approach to a secretary ever tolerated.
We used to grieve because our mother had no firstrate Crutch ; it seemed a waste of power.
Now, we see that it was partly the instinct of selfpreservation,--keeping the doing muscles tense and strong, because action was vital and necessary to her — partly the still deeper instinct of giving her self, body and mind.
She seldom failed in any important thing she undertook; the chores of life she often left for others to attend to or neglect.
The Christmas services, the Christmas oratorio, brought her the usual serene joy and comfort.
She insists that Handel wrote parts of the Messiah in heaven itself.
Where else could he have got Comfort ye, Thy rebuke, Thou shalt break them, and much besides?
Late in December, 1908, came the horror of the Sicilian earthquake.
She felt at first that it was impossible to reconcile omnipotence and perfect benevolence with this catastrophe.
We must hold judgment in suspense and say, We don't and we ca