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A Portrait by One of His Cabinet, Hon.
S. R. Mallory.
Mon in commanding positions, and
mingling much with iho world, readily
acquit e4easo and repose of mannei,
uiid a coutrol more or loss perfect,
? ? <l?omniinnu ftnrl mnnrti.-illv
UVOl" (.licit iuiu?.v?.,, _,4 J
over all manifestations of surprise;
and wo not unfiv qnently bear them
Bay ihoy arc "surpiised at nothing.''
This important, deft-nsivo armor is
habitually worn ' by Mr. Davis.?
"Whoro and when ho acquirod it,
wbethor among his Indian it lends on
tho frontier, or among (Jhri.siian hypocrites,
wo know not, but he rarely
goes without it. As Chief of tho Confederate
States ho could liaicn to tho
announcement ot' defeat while exporting
victory, or to a foreign dispute!!
destructive oi hopes long cherished,
or to whispors that old friends were
becoming cold and hostile, withou;
exhibiting the slightest ovido'ioo beyond
a eharigo of color, a tell-tale
which ho could uuvor entirely command
and yot hia sensibilities are
extremely acute.
Under euch circumstance'', his language
temperate and bland, his voico
calm and gonllo, and his whole person
at rest, ho presented rather tho
appcaranoo of a man wearied and
worn by c?ro and labor, listening to
something that ho know all about,
than of ono rrcoiving ruinous disclosures,
ho fully understood and approiated
tho evils resulting from hasty
conclusions; and, guided bp a storn
conscientiousness, and schooled by
by long mouiaiuiuoipiuu, uU
and excitoublo nature rarely lad him
into inconsiderate action. JLiko an
elegant, polished, highly 'finished,
poised and well charged dueling pislol,
whose hair trigger responds to
the slightest touch, ho could be very
readily fired, but ho never went oil'
half cocked. A lock, a word, nay,
his ov7Q reflections, may cause his color
to change, his eyes lo flash, and hie
f>rm to straighten upiigidly, but In?
lips remainod compressed until judgo
went opens them.
lie is usually regarded as a read}
ira-i, prompt in r?.achi g conclusions
and no lees uioropt in acting upon
tbem?uu estimate of his eharactei
which is probably derived fruin hii
administration of tbo War Depart
mont under President Pierce, anc
disseminated by array people ; am
yet by all who have ever been assoc
atcd with him in public affairs he i
probably known to be singularlyjcau
tious, if not procrastinating in tli<;e
As President of the Southern Cor
federacy, his zoal, industry and pa
tier.ee, in whatever he undertook
were conspicuous, but ke neither la
bored with merit or celerity himao!
nor aided others to do po for bin
Whatever engaged his attention, bov
ever unimportant, was tboioughl
and critically examined; ai.d pbil
* i It ?,i i,. I.;, j.
iruui U13 WV1I ui:u?vi uv'VV? ?n?viw) >
opinion upon mailers ho investi^:?t?
commanded great respect among h
fiionda, the) daily buw tbut uffaim i
r*omont wure.d.luyod, :?ol <i?=!y th'
ho habitually uudtrluuk moio 1l.I>:
than bo could accomplish, but th
much of bis timo was given 10 dot ail
Military lifiy in all its piiusoH, h;
* for him a peculiar ohurrn ; and niilil
' ry afiaii'd, however minute, rare
fuilod to caaiiauud liis patient indu
try, wbatovor might bo tbo claims
o her*matters upon it. No labora
tbe War Offico wore too small for J
attention, antl app /mimontB ai-d pr
motions of officers', questions of rai
military law and usages, routine, &
r . -w
very ofion engrossed it, notwithsta
ing bis entire"CQnTx-Jence in tbe ex
rience anil judgement of the Adj ?ti
General/ Cooper, on all such subje<
Tbe amount of attention which
habitually boetowed upon dct
which aj-e usually devolved upon a
ordinate surprised all vyho were
' miliarWiibtbls habits; and hia ex
? - ed sense gf .justice, and his de&ire
- * * only .to be rigtit, but. to scf act a
r?f.der.it impossible to be wrong, m
. as .visible in these as in masters of
- * . first importance.
* .Letters .from afflicted mothers;
Jieving tbeir heart* by telling bii
the virtues* of spns just falleu in
*lonntoaa- anlrl
MY,# VVUI^IMIMia- V? ? ?V?<VII-VWW wvi'M
demanding at hia bands -justice
- , . wrongs inflictcd by thofce Irt atitbo
Applications fur pardon or comtr
. of-sentence;petition? fromv
- . <or thereieaee of conecriptodbusb
. ; far l fid r e s t o r a t i <
- ' 7|iipr^fl^-rto<4prwl5Te, in num<
iuBtanicoa flfek roertli jB?r?
