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A FLOWER IS A BOOK.
3 rr la th ininot rcee at h room. Where 1hkWs oi ancient lore arc utored Mlierc t Urerl ul rsya of light nt'ir break tho gloom. At mi How luorn or at the clor-e of day, 1 lind, wit'iin an aleme dark and drenr, A book in iui-iouH language, quaint and old. V ittun, trow, in some forgotten year, Itj Kimc strange hand, now lyin j etlll and cold. I bnih the dut (mm off Its leathern iddes. And Kan the k:ncs with careUs, heedless eCH. Uttlef know what in the book abide. What thought within the anciuit oJuroo lie. Mv eye reason a yr How page at last, iliift nnd colon d bv the Jnp-o ol time; Hi re lies a flow er that bloomed in days lonjj past, 1'luike.d by a band In Mine far distant dime I cn breathe a feint yet rare perfume I'lrirtnjr from !MitiaUertp and wrr; W hnt band, 1 wonder, pluc Veil it In Us bloom i And prweel it in this cduuie lying here? lcrliBiw mqic maiden wanderiiw 'mid the tire, I WU re through the forest ylan footpaths bdf Micddiit? its sw cetmv on the fumnierbm re, Y omul t W fair flow er upon its iuo-s bed. rerhaph placed it In her coldtnhalr I A radiant Jewel, w liicli no ! irl tr 1 I And home jot.ng bnir sought the blosnom rare, I To hint u lo e he did not dare to tell. IVih-.p Hinio thoughtful scholar dropped It Ik t . . To murk the pisi,jrc till be read again. i And iKiund within it- prison cIoe and drear. 1 1muuti Ion,; lorgotten y ears me now er i Iain. lVrbap but I could wonder t III the day 1 1 a turned to dusk, and then not rucs-5 artel t. The future and the unknown past mut-t stay Wrapped la a darkness keeper than tho mbt. tlcnry hepltg J)orrt in tU Boston Transcript. m m A RUSTIC MEW OF KUBlSTEIS. Well, sir, he had the blamcdest, big gest, catty-cornered pianner jou ever Viiil e es on ; somctbin' like u distract ed billiard table on threo legs. Tho lid was hoisted, and mighty well it was. If it hadn't been he'd a tore the entire in sides clean out, and scattered 'em to the four winds of heaven. Hayed well? You bet he did; but don't interrupt mc. When ho first sit down, he "pcared to leer mighty httlo 'bout jilavin, and wisht he hadn't come. He tweufie-leed'cd a little on the treble, and twoodle-oodled sonie on the bate jnst foolin' and boxin' the thing's jaws for Win' in his waj . And I says to a ira scttin' next to me, says I: 'What sort of a fool plajin' is th it?" And ho says, "HcWi!" But presently his hands commenced chosin' ono another up and dow n the keys like a parcel of rats fUiniperin' through a garret i cry swift. Parts, of it was sweet, though, and reminded mo of a sugar squirrel turnin' the wheel of a candy cage. " Now," I saj s to my neighbor, "lie's show in' off. He thinks he's a-doin' of it, but ho ain't got no idee, no plan 01 nothiii'. If he'd play me a tunc of some kind or other I'd" Hut my neighbor says "Heish!" very impatient. 1 wa just about to git up and go home, Win' tired of that foolishness when I heard a little bird w aking up aw a off in tho woods, and call sleepy -like "to his mate, and I looked up and see that llub was beginning to take some interest m his business, and I sit down again. It was the peep of day. i The light canio faint from the east, the breezes Mowed gentle and fresh, some more birds waked up in the orchard, then some mor in the trees near the house, and ail begun singin' together. People began to stir, and tho gal opened tho shutters. ,lust then the first beam of the sun fell upon the blossoms a leetle more, and it techt tto roses on the bu-hes, and.the nct thing it was broad da ; tho -un fairly blazed, the birds sung like they'd split their little throats; all tho leaves was" movm', and llahin' diamonds of dew, and tho whole wide world was bright and happy as a king. Jx-craed to me like them was a good breakfast in ever houc in the land, and not a sick child or woman anywhere. It wa a fine inornin'. And I aj to my neighbor: " That's music, that is." But he glared at me like he'd like to cut mj throat. Vrcsentl the wind turned; it begin to thicken'r.p, and a kind of gray mist camoocr things; I got low-spirited di rectly. Then a silver rain Wgun to fal' I could sec the drops touch tho ground : some flashed up like long pearl ear ring", and the rest rolled away like