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THE HOIE CIRCLE.
ALONE. - BY RUNE BLUFF On, beats there a heart that never has known One dear loved spot it could call its own " Can one look back, one with hair now gray, Without a sigh for life's vanished May? One, whose baby lips were by love unpressed ? Whose childhood's hours were by love unblessed ? If so, what a wilderness 'twas, poor heart! What a grim, drear life for a baby's part! There may be some, thank GOo they are few, Who of youthful sweets so little knew; Who stood or fell when the tempter came, No voice to praise, but many to blame; With none to guard from danger and sin, Who fought alone, to lose or win; Whose griefs or joys there were none to share, Who came or went with none to care: Who had no debt 'twould be sweet to ow d For the kindly helps Love can bestow; Who in their prayers, if they learned the way, hIad never a dear, loved name to say; In whose dreams came never a sweet, home face, That Time from the heart could not efface; No grass-grown graves where they went to weep, No tender mem'ries fore'er to keep: Who lacked that love our hearts all need, Till their virtues sowed at length the seed In other hearts, where it grew and bore Love's pleasant fruit, all unknown before; Or if to their aid no kindword came, Till good and ill were to them the same; Who died as they lived, unloved-who slept In graves where Love no vigil kept. MAKE HOME ATTRACTIVE. What makes home attractive ? Money will procure may luxuries, and is very conduc ive to our earthly comfort. But the riches of this world are not equally divided ; some are provided with means to purchasing any thing that art can produce; yet I do not be lieve they enjoy these home attractions any more than those who make their own adorn inents. I know I prize anything made with my own hands, more than had-i purchased it with money. The more we participate in household affairs and adornments, the more our tastes are refined. I care nothow poor people may be, if they choose to adorn their homes they can do so, with but a tri fling outlay of money. Perhaps I can give a few ideas in regard to crystallizing winter bouquets, etc. First, gather a bouquet of thistles, burrs, heavy grasses, and a few Globe Amaranths (crimson everlasting flowers) interspersed through the bouquet. Take one quart of common salt ane put it into two and a half quarts of water; boil briskly fifteen minutes; take off the stove ; immerse the bouquet in it, and set away where it will not be dis turbed until cold. The crystals are pure white, and the bouquet looks as though it was covered with the tiniest flakes of snow. Another method is painting grasses. Get five cents' worth of seveveral different kinds ot paint (such as is used for painting houses), also some gum arabic, disolved over night. Dip the grasses in the gum arabic and then in the powder (paint), and so on until you have as many colors as you desire. A bou quet of each of these kinds, set on a mantle or brackets, have a good effect on each oth er. If any of our readers have a plant called the Yellow Rose, very handsome frames can be made of the pith ; by using it as soon as taken out, it can be benit in any direction, and stuck together with pins. Take three pieces of pith the length and width you wish the frame; stick pins through each of the corners; then take a piece of pith and double up to imitate a knot and stick on eacl crossing at the corners any one not having this plant, can substi tute the pith of some other plant. Tihe frames look like wax-work, and are often mistaken for it. Quite pretty rustic frames are made simply of large acorn sheJls, var nished either brown or black. I make black varnish by putting a little lampblack in com mon varnish, which is much cheaper than to buy black varnish. Coral frames are lmade by dipping the stems of raisins in red sealing wax, and sticking on a frame. I will next mention how to make a handsome toilet set of corset laces; twenty-eight laces will make a set consisting of five pieces. Comumence with a lace, and sew round andround until you have sewed three laces hi a soMi mass; then make small rings (solid), the size of a siL'er- quarter;, and sew alti aroak them; next, turee plai rows of laces, then another row of rings; this makes tha larie mat f wash-b.owL. Then make the others the size you wish, and to corres pond with large one. A set can be easily made of marseilles, embroidered around the the edge in scarlet, and a monogram in the center. Handsome pictures may be made by cutting white paper in the form of a dog, cat, mpuse, etc., and then arranging then n some design : tor instance: Cut a tree with a bird upon one of the branches, a cat running up the same tree, a cow, dog, or anything preferred, lying under the tree; then put the whole design upon dark cloth, and, when framed; it makes a picture hand some enough for any parlor. Perhaps some of the readers would like to know an easy aind cheap method of making counterpanes, as they are more profitable than quilts and much easier washed. Get five yards common sheeting and make ilto a spread, then one pound and a half candle wicking. Take six balls of the wick ing; put the ends together, and cut in pieces of three inches in length, until the balls are used up; lay the spread on the floor and mark out your design in circles, diamonds, or any pattern you like; then double the pieces of candlewick together and sew on to form the design. This makes a counter pane very heavy, and takes the place of a quilt, and is more durable. Comforts for spare rooms are very pretty made of white paper muslin, and knotted with scarlet yarn; some would object and say they would get dirty so quick, but the gloss on the muslin prevents the dirt from sticking. Bedroom carpets may be easily made, and are durable for that purpose, by taking two long wooden needles, and, knit ting rags the same style as garters are knit ted. Winter evenings are lengthy, and by spending an hour or two each evening, how many litle fancy articles can be made with our own hands, and render our homes at tractive and inviting.