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him along with a mess o' raw potatoes 'twouldn't never grow without fencin', for t'other side the stun wall. I see he hank- that bull's dreadful obstropolous; and we ered after fresh victuals, so to speak; 'n I hed them old rails handy. Anyway it's dono 's I blame him."

fixed now; and ef ye want to jaw him, or John Dekin could not help a laugh; but set Squire Jinks onter him, why there's time Jim went on quietly :

enough while the wheat 's a growin' agin “So ef you 'd jest as lives keep him in a to satisfy ye that way.”. spell, I'll hurry up an' fix the fence, and then You go ’long," growled the Deacon, fallhe can go out to pastur agin, leastways ing back on his pillow : ** Its a pretty piece while there is pastur; 'twont last no great o' business to come to my time o' life to now, that's a fact.”

learn how to handle thistles; I don't deny Now the fence between the lots was De- but what I've learned suthin', but I guess kin's, as he very well knew; and he could you'd better go to bed now; you're allfired have been made to pay well for the damage tired.” his beast had done; but he also knew Dea- “ Well I be, some," and stretching and con Ellery was laid up with an attack of yawning, Jim obeyed. rheumatism, and Jim had all the work to “ That ain't nobody's fool!” ejaculated do; if the fence was once up it would be the Deacon, looking after him; “'r if he is, hard work to make the bull's owner pay for it's a plaguy sight better folly than most it, so he grimly assented.

folks's wisdom.” “ Yes, I'll keep him tethered; but you There was no lawyer sent to John Dekin; hurry up with your old fence.”

the fence stood firm against wintry storms, Jim went to work directly; hauled the but Jim noticed that the bull was not turned rails, dug the post-holes, and hired a few into that lot again ; and when spring rehours' help to set them; before the next turned the grain shot up in full luxuriance, night that winter wheat was safely railed in, thick and heavy-headed; none the worse and Deacon Ellery, feeling a little better, for its accidental pruning, perhaps all the had his factotum into the bed-rooin to hear better. And beside there was certainly a an account of the day's proceedings, which softening in John Dekin's aspect toward his Jim coinposedly gave him.

neighbor; perhaps not unmingled with conWhy, you darned fool !” exclaimed the tempt for the Deacon's “softness;” but old man, cross with pain and testy naturally, still a grain of leaven had been planted in “you've been a building John Dekin’s fence this unpromising lump; time, -- perhaps to keep his own bull out o' my lot! What eternity only could show how it worked. upon the globe did ye do that for?” So Jim went his way in and about Sawyer;

“ Well, ye see, mister,” said Jim, assum- a being of no account in the eyes of most ing a comfortable sort of attitude, as who people; of less than none in his own; but should

say, come now, let us reason to- planting here and there by the way-side gether.” “I did kinder mistrust from the little seeds of kindness and humanity that looks o' things 'twas his'n ; but thinks me, blossomed to some soul's delight and benefit. he ain't the kind to up and do right off ; he - She hath done what she could," was the don't care much ef his bull doos eat up your Lord's own commendation, and this was the wheat; I expect he's one o’them that did'nt lowly measure of Jim's desert; but can any hev a good mother. My! ef he'd ha' had of us do more? How many of us do as my mother he'd known better, ef he had much ? Ilow many of the great and rich ha' been a fool. But, you see, folks is leave behind them a grateful record in even folksy; they ain't as they had ought ter be, as many hearts as always remembered with and you can't fix 'em no way, reelly. I cal- tender affection, poor Jericho Jim. c'lated that if you waited for him the grain But it was reserved for him to do the great 'd be clean lost; ef ye took the law on him, service of his life for his good old friends, why that would be time an’ money spent, the Ellerys. It has not been declared to you, and the wheat had oughter be a growin'; dear reader, any more than it was to Jim,





