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" THE MINOR CHORD.
f When year jrone by my li f wa s'i The littl aorrowi thut I hiul t I tang In Mil, aweet umik; But grlnf ban (trowu too real to dare ' To gire It breath lu aiiRlit aave prayer. 8. W. Khlreile l O wlaml Monthly. SUNSET ROCK. I hod rnndorwl out from Clint tanooga in the diwtina of tlio cloud Hhroudtxl xiuk 'Point Lookout;" I continued my nioumlor ing, following the Binuoiw poor) of thu Ttn nossi over rooky gull i tmd through dells, donso with the wild undergrowth, and utrewn with inns covered bowlders und divaying giant Uvea, 'ftt vine covered natural bowers, protected by an imj'iiitiullo lialimx of bliu kln rry vines, and dunk for want or nun light to absorb the moisture, until 1 had al most gotten the colossal cone MhnKd muss of earth and minerals letwoeu uio and the active, smoky little city. Wlmto sublime sight greeted my ! I was standing at the foot of the far famed BunsotKook, whose pericndirulnr sido faced westward more than a thousand feet in height. I looked up; I could only faintly descry the largo llat rock that jutted from tho natural wail at it top, for clouds weroslowly gathering around it. To my left the broad river wound in and out like a monster snake, aud past it rose the smoke from the hundreds of factories arid furnaces of tho city. I had only a limited tirno to kikjihI, for tho sinking sun caused deep shadows to spread over my resting plauo. Dirsotly the round shining ball sank from view, I tumeil nr.d looked oiico moro at the rocky phenomenon. The sunlight gleamed Still upon it, and wag gradually mounting higher, and higher. It was cheering to see the bright rays reflected there, when all else was Iwing robed in night's dismal mantle. I was just about to retrace my f ootsteps, when my nttention was arrested by the ap poarance c.f ui old man bent with the bur den of time. Ho was a typical Tennessee famor, o! that -cla. which has scarcely reached theaorcge. in inte.'Iix.tuil acquire ments, nor is even moderately successful financially. Hi wore a pair of Lrowu homi made j an ponta stroprod to him by wide, thick, Iwuhor trimmed tu.'(jN;ndf rs. A hat w'th an exten sive brim rortec'. on his head ami was slightly turned up in fro.it; hU cbockorcd cotton shirt wins opej, eapi'sing a ounburnod chest. Ho might havo bwii 0, judg'ng by upjioar ances. I was stru' k with tha exooodingly aproe ablo expression, strongly NUggcstlve of crude philanthropy, in his homely f, over which the gray luvim hur.g iu shaggy abundance. Hia beard v.-jia shaven; but t?ie iron gray whiskers protruded hu!lcie:itly to give the lower rt of bis fsto an a. by ap.ieftranco, and renfleroi! tho yellow rtairs of tobacco juice inn'e obsjrvablo. lie wim utxmt to pass with a simple 'Iluwdy," and an Lwkword, though aa'.ur ally polite motion of his disengaged hand toward his hut, when I KtpN)d him with a question. "Id) you 'ive near hero'" He tuniml, swung hisux over his shoulder, and riv-ti' l i! on the grass ah his feet, regard ing me 'jth a surprised look iutermingljd with cui iosily. "Ytw, sir, tii ir's my shanty beyant thr brnii'-Ji among the tiixs; yc'ro u stranger here, ai:l (' he uskml. I answe.-i'l I. In inquiry in tho nTlnim.tivo, following with my eyes hi:i linger, cs he pointed tn a four roomed I"g cottage, n nearly hidd-ni by the f vliago that it hail ewaHsl my tilmervntioh. "Vcs," ho continued, as if talking were a geii jiim pleasure to him, "in that thai- fch'S bani; I've fotch up tw as lik.:ly nm as ever drawod tho itreuth o' life; but they ain't hero now; they uir u livin' in To..'n." He sighed, nr.d for an insUnt a shadow seemed U eemo into the jovial visagr xs ho loftiiw! ngniiist the trunk of a walnut tree, and rubUi' his cblu rufloctively with bus rough batui. His fiu-o intorrstod ma in an IndoserilwMo manner, uii't his odd sounding accent a l.l'vl pw-.i.lirtr charm to his ipiaitit expressions. 'Can you tell mo," I asked, Htrongly dos'r ous of detainirg him for u few iucme:it, "how this cliff happened to lie culled Sun t Hock? 1 have quest ioir.l several living in tlio city, liut :io one to far bus Ix-on ablu to give hid the information." "Ith'nk I orter, fjrlain the pusson thet named it.,", be rvtHind'l, looking ut sno dowdy w if he thought I would cotr,Jict his t-tateu'rnt, and then went on: "Yes,., named it Kiriset Rook, an' I lied a reason fer doin' uv itr I pres?d hirj eagerly for his roAfion. "1 hen 3cancly tuink o' it uow wit'.iout cryin' like a baby. It hain't a long tale, str'Aijfv; net down tbar on the stump an' I'll tell J e about it." I was Jolif;hted with the proEpuc. of listen ing to a true stery eomierniug the attractive ejKit Trora tte '.i ai-ih old lips, told iu the pro vinciej phraatHiliny of thecorntry people of that w tior.; so I 'toured him of the exece.l ingly great plowure it would afford inn. I gave him a cigar like tho ono I was lighting, and could hardly refr jin from a smile or he crumbled It vp and filled a well worn old pipo with the fragment. 