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TI'HE HOII CIR CLE.
THE DERAMER. All (lay the white-haired woman sits Beside the open door and knits; No living thing her dim eye sees, As busy with old memories, she dreams her dreams of what has been, And knits her old-time fancies in. She thinks of those who long ago Went out across the threshold 1ow. how many times her listening ear Has thought familiar footsteps near, And she has started up to find A dead leaf rustling in the wind. But never as of those who lie Beneath the wide and tender sky, With folded hands pn quiet breast, All wrapped about with peace and rest, She thinks of them. For her they tread The green earth with her. None are dead. Though years have fallen like the leaves Above tihe graves where summer weaves 1cr- grasqfringed coverlet, to keep Safe hid from us the ones asleep, She sees them all. Not grass nor mold Can hide the ones she loved of old. She talks with them. When brown-winged bees Make Imerry in the locust trees, She thinks he comes and sits with her Whose voice was love's iuterpreter. O M nerd Woung agtdin to-dkty, What matter if your hair is g'ray? Sometimes she thinks that round her knee Her children play in happy glee, And when they tired and sleepy grow She sings some song of long ago, And on her loving mother-breast She rocks her little ones to rest. o dreamer knitting all the day Your dreams in with your stitches gray, Yours is a happy, happy heart, A haunted world from ours apart. The years that turned your tresses gray Have given you pack your youth to-day. DRESSING FOR THE HOME. What strangers think of us is ofthe small est possible consequence compared with the estimate placed upon us by our children and those with whom we are brought into in liunate association. If they love and believ in us, and find in us all things worthy of ad miration ati imitation, of how little com parative value is the approval of strangers! All true refinement in dress, in rnrnner, in character, is the result of an interior worth and genuineness. A lady arrayed in simple calico is often more attractive and graceful. and winning than another in silks and satins and velvets. 'these do not create refinement or taste in the wearer; they are the merest framework of the pic ture, which may be a plain chromo, or a wretched daub, or-a masterpiece. With the pretty calico at six and ten cents a yard there is no excuse for untidiness in our women at home. With the present styles, calicoes inty be made simply, with little work, and so as tp be washed and ironed with very slight trouble. It is mere folly for a woman who expects to wear daily the dress she makes up, to make it in three stories -skirt, ovei;ýkirt, and basque, with ruffles and puffs and trimmings. A plain wrapper or a saque and skirt, with bias folds for trim Ining, is vastly prettier for colico fabrics than more elaborate styles of making, es pecially for those wonlen who have little children iand"who do their own work. For such, calico is the only sensible and, service able home dress. Every time it is washed it is as clean and sweet and fresh as when it was new, and, with a linen colar in the neck, such a dress is good enough for every day wear, bett.er far than a shabby woolen dress with soiled and draggled flounces, with torn and tangled fringe, ivith dirty sleeves and dust grimed into it everywhere. We aidtst live with ourselves all the time, as well when qt hone, qs when abroad, and she who re sjeetshhm'seff and would keep tin good terms with herself, morning, noon andunight, can not, so far as she is honest and genuine hat er of shatms, neglect to keep her person and dress tidy without injury or suffering of sonic sort, either in herself or those around her. After all that may be said about it, tidi ness is as much the result of trainhig And habit as of interior necessity, an, unless one is cariftml not to relax the sinews of deter mination in this respect the exigencies of every day lite and the natural tendencies to lower the tone below concert pitch will, little by little, cause negligences to creep in until indifference to externals gradually Jn cr;nrig, imfidy dress at home vill be' the rule aid not the exception. *AT AL AGE OF TEsRS. It seems to be the commor' belief that there is no limit to the natural age of apple trees. Brit this is certainly a mistake. We all know that the peach tree usually fails to be profitable at 12 or 15 years of, age, and the cherry and plum average only 20 to 30 years; the pear, in favorable circumstances 40 to 50 years-in rare cases a much longer time; so, also the apple tree has its natural limit, and although like man's 'life, the du ration of the period of health and vigor, varies greatly, according to constitution, nurture, climate, &c., its approaching tet" mination is indicated by signs of debility and diseases. On very deep and favorable soils, and, where the trees are not damaged by the severity of climate, apple orchards are occasionally found bearing fair crops of fruit at 80 to 100 years of age, but these are nearly as rare as for their owners to live so long. Very few soils are ot the best kind for an orchard, and everywhere our climate is too warm or at times too cold for the best health of the trees. Injury by severe cold blackening all the wood, we are convinced is a very common cause of the premature fail ure of orchards; but starvation in conse quence of exhaustion of the soil, is still more common, and this is a more difficult matter than most of the people suppose, especially when; the trees have attained full-bearing size. - INFLUENCE OF WOMAN. It is by' the promulgation of sound mor als in the community, and