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Whokveb lives, lives not alone
Bat by a procerative will
Some kindred heart beau to iU own
And fill that voil bat one can fill.
The little songster of the wood
Pings not alone, nor sings in vain;
Bat in the cheerless solitude
Awakes a sweet companion strain.
And even in the sturdy tree
That has the storms of time defined.
There is a chord of sympathy
Awakened by its forest bride.
The streamlets to the river flow.
And rivers onward to the sea;
The dashing waves cap too and-fro.
Embrace and kiss in ecstasy.
And thus by Nature's law designed.
Whatever is, is not alone;
Like flows to like, mind bends with mind.
And kindred spirits aie one.
We could not live, and live alone.
It matters not what we might will.
That heart congenial to our own
Mast fill the vo d bat cne can fill.
The Settler's Tale.
"You don't believe it, tlien?" .aid the
old settler, stroking his beard and
spreading the long, crisp curls over his
waistcoat, where they lay like a tangle
of cocoa-nut-fiber. He flicked away,
too, now and then, the powdery cigar
ash that had fallen as he smoked, as
i.. ..... . i
. . , . . . . .
or aimed strongly at wearinga patnacn-
j "Travelers see stranire things," said a
jthin man sitting opposite him, and he
Indulged in a low sneering snigger.
"What is it?" I asked, for I had at
that moment entered the room.
"Why," sniggered the thin man, "he
wants to make me believe "
"No, no, no!" chorussed several
voices. "Let him tell it himself; second
hand stories are poor. Tell it out for
the company, sir."
But the owner of the beard looked
very dignified, and kept on smoking,
till he sat like a Jupiter among the
"It's all true enough said on old Aus
tralian captain who sat near the thin
man, and had evidently heard what had
previously been said. "I've often seen
them take flying leaps that looked tre
mendous, and such as I should have
doubted if I had not seen; while as to the
tale our friend here has just told about
kangoroos carrying their young in a
pouch, and also about their being able
to destroy a dog with a kick, why, they
are facts that almost any schoolboy will
indorse. I mean no insult to our skepti
cal friend, but I'm afraid that he studies
politics more than natural history."
"I wasn't talking about wallabies,
gentlemen," said the old settler, "which
are only a small kind of kangaroo, but
but what we call up the! country, 'old
men' the great kangaroos that the set
tlers hunt You may believe what I'm
going to tell you, gentlemen, or-you may
be rude enougn to doubt it if you like
I shan't complain; but it is as true as my
name's James Smith, a Yorkshireman
born, and that I failed at sheep farm
ing, but made ten thousand dollars at
the diggings, and that's what no man
in five hundred who were there man
aged to bring away, as his share of the
The thin man winked again, but the
thoughts of ten thousand golden dollars
seemed to add so much weight to the re
spectability and veracity of the bearded
man, that he had felt disposed to enter
into the borders not limited to veracity
he wo'd now have found plenty of be-
lieveis for anything he might choose to
"We were having a kangaroo hunt,"
continued he, "some years ago now, up
at a place where I was. Kangaroos
were not so scarce then as they're grown
since, and herhaps, if our friend here
were to go over on purpose to have one,
he might travel some hundreds of miles
before he could enjoy that pleasure.
"Being a bit of a sporting man in
mild way, as I had dropped in at quar
ters where the squatter whs also fond of
a bit of the field work, I got staying on
day after day; for I happened to have
nothing to do, having been driven out
myholding by a drought that had starved
three parts of my beasts and sheep, and
a flood that had drowned the rest. So
that I was on the wander, looking out
for some freFh spot on which to locate
myself, and naturally feeling low spirit
ed; for, after wandering seven or eight
years to get together a decent bit
stock, it seemed rather hard for the cli
mate to turn dead against yon, .and to
make yon a ruined man.
"I'd fallen into good quarters, my host
being from my own country, and hav
ing had many a good gallop with the
same pack of bounds, ho we talked
over old times and fished a bit, and shot
a little, and I helped him to take stock
and we compared notes about manage
ment, he being able to give me plenty
of good hints, and I perhaps gave him
two or three respectable little wrinkles.
."The day before 1 left him we went
out for a kangaroo hunt, for over night
one of his men had come to report tracks
that he had seen near a water hole some
few miles away.
"Perhaps my frjeud here will think
that I am throwing thp hatchet, when
say that this was all on my host's piece,
for sheep farmers there thjnk no more
of miles than they do of acres of land,
and I have known gentlemen out there
whose holdings were such that you might
ride twenty miles without getting to
their last blazed tree.
