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A Visit to That Mecca of Loving
Hearts in, the Court House
Known as the
MARRIAGE LICENSE OFFICE.
fjL Some Scenes and Incidents of Daily
, HOW'TO GET A PERMIT FOR MATRIMOKI.
Allecbenv Conntv's matrimonial Record
The Patient Marriage Llccnie Clerk A
Bridegroom's Search Tbe Usnnl Qacii
lions Some Peculiar Replies Didn't
Know Bis Bride's Name Her Father
Was Not nt Home A Qnestlon of Su
premacy His Bluff Did Xoc Go A White
Woman's Benson for Slarrylng a China
man How They Act When Taking- Ont a
mamm roE im dispatch.:
HEN Cnpid wander-
' ed through the groves
of Venus, clad in lit
tle.but a pair of wings
and a saucy air, and
entered into partner
ship with Hymen,
thus organizing the
most popular firm on
record, love and mar
riare were not snb
'tt!!L'!l) jected to as many so.
ciai sua legal restrict
ions as at present.
The Olympian gods
never realized the
utility nor necessity of marriage licenses.
Their successors, who meet bienniallv at
Harrisburg. saw where Jupiter and his
Satellites had made a mistake, and there
fore enacted a law making it a misde
meanor for loving hearts to be united in
matrimony without first securing a permit
from a County Blister.
Since the marriage license law went into
effect in October, 1885, nearly 19,000 licenses
have been issued in Allegheny county, thus
giving 38,000 persons the privilege of solv
ing for themselves the chestnutty problem,
"Is marriage a failure." The returns are
not all in, but tbe records of the divorce
courts of tbecountv show quite a number of
affirmative answers, about 4 per cent of he
number of the licenses issued. Marriage,
The Dispenser of JIarriage Licenses.
however, is not going out of fashion, plenty
of men and maidens being willing to take
chances on being among the presumably
happy 95 per cent.
If there is a patient man in this world it
is Captain John Hieber, wbo is tbe official
dispenser of marriage licenses for this
county. All day lone he is besieged by
persons who insist upon being married,
whether they can read their title's clear or
not. Day after day tbe Captain explains
the provisions of tbe law to the obstinate,
the ignorant, the hot-tempered and the tear
HUNTING FOB A LICENSE.
The marriage license office is located in
tbe southeast corner of the Court House, in
a gallery overlooking the Register's Office.
It is not a difficult place to find, yet tbe man
who desires to play a leading role in a
"a double life," almost invariably wanders
into every other office in the building first.
He naturally feels shy, unless he is a
widower, when he makes the first mistake,
but by the time he has struck the fourth or
fifth office without finding the right place,
he is so overcome with confusion that he is
ready to apologize for his very existence.
That is, unless he is a red-headed man, and
he is generally mad enough to fight. When
the young couple go together alter a license
it is worse yet. More than one marriage
which would have been annulled later for
incompatibility of temperament has been ar
rested on the threshhold of the niarnrn Ii.
cense office, by the parties quarreling over
which one was responsible for their wander
ings through the long corridors of the legal
temple, and parting then and there because
neither wonld assume the blame.
Once in the marriage license office the ap
plicants feel that their troubles are over, but
they are sometimes mistaken. Thev feel as
sured that a man of Captain Hieber's mild
appearance will not refuse to crown their
happiness. But the Captain won his title on
many hard-feught fields of battle, and is as
ready at the calf of duty to face the flashing
batteries of bright eyes, albeit some of them
are very pretty, as he was to charge upon
the glittering bayonets ot the Confederates.
He has a few questions to ask some of them
mt0T TVMnfpH nnil 4l!titliaMnM.. rrl,...
"being answered satisfactorily and the an
swers sworn to, the license is forthcoming.
The question of age is put first. It bride
and groom both confess to being 21 years
old, the worst jart is over. If one is under
age, the parents or legal guardian must first
consent to the marriage.
A delicate question.
"Have you ever been married before?"
is an awkward query to put to a young and
prepossessing lady, and is generally an
swered in the negative with a decided toss
ortheead. But it is part of the formula,
and hai to be answered by both parties. It
tbe answer is in the affirmative, then the
questionls asked, "How was tbe marriage
dissolved; by death or divorce?" Some pe
culiar answers are given to this query.
There are many Ben and women who be-
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lieve, and act upon the belief, that if their
aforetime partners have deserted them and
married again in defiance of the law. they,
themselves) are freed from the chafing bonds.
There are also many who think, that the
willful absence of the sharer of their bed
and board is equivalent to a divorce. This
is a mistake. Desertion for two years or
more is sufficient grounds for a divorce, bnt
a decree must be obtained before another
marriage is consummated.
The questions of age and previous marital
-conditions are the two hard spots. The
other queries relate to birthplace, and are of
comparatively little importance. If the
groom goes alone for the license he must be
able to answer all the questions on behalf of
his bride. Many young men do not know
the date and place of tbe young lady's birth,
and that generally results in a postpone
ment of the wedding. It is on record that
one applicant did not know his bride's sur
name. "I always call her Mamie." he said.
He knew more when he came back next
day. It is not an uncommon thing for ap
plicants to be unable to give the date ot
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Signing the Record.
their birth, many of them merelv approxi
mating their age, as "past 30." So long as
tbeir appearance shows that they are more
than 21 years old this ignorance does not
impede their progress to matrimony.
