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gat alone with my conscience
oligfat la »pl»o» wlit re time bad ceased,
h.nii \l(«l tolled of aiv fiirmer living
,Q Intfceland where the vears imreased:
bob tn£ I frit i*' mill have to answer
question it put to rue,
WtotaM the answer and question
|ttNI|kOHt MI eternity.
T|J of
t»rirotteu actions
.Mjiiw floating 1 'fore my sight,
UhlBK* I thU[?ht -were dead things
®T Wrn* alive *nh a terrible might
Yialon of all my past lifts
Ptl lPifl tO fcwfnl thine to face—
my conscience sitting
leAStSOleiiui'.y silent place.
~j|4 I
{bosglit ola far-away warning,
U.&0AH «8
•WTOw tliat was to be mine,
i alapfl that tin n was the future,
4aS3»Wl« the present time.
MR tkomgtt my former thinking
'Ciftk* lttctf 111 rn t-d av to be,
uo with my conscience
rtMdlndKni' nt enough for me.
IWdjdernl if there was a future
Wlluid beyond the grave
u/39*1WOlBOMgave tue an answer,
one came to save.
nJ,L. 6.M*m that tlie future was present,
fl,AnA.tttQ present would never go by.
r» V* ,7wtt%WI but the thought of my paet lif©
111 hn» hwnllnto eternity.
uob (K«3AtMI Ijroke from my timely dreaming,
•rimfllfcdlltw tie far away warning
WtoHlhtfniur of yesterday.
*r And I pri
ijr that I may not forget it,
timSg.liuiil before the grave,
in the future,
folifjuy. ABd0 one save.
I^ABASO I have learnt a lesson
kVv« WWehlouL'i.t so have known before,
buni.-.-iAn^ fcMrfi. tli :i :h i learnt it dreaming.
Ikbpoto ferret no more.
W.v*Ji|80lll»«l0ti" with my conscience,
Htonntf, J»th«pla- where tlie years increase
And I try to rem
ember the future,
Inthalan i: re time will cease
is AMiftlkllOW of Die future judgment,
is: :_•? llm 1f I sof-'er it be,
one with my conscience
HH1 judgment enough forme.
little fellow among the
or.i u jr fipgUnd hiils, years ago, as there
fHlw, whose parents were poor,
lb.twTt'oooUi UDt remember the time when
*%*ore shoes and stockings in the Sum
mar-if• Sometimes in the Winter, when
j. oblige u to walk three miles to
oolf andi'wadf through snowdrifts that
•pert," not me It until the latrl of May, lie did
ar such as his lather luut rejected, and
iqn«." ftir of slux- that slipped lip and down
ty step be took. Nevertheless they
irC'u#® seoes tnd stockings and he was iu
»^«-44«Iy prouder of them than any king
™CL'SmI of,his erow
Jlpi ttay, ft'. Tom was plodding along
1 v%'l0kw!''.'p-tl:o.Uho-'9,
Jit and lift.
pciling from
jftion and Mowing Ids blue lingers to
«»'^p them, warm, ibere came dashing
*fc^Vn the li|ll a sleigh sueli as llie young
& tf«v-r had never seen no indeed nor ever
,j ,tftmed of. And the horse! Tom slopped
awing, sq intense was his admiration
ht :*the elegant creature that came foam
and tossing its daintly archcd neck
aside at the very last ino-
—ixit, and as lie sank up to his chin in
h2 light snow, tore off his old cloth cap
his hoad and bobbed up and down
if lie wefe in the presence of the Prcsi
LjCU/'Jumpon behind, my lad, jump ©n be
id shotted the rider. And Tom did
il^'^np 11i(: peril of his life, and
ay they went, tearing along with great
V '^"eed until .over went the fcleigli and out
nt the risers and Imftaloes, and things
'om sprang to tlie liorsc's head, and
to the bit, the tips of his great
iae shoc touching the snow, asked
the gentleman was hurt.
