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*" _?IN RICHMOND. tho Capltal clty
/J..I or the Commonwonlth. claiming
i> | the (listini'ii ,1- of i Mother of
Presldents, the blrthdny nnnl
versary of George Wn.hlngton
w..* flrst celehratrd on Ftbruary llih (0.
B...'V7S_. Elcvsn years Inter. according lo
New Style. Iho date adopted wns Feb- j
mary the 22nd. i
Pt, murh has been written of Wn'shlns-1
ton tlmt nn.hlr.g now ron-.ilns to he told. ,
The tru*. Genrge Waahlngton. "flrpt In i
??Rr. first ln peace and flisl In Ihe hcarts
of hls countryrnen," Is nn Arperlcan
cube., rooted in the affectlons of every
msn, woman and chlld throughout the
l'nlon?so that Lhe ways nnd whims of
Wslshlngton can never bo told too often.
Hls mother, .whose lnfluence mouldcd
to a great degree his character, was
Mary Rall. the daughter of Colonel Jo
B?pli Ball. of Lancaster county. Va. She
w&s a Just woman. not only to licr own i
ofispr.lng. but to her husband's children
by hls flrst marrlage to Jane b_._ier, to
wards whose memory the second wife
felt no Jealously. for havlng married a
wldower, Mary Ball senslbly accepted
her pnslllon. Thls was shown by a cir
eumstnnce happp-nlng- when the. brlde
flrst came to the home of her. husband.
On one of the tables lay.a book. evident
ly the properly of the deceased spousc,
os her name, Jane Washlngton, was ln
serlbed on the -fly-leaf." The new wlfe
dcllberately wroto by It "and Mary
Washlngton." it was Slr Matiuew
Bfile's "Contemplatlons. Moral and Dl
vme," and was used by tho stcp-mother
inTearlng the chlldren of the famlly.
Whlch of these women Augustlne Wash?
lngton really loved best. It would be un
fair to suggest. He spoke of hls mar?
rlage as ""ventures;" and bequeathed at
hls death the bulk of hl_ property to
als flrst wife's oldest son, whlch Indlcat
to Ihe wldow Custla. The weddlng was
n notable one, and Is belleved to have
lukcn place nt old St. I'etcr's Church.
tlK-ugh the honeymoon wns spcnt at the
lu-irie'. home. ihe Whlto Houso. so that
Washlngton mlght be convenlcnt to the
Assimbly nt Wllllamsburg, (or already
be was a member of the House of Bur
The g'oom, twenty-seven years of ngo,
stood six feet, two In hls stocklngs; his
brown halr was worn In a queuc, hls
fact wns smooth, for not untll twenty
yenrs laterivvas lt pox-marked. Hls blue
eyes were smlllng, for hls was n most
oxocllent luitnor ot havlng won her for
":ils wlfe, whom he loved at flrst slght.
In n blue coat lined wllh red sllk. wenr
|r<r n white satln embroldercd walst-coat,
gold Itheew and shoe bucklcs and wlth
hls svvorcl hanglng by hls slde, Wnshlng
lon awnltcd the llttle brlde. In dress
of white satln, qullted pcttlcoat and
Mgh-heel sllppers. her Halr ornnmented
wlth pcnrls. she pllghtcd her troth to
Washlngton. brlnglng with her a dower
grenlly Incrensed by her Inhorltance
from her lato husband, the wcalthy
Danlcl Parkc Custls. Her share li. hls
estate amounted to 16.000 acrcs of land,
between two and three hundred negroes,
lieskles lots In Wllllamsburg and a large
amount of money.
Ir the manngemont of her affalrs
AVashlngton relleved hls wlfe of nll the
wirry possible. He was also a falth
fnl st^pfnther to her two Custls cnil
dren?John and Martha, or Jacky and
Patsy. as they were called.