'Over that-. " ho begi'.n, fciiihing lienvllyps he pnll'od a cloud of tobacea smoke from his mouth, "on father tide of yender ri?o, iiot mor'n .'HVl j'Hvds f.'om my Iiui'jj, tTerty 1I year back, fiteod a houw whar a family uv three wus a livic'. 'The olo man cane fru.-n r.wny bu'ii ir. Virir.y scmp'n, en' f otch bis wife an' ('artier witn him. Thol Mo gal's nanw wtc Kte'la. Me an' Kaii Jy thet'3 my 'oman -v jvur .'lot', any gaii., an' ye liair't no ic'ee how v a tu"k on jver hr, fer s'le lguu ur tairxk a m.'gu'iy hbapo'ws an' i.U.yod alxiut vi mo'a in ur shanty wi sho did iu th i;r'n. 'Tw,y wur pjru folkr, tix, .:t I 'tt rv-;i they'd t'jort lettei- ayr; fer they tr.,J:,v li-' rich y.eopie ,ltl la-uin', .a' they rh;)':d ,A., every lrA cf'n. Te ole n; v wj cov tiB-.'l '-rBaJii' nn' .vwriwii'; ' rstei br .. irfgl-ty fo e cpl.-!i,a o' hltn, Ver. .1 tnC: ) tice V hen t'.iftr p.'sloy r t -a i.oi' cri.'.- r wus vci'j'r'ti' tin ii'fl c it'u a!" U tii v c' trter rxued !.r ';le -cnt o' i-uva 'eai out; Lvt vlicn I hiv". . ir "v'.Ju :Vsy In nrw u?e;i''-'.' J ne Vt.1 r'.-. "j js rr-J- noaa, ti cur U;f4 instil '.ovi, r.-.t. Ctan V1T 0Sl cn '-"itr t.1v!., n-' I':j .:r 3 him fc-pjoria.' oc.t r nirLij? o' '..v.?fc -.'. fan Uwr tr:ne, tr.ei, inat'e r ihlvt- u" i;'c.'t-OMioyU-ii'e Jwr. Mylxic'x. I't'-gct-j. s-r-tUag agia 'vlri, ra' oi Id a ke riy hoi r v.' ?rnp ia !Y nrto;.l li., r' ia t Vine -hoin' witboct'o t xiV f :er.t f tr l "Tby l-c'J :I reney j-i-.d '.r - -'hi' trim votoe'iTi, f it iy -as -jpt v't'-hcaV ; mi'-ataach4lvxt:.U-y)iie r.c4 C'Ji M. 'wrltin'fotch !t ta, ! ' Vlrglny. 7T.7 t v- at V. wt i.':e d r ' long; ra Jk.1 .'f 'r ..v a Iosa o' a 'joc'.-jA o jjaJ, ur a c? o' glch Lxe, i'ry'd -iuA ft .v.Ji.?' -ruujiii' ovr. 4'i:t jv jry jl- StelLVd j v. .? ; ucii tee t. h"or k o . "nt .Mii thin; sr.' vr.mU.-x ta r ut--. v. a v ?ty . it&uT, an' iar-x,a t rkit itemolly a-spiL'a' fer romp o' somi sort; I jynr uxA her down ia Ut tuoutb; shj was VTerUstln'ly a-mJlin a laughln', an' a-aiinln. 'She wus then jes' -reiachin' 'omanhood; I uster feid jwwcrful sad when I'd think thet she wus ho likely, sprightly an puity, an' hod sich pore chnuce to eu joy herself like most r young guls, an' wus ohleeged to stay with two ol' folks thet wus mighty js'i ticu lar an alwuyi a-wutchin' uv her. "She'J reud out'n Issiks ter uie an' Mandy, au it wus more like heurin' o' ther voice o' augel than a unman Ix-in s. "tilie was a-gwiue on ter 17, en' I never teed a smarter cbuneo for the makin' o' n fine umau than her' wus. Iery cviuntry chap in the whole settlement wus alyiu' ter set up tor her, but she didn't keer a snap fer eny uf 'em. Bh kuowed a thoussn' timisnmre'n tln-y did. it Jest looked ter my like she wus tio wm1 fer eny uv them. "When she weut ter meetin' with her pap an' mum, au' tbiy t so gentle ltke, always on tlu r haute 1-cucn in the amen mrner, we all fi.lt kinder pruuJ uv 'em. Hhi Is'guua-cttUin'nie 1,'ni le Jihj at ther fast. A'uiost every day she went to Chatta noogy -foot te fi'teh tlier imjici-s an' letters fer her pup. It wus a riht peart trip fer her, but she made it ifg'lar, and ws ined to get fat at it, for she got purttier mi' purttier. "So I've aln udy I'd' ye, sho couldn't tun' the sight uv eny o' ther neighUir young fi 1 lers; but it wus with her finally like it is with most all desarvin' wimen; t bur's gen- er'lly some felli.-r that takes tbeir eye, an whuther he's us rieli as u uuiiKcr, us imi o bug Juice as a bileii owl, or ns j"ro an a . . . .i ii . : l. i.. I..... i sturviu razor-lack snoio; iney u suck to em like a sick cat to n hot rock. "One evenin'. when I wus a-sproutin over tharln thet ol' wheat field, what it looks like ther sa.ssyfnck'1 Uiko the lan' bodaciously, I seed some ono thet surprised mo niore'n I I know how to toll ye. "I hod jest gouged out'n the ground a root purty nigh as big as my thigh, an' was a-puflln' like smoke, a-rostin' fer a breathin' spell on my grubbin' hoe handle, when I hoerd somelsjdy a-talkin'; an' iwpin' ' tbrouirh tho beach tree limbs, which wus , a-hangiu' betwixt