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 - - i SIMPLE EI.JCGAN'C. ' Nothing anywhere is p...
- 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 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 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 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 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, jwuile ttia ciders and a f : w others are uaturriiiyi - itel!igcut and wed educated, tbo majority are in all respects interior 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. f EUVCATbOX. Their schools must bo excellent, fur the children are wed advanced in every brancn. Particular attention is given to music. 1 am sure I coul l not in any city schools pick up a ' proportionate number of boys aud gir.s who can king a well as those children did. And there in no singing by note; even the little ones read music readily. The piano aud other instruments are also taught. 1 he proficiency in music is mainly owing to the fact that the teachers themselves have had the best musical instructors that could be obtained in our cities, and they have for years drilled the wbolo family two half hours" dailv. All sing, with verv few exceptions. and it is remarkable how many really Hue voices there are. : Their autfeems aud hymns for church use are written entirely by Shakers, and are. of course, peculiar. - Most of the latter are chorals, which they sing with great spirit. There is much repetition, both of music and words, which seems a necessity when we consider that the greater part of their ser vice U singing. It i wonderful that they have the physical atreogtn to sing a taey a a. iney - au aaa 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, 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 many of the oldest Senators were in tears many times while Mr. Clay wai speaking. lie retired from the storm and turmoibof public lif to the bosom of bis faniiiy, iu tbe State winch bo loved and wbicu had; honored him - for nearly forty years. To ioave the councils o: the ration for one's own altar and borne was next to leaving this world itself in the hope of enjoying enjoying another brihic - r and better, a consummation consummation which ai Host every public man mibt cover. Tne wildest ambition of Mr. Clay's case must have lieen fully satiated. Ho had be. - n at the baad of - a 'great and triumphant party, ira had shared ife confidence :n prosperity prosperity and adversity. 1 . , He had admiration suicb as has rarely lien given to anj - man in any aga. liis friends were legion, and they clun to him to tho last with ah the tenacity of 'holy atrpction. He left the Senate with a reputation for statesmanship, for patiiotLsm an 1 for eloquence eloquence which any man nnht covet. He left public life, too, at peace with all mankind, mankind, and wi.h a conscienc3 void of offense. In bis retirement be carried with bim tbe best wishes of all men. There he could have no foes, aud those - who had ben foremost jto donouuee were among the first to s - peak Ills praises. The last act of Mr. Clay, was jto present the credentials of Mr. Crittenden, whom he spoke of in the most exalted terms, and to whose hands he expressed a willingness willingness to yield the interests of his State and country. The Senate adjourned as soon as Mr. Crittenden had taken bis seat; though the hour was early. Tbe crowd scattered, and the late Senator from Jventucky; was surrounded by nosts or mends.. Ceu. '. I. t lav la a Ho.pJIaL Albany (S. Y.) Journal, The Hon. Cassias MV Clay, the distin guished statesman and orator of Whitehall, ICy., concluded his canvass' of forty - one speeches for Blaine and LoVaa at Lockport last 'week. Mr. Clay bas been troubled for several weeks by a slight" sin affection Acting upon tbe adviee of friends, he came to the Albany ,City Hospital, Saturday, to be treated by Dr. Van Derveer. He received the Journai reporter with courteous grace this morning at his room. He exnecta to leave for his Southern home in about a week. ilr. Clay said: In all my speeches I treated sightly upon the tinanciai question, uut coanned myseu priuci - p - d y to ti.e solhC South. I attempted to show tlnat in the 1J original slave State tbev rtrorvt to obtain by force an J fraud in the ballot what tlicv could hot conquer by arms either a future Confederacy er tbeir own or domination In the Xational tiovernment. If thev are successful iu the Presidential race, they have but to appoint a few more Confederate Judces. who m 111 declare the three late ameudmenta to the Constitution null and void, and thea they will ask to be - pai I in full the loss sustaim.'d by the liberation of the slaves and all other damages, aiuonir which are toe KnUsh bonded debs and the peitsioniof of uieir soldiers oy u .auooai uoveriiment. - ii

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

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