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Prjtid tele o the long distant ages ,
WJcrd land of philosopher's dreams ,
Tbv namc , iu al ! history's pages ,
With mystical radiance gleams ;
Enchantment her glamour of glory
Has cast like a mantel o'er thec ,
As Time has repeated thy story ,
Lost gem of the sea , Atlantis ,
Atlantis ! lost gem of the sea. ,
Bright sunshine no more gilds thy mountains ;
Thy slopes are enshrouded in night ;
Und "seemed are thy clear gushing fountains ,
Once crowned with suveri hued light ;
All hushed are thy bird-notes , once gladly
Resounding o'er valley ami lea ;
Slow tides through thy forests sweep sadly ,
Lost gem of 'the sea , Atlantis ,
Atlantis 1 lost gem of the sea.
Bunk in ruins , thy palaces nestle
"Where finny tribes fearlessly roam ;
Far above tin"rich fields the staunch vessel
Sails swift 'through the high-tossing foam.
Thv monuments , fallen and shattered ,
Can give to tradition no key ;
The threads of thy banners are scattered ,
Lost gem of the sea , Atlantis ,
Atlantis 1 lost gem of the sea.
Thy sons lie at rest 'neath the waters ,
Their tombs 'mid the coral groves placed ; -
And with them repose the fair daughters
"Whose presence thy mansion-halls graced.
All at peace are thy foes and defenders :
Side by side , sleep the slave and the free ;
What now are thy kingdoms or splendors ,
i Lost gem ot the Sea ? Atlantis ,
Atlantis 1 lost gem of the sea.
1 What scenes of earth's newness elyslan
Were rimmed by the curve of thy shore ,
Ere came mighty "Nature's decision ,
' 'Stand thou before heaven no morel"
What tales of heroic endeavor ,
What wisdom of wond'rous degree ,
Are sealed in thy bosom forever ,
Lost gem of the sea ? Atlantis ,
Atlantis ! lost gem of the sea.
Great mother of nations unnumbered ,
Once teeming with manifold life ;
For centuries past thou hast slumbered ,
Unmoved by the surges' hoarse strife.
Man's curious questioning scorning ,
Close-hidden thy secret shall be ,
Till thou greetest eternity's morning ,
k Lost uem of the sea. Atlantis ,
Atlantis ! lost gem of the sea.
Charles 3fore < m Ifarger , in The Current.
"Will yon come clown to our place
next Monday , Charlie , for a couple oi
day's shooting ? "
"Monday ? Yes. Delighted , old
Then the friends proceeded tq settle
details. They would meet at the sta
tion and go by the 5:30 train , which
would laud them in comfortable time
Now , if Charles West had a weak
nessit was that he was-prone to be a
little obi vious about time , and was in
the habit of running his engagements
rather fine. The Monday afternoon , lo
beguile the time between luncheon and
the train , he called on a pretty woman
of his acqaintance , and she was so
amusing that he stopped until the last
moment and then jumped into a han-
6om , telling his jehu to drive like the
devil. Unfortunately , his own watch
had stopped ( he forgot to wind it up
the previous night ) , and how could he
know that his hostess' clock was a
quarter of an hour slow ?
.When he arrived on the platform he
was met by his servant , who , with a
countenance inexpressive of emotion ,
pleasurable or otherwise , informed
him that the train had departed , bear
ing Captain Leslie wth it. The Cap-
ytain had left word that he hoped Mr.
West would go by the next train , which
was not until 8:30 , and reached D -
at 10:15 , He would drive the dogcart
over to meet him it was sis miles from
Charlie swore exhaustively. He was
not'ill-tempered , but surely , if a man
might be justified ( which I by no
means admit ) in indulging in bad lan
guage. here was a case in point. To
find yourself in the east end of London ,
with two hours and fifty minutes on
hand ; to have foregone a pleasant din
ner and evening ; to have put your host
to great inconvenience and probably to
have given a bad impression to his fam
ily before your arrival all these things
are extremely vexing.
But , having a tolerably happy dispo
sition , Charlie , after his first outburst
of wrath and disgust , took it very well.
He got into another hansom , returned
to his club vat the West End , read the
papers , dined lightly and took excellent
care to be in time for the 8:30.
