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Ii. Q. GOULD, Editor and Proprietor.
Select Poetry.
Tlioup;li kingdoms, states, and empire fall,
And dynasties decay ;
Thoup li cities crnmble into dust.
And nations die away ;
Though Korjieom towers and palaces
Iu heaps of ruin lie,
AVhich once were proudest of the proud,
The Truth doth never die !
We'll mourn not the silent past
If glories are not tletl,
Although its men of hiph renown
. He nuinbar ed with the dead,
We'I jr.-ieve net o'er what earth has lost ;
It canuot calm a sigh.
For the wrong alone hath perished
The Trutli doth never die !
All of the past is living still
AH that is good and true ;
The rest has perished, and it did
Deserve to perish too.
The world rolls ever round aud round,
And time rolls ever by :
And the wrong is ever rooted up,
But Truth doth never die '.
DIE. Select Miscellany
" She walks iu beauty like (benight.
Of cloudless climes mid starry skies.
And all that's geod, and best, and bright.
Meet in her aspect and her eyes.'
Weil might this have been said of
Kate Douglas, for a more bewitching
beauty was seldom if ever Been, Her
eyes were of the darkest hazel, whose
ever -varying expression wore the im
press of her soiil. Her hair of the jet
test black, she wore simply parted over
her forehead, and tastefully arranged,
displaying the finely moulded features
to the best advantage.
She was a tall, splendid figure, and
walked with a queenly grace. She was
he last of the noble and wealthy family
of the Douglasses, and the immense es
tates In-longing to the different branches
of the family were concentrated in her.
the time our history commences she
was but eighteen, had just completed
her extensive education, and was one of
the mst accomplished ladies in London.
As ihe bole heir of a wealthy family, j
he was the most brilliant star in the
family circle in which she moved, and
was courted and flattered by all. But
not the ardent vows and vehement ex
pressions of her wealthy suitors could
win the heart of our wealthy heroine
she too well knew that her wealth was
the greatest attraction, and deprived of
that she would be deprired of their ado
ration. Kate Douglass possessed, besides her
many attractions, a heart of unco.ninixn
loveliness, and virtues of the rarest
quality. Her warm and affectionate
heart was disgusted with the cold for
malities of a city life, and she deter
mined to seek in some retired spot that
hftppiness which a child, raised in the
city, knows little of, and where she
would be loved i'or herself alone.
But come with me, reader, to the re
tired village of N , about one
hundred miles from London. Just in
the outskirts of the village, half hidden
by the foilage which surrounds it, is a
beautiful white cottage. Let us, with
out an intrusion, take a peep within.
There, seated in the midst ot a joyful
group of happy faces, is a young lady
whose face I think is somewhat familiar.
Yes, this is Kate Douglass ; when we
last saw her she was the belle of the
highest circle in London, and admired
and flattered by all. She carried her
determination into cff. c and sought
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liappincss iu training the minds of
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few innocent girls, and devoting her
time and talent to their education.
Although in this new sphere of use
fulness and natural worth, she conies
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niinrlv tn lior ulnn ol h:nininin vot tho
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is a great real want within every human
heart, which is alone to be satisfied with
true love. " Love is our being's cud
and aim." So fearful was Kate of losing
this best of Heaven's gifts, by the de
ception of some heartless fortnn: hun
ter, that she decided to lay aside all the
advantage of fortune and affluence, and
depend alone on hcr natural gifts and
graces of chatacter lo attract and secure
the affections of one who was to become
hcr future husband.
Under a disfigured name, attired in a
pimple dress, suited to hcr situation
which cannot, however, conceal the sur
passing beauty and loveliness she had
-yv,on the hearts of all who knew her, by
licr amiability and gentleness.
Hcr praises, and the recounting of
hcr many gencrons acts, is the unremitt
ing theme of her loving and beloved
. j oi pi Is.
