Juniata sentinel and Republican. (Mifflintown, Juniata County, Pa.) 1873-1955, June 22, 1898, Image 1

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CIIAi'TKK XVIII. (Continued.)
A uioniout'8 silence followed, broken lij
the sound of Tom's hearty laugh, witli
Agnes' somewhat shrill trelile tulngled
Lfldy Xevil's thoughts were abruptly
changed. Now she wanted to be on shore
to interrupt that tete-a-tete. She hated
nothing so much as to see Tom and
Agnes together; it was a certainty that
her cousin was infusing some poisonous
drop into her husband's mind.
"Ivet us lnnd," she said to Dnllas; but
he had no desire to leave his charming
hostess just as they were discussing such
Interesting subjects.
"Oh, not jet," he implored; "don't go
In yet. Do you really want to?" And
June, who always felt It difllcult to op
pose any one who asked anything urgent
ly of her, forced a smile, and said:
"I will stay here if you like. It la very
pleasant here."
Two or three minutes later her mind
was immensely relieved by hearing
Madge's voi-e join Tom's, and presently
she saw that young lady banging on
Tom's arm, while Mr, Carslake and
Agnes walked at some distauce behind.
The change of companionship had been
brought about in this way: When Dai
Ion and June betook themselves to the
boa!, Madge and Mr. Carslake had made
their way to the avenue the place par
excellence at the Hall for lovers and love
making, the place to which In former
days Torn had alwaya tried to Inveigle
June as beiug prfvate and cut off from
the rest of the company.
Madge had talked away in her usual
bright fashion, and her companion bad
listened to her with that sense of pleased
amusement which he always felt at her
quips and pranks. His own disposition
was grave, though the reverse of morbid,:
but he had a strong sense of humor nm
a keen sympathy with bright and happy
young people- H'8 greatest drawback to
the enjoyment of their society was his
extreme diffidence in himself, his fear
lest he should be a kill-joy and spoil
their fun. On Madge, however, he pro
duced anything but this effect; his
gravity, leavened as it was with an evi
dent appreciation of her sallies and high
spirits, rather stimulated than soberej
her love of fun.
They had begun by laughing, and were
Inclining to a more sentimental mood un
der the influence of moonlight, and the
charm of the evening, when Mr. Cars-1
lake, with the very best Intentions, madrf
a singularly unfortunate remark:
"What a very sweet woman that sister
of yours is!"
It acted on Madge like a douche of
Iced water. The moment before she had
been full of gayety, slightly tempered by
ji most agreeable sentimentality, for she
was undeniably in love with her com
panion; now she was froissee, piqued, an
noyed, she felt angry indeed with her
friend for not having more discernment.
She stopped short; the color came to
her face, and she said, with extreme de
cision: "She is not at all a sweet woman, and
I should not have thought you were the
sort of man to be so easily taken In."
Mr. Carolake was astonished: he was
rather shocked, too, and he looked it.
"Oh. yes," exclaimed Madge, "you are
horrified, I see. You think the mere fact
of a person being one's sister ought to
make one adore her; but I assure yon
the theory won't hold water. You are
much more apt to dislike people who be
long to you than any one else, because
you are obliged to see so much of them
and they have such immense opportuni
ties of aggravating you."
The pair were standing face to face,
Madge talking herself angry, Mr. Cars
hike preserving his scandalized expres
sion. "I'ray. why do you think she is a sweet
woman?" asked the young lady, slightly
raising her voice and looking at him with
rather an aggressive thush in her eyes.
Mr. Carslake's face relaxed into a
"Well, really," he remarked, "she
seemed to me very sweet and kind anJ
anxious to please every one. I caught
some of her remarks to our host during
dinner, and I confess they gave me the
idea that she was a very charitable, good
person; and then I thought she behaved
so nicely in offering to remain with biiu
afterward and to go and we the child up
stairs." "That shows, then," retorted Madge,
"how little any one not behind the s-enes
Is able to judge. She only stopped with
Tom and tnlked about going up to see
little Tom to aggravate June."
"Kcolly?" with evident incredulity. "I
thought Lady Nevil seemed quite dis
posed for a tete-a-tete with Broke, anil
your sister good-naturedly offered to stay
and amuse Sir Thomas."
"Oh!" exclaimed Madge, growing still
angrier, "that is just the delightful way
Agnes has of giving people wrong im
pressions. Do you suppose," with some
vehemence, "that June cares two straws
about Dallas? She is simply wrapped up
in Tom and the child."
"I am sorry I have offended you by
saying what I thought would naturally
please a sister," remarked Mr. Carslake,
"You have offended me very much," re
torted Madge, with unwonted petulance.
"I thought you had more discernmeut. All
our lives June and I have suffered from
Agnes' sweetness which had the delight
ful knack of making us look in the wrong.
No doubt," a little quiver coming into her
voice, "when you have seen a little more
Df her sweetness, you will come to the
conclusion that I am Dot at all a nice
"That I shall aoV he answered, auj
made as though be would take Madge'l
hand, but she eluded hiin.
Madge, who meant to atone for her ml
conduct by behaving very prettily to hiin,
was much disconcerted at not being giTei
the opportunity. She felt rather crest
fallen, but worked herself Into a fit ol
anger before she finally went to sleep,
and resolved to punish him for beini
vexed, although she had done her utmos'
to provoke him.
A nlM.U 1.- mrT fnr the fol
lowing day; it waa to be held in the aam j
spot aa the one recorded much earliei
in this story the picnic whih, MfiTlj
June was concerned, had been auch
dismal failure. Two girls from the neigh
torhood and two soldiers were to swell
the Hall party. Tom could not possibly
leave his harvesting operations, and Ag
nes had declined to join them a circum
stance for which June would have been
dsv-VT thankful but for the uncom
fortable suspicion that her cousin would
find her way np to the Hall in quest ot
Tom senior under pretense of a visit t
hia son. However, she did not allow th
thought to trouble her seriously.
It was as lovely a day as that former
one, and the party was very cheery, to
all appearance. Before starting Lady
. Nevil had taken Madge aside and said tc
' her;
"My dear child, do not carry Wis any
i further. I am sure it is not wise. Ieavc
j Dallas alone and keep with Mr. Carslake.
