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SAYJSAZ DATS AT1Z2 f CESU1.
" lasting of Ohm) anas to wi aad past,
. ne taraey, im wmamt; , m turn,
Aad piss, and confections, art Ht at last,
. Bj taa chiidrw whs shovelled taeat in s ast ;
And assay child ha stayed awake
At night with a eertaia tasaillar ache, '
Which foUowi oa aatinf an taa aaonga
Of padding aad turkey, and all taca stat. '
That famy old hambar, atrtas Untie,
Whom the hoys and glrie krre so wl, .
H had the sense to go aa eleev out,
Aad ne'e ap tba chimney or hp tha spont ;
ad tha hoys aad girls ara serum to const
Aad trying to taekoa tha whole aasoant
Of the Jolly eld lot
. Of the presents they get.
And we'U kelp to reckon them ap m the ipot,
ttetele and Baste and Maria declare
That their elegant dolla hare lost therr hair,
Aad atsrked their races, and braised their eyes.
And suffered other aushsps on this wise: .
Jimmy's ham hat lost hia tall,
woolly dot, so cartr and frail.
Has shed aboat a tesenn fun
Of hia principal ornament, aansly, wool ;
And Johnny dram
, TerrteT has eonw
Aad la mate and dam'
fur Johnny's peaeM ia the seek of Ha bead.
In order thst hs
' The better miht ate
The talde of the dram.
And ee And oat where the round came from.
WREN YOU WERE SEVENTEEN.
Warn the hay tn mown, Majje,
la tba yean ton ago,
Anl whils the western '.icy was rich
With eaneet's res-: glow,
Then hand la h close-linked we passed
The dewy between,
A ad I wa ooe-ead-twenty, H ag.
And yoa were seventeen.
Tour TOlce was low and sweet. Haggle ; -
Tear wavy hair was hrowa :
Tsar cheek waa like the wild red rose .
That showered Ha petals down ;
Tour ayes were like the b!se speedwell,
With dewy BMtstnre sheet
When I wss one-end4weoty. Hag,
And yoa were seventeen. . s
The spring was u oar hearts, Maggie,
Aad all Its hopes were oars ;
And ws were children la the Be Ida,
Among the opening lower.
Ay 1 Life was Ilka a Manner day
Amid the woodlands green.
For I was one-and tweaiy, Mag,
And yoa were serenteen.
The yean have come and gone, Maggie,
With aonsfaine and with shade.
And allvered is the silken hair
That o'sr yowr ahoalder strayed
In many a soft aad wayward treat .
The fairest ever sees
When I wasoas and -twenty, Mag,
And yoa were seventeen.
Though rentl v changing time, Maggie,
Haa touched yon in bis flight,
Toar voice has still the old sweet tone,
Toar eye tbe old love-light ;
And years can never, never change
The heart yoa gave, t ween,
When I waa one-aod-twenty, Mag,
And yoa were seventeen.
BY JOSH BILLINGS.
Pittsburgh ig located on the land aide of
tbe Ohio river, and kontainsapopulashon
iuiiy equal to its nze.
To a stranger, the bfzzncss done here
would seem tew be all smoke, bat it is
really the most manufaktring place in
The principal krop raised here, oat of
me ground, kale. The atmosphere is
cmnpozed of oxigin and kole dost, which
girea the face of natur, and man, and
lovely woman a brunette look.
The best steddy bozziness for a no be
ginner to go into here iz the clothes wash
ing bizziness, a common paper collar has
tew be washed four times a day, and even
then show signs oph colour.
Pittsburgh is celebrated for the wealth
and refinement of its inhabitants, and the
butyoT its wimmin sex. I saw more
pretty sex here in 30 minutes than I ever
did before inthe whole or mi eventful life.
If I was an inconsolable widdower, T
should at once move to Pittsburgh and
commence married life again.
Yesterday I saw mi first stern wheel
steam bote. I thought for sum time that it
was a stationary saw-mill, in the middle of
the river, but after a while discovered
what & condem phool I was.
Anecdote of A Dog.
An English lady tells this story of a
dog's intelligence : I had expressed my
wish for a real collie dog in the hearing
of an honest cottar belonging to our
parish ; and one morning, being out in
the garden, I saw a stout lassie coming up
to the house with a large basket on her
arm. On entering the kitchen, I was
greeted with 44 Here, mistress, my father
nent ye a ' fulpie" (little whelp) a' the road
tra Htrathdon." While delivering her
message she untied the cover of her
basket, and out rolled a black-and-tan
PnPP7. as broad as he was long.
Lie was christened w Collie," and soon
grew both in size and in favor with all in
the house, especially with myself and
"old Joseph," the minister's man, who
divided his affections pretty Surly between
Collie and one of my little girls. One
morning, when Joseph was at his break
fast and Collie and little Nellie were both
standing beside him, I came in to give him
a message, when Nellie began her old
trick of pulling the poor dog's taQ. Growl
after prowl of warning produced no
effort, for the offender was very young ;
when, in an instant, after a harder pluck
than usual, the dog turned, and before
any one could interfere, he had seized the
whole of her arm in his mouth. My first
feeling was to pull open the dog's mouth,
but old Joseph cried out, " Na, na, mis
trees I lat him be, lat him be V
It was a trying moment. The child's
screams made me very nervous, and there
stood the dog with his large jaws holding
the little fat arm as in a vice, and the long
white glistening teetT showing on each
tide. "Dmna move, mistress, said the
old man again : Collie kens what he's
doin' ; he no hurt her." And old Joe was
right. Collie held fast the little arm that
had been his tormentor, but when Nellie,
finding that she was not hurt, became
quieter, Collie gave her one expressive
look from his large brown eyes, slowly
opened his jaws and released the arm,
without one scratch on it He had given
her a lesson, which she never forgot, to
respect his feelings with regard to his
rotas!. XecesMry la the Soil.
Professok Yoklkcb thus speaks of
the use or the superphosphate or lime on
soil not well supplied with potash : M On
one of the experimental plots of the
Escrick Park I used mineral superphos
phate alone, and, to my astonishment, no
effect whatever was produced by its ap
plication. This is an interesting result,
seeming, as it does, to indicate that the
great deficiency of potash, which ia
characteristic of the sod in that experi
mental field, entirely prevented the dis
play of the usual functions which we
know perfectly well superphosphate of
lime discharges on land of a better charac
ter than that at Escrick. The superphos
phate (or, rather, the phosphoric acid) in
that manure did not act, simply because
potash was not present to form part of
the substance of the clover-plant You
ran, I think, readily understand that
Place before a man ail the dry food which
tends to entice the appetite, and at thje
same time withhold from him drink, and
yoa will find that he cannot assimilate the
dry food. You may give him every de
scription of dry food that can tempt him
to eat, but if you keep from him for any
long time that unimportant substance, as
we are too apt to consider it though it is,
in fact, a most essential thing water, he
will ultimately perish, Potash - is non-essential
as regards many clay soils, because
many clay soils contain abundance of pot
ash ; butf is most essential on poor sandy
noils, because, generally speaking, these
soils are very deficient in the necessary
amount of potash which is required to
bring clover crops to perfection. The
mixture of potash, salts, and superphos
phate yielded the largest weight of clover
and rye-grass per acre which was obtained
on any of the experimental plots. Further,
it was astonishing to notice that not only
was the weight of the first cutting larger
in the case of this particular plot than on
any of the others, but the second cutting
also yielded a much larger quantity."
There are two shops Just opposite one
another in the Rue de Rivoli, the most
fashionable shopping quarter of Paris, in
which the same goods are sold. The one,
on its sign, offers " the only genuine pro
ductbeware of counterfeits ; " and the
other declares, Every article that dees
not come from our house is a counterfeit'
There are two sausaee dealers in a differ
ent neighborhood of the same city, one of
whom has painted on his glass window,
over a pyramid of sausage : At ten
cents a pound; to pay more is to be
robbed;'' while the other puts his saus
ages Into an obelisk, and paints above it :
" At twelve cents a pouna ; to pay leas is
to be poisoned."
An Irish absentee is said to have sent
thU comforting mesaare to his steward
Tell he tenents that no threats to shoot
you will rflTiry me."
By Alfred IXorsley.
THE (JTJEEB CUSTOMER. .
A CHBISTtta 8TOBT.
Ik a shabby little shop in a shabby little
street, a man sat stitching away as if for
dear me, by the light or a single candle.
