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IT DOES NOT MATTER.
It does not matter very much to me
'Tlhro' what strange ways my path
way now may lead.
Since I know that it rims away from
.1 give it little heed.
It. doe not matter if in calm or Strife
Shall ebb and flow for me the futures
It, had but oue great longing in my life,
And that has beei denied.
It does not matter if I stmnd or fall,
Or walk with Kings with or the rank
Life's loftiest aims and best ambitions
Were centere(l ill thy smile.
It does not. matter wiat the wo:-ld may
I feel no interest inl it blames or
1 only know- we (Iwell ap-t. to-day,
And shall thr&o' Cl"ess (Lays.
it does not. matter! For my palsied
Is numb to sorrow or to pleasure'ls
8ince it luist he that we two drift
WVhy, ngthing matters mihi.
1o10 To iEGIN lhOUSEI(EEPING.
You say you want to marry my
'Are you prepared to give her
a pleasant home and the luxuries
to which she has always been ac
'1 don't believe I am sir : I on
ly get seven dollars a week.'
'Yes. Well, do you know that
young wonmen nowadays expect to
begi house-keeping in the same
style their parents leave off?'
'Oh, yes ; I know all about that.'
'-You do. Well, how can you
reconcile seven dollars a week with
my surroundimgs ?'
-.1-1 thought,' responded the in
telligent young mai, while his faee
beamed with love and hope, 'that
we could live right along with you,
you know, until the time came for
you--to len . off, and then the
matter would-wouild sort of reg
late itself, you know .
WuIrr WA6 ON hlIs FACE.--"I~bs
there anything on my face, ~Jim?'
: sked one) boy of another, as they
isuei from their mother's pantry,
where they had been sampling the
"Yes,'" saidi the other with a
"Oh, where is it?" excitedly, as
footsteps were heard approaching
the kitchen ; "'is it big?'"
''You bet ; it's immense."
"OQh, moy!" getting out his hand
'kerchief, and rubbing his face fu
riously. "Js it off ?''
"Well, where is it, then? Quick!
[ hear ma comning."
"Right in the middle of y ouir
lie made frantic digs at his face,
i ben whispered:
"Is it off?'' in an agonizing tone,
tas ma entered the room.
"Nope," was the laconie reply.
"'Well, what is it?' le was
fairly shivering with terror, and1
dared not ?uru around.
"Your nose,'' coolliy answered
Jim, as he opened the back door
Bringing Hin to the Point.
The other night, ii one .of
our prominent society youDg men
called to see his girl, he found her
mother sitting quietly before the
fire. After bidding him "good
evening,' she looked him full in the
face and said;
'Do you really love my daugh
'Well-ah-ah my dear mad
ame,' stammered the yoqth, turp
mug red in the face, 'I have only
been coming to see your daughter
two months, and I really think you
are a little premature in piopound
ing such a questioni'.
,That's where we (liffer young
man. If the seed of your sowing
now will bring forth a matrimonial
harvest, I'm willing to put up with
you awhile longer, but it you arel
coming here three nights out of the
week just to pass away time you
had better cease coming at once.'
'Yes. Well, really, madame,' put
in the youth, his voice all in a quiv
er, 'sinc.e you press me so closely
for an answer I must freely admit
that I am very fond of Emma, and
that I live for her alone-'
'Yes,' broke in the anxious man-I
ma ; 'that's the trouble w ith you
young men ; youl waste too mich
time living for a girl alone, when
you ought to be living with her.
I'm a plain- old-fashioned woman
tnid always say what I think. Now
Fi) willing to give a month longer
as a trial, but if at the end of that
time I don't see a spankin' fine new
ring on Eimma finger .v'ur vi:its
Ito this house will be cut off."
And then to the great relief of
Ithe young man she left the. room
and sent in her diaugzhter, who, of
course, was utterly unconsious of
the 'good licks' her mother had
been putting in fbr her.
A RECIPT FOR A DULL.-In t he
little town of Rosenberg, West
Russia, lived a young and hot-head
ed lieutenant, who one day had a
dispute with a clerk in the govern
ment service, and~ suddlenly ex
I"You know well enough how to
handle your pen; but 1 have at
home a pair of sharp swords with
which 1 can write better."
The other answered,
"Such playthings ought only to
be given to children who have
nothing %o ;ose."
TLhe lieutenant then challenged
him to fight with pistols.
"Very well," the clerk replied,
"I accept your offers on one con
'dition. You know I have a wite
and children for whom I must cart.
My income is four thouisand five
hundred marks. If you~ will de
posit a sum suffient to yield that
interest, I am willing to fight In
that case you must place to my ae
count 90,000 marks."
I"But 1 have no fortune." stamn
inrdthe astonished ot~eer.
"Ah, sir, those who possess
nfothing have no right to ask men
who must work for other people to
Thke duel never took place.
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