"Not a bit, my lad I" said he, shaking
IIP^'mgelf free ot the snow. "Only warmed
.-ihjAft little. What's the damage?''
jnnr^tliiiig, i-ir. that I see," replied Tom,
vyaltondsome face glowing with good
i W*\aptor, as he yielded the horse to his
Itobl^Well, t$es
1,'my lad, get in and we'll
again. You are going to school, I
BlWe, added the stranger, as iie gathered
j'the reins.
"Yes, sift,''
"How fair'
"Ouess is about two miles from
gentleman turned and looked in
fancy and then glanced all over
1%.figure, even to his feet.
,|ees my shoes," said Tom proudly,
ijf, giving his feet a shove for
uiake certain that they should
itleman did see them, and
spite of himself as he looked
's face.
en kindly pulled the warm furs
$ie boy's ears, and pulling his crp
eves shouted, "Go along, Nell!"
(-chestnut mare, now thoroughly
commenced the ascent
ts known thereabouts as the long
le was evidently accustomed to
lei own way, for she availed her
rery little chance to res! and did
herself t: be pressed forward
whip was applied.
Tom scratched his head again and
wriggled till over. Then out came the
question: "llow cu:ild a stump be the
making of a man?"
"My lad,1'answered the stranger, mark
1 lng the white surface of the snow with
I his whiplash, "I was a poor boy, and my
lather could not afford to send me to
school. We worked very hard, but I
used to study evenings by the light of
Tie lire, and learner, the whole of the Lat
grammar by the light ot one pitch
For a moment Tom sat perfectly still.
Then he asked, as if ashamed of his igno
"What's a Latin grammer, please sir?"
This last question aroused the gentle
man, and becoming sensible that the
little fellow at his side was thirsting for
knowledge, I10 very kindly went over
such parts of his history as he thought
j.would be an interest to him, and ended
I by saying that he wTas a member of Con
I The last announcement almost took
the lad's breath away. He had heard ol
members ot Congress, but he had an idea
I that they were myths, whom nobody ev
er saw. Perhaps the awe with which
Tom regarded him as he glanced up side
ways into Ins face flattered the gentle
i man, lor he said, milingly:
"You are just as likely to become a
member ol Congress as 1! You know in
America success is to the determined
and brave. If you study as I did, you
may possibly rise as high—yes—perhaps
"But I haven't any Latin grammar,
sir," said Tom.
"No? Well would you like one!" "Yes,
sir," cried Tom, with flashing eyes.
"Well, my lad, I shall come this way
again, and I will leave one at the school
house for you."
"But I haven't any money."
"Never mimd you can pay ine when
you get to Congress."
"Thank you," said Tom: I won't for
get it, sir."
The gentleman looked down at him
with a quizzical smile, and the two rode
on in silence until they reached the school
"Please don't forget the grammar,"
suggested Tom, as lie lifted the old cap
"Not T." rel'inird the gentleman. ."A
man who cannot keep .1 promise should
not make one—hey, my lad?"
Nell tossed her head, and the boy soon
lost si^lit of the diiver. Then he looked
down at his shoos, at his coat, and his
old cap as he hung it on a peg in the entry,
and silently contrasted them all with the
fur-trimmed over-coat and out-lit ot the
stranger. "Never mind," said Tom io
himself, "I will have them too, when I
am a member of Congress."
At the end ot two weeks a bundle ol
books were lelt at the school house.
There was not only a Latin grammar,
but a well worn copy of "Virgil
"Esop's Fables," and sundry other vol
umes" such as Tom had never seen.
Pine knots were plentiful where Ton'
lived, and he sat up until midnight all
the rest of the winter pondering over the
mysteries of these books.