"The country about there was so woody
and rocky that my host said we had bet
ter go on foot; so we did, taking along
with us a black fellow, and one of his
men an old convict who held the two
dogs in a lash, till we came to the spot
what they call out there a creek a long
water hole that deepened on the wet
season to supply it afresh after the long
dry Australian summer.
"Well, we soon got intothe hunting
country, and were not long before we
put up a kangaroo, when I felt almost
ashamed to hunt, for the poor beast set
upon its hind legs and tail for a few mo
ments, turning its doe-like face, as much
as to say, 'How can you be such brutes?'
but it turned directly, gave a bound
that startled me, and was off, flying
over rock and bush in a most surprising
manner. Then the dogs were slipped,
and away we were scrambling among
bushes and rocks, tripped up now and
then, but making a rush over every bit
of open ground, to try and keep tlie dogs
in sight; but as to my host and self, we
were separated directly.
"I was not much used to) this sort of
thing; but I soon warmtl up to the
chase, and now getting peep at the
dogs, and now led by the thouting and
barking, I managed to get up iu pretty
good time to where theblck fellow was
dancing about with delifht, and the
convict was coupling up the dogs, as
they lay panting and holding out their
great red tongues, beside the female
kangaroo they had killed.
"Long as T had been in the country,
it had never fallen to my lot before to
be in at the death of a kangaroo; and
once more I could not help pitying the
soft, mousy-skinned 'animal, it looked
bo innocent, tame and simple. But
there ! it does not do;for men who hunt
to be to sentimental, end besides they
may make a mistake in the character of
their erame: for Iv'e never seen the
animal yet that was not, when driven
to bay, a perfect savage, either from fear
or natural courage.
'Where's the governor, sir?" said the
man as I came up
"I have not seen him since I tripped
over a creeper and came down crash
bruised myself awfully. He did not
stop when I went down. I thought he
wo'd be on here."
"Help! help!" cried a faint cry from
"Dat a gub'ner?" exclaimed the black
fellow, grinning, as if it was the most
humerous thing he had even heard.
Yes, that's him," said the convict
changing Tolor. "He's among the
blacks, and We've no guns."
"In a moment there floated before me
visions of savages in their war paint,
their black bodies streaked with white
to resemble skeletons', while boomer
angs and spears seemed to come whistl
ing through the air. But it was all im
agination; for there was no sound to be
heard, but once more the cry for help
when the dogs leaped up and howled
"No black feller 'bout here said the
gentleman in our company; when fol
lowing his example, we set off at run in
the direction of the erlef., the black far
out-stripping us, though we kept him
well in view till he disappeared behind
some rocks, but only to turn back direct
ly and come running toward us shout'
ing, Ole man gotbim-oleman got him
"We pressed on, panting heavily, and
in a few minutes were in full view of the
strangest sight I ever saw in my life
one which seemed to quite paralyze the
man with the dogs, forjie stopped short
holding tightly by the leash In spite o
the angry struggles of the animals and
his master's anguishing crjes for help,
There, some titty yards in front, was
a fierce struggle going on, apparently
vain one on the part of my host, who
was tightly clasped around the wais
by a tremendous great kangaroo, such as
we settlers call a man
"It was a bushy part, and from the
branch he held in his hand, it was evi
dent that my friend had been clinging
with all his might to some tree or other
so as to hinder his enemy, or else I'm
afraid we should have come too late.
Dropping the brand), he now began
kicking and struggling with the energy
of despair, striking fiercely at the beast
with his fists, and doing all that he could
to get away; but there is no doubt that,
if we had not come up, the Dext minute
would have been his last; for, in spite of
his struggles, tlie 'old man' kept on
slowly hop hop hop nearer and
nearer to the great water hole; and
though a strong and hearty man, my
friend seemed like a child in his enemy's
"Loose the dog! J shouted to the con
vict servant, but utterly confused he on
ly he'd on tightly, letting the faithful
beast drag him along with them, till,
with one cut of his knife that he had
held ready to skin the dead kangaroo,
the black severed the leather thong,
and, coupled as they were, the dogs
dashed down upon the 'old man.' "
Then came a fierce hurrying rush and
scramble a frightful howl and onedog
turned over on his back, disabled by
kick, and then half strangled by being
dragged about by its companion, who
had made good histoid upon the kan
garoo's throat. The dog shook fiercely
till, in its agony, the beat loosed its
hold upon my friepi,. who fell down ex
hausted just upon the edge of the water
hole as the dogs and their enemy rolled
from the bank Into the deep water,
which directly after was lashed into
muddy foam by the fierce struggle go
It would have gone hard with the poor
dog if just then the leash had not given
way, leaving him free from the weight
of his fellow's carcass hung to his neck:
and now, in spite of tlie fierce tearing
and kicking of the 'old man,' he held
on tightly to tlie place in his throat
where he had first fixed his steel-trap
jaws. Uy degrees iney BiruKgitu "
shallower water, and so exciting was me
battle that my frjend forgot his late per
il, and 6at up, panting to see the end.
