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THE AGE OF SrEAL.
,werld, bath great pr9gresSive . periods
. known ;',• ' ; I •
first was called the " -r
The , w
• The next the:bilinzp," and theit .theqiyon"
came, , •
While the present lacks a distinctive name.
But with significant, baptismal Seal,.
It should be called the age of "Steal ln
"A name not used in ambiguous *ay, .
But always spelled distinctiylwith an a. •
For far too many 4 think thatthieving pays,
And live-by robbery in a thousand wan
And seek with cunning and , inventive. brain,
Some selt-advantage rapidly to gain. .
Though "wooden nutmegs" may be out off s tate,.
The cheats are quitu as I"Yankeefied"and greati
A long-faced deacon of the days of old -T--i :
A country,groter, as the tale is told, .
With a sharp eye , for principal and trade,;
These plain instructions to his. clerk conveyed
To "sand the sugar and dilute the rum,
And then to morning prayers come."
With pious scroples sold perception rare
He eased his :r science in his daily prayer.,
But the skilad i mindlers of to-day.
Neer stay.` ' . their cheatings tong enongli,a,
Nor their unlawful seekings after gain
To "ruin and-sugar" proits oft restrain.
Though as an.-"itent" in that liind'tif trade—
(Superfine" and "Special" an its grade—
Nay be quoted "crooked whiskey," which Can
A double-twisted and extended fame.
in this Age of . Steal all knavery thrives ,
And scientific cheating Wrongs lour lives ;
We'knoy not what we eat, or drink, or wear,
Or 'Whit processes and combinations rare
Compounded ingeniously'and sly,
MI fife'S ceaseless necessities supply
The "peck of dirt" allowed each human-kind
,up "sugar coated" and refined
Nor one such measure is a lifetime's fare,
But many times over one eats his share.
The tricks of "Tweedledee and tweedledum"
Have In this age taitirr* . ticm come;
The highest , powers and talents of the land,
Until all truly honest' hearts exclaim, ; • •
With rising wrath, yet overwhelming qhame,
"Upon what meat do theie oureinsars eat ?"
Thit thus they stoop to wrong and c heat,
And find in private want and ilpublic neCil
Some chance to satisfy their Vicious greed.
igei , of all ages, may this 'soon be past, •
And an honest millenuitirn dawn at last.
SECOND.THOUGHTS ARE BEST.
'T 00K, WALTER; that young girl's
. 1,1 face would make , ari att:iat's:fort
"By I all that's wonderful, it isn't
my COUSin Mtiy( .Walter, reigning
in his horse so suddenly all to throw. him
.upon his haunches. -
"Well, you gipsy, what are you doing
fifty miles from home this morning ?
Some mischief, I'll warrant!'
"Visiting," May answered saucily and
concisely, from her station by. the lawn
`Visiting whom ? some ancient maiden
like yourself?" I i ,
May was sixteen, and could , afford to
be rallied upon her age. So her bloom
ing cheeks dimpled with a smile El 3 she
answered: 1 .
`Not so bad as thaq ' Walter. I'm
helping Susie• Arnol d, nFrse ber unclt—a
*crusty old bachelor,' who can sympathize,
with your, sufferings from the gotit:', ;
Walter laughed. " It still _ takes' some
trouble to get the start of yoti, little boz.
Susie Arnold herel I'll just run in and
see it she has a
. placein her memory' for
an old friend. Jump, on -May, and take
a ride.. My friend here will'be; most. hap- .
py to escort you. By e by,l must' in
traduce you. Philip, is is my cousin,
bins—flif.r. Orine, Miss Alley's. Steady,'
Gyp ;. there, May, let me assist' lyoti 'to
went." ' L
'Thank, you,, Walter, I' am sorry , to
diEm.point you, but I ;twist decline to
make my debut without a side•saddfe."
