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Give to me thin life I love. Let the love go by me; Give the Jolly heaven above And the byway nigh me. - * Red in the bush with stars to see. Bread I dip In the river— There’s the life for a man like me, There’s the life forever. Let the blow fall soon or late, •*- Let what will be o'er m«; Give the face of earth around. And the road before me. .. Wealth I ask not. hope nor love* Nor a friend to know me; All 1 ask, the heaven above And the road below me. —Robert Louis Stevenson. The Parson's Substitute w Judson’s Corners was going to church. For nearly four months the roads had been almost impassable. Backsliders were many, for it meant a day’s work to clean Judson mud off spring wagon and harness. Mr. Bliss smiled a smug little smile and gently tapped his hymn book with his glasses. "It will be a good day for my spring missionary sermon,” said he, "I thought so. I wonder if Amos Billings has sold his town lot yet.” And he mentally counted the tenth. As he turned to go back into the church - he became aware that some one had stepped around the east cor ner by the sycamore. He saw that the new-comer wanted to speak to him and he waited. As the man approached the clergy man noted his appearance. He was a small man about his own build and poorly dressed, ragged in fact. He was pale and clean shaven except for small side-burns, an odd accompani ment of rags. His hat having lost any trace of its original shape is best described as slouch. It was pulled down over his eyes. "You are the Rev. Mr. Moses P. Bliss, I presume," was the very ele gant remark of the stranger. And what was more wonderful to the as tonished minister, he toolf off his hat and bowed like a Chesterfield. "Ah—yes. What can I do for you?” he replied. He was going to add "my good man,” but stopped. "I would like to speak to you In your study for a few minutes. I won’t keep you long. I see Hiram Jenkins’ gig is the first on the hill and he won’t be here for a few min- yet. Of course—if— ’’ "Oh, certainly, certainly. Come right in. I am always glad even at the eleventh hour to show a brother the way; the way to a better life. Just follow me.’’ As they walked through the empty little church with its bare wooden pews, the minister cudgeled his brain. "Who can he be? His face seems fa miliar and I am sure I have seen him before. A lost sheep come back to the fold I judge. Well we'll see; weil see.” They walked up the three steps to the pulpit, then crossed it and went through a small door at the back which led to the study. Mr. Bliss closed it '•arefully and motioned his visitor to a chair. "Sit down, my friend,” he said as he went to the table and laid down his glasses and books. “What can I do for you?” “Just this, old duffer,” said the stranger pleasantly, "take off your clothes.” The astonished old man was reach ing for his handkerchief when he heard this remarkable demand, but he dropped his arms and looked up, too amazed to speak. “Why—I—don’t—” but the words died in his throat as he suddenly saw a six shooter not twelve lncnes from his nose. "No ‘why’s’ and ‘don’ts.’ Do what » I tell you and hurry about it too. I’ll give you fifteen seconds for your coat and vest and as many more for your trousers. And I want your shirt and collar and tie and shoes.” Resistance never entered his head. He slipped off the coat and vest, and even the collar and tie but—he stop ped. A sound reached them. It was the Jenkins family entering the church. A quick hope showed in the good man’s face; he’d call. "Yell and I’ll finish you.” The Rev. Mr. Bliss was ready for anything now. He was fully prepared to do hand-springs down the church aisle, or to climb the bell-rope, or run fifty times around the church, all the while saying, "The devil was chasing his mother round the stump,” to the tune of. a gun banging after him at every corner. He had heard of queer bets and so on. But he wasn’t pre pared for what happened. "Now I’ll give you two minutes to get the whole outfit on yours truly.” So, to the accompaniment of some more oaths, everyone of which made him jump, the clergyman obeyed. If the congregation could have seen the study door a strange sight would have met their gaze; their own beloved pastor in his underclothes, tying a black cravat on a ministerial looking person who was holding a gun recklessly near the good man’s head. Then dragging him to a corner be tween two book cases, the pseudo parson dumped him on a stack of old hymn books. He picked up a pad and pencil from the table and put them on the clergyman’s shaking knees. "Now 111 preach your sermon for you, and to keep your mind off your trouble you can write, ‘Mary had a little lamb’ three hundred times. Every one you're shy means a hole through you. Don’t try the window. It’s nailed on the outside. Queer you didn’t notice it. Now be good,” ho added cheerful ly- The congregation had begnu to won der where the minister was. Hannah Hotchkiss whispered audibly to Mrs. Hawkins. “Perhaps