Newspaper Page Text
l'oll Tadpole: A Swamp Jtallad. There was a little polly won. The sprawling baby of a. frog, Hatched in a green anil slhay bog One pleasant day. Be had a puddle of his own. To play and sleep in, all alone. And dull as any other drone He passed his life away. Sometimes a steel-blue dragon-fly "Would ijoise a moment in his sky, And look at him with glittering eye A if h'i said : " Yon little damp, unpleasant thing. You never seom to know it's s-pring; Why d'jn't you jump, or fly, or sing? Not li- all day abod '." Sometime a heron, lean and tall, With flapping wings and horrid squall, Would pollywoggy's heart appall "With open bill. The little tiling, half dead with fear, Would 8inittle off, for brown or queer. His fat round carcass made good choer, A heron's crop to till. lint as the year slljiped slowly on, And polly's days, of shade or sun, Just as they do for oyery one, Too quickly went : One day oh, 'tis a droadful tale ! Our polljrvog almost turned pale, lie felt a wigglw in his tail, That he by no means meant. Uo turned about with startled eyes, , And saw, with terror and surprise, A black thing on tho water riso. Unseen before. He shook himself, ho swam about ; He could not steer beyond a doubt His tail had just slipped off, or out Wat gone forovor more! Ilut if you have philosophy (Which means what can't le helped, must be, In spite of you, in spite of me, No use to f rot ?) You will commend this pnllywog Poor discontinued baby-frog ! For only hiding by a log, Not splashing in a pet. There, after many a day and night. Sileut or stormy, dark or bright. He felt a tickling on his right, And on his loft; And, like a small potato-eiprout. A little foot camo growing out. And then another, just about As little and as deft. And soon behind each forward Another budded like- a peg, As like the first as egg to egg. But big and strong ; And longer, longer still, they grew. Till he could jnnip as well as you : Then over log and all he flew. And croaked a little 3ong. He was to very glad to find Four legs exactly to his mind. Instead of one poor tail behind. He quite forgot How scared he felt to see them grow, How sad to see his rudder go, i'or ni"w he vaulted high and 1o-y, An 1 sprung from spot to spot. Oh, Jack : how dreadful it would bo If legs should grow on you or me, .From side to side, till each should lx Tit for a bog '. If suddenly development"' Should turn and take a downward Wilt, And you, who for a boy were meant, Should dwindle to a frog '. But if you should, I beg of you To keep tliis liitle tale in -view. nd fake it coolly, for 'tis true What can't be cured, This is the moral of my rhyme ) Just wait, like polly in the slime, And, by and by, therell come a time When it can be endured. -; Terrii Cvnke, in St. XMwlaxfor Jla. Mvv Water titan ', Wanted. Jack found tho "bows at the lower end of the house, with the steers and wagon. "What's the news ?" he asked. " The news with us is that we're out of rainwater," Eufe replied. "I should think so," said .Jack, look ing into a dry hogshead which stood under the eaves-spout. " It's too much of a bother to bring all our water by the pailful. So we are go ing to till these things at the river, and make the steers haul 'em." There were tluee wash-tubs and a barrel, wluch the boys were .putting npon the bottom boards of the wagon box, from which the sides hnd been re moved. "When he went out lie found the boys waiting, and accepted a seat with "Wad and Link on a board placed across two of the tubs. Eufe walked by the cattle's horns ; while in the "third tub sat Chokie. " You can't sit in that tub going back, you know," said Link. "Yes, I can! I will!" And Chokie clung fast to the handles. " O, well, you can if you want to, I suppose," said Link ; "but it will be full of water." They passed the potato-patch (Jack smiled to see tliat the potatoes had been dug), crossed a strip of meadow land below, and then rounded a bend in the direction of a deep place the boys knew. Eufe backed the hind-wheels of the wagon into the river, over the deep place and asked Wad which he would do dip the water and pass it up by the pail ful, or stay in the wagon and receive it. " Whoever dips it up has got to stand in the river above his knees," said Wad ; "and I don't mean to get wet to-day." "Yeiy well, stay in the wagon, tliPH. You'll get as wet as I shall : for I'm go ing to pull off my shoes and roll up my ! trousers. Chokie, you keep in that tub, just where you are, till the tub is want ed. Link, you'd better go into the river with me, and dip the pails, while I pass 'em up to Wad." "I never can keep my trousers-legs rolled up, and I ain't going to get wet," said Link. Then, whispering to Jack : J ' ' There's leeches hi this river ; they get j right into a fellow's flesh and suck his j blooYl like sixty." Eufe went in