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A little way from Work-a-day,
Down the small slope of mild desire,
There swings a gate to bar the way,
With roses and sweet brier,
While you and I, when time is ripe,
Upon his fragrant threshold stand,
And look aerose the harvest fields
In fruitful Leisure-Lan 1.
In L isure.L-and the breath, liko balm,
Sighs from the moist lips (taily,
The eye. shine clear. the brow is calm,
The heart buats fuU and free.
There is no sound of fret nor strife
Or urglan eall nor harsh command,
Cnu drinks a fresh, sweet draught of life,
In ble3eed Leisure-Lan i!
The birds sing soft, the cushats coo,
The breeze just whispers to the flowers,
Deep-lined with autumn, as they fado,
To mark the peaceful hours.
The dancing brooklets wider sweep,
All voiceless where the blue flag stand
Rocking the drowsy bees to sleep,
In restful Leisure-Land.
Then come, while harvest moon is full,
Sweetheart, adown the sloping way,
And whisper secrets to my soul,
Too dear for common day,
A little space, for thei and me.
Which, heart to heart, and hand in hand,
Apart from weary Work-a-day,
We'll spend in Leisure-Land!
'-Grace E. Denison, in Massey's Magazine.
BOUT the latter
Spart of the 50's
I set my face
westward, along
, J with the steady
procession that
-'f was then pouring
into younglowa.
If the reports I
had heard were
true, and I be
lieved most of them, success was at
the end'of the "race," and my ambi
tions blood flowed rapidly with restless
expectation. I had saved a little
money, besides being the owner of a
fine span of grays ant a heavy wagon
-not a bad outfit, I was told, for a
young man going West with no one to
care for but himself.
Yet there was one, lucky for me, to
work for beside myself, who accom
panied me the first ten miles of my
long ride. When I helped her out of
the wagon to admit an old chum who
was to make the journey with me, I
could say nothing for the lump in my
throat; and Helen, too, looked very
pale when our lips met; and her "fare
well" was ins whisper.
I did not call a halt until reaching
Bradford, a village on the Little
Oedar, nearly a hundred miles west of
Dubuque. After looking about over
the timber-skirted prairie for several
days, I chanced upon a young man
who, like myself, ha I left his girl ba
hind him. He began to praise the
"dear old State of Indiana, .and I
knew, before I had talked with him
five minutes, that he was pitiably
homesick. A month before he had
purchased a beautiful "quarter," with
in a mile and a half of the village, and
was now anxious to sell it for what he
had paid the Government. I at once
accepted the offer, and soon after be
gan work. There was a square forty
acres without a stone, stump, hill or
ledge-and to think it was mine
onas!--for I thought of the partner
elect just then.
The next six months were hard-work
ing ones for me, but I was cheered and
strengthened by such letters as this:
'DeAaU WILL: It is fifty days since I saw
your covered wagon pass out of sigot over
the hill at unc.es and this is my seventeenth
letter. So often writing might seem silly to
some, but it is the least I can do to show now
much I am thinkiun of you and of what you
are doing for us. Forgive me this use of 'us'
but I like to think of it in that way; you
know you told me I must. How I would like
to be there, do your cooking and help you
otherwise; but I know God will let it be some
time. Keen up good che-r, dear WIll,. the
weeks are passinag. Do you know, I am get
ting ready even at this early date. One big
trunk is fall and another well under way.
Two or three of my girl friends think thpy
have guesse a secret. They tell me I am
toolish to take my acconplishments out
among the Indians. But you can guess what
they would do lf they had a chance. I am
more than pleased to be 'foolish' as they
term it; 1 am satisfied. Only one thing re
mainse to.make me supremely happy and
Hsa'- F."
When the first snow began to fall, I
was the owner of the most complete
log house in the country, thanks to my
father, who had taught me the use of
the broadax. Every room, even the
cellart had a coat of plaster and every
window a double sash.
The early days of December found
winter beginning in earnest; then came
the long-anticipated 15th I The morn
ing was crisp, but bright and calm,
and the horses took the big bob sleighs
over the smooth road at a lively paoe.
It was fiftymiles to the nearest rail
road station-a six hours' ride be
tweeen me and supreme happiness.
