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t.. i. - n. f 1 i -1 Volume XVI. RALEIGH, N. C, TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 1898. Number 31. 'JmmmMm? SmAjJ y5yr mf?$0 mm & 5HL$V-S H'OTSSr? ill $ Ui M 13 s ' iff ' t I t i t II'-. ' !' t ' i V HI 1 t M-l II i ' I ' PI ! 11 1 1 to y AM jk f i Mi 4 THE LITTLE FLOWER GIRL. AN EASTF.i: STOUV Y.X FANNY M. QUI N LAN. Copyright. 1S1;S, by American Press Asso ciation. J IE profusion of lilies that were uisplayetl in Tin; windows .'f tho florists proclaimed tho approach of Easter, r.s wrll as; tl.o flower vondcr.s v-AVr " 1 xr.o i lower voiu;cr.s VCarir ohfare. of the- Tho woman passed on. Tho littlo vender, becoming more per sistent with tho pangs of hunger loudly gnawing within her own breast, which Sjreated even tcreater sympathy and anxiety for those in whoso behaii sh evas striving so nobly, rushed after the beautiful woman and again held out the violets to hor. "I'lease buy this bunch! 1 have a sick mother and two little sisters at homo waiting for me to sell my flowers and take them something to eat." Tho little miss who clung to her moth er's arm was touched by tho girl's pa thetic disclosure and whispered: "Buy them for mo, mamma. I love violets." Tho woman now looked for tho first time at tho littlo waif, whoso delicate fea tures were doubtless sharpened by want, and saw that it was with great effort that sho held hack the tears, so, stepping to tho edge of the sidewalk, she opened her purse and handed her a silver piece in exchange lor the violets, feeling the better for hav ing done so. Tho little mi.-s ran her daintily gloved hand into tho depths of her pocket and brought forth a piece of silver. "Can 1, mamma?" she asked as sho made motion to give it to the littlo llower girl. '.Iot as you wish, my dear," the moth er replied. ' Here is something for your supper," she said as she stepped nearer the littlo waif and laid tho silver piece within her hand. "And won't on tell mo where you live? Will you write it down, mam ma:' 1 am afraid 1 may forget it." The. address being written on a slip of paper, the little miss carefully folded it. gay metropolis, v.i'.h tlu-ir stands, trays and baskets filled with tho de l ight full y frag ra i ; t hyacinth, tho odor ous violet and gay daffodil, although the cold, biting wind, the dark, fcrbi-Jding sky, the rushing throng of humanity that f-wept along clad in winter garments with collars turned up. with rosy clu c ks or per haps purple countenances, was an emphatic, assurance that Winter had not yielded to gentle .Spring, who had at tho proper timo as told by tho calendar ascended the throne that in nil justice belonged to her, but withadogzed tenacity befitting his stern character had continued to wear tho cor onet and wield the scepter. It was not an unusually late spring, but Easter was unusually early. Tho delicate flowers seemed to shiver as they were touched by t ho breath of the chilling wind, and to tho sympathetic heart and genuine lover of llowt rs it seemed a cruel and unkind act that they should have been loiced from a genial climo to suffer as they surely must have in that atmosphere laden with the icy breath of winter. A little gil l of not more than Hi stood on the corner of Uroadwny and Thirty fourth street, poorly clad, and, as a substi tute for a hat find jacket, a plaid shawl was drawn closely over her head and pin ned at her throat, which fell in points front and back to tho tops of her button less and well worn boots. On her left arm hung a basket in which were a few bunches of violets. In her right hand sho held a bunch of tho same, which .he held out to tho passers by, hoping that t-omo one might be attrr.cted by their per fume and buy, that their appearance might be appropriately and becomingly adorned, the next day Leing Easier .Sunday. Hut evtiyLody seemed in a hurry and look no notice of the poor little waif whose Iragilo form was keenly suffering from tho penetrating cold and whoso heart was sorely aggrieved at the destitute circum stances of her family. Amid the grand surroundings of that locality sho could not lose sight cf her mother, whoso life, it seemed, was fast drawing to its close, nor of her two littlo sisters, whose thin bodies and wan coun tenances told too plainly that the wolf had not only reached the door, but had found an entrance ar.d had domiciled himself within.. The grand sights flitted before her vi feiou, but the scene that sho had that morn ing witnessed before leaving tho plainly and rca?!t:!y furnished rooms, made racred from the fact of their being that blessed phantom "home," lingered, .he plainly heard above the din tho pleading voices of those two little sisters begging hor to hairy back with something for them to cat, and how was she to do