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\ ' COUNTRIES. ?'.
As we look, back upon the struggles
of map, up'"1 to the present stage of
civilization, we find t'pat many and
rancd have been' the moans devised
by hiili for showing forth to the pub
lic the grief ensuing upon a death.
The HcbreWo of b*fdf fpupd vent for
their feelings upon the death of rela
tives and friends in frantically smit
ing themselves and tearing their gar
ments and hair. They neither bathed
nor shaved, nor did they cut their
nails, nor dress themselves. Their
beds were not made up. They shut
themselves ' up in their hoiises? and
saluted' nobody. Fortunately the pe
riod for the?? exhausting manifesta
tions was short,"being mostly seven,
and never over thirty days. The
mourning customs of the Egyptians
woro similar to thoso of the Hebrews,
?with Slight variation. Their women
ran crying through the streets.
1 Among the Greeks and Romans
also, mourning for the departed was
conducted in much the same style,
but carried to a greater extreme.
They wore a coarse black stuff for
apparel, and rolled themselves in the
mire pr dust. They put ashes on
their heads, tore their hair, shaved
their beads, and scarred their faces.
They cried aloud with often-repeated
drawling topes of lamentation. They
excluded tbemselyes from all enter
tainments and public solemnities, as
well a3 denied themselves the pleas
ure of music, and drank no wine.
When a popular general died the
whole of my cut off their hair and the
manes of their horses.
Among the Syrians exhibition of
grief was deemed so unmanly that
any man wearing mourning was com
pelled to put on female attire.
There are many curious ways of
manifesting sorrow for the departed
still exiBtipg jn Arabia. While the
men show no evidence of grief, the
women stain their hands and fect
_with }PdiS?J whifI1 Lbpy wear for
eight days." During this period they
will drink no milk, its white color
not according with the gloom of their
minds. In Syria they have very
affective scenes at funerals, by means
of hired mourning women, who arc
adepts in the art of weeping. A
death there is often a ruinous event
for the finances of a family, the com
memorative feasts being so costly
and so indefinitely prolonged. White
is the color'of mourning in fJhina.
All their apparel, even the cord which
ties the gowns, and the yery shoes,
must be of that color. The wearing
is enforced by law under }ieavy pen
alties. They employ mourning wo
men at their funerals, who appear to
have immense fountains of tears at
command, ^he Japanese also mourn
in white. ' They shut themselves up
in thpjr houses for fifty days, during
which time they neither shave their
heads nor cut their nails.
Among savages are found many
curious customs for mourning the
dcficj. yf iih the Africans in Nuhier,
the business of loud lamentation
?> > v, - t> - t
is undestood to perfection, and if a
map die leaving a little property, it
1b most likely wholly exhausted by
the feasts which are held in honor of
his memory. If a woman die, her
friendy of her own sex continue for
mapy successive evenings after her
funeral to make pilgrimages to her
grave. Man must not look upon the
face of woman while engaged in these
mourning duties. Arrived at the
grave the whole neighborhood is made
to resound with their lamentations
and waitings. Among some yet
more savage people, the Feejee Is
l?nders, we find that some fifty to a
hundred, fingers are amputated and
placccl over the tomb of'a chief, and
njtjiough they fast until the evening
during1 the first ten days after his
; deatnJ the period is enlivened by
comip games held in honor of his
memory. A.mong the Sandwich Is
land nhtiven, they blacken the lower
part' of the face, in mourning, and
give a permanent expression to their
flense ' of bereavement by knooking
out their front tectb.
It seems cniitc evident that as man
is elevated ho shakes off the coarse
jdea of turning the' sacjfbd period,
when a soul, Jjas just passed from
among us, into a time of any sort of
riotous excitement. Even much vio
lent 'weeping afe'wp bear of, noi, very
long back, wiopld not he approved
now. ' phateaubriand tells of the
groat credit that was given to him
-;-r~-, * '?
for the manner in which ho wept at
his daughter's grave.
1 Wo see that the most excessive
demonstrations for sorrow have at
tended nu era in this worldls history
which we have left behipd,. Jt is a
sad thing, however, that we have
such a gloomy relic' of former days
among us as tl)o black garb, by which
tho biightucss of many a life is
blighted. It is a mere matter of
fashion?worn by the majority of the
world for no other cause. I have
known a widow driven to wear black,
for which she had an abhorrence, and
which her husband had never allowed
her to wear, by the fact that '^people
would think she 'did pot treat his
memory with respect."' She could
not face Mrs. Grundy. It is through
the dread of this same personage that
many spend the lost cent they have
in order to procure black clothing.
