GARNER THE DEAUTIFUL.
Oarner the beautiful as you go;
Walt not for trme of leisure.
The hours of toll may te long and slow,
And the moments few of pleasure.
Uut beauty strays by the common ways.
And rails to the dullest being;
Then let not thine ear be deaf to hear.
Or thine eye be alow In seeing.
Kind nature calls from her varied halls:
"I will rive you balm for sadnees:"
lrt the sunset's fleam and the laugh of the
Awaken thoughts of gladness.
If a bird should pour his song- by the door.
l-et tny ieart respond with singing;
The winds and the trees have harmonies
That may set thy Joy-bells ringing.
rauwe oft by a flower In Us leafy bower,
And feast thine eye on Its beauty:
A queen hath bliss no rarer than this.
TIs thy privilege and duty.
Anu on, hwi the shout of a child rings
And Its face Is bright with gladnea.
Let It kindle the shine of Joy In thine,
And banish care and sadness!
Then gather the beautiful by your way.
It was made for the soul's adomtnr:
'TIs a darksome path which no radiance
At noon, at eve. In the morning.
Ilard Is the soil where we delve and toil
In the homely field of duty;
Xlut the h&nd of our King to us doth fling
The shining flowers of duty;
Anna, It. Henderson, In Woman's Home
From Clue to Climax.
CY WIU. N. IIARBTN.
Copyright 1896 by J. B. Llrptncott Co.
The woman stroked her son's head
thoughtfully for a moment, then she
went on: "I really believe this Richard
N. St rong did my brother a great
wrong. They were equal partners in
several small mining ventures in Col
orado 20 years ago and seemed to get
along pretty well together, but it hap
pened that just at the time they were
trying to get possession of a certain
tract of silver mining land which my
brother was confident would enrich
them both Tom was compelled to re
turn to New York on important busi
ness of his own. Now, tny brother,
Thomas Fnrleigh, was Known to be an
exceptionally good judge of mineral in
dications, nnd it often happened that
when he showed interest In property
the owners would refuse to Fell at any
reasonable price. So, in this case, Mr.
Strong projKjscd to him that he 1m not
known in the transfer at all, but that
he leave in his hnndhis part of t lie pur
chase money and let the property be
made over to him while Tom was in
New York. My brother tliought it a
good idea and consented, leaving all his
Ravings, something over $3,000, wilh
Strong, simply on thecissurance that on
his return he should have a deed to a
half interest in the property.
'Strong no doubt meant to be honest,
nnd I believe only nn nceident to my
brother prevented him from being o.
On Tom's way to New York he fell from
a train at Cincinnati, truck his head
ugninst a stone ond was taken insensi
ble to a hospital. The doctors Raid his
skull was fractured and he became in
Bane. From the hospital I had him
taken to a jwivatc asylum, where I re
mained with him as long as I could.
After I left Cincinnati Mr. Strong heard
of the accident and went to we him.
My brother did lot recognize him, nnd,
believing that Tom would never be re
stored to his right mind, Mr. Strong
snid not hing to anyone about the money
put into his hands by my brother. lie
vent nhead and rgunizcd n big com
pany of eastern capitalists to operate
the mine. They struck a rich vein, mid
Strong became wealthy at once.
"About five years nftcrwnrds a skill
ful surgeon trepanned my brother's
skull, relieved the pressure on the brain
and restored his reason. Tom, of course,
remembered the last transaction with
Ids old partner, and, hearing of Strong's
great success, at once set about trying
to recover nn interest in his fortune.
Mr. Strong was not, I believe, a very lmd
man, nnd he would have been willing
to undo what he had done, but to divide
his profits with my brother would have
been on open admission of guilt, so he
disputed the. claim.
Tom told me often that Strong pri
vately offered him at one time $23,000
as a settlement of all claims against
him, but that he had indignantly re
fused it. Another time Strong offered
him $50,000. They were alone in my
brother's room in a hotel in Denver.
Tom answered the proiotal by strik
ing Strong in the mouth and shooting
at 2iira as he ran downstairs.
"Strong escaped unhurt, but my
brother was arrested and tried for at
tempting manslaughter. At the trial
Tom made a statement of his wrongs,
but Mr. StroDg brought proof that t he
claimant had been in an insane asylum
and testified that he had aiever been
wholly restored. He even pleaded for
Tom's release on that soore, and was
praised in the papers for so doing. My
brother was let off with a small fine, but
the wrong rankled in his mind, ami for
the past 15 years he has. thought of
nothing but getting even with the man
who had wronged him.
