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HILLSBOROUGH. HIGHLAND COUNTY, OHIO, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21). 1857.
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BolioM the wlrn eymlng light !
It molta in dwufliilng (loom j
So onlmly Clirintlnnn sink nwny,
Docending to the tomb.
breathe low j the withering
Pcero whlnpom from the tree ;
So ;ntle flown the parting breath,
When good men cense to be.
How hi'initiful on all the liilli
The crlmnon light in shed !
'Tie tike the ponce the Christian g'tvae
To mourner round hi" bed.
IIuw mildly on the wandering cloud
The eunnet Imnm in CHAt !
'Tie like the memory left behind,
When loved ouei breathe tholr Innt.
And now, above the dews of night,
The yellow stare appear ;
So faith springe in the heart of those
Whose eyes are bathed in tears.
Cut soon the morning's happier light
Its glory shall restore ;
Anil eyelids that are sealed in dentil
Shull wnlie to close no more.
There is a time, just ere the frost
Prepares to pnvo old Winter's way,
When Autumn in a reverie lost.
The mellow day-time dreams away ;
When Hummer comes, in musing mind,
To gnze once more on bill and dell.
To murk bow many sheaves they bind,
And sen If all is ripened well.
With balmy breath she whispers low.
The dying flowers look up and give
Their sweetest incense ere lliey go,
For her who ma fe their beauties live.
8he enters 'neaih tho woodland shade,
Uer zephyrs lift the lingoring luaf,
And beur it gently where are laid
The loved and lout onus of its grief.
At last old Autumn, rising, takes
Again his sreptre and his throne,
With boisterous hands the trees ho shukes,
Intent on gathering all his own ;
Sweet Summer, sigh ing. flies the. plai n,
And waiting Winter, point utid grim,
s miner Autumn hoard his grain,
And smiles to think it's all lur him.
The Home Circle.
Home and Woman.
Home is man's nrk, when trouble springs,
When gathering teinpestH shade his morrow j
And woman's love the bird that brings
His peace-' much o'er u flood of sorrow.
Gems of Thought.
A clear conscience! is sometimes sold
for money, but never bought with it.
Politeness is the just medium between
ceremony and rudeness.
Avoid an angry man for a while, a
malicious ono forever.
If you do good, forgot it ; if evil, re
member and repent of it.
"Wind up your conduct like a watch,
every day, examining minutely whether
you ars fust or slow.
Nothing casts a denser cloud over the
mind than discontent, rendering it more
occupiod about the evil that disquiets it
than the means of removing it.
lie that has spent much of liis time in
bis study, will seldom be collected enough
to think in a crowd, or conGdent enough
to talk much in company.
Little acts of kindness are stowed
awuy in tho heart, like bags of lavender
in a drawer, to sweeten every object
Praise Your Wife.
Praise your wife, man ; for pity's sake
give her a littlo encouragemont ; it
won't hurt her. Sho has made your
home comfortable, your hearth bright
nnd shining, your food agreeable, for
pity's sake tell her you thank her, if
nothing more. Sho don't expect it; it
will nitike her eyes open wider than they
have for these- ten yours; but it will do
her good, and you too.
There arc many women thirsting to
day for tho word of praise, the language
of encouragement. Through summer's
heat and winter's toil they have drudged
uncomplainingly; and so accustomed
liavo their lathers, brothers and hus
bands, become to their monotonous la
bors that they look for and upon them
' as they do the daily rising of tho sun
und its daily going down. Homely,
every day lite may bo made beautilul, by
an appreciation of its very homeliness.
You know that if tho floor is clean, man
ual labur has been performed to make it
so. lou know that it you can take
from your drawer a clean shirt when
ever you want it, somebody's fingers
fingers have ached in tho toil of making
it so fresh and agreeable, so smooth and
lustrous. Everything that pleases the
eye, nnd the senso, lias been produced by
constant work, much thought, ereut
' care, and untiring efforts, bodily and
It is not that many men do not appre
' ciato these things, and feel a glow of
gratitude for tho numberless attentions
bestowed upon them in sickness and in
health that they are so selfish in that
fueling. They don't come out with
lieartv. 'How nloasant von make thin"s
j , 4 J
look, wife,' or, 'I am obliged to you for
taking so much pains. iliey thank the
(ailor for giving them 'fits;' they thank
the- muu in the lull omnibus who gives
them a scat, they thank tho young lady
who moves along in tho coueort-room
in short , they thank everybody and
everything out of doors, because it is
the custom, and come home, tip their
chairs back and their heels up, pull out
it l i . : i- ..' i'. . . I.