The name of John Todd was over the
door, and John Todd himself it was who
sat upen the shopboard, keeping time to
his nimble needle with an occasional
snatch of a song. If there had been a
song of the trowsers, as well as of the
shirt, he might with great propriety have
sung that for it was on a Dair of those
garments that he was employed. As it
was, however, he did not confine himself
to any one particular melody, but sang a
verse of one and then a verse of another,
as the fancy took him. Immediately
above him hung a disreputable-looking
old blackbird in a wicker cage who lis
tened to the performanoe with an air of
grave attention, as one who was qualified
to be critical, and occasionally gave an
encouraging chirp of applause. The
singer was a merry little man, no longer
young, out smi miie tou acuve ; who
twinkling gray eyes and a cheery smile
which it was pleasant to look upon.
On the present occasion be had just
got through "Jock o' Hazeldean," and
the "Banks of Allen Water" (which the
blackbird applauded immensely), and had
begun " Mary of Argylc," when the shop
door suddenly opened, and pulled him up
short in the very middle of a very effect
ive shake. The person who entered was
a short, stout individual,with his hat very
far back on his head, a pen behind his ear,
and a parchment-covered note-book in his
" Well, Mr. Todd," said he, showing the
while the end or a stumpy pencil ; " ready
for me I su noose."
The little tailor's cheerful countenance
fell, as he renlied
"I'm very sorry, Mr. Sprague, but I'm
the fact is L can t say l am quite ready
"Then, why the doooe aint you
ready r" amiably inquired Mr. Sprague,
tapping the floor viciously with his fat
cotton umbrella. " You're aweer, I sup
pose, that to-morrow's Christmas day ;
and you're also aweer that to awoid un
pleasantness at a gay and festive season, I
collects the rents the night before. Then
why aint you ready !"
" To tell you the truth, sir," said John
humbly, "Tve had a disappointment this
morning a little account I was to re
"Yah!" said Mr Sprague savage
ly. "That makes five on cm, all
been disappointed 01 a uuie ac
count Gatamon! Now look here, Mr
Todd. This is Toosday. I m a man of
mv word, and if the rent ain't ready Thurs
day, brokers is the word. I've had trouble
enough with you, and I ain't goin to, no
longer. So now you've got it'r
"I'll do my endeavors, bit. eprague,"
said John Todd humbly. "But which
way I am to turn to find the money, the
Lord only Knows r
" YouTl turn out, Mx. Todd, it you don't
find it" And with a coarse laugh at his
own wit Mr. Sprague departed.
Poor Todd looked much depressed.
After a few minutes he unconsciously
commenced " The harp that once through
Tarn's halls," but the attempt was a fail
ure. Even the blackbird turned his back
in disgust and after a few bars John gave
it up, and stitched away in sorrowful
silence. He might have remained so for
perhaps half an hour, when the door
again opened, and a little old lady in a
black bonnet and cloak, and a basket on
her arm, and a muff nearly as large as
herself, peeped in.
" Do l intrude, nr. road ? au i quite
by yourself. Dear me!"
" Yea. Miss Pinnifer, for want of better
company, quite by myself."
"xe-es!" said miss rinnner. "And
very busy I see. Always busy! Coat, I
" No, ma'am, trouBers," said John Todd.
" Oh t" said Miss Pinnifer, with a little
scream, and covering her eves with her
hand. " Very indiscreet of me I beg
pardon, I'm sure."
"Dont mention it, ma am: replied
John gallantly. " It's of no consequence.
Yes, I am rather busy. Miss Pinnifer.
They're for a Mr. Brown, an old gentle
man who came in last Thursday. He or
dered a suit of black and said he'd fetch
'em himself this evening, and I'm a little
ehmd, you see.
Ye-es I" Miss Pinnifer had a habit of
aying "Yes," when spoken to, irrespective
of anything in particular. She used the
word to indicate various shades of feeling ;
but in a general way it was expressive of
a mud surprise and admiration wnicn en
couraged the speaker to proceed. Mr.
Todd proceeded accordingly.
" 1 hope he won t come lust yet tor 1 ve
got nigh on two hours' work to finish the
job. He's a queer customer, very. Never
saw him berore in my uie, and ne comes
and sits down In that very chair, and talks
and asks questions as 11 he Had known
me ever since 1 was so nigh r au aDout
the children and Mllly and everybody"
" Strarure " said Mist rinnuer. Lten
It be f Yes, that must be it !"
" Eh T said Mr. Todd, lnqrnnngiy.
" Now. mark me !" said Miss Pinnifer,
laying a rather bony finger impressively
upon the queer customer's trousers. Mr.
Todd marked her accordingly. "Did he
ask anything about me?"
"1 dom rcmemoer mat ne die, replied
"I dare say not Indeed, that rather
confirms my previous idea. I know their
ways, Mr. Todd."
" I beg your pardon, ma'am," said John,
in much bewilderment "Whose ways
might you be alluding to?"
"Hushr said Miss i'lnnuer, witn an
air of profound mystery. "You don't
know who may be listening t us at this
moment detectives 1"
" You don't think, ma'am"
" Yes, I do ; I do, indeed, Mr. Todd.
I haven't the smallest doubt that I am
at this moment the object of a
private inquiry. You must know, Mr.
Todd, though I dont often mention it
that I'm engaged in a Chancery suit, and
the defendants are horribly wicked people.
They've done it before, I know they have.
Not content with keeping my poor broth
er and myself out of our property, they
have us watched and annoyed in every
possible way. You'd hardly imagine the
number of lodgings we've been to, Mr.
Todd, and the people were always so po
lite and friendly at first, and after a few
weeks they quite changed, and were quite
rude and unpleasant They'd been set
against us by the detectives, you know.
It was all lverytwell to say it was the two or
three weeks' rent we might be owing, but
I knew better than that Andow they've
traced me here. Dear, dear, what shall
" But are you quite sure"
" O dear, yes, certain. It's been going
on for a long tima There was a pale
young man in spectacles stared at me all
church time last Sunday. I thought at
the time it was only rudeness, but no
doubt he had hia instructions."
At this moment the conversation wps
interrupted by the arrival of the queer
customer himself. He was an elderly gen
tleman with a rubicund complexion, and
a very good-natured expression of counte
nance, and certainly did not look like a de
tective. Ashe entered the shop. Miss
Pinnifer dropped her veil, and drawing
herself up to her full height af four ect
six, faced the intruder with excessive dig
nity. The stranger politely raised his
hat to the lady, and then turned to John
" Well, Mr. Todd, and how do you do
to-night? Am I too early for my little
matter of business ?"
"Well, air," said Mr. Todd, "I wont
say but what I'd rather you'd have come
an hour later. The coat and waistcoat
have been done some time, but the trous
(Mr Todd remembered the modest pres
ence of Miss Pinnifer) the other gar
ments are not quite finished.
" Never mind, Mr. Todd, it's of no
great consequence. I'm ia no especial
nurry. Butl'm going to ask you a &vor.
I shall surprise you now, I dare say.
Poor Todd was so bewildered by the re
markable communication Just made to
v: v. iTiaa Pinnifer cnnrjled With the
singular present appearance of that lady
(the was standing with one foot advanced,
i . tAnw unit na the stranger, and
i J V avwBBsaja S3 q
held her rwaS acroee.bcr chest, in a kind ox
boxing attitude), that he knew not what
to answer, and could onlv reply -con
" Don't mention it"
The stranger, answering rather the
spirit than the letter of his words, con-
unueu - - . .
" To-morrow's Christmas-day. For
twentv vears n&st I've been a wanderer
on the face of the earth, and this is the
first Christmas-day, during all that tune,
I've spent in England. I have no friends,
not so much as a dog or a cat, and I don't
like the idea of spending Christmas by
myself. Will you take compassion on me,
Mr. Todd t You've a Christmas face, and
I've a notion I could enjoy Christmas very
well in your company. Will yoa take
compassion on a lonely old man, and
let him spend to morrow with you and
John . Todd was in much perplexity.
His warm heart felt for the lonely stranger.
by whose frank address he was much pre
possessed, un the other hand, there was
Miss Pinnifer's statement, and John could
not quite get rid of a vague apprehen
sion that the stranger might it admitted,
take advantage or an unguarded moment
to handcuu -tbe family au round, and
bear them away to perpetual imprison
ment ; last, but not leastwas the consid
eration that the larder was by no means
sumptuously furnished, and that the
Christmas fare was likely to be of an ea-
.1 : . I mi 1 .
peciauy meagre ucauripuuu. i uc lost re
flection dictated his reply.
