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The Banner-Democrat. (Lake Providence, East Carroll Parish, La.) 1892-current, June 12, 1897, Image 1

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"Hello, old fellow! have you quite
forgotten your friends, or are your
thoughts so occupied with the fair Mar
garet that ins gniflcant men like me can
gain no entrance into the inner rece-sts
of your mind'"
Brian was sitting in the library, with
his feet gracefully elevatcd, and his
mind deep in thought, and the , njoy
ment of a cigar, wuen Bertie burst in
upon him with this greeting.
He jumped to his feet at the sound of
the well-remembered voice, and making
a grab for Bertic's hand, wrung it fotar
some seconds in silence.
"So it is really you." he said, when he
found his voice. "Do 'lare! I wouldn't
have known you.. Take a chair and
make yourself at home. Had an idea
you'd turn up."
"Like a bad penny," put in Eertie.
"By the way, that simile is about worn
out. It should be relegated to oblivion
in company with the threadbare jokes of
mothel s-in-law and servant-girls. How's
the divine Margaret? You're a lucky
devil, old fellow. I know but one girl
as good as Margaret."
"And who is she!"
Bertie smiled knowingly and watched
the smoke curling abo\e his head, in
meditative silence.
"A secret just now," he said after a
pause. "PIut to return to Margaret.
She's a jewel worth the wearing. Things
have turned out fortunately for you, I
tell you. I felt mighty sorry for you at
one time, and Margaret seemed all cut
up about it. The loss of the money
would have been rather hard on you,
"Rather," agreed Brian, anxious to
change the subject. "You haven't told
me yet when you arrive]."
"Iesterday afternoon, my boy. I de
scended upon the parental fold at a mo
ment b:g with fate, as the poets say.
My respected father had offered his
fortune, not his hand, to my' beloved
cousin, and that impulsive young lady
had refused it in a few choice but con
vincing words. A pitched battle seemed
imminent, when my presence restored
peace. Whe:euron my mild parent fell
upon my no :k, metaphorically speaking,
and (alled for the fatted calf.
"That is the history of my return.
Very touching, is it not? Now, I'mn
here in hopes that Margagaret will invite
me to dinue.. Think she will?"
"Perhaps," returned a laughing voice.
Bertie turned quickly, to see Mar
garet standing in the door.
"C'ome in," he cried, "I've walked two
miles to see you."
"And get your dinner," she added, ad
vancing into the room and taking the
chair Brian offered her. "That adm s
sion of yours is against you."
"And your tongue's as sharp as ever.
I winder if you treat poor Brian to the
unmerciful leciures that used to fall to
my lot. I lpity him from my heart. Even
now he hasn't a word to fay for himself.
Poor fellow!"
"He does look meek," responded Mar
garet, turning to Brian and endeavoring
to draw him into the conversation. "I
am afraid your sympathy doesn't appeal
to him. Unfortuna:ely, pity is cheap."
"That is why I usually have such a
supply on hand. I've always had two
reasons for wishing to be your husband.
Don't turn up 3o'ir pretty nose, my
dear; it spoils your beauty. As I wai
remarking about my two reasons, one
is because I'd always be sure of a good
dinner, and the other because I'd greatly
enjoy the pleasure of taming such a
"Thanks for your interest, sir. For
your enlightenment I'll inform you that
it is not wise to attempt impossible
tasks. I have no wish to play Catherine
to your Betruchio. Oh, Miss Hilton, I
am so glad to see you. Won't you take
my part? I'm quite defenseless. Even
Brian has sat here quietly and allowed
me to light my own battles."
"That was too bad of Brian. I sup
pose he considered you equal to the oc
"Just exactly, Miss Hilton," put in
Bertie. "You know her of old. I've
walked two miles to congratulate her on
a certain comning event, and instead of
accepting kindly intentions, she-"
"She thinks I'm the one to be con
gratulate l," put in Brian, awaking
from a dream, as it were, and turning
an inqu'ring glance on Margaret's cr;m
son face.
"I certainly didn't intend to provoke
discussion.'" she rejoined, slightly an
noyed. "Miss Hilton brings us tidings
of dinner, and Bertie, if you are not on
your best behavior, you shan't have
"I am a saint from this moment,"
said Bertio, as Margaret lowered her
head to answer some corinnent of Bri
"\\'ell, Bertie, how long do you intend
to stay:t asked Miss Hilton, as they
placei themselves about the table.
