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20 THE OMAIIA DAITjY BEE ; SUNDAY , JUNE 0 , 1895.
( Copyright , U03 , by R. n. Crockflt. ) CHAPTER XXIV. Concluded. Wat had Just arrived with my mother and little Margaret of Glenvornock , who , winding herself about her heart , had become as her own child to her. They were weary and In need of rest , but when I had told my news and thu warning I had gotten from Gash Gabriel In the fearaomo prcclnc'H of the hut of Corpllcht Kate , every one felt the need cf at once forsaking the hut and betaking ourselves - selves to Cove Macatvrlck , which , If not so pleasant or commodious , was at least far moro safe. So we loaded ourselves with Hugh Kerr'a meal , and the llttlu bits of things that the lasaes had gathered about them or brought with them. My mother carried only an oaken s'aff ' In her hand and her beloved sil ver spoon ( with "Mary Hopa" on It In antique letters ) , which her father had given her Tor her own when she teamed to read , and first took her place at the table above the salt , " 0 what wad ho hao said that was Lord PriB'.dent of Session lnhls time , gin he had % seen mo llnkln' owcr the heather wi * my coits kilted In my auld age ? " my mother cried out once when wo hurried her , for she had over a great notion of her Uncage , though Indeed the Hopes are nothing to compare with the Gordons for antiquity or distinction. "I think your father was 'at the horn' malr nor ylnco hlmsel' mlthcr , " said I , remember ing certain dafllng tslk of my father's. "Aye , and that Is just as true , " salJ my mother , reconciling herself to her position , "forbyo the wlfo aye wears the cockade of her lord. " I thought of my Lady of Lochlnvar , and barkened to Wat talking low to Kate Mc- Ghle. I3ut I kept my mother by my side , and left Malste Lennox to herself , remem bering the fifth commandmsnt , and knowIng - Ing likewise that It would please Malsle best If I took caie of my mother. Thus we came to Cove Macaterlck. Now the cove Is not wet and chill , as al most all sea caves are , wlure the water stands on the floor and drips from every crevice. But It was at least fairly dry , If not warm , and had been roughly laid with wood dug from the Howes , not squared at all , but only filled In with heather tops till the floor was elastic like the carpets of Whitehall. There was , aj I have said , an Innerand anouter cave , one opening out of the other , each apartment belns about sixteen feet every way , but much more toward the roof. And so It remained till late years , when as t hear from the herd of the Shalloch , the rocks of the Galry face seem to have settled more down upon themselves , and so con tracted the space. Hut the cave remains to this day on the back hill of the Star over the waters of Loch Macaterlck. The place Is very lonely. Only the whaups and the mountain sheep cry there , as they did in our hiding times. Wo gave the Inner ( and higher ) room to the women folk , and divided the space with a plaid hung up In the spacs which formed t doorway. We found Anton Lennox much recovered , but still very weak and pale. He sat propped up on his heather bed against the side of the cave , even whsn It was too dark to see , is It mostly was , his great sword leaning igalnst the wall by his side. I need not tell of the joy there was when Maisle Lennox greeted her father , and we that had been so scattered drew together nco more. Hut as soon as I had told Wat Df the happenings at the hut of Corpllcht Kate , nothing would servo him but we must set out and try and Intercept her from ful filling her mission. Our trail from the bower among the trees was fresh and might bo followed. Wat determined at all costs to turn the witch , and , having brought her U her house , to keep a watch upon her there , at least till the rain had washed away our tracks down the mountain side , and con tused them among the moss-hags. So , leaving most unwillingly the snug and sheltered place of Cove Macaterlck , we stepped out Into the gloomy and threatening night. The fire still dickered , and the thun der rolled continuously , but the rain held off. The natural had mentioned that his mother was making over the hill to Stralton , where for the time being Mardroqhat , the informer , dwelt , and where was a troop of liorso for the overawing of the country. We decided that we should take our course In that direction , past Peden's