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Literature, as Well as Art and Sci
ence and History, Is Indebted to
Fain and Worry and Suffering For
Some of Its Choicest Gems.
There are heroes of the pen as well
as of the swprd, and the victories of the
study are quite as affecting and mem
orable as those of the battlefield.
If a complete list of the fine exam
ples of heroism of authors were com
piled It would reach well out Into the
thousands and Include a large number
of Illustrious names. In fact, it is said
that few authors have done really great
work except under adverse circum
stances. Literature, as well as science,
art and history, is Indebted to pain and
worry and suffering for some of Its
choicest gems.
There are few finer examples of the
heroism of the study than that present
ed by Professor Finsen, the discoverer
of the light cure for lupus. For the
last twenty years of his too short life
he suffered from painful diseases of
the heart and liver, to which dropsy
was superadded, and It was only by
daily self denial and the strictest diet
ing that he was able to live at all.
Yet for all these years, lived In the
very shadow of death and in constant
suffering, he stuck bravely to his great
life work, even studying his own dis
eases with the keenest attention and
writing articles on them for medical
Journals. The last two or three years
of his life were spent lying on his back,
unable even to be carried to his be
loved institute a few yards away, and
yet the lion hearted scientist never re
laxed for a single day his gallant fight
for his fellow men against disease.
The heroism of the Danish profess
or suggests a similar brave battle
waged by an English professor, J. R.
Green, the historian, against disease
and pain. It was in 1860, when the
disease which had assailed him for
many years finally prostrated him and
when the doctors gave him no hope of
living more than six months, that
Green ret to work to write his famous
“Short History of the English Peo
ple.” Day after day he toiled, at his
task, holding desperately on to life
and in a state of ceaseless pain and ex
haustion, and so brave was the.ujpi’s
spirit that ho actually! prolonged bis
life for five years. Even hd was bound
to confess, “I wonder, how.' in |tbdse
years of physical .pain 'andidespond
ency I could ever have written tfle
book at all.”
General Grant’s memoirs, whjch
brought his widow the enormdus Sum
of $500,000, were written
more trying conditions than Grien’s
' history. In 1884, the year before yhls
death, the ex-president found bimSelf
bankrupt through the failure of the
Marine bank and face to face with the
prospect of dying penniless and leav
ing his wife destitute. It was at this
terrible crisis that he began to write
the story of his stirring career. But
the cup of his misfortune was not yet
full. A cancer formed at the root of
his tongue, and the gallant soldier was
compelled to write day after day, suf
fering constant and severe agony.
Mrs. Browning, too, wrote most of
her beautiful poems confined to a
darkened chamber, to which only her
own family and a few devoted friends
could be admitted, In great weakness
and almost unintermlttent suffering,
with her favorite spaniel as her com
The German poet Heine was another
* martyr- as<Z hero ot the study. The
last seven years of his life were spent
on his "mattress grave,” racked with
such excruciating pain that he had to
take doses of opium large enough to
have klUed several men In order to
give him a few blessed hours of free
dom from it. Through all these yeaiD
of torture he not only bore himself
with a noble resignation and cheerful
ness, but produced many of his finest
and most_ finished works, Including his
“Last Poetos and Thoughts” and his
Sir Walter Scott’s heroio struggle
with misfortune and failing health dur
ing the closing years of his life is per
haps too well known to call for more
than mention. After the commercial
crash came which left him crushed
with debt arid 'with shattered health he
set to work “with wearied eyes and
worn brain” and toiled for years, often
as much as fourteen hours a day, until
the end came and with It the llftihg of
all burdens, Including that of his debts,
every penny of which his monumental
toll had paid.
In the list are also Frank Smedley,
who wrote his book on “a bed of an
jjmlsh;” Edna Lyall, who kept death at
fray by her brave spirit and busy pen,
and Clark Russell, who set a magnif
icent example of patience by his In
dustry when racked with rheumatism,
ft is also said that much of Sir Arthur
Sullivan’s sweetest music was distilled
from pain.—New York Herald.
wot tne sai,^.