Tie has had no regular employment,
but lias lived In a sortof hand-to-mouth
way in several cities in the east and
wet. Most people thought his mind
Impaired, but I believe he is as sensible
as ha ever was. I have a small income,
and for" five years since my husband
died he has lived with me. He has
been studying hypnotism for the last
two years, and experimenting on every
one who would allow it. At first I did
not object, because it seemed to keep
hlra interested; but lately he has almost
frightened roe with hi wonderful skill.
He can make people do anything he
wishes, and on Friday nights the neigh
bors come in this jarlor to hear him
talk and witness hts experiments. They
always give him money, and so I could
not object, as it is now the only way he
has of earning anything."
"You say that of late he has fright
ened you with his experiments?- m!J
Hendricks. "Would you mind telling:
me the naturs of some of the most ob
"lie seems very foud of making Li
hypnotized subjects Imagine they are
murdering some one, and they alway
go through with it in such a way that
it makes my blood run cold. He usually
has a pillow, a chair, or some piece of
furniture, to represent the man to be
killed, and then "
I think I know the process," inter
rupted Hendricks, as if a thought had
suddenly come intohla mind. "He would
stick tip a knife somewhere, and make
his subject take it of hi own accord
and stab the imaginary man."
"ne would, however, fail sometime,"
said the detective; he would now and
then be unable to control a subject?"
"Not if the person had ever been hyp
notized before," replied the woman
"Those people who had been under his
influence more than nee would prompt
iy uo his bidding."
"I presume he sometimes called his
make-believe victims by the name of
btrong, Hendricks remarked.
would be natural, after all he has
"les, quite frequently. Some of his
friends knew the name of the man who
had wronged him, and it became a sort
of joke at the gatherings; but it was no
joke with Tom, and that is why I hoped
ne would not meet his old partner again
Not long ago he heard oomehow that
Mrong was to be married to a pretty
young lady, and it Infuriated him be
yond description. Perhaps "
I lie woman paused ami looked at
Hendricks suspiciously. She lowered
her head, and began tervously to stroke
the hair of the child. Then Bhe said
"Somehow, I trust you, sir. I have
heard so much of your kindness to
women that 1 feel down in my heart that
you are sorry for me in spite of the
duty you have to perform; but I don't
want to say anything thoughtlessly
that would go against my brother.
couldn't bear to think that"
The woman's eyes began to fill, and
I am, indeed. In full sympathy with
you, .Mrs. Lhampnejv' he said, "1011
have had a mighty big load to bear, and
if I can possibly moke it lighter I will
"I thank you," replied the woman,
but there is only one thing I can ask,
and I shall be grateful if you will do it
fur me. I want to know the worst oa
soon ns possible. If if vou arrest
him, please let me know at once where
I can go and comforthlm. Poor fellow!
ho is not so very much to blame. His
whole life wn.s ruined by that man's act.
and if he did kill Mr. Strong he hardly
knew what ho was doing."
"I will keep you posted," said Hen
dricks; and he bowed and left the room
CIIA1TF.K XVI I r.
"Il at my office at five o'clock sharp, and
wait till I come.
As soon as he received this message.
Dr. Lampkln turned a patient over to
his assistant, and went down to Hen
dricks' oflice in Park IJow, arriving a
few minutes before five. The oflice boy
said Hendricks had not come. The doc
tor went in and took a seat.
An hour passed, and still there was no
sign of the detective. Another hour
"Any nttMft frew Mr. Hensrkks yet?" ssi.es
dragged by. It was growing dark. The
ofiico boy came In, lighted the gas, and
laid down an evening paper.
"Any message from Mr. Hendricks
yet?" asked the doctor.
"You have no idea where he is?"
"Is there a restaurant near here?"
"Just round the corner, sir."
"I have had nothing to eat since
lunch," said the doctor. "If Mr. Hen
dricks comes In, tell him he can find
me there, or will meet me on the way
Dr. Lampkln went to the restaurant,
remained there 20 minutes, and re
turned to the office Hendricks had not
arrived, nor sent any word of explana
tion. The time passed very slowly to
the doctor. He smoked a cigar, stretched
himself on a lounge near an open win
dow, nnd, concentrating his mind ujon
the idea that he would wake at the
slightest sound, allowed himself to
At half post 11 hs was aroused. It
was Hendricks step on the stairs. He
opened the door, entered slowly, as if
wearied, and, with a sigh, sank into an
"Uy heavens!" he exclaimed, sudden
ly noticing his friend on the lounge,
"you must iorgivo me, doctor, for not
showing up. All the afternoon and
evening I have been on a dead run after
that chap, but he has given me the slip
half a dozen times. I would have sent
you a message, but I could not tell you
where to meet me."