We flnd Washlngton wrltlng to Eng
land for a fashlonable doll, to cost n
gulnea. for the llttle glrl and also order
lng toys. Later be gave therh prayer
books and Blbles.. .Patsy dled Just as
she was buddln^'M'ritcl ,w6rh(lnl_(.dd,' but
Jacky llved untll a^t"e/,:vj'_''-l^''<_'?.York
town, where he-ser^ved-as"*a colonel of
milllla- He lef'at hls death four chll?
dren, two of whom Washlngton adopted
ns hls grandchlldren, taking them to llve
at Jlount Vernon. They wore Georgo
Washlngton Parke and Elcanor Parko
Custls. Georgo Washlngton Parke Cus?
tls Inherlted from hls father the estate
of Arllngton. whlch he left to hls daugh?
ter and only chlld. Mary Anne Randolph
Lcc. iho wlfe of Robert E. Lee.
Eleanor Custls, commonly called "l_lttle
Nelly," was the darllng of General
Wa.hington's heart,-- For hor he bought
not only a plano (still to be seen at Mt.
Vernon). but a harpslchord, costlng a
thoucand dollars, and also earrlngs and
a watch. Numerous suitors flocked to
pay her court, and It was a subject of
some uneaslness to Washlngton as to her
selection, "Be assured," ho once coun
sellcd her, "a senslble woman can never
bo happy with a fool." When flnally
Lawrencc Lcwls proved hor cholce, tho
General wns more than gratlfled, for
thls was hls favorite nephew. In tho
enpacity of secretary to hls uncle, young
Lewls had llved under the Mount Ver?
non roof, thus enjoylng the prlvllege of
proplnquity in love-maklng. It was Nel
|d no speclnl preformcnt. as the Eng
'Jrh law of prlmoifcniturs;. was then cus
.qmary ln the -Old' Domlnlon. Whon
George Washlnston was twenty-threo
years old. however, the estate of Mount
.Vcwion revert d by d-a:h, to hlm.
SHuated In the county of Fairfax, slx
leen mlles belo-w tho Capltal Clty. and
?vierlooklng the placid watcrn of ihe I
Potonlac, lt Is one of the spots blessed I
by Nature wlth all the ndvaiuagc-3 for I
a beautiful homesti-ad. The house Is of !
food, licwn to represent stone. tn l&iS j
lt became the property of the Mount
Vtrr.on A.ssoclatlon. and Is thus preserv
?d as a shrln-?- for the many pllgrims
?RiFhing to vlslt the home of Washlng
trn. At Mount Vernon wero spent the
happlest mommts of Washlngton s busy
llfe. whlch lncluded forty years of pub?
llc service.
The estato takes Its name trom Ad
mlral Vernon. undor whom YVashlngtori's
brother served In the Biltish Navy Or
Ifir-ally the place was called "Epsewas
Kin" or Hunting Creek?a" name most
BVitable. as the w?ys of Washlngton
tvere those of a sporisman as well as a |
tport. From hls dlary may be noted i
hU golng "a-huntlng" wlth Jacky Cus
tli. and "a fl^hlnc." Wlth the veracl- j
ly that made him famous. in recountlng i
llo Custls' wlsh that her grandfnther ap?
pear at her woddlng In the gold and laco
and whlte plumo recently deslgned for
hlm by the War Department. Instead
Washlngton graced the occaslon In the
blue and buff of the Contlnontial Army,
wearlng hls old cocked hat.
lt has'been Sald "of Martha' Washlng?
ton that she' was' an old Vlrginia house?
keeper. Thls was true." and that-meant
she was a very busy woman. wlth no
tlmo for Idlcnoss. for the demands of
tho perlod ln whlch she llved were nu?
merous. On a hot summer day she was
known to-cut out as many of thlrly-two
palr of breeches for the mon-servants on
tho Mount Vernon plantatlon. Her ne?
gro women at thalr splnnlng-whcol also
requlred her supervlslon. It ls not sur*
prlslng that with all thls. she was not
much of a wrlter. Tho knlttlng needle
was more attractive to her than the pen.
and she prlded herself more on her re
clpe for cherry bounce than her spelllng.
Sho was a good woman. and Washlng?
ton s=poke of her as "the partner of all
my domcsllc t-njoyment."
The hime-llfe of George Washlngton
wa? equally os busy ns Mirthn's. Ha
was out of hls bed by day-llght, break
hi& TtiMB /\r mt. vernon
'/ils luck at Murgfron fluhlng. hr* reci
' that ?o.T)etlrnes he "caicheo one'1
umetlmes "c'atrhtd none."