On one occasion when “The Mika
do” was being rehearsed Gilbert called
out from the middle of the stalls,
“There is a gentleman in the left
group not holding his fan correctly.”
The stage manager appeared and ex
plained. “There is one gentleman,” he
said, “who Is absent through illness.”
“Ah,” came the reply from the author
in grave, matter of fact tones, “that is
not the gentleman I am referring to.”
—Dundee Advertiser.
Tiie Mayflower Compact.
During examination in American his
tory in one of our big city schools the
question was put, “What was the May
flower compact?” This is the thorough
ly logical reply of one good little Amer
“The Mayflower and the Speedwell
started together from England, and the
Speedwell went to pieces and sunk,
and they put all the people into the
Mayflower, and so the Mayflower come
How a Bee Gave Up Work.
On landing in Australia our hive bee
industriously collected quantities of
Toney. Finding, however, that there
was no winter such as we have in
England, it gave up laying in stores.
Its morals are corrupted, for it is no
lCnger busy, and leads a butterfly life.
—Nature Notes.
No Extension.
“Is the wind due east or due west
today?” asked an evasive creditor by
way of changing the subject of bis
•V, “It’s due now, and you’d better hus
i to raise it,” was the unfeeling re
-1-O.V •
His Defense.
The Count—You do me an injustice.
I am not mercenary. The Heiress-
No? The Count—No, I assure you. It
is my creditors who are.—New York
A very honest man ana tt very good
understanding may be deceived by •
knave.—Junius. •, -,
; Shea’s New Drug Store
] Ths Oldest Druggist in Frostbnrg
Everything New and Up-tn-Date
t / J \ ‘,.0
; Our Soda Water Department
In this department you will find nearly every kind of drink. Our flavors are made
from the purest fruit syrups, drawn from a beautiful fountain, equipped with the latest
L device —known as the Lippincott Apparatus —a porcelain syrup jar, connected with a
1 hard rubber tube, through which the syrups pass, thereby preventing it fropi coming in
i contact with metal.
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More Adapted to the Parlor Than to
the Conaert Hall.
The fact that the piano is descended
from the spinet and the harpsichord is
still a stunlbling block to amateurs of
music. The fact that in tone and
resonance It has lately been enormous
ly developed is also a stumbling block
to those who write for it. The first
class have entirely neglected the harp
sichord, a perfect and fully evolved in
strument, the spirit of which Is alto
gether different from that of the piano.
The second class have been tempted by
the dynamics of the piano to treat It
too much like an orchestra and to for
get that it is not only a solo instru
ment, but really a chamber Instrument,
Its utterance, which Chopin under
stood so well, is really chamber music,
and there is always something lamen
table to me In the contemplation of a
great artist distressing himself and his
instrument in the attempt to fill a
large concert room with exaggerated
expressions of a delicate and intimate
temperament. The effect is never en
tirely satisfactory, however great the
artist may be, for that note of Intimacy
which Is surely the very essence and
spirit of the piano cannot possibly be
maintained in the presence of a large
and miscellaneous audience.
When we consider among all our Im
pressions of pianoforte music the mo
ments that have given us memorable
pleasure, we find that they took place
In intimate assemblies where some one
played and some one sang and where
the atmosphere thrilled with just that
amount of electric disturbance which
we call sympathy, which is born with
the meeting of friends and dies when
they disperse.—National Review.
His Calling- About the Most Grew
some of All Occupations.
Beyond all question, the calling of a
deep sea diver employed in examin
ing and clearing away sunken wrecks
Is the most grewsome. Putting aside
the fact that his life is in constant
danger from the results of submarine
enemies or accident to his diving dress
and apparatus, the sights that he Is
called upon to see, and to see, more
over, amid the most horrible surround
ings, exceed in ghastliness even those
which the hospital or the army sur
geon is called upon to confront. No
where else on land or sea are so many
accumulated horrors to be found as in
the hull of a ship which has sunk with
crew and passengers.