" It yoa re really in earnest, sir, it ud
be unbecoming ia me to say no, when you
do me the honor to ask it But we poor
folks don t live like the gentry, you know,
sir, at the best of tunes ; and this year
we ve got even shorter commons than
usuaL We've hearty good-fellowship,
sir, but very little else to keep Christmas
"And hearty good-fellowship is the
very best dish at the Christmas feast," said
the stranger. " Beef and pudding are not
to be despised, but they're only secondary,
after alL Well, you haven't said no,' so I
shall consider myself accepted. I've
dined off a baked potato before now, and
I shall find enough to eat never you
fear. What's your time ? One o'clock-
" This ladv and her brother reside in
the house, sir, and they were going to club
their Christmas dinner with ours, if you
have no objection."
" Objection ! L my dear Todd ! you for
get that I'm only a visitor. Objection!
certainly not The more the merrier, I
say. Madam, your most obedient
Miss Plunder relaxed so tar as to cour
tesy with dignity, still, however, keep
ing her muff available for defence, if neces
sary. " well, that s settled," said the stranger.
" And now I've got some little matters of
business to attend to, so I'll wish you a
good night Good evening, madam.
Don't distress yourself about the trowsers,
With these words the unknown de
parted, leaving Mr. Todd and Miss Pinni
fer dumb with amazement The latter
recovered her speech first, with the ob
servation, "Did you ever?" Mr. Todd
looked at her for a few moments. At last
he ejaculated, slowly and distinctly, " No,
l never I"
" What a very singular - person, Mr.
Todd. You're quite sure you've never seen
" Never to my knowledge till the other
night" said Mr. Todd. . .
There's more in this than meets the
eye," said Miss Pinnifer.
" You' still think, ma'am"
" Well, no, not entirely. I must say I
expected to see quite a different style of
person. But there's no knowing. I shall
be on my guard."
"If he isn't a detective, what can he
want to come here for?" said Mr. Todd.
" It's tbe most extraordinary thing I ever
heard in my life. I don t know what
Milly will say to a strange gentleman com
ing to dinner : but I couldn't help it could
I now ? I'd better tell her at once, and
get it off my mind."
" IH say good night, then," said Miss
Pinnifer. " I've left my brother too long
Mr. Todd wished her good evening, and
dived into a small parlor behind the shop,
where his daughter, Milly, sat sewing,
with three younger brother Todds, mak
ing more or less noise, around her. "
Milly Todd deserves a paragraph all to
herself, as the pleasantest possible speci
men of a good little English girL She
was not a beauty, but better than a beauty
in the possession of the more lasting come
liness which is derived from a bright
smile, a sweet temper, and a pair of clear,
earnest eyes, made none the less expressive
by the near neighborhood of a saucy
little retrovue nose. Her wavy brown
hair had not a ripple out of place, and her
plump little figure was encased in a well
fitting dress, .which, though it bore the
marks of long service, was neatness itself.
In fact take her altogether, but that is
precisely what you would have wished to
have done; orstif vou did not you must
have had very bad taste indeed. There
are some women one always wants to kiss
at first sight and Milly was one of them.
John Todd entered the room in a high
state of excitement "Milly, my girl,
here's a most tremendous go ! '
"Why, father dear, what ever is the
"flatter enough, my dear. Here's a
gentleman coming to spend Christmas-day
with na. Invited himself, and accepted
" He wont have much of a dinner, then,
father, dear; but he's welcome. Let me
guess who it is, not old Mr. Bellamy ?"
" No, my dear, it isn't old Mr. Bellamy,
nor young Mr. Collins either, though I
dare say he'll find his way here in the
course of the afternoon, eh, Milly ? No,
this is quite a stranger; quite the gent'e
man, too, I can tell you."
"But what mah him want to come
here, then, father?'
"Well, my dear, that's more than I can
tell you, except .that he said he was a
stranger and had no friends, and that he
thought from my face that he could spend
a merry Christmas here. That's all non
sense, of course ; but the long and the
short of it is, he's coming."
" Nonsense, indeed, for anybody to like
my dear old father's face," said Milly, kiss
ing him. "It's handsomer than half the
young ones now, and I like the gentleman
for saying it No friends ! that's very sad.
Poor old gentleman, I'm very glad he's
coming ; but I wish we had a little more
to give him."
" That's where it is, Milly ; so do I ; but
we must make the best of it What have
"Well, father, I've a nice bit of beef,
and Miss Pinnifer is going to bring some
sausaces. I'm going to make a pudding,
but it 11 be only a kind of a make-believe
to please the boys. They wouldn't believe
it was Christmas, you know, without the
pudding. It isn't much of a dinner to
set before a visitor, father."
" Never mind, my dear," said her father.
"I wish it was more; but we must make
it da Make the pudding as good as you
can. Let me see. I know I haven t
much in my pocket only eightpence.
Well, my dear, every; little; helps. I
shan't want my half-pint of beer to night"
" Dear old father ? No, no ; you're not
going without your supper, sir, I can tell
you, for any amount of grand visitora
I know what I can do. I've got half a
crown up-stairs that I had put by for
something else, but it doesn't matter, and
that will help us out capitally."
With a bright smile, though with a little
choking at the throat (for the half-crown
had been saved by pennies to buy a neck
tie for a certain Charley Collins, whose
acquaintance we shall make by and by),
Milly rose to 'mek. her hoard; but her
father stopped her.
"No, no, dear, keep your money, we
may want it worse before the week's out
I didn't want to have told you bad news to
night but perhaps it's best told, after all."
Having taken the plunge, John pro
ceeded to tell his daughter of Mr. Sprague's
visit and the terrible threat with which
he had departed. The announcement
E reduced a very depressing effect Even
rave little Milly had tears in her eyes,
and her younger brothers, seeing her dis
tress, howled dismally in vague sympathy.
At this juncture the shop-door was
heard to open. A mas entered bearing
on his ahoalder a huge hamper, which he
set down on the floor With a bang. "Par
cel for Mr Todd." And without another
word he departed.- - .
The whole of the Todd family gathered
round the big hamper, and contemplated
it wun silent astonishment. y? ho can
it be from ?" said Milly, a little angramat
ically. "I wonder what's in it?" said
John Todd, junior. "I hope it's some
thing to eat," said Tommy Todd, an epi
cure of nine. Willie Todd, aged tlx,
sucked his thumb and said nothing. Prob
ably he thought the more.
" Hadn't yoa better open it, and then
you'll Jtnow au aboat itr said John
"Dear old father," said Milly; "he's
always right - 80 we wilL
John Todd, junior, produced a knife,
and the - hamper was speedily opened.
The first glance revealed nothing but
straw, and the hearts of the youthful
Todds sank almost to zero. But the
straw was quickly removed, ami then was
revealed, hrst a most remarkable turkey,
a turkey, if possible, inconveniently
stout, with a red ribbon round its neck and
a rosette on its breast Second, a roasting
pig, which for size and fatness might have
been brother, or cousin at least, to the
turkey. -1 don t suppose there ever was a
roasting pig quite as broad as he was long ;
but if ever there was such a pig, that was
the one. Last came a hare, or which it is
only necessary to say that he did no dis
credit to the turkey and the pig. Before
the party had recovered from their delight
and surprise, the door again opened, and
another man, bearing another hamper,
came in. "Name of Todd here?" said
the . man. "Right; with Mr. Brown's
kind regards, and paid." The door had
hardly closed upon the porter when the
youthful Todds, regardless of the " Glass,
with care," in large letters on the top of
the basket, rushed at it and had it open
in a trie. A fragrant smell arose from it,
proceeding from sundry whitey-brown
paper parcels arranged in trim order with
in. Milly opened them. One was found
to contain currants, another plums, another
spice ; in fine, all the ingredients for a
monster pudding of the richest character
were there. A noble packet of tea waa the
next thing that came to hand, and then a
goodly store of apples, oranges, nuts,
almonds, and raisins. When these were
removed there was still a layer of some
thing solid at the bottom of the basket,
which, being investigated, proved to con
sist of a splendid plum-cake, and bottles of
brandy, gin, and rum with one of ginger
wine. The little Todds executed a pat de
all sorts round the hampers in a perfect
ecatacy of delight, and Milly and her
father, though less demonstrative in their
transports, were hardly less excited. Be
fore they had recovered from their fresh
surprise a scuffling was heard outside the
door, as if something waa rubbing against
it Milly opened it, and found outside a
boy, whose face was just visible over an
enormous bundle of holly and mistletoe.
He struggled into the shop with his bur
den. "Please 'm, Mr. Brown's compli
ments, and thought you might like a little
oily and miz tor the Christmas decorations.
