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Bill Wilson and the Ghost.
by maj. joseph jones.
'Bout two years ago, tkepeoplein Pine
ville was almost larmed out of their sen
ises by a ghost what made its appearance
every night in the graveyard.^; The nig?
gers seed it fust, and they told sich ter?
rible tales about it that the wimmin and
children was 'fraid to <ro to bed in the
dark for a month, and you couldn't git a
nigger ?o go outside the door after dark
hot foi4 all Geor^y. It made a monstrous
talk forjnore'n ten miles round the settle?
ment, and everybody was anxious to find
out whose ghost it was, and what it want?
ed. Old Mr. Walker, what had been cheat?
ed out of all his property by the lawyers,
hadn't been ded a great while, and as he
was a monstrous curious old chap' any
how, the general opinion was that he had
cum back for something.
Sammy Stonestrcet seed it. and Bob
Moreland seed it, and old Miss Curloo seed
it when she was cumin'to town to see her
daughter "Nancy, the night she had her
baby, and they.all gave the same account,
the niggers did, 'bout its beiu' dressed in
white and talking to itself, and eryin and
walkin about among the toom stones.
Bob Moreland scd he heard it sneeze two
or three times, jest as natural as any hu?
man, and cry ever so pitiful.
A good, many of the boj-s sed they was
gwine to watch for it sum night and .speak
to it; but sumhow ther hsnrts always
failed 'cm 'bout dark, and nodody didn't
One day Bill Wilson cum to town, and
was but half corned down to Mr. Hurley's
store, when they got to bantcriu him 'bout
the ghost.
' Dinjj'd if I don't sec who it is,' ses "Bill;
'I ain't afraid of no ghost that ever walk
o' nights.'
With that some of them offered to bot
him five dollars that ho dasent go inside
* of the graveyard alone, after dark.
1 Dun,' ses Bill, ' plank up ycr mono}-.
But I'm to go jest as I have a mind to!'
*' Yes,' says the boys.
1?And'shoot the ghost if I sec it?' ses
?To be sure.'
{?And I'm to have a bottle of old Jim
maky to keep me company V
1 Yes,' ses all of 'em.
-Agreed/ ses Bill. 'Put up the stakes
in Mr. Harly's hand.
The money was staked and tho bisncss*
all fixed in no time.
' !Now,' ses Bill, 1 give me a par of pis?
tols and let me load 'em myself, and I'll
show you whether I'm afraid of ghosts or
Captain Skinner's big horse pistols was
sent for, and Bill loaded one of 'em up to
tho muzzle, and after gitting a bottle of
licker in his pocket, and takin two or three
more horns, to raise his courage, he wait?
ed till it was dark. Every body in town
was wide awake to see how tho thing
would turn out, and some of the wimmin
was monstrous consumed for Bill, for fear
he'd git carried off by the ghost shore
Jest about dark Bill set out for the
graveyard, with a whole heap of fellers,
who went to see him.to tho gate.
?Look out now, Bill?you know ghosts
is mostrous dangerous things,' sed the
boys, as they was bout leaving him.
?2f ever you mind,'ses Bill. 'But re?
member, I'm to shoot-'
' Yes,' ses all of 'em.
Bill marched into the middle of the
graveyard, singing ? Shiny 2s ight' as loud
as he could, monstrous out of tune, and
tuck a seat on one of the grave stones.
The grave yard in Pineville stands on
the side of a hill bout a quarter of a mile
from town. The fence is a monstrous high
post-and-rail fence, and the lot is a tolera?
ble big one, extending a good ways down
in the boiler on tother side, whar there is
a pine thicket of bout a acre whar ther
aint no graves.
The night was pretty dark, and Bill
thought it was vciy cold ; so he kep tak?
in drinks cvry now and thou to keep him?
self warm, and singin all the songs
sam times he know'd to keen -r.
Sometimes he thought he heard somei king
and then his hair would sort o' crawl up.
at/i he_would grab hold of his pistol, what
he had c7~*A^-4pUus lap, fnu. it was so
dark he could't sec nothin^r^stepTolf^
Two or three times he fett like b?ckin out,
but .he knowd that would'nt never do ; so
he'd take another drink and strike up an?
other tune. Binieby ho got so sleepy that
ho could'nt tell whether ho was singing
? Lucy Xeal' or ' The Promised Land,'
and bimeby he only sung a word here and
thar, thout bein veryperticuler what song
it belongod to.