My feelings were indescribable as I
walked about, that evening, waiting
for the train to arrive. I lookei at
everything but saw nothing. I was
wqek, strong, light, heavy, happy and
miserable, alt the same time. When
tto ehriil scream of the locomotive at
last echoed among the 'lurkey bluffs,
1 had worked myself into feverish ex
The cars were usually crowded with
emigrants, and this evening it seemed
that scores of persons, miostly men,
were streaming from every coach. I
watched intently, but no vision sauch
as had been uppermost in my mind
could ] see among the arrivals. With
a limpsy move toward the train, I de
termined to investigate; perhaps she
was there afterall. I passed a group
of noisy hotel elerks who were eaob
trying to induee a lady to deliver her
".o," I heard her say, "i have not
yet decided where 1 shall stop; I am
looking for a iriend."
That vtice! I would have known if
iaywhere. "Are you Misssoaterr' I
exclaimed, stepping near her,
_Uoh. Wiliamp ti'
And-well, I asked no permission of
the astonished loafers and clerks. I
had been away from the sweetest girl
in Richland County, Ohio, too long to
stand on ceremony. The hotel in
which I had engaged a room was a
quarter of a mile from the.depot, but
Helen preferred to walk, and just then
I could have carried all her satchels
and her into the bargain, if it had
been necessary.
I at once noticed that she seemed
very rethcent, and the more I trie.l to
engage her, explaining how glad and
happy I was, how long the days had
been, how beautiful she looked to me,
the less she said. My heart began to
sink as I thought she might already be
sorry she came. I could not see her
face for there was a heavy veil over
it, but I could feel her hand tremble
in mine.
We had scarcely entered our room
when-she put her hands to her face
and began to sob as though her heart
was breaking. I was alarmed. She
had taken a chair, and, the cold sweat
oozing from my face, I knelt beside
her to speak a consoling word, trying
at the same time to master my own
feelings. I could say but little, and
only to make her Eob the more. At
last raising her eyes-her head had
been resting on my shoulder, and I
could see she made a superhuman
effort to calm herself-she said: "Oh,
Will, you-you are frightened, for
give me, but you would not be if you
knew how happy I am. I-I--"
But in my mad delight at that mo
ment, I checked her attempt to say
more. I could read the truth in her
face and I was satisted. There was a
simple wedding at the manse that
evening. There was one sentence that
old man of God, who united us, uttered
that is fresh in my memory yet:
"William, I give to you this beautiful
virgin bride, who freely commits her
self and the priceless treasures a true
woman posse ssee, into your care; may
she never. have reasons to regret it."
And the steel in his eyes see cel to
pierce my very soul as he measured
the words.
The next morning, seated upon the
bottom of the big sleigh, with our
backs to a large box and snugly
tucked about by robes and blankets,
we set our faces toward the rolling
prairie. It was two hours after noon
when we halted before the log tavern
in Martinsburg, a village of half a
dozen houses 6n the Wapsie. After
seeing that Jane and Sue, my faithful
horses, were well cared for, we sat
down to a steaming dinner of corn
broad, venison and potatoes. Helen
was as hungry as she seemed happy.
"They stare at me so," she whis
pered, glancing toward a group of men
seated around a big heater.
"I'd feel like thrashing the whole
lot of them if they didn't," I ex
claimed in an undertone.
It was four o'cioek before we were
ready to resume our ride. "You had
better remain over night," observed
the old inokeeper as I started for my
team. "Fifteen miles is a long dis
tance to make this time of day and the
road is heavy over the divide."
"I am anxious to reach home to
night," 1 said, hastening.
"Perhaps you are, but you had bet
ter listen to me; I don't like to see
you set out with that pretty young
wife in this cold; besides, we'd like to
make you a little party."
What reason I had for cursing m -
self that I did not heed his advice, was
soon to be vividly demonstrate:1; but
I knew what a jingle there would be
all night If I remained.
Scarcely half the distance was made
before darkness set in. A mild wind
from the south had drifted the snow
and m de traveling for the horses
somewhat heavy. When we had
reached a small quaking asp grove,
through which the track ran, I stopped
to examine the load, harness, etc., to
see that all was right for the drive in
the dark.
To my horror, I discovered that a
large ham had been dragging, no tell
ing how far, by the rope with .which
it had been, as I supposed, securely
fastened. The few yelps I had heard
behind us before we stopped now viv
idly came to mind. I hatily jumped
into the sleigh, at the same time cluck
ing sharply to the horses. We had
not covered a mile before a huge
chorus of barks, familiar enough to
me, became distinctly audible to us.
