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THE IlICHUOKD PALLADIUM AND SCVTELEGUAU, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER . 24, 1909.
PAQBTIinCli. THE LITTLE STORY: : OF BROTHER PAUL It was Easter ere In the little monas tery of St. Like, just beyond the bor der of Northumbrla. Four brothers made up this quiet, in dustrious household, a brotherhood of letters as well as of religion. It was In the old time, when printing was un known and there were monasteries. wereln men spent a whole lifetime In copying the " Holly Scriptures upon strong parchment in beautiful letters Illumined by choice handwork in gold and silver colors. . The monastery of St. Luke was one of the most famous. Father John, the head of the little household, was full of years and learning. He had travel ed far in his day, and had visited the great houses in Southern Europe where a hundred monks sat In one room copying the gospels wbile one read slowly the sacred words. But his house beside the northern ea had no ambition to make many copies of the Holy Word. Rather, he hoped it might be said that the mon astery of St Luke produced the finest and most neatly faultless copies of the Bcriptures in all Christendom. And so . the brotherhood had been carefully selected. There was Broth er Stephen, a man in middle life, whose German accent betrayed his father land. No monk could excel Stephen In the regularity with which he wrote, transcribing the words he had learned to love. His letters never needed erasures. His words were never mis spelled or misplaced. With slow, me thodical toil he wrote hour after hour and his prayers were blended with the words he wrote that they might reach the hearts of pagans and heathen and win them to the Lord Christ. Good Brother Stephen had it to his credit that two bibles which he had -copied were in the possession of royal ty, and were read on holy days in hearing of those who held the might iest scepters in Europe. Stephen was p. great comfort to his superior. Father John. Then there was Brother Philip. Young and ruddy was the Saxon broth er. A Danish warship had touched upon the British coast one day and had snatched two fair-haired children from their mother's protection and had sailed away to unknown southern seas. Sold in a slave market in Italy, the girl, in resisting the insults of a Moor ish buyer, received a blow from which she died after a few hours of agony. The boy, fired to desperation by his grief, had fought with his captors and was rescued more dead than. alive, by an old priest, who took the lad home and nursed him back to life. The delirium effaced the boy's mem ory (or awhile and the good priest called him Philip. And Philip was his name when he entered a monastery, and developed a wonderful art for painting. . Philip would have enjoyed painting the scenery of nature, but in that time It was thought fit only to paint pic tures of the saints and .of the Madonna, or to illumine the" text of Holy Writ with bright initials and rich margins. So Philip turned to this last, and his fame became so great that Father John secured him as a member of the little brotherhood of St. Luke. And here, once more in the land of his birth, Philip, lived with the brothers, illus trating the beautiful texts of Brother Stephen with splendid initial letters bearing figures of the Virgin and of tjie blessed apostles. V Father John delighted in these two brothers, Stephen and Philip. They were ever at work. exceDt sometimes Pkllln wnulri Inrtlr thrnnjrh the narrow window of the monastery and watch the sea shimmer beneath the wester ftig sun, and his brush would droo from his hand and his eyes would fill with tears. Then he would draw a picture of a sweet, childish face against a sea-blue field, and in the silence of the monastery he would kiss the child face he had drawn. ' 1 Then there was another. Brother Paul. No one quite knew why Panl had ever been admitted to the studious monastery of St Luke. He was dif ferent from all the rest. On one high shelf in the library was a half-finished copy of the New Testament. Years of patient toll had been spent upon it. and one day Brother Paul was working a design of an eagle, at the conclusion of St John's Gospel, when an accident occurred, and the blue and gold was spilled through all the pages of the precious volume and It was ruined be yond repair. ilt must have been blundering care lMisness. Father John said. , And Brother Paul was sentenced to a very long and heavy penance. To be sure it was told In the village of Innesfel, that Brother Paul had watched at the bedside of poor Gurth, the blind beg gar, who was dying of the fever, and that the brother had had no sleep for seven nights before the terrible acci dent happened to the book. But Fath- (SEWNETTT Keffii Stock Co. TONIGHT "IN COON IIOLLOW ...... . - .j . ... Daily matinees, any seat 10c er John said that the .brotherhood ol St Luke existed for copying manu scripts and not for nursing sick beg gars...... . ' Then Brother Paul had long been an offender. Many a time it had hap pened that v when the other - brothers were diligently copying the secret! texts. Brother Paul, had been absent, cultivating the 'garden of the old wid ow who lived by the edge of the Innes fel woods. Or he was helping to s cure the hay for Farmer Cedric, who had rheumatics, keeping him in th chimney-corner half a year. His farm would have utterly gone to waste ha it not been for the visits of the sturdj Brother Paul, who could delve and ditch and harvest as well as the be3t Saxon churl in the shire. Indeed, whatever standing Brother Paul had inside the monastery, his standing in the village and throug! 