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THE HOME CIRCLE.
LAST WORDS. "Y AGNES Mf. I.URST. He held my hand one moment, Glanced once into my eye, And then he softly uttered That sad, sad word, "' Good-by." ' I'll see you in the morning, ' Good-by a little while!" These are my memory's treasures, These, and one tender smile. I scarce dare think upon thenm, Those months and years so rife With darkness and with tempest, That settled o'er my life. Time's tiding, drifting ocean Us parted at the shore; He sank 'mid the commotion; I never saw him more. The storms are still around me; I think they'll never cease Until I reach the haven Where he found perfect peace. But of Faith and Love unilted, The happy Hope is born, I'll see him, as he promised, In eavenv's eternal morn. ANTIQUITY OF MAN. A correslpondeut of the St. John Ncws writes : According to Bishop Usher's chronology, manI was created exactly 4,001 years before 1 lhe birth of Christ. Other Biblical chrono logists vary from this exactitude fi'om one to two thouisand years, but Usher's system is generally received as correct by believers ian tle common inte_'prelatioan of the account li'urnished by the Old Testameut and the Gospel of MatLhew. Geologists and other scientliic men, however. smile at such chro iiolog y. and present evidences of the exist. once of man far anterior to the period authorized by the chronology of Bishop Usher. An English engineer in Egypt in 1857, a man of wealth and a member ot the Royal º Soeiety, determined to ascertain the depth of the Nile sediment caused by th3 annual overflow of that river, and in his purpose was assisted by some French engineers in the employ of the Pasha. They began op eratlions by sink i g a series of pits o r shafts, as the mining term is, across the Valley of the Nile, in a line with the ancient city of Ilicrpolis. They found the successive annular layers of the Nile sediment as regul:rly occuring an•d plainly marked a a giveni section of the same as the annnlar rings on a tree of free growth, and they were cnrubled from the peculiir character of the sediment to count the successive deposits as readily as the wood growth of such a tree can be counted. One hundred of the-o layers oc curred in a dept of twenty-three inches, the layers being uniform!y more than oie-fifth ot an inch in thickness. At the depth of 185 feet they struck sand, and after digging into it some three feet con sidered it unnecessa ry to go any deeper, as they evidently had penetrated, in 185 feet, the deposit of sediment. This depth was found to be nearly uniform in each of the shafts. In one sunk near the site of the great monolithic st atute of Rameses the scec ond, at a depth of 160 feet, were found frag ments of pottery in a good stite of preserva lion, and exhibiting coun-rerable artistic skill, thus proeing thit nearly 8,500 years ago man existed in that localliy, and nman, moreover, in a state of ci ilization sufficient ly advanced to be aible to thshion clay into vessels and harden it by fire. Now this was no fancy Egyptian chron ology, but a fact expensively ascertained; and in view of it, if in the Valley of the-Nile man thus advanced in artisan skill existed 8,000years ago, hov long anterior did he exist in the high lands of Asia and other, quarters of the globe first fitted for his ex istence ? Sir Charles Lyell who, it is well kaown, had for years, true to. his early education, refused to contradict Usher's chronology, was in 1859 converted by this'discovery and another,. which occurred in Franke, hear Alpiens, where flint arrow-heads, hatchets; and sapear-heads, etc.;,were tonnd: with .re BIal.. of, fcr that couptg. ankuo agimnals,. such as the, elephant, rhinoceros, tiger and hyena. At a meetig of the British.tk eplegicsa Society in Septembert i859, thesa evidences of the antiquity of man having been pre sented to the London Society of Antiquaries in June previous by Mr. Evans, an English geoligest, Sir Charles Lyell said that he ful ly believed that those flint weapons, discov ered in what is geologically termed the "drift," could not have found their way where discovered with those animals by any convulsion of the earth, but that they had remained there since the stonge age of that country, and during which the climate of Central Europe was plainly tropical rather than, as at present, temperate; and hence the antiquity of those animal remains and weapons was far greater than the times either of history or tradition. WALTER SCOTT'S FIRST LOVE. Writ ng of the love disappointments of lit erary lights, a correspondent says: His early di'sappointment was very bitter, and although its full details can not be given, it may be said thatwhenhe was a poor young barrister, living still under the paternal roof at Edinburg, he fillin love with a maiden whoe rank was about his own and whom he expected to win. Still he hoped against hope. I-is father heard ot the aftfir. and with sober sense of mature years informed the lady's friends of Walter's weekness, and they at once removed the girl f'om the city. Scott never knew the cause of this change till years aftei-ward buntas the income of his profession for five years averaged only £100' he , could not expect to encounter the ex pense of a domestic establishment. The girl married afterwards, and one of S::ott's friends was m uch alarmed for fear of the con-. sequences. He writes as follows: "This is