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a ESTABLISHED 1848
it was a quiet'villey,
Set far from human Ills,
A l 0- 1. . , .
A sunny, sloping falie,
Begin with.green hnlhill
Th .White clouds softly knitted
Gray shadows in the grass;
TPe sea4birds POised and flitted
As they wtre loath to pass.
A clear stream thrid the bridges,
Blue, lasy sudoke upouried;
Beyond its purple rilges
Lay the unquiet world.
Under the ike4 rafters,
Low eidon6 the- euf-dosed-dove
While youthful, breezy laughter
deoved o0ie slopeskl3oife.'
Wliere-mid the'U4wer-piUd apacos
We children made bright quest
Sure as we ran quick .raes
The far-sen [uower was best.
Thus while the sun $plift4d
And flashed alowil the stream,
The w11e clouds drifted, drifted,
In;de4p, Uaptiouble,d drieam..
Fair shines that sunny valley,
det far froan human Ils I
Our childhood's simplu valley
Begl;t with green, gen hills.
Nor all the world's'iad riot
Whlch we have known since then
Bath touched tiUsvallqy's quiet
Deep in our hearVa own ken.
A da$nty parlor, a, gl6wing fire, a
pretty lfttle woman listening for the
foot@teps ot hor lord:and master.
This charming picture of domestic
bliss John Ackerman fully appreciated
ae he stepped into the room a few min
Tea ended, the following conversa
"You know my sister Amy is coming
home with ine for a long visit, John."
"Don't you think it would be a cap.
tal thing if she and your brother Tom
would fall M love with each other?"
"They could get married and sot up
housekeepipg ,iu that louse across -the,
street; and, oh, Jo'ini,' it would -make
mee perfectly happy!"
John Ackerman laughed long and
"Match-making, by Jove!" he said,
"Miserable yourself, and want every
bodsy else to be; is that it, Minime?"
"Don't laugh, John, for I'm in earn
"I know they will likeeach other, and
I have set my heart on the niatch; just
think how nice it would be to have
Amy here always; and Tom is'such a
"Amy should furnish her sitting
room piht like ours, only where this is
blue hers sfould be;oard gal, for she is
dark, you know."
John was iaighing again by this
However,' he fell in with the. glau
4 tell you what it is, Minnie.'
"Don't you say a word of this to Tom
or Amy, or they will take a dislike to
each other lwim.ediately."
"I know it," wisely rejoied Minnie.
"When L told Tom I was going to
visit Aunt Margaret, I did not mention
Amy's name, and I don'i think he kijqws
of her existence."
&As for Amy, I have been with her
so little since I was marriedt. that I am
sure I nevet'spoke to her of Tom."
Minedeparted the,next morning.
The day before she'Wavss to returin,
Aunt Margaret fell ill, and Amy felt
obliged to postpone her visit for a few
Minnie could go on as she had ~In
tended, and she would follow as soon as
Aunt Mar art goul(1 sparp her..
'Shus it hpened ,ht.Miame' re
turned home alone. One morning
"We had better take that long run to
We must go some time this month,
and of course you won't want to go
after yoursister comes."
"John, you know we cannot stay
away all night; I gave Jennie leave of
absence until Friday, and it won't do to
leave tne house alone. -
"I'll get Tom to come agnd sleep here."
.Minni$ had 'io e6tidx* I?easIonIZle:ob
joction -to make after' this, so she p1'6
pared to go.
"There are three keys," said she, s
'"You can give one to' Tom, and I
will leave one with Mrs. Gatos, next
The house might take fire, and then
It wodld be better to have a key, so that
they could get in the house and bring
out the things."
"yes," said John, sarcastically, "or
Imgthire a lot of pohcomen to watch
.hehouse ay and night."
About ten o'clock thait eyening Miss
Amy Arden alighted from an express
etrain, and looked about the station as if
expecting somne one.
