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Do thou Groat Liborty Inspire our Souls aud make our lives in thy possession happy, or our Deaths Glorious in thy Just Defenoe."
YOI,. XII.
BENNETTS VILLE. S. G.. JULY 20, 1887.
NO. 32.
.John Kents.
Deep in tho whisp'rlug pi no whoso proillo
bara
Tho moon's whlto faco; hushed in tho pox?
fumod bowers,
Where, languid with tho breath of Blooping
Howers,
Tho sutntnor night Hos panoplied in stars ;
High ou tho mountain crags, 'mid brakes
and scars,
A spirit sought to lind in poosy'a powers
Boiuo benuty to bedeck Tlino'a conquering
hours,
l,lko roses on tho Haming front of Mars.
Yet still, tho' lovingly, ho sought in vain,
Till uaturo'? blossom boro tho bloom of nil,
Till ecstasy of joy had wedded pain
In bonds which novcr hand of niau shall
part ;
Then found within tho chambers of thy
brain
The sacred tiro to light Emly m lou's heart.
THE MOUND GIRL.
"I'll havo lo do everything alone!"
Littlo Janel Hue stood with anns
akimbo, and looked about Hie great
Milson kitchen. Sho was nearly twen
ty, but under-sized. Sho had but ono
"beauty-her pretty curly hoad. Sho I
was Mrs. Titus Allison's bound-girl
bound to work for that lady until sho
was one-and-twenty. Such wcro tho
terms of tho contract when Janot had
been taken from the orphan asylum, a
tiny creature of ten, nino years before;
and it was tho hard work and scant
faro which had prevented lier growing.
Thero sho stood, looking about hor
at tho array of cooking utensils, tho
rows of milk-pans, tho pilo of wash
tubs, tho shelf of flat-irons, tito capa
cious wood-boxes.
That morning Mrs. Titus, the au
thoritative, tho energetic, had fallen
down thc cellar-stairs and broken ?.her
leg. Tho doctor had been called, and
set it; Mrs. Titus had had a nap, and
then lifted up ber volco and proved
herself equal to tho situation:
"I'm laid tip for a month, Janet
that's plain to bo seoii. l'vo dono
everything for you; now you must lake
light hold and go on without me.
Thero'll bo tho cookin' to do and tho
buttor lo inako moro than you havo
done, oxlraN But you can do il, if you
try. You'll luivo to, anyway. Hay in's
over, and Mr. Dent'll bo goin' homo
soon, sp that'll be one less to pr?vido
for,"
Janot heard iii silenco. Sho gave
'.Mrs. Titus her valerian, and then went
away, and stood looking around thc
kitchen,
"I'll h?vo to do everything aloi.o!"
There was such a large family, and
so much work to be done, no wonder
littlo Janel shrank; bul sho never
thought of shirking. With breakfast
at iivo o'clock, and suppor-dishes to bo
'washed at eight, sho had always had
enough to do; but to undertake; all tho
active duties which Mrs. Titus had
been accustomed to perform, was al
most appalling,
Janet stood thinking how it was to
bc dono. She was such a littlo thing.
It took so many of hor armfuls lo lill
tho wood-boxos with hard and soft
wood. Sho must needs stand on a box
to work at tho tubs on tho wash-bench;
and hor arms grow so tired at tho
churning. Sho had been trained to
great capability; but sho was not strong
enough.
But there was no limo for reflection.
Thero was supper to get for tho four
farm-hands, Mrs. Titus' gruel to inako
and carry up, tho milk to strain, tho
dishes to wash, tho wood-boxes lo fill,
and sponge lo bo set for broad.
Janot rushed for a pall of water.
Mr. Dent was at tho well.
Mr. Miles Dent was tho summer
boarder, lie had bought a mill privi
lege of Mrs. Titus and was building a
mill.
Ho was a handsome, very pleasant
man-as perfectly healthy people aro
apt td bc, and ho was very largo and
strong. Iii ago ho might havo been
thirty, or thereabouts.
