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MONTPELIER, VT., WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 1879.
I was alouo ia the world, or I thought I
was, which amounted to pretty much the
fame in its mental and moral effects. My
mother uicd wnen 1 was so young that I
1 ad only a shadowy remembrance of a pnlo
face and a long, lust clasp to tbo loving
heart. I bad been my father's pot and
darling, and now ho was dead too, nnd his
will had consigned me, just like a bale of
goods, to tne care ana guardianship ol his
brother, a doctor, whose home lay among
me picturesque mountains of Cumberland.
I was " loo impulsive," said tho will.uud
would " throw myself and mv monev
away before I knew the value of either, if
1 hail no one to take care of me: and so.
when my poor father died in the south of
trance, where ho had cone to winter,
uuulu Kilsun, who came barely in time to
jay mm in me loreigu grave, carrieu me
oil at once to his house on the bleak hill
Mile, gave me a kiss as he lifted me out of
tho stuffy vehicle which had conveyed us
from tho station, presented mo to my aunt
and consins with a " Well, here's Adela!"
and told me to consider myself" at home."
it was tne beginning ol January, in
tensely cold. The sudden change from a
warm climato hud sensibly effected me.
I was chilled under all my furs, and per-
naps more ctiuieil by tne restraining intlu
cnue of my father's will, having pondered
tho " too impulsivo " all through the juur-
Certainly, I was not " too impulsive "
on my entrance to my new " home."
' Aunt nnd cousins bad met mc on tho
threshold with warm welcome, pressed to
remove my w raps and to maka mo com
fortable. There was a hugo tire blazing on
the hearth, a tea-table piled with north
country luxuries, and all that should have
made mc leci at Home; but something was
waniing.uuu liisieau oi responaing to tueir
greetings in my own natural fashion. I
dropped into a seat, sifter my lirst glance
around, and covering my lace with my
nanus, Dtirst into tears.
I havo small, thin, quick ears. I over
heard aunt Kilson whisper to Bulla and
Winnie as she drew tliom back:
" Hush! It's but natural, poor bairn
Leave our cousin alone, lasses; she will
come to licrscll all the sooner."
And I did come to myself: but whether
my tears had fallen frostily on their hot
hearth, or we travelers had brought a chill
in with us, or my own manner did not in
vite effusion, a certain air of restraint
seemed to grow upon us: and when 1 was
shown to tho room set apart for me, and
left to myself, I flung myself upon my bod
and sobbed in passionate grief for hit
dead father, declaring that I was alone in
the world, utterly alone.
And this felling grew upon me. Look
ing back, I am conscious that it was much
my own fault that I had not responded
with sufficient warmth and gratitude to the
relatives who had made room in their
household for ono they had uot seen since
sue was a baby, ana nail met with open
arms anu Hearts.
They had heard that I was gushing and
exuberant, a creature of impulse, and hnd'
ing mo reserved and languid, concluded
that I, accustomed to elegance and luxury
could not brooK tne loneliness and retire
ment of my new life. I was rich and thoy
were not. Ihey mistook my morbid mel
ancholy for pride.nnd ceased to press their
society or attentions on me, lest I should
attribute :o them mercenary motives.
I see it all now, but then I was blind
I had another grief at my heart besides
torrgw for my dead parent, and I fear
whenever my thoughts ilow to that lonely
grave among the Pyrenees, I questioned
the policy which Had insolated mo horn the
world tho world in which my hero lived
and moved and prisoned my freo soul
among those unresponsive walls of stone,
In this rhapsody 1 did not nposirophizo
alone the four walls of tho solid stone
house that, set against the mountain side.
with a background of pine, larch and
mountain ash, looking so cold and gray
staring with its many lidless eyes from its
rociiy porch above the straggling lake vil
lage, on the steep, unguarded roadway in
front, and tho narrow strips of garden
ground slietching like green arms on ci
No, I held converse with tho mountains.
They were to mo the barrier between lovo
and life and happiness, but it was only on
their solitary heights I felt freo to give tho
feeling utterance, Tho thrifty household
ways of my aunt and cousins, which kept
them ever busy, wero strange to me. My
dainty lingers had no acquaintance with
rolling-pin or paste-board. It was not I
who kept so bright the mirror in which I
saw my own beauty ayo,and my own un
iiappiiiess reflected. I was supposed to
be mourning, and with mistaken delicacy,
was left to do nothing.
Had Uncle Kitson known it, or how I
spent my time, ho would have shaken me
up like a bottle of physic, and I should
have been the better for it. But whether
on foot or horseback or in his ancient gig,
ho was oil' in tho morning, and frequently
was absent all day. Ilis patients were
scattered, and his rounds extended.
I, having no occupation for hands or
energies, fueling myself something apart
lrom the rest, was on and way up tne
breezy hillsides to Iho lonely margin of
the lake, or into the most secluded glens,
my only companion my faithful dog; and
there, where there was only the wind to
answer mc, I poured forth all the pent-up
feelings of my heart; and oft my gusts of
passion lounil utterance in song. At times
1 took a pencil and sketch-book with me
in these solitary wanderings, but there
was ever one ugure in tne foreground ot
the most picturesque scene, and often
enough tho picture was there alone, tbo
adjuncts nil forgotten.
At lirst, Bella or Winnie had borne me
company, but I think tbey saw mo longing
lo be alone; and I had my way, not with
out many cautions from my aunt.
What were perils to me, chafing against !
the restraint of my father's will, crying
lrom the depths oi my inmost Heart lor
the banished love, who would never find
ma in those solitudes, and longing for
w ings to traverse land and sea until I found
my homo on his faithful bosom?
U.st in abstractions, all danger was for
gotten, ii ml 1 had paid tho penalty but for
a guardian angel little dreamed of.
.My lirst peril was from tho mountain
iuit, which came down and around me
with bewildering suddenness, blotting out
the iantlscHpe far and near.
Still I thought I knew my way, and was
stepping onward, though with caution,
when my dress was clutched from behind,
us I fancied by some bush ; turning to dis
entangle it, I was confronted with what
seemed an awful apparition looming
through tho misty veil, and with a sup.
pressed cry, I stood still in affright.
1 saw a woman's form, bent with ago, a
lace intersected with lines and wrinkles
i ki; a niap.fnmi which noso and chin stood
i.ul like mountain peaks, and the sunken
eve? glome 1 like liory doplhs ol volcanic
- .Stop, my led.ly !" she criod, " the gates
ui.haih aie open before ye! Tak my
hand and let mo load ye ; thank God, my
bairn, that Klspa was near you in your
i had heard of Klspa as a woman who
dealt in herbs nnd simples, but I had heard
of her as one with an unoanny rcputaliou.
She was spoken of as " the wise woman,"
but tho words were uttered ns if they
meant ' witch."
1 confess I was half afraid lo accept her
giud.inie, but she stamped her foot, and
ny gesture strong as words, gave me to
understand that 1 had been walking toward
:i procipice, and three steps further would
have borne me to destruction.
