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GIVE HIM A LIFT. Give him a lift! don't kneel in prayer, Nor moralize with his despair; The man is down, and his great n( ed Is ready help, not prayer and creeo:. 'Tis time when the wounds are washed and hcaled That the inward motive may be revealed; But now, whate'er the spirit be, Mere words are but a mockery. One grain of aid just now is more To him than tones of saintly lore; l'ray, if you must in your heart, But give him a lift, give him a start. The world is full of good advice Of prayer, and praise, and preaching nice But the generous souls who aid mankind Are scarce as gold and hard to find. Give like a Christian-speak In deeds, A noble life's the best of creeds; And he shall wear a royal crown Who gives them a lift when they are down! AN ISLAND IN MID-OCEAN. A geographical fact has lately been re called to the memory of the civilized world. It is, that there is an inhabited island, Tris tan d'Acunha, in the South Atlantic, 2,000 miles from the coast of South America, and 1,600 miles from the African coast. The United States ship Essex recently visited it to rescue several shipwrecked sailors, and found it about seventeen miles in diameter, with a central peak 8,300 feet above the sea. It is inhabited by ninety-six persons, form ing sixteen families, who have voluntarily isolated themselves from the rest of 'the world. The history of its present settle ment is thus narrated : In 1815 the English government placed a garrison on Tristan d'Acunha, in order to guard more securely their royal prisoner at St. Helena, 1,500 wiles away. On the death of Napoleon, in 1821, the troops were withdrawn. One of their num ber, Corporal William Glass, with his wife and two seamen of the St. Helena squadron with their wives, obtained leave to remain on the island and occupy the quarters left vacant by the departure of the troops. Glass was at once chosen chief, and was ,hahitually called Governor. He became the father of seven sons and eight daughters. What with the progeny of the two men ot-war's men, and the settling among them of four or five whaling men, and the mar rying of the daughters of Glass and his first companions in this voluntary exile, the population rapidly increased. In 1867, her Majesty's ship Galatea, com muanded by his Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, visited the island and supplied the wants of the inhabitants. Of the present population all but five men and two women have been born on the island. Peter Green is the schoolmaster and religious instructor of the young. On the death of Glass he became Govern or, not by election or appointment, but sim ply by general recognition as the oldest man and longest resident in the colony. He was born in Holland, served when young in the American navy, and is now over seventy years old. His position as Governor is merely an honorary one, since there are no laws to execute, and the little colony has existed thus far without any form of government. There are five huqdred cattle, two hun dred sheep, numbers of pigs, geese and chickens on the island, and fine crops of potatoes are raised. These constitute their wealth, and the vessel in need of such sup plies is their market. They will exchange their produce for money or clothiiqg, boots, shoes, flour, tea, coffee. sugar, etc., and know how to make a good bargain. They also engage in seal-hunting, and dis pose of the oil and skins thus obtained to vessels engaged in the same business. The island Is said to be remarkably healthy, and there is an abundance of fish to be had for the catching. A BEAUTIFUL custom prevails in many parts of Europe of planihug a tree upon the birth of every child. It sarea wear and tear of slippers. You Go man, in beginning a courtship, be sure you don't write, and then go ahead. DEAR SWIFT. Members of his own sex could not under stand why he held such power over women ; but it is a fact that three of the sweetest women in Great Britain looked for all their happiness to his harsh, homely face, until they dropped with disgust or died of de spair. With what fierce arrogance he de ported himself ! A poor scribe, with nothing in prospect, he was insolent to the greatest, and boldly told ladies of the highest qualty who were inclined to treat him with kind ness, which savored a little of condescen sion, that he expected them to hnake all the advances. His first love was a pretty, ami able girl whom he treated so insultingly that her self-respect compelled her to break with him. Her successor, sweet Esther Johnson, he treated kindly and brutally by turns, so that he made her ineffably wretch ed. While he was in London, still another young woman, Hester Vanhomrigh, rich and beautiful, became enamored of the great bear ; declared her passion; followed him to Ireland; underwent agonies of jeal ousy; appealed to him most piteously; and yet woke no serious response in his harden ed breast. He had been affectionate to her in England; but he changed in Irelund; he seemed bent on torturing her. He succeed ed but too well, for his brutal behavior broke her heart, and she sank into the grave. Then he married Esther, and made her Ilte more wretched than ever. She was twelve years in dying; but at last came the end