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THE RHO1ME CIRCLE.
- - - -dr THE OLD SCISSORS' SOLILOQUY. as BT PARMENAS MIX. I am lying at rest in the sanctum to-night- to The place is deserted and still- h To my right lie exchanges and manuscripts white, th To my left are the ink and the quill Yes, the quill, for my master's old-fashioned and quaint, And refuses to write with a pen, lie insists that old Franklin, the editor saint, nI Used a quill, and he'll imitate Ben. I love the old fellow-together for years S We have managed the '' Farmers' Gazette," el And although I am old, I'm his favorite shears And can crowd the compositors yet. m But nmy duties are rather too heavy, I think, And I oftentimes envy the quill As it lazily leans with its nib in the ink a While I'm slashing away with a will. hi But when I was new-I remember it well, Though a score o' long years have gone by The heaviest share of the editing fell ti On the quill, and I think with a sigh k Of the days when I'd scissor an extract or two 1 From a neighboring editor's leader, Then laugh in my sleeve at the quill as it flew In behalf of the general reader. I am being paid off for my merriment then, t( For my nmaster is wrinkled and gray, And seldom lays hold on his primitive pen, Except when he wishes to say : ' We are needing some money to run this machine, S And subscribers will please to remit;'" Or, " That last load of wood that Jones brought n us was green, And so knotty it couldn't by split.' lie is nervous and deaf and is getting quite blind t (Though he hates to acknowledlge the latter), And I'm sorry to say it's a puzzle to find Head or tail to the most of his matter. The compositors plague him whenever they see t The result of a luckless endeavor, But the darling old rascal just lays it to me, And I make no remonstrance whatever. Yes, I shoulder the blame-very little I care For the jolly compositor's jest, t For I think of a head with the silvery hair That will soon, very soon be at rest. He has labored full long for the true and the good 'Mid the manifold troubles that irk us IIis only emolument, raiment and food, And-a pass, now and then, to the circus. Ileigho ! from the past comes a memory bright Of a lass with the freshness of clover, Who used me to clip from her tresses one night A memorial lock for her lover. That dear little lock is still glossy and brown, But the lass is much older and fatter, And the youth-he's an editor here in the town I'm employed on the staff of the latter. I am lying nt rest in the sanctum to-night The place is leserted and still The stars are abroad, and the moon is in sight Through the trees on the brow of the hill. Clouds hurry along in undignified haste And the wind rushes by with a wail Hello! there's a whopping big rat in the paste How I'd like to shut down on his tail! -Scribner's Magazine. YACOB. Yacob was the name of an Arab boy in the Oriental city of Cairo. He was poor, and, like most of the poor boys of that city, his chief ambition was to own a donkey and hire him'out to the travelers to go to the pyramids and other places of interest in the neighborhood of Cairo. As it was, le was only the driver of another man's donkey; that is, when the animal was mounted by the traveler, he ran behind, poking the quad ruped with a sharp stick to keep him in a brisk trot. One day, while Yacob' was standing in front of Shepherd's Hotelin Cairo, wishing he had a donkey of his own, an English tray eler on the veranda beckoned to him and asked him why he looked so wistful, and Yacob answered that he was unhappyt be Scause he had no donkey. And when the Englishman heard his sto ry, he called his servant and told him to bring up Mafishi which was an old sleepy donkey. Then he said to Yacob : " Would'you be happy if you owned that donkey, my lad?" "Oh, master, I would be happy with any donkey ! "' said Yacob. " Then;" said, the Ebglishman, "he is yours--1 make him a present to you." When he hald thiis, the other travelers gathered around, with smiles on their faces, for it appeared that the Englishman was a man much given to making fun.. Re.told Yacob to get on the donkey and'ride him up and down in front of the hotel a few times,, to show bhis gait. Yacob got