`Gvp" is gentle as a larnb ;.not the
Iraq . dangefin the wOrld. May, r
thought von were as brave as ,you are
esucv." •i I
B 1 this time the spice of' ari - ng in the
girl's nature wss arousekio ;she suffered
Walter to assist her to a, seatlupon Gyp's
hack, saying.: .•
"Well, I see , you wish 'me to appear,
ridiculous, so I will gratify you."
She adjusted her dress, and assumed
an erect, gracetul position; which did not
tell of an inexperienced equestrian ; and
taking the reins in her hand, she turned
. ller arch face toward her cousin's friend.
"Mr. Orenj challenge,you to atrial of
4)eed—tnat distant oak to be the, gpal."
She touched Gyp lightly with the whip
and started off, .her curls flying in the
wind ; Philip followed: closely, but she
kept, the advantage gained by her Sudden
start, and reached the tree first.
Philip's exterior was that ef a hero of ,
romance, but as yet himself and seal=
nit nts were strangers, and her Was cold
'Ph i s was the gentleman' Whose claims
consideration Mty jAlleyn ,decideCto
She read the pride upon, his curved
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lips; and mi4ichievouly resolved'to punish
him for it. . .
May was tan enigMa Ito, hitn--a new
pecitnen of I the human family. So pret
ty and lady-ilike in her : look2—so wild
and untamed iti‘her actions.
He looked at her much as he would at
a velvbt furred kftten--pleased- with her
;beauty, but 'wondering whit, freak would
nextiamuse . ,
I‘l..think Walter has by this time made
us call, andlwill, be looking. for Gyp's ap
pearance. 'Twould be good enough .for
'him if we didn't conic. Tried to break
my neck ; don't you think so, Mr.bdr.—
"Orrie, at your service."
very cold asi
"I believe )
She can tere
.he rode. slov
gate, :was, th
itront her ho
*8 though st
the. best of
.mayhO - chop
acise. w . •
cess of her
and taken a
3ust the Walter made his appearance,
and, after a few parting words the two
friends tur ed their faces homeward, and
were; soon at of,s)ght.
Philip 0 ni , and Walter Alleyn were
together in, th latter's room. Philip was
reading, an Walter was sending a cloud
of smoke filotn a fragrant Havana as he
glanced thr ugh his letters.
"Well, 1 eclare,can I believe my eyes?
flat little umming bird Sto be caged at
Philip to ked up inquiringly, and Wal
ter Joased - a 'Rat perfumed note toward
Ile took the note and read:
"DEAR. 00Z :—Come and visit us as
early as the( 10th bf this month, , and, if
possible, bring your friend, Mr. Orne
with yon. wedding is to come off on
the 12th, a d,l want you to , officiate as.
gtoorrismen , I have two' very pleasant
young lathe's selected to stand , as . your
vis-a-vis) Do not be frightened and stay .
away, thinking I may inflict myself upon
one of you, as I have a more important
part to act. lam in a great hurry, so
cannot sto to explain particulars, but
will do so n hen we meet. Good-bye.
I L MAY."
"Will yo go Orici ? I. think it would
be a pleasant Change irem this dusty old
city.: Say yes, and,l will • write May to
the effect night"lO- ,
Philip consulted his calendar, and
finding that, he had no pressing:business
set down Or that time,made -up his mind
to accept the invitation,
The appiiinted day ,arrived, and with
it the two gentlem6n, wtio were duly in
&winced WO the young ladies _who ware .
,t,o be .biid smaids. As Ma `
they were, retty and attractive, and the
five formed a. pleasant party.: ' -
told us who
is to be the happy „man. Whefe is he,
and why don't you introduce him ? said
Walter, after a tune.