Suddenly, with one of his tremendous
. I 1 .. J .!1.1 A
eaps, the Kangaroo nnuiiueu usui "',
clearing the bank, and alighting among
somelow scrubs at tho lower end. But
the dog still held on; and dodging uliout
till he could get a chance, the black
brought down his club with tremendous
eflect upon the 'old man's head, when
the poor brute quivered slightly and
rolled over, dead, a huge fellow who had
stood up over six feet high.
"That was' a narrow" escape," I said,
as I helped my friend to his legs, while
the convict Mrew out of the water the
carcass of the other dog.
"Yes." he said: 'let's go back. I've
had enough of it for one day. I feel
ouite sick and ill. If I had had a knife
I could have got on; but, unnrtnon, 1
was as helpless as a child.,1
I had heard of such adventures be
fore, but had never seen anything of the
kind, so I said, What do you think the
brute would have done?"
"Done!" echoed my friend. 'Drown
ed me as dead as that poor dog there.
Poor brute! one of Hje best kangaroo
dogs I ever had. An old beast! 'he ex
claimed, kicking the dead .body of the
kangaroo viciously, which was, after all
hardly toabe wondered at. 'He came
upon me all of a sudden hop hop hop
and before I had recovered from my
surprise, he had me tightly round the
waist, and then began to hop away.
hardly knew how 1 felt at first; but
when the thought struck me that he
was making for the Water-hole, the feel-
ins- was awful, and mv struggles did
0 - -
hinder him a bit."
"A good thing, too," I replied. "Then
we only came up just In time?"
Only just,', said my friend; and he
looked whiter than ever.
Now, do you expect us to believe all
that broke in the thin man, as he again
winked at she company in general. But
the settler was busy re-lighting his ci
gar, which had gone out during the nar
ration, and he made no reply.
'I say, sir,' said the thin man again
'do you expect us to believe that your
old kangaroo would have hopped into
the water-hole, and drowned the squat
'The gentlemen present can do as they
please,' said the settler with dignity;
'and I have no doubt but that you will
do the same. I leave it entirely to my
lesteners' good sense, for the story is
A STARTLING CONVERSATION.
A few days past we were startled by
hearing a conversation between two rats
behind the base board of our office. The
conversation began thus:
'Hallo, Shorty' this we learned was
a nick-name given to a rat that had lost
his tail in a steel trap Tm glad to -see
you. I want you to come and help me
to-night to gnaw a hole into this print
ing office, and we'll have lots of fun.
We can write an editorial for the next
'What would ou write about, Tickle
'Oh, I'd write an article on cats. I'd
say that it had just been ascertained
that the bite of a cat was deadly poison
and all persons who valued their lives
should kill their cats at once. What a
jolly time we'd have then.'
'Ha! ha! . Well, old Tickletoe, you're
a brick, but what is there to eat in a
'Oh! sometimes they leave the paste
pot in reach. One night I gnawed a
roller, but I did not like the taste of the
printers' ink, and next night I played a
jolly joke on the long-nose old editor; I
drank up all the ink on his table.'
S'Why didn't it make you sick?1
'Qh, no, I just swallowed some blot
ting paper, and it countracted the eflect,
as old Mrs. Partington says.'
'Then you have been in there before?'
''Oh, yes, I had a nice hole on the oth
er side, but that lantern-jawed old
knight of the quill stopped it up with a
'Was the bottle full?'
'Why, you astonish me! a whisky bot
tle full in a newspaper office!'
'Well, I never knew one to stay full
To make home happy.-To make home
truly happy there should be no conceal
ments, for they are the cankerworms.
Let a woman tell her troubles and follies
freely to her husband, and he will assist
her out of them. He is herotherself, and
pot her judge aud master. Ifauiau con
fide in his wife, her penetration and
qucik wit will often see things that es
cape him. Hre are in the worW all ("ay;
our minds are occupied by many details,
but she sits at home often alone, or with
but an infant companion. She thinks
over what her husband has told her, sees
it in many lights; she has hqd the time
which he wanted. .The discovery that
there has been a scret excites jealousy,
and loosens the ties of affection on either
Remember the Sabbath day.
