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Make Childhood's wo ot.
Wait not. till the lltilo hands arc at rest,
13ro you fill thoni full or ilowovs ;
Wait not for tho crowning tuberose,
,-, To xnalcb sweot tho last sad hours. I ''
r But. while in tho busy household band
iour darlings still need your guiding hand,
Oil I fill their lives with swcotiiOtft.
Watt not till tho little hearts are stilly
For tho loving look and phrase ; ,
Hut while you gently ohldo i fault f '
Tho good dood kindly praise.
Tho word vou would speak busldo tho blor
, Tails sweeter far on ttie living car; '
Oh 1 fill young lives with swo'etiioss !
Ah t what are kisses on clay cold Ups
, To the rosy mouth wo press,
When our woo ono flics to hor mother's "ttrms,
For lovo's tondorost caress !
.ti)t never a worldly babble keep
Your heart from the Joy each day should reap,
Circling your lives with sweetness.
Give thanks each morn for the sturdy boys,
Glvo thanks for the fairy girls!
With a dower of wealth like this at home,
. Would you rifle tho earth for pearls.'
i - Ntfiit not for death to gom lovo's crown,
Uxn dally shower life's blessings down
And fill young hearts with sweetness.
llemombor tho homes when tho light has flcd,
Where the rose has faded away ;
And tho love that glows in youthful hearts,
Oh, cherish It while you may 1 ';
And make your home a pardon of flowers,
' Whore joy'shall bloom through childhood's hours,
And fill young lives with sweetness. '
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Johnny says -Hero.
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.sUT hover know Jack my sol f. He was grown, up. and a
great big man long before I was born ; artel I'm only ton
now. But I give you the story just as grandmother told
it to me ; and thou you can see for yourselves if Jack
wasn't just gay.
' "Grandmother lived then. She didn't Hve where she
does now, but in a big brown house that stuck out on the
rocks on tho edge of a town called Belleport. I wish she
did live now. Wouldn't I have fun going fishing and
catching crabs, and sailing nil around tho island ! And I
nover'd come homo to dinner -no,, np& ouee And I'd
build a hut down on tho beach wliere the sea dashes in,
just like all the other fishermen. Oh, dear I But I began
to toll about Jack, so I must hurry !
"Well ho 'was in iielleporfc. 'that's where grand
mother first know him. And ho didn't have fun at all
not a bit of it. He was in a hateful, dreadful old school,
where he had,been ever since ho bad been a little bit of a boy.
And the master' just pinned him down to work, work,
all the time. And when he wasn't studying ho was al
ways carrying pails of water, and setting. tables aud black
ing tho other boys' r "boot's and the master's. I'd burnt
them first, I would ! Grandmother know what he did,
'causo Mrs. Higginson, that's the master's wife, used to
dell, about it, audita, laugh,' aud say that was alb Jaqk was
good for. Tktjt'fidca 1 , When -well, I won't tell till I get
through my story, and thou you can sec if you don't think
Jack was-worth all the rest of the folks in that old house
put together !
;c Jack was hungry often, grandmother said, 'cause she
fouud him down on the rocks one day, when he thought
there warn't nobody 'round ; and ho kept wiping his eyes
on his jacket sleeve pretty fast. And she got it out of
him what tlio matter was. And then I tell you, she took
him borne with her, and stuffed him good. Don't I wish
I'd been there to seo him eat ! At any rate, ho had one
square meal. Grandmother says I musu' t say that, ' tisn't
nice. I don't seo why wOll, any way, ho went home
feeling good. Aud after that, grandmother'd always
watch "when ho wont by on errands, and give him cookies
.and apples and doughnuts, aud Jack would always say she
was the best friend he'd got ! and how he wants d to do
something for her, and all that I Aud graudmother'd
laugh and toll Mm to run along he workod enough at
home. If he'd only grow rosy and fat, that's all she'd
." "Yell. ho didtiH grow, fat and rosy : no
grandmother's stufiiner: but he just got
thiundr every day till the boys called him 'Old Shingle'
for a new name. Ho had lots, of other names before. I
can't begin to toll 'em all; but grandmother says she used
o hoar them shouting 'em ouc all tho time. And he
couldn't hurl them back and givo it to them 'cause then
the mastor'd had an excuse to turn him out of tho class
rooms ; aud ho was dreadful fond of study, Jack was ! Oh,
almost crazy over it ! I don't see how he could be, but
he was J Aud he'd get up just as soon as ho could, seo a
wink every morning, and, dig away like everything. And
ho was always at tho head of every class except when ho
had to stay out to be whipped for something or other ; or
to go of aiorrand. And that made the other boys angry.
So thou thoy'd 'shoo' him round and complaiu of him,
Aud then ho'd got more boots to black and more pails to
carry aud so on till it got worse aud worso.
