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H DEPARTMENT DEVOTED TO THE HOME. IJ
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ROBERT <L INGERSOLL'S LAST POEM.
[By Request.]
We have no falsehoods to defend?
We want the'facts;
Our force, our thought, we do not
spend
In vain attacks,
And we will never meanly try
To save some fair and pleasing lie.
The simple truth is what we ask
Not the ideal; .
We've set ourselves the noble task
To find the real.
If all there is is naught but dross
We want to know and bear our loss.
We will not willingly be fooled
By fables nursed;
Our hearts by earnest thought are
schooled
To bear the worst,
And we can stand erect and dare
All things, all facts that really are.
We have no master on the land
No king in air;
Without a miracle we stand,
Without a prayer,
Without a fear of coming "night;
We seek the truth, we love the light.
We do not bow before a guess,
A vague unknown;
A senseless force we do not bless
In solemn tone.
When evil comes we do not curse,
Or thank because it is no worse.
When cyclones rend?when lightning
blights,
'Tis not but fate;
There is no God of wrath who smites
In heartless hate.
Behind the things that injure man
There is no purpose, thought or plan.
The Jeweled cup of love we drain,
And friendship's wine
Now swiftly flows in even- vein
With warmth divine,
And so we love and hope and dream
That in death s sky there is a gleam.
We love our fellow-man, our kind,
Wife, child and friend.
To phantoms we are deaf and blind;
But we extend
The helping hand lo the distressed ;
By lifting others we are blessed.
The hands that help are better fur
Than lips that pray.
Love is the ever-gleaming star
That leads the way?
That shines not on vague world's of
bliss,
But on a paradise in this.
We do not pray, or weep, or wail;
V\ e have no dread.
No fear to pass beyond the veil
That hides the dead.
And yet we question, dream and gues;
But knowledge we do net possess.
Is therc beyond the silent night
An endless day?
Is death a door that leads to light?
We cannot say.
The tongueless secret locked in fate
W e do not know. We ho|>e and wait.
Mr. Ingersoll further said: "it
there is a God, I believe he is a good
God, a loving God, and that all he
asks of us is to be noble and loving.
To love justice, to long for the right,
to love mercy, to pity the suffering,
to assist the weak, to forget wrongs
and remember benefits?to love the
truth, to be sincere, to utter honest
words, to love liberty, to wage relent
less war against slavery in all its forms,
to love Wife and child and friend, to
make a happy home, to love the
beautiful in art,in nature, tocultivate
the mind, to be familiar with the
mighty thoughts that genius has ex
pressed, the noble deeds, of all the
world; to cultivate courage and cheer
fulness, to make others happy, to fill
life with the splendor of generous
acts, the warmth of loving words; to
discard error, to destroy prejudice, to
receive new trutes with gladness, to
cultivate hope, to see the calm be
yond the storm, the dawn bevond
the night; to do the best that' can
be done and then be resigned. This
ls the religion of reason, the creed
of science. This satisfies the brain
and heart."
THE CHEERFUL CABIN.
Scattered here and there through
out northwestern Ohio and lower
Michigan and without doubt in other
pirts of which we cannot speak, re
main the cabins of the first settlers.
Pew are used as dwelling, but their
service is not lost. They shelter farm
animals, oftener the implements of
the tiller and more frequently still
the grain and bay and products de
stined not for the market, but for
the home consumption.
The old house of a later period up
on which evil days have fallen is a
sorrow ful sight. The broken bricks
or the paintless boards suggest the
funeral. One thinks of hopes shatter
ed, of fortunes wrecked, of families
bowed and broken with its losses and
griefs. But the log cabin, by some
accident of weather, or it may be by
its own manifest sturdiness and un
assuming self-dependence, rarely is
depressing. Its cheenulness does
not fail though its windows may be
gone, its door is choked with weeds
j't? curling shingler are shadowed
in the dark and mournful pines for
i which our forebears had a singular
j fondness. And the reason for this un
failing friendliness and sunny -air is,
| we like to believe, that the cabin of
. the north and west was builded by
; strong and undismayed youth. The
!man who hew.ed the logs were, most
: of them, of the age which nowadays
; is not yet through singing college
j songs. The women who leaned over
the caverns of fireplaces and found
pride in the ample quarters of a
home of which they were for the first
, time mistress, were scores upon scores
| of them in their teens. The forest
; was an enemy to be conquered. The
sullen, backward earth was tode brok
en and cnslaed and made to give tri
bute. Discouragement, we know,
caused the abandonment of many
cabins. Sickness, war and the con
stant appeal of the western horizon
closed others. But?it is a thing of
which Americans can never be too
proud?it is surprising how few of
the pioneers failed.
