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MY MOTHER'S BIBLE.
This book is all that's left me now !
Tears will unbidden start,
With falt'ring lip and throbbing brow,
I press it to my heart ;
For many generations past
"" Here is our family tree ;
My mother's hand thi. I'.ible clasp'd ;
She dying gave it me. .
Ah ! well do I remember those
.- Whose names these records bear
Who round the hearth-stone used to close
After the evening prayer,
And speak of what these pages said.
Tn tones my heart would thrill!
Though they are with the silent dead,
Here are they living still.
Jrfy father read this holy book
To brothers, aiders dear ;
How calm was my poor mother's look,
Who learn'd God's word to hear.
llr angel face I see it yet !
What thronging mem'ries come !
Aain that little group is met
Within the walls of home.
Thou truest friend man ever knew.
Thy constancy I've tried ;
Where all were falae I found thee true,
My counsellor and guide.
The mines of earth no treasuro give
That could this volume buy ;
In teaching me the way to live,
It taught me how to die.
(Driginnt 3fiorn! tCnlr.
WRITTEN FOR TITE JOCRAL.
" ; COTTRICHI SECCKED.
Continued from last ireefc.J
- Valeus having left, Prytheus threw himself
back, with a sigh, on his seat ; and closing
his eyes, gave himself up to his accustomed
musings. The future, from whose silent
depths not even a solitary ray of hope had
hitherto came, to lessen the burdens and solve
the mysteries of the. present, now stood out be
fore him, all lighted up with the beams and
glory of eternal day ; and that day, so full of
hope and comfort to the weary soul, occupied
his thoughts almost every moment of his wake
Upon thii glorious future, his mind was in
tently ruminating, as he sat alone in his soli
tary apartment the old lamp, well-nigh ex
hausted, casting only a few sombre and flick
ering ray3 around him. In a little time, how
ever, he fell, unconsciously, asleep ; but his
thoughts ran on a3 before, only that they took
a more bold and lofty flight, and, in a few mo
ments, he was gazing upon the most wondrous
v All at once, a gentle form appeared hover
ing over him in the air, beckoning him away.
At first, his feelings were those of dread ; but
the form descending nigher, said : "come,
and I will shew thee a mystery." The sweet,
gentle tones of the voice, and the bright,
earnest smile that played, over the features,
inspired his confidence ; and instantly he felt
himself lifted from the earth, and pursuing
the form through trackless regions of air. In
a moment, the earth vanished, and the clouds
lay in the misty depths beneath, rolling along
like a sea of molten gold.
. Presently his sight grew dim, and dimmer
still ; till, finally, he was surrounded by an al
most felt darkness, though hurried on, with
inconceivable rapidity, by some invisible
By and by, the sound of distant music, in
expressibly sweet, broke occasionally upon his
ear as if wafted on the breeze, or borne on
the waves of some boundless ocean. He
would gladly have stopped and listened; but
jthe aaiae unseen hand urged him on, till, at
ength he felt his feet rest upon something
smooth and polished ; and his eyes were open
ed. .... .
' It is in vain to attempt to describe the glory
that.lay before him. " It was a place a new
Jieavcns and earth'; and at his feet lay . a vast
city, surrounded by a wall, great : and high,
and on the top cf which he found himself
standing. The music seemed to fill all the air
of the place,and every gentle breeze that waft
ed over him was ladencd with its melodies.
"Light, airy forms, smiling and greeting each
other, filled along its streets, which" were of
gold ; while its palaces and towers glittered
in the sun-beams like masses of the purest
diamond. ' Through its centre, lengthwise,
flowed a river of water, lined on either side by
the most airy and beautiful mansions, sur
rounded by gardens of scented flowers, and
groves of the trees of Paradise underneath
wh"h trolld and'rorliwd thousand? and
tens of thousands, having harps of gold in
But what arrested his attention, most of all,
was the great Throne in the midst of the city,
and Him that sat thereon ; and around which"
stood a numberless multitude, with palms of
victory, singing a new song.
As he sood, wondering and beholding, he
felt a gentle tap on the shoulder, and, looking
round, saw the form again at his side.
"If thou would'st see, child of earth, the
mystery, I will shew thee."
Instantly his sight again left him, and he
was in the midst of the same darkness as be
fore. From some cause, a strange, indiscriba
ble tremor siezed him, and he felt as though
he would fall from his feet.
