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WHAT I WOULD DO.
G if ruy love offended me,
And we had words together,
To .how that I would inAster l>e
I'd whip her with a feather!
If then z-e, like a naughty girl.
Would !Tr.tnny ideclire it,
I'd give my love a cross of pead,
And always make her bear it!
If still she tried to sulk and eigh,
And threw away my posies.
I'd catch my darling on the sly,
AE,d smother her with rose-!
But should she clench her dimpled fists,
Or conradict her betters,
I'd manacle her tiny wrists
With dainty golden fLtters
And ifr!he dared her lips to ,,out,
Likv many pert young iisses,
I'd wind my arm her wai:t about,
And punish her w ith kisses!
From the South Boston luquirer.
THE DEVIL'S FOOTPRINTS.
BY J. A. JOHNSTONE.
After mailing this, which would
not start under a week, for tmails
in those days were tardy both in
making up and traveling. he
mounted his horse and rode full
speed to the place where his first
relay was stationed, whieb calling
for, he took onward with him.
When at a convenient distance
from human habitation, he' dis
mounted from his first horse,
changed the saddle and set him
free to join his wild companions
of the prairies. Thus he did with
each one until he reached the sea
port where he sold his last horse
to the first purchaser, went on
board a ship and was soon on his
way to Europe.
He contrived to make himself
as unnoticed as possible, keeping
his berth on plea of sea-sickness.
Those who d i d observe h i m
thought he was an invalid travel
ing for his health ; which idea he
enequraged as much as possible.
When he arrived in Europe he
resumed his own name, wrote an
affectionate letter directed to his
cousin William saying that he had
been quite ill and unable to write
before. He affected to suppose
William to be returned home by
this time, and would therefore di
rect his letter in accordance.
In due time, a letter with a
black seal came to him, telling
him of the untimely death of Wil
liam and the intense grief of his
widow. Murice wrote consoling
letters in reply, describing how
shocked and grieved he was at the
news. "He knew," he said, "that
at one time he bad misunderstood
his dear cousin, but hoped that
his conduct of late years proved
how deeply he regretted his child
ish ebullitions of temper and dis
He remained away from home a
year and a halt, and then returned.
His love had not decreased in that
time, hut was, if possible, more
absorbing than ever. His was a
tempera'ment wvhich, roused from
intiifference, must either hate or
love, tenaciously to the last. Once
more in the society of his idol, he
commenced the most devoted at
tentions and showed himself so
deeply in love, that her woman's
heart was touched, and she con
sented to be his wife. "But," she
said one day, "we will not live in
t.he old house again, for it would
bring up so many tender memo
ries. I went there some time af
ter that dreadfXul news, and the
parlor was just as he left it, the
night before his departure. His
cigar was on the table, and he had
even commenced a letter to me.
I left it just so, and have not been
there since." Here she struggled
to keep down her emotion, cover
ing her face with her hands, and
it wvas well for Maurice that she
did, for had she seen his face then,
she would have been dismayed in
deed. The jealousy which he
thought buried with the unfortu
nate cause rose fiercely within him
once more. Though he would ra
ther have lived in any other spot
in the world, he determined to
make his wife forget William in
the place where he had been most
dear to her. ".Darling," he said,
"you must love me mor-e than you
ever did William, and pr-ove it to
me by living where I first learned
It o love y ou."
This speech startled her at first,
but at the same time his great
love pleased and flattered her ; so
she yielded to his wishes. T1he
house was refitted throughout.
The only thing in which Maurice
hud dreaded detection wvas the
'ing~ up) of the floor in the but
tery. He had hoped it would pass
ntoticed.or if observed be thought
to have been done by William ; as
-he had promised his wife lhe wou;ld
do it, at some leisure time. Lucki
*ly the house had not been exam
ied at all; so now if noticed it
The sun rose bright and cloul
less on the day of the wcdding.
Indeed everything seemed to pros
per with the man who had sold
himself unto Satan.
