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anybody else want oysters so bad that She had barely gone, when Elder they hev to steal 'em out of the dona- Box came trudging along. He was tion money, let 'em come to me an' I'll not a bad-hearted man, or a hypocrite, buy 'em a quart or so for their eatin'. but unfortunately was as irascible as a We have 'em once in a while home.” | hornet, and entirely lacking in tact. Seeing Mrs. Box speechless in her mor- He had had a toilsome and burdened tification, Sister Hart took up the life, and found himself at forty a poor cudgels. “Look here, Miss Cox, man with a mortgaged farm. He had you're puttin' it pretty hash when you signed notes for a rascal who left him talk so free about stealin'! You al- in the lurch, had sickness in his family, ways want to decide matters, but you lost stock, and had his crops blighted. ain't the only person livin'. If the People who are prone to judge the unbest part of us want oysters to the successful, said his lack of prosperity supper and the dominie is willin' fur came from his being a puor manager us to take the expense out of the dona- and lacking system. Simon Cox, a tion money, there's nothing like stealin' distant relation, rubicund and portly, in it."
blessed in this world's goods, shook bis The conflict begun, an unpleasant head wisely as he drove past Bix's diwar of words followed. Old M ither lapidated fences and mongrel stock. Wheeler who had run into the meeting, “ Box was a deuced poor farmer," he knitting in band, nervously adjusted said. Of course, some one was kind her glasses and sighed. She dearly enough to find it necessary to repeat the loved peace in Zion, and an occasion remark to him, and matters between like the present was to her a vexation them became still more unfriendly. and bewilderment. “Ef I could setile They were on decidedly ill terms, the it by giving my 'pinion,” she said to Box and Cox families. A long chain deaf Mrs. Brace, who was anxiously of circumstances, trivial in themsil.es, trying and failing to catch a little of had been important factors in bringing everything," as to eysters or no eyeters, I about this unpleasant state of affairs. I'd say neither, for that's the only way But the biggest circumstance was Cox's to stop this most unchristian argufying." | wife. She was arrogant, determined,
and fiery, anu she si mbow managed to
ruffle Box beyond e durance. Time Matters were left in a most unsettled and again she had snubbed and insulted stare at the meeting's close. However, his wife. She had her meddlesome the bivalve question did not cease to be finger in every pie. She had never yet agitated in public and private, so much dug truth out of her well, and could so that during the next week the Shah not possibly tell a straight story. A of Persia might have bow-strung all patient, magnanimous soul might have his subjects and Queen Victoria been pitied and striven to overlook ber debeheaded by hers, without its awaken- fects, but Box lacked both patience and ing in Acadia more than the merest | large-souledness. “He'd be darned,” he ripple beside this most interesting and actually said to the minister, that day, important subject.
quite unconscious of his profanity, “if Of course, the minister was laid he'd be put on by a woman who thought siege to Mrs. Cox rustled into his herself the 'Lord Almighty.' He even study one day and laid her view of the brought Scripture to his aid. “There matter before bim. Vainly he tried to was a New Testament text gave him convince her that, although her argu-l great comfort," he said : “ Alexander ment was sound, the matter was puerile, the coppersmith did me much harm; and that in her zeal for carrying her the Lord reward him according to his point she might work injury to the works.'” He had only to substitute a church. He sighed as he marked her different noun and pronoun, and it was animosity to some, her determination to pat to his case, eo much so that he take the lead. “ The matter rests with wished no commentary different from you, Dominie,” she said as she departed his own applied to this comforting “ You must say, 'I will not have an verse. Ile was willing to acknowoyster-stew at my donation party.' " l ledge that anger and enmity were not
usually Christian graces, but argued | bin that hurt in her feelin's lately, she that there was a just anger, and no need was clean upsot. Them dratted oyof granting an undesired forgiveness. sters !" saying which he vigorously When he finally stopped talking and applied his bandanna, and hemmed rose to go, it was not because he had nervously. come to a better feeling, but simply “You see, Dominie,” he continued, because he knew that his cows were “ you've showed yourself a little leanin', waiting to be foddered and milked. “I not a leetle but quite considerable, leave the hull thing with you, Dominie," quite considerable leanin'." he said ; it's for you to see as them of The Dominie was interested to your flock as bas been slandered and know how he had deviated from put on is stood up for. You can sav | the perpendicular, as he had thought you want them cysters. As I've said it best to maintain a consistent neubefore, I don't care shucks about the trality. critters, it's the principle, Dominie, the “Don't ask me, Dmioie, vou know priuciple!” Then he went away well enough how 'twa3. You know leaving the minister in an unenviable you didn't fight shy of them oysters. frame of mind, quite willing to decide You should have said 'I will not have with Mother Wheeler, “Neither," and an oyster stew to my donation.' Harrit sadly conscious that the church in cime home that morning just as clean Acadia was in truth the church mili- | upsot as I ever saw the woman. tant.