As good luck would have it, the school
master. who boarded around with his pu
pils, had not eaten the rations due him
at Tom's father's. When he arrived he
entered warmly into the lad's ambitious
projects, and as he hud a smattering ol
Latin himself, was qualified to aid his
Although the schoolmaster was allowed
the use ot a tallow candle, he vastly pre
ferred the more brilliant light of Tom's
pine knot so that as often as the long
winter evenings set in, the master and pu
pil might be seen (and were seen') sitting
before the large fire-place with their heads
buried in the pages ol the books, along
which they plodded slowly, Wut to such
purpose that at the end of the winter
Tom could read Ins fable and solve his
problem in a manner crdeitablc to him
self and master.
It was uphill work with poor Tom,
but he never lost what little he gained,
aud managed to make what little he ac
complished tell in the future.
One day his father brought home a
stranger, and told Tom that lie was ap
prenticed, during his mirority, to this
man, who would make him a blacksmith.
"But I am not going to be a black
11 lered what had possessed the 1 Six months the poor fellow was faitli
ta minutes before. He scratch ful to his duty but one night when his
Sad on the right side and then 0:1! master had thrown his grammar into the
and finally his Yankee nature fire, and upbraided him for his disobe
tthe better of his diffidence he 1 dienee, Tom took leave of the work-shop.
He made his way. bare loot as he was,
lu please, sir. what was it that oyer bo«s ami btieu until he ventured
mare run?" into the main roaf and by dint of beg
imp," returned the
ging a ride now and then, reached the
lile. "Nell is a little aristocratic city, where as lien Franklin had done
at plebian things. She does not before him—with his roll under his arm,
it a stump was the making of! he sought and obtained employment,
er. i Perhaps the happiest day «t Tom's
smitli!' cried Tom in a fission "I'm come chilled in the sleep of death.
going to Congress''' All llenii Vmt-z says: "Fromthe sum
"Thc more need that you should learn mit of a mountain a winding hcet of
to shoe the horse that carries you there," snow wdl descend upon the high plateaus
replied the father with a shrug. and the vaPeys, driving before it life and
Tom packed up his worldly goods, not' civilization, and masking forever the cit
forgetting his books, and trudged away ies and nations that it meets on his pas
to a distant: village, where he pared houses'
hoofs by day, and studied and read at
ni^ht by stealth, for be was not allowed
neither knot nor candle.
life was when he found himeelf in the
i antiquarian bookstore with plenty of
leasure, plenty of books, and nothing to
I fear from Iriend or foe. It was wotider
I ful how he read—and read The parched
I earth does not more greedily devour the
Summer rain.
When his intellectual thirst was par
1 tialy satisfied he began to wTork. He
saw the ladderjhe had to climb, and, seiz
ing tke lowest round, he made his way
steadily upward. We all know by what
steps an ambitious man makes progress
—by patient toil—by self-denial -by
courteous deportment--by# the acquisi
tion of knowledge.
Years passed by,'during all of whicl
Tom had looked in vain for his earlj
friend, the stranger. In his timid awk
wardness, he had not thought to ask the
name of his benefactor, and the only op
portunity to do so had been lost.
Well, years slid away, and Tom was
elected member of Congress from the very
county where he spent his struggling
boyhood. He went to Washington, not
in cowhide shoes and butternut colored
homespun, 'out dressed something as im
agination had pictured, as he looked af
ter his benefactor on the eventlul day ol
the sleigh-ride. A nobler looking man,
the ladies in the galleries said, never had
appeared upon the floor than this Yan
kee member, who, if he spoke through
his noce, always drives his arrows home
to the mark.
One day there appeared ia the House
the venerable form of an ex-member,
whom all present delighted to honor. It
needed but one glance at that genial lace
for Tom to recognize in him the giver of
the Latin grammar. "He had come," he
said, "to listen to the gentleman who had
so manfully defended the right, and to
wish him Godspeed!"
"If," said To.11, with his old modesty,
"II it htid been my good fortune to do
anything for our country ia the hour of
her peril, I owe my ability to do so, in a
great measure to yourself.
