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the school room, and which even the best of us are apt to consider trivial. To say that she never violated a rule or failed to please the most exacting teacher might be an overstatement of facts, but it would come very near giving an idea of how fixed in early life her principles had become. As a mark of appreciation, she received from her teacher a special testimonial for admirable deportment, a more precious memento of her worth to those who knew and loved her than if it had been awarded to brilliant genius or accomplishments. A characteristic feature of her school life is that she missed but one day in all of it. This showed a mind set on a perfect standard, and was quite of a piece with her faultless demeanor and admirable proficiency in her studies, which she pursued with intelligence and success to the end of the course, graduating in 1874, at the Lexington Female College. She was apt to be silent when others were free to speak: quiet when every one else was gaily laughing and chatting, yet never unhappy and still less severe. Usually serious, she was ever ready to respond when summoned to speak or act, smiling in sympathy or approbation when it seemed to be right she should do so. Unpretending, yet valuable, and always the same, she seemed hardly to realize that by her industry and helpfulness she had become almost indispensable to those around her. Ever painstaking and thoroughly conscientious in all her duties, she yet took no troubles beforehand, and seemed a stranger to worry and impatience. During her long and trying illness she exhibited the utmost calmness, and, though desirous from the first to know her condition, was ready at first as at last for the great change that must come to all, apparently far more concerned lest she should unduly burden others with the care of her, and showing the most constant and lively gratitude for the attentions bestowed on her by loving hands. No wonder that a great word is left in that afflicted family. For one who had so greatly endeared herself by the gentle ministrations as a sister or daughter, and especially by her meekness and sweet submission to the trials of the sick-room, to be quickly called away was a grievous affliction indeed. Yet I am rejoiced to know that it has been received in humble and even thankful deference to the will of our Heavenly Father. They seem to feel that she is happier there than they could wish her here, and that her glad surprise to find herself among the blessed in heaven, when she thought herself only waiting the return of the loved ones to the sick-chamber,

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