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THE WJfiEKL HAjKX). TUESDAY, JULY 26, 1887.
HOW THE ROBIN CAME. Happy young friends, sit by me, Under May's blown apple tree; Hear a story, strange and old. By the wild Indians told. How the robin came to be. Once a great chief left his son Well beloved, his only one, When the boy was well nigh grown, la the trial lodge alone. Left for tortures long and slow Youths like him must undergo. Who their pride of manhood test, jtHjg water, food and rest. Seven days the fast he kept. Seven nights he never slept. Then the poor boy, wrung with paia, Weak from nature's overstrain. Faltering, moaned a low complaint: 'Spare me, father, for I faint P Bat the chieftain, haughty -eyed. Hid his pity in his pride. You shall be a hunter good. Knowing never lack of food ; You shall be a warrior great. Wise as fox and strong as bear; Many scalps your belt shall wear. If with patient heart you wait One day more !' the father said. When, next morn, the lodge he sought. And boiled samp and moose meat brought For the boy, he found him dead. As with grief his grave they made. And his bow beside him laid. Pipe, and knife, and wampum braid On the lodge top overhead. Preening smooth its breast of red And the broin coat that it wore. Sat a bird, unknown before. And, as if with human tongue, "Mourn me not," it said or sung, "I, a bird, am still your son. Happier than if hunter fleet. Or a brave, before your feet Laying scalps in battle won. Friend of man, my song shall cheei Lodge and eorn land; hovering near. To each wigwam I shall bring Tidings of the coming spring; Every child my voice shall know In the moon of melting snow, When the maple's red bud swells. And the wind flower lifts its bells ; At their fond companion Men shall henceforth own your son. And my song shall testify That of human kin am L" Thus the Indian legend saith How, at first, the robin came With a sweeter life from death. Bird for boy, and still the same. If my young friends doubt that this Is the robin's genesis. Not in vain is still the myth If a truth be found therewith: Unto gentleness belong Gifts unknown to pride and wrong ; Happier far than hate is praise. He who sings than he who slays. John G. Wkittier, in St. Nicholas. A CALL DECLINED. Why the Brandon Church Is Still Without a Pastor. The First Church at Brandon were seeking a pastor, an occupation that had en mossed their energies for some time past. For it wad fully seven months since the council had assem bled to formally dismiss Mr. Barnes, and had declared the pulpit vacant. Mr. Barnes had labored faithfully in their service for five long years. Dur ing all this time he had preached good, if not brilliant sermons; attended reg ularly at the prayer-meeting; and made all the pastoral calls that one mortal man, without a horse and buggy, could reasonably be expected to make. And yet his congregation were not satis lied. Intimations finally reached the ears of the good man that his resigna tion would be resignedly accepted. He sent it in, and the papers the next day announced the grief of the First Church at the resignation of their be loved pastor, Mr. Barnes, whose wife's health forced him to seek a more salu brious climate. Whereupon it devolved upon the or phaned congregation to choose for themselves a pastor a man after their wn hearts; one who should possess all the virtues of their late pastor, as well as those which he lacked. They proceeded to search for him in a truly orthodox way; namely, by en tertaining candidates. Sabbath after Sabbath beheld a different divine in the pulpit They came, we knew not whence, and returned, we knew not whither. They embraced every known type of man, from the venerable D.D. of three score and ten to the immature theological student of twenty-one sum mers. The doctrine preached to that people during the season of candidating was as variegated as the patchwork silk quilt which they presented to their late pastor's wife on her birthday. It branched out into every "known 4tism.M There was the "old schoor1 and the new school," old-fashioned orthodoxy and modern free thought. There were sermons with strong leanings toward liberalism, and there were others ooz ing orthodoxy at every pore. And there were scientific sermons without end, and poetical and philosophical ones. But in all this variety the peo ple found not the man they sought. There were some insurmountable ob jections to every candidate. Rev. Mr. Abercrombie gave them good sermons, but the college students declared that his gestures were "ex ecrable," and would demoralize