After the ceremony the invited
guests attended the bridal coup!c
to their home where a sumptuous
feast had been prepared; after en
joying which they took their de
parture with many wishes for long
life and happiness to the newly
Maurice now led his bride to
their room ; hut hardly had they
entered it, when a strange noise
as of some one tramping up the
covered stairway attracted their
attention. The door opened, and
a figure clothed in rags stood be
fore them. The face was livid,
and the large eyes seemed start
ing from their sockets but fasten
ed with a steady gaze upon Mau
rice. It extended its right arm,
and from its outstretched tinger,
blood dripped to the floor. Not a
word did it speak ; but Maurice
recognized those eyes as the same
which had glared in upon him,
through the parted curtain., and
which he had ascribed to fancy.
Now he felt sure he was c:nfront
ed with a spirit of the other world,
and with sickening, uuntterable
horror, he fell heavily to the floor,
his life stream gushing from his
mouth. The servants hearing the
noise, rushed upstairs, but the fig
tire had disappeared,leaving bloody
foot-traces all the way on the
stairs. B',fore assistance could be
obtained, Maurice had gone before
his Judge and his wife was a gib
bering, moaning maniac.
Every one was shocked, and at
the same time filled with horror
and curiosity, on hearing of this
fearful tragedy ; for, as fMaurice
dica from the bursting of a blood
vessel, and showing no evidence
of any violence having been done
to him, it was impossible to ae
count for the. bloody foot-prints,
and drops of blood near the door
leading to the garden. At first it
as thought that Maurice had
met with some accident in the
garden and had gone up the CoV
ered stairway to reach his room
more quickly ; but there were no
marks of blood in the wide hall
way, and besides the tracs were
made with naked feet, and Mau
rice had not removed his boots.
Something terrible must have hap
pened to upset the reason of the
poor wife, so the wise men argued
shaking their heads sUPIerstIti ons
ly. No one could be induced to
remove the stains, and wonen
crossed themselves, and whispered
to their children, that they were
"the devil's footprints."
You look pale. Drink this glas
of wine. You need not fear; it is
ot poisoned. Is this story t-u
Yes. too true. How did I know
all about it ? You shall hear; but
iist let me show you '-the de12vil's
footprints." Come upstair-s. Now
look !Here where lie paused,
the floor is very much stained:
See ! I place myself in this posi
ion. extenid my arm, and you oh.
serve those dr-ops miust have falleun
frm an outstretchbed fiuiger-. If
you examine you will find each
stair stained, but more so towai-ds
he top. Now come down and
look at the wveIl. Here it is. The
bricks are removed you see, and
the place is open. Do I think the
spirit of the murdered man ap
pared( to Mlaui-ice ? Listen ! Some
years after 1 his affair-, I was called
upon a's physician to attend the
poor woman I have told yon of.
I found her case incuirable. but did
not ease my visits to her. They
had r-emoved her to a town about
nine miles from the scene of her
sufferings, hoping that a corplete
change of scene might be bene
ficiaL. There was a queer dumb
idiot in the place, called Silly Billy.
Ie was harmless, and allowed to
do pr-etty much as he pleased.
Sometimes lie would seem half~
conscious .of his condition and
then he would fly fr-om the hiabi
tations of men and be gone for
days, and sometimes weeks; re
tuning raggred and half starved.
I used to pity the poor creature
and allow him to hold my horse;!
at whlich he would evince every~
sign of delight. One warm day I
found my patient at the window,
and I stood a few moments by her
side. Billy caught sight of us,
uttered a strange noise, extended
his right alrm, looked fixedly at
us, and then turlned suddenly and
fled away. I called1 to some one to
look after- my horse, andl then
turniig to my p)atienlt was stur
prised to find her shudder-ing fr-om
head to foot. From that day she
failed very fast. When the hour
of death drew near. I svas with
her. Suiddenly she looked' up and(
said: "I have been a little queer
in the hiead, have I not?' '-Yes,"'
I repied;"'but you feel better now,
(10 you not? "I feel better-; but do
you really think I amn, or did you
say so to quiet me?' I examined
her countenance attentively, and
saw that as it often happens,
reason had retuined to her thr-one,
to take a far-ewell glance of the
world before leavmg~ it forever-. I
ently itl her my thoughts. and
she lay quietly thinking fr Some
At length turning her eyes upon
me. she said -I have soIimet liml
I do so wish to tell some one be
fore I die. Will you hear it?"
"Most CertainlV." I replied. She
then related the last part of the
story I have repeated to you. and
then] raiim._ IIrself she said, "I
charge you to univeil this mystery
and reveal it to the world; for as
sure I breathe now. so sure 31au
rice muridered my poor dear los
band." She sank back exhausted
and soon after expii-ed.