Jane Bliss was took bad at the last minute and he couldn’t leave. If he doesn't ccmc soon I’ll take the short cut by the crick and go over." Her words were cut short by the opening of the study door. A stranger appeared. He was greeted by the us ual whispering and uplifted brows. When he had carefully closed the door he stepped forward and closed his eyes a minute as if in prayer. Then he looked around and smiled, a beautiful pious smile. In a confid ing voice he said, “Dear young friends —I have noticed the absence of age here to-day—l regret very much that our dear friend and brother, Mr. Bliss, cannot be with us. Ahem—Ahem.” Echo from the study. “I have Just returned from the p—, from foreign lands and have been asked to take charge of the service for our absent brother, and to preach the annual missionary sermon.” Groans from the study, followed by a loud and violent sneeze. “ ‘From Greenland’s Icy Mountains.’ Rise and sing,” said the stranger loudly. The Judsonltes were quickly on their feet singing for dear life. Next came the announcements. The card had been left on the open Bible. “Services this evening by the pastor. Subject—T was naked and ye clothed me.’ ” Noise from the study. “Rise and sing, ‘There is a Green Hill.’ ” Judson sang “The Green Jlill” and sat down. Fat Mr. Hobbs was puffing. The stranger went on: “A recital by the choir on Tuesday evening at the home of—” Another sneeze from the study. “ ‘Safely Guarded.’ Every one stand.” “Blest if I can,” wheezed Mr. Hobbs. The hymn finished, the stranger continued, “Prayer meeting on Wednesday evening at the usual hour. There will be no collection on that evening as this is the day for the an nual missionary offering and a large amount is requested.” More sounds from the study. “Bing,” he fairly shouted, “sing number three hundred. Three hun dred,” he repeated to the study door. With what breath they had left, they sang. “Thank goodness, he didn’t say to stand,” sighed Mr. Hobbs. Then everything went well. The sounds in the study ceased. The stranger read a chapter from Job and then announced his text; “Cast your bread upon the waters.” With a beaming smile he went on, “Now, we will have the offering. Will the dea cons please pass the baskets?" Four old men moved squeakily up the aisle. They passed the baskets back and forth through the pews and the clink, clink of the money brought a smile of satisfaction to the mission ary’s face. The deacons placed the offering at his feet and turned to go back to their seats. From where he sat he saw the faces of the congregation suddenly chaege. Smiles changed to a horrified stare. They seemed to see an apparition. He turned and beheld the pastor standing in the doorway beside him clad from head to foot in the most atrocious rags and looking scared and weak. The stranger rose quietly and smiled. He laid his revolver on the desk and with a deft movement re moved his wig with which came the side-burns. The people gasped. "Keep your seats, my friends. No need for anyone to rise now.” And he picked up his gun. “I am sorry this has happened. No one regrets it more than I. Allow me, my dear brother.” And taking the clergyman to the pulpit steps, he made him sit down. “There that’s better. Now I can see you.” With another smile he went on: “Allow me to thank you, kind friends for your generous offer ing. I need it badly.” And stooping, he conveyed the contents of each bas ket to his pocket. “And by the way, Mr. Bliss, I want to thank you for this handsome suit. I hope you didn’t catch cold. I shall now turn the rest of the service over to you. I regret that I cannot leave the cash.” Then he lightly jumped down from where he stood and swinging his gun carelessly in one hand he walked slowly and smilingly down the aisle. “I see so many old friends here. One feels better when he has com pany in misery. Let me see; still weighing butter light. Josh? I told you once it wasn’t honest Better take to preaching, ha, ha! I will have my little joke. And I do believe that Nancy Barr finally landed Dan Willis. Well, Dan, you deserved a better fate.” He walked a few steps down the aisle, and went on: “Say, Lem, do you remember the day you and I stole the parson’s white horse and sold him and split even? And Deaoon Green field, didn’t you get next? Yes, now I remember, you did and we gave you ten dollars to forget it. My! Those were good told times. Well, I must be going. Hiram, I’ll borrow your sorrel mare as far as Summerville Station. I’ll just have time to make the noon train.” —Olive Roberts Barton In Farm and Ranch. The Bacillus of Laziness. Some of the Eastern papers are having much fun over the re ported bacillus of laziness that some one has located theoretical ly. The Washington papers declare that it is to be met with most abundantly in South America and that a professor is about to go thither to hunt it up. A Philadelphia paper suggests that the said professor will meet with better results if he will “go gunning around Washington" when