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THE HOIVIE CIRCLE.
HONOR TO OUR WORKMEN. Whom shall we call our heroc3? To whom our praises sing? The pampered child of fortune, The titled lord or king? They live by others' labor Take all and nothing give; The noblest type of manhood Are those who work to live. Then honor to our workmen, Our hardy sons of toil The heroes of the workshop, And monarchs of the soil. Who spans the earth with iron, And rears the palace dome? Who creates for the rich man The comforts of a home? It is the patient toiler! All honor to him then; The true wealth of the nation Is in her working men. For many barren ages Earth hid her treasure deep, And all her giant forces Seemed bound as in a sleep; Then Labor's "'anvil chorus" Broke on the startled air, And lo! the earth in rapture Laid all her riches bare. 'Tis toil that over nature Gives man his proud control, And purifies and hallows The temples of his soul. It scatters foul diseases, With all the ghastly trains; Puts iron in the muscle, And crystal in the brain. The Grand Almighty Builder, Who fashioned out the earth, Hnath stamped his seal of honor On Labor from her birth. In every angel lower That blossoms from the sod, Behold the Master touches The handiwork of God! Then honor to our workmen, The hardy sons of toil The heroes of the workshops, The monarchs of the soil! MAKING HOMES. Any ona who has traveled much in the a Central States of the Union cannot fail to notice the wide difference in the apparent 0 means of comfort in the various homes r passed by or visited. Early in man's pro gress from a s'wvage to a civilized state, he begins to feel the want of something beyond i his mere animal wants, and he instinctively rises to a higher plane of enjoyment in the wonderful fields of nature that are every where about his pathway. The single simn ple flower in the window of the humblest cottage, tells the whole story; the early t culture--the noble, refined nature-the love t of the beautiful. Once settled on a desirable piece of land i the first great object is to make it productive i of the necessaries of life; yet, while this is progressing, a few hours occasionally spent 1 in arranging for ornament and future com fort can by any one be appropriated. A tree can be planted, a plat for a garden laid off, - ornamental grounds about the dwelling set apart and their improvement designed, and thus in imagination we may see from the first what a few years of intelligent applica tion will enable us to enjoy. There is one dilficulty in having the farm-houses of the country the most delightful and highly ornamented of any, and that is neither time nor money, but culture and good taste, a desire to enjoy, and intelligence and good sense to plan and execute. Farmers claim as much good judgment as other people ; let them give us the evidence by the surround ings of their homes. Education is expensive, but the least ex pense connected with it is its procurement. It costs the thoroughly educated more to live than it does the uneducated; but then, it must be remembered that they live more, and are more truly the sons of light. Far too many continue all their days doing life's drudgery. Their purchases are second-hand and all the furnishings about their homes are second-class, both as regards appearance and comfort. The hovel, with a straw cot, naked floor, and a single room is all the man desires at home who works for others at seventy-five cents a day, and spends half of that for whis ky and beer. But his boy, who shall one of these days graduate at the American com mon school, will demand more than this, and every increased demand will result in increased cost. True, if he has been practi caII and well educated, he will be able to earn more, and thus the higher civilization will be established for the age by the gen eral aggregate of individual intelligence in the masses. A home should be regarded as a perman ent institution. If it is regarded simply as a temporary stopping-place, much less inter est will be taken in permanent improve ments. Trees chould be planted and trained, grounds adorned and beautified, year by year. Fruit trees and small fruits may be provided with but little labor, and nothing about the farm pays better or affords a more desirable luxury. The choicest breeds of various domestic animals may be gradually introduced, and while it costs less to keep them, they and their products will bring a much better price in the market than the inferior native grades in common use. Lay out your farm so it will be suited to a variety of crops. As the general farm is improved, let the ornamental keep pace with that that seems to pay more in dollars and cents, and in a few years your home will form an attraction for every passer-by. The necessities of life need hardly take our entire first attention. The ornamental may be made to go hand in hand with it, and thus serve to lighten what would otherwise be more serious labor. Every farmer's family should be taught some higher aspiratins than mere animal desires. The love of the beautiful should be cultivated, and the mind trained to know the difference between a specimen of real art and poor imitation ; between music and unearthly noises ; between a creditable painting a ten-cent colored lithograph; be tween a room tastefully, neatly, and well arranged, and one filthy and only the pie ture of disorder and consequently a dis All this will take time. The work of hu man growth is slow. Men are not fitted for I either earth or heaven in an hour, a day, or a year, even; but it is a life-work and makes up our life, and what we thus make it by 4 our practices and our loves it will be apt to remain. "Study to have your home pleasant in all that goes to make it complete and it will be much easier to be good and to do good than if surrounded with litter and filth, with dis order and desolation.