The poor copy the rich. A man dies
and perhaps, after a handsome funer
al is paid for, and tho family attired
in black, there is not as much money
left as will buy a loaf of bread. This
fashion of I'going in black" is a most
tyrannical custom. It is like a con
tagious disease. Minds which we
would suppose incapable of the infec
tion take it, aud so on the first be
reavement, a whole family, even to
the little ones, are in black. One
can see that there may be states of
mind to which black clothing is ac
ceptable, but inasmuch as these are
unhealthy states, it is not well to fos
ter them. There is bqt cue event o!
which we all are sure?that called
Death. Our friends may look for,
and long for, and expect our birth,
but until we arc really arrived hither
from the invisible world, all is uncer
tainty. Not so with the great mes
senger through which the way is
opened to the great Beyond. "We
cannot be happy while we live in
dread of this great translation, nor
can we be happy if we fix ourselves
in a state of rebellion against God's
laws, when it bears out of our sight
for a time opr dearly loved ones.
Every moment that we live some of
our great human family are passing
away, but the sun shines, the flowers
bloom, all nature is as beautiful as
before. The great march of life goes
on. It is well for us if we keep our
souls attended to tho harmony of
God's law, so that we can keep step
when the music changes.
I have said we can never bo happy
in ? ctate of rebellion to the manifest
will of our Heavenly Father. This
we certainly are when we go about
enveloped in mourning.
There is no good side from which
to contemplate the custom. Jt is
often too a mere mockery. l*erhaps,
in additiou to tup wearing of black,
it may l^e the fashion of a city to
?'bow the windows" for a year, or
longer, after a bereavement. Where
the custom of tho place sanctions
heavy outside window shutters, the
opportunity is very favorable for this
mode of expressing grief. It is not
unusual to cec houses, for years to
gether, with the shutters tied by
black ribbons, the ends of which are
carefully pushed out for the contem
plation of passers by. It is quite im
possible that God will leave i}8 so
comfortless in our loss, but tb.at a
good measure of cheerfulness will in
a little while be our portion, and so
it happens that the front of a house
may be decked in the ^habiliments
of woe," and its occupants, in their
black garbs, have quite a lively ?imc
within. That they should have a
lively time is a grand and natural
thing. We need not try to contend
with the inevitable. Tho cheerful
ness is all right; it is this "mocking
of woe" that is wrong. Then too,
mourning is unhealthy. No one can
get a healthy breath of pure air be
hind a black crape veil. Much inno
cent life is crushed out by it, materi
ally, as well as spiritually.
There is a world of vanity in this
snmo garb. People are exceedingly
careful to have the exact right fashion
for their especial phase of grief.
Flounces may be worn in one way?
plaited, we think it is?but in no
wise may they be worn gathered;
things must all be very nice and har
monize well in tho early stages of
grief, for "people look at us so when
we first go out."
pining the sacred period, when the
loved form from which the spirit has
just dep'.rtcd, remains with us, what
n desecration it seems to have the
mind distracted by thoughts of our
clothing, lloft paltry and uttorly
insignificant an occupation.?Prog
ress. ? ?? >
"The Butlers and the Camerons."
In the Philadelphia Times of the
17lh insb., appears an article signed
?lJustice," in which the writer seeks
to prove that Simon Cameron did cot
tell tho truth when he allodged that
his son Don1* voted, recently, in the
Senate, for Butler rather than Corbin,
because in 1857 Senator A. P, Butler,
uncle (not father) of the present Sen
ator, did Comeron a service in do
fending him against the assaults of
Bigler. "Justice" searches the Con
grcssiohnl Kecorc] and Globe of 18f)7
to sustain him. It "ig a matter of
little importance to us why Don
Cameron sustained Butler. Perhaps
"Justice" is correct in that part of
his article. We take issuo with hjm
because ho closes by saying that the
true grounds for Don Cameron's vote
were services rendered by Patterson
to SJmon Cameron in a more recent
Senatorial contest, and adds, "for
since th,at vote wo already see immu
nity guaranteed by South Carolina
to John J. Patterson." If this asser
tion were true, why should Don Cam
eron be under obligations to vote for
Butler because John J. Patterson ren
dered services to Simon Cameron in
a recent Senatorial contest? If
"Justice" would leave the ltccord
arid Globe of 1857 and read the pa
pers of to-day, he would find in every
one of them, of auy prominence, Pat
terson's denial of the charge that he
had circulated that report?--and tho
fastening ot the miserable inuendo on
the very fellow?Corbin?who "Jus
tice" doubtless thinks is entitled to
Senator Butler's seat. Moveover,
Gov. Simpson and Attorney-General
Yuumans have positively denied tjpat
any pardon or' immunity had been
extended Patterson, and this denial
has been heralded all over the coun
try. If wc supposo "Justice" igno
rant of these facts, it argues him de
cidedly behind the Times. If he was
not ignorant, and wrote his mticlc
with a full kuowl.dge of these facts,
he was bitter and disingenious?lo
draw the case mildly.
