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H. A. LONDON, Jr..
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rtiuln tti summit at it ImmiihI.
Whan we should rea. li II step in slap.
And rllnili the ladder rouiiil l nuii 1
He whu w mid i lltnjllie hrlKlil" sui'llme.
or hreatlie the purer ulruf III..
)tllt not eieel lu rent III eHe,
ftnt Inaev lilneutlr for bdl tirsirllc.
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V srip ulmie fc.i khiimI and Kri'iu. '
ltlwliilnliii evciy Miiailer kimiI. --for
trtttfs mttketlit aKl(,a'Oe,
Ami It a rli.iiil hIhmiUI Imeero'er
Ourwear) Miriw.i like n pill,
lt'int'iiiiHr liiMl pi'iiiilis It there.
Ami Ills K(,,d pnrHiiu! ielii-4i,'r nil.
I. lie nhoulil lie roll F earneM work.
I Mir heart iimMolicil h,' ril'tillie'H ti'iun
l.ct I't.ni f,,-it4irt i'iiiniiel- (att
Ami mri7 s- l.e Ihf victor's crown.
The race not always to Hie Heel :
Ami lie who cik to pluck the stars
Will I the jcnvloal hl feet.
ONLY A WOMAN.
(Mil ii uiiimtii. shrlvi-l. tl iithl nM t
iiic I'l.iv r i in- win. is ,-tu.i tin ii.- -r iin .'..i,t :
liffkn that hntiikrii.
Ihilt lilt' -Uhkrll.
I.Ijih tli.il wi-n- iM-v.-r i.'i'i-'h'IiI.
only wmuiiii rir"akcu niul hki.
Asking :ik Mn M l la- linmt' - Imn h tl.-nr.
Hark t t lit ru:tn t n.ll iin.i, roll
llu w..vfmr t tie iimlr tt" ''V'r ln-r :
MlkH rustic (i.tst hvr
l lil. krr inn) LiKt.-i :
IlifKrv-il Ik II r-MM-sitM-.H.
K.ilti Wi.'ild .!. riitrr. ImiI lit f -l I It- l-H.r
jwliiKflh H' tt ) tit tin liidiut rhiin h tn.i .
iinly A wuinati- Wiiltlnx :tl"H'.
Ml) ml. I, mi an l.c-t oi-l tiiroiM.
What ilit thc v.xtv rr Uvr :
IiIiiiiiLiIIiik a prayer fnr her,
i.UlhK iiMt kriMil, l.ut a vit.n(.
CutliT ulil Ut-fh l lie! r haiilily In-al l 1rai.
Mim king (In w.Mf tlirlr klu In tlu olivet.
Onl) n Wfinaii ! In thtM.iil t;ijB
Ht'iH ramlfil to hvr her haitvM ay ;
Suni'thKly mlHM'tl her,
NiiitelKHly kliiFHi her,
SitiiielN ily i-rtiwiittl her with prulsv;
SimirlHMly faeeil Hp the h it t lei of life
MroiiK for her .tke who wan uiutlier, 4r wife.
iniielHHly Men wlih a tri'HKof her hair
Light mi his heart where the tltMth-fch;iUmvn are :
KtmrlMHl) watin ftir her,
niieuliiK the gat. fur her,
tilting h llght ir ihlatr.
i Mil) a Mniiiaii - nefet nmri' jhxir
i.'it in fie fti'U. al the Itrt'iiio vhurcU iliMtr
THE RIGHT MAN AFTER ALL.
V it ilit Ini'l found it lover; or, lit leist,
Joliti Kllsrtutlh ;i-pircil to that ili.-lilu'l Kill,
lit' li.ul ktioun Viola hiiiiv slic us it
utile .'ill til mIiooI, untl now ttu- tryini;
to win l lie lii'si phico in tin-voting luth V
'Two y int. ago, tin' i ilci'iml Kllsworlli
liittl given .loltii on lii I Weill tliinl liirlli
1 1 ay 11 tiled of u .-hi. ill, oott timii licul' lii
own. .Inllil set liliotlt lliakit) l: ii hi'inc fur III 111
self, Millionc ol his hall ilot'ii ilci'M o
iii.iuiiu" it mid Weill at lii I'lniiin in i.ti'u
i't. Ami all the jioxsipMil lilt' llt ionlmi li . . I
Weill nliont w iih huts ek'Valt'd and 1 lusts
wrinkled when his iiiiiiic wax mentioned.
