The Canadian Crescent. (Canadian, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 28, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 10, 1888 Page: 3 of 8
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THE CANADIAN CRESCENT.
FSEBUAS E. ISILXiEB, Editor * Pub'r.
PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY AT
CANADIAN. - TEXAS
IF I COULD CHOOSE.
1 would not dare, though it were offered me,
To plan my lot but for a single day,
^5o sure am I that all my life would be
Marked with a blot, in token of my sway.
JBut were it granted me this day to choose
One shining bead from the world's jeweled
T*avcr and fortune I would quick refuse,
I grasp a r;cher and more costly thing.
"With this brave talisman upon my breast,
I could be ruler of my rebel soul;
*To own this gem is to command the rest,
It is the Kohinoor called Self-control!
It is the wicket-gate to broad estates,
To peaceful slopes and mountains blue and
•Calm-browed Content beyond its border waits,
And even Love sits in the sunshine there.
^fo sullen faces frown upon the street,
No grated windows, no grim prison walls;
.No clanking chains are bound on convicts' feet,
And ou xhe ear no angry discord falls.
31 y life's swift river widens to the sea,
The careless babble of the brook is past;
A few late roses blossom still for me,
But spring is gone, and summer can not last.
Hud I begun with morning's rosy strength
To seek the flower that on life's summit
I might have found my edelwei* at length,
And on the purple heights have gained re-
But I have loitered, and the hour is late;
Worn are my feet, tint! weary i3 my haad;
I can but push ajar the massive gate,
I can but look into the Beulah land.
But, friends, if my poor love could have its
And blossom into blessing on each soul.
This is the very prayer that I should pray;
'• Grant to men's lives the power of self-
—May Riley Smith, in JV. Y. Observer.
HOW JOHN PROPOSED.
„And They Both Agreed to "Woes
Their Mutual Shares.'
• Dear me, I know lie is just ready to
say it, and I can't see why he doesn't
-.say it." And pretty 'Mary Branwood
puckered up her lips into the sweetest
*of all pouts and plied her needle more
rapidly than ever. 4 4 It does seem to
me very strange," she added, after a
brief pause, 44 that a great big man
should be so timid about saying he
loved a girl. Dear me, it's enough to
aggravate a girl into taking advantage
And Miss Mary blushed rosily and
finished the sentence with an hyster-
Mary Branwood was just at this mo-
ment thinking of John Walker, who,
for the past two years, had been her
escort upon every possible occasion.
For a long time each had looked upon
the other with expressive eyes, and
though the gossips of that part of
Harlem looked upon the ending of
their courtship as a settled matter,
John had not asked the all-important
question. Mary's womanly intuition
prompted the thought that he had
been trying to voice the love he so
-often displayed, but his natural bash-
fulness seemed an insurmountable bar-
So Miss Mary sat that February aft-
ternoon in her chair briskly rocking to
and fro. The afternoon was nearly
gone and the girl was impatiently
waiting for eight o'clock, when the
bashful John would arrive to take
her to the class in vocal music at the
church. Her heart beat fast as the
moments sped. Her rosy cheeks
Hushed more deeply as her mind
ni welt upon the possible form of the
question that she felt must soon be
asked. She knew there would be noth-
ing romantic about John's asking, for
she was sure he would do so in a
blundering way. The thing that
troubled her most was that after he
.really did muster up sufficient cour-
age, her loitg knowledge of his pur-
pose would prevent her showing a
proper amount oí surprise and em-
barrassment She knew she would
blush, bat she hoped it would be so
«deep a blush that John could not fail
to see it.
She started suddenly, and her face
flushed with a feelings that there was a
tinge of immodesty and hypocrisy in
her train of thoughts. She felt guilty
•of being immodest in thinking of pro-
posing herself and of hypocrisy in
.hoping she would blush as though she
had not expected the question. Her
•thoughts annoyed her, and failing to
►drive them away as she sat sewing, she
11 aid down her work and busied herself
clearing up the room.
When the hour hand of the clock
•reached eight the light ring of the
<loor-bell told her of John's arrival.
As he entered it could be seen that,
«though his youthful face was suffused
•with blushes, there was an unmistak-
able air of manliness about him.
When his brown eyes looked into
Mary's she felt so strong and confident
that her half-uttered thoughts during
the afternoon of taking advantage of
the season to render a little assistance
came to her, and a moment later she
was oppressed with the thought that if
he had asked her then she really
would not have blushed. Then she
tried to drive away the thought with a
mighty effort as her old feeling of im-
modesty and hypocrisy came to her,
and the crimson flush covered her face
as she saw that John was trying to say
A few minutes later the two were
carefully walking along the icy side-
walk in the direction of the church.