that Deacon Ellery had a son living in a dis- as the Deacon ignored him; for he was intant city, who for some years had never been deed “ a chip of the old block.” seen in Sawyer, nor spoken of in his father's Ilis name was never named in the family, house. Sam Ellery had been the very core nor uttered in the daily prayer, and if his of his father's beart, to use the pathetic father's heart ever cried after him, it cried Irish phrase, and yet he never found it out; in silence. for with the painful shyness and reticence Now Jericho Jim adored the minister's of his race and nature, Deacon Ellery hid daughter with the dumb passion of a faiththis affection deep in silence and coldness. ful dog. It was the great joy of his life to Ile was a rigid Calvinist, and had striven to have her come to the door with the milkbring up Samuel in the straitest sect of pitcher for him to fill, as she sometimes that sort. Dogmas and doctrines are husky did; and one pleasant word or lovely smile food for a bright, brave, joyful soul like this made Jim happy all day. After the fashboy's ; he never took to them kindly; hision of wiser folks he paid tribute to this mother's love made her religion just toler- goddess continually. Ile brought her every able to him, for professedly she held her wild flower in its season, and the rarest of husband's faith. Sam could believe in the all; he knew where the rhodora grew, and goodness and tenderness of God when he gathered its early blooms for Annie : delisaw and heard his mother; but his father's cate orchids unveiled their shy haunts for stern and unflinching hand closed the gates him, and the slight sweet flowers of spring which he was most desirous of opening. all lay at Annie's feet froin her faithful Ile went away from home to a position in a worshiper. Cardinal flowers

and spotbank in Boston where he began as “ boy,” less pond-lilies came in their season ; for and had now arrived at the office of cashier. her he stored the biggest nuts, and begged At first he had returned once or twice a year the sweetest fruits that grew in any garden, to the old home, to mother, and also to nor ever begged in vain, for Jim was petted keep up a certain youthful sweethearting and privileged in Sawyer. with Annie Palmer, the minister's pretty mightily joked about her fervent admirer, daughter; but as he grew to be a man and but nobody ever laughed at Jim, his paremembered bitterly his father's stern be- thetic simplicity shielded him like a young lief, he made use of his freedom to examine girl's innocence. But Annie knew very into religious faiths, and naturally enough well that this poor boy liked her, though not rebounded into Unitariansm. That his son how deeply; and knowing, too, his curious should become a member of that sect in power of setting people to rights, it occurred particular was the very gall and bitterness to her that he might perhaps pave the way of iniquity to the old Deacon, who could for her lover's reconciliation with his better have borne a defection in almost any father; for the careless admiration of the other direction; and in what he called Deacon's son had long ago deepened into righteous wrath he wrote a dreadful letter love, and Sam Ellery had been many times to Samuel, and forbade him ever to enter his to Sawyer to see Annie Palmer since he doors again, till he had repented of this finally left his father's door; and now they great sin, and humbled himself in dust and were soon to be married, and Annie longed ashes for betraying his Master, as the Dea- with all her heart to have peace between con was pleased to style it. Although a father and son. loving and entreating letter from his mother One July evening, just at twilight, Jericho went after this fulmination, and somewhat Jim arrived at the door of Parson Palmer's calmed Sam's first contemptuous anger, and house with the milk for Sunday, which was though that letter was answered, and a always carried round Saturday night, and fitful correspondence carried on between also with a pail of fresh lilies from Warren mother and son through Annie Palmer, pond. Sam accepted his father's alternative, and Annie came out to take them, fresh and stayed away from his home as persistently cool as their spotless blooms herself; her

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dark hair waved above a sweet, colorless No! no! no!ejaculated the Deacon, face, and her clear, sad, hazel eyes looked at raging inwardly between the persistency of Jim both gratefully and wistfully.

his questioner, and the impossibility of ex• Oh Jim! thank you! these are so lovely. plaining to him the reason of Sam's banishJim, there is one thing I wish you could ment. Perhaps, too, the reason why this help me about?”

was so difficult to explain, began to wrestle "I'll do anything I can in the natur' of with his conscience. things to help ye, marm, as sure's you're “Well, I'm dretful sorry!” said Jim born,” he answered to the half question. musingly. “My daddy, now, was a poor

“I do want so much to have Deacon cretur, drunk mostly; but he was real good Ellery make friends with his son.”

to me.

I'm glad he wa’n't no better, mebbe “Why, he hain't got any!” said Jim with I should'nt ha' ben good enough for him to simple confidence.

speak to, too." “ Yes he has, Jim; he has indeed ; but The Deacon could have struck Jim, who they haven't spoken for years."

went on brushing the shoes as seriously as * Sho now! that are can't be; guess you if they were an algebraic problem. dreamed it, Miss Annie. Why, Deacon “ Well, Jim, the fact is he didn't believe Ellery's a good man; a Christian cretur as in the Bible, Sam did'nt.” ever was; can't be; somebody's ben a—" “ Poor cretur! poor cretur!” said Jim,

