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THE iHOIVE CIRCLE.
TO-DAY. Why cannot we gather the blessings Of life as we journey along; Its gladaess, its fragrance, its beauty, Its sunshine, its summer, its song? Why d impea the jovJ that now brighten By a doubt what the future may bring ? Why tarnish young love in his splendor, With fears lest the god may take wing? Why with thoughts of chilly December O'ershadow the blossomy spring ? I will gather and bear in my bosom The rose, though it fade in a day; Inhale the sweet breath of the lily Ere it withers and falls to decay. And friendship and love though they perish While they linger shall warm me like wine; As pearls I will string every dew-drop Of blessing, nor vainly repine. Why dim glad to-day with to-morrow ? To-morrow may never by mine! AN EVENING REVE3RIE. As the sunI sinks behind the western hill, tinging the skies with amber and roseate tints, all nature becomes hushed to rest. Slowly the gorgteous hues become fainter, and at last vanish, while the statrs come twinkling out. spangling the azure heavens. At such an hour, the mind of man turns within, and the thoughts arise, " 1 am one day nearer home ; one day the less to spend on earth ; one day the less to labor and toil; one day the less to endure suffering, both physical and mental ; one the less in which to influence others for good or evil. But how many others have had the same thoughts ; have'lived, suffered and died and are now forgotten ; the worldl knows them not. What amn I but an infinitesinmal atom In this vast universe ? If I should die to-night, I would be forgot ten in a few short weeks, by all, save a few nearest and dearest, who would keep my memory green in their hearts, watered by the tears of afee.tion. But have I lived as I ought, trying to do my duty to God and mean? .I must place line upon line, and precept up)On precept here a little, and there a little-seed sown broadcast, kind word s and actions scattered here and there, which will bring forth fruit, and not be known until the '-book is opened." Time will not for one of us stay, IWe will all hiave passed away, A hundred years from now. The warm heart now, will then be cold, Of rich and poor. of young and old, We'll all be 'nILthl the graveyard mould, 1A hundred years from now. -Eliza E. Anthony. " TIIE OLD OAKEN BUCKET." The popular song of '"The Old Oaken Bucket " is said to have its origin under the following circumstances, which give it addi tional inltrest : Sonime years ago, when Woodworth, a printer, anda several others, " Old New Yorkers," were brother typos in a printing office which was situatedl at the corner of Chatham and Chambers streets, there were few places in the city of New York where one could enjoy the luxury of a really " good drink." Among the few places most worthy of patronage was an establishment kept by Mallory, in Franklin street, on about the same spot where St. John's Hall recently stood. Woodworth, in company with several particular friends, had dropped in at this place one afternoon for the pur pose of taking some "' brandy and water," which Mallory was fatumous for keeping. The liquor was super-excellent, and Woodworth seemed inspired by it, for, after taking a draught, he laid his glass upon the table, and smacking his lips, declared that Mal .lory's eac de vie was superior %o any he had ever tasted. " No," said Mallory, " you are quite mistaken ; there was one thing which, in both our estimations, far surpasses this in the way of drinking." , What was that?" asked Woodworth dubiously. " The draught of pure, fresh spring water we used to drink from the old oaken bucket that hung in the well, after our return from the labors of the field on a sultry day in sum Iner." The tear-drops glistened for a mo ment in Woodworth's eyes. " True ! true ! " he replied, and soon quitted the place. He returned tQ the office, grasped the pen, and In half an hour, "The Old Oaken Bucket," one of the most delightful eaowpositions in our language, was ready in the mnanuscrtpt to be embalmed In the memory of succeed ing generatiqou,--xchanse, THE CONQUOREES OF THE WORLD. Thle aim of Genghis was literally the con quest of the world-as he conceived it--and was nearer its accomplishment in hlis own life, and in that of his two descendants, Kub lai and Timur, than it had ever been before, or is likely to be again. The empire which he created counted within its limits probably one-half of the whole human race, and ex tended from the sea of Okotsk, at the north eastern extremity of Asia, over the whole breadth of the continent as far as the Black Sea. Insane as such ambition seems, it must have its source in some perennial springs of action common to our nature, since it con stantly reappers with a certain periodicity in successive ages-fortunately far apart and in races still more widely separated by ethnographic characters and surrounding conditions. Assyrian, Babylonian and Per sian, Greek, Roman and French have each in turn sent forth heroes on this quest for universal empire. With the Romans alone. it became the insanity or ambition of a peo ple, who for successive ages sought to be the rulers of the world, and actually found ed an imperial sway over Europe from the Rhine to the Danube, and in Asia and Afrlica. nearly as far as Alexander had penetrated on either continent. The whole of Asia and Eastern Europe had not, however, been un der the scepter of a single ruler until Timur swooped from his Mongolian steppes, the heir of the first Greal Mogul, and camped in the heart of HIungary and Poland with a mixed multitude of tribes and nations for his army.