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• r . . THE, TOPER MM MOlNESiAI^ONA*. JOWA,WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER B, lag.. ^OELDSFAIRLETTER MIE PASS SYSTEM CAUSES MAJOR HANDY TROUBLE. -tight* In the BIfe Bnlldlnfcs and Along the IMI<l\vnr Plnlsance—The Oriental Itanclng Girls—Diamonds from South Africa. (World's Fall' Corrospondortce.1 HE SOUTH AFRI- c;in exhibits are calculated to make one's eyes openwi th astonishment and danc* given in the Cairo street and ifi the theater there, dne female exhibits the abdominal movement riding- on a dromendary when the procession moves up the Street to the theater. every sentiment of envy and cupidity in the human heart upo i beholding it, that is the display of diamonds from the mines of South Africa. The' diamond display at the l*'air, in the French, American and •English departments particularly, is something tnarvelou vbut the Kimberley show, in the mining building, is something that is educational as well as artistic. The exhibit is carefully puai'ded by great, qiwint looking, 'bared Stilus, who, standing about with clubs and spears, give the beholder an idea of the ideal muscularity that Haggard depicted in the phenomenal •physique of his hero, Umslopagas. Diamond digging is shown from be•ginning to end. There were 100 tons •of dirt brought from Colony and a (miniature machine that demonstrates In the Algerian theater there are several novelties. Most of the •women ai e in attire that might be taken for gaudy house gowns. In these the girls dance on Swords and engage in perhaps a more realistic pas du ventre than do those in Cairo. There; the dance may be characterized as almost brutally immodest, only relieved by tho fact that the clothing is even more plentiful than in the Turkish Ode'on. It is held by Syrians of intelligence here that these dances are simply a custom of the Orient, u folk dance, so , . to speak. Yet that it has its origin in perhaps arouses the Mohammedan estimate of the inferiority of women there is little doubt. The object in life of eastern women is to afford pleasure to their master, man. Therefore, they minister to his several appetites. The World's Fair is a great teacher. SLAP AT TAtiMAOE SAILS INTO SEVENTH DAY FOLK 1 . THE It's a pretty sudden wrench to jump from the peculiarities of the oriental dancer born to the beauties of the Japanese display. But there could be no more decided Exposition in the world. The exhibit, like all else that the Japs have done at the Fair, is now complete. It deBes description; it has an indescribable tranquility about it that la enchanting-; it is supremely artistic. The most striking piece in the collection is a tapestry filling- the side of one room. it is a species of, or rather suggest've of, Gobelin in silk, and is worth $30 000. Its theme is a festival procession leaving a If ft J'erson Does Not Practice throneh the Week that Which tie Professes C on Sunday, He Is No Good on Earth. .••/ \ ' •what the process is whereby the soi is robbed of its precious stones. Thi 'is worked daily and tho pebbles ar •extracted just as is 'done at the mines The rough diamonds are turned ove •to polishers, who perform their worl Mwhind glass cases 'The Midway Plaisance captures ev •eryl-ody nowadays, but somehow visit ors tire getting to bo a little cautious how (hoy tell what particular theater they visited, just as the American in I'avis hints to his friend from home who accidentally runs across him a •Mio liullier that "it doesn't go, yoi iknow; and it isn't necessary to go into lany particulars at home." So the -Plaisance. ' But everybody goes there, ;aml everybody usually has good times, for the brilliant panoramic effects ol -kite rep-ion are kept up to a higher degree of attractiveness than ever be- •1'oi'e. There has been a good deal ol 'talk on the part of some who are oversensitive or ovornico to the effect that •the Algerian theater should be abolished, and that the theater in Cairo •street should be regulated a little .more strictly on the lines of morality; but, on the whole, there cannot be said to be anything-very objectionable tliere, Tho poetry of motion in tho • J'laisanco ia largely muscular poesy, und will g-ive the casual beholder a ;s^ rtof nightmare suggestive of the St. Vims dance and a Southern ne"-ro ••trot." in the Cairo theater there is a. dusky 'beauty in a peacock bl 10 skirt with a • waist to mutch. The skirt hangs upon . the hips, and any man with gambling instincts would lay ten to one the mo-, ' tnent K!IC began to dance Unit the skirt • would not stay on two minutes.and no i takers. The skirt and waist are not 1 on speaking terms, and the space between them affording splendid free play for tho abdominal