? He was so bominablo sleepy and corned,
together, that he could'nt keep awako,
and in spite of his fears ho began to nod a
little. .
Just then something sneezed!
' Ugh !' ses Bill, 'what's that?' ,
But ho soon cum to the conclusion that
ho must been sneezing in his sleep, and af?
ter seeing that his pistol was safe and tak?
ing another drink, he was soon in the land
of JSTod agin.
Bout this time old Mr. Jenkins' gang of
gotes cum out of the thichet, whar |hey
had cum thro' the gap in the foncc,*and
with old white Bellshazor in the lead, cum
smollin bout whar Bill was watching for
the ghost.
Old Bellshazar is one of the oudaeiouscst
old rascals to but in all Georgy, and see'n
Bill settin thar all alone by himself, he
goes up and smells at him. Bill nodded
to him in his sleep, Old Bellshazar step
ped'back a little ways, and Bill nodded
again. The old feller tuck it for a banter
shore enuff, and back he went a few steps,
and raisin up on his hind legs a little he
tuck deliberate aim, and spang he tuck
Bill right between the cycz, nockingAim
and his pistol both off at the same frmc!
Bang goes the pistol, roaring out on
the still night air like a young five-pound
er, so every body heard it, and the next
minit you might have hearn Bill holler
murder! murder! Lord preserve me ? for
moro'n a mile.
The whole town was out of bed in a
minit, and cvry body that could go was
out to the graveyard as quick as they
could git thar.
Thai' was Bill, laying sprawled out on
the ground, with his nose nocked as^flat
ns-a pancake, and both his eyes bunged
up so he couldn't tell daylight from dark.
The gotes was scared as bad as he was
at the pistol, and was gone fore he fairly
touched tho ground ; and Bob Moreland
and Tom Stall ins, what had gone out thar
to scare Bill, und had seed his encounter
with Bellshazor, was standing by ITim
rapped up in ther white sheets, langhin
like they would bust ther sides.
Bill swore that he was wideawake, and
that when the ghost cum up to hiiu, he
tuck a fair crack at it, when all at once he
was struck with a clap of thunder and
Bob Moreland tried to explain it to him.
But it WOB all no use. Ho swore the ghost
?\TT5 ?ix loOT"j?lgIi.iiuctLi?u!?_La_secd*th
lightning jest as plain as he ever seei
lightning in his life.
Bill claimed the stakes and every body
sed he ought"to have the money. But
you may depend he wouldn't have sich
another ghost fight for all the money it
Georgy. The fence was mended whar it
was broke in the thicket, and ther was
nover any moro ghosts seed in that grave?
yard sense.
Tue Universal Metamorphosis.?If a
wafer bo laid on a surface of polished met?
al, which is then breathed upon, and if,
when the moisture of the breath has evap?
orated, t!;io wafer be shaken oft", wo shall
find that the whole polished surface is not
as it was before, although breathe again
upon it, the surface will be moist every?
where, except on the spot previously shel?
tered by tho wafer, which will now ap?
pear as a spectral image on the surface.
Again and again we breathe, and tho
moisture evaporates, but still the spectral
wafer rc-appcarf. This experiment suc?
ceeds after lapso of many months, if the
metal be carefully put aside where its sur?
face cannot be disturbed. If a sheet of
paper on which-a key has boon laid bo ex?
posed some minutes to the sunshine, and
then instantaneously viewed in the dark,
the key being removed, a fading spectre
of the key will bo visible. Let this paper
be put aside for many mouths, where
nothing can disturb it, and then in dark?
ness be laid on a plate of hot metal?the
spectre of the key will again appear. In
the case of bodies more highly phosphore?
scent than paper, the spectres of many
different objects which may have been
laid on it in succession will, on warminc,
emerge in their proper order. This is
equally true of our bodies and our minds.
Wo are involved in the universal meta?
morphosis. Nothing leaves us wholly as
it found'us. Every man we ?meet, every
book we read, every picture of landscape
we see. every word of tone wo hear, min?
gles .with oiir being and modifies it.
There : ?. ? .iscs on record of ignorant wo?
men, in scales of insanity, uttering Greek
and Hebrew phrases, which in past yeara
*JMi$a]|avc hear I their masters utter, wkh
outorS^, comprehending them.