"Very old, indeed," Janet had pro
nounced him; and sho had always been
a littlo afraid of him, his manners wore
so nice, and lie had such nico books in
his room.
Whether he was awaro of her exist
ence or not, she was not quito sure.
lint ho seemed to seo tho hurrying,
anxious littlo crcaturo now-for, say
ing "My arms aro tho strongest," ho
took tho pail, filled it and carried it
into tho kltchon.
"Havo your hands full, haven't you,
littlo one?" ho said pleasantly, glanc
ing about him. "Your shoulders hard
ly look strong enough for all this bak
ing and browing."
Janet smiled shyly - ploasod, sur
prised; hut sho was too abashed to moro
than murmur somo faint responso, and
Mr. Dont wont away.
But sho felt cheered by tho friendly
words of the big, brown-bearded man;
and thougii Mr. Titus scolded hor bo
causo tho gruel hadn't milk enough,
and she was obliged to go up and down
stairs Huco times bcforo tho'lady was
served, she laid her head upon her pil
low more lightly than usual-all for
one kind word. Poor little Janet.
But evil days were too surely at
hand.
Tt. mado Mrs. Titus very cross lo lio
in bcd, inactive, and sho could not Rive
up thc oversight of tho kitchen below.
A score of times a day she AN * T:1'
Janot from her work to know what sho
was at, and what sho intended doing
next. Countless orders issued from her
chamber. .
Theso idiosyncracies added greatly
to Janet's fatigue, as sho toiled through
tho day, and she actually sobbed with
weariness ono night, when sho com
menced to bring iii tho wood.
.Sho was standing in tho woodshed.
.Suddenly sho h??i'd a slop on tho gravel
of thc path in the yard.
lt was Mr. Bout. He liad not gone.
Ho carno swinging along in his Shirt
sleeves, his linen luster over his arm.
How rich, and prosperous, and happy
ho wasl
Jahet did not desiro to dispossess
Mr. Bent of his good-fortuno, but sim
thought it hard that a little of tho
brightness of lifo could not bo hers.
But when Mr. Bent came opposito
tho shed-door, thc happy light died out
of his pleasant gray eyes.
"Well it might. Janet did not dream
what a pitiful sight her poor little tear
stained faco was.
Mr. Bent spoko cheerily.
"All work and no play makes Jill ;i
dull girl, doesn't it?" ho said, taking
tho basket from her hand and in a mo
ment carrying it, loaded, into the kitch
en. "You havo loo much to do; thc
spirit is willing, but tho flesh is weak.'
When Mr. Bent had filled tho bij
wood-boxes so tim covers would hardb
shut down, ho said:
"My arms aro strong, and they shal
bo at your seryico whilo I stay here
though it will bo only a day or tw<
longer. I shall bo quito at leisure to
morrow or next day, and you can cal
on mo whenever you like."
Much as Janet M'as pleased, sho neve
Would havo dreamed of taklug Ibo gen
tlcmau at his word ; but tho next morn
ing proved a rainy one, so that Mi
Bent's chamber, being cold and no fir
lighted in the sitting-room, lie cam
into tho kitchen with his book an
ensconced himsclC in thc great rocking
chair beside the stove.
That was tho pleasantest day c
Janet's life. Mr. Bent told her sue
funny stories, and read so beautiful]
from his great book I and then, ho lill
ed the walor-pails, and kept tho Iii
burning, and jumped np to lift Hi
heavy tubs for her, and sat down agai
to keep tho bread from burning, whil
sim carried Mrs. Titus' dinner up,
And whilo ho was doing all this, Mi
Bent was thinking what a dear lilt)
patient thing sho was, and how prett
ly tho nut-brown hair curled over bc
head.
At night ho Ulled the boxes wit
wood, strained tho milk, wound tit
high clock and turned tho cats out; an
all day ho had hada jost forovorythinf
and a genial glauco and a kind tom
that turned darkness into light f(
Janet.
