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A Camp Meeting Story.
"Now, Mrs. Wilder, 'bout them
chickens 1"
"Just let me knit to the middle of
my needle, Draxy."
Draxy waited, her busy hands
finding something to do in the little
pause. The things on the table were
straightened, the daguerreotyes (it
was the best room) tiited more aceti
ratoly on their open covers, a mi
nute speck of dust dislodged from
the mantlepiecc--all before the gen
tle "click, click" of the needles eased,
and Mrs. Wilder laid down her
The chickens--lot in see. It was
those six little broils of the speckled
lien's I was a-thinking of, and the
pepper-and-salt roosters." Mrs.
Wilder viewed chickens from a pure
ly practicalstand-point. "-raiat'll be
enough, won't it Y"
"I don't know,"-doubtfully
"folks eat a licap at camp-ieeting."
"So they do. Weil, then, kill
three of the black Polands and bake
a pie. That'll be a plenty-"
"I guess so." Business thus dis
posed of, Draxy assumed a chair
and w axed confidential.
"How many of our folks is i.-guin,'
Mrs. Wilder '
"You and me, and Nathan and
E.len-that's live ; and Lacy's six."
"Lucy !"
"Yes. Mr. Wilder said he guess
ed she'd better, and brother Parker
plead hard about it. He thinks she
is old enough to get religion, and
ought to have it ; and her pai says
there's no harm tryin,' only le
won't have her flustered. I don't
know what to say 'bout it myself,
but I guess pa'H right." And Mrs
Wilder ended with a little sigh.
"Mr. Parker 1" There was a con
centrated and conspicuous sniff in
Draxy's voice. She said no more,
and in another minute got up and
left the room, her errand aiccomplish
ed. There were few waste pla: e,
in Draxy's life. Satan might have
didged around her 'for months,
without findinr one idle chlilick in
wAicb to )r.actise his nefarious arts.
Pretty hool the door opelne'd and
Lucy came in-a girl of seventeen,
with3 the shy beauty Lof a wild do in
her bazel eyes. The delicatC, CaMueo
like outline of her face was oi an ex
pression of appeal. Not that there
was anything to aIppke:iJ Igailist inl
her life-the petted only daugh ter of
C:is h )moit 8h >. . )11 w.>.n n
possess that look naturally, and be
fore it, when combined witi youthl
and 1oveohineaa the hearts of men go
d.,wn like ninepins. Lucy as yet
kaew not the value of her klo.wer. bii
such knowledge never lingers long.
"hIer liave you beeni, de.r ?"
"Over to Esther's motnier. Tney're
beginning the caup-meeting cake.
I staved to help beat tie eggs.
"1Do tell ! I sippose they're
mraking a great fuss, hke all. the rest
of the fomiR."
'Oh i yvs. Mrs. Rabbins ha.
killed a turkey and eight pairs of
e.icns, had two( pieceis of beef
boiled ; and Esther and HoLps.ey
were maiking gingerbread, and raise]t
cake, and all sorts of p)ies tnat you
can think of-mince andt applle aind
,custoxd and Canadaplum.-1 can't
remlembiler half."
"Land's sake J And who's going,
Lucy .?"
'Mrs. Robbins and the squire and
.the girls, andl James and his wife,
:and aunt Mirey, and-" hiere tie
happ)y gir'lish viice sanik a little, just
a little ; only a close obsaerver would
have noticed the init'ection--'and
"Elkanah .? I wvant to know .! Well,
it's time lie got hold of something
.goodl. You'il have to help Draxy
j.make our pies to-morrow., dear. Theim
wveathe'.s splendid. I guess we're
.going to have a good week."
This camp-meeting ab)out wvhich
all Amnmonoosuc waus in a stir, was ai
yearly affair, anticipated and plannmied
for with eager and invariable
pleasulre. After the heat of the
.Sumil:n'er, and tho toil of tiue harvest,
when the hay w~as in, and the potau
.toes stored, the corni and the corni
.shucks safely housed-when the ryc
.and the wvheat had gone to mill, and
the "boarders" to taicir (ity houme-.
,camne, in the hearutiful Septembher
weather., this holiday ; which, half ai
p ienic, half a religious exercise,
brong it neighibars togat bor, brigh t
* .0ened the links of church brother
hood and ol1d frienudships, andl gave,
to soul ad body alike, refreshment.
But, oh I what a dlitl~rent thing it
was to the different people who
wore looking for ward to it.
Mr's. Wilder, and other good ma
Stranms of her stampll viewed it as a
species of noe jollifictioni, 'omf.
bmning much good cheer with sonme
comfortable preachminag and praying.