. soneidored^ftnd .respondtid to fey
' * wirtn .tbO .^ppneaot for Jjb
- 4 ;*#?ho f,
*: Jo* wefct ??.?&* 'ok**,WAl&offti
whether they f<?und him at hia oflloo,:>r
in the n?i<ist of hid family, they
? vro hoard paiionlly and answered
kindly. Wilh nuch habits, combined
and methodical labor with hi in was
impractible, though ho worked unceasingly.
Ilis Cabinot officers woro in the
habit individually, oi e'inferring will)
bi.n almost daily, uuu no umiunj unsombicd
tbcm two or three times u
week lor consul:avion. These meet
nigs occupied from two to livo hours,
longer than was required by the thorough
examination and solution of tho
principles and chior- features of eurI
rout public iiiu'ihuivs and busmen ; i
j hut from his iondency to digivhso-i !
to siidv away from tho chief points ,
to episodical qne>tir?ns, ihouniount of;
busimss jiC.oinj lislied b->ro but little .
to the time consumed ; and not unfte- j
q lowtly a Cabinet meeting whuld ex- :
haunt four or fivo hours without ac- j
compltshing anything, wliilj the table j
of e\ory chief of a Department watt j
coveted witbjpaners demanding his :
If to Mr. Davis's un ielding will!
and energy, lii.-* truth und justice, his
knowledge of men und of public at- j
lairs, bis patience and industry, I)is i
analytical mind and coinpruhedsive j
judgment, woro united tbo business
habits of an activo merchant or commercial
law advocate, bis ability and
usefulness as tho cliief of a groat enterprise
or tho head of a people would
Und few parallels in history.
Whether with his peculiar montal
and mural combination, his absobing
desire to attain an exact fitness, consistency
and correspondence in all
that be attempts, his disposition to
analyro aud exhaust, not only the
probable, but tbo possiblo arguments
upon subjects under consideration, an}'
other training than that which ho received,
could havo taught bim the just
value and economy of timo, as au clement
in the affairs of this age, wo aro
not prepared to say ; but, certain it is,
that tho discipline of West Point, his
, transfer thence to thelnJian frontior,
. ins plantation, political and congressional
life, wore not the best training
tor tbo purpose. So well was bis !
habit with regaid to time understood
, in llichmond thai punctuality in mooting
it was rarely expected frooi his
* engagements.
> Though apparently cold and oxe.lu
eive, Mr. D.ivis is naturally genial and
J rj nipaitmic ; and lew men prove
1 iswirc attractive in tjuciety. man
delight'd tm>?e l<> ri liuvc liis burtben"
4*il hear: u:;<i cii::?l bv plca?ant convi-rs:upon
general K'lbjo-jta, a
e taste whiel) iho *eolu-ion ot a'Cabinct
mooting und t'ao prcconco of trusted
f icnd3 prompts him frequently to
_ gratify; ar.d upon sucb occasion*,
aided by tlio inspiration of a gojd
_ aegaiMambling over other fields than
f, thocitt of p iblic affairs, his eonvcrsa
j. Moy ai^d manner were extremely ent
tra?in^. liiu extensive reading and
y rt-trnuv* uivuivij , ui^
, vmio?? aud iii-qnaii.lauco with (jialini.
guishod or noted men, his knowledge
d of iil'vi, from tbo tmck Woodmen's but
is i<< iho balls or' Scnuies and Cabinets
iy. vero never at fault fur striking illusa!
^ration* of. every eutject presumed
.1 "Hsponuneea in the armj*, on tbo ureal
ui -lame, and in Mcxieo; kfo, civilize*
Is. jlid sivags, from tho Indian's lod^e t?
bo nalor.3 of fusnion ; sympathy will
.a - !' ? rich and groat, had htored hi
,i\ mini with a vast fund of u?ef?j
? knoivhdge sprightly information am
ut amusing anecdote, which a genii
oi naturo, a ready perception of bumoi
liis rare powers of imitation, and a voic
o- full of pleasant inflexions, so presen
?k, od thai lew could be in bin society ?
cc., such tiiftes without deriuing pleaaut
nd- and information.
P*" lie is a good jrtdge of tnon ; an
from indications which often eeca|
tbo observation of others, he frequeu
ly de ermines thagouoral designs
?*?? those with vf.hqm ho is brought in
al>" oontuct beforo they have time to *b
,a como'..reserved; Uis knowledge
alt- the'habits of men in differont wal
QOt of .life. their modes of thought , a
9 t? expression,- and peculiarity of la
'ere guago, is remarkable; atid enab
t-ke ttim.to bring himnolf at once to 1
. fovel of those with vyhom ho coav
ro~ gosrto use their own familiar pbra
cd of and TSguroa, and *lo .be tboroag!
bat-( with theoi.?a spccief of fiatfc
ierf?, wbieh ..gratifies, and is apt to?mi
i for men' comMpnicwwfciye. It) 4ontre.es
rity; vrtth ah intelligent English gent^ec
iota.-' flpon the hitrtbryt laws, r literati
rives coditilolion tw poblio ctyen of Qi
ftn(]b Brition, tho parity, and fcloqueue
jn of bio language, Ho less iban> thea&cii
Mrqus cy and/ extent of his informal
fully nev^r failed S to Surpriao; while
brta; <nOn reared in"our Western or Sc
sties Wwste^i Stat^S. Apfcn Cbjt Irontie
kroi TT nhon the MissiaSi ppi, were ever /
Kl i*
&C'* >?&?fil* td ', fcbefr- g
taw, tfpo* 0?6tr*W?^? M^l<^ bot fecc
iarrt* artodJii
Mr. Davis' relations witli tho momborn
of Congre8? from and allot* the
first year of tho war wore not wliui
tho intorcsts of tho country required.