O my ! aint it prickly neither." Whereat
he dropped it in a heap on the floor and
"Now. father dear," said MUly, "you
had better shut up the shop I'm sure you
won't be able to do any more work to
night Isn't it wonderful? just like a
"And Mr. Brown's the good nuryr
said John Todd. "Isn't he a -noble gen
tleman? Well, I think m shut up, dear.
He said he wasn't in a hurry for the things,
and I dont feel as if I could bring my
mind down again to trousers to-night
" That's a dear old daddy " said Mil
" And now then you shall have your beer
and your pipe, and sit in the corner, and see
us put up this lovely nouy. isn t it beau
tiful! What a dear old gentleman Mr.
Brown must be ! I declare I quite love
"Halloa i ' said Mr. ioqo, -wnatu
Charley Collins say to that ?"
Muly rushed at him, and shut ms moutn
with a kiss.
'Be quiet, do, yoa wicked old man,
that's quite a different thing, yoa know it
Is." And she forthwith began, with the
assistance of her brothers, to decorate the
homely room with the Christmas ever
greens, it was worm a day s pay 10 any
body (say the Lord Chancellor, as his
wages are tolerably good) to see MiUy's
lithe little figure stepping from chair to
chair, or standing like a lively little statue,
on the ricketiest of tables, her arms held
high above her head, and her dainty little
white fingers flashing among the dark
green holly, and deftly insinuating sprigs
of mistletoe into artful places where no
body would expect them. And when at
last, having hung holly and mistletoe in
all possible, and two or three impossible,
places, she sprang lightly to the floor,
with her sunny lace Hushed, and ner nair
the least bit tumbled by her exertions,
and led out her father by both hands for
the first kiss under the mistletoe, I don't
wonder that the boys hurrahed, I believe
I should have done it myself under the
same circumstances. I'm afraid, by the
way, that I've done those boys great in
justice. It may possibly be imagined, as I
have not chronicled their remarxs, inai
they were silent O dear, na Quite the
reverse. The fact is, they not only all
three talked at once, but they all talked
the whole time, with an effect which it is
easy to imagine, but exceedingly difficult
to describe. Had Providence- made me
three first-rate short-hand reporters, in
stead of only one gentleman or medium
size, I might have attempted it ; though
even then I (we, I should say) should have
found much difficulty by reason or the
idiomatic nature of the young gentlemen's
conversation. The number of " golly s "
and " crikeys " with which it was embel
lished was. I regret to say, much above
what is considered correct in polite society,
and (like the organ-man s monkey, who
never would dance but to the genteelest
of tunes) I find I never can spell those
vulgar words. At last the merry party re
tired to rest the boys to dream of roast
pig, and Milly of Well, never mind,
vt o won't intrude, but dont yoa wish yon
were Charley Collins ?
Christmas morning came at last, as it
generally will, if you only wait long
enough ; and a very respectable sort of
Christmas morning it was. Bright and
clear and cold, with the snow on the
ground crisp and hard, the sort of weather
that makes one wish one was a street boy,
and not too dignified to cut in on a good
long slide ; the sort of weather that makes
you button up your great-coat to the chin,
and case your hands in your thickest
wollen gloves; the sort of weather (I
hone) that makes yoa give a kindly
thought to your poorer brothers who have
no great-coats to button, and no warm
f loves to cover their frost-nipped hands,
'ile on the logs, by all means; heap up
the blazing fire ; do honor to the dainty
cheer, and pass round .he rare old wine.
But little they know or Christmas who
think to win its magic gifts of light and
life and joy by such means only. A sin
gle spark, lit by your bounty in a poor
man s hovel, snail sned a warmtn that the
roaring fire in your own mansion cannot
give a warmth that goes straight to the
heart The frugal meal, spread by the
rich man in the poor man's house, shall
bring to the giver a sweeter sense of en
joyment than the most sumptuous ban
quet spread ror seir alone, liappy he who
has found the golden key who knows,
and uses the knowledge, that the treasures
of Christmas happiness are reached
through Christmas charity.
The whole of the Todd family woke np
in a thoroughly Christmas state of mind.
and tbe younger members (as might per
haps, be expected, considering the nature
of their dreams), with a perfectly fero
cious appetite two or three appetites
each, indeed. Breakfast over, the junior
branches were dispatched, under the care
of dear old Todd, to church, while Sister
Milly remained at home, and devoted all
her energies to the preparation of the an
ticipated banquet I am inclined to think
that Milly nad never seen, rnucn less
cooked, such a dinner in her life; but
cooks, like poets, are born not made; and
with the aid or miss i'mmrer, and the
simultaneous use of all the fireplaces in
the house, Milly got on splendidly, and
astonished herself with her success. It
was in a moment of confidence, engen
dered by the close and intimate relation ia
which they were thus placed, that If ia
Pinnifer imparted to Milly 1 secret .
TENNESSEE" FRIDAY, JANUARY 7, 1870.
Milly, my dear," said Miss Pinnifer,
want your advice."
" Hadn't yoa better ask father?" said
Milly, conceiving that his counsels would
probably be of greater value than her
1 "No, my dear; no, I think not In a
case of of this kind, I don't think he
would be a judge. I want to know, dear,
Whether I look best in my black satin
spencer and pink muslin skirt, or in my
Stuart tartan. Take time to consider, my
"They're both very nice," said; Milly.
" The tartan for choice. I think."
" Do yoa, dear ? Now I was thinking,
do yoa know, that the tartan was rather
rather old-looking. One doesn't want
to make one'saelf quite a middle-aged per
son. you know, dear."
"Of course not," said Milly; "but I
always thought the tartan so very becom
ing. What makes yoa so particular to-
" Well, dear, I really hardly know how
to tell yoa. Bat we girls never can keep
our little secrets, can we?" the dear
creature was fifty if she was a day " the
1. ; s,- r -sr.
im to 1, o a. a vu m-uuus vi iui.
Milly looked at her inquiringly, but with
a roguish twinkle in her eyes. The old
" The object of Mr. Brown's coming, my
dear, is, as you are aware, enveloped tn
mystery. He most have an object you
know, and I have reason to imagine
strong reason, I may say that that object
is myself." -"
You dont say so! " said Milly. " Pray
accept my best congratulations. Has he
declared his intentions ?"
" Well, no, dear, I cant say he has ex
actly declared himself in words at least ;
but if you had only seen how he looked
you couldn t mistake his expression, my
dear. He looked at me with a positive
smile, quite lover-like, I assure you. And
then he insisted on coming to dinner."
" Well, dear, I'm sure I'm very pleased,"
said Milly. "We've all been puzzled to
account for his wanting to come, and I
dare say that's it Yoa won't forget old
friends when yoa area grand lady, will
. . e sat
-1. naven 1 accepted mm yet, my aear,
said Miss Pinnifer, "and I shan't either,
the first time of asking. It doesn't do for
a girl to make herself too cheap. Hell
have to be very attentive, I can tell him, if
he expects to have any chance witnme.
O dear I U dear ! ne s beginning to burn I"
The last words referred to the turkey.
which was under Miss Pinnifer's especial
care, and which she forthwith began to
"I've had a good deal of attention m
my time, you see, my dear, so perhaps I
think the less of it on that account. It
isn't to be expected, vou know, with my
experience, that I should be dazzled by a
Mr. urown. isn t ne iat, aearr
" Is he ?" said Milly : " I ha vent seen
him, you know."
"Mot seen nimr said miss nnnuer.
"What do vou mean? My dear, I was
speaking of the turkey."
rtt, i ;i ifiiiir
The conversation was interrupted by
the return of the party from church. The
younger Todds were found considerably in
T. . . 1 , irni v: . ,
me way 01 we cooaery, uu .aiuij mi on me
happy expedient of sending them to the
baker's to fetch the pig. Forthwith they
departed, with pig written plainly on their
countenances, and raced all the way to
the shop, upon the understanding that
the tail should be the prize of the winner.