'The flesh is weak," said the guide, "and
there must be a meetness for such sights. "When
mortality is swallowed up of life then thou
canst endure. But come I will shew thee,"
at which words he felt himself again borne
along, and gradually descending from the lof
ty walls. .
When his eyes opened ho was standing be
hind the Throne, with the guide at his side.
Directly before him was a magnificent altar of
gold, studded with rare and costly gems.
Under the altar, lay a company of disembod
ied spirits, clothed in robes of white, crying
with a loud voice ; "how long, O Lord, Holy
and true, dos't thou not avenge our blood on
them that dwell on the earth."
There was something so earnest and solemn,
and yet so wining and gentle in the looks and
voices of these spirits, that his heart at once
melted down into the greatest tenderness.
His whole soul seemed irresistably drawn out
towards them though, at the same time, there
were mingled in his feelings the emotions of
sorrow and compassion.
"And who," said he, after gazing for a
time In astonishment, "are these 7"
"These," said the guide, "are the souls of
them that were slain for the word of God, and
for the testimony which they held."
"And how long will their blood remain un
avenged ?" he inquired.
"They rest here yet," said the guide, "for a
little season, until their fellow servants also and
their brethren, that should bo killed as they
were, shall be fulfilled." -
Just then there was a quick rap at the door,
his eyes opened and the old lamp burned as
dimly as before, and the dusky walls had the
same spectral appearance,
As it was a late hour of the night, Prythcti3
was greatly surprised ; but he was soon re
lieved by seeing enter, the same youth who
had previously announced the "fire."
"My mother," said the youth, "desires to
know how thou doest ; the fires multiply in
the city, and she feared thy anxiety.''
''Well I know thy mother's faith and charity;
and may she be rewarded with a place in that
glory I have this night beheld," said Prythe
us, raising his eyes, in gratitude, to heaven.
.."And isitwell with thee," inquired the
youth, looking up earnestly into the calm and
benignant face of the holy man.
"It's most well, my child," said he, "nor do
I fear that any ill will befall me this night ;
my visions are of glory, and the one God my
"Then I will return quickly and bear the
comfort to my mother," said the youth.
"And the One God guide thy steps," Baid
A glance here at the history of this youth
may not be amiss, as it may,' perhaps, gratify
the curiosity of the reader ; and, especially,
as he is to act a part in the drama of martyr
dom about to be sketched.
He was the son of Heli, a Jew, who, with
his wife and child, had fled from Judea j and
who, after various wanderings in foreign lands,
and many reverses of fortune, had found his
way to Rome. Here, collecting together the
few remains of his fortune, he established
himself in a shop, for the sale of trinkets and
such little fancy articles as his capital would
command. In this way he had managed to
support himself and family for several years.
At length, however, Ileii sickened, and sud
denly died leading his wife to maintain her
self and child, as best she could. This she
had been enabled to do, and even to lay by a
small sum of money, as the result of her
Two years after the death of her husband,
she renounced Judaism and embraced Chris
tianity, regardless of the reproach that then
affixed to that name both in Judea and at
, ner attachment to her new faith was sin
cere, ardent, and conscientious. It had,
moreovcr,infused a new life into her whole be
ing ; and, like Dorcas, her labors of love and
mercy were abundant. . Early, also, in her ex
perience, she had formed the friendship and
acquaintance of Prytheus, whom she re
garded as her .spiritual comforter and adviser.
Her son, and only child, at this time, was
about twelve years old. He was a sprightly
lad, obedient, and uncommonly kind to his
mother. His form was slender, his hair light
and silken, his eyes blueish,whilo his features
plainly indicated that ho was one of Abra
ham's "seed." Then his mother was doting.
Iy attached to him, and regarded him with
more than the ordinary pride and satisfaction
ot a parent. Her 1i;idij were r.f him: and
her greatest earthly bliss was in his bright
eyes and plaintive voice, as they sat, on an
evening, in their small, neatly-furnished apart
ment, singing together one of the sweet songs
of their father-land. Then her heart bound
ed into exstacy; and heaven was audibly
thanked, because it had not left her a childless
widow in a stranger-land, but blessed her with
a guardian spirit to cheer her widowed years,
and guide her declining steps down in quiet
to the grave.
ner only anxiety was for his conversion. For
this she prayed earnestly, continually. And
often, in the still twilight of the evening, tak
ing her boy by the hand, had she conducted
him along the narrow streets to the secluded
abode of Prytheus, to obtain for him the
prayers and blessings of the holy man.