and blessed oblivion. The man who had slowly murdeired two devoted women paid the penalty which crime unrelentingly ex acts. He passed a whole year without utter ing a word, with a dread of seeing a human face. He sank into a raving lunatic, then into a helpless idiot, and was buried years after he had virtually died, leaving all his property to build a mad-house. It is such men whom women love. -' --' 4-4 m-- -- .... NO PONY, NO CASTOR ILE. His loving mother said, "If you take some of the eastor oil. I'll let you go to the circus." " How much ?" he cautiously inquired. " Oh I only a spoonful; just a spoonful," she replied. " And you'll give me some sugar besides?" he asked. "Of course I will-a big lump." He waited until she began pouring from the bottle, and then asked, "and you'll give me ten cents, too P" " Yes, of course." "And you'll buy me a shoo-fly kite ?" he went on, seeing his advantage. " 1 guess so." " No kite, no ile," he said as he stepped back. " Well, I'll buy a kite," she replied filling the spoon up. " And a velocipede ?" "I'll think of it." " You can't think no castor ile down me," he exclaimed, looking around for his hat. " Here-I will, or I'll tease father to, and I know he will. Come, now, swallow it down." " And you'll buy me a goat ?" ' Yes." " And two hundred marbles ?" "Yes. Now take it down." "And a coach-dog ?" " I can't promise that." "All right ; no dog, no ile." " Well, I'll ask your father." " And you'll buy me a pony ?" "Oh I couldn't do that. Now be a good boy a swallow it down." " O yes ! I'll swallow that stuff, I will," he said as he clapped on his hat. "You may fool some other boy with a circus ticket and a lump of brown sugar, but it'll take a hundred dollar pony to trot that castor lie down mn throat."-Flushing Journal. THE SECRET OF BEAUTY. The secret of beauty is health, Those who desire to be beautiful should do all they can to restore their health, it they have lost it, or to keep it, if they have it yet. No one can lay down specific rules for other people in these matters, The work which one may do, the rest he must take, his baths, his diet, his exercise, are matters of individ ual consideration, but they must be careftl ly thought of and never neglected. As a rule, when a person feels well he looks well, and when he looks had he feels t a sa a general thing. There are times when one could guess, without looking hi the glass, that his eyes were dull and his skin was mottled. This is not a case for something in a pretty bottle from the perfumer's, or for the lotion that the circulars praise so highly. To have a fresh complexion and bright eyes, even to have white hands and a graceful figure, you must be well. Health and happiness that usually comes with it, are the t ru, secrets of beauty .-Quarerly Review. TOILING UPWARDS. The act of engaging in labor may be up hill work only at'the outset of life; but the work itself which we do may become ever more and more arduous if we are not con tent with quality of effect, but aspire to per fection in quality, Those who are possess ed by this ambition will find the whole of life's journey lying up-hill. There are for them no level plains on which to settle down to reap the reward of former toil. For them the shades of evening bring no relaxation of effort. Their expectations may be less unlimited as time goes on, and less of their strength will be wasted in vain endeavor to grasp at what is beyond their reach. But the upward strain will not be relaxed ; it will only be economized, as experience takes the guidance of their steps. And with the life-long toil of ascent comes the life-long expansion of horizon; the journey which is all up-hill must needs conduct the wayfarer to fresher air and serener solitudes; away from the crowd and the smoke, up to the heights from which what is mean and trivial falls out of sight, and the sounds of strife are hushed. A freshness more exquisite than the freshness of youth is reserved for some of the aged; but it can be attained only by a path which lies from first to last up-hill. Up-hill work, both literally and figura tively, means work in two directions at once; literally, it is going forward while we raise our own weight; figuratively, it is doing things and learning how to do them at the same time; thus lifting ourselves on to a.higher platform of moral'or intellectual being. There is always n' some cases an ascending slope before us, which we may scale if we will. But happily, it does not rest with ourselves to decide whether the general tenor of our lives shall be that of laborious ascent or ot gentle downward gliding. The force of gravitation need not be always regarded as a type of the de praved tendencies of the human heart. There is a time for all things, says the wise man; and if there is a time for learn ing, so is there, happily, a time for forget ting; and also a time for fdly applying and enjoying what we have learned. There is a time for scrambling upward, and a time for lying on the grass in the valley; a time for climbing fruit trees and a time for letting the ripe fruit drop into our mouths. The most exquisite pleasure which we ever take in the work of our own hands or brains is probably derived from some rapid achievement, wrought without conscious