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For the Florida Agriculturist.
A Reminisence. v BY JEANETTE G. ANDERSON. YS 3 i Bwee .t to hear the lisp of children and their earliest words.” t Reading an article recently of a lit tle child of six years, being tormented lor a time with fear of death, reminds me of an incident that occurred sev eral years since on a sailing vessel moving on foreign waters, bearing several families from the United States to their homes after an ab sence of many years. None thought of ocean’s peril on that bright, sunny morning. Every heart fluttered with emotions of hope, and happy, vivid dreams of a distant' home and the joy that awaited them in that sweet haven. Cloudless skies witnessed parting adieus, and the oft repeated “good-by, good-by,” uttered by laughing lips, sounded sweet and clear as vesper bells through the soft morning air, as the vessel glided from her safe moorings away upon the deep bosom of uncertain ocean. Days waned. Onward sped the good ship with its precious burden of human life beneath a brilliant sky. Night followed night of calm delic ious sleep to the wearied travelers in which fear of danger bore no part. Alas! this atmosphere serene, so full of bright promise, was too soon disturbed by trooping clouds march ing athwart the now murky sky, por tending the immediate presence of .he storm-king. A thick drapery of malignant clouds now hid the disk oi the sun-god, while day continued. When night came on, no ray of moon or star shed hopeful cheer upon the gloomy scene. The waves grew black and seemed to fury lashed by the angry scowl of heaven whose can opy of dark folds trailed into the surging waters. The wind no longer utters soft whisperings, or echoes love’s sweet parting words, but min gles its fierce howl with the lio-ht * ~ era - gr mal night bellows like If rVAs of prey seeking victims, while the waves hurl back the fearful echo. The rough, hardy sailors, to danger bred, are trembling now, and their quivering lips attempt a prayer. The affrighted passengers, noble, stalwart men, with feeble womanhood and helpless in fancy, are gathered as one family now in the saloon of the struggling ship. Each pallid face, each quaking heart, endeavoring to read their doom in the expression of those about them, •onstantly asking, “ What does the 1 aptain say now”?—when the cry was heard above the howling ele ments, “ Land I”—and the appalling words quickly, “ Breakers ahead!” The terrible cry of agony that arose from blanched lips and sinking hearts blending as one voice from that de voted group, ’.vas suddenly hushed by the plaintive tones of a little one dinging to her mother's dress, a love ly child scarcely numbering four years. Oh ! how beautiful she ap pears kneeling there with her soft, blue eyes fastened upon her mother’s face, as she utters words of faith and trust, whose music is clearly echoed above the outward din, “ I’ve prayed to God to take me, dear mamma, I'm not afraid to die /” A sudden sweet calm fell upon those perturbed souls so lately suffering fear. The faith and resignation of that precious child 'strengthened and refreshed their tainting hearts, and drooping hope smiled again even while the disman tled ship, creaking in every part, was almost out of the boiling waters tossed into the very heavens, then rank down, down, into the depths encompassed by a wavering wall which threatened to close and bury in its fathomless grave a rich cargo of immortals. As morning dawned in glorious beauty, the sun’s bright beams rested upon the once stately ship, now a hopeless wreck partly buried in the sand, her precious treight oi life preserved, it may be, through the prayer of the innocent one. Girard, Florida. Two Dead Men—A Comparison. Referring to the late death of Mr. Wm. Welsh in Philadelphia and the more recent death of Tweed in New York, the Tribune draws the follow ing comparison for the moral effect such a contrast should have: “Both were men of great original force; both followed the path they had marked out for themselves uninfluenced by others; both were born in the atmos phere of commerce and began a busi ness life in early boyhood with very scanty education ; both amassed great wealth and made their way to a lead ership in the affairs of their native cities. But there the likeness ceases. What Tweed was we all know—hon est and industrious probably in his youth, until the greed for show, for money seized him; then a thief, the boldest, most gigantic and successful the country has ever known. Eight years ago his prosperity and wealth seemed invincible; diamonds literally glittered upon the shoes of his child ien, and many of the