-E. H. M. in Floral Cabinet. KISSING. We are sorry to see that a contemporary treats this subject with a judicial gravity which should be reserved for another cause. It seems that a Connecticut girl wrote to the editor to ask this important question : " Is it proper for a lady to kiss a gentleman good-night when she has been carriage-rid ing with him?" As the discussion of this point comes home to the business and bo soms of thousands of both sexes throughout the country, it should not be lightly nor flippantly carried on, therefore the journal in question gravely answers: "A lady may kiss a gentlemen after she has been carriage-riding with him under cer tain circumstances, but they are very few. If she is engaged to him we have no' objec tion, nor have we if she is a near relative. Otherwise she she had better politely refuse to do it, for that is a foolish maiden who throws away her kisses." Now the first of these three sentences is merely a general statement of what follows in detail. The last is a new form of the old saying that the fruit that.falls without shak ing is rather too mellow. The middle sen tence contains the gist of the whole matter, and this maintains that a girl must only kiss her near relative and the man to whom she is engaged to be married. As for kissing mere relatives in such circum stances, that is simply nonsense. Mere relatives don't want to kiss her, and she doesn't want them to kiss her. The rule is, therefore, practically narrowed down to this-that a girl may kiss her accepted lover and no one else. If this rule of conduct were adopted how many girls would have accepted lovers to, kiss? Does an engagement come suddenly after a mere formal acquaintance, or is it not the result of a gradually growing intimacy in which men and women learn to understand, by carriage-riding and otherwise, and con fide in one another? This doctrine, to be consistent, should be carried a little further, and maintain that a girl should not go out carriage-riding except with a near relative or the man to whom she is engaged. This is the principle adopted for the government of the young ladies at a certain seminary, and we recommend to the consideration of our contemporary the answer of a lively pupil to the precepteesa who undertook jo enforce the rule against her. The youngla dy asked permission to drive out with a gen tleman. " You know the regulations of the institution," was the answer. "Is he your father?." "? L d.2' "Is he your brother?" "No." "Are you engaged to him?" "No, i but I expect to be before I get back." That answer carried the day, and there is mudc philosophy in! it touching the w.iole subject of Courtship, kissing anui carriage-ridhig. Waverley, IDOLS. Idols are the sacred, worshipped objects of the human heart. An idol may be stone but it is no less an idol. Few, now, bow down to Gods of wood and stone ; yet there are many who bow and pray before the shrines of their secret idols. Man is prone to worship, and it he worship .not God he worships at some other altar. Where we love with our whole hearts we place our happiness. I'p L._ ,. 'l_, 1- . . .. lo'z . . - . . . . . The idol may be gold; it may come in 0 showers upon us, yet it is kept hidden inx i 'darkness, and fills the' heart with greater 8 gloom than that in which it lies. Gold Is a'! mockery when an widol. The idol may be self. This is the basest a of idols, for in every other worship there is c generosity except in this. Every word, or thought, ministel's to keep 'alive the flame. 1 There is no beauty in it. for it is debasing. Ye that worship self, turn aside and see it. from another point. ' Alas! there are idols that are living, i breathing creatures, that have bound us to t themselves irrevocalily. We love and cher- t ish them in perfect trust. Even if they are not worthy of idolatry. Yet there are' some idols which are uch only so. long. as they remain impassive. When they move, we see'their imperfections. The tongue speaks not the words we eipected, the eyes look c not love, the fingers move not to carees. We gather the ideal together to place ~again in some other real, and close our dissap pointed heart, in grief. The heart, shut out from sunlight and love, is embittered, and the bitterness shows forth in the spoken words. Alas for love that brings not love in return. There are idols that break and fall there are others which break and fall not. No ! they could not fall were they shattered atom from atom. There is 'no satisfaction in making trods; it - ls4ri "tigs trri '6r smiles and sourow for Joy, and often broken hearts and grates. '"Little chidren, keep yourselves from idols."