"You have not given up the chase?"
asked Dr. Lampkln.
"I mn stumped for to-night, it seems,
was the reply. Hendricks rose and be
gan to walk the floor excitedly, lie
paused suddenly In front of his friend,
and, with his hands deep in hlspockets,
saiJ; "X was never so absolutely cut
up In my life. Td girt my right arm to
have that man, dead or alive, to-night,"
"Why, has anything particular hap
Hendricks took from his pocket some
papers, telegrams and letters, and hand
ed one to the doctor. "Is that not
enough to make a man desperate?
received it two days ago."
The telegram ran as follows:
"Mr. whldby srrested. What shall I do?
Dr. Laropkln's face fell.
"That's bad," ho said "very bad in
"Of course it is bad," grunted Hen
dricks. "That's why I haven't seen you.
I have never given any mortal such a
dead close chase in my life, hoping
every minute to be able to telegraph the
little girl that I had nabbed the right
man, and that her sweetheart was safe."
"Hut," fcaid Dr. Lampkln, "why
wouldn't they wait down there? Sure
"That blasted blockhead Welsh 1 The
other day the papers began to ridicule
him for turning the case over to a New
York man, who had gone away without
doing anything. I waa afraid that
Welsh would weaken; and he did the
minute the Times published the truth
about the shooting at the mayor's and
Fred Walters took his wife away for a
change of scene. You see, that knocked
the alibi theory Into a cocked hat, and
the police were obliged to lay hold of
Whldby to satisfy the public. The poor
boy has been in jail two days, and if
you want to weep and kick yourself
for not doing more up here, read the
little girl's letter. I got it this morn
ing. She wrote it soon after she sent
Lampkln ojened the enveloje handed
him by the detective. Hendricks turned
and continued his nervous walk.
"Dear Mr. Hendricks," the letter ran
"as I telegraph Just now, they have ar
rested poor dar Mr. Whldby. It seems to
me I cannot bear any more. I am com
pletely broken-hearted. We had kept up
hope, knowing that you and Dr. Lampkln,
two of the best men on earth, believed In
his Innocence and were trying to establish
It. 80 long as wo could meet occasionally,
read your letters together, and hopo for tho
test. It was not so very bad; but now oh,
I could never describe the depth of my woel
It seems that the whole world Is against us.
As soon as I heard of tho nrrest. I went
down to the prison In a cab, but they would
ot let me see him. Tho Jail was sur
rounded by a great crowd, hooting and yell
ing with all their might. They say Mr.
Whldby would have been mobbed If he had
not been Jailed secretly. The crowd.even
rneere-d and laughed at me, and father
came down almost frantic with rugo. He
forced me into a cnb and brought nie home.
I don't know what to do. There, is not even
a soul who Is willing to go on Mr. Whldby's
bond, except Col. Warrenton, and ho has
bcn unable to arrange It. livery newspa
per but ono has declared editorially against
the likelihood of Mr. Whldby's Innocence.
Oh, If only ho could be cleared now, what
happy, happy girl I should te! If only
you or Ir. I.ampkln wer here to advise
me! Col. warrenton Is good, but lie is
helpless; public opinion is somewhat
against him. If you never get tho proof
you are seeking, or never catch tho real
criminal, I shall still be grateful and lovo
both you and the doctor to tho end of my
' ANNETTE DELMAU."
Dr. Lampkin folded the letter with
trembling hands. Hendricks paused in
front of him, and smiled coldly.
Now it is your turn to whistle with
your sympathies, old man. I have been
at it nil day."
Do you think you'll ever get within a
mile of the scoundrel?" usked Lampkln,
I don't know," said Hendricks, with
a frown. "I have told you several times
that I was a blasted ass, haven't I? Well,
get up here and kick me, and don't let
up till daybreak. At eight o'clock to
night I was as near our man as I am to
you; 1 even shook nanus witn him; ana
yet God only knows w here he Is now."