Detail* upon this subject wo wiil not
give; but in just co to him, it in ptopor
lo say that if coldness, misuiidorsiamlir.gs,
or tnistvprosenlalions Ire
qucntiy followed his iutorcourso with
thorn, it was not bccuttso ho was not
ardently urging tho prosecution oi
tliu war with tho inmost vigor. Ln u
body so largo as that composing bolli
houses of Congress*, tiu-ro wore l?iuu<i 1
ot course, Home men with whom public
was subordinated to private in
lerost; iitid sumo whoso z?'al 1'or tlio
public >\el lat e was mingled wi:.h hcIli-ii
consideration*. A wound to their
sell-onlcoiu u>i l upon tin ir action in
public atf.urs, and Mr. JJ.ivis'.-i c-ins in
this respect towards tiicin, ical or
itusigii.ary, were boon in their \otcs
and i-pceelu'S.
Ilia business office, and tho 0110 in
which ho assembled his Cabinet, was
a small room in ttio Troasury at liichmor.d,
not exceeding twenty-four by
eight en foci in length at-d bread! b,
furnished with a plain writing table
a few chairs, and its wall covcrcd
?? ?? l? tvtnrv^ A mnucanrrnn nt t h/t
" "? *!? " -
door reooived and delivered tho eard.s
or messages of visitors; and immediately
opposite this door, and only some
tix foot from it, was tbo office of the
four gentlomen composing Lis personal
staff, whose intercomse with
him was unrestricted, and one or
two of whom were always in attendance.
A portion of every morning
was given to visitors, and many called
by special appoiutmunt at other
hours. To all who came upon public
business, to increase the army, create
supplies, or to advanco tho success of
tlio war, ho listened with attention
and was over ready to roucivo their
views j but the proportion of these to
tho nuQjber whoeamo with personal
or Ecliish obj- cts, or with "axes to
grind," was mall; and towards tlicso
hie paticnco was frequently irrepressible.
Mon ol high official positions, com
pelted to libton lo all whouitiy choose
j lo call upon them, very eoon discover
S thut, n??t 0UI3- a soil* interest :a to<> ofiou
1 ihe object of those who crowd 1 .cir
reci^tion rooms to tho delay cf the
I public busii.e.-.-, but that in thtir eaI
ger pursuits ot it, impiio'.c ignoj
runce ami conceit, aris but thinly dia|
guisei under proto-.taiio.<s oi paj
triotiriin. A. few yoars of such cxpo|
rienees of human nature impress :
1 peculiar siati.p upuu a man's feelingi
' and demeanor in bis intercourse wit!
i his fellows; und, howover unsu&peei
ting and mpathetic may Lave boei
| bis nature upoo the assumption of hi
i ottiee, he leaves it with his estimate o
! mankind materially changed ; and h
. deteeta himself suspecting a "cloak,
j und peering about for tho "axo" when
| ever "patriots" approach him.
j Mr. Davis' manner of receiving vi:
I itor.i at times showed tbat lie had ha
. much experience in public of.ic
Few men could.be more ch.llingh
1 | freezing!}* cold.
'I Those wl*> came without apeci
1! appointment, usually fmud him o
"! a mass of manuscript pi
| purs before him, tei'i:ig as .plainly
1 . hit; ot ctipaiioii as hid lorinal und sou
; ty cout tcsy did of the importance
: Ilia tim6 ai.d hia sense of its . iotortj
1 I'lion. There tvaa no. waste ot" wori
s ' no ignoring of his pre occupation, fe
l' j generalities ;* and, in f.pito of hi
amount of self complacency, sensil
L' men soon olt thoy knew not exact
r> why or qow, that it was wrong to <
0 gross his time if they could, whi
^ bores wore c ;nvinced that they cot
^ not eugross-if they wo^U, and th
e ' ii.. i..r k:<> t.
IOlliy YY ivo f UilUy "ID ?
yielding its on!y approach to a sh
when ho saw them depart.
