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|,t F, AST OF EGGS. k AS OLD A8 CHRIS- TIANITY. by a Noble Colnteu While ]Xile--The EKK Has Since been SYmbol of Restored Happi- hundred years ago there lived Groan whose name yon Lindeuburg. a cruel war was laying ethe laud.and she had to fiV from in the dead of night, with two children. At first she knew go, but her old serving- her to go with him to his who lived in a little rain- away, hidden In the Harz So the noble countess his care, and his broth- were very kind to the Wanderers. took them in and them the best they had. best tlley had was very poor, , at first, the dainty-reared woman children came near starving. no meat, no fish, and not an egg; and this last for the good there was not a fowl in the These domestic fowls that common to as, and that we at first came from the east, and had at that time only seen in large cities and towns. hese mountain folks had never of such "strange birds." countes decided to repay She secretly sent her servant down to their old home. he found the castle almost destroye, but was lucky up a lar.e number Lhat still roosted about home. He brought them up mOUntains and great was the all the peasants as they saw few weeks afterward they still more astonished and de- for a young brood of chicks them by the kind count- ()- how the village children and clapped their hands at of the 0httle, downy, bright- creatures, who were so strong and and who followed the old hen pick up their food on the very came out of their .shell contrast to the blind, bald, fledglings that they saw in the hedges. the countess saved up her eggs had enough for a feast, when all the housewives to come the new food, and learn how it. At the close of the feast gave each family a number of to take home and use for her Easter came. she was anxious sCnething for the children, and to her that as the egg was new life it would be a nice 'to have an egg festival for the Easter treat. So she took and roots, and with them of the eggs--saying that earth laid aside her mantle of snow pring, and God himself made and berries not only good but pleasant to look upon." Sunday, after the riling- met for their simple service, the little ones, and after pleasantly to then for a while, them into a grove near by. she told them to play about, and they little birdies, and some cute little nests. She called them to her house, or and gave them alittle feast of she could prepare. It was SOme nice milk-soup with cooked egg cakes. hd finished their feast a great whistling, and coo- squeaking in the grove where t left their nests. What could The children ran back and lo! in every nest there were colored eggs, and on one little rhyme was painte d . surprise and delight of children. They talked res and wondered where from. a strange hen it must be to of so many colors'" said one. not think that hens lay s," said another. But a sure it was that dear little jura I out from behind I made my nest." to please the little they all shouted together: Yes--the little hare .laid the eggs!" And they kept on re- it until they began to be- afterward, as the countess to the children, who was little daughter saw coming mountain'? It was the dear the husband whom they all  lnust be dead. And as he came this Easter clay it was an- reason why the countess loved and wished to have it always she went back with her and children to rebuild their left a sum of money tc ended in giving the children an egg-feast every year. She also of the "egg-feast" duchy, and so it grew, and the custom spread all over and the eggs also at length sort of symbol of restoration and redemption from sin. has spread to our own but I think none but German 1 believe that the eggs are laid little har '" E.A. Mxws. Right UsuQlly. Mother (entertaining Dottiel Why are you so likQ a wild Indian and slap, brother? ' in at the door)--0hl eomInv was here. HER "'RIGINAL EGG." U N T DEB SAT .f near the front win- I%II/A dew of her little iq'\\;huse' darning a :" great hole in, the J[. " "-, \\;' heel of Chloe Ann's )lv stocking, and won- \\;/ dering "w'at fer dat chilesolate" t::,:,. "'Dar she come  now!" she exclalm- ed. glancing up the road. "an' runnin' like a wil' tukkeyl" A moment later the door flew onen and Chloe Ann rushed into the room. "Aunt Deb," she gasped, "dem gale up ter de school house--" "Look yet! I wants ter know w'at you mean, bustin' inter de house dis way. You'se lackin' in repose ob man- ners, you is, Chloe Ann! Reckon I done year old mis' tellin' Miss Rosa data tousan' times, nn' you'se des like her. Shet dat do'l Bless graciousI 'Pears like dat BIa'ch win' tryin' to blow all outdo's inter dis room. Now you ties set down in dat ar cheer, an' don' lemme year 'nudder wad rum you ontil you ketch yo' breff." Chloe Ann, puffing like a small stcam- tug, rolled up her eyes despairingly and tumbled into a chair. "Co'se I'd oughter knowed you'd 'spise for ter year 'bout dem Easter doin's," said she. slyly, as soon as she was seated, "but dey's gwine ter be mighty cur'us." 