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HIGH HYMENEAL HYMN.
The soft marriage bells have announced th glad f net That the bright golden tie lias been tied And the lovers have entered a solemn com .pact In the same boat in future to ride. The gleam of love's sunshine in brillianc ; falls , And illumines each fond , loving heart , And together they'll feed off the same cod fish balls Until death or divorce do them part. The solemn words of the minister fell With a chill on each listening car , As if sounding in dear intonations the knel Of their freedom , which lay on the bier Of marital life ; and feeling of awe Seemed to sink like a pall o'er the scene And even the crack of the minister's Jaw Was as dry as the hide of a bean. The wild glad notes of the organpealed , And Hooded the church with sound , As the happy pair came * forward am kneeled And the bridesmaids circled around. Then the preacher said what he had to say The ring on her finger slid And joined their hands in the usual way , And the heavenly deed was did. * May posies of the brightest hue Their pathways ever cheer , And may their love , so warm and true , Ne'er Wobble out of gear. May heaven's blessings crown the pair And the life they've Just begun , And may their love-fire ever glare Like u bald head in the sun. [ Evansville Argus. . * - TWO PLAYERS' LOVES. A man is seated on a worm horsehai sofa , head bent on his hands , sobbinj as only strong men whose best am dearest feelings have received a deat ! bio wean sob. At his feet lies a crumpled letter where he hud thrown it in the firs pang of the " great agony it had inflictei upon him" . There is no need to enter minutel ; into the details. It is the old , eli story of man's love and woman's in constancy. Hardly two Fyears before lliclian Hamilton had stood before the altar b ; the side of the woman he loved so well and she had vowed before heaven t < "love , honor and obey" him , to b faithful to him through evil and throug ] good report until death , and now shi had broken those vowo , and , ternpte < by money , had left her husband , wh < was only a struggling actor , and fle < with a rich man who had been attractec by her pretty face. For hours Hamilton sat there in. hi : great desolation ; then he arose andpu his sorrows from him by a rnightv effort No matter how great his grief , the public must be amused his enga ment fulfilled. He was what is callec "utility man" in a touring company , and that night he had to play a rathei good low comedy part. He remember ed he had been pleased when he firsl saw the cast , feeling that he was rising at last in his profession ; but now what did it matter P Let him rise or fall , who would care ? He played that night as if he were in a dream. His senses seemed- dazed , but the dark phantom of his grief seemed to overshadow him. He had studied the part well , however , and he never missed a cue , so the audience were good humored , and remained silent at what they certainly could not applaud. The other members of the troupe had heard of his trouble , and rallied round him with that unselfish kindness found in the theatrical profession. He had only to play the first scene of his part , - another gentleman insisted on playing it for-him , which he did fairly well. The "heavy.man" ( that is , the vil lain of all the pieces ) , who was , by-the- by , a thoroughly good fellow , walked home with Hamilton that night. "Don't grieve for her , " he said. -"She's not worth it ; no woman is. " _ Hamilton rested his aching head on .his arm as he leaned against the door post. He was completely crushed , and made no reply. "Of course you'll get a divorce , " went on his friend , after a pause. "Look here , old fellow ! Lawyers won't do the .thing for nothing , you know. Cheap justice is out of the question ; and so _ you see , we the company , I mean --will raise enough to begin with at any -irate , and Wiggins is going to let you . . 'have a benefit , and , of course , what , ' little you owe us you" can pay out of the damages you recover whenever you "dike. " "No , " said Hamilton , rousing him self "I will get no divorce. Do you think I know so little of the world as to believe he would marry her if she were free ? " "Perhaps not ; but then , if divorced , you would be free yourself. " Hamilton laughed bitterly. "I would waste no money on my self , " he replied. "I don't care wheth er I am free or not. " "But still she bears your name the name of your family. * Don't let her disgrace them further. Sever thelegal tie that binds you , as she has severed All others. " "You are right , " said Hamilton. * 'Yes , I will try for a divorce ' " Hamilton had no difficulty in obtain- aig a divorce indeed the case was un defended , and he might have been Awarded heavy'damages , but he would not accept the monay , which seemed to jhim the price of his wife's guilt. Ten years had passed away , in which Richard Hamilton had raised high in his profession. He had studied inces santly more to drown his regret than from love of his art , but fame an money had rewarded his efforts ; an when we see him again he was tourin with his own company , and playing t large