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A FEW HOURS IN A FAR-OFF AGE.

person under twenty-five years has once been permitted to examine those paining records. The monument has this inscription:

SCULPTURED AND ERECTED BY WOMEN,

A.D. 2180, TO

GEORGE HIGINBOTHAM,

FRIEND TO WOMAN AND UNIVERSAL EDUCATION.

You will see it next week. It is beautifully executed, and as uninjured by time's changes as if it had been but this year's work. Some people express regret we have not such marble now. I think it as great a mistake as the other reset—that we have lost the art of producing certain colours possessed by those people. In my opinion, the hardness of the stone and the colours are both due to some chemical change during long burial in the earth. Powerful machinery had to be constructed to raise the treasure, which increased public impatience, and great were the sums offered for entry to the works. But the Government said there should be no huckstering in connection with so noble a name and that all should view it freely as soon as practicable. At last the day came. Such a gathering never before, and never since, has been. From shore to shore, and far away towards the then principal city, was one close collection of people. While the appointed hour was chiming, the cloth covering was removed by two of the humblest and two of the highest women in Alethia. For a few seconds stillness reigned all through that vast assemblage, and every head bowed towards the statue. How different to the bow of ignorance