THE BLUE AND THE GRAY.
In silent, lone recesses
Of many a forest grand :
In the valleys, on the mountains,
Over all this pleasant land.
Beneath the umbrageous maple,
Secure from scorchinR ray,
Or on the mossy river bank,
By many a broken way,
Repose the warcarred heroes
Of many 8 gallant fray, ,
Fresh In their country's memory.
Enshrined are the blue and gray 1
Amid the roar of cannon
They kissed the blood stained sod
For their altars and their tt reside".
For their country and their God 1
The? bravely faced the tempest
Of hissing, bursting shell:
They scaled the very battlements
Right in the mouth of holl I
Let tears bedew the acre
Where slumber those mighty dead
Flow'rs spread a lasting fragrance
O'er the patriot's dreamless bed I
The golden age of peace has come on earth I
Lo, in the blood-stained fields the lilies
And softly on the alien soldier's tomb
Is laid the wreath that owns his manly worth
No more, thank God, the cannon thunders
Or saber flashes in the smoke and gloom.
Peace, peacjl For snowy mantled I'eace
And Love, that in the heart of God had birth.
Henceforth let children on the bastions play
And wild flowers blossom in the cannon'a
Let every banner over brothers float;
Let bitter memories be washed away.
Rise, Star of Love, on every land to-day I
Ami bugles blow the sweet evangel note I
Some Comments From Great Newspapers on
This National Holiday.
The observance of Decoration day
should not be left to the surviving vet
erans even now. To them the first place
rightfully belongs, but the whole com
munity should add its tribute to theirs.
The day is a general holiday and all
classes should unite in honoring it-
San Francisco Examiner.
Memorial day will not cease to be
commemorative of the nation's dead, but
year after year, as personal recollections
fade and the actors of the tragedy with
draw from the scene, it will become
more and more an occasion for reviving
flagging patriotism and re-enforcing the
loyalty, of the faithful. Chicago Post,
In 1SG2 four ladies decorated the graves
of the soldiers at Arlington Heights. In
18C4 Congress took notice of a ceremonial
bo significant and made this day a legal
holiday. Now the great national
cemeteries are decorated, and the lonely
grave of the unknown is sought out.
And tins ueautirui custom nas come
into such favor with all the people that
the graves of all our dead are covered
with flowers. How appropriately beauti
full For all the flowers spell the two
words, love and resurrection. Omaha
Memorial day engenders beautiful
thoughts in other ways than through
the remembrance of the unselfish
devotion to a great sentiment which led
the men of 1S01 to lay down their lives.
Flowers, the maximum of the year's
beauty in the sky and on the earth, the
honor accorded to the aged, the solemn
words of prayer and song, all teud to
the uplifting of hearts and the turning
of the minds of the young to high and
noble things, even irrespective of the
more direct memories evoked by the
day. Youth's Companion.
The lesson of Memorial day is to keep
fresh the memories of our illustrious
dead, to preserve intact what they fought
for and saved, to keep alive the patriotic
spirit and resolve in the immortal words
cf Abraham Lincoln, "that from these
honored dead we take increased devotion
to that cause for which they gave the
last full measure of devotion, that we
here highly resolve that these dead
shall not have died in vain, that this
nation under God shall have a new birth
of freedom, and that government of the
people, by the people, for the people
shall not perish from the earth."
Any celebration of this day which
should tend to revive and keep in memory
those buried causes of conflict, jealousy
and suspicion would be destructive of
its true significance and baleful only.
Let the people run up their flags to the
top of the mast. Let the bands play
joyful airs and not requiems. Let the
flowers with which the graves of the
dead are decorated be symbols of the
beauty and symmetry of a union
strengthened and a people harmonized
by their common devotion to it. On
which side did he fight? It matters not.
We are all together now. The same flag
waves over all, and woe to its enemies.
Neio York Sun.
As the veterans pass away the beauti
ful custom they have instituted and
maintained will not be neglected.