musjles, is • covered with some thin stuff. To the i music of an ancient, feeble tambourine, a gourd fiddle with the asthma i und a distracting monotonous tom-tom \this "maiden" pirouettes. She tries \!io high kicking, no skirt business, no' •modem .stage serpentine figure-, but simply sidles about, the stage in slow, {flirting circles, her hands waving slowly over her head. Her main am- foilion soi-uis to bo to disjoint herself -at tho hips. Tao anatomy bi'low the •breast performs a series of violent i tremors, spasms and contractions. With tiny cymbals likq castanets to keep up a clanging accompaniment to llio-"music." This she keeps up for a long time, and until apparently dancer ami musicians go to sleep; but they suddenly revive and the poor «irl has to do it all over again. This" is the >T)A"NCKH KIIOM I)AJ1 ASCCfJ. clansodu ventru. Jn plain English it is known as tho stomach dance. Mauv ladies got all thcv want of it, after be• holding it but a littUi bit, and leave the theater. Iti'sqiiHe a strain on Amuritttm proprieties, but everybody •wants to j.-ec it and tlu-y do. There urv 6«vi;r:il varieties of this temple, and there are more than-l,OOC figures in the work, some of which arc correct enough to be portraits. In detail it is superb as to garments, foliage, birds, sky and so on. This piece of work was four years in loom. The bronze department is best shown in the center group, a quarrelsome old cock on a tree and an old hen and brood under .him. The tail feathers of the old disturber flutter in the slightest draft, so line, so ,'realistic are they wrought. There are. wood, ivory and other works of art. The paintings are peculiar but fascinating. Two of the most interesting exhibits in the manufactures buildin are displayed by the two leading jewelry concerns in the United .States —Tiffany A Co. , of New York and the 'Merino;! •& Jaccard Jewelry company of St. -Louis. The-former has •'heretofore .been described. The last named firm has revolutionized the •jewelry trade of-the west, and is entitled to tho credit of being- the p'oncer in the country west of .the Mississippi river in high-class diamond jewelry, silverwares and society' stationery. f.ts retail department is distinguished jy what may be termed ah improvement on oriental splendor. This exquisite exhibit o' diamonds, ewclry, silverwares and stationery was designed and produced by this inn expressly for the World's Fuir, 3ver.y thing being- new and almost exclusively 'original in thought and de- >ign, and its loyalty to its home city s shown by the fact that its entire ex- libit is designed-to typify Louis IX. BROOKLYN, Sept. S.—ROV. T. DeWltt Tat- mnge in seleoiing a topic for to-du* chose oiie ,of iM-nctli-al value to nil classes, viz: "Weolt- Day Religion." The text is from Proverbs 3:0 •- •'lh nil thy ways acknowledgeihiiriV There has been a tendency in all lands and ages to set apart certain days, places and occasions for especial religious service, and to> think that they formed the realm in which religion was chiefly to act.' : Now, while holy days and holy places have their use, they can never be a; substitute for continuous exercise of faith and prayer. In other words, a man cannot he so good a Christian on Sabbath that he can afford to be a worldling all the week. If a steamer start for Southampton, and sail one day in that direction, and the other six days sail in other directions, how long before the steamer -will get' to Southampton? Just as soon as a man will get to heaven who sails on the Sabbath day toward that which is good, and the other six days of the week sails toward the world, the flesh and the devil. You cannot eat so much at • the Sabbath banquet that you can afford religious abstinence: all the rest of the week. Genuine religion is not spasmodic, does not go by fits and starts, is not an attack of ; chills and -fever—now cold until your teeth chatter, now hot until' your bones ache.' Genuine religion marches on steadily, up steep hills, and along dangerous declivities, its eye ever on the everlasting hills crowned with the castles of the. blessed. 