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Office, Zehmnc Block. Residence, 1313 C
street- Phones, ollca 618; residence 671.
Hours, 9 to 10 A. M., 12 to 1330, 2 to 4 P. M.
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Office, rooms 26, 27 and 1, Brown,
ell block, 137 South Eleventh street.
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Photographs of Babies
Photographs of Groups
129 South Eleventh Street.
ONE OP THE NORTH MEN
(For The Courier.)
The "Grasshopper year" saw the scat
tering of the North man's band. The
least one had been laid away in that
soft little ruffled frock whose frippery
would have been denied to any living
child of tbe clan of Matthiaeon. The
tenderness of that gift was yet in Eliza's
voice when she told her oldest boy good
bye. "You'll see my diploma, yet, mother,
and then I'll sign all my letters to you,
John Matthiaeon, M. A."
But for long, those rare letters only
thanked the mother for the thick knit
ted socks she sent to temper the Cana
dian snows to the feet of tbe boy who
swung an axe in the fir forests all day,
and studied by a pine-knot judiciously
disposed in the camp fire at night.
The twins "boarded round" and
taught past the places in the book
where they had left off studying mental
arithmetic and higher geography.
Plump Zillah very soon went away with
a Canadian trader to Sault Ste. Marie,
on Lake Superior, and Adah, cowering
in a tireless room at night, and drawing
her slim feet up to her body for warmth
between the icy sheets, felt more deso
late than ever in her woeful life before.
She did not cry with loneliness for the
twin Bister and the brother far away in
the old northern home. From the first
birth-cry there had been borne upon
her the unavailingness of tears.
"They thought I would die," Bhe eaid
to herself, looking back upon her score
of years. "So they didn't take care of
me. I was meant to take care of them."
And she knit her slender fingers to
gether, thinking of her mother's lone
liness, and her wistful look since John
went away. "But I wish I could send
Edward to school. Why does father
preach against colleges?"
Ask some ancestral Whitefield whose
daguerreotype you have unearthed from
the leaf-mould of your family tree, why
the 'inspired pot-boy' railed upon the
wisdom of schools. Perhaps the au
thority that sits between those old eyes
will tell you why the Reverend James
Matthiason felt the very presence of a
university man a challenge to his blood,
why he regretted John's going to college
more than John's going from home;
why he had finally forbidden little Ed
ward to think any moro about a sem
inary. Then the old man had stalked away
to his "protracted meeting" now in its
seventh week and seeing a theological
frock-coat in the audience, changed his
text. It had been a warning to repent
ance. It became a "Woe unto you,
scribes and pharisees." Against the
visible incarnation of the "modern criti
cism" that would touch with irreverent
finger eo much as a leaf of Jonah's
withered gourd the thunders of Sinai
For into the kingdom of vieible con
trition, of groans and prayers and pros
trations, the intrusion of an unmoved
face was a greater affront than the in
terruption of a scoSer. There was no
"ease in Zion" for Father Matthiason,
and the well-intentioned visitor who
had come to proffer his help, escaped
with tho first out-rush from the narrow
school bouse door. Then the old com
mander, left alone in his kingdom,
wrestled in prayer with two young
"seekers" who, having diverted the first
part of the sermon by signals from the
farthest corners in shadow of the re
flectors, had been transfixed by a look
from the "preacher."
But it was a changed kingdom, that
of the last long "protracted meeting."
Emigrants from Denmark and Norway
and Sweden had pushed into tha prairie
country, and one by one "old settlers"
had sold the groves they had planted,
and left empty spaces in the lamp-lit
rows that faced Father Matthiason.
Little spires, here and there, on Luth
eran chapels drew thetr Sabbath con
course of white-haired worshippers.
There was not even a saloon at tho
cross-roads to fight.
It was while the old man listened far
the "call" to push once more towards
the sunset, that Edward went away.
Two brothers had already followed
John's exampla, though a railroad camp
fifty milse away had served their turn
for roving. While with outward brava
do and inward qualms "Tricky Jim"
and Charlie worked and swore, and,
discarding suspenders, turned a corner
of their cow boy hat brims under, to
emphasize complete defection from
orthodoxy, Edward, with another per
sistency, sat by his mother's tire and
drew wonderful maps. Some of those
elaborately lined coast waves you may
see yet in the little box where Eliza
kept them until the day of ber death.
"Edward Matthiason" they were signed
and most painstakingly with scroll let
ters, carefully shaded. Edward was in
the act of beginning the E below Chesa
peake bay on the map of Maryland,
when a step sounded in the snow.
He stopped, with darkening eyes.
