North Carolina Newspapers

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VOL. III., NO. 16.
PINEHURST, N. C, FEB. 16, 1900.
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Love never dies !
Albeit the idols from their niches fall,
And leave the soul enrobed in sabled pall.
Love is of God :
Tis born above, deseendeth from the sky;
It is immortal, therefore cannot die!
Love tflori lies,
And so Hlieds lustre o'er the dreariest way
Chasing dull care with its celestial ray.
Who hath not loved,
Hath groped among the shadows of the night,
Ifatli missed from joyous day its gracious light.
Not to have loved
Is to have lost the perfume of the rose,
Whose hidden sweets love only can disclose.
Love lives for aye.
Though hidden be its germ in depths below,
Shall ye not reap that which in tears ye sow?
Love ever lives.
Thus in my saddest hour, I solace find,
With rosemary of remembrance fair entwined,
My absent Love,
My fallen idol, riseth to new life;
lk'iids o'er me while I sleep from wearying strife;
Love is God's gift,
Is whispered softly, so can never die,
Twill bloom with added beauty bye and bye.
Anna IIuhhakd Meucuu.
Itcg'ioii About lMneliiirst lias a Weal III
of ISIoKMoins in Spring and Knhiiiier.
The following article describing many
of the beautiful flowering trees, shrubs
and plants to be found in and about
Pinehurst is from the pen of an amateur
botanist who spent several years in this
vicinity, and will doubtless prove inter
esting to our readers.
"The name, 'Pine Barrens,' which is
.applied to that part -of the Southern states
covered with the long-leaf pine, is not
suggestive of flowers or aught else of
beauty. 'Nothing but pines, scrub-oaks
and sand!" is the petulant verdict of the
casual traveller, as he journeys through
ibis region.
"I'ines, indeed, there are, toweringand
in:issive, with foliage so dark as to make
tbein gloomy, until one learns to know
a,ul 1,,ve t,l('. To those who have come
f'oin the more ungenial North, in search
Jf health and strength, these sturdy trees
breathing fo, t,h their fragrant, life-giving
aoma, have proved truly that their leaves
lfr the healing of the nations.'
"Wherever the pines are cut out the
despoiled earth is covered by the scrub
or '.lack' oak, which though never
gaming any great size, and of little
'iie tor commercial purposes, is by no
'''s useless. Practically it affords ex
ul ,ue1' a,u1' notwithstanding its
J." "H'ss, when deprived of its leaves, dur-
th.e seas,,,, of foliage it gratifies the
Uie T'- Sh,e f Ur lwtures When in
spring, the trees are covered with
J" :ve,,owi tassel-like blossoms, they
' l"'i1,li:l,lt "eg of color against the
n" ,,:,'-ound of pines. The leaves
'"i fallow are at first the same shade
d',,1 '! Vel'S, SmduaUy changing to
h ( v ." wii, and when full-grown, becom
. 'K'y and thick that thev fairly
'lvU light breeze, as did the
golden bough sought by Eneas. More
over, as a sudden gust sets them to quiv
ering, they simulate human voices, and
frequently, when listening to the deep,
musical song of the pines, is the dreamer
aroused, thinking that guests are ap
proaching. In the fall they turn to a
rich red, rivalling the autumn foliage of
the maples, but finally succumbing to
the killing frosts, they turn to russet
brown, and thus hang and shiver on the
trees throughout the short winter until
sent hurrying and scurrying by the mis
chievous breath of the March wind.
"The particular locality under consid
eration, is in the south central part of
North Carolina, situated on a high ridge,
where the soil, composed mainly of sand
so white as to resemble snow, is said by
the natives to be 'mighty poor.' 'Why,'
said one of our Southern brethren, 'there
white, and easily reminding one of the
Drummond phlox so universally culti
vated. "During the early spring the trees give
us many beautiful flowers, and a strik
ingly handsome bouquet is made of
branches of the swamp maple, with its
crimson, winged seed-vessels hanging in
clusters, and the brilliant white blossoms
of the dogwood. Throughout April the
latter trees are a most salient feature of
the landscape, and nothing else is so
well-adapted to household adornment.
The flowers, growing only on one side
of the branches, turn outwards, when
arranged in vases or fastened to the walls ;
and our rooms are often converted into
bowers of purity and whiteness, charm
ing enough for the most dainty bride.
"Two members of the interesting Sar
recenia family are found here in abun-
0t an
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,.; ., v,f. v.wi four-i rew
won't nothing grow there except cow-
peas; and they groan when they sprout !'
