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TEHKI, tl.U if am Id lu advance; otherwlie. $'2.00, Payment ma; be made by mail or otborwUo to H. It. WUEELOCK. Editor and Proprietor. iHountiun mttm MONTPELEB. VT. WEDNESDAY, FEB. 14. 1883. Sunday School Lesson Soles. HY REV. J. O. SHBBBURN. Feb. 25: Auauias and Sapphira Acta 5:1- The writer of the Acts, afier having reoored the healing of the impotent man and the consequences that grew out of that wonderful work, goes back to the state ment concerning the community of goods among the early disciples, and introduces the Important and instructive incident of this leBson. Among the several named wbo disposed of some of their property and gave the proceeds to the church were Ananias and Sapphira. The generosity of other who had thus given, bad doubtless been applauded, and the donors held in reputation for their gifts, and hence a desire was created among others to share in their honors by imitating their deeds. It is by no means indicated that the parties mentioned in this lesson, or indeed any others, disposed of all their property. but thev converted some part of it into money that they might be better able to servo the church. When they sold prop erty thus, it was doubtless understood that the proceeds wore to bo given to the church. Ananias and his wife sold n possession, and ho came into tho assembly of the disciples, as it would appear, and in some conversation, not hero given, probably, professed to bring the price of the land sold, and give it into the common treasury. Laying it at tbe apostles' feet simply indi cated that it was put into the hands of these agents of tho church to be used in supplying the need of thoso who lacked. Many writers have held that Ananias did not, in so many words, lie about tho matter as his wifo afterwards did, but it is natural to think that in presenting tbe gift he led those present in some way to understand that he had brought the full sum for which his proptrty had been sold. Whether Peter, acting as tho head of the band of disciples, detected the fraud by the special operation of the Holy Spirit, or whether it had by some means become known in the assembly what price was obtained for the land we do not certainly know. Either way would bo possible, and it is everywhere natural that such transactions become publio before it is thought that much is known about thorn. Peter charged the fraud directly home upon Ananias, as though the matter was so clear to him that no further proof was was needed. He boldly characterizes the whole business as a suggestion of Satan, and in its nature a lie unto God. His reasoning is clear, the land was in thoir possession, there was no law or rule obliging them to soli ; having sold it they were at libel ty to give any part of the proceeds to tho church, but now they came with tho pretense of giving all they bad obtained for tho land, while, in reality, thoy kept part of the price for their own use. This was the nature of their offense; and when the terrible character of the dime flashed upon the conscience of Ananias, under the soathiog words of Pater, be fell dead in tho midst of the assembly. It was only natural that great fear should come upon all who beard these things a It seems that it was neoessary for the stability and purity of tho early church that along with the great gifts of that early period there should also be given great and solemn warnings. As was the custom in the east, at least among tho Jews tho body was at once prepared for burial. The Jews wore made ceremonially unclean by the contact of a dead body, and hence they buried at once to avoid pollution. In this case there may have been some added haste on account of superstitions fear. Tho sudden manifestation of divine displeasure may have caused them to look upon tho body of Ananias almost as an acenrsed thing. The young men, mentioned as performing this work of preparing and burying tbe body, were doubtless the men of strong nerve and vigorous health who belonged to the company of tho disciples. The word is in the comparative degree in the Greek, the younger, and Is the word much nscd to denote strong vigorous men, with little regard for their yoars, if only they weie not enfeebled by ago. About three hours after, perhaps at another gathering of the disciples, later in tho day, Sapphira came into tho assembly, not knowing the fate of her husband. Peter at once put the question directly to her. "Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much?" doubtless mentioning the sum brought in by her husband. She promptly unswored In tho affirmative, true to the compaot she had made with her husband. Peter repeated to bor tho samo question, virtually, which he ad dressed to Ananias in tho third verse, and then solemnly declared to her that the swift vengeance which had overtaken him was now to fall upon her. As these words fell npon her oars she too Bank to tho floor and was speedily carried fourth and buried with her husband. It is to be noticed that in oilhor case the sin charged Is sin against the Holy Ghost. This was its nature; these persons, along with the rest of the disciples professed to be moved nnd lod by the Holy Ghost. Ananias claime'd to bo thus moved to soil his land and give tbe proceeds to thojehurch ; and in bis oonduot ho beliod his profession. He was moved ol Satan while he claimod to be moved of tho Holy Ghost. Satan prompted a desire for credit and reputation for benevolence, and suggested that all this might be obtained and yet a part of tho price kept for private use while they protended to give all. Thoro was no element of philanthropy or benovolenco about the proceeding, but only what thoy considered a cheap way of securing good repute among tho poople. All this might have passed only as a mean subterfuge If it bad been tho work of those who make no prelensioa to godliness, just as tbe schem ing man of tho world often bnys himsolf a reputation now a days, but when it was done, professedly by the moving of the Spirit, it became the most damnable hypocrisy. Wo tuny well question whether there is not much of this samo lying in oar own time. Something very like it occurs when people pload poverty as an excuse for penurioiisness, or when men give with ostentation that they may be reckoned liberal. And if vengeance Is slower now th;m in the early church we may calculate that it is no less sure. Tho times aro so hard in the southwest of Itussia that about two hundred noble men's estates are for sale. Tho failure of the crops and frequent rumors of war have brought about tnis stato of things. A pound of alum dissolved in three gallons of rain water is said to be nn elieetual ana salo protection against cabbage and currant worms, and death to them when they mako thoir appearance, MENTOit. airs. uarticld lives in Cleveland, but I he Mentor homestead remains about as ft was, insido and out, and is occupied by her father and mother's family. A recent visitor writes: In the hall stands "grandfather's deck," the only nncient piece of furniture 1 saw about the house. While our pirty sat around the hall basoburner, Mr. Rudolph, the father of tho president's wifo, slipped on to tne snea, spin, some wood and kindling, nnd made a fire on the andirons in the reception room. Was tho liko ever known but in a republic? With what contempt would a Britisher view such a proceeding on tho part of one of the royal household? When tho fire was kindled he sat and chatted of various matters in a very quiet, intelligent and modest way, not at all alluding to his connection with the late most distinguished citizen of the republic, nor in tho slightest degree a conscious senso of the elevation of his family or a desire to make an exhibit of anytliing about tne premises. Hero was a fair type of republican simplicity. Looking at us from tho wall was a striking portrait of General Garfield, painted by a New York artist. To me it seems an excellent likeness, yet there wore points about it that did not satisfy the friends. Tbey said it was painted, however, in a marvellously short time. tbe artist beginning nt once with the brush without previously sketching or measuring. Just over the upright piano hur.g a9mall paintingof "Mother's Biblo" with her spectacles upon it. In the ball is a portrait of Washington, and at the head of the the stairs ono of Lincoln. Near Lincoln is a steel portrait of Bisniarck, with the gruff old German's autograph attached; also tho picture of the signing of the proclamation of emancipation, presented by Carpenter. JNext is a sketch ol tho Electoral Commis sion being addressed by Evans. It gives very good portraits of nil tho leading politicians ot that lime, mcludins the wives of many who sat in tho audience. Books ro in almost every room on low, open shelves of tho modern stylo. Thert- was a good variety, yet lew volumes outside of the eminent novelists could be called light reading. I noticed a beautiful copy of Horace that had evidently been a favorite, and one of Shakespeare with a wornout binding. I wns taken into the general' little study and shown the desk mat had been his in congress, by tho side of which ho had won his fame, and at which, when transferred to his homo, he wrote his speeches and important docu ments. Alter lengthy mental labor, he loved to call his family into his study and recreate himself with anecdotes and cheerful conversation. Tho brightest and most ornamental room in the houso was the dining room. It was easy to determine the style of the man who had been the owner of these premises by tho clear evidenco of liberality, culture, artistic taste, do mestic affection nnd patriotic and religious sentimont. What a modol for tho presidency of a republic? A Session of the Sui'hemu Couitr. In tho Century, E. V. Smalley writes of "Tho supreme court of tho United States'' in an admirably instructive and entertain ing manner, and tho portraits and charac ter sketches of the court in Bession finely supplement the text. The formality of opening the court is described as follows: When 12 o'clock comes, there are perhaps a dozen lawyers sitting at the tablos within tho bar, and a score of spectators wailing on tho crimson plush sofa for the court to open. A rustle of silk is hoard from tho open door leading to the retiring rooms. At tho other side of the chamber sils a young man at a desk, who has boon listening for a few minutes for mat sound, no rises nnd announces in a clear voice: "The Honorable the Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supremo Court of tho United States," whereupon lawyers and spectators all get on their feet, lho rustling approaches. and mere enters a procession ofmnedigm fled old mon clad in black silk gowns that reach almost to their feet, with wide sleeves and ample skirts. At the head walks the chief justice, and the o'.liers follow in tho order of their length of ser vice in tho court. Thoy stand "a moment in front of their chairs, and all bow at once to the bar. Tho lawyers return the salute; then the ludges sit down, the asso ciatcs being careful, however, not to occupy inoir cnairs before the chief lustice is settled in his. Now the young man who is crier, exclaims, in a monotonous fashion "Oycz! oycz! oycz! All persons having business before the honorable sppreme court of the United States aro admonished to draw near and give their attention, for tho court is now sitting. God save the United States and tho honorable court!11 Business begins promptly and is dis patched rapidly. First, motions are heard then the docket is taken up. Tho chief justice calls tho case in order in a quiet tone, and a lawyer is on tne noor making an argument, whilo you aro still expecting that thero will bo some further formality attending tho opening of so august a tribunal. The proceedings are impressive only from ihelr simplicity. Usually tho arguments of counsel aro delivered in low, conversational tones. Often the judges interrupt to ask questions. In patent cases, models of machinory are frequently used to illustrate an argument. and aro handed up to tho judges for examination, or a blackboard is used for diagrams. Wore it not for the gray hair and black gowns of the judges, you might almost imagine at times that tbe gentleman at the blackboard, with crayon in hand, was a col lege professor lecturing to a class. Or you may happen in when a lawyer in charge of a caso is leaning over tho long dosk In front of the judges, holding a conversation with ono of them on some intricate point in a mechanical device, and you would hardly think that tho court was in session nnd that the conversation was tho plea in a patont caso involving, perhaps, a million of dollars. Tho bench has long been only a tradi tion in nil our courts. Each ju.,tico of the supremo court has a chair to suit his own notions of what constitutes a comfortable seat. Some of the chairs have high backs to rest tho head, some havo low backs; some have horse bair cushions, some velvet, some no cushions at nil. Chief Juslico Wnito sits in tho middlo of the row. NIUIITFAI.I.. BY HENBY m. DOHB. I sto )d oa the hill as tbe Bun weut down, Flooding; wltlijrlory thecloudlaud weal, While lenirthenlnir ahadowa crept over the town, Aud light deaceuded with peace and rest Soft tluires of violet, crimson and gold Crowned the fair hill-tope, then faded away, Aud tbe aoutiuel ranirea of yeara untold, Wore wrapt iu a mantle of aomDre irray. TLe wearying1 hum of the aplodle aud reel llolow iu the village at laat waa atill; Aud dowu lu its duuKOon the w.tor wheel Hlumbered under the alleut mill. Audi beard tho aounda that tbe twillKht briuKB The myriad volcea of eventide; Ttie chirping- of crlckota, tha rustlJuir wlnira of Insects fluttering far aud wide. A cloudlike miet form the shadowed stream Hailed ovor the lowlauda of irraaa and grain, Aud abapea grotesque in the moou'a weird gleam Moved to and fro lu ft myatic train. I heard the cry of the bird of night A flute uote eaduer than