They discussed the weather and every
thing in connection with the singing
school until they reached the church,
and they both joined heartily in the
exercises. Mary sang exceeingly well.
John was equally successful until they
sang the strain;
"We share our mutual woes j
Our mutual burdens bear."
Then it suddenly dawned upon him
how easy it would be to say; 44 Mary,
let us share our mutual woes;" and he
couldn't dismiss it from his mind all
the evening. Every now and then, to his
great embarrassment, he got out ol
tune. To make matters worse, the pro-
fessor noticed it each time, and in a
kindly tone offered a suggestion which
increased John's confusion. There was
no one in the class gladder than John
when 9:30 o'clock came and he and
Mary stepped out into the moonlight
to go home. They picked their way
along the sidewalk slowly, cautiously
and in silence. John did not speak
for two reasons.
He was oppressed with the thought
that he had been particularly stupid
during the whole evening, and he was
repeating the sentence; 44 Mary, let us
share our mutual woes," so that when
they stood beneath the light in the
parlor he could put his arm around
her and say it without blundering.
Mary was silent with expectation.
How brief a sentence would have
made them supremely happy!
John's absent-mindedness proved to
distract his attention from the icy
walk more than he should have al-
lowed, and no less than half a dozen
times Mary's feet slipped, but each
time she found herself borne up by her
sturdy lover. Each slip was accom-
panied by a little shriek, and when she
was again safe her soft laugh was
music to him.
A group of boys pulling a sled
turned the corner ahead and dashed
past them. Her foot slipped, a little
shriek, and she was down. But she
wasn't alone. In falling she had man-
aged to knock John's feet from under
him and he had fallen too. Each
scrambled to rise quickly and their
heads came together with a sound
John was in the throes of mortifica-
tion at his awkwardness, when Mary
said naively, as he helped her to her
"We seem to be sharing our mutual
He was amazed. The very sentence
he had been saving for under the gas-
light! Before he could take advan-
tage of his present opportunity, how-
ever, Marv seemed to realize that she
liad been immodest, and she talked in-
cessantly as they walked on, as if de-
termined that he should reap no ad-
vantage from her remarks.
John made several efforts to recall
the opportunity, but was baffled every
time. Then lie determined to wait un-
til they stood beneath the gaslight,
but when they reached the parlor the
light seemed more brightly than ever
before, and his courage departed.
Once he made an effort but the first
word tbat came from his lips was
44woes," and the consciousness that
he was blundering caused him to blush
and pause before trying again. But a
sweet 44 What were you going tosay?"
completed his embarrassment, and lie
answered "Nothing," and in despair
prepared to go.
A moment later, as they stood at the
parlor door exchanging the last words,
and as John's hand was on the knob,
Mary turned her blue eyes to him and
said, with a laugh;
44 You'll be sure to get home without
falling, for }~ouli have no one to drag
John's face crimsoned. He was
about to protest that she hadn't
dragged him down, when he thought
of the lost opportunity after they had
fallen. He had a feeling that the sen-
tence he had been trying to say all
evening wojjld be singularly inoppor-
tune now, but he was determined not
to lose anoti er chance. Despite that
feeling, and ¡n sheer desperation, he
44 Mary, 1st us woes our mutual
Mary looked puzzled. For a mo-
ment she didn't seem to grasp the pur-
port of the misquoted sentence. When
it dawned upon her, a flood of crimson
passed over her face, her eyes fell, and
she whispered "Yes."
And John, with a newly-acquired
courage, put his arm around her and
drew her to his breast Then Jofeli
was at peace, and Mary was perfectly
happy. The question had been asked
and answered, and she had fittingly
blushed, besides waiving the privilege
of leap year. —K Y. Sun.
FLIES ON THEM ALL.
—Hogs are killed by electridty in
St Petersburg. Their bristles are em*
ployed in the manufacture of electric
brushes we suppose.—Si/tinga.
Weak Spots in the Careers of the Crop
of Republican Favorite Sons.
There is no lack of candidates for
the Republican nomination for the
Presidency. The crop of favorite sons
was large to begin with, and grows
larger everv dav.