He laughed heartily.
"That depends," ho answered. "The
uncertainty of the pater's temper pre
vents any settled calculaticn. I hope
It may be several weeks, as I doin't care
to return to the city during this weather;
for if there's a more forlorn place than
New York in summer I'm not anxious
to come across it."
"It would never suit me," put in Mar
garet. "I believe I should find the very
cobblestones dispiriting."
"It is a revelation to go through its
t(nement d:s°ricts. I" had occasion to
do so the other day, and it seemed to
me humanity literally swarmed around
me. How can people, raised under such
coditions, have the instincts of human
"Yet we are a rich and prosperou3
people. .Our treasury overflows with its
surpLus, and thousands of human be
ings are starving. By what lfewif Jus
tod do you reVnoole that?"
*r Lv dose TNa rraro. yt 4
L4 l to Ulag atdlot It with
nothing of the tarilff, but I do know that
my sense of j:stiee is being continually
outiage I. I do not believe that sonme
should d;ne dff of silver and gold and
ototers want for bread. The p: orest
creature was certainly born with st ma
rights. Don't laugh, please; I don't
consid r the subject amusing."
"Nor I, my dlear," remarked Miss Ilil
ton, with a reproving glance at Brian.
"You are so earnest, Margaret," he
said, by way of excuse. "I pity those
poor creatures, but I don't believe in
indiscriminte charity. It tends to in
crease pauperism. Money comes too
easy, and the necessity for work is done
away with."
"lo:ur rule may apply to others as
well as the loor," was the half-s:ornful
reply. "I don't think it hurts any hu
man being to be taught that humanity
is helpful and tender-hearted. It dlo
grades no man to feel that others are
considerately compassionate for his
woes and tinl a pleasure in contributing
to his happ:ness. It was a sligh: action
that clan. ed the current bf Jean -Val
jean's life. And the world is full of
Je an Valjeans waiting for their grain of
encouragement. No, Bertie, I am not
charitable; ou may think so, but I do
rot. I have all that money can buy; I
do not know an hour's discomfort, or
the want of even a luxury, and because
some of my plenty finds its way to the
uniortunares I am lauded to the skies.
It is a distorted idea. W\hen I read of a
poor woman pledging the only thing of
value she possesses to keep a oorer
neighbor from Lcing turned upon the
stre, ts, or when I hear of a starving
creature sharing her crust with one who I
has not even a crust, I realize sime
thing of the charity which covereth a
multitude of sins, and when people
praise me I fell as big a hypocrite as
thoe c pharisaical individuals whoseo re
ligion consists in going to church on
Sunday and picking out the parts of
the sermon they think their neighbors
should Iractice, and whose charity be
gins with a subscription list and (nds
with Bibles sent to the heathen. I
don't admire those people. Let us
talk of something else. I see your re
proving eye, Miss Hilton, and I see
1:rian laughing, as usual. I wish he'd
grow a little more sensible. What do
you say, Bertio?"
"Your earnestness reminds me of Wil
eon. You remember him, Br;an. He
took his degree of medic:ne with you.
He's made quite a reputation in his pro
fession and any number of physicians of
more years anti longer practice are glad
to call him in consultation. He was
always remarkable in his way. Bra'ny
and all that. l;lch, too."
"Does he practice in New York?"
asked Margaret.
"Yes. He has no end of patients.
Poor, most of them; but that's his own
fault. He's a great hand for going
around in the tenement districts, curing
people for nothing. Sometimes when
he finds neither fire nor food he not only
provides both but makes the tire and
cooks his I rvvisions in the bargain.
Tes, he is a noble fellow. You should
meet him, Ma: garet. You and he would
agree on many points."
"Brian has never ment:oned him to
me. I should like to know him."
"I had forgotten all about him," said
Brian, "though now I remember he took
especial interest in mte when we were
studying together. His grand prophecies
have not been realized, I fear. He
always had very peculiar notions."
"If he comes up to Pertio's descrip
tion it is to be regretted that there are
not more of his peculiar not'ons in the
As she mnade this remark Margaret
ro:e from the table, fol:owed by Miss
Hilton. And Brian asked Bertie for a
game of billiards.
"Don't leave us too long," caution,'d
Margaret. "Miss Hilton and I will glow
mutually tired of each other's society."