The hideous condition in which the
diver finds the victims of the wreck,
some half devoured by fish, some
standing upright and floating to and
fro with a ghastly parody of living mo
tion, some still locked together as
though yet in the last agony of the
death struggle, and some floating about
the interior of a ship and knocking
and rubbing up against him with a hid
eous lifelikeness that is utterly inde
scribable. These are some of the hor
rible sights which deep sea divers have
to work amid when they are employed
on sunken wrecks. When to all these
are added the awful gloom and silence
amid which the work has to be per
formed, there will not seem to be
much doubt that of all modern callings
that of the deep sea diver is the most
a A Great Day Spent At Narrows Park In Amuse
ments of All Kinds.
Thursday was a great day for the
j Hibernians of Allegany county. There
I was a gathering of clans at Narrows Park,
_ Cumberland, and the sons and daugh
£ ters of old Erin from every city, town
t and hamlet it) the county came to the
- picnic, wearing the green and gold colors
" of their native land. Tho exiles cf Erin
know how to enjoy themselves, and if
' there is anything in the way of fun tliht
could not be found at Narrows Park lasi
. Thursday it must be of very recent
. origin. There were dancing and sing
, ing, and the dances were no—
* “New cottillions brought o'er from
, France;”
But jigs, hornpipes and reels
t Put life and metal in their heels.
) The plaintive melodies of old Ireland,
i and the blytbesome ballads of her bards
l were, heard on every hand. And il
“ Welcome, all, heartily, welcome.
* Gramachree, welcome every one/’
And the wedding at Bally poieen, was
not a patch on the picnic at Narrows
! Park,
The parade was grand, such a lot of
. stalwart broad-shouldered fellows, and
* how well they looked, with the flag o’
< the 'Golden Harp floating oyer them
* side by side with the “Hag of the silver
1 stars.” And how they threw out their
* chests when the band struck up, “Gal
lant Tipperary.”
[ “The divil a one will handle a gun
Except for the green and Tipperary,
Narrows Park was thronged and the
street cars were packed coming and
going, and never was there seen such an
. assembly of fair women and brave men.
There could be heard the doric of the
■ Renny man, the faugh a-ballach of the
' Conaucht man, and the Scotchy burr of
1 Far-down. It was like a “Pattern”
! in the Old country, only more so.
I oriOnft aifeHKer.
i Not only does the speaker of the
house of commons enjoy the material
benefits of a lordly residence at West
, minster palace, a salary of £5,000 a
year, £IOO a year for stationery and
two hogsheads of claret and 2,000
ounces of plate on election, but he en
joys the less substantial advantage of
taking precedence of all other com
moners. By an act of 16.80 it was pro
vided that the lords commissioners of
the great seal not being peers “shall
have and take place next after the
peers of the realm and the speaker
of the house of commons.”—London
An Bye Test.
Most people believe that they see the
same with both eyes. That this is not
the case one can easily convince him
self by the following simple experi
ment: Cover one of the eyes with a
hand or a bandage and let the experi
menter attempt to snuff out a candle
suddenly placed within a few feet of
him. He will almost invariably miss
the flame, either overreaching, under
reaching or putting the fingers too far
to the right or left of the flame. With
both eyes normal and open the accom
modation for distance and direction 1$
"■£ ” . ~ • • -.s*
Wliat Dr. Wliewell, Master of Trinity,
Knew About It.
The remarkable extent of the knowl
, edge possessed by Dr. William Whe
, well, at one time master of Trinity,
Cambridge, Is well illustrated by the
’ following story, taken from the “Life
and Work of Dr. Momerie.”
1 Two of the younger dong, growing
rather jealous of the master’s reputa
-3 tion for omniscience, determined that
1 they would discover something of
f which lie knew nothing. They pitched
t upon the subject of Chinese music.
How should he know anything about
it? They did not, so they went to an
encyclopedia and read the subject up.
The next time they met Wliewell at
a dinner party they led the conversa
-1 tion gradually in the direction of mu
sic, when they began to discourse upon
the music of the Chinese and gave out
all their recently acquired Information.
Whewell was silent, much to their
satisfaction. Evidently he knew noth
ing about the matter. But just as they
were beginning to rejoice In their tri
umph he said:
“Might I ask, gentlemen, where you
1 got your information?”
