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THE HOIE CIRCLE.
ORIGIN OF SCANDAL. Said Mrs. A. To Mrs. J. In quite a confidential way, '' It seems to me That Mrs. B. Takes too much-something-in her tea. " And Mrs. J. To Mrs. K. That night was overheard to say She grieved to touch Upon it much, But " Mrs. B. took-such and such!" Then Mrs. K. Went straight away And told a friend the self-same day, " 'Twas sad to think " Here came a wink " That Mrs. B. was fond of drink. " The friend's disgust Was such, she must Inform a'lady, ' which she nussed,' That Mrs. B. At half-past three Was " that far gone, she couldn't seel" This lady we Have mentioned, she Gave needlework to Mrs. B., And at such news Could scarcely choose But further needlework refuse. Then Mrs. B., As you'll agree, Quite properly-she said, said she, That she would track The scandal back To those who made her look so black. Through Mrs. K. And Mrs. J. She got at last'to Mrs. A., And asked her why, With cruel lie, She painted her so deep a dye ? Said Mrs. A., In sore dismay, .'' I no such thing could ever say; I said that you Had stouter grew On too much sugar-which you do! " RISING IN THE WORLD. Experience continually contradicts the -otion that a poor young man cannot rise. If we look over the list of rich men, we find that nearly all of them began life with little or nothing. To any person familiar with the millionaires of the United States, a score of examples will occur. On the other hand, the sons of rich men, who began life with the capital which so many poor young men covet, frequently die beggars. It would probably not be going too far to say that a large majority of such moneyed individuals either fail outright or grat.riuly eat up the capital with which they 6ommenced their career. And the reason is plain. Brought up in -expensive habits, they spend entirely too much. Educated with high notions of per sonal importance, they will not, as they phrase it, stoop to hard work. Is it aston ishing, therefore, that they are passed in the race ot life by others with less capital orig inally, but more energy, thrift, and indus try ? For these virtues, after all, are worth more than money. They make money, in fact. Nay, after it is made, they enable the possessor to keep it, which most rich men pronounce to be more difficult than the mak ing. The young man who begins life with a resolution always to lay by part of his in come is sure, even without extraordinary ability, gradually to acquire a sufficiency, especially as habits of economy, which the resolution renders necessary, will make that a competence for him which would be quite insufficient for an extravagant person. It is really what we save, more than what we make, which leads us to fortune. IIe who enlarges his expenses as fast as his earnings increase must always be poor, no matter what his abilities. And content may be had on comparatively little. It is not in luxu rious living that men find real, happiness. &ientific American. A MAN- needs a thorough, special training for business as well as for any other calling in life. To go through college and to travel no more fits him to manage a business than it does to make a boot. Give him leather, and a last, and tools, and he will make a botch of the job, and spoil the material. Could more be expected of him when called upon to do thetother work which is at vari ance with all his past experience ? A MOUNT IIETELtownship farmer cut open an old hornet's nest, just to examine the in side arrangements. He says he thinks he will be ably to see his bzr9 in 4bout two W..k.. DEATH OF FORSTEn.--John Forster, the great friend of Charles Dickens, has just died at the age of sixty-three. A journalist, historian, critic and biographer, he occupied a high place inl the estimation of the most distinguished men of his nation. lie is known to the people on this side of the wa ter by his biography of -Dickens-a work that gives its author his greatest reputation. Born at Newcastle in 1812, the same year of Dickens' birth, Forster was originally edu cated for the bar, but at an early age became a writer and subsequently editor of the Lon don Examiner. lie remained connected with this paper for over eighteen years, and after Dickens retired from the editorship of the Daily News, Forster succeeded him. IIis most celebrated works are his "Biograph ical and Historical Essays," his " Life of Oliver Goldsmith," his "Life of Charles Dickens " and his "Life of Jonathan Swilt" -his last work, and only recently pub lisiied. SaE VOTED.-Considering that the follow ing tomes from a Laramie paper it is not very bad. The papers have been: telling about the Laramie woman who sat dlown and took a good cry when her vote was challenged. Now let them talk about the woman at Medicine Bow, who, just as she was depositing her vote last election day, was surprised to hear a burly rough sing out: " I challenge that woman's vote." "On what grounds, sir ? " "She hasn't been long enough in the Ter ritory." Did the woman sit down and cry over it ? It is not recorded. Her dainty little hand slid back to the folds of her pull-back, and the next thing that audacious chap knew he was gazing into the muzzle of a derringer, while the fair voter said: " How long have I been in the Territory, sir?" " Look out, madam-don't. That cussed thing might go off--take it away; I beg your pardon; I-don't touch that trigger-I I--I'm mistaken in the woman. Please point that the other way. I'll lick the lying sheep-thief that says you haven't lived here in this town for more than ten years. I sw'ar [ will." He scooted around the corner and she smilingly passed in her ticket. IIUGGED.