"To me!" echoed the astonished gen
tleman to me I do not recollect ever
having had the pleasuie of meeting you
before in my life."'
"Ah, sir, have you forgotten, then, the
little school-boy among the hil's of New
Hampshire, to whom you so kindly sold
a Latin grammar .»
The gc-ntlaiii&n .-4, v.
"Sold—sold a Latin grammar. Now
that you recall the incident. I do recol
lect a little fellow that interested me, and
to whom I gpve some school boooks."
"Well, sir, I am that bo v. You told me
that I might pay for them when I got to
Congress. If you will honor mi} by meet
ing a few friends at dinner I Will settle
the bill."
A French Scientist Predicts] tlie End of
Camillc Flammariu,.tha French scien
tist. thus expresses himself in La Corres
pondence Scientifique regarding the ulti
mate fate of our globe:
Tlie earth was born she will e. She
will die either of old age, when her vital
elements shall have been used up, or
through the extine.'ion of the sun, to
whose rays her life is suspended. She
might ako die by accident, through col
lission widi Lome celestial body meeting
heron her route but tins end of the
world is the most improbable of all.
She may, we repeat, die a natural death
through the slow absorption of Ier vital
elements. In fact, it is probable that
the air a.id water are diminishing. The
ocean, like' the atinosphe-e, appears to
have been formerly much more consider
able than it is in our day. The terres
o-ial crust is penetrated by wafers, which
combine chemically with the rocks. It
•s almost certain that the temperature ot
the interior of the glooe reaches that
of boiling water at the depth ot
about six miles and prevents the
water lroni descending any lower
but the absorption will continue
with the cooling of the globe. The oxy
gen, niircgen and ca' oonic acid which
compose our atmosphere, also appear to
undergo absorption, but slower. The
thinker may foresee through the mist of
ages to come the epoch yet afar off, in
which the earth, deprived of the atmos
pherical glacial cold ol space by preserv
ing the solar rays around her, will be-
sage.' Life and human activity will
press insensibly toward the intertropical
zone. St. Petersbugh, Berlin, London,
Paris, Vienna, Constantinople and Rome
will fall asleep in succession under their
eternal shroud. During very many ages
equatorial humanity will undertake Arc
tie expeditions to find again under the
ice Paris, Lyons, Bordeaux and Marseilles.
The sea coasts Mill hrve changed and the
geographical map of die earth will have
been transformed. No one will live and
breathe any more except in the equator
ial zone up to die day when the Lvt fam
ily, nearly dead w'th cold and hunger,
will sit on the shore of the last sea in the
rays of the sun, which wil 1 hereafter shine
here below on an ambulent tomb revolv
ing aimlessly around a useless light and
a barren heat.
ANY man can edit a newspaper, BUT it
takes a genius to make 500 miles in six
CoLfMBUS made the egg stand, but
Italians of less renown have made the
pea-nut stand.
•"THAT puts a different face on it," as
the boy said when the ball struck the
clock dial.
WHATEVER objection may be opposed
to whipping, it is at least undeniable
that it makes a boy smart.
THE lilies of the fields have pistils,
and every wide-awake citizen of fair
Texas is "arrayed like one of these."
THE lightning-rod man must be al
lowed a good profit, for when ho sells
out his business he never can get much
for tho good-will.
LITTLE (Jertie (after Whiting some
time for dessert)—"Uncle, don't you
have anything after dinner?" Uncle
—"Yes, dear tho dyspepsia."
A LADY, a regular shopper, who had
made an unfortunate clerk tumble over
all tho stockiiiKs in the store, objected
that none of them were long enough.
"I want," she said, "the longest hose
that are made." Then, madam," was
the reply, you had better apply to the
next engine-house."
A sister's love is charming,
As everybody knows
And a handsome cousin's love is nice
(At least, 1 Khould BiijipoBej
And the love of a true lover
Is tho lov« that cannot pall
But the Jove of a new bonnet
Is the dearest luve of all!