Anil tlie yoniiLier liinale port ion ilnumht
him rathei' a dt Miahli' olijeel io inanti'tivre
IVrlisips lit it was one tendon w hy Viola
hail In en mi gr.ieiotis to Inm. It was
MMiicthillil to at'ciiic v 11 In iti an clV. nt al
uiitioni- that till tin: oilier girlf m lit mid
lor. Hut John KIIwoi'th tlal not ie.ili.e
iter i.letil. l lider In r i-.iliii eXIelio , she
tli't'iimetl roiititiii e of the III .M vivid ioc
pink. She h id heard It i dim and crltocx of
a world linn l;iy outside her own sphen
a world of lights, ii t mtir-ir, ami t-'ay
dressini;. a holiday life, with opera untl
theatre '"ing nihl- in il ; untl days full
of ll.iliiniled pleiibiire seeking.
( )nu Julie itiitht, tint ing over to see his
lady, John found an iiiiiimiuI Mush on her
lit i r, ralm I'lfc.
She rode with him aircpli ji liis invi
tittion in a mallei' of eotii'sc way that wu
dread I ill ly disi'iiuragin.
Il tame out alter a liitle. Mrs. Morn
ingioii -ii iircut aunt Imtl sent for her
photograph u mouth ago. not having seen
iii i hiiit'eshc was u hllle child. Two days
itj;o hail come an invitation for Viola to
spend a couple of nioiit Its with her the
great aunt in New York, and she was
going to morrow.
" It's no use denying, " the young; fel
low said, his volet- growing husky, 'that
I'm sorry fur this, 1 don't know what
ill come to you from this. You are not
contented here you never will he til) you
Iihtc had an experience beyond it perhaps
noi ihili. 1 uiu not wise to tell you now,
I Ktippt sc, hut I love you, Viola. Mind,
I do not ask you now for any return. 1
will wait for what the future shall pill in
your heart to say.''
It wan a long speech, certainly, for n
pi'oKsal, hut Viola listened very attent
ively lo he. first proposal, and her blue
' Indeed, I tlo care for you, John, und
you cun't hlinne me for wanting lo go.
Aunt needs me, you bee, and no one does
here particularly. And I ve never seen
anything of aociety.''
"' I know, deir "
"And I shall not forget you," interrup
ling him, " 1 shall always think of you,"
giving him her hand.
' For two whole months," a little sutl
ly, "(Jowl by, then," kissing the hand
lie held. And then Viola found herself
alone, untl went to linish her packing.
Viola's next two months were delightful.
She was always preltily dres-ed. and
Flunk Thorpe passed his valuable time
Mrs. Moniinglon watched the girl nar
row ly, and when Viola came home the
second week in September, it was Willi
in invitation to slay through the win
ter. John Kllsworlli called on her the night
after her return.
" You look well and happy he said scan
ning her face.
I Hin," she said : ami then she told
him all about lur delightful visit.
"Ami you are going to settle down with
us now T"
"Oh, no ! I shall stay here only a few
days. Aunl is coming for me as she re
turns from a isil she is paying,"
John Kllsworlli went away curly in the
evening, having said no word rf what had
been in bis heart all those weeks.
" I'oor fellow !" Viola said, its she went
down lite moonlight road. And Frank
Thoriie's dreamily sad gray eyes came up
before her, and she forgot John Ellsworth's
shadowy brow n ones.
Mrs. 'Morning ton came and took the
young lady away, anil Frank Thorie wits
once again hanging iilHiut lur a most de
sirable matrimonial prize.
TheC'hristmiis holidays came and went.
Frank Thur lounged iu ou t hri.tuias
; day, and was p.ilei and more listless than
" Frank Thore. you are utterly stupid !
What is the matter"' asked Mrs. Morn
" A general giving way ot the system I
' Consensu 1 tienenil laziness. In
"Oh, my dear in idaiii !" -shirting ui
alarmed. " Indeed, I'll re form. I think
I'm better already. Miss Viola, I'm in
tensulv intorcsied In the subject occupying
your thoughts at present, if you'll tell me
what il i," anxiously.
" l was wondering if you were ever in
love, anil how she ireiUcd you," laughed
Over Thorpe's lace rushed a Hood of
seurlel, lie ulaneed tip. caught Mrs
.MuniinifcMt SaJmrpuyeaoii hiiuand Hushed
Mis. Moriiiiigt"ii give her lirst hit of
advice to her young cliargo lh il niglil.
' Frank Thorpe is not the kind of a mill
lo t ri (Ii- with, my dear. I think he is iu
love wilh you. 'You can h irdly do bet
"Do heller!" raising her broad lids
for a full steady look. I hidii'f tli.oi-ltt
i there was to beany calciil ttioii. No, Frank
i doesn'l care lor me, aunt."
' " If he is in love with you, so much the
I heller. But come; Mis rove's Christ
I mas ball must be attended."