"What! You don't mean "
"Yes, I do. Mean every thing. Head
this." Hendricks thrust a sheet of pa-
I?r at the doctor. "What do you think
Dr. Lampkin stared at the lines in
Mlnard Hendricks, Detective, New
York," the letter began "I am the man
you are looking for. I did the deed, and the
game is up with me. I am tired of dodging
you, and am ready to surrender like a man.
would come to you at once, but I have an
engagement this evening that I want to
fulfill before losing' my liberty. I have
agreed to give a little lecture on 'Hypno
tism and Its Practical Uses' to some peo
ple at Albrldge hall. In UranA street. It Is
small place, but you can easily find It. I
begin to talk at eight o'clock, and the lec
ture will last an hour. If you will let me
finish, I shall be obliged, as I owe a man
some money and have promised him the
door receipts. I'lease take a seat In the
front row, as near the center of the hall as
you can. You will be In tough company:
but you won't mind that. If all the ad
ventures told of you are true. You need
not fear any foul play on my part I have
nothing against you. You are simply doing
your duty, and I admire you for It.
"THOMAS HAMPTON FAHLUIQII."
"Did you go?" asked Lampkin, look
ing up from the letter.
Hendricks smiled grimly. "Yes, I
was on hand early enough. It was a
frightful place, a little narrow hall.
used for lectures, political meetings.
and low-class concerts. Alout a hun
dred people were present, mostly men.
You can Judge what the crowd was w hen
say that the price of admission was 15
cents. I got. a seat near the center of
the little stage, In the first row. The
droj-curtain was down, but promptly
nt eight it was drawn up.
A boy came out on the stage from be
hind the scenes, bringing the lecturer's
table, and placed It near the footlights.
Tho crowd began to applaud with stinks
and umbrellas, and in the uproar our
hero appe axed, bowingand smillng.qulbs
at ease, I assure you. IJeally, I admired
him for his coolness. He was exactly
the style of man deecriled by Matthews
as having paid the mysterious visit to
Strong. His haJr was white, and he waa
very thin, a?.ow, and dark skinned.
Ho looked as If he had not eaten any
thing nor had a square night's sleep for
TO PSJ CONT1NCKD.1
Clara And you say 3011 were mod
when Will kiwted you on the hand, last
t'-ora Yew, indeed; I told him thr-rs
was a place for evcrjthlne;. Yonkers
The Varied Assortment That (be Asia:
ler May Accumulate.
A man devoted to angling might have
from 20 to 50 fishing rods. There are
many men that own a many as 40, for
fresh-water fishing only, which is here
alone considered. At the outset of his
fishing career, a man accumulates rods
with experience. Here is what might
happen in the ca.se of a beginner, to
whom the cost of rods was not a matter
He would start, say, with black bass,
and buy a split bamboo rod weighing
seven ounces, and ten feet in length.
Out fishing he would meet a man using
a six-ounce rod, which seemed to
answer the purpose just as well, and
very oon he buys a six-ounce rod him
self. After awhile he buys a bass min
now-casting rod, with light tackle, a
rod weighing four or five ounces, and
measuring seven feet in length, lie
looks forw ard to the day when he can
attach a live minnow to his hook and
cast it 100 or 125 feet and not kill the
minnow in the cast. Hefore he has
reached this degree of proficiency, how
ever, he is likely to begin om trout fly
rods. And of these, before very long, he
will accumulate eight or ten, ranging
In weight from three to eight ounces.
He will have rods for different kinds
of fishing for fishing from the bank
and for fishing w hile w ading; and rods
adapted to the character of the waters
fished, as to width of stream and
strength of current, and o on; and
rods adapted to special regions and the
fishes found in them. Then the nngler
begins buy ing salmon rods. He Is like
ly to buy first a rod 17 feet in length
nnd weighing 30 to 32 ounces. He finds
that too heavy and buys a rod 15', feet
long and weighing 24 ounces. Later
he buys a salmon rod 141, feet In length
and weighing 10 ounces.
All the rods the angler has bought so
far are a split bamboo. Now he goes in
for a collection. lie had lcgun to be
especially interested in. rods when he
was buying trout rods, and now he is
more interested than ever. He goes in
for novelties. He buys, for ins-tance, a
greenheart salmon rod. Ilefore the in
troduetion of the split bamboo rod,
which in now for fresh-water fishing
displaeingall the rods of wood, Including
bethabarra and lancewood, the green
heart was the ideal salmon rod, nnd It
is still used, flreenhenrt rods were
originally turned out, ns they nre still.
by local makers infVotland and Ireland.
