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:.------7 .-c-7- 7_: -- 7__:----'--- Y FLOWERS. rp There is no season in the year That lifts man's heart to heaven so near 4 A~s snmmer; When flowers about our pathway grow; p And roses on the hedgerows blow- sweet summerl Andt as its perfumed breath doth rise, In, silent homage to the skies lOp-stealing, A tliluannu1 memories forth start, O jLong-hiddeC1 pictures in the heart i Reovcaling. o Where lllac chains with scented links, 1 Or treasured tuft of red clove pinks, a Or heather, 11 ý,ongst which we played, fine stories tell b Of parted ones who once did dwell Together. Again the feathery seeds away 1 Are pufled to tell the time of day, i1 Whilst golden e lined cowslips into halls we twine, f Or part the horns in columbine Enfolden! Whilst through the woods the whole day long t] tihe cuckoo sings an idle song, Awaking The echo of a dulcet peal, That rang ere hearts began to feel Heart-breaking. And so it comes to pass that we With half a sigh the flowers see, 14 HaIilf gladness; And round our hearts they twine and twiune, Our sadness. WHAT SHALL WE READ . An Essay lead Before the Teachers' Institute, a Virginia City, M. T. t This is a subject of great magnitu de, and should engross the careful attention of ev cry intelligent pare,4t and teacher in our t laud. Much has been said and written on the subject, but not nearly so much as t should be said, written or preached upon a subject that wields such a power for good, t or for evil. Those who think " it doesn't matter much what the children read," would do well to note the fact brought to light by Mr. James T. Fields, upon a visit to Pomeroy, the boy murderer. This boy, now ]ying in prison under sentence of death tor murder, con fessed to having been a great reader of blood and thunder stories. Hie had read sixty dime novels, all about scalping and other bloody performances, and he had no doubt these books had put the horrible thoughts into his mind which led to his murderous I acts. If a good and attractive literature had been put into Pomeroy's hands, he might have been spared the dreadful fate of a mur derer. If we should permit our childrdn to par take of some poisonous substance, which would slowly, but surely destroy their physical life, we would be held responsible according to the laws of our land, and rec ognized as criminals, which would be justly merited. Yet, how many minds are being continually poisoned 1 y the pernicious, loathsome literature of the present day. It were better that our children should not know how to read, than that they should read bad books. It were better that they should not know how to write, than they should write bad sentiments. It is better to have no talent, than to pervert that talent and render it a curse instead of a blessing to mankind. At a reception at Washington, given in ho0nor of the celebrities, aI gentleman asked Mrs. Southworth , it she knew how many stories she had written? " Oh, no!" she re plied, " I do not wish to know; 1 shudder, I tremble, when I think of all the trash I have sent out into the world." And well she might answer thus; what a -plendid gift, and how sadly perverted. Had she written for the purpose of benefit tiung, instead of injuring mankind, (as Ma rion Harlanud, Miss Edgeworth, and many others have done) what great good she might have accomplished. She wrote to gratift the perverted taste of a majority of mitls; she wrote for the money her writ, Iigs would bring, and now hear her re Ilmorseful exclamation. Not for tenll times e talent she possesses, would I stand to . i i.,lrII. I (do not belong to that class who are al ways sighing for the good ol0i days of our grandhnothr; when a lady who preferred reading to work was looked upon as a sort ofpuriosity, and as not belonging to the (olnlnon order of beings ; when reading was consecrated for the benejit of the soul removed entirely out ot the realmn of pleas ure into the shady regions of duty. It was a condition of things unfavorable to culture, but not more so than the exclusive perusal ot novels which is prevalent in these days. I know not how we are to stean the tide of obscene, destructive literature that is flood ing our laud, unless it be by providing for our children an abundant supply of good, pure books, that are elevating in character and ennobling in influence, so they will have no time nor taste for reading bad books. lHow'necessary that we should be alive to the interests of the ininortal souls commuitted to our care. It may be for on ly a short while, but how boundless the in fluence! how necessary that we should carefully examine every book and paper be fore it is given a place in the family. Teach ers can (lo much ,oo(I by recommending books that are beneficial and instructive, to their pupils. I remember when I was a schoolgirl, if my teacher recommended a book, I always read that book, expecting to get something good out of it, which I generally did. The first book to be recommended is the Bible, the stnay of which, I fear, is greatly neg lected in tihe public schools of Montana. I presume there is not a teacher in Madison county but believes the Bible to be the word of God; if there is one, he or she should not be employed to teach in a Christian land, as ours is claimed to be. We would better let our children go uneducated, and never see the