more especially by the training and instruction of the young that woman performs her part towards the preservation of a free governmient. It is generally admnited that public liberty, the perpetuity of a free ednstitution, rests on the virtue and intelligence of the communi ty, which enjoys it. How is that virtue to ,be inspired, and how is that intelligence to be communicated ? Bonaparte once asked Madam de Stael in what manner he could most promote the happiness of France. Her reply is full of poetical wisdom. She said ; 1 Mothers are, indeed, the affectionate anid effective teachers, of the human race. The m9therJetiaher piwo*stf rmfrig with the infant in her arms. It is she who directs, so to speak, its first mepital and spiritual pulsations. She conducts it along the im pressible years of childhood and youth, and hopes to deliver it to the rough contest and tumultuous scenes of life, armed by those good principles which her child has received from maternaL care aum love. If we draw within the circle of our contem plation the mothers of a civilized nation, what do we see? We behold so many artif icers working, not on frail and perishable matter, but on the immortal mind, molding and fashioning beings who are to exist for ever. We applaud the artist whose skill and genius presents the mimic man upon the canvas; we admire and celebrate the scuip` tor who works out that same image in en during marble ; but how insignificant are these achievements, though, the highest and the fairest in all the departments of art, in comparison with the great vocation of hu man mothers! They work, not the canvas that shall fail, or the uimarble that shall crumble into dust, but upon mind,upon spir it, which is to last forever, and which is to bear, for good or evil, throughout its du ration, the impress of a mother's plastic hand. Our security for the duration of the free institutions which bless our country depends upon the habits of virtue and the prevalence of knowledge and of education. Knowl. edge does not comprise all whicl is contain ed in the larger term i oft dueation. The feelings are to be disciplined; a profound re ligious tecling is to be instilled, and pure morality ,inculcated under all circumstim ces. All this is ,comnprised la education. Mothers whodare faithful to this duty , will tell their children that nieither, in poitical nor in any other concerug of life can man ever withdraw himself from the perpetual obligations of conscience and of duty; that in every. act, whether public or private, le incurs a just responsibility ; ,and that in no conditions is he warrante(lý in trit ing with important rights and obligations.. It is in the iinculcaUon of high and pure morals, such as these, that, in a free country women performs her sacred duty and fulfille her destiny. PncsslA has 28,000 comnorn schools. A I4TTLE STORY OF THE CENTENNIAL. In the women's Pavilion there is a 'cast ing by a young lady artist, which is ln.terd ed to illtistrate the legend-of St. Christobpher. As the story goes, there was once a brawny smith who had such a high opinion of his own power that he declared he would serve none but the greatest and most mighty king. Searching for such a hnaster, he wandered aver all the earth, till, at last, he came to the cot of a hermit, and asked for his advice and assistance. The hernit, after thinking for a long time, directed the smith to go to a cer tain ford which was exceedingly dangerous of passage, and to assist travelers who might desire to pass. The smith did so, and as the evening came on he was approached by a little child, who asked to be carried across. Making light of such a burden, the Smith took the child on his shoulder and boldly walked iato the water, but as he approached the middle of the stream he found that the child grew heavier; until he thought he most sink under the weight. But he had faith and crossed to the further shore in safe ty. Then he began to wonder at the mys terious weight ot the child, and it was re vealed to him that lie had carried on his shoulder " Christ, the mightiest of Kings" who had appeared to him in the form of the humblest and weakest of mortals. Know ing this, he fell down on his knees and wor shiped the little child, vowing that he would serve no other .Kmng but him, and from that time forth lie was known through out all the land as Christopher the Christ bearer. The artist represented the Saint in the attitude of kneeling at the feet of the child and worshiping him. ''Because of this conspicuous position, more perhaps than any merit which they possess, the figures attract attention and excite much comment. A few days ago the usual crowd was gath ered around thenm, when an ,old gentleman of an inquiring turn of mind said to a fash ionably-dressed young womag Mho accom panied him, " It's all very fine, Annie, but what does it mean? " Annie, like most girls of her class, was equal to the emergency, and, catching sight of the inscription, " St. Christo h r u"_1 t er the statues, at once replied, "Oh, t is just a figure. oTrcflro pher Columbus." "Excuse me," said a modest looking little lady, who had over heard this conversation, but You afe mistatk en; it is a representation of. St. Christo pher worshiping the child." Not one bit abashed, and with perfect self-possession, Miss Annie turned upon her lhformant and replied, ' Oh, yes, certainly, just what I said; Christopher Columbus worshiping young America." Of course the little woman was obliged to take a baek seat, and the " girl of the period " walked off in triumph. BRAZILIAN DIAMONDs.