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ation” is the opposite of creation. It is the idea of a creation of all things out sufficient to reply that the doctrine of of nothing has no such foundation either. annihilation finds no support whatever in We admit that if matter can be destroyed, the teachings of science, or in the declara annihilated, it can be created in the tions of the Bible, and, consequently, absolute sense. T. W. Brookbank.
little more confidently, encouraged by The morning was clear and cool and the kind voice and manner of the lady. delicately fragrant with the incense of "I do not at present think of one. My countless flowers still moist with dew; girl may be able to assist you when she and over the awakening city's hum of comes, she is acquainted with a number wheels and industry rose sweeter sounds, of young persons so employed, and the twitter of sparrows and the call of sometimes a chance occurs to get the the cherry-searching robin.
place of someone who is going home Mrs. Mason sat in her pretty dining awhile. But, are you not very young, room, alone, excepting for the babe just and a stranger here; and is there a nefallen asleep upon her arm, her larger cessity for your leaving home?” “I am children played outside beneath a sum seventeen and have a home, but we need mer bower, her husband was gone to some things, mother and I, and I wanted his business and her maid of all work to try and earn some money. Mother was away upon an errand. Gentle and made me promise not to go among those serious thoughts passed through her outside of our faith if I could help it, mind, a quiet review of some teachings and this is the first place I have tried.” of the past, in her girlhood's home, re “My dear, are you a Latter-day Saint ? garding the future work of her people, and how did you know whether this the Latter-day Saints. She was planning would be the right kind of place, such a little, too, for the morrow, Sunday at as your mother desired?” “I was born the Tabernacle.
in the Church, and I felt as though one Her eyes rested in pleasant abstraction of our people lived here." upon the honeysuckles that draped the Mrs. Mason looked down and sighed. porch; reminiscences and calculations The thought of this young girl drifting were blending and gliding into day to and fro through a strange city, to be dreams, stealing the morning moments led, no telling where, seemed dreadful away, until they might have lasted no to her. The girl's delicate and modest knowing how long-presumably until beauty seemed only to enhance the baby stirred-when suddenly the hum possible danger, where innocence is ming birds darted over the doorway, a no guard, but irresistibly attracts the light, firm step sounded along the clean deliberate distroyer. walk, and a moment later a fair, timid Then, noticing a look of weariness upon face appeared at the door.
the stranger's face, she gently asked: A sweet, modest face, a hesitating “Will you have something to eat, you step and faltering voice, as the stranger look tired?" The disappointed girl bowed and entered the room by the in
“Tell me please, where vitation of the lady. In reply to the
you came from?"
The girl gave the questioning look, she asked with embar name of a town south of the city, and rassment: "Do you wish to hire a girl to Mrs. Mason pleasantly replied: "My do housework?" "No, my dear, I am girl, Mary Long, is from there, you may supplied." “Do you know, Ma'am, know her, ah, here she is!” and after of any good place in the city where I hearing Mary's report, the mistress withcould get a situation ?" she ventured a drew, leaving the two acquaintances ex
changing happy salutations and inquiries. A few moments later the stranger passed out of the gate, and the day passed on in its usual calm and order. At supper time, again the knock was heard, Mary went to the door, and seemed in anxious consultation, then hesitatingly invited the person in, and quietly introduced her to her mistress. The girl looked pale and troubled. “Come said Mrs. Mason and have some supper with us?” The timid stranger politely declined. “But I can't enjoy my supper when anyone is sitting aside like that, come, you're perfectly welcome," and thus urged she came. Mrs. Mason clearly discerned failure and trouble in the case, and kindly added: “Lena, you had best stay with Mary to-night, and perhaps tomorrow you will have better success; at any rate, feel at home here for a day or two while you are trying."