1 propose, so far'as God may help me, to show you how we may "bring our religioif into' ordinary life, and practice in common things—yesterday, to-doy, to-morrow. Ancl i fl the first place, I remark: We ought to bring religion into our ordinary-conversation. A dam breaks and two'or three, villages are submerged, a South American earthquake swallows a city and people begin to talk about the uncertainty of human life, and in that conversation think they are engaging in religious service, when there may be no religion at all. I have noticed that in proportion as Christian experience is shallow, men talk about funerals arid deathbeds and hearses and tombstones and epitaphs. If a man have the religion of the gosuel in its full power in his soul, he will" talk chiefly about this world and the eternal world and very little comparatively about the insignificant pass be tween this and that. Yet how seldom it is that the religion of Christ is a welcome theme? If a man full of the .gospel of Christ goes into a religious circle, and begins to talk about sacred things, all the conversation is hushed, and things become exceedingly awkward. As on a summer day, the forests full of song and chirp and carol, .mighty chorus of bird harmonies, every branch an orchestra—if a hawk appears in the sky, all the voices are hushed, so I have sometimes seen a social circle that nrofessed to be Christiar., silenced by the appearance g;ion.as he who fatties the keys of a of calamity shape' ithat man for the' bank and could<abscond with a hnn* next world?" God *ayB> "That's not dred thousand hard dollars. And the way 1 deal with this man; it is yet there are men who profess stroke after stroke, annoyance after the religion of Jesus Christ who annoyance, irritation after irritation; do not bring the religion of and after awhile "he will be done, and the gospel into their ordinary oceupa- a glad spectacle fofr angels and- men." tions and/employments. There are in | Not by ohe great stroke, but by ten the churches of this day men who seem thousand little strokes of misfortune very devout on the Sabbath who are are men fitted for heaved. You know far from that during the week. A I that large fortunes can soon be seat- country merchant arrives in this city, ! tered by being- paid out in small sums and he goes into thestore to buy goods of moneyy.and the largest estate of of a man who professes religion, but Christian character is son.-etime9 en- has no grace in. his heart. The country ! tireiy lost bythese small depletions, merchant is swindled. He is too ex-; We must bring the religion of Jesus haiisted to go home that week: he tar- Christ to help us in these little annoy- ries in town. On Sabbath he goes to ancc?. Do not say that anything is some church for consolation, and what 'too insignificant to affect your char- is his amazement to find that the man ' acter. Hats may sink a ship. One who carries around the poor box is the • lucifer rriTatch may destroy a temple, very one who swindled him. But' A queen got her death by smelling of never mind—the dearon has his black a poisoned rose. The scratch of a sixpenny nail may give you the lockjaw. „ Columbus by asking for a piece of sermon! Christians on Sunday. World- bread arid a drink of water at. a lings during the week. . Franciscan convent came to the dis- '1 hat man does not realize that God covery of anew world. And there knows every dishonest dollar he has in ' is a great connection between trifles his pocket, that God is looking right' and immensities, between nothings through the iron wall of his money j and everythiugs. Do you not suppose safe; and that the day of judgment is that God cares for vour insignificant coming, and that "as the partridge -- . • . coat on now, and, looks -solemn, and goes home talking about-thai blessed sitteth on ege-s and hatcheth them riot; DAXfJKIl FHOM AI.CJIKItS. f France, the sainted monarch after vhom Missouri's leading city was amed, and Louis XV., during whoso eign tho city was founded. Tho ex- ilbit is an exquisite portrayal of the leautii'ul style of art which was de- •eluped during the period of tho 'Louis'," including tho peculiar heraldic, rococo, pompadour, bowknot, lour-do-lis, ribbon-wreath and fes- ooncd characters which underlie all hat is still regarded as the mostbeau- if'ul in graceful form and attractive ine< in art dec-oration. To carry out this beautifully con- eived anil ideal thought all the furni- ure, show cases, draperies, fittings, ndeven merchandise, arc of thoehar- •cters mentioned. The pavilion is of , truly royal character, worthy in its •racct'ul form and elegant finish to ttingly represent the period of France n which that nation obtained itshigh- st glory. Tho external decorations re of white and gold with thp name •Saint Louis" formed by electric ights so brilliant that tho words ap- ear as though written in lett'cjrs of iro in tho sky. Tho solid silverware ind diamonds in tho exhibit harmon- with the pavilion, free use having jcen made of the fleur-de-lis, rococo, xmip dour, Du-fJarry, Louis Quiu/.o nd other exquisite designs, I "T of the great theme of God and religion. Now, my friends, if we have the religion of Christ in our soul, we will talk about it in an exhilaraut mood. It is more refreshing than the waters, it is brighter than the sunshLne, it gives a man joy here, and prepares him for everlasting happiness