'W'at dey gwine ferter do up darT' inquired Aunt Deb. eagerly. Chloe grinned. "Dem gels," she said, "dey gwine ter git up a show in de schoolhouse, an' dey gwme ter have aigs an'--" -Aigs!" exclaimed Aunt Deb. "Aigs," repeated Chloe Ann, im- pressively. "An' mo'n dat, dey aint gwine ter have nothin' 'cep' aigs. Dey kin make 'era as small as sparrers' aigs, or dry kin make 'era des as big as dey kin tote. Dry kin stuff 'em or dey kin leave 'era holler; but ev'y gal's 'bleeged ter invent de aig by her own- alone-self. An' Mis' Dodd she done tole us dat de gal w'at make de 'rig- "AUIT DEB," SHE GA.SPED. inal aig she' ter git a prize ob ten dol- lars." Here Chloe Ann paused an instant to give Aunt Deb time to take in the full import of this announcement. Then she proceeded with her tale. "Dat gal wid the long yaller curl she say ter me, 'Nobody aint 'spectin' you'll make nothin', Chloe Ann.' An' I say, 'Den I 'bleeged ter 'sprise 'em.' After dat she axed me ef I reckon I kin make dat prize aig. An' I 'lowed I boun' ter try, an' dat I aint nebber lef' behime! Den she laugh mighty scornful an' toss up her head. I aint say nothin' me', but I des stan' roan' dem gals an' watches out, an' years der talk. I knows fer she' now des how I gwine to wok.'" "Aint I allers (tone tole de folks you was clar grit, honey?" cried Aunt Deb. "But 1 dunno'zackly w'at you mean w'en you talk 'bout de 'riginal aig." "tlo!" ejaculated Chloe Ann. "'lllginal's de mos' diffuntest from all de res', an' ]'se boun' ter make dat aig. I gwine make de bigges' aig in all creation!" "Chloe Ann[" shouted Aunt Deb, iswitching her niece sharply with the stocking which she had just mended. "You oncomuunctious chilel Don' you lemme year ne me' dat kind o' talkI You gtwine be took at your wad some day, an' struck dead wid a clap Jane. I done sot dar ar hen dis morniu'." Not in the least abashed, Chloe Ann bounced out of her chair and clapped her hands, declaring that she knew "'zackly w'at ter put in de inside o' dat aig, an' she shouldn't as' nobody, kase dey was all b'longin' ter her." "You'se bonn' ter speckerlate fud- der'n dat. chile," said Aunt Deb. "Dat aig's 'bleeged ter have mo'n insides Go 'long an' do some o' yo' flom-ishtu' roun' de wood pile. Atter tea we'll set roun' de stove an' projec' 'bout dat 'riginal aig." It was after 10 o'clock when Aunt Deb and her niece rose from thelr seats before the fire. "An' atter all dis 'spectin' an con- tendin'," said Aunt Deb, despondently, "we aint make out ter kiver dat aigl I kin ax Miss Cole fer de ole boxes-- you'll git yo' pas'boa'd outen dem-- an' like 'nough she'll gimme de strong w'ite muslim But I dunno w'at you gwine ter do for de outside." "Doa' you be troubled in yo' mln' 'bout dat, Aunt Deb. Lawl I'se boun' ter fin' kivering' fer dat aig. 'Taint gwine out in de world naked, cert'n she'. I aint nebber got lef' behime yit, Aunt Deb!" With this cheering assurance Chloe Ann jumped into bed, and was soon fast asleep. Aunt Deb spoke truly when she said that the girl was "clar grit.." Until tm last eighteen months of her life she had always been ill-fed anct over- worked. When she was 11 years old her sickly mother became a lelpless invalid, and upon Chloe Ann were laid burdens far too heavy for one so young. Many a time she lay awake all night with hunger that the mother might not suffer. Many a time she stood be- tween her drunken father and her mother's bedside, warding off the blows intended for the sick woman, and receiving them at last upon her own shoulders. When the mother died. two years later, and her father declined to sup- port her. Chloe Ann begged and worked her way from Georgia to a small town in Peunsylvania where Aunt Deb lived. Her aunt had sent money to pay the cost of the journey, but the father had discovered it and gained possession of it. The poor ehi],l could neither read nor write when she entered the village school; but being "'olaf grit" she ignored the ridicule of the little chil- dren with whom she was obliged to re- cite, and worked with all her might to make up for lost time. Ms. Dodd, a wealthy and benevo- lent woman, was at this time greatly in,rested in raising funds for the or- phan asylum which she had been the means of starting in the,village. She conceived the idea of interesting the