1 “Oh, yes,” they replied. “We picked
it up out of such and such an ency
■ clopedia.”
“Ah,” said Whewell, “I was thinking
so. I wrote that article thirty years
ago, and it’s full of mistakes.”
It First Causes Exhilaration and
T-lien Drowsiness.
“Where hops are raised hop chew
ers exist,” said a farmer. “The habit
of hop chewing produces first a pleas
ant exhilaration and afterward a de
licious drowsiness. It is impossible
to get drunk on hops, no matter how
many you chew.
“In hop growing countries the pick
ers are forbidden to chew the hops.
The pickers, indeed, working piece
work. are sensible enough not to chew
them, for, the drowsiness,and Jollity
that hops bring on make fast picking
“I have been told that there are
tramps who know various herbs that,
being chewed, cause drunkenness. I
have no doubt this is correct. I have
myself seen tramps drink alcohol out
of alcohol stoves, kerosene out of oil
cans and gasoline out of street lamps.
Even cologne, were it not so hard to
get, would be eagerly consumed by
the tramp, for cologne will produce
“If the same foolish conceit and jolli
ty and afterward the same stupor and
the same horrible sickness are caused
by cologne or gasoline as by whisky,
what is the difference which of them
we drink?”—Exchange.
wuo was visiting in tne coun
try, was sent to the barn, where the
hired man was shearing sheep, to look
for her grandpa. She soon returned
and said, “Him ain’t out there; qjn’t
wobody there but a man peelin’
iieeps.”—Chicago News.
An Expensive Present.
Young Wife—Yes, father always
gives expensive things when he makes
presents. Husband—So I discovered
when be gave you away.' And then
he went into the library to write a
check for the monthly millinery bill.
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m up
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jßfte 69c Polka dot Duck Skirts go for 35c $5.00 Black Silk Waists 2-50 (10 yards to a customer only) ,
$1.75 White Pique Skirts 88c ah u/it ...... * * 10c wash goods 5c p. yd Slf
„„„„ , , ‘ , All White Wash Waists Almost at b 1 -
SI.OO Polka dot Duck and Covert „ ~ „ . „ g®i®
iffi Cll . , Half Price i§M4
fjf? $2.50 Whitewash Skirts .gQ 79c waists go for 50c RUTIuNV—JEWELRY
$6.00 White Mohair Skirts g.QQ SI.OO waists go for. 69c Half Price SI
J)®ti ______________________________ 1.50 waists go for 95c * s|sgt
I SiH Thk Hirtionr 2.50 waists go foi- 1-25 10c stick i>ms 5 c Bif
! felgg sms nosiery ___ 20c Tooth B-usi.es 10c liS6
s*§ Half Price | 25c Hair Brushes j 2ic
1 ili Gins’ Black Lace Hose were 19c.. oi c UllCierWear <lßlllß 35c Nail Brushes 17c goj9
| m Men s Fancy Sox were 2oc 12*C Half Price 15c Featherstitched Braid Til Sl3
Cllllsj Infants’ 10c Tan Hose 5c Boys’ uAnd Girls’ Undershirts, long 15c Pearl Buttons 8C Bill
Bill - • —— ■i i and short sleeves, all sizes 18 to 5c Lustre Cotton 23c Bill
lim finrsnis and filnve? 34; were ,!soc to 25c, go for 123 c 10c K 'd Curlers 5 c §§§§
j some uorseis ana moves , 15cvest for - ? c 10cSteel Ba c k Dressingcomb sc §gj|
. Men s balbrtggan shirts and draw- . T ,, „
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Hi 50c Lace Gloves 25c 5c Pins
HH “—“—™“— ' Odds and Ends 10c Thimbles s"c
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| Half Price All Embroideries reduced. f Butto “ B ’ V 1 © OT
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25c trimmings Some Jackets aud Skirts half price. 19c Bay Rum 10 c
50c trimmings 25c All Muslin Underwear reduced. 19c Florida Water 10 c
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1,000 Remnants at Almost Half Cottons and Woolens m
till Advancing in Priee |||
noticed that cotton and wool have been advancing. We
Every Remnant of every sort throughout the store h a ' e g°t a pretty good stock on hand, but when they p|!|l
j n are gone, we’ll have to charge the advanced prices.
