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“They had; even the kitchen utensils it does from an iron one ?"' asked Mrs. of the Inca's palace were all gold and Deane, smiling. silver."
“I don't know as it would. It tastes “I'd like that,” said Ruth.
good enough out of an iron one," said “Wouldn't it be jolly?'' said Frank. Frank.
“Do you suppose food would taste “But it would look so pretty," said better cooked in a gold frying pan than | Ruth.
MAY-DAY IN YE OLDEN TIME.
BY E. W. KEITH.
ANY of my young readers have amid mirth and shouting, and the rest of
doubtless heard of "going a. | the day was spent in dancing around it, Maying,” though in our changeable clic and playing at various rustic games. mate warm clothing and bright fires are Some of these were known by the generally much more comfortable on the name of "Robin Hood Games,” and all first of May than the white dresses and the members of Robin's famous tioop of sunrise rambles which the words sug- ! foresters were represented in the comgest. But in the days of our ancestors, pany. There was bold Robin himself, whether it was that the climate was with his tunic of Lincoln green, a sheaf warmer, or that they were less sensitive . of arrows at his back, a bow in his hand, to the cold than we are, May.day was a and "sword and dagger true” stuck in time of great rejoicing, and every one his belt; Little John, also in forester's joined in the out-of door sports which dress; Maid Marian, with her bow and celebrated the return of
arrow, and her cap trimmed with May “That swete and joyouse season.
roses; and Friar Tuck, the chaplain of
the jolly outlaws, in a monk's gown and In this country the May festivities hood, with a huge quarter-staff on his seem never to have been much observed, shoulder. The spectators were chaland even in England they have long ago
lenged to join with them in wrestling, been abandoned; but in "the merry shooting at a mark, and other trials of days of old” every village-green had its strength and skill. "May pole, straight and tall," painted in Another character who always created bright colors, and adorned with flags and a great sensation was the hobby-horse, pergarlands. Sometimes it was part of the sonated by some peasant properly equipceremonies for all the villagers to go out ped, who galloped, paced, and trotted to the woods and cut down a tall tree to
around, frisking and tossing his head, serve as the pole. Six or eight oxen were vastly to the amusement of the specta. then harnessed to it, their horns tipped tors. He was often accompanied by the with gold paper, and their heads wreath- dragon adorned with wings and tail, after ed with flowers and ribbons, and all the the most approved fashion of such monvillagers, in their holiday finery, joined in sters, and hissing and yelling in a style the procession that escorted it to the that would have done credit to the green. Here it was adorned with flow guardian of the Golden Fleece, or the reers and ribbons, and raised to its place nowned victim of Saint George's bravery.
The assembly were always greatly de- out before the May-day sun
rose to lighted by this part of the exhibition, gather them and bring them home to and testified their pleasure by shouts of adorn the doors and windows of the laughter and applause.
houses. Even kings and queens someBut to the younger part of the com- times "went a-Maying." We read that munity the most interesting part of the in the time of King Henry the Eighth day's entertainment was the choosing the Lord Mayor of London and all his and crowning of the Queen of May. The officers "went to gather the May," and prettiest and sweetest maiden of the vil- were met and escorted home by King lage was chosen to fill the throne, and it Henry and Queen Katharine. was considered a great honor. A bower A kind of May-day carol, which is as covered with flowers was built for her old at least as the days of Queen Elizanear the May-pole, and she sat within it beth, is still sung by the children in so on a throne, with a crown and scepter English parishes. They go from house also of flowers, to watch the proceedings to house carrying hawthorn branches of her subjects. Of course her Majesty and singing a number of verses, of which was not expected to take any part in the the following are a specimen: games or dances, but when the day was
“We have been rambling all this night done, it was her office to judge who had And almost all this day, acquitted themselves best, and to dis- And now returned back again, tribute rewards to the winners. An old
We have brought you a branch of May. poet thus refers to this pretty custom: A branch of May we have brought you,
And at your door it stands, “As I have seene the Ladye of the May It is but a sprout, but it's well budded out Set in an harbour
By the work of our Lord's hands. Built by the May-pole, where the jocund swaines
“ The life of man is but a span, Dance with the maidens to the bagpipe's
It flourishes like a flower: strains,
We are here to-day and gone to-morrow, When envious night commands them to
And we are dead in one hour. Call for the merry yongsters one by one;
The moon shines bright and the stars give And for their well performance some dis
A little before it is day; poses To this a garland interwove with roses ;
So God bless you all, both great and To that, a carved hooke, or well-wrought
And send you a merry May !"