"Are those wolves we hear, Will?"
questioned Helen eagerly, as the noise
drew nearer. I answered her with an
effort at indifference, at the same time
pressing her lips; but Iknow she must
have felt my arm about her tremble.
The barking w-s now without inter
vale, and some of the brutes were al
ieadyaboont the sleigh. I knew the
chances agamst n, should the wolves
attack the horses, which they were al
most certain to do; and there was also
imminent danger of the team getting
loose from the sleigh, or the sleigh
"l'ake the lines a moment, Helen,"
I said, quickly rising; "wrap them
about your hands so, and pull steadily
on them; be sure you don't let them
drop; the horses are a little exoited,
you see," I then threw off my heavy
coat and mittens that my limbos an.t
hands might be free,'and reaching fo:
ward over the dash into a long, nar
row box, where I kept a few tools to
use in eases of emergency, I grasped a
hamarer. It was now fully night, but
I could see quite well. Tearing the
board from the top of the box against
which we had baen leaning, I took
several packages of goods from it.
"Y"ou must get into this, Helen," I
exolaimed, grasping the'linee and at
the same time lifting her out of the
robes in which we had been wrapped.
"Oh, Will, what is the matter? I
1-what will you do? I shallnot,
Will. Let me hold the rains for yonu
"It is no time to talk, dear, you
must do it; be quick.'" But she clni~g
t, say aras mad b gged me to let her
Q·ikly iviiar the rin, a twist
• i ; , . , . :
about the projecting piece on the dash
and grasping her, it was but the work
of a moment to put her into the box
and throw the robes over her. The
wolves were now making a horrid din
about the sleigh, and the horses were
rapidly running. The sleigh plunged
so that I had difficulty in securely fas
tening back the box cover.
"God knows, it may be her coffin I"
I groaned, as I could now hear her
piteous moans from within; but I
knew help might reach her before the
devilish brubes could gnaw into the
box, even if they did devour me.
Fear, such as I had felt at first, had
left me now, and my blood was up.
Several wolves had mounted the
back end of the sleigh and were gnaw
Ing at the mischievous ham. Seizing
an old musket which I usually carried
loaded with buckshot.for deer, I beat
them off and fired into the pack. I
knew by the terrific yells that the
charge had taken effect, but it did
little to check the onslaught. Even
the meat which I threw out seemed
but to increase their thirst for blood.
I could now see lights ahead, but I
knew they were sometimes visible at
a long distance. The horses were
laboring hard over the soft track and
several wolves were threatening them.
I momentarily expected an attack. I
resolved upon a desperate expedient.
Checking the team as much as pos
sible for a moment, I carefully stepped
upon the sleigh tongue, and sprang
upon the off mare. We were now
completely surrounded by the how
ling, snarling beasts, and I had
scarcely struck my position when Soi,
the near hor.e, reared and violently
plunged ahead, and at the same time a
black object rolled into the snow
almost beneath her forefeet. Firmly
grasping my knife, I reached down
and severed a tug. A sudden jerk, a
sharp snap, and the horses were flying,
free from their burden.
In a few minutes I was dashing
along the main street toward the tav
ern, yelling for help at every jump of
the horses. A dozen men in a sleigu
were soon hastening to the rescue. I
had cautioned them to be careful in
firing, as my wife was in a box anti
there would be danger of hitting her.
At sight of the men and dogs, the
wolves quickly dispersed. A few were
Contrary to my fears, the sleigh was
not capsized, but the contents were
piled in a confused mass in front. The
men soon had the cover off the box.
and I eagerly reached for my loved
one and hfted her out. But her body
was limp and motionless; her head
fell back, revealing her face and neck
as white as snow, except a dark, ir
regular line extending from her fore
head down and disappearing under
her dress.
"Oh, my God, she has been shot,"
I moaned.
That was the last I knew until I felt
a soft hand gently pressing my fore
head; opening my eyes, there bend:ng
over me was the lovely form of the
one who I was certain had been
pierced by a bullet, but who had only
received a slight wound by a project
ing nail in the Dox.
The old log house still stands,
a cherished relic; a home for
pigeons and a play house for
the grandchildren.. The big cotton
wood that spreads its branches over
the moss covered clapboards was
planted by Helen's own hands, when
it was a mere sprout. But here comes
Helen the second, our first born,
holding a sweet baby face to mine,
saving, "'iss damps, that's a darling,
now tiss dramma."