words oan tell Aud a cloar, low voice did 1 hear aright ? Or waB it only a atrango. sweet spell ? An luiliiouce born of tbe soene and hour That wakened remembrance from ber Bleep ? Perhaps, high up lu the tree top tower, Among the bougha where tbe south winds sweep Some marvelous burp, by the breeze caressed, Auawered and echoed the low refrain, While darkuose abadowed tho hills of the west, Aud night, incarnate, came down again. For tbe beautiful alnger who sang tbe song The beautiful one with the brave, sweet eyes In dreamless Blumber, tbe whole vear long, Through all the day and the darknesa lies. From the Continent, nvsA. 1 lovo thee, tho' my timid voice Might ne'er thy praises sound ; I love the shadowa that tby form Oasts on the silent ground, I uevor held thee in my arms, Tho' of thy beauty fain, 1'vo kissed the border of tho sleeve, Where thy white armHiaB lain. Why dos't thou kindle in my heart, At life's calu: evening time. The restless tires that should have glowed Iu morning's glorious prime; Why throw around a withered stem, Unconscious of design, The teudrils that should clasp aud cllug In love's own warmleutwlue ! Beloved ! there are Eastern flowers, Tuatshun tbe gazer'a Bight; Close folded thro' the sultry day, Their fragrance cornea by night Buds viewlesB. more:divinely fair Thau ABgaard's radiant throng. That kept their retala abut till eve, Aud only bloom iu soDg. From the Icelandic, A Day on Skees (NORWEGIAN SNOW SHOES.) Ola, my lad!" cried a Norse father to his young son, ono crisp, cold winter morning, "fetch the ax from lho wood shed and bring me my gun from the corner behind the clock, and we will see what luck we had with tho fox traps and tbe snares up in toe birch glen." And Ola lias no Deed of being asked twice to attend to suoh duties. His mother, in tho meanwhile, has put up luncheon, consisting of cold smoked bam and bread and butter, in a gayl.y painted wooden box, which Ola slings across his shoulder, wlnle Mils, his father, sticks the ax into his girdle, and with bis gun in one band and his skee stair in tbe other, emerges into the bright winter morning They then climb up the steep snowbanks placo their scees upon tne level surface and put their feet into tbe bands. Nils gives a tremondous pusn Willi fits stall and away ho mesdown the steep hillside. while bis little son, following close behind him, gives an Indian war whoop, and Bwmgs Ins stmt about bis head to show how little he needs it. Whew, how fast he goes! In a few seconds father and son have reached the bottom of the valley, and beforo them is a steep incline, overgrown with leafless birch and elder forests. It is there where they have their snares, made of braided horse hair; and, as bait, thev use the red berries of tbe mountain ash, of which ptarmigan and thrushes are very fond. Jow comes the te6t ot their si length; but the snow is too deep and loose to wado through, and to climb a leclmty on skees is by no means as easy as it is to slide down a smooth hillside. Half an hour's climb brings them to the trapping grounds. uut there, indeed their efforts are well rewarded. "Oh, look, look father!'' cries the boy. ecstatically. "Oh, what a lot we have caught! Why there aro three dozen birds, as sure as there is one." "lucre is enough to buy you a new coat for Christmas, lad," he says chuck ling; "and if wo make many more such hauls, wo may get enough to buy mother a silver brooch, too, to wear at church on Sundays." "No, buy mother's brooch, first, father," protests the little lad a little hesitatingly (for it costs many boys an effort to bo genorous;) "my coat will come along soon enough. Although, to be sure, my old ono is pretty shabby," ho adds w ith a glance at his patched sleeves. "Now, quick, laddie," his father called cut. "Stir your stumps nnd bring me your bag of bait. Got the snares to rights and lix the berries as you havo seen me doing." Ola was very fond of this kind of work and he pushed himself. with his staff from tree to tree, and hung the tempting red berries in the littlo hoops and niches which were attached to the bark of the trees. Hu was in tho midst of this labor, when suddenly he heard the report of his faiher's gun, and, looking up, brw a fox making a great leap, then plunging head long into tne sdow. "Hello, Mr. Reynard," remarked Nils, as ho slid over towards the doad animal. "You overslept yourself this morning, You havo stolen, my gamo so long, now. that it was time I should get even with you. Now, sir, we are quits." When the task of setting the snares in order had been completed, father and son glided lightly away under tbe huge, snow laden trees to visit their traps, which wore sot luntier up toe mountain. And wbon they turned their faces homeward, they had, besides the ptarmi gan nnd tho fox, a big capercailzie (or grouse) cock and two hares. The twilight was already failing, lor in tne .Norway winter h growsaarn oariy in tno alter noon. "Now, lot us sec, lad," said Ola'g fatner regarding his son with a strange, dubious glance, "if you nave got Norse blood in your veins. We don t want to go home lho way we camo, or we should scarcely reach the houso before midnight. But if you daro risk your neck with your father, we will take tbe western track down tbe baro mountain side It lakes brisk and stout legs to stand in that track, my lad, and I won't urge you, If you are afraid. ' J guess 1 can go where vou oan, father." retorted tho boy, proudly. "Anyway, my neck isn't half so valuable as yours." Spoken like a man!" said tho father. in a voioe of deep satisfaction. "Now for it, lad! Make yourself ready. Strap the hunting bag closo under your girdle, or yeu will lose it. Test your staff to make sure that It will bold, tor II it breaks vou aro gono. Be sure you don't take my track. xou are a tine cnap and a brave ono." Ola followed bis father's directions closoly, and stood with loudly palpitating Heart ready lor mo start, lieiore him lav tho long, smooth Blope of the mountain. If ithad not boon bis fathor whochallongod him, ho would have much preferred to lake the circuitous route down into tho valley. ltendyr shouted JNils. advanc us toward the odge of lho slopo : "Ono, two, till' oo! And liko an arrow ho shot down over the steep track, guiding his course steadily with Irs staff; but it was scarcely five seconds befoie he was lost to sight, looking more liko a whirling snow drift than a man. Willi strained eyes and baud breath, Ola stood locking ntler I im. Then nerving himself for tho feal, Im glanced nt his efctea to k e mat they were paiallcl, and glided out over tliu tenihle declivity. His first foi ling was lhul he had slid right nut lino tno air that he was rushing Willi ffven league boo's over finest and moun tain lops. For nil lhat he did not lo sf sight of his stall', which ho pressed willi all bis might inio the snow behind him thus slightly retarding his furious spi e l. Now the piue-trccs seemed to be running past liim in a mad race up the moulilalll itidr, u