What landmark she had I know not, but
I think she seemed to feel her wav with
her feet. At all events after about an
hour's cautious stepping, we stood below
the mist, the blue lake gleaming like a
mirror still further down, and my uncle's
house within sight. Conscious of the ser
vice she had rendered, I did not confine
mv thanks to words, but was liberal with
As she took " the siller, she scanned
my face curiously, then seized my hand
and peered into it closely, whilo a sort of
creepy sensation (excusablo in a girl of
nineteen stole over me.
Once, twice, thrice! three perils, my
bonnie leddy. One is past. The ithers
lie before, l'crils ot your am seeking.
The gates of death stand in the path of
your truo love. Open them not wiih rash
or heedless hands before the year bo out,
or love may mourn for love that couldim
bule. ihe air ol mountain and 01 Into is
na gude for yo, bairn. Keep mair at home
and dinna be misdoubtin. Thers'sa gude
God above a'! Remember! Ono danger
Is overpast. Tak' heed ye seek not the
ithers ; and dinna scoff at old Klspa's warn
The old woman trotted off with her bas
ket on her head, garments poor but clean,
and only a small check woolen handker
chief to protect her from tho chilly moun
1 had scarcely decided whether to laugh
at her maunderings or to yield to the su-
perslious leeling she had awakened, when
I opened tho house door to find all within
in a state of excitement.
It was long past the dinner hour and my
abseuce had alarmed them. Of course, I
explained the cause of dolay, and it was
only by Aunt Ritson.s agitation that I ful
ly coiuprencnded the danger 1 Bad escaped.
1 think her motherly concern made me
more communicative than usual.
We were still speaking of Klspa when
my uncle came in.
All! said lie as Winnie helped him
off with his overcoat, " Ah! my dear, j'ou
might thank your stars Elspa was on the
mountain side. I dare say she had fol
lowed you. Tho old Scotch woman is
shrewd and far-seeing; she has turned her
eighty years experience to account, has a
good practical Knowledge oi common ail
ments and curative simnles. I should lose
my own credit or I might do worse than
take her as an assistant;'' and he laughed.
Then she can read character with any
physiognomost in the world, and the silly
lolks think Her prophetic, wnen sue is on
i think my undo was using an invisible
probe. I know I colored and ho laughed
again, but said nothing nor did 1.
Tho excitement had not all been on mv
account. Bella had recoived an invitation
to spend some mouths witli a newly-mar
ried lnend in Loudon, and gooil-naiureu
Winnie was in high glee. Even aunt ac
knowlcilgcd it was ' a chance not to be
missed, if possible ;" and I saw her glance
furtively in Undo Rilson's face, which I
fanced was graver than usual. Still, pos
sibilities wero not discussed in my pres
ence. It was not until I had retired lo my
own pretty room for the night that I over
heard tho sisters discussing tho problem,
unmindful of tho thin partition between
the head of my bed and theirs.
I found lhat money or Us scarcity
stood in tho way, and heard the chances
of the matrimonial market calculated with
a balance greatly in favor of London.
Money! Ilow I hated tho word! I
would have given every shilling I pos
sessed to be assured that Edgar Neville
was true to me, and would seek mu out
when the period of probation prescribed
by my father was gone by. But where
could he seek for mc? Correspondence
had been forbidden. He knew not my ad
dress, and my father had withheld Edgar's
from mc. Ah, how he repented before he
died! Ilow glad ho would have been to
have left me in those strong, protective
I soon bridged the monetary ilitliculty
over in spite of my uncle's opposition, and
I think 1 showed something ol my old sell
in the spirit Willi which 1 entered into the
neeulul preparations lor .Miss Kitson s
launch on the sea of London society, little
thinking what might bo its import to mi -self.
It was May when she went. I suggested
that she should lighten her mourning, be
ing about to visit a bride a hint she
seemed glad to take. for her piettey laven
der bonnet set oil her lace much better
than her heavy crape.
She kissed me very heartily before she
got into the gig beside her father to be
driven to tho station, to which her boxes
had already been dispatched, unil I felt
more salisiieu with myself than 1 had done
since I had crossed the Cumberland bor
der. Letters tilled with tho wonders sho had
seen and the places she had visited broke
up the monotony of our lives. Then
came ono from Hastings, in which she
spoke of her introduction lo a Mr. Neville.
I think my pulse stopped as Winnie
read out the name. I know aunt asked
me if I was ill if the heat was too much
for mc. But I drew myself together,
said " nothing" was tho matter, and tried
to convince myself that the name was a
Again and again wo heard of this same
Mr. Neville, ami my heart began to he
torn with doubts and suspicions and a very
demon of jealousy seemed to take posses
sion of my breast. 1 fell assured lhat
Bella was in lovo with him, nnd that he
was tho Edgar Neville of my adoration;
all that she stated of his appearance and
family were convincing.
At length a letter came addressed in a
manly hand to Uncle Ritson, with Edgar's
well-known crest upon the seal. It was a
proposal for my cousin's hand
My head swam round, but I summoned
courage to ask Mr. Neville's Christian
name. He had meicly signed J. E. Ne
Ah, lhat was it, sure enough John
I had my back towards my uncle, stand
ing in the doorway, as I asked. No ono
noticed how I staggered into the hall, or
how I snatched my hat from the stand and
darted up the mountain side lo cool my
fevered brow and still my throbbing pulses.
How I went or whoro I went I could never
remember. I have some recollection of
fullino- as I bounded across a beck, of old
Elspa's face bending over me, and then no
more, until I found myself iu my own
snowy bed, with Winnie watching mo and
an array of physio bottles on the window
Elspa had found mo where I had fallen,
half in half out of the stream. Unable to
drag mo thence, she had summoned help
with a peculiar whistle she kept suspend
ed in her girdle, Ihe shrill notu of which
no shepherd darud to disobey.
It brought a couplo of shepherds to tho
spot. My limbs wero lifted out of the
stream -she had already oaiueti my mow
and plastered up my temple ami then I
was slowly carried down, to interrupt tho
answer Uncle Rilson was sending to Bella
and Mr. Seville.
My fall and immersion wero accredited
with tho prolonged fever which almost
baffled my uncle's skill. If any ono sus
pectcd olhcrwiso it was old Elspa, but she
was too ' wise" to revert to tho subject
when the came to see mo ore my convales
cence. Very slow was my recovery.rotarded no
doubt by the scraps Winnie road to me as
pleasant news from her sister's letters. It
was now " Eddie" this, or " EJdio"' lhat;
and as I shut my eyos and ground my
teeth, tho bettor to endure, I felt indig
nant that my noble-fronted Edgar should
nave a pet name like a baby. To me he
had the mnicstv of a monarch. How
could she address him so?
I was down stairs before the Christmas
came, nblo nnd willing to assist my aunt in
ner multitudinous preparations, and tried
to smilo and look gratified during the
I heard hut hardly seemed to realize.
that Bella was to be married early in the i
new year, and that she and her husband
would come to spend the honey-moon with
us, and I was doing my best to nerve my
scVf for the meeting.