- Waverlty Magazine. VALUE OF A PRtOMISE. Never break a promise made to a child; It is positive cruelty ;to do so-more, it de stroys the little one's implicit faith in hu man nature. An eminent British statesman is said to have traced his own sense of the sacredness of a promise to a curious lesson he got from his father when a boy. When home for the holidays, and walking with his father in the garden, his father pointed to a wall which he intended to have pulled down. " Oh," said the boy, " I should like to see a wall pulled down." "Well, my boy, you shall." The thing, however, escaped his memory, and, during the boy's absence, a number of improvements were being made, amongst others the pulling down of this wall and the building of a new. one in its place. When the boy came home and saw it, he reproachfully reminded his father of his promise. "My boy," said he, " you are right. I did promise, and I ought not to have forgotten. It is too late now to do, just what I said I would, but you want to see a wall pulled down, and you shall. " And he actually ordered the masons up:and made them pull down and rebuild the new wall, that his promise might, as nearly as possible, be made good. "It cost me twen ty pounds," he said to a friend. who was bantering about it, " but," he added solemn ly, "If it had cost me a hundred. I should have thought it a cheap way of impressing upon my boy's mind, as long as he lives,. the importance a man of honor should at, tach to his plighted word." AsTOrNISHED.-He walked into the drug store says the New Orleans Bu:letin, and said, " Gimme a glass eof that sody." "What sirup will you have? "'asked the boy.. " .eer up I I don't want seerup; I want sody! "' The boy placed the glass under the faucet and turned on the sodu. water full heads. As it struck tbe glass with a hissing noise the stranger saIil "'Gosh alt Jerusalem ! what' that?" and starting backward,. fell over a stool, and as he tried to get up, he brushed against a perfumery stand, Which caused a bottle to fall o. anl. strike him on the baCk of the head. -AAt thesame tUaetbet boy, th.ilaing something very aelo;W-hat' happened, dropped the gl's .on the. marble counter,-brehking it into ninety-nine pjloea The unfortunate stranger, with his .hail to the back of his head and his eyes protrading with fright, started tor the street at a speed of twenty miles an hour and ran plump into the arms of a policeman, who c llared rla and, crushing him up against the wall of a house, said, " What's the matter ?" "Mat. tern" echoed the thoroughly atffhghted stranger, " why, the drug Store has e.I1lod ed and I'r the only one sayed I" SwAGGER.-The baggart never Works., $e talks loudlyof What he can do'and has$lbne, and ,tries to impose upon his neighborsi Jy a boastful manner. But he amounts to noth" ing after all.' How muuh of thiss~e .ag ger and swash' is to be seen' on. a l.'i~igqe Nature somehow' iade a specala prHvislon, :bowever, for; keeping her ISvosit;s 4ghIet . and concealed. " The grnat thou t is.the one that co.Aes to its birthin' tiei . 'The large man knows too well. that the moment he stopped to brag he.Would lose his real advantage " Never rhtnd aout th:0e6 trI ties," says .f2ataire to 'im; I wilU do far better by you if you will cme to me ', And in thus goingi he seeis how lftjr isd bi dli ty, how modesty helps', to' pt all t~a tions a ot of tie way,.anid how that . tinqu1L reserve which goes with genuine power, recruits his'strength e6th lnaly. On the other hand, pretenslon a~r huum. ' ''but so far at the farthest. .~hey rse pu to be found out. Let a wind bag. b ~o long enough, and it Wil cOliapse at tai i One cares when or how.. PAAnDIsE LosT.-M. Edmnond a French writer, gives the follqwi.g ' " l *pm of Milton's "Paradise Lost" in a recent work:." Paradise Lst' is a f gr tesque, tiresome poem ;'not one radai in a hundred can go without smiling through the ninth and tenth books, or without awn* ing through the twelfth; it does jaolI together; it is'a pyrtadi a ina af Its point-the most frightrl of probletma res ..ohlyed b the most perile of mans. An4 yet,' liob&t'~l Immorti 'It )vu in virtue of some episode~swhbfihl'rilaln' forever famous. I In qppositlon b , whom we must read er if we:wish really to possess his beauties, we must read Milton only in fragments. But these frag ments are part of the poetle patrio.onya of the English race.'. GOLDER s 1:E Y Forever Arm thy j~utioe stands As ~ ouitains their found tiots Yeirq WiBe are the wonders of .thy,h and , Thy judgments arelmighty deem. -He that would commune much w1tb+ God must commune little with. the world. -Resignation is putting ..so4 bet wqg one's-self and one's grief.-a-ale toi inc. -None can enter by the heavenly g#t. above who do not enter by the narrow ate . below.. --eak-minded' persons d4spense fhaor beeause they consider it. a mark of g,> ereginty. -Though we- mast nlever- be weary pt the Lorcfs work, the sooner we weary of Satan'S the better. -Eminent men tare badly there*; aes one can notcompare Qo elf,.,to them, 6~ keeps a sharp look-outror their tault. - -Even with the best will: aninUlaain tb, one does not easily know hi·sneigkbor, ai , ill-will frequently super.snes, disfiguring: everything. -- 'here is a great deal oe love in this wogld whleh the objects on whom it is waat-. edAvould be better without-lose that is so, kind as to-be-crueL.. -Man isaef so obstinately contradIbtory a nature that he will not allow himself to. b forced to his on advantage, yet sufte.it constraints- oCall kinds whisk tend to his. harm.. -l - now]dge of man= is of far has qon - sequenees in the world than to possess the knacmk, at any given: moment,ot outwiting t the. man one has. to deal with. Thisa is proved at fairs and'hy monttebanks.. --All ear sfernngs are ordered by'a ]P.Mlh Ser; 'tts the portion our Father- gives us to. drink, and whatever bitter ingredlbnt there. 3 is in it, still it is on a Father's pro oUnlg. i and why suspect it tobe poison and ba~talk m of it .