"Šimon,' says she, 'I'm just discom
fruzzled. Miss Box has had her way. VI.
The Dominie has showed the stand he Bright rose the sun on the morning means to take! aud everybody a of donation-day, and at ten A. M. in crowin' over me! I ken never hea · bim came brother Box flushed and triumph-preach again, Simon ! Well, I felt ant into the parsonage kitchen In his bad. I've tended Arcady Church this hands he bore a fai wooden keg which | twenty year, and sot in the Elder's he sat carefully down on the floor. seat twelve of them, and nobody bas “There's the eyster critters—one thou- given a bigger salary than I have, sand of 'em, I guess—’spect you'll take beside always uiting something on the to 'em mightily, children? I've bin plate. And I says, says I, ‘Try to clear to Kwahom for 'em this morning! bear it Harrit, mebbe he ain't so much Elizy'll be down directly after dinner to blame.' But she says, says she, and she'll bring along her big wash- Simon, the Angel Gabr'el couldn't boiler fur the stew.” A little later turn me now. I'm done, just as long came a boy bringing Mrs. Hart's as the Dominie stays in Arcady. So if morning mess of milk for the stew, | Harrit is done, I'm done, and the and the storekeeper sent in four pounds children are done, and them as rule the of crackers. Then there was another Church can run it. Good-by, Dominie. quiver of sleigh-bells and in rustled I dont waat you to say nothing, words Mrs. Cox, wrathful and dark. She can't mend the matter; and the more I stood for a moment looking in speech-think it over the madder I get, and I less indignation upon the offending I just want you to say to that Box keg. “Very well,” was her sole creetur, “Let them as dance pay the comment as she went out. That piper. Just say that, don't forgit!” evening she and her family were not at the donation, neither on the Sunday following were they in their pew at . It was a mere matter of cause and church.
effect, that the minister in the course of When the minister rode over to see a few months left Acadia. His final them on Monday, Squire Cox met bim sermon from the text, “Love one with visible embarassment. Mrs. Cox another," made a profound sen-ation. was not seeable. “Harrit had a Elder Box, as he lumbered home in his pain—somewbere’s-in-in her head," crazy carryall, said to his wife with the Squire said, evidently at a loss emotion : Lizer, I'll allow that I feel where to locate her ailment. “She'd pricked in my conscience to-day. I've
bin thinking, perhaps we might hev got and fellow-citizens of Springfield, Ill., along without them eysters. I'd far for Washington, he asked them to pray rather hev done it than lost him!” | God to guide and help him in his difficult Eliza shook ber head doggedly. I duties. Could he be inducted into office ? “There's a plenty of ministers waitin' Many, breathing threatening and slaughfor a call, Bix, and I want you to un. ter, said he could not. Never since the derstand I'm not goin' to be sot on by beginning of our national existence has Miss Cox, nor you either, not if all the there been an inauguration ceremony as ministers goes. It's all that ugly cree that was. Some of the southern states tur's work, his going !"
had already passed their secession ordiAcadia was at its loveliest, on the nance. In April followed the siege and moruing of the minister's departure, capture of Fort Sumter. The North and there was a jocundity upon the face arose to arms. Comparatively few knew of nature that stirred the human heart what that was to mean. Many thought to cheer. But the minister sighed as that a few months' fighting would end he passed the Arcady Church. So the whole trouble; very few, if any, io pathetic in its forlorpness. The widow's the North, dreamed that it would recow was peacefully chewing her cud. quire five years and hundreds of thouThe geese, attended now by a flock of sands of lives to achieve lasting peace. fluffy goslings, gabbled before the Enthusiastic war-mee iags were held. porch.