I could not shake off the im
pression% whieh the words of this
poor woman made uiponi me. I
dei ermined to visit this house, and
when I saw those traces of foot
step. I knew imagination had
nothing to do with the strange
appaition. No one would live in
tle house which t hey declared
was haunted, but I prevailed on
my wife t-) occupy it with me and
Sue if it woild not lead to unrav
ling the mystery. I flound an
old diary up-stairs written in
cypheir; I tried in vain to find the
kev to it. Somehow I felt sure it
al helon(ged to Mau:-ice. At this
time I of course knew nothing
about the well. We had been liv
lg here some time when one day
my wife called my attention to
he floor in the buttery which she
said seemed to be giving away. I
Oxauiniued it, and carelessi stalip
ing upon it to test its stgegthi , it
oddenly gave way an, fell
trough. I escaped without any
broken bones, bu I. never shall
orget the strange sensation I felt
s I came down on sometbing
which rattled so as to chill the
lood inl ly velns, while at the
Same time a cloud of oftensive dust
arose almost overpoweringOl ile.
I was extricated from this un
peasant position as soon as possi
le and examining the place, wo
drew to light the skeleton remains
A'a mail, whorn we afterwards
,ound to be the unhappily murder
Ld husband. I set to work more
arnestly than ever at the mlyste
-ious cypher of the diary fully
>elieving it to have belonged to
aurice, and with tile assistance
cfProfessor-I at last succeeded.
I was right.. The inmost thiouights
>f Marice were here disclosed,
and the details of the murder. The
diarv Cioses wit.h these words: "I
shall win tle pri-ze I have worked
or, but, ah! wherover I go, w%he
ther aslee? or awake I feel the
steady gaze of a pair of eyes, the
same which looked in upon me on
that night. I conyinced myself at
the time that it was only fancy;
but still ther haunt me. Even
now i bey are lookin,g over my
shoulder reading these words
whichi I have writelten : a relief
for moy bratin; but I shall destroy
this book to-morron , though it is
writ ti-n in a eyp1her' of my own
T he appriio rem ]i' fain:ed still
a nmyst erv, and I dou bted mnuch if'
we shouldl ever be able to clear it
upl. One evening I was sitting
here in the twilight, moy thoughts
still en gaged on thle subject, when
all at o'nce I felt as if some one
were looking~ at me. Involuntarily
I raised my eyes and met the gaze
of eyes upon me thrlough the win
dow curtains. The light of the
ire fell directly upon them mak
ng them appear unaturally bi.;hlt.
I star'ted fr-om tmy chair', but al
ready they had dIisappea :d. I
walked rapidly from the house
looking on every' side but could
see no sign of' htiman beitig. I
wsretr'acinig my stesw nI
heard a strange kind of moaniing,
and hooking ini the direcuon from
whence it e:une I saw crouched
dowvn close to a stone wvall a figure
all huddled together. I went up
to it and laid myu land on the
shouilder of ''Silly Billyv." In stan thy
the t hough.t flash ed in to my ninrd
that I held the clue to the myste
r. I remembher'ed the strange
effect this creature had produced
on thle poor woman. my patient,
and wondered it had niot occurred
to me befiore. 1 led him home,
and as we reached the house oneC
of those moments of half sense
seemed to conie to him; lie dragged
me to the window and leaned his
head against the sash, grasping
my arm tightly; then be tried to
break from me as if to run, btut I
eld him firmly and made him
enter the house. I gave him
something to cat and drink, after
which I took him into the garden.
WXhen he saw the stairs he mount
ed themi quickly, pushed open the
door at the tolp, and stood with
extndeld arm and pointing finger
and his eyes fixed with steady,
earnest gaze. "-But the blood Billy!
Iow camne the blood her'e?" I
asked. iIe lo)oked :at me vacantly
at first and theui the look of half
intelligence cr'ossed his face. lie
lifted his foot (lie never could be
made to wear shoes) and I saw a
sear across it. I examined his
finger, a slight trace of its having
been cut at some time was visi
It was platin that Billy bad
looked in upon Maurice aind seen
oucuh to frighten the half-wit
ted fellow. Ile turned and fled.