"Like thr pater and myself," put in
Bertie. "By the way, Margaret, spea'i
ing of charity, the pater is a very good
old fel:ow, though he tries to persuade
others to the contrary. You'll hear him
discuss sor.e poor chap in the strongest
posible terms, and likely as not you'll
come to find out the fellow's been enjoy
ing his bounty all the time A queer
chap, altogether." he concluded,' not
very respectfully. "Au revoir, Margaret,
Brian is already grinning over his ex
pected triumph."
Bertioe's hope was realized. No undue
exhibition of temper on the part of his
father had cut short his visit, and though
several weeks had passed, he was appar
ently a fixture at The Cedars for an in
delinite period.
He msade the most of his opportunity
for enjoying Alice's society, and the
Colonel smiled grimly at his maturing
But he was not of a vacillating char
acter, and as time went on, and matters
had not reached a dcfinite settlement,
hlie began to consider the advisability of
sonime action on his part.
With this idea in view he came rather
unexpectdlly on Bertie and Alice in the
sitting-room one nurn;ng.
Ho regarded them fixedly for a mo
ment, and with a look of grim determin
ation, antd in wordls w:ich fell with the
force of a bombshell on the ears of his
surprised listeners, he exclaimed:
*What under heaven are you two mop
ing in here for? Confound me, if I un
d' rstandl such nons nse. For heaven's
sake, Bertie, h eo spunk enough to ask
the glrl to be your wife. When I was
courting your nmother I Eaid-plague
take that girl if she hasn't run away.
This comtes of your evrlasting fooling.
May the Lord g:ve me patience with
such young ninn:es! Where's she gone?"
"I'll lind hert, sir," volunteered Bertie,
borrowin. his fath r's determination of
face and voice.
He left the room with alacrity, and
passing down the long hall looked into
every room: but no Alice was to be
seen. An oipen door leading into the
garden suggested her possible mode of
escape, and immediately he followed
the narrow path which led to a surmer
ho ise. A few rapid steps brought him
up to the crouching figure.
"Alice," he cal!ed, with new gentle
ness in h's tones.
"I'll never forgive uncle, never!" she
I exclaimed, with her flce still buried in
her hands, and her voice hinting rather
strongly of tears.
"Poor father, I don't think h3 de
serves your ill.will, Lok up, Aloe, I
ave sormethlne g to tell ]'u.
S"It is very well to say that while your
face is covered, my dear, but fortunately
I know you don't mean it. My bird has
been so coquettish and mocked me with
so many sweet songs, that I am glad to
see her caged at last. Now, as she per
sistently refuses to unclose her eyes to
the beauty of my countenatice, I shall
proceed to take matters in my own
This threat he promptly carried out.
Disregarding her resistance, he lifted
her blushin; face until he could look
into her drooping eyes. Then, appar
ently satisfied with h's long. intent
gaze, he d:ew her closer to him, and
kissed her unresistin; lips with a grave
"Alice, I was right; you do like me a
A half hour later, Alice suggested the
advisability of returning to the Co:onel.
Bertie acquiesced reluctantly.
"Come in," called the old gentleirau.
as they hesitated at the door.
"How many miles did you have to
travel to find Alice? You've Icon g.no
just thirty-five minutes, but I'll forgive
you. Think you've gotten ahead of th
old man, eh? Wouldn't have .a wife of
my choosing? Oh. no. Wanted an old
mare to your liking. Humph! You
empty pate, you've got the very girl I
I picked out for you. Think I have taste,
eh? Well, :he'll lead you adance. She's
got the devil's own temper, and you're
about her equal, sir,"
"I am your son," was the imperturba
ble reply.
"Yes, yes. Nobody'd think it, though.
You'll never have your father's sense,
boy. Come here, you little coquette,
and kiss. your unele. And, Bertie, you
scamp, if you don't give her everything
she wants, I'll shoot you. Now clear
out, both of you. You addle my bewil
dered brain."
An clear out they did, with alacrity.
Luring the days that followoed Mar
garet and Alice saw a great deal of each
other, but this constant companionship
was fraught more of pain than of pleas
ure to Margaret, for the happy content
ment which filled Alice's heart mocked
her with the knowledge of something
wanting in her own life. The pa'n wa4
hidden in her own heart, but her doubts
I and iears found outward expression in
nervous restlessness, a lack of definitq
purpose and lowness of spirits. Many
times did she reproach herself severely
for allowing such feelings to influence
her: but, do what she would, she could
not banish the vague pa'n with which
she lookel I forward to thet future. "It is
not that I am unhappy," she told her
self, "but it is the possibility of what
lies before me."
