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How Long Since You Have Written
to Mother f Kditor Mirror While reading in your columns the poem “In Memory of My Mother,” certain and different thoughts came to my mind, and while they are yet fresh I will try to give them to you as they came to me. llow long since the loving mother-heart in the old homestead lias been gladdened by a letter from her boy? Can you not pic ture her in your imagination, as you have often seen her in your boyhood days, going quietly from room to room as she cheer fully performed her household duties? And how many times, as siie is thus busily engaged does her heart go out to us each day, and over and again will she say, “1 wonder why our boy doesn't write? It seems so strange that we don’t get a let ter from him.” llow many times during the long, neg lectful silence of her absent boy. does she live through his sickness and death among strangers? llow the mother-heart yearns to be with him as she thus pictures him! So unbounded is her love for him she thinks nothing less than death could cause him to neglect her so. While residing in New York, some ten years ago, a poor woman told me she had an only son, and he was then live years away from home. During that time he had written to her only three letters. Said she to me: “Oh, the torture that my heart has endured will never be known. I watch and wait, day by day, for a letter from my boy; but it is all in vain. Every time 1 heare a step in the front yard my heart leaps into my tliioat; 1 think it may be my boy coming home at last.” <). what suspense and trouble of mind we absent sons could save our loving moth ers by frequently giving a few moments of our abundant leisure to write to them —only a few minutes to each letter. And what pleasure the letter would bring to the old home, and how the mother’s heart would lighten at such testimony of her boy’s thoughtfulness and love. It matters not though we may be convicts —a mother’s love is never lessend, but rather strength ened, by her boy’s misfortunes. So. if any of us have neglected mother, let us do so no longer. Though the knowl edge ot our misdeeds will bring sorrow to that mother’s heart, it will put an end to a torturing suspense which is more difficult to bear than certainty, though that certainty be death. Write to mother! F. 11. B. August SI, 1887. A lecntHrkHblc Appeal. Nothing more stirring has appeared for a long time than the appeal that comes from the inmates of the Tennessee state prison, at Nashville, in behalf of prohibi tion. It is signed by 401 convicts, begin ing with the name of C. F. Norton, and ending with that of Ben Morris; and runs in part as follows: “We, the inmates of the state peniten tiary, knowing by observation and con vinced by undeniable facts that liquor is the cause of all the misery we endure, of all the hardships and privations we subject those to dependent upon us. do hereby most earnestly ask that the voters of this great state may seriously consider the question before them and give their aid in word and deed to the cause of prohibition. We do not claim that every criminal act was perpetrated under the influence of whisky; but we fearlessly assert that three forths confined in these walls can trace their downfall directly or indirectly to that cause." The appeal is given to the public through the chaplain. N. W. Utley, who certifies that it was drawn up and signed in the ex act form in which it appeals by the pris oners themselves “without - any dictation as to form or matter” upon his part, “or the part of any other man outside of the roll of convicts themselves.” We know there is always some discount to be placed on such statements coming from criminals, or drunkards, or dead beats. It is natural for them usually to exaggerate the part liquor has played in their degradation, making it a sort of scape goat for all their sins and wickedness. But allowing for all reasonable discount, tiiis petition remains as one of the most cogent arguments ever put into form for the extirpation of the saloon. These men know their enemy and know his power. It is hardly conceivable that such an appeal does not come from their hearts. What a flood of misery is pre sented here, flowing through the swinging doors of the bar-room! Poor wrecks upon tlie shores of time! In all the infinite eternity God lias given them one life to live here upon earth, and only one. and they have made a hideous failure of that. Why? In great part—yes. in greater part —because of the “open gates of hell,” kept open by the license policy of the state, le galized by the government, made part and parcel of organized society, and their profits shared in by the Christian community under which they receive their seal of sanction. God pity us all for the hells upon eartli for which we have been so long responsable. The saloon must go!—The Voice. Daughter—“ Mother, may 1 go in to bathe?” Mother —“Yes, my charming daughter; put on that thousand dollar dress and then sit down on a bench and let a New York reporter describe your bewitching costume —but don’t go near the water.” —Wichita Arrow. J. G. HENING, (Successor to Hening & Millard) DEALER IN 1 PURE DRUGS k MEDICINES, Perfumery, Toilet and Fancy- Articles, Brushes, Etc. FINE CIGARS. 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