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TfflB VPJHlft 1)18 MOIKSBJ ALGOKA IOWA, WBNMDAY, APfttt 1?, Ittft. BAV. v . t • *% ftft*« siefrf dn And Slatted to ycrar f Mt AMlt,* fraanon'* Sodden. tour (Wtfce drum's tedoiihltm beat. flbt in ttit* tsHnj) 6f Death .,Nos<Suftdyour slumber bfeaks: Mete IS no fnrtrtd breath, No *dttnd th.it bleeds nnd aoticu All Is T^&JxJSe --- -^-- . _ tJntraMt>led Uos tho ao.1; The shouts of battle cone^ • , It Is tho trace of God! Itest. comf.tdes. rest and sleep: Tio thoughts tit mfea shall ba .As SentittolS to k66p Youi'f-eit from aanjers free: Your silent tents dt ^i-oah ,. • ••• We deck with fi-aKraat flowers: "VotoM has the siifterln? been, The memory Shall be ourS _. , •—Honfy Wndsxvof tH Longfellow-. ; Cardinal Richelieu, i'otimloil 01) the flay of "Hloltclleu," by i.or<l liyttom CHAFi'M I, " The Two Sphinxes. In the year.1641, when Franco,was Menaced by leagues of all Its neighbors und those undying, onenlies, Knglana, Austria, Italy and Spain, •whoso secret "representatives deeply •embosomed were within her heart, there sat two men in profound pOn- <leriugs in the master's Cabinet in. that Cardinal palace which wo know as the Palais Royal at present. The walls were hung with an arras depicting scones where, the church anilltant had triumphed, the windows were hermetically sealed, and tho doors double. Those precautions were not wholly political,, for 'a,fire burnt luridly in the deep mantel un- tlor a marblo-pieco , embossed with a struggle of centaurs and' soa-horses, though it was summer's height,,and " tiny thoughtful observer would have •expected to see in the tenant of'"the •chamber one whose term of years made fire a second' life. A large screen hinted at a -further means of •concealment, and the huge brass and «bony clock was capacious enough ,to secrete a man. On the dull green walls hung a map .of La Rochelle, with the works which Cardinal Richelieu was accredited with designing traced in red ink, and, as an antithesis,.there was opposed to it a plan of the castle where the king's brother, Gaston, duke of Orleans, had planted' assassins against the prime minister, whom he never •dared to face in combat. The table that the two, thoughtful men shaired between them was cov- ; ered with papers and charts, vials of •chemicals necessary to revive,secret writing, keys to cipher in binding, furnished with lock and .key, and a opened hi^fetee, and Said ift & VBice &fid hhsky by ft, hectic cdugh, s"6, JtfsefJh, y'du ttiink this Iconspifaey the craftieSftf-ap y«t laid lor ths old foi?--a nickname I like; "tor, as Plutarch sai'd ol the Greek Lysftnder. that where the lion's skin fell short, he oked it out with tho fox'St and so I. A great statesman, Joseph, that sa me Lysan- dor." "Orleans heads the traitors." «'A very Woodott head, then! Well, who's his lieutenant?" . "Baradas, the favorite." "A boy," sneered the cardinal. Baradas and Saint Sitnon shared the king's favor. The latter Was Of high degree, but the other a weed Of hasty growth who had tnouated fts high in half a year as HichelieU* in the times of the Huguenot's poWcr over France, in six years. "He is ft mere gaudy lizard. But I hold the ladder, and When I shako —he falls! What more P 1 ' ' The Capuchin was ; glancing at some papers. "The worst at last. The cdunt of Soissons" "Ho who attempted our life in '35,'! interpolated Richelieu, with a lighting up of tho eye* which betrayed the worst point of his temperament—its relentless vindictive' ness, too blind to discriminate between personal grievances and those against, the state—"tho count of Soissons, that sly serpent, who should havo been trampled under Mars'steely train years agOne, he and—well?" "The duke of Bouillon, whoso army is on the Piedmont frontier, are in close communication. Orleans engages to make them friends with tho Spaniard, whom they will welcome into France upon the advice that tho prime minister