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,1 ft ,50 P E R ANNUM IF PAID IN ADVANCE. Z.R AG AN, Editor and Proprietor. fkok tb Boston oiitb on. IN LOVE, OR My Friend the Major. BV RUTH ANNA BROWN. As the principal actor in the incident! sketched below, long since met with a violent death, I consider it no breech of trust to relate tbem for the amusement of those curious in the peculiarities of human nature. " Most Gracious of Gentlemen : Having frequently passed you in Broad way, and always having noticed your dignified and martial air, your noble countenance, so different from those sur rounding you, pardon me if err in ad dressing you ; for many weeks you were the same to, me as any other stranger, then I began to notice a slight tremor when I met you, and then I thought you looked upon me with interest ; I fancied that your eye rested upon me with some thing more than indifference, and that your mouth almost melted into a smile as you passed me. "I am young, an only daughter. I have been secluded from society, but I have a woman's heart, a heart that knows what love is, and its adoration and devo tion are yours alone. I blush and hide my face for fear you may not return my affection, but may think mo bold and forward. " If you do love me, address a line to Jane Smith, At the Union Square Post Office." When Major Cavenue had finished reading tbis letter, he exclaimed, "What sentiments I what a ehild of nature! Why Madame, she roust be a jewel worth wearing forever. No wearying of her endearments, no fleeing from her arms to the carresseB of another." I was of another opinion, and looked upon bim as a dupe, or upon the young lady as a foolish girl taken by the really distingue air that the Major possessed. I saw nothing in her letter but fulsome flattery and a confession of love, which to say the least, was rather suspicious. The Major would not listen to me, but sitting down immediately addressed the following letter to M's Jane : Most Sweet Lady : Your delightful letter I received through the penny post tn-dav. Never were such sentiments oenned before, Never did I know of such trust and confidence. Love you, indeed I love you, nnd often in passwg have I noticed that your attention was directed towards myself. Yesterday I had the pleasure of assisting Miss Clifton to her carriage, and I think you must have been the young lady in a blue hat who halted opposite, and whose fair brow and flaxen ringlets left their impress upon my heart. I must know you. Can you not arrange a meeting that I may tell you I am your devoted slave t Yours, most adoringly on my knees, Gaspar Cavbnur." I was surprised to see the Major drop suddenly on his knees, and with pen In hand and paper upon iho seat of the chair where he had been sitting, affix his sig nature to the letter. When he had finish' ed he threw the paper into my lap, ex Alaiminor. "I wish I was certain that it was the lady in the blue hat." "But," said I, "Major, maybe it's all a humbug practised upon you by some of the young gentlemen here in the house. "Why, Mrs. Pry, they'd never dare do euch a thing. I'd run them through with my bayonet in less than no time, if the nnltrv. nitiful civilians ever thought of f r such a thing. Did you ever sea me go through the bayonet exercise ? Not an officer in Mexico could compare with me; and I am told that I do it even better than the great Napoleon himself did.' ': Here he rushed about the room, march ine and counter marching, with Pry's cane flouriehing in the air, to the great risk of the mirrors, and placing my new head dress in the most imminent danger of sudden demolition. "Superb Major," I exclaimfcd ; "but do sit down j ray parlor is not a parad ground, and Pry'H purse isn't long enongh to replaco the furniture you may destroy in uracticing. I am convinced no one would daro imiult you 5 bat take care of the blue hat." , : : ,. Major Cavenue was a follow border of mine at one nt the fashionable, nouses, n V Place, and as he bad no ostensi ble business, he was consequently much in the house, and bjng fond of society, he spent a great dual of limewiilTthe ladies of the family. He was literary in his tastes, wrote passible poetry, posses sed a good deal of sentiment, and was constantly falling in love, or supposing some lady whom he had met bad fallen in love with him. He was forty years of age, tall, erect, with dark bair and eyes, and much dig nity of manner. In early life he had become wealthy, and was a descendant of a distinguished Virginia family. A ma jor in the army during the war in Mexi co, he had somewhat distinguished him self, and he retained ever afcer a sort of military undress that was particularly be coming to bim. It was said that at the ige of twenty five he had become much attached to a poetess belonging to his na tive State, and after the moat persevering efforts, the most determined pursuit, had seen himself slighted for another, whom he