ilia newspaper, grumuio 11 who uss
them to take tho baby i scold if the lire
' lias gone down ; or, if everything is just
' right, shut their mouths with a smack ot
butihfution but nevcrsay to her' 'I thank
I tell you what, men, young and old,
if you diil but show an ordinary civility
towards those common articles of house
keeping, your wives; if you gave the
ono hundred nnd sixtieth part of the
compliments you almost choked them
with before, they wrro married; if you
would stop the badinage about whom
you are going to have when number one
is dead (such things wives may laugh at,
but they sink deep sometimes ;) if you
would cease to speak of their faults,
however banteringly, before- others, few
er women would seek for other sources
of happiness than your cold, so-so-ish
affection. Praise your wife, then, for
all good qualities she has, and you may
rest assured that her deficiencies are ful
ly counterbalanced by your own.
One of the things needful in this our
day is more of an article commonly de
nominated common sense. It is getting
to be very rare. It is tho scarcest and
most uncommon commodity among us.
We want a school, an ncademy, a college,
an institution of some sort, where com
mon sense can be taught theoretically
and illustrated practically.
Jhc sources ot common sense, like
the sources of tho common atmosphere,
arc so abundantly provided, so very com
mon, that we have overlooked its value
almost entirely. There is nothing which
nature has so lavishly supplied to us as
the air we breathe, or should breathe,
for "in the breath is the life." And yet
one-half of our people are trying in all
possible ways to keep it out of their
mortal bodies ; while a moiety of tho
other half are constantly killing them
selves in their efforts to irritate and
poison what little they do breathe.
Vili- the lady, othcrwiscgood-looking,
in that murderously tight dress; and
the gentleman with a cigar in his other
wise decently-shaped mouth.
And the water wo drink, or should
drink, is distilled for us from cxhaustless
fountains. The clouds above us, the
lakes, nnd rivers, nnd springs, and
streamlets among us, and the illimitable
ocean around us, sufficiently attest its
value and its importance. j
But. alas, it is common ! And human
beings must, forsooth, rack their brains,
and destroy half the grains and fruits of
the earth, which Cod intended for our
purest nourishment and highest devel
opment, to concoct an uncommon never-
ago. Hence rum, brandy, gin, wine, J
oiJor, etc., linve supplanted Nature's
urink-, anil as n consequence, brought
ruin and desolation upon half the human
And our common sense, like the com
mon air ami the common water, has
been literally cast out of our synagogues,
to make room for something uncommon.
Our common brains and common in
stincts combined, arc cribbed, confined,
repressed, distorted, perverted, retrovcrt
cd, so that everything in us and of us
shall bo in some way unnatural, uncom
Our buildings must each bo construct
ed on a different plan ; no two gentle
men must dress alike; the ladies must
not dress similarly, and the sexes must
have nothing like a family resemblance
in any of their multitudinous habili
ments. In short common senso must be
turned out of all respectable society, in
order that every uncommon oddity, ec
centricity, or montrosity may be enter
tained and glorified. We will not wor
ship tho true God because lie is every- i
where present at all times ; He is too J
common. Ii tit wo will make to ourselves
rare and costly graven images, and tor
ture ourselves with the vehemence and
violcnco of our unnatural and false de
votion. Almost ovcry person is born with the
elements within liiiu and the influences
around him for achieving distinction, for
becoming good and great. If individu
als da not succeed, it is generally be
cause they uo not exercise their com
mon sense capacities. They have fallen
into the prevalent false standard of
judgment, and have learned to estimate
tho value of things by their scarcity.
ihts should not he. Iho commonest
things arc, throughout all God's do
mains, tho most valuable. Our truly
great men are always our common seusi-
cal men. And the same is true of our
truly j')od women. All really great and
good persons are those who cultivate
their own minds, and apply their pow
ers and perceptions to the things, the
realities around them, without relying
passively on tho brains of others. In
this way they become useful, thoughtful,
active, und ?elf-reliuut. Their entity
becomes more and moro individualized,
and their ' individuality tends more and
moro to an independent personality.
They aro in tho order of development,
lfeuicmber Franklin ! He is our type,
our model of a common senso man.
Few men are so well known in history.
Very few are so ofteti quoted. Scarcely
one has made a deeper impression on
human society. Yet he was not greatly
distinguished in any particular lino. Ho
was never a general, as Washington was ;
he was not a statesman, like Adams; he
was not a poet, liko Byron ; ho was not
a philosopher, like Newton ; nor meta
physician, liko Locko. He was neither
distinctively, but ho was all collectively.
Ho was great in little things. His
greatness consisted in a correct appre
ciation of the relations of common
things. He was not great on great occa
sions, but greut always ou all occasions.