: He is not a man to be trlded with, I fee!
But Madge tossed her bead willwully
"I mean to punish him. What busines
had he to go off last night without wish
ing me good-night?"
"You would be very sorry If you losi
"1 don't mean to lose him," answered
Madge. "Now, Juny darling, you let mt
manage my lover my own way; you know
I am rather successful In these little af
fairs," with an arch glance.
"One may sometimes be a trifle too
clover," answered June. "I dare say your
system might answer with some men, bu'
I doubt its success in the present case."
"We shall see," smiled Madge. "Be
sides, darling, I am not going to let any
one think that Dullas is making up to
"Yon are very kind," returned June.
"But I fancy I can take care of myself."
"1 don't know," returned Madge. "La-di-da
is very seductive. I can't help rath
er feeling the influence of hia fascinations
Here their conversation waa interrupt
ed .and five minutes later they were en
Madge, having arranged her plan ol
battle, proceeded to carry it out Nothing
, would please her but that Dallas should
lie her squire, and she would not allow
him to leave her side or to speak to any
one else.
Though It was against Mr. Broke!
principles ever to repel the advances of a
, pretty woman, he yet, being actuated by
j gentlemanlike feelings, thought it not the
j proper thing to interfere with a friend in
I a genuine love affair, and, though he did
; not at all object to the fact of being made
a cat's-paw of by a lady who was willing
to divert and be agreeable to him, he
thought It very hard linos on Carslake to
l punished for an apparently imaginary
Madge, while she flirted ostentatiously
with the Guardsman, gave an occasional
sidelong glance at the real object of her
affections, and was exhilarated by observ
ing that she was making him unhappy.
Luncheon over, Madge Insisted on a
troll in the woods, which only meant that
she took Dallas a little away from the
rest of the party and sat with him under
a big tree while he smoked cigarettes, in
which, for the sake of bravado and with
a wicked hope that Mr. Carslake might
see her, she joined him. She was not al
together very happy, so she talked volubly
and feigned higher spirits than usual.
"Here you are!" cried Lady Nevil's
voice gayly. as she appeared close at hand
with Mr. Carslake. "Come with us for
a stroll."
Her ladyship tried to maneuver to leave
Madge and her lover together, and Dal
las was fain to second ber, but Madge
was willful and linked her arm in June's,
and Mr. Carslake made no effort to over
come her perversity.
Before the picnic party started for
home Madge had partially come to her
senses, and if Mr. Carslake had made the
smallest overture to her would have kind
ly consented to forgive and restore him to
favor. But he made no such overture,
and again the young lady's ire was kin
dled. They had to pass the rectory on
the way back, and Madge insisted on
wishing them good-by and going home.
June, being exceedingly vexed with her,
did not press her very eagerly to return
to the Hall.
Mr. Carslake uttered not a word. Dal
las was the ouly one who made any ef
fort to shake her resolve.
The willful yuiin lady passed a very
unpleasant evening and night with her
own reflection.. She had overacted her
part had vexed and hurt the kindest,
dearest, best ninn that ever lived; she
would like to throw herself at his feet
and beg his forgiveness; she began to
despise her own cleverness, and felt quite
spiteful against Dallas for having lent
himself to be her tool. Never mind! all
should be changed on the morrow. She
would make the handsomest of amendes,
and would never, never behave so ludly
The next morning her eyes unclosed on
tear-stained laudscane: the rain ws
roming down in torreata. She Intended
lo have gone np to the Hall the instant
rfter breakfast, but the weather made it
impossible. At 12 o'cloek there was a
slight cessation of the downpour and she
made a vuliant start. Down came the raia
ngnin, but nothing daunted, she pursued
l.er way and arrived dripping with wet
nt her destination. June met her in the
hall and beckoned her into Tom's room.
"Now," said her ladyship, with quite
unaccustomed severity, "I hope you are
"I'm not at all happy," answered
Madge, rather flippantly. "I feel like a
droK ned rat."
"Mr. Carslake," proceeded June, too
much displeased to offer, with her usual
hospitality, to assist her cousin in her un
comfortable plight "Mr. Carslake left
twenty minutes ago. And it is quite cer
tain that you will never see any more of
Madge turned ghastly white.
"Gone!" she stammered.
"Yes, gone. He made some bald pre
text about a letter he had received, but
I have since ascertained that no letter
came for him this morning."
Madge flung herself into chair and
sobbed as if her heart would break. Her
case was hopeless. He had not asked
her to marry him, though she had felt
certain he meant to; there 4JbeaV
quarrel between them that would admit
of her writing to explain or to ask for
explanations. She felt that she had been
too clever and had outwitted herself and
broken her own heart.
The year was waning, Christmas not
great way off.
Sir Thomas and Lady Nevil had spent
two months at their northern place In en
tertaining a succession of shooting par
ties. June had enjoyed this immensely;
she had, no doubt, a great love of pleas
ure and excitement.
Madge had been a guest the greater
part of the time. She was not the same
willful, mirthful, mischievous creature
that we have hitherto known her. No
need to check the exuberance of her spir
its now. She laughs and talks; outwardly
she does not give any particular impres
sion of wearing the willow; but, as a
matter of fact, she Is desperately unhap
py. Three weeks before Christmas, Sir
Thomas and Lady Nevil, with their heir
and suite, left the north and returned to
the Hall. Tom was rejoiced to get back
to his beloved home. June was almost
equally pleased, and only one thonght
crept in to dampen her enthusiasm. That
was the thought of Agues.
Several times during the homeward
journey June bad hoped, she would be
spared seeing Agnes on their arrival; it
was with a feeling of uufeigned vexation
that, as they drove up to the Hall door,
she saw her cousin on the step to meet
them, arrayed In her sweetest smiles. Tom
greeted her with amazing heartiness, and,
to behold her reception of his son and
heir, one might have imagined her a
mother parted from her long-lost child.
Tom insisted on her remaining to dinner,
and she accepted this invitation without
the smallest demur or any reference to
June. Her ladyship's home-coming was
completely spoiled; the shadow which had
disappeared entirely from between her
nod her husband loomed ominously over
them once more; she felt angry and im
patient with him.
