and social stand
ing, ami fouud it hard to procure my daily
bread. All my friends did not desert me, how
ever, for one day, when my fortunes were at the
lowest ebb, and, too, when my dally life was (he
most dissipated, I chanced to meet upon the
street a gentleman who had known me during
my belter days. Instead of going “by on the
other side," as had become the custom among
my reputable acquaintances, bo stopped and ac
costed mo, and, after some trivial conversation,
said that ho bad been talking with Mr. ——, a
mutual friend, about mo a day or two before,
and that the latter bad remarked that bo could
give me a situation lu his ollko If It was not for
my habits. My friend tbeu offered some kindly
remonstrance against rov course; sold that
it was a source of keen sorrow to mr
friends, and a matter of regret to
my many acquaintances; and, dually, that If I
would give up my evil associates and asso
ciations, and begin a new life, he had no
doubt, upon evidence being given that I had
taken such a step, that Mr. would give me
the position referred to. What manhood 1 had
left was aroused by my friend’s kindly tone and
evident desire to servo me. Then and there 1
resolved to make au honest effort to reform.
Pecuniary assistance was given mu to enable me
to present a respectable appearance, uud In a
shorf time I was installed In Mr. -—’a office.
Many were the predictions that "bo will not
stay there a week, 1 * etc., but 1 was in earnest.
1 shunned the saloons, of wnlch I bad so long
boon a hanger-on, and avoided my drinking ac
quaintances us I would the plague. Tho way
was rough, but X persevered, and my efforts
soon began to meet with their reward. Old
friends cordially greeted me wtiou we met; re
lations who had Ignored my existence for
mouths—some of them .for years—came to see
me; one by one tho doors which my misconduct
had closed against me swung back ou their
hinges, and I entered drawing-rooms, from
which I hod long been banished, a welcome
guest. My employer was more than satlslleld
witti mo, und promised mo rapid advancement.
1 almost forgot what 1 had bceu. Such was the
condition of mv affairs Jan. 1, 1670. On the
fourth day of that month. In the evening, I
culled upon a lady who bad known me but about
three months. As I was about to take my leave,
she proffered mo a glass of wine, with tiie laugh
ing remark that as 1 bad not calico upon her
Now Year's 1 could have my refreshments now.
Alter some demur I took and drank the wine,
and in consequence fur three weeks I did not
pass s day,, or go to bud at night, In other than
an intoxicated condition. As a roottcr of
course, my place in the office was declorod
vacant, and, again penniless and practically
friendless, i am at tho foot of the bill, on tho
top of winch lie mygood name, my tell-respeet,
my hones of happiness here ami hereafter. It Is
a weary, weary road from bore thence. Ino not
seek to palllato my own weakness in yielding to
tho temptation, but I think the lady wno offered
it bus some share la the responsibility for my
full, and should bear her proportionate punish
ment. Bbe cannot avoid being her "brother’s
keeper” as faros her Influence goes while he Is
with her. J ask her, therefore, to come and help
mo bear Uia burden of shame that weighs me
down. I ssk her to share with me Die remorse
that will render my pillow sleepless, sod my
days Intolerable for weeks and months to come.
1 beseech her to carry to my aged father niul
loving sister solace mid comfort In their bitter
anguish over my downfall, to glvo mo back Hie
bright hopes 1 had, and place mo where I was In
tho estimation of my friends when t Inst met
her. I shall probably not see her for a long
time to come, possibly never; but if she sees
this, I ask her to remember when next she
passes on the strcotnrcollng, bloated, disfigured
wretch, whom to touch wore pollution, Hint to
lust such a wreck one young man was reduced
In consequence of accepting from her hands a
glass of wine, if that thought keeps her from
offering tho same temptation to any other man,
cursed by the same falling as I have, 1 shall not
hayo writtea in vain. John Smith,
FIiORIOU I.TUIVE.
TUB AMERICAN A I,olt.
