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An Answered Prayer.
"The Gilded Asje," the new nonde script book by Mark Twain and Chas. Dudley Warner, contains the follow ing picture: "Uncle Dan'l" (colored), aged 40; | his wife, "Aunt Jinny," aged 30; "young Miss," Emily Hawkins;, "young Mars." Washington Hawkins, and 4*young Mars." Clav, the ne?v member of the fa ?iily, ranged them selves on a log after supper, and con- 1 temp'ated the marvelous riter, and discussed it. The moon rose and sailed aloft through a maze of shredded cloud wreaths, the sombre river just percep tibly brightened under the veil of light. A deep silence prcvaded the air, and was emphasized at intervals, rather than broken, by the hooting of an owl, the baying of a dog, or the muffled crash of a caving bank in the distance. The company assembled on the log were all children (at least in simplici ty and broad and comprehensive ig norance,) and the remarks they made about the river were in keeping with their character; aryl so awed were t';ey by the grandeur and solemnity of the scene before them, and by their be lief that the air was filled with invisi ble spirits, and that the faint zephyrs were caused bv the passing wind, that all their t alk took to itself a tint of the supernatural, and their voices were subdued to a low and reverent tone. Suddenly Uncle Dan'l exclaimed: "Chil'en, dah's sumfin a comin' !" All crowded close togethei and ev ery heart beat faster, Uncle Dan'l pointed down the river with his bony finger. A deep coughing sound troubled the stillness, way toward the wooded cape that jutted into the stream a mile dis tant. All in an instant a fierce eye of lire shot out from behind the cape and sent a long brilliant pathway athwart the dusky water. The coughing grew louder and louder, the glaring eye grew larger, and still larger, glared wilder ahd wilder. A huge shape de veloped itself out of the gloom, and from its tall duplicate horns; dense volumes of smoke, starred and spang led with sparks, poured out and went tumbling away in the darkness. Near er the thing came, till its long sides began to glow with spots of light, which mirrored themselves in the rivei and attended the monster like a torch light procession. " What is it ! Oh, what is it, Uncle Dan 'I ? " With deep solemnity the answer came : "It's de Almighty ! Git down on yo' knees ! " It was not necessary to say it twice. They were all kneeling in a moment. And then, while the mysterious cough ing grew stronger and stronger and the threatening glare reached 'farther and wider, the negro's voice lifted up its supplications : " O Lord, we's ben mighty wicked, as we knows dat we 'zerve to go to de bad place, but good Lord, deah Lordt we ain't ready yit, we ain't ready, let dese po' chil'en hab one mo' chance, jes' one mo' chance. Take de old nig gah, if you's got to hab somebody. Good Lord' good deah Lord, we don't know whah you's a gwyne to, we don't know who you's got yo' eye on, but we knows by the way you's com in\ we knows by the way you'e tiltin 'long in yo* charvot o' fiah dat some po' sinner's gwyr.g to ketch it. But good Lord, dese chil'en don't b'long heah, dey's fm Obedstown whah dey don't know nufiiin, an you knows, ye' own sef, dat dey ain't 'sponsible. An' deah Lord, good Lord, it ain't like yo' mercy, it ain't like yo' pity, it ain't iike yo' long-sufierin', lovin' kindness for to take dis kind o' 'vantage o' slch little chii'en as dese is, when dey's so many ornery grown folks chuck full o' cussedness dat wants rostin' down dah. O Lord, spnh de little chil'en, don't tar de little chil'en away fm dey frens, jes' let 'em oflf jes' dis once, and take it out'n dis ole niggah. Heh I is, Lord, heah I is ! De ole niggah's ready, Lord, de ole ? The flaming and churning steamer was right abreast the party, and not twenty steps away. The awful thun der of a mud valve suddenly burst forth, drowning the prayer, and as suddenly Uncle Dan'l snatched a child under each arm and scoured into the woods with the rest of the pack at his heels, and then, ashamed of himself, he halted in the deep darkness and shouted, but rather feebly : "Heah I is, Lord, heah I is." There was a moment of throbbing suspense, and then to the surprise and comfort of the party it was plain that the august presence had gone by, for its dreadful noises were receedinq Uncle Dan'l headed a careful recon noisance in the direction of the log. Sure enough, the Lord vras just turn, ing a point a short distance up the river, and while they look the lights ?winked out and the coughing dimin ished by degrees, and presently ceased altogher. "H'wsh ! Well deres some folks say dev ain't no 'ficiency in prah. Dis chile would like to know whah we'd a ben now if it warant to dat prah. Datsit, dats it. How a Reporter lost his Situation. It is said that in a moment of tem porary insanity, a Boston city editor assigned a horse-racing, base ball and acquatic reporter to report in a half column the Sunday services at the church of a sensational preacher. This is the report he published, and for which he was discharged : " The House met at ioa. m. Prayer by the chaplain. The first race was between the chaplain and the singers, it being a pretty even match for the first two heats; but the singers got the best of the last three heats, and came in on the amen three lengths ahead* winning the last three heats and race. Time. 5:02. 