" Well, tho boy that was tho hatof idlest to him of tho
whole lot was tho master's son. And ho was bad to his
father and mothor too. Aud then ho'd beg Jack not to
tell of him when ho saw him filohing things, and getting
at the jum-pot and everything olso, and they always
called him 'Herbio, love;' that's what graudmothor says
-his tatuor and inothw am. liut ho wasn't 'Horbio,
lovo' to tho other boys. They just hated him, ho was so
moan and sly; but thoy'd go sharos with him in plaguing
Jack though, aud trying to find out ways to spito him.
"Ono day, graudmothor says, sho hoard Mr. Higginson
tolling the boys they oould have a half-holiday, 'All but
Jack,' ho said. He wanted him to go down to tho Point
to buy somQ fish. Suoh a hurrahing and tossiug up of
caps, grandmother said, as followed then ! Sho was in
Mrs. Higgjnson's parlor, and heard tho whole. And
pretty soon sho started homo to bo there ready to hand
out tho pooklos wheu Jack went by with his basket for
'"Dirty old fish-boy I ' sang tho master's boy, sitting
on tho highest post ouc by tho gato, sooiug Jack's faoo
when tho master said 'half-holiday.' 'I toll you, Jack,
ain't I glad you won't bo along with us. Wo aro going
to have tun I Vm going after gull's oggs that's what
I'll do with my half. Yos, sir '
" ' Oh, no, Horblo, love,' soroamed Mrs Higghisou.
Aud grandmother says sho ran down tho path, and sho
hiywasffoihyto box "his; oari. 06 mucli use 4
ili01 o'tlmt., 'If anything .buM happen you, dar;ifnJp'
'' ' Eloh ! no fear of that,' ho said, squirming ovor to the
back part of tho post out of tho roach of her'arms. Lot
go, mother, do!' as she grasped hold of ono of his; feet;
"she was so afraid he would go.
"Hoy! hoy! what's that'." said the master, coming
down the path, aud standing close by the post. ' "What
aro you saying about gulls' oggs ? No.no; you mustn't
go near thoso rocks. It's tho most clangorous place around
" Grandmother didn't hear any more, for sho was going
down tho road just as fast as she could, to got home in I
iimu. juu wua Liiuiu wiiun uiiuiv uuuiu iiuintr wieii iiik uitr.
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old, ii8h-8molling basket. .Grandmother' d always mako
him set it as far oiT from tho house as ho could, in the
tail grass, while he stopped for 'goodios.5 'cause itsmolt
so bad. And sho petted him up I tell you she can pet
a fellow up real nice Jkuow, 'cause I've tried it and
told hi hi how sorry sho was ho couldn't have fun along
with thorest. o Jack went off fceliug a little bit bettor,
with his old basket slung on his back.
"About four o'clock, I know 'twas 'cause grandmother's
told me so a hundred times, tho big clock had just done
striking, when, all of a sudden, she heard the greatest
noise ana racKec ovor at tno scnooi. bucn a soreamincr and
have you got thon?1' Little boy (shaking his head) :
"You don't know him. Ho ain't that kind of aboy."
Once a teacher was explaining to a little girl tho moau
ing of tho word cuticle. ' AYhat is that all over my face
aud hands ?" "Freckles," answered the littlo cherub.
A small child, being asked by a Sunday school toaebpr,
"What did the Israelites do after they crossed tho 'Red
Sea?" answered, "I don't know, ma'am, but I guess
thoy dried themselves." '
A whiter advises that girls who wish to have small
mouths should ropoat at frequent intervals during the
day, "Fanuie Finch fried four floundering frogs for Fran
cis Fowler's lather."
Tbaciiru of spelling class ; "First boy may spell foot
tub and give the definition." First boy : "F-oot-tub a
tub to wash the foot in" Teacher t " Second' boy ' may
spell knee-pan." Second boy J " K-n-ee-pia-n apanffto
wash the knees in." Ho didn't go up to the head. -?'
The story goes that there once lived in Germany, in a
handsome, spacious palace, a selfish, fat old Bishop. His
table was always spread with the choicest dainties, and'he
commotiou, she said sho know at ouco something must bo drank an abundance of wine of the very b,est ; he slept
the matter; and sho flung up the window and was just ' lon and soundly, and looked so comfortable and happy
putting hor head out when Jim Fletcher, a great big fel- and fdfc that the people whispered to each other, " How
low ono of tho biggest there who could ran like a door, ! Srand ifc must be t0 bo a Bisll0P l "
was streaking it off 'cross lots to grandmother's house 0ne aurainer, the neighborhood where the Bishop
lively, ' Mercy! ' says graudmothor. That' what she lived tli0 niiu came dowu iu sucl1 torrents, and continued
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says she said. Jiut 1 don't believe sho stopped to say so lon CDax; zae Sram was utceiiy rumeu, anu wuuu
anything. But, anyway, she pulled Jim Fletcher in, who I atumn arrived there was nono to be gathered. "jWhat
yao uuiiuiuu: uiujuuuiiy, uau. iiiuue mm reu wnnt in ; olluu v, wv- u. ..uvuwtu .v v.w.wM,
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" 'Oh, do come, Mrs. Dole,' ho begged. 'He wants you
so bad. Herb was a dreadful heavy pull, and
"'Is Herbiehurt?' asked grandmotho'r, stepping back
" 'Hurt?' screamed Jim, as loud as ho could for his
panting. 'No, catch Mm! Don't we fellows wish he
; xoas! But but it's Jack;' and he turned abruptly away.