J lo was ever ready to turn tho little acta
ami incidents of life to practicul account.
Ho possessed an uncommon share of
common senso, and this was the secret
of his distinguished character; his
world-wide reputation, nnd his extraor
Pr,EAsi;iu; of Heading. Of all the
amusements that can possibly be imag
ined for a working man, after daily toil,
or in the intervals, thcro is nothing like
reading a newspapor or a book. 1 1 calls
for no bodily exertion, of which ho has
already bad enough, perhaps too much.
It relieves his home of dullness nnd
sameness. Nay, it accompanies him to
his next day's work, and gives him some
thing to think of besides the mechanical
drudgery of his every' day occupation ;
something bo can enjoy while absent,
and look forward to with pleasure. If I
wcro to pray for a tasto which would
stand by me under every variety of cir
cumstances, and be a source of happi
ness and cheerfulness to me through life,
nnd a shield against t,ll tis ills, however
things might go amiss, nnd the world
frown upon me, it would be a tasto for
reading. Sir John Htrxrltill.
A Mother's Influence.
Hon. Thomas H. I'cnlon, in a speech
in New York, turned to the ladies, and
referring to his mother, said, "My moth
er asked mo never to use tobacco, ami I
have never touched it from that time to
the present day. She asked me nut to
game, and I have never gamed ; and I
cannot this day tell who is winning ntid
who is losing in games that can be play
ed. She admonished mo too against
hard drink ; and whatever capacity for
endurance I may have at present, and
whatever usefulness I may attain in life,
I attribute to having complied with her
pious and earnest wishes. When seven
years of age, she asked me not to drink,
and I made then a resolution of total
abstinence. I formed an abstinence so
ciety at a time when 1 was tho sole con
stituent member of my own body, and
that I havo-adhered to it through all
time, I owe to my mother."
F.very church that would pro.-per
must show attention to strangers. It
should be seen that they arc promptly
and courteously piovided with seats, and
made to feel that they have a cordial
welcome there. Kind lookj should
them as they come and follow
is they go. Should they come
again let them meet with the same re
ception. And should they become con
stant worshippers there, let them be vis
ited, not merely by the pastor, but by
members of the church and society.
Whether rich or poor, they should not
bo overlooked or neglected. ThY have
claims as strangers. Let us see that
they have prompt attention.
For the News.
I nm composed of 11 letters:
My 11, 1,7, is to tiro.
IV y i!, 1,12, fi, 7, is what wo like lo ii Jo ia.
My 1!), !), (i, Isa girl's nirkname.
My H, l, 5, (i, H, !), 13, i, ,;,t we like lo he.
My '2, 14, 4, is whut ( like lo do.
My 11), 1 1,0,5, 1.), is soinuthinjr I dihliko
My (J, 12, 13, 3, is a nnnilisr.
My l'- ti, 'J, 9, 13, 11, is whut noma persons
My II, 5, 'J, Is a pronoun.
My 4, Ii, G, 11, is something that very ninny
My whole is soinothitig that ovcry family
h onlU have. CI.AIIET.
Why should the male sex uvoid tho Utter
A T Because it makes men mean.
Why is it impo.-ttiblt for cutlle keepers to'he
good soldiers? liecttioe they are all cowherds,
Why should wo naturally conclude, that
Adam and live yumMed? Because they lost
Poftical CoNuvDitUH. The followiug ap
peared, a fow days tmo, in the Charleston
"Why a 1) like marriage?" asked tho maid
Who's troth to ia is plighted.
I Mushed In south nnd huiir my head,
! While she seemed quito iloligutud .
"Come, answer me," continued 6ho,
And don't he loup; ahmit it;
You stupid fellow, can't you s-'e,
We cun't he tntl w ithou I it!"
How to Kkkp TKKsifnvKs. Apply the white
of an egg, with a small brush, lo a thickness
of tissue paper ; the paper must he sulhVi oit
ly large locoino all inch or two over tho jur,
und will require uo I y i n K .
Pk.ki.ku 1'kars. Leave the stem upon the
pears. Make a syrup of oua quart of vinegar,
three pounds of sugar. This quantity ul sy
rup will 'over a nook of pears. Cook the
fruit ill the syrup until they are toft to thu
core. Then takeout the fruit ; place tlieni in
jars, anil pour the syrup over thoui. Throw
a little mace in the syrup whe. hot.
I'lc'KLKn Caudace. Mice red cahhajre very
thin ; put on it a little coarse sail, and let it
rest twenty-lour hour to drain ; add sliced
onions, If you like them. licit four spoonfuls
of pepper, and lour of ulspiee, in a quart of
viueur, and pour it over. .