The grateful look raised to her face as Lena thanked her, revealed how much anxiety was relieved by her simple kindness. Shortly after supper Mary came in from the kitchen and told her mistress, “'tis the first meal she has eaten to-day, the girl had to be at the station by daylight, to catch the train, and Lena lost her lunch in her hurry, and has walked all day without food. She is so tired, I told her not to wait for me, but to go to my room to bed.” “Poor girl," sighed Mrs. Mason. "I'm so thankful, ma'am ycu let her stay, she did not know where to go, and came to ask me what she should do." "I am glad she came back here; going to a lodging house would have been very unwise, when there are our own people to apply to,” and Mrs. Mason passed on up stairs.
Mary's door had swung ajar, and before the low couch, the lady saw the kneeling figure of the girl, and heard stified sob. She went on and reflected for nearly half and hour, and then returned and entered the little bedroom. Fast asleep from fatigue and anxiety, with pale, tear-wet cheeks, resting on her fair arm, the stranger reposed safe from fear, yet now and then sighing even in her sleep. Mrs. Mason sat down beside her and looked long upon the
youthful figure and tender face, thinking of the homesick longing the brave heart endured, and the stern struggle, all for a few dollars. She thought of certain young girls who had come with the same honest purpose, and shuddered to think where they were now, and of the home sorrow of parents, brothers and sisters, their sorrow, shame and despair for the lost daughters. She pictured to herself the home that possibly Lena had left; the low, adobe house, the old orchard of peach and apple trees, spreading wide their laden branches, whose yield would be carefully dried and taken to the country store; the long, hedge-like rows of native currants, black and yellow, and the green lucerne pasture for the cow. She imagined the dusty, country road with weed-bordered sidewalks, the plain schoolhouse where Lena had learned her few lessons, the meetinghouse and the little store. These surroundings were perhaps the world of Lena's past, all she had known, until to-day, this Utah born girl; and to-day she had learned, no doubt, more of anxiety and distress of mind than in all her life before. Then she thought of Lena's mother. Was that mother now sleeping soundly as her absent child? Her own heart answered her no, Lena's mother was sleepless this night, wondering where and in whose care her young child's life was sheltered; that at the same hour Lena knelt weary and disheartened with: in the gay, thronged, selfish, indifferent city, Lena's mother knelt long before the same great throne beseeching the Father to watch over the far away child. As the lady studied the face, so much more like a child's than a woman's, she felt thankful that the wanderer was in
“To-morrow I will talk more to her and let her feel that I am her friend, for oh, it is a fearful risk that innocence dares alone in a strange city and among her people's foes. I must try and get a proper place for her and not leave it to herself.”
Mary's step coming along the lower hall roused her from her reverie, and she left the room, quickly passing into her own. If Mrs. Mason held her babe more closely
to her heart that night, we know the secret. When she entered the dining-room next morning she glanced around as though seeking some one, and Mary noting the glance, said: “Lena would not stay to breakfast, I persuaded her to eat a biscuit and drink some milk, and told her if she didn't find a place to-day, to come back to-night, I knew you would be willing, ma'am.” "Certainly,” replied Mrs. Mason with evident disappointment in her tone, “and when she comes again I want to see her, remember Mary.”
Night came and brought Lena, she had found a situation, but among persons not of her own faith, and where several men, employees of her master, boarded. Mrs. Mason knew that Lena would be brought in contact with them, in her duties at table, and gave her good advice as to her deportment among them; if any disrespectful allusions were made to her people or their faith, to avoid any bantering argument in reply, and command their respect by her own reserve and maidenly dignity; also that on our streets were persons ever on the alert to misconstrue a look or laugh, and ready to approach with impertinent familiarity the unguarded; exhorted her to remember her daily prayers and asked her to feel at liberty to come and confide in her if occasion ever required a friend's advice. Lena thanked the lady with sincere gratitude and love, and that night knelt with them in their family circle and slept again beneath the same roof, this time the sleep of untroubled peace.
