Clipped From The Courier-Journal
- . 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 others slept. I nrciEXic rvi.es. It is the custom to serve nieals to guests in a r"otu ami at a table by themselves, i bi.;u, perunps, seems hardly hW - ,pualjle, but tue fact that the Soakers eat in erf(.ct si'eiice soinewnat alurs the aspect of the cusp. The l. nailers and sisters sit together, on opposite sides of the tabie, but they speak ouly to tbo waiters in attendance. 'the eider expiaineyS.to u.s that this was for. physiological reasvbut it tloes seem to make the mailer sweating mereiy one of' feeding, docs it not f . a l)ut 1 wish to s.'.y ricrht'hkw that these people are far from l. - ing coarse or ignorant. Thi'V are notably otherwise; the women in particular are remarkably redned and inU.1 - lovtunl. ' Tho sisters outnumber the brethren as five to one in every family, aud tni auvautaa nione would, perhaps keep the mu raluor in tne bnckccoiind : bil)c 1 ajn ttroii'iv uic - iined to the opVnijii t:.at, jwuile ttia ciders and a f : w others are uaturriiiyi - itel!igcut and wed educated, tbo majority are in all respects interior to tho vomeu. As Sister Lnzabnth remarked with a twinkle in ber eye, "it is woman's day here." Tbey are extremely kind nnd. courteous to the brethren, however, and they never fail to acknowledge thesdhteat service with a pentle "TbauK you kindly, brother." Tbey look after their wants, too, with motherly care, eacu one of the elder sisters having tne clothes and g' - neral well - b ing of one or two brothers m ber scial charge. . According to tne Scripture injunction their nay is nny, but their yea is. not ;.'o, but ye; and 1 was toll by one of the sifters that it was her habit to even write it without the "a," but 1 think that does not prevail.