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[From Harper's Magazine.]
When the war begun we began. We
met at the Hall and worked for the sol
diers. We laid on the altar of our coun
try every old towel, sheet, and tablecloth
that we could spare, and some that we
could not. We rolled bandages, we folded
compresses. "Capable" ones among us
stood scissors in hand the livelong after
noon, and cut out drawers and Airts of
that Brobdignagian pattern which the
hospital directions . called fur. Matron
and maid and sewing machines worked
vigorously in the inuktng-up And round
the tables sat the younger army, their
bright hair tucked away in nets, their
arms and shoulders protected by gay
sacks, each group a pretty bit of color
that an artist might have jo3red to study.
(Unlucky we have no artists but "Da
guerreian" ones, to whom color does not
matter much ) Scrape, scrape, went their
knives, fast as the chatter of their youth
ful tongues, and higher and higher rose
the fleecy snow of lint. All was activity
good•hunior and aehievnient.
As summer went on, doniestie. wines
flowed in ; dozen of pairs of neat hospi
tal slippers walked up the hall-stairs into
our boxes. Jellies, a sparkling mass of
tremulous garnet ; dried fruits, that held
in their shriveled plumpness gallons of
refreshments for the sick and weary, ar
rived from every quarter of the compass.
With winter storms canoe on the gray
yarn socks and mittens, the votivo trib
utes of pillow and comforter, that were to
make our soldier's hardships a little more
Our society was unlike all societies
known to past ages. A strife for office is
traditional in such bodies, but here, were
three venerable ladies, each declaring she
would not be the President. You have
heard of-gossip at such meetings; but
very poor fun did they realize who went
toour--gatherings-hungry for a bit- of-pi—
quant scandal. Solid work was the or
der of the day, varied with news of "our
boys," and the like congenial themes.—
And I suppose every little village of a
thousand souls held similar conclaves.—
Such, my friends is the golden bond of
patriotism. We look back on our record
with the proud consciousness that if Sec
retaries in the Cabinet, and Generals in
the field had wrought toward their object
with the same harmony and enthusiasm
That we gave to ouls, - ther
would be very nearly over. I trust there
is nothing in that sentence to call for a
suspension of habeas corpus !
But financial difficulties . arose. Mr.
Chase was troubled for the sLiews of war
and so were we. Gold went up to 170,
and Canton flannel to three shillings.—
Our subscriptions, paid in every fort
night, did not meet the exigency. There
were Nil meetings and scanty work;
three ladies to every shirt, four hands
ready to pounce on every button hole or
knitting-needle that showed itself. In
this strait we paused. There was no
Congress to give us a Lundred millions
or so, but a fairer ally came to our aid.
No factious (louse or tiresome senate,
but a graceful representation from the
youthful patriotism of the town. The
girls said they would vet up an enter
tainment—tableaux vi van cc, charades, and
what not and give the Proceeds - to _ the
society. Admirable idea . Swift iinav;i
nOion beheld the Ilall lit up and crowd
ed, chairs in the aisles twenty on every
settee designed for twelve, and a stream
of people and dollars still pouring steadi
Well, girls, what shall we have ?'
said Emma Morris, deapondingly.
Emma Morris is as pretty a maiden as
we own. To describe her by allitera-
Lives, she is straight, slender and seven
teen ; sine t i is blonde blooming and be
nevolent—in this in , tance at any rate.—
She worked figuratively speaking, " like
a Trojan" fur our soldiers
The course of events had not run quite
as smooth for our young friends as their
zeal des?rved. It was desirable to vary the
tableaux and charades by sonic spirited
colloquy. I. do not know whether the
world at. large understands the nature of
a colloquy as we understand it up here
in the country. It is a compromise be•
tween a dialogue and a drama, offending
not the strictest anti-theatric virtue
Deacons can be present at it ; nay, it is
frequently enacted on temporary 'boards'
within a church itself, though that is a
mingling of things sacred and profane
which I, for one, should never counte
uance. Jr. affords sonic little scope for
the display of talent, and as good a field
as any for the display of dress. On this
particular occasion, unfortunately, an as
eeptible one was nowhere to be found
Why not take London Assurance ?'
aug,gested Maria Hall. Or something
of Mr. Bourcieault's-? 1 suppose every one
of his good.'
'But they are all too long— regular
plays. We want something short and in
teresting—and I. don't know where to
' Are you not too fastidious?' said
Frank Hall. In such a case I am sure
your audience will not be critical.'
Perhaps not,' returned litinna, 'but
we do nut wish to make too great de
mands upon their charity. When the
entertainment is just as good as ever we
( can get it, then they must make alluwan
,ces for any fiulure. As for this particu
lar matter, I've looked through the old
School Dialogues and Orators, and writ
,ken to every girl 1. know that ever was
concerned in an academy exhibition, and
can get up no help at all.' They have
forgotten what pieces they used, or don't
know where to find them, and the few
I can get are either trashy or worn out.