hut , where the great wanderer had abode so often. It was an uncanny nteht. but wo stumbled long , now falling Into moss-hags almost to the waist , scrambling out again , and so on without a word of complaining. Wat's at- tlro was not now such as that which he had aonned to visit my Lady Wellwood. It was but stout hodden gray and a checked plaid like the rest. So we mounted shoulder after shoulder of heathery hillside , like veK > els that speed over tndless billows of the sea against a head wind. The thunder cloud which seemed to prood upon the outer circles of the hills and are you that r ak so lightly } irch over the country of Macaterlck and the Star grumbled nearer and nearer. Not sel- lom there came a fierce , white , whlmpllng flash , and the mountains seemed ready to burn up In the glare. Then darkness ? blacker than tver , and the thunder shaking the svorld as though It had been a houseplace With tkellets and pans clattering on the wall. We had been walking for some time , bear ing breast to the brae all the time , leaning forward as a liorso leans to Its collar. We came In time near to the height of the pass. We could not see a yard before us , but we ( elt the ground begin to level In front ; and lot we were In the throat ot the defile with the hills black above us on either side. Suddenly there was a terrible white flash of lightning , brighter and longer continued than any we had setn. The air teemed to ( trow the black of Indigo. The tliunder tore the heavens' without ceasing. Flash followed .rending flash ; Immediately before us on a hil lock we saw a wouderous eight. There sat Gsh Gibrlel , the Idiot , crouched squat llku l d , at Ui hetd of a wouun who lay with [ her arms straight at her sides , as though stretched for burial. As we stood Illuminated against the murky blackness of the pass the monstrous thing caught sight of us and waved his hands , dancing , as It seemed , upon spindles of legs. How he had come so far and so swiftly on such a night I cannot tell. But without doubt there lie was on the highest rock of the pass with the dead woman stretched at his feet , and the fitful blue gleam of the lightning pla > lng all about him. H was not l comely or r canny right. "Come yo here , " cried the Idiot lad , wavering above us ns though he were danclngln the rsek of the pit , "and see what Von has done to my mtther. I aye tolled her how It wad be. It docs na good to strive wl' Yon. Yon can gle ye your palks so brave and easy. Ilut my mlthcr , she wad never hear reason , and so there she lies , streekcd on the 'Nick o' the Dead Wife. ' You has riven the life frae my mlther ! " \Vo were close at his side by this time , and we saw a strange sight that shook our nerves more than the thunder. A woman of desperately evil countenance lay looking up past us , her eyes fixed with an expres sion of bitter wrath and scorn upon the black heavens. Her face and hands were of a deep crimson color , either by the visitation of God or by the flickering flame of wlldflra that played about us. Gash Gabriel surveyed the sight with a kind of satisfaction. He went herpllng about It round and round. Ho squatted with crossed legs at Its head. "What think ye o' that ? " he asked. "That's my mlther. She's near as bonny as me , think ye no ? Yon mlcht hao made her bonnier to look at In He was to be so 111 to her. " And he crouched still lower down again , and took the terrible scarlet-stained face and neck on his knses. "Mlther ! mlther ! " he walled , "aye telled yo It wad come to this mockln' Yon dlsna do. A wee while maybe He lets ye gang on ; but no for lang ! You can bide His time , and julst when ye are crawlln' croose and thlnkln' on how blythe and canty ye are blaffl like a fiatight o' flre Yon comes upon ye , and where are ye ? " He took a long and apparently well-satis fied look at his mother. "There ye are , an' by my faith ye are no bonny , mlther o' mine. I telled ye what It wad be afore Yon had dune wl' ye. " It chilled our blood to hear the twisted being cry out thus upon the mother that bore him. He seemed even pirated that what he had foretold had como to pass. We stood , Wat and I , In silent amaze before him , as the storm continued to blare till all above us seemed but the mouth of a great black trumpjt. Sometimes * wo seemed to bo in a largo place , rlbbsd nnd raftered with roaring sound , upholstered with pale violet and blue lightning