is in tho power.of the plotters." , "How In their power, Joseph? Methinks Gaston's is not the hand to pluck this nettle." '." • "They are seeking their Ravail- lac." "•". , "What, would the duke of Orleans again try the etabbadoi' , This ,be- conios monotonous." •'•They hope they will by practice become,expert." "At least they have not chosen the stiletto yot—eh, my noble heart and truest friend?" "Jehan," said the monk, using that! old name by which his ducal eminence had been '. christened, but which ,no .other familiar ,em-, ployed save this hmnble-seeming monk, of whom his superior said in; tribute, .".No other 'minister in Europe can cope with this cowl,'" for he punned like a clown of the Pre- St.-Gervais. "Jehan, brother, the "Mai-ion sfttt him— masked. It Is at a gambling tfeble in net- sister's house. Lady M&flgifoh's. fife is — heftven save the rep'ol-t!— hefr IV b?A» small model stage after classical. precedents, which at the moment,. from partiality to their weaknesses, If not indifference to the object, was allowed to bo r a species of kennel for five or six kittens of different color's; slumbering pellmell after a tiresome romp, the mass, all heads, tails and, legs, vaguely suggested one of those ;plates of interwoven animals which Da Vinci loved to design and Paiissy painted in earthenware. On the board also was a largo seal. which bore the device of, llichelieij,. the eagle amid clouds, and there were others which presented tokens of his posts as peer, religious chief,' and correspondent with groat powers. Cheek-by-jowl with a reliquary stood against the wall a two-handed sw^ord such as Charles Martel 'swung when he drove the Saracen out of his realm; it had been actually used be the duke of Richelieu in a han'd- to-hand encounter with the defenders of La Kochelle, of which a notch .in the blade from, shearing a helm remained in honorable witness. A suit of half-armor, veiled with a banner, seemed to stretch out one padded .glove to reach it. But •that heavy falchion was no longer' a. feather in the tremulous, slender and bipodless h.anas ; of that silent man of nearly three-score years, who confronted the other on MB loft at the, bpa'rd- . ". . •'" , It was Jehan Armand Pupiqssis, duke of I^ichelieu and Frpnsao,, a bishop at 24, a home and war secretary' at 30, and later the prelate- statesman who made his boy master a slave, but an illustrious slave, reckoned -the greatest o{- contemporary monarphs. , . A Venitian lace collar, though of an Isabella hue, seemed white under his bard, dry, wasted face; hair as- gray as dull steel escaped from the velvet cap which covered the tonsure, and strayed upon tho high tore- head; he wore a gray mustache and that goat's beard which was called «'the royal cut" in mockery of tho $diot wtioh forbade it being worn. ' Everybody hated him, and everybody had their reasons; the king bj- cause he felt his inferiority beside 34m, the nobles because he }iad struck off the highest of their heads like another Tarquin, the people be-> •cause under him their taxes grew »nd still grew again. • JJpt if there wore gloom on the visage- of his red eminence, there was none on the ivory face of the second occupant ol the statesman's closet"His Gray Eminence," as the waggish tongue warily styled the revev- epd Capuchin father, Joseph du f rrerablay, This alter ego of the cardinal was an enigma, perhaps £yen to him wtyose friendship he ever cherished as that pf. ft Mnd qf divinity, ThQve is no doubt that Pu 'Jrenfjblay wa/s sincerely religious at outset of his career/ but never his superior found » wore faith- cUeoiule gi jVlaohiftYQl. He \vas a pjous couvtiov, and never- no bribe o( the crown, »o of the queen, no threats of the devotion of arm, solo . dagger is- 'ready, 'sharpened,''pointed," but they seek the guiding hand.'