HEB FATIIEB "WAS ATAY,
An amusing case occurred recently. A
young couple came after a license. The
lady was only 20 years old, and was told
that she must have her father's consent.
She hesitated and then said: "My lather
can't get out"
"Well," replied Captain Heiber, "take
tbe blank consent to him. get him to fill it
out, have a notarv public swear him to it,
and then bring it back."
"Oh, he's not at home."
"Well, why no? wait till he comes back.
How long will he be away?"
"Oh, for nearly six months. We don't
want to wait that long."
"Why, where is he? Out of the country?"
"N-o," and here she hesitated and
blushed; "he's in the workhouse."
"Well, that's easily fixed," replied Cap
tain Heiber. "Take a blank consent to
Claremont. One of the officials is a notary
public, and he will swear your father to it.
On another occasion a stern-visaged woman
came to the office to give her consent to her
daughter's marriage. The clerk asked the
girl if her father was living, and she said he
was. She was told that the old gentleman
must give his consent, as he was the head of
"Oh, that's all right," interposed tbe
mother. "I run the house. Whatever I
say my husband agrees to, and he'd better,
It took some time to persuade the woman
that she could not ruu the Commonwealth.
and the next day the old gentleman was
produced and meekly cave his consent, .but
m a. manner which showed "he Telt flattered
by the consideration paid him by tbe great
An evidence of superlative cheek was
given by a yonngman from Troy Hill who
wanted to marry the daughter of a neigh
bor who objected to the match. A license
was reinsed because the lady was under
age, and the yonng man tried to bluff the
stern parent into consenting. He asked the
old man to accompany him to the Court
House to help him transact some legal
business. The old gentleman agreed, al
though it was a stormy day, and the two
finally reached the marriage'license office in
a wet, bedraggled condition.
The young man called the clerk aside
and said: "Here's the father of the girl I
want to marry. He'll give his consent."
A HITCH IN THE PBOCEEDINGS.
The clerk made out the proper papers,
and calling the old man up, asked: "Do
you consent to the marriage of your daugh
ter with this young man?" .
"Do you consent to the marriage of your
daughter to this nnn?"
"Who me? What do you mean?"
Then it dawned upon the old man that he
had been looled. The young man had a
start of a few feet, and he kept it down the
corridor and out of the building, wnen both
were lost to view.
It is not an uncommon thing for white
women to marry colored men, and although
the officials scan these cases closely they us
ually obtain a license, as there is no law in
this Stale against miscegenation. On one
occasion a white woman and a Chinaman
applied for a license. The woman was
asked if she did not think she was making
a mistake, but replied that she knew the
bridegroom was industrious and would sup
port his wife, while she had known many
ldle.worfhless Caucasians. Her argument
Under the marriage license law self or
common law marriages are permissible. The
parties sign a paper very similar to the or
dinary marriage license, their signatures are
attested by two witnesses, a fee of 50 cents is
paid, and the couple are legally married.
This is not often done, as most people feel
that marriage is a religious ordinance, which
should receive the sanction of the Church.
It is quite a pretty sight to see a young
conple in the marriage license office. The
pretty bride and all brides are beautiful
teels, or acts as if she feels, a little timid.
She is not accustomed to legal procedures,
and is not quite sure but she may be ruth
lessly torn away from her gallant lover. To
prevent this she clings closely to his side.
THE SBEAD OEDEAL.
The clerk picks up a blank in a cold, pro
saic manner, and tbe girl wonders if he
realizes that "John and I are to be mar
ried?" The clerk asks the usual questions.
The lady is usually ready with her answers,
although she protests with her eyes at
the impertinenceJf the law, and often
prompts the brrjiegroom when he forgets
whether he was'born in the United States or
in Asia Minor. Then they have to sign the
record. The lady generally takes off her
gloves, and thereby shows her engagement
ring. After affixing her signature she looks
at it critically, apparently wondering whether
she will like her new name better, and if it
will take ber long to learn to write it. Both
hold up their right hands while they are
sworn to their statements. John pays half
a dollar, puts the precious paper "in his
breast pocket, and the couple depart. Ten
to one, before the office door closes you hear
a suppressed giggle and an injunction to
John not to lose tbe license.
Occasionally John doesn't have 60 cents,
and hat to borrow from the lady. More
than oncethe happy groom has had to leave
his bride in the office while he went out to
skirmish lor the lee.
A peculiar thing abont people who are
about to get married is that most of them
object to having their names published in
the daily list The reasons they give are
various. One man works in a mill, and he
doesn't want his fellow-workmen to plague
him. Another man had a grown-up daugh
ter, and she might make things unpleasant.
A widow did not want her first husband's
family to know she was remarrying, and so
the reasons multiply.
JE "WAS UNCOMMON.
One aristocrat from the Pacific Slope was I
very frank. .He didn't want Ms name pub
lished among the plebeian cognomens of
"common people." By a peculiar freak of
fate, his name appeared in the newspapers
the next morning sandwiched between the
names of two Hungarians, and as the latter
could not read English, they did not ob
ject Bribery is sometimes "attempted to
prevent publication, but without effect, as
the officials at once suspect something is
wrong, and therefore endeavor to give wide
publicity to the names on the license. In
cases where there have been recent deaths
in the family, or where there are other
cogent reasons, the names are omitted from
the list given out for publication.