their own "style;" and thev came en masse to the church meeting and voted him down. Rev. J. Erwin Smith was youthful and handsome, and the young ladies shed tears of regret when the church decided not to call him. But Deacon Grimes said his sermons were mere froth," and he hoped they wouldn't in his day get down to a man who parted his hair in the middle. Rev. Mr. Loring was too dramatic, and threatened to convert the staid old church into a theater, while good Mr. Blakesly, who despised show, wai rejected betause he didn't -draw.' One candidate was too solemn, anothei too frivolous; one was too reserved, another too "common." And so the spring and summer came and faded away, and fall was fast emerging into winter; and the people were growing weary of their search, and longed for a settled pastor, but he still eiuded them. As old Mr. Grove aptly summed up the situation: "We've had close to a hundred men here to preach for us, and we've given 'em all a fair show, and there hain't been a perfect man among 'em." At length, when expectation was well-nigh exhausted, a cheering ray penetrated the gloom of their despond ency, and in their mind's eye they could see as their own established pas tor, the brilliant young preacher who was holding audiences spell-bound in a Western city. A delegation was dis patched to treat with him. He had graciously consented to consider the matter, and the whole situation was as encouraging as it well could be. He was to preach for them on trial the first Sunday in December, and on the Saturday evening previous Deacon Gilsey and his wife were returning from a day's shopping in Chicago. Just as the cars were starting, Mr. Ames, another pillar in the church, hurried in, and seeing Mr. and Mrs. Gilkey dropped into the seat behind them, the other half of whichwas oc cupied by a strange gentleman in a fur-trimmed overcoat and a sealskin cap. "Getting chilly," remarked Mr. Ames to Mr. Gilkey, as an introduction to conversation, meanwhile buttoning up his overcoat The remark recalled the fact to Mr. Gilkey, and he buttoned up his coat and replied: "Yes; looks a little Kke a storm." "Shouldn't wonder," said Mr. Ames. "They've had five inches of snow up north." "Is that so? They hare pretty tough winters up there," and Mr. Gilkey gave his coat-collar another jerk. "Suppose you'll be out to church to morrow?" said Mr. Ames. "Yes, I presume so," assented Mr. Gilkey, and Mrs. Gilkey said, "Yes, certainlv," with a glance at the band- e box at her feet, which suggested the idea that a Chicago milliner had made "assurance doubly sure" in her case. But, of course, suggested no such thought to Mr. Ames, who observed: "I guess people will turn out pretty generally to hear our new man." "Thev ought to." said Mr. Gilkev, "for he seems to be about our last chance, and I say we'd better take him if he suits any kind of way." "We might as well shut up the church if we don't get some one before long," said Mr. Ames, gloomily. "There was not a baker's dozen out last Sunday, and the Halls and McAllisters have given up their pews. Hall says he won't pay pew-rent for the sort of preaching we've had lately." "It needn't make any difference to him what kind of preaching we have; he's never there," remarked Mrs. Gilkey, severely. "What does Dr. Williams have to say about this Mr. Grant that's going to preach to-morrow?" inquired Mr. Gilkey. "He won't take any stand at all," said Mr. Ames, "says it's none of his funeral who they get. He's put out because they wouldn't call that Mr. Otjin; bat we never could have made that thing work." "He preached good sermons," said Mr. Gilkey, reflectively. "He talked through his nose," said Mrs. Gilkey, conclusively. "Then the Whites," said Mr. Ames. They want that Eastern man, with the longhair. He's a sort of cousin to White's wife. The West End are all united on that man from Washington. And Dr. Glover's got a man down South that he's trying to run in thi long time." Mr. Ames paused for breath, and Mrs. Gilkey took up the burden of his complaint. "Yes," she said, "and the Georges say they won't vote for anybody but that Mr. Paine, from Ohio. He stayed with them while he was here, and they say he is just as agreeable and enter taining as can be. You'd never sus pect he was a minister." At this stage, Mr. Ames, happening to look up suddenly, surprised an amused smile on the face of the strang er who shared his seat. "I beg your pardon," said that gen tleman in answer to Mr. Ames' stare, "I could not help overhearing your conversation." "No harm done," returned Mr. Ames, affably. "We're