* ' "You do never warn vainly i Joseph," said tho premier, writing.a few lines, "1 will recast;my guards., The trusty, blades are • rusty since Captain.Cavois gave*. w»y to Captain Huguet, my Titan. ., A single traitor could strike impotent the fate of thousands. Joseph, are wP sure of Hugiiei? -We hanged his father for the Mohtmorency rebellion in '82." •'|But. you have bought the sou, 'a'nd heaped favors on him." !.. •'Favors past .are nothing. ,In:his hours of poufidonce with you, has ho named the favors lie counts on coming?". , ' - ;. . •'Yes; a colonel's rank and Tetters' of nobility." ' . : ; / ";. ' : ; "Colonel and noblenian! wo im-, make peers, .not. augment them,, That can never, be., But we have him not tb,p less, for we'll promise it. And see the;king withholds! 1 ' ' "Yes," said the,monk,with a vague smile on his marble Mips,' the only features of all 'his countenance that seemed imbued with play'of muscle, "kings ;are oft a'great! convenience, to a minister.",, ,," "Is there anything more bristling in your budget?" inquired the other, letting his eyes, wander, .alinost ;heed- iessly off bis dialoguist .around the wall, from Perugino- to.. Poussin, whose patron he was, from Titian to the awful Durer-of the,'man bewildered in a''thicket chocked with .thorns, 'and impenetrable to all but a grisly oncomer with : .a sovthe, under which was the label, "Der Tod koflnt den, Weg"—Peath ,ilnds,,the ' way, .•'Anything ot tho same agreeable tenpr?" ! ; , "There, is more, but private, Louis, tho king, has particularly remarked your ward, Julie de Morte- mar, The chaste monarch is charmed." ' • Richelieu staved, but immediately recovering' himself, he answered— "She will npt,bo the first to sting that apathetic blood. But have I not from all such fair shoots plucked the insidious ivy of his love?" he added confidently, "Yet 1 shall it creep around my blossoming tree, where innocent thoughts make music that spirits in fyeavon m ftlb.'' hear? No. brother, L.OUIS must rfeve no rnia* tress but the state." Jn the, vocabulary of that cabinet tho state was Richelieu, •'But your'foes are not so easily circumvented. They, are many- headed, Jehan, and they intend to use her as their instrument. Doubly: they use her »s » bate to lure the king into silence of their crime m,editated against tho realm and tho church in slaying thee, and as a fetter on Baradas." "How onBuradas?" «>He loves her- He comes from the same part of tho country as that knight of Mauprat, who was a boy beside her in her "All this may bo, brother. For 1 do not have the court-flies buzzing about me latterly; " 'I am like the Winter who nice summer wast— The swallows fly that flocked before so fast ' " There was a flaw of sadness in tho note of resolution, and the scarlet rote quivered at tho slight shrug of the bony shoulders. He reached oiit and touched a spring which doubtless caused a bell to ring without, for there appeared at a secret door behind tho tapestry/ which he divided to show his hel* meted head and gleaming breastplate, A herculean figure, ruddy, and man* tied with ti beard so thick that a bullet might have been buried in it and he never be conscious .till he came to comb it out; a herald of the grenadiers of Frederick the Great; a warriOi' for Michael Angelo to design the ariribr for; had ho carried a club and not a svvord, ho would have fitly, represented one of those heraldic savages which are, supported in certain coats of arms.- . . . ... "Huguet, dispatch Montaiglon and two men-of-the'sWord to Lady Man* giron's, whore they should find or learn tho whereabouts of one Chevalier Adrioli c.e Maiiprat." He handed tho saturnlno guardsman, who advanced into the room as, far as the hem of tho coarse goWn of the gray brother, whom .ho .evidently held in repugnance, a paper garnished with a seal and his signature. This .is your warrant to apprehend him; clap him into , a closed chair, and bring him hither. Away!" When silence had. fallen again after this inroad, Father Joseph be,- gan slowlv, with a horrified air, \yhich