At dinner Tom was in the highest spir
its. Agnes evinced considerably more
than her wonted chastened gayety, and
it was only June who felt vexed, discon
tented, out of sorts. She could not be
pleasant to her cousin, and she was an
grily conscious that Agnes Infinitely pre
ferred her displeasure to seeing her In her
usual mood.
At ten o'clock her ladyship hoped, with
some coldness, that her cousin would ex
cuse her, aud Agnes jumped up, exclaim
ing, with an air of regret:
"Is it really ten o'clock How the even
ing has flown! I did not think It could
be more than nine. Did you, Tom?"
"No," answered Sir Thomas, heartily,
only too anxious to make np for her lady
ship's risible coldness. "Time flies, yon
know, Aggie, when It's spent pleasantly."
"It does indeed," responded Agnes. "I
must go home. Of course, Tom, yon are
tired after your journey, and I must not
be selfish enough to take yon out to
night." Itut Tom swore he was as fresh as a
daisy, and that be should like nothing
better than to stretch hia legs a bit.
Then Agnes deposited a bird-like kiss
on June's cheek, which made that fair
lady grind her teeth with disgust and
repugnance, and the pair set off gayly to
gether. (To be continued.)
Not an Interpreter.
In a disput between the Indians and
the cannery men, according to the Seat
tle Pottt-Intclligencer, a Mr. March waa
called as a witness, and the way In
which he gave his testimony proved
puzzling to the lawyers.
"How long have you been in this part
of the country, Mr. March?"
"Forty, forty-five, fifty, fifty-five
"Fifty-five years," said the lawyer,
and then, as If he were addressing
Christopher Columbus, he asked:
"And wliait did you discover, Mr.
"A dark-visaged savage."
"Dark-visaged savage, eh Yes, and
what did you say to him?"
"I said It was a fine day."
"Fine day? Yes, and what did he say
to you?"
Mr. March rattled off a whole yarn
In Chinook, and kept on, to the mirth of
the whole court room, until peremptori
ly cut off by the gavel of the jud;;e.
"I asked you what reply the savage
niarie to you, Mr. March. Flense an
swer the question," said the Irate cross
examiner. "I was answering."
Toll ue what the savage said."
"That waa what he said."
Then tell it to us In English."
"Not unless I am commissioned by
the court to act as an interpreter and
paid the customary fee."
The lawyer thought a moment, looked
at the judge, who could not resist a
smile, and said, severely: "Mr. March,
you may stand down."
A municipal council in France lias
ordered its proceedings to U- ivportt!
by phonograph.
About 2T.nn lliinkards from Virginia,
Indiana, Ohio and Illinois have removed
to North Dakota.
A municipal council in Trance has
ordered its proceedings to Ih; rcMrted
by phonograph.
A partridge, with white wings has
liecii eluding the best Knglisli sportsmen
aiHiut Inibury.
tiilliiigham, England, had a grave dig
ger who died lately .god seventy-live. In
thirty-seven years he had buried over 12,
ooo orsons.
The peach was originally a poisoned
almond. Transplantation ami cultivation
have not only removed its Hiisonous quali
ties, but turned it i..to the delicious fruit
we now enjoy.
The French women have patented a
scrubbing brush which is to lie attached to
the shoe by strap and a heel plate, thus
making it possible to clean floors while
standing upright.
Some of the oldest trees in the world
are to be found intSreat llritain, The tree
called William the Conqueror's oak, in
indsor park, is suppiun-d to Ik 121.0
years old. The famous iteiiliey and Wind
fartliing oaks are at least twj centuries
Tho Khind manuscript now in tlio
British Museum is the oldest intelligible
mathematical work extant liiat lui ver
been deciphered.
The Peruvian Central Kailroad coven
a distance of ten miles at an elevation
only about 2lsHt feet lower than the sum
mit of tho highest mountain in Switzer
land. Artifical limits have been constructed
in Germany in such a way that those who
are obliged to use them can ride bicy
cles. In Manchuria dogs are raised for
their skins. A fairly prosierous Man
churiau dog farmer will own 1000 or more
Opium eating has become a habit
with the Kaffirs in South Africa. The
Chinese are the chief purveyors of the
Slant of Prehistoric Tlmea Unearthed
In Kngland,
An extraordinary discovery, and one
which is Just now exciting consider
able interest In antiquarian circles in
Lancashire and Cheshire, has been
made at Stockport During the exca
vations in the construction of sewage
works for the town some workmen
"'ie across what has s!n.-e proved to
U a massive oak tree, with two im
mense branches. Prof. Boyd Dawklns.
the well-known antiquary. Is of opinion
that the tree is one of the giants of pre
historic times, and he says that the tree
Is certainly 10,000 years old. The cor
poration of Stockport are at a loss
what to do with the gigantic fossil,
whlcb is supposed to weigh about forty
tons, and as It is necessary that It
should be removed a proposal has been
made to blow It up with dynamite.
This baa aroused the Indignation of a
large section of the public, who pre
sented the following petition to the cor
poration: "That there Is a valuable tree of old
oak at present lying upon and exposed
In the gravel on and within their prop
erty; that the quality in color, grain
and solidity Is hotter than any that can
lie bought in the open market; that for
artistic work alone it is greatly to be
treasured, for nothing in this country
is at present grown which can come up
to its dimensions; that it contains with
in Itself sufficient material to make the
furniture for any public building or
town hall which may be erected for the
public benefit within our borough; that
It only requires lifting from Its bed,
which In the opinion of competent geol
ogists may lie roughly estimated as 15,
tHH) years of occupation; that private
effort has failed to achieve its removal;
that Its destruction would be a publlo
loss and an artistic calamity; that your
representatives in council be and are
hereby requested to conserve for tha
borough this grant of nature to ber
sous and daughters, whose signatures
are hereby affixed."
The corporation hnve reserved their
decision, aud in the meantime efforts
are being made by local antiquarians
and others to bring pressure to bear
upon the council to preserve the tree
for the benefit of the town and the
country. It Is believed that no discov
ery of such Importance has hitherto
been made In this country, and this be
ing so K Is hoped that those Interested
will lend assistance toward preserving
in such matters throughout the country
the tree. London News.
A Land Where the Woman Ta Not the
Gentler r?ez.