must be sold. For convenient buying we have divided them For this week we stlll sell—
. . . 4;,c Sheets for 35c ills
flg| into lots. There is any quftntitv of small lengths—2i to 5 12c Pillow cases for
. . , 12c Pillow-case muslin for
yards —suitable for waists and children s dresses, besides a 5c Calicoes for |pP
great many large lengths—6 to 12 yards—suitable for girls’, 6c Ginghams for 4f c
&®l6 an d ladies’ dresses and wrappers. Now that school is com- 5c Torchon Insertings 2ic I®l§
mg on, it s a good opportunity to lay in a supply with little . ~ , , Sffi®®
Urn® outlay. 10c Crash for q_ ft#<i ’
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> Beautiful Ceremony Performed In St. Mary s
Church, Wednesday Morning Last Week
St. Mary’s Church was well filled by.
, the friends of the contrac ing parties
! Wednesday morning of last week lo
! witness the marriage of Miss Rosalie
Thruston Howard, of Louacomng, and
[ Mr. A. A. Belanger, of Braddock, Pa.'
. The ceremony took place about 8:3(T
> The altar was ablaze with tapers, and
[ banks of roses and cut flowers adde 1 to
. the picturesque appearance of the scene.
Mr. Edward S. Howard, of Piedmont,
1 entered with the bride elect, and Mr,
Belanger was accompanied by Mr.
Charles Howard, another brother.
Little MissLorelta Flynn, the beauti
ful little daughter of Councilman and
Vlrs. Patrick F. Flyun, carried a large
boquet of' roses and carnations. Pre
• seating themselves at the chancel the
beautiful ceremony of the Cathode
Church was performed by Rev. Tnom is I
J. Stanton. Revs. Fathers Brady, of
Pennsylvania, Hud Nolan, of Frostbnrg
both former Lonaconygites, occupied
seates within the chancel. A nuptial
mass was celebrated by Father Stanton,
and when ttie young couple kLelt the
early morning sun hurst through',
the clouds, and sent its mellowed rays
through ithe stained glass windows,
covering tlit- bride and groom, the priest
and the acolytes with a radiance that
was resplendent and impressive.
“Blessed is the bride whom the sun
shines upon.’’ The genlle-faced Sisters
smiled a benediction upon the bride and
groom, and the scene was the most
inspiring that it has been our good
fortune ever to witness.
After the ceremon- carriages whirled
Mr. and Mrs. Belanger and the invited
guests to the Howard residence on East
Main street, where an elegant wedding
hreakfast was setved, those present,
beside the clergy, being Miss Estella
and Messrs. Edward, William and Char
les Howard; Mr. and Mrs. John F.
Finan, Miss Maggie Finan and Mr. Wal
ter Saunders, of Cumberland; Mr.
Roland O’Hanley, a student at the
Catholic Seminary, Baltimore; Miss
Marie McGuire, of Washington; Mrs
P. A. Laughlin, Miss Nora McGuigan
and Mr. Michael Cosgrove, of Wettern
port, and little Miss Loretta Flynn, of
After the breakfast a reception was
held, and Mr. and Mrs. Belanger left
on the 12:40 p. m. C. & P. train for Cum
berland, and thence to Marinette,
Winconsin, where Mr. Belanger’s family
resides, where the honeymoon will be
spent. On their return they will take
up their residence in Braddock, Pa„
where Mr. Belanger occupies a foreman
ship on the Braddock Herald. Mr. and
Mrs. Belanger outwitted some of their
friends who had prepared some amusing
surprises for them at. the station. They
took tte train at the west-end station
instead of at the depot, but the various
signs and labels were attach' d to their
trunks just the same ,
At the wedding the bride wore a hand
some costume of white silk, with hat ‘o
j match, and carried a prayer book de luxe
the present of Rev. P M. Manning,
of St. Andrews Church, Baltimore,
, formerly pastor of St. Mary Church here.