mo an' tho trail a-goin' to town, I cotch sight o' Btellu, as rod in ther face as a rose, a-talkin' to a town chap dressed as flno m a fiddle. Kruin whar I was ho looked like a poworful gocnl lookin' feller. "He was a loauin' ag'in a ouk snplin' a-gozin' at her, as I 'lowed, with genuine Iovo Btroamin' out o' hi eyes, an' actin' fer tho world, like In cculd eat her alive. I'd seed L!m before, an' knowod him; he wus a rich, prom'sin' young lawyer in Chattanoogy. Ho wusu't inore'n t'jirty or so, but all ther people in the country thought a jower ov him, an' wus a-talkin' mightily about puttin' him up ter inn fer congrjes, so I heerd at ther court houso, oris day, whar ho mat'o as flno a speech on the sli.very question as hod ever been heerd thar. "He bed black linir an' eyes, wrw a-woarin' gol' r'ngs an' a chain, an' diniunts wus a siarklin'bl JOttn'yaUerin tho sun, on his white shirt. "When I seed era out thar. kinder dove like aparkir.', it made mo think powerful strong o' my young day?, when moan' Mandy fust begun to tuPe on. Mandy was good 'nough lookin' fer me in them times, but then she wusn't nigh us purity as Stella. '"Alien 1 fust cotch ther two tegethei thare, 1 felt mighty curi's ubout'n ther heart ter Hud her h likiii' o him; but I tried to rec oncile myself, r. rclloctut' that he's jest tho f oiler ter match I or, an' so, Verdin'ly, I 8is'k.;d away without a bit o' disturbanco V'j.tin a few sticks n-crackin' und'T my Ut't thet they never heerd, so busy was they a Ulkiu', an' then went on homo through tho pabtur', across tln:r p -ing braui.'h by ther ol' oak foot l g so as not ter piu-:s 'em. "I kuow'd thet uhAi be on directly, so I couldn't hardly watt for her, fer 1 never mvamml but thot she'd tell mo the fust thing, for sliu'd al'u)-a t-jl' mo ever'thing about herself. "l'urtty soon I li3i-rd her ningin1 an' a skippin' along the r.ivel trail. It was a gnnvin' dark, but she o!;arvod me aa I was a-piluV a pasa'o' o' grrtin corn stulki? over ther lot fence to ther cows. I made out I was ml 'hty intent uc' t-onsurned tvbout ther cows 'H'tin' ph' Kivur so much s 1 xikod up M sho come :iigh nm; I wat.tei.1 hi-r to tell it nil herself. ".She comntrncc 1 A-inquirin' about Mandy, an' how I wus a-n.akiu' uv it, but narry a whikjxjr rig'iruin' uv thor str&ngo feller; an' ther fusf thing I knowed the n ils o.'f, a-put tin' out for homo ff.nt as her feet woidd ttiko her, r n' I ms left t-staudin' a-Iookin' at my si' br in J ley u-chnwin' the f elder olTn ther litc.lks. ' J-.' a-feelin' for tho world -u ef I'd swall.nr'd r. pc-ket o' ohot. Then wus about t'i3 t:' tavo Vnut I begun ter think wiiuii'.in was crri'scr than :mn. "Idiunet. nth-Jig ter AInndy uv what I'd uixsJ, but I rc41od an' tunij!! thot blessed nlgL'C long whlout a viuk o' rlecp. I have al'ajs belio'sd a :nce thot It wus n good se :vit a-frgin' ?"o tbe t loo.'iin' rter thot pore g'l. "It vci:; c.i artrT'ards, an' I wed 'am a- waJkm' rJi' t tilkin' with one another m'glity nigh ecry evenin' as she'd bo a-com-in' back fix-n uwn. "Cuodoy I made a plrt ter posa 'em kinder nvHrMuMtel lite, while they's n-Inanjt' agin ther fe!C-j, w'.-a." ha g'ner'ly left h-r, an' turii'xl biitt. She loaded up kinder surpi ised likoar.d a littlu flurried, but smileil as usual en' juid : " '1 lowly, Unc'o Joer "Ter tell ys tlw ti uth, I's kinder lookin' for ':d t'V. nieetiu' uv "ja, for l's sartin thet Vu' ir Ste'U' thoi.glit sich a power o' mo yn', ':j'u. bj p.easeil ter see mo; but thar's w'tar I drapjsvl my cendy, as ther Niyln is; WMtead j' '.hot, Iw tu.-nod his foi-o away an' Ur.ikod do-ri i)k-r "ivsr without no much ns a iuk; o' .'ja' .ead. Tluir's vhar I larned what hi.i,! wvf.' te ius mode out'n, fer I coteli a Ic .i; o '.'ij .'kxi, aV of it hod o' been ol' F.lcV h'."f, 'i ccul'lnl n-beon tnore like a i Jr'yin' ho ill's 'i.n ais wus, 1 1 r "ins ovr tr.e iu a ruinpit; I seed it til v viiy Ux l.'.3 fn. Ici then, like a 1,'s.i, -A,:y hiV '. eeu b alltinvl trech'rous t - bct i zvK gw'u oi U Ji3r way tr ther I V 'lie vith 1 or. : "' ' V'.ii.'g, :nar lor'n a drove of hornets 'H'-. cM-'-y! rst, m I wont on down the x-TuVt:itt 'uy x hau 1, a-tremblinir j t .''a lw it) ' ot n j oold rs ice around ilahsi" .. rt-futt Idia no t;u!ck ic would ' i-vtjpj's ycr 'ukii i .ud coald n-stmiiil I e9 ,j-- c' sit ukii'g .1a race as frwly j . ! t'ce4i'. v.i. to; bvt 1 v-air i's-.-ei a spell, ! r r d a -Vr ';' 'ict ihe 'o.v-l l-tri, I kaowed l.'.l : 'j h v i.o:e .'