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Honner up an' tole 'em kase she war stove-pipe hat what Marse Jeenis gimme savin' him fer sum ob 'em, ez hit didn't arter he hed done wid 'em. seem likely dey wuz gwine ter git nobody “De church wuz jes' jam' an' runnin' else. Hit minded me ob de time when ober wid people, big, leetle, ole an' young, de 'possum called de 'coon varmint. Yah! an' ez we promulgated [promenaded] up yah!
de eyelit [aisle] dey played de Dead “When de white folkes heard 'bout March on de orgin. me an' Honner gwine ter jine poplars, "Ebery body said de audjence an' de dey preshiated de fac' fer sho an' sartain. sarymony wuz jes gran' an invisible. Sum gimme one thing an' sum anodder. An' hit wuz; sho ez yer born, hit wuz. Marse George, which keeps de grocery “Dat warnt all nuther; no, honey, dat right on de corner ez yer go up Main hit warnt. Street, sez he, 'Colonel, jes' locate in hyar “When we driv back frum de church, and pick out yer bridle gif',' an' I jes' Mis' Sally, an' Mis' Marthy, and Mis'Jane, likewise did de same, an' trotted off wid an' a lot more lady folkses hed spread a a wash-board an'a cake er soap; den ez I war a passin' dat t'other grocery, Marse Jeems stops me, an' sez he, “What on yeath hez dis nigger
"Sez I, 'hits a new style piany what I'm er taken ter my true lub, ter see ef she kin play on hit.' Well, dat sorter tickled him, an' he ups an' hands me
a washtub, an'
he, Take dis erlong, too.
"Well, den sumbody gimme a broom, an' sumbody er coffee-pot, an' sumbody er bucket, tell I look like I wuz movin' from 'roun' yere. "Marse Bob,”
HIT SEEMS POWERFUL LONESOME, TOO." which keeps the liberty [livery) stable down yonder, he sent bridle feast in Mis' Sally's dinin' room, de convenience [conveyance] fer me an' ober in dat big, white house right ober dar. Honner ter ride ter church in-yessir he “Sum ob de culled folkses came ter de did do dat perzackly-de same, sho-nuff, weddin' feast, an' sum did n't came. We convenience dat all de tonified white hed flowin' an' plenty on de table too. folkses rides in when dey gits married, Dar wuz leben cakes, none ob yo' coman' hit war drawed by two white hosses mon gingy-bready kind, but big, nice an' druv by a black gemman ob color.
Sum hed dis brown fixins 'tween “Yer jes' orter er seed me an'Honner 'em, like a log house wid the plasterin' er settin' up in dat fine kerridge.
chucked in, an' sum looked jes' ez if dey “Honner war dressed in er kinder hed bin white-washed. white dolly-varden, wid flounces on hit, "Itell yer, honey, hit was scrumptious, an' er muskeeter bar, er sumthin', on her an' not a nickle did hit cos' me, no, sir, hed; an' I hed on er black suit an' er not a nickle.
"Every body 'joyed demselves fine. honey. "T aint ridin', hits jes' flyin',
' Me an' Honner set at de end ob de dat's what hit ez. I don't 'preshiate hit. table, whar de bigest cake wuz, wid a Ebery time I hears ob people gittin' debowky o' flowers er growin' right out ob stroyed and pulverised on dem kee-ars, hit. De white lady folkses fotch 'roun' hit weakens me-hit jes' do.' de cakes an' vittles dereselves, an' hit “Sez I ter mysef, 'Walkin's good did n't take no coaxin' ter get us ter eat. 'nuff fer de Colonel. Ef it haint, he kin
“I hed a little veranda (memorandum] stay at home.' ob de good fixin's dey brung; but hits “Honner hed set up ter take er bridle los' now.