These tones luvl long been forgotten the
traces was so f?int that, under ordinary
conditions, they" were invisible: but these
traces woro there, and in the intense light
of cerebral excitement 'they started inio
prominence, just as the spectral image of |
tho key stalled into sight on the applica?
tion of heat.' It thus with all tho influen?
ces to which ve are subjected.?Corn-hill
Tho miser live* poor to die rich, and is
the jailor of his house, and the turnkey of |
his wealth. * \.
* Faculties of Insects.
Man, considering himself the lord "of
creation, plumes himself the powers ofnis
invention, and is proud to enumerate the
various useful arts and machines to which
it has given birth; not aware that "He
who teacheth man knowledge " has in?
structed insects to anticipate him in many
of them. The builders of Babel doubtless
thought their invention of turning earth
into an artificial stone, a very happy dis-'
covery; yet a bee had practiced this art,
using indeed a different process on a
smaller scale, and the white ants on a
large one, ever since the world began!
Man thinks he sfands unrivalled as an ar?
chitect, and that his buildings are without
a paralcl among the works of the inferior
orders of animals. He would be of a dif?
ferent opinion did he attend to the histo?
ry of insects; he would find that many of
them have been architects from time im?
memorial, and that they have had their
houses divided into various apartments,
and containing staircases, gigantic arches,
domes, colonades. and flielikc; 'nay, tjiat
even tunnels arc excavated by them, so
immense, compared with their own size,
as to ho twelve. ;imcs bigger than that
projected by Mr. Dodd to be carried under
the Thames at Gravesend! The modern
lady who prides herself on the lustre, and
h/jauty of the scarlet -hangings which
adorn the stately walls of her drawing
room, or the carpets that cover its floor,
fancying that nothing so rich and^spjen
did was ever seen before, and pitying her
vulgar ancestors who were doomed to un?
sightly whitewash and rushes; is ignorant
all the while that before she or her nnces
cestors were in existence, and even before
the boasted Tyrian dye was discovered,
.1 little insect had known how to hang the
walls oi'.if* cr>11 lvjtWopjaiay of a scarlet
mor< brilliant than any of her roortts-osn
exhibit; and that others daily weave silk?
en carpets, both in tissue and texture, in?
finitely superior to those she so much ad?
mires. Other arts have also been equalled
and forestalled by these creatures. What
vast importance is attached to the inven?
tion of paper! For near six thousand
years one of our commonest insects has
jtilOWjijKp^^^ako^ it to-uini
poses; and even pastcboardTsupcrior in"
substance and polish to any we can pro?
duce, is manufactured by another. We
imagine that nothing short of intellect
can be equal to the construction of a div?
ing-bell, or an air-pump; yet a spider is in
the daily habit of using the one, and what
is more, one exactly similar to ours, but
more ingeniously contrived; by means of
which, she resides unwetted in the bosom
of the water, and procures the necessary
supplies of air by a much more simple pro?
cess than our alternating buckets. And
the caterpillar of a little mo|i knows how
to imitate the other, by producing a va?
cuum when ncccssaiy for its purposes,
without any air pump besides its own
body. If we think with wonder of the
populous cities which have employed the
united labors of man for many ages to
bring them to their full extent, what shall
we say to the white ants, which require
only a few months to build a metropolis
capable of containing an infinitely greater
number of inhabitants than even imperial
Ninevah, Babylon, Rome, or Pekin, in all
their glory?
Can we consider the curious history of
the bees without adoring that divine wis?
dom which teaches these diminutive crea?
tures to provide in so wonderful a manner
for the security and sustenance of their
ypung ? Who is it that instructs them to
bore a fistular passage under ground, or in
tho trunk of a tree, for the reception of
their nests. What rule do they take witlii
them to the shrub from which they bor?
row their materials to assist them in met?
ing out their work, and by which they
cut some pieces into portions of ovals, oth?
ers into accurate circles, and likewise to
suit the dimensions of the several pieces
of each figure so exactly to each other?
Where is the architect that can carry im?
pressed on the tablet of his memory tho
entire idea of the edifice he means to erect;
and without rule, square, plumb-line, or
compass, Can cut out all his materials in
their exact dimensions without making a
single mistake, or* a single false stroke?
