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The Poor Man’s Jewels.
BY MRS. I)I:NISi)N
My h t m • is a poor one
To all who pass it liy;
They c i;ino see ilsbeau y
A id licit :ei\ fht i cao I—
Tnat is in p lint t-r tinibcr,
I i I ;orway or in ro f—
But tha. it hasiis i s biamties
ril quickl\ g:veyep'’o f.
Come li t ;e \ yoaog oiic-.. itUher,
Y !iir f‘it.:er's -t p^ar eai-—
Toat’- B swith hair so yeli'ov,
I’iia’s Sue i- li oyeaao lea;';
Tliafs Will wi litiwuy tiM,\ e.b
'I’licketl i;i : is sicckin ,1 g :
And yon er t'.\ o wee dar i ,
A • • b i i.iy J'‘oii and Mejg.
A olu'^crof the J.nvels,
P'i '-I 1 the I’ogg *1 .-et;
If a ny inan has b igh er,
I have lo 1 am it \vt.
And, To.n, when I am swiugi.ig
i'h.‘-e arms with w-airy ■-vrain,
Their hlcs-^d faces cheer iii •.
And make in ■ >trong again,
I Sometimes sit and wonder
•‘Wh it w 11 their f iture he,”
I’they ijiust delve and p itter
.V treadmill round like m ;
And scarcely, at the vear' eiivl,
Ilaro half a groat to spare—
-And see b i 1 man put over them,
‘Twill b • too hard lo b ar.
Bu.. then, I think, as nations
Rise on the sca’e of might.
Goo purs th ‘p > or mm f nnva-d.
And giv ‘8 li u p )we^ i*nd light;
An 1 learning T )iu will do it —
.Vn I Gh isdan truth will -how
Tint heav n makes no 'listinction
B .'twe -n ciie high and the low.
So, t longU my home is a poor one,
To all wlio pass it by.
And no le can see its bea-ity
Sav ‘ mother, God and I,
The future may be grander
E'er some great glory won—
Some gem set in the ages
By even a poor maii’saon
A Railway Episode.
TUE STRONGf-MINDED RURAL FEMALE
WIT.U A YOUTH AT HER APRON-STRINGS.
They came into the car at a way-ata
tion together. She was in tlie lead—a
position she is noi likely to surrender so
long as they travel together. A tall bru
nette, with a sharp face, piercing black
eyes, hair black as the raven’s wing, a
long aquiline nose with a mole on the
side of it, a mouth the cut of which be
tokened determination and force. She
had passed the .shady side of the teens,
and had climbed to the apex of a quarter
of a century. He was a guileless youth
over whose tow-'-olored head some eigh
teen summers had passed, an innocent
hobbledehoy, just released from his moth
er s apron strings. On him she cast
loving glances, and his face, suffused in
blushes, was turned with appealing leok
The car was crowded and eligible seals
not easily obtainahle. A bout the ini' idle
of the car a .sedate traveler oocupie l a
scat lo hiruself. Thither the irrepressi
ble lady |ias.sel her way, sedate traveler
rose, and wilh much con.’tesy invited her
lo take a seat next le the window, and
when she was seatci he calmly ensconced
hiiuself iqi.ai the vacant half of the chair.
. Bv this time tlie voting man whom she
was escnrliiig caine up. lie placed his
liaiid on tile hacK of the seat, looked ap-
pealincl-.-into the face of his protectress
and tlini.l'iV around thr car Me wasev-
i'lentlv einbatrassed. and didn't know
whattniio with liiiiiself. The sharp-
nosed linruelfe ever! the sedate traveler
, by her s;n:e with a sliarpiicss that almost
; anriiinted to malignily.
Bat the traveler seemed all uncon.scious
I'l to which lie was .s
iked I.aav ov, r the
•He c. 1 !■ I ml 11 re to see her
'. St-in ling firl ir no lonoer
.c -nhlre-s li the sel.ile trav
-.es vvcie wainlering f.ar
i-i: ; .i.i.i.oiiis were wii h th"
o I). nil e
on.' l•-''|■ollded the sedate
'1 s I y hi la acre si ranger !
‘Well, what have you to show me?,
, sanl the sedate man.
I ‘Stranger, I want you to know that
: this young gentleman standing up there
is my feller."
‘Oh 1 I'm glad to hear it. How long
have you had him ? Ta';e care of him I
'Now just look here, stranger; thii
young man is luv feller and I'm bon 'd
to see that It.).i 11V .sinli impose upon
him. You hear me. Now if you had
any manners you'd just get right up and
let him have a seat by me.’
Oh, I'm very hafipy in your society.
You ca-iuot imagine how much pleasure
it has given me to furnish you a seat
where you can see through the window
Besides, I always took especial delight in
being near charming ladies like yoiir-
solf,’ replied the sedate traveler,
‘But, sir, he is my feller, sir, my beau
—do you understand ?’
'Is that so ? Who would have thought
it? And does his mother place him un
der your protection when he goes abroad?'
‘Now, you look here stranger, me and
that young man expects to be eng.aged,
and we’ve been keeping company togeth
er, and me ai,d he wants to have a talk
togetner, and you are real mean if you
don’t give him a seat by me so that we
can talk ; that’s what I think.’
