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ONE OF THE NORTH MEN.
For The Courier.
Eliza Ann Matthiason wa& a woman
who made life hard for herself. She
knelt down to Bcrub her floor, and stood
up to pare potatoes, and never eat upon
her cushioned chairs. Those three
plump pads of red and blue crewel were
set apart, dedicate to the use of the
ministry. The Reverend James Mat
thiason consecrated one to his own
When, after a morning at the wash
board, Eliza went to her own room,
with every morsel of flesh tingling in
dull, weary aches, she did not even look
at her snowy bed. She laid herself
down for a quarter of an hour on the
bare floor, and then rose to prepare the
dinner of the Reverend James. If by
any chance she saw a cob web, or a
feathery dust-wraith sliding under that
white valance, when she took her breath
of rest, the foreign substance must first
be banished. Even at night, Eliza Ann
put her hair into tight plaits, pinned
them rigid and fast to the back of her
head, and tucked them away iu her
night-cap, before she went to bed. For
forty years, she combed her hair so
every night, and slept, too, as even a
Japanese martyr to the cofTure sleeps,
in eome inscrutable wise.
It waB not, then, altogether to the
blame of the Reverend James Matthia
eon, reformed jockey and frontier cir
cuit rider, that he rode away on his
fortnightly pilgrimages with out a
thought of providing for Eliza Ann's
Hre or chest or cupboard; without even
a farewell kiss to the wife he might
never ride home to find. Let us who
build no stone fences about our hearts
to shut out our nearest, wonder at the
two devotees to duty, who conscien
tiously hardened each other's path
through this thorny life.
For the Reverend James, ns he jogs
forth to face Apollyon and all his em
issaries, feels dimly a sense of Eliza
Ann's patient, wordless reproach.
.Without connecting this at all with the
circumstances of the empty wood house,
or the mute pots and pans, he is op
pressed; and as he meets another horse
man, thinks first of the stranger's
pistols, and afterwards of his soul.
In the log tavern where he is per
mitted to hold forth the Word, he
dwells with tenacity upon the future
Btata of the condemned. Women in se
vere bonnets, and men without cravats
listen to the tale of tortures in store for
the spirit that have chosen "gold and
pearls and costly array," rather than the
"ornament of the meek and quiet
"For like as the souls of the righteous
grow more and more into the perfect
day, increasing in their power to hold
the ineffable joy of the redeemed, so,
my friends, is it unto the lost. They,
too, pass through periods of change.
They become more and more capable
of feeling the sting of the worm that
dieth not. Every second counts its
weight to the sum of their damnation."
It was at this climax that a kitten
strayed along the rows of Eeats, arching
her back expectantly, as no one put out
a hand. When she came to chair of
Hester Ann Rogers Rugg, aged seven
and very sleepy, the intruder cast one
look at Hester, and sprang into her lap.
But the place of the preaching of Rev
erend James Mattbiason was not to be
trifled with. In tones that chilled Hes
ter Ann Rogers Rugg for titty years
thereafter, the speaker called:
"Let that cat be removed! For this
hour we are in the house of God!"'
And his denunciation of the work3 of
Apollyon became caustic.
"Ye are a parcel of children, playing
with the toys of the world, worshipping
the gods ye make of your gew-caws and
your ear rings, while the summons of
the Almighty falls unheeded. Yo spend
your immortal time in reading the in
ventions of Satan and all his emissaries,
while the Word of God" he smote it
fearfully upon the tavern table "the
Word of God is forgotten. Ye deck
your mortal bodies for corruption, in
stead of adorning your immortal souls
Wherever Reverend James Matthia
eon went such is the power of convic
tion and determined will a holocaust
of strange offerings rose behind him.
Bands of crocheted lace and hand
worked embroidery smoked with Wav
orly and Pendonnie. Every where were
found some in whom the spirit of sacri
fice was stirred some who forswore
the temporal comforts for what seemed
to them spiritual good. And despite
the superior intelligences of that day,
who held themselves aloof from the van
dalism and vulgarity of destroying am
brotypes to do God a service, despite
the lugubrious groanings and shoutings
and spirit dances, those men and women
who sacrificed physical comfort for the
good of their souls had not an ignoble
philosophy. It reverts to the dark
ages, perhapB; but I know of little that
is brighter in ours.
If, at all events, an infancy of denial
and arduous toil is better for a race
than a beginning of indulgence, then
we owe much to the Reverend James
Matthiason who by precept and prac
tice wrought for our fathers midway
upon their march to the sacrifice. For
beyond the three score and ten, he was
to labor, denying himself ever of those
meatB prohibited in the Mosaic law, ab
staining very often from all food, and
issuing at 6uch times, Bible in hand,
from some forest retreat to announce in
"The Spirit tells me that 1 give the
last call, this night, to some one in
Bound of my voice. One of you will go
from this place to face the Judge of all
the earth" a stern prophecy which
seldom failed of fulfillment.