ml the snowy slope seemed to be rising to meet him, or moving in billowy linos under his fi et. Gradually he gathered o nfidence in himself, a soit of tierce courage awoke within him, and a wild exultation surged through his veins ami wept him on. The wind whistled about him and stung his face like little sharp needles. Now ho darted away over a snowed up fonee or woo.l pile, shooting out inlo the air, but alwajs coming down firmly on his Act, nnd keeping his mind on his ikies, so as lo pi event thai, diverging or crossing. He had a feeling of grandeur nnd triumphant achievement which be had never experienced before The world lay at his feel, and he seemed to be striding over it in a march of con quest. It win glorious! But all such sensations are unhappily brief. Ola soon knew by his slackening speed that he had reached tho level ground; yet so groat wns the impetus he bad received thai he flow up tho opposite slope toward his father's farm, and only stopped some fifty feet below the barn. His limbs ached, and the arm which had held the staff was so stiff nd cramped lhat tho slightest move ment gave him pain. Nevertheless, he could not make up bis mind forest; he saw the light put in the north window to guide film, and lie caught a glimpse ot a pale, anxious face behind tbe window pane, and knew that it was his mother who was waiting for biiu. And yet those last fill V feet seemed miles to his tired and aching legs. When be reached the front door, his dog Yulal jumped up on him in his joy nnd knockad him flat down in the snow; and oh, what an effort it was to rise! But no sooner bad he regained Ids feet than be felt a pair of arms flung about his neck and he sank, half laughing, half crying, into his mother's embrace. 'Cheer up, laddie, ' he heard some one saying, "xe aro a lino chup and a bravo one!" He knew his father's voice; but he did not look up; he was yet child enough to feel happiest in his mother s arms. trom St. Nicholas for February. Tub Hands. Hands are divided inlo three different kinds; thoso with round pointed fingers, those with square tips, and tboso that are spade shaped, wilb pods of tloph at each sido of the nail. The first type, with round pointed fingers, belongs to characters with perceptions extra sensitive, to very pious peoplo, to contemplative minds, to the impulsive, and to ail poets and aitists wbo have ideality as a prominent trait. The second type, those that are fquare shaped, belongs to ecienliflo people, to sensible, self con tained characters, and to the class of professional mon who are neither visionary or altogether sordid. Tbe third type, Ibose that are spado shaped, with pods of tlesh at the side ot the nail, indicates people whose interests nnd instincts are mostly material, peoplo who have a genius for business and who have a high ippreeiation ol everything that pertains to bodily ease and comfort. Ench fingr, no mutter what kind of a hand it is, has a joint representing each of these types. lho division ot the linger Ihnt is nearest the palm stands for the bedy, tbe nrd.lle division stands for the mind, nnd the highost joint spirit or soul. If tho ti p omt is longer than tne others it acnoics n character with too much imagination, great ideality, and of leaning toward the tbcoroticaf ratner man the practical. When tho middle joint of the finger is ong, it promises a logical, calculating mind a common sense fort of person and when the lowest joint is longest it ndicatcs a nature that clings more to the uxuries than to the refinements of life, a mind lhat looks more to tho utilily than the beauty. If they are nearly alike, and especially if tho, length of the finger equals the length ot the palm, it indicates n well balanced mind. Kiic.3 as Food. The Journal of Chcm- slry says that eggs, at average prices, are among tho cheapest and most nutritious articlo of diet. Like milk, an egg is a complete food in itself, containing every thing necessary for tho development of a perfect animal, as is manliest from the lact that a chick is formed from it. It seems a myUcry bow muscles, bones, feathers and everything that a chicken re quires for its perfect development are made from tho yolk and whito of an egg; but such is the fact, and it shows how com plete a food an egg is. It is also easi y digested, if not damaged in cooking. In deed, there is no more concentrated and nourishing food than eggs. The albumen, oil and saline matter ai, iib in milk, in tbe right porporiion for sustaining animal life. Two or Ihree boiled eggs with the addition of a slico or two of toast, will mako a breakfast sufficient for a man and good enough for a king. According to Dr. Kdwaid Smilh, in his treatise on Food," on egg weighing nn ounce and three-quarters, contains 120 grains of car bon and seventeen nnd three-quarters grains of nitrogen, or 15.25 per cent, ol carbon and 2 per cent, of nitiogen. The value of one pound of eggs, as food for sustaining the active forces of the body, ib to tbe valuo of one pound ol lean beef, as 1584 to 900. As a flesh producer, one pound of eggs is about equal to one pound of bi ef. A hen may bo considered to con sume one bushel of corn yearly, and to lay ten dozen or unoen pounds of eggs. That is lo say that three and one-tenth pounds ol chemeatry corn will produce. when fed to a ben, five-sixth of a pound of eggs, but five sixths of a pound of pork requires about fivo pourds of corn for its production, .taking into account the nu triment of each, and the comparative prices of the two on an average, the pork about three times as costly a food as tbe eggs, whilo it is certainly less health full. Lend A Hem'ing Hand. Don't be afraid of work. Your strength both of mind nnd body was given you for use. If you can help your fellow traveler as he walks along with his load, don't be too lazy or ashamed to lend a helping hand. If you can give lho poor down trodden oreaturo a word of encouragement, stretch out your hand nnd doit; don't bo afraid of contamination if your character is hnt it ought to bo yon will be above suspicion. If the poor drunkard passes you by, don't pull yout olothes ' more olosoly about you ns if to say "I am holier tbau thou;" but rather lot your tmpalhics go out toward him, and if in your power, lend him a hand to a better life. None of us aro porfeot; we all need help, and if Christ withheld tho holping hand, what would bocoma of in; who would hoar our cries for mercy, and give us Bwect forgivennosB and strength to do better P Bo always on the watch to do soma good for somebody; make yoursolf blessing to all you meet. Never lot It be said of yon, "Oh, lio'i too lazy to glvo body n nit." or "too stticn un' to loml a helping hand." Church and Hone. Thoughts fur Leisure Moments. "he world tecs nil other guides and helpers pass away, and every man's work is caught up by other hands nnd carried on where ho drops it, and tbe short memories and shorter gratitudes of men turn lo ihe using sun, but one name remains undimiiied by distance, and one work rem linn nnapproached nnd unap proachable, and one man remains whose ' In 'it none other can li hi. who-o bow liiine but be can bend, whoso mantle none can wear. Christ has ascended upon high, and left a liiiishod work, for all men lo trust, for no man to cont mio. Mnc!a rtn. There shut ono true, real, und right l ie tor rational beings; only one life worlli living, nnd worth living In this woihl, or in any other life, past, present, or to coniH. And that is the eternal life which was before all worlds, and will be after all are passed away and lhat is nc.lher iuor nor less than a good life; a life ol g io.I f.