In a splendid mansion in London, in
a richly furnished apartment, sat a bro
ther and sister, clad iu tho deepest
mourning. Near them lay an open
book, from which the young gentleman
had been reading to his little sister, butJ
seeing the tears stealing down her pale
cheek, h stopped reading to cheer hcr
lonely heart with such words of tender
ness and love as can be spoken by any
other brother, and to only an orphan
water. Though few were the years that
passed over the heads of these young
people, ye), their path through life had
been oue of sorrow aud bcreavenieut.
Scarcely had they followed to the grave
the remains of one dear parent ; when
they were called to perforin the same
sad office for the other, which had left
them entirely alone in the world.
Edward Lee had all the advantages of
education which England could afford.
Ho possessed all the noble qualities
which make a gentleman both in heart
and mind. All the finer sensibilities
had been guarded and cherished by an
ever watchful and affectionate mother,
and when deprived of her guidance he
could not forget he"r kind counsels ;
they had made a lasting impression on
his memory. Such was the character
of one in whose sole guidance was left
his sister Lucy, now nine years old ;
and though surrounded with all that
heart could wish, with respect to wealth
and luxury, he still longed for one more
tender than himself of instructing her
young and tender mind.
lie did not wish her to be reared amidst
all the temptations of a city life, as he
too well knew the effect it would have
upon her simple heart. lie had heard
of a school in the village of N ,
not far distant from London, aud as it
was spoken of in the highest terms, he
thought it would be a suitable place for
his sister, where she might have the ad
vantage of not only pursuing her stud
ies, but of regaining her health, which
had been so much weakened by such
tr-in.tr circumstances. But leaving them
to make all necessary preparations, we
will change the sceue.
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he image ot Miss Brendan could not
The arrival of a new scholar is always
a theme of excitement, but especially
would it be so in such a school as the
one of which we have spoken before.
Moss Brendan, or in other words,
Miss Kate Douglass, had finished
her daily routine of school duties,
and retired to her own room for
the purpose of reading and spending a
few hours alone. Uer little band of
girls were playing on the lawn, when
their attention was attracted by a largo
traveling carriage which was coining up
the avenue.
Miss Brendan had scarcely become
interested in her book, when a bright
eyed litlJe girl, the pet of the circle,
opened the door and exclaimed :
Oh ! Miss Kate, there is a traveling
carriage before the door, containing a
gotleman and a little girl, both dressed
in deep mourning. Oh ! don't you
think she is a new girl? But perhaps
lucr mother is dead. Poor little creature.
If she is, you will be a mother to her.
won't you Miss Kate? You arc so kind
and good to every one."
One of Kate's sweetest smiles wreathed
her face, as she imprinted a kiss on the
cnccK 01 me nine per, ami seni nor
down stairs where she soon followed
with her usual grace and dexterity oi
After the usual preliminaries, she
consented to take the little Lucy as one
of her r.unils. 3Ir. Lee. charmed with
Miss Brendan's manners, was satisfied
that with her his little sister would find
a friend, aud be happily situated in her
little circle, and bidding hergood night.
he promised to call again soon.
When Mr. Lee left his sister, he
thought he never saw a more bewitch
ing face combined with so much dignity
of manners, as that presented by Miss
She could not have been reared in
this place, so far from tli3 world. Her
beauty and grace alone fit her for a
lnglier station in iile titan mat ot a
school mistress in so secluded a spot as
this, thought he to himself.
tt is a pity that one so fitted to grace
the highest circles in society should
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DC ejiaccu iron nis memory ; and oven
when sleep visited his pillow, her grace
ful form still hovered near him. But
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brotlllir lett hcr a fecm.r ol-u.r oneii.
I ness so overcame her that she could not
I restrain her tears. Kate, thinking it
; best to allow her to give vent to her
feelings, left her a few moments, and
! then returning with her usual kindness,
j told her not to feel lonely, as she would
I find a friend in her. and loving eom
! pauion in her pupils. She soon became
; calm, and taking the hand of her teacher
I accompanied by the pupils they wont to
1 a lake near the house, whore a delight
ful sail in-the boat brought smiles to
her face again ; and. ns if catching tho
infection of happiness from those around
her, she soon became one of the merri
est of the party, and when the- returned
to the house, her eyes sparkled brighter,
and her checks wore a richer hue than
they had for months.
