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University of Nebraska.
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An old Muii'M Kvr
I tand "pon tl" Hlintliiwy erne
orilfe's remote! bound
While lliroiiliminoiiioili!i 'roiiiiilmo
With deep ami tfolemn wound;
And once iiKiiIn I Hi'um to llvo
Amid tin fervid lnw,
Tlinl lighted ti) mi pathway
So tiintiy year ago.
I HiH'in Iokoo my mother' lace,
And hear her dear, kind voice;
II Marls iiiv old blood' hIiijIxIi pace,
And makes my heart rejoice.
And onro aaln I -eo myelf
Kneeling ly mother' chair,
.SiipliUcatlns tin- Throw or draco,
In humble chllillwh prayer.
Ah mo ! full forty year ago
That form wax clothed in nod;
And abont Irom It pirb of woe
Iter mini hiih with its (Sod.
And ot I eem to fuel huf hand,
And hoar her accent mild,
An with n look of mid reproach
Shu chide her ei rlnj? ehlld.
A scone of uullcgu day lilt pat,
Day long, Iohk. ImiK hy;
or pleasure I'll ehorlnh to tint hint.
Hut think or with a hIkIi.
Many a pleaHant hour I've panced
Within thoHii college wall,
And I hoiild like to walk again
Within It pleasant IiaIU.
I Ktntid before the prlet once mine,
At on my wedding day.
And Mileinn loiies hear o'ur and o'er.
That made ine urate- ami ga).
That wn a hupp, happy time,
The happlct of my life
The lime when the olemu .iiirpllcoil
Pronounced u man and wife.
The day hae heeii more plenaul
Thau tluo that went before,
Though care wa on our tenant,
And want Mood at our door.
We mourned our dear dead children
With griol both harp and mire,
Yet knew they ere not lout 'oil,
Hut only gone before.
My denr old wife I with them now,
On Zlnu'rt liliilnn hill;
And I In patient inoeknoBN how
To my Creator' will.
Hut olil 1 long to meet them,
With lonliiy none can tell,
Hut I trust myall In all to lllm
Whodoethall thing well.
"There is no trusting to appearances,"
is u muxhn accepted by all, yet people are
dupes to showy attire ami deceptive ap.
luiiirnnce. Consequently, true as the mux
ini is, its truth in unheuded hofoiv the
fascinating inlluence of outward form and
looks. "Life," it is said, 'is Ihe art of bo
init well deceived;" and the saying is not
williout some foundation, for so great is
the love of display and power of doeep
Hon, that one is almost compelled to ex
claim "All the world is a stage." The
ttiwning and obsequious of humanity are
showered with favors, and patronized in
preference to the retiring and unpreten
tious; the boastful and vain arc courted
rather than the modest unci independent.
In these days of luxurious living and de
generacy, i aspect ability is considered in
tlielicrht of u niim'n Hltiintlon and ni-nncrtv
in life, and not his character and conduct,
which should be the basis of respectabili
ty and tolerance in society. I he merchant
docs not lose his standing in society until
misfortune overtakes him and he becomes
a bankrupt. The minister and judge, by
immemorial custom, are looked upon as
very respectable men, although no one can
tell why they are so. "Hypocrisy seems
to be the great business of mankind," and
delicacy is, in most instances, considered
as a result of ignorance, and sincerity of
purpose taken as an affront by the society
of to-day. Is it not a fact, incontroverti
ble, that persons insisting on the simple
truth are often debarred from position or
patronage y Shrewdness, with mild pre
varication, is the requisite to attain emi
nence in the political world. In the
struggle for fame and honor, experience
has shown that too much should not be
risked on realities, but considerable nttcn.
tion given to those things best able to tie
ceive, for a great many people have better
eyes than understanding. Boldness, with
an air of valor, overcomes all obstacles.
In love, in war, in everything, determina
tion and confidence carry ofV tlte prize.
Especially so is it in love, and the reason
some one has penned, that
"Woman, born to be controlled,
Ailed Ihe loud, the aln, the proud."
Accordingly, a too humble appearance
should not be assumed in the approach to
power or to beauty. When a good deed
lias been performed, a book written, or an
act of benevolence done, and it is desired
that the world should know of them, it
will not do to keep silent, and uppoar as if
you were not capable of anything of the
kind, for the world will surely keep the
secret for you. A great deal of shouting
is necessary to secure the attention of the
Uoadur. have vou ever observed how few
there are who arc uuassuming in tlioir
appearance, conversation and manners;
and have you not marked the forced, un
natural manners and expression of nearly
iivrv one in their endeavors to "put on
appearances V 'Tin amusing to notice
the important airs assumed by tunny in
their walk upon the streets. Some persons
seem to be buUdlng nir-castles as they
wnlk nlonir. and imagine themselves l be
important personages, when in reality they
are nonentities on the stage of life. These
same people, by their peculiar slrtde ami
bearing, often deceive people oy nuiiig
taken for men of . understanding and
prominence. There are many men who
appear distant and cold, refusing to notice
their inferiors in position when met on
Ihe street, because ol a laisc regain
dignity. Thoy are not naturally bo dis-
posed, but think necessity ami men i.
lion require, them to do ho.
Some ministers appear in the pulpit,
looking as if they had the weight of all
tho world's sin upon their shoulders, thus
casting n shadow of gloom over the entire
congregation. Yet these same men, ..