Hashes ; and then again the next moment we were shut within a tent of vel vet blackness like a pall , with only the echoes of the war of the midnight rolling away back among the hills. There seemed no God or Pity abroad that night to look after pulr intilr-wnndered folk , tut only mocking devils that rode on the horses of the pit. "Come awa hame , Gabriel , " said I , "ye can do her little good. I fsar she's by wl' "By wl' It ! " quoth the Natural , fleerlngly. "Na , only beginning wl' It. D'ye no ken , hlll-man-wl'-the-hlrpllnG-leg , lhat Yon has gotten her. I sea her stannln' afore Yon , wl' her face like red fire , a. black lie In her mouth and Ill-Intent In her heart. For , aa the tree falls , so doth It lie. " The Imp seemed to have gotten the words at some field-preaching. "Think ye I dldna warn her ? " he went on. "Yon , braw chlel , ye hae gotten youi warnln * this nlcht. Meddle na wl' Yon. neither dare Him to his face lest He be angry , for He can BO easily set His heel on ye. " He stroked the hair off the dead woman's brow with a hand that looked like a hairy claw. "Aye , an' ye were'na sic and 111 mlther to me , though you selled yourael' to Ye- Ken-What Whatna steer there Is aboot the soul o' a puir auld body. Hear till It And he waved his hands to the four alrts of heaven , and called us to hearken to the hills shaking themselves to places. "Slccan a steer aboot a pulr feckless auld woman gaun to her aln place ! I wonder Yon l ! > not ashamed o' hlmsel' ! " And the twisted man-thing put his hands to his brow and pressed the palms upon his eyes , as If to shut out the unceasing pulsing of the lightning and the roar of Hit anger of God breaking up on the moun tains. "Sao mucklo for sae little an1 after a * nao pleasure In the thing ! I dlnna see what there Is In the Ulack Man's service to malt" slccan a brag aboot. Gin ye sup tasty kail wl' him In the fore nlcht , he aye caa's roond wl' the lawln' I' the mornln' ! "Loan ! Losh ! Sae muckle for sao little , I declare I will cut cot the three marks that my mlther made on me , and gang doon to Peden at the Shalloch. I want nae malr sic wark as this ! Na , though I was born wl' the Ulack Man's livery on me ! "Preserve us ! This is as fearsome as that year there was nae meat in the hoose , and Gabriel brocht some back , and brocht It , and brooht It even as It was needed , and Kate o' the Corpllcht she readied It and asked nae questions. Hut only tearln' belly-hunger gled us strength to eat that awesome meat. An' a' the neighbors died of starvation , Ton- skcn and the Slav an' the bonny Hill o' the Buss , a' save Gib and his mlthcr , their leevln' lanes. But jae nictit Yon sent Gabriel's sn : to find him oot ; or maybe the Black Th.ng gat lowse , for that It was his hour. "And pulr Gabriel gat a terrible frlcht that nlcht. "Wad ye like to hear ? Aweel , pulr Gabriel was lying on his bed up that stair , an' what think ye there cam to him ! " He paused and looked at us with a coun tenance so blanched and terrible that we had almost turned and ran , for the lightning played upon It until It seemed to glow with an unholy light , and that not from without , but from within. It was the most terrible thing to be alone with such a living creature , and such a dead woman In the lonesome place he had called the"Nick of the Dead Wife. " What with the chattering of our teeth and the flicker of the flre. the old dead witch seemed to rise and nod at us. "So Gabriel , pulr man , lay and listened In his nakoi he. ] , for ho had gotten tilu fill that nlcht , though u' the lave were hungry , an' that o' his aln provldln * . But as he lay he heard a step come to the door , an' the sneck lifted , an' a foot that waena his mlther's came Into the passage , dunt-duntln' like a lametcr hcrplln' on two staves ! "An * then there cam a hard footstep on the stair , and a rattle o * fearsome-llke soonds , as the thing cam up the ladder. Gabriel kenned na what It mlcht be. An' whan the door opened an * the man wl' the wooJen feet cam In preserve me , but he was a weary-lookln * tyke. " ' \Vhaur frae ? ' salj \ cam ye Gabriel. " 'Frao the gravel' says he. Ho hadna muckle to tay , but his e'en war like glmblets. " 'What mak's your e'en tae white an' deep ? ' " 'The grave ! ' says he. He hadna muckle to say , but he pak"dourey than ever. " 'What mak'a yo lauch sao wide at pulr Gabriel ? ' " 'The grave , ' say he. Ho hadna muckle