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' - - - - which was con; bed straight baik from the forehead and tasted in' a fiat knot behind. . THE SHAKEit DRESS. The dress, though u'y iu itself, makes now and then a woman a wt nler of quaint loveliness. It was so with SiUT Elizabeth; it suited her quiet eyes, her gently smiilng mouth nnd cairn rejxjse o manner; also, tiio somewhat severe but - graceful lines of her slender figure. . Thay wear a hoop of some contrivance whicLt extends the r.kirt with a straight and gradual sior.e from wai.t to neui aaa give a stately look to tii - wearer. . '.'letter. on, when 1 saw the sisters all together, 1 decidei that this drT - ss was riiiuark - aniy well suited to the majority seeming to belong to liieiu m very l.tness and they to it. They are all, v.'i.h rare exceptions, thiu and aie, with a suber if not severe expression of countenance when . in repose. There are no plump, merry faces: even the children iood old aud staid until tbfy speak, and then there seems to be an intangible something a repression, pel nups that sets then a little apart from our lull sympathy. The society at Canterbury, is. H., cotis.sts of three families who live ar. l are governed separately, 1 - ut worship together in tue same church, ercept in winter, when as a matter of couven.ence tney occupy halls in t5e:r own separate buddings. The family wua whom we visited was the first or church family. There are various buildings belonging to it; homes, a school - house, workshops one for the men, one for tne woflV'U and anot&or for tho children a printing cilice, an m - ilrmary where an eldor sister presides over a full equipment of drugs and medicinus, to whicn are added their own peculiar remedies tSbaker bitters, etc. 1 can testify "to Um good sister's ski'.l. for sbe dispelled my wretched beaducue in a trice with a magical dose from a dainty little glass. ! TIIE FARM, Of courses their main support end income is the farm, which is large and tundor a faih stats of cultivation. It is well stocked with cattle and horses, but. they do not raise either. Pigs they have none, and pork is iu - tenlicted as an articie of food. Some of the horses are magnificent creatures, and so intelligent that they como and go at the call of the.r keepers, and do many wonderful tricks. On of a span of irou grays bas a trick of walking through the barn and displacing with his teeth and throwing about every article be can find. Very disorderly for a Shaker horse! The house in which we were entertained was large and square, with ' wide balls and staircases two sots one for men and one for women; they wer on opp .sito ndsxxf the boat, but so confusiuir last we tall in1 disgrace half the 'time from blundering v.p the stairs or into the wrong rooms. The floors were of dark wood, stained and polished till they were slippery as glass, and tue doors and casings were tvery where stained a peculiar aibetic yellow, which, "witit the ijuaint surroundings, was . very effective. . i SIMPLE EI.JCGAN'C. ' Nothing anywhere is p or ormean, tbongb all is severely simple. I Our room was a pic ture the yeliow - stainfd doors and Fhutters, the ftolished floor, over which were scattered largej baudsome rugs of Soaker manu facture: tues ar& - .woven ot soft wool, and closely resehibie rpjyrua rugs; tue two white beds iu opposite corners, the little cast - iron stove, perfdft'.y plain and smooth, and aUmt as big as a good - sized loaf of bread, in which a nre crackled cheeriuny. ibesa stoves are in every room alike; no larger in office or dining - fooih. How do they keep warm in winter thetie! . Lut most dainty and delightful of all were the curtains, wnica neariv arove dear, as - t he tic Hoi bj hi wild. T!:cy wo re - of white l.nen. aud isuspeuuud Nby brass rins, on u brass rod. jThey were startched very stillly. and where every ring was sewed were i: oned to bane in a fold from top to bottom When drawn back they formed a flat mass of folds, aii 1 were conlined hijh up at the side of thelwide, sinab - paned window bv a brass tixtuQe. like an inverted shepkuid's crcok. Wfteii down and spread they loom d like well, ? like a Shaker etnereaiiztd, Hermia nptiy said. Tneso were the curiuuis evcrj - where. We ww no others. At the head of euch staircase was a tall, old fashioned clock, as old os th house it - seli'. which was built over a hundred years Bi;o. These sentinel - like clocks seemed part and parcel of the place, and we 'heard them at midnight calling to each other in solemn sweetu?ss, keeping their laithfal watch while A