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What Made The Sunset?

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Xnere are a great niany people who do not know Sunset Cox's real Christian name, and wonder how it was tliat he carne to sport such a wild title as that which is given to the declining of the glorious God of Day slopiiig slowly over the Western hills. He was not always called Sixnset. When a prattling child he was named Samuel Sullivan, and not until he became the prattling editor oi the Ohio Statesman, in 1853, did he win his gorgeous epithet. He is an able man - quick-witted, lively, and provocative oí eriticism - and sound when he chooses to be, but it was f or no brilliancy that he gained the title of Sunset. On May 19, 1853, the following rnagniloquent description appeared from him in the Ohio Statesrnan, and then he bade adieu to Samuel Sullivan, and ever since has been knownas Sunset - a name which is his not without desert : " What a stormfnl sunset was that of last night ! How glorious the storm, and how splendid the setting of the sun ! We do not remember ever to have seen the like on our round globe. The scène opened in the west, with a whole horizon full of a golden interponetrating iustre, which colored the foliage and brightened every. object in its own rich dyes. The colors grew deeper and richer, until the golden lustre was transformed iuto a storm eloud, full of finest lightning, whioh lcaped in dazzling zigzags all round and over the city. The wind arose with fury, tho slender shruba and giant trees made obeisance to its majesty. Some even anapped before its force. The strawbeny beds and grass plots 'tiirned up their whites ' to see Zephyrus march by. As the rain canie, and the pools formed, and the gutters hurried away, thuuder roared grandly, and the fire bells caught the excitement and rung with hearty chorus. The sonth and oast received the copióus showors, and the west all at once brightened up in a long, polished belt of azure, worthy of a Sicilian sky. Preseutly a cloud appeared in the azure belt, in the fqrm of a castellated city. . It became more vivid, revealing strange forms of peerless fanes and alabaster temples and glories rare and grand in this mundane sphere. It reminds us of Wordsworth's splendid verse in his ' Excmsion :' The appearance iuBtantaneouely dieclosed Was of a luighty city, boldly say A wildenietfs of buildings, sinking far And self withdrawn into a wondroue depth, Far sinking into splendor without eud ! ' ' Bilt thè city vanished only to give place to anotuer isle, where tho most beaatif ui forms of foliage' appeared, imaginfí a paradise in the distant aud purified air. The sun, wearied of the elemental commotion, sank behind the green plains of the west. The ' groat eye m heaven, ' however, not down without a dark brow hanging over its departing light. The rich iïush of the unearthly light had passed and the rain liad oeased; when tho solemn church bells pealed, the laughter of children out and joyons aftèr the storm in heard with the carol of birds, while the forked and piu-ple weapon of tLe skies still dartod illumination around the Starling College, tryiog to rival its angels and leap iuto its dark windows. Candles are lighted. The piano strikeH up. We feel that it is good to have a home - good to be on the earth where such revelations of beanty and power may be matio. And as we eannot refrain from reminding our readers of everything wonderful in our city, we have begun and ended our feeble etchiiig of a sunset which comea so rarely t'uat ite glory should bo committe 1 to inimoiibal type." A peogramme is on foot to cali a eonvention to be held at St. Paul on tlio 34 4th, and 6th of July, or about that time, to whioh are invitod delogates from every county in the State, to represent the breeders of horses, cattle, hogs, sheep, poultry. and the daiiy interest, in order to form a stock-breedera' association through which to disseminate the practical knowledge as to the breeding and cross-breeding, feeding, handling, and the general ímprovement of each of the above' branches of industry.


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