Ovstkk Horn. To one quart of oysters w ith
their juice, put two quarts of cold witter, half
a pint of milk , and a heaping spoonful of s i 11
let them boll one minute ; fckiin out the oys
ters, and add hull' a leu-'iup of crackers rolled
tine, half a ten cup of hutter, u oil a littlo pep.
per ; let it boil ugnin i thou pour over the oj s
lers. A i'ple DuMi'i.lNos. lure, quarter, und coro
twelve upples, and makes crust same us fur
soda biscuit ; put thu uppleB 111 the bottom of
tin pudding dish, the crust on the top ; ut
the pudding dish iu a kettle of bo i II I) )f wuter,
ami let it boil fur ono hour, witho.it ceasing ;
when do tr, turn it out oil u dish; tho upples
will be on the top.
Caui'iioii a Kkmkdy roit Mick. Any ono du
sirous of keeping seeds I ro in the depredations
of mice, cau do so by mi.vinf pieces of cam
phor gum n W illi the seeds. Cuuiphor placed
111 druwers or trunks will prevent mice from
doi ii f them Injury. The little uuiiiiat objects
to the odor, und keeps u iood distance lioui It.
To Cumk a Coi.n, take the julco of two lem
ons, threo-quarleis of a pound of leaf fcUfc-ar,
simmer it fur half uu hour, Iheu udd tvo In-ble-epoonluls
ol paregoric. DoKe,u t-a-spoon-
lul tlireo Hums a day. ;
I.ioiit in a Sii.k Uoum. A piece of C.IUllli)
will burn ul I night In u sick room or else wle-re,
where dull llghl is wished, by pit t tin" finely
powdered bull uu the cnndlo Until ll rtai.le.s
the black part of the wick. In this wuy a
mild and shady I jj; tt t may he kept thiotili tjiu
infill from a small piece, ul candle.
A Story for the Ladies.
THE VERMONT COUSIN;
Or, County Girls and City Beaux.
"It is too provoking, isn't it,, that
father will insist upon inviting that
Yankee cousin to come nnd stay at our
houso nnd go to school! I don't see,
for my part, how ho came to havo such
countrified relations; but since be has,
I think ho might let them stay up
among their own green mountains, in
stead of bringing them dow n to mortify
ns in the city, with their awkwnrd airs
and nasal twang!"
Thus spoke out Miss Julia Acton to
her younger sister Helen, after they
had retired to their room one evening,
during which the expected arrival of
the Vermont cousin h id been the theme
"I am sure I have more reason to be
mortified than you, Julia," answered
Helen, ''lor 1 have to walk with her to
and from school, and, of course, I can
not conceal from them that she is my
cousin, and I know that they will all
ridicule her nod lnnk n nil sorts of fn n of
her. Brother Ned stopped thcro last
year, when he was traveling through
Xcw England, and he says they all say
'neow,' und 'abeottt,' and 'dew tell,' and
I am sure I shall sink if sbo talks so be
fore the girls."
'Well, I think no one has as much
reason to dread her coming as 1 have,"
answered Julia; ''for what do you think
Herbert Ferguson will say when he
finds we have such a set of Yankee relation.-,?
he has sit -h a hon or for every
thing Unrefined, I would nut wonder if
he should desert me altogether, after
she conies to the house, rather than be
brought into contact with anything so
u!gar. lie has been iimre than usually
attentive, too, lately, nnd mamma says
he is the irreatcst match in town."
'Well, now 1 have heard that Her
bert Fcriruson cares only for intellect
tllM! ! Ill,lk 1101 lllnS 01 I'H'ks in coin-
tell you. Oil are mistaken
.Hiss Helen; ll ho has no
looks, as vou say, you otinht to know
what he said to me lately; but no mat
ter, I won't tell you I only w ish fath
er wasn't so obstinate, nnd mamma is
ijuite as mm h vexed about it as we are;
why, ' en the servant will laugh at her,
I know Thomas is so excessively
"Well, well, it can't be helped.
father feels under great obligations to
Lucy's father; the brothers all agreed
that father should be sent to college, and
the others remained at home on the
farm, and provided the means of his ed
ucation, and now he believes he ought
to assist them in return. But one thing
I would sugge. t, Miss Julia, and that
i.:, that you have your party over be
fore sho comes; of course she will not
go out, as she is only a school-girl;
but I know father will insist upon hav
ing her in the room if we have company
'Well thought of, Helen; let's see, I
am engaged every night for a week to
come; 1 certainly cannot get an evening
till the latter part of next week; oh! 1
am so afraid she will come before that
time; it will jtut spoil all my pleasure,
and 1 expected so much."