?o 1 bavo said that his rolations w
>t- racmbors of Congress wore not wl
?f they should have beeri." * -Toward th
to as toward tho the world go/)orally,
e- wort* his personal opinions very op
of ly. Position and opportunity prei
k? ted him ev&ry means, of cultivat
nd personal-good will of members
n~ littlq acts of attention, cooctesy
les deference wbioh no man, bowc
the htgh bis position, who has to w
sr- | py moana or nia reliovca, can dispc
sea I wilb. .Groat minds can in aptteof
bly .absence of jbtiefce demonstrations
sry wards them ? leader,. n?yt "In
ike iaoo of negleot or app?*aiitt,{&"?f
irig go Oo i?ietidUy 'abd .to?45r6ly,
a^o tingle eye tf> tho public welfare;
iro, tho number of these in,co mparts c
"bat tTaoee Whoarb more, or. |pss, gave
o of by personal consider at tons in the'
the i&ifa f^jfeia^f?t?d to bam tfj
uth-i iiAVC^to'^>i^biu;ko<|_ Itoaii.ftad.
* / < v, "
a! standard. By mombers of Con.
j^rcs* who hud to boo him on business
his manner to or reception of them
was Ircqucntly complained of, and
pronounced ungracious or irritable. |
Tlicy frequently in thoir anxioty (
amiJsb public disaster, called upon ,
Into urge plans, suggestions, or
views on the conduct of tho war, or
tor tho attainment of peace, and often
pressed mutters upon him which ,
ho alone was responsible.
Oi'ten in such cases, though ho lis
I toned to all they bad to say, why, for
I .ivmm.l.. tl ulnilll.l I11!Llln !
a Brigadier, Major, or Lieut.-Gunerul I
or placud at the head >f an army; and '
i in lo'urn, calmly :<nd precisely* Htuted J
' hi-t reacon-* uyaiimt the measured, lie J
I rarely satisfied or convinced thom, j
I simply because in li in manner and!
j laiguag-.!combined Micro wasj;is>. an1
! indisc; ibablc uotuelbin^ which olFon- i
I ded their self esteem, and left their i
judgment room to tin-i fault with him.
| Some oi hi? best friends lefc him at
j times with feelings buidoiing closoly
j upon anger from this cauno, and with
j a determination, hastily formed of
j culling no more upon him; and eotnc
of tho most sensible, prudont cut in
and patriotic men of both houees, were
alienated from him moro or less from
thin cause- The counsel of judicious
friends upon this eubjjct, and ae to a
nioro unrestrained intercourse between
him and the members
of tbe Sonato- and houso was
was vainly exerted. Ilia family, fear,
less, true and noblo nature turned
from what to him woro tho iuintcet
approach to seeking pupularity; ho
scorned to believe it nccessarv to coax j
men to do Lhoir duly in tho then condition
of their country.
A largo nnrabor of futal diseases
result from taking cold, and ofton
from such plight caneca apparently,
as to appear ii.crediblo to man3*. But
although the causes aro various, tho
; result is tho samo, and arises from tho
j violation of a singlo principle, to-wit
tooling 'off too soon after oxcrclse.
| Perhaps this may bo moro practicalj
ly inutruetivo if individual instances
! ! are named, which in tho opinion of
| those suhscq'ienlly nocking advico in
tho variouo 8tage:? of connumption,
- were ilie causoof tho great ir.iofortuno,
premising that wlior. a cold is
-! once tu!:cn, marvelcusly elight causi,
Oci serve to incroaso it foi tho first fow
s | days?causes which, undor ordinary
i j circumstances, even a moderately
- , healthy system would havo easily
^ warded off.
s Itaelu'l, the tragedio.ino, increased
d her cold which ended her life, by inB
sufficient clothing in the oars, in trav.
oiling from Now York to Uoston ; sucl:
- was her statement.
Tho iinmcdiuto cause of tho las
3- illness of Abbott Lawrance, the flnan
d cu r and philanthropist, was an injue.
dicious chango of clothing.
y, An eminent clergyinon got into i
cold bed in mid winter, within tifteoi
ai minutes after preaching an oarnee
" diocourscj ho was instantly chillot
i- i and died within forty-eight. hours.
1 * - I.
j iV y WU!lj? tuuuuoi Tf
I- 1 two tnilcH lor exercise, and on return
ot j ing. to hid room, it, being coneidere
() | t >u late to light a tiro, ?ai for half a
Is, hour reading n book, and before, h
v ki.ew iua chill paired over him. TL
ny next day. bo bad spitting.of blo'o
>le which was tbo beginning of the en
|y A mother fiat flowing for ber" cb
sn- dren at a late bour.in the ntght, ar
ile noticing that the fire had gone out, si
ild concluded to retire to bed at one
oir but thinking sho would "finish" in
ice few minctos she forgot tbe passir
tile time, until an hour more passed, a<
sho foiind borself "thoroughly cbil
ith ed(" and a month's illness followed
bat pay for *hat one hour.