audiences. All this time he had heard little o nothing of his wife , and could enl look back upon his short married life a upon some brief , bright dream that ha ended in a hideous nightmare. Lately , however , the gloom that ha become habitual to him had in som measure vanished , and this vrns parties larly the case when he was in the soci ety of Muriel Marvyn , the leadin lady.Muriel Muriel was a beauty , tall , fair an graceful , with curling , bright brow hair , a sweet , firm mouth , and darii violet-blu.ieyes ; and , better still , sh was as fairy tails say p'f their prin cesses as good as she wasbeautiful. She lived with her mother , a some what bad tempered old lady , if all ac counts were true ; but Muriel kept he home troubles to herself , and wer about with a bright smile , giving a hel | ing hand to all who needed it. Sweet , courageous , gentle , unselfisl all that is most pure and womanly , a she was , who can wonder that Richar Hamilton , weary of brooding over th dead past , turned to her for comfort ? She was a clever actress , too. Alwaj graceful and ladylike , sympathetic an tender , there were times when tb sweet voice would be raised in pleadin or in mortal agony , when the express ive face would become changed , he whole being absorbed in the characte she was playing. It was at such time as these that the depths of . her heai were revealed , and the firmness an passion that lay as yet dormant therei : were disclosed. The company was playing in a tow in the North of Scotland , and the rai was pouring down heavily , so Muri ( was forced to find occupation an amusement in her somewhat "stuffy lodgings. In a cupboard in her sitting roomsh found some old volumes of an illus trated paper some nine or ten year old , and as she sat idly turning th leaves , her eyes fell on 1 he name c Hamilton. It was headed : "Theatrical Divorce Suit Hamiltoi vs. Hamilton and Disney. " And then she read the story of .Rich ard Hamilton's great trouble. By the time self-made men risein th world , the unpleasant stories of thei early lives are forgotten , and Murie had never heard of this "before. Sh knew he had been married , but she al ways believed his wife to be dead. "With a white face she laid down thi book and walked calmly to her owi room. Once there * she locked the dee : and fell on the bed with an exceedingly bitter 'cry. Even while she had rea < the lines the truth had dawned on her and for the first time she realized tha she loved Richard Hamilton. When at last she left her room al trace of emotion had disappeared. Shi had locked the secret in the depths o : her own heart , and vowed that nom should ever know of her suffering How often has the Spartan boy beer quoted as a model of courage and en durance by those who would seem tc forget the heroes and heroines of even day life ? Muriel Mervyn had taken up hei cross bravely and gone out to fill hei accustomed place in the world , with a smile on her lips that just before had uttered such passionate prayers for That night she avoided Hamilton , and certainly gave him no opportunity af speaking to her alone ; but on the following morning when she was out in Lhe town , they met , and he took his alace beside her. For some time he talked of indiffer- mt subjects ( things theatrical , of jourse ; actors always talk "shop" ) ; ind then he brought the conversation round to himself told her that he ioved her , and asked her to be his wife. "Oh , stop ! " she said , in a low , star- led voice. "Remember your wife ! " "But the law has " "Freed you , you would say. Mr. lamilton , you both vowed once to re- nain true to each other till death part- id you. If she broke her promise it is to reason why yon should. " "In the eyes of the law , of society , I .m a single man. " "Yes ; but in the eyes of heaven you annot be free. Leave me , Mr. Ham- Iton ; you have my answer. " "Is my life to be one long disap- lointment ? " he asked sadly. "I loved ay wife passionately , but not with the trong , deep love I have given you , furiel. That was the romantic pas- Ton of a boy ; this is the love of mv lanhood. Oh , my darling , the world as been so cold to me ; don't let your and be against me , too ! Think of ly lonely , wretched life ! Will you ot come to cheer me , and help' me to e a better man ? " "Don't temp't me ? " cried Muriel , rith a break in her voice , which he was uick 10 notice. "Tell me , Muriel , will you not re- snt ? " Perhaps I have bee"n too hasty. 