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PUSS IN THE CORNER.
All day long In the" corner she sits ; ' 1 "
All day long in the corner she knits: .
Bat while her dextrous needle play
Her eyes, to liquid, and large, end mj.
... wu wicn me arouna ue noune.
For the Past la the Comer," and rm the
My pass hasn't got any taloned claws.
And white as mtik are her pretty paws;
And none of the ferine cruelty lie
Lurkinff within her dn tfrsr tt-rmm ,
Tet the bold me and keep me about the house, I
Wot Che's "Puss in the Comer," and I'm the
mouse.
T Vuve heard that a vf tana m sa. .
When the world was young, and the world was
A lusty Hon fa t net was caug ht.
And the Monarch of Beatte was like to rot.
Till the woven thread of his prison-house -.
Were gnawed away bj a little mouse.
The antique tale is reversed for me. ' :
I'm a mouse in a net and I can't get freel -'
For crosswise around By-poor heart twines
The net of love in a thousand linus;
And r4 Puss In the Corner " sits and smiles.
And fastens the knot with a thousand wiles,'
But I know the war to hreak the chains '
A single course to me remains;
When once the marriage vows are said.
When " Pros in the Coiner and I are wed.
We'll see who rales all over the house, -And
which is the cat and which the moose!
Miscellaneous.
Broaching a Mine.
Amoso the many dancers the Cornish
WHH!"'' tobatt,e against, one of the
V FRAtACT On ana from I 11 -
greatest arises from accidentally carrying
uu cAtavauuns too ciose to some disused
pit, that perhaps many years since has
been boarded and earthed over, and in
con rue or time forgotten.
rvnea miners have reason to suspect
that such is the case a suspicion general
ly caused by a greater exudation of water
iai u usual t bey at once proceed to
w Mx-.iiiiKTai ly termed - now it; and
g. . "w
uw w V1UB (11 Bll VFiU . (II II 17 II 1 1 1 1 'I H I linn
iv P"110'?16 "cw" m tee ucdertaiing:
..w,, j eje, .u, wc ncfs wursuig
"uiiureu lamoms aown running a
level due north and to our surprise the
further we went the more moist the earth
got, till on going to work one morning,
e iouoa me whole end of the wall cov
ered with drops of dew. Seeing this, it
eirucs. au oi us at once mat mere must be
pit at no great distance, and (as they
a'most alius are) full af water. Fancy
"", sir; a poay o water reaching many
uuuoms aDove you, and me narrow space
niuuu TUUUC T I 1 M 11 1' umv KIHIUtHI
irom n py a min crust ol clay, putting you
in the momentary fear of this giving way,
ouu vuc vt :r uraHuuig in upon you :
" However, there it was. and must be
got rid of, and this, too, by 'driving or
holing right into it ; for if left we should
never be sale, or tell when we might come
-unaware across one of the many levels or
nans wnicn run sued numerous ways and
' depths. - - -
"When the captain of the mine learned
of its existence an offer was soon made on
tolerable generous terms to any who chose
jo empty it ; wnicn oner six ot us accept
ing, we at once proceeded wua our dan
gerous task.
The first thing we did was to put up
strong frame-work with doors attached,
opening inward toward the old pit, so that
tne instant me mine was holed, by run
ning and closing the doors in passing, the
mass of water would be kept back for a
time long enough, at all events, as we
nopea, ior us to reacn me ladders.
"After niacins three of these safety-
Yalves, as we called them, alonsr the level
at short distances apart, we proceeded
siowiy ana cautiously wita tne more dan
gerous part of our work. Bit by bit we
got nearer and nearer to the old mine, at
every blow of the sledge on the borer -ex
pecting the rush of water to follow, often
and often fearing to strike more than one
blow before running for our lives, till the
constant oread which we were alius in so
worked on the nerves of the bravest that
even a falling stone would be sufficient to
put every one oi us to night
.wever snail i jorcet me moraine
Cf 6 . s ' .
IfJtZJi- o my s as
ready for another to strike, the rest of us
watching for the blow to fall, and pre
pared to run if necessary.
" At last, while every eye was fixed on
'em, the steel hammer rang on the borer,
wnicn in another second was sent whiz
zing rar away down me level, as. with a
horrible roar the water came tearing and
crushing through the earth.
"It was a run then for life, sir ; and in a
far shorter time than I can tell it, we were
through the first door-way, and in the act
of swinging to the next, when the first
was dashed against it; but, thank God,
this forja time resisted the pressure of the
water, or I should not be here telling of it.
' " On we sped, our only hope of safety
lying in gaining the ladders before the
last door gave way; and what a distance
they seemed, when even a few moments
gained might rescue us from death!
Breathless, at last we reached them, and
naa but ascended a few rounds when, with
bang whirl crash the water was upon
us, ana, last as we ciunoed, like some hor
rid monster seeking our destruction, it
gimea up step ior step witn us.
" Even now a shuddering feeling creeps
over me as I call to mind the fierce strug
gle it was to climb faster than the water
roce. Paint and weary, we still tore up
ward, for to rest only a few .moments
would, to a certainty, have been 'death.'
Up, up, with our dread enemy gaining on
our flagging footsteps; now with the cold
water gliding to our knees, yet still with
renewed desperation struggling on. Thank
neaven, me aait was at last reached, and
we were saved. Draeeine our exhausted
limbs a few feet higher, we watched the
dread torrent rushing through this outlet.
Then it was that, giving a glance toward
my comrades, 1 bad mere are but two left.
Yes, air, six of as went down: three only
came up. -. Whether they were overtook in
me level or washed trom the ladders none
could tell, for death was too closely fol
lowing ns at the time to allow of us be
stowing a thought on- our poor mates.
However, we thought a deal more about
them on reaching the mouth of the pit,
where stood their pale-faced, anxious wives,
scanning us on coming to grass, and ask
ing, with a frightened cry, ' Where are our
husbands?
. " We could only point down to the roar
ing gulf, for our hearts were too full to
utter even the simple word dead.
." - "u
xne following description of the holing or
a pit of water may best be given
I
I no
I 1
I
in
L
mit
had
tne
that
man
have
you
fogy
till
been
sent
to
was
only
the
ior
uiiu
of
whom
could
since
harder
and
miles.
earth
long
of -
tied
was
soul.
used
and
until
her
to
the
white
beach
were
heart
of
wives,
should
a
and
of
could
not
was
A New Swindling Dodge.