to say , but he stepplt to the bedtlde. " 'What made that great muckle hole In your ilde ? ' 'You made III' cried tbe ghaUt , loupln' The partnership ot Berry & Lincoln was cot I'V iT- * rA < M4 . * > * . * a/ l AlIkolit at Grabrlel's throat ; an * pulr Gabriel kenned nae malr , ' " And even as the monster shouted out the last words the words of the specter of his vision Gash Gabriel teemed to us to dilate end lean forward as If to spring upon us. The wild flre reeled about as though the ele ments were drunken , and Wat and I fairly turned and fled , shouting Insanely with terror na uo ran , leaving the ftrlckcn witch with the face of Mood , and that .misshapen elf raving and shouting on the hillside these two alone nt midnight In the "Nick of the Dead Wlfp. " "Aye , rln , rln , " we heard him call after us , "Uln fast nnd Yon will no catch ye till It Is your hour ! " And truly Wat and I did run In earnest , stumbling nnd crjlng out In our terror , now foiling and now getting up , then falling to the running again without a single word. So ns we came liot-fcot over the Illg of Lochrlcaur we seemed to run Into the sheeted rain , for where we had been only the blue dry fire had ringed its , but here we ran Into ' the downpour as tho'ugh the fountains of the deep of heaven were broken up and wert falling In a white epate upon the world. We were more wet , weary , and terrified more than we had ever been In our Jives before we reached the hermitage of the cave of Macaterlck. There we found the women waiting for us , listening to the roar with out , and hearkening In the lown blinks to Auld Anton Lennox praying , while the lightning seemed to run Into the cavj nul shine on the blade of the sword he h W In his right hand. So wo stripped our vet clothes nnd lay In tlyj outer pl.ics all the night , where there was n flro of * ed peats , and the women withdrew themselves Into their Inner sanctuary. I could see the anxiety In their eyes when we came In. for they could not but n o the ghastly Inrir In our faces. But without any agreement between ourselves Wat nnd I rllent/ ! re solved that we should imt acquaint nry of the party with the Judgments of lint night. CHAPTER XXV. A DESIRABLE GENERXL A'KETING. The morning dawned colder mid more chilly. The catch of the autumn of I ho year wns In the air , and It was'ahre.v lly cold till the sun looked over the hills in the ttist. This was the great day of the Societies' general meeting , which find been ummoned In the wilds of Shalloch on Mlnnoch. Though the morn dawned caller , with a white rime of frost lying on the grass and making gray the leaves of the trees , the day of the great conventicle was one of great and luring heat. My mother was set to go and Kato McGhle also. Wat must accom pany them , and I had a letter from Gronlngen which I behoved to read. With Anton Len nox , stout of heart even In sickness , absdo my laps Malslo Lennox , of whom ( though I looked to be back on the morrow ) , I took leave with sorrow and a heavy and sinking heart. For us that were used to making a herd's track acro3 the hills , It was not a long step over the tnoors to the foot of the Gralgfaclo of Shalloch , where the general meeting of the Societies was to take place. But It was a harder matter with my mother. She needed help over every little brink of a peat brow , and qs wo passei Tonskeen , where there Is a herd's house In the wild , far from man and very quiet with Go I , I ran to get her a staff , which the shepherd's good wife gladly gave. For there was little that would bo 'refused to a wanderer In these parts when on his way to a Societies' meet ing. ing.Wo left the strange , unsmiling face of Loch Macaterlck behind , and took our way for the rocky cllnt , up which wo had to climb. We went by the rocks that are called the Rig of Carclacli , where there Is a pas less steep , to the long , wild moor of the Shalloch-on-Mlnnoch. H was a weary job getting my mother up the face of the galry , for she had so many knick-knacks to carry and so many observes to make. But when wo got to the broad plain top of the Shallock Hill It was ea.iler to go , though at first the ground was boggy , so that wo took off our stockings and kept on the dyrett part. Wo left the burn of Knocklach on our left , playing at kcek-boglo among the heather and bent , now standing stagnant In pools. ' , now ringing cleav over slaty stones , and again