A great deal has been said and felt
about the women of the lower classes
working in the fields, and of the hard
manual labor they are called to per
form. In the light of the ideas that
women should be delicate and refined
physically, doubtless the broad backs,
hard muscles, and heavy, kuotted
frames of peasants we see appear dis
cordant and unseemly. Fisherwomcn
at Dieppe or Whitby, we know, and
alongshore everywhere hold their own
against town councils when they dic
tate the policy of town governments.
In moments of danger, when the signal-gun
summons the populace to
scenes of danger, then these women,
the wives and mothers of the fisher
men, man the lifeboats and breast the
waves, going to the rescue of their rel
atives In distress. Yet these fierce,
strong women scarcely fill the modern
idea of what womanhood should be.
Now, however, very recently, when
It Is the fad that women should !e ath
letic, broad-shouldered, and deep-lunged,
to say nothing of the wider educa
tion of our blgh-bred and healthy mod
ern girls, the question arises among the
observant, 4 why working In fields or
carrying burdens Is, after all, such a
hardship and degradation to the pens
ant woman more than to the peasant
man. Too much lalior and great toll
doubtless break down and age both
But Disraeli spoke of women aa of
the gentler. If not the weaker, sex; and
when, in Monte Sacro, I saw women
swinging the scythe with broad
swaths, or cutting the sweet hay on
the mountain sides with their sickles,
and then filling up tall, paunlor like
straw baskets, which they bore away
on their shoulders filled with fragrant
grass for the cattle, I asked myself If,
after all, in their present civilization,
these women of Varallo-Sesla, at least,
could be better or more healthfully em
ployed. They sang as they worked,
and bright and bronzed cheeks spoke of
healthful toll. ScrJbner's.
Her Crinoline Killed Kim.
Among the historical Incidents con
nected with the Rathhaus Is one re
lating to an old judge who laughed
himself to death. One sultry day,
reads the record, during a recess of the
council, the members were leaning
from the windows of the Rathhaus, In
the hope to catch any stray wind. It
was the period of hoops and volumin
ous skirts, and maid shared with mis
tress the mania for distended attire.
On this pulseless summer day a pretty
servant girl In a wide hooped skirt
and a gray bodice made her way
hrough the loitering groups up to the
ountaln. She filled her tub and lifted
it to her head, but In this movement,
lo, the wonderful skirt was wrested
from Its fastenings, and It dropped to
the ground. The Judge had seen the
maid approach the fountain like a ship
under full sail, and when he now be
held her, collapsed and abashed, he
was filled with such humor that upon
the spot he laughed himself to death.
Harper's Magazine.
Prehistoric Dentistry.
George Byron Gordon, the explorer,
contributes an article on The Mys
terious City of Honduras" to the Cen
tury. The article gives an account or
recent discoveries at Co pat. Mr. Gor
don says:
"No regular burying place has yei
oeen found at Copan, but a number of
isolated tombs have been explored.
The location of these was strange and
unexpected beneath the pavements of
courtyards and under the chambers of
houses. They consist of small chambers
of very excellent masonry, roofed some
times by meana of the hprlsjataj arch.
and sometimes by meads of slabs or
stone resting on top of the vertical
walls. In those tombs one, and some
times two. Interments had been made
The bodies had been laid at full length
upon the floor. The cerements had lone
since molded away, and the skeletons
themselves were in a crumbling condl
tion, and give little knowledge of the
physical characteristics of the people:
but one fact of surpassing Interest
came to light concerning their private
lives, namely, the custom of adorning
the front teeth with gems Inlaid in the
enamel, and by filling. Although no!
all of the sets of teeth found had been
treated In this way, there are enough
to show that the practice was general,
at least among the upper classes, for
all the tombs opened, from their asso
ciations with prominent houses, seeiii
to have belonged to people of rank and
fortune. The stone used In the Inlaying
was a bright green jadeite. A circular
cavity about one-sixteenth of an Inch
In diameter was drilled in the enamel
of each of the two front teeth of the
upper row, and Inlaid with a little disk
of Jadeite, cut to a perfect fit, and se
cured by means of a bright red cement."
No parental care ever falls to the lot
3t a single member of the Insect tribe.
In general, the eggs of an Insect are
destined to be hatched long after the
parents are dead, so that most Insects
are born orphans.
A magnetic survey is to be made ot
Prussia, on whose coast regions mag
netic measurements have boeu carried
out by the Imperial naval authorities.
The stations will be twenty-four uiilt-
apart and the cost $12,500.
In some of the latest flat or npai t
ment houses the occupants are spared
the trouble of handling or looking after
Ice. A refrlgrentlng plant is provided
for the entire building and run by the
engineer, and pipes are then laid to
each refrigerator.
Electrlc-llght baths are becoming so
popular at a Vienna institute that hun
dreds of patients have to be declined
for lack of accommodations. They are
said to be good for the cure of rheuma
tism, asthma, anaemia, nervousness
corpulence and gout,
A Boston man, who refuses to accept
the modern process of photography as
an Improvement, is still taking daguer
reotypes, as he has been doing for fifty
years, saying that they remain the
most correct likenesses yet produced,
and that he does business of sufficient
volume to warrant his sticking to his
The consensus of opinion regarding
the origin of the migration of birds is
that It began during the glacial period.
The earth being then covered at either
end with a cap of Ice, all life was con
fined to a belt in the center; but the Ice
receded a little at certain seasons, leav
ing an uninhabited space that afforded
he quiet and seclusion that all the
tilgher animals seek during the breed
ing period. The birds went there ac
cordingly to roar their young, and. as
the Ice receded further and further,
they migrated further and further.
The Academy of Science at Moutpe
ller, France, recently employed an In
genious device to test the alleged pow
er of a young woman to tell the con
tents of unopened boxes. The commit
tee, appointed by the academy to make
the test, took a photographic plate, and
exposed It in a camera as If for an or
dinary picture. Then the plate was cut
in two, and one-half of It, carefully pro
tected from ths light, was .enclosed
with Other 6bjccts In a sealed-, box Af
ter the young woman had described
the contents of the box the committee
devloped the two halves of the plute.
That which was In the box was "fog
ged," showing that It had been exposed
to light, while the other half developed
a perfectly clear picture.