insidkk of a school house, than that they should be taught by an intidel. We believe the Bible to be time word of God; now is it not our absolute duty to read a portion of that word every day in our schools? Tal Inage says " he will put one drop of Bible truth at nine o'clock in the morning against :!1 instructions until three o'clock in the af ternoon." lie may not be ifnhllible author ity, but we all know it can do no possible injury, and may possibly do great good; for there are always children in school, who re ceive no relihgous instruction at home, and who may never see the inside of a Bible, un less they do at school. "Knowledge is power for good if sanctified. Knowledge is power for evil if unsanctified." S. R. II. GOOD MANNERS NECESSARY TO TRUE SUCCESS. It is the bearing of a man towards his fel lows which oftentimes, more than any other circumstance, promotes or obstructs his ad vancement in life. Among the many good qualities of mind and heart absolutely nec essary for a merchant to insure worldly sue cess, titis no one the importance of which is more real, yet which at this day is so generallly underrated by many of our bus iness men, clerks and salesmen, as courtsy -that feeling of kindness, dignity, and love for our fellows which expresses itself in pleasing manners. It is an undeniable fact that many of us are unfortunate in not being the happy possessors by nature of this de sirable and charming quality, good manners. For all such it is an imperative duty to study, to cultivate, and improve themselves in this qualification, by keeping a vigilant and watchful care over all their actions and transactions in every-day life with theirr fel low-beings. History is crowded with ex amples showing that, as in literature, it is the delicate, indefinable charm of style, not the thought, which makes a work im moral. Emerson says: 'Give a boy address and accomplishments, and you give him the mastery of palaces and fortunes wherever he goes; he has not the trouble of earning or owing them; they solicit him to enter and possess. Among strangers, a good manner is the best letter of recommendation, for a great deal depends upon first impressions, and these arp favorable or unfavorable ac t cording to a man's bearing as he is polite or awkward, shy or self-possessed. Manners, f in fact, are minor morals, and a rude manis generally assumed to be a bad man.". Load Cheserhfield wrote to his sol. "You' i had better return a dropped fian genteelly - than give a thousand pounds awkwardly; and. hadlhette. e se a.fk:or rac~fully tlja. grant it clmnsily. All your Greek can nev er advance you from Secretary to Envoy, or from Envoy to Embassador, but your ad dress, your air, your manner, if good may." When we come to look into the history, past and present, of some of our best and most successful busines men of the present day, we find that nine out of ten are men of pleasing manners, and that they owe in a great measure their success in life to this important trait of character, for by it they have made friends and customers, though they may not have hal a dollar of capital to commence life with. Their good manners and pleasing address made capital for them, or brought it to them. As Chesterfield said of the I)uke of Marlborough, " his charm ing manner often changed an enemy into a friend, and to be denied a favor by him was more pleasing than to receive one from another man." A true gentleman is recognized by his regard tIr the rights and feelings of others, even in matters the most trivial. In society lie is quiet, unobtrusive, not putting on airs, nor hinting by word pr manner that he deenmshiimself better, wiser, or richer than any one about him. lie is never "stuck up," nor looks down upon others because they have niot titles, honors, or social position equal to his own. II prefers to act rather than to talk, to be rather than to seem ; is distinguished by his quick perceptioll of and prompt attention to those little things that may cause pleasure or pain to others. IIon esty of purpose, frankness and cordiality in all his intercourse with his fellows, and however higlh his station, the humblest than feels instantly at ease inhis presence. Almost every man can recall cases within his knowl edge where pleasing manners have made the fortunes of lawyers, doctors, divines, merchants, and, in short, men in every walk of life. OIL YOURSELF A LITTLE. There is true humor in the following story : Once upon a time there lived an old gen tleman in a large house. lie liad servants and everything he wanted, yet he was not lha.ppy, and when things did not go as he wished he was very cross. At last his ser vants left him. Quiteoutof temper he went to a neighbor with a story of his distresses. "It seems to me," said the neighbor saga ciously, "that 'twould be well for you to oil yourself a little." "To oil myself ?" "Yes; and 1 will explain. Some time ago one of the doors of my house creaked. No body, therefore, liked to go in or out by it. One day I oiled its hinges; and it has been used by everybody since." "Then you think I am like the creaking door," said the old gentleman ; "how do you want me to oil myself?" •'That is an easy matter," said the neigh bor. "Go home and engage a servant, and when he does right praise him. If, on the contrary, he does something amiss, do not be cross ; oil your voice and words