Tho old year was closing In. Elspa
who else? uame up to the house with a
letter she had found lying in a by-road. It
should have been delivered some days pie
viously; and it was supposed that the
postman had taken more drink than was
good for him during the Christmas "eard
ings," and dropped it by the way.
Goodness! how lhat letter stunned me! J
Bella was by lhat time married. She nnd
her husband were to bo with us on New
Year's Day, nnd they should bring with
them a New Year's gift for Cousin Adela,
as a thank offering for bringing the in to
gether. Thoir potographs wero inclosed.
I only saw one. Yes, it was E Igar's.
There was no mistake.
The house was at once in a bustle of
preparation. Again I clipped out to hide
ray agony and prepare myself for ihe com
Dreamily I went along. I saw nothing
before me but that meeting on tho morrow
atid the revelation it was sure to bring.
My mind seemed a chaos, in which
thought was lost.
All at once I found myself on tho rcedj
margin of the lake, as the silver circle of
the moon was rising abovo tho mountain
tops. And there 1 stood, looking on tho
dark wa'ers, while something seemed to
whisper lo mo that there was peace; that
I need not meet tho proud bride and my
inconstant lovo unless I chose; that I
might hide my sorrows and secrets there,
and none to be the wiser.
My foot was on the brink. There was
a step on tho stones behind mc. I turned ;
and 1 think my half-formed purposo was
visible in my face, and I onco more con
fronted old Elspa, weird and watch-like in
the moonlight, a warning linger held up.
Sharp wero her words, sliarp as my
need. She bado me go down on my knees,
and thank God that lie had sent her to
save me from my third peril the peril of
body and soul. What was I pulling over?
What right had I to fling away tho life
that was given for the service of others?
How (hired I tempt death, loving tho crea
ture more than the Creator? Sho had
heard mo raving to the winds when I
thought myself alone, and had kept u
watch upon me. And she bade mu go
back home, and pray to be forgiven, and
to "trust tho lird to make His dark ways
She took my hand and led me. back like
a penitent child; said to m; aunt that she
thought 1 was not well, and by her leave
would watch mo through the night. Some
thing, too, she gave me, and I slept.
When I awoko a chaise was at tho gate,
and before I could fasten my dress with
my trembling fingers, Bella had burst in,
radiant with happiness, and (lung her arms
" Como, Adela, make haste! " said she,
" Edward is all impatience to see you and
show you our New Year's gift."
" Edward! " I grasped.
' Yes, my dear, Edward! Did you not
know his name?"
It wns all a tangle. I followed her to
tbo living room below, where tho great
holly bush was hanging, and Ibero stood
a stranger, who was introduced to mo as
James Edward Neville, my now cousin
and surely, too, Edgar, my own Edgar;
lor he held out his arms anil caught, me as
I was falling.
lie had been best man at his cousin's
wedding, and Bella had only seen him a
few days previously. The postman must
htive lost another letter, one Edgar h.ul
sent to mc. The photograph had been
inclosed by mistake. The others would be
in tho lost letter.
Old Elspa kept my secret well. But I
never forgot the lesson she had taught
mc; and though Edgar carried me away
from Cumberland ns proud a wife as Bella,
wo took good euro of Old Elspa for the
rest of her days Front Casscu 8 Magazine.
Till! IIIVEIt TI.'IH.
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Oh! a wondctful sliemn n that liver Time
As It rum Ihrouch'.llie realm of lours.
With a faultlcu ryltllim and a mutical rhyme,
An.l a broader .weep, ami a sai&e stib'itu,'.
As it blcmU ilh Iho mean ol years.
Ilow Ihewin'i M m o ilrifiing like Hakes ol miow
And Ihe summer like uiuls between.
And tho years in Iho sheaf so Ihey rotr.o ami K
On Iho river'a brciHt Willi ebbnn 1 fi.nv,
Aa it glides in iho shallow ttiid clieen.
Tlietc's n m.inii'at Isle up Iho Time,
Whete tho solicst airs arc playing:
Tlieio's a cluwllcss sky, and a tropical crime,
Anil a sons a sweet ns a vesper chime,
Ami the Junes with ihe roses are sta injr.
The name of this I;lc is the l.oiiK As'1,
And we bury our tiensiiies llicie,
There are brows til Ilea nty, and bosoms of snow,
They ato now heiips ol' tlust but we loved them
Thcteare tiiaLett and beasts ol'ltair.
Tlictoate fiMgin-.-nls ol'song lh:it nobody sings
And a part of an inl'ant pi aver,
1 here's a luifi unswepvuttla hai p without airings
There arc broken vows atid pieees of tiiMs,
And tliogaunc its she used lo we.o'.
There arc hands tli.it nro wave! wl en Ihe l.t'ty
fly lite mii-.ic is lifted to air,
And we Borantiincs hear lhr,,u-h Iho tinbulenl
Swccl voices we heard in Die days aonc lieloio
When lite, wind ilown the liver is 'air.
Oh t rcn embevcil for aye be lhat blensul Isle,
All ihe days of our life till night.
W hen tho evening comes with iu beautiful smile,
And our eyes aro clo-ing to slumber awhile,
May tl'tit liiocnwoo 1 of so il lie in sight.
A l'crnicioiis Error torrefied.
It is too truo thai in effect, If ii"t in the
ory, society .prescribe, one standard
Tue Clean Newspai'KU. There is a
growing feeling in every healthy commu
nity against journals which make it their
special object to minister to a perverted
taste by seeking out and serving up in a
seductive form disgusting nnd licentious
revelations. Theru is good reason to be
lieve that the clean newspaper is more
highly prized to day than it was four or
livo years ago. Ii is also safe to predict
that as people in all ranks of life who pro
tect their own, at least from contamina
tion, become conscious of the pernicious
influence of a certain class of journals,
called enterprising because they are ambi
tious lo serve us dirty scandals, they will
be careful to see that tho journals they per
mit to be read in the family circle are of
the class thai never forget the proprieties
of lifo. Already men and womeu of re
finement and healthy morals have had
their attention called to the pernicious in
fluence of bad literature, and havo made
commendable efforts to counteract the
same, by causing sound literature to be
published and sold at popular prices.
These efforts are working a silent but
sure revolution. The best authors are
more generally read to-day than at any
previous date. The sickly sentimental
story paper and the wild ranger and pirato
story book are slowly but surely yielding
the field to worthier claimants. To the
praise of the decent newspaper il may be
said that whore it has a place in the fami
ly and has been road for years by young
as woll its old, it has developed such a
healthy tone and Buch a discriminating
taste that literature of the slums has no
admirers. Fortunately, the number of
such families is increasing in tho land, and
as they increase the journal devoting itself
to sickening revelations of immorality will
be compelled to find its supporters among
those classes who practice vico nnd crime
or are ambitious to follow such ways.
young men, and another for young women.