There Is in the constellation of the
Great Bear a famous little star which
has been called a "runaway," liecause
of the extraordinary speed with which
It Is moving. But it is so far away that
the effect of its motion can only be
noted by careful astronomical observa
tions. Prof. Simon Newcoiub has
said of this star, which bears the name
"1830 Grooiubrldge," that the united
attractions of the entire known uni
verse could not have set it going with
such velocity, and would be unable to
arrest It. Now Professor Kapteyn an
nounces the discovery of a telescopic
star In the southern hemisphere. In the
constellation Tlctor, which appears to
me moving considerably faster yet.
Yhat Its real velocity Is, however, can
only be told when its distance is
Romance of the Holly.
The romance of the holly ls very old.
Pliny tells us bow a bough of holly
planted near a dwelling-house keeps
off lightning, or cast into water makes
it become Ice, or thrown at any lieust
causes it to return to the spot where It
s required to be.
Modern Ixmgevlty.
In the seventeenth century the aver
age duration of life was only thirteen
rears; In the eighteenth, twenty; In the
present century It Is thirty-six. This
?reat Increase In the average length
jf human life ls not, however, an In
llcatlon of an Increase In the vigor
;ind vitality of the race, but it Is rath
:r due to the fact that cholera, the
black plague and other devastating
scourges which formerly overspread
whole countries at frequent Intervals,
sometimes several times during a cen
tury, have been brought more and
more under control by Improved pub
lic sanitation and quarantine. The
real test of the vitality of the race is
not the average length of human life,
but the proportion of centenarians
The proportion of persons who hart
attained great age is without doubt at
ihe present time much less than eve:
!efore In the history of ihe world.
i f there are any Spaniards In heaven
. e don't want to cs
Subjmrt: "The Gallows For Haman"
From the Life and Death of Thlt
Persian Courtier Living learai ol
Warning and Instruction Are Drawn.
Text: "rio they hanged Haman on the
gallows that ho had prepared for Morde
" Esther vil., 16.
Here Is an Oriential courtier, about the
most offensive man In Hebrew history,
Haman by name. Ho plottod for the. de
struction ot the Israelitlsh nation, and I
wonder not that in some of the Hebrew
synagogues to this day when Haman's
name is mentioned, the congregation
clench their lists and stamp their feet and
cry, "Let his name be blotted out!" Ha
man was r rime Minister in tho magnificent;
court of Persia. Thoroughly appreciative
of the honor conferred, he expects every-
body that he passes to be obsequious.
Coming la one day at the gate of the pal
ace, the servants drop their bnads in honor!
of his ofttee; but a Hebrew, named Morde-f
eai, gazes upon the passing dignitary
without bending bis head or taking off his!
hat. He was a good man, and would nor
have been negligent In the ordinary court
esies of life, but he felt no respect either
for Human or the nation from which hq
hail come. So he could not bo hypocriti-)
cnl; and wide others made Oriental;
oiklaam. gnttinir clear down before this!
Prime Minister when he passed, Monleeaij
t lie Hebrew, relaxed not a muscle ot hi
uecb, and kept his chin clear up. Bocnusj
ot that affront Hainan gets a decree from
Aliasuerus, the dastardly king, lor th3
iua.siicre ot all the Israelites, aud that, of
course, will include Mordecai
To make a long story short, through
Queen Esther this whole plot was reveule.j
to her husband, Aliasuerus. One night
Mia-uerus. who was afflicted with in-j
omnla. In his sleepless hours calls for hM
secretary to read him a few passages oj
Persian history, and so while away th-t
oight. lu the hook read that night to the
king an account was given of a conspi
racy, from whh-h Mordecai, the Hebrew,
had saved the king's life and for which;
kindness Mordecai had never received any
reward. Haman, who hnd been llxiug up,
s iilee gallows to hang Mordncat on, was
walking outside the door of the king's
i sleeping apartment and was called In. Thn
King lol.l hiin that he bad just had read to
him the account of some one who hail
aved his, the king's life, and he asked
what reward ought to tie given to such a
mo. Helf-concelteil Haman, supposing thai
he himself was to get the honor, and not)
imagining for a moment that the deliv-'.
rer of the king's life was Mordecai, saysi
"Why, your majesty ought to make a tri
umph for hiin, aid put a crown on him
nd set hiin on a splendid horse, high-stepping
and full-blooded, and then have one
nt your princes lead the horse through
tho streets, crying, 'Bow tho knee, here
?omes a mnu who has saved tho king's
life!' " Then said Ahasuerus in severe tones
to Haman: "I know all about yourscoun-!
irelism. Now you go out and make a
triumph for Mordeoai, the Hebrew, whom;
you hate. Put the best saddle on tha
Hnest horse, and you, the prince, hold the
itirrup while Mordecai gets ou, and there
lead his horse through the street. Make
What a spectaeie! A comedy and tragedy,
it one and the same time. There they go!;
Mordecai, who had been despised, now!
iarredand robed, in thn stirrups. Hamun
:b chancellor, afoot, holding tho pranc
ing, rearing, cha nping stallion. Mordecai
bemls his neck at lost, but it Ls to look
iown at the degraded Prime Minister
iralking beneath him. Hnxza for Mor
iecai! Alas for Haman! But whnt a pity
to have the gallows, recently built, en
tirely wasted! It is fifty cubits high, and
Duilt with care. And Haman had erected
t for Mordecai, by whose stirrups he now
R-allis as groom. Stranger and more start
ing than any romance, there go up tho
itcps of tha scaffolding, side by side, the
tiangman and Haman the ex-chuncellor.
'So tbey hanged Hamnn on the gallows;
(hat he had prepared for Mordecai."