bare-legged, and stood j on the edge of the deep hole, where the 1 water was hardly up to his knees. Much j as he disliked, ordinarily, to set about any work, he Avas strong and active when ' once roused ; and the pails of water went j up on the wagon about as fast Wad cared j to take them. j "Hullo! Won't slop so! You're wetting my feet !" cried Wad. "I can't , keep from spilling a drop once in awhile. You might have taken off your shoes and rolled up your trous ers, as I did." The barrel was soon two-thirds full, and Wad called upon Link to help him move it forward. Link left liis seat by Jack's side, and walked back to the roar of tho wagon. Wad, as we know, was already there. So was the barrel of ! water, standing just back of the rear axletree. So also -was a fresh pail of water, which Eufe had placed at the ex treme end, because Wad was not ready to take it. At that moment tho oxen, hungry for fresh grass, and having nipped all within reach of their nose's, started up a little. Jack, thinking to prevent mischief by running to their heads, leaped from the front of tho wagon. This abrupt removal of weight from one end, and large increase or avoirdu- j pois at the other, produced a natural but very surprising result. Chokie in his j tub, though at the long end of the beam, I so to speak (the rear axletree being the j fulcrum), was not heavy enough to eoun- j terbalance two brothers and a barrel of water at the short end. He suddenly felt himself rising in the air, and sliding with the empty tubs. His brothers at the same moment felt themselves sinking and pitching. There was a chorus of shrieks, as they made a desperate effort to save themselves. Too j late. The wagon bottom reared, and , away went barrel, boys, tubs, every thing. The oxen, starting at the alarm, helped to precipitate the catastrophe. Fortu ately, Jack was at hand to stop them, or the dismantled wagon might have gone Hying across the lot, even fast enough to suit Link's notion of speed. Eufe made one quick effort to prevent the boards from tipping up, then leaped aside, while the discharged load shot past him. Chokie, screaming, held fast to the sides of his tub with both hands. Wad, intending to jump, plunged into the deepest part of the river. Link made a snatch at the barrel, and playing a leap frog over it (very unwillingly), went headlong into the deep hole. Chokie met with a wonderfully good fortune ; his tub being launched so j neatly, and ballasted so nicely by him J sitting in the bottom, that it shipped but j a splash of water, and ho floated away, imhurt and scarcely wet at all, amidst the general ruin. The wagon-boards, relieved of their load, tumbled back upon the wheels. To add to the confusion. Lion barked furi-1 i ouslv. i Jack, irightened at first, finally began to laugh, when he saw Chokie sailing away, under full Fcreain, and Wad and Link scrambling oui of the water. "So you were tho fellows that were not going to get wet !" cried Eufe. "Pick out your barrel and empty tubs, -while I catch Chokie!" The river, even in the deepest place, was not very deep; and Wad and Link, came wading out, blowing water from j their mouths, ilirting water from their : hair, and shaking water from their j hats, in a way that made Eufe (after he had stranded Chokie in his tub) roll upon the grass in convulsions. "Tic Youny Surveyor," by J. T. I'rowbridye, in St. Xicholasfor May. JSad Jiuolis. It is not very long since a noted bandit was hanged by a mob in a far Western territory. While under the gallows he acknowledged that his crimes were in pired by the early reading of the lives of Dick Turpin, Jack Sheppard, Muzzell, the Land Pirate, and other noted crimi nals. This young man, whose reading made him a vile person, came from a refined family, and had graduated from a lend ing New England college. The bad books he read so fascinat.-.! him that, as a bird, charmed by a w ent, flutters into its ojen mouth, he was impelled to imitate the lawless deeds of his favorite heroes. It is a short, sad story. One day an ingenious, sensitive youth secretly revels in the deeds of the " Land Pirate," and then a brief life of crime intervened on another day his lifeless body swings from the limb of a tree. " Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall ho also reap." A father suddenly entering tho room of his son saw him hastily conceal a book. " What is that book you are hiding he asked. The boy, with a blushing face, handud it to his father. It was a vile book. "My son, come into the library after the family have retired for the night, and we will talk about this book." That night father find son talked as friend speaketh to friend. The character of the book was exposed, the effect of its reading upon the imagination was pointed out, and the. result in life pro duced by an evil imagination was por trayed. The boy