Making false statements to the Marriage
License Clerk for the purpose of obtaining a
license constitutes perjury, and is severely
punished. Several cases have already oc
curred, and have always been vigorously
pushed bv Begister Conner and his prede
cessor, Register Hoerr.
There is always a great rush for licenses
a day or two before Easter, the Fourth of
Julv, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New
Yearss', but the latter has a little the best of
it, many persons apparently feeling that it
is good to enter upon a new life with the
The old adage that "lovers are supersti
tions" is strikingly illustrated in the mar
riage license office. Very rarely is a license
taken out on that ill-omened day Friday.
ROMANCE iND HOTEL,
The Difference Between the Two Classes
New Orleans PIoLynne.3
There is a clear distinction between those
works of the imagination known respect
ively as the romance and the novel. The
romance owes its name to the fact that it
was composed by the trouveres or trouba
dours in Romaic dialects. It was originally
poetic in form and is still poetic in sub
stance. The modern novel is a development
of the novella or nouvelle of the Italian,
Spanish and French literatures of the
'fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, and may
ne traced bacK to tbe labliaux of tbe old
Provencal poets. The romance deals with
great characters and extraordinary events.
The novel proper is confined to a lower
plane, and is strained in its action by con
siderations of probability. These definitions
are more general than precise; but they will
serve, perhaps, to indicate plainly enough,
though roughly, the differences we have in
view. In point of fact, many works of fic
tion partake in part of the nature of the
romance and in part of that of the novel.
There is no reason why a romance should
not be, in a certain sense, realistic. We
suppose that most readers would class
"Robinson Crusoe" as a romance; but we
know of no work in which the imagination
is at once more free and more sober. It is
not a story of common life; but 'its whole
movement is suggested and defended by
probability. Crusoe is never placed beyond
our comprehension or our sympathy. He is
always natural and always human. In the
"Arabian Nights" we find genuinely human
men and women, and we recognize the uni
versal motives of humanity in their condnct;
but the machinery employed is largely
magical and supernatural.
17. L. SCOTT AFTER A PAbS.
Might Be Able to Do Depew a Good
Tarn In Congress.
Chicago Tribune. 3
" When the letters asking Chauncey M.
Depew for railroad passes were published
awhile ago one irom W. L. Scott, the Dem
ocratic leader and friend of Grover Cleve
land, was overlooked. This is the way
Scott asked for s. pass:
Erie, Pa September 1SS8.
My Dear Mr. Depew:
I don't often ask for favors In the way of
passes, but if I could get an annual pass, good
until January 1. over the New York Central
Railroad and it would suit me better if I could
get it from New York to Erie in favor of
Harry Batterfield, it would be of great ad
vantage to me in my figut here in this district;
and, although you are a Republican and lam a
Democrat, we do not differ much in regard to
our views in connection with corporate prop
erty, and I may be able to serve these interests
should I poll through again. 1 am sure the pass
would be used three times between now and
January L Yours truly,
W. L. Bcorr.
Mr. Scott got the pass, but the records of the
Honse will have to be examined to ascertain
whether he voted "all right" when corpora
tion interests were involved as he promised.
A TEEDANT I0UTH.
The Old Man Conldn't Eren be DeceWed by
"That young man is terr'ble green," said
a farmer, who did not admire the airs of a
neighbor's son, just retnrned home after a
year's post-graduate study in France.
"Why, pa, I don't see how' you can call
him green!" Baid the farmer's daughter.
"Such a splendidly educated young man,
and he's been in Paris, too!"
"HumphI" said her father. "I suppose
you never heard of such a thing as Paris
Lawyer Switzer Call a messenger, Rich
ard. Richard Yes, sir.
Lightning Charley (ten seconds-Jater)
Sorry to be late, boss, but some gravel got
in th' tube, an' I rasped 'a little comm'
'round th' corners. Puci.
Q . to
FOE ALL HALLOWEEN
A Day of General Merriment, Feast
ing, Dancing and Visiting in
THE AKCIENT CITY OP MEXICO.
Commencing the Fun With the First Ap
pearance of Dawn.
GAT KIGHT SCENES ON THE PLAZAS
ICOnBZSPOJfDKltCI OV THE DISPATCH. J
City op Mexico, October 24. Of all the
many feasts and festivals celebrated by the
Mexicans, there is none which they observe
more universally, and hail with greater joy,
than that of October 31, or All Hallow Even
commonly contracted to Hollow Eve
which falls this year on next Thursday. It
is the commencement of a period of merri
ment and festivity, which continues for three
days, and is participated in by all classes of
the people. So eagerly do they long for its
approach, that, unable to wait until even
ing, they commence their celebration at day
break. Any stranger going abroad after sunrise
would know at once that it was a holiday.
Look up or look down the leading streets,
which way you will, everything is stirring.
All are arrayed in their best, while
their faces are wreathed with smiles,
of expectancy that speak more eloquently
than words of the pleasures they are antici
pating. No Persian everpaid more respectful
obeisance or attention to that great planet,
the sun, than do the Mexicans.' No sooner
does he send a few scattered threads of light
over the twin towers of tbe great cathedral,
than countless groups of worthy citizens,
who are making holiday because to-night
will be Hallow Eve, assemble in the Alameda
and the Plaza Mayor, the two great public
pleasure grounds of the capital, to bask in
his beams. The fact that HallowEve was in
tended by the church as a vigil preceding
All Hallowmas or All Saints' Day is en
tirely lost sight of. How to crowd the great
est amount of enjoyment into the hours of
festivity is the uppermost thought in the
minds of all.