Ask tielen if lever forgot the words
of the old parson.-New England
flow a Deaf and Blind Girl T'alks.
The hundreds of personal friends of
Helen Xeller, the totally blind and
totally deaf girl, whose development
and whose attainments are nothing
short of marvelous, and the tens ot
thousands who have become interested
in her will be pleased to learn of the
remarkable progress she nas been
making within the last year. Not
only does she use her voice constantly
in communicating with those about
her, but she has reached that stage
where those who wish to talk with her
speak.to her as they would to any one
in full possession of all his senses.
Miss Keller no longer uses her fingers
to talk to others. She uses them now
in conversation simply to listen to
otheres who speak to her. By placing
her fingers on the lips and throat or
those who are talking to her she not
only almost instantly "hears" words
that are difficult topronounce clearly,
but she is also enabled to detect the
various shadings of vowel sounds that
many persons even with a keenly de
veloped ear, cannot pronounce after a
teacher. -Demorest's Magazine.
The Book He Wanted.
Illustrative of the old saying that a
cerein class of intelligsuce can ask
mr'u questions than a wise man can
answer in a long time, a man about
Concord, Mass., recently met Dr.
Emerson, son of Ralph Waldo Emer
eon, .nd asked him if he might bor
row some of his books. "Certainly,"
sait the doctor; "any you liks." A
day or so after the man called. "Yon
said I might take a book," he began.
"You may have any you like,"replied
the doctor. "Well, kinkly loam me
your mileage book over the Fitehburg
Dredglin Ior Pearls.
A look at the map of the Bay of
Panama will show, some forty miles
from Colombia, the Pearl Islands, on
the ehst side of the bay. Q the west
side of the bay pearls are found all
the way to Chiriqui and.Veragal . The
latter beds may be dredged, and they
are poorly dredged; but no dredging
is allowed at the Pearl Islands, where
par;s now are only eeaured by divers.
-Philadelphir ledge
Romantic Career of Captain De
Rudlo-Battle With a Snake-A
Balloon Duel in WVar Time.
dio, of the Seventh Cavalry of
the Army, recently retired,
has an interesting history.
The Army List, which gives biograph
ical sketches of the officers of the ser
vice, mentions the fact that he was
born in Venice on August 20, 1832;
that he entered the Austrian Military
Academy of Milan; that after the rev
olution of 1848 he left the Austrian
army and joined the Venetian Legion
of the Cacciatori delle Alpi in Venice,
serving until March, 1849, when he
left Venice and entered the Legion of
Garibaldi in Rome; that he took part
with that legion in the battle of April
30, 1849, against" the French. at the
battles of Palestrina and Velletri
against the Neapolitan Bourbon army,
and at the siege of Rome till its falls
The sketch then gives his connection
with the United States Army from Au
gust 25, 1864.
Captain do Radio adds an interest
ing cuapter to his foreign service by
relating his experiences on the scaffold
and his escape trom death in 1858. fie
had been sentenced to the guillotine
for joining with Orsini and others in a
plot to assa:sinate Louis Napoleon.
Three of the accused men were con
demned to death, Captain de Runlio
being elected as the second one to suf
fer the penalty, immediately preced
ing Orsini. He had made his final ar
rangements, hid bidden farewell to
his wife and child, had been led to the
guillotine by the guard, where the
black cap hadil been adjusted, his arms
tied behind him and with his clothing
stripped from his neck and shoulders
almost to the waist, to give the glit
tering blade a free and unobstrnuted
way. Then, at his own request, he had
received a couple of moments to smoke
his pipe.
It was just five minutes before the
moment for the execution to take place
when a man was seen hurriedly to en
ter the prison-gate and hasten to where
De Rudio was standing. There he re
marked to the victim in an informal
"Thip is a cold, unpleasant day to
be out in a such acostume, my friend."
"Yes, but I don't care. I haven't
time to catch cold," was De Raduio's
reply. Not knowing who it was that
addressed him, the officer continued:
"Excuse me for continuing to smoke,
.but I cannot take this pipe out of my
monuth. .Besides I am a great smoker,
and as this is the last pipe I expect to
smoke I want the full benefit from it."
"Oh, go ahead and smoke. Bnt I
am happy to say that you will probably
smoke many more,"added the stranger.
"I hardly think so; 1 will be dead in
a few minutes," answered De Radio.
"No you won't, because I have a re
prieve for you," came the response.