Miss Brendan advised Lucy to rise
early in the morning and take a walk,
as sho thought the morning air would
be beneficial to her, promising to be
her companion ; and in compliance with
her promise she tapped lightly at the
door of her little charge, and beforo the
sun had shod its first rays upon the
earth, they were prepared for their walk.
Lucy enjoyed it. very much as every
thing was new to her. They had not
gone far when they mot Mr. Leo. Lucy
was delighted to sec hcr brother, and in
compliance with Miss Brendan's polite
invitation he accompanied them to the
cottage and breakfasted with them.
Kate presided at the table with so much
ease and. cordiality, that she completely
won the admiration of Mr. Lee, and he
thought how happy it would make him
to raise her to her true sphere iu society.
Mr. Lee was fearful that the pain ot
separation would be too much for tho
feeble state of Lucy s health, and so de
termined to spend several weeks in the
village. He therefore became a fre
quent visitor at the cottage, and accom
panied his sister aud Miss Brendan not
only in their walks, but in many excur
sions on horseback through the country,
being every day more entangled in the
net spread for him by Cupid. But
their happiness could not stay tho retUi
ties of time ; and Mr. Lee besrah to re
alize that the time was fast approaching
when he must return to the city, and
not until then was ho aware that the
presence of Miss Kate was essential to
his happiness.
One evening he called as usual to see
his sister, finding her prevented from
being down stairs from slight indispo
sition he determined to take advantage
of the opportunity to open his heart to
Miss Kate. But as our readers are
doubtless familiar with such scenes we
will pass this over, leaving it to the im
agination of the reader.
Suffice it to say that Kate was happy
to find one who would love her for her
self alone, and she determined to let
Mr. Lee remain in ignorance of her real
situation in life.
Before he returned to the city it was
arranged that their marriage should
take place the following spring at the
white cottage where they had just
known each other. Kate informed
her pupils that this was to be her last
session, as she intended to make a
change iu her course of living at the
end of that time.
They were all very much distressed
at this intelligence, but she soon brought
smiles to their faces again by promising
to visit them often, and saying that she
intended giving a party at the cottage
at the close of the term.
Little Lucy was almost beside herself
with joy when she became acquainted
with the fact, that her dear Miss Kate
was soon to become her own sister.
Winter passed away without any
material change to the inhabitants of
the cottage, but they all looked forward
with anxious hearts to spring.
At length the close of the season
drew neitf, and the girls eagerly antici
pated the long promised party. Their
relations were arriving from all parts of
the country to take them home ; and
they, too, were to participate in the
festivities of the occasion.
Tho eventful evening came, and Miss
Brendan, taking several of the largest
girls to her own room, dressed them all
alike in white, suited to the scenes in
which they were to act as bridesmaids.
The girls were curious enough to know
what was to be done, but Kale looked
very wise and said nothing. Little Lucy
could with difficulty keep tho secret
with which she had been entrusted un
til they proceeded down stairs where
they were met by 3Ir. Loo and several
gentlemen, who had accompanied him
! from the city, who taking Miss Kate,
'and leaving the gentlemen to select a
lady from the group of astonished girls.
entered the parlor where a minister
waited to perforin the ceremony, and
before the amazed company half under
stood the joke Miss Kate was Mrs. Lee.
Again we will lot the, curtain fall as
it would not be very pleasant to see the
parting of Kate with her scholars.
Come with us now to the same house
j London, where we first introduced
Mr. Leo and his sister.
