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THE WISDOM OF THE HEART.
Moments there are in life— alas, how fear !
When, casting cold, prudential doubts naide,
We take a generous impulse for our RU ide,
And following promptly what the heart thiuks
Commit to Providence the rest ;
Sure that DO after-reckoning will arise
Of shame or sorrow, for the heart is wise.
And happy the? who thus in faith obey
Their better nature ; err sometimes they may,
And some sad thoughts lie heavy in the
Such as by hope deceived are left behind ;
Rut like a shadow they will pass awav
From the pure suushine of the peaceful mind.
Do All For God.
"The practical life of the Christian
oomprehends three distinct elements,
viz r Working, fighting and 6uffi ring.
We have to do the will, of God in our
businegs ; this is working We have to
oppose oar bosom sin and resist tempta
tion ; this is fighting. We have, finally*
to endure with cheerfulness and suboiis
sioo whatever cross the L>rd Jesus
pleases to luy upon us ; this is suffering
And to be right iu the practical depart
went of the Christian life is summed up
in these three things, to work devoutly,
to fight manfully and to suffer patiently.
Kach man's wisdom and happiness must
oongist in doing, as well as his faculties
will admit, the work wbi.h God sets him
And this is the true motive, which lifts
up the humblest duties iuto a higher at
uiogphere, and refines away their e-rth
line-8, and glorifies them : "Whatsoever
ye do, do it heartily aB to the and
nit unto men ; kne wing that of the Lord
ye shall receive the reward of the in
heritance ; lor ye serve the Lord Christ "
Charles Stewart I'arnell spoke to an
immense meeting at the Madison Square
Garden. New York, on the night of the
4ih, on behalf of the Irit-n people At
ihe conclusion of his address it was re
solved that ' a formal and eat nest ap
peal be made to aid in the grand aohicv
uient of giving this ancient people a
living io their own laud, realizing the
idea given uttetance to by Mr. I'arnell
on his arrival of giving Ireland a place
.'tmong ihe nations of the earth ;in other
words, "Ireland for the Irish aud the
Irish for Ireland ' "
SEI.F HKl.PlMO —Marriage is the
natuial destiny of woman, to be wel
comed when it comes, yet it should not
he considered the acme of feminine hope
and ambition Our daughters must nnt
be turned adrift, with all their bright
possibilities, to marry because it is the
only thing they can do.
There is to be a grand ecumenical
council of Methodists from all parts of
he world, held in the United States
luring the year 1881, to discuss matters
relating to the church, aud representa
tives of 29,000,000 Methodists are ex
SAD. —Although it has been nearly
nineteen centuries ginoe Christ redeemed
'he world, it is estimated that only a
little more than 100,000,000 are con
verted to God ; and, that more than 1,-
000.000,000 are still iu the broad road
You find yourself refreshed by the
poesencc of cheerful people Why not
make earnest eff>rt to confer that pleas
ure on others ? You will find half the
battle gained if you never allow yourgelf
to say anything gloomy.
A Dr. Lambert sayg that cranb -rries,
with their malio and citric acid, are
good for (hose living in malarious places.
Cranberry jelly ho especially rccom
mends, as the seeds and skins irritate
a weak alimentary canal.
James Gordon liennett, proprietor of
tbe New York Herald has the largest
profits from a newspaper ot any man in
this country. His income from the
Herald is said to be 515.000 a day.
An editor being asked, 'Do hogg pay ?'
gays: Many do not. They take the
paper eevcral years and then have the
postmaster send it back marked "re
In 1878 there were 917 failures in
New York oity, representing $64 000,-,
000 In 1879 there were 460 failures,
aggregating $16,383 932.
Congress proposes to amend the Cun
stitution that hereafter there shall be nu
trouble in oouoting tbe electural vutes
for President and Vice-President.