so unless sho could sell her fiowcTS? Tho morning had parsed, and tho after noon was hastening on to lull asleep in the arms cf twilight. Tho crowds grew more dense, and the surging mass moved on with greater rapidity. Tho little flower girl still ftcod on the corner offering her violets to the passersby. She had sohl but three bunches. She had live left. She must dispose of them all. "Won't you please buy these violets?" fehe asked of a beautiful woman that pass ed with a dainty little miss clinging to hcrirm. j-iD i - 2 i r- r rwm tU I S 1 1 1 II Is J " is something ioi on your supper. tied it securely in a corner of her handker chief and deposited it in her pocket. Again clinging to her mother's arm, the two hurried on with the restless throng. The beautiful woman and dainty littlo miss, like a mascot, seemed to bring luck to the little llower girl, for no sooner had they disappeared than another bunch of violets was disposed of, theJi another, un til all were gone and the basket empty. Then with a comparatively light heart she sought a marketplace on the east sido ar.d with the judiciousness of an old house wife with a very limited pocketbook filled her basket with eatables and hastened home, that their hunger might bo ap peased. 1 teaching tho house, stop after step sho climbed until she found herself with her heavy load in tho hall of the fifth story of a forlorn and shabby tenement. Did sho knock for admittance at the door that led to her home? No. The eager ears that had listened long anil anxiously caught tho sound of her footsteps on the stairs and stood at the open door to welcome tho lit tle breadwinner, for such she was. The father had been dcatl some time', and the mother, a delicate woman, had broken down in her struggle to provide for her de pendent little ones, so little Griscllo had taken the responsibility of a breadwinner upon her own narrow shouldcrs'nnd had borne the pressure like a soldier. 'I am glad you are back. I felt worried about you, you were gone so long!" ex claimcel the mother as she stepped to the door to see that it was securely fastened. The little llower girl, after setting the basket down, rushed to her mother, threw her arms around her neck, kissed her fer vently, then in a cheery voice said: "Oh, I had such good luck today! I sold all my violets and have come back with a basket filled with good tilings. Wo won't go hungrv for awhile," casting an assuring glance' at her little sisters, who were on tho floor, bending over tho basket and peeping in at its contents. "We've had good luck, too," piped tho littlo voices. "Mrs. Sims brought us in a big bowl of soup. . Wo had all wo wanted and saved some for you." - " Ves,and you must ihayojt loii must be nearly starved, poor child!" saidT tho mother as she opened tho oven door and drew out an earthen bowl which con tained her savory portion. "First let mo show you what I bought." "No: you must first have this bowl of soup; then vou may show us. Moving a chair near tho stove, Griselle took her seat, rested her cold feet on its apron and smacked her lips as she sipped the appetizing fluid. When sho. had fin ished, sno placed tho bowl on the table, saying as she did so: "I move that we give Sirs. Sims our thanks in a body. Sho'sa trump, and that settles it! Now for the basket!" Around the table, with eager, expectant eyes, gathered the littlo family, while Gri sello brought forth one by one the differ ent articles from tho basket and placed them upon it. There now remained but ono package. As sho stooped down to bring it out sho exclaimed, "All shut your eyes!" Then there was a rustle of paper, a' stir ring through tho room, tho rattling of dishes, when down on the tablo something was set. "Now you may look." And what did they sec? A largo coffee cake. "This is for our supper." Then sho told them about the dainty little miss to whom they were indebted. "God bless her!" murmured tho mother as she wiped away a tear that was trickling down her cheok. In a luxurious mansion on one of tho fashionable avenuesa little miss sat in her room alone. Her mother upon entering called out in n casual way. "And what is my little pet thinking of?" She really had not observed that her lit tlo pet was sitting with her hands crossed on her lap, with her eyes resting upon the glowing bed cf coals that lay in the open grato in a meditative mood. "Come and sit near me, ar.d I will tell you," replied tho child. "I was just think ing how unhappy 1 should ho if 1 had a tuck mamma and little sisters pleading for bread." "Eut you haven't, my pet," laughed the mother. "No. but the little flower girl has." "Come, my dear. We will go down to the parlor and have somo music. Vou must not let such thoughts disturb your mind. These may have been no truth whatever in what