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ties belonging to true womanhood. We shock? Like a sensible, loving wife as bave bad Presidents whose domestic life she is, she at once starts for Washington was equally exemplary-men who were with the greatest possible baste. Two the best of sons, husbands and fathers. great railroad corporations clear their During their administration, the Lord roads from New York to Washington. Jesus Christ was the most welcome of The trade of half a continent is stopped. all guests at the White House. Well Miles of trains are switched aside to is it for our dear country when parents clear the way for the swifiest locomotive can point their children to the Presiden- they can command. But one car is attial family as an ideal home. The sim- tached. In that car sits a pale and silent ple, unaffected love of James A. Gar- little woman, doubtless praying a great field fur, his old mother, his wife and part of the way. Strong men along the children, is one of those touches of pa- road pause at their work, and stand with ture which “makes the whole world mute emotion, moist eyes and uncovered akip.” The first thing he did after heads as the little train sweeps past taking the oath of office on the 4th of them. Thousands of women-polished March last, before he received the con- and plain—wipe their weeping eyes with gratulations of any one of his many cambric or aprons as they catch a friends, was to turn around and kiss bis glimpse of the snift train which bears a venerable mother and his wife. Was it fellow-woman, a devoted wife, under the a wonder that such an act in such a suspense of a great sorrow, to ber presence should thrill the vast assembly hurt husband. Her present heart and and bring tears to many an eye? Where- soothing hand he needs more than skill ever he goes, he must take the little of great physicians. Oo speeds the train gray-headed mother with him. When from New York to Washington, past the terrible news of his assassination Philadelpbia, Baltimore and intervenwas first broken to her, she exclaimed:ling stations, over more than three hun“How can any one be so cruel as to at- dred miles ; business pauses, and the tempt to kill my baby?”
nation seems to hold its breath, whilst And that meek, trustful wife of tbe this humble little wife is swiftly borne White House gives us much to think to the side of her suffering husband. about. A plain farmer's daughter, with Neas Washington, an accident delays a sensible education, unspoiled by the the flight, but soon the genius of inventhousand sillinesses which girls pick up tion overcomes the peril. Can the frail, in boarding-schools and among systems suffering woman, after this joursey, of education which cram the head and have nerve enough at once to pass impoverish the heart, becomes the in- through the excitement of such a meetdustrious wife ot' a thrifty young lawyer, ing? When gbe enters the sick room, and the queen of the White House. all others, save her husband, leave. How meekly she bears her laurels, and Now both feel stronger and happier. remains the unaffected Lucretia Gar- This ride forms a fit subject for poets. field! She is the nearest and dearest Here are a few stanzas from the pen of of mortals to the heart of the President. one of them : Hundreds of miles from home, she is seeking recovery from a lipgering ill- 'Clear the track to Washington !
1 Flashed the order from New York, ness on the sea-sbore. How long the
Commerce, travel, all must wait; separation seems to this man and wife.
man abd Wire | Business, pleasure. play or work! At length the day for her return dawns. “Clear the track to Washington ! The husband is coming to bring her Fire the steam to lightning power; home. She is counting the hours as Engineer, your orders are: they pass, and rejoices over his expected rejoices over his expected Fifty miles an hour.
mily arrival, In the midst of the joyful an- Bring out " Long-legged Tom." whose wheels ticipation, she is handed a telegram : Stride eight yards at every round! “I am hurt. Come to me." Have ever Let them burn along the steels! six words uttered more of the mortal! Make that splendid engine bound! heart's best affection than these! Wbati
her Like a fiery dragon's flight,
" Let the irain the road devour! now? Shall we not have a scene? Cap Engineer, vour orders are: the enfeebled invalid withstand such a' Fifty miles an hour!
Strong men, bare-browed, cheer the train, children, they are seemingly unconscious Like a thunderbolt hurried past !
that their sorrow is sanctified to milWomen's tears fall thick as rain
lions of the world's best people. There Shook from rose-trees by the blast. O Wedded Love! ne'er angel flew
is so much occult Mormonism in modern From heaven to earth with richer dower! society; so much social corruption in Angels! waft this true wife through,
the domestic life of people in high Fifty miles an hour !
places; so much scandal connected with The true wife comes! Love fights with Death !
the family life of many of our politicians The nation's prayer is heard !
and others, that such a scene of pure, E'en Shylock's Wall Street's “bulls and bears,'' unalloyed, old-fashioned affection and With a human throb have stirred.