Nothing is to be had; and yet 'we must
have something, or the whole affair will
Desperate cases require desperate
remedies,' said Frank. • I don't see but
I must write you one myself.'
' Oh, Frank, if you would l' said his
' And oh, Mr. Hall, how good of you-I'
ehorused the girls. Emma, alone said
Frank Hall was a young man whom
Fate brought to our. village about this
time. Wounded at Fair Oaks, 'he had a
tedious recovery, and was even now unfit
tolie about, though very anxious to con
sider himself ready to rejoin the regi-
A. 11: RHEEM, Editor & Proprietor
ment Ills aunt and cousin Marian pet.
ted him to the last degree ; with the girls
he was of course a hero. Women de
light in a military coat, and Frank's uni
loan of Captain became his tall form ex
ceedingly. His ❑ale❑ess, too, was very
interesting, especially when you remern
tiered what had caused it. It is a good
deal to his credit, I think, that, amidst
all the feting of which he was the object,
he still longed to get back to camp—to
hard tac'c and hemlock brush
o that is settled !' said Helen Vesey,
with an air of satisfaction. 'much a loud
off my mind ! I lay awake half the night
wondering what we could possibly do.'
You must not he too sanguine,' re
sponded Frank: Perhaps I shall n t
be able to get up any thing to please
"There's no danger about that,' said
Helen, contentedly. And Marian ad
vised her cousin not to put ou airs of
You do not express any opinion, Miss
Morris,' observed Frank. 'l'm itfraid
you haven't the confidence in my pow
ers which the other young ladies are good
enouirh to feel.'
You am mistaken,' said Emma, cul
oring a little.
' That is te very feeble dischinner7—
Confess, now that you are suspicious of
my amateur ploy-weights, and dread that
rty work-widl- briug contempt—on—your
On the contrary I have entire raith in
your abilities. If I did not speak it was
because so many voices rendered mine Un
necessary. lam sure we are very much
obliged to you,' she adddd after a slight
Frank was not 'quite pleased with this
acknowledgewent, which he considered
rather tardy and rtnal. Especially as
the little service had been offered entire-
Ty with a view of pleto,niglies
' I don't think you ought to call your
self' an amateur, Flank,' observed his
cousin. ant sure I've read very nice
things of yours in print'
Nonsense, Marian ;be quiet he ex
claimed : while the girls were delighted
ly curious to know what' these 'nice
'Oh, the merest stuff.' Lines to my
Shoulder-straps;', 'Rhapsody' on a view
of Drill at Sunrise.'
flow oan you be so absurd, Frank ?
o u know it was not in the least like
' No, it wasn't. It was very profound,
very brilliant, very striking altogether.—
. I ant like somAody s hero, iMiss Vesey
—I can t now remember whose ; be wrote
articles that bad been refused by our
very best Magazines.'
' And accepted, too, I ftncy, said Hel
en. Frank was disposed to drop the
subject: tit the same tinirrbe was itillfer
piqued that Emma manifested no inter
est whatever. I suppose she considers
poetasting quite beneath her notice,'
he though, with a dignified consciousness
that any such feelin , r' on her part was
tolerably t.rroga it. Frank wrote very
well No great flights of genius, nothing
that was likely' to set the river on fire;
but he could turn you as neat and grace.
ful specimens of verse as most artificers
now going. Ins stanzas were copied
from the inetropolhan journals where
they first appeared into all tl e leading
papers, afterward they Shona in the cor
ners of country weeklies, and were apt
to turn up months later in the columns
of some 'Pioneer,' far away on the borders
of civilization. Sometimes they even
strayed so far as an linglsli Journal,
whence they would be tenderly transplan
ted by Mr. Littell into the Living Age.
It was rather hard, with all this, to have
them despised by a little country girl.
The colloquy was to be forthcoming in
a day or two ; this matter once decided,
the council of war devoted itself to fur
ther business. There must be an atten
dance of tableaux, and here was exhaust
less ground fur taste and combination ;
there roust be charades; there must be
music, both of voice and instrument, not
only fur variety but to amuse the audi
ence while tine other entertainment was
preparing. The difficulty of selection, the
amount of practicing, rather intimidated
Suppose we give it up after all" said
. Oh, that will never do,' urged ➢tar
• But when can we get ready ? I had
no idea of the trouble it required—and
then supposing we should fail!'
' We inugh't,' said Eniwa, decidedly.