The house of mourning is now turned
into a house of rejoicing, the splendid
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a t o o u s are oritiKiuttv illuminated nnti
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the wealth and boautv of tho eitv are
collected there. The brightest of the
gay throng is Kate. Though her lovely
face seemed somewhat familiar to some,
yet none dreamed of hcr being the
beautiful Kate. Douglass whose presence
added such charm to their society, and
whose strange ahscenco had become so
unaccountable. All wore anxious to
know the true history of the lovely bride
of Mr. Lee ; aud tho numerous balls
aud soirees given in honor of her pres
ence, added to his pride in being the
possessor of so rich a jewel.
Time passed rapidly away, when one
evening in the third week of their mar
ried life. Mrs. Loo asked her husband's
company iu a ride to tho Douglass park.
The evening was a beautiful one, and
Mr. Lec entertained his wife and the
joyous Little Lucy with the sudden and
strange desertion of the beautiful heir
ess of the immense estate. He had
scarcely finished when they arrived at
the splendid mansion, and wore ushered
into a superbly furnished parlor, whore
Kate throwing herself into and laugh
ing, as she only could laugh, said.
" And how would you like to see this
same heiress, Mr. Lee?''
" Extremely, but 1 had not heard of
hcr return."
" She is hero to my certain know
ledge," said Kate ; and making a polite
courtesy to Mr. Loo. said, "Allow me
to introduce you to Miss Douglass, now
.Mrs. Lec. 1 on cave brought me to
my city home, permit mo now to present
you mine."
Before Mr. Lee could reply, Kate
" I have had my day of happiness as
Miss Douglass and Miss Brendan, and
now anticipate a happy conclusion as
Mrs. Lec.
A man in rather indifferent circum
stances, surrounded by a large family,
being entirely out of meat, had resour
ces to the shcepfold of his 'neighbor,
a wealthy farmer, for relief. The neigh
bor, having a large flock of sheep, did
not perceive he had lost any until one
of the finest of the flock, very large and
fat, was missing, and counting his sheep
he found ho had lost several. . Unable
to account for this extraordinary loss,
About midnight he observed an uncoin-
mou disturbance among the sheep, by
the sudden appearance of a man dressed
in disguise. Curiosity, as well as to
observe the conduct of the person as to
find him out, induced him to keep still.
In the flock there was a ram with which,
it seems, the man was in the habit of
conversing, as if he had been the actual
owner of the sheep.
"Well, Mr. Ram, said the nocturnal
visitant, " I have come to buy another
sheep ; have you any more to sell ?"
Upon which he replied himself, as in
the person of the ram :
" Yes, I have sheep to sell."
By this time tho owner of the sheep
perceived him to be one of his neigh
bors. "What will you take for that fat
wether" says the, purchaser.
" Four dollars," says Mr. Bam.
" That is a very high price," says the
man, " but as you are so good to wait
on nic for the pay, I think I will take
him. "Well, Mr. Ram," continues the
honest sheep buyer, "let us see how
many sheep I have bought of you."
" If I am not mistaken." says Mr.
Ram, " this makes the fifth."
He then went on to cast up the ac
count of the whole ; and after giving
Mr. Ram a polite invitation to call on
him for the pay, and bidding him good
night, led the wether home, while the
owner lay laughing at the novelty of
the scene, as liighly gratified as if he
had received ample pay for the whole.
A few nights afterward, when he sup
posed his neighbor was nearly out of
mutton, he caught the old ram,, and tied
a little bag under his nock, and placed
a piece of paper between the horns, on
which he wrote in large letters : tave
eome for my pujf I Under the line be
footed up the whole amgnBLjaf the five
sheep exactly as his neighbor had done
as before related ; he then took the
ram to his neighbor's house, where he
tied him near the door and went home.
When the neighbor arose in the
morning, he was not a little surprised
to find a sheep tied at his door ; but it
is beyond words to express his astonish
ment When he found it was tho old ram
with which he had been dealing so ex
tensively in mutton, with his errand on
his forehead, and the amount of five
sheep accurately made out, as he had
done a few nights before in the person
of the ram.
iSuffieo it to say he obtained tho mo
ney, and, after tying it up nicely in the
bag, and tearing the paper from his
horns, he set the ram at liberty, which
immediately ran homo, jingling his mo
ney, as if proud of having accomplished
the object of his errand, to the no small
gratification of the owner.
t&'The Court in session, the judges
are on the bench, and the case of Smith
vs. Brown is called up.