! And Viola wciil lo that ball, and froze
! Frank Thorpu, w ho unconscious of oiVeusc
I languidly assumed his usual still ion near
, her. There w is something glacial ami
I tremendous in her general style litis night
that provoked and amused Mrs. Morning
Ion. Hut she was beautiful, too more
beautiful than ever md so her aunt for
Among Mrs. ii rove's guests that night
wats a rallier uruiid looking man. who cer
tainly was no longer voting. Having lost
one wife, he was now looking out for
another. When he was presented to Vio
la, she wiw barely civil. Mr. Nicholson
seemed lo like it.
Frank Thorpe h id ceased being frozen.
To tell lite truth, Viola in ide the advances
There was a shade in uu of languor in his
man tier, and his sad gray eyes had an added
shadow ; but he sought no explanation.
Restored to stilish ne, he acivpled that,
too, wilh no particular dcnioiis r ttion, hut
he seemed toenjoy il. To outside lookers
on, the matter seemed to li.' between him
and Mr. Nicholson, whose intentions
were peilectly straight foi'witid and business-like.
Ohe frosty, sparkling moinin:r, Viola
had been out for a walk. I hi the way she
had mi l Frank Thoipe, us she was very
ap' to tlo.
lie accompanied lu r liouie, and entered
the house wiih her. There. Viola, leeiing
unusually bright, bcan hclu ing him on
his piiipos 'lcss 1 i lo.
"Il l wi re a man '' emphatically.
"Thank Heaven, you arc not! How
ever, go on."
"You put me out. Mr. Thorpe why
don't ou i sone tldiiir v '
" Do something ': Don't I? Inm your
devoted attendant three foil rl lis of my
waking life. '
" Y'is; and get yourself und nte talked
about by every hotly. Not that I care cer
tainly,'' hiiiiiedly. lo cover her blunder.
"I shall chose my friends where I please !"
making matters worse of course.
I He sat up wilh sudden energy
' Miss Viola, if I wen- a woman "
" Thank Heaven, you are not."
' F.xuctly. However, if I were. I cer
tainly would not ll i ri wii h that uulcdiluvi
an relic. Mr. Nicholson."
" Mr. Thorpe, I don't."
" Miss Viola, 1 beg your pardon, you
She looked til hint with an astonished
reil in her cheeks und light in her eyes.
Then she laughed frankly and good na
"You sec," leaning forward and lay
ing his hand confidentially on her arm
" I can't bear to see a clear hearted, hon
est girl loweiing herself to the ways of
these artificial, brainless girls, who have
been bred up all their lives to the. business
of catching a husband. You don t need
any such paltry ambition. Wait till you
find a man wort It falling in love w ith, then
marry him. Wait lorever if you don't find
Viola sat motionless w ilh astonishment.
If any dumb thing hud found a voice, she
could not have been more amazed. And
she hail felt so fully called to administer
While she sat, his hand still on her arm,
and her eyes on his face, the door opened,
and John'Kllsworih was ushered iu.
Viola swepl towards him, with eager,
Why John '. Why John '. w as all she
And Frank Thorpe, being disturbed by
this newcomer, who was culled John ami
received w ith such an outbreak of enthtl
siasiii, gathered himself up and lounged
John I'llsworth was in town for a fort
night. Mrs. Moniinglon treated him w ith
great politeness, und wtis always in the
way in the most natural manner in the
world, when he came. Viola always ac
cepted his invitations, ami when the time
came for their fultillmc ut, there was some
unavoidable obstacle in the way. Mean
lime, Mr. Nicholson's intentions grew
more poinled, and Frank Thorpe kept out
of the way.
Then Lent came, and there was a sud
den cessation ofgaycty. John was called
away by his father's iilness, and Viola fell
tin- inevitable reaction. Ami she did not
know that she would live through it. and
be ready ami easier for another season
when the time came.
It wasalike everywhere. In the narrow
circle out of which she hud come there
were jealousies, and heartburnings, and
H'tly scheming no better, no worse than
she had e.iine lo know in the past weeks,
though possibly less disguised by smooth.
coiiTcnlional polish of manlier Wait till
she met a man she loved ! She miht
wait lilt she was gray and blind. There
had never appeared one to whom she
would give a Second thought, unli .-s it
were well, perhaps John Kllsworlli, if
the life that would follow wilh him
were not loo narrow to breathe in; or
Frank Tliori. if he were not too lazy to
speak. And then, by contrast, came a vis
ion of Mr Nicholson, and all his wealth.