'ake time , dear ; consider your an- ver. " "It would be useless , " she replied , ith gentle firmness , "for until you can ome to me with proofs of your wife's eath we must be strangers. " "And then ? " he asked. "It is ungenerous to ask me now. " "You love me , Muriel you love me. will arait , since you must have it so ait for my freedom ? " "Oh , no ! " she cried with a shudder ; I could not bear to think that for ly sake you were wishing for her eath. " "i cannot help it ; I must hope until am assured that you do not love te. " "Such , then , is the case , " she said quickly. "What , Muriel ! are you mad ? Yoi love me , do you not ? " "No ! "she said. And then , turning away with avertei face'she fled hpmeward , leaving hin stunned by her words and unable 't < understand them. It was a falsehood , and she knew it but she had spoken for the best. "I will go away from him , " sh thought , "and then as he thinks I d < not love him perhaps he will learn to forget me. " The next week the following para graph appeared among the provincia items of a theatrical paper : "We understand that Miss Mervyi has seceded from the Hamilton Shakes pearean company , an amicable arrange ment having been come to , and intend resting for a short time to recover he health , before accepting another en gagement. " Another year has passed. Hamiltoi is still on his prolonged tour , an < Muriel is playing at a London theatre On a wet , cold night in early spring as she was leaving the theatre , he quick eye saw a woman's form leaning as it were , against the door. Thinking she might be the bearer o some message , possibly for her , Murie asked : . "Are you waiting for any one ? " The woman looked up helplessly shook her head in reply , and attemptet to move on ; but as she did so she stag - and would most likely havefallei feredand ad not Muriel caught her. "You are ill , " she said. "Can I d ( anything for you ? " "No , " said the woman in a weak hollow voice , "I am very ill I know , bu I wanted to purchase so'rae things , so . ' had to come out to-night. " "I hope you do not live farfrou here. " "No ; in John street. " "That is my way , " said Muriel "You will let me see you home ? " The woman consented in fact , she seemed too weak and ill to resist am Muriel left her at what she said was th < door of her home. It was evidently a very poor place in which she rented but one back room but it seemed respectable , and Miss Mervyn , whose pity was aroused , said at parting , "Let me call to morrow tc inquire if you are better. " After this she often called , and was soon very much interested in Mrs , Smith , as the woman called herself , She had only been in her present lodg ings a few weeks , and-was evidently miserably poor , very ill and quite alone. She would never talk of the past , ex cept that once she. told Muriel that she had been an actress. "Miss Mervyn , we may be sure , did not go empty handed to that poor lodg ing : , and she even persuaded Mrs. Smith to have a doctor. But all was of no avail ; and one day , in the middle of May , when Murie called , she saw a terrible change in the worn , pale face. "Miss Mervyn , " she said , as Murie entered , "the doctor has told me I shall not see another day dawn. Do you be lieve it ? " "Yes ; I fear it is trne , " Muriel said , gently. "Well , I am glad of it. I have taken the doctor at his word , and sent for one I should never daie to meet if I were rot dying. He may , perhaps , be here soon , for I telegraphed last night ; but I feel my strength is ebbing last , and before he comes ( I may have no time afterward ) 1 should like to tell you the story of my life. Will you listen ? " ' Certainly , " said Muriel , gently ; "tell me anything if you think > it will make you happier. " 'Mine is a tale of sin' too bad , per haps , for your ears , " went on the woman , "but I must tell it. I married , ivhen very young , a man who loved me tar better than I deserved , for after we liad been married two years I listened : o the sophistries of a man who tempted ne with his-wealth , and I fled with him. There was the usual result. After a ime he grew tired of me , and a year ifter the divorce was decreed I found nyself alone and penniless in London. iVhatmy life has been since I must eave you to guess ; and at last I found nyself ill , dying with a small sum of noney in my possession. I came here , ind by your kindness my path to the jrave has been smoothed. Miss Mer- 7n , I have repented , but I cannot die intil I have had niy husband's forgive- icss. I have telegraphed for him , and -Ah ! that it is his step on the stairs. " The door opened and a man entered. Muriel suddenly drew back into the hadow. "Alice , " he said , coming forward , 'you see I have come ; but why did ou send for me ? " "I ask with my dying breath for our forgiveness. " " "Impossible ! " he said , shortly. 'You ' wrecked my life , Alice , betrayed ly love , dishonored my name ! I can- ot forgive ! " "But with mydying breathlask it ! " ried the women. "Oh , grant it to me , Lichard Hamilton , as you hope for lercy ! } ' " 1 cannot , " he said , shortly. Muriel came out from the shadow nd knelt by the bed before him like a r angel in that humble home. "Muriel ! " he exclaimed , "you here ? 