astride ffim, mad fou nthat he was stif~Ir' tti- 1egs' ahd 'i4edt slawl! notwitl1tanding. the sharD pokes he gave pim with his stick. the "I shall give the donkey a name that will cen draw custom for you," said the Engishman 1 as thelad rode up to the veranda. op4 Yacob was much pleased that his benefac- vo tor should give the donkey a name, for he nai had seen some of his companions who hired inc their donkeys more easily than others, on do] account of. fortunate names given them by def travelers. on "I shall be much glad to call him what sal my master pleases," said Yacob. an "Then his name shall be Lightning," in said the Englishman, and the other trvel- to ers laughed. thi Yacob did not know what lightning an meant, and he continued to call his donkey lei by that name after the Englishman went tel away. Ile did not have much difficulty in to hiring his donkey;. but when the travelers started on their journey, they told Yacob he go was a humbug, and that he had imposed on b3 them with his animal. So that they only *', kept Lightning for a few minutes, and the et same people never hired him twice. th One day, as he led his old donkey toward 'te the hotel veranda, after being called a little fo humbug by an angry traveler, who refused dt to pay him for hire for half a hour, he was tli spoken to by a fat man in a long black coat, re who told him he ought to call his donkey Slow-coach. After that Yacob called him Slow-coach, tr not knowing any more about the name than is he did about Lightning. But this change al of name, instead of mending matters, made E them worse. In short, no, one would hire si his donkey any more on any condition, and h Yacob and Slow-coach were a rueful pair, as a they stood idly before the hotel. ii One day, as he stood thus, the Prince of n Wales came out from the veranda (the Prince a was then on his way to the West Indies), mounted Slow-coach and rode lhim two or t three yards, and then got off and took an- a other donkey. Thereupon Yacob bemoaned d Shis bad luck in hearing of an American sit ting in a tilted chair on the veranda. " Yacob," said the American, " your t donkey shall be hired as much as any other, a but hereafter his name must be the Prince of Wales," The American had a certificate drawn up 1 and sworn to before the American Consul in Cairo, to show that the Prince of Wales had, without any doubt, mounted Yacob's don key; and when the lad wanted to hire the animal to any man, woman or child fi'om England, all he had to do was to show this certificate, and they straightway engaged him, notwithstanding his moping gait and stiff legs. They. engaged him for whole days, fondled him, and begged Yacob not to poke him up too sharp from behind. They fed him with whatever he would eat, and the only drawback to the donkey's pleasant life was that his tail was plucked a good deal n for mementos. Yacob said, and says still, that the¶uckiest rday of life was when he was spoken to by d the American gentleman in a tilted chair." -e -Albert Rhodes in St. Nicholas for May. Ls SPRING STYLES. Affection:s are cut close, are worn by old y and young, and are equally becoming to all. 1- They are useful for every-day wear, for hill a climbing and roclk-scalinig. They come mostly inthe old d'ecided colors, and are n worn long or short to suit the taste or con g veiltefce of the wearer. v- HOnor is beginning to be considered a i1 somewhat antiquated goods. Several large td houses are selling out below cost, prepara e- tory to going out of business, "as there is no profit in it," thef say. Large stocks o- have acicumulated on their haird, as they to found few purchasers for even the finest >y quality. Some apparently heavy dealers, have failed entirely, and; closed up for wait at of capital. Generosity vas: much worn at the holiday ly season. It is hot an imported g)ods, but of home manufhesture, and comes min all prices is and grades. Intellect is much sought after at certaih rs shops where it is supposed to be founld A s, " shoddy" article is often palmed; off aop s a shoppers, a quality with a- cotton baisk tind ld satin figure. But those really dOeitous of up purchasnihg can always find a genutiie asrtl es,, dele, arid ti within the means of the