round rubies. It was pretty, but mel ancholy. Then tho pearls gathered themselves into long strands and neck laces, and then they melted into thin silver streams, running between golden gravels, and then the streams joined each otlicr at the Wttoni of the hill, and made a brook that flowed silent, except that you could kinder see the music, specially when the bushes on the banks mined as the muic w ent along down tho valley. I could smell the flowers in the meadow. But tho sun didn't shine, nor the birds sing; it was a foggy day, but not eold. The most curious thins w as the little white angel-boy, like you see in pictures, that run ahead of the music brook and led it on and on, away out of the world, where no man ever was, certain. I could see that boy just as plain as I see you. Then the moonlight came, with out any sunset, and shone on tho grave yards, w here some few ghosts lifted their hands and went over tho wall, and be tween tho black, sharp-top trees splen did marble houses iwe up, with fine ladies in tho lit-up windows, and men that loved 'em, but could never get a-nigh 'cm, who pliycd on guitars un der the trees, and made mo that miser able I could have cried, because I wanted to love somebody, I don't know who, better than tho men with tho gui tars did. Then the sun went down, it got dark, tho n ind moaned and w cpt like a lo-t child for its dead, mother, anil l could a got up then and there and preached a better sermon than any I e cr listened to. There wasn't a thing in the world left to live for, not a blame thing, and yet I didn't want the music to stop one Lit. It was happier to be miserable than to be happy without being miser able. I coulimtunderstandit. I hung my head and pulled out my handker chief, and Mowed my noe loud to keep from cryin'. Myj eyes is weak, anyway ; I didn't want any bodv to be a-glann' at me a-snivlin', ami it's no body's business w hat I do with my nose. It's mine. But some several glared at me mail as blazes. Then, allof a sudden, old Kub'm changed his tune. He ripped out and he rared, he tipped and he tared, he pranced and he charged like the grand entry at a circus, 'i'earcd to mc that all the gas in the house was turned on at once, things got so bright, and I hilt up my lieid, ready to look any man in the face, and not afraid of nothin'. It was a circus and a brass band, and a big ball all goin' on at the same time lie lit into them keys like a thousand of brick; he gave 'cm no retday or night; he set every livin' joint in me a-goin', and not Win' able to stand it no longer, I jumped, spang onto my seat, anujet hollered : "Go it, Bube!" E cry blamed man, woman and child in tho houe riz on me and shouted, "Put him out! put him out!" " Put y our great-grandmother's grizz lygray greenish cat into the middle of next month!" 1 says. "Tech me if you dare! I paid my money and you jest come a-nigh mo!" With that some several policemen run up, and I had to simmer down. But I could a-lit any fool that laid hands on me, I was bound to hear ltubj out or die. Ho had changed his tune again. He hop-light ladies and tip-toed fine from end to end of tbekey-board. Heplayed soft and lo.v and solemn. I heard the church bells o er the lulls. The candles of heaven was lit, one by one ; I aw the stars rie. The great organ of eternity began to play from tho w orld's end to the world's end, and all the angels went to prayers. . . . Then the music chjngul to water, full of feeling that couldn't be thought, and began to drop drip, drop drip, drop, clear and sweet, like tears of joy falling into a lake of glory. It was sweeter than that. It was sweet as a sweetheart sweetened with while sugar mixt with powdered silver and seed diamonds. It was too sweet. I tell you the audience cheered. Kubin he kinder bowed, like he wanted to say, "Much oblceged, but I' rather you wouldn't intcrrup' me." He stopt a moment or two to ketch breath. Then he got mad. He run his fingers through his hair, he shov ed up his sleeves, he opened his coat-tails a lectio further, he drag up his stool, he leaned ocr, and, sir, ho just went for that old planner. Ho slant her face, he boxed her jiws, he pulled her noc, he pinched her cars, and he scratched her checks until she fairly yelled. He knockt l.er down and he