"They could not have received my
econd note," she concluded, after wait.
ug nearly half an hour in the ladies'
'Well, I can very easily find thgir
*Arrived, Amy rn lacross the smih
as plot, and rang the-bell -
Mrs. Qates from next door a nl~ ex
"She probably did not receive my
ndi nofA. which, 1 poated yesterday
"Well, I'll gIva you the key; ).hiat ard
u not afraid to stay alone in the
"Oh) I'm not at all' timid," laughe
"There's a gang of burglars abot
theneighborhood," urged Mrs. G.ar
"They've been in three houses i
this street, and only last Sunday nigl
there was * dreadful robbery in tl
next strret, and a man nearly killed."
"You are welcome to come in an
sleep on our sofa if you are afraid,"
'.No, thank you," Amy said.
"I will risk it for one night, and yo
say Mr. and Mrs. Ackerman will r
UAhe le6elf into the deserte
house, "not w'th6ut some thrills of fea
it must be confessed.
How quiet everything was!
Oh, if Minnie were only there!
She took a survey of the rooms, tl
neat kitchen last of all, where she coi
eluded to look forsomething to eat.
Hark! what was that?
Only the slver-toned clock strikin
: IThab wompn's -talk about burglai
has made me nervous," she though
continuing her search for eatables,"
,Burely.that was a key turning in
lock;' then a door opened and sht
quietly, at.d there were footsteps in ti
Amy's small stock of courage wei
down to zero.
What would happen next?
Instinctively sne grasped a poker l
iug on the fender.
The next instant the door openei
and a great broad-shouldered man wit
blao,kQued face and handq stepped int
Amy felt herself growing white wit
fear, but she raised her poker threatei
For a moment they 'stared at eac
other in silence, and then the ma
"Who the deuce are you?"
Amy tried to shriek for help, bt
the sound died away in her throat; oh
was tod thoroughly frightened to spea
Presently the man came toward
"Will you please lower the poker, <
else move away from the sink?"
"I would like to come there an
wash my hands," he said, looking ver
mue inolnod to laugh.
Was ever such effrontery known b(
Still speechless, Amy moved slow]
round towards what seemed to bd a1
"Don't glare at me in that frightft
way," he went on, with a glance int
her terror-stricken eyes.
"1 will look moro presentable who
I get my face washed."
Then came a hearty laugh, which r(
assured Amy a very little.
Certainly this was a most extraordi
nary burglar, or else there was som
ridiculous, mistake, she thought, drol
ping her weapob, and tugging away v
a huge bolt with remb#ing fingers.
By this time the ytng mbn had fit
isbed his ablutions, at d presented quit
a different appearance.
"I at" Mr., Ankerman?s brother," b
"Hle asked me to remain in his hout
to-day, as a rmeanis of protection in hi
"Mr. Ackerman has no brother,
contradioted Amy, stoutly.
"Are you sure of that?"
"dertaidif I am."
"Mrs.. Ackerman has just paid me
visit, ,and she,.would have mentione
him if such a person episted."
"CAn it be possible .you are Anr
"Aunt Margaret, indeed!"
Amy was,finding courage enough.
"I beg your pardon," said Ton
"but Minnie told me she was going t
visit her Aunt Margaret. and you sai
she had been visiting you, hence m
"I am Mrs. Askerman's sister."
"Strange that I never heard her spea
"Upwever~, I am sqrry I frightene
you,. Miss--Miss 4rden, and ityou wi
allow me I will explain matters."
"I am book-keeper at Bolton's four
"You looked more like Captal
Moonlight," said Amy, ready to cr
with vexation and nervousness.
"Or a burglair," added-Tqn,
"Well, as I1 was sayin2g, 1am boo)
keeper there, .but as there was a prea
of work at the fouridr.y to-nigfht, and
they happened to ,be short of hands,
offered to stayand assist; this-account
for my blackened face snd hands."
"Raeyou examined the photograp]
alburki?" he asked suddenly.
"If you will kindly do so, I thinl
you will find a very good representatio
of .me thb~re, which will convince yo
that I sin at least oh terms of intimac
He looked Vdiy much like indulgin
in another hearty lau6h, but restrame
himself at; the sight of Amy's whrit
*"I was afraid I was rude," she sai
"but It was such a shock to me."
"ain ve3ry tired and--"
. R 9Drepg sto her side, or she woul,
have fallen from sheer exhaustion.