Being dumb he could never make
anyune understand what he had
oeen, and probably had never
tried to do so. His mind must
have been very much impressed
and he must have understood
when people were talking of Mau
rice being about to marry, and
have had some idea of preventin
it, he wandered from home,
found his way to the garden, and
evidently climbed over the fence
to get into it. It was guarded
with spikes. so he cut his hands
and feet. Finding the lower part
of the house fastened he went up
the covered stairway, the door
was nnfilstened, he opened it, and
produced the effect described up
on Maurice. Hearing the ser
vants coming up stairs he rushed
away. I suppose he remained
from home sonic days, and as ti,is
wasusual with him no one dreamed
of connecting him with the death
Of Maurice ; but God had ised hin
as an instrument of retribution,
and his life was thus not a useless
one. The links of the chain thus
complete, I laid them before the
public, thus fulfilling the charge
of the dying woman.
Years have passed, and the two
fold tragedy is well nigh forgot
ten ; yet old folks like me will re
call it on a night like this, and
tell it for a ghost story, and at
the same time to verify the truth
of the proverb "Murder will out."
Do Nor DESPISE SMALL TiuNG.
-The possibility of a great change
being introduced by very slight
beginnings may be illustrated by
the tale which Lockmann tells of',
a vizier, who havinr offended his
master, was conidemned to perpet
ual captivity in a lofty tower. At
night his wife caie to weep be
low his window. "Cease your
grief," said the sage ; "go home
for the present, and return hither
when you have procured a live
black beetle, together with a little
ghee (or buffaloc's butter), three
elOws, one of the finest silk. an
other of stout packthbread. and an.
other of whipcord ; finally, a stout
coil of rope." When she agai
came to the foot of the tower,
provided according to her hus
band's commands, he directed her
to touch the head of the insect
with a little of' the ghee, to tie one
end of the silk thread around him,
and to place the insect on the
wall of the tower. Seduced by
the sme!l of the butter, which lie
conceived was in store somewhere
above him, the beetle continued to
ascend till he reached the top,
and thus put the end of the silk
thread ini posseCnion of tle vizier,
who drew up the packthread by
means of the silk, the -nall cord
by means of the pack thread, and
by means of the cord, a stout rope
catpable of' sustaining his ow.n
weight-and so at last escaped
from the place of his confinement.
Heniry Ward Beecher has writ
ten this: I never saw any hody
do anything that I did not watc h
him a~nd see how he didi it, for
there is no telling but t hat some
time I might do it myself. I was
going across a prairie : my horse
began to limp. Lu':kily I caime
across a blacksmith's shop but
the smith was not at home. I
asked the woman of the house if'
she would allow me to start the
fire and make the shoe. .She said
I might if I knew how. So I
started the fir-e aiid heated the
shoe ired hot and turned it to fit
my horse's foot. and pared the
hoof and tuirned the point of' the
nails out. as I had seen the black
smith do, so that in dr-iving it in
to the hoof they should not go
into the quick, and shod the horse.
At the next place I went to, I
went immediately to a smith and
told him to put tihe shoe on prop
erly. He looked at the hor-se' s
foot and paid me the greatest
compliment that I ever received
in my life. He told me that if
I put on that shoe I had bet
'er follow blacksmithing all my
life. Now, I never could have
known how to do this if I had
not looked on and seen others do
A Newport correspondent gives
the following touching big: "While
standing on the extrenmity of the
side piazza, which was floodedl
with the moonlight, I heaird a
slightly amusing, but no doubt im
portant conversation between a
young couple. She was hanging
or his arm half'lovingly. and they
were both looking up at the queen
of night. Hie said tenderly bend
ing down, -Do you love the moon ?'
She answered in a low voice. 'Yes.
lie replied, with deep tenderness
and feeling in his voice, -Would I
were the moon.' They passed on,
while I momentarily exclaimed,
The Twenty-third Psalm is the
nightingale of the Psalms. It has
filled the air of the whole Chris
tian world with melodious joy,
greater than the heart can con
CHAMPION LAUGHER OF THE UNITED
STATES--HOW HE CONVULSED
William Bennett, better known
a,s Laughing Bil, the champion
laugher of the United States, is
now visiting New York, and is
stopping at French's Hotel. A
reporter was yesterday introduced
to him, and obtained from him
the following facts in regard to
his laughing propensities and his
wonderful ability as a laughist
generally. Laughing Bills hails:
from Philadelphia. where he was
born in 1827. He is a stout, thick-:
set man, with a jolly round face,
fair comllplexion). ruddy cheeks,
and blue eves. lie is 5 fiet 6 in
ches in hef;;bt, 42 inches around
the waist, ad weighs 200 pounds.