: " lBoy! ' graudmonthor says she pinched him bad just
jthon, aud I guess maybe she did, for he said 'Owl' just
i as I did when Jane used to pinch me to mako me let go
I of the raisins. That was years ago though, when I was
j '"Do you just toll me quick,1 says grandmother, still
i keeping hold of his arm,, though, letting up a little onthe
i pinch, 'what's happened in a few words now and then
I shall know what I'm wanted for.'
Why, Herb did go for gull's eggs,' said Jim, gazing
the long winter comes, and we have no food to give pur
"Winttfr arrived, bringing tho cold winds .aucLthpshow
and the frost. Tho little ones begged for bread, ancbtbe
poor mothers wore compelled to, say the bread was all
" Let us go to the Bishop," at last said the poor pining
creatures. " Surely he will help us. He has far more
food ,than he needs, and it is useless our starving here
when ho has plcn ty. " ..."
Very soon from bis palace window the Bishop saw
numbers of the poor people flocking to his gates and he
thought to himself : "So they
my coj-n; but they
up into grandmother's eyes. '"We all did; and he
i we'd put some into Jack's basket and make believe he'd
j got 'em, sd to got him a beating. ; We heard him come
j whistling- down the road. Hovliistles to the birtls, you
(know.' " 'jT ': ' -
'"Go on,' said grandmptherind'be quick. '
topmost rook; aud before any of us. could turnaround or
ythmgwe heard a splash,, and. there lie was tldunder
? iu 'tho water'
Grandmother tighened licr grasp, so ho had to go on.
shall not havb it and the sooner they find out their mis
take, tho bettor." So he sent them away. The nextday
others came. Still the Bishop refused, but still the people
persevered in calling out for food at tho gates.
At last, wearit-d with their cries, but still unmoved by
said their pitiable condition, thcjBishop announced that on a
certain tiay ins large uarn siiouui ue opeu lor auy ouo.w
enter who chose, and that when the place was full, , as
much food should bo given them as would last air the
At last the day came, aud, for a time, forgetting their
! hunger, the womon aud children, as well as the men, both
1 old aud young, crowded up to the bar door.
! Tke Bishop watched tkeru, with a smile on his. deceitful
I old face, until the place was quite full ; then he fastened
i the door securely, and actually set fire to the barn and
'And and I guess Jack heard us scream, for lie dashed I burned it to the ground. As he listened to the cries of
right pas and ' v agony, he said to himself, "How much better it will be
" ' Ho didn't jump in ? ' said grandmother, hoarsely. I for the tno country wnen au uiese rare, as ue caueu ine
" 'Yes he did ! ' said JimJ hiseyes flashing 'We tried ' P001 sufferers, " arc killed, because while they were living
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Having done this, he went
"But srrandmother never heard therest, for'slie was off ' to his dainty supper, chuckling to hi
just like the wind, speeding over to the big school. They cleverly no nati aisposeu or tno rats.
nacrjacK on a soia tuore, amongst. t-liom, and Wuy
bis palace and sat down
himself to think how
all crowding, rouud, and fussing oveSr him ; and tbo doc
tor was'tliere, aud everything was just as .dreadful as
could be. Jack opened his eyes and smiled at crand-
i mother. ' Is Horbie all right?.' he tried to sa3
j " 'Oh, my. boy my boy !' said grandmother, hugging !
; him close : and Mrs. Higginson just tumbled, down in a !
heap on the foot of tho louuge. Grandmother didn't feel j
! like hating her then ; and all .ho boys didn't look at each j
other, not once. And Herbio, whprd been standing iu his j
j dripping clothes, peeping in the door, just skulked out,
and nobody cared where ho wont. i
And tho doctor sewed up Jacks head, where ho'd
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struck on tho rookj when tho boys had pulled Herbio and
him in, just as tho cruel old water was going to swallow
them both'. And then ho said he must be kept very quiet
or ho wouldn't get well.
" 'Kow', said grandmother, getting up where sho had
boon holding Jack's head, ' I'm going to take my boy.