“Annie!" called Virs. Palmer, evidently warming into sympathy at once. “ Well, in haste; and Jim drove off, feeling in an Deacon; ye know what you was a readin' uncertain sort of way as if he hadn't heard about to me last Sabba' day; a tryin' to or ought not to have heard such things drive inter my head ye know ?-takes a lot about his best friend, eren from the adora- o'time to drive anythin' into a fool's head; ble Annie. But the thing worked in his but I can't disremember that, 'twas so feeble head, and as “ Fools rush in where kinder marciful like, 'bout how the good angels fear to tread," and sometimes do Lord forgiv' them fellers that killed him, good service by their folly, so Jim plunged cause he said they didn't know what they into the middle of things the very next was a doin'. Mebbe your Sam don't: what morning as he was brushing the shoes for ef ye was to take him to Sabba’ school, an' church-going, while the Deacon read over his larn him better? You tell me where he Sunday-school lesson by the window. stays, an' I'll go fetch him.”

“Say! you hain't got any son, have ye, Jim was in eager earnest: his eyes were Deacon?”

lit with unusual rays, and one hand held The old man looked at Jim with an air of awkwardly out toward the Deacon ; but the terror as well as wonder, and turned pale as old man could not answer; he stumbled away ashes :

to the bed-room and fell on his knees by the “Yes, I've got a son,” he answered me- bedside. What he said to God is not for us chanically.

to know ; what he did, was to write a letter Why, I hain't never seen him!' ex- that very night to Samuel, and beg him to claimed Jim, as if still he scarcely believed. come home to his old father, and his loving

• Ile has not been at home for five long mother. years, Jim; he is a prodigal who filleth him- As for Jim, the matter passed clear out self with husks,” solemnly replied the Dea- of his oddly made up mind; he had satiscon, who had somewhat recovered his poise. fied himself the Deacon had a son, the im

“ Well, why don't ye fetch him home ’nd mediate curiosity was at rest. Ile did not give him suthin' better to eat?”

see Annie Palmer the next day; in fact, so The Deacon stared at Jim, but could not inconsequent were his mental processes when

under the external excitement, he did not “What's he ben an' done anyway?” went once think of what she said to him ; but on the simple torturer. “Killed anybody? only missed her as he would miss sunshine, stole anythin'?"

or fire, or food; for Annie had become a

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necessity to the largest share of his nature, to die. There was the same hurt, protest-his heart.

ing look in both pairs of eyes. A week after Mrs: Ellery came out into They took Jim into his own room, and in the garden where Jim was weeding. a day or two he was better, but never well

Oh Jim,” said she. “My dear son, my again ; he lived a few months, feeble, Sam, is coming home to-morrer; and goin' patient, smiling, and doing all he could. to be married.”

The only queer thing about him was that he Well, I'm glad on’t,” cheerfully answered never asked to see Annie Palmer, or even Jim.

spoke her name again. Sam went up stairs “ Yes, he's a comin' home to-morrer. I to see him, but Jim was asleep, he said, hain't sot eyes on him this five year an' and he wouldn't waken him. Perhaps Deamore; and a Thursday he's a goin' to be con Ellery, being a reticent man, never told married to Annie Palmer."

his son how much he owed to the poor fool. “Oh Lord!" said Jim with a gasp; but Annie forgot him too, probably; but what the good woman did not hear him; heart can you expect of a happy young bride ? and head were full of Sam, and she turned When winter came Jim went. Dr. Green and went into the house.

said the cold was too great for such a low Jim did not come in after milking that state of vitality; perhaps it was. Ilowever night ; the Deacon found him curled down that might be, one starry and splendid night in a corner of the barn.

a quick flash sprung into the languid eyes. " I guess I'm sick,” was all he said ; but “ Mother!” he said, with an accent of rapsomehow he reminded the Deacon of an old ture, and Jericho Jim was gone to the dog he once had, that was mortally wounded Jerusalem which is above. by accident, and stole into that very corner

Rose Terry Cooke.




