THEY A.` SHE.
They say, in wondering surprise,
(And yet it is not what I sought,)
"Your life is purer than we thought,
A mist has hung before our eyes.
"We did not deem you worthy praise;
We o ,ly saw the darkened past,
And did not know, that years fly fast,
And naught is clear through fog and haze.
"We said-What has been, must be still,
His present copies true his past;
The cloud of sin that overcast
His youth, must still the fair sky fill.
"We judged you harshly all these years,
We were not fair to you nor just;
And now we bow us in the dust,
And, conscience-smitten, beg with tears,
"That you forgive us for the wrong,
That you forget how blind we wore;
And we will join in praise with her,
Who has, alone, in trust been strong."
To this I answer, carelessly:
"Your meed of praise I have not sought;
The good within me has been wrought
By her who has been true to me;
"And she to me is all in all,
Her praise is praise enough for me,
I look within her eyes and see
She loves and trusts, though angels fall.
"It matters not if praise or blame
Proceed from other lips than her's;
Your thought of me no feeling stirs,
My thought of you is still the same."
Tie Prodigal Son.
Last Sunday afternoon the superintendent
of a S anday school out in the Black Hills
happened to be visiting some friends in
Brooklyn, and, on invitation, attended the
school service of one of the popular Metho
dist churches. Invited to address the child
ren, he declined at first, but finally consented,
and to illustrate the welcome of the sinner to
repentance related the following anecdote:
"I reckon most of you young ones have
heard about the old feller in Egypt, which
was well fixed fer kids. The old man was
heeled clear to his neck, and thar wasn't a
dip nor spur he wasn't onto, and you bet he
had his equar dose o' sheers in every pay
dirt claim on the divide. He was a good old
man, straight as a rifle bar'l, and without
knot, rot, or woodpecker hole from root to
crow's nest. For a long time he'd been full
owner o' an eighty stamp mill, and travelers
in them parts seen the smoke rising from his
chimney pretty steady, and they knowed
quartz was grinding and the dust was good. 1
Thar warn't no funny business about the old
man. He knowed prime wash from salt by
the color, and it warn't long afore the boys i
quit stealing his mules and set right down to
the levels and picked for trade. They i
knowed he'd straddle any blind, but he dealt J
fair, and they respected him. Well, child
ren, the old man banked a heap o' quartz.
He had a big ranch, and the sheep on it was 1
as thik, as miners' tents. Thar was antelop~ C
and prhirie chickens, and jack rabbits, an4 '
black-tail deer till you couldn't rest. And d
thar was lots of wheat and a big shack, built
o' logs, with a parlor in one end. Now, I F
tell you, that thar old man was fixed up to
the trap, and don't you forget nothing. But
one o' his sons was kind o' restless. He
wanted for to prospect for himself. The old
man give him the racket straight from the
hip; told him not to make a dog-gone fool of
himself. Stay where he was. Thar was
more money in a stamp-mill than there was
in mines, and he advised, the kid to locate
right thar. Why, children, that thar old
man knew from the sour that the short did'nt b
have no show, even for tailings, and what's 0
tailings, even if he played to win, to a squar
divide on the regular wash. ci
"But the kid wanted long grass, and so the eC
old man started him, and gave him his bless- "
ing, and told him for to always deal level t
with the table and never let a man get his
elbow behind his kidney on him, and so the hi
boy got away. Fixed straight to his hair. at
All the dust he wanted. Best advice a boy ox
ever got. What do you think hedid? Be si
went broke. I never knew whether he got
into a game whar they played straights, or rn
whether some fellow held over him a square ,
deal, but he went clear to the bottom o' his Ei
sock and struck bedrock. Clean up dead L4
gone. The yield didn't pan a cent to the ton.