One evening, during one of Brian's
periodical visits to Elmwood, she went
with him to take dinner at The ('edars.
She found the evening thoroughly en
joyable, and for the time being she laid
aside her dopression and was in bril
liant spirits. The Colonel, whose vein
was particularly happy, kept her by his
side and made himself especially en
"You needn't be jealous," he said to
Brian, "you'll enjcy all her sweetness
presently. No hope for un old follows.
You young ones mrnage to shine us
down and the girls like your handsome
faces and forget your empty heads."
Brian joined in the laugh iaise:l at. his
expense,but when his eye toet 'J argaret's
he was both surpris'd and I erl lexed at
its peculiar expression.
During the ride home h" found her gay
spirits haid given way to a moody si
lence, which he tried several times to
break without much success.
"i was hop ng for a nice talk with
you," h, said at last rather de-pei'ately,
"but you seem determ nod not to gratify
me. You know that I return to the city
to-morrow, too, an]i I won't see you
again until I come to claim you for my
own. My darling, if you could realize
with what u: speakable joy I look for
ward to that time. IBul you are so cold
I can't understand you, Margaret.
Sometimes I hi gin to fear you regret."
"lDon't beg:n to think anythunz so de
void of sense. Brian. If I can't believe
in disintereste I affection it isn't my
fault. Some ono stole my faith from
She settloe back in her corner with
these wcords and wrapj ci her cloak
more closely about her.
"I am very eross, Er'an," she added
after a moment of self-reproach. "I
don't want to be cross to you. l'lease
remember that even when I forget it I
am sorry I ever hal a heart."
"Had, Margaret" he repeated,bright
ening at once at her ge ntle tones. "Oh,
don't let us be doleful, please. Talk of
something else."
After this outburst Margaret settled
still further back in her ccrner, andl
Brian tried in vain to catch a glimpse
of her face in the flickering light of the
two carriage lamps.
No further remark broke the silence,
which lasted until they reached home.
Phenomenal Growth.
The progress of the South since
Appomattox, says a Southern paper,
has no karallel outside of romance.
In 18i65we had no money, no credit,
no hope. Many of our cities were in
ashes, our plantations were wrecketd,
and our railways were worn out. To
day we have a land of peace and
plenty, 43,000 miles of railway, and
our average percentage of increase of
per capita wealth for the decade
ending in 1890 was QO10 percent. more
than that of New England or the
central West.
We are drawing capital and we are
making capital. Ten years ago we
had 220 national banks; now we have
590. The percentage of the increase
of our foreign exports is about five
times the combined gain at the other
ports of the country. A few days ago
we showed by reliable stat stics that
we have fewer failures with smaller
liabilities in the South than in cther
sections. We showed, toA that in
tldvelopment and productionourprog
ress had been phenomenal, andt that
the growth of our diversified manu
factures made a total during the last
five years of over 17,000 new in-.
Now, take this fact: Since 1888
our assessed propeIty has increased
$1,600,000,000 in value, according to
the reports for 1890! When a section
can accomplish so much in twenty
seven years--starting with only
battle-fields and ruins for assets
the outlook ought to be bright.
TIr: hal boy will b serry when
electrlal taotnig ii Unaltreal)y
- dotel,
flow It Ended-Egging Her On
Couldn't Believe Hie Was
Simple, Etc.. Etc.
.'as wed
He said
He wanted a wife whose head
ntained the'ologies
:ught in the colleges,
But he married his cook instead.
-Philadelphia Cal!.
±i rst Hen--"Why don't you revenge
yourself on the master for killing and
eating your husband ?"
Second Hen-"Oh, I'm laying for
him. "-Judge.
"Our cashier's defalcation was a
great surprise to us."
"He wrote such a beautiful upright
hand."-Chicago Record.
He placed a ring upon her finger
and then lovingly kissed her hand.
She indignantly drew back.
"Please remember, Jack, that there
is a place for everything," she said.
Town Topics.
Snake-Liar-"'And I went down into
the hole a hundred and eighty feet."
Listener- "But the rope was only a
hundred feet long."
Snake-Liar--"Yes, I know; but I
doubled it. "--Pack.
The Young Pastor-"''What I want
to do is to get them to open their
hearts to me."