It was a slow train ; it stopped at
nearly every station , and arrived at
last , thirty-five minutes late. His
friend , who had time to recover his
first feeling of resentment at Charlie's
confounded inconsiderateness , met him
cordially. The dog-cart was capacious ,
and they managed to cram in the ser
vant and luggage and went off at
a spanking pace to the court. The
moon shone brightly , the roads were
"Jove ! " uttered Charlie , drawing a
long breath. "How good everything
smells , and what a blessing it is to get
out of London. "
Thedrove through a long avenue of
trees and canie to a big , old-fashioned
red house with a great mere shining
, like a mirror in front of it.
"I expect , " said George Leslie , "that
we .shall find everybody gone to bad ;
all my people are tremenduously
And so it proved. The friends re
freshed themselves in the dining-room
tete-a-tete , then returned to the smok-
ing-room , and the hour of 1 had given
tongue from the stable-clock before
they thought of turning in. Leslie
showed Charlie his room , spacious and
tapestry-hung , and the young gentle
man , having drawn back the curtains
which the housemaid , after the manner
of her kind , had hermetically closed ,
and. thrown one window wide open , re
tired to bed , to sleep the sleep of the
Just He awoke en sursaut by hearing
his name , "Charlie ! Charley ! do wake
up" It was a pretty fem'nine voice ,
and Charlie was not in the habit of be
ing called in this fashion.
He started and looked up. What he
saw was a slim young lady , with a very
pretty figure , in a * blue cotton gown
and the back of a charming head with
golden plaits. The fair one was look
ing out of the window and apostrophiz-
in" him at the same time.
° 'It is such a glorious morning ; aren't
you.ashamed of yourself , you great
Idle creature , to be lying there missing
| U th s lovely sunshine ? Do get up and
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come out with me "before breakfast"
Charley is not shy , but a very decided
feeling of cmbarrasment creeps over
him. Of course it is a mistake. He
has known some rapid young ladies in
his time' but never one who would have
come into his room to call him before
she had ever been introduced to him.
But how on earth was he to intimate
to her that she was in error about his
identy ? Sli3 had called him Charlie ,
too ! Leslie's name was George , and he
had no brothers. In any case it was
rather a strong order for a girl to come
into any man's room who was not her ,
Charlie buried his head under the
clothes , and awaited the denouement.
It was not long in coming.
"Charlie , " said the fair one again ,
and this time her voice indicated that
her face was turned in his direction ,
"if you don't wake up this instant I Will
throw a wet sponge at you. You are a
lazy pig ! "
Then he heard her proceed to the
washing-stand and dip a sponge in the
water , and partly wring it. Next mo
ment , with unusually good aim for a
girl , it bounced on his head'which was
protected by the bedclothes.
Charle smothered a laugh , it was be
coming too ridiculous.
"Very well , then. " said the voice , ap
proaching ; "I shall come and drag the
Now he must act with promptness.
He raised himself a little and put the
clothes just far enough back for his as
sailant to see his laughing blue eyes.
The damsel stopped midway in her ca
reer ; an express on of stony horror
Hashed into her face ; her cheeks dyed
with crimson , and uttering an agonized
little groan she turned and fled.
Charlie'laughed all the time he was
getting up. He could not help wonder
ing how she would meet him at break
fast. By Jove , what a pretty creature
she was ! Would she tell any one or
would she ignore the incident ? He
would lake his cue from her. The fam
ily were all assembled in the breakfast-
-room when he came down , and he was
presented to his host and hostess ; to
three nice , fresh-looking girls. Leslie's
sisters , and a fair youngfellow about
his own height and coloring as "my
cousin Fane. " But where was the
fourth , his charming visitant ? There
was no other place laid at the table ,
and breakfast came and went and she
did not appear. He heard the other
girls address the cousin as Charlie , and
comprehended that that was the young
gentleman for whom he had mistaken.
Still he did not approve of a girl , such a
pretty girl , too , making so free with a
cousin. "A brother is all very well , "
etc. It was evident that no one knew
a syllable about the event of the morn
ing. Every time the door opened Char
lie looked toward it ; his eyes wandered
over the lawn into the garden. He was
"Have you any more sisters ? " he
asked of Leslie , as they walked to
gether to the shooting , a little apart
from the father and cousin.