The gir l , smiled amusedly at each oth
er, and Mary-answered :
"I can't very well , introituce_him until
he arrives i'n town ; and I :shall 'not de
scribe him,las I wish him to, make a won
derfulimpriession,and a description would
spoil 1 all." ,
Philip grne made himself very agree
able. May modified - her: tendendy to mis
chief. for was she net the hostess, and in
duty bound to make every one' . as happy
as possible 1? . ' - •
- She was! more dangerous to Philip's
peace of Mind in -this mood' than when
in such , `wild exuberance
. l of spirits; ae,
Sweet' strains of some familiar song is
more effect Ve when we know that the
tenderly modulated voice' has capacities
of power and - passion held the abeyance.
..An and rcurrent of sadness formed . a
minor ead nee to the harmony of his
visit,'lts he saw' more of MaY,and'thought
that thetoorrow,, would See her trans
planted froM her girlhood' home tha
Orne---a peculiar name, is it
,had a weakr;ess, it
y name ; and his tone was
he zaid :
it is peculiar to, our family.
one, he 4d. to the - °rues."
r.ohably?" The fringed, lids.
iure4.,as Philip's blue -yes
)t their: coldness, sand-touch-
horse lightly with ber whip
off, With a gay : . .
a. Tell_ Walter I'll be back
," And -was away .befOre Ph il
to•reCover his good humor. ..
if this is a fair specimen
h," was Philip's :thought . as
back to 'where he had, left
Bering how he - would relish
jest—when there,. by ~ the
re runaway girl; 'dismounting
L ie had.' pot mystifl.ed him to
hei , • ,
leyn, are you!kt . magician
name of-wouder did you,
pot , •
Er.'..Orne turns. priest, I'll
e him .for my confessor.- .
me. `guess' must: be . this or-
secretly delighted akthe suc- .
ruse, which consisted of a'
me that saved some distance,
t fall speed had brouglcit her
erably.iu ativauceol her com-
t, and see wha(yon - think of .
r venin gs of the
four Young people were awaiting the en
traitor of the tw(i-so n Oon . to . be united for
life. - • .
sudden. - dience'lell upon. theni as
the gentleman come into the -:rocim-sup
porting .upon the lovely :girl
whose_ floating veil, faitened :in ' its place
by.oranke-bloisoins, eincealed: her blush
"It was - not ?dap,-Thls :lady-Was tall
and stately--,May. Was 'petite - and slight.
The momentary peiuse of astonishment
that followed was -bi9ken liy,the entrance
of May, who -intiocuced. them as "My .
frieiid, the lie*. Dtpcith. Ware, and my
'The gentlemen were: :.too ,welhbred to
express theitsurprisl,-amithe , girls thor
oughly enjoyed their Mystification.. •
After the certruiniwah Over, and con
gratulations were o red to the newly
married, Couple ; , Water. seized the first
opportunity to que - tr i ion May -as to:her
motive. in misleactingthem. • .
"Why, what .do yin mean,
"You know .
you - little deo
ever. I thoui
up your Mind'
that you lectui
" Didn't you,
a 'more import
4 -So. that
old gOose so
She made him. - a deep.: courtesy,, and
*walked over - to where- . 4 ) hilip Orne was
have beep. wishing.to,-.‘e you, Miss
Alleyn, to apologize formy'extraordinary,
mistake,. in Coneiderini. you the .bride;
elect. Your friends mitt feel very. hapc
py that you are . not to; be monopolized
jug yet. Thit, how didi we make such h
mistake ?" •
. "Perhaps %%alter hasj an idea:: that a
bride ulaysa . more itniprtant. part than.
the lady who. entertain the gLests," said
Philip look4d. at km itegnly.: As their
eyes met May straggled" for a moment to
,etain her gravity ; then the pent up
mischief 'laughed cut of her broivp eye:,
and in the curve-of li l t red lips. '
"I . understand Miss -Alleyti I
and manner expressed
but Wither detectedlurk
the copers of her mouth.
what mean very well,
iver. lon are as bad as
ht you Iliad at least made
'to behai t e yourself."
please Vxplain yourself,
at is it at I have done,
re me in this way ?"
fryes 100 , d very clear and
Walter bust, out , with
write tame that you klatl
- ant part to perfOrrn ?"
the troibH You dear
have I _.4m I not the hos
have put a wrong ConStruction upon your
note, and, of course, yeti feel Ro bKdly
about it we ought to beg your pardon
upon our bended . knees. But, jesting
aside, may I tell you\ how very glad Lan
that the evenwg still finds you Miss A—
His voice is low, but very earnest, and
his, eves, blue and clear as the sky in
Jiine, were very thriling as they sought
an answer in those which dropped before
them in sudden shynss.