she said. There are so many impostors, wo must not be affected by the pitiful tales we hear." "Oh, but, mamma, don't let un think that she is one! The. Saviour said when ho was upon earth that we should have the poor with us always. Let us believe that she is one of the deserving poor that needs our help and let us help her. 1 have just a lovely idea, " she exclaimed, her face beaming with animation as she sprang from her chair and seated herself upon her mother's lap. "Let me make her an Eas ter present!" This only child was not overly indulged, but her reasonable requests w ere usually if not always granted. This, thought tho mother, was a reason able request and tho motivo that prompted it a magnanimous and noble ono. "You dear, sympathetic child," sho ex claimed as sho enfolded her in her arms, "I think you can; but come. Wo had better first go to court and lay the case beforo the judge ami abide by his deci sion!" Arm in arm they tripped down the stairs and through the hall until they reached the courtroom. Court ha'1 evi dently adjourned, but there the jadgo sat perusing the evening paper. Upon being awaro of tho presence of others ho laid tho paper across his knee and looked over his glasses with a rather stern countenance, as a judge is rather apt to have. Before he was given a chance to speak his petitioner thus addressed him: "Judge, 1 have a case to lay before your honor. My little daughter s sympathies were very much enlisted this afternoon while out walking. Wo wcro confronted by a poorly clad, delicate looking waif, a girl perhaps just in her teens, who thrust, as we passed her, a bunch of violets in my face and urged my buying. In a trem bling voice she told a pitiful tale of a sick mother and of little sisters crying for bread which they could not have unless she sokl her violets. My little daughter has seem ed very much concerned yea, unhappy about her and her family and wishes to mako her an Easter present. Before act ing 1 deemed it wisest to consult your honor. " "A very laudable wish," replied the judge. "Grant it. most assuredly, and" drawing out a roll of bills from his pocket "this is my contribution, which 1 shall gladly donate to the good cause." selecting 5 large bill, which ho handed to tho little miss. Now all formality of the courtroom was lost in the joy and freedom of tho homo circle. Easter dawneil bright and calm. The chimes of Trinity resounded sweetly upon the air, and from tho belfry towers far and near peeled forth joy and gladness that earth was not doomed to darkness and de cay, but that through the risen Lord there should be light and life. Tho streets were thronged with hand sotiudy attired men and women, some, re- iurning from early ehurchVsoine oif (heir way to church, others out to see and per haps lxi seen. Handsome equipages, drawn by prancing horses, were driven hither and thither. A certain coachman turned his horses' heads toward tho east and drovo rapidly until ho reached a street whose shabby tenements, numerous children in the door ways, poorly clad, dirty, bareheaded, whose shrill voices in laughter or distress com mingled with the gruff voices of tho men that stood in little groups along the pave ment excitedly debating some question In common, bespoke its poverty and misery a street whose very atmosphere was im pregnated" with fumes" thafT repcITedT the fcensitive and fastidious. He scanned the doorways. IT pon finding the given number ho brought his horses to a stand in front of a dilapidatetl tenement. The men anel children that stocel around ceased their talk, their laughter, their cries and looked with awe upon tho fino man and dainty miss that stepped from tho carriage. They entered tho hall, ascended the Btairs flight after flight until they reached the fifth floor. Knocking at a door, they rrsitoa Lut a moment; is thsdisal ploom. hoDing they should lindthe persoa Qu2, when the dcor was opened by none other than Griselle, the littlo flower girl. "I brought you an Easter present," said the. littlo miss as she handed a sealed en velope to Griselle, who extended her hand to recoivo it with an almost dazed oxpres eion upon her face upon recognizing the little miss who had but yesterday proved, as it seemed to her, a mascot. "Oh, thank you!" sho murmured in a surprised tone. "I hopo your mother is better," con tinued tho littlo miss as she and tho fine gentleman turned from the door and be gan descending the stairs. Griselle stood for a moment as if spell bound; then, as if awakening to the situ ation, she stepped to the railing and, look ing over, called down as they were de scending the second flight with a voice fall of gratitude: "Thank you, ma'am! Thank you, ma'am!" which re-echoeel through tho bare, bleak hall. Again in the carriage, tho coachman drew the reins, flourished tho whip, when the horses hastened in the direction from whence they came. Perhaps in all that great city on that glorious Easter morn there was not a heart ijimTit! hi! iiihilTlm rmiyjjiw -ji ; . 