-Farmer's Stock Jour nal. WHAT SHOULD YOUNG PEOPLE READ ? It is very hard for boys and girls between ten and twenty to believo what older people 1 tell them concerning the selection of read ing matter. If a book is interesting, excit ing, thrilling, the young folks want to read it. They like to feel their hair stand on end at the hairbreadth escapes of the hero, and their nerves tingle to the ends of their fin gers at his exploits, and their faces burn with passionate sympathy in his tribulations -and what harm is there in it? Let us see what harm there may be, You know very well that a child fed on candy and cake and sweetmeats soon loses all healthy appetite for food, his teeth grow black and crumble away., his stomach de ranged, his breath offensive, and the whole physical and mental organization is dwarfed and injured. When hte grows older he will crave spices and alcohol to stimulate his ab normal appetite and give pungency to taste less though healthful food. No man grows up from such a childhood to have positions of trust and usefulness in the community in which he lives. The men who hold those positions were fed on bread and " when they were young, and not gorged with such trash. Now, the mind, like the body, grows by what it feeds upon. The girl who fills her brain with silly, sentimental and lackadais ical nonsense will become a woman useless I for all the noble and substantial work of life. The boy who feeds on sensational newspa pers and exciting novels has no intellectual muscle, no commanding will to make his way in the world. Then, aside from the de t bilitating effect of such reading, the mind is poisoned by impure associations. These brilliant stories have always murder, or f theft, or lying, or knavery as an integral - part of their issue, and boys while reading them live in the companionship of men and z women, boys and girls, with whom they would be ashamed to be se& conversing, whom they wonld never think of inviting to their houses and introducing to their friends and whose very names they would not men tion in polite ,society as associates and equals. Every book that one reads no less than every dinner that one eats, becomes part and parcel of the individual, and we can no more read without injury an un wholesome book or periodical than we can eat tainted meat and not suffer thereby. Just as there are everywhere stores full of candy and cake, and liquor, and tobacco, and spices, so there are everywhere books, newspapers and magazines full of the veriest trash, and abounding in everything that boys and girls should not read. And just as the healthful stomach, passing all these pernicious baits, will choose sound ailment, so the healthful mind will reject the un wholesome and trashy literature current everywhere, and select such as is intrinsical ly good. The other day we picked up a popular juvenile weekly, and presently found our selves kiiee-deep in slang, over our head in vulgar allusion, and in the midst of a low lived metropolitan crowd where cock-fights, dog-fights and man-fights were the condi ments offered to whet the appetite for read ing; and yet we know families where that paper is regularly taken. Do the parents read it? Do they know what company their childrennare keeping? But, stys the young inquirer, what shall we read, and how shall we know if books are suitable? Read such books as give you valuable information, works that are ap proved "y people of correct judgment. Our leadinginagazines contain a vast amount of readingi interesting alike to young and old. Do not read what renders distasteful the.du 1 ties of lte, or renders vice attractive, or makes ou long for an impossible and ro mantic $areer. A correct taste, once formed and car fully consulted, will enable you to easily sdect the good and eschew the per nicious. r "Might I give counsel to any young hear 3 er," sas Thackeray in his lecture on Prior, r Gray a d Pope, "I would say to him, try to freq ent the company of your betters." In boolk and life that is the most wholesome 1 society, Learn to admire rightly, the great e pleasuie of life is in that. Note what the 1 -good men admire; they admire good things ; narrow spirits admire basely and always worship meanly.