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The orphans' friend. volume (Oxford, N.C.) 1875-1895, February 14, 1877, Image 4

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mmm IL 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 riotous living. 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 sound.” 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 calf” 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 gifts. 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 gently. ‘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- inglv : ‘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 all. 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 night. 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 winds. 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. Allen’s path.’ ‘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 present.’ ‘Why didn’t you tell 1110?” ‘Faith, ma’an.) I put it on tlie rack where ye always tells me to.’ ‘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 steaming coffee. 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 TED. 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. Approved bg 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. THK Orphans’ Friend. A LIVE AND LIVELY WEEKIYI OJIGAN OF THE OliPllAN ENTERTAINING AND IN^ STRUCTIVE TO THE YOUNG. A ZEALOUS FEIEXD AXD ADVOCATE OF FOLCATIOIY. published EVEKY WEDNESDAY* SUBSCRIPTION AND POSTAGE OrALiV Oi\E DOLLAR A ¥£AB OFFICB IN TIIF OllFHAN BUILDING, AT OXFORD. -0- ADVEirnSEMEJVTS. 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. Atl(lr-ss ORPHANS’ FRIEND, 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 THE “AROMA ■DfllillAM PUFF,’* SUZO- KmO TOBIAC'C-'O. Darliam, N. C. Orders solieitetl—Ajjeuts wanted—Tobacco guaranteed March 17th—IJ-Sin. H. A. m-lAMS & CO.,, MANDFACTUItEHS OF REAMS’ DURHAM BOOT AND SHOE POLISH. Warranted to excel all otlicrSy or money Pefuyided. 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 lid

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