'We have promised the Society, and it is
too late now to talk of giving
know there is a great deal of labor in
volved, and it all seems confused now,
but we shall arrange it by-and-by. Peo
ple have done such things before, and
why can they not again ? And why not
we as well as others?'
Bravo !' said Frank. 'Co on, Miss
Morris. I will aid you to the best of toy
'Thank you.' She replied so cordially
that the young 'Captain logave her pro.
vious indifference. -
Work now began in earnest. Old
magazines and volumes of engravings
were ransacked for striking pictures; one
after another was proposed and attempt
ed ; -difficulties arose and were put down;
something like terra firma began to ap
pear in the sea of uncertainty. The mu
sical portion took sweet counsel_ together
- niter solo, duet, quartette, and trio; violin,
piano, guitar, were canvassed with refer
ence to their availabilities. Every one
was willing to be useful, nobody anxious
for display ;so things protOised to arrange
themselves in time.
Oh l' said Nellie Snow, suddenly, 'we
must certainly . have .a, statue.'
A statue ?' asked every body. 'low
is that ?' •
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'Why, when I was in Fulton last win
ter they got up an entertainment to cush
ion the church, and my cousin J ulia rep
resented Hope. It's very easy and has
a beautiful effect:
' But wo don't know anything about
It's not the least trouble ; all you
want is u sheet—no, a couple of sheets—
there must be a place for the arms to go
through. lon lull a string through the
top hem, and gather it up around the
neck ; it's drawn it.to a girdle at waist,
and then arranged in very ample folds a
bout the feet. Simplest thing in the
" But I don't think any one of us
girls would look very h.ndsuue stand
ing up on the stage with a sheet around
her,' said Emma Morris.
' This is because )ou haven't seen it
I tell you it's beautiful; looks just like
tumble. There must be a pedestal, of
course, and Hope's anchor painted white,
and the statue must be powdered an inch
thick ,No matter it it is in streaks it
won't show in that light. There, Emma
Morris ! have to be you! You'll
cost us less for powder than any other
girl, Ind in these times we're bound to
objected, but the motion was
curried over her head. 'All fur the good
of the sold ters",' was the cry, and she had
to yield. - Then Helen Vesey--inust... lie
the Queen of Sheba, because she had such
magnificent dark hair and eyes. The
question arose whether the Queen of
sheba's'eourplexion also tru A lit nut to be
magnificently dark, but this tsar voted Of
no consequence. Othello, it was argued
is sometimes played as a negru, sonic-
Owes the color of ham-ring ; it' prulession
al actors could thus vary from a given
standard, surely a little band of amateurs
need nut keep close to the letter.
Then theme 'Lust be a gipsy fur tune
teller, and Nellie Snow was fixed upon
for the lovely maiden who was seeking
to know her destiny. About the sooth
sayer herself there Inure difficulty,
but Marian Hall finally accepted the part.
She had once seen Miss Cushman in that
'musical and romantic' drama wherein she
has produced some of her most aainired
effects, and trusted that the memory
would render her own impersonation suf
ficiently weird arid striking.
After a vast deal of consulting and
planning, the party broke up, to meet
next day for further practice. Marian
proceeded to take an inventory of her la
ces, muslins,'ribbuns, with regard to their
value in a theatrical point of view.—
Frank went off to his own room, and
plunged at once into the labor of compo
' Ah ! well,' he said, with a half sigh,
-as..-lie...dippeditis..pen, he k stand.—
'1 ant glad to help our cause along even
with a trifle like this.' As lie wrote a
pair of hazel eyes looked at him front the
page Poor young captain ! lle had
found in our secluded village a foe more
fearless in raid than Stuart's cavalry,
more adroit than even the finuous Stone
Just as he was getting well warmed to
his work there came a wee tap at the
:lour. Ho ruse, rather annoyed by the
'I am sorry to disturb you, Frank,' said
his cousin ; 'but can you Jell we what
has become of those numbers of the Press
and .11 caper's Weekly Y'
'1 hey are here on my table. [ thought
you had read thew all.'
Yes, long ago; but 1 want to lend
them to a' riend.'
Now, Marian, you are a little too bad !
Do have were), on your friends. Don't
force them to read my lucubrations just
out of politeness.'
There was no forcing about the matter.,
I assure you. She spoke to tae about it
the last thing bethre she left, and charged
me by no means to forget it. I shall
send theta over at once.'
' Verywelr,' said I.'rank, complyingly,
'hero they are. Give my complunents to
Miss Vesey and say I wish they were
!Kum- worth her reading.'