On seeiog • hougc being whitewashed,
• small boy aaked, 'Mao, if yon please,
•re you shaving tbat house V
Longfellow calls Sunday the golden
olasp, that binds together the volume of
Nobody ever counted the toes on the
feet of poetry, ur the nails on the fingers
Nathaniel Holt's Idol.
"I am so tired !"
The flute like voice that uttered this
p -ttish exclamation broke through the
fragrant stillness of the autumnal even
ing like a jarring ohord iu gooie exquis
ite melody, and Nathaniel Holt looked
up from his paper with a slight frown
on his bronzed, handsome face.
He »a» tired, very tired, after a day
of hard labor on bis mountain lands
and had thrown himself into a great
easy chair uf his mother's, on the south
porch, for a moment's rest ; and he could
not understand how the speaker, & tall,
supple girl, with hands as white as milk,
who passed her time in comparative
idleness, could be tired.
For Elsie Marian was not one given
to unusual exertion, and generally man"
ag.d to secure the good things of this
world with as much ease as was possible
or consistent with her position as de
pendent nieoe in the tiomo ot her
mother's sister, Nathaniel Holt's aped
mother, who simply adored the bright
young girl who had brought sunshine
into her old house, and whose helpless
orphanage oovcred many serious faults
At this moment Elsie was seated on a
garden stool, half hidden by the droop
ing boughs of a willow, laboriously at
tempting to twist tiny bunches of dog
wood berries and autumn leaves into a
wreath, bcr dead gold hail falling about
a face as fair as any lily that lifted its
spotless brow to the opal shy, and no
violet that ever blossomed in the cool
tufts of uieaduw grass beyond the wil
low copse was as blue as the modest
eyes she lifted to Nathaniel holt's
He ctood over her, his hands folded
on bis back, and his broad, bronzed
brow Gushed a little with some suddeu
"Elsie," be began, the brows eyes
that she dared not meet searching thd
face that drooped beneath his gaze,
'•what has tired you ?"
"You were once a contented, happy
girl, Elsie ; what has changed you 1"
"Nothing." She spike listlessly, yet
a faint, sea-shell pink crept into (he
round, 6oft cheeks and up to tbe roots of
"Yes, Elsie, something has changed
you ; you are the same, and yet not the
same You have lost your blitheneos ;
you do not come to me vith kiud words,
as you once did, Elsie, and charm all my
cares away. Tell me why."
Nathaniel Holt sat down on the grass
at his cousin's feet, and watched the
oolor c ime and go in the face above
bim He was terribly in earnest, this
sober, self-contained man of 30, for
this young girl had been bis idol for
"I am not ohaoged." Elsie tried-to
steady her voioe. "I am the same to-day
that I have boen every day for years.
You know I am 20, and I must try and
"Has Lewis Walton anythiog to do
with the change, Elsie 1"
Elsie's face blushed crimsoo, yet she
"No. You sorely are not jealous,
It was Nathaniel's turn to blush oow,
which he did to perfeetion For answer
he drew the dogwood berries out of the
little hands, tod held the slender fingers
in his own
"1 am not jealous, Eleie. You do not
seem contented of late ; you are always
tired ; you never run up the mountain
path to meet me, or take long rambles
in the woodland, so ag to be near me,
as you ooee did. You see, I have growo
so used to your tender, watohful love,
Elsie, it would be hard to give it up.
And I have thought that you had grown
tired of me, and had given yuur love
to Lewis Walton, who seems a more
"A divorced man, Nathaniel !" E'sie
cried, lifting her eyebrows slightly,
although her cheeks were dy>d with
burning blushes and her lips trembled
"A divorced man," repeated Nathaniel,
looking her full in the faoe. "Yes,
Elsie, there is danger of you forgetting
me through him. for he is a more pol
ished, more fascinating man ; yet, Elsie,
dear, he is ag unstable ag the wind,
| and not calculated tu uiake any woman
I ' You must think uie very impressi
| ble," broke out Elsie, whose conscience
was not as easy us it might have been.
! ''When I gave uiy promise to be your
\ wife, I meant to keep it."