Eliza Ann fasted also, very often; but
not always voluntarily. Her quiet hom
ing instinct would have done much to
soften the edges of her James' dis
courses, but she had as little thought
of venturing comment upon her hus
band as he had of receiving the eame.
Jeremiah would as soon have carried
the altar coal to bis wife to blow upon.
Self-extinction is not bo rare. Eliza
Ann was not carrying out just the man
ner of self-abnegation she had foreseen,
when she left her Canadian pines to
spread the Gospel. But! what was the
wife of Sam Adams doing while ho
fathered our glorious liberty? History
recks little of the wash tub which sup
ported bis eleven children, or of the
woman who stood over it. To adhere to
historical unity the story of this north
man should concern itself little with the
ugly black bonnets which Eliza Ann
wore, or the vicarious Bcraps she ate.
But I cannot help thinking of Eliza Ann
Is That of the British Doctors in the Sheldon
Block, Cor. of II th and N Sts., Lincoln,
Ncbr. These Eminent Gentlemen
are Giving Their Services Free
for Three Months to All
Invalids Who Call Up
on Them Before
A staff of eminent pbyelcianB and
surgeons from the British Medical In
stitute, at the urgent solicitation of a
large number of patients under their
care in this country, have established
a permanent branch of the Institute in
this city, at tho office, corner of Eleventh
and N streets, in tho Sheldon b'ock
These emirent gentlemen have de
cided to give their asrvices entira.'j tree
for three months medicines excepted)
to all invalids who call upon them for
treatmont between now and August 7th.
These services will not only consist of
consultation, examination and advice,
but also of all minor surgical operations.
The object in pursuing this course is
to become rapidly and personally ac
quainted with the sick and afflicted, and
under no condition will any charge what
ever be made for any serviceo rendered
for three months to all who call before
The doctors treat all lorms or disease
and deformities, and guarantee a euro
in every case they undertake. At tho
first interview a thorough examination
is made; and, if incurable, you are frank
ly and kindly told so; also advised
against spending your money for use
Male and female weakness, catarrh
and catarrhal deafness, also rupture,
goitre, cancer, all skin diseases and all
diseases of the rectum are positively
cured by their new treatment.
The chief associate surgeon of tho
Institute, assisted by one or more of bis
staff associates, is in personal charge.
Office hours from 9 a. m. till 8 p. m.
No Sunday hours.
Special Notice If you cannot tall
send stamp for question blank for homo
Canker Sore Mouth Cured.
L.IMOI.X. Xeiiii July 7. Ilill.
Till Is to certify that I hae leen under tlir
care the Krltlsh boetors for two months, ami
I now can say that I am ierfectly curtiL I suf
fered from canker ore mouth for a number of
months ami a.i a consequence mv system was
run down and I felt much disheartened. 1 now
feci perfectly well and thank the Doctors for
their courteous treatment.
Secretary Furnas forwards the agri
cultural editor some tickets to the state
fair. They are "special press tickets,"
and in an accompanying note he says
they ere good for anybody on any day of
the big show. This is as it should be,
and he knows it. Experience has
shown him the newspaper men of Ne
braska do not like to be sent a "cour
tesy" that can be realized on only after
they have been photographed and sworn
to on oath and otherwise humbled them
selves. If the newspapers have done
enough for the state fair to deserve tho
recognition of courtesies, then the edi
tors are entitled to the courtesies,
without having strings placed on them
or becoming objects of suspicion. It
they have done nothing for the fair
then there is no reason for extending
any courtesies. And this is a general
proposition applying to all newspaper
editors under all circumstances. Secre
tary Furnas is one of the first to recog
nize the proprieties and it has taken him
nearly a hundred years to learn it. Fre
me to ride in the first coach wud moth
er at the funeral." Tim was silent.
"Arrah, Tim, promise it now, for your
dyin wife." "Verj well, then," said
Tim suddenly, "but ye've spoiled the
whole day for me." The Mirror.
Spoiled His Day.
Mrs. Rsfferty laj dying and she called
Tim to the bedside. Tim had always
been a good and loyal husband, with
two defects, unfortunately. One can be
guessed by the casual reador, the other
was his dislike of hiB wife's mother.
He couldn't "abear" her, he used to say.
On this solemn occasion Mrs. Rafferty
took his hand. "Tim, 1 want ye to
promife me somethtn'." "If it's not to
marry again, ye-
It ain't that,
Tim, at all, dear. I want ye to promise
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