Congress is in session. SNAKE AS A HYPNOTIST. Power Over Its Victims Now Explain ed on Occult Grounds. Hypnotism has been advanced as an explanation of the peculiar fisci nation exercised by serpents over weak animals which become so influ enced by the eyes and body move ments of their charmer that they are easily captured. Birds, squirrels and mice are the readiest victims. According to the instances observed the doomed animals seem to realize their danger, but are powerless to resist the influence. Sometimes a diversion, such as a sudden noise, will break the spell. It may have been, in the instances observed, that the vic tim was a parent trying to distract the snake's attention from its young and approaching incautiously too near its enemy. Or there may have been an attraction by curiosity or antipathy, the victim becoming careless of its danger through anger or weak through terror. The explanation that a state of hypnosis is induced is rea sonable. The common hen may be readily hypnotized and music renders some mammals incapable of movement. The first, move of the snake's victim may be one of curiosity. Then the snake may, even without being aware of it, exert its hypnotic influence and. see ing its prey within reach, naturally avail itself of its opportunity. HOW MOROS MAKE FIRE. Bimple Apparatus That Can Always Be Depended Upon. There is still in use among the Moros a curious apparatus for making fire. The apparatus consists of a bam boo stick, a bit of china and tinder. The whole, connected with cords, is worn at the belt of the owner. When he wants a fire the native takes the bamboo firmly in the left haud and in his right hand bolds the bit of china by the finger and thumb and on the thumb side he pinches a bit oi tinder. The edge of the china is then struck sharply down and along the bamboo. A bit of the bamboo is scraped off, not much, because the wood is hard and the outside has quite a glaze, but enough to be made in candescent by the stroke, producing a bright and long spark. The tinder catches this spark and flame is the result. Very little practice is required to enable even a novice to light a fire by this means. Danger in Forcing Children. Labor tears down the mental facul ties of the child, causing the mind to become dwarfed and stunted at an early age when subjected to continual hard work, as in field and factory. While enough physical exercise is nec essary to the development of the brain, too much has the opposite ef fect. The mind must be stimulated bjr the right kind of diversion, and in orler to attain the best results must choose for itself, according to the mental and moral responsibility of the individual. The parent should be the judge of this and should not for any reason be too severe with children at an early age, lest by overstraining any of the functions of the body or brain they become prematurely de ranged.—Philadelphia Ledger. The Envelope m the Window. If you were in a certain Irish town and were looking out for lodgings you would probably come to the conclu sion that none were to be had, for, search as you might for the familiar “apartments to let” notices so often seen in the windows of houses in other places you would search in vain. Instead you might observe fas tened by the flap to the window a clean white envelope. This is an in dication to all whom It may concern that apartments are to be had within. This curious custom Is greatly in vogue at the seaside health resort. 'Kllkee, County Clare, where ail heuses that have apartments to let exhibit a white envelope. Practical Gratitude. With almost poetic reciprocity Fred Newhard, an industrious youth of 18, secured the release of his friend, Ja cob Muth, from prison, says an Allen town dispatch to the Philadelphia Pub jlic Ledger. Last year Muth Newhard from drowning at Atlantic City. Muth had been arrested for fighting, and was committed in default of SSOO bail. When Newhard heard of his plight he offered to become bonds iman, but was not accepted because he is a minor. Promptly selling a house he owned for $2,000, he walked into the alderman’s office and threw down the SSOO bail demanded in gold, which the magistrate was bound to acce'pt. Humorous Burglar. A specimen of the modern burglar's humor, when a Bristol lady and her husband returned the other day from a short trip to the south coast, among other evidences of an unknown guest they found attached to one of the lady’s bonnets this note: “Dear Madam —Tell George he must really buy you another bonnet. This is an exact copy of one my old aunt used to wear twenty years ago.”—London Tit-Bits. Ars There Any Ghosts? The man who does not believe in ghosts because he has never seen one. or treats all ghost stories as mere Ilea or meaningless hallucinations with or without some striking coincidence, should nowadays be treated kindly but firmly as an intellectual trogeodyte. and given to understand that his views car.not be accepted In the twentieth century by those who are capable of seeing the light when it shines on he in. —A. Fellows in the Occult Re !