Lapses into evil behavior oil the part of
the first aro soon pardoned, or easily con
doned, whilo the slightest offenses of the
second are considered to bu without ex
cuse. Yet how must it be in Cod's sight?
If a woman must be from early girlhood
clean of heart and life, truthful, honest,
temperate, and faithful to a lofly ideal of
purity, should a man be less so? It is only
Sir Galahad who can say " My strength is
as the strength often, because my heart is
pure." Humility, modesty, a manly
straightforwardness, a high sense of hon
or, a true self-respect anil a loyal lookiug
upward to God are essential to the making
up of a good man, as well as to that of a
A man should offer to his bride, as some
security for their united happiness the
saiuo qualities which he desires in her.
Good temper, freedom from vice, sunny
and open-hearted faith in Go 1 are needful
lo husbands as well ns to wives.
The too prevalent idea is that a man
may indulge in courses of dissipation,
waste, like tho prodigal son, his substance
iu riotous living, and then brine the dregs
of his worn-out youth to some lovely girl,
and be reformed anil rebuilt at her ex
pense. Never was there a more peruieious
error, never one which spread mnhcr and
dug deeper iu its falal results. Women,
the queens of home and of society, are
n-really to blame for the existence of such
a theory, and for the possibility of such
sacrifices. They should equally train their
sons, as they do their daughters, lrom tho
very beginning, lo bo delic ilo-iuindetl,
self-restraining, and noble in conduct.
They should refuse to lot their sweet, in
nocent girls associate with men dissolute,
depraved and vile, (hough their sins be
glossed over with superficial relineiiient,
or hitlidn by the glamour of wealth.
Many a woman has borne a breaking
heart though the fair rooms of a palatial
home, when she might, bad she been truly
mated, have possessed a happy one in a
bare and simple cottage. II a man really
love a woman, ho will not objuut In re
forming himself before he marries her,
and lo undergoing a term of probation
long enough to provo that th'i change is
deeper than the surface.
No reform of conduct is vital, it should
bo remembered, which does not spring
lrom true repentance anil humility before
God. Only divine grace ever stives the
drunkard. Wifely love h is been proved
inadequate a hundred thousand limes.
Parental lovo has not been strong enough
to do it. Tho one hope and refuge for
diseased and discouraged humanity is not
in woman's love hut in Christ's out
stretched hand. VlirUliaii at Work.
Hie sea, they h id no communication with , tears were turned to nienv lau"hter, al
,l, i ...l.i iu..:.. l:r- f..ll -...I i .i. . .1. , ,
iliu umaiiiu tvuilil. luuil lilu. Aim unil
comfortable, was unnatural, being abso
lutely without a background.
Whether the story bo a fact or only a
sailor's talc, it has a terrible truth in it.
For we are all making baste to bring our-
elves into the condition of these men of
a-imoaii. rrom childhood to old age, we
hurry on in pursuit of money, dropping nt
every step some priceless possession which
we can nevor take up again, though we
starch for it carefully and with tears.
l no young man finds ins miner a bore and
his mother old-fashioned, and he shoves
them nnd their nQ'cclion into the back
ground, out of sight of his new rompan
itms, he falls in love presently, and It is n
genuine healthy action of heart and soul,
but after a year of manied life love begins
to seem mawkish nnd sentimental; ho and
his wife turn marriage into a hackneyed,
tedious partnership, and give their real
energies to business and to society; when
the lirst child comes, both of thorn proba
bly feel a throb of real emotion ; but very
so n the child is a burden, and is thrust
oil' on nurses and teachers. Friends he
sull'eis to fall tiway ono by one. Religion
he utterly neglects. Nothing ns ho crosses
this great sea of life seems worth saving
lo him but the means of living. Suddenly
old age conn s npon him, and he stands
upon a roek like the shipwrecked voy
agers, witn Doming leit out iooci anu
When wo como to stand where ho does,
what shall wo have brought with us out
of the long storm of life? The blessing
of the oltl father and mother whom we
have tenderly loved? The strength given
bv the love of wife and children to whom
we have been faithful, of the friends dear
to us, of Ihe poor whom we havo helped.
of the Master whom we have served?
When we start upon that hist voyage of
all, lo which wo can lake not a penny of
our wealth, these things shall go with us.
How many ol Ihem havo we lost this
The Story of a Pious Parrot.
SiSLi'-RuUANcis. Insist on yourself;
Never imitato. Your own gift you can
present every minuto with the cumulative
force of a whole life's cultivation ; but of
the adopted talent of another you have an
extraneous, half possession. That which
each can do best, none but his Maker can
teach him. No man yet knows what it is,
nor can, till that person has exhibited it.
Whero is tho master who could have
taught Shakspeare? Where is tho m ister
who could nave instructed franklin, or
Washington, or Bacon, or Newton? Every
man is a unique, lno suipionlsm ot
Scipio is precisely that part which he
could not borrow. If anybody will tell
mu whom tbo groat man imitates in thu
original crisis when he performs a great
act, I will tell him who else than himself
can teach him. Shakspoarcs can never be
made by the study of Shakspeare. Do
that which is assigned thee, and thou canst
not hope too much or dare ton much.
Ralph Waldo Emenon.
Don't be too ready to speak in every
prayer-mooting which you attend. What
if you are sometimes asked at the close of
a meetinj why you didn't say something?
It is better to hear that question ten times
over than to have tho question on.:o askod
why you did speak. "'. 8. Times.
Lost in the Old Year.
It is tho custom, as we all know, with
business men and capitalists of every sort,
to take stock of llieir goods with the
beginning of tliu jear, to find how much
solid material they havo for future operti
alions, what they Have gained since lasl
New Year's day, and what they have lost
through carelessness or neglect. Il is dull
work enough for mo-t of thorn j ist now.
But what if we sliou'il all begin to day to
reckon up those intangible possessions
which are neither stocks nor money, to
find out how much we havo let slip from
us which we can never regain H hat a
dreary business that would be! It is
singular, loo, lo notice the kind of losses
which wrench a mau's soul hardest in the
remembrance. 1I is apt to console him
self for bankruptcy by cursing some other
man or the times; somebody's shoulders
besides Ilis own can always be found to
carry the blame; sickness during Iho year
was forgotten as soon us health relumed.
Even the dead whom we have laid lo rest
wo think of as waiting for us ill some bet
ter homo than Initio which they shall
never come again, but of the agony of that
loss iu the grave is born a higher hope than
wo over knew beloic.
But the tliinus which a man in middle
or old age looks back upon with tho impo
tent rage ot remorse are the lost opportu
nities; certain goods ot 111,: baiter than
money, which his stupidity Ihrusl away,
when offered; the education which he
would uot take, the want of which has
wtakeucd him nt every step, the friends
lost by neglect; the affection given to him
at his own lire-idu chilled ami killed by
his cold iudiffcroiicc. Sometimes, if he
belong to the higher order of men, ho sees
too, tho man ho might have been if he
had been true to himself; the work for
which he was fitted left undone, that he
August 2i'd, 1789, Poll was found on a
wharf noar whore tho Providence post
ollicc now stands. Mr. Dods, going from
his home on Westminster street, near
Turks Head, to get a breath of frosh air
from the water, heard the pitiful cry of
" Polly's hungry! Polly's hungry! " Pur
suing the sound, ho soon succeeded, on re
moving some lumber, in releasing a
beautiful dove-colored male parrot, with a
brilliant tail of bright scarlet plumage.