Toths .Editor of The TrtMms.
Ottawa, 111., Feb. ii.—lf Uio lady who wrote
me tael week and asked mo If I was wenry of
mv old theme,—flowers,—and had given up tho
subject, could enter my home Just now, she
would not have considered the question neces
sary, and /or answer I will Invito her, or any
oilier reader who will take tho trouble to come,
to a walk Into ray favorite retreat, and I think
you wilt feel repaid, for 1 can assure you that
the sight is a pleasing one, and is just now be*
lug enjoyed by many. During the- past few
weeks vigilance was tho ouly safeguard, but
now, os I sit there these lovely moonlight even
ings, 1 can think only of last summer wnen wo
salon tho embowered piazza, Inhaling the deli
cious perfumes of the surrounding flowers. No
mosquitoes sing In our ears,and the heated term
of that time Is not dreaded now. Still wo sit
with uncovered heads, the moon shining full
upon us from move, and making fanciful shad
ows as It peeps through vines and hanging-bas
kets, and the perfume of hyacinths, narcissus,
heliotrope, etc., occasionally gets too strong,
and ventilation Is necessary to comfort. There
Is a very great pleasure In enjoying summer life
the year round, and it makes one’s heart fresh
and buoyant, and keeps tho cold, dreary
winds far away. It should, mid I be
lieve does, instill In our hearts a greater
feeling of thankfulness, and, Instead
of thinking bow much more blessed wo are
than others, lends a tender sympathy to those
unfortunate ones, mid creates a desire to aid
them rather than to rejoice over their misfor
tunes. Yes, Cheap Living, I will aid you, for I
know all over our land hearts have been made
sad by that desperado, Jack Frost, and I think
If they could catch him ho would bo found
lynched at the nearest lamp-post. You must
writo mo after n while, and give mo your ad
dress. Tho aloe of which I have spoken before,
and of which I promised to toll you whoa In
bloom, Is now fully developed, mid the many
who have seen It almost always exclaim, “ Well,
It Is a peculiar blossom, but hot as handsome as
the plant”; lor that Is one of complete sym
metry, and in color mid marking as perfect as
wo ever find. Thu stalk which supports tho
blossoms Is half a yofd In hlght, and Is of a
pink and grc«jn tinge. The blossom Is inches
In length, and consists of a long tube, exactly
like our rod honeysuckle. The color is light
scarlet on the top, shading to white, and be
neath Is striped with light green, white, and
light scarlet. These tubes are circled around
the stalk, and last several days. I think the stalk
will continue in bloom about three weeks longer,
Unis making it over a month for each flower
stalk. Another bunch is coming, so wc shall
have it bloom for some time yet. After read
ing up different authors on tho subject of the
aloe, I think it is what Is called the partridge
breast aloe, as this variety answers to the de
scription better than any oilier. I have also
learned that they may bo raised from n leaf as
well as from offshoots, though I think one
would dislike to break a leaf from tills varlotv,
as It would greatly raur the beauty of the plant,
and like the century plant, which Is tho Ameri
can aloe, and surely no otic would willingly
break a leaf from them, though wo are often
obliged to lose a loaf by accident, ns they are
very brittle. It is a p’caslnu study to wotoh tho
growth of this so-called century plant, nml those
who do not possess one I think would ft-cl fully
repaid for purchasing one, as they nrn not ex
pensive, are of easy culture, and may be kept In
a cellar with a littlo light during the whiter If
necessary. They may be crown in poor soil and
kept small, and thus lend a tropical air to the
conservatory or ehtlng-romn? or, If desired to
bo of largo size, to grace a lawn, some leaf
mold may bo added. They require out little
water during the period of rest, not over once
a month, and, like the true aloe, wilt decay at
the roots It too much water Is lodged about, them.