considered his inferior, Ever after be was the elave of any woman who looked long at bim, or who smiled sweetly upon iii attentions. Indeed the gentlemen of the house called him 'Move cracked," but the ladies, although often annoyed at bis peculiarities, were too tender hearted to look with disfavor upon a handsome man, whose very faults were caused by too great fondness for their own sex. Tender as was his heart, he still took rgreat interest in politics, and as that year was an exceedingly stormy one at the Capitol, many were the spirited discus- ions that occurred at the table in W lace. Major Cavenue in all bore a pari, and finally, duiing his leisure hours, wrote a lengthy article, covering many sheets of foolscap, which he called his fiscal agent." According to his own tatement, the Cabinet were ruled by his advice, and the President consulted him in nil important matters. Upon every new arrival the unlucky person was pounced upon by the Major, and his "fiscal agent" presented for perusal. Too polite to decli ne, and not accus tomed to the place, the poor victim would for several successive daya pour over the document, amid the suppressed smiles of the gentlemen, or the more open merri ment of the ladies. Amid all thia railery to which the Ma jor was subjected at our house, he ever turned to me as a friend, and 1 believe 1 alone saw the bright side of his character. Ie was living from hand to mouth, tho' he had friends, and capabilities, which, if ie bad used them aright, might have served him ; but he was contented as tho' his career had been more brilliant, and he lived upon past honors, and solaced himself with what fate had still in store for him. His ambition had been fierce and vio ent but a few years since. lie had borne lis failure generously, and still kept his broken sword with a manly heart. Life had been prosperous with most of us, and we were riding into port, with this wrecked man floating on a single spar. He had passed through struggles and de feat, had laughed, had been sorrowful; he had been rich, had loved, had fought, had beep defeated, he was a ruin his fate was consummated, he was alone, with no friend to symathize For a week the Major was busy with his affair with Miss Jane, in reply to his, he had received this communication : Rrloved Caspar: What an adoia ble name, Gaspar Uavenue, and now delightful the idea that thou art all my nnn ! that some dav I shall be permitted to hear thee say "thou lovest me, shall be, permitted to lean my head upon thy fnn.t hrflst itv lavinff trust My father ii n utern man. but could vou once obtain nn Introduction to him. I am convinced, that your noble presence and your genius would move even hia stony heart. I never have loved before ; never has my heart felt a wound from Cupid's shafts; mv mother is dead, nnd my home is chill. I long for something wherounto I may bind my heart; something to lovej to rest upon, to clasp affection's tendrils round. Wilt thou not be this one, divine Gaspar T can I not look up to you as a superior being, louy in auaiumoiin iu"i knowledge I I did not tsee you wan upon Miss Clifton. Do you admire her style Is she not rather masculine looking and lanmal, gttolrir fo American Jitters, jjtrST 3dmt, anS .imral InfJigetite, STEUBEN VILLE, gross T If you wish to see me I walk through Union Square next Wednesday between eight o'clock la the morning and four in the afternoon. I shall wear a white hat and feathers I shall also walk every day in Broadway before two o'clock. 1 will throw you a kiss. Yours tenderly, Janb Smith. Bitterly cold was the weather, and wrapped in his Spanish cloak, tho Major spent most of his time in Broadway, and on Wednesday, he left no foot of ground in Union Square untrodden. At nishl o ie burst into my parlor ; Pry sat toasting before the grate, and the Major asked his opinion of the matter; he had closely scrutinized every woman and girl wearing a white hat,' had followed no less than six to their homes ; had found one was an Irish laundress in a hotel, two were married women, who, when he rushed up the steps, had slammed the door in lis face ; two were no better than they should be; and one, who led him a long chase asked him in, and then called her "feller," who threatened to flog him, but finally, upon his explaining matters, let him go. Pry advised him to let the matter drop, and advanced the idea that some one was loaxing him, but the Major was resolute; lie said "No man could write such let ters as he received, so unsophisticated, so loving, so pure, and displaying so ofty a mind. Mr. Pry, humbug or no humbug, I'm bound to see Miss Jane." He saw nothing to prevent his com pleting all his schemes, realizing all his dreams. He planned and experimented to this end, and. through all he loved. O, Mnjor," aaid Tty, as tie lcf us that night, ' may happiness encircle thee, as the halo encircleth the moon." I suppose scarcely any one who reads this, but