Sho sighed with happiness as si
wont to sloop, though Mrs. Tittil
good-night word had been that "si
was a lazy, good-for-nothing thing!
and that sho "should bo down stairs ti
morrow to seo what Janet was up to.
Tho northeast storm continued, an
Mr. Bent was sitting by tho fire agaii
when Mrs. Titus limped into tim ki tel
cn with a cane.
Now, Mr. Bent had just been clio]
ping mince-meat, with Mrs. Ti tn
gingham apron and i-ufUod cap on, an
had barely cast them asido, when tl
lady opened tho door and caught Jam
laughing.
Sim might well havo looked amazei
for sho never had seen Janet laughii
before. Now, why she probably cou
not havo told, but Mrs. Titus was voi
much offended.
Sim waited until dinner was serve*
and Janet had gono into tho wcll-roo
to cool tho pudding then ?ho began
hitler tirado:
"Pretty business this is, giggling ai
fooling your timo away, and every th ii
to do! Mr. Bent's been reading pocti
to you, has ho? How much mo
churning can you do whon you liston
poetry? Havo you baked that fm!
cake? Well, I know lt's mado wron
Bid you shut that sottin' lion off t
nest? I don't bclievo it. What's A3
Bout in tho kitchen for, any way?"
"For tho fire, ma'am. Tho chambt
aro so chilly. And I had so much
do, and ho was kind, and his arms w(
strong," faltered poor little Janot.
"Umphl Boon complaining to ft
Bout, havo you, that you. work so har
Whining, good-for-nothing croaturol
wish I'd loft you in tho asylum. I
never thought of jour turning but Uko
I hi j-luring mon into my kitehon when
I'm sick in bod-"
"Slop, Mrs. Titus!" interposed Mr.
Dent's heavy volc?. "Hotter not go
loo far. Janet has told you all thorc
is to tell. I felt Kindly toward her. I
have, a pair of strong arms which havo
helped her a little. And they aro still
at her service. They shall bo hers for
Ufo itsho will. Little Janet, will you
accept me for a husband? Many a
younger man will not bo as t?nder and
true as J, .Janet. AV ill you come, littlo
one?"
And Janot-slip looked onco with her
wide, innocent eyes into tho strong,
gent?o face, then went straight into
those extended arms, though Mrs. Titus
stood by snilllng tho air in scorn.
"Well, I never!" she exclaimed. "To
think of it!"
Janet never was scolded again.
Thoso kind, strong arms havo been
about her ever since. To-be-sure, she
was not educated for a gentleman's
wife, but Mr. Dent took her homo to
tho kindest of mothers and sisters,
whoso inlluonco and tact polished her
unobtrusive manners, and soon mado
her tho most elegant of women. Tho
toil-worn little hands aro whito as snow
now; but, better than all, her heart
is tho happiest that ever beat in a
wifo's breast.
bocal Characteristics of Speech.
In this country wo seem to bo on Ibo
verge of adding another to thc curiosi
ties of philology, whether lo tho advan
tage or lo tho disadvantage of ourselves
and our posterity tirno will tell. Tho
effect of climate on tho organs of speech
has had a certain inlluence. so that our
I "national distemper" of catarrh must
i bo charged with our unquestionable
I tendency to pronounce our words with
a nasal twang willoh is familiar lo tho
cars of all tho world. The inlluence of
nice peculiarities in ccrtalu sections is
equally remarkable. Tho African, for
example, avoids tho lotter r, and the chil
dren of his Southern master, drop it like
wise front their tongues. "Of cottee,"
said a lawj'or in a Western Court somo
wimo ago, "if this coat should hold,'
&c." and tho gentleman was astonished
when his nativo State of Tenncssco was
named without diillculty by a bystan
der. Hut wiionco comes tho dropping of
tho r sound, and its frequent chango to
another sound elsewhero unknown in
Heaven or earth, which reveals tho
Western man wherever ho is found?