"No , only those three , " replied Les
lie. "And quite enough , too. "
Charlie was completely mystified.
He did not shoot as straight as usual ;
his thoughts "were distracted by the
pretty , golden-haired creature who had
aroused him from his slumbers. He
could not have dreamed it no , there
was the wet sponge on his bed when
he got up.
The shooting was over ; he and Les
lie were strolling homeward along the
road , when a smart little village cart
with a trotting pony , and freighted
with two lad.es came toward them.
"This is our parson's wife , " said
Leslie. "Such a good sort I must in
troduce yon to her. " And , as he made
a sign to the charioteer , she pulled up ,
and Charlie saw her companion was
h s fair friend of the morning.
"Ho iv are "you. Mrs. Grey ? " cried
Leslie , cheerly. "Let me introduce my
friend West to you. Mrs. Grey , Mr.
West ; Lil , Mr. West"
Lil made the slightest motion of her
head , without meeting Charlie's eyes.
Leslie indulged in some gay bandinage
with Mrs. Grey and Charlie , though he
felt slightly embarrassed , tried to maka
conversation with Miss Lil. She an
swered "yes , " or "no , " as occasion re-
qu red. and never once raised her eyes
to his lace.
"Do come up and dine to-night. Mrs.
Grey , " entreated Leslie ; mymother
would be so awfully pleased. I'll go
home and get a note from her if you
think it necessary. "
Mrs. Grey appeared to waver ; then
Charlie distinctly saw Miss Lil pinch
her friend in a meaning manner.
"Many thanks ; I am sorry , but I can
not possibly manage it to-night , " Mrs.
Grey answered. We have so much to
do still for the bazaar. "
"Lil , you young puss ! " cried Leslie ,
"what d'oyou mean by deserting us in
this way ? It is a very poor compli
ment to West , here. "
"We are so busy settling about the
bazaar , " replied the young lady.
"Well , I suppose you are com'ng '
home sometime to-night .Shall I
walk down and fetch you ? "
"Do ! " said Mrs. Grey ; but again.
West saw the surreptitious pinch , and
Miss Lil replied hastily :
"No , please don't. Mr. Grey will
see mo home. I do not know when I
shall be ready. "
The pony was getting impatient.
"We must be off. " said Mrs. Grey.
Tommy is in a hurry. " And away they
"What do you think of our parson's
wife ? " asked'Leslie.
"Not much the cut of a parson's
wife , " replied Charlie. "By Jove !
what a figure , and what a fit her jacket
was ! "
"She's the right sort , " said Leslie.
"It would be a deuced good job if there
were more like her. Bring a lot niore
sinners to repentance ! " and he laughed
"Who is the young lady with her ? "
asked Charlie , trying to speak indiffer
"O , that is Lilian Fane , my cousin ,
' . "
"A feight seemed taken from his
"O ! " he said with a gasp of relief.
"Tiresome , capricious money , " ex
claimed Leslie. "She must take it
into her head all of a sudden th's
morning to fly up before breakfast
down to Mrs. Grey. It is all rubb.sh
about the bazar ; it is not to be for
another month. Just because I
wanted you to meet her. She is capi
tal company anil sings divinely. Just
like a woman * . Last night asked a
dozen questions and was quite inter
ested about you , and this morning
flics oft"without 'stopping to set eyes
onou. . * "
A smile curled Charlie's upper lip.
"She is lovely. " he said. "It is very
unk nd of her. "
"Nasty little vixen , " retorted Leslie.
