The Sioux County journal. (Harrison, Nebraska) 1888-1899, April 04, 1895, Image 1

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Bb wort a high hat to the play,
And what did tb man behind say)
Wall, not what be ought,
If he'd aald what he thought;
But be didn't he just went away.
From the alow moving car, without fear,
She got off with her face to the rear.
All who aaw her revolve
Made a aoletuo resolve
Not to go and do like her this year.
She made a small bet with a man
On a most satisfactory plan.
No matter which way
It went, he bad to pay,
Ho now she ban got a pew fan.
She never had learned how to cook
But ahe studied receipts from a book
Her Erst lemon pie
Delighted the eye.
But the cruat of it cut like caoutchouc.
She got to the theater lute,
For ber pa and her iiih bail to wait
While she stood at the glass
For an hour, alas!
To see if her hat was on straight.
But we love her in spite of all this,
For ahe sweetens our dull life with bliss.
She is tender and true
When troubles pursue,
And our woes vanish all at her kiss.
-Soroerville Journal.
HK came In a crate by the even
ing stage an ungainly St Ber
nard puppy with legs long
enough for a dog twice his size. A
card on the top of bin wicker cage read:
Keene Center,
The crowd on the store porch wait
ing for the mail to be sorted looked at
the newcomer over ami expressed their
several opinions as to tils breed. Some
""calated lie had shepherd in him," and
others " 'swan' he hadn't."
"See that; bitow he liobs Hint head of
hls'n," said Israel Lukens, an old hunt
er, peering Into the crate. "Hello,
thar, 'Ixng IgH,' hnow goes ithun
yry, be ye?" Ami the puppy licked tho
old man's band.
"What ye got thar a lion?" shouted
Alfred Haniner from the roitd on his
way to the liimlier shanty.
By this time the mall was sorted and
the crowd shuffled Into the store. ,
kerosene lamp sent long shadows scur
rying over the celling and diffused a
mellow light hnlf way down the coun
ter at the further end of which was
Btrewn a tumbled assortment of linn-
trtnen'a shirts and some old pairs of
children's boots, the remnant of the
winter stock. Great drifts of blue to
bacco smoke floated lazily toward the
lamp and ascending were lost In the
The puppy left alone on the porch
heard the laughter and the voices of tht
men Inside, and began to whine. Then
realizing this only added to his loneli
ness, he cocked bis bead and looked
up at the stars and the great range
sleeping clear out against them. He
-could hear the roar of the river as It
swung through the valley, and far
Jown the road the baying of a town.l,
Then came the Round of a wagon clat
tering along, and the neit Instant Bill
Henderson reined In his team and
called out:
"Dog here for aour folks?"
The door was opened by the postmas
ter, "Home of my woruern's relatives
daown In Fort Tl," Henderson contin
ued, "writ that they had one of them
St Bernards and wanted we should
take It I told my wife, tm I, we got
enough baounda to feed without goln'
Into no fancy breeds."
Ten minutes later the puppy waa lift
ed out of the crate and tumbled Into
the wagon, and Henderson drove off.
Aa they rattled down the road the cool
air seemed to revive the puppy. It felt
good to get out of the close crate, and
though at first be cowered against tho
dashboard be began gradually to fel
more like himself. Now and then be
would put up his foolish shaggy head
and try to make friends with Hender
son. But Henderson was surly, He
regarded the puppy as more of an in
cumbrance than anything else, guch
friendly beginnings on the part of tho
poppy were greeted with a kick that
sent him shivering under the seat
again, Henderson hadn't much heart
even toward bit neighbors, and when It
same to animal he bad less.
Wbm Henderson reached his cabin
Mandy, his "womern, came ftsK with a
candle to see the new dog. suid the
puppy was brought into th Itcben,
where be walked about awkwardly
and wag mauled by the children. After
a scanty supper be was turned out
among Uie bounds In the woodshed,
where he lay shivering with cold and
fear until Henderson's eldest boy came
for blm In the morning and bitched him
to a cart.
