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TUB PKODMJAI, SOSI.
A certain man had two sons ;
and the younger of them said to
his father, “.Father, give me the
portion of goods that talletli to
me.”' And lie devided unto
tliem his living. And, not many
days after, the younger son gath-1
ored all together, and took his
journey into a far country, and
there wasted his substance with
And, when he had spent all,
there arose a niightr^ famine in
that land; and he began to be in
■want. And he went and joined
himself to a citizen of tliat coun-
Irv, and he sent him into Ins fields
to feed swine. And he would
fain have filled his belly with the
husks tiiat the swine did eat; and
no man gave unto him.
And wlien he came to himself,
he said, “IIow many hired ser
vants of my father have bread
enough, and to spare, and I perish
with hunger! I will arise and
go to my father, and will sav
unto him. Father, I have sinned
against heaven, and before thee,
and am no more worthy to be
called thv son : make me as one
of thv hired servants.”
. And he arose, and came to
his father. But when he was yet
a great way off, his father saw
him, and had- compassion, and
ran, and fell on his neck, and
kissed him. And tlie son said
unto him, “Father, I have sin
ned against heaven, and in thy
sight and am no more worthy
to be called thy son.”
But the father said to his ser
vants, “Bring forth the best robe,
and put it on him ; and put a ring
on his hand, and shoes on his
feet, and bring hither the fatted
calf, and kill it; and let ns eat,
and be merry ; for this, mt' son,
was dead, and is alive again ; ho
was lost, and is found, and they
began .10 be merry.
Now his elder son was in the
field; and as he came and drew
nigh to the house, ho heard mu
sic and dancing. And he called
one of the servants, and asked
what these things meant. And
lie said unto him, “Thy brother
is come; and thy father liath
killed the fatted calf, because he
hath received him safe and
And he was angry and would
not go in ; therefore came his fa
ther out and entreated him. And
he answering, said to his father,
“Lo, these many years have I
served thee, neither transgressed
I; at any time, thy coniniandment;
and yet thou never gavest me a
kid, that I might make merry
■'vitli iny friends: but as soon as
tills thy son was come, ivhlch hath j
devoured thy living with harlots,
thou has killed for him the fatted
And he said unto him, “Son,
I lion art ever with me : and all
that I have is' thine. It is meet
that we sliould make merrv, and
bo triad, for tills thy brother was
dead, and is alive again ; and wa.s
iost, and is found.”
X'O-aAY AA'U 'I’O-MORROtV.
tell tno of t()-inorro\r ;
Give me the man wlio’ll say.
'i’liat wbeu a tliHal’s to I»o done,
do the deed to-dioj.’’'
AVe may all command the present,
If wo act and never wait;
lUU repentance is the jdiantom
Of a past that comes too late !
Don’t tell me of to-morrow ,
Tliere is much to do to'datj.
That can never ho ac*eom|)lished
If we throw the hours naaiy ;
Every moment has its duty ;
■\Vh() the future can foretell?
Why put off until to-movrow
“What io-day can do as u-ell ?
Don’t tell me of to-morrow .*
If we look upon thi' past,
How much tiiat we havi- left to do
We can not do at last !
To-day—is the only time
I'kirall upon the earth ]
U takes au age to form a life—
A moment gives if hirtli !
A S33A3Id»TSEi^' t\\PAID.
“Error is wroug’it by want of thought,
As well as want of heart.”
Siie was just an average Amer
ican gii'l. But on tills last day of
girlliood, when her face beamed
witli love and tier tears and smiles
seemed frolicking witli each otlier,
slie was very pretty and sweet.
Tlie iionio was full of kinsfolk,
and bustle, and merriment, and
life-long mates, who came with
good wishes, good-byes and bridal
And on that morning came a
lone woman; tiiin and pale, wear\
and worn she was. Veryqnietlv
she lay down lier heavy bundle.
T could not leave Mamie, last
night to bring' them,’ she said
‘Oh ! I knew you’d come; you
never disappoint anybodv,’ said
the liappy girl ojiening the bnn-
ble. ‘lIow beautifully you have
made them ! Kate, Louise, see
how nicely Mrs. Allen sews.”
‘I speak for your needle when
I get inai'i'ied !’ cried one.