It is easy to conceive how nimbly such a
lad, at the bidding of his fondly-loved moth
er, would fly fearless along the dark alleys on
so good an errand ; and how he would return
again quickly, with the comfort "he's most
But, for the present, we must leave the
mother and her boy, and return to the dim
lighted chamber of Prytheus.
ne is reclining back as usual in his seat, his
eyes closed, and his arms folded across his
breast. The snowy locks are smoothed back
behind the ears. The lofty and "projecting
forehead has a few more wrinkles on it ; the
heavy brows are a little more arched ; the
cheeks are slightly paler, and the lips rather
more compressed while about all the fea
tures there Is a greater fixedness than is wont,
and something of a more anxious Interest
playing about them.
The vision has made a deep impression on
his mind ; and his thoughts are of it. Was it
a dream a fancy sketch an illusion of the
"teeming brain." Or had he, in reality, been
favored with one of those 'flights' into the
third heavens of which he remembered hear
ing Poul speak, on his last visit to Rome 1
At any rate, thought he, if these strange
things be not indeed realities they strongly
savor, at least, oi another state that afar in
the regions above there are other worlds and
other existences, more beauteous and blessed
than our own. So I must think so believe
even though dreams and visions alone reveal
And what is that mysterious something with
in, that thinks, and remembers, and wills ;
that looks out upon the past, present, and
future; and then, spreading its ethereal
wings, bounds away in a moment through
air, and clouds, and storms, and on into the
very depths of the skies, and gazes upon the
glories and reads the secrets of other worlds ? I
Can this be made for annihilation ? Xo f the j
earth cannot crush it ; the grave cannot hold j
it ; time cannot measure its duration.
But the souls under the Altar most strangely
and deeply affected him. As to who they
were and whence they came, he had no doubt.
And the meaning of their loud cry, he had
understood from his guide.
But the fact that they. were to remain there,
till their brethren and fellow servants should
be killed as they were, for a time, greatly per
plexed him. How had they been killed ? And
he thought long and earnestly.
Ah ! now, thought he, I recollect ; "they
were slain for the testimony they held," that
is, martyred. And they are resting there, till
their company is swelled from the earth, of
such as are to pass through the same bloody
seas, to their crown. .
, May be, too, our unfortunate Emperor is to
have a hand, unwittingly, in the bloody work.
Here Prytheus roso quickly from his scat ;
and, fetching a deep sigh, began walking to
and fro, thinking of the conversation of his
noble friend, and other incidents of the night.
7'o be Continued.
The Vinegar-Faced Gentry. That very
able and ubiquitous sheet, "An Exchange Pa
per," gives the following plain statements,
which we commend to the "afflicted." "There
is a class of men in every community who go
about with vinegar faces, because somebody
feels above them, or because they are not ap
preciated as they should be, and who have a
constant quarrel with what they call their des
tiny. We hate such people. They are a nui
sance and a pest. They make all within their
influence ' uncomfortable. These men have
usually made a grave mistake in the estimate
of their abilities, or are unmitigated asses.
"Wherever this fault-finding with one's condi
tion or position occurs, there is always want of
self-respect, If you are a right, down clever
fellow, wash the wormwood off your face, and
show your good will by your good deeds.
Then if people 'feel above you,' why return
the compliment, and feel above them. , If they
turn up their noses because you are a mechan
ic, or a farmer, or a shop boy, turn up your
nose a notch higher. If they swell when they
pass you in the street, 'swell yourself, beliver
us from the whinning fools who go around like
babies, telling how people abuse them, and
whinning because society will not take them
by the collar and drag them into decency."
The world is a looking glass, and gives back
to every man the reflection of his own face.
Frown at it, and it will f n turn look sourly
upon you ; laugh at and with it, and it is a
jolly, kind companion ; and so let all youg
pnrpons tnke their choice.
Decisions, by the State Superintendent.
County Superintendents should go to each
district to make examinations, giving ample
notice of the time and place appointed. Tbe
law expressly declares that the Directors may
be present at all examinations, and the citizens
of the district should also be invited to attend.
