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A PAPER FOR EVERY FIRESIDE.
TJSItMS: $1.50 a Tear1,
Strictly in. Adan1
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gtb0teb to Stlett fitcrature iinb tnerai Inttuipitre. ;
It is the Province of Poetmj to hallow the
sphere in which it moves, and breathe around
it an odor more exquisite than the rose or
the lily. ; ,
THE DYING BOY.
A widowed mother's only, son)
Lay on the bed. of death,
And eagerly she listened j
To everv fleeting breath."
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; Weep not, dear Mother, "said ber child,
"This.hope to me is given,
That thougli my suflerings are severe
I soon shall rest in Heaven. !
Vl hear my Saviour's loving voice,
It gently whispers, 'Come,' S
How much it doth "my heart rejoice,4
To think I'm going homd. ; 1
"I'm going where my Saviour reigns, i
My tears He'll wipe h way, j '.-j
.And there so free from sin's dark! stains
I'll live through endless day." .
The Mother bowed her head :ind wept,
bhe kissed Ker darling son, j; J ! :
And when he slept the sleep i of death,
Murmered, "Thy will Te ' tfone.V
Oh ! who can tell he anguish!
,Of that mother's broken heart,
When from the one . she loved the best,;
She was thus forced to part.- -
But she had comfort from above,
T' was there she looked for rest,
And Jesus pitying the one he loved, '
Took her gentlv to His breast;
Spuing Grove, N. C.
A good story is told of Judp:e
Kice. About the commencement
t I U Hill MU llltuiu a ? 'v-V'Vn i'M
North Alabama i. whiil, ho said
the Southern soldiers could whip
the Yankees with pop guns,-
Since the war he chanced to
make another speech at the same .
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)lacc. Abitc double jointed lei-
low was present who heard and I
rrvmomhnrpfl .the. former 'snGocli. 1
and being in an admirable frame
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nf TuitiH. to ro tor SnmJ i Komii i
up his sleeves and . putting fist iii j :S(me "spirit' in bis etj' in
the palm of jhis liaruU H be pro-1 diiced -him to go friis favorite
pounded the tearful question: ! 'wood land retreat,!!! an- so; it
-Sain Riv jrtyou makea
speech liere m 1801 i I !. , . , ti 1 f v x-
"I did."' I- ; -J. j mg the spot.be sawijthe (bject or
-"And didn't tou sav we I could jhts thoughts and llove saunter
wliip the Yankees with pop
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"Certainly, I did ; : but the
steals would not light us that
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CHARLOTTE, N. C,
BY SHIELEY WILMOT MOORE,
Author of "Helen Clermont," "The Gip
sey's Revenge," "Eena Robertson,"
"Daisy ; or. The Wages of Sin is
Death," "The Reclaimed," y '
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One evening Doni '.'wont on bcr
; y i y -y
usual walk, accompanied o.nly by
her faithful Carlo. With
thoughts whollv enirrossed by tbe
voun.o- stranrreivartist. sH6 wan-
dered on until sbe inind berself
near a rustic seat, placed beneath
a . h i ic oak by ; XY)&h h aYrfs " -of
Erndfit Woodville, one day when
he bad been out sketching. Dora
was not aware who bad construct
ed tlie seat, neither had she 'eler
seen it bciore in anv of her ranib
line's, but feeling a- little wcariid
bv her walk she advanced fo lit
! anjl dropped herself wearily down,
perfectly unconscious ' that the
owner of the seat wa,s, at the vcrv
moment of lier appearance be
neath the tree, only- a Tew rods
distant frtfm her. Yet(. it was
even so. Enticed by thdbeauties
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1 fflw, n- KN1M nnrlvilln
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trolled out,- thmlcng that
i ere h returned to his l odmgs
he would call on Dora, aid, if he
r.nnlfl fool the hour ' Drolitious to
. . . , a,La ;,,t,o,-
his hopes, he aeterminea lnwarci
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ly to confess his ipassijn, and
loarn if she were '.willinffto unite
rm,.flfo ..ti1 1 -
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leisurely up and take
of the seat of whichllie censidered
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himself sole proprietor. 1
f Smiling softlvl to hinsclfijie i
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SATURDAY, MAY I7, 1873.