Gulch dried up. Dips crossed his angles, m
Blind leads fetched the only vein he had, ex
cept one, but that he didn't know of. He was so
digging for yellow in black rock and couldn't cc
see the glory that was only waiting for him
to assay and coin. Yes, you bet. Thar that
poor boy, without money enough to buy a th
box o' matches, was driving where thar
wasn't even pyrit, while all the sky was pour
ing out the best color ever panned,. and he ui
couldn't get onto it. Well, thar was only one
thing to do. Prospecting was no use. So
he went down on a ranch, and told the ranch
men he'd keep the coyotes off the pigs. You cE
know what an ornery derned thing a pig'is. '
You've got to kill him and smoke him and gi
throw him away and forget him before
you can eat him, and yet that thar young
man hived right down with pigs and drawed
when it was his turn, and if he got a fair
hand o' shucks he was goose on his luck. c
Bimeby the racket gotltoo stiff for, him so he ti
kicked. He made up his mind that he would "
flock back to the mill and strike the old man (
for another stake. Did the old man go back a1
on him ? Well, not for coin. Did he say
he wasn't hiring any new hands, but the kid
might work at Hamilton's Hollow? I ft
reckon not. Says he, 'Put it here,. pard,' I
and he just fell clean over him. Thet's style. ir
Thet's trade from the origin. Thet ain't all. "
,Thet thar old man fetched out a buckskin d
trowsers, and an antelope shirt, and some h
buffalo boots and a camp hat, and drawed "
the young feller right in. Eh ? How's thet ?
Gitting you now, am I? Begin to hook on
to my racket ? Know who the old man was ?
Yes, you bet your life, and He's waiting on
you to pass out on a bobtail, and for you to
come to Him and be fitted out and started in
the stamp-mill again like you never hopped
the ti-ra-lu and hooked out from under the
family unbrella. Let up be and saved. For I
tell you children, the lower level gets awful
hot sometimes, and if you can do placer work
with the sky right around you keep away
from the tunnel business, for thar's no draw
ing after a bet.
'"I'd like to have you sing a hymn for me
that we sing in our Sunday school, 'Baby
Mine;' do you know it ?"
And to the astonishment of the local super
intendent they did know it, and he couldn't
Gambetta at Home.
Gambetta has returned to his earlier loves.
It is not so long ago since he was a lazy, ill
dressed, and rather unkempt cafe lounger.
Now he is a statesman and one of the world's
leaders for the time being. Nevertheless,
he does not altogether forget his old friends
and associates: The liquor saloon-keepers
of Paris, says a Paris letter, indulge in an
annual dinner, which is quite an affair in its
way, and rather eclipses our own French
cook's ball. Gambetta was invited by his
is old friends, and cheerfully consented to at
tend. Wine-shops are important centres in
e politics. Even so popular a m!n'st r as Mr.
Gladstone has been defeated before now by a
judicious admixture of the gin and gospel
elements in British politics. So Gambetta
went down among the tavern-keepers and
made a very pretty little speech. He did not
e tell them precisely that they were the salt of
h the earth, for he has a constitutional objection
to quoting scripture. But he did tell them he
a was extremely gratified at coming into inter
e course with trade societies such as theirs,
y which were the real representatives of indus
d try and thrift. Indeed, sucn intercourse was
It a duty which he would never shirk on any
a pretext. Tavern-keepers, he informed
1 his delighted audience, were the pillars
s and conservators of society, whose only
enemy was the clerical. Tavern-keepers
never fomented riots, which is only a stereo
typed accusation of the revolutionary press.
The wine-shop was for the workman and
small tradesman what the club and the sa
loon were for the rich, and Gambetta con
demned tle rigorous legislation to which so
useful and beneficial an institution was sub
t jected and which placed it at the mercy of
officials. "The humble wine-shop keeper
was an important section of society in popu
lar quarters, for, as his friend Martin Na
daub had said, 'Labor makes one thirsty."'
These words wA go all 6ver France, and are
destined, as they doubtless were intended, to
bear rich vintage in the election for the pres
idency of the French republic.
"Oh, she was nice to eat,"
Remarked the alligator'
"She tasted very sweet,
And I am gladiator."