Johnny, the eldest, as might have been
expected, came in foremost to tne great
grief and discouragement of his brothers.
till he magnanimously promised them that
they should have the tail after he had
done with it Rather more quietly than
they had set out, the trio returned from
tbe baker's. Johnny and Tommy Todd car
rving the dish between them. Willy, the
youngest, much wanted to carry the cover,
but the more mature wisdom of Johnny
suggested that perhaps the pig would
keep hotter with it on ; so Willy had to
content himself with walking behind as
near aa possible, and sniffing the fragrance
of the savory burden. When they reached
home, Mr. Brown had just arrived, and
their father and Milly were endeavoring
adequately to express their appreciation
of the hampers. Mr. Brown seemed
pleased by the interruption, and patting
the boys' Leads paternally, asked them u
they were good boys. Johnny and Tom
my, though a little abashed, answered
manfully (with a view to sixpences) that
they were, but Willy, who was of a ner
vous temperament began to cry, and
promised irrelevantly that he wouldn't do
it again. ,
Dinner-time speedily arrived, mucn 10
the satisfaction of everybody. A few min
utes before the appointed hour came a
young gentleman with a very stiff shirt
collar, and a rather bashful expression of
countenance, whom Milly's blushes at
once designated as Charley uollins. Al
most before Charley had been formally in
troduced. Miss Pinnifer came upon the
scene, dressed in the black satin spencer,
and pink muslin skirt, with, little blue
bows pinned on all over her, and leading
by the hand a solemn looking individual,
whom she introduced in a tragedy tone as
Mv brother." The individual thus al
luded to did not trouble himself to salute
the company, but dropped into the first
chair in his way, and fixed his eyes with
strong glare upon Mr. lirown. ine
party arranged themselves round the
table, and began to do fall justice to the
good cheer. For some time there was
but little conversation, everybody being
too busuy employed to talk, wnen
suddenly Miss Pinnifer's brother
paused m the very aci 01 convey
ing a large piece of turkey to his mouth,
and pointing with his fork, and the
morsel still on it at Mr. Brown, said
"Halloa I" Mr. Brown looked a little un
comfortable, when Miss Pinnifer hastened
to explain, "You'll excuse my brother,
sir, he's of unsound mind." And then
leaning over two of the little Todds, and
seizing her brother by the collar of his
coat, she shook him violently, and said in
an impressive voice, "Robert, behave!"
Whereupon Robert became much de
pressed and "behaved" accordingly. After
the excitement caused by this little inci
dent had subsided, the dinner proceeded
with great smoothness, and the little par
ty, which at first had felt some little con-
stratnt was rapidly unoenaing unaer me
rmial influence of the Christmas cheer,
t last came the crowning glory, in the
shape of the pudding. And such a .pud
ding! It was the very largest-sized pud
ding within the memory or the oldest in
habitant: so big, indeed, that Milly
couldn't bring it in herself, bat had to ask
Charley Collins to neip ner. Ana ricn 1
I should rather think it wast It was a
regular millionaire of a pudding. Miss
Pinnifer's brother again created a little
confusion by insisting .on eating pepper
with it and shedding tears when tbe cruet
was taken away from htm : but when at
last he was prevailed upon to try it with
out seasoning, he sent up his plate three
times, from which I infer that he was by
no means such an idiot as was generally
At last the dinner came to an end as
dinners will, the more's the pity and the
party drew round the Ore in a cosy semi
circle, and aet to work regularly to enjoy
themselves. The kettle was put on the fire,
the spirits and lemons and sugar were
brought out, and Mr. Brown volunteered
to brew some punch (which he did as
though punch had been his daily drink
from his youth up), and then, when every
body was served, the pipes and tobacco
were brought out and Mr. Brown called
upon John Todd for a song. And John
sang a song, and another, and another
after that, to- the most tremendous
applause, even the . blackbird drop
ping his critical airs for once and
applauding as londlr as anvbodv.
And then Mr.- Brown sang a song; after
wnicn Uhariey uollins sang a song witn a
remarkable chorus, which waa sung by
the whole strength of the company with
sucn good-wui tnat the people next door
couldn't hear tliemsel ves talk, and knocked
at the wall with a poker as a gentle hint
for peace and quietness. And Muly her
self sang a song, and then Miss Pinnifer's
brother murmured some thing which was
understood to mean that he also would
favor the company ; bat being asked the
name of the song, he replied, after much
consideration, "More pudding." 80 to
make ap for his fortcomings Miss Pinni
fer volunteered, and. after repeating five
times that she had a cold (which wasst
tine) and that the hadn't a not inner
voice (which was), she began, with intense
expression, "Will you. love me then as
now f The direction of her glances made
it quite a personal matter between herself
and Mr. Brown, whs should by every
rule of propriety have sung in reply,
" Dearest, than Til love the more." But
he didn't Probably he didnt know the
song, or, still more probably, he wouldn't
have sung it y m tnem at - - -Asa
aught protection against the too
oppressive glances or Mas rutinftr, Mr.
Brown . entered into conversation with
Charley Collins, who bad by this time
got rid of his bashfulness, and ap
peared, as he really was, a light-heart
ed, manly young fellow. Charley had
conceived a great liking to Mr. Brown,
and was very confidential with him ; so
that Mr. Brown was speedly made aware
that his young friend was a clerk at the
moderate salary of eighteen shillings a
week; that he nad had an offer of a situa
tion where he could earn two pounds, but
that security to the amount of three hun
dred pounds was required which put it
out or the question. Charley Collins eould
not help a half-sigh as be stated what
might be, and yet could not be, and Mr.
Brown could easily- understand that the
situation ao temptingly offered, only to be
perforce refused, was just enough to give
Milly and her lover the start in life for
which they were waiting.
The merriment by no means flagged as
the evening wore on. Mr. Brown was
the life and soul of the party, cracked
jokes, asked riddles, told stories, kissed
Milly and Miss Pinnifer under the mistle
toe, and generally proved himself the
prince of good fellows. Forfeits were
played, and blind man's buff, at which lat
ter game Miss Pinnifer gave rise to grave
suspicions as to her ratr play by persist
ently refusing to catch anybody but Mr.
Brown, and holding him an unnecessarily
long time when caught After blind man's
buff, a dance was proposed, and carried
out with great success, John Todd per
forming on the violin. Miss fmnlcers
brother had been rather gloomy during
the previous amusements, but he now be
gan to enjoy himself immensely, dancing
away by himself in the very middle of the
room with a funeral expression of coun
tenance, and occasionally tumbling over
one or other of the young Todds,
who had rather indefinite notions of
dancing, and were a good deal in
the way. But he didnt mind, not he ;
he picked himself up and went at it again
as if nothing had happened. One by one
the dancers stopped, exhausted ; and at
last the fiddle stopped, too; but Miss
Pinnifer's brother still continued to dance.
without a smile on his countenance, and
without any apparent intention of ever
leaving off. Indeed, I think it highly
Srobablethat he would have continued
ancing to this moment, had not his sister
by certain whispered blandishments, in
which the word " pudding " was plainly
audible, persuaded him to leave off, and
finally got him to bed.
The youthful Todds about this time be
gan to show signs of weariness, and were
with some difficulty induced to retire to
rest, Johnny Todd with the inestimable
pig's tail under his pillow. The remainder
of the oartv gathered around the fire, and
chatted quietly. Mr. Brown seemed to
have suddenly grown silent since me
children's departure. At last after a pause
in the conversation, he said suddenly
" Mr. Todd I've a proposition to make to
you. Dont go, Miss Milly what I'm go
ing to say concerns yoa too. This lady
and gentleman are friends of the family,
and I don'tlinind speaking before them.
Mr. Todd, 1 m not a young man 1 ve been
knocked about a good deal in my time,
and I mean, if I can, toave a little com
fort in my old years. 80 I'm looking out
for a wile, and I haven't seen any young
lady so much to my liking as Miss Milly
At this startling announcement Milly
turned red and pale by turns, Charley
Collins clenched his fists, and looked un
utterable things; and Miss Pinnifer be
came perfectly rigid, with only energy
enough to turn op her eyes to the ceiling,
and to murmur in heartbroken accents,
" Cruel kerrewel man ! "
John Todd attempted to speak, but Mr.
" Hear me out please ; and then give
what answer you like. I'm not a young
man, as I said before, but I'm easy-going,
and I believe I should make a good hus
band. I've worked hard in my time, but
I've made twenty thousand poundf, and
now I dont intend to work any more, but
just to enjoy myself. My wife will have
a good time of it mind yoa.' Balls, con
certs, parties, if she likes 'em, she shall
have 'em, and that's all about it Now,
Miss Milly, what do you say? Will you
be an old man'b darling?"
"Mr. Brown," John Todd began, but
"No, father, let me speak. Mr. Brown,
I thank you for your offer, and I dont
doubt it s kindly meant But I've given
my heart away already (as you might
have guessed to-night,) and I cant give it
"Iknow, I know," said Mr. Brownadly,
" But it's weary waiting, Milly, all through
the long years, and a boy-and-girl fancy
soon dies away."