before the throne of God. ' And yet, if the theme of religion be in- t'-oduced into a circle, everything is sile iceu—silenced, unless, nerhaps, an aged Christian man in the corner of the room, feeling that something ought to be said, puts one foot over the other and sighs heavily, and says, "Oh, yes; that's so!" My friends! the religion of .lesus Christ is not something to be groaned about, but something to talk about and sing about, your face irradiated. Tho trouble is tnat men professing the faith of the gospel are often so inconsistent that they are afraid their conversation will not harmonize with their life \Ve can not talk the gospel unless we live by the gospel. You will often find a man whose entire life is full of inconsistencies filling his conversation with such expressions as, "we arc miserable sinners," "the Lord help us," "the Lord ble-s you," interlarding their conversation with such phrases, which are mere canting, and canting is the worst kind of hypo- risy. If a man have the grace of 'tJod in h's heart dominant he can talk religion »nd it will seem natural, and men, instead of being repulsed by it, will be attracted by it. Do you know that when two Christian people talk as they ought about the things of Christ and heaven God gives special attention, and he writes it all down. Malachi :i:l(i: '-Then they that feared the Lord talked one to thu other, and the Lord hearkened and heard, and a book of remembrance was written." Hut I remark again: \Ve ought to bring the religion Of .lesns Christ into our ordinary employments. "Oh 1 ." you say, "that's a very good theory for a man who manages a large business, who has groat traniu, who holds a groat estate; it is a grand thing for bankers and for .shippers, but in my thread and needle store, in my trimming establishment, in my insignificant won< of lift-, you cannot apply those grand gospel ipuin- ciples." Who told you that.' Uo you know that a faded leaf on a brook's surface attracts God's attention as certainly as tho path of a blazing sun, and that tho moss that creeps up the ide of the rock attracts God's attention as certainly as the tops of Oregon pine and Lebanon cedar, and that the crackling of an alder under a cow's hoof sounds just as loudly in God's car as the snap of a world's coullagration, and that the most insignificant thing in your life is of enough importance to. attract the attention of the Lord Gad Almighty? My brother, you cannot be called 1o do anything so insignificant but God will lielp you in it. It: you area fisher- nan, Christ will stand by you as ho did by Simon when In- dragged Gen- nesaret. Are you a drawer of water? —ho will bo with you as at the well curb, when talking with the Samaritan woman. Are you a custom-house officer?—Christ will call you as ho did Matthew at tho rccciiH of custom, Tho mun who has only a day's wages in his pocket as certainly needs reli- so he that getteth riches, and not by r ght. shall leave them in the midst his days, and at. his end shall be a fool." Uut how many there are who do not bring the religion of'Christ into their everyday occupation! They think religion is for Sundays. Suppose you were to go out to fight for your coun'ry in some great contest would you go to do the battling at Troy or Springfield? No, you would go there to get your sword and muskets. Then yon would go out in the face of the enemy and contend for your country. Now, I take the Sabbath clay and the church to be only the armory where we are to get equipped for the great battle of life, and that battlefield is Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday,' Friday and Saturday. "Antioch," and "St. Martin's," and Old Hundred" are not worth much if we do not sing all the week. A sermon is of little account if we cannot carry it behind the counter and behind the plow. The Sabbath day is of no value if it last only twenty-four hours. "Oh!" says some oie, "if I had a great sphere I would do that; if I could have lived in the time of Martin Luther, if I could have been Paul's traveling companion, if I had some great and resounding work to do- then I should put into application all that you say." I must admit that th romance and knight errantry hav gone out of life. There: is but ver little, of it left in the world. Th temples of Rouen have -been- changec into smithies; the classic mansion a Ashland has been cut up into walking sticks; _the muses have retreated befor the emigrant's ax and the trapper's gun and a Vermonter might go over tin Alleghany and the Rooky Mountain; and see neither an.Oread' nor a sylph The groves where the gods used to dwell have been cut up for firewood, and the'man who is looking for grea spheres and great scenes for action will not find them. And