Clipped From The Courier-Journal
THE IDEAL SHAKERS. A Filgrimsre to a Conamaity la 5ew Esmptklrs How tis People live Their Lt - dutries, EsterUinments aai' MAST RELIGIOUS FOiStS. Correspondence Postoa Transcript. It was early in the month of October that my friend llermia and I made our lon anticjpated pilgrimage to tbe Canterbury Shakers. - tV'e did not arrive at the settlement till after dark, an 1 our rap at the great door of ska is called the "offico," whore strangers are received, wr.s rat bur a tic dd one. It was opened hospitably "wide,, biowever, by a woman who save us kindly Welcome and conducted us through tbe hall to a cozy sit - ting - rooiu, where she bade us "make our - stlves at ho:i:e." It was to this sister's special . care that wa were committed during our stay. They called ber ii. - ter Elizabeth. She' was dressed like all tbe others, in a gray pongeeg&wn but ith a plain round w aist looseiy litiiug the figure, on which the full skirt was plaited in small, uniform, kilt plaits. A lare white kerchief was folded about her neck aud across her breast in some marvelous way tuat w have tried in vain to imitate. A little cloe lace cap, like the milliner's bonnet frame, covered her rather blonds hair, sing, tbey march and sing, tney Kneel and sing endless verses, and the last note is as loud and clear as the first. Most of .their hymns have a ring of trjumph and victory about them, though some are exceedingly sweet and tender. No, one who hears the Shakers ran doubt that with laeni singing is, indeed, worship. i ; RELfClOTS FERVICES. tV attended their regular church services on Sunday. Aside rrrrafi the singing it consisted of a short Scripture reading, a bort sermon or address by the minister, "Eider ilenry" tbey call kiiii, and remarks by seyj erwl members. . ; .' Elder Henry iTinn, whose goiiness shines in every ieaT'jre or nis iranx atri nooie race, is the spiritual head of tee family. His man ners are cultivated and agreeable, and, he certainly possesses the art oi conversation iu a high decree. i His ?eruioa was interesting and scriptural; in fac t, wo beard nothme peculiar or nw. o.ily that great prominence was given to the necessity of a pur life. lne women lea tueir bonnets outsida and marched in with heads uncovered, except for tue Jc caps before referred to. All rrrcained standing through the first part of tbe serviee. and they mad a verv .striking ar)j.earance. After the sermon they marched about in a sort of. figure, siacing aud waving cr "saakiag" their bauds, wita paiins upward. This "shaking" was not at all what I expected to sue.' There is in ail their servico nothing ludicrous or undLjuiUeu. Their fervir seems like true exaltntion oi sj - irit not at ad raot or exciieiueitt and seems to iiud - f nil expression in their ringing and in their faces, which are, especiiliy tuuso of the women, sf)iiiiaa! iu tho extroa.e.