If he was not harnessed to the cart
by the eldest boy and lashed up and
down the road in the broiling sun, he
was dragged Into the cabin on wet
days and mauled by the rest, of the
children. One morning be growled.
Henderson's "womern" said "sne
knowed that dog was ugly as soon as
she got ber two eyes on bltn," and that
"It was nolhln' short of Providence he
hadn't bit some of the young tins."
Henderson said he'd take him where
ho wouldn't Ret back In a hurry, anil
the next day the puppy was hitched
under a peddler's wagon and departed
amid the gibes of the Henderson chil
dren and the snarling of the Hender
son hounds, The peddler drove along
in the blinding beat and dust, and be
fore he bad gone two miles the puppy
had hard work to keep his chain slack.
His feet began to bleed and be whined
When the cart reached the valley, six
miles distant, and stopped lu front of
the postoHice, the puPI'V lay uncon
scious ugnhist the hlud wheel, his eyes
were closed and blood oozed from his
nostrils. Home one unhitched the chain
and dragged him a few feet away on
the gruss under a tree.
Two men passing stopped.
"Guess he's (lend," said one. "Looks
like he'd been ugly, anyhow," said the
other, and they passed on.
The shadows lengthened until only
the great slides far up on "Giant Moun
tain" were high enough to catch the
rays of the red sun. A few lampH
beamed at the windows down the sin
gle street, and a gentle breeze rustled
the leaves overlies. d.
When the dew fell the puppy opened
his eyes.
It seemed to him that he was back
once more In the crte at the store. He
could see the stars glitter and hear the
roar of the river.
As the wind freshened and blew
down the, valley be Htuggered on bin
feet and tottered up the road, whining.
For a moment he stopped In front of
the store and stood In the glare of the
lamps. Koine village curs snarled at
him. Limping up the wooden steps, ho
waited until a man opened the store
door, then lie slunk In, bobbed his head
and wagged IiIh bedraggled tall.
"I'll bet ye the cigars that dog's mart."
said a rough lumberman In a slouch
"I goll, Bill, you're right," replied
his partner, nodding approvingly.
'This dog your'n, Ed?" he shouted sar
castically to a big felllow In a blue
shirt, as he opened the door, and the
crowd roared to a man.
"I'll tell ye what I'll do," said anoth
er. "I give half a dollar for bis hide
If anyone'll shoot him."
A butcher's boy lounging against tho
counter bet be could hit him "first
Just then the puppy settled slowly on
his haunches, looked up at the butcher's
boy and wagged bis tall.
"Ixxik out don't ye come near me,"
said tbe butcher's boy.
The next Instant a well-directed boot
rolled the puppy Into the road. Ho
staggered to his feet and stood gazing
up at the crowd on the porch, his limbs
trembling. Tbe storekeeper came eat
with a box of cartridges and a Win
chester. Throwing a shell Into the
magazine he handed tbe rifle to the
butcher's boy.
There was a pause.
"Git that hind sight One on him." It
was the man In the slouch hat telling
the butcher's boy.
"Hyarl" came a stern voice out of the
dusk, and the next Instant the old hunt
er, . Israel Lukens, had tbe butcher's
boy by the throat
"You young skunk!" he thundered,
wrenching the rifle away from tbe
butcher's boy. "Thought ye'd be paow
erful cuunln', didn't ye? I see tbat there
puppy when be come daown to the
Center. Thar ain't nothln tbe matter
with that dog; he's been used awfully.
Henderson's folks had him and thsm
young ones liked to kill him."
The old man loosened his vice like
grip, and the butcher's boy slnnk Into
the store One by one the crowd fol
lowed sheepishly, while the puppy
trembled against the old man's boot
lex. When tbe latch clicked on th
last men Israel took th puppy In hi
"Poor leetle cuss," b said a b car
ried the puppy down tb toad t hi
And so the puppy lived with Israel,
and one August day tbe old hunter left
his cabin at daylight with tbe dog.