A time, too, for thie exhibitioni of no
table house-keeping-of pie crusts
and fatted fowls, which, duly par.
taken of, might impart to theoc
Lioni a certain toothsome solemnity.
Brother Parker, of tihe Pemige.
wasset Conference, on the contrary,
regarded it as IL crucible' in which
Louis should be melted and changed
---a foiu' days' opportunity, during~
which the doors of Heaven should
standa open for wvhomsoever
knocked thereat. In his thoughtm
he saw them enter, souls stained an.1
shruken with sin, 'souls nure an-I
spotless as Lucy Wilder's-for
Brother Parker tuought much of
Lucy's soul. Had it 1jeen contained;
in a body loss fair, it had. perchance,
occul)ied less of his attention ; but
lie was a man, though a good one,
and having twice tasted the sweet
nos of married life, was naturally
re.idy to try it again. Only-here I
he was firm ; a minister's wife must
be known to be of one wind with
hiiself. She muinst belong to his
church - and no temptation should
induce him to lay such a snare and
ic.udial inl the path of his people, as
to marry a woman without religion. I
So Brother Parker looked forward
eagerly to the coming week.
Elk iah Robbins wts c(ually
eager. A strong, brown, handsome
fellow, he had been a wild boy;
but of late had grown so steady and
so attentive to his farm that folks
said, "Kane must be thinking of
settling ;" only where or with whom
nobody knew.
To Lucy and other girls the "amap
imeeting was invested with a delight
fill vagueness, in which merry meals,
rustling tree-boughs, sleeping under
canvas, whispers, laughter, "good
tiies" generally, mingled. In more
than one young heart another and
more select element of bliss was cont
sciously or unconsciously recog
nized. In L-icy's it was-Kane.
The brown, fearless boy and fair
girl had grown up together as play
mates till that dark day when, "for
his b:dness," thle neighbors said,
"Kane was sent away to Uncle Elka
nash's at Swift Water, for a ye itr,"
which year had lengthened into live
It was three years now since lie
came back ; tall, bronzed , strange,
yet familiar : and during those three
years womanhood had crept unawares
over the little maid who had shared
his baby sports. Playmate no long
er, Lucy was very shy ; but in her
secret heart she was prolud of himi ;
proud of the strength that could
heave the heavy timber up, which
her brother Nathan avoided ; of the
skill that could tame the wildest colt.
Sme was sure ie would always be
giod hereafter. The four days'
dwelhling in a grove with him was a
delight so great that it almost
frigotened her.
o he day camee. All Monday the
committees were at work arranging
the tents in the form of a hollow
sguare, beneauth t-he shelter of the
trees. A bright little stream curved
around t.wo sides of the encamp
mIent. In its centre arose a covered
platfori, to which was aflixed a
derrick painted pea green, whose top:
supported a sharp-toned iron belt.
RInkls of rough heu-has confronted
this st.and, ill the midst of whic.,
and directly under the platform, was
a sn.dl hlencliod inclosure for the
use of the "anxious," who were ox
poeted to resort thither at tile close
of every service to listen to ti.e
layorsand appeals of the bretlre).
Nor was the earnal man forgotten.
Besides the eating saloon, open to
ill, e:ch tent bore a long table, duly
sp.cad ti ce times a day with amplest,
provision. These tents represented
e-ich village, and sheltered by Iight
and by day a whole neighborhood.
The nonue of the lacze-"Pemnige
wasset," -"Stowe,' "Lacon"-was let
tered 1up)on the front, accompanied
bly h'nne floral dlevice or text of
Scrip~ture. Uponl tihe Aimmiionoosuc
htunt was the inapplroriate recomi
membtionto "Waitch and Pray,"
around wh ich, by way (of am .)te, a
wreath of flowery hops) was garland
ed. The spacee within was gorgeous
in its app~omtnmnts, and boasted,
liesides a small11 bookcase (If religious
reading, a round tab~le with a red
cover, which sup~ported a hunge nlose
gay of flowers and11 gave the whole
a tasty effect, as Mrs. Wilder (extult
ingly reumarked to Mrs. ilobbinis,
equalled1 by none of the others, oIf
wich effect Ammionoosnec was justly
proud. And so the camp)-meetinlg
fairly blegan.
IAll day Tuesday, peoplle were
p~ourinig in. Each one-seated wagon
brought three antd a b.aby ; each
two-seated, five and two baies. By~
night hundreds were assembled. 1
1mo001 was brilliantly full, aund sig
gurated the assomly, so spirited and
satisfactory, that Brother Lit tie
rubbed his hands and remarked to
Brother Smith that he'd1 been to
forty camp~s itn his time', but, in his
opjuion, this was going to 1)0 tile
greatest yet
"How1funny 1" whispered Hopsiy
Robbins, ais they watched the bumstle
inlside the tent. "See, Lucy,ithe beds
this sidhe ar10 for Us, and that for the
men-folks. Don't it look queer0 ?"