.:br .ry; 0 1 cor.clc.ded ' UA vj.'t n j3 tilk vj 'it T.it'i tlw bark o:iC 'rot. iMi-,-lt cvsf.t-n tf - a :o;r ra tfcm arter i f t, ru '. xj .''." duc'ccl hw purty ytl'.er t.e.vj, oil.-. si Ji 3, ad j.'jwmI ne Uio ( 1 'i t r.-fitLTfl 'ico' cc'j .'rora that time on. "a 'av a ca. .'.&' CiJtl-auo w'.th Ue-iUl tX rv a- he- vx.-? .i cL.xj insaa p'ashin' crt?: .J -ra.c r r .1 ra nuaiy fc.".1 L v.w MwA uv ci i;:g!cg cad tjATia;-:, nr. "i.s v ' z.j '.ht iaSu that Wi'. ,fcf.ve ; fcC3 o -vrjel-iiLe i oerer I t'j,-.J hr w.t--na!iRftt thebr.rs; I : ppr vi' cf wj;:p of Uc.-:.rouU lint tl-xv ii ij ct.-; i0 a-cxyia' ja ir bur. hjx -roal'. '. :cL .t '--o wl i ic jvC 1' I tu i'i. rfle 'jded at fust vo tiau 'i. o, iho oo--ia't smile, though she tried U( w the cuu tquar up aa' laid her head on my Limit, and the tears ran like a shower of rain, while she was aoobing like a cuua tliat had hurt himself. 'I knowod without askin' that it was the feller at tho bottom of it; so I jest smoothed her bldiung 'aller Imir and tried to pacify her, a-telliug her be wasat worth it, and the like, "'Dou't say n word agin him, Undo Joe,' she said, loav in' off cryin' fer a miuute; 'I love him yet, and can stand anything except that,' "Then hho Ix-gnn telling mo about it as well ns she could for cryin'. He'd liegim ter line her when she was a-coming back of evenings, and nhvuys had something to tell her ubout books and well like, lie was me iir.t uiun thut sho ever see t hat she li;ed, and ho iHikel to her so kind ami so smart. Then he lioguri making lots over her good looks an' her oddieation, un' so forth, an' snore that be loved her niore'n he did his life. So bhe thought of him ns if there wusu't another man on top of the green earth, and loveil linn more'ii she did her own folks. Dut imino diately after IM seen him that day he quit coining; may be Ih-cuuso ho was nt'eared of me, ni ter catching my eyes, or something or not lu r, uu' she'd heerd iu town, from some nieddliii woman, thut ho was going to marry a rich young lady, the daughter of a rich storekii'iier in l.'huttaiioogy. " 'Uncle Joe,' she said, a looking at mo out of a pair of eyes as tender like und innocent us a new liorn babe's, 'I don't want ter live in this troublesome world u nuther minute arter ho marries; they wiy it's next Thursday evening lit 0 o'chxk; C o'clock is jest the tirno that the sun goes down Udiind the bill yunder behind the hill; if ho marries I won't I n living arter it; mark my words.' "I trembled all over from head to foot as she said it, fur in all my born days I never wed before nor sense sich a onhappy, miser able hxik on a human face; sho looked liko her last hoK was gono. "I loved her liko she was my own flesh and blood; an' when I seed what tho black hearted scoundrel hail dono to muko her life a hell to her, I was as mad as blazes, and my heart felt liko it was being dragged through a brjcr patch, a bleedin' fur her in her trouble. "I hod no idea, howover, of how desperate sho was, really, and how far things had gono, until afterward, an' so I kept a hoping that when the first pain o' the disappointment was ever she'd be all right agin ; but there is where I was fooled in her. "I tr ied mighty hard to git bor to stop cryin' when we was walking back home, but she kept on and said it wasn't no use, she didn't want ter live nrter he'd deceived her. "'Undo Joe,' she said, a shaking from head to foot and a weepin', 'yer don't know it all; 1 can't tell you the worst' "I left her nigh her pap's house, a bogging of her not to take on so, and to drive it from ter mind. Sho never made no promiso; sho went on up the little gravel track betwixt the two rows of grapevines, a staggering like a drucken pusson, or soma ono a losiu' of their mind. Her pretty figure in ber gray dress looked kinder tent and droopin', nothin' on earth like what she hud been. "I never seed her to talk to her again; I thought she's a stayin' in ter drivo itofffrom br mind. I never once thought of Thurs day Iming tho day sot for his woddin, not withstanding fehe'd said it wus; but lhurs- day, uUiut this time of day, I was a-passing this identical spot, for the sun had j?st gono out of sight over there where it's so blood red in tho sky. Now observe drat, before I go any further, tho shinooutho side of tho rock." Ho i mused and pointed to the monstrous cliff. Diructly across its rugged surface, high above our heads near the summit, was istinctly delineated tho shadow of tho earth's surface; us tho sun, already below tho horizon, sank lower tbo shadow lino mounted higher, und tho sad song of the whippoorwill mid