Tho lillie word sir, which Dickens
laughed tit us for using so often, be
trays tho Westerner tho world over. It
is not tho fi' of the Irishman, nor tho
. sah of tho . ro ami thu Southerner,
I nor tho sure of tho Frenchman ; it is
j see\ either with tho ce cut short off, like
' ay in syrup, or followed by a peculiar
sound mado by tho tip or tho tongue
against tho top of tho gums of tho
upper jaw. Tho sound of r is no fami
liar that ono may easily fail to recognize
its peculiarity; but wo shall detect it
readily enough if wo obsorvo how chil
dren aro coming to say co'ml for cord
and toolern for norm. At tho end of
words wo all aro apt to drop uri r, as
our English cousins do, but in tho in ld?
dlo of words and syllables somo of us
surpass the English by turning our r's
into ifs. Listen to tho Hist half-odu
cated person whom you hear saying
jirst or tvorld, and you will bc only too
likely to observo tho change.
Workingwomen in England.
It has been calculated that there aro
in England at least 3,000,000 of women
and girls in industrial employment,
only half of whom are in doniostic em
ployment, and, in fact, that half tho
working-class families of tho land aro
partly maintained by women, whito as
lo wilges, tho amount of their pay is so
small-at any rato those of them who
ive in London-that "ono might sup
pose that they worked for amusement
rather than for a livelihood." From
limo to time efforts havo been mado to
attract attention to thoir deplorable
position, but thoso havo boon spcodily
forgotten, and tho public has failed to
tako hold of the prcsont and future
condition of our workingwomen. In
theso circumstances it has boon sug
gested that tho celebration of (?neon
Victoria's jubileo affords a Utting occa
sion for bringing under tho notico of
hor Majesty and hor pooplo tho hard lot
of many thousands of her sox, and that
a representativo conference and groat
public assemblies should bo held at or
about tho dato of tho jubileo to discuss
tho many question affecting tho pros
pects of workingwomen. At a prelim,
inary conference lt was resolvod that
such a national conferonco should bo
hold within tho next three months.
Ile conquers who endures.
Good breeding ls benevolence in
trifles,
TEAi
How tho IMniit Was Fouiul hy a
Holy Man,
Tho tradition of tho lea plant ls a
pretty little legendary conceit, writes
tho author or "Spine Chinoso Ghosts. "
A cramann, as tho Buddhist aesthetic
is called, who claims lo have subdued
his senses, was passing through Kasi,
on his way to China, when a bayadere
dropped a gold pioco into his mendi
cant's bowl. Ho interposed his fan be
tween bis eyes and tho beautiful danc
ing girl, but not quickly enough to shut
out a view of lier radiant features, her
gold-hued breast an j lier curved, glossy
and pliant waist. Tho penally of his
mistake had followed him a thousand
miles. Accursed beauty! Wisely had
Uhagavat warned his disciples: "O ye
crainanas; women aro not to bo looked
upon! And it' yo chanco to meet
women, yo must, not suffer your eyes
to dwell upon them; but, maintaining
holy reserve, speak not to them at all.
Then fail not to whisper unto your own
hearts, 'Bo, wo aro crainanas, whoso
duty it is to remain uncontaminated by
the corruptions of this world, oven as
tho lotus, which suffereth no vileness
to cling unto its leaves, though it blos
som amid tho refuso of tho wayside
ditch." This era nialia had mado a vow
that ho would pass a night and a day
in perfect and unbroken meditation.
Hut how could ho do so, haunted as he
was by tho illusion of form. Tho night
was beginning, and bc could not drive
tho dancing girl from his eye. 1 ti
strove to pray. Tho "jowel iii tho
lotus" became tho "jewel in her carl"
Bo appealed to Omniscient Goiania in
vain. Bo recited the holy words or tho
"Chapter of 1 tn permanency," which
spake of tho temporary character of
form, beauty, pain and so on. Bo re- j
cited the eternal verses of tho "Chapter
of Wakefulness," but all lo no purpose.