The day had already been an eventful one
lo Mr. Dods, who had exiieriencod a great
joy in Ihe now relation of father. Polly's
introduction to luo lamily was tncrelore
kept with that of the birth of their infant
daughter, and his subsequent lifo of eleven
years was intunately connected witu Hie
increase and change incident to the family.
Poll was supposed to bo n fugitive (to
use tho words of tho record,) " from a
Guinea vessel, which had set sail that day
from bold water;" his language confirmed
that supposition, calling " all hands,"
making use of sea phrases, and singing
snatches ol sailor songs. Ihe prolanity
of the bird so astonished aud alarmed the
young mother that great pains wero taken
to coi rect his bad habits before the little
daughter could understand such rough ex
pressions. Poll was teachable, and soon adapted his
conversation to his new surroundings. As
une alter another was adileil to the lamily
circle, ho gave a welcome to each, nnd
walched over nil with great vigilance.
The names of father and mother were
spoken as plainly by Poll as by tho chil
dren. Il ihe eldest daughter (his contem
porary) hail charge of the cradle, and left
it for a moment, Poll was sure to say
when the mother returned, ' Mother, Sally
ditln't rock tho cradle." lie was often
complained of for being a great tell-tale.
The .children of tho neighborhood also
received a share of his attention ; ibis
memory was perfect and sometimes quite
A little truant boy living near by gave
his mother so much trouble that she was
frequently at the door calling loudly for
him by name. At last the little fellow
sickened and died ; the mother, overcome
by her grid, was very ill lor a long time;
on her recovery il was impossible for her
to go near the door, when roll was swing
ing iu his out-door cage, without her feel
ings being harrowed by his calling, almost
III Iier own lone Ul voice, ueut-uie;
Geor die! "
At this timo Polwtis not receiving the
training ami nurture of a professedly
Christian homo; strict attention had how
ever been given to moral education, so
sadly neglected iu his youth. As time
went on he became a general favorite;
less self-willed and high spirited, return
ing love lor love, needing only gentle re
pioof for wrong d.'iug.
Ia 1SU0 there was a powerful religious
awakening in Providence. Mr. Dods, his
wife and eldest daughter were at that
time brought under the influence of divine
truth, and received into the fellowship of
the First Baptist church. Conversion in
those days meant a great deal and was
followed by marked results.
The atmosphere of the homo became so
wholly religious that oven iho houso dog
Tiger went regularly to chuich with his
ma.-.tcr, and when ul one timo the good
man was very seriously ill and the family
were keol at home by care and anxiety,
Tiger could be seen at the lirst sounil of
the old Baptist bell, making his way to
church, where ho tiuielly remained until
the service was over. This was so well
known iu the town lhat when a French
man, ou somo business errand, inquired
in his broken way for tho man who had
' one very religions dog," ho was imme
diately din clod lo Mr. Dods.
it was not strange lh.it so intelligent a
bird as Poll should bo impressed by these
strong religions iiilluences.und after a few
years become accustomed to tho evening
services and fraternal greetings as to really
give evidence of b.dng a good Christian
parrot; speaking in tho conference and
prayer meeting whenever nn opportunity
tillered. He was often banished to soino
room remote from the meeting, but when
forgotten, or for previous good conduot
allowed to remain, would startle all pres
ent by his testimony.
On one occasion, a very animated ser
mon was scarcoly brought to a close, when
ways affirmed lhat Ihey hail evitleiico of
his penitence in the fact tlial ho was
never known to repeat Ihe ofl. n.-e.
roily s religion ilu! not save him lrom
his inveteralu habit of tale bearing. As
tho .daughters grew up lo womanhood,
there could lie no courting done in that
chimney corner, for Poll would tell. When
tho second daughter was about lo be mar
ried, considerable anxiety was expressed
in reference lo keeping the approaching
marriage from a gossiping noighlxir until
tho bans were published ou the following
Sabbath. Poll heard thu talk between the
young couple during that twilight hour.
Uelore the oaboatli came, this neighbor
called to see the family. As soon as she
entered tho sitting room. Poll began to
make a great commotion in his cage,
swinging ant! dancing at a fearful rate, un
til he attracted her notice, when in a sing
ing tone he repeated over anil over again :
" George and Koso going to be married,
to be married, lo be married."
But Poll, as he advanced in years, grew
more thoughtful. Alter Ihe removal of the
family to the home on Transit street, he
was more than ever before associated with
its religious life. All Father Dod's daugh
ters were singers what a blessing to the
household! The eldest daughter frequently
led the singing nt these social meetings. A
Methodist sister sometimes shared this
honor with her. An English minister who
was often a guest al thu house look the
first opportunity nt tbo close of ono of the
meetings, to say lo this daughter, " Sally,
Sally, don't let that Methodist hotly beat
you." Poll was un unobserved listener.
At the next weekly meeting, as soon ns
tho hymn was read, and the gooil sister
was about to commence to sing it in her
spirited way, Poll electrified the large
worshiping company by repeating in his
loudest, clearest tones the admonition he
had so recently heard, 'Silly, don t let
that Methodist body boat you!' We
omit Ihe scene at the close of the meeting.
Poor Poll was in disgrace. Poll was op
posed to long meetings, ami more than
onco culled on different brethren lo cloe
the meeting. On a particular occasion, ho
seemed lo soon tire of the regular exer
cises, and called out, ' Urol her Bushec,
close the meeting by prayer." The brother
tuus abruptly culled upon was sitting with
closed eyes, waiting for an opportunity to
exhort; sadly embarrassed, and wonder
ing at tho sudden termination of tho meet
ing, he arose and offered nn appropriate
closing prayer. Poll was removed lrom
tho room by a member of tho family,
much to tho chagrin of the young people,
who believetl ho should be allowed full
liberty to exercise bis gifts. Poll must
havo had somo idea of Ibis principle, for
at another time he gave life anil spirit to a
dull meeting, by saying in quick energetic
tones: " Brethren, there is liberty! '' His
power of speech was clear and strong, and
as ho advanced in years, sententious. It
was not a strange thing for age as well as
youth to receive words of caution or re
One bright summer afternoon, Mrs.
Dods was engaged in making c pper-plate
curtains for tho windows; several of the
good sisters of tho First church were as
sisting in the work. There was n pleasant
converse with long and earnest discussion
as to the best method of draping the cur
tains. There was a good deal of measur
ing and puzzling, in trying to decide
whether they should allow for a frill at the
top, or no fi ill ; to be made open in the
center and looped ou either side of the
window, or only on ono side how much
fringe, which was Mrs. Dods' owu net
ting, should bo used, etc. Poll was grave
and quiet, watching all the doings with
great interest, but this manifestation of
extreme worhllincss was too much for
him to bear. Improving a pause in the
conversation he spoke out in his sharpest
manner, ".Mother Dods, curtains, curtains,
all curtains, ami no religion to-day!''