disappearing altogether llko a hunted covenanter. As soon as we came ove- ' the brow we could see the folk sa'-hfi-iii ! ; . U was wonder ful to see them. Little bla''k Jots move ! across the green meadows In whl'U the faiin- steaillng of the Shalloch-on Mlnitcnas bet a cherry little house , thatched and with a pew of blue kinoke from Its chimney telling of cheer and warm hearts within. Over the short brown heather of the ' .ops ( he wander ers came , as we were d..lng otti.e\es : , past the lonely trees at the Rowantree , by the hillside track to Stralton , up the little runlet banks where the heather was blushing purple , they wended their ways all toward one place In the hollow. There alreidy there was a thick cloud cf folk under the rlckle of stones that runs slldlngly down from the steep brow of Cralgfaclc. As we drew nearer we could see the not able Session Stone , a broad , fiat stone over hanging the little pourle burn that tinkles and lingers among the slaty rocks , shining bone white In the glare of the autumn sun , I never saw a fairer place , for the heights about are good for sheep , and all the other hills withdrawn and distant. It has not the eye-taking glorious beauty of the glen of Trool , but It looked a Sabbath land of benediction and peace that ( Jay of the great Societies' meeting. Upon the Session Stone the elders were met , mostly white-headed men with dinted and furrowed faces , bowed and broken by long sojourning among the moss hags and the caves. When we came to the place we found the folk gathering for prayer before the confer ence ot the chosen delegates of the societies. The women sat on plaids that had been folded for comfort. Opposite the Session Stone was a wide heathery amphitheater , where , as on tiers of seats , rows of men and women could elt and listen to the preachers. The burnle's voice filled up the breaks In the speech , as It ran small and black , with the drouth under the hollow of the bank. For the rain and storm of the night had not reached this side of the bill. bill.I I sat down on a Hchened stone and looked at the grave , well-armed men that gathered fast about the Session Stone , and on the delegates' side of the water. U was a fitting place lor such a gathering , lor only tae tsnctisninuu , > tiiuuii > uoMii7t the tuMkarUU * tax t dwr ic-l from the lonely brown hills above could the little cup of conventlcla bo seen In the lap ot tbe hill. And on all the moor tops that lookfd every way , couching torpid and drowsed In the hot sun , were to be seen the sentinels , pacing the hrathcr llko watchmen on the going round and telling the towers ot Zlon , the sun flashing on their spikes and musket barrels as they turned sharply like Well-disciplined men. The only opening was to the southwest , but even there only the distant hills of Col- monell looked In , blue add serene. Down In the hollow there was a glint of melancholy Loch Moan , lying all nbrond among Its green , wet heather , and stretches of yellow bent. bent.What What was most surprising In this assembly was the entire absence of anything like con cealment. From every quarter , up from the green mcndons of the Mlnnoch valley , over the scaurs of the Stralton hills , down past the cralgs of Cralgfacle , over from the deep howe of Cnrsphnlrn , streams of men came walking and riding. The sun glinted on their war gear. Had there been a trooper within miles upon any of the circle of hills the dimples of light could not have ben misted , for they caught the sun and flecke.l the heather , as when one looks upon a sparkling . ° ea with the sun rising over It , when each wave carries Us own glint ot light with It upon Its crest. As I looked th heart within me became glad with a great joy. So long had we hidden and run like hares that we had forgotten that there were so many In the like case only needing drawing together to bo the one power In the land. But the time was not yet. I asked of a dark , long-haired man who stood near us what was the meaning of such a gathering. He looked at me with a kind ot pity , and 1 saw the enthusiasm flash from his eye. "The Seven Thousand ! " he said ; "ken yo not the Seven Thousand upon the hills of Scotland that never bowed the knes to Baal ? " "Pardon me , friend , " said I , "but long hid ing on the mountains has made me Ignorant. But who are the Seven Thousand ? " "Have > o Indeed hidden on the mountain and ken not