1 ft Vi -. 1 . J .' tL - II "judge, i have a case to lay bf.foiie you:: iionoi:.1' that throbbed with a sense of greater sat isfaction than the heart cf that little miss at tho thought of the happiness and com fort that she had conferred upon a family in distress. And perhaps in all that great city there were no hearts more thankful than those upon whom as the grateful mother saiek "It seemed manna had been sent from heaven." "You will get well now, mamma, won't you?" exclaimed her happy trio as then' with ono accord rushed to her anel kissed her hands, faco anel neck as sho sat with tearful eyes gazing upon the bills that lay Pi pon her lap. "Yes," she replied; "I know I shall." With tearful eyes came Lily Dale And to the curate told her tale: "We're feeling quite forlorn. The frost lias left us in the lurch. Despite onr long and faithful search, ' We've found no flevvers to trim the church On Easter Sunday morn." "Ee not dismayed," the curate said, The while he blushed a deeper red. ' "O Lily fair, my own, Of all tire flowers that deck the earth You are the flower cf greatest worth! Then come yourself. There'll be no dearth. You'll trim the church alone!" Eaiu.e HooKEir Eaton. . A CHANCE FOl! ALL. Airs. Gabb Are you goin to have vour darter take music lessons? 'Mrs. tOadd X-o. d guess not. She hain't r.o ear for music. Mrs. (Jabb Well, I wouldn't lw dis couraged at that; niohby sho might learn to play classic, anyhow. New York Weekly. FIG TEA I I V KEY S I ' E A K I X CJ . "What is a figure of speech, .Uncle George':" " ell, a is a OiVp.amd young man asking a litiO-pound girl to fly wita him." ::vt.; :y r7fe7 (M'y -M-'fi; -. ..? y i . I ,. r- - If a fat man is anxious to lose flesli all lie has to do is shave liimself. DEATH AND AFTER. Meaning: of the Festival of Ilesurrectlon In A'arious Creeds. Copyright. 1S0S, by American Press Asso ciation. Piaster as a church festival symbolizing the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the mir uclo on the truth of which Christianity as a supernaturalism is foundeel. Kegarel rd as tho chief of all religious festivals, it seems singular that many of tho denomi nations have not observed it, though be lieving absolutely in what it commemo rates. Of laterals more and more sects havo celebrated Easter, but it is not long since its celebration was mainl' confined in this country to tho Roman Catholics anel tho Episcopalians. All tho churches that claim to be orthodox hold faith in the resurrection, physical and spiritual, of Jesus and in the conscious immortality of the soul. In theso days it would be difficult to give even the names of the numberless churches that exist and impossible to say what their members individually believe;, however exact anel explicit their formal profession of faith may be. Christians at large hope for salvation through the atone ment of Jesus, lor eternal bliss hereafter in the presence! of God and the angels. Death is to them a release from care and pain, and they enter after it into a state of immortal beatitude. This is certainly most comforting. Any ono who earnestly cherishes such faith should be able to bear all the ills of this world, in view of what is in sere for him in the next. It seems a pity that the whole of mankind cannot accept it and bo made happy by it instead of having a diversity of religions, each one of which makes tho samo claims for truth that Christianity decs and regards itself as tho only true religion. Unhappily, as experience shows, belief is not dependent on wish or will. Each and every man be lieves as his mind and temperament com pel, and this fact necessarily peoples the planet with heretics, whatever the prevail ing religion or religions. Apart from forms of worship, so called, thero are endless 'differences of opinion, most of them radical, about God, death anel tho hereafter. The orthodox common ly think of God as a personal bt-ing, after whose image we are created and who is in effect ourselves, exalteil, idealized, perfect ed. The nonorthodox regard him as a per vading spirit, a jircvalent influence, a per manent, indestructible principle, a subtle, universal emanation. Metaphysicians have drawn all kinds of inferences about Deity, and in attempting to make him intelligi ble have made him hopelessly obscure. It is often supposeel, when one man asks another, "Do you believo in God:-"" and the other replies in the allirmati ve, that the two entirely agree. Nothing could bo further from certainty, since one man's idea of Goel may be altogether elistinct from that cf tho other. Wo may all have