stamped on her shimclul. She bellowed, she bleat ed like a calf, she howled like a hound, she squealed like a pig, she shrieked like a rat, and then he wouldn't let her up. He ran a quarter stretch down the low grounds of the base, till ho got clean in the bow els of the earth, and you heard thunder galloping after thun Iler, throjgh the hollows and caves of perdition : and then he fox-chased his right hand with his left till ho got waj out of the treble into the clouds, war the notes was finer thin the pints of cambric needles, and 3011 couldn't he ir nothin' but the shaddcrs of 'cm. And then he wouldn't let the old piinncr go. lie for'ard two'd, ho crost over fir-it gentleman, he chassade right and left, back to jour places, ho all hands'd arouu', ladies to the right, promenade all, in ami out, here and there, back ami forth, up and down, perpetual motion, double twisted and turned and tieked and tangled into forty-eleven thousand doublo b(w knots. By jinks! it was a mixtcry. And then ho wouldn't let the old planner go. lie fecht up nis right wing, he fcclitnp his left wing, he fecht up his center, he feet up his reserves. He fired by file, he fired by platoons, by company, by regiments, and by brigades. He opened his cannon siege guns down thar, X 1 poleons here, twehe pounders yonder big guns, little guns, middle-sied guns, round shot, shells, shrapnel-, grape, canister, mortar, mines and magazines, e cry livin' battery and bomb a goin' at tho same time. Tho house trembled, the lights danced, tho walls shuk, the floor come up, tho ccihn' come down, tho sky split, the ground rokt heavens and earth, creation, sweet potatoes, Moses, ninepenccs, glory, ten-penny nails, Simpson in a 'simmon tree, Tump, Tompson in a tumbler-cart, roodle-oodlc-oodle oodlc nid lle-uddlc uddle uddle raddle-addle addle-addle riddle-iddlo-iddle iddlo reedle-eedle-eedlc-ecdle p-r-r-r-rlang! Bang! lang! pcrlang! p-rr-r-r-r!! Bang!!! With that bang! he lifted himself bod ily into tho a'r and he come down with his knees, his ten fingers, histen toes, his elbows, and his no-c, striking every soiitary key on the planner at the same time. The thing busted and went off into seventeen hundred and fifty-seven thousand fie hundred and forty-two heme-demi-cmi quivers, and I know'd no mo'. 27i Quarterly Elocutionist. The man who said that if you w ould give him tho luxuries of life he would manage to dipcno with tho necessities w ill be pleased to learn that the Su preme Court of Indiana has decided that what is usually considered a luxury is a necessity. The ca3e arose from the sale of a cigar by the clerk of a hotel, resulting in his arrest for the iolation of the Sund ly law, which, like that of nearly all Suites, forbids rioting, hunt ing, fishing, quarreling, common labor and tho pursuit of one's usual a oca tions, works of charity and necessity only excepted. The Court decided that the word "necessity" must be defined according to its legal meaning only. The term was applicable to tho sailing of ships, the running of steamboats and trains, carrying the mails, operating tel egraphic lines, keeping up water works and gas works, carrying on distilleries, breweries and running flouring mills. Thee are not prohibited on hunday anywhere in the ciwhvcd world, and seldom legulated any differently on Sund ly than on a week day ; and large manufactories, blast furnaces, salt works, oil wells and other pursuits w herein heavy machinery is used, and w here a stoppage is atte nded w ith loss or ineonv enience, are seldom interfered with in their Sunday operations. There is no neces-ity tor working in a shop, plow ing a field, selling from a store, opening an office, etc., on Sunday; but there is a daily necessity for cooking food, taking meals, drinking tea or cof fee or smoking a cigar. A hotel mav be kept en Sunday, as it is on a week day; and if it has a cigar-stand, at which cigars are sold on week day, it is as law ful to sell a cigar on Sunday as to furnish a cup of tea or coffee or sup ply a meal of lcunls. So that, in In diana, it lea3t, a cigar is pronounced a legal "necessity," which opens up a w ido variety of moral and social que s tions too extended for pro'ent discus sion. Detroit Free Press. The Marquis of Huntley has sold the Wst