" For about a week past a few rough-
looking sharpen from New York have
been operating in this vicinity, -swindling
the farmers by what is known as the cloth
dodge. They went around by twos, and
played their eame m the following man
ner : One of these two would go to a house
ana oner for sale apiece ot ciotn at a very
low price, it ne sold me clotn there his
pal would reach the house soon after he
left it, and ask the inmates whether a man
had sold them any cloth. When the cloth
was shown to the second comer, he would
instantly claim it, saying that it had been
stolen from him, and the purchasers, to
avoid Deing imp.icated in any trouble,
would of course surrender the cloth, and
lose what they had paid for it. It is said
that these sharpers made Newburg their
headquarters, but carefully refrained from
practicing their little game here. Police
Officer Andrews has been watching them,
not liking their looks, but not being able
to bring anything Jirectly against i'nem
until to-day, " liut they leit town for New
York last nighty leaving, it is said,
some unpaid oiiis oenina .mem. it ex
changes will refer to the "dark ways" of
this gang or dew lark gentlemen, who
live by their wita, at other people's ex-"
pense, farmers in other sections may be
put on their guard against the swindlers.
jxewurg journal. -
Is the execution .of a recent deed by a
man and his wrifa the wife was taken aside.
before the acknowledgement was made, by I
a commissioner, who, in the usual form,
asked, "Do you execute this deed freely,
and without any fear or compromise of
your husband ?" " Fear of my husband I"
exclaimed the wife, "I've had five has-
bands, and never was afraid of any of
them!"
her
she
saying
of
To
her
was
G3d
otner
lost.
me
motion
love.
all
had
hungry.
1
hidden
in a
seemed
tears.
cifix
life,
upon
the
half-breed
in
all
to
But
which
Terre
leave
'and
VOLUME I.
McCONNELLSVILLE, OHIO, FRIDAY, JUNE
23, 1871.
NUMBER 12.
THE GUNPOWDER PLOT.
THE STORY OF A FOURTH OF JULY.
Degun to nna tneir way into mis paradise
through the highway of the Sauk valley,
Lindsleyville was a hundred and fifty miles
Whenever one writes 'with photo
graphic exactness of frontier life, he is ac
cused of inventing improbable things.
uia uavy Lindsley lived in a queer
Cabin on the Pomme de Terre River. If
yon should ever ride over the new North
ern Pacific when it shall be completed, or
ovtr mat branch ol it which crosses the
Pomme de Terre, you can get out at a sta
tion which will, no doubt, be called for an
old settler. Gaffer's Station; and if yon
would like to ate some beautiful fcunerv.
take a canoe and float down the Pomme de
Terra River. You will have to make
some portages, and you will have a good
appetite ior supper when you reach the
old Lindsley house, ten miles from Gager's,
'.. .... "
but its present owner is hospitable.
A queer old chap was Lindsley the last
time I saw him. I remember how he took
me all over his claim, and showed me the
txuues of Lindsleyville, as he called it j
His Ion? iron-rrav hair fluttered in the
wind, and his face seemed like a wizard's,
penetrating but unearthly. - That was long
oeiore the (Treat tide ol immigrants had
began to find their way into this paradise
ftrit nt no VA11 or f hnt lima Ita nonn a.
vsuv v mv w ji xa. a iua. uuig. uuuuior
tion numbered two, Lindsley and his
aangnier. ine oia man naa ineo to
make a fortune in many ways. There was
eort of useless invention that he had not
attempted, and you will find in the Patent
Office models without number of bee
hives and cannons, steam cut-oils and baby
jumpers, lightning churns and flying ma
chines, on which he had taken out pa
tents, assr.vxi cf making a fortune from
each onu He h&3 raised fancy chickens.
figure i himself rich on two swarms of
bees, -.raveled with a magic lantern, writ-
1'T . nhi nennhm nnrn o ml c- n T-t .
newspaper. There was but one purpose
winch he was fixed: which was to
guard his daughter jealously. To do this,
and to try the experiment of building an
topian city, he Had traveled to me sum
of this knoll on the riirht
bank of the I'omme de lerre. There
never was a more beautiful landscape. than
that which Lindsleyvule commanded.
But the town did not grow, chiefly be
cause it was so far beyond the border,
though the conditions in his deeds intend
ed to secure the character of the -city from
deterioration were so many, mat noDody
would have been willing to buy the lots.
At tne time l speak ol, David Linds.ey
dwelt on the Pomme de Terre for five
years. He had removed suddenly from
(Connecticut village in which he had
Been iivmff because he had discovered
his daughter had,' in spite of his
watchfulness, formed an attachment for a
young man who had the effrontery to dis
close the whole thing to him by politely
ssmng ma consent to tneir marriage. - -
Alarry my daughter!" choked the old
; why. Air. Urown, you are crazy. I
educated her upon the combined
principles of Rousseau, of Pestalozzi, of
roebel, and of Herbert Spencer. And
! you only graduated at Yale, an old
mediaeval institution! No, sir! not
I meet a philosopher whose mind has
symmetrically developed can I con
ior my Jnuia to marry."
And the old man became so frantic that.
save him from the mad-house, Emilia
wrote a letter, at his dictation, to voune-
urown, peremptorily Dreaking on all
1
tions; and he, a sensitive, romantic .man,
hWtt broken, and leftthe village. He
sent a farewell to his friends the day
before he was to sail from New Bedford on
whaling voyage. He carried with him
impression that an unaccountable
change of mind in Emilia had left no hope
nun.
To prevent a recurrence of such an an
toward accident as. this, and, as he ex
pressed it, " to bring his daughter's mind
muuuiie relations wua nature, tne
lanatical philosopher established the town
Lindsleyville, determined that no
family in which there was a young man
should settle oh his town-plot, unless, in
deed, the young man should prove the
paragon he was looking for.
Emilia's motherless life had not been a
cheerful one, subjected to the ever-changing
whims of a visionary father, with
one of her practical cast of mind
have no point of sympathy. And
she came to Lindsleyville it was
than ever, for there was no neigh
bor nearer than Gager's, ten miles away.
there was not a woman within fifty
. mere is no place so lonesome as a
prairie; the horizon is so wide, and the
is so empty!
Lindsley had spent all his own money
ago, and it was only the small annuity
his daughter, inherited from her
mother's family, the capital of which was
up to keep it out of his reach, that
prevented them from starving. Emilia
starving indeed, not in body, but in
Cut off from human sympathy, she
to sit at the gable window of the cabin
look out over the boundless meadow,
it seemed to her that she would lose
reason. The wild geese Bcreaming
one another overhead, the bald-eagles
building in the solitary elm that grew by
side of the river, the flock of great
pelicans that were fishing on the
of Swan Lake, three miles away,
all objects of envy to the lonesome
of the girl ; for they had companions
their kind they were husbands and
and parents and children, while she
here she checked her thoughts lest she
be disloyal to her father. To her
disordered fancy the universe seemed to be
wneeL lhe sun and me stars came up
wont down over the monotonous sea
grass with frightful regularity, and she
not tell whether there was a God or
When she thought of God at all, it
as a relentless giant turning the crank
kept the sky going round. The uni
was an awful machine. The prayers
mother taught her in infancy died upon
lips, and instead of praying to God
cried out to her mother. Un-protest-ant
as the sentiment is, I cannnot forbear
that this talking to the dead is one
the most natural things in the world.