De Rudio, still in doubt, remarked:
"But if I am not executed at seven
o'clock, according to the law, I cannot
be executed at all under this sen
"Never mind about that. That is
my business. Go to your cell, and I
will call and explain all at nine
o,'clock," went on the stranger. At
the same moment he ordered the
guard to reconduct the condemned
'nan to the death cell. On the way
to gate he met Orsini on his way to
the guillotine, and both man, from a
common impulse, stopped and kissed
each. As De Radio entered the pri
son gate he turned his face toward the
scaffold and bowed to Orsini. That
was the last they saw of each other.
The stranger who had prevented the
death of De Rudio was the private
secretary of the Empress. Later he
called and explained to De Radio that
Her Majesty had pleaded with the Em
peror and also withthe Senate to spare
the youngest of the three men, and,
tinding that nothing could be done,
she had ordered the Pxefect of Police
not to carry out the execution, and
the order had been obeyed.
The Emperor was angry at the in
terference, but his only recourse was
to have another trial. Do Rudio was
again sentenced to be executed, but
the sentence was commuted to exile
for life. He escaped, and, coming to
the United States, entered the United
States service as a private in the
teventv ninth New York (tlighlanders)
Volunteers on August 25. 1861.
Battle With a Snake.
,Tohn Oesmun, of Port Murray, had
a thrilling experience with a huge
blacksnake a few days ago and narrow
ly escaped with his life. Osmun and
a companion named MIayberry were
hunting squirrels in the Oxford Moun
tains. They climbed the mountain,
intending to cross over on the other
side and continue the hunt in the
heavy forest, At the summit of the
mountain is a barren waste of land,
upon which neither trees nor bushes
grow because of the rocky nature of
the soil. There are rocks and huge
boulders, some of which are larger
than the biggest house'. The place is
known as "Wolf Hole," and abounds
with serpents of almost every variety
known in that section. Few have ever
cared to cross the clearing on that ac
count. OQsmun statted across, while
Mayberry was following up a equirrel
in the forest. -
He walked only a few steps and then
sat down on a rook to await his o'm
psanion. Prbsently he was startled to
see a huge blacksnake crawling fromn
beneath a rook only six feet in front
of him. He grasped his gun to shoot
the reptile, but before he could do so
the snake leaped in the sir and sprang
upon him, oiling its long body around
his neck. Osmnun tried to call for
help, but was unable to make a sound.
He fought as best he was able, but
toeM aet tear th. srpent looss , He
finally fell to the ground unconseious.
Luckily Mayberry came to the
rescue at this moment. He was hor
rified at the sight which met his gaze.
Osmun lay upon his back motionless.
The serpent was colled about his neck,
its head was less than a-loot above the
man's face. It was gazing steadily at
its victim and was hissing and '"pit
tin;." Mayberry, by careful aim,
succeededan blowing of itshead. The
contents of his gun passed less than a
foot above the lace of his insensible
Mayberry uncoiled the snake an-d
soon brought Osman around all right.
They had proceeded only a fcw steps
toward home when they encountered
the mate of the dead snake. It was
nearly as large as the first one killed.
Tue largest one was seven feet ten
inches in length. Osmun felt no ill
eflects of his battle, barring a very
sore throat.
A Balloon Duel.
During the investment of Paris by
the German force' in 1870, frequent
attempts were made by plucky French
men to communicate with those inside
the beleagured city.by means of bal
loons. None of these voyages, hcw
ever, could compate for exciting and
perilous incidents, with one Which was
performed by the well-known aero
naut, M. Nadar. That gentleman left
Toura for Paris with important Gov
ernment dispatches at 6 o'clock one,
morning. At 11 o'clock he was within
view of the capital, and while floating
some 6000 feet above Fort Charenton,
a second balloon was observed on the
horizon. M. Nader at once displayed
the French flag and the Gther balloon
responded by exhibiting the same
colors. Gradually the two balloons
approached one another, being drawn
in the same direction by the current
of air. When they were separated
only by a short distance several ex
plosions were heard; the stranger had
commenced to fire shots at Mf. Nadar's
balloon, the "Intrepide," waioh began
to descend rapidly. The French flag
had by this time neen taken in by the
other balloon, and the Prussian colors
were exhibited in*tead. Those who
were watching the affair from the
French fort below, and who now saw
the character and object of the pur
suer, cried out that Nadar was lost.