"Hadn't ye better git a couple of th
boys to help ye, Israel, if you're ageln'
to git aout them hemlock?" said J
rushy, his wife, as he left
"I presume likely I had," Said Israel,
leaning on his ax at the gate. "Frank
he's ought to went to Ae Center to
day to get them shingles, and Pete cal
ated he'd go flshiu'. No," he contin
ued, "I guess I 11 make aout well
enough alone, thar ain't so much but
what I kin handle It." And shoulder
ing bis ax he disappeared In the woods,
talking to the dog.
It was noon when Jerushy finished
her washing mid sat shelling peas In
the coolest corner of the summer kitch
en. Outside In the tangled garden the
bees tumbled lazily over the (lowers
and the yellow Jackets crawled In and
out among the bunches of dried herbs
bung under the eaves of the rickety
porch. Below from the valley, swim
ming In the August heat, came the
harsh droning of the mill, broken at
Intervals by the delicate ping, as the
log left the saw.
"Thar!" she said to herself, starting
up as the mill whistle blew. "I hain't
more'n had my hands out the dish
water and It's plumb iiixin," She felt
something tugging at her skirts, and
looking around saw the dog. "Wall, If
that don't beat all," said the old lady,
readjusting her steel spectacles. "What
alls ye stop It, ye fool!"
But the log kept tugging at her
"Got a mushrat, have ye?" said the
old lady couxlngly. "Wall, I presume
we'll have to go and see It 'for' you'll
git your satisfy."
At her willingness to follow the dog
loosened his hold and ran ahead, bark
ing Incessantly.
The two crossed the road and fol
lowed the trail leading to Israel's "lee
tle piece," as the hunter called his lum
ber cutting. When he reached the
brook the dog stopped, snuflin' to the
right and left; suddenly he stopped and
began to how), and Jerushy looking ;t
the edge of some alders saw the print
of Israel's shoe In the mud.
Then the truth seemed to flash across
ber mind.
"Suthln' 's happened to Israel or that
dog .wouldn't perform like tbat, I'll
warrant ye," she said hurrying on.
The dog barked shandy and plunged
on through the woods, the old lady fol
lowing as best she could, calling at In
"Israel, Israel, whar be ye? Be ye
Suddenly the dog stopped and lis
tened, and Jerushy heard far up the
mountain a faint balloo.
Ten minutes later she found th old
man buried under a fallen bemletfk, un
hurt, but unable to move.
As Jerushy stood by wringing her
bands the dog tried to ferret beneath
the pile of debris, tugging at Israel's
"Oh, Israel, be you a dyln'?' moaned
"Dyln'? No," Israel replied. "I
hain't hurt none ye see I mistrusted
this here tree wan't agoln' to fall right.
but 'fore I knowed It she come down
top of me. If It wan't for that young
spruce I presume likely lt'd killed me.
And he come and told ye!" said the old
man. "Wall, I swan!"
When the neighbors came and hauled
the old man out tbe dog's Joy knew no
'Thought he wasn't no good, did ye,
friends?" said the old hunter, turning
to the bystanders.
"Ye hain't no bones broke, have ye,
Israel?" asked a mild old man, one
sheriff In the county.
"It's a good thing the dog came
daown and told yer woman, Israel,
wasn't It?" drawled a tall, lanky fel
low. "I'm tickled to see ye wan't hurt,"
said another as the procession filed
down the mountain.
But Israel did not answer; he was
talking to the dog. Utlca Globe.
All for $10.
An Anglican vicar recently advertis
ed for an organist who was to receive
$10 a month, In return for which he was
to "play three services Sunday and one
Wednesday evening, when, also, the
boys must have an hour's practice; Fri
day he must conduct a full choir prac
tice, first giving the boys half an boar
by themselves, and attendance Is ex
pected on the usual feast days Fur
ther, no pupils may be taken to tb
church organ, nor may that Instrument
be used by the organist himself sav
Sunday afternoons."