HKe Aplped pher into,the little .drawing
room; brpught wi and refreshment
from Minnme's weli-stockedl eupboari
and they'Iere'soon tallibe matters ove
T was atte two o'cnlock when TPn,
d proposed to go and ask rs, Gates to
come over for the rest of the night; but
tt Amy protested against this, saying she
3. was not afraid if he would remain in
n the house.
it Minnie was quite beside herself when
LO she came home and found how affairs
had gone in her absence; crying one
d minute over Amy's fright, laughing the
next over Tom's graphic description of
the same, it was some time before they
settled down to anything like quiet
- As the days and weeks went by, Min
nie could not determine whether cer -
,d tain plans of hers were to prosper or
, Tom spent all his evening with them,
but he and Amy were always on con
trary sides of every question, and they
tantalized each other so unmercifully
ie that poor Minnie sometimes despaired
1. of their being friends, not to mention
a nearer relation.
She was, however, delighted one
evening before the month was out at
9 having her attention called to a diamond
ring sparkiing on the finger of her
.s blushing sister; and a marriage between
t, Tom and Amy three weeks afterwards
proved beyond a doubt how successful
she had been in her little game of
it Dnio iarnw.
Not very far frem the palace, we
were shown over what we particularly
wished to see, a model Dutch farm.
Anything so pretty and so exquisitely
neat we never saw; red and blue, here
and there white and yellow, were the
1, prevailing colors. On entering, we
h were directly in the kitchen. One
o large corner was raised and made a
platform. On this platform, the family
h had their meals and spent their leisure
hours, which, judgiag from the ac
tivity we saw, must be few and far
h between; for it was a farm where all the
a sons and daughters worked, and few
hired hands were employed. The
stove was a perfect picture, bright as
it steel; and the china plaques facing it
e (blue and white) looked so tempting
k and pretty. All the pails, etc..' were
painted blue; and the iron hoops were
Is polished till they looked like silver,
The dairy was beautifully kept, but
or totally different from our Ideas of a
dairy. The farm is famous for the
d skim-milk cheeses, not - those round,
Y red cheeses we call Dutox ohoono, vi
the Gouda cheeses, which are cobsidered
- in Holland as inferior to others, but
large, rather flat cheeses. The milk
y pans are extremely deep and narrow at
the base, and the milk stands one day
and night. It is then skimmed, the
il cream makes butter, and the whole of
the milking of the day before makes
one cheese. They make about 250
n cheeses in the year, all of which go
direct to England. The pans are all
set on the ground, which, like 41 the
rest of the building, is tiled and painted
red. The cow-byres were also all
e painted red, walls and floors, except
the stone coping which divided the
6t mangers from the cows, and this was
painted in red, blue and white stripes.
There was no division between the
cows, who are fastened by a clumsy
looking but simple contrivance when
they inhabit this beautiful home. Just
now they are out all day and night,
and are milked in the fields. One
thing all through Holland gives a well
nfimaiheca and pleasant look to all country
life, and was particularLy noticeable in
the outbuilding of this farm--the wood
work, it is so beautifully finished. The
a railings of the outdoor staircase to the
d hay-loft might adorn many a gentle
man's house in England; Lhe bars are
it round and polished, the commonest
ladders are not rough, the gates are
ornamental and almost always painted,
and the palings are beautifully neat.
4; The good vrouw was pleased by our
0 keen appreciation, and led the way to a
d very small sitting-room (which is never
y used), to show us a glass bookcase.
Each shelf was full of silver ornaments
which liad been presented to her and
k her husband the year before, on their
silver wedding day. All round the
d place the greatest tidings prevailed..
11 The cows are almost all black and
white, and you seldom see any other
" color; when you do, it is generally dun
color. They are sometimes a great
n size, but theamost prevailing kind are
~not very large. Here the cows were
very fine. We counted twenty in one
field near the farm, andl there may
have been more. I wanted to know
'a how many they kept, and was told the
5number varied. When they had a good
cow they kept her; when thiey saw a
a good cow they bought her; and when
Sthey had a bad cow they sold her.
The Isolaea itT.