The issue has been directly made by that asketh of thee, and from him that a class of modern advanced thinkers, that would borrow of thee turn not thou away; Civilization and Christianity in their ulti- the injunction of carelessness about the fumate outcomes must run into irreconcilable ture —" Take no thought for the morrow, conflict, because of essential antagonisms in saying what shall we eat, or what shall we their natures. What generally have been drink, or wherewithal shall we be clothed ! regarded as close allies have thus been set for the morrow shall take thought for the over against each other as hostile powers, things of itself;” the command of non-reneither of which can legitimately triumph sistance—“I say unto you that ye resist not but by the subversion of the other. Of evil, but whosoever shall smite thee on the course it is further assumed that in this right cheek, turn to him the other also. rivalry Christianity must go to the wall. And if any man take away thy coat, let him

For practical purposes, and to bring the de- have thy cloak also;" the socialistic and bate within manageable limits, the question communistic examples of this record—“And may take this shape: “Is the social science all that believed were together, and had all of the New Testament applicable to existing things common, and sold their possessions conditions and relations of communities?” and goods, and parted them to all, as every In defending the negative of this challenge, man had need;” no one calling anything such points as these are taken: the depreci- he had his own. Now here, to go no furation and denunciation of riches in the Gos- ther, is a body of self-consistent and varipels and Epistles; the injunction of promis- ously applied teaching, mostly from the lips cuous charity to beggars —“Give to him of Christ himself, concerning the conduct of

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men with men. Is it a precept that they be turned into actual facts ?—there is no ancan now live by, in average circumstances? swer which political economy, even under that can be put into the practical working Christian manipulation, can give, which it of an ever-advancing human improvement? will do to date this side the millennium.

It must be conceded that every one of Concerning the Gospel view of wealth this these directions is, on the face of it, opposed is to be said, that its accumulation is not to the latest and most carefully studied re- forbidden, but grave cautions are uttered as sults of Christian statesmanship; by which to the dangers here involved, and a strong is meant the science of government and of restraint is put upon this desire as a root social order as determined by the inquiries of all evil.” This is ever true, and such and experiments of men at the head of these warnings are always timely. But the affairs, and truly loyal to the Lord Jesus money-power is indispensable to any large Christ. If anything is settled here these enterprise, secular or religious. Neither things are- --that a general practice of alıns- Civilization nor Christianity can do its giving to the idle and unemployed classes work without this. With all their liabilionly increases the evil; that, while some ties to mischief and oppression, riches are worthy persons are relieved, as they some- necessary means of a desirable human progtimes must be, thousands under such pro- ress, be these condemnatory texts however miscuous gifts are encouraged in indolence numerous and strong. and vice, whence the army of tramps and This obvious consideration would of itvagabonds is perpetually recruited. Again, self suggest that these texts thus cited in the great curse of the day-laborer is just the above connections are not to be ruled that improvidence which spends every earn- down to a rigidly literal construction. This ing as it goes, which lays up nothing for the becomes yet more evident when we find morrow, and so makes way for our riotous that other Scriptures pointedly teach a quite and bloody strikes in addition to all the different ethics. Thus the Apostolic precept other misery of this careless want of fore- as to non-resistance “ If it be possible, at thought. Nor can the ever-recurring needs much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all of these or any classes of the public be met men”—which plainly implies the impossibilby communistic schemes which, as human ity sometimes of maintaining friendly rela- . beings now are, must be set down as im- tions. So St. Paul himself fell back on his practicable as it would be to mix all the legal rights as a free citizen of Rome in different kinds of weather from January to taking the adjudication of his case up to December into one grand combination of Cæsar. Again as to forecast of the future nicely alternating sunshine and shower that and a thoughtful provision for its wants would please everybody. The only com- the same common-sense Apostle says of munism which ever at all succeeded was some of the Christian loafers of his daythat little transiently extemporized inter- “ This we commanded

that if


would lude after the first Christian passover, made not work, neither should he eat: ” a precept possible by a most heavenly visitation of which, if sharply enforced, would abate Divine grace; and that was soon troubled three-fourths of our street beggary and by grievous complaints of the Gentiles quite as much of the general pauperism and against the Jews, and by the horrid tragedy destitution. It directly denies the construcof Ananias and Sapphira. Some of these tion of any word of Jesus as countenancing socialistic ideals, both as to governmental a heedless, reckless way of living, and alsupervision of industry and the distribution most makes it a sin to keep a confirmed of profits to a contented people, are very idler alive by charity. So the parables of the beautiful. So is, also, the universal peace five talents and the ten pounds, if primarily theory between individuals and nations. aiming at a spiritual application, cast a But, when the question is put to their advo- strong sidelight on our secular duties. Concates--how, while human nature official and sider the praise given to the provident, unofficial is what it is, are these theories to painstaking, thrifty servants, and the terri.

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