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Chivalry In Humble Life

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Day
10
Month
March
Year
1871
Copyright
Public Domain
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A poor acrobat out "West, who wa dashed from bis giddy height to th ground, when the crowd gathered abou bim,raised himself, mangled and bleed ing, to gasp out eotreaties lor tbem t save the two girls loft ucsupported o the trapeze. He refused to be lifted un til tbey were resoued, and in the ngonj of bis Lall and shattered limbs was th only man in the large audience who for got bis own nepessities and had the coo presence of mind to direct how the; should be brougbt down. Wbon tbe were safe, pain got the better of him and be n as carried as dead off the gtage The woinen were strangers to him. A little girl wandered on to the trac of tbe Delaware railroad as a freigh train of uineteen cara was approaching As it turned tho sharp top of the grade opposile St George's, tbe enginecr saw the child for the n'rst lime, blew " Dow brakes." and rever.-ed the ong-ne. Bu ït was too late to slackcn its spoed in time, and tho poor baby got up, and, laughiug, rao to meot ir. ''I to!J the conductor," says tbe engineer, " if he couli) jump off the engine, and luun'ng abead, piek tho child up before the engioe reached her be might save her Hl o though t wou!d risk bis OWD, which ho did The engioe was wilbin ono fort of tbc child when he secured it, and tbey wcic botli saved. I would not run the sume risk of saving a ohitd ftgaio by way of experiment for all Newcastlc county, lor uino out of ten uiight not escape. He took tho chiltl to tbs lane, and ebo wtilked to the house, aud a littlegTl was coming after it wheu we left." Tho honest engineer, having finishcd bis day's run, sits down tho next morEiiiL' and writes this homely letter to tho father of tbe child, "in order that it may be mrre carefully wntohed in luture," and tbaüking God " that hiinnelf aod tbe baby's mother slept tranquilly last night, and wcro ppared tbe lif'e-long paag3 of remorse." It does not occur to hiin to even tueution tho eonductor's name, wbo be secms to think, did no uncoramon thing in risking bis own life, unsjeu and unnoticed, on the solitary road, for a child vhorn he would nevcr probably see again, The moral of the story to him and to the good clergymun who publifhes it was, apparently, that molbers sbould keep their children off tbe track. It soems to us to havo a difhrent mean ing, whioh every man e:tn read for biuisclf. We i:ve tbe simple litlle story a placa, thcrefore, umnng the Kiaïories o' the w.ir, and murders, and records of the polioo court, for no practical lepton, but just as one would haug a bit of green landscape on his wall on a winter day. After all, in spite of tho transient rain, thcre is under all a summot and God. It t worth wliilo to remind ourselves oí that, now and then. We believe, too, with the plain-speaking engioo driver,' that tho conductor did nothing more thair eiglit out of ton manly joung fellowo wonld havo dono in his position. Pólice reports and the daily press bring the murdera and meannesses of tho world eo constantly to tho eurfaes oh week daysy and tho clergy open our ejes to' humad depravity ro olearly on Sundays, thai we are apt to overlook the actual honor and interity in tho masa of ordinary people about us. We grow so biliou in our reforuiing zeal tiat it is worth whilo to be shaken into a more Chr'.stian oharity, and convinced that it is not b matter of wonder to find a Bayard io' the poor conductor of a íreicht-train. or n a circus rider.-

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Old News
Michigan Argus