An age of high nobility! The
most humble cabin tells us that.
GADDING GIRLS.
Have attracted the attention oi
j William Allen White, the Kansas
I edit r who has won a national repu
, tation. In his paper he says:
The mothers of this town have had
J a lesson?but it doesn't seem to have
I done them any good. There are just
as many girls gadding around town
J after school now getting their mail
; from private boxes in the post office
as there were ten days ago. Two
y^ars ago the Gazette went after the
; mothers of Emporia for neglecting
j their daughters and the result was
t lat half .1 dozen private mail boxes
were discontinued and a lot of little
j that were in the habit of gad
I ding too much were kept in for a
* time.
J These girls are now developing into
j fine young women, but another
j crop of gadding girls has come on
and the Gazette hopes no one's
modesty will be shocked by saying
these little hussies ought to be
spanked good and red. They are
between 24 and 17 years old and are
| just so everlasting boy-struck that
i "le-v can t s't still. If their mothers
knew the type of boys and men?
young human pups?these girls are
running with their mothers would
throw fits.
But their mothers know noth'ng
of the situation. They think their
little girls are so sweet and pure that
nothing can harm them. The truth
is that these children are made of the
same kind of mud that we are all
made of and they are just as liable
to temptation .-is older people and a
thousand times less experienced.
And their mothers let them gad
Commercial street after school and
flirt with all kinds of men, and then
their mothers wonder how the devil
got them and think the girls must
take after" their father.
Having set the situation clearly
before his public, Mr. White indulges
in the wisdom picked up by experi
ence and close observation. There
?s a deal of good common sense in
what he says, and while it is a little
far-fetched, yet it is worth setting
before the parents and young girls
of this vicinity. Listen:
There are just two things that
will keep girls straight at '.'the age,"
one is plain clothes and the other is
hoi^e duties. The girls who make'
fool* of themselves are invariably
overdressed. They wear dads that
women of thirty should hesitate
about wearing.
A little girl with too many and
too costly clothes on her back gets
self-couscious and vain and loves
j admiration, and you grown-up women
i know the next step. A simple, pure
? hearted gfrl who has a place in a
home, home work and home duties,
ha* her heart there,' and no boy can
steal it. Only when maturity comes
and a real man comes and a real affair
of her heart comes will such a girl
leave home, and then only a ter
heartaches and heart rending. But
a girl whose place in the home is at
the table and in bed won't love that
home.
1 Kansas still leads in the analysis
of domestic problems, and no shrink
ing modesty causes her editors to
withhold their words when anything
is going wrong.
HONEYMOON IN A CAVE
MASON COUNTY GROOM CARRIED BRIDE1
TO A ROBINSON GRUSOE HOME.
A story of the most thoroughly un
, '1^ elopement and honeymoon ever
experienced in \\ est V irginia comes
from the upper end of Mason county !
and if its equal has ever been perpe
j trated by any young couple entering
upon married life in the Mountain
State, it has not been heard of, says
'he Huntington Herald-Dispatch.
Sampson Tillotson and Mary Livelv
were sweethearts whose years had not
yet reached the point where the 'teens
turn and real life begins. Time and
j opportunity threw them often togeth
er?often because of the objections of
the (Hirents who felt that they were
entirely too young. Young Tillotson
wanted to get married. The fact that
he only owned an old Barlow knife
and a yearling calf made no difference.
He felt that with the cercmony per
formed life would take care of itself
and all he would be required to do
would be enjoy the bliss attendant
thereon?in Laura Jean Libby's best.