A !!*<!? AoLI 4n1rAl% A ft AW A *\nV\
UUI A llbbiu l>UiU .buagu iliwu* ? |/UU
he gpeecb in Chicago, so "little" that
on- attention was paid tor it for. feeve,
ten. day*, culminated in the fatal illness
>ng? Stepbon A. Pouglas. It was a slig
by cold taken in mid-aumrher, #es?iCi
ot. in congestion of the long?, that hi
>vcr lied Eliza bath Barrett Browning
ork the.grave within a week' A\vigor<
ijise young <nan laid down on' an ice-^oh
the on a* warm summer's day, foil aslc
. t<?- waked apln a ohill, which ended
tbo^ confirmed consumption,"'of.which
pect died tbreej^eanriator. A man ia
ih'a bust health and in- the .primq of!
Jfcui bogfcn tbo practice of a. coj<^ 'bath
<* to ery tnoroiiyfrgeUlng odt df.bod s
standing in b&^jpeSjb'op;, ?
di^ during the whole operation: his b ei
mnll. soon de*clmed,and altimi^cly b1|B t
Trllnl ilitnlSnn wia AnlirAlv nnO?VnuTIA^
* WftQttK
rtfion Cre exsiudlrrtoactionby ^pttj
offfcbi bat ?nd^ Atf't^' i
Thoy brought him a dollar.
lie took it* and clutchod it in his
long skinny fingors, triod its Round
against tho b-ui post, and thon gazod
>n it long and intently with his dull
leaden oyo.
That day in tho hurry of businoB9,
Death had struck him oven in the
street. IIo was hurrying to collect
tho last month's rent, and was on tho
vorgo of a minerablo court, whoro his
tenants herded liko beasts in their
kennels; ho was there with the handbook
in his baud, when death laid bin
hand upon liiin.
11.? r?irn?i! Iinmn Ir? lii-i fit,Ion ?
Jtv vv" I
did mansion. Ilo was laid upon a
bed with a satin coverlet. Tbo law
yer, thv relations, and tho preacher
woro bent for. All day long ho
lay without speeeh, moving only Lis
right hand, as though in tho act of
counting money.
At midnight ho spoke.
Ho asked for a dollar, and they
brought ono to him and, lean und
gaunt, ho sat up in tht bed, and clutched
it with tho grip of death.
A shaded lump stood on tho tablo
neat tho silken bed and loity ceiling
all said, Gold ! as plain as human lips
can say it.
llis hair and eyebrows were white,
his cheeks sunken, and his lips thin
and surrounded by wrinkles that indicato
Avarice. As he sat. up in tho
bed with his ncck bared, and tho silken
coverlet wrapped about hiu lean
frame, his white eyebrows contrasted
with his wasted and wrinkled face, ho
looked liko a ghost. And there his
life was contered in tho dollar which
ho gripped in his clcnchcd fist.
llis wifo, a pleasant-faced, matronly
woman, was seated at the foot ol
tho bod. His eon, a j'oung man ol
twenty-one dressed in the last touch ol
fashion, Bat by tho lawyer. Tho lawyer
sat by tho tablo, pon in hand, and
gold spectacles on his noso. There
was a hugo parchment spaad befon
t_ ?
"Do you think he'll make a will ?'
"fckod tho eon.
"ITdruly.r/""/>os mentis yet," was lh?
whispered reply. 7/ait. Ilo'll b<
lucid aficra while."
"My dear," said tho wifi.*, "had* !
not hotter Bond lor a preacher?"
She rose and took her dying husband
by tho hand, but ho did not mind
Ilia oycB was upon the dollar.
Ilo was a rich man. lie owoe
palaces in Walnut and Chestnut
streets, and hovels and courts it th
outskirts. He had iron rniuos in thi
state ; coppcr miuos on tho lake somi
where; ho had golden interests i
California. His name was bright up
on the record of twenty banks; fc
t owned stocks of a!l kinds; bo he
half a dozen papers in his pny.
lf? Imow but one crimo, to bo i
. debl withou the power to pay.
Ho knew but oao virtue, to g
a xbat ho bad never forgiven, th
i virtuo bo bad never forgotten, in tl
it long way of-thirty-fiveyoara.' '
I, To hunt down a debtor, to diatre
a tenan*-, to turn .a tow addition
J thousands by a sharp gj-eeulatic
>---. these wcro-'the uiain aohioveineu
d .*>f his life.
n He wad a good man j his name vs
o upon the siivor-plate npon -the p:
10 doo'r of a velvet cushioned chureb.
d, Ila was a bunovolonb man ; lor ev
di ry thousand dollars 'which be wrui
il' from the tenants.of bis courts, or in
id tbe^ debtors who writhed beneath
ae heels, he gavo ten dollars to some -1
to; "nevolent institution.
a He wasp just tnan j tho gallows a
tg the jail always found bim a faiib
ad -and unaweyrlng advocato.
il- And now hois a dying man; a
to as be sits upon tbe bed of deo
' with a dollar .in bis clenobed hand,
lib O I holy dollar, object' of bis
no long pursuit, what'comfort bast il
ral for bim now in- his pain of death?.