The invitations for Miss Julia's party
were all sent out, and the extensive
preparations were proceeding most swim
mingly, when tho very day before that
on which the party was to be given, a
stage, loaded with trunks, drew up bo
fore the door of Mr. Acton's elegant
mansion. " From this, in the first place,
alighted a stout, sun-burnt young farm
er, who was immediately ; followed by a
slender, girl .of. about sixteen years
of aire. This latter . was none other
than the much dreaded Vermont f'uusin.
'Well, if this isn't a little too much!"
exclaimed Miss. Juliu, who had been
drawn to tho window by the btinlle;
'here is a clodhopper of a' man-cousin,
too; this is rather more than we bar
gained for!" '! declare," she contin
ued, half-cry ing w ith vexation, ''if that
mall stays, I will pretend I tun sick, and
countermand tho invitations to my
Cousin Arthur Holmes proved to bo a
very diffident youth, and one dinner
among such fine folks as the Actons was
all that bo could stand. He was on bis
way to Yale College, his uncle having,
from his own ..observation, nnd from
what he hud heard of tho young man,
been vouvinecd thut to keep him labor
ing upon a farm, without tho advanta
e;es ol ail cilucatloii, Wotilil Oo to hide
under a bushel a light yhiclL if trim
mod and led, and suH'o'ed to shed its
beams, iiiiyht slime loi th for the illunii
tion of its own r.nd future generations
And with this expectation ho sought and
obtained a willing consent lrom bis el
der brother to his proposed plan of
taking the education of Arthur under
As I said before, Arthur was . not at
all at case among his fine relatives, who,
with the exception of his uncle, took no
pains to make him feel so, and, there
fore, to Miss Julia's great relief, ho took
his departure tho sanio evening for
Cousin Lucy but I am afraid you
will set her down as ugly, if I simply
describe her features, und sbo is such a
favorite of mine, that 1 could wish her
to mako a favorable impression Upon
my readers at fust. Sew I cannot de
ny that Lucy had blight auburn hnir;
J ul in called it red, but Julia was riot
always1 good -naturod', and did not always
ud here so closely to tho truth as she
might. Lucy's nose was slightly in
clined to turn up at tho point,, and her
complexion was one of those exceeding
ly fair ones which ea.-ily freckle; but rIic
had a pair of tho prettiest, langhincr,
deep blue eyes, r.nd the sweetest smile
nnd the most brilliant teeth; nnd when
shn spoke or smiled, (nnd she seldom
did one without the other.) thcro was
a charm about her whole face, which
made you forget hnir, nnd nose, nnd
freckles, nnd you only looked upon it ns
a face to love.
True, she hnd what Julia called n
"Yankee twang, ' nnd sho was not
dressed in tho height of the latest fash
ions; but in spite of these drawbacks you
loved her still at least some peo
ple did. There was a great deal moro
about cousin Lucy, too, to call for res
pect nnd admiration but this will all
come out in time.
As she was, she hnd come, and now
she must nppenr at the pnrty, and be
introduced as the cousin of the Misses
Acton. It was mortifying, it was dis
tressing but there was no help for it
The evening of the party proved
elenr and bright, and nn it was well
known that the entertainment at the
Actons would bo one of the most bril-
liant of the season, none of the invited
who could get there remained at home.
By ten o'clock the brilliantly lighted
rooms were wcll-Blled. Cousin Luev.
simply attired in while cambric, (for she
had rejected the ornaments nnd cmbel
lishmcnts with which her cousins, for
their own sake, would have embellished
her,) sat alone in one corner on the so.
fa. She was introduced to very few; she
did not look in the least neglected, bow
ever, but sat in unaffected enjoyment of
the new and brilliant scene.
An hour after tho other guests were
all assembled, there sauntered iu lei
surely, its if for a call, with his hat under
his arm, anil his blight little cane in his
hand, a gentleman rejoicing in the cupho-nioui-name
of Mr. Meredith Fiu Henry.
This was one of those brilliant youths
whose sole time during the day, which
begins perhaps at twelve o'clock, is
spent lounging in saloons, studying the
fashions, sauntering up and down Broad
way, and staring at tho ladies, or driv
iiiir on the public thoroughfares: und in
for'1'10 evening dressing for the public eu
l tainmeuts, una attenuiui! them.
aims at being
' The pli ss of fashion und ihe mould of fuiui,"
Hid has no lueher munition than to he
studied and copied as the perfection of
dress. Ho fancies himselt a Brummel
as to manners, and a Count D'Orsay in
point of beauty and grace. He may
he handsome we cannot toll for the
immense amount of hair on his face
renders it impossible to distinguish any
feature, except a pair of great round owl
like eyes, and a short and effeminate
nose. Occasionally he condescended to
smile, and then his white teeth gleamed
through the mass of hair surrounding
the lower parted' his face, like lightning
from a cloud.