The most celebrated of greenheart rods,
one of Scotch and the other of Irish
make, are known to all salmon fisher
men. I lie anirler buys, it may be. two
greenheart rods of different lengths.
one of 15'ir f'et and one of 17 feet. He
may prefer to use his more modern split
bamboo rods, but he loves the green
Then the nngler provides himself
w ith grilse, rods of two lengths, 12 feet
nnd l3a feet, weighing 15 and 10',
ounces. Uy thi. lime he 'has. perhaps.
15 or 20 rods, maybe more, and gradual
ly he adds to his collection. Most
anglers buy new rods every two or three
seasons; some buy two or three rods in
Reason. The constant tendency of
anglers ns they become more expert is
toward lighter rods.
There are men who are lovers of fine
fishing rods, and buy them though
they may never use them. They may be
noted nnclers. who are irevnted bv
circumstances from fishing, but, on
seeing fine rods, buy them just because
they like them. They may be men who
never IImi. 'I here Is. for instance, a
man in this city who never fishes,
though he belongs to a fishing club and
has 30 fishing rods of the finest descrip
tion, a perfect outfit, lie never shoots,
but he has a fine collection of guns. He
buys these things because they are
beautiful and perfect, nnd because they
are of interest to friend who come to
Of rods used in f resit w ater angling,
bn, and trout fly rods of eplit bam
boo cost $1 to $75 each. The rod for $75
would owe its cost not to expensive
mountings', but to the material nnd
workmanship, which would be of the
best. There nre rods w ith costly mount
ings, that nre sold at far higher prices,
but these nre made usually for presen
tations, Salmon rod of split bamboo
sell ot $30 to $55, and grilse rods for $5
less than salmon rods. N. Y. Sun.
Ilepld F.ttlnetton of the Seel.
During the past two years, under thf
cfllcient direction of Dr. Jordan, elab
orate investigations. Including some
thing like an actual count, have been
made to ascertain the number of seals
frequenting the Pribylof Islands. Other
studies have strengthened the conclu
sion that the numlwr has greatly di
minished within the past decade and
Is now greatly and rapidly diminishing.
In spite of the regulations of the Paris
tribunal pelagic sealing has Increased
enormously, while legitimate killing
upon the islands has been largely dis
continued. That was a charming
thrust of Iord Salisbury's when he said
that the Knglish interest in the fur
ssjiI Industry had for some years ex
ceeded the American, for it Is begin
ning to be apparent that while the
Americans have busied themselves nr
ranging for arbitrations, seeking in
ternational cooperation and organUlng
scientific commissions to prove again
what had been proved before, their
sleepless adversaries were quietly gath
ering in the profits, realizing that the
business must soon be closed up any
how. In the report of 1802 the Ilrit
Ish commissioners had no intention of
indulging in humor when they sug
gested as one of the most desirable
measures the setting apart of at least
one of the two seal islands entirely for
the purjose of breeding seals for
pelagic sealers, no land killing to be
allowed there. Prof. T. C. Mendenhnll,
In Applet.ns Popular Science Monthly.
Ilorr Hk (iela Along.
Dorothy I wonder how Mrs. Walker
manage tu get on with her husband?
He is such 1 slippery fellow.
Mildred My dear, sbe just w alks over
him rough-shod. Detroit Free Tress.
FOR SUNDAY READING.
AFTER THE STORM.
The storm-tossed, slender maple boughs
are bend In g
Beneath their weight of ceaseless-dripping
And down upon the unprotected treetops
The lightning-! Lraien hand Its death
Hushed Is the merry I rill of woodland
The drowsy murmur of the mountain
And, pealing far above the plash of rain
drops The rumbling echo of the thunder thrills.
8way to and fro, O graceful, supple tree
top Graceful while still the tempests round
Dreak and crash on, O mighty bursts of
And die away upon the distant shore;
The gentle Hand that guides His children's
And bled upon the cross of agony,
Is His who rides upon the rushing tempest.
And plants His footsteps on the angry
Hushed Is the restless patter of the rain
drops, The gloomy clouds are drifting far away.
And from the western sky a shaft of glory
Bhlnen forth the splendor of the dying
The level rays have lit the dripping raln
pearls, And hung a rainbow In the eastern sky;
O Heart! After the storm shall come the
Be patient! Peace shall abide; discord
Hattle Preston Itlder, In Good House
keeping. THE UNSUCCESSFUL TEACHER.