fidelity between man and wife is all the And a million gold were rot too much To make that brave wife's dower,
more conspicuous and impressive. Who rode six hours to save her lord,
Wbilst messages of sympathy are At fifty miles an hour!
pouring in upon the President and his
family from the crowned and uncrowned The chastened yet hopeful sorrow rulers of the earth, and from many with which this little wife watches at other people, he is permitted to see but the bed-side of her husband touches the few of them. The little wife is so overhearts of millions in all lands. Every powered with the tenderest wishes and true wife would and ought to do this. prayers of good people, that in her guileBut not all wives have her way and less simplicity she scarcely knows how spirit of doing it. With uncomplaining suitably to express her feelings. She is patience and prayerful trust, she watches reported as saying that, as for herself, and waits " like the true wife of a true her feelings bad ever been equally kind soldier.” To place her above want, in to democrats and republicans, And now case of her husband's death, kind-heart- since the hearts of so many good people ed people are raising the sum of $250,- of both parties had so warmly poured 000 for her benefit. Even little chil- themselves into kind messages of symdren, unasked, offer their small gifts to pathy, she felt more than ever that she this fund. Thus the treasurer of it re- loved all alike. And that if in her ceived a note from a little girl of Phila- lifetime women should be allowed to delphia, named Birdie Harrison, con- vote, she would have to take a republic taining an old coin, which she said was can and a democratic ticket and drop “ for Mollie Garfield's mamma." An- both together into the ballot-box. other little girl was missed by her Some of these messages are beautiful, mother, wbo, going in search of her, like the following from Gladstone, the found her kneeling in the woodshed, great and good Premier of Great Britain; praying for “ Mrs. Garfield.” No one, expressing admiration of the exalted only her pious little heart, had told her worth of this White House family, and to do this.
not simply eulogizing their official poMeanwhile the sufferer endures bis sition : pain with trustful submission to the will “LONDON, July 21.-Dear Madame: of God. His flow of cheerful spirits, You will, I am sure, excuse me, though despite his pain, is truly wonderful. a personal stranger, for addressing you From their youth both were models of by letter to convey to you the assurances modest, sensible people. The first years of my own feelings and those of my of their married life, he taught and countrymen on the occasion of the late practiced law, whilst she had a number horrible attempt to murder the Presiof music scholars. The earnings of dent of the United States, in a form more both gave them a plain, simple support, palpable at least than that of messages but no more. They were cheerful and conveyed by telegraph. These feelings happy. And now, as through all their have been feelings in the first instance wedded life, without the least cant or of sympathy and afterwards of joy and mawkish sentiment, this loving couple thankfulness comparable aod, I venture demean themselves as a Christian man to say, only second to the strong emoand wife in a way most beautiful. The tions of the great nation of which he is the husband so manly, and the wife so wifely, appointed head. Individually I have, without shame or sickly show-but, like let me beg you to believe, had my full share in the sentiments which have pos- of his boarding dues, and out of every sessed the British nation. They bave thing else he could. A spirit of lying been prompted and quickened largely and deception runs through all his acby what I venture to think is the ever- tions. To get character he joins churches growing sense of harmony and mutual and Christian associations, and uses his respect and affection between the two membership therewith to blind and countries, and of a relationship which swindle his victims. All through life he from year to year becomes more and struggles to get money and place unmore a practical bond of union between I justly. Always hunting an office with us; but they have also drawn much of an audacity and impudence which, until their strength from a cordial admiration it could not be tolerated any longer, of the simple heroism which has marked only provoked ridicule. He is a type of the personal conduct of the President, a large class of people who have an infor we have not yet wholly lost the ca-ordinate ambition and greed for office, pacity of appreciating such an example with whom politics is a field for pecuniof Christian faith and manly fortitude. ary speculation and peculation. What This exemplary picture has been made do many of these noisy politicians care complete by your own contribution to its about principle? To them, that is the noble and touching features, on which I best party which will give them the only forbear to dwell because I am di- richest spoils in the shortest time. Guirectly addressing you. I beg to have my teau must become distinguisbed. He respectful compliments and congratula- aspires to places for which he is unfit, tions conveyed to the President, and to to money which is not his, to a character remain, dear madame, with great es- wbich he is too mean to acquire. He is teem, your faithful servant,
the type of the lowest and meanest eleWm. E. GLADSTONE ment in American politics; Garfield is Few characters stand in more glaring the type of its noblest and purest outcontrast than tbat of Garfield and Gui-| growth. teau. The one, from a boy, a loving, true-hearted child, kind and obedient to his mother, not ashamed to walk bare
The Falls of Niagara. footed, wear patched clothes, and work with his hands, until hands and face were bronzed like those of a half-breed
BY THE EDITOR. Indian. A hard-working lad, determined whatever he did to do it well. It was one o'clock in the morning as whether it was in the fields of his mo- we stepped off the train in the Niagara ther's pioneer farm or in learning his depot. Outside the entrance stood a school-lessons. He would rather live row of omnibusses. Their drivers on dry bread than spend other people's seemed to be engaged in some pantomimoney, and made it a point not to spend mic performance, each standing at his money before he had earned it. He the rear of his vehicle engaged in speechalways practiced simple habits of living, less gesticulations. Instead of the rude and loved to mingle with and encourage and boisterous gauntlet through which plain, hard-working people. From a we must pass at many of the depots, youth he labored well and prayed well : | not a word was heard here. They were and now that he is President of the speaking with the bands like a set of United States, he is the same bumble mutes. In the pale light of the moon toiler and plain Christian man as he was they looked like the wierd ghosts of deunder the roof of his mother.
