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A WOMAN'S SMILE

For good or evil the power of a *om»n'« ■mile Is great. It Is the outwmrd and Tlilble ilgc of a talent of pleasing whioh she hat reoelTed to eoable her to be an inftaenee for good In the ordering and government of the world. Men are very mooh what women make them, end it If by rightly using thetr Ulent of pleasing, tbat women e»n make men what they ought to be. The man at the head of the house etn mar the pleasure of the household, bnt be cannot make it : that must rest | with the woman, and It Is her greatest privilege. It Is one of the duties of women to beantify the world, and espeolally their own homes and their own persons ; to arrange the furniture and ornaments of their rooms tastefully, end generally to give a touch of seemlinesa to that part of the world with which they iuve to do. To shed joy, to radiate happiness, to cast light apon dark days, to be the golden thread of oar destiny, the spirit of grace and harmony— la not this to render a servloe ? Here and there we meet one who possesses the power of enchanting all about her ; her presence lights np the home, her approach Is like ft oheerlng warmth ; she passes by, and we are content ; she stays a while and we •re happy. She Is the Aurora with a human fac«. In a New Zealand oemotery on a grave•fone Is to be found, with the name and *m of the dead, the words, " Bbc was 10 pleaaant 1" What a delightful character ihe mast bare been to have an epitaph Jike that 1 It mikes one think tbat a eholr of nightingales Is perched upon her grave, and singing melodious ohants to her "fine* was 10 pleasant" that friends wed to come first lo her In seasons of •arrow and sickness for help and comfort ; one aoothlng touoh of her kindly hand worked wondera In the feverish child ; a few word* let fall from her lips m the ear of a sorrowing stater did much to raise tbe load of' grief that was bowing Its t i«tlm down In anguish. £fer huaband would come home worn on t j*lth the pressure of business, and fMllnf irritable with the world m general; but whe.i he entered the cosy slttlngroom, and aaw ,*be blsze of the bright fire and met the smWn* face of tWs sweet-minded woman, he voaW succumb m a moment to the aoothln* iDiuences which were Hke balm of Gllead to «■ "inking spirits. The tough schoolboy firf In a rage from the taunts of his eompatfJoni i to find solace In t>tt mother's smiles; the little one, full of »!ef with his own large {rouble, found a haven of rest on her brewi. Ail these •nd many others who felt the power of her womao'a smile, mourn for K«r now that she has gone, because " she was so pleasant. 11 — Prom "The Five Tslenti of Tpman." '

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A WOMAN'S SMILE, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2065, 16 February 1889

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A WOMAN'S SMILE Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2065, 16 February 1889

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