By some It is thought to bloom but once In a
hundred years, but the Idea is entirely errone
ous, as In some countries it produces its flowers
In leu years, und varies from this to twenty,
llfty, or seventy, depending, of course, on the
climate and the care bestowed oa it. After
Bonding up its blossom-stalk—which Is some
times forty feet high—and delighting alt be
holders with Its candelabra-Ilko crunches and
swaying cups, Its lifo goes out, and wo can re
member it as only a beauty of the “ bygone
days.” Whether the life Is exhausted by this
amount of laxtton upon Its strength, “ this de
ponent saith not”; sulllco it to say Hint one has
nover been known to live thereafter. Day by
day I bavo boon Interested In noting the leaves
oneu. First, wo observe that the hny points or
thorns begin to relinquish their grasp, nml
slowly open, till wo cun take a peep within:
then wo behold bow tight that grasp lias been,
for the Impress is still on the leaf whero it
folded over, as well as on the tender little ouo
which was within, and which also bears tho
murks of the pinching It received. I could but
think of a frightened child when I behold Ibis
teudor little leaf, and bow it will run
to a mother for protection in hours of
danger, clasping the little arms about her
neck till the impress is stamped thereon, oven
as 1 beheld it on my plant; and on ilicso plants
It remains loug years after, for If yon will ex
amine the leaves of your plant you will observe
this delicate tracery. Thus many a fund mother
hoars the blanched cheeks, fading locks, and
dlsappdhited hopes that you, my little ones,
may bo spared Uio rude storms of adversity till
your wings are ready to carry you safely over
the waters of perplexity's sen of trial, mid land
you finally on the ‘‘.Mountain of Hope.” There
Is a mine of wealth in the study of plants, mid
onch one has some beauty peculiar to itself. To
tho faithful student mid true lover the tbemu
Is inexhaustible, and so pleasing that hours are
passed unconsciously In this delightful pastime,
mull am looking forward to tho promised
eatnplng-ouc time when we can gather the beau
ties of our prairies, as well ns the companions of
the streamlet und the shaded glen, curry them
to our camp borne, and with magnifying glass
dissect, examine, and classify, it will seem
like the days of old. when, with our teacher, wo
used to climb our bluffs mid pluck wild flowers,
and then gather around her to analyze them.
Kvcry student of botany needs a magnifying
glass, mid In fact every lover of flowers,’for
limy will disclose to you bcauttlss undreamed of,
ami alter possessing one you will be surprised
to know bow you ever got along without It, und
will And you have bocagoing through the world
half blind.
The lady who wrote mo runl asked me to write
an article before (he 14th of February, forgot to
give bur uddrsss. I like to oblige people, but I
learshe has sold as many another! “Just as I
expected." Well, there Is time cnougli*ycl, If
you are very mixious, but it seems to rao I
would reflect on the matter, nud If he wishes to
choose a mute uovr he will send you ono Instead.
Twenty years from now you would dislike to
have It said by him that ho never would have
taucu that falsa step had you not bud the au
dacity to send a valentine. Keep on the safe
side, lot him do the asking, and you the accept
ing, rather than that he should accept what lie
has not moral courage to refuse. Modesty is
not only an ornament, but a safeguard to all,
and particularly so to woman; If the light Is
once extinguished, It may never return. It Is a
discerning grace, therefore wear It well and ever.
I know you wanted something sensible and not
sentimental, still I would reconsider the matter,
lay It on the tuple for a year, and by that time I
believe you will call me your friend.
Finn Lbab.
A tLOWBtt STAND.
To (A* Editor oi TAs Trtt>un«,
Mattbson, 111., Feb. 23.—Spring Is ap
proaching, and it will soon be time to look oyer
our stock of seeds and plants and seo what ones
of our plants have escaped from the cold
touches of Jack Frost; neatly one hundred of
mine were frost-bitten. I Immediately carried
them to tbe cellar, and, on examining
them recently, 1 found that many are begin
ning to show signs of life. My callus, cactus, and
some of my (ucbslas and geraniums are dead.