1 . -... A . me wnoie 1 countryside was Dy no means doubtful. The people held him in greater reverence than the parish priest, and "Father John of the Mbnas tery," - as the villagers called him could not count upon one half the af fection which continually went out to Brother Paul. Eldorman Beowulph pointed to his bright son of fourteen summers and told how Brothel Paul rescued the lad from the mad waters of the river Alnes, the year of the great freshet And Jemmy, the wieaver, told of that hard winter when his house was snow bound and he himself sick with a fc ver. And the children were crying for bread, and not a crumb In the house when Brother Paul broke a palh through the forest and in spite of the terrible storm, found his way with bread for the weaver and his children And so one could go on for a day picking up tales of the goodness which the simple village folk had received from Brother Paul. But all this counted but little inside the monastery of St Luke. There Brother Paul was surely the least of all the little brotherhood, with more duties omitted and more tasks unper formed than all the other brothers twice over. More than once Father John had prohibited Brother Paul from leaving his cell for long periods, under pain of serious penalty. And It was suspected that more than once Brother Paul had broken his arrest by nightly visits of help and mercy to the suffer ing poor in the village. So when it happened during the next to the last week, in Lent that Brother Paul fell sick of lung fever, and when he grew steadily worse In spite of all remedial herbs in the corner closet of the refectory, and when, about sunset of Good Friday the good brother closed his eyes forever upon earthly scenes, it was a matter of less regret in the monastery of St. Luke than in the vil- lege of Innesfel. Saturday sufficed for the .simple preparations for the burial, and at sunset the body of Paul was laid upon a bench in the chapel of themonastery while the brothers sang the requiem for a brother gone to rest They left him there, to await the burial on Monday. Father John slept, as became the su perior of a monastic house, in the cell just beyond the chapel. From his plain couch he could see the lamp burning before the little white altar. And the pious monk awaited sleep, watching the lamp and thinking who should be admitted to . the place of Brother Paul, who had died. To his surprise, suddenly the little lamp blazed wondrously. The chapel was in a glow. What could it mean? And he saw one gloriously vested aa cendlng the altar steps. The 'brilliant light ; shone ' on. . And the stranger turned a wondrous face upon r the startled monk, the countenance of the Archangel Gabriel. "I. bring,", the angel said, "a crown ol-exceeding richness for the man among all men who in his life has best transcribed the Gospels of our adora ble Lord. For such a one there waits an endless benediction!" It was one blissful moment for the superior of St Luke's. Heaven, as well as earth, had recognized the matchless work of those tireless copyists. Father John and Brother Stephen and Brother Philip. It was bliss indeed! But Gabriel began to speak again: "Here is the home of one who made the truest copies of God's Word. No other manuscript was ever so fair as his.; For he, Brother Paul, wrote the gospel of our Lord in his life. . With words of love and tender care he wrote his days full of gentle ministries and made the nights shine with help and cheer. Hereafter let it be known that the best copy of God's Word is a llv ing copy, and they are the best copyists who write the Holy Gospels in their hearts and illumine them with Christly lives." .' 'And then the superior of St Luke's beheld two angels raise the form of Brother Paul from the bench on which it had been laid, and bear it through the lifted roof of the chapel along the pathway of the stars. And long afterward it wonld be said of one who lived a blameless life. "He Is writing the gospel of Brother Pani." C. E. S. in the Epworth Herald. Tinplate making was introduced Into England from Saxony in 1665, and the first tinplate factory in France was established in 1714. 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Early in the evening: the S. R. O. sicn. was hang out and many people were disappoint ed at not seeing the very excellent performance which Mr. Keith gave in the title role. "The Right of Way. At the Gennett on Thursday. Sept 30 The Right of Way," an adaptation by Eugene Presbrer from Sir Gilbert Parker's novel of rhe same name, win be presented. It la understood that Mr. Presbrey has departed rather widely from the lines of the original story, but that is a matter of very lit tle consequence. . . Everybody knows, that there most of necessity te an essential imposition in any pretense that a play is fairly representative of the book from which it professes to be taken. The better the original story the less satisfactory, as an epitome of it, is the dramatic version likely to be. In all cases of this - kind the imrortant Question is not how much of the parent novel has the adapter been able to preserve, but what sort of a play haa he been able to construct out of his selected frag ments. ; ' ., Evidently, there is a . considerable amount of good melodramatic material in The Right of Way" and In the hands of such callable players as P. Aug. Anderson. Hallett Thompson and Miss Arleen Hackeit. it is easy to be lieve that an interesting performance will be given which will be augment ed by the original production. y- ' ' '-Mary Jane's Pa."" The wanderlust of dramatic pro duction seems to have cropped out In the ever alert Henry W. Savage, when he gave the public "Mary Jane's Pa by Edith Enia. for from ail accounts. it is an unusual play, as unusual as the character of Hiram Perkins, a tramp printer, wh'ch Henry E. Dliey will play at the Gennett, Tuesday. Oc tober 5. But just as the rerm of the wander lust possesses Hiram, so the striving after new things has ever been a char acteristic of the producer of The Merry Widow" and The Love Cure." The play and the character has been received with such emphatic approval in New York. Chicago and Philadel phia, as to bring them the highest re commendations possible. V- It Is a relief to feel that among all these problems and fads of the drama one is again to have the real' enjoy ment of true unexaggerated types, of bucolllc simplicity and of genuine comedy and pathos. But since it Is a Savage production, one may wen rest assured that In It win be found some unusual scenes and situations born of familiar but of heretofore unutilized circumstances. -s The Climax. The) Climax comes to the Gennett on Wednesday next. "Do- yon know I think that there la a f kind of selfishness In giving; for there Is a kind of joy In the distribu tion of gifts.- said Joseph M. Weber, who stands sponsor for The Climax. 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