s'poko entire tracts in support of the Change of spirit ho' hoped to, be thought undergone since he was a brilliant soldier in- opening life — '• "Tho better to delude Count Baradas and veil the' royal ; suit, it is proposed' to marry 1 tho minion with your adopted child." ( , ],"''" . ,' "\Ved Julio' to Baradas!" ejaculated the cardinal, with a .hissing. laugh. "No; 1 have- another, .bride: for Baradas—^one more 'faithful than the love of "fickle woman; i sorrow never'knew .so sure 'a soother; and when she clasps' his neck' she will never' disentangle her single arm till he has breathed his latest there!. Joseph^ the sword of ' the headsman. has 'n.ot cured ,, these bloodthirsty dukes, .earls and marquises, and. by the e'er-burning lamps above, Baradas shall' end on , a rope!' 'Are/you going; brother?" for the .monk : bad risen; and after pulling- 'his cowl down on his nose, and ^folding his FOB BOtS AND CHRIS, _L*ffig.-i ,-dffl lOt *C1 A Shot in Tim*-, aft tfet Sfoi-> t«* Voti feKK^.V iinftj Lndj Biut lrtvfttl<t~b« 'hands 'within his gown. "Joseph," h'o.'l', m ®"*,; wen b on," in a "voice querulous with . age, "I did otnib an Aye in my matins; atone the grievous fault Jor me.. Joseph, I, am wea,k,''you strong with the scourge, it were but jdiarity to take my sin; on your broad shoulders." But-tho capuchin, without'wincing at the pleasant invitation, responded with humility, admirable for its siii-' cerity if not- assumed, and still more amirable for its successful imitation if the reverse— "I should no veil-rile- guilty.of such criminal presumption as to mistake myself, for you," and - shuffled out of the cabinet, while Richelieu eyed him astutely to the last, forced'to doubt,oven him. "O friendship," said he, "thou rose without a thorn! why do wo fear oven to pluck thee and carry thee to our bosom, lost a worm is in the folded inmost leaves? Ah, Joseph, why have you uttered never a word on the king's promise to make you cardinal if you will sell your mastei 1 with his budget of state secretsP, Perhaps," because you guess that tho, ;crodit,of !Louis(Stands not ..strong 1 at Ronje! sooner a bishop thanks, tp me, -than :a cardinal thanks to any lay potentate in Christendom!" ' ' [TO BE CONTINUED.] "'I may hate grandpa's guil to-mofr- row, mayn't I. mother? 1'oti know 1*11 be fifteen next week, nnd you promised me a birthday treat," and Alfred's dark eyes snapped itt pleased anticipation* "1 suppose 1 shall have to keep my word," sighed poof, overworked Mrs. Mullen. "But I'm afraid, There are BO many accidents—" "Pshawl mother. Md Gates ain't fourteen nn' he's* had a gun for over a year. I've shot it lots, an' i know how," •••.' "\Vell. well! Yes, you tuny have the Run." Then as Alfred ran gleefully to tell little Hay the good news, Mrs. .Mullen.. turned to the bed where lay her paralyzed husband, and added: "Poor boy; it's the only birthday pleasure he can have, with that mortgage overdue and you flat on your back with a stroke." "If grandpa hadn't been so odd," said the weak-voiced invalid, "we might have plenty of everything now. I can't see what he over could have • done with the money lie received for the back meadow." "Oh. we'll get along somehow," replied Mrs. Mullen, cheerfully, as she rearranged the pillows of her patient. That Easter Monday dawned bright and clear. Alfred rose with the sun, and outdid his record in the speed with which he performed his morning duties. ' "You arc quite a soldier," said his mother, with a smile, as the boy shouldered the -ancient smoothbore. And indeed he did look like a hunter lu his top boots, the. hunting Jacket his sister Nell had improvised from an old grain sack, and the big powder horn and shot bag dangling at his 'side. ' : ' "Dood-by! We'll dot a bear for Al- fle's blrfday," shouted Ray, as he followed in the wake of his brother and ', Hero to carry the surplus game. "This gun 'pears to take a pretty, good load," said Alfred, as