May'hastenedlo tUru the subject,
"I must tell you who our bridal couple
are. , The lady was a favorite school
friend of Mine. ands an orphan who
has no home but that which a boarding
house provides. The gentleman is a
arid as my : father • is inte
rested- the particular locality to which
he is going, he proposed to give 'them a
wedding party when, he beard of their
The Wedding guests were invited tore - main for a week or 'two at the Alleyn
Mansion ; and walks and drives about
the picturesque neighborhood filled the
time very pleasantly. •
AS Philip saw more of May he became
completely charmed with the little maid'
en. ; •
May's feelings were enigmatical to
The beau ideal *tared by her girl
ish fancy had borne. °°a -'very differentex
terior to that,ot Philip.
She could not help liking him, and
she was si-cretl)i vexed with he,rfolf for
He was so fair—so effeminate look
ing-,-he must he , 'deficient in manly
strength and courage. She , would not
think of him—a man of - that stamp
should not win hei heart.
Her studied indifference probably add
ed to her charms in Philip's eyes. He
bad a fancy for' , overcoming obstacles. In
his, legal capacity he would often under.
take cases for ; their very difficulty, . and' ':
was never so triumphant' es when .he
could make - .a jury agree upon points
Which only an acute lawyer could make
One morning the rest of the party had
gone to3visit some mineral springs at 'a
distance. May had a slight headache,
and excused herself from joining the ex
cursionists; and. Philip stayed at home to
write some letters. .
After awhile the fresh' -morning :air
wooed them forth for a ramble, and,
Meeting on their - return, they walked
along together. ,
A prettraild was walking 'along the
sidewalk, under the , chhrge of a nurse.
Philip and Mary were . : bOth fond of
children and they watched the little thing
with great interest, admiring the effect
of her lohg golden hair as it limited down
over her white dress. -
. 9 ; 1_876,
"Mad ;• do b ,o---sßad diJg r and on,
directly i 0; id 'lie little prattjer : tam, , ,
withlongaping serid,:q,ttiat those-fear....
tut of .dangers—a h'ifge dog, w hoSe'hinod
shot eyes and, fiiam. flecked mouth, 'Out of
which lolled the, red' tongue, showed the
truth .of thei alarm: (;-: •
.May's feetiseeined - frozeii:to the ground
;---a• horrible helplessness: held. her•there.
The panic -stricken nurse left the child,
and .ran inside a garden gate; and closed
it after her. •
The unconscious f little one laughed
and put out her chubby little Bands,' evi
dently. 'thinking that 1 . the iabbid animal
would play with her tas lid °her. pet dog
at home. • .
Philip:retained his; self .PosseSilon, and
just at the criticali - moment wren all
seemed. lost, he caukht the -.creature by
the nap of the neek,land . -held • him, in a .
powerful grasp. in. vain - did the , mad
deneci animal snap lat. -his - captor, and
wreathe :and; -- struggle to. , escape. The
white. fingera which May had -secretly
stigmatized, as . weak . sad' - effeminate,
seemed made of ..• • ,
A few Moriients ofl this llorrible uncer
tainty—thenjhe brfitea eves glazed and
went into. lltie - dinger was_ no
longer inimediate and Philip itelaied his
By this time a policeman had arrived
on the spot, and with his pistol he Soon
ended the, pier creature's sufferings.