tho doep melodious croak of tho frog in tho river marshes indicated that tho queen of night would soon wrap tho groat mountain, tho lowly vulloy and tho silently rolling rivor in her dusky rol. On post tho river, whose surface mirrowed tho red sky, shone the bright rod glare of a great Hist furnace. perhaps two miles away in tho suburbs or tbo city. . On iho river a littlo steamboat, with its single light in tho engine room, spoil on ward, end tho deep, long whistle from tho factories in the city noted tbo cloatn or any. Had I foreseen the end of the old country man's narrativo the very ir.oisturo in vapor waves tliat hung among tho trees, nlong tho shadow covered part of tho clLland down to the water's edge would have suggested na ture's humid winding sheet; tho water worn nooks and tlssuros in tho smooth green rock at it base would have seemed drear, vine draixKl sepulchers, and the weeping willows tho berenvod friends of a departed ono, stuniling in clusters with drooping branches, as if unity wore consolation. "Yon can poo tdie p'int or tho rocfc now," Undo Joe continued, plainer than yo could beforo it begun to git dusky down hero, 'cause the shine's all np there in one spot. It's a-dimbing higher every second, and it won't bo thro minutes before it's gone clear off the fiuxi of tho earth. "As I said before, I was coming along hero, and n-happening to cast my eyes up ward, I seed a woman a-standing on tuo uat rock that sticks out over the edge. It was Ktella; 1 knowed her by her white frock aud tho big black straw hat. I would not have recognized auy other pusson 'cept her. Sho was as still as a ist, and the wind was a-flapping her frock powerful, with tho suu a-gleauiiu' tlirough tho soft yallor hair. "Merciful Maker! It all camo into my mind as quick as a flash of lightning. I ra momliored what she'd said about Thursday evening aud his getting nuirriod. I knowed, somehow, that she wasat there fer r.othin'; something told me that she was intending to take her own life. "I seed her a-gazing at Chattanoogy, that yo kin seo from there like a pictur. Sho was a-wipiu' of her eyes liko she was cryin'. "It liKks liko it might le a milo from here up there, but the littlo sun spot, like a stream of light a-bustin' through a crack in the floor of heaven, was around her, and I could see the sad, purty face, sometimes mighty nigh kiverod with tho yallor hair Hie wind was a-phiyin' with, almit as dutinct as if I was within ten foot of lur. "The devil's abadder was e.-crawlin' np entirely faster than I wanted it to, fer I fir tidy Ixlieved that It was in her mind ter wail till tlio sun was aot, an' as long as she could see it it was up. "1 yelled and hollered as Food aa I could, but it didnt sceni to go half of the way, uid it looked I ke the -wind blow it oT to one tide; she didn't turn her bo&il, so Z knowed it wasnt no use 'jyin' for she couldn't hoar mo nor see mo way down here fu the dark. "Tho jpot was getting smaller fast. I lropiwul on ut my knees, a keopiu' my eyes or her, aud k inter prayin' to the good LfirJ to save ber. "I've got. a prayer I pray regular on Btndays when I'm axed to, including mighty nigh everything in gineral; but it waant ihini worts tliat cure from my oold, tractr bUng br Ump. ! sen' bsr hiw a b;'iiLkig over the digs of Uro-'h,fv(ilft-hoJdii'terhaiiil.iflrir agicha i-wi, li'ta -hawta draadi-vj; of uockiag bhe hail to do. 'The words of my prayer wasn't a-comin outef my mouth like a parson would have aid them, but my heart was a bnstln' with fear and misery, uid what was said went a-shootin' up that rioae side right to the great high throne. 'I begun to bopo, and' sot in ter prayin' harder and harder, fer sho'd give up lookin over the odgo, and w as a-dragiu' of her feet onsnrtin like awny as if she'd changod her mind. I never felt sich a feeling of confi dence in prayer in my life, and begun thaukin' of the Lord. "All ut once she stepped still cgin, and begun n-gazing pint blank nt Chattanoogy she was a--tening ut something with her hand held close to her ear, I beerod it, too; sound comes mighty easy a long way on tho rivor when it's still; I knowed what it was no stKiner'n I'd heard it. "It was tho ding-dong ding-dong, of a bell in tho biggest church in town, a-ringin' fust nnd glad liko tbey do arter a body's married. "My heart stopped its beatin'; every lick scorned ter nie was a pushiu' her Higher and Higher thu edge. The bell told her tbut he was married. 