parted red men, who once were the sole Guiteau is of a different stock. Of owners of this region centuries ago. French-Canadian descent, his parents The cabmen of this place are proverbial may have neglected his religious train- for their audacious imposition. Whence ing. He was from a boy conceited, these polite applicants for our patronvain, disobedient to his parents, and age? The railroad authorities own the treated their wishes and words with con- grounds around the depot. Seeing hw tempt. He always tried to reap where the visitors to the Falls were annoyed he had not sown-cheating people out by the boisterous rudeness of cabmen,
they enforced a rule requiring them to form part of the breast of the Falls. At hold their tongues, and let the travel- a railing along the lower edge you ers select any omnibus they see fit, stand between the two plunging bodies without molestation. What a relief it of water, and look straight down into would be to the traveling public if cer- the boiling pool below. tain other railroad authorities we know On the American side it is 164 feet of would enforce a similar rule.
deep, and 150 on the Canadian side. After a few hours sleep I awoke at Dense clouds of spray are continually early dawn. Two sounds praised the rising up from the abyss. In the curve or great Creator at my first waking—the angle of the Horse Shoe Falls every few cheery song of birds on the trees around seconds an explosion of spray occurs, like my chamber window, and the mighty the smoke of some volcanoes in action, roar of the cataract a few hundred flinging banks of vapor heavenward. It yards off.
is supposed that these explosions are To see this great natural wonder one caused by a certain compression of air needs a guide, either printed or human, in the base of the curve. The width of I found mine in the person of a kind the river here is 4750 feet. Goat Island friend and Christian brother. Once a divides the Falls, and occupies about onepoble Sunday scholar of the First fourth of this space, leaving the river Church, Reading, Pa., he sought bis for on the American side 1100 feet wide, tupe when a young man, in this part of and that on the Canada side more than New York. He has been living here double this width. The American Falls for thirty-five years. Unspoiled by form a bend around the upper end of success, he enjoys his well earned leisure the island, so that they seem to flow in
—the fruit of his honest industry-in at the side of the river below. his quiet and beautiful bome, scarcely a How one feels standing on the brink square from the tumbling billows of the of the Falls on Goat Island! You are cataract. He is an elder in a promi- overpowered with a feeling of awe. nent church here, a man of kindly Looking up the river as far as the eye heart, and rich in good works. After a can reach you see a vast sheet of tumcordial greeting from himself and fam-bling waters, a succession of smaller ily, he addressed me in this wise: cataracts, some roaring and tumbling
" Will you and yours allow me to over high ledges of rock. Here, as in serve as your guide? Shun the cabmen. the presence of the Jung Frau, Mont They will mar your pleasure by their Blanc, and other high mountains, one dishonest and extortionate practices.” is overpowered with a sense of the little
Thus it happened that I saw this ness of man, and the greatness of the great natural wonder with all its be- Creator. Whatever others may think of longings, without the annoyances usual. it, ascribing it perhaps to cowardice or ly attending such a visit. Leisurely we a want of nerve, I am free to confess that strolled over the islands above the Falls. at such places I feel like folding my Goat island consists of 60 acres of hands, and to think adoringly of God. wooded land, with a number of shaded Our pilot mapped out an afternoon's walks and drives. Its lower end forms stroll for us. He led us across the Susa perpendicular rock-wall, dividing the pension bridge into Canada. From this falls on the American, from that on the bridge, and from the Canada side, you Canada side. The latter is called the have the best view from below, as they Horse Shoe Falls, on account of a cer- directly face the Falls. On Table Rock, tain curve in the centre of it. The at the northern edge of it, we stood force of the water has, however, worn it pondering and wondering. Then down into an acute angle. Aside of this are a steep carriage way we descended to three small islands, connected by foot- the river's brink, a few hundred yards bridges, called “The Three Sisters.” below the Falls. From here you have a And on the side facing the village is the view of the whole surface from top to small “ Luna Island," so called from base, and through the curling banks of a singular spectrum of the light of the spray you get dim glimpses of the moon on the spray below the Falls as Horse Shoe curve. At this point a seen from here. Goat and Luna islands boatman was in waiting to ferry us