"All ready I" shouts the counsel for
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tiff does not respond.
"Who's for the plaintiff ?" inquires
the judge somewhat impatiently.
"May it please the court," said a rising
member of the legal fraternity. "Pikins
is fot the plaintiff, but I lett him just
now, over in the tavern, playing a game
of poker. lie s got the sucker there, and
he'll be sure to skin him, if he only has
time. He's got the thing all set to ring
in a "cold deck," iu which ease he will
deal for himself four aces, opponent
four queens, so that your honor will
perceive, he "must rake the persim
The look of impatience vanished from
the face of his honor at once, and an ex
pression rore of sorrow than of anger
took its place. At length he said with a
sigh :
Dear me that s too had ! It happens
at a very unfortunate time, as I am very
anxious to get on with these cases.-"
A Brown study followed, and at
length a happy idea struck the Judge.
"Bill," said ho, addressing the friend
of tho absent Pikins, who had spoken.
"I believe you understand poker
about as well as Pikins docs; suppose
you go over and play bis hand."
"Well, Snow, docs ycr still pay your
distresses to Miss Morningglory ?"
"No, I duscnt. Use sacked her !"
"What for, Snow?"
"Cause wen I axed hcr to dceept my
hart an' ban,' she sod she would rather
be excused !
"What did ye do ?"
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I was, I soused her !"
"The wind it blow,
The dust it flow,
And raised particular thunder
With skirts and hoops,
And kitchen cooks.
And all such kind of plunder."
Do come and see us, sounds
very well very pretty, but how much
heart is there in it in nine cases out of
t-. n ? How mm h. Miss?
Nature never did betray the soul that
loved hcr ; and nature tells men and
women to marry. Just as the young
man is entering upon life just as he
comes to independence and man's estate
- just as the crisis of his being is to be
solved, and it is to bo seen whether he
decide with the good, and the great, and
tho true, or whether he rink and be lost
forever matrimony gives him ballast
and right impulse. War with nature
and rlic takes a sure revenge. Virtu
ous love, the honest love of man for a
woman he is about to inarry, gives him
an anchor for his heart ; something
pure and beautiful for which to labor
and live. And the woman, what a pur
ple light it sheds upon her path ; it
makes life for hcr no day dream, no
idle hour, no painful shadow, no pass
ing show, but something real, earnest,
worthy of heart and head. But most
of us arc cowards, and dare not think
so ; wc lack grace ; we are of little
faith ; our inward eye is dim and dark.
The modern young lady must inarry in
style ; the modern young gentleman
marries a fortune. But in the mean
while the girl grows into an old maid,
and the youth takes chambers ogles at
the nursery maids, and becomes a man
about town, a man whom it is danger
ous to ask into your house, for his busi
ness is intrigue. The world might have
had a happy couple ; instead, it gets a
woman fretful, a plague to all around
hcr. He becomes a skeptic in all virtue;
a corrupter of the youth of both sexes ;
a curse in whatever domestic circle he
maj' penetrate. Even worse may result.
She may be deceived and may die of a
broken heart.
He may rush from one folly to an
other ; associate only with the vicious
and depraved ; bring disgrace and sor
row on himself and all around him ;
and sink info an early grave. Our
great cities show what become of men
and women who do not marry. Worldly
fathers and mothers advise not to marry
until they can afford to support a wife;
aud the boys wickedly expend double
the amount in company. Hence it is,
all wise men (Hke Frankliif) advocate
early marriages ; and that all our great
men, with rare exceptions, have been
men who married young. Wordsworth
had only ono hundred pounds a year
when hu ficst married. Lord l.Mon
was so poor that he had to go to Clare
market. London, to buy sprats for sup
per. Coleridge ami Sonthcy wc can't
find any income at all when they got
married. Wc question, at any time,
whether Luther had more than fifty
pounds a year. We blast humanity in
its very dawn. Fathers, you say you
toaeh your sons prudence you do no
thing of the kind ; your worldly-wise
and clever son is already ruined for life.