Nelson's flagship Victory is wreathed
with flowers every year on the anniver
sary of the battle of Trafalgar, although
the men that fought wih Nelson are
gone. And so, when the last soldier of
our civil war has joined his old com
manders, Grant and Sherman and
Sheridan, on the other side, Memorial
day will still be sacredly observed. As
the nation grows greater and stronger
and more united the services of the men
who saved it will become more conspicu
ous and better appreciated. Saw Fran
Thirty-one years have passed since the
last soldier fell in the war for the Union,
and to a very large part of our people
now the commemoration of the heroic
dead necessarily has not the personal
association that at first gave such
solemnity to the annual decoration of
their graves. But while the ceremony
has thus lost something of its spontaneity
it may really have gained more than it
has lost in value. This day of flowers,
which was at first devoted to the personal
commemoration of the dead, grows more
and more into a celebration of the im
personal virtue of patriotism which was
illustratedjin their devotion un to death.
Love of Country.
Love of country is as spontaneous and
God-given an affection and principle as
love of home, of father and of mother.
Vet much is due the young people of
our homesteads with respect to these
holidays. They should be made the most
of. Parents and employers should make
them holidays in very truth, relaxing
all possible claims on the time our rulers
have wisely decreed shall be devoted to
freedom of action, to mirth or the ob
servance of such exerciser as a holiday
may bring. The man who exacts un
necessary toll from a boy on Memorial
day or the Fourth of July represses his
patriotism, defrauds him of his legiti
mate right as a subject of legislative law
and takes from him a joy that after years
will fail to indemnify.
A holiday always points back to an
important history. It is not necessary
or judicious to prate too long even of
very important events of the past. But
Memorial day as long as it lasts must
always be an anniversary to bring many
a weary a gh and start many a bitter
memory. It was the youth, the beauti
ful, hopeful, courageons youth, that in
all the glory of their fresh young lives
went forth in large numbers in those
mournful days to do battle for their own
dear land. And it is to many of them
who yielded up their precious lives in
the causa of unity, freedom and justice
that the youth of to-day are already in
debted for the freedom, the peace and
the strong bands of union that char
acterize us as a people. Do not let the
young people overlook or forget it.
The Best Advice.
I am more and more convinced, the
longer I live, that the very best advice
that was ever given from friend to friend
is contained in these four words, "Mind
your own business." The following of it
would save many a heartache. Its ob
servance would insure against every sort
of wrangling. When we mind our own
business we are sure of success in what
we undertake, and may count upon a
glorious immunity of failure. When the
husbandman harvests a crop by hanging
over the feace and watching his neighbor
hoe weeds, it will be time for you and
me to achieve renown in any undertak
ing in which we do not exclusively need
to mind our own business. If I had a
family of young folks to give advice to,
my early, late and constant admonition
would be always and everywhere, to
"mind your own business." Thus should
they woo harmony and peace, and live
to enjoy something like completeness of
life. A Wise Man.
Teaching a Blind Child.
Think of a child at the age of 4 years
having been born blind, and having
lived up to that time in an ignorant, un
wholesome atmosphere. In such condi
tions are the majority of our blind
children found. To such a chid the
world is a blank. He has no imagination
in regard to shape, distance, size or
motion, and his sense of touch and hear
ing are, comparatively speaking, dormant.
Place this child in the kindergarten and
notice his rapid growth in a month's
time. He is given the first gift the six
worsted balls and for the first time his
attention is directed toward shape, and
his sense of touch begins to develop.
Then with the second gift the isphere,
cylinder and cube he learns to compare
and to distinguish differences in shape
and size, and his mind is beginning to
make pictures of how the materials given
him may look. The child born blind
can, of course, never have an accurate
conception of the appearance of things,
yet, by careful teaching, he has his own
idea of this and that, and who knows
just how correct that idea may be?
After the second gift, the four succeeding
gifts present to the child the whole, the
unit, and the fraction of the whole. The
kindergarten materials train the hand
of the blind child, as they train the eye
of the seeing child. Occasionally cases
will be found in which the hand will
discover differences that escape the eye.