A becoming traveling costume displaced
ttie wedding gown inter. The groom
, and the lentlemen comprising his party
wore the conventional black with gray
Miss Howard, the bride, is one of
Lonacomi g’s most popular young ladies.
, She is the youngest daughter of the
late Mr. and Mrs. Junes A Howard.
She was an 1 fticient instructor in the
Jackson school for seme years, and was
universally este'jmed by all who knew
her. On her wedding day she presented
a beautiful appearaticp, and was really
handsotne-in ail that term implies Mr.
Belanger came to Lonaconipg from the
West less than two years ago, and for a
year was the com-etent foreman of the
Star, leaving in May last to accept, a
position in Hackensack, N. J., and'
recently going to Braddock, Pa. During
his stav in Lnnaconing he became very
popular and is a gentleman of excellent
tastes and’exemplary habits.
Gifts of all descriptions have been’
received at the Howard residence. There
were silver spoons, cut glass , chinaware;'
dinner sets, vases,
work, table linen, chairs, statues and
bust, pictures, lamps, and several good
sized checks and cash bestowals. On
one heau iful gift a tag bearing Hie fol
lowing message was attached: .“I am
sorrow for both of you; but you have
put your feet in it, now take your medi
cine.” Gifts cimefrom far and near—
Lonaconing, Oakland , Marinette, VVis,
Perth Amboy, N J, Baltimore, Wash
ington, Milwaukee and a haudsome
table came all the way from Texas. The
groom’s gift to the bride was a set of
diamonds, consisting of a sunburst
brooch and four rings.
The absence of music which was to
have been furnished for nuptial high
mass was due to a misunderstanding in
completing the arrangements, not due,
however, to any neglect on the part of
the representatives of the contracling
Mr. and Mrs. Belanger carry with
them the very sincere good wishes of
the people of this entire vicinage, who
hope they will have a long and pleasant
journey througn lite, and that their
pathway of life may never be shaded by
an adverse cloud.
Agreed With Her.
Tramp (at the door)—lf you please,
lady— Mrs. Muggs (sternly)—There,
that will do. I am tired of this ever
lasting whine of “Lady, lady.” I am
just a plain woman, and— Tramp—
You are, madam—one of the plainest
women live ever seen an’ one of the
honestest to own up to it.
A Reproof.
“Oh, children, you are so noisy today.
Can’t you be a little quieter?”
“Now, grandma, you must be more
considerate and not scold us. You see,
if it wasn’t for us you wouldn’t be a
grandma at all.”
Hi* Temper.
Blobbs Wigwag has a frightfully
bad temper. Slobbs—Well, it doesn’t
seem to make him any more amiable
when he loses it.—Philadelphia Record.
He Was a Jealous Brute and Caret al
ly Guarded His Mistress.
1 Durmg a visit to a friend in the
’ country Sir Henry Hawkins had an ad
-1 venture with a boarhatuKl which he
describes in his “Reminiscences:”
f There was an enormous Danish boar
hound which had, tmperceived by us,
j followed Mrs. Harlstone from the li
brary. He pushed by without cere
mony and proceeded until he reached
1 the lady, who was some distance in
1 advance. He then carefully took the
•kirt of her dress with his mouth and
carried it like an accomplished train
bearer until she reached the bottom of
the stairs and the garden, when he let
go the dress and gazed as an interest
-1 ed spectator.
But before we parted from Mrs.
Harlstone and while I was talking to
her I felt my hand in the boarhound’s
- mouth, and a pretty capacious mouth
it was, for I seemed to touch nothing
but bis formidable fangs. So soft was
the touch of his fangs that I was only
just conscious my hand was in his
now and then the gentlest
reminder. I knew animals too well to
attempt to withdraw it, and I preserv
' ed a calm more wonderful than I could
have given myself credit for.
While I was wondering what the
next proceeding might be Mrs. Harl
stone begged me to be quite easy and
on no account to show any opposition
to the dog’s proceedings, in which case
she promised that he would lead me
gently to the other side of the lawn
and leave me without doing the least
■ As I was being led away Mrs. Harl
stone said: “Do exactly as he wishes.