Tho memory of tho bayadero clung to
him, and ho fell asleep dreaming of
her. Bor a moment illusion triumphed.
Mara-tho ovil one-prevailed. With
a shock of rcsolvo tiro dreamer awoke
in tho night, under tho stars of tho
Chinoso sky. Humiliated, ponitent,
.bill resolved, tho ascetic drow from his
girdle a keon knife, and with unfalter
ing hand severed his oyelids rrom his
eyes and Hung thom from him. "O
thou perfectly awakened I" ho prayed,
"thy disciplo hath not been overcomo
savo through tho feebleness of tho body;
and his YOW hath been renewed. Boro
shall ho linger without food or drink
until tho moment of its fulfillment."
And having assumed tho hieiralc
posturo-scated himself with his lower
limbs folded beneath him and tho
palms of his hands upwards, tho right
upon tho left, tho left resting upon tho
solo ot bis upturned foot-ho resumed
hie meditation. Dawn blushed; day
brightened. Night came and glittered
and passed; but Mara tempted in vain.
This timo tho vow was fulfilled, the
holy purposo accomplished. Strong in
tho holiness of Iiis accomplished vow,
tho Indian pilgrim aroso in tho morning
glow. Ho started for amazement as ho
lifted his hands to his eyes.
What marvel had been wrought ? Not
oven a singlo lash was lacking. In Vam
hplookcd for tho sovoral lids that ho
had flung upon tho ground; they had
mysteriously vanished, but lo! there
whore ho had cast them two wondrous
.shrubs wore growing, with dainty leaf
lets, eyelid shaped, and snowy buds just
opening to tho east. And ho hamed
tho nowly created plant, lil thelanguago
of tho nation to whom ho brought tho
lotos of tho good Jaw, "Te."
Microscopic Possibilities.
Perhaps tho most wonderful thing
that has been discovered of lalo is tho
now glass which has just boon mado in
Swedon, differing from ordinary glass
in its extraordinary refractivo powor.
Our common glass contains only six
substances, while tho Swedish glass
consists of fourteen, tho most important
elcmonts being phosphorus and boron,
which aro not found in any othor glass.
Tho revolution which this new refrac
tor is destined to make is almost incon
coivablo, if it is truo, as is postively al
leged, that, whilo tho highest power of
an old-fashioned microscopic lons re
veals only tho ono four hundred
thousandth part of an inch, this now
glass will enablo us to distinguish ono
two hundred and four million seven
h?ndred thousandth part of an inch.
It makes ono's hand ache to writo thoso
ligaros; and who can toll what worlds
within worlds may not bo discovered
with such an instrument as this? Mag
nified after this fashion, tho smallost
anim?lculo will bo convorted into ri
giant, and if tho samo rofracting powt
?an bo applied to tho telephone wo shall
havo tho moon brought to our yory
doors.
Bo good by stealth, and blush to find
lt fame.
AN AUMIJKHK MAN.
A Wonderful Hero Who Harnessed
Horses With His Teeth.
Recently there died nt Potsdam, N.
W, a wonderful man. An accident
deprived him of both arms, which woro
amputated at tho shoulder, He earned
ii living hy uaing lu?feet arid lllSTOOUtll
instead of his arms. "Wo aro told that
lio owned a horse, of which he took tho
eu tiro caro, harnessed it, fastened and
unfastonod tho buckles with bia teeth,
and drove with tho reins tied around
his shoulders. J3eing in need of a
wagon, bc bought wheels and axles and
built a box buggy comploto and paint
ed it. Ile went lo (lie barn one winter
day and built a cow stable, sawing tho
limber with Ids feet, and with tho ham
mer in one foot and holding' tho nail
willi Hie oilier, he nailed Hie boards on
as well as most men could do with their
bandai ito dug u well t welve feet deep
on a farm in tho town and. stoned lt
himself, lie could mow away hay by
holding the fork under his chin and let
ting it rest against his shoulder. Ho
could pick up potatoes in Ibo hold as
fast as a man could dig thom. Ile
would dress himself, get his meals,
write his letters, and, in fact, do almost
any Hiing that any man with two hands
could do.