May felt deeply h i umiliated at her in
efficiency in the hour of danger. • - For all
that she had done, with her fancied firm
ness of nerve, .that ilimpled little form
might now have been mangled and torn
by those huge fangs,i in which lurked a
poison as deadly, and more .to be dreaded,
than 'th tt Of rattlesnake.
She caught the ehild in 'her arms, and
almost smothered her with kisses; then
she turned to Philip
"Mr. Orne, I owe a you a debt which
nothing. can repay.. If this little darling
- had been bitten, 1 Should have felt all
I,lirough my life that it was owing to my
lack of presence ef mind in not snatch
mg her from the threatened danger."
Ef.vr overstrung nerves relieved the-Al
selvesin a burst of tears.
• "Don't sneak of ii—it is best forgot
ten. Will you take - ; my arm ? You are
looking very whiter',
M;ty accepted the proffered arm, and
they walked on in silence.
Philip did not underrate the danger
he had escaped. He, well ; knew that a
false aim in seizing the rabid animal, or
the slightest relaxatioi , of his iron mus
eles, woulis have apoaed him to suffer
ings compared to which the tortures of
the Inquisition were but as shadows.. He
felt as a 112411> does who has- met death
face to face.
May was of a frank, open nature, and
she felt that she had done this man-in
justice. She ;.had underrated him, and
she must make a confe.ssion, or never
again, feel at ease inhiesociety.
"Mr. Orne,"! said he hesitatingly, "will
you forgive me ? I did not give you credo
it for such courage.. thought—"
.q.iay no more, Miss May,' Philip an
swered, as 'he gazed'into her brown tear
clouded eyes. "lt would not be in mor
tal man to resist so !fair a pleader, what-.
ever might be her offence. -May I not re-.
verse our present positions, and become
the entreating party myself e
There SW a meaning .in his, quiet
tones which thrilled to May's heart and
made it throb tumultuously.
Philip saw her agitation and took her
little hand - in his warm, firm clasp.
"Miss Alleyn—May—will you prove
your contribution by giving me the, sole
right of thiesoft little trembler?"
As May listened. she knew that Philip
Orne-would henceforth be to her : life:as
is the sun to the flower,. but a strange
timidity sealed the :lip& usually so read,y
with her gay retort.
Blushing apd confined,' she 840Ve to
withdraw her hand l Her, lover's ardent
glances studied the sweet face; with its
downcast eyes. • ,
"If you do not answer, I shall think
silence means c,onseut.".
One swift glance at his face..., - ,
','lease, Mr. Orne, my fingers are not
made of iron." -
He dropped her , band, with , a pained
. "I beg your pardon -
The rest of the sentence was .unutter
ed, us May was flying up the walk like a
wild thing. -
This evasion of 'a direct answer was a
new phase in -May's character; but Philip
read its meaning correctly. A denial of
his suit would have been prompt and de
cisive. Sera timidity c,ausedhope
to. fold her snoivy wings and Make her
dwelling within his heart. t
He did not succeed in seeing Mai ,
alone until the.morning of his departure,
but the previous eVening he gave her a.
bcquet ,of , English violets with a note
hidden inits fragrant depths ' requesting
her to wear his,offiming as a breast-knot
if she,could respoOd to his love,
~When she appeared at breakfast,the
sweet shy face. was suffused -with . blushes
as Philip's eyes rested - -upon , he
, neath breathing forth their precious
meaning, reposed his gift.
" When Philip returned to hie city home
,VO,L: - , $3N0.,-..=32
be bore with .him the hope that, with the
coming, daisi e s, he might claim his "gay
flow.tt,.. as be loved to call her..
It seema fitting to
,him,-that the earth
shmild 'be dressed in 4 garniture of bloom
'upon her Wetlding 7 day, who is to him
the fairest bki:Aorn of theta
A matter ofForm —Fittiug a dress..
A very llnatiefaotofy sort.of
The rail of faine. - 1 . •
Mr Philips' lectnro about the,. 1 4 1.405 t
Arts," does not concern the ladies. They
haven't lost any.