-Fortnightly Review. JEPANESEi LEGEND.-A certain white fox of high degree, and without a black hair up. on him, sought and obtained the hand of a young female fox who was renowned for her personal beauty and her noble connec tions. The wedding was to be a grand( af fair ; but, unhappily, the families of the be trothed pair could not agree upon the kind of weather to be ordered for the occasion. The parents of the bride thought it good luck that a shower should fall on the bridal procession. The bridegroom and his friends objected to having their good clothes spoiled thus, and to the damper which a rain would put upon their merriment. There. was dan ger that the match would be broken off, when a very astute old fox suggested a com promise. They might have sunshine and rain together. This happy thought was re ceived with acclamations, and the order was given accordingly; the bride's palanquin or norirnon was borne to the house of her fiuture husband with blissful satisfaction on all sides. In Japan, a sun-shower is called "The Foxes' Wedding." In New England, the natives mysteriously remark: "The devil is whipping his wife with a codfish tail."-B-rooks. in Scribner. 'A)WrIr; 1, 'I'N=AI I N(- x oung people cfn not commence too early to acquire the habit of correct speaking and to abandon ais early as possible any use of slang words or phrases. The longer you live the more diffclult the ac quirement of correct language will be; and if the golden age of youth, the proper season for the ncquisition of language, be passed in abuse, the unfortunate victim, if neglected, is very properly doomed to talk slang for life. Money is unnecessary to procure this education. Every man has it in his power. He has merely to use the language which he reads, instead of the slang which he hears; to form the taste from the best speakers and poets in the couritry; to treasure up choice phrases in his memory and habituate himself to their use, avoiding at the same time that pedantic precision and bombast which shows the weakness ot vain ambition, rather than the polish of an educated man. WHERE THE FAULT LIES.-Men are more liberal and just than women, buit they very rarely take a woman for a wife unless they believe her to be as chaste as ice and pure as snow. Their sense of puirity in respect to the woman they marry is exquisitely delicate. They are not satisfied with the natural purity and goodness of the woman but her good name must be above reproach. If women were as careful in choosing their husbands, we think there would be fewer marriages, or else a wonderful 'reformation would be begun, It is presumed that the coming woman will order these things differently, Harriet Hosmer, thesculptress is foriq four and onmaxrried, lIE HAD NO WiFE.---Several medical stu dlents left a notice on a young doctor's slate = the other day to call at the otlice of Mr. Wil ligins, and then go wi h him to see his wife. h Thlle doctor did as requested as fitr as calling at the office was concerned. He found Mr. I Willigins and said with a profound bow: t " Dr. Comequick is my iiame.'' "Glad to see you, sir; sit down," answer ed the gentleman. .. what can I do tor you ?" o " I shall be glad to wait upon you, sir," , said the doctor. " Thanks, thanks," said the other, "but b the fact is, I'm in a hurry, please proceed." I " Yes, yes," very well, sir, just as you o say ; but how is your wife ?" "Wife!" cried Willigins, who is an old bachelor. h "Yes, sir," responded the doctor, rising from his chair, "if there is anythini- I can do for her let me know, that I may with wings as swift as thought, or "- c " Of course, of course, yes, yes, that's all right, no doubt, you know devilish well I have no wife, neither do Ilike tricks." Doc tor Comequick went away quicker than he came. The tomato vine, whilch furnishes food t so palatable to ahnlmost every one, belongs t to the same family of plant as the deadly v nightshade, which attains such a rank growth t in the edge of swamps and by the shady road- t side, and which all children are educated so 1 cautiously to shun. Aquafortis and the air we breath are made of the same materials. I Linen, sugar, and spirits of wine are so much t alike in their chemical composition,that an old shirt can be converted into its own weight s in sugar, and the sugar into spirits of wine. s Wine is made of two substances, one of which is the cause of all combustion, and the other will burn with more rapidity than anythiag else in nature. Peruvian bark and the poison ous principle of opium are found to be com posed of the same materials. J ;r JJnL1iAN't1 LDITwros.-iRne IO11ioWing. anecdote of Chief Juntie Chase is told by the Toledo Commercial : " Soon after Chief Justie Chase assumed the gubernatorial chair in Ohio he issued his proclamation appointing a Thanksgiving day. To make sure of being orthodox, the Governor composed his proc lamation almost entirely of passages from the bible, which he did not designate as quotations, presuming that every one would l recognize them and admire the titness of the I words as well as his taste. in their selection. The proclamation meeting the eye of a Dem ocratic editor, he pounced at once upon it, and declared that he had read it before couldn't say where--but he would take his oath that it was a downright paglarism from beginning to end. That would have been a pretty fair joke; but the next day a Republi can editor came out valiantly in defence of c the Governor, pronounced the charge libel ous, and challenged any man living to pro- I duce one single line of the proclaimntion that had appeared in print before. 