Emilia the dimly remembered love of
mother was all of tenderness there
in the universe, the only revelation of
that had come to her, except only the
love, wnicn was to ner a raradise
For the great hard Fate that turned
prairie universe round with a crank
had also, so it seemed to her.
snatched away from her the object of her
This disordered, faithless state was
the fruit she tasted of the peculiar edu
cation so much vaunted by her father. She
eaten the husks he gave her and was
said she had no company. An old da
guerreotype of her mother and a carefully
photograph (marked on the back
rather immature hand : " E. Brown'')
to answer with looks of love and
sympathy when she wetted them with her
They were her rosary and ner cru
; they were the gifts of a beclouded
through which God shone in dimly
her. -.
This poor girl looked and lomred so for
company of human kind that she
counted those red-letter days on which a
voyageur traveled over the trail
front of the house, and even a party of
begging and beggarly Sioux, hunfrrv for
they could get to eat, offering impor-
her father, were not wholly an welmmp.
luuaiciv vj scu uuuipues moccasins
the days of all days were those on
Edwards, the tall, long-haired
American trapper, fished in the Pomme de
in sight of the Lindsley cabin. On
suchoccasionstheoldmanLindsleywould
his work and stay about the house.
watch jealously and uneasily every
I
I
a
of
on
to
go
to
"
.tr.
ter
air
are
the
be
for
half-breeds
looked on Lindsley as a monster quite
capable of anything. He was even report
empting ed to have beaten his daughter, and to
movement of the trapper. On one or two
occasions when that picturesque individ
ual, wearing a wolf-skin cap, with the
wolfs tail hinging down between his
shoulders, presented himse f at the door
or the cabin to crave some little courtesy.
Lindsley closed the front door and brought
out the articles asked for from the back.
like a meditcval chieftain guarding his ens
tie. But all the time that poor Emilia
could hear the voice of the tall trapper her
heart beat two beats for one. For was
not-a human voice speaking her own lan
gusge f And the days on which he was
visible were accounted as the gates of par
adise, and the moments in winch he spoke
in her hearing were as a paradise itself.
This churlish, inhotpi table manner made
Lindsley many enemies in a land in which
one cannot afford to have enemies.
I . .
iivery
haif-brted hunter took the old man s bus-
picious manner as a personal affront. u He
thinks we are horse-thieves," they said,
scornfully. And Jaques Bourdon, the
half-breed who had u filed on" the claim
alongside Lsndslev's, and even claimc
unjustly a " forty" . of Lindsley's town-
plot, had no dimculty in securing the sym
pathy of the settlers and nomads, who
ltnw .r.-m I V. m I . APa ko
Ua C IJUilUUCU 1U. UlrJ fTUUClUCdO UiM
Lhe might keep her out of an immense for
tune which she had inherited, bo lands
ley grew every day in disfavor in a region
where unpopularity in its mildest -form is
sure to take a most unpleasant way
making itself known. Emilia knew
enough to understand this danger, and she
was shaken with nameless tear when
ever she heard the sharp words that pass
ed between her father and Bourdon the
half-breed. The resentment of the latter
reached its climax when the decision of
the land-office was rendered in favor of
Mr. Lindsley. From that hour the re
venge of this man, whose hot French was
mixed with relentless Indian blood, hung
over the head of the old man, who still
read and wrote, and invented and theo
rized, in otter ignorance of any penl ex
cept the danger that some man, not a fool,
should marry his daughter.
The Fourth of July was celebrated at
Gager's. People came from fifty miles
round. Patriotism? No! But love of
human fellowship. The celebrated Pierre
Bottineau and me other Canadians and
half-breeds were there, mellowed with
drink singing the sensual and almost lewd
Fren ix rowing songs their fathers had
sung on the bt. Lawrence. Whiskey
Jim," the retired stage-driver, and Hans
Brinkerhoff and the other German set
tlers, with two or three Yankees, com
pleted the slender crowd, which com
prised almost the entire population of six
skeleton counties. And the over popular
Edwards was among mem, his tall, grave
face and flowing ringlets rising above
them alL A man so ready to serve any
body as he, was idolized among irontier
men, whose gratitude is almost equal to
their revenge. Captain Oscar, the popular
politician, who wore his hair long and
swore and drank, just to keep in with his
widely scattered constituents, whom he
represented in the Minnesota Senate each
winter (and who usually cast half a dozen
votes apiece for him), made a buncombe
speech, and then Edwards, who wouldn't
drink, but who knew how to tell strange
stones, kept them laughing for halt an
hour. Edwards was a type of man not so
uncommon on the frontier as those imagine
who mink the trapper always a hall-norae.
half-alligator creature, such as they read
of in tie Beadle novels. I knew one
trapper who was a student of numismatics,
another who devoted his spare time to
astronomy, and several traders and trap
pers who were men of considerable cul
ture, though they are generally men who
are a little morbid or eccentric in their
mental structure. All Edwards' natural
abilities, which were sufficient to have
earned him distinction had" he been
civilization," were concentrated on
the pursuits of his wild life, and such
man always surpasses the coarsest
and duller Indian or half-breed in his own
field.
After a game of ball, and other sports
imitated from the Indians, the bait brulet
began to be too much softened with whis
ky to keep up athletic exercises, and some
thing in their manner led Edwards to sus
pect that there were other amusements on
the programme into the secret of which
he had not been admitted.
By adroit management he contrived to
overhear part of a conversation in which
"poudre a canon" was mixed up with the
name of Lindsfce. He inferred that the
blowing up of Lindsley'a house was to
finish the celebration of the national holi
day. Treating Bourdon to an extra glass
whiskey, and seasoning it with some
well-timed denunciations of " the old mon
ster," he gathered that the plan was to
plant a keg ol powder under the chimney
the northside of the cabin and blow it
pieces, just to scare the monster out, or
kill him and his daughter, it did not mat
ter which. Edwards praised the plan.
He said that if it were not that he had to
to Pelican Lake that very night, he
would go along and help to blow up the
old rascal.
Soon after this he shook hands all around
and wished them bon voyage in their trip
Lindsleyville. He winked his eyes
knowingly, playing the hypocrite hand
somely. 'Oscar and Bottineau left in dif
ferent directions, the Germans had gone
home drunk, and only "Whiskey Jim"
joined the half-breeds in their trip. They
took possession of an immigrant team that
was in Gager's stable, and just after sunset
started on their patriotic errand. They
were going to celebrate the fourth by blow
ing ap tne tyrant.
Meantime, Edwards had taken long
strides, but his moccasin-clad feet were not
carrying him in the direction of Pelican
Lake. Half the time walking as only
the Long Trapper " could walk, half the
time in a swinging trot, he made the best
possible speed towards Lindsleyville. He
had a start of the half-breeds, but how
much he could not tell; and there was no
time to be lost- At the summit f every
knowl he looked back to see if they were
coming, crouching in the grass lost they
should discover him.