When the National convention meets
•m Chicago it will be embarrassed by
the number and variety of the big
booms and little boomlets that will
there and then rival and compete with
each other for the headship of the
ticket. In spite of the fact that within
the past three months more eminent
Republicans have declined to allow the
use of their names in this heretofore
much-coveted connection than are re-
corded to have run away from a possi-
bility of a Presidential nomination in
the whole twenty-five preceding years,
there still remains a host of available
men ready and eager to have the
mantle of Blaine descend upon them.
But the trouble with the descent of
Blaine's mantle is that not one of
these expectant statesmen appears to
have shoulders to which it can be fitted.
Some of the Republican brethren are
only just waking up to the fact that
Blaine was, after all, a large-sized
man politically, with an ample chest
measurement, and quite spacious be-
tween the shoulders, and that the hole
he lias left in the leadership of the
party by standing on one side is too
big to be filled up by any of the am-
bitious gentlemen who are volunteer-
ing for that service. Now that Blaine
is out of * the field they are able to
realize that there were certain popu-
lar fascinations about his remarkable
personality, and certain political
weights and values to his peculiar in-
fluence over large classes of voters,
which it is difficult to duplicate and
reproduce in naming his successor. It
may prove by and by that it is not
only a difficult but an impossible thing
to do. As the weeks slip by and the Re-
publican National convention ap-
proaches it grows to look more and more
as if there was not a single leader left
in the party whose name, let it be shout-
ed never so loud and boomed never so
zealouslv, could arouse it to half the
enthusiasm or stimulate it to half the
effort which it put forth in 1884.
There is John Sherman to begin
with, who is industriously picking up
delegates all over the South, and
threatens to turn up at Chicago as the
first choice of all the States which have
not a single electoral vote to give any
Republican nominee. 44 Wé like John
Sherman," say the friends of other
candidates, 4<but he has no magnetism
and can not carry New York." True,
enough, he can not. Jolm Sherman is
covered with flies, but this one is
enough to settle the matter. He is
Senator Allison has a well-devel-
oped Western support, but the friends
of the other aspirants have found the
flics on him. He is identified with the
Iowa Prohibitory policy, and the big
German Republican vote would be
alienated bv his nomination, There
are other flies on Mr. Allison, but this
one is enough. He can not safely be
General Harrison, of Indiana, looked
at one time like a judicious selection,
but Indiana is not united for him to
begin with, because of the Gresham
men, and besides that it is now re-
membered that Harrison has a bad
record on the Chinese question, and
would certainly lose all the Pacific
States. The flies are on Harrison, too.
Indiana's second entry, Judge Gres-
ham, is a man with strong points, but
lie has a fly-blown record in the mat-
ter of tho historic shindy between the
stalwarts and half-breeds. Gresham
was a stalwart of the stalwarts, a
Grant, Conkling and Arthur man.
This is not the kind of man to rally a
united party, three-fourth's of whose
rank and file are worshippers of Blaine.
The flies on Gresham can not be
Ohio has another ambitious son,
Congressman McKinley, a man of solid
parts and a showy orator into the bar-
gain. But Mr. McKinley is one of the
highest of high protectionists and it is
now developed as a positive feature of
the situation that the Northwestern
Republioans will not swallow high-
protection of this radical typ* any
longer, and can not be relipd upon to
support a candidate of that complex-
ion. So that McKinley is another case
Senator Ingalls, of Kansas, is a bril-
liant man in many ways, a sharp de-
bater, a flowery orator, with a rough
and ready tongue which the Repub-
lican faithful both in and out of Con-
gress have on various occasions great-
ly admired and enjo3*ed. Mr. Ingalls.
too, had a promising boom. Where is
that boom to day? Killed by that un-
fortunate speech aspersing the memo-
ries of McCiellan and Hancock. There
are more flies on Ingalls than ever can
be brushed off.
Coming East the sad story of flies is
continued. Chauncey M. Depew ap-
pears to be a prime local favorite in
New York., A right smart man he .is,
too, with abilities second to none of
the men already mentioned, and su-
perior to most of them. But the Re-
publicans outside of New York, and
many of the more thoughtful of them
inside as Well, are feeling and saving
O • o
that it never will do to make the Van-
derbilt power, and all that it repre-
sents, the standard-bearer of the party
in a National appeal to the masses of
the people. The point is well taken.
The time is not well-chosen for chal-
lenging the popular verdict in favor of
the railroad and allied monopolies.
The flies on Chauncey M. Depew are
not thick, but this one alone is fatal.
New York has another candidate in
the person of Congressman Frank P.
Hiscock. His boom is not vigorous,
and is not like'y to become so. Mr.