A long deal-a twenty-foot plank,
A close shave--2 per cent. a month.
"One difficulty about a chip off'n the old
block," said Deacon Searchly, "is that its
of'en the old block-head."
The marquis of Calinax was so exceedingly
cautious in everything that he wrote at the
end of his will: "It is my last wish that I
may not beburriedalive * * * as far as
this may be possible."
A singular fact-A Galveston gentleman
has observed that when he goes out hunting
and has his gun with him and wants to ride
on the street car, he has never yet had occa- A
sion to signal a street-car driver twice.
An Alabama paper publishes the following
notice: "Married, at Flintstone, by the Rev.
Samuel Windstone, Ephriham Grindstone, to
Emiline Sandstone, both of Limestone."
Look out for a lot of small Grindstones.
Indignant mother-"Surely, you don't
mean this for a likeness of my son ? It's not
got his nose." Photographer-"I'm very
sorry, but the fact is the nose never does
come out quite right wtth the first copy. If
you took a dozen, now-"
Just why a man should be ashamed to own M
that he is injured by a fall we don't see, but
ninety-nine men out of a hundred on getting
up from a slippery spot will lie like butchers,
and say "Not hurt at all," when in truth they
are bruised'and skun in over twenty places.
Small Brother: "Where did you get that
candy from, Annie ?" Small Sister: "Mother
gave it to me." S. B.: "Ah, she always
gives you more than me." 8. S.: Never
mind; she is going to put mustard plasters on
us when we go to bed to-night and I'll ask
her to let you have the biggest."
"What does your husband do ?" asked the
census man. "He ain't doin' nothia' at this
time of the year," replied the young wife.
"Is he a pauper ?" asked the census man.
(She blushed scarlet to the ears.) "Law,
no,",she exclaimed somewhat indignantly; I
"'we ain't been married more'n six weeks."
"Ever kill a man ?" they asked of a tender
foot, when he arrived at Deadwood. "Reckon
I have, several," he replied. More respectful
in manner they asked him: '"Shoot him ?"'
"No." "Knife him ?" "No." "Club him to
death?" "No." "Poison?" "N'o, sir." Then
how the devil did you ever kill a man ?"
"Drove a butcher's cart "
t ? Technical k;nowledge: A two-foot rule
on was given to a laborer in a Clyde boatyard
s? to meisure an iron plate. The laborer not
on being well up in the use of the rule, after
to spending a considerable time, returned. "Noo,
in Mick," asked the plater, "what size is the
ed plate ?" "Well," replied Mick, with a grin of
he satisfaction, "it's the length of your rule and
r I two thumbs over, with this piece of brick and
ul the breadth of my hand and my arm from
rk here to there, bar a finger."
ay Horace Greeley's advice to young men was:
W- "Go West and rise rapidly with the new
country." The young man that rushed into
ne the elevated car the other evening and sat
by down on the arm that separates the seats,
rose with a rapidity that would have made
'r- Horace's new country perfectly wretched.
't The only disadvantage in raising, under the
above circumstances, is that you have to
force a sickly grin and look unconcerned,
which is very trying sometimes.
S. A Chat With Salvini-On being introduced
11- to the great tragedian I opened the conversa
r. tion by remarking, "Sig. Salvini,chiaros curo
's maccaroni," to which he courteously respond
s, ed, "Sig, Americano, Andante stiletto." I
Is was delighted to hear it, and replied, "Mezzo
re tinto, bittorio Emannello vivo voce." That
.n seemed to please Salvini, and he replied,
te smiling, "Pianissimo staccato mio." I
h agreed with him, and said, "Bravo lazzaroni
is piano." He seemed to like the idea very
t- much and declared quite earnestly. "Handano
n organo granderino." I then shook hands
r. and withdrew, as I saw many of his friends
a waiting an opportunity to speak to him."
31 "I swore to never drink a drop,
a Alas !" said he, ' I think
d For me it will be hard to stop,
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