On the Cth of January <Old Pivif
... ,.,,1(1. ... a ,,.,-.,?'., :u ., ,..,,, \.....'.l
George iranbingtou
fafted at Hevn). Then followed an Jn.
.pcctlon of hls farm; sometlmes for ex
erclso he woiked wllh his laborer*. As
j rlcullure wim lil. liobby: he wa. u greai
lilievcr lu feriillzi'i- nnd ihe rOlflllon oi
cropa Pamtlpg. ilu>u_sli. was bul une
ol the iriiny |iulu?irles of Mouni Vernon,
for AVri.hiiit'ion had s wai?-i-rni|l that
wiu iii-ofitalil., and also a still. The
Whiskoy was manufactured from ryc and
corn. In 17_9, aHtr rotalnlng 1,15 gnl
l Iohb, the proflt irtna Wa,hln_;io?'u _.!_?
tlllery waa 344 pounds. 12 shllllngs, 1 ano
3-4 pence. Hls flsherles added also to
hls Income, for In-a single year ns many
as 85,000 horrlngs were sold. Bosldcs
theso sources of revenuo. in 1701) his llve
stock were* valuod n.t sevon hundred
pounds. , _? -
His slablcs Included thorough-breds;,
and hls.favorlte . horse waa BlueoUIn
Washlngton wns n' good . rider, sottlng
flrm hls stood. Usually ho waa In at
the death of tho fox. Hls kennols were
malntnlned untll 1785. when they wero
nbollshed nnd a door pnrk establlshed,
Fancy the pink light of an Octobcr
mornlng steallng Into the sky, tho
sweet-Bums, autumn-tinted, the Vlrglnla
creeper llke garlands of scarlet mlngllng
wlth the yellow lcnves of hlokory and
old Reynard Is already up, for behind hlm
In hot chaso como tno hounds. The
black grinnlng faca of Bllly I.ne shows
through the thlcket, urglng them on, for
he ls the master of tho hounds. The
rhythmlc names of the dogs, Truo Lovo.
Sweetllps and Muslc mlnglo wlth the din
of horns In the dlstance and then the
cavalcade of hunters. They are the
Lees, the Falrfaxes, Lcwlses and Geo.
Washlngton wlth Blshop, hls body-sor
vant, wearlng the Washlngton llvery of
scarlet. gold and whlto.
Blshop hftd come to thls country as the
valot of Broddock, after whoso death he i
ontored lnto the sorvlco of Washlngton. |
recelvlng annually ten pounds as hls
Washlngton always deslgnated hls
slaves aa "my people." Ho also em
Ilc worshlp and strengthonod the hands
of tlie clergy,"
When nt tho throshold of hls publla
llfe, on' an oxpedltlon agalnst tho ln
dlans, Washlngton hold praycr In camp.
and aftor Brnddock's doteat, notwllh
standlng tho dahgor It Incurred, as thoro
was no chaplaln. Washlngton hlmsolf
road that nlght the funeral rltes over
Braddock, whlle a soldler held a torch so
that he mlght seo,
Later on a sharp oorrespondenee arose
between hlm and Oovernor Dlnwiddle ln
v"'*swnKeFi e.L.o .
reference to a chaplaln for the army.
Flnally thls appeal went from hlm to
the presldent of tho Council: "The last
Assembly In thls Supply blll, provlded
for a chaplaln for our reglmenL On
thls subject I had often wlthout success
applled to Governor Dlnwiddle. I now
flattcr myself that your honor wlll be
pleased to appolnt a sober, serlous man
for this duty. Common decency, slr.
ln camp, calls for the servlce of a dl
vlne, whlch ought not to bo dlspensod
soneo aa not to see tho improprlety of
such a step," When. at Mount Vernon,
the end of Washlngton's llfo drew ncnr
suffering from the wcakness subsequoni
to.havlng,lost bo much blood by tha lg;
norance of that age In medlcal methods.
he sald: "Doctor, 1 dle hard, but I am
not afrald to go." And tho words, " 'Tis
wolt" were tho last ho was ever hoanl
to utter.