'She turned around a faein' this way; she was a holdin' of her hands to her ears as if to sliut out tho sound of the bell, und coiuo on back slow to tho edge. "My eyes felt like they wus a bustin' out of my head with fenr of what I knowed I couldn't stop. I tried to holler, but I might as well have tried to reach tho moon. Tho shine had left tho rock with a jump, and wus a paiutin' n white cloud in the blue sky red and gold awny up higher on its way to the promised land, where God aud the angels have light day an' night. "I tried ter close my eyes sho was a-get-tin' reaily fer tor jump. Directly I seed ther pore littlo frail thiug hop ofTn tho rock like a bird. "I fell on my all fours, my faco agin ther coolgroun'; I tried ter stan', but I couldn't. I heerd her full with a dull thud on tho groun' in ther bushes nigh mo. I crawled, foelin' like I was dead, through ther briers an' undergrowth ter her side. Sho was dead. I sot thar a-holdin' up her pore yallor head in my hands, not a-knowin' what I was about. "Soon thor folks up thar on ther hillside thet bed heard me a-shoutin', came an' tuck us both homa "Thet rp'ght I wus a-ravin' clean 'stractcd out'n my senses. .AH thor tirno I was in a trance like ; it scemod thet I's a-floatin aroun', fust up ther sido of ther cliff iu a deep fog a-tryin' my best ter reach a bright spot above me. Thon I floated over ther moun tain, across the river, above Chattanoogy, an' thon went down right through ther top ov ther big stone church. Directly I heerd the big organ n-playin' like a lively war chuno, an' I seed thor houso packed an' jammed with tho flno dressed folks up town. Then I seed a man an' a 'omau a-standin' 'fore ther parson n-bein' married; all's as still as a grave. Then ther chune struck up louder an' gladder 'n ever, and they walked out ov ther church. I cotch a-sight o' his face; it wus ther young feller with ther ol' Nick's face I'd seed afore with poro littlo Stella. Then ther big painted winders with ther Saviour a-walkin' bore foot on 'em went out of my dream, an' the people, tho benches uu' all. "I ain't got much more ter tell ye;-two days nrter her death, sho was buriisi. It wasn't a gran' funeral, but it wus tho sad dest one I ever teed. "A ol' man an' 'oman sot beside one auuthcron ther fust row; ther man's head was whiter 'n snow, an' his face was wrinkled with sorrnr; ther 'oman was bont over nu' kiverod from head ter foot with a black veil. She wus a-sobbin' like her heart would break, lietwirt them an' ther parson's stan' wus a coflin n resliii' on two chairs, au' ther people wus u-singin' 'Ersleop iu Jesus' as soft an' low as ther wind a-moanin' in ther trees on ther mountain." I left tho good old countryman wiping his eyes, and turmxl to wend my way back to the city, passing tho spot, now overgrown with wild shrubbery und luxuriant mountain weeds and flowers, where poor Stella fell. Tho trees and huge bowlders seemed to shudder in tho deepening shadows, and tho grass Ixmeath my foot shed tears of newly born dew, as if weeping for tho tragedy of nearly twenty years before. W. N. Harbeu in Waverley Magazine. Diamonds from Pawnbrokers. Many diamonds ore purchased from pawn brokers by parties who find a certain fascin ation in buying things that may have been acquired iu a questionable manner. They feel that they aro surely getting a bargain. It is needless to say that most pawnbrokers aro very well Informed as to the value of articles in their possession, especially dia monds, and profiting by the purchaser's air of wisdom they rarely hesitate to ask an ex orbitant price. Tho same quality of stone might in almost every case havo been pur chased for l-s money and with much more satisfaction to the purchaser. The popular belief that one can buy cheaper from pawn brokers and at auctions is so well understood in Mexico, where the pawnbrokers ore under government patronngo, dealors frequently place diamonds and other ger.is with them, to tie sold at auction on commission, and get lietter prices than they could in their own ehops. Not all dealers that pretend to bo pawnbrokers are roally such. Many of them sell what they have purchased from other brokers at annual sales, and only do a little Iawnbrokiug for show to assist them in dis posing of their stock. Beforo a diamond is offered for sale by a pawnbroker it has generally been shewn to from one to a don dealers and brokers, who have all had an opportunity to purchase it if they choose, or certainly to assure the owner of its true value. If it is anything exceptional it will surely find a purchaser. If it is im perfect, off-colored, very