'But wlo sleepsH oni the table ?"
' ughed Lucy, as a roll of
rustling mattresses weis li fted up.
"Don't y'ou know ! Why, the
elders and deacons, ofecourse. T1hat's
Ito keep 1people in order, and stop
any skylarking and frolicking among
us young ones. SayLuwhc
bed will you have y r, 3akenh
one next to mine."
*"Lucy,". called bher mother ; and
and she whispered, "hero's your
place, next to mec. I dout want you
down there with those girls, for
you'll talk and chatter all night, and
not be fit foir a thing in the morn-fing.
Just slip off your frock there behind
the curtain), and put onlyour double
gown, and I'll fix you."
"Si., like Christabel, "her gentle
limbs she did undress," so far as
gon and hoop went ; and pretty
soon, Cnh neat gray w,-annpe he
land, are most formidab'e wien under
tl-e inflhence of unexpected emotion.
The very novelty of sensation andI
expression astounds them. Strong
1m1011 sobbed ; womon became hys
terical ; young girls rushed forwaird
and fell upon their knees; the elders
went to and fro animon the crowd.
expOstiulatilg, explaiillig and e
treating. Over all rang, at intervas,
the voice of the choir in wild, sweet
snatche. A dark thnider cloud,
for a imoimieit, hid the sunii, anid one
low peal shook the air. Brother
Parker stood again by Lucy ; he
heitid held her hand. She was exei
ted and in tears, but she was firi.
Just then a stir took place nealr
them. A young man with bowedi
head was hurried past by two of
the elders. His faco was hidden inl
his hands, but Lucy could not mis
take. A sudden tide of emotion
shook her soul. If Kane yielded.-.
if Kane was going to that place
then she should go too.
Was not her place by him-in
time and eternity ? Brother Parker
felt the fingers quiver ii his 'gralsp,
the resistance slacken. Another
moment he had led ?rer forward.
She was kneeling, kneceling by
Kaie's side ; and this victory of an
earthly aflection, which was to him
all heavenly ofne, had power to
brinig tears, like rain, down the
good man's cheeks. Sweetly rang
the hymn over them, the cloud float
ed past, clear sunshine streamed in
and bathed the place, and Heaven
seemed to smile upon the scenie.
To our young lovers-who shall
s ty ? To some hearts God has re
veaded himself inl this manner. We
may not dare to question. But with
their deeper thoughts uingled the
strange sweetness of being there
side by side-the earthly blending
with the unearthly, as it will do
while we are things of earth.
"Don't Ie0 her converse with any
one, Hister Wilder," said Brother
Parker, as lie restored the agitated
Lucy to her friends. "Keep her
aloof this evening. . Let no vain
conversation or gossip arise to dis
turb the impression on her iin '.
To morrow I will talk with her
Oh ! Brother Parker, had you
no.ied the haiid-clamp, warmer and
more lingering than becamo those
who met merely upon a spiritual
platform, exchanged between your
youig converts ? Did ,you hope to
miake matters quite safe for the im
po'tant c1v1r'stioni ofthe morrow'
0, Brobier Parker, wli4j shall guess
or compute the orpl blindness
whieli Cupid can throiv over even
a good mian's e )l ?
So Mrs. Wilder kept Lucy "aloof.'
Poor Kane, hovermi bout thic
family group for thPe !C of a
word, found only downeast laslhe
on the part of his idol, inid d(iscouirajii
iiig looks from the rest. Fathe'
mother, brother Nathan, sister-iii
law Ellen, and faithful Draxy--al]
were determined there should be no
"pliilidering" that night at least.
So the flame ill Kane's soul, tuils
repressed, bunied more hotly than
ever : al(] at "m1iiirk imidnigli't" ht
was still lying, un iebl to sleep, and
longing forn the dawtn, 13is eves fixe.
on the fair' hiead not at yard fr'oi
A- slight movement showed him
tha~t Luc~y Itoo), slepht not, In a mo1
forgotten, lie luid genltly pushed his
pillowi 5013n4 inc'hies nearer.
"Lucey !'
Sueh'l a tiny whisj er ! Smnother'ed
by Deaconi Aden'is nearity snores, it
woultd scruee'ly have catughtI the asl
tcntin of Fine Ear' ; but Luec'
She half fturnied, heri face dvec
wi th scartilet blus~he5 tis she saw tul
hold1( head no near1. ''-Oh I don't,'' sh<c
breathed, "somebhody will hear."