•. v. FOR THE PLAIN GIRL. Possible to Cultivate Beauty of the Finest Sort. A good many girls are considered pretty, and plain girls cast a some what envious glance at them, and each murmurs Inwardly, “Oh, dear, how I wish I were pretty!” Cheer up, poor little plain girls, for you can be victorious over your pret tier sisters. Remember that the face should be the true index of the heart and soul. By cultivating amiable emotions and noble desires the countenance which does not possess outward love liness will in time have a beauty of a finer and more appealing nature than was ever attained by perfect features and a roße-leaf complexion. When one meets a plain girl who is a heartfelt Christian, trying to walk in the straight road, unselfish, loving and pure-minded, her plain face be comes a sort of revelation of the heav enly soul hidden through the surface of plainness, just as the most price less jewels are discovered in the most unlovely localities. Remember, plain girls, what the great poet Spencer wrote, "For of the soul the body form doth take.”—llos ton Globe. MARRIAGE IMPROVES A MAN. Woman's Idea Is That Wife Drums Manners Into Him. "Din you ever notice how it im proves a man to be married?” This query was propounded by a young southern woman here. “You can al ways depend upon it that it is a mar ried man who shows you all the small courtesies in an elevator; it is a mar ried man who stands up for you in the street car and it is a married man who does ail the chores at a picnic. The. most thoughtless. Irresponsible kind of a single man often becomes a verit able model of amiability after he gets him a wife. I suppose his wife has so drummed good manners into him that he has to keep practicing all the time to keep in trim. I believe business men have more respect for a married man, too. They succeed better in ev erything they do. Why, only the other day there was a baseball game be tween the married men and the single men. Who won? The married men, of course. And you can’t tell me their wives did not have something to do with it.”—Philadelphia Record. Signs of Ancient Tragedy. Dr. Sellln, an archaeologist, found some odd relics in excavations he made at Taanach in Palestine. Anting them was the skeleton of a Canaat ite lady surrounded by the skeletons/ of five children from about 4 to 16 years of age. A bronze knife among the re mains seems to point to a tragedy which must have occurred shortly be fore everything was covered up, for the ornaments of the lady, the large jars for holding provisions, and a little bronze figure of Astarte were found untouched. There were also several valuable Jewels. Some ancient letters 'were unearthed at the same place. One of them reads: “To Istarwasur, Aman hasir, may Adad preserve thee! Send thy brothers with their carts and send a horse, thy tribute, and presents and all prisoners who are with thee to Me giddo on the day of the reception. ’ African Elephant Doomed. Unless public opinion Is kept in formed as to what is going on, there is very little hope that the African elephant can be preserved. In the first place, owing to its far larger growth of tusks, this species is the main object of the ivory hunter. The African ivory is the whiter, the harder and the dearer of the two. Also the tusks are very much larger than those of the Asiatic elephant, so that the hunter gets more money for less trou ble—or rather, did get it. for hunting the elephant for its Ivory can bow oqly be carried on in Asia In parts of the forests of Burmah, or “by permis sion” in certain districts of India.— County Gentleman and Land and Water. How Wine Is Colored. Most people think white grapes make white wine and dark grapes make red wine; it is a popular error. Red wine is made by fermenting grape juice and grape skins together, and white wine is made by fermenting grape juice alone. The juice of white and dark grapes does not differ in hue. In each sort of grape the Juice is al most as colorless as weak lemonade. Champagne is made of a grape so dark as to be nearly black, but the juice of that nearly black grape is quite as pale as that of the ordinary white grape.—London Tatlor. Value of Habit of Reading. The late Cornelius Vanderbilt, when addressing some university students, said: “Cultivate the habit of reading for a certain time every day. As a brain-molder and wit-sharpener I know nothing to equal it. 1 have known many men in my time who have made large fortunes, and every one of them loved books at least as much as he loved dollars. Heard Maine Had Blown Up. A few days after the battleship Maine was blown up in Havana har bor, and while the whole world was excited over the event, a Frenchman came out of a lumber camp In New Hampshire and made his appearance in Gorham depot. Stepping up to the station agent in a state of great ex citement, he asked if Maine had blown up. The agent replied that it had. 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