-olings good thoughts, good works, good deoils :ho lifj of Christ and of God. Kinqsley. Wo walk here, us it were, in ihe crypts of life; at times, from Ihe great cathedral above ns. we see tho light stream through the tK'n door, when some friend goes out li fore us; and shall we fear to mount the narrow staircase of the grave that leads us out of this uncertain twilight into eu inal lih ? Longfelow. Gjd hatb mado many sharp cutting ins ruments nnd rough files for tho polish ing of his jowuls ; and those he especially lovts, and means to maku the most resplendent, he hath oftenest his tools upon. Leighton. Tbe darkest night that ever fell upon tho earth never hid tho light, never put out l lie stars. It only mado tbe stars more keenly, kindly glancing, ns if in protest against the darkness. George Elliot lla travels safely, and not unpleasantly, who is guarded by poverty and guided by love. Sir Phillip Sydney. Mistakes in School IIoojis. It is a mistake lo throng a primary room with a multitude of children. This mistake has hygienic ns well ns educational aspects. A primary school should never havo more than forty pupils. It is a mistake lo group elementary pu pils in large classes. it is a mistake to think thai a primary teachor can give efficient instruction with out appliances. Hero the nature of the work calls for many and various objects suitable for cultivating the senses. It is a mistake to contino young pupils five or six hours in the school room. It is a mistake to treat children with less consideration as to their health than wo do larger pupils and adults. The writer in vising primary schools has found from sixty to eighty restless waifs crowd ed into ono small room, without means of Vi ntilution, and kept there during two and one-hulf hours each half day, (ometimes without recess. Generally such a school is presided over by a pale, inexperienced uneducated girl. And yet, strange to say, practicing physicians servo on the school boards of some of these towns, and high salariod principals are employed. A. F. D,tvis, in the Present Age. The Czak's Device A complete cir cumlocution office mystification was de vised for laying plots and throwing dust in the eyes of conspirators. In ono place, which has hitherto escaped record, tho Nihlists were suspected of having driven a mine beneath the railway linn from Gattchina tn St. Petersburg!). Under Ihe pretinee of a desire to recover an old tel egraph wire said to have been lost thirty years ago, (such was the story told bv the oilicial press and copied by the nonjoflicial press, 1 a largo staff of workmen were em ployed lo search for the hidden danger. Nothing, however, was found not even the lost wire. In the meantime the Czar wished to pay one of his rare nnd rapid, but almost always nocturnal, visits to tbe capital. What was to bo done? The po lice decided upon a ruse. Tbe imperial railway cairiagc was ostentatiously made to pcrfonu Ihe journey between Gatschina and Si. 1'etershurg on a date ostentatiously given us that of the cmporer's an ival. The empty carriage arrived without ac cident, thus proving the safety of the lino; and when the real journey took place a little time afterward, its secrecy was woll kept, the Cz u traveling, in the most literal senje, "darkly and at dead of night," I.Ohdon Olobe. BniGHT Sundays. Let it rain ivery other day in the week, so that it be pleasant on Sunday. Then let the sky be blue, and the sea. Then let the little birds sing, and the little children. Then let the gretn fields be full of blossoms, and let no ascetic say it is "wicked to pluck them. Then lot tho sunlight into your houses, place flowers on your tabic, have nn extra swcot morsel for little mouths; and a ploasant word for every body. I bad almost said to do anything but muko tho day one of gloom. Do anything that a man or woman may Jo, and look tho pure stars in the faco, but don't groan; don't set the chairs against the wall; don't bring out dry theological books, for young folks to read, written by library men, who never so much as peeped into ono of lho windows of a warm human heart. Don't fold your hands over your Sunday suit, and look the ceiling out of countenance. Don't bribe your children to read six chapters in tho Biblo; don't frown if they smile; don't let jour young people long for the going down of tho Sabbath sun, counting the tardy minutes, liko a restless prisoner, waiting his release. Oh, anything but thai; ns you love truth above hypocrisy; as you love honor and obedience beyond secret license; as you dread tbe shadow of moral death on those bright, young faces, which I nm sure you love. Fanny Fern. Farmers' .Meeting r.t Bemilngloii. Ibis meeting commenced nt 10 A, M , February 0, by the choico of James T. iMatlison, chairman. The first address was by Dr. Ilir.im A. Catting upon ' The work of tho IJ ard and modern improvements." Ho spoko of tho improvement of farm implements, of the advantages ol the sulucy plow, improved mowers, harrows, cultivators, etc. It made it no longer neoessary lo plot! along as formerly, bill science and invention had lent valuable aid to the farmer, and success was achieved by making judicious use of all. The improvement in barns had als3bocn great, but many a farmer had run Into the other extremes, from the old open stable be had made a stable in his now barn so closo nnd warm as to bo dotrimental to his cattle. This danger could bo averted bv venlila'.ion. Wood chimneys of largo size running from collar to tho samo hoight as smoko chimneys aud all stable ventilation into tho samo would work woll. A stable should bo sweet and free from animal odor, yet warm, and proper ventilation would mako it all right. Charles 11. llallurd, of Whito River Junction, had a good stable, woll ventilated ; every stall was ventilated. Silos were another improvement, and many a tariiiur oould double his profits by their use, yot all might not be bonollttcd. It took good corn land to fill them, and unless the farmer had it he hotter make snra of his crop by purchase) of land or otherwise before he built. Soiling wai also a grout source of profit. and winter ryo, oorn and clover were tho available crops for this purpose, and where pastures were not the best it was impera tive, aa it not only allowed tbe farmer to keep more cows, but improved his pastures very rapidly, as bis cows wont on