-The Liverpool Post says that compensation for being hugged by a Polar bear in Lime-street Station was claimed at the Court of Passage. on January 6, from the London and Northwestern Railway Company. The victim of the alarming em brace was a Mrs. Montgomery, who was waiting for a train with her husband and brother. The bear was confined in & barrel which was placed on a hand-truck, and it was alleged that Mrs. Montgomery, uncon scious of the proximity of the bear,, found herself in the grasp of its paws and squeezed so severely that her breath was quite taken away. As soon as she could scream the nn comfortable plight she was in was discov ered, and she was rescued without suffering from broken bones, but not without painful physical and nervous sensations, which have not yet left her. She wore at .the time a sealskin jacket, and the learned assessor suggested that the conduct of the bear niight be referable to an association of ideas be tween this article of dress and the animal's former seal-hunting exploits mn the Arctic regions. The jury returned averdictfor the plaintiff-damages £00. SAVING AND HAVING.-Either a man must be content with poverty all his life, or else be willing to deny himselt some luxuries, and save, to lay the base of independence in the future. But if a man defies the future, and spends all he earns, (whether his earn ings be one dollar or ten dollars a day,) let him look for lean and hungry want at some future time-for it will surely come, no mat ter what he thinks. To save is absolutely the only way to get a solidfortune; there is no other certain mode. Those who shut their eyes and ears to these plain facts will be forever poor, and for their obstinate:rejection of the truth,may hap will die in rags and filth. Let them so die, and thank themselves. But, no They take a sort of recompense in cursing fortmune. Great waste of breath. They might as well curse mountains and eternal hills, For I can tell them fortun does not give away her real and substantial goods. She sells them to the highest bidder, to the hardest and wisest worker for the boon. Men never make so fatal a mistake as when they think themselves creatures of fate; 'tis sheerest folly in the world. Every man may make or mar his life, whichever he may choose. Fortune is for those who by diligence, honesty, frugality, place themselves in position to grasp hold of fortune when it appears in view. The best evidence of frugality is the five hundred dol lars or more standing in your name at the savings bank. The best evidence of hon esty is both diligence and frugality. AvoID SELFISHNESS.-One way to benefit ourselves is to libor for the public good. We cannot isolate ourselves as individuals from society in which we live and of which" we form a part. Selfishness and exclusiveness may enable us to make a suecess of our bus iness or private enterprise, but our life is a failure if we never rise above self and self in-' terest. How many men are pushing their own business to the exclusion of every thing else, not even regarding the rights of others, much less caring for their interests or the intersts of the public. Selfishness and av arice dwarf the soul and freeze out all the fine feelings of man's nature. Without some self-denial the graces of the Christian reli gion cannot exist. Charity and avarice can never dwell in the same home. Let us then stop always putting self first, for in this case none of the important interests of society will ever occupy a place in our minds or la bors; only let some of the energy and watch fulness which characterize our efforts in: ad vanciug our own interests be exercised in behalf of the community in which we live. A BIRD'S PETITION.-1The following ii nique petition was received at the clerk's of fice of the board of supervisors, at San Fran cisco, Cal., recently and was presented to the board that night: To the Honorable Board of Supervisors. We, denizens of the air, address our plain tive prayer. For our sakes and the sakes of hundreds of gentle comrades, who, in their brief span of life, gladdened, amid the weighty cares of your position oft-times, your hearts with their sweet warblings and tender lays, but who now alas I! lie moulder ing on the ground, we the mourning surviv ors beg with bleeding hearts that you, in your pity for us, make stern laws and have them sternly enforced; for with their dread ful slung-shots the wicked school boys make our life full of endless cares and anxiety; they frighten our gentle mates, daily drop from our midst our beloved brethren, and leave us to weep our bitter tears over the untimely end of our fellow creatures and our own uncertain future. Feeling certain that this petition will meet your tender and careful consideration, we place ourselves under your gracious protection, and with hope once more will blend our voices on high in glad bursts of gratitude. In behalf if all our feathered tribe, we sign ourselves, respectful ly the committee, Misses Chirpie, Sparrow, California Canary, Humming Bird. RICH WITHOUT MoNEY.