Although so many years have passed
3ince cowardly Ahasuerus reigued, and the
beautiful Esther answered to his wliims,
and Persia perished, yet from the life ami
death ot Haman we may draw living les
sons of warning and instruction. And
first, we come to the practical suggestion
that, when the heart ls wrong, things very
insignilicaiit will destroy our comfort;
Who would have thought that a great;
Prime Minister, admired and applauded by
millions of Persians, would have been so
nettled aud harassed by anything trivial'4
What more could the great dignitary havq
wanted than his chariots and attendants,
and palaces and banquets? If affluence oi
circumstances can make a man contented
and happy, surely Hainan should have!
been contented and happy. No; Mordoi
cni's refusal of a bow takes tho glitter front
the gold, and the richness from the pur
pie, and the speed from the chariots. Witli
a, heart puffed up with every inflation of
vanity aud revenge, it was impossible for
him to be happy. The silence of Mordecai
at the gate was louder than the braying o
trumpets In the palace. Thus shall it al
ways be if the heart is not right. Clrcuui-r
stances the most trivial will disturb tho
It is not the great calamities of life that
create the mot worrlment. I have seea
men, felled by repealed blows of misfor.
tune, arising from the dust, never despond-i
lug. But the most of the disquiet which
men suffer is from insigniflcaut causes; a4
lion attacked bv some least of prey turni
easily around and slays him, yet runs roar
ing throng, the forests at the alighting on
bis brawn - neck of a few insects. You
meet sonit rreat loss In business with com
parative co.nposure; but you can think oj
petty trickeries iuflieted upon you, which
arouse all your capacity for wrath, and rej
main in your heart an unbearable annoy,
ante. If you look hack upon your llfej
you will find that the most of the vexations
and disturbances or spirit, wnicn you felt.
were produced by circumstances that were;
not worthy ot notice. 11 you want to icj
happy, you must not enre for trilles. Do!
not lie too minute in your inspection of the
treatment wu receive from others. Who,
cares whether Mordecai bows when youj
pass, or stands erect and stiff as a cedar?j
That woodman would not make much;
clearing in the forest who should stop toj
bind up every little bruise and scratch he'
received In 'he thicket; nor will that mau
accomplish uuch for the world or the
church who Is too watchful and apprecia
tive of petty annoyances. There are mul
titudes ot people In the world constantly
harrowed liecause they pass their lives not
in searching out those things which are at
tractive and deserving, but In spying out
with all their powers of vision to see
whether they cannot llnd a Mordecai.
Again: I learn from the life of the man
under our notice that worldly vanity and
sin are very anxious to have piety bow be
fore them. Haman was a fair emblem of
entire worldllncss, and Mordecai the repre
sentative of unflinching godliness. Such
were the usuages of society in ancient
times that, had this Israelite bowed to the
Prime Minister, It would have been an ac
knowledgment of respect for his character
and nation. Mordecai would, therefore,
have sinned against bis religion had he
made any obeisance or dropped his chin
balf an Inch before Haman. When, there
fore, proud Haman attempted to compel
an homage which was not felt, he only did
what the world ever since has tried to do,
when it would force our holy religion In
any wav to yield to its dictates. Daniel,
if he bud been a man of religious com
promises, would never hnve been thrown
into the den of lions. He might have made
some arrangement with King Darius
whereby he could have retained part of his
form of religion without making himself so
completely obnoxious to the idolaters,
raul might have retained the favor ot bu
iruiers and escaped martyrdom If he bat
only been willing to mix up his Christiai
faith with t few errors. His unbending
Christian - character was taken as an in
sult. Fagot and rack and halter in all ages
have been only the different ways in which
the world has demanded obeisance. It was
once, away up on the top of the Temple, that
Satan commanded the Holy One of Naza
reth to kneel before him. But it is nol
now so much on the top of churches a
down In the aisle and the pew and the pul
ott that Satan tempts the esDouaers of .th
Cliristltn faith to kneel before mm. Why
was it that the Platonic philosophers ol
-ui,jr uuit3s, m wmi as iuwdu, opiuura nnu .
jxiungoroae or later aays, were so ronaiy
opposed to Christianity? Certainly not be
cause it favored Immoralities, or arrested
civilization, or dwarfed the Intellect. The
genuine reason, whether admitted or not,
was because the religion ot Christ paid no
respect to their intellectual vanities.
Blount and Boyle, and the hosts of Intldols
hatched out by the vile reign of Charles
the Second, as.reptlles crawl out of a marsh
of slime, could not keep their patience, be
cause, as tbey passed along, there were sit
ting In the gate of the church such men as
Matthew, and Mark, and Luke, and John
who would not bend an inch In respect to
their philosophies.
Satan told onr first parents that they
would become as gods if they would only
reach up and take a taste of the fruit.
Tbey tried it and failed, but their descend
ants are not yet satisfied with the experi-l
ment. We have now many desiring to b.
as gods, reaching up after yet another
apple. Reason, scornful of God's Word;
may foam and strut with the proud wratlt
of a Haman, and attempt to oompei tho
homage of the good, but in the presence of
men and angels It shall be confounded.
God shall smite thee, thou whlted wall.
When science began to make its brilliant
discoveries there were great facts brought
to light that seemed to overthrow tho
truth of the Bible. The archaeologist with,
his crowbar, and tho geologist with bis
hammer, and the chemist with his hat-,
teries, charged upon the Bible. Moses's
account of the creation seemed douio-l by
the very structure of tho earth. Tim
astronomer wheelod around his telescope. '
until the heavenly bodies seemed to mar-,
shal themselves against the Bible as the,
stars in their courses fought against Sls.-rii.
Observatories and universities rejoiced at
what they considered the extinction of:
Christianity. They gathered new courage:
at what thev considered past victory, ami,
pressed on their conquest Into the kingdom
of nature until, alas tor thorn! they dis
covered too much. God's Word had only
been lying in ambush that, in some un-!
guarded moment, with a sudden bound, it
might tear Infidelity to pieces.