"nyare msoundi as d1 >ri'cli','
whispered Kane. "Thley won't
wake. D)o let mne o Lucv. ]
shall die if vou wVoni't isten. . This
aftenoon, when I knelt there, you
know. I said to God, 'Oh I Lord, I
will be a goodl manti andi a tchurchC~
miembier' with thy help ; but how cani
I be ainythiing good uniless I have
the girl .f love to go atlong with mnei
Oh ! let me have her, Ljord.' Andi
juast then, Lucy, your di'ess rustled,
and1( youi camei and knelt down b~y
ine. I knew it in a nimment, thiougni
I did nmot openi myi) eyes. Ami then
I felt thait the Lord wasiL as good as
they 53ay, and If took it asM a sign
from Hunu that I was to have myi
hear't's desire ; anid I pra'iyedl, Lucy,
with all my nfight, for the first tuint
in my life. Did you pray, too, darii
ling '?"
" Yes, K ane."
"Amid for inc?
"Yes, Kane."
"Oh ! Lucy, is it real ? Could
youl r'eally CarVE. forn tme 1 I hiave
loved you aliwayst, deari, did you
know it I But till to-night I could
not speank it out. Will you really
be my love and iie, Luecy ?"
"Yes, Ktane"
Never' sounded words so swveet as
those three "Yes's," breathed in
that fairy whiispei'. Kane puit out
his hand--littie fingers met andi
clasped it ; and just tiien somebody
stirred, and D~eacon At water, at thei
far 'end of the tent, gave a species
of snort, and half r'aised huitmself.
With frightened haste the locked
hands unclosed. In half a second
Kane and Lucy, to all appecarance,
weore fast asleep. And from that
Limo till morningr not a sound brokn
the st'llnems of the tent,
Brother Parker was perplexed
next diy at the attitude of mind in
which le found his young disciple.
Sihe Wis Very sweet. and gentle; bore
his quest-ionings patiently. And
when lie asked. --Did she feel as if
she loved Glod ?" 8she said "yes :
and she hoped always to love Him
now, for He lad -made her very
happy." But when the further il
(liry was propmunded. "Was this
feeling so stlrong-that she felt justi
fict) ill heoinil, the wife of ia min
ister of the ospl?"-thOe answer
wats "No 1 She could never have
married a minister, iny way ; and
She had proi.mised Elkanal RIob
binls to iarry him.
But wh.ei lid this promise beeni
made ? Long aid sorely didBroth
er Parker )IXZlO over the maiiitter:
and so did Mrs. Wilder. who, in the
heat of her astonishment at "that
child's thinkin' of ia husband," was
hea rd to sav, that, for her part, she
oin't think how they got at eachi
other ! Lucy and Kane kept their
own counsel, and the aifftir in time
got to be spoken of as "Ilappcnin' at
the camp :" which fact iade
it more than iiually interesting to
the neighbors. Small aind tralsieit
Opposition had ou....yong.cup1
contend with. They were iarried
the next year. Both are members
of the church now, and Kane was
oil the Coiferencie Connnittee for
the list catip-110eting. When peo
ple ask if lhe got religion at Cadiz,
he is wont to aniswer that "that's a
matter between him and the Lord :
but if not., he got something most
ats grood,"-hiH 01loquen1t glanlCe
finishing the sentence. Elder Rob.
bills will be an indulgent friend to
the lextgeneration in Ammonoostc.
And if h should over lie in tabled
state, and hear a little silvery con
fabulation break in upon the silence
of the 'guar'ded tent," we matty be
pretty sure tha the will be convenient
ly blind ail deaf to what is going oil
-remembering how sweetly onee
his I'Luey's voice broke the stillness
with, "Yes, Kane."
Reappearance of the Plague In Europe.
An exchange says tiat after an
absenei of thirty-five years plague
is reported to have again appeared
in Europe. The disease, it wis re
cently stated, , has broken out in
Servia among the Turkish forces
o'NlupVilng the line of the river
Mlkoravia; ind it is suggested that
the matttlady imlay have been earried
there by troops coiming from thc
district lately infested with the
p~lagux i Ahitie Turkey. It 1
little likely that any such importa
tion will IaLv'e ocaulrred, for, in the
first place, no troops were moved
faom the phutl-stricken district in
Iratk-Arabi during the active pre
valence of the disease there thi.
year; and, inl the seecond place, it is
searcely coniceivatble' tlt the plaguel
Could have been carried 1)y slowly
mlloving", tr-oopI~s from the lower
E lphartes landI Tigr'is into Servir
without inidienitions1 of iits resenet
aong theml, landa its spreadI~ to comi
munllities ('n the road. Phlagne hs
not ye't, shw itself ill th~m e Asiatit
doiions11 of Tm ikey noerth of
Fomie 1.300)( mjil s dhist.:mlt, las th<
crowv fli(-, f. 1)m thje T1urkish caiti3
01 th~e Morava.