Many a man with all of his physical
faculties unimpaired mourns hecauso
he can not get along, and yet this arm
less brother mado himself independent
without arms or hands. Ho. was liko
tho Crimean hero who, when his lower
limos wero shot away, wrote, to Hie wo
man ho was engaged tb marry releasing
her. Sho answered: "I will marry
you if you havo enough body remain
ing lo contain your noble soul."
Tho lOntfllsh liiitsc 'JYuile.
Scarcely any native industry has boon
recently moro completely driven out of
tho country by foreign competition than
tho laco trade. Italy, Franco, and bel
gium romain-as they have been al
most for centuries-the great lace pro
ducing countries of tho Continent.
Things aro bad in longland, but thoy
aro worse in Ireland. At ono timo
Irish laco had a great reputation. Old
Irish laco has it still. Limerick used
to run Brussels very hard, and Car
i ickmacross was not second to Honiton,
lint now tho foreigner has almost en
tirely supplanted tho native industrial.
Thcro aro two causes assigned. Tho
first ls cheapness, though an articlo
which is tho product not so much of a
Irado as an art, and for which tho de
mand arises, not from need, but from
fashion, cost, or rather price, is not so
very important. Tho second causo is
tho poverty of design and tho great
want of variety in patterns.. Tim for
eigners appreciate thc rulo in commerce,
to create tho demand which you aro
able lo satisfy. And so in foreign lace
tho patterns chango from year to year,
tho designs vary, the shapes alter, and
this combined with cheapness tends to
brisk tho trade, though probably to tho
supply pf an Inferior articlo. If Eng
lish or Irish laco is to competo on a.fair
platform with tho French or Belgian
articles tho elementary principles of
trado must bo applied to its produc
tion.
A Hom ?nu M? of the Custer Massacre.
_,_
Another romaneo originating in tho
(Juster massacre has been discoYorod
in connection with tho gold watch worn
by Lieutenant Crittenden, who also per
ished by the vengeful bull?is and knives
of Sitting Bull's people. Tho watch
was a present which his father, Gen
eral Crittenden, had purchased in Eng
land somo timo before. It becamo tho
booty of a Sioux warrior, who, in duo
season, after crossing tho lino, sold it
to a Canadian rancher or farmer. Tho
purchasor, suspecting thcro must bo
some history connected with it, wrote
to tho maker in England, describing
tho watch and staling its numbor. Tim
maker wrote back that Hm watch had
been sold originally to General Critten
den, of tho United States Army. There
upon tho Canadian communicated willi
tim general, who promptly repurchased
tho watch, and it now hangs in his bed
, room in New York city, a sad mem
orial.
.Tho Pitcher on tho Post.
Aloro than thirty years ago a young
girl was in tho act of placing a pitchor
on a post which stands noar tho South
Carolina railway; livo milos from
Aiken, 'when sim was struck dead by
lightning. Evor sinco this tragic oe
curronco tho pitcher has remained on
tho post, safo by superstition from tho
touoh of nogroos, who believo that tho
arm which touches it will bo pa 1 /zed.
Storms and cyclonos havo not < .acod
it, although tho post which holdt. lt is
fast crumbling with decay.
CAllF. O?? OIIIIiDllBN JN SUMM IOU.
Tlio Attention that .Should ho Paid
to thom During Hot Weather.
Tho hot wcathor Ia especially trouble
some to young children and infants,
and ns tho little tender creatures cannot
toll their pains and discomforts, they
whiim liligi fret, nn.il ?VA IJlOUgUt t.Q bo
cross and Ill-tempered, when they aro
really Buffering. A little caro and pre
caution will tend to relievo thom very
much. A strip of flannel buttoned
ahoufc tho loins will bo of great servlco
in preventing stomach aches, diarrhoea,
and to feed littlo and ofton, will avoid
much discomfort to them. Kinsing
infant? should bo supplied often, and
with littlo at tho timo, but not too
ofton; onco in tinco hours is enough for
them, and tho mothor should bo very
careful about her own health and com
fort lest tho child suitor with her.