-Many a man is rich without money. Thousands of men with nothing in their pockets, are rich. A man born with a good, sound stomach, a good heart, and good limbs, and a pretty good head-piece, is rich. Good bones are better than gold; tough muscles than sil ver; and nerves that flash fire and carry en ergy to every function, are better than houses and lands. It is better than a landed estate to have the right kind of a fIther and moth er. Good breeds and bad breeds exist among men as really as among herds and horses. Education may do much to check evil ten dencies or to develop good ones; but it is a great thing to inherit the right proportion of faculties to start with. The man is rich who has a good disposition-who is naturally kind, patient, cheerful, and who has a flavor of wit and fun in his composition. NEwsBoYs.-Every one who has passed late of a cold winter's night through the streets of louver New York must have ohb. served the grbups of thinly-clad, shivering boys huddled over the sidewalk-gratings in front of buildings were steam is used. The writer was passing the World office one cold winter morning, just before tlhe hour for going to press, and notlaed a little newsboy curle4 up, fiast asleep, on one of the grat. ings, A compadlon was walklm up and down, his hands in his pockets, his head shrunk down between his shoulders, and his whole air betokening patient endurance of the biting cold. Just then Trinity Church clock struck the hour of three., " Wake up, Bill," said the lad who was, walking, giving the sleeper a gentle pusli with his foot; " wake tip ; it's my turn now." The boy uncurled himself slowly, got up without a word, and began walking, back and forth, while his companion, wlthE an expressive " Golly ! ain't I cold I" took his place on the grating, and was fast asleep in half a minute.-Haroer's Weekly. SOME geologists think the earth is sinking in the equatorial region, and is being thrust out in the direction of the poles. Itis to a great extent proved that valeanoes are not found in areas of upheaval, but of depres sion, They are the most numerous in the equatorial regions, and constantly increase in number as the equator is approached from the poles, It is also remarkable that the two volcantogroups of the Antilles and Sunda Islands are exactly antipodes of each other, and also in the vicinity of the two poles of flattening, the existence of which on the sur face of the globe has been proved by the re cent calculations of astronomers. A WITTY moralist says that "many a man thinks it's virtue that.keeps him from turn. ing a rascal, when it is only a full stomach." One should be careful, and not mistake pota toes for principles. GOLDEN SHEAVES. More holiness give me, More strivings withm, More patience in suffering, More sorrow for sin, More faith in my Saviour, More sense of His care, More joy in His service, More purpose in prayer. -True affection ;rows stronger as it grows older. -The door between us and heaven can not ble opened, if that between us and our fellow men is shut. -As sharp and nipping winters do to the. earth, so do afflictions do to the heart-they mellow it, make it fruitful. -There is a gift that is almost a blow, and there is a kind word that is munffi~ene'i so much is there in the way of doing things- Arthur Helps. -When some die, all that can be said of them is, "They lived in splendid style, were driven in splendid equipages, and died, leav ing to their heirs a splendid fortune. -A man is relieved anil gay when he has put his heartinto his work and done his best; butwhat he has said or done otherwise shall give him no peace.-Emerson -Of what character is your conversation P Is it pure? Whatever it may be, be assured it is an unerring index to your heart. Theee' tree is known by its fruits. Out of the a bundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. Let your words be words of truth and pu, rity, -Always say a kind word if you can, lf only that it may come in, perhaps, with sine. gular opportuneness, entering some mourn, ful man's darkened room like a beautiful fire, fly, whose happy circumvolutions he can,: not but watch, forgetting his many troub. les.--Helps. -Limit your wants, estimate their cost, and never exceed it, taking pains always to keep it inside of your income, Thus you will secure your. lasting Independence, Young men thlnl1of this. A great deal of the happiness of.our lives depends upon it. After having wpde your money, spend it as you choose, honestly ; but be sure you make it first. -The Heaven ofwhich we have to tell yotA is alawkso good that it was spoken of in the covenant before the world was, It has been promised to the people of God ten thou. sand times. Jesus has shed his Mostio prT clous blobd that he might open the gates olf it andbringus in. And it is a Iani,--soch40 land-thnt if you had but seen it;t i'olp, could but know what it is, you would pine away in stopping hee; for its very dusty is Gold; its meanest joys ere richer thai, the transports of earth, and the poorest ir the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. who is the mightiest prince D the JIJngdrn of the world,