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SOME TEACHER TRIALS
- "No, no, no," said the teacher,
growing somewhat exasperated, "a
hyphen is a little dash which one
employs, when writing, to join to
gether two words which in ordinary,
'very-day Bpeech are used as one."
She proceeded to give many exam
ples, quoting, among others, the
,word "bird-cage." Then, having
imade the point quite clear, as she
thought, she turned to Johnny
Brown usually the bright boy of the
'class and said: "Now, Johnny, can
you tell us why we put a hyphen in
U Johnny really had not the faintest
idea. As a matter of fact, instead of
taking an interest in the lesson, lie
had been busily employed- making a
"delate picture- of the teacher and
'jauncmng cnocoiates tne wnue. 'men
suddenly inspiration came to him.
"Why, of course," he exclaimed,
"for the bird to sit on!"
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A TALE OF A HAT
Things seemed to be going against
Mike. A mountain of circumstantial
evidence had been brought against
him to prove him guilty of an awful
crime. Then was produced in court
a hat, found at the scene of the
crime, which had been bought at
the shop Mike usually pu-ronized and
which fitted him to a T.
Still Mike-swore that he had not
been, within five miles of the place on
the night in question, and so vehe
ment were his protestations that,
contrary to the evidence, the jury
acquitted him. Yet still Mike lingered
in the dock.
"Why don't you go, my man?"
asked the judge. "You need not stay
there no longer!" ,
But Mike stood hs' ground.
"I'm wishful for to go, yer honor,"
said he. "But before I do, I'll be
troublin' you for my hat, if yer;
NOT TAKING ANY
Farmer Flitch wasat his wits' end";
The hay was ready to be cut and
stacked, but labor was so scarce that
he could not get enough men to do
He had scoured the countryside,
but was still three men short. At
last, in sheer desperation, he asked
Bill Bones, generally considered the
village idiot, if he would not like a
"What wages will you pay?" ha
"I'll pay you whatever you're
worth!" said Flitch, in a burst' of
Bill considered the mtater for a
few moments. At last:
"No, no!" said he. "Ill be hanged
if I'll work for less than the other
"Has your famous wife given up;
lecturing since you married her?" '
"Only in public." N. Y World, ,
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