pretty much interested in getting the right sort of a man for our church. We know what keeps the thing going, you see." He rattled, significantly, some coins in his pocket, and the stranger intimated that he saw. "Isn't it the general opinion that we're paying too steep a price for our preaching!" inquired Mr. Gilkey. "Altogether, "said Mr. Ames, emphat ically, "and I say we've just got to drop off five hundred dollars on our next man. Why, when, I was a boy, a minister didn't get over four or five hundred dollars a year; and they man aged to live on it somehow. They didn't throw their money around on all 3sc; fx;iuvairauces, I'll be bound." "People say we nave tnese tning; ourselves," Hegan Mr. fiilkey, mildly. "I don' care if we do!" retorted Mr. Ames. "I earn my money, and I know where it comes Irom." Mr. Ames had, by this time, worked himself into quite a vehement state ot ; mind- He ostensibly addressed Mr. j Gilkey, but it isnot strange that the ' consciousness that the stranger was an interested listener caused htm to elab orate his argument with the distinct ness and precision of one who feel tn nt he is making a good point. He 1 now glanced for approval of his senti j ments from Mr. Gilkey to the stranger, and the latter seemed encouraged to ' venture a remark. What particular style of a man do you want for a pastor?" he inquired. We want a firsUclass man," said Mr. Ames, with the air of reciting a well-learned lesson. "Some one who I can hold his own with the other minis- i i ters in the place. Now, you sec" be j coming confidential "there's a certain ' set ifi our church that are strong on ! doctrine, and another class that don't ! care anv thing about it, and won't hear rt preached! They mostly don't belong to the church, but the- come regularly and rent our best pew's, and we feel bound to consider their feelings. But it takes a man with some tact to get along with these things and not offend any one." "Indeed it must," said the stranger. And Mrs. Gilkey said in further illus tration of the point: "Why, we can never keep a man more than six months without one set or the other getting down on him. He's sure to be in hot water somewhere. Oh, dear! why didn't vou catch that?" This last exclamation was not ad dressed to the stranger, but to Mr. (til key. For. in the excitement of the dis cussion, the lady had loosened her hold upon the bandbox, and a sudden jolt of the cars hail precipitated it into the aisle. With the aid of a fellow-passenger and a cane Mr. Gilkey fished up the precious parcel and by the time this feat was accomplished the train was moving slowly into the Braudon sta tion. Mr. Ames shook hands with the stranger at parting, and said he was glad to have met him; after which ceremony the travelers repaired to their several destinations. Mrs. Gilkey with vague forebodings lest the fall should h&ve resulted disastrously to the contents of the bandbox; Mr. Ames with a placid satisfaction with himself and the world at large, artd the stranger but as he is a stranger we can not guess with any accuracy what his thoughts and feelings were. The church was filled that Sabbath morning, and an agreeable flutter of expectation pervaded the well-dressed congregation. Their faces wore that wide-awake, alert expression of per sons who expect to be entertained. Mr. Ames felt very tranquil in spirit, as he leisurely ascended the church steps, just in time for tbe opening an them. As he leaned back in his scat and glanced over the crowded house, he said to himself that he, for one, was glad they were going to have a steady pastor, and he was going to do his best to encourage him. He'd get intro duced after service and invite him up to dinner to-morrow. He nudged his wife and confided to her this resolve, and she said 'twas "just the thing.' He craned his neck around to get a sight of the new man, but the desk completely hid him from view, as he sat in the large pulpit chair, resting his head on one shapely hand. With the last notes of the anthem, Mra Gilkey sailed down the aisle in all the glory of her new bonnet, while the husband followed at a respectful dis tance behind the swaying plumes and spreading brim. Mrs. Ames whispered to her husband that 'twould be just like the Gilkeys to try to get in ahead with the minister, that woman was "so pushing." He must remember and speak to the minister right after church. The choir sat down with a flutter and giggle. There was a brief pause. Then the preacher advanced to the desk and announced the hymn. As the mellow tones of his voice floated out over their heads, the