' Oh, it wasn't Helen,' returned his un
suspicious coursin. '1 want them for Gut
' All the same,' said Frank, indifferent
ly, as if this were not the very inforina
ti,m he had been fishing fur ; .1,1113 11142:5-
sage will do just as well for her.' And
he went gayly back to the half-covered
rhe next, few days were given to activ
ity, research, and rehearsal All the girls
were flying about in the intervals of prac
tice to hunt up the accessories of the oc
casion ; we elders, excused from a part
in the perfu mance, were privileged to
contribute to the 'properties.' For myself,
I lent my bridal wreath and veil, a silver
comb, and a coral bracelet . ; while my sis
ter contributed an antedilu inn Swiss
muslin, a velvet waist, and an ostrich
plume. The stronger sex, too, was press
ed into the service. One obliging cava
tier journeyed N. N. .111.-f2r a frame to the
tableaux ; another wthit S. S. W. for
scenery which some accommodating coin
puny had offered ; all the boys were busy
in the Cedar Swamp,. and the hall, when
you passed by it of afternoons, exhaled a
fragrance as of a dozen Christmas trees.
Frank's play was in time completed, and
the girls thought it wonderful. It was
some sort of convent affair, with plenty
of candles and ceremonies. There were
Siker Ignacia, and Sister Ippulyta, Sis
ter Josepha, and Sister Annupciata, and
hosts of other sisters, all with cognomens
deliciously out-of-the-way. Mrs. Sher
wood's 'Nun' was consulted for proprie
ties of dres;, and every Irish maid in the
village lent her beads for the occasion.
The important night at last arrived,
All the'atira and wreaths and mottoes of
evergreen 13 JV iee were in their Ores
CARLISLE, PA., PRIDAY,'NOVEMBER 13, 14863.
flail was decorated with flags of every
siz„ ; while above the stage the national
fowl flung from his beak the consecrating
Stars and Stripes. The audience assein.
bled was as numerous as the performers
could desire. A favorable conjunction of the
planets had given us a mooonlight night
and excellent sleighing. ; besides, the ad.
!pittance had been fixed at that golden
mean which was tempting to the public
yet remunerative to the cause. The seats
were crowded as had been hoped, and
tramp, tramp up the stairs still came the
march of many feet. The footlights
burned along the star, the curtain waved
a little now and then, the serape and wail
ing of violins rose in the air as our vol.
untc,!er ortilleAra tuned their instruments
13y-au the bell rune, the curtain went
up, and the best tableau appear( d.
`Beautiful !' cried everybody with en
thusiasm ; and the Hanle was repeated
Another sueceeded it and another, to the
But it' the audience were content, the
dressing room n eanwhile was distraught.
Uh that scene ! worse than the cabin of
a North River steamboat in September.
The room was ten feet by twelve, anti
twenty or thirty of us were bu , y in it.
-The floor w.e4 piled ankle-deep with hru,ll
- 63'' ii itr - Tii nib p o wd e v-b o x_ as ,,_
and variow; usher auxiliaries to beauty,
while the nymph: ,tool around in differ-
cut stie 4 -es or preparation. Anil evil forces
were. at ‘vorl; ; inikt 'fiactiria - artitile9,
the niost cal Prlllly I,o•AuWi'd, were
:1111'1101 a \Vay.'ln l t.lie minutes
111.!,v, Ilia li illC of . appear : nig Ivould soon
Mk-, SO\ 10,00' had 'kindly ofTei:eil to as
SILL tho gels in dressini4. t too was pre
sent, chiefly on iny own invitation, bu
endeavoring to be ti-ieful. There is a
gracious calm in Seymour's presence
that, inakes itelt felt at all ordinary
- but, hure—it.wasid inost Tow e rless
'Where where is toy little handkcr
ehielr cried Seiter Ippolyta, iu distres-.
'I put it just here, and now it is gone'
Five or six. nun , in -various stages of
dre,s and nielre-s paused Ilunt their toils
to aid the utillappy s tcr. tikurry , altur
ry went t dozen ihtirol handB among
the thou-,and-atid.one articles strewed a-
round ; the subNtratum ut haudbox, pow
der-b.ox, and so vu , wds turned over bu
`What, shui/ I do?' said pour Sister
Ippulyta, in despair. -*"
Here is toy pocketdiankorchief,' said
Seymour, with sudden inspiration.
'Turn in tlio embroidery- tts •-tv.-41 as you
can ;Hid I think it will answer." And
Ippolyta's beclouded countenance
grew radiant with delight.
A n • i - ntorv;l - Filen t,- - Sinter
wanted IN to ,liuuk her waiNt.—
As she WAY tall and l wa: shert, I Inoue
-Led -f4r--the-ilurpou....uu. both.en of 4 1 1
elil pel happily present. The fair nun
WiLN tl X I I'Llltiely Wyl I deVelOped ; the person
who hid lent her ,Irc,is much lebi cu ; it
zt I lereuleite ello.t to unite the sep
\\ ell, Sistyr Ignineia,' said I strug
gling cur breath, 'I hope you will he able
to stay in this dress as long us it has
taken me to get )ou intuit.'