Among all nations the return of Her handkerchief, cast o’re and o’re again; Spring, with its life and beauty, is And none returneth empty that hath spent hailed with joy. The fragrant arbutus, His paynes to till their rurall merriment.” which is called the May flower in New
May Queens have long been out of England, is generally out of bloom bedate in England; but the relics of the fore May in the Middle States; but there custom still survive in some remote vil- are violets, blue, white, and yellow, lages, where the children go about on Spring beauties, and green Jack-in-theMay-day morning with a gaily-dressed pulpits in shady places by the brooks, doll, which they call “The Lady of the anemones and liverworts on the hill, and May," and a few little sticks trimmed a hundred others, each perfect in its up like May-poles, and beg pennies of all kind, and all telling eloquently of the whom they meet. The beautiful white | love and power of Him who made them. hawthorn blossoms are called May-flow. And birds, blossoms, and breezes, all ers, and two or three hundred years joining in chorus, unite in wishing to ago it was the universal custom to go | all “ a joyful May.”
OUR THIRD VOLUME.— With the issue of est of Liberal Christianity, in an artithe present number we complete our third cle to its subscribers and friends in its April volume. The commendations of the press, number, thus announces a portion of the and of friends in private, which pour in contents of the succeeding issue: “ Other upon us from all sides, assure us that in articles will be · Robert Collier on Balaam's many respects we are making steady ad- Ass,' &c."
This seems a modest war of vances in favor and in usefulness. Our comparing Brother Collier to Balaam; the subscribers are scattered over the whole editor we presume, personating Balak, land, from Maine and Vermont to Califor- badly wanting to have Israel cursed. Our nia and Oregon, from Louisiana and Mis- liberal” brethren are truly the Balaams sissippi to Minnesota. In the meantime, and Balaks of the day. As such an article we hope those of our subscribers who are in as this is rare in this country, we modestly arrears for the present year, will send us in suggest that it be adequately illustrated. their subscriptions promptly, as the year is We knew the resources of our sister city to half gone, and we are under constant and be very great, and many of its acquisitions heavy expenses. Our terms are in advance. decidedly original; but we were not previWe especially urge our friends to notice ously informed that with its numerous and that we send to one old and one new sub- various importation of foreign stock, it had scriber for five dollars. By finding some
added this ancient and valuable beast to its friend to share thus with you in the benefits stables. We are glad to know that he is of Our MONTHLY, you will reduce your
in liberal keeping and in good, not to say own subscription price materially. If we congenial, company. When we visit Chicould afford to do so, we would gladly fur- cago, in the Assembly times, we shall keep nish free to all our friends, healthful and our eyes well open for this interesting sight pure literature to shut out, in some meas
of “Robert Collier on Balaam's Ass." But ure, the largely increasing tide of materi- truth to say, much as we respect Mr. Colalism and half-concealed, halt-revealed in- lier, we had a little rather see old Balaam fidelity and questioning of great essential himself on his own beast. Can not the edi. truths of the Word of God, which the daily tor of the Eraminer strain a point, and and the unevangelical presses are pouring make the show perfect, while he is at it? forth to flood our whole land. What will the next generation do, is the minds of our WOMAN AGAIN, AND HER “Rights." — youth are filled with doubts and disrespect “The only right woman has is the right for the revealed Truth, imbibed uncon- to a natural protector; give her that, and sciously from these streams flowing by the rest will follow.” This passage from every wayside ?
the London Times, which occurs in some
remarks on the proceedings of the National A CHICAGO SIDE-SHOW.-The Eraminer. Woman Suffrage Association of England, a Chicago Review, published in the inter- | has been the subject of various comments.
On the one hand it is stigmatized as an ex- ance in human affairs. With it the jumble ponent of masculine selfishness; and on began, in which we now find women clamthe other, as taking away from women their oring for men's prerogatives, and men trymoral responsibility. One who takes the ing to drive them off with the not always latter view of it says, that in the law of the just cry, “Ye are idle, ye are idle; get ye Creator “it is written that no protector can to your burdens.” But for it, perhaps, no shield woman from the result of her own woman would be left without her own spesin and folly; no protector can give her the cial protector, and no man be borne down security which is the reward only of honest by the weight of seven women seeking to endeavor; or take from her the responsi- be placed under the covert of his shelterbilities which are hers." While this is cer- ing name. Of this we may be certain, that tainly true, it is also true that the protector if all women were happily married, the may prevent the sin and folly, may secure question of their rights” would opportunity for the honest endeavor, and er enter their heads. And if all men may furnish an undergirding support for were happily married, it is almost as certain bearing the responsibilities. The sentence that they would have no wish contrary from the Times night, indeed, be improved
to the comfort and satisfaction of their by changing the last clause so as to read, wives. "give her that and she will wish for noth- But that little two-lettered monosyllableing more.
a tiny, but impregnable barrier-if-comes At the same time it is evident to most who between the human race and a whole ocean are willing to allow that the Creator has any of happiness. All are not married, and all thing to do with this and other things of who are do not find happiness in being so. human interest, that man was not made to
The maladjustments which have grown be woman's protector, but woman to be
out of the first sin have disturbed the balman's helper. The Scriptures themselves ance of the sexes, and many women are left tell us that “the man was not created for unmated. And the selfishness and ill.
