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THE TEMPLE OF FAME." I By" GOTHIC." There was an ape in the days that were earlier, Centuries past and his hair became curlier Centuries more added a thumb to his wrist; He was a man and a positivist." And there was a certain congregation of men called a council or board, and they were men who conducted the management of a portion of the public bu-iness in the country in which they dwelt. And there was a certain man that stood high in the estimation of the people, and he was known of them as a man of integrity and judg- ment, and he was the scribe and servant of the congregation. Now this congregation consisted of men, various in disposition, temperament and knowledge, and were not all blessed with great brain power or intellect, yet they were as one man upon matters personal, and so it came to pass, if these- did not run counter to, or clash with the public's, this congregation or board went on the even tenor of its way much in the same" hum drum" manner as did other boards or congregations, the members of which, were persons of limited business education and experience, and consisted principally of those whose duties were connected with the plough, grass, the bowels of the earth, shepherds, dealers in spice and camel drivers, together with various other useful and worthy occupations. But behold the scribe, before mentioned, through his supaiior knowledge, tact and ability, combined with modesty, raised himself in the estimation of the congregation so that they left all business in his hands, because they were not so learned in congregation's duty and work as he. And it eame to pass that the scribe was stricken by the hand of disease, and gathered to his fathers, and behold there was great lamentation and weeping of the congregation, but there was some who yearned for the fleshpots of and among them were those who waited to put on the sandals of the departed, and secretly in their hearts were glad and rejoiced exceedingly. Their joy was hidden, but they rent their clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes, together with the cloak, which is well worn by those who do not wish to be seen by the outer world. This cloak is of very ancient pattern and of many colours and shapes, the fashion is said to be very old, one "Adam" who lived before the days of Moses, is said to have worn one of a similar design. So all the congregation and their households and friends wept, some delivered funeral orations, while others sang praises in honour of the dead, and all walked softly. But one "Nehemia" desired to be scribe, and yet another Absolam my son" coveted the scribe's place, and not- withstanding it was against the law to speak one with another, regarding the" number" of the congregation who were for or against they whispered in each other's ears Lo! friend of my bosom, wilt thou remember thy servant, his uncle, cousin, or aunt" in the day of the numbering P But behold the time of the meeting of the congregation drew near, and many were the ways and devices of those behind the inner curtain to sit in the seat of the scribe, etc. Yet there were those of other households who would fain compete, and whose length of days ability and know ledge were not inferior to those cousins and aunts" the favoured of certain numbers of the congregation. This did not grieve the congregation, for they looked not upon strangers, as did Pharaoh upon Joseph. How- beit only "Nehemia"and "Absolam my son" were the loved ones. The time being fulfilled, thefday arrived for the judgment of the congregation, and behold there was a great commotion in the Tabernacle, which was situated upon a high hill." lo here my friend being the constant cry, come hither I would speak with thee," "thou wilt not depart from thy word." The high priest could hardly restrain the congregation, from an arena. At length one learned member stood forth and said, it is not just my brethren a certain man sent abroad writing which was at variance with the wishes and desires of certain of us, and was calculated to overthrow our plans and interfere with our desire with respect to our cousins and aunts.' And this learned man spoke a great deal of words, but lo! and behold, this member of the congregation was carried away in spirit, and confessed that he had, before the congregation met, asked one who desired to be scribe, if he would take a helper or assistant, and it was not known to outside congregations, and was against the law to co4i or address a man as scribe, who was not appointed of the congregation. And there was a certain strong man in the congregation whose feelings were hurt at part of the members actions, and he said, Nay, it behoves us to stop such disputation, what will the more enlightened of the people think of uøt But the strong mau was unable to struggle with the agility of acrobats, and so he became dumb. And it came to pass that the old unwritten law, which did not permit of candidates sitting at the judgment abst and pleading their own cause was done away with, and a new and improved law was passed, that any candidate being a cousin or an aunt or one of the househould, should in future so act, and the law was put in force. And there were those of other households who were of the opinion that such a law was not required, because they said that, the scribe was known before the numbering' and before the meeting of the congregation, there were strangers who said, it is a mockery," a form which must be gone through to please the people. So it came to pass as was spoken by those who could see through a wall when there is a hole in it. that although "Absolam my son" was not what his father loved, he was of the household, and "Nehamia" resigned in the scribe's stead. Then the congregation of learned men fell on each others' necks and wept tears of joy, over the wise and judicious way in which they managed the board's affairs and the public's business, but not all these things are written in the books of the chronicles of the doings and sayings of the congregation of The Temple of Fame."






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