Suoli was the pasBlng away of hlm of
whom Brackenrldge sald: "Ood left hlm
ehlldless that he mlght bo the father
of hls country." His waya wero ways
of pleasantnesB, and though his paths In
ctuded war as well aa peace, yet In ll
he manlfested a splrlt of brotherhood
seldom seen. Thls waa shown on many
occaalons. notably so after the surrendcr
pf Yorktown. The Contlnontal troops
Werei'prcparlng to recelvo tho Brltlsli
who'were to offor up thelr arms, whon
Waahington councllled: "My brave fel
l'ows,"Tot no sonsatlon of satlstactlon for
the trlumph you have galncd Induco you
to insult your fallen enemy. Let no
Bhouttng. no elamorous huzzlng In
croase thelr mortlflcatlon. lt ls BUfll
clent satlsfactlon to us that we wltness
thelr humillatlon. Prosperlty wlll huzsa
for us!"
Later on he entertalned at dlnncr Corn
wRiiis and somo ot hls staff. When
toosts became the order of the board,
Roohambeau gave: "The Unlted Statea."
uf^it ^a^ff^Uru/inrr/^p.1^ a4tnc^.(o i*/4ht fyornvna i uwt/bafiGnS ttho tJ; tffotnl.
Fac-timilc of (Ke entry of ih* lirth of Wuhington iri the Bible ofhli mother..
ployed whlte laborers on his plantatlon.
He was a kind master, provldlng well
for the comfort of his negroes. A dnc
tor was engaged by tho year to look af?
ter thelr health. Bllly Lee was hls fa
vorlte, and by tho wlll of hls master waa
left nn annulty of thirty dollars; and hia
freodom if ho so deslrcd, olherwlse he
was always to be provlded with hi3
vlctuals and clothes.
Such was tha Intimacy of thls slave
In the Mount Vernon household that
Savago Inoluded hlm whon palntlng the
Washlngton famlly clrclo.
The vlews of "The Father ot hls coun?
try" are lnterestlng on slavery as devel
oped by later ?vcnts. When South Caro?
llna refused to pass an act to termlnato
the slave trade, Washlngton wrote: "1
naust say that I lament the declslon uf
your Legislature upon the questlon of
Importlng slaves after 1703. I was ln
hopes that motlvos of policy aa well oa
other good reosons". suppprted by tne
dlreful effect of slavery, whlch at thls
moment aro presented, would havo opor
erated to have produced a total prohlbi
tion of slaves whenever the ciuustlor*
camo to bo agttatod in any State that
mlght be Interested ln the measure."
In reference to slaves in Vlrglnla. ho
thus expressed hlmself: "Wlsh from
tho bottom of my soul that the Legisla?
ture of thls State could see the policy of
a gradual abolitlon of slavery, It would
provent much future mlschlef."
In a lettor to a Pennsylvanlan, he
volced tho same sentlments: "I can
only say." wrote Washlngton. "that there
Is not a man llvlng who wlshes more
slncerely than I do to ivee a plan adopted
for the abolitlon of It; but there ls only
one propor and effectual mode by whlsh
It can be accompllshed, and that ls by
the leglslatlve authorlty; and thls. as far
as my suffrage shall go, iihall nover be
Much has been sald of the religious llfe
of Washlngton. Though n man who
reckoned hls ancestry Of llttle moment,
yet through hls father and mothor,
Washlngton'"? wa's'descended from the
Cavallers; hte'-fbrebearer.-: -Tjelngnrdent
supporters of ;,th"e Church' of England.
Thls was hls creed by Inherlturice.' At
ona tlme he was a vestryman In PohlcK
Church near Mount Vernon. An Inci?
dent showlng how palnstaklng were the
?way? of Washlngton may be clted ln
thls conneotlon. A new church was to
be bullt, as the old one was past use.
wlth, although the world may thlnk us
vold of religlon and Incapable of good In
In 1774 a fast day was observed on ac-'
count of the diffleulllcs broodlng wlth
the Mother Country. and ln the dlary
of the Burgess Georgo Washlngton this
cntry occurs: "June lst, Wednesday.
went to church and fasted all day."