‘And I!’ laughed tlie other,
Mrs. Allen heeded not, scarcely
heard. All about her brought
back so vividly tlie little while
ago wlien she too stood between
the old life and the new, and her
whole soul quivered witli happi
ness ; when she too leaned, with
a full love and trust, on one good,
kind and true. Then she heard
that shrill whistle ot five proud
locomotive ; saw it bottnd down
tlie deep, dark gorge ; lieard those
shrieks and moans and groans.
Tlien she thought of that grave,
flower covered now, where, with
a breaking lieart, she had laid
that broken bod ■y, thanking God
her own beloved would suffer no
more, and thence came forth to
suffer alone. Then came a sweet
thought of the dear little girl who,
in that hour of bitter sorrow, was
her jo3': tor whom she lived on
then, and for whom (since, in the
liaiiic, her means had all been
lost) she had labored. As thoughts
of her—her stimulant, her idol,
hern?/—came upon her, she roused
herself to hear;
‘1 am very much pleased
with your work, Mrs. Allen, and
I am sorry',—but, really, money
slips through one’s fingers so at
such a time, 1 haven’t any' to pay'
you. Como around to-morrow,
and mother w.li pay y'ou, and
give you some Hovers and good
ies for Mamie.’
In a dazed wav, Mrs. Allen,
half sick and heart-slek, turned to
go, hut could not, and said falter-
‘Mamie is sick, and I did hope
to get something for her.’
‘It is too bad ! Please go into
the store and ask father to pay'
yon. Tell him I sent -^'on.’
Mrs. Allen went to the store,
and asked for the fatlier. He was
not in; no one knew wliere he
was. Witli a slow step, for the
heavy heart she took back weigh
ed her down more than the bun
dle she brought out, she turned
to lier home. Bewildered by' her
hopelessnes and need of iopd,
life seemed a burden slie could
bear no longer, and as she crossed
her threshold she sank down.
But a sweet voice called :
‘Mamma, dear mamma, wliat
have yon brought me to eat f
Love winged her tired feet, and
she went to a neighbors near,—
o.ie who had alwa\:s been kind
to and thonglitfni for her. .She
had never begged and now she
would but borrow. The neigh-
1) )!• had gone to get a present for
the bride. She went to the road,
looked up and down, then des
perately turned back, asked for
[lencil and naper, and wrote it
The neighbor came in late. It
had not been easy' to find any
thing the like of which liad not
been selected by some one ; the
teapot was smoking and she was
chilled, and the family' impatient.
So tea was over and toilets com
menced as quickly as possible.
The church and the home were
dressed with flowers ; the bride
looked never so well; the pres
ents were a very medley of rich
and simple, useful and useless,
delicate and common, but b\'
their number a flattery and a
charm. And life and light and
joy was in all and over all.
The morning of so bright a
night found all the gay town
weaiy and dull and lazy. Over
late breakfasts they' relieved the
last evening. Half-envions criti
cisni of dress, sarcastic imitation
of manners, just and nrijust, took
tlie place of the honey'ed praises
and sweet smiles of the last
And the heavens, too, were
changed. Where slione the cres
cent moon and the brilliant stars
now were cloud masses charged
with snow. Slowly and calmly
the storm commenced, heavy' and
thick it grew. The fierce wind
came up and caught tlie little
flakes and liurled them and whirled
them about. All the day long,
all the night long, earth and air
and sky were snow ; and nought
could be heard but the howling
Much ot the dull day and all
the night the neiglibor had slept,
and, with bright eyes and rested
body' looked out on the clear,
broad unbroken expanse—pure,
clean, white, and dazzling in the
sunbeams,—looked across to Mrs.
Allen’s cottage, and at breakfast
said to her husband :
“As soon as the snow-ploughs
have been along, I wish you
would send John over to dig Mrs.
‘CeitainL', certainly. No wo
man could dig through this snow.’
‘She just looked sick-a-bed
when she was afther writhi’ her
letter to y'ez,’ spoke the girl.
‘Writing a letter .to me! When ?
‘When yo’s afther bayin’ your
‘Why didn’t you tell 1110?”
‘Faith, ma’an.) I put it on tlie
rack where ye always tells me
‘Go, get it.’
She could scarcely read it
tlirough her tear-dimmed eyes.
‘No wood, no lire, two days
ago ! And this fearful storm ?