But they were mistaken. He had
scrambled from the car up the net
work of the balloon on the first shot
from the enemy, apparently to stop a
hole made in the tissue, and he now
descended as the balloon righted it
self, and on a quantityof ballast being
thrown out again rose high into the
air. Then, loading a ride with ex
plosive bullets, be fired shots with
rapid succeasion into the Prussian
balloon, which suddenly split open
and sank to the earth with headlong
rapidity. On reaching the ground a
detachment of Uhlans, who had
watched the combat from the plain,
picked up their own aeronauts, evi
dently severely injured, 4nd rode of
to the Prussian outposts. M. Nadar
then descended in safety at Charen
ton, meeting with an enthusiastic
ovation for his victory.-Atlanul ton
His Life Saved by a Dog.
A little wandering, homeless, com
mon dog, dodgihg every one it met
on the street lest a blow should be
aimed at it, used to nothing but kicks
and curses from the great animal
called man, has at last shown its worth
in a way that will assure -it hereafter
a permanent home among friends.
Louis Carr, a painter, was painting
the rear of a vacant house belonga.g
to L. Store, in Clay street, between
Green and Jefferson etrtets. He was
tar up the ladder, just under the roof,
and painting vigorously to finish up
by noon. Rather than go all the way
down to move the ladder to another
place, he was reaching far out and
painting. Suddenly he disoovered that
the ladder was slipping, and having
no time to descend he oanght, the
eaves of the house with his hands.
The ladder slipped from under his
feet and fell to the ground, leaving
him helpless, hanging about thirty
tie feet in midair. He called loudly
for help, time and again, but no one
heard the ories, and he being at the
rear of the house could not be seen.
The little dog heard him, however,
and sneaked around the house to see
what was up. He saw there was a greet
deal up and began to bark loudly. As
he would sit beneath Carr his bark
would ring out sharply for a moment
and then end with a long passionate
howl. He would then ran around the
house toward the Clay Street Police
Station, which is directly across the
street, give a few sharp barks there
and run again to h's old position un
dtier the dangling man, where he wonuld
send out his plaintive appeal more
desperately than belore.
This attrao:ed the attention of the
police, and although not understand
ing dog language, they easily guessed
there was something wrong. Accord
ingly several of them ran over to the.
house, and Patrolman Frank Hafiner
opened the back gate. They took in
the situation, and the ladder was-soon
under the man's feet, so he descacded
with safety.
Carr said that he had been hanging.
from the eaves for about ten minutes,.
and had not help arrived when it did
he would surely have fallen from sheer
exhaustion. - He deolares that be will
keep and raiu the dog with .ae and
tenderness, and hereafter if ay one
wants a good fight on his hands all he
will have to do will be to hit Oaurr
dog.--L iavrille Courier-JoaruaL -
Motlor Carriages fer Postal Slruis
Motor oerriages ol tbeafiwyp
are employed by the pedofe satbor
ties at Colombo, Ceylos, for carrying
mail bags and paekages to the poest.
ofee and.to the railway satitim A
saving of sixty per coat, has ie.
head ofu ageaso esive by- he.
'Philosophor Tends the Flowers sal
tweeps the Walks.
Now that the elections are all over,
let us wash our hands and turn over a
new leaf. It isa Vtarious paradox that
as a general rule a man can't bd elected
until he first falls from grace. Poli
ties makes a strange, m~jtnre of Cat"
vinism and Arminianism. Bu ti fikon
we will all saurviveer dieappointmcatm
and, as pr. Miller used to say, lar
to spell the word acquiesce. " He al
ways pronounced it with the first
long like it wasacquierce. This eeslt
to be the young men's era and I reekon
they esuann the macbine, but I most
say that it has L-ern a long tmb- since
I have had my chice in amytbtog out
side of home. I a doing reasoably
well under my owaihe and fig tree,
where I am elected all the time. The
fact is, I never fall from grace Iside
of my own premises, though enmetiame
things are not calm and serene even
I worked hard yesterday clearing up
the flower garden and gQt in quite a
sweat of perspiration. The leaves
from our big trees had blown all over
the beds and )be ehrysanthemalalbad
fallen down and had to be staked up
and tied and the'old canna stockshaP
to be cundown and removed. -By t
time I had got everything in good or
der and the leaves all burned aed the
walks raked out I thought it wesabout
time to receive some praise from some
body, for 'I had observed that Mrs.