"Justice," we of the South have
little enough, God knows, for which
to thank either Simon or Don Came
ron. But if you knew Butler and
Corbin as well as we of South Caroli
na do, you would think Don had done
the noblest act ot his life when he
voted to retain Butler, the chevalier,
in, and eject Corbin, the thief, from,
a scat in the Senate of the United
States.?Neicherry News.
Southern Baptist Convention.
The Southern Baptist Convention,
numbering 437 delegates, will assem
ble in Atlanta, Ga., on the 8th of
May next. In tho South, according
to church statistics, there arc 17,411
Baptist Churches, 9,347 ordained
Baptist ministers, 1,436,709, members
of Baptist Churches, 5,575 Baptist
Sunday Schools, 38,079 oQlccrs and
teachers, and 806,064 pupils iu Bap
tist Sunday Schools. Georgia leads
the van in churches, ordained minis
ters, and members ; Missouri in Sun
day Schools, officers, teachers and
pupils ; Maryland has a membership
of 7,607, while she has in her Sunday
Sch'ools* a total of 10,191. The States
at the last Convention wore entitled
to the following representatives :
Maryland 33, Virginia 63, North
Carolina 41, South Carolina 46, Geor
gia 72, Florida 4, Alabama 22, Mis
sissippi 23, Texas 9, Missouri 20,
Arkansas 7, Tennessee 17, Kentucky
80, West Virginia and the District of
Columbia will be represented in the
approaching convention.
Albinos are individuals in whom,
by some defect in their organization,
the substance or pigment which givos
color to the skin, hair, and eyes, is
absent or deficient. These persons,
whether Indian, negro, or white, are
of a uniformly dead, milky hue, with
hair of the same shade, and from the
eyes being deficient in the black, pr
blue, or hazel pigment, the iris is of
a deep "red, and the circle around the
pupil is of a pink color; hence they
are commonly spoken of as having
pinjc .eyes. The name Albino was
originally applied by the Portuguese
to the white negro on the const of
Africa. The Albinos generally lack
tlie strength of other men, and are
also deficient in mental capacity. The
phenomenon is supposed to result
from a cjiseascd organization, but its
ultimate cause Is not knowp. White
cows and white blackbirds arc speci
mens of Albinos, as nro also white
mice. %- ' ? *? 4? "
)!' ?''
Tho oyiijpnt Joss of tho steamer
Zanzibar, with thirty-three men, re
calls memories of other steamships
whoso fate remains sealed, and which
have ncvpr been heard from r not a
singlo survivor having remained to
tell tho story of the wreck. Wbptber
they went down by fire, stprm pr col
lision with an ice-berg will forever
remain a mystery. The following are
the principal cases of loss steamers
arranged chronologically : The loss of
the steamship President, which sail
ed from New York for Liverpool on
March 11, 1840, cast a gloom over
the whole land. It was in tho early
days of steam navigation, 'and the
new power had nQt yet gained the
confidence of the people. Among her
passengers was the celebrated' Irish
comedian Tyrone Power, who was re
turning homo from a highly:success
ful professional tour in this country.