pootr. F, rand, $hongh not as popiular as it was d last yegr, is occasionally worn ais a reglCge tho retiring Into bankrunter . and at the reception of creditors by their two ]per f cent. debtors. old There'is another garment shown at the wh< openings which promises to-be as great a fa- I ne vorite this spring as ever. Its commpon hay name is Love. It comes in suits, prices rang- deat ing from one hundred to many thousand othe dollars per suit. It is made to order when qua desired. Sometimes much profit is realized die on the sales. Many who have purchased say that it can be turned and made over for A another season. There is much counterfeit the in the nmarket. It requires a practiced eye Sac to detect the false. Only the real will wear; Opl the frail imitation soon gets shabby by dust tim and iriction. I am told that some of our a r, leading fashionables invest in'the cheap ma- retM terial, and trimmed up nicely it is thought 'on to look as well as the genuine. spr Policy is one of the most popular over garments of the season. It seems to be worn by all ages and classes. It is considered the lies correct thing " for court, business or'soci- 1es ety" Some skill is required in wearing it, so kni that the lining, which is often of a different 'texture, shall not show. Those designed for ladies are often trimmed with a bewil dering combination of puffs, bows folds; those for gentlemen are ornamented with red tape.-Scribner for May. TURNING POINTS. Marriage is unquestionably as decided a turning point in human destiny as can be. It is, however, a turning point which, least of all, should be left to mere blind chance. Everybody now recollects how Lord Byron staked on a toss up whether.he should make to his offer to Miss Milbanke or not. Mr. Grant. M asserts that there is an English duke now living, who wrote the following letter, when br marquis, to a friend with whom he had agreed to inspect some carriages in Long Acre: " It will not be necessary to meet me to-morrow, to go to Long Acre to. look for a carriage. From a remark made by the s duke (his father) to-day, I fancy Inam going to be married." Not only had the marquis v* left his father to choose a bride for him and a r to make the other necessary matrimonial ix arrangements; but when the intimation.was e made to him by the duke that the future marchioness had been fixed :on, he seemed . P to view the whole affair as ifit had been one n which did not concern him in the least. w, We nmvas singular anecdote of the late " Duke of Sutherlafith.o On the lfii ig'ig othe e e day of his marriage, a friend: of his fdund n him leaning carelessly over the railing at the is edge of the water in St. James's Park, and d throwing crumbs of bread'to the ducks. His e friend, supprised to see him at such a place, 1 le and so engaged, within two hours of the ap bo pointed time for his marriage to one of the y first women i. England-one in whose veins ' le the blood of the Howards flowed-exclaim- f fe ed, "What, you here to-day ! 1 thought e you were going to be married this morn- e ing?" " Yes," was his answer, given with st the most perfect nonchalance and throwing v ya few more crumbs to the ducks, 'without 1 moving from the railing on which he was a leaning--" yes, I believe Ioam." I ONE VIEW OF MARRIAGE.-As a general Id proposition it has been often stated that there l1. is more misery in the world than the wgrld 11 knows. This is especially true of marriage, 1e and it reminds us of an absurd story which re wits told of a Poman Catholic boy who, on . U- b.ing examined in bhi catechism, replied to the q~uestion, " What is matrimony ?" by a saying, " A middle state, in wcich peoplea sf'r I e for a time on account of their airs." ]Ilis'con a- fusion between purgatory and matrimony i s well expresses what must be Jin the minds of I ksmany persons who haveimnade a)alse..marve in the lottery of life, which, if it does not st make their life a bell upon earth, has at least i rs converted it into a purgatory, .. PLATrOmOS.