Children ? year old should bo fed
upon milk with one-half water added;
an cxcellont food for thom is made by
boiling a pound of dried Hour, tied up
in a cloth for four hours, and when
cold kept for use as follows: grato off a
suilicicnt quantity, stir it into milk and
boil for five minutes to a thin gruel,
add sugar, and givo it out whoa now
milk warm. Hot milk sipped from a
teaspoon is excellent, given in small
quantities now and thou. Nursing
bottles should bo kept in a bowl of
water to which a teaspoonful of soda is
added to keep it sweet. Avoid all sour
food. Bathe iii tepid water overy even
ing before bed-time. Keep one room
in tho house dark and closed during
tho day-time, and well aired during tho
night. It will bo cool and freo from
Hies, and tho children may rest thero
when tired in tho afternoon.
A HEROIC CAT.
How "Miss Pussy" Saved tho I-iifc of
a Wounded French Soldier, Duv
Inj? tire Crimean War.
During tho Crimean war a littlo cat,
reared in Iiis mother's cottage, followed
a young French soldier when ho loft his
native village. Tho lad's heart clung
lo this small, ? dumb member of his
family, and he gave pussy a seat'on his
knapsack by day on tho march, and a
corner of his couch at night. Sho took
her meals on her master's knee, and
was a goneral pct in tho company. On
tho morning that his regiment was first
ordered into action, tho soldiers bade
his littlo cat farewell and loft lier in
charge of a sick comrade Ho had
marched about a milo from camp*
when what waa his surpriso lo seo Alisa
Pussy running besido him, Ho lifted
her upon tho usual seat, and soon tho
engagement commenced. Twico did
the soldier fall, but tho cat clung fast
hold. At last a sovoro wound stretch
ed him bleeding on tho flold. No .soon
er did pussy catch sight of tho blood
flowing from her master, than sho
seated hcrsolf upon his body, and bogan
to lick his wound in tho most assiduous
manner. Tims sho remained for sonio
hours, till tho surgeon cumo up to tho
young lad and had him carried to tho
tent of tho wounded. Whon he recov
ered consciousness his first question
was, "Shall I livo?" "Yes, my good
follow," was tho surgeon's answer,
"thanks to your littlo cat; for if sho
had not used her tongue so intelligent
ly you would have been too, exhausted
by tho loss of blood to rocovor." You
may bo suro that pussy was well cared
for, and, contrary to all regulations,
sho was allowed lo accompany tho
young soldier to tho hospital, where
sho was regaled with the choicest mor
sels from his plate, and becamo a very
distinguished character.
"Tossing tho Pancake."
Westminster sehcW retains its usage
of "tossing tho pancake," a ceremony
performed before tho wliolo school of
masters and boya by tho cook, who es?
says to toss tho pancake across tho bai
which divides tho uppor from tho lower
school, if he succeed, tho dean of West?
minstor is bound by charter to present
him with a guinea, which honorarium
is also duo to tho boy who catches tho
pancake, and succeeds in carrying it
off, unbroken, to tho deanery. And
though this may appear impossible to.
the uninitiated, having regard to tho
flimsy olin rac tor of tho ordinary pan
cake, it must bo remembered that tho
Westminister pancake is about half au
inch thick and about six inches in di
ameter, and, moreover, is mado of flour
and wator only, and loft to harden for
a week; thus it offers somo resistance to
tho struggling hands of tho boys. On
tho othor hand, the cook, if ho fail to
toss tho pancake over tho bar, is pun
ished for his awkwardness by being
"booked," that is, polled with books,
lt is said that a mastorof AVestminstor,
himself an old scholar, still pre
serves, under a glass caso, the valuable
rollo gained by himself somo ycurs ago.

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