If she had shown the first symptom of her
mood to Mr. Nicholson, lie would have
desisted from his attentions at once. Here
was youth and la-auly in a statuesque stale
of erfeclion. That was w hat hit wanted
the statuesque : and everyUnly consid
ered il a set I led atfair.
I think Viola In an to consider it her
sc'.t. She had just one letter from John
tils worth alur ais return, aud he had
said : "1 love, you Vi(la and am wailing
for von. '
Siie did not answer Ine teller, llitl she
was cross even with Mrs. Mornington for
I wo day after it.
Then she was) seized with a 111 of home
sickness, and but that her friend was tak
en suddenly aud really ill. nothing would
have kept her there. lt. Nicholson came
more1 frequently than ever: in his way,
very kind and eonidcrfctc. Frank Thorpe
w as in and out. not so t'reipienlly as before
Unit morning when .lo)in Kllsworlli had
conic but ofteu enough to keephiiiiscll in
her ihoimhts. (
One night, in car'y spring, Frank
Thorpe came and look Viola out for a
" You were looking tired. We may iul
have another such night in a mouth,"
Frank aaid. -''
lu (he half hour they did nol speak
lialf-a dozen sentences, and w hen hi' set
her down at her ow n door, and held her
hand for a minute, as he said "Farewell,''
Viola felt that they were nearer each other
than ever before.
Viola was one morning summoned to
the draw inn room lo meet Mr. Nicholson.
In the occupation of tlie pasl weeks she
had hud very lillle opportunity to think
about him or his purpo.es. No girl ever
went lo meet the linal tpicstion wilh less
dclcrminaliou as to her answer. She
knew hiseriaiid the moment she entered
the room. Noi that he was confused, or
hesitating, or in any way disioneerleil.
" My dear young lady," he said dclcr
cntiully, ' 1 want your permission to ask
you a jietsoiial iieslion !"
" You have il sir," she said.
And then, in a speech whicu was more
like a set oration than anything else Viola
had ever heard, he oll'ercd her his hand
The thought of saving no lo such a
stately piece of oratory as that, frightened
her. " Hut she ditl say il, very sweetly and
gracefully, hut also very decidedly, and
Mr. Nicholson went away very red in the
lin e and a good deal f lest fallen.
She went up stairs to Mrs. .Moniinglon.
" Aunt, I've done it ! Aud I'm so mir
" At what?"
" I've refused Mr. Nicholson."
"My dear I always thought you would."
"Did you'.' You astute woman ! And
I always fancied that if he asked me to be
Mis. Nicholson, I should say, yes."
" Perhaps you will he sorry by and by
that you have said no.''
" I'erhaps ! 1 shall never be surprised
atnnvthiiig again "'
"From a worldly point of view, you have
made a mistake, my dear "
"Don't r. ck my feeli"gs. They arc
sufficiently lacerated already.''
A servant announc ed Frank Thorpe.
" Aunt, shall I " and paused. Kvcn
in her reckh ss. over excited luood, she
could not complete? the sentence.
" Shall you he kinder to him than you
have been to Mr. Nicholson?"
" Don't a-k me."
So Viola went down lo see her visitor,
w ho w as at the full li b' of his languid,
II mv cute tiiiniug you are today !
Your con vcrs.it ionsi I pow ers are something
lo he wondered at," Viola said at last iui
" Kiilcilaiuing?" opening his eyes with
mild wonder. " I suppose tli at was your
share of the interview. Il iwever, if you
like. I 11 licg:u. Y'ou are not looking" so
well as usual this morning "
" Thank you. What a very promising
" Hut you have infinitely tlie advantage
of Mr. Nicholson, whom I met just now.
He seemed laboring under the impression
that there had been an earthquake."
Vioia laughed, and ended wilh a half
' And ho there had been. There, talk
about something else. You needn't he
entertaining any more."
"I wonder," lea ing towards her. n
slow tire gathering in his dieainy eyes,
" if I should find an earthquake wsiiting
for me if I tollowed Mr. Nicholson V
lead ! '
"Miss Kuwdon,'' tlie servant an
noitnced, and that put an end lo ii all.
Viola reasoned herself into a conviction
that she was in love with Frank Thorpe,
or il not nit mil ly iu that condition, that
she might easily find herself there. And
because passive patience was mil possi
ble just then, she gathered up all John
Kllsworth's gills an I letters, and put them
out of her sight, as if he had anything
to do w ith it.
The crisis was not far oil. Coming in
from an errand that night, she found all
the dimly lighted house duply, mid went
on from room to room, till in I he library
she opened the door on Frank Thorpe.
"Since you were not at home, I cuine to
lind for myself a volume Mrs. Moniinglon
hail promised me,'' he explaii ed. Hut he
closed the door as he gave her a chair,
as if the lelc u U te were pari of his plan.