It was as when Joshiin attacked thn citv
otAl. He selected thirty thousand men,. ! a long while snowed uinler. We must have
and concealed most of them; then with a! ' a good many hard falls before we learn to
few men he assailed the city, which poured, , wain straight. It Is In the black anvil ol
out Its numbers and strength unou ' trouble that men hammer out their for
Joshua's little band. According to pnvl-j ' tunes. Sorrows take up men ou their
ous plan, they fell back in seeming defeat. 1 shoulders nud enthrone them. Tonics are
but, after all the proud inhabitants ot tint
city had been brought out of their homes,
and had joined In the pursuit of Josliu.-i,
suddenly that brave man halted In lilsi
llight, and with his spear pointing towur.l
the city, thirty thousand men bounded
from the thickets as panthers spring to
their prey, and tho pursuers were dnshedi
to pieces, while the hosts of Joshu.-i presse.lj
up to the city, ami with their lighted
torches tossed it Into flame. Thus It warf
that the discoveries of science seemed to
give temporary victory against Oo.l ami
the Bible, and for a while the church acted
as if she were on a retreat; but when nil
the opposers of God and truth had joined
in the pursuit, and were sure of the Held,
Christ gave the signal to His church, ami;
turning, they drove hack their foes fit
shame. There was foun 1 to be no anl
tagontsm between nature and revelation
The universe and the Bible were found to
be the work of the same band, two strokes
of the same pen, their authorship the same
Again: Learn the lesson thnt pride goeth
before a fail. Was any man over so far up
is Haman, who tumbled so far down? Yes,
on a smaller scale, every day the world sees
the same thing. Against their very ad
vantages men trip Into destruction. When
God humbles proud men.it ls usually at the
moment of their greatest arroguncy. If
there be a man In your community greatly!
puffed up with worldly success, you have
but to stand a little while and you will see
Him come down. You say, I wonder that
God allows that man to go on riding over
others' heads and making great assump
tions of power. There is no wonder about
It. Haman has not yet got to the top
Pride is a commander, well plumed un.li
caparisoned, but it leads forth a dark anil
frowning host. We have the best of authors
ity for saying that "Pride goeth before de
struction and a haughty spirit before a
fall." The arrows from the Almighty's;
quiver are apt to strike a man when on t hoi
wing. Goliath shakes his great spear in,
defiance, but the small stones from thei
brook Elah made him stagger ami fall
like an ox under the butcher's bludgeon.
He who is down cannot fall. Vessels scud
ding under bare poles do not feel the force
of the storm, but those with all sails set
capsize at the sudden descent ot the temp
est. Again: this Oriental tale reminds us of
the fact that wrongs we prepare for others
return upon ourselves. The gallows that
Haman built for Mordecai became the,
Prime Minister's strangulation. Kotie-j
spierre, whosent so many to the guillo-!
tine, had his own bead chopped off by the;
horrid Instrument. The evil you practice
on others will recoil upon your own pate.'
Slanders come home. Oppressions come
borne. Cruelties come home.
You will yet be a lackey walking beside
the very charger on which you expected to
ride others down. When Charles the First,
who had destroyed Strafford, was about to
be beheaded, he said, "I basely ratified an
unjust sentence, and the similar injustice
I am now to undergo is a sensible retrlhut
tion for the punishment I initiated on an;
Innocent man." Lord Jeffries, after In
carcerating many innocent and good peo
ple in London Tower, was himself Impris
oned In the same place, where the shade
of those whom he had maltreated seemed
to haunt him, so thnt he kept crying to his
attendants: "Keep them off, gentlemen,
for God's sake, keep them off!" The chick
ens had come home to roost. The bodv of
Bradshaw, the English judge, who had
been ruthless and cruel In his decisions,
was taken from his splendid tomb in West
minster Abbey, and at Tyburn hung on a
gallows from morning until night In the
presence of jeering multitudes. Haman's!
gallows came a little late, but It came.;
Opportunities fly in a straight line, and
just touch us as they pass from eternity to
eternity, but the wrongs we do others fly,
In a circle, and however the circle may
widen out, they are sure to come back tog
he point from which they started. Therei
-are guns that klckl
Furthermore, let the story ot Hainan,
teach us how quickly turns the wheel of,
fortune. One day, excepting the king,'
Haman was the mightiest man In Persia;
hut the next day, a lackey. So we go up,,
land so we come down. You seldom And,
Buy man twenty years In the same circum-!
tdances. ur tnose wuo, in political me
lt went y years ago were most prominent.
how tew remain In conspicuity. rouiicai
parties make certain men do their hnrd
work, and then, after using them as hacks,
turn them out on the commons to die.
Every four years there Is a complete revo
lution, and about Ave thousand men who
ought certainly to be the next President
are shamefully disappointed; while some,
who this day are obscure and poverty
stricken, will ride upon the shoulders of
the people, and take their turn nt admira
tion aud the spoils ot office. Oh, how
quickly the wheels turn! Ballot-boxes are
the steps on which men come down quite
as often as they go u p. Of those who were
long ago successful In the accumulation
of property, how few have not met with re
verses! while many of those who then were
straitened in circumstances now bold the
bonds and bank keys of the nation. Of all
tickle things in the world, fortune Is the
most Ackle.
Again: this Hitman's history shows us
that outward possessions and circum
stances cannot make a man happy. While
yet fully vested in authority and the chief
adviser of the Persian monarch, and every
thing that equipage and pomp and splen
dor of residence could do were his, he is
an object lesson of wretchedness. There
are to-day more aching sorrows under
crowns of royalty than under the ragged
caps ot the houseless. Much of the world's
affluence and gaiety is only misery in colors.
Many a woman seated in the street at her
apple-stand is happier than the great bank
ers. The mountains of worldly honor are
covered with perpetual snow. Tamerlane
conquered half the world, bat eould not
subdue his own fears. Ahab goes to bed,
sick, because Nabota will not sell him his
vineyard. Herod is In agony because a lit
tle child Is born down in Bethlehem. Great
Felix trembles because a poor minister will
fireach righteousness, temperance and
udgment to come. From the time of Louts
the Twelfth to Louts the Eighteenth was
there straw-bottomed chair in Frauoa
that did not sit moresolldly than the great
throne on which the Frenoh kings reigned?
were I oallea to ssetca misery 10
sketch misery lo its
worst form. I would not go up the dark
alley of the poor, but up the highway over
which prancing Buoephali strike the
sparks with their hoofs and between statu
ary and parks of stalking deer. Wretch
edness Is more bitter when swallowed from
gemmed goblets than from earthen pitcher
or pewter mug. If there are young peo
ple here who are looking for this posi
tion and that circumstance, thinking that
worldly success will bring peace to the
soul, let them shatter the delusion. It ls
not what we get. It is what we are. Dan
iel among the Hons is happier than King
Darius on his throne. And when life ls
closing, brilliancy of worldly surroundings
will be no solace. Death is blind, and
sees no difference between a king and his
clown, between the Nazarene and the
Athonlan, between a bookless hut and a
national library.