SOME TYPICAL GROUPS.
Many of these groups are strikingly pic
turesque and would be a fine study for an
artist in figure painting. They include all
classes of society. Here a knot of high-
spirited blades are chatting over the last'
robbery, xhey are arranging operations for
the night, when they anticipate a rich har
vest dnring the absence of the many house
holders' who will celebrate Hallow Eve
away from home, and they are discussing
the possibility of winning to their purpose
some frail sereno (night policeman), whose
co-operation may be necessary, or whom it
may be desirable to have opportunely seized
by an unconquerable lethargy at a given
tjme and place. Mexican criminals are
among the shrewdest and most expert in the
world, and, though the police of this city
deserve great credit for the fidelity with
which they perform their duties, robberies
are of frequent occurrence, especially at
But a short distance from these gentry
are a bait dozen omcers ot the armv, dis
cussing the merits of tbeir cigars and their
horses, and laying plans for a merry Hallow
Eve. Just beyond them a group of thin,
sallow, disappointed looking men are
are heaping anathemas upon the President
and his ministers because they have failed
to recognize their merits and to give them an
opportunity- to .fatten at the public crib.
But even these " finally agree 'that
this is not the time to disenss their
wrongs, and that only pleasure and
enjoyment should occupy one's thoughts at
Groups of lechuginos (dudes) saunter
down the flagways to the common center,
where prosperous and substantial fathers of
families assemble in gronps to hear and
communicate news. The fair sex, ever kind
hearted and prepossessing, grace and ani
mate the scene with their presence. If you
will strain your neck a little and take in at
one view the Calles de Esperitu Santo and
Plateros, you will see the graceful forms of
MEXICO'S FAIBEST DAUOHTEBS,
supported and watched in the rear by pru
dent mothers, who well know the wily
ambush prepared for their offspring by the
crowds of young fops and ancient idlers wbo
lie in wait for their passage. The blue
roboros of the women and the red serapes
and 'white duck trousers of the men, who are
vending their wares in the adjoining flower
market, fill in with bits of bright color such
a picture as you can never hope to see else
where. Both plazas are crowded with verduleras
(hawkers), who are vending every imagin
able species of holiday edibles and holiday
wares, and filling the airwith hoarse cries.
Sombreros, elaborately trimmed with silver
lace and ornamented with their owner's
monogram in silver letters, flash in the light
side by side with the glossy and more mod
ern silk hat. Brilliantly-colored handker
chiefs on the1 heads of manolas (young
women) contrast prettily with the blacc
lace adorning the graceful polls of the
muchachas (young ladies of the upper
class). Seemingly one of the most philo
sophical observer of this varied scene is an
enormous hog, boxed up in a corner of the
Plaza Mayor and flanked by a shed where
he is put up to be raffled for at a medio (6
cents) per ticket.
.bven the animal creation is well repre
sented in this motley throng which has
turned out to keen holiday time. The
burros those invaluable little donkeys
which play uch an important part in Mexi
can life enticed by the sunshine and the
hope of picking up some salad leaves near
the fountain, have taken advantage of the
temporary absence of their masters, the ar
ricros (hucksters or carriers), who habitually
leave them in the street untied, and have
strolled down from various directions pack
on back to nose their way through the
crowd, which seems perfectly accustomed to
this familiarity. A donkey is not looked
upon as a nuisance in a Mexican throng.
People step aside to let him pass, with as
much politeness as they would show to a
As the day advances everybody begins to
think about dining. A good dinner is as
important a feature of the celebration
of Hallow1 Eve in Mexico as it is of Thanks
giving Day in the States. Mexico, true to
the Spanish customs introduced by Cortez,
dines near tbe middle of the day, and when
the great cathedral clock points to the hour
ot 1 it is a warning to all who have a din
ner waiting them at home to go and eat it,
and to those who have none to set their wits
to work to obtain one.
Some plate-hunters try the effect of a
lively anecdote as they accompany a pros
perous householder homeward. Others in
vent a piece of news calculated to flatter his
vanity. But the door is reached and there
is no invitation not even the freezing and
always-to-be-refused, "Guste usted comer
con "miejo? (Do yon wish to dine with
Then a happy thought strikes the Mexi
can Jeremy Diddler: "Well, I declare,
Senor Sanchez, your conversation is so
entertainidg that here I have walked all the
way home with you, and I have an engage
ment to dine with some young fellows at the
Cale del'Comercio! Oh, by the way, I have
leit.my purse at home. Could you loan me
a peso (dollar) or two till we meet?"
Senor Sanchez's hand reluctantly draws
out a bright silver dollar. "Tome usted
(excuse my frankness)," says the sponge, as
he drops it into his pocket and turns the
"Bah!" mutters Senor Sanchez to himself.
"Better lose a.dollar than have that lellow
sitting at table, with my wife aud daugh
GOING TO A BUtL FIGHT.
The people have no sooner dined than the
OCTOBER 27, 1889.
street is filled with carriages, many of them
as handsome and stylish in every respect as
any to be seen in New York or London.