Hiscock has a record. He was a Gree-
ley man in 1872, and a prominent anti-
stalwart in the 1880-82 period. Those
are flies enough to settle his case.
Vermont has Edmunds, but nobody
dreams of urging his name seriously
again. Aside from his lack of nearly
all the qualities that make a Presi-
dential candidate run well with the
people, Edmunds sulked in his tent
while Blaine was being beaten in 1884
and indulged in some icy chuckles ovei;
that event That will never be forgiven
by the controlling Blaine men. Ed-
munds is buried in flies.
Connecticut hits a favorite son in
General Hawley, aman of great merits,
both personally and politically. But
then General Haw ley's record includes
aniong other things, a fatal stand on
the Chinese question. The Pacific
States will never ratify such a nomina-
tion at the polls. General Hawley,
too, is mortally afflicted with flies.
The whole list of Republican entries
can be gone over without disclosing
the names of any man who has the
power to draw votes to any considerable
extent, and who, at the same time, is*
not handicapped by some weakness,
either of personality, position or
There are flies on them all.—Boston
NOTES AND COMMENTS.
Tho men who insist on the irreg-
ular admission of a revolutionary frag-
ment of Dakota as a State are the men
who are keeping Dakota out.—St. Louis
It is announced that Mr. Blaino
will have the nomination thrown at
him whether lie wants it or not. If so,
he will stand behind the bat ready to
catch it hot from the pitcher.—Boston
Judge Thurman is advanced in
years, but lie seems to be yet equal to
a good deal of work. Why shouldn't
the Democrats put him back intdf har-
ness, brains, bandana, rheumatism,
and all.—Savannah News.
Mr. John Sherman lias been in
receipt of a salary of $5,000, with a
brief interval of $8,000, for a genera-
tion. Out of that accumulating sala-
rv Mr. Sherman has succeeded in sav-
ing two or three millions of dollars—
K. Y. Sun.
Oregon has held her Republican
convention and chosen delegates to
the Chicago convention. Oregon has
a great financial head. The rolling of
barrels thitherward will begin at once,
and the Oregonians will have the fresh
tap.—Chicago Times. " ^
Abraham Lincoln died twenty-
three years ago. He lived long enough
«•' O O P
to immortalize himself, but not long
enough to give any lasting life to the
party he made temporarily possible
through his own honesty and patriot-
ism.—St. Louis Republican.
The Democrats of York County,
Pa., have made a mistake. They have
dignified Senator Ingalls' attack upon
Hancock by a formal denunciation. It
would have been better to have left it
to the silent contempt of the people—
The Vermont Republican dele-
gation is said to be
What's the Matter With Your Blood?
As much blood goes through the kidneys
as goes through the heart
There is nothing startling about this fact
except it be a revelation. Many people have
but a dim idea of the real work of the kid-
neys. They not only drain the water from
the system, but also the poisonous matter
which that water holds in solution to carry
out of the system. Over half the time, how-
ever, the kidneys fail to do this work.
What is the result ?
Gradual failure of strength and health
and eventually death by Bright's Disease
or some unexpected kidney disease.
But particularly in the spring of the year,
when one's blood is filled with poisonous
waste, as it invariably is at that time, you
feel depressed, tired, languid; do not seem
to have any disease, but your system does
not respond to the genial warmth of sum-
mer and spring as formerly.
You had better look out!
The kidney poison is accumulating in the
blood. Tonics won't do any good, they simp-
ly treat effects. You can only secure a
radical, thorough renovation of the system
by the prompt use of Warner's safe Cure,
which is the only reliable, scientific specific
for the blood, because it is tho only known
specific in the world for the kidneys, which
are the only great blood purifiers.
Geo. F. R idgbwav, 93 Murisoa St., Cleveland,
O., Ex-Deputy Sher.fl, from uric acid poison-
ing of the blood became, at times, totally
blind, and was troubled with great giddi-
ness. In 1832, after suffering for many years,
and being distressed beyond measure, he
thoroughly purified his blood by means of
Warner's Safe Cure, and says: 4T have nev-
er had a day's trouble since, and have fully
recovered my health. Warner's Safe Cure
saved my life." •
&ev. J. P. Arnold, of Camden, Tenn., in *78
and '81 was grievously afflicted with many
abscesses, caused by kidney poisoned blood.