And yet this is what these little insects
invariably do, and thus teach us how much
mure wonderful and certain instinct is
than all .the efforts of.our boasted reason;
which, after many painful processes, in?
terrupted by numerous errors and failures,
and by a long train of deductions, can not
arrive at that expertness and certainty
which these creatures manifest, spontane?
ously working at all times with unerring
What is this instinct but the teaching
of the Almighty, the manifestation of his
eternal wisdom, infinitely diversified, sus?
taining, directing, impelling all things, and
making all things work together for the
good of the whole: which like its great
emblem and instrument, the light acts ev?
ery where, and upon all; and while it
guides th? planets in their courses, directs
the minutest animalcule to do those things
that are necessary to its preservation, and
the continuation of its kind.
" ' -- #
The Counsel of Woman.t-Di\ Board
man, in his admirable work, " Hinti&on
Domestic nappiness," inculcates this
doctrine, wliich we cordially endorse :
" In n conversation I once held with an
eminent minister of our church, he made
tho fine observation : " We will say noth?
ing of the manner in which that sex usu?
ally conduct an argument: but the intui?
tive judgment of women are often more
to be relied upon than the conclusions
which we reach by an elaborate process
of reasoning." 2so man that has an intel?
ligent wife, or who is accustomed to tho
society of educated women, will dispute
Times without number you must have
known them to decide questions on the in:
staut, and with unerring accuracy, which
you had been poring over for hours perhaps
with no other result than to find yourself
getting deeper and deeper into^ tho tan?
gled maze of doubts and difficulties. It
were hardly generous toalledgothat they
achieve these feats less by reasoning thar.
by a sort of sagacity which approximates
to i;he sure instinct of the animal races;
and yet there seems to be ground for tho
remark of a witty French writer, that,
when a man has toiled step by step, up a
flight of stairs, he will bo sure to find a
woman at the top; but she will not be
able to tell how she got there."
" How she got there, however, is of lit?
tle moment. If the conclusions a woman
hs,s reached are sound, that is all that con?
cerns us. And that they are very apt ;o
bo sound pnthe practical matters of do?
mestic and secuiar life, nothing but preju?
dice or self conceit can prevent us A'Qjn
acknowledging. The inference therefore,
is unavoidable that the man who thinks it
beneath his dignity to take counsel with
an intelligent wife, stands in his own
light, and betrays that lack of judgment
which he tacitly attributes to her.
-H> _ .
~ T)EATn of the Good.?Had .Jesus rc~
rnained on earth, the minds of tho apos?
tles* would not have been directed heaven?
ward ; and so it may be with us. The
presence of those who are endeared to us
by the possession of every- Christian grace,
may only fix our hearts more strongly on
this passing sccrfc. True, they may first
havo taught us to love virtue. Their hal?
lowed tones may first have carried to our
hearts the conviction of a God and a
Providence. Their bright examples may
have shown us the possibility of excel?
lence. Their firm constancy to duty may
have convinced us that the just are strong.
Their gentle cheerfulness may have led us
to sec that piety is not austerity; that
tho ways of wisdom are the ways of pleas?
antness, and that its paths arc peace.
Their teachings may have peserved us in
integrity; or, if we have departed from it,
their solenm warnings may have awaken?
ed us from our dream; or their winning
virtues may have invited us back from
pleasures which were too unsubstantial to
last, and which were already bringing
forth their harvest or corruption! What
a blessing are hoi)- friends and kindred !
With what earnestness should we utter
our thanksgivings at the throne of grace,
that their path and ouz-s havo lain side by
side ; that they have ministered to us of
their spiritual gifts, and led us heaven?
ward l We know that it is well for those
who have fascinated us, and gained our
hearts, to be removed, if they walk not
aright with God; for thoy were taking
our thoughts from Him to whom they
should bo given. But is this the case
with the good?- Yes: it is expedient
that they should go a^ay ? Whore is our
virtue, if it depended upon them ? Where
is our wisdom, if always we applied to
them for advice ? Whero is our constan- '
cy, if it was they who kept us, a,nd not
we ourseives, in the right path ? Every
man must bear his own burden. They
taught us how to carry it;?it was well.
Thoy'soo.thed us under its pressure; let
us thank God that it was so.?Re,). R. L.
Two gentlemen were walking together
in Paris:
" I will engage, said one to the other,
(i to give the man before me a good kick?
ing, and yet he shall not be angry." He
did as he had undertaken to do. The
stranger turned round and looked aston?