Calls LU>—My clgar-plaut (cupbea platycon
tra) which 1 promised to alvldo with you Is also
among tho list of lost plants.
A very pretty stand and vaso (or tho lawn can
be made In the following wart Take a board for
tho base eighteen Inches wide and two foot long;
put legs sawed from ooanls under each corner;
then lake a stick three inches square and three
feet long, or, what Isbettcr, allmhof a tree that
bos small branches or knots on It; fasten this to
the contra of your board: brace it from tho cen
tre of each slue of your base; on the top placo
on empty tlsh-kIU Trim the edges of the base
and outside of tho llsh-klc with grape-vine
and small knots; > give tho whole a coat
of Tarnish. Dofnro ilia varnish becomes
MUllfl dry give It a sprinkling of frostltia such ns
painters use on Alans, which will make It glisten
like diamonds. On the base will be room for
four largo unts to stand. Fill the vase with
drooping vines, a geranium In the centre, amt
you will find It ft very handsome though cheap
ornaraeut. Box No. 9.
Till WOES or LUOniCTIUK
To fh« flrlffor n t TSt Trtbnnt.
OxnpNRR, ill., Feb. 11.—I heartily sympathize
with those Homo stators who have lost their
plants by frost, as I have Inst ft groat many
choice ones lu ati entirely different manner. On
tho morning of tho Sfith of December, ot hall
past C o’clock, 1 was awakened by smoke In our
sleeping room, nml, on looking out, discovered
fire In tho lower part of tho store adjoining tlie
one over which wo lived. Wo Immediately guVo
the alarm, but nothing could be done to stay
tho progress of tho flames, os wo aro not blest
with a fire department, and In less than an
hour tho fine brick block, tho pride of our vll*
Inge, was In ruins, with tho exception ot tho
hotel. Wo barely escaped with our Jives, as
In ten ininulus more wo should havo been
sulTocnlcd. Dear sisters, I felt my courage
going as 1 saw tho flames llckiug across
three largo windows that looked like so many
gardens. Tho flowers seemed like so many liv
ing creatures. 1 bad watched and tended them
so carefully, and they had grown so nicely, and
they were choice plants, 1 having received many
ot them from the Grand Boulevard green*
houses: pud, worse than nil tills, wo lost nearly
nil our houncliold goods and clothing.
To tho friends whom I have promised plants,
1 am sorry to disappoint you.
Sunshine No l, dtd you receive mycordl I
should like to hear from you again.
Mrs. 8., of Fcoria, 1 received your card yes*
terday.
Lilian, I like you, admire the foliage gerani
ums, and had eomo verv handsome ones, and If
my ambition should revive by spring 1 hope to
ho remembered by you. Do not wonder that I
am nearly discouraged trying to raise plants, as
1 lost seventy-live pots and six baskets, and our
put canary, too. I also had quite a number
of plants belonging to friends left wltb mo for
protection against Jack Frost, and surely ho
was outwitted that time. Luonunos.
ON TAIUOCS TOHO9.
To r/if Edlior of Ths Trfbun*.
Tox Lakd, Wifl., 1-cb. 10.—1 would Ilka to oak
boido of The Homo florists if Maurandya Is o
suitable vine for a winter hanslng-baskot, and,
if so, at what time Bhaultl tho seed bo planted
in order to have a flourishing basket by Novem
ber. Can it bo propagated by cuttings same as
Kenilworth Ivy I v
A Indy friend tells me that early In tho winter
her plants were troubled witli Insects, and that
onn application of two drops of carbolic acid to
half a cnllon of water caused tho Insects to
disappear, mid eha has not seen them any more.
Hemomber this is not my own experience;! only
roocat it at second hand.