Just then came up the unhappy Lady
Superior. •.11y bandbox. is gone l'• said
she in a tone whose acuteness of anguish
no italics can convey; I've looked every
where for it, and it is June ; and 1 hav
en't a thing to put on
A pause ul consternation. The play
coud nut go on without Lady Superior,
and she could not gin on without cuuven
teal gear. Fur one direful moment all
seemed lost. Then Sister Constantine
upspuke. She is uric 61' tiles people that
keeps this world of ours 'moving She
understands herself' and hthers. Some
things she ati2go,ted, swine she contribu
ted. She captured a small buy and dis
patched him homeward inn quest of sun
dry matters; the others caught inspira
tion from her, and presently the venera
ble mother stood arrayed in ull the gloomy
prepriAnes ut her under.
'Almost ready, girls r said a voice at
the dour. lon must come on in a few
wiuutes.' And, 'flurry, hurry !' was the
fur your veils,' said Miss Sey
mour. '1 suppusa they're all ready.' Uti
yes, they were ready and immediately
procured. But lu ! every mortal girl had
drawn her Volt up cal a string as if to wear
it with a bounut.
'This will never du !' said Miss Sey
mour, with determination. 'Out With
these strings, and bring we, a paper ut
Easier said than done. Five or six
papers had been -provided, but none were
tortheinning now. Fortunately Sister
Iguaela remembered putting a row in the
pocket of her dress—not her present dress,
bat the one she wore to the Hall. The
favored garment was sought, and found
beneath a superincumbent Alp of hoods,
clouds, starlights, twilights, blanket,-
shawls, and India rubbers. Nun after
nun went from under Miss Seymour's dex
terous hand, Avail her veil arranged hi
true conventual style.
At last she came to Sister Constantine,
This worthy sister wears her hair in curie
"all around." Very pretty curls they are,
and vastly becoming to her, but offering
no secure foundation wherein to fix a pin,
'Look about and see if there isn't a bit
of tape somewhere,' said Miss Seymour,
•'or a strip of selvedge left over from the
Society.' But none could be found.
\Viet was to be done'? Clearly it was
impossible that sister Constantine should
go on the stage with her hair in ringlets.
this• emergeney a bright thought
struck me lam net, cohonottly fertile in
expedients, but cleverness is. contagious.
I wcnt'into retirement. for a brief space.
' How wil) this do ?' 1 asked, demure
ly, presenting bliss Seymour with a cir-
TERMS :--$1,50 in Advance, or $2 within the year
clet of elastic. She regarded it with a
It isn't as large as her head,' she an
swered. But one blessed quality of In
dia rubber is that it will stretch.'
A tap at the door.
All ready ?' asks the manager.
'ln one winute. Do you want us ?'
says Miss Seymour.
• The violins are in the last strain of
the 'Carnival of Venice.'
'Tell thew to repeat it, then. Now,
girls, let we look at you.' As they de
filed past her hands arose in horror.—
' What are you thinking of I' she ex
claimed Every one of you has on her
There was a flutter of doubt and depre
dation among the convent bevy.
It, will wake our dresses so long to take
tlein off,' urged sister Angelica. 'We
shall tread ou thew. It will be awk
The stony calm of Nemesis overspread
Miss Seymour's handsome face.
' Very well,' she said. ' Only I never
M it* life saw a nun with a hoop.'
Miss Seymour was our autocrat of taste
and proptiety. The next instant , a pile a
h!icluton9 lay in the orner, and a very- ,
subdued looking band of fealales marched
There were a few delicious. moments of
repose in the dre - ssing room. Nis6 Sey
mourpicked up two or three salient ar
ticles frein-the under foot- conglomerate:
I laid out the (been of'Slieba's toilet on
...ix. inches of the deal table.
'l' wish you would let we wake up a
tableau fur you, :\largarey said 1. 'You
hhould be a Madonna'
Thank you ; but I think that sonic one
with a broader forehead and larger eyes
and 1110 re regular katures would answer
your purpomis better.
'Perhaps on,' I replied, smiling„ if such
a person could not be found.'
Some degree of order b - ang eiriZER
flow di! chaos, we adjourned to a side
door which coMunanded a partial view of
the stage. There was a cloud of white
muslin, a murmur of voices, and a sort or
general impression of youth and pret.-
611;:tiS. below the foot lights a sea of
faces stretched away—a mainiatui o sea,
that is to say. The capacity of our Hall
is not unlimited. I regarded these up
turned countenances from a business
stand-point, and, knowing just how many
of them it took to represent the Federal
dollar, felt a of satisfaction.