It. is niot impJosible, however'
i in of her(t i old! haunt.s of phaigie ir
ret'3nt ye;as, the ehsasae mnoy have1
r ripp~ ,iare aft er at hmg perliod 01
cessa tin. Thois is whlat. hlas 13a1
lBenpha i~zi, North Afrlien, inl P3eriar
KurdII~istanl, ini the A.ssyr distict
W~esternti Arlab ia, lando in Mesop.o
tam~lia. Duing the gauld
elninof the plaguie inl E'urop~e
which, bexginninlg atfier thea gre.l
ouitbreak iln thiis coun~try ill 18(h5
to be! the (entire ceOsation (If the
disease in 1841, the nudao ly probal
Ibly lingered longest ini Serviat an11
Bualgaria. It was inl Bulgaria that
the last, great EurIop)eanl utbr'eau
of plgu heured, iln 1 838-9, wher:
froma 80),000) to t90,000( of the 1)opu1
hation weres destroyed by tihe dis.
caist. It. may be, therefore, thiat ir
one3 oif the1 later haun~lt~s of pla1gu(
inEuoea ill some of its formoc
hutinAfr ica and Asia, the dlis.
ease lhas algainl shownl itself. Buit
this conelnsion is not to be0 ne'eptedl
without v'ery preOcise evidenice
T1here ale p~elliar lialiities t(:
error iln fornming at judgmnent 1a5 tt.
thme existenc'e of plagIen 01n til
Lower, D anube and it s traibutaries.
Th'lere, onl the bottom lands, mnalaial
fever's, often of the sever'est typeo,
hamve al hIome. It 11as happened thiat
Rumssian and( Trikish armies, cam
palignling along the Dainubo htave~
been01 terribly scourged by dhiseases.
Before the cessation of the plagtu
inl Europe it was often a mtatter ol
doubht with medical staffs (of armies
in the field on the line of the~
Danube whothler thecy wvere dealin~
with malarial fever or with plague
There is nothing more sulggestive
to the thoughtful ind thlan the
telrrile oarneatnces with whichl a
man in haste to catch a train, stops
to tin hlis shon-atring.
was lying comfortably tucked up in
the bed her prudent mother iad
provided with pillow and qilt.
Sweet, musty smells filled the air
from the liay-covered floor. The
straggling moon-rays, the flapping
curtain, the chewing and chainping
of the horses tethered close by-all
was odd and novel. She couldl not
By-and-by the men came in, spread
their quilts and blankets, and subsi
ded into repose. Good Elder
Adams occupied te end of the table
nearest to Lucy's couch. His
righteous slumbers quickly became
audible, and peeping round to look
at him, Lucy sai a pair of eyes in
tently fixed upon her. A strango
thrill came over her brain as she
met them. Only the width of the
narrow table and the elder's boots
separated her from Kane ! She
blushed unconfortably, and dropped
her eyelids not to open themii again ;
but, for long after, fairy lights and
visions seened to dance before, her
and trouble her repose.
At dawn the camip awoke. Small
chance was there for sleeping. Thin
blue smoke began to curl from early
fircs. Horses whinneyed for their
corn. Impatient hands waited to
pack away the beds and restore the
tent to daytitme order. By eight
o'clock breakfast was eaten and
dishes washed : and white-haiired
Elder Adams took his place, Bible
in hand, at the head of the long
table, to lead in prayer. Lucy sat
just ui ,hout the door. The stillness,
the beautiful peace (if the new-born
day, seemed reflected in her face.
One golden beech leaf fluttered down
and lay upon her fair braids. Kane
wasn't given to poetry, but somehow
a line came into his head as lie
looked :
" ''Oh ! my love is like the morning !"
He had seen it somewhere and lie
thought it was true-abouia Lucy.
At ten o'clock the clanging bell
announced general service, and the
crowd aseibled. Truth, to tell, it
WAS not a picturesque crowd. The
American of the rural districts is
rarely at handsome aniinal. He is
lean. He is brown. He loses teeth
e rly. Hard work and soda soii
tianso.'mm th lovelinoss of youti
into palor id sharp outline. Satle
ratus claims its own. Here and
there one sees a sweet, young face,
or an o11d one with fine sthrong lines
deep-cut ald inscrutable, like a carv
ing ill stoe ; but personal beiauty is
tihe exeeption. Beauty apart, how
ever, we nmay be proud of our mul
titudes. For decorumi, for good
humor, for general nieatness of ap
p-arance, for civility to strangers,
for asense of propriety whiehailmiqt
r mnk ats Ji'gnity, it wvouM 'be hard to
find their parallel in any other cou
try. At this Cadiz caip-nieeting,
even the babies caught the siprit of
the occasioi, and sucked their
thumibs contentedly throughout the
service withouit a cry. Thirteen
ministers ocpied the platform.