In olden time the man who was to re
ceive the honors of knighthood was re
quired to spend the previous night fully
armed, and with shield and lance to walk
up and down among the tombs of the
H .. n .1 Thmitivh All thn li nil ra nt thnt
nght his steady step was heard, and, when
morning dawned, amid grand parade and
the sound of cornets the honors of
knighthood were bestowed. Thus It shall
be with the good man's soul in the night
before heaven. Fully armed with shield
and sword and helmet, he shall watch and
wait until the darkness fly and the morn
ing break, and amid the sound of celestial
barplngs the soul shall take the honors of
hitflvon nmbl thn Innli mcrnhlo throni? with
robes snowy white streaming over seas ot
Mordecai will only have to wait for bis
day of triumph. It took all tho preceding
trials to make a proper background for his
after successes. Tho scaffold built for him
' makes all the moro Imposing nud pictur
esque the horse Into whoso long white
, mane he twisted his Angers at tho mount
ing. Yon want at least two misfortunes,
I hard as flint, to strike fire. Heavy and
. long continued snows in the winter are
signs of good crops next summer. So,
many have yielded wonderful harvests of
benevolence, ana energy because tney were
nearly always bitter. Men, like fruit trees,
are barren unless trimmed with sharp
knives. They are like wheat all the bet
ter for the flailing. It required the prison
darkness and chill to make John Bunyan
dream. It took Delaware ice and cold
feet at Valley Forge, and the whizz of bul
lets, tomakea Washington. Paul, when he
climbed up on the beach at Mellta, shiver
ing in his wet clothes, was more of a Chris
tian thnn when the ship struck the break
ers. Trescott, tho historian, saw better
without his eyes than he could ever have
with them. Mordecai, despised at the gate,
is only predecessor of Mordecai, grandly
mount 3d.
Grilled Almonds. Make ready a cup of
blanched and dried almonds. To one cup
of sugar add half a cup of water and boil
for about ten minutes, then drop in the
almonds and continue the boiling till the
nuts turn a faint yellow; next remove
quickly from the fire, and stir until the
syrup reaches the sugary stage, clinging
to the nuts. They are then spread to cold
on a plate over which a piece of waxed
paper has been laid. Serve the samo at
salted almonds.
Delicious Sponge Cake. One pound of
granulated sugar, one-half pound of sifted
flour, ten eggs tho grated peel and half
the juice of a hu-go lemon. Beat the yolks
of the eggs and sugar together until very
light, add the lemon peel and juice, then
the beaten whites of the eggs, and beat all
well together. Now carefully fold in the
flour, not beating or stirring. Hake a
moderate oven, lining and covering the
pan with thick paper.
Chocolate Custard Pudding. Ono quart
of milk, five eggs, six ounces of caster
sugar, two ounces of grated chocolate ami -a
teaspoonful of vanilla essence. Scald
the milk, reserving a little with which to
mix the chocolate to a smooth paste; stir
into the milk and cook for a few min
ntes. Beat the yolks of the five eggs with
the whites of two and tho sugar, l'our
the hot mixture very gradually upon
them. Add the vanilla and turn into a
buttered pudding dish. Stand this in a
tin half filled with boiling water, anil
bake for about half an hour, or until ttic
middle is firm. When done sprea.l with a
meringue, made with the remaining white
of eggs and three tablespoonfuls of castei
sugar, and brown the top. if preferred
the custard may be baked in small cups
Another way is to line a shallow roum!
pie dish with puff paste, and fill with th
custard mixture
Bait Fish Hash. Take a thick piece o
salt cod, suflioient to make ono cupfu
when shredded. Soak in cold water fo
several hours, then drain, cover wit)
fresh water and place at the siuo oi im
fire where it will only steam for tw
hours. Drain and when cold remove th.
skin and bones and chop fine- Add ou '
pint of cold boiled potatoes, chopped fine
one-half of a cupful of milk, one -quarte
of a teaspoonful of pepper and, if needec
a little salt. Try out slowly four slic
of salt pork; when the fat is well drnw
out cook more rapidly until thn pork--pale
brown. Lift it from the pun, put tw"
spoonfuls of tho fat over the ha-h an
turn it into the pan with the remainder)
the fat. Cover and set the pan where ;
will cook slowly for half aa hour, thr.
draw forward until a brown crust
fomed on tho bottom; turn out on i
heated platter and serve.
Track and Turt.
The gray mare Brunhiide, 2.15 1-4,
Viking, that has not raised a foal siu.t
sho took her record in l.05, lias been se 1
to James Golden, and will be raced a'ai I
Directly, 2.07 1.4, is getting plenty
slow work at the Whealon track, and h
done no fast moves as yet. lie has clian
ed very little since he was a 2-year old.
Charley Brossman, who is training tl
now sensational black mare Imp, is one
the foremost horse handlers of the Wei
ern turf.
The black mare Imp is to Come Fast fl
the Suburban Handicap, anil stable roil
has been engaged for her at SheepsheadJ
Tom Kyan has a string of good ones c
looted at Chicago, and he has sign I
Sktsets ' Martin to ride them.
The South Cleveland Driving Park
sociation has decided to hold a meeting
June 29 to July 1.
Espionage, a smart filly bv Insnecf
B. , is proving a winner at Chicago. S
is owned by Louis K.cll.
A number of Tennessee Rreedt
figuring on selling their yearlings i
cago this summer. ,
Bracelet, dam of Bangle, has for".l
bay filly by Imp. Quicklime, and U
bred back to llimyar.
Many Improvements are being made
ITawthorne, which track will open up
good shape.
George Fuller has bronu-lit his trot
to CtEaberland Park, Nashville, from
Twenty-six of 28 nominators made g
the third payment in Charter Ou
$10,000 purse.
Handspring has been pot in chargiJ
C. T. Patterson to be prepared for
fall racing.
Mascot, 2.04, is going very smooth
and may be a winner on the half-rr
The long tai s of the Shah of Pers
horses are dyed crimson for six im hei
their tips a jealously guarded pi'ivil
of the ruler and his sons.
Five is the sacred numWr oftiie C
nese, who have liv planets, live cardl
points, live virtues, five tastes, live m -cal
tones, five ranks of nobility and J
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