'Excellent audience!' said young Mr.
Din.ley, juicing us.
now su ?' asked Miss Seymour.—
'Quantity or quality Y'
'Both. There's a splendid lot of them,
aud.they are pleased with cv_ery thing: _
'Sinai! thanks to thew fur that,' I main
Well they way be at ter all the pains the
girls have taken. Who looks the best Fred Y'
I don't know, really. Sometimes I
think it is one and then another. The
truth is, Mrs. Miggs, that we do have
the very prettie t girls in town that you
can find in the State.'
1 sniffed at his enthusiasm. 'lndeed !'
was my reply. 'I know that used to be
said when I. was a girl.'
So lung ago as that!' he asked, inno
cently. NI argaret and. I exchanged glau
ces. 'Yes, young wan,' 1 said, severely,
just so long ago.'
'I guess Frank Hall thinks the same
thing, he went on, quite unconscious
screwed tny neck around a corner and
brought wy glance to bear on the young
captain. There he sat, very pale and in
teresting, watching the stage intently;
anxious, perhaps, for the success of his
The play gave symptoms of drawing to
a close; Miss Seymour suggested oa.re
turn to the field of duty. Back we went
to the dressing-room, where ample occu
pation awaited any willing handl All
went on well. Charade succeeded tab
leau, and tableau charade, in due season,
while our volunteer musicians filled up
the intervals to general 'acceptance.' At
last we caul) to the closing labor—the
statue. This would wind up the enter
tainment, this must be the crowning per-
ee ti on.
Two t•oxes or,Meen Fun were brought,
; ) 11 piece of flannel and a cotton stocking.
A girl on each side powdered vigorously
at poor Etnina's face and neck and arms.
iss Seymour proceeded to put on the cap
of tissue paper which was ot hide the gold•
brown hair.. 'Will that do ?' she asked,
stepping back to survey the effect.
No, just a little line of hair was visible.
Tenderly the paper cap was shifted, but
alas ! not tenderly enough. A crack, a
tear, and a lung streak of brown showing
through the White !
And then the manager at the door.—
'We want the statue new. The music is
Presently,' said Miss Seymour, en
deavoring to repair the mischief. Shriek,
crack went the paper, and again ; ,.the hair
showed through. Renewed efforts of des.
peration, renewed failure.
isn't the statue ready ?' spoke the im
portunate voice outside. 'We are having
too long an interval.'
What could be done? 'Can't ono of
you sing or play something to amuse
them 'l' said Miss Seymour. No response
I looked around-1 spied a bird of
son.. r , at hand.'
I .Louisa'Colin, ' I, ordered, "go straight
out on that stage and give that audience
the longest song you can remember.'
'lmp4sible said she, shrieking.
couldn'tthink of a single thing,'
'Oh yes you can—no matter what—
'Billings's Joidun,' if you . like. flurry
'But you know I couldn't sing that.'
'WO!, then, 'Ask me not why'.—or,
All is ready,' announced Miss Sey
mour. The curtain came down and the
,procession started, one bearing the pedes
'tal,' another the anchor, and two or three
inure holding up the drapery
lope,'. _way- of .parting„ben<-
ediction, look just as joyous as you can,
and keep your eyes shut.' Whereupon
borrowed somebody's shawl and cloud,
without the t_.,ereniony of asking ibr thorn;
and went down among the audience to
have a view of my favorite. With some
difficulty I managed to find a spot large
.nough to stand upon, and stood there.
Up went the curtin, and exclamations
of delight resounded through the house.
It was pretty, certainly. 1 acknowl
edged to myself that it was a very neat
effect to be produced by one pair of sheets
, and two boxes of Moen Fun. There
stood Elope, serenely leaning on her an
bare, her upturned face beaming with a
subdued ' joyousness,' of which I knew
the secret—she was just ready to break
into a laugh. The cap of tissue-paper
hid her hair entirely ; the drapery ar
ranged by Miss Seymour's skillful hand
fell in heavy folds about her feet
Perfect !' I heard a voice behind me
say. ' It's the most perfect thitig I ever
s:iw in my life.'
ow where could they have. got that
statute ?' inquired an uld lady on my
It isn't a statute, mother—nothing
but one of the girls dressed up 'responded
her married daughter.
You don't tell ino! I'm sure it must
be marble or plaster of parish and, in
slec.d, by that light, it was difficult Out to
believe with her. The statue, too, was
perfectly immobile She stirred not a
linget,. nor even wicked though the glare
from time fejlights must almost have
forced her eyelids open.
This taldeuu uivant was found so at
tractive that it had to be repeated mole
than once, and the curtain went down at
lint amid,t, tremendous cheering.