At pole-raisings and the unfurling of ' Interdictum lichrymce pondera vocis flags the patriotic fire was kindled. habent"-he said this softly to hinself, | Inflammatory war speeches sought to and then left “ Arcady Church” behind arouse the masses to arms. The most bim forever.
inspiring was the singing of our national airs at public gatherings. Thus,
on April 19, 1861, a large pole was raised 1861 and 1881.
in the square at Chambersburg. Some
six or eight speeches were made, and BY THE EDITOR.
the Star Spangled Banner was sung
with a will. Mighty song moved many A great man (and a great nation too) under to tears. Just then they saw an unusual the shadow of defeat is taught how precions power and preciousness in the dear are the uses of adversity; and as an oak-tree's old flag. Special meetings of prayer roots are strengthened by its shadows, so all
were beld. And whilst only a certain defeats in a good cause are but resting places in the road to victory at last.-CHARLES
| class of minis'ers preached excitiog SUMNER.
“ war sermons," the themes of pulpit “ The late civil war" is an expression discourses and prayer usually had some still used, albeit twenty years have referepce to the perils and trials of the passed since the war began. Many war. The pastors prayed for the imof our readers bad then not yet seen the perilled cause of the nation, for the light of day. Others were little children, soldiers, and especially for the members unable to realizz the perils of the times. of the congregation absent in the army, Amid the present blessings of national fighting, falling or suffering in the army peace and general prosperity, they rarely hospitals. How the mothers, sisters and think of the great contrast between 1861 wives of the soldiers used to weep when and 1881. The former year opened with the congregation prayed for the dethreatenings of coming storms. The fenders of our flag! To them the offering North and the South marsballed such of the light of their hearts and homes was forces as they had. Meanwhile cin- no trifling sacrifice. Ah, how many a ferences and conventions were held, tonching scene of parting we can call to whereby, if possible, to avert the coming mind. Often before the dear one left conflict. On Friday, January 4, a day home, the family group would join in of fasting, humiliation and prayer was prayer. Would he ever return? Perobserved by the churches of the North. haps his now vigorous body, maimed A newly elected President was to be and mangled, or even lifeless would inaugurated on March 4. When Abra- come back. ham Lincoln took leave of his neighbors With us war was a new experience. Very few of our Revolutionary soldiers bad to hurry their pupils through a very were then living ; few of our people had short course of training, not knowing seen a battle. A new generation had how soon they would be ordered into come upon the stage which knew little battle. of the horrors of war. Whilst many Among these first soldiers of the came to their nation's rescue from pa- war were many men of professional, triotic motives, many others were moved social and business prominence, who by sentimental reasons. Especially to left their friends, home and business young men the novelty and excitement interests to respond to their country's of a soldier's life had a certain fascina- call. One could see many such standing tion. The nation bad but a small army. in line, submitting to the worrying rouCivilians, who had never made a study tine lessons of the ill-humored and often of military life, were called into service. profane drill-master. Men leaving all The army abounded in “paper Colonels the petty household work at home to and Generals," who in many cases were servants, could here be seen patiently more ignorant of the art of war than kipdling and fanning a fire, boiling those under their command. Some of coffee and frying meat in the pan. At these became able officers, whilst many first they enjoyed the novelty of their soon made place for others.
new situation. But ere long it assumed Great was the excitement at the a more sober aspect. Long, seasons of different railroad depots when a com- rainy weather made their tents uncompany or regiment left for the seat of fortable. Fires could scarcely be kept war. Bands of music and the roaring burning. The most conscientious bad hurrabs of the multitude cheered them to become inured to little thefts for their in parting. And as long trains, packed country's sake. Their fire-wood was with newly enlisted soldiers, passed the taken from neighboring fences, without various railroad stations, crowds of men, asking for the consent of their owners. women and children applauded and some soon learned to prepare a pretty waved their handkerchiefs to show their relishable meal-especially relishable grateful wishes. A large part of these to hungry soldiers, whose appetite was recruits passed down the Cumberland unusually sharpened by this open-air Valley. For a while Chambersburg was life. Others fared badly, and with the head-quarters. The arrival of every their poor cooking, under the gnawings regiment caused a fresh excitement. of a starving stomach, became sick of They poured through here in great army life-indeed, many became thonumbers. Often they happened to ar- roughly home-sick. To such, an occarive at night. The sidewalks were sional box of dainties and of substantial crowded with citizens, trying to peer food, too, from home, was the occasion through the darkness at the faces and of more joy than children have over columns of the soldiers. Without a their Christmas presents. band of music, the dull thud of their Among the first soldiers in 1861 was a tread and the measured rattling of their large rowdy element - persons unactin cups or caps tied to their knapsacks customed to restraint at home, who inas they marched by, impressed one dulged in their wicked habits at will. strangely. From all parts of the country Despite the rigid rules of the army they these men came, marching on to victory would steal away to town and : annoy or death. Soon many visiting friends the citizens, with their riotous poise and followed them, bringing all manner of drunken revelry. Such a heterogenecomforts and luxuries with them for ous mass of people could not be trained their soldier boys. Crowds of citizens into order-loving and disciplined solvisited the camps especially at parade diers in a few weeks. None but those time, to see the marching and hear the who had the work to do know what a music. Drill officers worked all day herculean task it was to bring order out long with squads of raw soldiers, igno- of such a confused mass in so short a rant of the simplest rudiments of mili- time. In monarchical countries where tary duty. From every direction of the they have vast standing armies, and camp you could hear the oft-repeated most of the able-bodied men must serve "shoulder arms," "order arms." They in the army for years, the forces of a nation are always ready. But our army preachers dwelt on our national and had to be raised from the inexperienced individual sins, which helped to provoke masses of civil life. The organizing, the war. Others preached about the training and thorough disciplining of sins of the South and of those who both the Northern and Confederate sympathized with it. Whilst the war armies in comparatively so short a helped to develop the prejudices and time, will ever be regarded as one of vices of men, it also brought to view the marvels of this century.
