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/ V o l . 4 . East Hartfoi'd, O o n n ., September 3 8 , i S 6 5 . N o . 1 4 . Publl§bed by jtf. oe.]iistc:d. The Eem Leaf will be devoted to Literature, Informatio n an d Local News, an d will contain P o e > d r y , A a e r 4 « t e a , E s s a y * , I n t e r e a l i n f f F n c t s , W i l t i c i a B i a « Aec. I t shall be o u r aim to make i t wor- <fcy o f th e public su p p o rt.. All communications should be addressed to THB KLM LEAF, Box 32, East Hartford, Ct. Ootol>cr. The summer, slowly retreating from the heavens. Returns a space, earth’s beauty to behold. And through the mist of parting tears she sendeth One last fond smile to haunts beloved of old. Like the Egyptian Iqneen in ancient story. That garbed herself all royally to die. The year around her folds her robe of beauty. And stands a queen beneath the pallid sky: And round her regal form like hushed attendants. The forests stand in anguish meanings toss’d, For ’neath her splendor heaves to death her bosom. Smote by the aspic of the untimely frost. Like Caesar soon will come the chili December, To gase upon her form whence Ufa is fled; And the wild winds that wail around her dying. Will shriek in anguish e’er the bright year dead. Tbe Three WIsbes. There was ooce a wise emperor who made a law, that to every stranger who came to hie court a fried fish should be served. The servants were directed to take notice, if, when the stranger had eaten the fish to the bone on one side, he Uirned it over and began on the other side. If he did, he was to be immediately seized, ^nd on the tjiird day thereafter he was to be pat to death. But b y ^ great stretch of impartial clemency, the culprit was permitted to utter one wish each day,which the emperor pledged himself toUcrant, provided it was not to spare his life. Many had alre^y perished in consequence of this edict, when one day a count and his young son presented themselves at court.— The fish was served as usual, and when the court had eaten all the fish on one side, he turned it over, and was about to commence on the other, when he was seized and thrown into prison, and was told of his approaching doom. Sorrow-stricken, the count’s young son b e sought the emperor to allow him to die in the room of his father; a favor which the monarch accorded to him. The court was accordingly released from prison, and his son was thrown into his cell in his stead.— As soon as this had been done, the young man said to his jailors—‘You know I have a right to make three demands before 1 die —^go and tell the emperor to send his daughter, and a priest to marry us.’ The first demand was not much to the emperor’s tastj, nevertheless be felt bound to keep his word, and he therefore, complied with his request, to which the princess had no kind of objection. This occured in the times whell kings kept their treasures in a cave, like the Emperor of Morocco in these days j and on the second day of his imprisonment the young man demanded the kings treasures. If his first demand was a bold one, the second was not less so, still, an emperor’s word is sacred, and having made the promise he was forced to keep i t ; and the treas. ures of gold and silver jewels were placed at the prisoner’s disposal. On getting possession of them, he distributed them profusely among the courtiers, and soon he had made a host of friends by his liberali-ty- The emperor now began to feel exceedingly uncomfortable. Unable to sleep, he rose early on the third morning and went, with fear in his heart, to the prison to hear what the third wish was to be. ‘ Now,’ said he to the prisoner, ‘ tell me what your third demand is, that it may be granted at once, and you. may be hung out of hand, for I am tired of your demands.’ ‘ Sire,’ answered the prisoner, ‘ I have but one more favor to remiost of your niaj-eety, which when iticj granted, I shall die content. It is merely that you will cause ■the eyes, of those who saw my father turn "the fish, to be put out.’ ‘ Very good,’ replied the emperor, ‘ your demand is but natural, and springs from a good heart. Let the chamberlain be seiied,^ he continued, turning to his guards. ^ ‘I, sire,’ cried the chamberlain ; ‘I did not see anything—it was the steward.’ ‘Let the steward be seized, then,’ sai^;the king. But the steward protested with tears in his eyes, that he had not witnessed anything of what had been reported, and said it was the butler. The butler declared that he had seen nothing of the matter, and it most have been one of the valets. But they protested that they were ignorant of what had been charged against the count? in short, it turned out that nobody could be found who had seen the count commit the offence, upon which tbe princess said— ‘ I appeal to you, my father, as to another Solomon. If nobody saw the offence coiU' mitted, the count cannot be guilty, and my husband is innocent.’ The empeVor frowned, and forthwith the courtiers began to murmur ; then he smiled, and immediately their visages became radiant. ‘Let it be so,’ said his majesty ; ‘ let him live, though I have put many a man to death for a lighter offence than his.*But if he is not hung he is married. Justice has been done.’ lAwlessuess. This is the characteristic feature of the age—violation of law. Everywhere, in every country, is t h i s * t r u e . H o v o lu t i o u o , up-heavings, unrest, violence, these are at work the world over. It is the age of big revolutions, which amounts to saying that it is an age of lawlessness. Upheav-ings, breaking up the old strata on which society has rested for centuries, is the order of the day. Uarest in church and state, a disquiet in society, a distrust of men and things, is apparent in all lands. The reckless and the lawless have for years had control of things, and the outcropping is now manifesting itself. The great rebellion through which this nation has just passed, was but one of the juts of wrong that permeates the rotten heart of depraved humanity. Other countries are no better off than we are. AV'here revolutions are not in actual asse they are in embryo, ready to break out at any moment. Europe is kept quiet, outwardly, to-day, by means of the vast standing armies—more than four millions, that like a dead weight, hang upon the necks of the people. But leaving all others and only looking at our own. How stands the picture? How stands it with us after more than four years of scourging. Are we lawless or law-abiding ? How stands it with us in regard to the great moral code, that was commanded from Siuai and has been the law of the world ever since ? How stand we in regard to Sabbath breaking, swearing, lying, stealing, rape, and murder?— Are we law-abiding in regard to these ?— Some may say that these are moral laws, and not included, as to be kept by the citizen, We answer to this, they are truly the Moral Law and ought to be kept as such—but they are Statutory Law, and are violated every day. We are as lawless in regard to all the items specified as it is possible to be, unless we turn Banditti and set all law at defiance and follow criine as a profession. AVe are a nation of Sabbath-breakers, of this there is proof piled up to the skies. Demoralization in this direction is spreading like a contagion. 'J’hen as to swearing, we eclipse all people and outrage all decency in our vulgar ribaldry and gross, bitter profanity.— The impious way in which.God’s name is taken would shock any people, but one wholly dead to the duty of obeying law. Lying, untruth ; it is woven through the entir e frame work of society. The.whole commercial fabric is based, upon lying and false-prptense. Then stealing is practiced in high and low places, in some of its million forms. The other two crimes, rape and murder, which are becoming so common as to alarm even those complacent gentlemen who have been looking round for a small edition of the Millennium —what shall we say of them ? Say what we may about this lawlessness and try to solace ourselves with the idea that the evil is only apparent not real, still the^/ac^ remains that human life has lost the security that qpce shielded it from the murder’s knife. After a war of more than four years» the object of which was to break down Slavery, the fact remains that the bitter hatred to the negro is now as great if not greater than ever.—Republican, Williamsport, Ind. my First Patient. UY A. R. HARDING, M. D. A "SENSATION” STORY, (Continued from our last and concluded.) * 1 seized the vase containing the fluid. I examined and tasted. It was—toast and water! I received my conge next morning from a • brother practitioner. The patient was a member of parliament, engaged—from his popular manners, a taste for literature, and philanthropy—as perpetual chairman to public dinners in the whitebait-season, particularly those held at Greenwich. H« was suffering from biliousness and indigestion, caused by his ministerial duties in this respect. His young wife, with a perhaps par-donftble ha<1 overrated the severity of his complaint, and I had been misled by novels into believing that pretty women are generally demons. I am wiser now; but this was my first and last patient. Moral.