The fashionable world is en route to the
suburbs to attend the numerous bull fights
there a pastime now prohibited within the
limits of the Federal district in which the
capital is located and to the theaters,
every one of which gives a matinee in honor
of the approaching Hallow Eve.
But tbe principal feature1 of the'Hallow
E'en celebration are to be observed in the
evening. Then tbe Flaza Mayor and the
Plaza de la Constitution are' brilliantly
illuminated. This is in itself a wonderful
treat to the inhabitants. Gas is a luxury
here. Only a very few of tbe principal
stores are lighted by it, oil and wax lights
being much more generally used. The
darkness of the streets is made visible by
oil lanterns hung from wires stretched be
tween the opposite buildings.
The jtertulia. or circle of acquaintances,
which is attached to almost every house in
the capital, from the President's mansion to
the humblest shop, is in its glory on Hollow
Eve. "Everybody who comes on that occa
sion is made welcome by the master and
mistress of the house. The room is soon
filled, and the, scene becomes animated.
Marriages that have just taken place, those
probable and those only talked of, supply
a considerable part of the conversation, for
here it is not considered at all indelicate for
young ladies to talc of that which is every
where their only hope of figuring in society,
and which naturally occupies most of their
attention. Dissimulation in this matter is
better taught farther north.
- AIT EVENING DANCE. r
Two fiddles and a cornet now set a con
siderable number of legs to whirling about
in a waltz and bumping against the specta
tors. There is one young saltero (bachelor)
with fuliy 15,000 pesos (dollars) a year, who
seems to take pleasure in getting in the
way of the waltzers, and who is proof
against the witching smiles of all the mar
riageable girls who are trying to entice him
to dance with them, some even keeping
themselves disengaged in the hope that be
may relent in their favor, and "Que buenas
rentas tiene (what good rents he has)!" ex
claimed the mammas. "The best match iu
"It is very odd he doesn't many. He was
slightly entangled for a time with my
Anita, but like an eel he slipped away in a
twinkling. He is a sly fox."
"All the men are becoming consummate
egotists. They merely want to dance with
our daughters to pass away the time. I am
out of patience with them! A good marriage
is now as rare as a thin alcalde (magis
trate)!" Many more waltzes and dances follow the
first, until at length the fiddles and cornet
stop short, thereby rousing a sleepy specta
tor who looks at his watch and says it is
1 o'clock in the morning. Alarmed for the
fresh looks of their daughters, the worthy
mammas hurry them off to home and bed,
all declaring loudly that they have spent a
most delightful Hallow Eve, and all look
ing forward with eager anticipations to re
suming their festive pleasures on the mor
row, which will'be All Hallowmas or All
Saints' Day. Fkank Peen.
THE SING'S JTAK0E HOUSE.
Where the United States Is Represented In
Klchtrd 'Wbeatly In NoTember Earner's J
Oue of the checkered, ivy-grown bits of
old York as it was under the Tudors and
Stuarts is the King's manor honse, which is
in part the building where tbe wealthy ab
bots of St. Mary's dispensed princely hos
pitality. Little of the abbatiol palace re
mains except the wide and heavy staircase.
Here successive monarebs were received,
and here Charles LT. held Parliament
-Now, -after instructive' vicissitudes, it is a
school lor the Dlind; and, as such, the county
memorial ot the immortal philanthropist
William Wilberforce. Sixty blind children
iere receive education and instruction in
useful handicrafts. Quadrangular of form,
and of architecture in which the Jacobean
predominates, it is warningly suggestive of
coughs, colds, and. rheumatisms, which,
strange to say, are not there in unusual
number. Boyal and noble coats of arms,
which task all the pedantry of heralds to
explain, adorn the principal entrances and
tome of the rooms.
The United States are graciously repre
sented here by raised and dissected maps,
books in the Boston raised and in the New
York point type, and writing guides, pre
sented by the American Printing House for
tbe Blind, at Louisville, Kentucky; wool
work articles and books presented by Mr.
Anagnos, Superintendent of the Perkins
Institution and Massachusetts School for the
Blind; and bv a pathetic lace collar worked
by the deaf, dumb and blind Laura Bridg1
man. All thne lent added interest to the
jubilee of the institution in 1883.
One of the many historic rooms now used
as a dormitory for blind boys that display
the taste and magnificence of the builders
contains a curiously grotesque Tudor fire
place still intact. This was Lord Hunting
don's room, and "is probably tbe place in
wmch titrauora neia nis uourt of star
chamber." ONE WAt TO FIND OUT.
Mr. Peters' Way or Ascertaining What
Plnco He Was Ylsitlno-.
Young Mr. Brown one day invited a
friend in Boston to go with him to the conn-'
try next day, to pay a visit to his native
"We can go to-morrow and spend our va
cation in my native place," said he. "My
old aunt keeps the bouse my father left me,
and if you're agreed I'll just telegraph the
dear old lady to look out ior us. We'll have
some fine fishing."
Mr. Peters accepted tbe invitation, and
Mr. Brown rushed away to telegraph to his
aunt. When Peters went to his boarding
house that night he told his landlady that
be was going with Brown to his native
"What place is it?" she asked.
"Why, I don't know, I declare!" laughed
Peters. "I never thought to ask."