The surrender of Yorktown was as
Houoafa 5TAT-.E
ofWashin&ton itf
-?n?':>: "? .?;-,
crlbed by General Washlngton to the
Glory of God. and he ordered "Dlvlne
servlce" should be performed next day
In the dlfferent brlgades, and recom
mends that all troops not on duty "do
asslst at It wlth a serlous doportment
and that sensibllity of heart which the
Washlngton responded wlth: "The Klng
of France," and Lord Comwallls slmply
"Tho Klng." Qulck os a flash ,Wash
Ing supplemented: "of England. conflne
hlm there. 1*11 drlnk hlm a full bump
There Is another circumstance told in
connectlon wlth a Brltlsh offlcer,. In
whlch the wlt of Washlngton was dls
played. When Slr Henry Cllnton com
manded the Engllsh he trlod to lnsult
Washlngton by sendlng hlm under .t
flag. of truce. a dlspateh addressed to
"Mr. Washlngton." General Washlngton
lmmedlately said to the bearer: "Thls ls,
dlrected to a planter In tho Stato of
Vlrginla. I shall have lt dellverod lo
hlm at tho end of the war, till that tlme
it shall not be opened.*'
In the tomb at Mount Vernon, Georgo
and Martha Washlngton lle slde by slde.
The old negro gulde telis all the pil
grims that " do key ter de vault am
throw'd in der rlbber, sose nobody ken
eber flnd hlt ter s'turb de lustrlous dald.'"
Thls old darkey ls very polltlc and dls
crlmlnating. It tho vlsltor's volce ln
dlcate a Northern accent, whlle smooth-,
Ing hls unlform of blue, old Henry wlll
say; "See dese close, r ain't neber been
happy till I got 'em on." If the next
pllgrlm talks wlth a Southern drawl. hc
says: "See dese close, I'se so "shamed
ob dom, I Jlst dunt know what ter do,
but dey makes me war 'em; an' ter tlnk
I use b'long ter de Fltzhughs tew, an'
dey an' de Lees an' de Washlngtons was
all mlxed up, my folks was de quallty
an' I neber 'spect ter see do day when
I'd be wearln' Yankeo blue. De good
Lawd know I kant help myself, yes He
do, Ho'-knows."
(Seleetlons For The Llttle Ones.)
If all the trees were cherry-trees,
And every llttle boy
Should have, like young George Wash?
I A hatchet for hls toy,
And use lt In a way unwlse,
What should we do for cherry ples?
A Boston schoolmaster asked one day,
Chlldren, tell me lf you can, I pray,
George Mason. the scnlor warden, advo*
cated the old slto as saerod soil; Wash?
lngton preferred another locatlon. When
the tlme arrlved for the deolslon, a noat
ly drawn map was1 presented by Wash?
lngton. glvlng tho relatlve dlstances from
the homes of evory member of tlie con- ;
gregnlion, showlng tho slte solectod by
hlm was the most convenlent, so thoro
the church was built. In 1785. ns hls I
own hund-writlng shows, he was a sub- 1
scrlber and pewhokter ln Chrlst Church, j
Aloxnndrla.-where. over aftorwards he :
seoms to have worshlpped.
lll a llttle note book kept by Wash- j
Ingtnn when n lad in hls early teens, may
be found these parngraplw: "When i
you spenk of Oi->i\ and Hls -itlributea, let ?
lt he ilone BOr'ously and ln reverenco,"
Another Ik: "Labor to keep olive In
your hreast that llttle speek of celectlnl
flro called Consolenco."
The age In wliloh Wnshlngton ||ved
was talntod wlth French skeptlclsm and
nthelsm. Tho peudulum of Purltanlsn,
w&g stvnylng nt the North, lator on tn
vei-go townrds iinltnrlniilsrn. The ro*
llglon of. tho Cnvaller, llko li|s wlg, was
rather an artlflclnl adornment than tho
product nf u Jiatural reallty. llorso-rac*
intr oock-rightlng. gamliur and the play
hnuse wero customs nf the country.