?1 *ift lengtb the dying man revi
;ht and dictated 4ii* willt, 'It was atra
flg to see th*motbert-and aoh^ and li
ir- yer mattering, and sometimes wri
to Hng besides the bod of death,
sns tho while the testator clutched
eat dollar in bis right band. " .
ieP> Whilo the will waa being B9*d*,
_4n pnraqher came; oven he wbo held
h* pf?t^;oWga of ^ oh?
m-l<KknM'iwiir duora Kbrt'iiil&U# na
- s Jk ,rbv-w \W,
*&** S?*U
ovr Sabbath Day gr^ncd bwxeifeh
tpi .wjtohv?}'
Icing tho Itunil which clonchod tho'
dollar at tho preachers hotid.
Tho proachor hastily turned over
tho leaf and did not reply.
"Why did you novor toll mo of this
before ? Why did you novor preach
from it as I satin your church Why
why ?"
Tho proachor did not roply, but
tiirnod over unothur loaf. Hut tho
dying roan would not bo quieted.
"And it is oasior for ft camol to go
through tho cyo of a needle than for a
rich man to enter into the kingdom of
, God, is it. ? Then what's to b-<umno of
I mo ? Am I not rich? What, tenant
did I ever spare ? what dcb'.or did 1
: ever release? And )-ou st'-od up
i Sunday after Sunday and you preachto
us, and novcr said oue word about
the camel,"
Tho preacher in search of a consoling
passag, turned rapidly over
tho leaves, and in his confusion camc
to this passage, which he read :
"Go to now, yo rich men, weep and
howl for your miseries that shull con.c
upon you. Your gold and silver it
kankorcd, and the rust of thcra sluil
lio a witness against, and sliall ca
your flesh as it were 'firo ; you hav<
heaped treasuro togethor for the his
days- Before, tho lviro of the laborers
who have reaped down your fieldi
which is of you kept back by fraud
cricth, and the cries of them whicl
bavo reaped aro entcrod into th<
ears of tho Lord of Sabaotb!"
"And yet yoa never preached tha
to me !" shrieked the dying man.
TM? A ntvAnnl\nt? tr? It r? ltn/1 hltin/l ornt
JLIJV [V4 V.?tV/UVyt uuv/ tiuvt viuttMvt
through tho pasrago from Jamci
which wo have quoted, knew no
what to say. Ho wan, perchanec
terrified by tho very dying look o
hie dying parishioner. Then thi
; tfifa drew near and strove to coinfor
i him, and the son who had been read
; ing tho will attempted u word or twi
of consolation.
I And with tho dollar in his hand li
, sand into death, talking of stock, c
; rent, of coppcr minesj!and' camels i
tenant and of tebtor, until tho breat
loft his lips. Thus ho died.
Whon ho was colJ, tbo preach*
3 rose and at-kcd tho lawyer whcthi
3 tbo deceased had left anything to wuc
and BQoh a charitable society whit
[, had 6'?.^engrafted upon Ibo preach
. erV.C^orfib.
And his wife cloBod his eyes ar:
I tried to wrench the dollar from li
hand, but in vain. lie clutched it i
d as though it were tbo only saviour
>. light him through the darkness
0 eternity.
is And tho ton Bat down with d
0. eyes, and thought ot the hundreds
n thousands which wero now hi8 o?
Kext day there was a hearso ii
,0 lowod by a train of carriages noar
l(] a ||kile in length.?Thcro was a cro\
around an open grave, ar.d an eloga
sormon upon tho virtues of the d
coased by tho preacher.
Thcro was a fluttoiingof gra
badges, and rolling of carriages, o
?no tears. They left tho dead m
118 ^
. and returned to tho palace, wh
10 sorrow died even as tho crapo 'V
taken frocj the door-knob.
^ Aud in the gravo tho dead hi
anil-clenched tho dollap.?Irish Eui
,n' geliit.
. Give them" a Cuaroe.?A bri
jvv -boy of oDeof our friends took on bitt'
and would not bo comforted when he bt
o- that his father wni |?oirig to Europe,
ng immediately dried kia tears when told
>m his father that he was expected to 1
bis nfter the family, ar.u especially ms uu
be-. er's comfort, lie was delighted witb
idea Of doing soraolhing, nod so pre
,11(1 the wisdom of that philosdphy wl
ful prescribes octivo kindness to others 9s
medicine for our own complaints,
ee! young beart tbat so easily trusts
,th; loves has. quias ready a spring of
and.it io-marvellous npon bow sma
life capital unspoiled children can be bapp
tiou The lesson b'ere taught commend* i
<*' to parents and teachers. l4be ' activi
" ' !??."U-lhU Tli? nnlv n
trcd CQiiarea i? wicpioB?iuic# ? ??? ^
ng0 lion i*. bow shall it be directed!
ivr_ have seen a little fallow .kept hftppj
ing-' hours, driving bugs off ibe trout
Af| treea^n rf place where b^t for bird
tho he.wodd-haVe been fretful and disco
ted. - Give an active boy something, i
the which .shall fully occupy his'tltge, at><]
tb? pTe?a hlm wivb ^- 0?nie of responsit
tph, flsfefti'toeafpgnd you make iiim ch<
mts ;.