So the evening was over, and the peo
ple got away as fast as they could ; the
door-keeper counted his gulden gains,
and announced a sum mos t gratilying to
our feelings. 1 went ' , Janne; the per
formers adjourned to Mr's. Hall's, where
refreshments awaited them after their ar
Frank walked with Emma Morris.—
' I ant so glad we did not give it up,' Lhe
said. Now the trouble is all over, and
we have such a nice suni for the soldiers.'
' You are willing to take a great deal
of pains to make them conilltrtable.'
A sudden impulse seized Frank. Ile
drew the little hand upon his arm down
into his own strong clasp. ' You would
do so much for their comfort,' he whis
pered ; will you do something 'for' me
too ?—something to make me hippy all
these long nights when I shall lie awake
in camp, thinking of you. Oh, Emma,
Their glances met—hers fond and tim
id ; his fund and eager. The others had
passed into the house; these two were
half way up the walk. Frank looked
quickly around, then stopped and kissed
the sweet lips with a long love-kiss.—
Nobody saw, he thought.
" Well, nobody did—to mention.—
Only Mrs. i\ligg,s, who turning the cor
ner in the shadow of the evergreens, be
held this little tableau, and considered it
quite the success of the evening.
Rarely have we a better story, or a bet
ter told story, than this, from a reverend
gentleman in Missouri:
The life of a preacher in a new.coun
try, from a secular point of view, is hard
ly as smooth and free from difficulty as
a position in more cultivated populous
communities usually appears to be. The
people are.thinly scattered here and there,
in different pursuits, though chiefly ag
ricultural. '' Being collected from all parts
of the older States, and gathered from
every class of society, they meet' .upon
the same common. ground, upon terms of
easy familiarity, and restrained by no iii;-
some conventionalities. People in a now
country generally have a pretty hand
time of it. They live a sort of a 'rough
and tunable' life, wearing out their best
efforts in 4 struggle for existence Un
der; these circumstances the, material
sometimes absorbs the spiritual : and the
people not . unfrequenfly 'get so far 'be
hind' with the preacher that they have
frequently to be powerfully 'stirred up'
from the pulpit. On one occasion we
had a visit from the presiding Oder of
our district at ono of the quarterly meet-.
.Wo had not-paid our circuit.preaeli
er glary dime,' as the boYe say, and we ex
pected a scoring from the elder.. Well,
we were not disappointed. The older
what is that from. Lucia that you do so
nicely and every body likes—something
pray for thee."
`Yes, that's it. Run right along, there's
'But how can I—so suddenly— and no
accompaniment or any thing Y'
I held her with my glittering eye.—
'Louisa Coan,' I askad, ',ire you working
for our soldiers or are you not ?' She
gave in before the glance and argument
combined. I drove her forth upon the
stage and left her When I returned
the cap was somehow rectified and the
wreath was going on.
13eautiful !' said Mrs. Seymour. A.
little more powder on this temple, Mary,
and the bridge of her nose. Now for
They were gathered around the neck,
and drawn in at the waist, the fullness
'evened' here and distributed there.—
Front the stage came the last sounds.
e...ver ble...ss a...nd pray 10... r
Taking up a Collection
preached us a Moving discourse from th
text,' Owe 910 -man .At..the
close of his sermon he came to the 'sub
ject in hand.' Brethren,' said he,"have
you paid Brother anything this
year ? Nothing at all, I understand
Well, now, your , preacher can't live on
air, and you lutist pay up—pay up, that's
the idea. He needs twenty-five dollars
now, and must have it ! Steward, we'll
take up4t collection now.'
Here 'BOlllO of the audience near the
door began 'to slide out.'
'Don't run don't l' exclaimed the el
der. 'steward, lock that, door and fetch
we the key lie continued, coming down
out of the pulpit and taking his seat by
the stand table in front.
The steward locked the door, and then
deposited the key on the table by the
side of the elder.
' Now Steward.' said he, 'go round
with the hat. I must have twenty-five
dollars out, of this crowd before one of
you shall leave this house.'
Here was a fix. The congregation
were taken all aback. The old folio
looked astonished ; the young folks tit
tered.' The steward gravely proceeded in
the discharge of his official duties. The
hat was passed around, and at length de
posited on the elder's table.
The elder poured out the funds on the
table and counted the amount.
'three dollars and a half ! A slow
start, brethren ! Go ro•ind, again, Stew
ard. We must pull up a heap stronger
than that !'
Around went the Steward with his hat
again and finally pulled up at the elder's
' Nine dollars and three quarters!—
Not enough yet. Go around, again,
Around went the steward again.