NOTAELK VTOlfAX. ! As th proce.ii jn hied pa;t tn.We were struck by the extraordinary appearance of one woman vrbu:u we had uot seen before. Sue. was an elderly woman. b - 4t briliiaut.y handsome stnl, and of most tjueoniy presence. SUe was dressed iu reulaiioa Shaker garb, except 'that her ray j;owb was of richer material, and to the bttle clom cap was1 added a larce white lace vy il, which crowned her regal head and itli yracetuily uion her snouiders. ' Her l:e chief wucf white f atin, w nose creamy folds contrasted wtid with her dark eyes and bair. It was lvlre Uorotby. . " . , . We learned hor history afterward. She came to. the settlement when , only eiht years ol !, and for the i nst thirty years b. d been their quueu and head more than ail, their luotbr - r. She adJref. - ed a few remarks to them before the meeang closed, in which sho called tberh her ciii:dr?n her treasure. "A mother's children are her treasure the world ovVr," she said, "and you are mine. li I 1 not bring you forth into the heavenly lit;ht with throes of more than mortal a.;on.v( Ail your lives I have borne your sins aud sorrows on my heart; your burdens have been mine. You are indeed my children, and your goodness and happiness are my crown and reward." i i . She spoke with wonderful dignity and tenderness, touching our beans. strainiei - s though we were, with a feeling" of reverenco. tut uer uunuiuui uioiuei iniou. tin, bad she not known maternity iu its hign - est sense? Several of the young sisters "t - stiilod" as they were moved. Tim first to t - p "ak was a young girl not more than sixteen jvnrs of age. Nothing could be more tenderly beautiful than her face, lier large dark eyes were soft with tears and ber full red lips trembled na she rpoke. She was verv much in earnest. and in a voice broken with s'ibs declared her lore lor a holy life and her deiei'uiinaii'u to persevere in it. She concluded in tbe softest, sweetest of giriisa aeceuts, "1 do love' the virgin lite, and 1 do love yon, dear brothers and .sisters!" As she sat down an elder t. - t - r rose, and with gracious simplicity responded, "And we love you." Such respousos are not unusual; .and M - em to answer sumewaat to the amend of tho Methodists. Iu closing they sang a hymn,'; repenting thfl one versa uianv times; thou kneeling, mi l singing still, tdey repeated it yet aaiu and Jr iually, closing their eves as in praver, they, sang it very softly and for the last lime. I shall never loi g t tbe look of eriluition in the pale fa - es of luusd women, or strunge fer hug of awe that came over me iu I held my breath to catch the lust faint whn - per of tuehymu. These were tiri words: Watching nnd pnyiitr I lind you. On my beloved, my e Ln: Tru - ting a Father's ri"i premise, "1 w ill not leave yon a one, I will not leave you alone. Tboucn '.hrou - h tne d - sert I lad. Or apart in r.'oucitam ye pray , fcirt - strength in tne hour o need; 1 never a ill answer j e hay I never will answer j o uu.y." . f'lay's Farewell In the Henr.te. fKen. I'erley I'oore in liosion IJudet i Henry Clay s farewell to the Senate, on the feist of March, 112, attracted a large crowd, and every available place was occupied, the iadifs' having not only filled their gary. but jnva led tb? floor. "When Mr. Cinjf rose between 1 and ii o'clock, to mak - j bis farewell speech in a chamber which he ba1: entered Nearly thirty - six years liefore, all eyes wer ypon baa. Senators of all parties took tls.rsr seats and gave the most respctiiil ntt:l(tion. Jlmb. - rs from the House ilockpl ill and occupied tiio privileged seats round abodr. tbe chamber. Then cauia the audiess. for lit was more of an a hires than a f.peech, the report of which was only the bodv of a beautiful oration without the soul. The picture presented in such a coii - gregatiou of people was not only iair enough and pereft enoituli iu all its proportions to charm fli.e eye,! but it" was a scene which rai - nt Save ttveti, either m tbe sympathy re.ite.f or iu tue pride excited, a feeLnir but atiSe i ess than' one inspi. - e i. The ladios,. who were ail hone and buoy ancy u moment before, were now, "like Ni - obe. all tears." 31r. (.lav. in sreakinz of hnus. - lf, ot' bis friends, of tne noble State Of Kentucky, w here lijj had lieeu received as a s - ii forty - fiv. years before, was himself quite unmanned. Others were much more ailccted, and of the oldest Senators L

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  1. The Courier-Journal,
  2. 09 Nov 1884, Sun,
  3. Page 15

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