It is as natural fOr Lauighing!
Bill to laugh and be jolly as it is
For some niun to be solemn and
mnelancholv. If his hair was white
ud his heard frosted. he would
be the very personification of San
a Clans. as he is represented ev
2ry Christmas to the admiring
.aze of miliions of children all
PHJLADELPHIA IN A ROAR.
In Philadelphia, there is scarce
y a mail, woman, or child but
what knows Laughing Bill.
"The first time," said he, "that
[ was brought into public attern
tion i~n Philadelphia was in 1863.
It wis the evening of the day of
lection for State otficers. Andrew
E. Curtin was the Republican can
fidate, and Henry D. Foster the
Democratic candidate. Chestnut
trect was thronged with thou.
ands of people to learn what the
election returns were. As soon
is the result was definitely deter
nined, and it was known that;
urtin was elected, I commenced
aughing, moving at the same
:inme throcugh the immense crowd
ip Chestnut street. laughing in
ny loudest and most exultant
ones. MV voice could be heard
.hree squares in the clear night
lir. fy laugh was infections, as
you know," appealing to the re
porter, "a good square, honest
laugh always is. Well, sir, by
George, it wasn't more than a
minute and a-half before at least
three thousand people were laugh
ing as they never laughed before.
It amused me to hear the various
tones of the laughers, whieb sup
plied me with additional stimulus
to keep up and prolong the period
of enjoyment. All the various
degrees of a laugh. from the coarse
and loud guffaw to the quick and
spasmodic cckle, could be heard.
What added to my enjoyment of
the occasion was that I knew that
the crowd did1 not know what
they were laughing it, but only
laughed because others did. This
was something unprecedented in
Philadelphia, or indeed anywhere
else under similar circumstances.
It was the talk of the whole city
next day. The Age, a Democratic
newspaper, in an article upon the
result of the election, referred to
the laughing of the crowd, and
called me a 'laughing lunatic,' and
said that the people who were in
duced by me to laugh in that ab
surd manner were a set of fools."
A LAUGHING MATCH.
Here the scene and the occasion
seemed1 to come in their full forcee
upon Laughing Bill, and ho in
dlulged in a brief eachinnation. It
was t he first time the reporter h.d
an opportunity of judging what a
splien did laugher lie is. ie laughed
all over. His whole body seemed
to join in it, and yet there was no
apparent effort used by him. It
bubbled up natur-ally, and music-j
ally as the notes of song issue
fmrm the mouth of a prima donna.
"One day," continued Laughing
Bill, '-some few years ago, I ar-i
rived at Chambersburg, Pa. You
must know I'm a stove drummer
for a Philadelphia manufactory,
and travel a great deal. I had
heard there was a great laugher
in Chambersburg, and therefore
thought I should like to meet
him. By- Geor-ge, as I entered
the National Hotel I encountered
him. I amn sorriy I can't give his
name. I knew it was the fellow
because he was laughing at the
time, and because ther-e was a ce
tai n ing in it which proved to
me that be was a gen uire laugher,
arid that there coruld not be two
such laughers residing in the same
town. I determined to tackle
him then and there. I felt my
reputation was at stake. I don't
say this in a spirit of egotism,
but I determined to crush him.
Without waiting to inquire what
the fun was I began. I had not
laughed moi-e than five seconds
before I could see that the fellow
knew he had met his sup)erior.
Pr-etty soon he showed signs of
exhaustion. lHe began to get out
of breath, and at last quit entire
lv and withdr-ew into the clothes
room I1 continued laughing as if
I knew all about what had occa
sioned the hilarity. The other
nerson in the .rnom laugerhd at
his discomfiture, and called upon
him to come forth and try itagain.
He did reappear and began laugh
ing again. I continued to laugh
as I ha: lring the whole time I
had 'een there ; but he soon
broke down, and gave up beaten.
He was a good laugher, though,
the best I ever struck."
D,EBARRED FROM THE THEATRE.