A messenger boy soon after brought a
note from Mr. Brown. He wished Mr.
Peters to meet him at the Eastern station
next morning at 10 o'clock. Business would
prevent his seeing Peters until they met at
the station, ready for the journey.
Mr. Peters went to the Eastern station a
few minutes before the appointed hnr. Mr.
Brown met him.
"Come, hurry!" he cried. "Our train
starts in three "minutes. This is tbe car.
Get in, I have our tickets."
Mr, Peters got into the car, and had a
pleasant journey of two hours. That night
he wrote this letter to his friend White in
Dear Dick I arrived safely in Brown's
native place about noon. It's a very pleasant
place. There was no signboard on tbe station.
Write me at once and tell me wbat tbe post
mark is on this letter. Yours, J. Peteks.
A 8UEPKI8ED I0UNG TBAPPEE.
A Boy Vfho Captured an Animal Bigger
Than Ho Conld Lift.
Concord N. H.) Monitor.
George Bourassa, "a 6-year-old hoy who
lives in the house next to that of County
Commissioner Thomas J. Courser, in Web
ster, set a steel trap for mnskrats last night.
This morning Mr. Courser was aroused by
the boy, who was shouting with great ex
citement: "I've got him, Tom! I've got him,
"Qot what?'' said Mr. Courser.
"I don't know what it is, but I've got
It turned ont that the boy had caught a
coon, which yeighed 235. pounds, and had
pounded it to death with an iron .hook. The
boy. who is so small that he couldn't lift
hjs prize, is justly proud of his success as a
A STORY OF
By (3-eoxg ElDeD7s3
Author of "UARDA," "SERAPIS," Etc..
(NOW FIRST PUBLISHED.)
SYNOPSIS PRECEDING CHAPTER.
Tbe story opens with the death of tbe first
born of Egypt. The Egyptians, frenzle'd by the
great calamity that has overtaken them.descend
upon the Hebrew quarter with intent to slay
allot that race in tbeir midst, to whom they
attribute their troubles. One man isf ound and
stoned to deatb, tbe other houses being de
serted by tbeir occupants. Hornecbt, Captain
of Pharaoh's bowmen, passed by tbe rnins of
the Hebrew village, and in rescuing some cats,
held sacred by tbe Egyptians, discovers the un
conscious form ot Ephralm, a Hebrew youth,
wbo was tbe bearer of a message from Miriam
to his uncle Joshua, a Captain in Pharaoh's
army and a warm friend of Hornecbt. The
latter has a widowed daughter, Kasana, who
was compelled by her father to marry an Egypt
ian while loving Joshua. Joshua bad Just re
turned from a long campaign, and knew little
of wbat bad transpired among bis people. He
was satisfied with his position, whlcb was one of
honor. He has determined within himself to
stay with tbe Egyptians, when Ephraim deliv
ers his messagefrom Miriam, tbe prophetess
calling upon Joshua to lead bis, people out of
OGLAH, the granddaughter
o! the old slave,Eliab,hadcome
, to entreat Joshna to go with
her forthwith to see
whose strength had
him, and who, feel
ing death near., at
hand, could not die
without seeing him
and blessing him
once more. So the
Captain bade her
wait, and after as
suring himself that
charged a man he
could trust tokeep
watch over the lad,
and went with Hog-
lah. As she led the way she carried a small
lantern, and when the light fell on -the
girl's face and figure, he saw howU-favored I
she was, for slave's toil had bent the poor
child's back before its time. Uer-voice had
the rough tones which a woman's tongue
often acquires when her strength is too un
sparingly taxed; but all she said was loving
and kind, and Josbua forgot her appearance
as she told him that she had a lover among j
tne men who nau gone lortn, DUt mat she
had remained behind with her grandparents,
for she could not bring herself to leave the
old folks alone; that as she was not fair to
look upon, no man had coveted her as bis
wife till Asser had come, and he did not
look to appearances, because he was hard
working, as she herself was,, and had ex
pected that she would help to Save his earn-
imufelwouhT naTft beehjrilling'to" atiyJs
behind with her,: buusuauier bad com
manded him. to. set out with him; so he had
no choice, bnt must'obey and part from her
The tale was simply told, and iq a harsh
accent, but it struck to the heart of tbe
man who, for his part, meant to go his own
way in opposition to his father.
As they presently came in sight of the
harbor, and Joshua looked down on the
quays and the huge fortified storehouses,
built by the hands of his own people, he
thought once more of the ragged troops of
laborers whom he had so often seen cringing
before the Egyptian overseer, or again,
fighting madly among themselves. He had
marked, too, that they did not hesitate to
lie and cheat in order to escape their toil,
and how hard it was to compel them to obey
aud do their duty.
The more odious objects among these hap
less hundreds rose clearly before his mind,
and the thought that perhaps his fate in the
future might be to lead snch a wretched
crew came over him as a disgrace which the
humblest of his subalterns, the Captain of
SO, would fain be spared. There were, of
course, among the mercenaries of Pharaoh's'
armies many Hebrews who had'Won a repu
tation for courage and endurance, but these
were the sons of owners of herds or of men
who had been shepherds. Thetoilingmulti-
tnde whose clay hovels could be overturned
with a kick formed the greater mass of those
to whom he was bidden to retnrn.