bad news to our romantic friend, and I shudder at the violence of the most irritable and ungovernable mind. It issaid that men have died and worms have eaten them, but not for love. I sincerely hope it will be verifi ed on this occasion." Scott did nothing worse than to pen afew stanzas which are worth reading'in this connection. They are address d1 to the violetandclose thus " Though fair her gems of azure hue, 'B1eneath thy dew-drop's weight reclining; I've seen an eye of lovelier blue, Afore sweet through watery lustre shining. The Summer sun that dew shall dry, E're yet that sun be past its morrow; Nor longer in my false love's eye Remained the tear of parting sorrow."' Before six months had expited the disap pointed lover was as deeply enamorated of another girl whom he met while onan excursion into the Noith of England. She was of Freuch bil'th, and is described as very ifvcin:tiitin. One of his iilends said "Scott was sali' besides himself about Mi's Carpenter. We toasted her twenty times over the raving about her until it was one in the morning." The next Christmas they were married. It may be added that the match was notfeliciiLous on the pa rt of the husband. fo'r although their maricd life was harimonioous, the w'fe was deficient in that mental strength which.'a union required, Scott never outlived the influence exercised on him by the ri: st love, and in his latter years he wept at the mention of her name and memory of old associations. FAITH IN THE FAMILY.-One of the most intelligent women I have ever kiown, the Christian mother of alarge family of obhildren, used to say that the education of children was eminently a work of faith. She never heard the tramping of her boy's feet in the house, or listened to their noisy shouting in their play, or watched their unconscious slumbers, without an inward, earnest prayer to God for wisdom to train them, and for the Spirit of the Highest to guide them. She mingled prayer with counsel and restri.int, and the eaungel was the Wiser, and restraint was the stronger, for this' alliance of the hu man and divine elements in her instruction and discipline. And at length, when her children had become menand women, accus tomed to the hard strife of the world her name was the dearest one they could speak ; and she who " had fqd their own bodies from her own body's life, and their soul's .frpm her spirit's life," who had taught their feet to;walk, their tongues to speak .and pray, and illuminate their consciences with the lights of .rightb-c.isness and duty, held their reverence ar d love, increased atho~lsand-fold by the remembrance.of an ,early education that bad its 1 anspation. in fith In (God- Dr. W. Lo-Zr COURTING IN THF RIGHT STYLE. " Git eout, you nasty puppy-let me alone or I'll tell your ma !" cried out Sally to her lover Jake, who sat about ten feet from her, pulling the dirt from the chimney jam. " I arn't techin' on you, Sal," said Jake. " Well, perhaps you don't mean to, nuther, do yer ?" '"No, I don't." " Cause you're too tarnal scary, you long legged, lantern-jawed, slab-sided, pigeon toed, gangle-kneed owl you-you hain't got a tarnal bit of sense; get along home with you !" " Now, Sal, I love you, and you can't help it, and if you don't let me stay and court you, my daddy'll sue yourn for that cow he sold him t'other day. By jingo, he said he'd do it!!" " Well, look here, Jake, if you want to court me, you'd better do it as a white man does that thing-not set off there as though you thought I was pizen." " How on airth is that, Sal ?" " 4Yhy, side right up here, and hug and kiss me, as if you really had some bone and sinner of man about you. Do you s'pose a woman's only made to look at, you fool you? No, they are made for 'practical results,' as Kossuth says-to hug and kiss and sich like." "Well," said Jake, drawing a long breath, "if I must I must, for I love you, Sal," and so Jake commenced sliding up to her, like a maple poker going to battle. Laying his arm gently upon Sal's shoulder, we thought we heard Sally say : " That's the way to doit, old horse-that's acting like a white man orter." " Oh, Jerusalem and pancakes!" exclaim ed Jake. " if this ain't better than any apple sass ever mammy made, darned sight I Buck wheat cakes, and slap-jacks anad 'lasses ain't no where 'long side of you, Sal. Oh, how I Idve you !" Here their lips came, together, and the report that followed was like pulling a horse's hoof out of the mud. We left. TIERE is said to be a man and wife in Montgomery ,county, Ind., aged respect. ively 113 and 111 years. Their name is Fruit<, and they have been married eighty five years. The old man'stands up as st raight as a ramrod, and does quite a good deal of work every day. He has always been a moderate liver and uses no tobacco, which is an argrmnent against tobacco users. But hi wirie has been a steady smoker sixty years,: which is an argument in favor of tobacco. The old lady is afflicted with a cancer, which made its appearance upon her forehead forty years ago, and which she is now doctor ing with coal oil. At one time in her life she weighed 225 pounds, buatgraduallyshrunk away till she now tips the beam at 125. The venerable old man was personally acquainted with Danile Boon, Simon Gerty, Siamon Kenton, Williams and others of the first settlers of the West. GRAVE OF THE POET PoE.