The Old Brother-"What you'll
have to do will be to get them to open
their pocketbooks to you."
Teacher- "What peculiarity, if any,
do you observe in the anatomy of the
Pupil-"The frog consists of a pair
of legs with enough other meat thrown
in to hold them together."-Chicago
"George told me that one of my
golden hairs could draw him like
a team of oxen."
"And then when thellarness broke
down he asked me if I had a rope in
my pocket."
First Tramp-"What do they mean
by hanging a man in effigy?"
Second Tramp--"That's when they
just string up a stuffed figure of hinm"
First Tramp-"Well, if I was goin'
ter be hung, I'd like to have it done
that way l"-Puck."
She-"There were only fifty-six
signers of the Declaration of Inde
Lord Ninkumpupe--"How very re
markable In England, doncher
know, you can get thousands of signas
tures to almost any sort of docu
ment. "--Pck.
Nipper-"Look here, old chap, I've
been advised to go to Thompkins, the
tailor. Did you ever go to him; for
Clipper--"Oh, yes; got two suits
from him; one dress suit, ore lawsuit.
Thompkins is a very expensive man, I
tell you."-New York Times.
"Gee " was all he could say when
she told him he was the firet man she
had ever kissed.
"Do you presume to doubt me?"
asked the lady indignantly.
"Me? Never. 1 was just thinking
how remarkably well youndid without
practice. "-Cincinnati Enquirer.
Mr. Harduppe-"Of course, as you
are so wealthy, I feel that in asking
you to marry me 1 ought to tell you
how poor my own circumstances are."
Miss Gotrox (reproachfully).-" Why
don't you make an effort to improve
them ?"'
Mr. Harduppe (surprised)-"Don't
you think I am?"
"This butter seems strong," said the
young husband, at their first breakfast
at home.
"Yes," shq answered; "I talked to
the market man about that, and he
said it was economy in the end never
to buy weak butter. He said that even
though this might cost a little more,
people could get along with less of it,
and it would last longer."
"What are these cups for?" asked a
w-ll-dressed man of a jeweler, point
ing to some elegant silver cups on the
"These are race cups, to be given as
"If that's so, suppose you and I race
for one?" And the stranger with the
cap in hand, started, the jeweler after
him. The stranger won the cup.
Pickrie Up.
He-"-flove you madly,"
Bhe-"Who could b!ame you?"
"1 want you to be my wife"
"I heai yeo."
*Mey fAmily wanid weleaUm y atlhh
"That would be nice."
"We would make our lives a 40a
tinual honeymoon."
"Splendid idea."
"I am rich."
"My darling l"-Harlem Life.
The Biggest Sailing Craft.
The largest saihng craft in existence
is the Potosi, now engaged in the
nitrate trade with the west coast of
South America. She was built by F.
Laeisz of Hamburg, in 1895. Her
principal dimensions are: Length,
362 feet; breadth, 49: feet; depth,
31; feet; gross register, 2995 tons,
and net register, 3789 tons. She has
a dead weight carrying capacity of
6150. tons, and besides being the
largest sailing shin in existence, she
also possesses the distinction of being
the only five-masted one, with the ex
ception of the La France of Dunkirk,
which is of considerably smaller di
mensions. During her first voyage to
Iquique, a distance of 11,000 miles
was covered in seventy-two days, a re
markably fast trip.
The largest vessel engaged in trade
on the American coast is the Governor
Ames, a five-masted wooden schooner
trading regularly between Newport
News and Providence, R. I. She was
built at Waldoboro, Me., in 1838, by
Levitt Storer and her principal dimen
sions are: Length, 345 feet 5 inches;
beam, 21 feet 2 inches; depth, 21 feet
2 inches, and her net tonnage is 1,
653.84. Captain C. A. Davis is the
master and owner, and her hailing port
is Providence. She is one of a fleet of
schooners engaged in carrying the
celebrated New River coal from New
port News to Providence, and carries
about 3000 tons on a draught of 22
feet. She" is the only five-masted
schooner on this coast, the largest in
existence, and she has a sail area of
about 7000 square yards.
D:sR:aes of Cem.s.
The Philadelphia Times is authority
for the statement that gems are af
flicted with aiseases just as individuals.