schoolgirls in the enterprise, and pro- posed that they should have an exhi- bition of Easter eggs of their own in- vention. She would give a prize of 10 for the most singular and unusual production. Ten cents admission fee should be Lsked at the door. The ladies should ?rovide refreshments, and after the committee had decided on the "most original egg" there should be a grand sale of the eggs for the benefit of the asylum. he teacher permitted the girls to interest themselves iu o deserving a cause, and presently the whole village became very much interested in the exhlbltmn. No one was more thoroughly ex- cited than Chloe Ann. She talked about eggs--she dreamed eggs. Her hope and courage never failed, not even when it lauked only four days of the appointed time, and her egg was still without an outside. Aunt Deb was not so san guine, and expressed her surprise at ChlOe Ann's cheerfulnes "Law, Aunt Deb! Aint I brung up 'long o' triberlations? Aint I allers made out to fetch up at de head? I'se gwine out dis minute ter 'vestergate de store winders 'Spec' Pll 'skivver sump'n fo' I comes home." So saying, Chloe Ann put on her hat and shawl and started o, singing in a o' tunder des like Anerias an' S'flra high key: was done struck w'en dey wasn't Hump yo's#f tar ds load an' forget do distre, mindin' w'at dey say. Go 'long an' An' dem w'at stan's by tar s eGg;_ etch in a armful' o' light 'God, an' shet Far de harder de pullla' de loiter a.e I, de ehiok'n-house do' an' look ter Black n'dQ bigt de feed in e trouat In less than half an hour she was back again. There was a package in her arms, and a look of solemn joy on her face. "Come in de udder room," she said in a hoarse whisper, and Aunt Deb went into the other room without a moment's delay. ]Whcn the two emerged from the little bedroom, they quivered with the awfulness of the secret in their pos- session. " 'Spec' you got to sew de fus'lot ter de clef," said Aunt Deb. "Atter dat dey'll stick fas' 'nough." "You'se she' you kin make dat arT' inquired the girl, rather anxiously. "Aint I use ter make balls fer Mares Ellis's chKlun, long 're' you was horned? Does you 'magine dat dem days an' dem doin's done drap outen my min'? Bless gracious[ I kin tell dem d'rections wad fer wad, an' I kin spangle urn, too. But yo'se got to do some 'sper'mentiu', Chloe Ann, kase you aint had no 'sper'unoe wid sech doin's. I'se mighty glad dere .aint no school dis week." Chloe Ann's delight knew no bounds. She danced and capered about the i '" TIIE EGO'THAT TOOK THE PRIZE. room until Aunt Deb was thoroughly out of patience. The eventful day dawned at last, but it seemed to Chloe Ann the longest day of her life. She was dressed for the evening long before the time, an4 as soon as the clock struck seven she ran to the schoolhouse. When she opened the door she was dazzled with the sight, The boys had trimmed the large room most taste- fully with evergreens, and had ar- ranged flags and other draperies with charming effect. The Easter eggs were displayed on tables near the wall. There were emerys, almost "as small as sparrers' aigs." wlth a rosette and loop of very narrow ribbon at each large end; eggs of dainty satin, filled with tempting candies; eggs covered with swan's- down.containing bottles of perfumery, or waiting to receive a lady's jewels; and eggs resplendent in blue and red velvet or plush, large enough to hold comfortably thd elegant dolls that lay within. Chloe Ann drew a long breath. "Lan' o' glory!" she ,xclaimed at las "Dey:s bah'some! Co'se 'twas all mighty foolish ter make calo'lations on dat ar tendollar. But sakes 'live[ I aint gwine ter bodder 'bout dat. Somebody'll buy my aig, cert'u she'." Chloe Ann smiled cheerfully upon the rival eggs and went her way, os- tentatiously tossing over her shoulder tbe tong scarlet ribbons that depended from a tight braid which stood out at right angles to her head, and was ex- actly three inches long, An hour latter she met Florence Evans, whom sue had described as "dat gel wid de long yaller curl" ',Where's your egg?" inquired Flor- ence. "Reckon hit's at home," was the cool response. ,,Reckou you're ashamedto show it," said the girl, mockingly. "Like 'nough," replied Chloe Ann, with apparent indifferenc "Why, Chloe AnuI Isn't your egg here yet?" exclaimed Mr& Dodd. "All the eggs were to be here at 5 o'clock." ,,Dat's a fack," said Chloe Ann very gravely. "But Aunt Deb's mighty special wid dat aig. She's gwine ter fetch hit herse'f." "But it ought to be here now," urged Mr Dodd. "Something must have detained her. Run and bring It y0lel that's $ g0! irk'" "Law, Mis' Dodd! You eudn't'In on me. nowhow, fer ter git dat aig fum de house ter de sc]3ool safe and soun'. 