lo them full in tho morn and fertilized them. Seleotlon of seeds was of groat value. Only tho bost And most perfect should be sown. Tbe seed oontained within itself all the elements necessary for its early growth, and hence tbe perfect seed was tho seed to glvo tbe perfect plant. There was more in this than many supposed. The best means of fertilization wns of the greatest importance to the farmer, and it had become almost settled that nitrogen was not needed as much ns many had supposed, and the recent report of the agricultural department at Washington had confirmed bis previous teachings that a large amount of soluble phospboiic acid was not needed, and they admitted also that the reverted was considered by many oi equal if not greater valuo than the soluble. Hence science was coming to substantiate the experiments he had talked about. It was alwajs safo to trust tho plant, for it did not theorize which some chemists did. Ho thon represented tho advantage of testing milk, that cows might be herded in uniformity with the sizi of the cream globule and lho bost results obtained. Ik- urged the use of plaster (sulphate of lime) and of tho testing before purchase as previously recommended. This lecture was well received, and such lectureB are what farmers truly need, as thoy profit by t ht m largely as has been proved in this place. Adjourned until 2 e. M. At 2 1. M. the audience w s addressed by M. W. Davis, mem bor of tho board from Westminster, upon the ' Cultivation ol Indian corn. He said the probable amount purchased by farmers in Vermont accoi ding to tho statistics given him by the railroads was about 3,400,000 buslielt, yet a majority of it could be easily raised here. It was a native of this country, now growing wild in Ihe Kooky mountains. This is no now plant. Two hundred and sixty-two years ago "Columbus found tho Indians culti vating it, hence its namo, nnd who knows what might have been tbe destiny of America if it had not been for this plaut. as it was the main sustenance of those pilgrims through that cold winter, obtained from the natives. But great changes havo been wrought in its cultivation, being so flexible, capable of being bred in almost any direction and to meet any ideality. There aro vory many varieties all spring ing from the same one variety. I have had a long experienco in its cultivation. et 1 know but comparatively little. I ioe show to you by these paintings, true to nature from the seed or kernel to tbe ripe corn, and I can say it is the most beautiful crop my eyes ever beheld. Tbe corn field says one "resembles an army of tasscled knights decorated gracefully with i ribbons, each member ol which sports a silk handkerchief." No crop can compete wilh it, though wheat is of more value; rice feeds moio people, yet corn is devoted to the greatest use, and if I could induce these farmers, nnd all the farmers in tbe state, to raise one acre more, each, of fifty bushels to the aero, I shall have done a mission work that will repay me a thousand fold and saved to Vermont tens of thousands of dollars which they pay as tribute lo the "Great West," sapping tho life blood from their hard earned labor. Not only should it be raised ns a grain crop, but as a forage crop such as for corn fodder, soiling, and ensilage. The possibilities of this crop seem almost incredible. One hundred bushels to the ncre would have been questioned a few years ago, but now we hate from the farm of tho editor of tha Bnral New Yorker, on Long Island, a yield of 113 C9-100 bushels per acre for f jur acres ; C. F. Bowditch of raunnghani, Mass., 17 1-2 acics aver aging 109 3-4 bushcla. One of tho prize boys, in Manchester, Vt., raised at the rate of 127 bushels, but I am not expecting you will do Ihis; but raise 50 bushels of good sound corn, and if for soiling or ensilage 20 to 25 tons of the green fodder to the aero. Now to be successful in coin raising. put it upon corn ground and it can bo kept there for years it desired and it is expedi ent if a large portion of lho farm is adapted to grass; requiring ' but little fertilization nnd the kind and amount can be positively ascertained by ploi experi ment upon tbe land. A clover sod is admirably adapted to a corn crop. The soil should be nicely plowod, cither in fall or spring, as is best suited to the situation and texture of tho soil. So in applying green manure, whether on tho surface or turned under. When plowed, tho soil should be finely worked with a "Randall disc wheol harrow," then smoothed with the "Thomas harrow," or something like it; then plant, with horse-planter, either in bills some twenty inches apart or in drills, two or three kernels to the foot, rows forty inches apart. Here the speaker showed Ihe advantage in drill planting in getting a more perfect impregnation by tbe more profuse diffusion of the pollen upon the pistiles, and by the shading of tbe .ground keeping it moist und cool. By planting with a machine in perfectly straight rows, corn can lie cultivated much closer, as almost all the entire cultivation should be done by machinery, and tbe prime object is to do most of the hoeing before planting, making lho soil a perfect soed bed, and then when the corn has rooted and until some three or four inches high oan be harrowed in nny and all directions with a "Thomas smoothing harrow," tho tor th of which nre inclined backward nt an angle of about 45 degrees, so that it effects no injury lo the corn but stirs lho soil and kills the littlo weeds; then use tho cultivator ns long as you can drive a horse through it. Now by the soleotion ol the proper seed, soil, and kind of labor applied, I can raise corn for 40 cents, or less, a bushel. Gen tlemen farmers, awake to this important crop, and see if you cannot raise more and buy less. This was a very interesting lecture, and a discussion followed of n very interesting character, many farmers resolving to raise more corn. Adjourned until evening. At 7:30, L. D. Hamlin, president of the farmers' club, oalled the meeting to order and introduced Dr. Hiram A. Cutting, who gavo an address upon "Atmospheric benomena." Ho spoke of our atmos phere; its necessity to man, giving, through tho oxygen it oontained, bah animal heat and life ; also, that Us vory pressure upon our bodies wns necessary to our existence ; that if it was. removed at once tho blood would start from the pores of our bodies, for we wore made to exist undor the pressure of about 15 pounds to the square inob. He atlributed lho floating of clouds, which wore really heavier than the ntmospbero, to their electrical condi tion, nnd often, wind, tornadoes nnd hail to tho same wonderful agent. Ho spoke of dow as being of tho greatest Importance to tbe growing plants, and that some might aid that deposit by putting salt or plaster npon his land. Ho gave numerous signs of coming storms, familiar to all yet having scientific fact for their btsis, and henco of actual worth. Hn g ivi) those that boliovo in changes of tlio innon ruling