Among the infirmities to which- pre
cious stones are liable, says the Time.,
is one common toall stones, that of
fading, or losing color, when long ex
posed to the light. The emerald, the
sapghire, and the ruby suffer the
least, their colors being as nearly per
manent as colors can be, yet experi
ments made a few years ago in Paris
and Berlin to determine the deteriora
tion of colored gems through exposure
showed that even those suffered, a ruby
which has lain for two years in a show
window being perceptibly lighter in
tint than its original mate, which #hs
kept in the darkness. The causes of
the changes are not very clear, even
to expert chemists, but it is evident
that the action of thelihght on the col
oring matter of the gem effects a de
terioration, slow but exceedingly sure.
In the case of the garnet and topaz
the change is more rapid titan in that
of the ruby and sapphire. Opals that
have successfully passed the ordeals of
grinding, polishing and setting do not
often crack afterward, but it is best
not to expose them to even the mod
erate heat involved by the wearer sit
ting in front of an open tire, for th3
opal is composed principally of silicio
acid, with from five to thirteen per
cent. of water, a combination which
renders them very treacherous objects.
The idea that they are otherwise un
fortunate in the sense that they bring
disaster to the wearer may be dis
missed as superstitious.
Bottomless Meat Pie,
- Mrs. Borer gives this recipe for
bottomless meat pie: "OCt one joint
of cold meat into one inch blocks and
two large potatoes into dice. Have
measured a tablespoonful of salt, a
quarter teaspoonful of pepper, the
same of celery seed, and a teaspoonful
of onion juice. Put a layer of meat
into a rather deep Fie pan, then one
of potatoes, and distribute some of the
parsley, pepper, salt and celery seed
through the layers. Build the pie unp
in this way until all the ingredients
are used. Put a teaspoonful of butter
over the top, add a half pint of stock,
water a poor substitute, and put on
your top orust, which must be rolled
out rather thin and have an opening
in the top so that the steam can es
cape. Glaze this with egg, 4o which
a teasooonful of warm water has been
added, and it will give your pie that
rich brown color which all meat pies
should have. This is a deliciousn dish
for luncheon."
The Eye a Perfect Camera.
The eye is a perfect photographer'
camera, says a writer in the Ladies
Home Journal. The retina is the dry
plate upon which are focused all ob
jects by means of the erystalline lens.
The cavity behind this lenE is the cam
era. The iris and pupil are the dis
phragm. The eyelid is the drop shut
ter. The draping of the optical dark
room is the only black membrane in
the entire body. This miniatureoam
era is self-focusing, self-loading and
self-developing, and takes millions ol
pictures every day, In colors and ea
larged to life size.
Left Ils CarJ.
Voltaire ani Piron were enemies,
To their embarrassment they met one
day at the country house of a friend
Piro~a got up early, went to Voltaire'i
door and wrote upon it the wcrC
"Bogue." At breakfast Voltair:
pmalingly said to him: "I thank yot
for showing your interest in my wel
fare by leaving your card at my.- dool
this morning."
Swimi Telephones.
In Switzerland, from the smallne
village it is now possible to tel phcan
to any place in the country at a fo
Irom two oents to eight 0eadt for thl
most di~keat points on iestiument
through whb l one oI le.ar wit
iptest daistiotses sd PFIIpe a
aoent inshree sais.
His Cplnlon 1s !o 'ow Chrid ShiL'd Be
Brought Up.
Unless Children A:e lUade to Fear Pa
rents They Will Never Make GooI
Men and Women-Pun';hmeat of I
Boys at School.
An esteemed friend requests that I
write a letter about how to raise a
family of chiklren so that they will all .,
behave, the boys make good citizens,
good husbands, good fathers and the
girls maike good wives and good moth- i
ers. "Is it possible to do this?"' he
When the lawyers determine that a 2
thing cannot be legally done they say
it is "ultra vires," whiich means be
yond strength. In the first place, it t
is not possible to devise any plan or t
method by which all children can be I
raised or trained . to do right` and be
have. It is "ultra vires" sid even if 1
it were possible, it is "'lFra vires" i
with me to make it known. Ever since i
the failure of Adam to raise Cain, this r
thing of raising all the children to be
good has been an unsolved problem.