When examinations are thus attended by cit
izens, the County Superintendent should give
the persons present full information in regard
to the objects and working of the law, his own
and their duties, the duties of the Directors,
Teachers, Pupils, Parent, &c, by means of
addresses carefully prepared for such occa
sions; and should arouse the public, mind, as
much as possible, to the importance, utility
and practibility of Education by Common
There is no cause for difficulty in granting
t he proper Certificate to Teachers. Unless the
candidate passes with credit a thorough exam
ination in the branches named' in the Certifi
cate with the seal, it must not be given to him,
but the temporary one issued in its place. A
strong inducement is thus held out to inferior
teachers to improve their qualifications.
If Directors employ teachers who have not
obtained a certificate from a County Super
intendent, they render themselves liable to
prosecution and punishment for misdemeanor
in office, if the public sustain injury by their
neglect of duty; and they may, at any time, be
removed from office under the provisions of
the 9th section of the school law.
No reasonable objection exists to Directors
employing teachers who have certificates from
Superintendents of other counties, but they
may, if they think proper, refuse to employ
thera until such Teachers are examined and
approved by their own County Superintendent.
If incompetent teachers arc imposed upon the
schools of any county, through the careless
ness, neglect, or other deficiency, of Superin
tendents of other counties, the Superintendent
of the former can avail himself of the provis
ions of the 28th section of the school law, and
thus fully protect the schools of his county
from having incompetent instuctors imposed
Whenever a County Superintendent discov
ers an incompetent teacher with a first-class
certificate from another Superintendent, he is
requested and it is his dnty, to report the fact
and names to this Department. Any material
neglect of duty in regard to examinatoins and
granting the professional teacher's certificate,
will be followed with prompt romovel from of
fice, as soon as due proof thereof is made.
County Superintendents will not be permit
ted to alter the character of the blank certifi
cates furnished them by the Department, or
to issue others. They may make reports to
boards of directors, in any form they may de
sire, for the purpose of exhibiting, in detail,
the results of their examinations of teachers,
and this course is recommeeded.
The 38th section of the school law requires
that Orthography, Reading, Writing, English
Grammer, Geography, and Arithmatic shall be
taught in every district, not in every school of
every district. The intent and meaning of
this section is, plainly, that a reasonable op
portunity shall be afforded to every pupil in
each district to obtain proper instruction in all
of these branches. If this purpose can be ac
complished by having them taught in only
one school, or by grading the school of a dis
trict, and requiring the branches named to be
taught in only one or more schools of a higher
grade, the duty of the Directors will be prop
erly discharged by adoptingthat course.
In regard to the question of the right of
teachers to inflict corporeal punishment upon
their pupils, all concerned will bear in mind
that the Superintendent has no power to make
laws; though it is his duty to explain such as
relate to schools and school purposes, when
applied to. The right of the teacher to in
flict such punishment is founded only upon
the necssity of the case, and not upon statute.
It is absolutely necessary that good order
should be maintained in the schools, and that
all proper rules, regulations and commands
of the Teacher should be strictly and prompt
ly obeyed. Hence a necessity exists for suf
ficient power to enforce this duty, and hence
it is held that a teacher may inflict such rea
sonable corporeal punishment upon his pupil
as the parent might inflict for a similar cause.
The pupil is technically in school from the
hour of opening in the morning and afternoon
until final dismissal, and while in or about the
school house in pursuance of his duty as a pu
pil. This, then, is . the extent of the authority
of the teacher to inflict corporeal punishment,
and it would be totally impracticable to extend
it by legislative enacment. :
No parent would consent to relinquish the
control of. his child at his own fire-side or in
his own household, and it would be unjust and
cruel to make the latter responsible to two
authorities who might differ in almost every
command given. If such was tbe casu, a
teacher might require a pupil to commit les
sons of school hours, while the parent would
require manual labor from tho pupil during
the 6ame time. The Teacher might prescribe
one line of conduct the parent another. Who
should b? obeyed, when both could not be 1
If either should be habitually disobeyed, the
consequences would 'inevitably bo extremely
pernicious. The grant of such powers to the
Teacher, too, would be inconsistent with tbe
just responsibility of the parent, to the laws of
the land and of God, for the conduct of his
child, and destructive of almost all responsi
bility of minors, excepting during school
hours and to criminal laws. Nor would there'
be any commensurate benefit for the evils
which the grant of such powers would entail.