Washlngton'* way* found piaaeure in
t.Uo?c sports. Danclng was also deonied
by hlm "an umuve-ment Innoc-ent nnd
agreeAl-le," In whlch Im Indulge.l untll i
lie was sUty-four year* old. ln 1700. I
When Invlted tn the Alexandrln Asseni- <
bly. he wrote dpcllnlng, explalnlng:
"Alas! our danclng days are over."
In descrlblng hls cbnraeter R&msay, :
the hlstorlnn of South Caiolina. says.:
"Woshington *va* the frlend nf mornltty j
and rcllglon; steadlly attended on pub- [
j recollectlon of the surprlslng'and partlcu
| lar Interposltlon of Provldence Ih our
I favor claims."
When qulttlng the presldentlal chair,
! Washlngon said: "Of all the dspositions
and hablt whlcn lend to polltlcal pros
perlt.v. rellgiiin and jjior.-llty are Indis
pensable supporic."' '?
ln n letter to Lafayette, Washlngton
wrltes: "Belng no blgot myself, I am
dlsposed |o Indulge the profcssors of
Chrlstlanlty ln the church wlth that
road to hcaven, whlch to thom shall
seem ihe most dlreet, ptainest, easlest and
least llablo to exceptlon."
Eiilertalnlng such sentlments ns those.
It Is not surprlslng that when a member
of the Flrst t'ongress ln Philadelphla, he
attended not only the Eplscopal, but alHO
the Qualter, Prcsbytei'lan and Catholic
ln 1775, when It camo to hls enrs that
the New Englnnd soldiers purposed celo
bratlng "Guy Fawkos Days," General
Waahlngton Issued ordor to tho eftoct
thnt tho "Conimander-ln-chlef. havln_
been npprlsod of a dcslgn formed for the
obsarvance of that ridkniJous and chlld.
Ish custom of burnlng the eftlgy of the
Pope, he cannot ljelp cxproHslng hls
surprlse that thero should bo offlcers and
soldiers |n thls army so vold of oonimon
Why Washlngton's blrthday should shlne
More ln to-day's history than mlne?
At once such stlllness ln the hall
You could have heard a feather fall.
Then answered a boy not three feet hlgh:
"Beoauso he never told a lle."
Teacher: Dld George Washlngton leave
any children?
Littlo Glrl; es, ma'nm.
Teacher: Name them.
Littlo Glrl: The Sons and Daughters
of tho Ravolutlon.
I wonder If Georgo Washlngton,
When ho was nlne years old,
Turned out hl6 toe and brushed hls halr,
And always shut tho door wlth care
And dld ns he was told.
I wonder lf he nevor sald
"Oh, doarl" whon ho was sont to bed.
?Tlio Youth's Companlon.
When Washlngton was Presldent,
Ho saw full many an Iclclo;
But never on a rallroad went,
And naver roda a blcycle.
Ho read by no elactrlo lamp,
Nor heard about tho Yellowstone;
He never llcked n postage stamp,
And n*ver saw a telephone.
Hls trousere eiide_| at the knees;
By wlre he could rjot eend d|sj>at.h. .
He fllled hls lamp wlth whale oll grease
And nover had a nrntch to scratch.
But In those days, it's como to pass,
All work Is wlth such dashlng dono?
We'vo all these thlnge; but then ,alasl
Wo scom to havo nt^. Washlngton.
A llttle strcot Arab wtin Johnny McGeo,
Rngged and frlcndloss and homoloss was
But Johnny, though ragged, was clcver
and brlght.
And lie knew the dlfforence between
wrong nnd righL
Now. It . hftpp?ned ono mornlng. that
Johnny fcellng gny,
Ana roady for all klnds of mlschief and
Hla llttle strong arms wero tosslng ia-.
Rcgardlesa of danger to head and to
bono. i
But alos! for poor Johnny! for what do
you thlnk?
lt happsned tliat one stono, as qulck
as a wlnk.
Went whack! "gnlnst tho wlndow of
'Squire B's house.
And poor frlghtoncd Johnny wlshed he
were a mouso?
To bo able to hlde In the flrst hole ho
And keep hlmself hldden away under
For the beautiful wlndow was crackod
rlght In two,
And Johnny, If dlscovered would suffer,
he knew. .