The imperturbable tiaveler straighten
ed up, then leaned over in the direction
of the sharp-faced brunette, smiled most
benignly and loving on her, and thus
'Charming lady, I would be most hap.
py to accommodate you, but you see I’m
a pilgrim and a stranger, wayworn an I
weary, and a long way from home. Be
sides, my heart is just now beating a tat
too of ecstatic satisfaction because ofyour
present e. Being a bachelor, and so near
one so lovely and engaging, how can I
forego the great pleasure I now enjoy ?
I have had dream.- in my time—bright
dreams—as I have wamlered through
this great liig world of sometime meeting
with one to whom I could reveal all this
sad heart of loirie would fain no longer
conceal. Yon are the impersonation of
my dreams, and now would you drive
me from your loving side ? Say, has no
bird sung in your heart? I saw you
come a.s a star rises above the horizon,
and the light of your eyes has illuminatea
my sod. Say, beautiful stranger, will
you tiiive me nence ?
The sedate traveller ceased to speak,
'i’he tire had gone down in the bru
nette's eyes, the severe expression had
vanished from her face, her stern lips
iid leiaxed tlieir rigidity and parted
just enough to reveal the ivory structure
within, and with a tone thar was soft and
low she asked :
‘Did you say you was a bachelor?’
Aye, beautiful stranger, that’s my for
Thin the brunette turned her eyes
softly upon her ‘‘feller,’’ who was twitoh-
.11" Ills hiigers and gazing around in an
iDasheil, timid sort of way, and thus she
-lie ad'lressed him :
Tinn. 1 guess you'd letter git another
seat, while I speak with this gentlemau.’
.A Doubtful Complaint.
Eli Perkins tells this charaoteiistic
-lorv on himself and his lecture experi
-nee ill Ills new book ;
Oiieiiav, write.s hi, as the Chicago
Biirliiigton and Quincy Railroad train
'leared Burlington, Iowa, I sat down by
111 old t.xrmer from near Octumwa.-—
lorn bins lined the road and millions of
bu-liels of cor.i greeted us from the car
.viiidows Sometimes the bins full ol
golden grain followed the track like a
huge yel.ow serpent.
Looking up at the old granger, I ask-
him where all this corn came from, ,Do
you ship it from New York sir ?’
‘From what?’ he said.
‘I’rom New York, sir.'
‘Yes sir,’ I said, ‘Did you import it
from New Y’ork or ship it from England'?’
He looked at me from head to foot,
examined my coat, looked at my ears,
and he exclaimed ;—‘Great 1’
I never heard those two words sound
so like ‘darned fool’ before.
A moment afterward the old farmer
turned his eyes pityingly upon me and
asked me where I lived.
‘1 live in New York, sir.’
‘In New York, sir. I came AVest to
‘What, you lecture ?’’
‘Y’es 1 ir
I don’t kare how rich a man iz, if he
exjiekts to enjoy things in this life he liajf
got to liv just as tho he was poor.
The only way to hold your own iz to
keep advancing—no one can set still and
. A dog iz no flatterer, if he iz jure
friend or yure enemy, yu kno it rite off.
It diiz seem that all mankind luv lie.s
more than they do truth. How menny
people do yu siqipoze thare iz in the world
who wouldn’t rather listen to flattery
they knu waz false, than to reproof they
Unu was just ?
Wize men lafl' at most things in this
life—it iz only the phools who gap aud
Fortune iza wheel allwusson the move;
and thoze at the top to-day are at the
There iz not. a man on earth who i;t
free from envy. If thare ever should bo
one he ouiht to pray for irumejiate trans-
lasluiii, before he gits the diseaze
Y^u kant alwus tell how mutch a man
iz really tickled i y hearing him lafi'.
Thare ouglit to be a masheen invented
to meazzure the joy in him, just az thare
iz to find Out how mutch water thare ik
Honesty iz the basis ov all that iz good
or even remarkable iii enny man.
The reazon whi everyboddy luvs a
child, and pets a puppy, iz bekause thev
a’-e so natral.
Whenever yu see a p’nellow who iz
forever and amen in a red hot hurry, yu
Uan make upi yure mind that he haint
got mutch to do, and but little kapacity
10 do it.
Man iz a natral glutton, being some
thing ov a phool. He eats everything
that kreeps, kranls, swims, wiggles, and
then wonders what on earth ails him,
I never knu a person yet who was all-
WUS8 bragging ov their relashuns, that
had ennything ov their own to brag about.
The quickest way to take the bumilitv
out ov a man who iz forever blaming
himself for sumthing, iz to agree wit'u
him. This aint what he iz looking for.
Every city or town in which there are
several Lodges should have a relief com
mittee composed of delegates from the
several Lodges, to which all appbeations
for aid from Brothers not members of
their Lodge, should be referred. ]n citie.s
especially, there are freq’.tent calls from
travelling Brothers whose means have be
come exhausted, or from F'reemasons'
wives or widows needing aid or protec
tion. It is usually the case that some
few generous brothers are always called
, upon, or some particular Lodge -will be
I constantly donating, while in fairness,
I the burden should be evenly distributed
1 over all.—Ilchxw ‘Leader,
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