If a. Teacher has sufficient authority to con
trol his school, his power Is ample for the pur
poses of instruction in school, and there ends
his responsibility. If pupils abuse each other
in their way to or from school or commit other
wrongs, they and their parents are responsi
ble to the law, and one or two examples of
prompt redress by this means would, no
doubt, correct all such evils in any neighbor
hood. As the Pennsylvania School Journal is now
to some extent officially connected with the
common school system, it is not deemed ob
jectionable for boards of Directors to sub
scribe for it, and pay the cash out of the dis
The Schools of each district must be kept
open four months within the year to which the
State appropriation applies, and this fact must
be verified by the oath of the President of the
Board of Directors, before a warrant for the
appropriation can be issued. The first certifi
cate and affidavit to be made under this provi
sion, must set forth that the Schools have been
kept open and in operation four months, sub
sequently to the first Monday in June, 1854.
If the School Directors fail to obtain a Col
lector, for any reason, they may appoint the
Constable or Treasurer of the district to that
duty, under the provisions of the 31st section
of the school law ; and if either of these re
fuse to perform the duties of Collector, the
proviso to the same section imposes a fine of
fifty dollars upon them. It is the opinion of
the Superintendvnt that, as giving bond and
surety is part of the duty of every person ap
pointed Collector, and as the 32d section pro
hibits Directors from appointing any person
Collector without first taking bond and surety,
a Constable or Treasurer refusing to give such
bond, &c, would render himself liable to the
penalty imposed by the proviso to the Slst
section of the school law.
The tax to which the proviso to the 30th
section of the school law applies, is exclusive
ly, a personal tax, and not a tax upon proper
ty. Thus, no matter how much property a
tradesmaa may own, he must pay at least fifty
cents tax on his occupation. Single freemen
are taxed as such only when they have no
trade, profession or occupation for which they
are taxable ; and such personal school tax
can not be less than fifty cents, however
large an amount they may pay upon proper
The Nobility of Labor. Mechanics, la
borers, and farmers are often . snarled at be
cause their hands are horny, their clothes
soiled; but do theso men reflect that it is
those very mechanics, laborers and farmers
who mainly contribute to sustain the Govern
ment. It is upon them that our safety or hon
or rests ; they are the. strong arm of the State,
and the fortifications of the Republic. The
man who sneers at them because of their call
ing in life, derides manual labor and toil, is no
honor to the race of humanity, a mere popin
jay, whose mind is cramped by the foolish ca
prices and whims of fashion. Has one . of
these mock gentlemen ever contributed his
mite to the support of the great mass of hu
manity 1 Is the world benefitted by his exis
tence, or is he a burden and curse to it 1 All
must come to this latter conclusion.
Labor is one of the first commands of God.
Idleness is deprecated in holy writ; the one
is honorable, the other dishonorable. Labor
strengthens the physical constitution ; it gives
jower to the mind ; it ennobles the feelings,
and makes great men and good citizens. Idle
ness, on the contrary impairs the body, ener
vates the mind, destroys natural integrity,
promotes dissipation, and is a source of in
calculable evil. It will, on examination, be
found to be tho root of intemperance and de
bauchery, and in many instances, of crime.
It wrecks the physical system, debases the
mental faculties, fills our prisons and poor
houses, and cumbers the land with a race of
beings who live upon the sweat of others
brows, and pass ofT the stage of lifo without
benefitting others, or developing themselves.
Is not labor, then, more genteel than idle
A Clincher. We recently spoko of the old
lady who triumphantly pointed out the 'Epis
tle to the Romans, and asked where one could
be" found addressed to the Protestants., The
Catholic Mirror happily retorts by telling as
of a negro Baptist at the South, who said to
his Methodisfmaster, 'You've read the Bible,
I s'pose.' Yes. , 'Well, you've read in it of
one John the Baptist, hasn't you V 'Yes.'
'Well, you never saw nothing about no John
the Methodist, did you ?' No. 'Well, den
you see dere'a Baptists in de Bible, but dere
ain't no Methodists ; and de Bible's on my
side.' We leave our good brethren of these
sects to settle this knotty point amrt;; thenr
selves. Varir.er vf the Cross.