drew quietly near, feasting his
eyes meanwhile! on the charms of
his fair lady-love, who, uncon
scious of the scrutiny of mortal
eyes, half reclined on the rude
seat; and certainly, if she had
been posing for effect, she could
not have appeared more entraiicr
ingly lovely. An attractive and
becomingly-made dress of . huff
linen set off, to an exquisite ad
vantage, her half oriental Style of
beauty. The coquetish . little
; straw hat, she had worn , waa now
thrown- carelessly at her feet, to
gether with the dainty kid gloves,
in which, while walking, she had
encased her hands. j r
Ernest stood apart for a short
while, luxuriating in the spell of
her marvelous beauty, then slow
Iv advanced toward her ; . vet so
earnest and absorbing werei the
cooitations of Dora that not . un
til he said" 'goOd cvehihg" was
she aware of -his presence!
Starting, up she cordialy ex
tended her hand, while a ; flush of
pleasure over-spread her features.
In reply to Ernest's expressions
of joy at meeting with her so un
expectedly, she responded with
unfeiirned heartiness :
I UI, too, am glad to meet with
you, Mr. Woodville, - though jof
late you have grown to be quite a
stranger withi us. Why is it we
never see you now atGlenwood ?"
Ernest had not intended to be
quite so precipitate in his propo
sal, but he would have been more
than human if he could have
looked into the warm, icclcommg
eyes, felt the pressu re. of th esoft
white1 hand, and yet conceal ! tht)
"I have not visited Glenwood
of late, so much as I once did.
I have no other excuse to offer,
only that I could not (rust my
self, Dora," ry 'y-- y; -.
It vas the first time lie ( had
ever addressed her by her chris-
tian name, and now his voice took
on a peculiar sweetness; as he lm-
jrcred lovingly on it. ? Dora's face'
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flushed enmson, but as he seemed
waiting tor 0 reply, she stammer-
ed confusedly :v
"And why, Mr.
could you possibly
o afraid to
' Mist yoiirself to visit
us V v
She did not resenti
her by her chrisiian name ; a
point gained, which the artist fql-
tensely-passionate tones :
"Because I am a poor artitfy
Dora; you are an heiress."
"What difference does all this
make ?" whispered the girl,! be
coming momentarily m6re con-
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fused. 1 "V j
"A . irreat deal of differ
Dora. I could not
bear to be
friend only, and certainly it vould
be presumptuous to aspire to be
more, with my limited means
and prospects." ; ; !
Halt smiling, half shy.
with the. nearest approach .
pout on hcr-lips, Dora .said :!
VI am sorrv I am'to bo a heiress,
if I am to lose your friendship;"
i "You will ever have mv warm
est friendship but unless you will
give me some encouragement to
hope that one day T may becoriie
all in all to you, I must leave this
vicinitv at once." A slight pause,
followed, unbroken bv the blush
in tz; Dora. -Then Ernest continue !
ed : "You do not speak, Dorat j
Perhaps I have lofiended you, by
sjjeaking so plainly,: rbut forgive!
me, and attribute mvJ temeritv to;
the crreat and boundless love
which you have inspired in my.
heart. Oh ! Dora, , vou cannot
dream of the deep ' fathomless
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devotion, which has masterqd mo
snce the time I first knew
God knows, I have stri
hard to conceal this love
Von, but I find that it is in
ble. Let nic speak now, Dora,
jlet nie unburden my heart to you,
and afterward, if vou sav 'so, T
will, go farawav and trouble yt:i
The silence which, for a mo-
j nient, followed the declara
Ernes't was broken by Dora's
low, swe6t voice. .
"You do not trouble me now,
Ernest, and I scarcely think it