'his is no place for you ! " "It is , " she said , still kneeling there. Death makes us all equal , and Rich- rd , for my'sake , forgive your wife. " He hesitated for a moment , and then , rossing to the bed , took one of his ife's wasted hands. "I " he said . forgive , , simply. "Forgiven all forgiven ! " And Alice Hamilton sank bank upon IB pillow exhausted. Presently she sank into a deep sleep Other watchers joined those two , an just as night began to fall she passe away. away.mth mth a sigh , Hamilton went t Muriel's side. "Dearest " he said " told , , "you m once that when I could bring you th proofs of my wife's death I migh speak to you again. She lies ther dead. What do you say ? " Muriel rose and laid her hand in hi with a look of unspeakable love. Thus in that chamber of death , these two so long parted , were united at last. Richard Hamilton and Muriel Mervyi were married and lived very happL ; together. They have a theatre of thei own , and are doing very well in ever sense of th/5 term. " dear " said Hamilton "By-the-by , , one day , not long after their marriage "do you know you once told me tha you did not love me ? " "That was the only falsehood I wil ever tell you , " she rejoined. "I saids to prevent you thinking too much o me. " "And all the time you liked me ? " "You know I did. " "So , then , Muriel , I suppose I mua take this as another instance of th worthlessness of 'A Woman's No. ' " The Hose-Colored. Sunsets. Manslll's Planetary Signal. The rose-colored sunsets and sunrise ; that have occurred during the last fev tnonths have been caused by the rela tive positions of our earth to that of thi other planets. The effect produced ii the earth's atmosphere has been jus the same as that produced on th < moon's atmosphere at times of thi eclipse of the sun' , or when the moor comes between the sun and earth thi moon's atmosphere is made to shoo out , or rather the absorption of thi electricity by the moon's volatile at mosphere from the sun and earth's col umn of electricity when in this lineal position between 'them , causes the moon's atmosphere to dart or radiate out from the edge of the moon. The moon's volatile elements not being able to withstand the flood of electrici ty tha4 ; undulates between the sun and earth , through which the moon passes at times of eclipse , this column or shaft of electricity causes the .naoon to exer cise these darting and fantastic forms , from the side or edge these protuber ances or such as the halo of corona , and other shapes these appear in col ors varying from white , purple , crim son or red. This is the kind of a posi tion that the earth has been in during the past months , or near to lineal or transit lines with the other planets and moon and on the occasion of the earth's nearest positions to these par tial lineal lines there has occurred the maximum displays of these sets of sun set and runrise glows. Those the most prominent are those that commenced about the 25th and reached their finest brilliancy on the 28th of November , and fading somewhat by the 30fch of the month these commenced and develop ed until the earth passed near in line of opposition with Saturn on the maximum day of the glow , the 28th. The slow ness of the earth through these near transits gives more time for these fan tastic displays than the moon does the jarth moves over about thirteen degrees ) f space a day , and the earth over about ) ne degree in the same time. "Would I Were a Boy Aagain. " forristown Herald. Old Mr. Wardles was watching the ) oys coasting on one of the streets , and is the cutters were tearing down at the ate of thirty miles an hour , his mem- > ry traveled back forty years , and he mpulsively remarked to a young man hat he would "give 820,000 if he were i boy again. " A juvenile with a red led and a red nose heard the remark , tnd asked Mr. Wardles if he didn't vaut to ride down. Wardles said he > elievedwe would try one trip. He veighs200 pounds , and when he got on he clipper its joints creaked ominously , nd his eyes sparkled with fun. The toys gave him a good send-off , and iretty soon the sled veered sideways , here was a crash , and Wardles went nd over end for about twenty yards , , nd then a double clipper containing ix boys struck him amidships and arned him over some more in a most idiculous and painful manner , and just s he regained his feet another jumper ashed into his legs , and he sat down n his head so emphatically that the ip of his bootlegs protruded above the mrgin of his shirt collar. He re- irned home with a broken rib , a prained ankle , his coat split from Dan ) Beersheba , a handful of bark peeled ff his head , and all the fun banished om his eyes. He will be nearly as oed as new in aboot six weeks , but he lys he had rather be 2,000 years old lan to be a boy again. wilight Phenomena at the Equator. Twilight phenomena of a similar laracter to the appearances lately so revalent were , according to letters ist received , observed in the island of ianritius. This is especially remark- jle , as in that island , situated twenty jgrees above the equator , night , as a lie , follows the day without any no- jeable transition. On several even- gs of October , however , there was a ilendid glow in the west quite half an > ur after sunset , and when night had irly set in this glow soon extended rer the whole sky , being reflected on e clouds and covering the island with purple tint. The sea is described as tparently on fire , the vessels and their asts looking black and standing out bold relief. The same phenomenon is observed before sunrise. They make paper barrels at Akron , lio. The Folly ot Being Funny. Now York Hoar. The inclination to be funny should bo repressed. Ridicule and humor are easy and natural to many people , but if any ono hopes to have a high. 4 career he must