Lindsley received him suspiciously as
ever, and positively refused to be'ieve his
Rut ,;., n r.i
war&; SOOn convinced him that the party
were hist leaving orV Th wt r
were just leaving Gager a. The dusk of
me evening was coming on, and Lindsley s
fright was great as he realized his daugh
s peril.
"I will fight them to the death," he
said, getting down his revolver, with an
that would have done honor to Don
Quixote. -
If you fight them and whip them, they
will waylay you and kill you. But there
ten of them, and if you fight them
you will be killed, and this lady will be
without a protector. If you run away,
house will be destroyed, and you will
killed whenever yon are found. But
what have you here! a magic lantern?"
The old gentleman had, before Edwards'
arrival, taken down the instrument to in
troduce some improvement which he had
just invented When Edwards stumbled
over it and called it a magic lantern he
looked at him scornfully.
" A magic lantern !" he cried. " No, sir ;
that is a dissolving view, oxy -calcium,
pantosciostereoscopticon."
" With this we must save you and your
daughter from the half-breeds," said the
trapper, a little impatient at this ill-timed
manifestation of pedantry. "Get ready
action immediately." -
" I have no oxygen gas." -
Bou bruin, "tini-nt wood." is the title the
apply to themselves, in allusion to I
" Make it at once," said Edwards. He
picked up some papers marked. "Chlor,
potass, and " Black oxide. ' , .
" Here is your material," he said." '
"Do you understand chemistry?" asked
Lindsley. But the trapper did not ans
wer. He got out the retort, and in five
minutes the oxygen was bubbling furious
ly through the wash-bottle into the India
rubber receiver. .Lawards stood at the
window scanning the road toward Gager's
with his telescope until it grew dark,
which in that latitude was at about ten
o'clock. Then the magic lantern was re
moved to the little grass roofed stable, in
which dwelt a solitary pony, and bv Ed
wards' direction the focus was carefully set
so that it would throw a picture against
the house. Edwards selected two pic
tures and adjusted them for use in the two
tuies.
The half-breeds were not in haste, and
in all the long hour of suspense, Emilia,
hut in the barn with her lather and young
Edwards, was positively happy. For here
was human companionship, and a hungry
soul will gladly risk death if by that
means companionship can be purchased.
It did dot matter either that coversation
was oat of the question. It is presence
and not talk that makes companionship. .
But hark, the boi$ brute are on the bank
of the river below. Emilia's heart grew
still as she heard them- swear. Their
taer r-r-r-re rolled like the rattle of a rat
tle-snake. Thev were cominir ud the
hill, quarreling drunkenly about the pow
der. Now they were between the house
and the stable, getting ready to dig a hole
for the "poudre a canon."
Ill give them fire-works!" said Ed
wards in a whisper.
A picture of Thorwaldsen s bas relierof
Mornine " havin? been previously placed
in the instrument,Edwards now removed
the cap, and the beautiful flying female
ngure, with me lnlant in ner arms, shone
out upon the side of the house with mar
velous vividness.
"By thunder!" said Whiskey Jim,
steadying himself, while every hair stood
on end
" Mon Dieu!" cried the bote brulei, who
had never seen a picture in their lives ex
cept in the cathedral of St Boniface, at
f ort Garry. "Man JJ.tu.' La Samte
ViarneP' And they fell on their knees
before this apparition of the Blessed Vir-
;in, and crossed themselves and prayed
ustily.
But "Whiskey Jim" straightened him
self up. and hiccoughed, and stammered
"By thunder !" and added some words
which, being Saxon. I will not print.
- l ne devil ! cried J lm, a minute later.
starting down the hill at full speed, for, by
Ldwanis direction, the light had been
shifted to the other tube in such a way as
to dissolve the " Morning " into a hideous
picture of the conventional horned and
hoofed devil. The picture was original
ly meant to be comic, but it now set Jim
to running for dear life.
Out e' ft It diabU ! lediabU! It diable !"
cried the frantic boil brules, breaking off
their invocations to the virgin most ab
rubtly, and fleeing pell-mell down the
hill after Jim, falling over one ano her as
they ran. Quick as a flash Edwards threw
about him a sheet which he had ready,
and pursued the fleeing Frenchmen. Jim
had already seized me reins, and on
the plan of " the devil take the hindmost,"
was driving, at a pace that would have
done him credit in Central Park, up the
trail towards Gager's, leaving the half
breeds to get on as .best they could Bour
don stumbled and fell, and Edwards lav
ished some blows upon him that must
have satisfied the boi bride that ghosts
have a most solid corporeal existence.
lhen Edwards returned and captured
the keg of powder. He assured the
Lindsley s that the superstitious, half
breeds would never again venture within
five miles of a house which was guarded
by the Holy Virgin and the Devil in part
nership. And they never did Even the
Indians were afraid to approach the place,
pronouncing it " Wakan," or supernatur
ally inhabited They regarded Lindsley
as a " medicine-man of great power.
But what a night that was ! For Ed
wards stayed two hours and made the ac
quaintance of Lindsley and his daughter.
And how he talked, while Emilia thought
she had never known how heaven felt be
fore ; and the old man forgot his inven
tions, and did not broach more than twenty
of his theories in the. two hours. He was
so much interested in the tall trapper that
he forgot the rest. Edwards ate a supper
set out by the hands of Emilia, and left
at three o'clock. He was at Pelican Lake
next morning, and no man suspected his
share in the affair except Gager, who had
sense enough to say nothing. ' And Emilia
lay down and dreamed of angels about
the house. One was like Thorwaldsen's
Morning," and the other wore long hair
and beard, and was very tall!
1 his abortive attempt to make a sky
rocket out of Lindsleys cabin wrought
only good to Emilia at first The father
was now wholly in love with the trapper.
He praised him at all hours.
He is a philosopher, my daughter. He
understands chemistry. He lives in the
arcana of nature and reads her secrets.
No foolish study of the heathen classics ;
no training after mediaeval. fashion in one
of our colleges, which are anachronisms,
has perverted his taste. Here is me Emile
worthy of my Emilia," he would say,
much to the daughter s annoyance.
But when Edwards came the hours were
golden. Hanging his wolf-skin cap be
hind the door, and shaking back his long
locks as he took his seat, he would en
trance father and daughter alike, from his
entrance to his exit, with his talks of ad
venture. From the time of his first visit,
new life came to the heart of Emilia; and
Mr. Lindsley, whose every whim the trap
per humored, was as much fascinated as his
diughter. But now commenced a fierce
battle in the heart of Emilia. - Edwards
loved her. By all the speeches that his
eyes were capable of, he told her so. And
by all me beating of her own heart she
knew that she loved the brown-faced.
long-haired trapper in return. But what
about the loir-eyed student, who lor very
love and disappointment had gone to the
Arctic seas ? He was not at hand to plead
his cause, and for this very reason her
conscience pleaded for him. When her
soul had fed on the words of the trapper
as upon manna in the wilderness, she took
up the old photograph and the eyes re
proached her. . hue shed bitter tears of
penitence upon, it for her disloyalty to the
storm-tossed sailor, but rejoiced again
when she saw the tall figure of the trapper
coming down the trail. A desolate and
lonely heart cannot live forever on the
memory of a dead love. And have ye not
read what David did when he was an hun
gered? Do not therefore reproach a
starving soul for partaking of this feast in
the desert.