You will find him at the faro-table and
at free-love circles. Your wretched
worldly wisdom taught him to avoid the
snare of marrying young, aTtd soon
if he is not involved in embarrassments
which will last him a life-time he is a
base fellow heartless, false, without a
single generous sentiment or manly
aim; he has "No God, no Heaven, in
the wide world '."
rVBy a steamboat explosion on a
Western river, a passenger was thrown
unhurt into the water, and at once struck
out lustily for the shore, blowing like a
porpoise tho while. He reached the
bank almost exhausted, and was caught
by a bystander and drawn out, panting.
Well, old fellow," said his friend,
"had a hard time, eh?"
"Yes. yes. pre-pretty hard. considern."
Wasn't Join' it for myself, though; was
a workin' for o' them insurance offices
in New York. Got a policy on my life,
and I want to save llutii, 1 didn't care."
EQv-Pleasc, Mr. Smith, pappy wants
to know if you won't lend him the model
of your hat?" Certainly my son, what
for?" "He wants to make a scare-crow
to keep the corn out of the turkey buz
zards." Exit youth, followed by Smith
and a new axe handle.
Ug,Widow Drizzle's husband lately
died of cholera. In the midst of his
most acute bodily pain after the hand of
death had touched him, ami while
writhing in agony, his gentle wife said
to him, "Well, Mr. Drizzle, you needn't
kick around so. and wear the sheets all
out, if you are a dying!"
"Talk of the inferiority of the female
mind," exclaimed an excited oratorian :
"Why, Mr. President, woman possess
es infinitely more of the divine afflatus
than man, and any one who attempts to
get around her in these days, will have
to start early in tho morning."
jgi-y-A country chap, who was caught
iu the watcrwhcel of a grist-mill and had
the good fortune to escape, with no oth
er damage than a slight ducking, says
he intends to apply for a pension on
the oround that no is a survivor of the
"You've destroyed my peace of mind,
Betsey," said a despairing lover to a
truant lass.
"It can't do you much harm, John,
for 'twas an amazing small piece you had,
any way."
EKjT'-AVill you take the life of Pierce
or Scott this morning, madam?" said a
news-boy, to old aunt Betsey.
"No, my lad," she replied they may
live to the end of their days for me I've
Whence comes that still, small voice
which tells the soul it may not linger
here ? Comes it from mysterious and
shadowy movings which in the bright
ness of immortal dawning the expectant
soul sees in the dim enternal future ? or
does some smiling cherub whisper it at
the solemn mystic hour of midnight in
stilly blissful dreams? It is as if there
are a band of angels whose work it is,
when the cloudy veil which hangs be
tween time and eternity grows thin, to
cheer the yearning spirit by fond inti
mations that Jesus is coming to enfold
it in His bosom and take it to his home.
Strange are these calm forcshadowings.
But whenccsoever comes their soft in
spiration, Leila felt it in her heart; and
in her bright and placid imaginings she
already inhaled the pure odors from the
heavenly fields. Death approached hcr
with a gentle loneliness. She knew it was
he; but he looked very beautiful in the
pure spiritual light which shown out
from her eyes. She felt only a tranquil,
restful, trusting feeling; a sweet impul
sive throb, which seemed ever hastening
her homeward flight, while amidst its
soothing influence her spirit found en
raptured rest, because it made the pres
ent so very beautiful and happy. It
was a holy blissful emotion just such a
one as wc feel while watching the setting
sun glide over the blazing sea of fire
until tliG bright golden doors of the
west close after him, and wc wish we had
the wings of the light, that we might
fly far, far past him into the glowing
heaven of glory which we see beyond.