he rammed down a generous" handful of. shot. ''Ed Gates' never was half that full when loaded. Guess it's because this •is an old-fashioned one." ' •• 'Tramp, tramp, they went through the woods', until Hay's short legs began to wobble, and every log tempted him to rest a while. Finally he plump- down .upon one with the announce- blrthdny dlfifierf'* c«6d the bUshy-tftlleii 8<J«1rl'el "At»* see this, aothef/ 1 said lifted, llftfidlhg Mfis. Mullen the If-on ttib« trhicft had foeefi fifed ffoiri the otef* loaded gun. . "Oh!" screamed the nidthei 1 , as in« noticed the greenish paper pfoiimding from the fusty ifon. Fttfthfer investigation, aided by Al* fred's ftttiii'oid, pwduced from the tube a long toll of the sdffl<* greefllsn paper, which proved to be baiik notes of large denomination. "roof, deal- grandpa, He was queer In his ways-but it's all tight now," laughed Mts. Mullen. ."Take What yotl need of the money, Mr. Giles." There beihg ho further need tot official stiffness Giles relaxed and oface mote became a friend of the family! but Mrs. Mullen nevei 1 knew that one twenty dollaf bill Pf the amottnt dUe dobb come out of the klridly sheriff's own pocket. "You see, mother," said Alfred, triumphantly, "I know how to use a gun, after all." "That you do," put in his-father. "But 1 question If you ever again flre SUch a lucky shot." "Easter Monday must be a lucky day'for hunters," laughed. Alfred^ tt» &M4*f fctffr Mid A* .., Tan't go no farzer, nobility ftft'ep jjeiiew's right «<Who is in Paris again." <'J4ethoug'hti ho had been,'passed through thespik.es! A trouble town, a desperate strike-fire .-bold, to think and. firm to • speak, but upt on ray board to, play. You teU me, Jospph " " pshjng blft<ie iff Keeping au Eye on ,TBiii»k Jiniployea, On the occasion of a visit to Paris last winter I renewed- acquaintanceship ..with, a very old friend who is employed in a. bank in that city. During the, evening we took in several innocent and harmless recreations, and I suggested to him that we might 'see something a little more out of the common. To my surprise he said that if I wan tod to see Purls on the shady side he would iind nae a reliable guide, but ho certainly could not go himself, because if he did be would bo,ij,ke a statesman out of office at 9 o'clock the fol" lowing morning. Pressed for an explanation, he told me that every official in his bank, and he believed in every other bank, was practically under police surveilance day and nigii t, and that pictures of each of them were in the hands of skillful detectives. Instead of waiting until » bank official got behind in his accounts in consequence of excessive gambling or high living, the direot- ors preferred to close the sfable dpor before the hovse b&d got out.— St, liouis Globe-Democrat, Uo Went to Suliool, The small boy appeared at the country school, and the teaohev, as a preliminary, had a talk with him. "Well, my little man," he said, pleasantly, "do you know why you come to school?" "Yes, sir." "Tell me why," "'Cause mother said I was in her way all the time at home, and she didn't want the bother of mo," and the teacher subsided. —Detroit l<Yeo Press- ." 'Taint no use. •tall." •"All right,"'"said Alfred. "We'll 'rest." They had not sat '.there" long before they heard an Inquisitive, "Squa-squa!" from a tall beech tree. "It's a fox squirrel," whispered Alfred, crouching behind a log. ' : Pretty soon Mr. Foxy frisked down the tree, where 1 he was brought to a standstill, clinging head downward,, bv Ray's shrill, voice; ,, . "There ho isVi 'There, he Is!" ,. "Boom!" 'went the old gun, and. In spite of his tired legs, Ray made them spin as he ran to pick up the dead squirrel. Holding the poor victim by the tail and shouting, "You're a big ' hunter;' A'fred! Ypu's killed him!" 