Days, weeks and inontbs passed
without any tidings, and then she was
given up for lost. The loss off this
steamer was a serious blowtp: pomr
mercc, ns pcoplo distrusted the new
motive power as applied to seagoing
vessels, and refused to intrust their
lives or their property to ships pro
pelled by it. '
Public confidence, however, was
soon' restored as years passed Und
many voyages wcro made without
any serious disaster, but suddenly
the community was shocked by the
tidings that the Pacific, of the Collins
line, a uiapificcnt ocean steamer,
which left Liverpool on January 23,
185G, with over 200 passengers, yjjp
overdue. From the day she left the
dock she was never heard from, and
hundreds of families through the land
were in mourning, Among her pas
sengers wprp several prominent New
York citizens, including Edward
Sandford, one of the first lawyers of
the New York bar, whose loss W03
deplored by all his associated^ A
long time now elapsed, during ^ich
there was little cause to complain of
the treachery of the ocean. It is
true disasters occurred nod lives were
lost, but the fate of wrecked vessels
was not a mystery. The steamship
traffic between the new and old
worlds was continually' on the in
ciea8e.. P.eople becanje so accustom
ed to the rapid transit of the Atlantic
that it was contemptuously spoken of
as "the pond;" and a voyage to Eu
rope, once a "matter of grave delibe
ration, became a feat too common to
mention. In the spring of 1864 the
traveling community was rudely
awakene~d to a sense of its insecurity
by the loss of the City of Glasgow,
of the Iumau line, which disappeared
from human sight and knowledge
with 450 precious lives. This disas
ter was followed by the ewallowing
up the City of Boston, which sailed
from Halifax on Tuesday! January
25, 1870, with 1Q0 passengers,
au^qng whom were many'-prominent
men. It would naturally bo suppos
ed that these appalling occurrences
would have the effect of lessening
European travel. On the contrary,
it appears that it has in no way seri
ously affected it, and people are still
willing to commit themselves to the
mercy of tbo treacherous sea.
The latest recorded case of a trans
atlantic steamship which has never
been beard from?except the Zanzi
bar?is that of tho Colombo, of the
Wilson line, which sailed from Hull,
England, for New York in December^
1877*. She had but one passenger,
and was laden with an assorted car
go. Her crew numbered sixty per
sons. Of these yessels and their
precious human freight nothing in
this world will ever bo known, mid
until the sea gives up its dead the
cause of their disaster and the way
they ncet their death must remain a
matter of conjecture.
Judgment of Men.
Don't judge a rnan by tho clothes
ho wears. God made one and tho
tailor the other.
Don't judge him by his family con
nections, for Cain bclongpd lb a very
good family.
Don't judge a man by his failure in
life, for many a man fails becaus'o he
is too hopest to succeed.
Don't judge a a^an by his speech,
for the parrot talks, and the tongue is
but an instrument of sqund.
Don't judge a man by tho house he
lives in, for tho lizzard nnd the vat
often inhabit the grandest structures.
?-'-M . 7
Tribulations ot a Local Editor;.
Once upon a time a local editor
dreamed that he was dead and in an
other world. Ho approached the
gate of a pity before him and knocked
for admittance, but no one answered
his summons. The gate remained
closed against him. Then he cried
aloud for an entrance, but the only
response was a score of hcotjs appear
ing above the wall on each side of
the gatp. At flight of him the owners
of the heads set up a dismal howl,
and one of them cried : "Why didn't
you notice the big egg I gave you ?"
At this horrid and most unexpected
interrogation the local turned in tue
direction of the voice to learn its
owner, when another yoicp shrieked :
'.'Wherelg tbp piece you were going
to write about my soda fountain?"
and close upon this was the awful de
mand : "Why did you write a piece
about old Toddle's fence and never
say a word about my new gate?"
Whatever answer he was going to
frame to this appeal was cut ubruptly
off by the astonishing query : '/What
did you spell my name wrong in the
programme for?" The miserable
man turned to llee, when he was root
ed to the spot by this terrible de
mand : "Why did you put my mur
riage among the deaths?" He was
on the point of saying that the fore
man did it, when a shrill voice loudly
cried: "What'made'you put in my
runaway, und spoil the sale of ray
horse?" And this was followed by
the voice 'of* a female hysterically
proclaiming: "This is the brute that
botched my poetry, and roude me ri
diculous.'' Whereupon hundreds of
voices screamed ; "Where's my arti
cle? Give me back my article."
And in the midst of the horrid din
the poor wretch awoke, perspiring at
every pore and screaming for help.
A Touching Incident.
A lady in the street met a little
girl between two and three years
cl'd, evidently lost, and crying bitter
ly. The lady took the baby's hand
and asked where she was going.
"Down town to And my papa," was
the sobbing reply.
"What is your papa's name?" ask
od the }ady.
"His name is papa."
"But what is his other name?
What does your mamma call him ?"
"She calls him papa," persisted
the little creature.
The lady then tried to lead her
along: "You bar. better come with
me. I guess you came from this
"Yes ; but I don'.t want to go bach.
I want t? lind my papa," replied the
little girl, crying afresb us if her
heart would break.
44 What dp you want of your papa ?"
asked the lad)'."
"I want to kiss him.".