There was no pain, no regret. Leila ex
pected death as lovingly as the little
stars watch their trembling shadows in
the chrystalline fountain. It was a
sweet calm of spirit like that with
which we regard the ctherial loveliness
of the last rose of summer, fading
amongst the tender and melancholy
shades of Autumn, and wc cherish it
more fondly, and think it looks every
hour more beautiful, as its tiny stem
droops nearer to the earth, and its frail
life draws to a close.
" Don't go' without a bridle, boys,"
was my grandfather's favorite bit of ad
vice. Do you suppose we rvere all teamsters
or horotJ joukvyre V -N o sucli tiling.
If he heard one cursing or swearing,
or given to much vain and foolish talk,
" that man has lost his bridle," he would
say. Without a bridle the tongue,
though a little member, " boasteth great
things." It is " an unruly evil, full of
deadly poison." Put a bridle on and it
is one of the best servants the body and
soul have. " I will keep my mouth
with a bridle," said King David, and we
can't do better than follow his example.
When my grandfather saw a man
drinking and carousing, or a boy spend
ing all his money for cakes and candy,
" poor fellow," he would say " he's left
off his bridle." The appetite needs
training ; let it loose, and it will run
you to gluttony, drunkenness, and all
sorts of disorders. Be sure and keep
a bridle on your appetite ; don't let it
be master. And don't neglect to have
one for your passions. They go mad
if they get u-ninanagabl. driving you
down a blind and headlong course to
ruin. Keep the check-rein tight, don't
let it slip; hold it steady. "Never go
out without your bridle, boys."
This was the bridle my grandfather
meant the bridle of self-government.
Parents try to restrain and check their
children, and you can generally tell by
thcir behaviour what children have such
wise and faithful parents. But parents
cannot do everything. And some chil
dren have no parents to care for thom.
Every boy mus have his own bridle,
and every girl must have hers ; they
must learn to govern themselves.
Self-government is the most difficult
and the most important government in
the world. It becomes easier every day,
if you practice it with a steady and re
solute will. It is the foundation' of ex
cellence. It is the cutting and pruning
which make the noble and vigorous tree
of character.
Jt-CS'-Hovr sweet is the recollection of
bygone years ! How delightful to pon
der on the scenes of our youth ! to re
count the tttlo of our school days, for one
short hour amply compensates for years
of toil in our more ripened manhood.
Once entered on the pleasing theme,
we feel as if wc were suddently brought
I back to those happy hours which are
long si nee gone, alas! never to return never
we feel as if all the years ot toil and
trouble that have intervened since that
time, had suddenly vanished from" our
memory, and that we had thorn only to
begin; and as we turn over in our minds
the variou scenes that in those days
passed almost unheeded in review before
us, wc are not to wocder within our
selves whether they wore really incidents
of reality, or of fiction. There is some
thing pleasing also to contemplate how
often boyish actions bespeak the future
prospects and occupation ot the man.
- .
" The G rf.e.v-i vf.d monster.'
, Jealousy violates contracts. -dissolve so
ciety breaks wedlock betrays friends
and neighbors nobody is rood and
every one is either doing or designing
them a mischief. Its rise is guilt or ill-
nature, and reflection it thinks its own
faults to bo other men's: as he that is
overrun with tho jaundice takes othcrs
to be vellow
A green un' in the New York Spirit
gives the following in the oyster line :
" I never seed any of the animals till
I went to New Orleans."
One night a friend of mine said to me,
"Are you fond of oysters ?"
"I ain't nothing else," said I.
"Reckon," says he, "I can punish
more than any living man."
"I can take the shine out of you, says
I, "and I'll anti on that."
"Done," says lie, we'll bet suppers
and go right and get 'em."
I didn't know what to say, and I told
him I'd take 'cm any where he choose.
"Waiter ! he sung out, "bring us a
dozen raw to begin on, then a stew, and
after that a dozen fried !"