He is jealous of your talking to me,
and any one who does so he leads
away to the other side of the garden.”
Having conducted me to the remot
est spot he could find, he opened his
huge jaws and released my hand, wag
ged his tall and trotted off, much pleas
ed v ith his performance.
The Indelible Writing Fluid Used
by the Old Irish Monies.
It is impossible to read the most an
cient histories of the Irish saints with
out noticing how large a part books
play in their lives.
In the library some cut the sheets of
parchment or even sewed together in
the neatest way the odd shreds, for
the monk must not waste the gifts of
God, especially when they are rare and
dear. > They polished it on one side un
til it was smooth and laid it near the ,
scribe. Others prepared the peculiar
thick inks of the Irish writers, very
much like varnish, in different colors.
The red was the most beautiful, and
after 1,000 years it yet shines as the
day it was first used. It was got from
a kind of cockles collected on the sea
shore. Then there were black and
green and golden inks, used in various
thicknesses by the illuminators and the
artiste in miniature.
All these inks will resist chemicals
that corrode iron. The ink was placed
in thin conic glasses attached either to
the side of the desk or to the chair,
sometimes to the girdle of the writer,
often fixed to the end of a pointed
stick placed upright In the ground. It
is owing to this peculiar skill In mak
ing Ink that so many of the old Irish
manuscripts have come down to us.—
London Answers.
One Need Be Neither Weak Nor Stapld
t to Have This Quality.
By a process of false reasoning ami
ability has been connected both collo
quially and In writing with weakness
and stupidity. Strength and ability in
sure it to no one; consequently, says
that basty judge, tbe public, it usually
exists without them. Nothing was ever
more untrue. Stupid people and weak
people may be—they very seldom are
amiable by nature, but they are the
only people for whom it is nearly im
possible to cultivate amiability. It Is
very difficult for a really weak man
to be sweet tempered.
Tbe first thing which the person who
desires to be amiable must determine
to do is never to produce fear among
his own surrounding—to be willing, in
a social sense, to let every one off, so
that no one regrets too bitterly having
said a foolish or 111 judged thing be
fore him, but comforts himself with the
thought that it Is forgotten; never,
that is, to lower any one in his own es
teem. The second is not to differ about
matters of no importance, not to debase
sincerity into contradictoriness, and not
to set for other people a standard
which It Is unreasonable to suppose,
from previous experience of their char
acters, that they will ever reach. The
third is never to let his good principle
Interfere with some one else’s harmless
privilege, to remember that praise is a
positive necessity to the spiritual and
mental development of the young, and
that injudicious blame acts as a blight.
—London Spectator.
When You Go to Work Take the
Whole Man to the Task.
Only fresh, spontaneous work really
counts. If you have to drive yourself
to your task, if you have to drag your;
self to your work every morning be
cause of exhausted vitality, if you feel
fagged or worn out, if there i 3 no elas
ticity in your step or movements, your
work will partake of your weakness.
Make It a rule to go to your work ev
ery morning fresh and vigorous. You
eannot afford to take hold of the task
upon which your life’s success rests
with the tips of your fingers. You can
not afford to bring only a fraction of
yourself to your work. You want to go
to It a whole man, fresh, strong and
vigorous, so that it will be spontane
ous, not forced; buoyant, not heavy.
You want to go to your work with cre
ative energy and originality—possessed
of a strong, powerful individuality. If
you go to it with jaded faculties and a
sense of lassitude after a night’s dissi
pation or loss of sleep, it will inevita
bly suffer. Everything you do will
bear the impress of weakness, and
there is no success or satisfaction in
This is just whem a great many peo
ple fail—ln not bringing all of them
selves to their task. The man who
goes to his task with debilitated energy
and Idw vitality, with all of his stand
ards down and his ideals lagging, with
a wavering mind and uncertain step,
will never produce anything worth
The Reason.
Stella—Mabel says she doesn’t believe
everything in the Bible. Bella—Well,
you see, her own age is in it.

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