In his heart Charlie was secretly
provoked. Leslie's sisters were nice ,
cherry , fresh-looking girls , but they
could not hold a candleto Lilian. He
was dying to see her again. He had
never felt such an interest in a girl be
fore. She did not make her appear
ance that evening , and the following
morning at breakfast she was still ab
sent. He was piqued. It was simply
ridiculous for her to .go on shunning
him on account of a stupid little con
tretemps that might have happened to
"I'm afraid , " he remarked with a
touch of pique , as they were standing
in the hall waiting to start on their
shooting expedition ; "I'm afraid it is
I who am driving Miss Fannie out of
the house. "
"Humbug ! " returned Captain Les
lie. "Why should you ? " Then , as a
sudden thought struck him , he turned
on his heel and went into the morning
"Mother , " he said , ask Mrs. Gray
to dine to-night , and make Lillian come
back , whether or no. "
As Mr. West was a gentleman of in
dependent fortune , and she had three
daughters , Mrs. Leslie was not alto
gether displeased at the pretty cousin
having absented herself.
"Of course I will ask them , my
dear , " she replied ; "but they are so
busy with their bazar that I am not at
all sure I shall persuade them to
"If you don't , " observed Leslie
pointedly , "West will fancy you are
keeping Lil out of the way on pur
pose. I ain pretty sure he thinks so
"George ! " exclaimed his mother in
dignantly , "how can you say anything
so absurd ? "
"Well , take my advice , and have
her back to-night ; " and Captain Leslie
departed without giving his mother
any time to make a rejoiner.
He had , however , said quite enough.
Mrs. Leslie forthwith put on her bon
net and went down to the rectory. She
found Mrs. Grey and Lilian sitt ng un
der a tree together making a languid
pretense of needlework. Mrs. Leslie
greeted both affectionately. "We par
ticularly wanted you to come up and
d i.e with us to-night , " she said to the
rectoress ; ' 'and his haughty truant
must not remain away longer , " smil
ing sweetly on Lilian.
"Oh , aunty , we are so busy ! " cried
the young lady , plying her needle vig
"You must not quite forget , mv
love , that you are my guest , , ' said her
aunt , with a certain amount of dignity
and a lone that implied reproof.
Lilian understood it and colored
"I shall be delighted to dine. " inter
posed Mrs Grey , hastily ; "and you
must not blame me for monopolizing
so much of Ll au's time. "
"I do not blame any one , " returned
Mrs. Leslie , naively ; "but I hope to
see you both at dinner to-night"
So , as Miss Lilian had no desire to
offend her aunt , she overcame her re
pugnance lo meeting Mr. West , and ,
to that gentleman's great delight , he
had the pleasure of taking her to din
ner that same evening. Two or three
neighbors had been inv ted. But , al
though Charlie had an immense fund
of small talk and was reputed excel
lent company , he failed altogether in
inspiring any interest in his fair neigh
bor. She appeared , as she was , per
fectly uncomfortable , and only respond
ed to his sallies by monosvllables.
It was a glorious moonlight night ,
and after dinner some of the young
people went out into the gardens.
Charlie watched his opportunity and
pounced on Lilian , keeping herengage-
cd in conversation until they were
separated some little d stance from the
others. Then he said suddenly , and
without a slight flutter at his heart :
"Wny will you not speak to me ?
Surely it is not my fault that such a
stupid little accident should have oc
curred. Why need you bear malice
because I was put in the room that
your brother had been occupying ? "
In the moonlight he could see the
swift crimson racing through her fair
"I I shall never , never get over it ! "
she said , putting up her hands to cover
the flames that were burning her face.
'What can you have thought of me ?
If if anyone were to know it I should
never hold up my head again. "
"I hope you think 1 am a gentle
man , " cried Charl o , indignantly. "I
supnose jou don't think one word
would ever pass my lips on the sub
ject ? "
"Will you swear it ? " said the dis-
And he swore by all his goods. Af
ter that she became more friendly.
He had up to this time entertained a
rooted avers on to matrimony even
now he could not quite make up his
mind to propose to Lilian , but thought
he would wait and see how he felt. He
was delighted to find that , she lived in
London , and struck up a tremendous
friendship with her brother , whom he
bade to dinner and many other enter
tainments. Every day afterhe was
parted from Lilian he felt worse and
worse ; he began even to think that it
was the best thing in the world for &
young man to settle down , and that the
constant presence of a domestic angel
must make Heaven of earth.