back to the American side. I survey | tending along the side of the American the red-baired, honest-looking, brawny Falls. From here you have a full view ferry-man, his joints and mighty limbs of both falls. After dark strong eleccompactly fitted, a man of powerful tric lights, with the aid of colored glass, build; his strong boat can be trusted as bathed the wild, plunging stream in all sea-worthy. I look up at the terrific the tints of the rainbow, producing plunge of waters high overhead and effects of inimitable beauty and granthink of the reputed depth of the river | deur. here. One is reminded of the fabled Not many years ago a certain Yanancient river Styx, and of Charon, the kee, looking at the Falls of Niagara, ferryman that rowed people across it said, " What a power to run mills !" into the world of spirits. Our genial The saying was reported in the papers guide urges us to get aboard, and as: at the time, and afforded much merrisures us that of all the fatal accidents ment to the people. Since then it has around the Falls, none has ever occured been discovered that after all the Yanin connection with this ferry. Certainly kee's idea was not as ridiculous as some we sball make this voyage. Besides then imagined. Not very far above the our ferryman we have Him in our Falls a canal has been opened through hearts whose mighty hand safely guided which a body of water is led across the the boat of the Galilean fishermen bend of land, and falls into the river over the stormy sea. But what a view below. This secures an immense waterfrom mid-river-up and down the power, which already is running large deep cut! What if this great dam mills. And doubtless many others will should break just now! Right here utilize it before long. Who discovered the boatman breaks a bit of news to this secret ? My informant says a plaio, us.
unassuming, dull-looking German from “They have just found the corpse of Buffalo, came here a few years ago; he a woman.”
bought and opened an old and long" When? Where?”
abandoned canal, built a large pulp “ About a half an hour ago. Right mill to convince the public that his plan across from here.”
was feasible, and pow, shrewd, far-seeing "Did you see it ?”.
business men are surprised and chagrined “Yes, sir. There was a gold ring on that the slow, thoughtful Teuton has one of the fingers, but scarcely any stolen a march on them. It will be clothing left on the body, save the worth millions to him. shoes.”
| Certain localities around the Falls I innocently try to entertain one at have become associated with daring feats my side with this subject, and naturally and tragedies. The place on or near receive the curt reply: “I would rather Goat Island from which the noted “Sam not converse on that subject just now.”' Patch” took his great leap, is pointed Certainly I should have known better out. Different places are shown from than to enlarge on the matter to a lady which persons fell or leaped into the to whom the crossing of the river here rapids. Years ago a man drove his was perhaps the most daring feat of her carriage on to Table Rock, on the brink life. With one brief exception there of the Canada Falls, in order to wash was but little unpleasant motion of the his vehicle. Whilst engaged in this boat. The river is covered with circling laudable work a mass of the rock was eddies, here and there a rolling bank detached, carrying his horse and caror whirlpool circle, over which the riage along to the bottom. As he felt a skilled boatman knows how to steer his strange giving away of the rock, he craft. Still one finds a grateful relief barely had time to seize his child and as you step ashore. On both sides, escape with his life. A reliable author. persons, clothed in gum suits, go under ity assures me that the horse came to the Falls, where the vaet sheet of water land alive some distance down the shoots overhead. I think I shall not stream, not much the worse for his try that just now.
We spend an evening with our friend | The Niagara river is only 33 miles and his family in Prospect Park, ex- | long. It connects lake Erie and lake