What is the proper caro of the carnation “ La
Porlte,” after blooming! Ono I have bloomed
In December, but there Is at present no appear*
Biico at Oower, stalks, or buds, though the foil*
ago Is growing nicely. Will some ono tell mo of
a few plants mul vines suitable for an outside
window-box for next summer? As soon as your
plants are brought In lor winter, If you will
water them once a wock with a teasnoonfitl of
ammonia to a scant gallon of sott water, you
will prevent earth-worms, which Is much better
than trying to kill them after they have made
their appearance. Have tried It for years with
good results. Was very much troubled with
earth-worms previous to that
Mas. F. L. Phillies,
pansies.
To Jtfttor of Ths Trlbunt.
Ottawa, 111., Feb. 23.—1 n reply to Wooota’a
question to me, If I class the pansy among the
annuals, I would Gay that tho pansy is properly
a biennial, though it can bo made a perennial,
and continue to bloom for years In succession,
uy a division of Its roots.
I bad not thought of them In any other way
until Itonnlo’s letters on annuals, in which ho
inducted the pansy among them, appeared; and
even Mils letters ho has proved it not an an
nual, although calling It so. I think this arises
frpm tho treatment of the pansy. Tho annual
proper la a plant that flowers, perfects Its seed,
and dies in one summer; but according to Hon*
nic, Feb. 11, “ Pansies recommend themselves
to notice . . . will last from April to Dc
comber, and, with tho protection of a cold
.frame, , . . •! have picked pansies the year
round.” But some perennials that flower tho
tlrst year from seed are classed among
tho annuals, and oven so good a
florist as James Vfck Is found among
them. In his catalogue you will find the pansy
among the annuals. “lu our Northern climate
there are many plants treated as annuals bo*
cause tbev are killed by the frost, which, In a
milder ottmate, would live through several sea
sons.” - Lilian.
WISCONSIN NOTES.
To (As L'ditor 0/ The Tribune.
Lancaster, Wis., Fob. 10.—1 have taken so
much pleasure In reading The Homo that I lolt
1 must toll my floral friends of my success this
cold winter. I have a bow window facing the
south, and I have in that and two south win*
dows lu my dining-room 125 pots of plants, and
have not tost ono by frost, is nob that nice for
Wisconsin ! 1 have had (and hove) a great many
flowers, geraniums, primroses, fuchsias, hibiscus,
ngoratun, bvclatnon, begonias, and a good many
others now In flower, with liityllhes and buds.*
As 1 know nothing of tho treatment It require*
1 would bo thankful for any Information both
on summer and winter treatment. Cactus,
A SICK GERANIUM.
To (ha Editor of The Tribunt.
Lafayette, iud., Fob. 23.—1 would like to
ask some of Tho Homo what to do for a gera
nium that is dying. The leaves foil off some
time ago, mid the stems are now drying up. 1
don’t think It was frosted. It is a splendid
bloomer, and I am anxious to save It, so please
some one tell me what to do. j, 8.
SILVER-FERNS.
To (fie Editor o f The Tribune.
Dhcatdr, 111., Feb. 20.—Will some of The
Home readers please inform me, through The
Home, In regard to tho treatment of silver-ferns;
also tho new varieties of begonias, those with
blotched pink, white, and crimson leaves?
_ Silver Fern,
GOOD MANNERS.
BBNBIOLB ADVICE FOR ALL.
To (As iftittor o/ Ths TrUmns.
Bloomington, Hi., Feb. 17.—At a prominent
hotel in Indiana a few months since, my atten
tion was called to a littlo boy, a mere waif of
only Bor 4 summers, whom the proprietor by
dexterous manipulations, plied in and out of
season, had schooled In every possible slang and
obscene phrase known to the slums of the period.
To look upon this poor little mite of humanity,
inspired by the cunning assurance of greet
achievement by this so-called boat and his rabble
of attendants at every rehorsal of the vile les
sons, tilled my heart with such pain and sorrow,
not unmiugled with Indignation, as would beg
f:ar language to portrav. 1 have met with slml
ar Instances innumerable in public places, and
this evil—teaching children slang—bas become
widespread among families at home, although
in a lesser degree.