"Do votu ever (o to the theatres
or other places of amusement and
laugh ?" inquired the reporter.
'-Oh, yes," answere-i Bill, "and
I mast tell you about that. Why.
ir. in Philadeilia the doorkeep
ers at the theatres. negro min
strel places, and variety shows all
have orders not to let ine in un
less I promise not to laugh at the
performance. A funny incident
occurred --ne niaht at Fox's while
i was -.her. I was as sober as a
jile fmr about half an homr, for
there was notaing to laugh at.
when a French dancing woman
appeared on the stage and began
-avorting up and down. I began
to laugh. The whole audience
joined me. 'That's laughing Bill!'
they exclaimed. The French
ianseuse stopped dancing and
xazed at me and at the audience
in mute astonishment. I then
stopped laughing, and she resumed
ber dance. The moment she did
io I began langbing. Of course
there was nothing to laugh at;
but I did it out of pure mischief.
She stopped dancing again, and
[ stopped laughing. Again she
began, and I began. At last she
Cft the stage with an indignant
.oss of her head and a most ex
pressive shrug of her prettyshoul
Jers, about as mad a woman as
you ever saw.*
"Didn't an officer of the theatre
-peak to you about your conduct?"
isked the reporter.
"Yes," Bill answered, "and I
promised him I would not laugh
iny more; but the audience con
inued to laugh, more or less, un
il the performance was over."
A MATCH PROPOSED.
Reporter-Have you ever laugh
d while visiting the theatres of
ny other city?
Laughing Bill-No. I usually
refrain from indulging in my
rnirtb, at least I do not laugh very
londly, because 1 do not wish to
make myself so notorious as that.
It would attract too much atten
tion to myself and injure me, per
haps. in a business point of view.
In Philadelphia I am at home,
and where everybody knows me,
and where I feel I can do pretty
much as I please.
In conclusion, Laughing Bill
said he was ready to laugh against
any man in the United States for
from $100 to $500 a side.
The reporter then cordially
shook Laughing Bill by the hand,
for no one could be anything else
but cordial with so amiable a
man ; thanked him and bid him
TuE HoRSE DISTEMPER.-Gen. B. S.
Roberts, U. S. A. writes that in 1868 a
a disease similar to this which now pre
vails, broke out at Fort Sumner, New
Mexico :-At first it defied all treatment,
and the greater majority of our horses
attacked by it died. On examining
the throats of the dead horses, I found
the lining membrane of larynx highly
inflamed and thickened, and a thick mu
cous pus filling it, causing suffocation.
I ordered all horses, on the appearance
of the disease, to be thoroughly rubbed
between the jaws and along the larynx
down the neck with spirits of turpentine
causing a very severe external irritation
I saved every horse thus treated, and
ia very few days entirely broke the
distemper and checked the epide.nic.
I do not doubt that thousands of hor
ses where the epidemic prevails, can be
saving by adopting this treatment. It
acts more quickly as a counter-irritant
than any other remedy I know, and re
lieves the fever of the membrane of tbc
larynx in a very few hours. Besides,
spirits of tu rpentine is always at band,
and can be more readily applied than
any other counter-irritant. It should be
thoroughly rubbed in through the hair
to the skin for a distance of some twelve
or fifteen inches, undler the jaws and
down the neck of the horse, immediately
over the larynx. The remedy is severe
and makes the skin sore for several weeks,
and for an hour causes great suffering to
the horse. But it acts promptly and
effectively, and in my judgement it will
be four.d the oest, and perhaps the only
cure for this fatal malady, causing
suffering and loss among horses through
'ut the country.
Josh Billings thus speaks of a
new agi-icultural implement, to
which the attention of farmers is
invited: John Roger's revolving,
expanding, unceremonious self-ad
justing, self-greasing and self
righteous boss-rake is now for
ever offered to a generous publik.
These rakes are as easy kept in
repair as a hitching post, and will
r-ake up a paper of pins sowed
b)roadcast in a ten-acre field of
wheat s tubble. Theze rakes kau
be used in the winter for a hen
roost, or- be sawed up into stove
w-ood for the kitchen fire.-No
farmer ov good moral karacter
should be without this r-ak-e.
A knowing o:e says it may be set down
as a rule that the sentimenltal young ladies
who scrateh off poems about death and the
grave have holes in their skings.