Putty soon a fellow with his shirt .tail
hangin' down before, sot down a plate
of nasty slimy lookin' things, that made
me gag to look at 'em. I daasant Say
word for fear of bein' found out, bat ifj
I did'nt imbibe the brandy to keep them;
oysters in their places its a pity, and
had nothing to do but to swallow and.
gag. My friend seed I looked kinder,
down in the mouth, and so he ordered
in shampanc as he said to raise my spir
its, and it was not long afore it did it
raised the oysters too; both cerate up tp
gethcr. I had the supper to prfy loiy
but settlin' the bill did'nt settle my
stomach. How I got to bed I disre
member, but by friend and I had the
same room, ana lie a cat anu drank into
pretty much the same fix as me. So wi
spent the night pcrformiu' the cataract
iagary. 1 played the American sido
and he played the opposite shore. The
full particulars of the performance wasr
found in small bills at the bar next
moruin." I've never said turkey about
catin' oysters since. All this you seo
comes of bein' too orful smart.
How is it with Yoc. At a prayer
meeting in the church in a village of
Spunktown, in the state of Maine, nr
country lad was noticed by one of the
elder deacons to hold down his head and
wriggle in his seat while the tears seemed
to rtart at every moment.
A clear case of repentence, thought
the old deacon, as he quietly stepped to
Mtt side of the lad and in a whisper af
fectionately enquired :
"How is it with you, my son C
-The boy looked up, and supposing
him to be the sexton, answered :
"Oh ! very bad; and I want to go out
my innards is kicking up a revolu
tion and the Fourth of July ! and if ev
er 1 eat a currant pTC agm-w, iy naao
aiut Jcems Billins."
A Home Thrust. An old toper, inr
the last stages of the dropsy, was fold by
his physician that nothing would save'
him but being "tapped." His son (st
witty Jr?Me shaver), objected to this oper
ation, saying, "laddy, daddy, don t sub
mit to it. for vou know there was never
; J
anything tapped in our house that lasted
more than a week.
Retaliation. A little boy of four
or five years old, was much vexed with
his grandmother for boxing his ears; but
not daring to souce the old lady directly,
he took up his favorite cat. and stroking
her back thus addressed her : ell,
-r . 1 f .1
pussy, 1 wis 11 one 01 us inroc was ucaa.
and it ain t you pussy, anu it am t
mo, pssy V"
A CoS'TEMroRAUY wants to know in'
what age women have been held in the
highest esteem. Wc don't know. But
certainly fashionable ladies fill a larger
space in the world now than they ever
end before.
BgA man whose appearance indica
ted that he was staggering from the ex
cessive weight of a brick in his hat. be
ing asked if he was a "'3trh of tem
perance," replied, "hic-no, no relation
-not even a hic-acquaintance !"
"Get out of the way, Old Dan Tuck
er," &c, is thus eloquently rendered in
prose : Remove thyself from the place
thou oceupicst aged a-Vl venerable Dan
icl Tucker; thou art tco tardy to partici pate
in the vesper meal with juniors
and betters.
rm "Mrs. Hobbs. did vou say that my
... it'
wife was a poor housekeeper ?
.... 1 T , " , . 11 . " 1
"Jo, sir Dttt 1 cna ren an intimate
friend that you had not had a clean
shirt on for ten weeks."
Bg, A western editor iu pufivng a vil
lage hotel, says that a new tooth-brush
has been supplied for the wash roonf, '
attached to a strong iron cable, so that
the public will always be accommodated
in that respect.
8" What is the difference between nr
school-master and an engine driver?
One trains the mind, aud the other
uiinds the train.
BSTln Siam the penalty for lying is
to have the mouth sewed up. Suppose
such a lawwere in force here, what a
number of mutes wc would have.
Swipes says that the lady's hoops
arc like charity they " cover a multi
tude of sins," 'What a villainous com
parison. 9 At a wedding, the other day, one
of the guests, who often is a little absent-minded,
observed gravely:
"I have often remarked that there
have been more women than rocu luar
ricd this year."

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