Why haven’t I seen to her ! I
might have known she wouldn’t
beg. Oh, I wish I had given her
the money I spetit on that thought
less girl !
The nnfinislied breakfast was
left, and her husband, as anxious
as she, with his man, both loaded
with food and wood, tramped
and shovelled a path through
which she waded across with
They found on the bed with
closed eyes, composed limbs and
I'.ands folded across the breast,
the loved Mamie. And bv her
the mother, turned to ice, kneel
ing, witli clasped hand.s, nptnriiod
eyes, and tear-droiis frozen upon
her cheeks.—Mrs. Lunj Ji. San
ford, in N. Y. Observer.
—M’agner says he is too old to
come to America, and yet he
coiitinues to ariange the music
of the future.
—It is a Ghiiilian cons -
lation to know that some men arc
not so bad as thev look.
SiO-R' ClJIl.OiiiJIV .ARC
Very often the 'Suiierintendciit
hunts up poor and promising or
phans and informs them of the
advantages offered at tlie Orjihan
Houses, and induces them to re
turn with him. Generally' it is
best that ho should see them be
fore they start. When this is im
practicable, a formal application
should be made by some friend.
Here is one in proper form :
Edenton, N. C., )
June .2d, 187G. j
This is to ceiiifg that Sasan N.
Bradshaw is an orphan, without es
tate, sound in bodg and mind, and
ten years of age. Herfdher died in
1873 ; her mother in 1867. Ibe-
ing her Aunt, herebg make applica
Hon for her admission into the Asy
lum at Oxford. I also relimpiish
and convey to the officers of the Asy
lum the management and control of
the said orphan for four yeais, in
order that she may be trained and
educated according, to the regulations
prescribed by the Grand Eodye.of
North Carolina. Martha Scott.
John Thompson, W. M.
of Unanimitg Lodge, No. 7.
The application should bersent
to the Suiierintendent and he,will
eitlier .go for the children, or pro
vide for their transportation. In
no case should a communitv take
lip a collection to send a man
with the children, nor send tl;e
children before the Superintend
ent has been consulted.
A LIVE AND LIVELY WEEKIYI
OJIGAN OF THE OliPllAN
ENTERTAINING AND IN^
STRUCTIVE TO THE YOUNG.
A ZEALOUS FEIEXD AXD ADVOCATE
published EVEKY WEDNESDAY*
SUBSCRIPTION AND POSTAGE
OrALiV Oi\E DOLLAR A ¥£AB
OFFICB IN TIIF OllFHAN
BUILDING, AT OXFORD.
Ten ‘olit8 a line for one insertion. Fh:0
dents a line eat;h week for more than one anti
less than twelve insertions. One colmnnj
tliree months, sixty tlollar.-s. Half cohnnn^
three months, forty ilollars, (juarter column^
three months, twenty thdlars.
Present eircnlatioii, fourteen liuiulreil auJ
f pi’ty jiapcrs eaeli B’eck.
OXEOHl), N. C.
T. J). LYoN, dlL K. DALBY. K. M. LTOJ?
[Late of “Dafby Puff.")
LYON, DALBY & CO.,
W .4'^t; FAC I' UliEKS 0 F
Darliam, N. C.
Orders solieitetl—Ajjeuts wanted—Tobacco
H. A. m-lAMS & CO.,,
REAMS’ DURHAM BOOT AND
Warranted to excel all otlicrSy or money
The only Bhv k'ng that will polish on oiled
surface. It is guarauteeil to preserve heather
and make it ])liant, reipiiring less ipiautity and
time lo produce a perfoitt gloss than any otlicr,
the Inush to.he applied immediately after jmt
ting on the Placking. A }ferfcct gloss from
this will not soil even white clothes. We
guarantee it as re])resented, and as for pat-*
ronage, strictly otj it.s nuTits.
H. A. IIEAMS & CO.^ Manufacturers,
Durham, X. C.
This Blacking is reco-mmended in the high
est terms, after trial, bv Geo. F. Brown, J.
Howai-d WariHT, Nen York; Vne President
and Protesstn-s of ^Vakf! Forest College ; and
a large numher of gentlemen in ami around
Diirliam, 'whose certificates (lare beea fur-
iiislieri tlie Manufacturers.
Orders solicited and promptly filled.
March did, 3875. y-tf