shooting property in" Scotland for $1,105,000. HUME AM) FAUX. Okuiam Gems. One pint of butter milk, one teaspoonful of soda, a little salt if butter is not u-i'd, one tablespoonful of shortening, ono tablespoonful of sugar, Graham to make batter like Johnny cake. To Use Stale Bkem. Soak the bread in hot wateruntil soft; w hen cola add two egg8, half a cup of sweet cream, one teaspoon of oda, a little salt and flour to make a stiff batter like fntters. Fry in hot lard or boil in water. To be eaten w ith sirup or w hat c er liked. GiNGtuSxArs. One cen cupof but ter, one cup of brow 11 sugar, two cups of molasses, a teaspoonful of salt and two of soda. Any spice liked and flour to roll out. Put all but flour into a clean pan and Wil five minutes. Then remove from fire and at once begin to add flour. Work as rapidly as possible and bake in a quick oven. To Cleanse Cottox Goons. Add to hot rain water a.i amount of w heat bran equal to one-eighth of tho fabric to W cleaned, and after stirringwcll for five minutes, add the goods; stir them about with a clean stick and bring the article to a boil. Allow the mixture to cool until the goods can be washed out, after which rinse them well. GfkmnTiuflf. Put ono quart of straw Wrries, or anv otlicr fresh fruit, in the bottom of a glass ili-li ; sugar the fruit, cover it with a lijcr of macaroons, pour over it a custard" made with one quart of milk and the jolks of seven egg-, well beaten; sweeten to your taste; when cold place on the top tho eggs, beaten to a stiff froth, with a little sugar. siLtn Cake. Two cups of granu lated sugar, one small cud of butter, two even cupfnls of sifted flour, whites of twehe eggs, juice of one lemon. Cream the butter, then add the sugar, stirring until very light. Beat the eggs to a stiff froth. Add the flour to the butter and sugar, then tho whites of eggs and stir all to even lightness. Bako in small square tins. Ko-e water may be 11-ed for flavoring the icing. CltlCKFN A LV CUMF. Cut the chicken up, stew in a pan of water until done; then make a thickening of cream or rich milk and flour, seasoning with butter, pepper and salt. Have ready baked a pair of shortcakes, in ide as for pie crust, but rolled thin and cut in small squares. Lay the crusts on a dish and pour o er tbem tho chicken and gravy while all are hot. This is a de licious substitute for chicken pic. ItAfiocT of BffF. One and a half pounds of beef, cither round or neck ; cut the meat in pieces two inches square, brown it in eitherbuttcr or drip pings enough to keep it from burning; adila tablespoonful of flour, and when the flour is brown the meat must W cov ered with boiling water; then season with pepper and salt. Let it coolc slowly until tender. The water is to W re plenished as it boils away. Skimmfd milk is best given to young chicks when it is sweet and mixed with corn-meal in the form of muh, or with bread steeped in it. Otherwise the milk should be curdled, heated, and the curd separated and given by itself. The peculiar structure of tho fowl's stomach, of which tho gizzard is a por tion, makes hard food, to some extent, indispensable; mushy food is never healthful for poultry of any kind ; on this account milk is admissiblo only in small quantities, and very seldom, ex cept in the shape of dry curd. AsrAKAGUS Socr. Select about two dozen of good asparagus-stalk3 ; boil these thoroughly in enough witer to cover them; a quarter of an onion boiled with the asparagus is an improve ment; when tender, take tho asparagus out of the w atcr, sa ing the water, and removing the onion ; cut the asparagus into small pieces, of course only the ten der part, and put them in a" mortar, adding a little of the water; must bo pounded until perfectly smooth; now take some sifted flour, a'dessertspoonful, a bit of butter as big as an egg, and a very little pulverized sugar; mix well, and then put on the fire until it melts, stirring all the time; add this to the pounded asparagus and the rest of the water; when it has Wiled a few min utesmix tho yelk of ono egg with a tumblerful of cream, and add this; if properly made, it wants no straining; use salt'and pepper to taste, and a very little nutmeg; one stalk of asparagus may bo left, which maybe cut in thin slices, and added last. "