Apparent Failure Should Not Dlicoar
r the Faithful Worker.
Not many years ugo a boy was sent
from his home in the west to one of
our New England fitting schools, lie
was the only son of rich and Inlluential
parents, and had, unfortunately, been
little restrained or controlled.
The four years he spent in the fit
ting school were apparently worse than
vnsted. He soon became the leader
of what is knowvi as the "wild gang;"
nnd just gaining marks enough to pass
his examinations just clever enough
not to be caught too often In flagrant
offenses; continually balancing, ns it
were, on the edge of disgrace nnd ex
pulsionhe passed through the school.
Again ami again the head master called
this unruly lad to his study, and grave
ly und gently reproved and admonished
him. Sometimes he prayed with the
wayward boy. All this was to no pur
pose. Alone of all the class, this one
Ijd could not be impressed, and was
unresponsive to the appeal of the wise
and good man who sought to nrou.se
the dormant manliness In him; nor did
the noble character nud rnre Christian
grns of the greut teacher avail more
than hLs words.
Then the lad went to college, and
continuing his thoughtless career, he
becajne the leader of the willful, way
ward nnd unruly element in the class.
As such he was marked by his instruct
ors. In this course he persisted for
more than a year. Then suddenly a
great change came.
From being the boisterous leader of
misK'hief and folly, he became silent, re
served, studious, self-respeciting. Some
one noted the fact that tho change was
coincident with d he death of thegrent
head master in the- school where the
boy had fitted for college. Hut the
young man did not give his confidence
t anyone. He became nscetio in his
habits nnd austere In his manner.
After about a year of self-training,
he timidly nsked to be allowed to pre
pare himself for joining the church.
StrangeJy enough, he Insisted upon go
ing back to his old school, the scene of
his boyish extravagance and folly,
where the memory of his misdeeds had
not yet died away, and there joining
the church he hnd once openly scorned.
When nsked why he did so, he nn-
hwered with unsteady lips and swim
"There wm a good man. I knew him,
and he is dead. He helped many a way
ward soul, ond he has helped me." Fur
ther he did not explain.
It seems probable that this good man
was the noble teacher who had often
mourned his failure to direct that one
boy aright. It may be that his death
was thus transmuted into life a life
young, vigorous, strong to withstand
and to combat evil.
We never know where the story of
our lives will end, nor who will be our
spiritual heirs. We may seem to fall
utterly, and yet triumph ultimately.
Discouragement need have no place,
then, in the heart of the fnlthful sower
of life's seed, though the field he is set
to cultivate seems to be altogether
stony ond unproductive. Youth's Com
panion. FIQS AND THISTLES.
That Mill Grow Paragraphs
from the Ham's Horn.
Cod hides Himself; there lies His un
We should have a society for doing
good among the neglected rich.
Never to make a mistake Is the big
gest mistake any man can make.
The world that the bird flies over is
not the same that the snail crawls on.
No good comes of blaming others for
the misfortunes we bring on ourselves.
The sharper gets most of the man
who is getting least out of w hat he pos
sesses. Many a man thinks he has found a
mistake ia the Ilible Just because he has
run across something he doesn't want
There are two classes of men who
never profit by their mistakes Ihose
who blame it on their wives and those
who lay it all to Providence.
tine Mr to Help.
If the evil in our neighbor Is an ene
my to righteousness so is the evil In
nirselves. If we would not allow our
own sins to stop us from working for
Christ, neither should we obstruct
others In their working, simply because
their rl.-.s happen ( be of a kind par
ticularly offensive to us. All kinds are
tffexuhe to God. 5. S. Times.
There Can lie Such m Thins as Toe
Under such various names as pridej
self-respect, self-reliance and obstinacy
the vice of excessive independencei
makes a good deal of trouble in thl
world. It is the fault, or misfortune,
of strong natures. The self-mnde maa
and the self-made woman are equally
liable to its attacks. The symptoms are
not by any means uniform. Sometimes
they manifest themselves in self-assertion,
sometimes i 1 self-deprcclatlon.