With able generalship the lesser
lighlts were first brought forwaaIrd,
le~tving the greater for the third day,
when the exeitment was expected
to euhiuiinate. TIhe sermiion wasiL a
quaie(t one ; t..0 wild and beaul
tiful songs of thme Methodist
hynmald blended with the so ft rust1.
ling of the ti ers abaove, and1( the
morning spedl quickly aiway.
(Greait cheer was hield in all the
te(ntsH at nion, and1( unliamitel quti
ti ties of pie were eat en-Jit prepara
tion for thme after services. Pie usui
ally pr1ecedes repen~itanlee, ais pie
eaters kniow. In thme eveniniig, underi
the blaze of the harvest-moon ,'1lroth
er Parker arose for the first t ilme.
A till, thin man, with a sallow, ten
der' faice, and etioaal nlatuae. His
serimion wais uanusuadlly fervid. A
ocrtatin thr'ill mioavedl over the aissem
bly, anad, at its close', a mnmber of
p)ers5ons passed( qutietly and without
e3xcitemienit inito thae "anlxious s~ it,.
as caindidaites for the prayers of tfla
congrega tioni. Some Cwerepae
wocarried their ich'ildrenm thither ;
soame memO~bers of the church'~I, who
felt that their faith had suffeiredl a
dlecadenc'e. All were welcomedl and1
reOjoicead over by the goodi brethiren,
and muentionu wats miades of thme fac't
that still there was room for others4,
fuirtheri urigenc'y beinag held in re
ser've for thme next daty.
it was then, after two long and1(
"'searchain" discourses, that Jirother'
Parker' hadl "fixed"' to have Lumev
sucemnb. Hie cameii to her amnonu
thme tharon g andmo pleatded cam nestly.
HeT even took her hand and1( starove,
wvith gentle foi ce, to dIraw her' to thme
front. To his surprise, sheoresistedl.
The giirl had heri own reserve of
e'iaracter, her own thioughts ia to
spiritual things. T1he smaall inco
sure of roughi boards, within which
it semed to himt so iimpoitant thait
she should kneel. wais to lher no
sacred laMce. TO her~i, God had ap
pearedO~ often nearer-in the w~oods,<
on the hills, alone in heir little room.
Even the spectacle of her friends,
Hepsy and Esther, conducted weep
ing to the "anxious seat" failed to
move her. "I cananot ; it would not
be honest." Such was Lucy's creed;
and heri flower like beauty concealed
an ulnderlying strength, even as
beneath the mount rin slopes, enamel
led with butter-cups, spre'ads1 the
indestructible granite.
By the afternoon of the third day
a wide-spread excitement had seized
upon the camp. A rugged and re.
served neonle like those of New Eng.
81)ecial- weapon forged to destroy
Pool-Holling at the Park. At a criti,
cal moment the chief promnoter of the
bill was absont, and to this day
"fmutuals" in New Jorsey have been
undisturbod by the nuthoritis. In
Now York the question of the legli
ty of the sytoi Ias been put to the
polie departnIct, but no answor
has as yot boon0 recoived,
The ohaneus of winnin.g at tihis
species of gamlbling are not regardl(l
ast speially promising, itt tho bes,
but it has boeen asserted that they
ire rendered loss attractive to e
perieniced peronos by thbe knlowledg
that the operator has8 always the up
portluiity nid not lunfrequently the
ehiination to defraud the winers in
the following manner - One of the
Cl I)lOVco 1(eeps i 8ha1r!) watch 111)011
the race, and when anll olU itder comes
up1) the homesxt'etchI 1111 eaSy winnler
-anl event oIt of very ra.re oCUr
renee-le quickly chaingexs the re.
cord of the mdintor, taking tein to
fifteen from the nuimbe 1r of tie( d4s
sold on the favorite, aid iniig Ia
like number of tickets on the win
ner. The s11um total in the pool"
appoursl to ho uiclangod, hnt the
value of tho Winning tickets isi. (e
creased ill diret proport ion to the
number fraudulently added. In
vestors find their returils cut (ownI,
whilo the operittorti pocket the ditf
forence. Take, for initaine, the
ca0se mentioned whore thtre are
$1,395 to ho divido 1 among th >so
holding winning tickets. Tenl tick
ets have been sold oi F, and to tho
surprise of all F wins. Tho opera
tor may take five from the number
recorded for A and add them to
F. There aro now 15 tieketa on F,
each apparently worth $93, The
tell holders of genuine tickets re
ceive each $93, and the balaneo of
$465 is appropriated by the oper,'
tor, John E Wishart, of Now
York, publisiled a letter inl Wilkes'
Spirit of the Times on May 15, 1875,
in whihel lie mentioned an inlstalnco
whero "Imutuals" were sohl on tho
Nashvillo'races and tickets oil Verdi.
gris added as soon as he had won
the race. Complhints have been
made also of the muanageentt., at.