Shall we tax the credulity of the readers
by adding that those women, startled by
this rebuke, laid aside their work, ami at
once joined in singing, " Come thou fount
of every blessing," thus commencing an
informal religious service. Wo know
whereof wo write. In age and increasing
feebleness, Poll did not lose his remarkable
memory. A beloved sister in Ihe church
(" Sister Boss ") who was a frequent
visitor at the house, anil very lonil ol roll,
died very suddenly. More than two years
elapsed when a la ly called on Mrs. Dods,
who, in size and dress, resembled this
deceased sister. Poll was verv much ex
cited, and putting his head through the
wires of his cage looked at her very
earnestly. To tho astonishment of all pres
ent he soon inquired, "Is lhat Sister lloss?
On being answered in the negative, he
showed his disappointment by refusing to
speak or leave his swing while the visitor
remained. We now oino to the time
when Poll was oltl anil gray-headed, Ilis
strength gone. Receiving the tciidcrest
oare, ho fingered many months after be
was stricken with wasting decay. With
tho first breath of the winter of 18-'0 Poll
passed away quietly nnd peacefully. It
was a stormy winter day when tho chil
dren of the neighborhood gathered around
the littlo box that contained all that was
left of his bird life and bore it lovingly lo
the fool of the garden, giving it n decent
burial. Letter to I'rovitknce Journal.
DINAH AM) Till: TKI.CIMIOVH
UV AMUl CU.
1'ac bai t tlkiu' wit! de spcirils,
An' I hecrd ole Gabriel's hoiu
Antl I nebbcr seed sich tloin's,
Nt bber since otc Dinah's bot n ;
Now, you niggabs, dun'lsty nil Din',
Jis' ycr wait an' hcah me Iroo,
Fur tie tale I h.tb ler tell yer
lU-nts detlebbil yaas, il do.
Win n I seed do crnwil a-slandin'
itottn' dal box in Mas' Jtui's sto',
J jes' knew tlat smap u's com in',
An' it tiid could sariiu sho';
ley was :tx:n' ull soils ob fUt-stiou.i
Wid tleir motifs close ter tlat box,
An'de answers Lord h tve n ussy I
Xebber did 1 lie.ihsich talks.
Ity itself de box wuz nuniu',
Hut it h id a bti-iutr dal ittu
Wal 1 el Itgo way ober
bo house-tops, toward de sun,
An'de tings I hemd a-triekbn'
Tin ti dal box w.tsmiclity queer,
An I kuow'J belo' dey tolo mo
tint de spelt Us was pow'lul ocar.
Mas' .liin, he axed some questions
Jes' fur nie about de crap.
An' how long belo' olo Uittali
In de slave win) hab to tlrap,
An deauswur wuz de wustest
All tie eutnraei's gwine be dry,
An' belV annudct' tcas'jn
Pn' ole Uiu.ilf j got to die.
Alter tlat de sweetest inoosic
Qim-cred thru lhat cotton string.
An' Mas' Jim, he said ,ic tootiu'
W'us ole ijaljttel on de wiug.
Ati' wit! dat 1 leu an' lit out,
An' i'se hyai but not lor long;
I'd Jes' iv.litiu' fir lie angels
Waititi lid 'l-.y soun'tle gong.
IVhatd:lt. romp no tne in wtil.iu'
Arler what de spciiils said?
Ycr lazy niggall, gn de ho ', Mill,
An lepr.tve date ilLud ba 1.
Wlia' de spenils sez am one tinr,
An do coll ir Is am anatt lor
Uat's ez tutu , z Pomp's a nigirah,
An dat I Is I'oiupey's inuddcr!
I.ll'U AM IHiATII.
At inotniti; I sto id ou Hie raountniu's brow
In its May wrealh crown, aud ihcro
Saw day rue in gold and in purple glow,
And 1 cued, O Die, how fair I"
As the bttds in the bowers llieir lay beati,
Wheu (ho dawning lime was nigh,
So wakened for sun in Hie breast of man
A passion heroic and llih.
My spirit then felt Iho lonqin? to soar
From home alar in its lliht;
To roam, liko Iho sen, still from shore to shore,
A creator of flowers nnd lijiht.
At even I stood on the mountain's lnow,
And., i apt in devotion and prayer,
tiaw niiiln lisc in silverand purple slow,
And 1 cried. " O Death, how iulr!"
And when the sollevenin wind so meek
Willi its balmy breathing caiue,
It seemed as though nature kissed my cheek
And tenderly fc illicit my name!
I saw the vast Heaven eucJinjiassin all,
Like children the slarB to her came,
The exploits of man then seemed to inn small,
Naught great save the lulluite's name 1
Ah I how unhecdo:1 Ihe charms which invest
fhejoys and tho hopes that men prize,
While Ihe cloiti.'d thoughts in ihe poet's breast
l.il.c stars in the heavens rise.
Home Made Pictuue Fuames. Frames
for pictures can be made of a great many
materials. If lastily made it matters little
what is used. Acorns with leaves made
of leather, in imitation, make lieaimful
frames when neatly arranged ami var
nished. We have soon pretty frames made
of rit e fastened thickly to plain beveled
boards wiih glue anil varnish; also of
beans, pebbles, shells, ele. Rustic frames
can bo made of bils of wood tucked on a
rough board frame and varnished. Choosu
gnarled roots nnd limbs, remove tho bark,
split in halves, all arranged flat side to tho
board iu any shape taste may suggest.
Stain or net ns you cl.oose, and varnish.
Do not mix too many things together. A
frame of shells should bu all shells; of
riee, all rice, etc. A rustic frame m.iy bo
made of knotty material and bo made to
resemble coral work.
To make artificial coral, take two
drachms of vermilion, one ounce of rosin.
mil melt them together. Have ready tho
branches of twigs, peeled and dried, fasten
in any shape desired with pins or small
nails, and paint them over with this mix-
lure whilo hot. The Iwigs being covered,
hold them over a gentle lire, turning them
around until they are perfectly smooth.
White coral may lie made with white lead
and black with lampblack. Another way
is as follows: Pound a quantity of good
retl sealing wax nnd mix with spirits of
wine into a thick paste. Into this put
some large, unbroken Carolina rice, stir
well, and if it is of proper consistency
every grain will be entirely covered with
the paste. With this you can paint Iramcs
card baskets brackets made of pasteboard
etc. Varnish, anil you will bo pleased
with the effect.
Here is how to make pretty corn -husk
frames: Corn-husk frames may bo made
very prettily anil simply by taking paste
board or thick paper lo sw tue husks on.
Then select vour husks; take lino white
ones, but not Ihe linest. Take a husk and
cut it into strips three-quarters of i an mcli
wide anil three incnes long, then double
it together in a bow as in tape trimming.