Lax Divorce Law Dae Primarily to
Free Love Agitation, Mormonlim
and Unhealthy Fiction-Hasty and
Ill-Conaidered MaaeJies Too Plenty.
A Family Skeleton.
Vr. Dr. Talmage chose as the subject
f his afternooD sermon In the New York
Academy a'. Music Sunday a topic of na
tional InUrest, viz., "Wholesale Divorce."
The great audience repeatedly showed its
appreciation of the sentiments expressed
by the reverend speaker, and his sturdy
blows In behalf of the protection of the
household and sgainst the dissoluteness
of modern society were received with
marked appreciation. The text selected
was Matthew xlx., 8, "What, therefore,
God kath joined together let not man put
That there are hundreds and thousands
of infelicitous homes in America no one
will doubt. If there-were only one skele
ton In the closet, that might be locked up
and abandoned, but In many a home
there Is a skeleton In the hallway and a
skeleton in all the apartments.
"Unhappily married" are two words de
scriptive of many a homestead. It needs
no orthodox minister to prove to a badly
matad pair that there is a hell. They are
thers now. Sometimes a grand and gra
cious woman will be thus incarcerated,
and her life will be a crucifixion, as was
the case with Mrs. Sigournpy, the great
poetess and the great soul. Sometimes
a consecrated man will tie united to a
fury, as was John Wesley, or united to a
vixen, as was John Milton. Sometimes,
and generally, both parties are to blame,
and Thomas Carlyle was an intolerable
scold, and his wife smoked and swore,
and Frotide, the historinu, pulled aside the
curtain from the lifelong squabble at
Craigenputtock and Five, t'lieyne How.
Some say that for the alleviation of all
these domestic disorders of which we
hear easy divorce is a good prescription.
God sometimes authorizes divorce as cer
tainly as he authorizes marriage. I have
just as much regard for one lawfully di
vorced as I have for one lawfully married.
But you know and I kn.w that wholesale
divorce is one of our national scourges. I
am not surprised at this when I think of
the influences which have been abroad
militating against the marriage relation.
A Pernicious Doctrine.
For many years the platforms of the
country rang with talk about a free love
millennium. There were meetings of this
kind hld in the Cooper Institute, New
York; Tremnnt Temple, Boston, and all
over the land. Home of the women who
tveie most prominent in that movement
have since ben distinguished for great
promiscuity of affection. Popular themes
for such occasions were the tyranny of
man, the oppression of the marriage rela-
rton, women's rights and the atliuities.
Prominent speakers were women with
ihort curls and short dress, and very long
tongue, everlastingly at war with God be
rause they were created women, while on
the platform sat meek men with soft ac
teut and cowed demeanor, apologetic for
masculinity, and holding the parasols
ivhile the termagant orators went on
preaching the doctrine of free love.
That campaign of about twenty years
let more devils into the marriage relation
than will be exorcised in the next fifty.
Men and women went home from such
meetings so permanently confused as to
who were their wives and husbands that
they never got out of their perplexity,
md the criminal and civil courts tried to
lisentangle the "Iliad" of woes, and this
uc got alimony, and that one got a limit
ed divorce, and this mother kept the chil
dren on condition that the father could
lometimes come and look at them, and
these went into poorhouses, and those
went into an Insane asylum, and those
went Into dissolute public life, and all
went to destruction. The mightiest war
ever made against the marriage institu
tion was that free love campaign, some
times under one name and sometimes un
der another.
Brazen Polygamy.
Another Influence that has warred upon
tbe marriage relation has been polygamy
in Utah. That was a stereotyped carica
ture of the marriage relation and has
poisoned the whole land. You might aa
well think that you can have an arm In a
state of mortification and yet the whole
body not be sickened as to have these ter
ritories poly gam Ized and yet the body of
the nation not feel the putrefaction. Hear
it, good men and women of America, that
so long ago aa 18t)2 a law was paaaed by
Congress forbidding polygamy iu the terri
tories and in all the places where they had
jurisdiction. Twenty-four years passed
along and five administrations before the
first brick was knocked from that for
tress of libertinism.