-Diamonds said to be worth millions of dollars were sent to .his. country as a part of Brazil's exhibit, and a great safe and a handsome show ease, were prepared as their receptacles by night and day. Four Barzilta y ere to act as a constanit uard over the treasure. `A reg ulation, howeves, prevents " the tranisfer of the diamonds from the custom-house to the exhibition. A bond of double their value is required as a gumirantee that they will not be sold lh this country without the duty being paid, and the Brazilian commth sioners cannot comply. Dona Pedro made personal effort to arrange the b'usiness, but lie was told that even Secretariy'Bristow had not the power to vary the rule. DIVLNQ IN' fHE OCEAN FOoi FRESH WATER. -One of the hottest regions of the earth is along the Persian gulf, .where little or no rain falls. At Bahrein the anrid shore has no, fresh water; yet a comparatively nu merous population contrives to'exist there, thanks to copious springs which burst forth, from the bottom of the sea. The fresh wa ter is got by diving, The diver, sitting in 14s boat, winds a great goatskin bag around his left arm, the hand grasping its mouth; then he takes in his right hand a heavy stone, to which lie attaches a strong line, and thus equipped he plunges in and quickly reaches the lottoin. instantly opening the bag over the strqng jet of fresh water, )e springs up in the ascending current, at the samhe, tine, closing the bag,.and is helped abroad. The stone is then, bhuled, up, and the. diyer, after taking breath, plunges again. The, PuA e of these copious submarine springs is thought to be hi the greie hihlltof Qman, saue 500 or 600 miles distant.' 'rMistoryor Washington'S first' iteeview with the widow Uustis, and his subsequent engagement tt Xn rry her, Is biefly told it the following paragraphs: It .was in 1758. that Col. Washington, attired in a military undress, and attended by a body servant, crossed the ferry called Williams', oveitihe Pamunky, a brancil of the New York river. On the boat touchinb theNew Kent side, a gentleman invited. hibl to partake of his hospitality. Col. Washing ton declined, as he had important communi cations for the Governor, at Williamsbi g. Mr. Chamberlayne, the gentleman on whosm domains he had landed, would hear of nt excuse. Col. Waishington was a tazi 1 character so dear to all Virginians., *at bl4 passing by without calling and partaking'of the hospitalities of the host was out of question. But it was not until Chamni layne intimated that he would introddce him to a charming young widow, then neath his roof, that the soldier eapitiilat dine-only to dine. The Colonel was introduced to the chapy ing widow. Tradition relates that.they were mutually pleased at their first interview , o much so that Washingpoa's servant wAs ox., dered to put up the horses for the night. The sun was high in the heavens when, on the following morning, the soldier spurred his charger, and speeded~onhis way to the seat of government. Having As patched his business, he retraced his steps, and the engagement took place. JUPITER'S SPOTS.-Flammarlon publishes some interesting oalservations of Jupiter, made in 1874 and 1875, and sums ,up, his work substantially as follows: These ob servations ffi the principal aspects of the planet during these periods of opposil4t(l. They show that the visible surface of this globe is very changeable, but that, l66ver theless, some of the spots persist for entire weeks; that these sPots are aecoteganlied by shadows, difuse and nekLuloun; that the shadows of the satellites are sometimes gray and saitetintesr "blck; rýi that the tints of different portions of the planet .lot only differ from eac) otherý b r4 Apga tone and intensity from tiwe to tlhuy, GOLPEN 89EAVES. "The lives of great men all remind us, Wo can make our lives qublUve, And, departing, leave behind us Foot-prints on the sands of time Foot-prints that perchaneealiother $alilnq o're life' aeauteo s pl inifr A wayword thoughtless brother, .' Seeing, shall.not then dlsdaina" -The best friends are lii the piire.,!e -The chief end of man Is not totgo mon ey. -The most 1tsting monuments are ar&de of paper. -God's grapes of blessing are not gather ed from thorns of wiFohgi bor the figs of his abiding peace fronm the thlStles of evi1." -God Ilser better leasedtlish ahu people Importune hiu in his own wordsaud urge him witha ignrnents gt#LT fr~rngW$Wii promises. " He that spared, not h1$ &wn Soul, but delivered him up; fi its alI; haw shall he not with him also freely g1eus til -Real prayer Is joyous, bectuse tleo promise is sure. The sense of want 1s more than balanced by the assuraneeof blessng. The Spirit recdghlzed this wwhen he cotiJed " thanksgiving " with "suppHeation." WTe reason of such a union oftatat prlngýh fft the union of facts. There is aiwaysand ne eisarilywa great joy.in _ conseloi I antIf attended by strong tattli thatthe supplyds more than enough to meet it. If we pru'+tp' to a selfish, cold-bearted, adrdid God, tihe shadow of despair wyould chill our supil cations; but the weq lh oflove anitdgqneoc ity which we know our Father exercjset us-ward, .asts a ruYidoW over the soul,. ay4' dropsraym of glnduess into its depths, mak ing our prayers so ,early praise that -tf f: impossible th divide between them , oratel where the fortder begins, or t llatter . " Ask amd -roeeive," is a sweet sentence. .Not that ,the Lord always .gives the precise thing we ask; he gives that or something letter; If we misajtt dbjud"g1 for 'Is, so that we have the neet ar Wi 1nihate wisdom.as well. As tho' 'wealth otthid 1kw&/ Faith ' ijoices -itt; thtisj IDbbt fe lanxfo about the thiug 4V&dee; fldth rel 'atesi alt to lot, ,t rets tiejtAc ig that wisdom supervises and ccrrects put w4i.ps 'T'hus prayer is praide.