So when Lilian returned to London ,
Charlie , aided and abetted by his name
sake , contrived to sea a great deal of
her. He was invited to dine at her moth
er's house , and one evening , whun he
had inveigled her into the charming
conservatory that led out of the draw
ing-room , he. in the midst of pretend
ing to admire a flower , turned suddenly
to her , and in a voice that was a little
unsteady , exclaimed :
"O'Lilian , can't you see how awfully
in love I am with you ? "
Lilian looked down. She made no
response to his words or to the pressure
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of the hand which seized her's.
"Don't you care : i l.ttlefor ma , dar
ling ? " he asked.
Lilian turned away her head.
"You have quite forgiven me for
what happened at the court , haven't
you ? " he pleaded , maladroitly ,
She dragged her hand from his and
turned a pair of flashing eyes tipou
him. "If you dare remind me "she
"No , I won't , I won't , " he interrupt
ed her. "But , don't you see , darling"
and just the least twinkle of mis-
chievousness came into his blue eyes
"if you feel so dreadfully bad about it ,
it would be all put quite straight by
your marrying me. Then you may
throw any number of wet sponges at
me without any qualms of conscience
This was too much. Lilian tore her
self from him and rushed into the
drawing room. lie followed her.
Mercifully for him , no one else waa
"Forgive me , darling , and say that
you do care a little forme , ' ' he pleaded ,
taking her hand for the third time.
"I I will think about it , " she mur
"Think now , " he said kissing her
whether she woule or no.
And ultimately she decided to make
Backbone of the Continent.
The pass through the "Garden oi
the Gods" is a particularly novel-and
interesting spot. The rocks here have
been gradully worn away by the attri
tion of ages , and have assumed the
most odd and grotesque figures. A
little stretch of the imagination and
one is immediately among the gods
and heroes of Grecian and Scandina
We reached our destination a little
past noon , and after refresh ng our
selves with a most abundant and in
viting lunch by the side of a clear , rip
pling brook. WP proceeded' to take a
view of the "Seven Falls. " This is a
magnificent cataract , with a perpen
dicular fall almost equal to that of Ni
agara. There arc seven flights of
steps by which you ascend the moun
tain , where you gain a better view of
them than from below. Standing here
we are impressed not only by the
beauty and sublimity of the falls , but
we feel the inspiration of the spot
Here we are poised upon the main
axis of this continent , the great divid
ing range which separates the streams
of the Pacific slope from those of the
broad central plains.
Last week I took an excnrsio'i to the
valley of the Arkansas and t ! < iloyal
Gorge , one of the most vderful
sights in this region of wonderThis
day's experience in my life \ \ ill ever
form a .page in my memoryith the
leaf turned down. Never shall I forget
the awakening dawn of that glorious
morning the sun kissing tlu > moun
tain heights , and adown the hillsides ,
and deep into the-dark valley , pouring
a flood of radiencc the earth : rousing
from her night of sleep , and through
all her arteries bounding the pulse of
life. The low veiling mists reflecting
rainbow hues. Diamonds flashing back
the sunbeams from every leaf and spray
and tiower. sparkling emeraldcarpet
ing the earth , and the wholo universe
clothed in its thousand varied hues , all
combine to make a scene fitting a king ,
and that king the king of Heaven.
Manilau Cor. New Orleans Tn < ies-Dem-
Why the Buby Cries.
The young bachelor who volunteered
an opinion as to the reason for a baby's
smile , and the summary justi e which
he received at the hands of t'j baby's
nurse , are well known , but why the
baby cries is a matter as to which few
men have any curiosity , provided it is
not too late to have un engagement
down town when the concert begins.
The Mother's Manuel of Cli klren's
Diseases" explains the matter thus :
"Cries are the only langu.ige which
a young baby has to express Us distress ,
as smiles and laughter and merry antics
tell without a word its gladness. The
baby must be ill , is all that i.o cries tell
one person ; another , who has seen
much of sick children , will jr.uher from
them more , and w 11 be able to judge
whether its suffering is in the head ,
chest or stomach. The crie. of a baby
with a stomach ache arc long : 'ntl loud
and passionate ; it sheds a profusion of
tears ; now stops a moment and then
begins again , drawing up its legs to its
stomach ; and as the pain passes off ,
stretches them out again , and with
many little sobs passes off int i a quiet
sleep. If it has iuflamation ot'i he chest
it does not ciy loud , it sheds no tears ,
but every few minutes , especially after
drawing a deeper breath than 'fore , or
after each short hacking cough , it gives
a little cry , which it checks , apjt.irehtly ,
before it has half tinished , and ihis , be-
catisu it has no breath to waste in cries ,
or because the effort makes its breathing
more painful. If disease is going on
in the head , the child utters sharp ,
piercing shrieks , and then between
whiles a low moan or wail , or perhaps
no sound at all , but lies quiet , apparent
ly dozing , till pain wakes it up again. "
Throwing : Passengers Overboard.