1 cannot undertake to say what tho reader’a
estimate of such a scone might be, but I declare
that this Indiana Boniface would have done Qod
and this child a merciful service If, Instead of
heartlessly pushing It over the edge of the
bridge of decency and hone Into tho fathumlese
abyss of hell below, be had brained It with a
bludgeon before our oyesl
And this Is tho quarrel I have with many parents,
that, Instead of carefully protecting their chil
dren lu tliclr lender years sg&lnst the first lu
tniblou of evil signs ond innuendos, limy are
rulher delighted than otherwise at tliclr apt ap
plication of these forbidden words—many of
them of double, and all of them of doubtful
moaning—ln their homo Intercourse.
A wide observation has convinced me that it
haa become common among shallow-brained
parents and cider brothers and sisters in the
household to drill tho younger children m every
description of street slang, unit how opt tho
little ones are at defacing a puro homo-life with
these lessons learned from those whoso tongues
ought to wither with paralysis while engaged lu
their infamous laskl Ho 1 speak the truth!
Hoes not every reader of these lines know a
s;orc of families more or loss tainted with this
debasing habit!
One must weary at the vain repetitious of
these cuhicrs of slang. “Cheese Ul” U tho
loud cry from every foul-mouthed loafer on the
street corner, and echoed and re-echoed from
one cod of the land to the other by every tblu
wltted newspaper and Tender of second-hand
mental wares. From the attic-gallery overhead
the street Arftb flings “ taffy ’’ at ibe orator, and
on every bund, at home and abroad, one runs
tho gauntlet ot this fusillade uf dirty shot-guns,
it said sorrowfully, mill It must bo sold, that
there U no laud under the sun where the rising
generation as so generally double-shotted with
rcady-Uppcd Impertlutuw u lu this* “my own,
tny native land," and trhera n IPV ..
respect for the aged. cro "Wo lisolltn,
Now the Homo Donarttnnnt «r.,,
nal finds its way weekly Into n?n,f 1 "? real Juir.
clrclo., and I. ii.cro rSi? S™ »»' hoi!£
llevo, not only by the elder n!miVcl,l,lbe
family, but by the Itovs and t" b f ° ra of fts
would match a litl u time fmn.»... \ f,,r ff boni r
a helpful word. 1 0,11 bu »l«iCM to wmj
I have been scolding nhmi» «>,».
Now, inarlc voul Two bVl"c"k ,Im »-
the raco ol life, the one ihiit 2.''"'!, " p ck i n
manners, all other things being“S* u, ( ?,«ne«
out the winner. A wlnnli™ fafi’
tender the world over, i. .' 4
ing brotherhood of man domain 9 °' dcc * e *
veiy requisites to success in anv do.T,, n * th «
life the recognition mid cuitivatum l.r ? cnt
» oh *** JSSsJfU
The cnrclesa boy, the ImlllTcreni
who doc. not bold hlmtcll in SnVE, 1,0 b °r
tn bo re«pcelful, will bo rein' v ‘ f'Ptci
giro wn* to tbo earnest, muVtioul'fii*
presses nard behind him. Alone b f, wh »
At the fall of Sumter, when tim H«n. .
South lollcd-as many bcllcved—thedcath U th n
of Freedom, I was one—a hcardlM. h . n *fi
long lino of volunteers. |T £. b^ ,D »
passed in review, one at a time at wi.u 7 ho
Y.ls. before Caul, (now (Jen.) lWft! -
oulcl;, keen glance, detected tlie twii
physique tnal made It Impossible KJ,“_ U "
soldier in the grand army. ° become i
The standard of our civilization Is rsl«,l u..
er csch succeeding gcneratlnn, and So JoJ® -
hopes to win tba wreath of bar I n ,i,„ m,Q
which thrill bis heart with their prom If*™
lay broad and deco, hut aot omit to rffnfSl
polish down as well. ‘ LUDe anti
John may ho good in diurcs and slow .1 s..