the woman, but the woman for the man,” tempers which have sprung from the same Enis abdl against it, there it stands, and there is many minds, whether these unmated ones However the pride of womankind may re
root, have left it a doubtful question, in comfort but in submission. No amount
are not better off than those whom it is the of rebellious feeling can make it otherwise. fashion to consider more fortunate. At And if rights are based on Divine appoint- any rate, the question of an individual ment, it is only inerenftially that woman's protector for each woman is set aside by claim for even a protector can come in. this state of things, and it can not be deThe protectorship springs up as a natural | nied that an instinct of humanity should, consequence of woman's greater delicacy as it does, impel the stronger sex to estabof organization and less physical strength. lish a general protectorate over women as In a perfect state of society nothing more
such. It needs to be stronger and more would be necessary to the harmonious efficient than it now proves itself, as every working of the blended interests of the two thing good needs to be improved in this
If man had continued in his first degenerate world; but such as it is, it is of estate, we should not have the ugly fact that value, and devoutly do we hope that wohe has made his primal precedence as well as man will not despise it, and throw it off in his physical pre-eminence (we will waive the willfulness, and leave herself exposed to question of mental equality for the present) her enemies; and that man will continue excuses for selfishness and tyranny. But patient and conciliating, and protect and as he did not so continue, we must do the defend her, even though she may seem unbest we can with him as he is, and with grateful, just as a wise parent does not diswoman too, who lost in the fall an equal continue the care which the willful child is proportion of her perfections.
silly enough to scorn. That little mistake made a great disturb
A DAY OF RAIN.
be called upon to pay for its restoration; O morn of mist ! O weary day,
and when the barrister has thus put himThat knoweth not thy monarch's face!
self upon an outside equality with the minThe clouds droop downward cold and
ister, let him have five years work, then five
gray, Veiling the fair blue fields of space.
more; let him double the ten and add five,
and then we shall see how he compares for And all day long the constant rain
freshness, variety, and power, with a painsHath fallen with a sound of woe;
taking minister of Jesus Christ.” The wild wind sings a sad refrain, Swaying the tree-tops to and fro.
AN EARTHQUAKE - PROOF CHURCH.And oh! my life is like the day
Since the great earthquakes, two years since, So evermore my tear-drops fall;
in California, it has become a serious problem So lower life's shadows o'er the way, how to make their houses sufficiently substan
And drop around me like a pall. tial to resist or to be safe, in case of the reBut from the day's deep grief, behold!
currence of shocks. We learn, that in San The grass has caught a deeper hue;
Francisco, the Roman Catholics are buildThe buds on shrub and tree unfold,
ing an earthquake-proof church” called, And show sweet blossoms peeping through. of course, St. Patrick's—for if any man is So 'neath my life’s o'ershadowed sky
so utterly imperturbable as to defy an earthShall faith and hope take deeper root,
quake it is certainly Pat. The sidewalls To bloom in beauty, by and by,
of this building are only thirty feet high.
From these “a roof rises which, with the
main roof, is supported independently of
the walls by two rows of pillars inside. LAWYERS AND MINISTERS.—Dr. Parker, Both roofs are firmly bound to the pillars, the author of " Ad Clerum,” makes the fol- wbich are fastened together by iron crosslowing sensible remarks with reference to beams secured by heavy bolts, forming a the analogy which is sometimes attempted network of great strength.” In case of between the oratory of the bar and the pul- earthquake the roof would be launched off pit: “It has been complained that the min- | by the pillars, as a vessel is launched from ister does not olien compare favorably with her stays, falling eighty feet irom the way! the barrister; the appeals of the former are thus giving the worshipers a chance tgeber said to be interior to those of the latter, and cape with their lives. We should not, sow,
tionately. Without going into the argu- where property will likely be considerable ment, which might be justly founded upon depreciated. For we would not know when the difference of subjects which engage the the papal anathema, in the shape of a big attention of the respective speakers, it may roof, might not be shied sideways at our be enough to refer to two or three points Protestant dwellings. From present apwhich destroy the tenableness of the anal
pearances Rome will have to make her ogy. Are our hearers bound upon oath to church earthquake-prool by some other listen to us, and to give their verdict be- method. For, as Mrs. Browning said, the fore leaving the church? Set a barrister to old giant is writhing in pain beneath Italy; expound an act of parliament eighteen bun- St. Peter's shakes, and the castle of St. Andred years old; let him address the jury gelo is in danger. As lo our Protestant upon it twice every week in the year; let churches we need no such invention as this each juror pay five shillings a quarter for San Francisco structure. Judging from a seat in the jury-box; let the barrister call
appearances, many of them seem to have upon the jury for a monthly collection to been long earthquake-proof, and it will take enable other barristers to ex pound the same something more than that to make them act of parliament to other juries; when the stir. But if they could launch their roots court-room falls out of repair let the jury occasionally, it would be a blessing.