Paper folding and cutting, weaving,
embroidery and knitting all teach care
and precision, and develop the sense of
touch to an abnormal degree. The
games and songs are particularly de
lightful to the blind child. Nature, ani
mala, birds are all reproduced in play,
and the child lives in an atmosphere of
wholesome imagination. Nature appeals
to the mind of the little blind child in a
wonderfully clear why. Boston Tran
script. Good Nursing: a Matter of Details.
Good nursing, says an exchange, is a
matter of details, each inconsiderable in
itself, but all bearing their quota of
importance when the sum total is taken
into account A few "don'ta" impressed
upon the nurse, who usually errs from
"want of thought," may make the burden
a little lighter for the invalid, who is
hardly in condition to "suffer and grow
Don't make any unnecessary noise.
Don't let doors squeak; oil them. Don't
whisper. Don't make exaggerated and
noticeable efforts at being quiet. Don't
speak of similar cases with fatal tar-
minatlons. Don't admit lachrymose
isitors of the Job's-comforter style.
Don't keep the room too hot. Don't
leave a table near the bed loaded with
scraps of food, soiled dishes, and bits of
paper. Don't rock. Don't jar the bed.
Don't sit and stare at the patient. Don't
leave bureau drawers open and window
shades askew. Don't forget frequent
ventilation. Don't raise adust; brush
with a damp cloth on broom. Don't
taste the patient's food with his spoon.
Don't masticate cheerfully and audibly
yourself while your patient is dieting.
Don't wake patient from a sound sleep
to administer medicine. Don't ask "how
he feels" every few moments; Don't
give stimulants unless ordered by the
physician. Don't forget to bathe the
patient's face and hands frequently, and
wash the teeth and mouth. In a word,
put yourself in the patient's place, and
do unto him as you would fain have
done unto you when, with nerves un
strung and perceptions painfully acute,
you lie dependent on another's care.
Gowns for Little Girls.
A pretty gown for everyday wear in
the country is made from red polka
dot print of a good quality. This is
cut with a short waist and full skirt.
The waist is tucked in front and a row
of feather stitching is made down each
tuck, with white Asiatic twisted em
broidery silk. The sleeves are cut
mutton leg and have a row of the
feather stitching around them; a wide
frill extends from the bottom of the
waist in front, over the shoulders and .
meets in the middle of the back of
waist. A ruffle hemmed on both edges
and gathered through the middle fin
ishes the neck of this neat little gown.
Another one is made of black sateen.
There happened to be a bit of old gold
colored silk which was used for a yoke,
and black ruffles were put over the
shoulders. These were feather stitched
with gold colored Victoria knitting
silk. The Mother Hubbard skirt is
gathered to the yoke with a ruffle and
this if) stitched twice and then has a
row of feather stitching with the same
gold colored silk. The little sleeves
are cut bishop fashion and gathered to
a cuff which has two rows of feather
stitching with the Victoria knitting
silk. This makes a good play gown
and certainly does not show the soil
as the lovely light ginghams and per
A beautiful little percale gown is of
a hair line stripe in buff and white.
This is cut with an embroidered yoke,
or part of yoke. The edge of the em
broidery is laid on the waist pattern
and this slants to the center of the
waist front feaving a sort of broad V
shaped opening. The skirt is gathered
to this and the seam covered with fin
ishing tape. A gulmpe of the buff is
made with full sleeves and shirred at
the neck. Rose Seelye Miller in Wis
Are you planning to goto the Ottawa
Chautauqua Assembly this year? They
have a splendid program prepared,
and you can't fail to enjoy your
stay in that delightful park by the river
side. If you don't get the Assembly
Herald apply to Sandford Topping,
Ottawa. The Herald contains full par
ticulars in regard to program and ex
penses. You can get the old reliable Kansas
Farmer and the Advocate, both one
year for $1.50. The Breeders' QazetU
and Advocate for $2.00,
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