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••vtr CLOUD AND SUNSHINE. "Waiting in gloom and pain; "IVeary, oh 1 so weary 1 Steadily falls the rain. Dark the day and dreary. The bitterest winds are waillus loud, And the funeral sky Is clothed in cloud; Will the svin ne'er shine again? Courage! in heart and brain, Though the day DC darlc'nlnc; N\ uitlag is not in vain, If for God thou'rt heartt'ning. The dreariest weather will change some day, Asdnovcr a cloud out will pass away. And the sun must shine again. Be still, sad heart, nor mind The heat of flery trying;,' The mystery entwined With sorrow and with crying. The costliest gold, by a method slow, Must lose Its dross in the 'hottest glow. But it cometh forth refined. —Captain K. 1C. Carter, in N. Y. Observer. A CURIOUS MANIA. John Rhett, the handsomest young man in the county, he of the raven locks and with the beautiful black mustache that the women adored— John Rhett walked into the barbershop in Yorkville for a shave. It was a cold day and there were three or four of his friends, besides sev- •eral tonsorial artists, standing around the Btove at the time; but the man who always did his work being- idle.ohe •walked directly over and threw himself Into the comfortable chair. The barber was a tall, well-built young fellow by the name of Henry Casey, whom Rhett Vad known for a long- time. The usual preparatory process was gone through with and then he sharpened his razor and went to work, but he started off in a manner that made llhett uncomfortable from the first. This was due to the unusual «nd seemingly reckless way in which he handled the razor. There was entirely too much flourish, about it to make one feel easy. He'would whirl it round in one or two circles before it touched the face, and then take it off again in the same artistic style. This may have looked very pretty to a spectator, but to the person who formed the center of these concentric circles, Shett thought it was any thing but pleasant. At -first .he was inclined to think the fellow was drinking. But he soon dismissed this idea, for the work was being done well and skillfully and as no drunken, man could do it. Finally he told Casey that, he didn't like any such flourishes around his head, and to stop it. But the only reply he received was the press of the barber's finger against Jos throat, and a short hissing "keep "till." This made Ehett mad, and he started •to express himself very forcibly, but when he looked up at the man who stood - drawing 1 the sharp razor over his face, liis anger gave way to a far more fearful feeling. The words died on his lips j *nd a sudden chill crept over his body. He had looked into the wild, excited «yes of a maniac. "Don't you move or say- a word; if you do I'll cut your throat," came again in a suppressed whisper, as that sharp, •cunning- face bent near to his. •'Do you know," said the barber, as he kept on with the work; "do you know that this will be your last shave—that I 'intend to kill you with this same razor ite moment I have finished? "I have long wanted to make the experiment," he continued, as he went rapidly on,- "just to see how quickly it •could3>e done: Perhaps you think I am - crazy,"but you are wrong., I only want to dp' this, work in the'interest of science. I 'believe it will prove to be the most • painless and quickest of- all deaths! If I succeed to-day, as I es- ,pect to do, ray method may become the •public mode of execution in this conn- try, supplanting the gallows. You see what an honor it will be to have started such a reform in capital punishment. My-name will become immortal. There - -will be none of the suspense attending executions now; none of the terrible . scenes at the gallows. You simply "take the condemned man in for a shave and before he • kno^s it he is in eterni- - ty.r He kept on talking in this rapid, ex- cited way, and kept on shaving. Hhett heard his friends conversing on •the other side of the room and he - turned his head to see if he could tell - -them of his danger. But it was quick- 3y jerked hack in position and the ' "barber told him if he did that again or .-tried to get out of the chair it would be •the signal for his death. And the - -wicked gleam of his eye, more than his words, show e'd that he was in terrible earnest. Under the circumstances, the Intended victim thought it best not to move again, and so he laid there as still •as death.- But his brain was not idle. It was "working with the rapidity of lightning —and well it might. Rhett had always been regarded as a >cool and brave young man; he had proved it on more than one trying occasion. And he determined in this last extremity to be himself and to. meet the .sharp .cunning of the maniac with an equal cunning. Then commenced a fierce and hidden game between those two, a game in - which one knew the prize for him was * life, and, if he lost, the prpfit death. "Henry," said the young man, and he smiled, though his heart was beating " fast, "you shouldn't try to frighten a good customer in that way. You know you wouldn't kill an old friend like , me." "Ill show you, Mr. Ehett," half shrieked the barber, and the gleaming eye grew fiercer and the voice trembled r with passion. - JEhett saw that this had only added ff -fuel to the flame, and he began to despair •of conciliating the mad man. . . » '"Yes," said Casey, and his wild hand grew wilder, and the razor pressed j£ ^harder upon his victim's face; "yes, you •"- jnnst die this very hour for the sake of science. Why, it will be a John Rhett's Harrowing Experience in a Barber's Chair. YOU ought to feel honored to perish in such.a cause." The young man was now thoroughly frightened, and he watched for an opportunity to spring from the chair and escape. But he looked in vain. Though the barber occasionally relaxed the stern grip upon his throat, yet he still held him with his glittering eye. "You sec, the criminal will not know that his hour is at hand. The barber will be taken into the jail to give him a shave, and without a fear or tremor, without a single thought of death, ho will be hurled into another world. Talk about executing by electricity, but my method will not only be quicker, but more painless. "Just a stroke like this, and it's all over," and Rhett's heart gave a wild leap, for he thought his end had come. Casey, however, had only drawn the. back of his razor across his throat, but with sueh force and rapidity that it burned like fire. The situation was growing desperate. In a minute the barber would be through with his work. With one'hand he had Khett by the hair and with the other was finishing up the job, while his lips kept muttering and his body swayed with excitement. Khett