'eg out wliat to do with Ids hands;hut i
make this discovery will ho linlnllelv wn,.”. 01 , 1 ”
John and all his playmates tHu?,"
proven In the hast. 11 h » «sr
The strength of fine manners lie* ,
tlie feet that they arc complimentary' ’ t,J *
When ray young friend of 12 rears enter.
place of business, lifts his hat, and rcS!!?'
covered while conversing trim nic hr l !
wins mygood opinion lilni.clf, b u J J ™ '
my manhuod to flic lest; he nuts me mil! 11 }
behavior, and withal hadollcSySuSM? l
that 1 am worthy of respect hJ con. H™
and It becomes Impossftlo to act the Sir it
ward oven a child who thus approaches end
I bayo good reason to remember I oi when .
prisoner at a Confederate Slate Cnpl(aid!,i,J
pur Civil War, my deliverance from JSS
boodago waa greatly promoted hya.tu'S
courteous demeanor toward the enemies ol»{
“mhiSci °" W “ l " y * ,llcd * IUI
To the young mother especially, lookhw r»«r.
at the whitening Holds of ll!r/«w, c ?S S 5
Iccls her soul stirred within her at tfi ! in*
of tlie harvests which her chlldren-paf 2f
ly her Buns-nro expected to reap whin the bar.
dooof manhood rests upon them,-to such «
one a brief word. The foundation for an tii
graceful maimer la laid In Infaucy. ijf
lugly fostered In early clilldhood, and never for
one moment forsaken by a mother’s S
solicitude as fat* cyen na tho sixteenth «?r
when tho character is usually of so slrone a
Übro that It will go forward from strength full
forward Into strength until tho perfect 3av
lam not the advocate of a heartless, atiia
clal etiquette. Lot mo Illustrate my creed hr
relating an Incident Involving nn need 8»Im
lady, who, on receiving a trivial courtesy it m\
hands, departed and hud turned tho next cor.
ner ou her way home, when it suddenly oc.
furred .to her that perhaps she hadforeoUea
herself and had not sufficiently crpresstd her
ackuowledguiouts, whereupon she returned
with tho slow, uncertain step of adraaclwr
years and, with sweet speech and a “lookofafi
sweet accord,” retold her gratitude. 000 of
the little things of lifo Is this, but I felt hon>
ored above Kings by the raro conduct of this
daughter of “tho oldestßeoubllc in the world,"
Lot me remind tho boy who never stoops to
conquer, that Henry Clay could not refuse to
recognize a colored man on the opposite side of
tim street who lifted his hat and bowed to him.
The great Beoatur, not to bo uutdono la polite*
ness by tho despised slave, uncovered and bowed
la return.
Our Southern friends are notably addicted lo
a faithful observance of tho conventionalities of
life. “ Clod's Imago carved In ebony,” bending
for two centuries the supple knee at the feet or
his master by the very signs of comouliorr
supplianco and polite acknowledgment of
superiority, made the oppressor ashamed to
omit to practice voluntarily whore Urn depend
ent bad no choice. Out of this condition of
things has arisen a people superior in the imtll
sweet courtesies of life.
Tho crowd dispersed from Babel ia a wild
chaos of languages is coming together min ia
these latter days by tbe congenial dialed no
less than by the universal pantomime of tho
gentleman.
0 youthful friends of Tho Home, by tbeis
signs 1 salute you I Mso.
PHTSIOAL CULTURE.
A 6T. LOUIS LADY’S IDEAS.
To (As Editor oJ The TrUiuns.