Eirmly resolved to remain faithful to the
oath which bound nim to the standard of
the Egyptian host, and yet stirred to the
depths of his soul, he entered the slave's
hut, and his vexation was increasedwhen
he found the old man sitting up and mixing
some wine and water with his own hand.
So he had been brought away from his
nephew's bedside on a false pretense, and
Me Attured Himself That Ephraim Slept Peace
fully. deprived of his own night's rest that a
slave, who, in his eyes, was scarcely a man
at all, should have his way. Here he him
self was the victim of a trick of that
cunning selfishness which, in the
Egyptians' eyes, was the reproach
of his people, and which, in
deed, did not attract him to them. But the
wrath ot the clear-sighted and upright man
was soon appeased as he.saw the girl's un
feigned delight at her grandfather's rapid
recovery; and he then learned from the aged
wife that Hoglah had hardly set out on her
quest when they remembered that they had
some wine in the house, and after the first
draught her husband got better and better, j
though she nad oeiore tnougnt he had one
foot already in tbe grave. Now' he was
mixing some more of the blessed gift to
strengthen himself with a draught of it every
sow and then.
Here the old man himself broke in, and
said that he owed this and much that was
better to the goodness of Nun, Joshua's
father: for besides this hut and wine and
meal for bread he had given him a milch
cow and likewise an ass, on which he could
often ride out and take the air. and he had
left him his granddaughter and some silver,
so that they could look forward with con
tentment to their end.all tbejnore so as they
had a patch ot land behind the house, which
Hoglah would sow with radishes, onions
and leeksfor their pottage. Bdt best of all
was the written deed which made them and
the girl free forever. Aye, Nun was a true
lord and father-to his people, and nis good
gifts had brought with them tbe blessing of
the Most High, for immediately after the
departure of the Hebrews, by tbe help of
Asser; Hoglah's betrothed, he and his wife
had been conveyed hither without any de
nv or difficulty.
"Weold folks," theold woman added,"will
die here. But Asser has' promised Hoglah
to come back for her when she had done
her duty to her parents, to the very last."
And turning to the girl'she said in an en
couraging tone: "And it cannot be for
much longer now."
At this Hoglah began to wipe her eyes
with the skirt of her blue gown and cried:
"Long, long may it be! I am young; I
Joshua heard the words, aud it seemed to
him as though the poor, ill-favored, desert
ed girl was giving him a lesson.
He had let the old folks talk on, but his
time was precious, and he now asked
whether it was for any special cause that
Eliab had sent for him.
"I could not help sending," was the
'answer, "and not only to ease the longing
of my old heart but becauie my lord Nun
had bidden me to do so.
"Great and noble is thy manhood, and
now art thou become the'hope of Israel!
Thy father, too, bath promised the men and
women of his house that after his death,
HE KISSED THE SOUJIEB'S AB3I
thou shalt be their lord and their head.
His speech was full of thy glory, and great
was the rejoicing when he declared that
thou wouldst follow the departing tribes.
And X am he whom my lord vouchsafed to
command that, if thou'shouldst return be
fore his messenger could reach thee, I was
to say that Nunr thy father, awaited his son.
By sunrise, or at latest by midday, thy
people shall stay to rest by Succoth. He
would hide a writing in the hollow syca
more before the house, of Aminadab. which
should tell thee whither next thev take their
way. His blessing and the blessing of our
God be'with thee iu the way!"
As the old man pronounced the last words
Joshua bent his head, as though an invisible
hand were inviting him to kneel, 'Then he
thanked the old man and asked in a subdued
voice whether all had been willing to obey
the call to quit house and home.
The old woman clasped her hands, ex
claiming: "No, no, my lord; by no means.
What a wailing and weeping there was be
fore they went away! Many rebelled, others
in to hide. But in vain. In the house of I
our neighbor Deuel you know him his J
young wile uau ueeu intciy uruugu, uj ueu
with a boy, her first-born. How could the
poor creature set forth to wander? At first
she wept bitterly and her husband
blasphemed, but there was no help for it.
She and her infant were laid in a cart, and
as things went forward they got over it, he
and she both, like all the rest; even Phineas,
who crept into a pigeon house with his wife
and ve children, and even old crippled
Graveyard Keziah you remember her,
Adonai? she had seen her father and
mother die, her husband and then five well
grown sons; everything the Lord had given,
her to love, and had laid them one after an
other in our graveyard; and every morning
and evening she would go to their Testing
place, and as she sat there on a log of wood
which she had rblled close to the tombstone
her lips would always be moving; bnt what
she muttered was not prayer; no I have
listened to her many a time ovhen she did
not heed me no; she talked with the dead
as if they could hear her in the tomb, and
could understand her speech like those who
live in the light of the sun. She is nigh
npon three score years old, and for three
times seven years she has been known to the
folk about as Graveyard Keziah. It was a
senseless way she had, bntfor that very rea
son perhaps it was doubly hard to her to
give it up; and she would not go, bnt hid
awav behind the shrubs. When Ahiezer,
the-head oi her house, dragged, her forth
her wailing was enough to make your heart
ache. But when it came to the last she
plucked ap courage and could not bear to
stay behind any more than the rest."
"What had come over the poor wretches?