with the oil of love." Thle old gentleman went home, and harsh or ugly words were ever heard in his house afterward. Every family should have a bot tle of this precious oil, for every family is liable to have a creaking hinge in the shape of a fretful disposition, a cross temper, a harsh tone, or a fault-finding spirit. HOW PUPILS ARE TAUGHT THE NEWS OF THE DAY. This is a progressive age. New features are constantly being in troduced, old theories are revolutionized. Especially is this the case in the United States. During the past year important changes have been made in our public schools. Music, which five years ago was an unknown feature and something unthought of, has been successfully intro duced, and in every school in the city and throughout the State is now considered one of the regular studies. It has been left to Miss Mitchell, a brilliant and original young lady of Pittsburg, to demonstrate that the female mind is capable of originality of thought, and that lovely wonman can, when sheis willing, step to the front and proudly take her place with the learned professors. Miss Mitchell is teacher oftthlferst grammar grade in the Washington school at Pittsburg. She has the credit of befig the first to inaar gurate a new and edifying school excudee. Lt consists a .c'scus$a tof the saw tthe day between the pupils and the teacher, the first half hour of the morning being devoted( to this exercise. The school has in reality t newspaper of its own, which makes its daily appearance on the blackboard. Of course it has an editor, one of the brightest boys in the school being chosen to edit the Bulletin, as it is called. Ilis duty is to read the Pitts burg morning papers and to write on the blackboard, before school hours, the news of the lday. Eve'rthing is gotten up in news p:per style, even to the head lines annoync ing the more important events, and includes locnl news, editorial topics, (Ongressional proceedings, forei:n news, S, ite ,egishttive work, etc. The teacher andu scholars then take up the various, paragraphs,. and an in terchange of views takes place. By this method scholars learn all the important news of the daty, and also become posted on all vital questions which agitate the public nmind. It is a regular study, and the pupils. enter into it with a wiil.-Erie Dispatch, SEARCH FOR WIVES.. Where do men usually discover the wo men who afterwards become their wives? iL a questionl we have occasionally heard dis cussed, and the custom has invariably be come of value to young lady readers.. Chance has much to do iil the afiLtir, but then there are important and governing circumstances. It is certain that few men make a selection from ball-rooms or any other places of public gaiety, and nearly a.s few are influenced by what may be called "showing off" in the streets, or by allure-. ments of dress. Our conviction is that ninety-nine hundred parts of all the finery with which women decorate or load their persons go for nothing, as far as Bnsband-. catching is concerned. Where and how,. then, (do men find their wives? In the quiet homes of their parents or guardians,. at the fireside, where the domestic graces. and feelings are alone demonstrated. These are the charms which most surely attract the high as well as the humble. Against these all the finery and airs in the world sink into insignificance.--Dr. E. IE. Gibbe. "SOM~ editors are so peaceably inclined~ that they refuse to put heads on their editor ials." The fighting editor alone does that in this office. A YoNiKEIS boy got up a straw man yes- terday in the back yard,. dressing it in his. father's Sunday coat and new spring tile, as a target for practicin- on with his new bow' and arrow. lIe's saddest when he sits. A married man had blue glass put in his wife's sitting-room--to match her eyes, he. said. She returned the compliment by hay ing red glass put in her husband's library to match his nose, she said. HIe didn't seem to appreciate the compli.meint. GOLDEN SHEAVES. "Oh in the :looom that gathers round, Let trust within the heart be found; Then, when the sunbeams gild the lea, Sweet Hope will gain a victory!''" -Live up to all your engageinenta. -Avoid temptation, through fear that you may not withstand it. -Never run in debt, unless you see a way, to get out agani. -False honor assists, and lying slander.s alarm none save the reprobate and the liar. The man ot strict integrity will equally des-, regarded aspersions, if they are founded, in falshood. -He is a fool that grumbles at mischance.. Put the best foot forward; is an old max-· im. Don't run about and tell acquainxtanees that you have been unfortunate;. people do+ not like to have unfortunate acquaintances.. Add to a vigorous deternination a cheerful: spirit; if reverses come, bear them like ac philosopher,, and get rid of them as soon as, you can.. Poverty is like a panther-look it, earnestly in the face and it will tuvn from. youu. --In this wor'l the man who,,ridiTg over' gory fields, traupling. oa the- d:ead, moves, onward to victory, is welcomed by the mul-. titudes with wikh. acelanulitions. and they place on.his brow. the laurels of triumph.. But the masn who, in the quiet chambers of,' his sogl, without clash of arms or smoke ot' ibattle,. achieves the thorough conquest `himself, on his brow, amid the hallelujahbs .theavW.,,God shall vilace. a.roval diadae .