Very Sharp Trading'
There lived a few. years since, 'among' the
'piney woods,' not "far "from here, a fellow
whom we will call C , who thought he-"
knew something aboei. & bargain, and other
people had good reasons to think bo, too. By
his 'cutcness, C '. had . accumulated a
considerable estate, and among other things
owiied a large stock of cattleT" .There being a
sudden demand for cattle in a town not very
far off, a sharp fellow of a butcher, named
A , rode post from the city to buy some
of C 'scattle, and C-r , ignorant of
the rise in cattle, soon agreed to sell A ;
an hundred head at $9,00, round. The bar
gain had not been made a couple of hours,vbe
fore another butcher rode up to buy C 's
cattle also, and C , discovering the rise,
felt that he was 'sold,' but at the same time,
that he wasn't yet delivered.
A soon learned that C - had a
sister, who had cattle for sale, and C ,
bargaining for his sister, sold A whatev
er cattle she might have, at $12, round. The
next day, off went the parties to drive up the
cattle, but nearly every cow and steer' they
found belonged to C 's sister. Over and
over again, C would say, Ah! yonder
is some. Them must be mine.- No! sister's
agin.' And strange to say though the neigh
bors thought before, that C - had 1 a great
many cattle, and 'sister' very few, yet a hun
dred head were found belonging to C 'a
sister, and the day's search could produce only
five or six that belonged to C . And
A paid $12 a head for sister's cattle, and
$9 a heal for C , and drove away to his
But A himself has a reputation at a
trade, and five or six months after the sale of
cattle, rode up into C 's neighborhood
a very showy horse, and met C 'by ac
'G-o-o-d m-o-r-n-i-n-g S-i-r,' said C .
'How are you V
The butcher returned the compliments, and
yery soon C , who had been eyeing the
horse, even before his very hearty salutation
of the rider, asked carelessly if the horse was
'As a lamb, said A .
'Draws, eh V said C-
'Well he does,' replied A
horse. Want to buy V
'Don't care if I do,' said C-
will you take for him f '
'Two seventy-five,' said A , 'cheap, at
After considerable bargaining', C found
that A would not fall a dollar, and aa
the horse was a dead match for one he owned,
and he wanted a horse immediately'for ateady
work, C told A he would take
him, if A-
would drive him in a buggy.
is a bold man and believes' in luck.
so he put the horse in a buggy, and that time
tbe horse did draw gently. The two seventy
five and the horse changed hands and the first
time C put the horse to his steady work,
the wagon went to pieces, the match horse got
killed, and the late purchase went'throngh
the woods at the rate of , with bits of
harness on him.
Shortly after this, C and A- met
at camp meeting.
'Mr. ,' said C , with virtuous in
dignation, 'how could you sell me youV: infer
nal horse V
My infernal horse ?' said A , 'twaan't
mine 'twas my sister's.1
Never Be Idle. Life is too short to allow
of any moment s being wasted which can be
turned to good account. ' Tbe apprentice who
spends his evenings in study, is Bure to lay up
a stock of ideas, which he will find, at some
time or other, will prove to him so much posi
tive capital. His -fellow apprentice, who
squanders his evenings at oyster cellars, or in
lounging about engine bouses, gains no auch
seeds of future wealth 5 but,; on the contrary,
impairs his health by his early excesses, be
sides losing the confidence of all who might
help him forward in life. Even he who avoids
the follies so common to young men, but yet
makes fatigue the plea for sleeping- away the
evening, or otherwise wasting his time, com
mits a serious blunder. If more persons would
resolve, on emerging from childhood, never
to be idle, there would be twenty' fortunes
made where one is made now, and twenty men
rise to eminence where one attains distinction
at present. Everyyear, more hours are was
ted, by four people out of five, than would, if
improved, have made them, rich : in their old
age. Never be idle. . :- .
RissiAN Funeral Ceeemonies. Dr. Balrd,
in his Lectures on Europe, relates the follow,
ing respecting Russian funeral ceremonies ;--
" The priest takes possession of the room
containing the corpse, which is brilliantly -lighted
np, tbe coffin in the middle. Passion
ate appeals are made by tho priest atd all
friends take the hand of the corpse, and ask
pardon for ill-will or injury- done to. the dei
ceased in life. The priest puts a piece of
paper in the hand of the corpse stating that
he was a good member of tho Greek Chmch.
A feast is held round the grave, and a Iittl
meat is pTtd ! gni te prpiife ei!