that. Did ye never hear of them that wait for the time appointed ? " I told him no. "Then , " said he , "who may you be that kens EO little ? " I said that I wns William Gordon , younger son of the persecuted house ut the Gordons of Earlstoun. "Oh , the Bull's brother ! " eald he shortly , and turned him about to go away. But Spit fire Wat was at hs ! elbow , and took the daik man by the elbow , presently halted him , and span him round EO that he faced us. "Who are you that speaks so lightly of my cousin ot Earlstoun ? " he asked. I think that Wat had forgotten that he was not now among his cavalier blades , who are ready to do them justice , put every pot- liouso quarrel to the arbitrament of the sword , which Is In fact a better way than dispute and the strife of tongues. The dark man smiled. "Ye are hot , young sir , " ho said. "These manners better befit the guardroom of Rob Grler of Lag than a HE TOOK THE TERRIBLE SCARLET-STAINED PACE AND NECK ON HIS KNEE3. gathering of the Seven Thousand. Hut since yo ask my name , I am poor , unworthy Robin Hamilton , on whom the Lord hath set his hand. " Then we knew that this was Sir Robert Hamilton , who , with my brother Sandy , had been the Societies' commissioner to the low countries , and was here at Shclloch-on-Mln- noch to defend his action. Brother of Jean Hamilton , Sandy's wife , ho was , and of a yet more sombre piety. Then though 1 knew that he had been the rock on which the Covenant had split at Dothwell , and a stone of stumbling In her counsels ever since , yet because ho looked so weary and broken with toll , travels and watchlngs that my heart could not but go out to him. Aa I looked and said nothing a more kindly light came Into his eyes as he looked at 'V7at. "Yo will be Dlack Bess of Lochluvar's son a tacked-on Covenant man. But a kind ! } lad for all yo are to brisk with your tongue and ready with your blade. I have seen the day when It would have dome me a pleasure to step out with you , In days that were full of the pride of the flesh. I do not blame you. I fight first and ask why after , ls the Gordon all over , but do not forget that this day , here on the wild Bide of the Shalloch-on-Mtn- noch , there are a thousand gentlemen of as good blood as your own. Homespun cloth and herd's plaldles cover many a man of ancient name tills day , that never thought to find himself In arms against the king , savs oven for the truth's sake. " Robert Hamilton spoke with such < m air of dignity and sadness tliat Wat lifted his hand to his blue bonnet In token that he was pacified , and with a kindly nod the stranger turned among the throng that now filled all about the place of meeting. It was a wonderful sight and made our hearts beat high only to lot k upon It. Upon the Session Stona twelve men stood , with heads bared to the fierce heat of the sun. All of them were1 cray-heailed men saving two , only a lad of pals and girlish faea with dark , sweet eyes and towering above him the flecked raven locks of Sir Robert Hamilton. These were the commissioners of districts , all ordained elders. At one side was a little table brought from the house of the ShallocU and a man sat at It busily writing. By a curious sword cut across his cheek I knew him for Michael Shields , the clerk and his torian of the United Societies. Behind upon the hillside was drawn up a guard of 201) horse , and the tossing bits and jingling accoutrements mttde a pleasent sound to me that loved such things , which were mostly the portion of our enemies. The wide amphitheater opposite to the Session Stone was chiefly occupied by the women and elder men , who , as I have said , sat upon plaids spread upon the bank. Behind these again , upon the gently eloping side of the Shalloch hill , was a noble sight that made me gasp for gladness. Company behind com pany were rsnked the men whom Robert Hamilton had called the Seven Thousand. There were officers on their flanks , on whose drawn swords the sun glittered , and though there was no uniformity of dress there was In every bonnet the blue favor of the Cove nant. Their formation was go steady and their number * so largo that the whole hill side seemed covered with their regiments. Looking pack over the years , I think we might have rltked a Dunkeld before the time with such an ordered host. I heard one speaking In the Drench lan guage at my elbow and looked about me , whereupon I spied two men