Put two rows of these bows around the in
side of the frame. Next cut a 'piece the
length of tho bows and the width of the
busks, and bond tho two ends together.
Now take your needle, and slit it very line
through the centre, and then sew tho two
ends, that you hold in your Land on the
frame overlapping the row of bows, ono
row of this slitted work, and turn, and go
lengthwise of the framo not crosswise as
before. That forms tho outer edge of the
frame. Take a thin piece of board ami
mako a frame. Place your glass between
your paper frame and your board frame,
and tack or paste your paper frame down
smoothly. You will then have a nice
rustic framo. Heautiful little card baskets
and lamp mats may be made in nearly tho
Rustic frames, skillfully designed, made
of all the different varieties of burrs; of
al 1 varieties of mosses ; of nutshells of
every kind; of stones, all the prettiest
pebbles that can be found, look much bet
ter than to have a mixture of everything
that can be available fur fancy-work
frames. Citi. Agriculturist.
might make money; Ihe kind words which I Poll was pleased to say very graciously:
ho never spoke; the bravo, hiirh part j ' That's a pretty good discourse! "
striking incident m Poll s experience
which he did not bike among Ilis fellows;
Iho weak and erring ami helpless wh nil a
kind hand would have brought lo llieir
Master's feet, but whom he passed by or
trampled tinder foot. Reckoning of I his
sort may he inad.i by all of us lo-d iv, if
wo so choose.
We aro reminded of it by a si range
story toltl last summer by the crew of a
sailing vessel returning from Japan. I hev
about this time, brought out the fact that
early inlluouces often undermine the char
acter of thoso which will continue lo act
wiih more or less force. Poor Poll was
overcome by a sudden temptation, and it
occurred in a moment of great hilarity.
The ohler members of the household hav
ing gone abroad to spend the day, Ihe two
youngest daughters wero liousoKeepers
reported that they were driven out of j Iho day was lovely, and tho girls, con-
then- eiiniwii .mil ni'iiln on Icl ioil t., tin, , ... ,...nA I., I..L... I'.tll fi-itm
trary to orders, ventured to take Poll from
his accustomed ulace in the sunny corner
of the silting room (or keeping room, as it
was tuen called, placing mm in m out.
south of the Samoan group, inhabited by
about thirty men ami women, who. lifteen
years before, had been shipwrecked mi it.
Ihey had made themselves homes, culti
vated tho rich tropical ground, const rnoled ; Um windows. It beine Poll's first spring
a rude form of government, ami were i airing ho was wild with delight, jumping
prosperous nnd happy. Hut ihey h i I um j about wiih groat glee, until the nail, prob
retained n single relic of their past lives, j tly weakened by tho wintor storms, gave
Ip tho long storm which preceded the ship-; way and the cago fell to tho ground wiih
wreck, they had thrown overboard every-; great force. Tho children, loving the bird
wing nut tne barest iiccessanc . 1 hey
had brought from tho ship only i loihos,
tools and food. Little nieiueatoes of wife
and children, which seemed valueless to
them then, wore remembered afterwards
with an agony of longing. If I had
only,'' cried oua woman, bin a rag whii h
I had worn iu my old home! " For lifun
years shut in on this volcanic, island Uy
was men uaneui, mucins mm it, , -- . , . , - , .
door nook in the sweet briar bush under traveler s ta s ha the body of this loath
very dcnrlv. snd conscious of their disobo
dience, quickly ran to tbo rescue, calling,
lo Poll to tell them if he was killed. On i
raising tho cago the frightened bird shook . Tliero is a grc.it difference between
hinibelf vehomenlly, and jumping upon i resolutions and resolution. Almo3t every,
ihe perch exclaimed in his gruffest tones, body is full of resolutions at lbs opening
Poll thought ho was going to tho devil. ' j of tho now year. Wo can judg better a
Years had gono by sinco Poll had used a few weeKs henoo who of theso persons
w ord of tho kind, and the children, whose have any resolution to speak of.
In point of intelligence? the cat has been
often unfavorably compared witn tho dog;
ami yet, it can be sho wn that pusi is capa
ble of much natural ability. Thus Dr.
Smellie tells of a c it 111 it had learned to
lift the latch of a door; and other tales
have b. en related of cats that have been
taught to ring a hell by hanging to the
bell-rope; anil this anecdote is related by
the illustrious Sun Slick of Slick villi. It
occurred several times that his servant
enteroditho library without having been
summoned by his master, and in all these
cases the domestic was quite sure ho hail
hoard the. bell, (ireat wonderment was
caused by this, anil the servant began to
suspect that the house was haunted. It
was at leiigih noticed that on all these
mysterious occasions the cat enlered with
the servant. She was therefore watched;
and it was soon purceived that wdien she
found llio library door shut against her,
she jumped en to Ihe window-sill and
thence spiting at the bell.
Cats do nol like being transplanted lrom
one placo lo another, as the following
anecdote will show. A family named
Sliuker lived at Dawley, in the county of
Salop, but btnl ccoasion lo luave and go
to Nottingham. They of course removed
all llieir household goods, including a tine
cat, which had been in the family lot
years. Arriving at Nottingham, the cat
showed signs of dissatisfaction with her
new abode, and after a few days disap
peared. Shortly afterwards the cat walked
into the old house at D.iwley, lo tho great
sin prise of the neighbors. As might be
expected she was very footsore and lame.
When it is considered that the distance
traveled on foot by ihe cat from Notting
ham to Dawley, is over seventy miles, the
feat seems very wonderful. Hundreds
Hocked to see thu four-footed pedestrian,
anil large sums were refused by the owner
for the favorite.
A family in Callander had in their pos-
sion a favoiite Tom-cat, which had on
several occasions exhibited more than
ordinary sagacity. Ono day lorn made
off wiih a piece of beef, and tho servant
lollowetl linn cautiously, wuu tue uiicuuuu
of c ilebiri"- and administering to him a
littlo wholsome correction. To her unitize
ment she saw the cat go into a corner of
the yard in which she knew a rat-bole
existed, and lav the beef down by the side
of it. Leaving the beef there, puss hid
himself a slioit distance off', and watched
until a rat made her appearance. Tom's
tail then beyan to wasr; and iust as the
rat was moving away with the bait, he
suransr unon mid killed it.
A biily residing in Glasgow had a
handsome eat sent to her from Edinburgh ;
it was conveyed to her iu a close basket
in a carriage. Tho ani ual was carefully
watched for two months; but having bad
a pair of young ones at tho end of that
time, she was left to her own discretion,
which sho very soon employed in disap
pearing with both her kittens. Iho lady
in Glasgow wrote to her friend in Edin
burgh deploring her loss, and tho cat was
supposed to have found somo new homo.