1 DEAR JACIK: Your item concerning is "Cow's Teeth," reminds me of an incident I which occurred in an adjoining town, t A city gentleman who had just purchased a farm in the country, wished to buy some c cattle with which to stock it. lIe therefore attended an auction where cows were to be c soldl. One of them, a remarkably fi:e ani mal, soon attracted his attention, and he c bought her at a fair price. HIe was examin- t ing his purchase, when a farmer, who unfor tunately had arrived too late to buy the cow for himself, as he had. intended, drove up and thus accosted him : "' 1 say, friend, did you bid off that cow?" " I did," was the reply. " Well, did you know that she had no front t teeth in the ulpper jaw?" " No," replied the gentleman indignantly. I '- Is that so ?" " You can see for yourself." ti The gentleman examined the mouth ot ..r the cow, and finding no upper teeth, imme. 1' diately went to the auctioneer and requester I himn to sell the cow again. .. a " What's the trouble?" asked the aattiou- t ee, . a "' She hasn't any upper front teeth," was f the reply. t " Very well," replied the auctioneer with n a smile, "I'll put her up once more." a He did so, and the shrewd farmer who had d given the information to the city gentleman, 1I h14 her off at the same pricee,-ae , ioaa. GOLDEN SHEAVES. HI: is not only idle who does nothing, but he is idle who might be better employed. IIe that aims at a star is likely to shoot higher than he that aims only at turf. Thui.E though it were impossible to keep clean con sc:iences' "void of offense both toward God -and toward man ," according to theexactness of God's command, yet he that is careful to avoid all pollutions, both of flesh and spirit, shall certainly have a much clearer conscience by far than he that wallows in those sins. [nl a foul way it is perhaps impossible to keep ourselves from being bespattered with dirt; yet he that walks warily and carefully comes cleaner home than he that tumbles and rolls himself in it. Reader, be not like the foolish drunkard who, staggering home one night, saw his candle lit for him. "Two candles !" said he, for his drunkenness made him see double, "I will blow out one," and as he blew it out, ,, a moment he was in the dark. Many a man sees double through the drunkenness of sin ; he has one life to sow his wild, oats tin, and then he half expects another in which to turn to God; so, like a fool, he blows out the only candle he has, and in the dark he will have to lie down forever. Haste thee, traveller, thou hast but one sun, and afte" that sets thou wilt never reach home. God, help thee to make haste now ! There is a great want about christians who have not suffered. Some flowers must be broken or bruised before they emit any fra. gr.nce. All the wounds of Christ .tent out sweetness, all the sorrows of christians do the same. There is one place w'here change cannot put its finger ; there is one name on which mutability can never be written; there ta one heart which can never alter. The place is the Most Holy, that heart is God's, that name is Love. . Secret sins are anchors which, as long as they continue, fasten the soul to the earth. It may swing to and fro with religious emoM tions ; as a balloon whose cords are iuncul may wave to and fro in the air, but it can never ascend to heaven, Mercy is like the rainbow which God set in the heavens as a remembrance to manw We must not look for it after night ; it shines not in the other world. If we rethse mercy here, we must havejustic in eternity. What a wonderful power has the true wifO over home and husband ! No man eves prospered in the world without the co-ope ration of his wife. If she unites in m'utul endeavors, or rewards his labors with an en dlearing smile, with what confidence wilU he resort to his occupation, meet difficulty and encounter danger, if he kdows that he is not. spending his strength in vain, but that his labors wlll be rewarded by the sweets of home! Solicitude and disappointment eniter the history of every mans's life, and.heisbut half provided for his voyage who finds but an:ssoclatefor happy hours, while for hia months of darkness and distress. uo sympa thizing partner is prepared. There is a dew in one flower and not In an-. other, because one opens its cup and takes it, while the othercloses itself and the drop runs oft. So HIeaviIn rains goodness and mercy as wide as the dlew, antiif we lack then, it's be cause we will not open our hearts to reeleva them. They that deny a God destroy man's no, bility. for clertainly man is kin to the beast by his body, and if he is not kin to God by his spirit, he ia #base and ignoble creature, SurroundtEy Detty, Imbued and pene, traled by m, we are yet approauhlng while we enjoy ito, hilbt shall never reach [Ilm-an eldless progression of pleasure. ia, In treating dissipated young men as heIr equals, do a wrong they can hardly realize. Such men should be made to feel. hat until they walk with eorreaess and honor in the paths of right, gootjsople wit stand aloofikom them. Gatrl who respeot themselves will not be seen with sach men, anld will decline to rneive them on, th familiar footing ot friendship. It Is a l.. taken klldness to, poultIee when cetdatlat needed, and I am llned to think a littl sharp decision on the p.ast of the ~ of to. dsay would go .r to eooneot the genara looseness of morality among yoVug m·~ae