has been crossed in love some time or other, by fate, by falsehood, or by circumstances. Ah ! what weary nights you passed, what days sickened by anguish, what groans, what imprecations, what mad desires, dashed up against the obstruction, and were hurled back again upon your yearning, restless heart. The rooms of the H Club were crowded with fair ladies and noble gen tlemen. All up and down Banadway were placards "Lecture by Major Cav enue, a distinguished Southerner, Sub- ject, Intolerance." Tickets of admission were sent to all the members of the club numbering five hundred. Tickets were presented to all tho boarders at W Place, numbering'lwenty-fivei The young men of the house laughed and joked with the Major, they shook his hand with a dexterous and rather suspicious cordiality. He was vain, and wis readily deceived by a glib tongue and specious flattery, he did not even suspect it was the false coin, that it costs nothing to distribute ; we all would rath er have it than be without it. He ascends the rostrum ; the boarders, distribute in squads of three and four about among the audience, at a pre-con certed signal, shout and clap, and stamp like mad. The quiet ladies, the lordly, dignified gentlemen surprised ; they wait with anxious expectation for the speaker's voice, who is to enchant them, the speak er who is greeted by so much applause, so much exhilaration, bo much real feel ing. The Major reads not the Major of the bayonet exercise, not (he Major who dares the hoaxer to insult him, not the Major who has survived many a love campaign, not the Major of the Mexican battle-field, not the Major, author of the fiscal agent but a terrible awe-stricken, deluded victim of egotism, a man whose mind is likely full of great sights, of great emotions, of grand enthusiasm, but it is covered with a, veil, whose vanity even breaks down, when urged to the crisis, He speaks in a shy, low voice and ever and anon, a burst of deafening applause fills the room : canes, hats and handkerchiefs are used, regardless of de atruction and of appearances. The Jive hundred are wondering at the noisy tur bulent twenty five, and when the lecturer sinks to a seat, have come to the conclu sion that the inmates of some insane re trest have, broken loose and precipitated themselves upon the citizens of New York.. OHIO, WEDNESDAY, The Major, exhausted with shame and mortification, is Jjot into the carriage and conveyed to the house' in W- Place. We all gather round him as he reclines upon the sofa in the parlor, to congratu late him upon his success, but his eyes were opened, he was not to be cajoled, he knew he had failed Who has not learned things too late," tho Major said, h whose life is not a disappointment J" Among those most anxious to flatter him, was a youth whom I had all along looked upon as tho author of the Jane Smith letters, a youth of parts, of ready wit, of eloquonce, and of great abilities. He it was who soothed the Major by al lusions to the audience " One old gen tleman and a beautiful girl, evidently his daughter," he said, "had been most at tentive listners, and the daughter had fre quently called her father's attention to the Major's distinguished personal appear ance." Upon this the Major rallied, and ask ing for a particular discriptinn of the par ties with something of his old manner, he took Lis bed candle and ascended the stairs. On the landing leading to my room, he besought Pry to admit him for a few moments, and when seated he opened a paper, and read to mo a copy of the letter which he had sent to Smith, the fath er of Jane, enclosing tickets for himself and daughter to the lecture. Honorkd Sir : Knowing your jrreat and lofty appreciation of everything really fine in art, noble in genius, or exquisite in litcratuie, allow me to present vou with tickets to a lecture to be given by myself at Hie H- Club rooms. Twice I delivered it to overwhelming houses in Richmond, Vs., and at the re quest of many friends I repeat it here, v ours, truly, (jasper Cavenue. . " I sent that," said the Major, "and I have no doubt that the old gentleman and ady in tho third seat were Mr. Smith and lis daughter. I deemed it best to make no allusion to Jane, but I know that if I could once get an introduction to the house all would go well." Oh how I wish I could write like you," said Pry to the Major, with a twin kle in the corner of his eye, " but I nev er was a dab at writing you see, and now 'm sorry I'm such a fool." The Major was delighted, and launch ed forth in his old style again. He said ' he never read Byron," or at least only few lines, for it was so much like his own composition thai he resolutely closed the hook, resolving that when his poems were published, he could if accused of plagiarism, swear that he had not read a page of Byorn." 