"Ours isnt a boy-and-girl fancy, then,
Mr. Brown, for Tm quite sure it'll never
die away. Never, never, never ! Will it
Charley ?" Charley did not trust himself
to 8pe k; but a warm pressure of the hand
answered Milly well enough.
" Dont decide in a hurry, Miss Milly.
There are many things to think about,
ypu know ; your father, now. He ought
not to work as he does, at this time of
life, and his eyes are failing already. Now
if you'll marry me, your father shall have
a good house over his head, a nice little
cottage in some quiet country place, and
need never do a stitch of work again.
And the boys shall have good schooling
and a fair start in business. It's worth
thinking of, my dear."
Poor Milly felt utterly miserable. She
had not the smallest idea t f wavering, but
Mr. Brown had artfully contrived that by
being faithful to her true love, she should
appear to deprive her father and brothers
of a host of blessings, all of which it was
in her power to bestow. She could only
sob out "
" It's very cruel," and burst Into tears.
John Todd bad made repeated efforts to
speuk, but now he broke out in a tone
that bore down all interruption
" Mr. Brown, for the kindness we've re
ceived from you, I'm obliged; and I don't
go from it But I'm not obliged, sir, by
your coming into my house, and trying to
steal away my daughter's affections from
a young man as truly loves her. It aint
fair, it ain't manly, it aint honorable.
And when yoa go and try to work upon
her feelings along of her old father, that
she'd give her right hand for, it's mean
and cruel and cowardly, that is what it is.
And I toll von what air I wouldnt take
another kindness at your hands, no, not if
I was starving. I'm a creaky old man, sir,
I know I am ; and my sight's failing, as
you say ; but I've work in me yet, thank
God, and I'll work my fingers to the bone
before I'll bid a child of mine marry for
monev without love."
" And perhaps youH let me say a word,
Mr. Brown," interposed Charley Collins.
" It aint much, it's only a matter of opin
ion, and it'll relieve my mind. It's my
opinion, sir, that you're a canting, two
faced, hypocritical old humbug !"
" I'll trouble you to say that over again
presently, young man," said Mr. Brown,
who seemed to recover hia cheerfulness
under abuse. "It might be useful, if I
wanted a character, you know. Wen.
Mr. Todd, then that's your answer, is it r
" It is so, sir !" said John Todd, with
" And yours, Miss Milly ?"
Milly's reply was of a rather remark
able description. 8he quietly turned
round to Charley Collins, and put her
arms around his neck.
"And yours, Miat Pinnifer. I beg
pardon, I quite forgot I badnt asked yoo.a
qUS Pinnifer looked as if ahe wished
he had. .n
-w.H" said Mr. Brown, "after an,
, rbips it's lust as well as it is ; and rre
ii.i l 1 he satisfaction of making my own
&tiuiintnre from a totally new .point or
mc. I really had rjoldea I waa snch a
very iirrieasant person, Let me see now.
Tm mean, and Pra cruel, and I'm cowardly.
That's Mr. Todd's idea. Mr. Collins says
Tm a hypocritical, canting, double-faced
dear me, what was it ne topped up with 7
" Humbug." said Charley, boldly.
" Old humbug," corrected Mr. Brown,
sternly, " l m not going to let yoa off any
of the adjectives, my young friend. Yoa,
Miss Milly, were of opinion mat 1 was a
"I didnt" say so," said Milly.
"No, my dear, but yoa thought so, and
that's much the same. Dear, dear ! if your
poor mother had only lived to iiear her
brother Tom called ail these horrid names,
'pon my word I believe she'd have boxed
your ears au rouna.
" Uncle Tom 1" exclaimed Milly.
"You're never Tom Hawkins!" cried
Mr. Todd. - V
"Yea, sometimes," said the stranger,
meekly; "generally, I may say. Allow
me to introduce myself, ladies and gentle
men ; Thomas Brown Hawkins, at your
service. As for my character, I'm a mean,
cowardly, cruel a regular tragedy ancle,
" My dear uncle," said MUly, " of course
we didn't know. And yoa were only in
joke, after alL"
" Well, my dear, l m not so sure or that;
but a man mayn't marry his grandmother,
yoa know: and I rather think there s a
similar roouah prejudice as regards nieces.
80, on the whole, perhaps it's just as well
you didnt say yes. - j
"I'm sure 1 heart uv peg your pardon,
brother-in-law," said Mr. Todd. "You
woat bear malice for words said under a
mistake, I'm sure."
Well. I'm not auite certain whether
will or I won't" said Mr. Hawkins. "I
should like to punch that young rascal's
head for calling me an old humbug, but
a uu bvusju a buuuiu ct sue wuibi ui is.
" I m very sorrv. sir. began Charley.
"No, your're not my dear boy; or if
yoa are, you needn t be, saw mt. uawK-
ids. is was an oiu man a suu a
rather think I saw the fun of it better than
Bat i bad always beard yon were dead.
Hawkins, said Mr. Todd. "Many a
tuna my poor wife used to talk and cry
over her only brother, who was thought
to nave been drowned at sea.
" I ought to have been, by rights," said
Uncle Tom. " I've been in three ship
wrecks, but I was preserved, probably for
a higher and drier tats, I ve been a dig
ger, and a storekeeper, and a good many
other things besides. . 1 11 tell yoa all my
adventures, one of these days. And now
I've made as much as I care to make.
Yes, that twenty thousand pounds is a fact
Miss Milly. and I've come to England
to enjoy myself with my nephews and
nieces. So you wont marry me, eh ?
Milly shook her head saucily.
" Well. then, as I've set my heart on a
wedding, I suppose yoa must marry some
body else. I think I know somebody
who'll find that security, Mr. Charley,
thoue-h. vou did call me a canting old hum
bug. No thanks ! don't lrke-'em ; always
makes me feel as if I was being tickled
and wasn't allowed to laugh. Muly, little
woman, if you're very good, you and I
will take a run out of town the very first
finejlay, and see if we can't find that same
cottage we were talking about small
garden in front, and the name of John
Todd on the door, you know."
In spite or uncle lom i objection 10
thanks, there was a simultaneous outburst
of grateful joy, the overflow of happy
neaxia. jonn loaci squeezed uu urumer-in-law's
left hand, while Charley Collins
violently shook his right, and Muly, with
both arms around his neck, kissed him re
peated lr. Miss Pinnifer wept so violent
ly that her small pocket-handkerchief
looked as if it had been recently washed,
and not recently dried.
The excitement rather increased wan
diminished in intensity, and Uncle Tom
was in a fair way to be literally smothered
with caresses, when the door suddenly
opened, and Miss Pinnifer s brother, m a
white and peculiarly airy costume, siaisea
into the room. The unfortunate man had
waked from his first sleep with an uneasy
sense that the promised pudding, with the
hope of which he had been beguiled to
rest, had not been duly furnished; and he
had therefore risen at once, without the
formality of dressing himself, to claim his
due. There was an exclamation of aston
ishment followed by a shout of inex
tinguishable laughter, and then Miss Pin
nifer, with much presence of mind, seized
the table-cover, and hurriedly draping it
round the intruder, march :d him back to
For a little while longer the little party
sat around the fire, talking of the hard
times past, and the pleasant times to come;
and hearing the story of the tempest
tossed life, come to an anchor at last And
then the time for "good by" came, and
as with loving kisse? and hearty hand
shakes, they said "good night," the
chimes from a neighboring church tower
rang out midnight and Christmas-day
was over. And uncie 10m, revereuuy
doffing his hat aaid,
"Thank God for a merry Christmas."
" Amen !" said Charley Collins.
"Amen!" said John Todd, "with all
our hearts, amen!"
Thank God for Christmas! So say we
alL and God help him who cannot say
Amen! For peace and good-will, for
the onickened pulse of charity, lor quar
rels reconciled, and love renewed, the
golden gilts 01 unnsunas, uou ne uiauaou.
Thanked, not alone with our lips, but
with our hands and our hearts, by spread
ing these golden gifts, that others may
thank Him too. None is so poor but that
once a year at least he may be a " rich
uncle" to somebody; none so joyless but
-s . J 1 aV-t
that he may catch a reflected ray of hap
piness, by doing semething, be it ever so
Little, to make merry Christmas in the
heart of another. IMiday No. of London
Lire and Dead Weight of Animals.