MOTHER to her daughter, just 7 year
old—" What makes yon look so sad.
Carrie?" Carrie, looking at her baby
brother, 3 weeks old—" I was just him
ing that in about ten years from now,
when I shall be entering company, and
having a beau, that brother of mino will
bo just old enough to bother tho life
out of me."
A IIOCKLAND man read that one should
endeavor to draw something useful from
everything he saw, and nobly resolved
to profit by tho teaching. That night
wneu the moOn w&b hidden ho essayed
to draw a number of useful cord-wood
sticks from his neighbor's woodpile, and
got filled so full of rock-salt out of a
gun that ho won't bo able to tasto any
thing fresh for the balance of his natu
ral life.
THE round yellow pumpkin that the
housewife has in eye for a nieo batch
of inch and a half deep pies, with under
crust as brown as a berry, doesn't
always show up when cooking-day
comes round but down behind the
garden gate at tho first approach of
darkness slio can seo a fiendish face all
aglow with fire. That's her favorite
pumpkin, and the only wax-candle she
had is inside of it.
THE oiigin of "dog-days"is accounted
for as follows: The great heat of July
led to a superstition among the Ro
mans they conceived that this pre-em
inent warmth, and the diseases aud
other calamities flowing from it, were
somehow connected with the rising and
and the setting of the star Canicula—
the Little Dog—in coincidence with the
sun. They accordingly conferred the
name dog-days upon tho period between
the 3d of July and the 11th of August.
Just as she her coach was entering
Did I nee her foot one day—
Ah I what feeling overcame me!
But what it was I cawiot say.
Crazy-like tlie coa-h I followed
Where it a'topped 1 atopix-d again
And once ir.ore the wondrous vision
Of that foot disturbed my brain.
Not one instant 1 forget it.
Or iu peace, or jov, or strife—
I never saw a Ian: -r foot—
I never did in all my life!
A Remarkable Child.
The child was a girl, large and natural,
except the left arm and a small part of
one ankle. The Icit arm, from near the
shoulder joint, down 10 the wrist, and
almost eucroaching iyon the hand, pre
sented all the appeaiancc of dog's leg.
This anomalous arm at birth was covered
with hair, one-halt' to three-quarters of
an inch long, over the entire dorsal sur
face yet the hair covered the entire arm,
and to all appearance was (and yet is)
dog s hair. Its color is dark brown.
The skin is a dark, bluish color, like un
to a dog's, and is furnished with bluish,
ex -esrnces. scattered here and
there over the inner surface of the arm.
There was also an unnatural growth of
of the same nature upon one
ankle, tlie size of asilver quarter,
ter. The whole unnatural condition of
this arm appears to be an extra growth
or coveilng, over a aatural arm.
The line of demarkation, or the begin
ning and ending of this strange covering,
is well defined. At the shoulder and
wrist projects very perceptibly above
the natural skin and on first seeing it,
one would suppose that if the
extra covering could be removed
(slipped off) as a glove, a natnral arm,
skin and ,all would remain. I measured
both arms at birth, and fonnd the strange
one to be threc-quartexs oi as inch longer
from tlie shoulder to the elbow than the
natural arm from the elbow to the wrist
they wee near the same length. I again
measured |he child's arms when one year
old, and fourd the upper curve of this
singular bue one inch longer than the
other, and the hair had grown to be fnll
one inch long. The hair looks like dog
hair and is thickly set on the outer sur
face ot ine arm, so much so that tlie skin
is completely hid from view. As far as I
can discover the child is in every [other
respect natural. The child is large,
handsome and very intelligent in the
enjoyment of good health, and has the
perfect use ot both arms.