St. Louis, Feb. 18.—Among all the forces cl
life In shaping the development of the nee,
there is nano more prominent than that of ohj>
leal culture. While educators have left no
meons untried in opening now rystems of mind*
training, one of tho moat vital factors necessary
to its attainment has been comparatively Ig
nored*
Tho relations of mind and body have occa
sionally been touched upon, but barely at the
snrface, and only awakening a passing Interest.
That the Intellect is tho seat of tho intelligence,
which, properly developed, insures the progress
of tho race, Is self-evident; but it is patent that
a one-sided culture has hitherto obtained, re
sulting lu an abnormal growth in one direction
at tho expense of a corresponding repression m
another.
Ho long as tho body plays to the mind Ike part
of bouse to tenant, it deserves a proportionate
share of exercise and a recognition of Its legiti
mate needs. It Is a favorable Indication that an
interest in hygienic laws seems to ho gradually
awakening among tho ncoolc of this os well as
other countries, for It Is not as rare now os for
merly to bear Uio discussion of wholesome ana
unwholesome sanitary conditions.
Athletic sports and contests are growing la
favor, and while these are small signs, they still
Indicate tho results of the possible future. Tuo
only danger to bo apprehended. In these swim
ming, rowing, and walking matches and others
calculated to exhibit degrees of muscular
endurance is in tho unreasonable ckcis
which fosters a spirit of unhealthy
rivalry, producing Injury Instead of benefit, uiui
serving to discourage rather than to
the efforts of those unlikely to rUo »o tho k%“»
of championship. , tll
The value of the gymnasium as a mnscle-eiia
cator audjhealth-promotor can scarcely bo over
estimated, but Its power Is limited, rcactj oB
only the few Instead of the many. tlio , ‘t:
consumed In tho necessary regular altcnainw
is urged as its chief objection. What is new™
is a general knowledge of the entire muwuw
system, and tho adaptation of simple exeriue
in the upbuilding of each and every part of me
A J judlclous method of physical culture tbit
mar bo mode applicable lu the school-ror m.
at homo, In the olllco of the oVcn J?J
business-man, and In tho sick-room of me
valid, rises Into a necessity of the tlnnw. ,
The present age lu Its Increasing strife aw*
tlvlty wastes the frame and wears the energy*
A chock-rclu Is needed to restore tiro sjsum
natural digestion and respiration. ~
Many complaints are offered by those .
have attended the gymnasium mnl frau
diligently, that they nave boon absolutely » u
lured In tire trial. This objection Is ausjeiw
In the fact that moderation Is a jaw «j
mid all infringements are muilshcd, ..
bo to forcing tiro growth of a plant or*
A few plain exercises intelligently
adapted to tiro use of men, women, or <
ut homo or abroad, ore nli-powerful to J"' B uur
immunity from tiro hosts of evils I°**?" r £.j C j
American civilisation. The results crJ ,
vitality always evince themselves hj 7®°clcar
signs of personal charms, bright eye > . w
complexion, on elastic step, and no<-f
excite tho admiration of all beholders.
A UOMEITK’S TKAVULS.
ITIIB IKDUM-KIVBB COW'NTIIT.
•nihtUdltcroJ Th' TriUm*- .
JACKSOSVULB, Fla., Fob. r MaiM
wluo, which represented four
cbutells, Now York, UcomU, and iw*** u
Jacksonville ou board the steamer he
a. m. od Mooday, Jan. 13. The day w
that we spout all the lime ou deck, c t j, #
eating our meals, widen the brce«■ * ulj
water gayoj us oppolliea to »PP rcc • w|
desortwe bad ludlau-ltlfcr ora0R«» leD .
unanimously voted tbo finest we bad ffe
At 7:80 p.w. w« Hacked r f » «•
■pent Hjo nI«UU Wo walked
tbo eltv by moonlight, but found u * |atfrß .
ducoustu maliea longer Slav-
lug wo went aboard ibe steamer .. . w ,ji 0 i*l
sailed down south up tbo river. m,**
seem so much of a contradiction J
Cumbered that the gu Johns lilh

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