"I beg your pardon," said the kicker, "I
took you for the Duke de la Tramonile."
The Duke was very handsome?the man.,
was very plain; he was gratifie d by the
mistakes under which he behoved he had.
suffered, shook himself, smiled, bowed,and
went on his way.
^ * ?
A Good Wife. j?1
The good \vifo is One, who,, ever mind-'
i'ul of the solemn contract*which she has
entered into, is strictly and'conscientious?
ly, virtuous, constant, and faithful jo her
lausband; chaste, pure and unblemished
:.n every thought, word and deed ; she is
humble and modest from reason and con?
viction, submissive from choice, and obedi^
cnt from inclination ; whatever she ac?
quires by love and tenderness, she pre?
serves by prudence and discretion* she
makes it her business to serve, and her
pleasure to oblige her husband; as consci?
ous, that?* everything which promotes his
happiness?must in the end contribute to
her own; her tenderness relieves his cares,
-her affections soften his distress ) her good
humor and complacency lessen alSd subdue
his afflictions; "she openeth her mouth,"
as Solomon says, "with wisdom, and in
her tongue, is the law of kindness; she
looketh well to trie ways of her household.
and she catcth not the bread of idleness;
her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praiseth her.'
Lastly, as a good and pious Christian, she
looks up with an eye of gratitude to the
Great Dispenser and Disposer of all things,
to tho Husband of the widow, and the
Father to the ^fatherless, entreating His
divine favor and assistance in*feus and ev?
ery other moral and religous duty; well
satisfied, that if she:duly and punctually
discharges her several offices and relations
in this life, slfe shall be blessed and re?
warded for it in another.
A Good Father.
The good father is ever humane, tender
and affectionate to his children ; ho treats
them, therefore, with lenity and kindness;
corrects with prudence, rebukes with tem?
per, and chastises with reluctance; he nev?
er suffers his influence to degenerate into
weakness, his affections to be biassed by
partiality; as he rejoices in their joy, and
"participates in their afflictions, ho never
suffers them to waliTa" hl-sai^^h ?VT? h o
can bestow, or to lament an evil which he
can prevent; whilelie continues with them,
he administers to their present happiness,
and provides for their future felicity when
he shall be removed from them; he is
doiihLv fruitions in m-osf-winf Iuk own
character, because theirs depands upon it;
ho is prudent, therefore, that they may
j bo happy, industrious that they may be
I rich, good and virtuous and they may be
repected; ho instructs by his life and
teaches by his example; as he is thorough?
ly satisfied, that piety is the source and
foundation of every virtue, he takes care
to " bring them up in the nurture and ad?
monition of the Lord;" and they may be
goocPmen, he endeavors to make them
good Christians; . and after" having done
everything in his power to make them
oasy and happy here, points out to them
the only infallible means of securing eter?
nal bliss and tranquility hereafter
A Good Son.
The good and dutiful son is one who
honors his parents, by paying the utmost
deference and respect; by a reverential
awe and veneration for them; a filial af?
fection of their persons, and a tender re?
gard for their safety and preservation; a
preservation; a constant and cheerful at?
tendance to their advice, and a ready and
implicit obedience to their commands. As
he becomes ever}*day more sensible o?his
obligations to them, he grows every day
more willing and more solicitous to pay
them. He employs his youth to support
their age ; his abundance to relievo.thcir
wants; his knowledge and strength to
support their infirmities and decay. He j
is more careful of his character and repu?
tation in the world because theirs depends
upon it. Every anxious for their happi?
ness, he endeavors, by every method nf]
his power to prolong their days, that his
own may be long in the laud. He rests'
assured, that God will not only bless obe?
dient children here, but will reward them
with the blessings of heaven, whore it
shall be well with him forever; where WS
shall fall join, son and father, daughter
and mother, wife and husband, servant
and master; ail the relations and conncx
ions of this life, to honor one great Parent,
Protector, Lord and Master of all.
A Good Husband.