yet there arc Alps tosea!e and there areHellcsponts to swim, and they are in common life It is absurd for you to say that you would serve God if you had a grea sphere. If you do not serve him on a small scale, you would not on a large scale. If you cannot stand the bite o a midge, how could you endure the breath of a basilisk? Our national government does noi think it belittling to pxit a tax on pins and a tax on buckles, and a tax on shoe*.' The individual taxes do not amount to much, but in the aggregate to millions and millions of liollars And I would have you, O Christiai man, put a- high tariff on every annoyance and vexation that comes "through your soul. This might not amount to much, in single eases, but in the aggregate it would be a great revenue of spiritual strength and satisfaction. A bee can suck honey even out of a nettle; and if you have the grace ot God in your heart, you.can get sweetness out of that which would otherwise irritate and. annoy. A returned missionary told me that a company of adventurers rowing up the Ganges, were stung to death by flies that infest that region at certam seasons. I have seen tho earth strewed with tho carcasses of men slain, by insect annoyances. The only way to get prepared for the gre.it troubles of life ia to conquer these small troubles. Suppose a s-oldier should say, "This is only a skirmish, and there are only a few enemies—1 won't load my gun; wait until I can get into some great general engagement." That man is a coward, and would be a coward in any sphere. II a man does not servo his country in a skirmish he will not in a Waterlooi And if you are not faithful going out against the single- handed misfortunes of this life, you would not be faithful when great disasters with their thundering artillery came rolling down over the soul. This brings mo to another point. We ought to bring the religion of .lesus Christ into all of our trials. If we have a bereavement, if we lose our fortune, if some great trouble blast like-the tempest, thou wo go to God for comfort; but yesterday in the little annoyances of your store, or office, or shop, or'factory, or banking house did you go. to God for comfort? You did. not. sorrows? Why, my friends, there is nothing insignificant : in your life-.; My friends, you need to take the religion of the Lord Jesus Christ into the most ordinary trials of your life. You have your misfortunes, you have your anxieties, you have your vexations. "O/h!" you say, "'they don't shape my character, "since f lost my child, since I lost my property, 1 have been a very different man from what 1 was," My brother, it is the little annoyances pf your life that are souring your disposition, clipping your moral character, and making you less and loss, of a man. you go into an artist's studio. You seo him making a pioce of sculpture.. You say, "Why don't you. strike harder?" With his mallet and his chisel ho goes click, click, click! aud you cuu hardly seo from stroke to strak.0 that there is any impression made upon the stone, and yet tho work is going on. You .say, "VVliy don't you strike harder?" ''Oh!" he- replies, "that would shutter tho statue; 1 .aui.st make it in this way stroke by stroke." Aud ho continues on by 'week aud month until after a while every nui'i that enters the studio is fasuiuated. Well, I fiml God dealing with somo mun. He is shaping him for timo. and shaping- him J'or incrntty. 1 tav, "o Lord! why with one tromendque'blow How. dare you taUe tho responsibility of saying that there is? Do you not know that the whole universe US not ashamed to take care of one violet? I say, "What are you doing down there in the grass, p or little violet? Nobody knows you are here. Are you not afraid nights? You will die with thirst; nobody cares for you; you will suffer, you will perish." "No," says a star, "I'll watch over it to-night." "No," says the cloud. "Ill give it drink." "No," says the sun, "I'll warm it in my bosom." And then the wind rises, and comes bending down the grain, and sounding its psalm through the forest, and i say, "Whither away, O wind! on su2h swift wing?" and it answers, "I am going to cool the cheek of that violet." And then I sec pulleys at work in the sky, and the clouds arc drawing water.'and I s;iy, "\Vh-it are you doing there, O clouds?" They say, "We are drawing water for that violet." And then 1 look down inlo the grass, and I say, "Can it be that Gocl takes care of a poor thing like you?" and the answer lomes up, "Yes, yes; 'God clothes the grass of the field, aud he has never forgotten me, a poor violet." Oh, my .friends! if the heavens bend down to such insignificant ministry as that, I tell you God is willing to bend down to your case, since he is just as careful