faith in Goel, a God of some sort, and yet be as far apart as tho poles. Believers of ten denounce believers eliffering in belief as atheists, a term that those who disagree theologically have always been inclineel to apply freely anel recklessly to each other. Many able philosophers who recognize hi. existence now speak of God as unknown anel unknowable and therefore deprecate theology anel its study as worse than use less, because a mere waste of time. Concerning death there arc as many and discrepant opinions as about God, and nat urally, since knowledge about cither is clearly impossible. Death is r arely associat ed, as it was a generation or two since, with terror, except by persons of narrow training anel convictions. It has been re lieved (if the old theologic bugbears and is looked on in a more or less philosophic light, even by many assuming to be ortho dox. All the ancient habits anel feelings connected with it havo been changed. Deathbed repentance, once deemed so es sential even by Protestants, has grown ob solete, at least in cities. Clergymen aro not consideretl in duty bound to visit the seriously UL HQL arotdyiejit frttxiire.- pare them for dissolution. Physicians do not esteem it to be their duty to inform their patients that they aie near their end unless for secular reasons. The exact con trary, indeed, is practiced, for it id held thatTany one dangerously III wilT be nioiu likely to recover if ignorant of tho fuct than if deprived of hope, a great sustainer always. This course would have been thought, criminally culpable, extremely wicked, not many years ago, and today it is almost universally followed and ap proved. Death is not ordinarily accounted In It self calamitous, save for those who sur vive, though every effort i.-i made, of course, to avoid it or defer it so long as may be. Men generally have no wish to elie, unless particularly unfortunate in sonm way ( t hey vv ouhl be morbid other wise;, but when they see death approach ing they are apt to meet it with complete resignation. The! the-ories they car. be nothing else about elt-ath and the hereafter are as num berless as conflicting. They range be tween t he most eonso'ate.i y and tho most satur nine, and all of them have their e-arnest ad vocates. Each and every one contains its share of truth anel harmonizes with tho minds and pre conceptions of ce rtain peo ple. 'J he lie.st rule, pe rhaps, is to adopt the belief that accords with one's own tempe'rament. Tho notion that a man cannot lie gef d unless ertti')dox anel that a hetcrodoxist must bo bad lias e-eascd to carry we ight. Morals and the-ology hav no connection. There are vicious Chris tians and exemplary inPdcIs. All con scientious persons believe what they miisD and do what f;ood they ean. This is tho practical religion eif today. .It; .Mrs J 1 en in I)i:ewNE. WHEN EASTEIi SI'XDAV COMES. To many pc-plo the way in which Ear-ter Sunday is determined not known, and '.here is surmi-e- why it eome-s in March s'iin- years and on edhers imt until the eot.nd Sunday in April. It i-s a matter which has I -e'en lixo.l and changed several times, di-e-i-epat'e'es in the calculations making the day come on different Sundays in various localities. It was not until the lat ce'iiiury that the present, and prob ably filial adjustment of the d ty was adopted. 'l' liitoiy of the event i thus given in the April number .'f ;he Eadies Home Journal: ''The' observance of Easier du'e-s bi' !. to about tin" year ',x, at which Mae there was much e-oiiten' ion among th" Eastern and We-tern ehurehes a t what day til- festival should be ob served. It was finally ordained at tic Council of Nice in the year 'VSt ili.tr it n.ut be observed throughout the Christian world on the s.im;- day. Thi decision settled that Ear-ter should ! kept upon the Sunday ti r-1 after the fourteenth day of the first .lew ish niuiith. but n gene-ra! conclusion wis arrived at a-s to the- cycle by which tie festival was to be re-gulated, and some ehurehes adopted one rule' and some anther. This diversity of usage was pur an end to. and the liomaii rub' making Easter th h-st Sunday after the fourteenth day of ihe calendar ni4on was, established in England in 'V.K Af ter nine centuries a discrepancy in tie keeping of Easter was caused by the autlioritie-s of the English ehureh deeiin iiig to adopt the reformation of he Gregorian calendar in l.'iSL. Tin- difference- was settled in 1 T-'l! by the adepti.m of the rule which makes Easter day al ways the first Sunday a Her the full moon which appears on or next after the twenty-first day of March. If the fail moon hajipens upe-u a Sunday, Faster i.i the- Sunday after." ONE DAY OF It EST. '"Then you nover go to the postoffu-e on Sunday?" 'Never; duns on week days aro ni much as I can stand.''