The "Isolated'city of the great North
n west" is up the Missouri river, 1,200
U miles beyond Bismarok, away from any
y railroad, hemmed in by miounteins,
and at this season shut out from all the
g world. It bears the name of Benton,
d in honor of "Old Bullion," and it is the
0 magazine of the Brietish Northwest. It
.; Is a substantial town, because lumber
'is so costly there that it is economy to
build with brick. Daring navigation
a twenty-two steamboats carry freight to
this remote city, and the volume of
e- business there justifies a Ohamber of
's Commerce and mammoth brick blocks.
I, The 8000 souls in this mountain fast
ir ness must enjoy a peace that passeth
understanding in the busy life of New
Life on the AKounain Frontier.
The picturesque features of life in a
Western Montana town like Missouls
are best seen S. evenipg approaoLes
Orowds of roughly clad men gathi
around the doors of thie drinking-saloons
A, group of Indlans, who have beet
squatting on the eldewalk for two houri
playing some mystrious game of cardi
of their own invention, breaks up. On
of the squaws throws the cards into th<
street, which is already decorated frou
Dnd to end with similar relUos of othe
games. Another 7.1ugs_a baby upoi
her back, ties a ihawl around it an<
herself, secures the child with a straj
buckled across her chest, and stride
off, her mocoasined feet toeing iwar<
in the traditional Indian fashiou. Shi
wears a gown made of a scarlet calic
bed-quilt, with leggings of some blu<
stuff; but she has -somehow managed tc
got a civilized dress for the child
They all go off to their camp on th(
bill near by. Some blue-coated soldier,
from the neighboring military post
remembering the roll-call at sunset
swing themselves upon their horses and
go galloping off, a little the worst foi
the bad whisky they have been drinking
in the saloons. A miner in blue woolei
shirt and brown canvas trousers, with v
hat of astonishing dimensions and a
beard of a year's growth, trots up th(
street on a mule, and, with droll oathi
and shuffling talk, offers the animal fo:
mle to the crowd of loungers on th(
hotel piazza. No one wants to buy
aud, after provoking a deal of laughter
the miner gives his ultimatum: "I'l
hitch the critter to one of them piazzf
posts, and if he don't pull it down yo
may have him," This generous offe:
is declined by the landlord; and thc
minor rides off, declaring that he ham
aot a solitary four-bit piece to pay fo:
his supper, and is bound to sell the mull
Toward nightfall the whole male pop
alaton seems to be in the street, save
bhe busy Chinamen in the laundries
who keep on sprinkling clothes by
blowing water out of their mouths
Early or late, you will find these indust
rious little yellow men at work. Onc
ibufflcs back and forth from the hydr,nt
3aryiu wat.l fnr Ih' mrnnviAng waah JJ
aoal-oil cans hung to a sUck balanced
xcross his shoulders. More Indian
aow-a "buck" and two squaws, lead
mng ponies heavily laden with tent
3lothes, and buffalo robes. A rope tied
.round a pony's lower jaw is the ordi
aary halter and bridle of the Indians
'hese people want to buy some article
it the saddler's shop, They do not g<
n, but stare through the windows foi
Ave minutes. Tie saddler, knowing
the Indian way of dealing, pays n<
ittention to them. After a while the.y
ill sit down on the ground in front o
the shop. Perhaps a quarter of an hour
passes before the saddler asks wha
they want. If lie had noticed them a
Irst, they would have gone away with
Only With Gontlemen.
A rew evenings ago, while half a dozer
rentlemen were standing at the bar of ona
af the most fashionable up-town saloona
in 'Wasbington, a well-dressed good-looking
stranger entered the roonm and walket
atraight up to the bar, and addressed the
bar-keeper la language like the following:
"8tranger, I ant in a very, very bad
condition. I want a drink; 1 muet hava
r drink, but 1 am compelled to make th<
humiliating statement that I am unable at
present to pay for it. If you w ill be kint
singh to favor me in my extremity you
shall be paid, sir."
"We don't keep whiskey to give awaj
bore," was the blunt reply of the bar.
keeper. The stranger begged, but th<
bar-keeper was inexorable and even rude,
Thie mild-mannered stranger turned to th<
gentlemen who had been witnesses to the
icnversation and said: "Gentlemen, you
are all strangers to me, but would one of
you be kind enough to loan me the pric
af a drink? I will pay it back."
