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MESSImNGER. Easley, S. C.
She Would Only Love a Temperance
She loved him, but she saw him drink,
Ah I fearful sight for her to see,
And though it broke her heart,she said
T hat n.irried they could never be.
And other lovers crowded near
To breathe their fond hopes in her ear;
!t puzzled ine to see her smile
On others while slhe loved him so,
FVor none of them were half so brave,
Or handsome,straight and tall as Joe,
I think that that was strainge,
Don't you?
flut then they all wore badges blue.
Joe went and took the pledge and said
He'd never stain his honor more,
And soon he on his mainly breast
The badge of his redemption wore,
And when his darlingr heard of that
I [or faithful heart went pit-a-pat,
She sacked her lovers all and f1ew
To lay her head against the breast
h'lat wore the blessed badge of blue.
I think that that was sweet,
Don't you ?
Oh, bonny, bonny badge of blue.
Were I a girl I wouldn't wed
A man that guzzled rum, would yon.?
I'd give the chances all to him -
Who wore the little badlge of blue.
And if he wouldin't wear it, I
Would pin it on and tell him why.
'T would save bot h from grief and woe,
And every misery cold and black.
It made another man of Joe,
And now he's got the inside 'r'ack,
I think I'm talking sense,
D~on't you?
T1hen wvear the bonny badge cof blue.
-Toronto Truth.
--If we can spend a quarter of
a million educating the -esteemedl
negro, we should like to know why
we can't give a pension to the dis-'
abled Confedecrate soldiers, their
widows and orphans ?-P'ress and
Wearing Moorning.
We take the following sensible
remuarki from the New Oileanis
T]imes Demoeftit
There is one old and long-estab
lished custom that woman ought to
possess moral courage and common
sense enough to take into their
rwn hands and settle for them
selves on a simple and permanent
basis. It is the custom of wearing
mourning for departed friends.
Putting on and taking off of black
within a stated time is in itself, in
stead of a compliment, an insult to
blie dead. One does not put on
And put off one's sorrow in this
way ; there is therefore no reality
to the fashion of symbolizing it. A
loss by death is irremediable; the
grief of it may he lhidden away,
but it lasts forever. it is true that
the desire when one has lost a near
and dear friend is fbr silence and
darkness, for neutral tints and for
the presence and association with
only that which harmonizes with
our own sense of loss and bereave
mnent. But we cannot often in
dulge in this selfish absorption and
exclusion-and it is doubtless good
for us that we cannot. Our lives
go out ; our duties remain. They
must be performed. We put our
griefs away. We do not intrude
them u)on others. We lock them
up and keep then as a sort of lux
ury for quiet hours, when indul
gence will not interfere with our
obligations to the living, with ac
tive participation in the duties of
the hour. There is no reason, of
course, why women should do vio
lence te natural feeling and wear
high colors and gay ornaments at a
time when their hearts are sadden
ed by a heavy loss. Let them lay
aside what they no longer take
pleasure in, and wear their sim
plest, plainiest, darkest dresses; but
why lay aside what is perfectly
suitable and even in harmony with
thei~r own feelings and incur much
unnecessary trouble and expense
in order merely to p~ut on garments
a little dlarker, a little sadder and
which oblige an entire change in
the habits ot life, the avoidance of
much that would be healthful and
salutary, rather than hiarmnful, the
adaptation of social conditions to
the circumstances and accidmens of
an individual, and the actual crea
tion of a code of ethics, the observ
ance of which depends on the pres
ence or depth of a crape band.
The most ardent suprorters of out
ward and visible signs of woe are
thosie who are least sensitive to
grief, but who like the novelty of
an entire change of wardrobe and
the excitement of finding out exact.
ly what ought and what ought not
to be done under such circumstan-'
ces. As there is no authorized
code the rules extracted from self
constituted authorities are often
more amuing than practical or re
liable. To many limited but well
intentioned women the imagined;
necessity for "doing as other peo
ple do" in this regard is a source
of exti eme embarrassment and per
Perhaps they cannot afford the
outlay ; perhaps they have only re
cently, by dint of much contrivance
replenished their wardrobes; per
haps it was not a near 'relative;
perhaps the relative lived at a dis
tance. All the facts are agitated'
pro and con to make a case against
assuming this new burden ; and thei
only argument on the other side,
the strongest feeling, is this, that
if they do not conform to common
custom they will be the subject of,
cominon and impious remark. This
is naturally much stronger in small
neighborhoods and communities.
It is therefore the duty of any wo
man of position and influence in
such communities to set an exam
ple iu the right direction, and afford
the moral support of this influence
to her poorer neighbors. In cities
women out of a certain exclusive
circle are emancipating themselves
from their tradition.
that another Presidential campaign'
is at hand we find all the 01(1 brok
'en down lead horses of the Repub
lican party trotting about thme State'
and attempting to control the pre
cinct meetings and State Conver.
tion. They all want to go to the
Chicago Convention and figure
there in the interest of certain
aspirants to the Presidential chair,
but more particularly for their own
i nterest in the future, if a Repub
lican President is elected.
Rev. June Mobley has turned up
in Uinion simultaneously with the
Dall of the county chairman to ho!d
precinct meetings. June has not
been a resident of this State and
county for several years, but had
the Impudence to pretend to repre
sent the 1tepublicans of Union at,
the State convention in 1882. No
doubt he will try the same gani
hids year.
In Abbeville, the notorious Lon
Guffin has turned up again, after
au absence of some years, and is
making himself conspiciouis in or
ganizing the party there for some
particular candidate.
If the Republicans of these coun
ties are willing to allow such bro
ken down leaders to conic in, when
ever there are good positiotis to
be had, and control them and their
party, they have not the grit wet
believed they had ; but it is none
of our funeral.-Union Times.
--The money which has been ex
pended in public education since
1868 would have paid the public
debt of South Carolina. If our in
cerest account could be stopped,
and the education of the nogro
could be fiuished, our taxes would
be less than half what they are
now---Press and Banner.
Thursday night at Central a kero
sene lamp exploded. The oil was
thrown upon a Miss Paine and att
once ignited. She was so terribly
burned that she died in a very
short time. She was about 18 years
-Says an experienced bachelor:
The best thing to take when you
kiss a pretty girl-take time. The
more you take the better she likes
it. What a fool he must be-(o
take time. If he kuew what wasi
good he'd take kisses and let the
time go to thunder.
--The Missisippi River off New
Orleans has reached a height nev
er before known, and the city is in
gseat danger of being flooded.
-Robert Smalls, colored, has
been elected to Congress from the
"Black District," in place of E. W
M. Mackey, deceased.
--The State papers are almost
unanimous in the opinion that there
should be but one Democrtitc State
Convention thiseyear.

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