and cultivated the religious life of Great was the concern felt for the God's people. Some worldly persons soldiers when the first snow fell on the held that mere patriotism was piety, new army. On April 1 we had a and that a man who died for his violent snow-storm. On the night of country was sure to go to heaven; no May 4 a snow fell three inches deep; matter whether he was a follower of and how could they live during the Corist or not. Thus, when the brave cold weather of the following winter, Col. Ellsworth was murdered at Alexwith only their small tents? The deep andria. Va., a certain journalist eulosnows threatened to cover them. Would gized his heroism in a poem, and on not many of them freeze? Once inured the ground of having died for his to hardship, they heeded not the win- country, at once sent him to heaven, ter's storm. To us inexperienced people, Without a sin, without a fear." in our warm beds at home, it seemed . hard to be thus exposed. And many,
Dr. Harbaugh, whose loyalty was beas they listened to the howling winds, y
eyond dispute, took him to task for spent whole nights awake, thinking of and praying for the poor soldier.
" the mere going forth in a holy cause Great and painful was the feeling of does i
does not make those Christians wbo are apprehension and suspense as the first
net not so before. Dying for our country battles seemed to approach. Many news
does not necessarily make us Christian papers and people regarded the war as martyrs, and insure us the Christian a sort of a six months' national enter- crown in heaven. If he (Ellsworth) tainment. They held that the South was prepared for death, he became such would soon have to succumb the through faith in Christ. Not his own trouble could be healed without the
he blood, shed for his country, but the shedding of much blood. The pa
1 blood of Jesus, could cleanse his soul triotism of a certain class never got
from the guilt of sin. Let all our brave beyond boasting prophecies. More
soldiers be taught that piety begets pasober-minded and thoughtfal people,
eople triotism, but that patriotism is not bowever, reasoned differently.
and piety, and can never produce it. To die
And per those who had invested the dearest for one's country 13 a passport to our objects of their hearts for their country's deepe
untry's deepest gratitude, but is not of itself a good might well tremble as the two passport to heaven, armies approached for the first time. When Gen. Anderson raised the flag And each succeeding battle sent thrills 01
illa on Fort Sumter, fervent prayers were of joy or horror into thousands of hearts on
parts offered beneath its folds. And after its and homes all over the land.
capture, he told in touching words how Six months had passed. Whilst the he
Ist the he had been directed in all his moveGovernment used every possible en
con ments by the hand of Providence. The deavor to increase the strength and
June number of the GUARDIAN of efficiency of the army, Christian people
1861 says: prayed to the God of battles. By a
In numberless instances the departure of resolution of the General Assembly of
of companies and regiments was celebrated with the Presbyterian Church, the 4th of number of instances individual soldiers con
prayer and other religious services. In a July was observed as a day of prayer nected themselves with the Church previous throughout its bounds. On September to their departure. A very large proportion 2a national day of ta-ting, humiliation of our soldiers are members of churches, and and prayer was observed. Generally me
i many letters from camp speak of religious
y services having been held, and state the fact churches were filled with congregations that many of the soldiers, seated around their who felt the need of divine help. Many tents on Sunday, read their Bibles. Very