Every new President In his inaugural
tickled that monster with the. straw of
condemnation, and every Congress stulti
fied Itself in proposing some plan that
would not work. Polygamy stood more
Intrenched, and more brazen, and more
puissant, and more braggart, and more
infernal. James Buchanan, a much-abused
man of his day, did more for the ex
tirpation of this villainy than most of the
subsequent administrations. Mr. Buchan
an sent out an army, and although it waa
.-.Ited In its work, still he accomplished
more than some of tbe administrations
which did nothing but talk, talk, talk. At
last, bat not until it had poisoned genera
tions, polygamy has received its death
Polygamy in Utah warred against the
marriage relation throughout the land. It
was impossible to have such an awful
sewer of Iniquity sending up it miasma,
which was wsfted by the winds north,
south, east and wast, without the whole
land being affected by it,
Another influence that has warred
against the marriage relation in this coun
try has been a pustulous literature, with
Its millions of sheets every week choked
with stories of domestic wrongs and in
fidelities and massacres and outrages, un
til it is a wonder to me tbat there are
any decencies or any common sense left
on the subject of marriage. One-half of
the news stands of all our cities reeking
with the tilth.
"Now," say some, "we admit all these
evils, and the only way to clear them out
or correct them is by easy divorce."
Well, before we yield to that cry let us
find out how easy it is now.
Wholesale Divorce.
I have looked over the laws of all the
States, and 1 find that, while in some
States it is easier than in others, in every
State it is easy. The .State of Illinois,
through its Legislature, recites a long list
of proper causes for divorce and then
closes np by giving to the courts the right
to make a decree of divorce in any case
where they deem it expedient. After that
you are not surprised at tbe announce
ment that in one county of tbe State of
Illinois, in one year, there were 833 di
vorces. If you want to know how easy
it is, you have only to look over the rec
ords of the States. In the city of San
Francisco 333 divorces in one year, and in
twenty years in New England 110,000.
Is that not easy enough?
If the same ratio continue the ratio of
multiplied divorce and multiplied causes
of divorce we are not far from the time
when our courts will have to set apart
whole days for application, and all you
will have to prove against a man will be
that he left his newspaper in the middle
of the floor, and all you will have to prove
against a woman will be tbat her hus
band's overcoat is buttonless. Causes of
divorce doubled in a few yearsdoubled
in France, doubled in England and dou
bled in the United States. To show how
very easy it is I have to tell you that in
Western Reserve, Ohio, the proportion of
divorces to marriages celebrated is 1 to
11, In Khode Island is 1 to 13, in Vermont
1 to 14. Is nut that easy enough?
I want yon to notice that frequency of
divorce always goes along with the dis
soluteness of society. Home for 500
years had not one case of divorce. Those
were her days of glory and virtue. Then
the reign of vieaj began, and divorce be
came epidemic. If you want to know how
rapidly the empire went down, ask Gib
bon. What we want in this country and in
all lands is that divorce be made more
and more and more difficult. Then people
before they enter that relation will be
persuaded that there will probably be no
escape from it except through the door of
the sepulcher. Then they will pause on
the verge of that relation until they are
fully satisfied that it is best, and that it is
right, and that it is happiest. Then we
shall have no more marriage in fun. Then
men and women will not enter the rela
tion with the idea it is only a trial trip,
and if they do not like it they can get out
at the first landing. Then this whole
question will be taken out of the frivolous
into the tremendous, and there will be no
more joking about the blossoms in a
bride's hair than about the cypress on a.
coffin. - ,
Uniform Laws in All States.
What we want is that, the Congress of
the United States change the national
constitution so that a law can be passed
which shall he uniform all over the coun
try, and what shall be right in one State
shall be right in all States, and what is
wrong in one State will be wrong in all
tbe States.