much spread and will make it a big show for littlo money, it will in due time find a place in the pawn broker's window. Uoorge F. Kuna ia New York Mail and Express, EsplMlvs Towers of Naphtha. The explosive power of naphtha and simi lar illuminations is being examined into by Coroner Ashbridge, of Philadelphia, with re sults which he considers remarkable. Hey? as in New York the other day, and told a re porter something about the exjierimenia. "ITiere was an explusion of naphtha," he said, "by which a number of workmen were killed and barn;d. V'ith a view to collect ing Information for the coroner, we have been snaking a series of tests. These show that aapatlia is a mcst higldy dangerous thing to handle. I have been astonished by ite explosive power, and so have the scientific men who have assisted me in the tests. We found thut four drops was as much as we could explode with safety iu my of'.lce in riiiladolphia. If we hnd used moro at a time the windows and walls would havo raftered. I shall novor use naphtha in my bouse again, and I Mieve a gid many other people wonld give up its use if they knew wbat a danger ous azpkaiv it is "Now York Press. "Oive n aunve particulars about the fauna uid Jort of your region," said a lnston lady y?:(rWa hotel keeper. And the poor man hi'n ami hi.wed, and finally said: "We get all our meats direct from New York, and set the best table ever aeon In the place." Hotel Oazvtt. A MEDAL FOR PITMAN. New York I'honographera Honoriag tha Ioventor of (ihorthaad. Tho shorthand writers of the city of New York have recently had a fine gold medal made to bo presented to Mr. Isaac Fltmun, tho inventor of phonography. This ia commemoration of the publication of his flivt liook on that subject in lS!i7. Tho father of shorthand is of Bath, Eng land. Ho is about 75 years ola lie re ceived a common school education, and was, when a youngster, a clerk in his father's cloth mill. When 17 years old ho mastered one of tho old systems of stenography (Tay lor's), with w hich he reported slow seakors. Subsequently ho prepared a manual of short hand founded on this system, ami later is sued a book, called "Stenographic Sound Hand; or, Sign Writing by Sound." It is the anniversary of the publication of this book, w hich is to bo soon commemorated. Since that time Mr. Pitman has issued numerous books on phonography, which havo hud a largo tale, ono of them "Tho Toucher" having been sold to thu numlier of moro than a million copies. A recent discovery htui shown, however, thet Mr. Pitman wus preceded in tho application of tho phonetic principlo by tho llev. Pbineos Bailey. A Inxik on shorthand bus been found in Vermont, written by Mr. Bailey, in which cer tain rules for writing by sound nro dearly laid down. Ho published a book on the sub- TIIE PITMAN MEDAL. ject in 1S19. This book passed through many editions. It is not claimed that Pitman took tho idea from Bailey. Both men seem to have worked on tho snmo linos, and, though Bailey's system is ingenious, Pitman's is bet ter adapted to practical uso. Professional shorthand work is very fairly paid, both iu England and American, though owing to tho crowding of tho profession of late, this is true only of the very best writ ers. The salaries of official court stenog raphers in New York run from $3,000 to $3,000. In other states they will earn about $1,500. Tho reporters of tho congressional committees roceivo $4,200 apiece yearly. Twenty years ago newspapers were in the habit of reporting speeches and lectures in full, nnd there was a groat demand for stenog raphers for this work. But tho groat vol ume of news now crowds out these detailed reports. It is rare now that a long speech is reported. When one is to bo taken down a person especially devoted to this work is given tho job, receiving therefor from $6 to $10 a column. ROGER Q. MILLS. Democrat Congressman and Chairman of the AVays and Means Committee. Roger Q. Mills, of Texas, is chairman of tho committee ci ways and means. This chairmanship is regarded the most important position in tho gift of the speaker, and is especially so just now, when tho tariff ques tion is attracting so much utteution, for this committee will have charge of whatever tariff legislation is accomplished. Mr. Mills was born in Todd county, Ky., and is 45 years of age. At 17 ho went to Palestine, Tex., where he studied law, finish ing his studies three years later; but being only 'JO, and tho laws of tho state of Texas requiring a practi tioner to lie at least SI, Mr. Mills