'the boy suddenly noticed that the sportsman was nowhere in view. Ho toddled back to the log, where the sight pf,Alfred lying flat on his back brought tears to his eyes. "Oh, dear," he cried, "you's shooted youse'f, too! However will I get home?" • Alfred was rubbing his eyes In a da/.ed way and asking, "What is it? Where am I?" But the sight pf Kay and the squirrel quickly restored., his memory. "I must of knocked that tree over" he muttered, rubbing his shoulder. Upon examination he was surprised to find a piece of iron protruding from that part of the tree peppered by the shot. "That's funny," he said, breaking It off; and then he exclaimed, "Oh! oh!" * •»..-•*. .*. - - * . ; » "I'd rather be whipped," remarked Sheriff Giles to his deputy, "than fc» execute .this foreclosure, an' poor old Mullen stiff in bed. You go, John, au' you can have the fees." "Thank you, but I wouldn't do it for a- hundred dollars." "The sooner a job of this kind Is done the better," soliloquized Giles, as he drove over to the Mullen home.- It was certainly a cruel tiling to have to do on Easter Monday but the law's officers have no choice but to execute the laws. Cheery Nell was singing at her work, "We'll have a few cookies,for tea to-morrow, and tliat can of cherries," she thought; "then, if Aif should hap* pen to shoot a rabbit, ovv- Oh, how de do, Mr. Giles? Come right in." "Tiuinky, miss, Ahem! Is your father at home?" "Why, to be sure he is 1 /*" replied yie girl, in wide-eyed surprise, evidently startled by the sheriff's unusually gruff voice. "You know he—" "Never mind what I know, Jiusl- ness is business. I must see him, Nasty job mis," he added to himself. Hearing the man's voice, Mrs. Mullen appeared in the kitchen. At a glance the situation was revealed to her, and she turned very pale. "fjow de do?,' said Giles, "I've got to read this paper to Mullen. Where Is he?" ' "Don't' oh, don't. It will kill him, iveak as he is," "Hang it, woman, I must perform my duty. You kupw Oobb, an' you know it's better for me to be doiu' this }ob than him. Hjf 1 had the money—but J, hain't, so, it's no of the Gnnril. And one day In the Place of the Carrousel, the great grand square in front of the palace of the Tulleries, where the Emperor held hla weekly reviews of the Imperial Guard, there came a new surprise. It was a beautiful August day. The splendid palace, outlined against the clear Parisian sky, made a grand background for the mass of moving color, as battalion after battalion wheeled and circled and charged and mauoeuv" red. Cavalry and infantry marched and counter-marched, helmets glitter- edi bands played, .display was everywhere. Then, while the regiments stood at rest, the gay strains of other military bands were heard, and Into the square,'' beneath the triumphal arch crowned by the great bronze horses of St. Mark's Venice, came rauk upon in soldierly array, spick and span In their new uniforms of green and gold, eight thousand little foot-soldiers, .not one of whom was yet In their teens. As steadily ns veterans, as solid as the Old Guard Itself, eveiy boy doing his best, every eye "front," every hand, shouldering a toy musket or carrying a dwarf sword, the Lilliputian battalions halted and faced the smiling veterans. The emperor appeared. The boys went through the manoeuvres with precision and-ease. And when the re- ylew was over, the emperor standing midway between his veterans and his boy brigade, pointed to the little soldiers, and said to his grenadiers: . "Soldiers of my Guard, behold your children! These are the Pupils of the Guard, the sons of those, who have' fallen In battle for France,-the defenders upon whose ivalor, the future of my empire must rest. TO them 1 'confide the guarding of my son, as I have confided myself to you. For them I require, from you, friendship and protection." Then facing the boyish brigade, he said: "My children, In attaching you to my Guard, I give you a difficult duty. But I shall trust in you. I know that some day. .It iwil.