Jeroie Park, in the race between
M. H. B. and Shylock, which was
run during the fith meeting of 1873,
j lust Iofor John Cihamiberlill
censed to control the mutuals o4
that com so. Since that time John
Morrisiey ha" obtained t c fran
chiso, but the c0111)Ilints hiavo not
eansed, On the third day of the
spring mneetig Lloyd's colt wop
and tekots on him paid $125 or
It is alleged that fourteen
added to the record of his tief
the indicator by one of the
tors. On the fourth day ofA'8s.
mguting the Colt AlgoriussWU a
tick pa1ed $154 Oach, !'g,
thant fiftee were add& ,
pool had boon closed, -
0d that if those myste
lators of tile indiCiLt
frognentit and notori.
of gambling will -yable invarIt-.
A strango brae 4f promiso caso
ion trial in a 8fin 'FraishcoiC court,
the pcu'hliarity beinig thait a womanII
81u0s a man10 for refusxing to kciep I
miatrimioial nigatgemen noul.1l2e t witIh
hier whlile she( was* the wif of(I 11 nii
*111 grewi tired (of the j lIinmgruous(1
relationh. Mr. Keating wasH nearer
s411 1 0eto wed o I Ihu the all'oction
which heri' 1hband co uild nlot galin.
Mr.I K iating gave'. her2 his hearI., and1(
promised40( to give herP his hand as11( 1
soon111 as sh coutld he0 freed fromt Mr.
ie Hi seninig thaiit fr'eedomi, for
Mr. Elwalrdl' be0havt1ior a* Ia husband~I~f
wast* not, bad1 (enouigh Ito maeke aI di.
vorce eas~y to get ; but ai legal sepaI
Sie mean1t1 imo1 thec(ourthip between
proIgressed in a waiy that woul huave
hoen1 propjer had1( sh1e noit b)e(en IL wife.
Many love letters were writteni and1
p~repa)Irationsl wVorO mado(1 for mar..
ringe. After the husbanud was 110
loniger anl obsttacle, however, Mr.
Konting's ardlor cooled gradalhfIly,
until lhe no longer des*ired1 to imarry
M~rs. Edlwards. Thloreup~on *4h1(
b)rouight the suit, which thei pr'esid
ing Judge says is unp11rocedented in
the history of-law.
The "eighty-one ton guin," the
monster cannon)01 which has1* been
so long constructing in England,
has boon for some timoe past, under
trial at Shioeburyness, the resuilt, as5
we are toldl, entLirely satisfactory,
antd showving that the gun will do
over'ything expeted of it. Such
mlit ary muons t ers aire, however.
very costly playthings. Every
time this large gun wvas fired on its
trial $100 to *150 in gold vanishled
inl smoke, although the shlot was ah
ordinary iron bolt, tweighing 1,750
p)ounds. The cost of each shot,
vhen in action a complicated shell
and a delicate fuse atre emloyedl,
will b~e much greater.
A propos of the announcement ,ta
a sword, studded with jewels, 'and
valued at $1,500, has been presented
t~o Gen. Butler by the . colored peo
phe of Virini,he Chicago 'I'Wotne
a igebtsi the list of the Gen i41)l
victories haveng'aved otr the "pi
of the wiestonr.2 1' "i
Explanation of the System-.-How
Cheating is Alleged to have been done,
New York contains many gamb
iing houses0, but inl the past they
have not obtruIded thomlselves onl
public atton1tionl. Recently, how
ever, Rais the New York. Tribune
one formll of gamlbling" hals become
more bold and eonspicuouls, and It
least six establishillents in this city
whose proprietor-s openly invite,
Speculation oin iny event in the
Isortinig calldaH, through "Inletion
1;o0l1," "-Pariis multuals," and "coml
binlation mutuals." The "ParisI
mu11tuals" anld "-comlbinationl mu1tuali",
ar (e eent ilvention. Joseph Oller,
of Paris, well known for mnoiy years
it the France rice courses, intro
duced theit to notice', Ind 1111ssed
great welth by the percventage or,
"comlimissiol" of tenl per ceit. whicht
lie charged oi them. The Parils
imutuals rfpiire two opeittors, aln
ind:ietor, aL crowd ovltfspectators, amIl
anl event, that may be settled inl ainy
one of Heveral ways. It m1ny1), be a
boat race, oria ball maitch, or it may
be at race of a dozen horses in which
any on of them Imay come under the
wire first. The system is best ex
plainled by anl ilhistraItioln. Suppose
six horsesi nanmed respectively A, B,
C,1, ant Fa0r enterled for a rce.