tho weather, little oomfort; nnd yot the audienoe listened with groat attention, cheering when he oompliuiontod the fortitude of the ladies and tho lack of will power in tho rnen to near pain, tnough the nervous sen'iblilily of woman was superior to his, and hence pain moro acute ihis peculiar nervous sonsibility made her knowledge of coming thunder storms olton wonderfully aoourate and yet sometimes mado thorn a terror to her. As a whole, the lecture was highly lusiiucuvc us wen us euwriaioing. WEDNESDAY KOHENOON. Meeting called to order by the chairman, when Mr. Pember took up tho subject assigned mm or -jjairying,- and addressed the audience in his usual manner. Dairy ing is not made so much of a special inuustry in tins parr, oi ino stale as in some others, yot it is always a subject of mucu importance, anil brings out an interesting discussion whenever brouo-ht up for consideration. At tbe conclusion of Mr. Pember s address, Mr. Davis led off in a discussion npon the subicct uuder consideration, no tnougut that a farmer should always havo a liking for his occupation, aud if tho manufacture of butter is a special industry the farm should bo well adapted to the business in hand, being woll supplied with good pastures anu puro water, no advocates strongly good care as ho is wont. neglect will soon mako itself felt in tho dairy. He thought that farmers in this part of tno stitio in so close proximity to market would do well lo keep what is known as winter dairio". Hn alluded to the irnpor tanco ot making a superior article ol butter, and securing regular customers if possible for it, as when this is done satisfactory prices will ho realized, and if woll likrd it will ho wanted regularly in tne ii.iure With the vi t l'u migration to this cnu.iiry, he is ul opinion that good butter will not ri'coiuu a drug in our markets for the preset. t. lhiiiKs tint farmers should aim (or more than tin- general averago of butter, 125 pounds per cow, as ihis will hardly pav mi iiiu pi oouci ion. bilo ho docs not believe that hotter butter can bo made from any modern system of milk setting than by tbe use of tne Bmall tin pans, with good conditions yet he would adviso more modern iipparatus for lho saying of labor. The remarks re.ating to tho churning, working of butter, etc, havo been given in snbstancc oeioro. After the remarks of Mr. Davis. Mr. Pember answered some questions asked by gentlemen, lie does not claim more cream or butter from deep setting than by other methods, with good conditions. Mr. Irish thought that hotter butter could be mado by deop setting than other methods. The question of odors being discernable from tho submerged system, Col. Potter thought that this could not be the caso if tbe milk was pure and clean when drawn Prefers stanchions for confining cows in a stable. Col. Poller advised keeping cows quiet and comfortable, and tor this purpose did not consider the stanchion the best method for confining cows in n stable. Mr. Itock wood was decidedly in favor of stanchions, but would card tho cow. regularly. Mr. Pember would not milk a cow up to very nearly the timo of calving, as a period of rest should be allowed. Ailjnurnril. AFTERNOON. Tho first subject taken up was the "Improvement of pastures," by E. R Towlo. Ho was followed with remarks by the farmers present. Mr. Botlum staled that his pastures aro deteriorating and need attention. The chairman stated that his pasture has beon improved by sowing on plaster and nshes, bringing in tho whito clover readily. air. ltocKWoou siaieu mat oranes arc not in the pastures here at any gnat extent, lop dressing nis pastures with slable manure, superphosphates and ashes. produces excellent results, and lie does not need to plow. The land is a sido hill and is in part clay. One farmer said in relation to seeding that he would sow timothy, red clover and red top. Would sow rod top on any kind of soil, either high or low, as he considered it the best grass wo have. Mr. Davis made some remarks on the subject, in which ho regretted the destruc tion of our forests, being of tho opinion it will act unfavorable on the agricultural production of our country. After an interesting discussion which lasted until quite late in tho afternoon, Mr. Davis spoko for a time upon "The wastes of tho farm. I his was a very interesting address and occupied tho re mainder of lho session, nftei which the meeting was adjourned until evening. EVENING. Mr. Lane not being present, Mr. Tow'.e started off wilh tho "Winter care of stock," and was followed by the farmers present. One or two were opposed to tho praolice of keeping pigs in winter in basements under tho norso stable believing it to be productive of an unhealthy condition. Would put the horse manure in yards for the pigs to work over in tho summer season- Mr. PeiubiT thought that more depended on roguliHitv in teeding man the number of time . This was concurred in by a farmer present. Mr. Botlum feeds bis stock seven times a day, considering that n this way his animals eat moro and with a better relish than if fed only twice a day. Ho keeps a winter dairy, hence lho ben ot care is necessary. Mr. 1 ember said a low words in relation to ensilage, being favorably with tho system, and he helit ves it will bo of much valuo to Vermont farmers. As regards sheep he thought that twice a day is enough to feed them, and good hay will do woll enough without grain. Would not keep in a pasture with cows, as in such cases they will got tho best of the grasses. They will thrive better on poor pastures than cattle, and he believes would bo useful in their renovation. Mr. Davis would give the morning's feed at two different limes instead of once, and the samo at night, believing this to bo the boiler way. The horso is unlike tno cow in internal economy, and can bo fed differently. Advised more attontion to feeding good horses, from sound healthy stock as a profitable business at present. Would feed horses three limes a day, not giving too much bulky food, but some of a more concentrated form, ns grains of different kinds. Stables for horses sdould be woll lighted, moderately warm and woll vcuti latcd. Ho spoke a good word in favor of raising stoers for oxeu on the farm, believing it lo be a source of ploasuro and profit. Is of tho opinion that tho breeding of improved Merino sheep for tho south and west will continuo to bo a source of profit to Vermont farmers. Thoy should by no means allow this industry, peoullar to our state, to decrease in magnitude or importance. Is of tho opinion that more of the coarso or middlo wool sheep might be kept with profit by many of our farmers. This discusxion concluded tho meeting at this placo. It was moro largely attended than tho ono hold here n year ago, and by a olass of inlolliycnt and representative farmers. Tho discussions and talks were hore, as is quite usual at these meetings, continued after sessions, and wherever the farmers meet with each other or mombers of the board, which h