The abscesses were alive for many months
and caused great distress. After thoroughly
purifying his blood with Warner's Safe Cure
in 1832, he reported that in 133S ho was strong
and well, over 71 years of age, and able to
Capt. W. D. Robinson, United States Marine
Inspector for the chain of lakes, residence
Buffalo, N. Y., in 1831 had a slight eruption
on his hands. It soon spread to his face and
he was almost blind. His body was covered
with light, flaky scales. His skin itched ex-
cruciatingly. For two years he gradually
grew worse, trying almost everything imag-
inable. In 1883, after having given up hope of
recovery, he began using Warner's Safe Cure.
"Twenty bottles," he says, ''completely cured
me, and to day I am strong and well as ever.'1
James Wight, 295 Fifth Ave., New York, suf-
fered for years from inflammatory rheuma-
tism—a blood disorder—but in 1883 was fully
restored to hoalth by Warner's Safe Cure and
remains well to day.
The four above cases are as gqod as a
million. They prove what is stated, that
the organ that removes tho iuipurity from
the blood most effectually is the kidney,
and for this when impaired there is but one
sound, rational method of treatment.
Dr. Dio Lewis, who was opposed to the
use of medicines in general, thought sc
highly of this remedy that he said if he had
a serious kidney disease, ho should use it.
Ask your friends and neighbors what
they think of it.
In the spring of the year, when debility is
so prevalent, and the seeds of disoase are
sown that may have a fatal blossoming be-
fore the fall, the prudent man and woman
will give tho system a thorough cleansing
1 and purfication.
JAPAN'S FIRST RULER.
Blaine." If its faith needs strengthen-
ing it should send for Senator Ed-
munds and beg of him to givevit the
red-hot speech for the •'man from
Maine" which he somehow neglected
to deliver in 1884.—A". T. World.
If the Republican part}* wishes
to go into the campaign with a hope of
success, it must turn its face to a new
chieftain. That is the hard common
sense of the situation which those Re-
publicans who are prtme to respond to
their emotions rather than to their
judgment must begin to consider.—
Philadelphia Bulletin (Rep.).
Although ostensibly a plea for
independence in politics, James Rus-
sell Lowell's New York speech must
be recognized as a plea for the re-
nomination of Cleveland and a decla-
ration of the willingness of the Inde-
pendents to march under his banner
and stand on a platform of Civil-Sor-
vice and Revenue reform, according to
his exposition. — Washington Critic.
Senator Stanford's mention of
himself as a candidate for the Repub-
lican nomination has not been received
with any display of enthusiasm. Stan-
ford should not attempt to stand in the
way of Mr. Blaine, who is a far
stronger man, and in whose hands, m
case of his election, Stanford1* in*
terests wonld be about as well looked
after as if he were President himjiU.
A Pretty Tradition Whicli Is Believed by
All Loyal Japs.
The Chinese have an older civiliza-
tion than the Japanese, but there is no
doubt in the minds of statisticians at
large that the latter people have the
superior system of government They
are endeavoring at any rate to keep
abreast with the times and the ad-
vancement of the age. The history oí
Japan goes back about two thousand
six hundred years, and dates from the
period when the orb of the day pro*
claimed his dominion over the country.
It is a very pretty tradition, which i.i
believed by all loyal Japs, that the sun
was the first Emperor in the land.
Since that time no ruler has been ar
rayed in such splendor, not even th¿
notoriously-gorgeous Solomon of East-
ern pride, nor the ¡liliesCof the field—
even they present a comparatively
modest appearance beside the efful-
gence of the great, shining Emperor.
But the sun lost his grip—in some
way was deposed, and on the throne
was placed Jimmu Tenno. No record
exists of the sun having become angry
at the proceedings or interposing ob-
jections. On the contrary, it is one of
the greatest examples of returning
good for evil that is on record. Instead
ot going off on a strike and, by dous-
ing the glim, cutting off the illumina-
tion of the world, old Sol went right
along shedding his beams with the
same lavish and gratuitous spirit as
before. The children of the sun who
have from time to time sat upon the
ancient throne, have, according to na-
tive historians, got along about as well
as the rulers of other nations, although
it is alleged that the Mikado has always
been a mere figure-head, and that the
business and policy of the government
were conducted by the Ministers of
State.—Farm and Fireside.
- —In a party of young people at At-
lanta, Mich., recently, was one young
lady who had never before seen a rail-
road. While she was gazing at the
iron rails and wondering how they
were used a train came thundering
along, frightening the poor girl so that
she fainted dead away.
—A novel way to more a house wm
adopted at the railroad depot at Or-
lando, Fla. The house was flipped
apon the railroad track* an engine
was backed up and hitched on, and the
house pulled along, sliding on the
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