More difficult divorce will put an es
toppel to a great extent upon marriage
as a financial speculation. There are men
who go into the relation just as they go
into Wall street to purchase shares. The
female to be invited into the partnership
of wedlock Is utterly unattractive and in
disposition a suppressed Vesuvius. Every
body knows It, but this masculine candi
date for matrimonial orders, through the
commercial agency or through the county
records, finds out how much estate Is to
be inherited, and he calculates it. He
thinks out how long it will be before the
old man will die, and whether he can
stand the refractory temper until he does
die, and then he enters the relation, for
he says, "If I cannot stand it, then
through the divorce law I'll back out."
That process Is going on all the time, and
men enter the relation without any moral
principle, without any affection, and it is
as much a matter of stock speculation
as anything that transpired yesterday in
Union Pacific, Illinois Central or Dela
ware and Lackawanna.
Now, suppose a man understood, as he
ought to understand, that if he goes into
that relation there is no possibility of his
getting out, or no probability, he would
be more slow to put his neck in the yoke.
He would Bay to himself, "Bather than
a Caribbean whirlwind with a whole fleet
of shipping in its arms, give me a zephyr
off fields of sunshine and gardens of
Rigorous divorce law will also hinder
women from the fatal mistake of marry
ing men to reform them. If a young man
by twenty-five years of age or thirty
years of age has the habit of strong drink
fixed on him, he is aa certainly bound
for a drunkard's grave as that a train
starting out from Grand Central depot st
8 o'clock to-morrow morning is bound for
Albany. The train may not reach Albany,
for It may be thrown off the track. The
young man may not reach a drunkard's
grave, for something may throw him off
the iron track of evil habit, but the prob
ability is that the train that starts to
morrow morning at 8 o'clock for Albany
will get there, and the probability is that
the young man who has the habit of
strong drink fixed on him before twenty
five or thirty years of sge will arrive at
a drunkard's grave. She knows he drinks,
although he tries to hide It by chewing
cloves. Everybody knows he drinks.
Parents warn; neighbors and friends
warn. She will marry him; she will re
form him.
Tbe Altar of HacrlBce.
. If she is unsuccessful in the experiment,
why, then the divorce law will emanci
pate ber because habitual drunkenness
is a cause for divorce in Indiana, Ken
tucky, Florida, Connecticut and nearly all
th States. So the poor thing goes to the
altar of sacrifice. If yon will show me
th poverty struck street In any city, I
will show you the homes of the women
who married men to reform them. In on)
case out of 10,000 it may be a successful
exjierinient. 1 never saw the successful
experiment. But have a rigorous divorce)
law. and tbat woman will say, "If I ant
affianced to tbat man, it is for Ufa."
A rigorous divorce law will also do
much to hinder hasty and inconsiderat
marriages. Under the impression that on
can be easily released people enter the)
relation without inquiry and without re
flection. Romance and impulse rule th
day. Perhaps the only ground for th
marriage compact is that she likes his)
looks, and he admires the graceful way
she parses around the ice cream at th
picnic! It is all they know about each)
other. It is ail the preparation for life.
A woman that could not make a loaf of,
bread to save her life will swear to cherish;
and obey. A Christian will marry a it
aiheiht. and that always makes conjoined!
wretchedness, for if a man does not be-,
lieve there is a God he is neither to bq
trusted with u dollar nor with your llfe-t
long happiness. Having read much about
love in a cottage, people brought up iu(
ease will go and starve in a hovel.
By thp wreck of 10,000 homes, by thq
holocaust of 10,000 sacrificed men and
women, by the hearthstone of the family
which is the cornerstone of the State, and!
in tbe name of that God who hath set up)
the family institution, and who bath mad
the breaking of the marital oath the moslj
appalling of all perjuries, I implore th
Congress of the United States to maka
some righteous, uniform law for all thai
States, and from ocean to ocean, on this)
subject of marriage and divorce.
Character the One Eaaentlal.