What possessed them?" Joshua here broke
in, interrupting the old woman's flow of
words; for his fancy again pictured the
Iteople that he ought to, nay, that he mast
ead, as snrely as he held 'his father's bles
sing ot price above all else; and he saw
them in all their misery The old woman
started, and, fearing lest she might have
angered tbe first-born son of her master, this
proud -and lordly warrior, she stammered
"What possessed them, ray lord? Aye,
well I am-hut a poor; simple slave woman;
but indeed, my lord, if' you had but sees
them also n
"Well, .what then?" oried the soldiee
roughly, and Impatiently; for now; for site
first time in hi life, he fouad himself 5a-
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pelled to aat against his incliaattow aa4.
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"W.. tnirlnrrl tnnrae Oannot tell Of K.
..... U'a .li4ftnr!fnr MfMeivfi Of 1L It
came upoa Israel from the Jjoti, aad evB t .
I could describe bow mightily He wkd n
the souls of the people .'
"Try," said Joshua, "bnt ayHmeis siert.
Then they were forced to depart? It was
against their will that they test up ttwlr
stall xnat tuey nave raiwwn mmj
Aaron for some tifflapasijas steep "Mow
the shepherd, is known even tlwB)rT-ff
At Stu Led the Way Sht Carrtea a Small Lmtttrn'
tians. And have those men, who bresgbt '
down the pestilence on so many inBoesot
beings, worked a miracle to blind the eyes j
of von and your wife here?"
The old man lifted supplicating haad te
the warrior, and replied, much troubled, fa
a tone of humble entreaty: "Ob, my lrd.
you are the first-born son of ray master. Mm '
greatest and noblest of his house, aud if ye ,'
will you can tread me in the dust Hke a
beetle; and yet will I lift up my veise a4
sav to vou thev have told vou falselv. "Y
have been among strangers all this Yewr, yJ
while mighty signs have been wron;fct
upon us. Xou were Jar from zoas'as A fJ
have heard when the people west fern-
AND CLOTHING AOAUT AXD XBAjS.
For any sob of out race who had haheM
thing would sooner tfeat bis tesgae
wither in his mouth than, lsoeh te e
mighty things which the Leisl &
safed to us to behold. If yea has! m
indeed, aad could graat se te test
"Speak." cried Joshua, snwsod at
old man's fervor; and BWab thoaked Mst -with,
a glowing look, aad eried: ;. .,
"Ah! would that Aares, or "Bloassn, ar
my lord Nun, your rather, wete hats sirs,
that the Most High weM grant s tfce gift
of their speech! But as k is, welL Xwi,
indeed, me seems as though I saw aV kssssl '
it all, as though it were all hsiissalsMi ' .
again; and yet how may I tell it?
uoa-s neip i will try."
He passed, aad as Josfcw saw i
old man's hands and lips treaMM, 1m
sen reacnea nira me cup, ana Hte MjMstr
thankfully emptied it to the bettem. ?"
he began "with half-closed eyes 04 Hi
wrinkled features grew more seesly sages'
as heproceeded with his tale:
"What befell after that it beBM ksuwws
what command had come to the poopie .Sag'
wife has already told you, aad we,' Vs, wsMa
among those who lost heart asd marasspM.
xub last uigat wts aii wao were ex see Jssvsv
of Nun were bidden to the rsoat evom
shepherds aad the slaves aad. the
there we ate oi roast lamb aad fresh
leavened bread,, and had plenty oi
more than ureal at the harvest J
which begins oa that night, aad wUsh jsW
yourself have often witnessed as a M
There we sat sad enjoyed oanesvtf, ssH
my lord, your father spoke warsw of ew
agement ana xeid us of the tred of mm;
latners ana oi tne great tsuaffs at as,
uone ior uispeepie. jmow, sssa e.;sl wsT
the Lord's will that we should set fcsta sad
depart out of this lsad wass' we
have borne contempt aad
This was no such satrifi u
for wbieh Abraham had sharpened his
to shed the blood oi his soalsaae wHhaL at
the bidding of the Mc4f High, aHB.t
"would fall hardly on as te leave a asaft
growa uoskr v& as anu -raauy aa OMfSaieSB).
Nay. it would at last briBg saaek asMSsasast
on us all. Eor, cried he, we were aat '
wander lortn. into tne unknown, bat
a lordly land which God himself
before us. He had promised as a aew
instead of this land of boadsys,
should dwell as free men oa nrahfal
and find rich pastures where a bmm aad
household might be fed aad their beaata
made glad. Just as a man most weric SssssV
to earn mi wage so were we to aaaasa a
onei space ot privation aaa serrow to eaa
that beautiful aew home for ourselves asaf
our children, as the Lord bad premised. A.
land of God.it must surely be, siaee it '.,
the gift of the Most Hizh. '-
"Thus he spoke, and thui he blessed .as
all and premised that yea, toe, woaM saJa
the dust from off your feet aad jeia ywsjajIsV
to the people aud fight for taess waist
stron gratia as an experienced warriarsad aa
"Hereupon we all shouted tar jaav aski
when we were all gathered is tW. asssdssl
plaee and found that all the boadsassss.-ssl
been able to' escape from the evtsasMssf
oourage-rsse. Taen eaase Aarsa 1M
HiiaH ana ssoea upon tae saiesasatvs. 1
ana au sue my lord .m an.had si
feast we aew beard freta Ms j
words he seeks leaadad bow Hfta.1
lutes, aad M aH kw that it as.