Dar wuz leben big cakes a tower, an' dar haint no passafyin' wimtrimmin' up de festible board wid dar in min folkses when dey do get tuck wid a sinerwatin' presence-I haint fergot dat. noshun, so, sez I, 'Well, my beloved,
“Well, er day er two arter de weddin' I'll jes' take yer down ter dem kee-ars feast, de folkses what cum ter see me an'an' put yer on de agrivatin' conventions Honner begin ter talk 'bout er bridle (inventions), an' yer kin go ter Nicklistower. Dey sez ez people marryin' in ville on a bridle tower. De Colonel 'll sech style oughter take a bridle tower stay at home an' ten' ter de house.' likewise ez de res' ob de tony folkses do, "Er half er water-milion (melon) is betan' so dey got Honner's heart set on hit. tern'n none at all, so Honner she 'cluded
“She wuz pertickerler anxious ter see ter take de bridle-tower by herse'f. sum ob her folkses ober at Nicklisville, “When we got down ter de kee-ars, an' put at me ter take er weddin' tower dey all tried mighty powerful ter git de ober dar.
Colonel ter trus' hisse'f ter trabbel on 'em; “No, my darlin','sez I, “de Colonel's but de Colonel warn't gwine ter do no gwine ter draw a line right dar. He sech way. He noed how deceivin'dey wuz. aint gwine ter git on no kee-ars (cars]; “Marse Jesse offered ter git me a freeno, dat he haint. I would n't ride on pass ticket, what did n't cost nothen', ef hit, not ef dez wuz ter stan' right quietly I'd go erlong wid Honner; but, sez I, all de time dey wuz goin'; dat I would n't, ‘De Colonell 'll jes' hoof it erlong fer
erwhile yit, hale an' hearty, ef hits all the merriment died quite out of his de same ter yer.'
hearer's heart. * Marse Jesse sed I could holp Honner “And you now live here all alone ?" I on de kee-ars den, an' res' er bit tell dey ventured, after a short silence. wuz ready ter start, an' I jes' likewise “De Colonel jes' do dat bery way," did de same, only I jes’ stopped on de he responded, somewhat regaining his leetle porch at de hind eend. Dat war cheery tones. “Nobody but me an' jes' ez fur as de Colonel wanted ter put myse'f. De Colonel locks his own door his hed in de kritter's mouf (mouth]. an' puts his own key in his pocket. He
“Marse Jesse 'lowed he 'd play er trick haint entrustin ter enybody. He don't on me; but de Colonel warn't sleepin' own much; but he wants ter keep his wid boof [both] eyes shet.
'cumulations ter hisse'f yit erwhile; an' “Dreckly de ingine give a toot, an' de dere's lots ob no 'count pussons in dis kee-ars begin ter jim-crack erlong right worl which would steal de shortenin' gently, an' Marse Jesse begin ter laf. He outen a biskit. Dey perzactly would." thought de Colonel wur ketched in de When I took my leave, it was with trap sho; but de Colonel jes' nimbly the promise that I would soon “drop in shuffled offen dem kee-ars, like a turkle an' cogitate erwhile." drops offen er log inter de ribber. Dat's Thus I left the Colonel, still basking jes' perzactly what I did.
in the sun, his lingering gaze resting on “Honner went right erlong on de the far-away hills, where the soft mists journey, an' sed she 'joyed hit power- hung like purple shadows. fully, barrin'dat I warn’t erlong wid From the maple-tree at his door, the fallher; but de Colonel could n't make up ing leaves dropped now and then, rustling his mine ter let dem agnominious kee-ars about his feet in the gently stirring wind. grind on his bones yit awhile; no, dat “I likes ter hear 'em,” he said gently; he could n't.
“dey minds me ob sumbody er callin' Me an? Honner libed mighty peace- from way off yonder.” able an' mild tergedder more 'n four But my visit was never repeated. Not year; den de po' kritter tuck ter ailin'. I long afterward, while away from home, dunno what war de matter wid her. She I heard of the Colonel. He had started jes' graduately perished.
on his journey to meet “Honner." “When she fus' begin ter git grunty, In his early life he had been a great I ambled right 'roun' ter de doctor an' drunkard; but all through the later years got er stificate, an' tuck hit ter Mistah he gloried in being a strict “hyperbitionJimery Cooke's druggery an' got de ist," and in expressing his intense hatred healin' truck frum him.
of “de ole hussy,” as he called liquor. “ Hit did n't do no powerful lot o' In his last illness the doctor told him good, and soon she war jes' ez wurst ez he must take a stimulant. eber. Den I fotch her dis
sul- “What's dat ?" he feebly inquired. furious watah from Marse Ike's new " Whiskey," responded the doctor. well-lordy, how hit do smell. I do n't “Look yere, my preciousness," said the see how folkses kin punish der stomicks Colonel, rousing himself to unwonted enwid sech unfumery stuff. De Lord ergy, “De Colonel haint had no 'quaintsurely neber made hit fer human kritters ance wid de ole hussy fer many er year, an' ter drink an' ruin der vitals wid. Dat ef he cant git erlong widout her sassiety did n't ʼpear ter hab no benediction [ben- now, he's jes' gwineter die-he jes' ez." etit] for her nudder.