-- r. G. I: Lewe$, (Geo. Ell sy ot's husband) says that the coinmon notiopn, of ot a Platonic attachment is ~the affebtlon i es 'which a man hasfor a '.rl lwhom he cannot or will not marry. W'i4hm1tb 'says s, that ia' the soul goes forth in its sla ifor luanty- - A which seems sentimnental enogh-blit then op~flato identifies beauty with' trith, whibh $: hd 'iot 0: entimeitail. Plait"do h'ib t ihnt.o: of duce dny oonsiderationd 6~ 'ex '.into his thee' t- ory. In the Phedrus an els'ewhere, ldt"i r. 'gives is his' notion of rimatiers, .1id if any ras 'one Thinks that Plato's dialogues are enii ige lightened witlih much loe talk, he can l;av at ,done but little.in thaZ.wikleirnesa of-dialeat SDi'you ever break a yoke of four-year old steers ?" asked a farmer of a young chap who wanted to marry his daughter. "No I never did," was the meek reply, "but I have rode a emule in a circus, and had i good deal of other experience in the world." "No other experience," said the tarmer, " could qualify you, young man, for trying to han dle that girl," and the sad youth departed. A TRAVELER on the Continent, visiting the 'Cathedral of-, was shown by the Sacristan, among other marvels, a dirty, opaque glass phial. After eyeing it some time, the traveler said. " Do you call this a relic? Why, it is empty." "Empty!" retorted the Sacristan indignantly. "Sir, it contains sonre of the darkness that Moses spread over the land of Egypt." A SHREWD old Yankee said he didn't be lieve there was any downright cure for lazi ness in a man. "BUt," he added, "I've known a second wife to hurry it some." GOLDEN SHEAVES. An infant bn its mother's breast, An eager boy at play, A youth by maiden 'air caressed, A stalwart man with care oppressed, An old man silver gray, Is all in life we know A joy, afear- SA smile, a tear,- S . Andall is o'er below@ -Speak fitly or be silent wisely. S--It is when to-morrow's bureen is added, e to the burden of to-day, that the :weight Is it more than a man can bear. ---is more delightful to pull down, a branch and pluck a freshfapple, than to pick one from a carved dish. g -As the bee collects nectar ane departs i without injuring the flower, or Fts color and le scent, so let the sage dwell on the earth.. ig -Like a beautiful flower full of color but is without scent, are the fine buit fruitless yi words of him `who does not act accord-: at ingly. as --Believe `me, upoti a dareful observation re you will often find ir.the literary as well as ed military world, most powertal abilities cons, ne cealed under a rustic garb..,, --Trials teach us where;- we:are they dig' up the soil, .~Ad let us se ,v at we are mate. : ot; they just turn up some'of'the ill we( to the sutrtace. ad -Experience teaches, it is true; but' she [is neverteaches in time.,, Each ever britngis ..t lesson, and the lesson is remembered; but the same event neveroccurs again. he -If life had its flhcd 'begining and ediii; as we could finish our works or our affairs, be m.. fore going into the~kter world; but as ey< ht erything is begun Wben . we come to the, 'i ' earth, nothing is endaed when we leave it., . ith -What would be. wanted to make tbis ng world'a kingdom. of Heaven 'i~ that tender, out profoundand self-denying love practiced ras and reco6nmended b SJesus were paramount in every heart,? ~:Krunmaicr er -al -It in the whole people that.wenmust pre ut ouholpo and trust-the 'whole peop! ý." rid as they shall be operated upgnf"by slowly advancing ideas of truth, justidciand r·it e -He that follows the Lord $7, w nIa on goodness and mercy following him coaii j. to ually, If ever God had tailedobbe who " by ed in hln, we might doubt; hut ,he n.aser 4" has, therefore we should be loflifaent. . ,n- -There are four bad Zmothers who ao: ny fourbad daughters:--,,ruth.$3 e4. of prosperlty'hatl Pd rida. teein hr*1 Psil. Ive and familiarity hath pontemti t ."i " -t -It were'igrea7 thing:t to·a aikM If hfis Est I faimily eoui4 truly o 14m :, "~uj'ye ' brought a.frown of itaspplies aroeso hlss threshold." .. . io -Sense shines wftia deuble luatr~,ylbeniy. low it is set tiahvaumiity., An.ab.le -dandyethlum. iot blesuanis a.:jewel worth a Idngdoim." a --Our L] Jesus r(it iti* ja i i of r- curer gij,4 yg gery ag4thalt lies to Him. Len The moment a sinnerbelieves~t Jes.a l '$ $git~j usnue s Into e ihte my 'ait 'tfl/t sa es the soul j ~ j' t GEdotd' 4 its lantid ri o he lorns #ttb tar o sacitfice, '. tis tI " se.P.s. ItL and nothlng ean.l troy It .