Sometimes the too independent man i
rude, sometimes he is extremely cour
teous. His Independence may make
him selfish, or it may make him too un
selfish for his own good. An unwilling
ness to receive aid of any sort from,
others may be accompanied by a re
luctance to help anybody else; but per
haps more often It appears in men who
are so good to their friend that one
wonders why they are so hard on them
selves. The Independent man proceeds on
the assumption that it is better to walk,
a mile than to ask a neighbor to take
three steps. He will deny himself a
pleasure because he is not sure that he
w ill be able to return it in kind. He lies
awake nights if circumstances havo
forced him to let another man pay hi
car fare. Holiday gifts he recelvr
with but poor grace If they possess in
trinsic value, llchlnd his formal thank
is plainly to be seen an almost pathetic.
resentment against the well-meant In
vasion of his self-sufilciency. More
plainly than words could express it,J
his bearing towards the world snystl
"Please allow me to pay my own bills,'
which I feel quite competent to do."
The pity of It is that such men nrt
not more than ordinarily free from
the defects of frail humanity, and need
to have their wants supplied by that re
ciprocal interchange of kindly service
that raises society to the cheerful levels
of a normal life. In attempting to set
themselves off In a fortress with draw
bridge ond moat, to be crossed only on
business with the proprietor, they iso
late themselves not merely from the an
noyance, of receiving, but from the
pleasure of giving. Their friends soon
tire of forcing a passage to a spot so
inaccessible ns the heart of n hermit.
As life moves on that heart by all laws
of life must begin to wither. Kindly
feeling cannot forever resist the chilly
blasts that presage the winter of a soli
tary world. When the self-mnde man
grows old he learns with sharp regret
that if ho has made nothing but him
self he has done a pretty poor job; and
one that will not long outlast the
nge of nctive participation in the world
towards which he has been, not hostile,
but scrupulously neutral. He that
worshiped his Independence must now
worship cither himself or nothing.
The extreme case thus pictured Is not,
perhaps, so common ns to need criti
cism. Hut the germs of this unhappy
growth nre seldom nbsent from vigor
ous characters. We need to study the
art of receiving. Here logic will be of
small avail. It Is easy to prove that in
dependence is unreasonable nnd fool
ish; that nearly nil our ability and
our learning, nnd nil our religion, must
in the nnture of things come to us with
out the possibility of recompense. Hut
It Is not so easy to break the fixed hablb
of self-defense, and show once more
n kindly front towards the uncalculat
ing and lavish givers of earth and
Heaven. Humiliating and distressing
it will sometimes lie to allow others
to do for us that which we need. A
hard lesson to learn, one that can bo
learned well only by following a high'
model. Is that such humiliation and
distress is a salutary discipline, not a
elgn of superior moral fiber, Beyond
a certain point independence Is n culti
vated nnd disguised form of selflshnessj
Jesus Christ, who had a right to show
Himself independent if ever man had,'
found a continuing nnd Increasing joy,
In the humble ministrations of those
who loved Him lest. Chicago Stand
ard. SOME THINGS TO FORGET.
Ilnrdeae We CarryYhat Oalr lllader
Ilrooding over mistakes, misfortunes,
disappointments, Is like carrying un
forglven sins. Hut cherishing grudges,'
remembering Injuries, revolving re
venges, is making one's self the devil's)
packhorse, weighted w Ith the misdeeds,'
of other men. The burdens of this work
when carried nre cxnspcrntlng tieyoml
expression, for they rub the wore places
Into frenzied agonizing. Here is an ex
ample: For u paltry difference. In a set
tlement (the exact sum wns $11) u
man of standing in society cnrrled a
grudge against another of unlm
peachetl integrity, honor and piety,
through years, till his mind gave way
under who shall say what unhealthful
stress of morbid memory? To go out
under such a darkness Is the bitterness
of death. If you say that a man may,
t able manfully to forget his own
sins by repenting, then we say that ha
can the more easily forget the offenses
of another, if he be a manly man in'
his own heart, because to forgive hU
fellow is to forget In a royal way, and
to forget Is the shortest way to forgive.
There nre burdens w hich cling.
If they do not clog our progress.
In the school of Christ our hardest
tasks may sometimes tax tho memory,
but more often they bid us simply to
Ilorr to value Services.
We are apt to rate services as lm
portnnt or unimportant by the stand
ard of human ambition, but Cod, per
haps, rates them by another standard,
their conformity to His plan, as parts
of his providential programme. Jesus
gles us more than a hint ns to the
Divine method of rating services when.
He says: "He that Is faithful In that
which Is least Is faithful also in much;
his seemingly smnll services areinteg
rnl pnrts of Important tvents. Ad
vance. People who r til tonga have rgt
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