Whether the difference in children of
the same family isdue to the laws of i
heredity or the doctrine of election or i
to differet environments and associa- I
tions or to the devil himself we can- I
not tell, but one ao more of these
causes have been at work. My
wife and I were discoursing
about this last night and in all our ac- I
quaintance of half a century we could 1
not name a single family of six or a
more children of whom were good. t
Anxiety and grief and trouble 4 cause 1
of children'is the common lot. It be- 1
gan with Adam and came on down to
Noah and Jacob and David and Solo
mon, and yet these men had the spe
cial favorrof God and were blessed by
Him in every way except in the conduct
of some of their children. Poor old Eli,
the high priest and judge of Israel for
forty years, ais cursed with two bad I
boys and God at the last cursed him
for not restraining them. "There.
shall not be an old man in thy house I
forever, and all the increase of thy 1
house shall die in the flower of their I
age." Because his sons made them
selves vile and he restrained 2
them not. What an awful euri4e
wAs that! These sons of Beliall
' -rd means worthless,bad, naugh
ty, 'vile, and fits many a had boy ini
our day. It is a fact that reflects on
our sex that the. sons of Belial are
mentioned more than a dozen times in
the scriptures, but there is no daugh
ter of Belial. "HIe restrained them
not." Well, the good old man dffi
talk to them and reprove them most
earnestly. "Why do ye such things.
It is no good report that I hear. Ye
make the Lord's people to transgress.
Tf one man sin against another the
jpdge shall judge him, but if a man
sin against the Lord who shall entreat
for him?"
I wonder what kind of restraint the
Lord expeeed or required of Eli. It
was not talking or pleading with
them, of course, for he did that. I
wonder if the old man dident experi
ment on the modern Atlanta plan of
raising the boys on his love and their
honor, for fear of breaking their spir
its. It makes an old, man very tired to
read the wise utterances of the mod
ern Solons against corporal punish
ment of bad boys in the public
schools. I had rather go and ask the
convicts in' the chaingang for an opin
ion. Nine-tenths of them would say I
began in disobedience and was not.re
strained. The lamentable fact is that at
least one-fourth of the boys at these
schools have no restraint at home and
if they'are not punished at school they
get it nowlhere, and so these sonsof
Belial go to the bad very early and
become victims to the rigor of the w
and the coui ts. There is many a boy
in these schools who is sight now on
his way to the chainanr.. These
Solons ·say that corporal punishment
is brutal and barbarous and ar.dst give
.away to the progress and refinement
of the age. About what time did the
vouths of this generation become better
than those 'of half a century ago? Road
the daily papers and answec. - How
many houses in Atlanta are in mourn
ing because of the bad conduct pf
their boys? What good results can
come from expulsion of a bad boy
from school? He is not wanted any
where by decent people, and so be
associates with his kind and becomes
worse andl soon comes to grief .pd
and brings sorrow to his kindred.
Obedience to law, to government, to
parents is absolutely necessary for the
peace and welware of society. This
obedience is enforced am-ng bad men
by the.frar of the laS. It canoet be,
enforced among bau boys ."xcpthBy
fear of corporal punishiont. Thair
honor or their shame istoo feeble a fao
tor to be considered. Obedienoe maust
begin early, even in infany.. My lit
tie two-year-old grandchild loves to
play in the dirty coal box. "C'aroline,
you must not do that," her mother
says, and enforces her commniaud by
sl:pping her little hands ard the!
wasning tuem, inat is corporal puna
ishment, and is just as severi to the
little child as the rod is to the boy of
ten, and both are right and both efeo
tral. The enforcement of obedience
in early childhood saves all nesessity
for punishment in later years,- and it
saves a sight of scoldivg. What a world
of worry bad children are to other peae
plel What a comfbrt are good oan
at home and JabrOad. rom mistakes
arenltl that thef bos are- too
hIighsttus tobe wiapped Tee,
those boie are Ii 4gpr ia elar 80
higher strung when in a fit of passion
they kill somebody. The poet Shelley
said "Obedience .is the bane of genius,
virtue, freedom and 'truth; makes
slaves of men and of the human frame
a mechanical automaton." lfe was one
of these highstrung sublimated creat
ures whose rule of life was to do as he
pleased, to follo* his own sweet will.
What a ipiserable life he lived,and was
drowned when only thirty years old.
He alarmed his schoolmates by' his
storms of passion. Was expelled from
Oxford when nineteen.AFhe same year
he eloped with a hotel keeper's daugh
ter and married her at Gretna Green.
Three years later he abandoned her
and she drowned herself from grief.
Soon after this he married another wo
man, "with whom he had been living
previous to his first wife's death. He
was the intimate friend of Lord Byron
and Leigh Hunt, and they witnessed
the cremation of his body and depos
ited'the ashes near the grave of Keats,
iu the Protestant cemetery at Rome.