4 Have you got any really as good as Byron," said Pry " for I say old fellow, if you have, you'll get the entree into the Knickerbocker, and maby'H turn a dollar or two." The Major gave him a scornful look, and evidently thought him dull, but Pry slapping him on the shoulder, said, " you have got the sacred fire ; you re a poet with the real -true natural gift, and now say good night and burn some oil, if you like, making verses lu June 0 mi ill's eye brows, but neither I, nor wife of mine, hear another word from you this night ; so pushing him out he locked the door, upon him, and then with a prolonged chuckle, threw off his clothes, and ad dressed himself to Bleep. Pry was a good, honest bear ; his was a sumptou8 nature, and he even had pity upon the broken down dilapidated egotist who had just left us, and who looked up on my really noble husband as a ninny and a boor. The next morning the Major did not appear at breakfast, and many were the sly jokes and great the open laughter that went round at his expense. It was dis covered that only four tickets were sold, and that the room, the lights, the door keepor, the carriage, tho printing was to be paid for. Regularly or irregularly men must live ; and the Major in com fortable spirits, whether in love or out, always had a weight of debt hanging about his neck, and a dozen or more cred itors tugging at it. Ting-a-ling went the door bell, and t letter for the major was handed in. . Not ten minutes passed when a quick hurried December 1, 1858. rap came at my door, and ihe excited Major bursting into tho room exclaimed, " Madam ! hear this : to be continued. I FOE THE TRUE iMEEICAN.J The Husband's Commandments. BT KLLA E- I. " Thou shalt acknowledge no other man but me." n. "Thou shalt not have a daguerreotype, or any other likeness of any other man but thy husband." in. ' Thou shall not keep it in secret and worship it, for I thy husband am a jealous husband." IV. ' Thou shalt not speak thy husband,s name with levity." v. " Remember thy husband's command ments to keep them sacred." VI. "Honor thy husband and obey him, that thou may'sl be long in the house he hast given thbe." VII. "Thou must not find fault when thy husband chews and smokes." VIII. Thou shalt not scold." IX. Thou shalt not permit thy husband to wear a buttonless shirt, but shall keep his clothes in good repair." x " Thou shall not continually gad about, neglecting thy husband and fami ly." XI. Thou shalt not strive to live in the style of thy neighbor, when thy husband i not able to support it." xn. ''Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's fine house, nor his fine furniature, nor his wife's thousand dollar shawl, nor her fifvy dollar handkerchief, nor anything that is thy neighbor's." XIII. "Thou shalt not go to women's rights meetings, neither to speak thyself, or to hear other's speak." XIV. ' Thou shalt not scold if thy husband stays out until after ten o'clock at night." XV. " Thou shalt not run up large bills at the stores, which thy husband is unable to foot, for verrily he konweth his means." How to Preseive Women. There is nothing in (he world that we think so much of as we do of women. Our mother is a woman wife, sisters and pretty cousins are women, and the daughters will be, if (Heaven spare them!) i? , . iney uve long enougn. Ana mere is a love of women in general, which we do not deny. A fine, magnificent specimen of the sex, full of life and health, a ripe, red cheek and flashing eye, is something that does one good to took at, as she illu minates the hum drum sidewalks and every day streets. A North River steam er, under full headway, with colors flying is rather a pretty sight rather stirring and inspiring ; and we pull up our tired nag to see her pass, and admire the swell she cuts. Comparatively, however, the steamer sinks into insignificance, or some other very deep water, by the side of a well kept, well dressed woman. There is no rubbing it nut ; women are the or nament, charm, blessing, beauty and bliss ot lifo (mens life, we mean, of course.) Any means that can be devised tor preser ving them should publicly be made known They are different from any other kind of fruit, xou cannot pickle them. You cannot do them up in sugar and set them in a cold room, with paper soaked in brandy over their mouths. You can not put them up in cans and seal them up, air tight, without injuring their form and fla vor. Now, as men are so dependent up on women for life's choicest blessings, i proper mode oi preserving them, becomes of great moment, and we are sure that the public will thank us for an infallible re cipe : . Have the feet welt protected, then pay the next attention to the chest. The chest is the repository of the vital organs. i here abide the heart and lungs. It i e l - i iroiu me impressions maue on tnese or gans through the skin that the shiver comes ; it is nature's quake the alarm bell at the onset of danger. A woman may never shiver from the effect of cold upon her limbs, or hands, or head : but let the cold strike through her clothing