Nathaniel Holt drew the golden bead
: diwn to his breast and breathed a silent
prayer over it ; for Elsie was a woman,
with a beautiful woman's Jove of the
Wiirld sfolliesar.il adulation and he knew
einugh ol L»wis Walton's character to
ktow the arguments ho wouid ue«*. and
; tlat he would not be sparing ol Cattcribg
j '"Keuieniber this. E he said, «t\l
'ly ; "what U-'d bus joiucd together,
Iff no man pu f asunder, aid. altnruuh
the law has separated Lewis Wilton
and his wife, in the sight ot God the io
| his wile Btiil "
j "There"—Elsie lifted her face sud
, denly, and held up her li;s t>r a kiss—
'that will So. L must go iu to Aunt
Nathaniel ITolr kissed 'Ve lovely face,
not once, bet u.any tines, and yeais
efter those paes'.onats kisses wore rc
meat bored with keenest pain. El-ie
slipped away from him and ran into tho
bous u , and Nathaniel, silenced but not
convinced, eat perfectly still, and tried
to reason away bis fears, with knitted
After that life went on much as usual
at the Holt larm. Elsie was to become
its mistress at Christmas, and her Aunt
Kunice was very busy over the expected
vredding She loved Elsie with a moth
er's love alreadv, and Nathmtel, as tbe
autumnal months drifted by, grew a
trifle thoughtful; for Lewis Walton,
who had been a summer guest in the
neighborhood, still lingered, and still
called on Elsie, who tried to hide her
growing fondness for his company. He
was wealthy, indolent and gifted with a
persuasive tongue. Elsie loved ease,
lacked firmness of principle end will,
ar.d, although she imagined herself
faithful to Nathaniel, her heart was
Mfowly but mrely briog beguiled away
from the true and steadfast love of an
Nathaniel watched her with a brood
ing tenderner.l. lie wa so loyal him
self that he would instinctively notice
any waveringon Elsie's part, hethought;
yet the eyes of love are often blir.ded by
self-confidence, and when Elsie came
to bim aud laid her golden head against,
his arm, as she often did in the autumn
gloaming, Nathaniel's happiness was too
deep to be delusive, and he would hold
her to his breast as if nothing could
ever wrest her from histfaithful arms
Poor Elsie ! little did she know of the
passionate depth Bnd power of this
strong man's love. His homage was
hers by right, and she accepted it as
gome Princess might the service of her
vassals She never thought how deso
late that life would be il bereft of her
love—how barren of hope or happiness
would be his darkened future; f >r, if
he erred in any sense, it was in the
strength and purity uf thu love he laid
at her feet.
The purple haza of Ind!an summer
was lying on the hills. The sun sai ed
through the mist like a great ball uf
flame, and billows of dead-brown leaves
swept up the ravines, as Nathaniel Holt
trudged down the mosotain path, his
brown cheek flushed vrith exeroise, and
'his eyes kindling with love as the old
farm-house, with its many windors
stained with amber, ar.d tall gables
draped with scarlet runners, came in
view. His mother gat on the pnrcL
bathed in a rift of ruby sunshine, but
be looked in vaio for Elsie —Elsie who
had [rumised to come up the mountain
path to meet bim. Something like the
murmur of voices attracted his atten.
lion, and, turning into a side path, he
came upon Elsie aud Lewis Wolton
seated on a mossy lug, with their faces
turned froui him. Walton's hunting
jacket and gun lay on the grouud and
Elsie's hat had fallen at ber feet, white
the fair glowing face was upturned to
the hazy November sky, as if she dared
not, yet longed to meet the fire uf the
black eyes that seemed to read the in
oermost thoughts of ber heart.