One of the party addressed banded the
stranger 15 centr.
liHe stepped up to the bar and said,
"Now can I have a drink?"
"Yes," said the bar-keeper, "anybody
aan get a drink for the money here?"
"I thought so, " said the stranger.
The bottle of 'red licker" was placed
an the bar; the stranger filled his glass
"A httle b'itters in there, if you
please,'' said the stranger. Thean, when
the bitters was furmished, he asked for a
large glass of water, which was also set
up. The stranger drank his beverage and
lien turnedl to the man who had loaned
[ilu the money andl said:
"Stranger, I make it a point of1 honor to
pay borrowed money before1 pay whiskey
tills; here Is your 15 cents; amn greatly
abJiged for the loan," and so saying lie
walked out. The dased barkeeper, seeing
Lhat lie was sold, and that the laugh was
'a him, ran to the door and called to the
mian to come back.
TIhe stranger promiptly returned and in
cluired, "What do you want?" The bar
keeper replied, "That was a cute trick
you played, and I own up that you caught
mec. rTe drinks are on me. What will
you take?" "ECxcuse me, sir," replied
the stranger, "I dIrlnk only with gentle
uten; I cannot drink with you," and the
mysterious stranger walked away, leaving
ithe bar-tender to wonder whether it would
iot have been better to give a stranger one
irink than to be caught by a trick and
iave to "act 'emt up'' to a whole crowd.
Home is not a Dame, nor a form nos
a routine. It is a spirit, a presenee, a
principle. Material and method will
2ct and cannot make it. It must get
ts light and sweetness from those who
inhabit IC, from dawers and anbhin.
Uulrk Transit to London.
The announcement has just been
made of the abandonment of the plan
for organizing a fast steamship line of
American-built vessels to ply between
this country and Great Britain, which
excited so much artention when first
made public about a year ago. The
intention was to have vessels start from
Fort Pond Bay, at the easterly end of
Long Island, and go to Milford Haven.
Passengers were to be conveyed in
swift express trains to Fort Pond Ray
and, from Milford Haven 'to London,
and bhe entire trip between New York
e and London was to occupy .ess than
1 six days. ~ 6eoal featuresd the plin
. were that no steerage passengers or
freight should be carried; and that the
steamships, which were to be of steel,
should be built and equipped in this
country. The line was to begin with
three vessels, whose cost was to be
$5,000,000. figher rates than those
now in vogue were to be charged pas
sengers, but there was also to be an
increase in the luxuries and comforts on
the new vessels. After the first an
nounement the project was pushed for
a while wiih vigor, ond even until very
recently it was supposed to be still
under way. To find out the causes of
the abandonment a reporter called yes
terday on Mr. Jacob Lorillard, who
was its originator. Mr. Lorillard was
quite communicative. He said:
"When the American Express Line
was first projected we thought the dis
position of Congress was to aid Amori
can shipping, and that the best plan of
assistance would be to holp establish
the finest steamship line in the world.
and we had reason to believe that we
should be able to effect a mail contract
with the Government. We calculated
to Issue $5,000,000 worth of bonds to
build our ships. Then to secure bond
holders we expected to assign the whole
mail contract, which would amount to
$600,000 per year, and was to run ten
years. We expected thus to be able, at
the end of ten years, to pay off the
bonds, principal and interest, The
contract we proposed to make was that
the Government should pay us a cer
tain price if the mails were deliverad
on the other side within five days, a
less price if they were not delivered
within six days, iad nothing at all if
they were not delivered within seven
days. We also offered to carry Ameri
can Consula and American Government
officers on Government business free of
charge. Our upplication for a mail
contraA was made and reported favora
bly upon, but we failed to receive it.