about the construction of a spider's eye as he is in tho conformation of flaming galaxies. Plato had a fable which I have now nearly forgotten, but it ran something like this: He said spirits of the other world came back to this world to'find' a body and find a sphere to work. One- spirit came and took the body of a king, and did his work. Another spirit came and; took the body of ai p 'et, and did his work. After awhile- Ulyssrs came, and he said: "Why,, all the fine bodies-are taken, and all the grand work is taken. There is- nothing left for me." And some one- replied, "Ah! the best one has been 1 left for you." Ulysses said, "What's that?" and the reply was, "The body of a common man doing a common work,, and for a common re-ward." A good fable for the world, and just as good fable for the church:. ' But I remark again: We ought to bring the religion of Jesus Christ into our ordinary blessings. Every autumn the President of the United States and the governors make proclamation, and we are called together in our church to give thanks to God for his uoodness. But every day ought to-be a thanksgiving day. Wo take most of tho blessings of life as a matter of course. Wo have had ten thousand blessings this morning, for which we have not. thanked God. Before the night comes we will have a thousand more blessings you will never think of mentioning before God. We must see a blind man led along by his dog before we learn what a grand thing it is to- have one's eyesight. We must see a man with St. Vitus' d'incc before wo learn what a grand thing it is to have the use of our physical energies. We must see ome soldier crippled, limping along on his crutch, or his empty coat-sleeve pinned up, before we learn what a rand thing it is to. have the use of all our physical facultie-. In other words, we are so stuoid that nothing but the misfortunes- of others can wake us up to an appreciation of our common blessings. We get on board a tirain and start for Boston, and come to.Norwalk bridge, and the "draw" is off, and crash! goes the train. Fifty lives dashed out. We escape. We come home in great excitement, and call our friends around is, and they congratulate us; and wo all kneel down andi thank God for our escape while so many perished. liut ,o-morrow morning you get on a train of cars for Boston. You cross that bridge at Norwalk. You cross all the other bridges. You get to Bosto.i in lafety. Then you return homo. Not an accident, not an alarm. No thanks. ~.n other words, you seem to be rnore rrateful when flftj? people lose their ives and you get off, than you, are rrateful to God when you all' geA off, uid you have no alarm at all. .Now ou ought to be thankful whoa you ;scape from accident, but more thank- 'ul when they all escape. In one case rour gratitude is somewhat selfish; in •he otherj.it is.more like what-.ilought ,o bo< Oh! these common mercies,, these common blessing.s, how little we ap- jreciate thennuiud how soon wo forget them! Like the ox graxiag, with ho clover ug.to its eyes, like-tho bird licking the-worm out of the-furrow— never thinking to thank God who naUes tho gsass grow, and who gives ife-to eve'\y living thing, from the animalculio Su the sod to iiao seraph >n tho throne. Thanksgiving on the- 7th of November, in the autumn ol, ho year; biat blessings, hs»ur by hour- nd day by day ani no tkanks'at a3J; but perhaps 1 wronged the brute. I do. not Itnow but that, amoagrits otherift- stinets, it may 3»ave an , instinct,, by which it recognizes th» Divine kand that feetls it. 1 do noi,know but thai God is,.through it.holding eomnuinicft- i tion with what wo cull "irrational creation." Thp cow that stuuAs, under the willow by the water-course, chow- ing its cud, looks, very vhanlcful; and who cun tell how much a bird means by its song? The aroma of the flowers smells like iaconso, a»d the mist arising fvoui tho river looks like tho smoke of a morning sa,ovitU;o. (), that wo wove as responsive! , Ii' you wevo thivsty for a drink; afad 1'.£ave you this KJasa of Water ,y6ur common mstinct would reply,, "thank youA And yet, how many chahcts of mercy we get horn- by hour from the hand of tfee Lord, our Father and our King, and tve do not eveta think ic say, "Thank you" More just to men than we are just to God. 