waiting congregation smiled gracious approval. But what was it made Mr. Ames start so violently at the first words of the reader, stare hard at the desk and sink back into his seat with an expression of blank dismay? Mr. Gilkey observed it from where he sat and wondered what it meant. One look at the minister told the story. He was the stranger who hail shared Mr. Ames' seat in the cars the night before! The subsequent proceedings were fraught with painful interest for at least two of that audience. Mrs. Ames whispered to her husband that she no ticed that Mrs. Dr. Holmes wore a new sealskin, but he heeded her not, and when the congregation rose to sing, he kept his seat, despite that lady's re proving look. He stole a furtive glance at Mr. Gilkey to see how he bore it. That gentleman, after some discussion with his wife, arose, and held the book for her during the hymn, but he hung his head and looked crushed in spirit. Mrs. Gilkey, on the contrary, carried her head and the new bonnet with con scious dignity and sang like a robin. To Mr. Ames' excited imagination thflt i;prrirp was tn hnur Inner. al- I though the clock only indicated an hour and a half. Brandon bad not heard such a sermon for many a dav: a m but Mr. Ames, alas! couldn't have told a word there was in it. He counted the pipes in the organ, the crystals on the chandeliers, the panes of glass in the windows, in his frantic attempts to make the time pass. But every time he returned from some abstruse nume rical calculation only to hear the elo quent tones of tha preacher and behold the people hanging in rapt attention on every word. Mr. Ames did not wait to be intro duced to the minister after the service. Far from it! He fished his hat out from under the seat with unwonted alarcity, and made for the door, looking neither to the left nor right, "That was a powerful sermon we've just heard, wasn't it, Brother Ames?" began Elder Stanclist. steoD'nsr sofUr out Into the aisle. "Such depth and profundity of thought, such ' But Mr. Ames stalked past him, with averted gaze and pretended not to hear. He jammed his hat down over his eyes and shot out of the door with more basts than dignity. On the cor ner lie stopjHMl and waited for his wife, who demanded sternly how he supposed that a man was going to come up to dinner if he wasn't invited? And he told her, candidly, he was sure he didn't know. Monday night the church had a meet ing at which they unanimously voted to give Mr. Grant a call. But what was their surprise on tendering him the pastorate, to find it promptly and posi tively declined. He said he felt that the responsibilities of the charge would be too great for his humble powers. Vain were persuasion and argument. He was firm, and some of the commit tee suggested, sadly, they were afraid he had "If-ard something. The fold is still without a shepherd. The weeds grow lank and tall in the parsonage yard, the house is empty and so are the pews on Sunday morn ings. And still the candidates come and go, and report says the people are harder to suit than ever. lAncell Daily Courier. FARM AND HOUSEHOLD. Dampness means sickness and death to young chickens and turkeys. To remove grease from coat collars and the glossy look from the elbows and seams, rub with a cloth dipped in ammonia. To be a profitable mutton sheep the breed must be an early maturing one. The aim usually is to get into the market early. Imitation Apple Pie. Foarteacup fuls of water, six soda crackers, two cups of sugar, juice of two lemons and rind of one. Boston Budget. The farmer should rise early and close the day's work early enough in the evening for all to have a short rest in the cool shade before time to retire. Prairie Farmer. Cream Cookies. One cup of sour cream, one egg, two cups of sugar, car away seeds or cocoanut and one tea spoonful of soda, dissolved in one-third of water. Household. A man lately thoroughly cured a balky horse by simply hitching him in the field and letting him stay where the load was until he got hungry enough to pull it home. A writer in the Kansas Farmer gives a simple remedy for tape worm in sheep. Take squash or pumpkin seeks, crush them and boil them in sufficient water to make a strong tea. Give each lamb two or three teaspoon fuls in a cup of water. It is not good policy to dry hay to brittleness before drawing it from the meadow, for that causes waste in handling and reduces quality. Grass is well cured when it will rattle lightly in the handling, and then it is time to store it. SL lAuis Republican. 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