She looked up tit his pate face and
shining eyes, and felt her heart sink. Ami
yet this was the conclusion lo which
she had reasoned herself a few hours
And then Hve minutes of talk in which
her pari had been monosyllable, and
Frank Thorpe had proposed and hud been
accepted; and she was crying quietly,
wilh her head on the library table, and
he was walking the room iu an ujiUilo
We iniuht as well begin with u clean
record," he said, with a great deal of hard
earnestness in his voice. "Y'ou are not
my tirst love, Viola. Nol quile two years
ago she jilted me. I was in an awful
spoony condition (here's no denying it;
and, lr a few weeks, thought it would be
the dentil of me. One morning my letters
and trinkets came back lo me.' There
was not a word of explanation, and I did
not choose lo a-k any. When I had tired
myself out, and was iu a condition to lie
down iu dust at her feet, the house was
shut up and the family abroad. That's
the whole of it."
"And the young lady's name?"
"Ktnily l'rcscott T W hy. fa.it is the
young lady 1 met lids nt'icruoon. Just
home from abroad in l'aiis mourning.
Her lather ami mother both died some
where in France, iu the spring, und she
culm; home wilh the Meltons."
"Viola," staring at her wilh eager eyes,
' I can't lielicve il," dropp'uug into a
chair. "My jssir darling "
A Hash o color shot up into Viola's face.
She went and stood by him, wilh her hand
on his shoulder.
"It seems to me, Frank," in her most
commonplace, prac'ical voice, "that the
tittle arrangement we entered into ten
minutes ul'o inulit as well he quietly an
nulled. Your "oor darling" is at pre
sent w ith the Mel tons. Uadu't you better
go up there at once, mid re -arrant e your
"I d m'l know. Viola, yon w ill think
mou scoundrel, but 1 believe I love her
Of course you do Who doubt il V
There, don't say a woman can't be gener
ous Think of my agony in releasing you.
and go us soon us possilde. '
"Vint sire generous, dear."
"Thai depi iiils on our relative estimate
of the siicrilice. (.iisid night."
After that nothing could keep her in
London, and three days after reaching
home, diiving her old fashioned pony
chaise through the irreen country road,
she came upon John Kllsworlli. walking,
and he accepted her invitation to ride.
"Il is so u'ood to be here again. 1 was
thoroughly home-sick. "
"U lien are voii u 1j jHinral?V ...
'Never!'1 with a burst of vehemence;
"unless you di. John !" w ith a hysterical
Al home a telegram awaited tier. Mrs.
Mornington was dead.
Mrs. Moi'iiiiiL'ton died poor. She hud
spent all her money. So Viola was not
an heiress, after all.
And the neighbors said: "Al'ershe
found she could not gel cither of those
city fellow s.and that old lady disappointed
her about her money, she came hack here
and took .lohu Kllsworlli. And he put
up with it; but then there's no tool like u
man when he's in love wilh a girl like
There is not a more common error
of self-deception thun it habit of con
sidering our stalions in life so ill siiiud
to our powers as to be unworthy of
calling out a full anil proper exercise of
our virtues and talents.
As society is constituted, there can
not be miiiiii employments) which de
mand vi ry brilliant, talents, or great
delicacy f taste, for their proper dis
charge. The great luilk of society is
composed of plain, plodding men, who
move "l ight onward-V to the sober
duties of t heir calling. At the same
time the universal good demands that
those whuiu biiUire has greatly endowed
should lie ciil.ed from the ordinary
track to take up higher ami more en
nobling duties. Our country, happily
for us, is lull of brielit examples of the
greatest men raised from the inciinesl
situations, and the education which is
now U'iiii bestowed upon the children
"ill multiply the.se examples. 15ut a
partial .mil incomplete diffusion of
knowledge will also multiply the vic
tims of that evil principle, which post
pones tin' discharge of present and im
mediate duties fortlie anticipations of
sonic dest i'ty ab ve tlie labors of a han
dicraftsman, or the calculation, of a
shopkeeper. Y'cai's and experience,
which all'oi'd us the oppui l unity of com
paring our own powers with those of
o. hers, will, it is line, coirect lliein
eoiisisiellt epi elatioiis w hich arise
from a wnt;t of capacity to set the
right value on oiuselvis. Hut tlie wis
di in thus gained iiiuy come too late.