A GUESS FOR LIFE.
A volume could be filled with the
strange delusions entertained by mad
men the remarkable pertinacity and
cunning they display in carrying out the
whims of their disordered minds. In
their wild freaks, maniacs frequently
evince a method in their planning, an
adroitness and coolness that would do
credit to the shrewdest sane person. Tve
give below a thrilling incident which
actually occurred as related, one of the
parties to it having been a promineuf
American army surgeon:
When my regiment was disbanded, I
bade adieu to. my old comrades and to
the army," and commenced business in
the flourishing town of L
As I was starting for the supper table
on the evening of the third day after my
arrival, the doorbell rang violently, and
soon the boy came in and said that a
man wanted to see the doctor. The vis
itor was standiugby the fire when I en
tered. He was a tall, powerful man a
perfect giant compared to my 'five feet
six,' and his great and bushy black hair
aud whiskers were well fitted to the
If you are at liberty doctor, said he,
please come with me. It is but a few
steps and you will not ueed a carriage.
I put on my coat and hat and follow
ed him. It was my first call in L ,
and I fondly hoped it was the forerun
ner of many others.
The man strode up ahead of me all the
time, notwithstanding ray endeavors to
keep at his gide, and spoke not a word,
not even answering my questions.
Stopping before a substantial looking
residence in one of the principal streets,
he applied the latch key, and led me in
to a pleasant little room on the second
floor, (a study I thought it), hung about
with good paintings and elegant chro.
mos and lined with books of every de
fak a seat, doctor, said the man; I
will step out a moment. Take this chair
by the fire; it's a bitter cold night.
Thechair was a great unwieldy thing,
but exceedingly comfortable. I threw
my feet upon the fender, and leaned
back on the cushion, well satisfied to
warm myself a little before seeing the
I heard the man approach the door,
which was directly back of where I sat,
and heard the door open and close again.
I supposed he had gone out, but did not
look around to see. Indeed I had no
time, for a stout cord was thrown over
my wrists and across my breast, and a
handkerchief bound over my mouth so
quickly that I could noi prevent it.
ITTien I was perfectly secure, my con
ductor stepped in front of me and look
ed with much interest at ray vain at
tempt to free myself.
Good stout cord, isn't it? he asked. It
has never been broken, and many a
stouter man than you has tried it.
There, now, he quiet a while and I will
tell you what I want.
He went to a cabinet that stood in the
corner of the room, and taking a long
knife from one of the drawers, ran his
thumb over the edge and felt the point,
all the while talking in the most com
monplace manner imaginable.
I have for years studied the art of guess
ing, said he. I can guess anything;
that is my guessing chair tha,t you are
sitting iu now; anil take great pleas
ure in imparting my knowledge tooth
ers. This is what I want of you to-night,
I did intend to make you guess that, but
I have thought of something better.
He had become satisfied with the edge
and point of "his knife, and was pacing
up and down the room, giving me a full
history of the world, interspersed with
facts relative to the art of guessing, at
which times he always stopped in front
Did you ever study it, doctor? he ask
ed. I know you haven't. I am the on
ly oue that ever reduced it to a science.
Since I left my noble veteran!) I have
devoted my whole time to it; and now I
am about to initate you into its mysteri
es, if you are worthy.
He was standing before me so very
calm, that I did not think he intended
to harm me; but when I looked i-ito his
eyes, burning with the fire of insanity,
I felt that my situation was desperate
I must test you, he said. I must see
whether you are naturally gifted or not,
before I waste much time with you. If
I remove the handkerchief, will you an
swer my questions?
I nodded an affirmative, and he re
Now, my dear ii;ctor, you are an en
tire strauger to me. TTithont doubt yon
have often heard of me, but it will be a
hard task to distinguish my name from
all other great men of the time. You
may guess it doctor. H'hat is it?
He had brought his face so near to
mine that I could feel his hot breath,
and I fancied I could feel the heat in
those terrible eyes. The long, keen
blade he was holding over me-for what?
To take my life if I failed.
Guess! Guess! he screamed. 'If yuU
fail, it will be your. last guess in this
I dared not cry out the knife was too
near. I could not escape, for the strong
cords bound me to that chair I count! not
lift; and Icould lie there and lose my
life, TT'hat could I do?