who had been walking to and fro among the companies. "But all this will do little good for a little , " said cno at the ipeakera. "We must Worldr nter'"lned ' a large number of ] I ylth llteruy and 'musical program. I | keep them out of the flcld until wo are ready. They need one to draw them Into tlio bond of obedience. They are able to fight ' singly , but they cannot fight together. " "No matter , " eald the other , "they will | stand us In good stead one day when the , prince sails over. The Seven Thousand shall be our mainstay In that day , not In Scotland - ! land only , but In Britain. " | Dy tills I guessed that these two were officers of the prince of Orange , sent over to see If the time were yet ripe. Meanwhile the meeting proceeded to the voice of prayer and the rolcmn throb of psalmody. It was a great and gracious thing to hear the swell of prnlss that went up from that hillside from the men that had wor shiped In the way of silence and In private because they dared no other for many weary months , ( To be Continued. ) TIIK t'/.Mir.v.s jt.iitr. Mnrimret Vnmlegrlft In the Arconau' It wits out on the western frontier , The miners , tugged and brown , \\rto gathered n roll ml the posters , Hie clicus bnd come to town ! The grunt tent * hewn In the dnrkuees , Llko n wonderful palace of light , s And rough men crowded the entruno. Slums u dn'l comu every nlghtl Not n woman's fnco among them ; Mnny a face that wns bad , Ami some Umt were only vacant , And pome that were very sad. And behind n cnnviis curtain , In a corner of the place , The clown , with chalk and vermilion. Was making up his face. A weary-looking woman. With a smile that still wns sweet , Sewed on n little garment. With a cradle nt her feet , I'nntnloon Ftoo < l ready and waiting ; It was time for the going on ; Hut the clown In vain rvurclUMl wildly , The "property baby" was gone. Ho murmured , Imp.itlertly hunting , "It's sttantie tliut I cannot llml ; There ! I've looked In every coiner ; It inti t have born left behind ! " The miners were stamping nnd shouting , They were not very patient men ; The clown bent over the cradle ; "I must take you , little Hen1 ! The mother started and shivered , ll\lt trouble and want were near ; She lifted her baby gently ; "You'll be very careful , dear ? " "Careful ? You foolish dmling ! " How tcndeily It was said ; While a smile shone through the chalk ami paint : "I love each hair of his head ! " The noise rose Into an uproar , Misrule for the time was king ; The clown , with n foolish chuckle , Hotted Into the ring. Hut us , with u squeak and flourish , The llddles closed their tune , "You'll hold him ns If he was made of glass ! " Said the clown to pantaloon. The jovial fellow nodded : "I've n couple myself , " he said ; "I know how to handle 'em , bless youl Old fellow , go ahead ! " The fun grew fm-t and furlou" . And not one of nil the crowd Had guessed that the baby was alive , When he suddenly laughed aloud. Oh , thnt baby laugh ! It was echoed From the benches with a ling , And the roughest customer there sprung1 iru With , "Hoys' It's the renl thing ! ' ' The ling was jammed in a. minute , Not a man that did not strive For "a shot at holding the baby , " The baby that was "alive ! " Ho was thronged by kneollrfj suitors In the midst of the dusty rlnir. And he held hli court right royally , The fair little buby king , 'Till one of the ihoutlng courtiers , A man with n cold , hard face , The talk for miles of the country , And the terror of the place. Hsilsod the little king to his shoulder , And chuckled , "Look at that ! " AH the chubby fingers clutched his hair , Then , "Hoys , hand round the hall" There never wns such a hatful Of silver , and gold , and notes ; People ate not always pennllc.ss Uocnusc they don't wear coats. And then , "Three cheers for the baby ! " I tell you those cheers were mount. And the way In which they were given Was enouKh to inlse the tent. And then there was sudden silence. And a gruff old miner paid , "Come , boys , e-'ou' ' h of this rumpus ! It's time It was put to bed. " So , looking a little shee'nMi , Hut with faces strangely bright , The audience , somewhat UnRerlnB' , Flocked out Into the nlpht. And the bold-faced leader chuckled : "He wasn't * a bit afiald ! He's o.t Kamo as he's KOOil-looklnR1 , Boys , that wns n show that paldl" OBJECT TO THE ENDEAVORERS. rhrlr Activity ' niil to tin