LQti :? ; v<
LvJ- yl;
' po*Uora ?re very frequently bix?l to,
Boforo tho library firo, almost hidden
in tho grout arm-chair, Arthur
Leo sat thinking on Lho lust day oI '
J tho old year, wondering what Now 1
Year'* gifo ho should purchaso for
liia father. '-I'll bay a now ink.itand.
That will bo j:i?t the present for lath
| or j" anil springing from Imscat, ArI
?. bur put on his cup and overcoat, and
after emptying his purso upon Use
. table, ho as to bo certain that hid half.t
cr-'wii hail not slipped away from bis
I purnv, he left tlio bouse, feeling almost
rich enough to buy bis father any
I present ho <r-.ight desire, and smiling as
j be ivcolb cted tho time?not\ery long
i a^-o either?wlion a nix ponce seemed
| such au imraonso hlhu to Bpond at
It ha J begun to grow dark, and Ar
> thur hastenod on till a brightly lighted
shop was rcachcd, where ho felt
1 cortain tho host inkstands could bo
) obtained, and in a few minutes he
< stood before a case containing tho dc1
sired article in great variety. "This
L one is five shillings, and that thrco,"
3 said tho shopman. Arthur's halft
crown, which had appeared such a
- large sum, seemed suddenly to have
j grown very small, and ho asked ii
, they bad any lower priced oncsj but
i whon wmo were shown him just like
(j those the boys U80 at school, ho left
the placo feeling greatly disappoint
Tea wasnpon tho tablo upon liie
J return, and ho had no opportunity of
B i eousuiting with his sister as to what
t had best be done for several hours.
!j When hiB father left tho room, the
* door had scarcely been closed before
0 Arthur commenced his story. Bes1
Kie sympathized most kindly in hor
- brother's disappointment. After
0 thinking a fhort time, slie asked, "Do
you remember, Arthur, what father
? broke a lew nights ago?"
Arthur thought for a momont, and
thon exclaimed, 'You mean tho paper
cutter, and I can buy him a now
one I will run out and buy one now
!r before the shops close. It "vill take
,r but a few minutes, sister." Arthur
'' r.-turncd with a paper cutter, which
,l did suit their lather exactly, although
l~ it was neither elegantly carved, nor
mounted with a deer's hoof, like some
Arthur had seen in the shop. Aftci
IB having rolli-d it np carefully, ant
aH then unrolled it again several times
10 to try how it would cut, and seo hov
it looked, the papor cutter was at las
hidden, so that tbeir f..thor shouh
not boo it till tho next dar.
>n "Tell me Arthur, why are you 8<
,j_ anxious to give father a ^New Year'
ly gift," said JJessio.
vd "What a question, sister! I ar
,nt Hure it would bo strange if I shoul
ic- not wish to do so, after all hia kinc
ness to mo. 1 want to show love i
Fe eomo way, and has ho not done moi
iid tbr mo during tho jcar than an
one else?"
cro "Wot
more than any one olso, f<
though father has been very kind 1
j us during the year, thero id ono wl
de-jorvcH more of our lovo than ev<
ho One has kept us in health throajj
out ike year, when bo many Jjavo be<
... ?I.A n nil - 1*7 hr* Kflfl h
| IU1U III IlUC l?? V* v/?>v '? ?-vr MMW ?
igftt J *towud ujiorr ua tha choicest or bleai
"?ly ingei; and to crown^al! other gifts, h
turd ofl'ored us at last agloiious homo
but hoover,. Can my brother, wbi
l>y ib'nking of all this, filoep poacofal
look on the last niglit of the old your \vi
?th- no gift for bis Heavenly Father V'
ved There was sijenco for a mornei
.. , and then Arthur eafd, "Yes I knc
^ God has done more for me than a
one else; bflt ,wh^t is tbero, biet
. . that I can give God, trben every tbi
In the *rorld belongs to him V' ~
U a Bessift did not apeak, but taking
y Bible from tbe table, foand a vei
itself and Arthur bonding over, read, "J
ty of Hon, give me,tbino heart."
;ios- It waar not the first' lime Art!