Tan amount of meat obtained from a
domestic animal sold by its live weight is
very variable, and experiments have re
cently been made in Liverpool to ascertain
the proper allowances to be made. From
the statistics to be derived from the public
daughter-houses or abattoirs of Paris and
Brussels, it appears that the race and the
condition of the animal, besides many
other circumstances, affect the result and
that certain animals yield as much as 70
per cent of meat while others only give
50 per cent The mean weight of meat
produced, however, is calculated at 58 per
cent of the live weight in beef cattle. In
the case of sheep, the proportion ia from
40 to 60 per cent From experiments
made, it appears that the different pro
ducts obtained from oxen and sheep are
as follows : An ox of the live weight of
LJ23 pounds yields meat T71.4 pounds;
skin, 110.2 ; grease, 88; blood, 65.1 ; feet
and hoofs, 2; head, 11; tongue, 6.60;
lungs and heart, 15.33; liver and spleen,
20.05 ; intestines, 66.15 ; loss and evapora
tion, 15432 making the total of 1,322
pounds. The product from a sheep
wiirhinff 110.2 pounds are as follows:
Meat, 65.1 pounds ; skin, 7.714 ; grease, 5.51;
Hood, 4.408; feet and hoots, aa4; nead,
4.408; tongue, lungs, heart, liver, and
nln-4 408 : intestines. 6.612: loss and
evaporation, 19.836 making the total of
To Bon. a TtnntiT. If you wish a
nlain stuffing, pound a cracker, or some
bread-crumba, very fine, chop raw salt pork
very fine, sift some sage ana any outer
tweet herbs that are liked, season with
nenner. and mould them together with
the yolk of an egg; put this under the
breast and tie it closely. Set on the turkey
in boiling water, enough to cover it ; boil
very slowly, and take off the scum as it
rises. A large turkey will require more
than two hours bouing; asmau one, an
hoar and a half. Garnish with fried
fnrrwmeax. and serve with oyster or
-In Adams county, I1L, several days
ago, a woman attempted to fill a lamp
whilst burning, when the oil in the can
took fire and exploded, throwing the burn
ing oil all over herself and a little son,
burning the mother so that she died after
lingering in horrible suffering for five
daya. The life of the ton was despaired of.
Thn nnahand and another son were badly
burned. The house took fire, and but for
the timelv arrival of the neighbors all
would have been roasted alive.
VOL. XV.NO. 21.
. "MAYN'T I BE A BOTr
. " Mayn't I bs a boy r" aaid oar alary,
Tbs tears in her irreat a ves nine, .
" fm only a wee Hule Isssts
. There" a aathiag a woman can tow
" Tla aa; I heard Coada Joha say so
He's home from a rre at toiler, too
Be said sojnst bow In ths parlor:
' There's nothing a awm can do."
My wee Bttle lassie; my darling," -aid
t, patting back her soft hair,
" I want yoe. my dear little maidea.
To smooth away all molaera cars.
Who Is It when pa comes home weary.
That runs for his alrppersand rawaf
What eyes dsea he watch for at morning.
Looking oat aroa their kshsa of brown?
u la there aotliing yoa ean do, my darling J
What waa it thai naaaM ikt
- ' Kv own little sanbeam Is coming,
I know, for ths room is as bright.
" And there ia a sseret, my Mary
' Perhape yoa will lean it some day
. Tbe hand that fcs willing and nvlng
Will do tba most work aa ths way ;
Aad tha work that is sweetest aad dearest
1 he work that so many ne'er do
The great work of making folka happy
Can be done by a lassie like to.
, CUFF0BLVS CAP.
. v BT TAANCI8 LBS.
" WnxT and I are going out to grandma
Denise's to-day , but I suppose yoa cant
go with us, ueneral I
Clifford looked up quickly from the ship
he waa drawing,
"Why notf Ton laote I have been
wanting to go out there for a month," said
he. " Rftjrcaa'tlgoi"
" Oh I we are going in about five min
ontes, and it isn't likely yoa can find your
cap in that time. . Peter Shangle is here
with his old donkey, and we are going to
ride over, but he wont wait," answered
"My eapln cried Clifford, starting up
In great confusion. "Ma, where is my
"I dont know, my son," replied Mrs.
Gabriel, with a discouraged sigh.
She had been asked that same question
so many, many times t
" Where do you (Unit it is? Where do
yoa guess maybe it is, perhaps ? " persisted
Clifford, looking helplessly around the
" Clifford, dear, don't yoa remember I
told yoa this morning yoa must find your
twigs for yourself hereafter ? returned
" But just only for this once, ma! The
boys won't wait; there is Peter now!
Begin to-morrow with me, and then 111
put my things in their places, and know
just where they are every tune," minora
But Mrs. Gabriel shook her head, with
that little Quick shake she never took back.
" All aboard. General Disorder ! " called
out Fred from the doorstep.
" Lucy, don't yon know where my cap
is?" cried jlinord, nan distracted.
"Boys, do wait one minute."
. "You must not go away leaving-your
paints and paper scattered over the table,"
said Mrs. Gabriel, looking very indiffer
ent, but wishing with her whole heart it
was best to help him, "but just only for
"Time's up I" shouted Fred from the
tail of Peter's old cart.
Go 1 " cried Peter, flapping the bits of
rope he used for reins, and touching up
th dnnkev with a mnevine branch.
Clifford rushed in a dark closet under
the hall stairs, and lying down on a trunk
cried out his disappointment; and when
he came from the closet the first thing he
saw was hia cap on the floor behind the
hall door, that, standing open, had hidden
" Here ia mv cap. ma : I hadnt lost it."
said he, going in the sitting-room looking
nink and subdued like a rose after a
shower. But his tone suddenly changed
to one of horror. "Why, baby Gabriel!
Ma, just see what she haa done!" he
M m-m-m !n answered the baby, shut
ting her eyes tight and shaking her curly
" Grandpa's beautiful ship, ma. It was
almost finished, and now see here ! Baby
has wrinkled it aad spit on it and torn it
and spoiled it Why didn't somebody see
to her and take it away ? I can't possibly
do another before grandpa's birth-day."
"She couldn t have got the picture it it
had been In Its place," replied Mrs. Ga
briel, calmly. "It was nothing to me."
Clifford felt very unhappy, out ne nad
cried out his tears ; so he sat down by the
window and looked so sorry that his
mother's heart ached for him. But she
did not say anything, for talking had not
cured him and she thought it best to try
another way, and let him see what would
happen if nobody did the work that be
longed to him to do.
I suppose r Ten aad v my are ou to
grandma s by this time, pretty near. I
shouldn't wonder if they are under the
peach tree eating peaches this very min
utelike enough, perhaps," thought Clif
ford, mournfully. "And grandma always,
'most, makes me a little pie and gives me
some maple sugar when I go there, and all
the milk 1 can drink possibly."
Then he took out his watch to see 11
there had been time enough for his broth
ers to be really enjoying these delights
already. "Mother I cried he, when he
looked at it, n my watch has stopped ! I
didnt wind it this morning. What shall
do? Now Aunt' Elizabeth won't give
me the chain I "
"I suppose not ; I am sorry, said his
Poor Clifford 1 lie reit as mougn every
misfortune was happening at once, tor
when Aunt Elizabeth gave him the watch
on his birth-day, she had promised him a
chain for it if he would not let it run
down for three months. Two months nad
passed, and this was the first time he had
forgotten it; but he knew very well it
was also the first time his mother had not
asked if he had wound it.
Presently Lacy broke in upon his mel
"Clffordrshe cried from the garden,
" come out here, quick ! Hurry !"
Clifford jumped through the low, open
window upon the piazza.
What is , Joucyr wnerer- ne
Willv'a rabbits! They are gone!
Somebody left the door open," answered
Lucy, "and we cant find them Benny
and L We've been looking every place.
We s' posed you hed gone to grandma
Clifford's heart choked him. He re
membered leaving the door of the pen un
fastened while he went for a cabbage leai;
and then the oysterman came, and running
in to see if bis mother wished any, he for
got to go back.
" It is the fault of that lazy oysterman
this time," thought he, trying, like his
grandfather Adam, to excuse himself. "If
he had gone to the kitchen door, as the
way waa for him, and not called me, ;I
shouldn't have forgotten tbe rabbits. And
Willy might have stayed home and
seen to them himself.''
But these excuses did not ratisfy his
conscience as he looked behind every
shrub and clump of flowers In vain search
tor the lost pets. At :at he gave them
up, and went back toward the Louse.
"Who broke Fred's shovel?" said he,
suddenly stopping short.
" I," answered Benny, complacently. " I
was pounding for mi eatafeUow to come
and it broked. It waT good for nothing."
" Yea, Benny broke it trying to make a
caterpillar come oat from under the door
step, said Lacy. -
"How came Benny to have itr" asked
Clifford, fiercely. "Father doesnt allow
any of yoa little ones in the tool house;
yoa know he don't,"
Benny, nodded. "I didn't. It was
right here, and it broked. It wa' good for
nothing," he repeated.