; The parents told Sampson that
there was nothing doing and that if
he tried it, he would be forced to dine
from the mantel piece for some time
to come, and warned the parents of
the would-be bride-elect and then
was when all sweet solace of daily
companionship ceased. The sweet
hearts couldn't stand that and pre
pared to elope, which they did late
at night, stealing away through the
windows in approved fa*hion and were
married at SU50 o'clock the next
morning before a justice of the |H-ace
at Pt. Pleasant. The wedding took
place ten days ago and from that
time no trace of the young couple
couple could be discovered and it was
only known what had happened to
them when they rounded in at the
gram's home yesterday looking |>er
fectlv happy, but a little bit hungry. I
Then thev told what they had done
and it was a story of the oddest
honeymoon experience ever enjoyed
by a \\ est \ irginia couple.
lor days before the elopement the
groom had worked fitting up a cave
back in the hills more than a mile
from any habitation, had stocked the
place with food consisting mostly of
canned goods and such things a.s he
could purloin from the supply at home '
and there he took his young bride,
who reared among the hills herself!
felt at home in her unique surround-!
ings. The young husband killed
rabbits and squirrels and game birds
and the menu varied daily, but after
a while the supply of substantiate!
gave out and they were forced to bid
good-bve to their honeymoon home.
and go back to civilization and stern
realization of the fact that married .
1 life means work even though it be
coupled with all sorts of affection.
At present the young couple is liv
ing at the home of the groom's |?ar
ents, but they will have a story to
tell their children in the years to j
| come that will surpass in interest [
; most honeymoon talcs.
| Mrs. Josephine Floyd Jones, who
was a member of one of the oldest
families on Long Island, in her will
left $10,00C and her personal ward
robe to her faithful servant, Hannah
Davenport, who is to have a grave
in the family burial plot.
A WARY ANIMAL ~~
Traits of the Whittling Groundhog
British Columbia.
The whistling groundhog occu
pies as unique a position in the af
fairs of the Indians of British Co
lombia as does the mowich, or deer,
among the same people. This small
quadruped attracts so little general
attention that its importance to
natural history would no doubt be
overlooked were it not for the fact
that it provides the source of im
portant supplies to the Siwash. I
have never heard of the white man
attempting to rival the Indian in
the chase of the groundhog, though,
no doubt, when he becomes more
generally known to civilization his
numerous tribe will suffer a con
siderable diminution from white
hunters.
I made the acquaintance of the
"whistler" on a recent trip into the
interior of British Columbia and
found his kind flourishing wherever
open grass land?--were to be found.
Pursuing the Indian traijs, one may
see them at any time Their clear
whistle, in a single soft note much
like a boy's first puckered attempt,
may be heard for a long distance, ?
and immediately all the groundhogs
in the community within bearing of
its sound scoot into their burrows,
and as the traveler proceeds the
warning is passed from village to
village, and the little mounds of
dirt from their excavated homes,
serving as lookouts, are deserted
till the strange intruder passes.
At other times when they are not
so watchful or perhaps the wind is
dead or unfavorable they may be
seen and approached within rifle
range. My companion said he ha<'
shot many, but that they remained
so close to their burrows when dan
ger was about that they always sue- i
ceeded in falling into the hole even
if they were literally shot all to
pieces. The Siwash do not attempt
to shoot them, but set steel traps
near their retreats and. catching
them alive when they emerge, kill
them with an iron rod which is car
ried for the purpose. They dry and
store the meat for winter use, which
is said to have a delicious flavor.
The pelts are tanned with the fur
on and pieced into beautiful quilts,
which the hunter and prospector
prize even higher than the four
point Hudson bay blanket Thev
make a warm, dry cover for a frosty
night and are light and readily
packed into a small compass.?
I Brent Altsheler in Recreation.
Now She Hates Him.
A young man and a young wo
man lean over the front gate. They
; are lovers. It is moonlight. He is
| loath to leave, as the parting is the
last. He is about to go away. She
is reluctant to see him depart The1
: swing on the gate.
"I'll never forget you," he says,
"and if death should claim me my
j last thought will be of vouZ'
i Til be true to you," she sobs.
"I'll never see anybody else or love
them as long as I live."
They part.
Six years later he returns. His
sweetheart of former years has mar
ried. They meet at a party. She
has changed greatly. Between the
dances the recognition takes place.
"Let me see." she muses, with her
fan beating a tattoo on her pretty
hand, "was it you or your brother
who was my old sweetheart ?'
"Really I don't know," lie says.
"Probably my father." ? London
Answers.
Johnny Suspects His Ps.
"Pa," said Johnny, looking up
from his book, "what is the mean
ing of 'metempsychosis?'"
A look of confusion suddenly
overspread pa's countenance, but it
was only for a moment.
" "Motemp-vfhosisj' J oh n ny,
means?it means?but if I should j
tell yoti you would very soon forget1
the meaning. Look in the diction
ary for it yourself, and then you
will be more likely to remember.
Information that comes without ef
fort seldom lingers in the memory."