Mr. Meredith Fitz Henry, unfortu
nately, sets up for a wit, and his silly
speeches are laughed at and repeated by
the sillier young ladies till he is really
deluded into the belief that they are
On entering Mr. Acton's parlor, Mr.
Meredith Fitz Henry, with his glass to
his eye, stared about him with great
nonchalance and impudence, till tit
length bis attention was attracted by
the Vermont cousin, sitting quietly in
the corner, utterly unconscious of his
"Ah! what vision of loveliness and
grace is that 1 see beforo me?" ex
claimed ho to Miss AVilton, a very
young lady, enjoying her first -winter
This brilliant speech was greeted with
the usual titter by the young lady, who
was exceedingly flattered by even this
mark of attention from thu perfumed
and bewhiskered exquisite.
llOh, that is a country cousin of the
Actons', from Vermont; a farmer's
daughter, excessively verdant, 1 as
sure you," answered the young lady.
"From Vannnuut! is she? ah, well,
T suppose I must pay Varniount some
little attention; 1 wonder who will la v
me under everlasting obligations by giv
ing me an introduction to so fair a
"Oh, I will introduce you," answered
Miss Laura, in great glee, and then by
signs she telegraphed to those neur her
to draw up to the sofa, as great fun
might be expected. (Jradiially the
crowd thickened in that part of the
room, all pretending to bo engaged in
something else, but all eager to bear the
witty Meredith Fi(z Henry quiz the
Herbert Ferguson sat quietly looking
over a book of plates at a table near the
sofa, on which, the introduction having
now taken plaec in due form, the per
fumed exquisite threw himself, with his
head thrown back, and his delicate, lit
tle, shining boots thrust out, determin
ed to show himself off to his admirers,
and have soliio fun out of the unsophis
ticated country girl.
"Ahem! lately arrived, I believe?" said
"Yes, sir, I came yesterday," answered
Lucy, very simply.
A few moro questions were asked, to
which Lucy replied in a perfectly lady
like maimer, think ing all the time taat
she w as conversing w ith a very soft- .ilcd
coxcomb, but being too good nuturcd to
let him seo how great a fool she thought
him. At length tho exquisite remark
ed: "Everything 's very rjreni up thcro iu
Vermont, ain't it?"
This w itticism was followed by such a
giggle., that Lucy, casting her eyes
quickly around her, and seeing the
look of eager expectation on almost ev
ery face, understood at oneo that the
silly fop at her side was intending to
make a Lull of her. for the auiuecment
of the bystanders brightening up nt
once, she began to take nn interest in
the conversation, nnd replied:
"Oh, yes, wc havo gre-n things there,
but I have seen greener ones already
since I came to the city."
"No! dew tell!" said the unsuspi"iotn
dandy, imitating Lucy's, tone of voice;
how's v In ut neow?"
"Well, wheat's poor," said Lucy,
apparently with much intcn st.
"La! is it now? what a pity! what's the
matter of it?"
"Why, they say it all nun to -:,, I
Ibis year, and when that is the cae.
there is little or no haul and if th- n:
is, it hasn't anything in it! '
A few laughed heartily now who
had not laughed before, and I f -i l i rt
Ferguson, lajing down his br,.,k. fix, d
his eyes on the Vermont cow -in. a,i if
he expected some amusement.
The young fop ti.lgett. 1 nn I turned
red. nnd tapped hi- little boot will,
his Utile cane, and lau'.'beil a mIU hiti'.'h.
as if he did not know jint what to make
of the riil, and then said-
'Now. 1 sui'liose vol mean to
lio theatre an 1 opci.i with y our
'enee. don't von?"
"I think not," -"La!
yotir ma b e-i tint
- ii '
"My parent did
say fln-v tlooi
mv niin 1 iii-i
i a ted
had better not has
by such amusement-, and cmm
while I was at school. '
"Well, it is bad for I he icini, I f ,e n-l
it so, and tut had to rrohi'.
lo such places at all.'1
Here came a pel feet shriek .f
from Mr. fit. 1 1 en iy 's udm ircr-i.
'Ah!" answered Lucy. -I
have thought that you were )
safe from an v danger t-f ibat hi
m! 1 1
r go to a I'leiiac'ci c
mv rei won't b : in-' i th. re
tber; he keep me v. rv ehwe."