Then the Shipping bill before Cmar-au
was knocked endways, and we feared
I that with the additional ,cost of con
struction of vessels on tis side we
should be unable to make the American
Express Line pay, as the English Lines
would put their passage rates down so
low that we would be unable to com
pete with them. Then, American ves
sels are obliged to pay higher wages to
sailors and officers, our wages account
being nearly double that on foreign
vessels. Incidental expenses are also
greater. Why, American sailors will
not cat the same food that Euglish
ships provide, and where the latter are
at an average expense of 88 per month
for each man's food an American sai
lor's food will cost from $12 to $14 per
month. In fact, without (lovernment
help a line of American vessels is im
practicable. Mr. Lorillard went on to
say that the only money lost in the
soneme was about $10,000, which ne
personally paid out for the construction
of models and designs.
The route whinn the American Ex
press Line was to have used, from Fort
kond Bay to Midford ILaven, is to be
utilized, however, by the recently
organmzed British and American Express
Steamluhp Company (limited), whose
vessels are at present building on the1
Clyde. The British and American
Steamship Company is composed of
American and English capitaliats. Its
capital stock is ?2,000,000. The
Company proposes to carry passengers
between 1New York and London in six
days by vessel and rail. The principal
difleronce between the British and
American Line and the abandoned
American Express Line is that the for
mer will sail English ships, and will
carry steerage passengers and freight as
other linrs are now doing. The gain in
sailing distance by the new route is
about 170 miles at the other end, avoid
ing the inolosed waters and currents of
8t. George's Channel; and 118 miles
at this end, avoiding the dangerous
coasts of Long Island and New Jersey, ,
A survey is now in progress by the
Long island Railroad for the purpose
of laying steel rails from the present.
eastern terminus of the road to Fort.
Pond Bay, to connect with the incoming
vessels of ehe new company.
A Marvelous Momory.
Frank Bangs, the well-known actor,
is the possessor of a very remarkable
visual memory. It is said that he mem
orizes his parts entirely by the eye, and
remembers distinctly the exact position
of every word on thme page. Of this
peculiar cbaracteristic a friend says:
I have often hoard that it was a com.
mon thing in the clubs to test Mr.
Bangs' memory when lhe was more of a
rounder. He would stand with his back
turned while a number of gentlemen
emptied their pockets of all sorts o
things and laid them In a confused heap
on the table. There would be cards,
cigars, cigarettes, keys, money, knives,
buttons, toothpicks, eyeglasses, pencils,
and indeed odds and ends of all sorts.
Bings would wheel about and glance at
the mass, turn away again, and not only
tell how many of each ind of article4
there was on the table, but would also
name the dates of many of the coins and
the denominations of the bills. Another
teat was to put along row of ooins ona a
table. The actor wouid run his eye4
along them, and after turning away tell
their value just as they lay1 and then
give them in reverse order. Somnewhat
Losing One's Diamxontas.
People who o m u diamonds are very
oareful of their property, though we
know of one person who owned a $4,
300 diamond, lost it twice, and paid the
run value of the diamond, in rewards
for its recovery. But another dealer
wonders, considering people's ouroless.
ness, that he doesn't find diamonds on
the streets and side-walks. It is sur
prising that the setting holds the stones.
It is so far gone, sometimes, that tap it
on &pounter gently, and .e stonf
wl1l roll ot. One can put bis finger
nail to it and flip the diamond right out.
Very often people don't know how
many diamonds they have. It is very
-ommon for a gentleman or lady to come
i,ud ask "Why haven't you sent thr.,
Liome?" meaning a diamond ring or
3ar-ring. "It was seut," is the answer,
.nd the reply will be. "Oh, well, I
suppose my butler has it." A lady sent
% box of jewelry to be looked over, and
Lt was sent home. Presently her foot
man came and asked, "Why aidn't you
send the diamond bracelet?" The jow
Dlor said, "There wasn't any diamond
braeolot in the box," Pretently the
footman oamo again an(t said the dia.
mond bracelet wa.4 in the box and wanied
it sent home, The jowoler sent round
to the lady's safe deposit company, and
found the bracelet there. She had
probably taken out the box and sent it
to the store without oven looking into
It. After it was found the servint said:
"I have lived with Mrs.--for sevon
been years, but I haven't the slightest
loubt that if that bracelet hadn't been
ouud she would havo thought that I
took it." A lady was looking at some
:liamond rings aid one fell. The sales
man saw it fall, but the rig could not
e found. Eight years afterward her
Iressmaker was ripping up the dress
md the ring was found in one of the
pleats. The dress had been -worn a
Kood deal during the time. A lady ono
wouing pulled ofi her gloves in her par
or, went up stairs, and found that the
tone in her ring was missing. Sile
aad the rooms she had boon in after
%aking off her gloves swoplt thoroughly.