The barbarous custom ot throwing
passengers overboard as soon as the
breath has left their bodies when they
die at sea on a transatlantic steamer
has nearly ran its course. Since our
statement' that an ocean passenger
steamer is legally bound to deliver per
sons who pay their passage in advance
at their port of destination , whether
they die or not , we have received assur
ances that convince us that we are cor
rect As caskets can be obtained in
which a body can be kept in a fair
state of preservation two weeks with
out the use of ice , all European passen
ger steamers should be compelled to
carry them. The relatives or friends
of those who die at sea would gladly
pay the extra expense entailed in pre
serving their bodies and returning
them to land for decent and Christian
burial. New York Marine Journal.
As many ns 30,000 shawls are made annu
ally In the Vale of Cashmere , which are rorth
on an average , $1,000 apiece.
A FAMOUS ORATOR.
Recollections of Sergeant S. Prentiss ,
the Noted Southern Iiii\vyciv
A number of gray-haired citizens
have stood iu front of the painted like
ness of Sergeant S. Prentigs. now on
exhibition in the counting-room of
The Ncio Orleans Picayune , admired
its faithfulness to life , and recalled
scenes in the life of the gifted orator
and great lawyer.
Recently a reporter saw standing be
fore the picture of Prentiss : i venerable
looking gentleman , and there was
something more than merd curiosity in
the eye of the looker-on. The specta
tor was Hon. M. M. Cohen , the oldest
and one of the most prominent practic
ing lawyers at the New Orleans bar.
"Do you remember much about
Prentiss ? " asked the reporter.
"My intimate personal acquaintance
with the distinguished lawyer and
orator embraced but a few years , " re
plied Mr. Cohen. "I recollect that Mr.
Prentiss came to live in New Orleans
in 1845 and died in 1850. Before that ,
in 1839 , L remember that Mr. Prentiss
was invited to address our citizens at
the St. Charles theater , wlfch was se
lected to accommodate the ladies and
numerous admirers who were anxious
to hear him. In his eloquent address
on that occasion Mr. Prentiss said :
The ladies ? God bless them ! I would
bind up my brightest and best thoughts
into bouquets and throw them at their
feet The ladies of Poland threw their
jewels into the famished treasury of
their bleeding country. Our grand
mothers , having no jewels , molded
their pewter spoons into bullets to light
the battles of the Revolution. This
speech was so greatly admired that , in
order to again enjoy an eloquence so
rich and rare a public dinner was given
to him. In 1814 a whig mass conven
tion was held in New Orleans , which
was addressed by Mr. Prentiss in his
usual brilliant style. This speech was
likewise so much admired that he had.
by request , to deliver another in the
Arcade. The members of tiie conven
tion , in procession , inarched to the St.
Charles hotel to pay their trib'ute of
admiration to their great leader , Mi.
Clay. He made a bnet address and re
tired. Mr. Prentiss , who had been
perceived by the throng , was vocif
erously called for. Mr. Prentiss , point
ing to Mr. Clay , only said : 'Fellow-
citizens , when the eagle is soaring in
the sky the o\vls and the bats retire to
their holes , ' and he disappeared.
"A public meeting was held at
Clapp's church to procure funds for a
statue of Franklin. An address was
delivered by lliehard Henry Wilde , an
eloquent Irishman , an able lawyer , and
the well-known author of the popular
piece , entitled 'Mv Life is Like a Sum
mer Rose. ' Mr. Prentiss was awaken
ed from a nap at the St. Charles hotel ,
and was carried to the meeting , which
he addressed in rapturous strains of el
oquence. He concluded by saying that
specimens of art would soon abound
where he now saw so many lovely spe
cimens of nature.