In New 'fork an -india rubber car is
about being,invented which. when cram.
med full; will hold a couple more.
_ - A New York carpenter,. In advertising
for a situation, frankly days that_ work is
not so much of an object as good wages.
Wheh may , a man be said...to be thor.
oughly "sewn up ?" When. 'he. has pins
and' needled: in his loot and a stitch in
his side: . .
"Goodness me, I" cried a ntce old lady
the oth.-r day ; "if the world does come
to.an . end next year, what shall do for
"11 .do declare,.. Sal,, you. look pretty
enough to eat. "Well, John, ain't .1
eating as fast I bait ?" replied
her mouth lull:
"To what sect or fraternity do you
thinkl belong ?:' asked a conteMptible
little lop of windy. "To the 'insect fra
tetaity;" was the reply.
An exchange deScribing funeral pro-.
cession, said : "The procession was very
fine, and nearly two miles in length, as
was also the prayer of Dr. Perry, the
Wanted—A cover for a bare suspicion,
veil for the face - of natim, buttons for
the breeches :of •ptivilege, oinding, for
volume of smoke, cement for . broken en
f`ls it wrong to cheat a lawyer ?" Wai
recently very, ably discussed by the mem-
bers of a dehating . society. 'hi e.fanclu
sion atrived at was that it was not Strong
• litirs. Bookhas left her hnsbana, Mr.
Oootif,has - gone to parts unknown. We
CannOt say, however, that Mrs, Boots is
right, hut , there can be no mistake ab3nt
Mr.' Boats being left. . .
How the Cinese manage•their deities—
After a - long period of wet weather when
they have prayed vainly, for 'relief, they
put their gols out in the rain to see how
they like it. , . '
• A vddow once. said to her, daughter,
"When yomare at my age• it will be-time
enough to dream of a husband." "Yes
mamma." replied the though ties beauty,
"for a Second time." •
A witness being interrogated as to his
knOwledge of the defendant_ in the case,
said he knew, him ,intimately—"he had
supped with hitii, sailed with him, and
horsewhipped :him. " -
AA. 'mischievous girl living in Thirty
fourth4treet, New York, being bothered
by a number of lovers, has incited them
to a public 'velocipede race for her band
=the whiner 'to win her.
An old man of our acquaintance says
he was born at the wrong time. "When
I. was young, yOung men were of no ao
count, and now, that I am Old, old men,
are of no account," ,
A printer out West, ,whose office is half
a mite frem any other building and,who
bangs: his sign on the bough of a tree,
, advertises - for an apprentice. He says,
"A-boy from the country, would be pre.
ferred a,, -
We knove of a beautiful girl who would
be a capital speadlatiori for' a 'fortuna
hunterOf the right 'sort.: Her 'voice isof
silver; her hair of gOld, her teeth of pearl,
her clie'eka of:rabies, and" 'her eyes of dia
A company of . -'young: ladies -lately ,die
cussed. this question : "What is tfie.groat
duty of man ?" One of them dressed a,
la mode from head tot foot ~ Contended•
That it was_ to.pay milliners' bills. This -
WKS agreed to,without a dissenting vote.
• A paper - in southern Illinois regrets
that it went to press "one day too earit
to record the `death of John . Bates."
This is not quite as cool as the paper
which said, Just as we are going to press
John Smith is being run over by the
An Irishman was one day observing
to a friend that he had a most excellent
teleicope. "Do you see yonder church ?"
said be. "It- is scarcely discernible, but
when I look_ at it through my telescope.
it brings it so close that I can hear tho:
• • , .
Mr. Smith can't see why his wife
sticiuld o!zaject to his staying at the club
'so late snnply because he said, when he
came - home the other nights, "'My dear
its the coldest year for many nights ; at
fifteen degrees past 10 the clock stood
ailteen mmutes tdoW freezo,"