'Who thinks of thanking God for the water gushing up in the well, foaming in, the cascade, laiighing over the roekSi pattering in the shower, clan- ping its hands in the sea? Who thinks to thahk God for that? Who thinks to thank God for the air, the fountain of life, the bridge of.sunbeains, the path of sound, the great fan on a hot summer day? Who thinlts to thank God .for this wonderful physical organism this.sweep Of vision, this chime of harmony struck into the ear, this crimson tide rolling through arter'es and veins this drumming of the heart on the march of imtnqrtallty? I convict myself, and I convict everv one of you while I say these things that we are unappreciativeof the common mercies of. life. And yet if thev were withdrawn tho heavens would withhold their rain and the earth would crack open under our feet, and famine and desolation and sickness and woe would stalk across the earth and the -whole earth would become a place of skulls. O, my friends, let ua wake Up to an appreciation of the common mercies of life. Let every day be a Sabbath, every meal a sacrament, every room a holy of holies. We all have burdens to bear; let us cheerfully bear them We all have bnttles to flight; let us courageously fight them-. If we want to die right, we must live right. 'You go- home and attend to your little sphere of d'uties. I will g- o home und attend to- my little sphereof duties. You cannot do my work; I cannot do your work. ..Negligence and indolence will win' the- hiss ol everlasting scorn, while faithfulness, will gather its garlaudsi and wave its scepter, aud sit upon its-t/hrone long after tho world has put ow ashrs- and eternal ages have begun their inarck PERSONAL. NOTESi .. Samuel Minturn Peek, the poet is running a turkey farm atTus- kaloosa. Captain Hope is the- tallest' man lathe house of commons. There-are just- two and an eighth yards of him. James Whitcomb Riley, the- poet, has a very remarkable faculty for getting lost when them is-a possibility of his doing so. Jules Verne is sixty-six years old and has written sixty-six books:- The novelist leads a quiet, retired life at Amiens, and is a member of tho'muni- cipal council of that city. Next to Harriet Beecher Stowe the most successful American author.from a pecuniary point of view, is General Lew Wallace,,whose "Bon Ilur" alone has earned him more than 3100,000 in royalties. Mrs. Juclson, the widow of "Ned Buntline," a once popular author, is an inmate of an alms house. Tho poor old lady is a paralytic, and so far superior to her surroundings that her life there is doubly hard. It is stated that in the nine years during which Judge Ycrkes of Bucks county, Pa., has been on tho bench he has tried l.fjOS jury cases, and has only been reversed by the supreme court three times. The record is extraordinary. Booth's grave in Mount Auburn cemetery, near Cambridge, Mass., is kept covered with flowers. Most of tho fragrant tributes to tho dead actor's memory have coma from Mrs. Jack Gardner, tho celebrated Boston society loader, and Julia Ward Howe. Chaplain Milburn charmed his hearers by his address at tho Chicago con- gross of educators of the blind. He speaks slowly in mellow and resonant tones and his diction is eloquent. Though tho sightless preacher is 70 years old, ho is an active, self-reliant man. William Rylo of Paterson, N. J., is one of tho largest silk manufacturers in tho country. His father and mother first began the making of silk with a hand loom as far back as the early fifties, and wove the American flag which waved over the Crystal palace in 1850. Mrs. Alice Freeman Palmer, formerly president of Wellesley college,-now dean of Chicago university, says that tho women's colleges are all overcrowded and that they have to • turn away hundreds of applicants. Women aro knocking at the doors of tho great colleges for men and must get iu.. She is a believer in education for women x and not a disbeliever in collegiate coeducation. It has been found i necessary • to repair Washington's homo at Mt.' Ver- • non, and a portion of the wood .work; under the banqueting hall in the. southeast corner of,the building-is be-- ing^ replaced by brick and mortar. Relic hunters were so numerous and: persistent tljat a guard was, put over- the accumulating pieces of wood, and, tho intention is to distribute them amc-ag the various museums, throughout, tho world. SEVEN HISTORIC SGOLD6. Hazlitt's wife eared nothing for his abilities and kept him in,hot water by hfrr temper. Boswell's. li Uxoriana"-is a collection,. of his wife's sayings to hiir^ which, does no litUte credit to,, her abilities as, a scold. Bon. Joason's. wife went to the inn. alter hinft if ho stayed too. long ami brought, him homa*. tongue-1 asking- him all fche way. Add-on's wife, the dowager countess at Warwick, would not allow hiin. to go to tho inn at. all unless he- sat by tho window, where ho was iu plaim viiiw from her irout room. Farquhar, ttw dramatist, thought- lie was marrying u, rich, talented und, ftiniablo girl, and when asked about her declared that he hud. got "a scold, who cardea hor wealth on her back upct her intellect on lw tong-ue,"

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