The object or desire may be found de
cidedly uluiUaiiiuUc, und existence is
then wasii d in a sluggish contempt of
present dulii s; the spirit is broken, the
temper is souri d, habits of misanthropy
and personal neglect crtep on ami lite
eventually becomes a tedious and
miserable pilgrimage of iievei-siitisliid
di sires. Youth, however, is happily
iiotwithoul its guide, :f it will lake a
warning from example, of the highly
gifled ini'ii whose sib iiulonmint ot their
humble ittlling has beeu the apparent
lieginaing of a distinguished career, we
do not recollect an instance of one who
did not pursue that humble calling with
credit anil .success tint il (he occasion
presented itself for exhibiting those
hiiel'ior powers which iiatuie occa
sionally bestows. Benjamin Franklin
was as valuable to his master as a
printer's nppieiitice, as he was to his
country au a statesman and a negoti
ator, or lo the world as a philosopher.
Had he not 1st n so, huh id, it may lie
doubted whether he ever would have
taken his rank atliong the lir-t states
men and philosophers of his time. One
of the great sccreis of advancing in life
is to be ready lotake advantage of those
opportunities which, if a man really
possesses .superior abilities, are sure to
present llieinselves some time or other.
As the poet expresses it, "There is a
tide in the st Hairs of men," an ebbing
aud llowm of the utistuble element on
which I hey are borne, and it this b -only
"taken at the llo.ul," the "full
st a' is gained on which "the voyage ot
their life" may be made with ease ami
the pn sped of a happy issue.
THE HARDEST LESSON.
Life oilers no lessons to mortals so
hard to learn, no lesson hiding in its
t ruth so keen a st ing to self-love as t his,
that your prime has passed, and tint
nu must make room lor otheis; that
the flower of your luatity, the Mower of
your uenius, are in their decline; that
vou must wait in shadow whilst the
nungcr bask in the splendor which you
have left behind. 11. w lew ate ever
willing to admit that their tune has
come lo learn it. Thus it is I hat we see !
so hinuy women rciusitig to grow old i
grace! ully. Instead ul wearing their
years as a crown, mellow and beautiful
in the light of their ilecliniii,' sun, they
deck gray hairs and wrinkles wilii
hideous counterfeits id'youth. This is
wl y we see writers willing on reputa
tions which they have long outlived;
writing aflcf they have ceased to have
anything lo say, except to repeat what
they said better years and yens
This is why we see men once in
power still imagining themselves
important, and in garrulous ami im
potent speech evoking the ghost of a
reputation in the councils of ouiii;er
men. And yet repose is not death.
Rest lias its recompense as well as
labor. Through e-ery mutation of our
life we arc tollowed by the divine com
pensations. Let us not begrudge them
the youth once so bounteously lie-stowed
upon us. They will rob lioone; they
will lie but glad iu their own share of
the inheritance of being. Then let us
thaiikti d that he gave usour day its
morning, its mam, its ieaee'ul twilight
shadow. lAJt us lie gl.ul we had our
day, and thus with r j ucing take our
place ainotig the things gone by.
TRICKING A RASCAL.
A MKXIt AX STOItV.
A lady of fortune, living in the city
of Mexico, during the latter days of the
occupation of Mexico by the Spanish,
owing lo some ci'iubiualioii of ciieiim
staiicm. toutid herself in difficulties.
ami iu immediate, want of a small sum
ot money. Don being lit rgodluther.
ami a resnctiiiio merchant, she went
0- , , ,. i ,i ,
'red linn a case ot valuab.c jewels as
a security lor repnynielit, provided he
would ndvaiiee her eight hundred dol-
hirs. At the end of a lew niontlis, lier
temporary dilliciilties being ended, she
went to her go.ljatlicr's house to repsiy
the. money and receive back h. r jewels.
lliMJnaii resuulv cavul (lummiv.
m iiioj in rune oei Iteucsputes. 1I1KI
Th Juan resxialr reosuved ( lie wotiev.
but declared to his astonished god
daughter that as to the i wels. he had
never heard of them, ami that no such
transaction had taken place. The
senora, indignant at the merchant's
treachery, instantly repaired to the
palace of lite Vice King, hoping for
justice Iroiu this Western Solomon,
though unable to conceive how it could
She wtis instantly r ieil by Revil-
lagigedo, who listened attentively to
lu r account of the circumstances.
"Had you no witnesses?" said the
"Noiie," replied she.
"Did no servant pass in or out dur
ing the transaction;1''
The Viceroy reeo'lected a moment.
"Dots your gi (1 tUi lu r smoke?"
"No sir.' said tlie lady, astonished
i mm ii n u t. mi question, unit pci naps
ine iin-ii: mi as inr ouni s aversion m
smoking was so well known, that none
of his smoking subjects ventured loap
proach without having taken every
precaution to deaden any odor of the
fragrant weed which might lurk about
tb.'ir clothes and person.