. By early morning she was away and installed in the duties of her new home. Anxious to learn everything required of her, her mind was for several days fully occupied, then came occasions of leisure or opportunities when general conversation could not but be noticed. The first thing that weighed upon her spirit was the absence of family prayers and the omission of a blessing upon the food at table. This seemed so perilous a way of living that Lena felt almost self-condemned in remaining, but found relief to her own feelings by attending to her own
religious duties faithfully. If during breakfast the master chose to read aloud between his sips of coffee, scraps of malicious misinformation from the morning paper, regarding the early settlers and the more prominent persons of this Territory, Lena listened in silence and pondered how much it cost her, the money she was earning, to gain it at such a price. When noble men, whose whole lives were as household stories to her, were defamed in her hearing, how she longed for the time when such tongues and such pens should be awed into silence and humility.
When righteous women, whose names and characters she revered as little less than those of angels, were flippantly tossed from tongue to tongue with sacreligious falsehood, her heart swelled and her eyes filled in spite of her studied self-control. O country mothers, would you not keep your daughters home could you but know the spirits of evil they must meet?
They had not asked her if she was a Mormon girl, they seemed to know it she thought, and did not regard her feelings. Often she weighed the matter in her mind, whether to stay longer or go home. “'Tis about the same with most of the places,” said one of her friends to her, “but we just pass it by, we can go home when we get ready to go, that's one consolation.” So the fact of not being alone in trial, helped her to bear it a little longer; “just till I get a sewing machine for mother and a few little things she needs; something too for little Dick, then I'll go home," she thought. One day the warfare seemed harder than usual. She had heard her mistress and visitors freely relating domestic matters, and marital infidelites and infelicities, nay, more, matters maternal, that seemed a dreadful revelation of life to her pure, untainted mind; and then later in the day conversation turned some slurring allusions to Mormon wives and daughters. Lena's eyes flashed, self control was thrown away, and she answered fearlessly: “My mother is a plural wife, and after what I have heard here to-day, she is pure as an angel beside
ABOUT one mile west of Luray, the eral verdict is that the Luray cave excels county seat of Page County, Virginia, all others in the combined extent, varieare located these beautiful objects of ty, scientific interests and beauty of its natural interest, which are rapidly gain calcite formations. The Mammoth and ing the attention of pleasure seekers and Wyandotte caves are indeed larger, but tourists, and to a certain extent the peo their walls are almost bare. Weyer's is ple in general, as being one of the attrac admittedly inferior in the freshness, alations of the day.
riety and beauty of its cave-scenery, as The discovery of these remarkable well as in extent. The New Market cave caverns was brought about through the also falls behind in size, richness of ornaefforts of a Mr. B. P. Stebbins, of East mentation and access.
It lacks also on, Maryland, assisted by a couple of the variety and abundance of formations local residents, Messrs. A. J. and Wil to which the Luray Cave owes its preliam B. Campbell, and was effected on eminence. For the latter it
be the thirteenth of August, 1878. Soon claimed that it is the most beautiful cave after its discovery the tract of land over in the world. "Comparing this great lying the cave was sold, by order of the natural curiosity with others of the same county court, at auction to close up a class,” says the report of a party sent bankrupt estate, and Messrs. Stebbins, out from the Smithsonian Institution, "it Campbell and Company became the is safe to say that there is probably no purchasers. The price paid was seven other cave in the world more completely teen dollars per acre, or double what and profusely decorated with stalactitic the land had brought in a previous sale. and stalagmitic ornamentation than that As soon, however, as the discovery of of Luray. the cave became known the property While on a proselyting tour last July, came to be looked upon as a coveted in company with Elder M. A. Hendricks, prize, and has since been the cause of and having occasion to pass through this much litigation, which resulted finally in section of the country, we availed ourits purchase by its present owners, the selves of the opportunity thus afforded, Shenandoah Valley Railroad Company, to visit this natural wonder. After paywhose line of road runs within one mile ing an admission fee of one dollar each of the cave location. This latter pur —which was about all we had-we were chase was effected in 1881, the price paid entrusted to the care of a guide, supbeing forty thousand dollars. Since its plied with a reflecting light, and all was opening the cave has been visited by ready for the decent. The first opening many thousands of persons—as many as entered is known as Entrance Hall, fourteen thousand three hundred and through which we passed into a long, sixty-five having visited it in a twelve dark passage, where the Flower Garden, month-representing all parts of the Theatre, Natural Bridge, Fish Market, world, many of them scientists and for