'Spec' hit's kase I'se 'laekin' iu repose ob manners,'" she added, with a chuckle. "Well, it's very strange if a girl 14 years old can't be trusted to carry a parcel[" said Mrs Dodd, impatiently. Just as the committee who were to award the prize were about to with- draw for their conference, Chloe Ann opened the outside door and thrust a very anxious face out into the dark- ness. "Here I is!" panted Aunt Deb. "An' you kin praise yo' sta's dat I'se come. I aintnever oa'ertuk no seth skittish job as dm afo'. An' you aint never yere no seeh racket as come fum de inside o' dish yer aig! I clar tcr good- ness! 'Twas wuss'n totin' a clock[ An' l'se 'raGs' 'feard some er dem kun- nels dun drap off in de road." "fIere. Judge Carletonl" said Mr Dodd, taking the huge bundle from Annt Deb's reluctant arms, and giving it to a gentleman standing near her. "It is so late that you will have to exhit this egg from the plat- form." Judge Carlctou proceeded to the platform, closely pursued by Aunt Deb, who removed the wrapping of tissue paper as he mounted the steps. "Hullo!" shouted a small boy. "A pop-corn egg!" A pop-corn egg sure enough, and shining and sparkling as if Jack Frost had breathed upon it! A murmur of surprise aud admiration ran through the room. "Look out dar, :Marse Carletonl" cried Aunt Deb, excitedly. "You'se gwine ter keel hit over. Keen hit de leetle end up, she'!" [] Mrs. Dodd stepped upon the platform and assisted Judge Carleton to raise the upper half of the great egg. When Black Jane. Aunt Deb's favor- ite hen, was disclosed, sitting on a nest of white cotton-batting, every- body began to clap. Then a dozen fluffy little black heads thrust them- selves out from under the wings of the old hen. and the applause became deafening. At this all the little black heads disappeared, and everybody laughed. Of course Chloe Ann's egg took the prize. The committee were not ab- sent from the room more than five minutes; and as soon as the sale be- gan, Mrs. Dodd was sorely perplexed, for it seemed as if every one wanted to buy Chloe Ann's egg. What a jolly time they all had! How the people laughed and cheered when excited in- dividuals bid against themsslves! At last "dat 'riginal aig" was knocked off at $15 to old Mr. Clapham, who had been very much opposed to the asylum. "Chloe Ann, how did you ever hap- pen to th{nk of putting that brood of chickens into your egg?" inquired one of the ladies. "Law'." said Chloe, "! allers ']?serve dat chick'ns was a nachul tmg to be inside o' aigs!" There was a great shout then. Chloe Ann laughed louder than any one else. Judge Carleton patted the woolly head approvingly. "Chloe Ann," said Aunt Deb, as they were walking rapturously home in the moonlight. "'you'se de outdoin'est gal in dat ar schoolhouse I's proud on you, honey, I cert'nly is." "Law!" exclaimed Chloe Ann with a little tremble in her voice. "Ain't I done to}e you l'se never lef' behime?" SUSAN CURTIS REDFIELD. A Surprise. Stanley Ober stood at the "window looking across the nmadow at the small evergreens that skirted the wood beyond, and wishiug it were Christ, mas time again--for the tree had been such a delight: but it was nearly Easter, and there would be Easter egs and Easter cards, and a small party, when all the cousins would be there. "Mamma!" he cried, suddenly. "Well?" asked mamma. Stanley went nearer, and talked earnestly for several minutes; then mamma's face wore a smile, and Stan- ley was beaming and mysterious. \\;'i! THE EASTER TREE, The party came off on Easter Mon- day, and all the cousins were there. A merry time they had of it with wll sorts of Easter games, and then came tea. with pretty sandwiches and cakes and ices aud fruit, and then a door was opened into another room where stood a tree hung with the most charming of Easter tokenst Dainty baskets of flowers, one for each guest, painted eggs suspended by gay rib- bons, beautiful cards and homemade trifles, and at the top of the tree were sprays of lovely Easter hlies that looked so pure and white against their background of dark green. The Easter tree was a great success, and the cousins voted Stanley's Easter prty to be the most delightful they ever knowl Uncertain. Judge WaybaekHave_ yot any pre. adiee against the defendant? Hank HowlerI dunno yit, Jedg CONCERNING CONSUMPTIVES. Eattrat From  Remarkable Document Proving that the Diseese Is Curs.biG, The following extracts from statis- tics compiled by th committee ap- pointed to communicate with patients under the treatment for Consumption discovered by Dr. Amiok of Cincinnati. offers a new lease of life. to thousands: Fred P. J. Sager of Columbus, 04 began treatment June 20th, 1893; dis- continued it in seven months; cured; received first 10 days treatment free. James A. Downard, Danville, Ind.; began treatment September, 1893; din- continued four months later; cause of discontinuance, cured; previous dura- lion of the disease 11 years; received first 10 days treatment free. L.J. Maxwell. Washington, D. C.; began treatment October. 