' Oi" said L'lev. in a pa i I n i '.i n ' 1 1
"I should not think that would !
you. We had a very lino one thr
our country ilia.c t :in ''.ill.
peil'-'clly deli:;l,;"l v. iili ii.
"Now, lit w le'il! w bat did
a.-ked the il iii-iv .
'Why, I saw' a bab,..i, -
a man, a re
i; k l;
really,'' said sh . e cwing up h
and looking at Mr. Fit ll-n
head tofiol, "really lie. lii.ene
perfect t'lat should lmrdly ha
bio to tell which was
w he. h.
really in i-l'- i-t. cane. ce
hiss, no I :!!--
but I never iinn'r'n 'il that one of tl.o
first exhibitions 1 should s- e ,,ii my nr
rial in Now York City would U that
of a hum endeavoring to sc.- bow much
he ceuld look and act like a o ..' '
The room now fairlv rang villi
slioilN and scre.'ini-i of laughter: .,.iol,
as scon as he eoe.M l' Itear-I. Her
bert Ferguson, who bid ciijoNcl the
whole thing mightily, called out:
"Now, Fitz Henry, u had better
beat a retreat ns soon a- po -;b!e, for
you arc only getting
per inlo trou-
And the discomlilcl ou n i eoxoog
who had just begun pei'eeie thai
was caught in his own tr.!. mutter
some tiling about -a not her engagement ,
and sneaked oil', all (hat could be seen
of bis face, being of deep cri tr..-on.
l-'i-oill thence the Vermont coil-in was
unite safe from his attnekv. indeed, lie
seemed so thoroughly unea-y in her
10 even came
f the room, which
sometimes did on purpose to 'ease him.
he. always bad some excuse i'or changing
"Why. Lucy, you were rather hard
on that pom1 young man to night, said
Mr. Acton to bis niece, after the compa
ny had retired, "and it must have set
the harder, becaii-e he i- :u l u-l ome.l to
nothing but adulation fi'oiu o;r
"Well, uncle, all T can say i -..
brought it upon himself. It i very
pleasant for me to hurt the feeling
any one. nnd I was perl'o-tlv civi
young man. tlioii-
:h it a- s-'io- tiling
nial to talk to i In- 1
a piece ol si lt lU'inal to talk lo the p..ov
creature, till 1 found that it w.is his aim
to hold me up to ridicule as an unso
phisticated country gill. I thought it
was only fair -to turn hi- own weapons
"1 think so. loo, Lucy, and 1 rather
think it will be the last time any one
here will attempt to qui.; you."
Helen Acton and Lucy Hidings be
wail school together the next term, at
one of the first schools in the city, and
it was not long before those who had
Lucy's education in their care, became
convinced that iu Ihe Vermont 3 oung
lady they had no ordinary mind tod.ed
with. She came really t" acquire know I-1
while mosiof the girl- in the c:--j
es with her, looked upon their school
as a sort of ordeal through which
was necessary to p:iss, before t hey
could come out as young ladies, itml
spent their tune 111 novel-reading,
trusting to chance or (heating for the
manner in which they should acquit
themselves before the 1
Lucy applied herself intensely, and
soon outstripped all her classes, and
was obliged to go on with her studies
by herself. At every examination, she
was tho observed of all observers ex
celling in every branch of study, nnd
taking tho first prize in every de
partment; her compositions, in par
ticular, were regarded as master-pieces;
and, in short, Lucy was the pride of the
Huiiog the two years of her life in
New York,' her milliners, too, bad ac
quired a poli.-U only given by associ
ation with people of refinement, and
even Julia was j.roud to introduce lur
coiiHii, 'Mus Hclnicp.'' I.ikv's ex
should ever have so much reason to bo
j.roud of them both?"
j Herbert Ferguson and his wife havo
1Klw one of the most elegant Cst.iblish
edge ments in that city. Arthur and Helen
w'ent to Europe directly after their mar
life jr;;,.r,., Arthur having been sent on bus
it j iness for the College, with which bo i.i
! still connected. Julia lives still iu
nmpl, and assistance were of great uso
to Helen, who proved, under her in
fluence, a very different character fronv
what she would have been if left only
to the guidance of her gay nnd fash
ionablo si-ter. Though inferior in in
tellect to Lucy, she was still far super
ior to the superficial ladies with whom
-ho associated; (.,(. really learned to
love knowledge for its own pake, and
prepared on leaving school to relish a
style of reading more improving than
the light, trashy works of the day.
.. i i ,- .i . , J r
which lorm uie oiiiy reading ot many
of our young ladies. Helen was really
i very line girl, and uncommonly at
tractive and interesting.