.Not a blessed word shall I loar against it, from any one strong tow
bo's going to ray house, and I'll bring him back to life the walls a
and strength, please God.'
" 'Tho very thing, Mrs. Dole !' said tho doctor. So tho
master couldu't say a word ; only he mumbled something
or other that nobody hoard. Aud thonthe four biggest
boys Jim was one of them took up Jaok. They could
not look at him very well, for something was tho matter
with their oyos. And thoy went, oh! so softly, uutil ho
was laid in graudmothor's own bod.
'I tell you, thon he had a good time, if ho did havo a
Tho next morning, however, his race wore a different
expression when his eyes fell upon the spot where the
night before had hung a likeness of himself. There was
; tho frame, but the picture was gone it had been eaten
. by tho rats,
i At this the wicked Bishop was frightened". Ho thpught
of the poor dying people he had spoken of as rats tho day
before, andJbe turned cold and trembled. As he stood
shivering, a man from the farm ran up in terror, exclaim
ing that tho Tats had eaten all tho com that had been
stored in tho granaries.
Scarcely had the man finished speaking when another
messenger arrived pale with fear, and bringing tidings
more terrible still. Ho said 10,000 rats wore coming fast
to tho palace, and told tho Bishop to fly for his life, add
ing a prayer that his master might bo forgiven for the
crime ho had committed the night before.
"The rats shall not find mo," said Bishop Hatto, for
that was his name. " I will go and shut myself up in my
strong tower on the Rhino. Kb rats can reach me there ;
aro high, and "tho stream around is so strong the
rats would soon bo washed1 away if they attempted to
cross the water."
So off he started, crossed the Rhiue, and shut himself
up in his towor. Ho fastened every window securely,
locked aud barred tho doors, aud gave soriot injuuetious
that no ono should bo allowed to leave tho towor or enter
it. Hoping that all danger was over, ho lay clown, closed
his eves, and tried to sleep. But it was all in vain ; ho
shook with fear. Thou, all at once, a shrill scream start-
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Mrs. Higginson, and como ovor to grandmother's Saek!Sho too was terrified, and her eyes glared, for she know
door ; only thoy didu't daro to como in. And Horbio i the rats wore close upon them.
came and boggod Jaok's pardon for all tho ugly things ho I Up jumped tho Bishop,, and irom his barred window ho
had done. Ho didn't want to, only Mrs. Higginson made saw tho black cloud .of rats swiftly approaohiug. Thoy
kiHj had crossed tho swift current, aud woro marching in suoh
"And then, Jack didn't go back to that school ; no, a direct lino toward his hiding place that thoy might have
nnt. mum lumln. Omnrlmnfimr Sent him T thnnrrhf T t.rii ueen tilKOU ior a wuu-murauuwu army, xiuu ujr uwuua ul
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you ins iolks woro all doatt ; ana no diun't havo much
money. I guess uot more'n a huudred, or maybo sevou-
ty-fivo dollai-s so gmndmother sent him to a splendid
school far away. And ho grew up into a big, smart man.
Why, bo's a professor now, and ho lives in Now York, he
does. And ho oomos to seo grandmothori and ho briugs
mo caudy, and onco ho brought mo a gun, aud I liko him.
I do if ho does havo a scar up ovor his eye."
Thuee littlo boys, on a Sabbath day, were stopped on
tho street by an eldorly geutloman, who, perceiving that
thoy had bats and balls with thorn, asked ono of tho num
ber this question: "Boy, ean you toll mo where all
naughty boys go who play ball on Sunday ? " " Ovor back
of Johnson's dam," tho youngster replied.
Tkaciieu: "Suppose that you havo two sticks of oaudy
and your big brothor gives you two moro ; how mauy
by thousands and thousands tho creatures
Never before had there been such a sight.',
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Down on uis Knees tno uisuop twii,
And faster ami fttator hla beiuls did ho tell,
As louUttr ami louder, drawing near. l
Tho gnawing of their teoth ho could hoar,
And in at tho windows and iu at Uio door,
And through tho wails holtor-skolter thoy pour,
And dowu from tho colling unci up through tho lloor,
From tho right aud tho lolt. from laohiod and before,
aAiul all at onoo to tho Uishop thoy go.
Thoy havo whetted thoir tooth ngavnst the stones,
And now thoy piok tho Bishop's hone, ' '
Thov urnawod tho llosh fi-om every limb. ",
For thov wore soul to do JutlsriUx-nt on him.
Such was tho horrible fato of Bishop Hatto ; and whether,
it bo perfectly true or uot, it is a striking illustration of
tho folly as woll as tho cruelty of solfishueBs.
Wjiat is tho difference between a blacksmith aud tho
avorago farmer's wife? -Oue shoos horses and tho otlior
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