Ahnnt a forlniL'ht. however, niter her
disappearance from Glasgow, her well
known mew was heard at the street door
of her Edinburgh mistress ; and ihcro she
was with both her kittens; they very fat,
she verv thin. It is clear that sue could
earrv onlv one kitten at a time. The
distance from Glasgow to Edinburgh Is
forty-four miles; so "that if she brought one
kitten irnrt ol the way ana men went dock
for llio other, and thus convoyod them
alternately, sho must havo traveled ono
hundred and twenty miles nt least. Sho
also must probably have journeyed only
dnriiiB tho night, and must havo resorted
t .,ll,m. rti'ito-inl iorio (V,v tltn tinffttv nf
some oroaturo is Iho size of a huiternnl. i !.i.' r,.,.7
.... , jei - yuuti-:. C it t wt. o uym n;ti.
and that ol the smallor ones, of n walnut. 1
Spiders of such dimcnsious.with Iheir big, ; - -
hairy bodies lilted upon long, stout legs, Cl.KE F0R Sleeplessness-EkI two or
must be as frightful an adversary in .hree s,n..ii oaions. II a person oaunot
a small way as ono would be likely to ou- gleeD. it is lecauso tho blood is in the
counter in any experience amidlhti haunts br.,in. th(! rem0&j, therefore is obviously
of wild animals. u the bloou (lown from tU9 i,ead
This can be dono by eating ono or two
small raw onions, or a Discnit, a uarct
boiled egg, piece of bread and butter, or
something. Follow this up with a glass
of milk, or even water, and You will fall
asleep. Onions ate also excellent things
to cat when exposed to llio cold.
Nkuvousness ok Great Oiiatuhs.
Great orators generally suffer from nerv
ous anxiety in beginning their best speech
es. Speakers who uro always cool anil
self-possessed never attain such eminent
success as those who possess more sensi
tive organizations. Robert Hall never
went into the pulpit without a fear nf fail
ure. Thu father of the present Lord
Derby, of England, was ono of the best
dehalors in parliament. He was com
plimented as " the Rupert of tlchaie," and
was noted fur apparent composure. Y'et
he saitl lo a friend, " My throat and lips,
when I am going to speak, aro as dry as
thoso of a man who is going to be hang
ed." Tieniay, famous for his readiness nnd
fluency on nil occasions, said ho never
spoke without feeling his knees smite to
gether when ho roso. Canning, one of thu
most brilliant speakers in tho wholo his
tory of the llouso of Commons, saitl he
always Knew when he was lo do better
than usual, by tho quickness of bis pulso
anil the trembling of his limbs. It is one
of the compensations of nature that on
those who suffer most in advance is be
stowed the highest tiiumplis.
A Few Ullndeks. " Two sisters want
washing. :' was an advertisement which
appeared in a newspaper in Manchester,
England, a short time since. A Wiscon
sin paper announced that tho board of edu
catam had resolved to erect a building
large enough to accommodate livo hun
dred students three stories high. "
Somo lime ago in an English paper nn
advertisemt iitiippeared, under the heading
of " To Let, " " a house for a family in
good repair." Punch nolcd this, and con
nected that " a family iu good repair "
must mean one in which none of tho mem
bers were cracked.
Among the instances of blunders from
absence of mind are tho following: A
clergyman, walking one day in the coun
try, fell into thought. Ilu was so accu-t-tonied
to ride that when he found himself
it a toll, ho stopped and shouted to the
man : Here: wnnl s lo pavr
Pay for what? " asked the. man.
' For my horse, " said the clergyman.
What horse? " There's no horse, sir!
' ISlcss me! exelaimod tho clergyman,
looking down between his legs, "I thought
I was on horseback ! "
Tne first Lord Lyti leton was very absent.
It was declared of him thai when he fell
into the river bv the upsetting of a boat at
Hagley, " ho sank twice before he recol-
ecled that ho could swim. "
A doctor, wiio had one duv allowed
himself to th ink too much, was sent for to
see a fashionable lady who was ailing. He
sat down by Ihe bedside, took out his
watch ant! began lo count her nulsu as
well as his obfuscated condition would
permit. Ho counted : " One.two.lhrec ;
mil then no golconiuscd. anu oegan again.
" one, two, three, four. " Still confused.
he began again: ' One, two. '' No; hit
could not do it. Thoroughly ashamed of
himself, he shut up his watch muttering,
"Tipsy, I declare tipsy! " Staggering
to his feet, he told the lady lo keep her bed
and tako some hot lemonade, to throw her
into a prcspiratioii, and he would sec her
the next day. In tho morning he received
the following note from the lady, marked
" private: "
Deaii Doctoi:, You were right. I
daro not deny it. But I am thoroughly
ashamed of myself, and will be more care
ful for the future. Fleaso accept the en
closed fee for your visit (a ten-pound note)
and do not, 1 entreat of you, breathe a
word about tho stale in which you found
The lady, in fact, had herself been drink
ing too much, and catching the doctor's
murmured words, thought they referred
to her. Ilu was loo far gono to soo what
was tho matter with bis patient, ami she
was too far gone to observe that the doctor
was in the samo condition!
UuueSpideiis. In the sands of Central
America a hugu spider exists, which is
known popularly as liin 'Grandfather
Graybeard," which has long hair, and,
when walking, seems as largo as one's
two fists. This formidable beast is given
to biting when irritated, and with its jaws
makes four little holes in tho Hush. The
bito is poisonous, though not doadly. Its
victim feels at first no more discomfort
than from the sting of a gnat, hut after
a time I lie pain spreads over tho
wholo body, and is accompanied with
lover anu great exuausiion. A Chinese
How He Got the Seumox. The
Watchman tells this sermon-stealing story
of a young man who stood before a pres
bytery in Scotland asKing ordination.
Principal Robinson was moderator. The
young man wns rigidly examined, and
asked to preach. The examintion and tho
sermon wero both satisfactory. The can
didate retired anu tlie moderator said : i
feel compelled to say that the sermon
which tho young man preached is not bis
own It is taken lrom nn old volumo ol
sermons long out of print. Whoro be
found it I do not know. I sup-iosed tho
only copy of tho volumo to be found was
in my library, anu too caniiiuaio nas no
access to lhat." Tho young man was
callod in nnd asked if tho sermon he had
preached was his own. " No," bo frankly
said, " I was pressed for timo, and could
not mako a sermon in season. The sermon
I preached was ono which I heard Princi
pal Robinson preach somo time ago. I
took notes of it, and liked it so well lhat I
wrote it out from memory, and have
preached it to-day." Nothing wns said ;
there was nothing to be said!
Sea Sickness. It is a common theory
that sea sickness is the result of tho imag
ination acting through the sense of sight,
and lhat if one wero resolutely to shut his
eyes during the whole period of n voyage
be would escape nausea. If this theory
were valid It would follow that persons
totally blind would be free from sea sick
ness. To tost this hypothesis we have
made inquiry at the asylum for the blind.
We are assured, however, that blind
peoblo who go to sea are neither more
nor less liable to sea sickness than other
people, a faot which we commoud to the
theorists as profitable for their instruction
and reproof. Ncvi York World.