'Petitions were then pre sented for forgiveness and other simi lar matters, and notice was given for I special assignments during the coming week for various objects.' 'The sing ers then sailed up to the judges' stand, and, after getting into position, sailed away on the course with all canvass set and a spanking breeze from the organ, which drove them along in fine style. The top-rigged fiat flying the blue pennant was well ahead at the stake, and came home ahead of all the fleet.' 'The speaker then took the floor, and announced his intention to ask that the resolutions of censure that had been heaped upon Ananias should be rescinded, and proceeded to read the records of the case, from which it appeared that Ananias had sold his horse and had not given al! the price to the church.' The speaker then went on to say that no reason ap peared on the records for Ananias to give any, and much less all, his proper ty to the church, and he questioned if any of those before him would do any more than Ananias had done in the same place. He then went on to say that Ananias had obeyed his wife in the matter, and expressed the belief that few of those before him could say as much for themselves. After fur ther arguments of similar character, he moved that the character of Ananias be, and is hereby, declared A 1 by the members of the House." The Best School of Journalism. The Philadelphia Bulletin argues that "the only school for a practical editor is the newspaper office. The scissors is the first good teacher. A daily overhaul of exchange papers is better than the study of library or text-books, prepared by learned men, who prate about the 'profession of journalism,1 A lad of average brains, who has received a common school education, who understands grammar enough to avoid flagrant errors, and arithmetic enough to compile election returns, can train himself to become a very fair editor by beginning as errand boy, or boy'of all work in the editorial room of a respectable daily paper, where there are men whose example is a daily lesson, and whose correction of mistake is given promptly, but kindly. One man becomes a good editor, just as another man becomes a good rail road president, by perseverance, ener gy and careful attention. Journalism is like railroad management and finan ciering in these respect, though far less profitable." It is not consonant with the spirit of modern advancement to attempt to discourage any system of education which will increase the fit ness of any one for the position he is to occupy in life. The only question is) whether the "school of journalism proposed " will really effect that ob ject. After the rudiments of educa tion are thoroughly acquired, it is a question whether a man will do best it still further shut out from his fellows, or if it will uot really be better that he should mix with them and learn h:s trade by pursuing it. The question is right here, and those who write for or against should confine themselves to it. To darkies in the West went out to hunt 'possums, and by accident found a large cave with a small entrance. Peeping in they discovered three young bear whelps in the interior. "Look heah, Sam, while I go in dar,*' said one, "and gets de young bars; you jus' watch heah for de ole bar." Sam got asleep in the sun, and when opening his eyes he saw the old bear scouring her way into the cave. Qjiick as wink he caught her by the tail, and held on like blazes. "Hullo, dar, Sam, what dark de hole dar?" "Lor' bress you Jumbo, save yourself, honey; if dis tail come out you'll find what dark the hole," A French author describes Mile. Nilsson as follows : Animated snow, with golden hair, and with two solar stars under her wide brow; she hai the grace of a reed, the charm of heather and of beam? a scrawny beam? of the North's pale sun." rJ^HE VOLCANO Lubri cat'r IS PUBLISH UD AT VOLCANO, W. VA GEO. P. SARGENT. $2.00 per year, inva riably in advance. NOW IS THE TIME TO SUB SCRIBE ! SEND IN THE NAMES. ADVERTISE! IN THE LUBRICATOR. Miscellany. ^ E. SMITH, PRACTICAL Watchmaker * Jeweler Court St., Parkcrsburg, West Va. Is offering unusual bargains, viz: Fine Gold Opera and Gents' Chains a $1.25; 18 Carat Finger-rings at $1.50 per penny weight. 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