1 hiring the two years in which Lucy
ilia-It: h. r home at her uncle's, Herbert
I'eivusou continued to be a constant
i-itor there, and Julia often wonder
ed that lie made no declaration. When,
1 1 n !. nr.
u the subject, she exclaimed,
strange, unaccountable!'' many a ti mo
und often, during those two vears. fr-ho
wondered, too, that Herbert "seemed to
I 'Vu to talk to Luoy; but still her self
co:i:j laceiiey was nevtr in the least
i -1 :i 1 1 , . l ),N the thought of Lucy as a
And ll.ri.tuTovut those two years. Ar
thiir Holmes, who had entered the ju
m o,r ela - of Vale, ranked as high itt
his da--- a- his i.-tor did in hers. Be-
yonnr? man ol line tinnciules. as
Mill n lid inttllett, he was do
I' l'lhihcl to sll
ti tided to inaki
'W his uncle that he in
the most of the advan-
lage, he bad o kindly furnished him.
A i the end of two years he trraduated
w .tii the highest honors, and was imme
1 diately olF. red a distinguished profes-
!iip in another college. Who would
now l I'd ni.e i u the easy and elegant
Arthur Holmes, the tliflident youn
-clodhopper'" who alighted from tho
- :aje eai- bof.ro. at bis uncle's dooi?
11' I' ll and Lucy bad graduated, the
hit'er t-ik ing all the highest prizes, ami
11. :i u only coming second to her, and
tie- next day Lucy was to leave for her
umioii! home, when, quite early in the;
Me -iniiig. at h ast early i'or visitors, us it
v. no! twelve o'clock, in looking from
tie' window, Julia saw Mr. Ferguson
a-cendiug the steps.
'-."'.range!" said she, "be never calls
' ii i l;, , and oh dear! I urn not dress
ed! He iii itit have come for something
A iid iii a flutter of excitement Ju
lia bean to arrange lur hair. Hut
her hair a-i arranged, and no mcss
i nio r bad cjiioj lo summon her into
Fulling the bell, she culled to Thotn-a.-
Mid asked him if .Mr. Ferguson had
ll' t ' ailed.
Yes, Miss," Thomas answered.
'And why did vou not call me? How
n you be o stupid?"
I localise he i'.skcd for Miss Luoy,
"Strange! unaccountable!" exclaimed
Julia, tind she walked up and down
the room, her cheeks flushed with ag
itation. "What can he want with Lu-
cy? I'erhaps be wishes her to make
i.i'.iuest for him with me. or to asccr
' tain my sentiments toward him."
But the minutes went by. and Julia
exclaimed, "Strange! unaccountable!' u
dozen time, and vet no ono came to
all her. l'rc.-i
Presently her little brother
ling up stairs, having just come
came i u
ll e in si pool,
' Just like me!" he exclaimed, "al-
was blundering in where I ain't want
ed! What must I do just now, but
burst into the library, and there sat Mr.
Ferguson on the sofa, with bis ana
around cuii-dii Lucy! They tried to
j mop aw a v from each other, and look
a t if nothing was going on- I stuv thro'
J uli.i had now more reason to exclaim ,
.-'t: ange! unaccountable!" than ever.
Arthur came for his sister, and Her
bert J-'crtrusnn. too, accompanied her
homo as her a HI an -ed lover; and thus
ended all Miss Julia's hopes and ex
pectations. "Isn't it odd, Julia?" said Helen ono
day, a month later. "You were so
afraid to have Lucy come here, lest it
should drive Herbert Ferguson from
the house. Sho has been the cause of
his deserting you, to be sure, but not
from any dislike to her, or mortification
at being connected with her."
"Well, I am sure it is no less strange,"
answered Julia, "that you are engaged
to that same awkward shy 'iniin-cmtnin,'
of w bom we were both Bo much asham
ed two years ago!"
"1 1 only teaches us," said Helen, "not
to judge too hastily from first appenran-
r s. Who would have thought that w o
1 idngle blessedness.
j jqr. .Meredith Fitz Henry may still
,0 M .,. any fine day lovntrinz up or
down broudway at the hour when ladies
"most do congregate there; and oneot
the highest objects of bis ambition now
is, to be able to say at least that ho is
an invited guest at tho elegant and
much talked of entertainments of tho
once ridiculed Vnt mont Cot ;ii.N,
A very slight, declivity suffice to givo
the miming niot'ou to wutr. Throe in
ches per mile, in a smooth, straight chan
nel, give a velocity of about three miles
per hour. Now, what is ti uu of wafer id
equally tiue of iiioruls. Tho best of
men only need a slight push from ad
vetsity to obtain a do 11 bill moo.e.ntuin.
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