Clifford, did not say a word more. It
was he who had taken the shovel from
the tool-house and dropped it carelessly
on the walk. He went to his mother in
"Ma," said he, " would aa many things
as this happen every day if yoa didn't
pick up after me?" . ,
"Yes; yoa haven't-left your thiiiS
about to-day any more than usual," she
replied. M God has put certain thiaga for
each of as to do, and if we shirk them,
somebody has work aa well as f i
own, or else it goes undone. It ia
" Do yon retTy irrppose, ma, hanxhr "
my crp to part w God's work fct a
asked Clifford, doubtfully. -
I am sore ef R. And it is a maca
your duty to do that as it Is the duty of
your father to preach Christ's gospel and
visit the sick. This ia what Jems himself
says about ft: He C4J3 faitofal ia
that which ia least ia .faithful also is
This was not all new to Cluljrd, and yet
he seemed to hear it for the first time.
He had never really felt before the trouble
hia disorderly habits made for others. So
he sat looking very sober for a long time.
Then he drew a deep breath and said
"I guese I can break myself if I try
I real hard, and I have made up my mind I
will, too." 771 CkOctren'i Hmr.
FACTS AND FIGURES.
Bctfalo boasts of a seventeea-year-
old bigamist. -
A BnooxxTK dog fancier haa made ISOL-
000 in two years. v
LouisTnxn has a negro chUd with ten
fingers on each hand.
MoBMOHrax, it Is said, haa thirteen thou
sand capable military men,
Oh a train that reached KaoxviHe,
Tenn, from Virginia, lately were 47 ba
bies. Chicago built two thousand five hun
dred houses during 1369, at a cost of $10,
000,000. Br the recent death in this country of
five misers; nearly three million doQsri
will be put afloat.
A CKiisn factory at Cheshire, Mam,
manufactured this year 10231 pounds of
A la wra of Atlanta, Ga., received a
counter-pane as a fee from a woman in
that city, in a divorce suit.
Moss rafts floated down the Mississip
pi river during 1S69 than are remembered
in any previous year.
CnfccntATi has had a corn husking
match. In nine hours one Hess husked 149
bashela to his opponent's 145.
A woxAic in the northern part of Maine,
who is the mother of twenty children, haa
been granted a divorce on the ground that
she has no affinity for her husband.
A mam in Gloucester, a few days since.
while smoking his pipe on the street, stum
bled and fell. The pipe was broken off and
the stem driven into the roof of his mouth
an inch and a quarter.
TTbarly three hundred Parisians took
the oath as candidates before the recent
special elections, merely to secure a grata- '
itoua advertisement of their names and
business in the official journal.
A tathxb lately dropped his daughter
and an umbrella from a Jersey City ferry-boat
into the water. A ferryman res
cued the young lady, the old gentleman
confining his attentions strictly to the um
A chabmtko girl of Boston is aboat es
tablishing a female barber shop. Ten
sylphs are being put through a tuitionarr
course of lather for the opening. A sweet
shave will cost twenty-five cents, and a
seraphic shampoo half a dollar.
A lady in Utica, N. Y.. carried to a
newspaper an account of her own suicide
by drowning, and. after the item was pub
lished. In flesh, blood and bones she ap
peared at the editor's sanctum and de
manded a contradiction.
A Nnw Havxx policeman got so sound
asleep upon a door-step, a few nights ago,
that the chief, who happened along, could
not wake him np, but took his cap, bearing
his number, to the police station, where
it still awaitsthe call of the owner.
Tub bunding statistics of St. Paul
for the year 1869 for buildings and im
provements foot up $1,395,727, against $1,- -000,500
in 1868. Of this amount nearly
$600,000 has been laid out in dwellings,
$300,000 in business blocks, and $300,000
on public buildings.
Is Hungary a landowner was lately at
tacked by one of his servants in a forest
and killed. His right arm was then cut
off, and a piece of paper, with the follow
ing words, placed upon it : " Here hast
thou the hand with which thou hast
whipped me." The murderer waa ar
rested. Thb Maine Farmer makes the following
estimate of the crops of that State for the
past season: Hay, 800,000 tons, (equal in
quality to 1,000,000 tons produced in
1868); corn, 900,000 bushels; potatoes,
400,000 bushels ; wheat, 200,000 bushels ;
barley, 800,000 bushels; oaU 2,000,000
"It was in St. John's church, Richmond,
in the Virginia Convention of "75, that
Patrick Henry delivered his celebrated
oration and uttered the immortal sentence,
" Give me liberty or give me death." The
place is still pointed out where he stood.
The celebrated Virginia Convention of
1778 that met to ratify the Federal Consti
stitution, assembled in St. John'a
Lord Palxzbstoit, eleven years ago,
expressed the opinion that the sues Canal
scheme was the "greatest bubble ever
imposed upon the credulity and simplic
ity of the country." Robert Stephenson,
the great engineer, who had conquered
the difficulties of the Kilsby tunnel and
built the Menai bridge, indorsed Palmer-
ston's opinion, stating that the canal was
An Ohio clergyman, several years ago.
received a bright new cent as a wedding
fee. The other day he met the bride
groom, who mentioned the circumstance.
and said: "My wife was a comparative
stranger to me at the time we were united
in wedlock. I had not learned her value.
and paid accordingly. I find her a jewel?
so here is an additional fee," at the same
time handing the astonished minister a
$20 gold piece.
PnctcB Napolboit recently sent hia
eldest son, Victor, seven years of age, to
a private school in the Rue Canmartin,
in which there are about fifteen pupils.
The principal asked the father how he
should address the boy, as "Alonsetg
nenr" or "your Highness." "Call him
simply Victor," said the Prince. "But
on the lists of honor for attention and
good conduct?" "Oh, then, Victor Na
poleon ; but when his companions give
him a blow or he returns it, Victor, short ;
and in no case whatever Monseigneur."
Pete wood is of great value in North
Carolina. They have discovered a new
way of making turpentine. 1 ney cnar
pine wood in a retort, and tne production
from a cord of wood is said to be ten gal
lons of turpentine, worth $4 ; eighty gal
lons of oil, $23 ; fifteen gallons of black
varnish, $7.20 ; 100 gallons of wood acid.
$5, and 40 bushels or charcoal, Desiuea
considerable inflammable gas; but be
sides this, the product has a market value
of $48.50; all of which is obtained at a
cost for wood and laoor or 9 i(i.
Thb manner in which De Lessepewon
his wife was a very singular one. He
had brought to ladies in France a great
number of Jericho roses, and was dis
tributing them at an evening party. He
stopped before the young brunette who is
now Mrs. DeL, and said s "It is not in
my power to make this rose bloom afresh
every one knows the legend of Jericho
rosea, but express a desire in accepting
it, and I swear that it shall be accomplish
ed." " I desire whatever yon wiah," mur
mured the young girl. - well,- saia lh
Leesepa, "I wiah yoa to be my wife."
Aad she is.
Thb exports of tea from Shanghai and
Japan during the period which elapsed
between June 1 "and October 11, 1869,
amounted to 8,889,591 chests to the Atlan
tic ports of the United States, aad 47,252,
538 chests to Great Britain. During the
same period In 1863 the exports to the
United States were 5,395,141 chests, and
to Great Britain 53,22833 chests. Of the
exports of tea from June 1, 1869, to the
United States, 122,260 chests were of
black tea, 8,213,912 green, and 633,413
Japanese. It is also announced that 19
bales of raw silk had been shipped from
Yokohama to New York, by way of San
Francisco and the Pacific Railroad.
Of the 1,095 mountains La the moon,
measured by Beer and Madler, thirty-nine
are higher than Mont Blanc, and six are
20,000 feet high. The annular (or circu
lar) mountains are highest ; Dorfel, aear
the southern pole, measuring 26,691 feet,
or nearly as high as the highest peaks of
the Himalayas, the loftiest summits of our
own globe. And there are also circular
caverns, or craters, in our satellite which
are 24.000 feet deep ! and some are 100 to
130 miles in diameter.
The Albany Time prints the follow
ing advertisement : Whereas, my new hat
was taken from a rack in a barber-shop,
on Broadway, last evening, and an old
one left In Its place ; now, this is to give
notice that If my bat Is not returned, to
me, at the address pasted inU, before
sundown toiay with the cost of this
publication, I will foward to the wife of
!h. .rnn who took it the letter found
r-- ,, . m .V.
concealed m uc iuuug u uj