Half an hour or so later Johnny
sought the dictionary in the library. ;
When he got there he found pa with
the dictionary open at "Met"
Doubtless it was merely a coinci
dence, but Johnny could not help
thinking that his pa was something
of a fraud.?Boston Transcript.
Gladstone and a Hat.
The most famous hat incident in i
the house of commons took place
when Mr. Gladstone was premier for
the third time and had to intervene
on a point of order after a division
had been called. The rules require
that in such circumstances the mem-j
ber addressing the chair must do so
with his hat on, and Mr. Gladstone '
could not find his hat In despair
he grabbed that of a colleague,
mhich *as at least four sizes too
npall lor him, and the spectacle of
the minute headgear rocking abiout
on Mr. Gladstones massive head was
one that those who saw it will never
forget?London Globe.
MERELY AN EYE WASH.
Th? Chemical View of Tear* Differ*
From the Poetical View.
Tears have their functional' duty
to accomplish, like every other
.fluid of the body, and the lachrymal
gland is not placed behind the eye
simply to fill space or to give ex
pression to emotion.
The chemical properties of tears
consist of phosphate of lime and
soda, making them very salty, bat
never bitter. Their action on the
eye is very beneficial, and here con
sists their prescribed duty of the
body, washing thoroughly that sen
sitive organ, which allows no for
eign flnid to do the same work.
Nothing cleanses the eye like a
good salty shower bath, "and med
ical art has followed nature's law
in this respect advocating the in
vigorating notation for any distress
ed condition of the optics. Tears
do not weaken the sight, but im
prove it. They act as a tonic on
the muscular vision, Jceeping the
eye soft and limpid, and it will be
noticed that women in whose eyes
sympathetic tears gather quickly
have brighter, tenderer orbs than
others. When the pupils are hard
and cold the world attributes "it to
one's disposition, which is a mere
figure of speech implying the lack
of balmy tears that are to the cor
nea what salve is to the skin or
nourishment to the blood.
The reason some women weep
more easily than others and all
more readily than the sterner sex
has not its difference in the
strength of the tear gland, but in
the possession of a more delicate
nerve system. The nerve fibers
about the glands vibrate more easi
ly, causing u downpour from the
water}- sac. Men are not nearly so
sensitive to emotion. Their sym
pathetic nature?that term is used
in a medical sense1?is less devel
oped. and the eye gland is therefore
protected from shocks. Conse
quently a man should thapk the
formation of his nerve nature when
he contemptuously scorns tears as
a woman's practice. Between man
and monkey there is this essential
difference of tears?an ape cannot
weep, not so much because its emo
tional powers are undeveloped as
the fact that the lachrymal gland
was omitted in his optical makeup.
?Exchange.
Holiday*.
The joys of our holidays?who
can measure them? The present
pleasure of the days themselves is
not the only nor the chief enjoy
ment. The schoolboy's anticipation
of the sports of vacation is to be
s'ldtd to the pleasure of the vaca
tion itself. And then the memory
of it after it is past?how much
more this memory adds to the su-n
total of the enjoyment which the
vacation brings! The schoolboy
remembers the afternoons at the
swimming pool, the happy days in
the woods or by the stream long
sfter he has forgotten the irksome
duties of school or farm. The
same boy, older grown, remembers
with pleasure the victories of the
college athletic field long after he
has forgotten how to conjugate use
less Greek verbs, and the same man
in later life, if he is a sportsman,
rccalls more often and with more
satisfaction the day when he caught
his record breaking salmon or shot
his first moose than he does the
day when he was elccted to office
or when he cleared up a few thou
sands in a stock transaction.?Sam
uel Merrill in Forest and Stream.
Rainbow Tinted Fishes.
The remarkable brilliancy of col
or in the fish living about the coral
reefs in tropical regions has been
often noticed. Brilliant blue with
fins and tail of bright yellow, vivid
crimson shading off into a more sub
dued hue, bright green spotted and
banded with red, green with long
parallel stripes of blue and red.
green marked with red above and
bright blue below?such are some of
the colors displayed by the fish of
the Great Barrier reef of Australia.
In order to explain such brilliant1
hues on the principles of natural se
lection they have been described as
"warning colors." The fish are
thought to be nauseous or poisonous
and to proclaim this by their bright
colors. As regards those of the
Australian coral reef, however,
many of them are said to be excel
lent eating.
What He Wanted.
The old man turned from his
desk as his son-in-law entered the:
office.