—Do not accept spasmodic pictures in morbid fiction as the reflection of nature. Don’t take what you • see in a looking-glass to be a fact, or more than partial evidence of the truth and worth of anything; and don’t take it for granted that women are wicked because they are pretty. PopplniT the Question. Mehitable Merit, a young lady over twenty- nine, who never had a chance to cha nge alliterative character of her name, was seated over the fire in her little sitting-room, when a knock was heard, and who should make his appearance but Solomon Periwinkle. “ AVhy,” thought she, “ I wonder what he’s come for; can it be—” But we won’t divulge the thought that passed through the lady’s mind. “ How do you do, Miss Merit ?” “ Pretty well, I thank you, Mr. Periwinkle. Not but I feel a little lon*‘ly nowand then.” “ You see, as I was coming by, I thought I,d step in and ask you a question about, about— “ I suppose,” thought Mehitable, “ he means about the state of my heart.” “ The fact is,” said Solomon, who was rather bashful, “ I leel a little delicatg about asking, but I hope you wont think it strange.” “ Oh no'’ simpered Mehitable; “ I don’t think it at all strange, and in fact I have been expecting it. “ Oh,” said Solomon rather surprised, “ I believe you have in your possession something of mine.” “ His heart he mean?!,” said Mehitable, iii^ide. “ Well sir,’’ siiecoiiiinued aloud,‘‘it may afford you pleasure to know that you have mine in return. It is fully and entirely your own.” “ What! I got your umbrella ?” exclaim, ed Solomon,-in amazement. “ I think you must be mistaken, and I don’t thihk I’d like to exchange mine for it, for mine was given me.” “ I begyour pardon,” said the discomfited lady, “ but I made a mistake. I quite forgot your umbrella which I borrowed some time ago. • Here it is, I was thinking o* something else.” “ If,” said Solomon, “ there is anything of yours that I have got I shall be happy to return it.” “ Well, no, it’s no matter,” stammered Mehitable, coloring. “ Good morning.” S u c c e s s . The improvement of the present moment is the only sure means of success. Those who rest on attainments or achievements already accomplished have passed the zenith in their career. They lack intense desire, which alone impels to great deeds. This cause of weakness and defeat Paul avoided. His motto was, this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. On the other hand, those who rest on what they are to achieve by some future exertion fail of success. They never put forth the effort which is essential to it. Vain thoughts lodge within them. And the great things to be done by them are as distant from accomplishment to-morrow as to-day. In fact the business which they intend to complete is never begun. Present earnest action cannot fail to secure important results. Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings, he shall not stand before mean mra. These principles apply to all the business of this life. They apply also to affairs of the life to come. The more convenient time never comes to those who put off tbe work of repentance. ’ But those who jiow repent and seek the Lord, effect the work of preparation for heaven. And professors whose earnest devotion to the work of God and whose prayerful effort for the good ol souls are in the future, remain stupid and unfruitful. W^ouldst thou, disciple of Jesus, bring much to pass in thy work for God to-day ? then gird on thine armor and enter the field and “Jle’er think the victory won. Nor once at ease sit down. Thy arduous work will not be done Till thou hast got thy crown.” C. C. —A late English tourist speaks with surprise of the unfinished condition of Washington. He says: “ At one end of a street you may purchase the last new novel; at the other end you may possibly encounter a rattlesnake.” Which end, on the whole, is in his opinion the more dangerous, he does not say. That was a beautiful idea expressed by a Christian lady on her death-bed, in reply to a remark of her brother, who was taking leave of her to return * to his distant residence, that he should probably never meet her in the land of the living. “Brother, I trust we #iall meet in the land of the living. We are now in the land of the dying.” - He that is taught to live upon little, owes more to his father’s wisdom than he that has a great deal left him does to his father's care. ____ % —If during the late struggle for national existence the public sentiment of England had been on the side of the North, it would have so encouraged us and discouraged the South, thatAhe terrible fight would have jjpen shorter and our pangs and sacrifices far less. But, then, we should have had less self-reliance, and made a less ample development of our resources and power. So it is well perhaps that we were deprived of British sympathy and comfort. “ God meant it unto good, as it is this day.” A good story is told of a country Methodist, at wh )se house an itinerant preacher was passing the night; who when bed-time came and familj prayers were suggested, in searching for a Bible, finally produced a couple of torn leaves of the good book, with the naive remark, “I didn’t know I was so near out of Bibles.” l^ e first preacher who even pieaohed without notes in New England, was said to be Rev. John Wareham, in 1670.
V o l . 4 . East Hartfoi'd, O o n n ., September 3 8 , i S 6 5 . N o . 1 4 .
Publl§bed by jtf. oe.]iistc:d.
The Eem Leaf will be devoted to Literature, Informatio
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d r y , A a e r 4 « t e a , E s s a y * , I n t e r e a l i n f f F n c t s ,
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