proudest and most honorable citizens of New York paid homage to him. Last Friday the white haired old man lay dead in a prison cell, and of all his fol lowers there were none so poor to do hint reverence. “William Welsh had neither genius nor scholarship to give him eminence; lie was simply a Christian. The force he brought to bear upon the world was that of brotherly love and stern integrity. He never held an office to which a salery was attached. Yet he rescued the vast financial interest con fided to the City of Philadelphia in ti ust, which had else become the prev oLSiPS? ns. unscrupulous ns and controlled their managementor years on principles of strict economy and honor. He gave a powerful hand to every enterprise which wouk strengthen or elevate the criminal, the poor or the wretched. For thirty years, while carrying on one of the largest and most complicated trades in the country, this man never neg lected to go once a week to the or phans of Girard College, to talk to them of God and life and heaven as a loving father would to his boys. lie died a week or two ago without a moment’s warning, in a hospital sur rounded by the poor and blind, to each one of whom he had been a friend. The whole city stood his mourner.” Economy vs. Waste. Either man must be contented with poverty all his life, or else be willing to deny himself some luxuries and slave to lay the base of independence for the fut ire. But if a man defies the future and spends all he earns, whether his earnings be one *Mkr or ten dollars every day, let him look for lean and hungry want at some future day, for it will surely come, no matter what he thinks. To save is absolutely the only way to get a solid fortune; there is no other cer tain mode. Those who sliut their eyes and ears against these plain facts will be forever poor, and for their obstinate rejection of truth, mayhap will die in rags and filth.— Let them so die and thank them selves. But no ! They take a sort of recompense in cursing fortune.— Great waste of breath. They might as well curse the mountains and eternal hills. Fortune does not give away real and substantial good. She sells them to the highest bidder, to the hardest and wisest bidder, for the boon. Men never make so fatal a mistake as when they consider THE FLORIDA MB'!CULT'CRIST. themselves creatures ol faith; ’tis the sheerest folly in the world. Every man may make or fiiar his life, which ever he may choose. Fortune is for those who by diligence, honesty and frugality place in a posi tion to grasp hold of fortune when it appears in view. I|e best evidence of honesty diligence and frugality.— Selecte^g A French statistician has been computing the number of human be ixigs killed in war during the present century. He has selected for his es timates]the wars of the French empire from 1801 to 1815; the Spanish wars af 1809 and 1810; our war of 1812 • the Greak war of l|Jh the civil wars of Spain since Russo-Turk ish war of 1828 ; the French invasion of Algiers; the Frauco-Belgic war against Iloiland , the Polish insurrec tion ; the war between Mehemet Ali and the Sultan, and .of the Swiss Son derbund; our war xffth Mexico; the revolutions of 1848 ; the war between Italy and Austria; the Crimean war; the Indian mutiny; the French expe dition to Syria; the Franco-Italian war of 1859; our civil^war; the Dan ish war; the Paraguayan war; the French invasion of Mexico; the Aus tro-Prussian war of 1566; the Cuban instil i ection; the I ranco-German war of 1870 ; and the present Rnsso-Turk ish war, and he finds that 200,000,000 of men have been the victims of these struggles of this enlightened nine teenth century. Tiie ancient Greeks, the Macedo nians and the Romans of the ante- Ciesarean era, men who in hygienics, in health and in strength were so strangely superior to us, restricted themselves to one me-. 1 per diem, to which they devoted the hour between sunset and night. their day s work at i .yljreak and kept iU'lnti. necessary; then they took a bath, passed an hour in the and dedicated the cool evening hours to good cheer, music, dances, and pleasant conversation. The children of nature, Indians, hunters, and team st-rr-, follow the same plan; they breakfast upon cold biscuit, with a cup of coffee, perhaps, if they have the ingredients and time to cook; then march or hunt till they go into camp, to eat and rest and be in par adise for a few' hours. ] ALL at the DkLa.yd Poutliiv rbtX.4 1 . se ® rl!ose 11,16 Non-Setting W 1 L LEGHORN F< tWI.S. I can I'm* rush a limited supply of eggs for sitting at 1 wo Hollars lor thirteen. Correspondence solicited. febT-3rn YV. \V. 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