And so Emilia tried to believe that
Brown was long since dead poor fellow!
She shed tears over an imaginary grave in
Labrador -with a great sense of comfort
She tried to think that he had long since
married and forgotten her. and she endeav
ored to nurse some feeble pangs of jealousy
towards an imaginary wife.
pi ow it was very improper doubtless in
Brown to come to life just at this moment
One lover too many is as destructive to
the happiness of a conscientious girl as one
too few. If Emilia had been trained to
society, her joy at having two lovers would
have had no alloy save her grief that there
were not four of them. But it was one of
the misfortunes of her solitary and pecu
liar education that she had conscience and
maidenly modesty. Wherefore it was a
source of bitter distress and embarrassment
to her that, at the end of a long letter from
neighbor who had taken a notion alter
years of silence to write her all the gossip
I
of the old village, she found these words
I'Your old friend Brown did not jump
into the sea at grief for his rejection after
all. He has written to somebody here
that he is coming home. I believe he said
that he loved you all the tame as ever." .
The great grief of Emilia was that she
should have been so wicked as to be griev
ed. Had she not prayed against storms
ana latDergs t Ana now that he was com
lng, her heart smote her as if he were
ghost of pome one whom she had murder
ed I hether she loved him, or Edwards,
or somebody, indeed she could not telL
But she would do penance for her crime.
And so when next she heard the quiet
voice of "the long trapper,,' asking for
her, she refused to see him, though the re-
lusai almost killed ner. .
Poor Edwards! How he paced the
shore of Swan Lake all that night For
when love comes into the soul of a solitary
man, it has all the force that all the
thousand interests of life have to one in
the t.usy world How terrible were the
temptations that sometimes assailed the
religus eremites we can never guess.
t8cifcet of the next day found Edwards
in the Red River Valley, far on his way
toward a on uarry, bent on spending me
rest of his life as a "free trader" in British
America. As for Emilia, she was now in
total darkness. The son bad set, and the
moon had not appeared Brown might be
dead, or she might not love him, or he
might never find her. And she had thrown
away her paradise, and there was only
Diacknesa leit. .
Edwards had already come within a few
miles to Georgetown, where he was to
take passage in that strangest of all the
crafts that ever frightened away the elk,
the little seven-uy-nine steamer "Anson
Aortbrup, when, as he was striding des
perately along the trail, he was suddenly
checked by a thought He stood five
minutes in indecision, then turned and be
gan to walk rapidly in the opposite direc
tion. At Breckinridge he found a stage,
and getting out at Gager's, he went down
me trail towards Lindsley s.
Now Davy Lindsley had been in a terri
ble state of ferment ihen he had found
the philosopher, "the oncontaminated
child of nature, the self-educated combina
tion of civilized and savage man," his
daughter had perversely refused him, and
the old man had' taken the disappoint
ment so to heart that he was in a state
bordering on frenzy.
"Misfortune always pursues me!" he
began, when he met Edwards under the
hilL "Fifty times I have been near
achieving some great result, and my ill-
luck nas spoiled it ail. lou see me a
broken-hearted man. To have allied my
family with a child of nature like yourself
would have given me the greatest joy.
But how shall I express my grief?"
And here the old man struck a pathetically
tragic attitude and drew out his handker
chief, weening with a profound eelf-pity.
" Mr. 'Lindsley, do you know why Miss
Lindaley has become so suddenly dis
pleased with me! asked the trapper,
trembling.
"Mils Lindsley, sir, is perverse. It is
the oae evil trait that my enlightened
system of education, drawn from Rous
seau, Pestalozzi, FroebeL and Herbert
Spencer and combined with my own
genius it is the one evil trait my sys
tem has failed to eradicate. She is per
verse. I fear, sir, she is yet worshipping
the image of a misguided youth, wh'o,
filled and puffed np with the useless learn
ing of schools, ventured to address her. I
am the most unfortunate of men."
Mr. Lindsley. can I see your daughter
alone?"
The old man thought he could
But she was very perverse. In truth
that very morning Emilia had, in a
sublime spirit of self-immolation vow
ed that she would love none but the
long lost lover, and that if Brown
never came back she would die heroically
devoted to him, and thus she had sacri
ficed to her conscience and it was appeased
But right atop this vow came the request
of Edwards for an interview; Was ever a
girl so beset? Could she trust herself?
On thinking it over she was afraid not ; so
that it was only by much persuasion that
she was prevailed on to grant the request
While Edwards talked she could but
listen, frightened all the time at the faint
ness of her solemn resolution, which had
seemed so irrevocable when she made it
He frankly demanded the reason for her
change of conduct toward him. And she.
like an honest and simple-hearted girl, told
the other love story with a trembling
voice, while Edwards listened with eyes
down-cast
" This was five years ago !" he asked.
" Yes, sir."
" And the young man's name ?"
" Was Edward Brown."
"Curious! I think, he said slowly,
pausing as if to get breath and keep his
self control. " I think if my hair were cut
off short and parted on one side as Edward
Brown wore his, instead of in the middle,
and if my whiskers were shaven off, and
if the tan of five years' exposure were gone
from my face, and if were five years
younger, and two inches shorter, I think
" he paused here and looked at her.
" Please say the rest quickly," she said
in a faint whisper. For the setting sun
was streaming in at the west window up
on the face ot the trapper. His hair was
thrown back, and he was looking in her
eyes with a look she had never seen be
fore. But he dropped his head upon his
hand now and looked at the floor.
"It might be- -" he spoke musingly, " it
might be that Edward Brown failed to
reach his ship in time at New Bedford
and changed his mind and came here, and
that after Emilia came he watched this
house day and night till his heart came
nigh to bursting. But I was going to say,"
he said, rousing himself, " that in case the
yearsM-nd the tan and the hair could be
taken off, and this trapper coat changed into
one of finer cut and material, and the name
reversed, that Browne Edwards the trap
per, would be nearer of kin than a twin
brother to Edward Brown, the broken
hearted student"
What ' Emilia did just here I do not
know, and if I did I should not tell- you.
To faint would have been the proper thing.
But, poor girl ! her education had been
neglected, and I think she did not faint
When the old philosopher came in he was
charmed with the situation, and that even
ing, when they two walked together on
the bank of the Pomme de Terre, Emilia
pointed to the stars and said .- " Do you
know that in all these years God seemed
to me a cruel monster turning a crank ?
And to-night every star seems to be an
eye through which God is looking at me
as my mother used to. I feel as though
God were loving me. See, the stars are
laughing in my face ! Now I love Him as
did my mother. And to-night I am go
ing to read that curious story about Christ
at the wedding."