Grp was sewing by the open window
and occasionally gave me an auxrisl
glance. And so I s d4a||a on the
irbn seat and mopped the honest dev
from my aged forehead. Suddenly
she drew near the window and rJ
"I wish you eou!d 'just se Mir.
Crawfora's front yard and lower gs
den; they are as clean as a parlor. I
was there yesterday at the meeting of
the aid socit-ty and everythitg was1
love]y. Mr. Crawford certainly knows
..ow to keep a place in order."
Well, that-disturbed my tranquility
a little and I was about to say apybe
you bal bitter get him.to come ep
here and fix thivt*ne, bat I dident,
But I wesent serene at all and ventured
t, rt mark that Mr. Crawford. dident
do it, for he had to weigh eottaR all
day and I reckon it was Mrs Craw
ford's work. I' paused for a reply,
but she resumed her needle thread
and I sat and ruminated.besa I
came to dinner I oontinned&iy bfoke
remarks and aid that Mr. Crawford
dident have fpnr sores of big- oAk
trees tolitterp hislittle front y.rdand
I thought that a carpet of rich brows
iaves wasent an unsightly thing n.
how. She asked me to send dowv ai
plate for some ebickest After anothe.
pause I remarked thiat I had l)og
sinee found out that we couldenthave
every good thing in one pies.., Wo
couldent have a beautiful grove and
fine flower garden near it for £lttrr.
won't grow under shade. Those wus
tiful roses that Mrs. L~arambsre e
me have the sunshine all the day.
"Let me help you to do one of th
poached eggs,"rshe said.
"Bat I reckon," said I, as I fIaedl
roy plate, "Mrs. Crawford bhal tbnrt
fixed up extra flee beeause the aid so.e
ciety was coming."
"It is going to meet hbe neut week,'
my wife remarked in.a mollifying ape
of voice. "Won't you have a clasees
buttermilk; it is fresh and good." "
And so I gave it up, and after dintm
she came out and was quite profe s1h
her admiration, for ,he knows that i
takes lots of eno,ragement to kee_
me at work. I'll keep on cleaning a
until that aid soeiety comes and goes
I'll watch the leaves as they fail sad
eatch 'em in my hat. I'll sweep aud
sandpaper every walk and then Ire
Crawf!ord can go home and praise ma
to Mr. Orawford and put him in pots.
I'm going to put out two more rows of
strawberry plants today, for sh' hitated
that we had hardly enough. I, heard
her tell the girls that she was ashalsed
of that old patched-up carpet in the
dining room, for it had been dowa for
four winters, and she wished sh·e did
have a lirge rag to put under the ta
ble. I'll surprise her with one someoi
these lays when I sell my gold mi ne. It
will sell now, I reckon, since McKialey
was elected, for there is gold in it 1I
was the only thingi bad that Sherman's
bummers didn't pick up and earry oe
I traveled the other day with an old
soldier from Atlanta to Cartersvlle.
He co,uldn't find a seat, and looked
troubled as he toted his old valise p
and down the aisle. So I pulled his
coattail and made him sit down by me.
He looked thankful and in reply to my
inquiry, said he was going to Oalhbouo,
and from there to his aooei-law's in
the country, a couple of miles  said he
wanted to see Sally and her childru,
mighty bad.
".,ally is a powerful good woman,"
said he, "and she has a good, iAdes.
trious husband, and they are gittia'
along mighty werl eonsiderain'. My
nldwoman died eight years ago, and
I'm so lonesome at home that I go
about sad about auid stay with oar
married children. TbatVs all that a
old man esn do for s'forLt"
Tbih old veteran was aei.sp-gl
four seor enad was till quite alive ad
lively. He followedold Joe Jobast
.ll the way down from Chleemasgs
and bhad never been over Ihe gIo-ad
seioes. How the old man's eyesbrtlg
aed as I olnfated out - enassw
mosaUTIa, thoughb he saiu he sparesbed
on the other shea towrird New Hope
"We had a hag sFlt A ,r ier ;
ha mid, **sd we .vililstingly.alvited
"emi 'aste reh..~i :
his dead. .... ...
I peioted&out LosJ _m
whI we etalwhet hdi
toe41 to he cs 1${gSh d
stretehed up p-otither
tg his tremblingrlindl
oter tbdls the spring ober
to fi1 my OldesPteen, T 1e4
be glad tt stop long, eaouS-to- e.
over thete-and take one .marai
that water.. We ticked themi y" ke
m of *bge--too ian. 'i, :
come up ut , the '.ttith
in .-gypt.".