Let me say to the hundreds of young)
people in this house this afternoon, be
fore you give your heart and hand in holy1
alliance use all caution. Inquire outsidsj
as to habits, explore the diaposition, scru-4
tinize the taste, question the ancestry and'
find out the ambitions. Do not take thai
heroes and heroines of cheap novels for al
model. Do not put your lifetime happi
ness in the keeping of a man who has ai
reputation for being a little loose In mor-j
als or in the keeping of a woman who!
dresses fast. Remember that, while good;
looks are a kindly gift of God, wriuklest
or accident may despoil them. Remember)
that Byron was no more celebrated for
his beauty than for his depravity. Re-
member that Absalom's hair was Dot moi
splendid than his habits were despicable.
Hear it, hear it! The only foundation;
for happy marriage that has ever been of
ever will be is good character.
Ask God whom you Bhall marry if youf
marry at all. A union formed in praver
will be a happy union, though s.cknesa
pa If the cheek and poverty empty th
bread tray, and death open the small
graves, and all the path of life be strewn,
with thorns from the marriage altar with
its wedding march and orange blossoms
clear on down to the last farewell at thatj
gate where Isaac and Rebecca, Abraham)
and Sarah, Adam and Eve parted. '
The Speck on the Horizon. ' '
And let me say to those of you who ar
in happy married uuion avoid first quar
rels; have no unexplained correspondence;
with former admirer's; cultivate no sus
picious; in a moment of bad temper do
not rush out and tell the neighbors; do
not let any of those gad-abouts of society
unload in your house their baggage of
gab and tittle tattle; do not stand on your
rights; learn how to apologize; do not;
be so proud, or so stubborn, or so devilish
that you will Dot make up. Remember
that the worst domestic misfortunes and
most scandalous divorce cases started
from little infelicities. The whole piled
up train of ten rail cars telescoped and.
smashed at the foot of an embankment'
100 feet down came to that catastrophe by
getting two or three inches off the track.
Some of the greatest domestic misfortunes"
aud wide resounding divorce cases hav
started from little misunderstandings that
were allowed to go on and go on until
home and respectability and religion and
Immortal soul went down in the crash,
crash !
In the "Farm Ballads" our American
poet puts into the lips of a repentant hus
band after a life of married perturbation
these suggestive words:
"And when she dies I wish that she would
be laid by me,
And lying together in silence perhaps w
will agree.
And if ever we meet in heaven I would not
think it queer
If we love each other better because w
quarreled here."
Fellow citizens as well as fellow Chris
tians, let us have a divine rage against
anything that wars on the marriage state.
Blessed institution! Instead of two arm
to fight the battle of life, four; instead of
two eyes to scrutinise the path of life,
four; instead of two shoulders to lift tho
burden of life, four. Twice the energy,
twice the courage, twice the holy ambi
tion, twice the probability of worldly suc
cess, twice the prospects of heaven. Into
the matrimonial bower God fetches two
souls. Outside that bower room for all
contentions, and all bickerings, and all
controversies, bat inside the bower ther
is room for only one guest th angel of
love. Let that angel stand at the floral
doorway of this Edenic bower with drawii
sword to hew down the worst fo of that
bower easy divorce. And for every pari
adlae lost may there be a paradise regain
ed. And after we quit our bom her may
we have a brighter horn In heaven, at th
windows of which this moment are famil
iar faces watching for our arrival and
wondering why so long we tarry.
The minuet Is of French origin and
uncertain antiquity. The original form
of the dance Is faithfully represented
In tbe minuet In Mozart's Don Gio
vanni. Minuets have been written by
Handel, who often, finishes an overtnr
to an opera or even oratorio with a
minuet; by Bach, whose suite contain
many exquisite minuets; by Haydn,
who Introduced tbe movement Into thi
symphony; by Mosart, who used It la
both symphony and sonata,' and b
Beethoven, who employed It In several
of his beat compositions, by transfornM
Ing It Into the scherao.
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