For God who is love, loves to find his
way to a human heart through love. And
Edwards, who had been in bitterness and
rebellion during the years of his exile,
listened now to the voice of love as to that
of an angel whom God had sent out of
heaven to bring him back home again.
And love became the Revealer of God to
him also. -
Mr. Lindsley is an invalid now. Lind
sleyville belongs to Browne Edwards and
his wife. And old Davy has made a will
on twenty quires of legal cap, bequeithing
to his son-in-law all his right, title, and
interest in certain ani sundry patents on
churns, cannons, bee-hives, magic lanterns,
flyiDg-machines, .etc, togetleer with some
extraordinary secret discoveries. And the
old gentleman is slowly dying in the full
conviction that he is bequeathing the
foundation of An immense fortune to his i
son-in-law, and more wisdom to the world 1
a
than has ever been contributed to its stock
by all that have gone before. And he
often reminds Emilia that she has to thank
him for getting so good a husband If it
hadn't been for him she might have mar
ried mat sickly student txribner
Morality.
MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS.
How to Get Along Walk.
"Coughing: IIoss"isthe Indian nam
for locomotive.
A Boms in Detroit has been tanght to
wniatie lonkee Uoodle.
Philadelphia is to sprinkle her streets
witn salted water.
Racks that Bbcomk Extinct Steam
boat races on the Mississippi.
TnK Connecticut Legislature has a rule
limiting prayers to forty minutes.
TriERB are nine cities in Germany and
two in Italy which possess Lincoln streets.
A pkcpest man foreseeth the evil and
hideth himself. Insure in the Mutual Life.
oi inicago. . ,
The reason we dint hear of girls giving
the mitten now a-days they don't learn
to knit
iNStrrtE your Life in the Washington In
surance Company, of New York, to the
amount of me mortgage on your house.
A tailor at Richmond, Va., ha3 prose
cuted a sewing gin tor me value of a but
ton he had previously given her.
An attorney observed to a brother in
court that he thought whiskers very un
professional. "You are right,' replied
nis inena ; a lawyer cannot be too bare
laced.
One of the handsomest cottages in New
port is built upon a rock, and has an iron
band whi-.-h goes entirely across the roof
of the hcuse and fastens it down securely.
A Providence merchant saves his um
brellas by citting a small piece out of the
handle, which he carries in his pocket-
boos ready to prove property at any time.
B a blunder, the -people of Worcester.
.Mass., nave been ordered by the city au
thorities to renumber their houses with
Roman numerals. The i?."v shudders at
the thought of CCCCXLLX over its own
door.
The nomenclature of Massachusetts
towns has improved with time. Dudley's
name in its greener years was Chargog-
gagoggmancnoggagogg. fliarirjoro s had
even more liquid melody in those days,
ugguionikongquamesut
B ctte rflies have been found flying at
sea, six nnnarcu miles trom land. Their
buoyancy is great, and the muscular effort
of flying must ba small, while the wind
drives them forward rapidly over great
distances.
A uanton, iil, larmer, says : I was
going out past my corn-crib the other
morning when 1 observed a large rat car
rying a lull-sized ear oi corn in his mouth,
witn bead erect At me same time his
tail was wrapped around another, and an
extra large ear, which he was dragging be
hind him."
There were recently thirty-nine in
mates of the Illinois State Penitentiary
who are under eighteen years of age
thirty-two white and seven colored, six
were sentenced for buglary and larceny ;
nneen ior burglary; nine ior larceny; two
for rape : two for assault with intent to
kill ; two for forgery; three for robbery,
A Russian nobleman, who received his
degrees from the Universities of St Peters
burg and Heidelberg, as a thorough student
ot jurisprudence, and who can read, write.
and speak the Russian, German, French,
Italian, English, Latin, and Greek lan
guages, advertises in Hartford for a situa
tion as coachman.
John Rouse, why wilt thou do so ?"
said Thomas Hazard, one of New Bed
ford's substantial Quaker merchants sixty
years ago, to Johnny Rouse, a negro in his
employ, whom he found before a magis
trate, not for the first time, charged with
steaLhg. "Why wilt thou do so, thou fool
ish man ? thou always gets caught" "Why
Alassa Hazard," says Johnny, "1 don t gut
caught nau me time."
Black bass have got into the Connecti
cut river accidentally. Two ponds, with
outlets leading to the river at points wide
ly apart, which had been -stocked with
black bass at private cost, were carried
away by a flood some two years ago, and
the fish swept into the Connecticut, where
they have quietly domesticated themselves,
Last year they hatched a large quantity of
young, and mis year nave reappeared on
their Bpawmng ground.
On the streets of Norfolk, Va,, on a re
cent Sunday, a little girl six or seven years
old was seen leading her drunken father
homeward. Kcsisting the enorts of all
other persons to take him home, he was
perfectly passive m the hands of his child,
After getting her father to the steps, the
little child threw her arms around his
neck and kissed him. All who witnessed
the scene and the action were affected
some to tears.
A gentleman whose love of order was
largely developed had a clerk in his em
ploy whose habits about the omce were
any thing but orderly. Nothing under his
hand had a nxed locality, and every thing
was at odds and ends. This carelessness
brought out a reproof frem the employer.
who, after a general lecture on the subject
of malarrangements, quoted the old pre
cept, and said, "Sir, you should have a
place for every thing. "I have, sir," re
plied the janior, "a great many places for
every thing."
The Boston Advertiser says : "A wealthy
gentleman, seventy-five years old, residing
in one oi our suuuroan towns, recently of
fered to settle $20,000 on any young lady,
a resident of the town, who would become
his wife. He desired he said, some one
to ride with him, spend his money, and
take care of him in his old age. Strange
to say, although the place is noted for the
beauty and accomplishments of its lady
residents, no one could be found willing
to take the chances of even becoming a
rich young widow."
The Bedford 2teict says : " A Lawrence
County man planted a tree in front of his
house and named it after his wife. Soon
the. tree died and the wife lived bat a day
or two after. Now you would be surprised
at the number of men that are planting
trees in front of their domiciles and
naming them after their respective, if not
respected, wives and the sickliest looking
trees that can be found too trees that,
with the tenderest care, cannot possibly
live more than two weeks. The women
see through it, and have resolved not to
die!"
A novel experiment was tried in New
Jersey recently, in the case of a boy who
was drowned In Pen Horn Creek while
bathing. Two Canadians, seeing men
dragging the creek for the body, ap
proached, and told mem they would try an
experiment Accordingly, a number of
bottles were filled with quicklime, tightly
corked, and thrown into the creek. In
about an hour one of the bottles burst
with a great noise, and soon the body rose.
The Canadians could not explain the
theory further than by saying that, when
bottle floats directly over a corpse, it will
explode, and the body will rise.
For ten years Thomas Day was a tailor
in Boston. Twenty years ago he retired
from business on account of foiling health.