effort, in some direction in which we have lately been working hard. After making a series of laborious studies, with perhaps lit tle apparent result, we suddenly find our selves rendering an impression, either in words or in color, with an unstudied felicity which has gone far beyond the result of all our former labor, and perhaps by means of which we can give no complete account. Such moments are like those in which, after a long steep climb in the shadow, up the jutting shoulder of a mountain, we suddenly turn a corner, and find onrselve face to face with the whole expanse of the western heavens. Few human lives flow together smoothly. Uninterrupted happiness and prosperity are rare. It is the touch of adversity, the ap proach of trial, that tests the strength of man's nature. To endure reverses with manly cheerfulness marks a nature Inwardly noble. It may be prudent to scent misfor tune from afar, and groan over the prospect, but it is not likely to add to a man's happi ness. The seamstress. who stitches long hours in the garret, who contrives with a bird, or an humble flower-pot, to brighten her narrow life, is a true philosopher, and makes the best of an unpromising lot. Sometimes she is really happier than her wealthy employer, for happiness has no special affection for those who have the most moUejt A COMXON FOIBLE. You don't mind much being a common place man in all other respects, if there be only one respect in which you can fondly believe you are the superior to every one else. A very little thing will suffice. A man is taller than anybody else in town or parish; he has longer hair; he can walk faster; he is the first person who ever cross ed the new bridge; when the queen passed near she bowed to him individually; he was the first in tl neighborhood who got the perforated postage stamps; he has the swiftest horse in the district; he has the largest cabbages; he has the oldest watch; one Smithe spells his name as no other Smith was ever known to do. It is quite wonderful how it is possible for men to find reason for cherishing in their heart a deep seated belief, that in something they stand on a higher platform than all the remainder of mankind, Few men live who do not im agine that in some respect they stand alone in the world, or stand first. I have seen people quite proud of the unexampled dis ease under which they were suffering. It is none of the common maladies that the peo ple round about suffered from. I have heard a country woman boast, with undis guised elation, that the doctor had more dict ficulty in polling her tooth than he ever be fore had in the case of mortal man. There; is not a little country parish in Britain but its population are persuaded that in several respects and for several reasons it is quite the most important in the empilre,--Frasr' Magazine. AN OUTRAGE. John Miles, a Mormon of some considera. ble standing in Utah, has been convicted of polygamy and sentenced to the penitentiary. Is this thing to be allowed F Are we to sit calmly by and see o man and brother subjected to such treatment, and make no protest s T'his man Miles Is a stranger to us, but the fact of his having been married is enough to awaken in our sympathetic being a mesi ancholy interest. To know that a man has been married is to know that he has sufftered. But to know that he has been the unfortunate possessor of three very lively wives at one time is .o know that his life has been sufficiently em bittered without thrustlng him behind the bars of a prison. That he was indiscreet, we admit, but, this should not be looked upon as a crime. When we think of the agony be must have suffered trying to furnish a house to suit. three different women; when we ral ize the amount of miscellaneous wepring. apparel that must have hindered and e.pbar rassed him every night while preparing for bed; When we see him vainly looking for a chair that is not running over, with skirte and corsets, and sleeveless jackets and -. forth; when we hear his groans as hefails over three pairs of gaiters while stumbil g around in the dark after three differ ,t kinds of medicine; when we see the Deo. work of wrinkles and scratches that c0oer his face, and observe the few soattering hairs-that are left from what was once an abundant crop-turning; prematurely gray, we are led to exclaim, Oh, justice! is it not possible that those scales were a little out e0 balance ?--Pack's Milwaukees in. '----~----T ....... Z GOLDEN SHEAVES. To share in Nature's.rich domain Is woman's high-born heritage; In her own realm shall she maintain, The honors of the Golden Age. -Death is like the thunder-we are alarm-. ed at the sound of it, but It is only formi dable from that which preceded it. -God's faithful promiselis that though the outward man perish the inward shall be renewet day by day. -People are apt to fall in love with those who are beautiful at sight. But to .retain love one must have truth, tenderness and constancy. -Nothing does so fool a man as extreme passion. This doth make them fools whichl otherwise are not, and show them to be fools that are not. -There are many masked faoes in life, and if by some superhuman power these masks should be suddenly torn of what a sight one half of the world warid praeset to the other.,