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Patience with Little Ones.
Be patient with little ones.
Let neither their slow understand
in,z nor their occasional pertne s
offend yon, or provoke the sharp
reproof. Remember, the world is
new to them, and they ha7e no
slight i:sk to grasp, with their
unripn ~I(~intellects, the mass of
Ihcts and truth that crowd ulon
their attention. You are grown
to maturity and strength, through
years of experience. and it ill be
comes Von to fret at the little chi'd
that taI!s to keep pace with your
thought. Teach him patiently
as God teaches you, "!ine Upon
line. preeptt upon precept ; here a
little. there a little." Cheer hin
on in this conflict with mind : in
after years his ripe, rich thought
shal rise up and call you bleseed.
Biuic patiently the cndless oes
tiJumlig of your children. Do not
roughly erash the springing spirit
of free inquiry with an impatient
word or frown, nor attempt. on
the contrary, a long and instrue
Live reply to every slight and
Iasal question. Seek, rathcr,
to deepen their curiosity, convert.
if poisble, the careless question
into a profound and earnest in
juiry. Let your reply send the
little questioner forth, not so much
proud of' what he has learned,
is anxious to know more. Happy
fou, it in giving your child the
Eragment of truth be asks for. you
an whet his curiosity with a
.limpse of the mountain of truth
.yig beyond ; so you will send
orth a philosopher, and not a
iilly pedant, into the world. Bear
)atiently the childish humors of
Whe little ones. They are but the
intutored pleadings of the young
;pirit for care and cultivation.
hrritated into strength and hard
ned into habits, they will hunt
the whole of life like fiends in des
pair, and wake your little ones curse
the day they were born; but cor
rected kindly and patiently, they
become the element of happiness
and usefulness. Passions are but
fires that either scorch us with
their uncontrolled fury. or may
yield us a genial and needful
warmth. Bless pour little ones
with a patient care of their child
hood, and they will certainly con
secrate the glory and grace of'
their manhood to your service.
Sow in their hearts the seed of a
perennial blessedness ; its rip)ened
fruit will afford you a perpetual
Jake Sleepygo was a six-foot in
nocent, who adorned one of the
townships of Chester county, Pa.,
not many years ago. Jake's mo
ther died, and he inherited from
her a little patch of ground with
a wee hut on it. After his mo
ther's demise he installed in his
home an old woman from the
almshouse as housekeeper. All
things went well for some time
but Jake was human and fell in
love, and one bright evening he
appeared before the squire with
a great "lump of a -girl" to be
"Why, Jake," said Squir'e
Jones, I thought you were fixed
to perfect satisfaction with old
Now Jake stuttered, but man
aged to sputter out :
"So I thought, too, S-q-n-i r-e ;
but th-th-i-i-s th-th-ing of p-p-pay
ing a housekeeper a a qu.qu-a-r
ter of' a dollar a week wee-wee
weeps away with a fellow's mon
It has been proved that more
rain falls in wooded than agricul
tural districts. For instance: At
two stations at an equal height
above the sea, but separated be
tween 15 and 20 miles, and one
situated in a wooded and the
other in an agricultural country,
the excess of rain in the wooded
country was as follows: F'or
eight months, 1866, 3.99 inches ;
for eight months, 1867. 2.48 in
ches; for eight months, 1SG8, 4.04
inches. It is also shown that the
mean annual temperature- is lower
in the woods than in the openf
country, and that the difference is
least in winter and greatest in
summer. In July, 1868, the mean
temperatur'e of the forest was low
er than that of the open fields, by
4.35 degrees in the morning, and
9.93 degrees at night ; which diffe
rence fell in IDecember to 9.48 de
grees in the morning, and 0.94
degrees at nmght. Again, the av
erage variation in temperature
was much greater in the open
country than under the cover of
the forest between day and night.
Theodore Hook once said to a
man at whose table a publisher
got very drunk, "Why, you ap
pear to have emptied your wino
cellar into your book seller.
"Where are yoz s oing so for, Mr.
S'nithb?" demanded Mr. Jones. "Ilom:e,
sir, home; don't detain me; I have jet
bought my wife a new bonnet, and I must
deliver it before the fashion changes."
I"Bobby, why doit your mother s<w
your trousers ?"
"'Cause she at the vetry, sewinafY