For two or three years past he has suffer
ed much from spells of dizziness, and a
few days since a surgeon discovered and
extracted from his body a common-sized
needle, with double thread four inches in
length attached As Mr. Day had used
no needle of the kind for twenty years, he
(the surgeon) supposed he must have
swallowed it anterior to that period, and is
"
Is
of
of the opinion that the working of the
needle and thread through the system caus
ed lhe dizziness with which Mr. Day has
been afflicted. The Boston TratelUr,
which tells this story, adds that since the
operation Mr. Day feels greatly relieved
and U improving in health. s
A strikino Instance of progress, or de
generation, as some view it, is noted in
England A London paper says twenty
years ago the name of the favorite in the
Derby was a " household word" in every
English home for weeks before the race
was run. Now nine persons out of ten
are ignorant of his name. The turf seems
to be fast following the toot steps of the
prize-ring, and will probably at last be
landed in the samu slush. It has made so
many peers bankrupts aad so many ser
vants thieves that both lords and footmen
now are cautious of niediHing with it
What was regarded as a " noble pastime,"
is now no longer a " pastime," but a mat
ter of business, conducted by low gam
blers in a spirit of gain, and not as a trial
of strength, speed and skill between well
bred and highly trained an inials.
A Portland (Maine) paper tells how
an - expert identified a torged signature.
The witness testified that his name as ap
pearing to one of a number of notes was a
forgery, while the ablest experts declared
that they could see no difference in the
signatures. 1 he witness persisted that the
one he designa'ed was a forgery. Careful
tests were applied the notes were shuttled
and dealt to him, but he instantly picked
out the fraudulent paper. The notes were
then overlaid in such manner as to show
only the attested names, and without a
moment's hesitation he drew out the same
paper. Every test which the ingenuity of
me lawyers could devise was applied,
with the same result, and the case went to
me jury. Alter me case was closed, one
of the counsel gave the papers a careful
examination, when it was found that the
disowned signature had been punctured
with a pin bstween the letters, but the
mark was so exceedingly small that it had
escaped a score of prying eyes ; yet to the
witness' experienced vision it was as
plain as a pike-staff."
A Romance of California.
The golden colonies of California and
Australia furnish inexhaustible materials
for romance, and the imaginative freshness.
characteristic of the budding literature of
tnose regions, is no doubt stimulated by
the novelty of surrounding scenes and in
cidents. When people are poor one day
ana absolutely roiling in wealth me next,
wnen mey glide luxuriously along in
" palace cars'y over a country where last
year tne coyote and grizzly rambled undis
turbed, and when they gaze upon scenery
whce stupendous majesty renders all
former recollections of nature tame and
monotonous, it is not strange if they at
tempt, in Mr. Emerson's sense, to develop
L - i : : ! ,-. i . . .
uieir muiviuuauiy, anu in striving to oe
original, should sometimes succeed.
A tale comes to as from ban Francisco
so oddly dramatic as to be worth record
ing, it appears mat a charming young
lady of course the story would lack in
terest were she commonplace fell in love
with a person, called, by his own class and
those with whom they consort, a " sport"
In other words, he was a dealer at a faro-
bank, and, as such, excluded from the so
ciety wherein his fair enslaver habitually
moved. But they met by chance at a pub
lic hall; and, just as ' Claide'MdnotU ad
mired, from his flowers and cabbages, the
haughty Pauline, who was destined to be
come his bride, so, from amid his marked
cards, chips and coppers, did the young
gamester lift his eyes to this lovely girl of
oan t rancisco, and lorget the gull between
them. So in the sequel did she. Some
how they were introduced at the ball, and
afterward they met this time not by
chance at a photograph gallery. They
were subsequently described by me sym
pathetic artist as they appeared on the
occasion. Mie wore blue and had "a
wealth" of golden hair. The captive
sport" was " faultlessly dressed " in full
black, garnished with diamonds, and had
a love of a moustache." The first clan
destine meeting was followed, as is apt to
tie the cose, by others, and. to tell the tale
Dnctiy, wound ap with a secret marriage.
All went on smoothly ior a time, great
as was the risk, and the honeymoon.
masked in secrecy as it was, seemed to
promise well, liu t presently a tiny cloud
darkened the skies ot htpp iness. It came,
to quote the words of a San Francisco
journal, "in the shape of a large, healthy
man of business, occupying business rela
tions with the young lady s papa. " Thi3
healthful and eligible gentleman goon be
came a suitor for the young lady's hand
l he lamer, who is represented to De a
"merchant prince" of conventional preju
dices, favored the suit It was avoided,
quite naturally, by the daughter, and final
ly entreaties, expostulation and menace
brought on an explosion. All was con
fessed, and the horror-stricken parent was
dumb with rage and mortification. But
this young, yet astute child ot me setting
sun was equal to the occasion. " What's
the use, " she pertinent'y asked, "of mak
ing a luss about it? lhe things done.
The only question is, how can it be nn
done bo that I can do as yon wish?" The
father listened in silence, and the daugh
ter went on : "I believe my husband is
already tired of me, and I know I am of
him. iNo one knows of this. Go and
buy him off. Make him consent to a di
vorce. Give him what money he wants,
and then 1 can marry the rich and pros
perous New Yorker."
This guileless scheme appealed strongly
to the business instincts ol our "merchant
pnnce, and he straightway set to work to
realize it Several interviews followed
with the " sport, " who proved as
fickle as the blind goddess - he
followed, and finally 20,000 was agreed
upon as the sum to be paid him for con
senting to me divorce. 1 his was nromnt-
ly carried through. The rich New Yorker,
none the wiser, soon came for his bride to
the golden gate, and 'their engagement
was formally announced. And now fol
lows the pith of this romantic story.
The mamage was to take place in a
week, and the intended bride was all
blushes and complaisance. Father and
bridegroom vied with each other in lav
ishing costly gifts upon her, and the on-
sophisticated creature had a sumptuous
trousseau made ready to bring eastward to
New York. But the night before the
wedding a thrill of dismay ran through
the household It was the story of young
Lochinvar over again. The bride had tied
and worse than all, with the insidious
sport." The $20,000 and the trousseau.
together with the wedding gifts, we need
hardly say, bore the faithful pair compa
ny. A letter was soon found addressed to
the father. . It stated simply, that the
young lady hod changed her mind and
that when the epistle was read she would
be far on her way to New York, escorted
by her former husband whom she had
married again. Whether the whole plan
was arranged beforehand by way of get
ting a start in life that faro had failed to
supply, must be left to conjecture. It is
said, however, that the father has not been
obdurate, and that on the accepted condi
tion that the green cloth should be aban
doned forever, he has forgiven the twice
wedded pair, and made his son-in-law his
business agent in the Atlantic States. Such
life. .Act York Time.
A Centrai, New York correspondent
the Country Gentleman has a short-horn
cow, 14 years old which gave 24 quarts of
milk on May 16. He believes in keeping
cows in good condition, and says this cow
nas never seen the day, since she was two
weeks old that she was not fit for the
batcher. '
Youths' Department.