--.be : said of you: 'These children are worthy of their fathers.' Pupils'of .the'Guard! from this day you are in the service of the King of Rome."—From "A Boy of the First Empire," by Elbrldge 8. Brooks, in St. Nicholas. A Jinny Lady Invalid. A' young woman residing near this place in the river country has a pair of pet wasps which are as Interesting as they are unique in their way. She has trained them to perform a great many wonderful tricks, and it is indeed marvelous to what degree of Intelligence and agility her kindly care and patient perseverance has brought them. As the young lady is an invalid, she manages to get a great deal of profitable diversion from her queer little pets. • Among other things she has taught them to drink water from a thimble and to perform the "skirt dance," as she calls it, by fluttering their wings as they rest in'the palm of her hand. They will sing at her bidding, making a faint, almost inaudible cheep, and seem to be passionately fond of music. The young lady Is quite a fine musician, and when she plays on the piano the wasps take up their position on the music rack and never budge until the performance is over. . The wasps woiild seem to have quite a good deal of vanity, and nothing delights them more than to be allowed tp walk about and inspect themselves on a little hand mirror, which is kept for their exclusive use, Strange to relate, the wasps have never been known to attempt to sting anybody, although they have free access to all parts of the house, and are seldom confined even at night.—Monroe La,, correspondent Philadelphia Times, *4V\vs. }t is said that the Historical society of Pennsylvania ha? the mpst opmpiete «pl],eotipn ol American oo- loni^l. laws iq'tbo United States- It \vas wade by Cjli.arlemagoe T«wers includes the the* da?§ 6t the Imptfo* 6cm* fetantine churches and hOm^s fifty* hmde much ot Easter festivals, 'blffe none Is more beautiful, more to be fot* lowed and made a general cttatortt., than the children's betebfatlofl nt they family breakfast table. ' '• • $ The Eflstfef breakfast has cttftle' t» y . be In Washington a recOgnifced "cttl* dreii's hotir." President Arthur's lit* tie daughter Nellie said at ottfe Kastef breakfast in the White House, "Oh I its ft whole fairy story t" The table is laid with eare with snowy damask, the prettiest witiaa, ' glass and embroideries that the house possesses; If in season, flowers, fresh from spring Woods, pale , leaved and eijJce bushes, red-bud and fetus, whicii in Washington we can usually get In April. But when wild flowers are Hot possible* anything In bloom is taken for decoration. The center piece is Easter lilies', • tulips, spirias, in pots, jars or vases! a low dish of yelioW primroses or white Easter daisies la much Hked. At each plate is laid a bouquet or a single llower, tied with a pretty ribbon to tho small gift, whatever It limy be. Flowers are thrown carelessly on the cloth and a pretty, green vino Is trailed about the dishes. Of course, the dish of the feast IB eggs. Most people dye them, just as we Washington people do for tl»e grand egg rolling on Easter Monday. ' One mother buys each year the loveliest dish she can find, that it may be to the family "a new feast," and piles it high with brilliant eggs of every/ color. Many build a "nest" of leaven and vines in a basket of soft, fresh moss. The gay eggs are beautiful, pooping out of the green. In-memory,'; of the olden time, when the dyed Easter egg was scarlet "as the blood of Christ," some mothers put at each plate a tiny nest In a small basket, with a scarlet egg laid in the moss. A llcaiittful CttMtom. ~A. small choir boy in Washington last Easter caiho in to breakfast with a basket of spring flowers from Rock creek, and as the family took their seats "Little lloblu" sang ah, Easter carol as he walked slowly around the table behind the seats and dropped a flower or spray of wildwood leaf at each plate. 