The operators set up IL black tin box
with round blank spaces like staring
eyes cut in the lid, over each of
which is placed a catd inscribed A or
B or C, &c. A specuilator approach
cs, hand to the operator live dollars,
aUnd 1s1ays, "Givo 1110 C." He reoeives
ia parti-colored ticket with a nunber
printed oil it, and simultieiosly the
operator gives the indicator a turn,
"click" goes the machinery, the
blank eye apportioned to C gives a
wink it the folly of the humlan race,
the figIIe 1 appears therein, an th_
young 131man remarks in itpliilosopii
Cal monotone, "One (." Another
speenlator payst hisi money. and by
eye and uar the spectator is informed
ho has "gone twenty on four C." At
length the bell for tiiarting tile horses
soinds, when the pools close, or
shBoilld close, the eltile llinmber of
tickets sold being indicated at the
top of tile liachille, while it glance
at the space uider-h nliiiame of each
horse reve.ds the patticulars of the
1)pOL. 8111)po that p1)o1 have io'd
as follows it $5 a ticket: 100 tickets
on A, 80 on 13, 60 oi C, 40 on D,
20 onl E and 10 onl F-a total of 31.0
tickets, representing $1,550. First
the operator takes out his peremnt
age, the aunount of which varies.
At, first Oller charged ton per cent.,
but competition in this Country has
reduced it to 5 and 8. Malking the
eculation on tile 10 per cent. basis
$15 5(%less $1 55, deaves $13 95 to
be divided among -the holders of
tiekots4 on1 the winning ioro. If A
wins, each ticket pays S13 95; if B wins
each ticket payst ,17 45 ; if C wins
each tiwcket pays $23 25 ; if D wins,
each tichet payt S .34 87 ; if ' wins,
eIahIi ticket pay4S $59 75, and if .F'
will, fteeh ticket pays $139 50. The
1ICe is over', e0110 of the lorcses hai
wull, tId his bachelsi receivo the
return'ls fr'omi thir~ iivestmenuits. F~ew
pocke(ted, but yet it, will b~ seen
nuoun)~ht paid14 ontht L mi lost vluale~d
ticket,~t and ht'Imt tIoo, I)1in 8 a pool os.
*halrdly occurs1 on lce inl fifty race('s.
4111)hIbortion)is of thle ori ginaIl "'PariH
nmt u111ls, 'Tih(e5 speculatr nam3es310 the
imwr of j' hree311 r'aces, an~d alil of tile
threeoc events umst fuilfil his prophecy
to (ent1ite im to1 th) pool jai. 110 hits
reci ves only i the am11ountii in the pool'
whuiiichi may1, be verly simall, and)4 wh'lichi
never0i by anly possiilitiy t(Jua1ls his
b)er1 of Clban ces aigain st. success38.
Thei~~ first 'Pairis mutual" indicaltor
at Jer'omel .Park was5 se1 upl dulrmhg
the spring meetinig of 18j2. It hatd
been1 sa1id that at well knlown WVall
street spenIliator iit.intted tile pulic
into its miystmi i(s, andlc even31 man~ipul
inidicator's, and( since' thait thne they3
haive atppeared0( at mianly racing moet
ings. . TheiIy wiere takeni dIown to
Lon)1g Branch rtt the time of the
swH~irm)ning ma)itchl betLween JohnslonI
'and( Trantz' ill 18741 ; they have beenf
catrried1 to a cellar iln Now street in
the attempi1t to bring stock specube
tion withm the1. reach of five dollar
cap1italistH *thiey halve aittendoed upon01
the 'ollce b)oat races unitil men31 are
dleclruing thait the evils accomnpany.
ing such contests overbalance tile
benelfi ts of thbe athletic * Lraining;~
thley) haveO poplar1tized gamlbling
under the guise of a fair doaling, and
they have got their toils ab~out the
rising generation. Night and~
mfornling, ill the p)ool-roms of this
city, boys may be 80011 buying Paris
In tile sess~ion of 1874 an attempt
was mnade b~y the Legislaturo of New
.Jersey to su1ppress5 pool selling ILL
AoJlomothi Park, which lies within
their jurisdiction. The only argu
men~t against the proposed bill was
advynneed with bland innocence b~y
the two members for iolnouth
County, wvho declared that tile then
existing enactments against gamb
ling were Auffient to cover the
ground, without the aid of any

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