would have been obliged to wait one year, but a special law was passed by tho legislature, and he was admitted to practice without tho additional year being added to his age. He settled at Corsicana and jifkii"1 opened a law oince. Roger q. mills. His practice soon became lucrative, bot when tho war came on ho left it for the Confederate service, which ho entered with the rank of lieutenant colonel, retiring at the finish a full colonel, with honorable soars, having boon thrice wounded. Going back te Corsirana, ho resumed the practice of his profession and was regarded as an able counsellor. In 1872 he was elected inomber of congress at large, and in tB74 was chosen to represent the Fourth district of his state, and again represented tho Niath dis trict. Be wasane of Mr. Carlisle's most active supporters when be (Carlisle) was first a candidate for speaker of the hoase. This naturally resulted in a warm personal friend ship between the two mea Mr. Mills is also a warm friend of the president. Mr. Mills has already assumed the loadei-ship left va cant by Mr. William R. Morrison. In jersonal appearance Mr. Mills is tall, muscular and commanding. He stands nearly six foot high and is broad sho-iVlered. He is open, frank and aggressive. Ho wears his hair, which is gray, closo cut, and his face is adorned with a frosted mustache and goatee. He is said to bo truthful, and can say "yes" r "no" without keeping one who wishes to engage his interest in any mat ter dancing attendance w hen ho has no in tention or ability to serve the person seeking his influence. All this has rendered him popular in his state. How Actresses Lafear. Pcoplo say some, men and women aro "born actors;" but thoso who imagine that they have not cultivated with on indefatigable assiduity tho talents he or she possesses from nature have a very Imperfect knowledge of the source of that merit which so astonishes them. Who that knows or reads of Rachel raoliaus how sho workod and struggled to gain tho goal hour after hour, day after day, intonation, pauses, declamation all sho studied step by step with her master and her friond Sanson. All cried, "She is a genius," yet of how many hours of deep reflection and earnest study were her rare exhibitions of skill the fruit "I have studiel my sobs," she wrote, "and shall watch to soo if you aro satisfied, for I am now sure it will come." This she said of perhaps her greatest piece of acting, the scene in "Pheilre" where she utters "Miser able ot jo vis." Not one effect that delighted and electrified her audience during two years of this gmit rolo but was rtudied and tried aud etudird again. HiM'hel was never lost in a character; it was lost in her. In referring to my humble ffforrs in the pwit, I can only say tliat my best result have boon through my greatest stuify and work. Many a night have 1 cried myself to sleep unablo to reach an ffect or niake a ce-ta'n point. There have oetn lures when oartain roles Wave been as a closed book to is, and even after repeated rehearsals remained a blank and I became wholly despondent, when all at once the veil fell from before my eyea and I seemed to realize the character aad ita possibilities. Fanny Davenport (Itf ISAAC "PITWN h Sffl o Absolutely Pure. Till! powder never riuii. A marvel of psrtlr, NtrMiiftli hii4 wlmtinomi'iifrt. More rt'tmomlcai iaa tlie unliimrv kimM, unit rummt he tolil lu roniptaiUoa wild Hit innlttiiulu uf In li st, rlmrt weight ttlom ur ploiriihale ..iwliT8. Sold only in can. ltuYAL Uai imi 1'MWbtut'u. HKiWullbb N.Y. SB. J. J3. WALKER, Oculist and Aurist, Who ha practiced In thin city a ' te li(, way be commlted AT THE CLIFTON HOTEL, OTTAwA, On the nrat Buturdty of each month, aa foikiwi: Saturday December 3 Saturday January V Saturday February 4 Saturday Maroh S Suturday ....April T Saturday May ft At all other tunna (aa Una ta the only plare he vUM profuaalonully) be may be found la Chicago. OKFICK AND DISFKN8AKY: 88 Waahln tea Street. H. W. Comer of PearWa. Farm Lanls for Sale. I have for aiile some nf the brat ImproTt4 Kuril n iu La Salle couuty: Land" Id Dnytnn, Luuils In Allen. Landu la Hronkfleld, Land lu Grand itanlda. Lamia lu Farm Kltlice, Land In Deer 1'ark, Lftudi iu South Ottawa, Lttudd In Wallace, Luuila In Fall Kim Laiiila in Mcwlota, Lanila la Adaau, Lundi la M. I can and will give bargalna to purcbaaera li. F. LINCOLN. Junis-tf Ottaws M. BHD m ym All PruiKiin, li'., inc., and (l uu. frrpared oalf bf r. Seta ArnolrV. Med. Curp.. 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