But it was Adah's tired face that looked
in, with a Bmile, and the boy laid his
map carefully on the corner of the
cradle where three-year-old Mary slept.
"I'll get some wood, mother," he eaid,
and huiried out.
"la he the same?" Adah asked,
"Yes, it was with Saunders I came.
And I must go back tomorrow. Tell
me, is Edward brooding over it?'
"I think so," Eliza said wearily. "If
he was a little more like John, or even
like James and Charlie, I'd tell him to
go and 'fend for himself."
"I sometimes wonder," said Adah
slowly, with her numb" fingers in her
heavy strands of hair, "whether we had
n't better send Edward, anyway " and
then both women started at the sound
of a step, which was only Edward's, in
But the four jounger children, en
tering with a rush from tbe hilarious
labor of filling tubs and toiler with
snow for washing day, fell upon Adah
and put an end to discussion. AH their
little wet mittens were dry, by the
stove, before Adah and her mother
came back to the question that troubled
"If I wasn't so sure he could do it,
mother, it wouldn't matter. I think
father will see it, some day. He can't
now, when it does look as it the learn
ing folks has don't hvlp 'em a mite to
live like Christians."
"Your father feels hard, after he's
worked so long, to see no more results,
here. And I hate to cross him, now."
But Adah knew that the fortress had
etruck its colors, and she began to plan
for Edward the course she had longed
for, until the morning star glittered
frostily over her vision of the fair-haired
boy in grave doctor's gown.
When she had gone, tucked and wad
ded into Saunders' "bob-sled," her
mother walked steadily from room to
room, listening to the grim monitor
which for a quarter of a century, she
followed unwaveringly, since it had
summoned her from the open grave of
Only once had Eliza questioned her
duty of wifely allegiance. She recalled
the naming of Adah and Zillah, now, in
her own defense. There were the lit
tle bonnets, too, which she had made
the twins, of linen she had spun and
lace she had crotcheted. She remem
bered how she had quietly laid them
away when they were finished, seeing
tbe touch of worldliness which would
offend the eyes of James Matthiason.
And Bhe looked at her own ungainly
and most unworldly head covering of
Into a life bare of beauty a vision of
grace had come, and it possessed her.
Edward, an artist, perhaps; Edward
listening while white-haired scholars
talked with him, as another fair young
child listened in the temple of old.
"If he wasn't so different." she told
herself. "If he was like Jim or Char
lie. But father don't be here enough
to know the lads. And Adah is so sure
it is right." Then Eliza dropped two
tears on Adah's bed, as she firmly
swallowed the rest, and took her resolu
tion. Edward should be sent to school,
despite his father's will.
Active work has begun at the city
Y.M.O.A. The classes in the gymna
sium have been thoroughly reorganized
and meet regularly according to the
schedule which provides for three ses
sions a week for each class. The physi
cal examinations have been almost com
pleted by Mr. Coats, the physical direct
or. The enthuRiasm is shown by the
crowded classes. The visitors' gallery
of the gymnasium is always open during
class hours, and visitors are welcome to
come and inspect the work of this de
partment. A night school will open on October
14. This is the new department and is
yet in the experimental stage; but the
favor which the proposition meetB among
the members and young men of the city
encourages the belief that it will be a
permanent feature of the work. It aims
to give workingmen and any othere who
wish it a practical training at their
most convenient hours, at very low
rates. Class rooms are being prepared
in tbe building which will make it con
venient for those who wish to take both
the physical and educational classes the
same night. The association in both
these departments physical and educa
tional aims to offer advantages which
will harmonize with and be a benefit to'
the practical, every-day life of the young
men of Lincoln.
The religious work is also in a thriv
ing condition. The men's meeting on
Sunday, September 29, was attended by
about 120 men. The interest is increas
ing. Tbe Bible classes will be organ
ized for work in the near future. Mr.
F. B. Smith has been engaged to hold
meetings in interest of religious work in
November. The young men of Lincoln
have reason to look forward to great
things from Mr. Smith.
The association is offering more to
Lincoln young men than in former
years. All are invited to inspect every
feature of the work. The growth dur
ing the past twelve months has been
phenomenal, increasing from fifty four
one year ago to nearly 500 at the pres
ent time. Reading rooms, gymnasium,,
bath rooms and barber shop are crowded-
In vibw of all tbe facts, the Y.M.C.
A. of Lincoln looks forward to a most
prosperous and profitable year.
. n. l.
Now located at
1 1410 O St.,
Has a beautiful stock of
Before buying your
Call and inspect tbe goods at Mrs.
Gosper's. You will certainly be
pleased wth the styles and prices.
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