"Vet. in snife of such unpromising con
ditions, the flora is both varied and fas
cinating. The flower season opens early,
or at least so it seems to a New hngland-
er, and trailing arbutus Mayflowers no
longer are often in bloom on St. Valen
tine's day ; and for six weeks these lovely
flowers, so fraught with childhood mem
ories and recollections of home, gladden
our hearts. Encouraged by the balmy
weather, they sometimes produce a double
ariety, so rare as to have escaped the
notice of most botanists.
"Before the arbutus is gone the violets
appear; not only the small, shy blossoms
of the North, but larger, wide-open ones,
light blue or lavender, and known as
birdVfoot violet. With them comes a
dwarf iris, bright blue and golden-
throated: and about the same time, in
great patches which cover the ground,
found a low-growing phlox, a ueiicare
flower, varying from bright pink to
dance; the pitcher-plant, with its curious
flowers, and the larger trumpet-leaf, with
its nodding, greenish-yellow blossom.
"With the coining of May the varieties
increase, and the Pulse and Composite
families seemingly strive to out-do each
other in numbers. The most noticeable
of the Pulse family are the one-leaved
lupine with blue flowers and ever-green
foliage; baptisia, or false indigo (so called
because an inferior quality of indigo is
obtained from it), bearing long racemes
of golden-yellow blossoms; tephrosia, or
hoary pea, familiarly known as Devil's
lute-string, or shoe-string, a name sug
gested by its long, slender, tough roots
rather than undue intimacy with his
Satanic Majesty, and having a variegated
blossom of purplish-pink and yellow,
which changes to pink and white, and
resembles the sweet-pea in appearance,
but without its perfume; the indiyofera,
or true indigo plant, which, though its
blossoms are insignificant, is very grace
ful, somewhat similar to the maidenhair
fern in form and foliage ; the sensitive,
or partridge pea, and the butterfly pea,
a showy lavender flower with an un
usually large 'banner.'
"It is in May that the sweet bay and
its cousin, the beautiful tulip tree, put
forth their blossoms; those of the former,
creamy-white and heavily scented, and
those of the latter yellow and orange,
with a scarcely perceptible oder. In this
month, also, the roadsides are beautified
by azaleas, or false honeysuckles, of
which there are twro representatives : one
flaunting its bright red-pink flowers ; the
other more sedate with its white, rosy
tinged corolla, so clammy, or sticky, that
its sides cling together, holding fast the
unfortunate insects which alight upon it.
"The spurge nettle, a low herb, with
rather showy white flowers, attracts
attention in more ways than one if an
attempt to gather it is made. As might
be inferred it belongs to the Spurge
family, and is also appropriately called
'tread softly,' its leaves and stems being
covered with stiff, stinging hairs. Speak
ing of nettles naturally suggests the
cactus of which only one variety is found
here; this has a deep-yellow blossom and
prickles enough for a dozen species.
"Among the minor spring flowers are
ji spider-wort, tradescantia rosea, a name
much more imposing than the plant; a
lobelia with a tiny blue blossom; five
linger, gold thread, blue-eyed grass, and
many others.
"Most varieties of the Composite family
bloom in summer and fall, though a few
flower in the spring. Perhaps the most
common are the asters, of which there
are many kinds, most of them yellow,
and varying in size from small, low plants
with tiny blossoms to those six feet in
height with proportionately large flow
ers. The liatris, or blazing star, grows
luxuriantly and is evidently blessed with
an indomitable will, for its long branches
of rose-purple flowers are sometimes
found victoriously growing up from a dry
looking heap of chips, or gaily creeping
from under piles of lumber heavy enough
to discourage anything less persevering.
Golden-rod, here as everywhere, asserts
its claim to the honor of being a national
emblem, as, with true American patriot
ism, it shows its colors on umber-hued
hillsides and waves triumphantly among
the neglected grasses of 'old fields."
"The terrestrial orchids are a source
of much enjoyment to the botanist and
among several varieties observed the fol
lowing are most attractive : the yellow
fringed orchis; habenaria, dazzling white
with a long spur; spiranthes, or ladies'
tresses, small white flowers spirally
twisted in a spike; calopogon, and
pogonia whose names are derived from
Greek words meaning 'beautiful bearded.'
"One of the handsomest plants in the
piney woods is the yucca filamentosa, or
Adam's thread and needle. The latter
name is accounted for by the hair-like
filaments on the edges of the leaves and
the spines on their points; but, suppos-
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