a good indication of Intorcst. Eev. Or. Vedder'4 Address AS CIIAII1MAN OF AN EVENING MASS MEET INO AT THE SOUTH CA110I.INA CON VENTIOK OF THE W. C. T. U. Alexander Pope, tho noet. lookino- nnnn a field of corn, said that ho oould make to it a pertinent and impressive speech. Being challenged by a friend to do so, Pope stretched out his hand toward the green and npright stalks, and said: "Gontlemen, only give us vour ears, ami the peoplo will not lack bread." I headdress is at onco so wittvand wisn. that we hesitate whether to smile or be serious, and end by doing und being both in turn. The jocose side of tho sentiment provokes tho answering pun that, if no audible answor come to such a sneech. it could bardly have been cxpeclcd from an audience so "husky" from long exposure to tho air, and which must wait upon tho wind even to nod its assent. In the eravn aspect of Ihe thought, we cannot buturguo that if lho growing corn had possessed tongues as well its cars, it would havo replied: "Wo mean to givo our fitiit to feed the people; see you lo it, O man, that the people get it." We mny be sure that this would have been the response, for this is what overv field of the golden grain is saying to us always. The good God has nourished it in ihe sunshine and tbe rain and the dew, to make glad tbe homes of men. Sje we to it that it reaches those homes to bless tnd tic t to blast. Ho has given lho wheat. the rye, und the corn, thai the people may not lack bread, and not that it should cease to be bread in itself whilst snatching all bread else from craving mouihs. God I,..- : i. .i :j . . ii, m givcu it mm wiuownuoa nnu orphan age may not starve when bereaved of their natural protector, and not lhat a worse (ban widowhuod and orphanage may add degradation and grief and terror 10 Haggard destitution. Of all who shall speak to you here and now, even including inv irmiilii fricn.l of the silver tongue and the guidon heart, of the winged step upon every p ith of duty, and tlie unweariod baud in every work of mercy lh9 honored and beloved nresident of Ihe national union-of all i hese. none shall speak more eloquently than tho fertile toil of our own great land, with its abundant food for all, yet forced to hear a malign power commanding its bread to be turned into stone; opening its teeming furrows with the moans of life, and yet seeing that very means distilled into tho poison of deatn; rich with its harvest of wealth, and yet reaping from it veailv such a harvest of woe as fifty thousand graves, over whioh no tear of dear emembrHnoc, regard and regret can fall. nil no Mower of hope bloom. Ho who will simply he what earth lias to sav to him in the exuberance of i s buunlv. whilst such dire want breathes unon it. needs no olher incentive to range himself definitely, resolutely, aud unalterably bv tno side ot thoso who would summon the majesty of human law to forbid tho per version of Heaven's bhssing into earth's direst curse. The cause of temperance only asks tho ntiention cf tho kind and Irue-hearted everywhere, and it will risk all tho rest. It pleads. ' Only givo me audience in vour serious thoughis, and the pooolo will not ick bread." Hear but the facts and the arguments, and you will be ready lo say. Give me a place and part in tho work which is so Christ-like that it multiplies tbe five loaves which are now alone free Iced the poor, into the food for live thousand, and ihe gathered fragments will be more lean the original provision, for they will be unused gibbets and jails, unoccupied almshouses, and asylums; yea, they will bo bright eyes, buoyant hearts, happy homes, and undying hopes." Only let him who hath ears to hear open them. to truth, and ho cannot but heed. Aud if there are any who aro especially entitled to speak upon thisllicme, they are those upon whom directly, inescaoablv tnd abidingly, the curse of the di ink falls. of whom it might bo said that, jf they were ncnt, the very stones of tho street would cry out. 1 lace, then, for our mothers, wives. sisters, daughters, under God the guardian pints ot your households; place, whoro they may pload for tho poace, purity and inuiiiy oi meir nouios; place, wnere ttiey an seek their Master's enconium, lhat they have "dono what they could" to mako home what ho meant it should be Heaven's sweet shadow upon a lost earlh. Charleston, Jan. 16, 18S3. Fkioiitekini; Childken to Sleep. A lady overheard lho nurce girl the other igni latking to tne little child site was putting to sleep, nnd among the other gocds of nurnery in wh eh she indulged was this : If you don't go right to sU-ep this very minute, a b;g, black bear, with eves like coals of fire, and sharp, cruel teeth, will come out fioui under the bed and cat tu all up. lho poor little thing nestled down under the clothes, and altera long season of terror fell asleep to dream the frightful dreams of horrid bears eating her up. That night when lho stolid nurse had composed herself In bcrrwn comfortable bed there came a rap at the door, and the voice of Ihe mistress called loudly through lho pannels : Maggie! Maggie! for mercy s sake gi t p as quick as you can ! There's a burg lar under your bod, aud as soon as you get asleep he's coming out to rob and mtii di r you." At the word burglar she sprang scream ing from the bed, loro open tbe door and II In hysterics in tho hall. The letson was evi n more instructive than the mis tress bad designed; but when the girl's fears were calmed, she said to her: You did not hesitate to tell my little delicate child, who could not possibly now that it was a cruel lie, a cruel story of a bear nnder her bed; now when I treat yon to the samo kind of a slumber story, you aro frightened nearly to death. Tomorrow you can go into the kitchen and work yon are not fit to cara for a little child." How many children are there, who ev ery night of their lives, are frightrnel to leepr A brave eoul will rise more determined from defeat. To "strike twelve the first time," has been many ajoungmnn's mis fortune rather than advantage in begiuing life. Among the many notable successes born of failure the following will bo fa miliarly remembered: Ctiran, the f imous Irish agitator, trem bled at his first speech before a small company, and became dumb. Months afterwards he charmed all with his elo quence. Thackery carried his "Vanity Fair," lo nearly n score of publishers beforo it was accepted. He nsed to say, laughingly, that It was amusing bow little be earnt d when in his early days he wrote carefully, and how much he reoeived for poor work wbn he bad acquired a name. "Uuclo Tom's Cabin," was doclined again and again, till finally it was pub lished by John P. Jowett at lho earnest solicitation of his wife. Tom Hood's "Song of tho Shirt" was thrown Into the waste basket. Will Carloton's "Over tho Hill to the Poor House," suffered the samo fate. The "Fool's Errand" was refused by many a publisher. No success over came without repeated strngglos and failures. Youth's Companion. ;