so conduct himself that the idea of seeing him in an elevated position will not make people laugh. A man had better be dishonest than funny , so far as the attainment of high position is concerned. It is the same in private life. People who are funny are not those whom we generally respect most. We come to think of them with contempt. They are likely to be sought ' for as diners-out or to make after-din ner speeches. When they appear , or when their names are mentioned , people are wont to grin. Now , grins never signify any great esteem or admiration. Let every reader of the Hour think over the list of after-dinner speakers who generally talk at all the public banquets , ome of the same men are alwsys on the list. That is because they do the ' funny business" and set the table in a roar. There are always , or almost always , speeches at those banquets which make a lasting impression. Actual contribution sare even sometimes made to the fund of thought or general information by addresses delivered on state occasions ; but the accepted fun ny man never makes one of these. He never says anything worth remember ing. The list of JOKCS soon grow stale and tiresome. Yorick will never be forgotten ; yet that will not be due to any of the good things he said , but what Hamlet said. The truth is real and earnest , and he will succeed best in it who recognizes this'fact. Men of intelligence and right sentiment appreciate it. Tile great mindstof the world have never been in the heads of the world's jesters. There is enough in life to make any one serious. There is the problem of making an honest living , of maintaining a- good reputation , of establishing a pure char acter and of leading a respectable life. Jests do not help us on in any of these things. It is serious thoughts which l aid us and so gain our admiration , love and esteem. There are times when any thing amusing grates upon our nerves , and then the perpetrator of a joke is hateful unto us. But even in our gayest moods we do not score a thougnt or sentiment of real worth , although we may not heed it Its utterance , at least , never excites our scorn. The moral of it is do not cultivate any fatal facility of jesting which you may have. Strike out in life with a serious , purpose and make a serious business of pursuing it. This does not mean sanctimonious facial expression ; bui it does mean intense earnestness , and where that exists there will be little temptation to be funny. A young man who has the gift of speaking should be particularly careful. "Many times when he rises to talk his impulse will be to make his auditors" laugh. Tt would be easy , and he would instant ly catch their attention. But he should be careful not to do it too often. Let dim say somelhiug worth saying , or let liim keep quiet. It Is better to be respected as a stupid grave man even ; han to be laughed at as a clown. The jesting lawyer , the punning judge ; the tun making clergyman ; the writer of lumorous books or paragraphs who jver has any high regard for them ? Serein lies one of the drawbacks which ictors have to contend with , and one > f the reasons why they so generally > ccupy inferior social positions. Their nain object is to amuse and entertain. Anyone of their number , therefore , vho hopes to be recognized as a man > f worth and prominence must have ixtraordinary talents which will induce nen to respect him and give him a lace in their esteem , despite the fact hat merely to amuse is his business. 3o hard is it for us to place a high alue on people who only entertain is ! But life is not a circus ; and lowns and jesters will not succeed. A Bullet in His Brain. 'ew Orleans Times Democrat. An article in last Sunday's Times- ) emocrat gives an account of an un- sual surgical operation performed in Sellevue hospital , New York , upon a pung German named Knorr , who shot imself on Jan. 24. The bullet enter- d the.forehead , and , passing .through ie brain , lodged in the back of the ead. A hole was cut in the back of IB skull , and the bullet was taken out i that way. A perforated rubber tube ras passed through to drain the brain of 11 extraneous matter. On Thursday ist the rubber tube was withdrawn , ad two strands of catgut were passed irough the hole , and the operation was nished. As the brain closes together IB catgut will be gradually absorbed , ad the holes in the skull will be closed 7 a fibrous tissue. During the with- rawal of the tube Knorr was perfectly > nscious , laughing and talking with" ie medical attendants , and evidently , uch interested in the opening up of a innel in his head. He says he doesn't ant to die now ; he is too curious as to ie result of the operation. He has be- me quite a hero in the eyes of the mng woman on whose account he at- mpted suicide , and she visits him at e hospital every day. The attendant lysicians say there is no 'doubt that aorr will recover , and tBat he will ffer no evil effects from it other than slight mental trouble , which will y anifest itself in occasional eccentric jaks. Dr. William F. Fluhrer , who irformed the operation , will explain before the New York Surgical So- No principle can underlie a false oposition. < 1