In this matter he stoutly persisted to “Well, hit went on an’on an' on, den, the end. finally, biemby Honner she tuck anudder The humble cabin stands quite lonely journey all by herse'f again. De Colonel and deserted, and the other day I overhed ter stay behind dis yere time. heard the housemaid at home inform the
“Hit seems powerful lonesum, too, cook, in an awed and impressive tone, kase der haint much ter do 'cept ter sit that the Colonel's “hant” had been an' wait tell he kin start arter her." heard,
occasion, The Colonel paused. His wrinkled whetting his scythe, at midnight's hour, hand went tremblingly to his eyes, while on the grind-stone by the door.
HE mighty and aggressive Wil- Emperor has been able to dissolve the
helm was not without experience spell with which the famous volume reof involuntary submission, as be- covered for the Bibliotheca Palatina had
falls most men. At least not all been bound away from Germany for of the battle was to one so strong. The many royal generations. treaty of 1871 was ratified, and the eagerly This manuscript is named from the Swiss desired Manesse manuscript continued a magistrate Manesse (Reidiger de), whose possession of the Bibliotheque Nationale. death was recorded in 1384. In addition The glory of its recovery for which so to his esteemed public services, including valiant and otherwise victorious a ruler the improvement of the constitution of struggled, remained for one less invinci- Zurich, this official distinguished himself ble to achieve.
by his love of letters and poetry. To him In restoring this inestimable treasure and to his son is credited this collection to the Bibliotheca Palatina at Heidelberg of beautiful poems of their time, which the dying Frederick accomplished an act bears their name as well as that of which during the past two centuries the “Works of the Minnesingers." These German government has more than once writings are on parchment, forming a attempted in vain. This royal benefaction volume of four hundred and twenty-nine was duly acknowledged by the Emperor's leaves, including one hundred and thirtybrother-in-law, the Grand Duke of Baden, seven richly ornamented pages.
In acas Rector Magnificentissimus of that ven- ceptance of the view of Dr. Kugler erable seat of learning. The final acqui- (Handbuch de Kuntgeschicht), and of sition of this paleographic gem is a cause other writers, this collection of songs of of such national rejoicing as its original the mastersingers of the fourteenth centpresentation to the ancient library of ury has been prized as one of the most Heidelberg by Marguard Freher in 1607 peculiar examples in the paleographic could hardly have created. Previously cabinet at Paris. Its 7,000 verses, united to that date the manuscript was in the as the "Lay of the Minnesingers," reprepossession of a baron of Hohn-Sax whose sent no less than one hundred and forty strong castle was situated near Saint Gall poets. In addition to the miniatures of in Switzerland, where one of the great the earliest of Minnesingers of princely schools of caligraphy and painting flour- and knightly blood it contains a repreished in the time of Charlemagne. sentation of the Wartburg War, famed
The circumstances from which this in mediæval tradition. This contest in precious specimen of medieval orna- song was enacted by six masters of the mented writings passed from the Palatine art of singing connected with the court Library into the possession of a Parisian of the landgrave Hermann on the Wartbibliophile during the vicissitudes and burg. The company was one developed tumults of the Thirty Years' War are in from the singing-schools renowned in a measure obscured. It is better known Mainz, Nuremberg and Strasburg, of how steadily and how fruitlessly the Ger- which the earliest organization had been mans labored in successive ages for its formed by twelve men, celebrated singers, recovery. In its restoration by the the union being ratified by Otto the Great, stricken Kaiser the service of Herr Carl who conferred distinction also with an Treubner, the widely-known Strasburg armorial bearing and a crown. Of these bookseller, was of essential value. As has six great singers, five of noble birth were been acknowledged, the successful ne- knights, including the territorial-lord gotiation for this long coveted volume Walther von der Vogelweide and Wolfdepended on a different purchase consum- ram Rohn; one of equally noble soul was mated by so wise a dealer. He had a citizen of Eisenbach, Heinrich von bought at no less a cost than $130,000 a Ofterdinger. They celebrated in songs series of valuable ancient French manu- the glory of the landgrave and the virtue scripts from the Ashburnham collection. of the landgravine Sophia. When reFrom this act on the part of a subject the solving upon a contest of song they called