"In 1845 Mr. Prentiss delivered a
brilliant and glowing address before
the New England society , of New Or
leans , in which he said : 'The vessel
that carried Ctesar had an ignoble
freight compared with the Mayflower. '
At a subsequent meeting of the same
society , 'after the lamented death of
Mr. Prentiss. a toast was offered to his
memory. This was responded to by
oue whose remarks were only conspic
uous for the absence of all that lumi
nous wit and glorious eloquence which
the mere name of the beloved Prentiss
brought back to our memories.
"In 1847 a public meeting was called
by the citizens of Ne\v Orleans in aid
of the starving Irish. I remember
that Mr. Prentiss concluded his touch
ing address on thai occasion in the fol
lowing words : 'Go homo and look at
your family suiilling in ro-k health , and
then think of the pale , famine-pinched
cheeks of the poor children of Ireland ,
and I know you will give according to
your store even as Providence lias
given to you. ' At the time of this tun-
der and feeling appeal Mr. Prentiss was
every moment expecting to hear of tiie
death of his eldest si-ster. In fact she
died a few days after.
"In 1848 I heard Mr. Prentiss argue
a case before Judge Strawbridge.
When it was concluded , all aglow with
intense admiration for Mr. Prentiss , I
asked the judge , who had heard Mr.
Prentiss for the first time , what his
honor thought of him ? He replied :
I was greatly disappointed. ' In great
dismay , I asked the judge in what re
spect he was disappointed. He an
swered : 'I had heard Prentiss spoken
of as a great orator ; I found him to be
a great lawyer. Where I expected
flowers of fancy and ornimental figures
of speech , glittcr.ng trophies and met
aphors , he gave mu profound , abli ; , and
"I recall , among other instances , two
illustrations of Mr. Prentiss' wit One
was that , on asking Mr. Prentiss why
New Orleans was called thu Crescent
city , he answered that the crescent
moon had her horns and some people
in this c ty like to lake a horn. Anoth
er instance was when , in 1850. he said
that he was carefully dieting , and that
pastry , fruit , especially apples , are
mala prohibita. Now , you know , mala
is the Latin for apples and also for
evils. Mala prohibits is a law terra
signifying evils prohibited by law.
"Mr. Prentiss was a genius , but this
is not the time and place to discuss the
question whether Bnftbn was right when
he said 'Industry searches and genius
finds ; and if Carlyle truly defines gen
ius to bj trancendenlal capacity of
taking trouble first of all ; or was Plato
right when he declared that it is not an
art but inspiration , a divinity moving
you ; and if Bacon correctly affirmed
that it is an exceptional gift , if not a
direct inspiration. Prentiss was a
genius as truly as Shakspeare was , al
though the Bard of Avon describes Bo
hemia as on the sea coast. "
Mr. Cohen said that his knowledge
of Mr. Prentiss' acts and motives con
vinced him that he was as richly en
dowed with the highest and noblest
moral attributes as he was with mental
accomplishments , in learning , judg
ment , wit and humor and power of an
alysis. He was chfvalrous , brave , gen
erous , confiding , loving , and lovelyt
Even his too great liberality and trus-
in the good faith of others were fail ,
inars that lean to virl lie's side.
MILLIONAIRES IN POLITICS. ' ' -
Curl Schurz Thinks Their Influence
Is for Evil.
In a letter to a gentleman in Boston
Carl Schurz says :
One of the most significant figures f V ,
in the public life of pur days is the mil
lionaire in politics. His appearance ia
by no means of evil under all circum
stances. When men of wealth devote
their leisure and opportunity to the
study of public questions , endeavor to
qualify themselves for the discharge of
public trust , and then seek official po
sition for the purpose of employing
their abilities for the public benefit ,
they may render very great service and
become a blessing to the community.