"Does he take sniilly'' asked the
"Yes, your Excellency, " sail his
visitor, wl.o probably feared that lor
once His Kxeelleticy's wits were wool
gathering. "That issiitlicicnt, "said the Viceroy;
"retire into the sidjoluiiig chamber,
and keep quiet your jewels shall be re
His Kxi-clleni'v then despatched a
messenger tor the luerchaiii, w ho im-
mediately itesi nted himself.
' I have sent for you," said the Vice-
roy. ihilt ws iiiav'ialk over some ma'-
I ers in which your mercantile knowl-
edge may be of use to the Suite."
The merchant wasoicriylielined with
gratitude and joy; while the Viceroy
ciiternl into convci sat imi with him i
upon various all'uirs connected jth !
Ins proicssmii. Suddenly tlie u-eioy
put his baud lirst iu one pocket, then
iu the other, with the air of a man who
has mislaid .something.
"Ah!"' said he, "my snull box. Kx
ctis" lue for a moment while 1 go and
fetch il from the next room."
"Sir.'' said the merchant, "permit
me to have the honor of offering my
box to your Excellency."
His Kxcellenev received it as if mi
hatiiealiy, holding it in his hand and
talking, till, pretexting some business. ;
nt1 went out, and. fulling an otlicer,
d sired him to take that snull' box to
I he iiier.-baiit's house, asking his w ife,
asfiom him, by that token, lo deliver
to the bearer a case of jewels which lie
had there. The Viceroy returned to
the apartment where he had left his
Haiti roil guest, and remained in con-
vcis.it ion willi him until the ollicer re- i
turned; and, requesting private speech j
of the Viceroy, delivered to him n j
jewel case which he had received from
the merchant's wife. j
R 'villagigetlo then returned to his
fair complainant, and. under pretense :
ot showing her some rooms in the I
palace, led her into one, where, among
inauv old -els of value, the iewel case .
stood opeu. JSo sooner had she east
her eyes upon il than she started for
ward with joy and amazement. The
Viceroy requested her lo wail there ii
little I uiger, and returned to his other
"Now," said he, ''before going fur
ther, I wish to hear the truth concern
ing another atl'.iir in which you are in
terested. Are you acquainted with the
Seiie fade "
"Intimately, sir she is my god
daughter." "Did you lend her eight hundred dol
lars at such si date?"
"Did she give you a case of jewels in
"Never!" saitl the merchant, vehe
mently. "The money was lent without
any security; merely an act of friend
ship, ami she has iuveiited a story ceii-
ceriiing s mie jewels, which had not the
Iu vain the Viceroy licgged him to
relied, and not, by adding falsehood to
treachery, force him to take measures
ol seventy. The merchant wilh out lis
pcrsislc.l in his denial. Tiie Vi croy
left the room su Idcnly, and ret urned
with the jewel case iu his hand, sit
which unexpected apparition the as
tonished merchant changed color, and
en'ii'ely lost his pnsciieeof mind. The
Viceroy ordered him from his presence,
w ith si severe rebuke for his falseho ul
and treachery, and an order never
ag iin to enter the pahic. At the same
lime he commanded him to semi him,
the next morning, eight bundled dol
lars w ilb live handled more; w hich he
did, and which were, by the Vio roy's
oiders, d ist i i but cd iin long t he hospitals.
Ii is Excellency i said to have ailded si
severe reprimand to the lady, for hav
ing made a bargain without writing.
In ordinary winter weather iu
Paris the services of -J "iiMI publicly paid
street swceiers are employed, with
JiHiii auxiliary h indsat half wage-. In
very bad weather TOlHI sweepers, be
sides inspectors and chiefs, are ready
at a moment's notice to ply their
brooms in all the streets of the city.
They begin at three iu the morniug
and end at four in the ulleinoon.
S iiuelinies, however, they work for
Woman suffrage has been rejected
by California's onstiuitioiuil Conven
tion. It is said that over .'lu,(XH Hindoos
have within a year proteased c'hris-
It is two hundred and fifteen years
I... ... i:i.i : ... ...i e ... . i...
siiii-i- me iiib uium w as pi iiiieo iui ine
j liustave I oiv has been promoted
I lo the rank ot a drain! Olliccr iu the
I Legion of Honor.
. S,,atl'svs it is thought
lhal ,,. Kl.v,,0(, New 'Testament,' at
I . m . ,. , ....... '
least, wfll be published in ismi.