on ber chest, and on go ber teeth into a chat ter, and the whole organism is in com motion. One sudden and severe impres sion of cold upon the chest has slain its tens of thousands. Therefore, while the feet are well looked after, never forcet the chest. These points attended to, the natural connections of the dress will sup ply the rest, and the woman is ready for the air. Now let her visit her neighbors SI and go shopping, and call upon the poor, and walk for the good of it, for the fan of it. - Keep away from stove or register. Air that is dry and burnt, more or less chargt ed with gasses evolved by the fuel, is poison. Go up stairs and make the beds with mittens on. Fly round the house like mad, and vontilate the rooms. Don't sit pent np in a single loom with doable windows. Fruit will not retain its full form and flavor in air-tight cans ; neither will women. They need air. If the shiver comes on during these operations, go directly and put something mora about the chest. Again: Do not live in dark rooms. Light fades the carpet, but it feeds the flower. No living animal or vegetable can enjoy health in darkness. Light is also as necessary as air, and a brown tin is far preferable, even as a matter of beau ty, to a sickly paleness of complexion. Tbis much in regard to the physical means for preservation. There are mora means important, livery woman should be married to an excellent man. Marriage it is true, brings care and wear, but it is the ring that is worn that keeps bright, and the watoh that lays still and unwound that gets out of order. The sweet sym pathies involved in relation to the family, the new energies developed by new re sponsibilities, the new compensation for all outlays of strength, bring about a de lightful play of the heart and intellect, which, in their reaction upon the body, produce an effect that is nothing less than preservation. Then there is a higher moral power than this one whieh we speak of soberly and honestly. No one Is completely armed against the encroach ing ills of life who has in the heart no place for religion. The calmness, the patience, and the joy and hope that are in possession of that woman whose heart is right in its highest relation can never fail to preserve and heighten every per. sonal power and charm that she possesses. 1 here I you have the recipe. Some of it is in sportive form, but it is not the ess sober truth. It has within it the euro for many a diseaao the preventive tor more. It might be made longer : but when we see its prescriptions universally adopted, it will be time to bring forward the remainder. Wash. Rep. Hovels of the Day. In no walk of literature do we feel ihe ack and need of the moral element of which I have spoken as in that of prose fiction. Novels swarm thick as the frogs in Egypt, in our houses, in our bed cham bers, and upon our beds; and I doubt not we should find tham in dingier cover, in our ovens and kneading troughs. Could they, like those same frogs, be gathered together upon heaps, their savor would be hardly less offensive than that which arose in the nostrils of Pharaoh's subjects. Of them all, how few trans cend the conventional ethicsof the author s age and people 1 Inded the highest praise awarded there is for the faithful portraiture or men and things as they were and are; and the more deformed and abnormal the originals, the larger is the limners ncd of panygyric. If Scott makes the roystering Coeur de Lion, or the stolid and profane Percival, perfectly life-like ; if Dickens with a diamond or two and a few grains of pure gold, empt ies on his page the very sewers and cess pools of London society, and ur nasea bears witness that the outpouring is equal ly genuine and jnstinted ; if Thackeray puts into ptint just such affectation and snobbery as, in actual life, we shun as we would viper a blood we regard the tn umph of genius as complete, and pro nonnu it fam, immortal MA.ndranr P. Peabody. The Child who knew when to Pray. A very intelligent little girl was passing quietly through the streets ot a ceitain town a short time since, when she came to a spot wnere some wie ooys were amusing themselves by the dangerous t at practice of throwing stones. Not obser ving her, one of the boys by accident, threw a stone towards her, and struck her a cruel blow in the eye. She was carried home in great agony. The surgeon was sent for, and a very painful operation declared necessarv. When the time came, and the surgeon had taken out his instruments, she lay in her father's arms, and he asked her if she was ready. ; No Papa, not yet," she replied. " What do you wish us to wait for, my child I" I want to kneel in your lap and pray to Jesus first, she answered. And then kneeling, she prayed for a few moments, and afterwards submitted to the operation with the patience of a woman. How beautiful ibis little girl appears under these trying circumstances I Sure ly Jesus heard the