No, I 'annot tell' anybody how to
raise their children. It is a fearful
responsibiilty. I have known preach
ers to undertake the.task and fail, and
the congregation smiled inwardly at
the preacher's -failure to raise his own
in an exemplary and orthodot way.
I said something about the laws of
heredity coming in as a factor in the
rearing of children. I kne*' two good
men in Rome before the war who had
a like number- of boys growing up, "
and these two families were _los4
neighbors, and their boys mingled to
gether and went 'to the same school
and Sunday school and charch. One
set of these boys was good, manly,
industrious and a comfort and an
honor to their parents. The other set
was bad, mischievous and untruthful.
In fact,-they were several tjnes caught
stealing or with stolen goods in
their possession. And yet" the
parents in both families were
always exemplary in their conduct
and conversation;" I asksd Dr. Miller
how he accounted for that. "Heredi
ty," said le. "One set of. these boys
have bred after their grandfather, who
was a very bad man. I knew him
*ell and he was a terror ,to the cow
mui . ¶lhese.grandsons have started
out on his line. Bad blood in horses
will some times skip s generation and
then crop out. Just eo it is with hu
man blood.". "Can it not be eradi
cated?" said I. "Oh, yes," he replied.
These boys should have had more re
atraint in infancy and youth. It takes
more fat that sort. The whippings
they are gitting now come too late,
d I fear will not reform them. But
most am disposition to vice can be
reformi begun in time. It is the
sanA in aximal +and vgetable area.
tions. You can cut off a kitten's tail
fiom one litter to andtlear until they
will ultimately be born without tails.
You can dwarf a peachtree of enlarge
a tonato." -
Now, while I h#b my settled con
victions on. these fh8gs, I do not wish
anybody to suspect thAt there has been
any brutality aI our house. Som1 of
our boys recei~d corporal punishment
at rare intervals. Others had none-
not.a stroke, except a spank or two
from their mother. Like most parents,
we thought that other people's chil
dren npeded more than ours. But
even t]he punishment they did get they
have not forgotten -and still talk oflt
as a big thili,
Now, ak to the girls, of course they
should not suffer corporal punishment
in the schools. In the first place, they
do not need it. Secndly, if they did,
there is no natural and suitable place
to receive it, and if there was, it cannot
be found with propriety.--Bnua Aar
in Atlanta Constitution.
anuecboes or seamu.
While the late James H. Beard, fath
er of Dan Beard, the artist, -was paint
ing a portrait of Zachary Taylor, he
said to Mifm: "Well, General, I suppose
you are to be our next President?"
"I hope not," grund the. bluff old
hero; "no military man has any busil
ness in the Presieldential chair, but if
they offer it to me, I suppose I'lH be -
fool enough to aeeept it."
And he was. Shortly after Mr.
Beaid's marriage to a naece of CoL
Carter, in 183 he made the Southern.
campaign tour. Toma MaetShalof Ken
tucky, was then runn for ogrs
He was defeated by a song, wlch
Bard wrote, and thle brought a chal.
IAge to a duel Elghl boon com
panions of the rhyats answered the
challenge, and tof ruball that he
must fight all of thel singly or all at
once, but the ei4oen men he must
meett agmehow thbs duel never came
or, and Marshal never afterward al
luded to it but once, and'iMhat was when
he flrstaw Beart' a~ns, "The tbt
.Vlctim of the Flood." tandln befrei
the painting, MarsllSl seetmed visibly
impressed. Finll, dplang Mjlelf
up to his full lietgar, cmesd to the
artist, and said: "Oesrd, you're a
mighty good palnter, bit you're a -
The man in the bicycl srft laughed
!*V IyM," he said.
"W 1" asked the man with a large
section of qgln gone from hinose.
"Why, these 'pon'ts for bleyellsts
replied the man in the bhiydel sauit.
"Let's ee them,"- satd the man whe
was abortof skin..
The man in fthe bieycleCit handed
him the paper.
"Thi e best one iesn't there," said the
mas with the fantastic nose, shortly.
"If it was the rest wouldn't be neee
b'[email protected] 70o1 pen the best one?"
taked Sthe man with $e i'yle sault.
opaDY -l6," p~stbred the man
whws ses sto041 sea of gaftian,
..& an as ruerelsegt a g pelue .

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