knew with the next sweep of that infuriated arm he would meet his doom. Whatever he did must b'e done instantly. "Well, Henry," ie said, as lightly as he could, "sharpen up your razor well before yon start, for I don't want'any bungling job." For he thought when the barber turned to do this he could leap from the chair and get away. "It's sharp enough for you, Mr. llhett," and the madman grew madder as he spoke, "it's sharp enough for you, sir." He had already finished shaving. Rhett's heart almost stood still. "Now we'll see if it needs to be sharper," said Casey, with a demoniac laugh, and Rhett felt a sharp sting as the keen blade cut the skin on his throat. "But, Henry," he rapidly ejaculated, "I want you to make a success of this for it will be a blessing to tho world— hut if you go on now I tell you it will be a failure." The razor stopped. "Why?" asked Casey. The maniac was interested. Ehett saw that he had gained a point and he knew his life depended upon how he used it. He had touched upon the man's pet mania. It seemed strange to iiim now that he had not thought of it before. "You will make a failure," he continued, "because you have told me all about it, and I have already suffered as much suspense as the criminal on the gallows. Besides, when I feel the razor giving me the fatal wound I will shriek out in agony, and the people will say that I suffered a terrible death. They will not believe you then that it would be the most painless mode of execution. So you see, Henry, you will defeat the very object you are trying to accomplish." The barber withdrew the razor and held it motionless in his hand. Ehett breathed easier and became eloquent on the subject of the experiment. "Now, the next man you shave, Henry, don't 6ay a word to him on the subject, but all at once, in the twinkling of an eye, put him out. And I believe you will become a greater man than the inventor of the guillotine." "WeH, Mr. Ehett, I believe you are. right about it," and he began to close the razor. The mania was wearing off, and in its stead ;there came a playful and mischievous humor. ; Patting his customer under the chin, "Ah! Mr."-Ehett,"-he said, "you would look so much better without your mus- .tache. Now, don't you want me to take it off for you?" . - Afraid to cross him in his humor, Ehett replied, though it almost broke his heart to say it: "Why, certainly, Henry, if you think it will look better." On -went the lather and in another minute the beautiful silken strands were no more than the withered leaves' of the forest. "Now, Mr. Ehett, if you had your .hairclipped you would look splendid. Don't you want me to take it oft?" "Of course, Henry, clip it," came from those anguished lips. He was willing to say or do any thing to get that razor back into its case. So the clippers were brought out, and in less than two minutes he was slicker than a new-born rat. But if his head was light his heart was too, when he arose from the chair, and never in all his life did he feel so willing and happy to pay for a shave and hair cut. . Of course everybody laughed at him when he went out on the street, and the wind blew cold about his head. To his friends, when they gathered around him, he told his harrowing experience, and he was still as pale as a ghost. A committee forthwith waited on the barber, but they did not.find any thing in his words or actions to denote insanity. So some believed the story and some didn't—and the barber kept on shaving. But never again did he put his razor upon the face of John Ehett—W. M. Hobby, in Atlanta Constitution. INDIAN REPARTEE. to Can Bo "Witty nnd Keen on Occasion, ac Those Stories Show, Ex-Gov. J. Sterting Morton, of Nebraska, was telling some Indian stories at the capitol the other day, apropos of the recent troubles in South Dakota and Nebraska. ' "The Indian," said he, "has an idea that the white man lives in luxiiry off the work of others, and yet the agents in the northwest are constantly telling him that the white man gets his living by labor. One of our agents lectured old Spotted Tail very roughly for the idleness of his people. He told the old warrior that the white man got his fine clothes, elegant home and choice victuals by hard work; that the white man worked from morning till night in field, office or shop. Old Spot listened with great profoundness till the agent was done, then said that the words had touched Ms heart deeply; that he had heard something like that from other agents, but nothing had ever so deeply nwrved him. The advice had gone deep into his heart and wrought a great conviction. ' " 'I am convinced that what you say is true,' said the old chief, 'and I shall advise my people to go to work. But we must have tools with which to work. We want the great father at Washington to send us the tools—and the same kind of tools that his people work with. You go and tell him to send us a lot of those green-covered tables with sticks and red and white balls, and we will work from early sunup till midnight, as the men out here do,' meaning the soldiers who work on the billiard tables around the military posts. I would like to hear better irony from a white man." Another one: "Old White Cloud once entered a sutler's store in our neck o' woods and announced his intention to make a tour of his friends on the reservation further west. White Cloud was very proud and vain. He said: 'I nm much traveled. The white men know me far and near. The Indians all know White Cloud. I am -great. I am powerful. Me of heap influence; great leader, like white politician. When I go about my friends expect presents. White man—great white man—make presents when he travel. I want to make presents. Give me two caddies of tobacco. Give me three caddie.' "And the old proud chief straightened up, and, posing,.-waited. The sutler told the man about the store to go and get three plugs of tobacco and give them to White Cloud/ When i he three plugs, instead of three caddies, were handed to the chief he took them and slowly raising his blanket placed them next his breast. Then he folded his blanket closely about him and rose several inches in height. For some moments he looked sternly at the sutler, then broke the silence: 'White Cloud has traveled much. . White Cloud has seen many white men, but this is the first time he ever saw a white man only that- high,' and, stooping, he placed his right hand just three inches from the floor. The sutler was speechless. I would like to hear better irony than this from a white man."—Indianapolis Journal. The important it pnrlfying the Wood cannot be overestimated, for without pure blood you cannot enjoy good health. 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