It was a hard guess, he said, and I
will give you three miuutes to answer
I summoned all my courage, which
had never yet failed me; even in the
awful hour of battle and, looking him
steadily in the eyes, said: I know you,
sir; so where is the use of guessing? I
have seen you on the battle field mar
shalling your men to victory; I have
seen you cut down a score of men with
your own single arm. I have seen you
put flight to a whole battalion. I know
you everybody knows you, your name
is in my mouth.
I remembered what he had said about
leading his veterans, and had tried this
harangue to divert his attention. I
paused to mark the eflect.
Yes, yes, doctor. But what i3 it? he
exclaimed again. Thirty seconds!
Great Heavens! JFhat would I not
have given for a clue to that madman's
fancy! Thirty seconds, how short a
second is! The knife was raised high
er, that it might gain momentum by
the distance. His body was braced for
the stroke' and his eye upon the mark.
Ten seconds more! he cried. What
There was only one hope for me, aud
that was to guess. I felt that he consid
ered himself some great man as he had
spoken of veterans some great milita
ry chieftain. I thought of our own he
roes, and the names ofimany of them
were upon my lips, but I dared not ut
ter them. It was the greatest chance
game that I had ever played my life
depended on the guessof a name. I
thought of all the European generals,
but cast them aside of the water. ;
Two seconds ! screached the lunatic.
Without a thought, almost without a
volition, I spoke a name, breathing a
prayer that it might be the right one:.
P.ight! said the madman, throwing
aside his knife and undoing the cords
that held me. I was mistaken in you,
doctor. You have true genius; this Is
your first lesson; come at this hour every
evening, and I will teach you the beau
tiful art the way to Immortal fame.
As I rose from the chair, weak and
trembling, the door opened softly and
four strong men entered and secured the
maniac. I started;for home, well pleas
ed that I had got through with my first
guessing lesson, and4 fervently hoping
that I should never be called upon to
SPARKIN' SUNDAY NIGHT.
BY A BACHELOR.
We, who have Jseen as manyjas six
teen years in this vale of tears, under
stand to a verity the mingled joys and
sorrows of our Sunday nights' court
ship. With what trepidation, half. doubt,
half triumph, we noted the effect of
Blacking on our sewed boots; or with
trembling fingers, essayed to tie the
faucy neckcloth, for; which our Jtailor
had charged us such an outrageous price
unblushingly affirming that he was raak.
ing a present of it at that amount! How
we palpitated as we approached the
house which was the -casket containing
our jewel, and perhaps lost heart as we
approached it, and made a cireuitof a
block or two before ooming to the door.
How our heart beat tumultuouslv as we
jlaid a shaking hand upon the knob and
gave a pull, and heajd the bell ring
in the hall !
Would she come to the door? Would
she be glad to see us? No, it is thecook,
who propels the mop and; wrestles with
the frying pan in the lower region?, and
this hard-hearted female, supposing
that we are in search of the you ugtp
brother of cur divinity, announces that
he is not in.
Aaster Ned! Ridiculous! A mere
school-boy-whole months younger than
we are. We falteringly pronounce the
name of our inamorata, and are admit
ted. What is this female grinning at?
Does she see anything wrong in our ap
parel? or has she the impudence to class
us in the same light with a boy like
Our indignation is soon lost, as we
stumblciiito the presence of the fairone,
and do wonderful things with the hat
which has cost cash money, before we
consent to relinquish it to the tender
mercies of the servant. We feel that
the eyes of the world are upon ns that
pater faruilias is regarding us with a
placid smile, aud that the partner of his
joys and sorrows is 'watt-bin' us.'
And then when the old people have
asked all the questions they can think
of, and have, found business iu other
parts of the house, and we are alone
with our charmer! She has a wonder
fully low voice, at first, and yet she
leads us on, as woman will do to tha
end of time, until we are talking glibly
enough, and have gone so farias to be
seated on the sofa, when pater familias
pome? moouiug in with unearthly ques
tion, receives his answer, answer, and
meanders out again.
We have taken her hand, when a
whirlwind enters the house with its pies
enee upon us for half an hour, and is off
The moment' fly -wiftly, and we are
in tha seventh heaven Of happiness,
when again the d.-mrv open, and a sol
emn procession enters, Puter faruilias,
muter fanlilias and Ned, outwardly de
mure, but inwardly rejoicing, like a de
mon, in our discomfiture!
After awhile wo feel for our hat and
depart, inwardly full of wrath and vow
ing" never to return. But, as surely as
the cycle of time brings round the next
Sabbath night, we are back agaiu. And
so it will be with the sous of men while
the world goes round.