this the War of the Wartburg. As in if thou dost not know how many war, it is a question of life and death, worlds there are?” And he wrote on the they agreed among themselves that he wall with his finger, “Wolfram is vanwho came off worse should be hung. quished !” The landgrave then decided
They contended in song, and Heinrich that neither had surpassed the other, and von Ofterdinger was vanquished. When allowed Klingsor to leave the court laden the others would have taken his life he with precious gifts. Thus were saved sought shelter under the cloak of the lady Wolfram's honor and Ofterdinger's life. Sophia, and she screened him and con- Such is the history of the Wartburg trived that the vanquished one should Contest, embodied with the charming obtain the assistance of a master in song, narrative of “Norica,” depicting life in so as in the space of a year to offer him- Nuremberg in the time of Albert Durer. self again to the contest. He now trav- The art of illumination was at its most eled about, and went also into Hungary vigorous stage at the time this manuscript where he saw Nicolaus Klingsor observ- was executed. The work is ranked with ing the stars, the renowned Klingsor, specially prized examples as representing Master of the Liberal Arts, and a mighty the progressive development toward the astrologer and necromancer. He laid the final perfection of painting, with its rematter before him, and the necromancer flection in miniatures, attained at a later promised to come at the end of a year, if age. During the latter half of the thirhe should by that time have observed teenth century, the illuminists, under the all the stars, for before then he would not general influence of Giotto, had vastly stir from his place. Heinrich had on this improved their art“ with tints that gayer account much sorrow and care. He waited smile,” and in superior grace of design, one moon after another. The year was while costly ornamented manuscripts nearly gone, and he learned that Kling- were less numerously produced than at sor was still counting the stars at home. the beginning of that age. A renewed But on the very day on which the con- activity in the production of large and test for song was to take place in the elaborately adorned volumes at the early Knight's house Klingsor caused himself part of the fourteenth century was united to be carried by his spirits to Thüringen, with some decline in taste. The execuand proceeded towards the Wartburg in tion, as well as the design, had become the guise of a bishop. The contest had coarser with a predominance of the commenced. First Wolfram began, and angular or Gothic motive, and when the then Klingsor sang with great skill of the long-tailed letters were formed into marnature of the heavenly spheres, of the ginal bars. The change of greatest imstars, and of the movement of the planets. portance was that dependent on the Wolfram knew nothing of all this, and character of subjects. As early as the end was obliged to be silent. Then he in his of the twelfth century profane literature turn praised the glory of God, and pro- had commenced to be popularized; while claimed how the Word had become flesh, the tableaux benoits or images of piety and how our Lord Jesus Christ had given continued frequent, the miniature paintHis blood for Christendom as a pledge and ing largely represented scenes of public earnest of eternal blessedness. Klingsor and private life combining studies from knew nothing of all this, and was obliged the manners and customs of the age. As to be silent. Klingsor now summoned portraits from life made their appearance his servant, the devil Nasian, who ap- caricature also was introduced. A tendpeared with four books in a bright glare ency to grotesque subjects appears in of fire. Wolfram, when he saw his oppo- the numerous manuscripts produced at nent lose courage, proceeded triumph- the time in France and England. Such antly, “God is the highest being, and examples are ornamented with initial God is the Lord of all worlds." Dost letters in brilliant colors and gold, conthou know all worlds?” asked Nasian, taining figures of men and animals and and Wolfram looked at him embarrassed. terminating in spiral scrolls which ex
Schnipp, schnapp!” then cried Nasian; tend along the upper and lower margins
thou art a layman. How dost thou of the volumes. The letters forming know that God is the Lord of all worlds, the style known as historiées, on