I shall not now give my theory or
views upon the cause of this singular
freak of nature, as I have been, and shall
continue to watch the case closely, and
am studying and investigating the cau.c
of this (to all appearance) combination
of human and dog ajid after I have fully
investigated the matter, and exhausted
ail the resources of information at my
command, I expert then to more fully
express my views to my medical brethern
in regard to the cause and nature of this
wonderful being.
Thw*'# joy without canker or cark,
There's a pleasure eternally now
'Tin to tfuze on the pla^e and the mark
Of china that's old. and that's blue
Who'd have thought they would come to us, who
That o'er loot of an empire would hang
A veil of Morrisian line,
In the reign of the Emperor llwangT
These dragons—their tails, yon remark,
Into bunches of lotus-flower prew—
When Noah came out of the ark,
lie in ^vf*it for his crew?
'1 hey snorted, they snapped, and they jhw?
They were mighty ot f'111 and of fang,
And their portraits Celestials drew.
In the reign of the Emperor II wan p.
Here's a pot with a house in a park,
In a park where the peach-blossoms
Through the boughs of tlie May as they fang
*l"is a taie was undoubtedly true
In the reij, i of the Emperor Hwang.
Come, snarl at my ecstasies, do,
Kind critic, your tongue Has atSBg*
Bu a sage never lieedr a shrewr
In the reign of tlie Emperor Hwang.
—Andrew Lang, in ribner.
tho piotection vl ir*n exposed
to the weather from rust a varnish
composed as follows is recommended:
Ono hundred part mercury, 10 parts
tin, 20 parts green vitriol, 120 parts
water, and 15 parts hydrochloric acid
of 1.2 specific gravity.
TEA is as often adulterated as wine,
and the detection of the spurious kind
of tea is as difficult as in tho case of
wine. Good tea should contain 30 pet
cent, of extractive matter soluble in
water, 7.5per cent, of tannin, not more
than 0.4 per cent, of ash, and not less
than 2 percent, of ash soluble in water.
IN Dingier'S JoumalY. L. Dagusan
gives his method of forming artificial
asphalt. Coal or wood tar is heated in
a boiler until all the water it may con
tain is evaporated. He then adds fine
ly powdered marble of limestone that
had previously burned, stirs in 5 per
cent, of iron oxide, silicate of potash
and gypsum, and mixes tho whole thor
A SIMPLE device, says the Plumber,
is within the reach of every ono having
an ordinary window in his room, by
which fresh outer air can bo admitted
in small quantity with such an upward
current an will prevent its being felt as
an injurious draught by the inmates. It
is particularly adapted to sleeping
rooms when the weather is too cold to
admit of an open window. Thus, Htart
both top and bottom sashes of the win
dow half an inch, which is not quite
enough to clear the rebate or stop
beads at top and bottom, but which
leaves an opening of an inch between
the meeting rails through which a cur
rent enters, but diverted upward by the
glass as it should be, so as not to fall
directly to the floor, as its coolness
might otherwise induce it to do. It
thus becomes well mixed with the air
of the room without being felt as a
NAPHTHA.—The vexatious night-foes
never met a more deadly enemy than
naphtha, the lighter part of petroleum,
sold under various names for from
25 to 30 cents per gallon. Pro
cure a machine oiler one that holds
a pint is convenient. With this filled
with naphtha go over in the same way
as in oiling a sewing machine, visiting
every joint and crack and flaw and
spring, and even corners of mattresses.
It does not spoil carpet or bedding or
wall paper. Sofas and cribs may be
drenched in that way, and, if daily ap
plied, the cause soon ceases. Only one
precaution should be observed: It
must not be used at night, for the gas
arising from the naphtha, if mixed with
the atmosphere, becomes explosive if &
light be applied. Hence it might be
unsafe in a room with a cook-stove,
unless the fire be extinguished. The
gas passes away in an hour. The same
fluid is used to wash kid gloves. Wash
like any cloth, and rinse till clean,
changing the jtaid.
Where the lovers eloped in tlie dark.
Lived, died, and were turned into two
Bright birds that eternally flew

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