--Edger A. Poe's leading idea concerned the relation of soul, and body after death. Both in his poems and in his storios he gave the fancy that the dead body had a pecular life of its own. In one of his poems he vrites about liking and feeling his home in the grate. His own coflin at Westminster, has recently been changed. The skull was lying i(I the position in which the head lay when buried. "The grave clothes and all except the bones had crumbled to dust, leaving the skeleton white and bare. The brain was in an almbst perfect stalte of preservation. The cerebral mass, as seen through the base of the skull, evidenced no signs of disintegration or decay, though, ofcourse, it is somewhat diminished in size. The skull was intact, and the general skele ton was, in as good a conditic 1 as an anatom ical pr'epnration in the doctor's oflce. SvUSRImxE.--Suushine is beautiful and joy inspireing always. All things animate and inanimlate take on a new. life in its r'esenCe, Not a flower but gratefully recognizes it, not a song-bird but carols the sweeter iunder its touch. How the rivulets flash, and th( broad waters sbtmmer to its glance, while the valley atmosphere is goldenly a4iie,, and the gmrand old woods:and mounstii are all aflame with its kisses. Earth, th~db er the cloud and the night-shade seie ide one stricken with a mighty so rqw · now Streads her round of space like a 'ntiwrownn " ed queen. Who amid the gusli iit. hne0 can think of aught but life, heal~ j oymi.i sic, beauty, and splendor ¶ GOLDEN SHEAVES. Oh! be not the first to discover A blot on the name of a friend, A flaw in the faith of a lover, Whose heart may be true to the end. We none of us know each other, And oft into error we fall; So let us speak well of each other, Or let us say nothing at all. -The wide pasture is but separate spears of grass; the sheeted bloom of the prairies but isolated flowers. -Use not needlessly, learned or hard words. He that affects to be thought learn ed, is likely to be accounted a fool. -An elevated purpose is a good and en-' nobling thing, but we cannot begin at the top of it. We must work up to it by the of-' ten difficult path of daily duty. -In deciding questions of truth and drtty, remember the wrong side has a craifty and powerful advocate in your own heart. -The sweat of one's brow is no longer a curse when one works for God; it proves, a tonic for the system, and is actually a bless ing -They who are the most weary of life, and the most unwilling to die, are such as have lived to no purpose--who have rather breathed than lived. -Great souls attract sorrows as moun-: tains do. storms; but the thunder clouds break upon them, and they thus farma shel ter for the plains around. -A pious cottager residing in the midst of a long and dreary heath was asked by a visitor, "'Are you not sometimes afraid inr your lonley situations,. especially In the winter ?" He :replied, "0 no, for faitlh' shuts thedoor at night, and mercy opens it in the morming. -All our murmurings are so many arrows sliot at God himself, and they will return upon our'own hearts ; they 'reach not him, but they will hit us; they hurt not him but they will wound us;. therefore it is better to be mute than to murmur; itis dangerous. to provoke a consuming fire. -Look into the life and temper of Christ, described and illustrated in the gospel, and search whether you can find anything like it in your qwn life, ftave you anything of his humility, meekness and benevolence ,to men? Anything of his purity and wisdom, 'his contempt of the world, his patience, his fortitude, his zeal ? -A soul cannot have a good look, nor hear agood word from heaven butSatan mur murs at it. He murmurs and mutters at every act of pitying grace, that God exercises toward poor souls ; he :murmurs at every sfp, at every drop,, at every crumb of mercy that God bestows.. -Like most carpets, everything has a right side and a wrong side. You can take any joy, and by turning it around.flud troub les on the other side; or you' may take thbe greatest troubl)e and by turning it around find joy on the other side. The gloomiest mountain never casts a shadow on both. sides at on'ce, nor does the greatest of life's calamities. -I have been young, and nao:I am oht1d, and I bear my testimony that I have never 'found thorough, pervading, enduring moral ity with any but such as fear God-not in the modern sen·e, but in the olhl childlike way rejoicing in life--a hoarty,vitoriousPet~herthI. ness of so distinguished a kind that no other is to be compared with it. -Live for something! Yes, and for somnie thing worthy ofife and its capabilities adiid opportunities fMr noble deeds anrid achieve ments. EveO$ man and every woman has his or her assignment in the duties and re sponsibilities of daily life. We are in the world to maketlie WF6rld better; to lift it up t4o higlmy levels of enjoyment and progreas, to make its hearts and homes brighte amli haptiler' by devoting to our fellows oua*"est 'thoughts, activities, and ktfluences.: It is the motto of every true heart and the genhis :ofeVery noblelife, that" no man livethto iM;hseef"--llves chiefly for his own selflsh good. It is a law of our intellectual aiiW moral being thatwe promote our own hap pinees in the exact proportion.we contribute to the comfort and, enjotyment f ot heotrs. Nothing worlthJo of the namie of happlimes is possible in thexperis eof those who llve okilyfbr thewselves, all eblivous of th..~ ll,. fare ofthofr fellows,