The country has reason to congratu
late itself upon the fact that so many
young men of means and leasure have
of late shown a disposition to give
their abilities and time to public mat
ters in the right spirit
But we find in politics millionaires of
another class who are a curse. I mean
the rich men , who , without marked
qualifications for imporlant positions ,
and without having earned promotion
by useful and distinguished public ser
vice , seek high ollice merely on the
strength of their money , e tlier to use
its power for their own advantage or
to add the conspicuous honors of high
political station to their wealth. The
very appearance on the field of politics
of millionaires whose money is their
only , or at least their principal , title to
consideration is an clement of corrup
tion , for it means that in some way
somebody or something is to be bought
It means the employment of the mil
lionaire's money to procure his election
to the place he covots either through
the direct bribery of individuals or
through the bribery of a political or
ganization with campaign funds. It
can not mean anything else. In cither
form it is corruption ; in the latter form
corruption especially Snsiduous and de
moralizing , because it is usually called
by a different name.
"The consequences of the invasion of
public life by mill.ona res of tliis class
are already disclosing themselves.
One seat after another in the senate of
the United States is falling into their
hands. In some cases the purchase is
a matter of notoriety. I know of no
recent occurrence more alarming than
the refusal of the senate to investigate
the charges of corrupt.ou made by re
spectable parties with regard to the
election of a millionaire senator from.
Ohio. I have read the charges , as well
as the evidence upon which they are
based ; also the arguments made in the
senate against investigating them ; and
I do not hesitate to say that if charges
of corruption in senatorial elections
based upon evidence creating so strong
n presumption are thrown aside by the
senate as not entitled to an investiga
tion upon reasoning so flimsy , there
will be , as far as the action ot the sen
ate itself is concerned , nothing to pre
vent every seat in that body from being
acquired by some millionaire for him
self or his atlorney , iu the way of
downright purchase very thinly dis
guised. I candidly ask you , can you
imagine anything more calculated to
undermine the moral stand.ng and
authority , not only of tiie .senate but of
the whole government aye , the sta
bility of our institutions generally
than the refusal of the highest legisla-
live bodin the republic to investigate
strongly supported charges concerning
the purchase of seats in it by rich men ?
The nomination of men whose only ,
or whose principal , strength consists ia
the money they have to stut-s governor
ships , which this year , beg.nniug with
Maine.shas become strikingly frequent ,
is of the same character. It means
corrupt.on in some way. To express it
in the mildest language , it means that
not uncommon abilit es , not superior
qualificat ons. not distinguished service
on the part of the candidate , but the pos
session of large funds by him is in
some way depended upon as the decis
ive influence to dt-termine the action of
the party and of the voting body.
Fan "With. Flamingoes.
"They 're funny fellows , I can tell
you. " the captain declared. "I met a
man down the coast who told me that
once when he was huntin' on the
Florida low-lands he came upon a
whole colonof flamingoes among the
mangrove trees. He watched their an
tics for some time some standin' on
one leg , some with their long necks in
all sorts of curious positions , some
stalking up and down as solemn as
parsons and he thought it wouldn't
be a bad idea to play a joke on them.
"So he took a fish-line , and when
the birds flew away he fastened one
end of the line to the root of a tree
and climbed with the other end up in
to another treo.
"Before long the birds came back ,
and then the fun began. As soon as
one or two stepped across the line * the
man in the tree gave it a pull , and the
flamingoes began hoppin' and trippin'
and dancin' about , now fallin' down ,
now jumpin' across and really seemin'
if it hadn't been so very funny that my
friend couldn't help laugh n'"out loud-
that frightened them 'off. That may
seem a rather brisk story. " sad Cap
tain Sam ; "but , from what I've seen of
my specimen. I fully believe it. ' ,
Charles Frederick Holder , in 'si.
Jfot to be Hurried.
One day Gen. Beauregard , with sev
eral lesser lights , came upon a sentinel
who had taken his gun entirely to
pieces and was greasing lock , stock and
barrel. The great ge'neral looked like
a thunder cloiul , but neither his flashino-
uniform nor the scowl on his face had"
any effect on the sentinel , who quietly
proceeded to rub a piece of his gun.
-Say , " remarked an officer , "that's
Beauregard there , he's sort of a < ren-
eral. " °
"All right" said the unabashed sen
tinel , "if he'll wait till I get this < nm
together I'll give him a sort of a sa-
lute. " Atlanta Constitution.
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