The good husband is one, who, wedded
nett by interest but by chgice, is constant
as'well as from inclination as from princi?
ple ; he treats his wiJ^with delicacy as a
woman, with tenderness as a.friend; he
attributes hor follies to her weakness, her
imprudence to herinadvertancy; he passes
them over therefore with good nature, and
pardons them with indulgence; all his
care and, industry are employed for her
welfare; all his strength and power are ex?
erted for her' support and her protection;
he is more 4anxious to preserve his own
character and reputation, because hers is
blended with it; lastly, the good husband
I is pious and religious, that he may an
? imate her * faith by his practice, and en?
force precepts of Christianity by his own
example ; th?H^as they join to promote
each others's happiness in this world,
?they may untie to insure eternal joy and
felicity in that which is to come.
/ -:-*
Mind What Yon Say.
It 1s always well to avoid saying every?
thing that is improper. But it is especi?
ally so before children. And hero par?
ents, as welhas others, are often in faults
Children have as many ears as grown per?
sons, and they are generally more atten?
tive to what is said befrre them. What i
they hoar they are very apt to repeat, and
as they have not discretion and knowl?
edge of theVorld enough to disguise any?
thing, it is generally, found that "children
and fools speakthe truth." See that little
boy's eyes glisten while you are speaking
of a neighbor, in language you would not
wish to have repeated. He does not fully
understand what you mean, hut he will
remember every word; and it will be
strange if he does not cause you to blush
by its repetition.
A gentleman was in the habit of calling
at .a neighbor's house, and the lady had
always expressed pleasure at ? his calls.
One, day, just after she.had expressed to
him, as usual, her happiness from his visit,
her little boy entered the room. The
gentleman took him on his knee, and
"Arc you not glad .to see me, George V
"No sir," replied the boy.
" Why not, my little man," he contin?
? "Because mother don't want you to
come," said George ?"
"Indeed? How do you know that,
George ?"
' Here the mother was crimson, and look?
ed-daggers at the little son. But-he saw
nothing, and therefore replied?
"Because she said yesterday, that she
wished ttiat^hj^^ jcplLhcrc
That was enough. Tho gentleman's
hat was soon in requisition, and he lef:,
with the impression that "great is truth
and will prevail.'*
, Another little child, looking sharply in?
tho .face. of_ a visitor, and being asked
what she meant by it, replied?
"I wanted to see whether you had a
dopin in your eye; I heard mother say you
had frequently."
A boy once asked one of his fathers
guests, who lived next door to him ; andS
when he heard his name, he asked if he >
was not a fool ?
"'No, my little friend," replied the guest,
"he is not a fool, but a very-sensible man.
But why did you ask that question ?"
"Because," replied the boy, "mother
said the other day, that you were next
door to a fool, and I wanted to Show who
lived next door to you."
These-are^tmt" ^pyqmens of what are
constantly occurring. Shildren are not
to be forgotten, "when one is conversing;
and those who think that they are not
"mediums," may find they are fully equal
to the rapping spirits, for telling the truth.
l?r-? -
Tho?hgtlessness of Mankind.?Astor
ishing fact, that all' that mankind ac- :
knowledge greaest they care about least jj^
as, first, on the summit of all. greatness,
tho Deity. ' Tis acknowledged He reigns
over all, His presence always here, pre?
vails in d?ch star, observes us as an awful
Judge, claims infinite regard as supreme?
ly good?what then? ? Why, think noth?
ing at all about him ! There is?Eternity [
You havo lived perhaps thirty years : you
are by no means entitled to expect so
much more life; at the utmost you will
soon, very soon, die! What .follows ?
Eternity?a boundless region; inextin?
guishable life, myriads of mighty and
strange spirits-; visions of God; glories,
horrors. Well, what then? Why, think
nothing at all about it! There is the
greai: affair, moral and religious improve?
ment. What is the true business of life ?
To grow wiser, more pious, moro benevo?
lent, more ardent, more elevated in every
noble purpose and action?to resemble the
Divinity. It is acknowledged. Who de?
nies or doubts it? What then? Why
care nothing at all about it. Sacrifice to
trifles the energies of the heart and the
short and fleeting time allotted for divine
attainments ! Such is tho actual course
of the world. What a thing is man?
kind !
"What do you know of the defendant,
Mr. Thomson ?" asked the eounsel of a
witness, "Do you confiuier him a good
musician ?"
"On that point I wish to be particular,-'
replied Thomson. "I don't wish to insin?
uate that Mr. Slopes is not a good music:
an; not at all. But could not help observ?
ing that after he commenced playing on
the claronet, a saw-filer, who lived next
door, left home, and has never since beat
heard of!"

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