"Elsie—Elsie," the soft, persuasive
voice was saying, "be wise, and listen to
me You do oot love Nathaniel Hull as
women love men they marry "
"Nathaniel is so good, and has been
like a brother to me since mamma'e
denih " murmured E sie, byway of pro
test, while Nathaniel stool as if rooted
to the spot, hit, breath coming in thick,
"That's just it, Elsie; you have mis
taken your feelings. Instead of the love
you should give him, y/u will reward
his great love—for he does love yoti
deeply—with a warm, sisterly affection
Ah ! E'sie, think rn tiuie—l love you as
I Lave uever luyed before, and, Elsie,
yon love me," said Lewis Walton, as he
put his arm around her slender waist
and diew Elsie's happy face to his
bosom, and covered the warm, red lips
Nathaniel Holt ■fled from tho spot like
a liuutcd deer The veins on his letn
ph s etond out like whip-oords, arid dry,
voiceless sobs bioke f rom him as he sank
down on the mossy turf and buried his
fiico in the cedar spears tliat lay inch
deep on the moist ground Never ugaiu
ci-uld he take E tie Marian's false face
in !.is bands and kiss it with a lover's
kis es. For si e had willfully given up
t'>e pure, honest love of his guileless
he:irt for the love of uian who, in the
eitfht ol Uod, if not in the sight of men,
was legally b 'ut.d to another. Perhaps
he baa been mistaken in himself, but
this he knew, be had made an idol of
her aud given her such lice as no hu-nan
beins: should lavish on a fellow rrenture
be they ever so perfect, and God had
seen the foolishness of his idoluti.ius
love, and punished him sore'y for it.
After his passion of grief had speut
itself, he arose and turned into the path
that led homeward, feelitg very much
as if he had stood beside Elsie Marian's
grave and saw her laid in it His face
had grown white and hard and stern in
that short but bitter struggle, and the
brown eyes were full of a grirf too deep
for tears. He felt faint and dir*y when
he saw Elsie standing at the meadow
eate alone, and tho liuht of her newly
awakened love in her blue eyes
"Nathaniel"—•-she speaks nervously,
for her womanly instinct tells her so-'e
thing is wrong—'what has happened ?
You are lute."
"Just this, Elsie"—he takes her hands
in his and turns his 6et, white fuce away
from her—"l have lost something out of
my life which I shall never, never «n
again—an untroubled mind ; and, E'-ie,
dear, forgive me if I have mistaken
gratitude for love, and held you against
your will. Take the man of your choice,
E'sie, and Heaven grant yon may not
find your happiness Dead sea fruit "
"Oh, Nathaniel !" Elsie's tears arc
falling over the hard, brown hands; 'T
did not deserve your love—l do uot d?
serve your kindness now."
"Go!" he says, gently, and E'sie slips
pa*t bim, leaving him to conquer the
rush of feeling that threatened to over
power him. At length be felt strong
enough to face his future, and went into
the houoe with a look on his face that
told bis mother the hour she dieidcd
had come ; for, with the keen instincts
of her sex, she had foreseen the result
of Lewis Walton's attentions and wag
uiore grieved than surprised when
Nathaniel told bis pitiful story.
E'sie wag marticd. The first snow
had just whitened the earth when she
left the Holt farm, the wife of Lewis
Walton, a stiange pallor on her beauti
ful face, a strange dread in her heart ;
for soma thoughts had come to her in
the eleventh hour that were Deithcr
plcaiant nor enoobling, for they taught
ber that her life had been a mistake, as
far as stability of foeling and purity of
purpose were concerned ; for the white,
Weary faoe of Nathaui'jl Holt wag dearer
to her heart than the handecmc face of
t! e husband at her side.
The winter days rolled on. News of
Elsie VValton's triumphs came now and
then to the quiet farm-house and stirred
Nathaniel Holt's heart with a touch of
his old pain ; for he could not forget that
all this beauty and grace n.ight have
been his Lewis Walton might value it
as a child prix s a beautiful toy; he
would have idolized it as a devotee wor
ships the beauty of his goddess—aud
for this feeling alone be felt the great
treasure of Elsie's love had been denied
Hut a rumor was stirring in tbe fash
ionabte wot Id that never reached the
quiec old homestead. Men looked with
pity on the lovely, trusting wife ; women
smiled and soeered behind their fans;
aud still Elsie never dreamed augbl of
(he shame and disgrace that was garb
ering arnnnd her
When the new* of her fickle husband's
elopement with a dashing widuw reached
her, she threw up her hands witli a cry
of despair—""Nathaniel, Nathaniel, my
g'n has found me out !"