1893; discon- tinued December, 193: cause of discon- tinuance, cured; duration of disease not stated. Received the first 10 days treatment free. Ed Dolin. 63 State street, Utica, N. Y.; began treatment April, 1893; dis- continued June. 1893; cause of discon- tinuance no stated: present condition much improved; duration of disease three years. W. L. Wright. 503 Commercial Build- ing, St. Louis: began treatment Feb- ruary, 1892: discontinued after two months, cured of Asthma; previous duration of disease. 20 years. Mrs. John E. Gulger, Laramie, Wy. oming; began treatment October. 1893; discontinued in two and a half months; cause of discontinuance, cured; prev- ious duration of disease, two years. Received first 10 days treatment free. James Winslow. Carthage, Ind,; be- gan treatment June, 1892; discontin- ued May.1893; cured; previous duration of disease not stated; received first 10 days treatment free. C. W. Love. Beloit, Wis.; began treatment December, 1892; diseontin- ued l0 months later; cause of discon- tinuauee, cured: previous durationof disease, one year. Received the first 10 days treatment free. Mrs. A. Beamer, Lansing, Mich.; be- an treatment October, 1893; have not iseontinued; cured? No; noticeable improvement? yes; received the first 10 days treatment free. Alfred S. DeWitt, Guthrie, Oklaho- ma: began trratment May 1, 1893; dis- continued in six weeks; causeof dis- continuance, cured; duration of dis- ease not stated. Received the first 10 days treatment free. R. G. Shanley, 905 Columbia build- ing, Louisville. Ky.; began treatment Jtfly, 1893; discontinued September, 1893: cause of dscontinuance, cured; previous duration of disease, 18 months. Received the first 10 days treatment free. G. W. Colby, Jr,, 205 North Fourth street, St. Louis, Me.; began treatment June, 1892, was at death's door; dis- continued; cause of discontinuance not stated; noticeable improvement? "De- cidedly 'so"; previous duration of the disease, three years, Dora Theobald, Biloxie, Miss.; be- tgan treatment February, 1893; diseon- inued after four months; cred; prev- ious duration of the disease, four years. The first 100 statements report: cured. 6;benefitted, 51; no improve- ment, 2; dead, 1. Concerning the free treatment referred to the report states: Consumptives everywhere are still given the same olportunity with. out cost; written apphcatlons must be made through the family physician. GATHERING AT MASSILLON. Coxey's Peace Army Growing:--Say There Will lie No Troxble. MSSILLO, Ohio. March 30.The commonweal is growing apace. Yes, terday afternoon Coxey and Browne spoke to a large crowd gathered on the public square. A people's party ticket was placed in nomination and unanimously indorsed, People came to attend the rally from points as far distant asColumbiana. Tendersof as- ,istance are reaching the general by every mail The letters received by Coxey and Browne are of great variety and startling oddity. A few of them contain threats, but the great majority offer symuathy and engagement, Yesterday several letters reached Coxey and Browne from various part /, J. S. COXI:Y. of Pennsylvania sayin that Gov. Patti. son has ordered Sheriff John Moon ot Green county to meet the army on the state line and read the rit act. The general at once wired the governor and received lie following- reply: "The sheriff of t;:'cen county know his duty and I have no doubt will fully perform every requirement of the taw. .... A Massil]on lawyer who ires just re- turned from a trip through southern 1-'ennsylwma _:tys the whole country is excit.d over the comm ef the com- monweal army an:t that in towns where militia c(;mpanies ex;st special drills have been taking platte ilmosi nightly in anticipation of a call from the governor. Coxey ,nd the other men in charge of the movement are confident there will he no trouble dur. ing the march to Washington. To Rrlng South and ,est ogether. WICIIITA. Kan,, March 19.--George W. Clement, president of the board o! trade of this city, has issued a call fo the south and west trade congress te be held in thls city April 17. The ob- ject of the congress is to adopt ways and means to establish closer relations between the west and south and to de- vise means to i%cilltte the sne.