Twelve dollars and a half ! Mighty
slow brethren ! Traid your dinners will
all get cold belbre you get Ironic to eat
cur. Go round again, Steward !'
iii frigtt rri - rthir infiltenee'lregali to be
fidgety. They evidently thought the joke
was getting to be serious. But the elder
was relentless, and again eireuha,
ted the indefatigable hat, and slowly,
but surely, the pile on the table swelled
towards the requisite amount.
Twenty-lour dollars and a half! Only
lack hall' a dollar. Go round again stew
Just then there was a tap on the win
dow from the outside, a hand thrust in
holding a hall dollar between the thumb
and finger, and a young fellow outside ex
he,ro's-your- o n ey- Het
my girl out, o' there; tired with wait
imr fur her.'
It was the last hair that broke the
camel's back; and the preacher could ex
claim in the language or 'lke Turtle';*
'This 'ere meetin's done bust up.'
Our Cause and the Cause of Uni-
In this war the A melican people have re.
alized the truth that the destinies of the hu
man race are so bound together that all
most sull'et lor the injuries of any portion.
In this country we made ourselves accesso
ries to slaveholding, the greatest crime a
galuist humanity. All titer and religious
:3CII itucuts was debased to make this sum of
al; wrongs sacred. Even Northern politic.
talked as it the Bible was only a Slave
ry ordinance ; mid the Constitution only a
thing for perpetuating Slavery. For it the
huheas corifit,, trial by jury, liberty
of speech and m the press, and the freedom'
ol the public wads were suppressed, For
thc-c-rt-mmr-e-t-t ktr - North - strbmifierf - tOliede::'
lowed of all protection of law in the South.,
For it our courts and legal principles were
degraded, and Slavery became the end and
opt ewe object of all law. For it the people
st the Free States submitted to he'deprived
of their equal rights in the Government, and
t 0 hold subordinate places in it upon condi
tion of putting their necks in the Pro-Slaver.
ry yoke. For it no Northern man was per
nutted to hull any position in the Govern
ment, at home or abroad, civil or military,
unless lie was all avowed supporter of Slave
We thought that another race were the
tidy sutbirers by this wrong, and we were
magnanimous in conceding their souls and
bottles, and in putting them beyond the pale
of human sympathies. We called our in
difference to the treedorn or another people
a praiseworthy regard lor the Constitution.
But the crime which we have abetted against
an interior rice has in the mean time robbed
us of our political rights, and at last has
plunged us into this bloody war. The ser
pent we have nourished has turned to sting
the nation to death.
- - -
It is vain to think that crime can be at
)(tacit It is at war with all mankind, and
it is a necessity that it should fortify itself
by more crimes. Slavery recognizes in every
buinan rigLt an enemy, and declares war
with us. To strengthen its hold to the
blacks, it demands absolute political power
over the whites. Nor could it stop there.—
It regards cc cry tree laboring man as an
neummig enemy, and declares war against
We have tried to live at pence with this
wrung by debasing our Constitution, laws
!lad adallaiStrailollB, and,, by conceding to it
our political rights. So long as it controlled
our elections, it permitted us to go through
the forms of voting. But at length it has
been debuted by the popular vote, anti BOW
it has plainly declared that it has hitherto
tMerated popular government only because
the Slave Power controlled it, and that be,
cause Ahe Slave Power has lost the control,
the Government shall exist no longer.
Monroe Teachers Institute.
The Directors and Teacheiti of Monroe
township, met in echool•house No. 1 Church
town, on Saturday licit. 31st 9 A. M.
Thu forenoon was spent in discussions on
the relative inherits et text .books.—in which
Teachers and Direttors Nally participated,—
preliminary to the action of the Board in des
ignating the nits t,o be used in the schoolp
the eneuing y r.
At 2 A. M the Monroe T. aohers' Institute
was reorganized by electing Jesse Brindle,
thirnmor, PretiLlent pro, tent, and Juo. A. lab
only, Secretary pro, tent
The Consitilllloll of the Institute was road
and adopted, and was signed by the Teachers
The election for permanent officers resulted
as follows. President Jesse Brindle, Vice
President David Richwine,- Secretary Jacob
H Sobriver, Treasurer Simon P. poodyear,
Librarian John A Eberly.
The President made the following appoint.
monte. for the next meeting.
Gleitn and -slartin . ,Berkheinitir to road seleo•
tions.llise,Carrie J. Buck and John D. Boyer
to prepare 'Essays and J. H. Soliriiier 'to do."
liver au Oration.
. On motion Orthography woe made the sub-
Jeot for, discussion at the, next meeting.
On motion it was resolved, that the pro
ceedings of the semi monthly meetings of, thE,
Institute be prepared for the• publication in
the palters of the ooquly. , •
Acijouroed to tpeet in Bohopl•house No. 5.
(Dornbaoles) on Saturday Noy. 14th at 9
A. M J. 1., Souguita, Beoretary. "