But hark! he hears'muslc away down the
street I
He knows there are soldlers, he hears
the drum beat,"
And Johnny remembers whoso blrthday
lt ls,
And a sudden resolve llghts his polo llt?
tle phlz.
"They say Mr. Washlngton ne'er told
a lle
When he waa a llttle chap-nelther wlll
And mayho some day, whon I'm grown
up dead,
Folks wlll bulld a blg monument over
my head."
Only Just a few moments of mute hesl
Then feeling as grand as the Head ot
the Ni?tIon.
In walked llttle Johnny stralght up to
the "Squire.
And whlle ho was spoaklng hls couraga
roso hlgher.
And presently when he was back lnto1
tho street,
Speedlng- nfter the soldlers wlth fast
speedlng foet,
"Hurrah," he crled gayly. "for Wash-*
lngton and I,
For we aro the chaps that would not
tell a He."
?Youth's Companion.
In sovontecn hundrod. thlrty-two
George Washlngton was born:
"What was ho 11k.? Won't you pleaa.
to tell?"
Thus I answerod: "A conrtly man,
Wearing hls honors as heroos can.
Ereot and tall. wlth hls six foot two:
Kneo uhreeches, buckleB, 'frllla and a
t?owdored hrown halr, blue eyo, far apart:
Strong-llmpcd and Cenrless with gontlo
Oracious ln manncr toward every one?
Buch, my Nelllo, was Washlngton."
Fat: Why aln't you at school ter day?
. -___-'?F.ARy BAt--.
1^*1 )th?moth_-iv of
Nora: 'Cause thls be a hollday.
Pat; Ter one of the stalnts7
Nora: The teacher sald " 'T__ Blrth
Ingt-on's Wash-day."
-Among the numcrous anecdotes totd
on the salnted Dr. Mlnnegerode Is that
once ho hnppcned to meet In the Otpttol
at Waislilngton a well-known RIchmond
lady, who ndmlrlng tho beautiful vlew
jrfi'm there. asked:.
.." "Doctor, do you know when Washlng?
ton was lald out?"
"Why. when ha dled, of course.'' wu
the qulck reply.
The OfTicer's Funeral.
(Publlshed by Rcquost.)
HaTk to the ?hrll| trumphefs Callhur,
It pierceth the soft sumtner alr.
Truth' g-oodness, sklll and glory hlgh
Hls whole llfe dld adorn.
In seventeen hundred, seventy-flve
The chlef command ho took.
Of all tho army ln the State
And no'cr hls flag forsook.
In seventeen hundred. eighty-three
Retired to prlvate llfe.
He saw hls' mucb-loved country free
From battle and from strife.
in seventeen hundred, elghty-nlne,
The country wlth one volce
Proclaimed hlm Presldent to shine
Blessed by the people'a cholce.
Tn seventeen himdrcd. nlnety-nine ?
The natlon's tears were ehed
Tfars from each oomrade aro falllng
\ For the wldow and orphan are there.
The bayonets earthwnrd are turnlng,
And the drum's muftled notes roll
But he heeds not the volce ot thelr
Nor awakcs to the bugle sound.
Best soldler! Though many regret thee,
And weep 'round thy cold bler to-day,
Soon. soon will the klndest forget thee.
And thy name from the earth paB?
The frlend thou dld'st love as a brother.
A friond in thy stead wlll have galned
Thy dog shall keep watch for another.
And thy steed by a stranger be relnefl.
But .the many who wsep o'cr thee sadly.,
Soon joyous as ever shall be.
WHeFfE Wr-SH/fvlOTOM' WA?, fjAPr/Zffj" "
To see the patlont llfe resjgn
And sleep among the dead.
As flrst in war and flrst ln psace,
As patriot, father, frlend,
He wlll be blessed tlll tlme shall cease,
And earthly hopes shall end.
-The Young People's Speaker.
"How dld George Washlngton look?"
Aaked. Nojl,
E'on thy brlght orphan boy will lapffh ;
As he slts on somo klnd cornrade't
Thoro ls one who wlll still pay th*
? duty , \
Oftears to the true and the brave.
As when fiv-st ln the, bloom of her beat?
ty, ' ?
She wept by tha aoldler'B grava.

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