prayer made in that hour. How He loves every child that calls upon Jtlis name I i ! ' i The way to make a tall man short, Is tt ask him to loan you a hundred dollars N G L E'C'O P I ES FIVE CENTS. VOL. 4-NO. 48; The Happy Man Was born in the City of Regeneration, in the parish of Repentanceonto Life i was educated in the school of perseve-T" ranee, worked at the traJe of diligence, and sometimes performed atts of self denial ; he is clothed in the plain garb of humanity, aad has a better suit to appear in' at court, called the robe of Christ's righteousness, ne breakfasts every morn ing on spiritual prayer, and snps every evening on the same. He has meat which the world knows nothing of, and his drink is " the sincere milk of the word." ne has a large estate in the country of Christian contentment, and his delightful mansion is called the House of God. His associates are the excellent of the earth, such as those who excel in virtue and piety; snd where truth inhab its, there is he. Ou his life is written the Uw of kindness, on his tongue the dictates of truth. His breast is fortified with the srmor of Christ's righteousness, and in his heart there is no guile. Faith bears a shield before him, while Mercy presides at his right hand, and Justice at his left. Should darkness at any time envelope his goings, God's word is a lamp unto his path, and none of his steps shall slide Thus he pursues the noiseless tenor of his way through the wilderness of this world to the Celestial Canaan, where only righteous men inhabit, and where the spirits of just men made perfect are ever with the Lord. In a word, he has s'm under bis feet, the world behind his back, grace in his heart, Heaven in his eyes, and s crown of glory for his head. Hap py is the life of such a man, and happy is his death. To attain which, strive earnestly, work diligently, pray fervently, persevere to the end, live holy, die daily, watch your heart, guard your senses, redeem your lime, love Christ. " Mark the perfect man, and behold the uprights for the end of Ma man is peace." Congruitt in Everythino. From the humblest fence that encircles a moun tain farm, to the proudest; cornice 'that . crowns an imperial palace, there is noth ing so mean that the presence of congruity may not ennoble, nothing so high that its i absence may not disfigure. From the binding of a book to the preaching of a sermon; from the tittle-tattle of a tea table to the oration that, being launched forth in the senate of a great nation, car-; ries a thunder on its wing that is to shake the foundations of civil sooietv in mnr ; than half ihe world ; in every movement, ii every voice, in every garb, every ook, in every symbol, of which the com. plex play of life is made up, there are, at ' every moment, uncounted secret harmo- . nies at work, necessary in some degree , for the doing of the thing at all, necessary . in a high degree for the doing of the thinr weUJ. S. Blackie. ' Madame R.of the olden time, was a most beautiful woman j although a Pa- . ritan, yet she would indulge in the toilette : an to tne censure or the bigoted ones, and more especially those of her own sex ' who themselves had no graces worth the : iaiuB oi cmuuiisning. une morning a , sister of the chnroh called in to see ter ; Madame was busy at the glass arranging her luxurious hair; ''Always at the toi lette wnen l cam is it not so all the timet" exclaimed the ealler. Sii., It , I hardly think it consistent aa Christain woman for you to deyote so much time to yu anoair and dress" r do not feel as if I was at all doing wrong," lejnicu me iair iaay, "lor it Uod has given me a handsome face, the least that I can do is to decorate it to his honor and ' praise." Boston Post. Spots on the Sun. For ihe last eiotit or Un weeks there has been an unusual ! number of spots on the sun. Many of ' them have been large. At present, three groups are visible with a telescope of j puntii iub nrsi group is just , passing off on the western limb, and will hardly be seen after a dav or two ih. 1 second has passed about three quarters of ' we way across the disc, while the third, which consists of one large spot, with ma. H ny small ones lying to the east of it, his not yet reached the middle of the disc Each black spot Is surrounded by a well defined luminous border, which is yet much darker (ban the other portions of ihe disc. This border is called the pe numbra. . . ; ,5 Two farmers ridiog along together met a large number of clergymen,' and one of thein said to ihe other.- ."Where are all these parsons coming from!" - To this his friend replied, "They have been at visitation." The other,, no wiser, than before, asked, What's a 'visitation t'V The answer was, '.Why, it is Where ill the parsons go once a year snd Swop their sermons." His friend thus enlighi ened, quietly remarked, ' "Hang it,, but our fellows gels ihe worst on it every Ottr life ii bnt a winter's day. f l ! 'j..r' ..