"Well, what is it now?" he asked, i
"I?er?have been thinking;," j
answered the new member of the
family, "that you ought to give me :
a pension."
"A pension!" exclaimed the old
man. "What in thunder do you
mean, sir?"
"Well. if? like this," explained
the other. "Ever ain.ee I 4>d y.Qtir
daughter the honor to jparxy,her I
have been dependent on , you for
rapport, and I want to be independ
ent See!"?Chicago News. "
FOOD OF THE ANCIENTS.
In Greece and Rome Great Cooks Wirt
Privileged Peraone.
That the ancient* knew little
about the actual component parts
of the substanecs that they ate
is a fact that is clearly indi
cated by the qualities with whicb
these foods were endowed. Thus
many grave writers held that beans
exerted a .stupefying effect upon
those who partook of them. Hip
pocrates trembled for his patients
when beans were in blossom, and
some authorities even asserted that
hens that were allowed" to eat thisl
vegetable would cease to lay eggs. I
Lentils, on the other hand, were;
regarded as the ideal food for chil
dren, "enlightening their minds,
opening their hearts and making
them of a cheerful disposition." To
Hippocrates a dish of boiled cab
bage, with salt, was a sure cure for
violent attacks of colic, while Era
sistratus regarded the cabbage as s
sovereign remedy in cases of pa
ralysis.
The onion and the leek were not
only considered a cure for diseases,
but Apicius asserted that he who
wished to preserve his health should
eat young onions, with honey, every
morning before breakfast. Alexan
der the Great fed them to liis troops
because he believed that they had
the power to incite martial ardor.
Garlic was also given to those who
were about to fight, that their cour
age might be excited, and Galen
held that the man "that eats bacon
for two or three days before he 19
to box or wrestle shall be much
stronger than if he should eat the
best roast beef or bag pudding."
In Greece and Rome the master
of the culinary art was always a
privileged person. He alone was
entitled to carry a knife at his gir
dle. He was immortalized by the
noted writers of the age as the "pre
server of mankind," and when by
chance one of his inventions at
tracted more than usual commenda
tion fortunes were showered upon
him.
Lavish as were the fees that were
?paid to cooks in those days, the big
gest tip recorded in history was that
of Antony, who bestowed an entire
city upon the cook who prepared a
repast that pleased the palate of
Cleopatra.?Exchange.
Hanging of a Peer.
Hay 5 is celebrated as the anni
versary of the Inst occasion on
which an English peer was executed
for murder. The peer was Lau
rence Shirley, fourth earl of Fer
rers, who shot his steward and was
tried for the offense by his peers in
. Westminster hall, April 10, 1760,
and universally condemned, in spite
of the plea of occasional insanity.
On the eventful morning he set
forth on his journey from the Tower
i to Tyburn dressed in his best suit
of light clothes, embroidered in sil
ver and driven in his own landau,
drawn by six horses. It is said that
he was the first to suffer bv the new;
drop, just then introduced in place
of the barbarous cart ladder and
three cornered gibbet and as a con
cession to his Tank he was hanged
with a silken cord.?London Chron
icle.
Australian Grasshopper*.
Here is something funny. In
Western Australia, where domestic
i servants are almost unprocurable
and housewives do. nearly all their
own work, husbands are known as
grasshoppers. The connection is
not-obvious, but may be explained
after the "manner of other house
holds much nearer than those at
the antipodes. Wives who are their
own servants are compelled to re
cuperate at the seaside, and conse
quently Western Australia lords of
creation in their absence prepare
their own meals and do other do
mestic duties. Locally husbands
thus employed have received the
name grasshoppers as the masculine
for the more familiar word grass
widow, long since applied to the de
serted wife.?Boston Herald.
Women In Korea.
In Korea when a girl is married
she appears at the wedding cere
mony with her face painted a ghast
ly white, her lips dyed scarlet and
her eyelids pasted together so as to
deprive her entirely of sight. Ko
rean women are compelled to work
very hard; but, as a rule, they are
well treated by their husbands. They
have pretty names, meaning plum,
blossom, treasure, etc., but after
marriage are known only as So-and
so's wife until they have a son,
after which they are known as the
mother of that son.
Refining the Torture.
A convict in a German prison haj
been extremely refractory. One
morning the warden said to the
keeper: "I say, Haber, the scotm
djal i?,acting. tiwua ever. Put
"But he is .already doing two fast
days."
"Then give him a cookbook to.
read."?Argonaut. _

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