WHAT THE SPARROW CHIRPS.
I ax on'y a little sparrow,.
" A bird of low decree ; "-.-...
. My lhe m of Utile vslue, - ' ' 3
Bat the dear Lord careta for me. T.r -;
Be gave me a roat of feathers, -
It is verv plain, I know,
With never a speck of crimson, ' r .
For it was not made fbrshow. '
Bat It keeps me warm tn winter, '
And it shields me from the ram; -,
Were it bordered with gold or parple,
Perhaps it would make me vauu
And now that the spring-time Cometh,
I will bnild me a little nest, ,
WHh many a chirp of pleasure, - i
In the spot 1 like the best. -
1 have no barn or storehoose, . - '
I neither sow nor reap ;
God giree me a sparrow's portion, '
But never a seed to keep.
.- If my meal is sometimeo scanty.
Close picking mates It sweet ;
I have always enough to feed me, '
And " life is more than meat.' .
I know there are many sparrows
All over the world we are found i
Bnt oar heavenly Father knoweth
When one of ns tails to toe ground. .
Thongh small, we are never forgotten; r .
Thouith weak, we are never afraid ;
For we know that the dear Lord keepeth
The life of the creatures be made.
I fly through the thickest forest
flight on many a spray; '
I nave no chart or compose.
But I never lose my way.
And I fold my wines at twilight.
Wherever 1 happen to be;
- And tbe father is always watching, -
And no harm will come to me.
" I am only a little sparrow, , '
A bird of low 'eirree: ' ;
.Bnt I know the Father loves ms-- r
H-,e joi less laith than uief
-Tlu cmrt Paper.
DON'T KILL TIME.
Rtit?w a Mnruir el - Tm tTwtni'
- n i " , - -?)'
said a poor, half-clad man to a gentleman
who was hoaeuisg homewards through
the streets in the great city one bitter cold
night. " Spare a copper, sir, and God will
bless you."
Struck wi'h the poor fellow's manner
and appearance, the gentleman replied,
" You look as" if you had seen better
days. If you will tell me, candidly, what
has been your greatest failing through life,
I'll give you enough money to pay your
lodging. - '
" I am afraid I could hardly do that,"
the beggar answered, with 8 mournful
smile.
" Try, man, try," added the gentleman.
" Here's a shilling to sharpen your mem
ory ; only be sure you speak the truth." -
The man pressed the coin tightly in his
hand, and after thinking for nearly a min
ute, said, .
" To be honest with you, then, I believe
my greatest fault has been in learning to
' kill time.' When I was a youngster, I
had kind, loving parents, who let me do
pretty much as I liked; sol became idle
and careless, and never once thought of
the change which was in store for me. In
the hope that I should one day make my.
mark in the world, I was sent to college ;
but there I wasted my time in idle dream
ing and expensive amusements. If I had
been a poor boy, with necessity staring me
in the face, I think I should have done
better. But somehow I fell into the no
tion that life was to be only one continued
holiday. . I gradually became fond of wine
and company. In a few years my parents
both died; and you can guess the rest. I
soon wasted what little mey left me ; and
now it is too late to combat my old habits.
Yea, 6ir; idleness ruined me."
44 1 believe your story," replied the gen
tleman ; " and when I get home, I will tell
it to my own boys as a warning. I am
sorry for you ; indeed I am. But it is
never too late to reform. Come to my
office to-morrow, and let me try to inspire
you with fresh courage."
And giving the man another piece of
money, and indicating where he could be
found, he hurried away.
Never "kill Time,''1 boys, ne is your
best friend Use him welL Don't let him
slip through your fingers when you are
young, as the baggar did. - The days of
your boyhood are me most precious you
will ever see. The habits you get into
will stick to yon like wax. If they are
good ones, lite will be a pleasure, and,
above all, a success -I mean a true suc
cess. You may not grow rich, but your
life will be a real success, nevertheless.
If, on the contrary, yon waste your early
years, live for fun only, tride with your
opportunities, you will knd after a while
that your life is a failure ; yes, even if you
should be as rich as Croesus.
One of the saddest things is, to meet a
man who has just let golden opportunities
go by him, just entering the battle of life,
yet entirely unfitted for his position. He
is to be pitied, and yet blamed In this
favored land every one can learn to read
and write, for instance. But how often
we meet young men utterly unable to
write a dozen fines without making mis
takes ! Be assured, my young friends, it
will be a source of shame to yon as men,
if yon do not pay attention to education as
boys.
The world is full of good books to read.
You are surrounded with friends and rel
atives. Be warned in time, and coin hap
piness and honor in the future from the in
dustry of the present, and you will not
have read this page in vain. Merry'
Museum.
To the Boys.
I wiaa to call the attention of youths to
the importance of beginning life with
some definite purpose in view. With an
perience of half a century, my observation
has led me to me conclusion mat me
great mistake of a large proportion of men
and women is their not starting aright
in not duly considering in the beginning
what they are fitted for, or what their aim
should be. Boys are put into an occupa
tion temporarily, or permanently, as it
were, by accident, without thought of
their tastes or capacities, or any idea of
whether the occupation is one of useful
ness to society, or even proper for them
selves. I think that to be of real we should be
the first thoueht in laving plans of life.
and the prosperity of the individual will
follow as a natural consequence. I see
too many persons who grow up to man
hood with no trade or regular business,
except such as they may happen to light
upon, depending upon some kind of specu
lation in what more industrious persons
produce, instead of applyingthemselves to
produce food, or such articles of necessity
as mankind are constantly -demanding.
Such persons are the ones loudest in their
complaints of "hard times and the difficul
ty of getting along." A word to the wise
is sufficient Sural Jfete Yorker.
A Word for Boys.
Truth is one of the rarest of gems.
Manv a vouth has been lost in society by
allowing it to tarnish his character, and
foolishly throwing it away. If this gem
still shines in your bosoms, suffer nothing
to displace or diminish its lustre, pro
fanity is a mark of low breeding. Show
as that man that commands much respect ;
an oath never trembles on his tongue.
Read the catalogue of crime. Inquire me
character of those who depart from virtue.
With but few exceptions you will find
them to be profane. Think of this and
do not let a vile word disgrace you. .
Never Late.
A Sabbath School in Albany, N.
has had the same superintendent for forty
years, and he was never behind time in all
his forty years service in me school.
Think of that, boys. Chief-Justice Wil
liams of Hartford, Coml, was a teacher of
the Sunday School, and the superintendent
always knew when it wanted three min
utes of the time to open me scnooi uj
seeing him enter. Think what punctual
ity that was! Boys and girls note these
fine examples of promptness in duty.
of logical consecution
of ideas we venture to commend this,
from a schoolboy's composition : "Tobac
co was invented by a man named Walter
Raleigh. When the people first saw him
..nirinir thev thought he was a steam
boat, and, as they had never seen a steam
boat, they were frightened."

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