Distasteful In the Orthodox. Some old-fnshloned Presbyterians , nnd especially many of the older men of the ministry , says the New York Sun , look with distrust upon the growth in numbers end power of the Christian Endeavor society. It Is the boast of American Presbyterians that their church has a republican form of govern ment , but the Influence of the clergy and the ciders has hitherto been exceedingly strong In this ecclesiastical republic , and the Christian Endeavor societies form an inde pendent body within the church entirely be yond the ofllclal control of the governing officers. The members of the society are mostly young persons , and they refuse , as a body , to recognize the authority of the ses sion , though , as Individual church mem bers , they are of course clearly under Us authority. The more aggressive of the Christian En deavor societies have In some Instances un dertaken to dictate to the whole congrega tion , and they have often Insisted upon the calling of a young minister rather than an old one. There have been some striking Instances of the sort In Pennsylvania , where the Christian Endeavor organization Is strong. The Christian Endeavor societies arc active In church affairs , nnd the pledge of each member on joining the organization Is to further the upbuilding : of the church and be faithful In attendance upon the services. The movement Is pre-eminently one of the youth of the church , and it l.as often worked to the Injury of old pastors , so that some of the old men go so far as to speak of It as threatening the unity of the church. One thing that makes the active champion ship of young men by the Christian Endeavor societies distasteful to the older clergy Is the fact that 700 ministers In the Northern Presbyterian church arc without charges. This Is about 14 per cent of the whole clerical body. There Is no systematic mctlioJ of bringing pastorless churches and unem ployed ministers Into communication with each other , and ns the power of appointment to pastorates lies with the Individual con gregations and not with any central body , the difficulties presented by the case of empty pulpits and Idle ministers are very great. The Christian Endeavor societies seek to fill the vacant pulpits with young men , to the exclusion of unemployed old men , and the theological seminaries all over the north , seven In number , exclusive of excommuni cated Union , are busy turnips out hundreds of new ministers each year to compete for places with the TOO already Idle. Some prcfcbytcrles Incline to discourage the licens ing of young men while BO many old pastors are Idle , and there Is a small body of men in the church that look with jealousy upon the education fund , which Is designed to help through college and the theological seminaries young men seeking to enter the ministry. The Methodist church , foreseeing the pos sible danger of a strong body of young church members , organized Independently of the governing body , keeps the Epworth league , which Is the strong organization of young Methodists , carefully under the author ity of the church. Some Presbyterians be lieve that the safety of the church demands the subjection of the Christian Endeavor societies to the authority of the church. The Eoclety , an a whole , Is not denomina tional , but Includes members drawn from several Protestant denominations , Including the Methodist as well as the Presbyterian , but the local organizations are connected with Individual churches. The last general assembly of the Northern Presbyterian church appqlnted a committee to Investigate the matter of young people's associations , and If this committee does what the older men hope , It will overhaul the question of the Christian Endeavor societies , The re port , If favorable to bringing the societies under the church authority , may cauqo con siderable trouble ; and , Indeed , whatever U recommended touching the society will prob ably provoke warm dincut.Ion , as many of the younger ministers are zealous friends of the young people's movement. A pure article of champagne Is a healthy beverage. Get Cook's Extra Dry Imperial , 40 years' record. , The former recslved hit High ichool diploma i a fn.wrek ago , an.d the latter.will , graJu- SACRIFIG AGRIF1CE CLOSING OUT THE ENTIRE STOCK OF FURNITURE , STOVES AND CAR PETS FOR THE NECESSITY OF MORE ROOM. 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