and Crystal Spring were encountered eign tourists acquairfted with the caves in quick succession. Turning to the of this and other countries. The gen right and mounting a flight of steps we
are in the Elfin Ramble, a vast, open two days in exploring the cave, and plateau, estimated to be five hundred writing descriptive accounts of the same feet in length, by three hundred in for the New York Herald. This Grotto breadth. Passing through this we reach is rich in formations of rare and curious Pluto's Chasm. It yawns at our feet in shapes, among which the Dragon is a startling way, attaining a depth of especially interesting. On our return from seventy-five feet and a length of five the Grotto we stopped to examine the hundred. At the bottom of the chasm, Bird's Nest, a cavity in the rock consome distance to our left, is the Spectre, taining, formerly, three but now only a tall, white, fluted stalactite, bedecked one beautiful white egg, formed from about its upper part with a fringe of drops of lime-laden water falling from snowy draperies. Taking the main route the ceiling. Other objects of interest in the guide now conducts us to that part this vicinity are the Tombs of the of the cave called Skeleton George, Martyrs, the Vaults, the Lady's Riding where in a small ravine are found im Whip, the Idols, the Conical Shot, and bedded in drip-stone the real bones of Cinderella's approach to the Ball Room.
Descending by a stairway we On making our exit we enter Campare brought face to face with the ob bell's Hall, which answers to the highest ject of our search the skeleton. Only conception of the ornamental in cave a few of the larger bones of the leg, part scenery, since here, to a remarkable of the skull, and a few vertebrae remain degree, the formations retain their origin sight; and these are held firmly in inal beauty. The Camel's Head, the the grip of the stone which has formed Handkerchief, the Wet Blanket-the over the rest.
The next objects of inter latter a 'marvelous piece of imitative est are Giant's Hall, Titania's Veil-a stone--and the Fruit and Flower Basmarvel of beauty, Saracens Tent, and kets are also encountered, but we have the Fallen Column. The latter a frag seen enough for once and are quite ment of what it was formerly, but still a willing to return to the surface for monster, is twelve feet in diameter by needed rest and reflection, having been twenty in length, and of an age esti for the space of two hours engaged in mated by some scientists at millions of our observations. There are also some years. Passing beneath the Fallen attractive features to be seen of interest Column and beyond the snow-white to the Bible student, such as Abraham Angel's Wing, we approach the Organ, offering his son Isaac on the altar, Hagar upon which the guide performed an air, gazing pensively her famished Id, by rapping its pipes with a small wooden the Tower of Babel, etc. The wonderinstrument. Leaving several objects of ful region of Hades, with its beautiful minor importance, we at length emerge waters, Lake Lethe and Lake Lee, are into a large open space, nearly circular also very attractive. A matter of interand magnificently furnished with all that est in this locality is an abyss to which is striking and attractive in cave scenery. no bottom has yet been found. Mr. A. This apartment known as the Ball Room, J. Campbell was once let down into it a is the lowest in the cave, being two hun distance of seventy-five feet, but without dred and sixty feet beneath the surface. finding its lower limits. The Castle on Several grand balls have been given the Rhine, the Sleeping Child and the here, and three marriage ceremonies per Lady's Shawl, are also worthy of notice. formed, but in reply to a question by a It is impossible to estimate correctly
to how any divorces had the age of the cave or its formations. been granted, the guide said there had The guide informed us that a tumbler not been many. In one of the rooms placed under one of the dripping staladjoining the Ball Room is Collins Grotto, actites at the time of the cave's discovery, named in honor of Jerome J. Collins, eight years previous, had not increased one of the officers of the ill-fated sufficiently to be visible to the natural Jeannette Arctic Expedition, who spent eye. Since 1881 the cave has been