Just at this time a sister of the
child, who had been searching for
her, came along um} took possession
of the littlo runaway. From inquiry
it appeared that the little one's papa,
whem she was so earnestly scekiiig,
had recently died, and 8Ue tired of
waiting for him to come home, had
gone out to find him.? Cleveland Her
Too Late.
The following incident took place
in Washington County, Texas. The
jury of a circuit court, before whom a
miserable wretch had been tried, re
turned a verdict of "guilty," and sug
gested the "whipping post.'/ The
court adjourned for dj riper. Immedi
ately after dinner tho defendant's
counsel, without consulting his unfor
tunate client, moved for a new trial,
and commouced reading the motion.'
"Hold on!" whispered thp client,
pulling at the counsel's coat-tails.
"Don't road that!"
"Let me aione,"" muttered the law
yer, irritably; "I'll attend to you
when I've read tho motion."
"But I don't wont you to read the
motion," whined the agitated culprit.
"Don't want mo to read it? Why not?
\Viints tho matter? I'm going to get 1
you a new trial!"
"But I don't want a new trial," ex
claimed the wretch.
"Don't want one 1 Why not?" re
turned tho other heatedly, frowning
from under his eyeglasses. '
?''Cause it!s too late," urged the
client. "While you wcro all out to
dinner the sheriff took me out, and
ho's whipped the very hide off me."
The motion was summarily with*
? tv*?? ; ? - ' ? ~
Beautiful Incident.
A beautiful illustration of tbe
pweetness and power of a child's sim
ple faith is given in an Incident relat
ed of* a recent wreck of the new
Bteamcr "Maasaphusptts" on Long
Island Sound. Among the many
passengers were two mothers, each
with a child, who were noticeable for
their calmness during the iiour of
greatest peril and anxiety, when it
Seemed'that the vessel must shortly
go to pieces. A passenger from tho
city of Philadelphia says his atten
tion was Qrst called to them by their
voices in singing. Going toward them
he "found a little boy standing there
wjtji his life preserver on, and tho
littjp fellow was just joining with his
mother in singing one of Moody and
Sankey's hymns?a hymn of trust
and confidence." As the hours pass
ed on, mothers and children sat
there together singing or conversing
calmly, ready for whatever God had
in storp for them. They were fully
aware of their danger, but their faith
was unshaken in Him who said,
"When thou passest through the wa
ters, I will be' with thee ; and through
the rivers (hoy shall not overflow thee.
Fear not for I am with thee." And
when rescue came, and the passengers
were safe on another vessel, those
same sweet voices were again heard
singing, this time in a ringing strain
of praise for their deliverance ; and so
powerful was this example over their
fellow-passengers, that there was
quickly a gathering about them of
those who were saved from impend
ing death ; and prayer, and the songs
of joy, and glad words of gratitude
went up from one and anothpr, until,
as one says, **It was the best prayer
meeting I ever attended." Tbefe,
surely, was praise perfected out of
the months of the little one. And it
is such trust as \\\fxr vyhicji we paay
look for in the children of our Sanday
Schools, who are brought and trained
to a confidence in the Lord Jesus as
their all-sufficient and their ever-pres
ent Saviour.
Courts Martial.
Things are beginning to look squal
ly says the Winnsboro News and Her
ald,. Those adjutants who foolishly
accepted office in the State militia,
looking only to the gold lace, brass
bu' tons and the glory of the dress
parade, will now tremble in their
boots at the imminent danger they
arc now threatened with, of death
sentence by a drum-head court-mar
tial. And as all tho worthless weap
ons will have been changed by De
cember for others of a deadly nature,
the condemned can indulge in no
pleasing hope of a cap snapping or a
gun bursting and hoisting the execu
tioner with hi3 owp petard. By a
singular omission no provision is
made for killing off several hundred
governor's aides at the same limo.
This is discrimination of tho most
flagrant nature. A court-martial
should be organized to see that every
colonel iu the service, whether of
stall' or line, have a pair of spurs at
least six inches in diameter, and not
les3 than forty-eight brass buttons on
iho breast and sixteen on the coat
tail. "The adjutants must not suffer
alone. ' If thtfy do they will ever bo
monrncd"a8 martyrs to the cause, and
their death will be avenged.
"Is This Sent Opcupied?"
An old but vigorous-looking gen
tleman, seemingly from the rural-dis
tricts, got into" a par and walked its
full lengtjjj without receiving an invi
tation to sit down. Approaching one
gentleman who had a whoje bench to
himself, he asked: "Is this seat oc
cupied?" "Yes, si", it is," imperti
nently replied the other. "Well,"
replied the broad-shouldered agricul
turalist, "I will keep this scat until
the gentleman comes." The original
proprietor withdrew himself haughti
ly to ope end and looked insulted.