'horo was no diamond to bo found.
The next spring it Was; found under a
very heavy wardrobe in a front hall
1-oamaooln. MLD tI IuaLVU bat she
did not go into that room that evening,
%md the wardrobe was so heavy that it
was never moved except in house clean
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Outcomo of A 1,11ing Sihooi.
A graduate from the High School in
lia city had a call from a country school
Lbout 200 miles norlh ot Detroit, and he
Yent his way provided wifh several writ
c,u recommends and a whole cirt-load of
mthuslasim. lie found the school house
o be a one-story affair made ot logs and
argo enough to hold thirty scholars im
,ase the teacher stood In the door. Wheni
ichool commenced the score of scholars
.ould only muster a geography printed in
[848, an arithict.le a few days younger, a
lozen leaves of a speller ani the half of a
)roken slate. 'The teacher, however,
went to work to hammer kio vlcdge Into
heir craniums, and lie had convinced
nost of them that the world was round
md that the sun neither rose nor set in
,hat country when it caine time to have a
pelAng school. For conv-ence sake it
was held in a big barn, and the turn-out
ncluded everybody from the boy who
spelled "corn" the same as "horse," for
tonvemence sake, to tihe old mian who at
rays put "ini hamst" en his letters to his
>rother in Vermont.L It wasn't much of a
:ontest until the last half dozen towered
tloft. "Ctrh and "photographl" laid
em out b)y the dozens, and when only the
mlampions were left, "Constantinople"
leered all but two like a bolt of lightning.
L'hen came the word "parasite." One
endered it "parysight," and the other
gave it "perrysyte," and when the teacher
shook lis head one cried out: "I've writ
hat wordl over a hundred times, and I
guess Jknowvl" "And I've seen'cm every
lay of imy lie for forty years, and I don't
it down for anybody," adided thme other.
'it is parasite,'' replied the teacher. "I
lispute it!" "So do I." "That's the
ray Webster gives it." "Who's Web
ter?" "Yes, trot him out." Then the
riends of either rose uip. In the shindy
he teacher camie In for two black eyes,
cracked riD, kicas in the shin and bit,es
in the ears, and the minute he could get
dear andi over the fene~ lie headed for
)etromt, and reached home hi want of so
nany repairs that it took two months to
nake him presentable. lio had a few
lollars due him, and( ho left a change of
mlohes up there, b)ut lhe doesn't want to
car from the directors. They may eon.
Idor that he has resigned, and any p)ara
ito desiring the situation can have thme va
aney without payinag bonds.
The Jioardinig flouse Ant.
Th'le Supreme Court of Pennsylvanma re
ently rendered a decision of great ipor
anco to bosr-lhng house keepers, lawyers,
uistics and the general public. The case
a which the opinion was delivered origin
ted in Allegheny county and was entitled
mith vs. McUimty. Tiho act,ion was for
debt, the defendant havimg failed to pay
1)111 for boarding (ue the plaintiff, andl
nit was instituted uinder what is gener
tly known as the "boarding house act,"
>atssed by the Lagislatuire in 1876. Trhe
ustic before whom the case was oriai
alaly heard rendecred judgment for the
'ull amoount of the bill. The matter was
ippealed to the District Court, where the
ustice's decision was reversed. It was
lien taken by the plaintiff to the Supreme
Jourt, and that tribunal sustained the
>pinion of the District Court, t,he judIges
sohlng that the act, of 1876 Is unconstitu
lonal and In confiet with other laws on
)i the statute book, and that a debtor has
he same right to thme benefit of the "three
iuindred .dollar law" is an act,ion to re
:over a board bill that ho has in a suit for
my other Kind of claim. This decision,
>f course, "knocks the bottom out of the
aw'," and keepers of Public Houses will
iave to resort to some othor means to pro
FOOD FOR THOUGHT.