'His whole -heart sang la his glad little hymn of praise: "Rejoice! the Lord has risen!" we cry; Those flowers fair we raise on high."' Easter fruits are arranged on a large waiter, covered with natural leaves. . Frosted oranges are piled up high In the center of purple and white grapes, bananas, golden manderins and 'red apples. The oranges nre^ peeled,, .rolled In .white of egg and dried.'. In coarse granulated sugar. In each orange Is stuck a flower. The children delight In choosing from this "Snowy mountain" their favorite flower. •'•>• "- "..-"••• " ' ' ' Next to 'be provided are "Easter fu- vpra'f and bonbons. Little yellow chicks hop out of candy eggs; white nibbits, bonbonleres and gray squir- rols bow their heads to give'the children pounds of delicious sweets. Such a;popping, of '..'surprise favors!" Such big gray owls "Staring-from-the trees of pistache 'green! « White 1 swans sit majestically on. a,lake of "lemon, ice I'" 1 Out of a straw, hat comes another brood of chickens! s The children clap their hands and shout and 'laugh at the wonderful devices in their Easter breakfast ices and creams. An ISuMter Menu, One breakfast for an Easter breakfast is fruit, boiled eggs, lamb chops, with a spring twig for a "handle;" egg. salad, : made with lettuce; broiled chicken on toast, fried potatoes, rolls and bread, chocolate, coffee and confections. Wafers, or small biscuit, as for luncheon, .niay be served with salad. •;,».:.. A society mother says; "The creams in Easter devices are entirely good foriu fOr an' Easter breakfast, as the children must enjoy the pretty figures and animals." Perfectly simple meals are served with a profusion of flowers and one kind .of fruit; a cereal, with cream; eggs, rolls ahu chocolate. A beautiful ' custom is the bringing to the table ppts of blooming plants. Father, mother, guests and children, each select a plant unknown to the others, hiding it away until breakfast is announced, when lo! little Jack appears with a tiny pot of daisies, Ruth with violets, May with a scarlet geraniam and pretentious roses and Easter llltes' are proudly brought in by tho fatner and mother. All the pots are wrapped in colored papers and tied with rib« bons. After "grace" is said It Is common for the children to sing an Eastei\ hymn before they begin the nnwiU Then they open their boxes of gifts and exchange thanks and courtesies, or wait until the meal }s over anil take them to the sitting room, where a festival follows tho breakfast,- garet Spencer. Just neve a scraping of mu,d.ay fept was heard on the haofc pqrcj), »i\Q thew in they marched, hearing J.WQ of prpuclest boys in the country, Haiti" We heayy gm \\'ltto Elephants make capital nurses, Indian mothers constantly place their babies under the elephant's care, and within reach of Its trunk, while they go to letch water or wood, and no jackal or wolf would be 'likely to pick up or carry off a baby who was thus tended. But any one who has lived a life knows h»w very possible it is fpj- a jackal Pi 1 a wolf to carry pff ft baby lying in a hut within a few feot of ijts. mother, if her bacii be turned, The children thus ^rqught up in the companionship ,of a,» elephant bocpme fammar with if. A.Uttle* black. ch,i}cl about two fe,et Wgh will stand op aw elephant's back and, take' it do\viv to the watev to bathe, On .entering the water the huge ma,} will lie- down and enjoy 'it&e]f ( just leaving a pavt o£ w* P«ay^ Wfee, EASTKH JHOUJf, Glad Easter morn, thy lilies fair Shed peace and perfume everywhere; WhHo clouds of fvagvant Incense vltj, Send proclamation to the skies, Swee* Phyllis, with the flowers among, List'fl to tho robins as they sung, i\U throughout the livelong day * joined lu tlielr gladsome lay, > The Easter sky was all aflame ( 4s 'long the wooded path she came. With eyes reflecting heaven's own; As svveot, ns tender, and «a true, —Godey's |Uiu'.u far PupV-rm going to leavo this jtt'&cUcuVpwn.U'y. IfS

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