W* bad Been these ^ordsj lra? neiver I
r Ior tbey impressed him as when,-on- ti
L8 of last night of-tbe'okf yesiybe tbouj
>arge 0f happy borne,- loving friends,
oten* marty jojs of the year that had ptt
? ^ ed, and then of the littte.be had Ac
1;'?- for God, Vvho Bad dobo art much
him. | , . *- . i
serfut AtoneIbat night, Arthur waited
\ 'iraluh'thtfofcl yeat'ptffej ft&J*
> jtie bl^ra^lti iheglBS KeW Y
JpW.. knoeiiog-he Peered a sinful, erj
make' *****" tot- hla^eavoulj Faifce#
i with gave <t in childliko faith and 1
sr. . fcnoiHi>g tb^t it would be Bfacp*>j
'for ^
(^y * Ji" - f; ^ '^' *' \ ^
Wo learn from General Miller, ooo of
ihe members of the Board of Supervisors,
the particulars of tlie death of a
ricli beggar in the village of Greenbusli,
named Frederick W. ltowhl, which excoeds
in dramatic interest anything we
have read in a long lime, ltowhl came
to Greenbush n few weeks norn in
rags, thin, emaciated, and apparently half
starved, looking the very picture of poverty
nud wretchedness. Ilia appearanco
was enough to excite tho sjmpathy and
charity of overy beholder. He was an
old man, Lent with age, his bnir whitened
with the frosts of many winters ; sorrow,
poverty and misory had evidently been
his companion# through life. The miserable
wretch secured a room in a tenement
house in the villago, and was thore
attended for a timo hy a charitable lady
who brought him food and otherwise roini
istered to his wants. Almost evory day
the old man would beg in tho stfMts, and
with such good fortune that as often as he
Bought alms he returned to his hovel with
I ?-?
well tilled pockets. Nothing was known
by tho old villagers of the history of tho
oM beggar, but it was supposed by all
that ho was what he seemed, and to rolitve
the distress oi' their fellow creature was
believed to be ?'"5r highest duty. But
little more than a week ago, the old man
disappeared, the door of his room was
fastcueJ, and eqon the kind lady who had
given liitn food knew nothing of his
Thus matters went on till Sahlmlh
evening, when the landlord w'>o had alio
ved ltowhl to occupy a room, in his
onement concluded to burst open tho door
litile supposing that in doing bo be would
come upon tho corpso of the beggar.
But such was the case. Stretched at full
length upon a little pallet of straw lay
the dead body of the old man. He had
been dead apparently more than a week.
In his bony fingers he held a bank book,
showing a deposite of $700 in banks at
NoJth Adams and Pitta fiald, whilo two
fifty-dollar bills served as a pillow for his
head, and deeds of property in Pittsfield
and Government bonds to a considerable
amoni.t were lying upon the floor beside
him. The ghastly, repulsive features, tho
tattered habit of tho miser, and the wealth
lor which be bartered his soul lying
around, formed a picture which "not evet>
t the mimic scenca of the stage could rival in
, intense dramatic forco., TI e news passed
I rapidly from mouth- to mouth and large
uumbers visited the apartment to gazo up^
on the dead miser surrounded by bis wealth.
t But, as if in mgekery of the life ha led,
j the money leftrtfy the old wretch secured
him a decent burial; and he went down to
to the grave attired more respectably thali
5 he had ever been when alive. Kind hands
8 forgetful of the past.Jaid him tenderly in
tho tcmb, there to sleep in oblivion until
n the great trumpet shall sound, and hesha'l
d then learn whether the treasures of earth
I- are counted among tlip treasure* of Ileav
n !en.?New York Times.' '
e ? . ??.
^ Wixn NoTHiNa to Do.?What an
anomaly iq Croatian is.a human t>eing
jr with nothing to do* The most ioeigLo
r.jficant object in natnre becomes to
10* him or hor a -source of envy j Jtho
birds sine; in an fectasy of joy j ithe
Ji tiny flower hidden fromall eyes sends
* forth its irugTivnce of happiness; the
5n. mhuntoin strpam dashes along With a
e. spaijdo of puro ;dpligbt,' The, object.
3? of their croation i&.aopompHfttfed, and
a8 their life gushos forth 'in narmonious
. work. Ol>, plant! obj Streanil hero ^
in man and woman are powers wo
?n never dreamed of?facnltiesidivvne,
I" '>?orn!?l 11 hnarl tn t.hinlc: hnfc nothincr
tb to conceiitrato tho thoughts; a band
to do, but no work done; talenla unexercised,'
capacities undeVo)op<$d'j a
at, human, life thrown away"?wasted as
, w wator pouted in the desert. . .Ob, bir^an
and fl.jwers t. yp are gods in such
. mockery of life as this. f' v "
0r? ' m. :**-r'S*
The Aator library contains 185,000
pse volatnefl, 4000' of whjoh >(Vere added
laityear.- .
>nr The salt mines fn Cnicodr have been
tad wdrkod for aboat 000 years, The
bat greatest depth- attained 18-1.788 foot.
nl; .
tho - Tho ftiVmlgrafcion from Germany
m- laat year increased terfc^tbontaud.?
>ne Tbat from JhPtlaod d?$?eaB?d tbree
for.. thou B0o<f, a q d fr o cu England lw6thoaBand.
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W . - " |
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oar,. , Wk* fn Boman
rj&g *fy?6i -It/ia found, mnch>. oldareraad
'bui i
"characters. ,\?\u
j|^V. If *rt' ? >"" - vi" . "-r <> bU
\ Th*man wbo flred ft pis tolat Queen <
>*ti> that period in.a erlmioal iaoatio asy- j
for lum, ^ *' ?- f. ' -y-ft -** 1 ?J
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