Three days later the dead body of her
husband—for a railroad accident had
ended his career—was carried home to
her; and Elsie, broken and full of bitter
remorse, followed it to its last resting
p'ace, then turned her face to the quiet
old home she had left a bride but a few
Nathaniel asked no questions. The
sad, white face was dearer to him now
than it had ever been before, tie made
no outward sign of the love that was
burning within bis breast, yet his care
of her was wonderful, and he thanked
G.>d thut through afflictioo he had been
shown the weakness of his idol, and that
Elsie was but human, while bis own
heart had been purified in the fire of
tabulation More than a year ufter
Lewis Walton's death, we find them
standing where we first saw them—under
the old willow—and Elsie is wearing a
wreath of dogwood berries and autumn
leaves lier checks are flushed and a
tender light fills the beautiful eyes.
" Elsie"— Nathaniel itupi isoos the slen
der fingers—'you must let me speak,
(iive uie back the love I lost When you
became the wife of another."
'•N itlmniel"—Elsie's voice is full of
contrition—' I did not know my own
"Y u know it now, Elsie; say it ia
•F 'rever and forever, Nathaniol."
And who will question his right to
take the head to bis bosom,
where we hope it may rest for many
yeurs to come.
LIKR'S MONITORS.—Life is not inten
ded to be a monotonous lullaby, bum
drum and unvarying Were it so, our
souls w.'uld bcoouie drowsy The sea
sons are nvmitors, their reckoning sure.
: ''(ind'a great time keeper," as Uushnel!
savs—nut only sure but oonpolsatory.
We cannot stop the whirl of days, aod
months, and years, and centuries. Titue
is reeled of) in definite measurement.
Seed-time and harvest come aud go,
fruits ripen and decay, the clock of
Tiuie keeps tolling its messages of mer
cy and menaces of warning. This is a
part of the system of -nstruotion under
whieh we live, the eiternal architectural
teachings of Nature about u:=. Thus
we may learn to number our days orij
apply our hearts auto wisdom. Thus
ui»y iUy unto day utter speech, and
night unto uight teach us true
until we reach the laod whose calendar
is not measured by waning moons and
DIDTIIBCIIIUKSI! IKTBKT BANK
—Sir John Lubbock, in the JVi 'neteen/h
Century , oredi's the Chinese with tb«
indention of bank notes. It is related
that about 119 B C , the court being in
want of money, the Halifax of the day
hit upon the following device : When
any Prince or oourtier entered the im
perial presence it was customary to
oovcr the face with • picoa of skin. It
was 6rst decreed that for this purpose
the skin of a certain white deer, kept
in one of the royal parks, should alone
be employed, and then these skins,
which appear to hare passed from one
noble to another, were sold for a high
price. Thus bank notes are believed
to have come into vogue in China about
800 A D., and were called feyt lien, or
There is a Indie's memorial before
Congress demanding the expulsion of
(ieorge Q. Cannon, DO* serving his
fourth term as a delegate from Uuh in
Congress. George is very "muobly
married," having a half-docen or more
wives, so-called He is • strong ndvo
care ol polygamy and practices it to the
best of his ability. Let Congress un
load Shoot off this mighty Mormon
Cannou with a boom.
A fe low wrote tu • down town store
as follows : ' Dere sur : if jew ho? gut
a book called Daniel Webstfr on a
bridge, please Bend me a ooppy by I'y
ser's exr.ress o. 0. d.—i waut u> pit it
termorrer if I kin, cause my spelm
techer says i orter he? it."