Haste very often trips up its own
Preserve your tAmper under all oir
No matter what you wore; look to
what you are.
Pride is a flower that grows in the
Make much of to-day, for to-morrow
may deceive you.
More are drowned in the wine cup
thainin the ocean,
A truth that one does not understand
becomes an error.
Hope is the brightest star in the
lrmament of youth.
Men often blush to hear of what they
were not ashamed to act.
The reward of doing one duty is the
power to perform another.
The pleasure of doing good is the
orly one that never wears out.
It is upon the smooth ice we slip,
the roughest path is the safest.
Next to love, sympathy is the divin
est passion of the human heart.
The greatest tempeat of demoraliza
tion is the respect paid to wealth.
Imaginary evils soon become real by
indulging our reflections on them.
A noble part of every true life is to
learn to undo what is wrongly done.
Genius at first Is little more than a
great capacity for receiving discipline.
Strong thoughts are iron nails driven
in the mind, that nothing can draw out.
There are people who feed themselves
with their grief until they get fat on it.
Ureat things are not acoompliIhed by
idle dreams, but by years of patient
The whole of our life depeuds upon
the persons with whonm we live fami
Purchase not friends by gifts; for
when you cease to give, they will ceas3
Conversation enriches the under
standing, but solitude is the school of
There are more fools than sages; and
among the sages there is more folly
Ho permits himself to be seen through
a microscope who suffers himself to be
caught in a passion.
It is enough for a man to undAra.aI1
mt- uwn iDuainess, and not to interfere
with other people's.
Every promise in God's book which
refers to spiritual things is yours, if
you are Christ's.
A mail in love, however well bred. is
often morose; and however good-tei
pored, sullen at times.
We swallow at one mouthful th3 lie
that flatters, and drinkg drop by drop
the truth that is bitter.
Education is the only interest worthy
of the deep, controlling authority of
the thoughtful man.
A-woman's dress is like the envelope
of a letter; the cover is frequently an
iudox to'the contents.
The trouble and worry and wear and
tear that comes from hating people
makes hating unprofitable.
To the generous mind the heaviest
debt in that of gratitude when it is not
in our power to repay it.
ie that wrestles with us strengthens
our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our
antagonmst is our helper.
Pity the man who censures what he
has not the ability to perform, or even
the courage to attempt.
The very nature of love is to find its
joy in serving others, not for one's own
benelit but for theirs.
Every condition of life has its own
dignity and importance, whether we
really perceive it or not.
Some men in the world advance like
crabs, by their eccentricities--walking
contrary to every one else.
Graceful manners are the outward
form of refinement In the mind and
good affections of the heart.
Fear of punishment and hope of re
ward moves cowards and1 sycophants.
Virtue is independent of either.
Pity is a sworn servant unto love,
and this be sure, wherever it begins to
make the way, It lets the magter in.
Order is the sanity of the mind, the
health of the body, the~ peace of the
city, and the security of the State.
It is impossible to find out how much
religion a man has In his heart by
measuring the length of his tongue.
The Scriptures teach us the best way
of living, the noblest way of suffering,
and the most bomfortable way of dying.
Canting bigotry and caressing criti
cism are usually the product of obtuse
sensibilities and a pusillanimous will,
Home is sometimes thought flat and
(dull, and too often made so, just for
want of understanding what it stands
There Is nothing so easy as to be wise
for others, a species of prodigality, by
the way, for such wisdom is wholly
The pleasantest things in the world
are pleasant thoughts, and the greatest
ar) in life is to have as many of them as
tirief knits two hearts in closer bonds
than happiness ever caln; and common
sufferings are far stronger links thanm
Behind the snow~y loaf is the mill
wheel, behind the mill the wheat field,
on the wheat field falls the sunlight,
above the sun is God.
A good wife is like the Ivy which
beautifies the building to which It
clings, twining its tendrils more loy
lngly as tune convert. the aneoent edi. -
fleito a ruin.
Temptation is a fearful word. .t 1in
dicates the beginnln of upossible
series of infiluitoevi. Z*i the Rilng
ing of an alarm bell, who melaneoholy
sounds may reverberate throug1~ 6ter. '