The old -pn was featlle
plapewe passed, a" taL,4i4
eagrly.. When ho told= me oe
fromi old'Uwinniiett and a tt-o.n
Yaller river, I was .dras d l" .r
him and asked bimsi Val
and Vaagijahs iad the wcd os ..
dell place sad Shoal e fk sa -
gomery's mill :pnd :an .Jsst-*
ehareb cad therold"' ,i bTwat ri
sohool. The old man looked, 'ja 1:'5
again and again with a bwilderedh-st
riosity and eally ventured at
what mout met1tae be.
!aid.Y~ afknow the Ale sscdp ta .le
Strio hinda and Nlathan $ U sKchi .
:aid L
"Ob- yes, I knowed Dr. Aleandsa
and tll his boys, sad all, - herl*. t
lands- from old, Mil do'wn, .id .I.
knowed the-a ftchineam. Idpea dowi n
to Alaunts with F-ta fItehnbts thui
moring. He's our jdge, yoes -Ia6ltr
and he's a good friend of mine. I
knowed all the boys. Clarewe ain't.
far fromaape.
"What mout` yoar aime. tre?" P l 'i
"Did you know an old man in Law
renoe'ville u a.ed A, Smit?" said d. -
"Wbhy, ef s suaT did; everybody
knowid him. I traded in his store I
for yeait. He moved .away to Floyd
oounty just before the war. Did you
ever live in .Larenoeville?"
"Do you rememoer a little dark.
.kin, black-eyed girl who usea toride
horseback up that road?' he was Fits
HaUthin,' sasner."
"Why, of coura I do. - Everybody r;.
knew.hy. She used to go to the old
judge'~4ar~ on the river, 1 -milles
from town and go alo , and she-went .ý
in a bery sad come bec wits a bag
of apples or peoabes lianging to the
horn of .bet a I1h. arried old "-.
Aia sE Ur'ii ars, ifi'ft'Wrteb if -X n f
think *Iits tod me That. I was think
ing that aybe' ywou were hinm t
then yes s4t o old mre t rsokeko
".'y friend," resd I, _"ia forget
that it has been everIfty yearts i
iou saw tlt little git• ; s, .shA
ray wifh and irsat Vitit s" ir
"Well, well, shore .ens,
with mintlaudholly tone;: %"o!$
g t-..I's alwqfs L rglolSin'. A a.._
as old Aam'i so. 4)., w tt,
to trade Cbl*u sa-- yoe
Strl-elsns . t ell, s '
I qias arrs s yen."
T whistle . bl.weA
rang and I etv lee o44l" d
shake of the ihan atea
-sa.* tskyAs '
w as tm strpoiss tst
aolledetsof ths seade7
of btimp; touch then te
fahits osyie.tl nis t
lsags matlt ms. I.eeiget
e litnry a bet a. esto t ,
litesd bpus eovers the
veous that a Siltary saaid)b/s: m
who emsaot
Thar New Trk lc,a~a~ps
Baron .e r."obli' .
and himself ash quieteanat peiTjug
latety dghver.4 e popular a se.Ie
Bome in whtih he tadbe * ~t.i -i
meat that the toeal saw-bur Of mva- P
deor fi Italy during 1895 aoanste4 q
to a number that showe*&d a koalelda
for every two hoerof the yeas. as
dhacsssed the deep-lying, e'pse. 'a -
says the vendetta liages Ia Iteiyrm Fa
recognized sad legitimatway if set
tling what a cowboy ealls "a Alegens'e4
of opinion;" to a leok of the enbor.in g
ing of ospctal panishment, whlehl I
plies lb. abseane of ap enlightened
pablie opinion that Woal& sustain suka
aetlon;·but, above all, to heu aeget
of the right kind of listruchton of the
people. Dfou (arefal oMays that'th%
religious instrueetleam 4ies fa tho
United Statie and Great Briteia' ham
in forty years diminimhet ooa'hit
the delinauents and inbdagatew~n Is
In Italy there bas bens apeestfaeties
in beth hlas during the sams euled.
The readirees with whiek the altette
leaps from it. hiding pes.wee
Italan is cagered showsr horwtt. s
grd he h for bhuas ·semi'
plle, reports da~iyf' 4ti
Sirong advooa c ey
vales of religinos
eowithe sees ifr a4tia c imto
st .~th

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