It is estimated (hat ."."ft publica-
i Hons, more or less, concerning Dante,
: ''ave been issued within the seven
years uaung li'om .iinv, iso, lo juiy,
Of the twenty Muiries of Paris,
ten are now provided wilh libraries
called papular, where taxpayers can
procure instinctive hoiks gratui
tously. A salmon, measuring -I feet ."
inches in It ngth, was recently presented
to the museum of the Royal College of
Surueoiis in London, by l'intik Muck
laud, the na! iiialist.
An Alabama child weighing fifty
eight pounds is said lo be composed of
fitly pounds of head and eight pounds
ot body and limbs, and to have a very
bright mind sin I remarkably retentive
The longest word recorded In any
language is used by Aristophanes, in
his tin ii. "Tin- Women met in As
sembly." It is composed of seventy
s"eu syllables and one hundred ami
Oue of the largest of the (ireat
Ma is ton Salt Mines at Norlhwich,
Knglund. was lately lighted with the
electric light. The experiment was so
Rucccssl ul that this method of illumi
nation is likely lo be adopted.
- The Chieii'go Public Library con
tains ii i, ill 1 1 volumes, and with one
exception has a larger circulation than
i any ot her library in the country. It
! specially aboiuuis in l.cnii in. French,
i Dutch, Noise. Swedish, and Bohemian
' - They have an educated seal at the
! Westminster Aquarium which plays
i the guitar, beats a tambourine, climbs
a Might of steps ami takes a "header''
! from the tup, sino'cs a pipe, tires u
revolver and draws a boat to which it
is luiruessed, entering eagerly into the
The Maliiiittns had a simple but
filed mil met hod of disenvei ing wealthy
Hindoos. Tiiey poun d water on the
haves the people use instead of plates
to eat their rice from: if it ran off the
liiaii was rich, because lie could afford
cliinli"d hull'T. whereas the poor have
A catamount measuring thirty-
!''-U ''"'b lium Ui: '"""' l" hv lilM,f
l:m- caiiiiiii in a nap in i anie
roii county, Pa., by a boy ten years
old. When the lad discovered what lie
had caught i he si t the trap for a fox)
he went h uiie, got a revolver and shot
the beast, which was lurious to gel at
A French jeweller, iu !S7n. sold a
lady it ooiiti-ii'iiiic set of icwclrv. giving
a written promise to take the" articles
back if tm-y were not approved. She
wore them six years and then asked to
h ive thun exchanged tor sometning of
rt newer fashion. The Courts have
finally decided that he must tio so, stud
K. L .ndoii tribunal hits rendered a
similar judgment where the customer
wore a diamond ring tlnec years belore
Judge Johnston, of Cincinnati, is
quoted wit Ii saying lliul he was with
Abraham Lincoln one day when a
commit!) e came to ask the President
to suspend the draft until after his
second election, on the ground of its un
popularity. Slid Mr. Lincoln, quietly,
"Wiiiil is the Presidency worth to run
if 1 have no country?"' Whereupon
llu- committee retired. The Judge
says also: "Mr. sianton told me the
m xt day or so after Lincoln's death
that there was a time when the mem
bers ot his ( 'Vain 't ami he disputed on
quest ions ol policy, but they so often
lound themselves wrong anil Lincoln
right, he came to have his owu way,
and they to have I'litir ml'ulence in
his inspirations.' sis they called them.
He w is a man of wonderfully clear in
spirations: a man who employed no
pics or others to collect stories, but
judged of Hie public sentiment by in-
. ,,u, ,.,,, j,,,,, his own breast, und askiug
! himself what ought to be done."
I A serious and singular accident
I receiiuv occuueu mi tne ii uttsoii ttiver
i u uiioiiti, iu .M'w lork. A man
uaiiicu .liinics hick was standing near
the tnuk, when one of Hie freight
trains was passing. As soon as it lad
passed. Dick stepped into the middle,
ol Hie track. Py some accident it
hapitencil that the bell-roM' which runs
through the cars bad become detached,
so that il dragged about a block or
more behind tne train. When Dick
saw litis he took hold of the rope, not
withstanding the warning of one of the
biakeinen who was ou Hut caboose.
The cons queiice was that wlieu the
end of the rope g-t to him, it wound
around his body like a w hip-lash, and
dragged him alter the train. He Hew
through the air and swayed to and fro
like the tail of si kite on a windy day.
Tne rope was wound around his shoul
ders and right arm, so that he could
not possibly extricate himself. The
only thing that saved him was the
cut l ing of the rope by W illiam Wilson,
a brakenian, who saw his situation.
Af.er being dragged lor two blocks, he
was picked tii for dead and laid on a
snowbank, lit linally regained con
sciousness, and was sent to Hie hospital,
where i was found that his skull w
It mVured, and he had received ol
g rave injarie.