,lWuy from their seemingly melancholy
labor, are often light spirited and jovial.
College professors are inclined somewhat
to assume appearances for effect. Somo ot
them sit in tlioir chairs, aching under the
restraint which their unnatural and forced
sternness imposes upon them; but away
from the classroom, are transformed into
more natural, and certainly more endura
The fashions of ihe day are invented
simply for the purpose of display. Some
people are prone to appear tlte opposite to
that which they are in reality, and fashion
gives them an opportunity to carry out
their inclination. The idea that "the out
ward appearance denotes the individual,"
althottch it is accented by many, and is
their guide to discern the real worth o'"
persons, yet is not always an infallible
guide. Many worthy men and women
arc not very prepossessing, and many per
sons of good appearance are not very
worthy. Among the latter we find the
worst rogues in the land, who impose on
people because of their susceptibility to
false appearances. 'Tis wonderful how
far good clothes and the ability to speak
common-place things in a graceful, de
cant manner will go. They nre the requi
sites to entrance into the best society.
Indeed, to be judged wise is but to pre
tend wisdom. Thus the noisy politician
is deemed a statesman, and tbc rampant
demagogue an orator and patriot. If less
attention were given to appearances and
more credit given for display of intellect
ual talents, and all that elevates man, there
would be less of deceit and folly. A
strong incentive would be thrown out to
adorn the mind with intellectual trutiis; a
stimulus given to the cultivation of frank
ness, simplicity and delicacy, which the
world is so much devoid of. Hrazenness,
assimilation, deception, and all that's false
would be swepl into oblivion; and that
which is ennobling, purer and wiser,
.ulil nfM'iinv their nlaco. A. J.
Fashion, considered hi its most eoniprc
iiunsiv meaning, includes all those vari
ous functions in human life which Shake-
spearc terms "the forms, modes, shows, or
uses of the world." It is the way and opin
ion of the many; the thought, sentiment,
or style which is held like a jotnt-stocK-
company for the common wettare aim in
terest of everybody. It Is popularity, upon
the tide of whose opinion lloals the com
placencv of every man. If this common
sentiment or style is local in character, or
somewhat limited in its range, il is called
ciUnn; if pertaining to trivial matter,
,.,,n.iii.i dialect, rant. Hut Nl is nation
al, or of wide extent, tliu general nppeiui-
lion, "(''. i tJJvt'n "
One man cnu hardly think or originate
Ideas alone. Several individuals must
think together in order to think at all,
while occupations, language, and genoral
habits, become similar in different indi
vt.luuls. and bonce, fashion springs upas a
natural and necessary outgrowth of the
demands of society. To gain tho good
opinion of his fellow beings, h tho first
interest or second duty of man. For pow
or and for pleasure tills preliminary influ
ence is alike indispensable. To win this
popular favor gome are relying upon
wealth, some upon educational accom
plishments, while others look for it as a
reward for political labors, or patriotic act
ions. Hut among all this crowd of com
petitors, no class is so numerous or com
mon as the votaries of dres. It is in con
nection with the dress of people Hint the
term fashion is nwwl commonly employed,
mid il is wllli this meaning that we would
now ue it.
The personal appearance, or dross, is a
matter of the lirsl concern in society, and is
one ol' the peculiar characteristics which
forms it distinguishing mark between in.
dividual men and nations. "Clothes nmko
people" because they represent outwardly
tho inward mind. A person dressed neat
ly, and without ostentation, will be taken
anywhere in civilized communities as a
cultured and refined gentleman; while on
the other hand, the rude garb and tattooed
body of a Hottentot would indicate well
his untutored intellect. So intimately is
personal appearance related to intelli
gence and culture, that we can readily
discern a nation's rank in civilization by
the dress of its people. For illustration,
when we are told that the Hunnic hordes,
migrating westward into Europe from the
plains of Tartary, were men clothed in
the skins of wild beasts, which they wore
williout change until thoy hung in tatters
around their half nude bodies, we are
able lo determine quite accurately tho
state of their civilization from their dress
alone. So, too, when we learn that tho
Aztecs clothed themselves in cloth gar
ments, and had beautilul gold and silver
ornaments, we conceive as Instinctively
as we judge accurately from their ruined
cities, that they were a race far more intel
ligent and cultured than the North Ameri
can Indian. The character, customs and
superstitions of tho people of China and
Japan have remained ncniiy stationary for
centuries, their civilization has boon from
time immemorial in nearly the samo
plane, and nearly the same patterns of pig
tails and sandals are in vogue today that
John Chinaman wore years ago. We
would only need bo told that this people
have not changed tho stylo of their dross
and wo would know that thoy had not
changed their customs and institutions.
There is a class of individuals who soom
to think that, if it is not positively wicked
to follow the prevailing fashion, it is at
least not just right, and so, if thoy do not
follow the stylo of their youth entirely,
hey will ever be found a season or two
behind in tlioir dress. Others, as the Qua
kers, make il a doctrinal point not to
change the fashion, and year after year pre
hont the same outward appearance, until
their dress becomes a monotonous burden
to the eye, a dwarf upon progressive nature
and aesthotical sonsibllitios. A ml what do
I thev train by thus adhering to tlioir anti
quated costume, and by their contempt of
fashion? Only tho name ol being "a pe
culiar people." Thoy do not escape the
contaminating intluonco of fashion, for a
I coat may cost as much, or bo a subject for
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