After hwhile the tram got in motion,
and still nobody came to claim the
seat, whereupon the deep-chested ag
riculturalist turned and said : "Sir,
ff USD you lohl me this seat was occu
pied you told mo a lie"?such was
his plain language?"I never sit near
a liar if I can avoid it; I would rath
er stand up." Then appealing to an
other party, he said: ^'Sir, may I
sit next to you? You don't took like
a liar." We need hardly say that he
got his scat, and the original proprie
tor thought that there was something
wrong about our social ayatem.?Bal
timore Gazette.
FitKKLANpviLi-E, March 15.?Wha?
is considered a remarkable case of
trance has happened here lately.
The victim is Mied Flora Feiblemann,
the daughter of a well-to-do farmer,
residing near this place. The facts,
briefly as possible, are these: Miss
Feihlemauo, whose family are Catho
lics, returned from the school of
Noire Dame, Indiana, last December.
Since her return she lias been in very
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ill health, seeming to bp generally
affected, moaning and tossing in fever
at night. Immediately after the late
cold spell she was attacked v/lth
pneumonia, now so fatally prevalent
in this region. Notwithstanding she,
i had the best medical attendance to
I be procured in this vicinity, she died
on Monday, March 3rd, or at leas),
apparently des,d, for the village phys
ician in charge so pronounced her.
It was decided to hold the corpse un
til relatives from Ohio, who had been
sent for, could arrive. This delayer}
the burial until March 8th. The fun
eral was to take place at 2 o'clock.
At that time, as the friends and rela
tives were taking a last look, tho
corpse not yet having been taken
from the house, the mother being last
to view the remains, suddenly bent
over the body, and uttering a cry^
declared that the eyelids moved as
in life. "lbe father, with other
friends, commenced immediately to
try, by gentle movements, to with
draw her from the room. They had
nearly accomplised this, when the
corpse, to the surprise of all, sudden
ly arose and assume^ a sitting pos
ture in the c?fSfn. J Miss Feihlemnnn
is said by those who witnessed the
scene to have gazed around with a
vacant stare, and then, unlike cases
of trance usually, to have sunk back
apparently exhausted. She was im""
mediately removed and placed in a
bed, but it was perhaps three hours
before she was conscious enough tq
give any account of herself. The
last she remembers was before her
apparent death, when lying in bed,
and the inteivening space is to her]
like a dreamless Bleep. The case ex
cites much 'comment in the neighbor
Fair for Marriageable Daughters.
Baby shows have become a matter
of common occurrence ; but what shal^
we say to an annual fair for mairi
ageble youug girls? Such a shov/
took place a short time since, and is.
of immemorial custom among , tho
Roumanians. As the time for tho
fair approaouer, the father whoso
children are marriageble collect what
they can afford as a dowry. What
ever this consists of ft is packed, if
possible, into a cart or carriage, and
On the appointed ifay they all?fath
ers, children, mid qlmtte]r>?-str.rt' for
some try sting place, generally chosen
among the western mountains of
Transylvania. When the fair is op
ened, tho fathers climb to the top of
their cariiages, and shout with the
whole power of their lungs, "1^ havo c,
daughter to marry. Who wants a*
wife?" The call is answered by some1
other parent who haa a son he is
anxious to pair off. The two parents'
compare notes, and, if the marriage
portion is satisfactory, the treaty iij
then and there concluded. The'young
man takes possession of his wife and
ail her goods and chattels, and drives
oil merrily. If, on the cither hand,
the match is not equal, or for some
reason or other unsatisfactory, then
tW'parcnts begin to cry their five
merchandise once more. If,
How n Lady Avoids Crowding.
Speaking of that woman who com
plained of ill usage at the Evangeli
cal Alliance, a lady writes to the Ob-'
> ? * v
server: "A womanly woman never
gets jammed, or crowded, or pushed*
I am neither young nor pretty, but t
never stand nor am shut out. Do yon
know why? Simply because I never
I push. If I do get into a crowd, and
am pushed before a man, I beg parr
don, and simply step back* and give
him his place. Do you shppose-'hj}
lets me? Never. On the contrary ho
will help mo forward, and I thank
him, and then he helps mo more. No
man but will help a quiet lady; but
don't they like to be rude to a mas
culine woman? I firmly beliove they
all do, and for it wo have only to
thank the woman's4 fights move
ment." *

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