-New Pork Trib tune. WE WANT a religion that bears heavily not only on the "exceeding sinfulness of sin," but o$ the exceeding rascality of lying and steal g; a religion that banishes small meas res from the counters, pebbles from the c tton bags, clay from the paper, sand from he sugar, chiccory from the coffee, I alum from the bread, and water from the milklcans. The religion that is to save the worl will not put all the big strawberries at the tbp and all the little ones at the bottom. It . not make one-Jalf a pair of shoes of goo leather, so that the first shall redound to tle maker's credit and the second to his cas It will not put Jouvin's stamp on Je nn's kid gloves; nor make Paris bon nets 4 the back room of a Boston milliner's shotr; nor let a piece of velvet that professes to easure twelve yards, come to an un Stim ly end in the tenth. It does not put " bri at five dollars a thousand into chim ne it contracts to build with seven dollar ma eial; nor smuggle white pine into floors tha have paid for hard pine; nor leave ya g cracks in closets where boards on ht to join. The religion that is going to sa tify the world, pays its debts. It does I no consider that forty cents returned for on hundred cents given, is according to the go pel, though it may be according to law. r It ooks on a man who has failed in trade, - at who continues to live in luxury, as a Sf.-The Christian. ['CAN'T AND TRY.-Can't-do-it sticks in, 1 th mud; but Try soon drags the wagon out s of the rut. The fox said "try," and he got - away from the hounds when they aimost s snapped at him. The bees said "try," and e turned flowers into honey. The squirrel r said "try," and up he went to the top of the I beech tree. The sun said "try". and the spring soon threw Jack Frost out of the 1 saddle. The young lark said "try," and he y found that his new wings took him over hedges and ditches, and up where his father was singing. GOLDEN SHEAVES. MAY-BE and may-not-be associate together. AN obedient wife controls her husband. MONEY masters more than it serves. BREATHE not thy secrets aloud; the "very walls play the eavesdropper." True glory is seldom found on the road to wealth. WE know not what life is until it is half gone. BEAUTY and folly are frequent compan ions. THE heart is a child; it hopes what it wishes. IF You would win success, be punctual, courteous, honest, economical, agreeable in your personal habits, and regardftl of your health. STAND upon the edge of the world, ready to take wing-having your feet on earth, your eyes and heart in heaven. To THE blessed eternity itself there is no other handle than the present. MEN, by their own self-greatness, destroy themselves, as a tree that is heavy laden with fruit breaks its own boughs. WEALTH Of character is more rare than wealth of purse. TEMPTATION haunts the ways of idleness. A GOOD deed well done-how weU. it makes us feel. PLEASANT smiles are often worn upon the faces of those whose hearts throb with, wretchedness. GRIEF, often silent as the falling snow, s equally overwhelming. JoY comes bursting upon us like an April shower, in large heavy drops, and : dliup as soon. A CLEAR conscience wins for its possessor peace, happiness and pleasure. A SMILE costs the giver nothing, yet it is beyohd price to the erring and repenting, the sad and cheerless, the lost and forsaken. It disarms malice, subdues temper, taurn* enmity to love, revenge to kindness, and paves the darkest paths with gems of suna light. No MAN was ever a great man who wanted to be one. In order that we may achieve any species of greatness, we must be utterly unconscious of the way in which we arrive at it. Everything that we do we must do: either from a sense of duty or from the pleas ure of it. And we must never trouble our selves about the conqequences. We must never say, " I will be at the head." REV. DANIEL WALDO once said: ". t aIt now an oldman. Ihave seennleara century. Do you want to know how to grow old slowly and happily? Let me tell you. Al ways eat slowly-masticate well. Go to your occupation smiling. Keep a, good na ture and soft temper everywhere. Cultivate a good memory, and to do this you must be communicative; repeatwhat'you have read ; talk about it. Dr. Johnson's great memory was owing to his communicative less. How many think to aton&efor the evil they have done by the good they ihftend to do, and are only virtuous in the'prospective. EVERY one must find out for himself the key to the riddle of life, It is of no use to have it told. Some donothear, while others misunderstand it. LOOK on theobright side of things, fOr none are so u!happy as those who are for ever thinkinghow hard their lot is,.and how much better 9, others are. Thitnk of those who have 1; and life will be joyous. IT Is vap to hope to please all alike. Let a man ~end with his face int what direction he wUlZihe must necessarily turn his back on ene-half the world. The best way is to do what is right, whoever is pleased or otbh wise. W ~orrTEs live under a cloud; a al t1)w well for us that we should do so. U. fit` . rupted sunshine would paroor eOt ea rts. I We want shade and rain to ool and tefr them. i Be very circumsptee In the choice o. company. In the lsocety of thine eq thou shalt enjoy miore ileasures, in the Sety of thy, superiors thou shalt 1.Ijit r profit. To be.,the besti, the com r the way to grew worise. le be ei t grow better is to be the wors..ti" i ` ` . p~·