left the library with a vow never to read a bad book. He never did. He is an honored and usefnl man. 77 k noun or ixdici'KXIhcxci:. A few weeks ago the New York Even iny Pont asked for information as to the exact hour when the Declaration of In dependence, was adopted. A correspond- ent, in answer to the question, refers to Kit-hard Frothingham's "Eise of the Eo - public of the United States. It appears j from this v-ork that the Declaration was adopted in the evening. Congress, as is well known, began its direct consideration of the question of independence on the first day of July, 177G, in Independence nail, in Philadelphia, by voting to re solve itself into a committee of the whole to take into consideration the resolution respecting independency, and to refer the draft of the declaration to tliis com mittee. Benjamin Harrison was called to the chair, and a debate followed which occupied the greater part of the day. Tliis debate, resulted in the adoption of the resolution. The committee then rose, the President resumed the chair, and Harrison reported the decision of the committee. The vote on the adop tion of the report waB postponed until the next morning. The next day, the 2d of July, the report was adopted, and then Congress went at once into com mittee of the whole "to consider tho draft of a Declaration of Independence, or the form of announcing the fact to the world. Ibis discussion lasted ; vest in farms who are insensible to pleas through that day and the session of tSie j JU,t surroundings and the inducement the 3d and -ith of July. Frothingham's j they oiler to wife and children, account continues : "On the evening of j Poiity Bushels of Wheat pkb Acre. the -ith the committee rose, when Harri- A writor in tho PmcHval Farmcr tells m "l,ull7 V M - "o l Rime authority, the instrument, having been engrossed, was signed. The ac- count does not fix the exact hour, but it eliminates day-light from the problem, making it appear that, in a certain sense, Independence Day is a misnomer. what is j.ovj:ljxj:ss-: It is not hi pearl powder, nor in golden hair-dye', nor in jewelry. It cannot be got in a bottle or a box. It is pleasant to be handsome; but all beauty is not in prettiness. There is a higher beauty that makes us love people tenderly. Eyes, nose, hair, or skin never did that yet ; though it is pleasing to see fine features. iTTi , -i, ! What you are vail make your iaco ever " ' for you in the end, whether nature has made it plum or pretty. Good people are never ill-looking. Whatever their laces may !), an amiahie expression!" atones for all. If they can be cheerful : also no one will love them the less be- I cause their features are not regular, or ! because they are too fat, or too thin, too j pale, or too dark. Cultivation of the ! mind adds another charm to their faces. and, on the whole, if any girl is desirous , of being liked by the many and loved by i the one, it is more m her power than she may believe to accomplish that object. Cosmetics will not accomplish it, how- i'ir,npr will lino mv"s. thnnrrh . woman that doas not dress becomingly J ever wrongs herself. Forced smiles and affec ted amiability will be of no avail ; but if she can manage to feel kindly to every body, not to be jealous, not to be cross, to be happy if possible, and to encourage contentment, then something will come into her face that will outlast youth's roses, and gain her not only a husband but a life-long lover. Cowdhn Clarke tells a story of a gen tleman who lately, in making a return of his income to the Tax Commissioners, wrote on the paper: "For the last three years my income has been somewhat i under 150; in future it will be more pre- i carious, as the man is dead of whom I . borrowed the nionev." 1 1 ii. iiiii. . I- i i ongress o n me x ,ui oi ,nuy, oruereu ; hmhoa acro of of th(t o tliat tlie .Declaration passed on the h , m overweight. Ithink of be fairly engrossed ,' etc., and on the Iam;tillgainingeverj-year, and attribute moral and physical little wriggler, and second day oi August, according to the - . t, . inirsued. and esoeciallv v,h nt n--n i ,.i,nsm HOUSEHOLD, Vai-in lta;inys, XY f-irniov i rYMlQ!ilVlrt v-lin iviiil.-na liia ' ,. . . , ., ,. held work a reason for not attending to tne vegetable garden. A good supply of vegetables in their season is worth much in money and health. , .,, Onion seed may be sown with any of . , , " - the sowing machines tor small seeds, m drills nine inches apart, thinned out ; FARM AJVJJ afterward to four inches in the row. i ookies.-uii. teacup nan lam ana Five pounds of seed sow an acre. All the ' lmttor ' !K' oi thlck cmim ; hvo of cultivation needeel is keeping the ground ! S!!-ar ' ouo --"l milk ; ono heap mellow and free from weeds. The bulbs ' m" Spoonful of saloratus ; tw cream should not be earthed up. The yellow :irhl1' ' km'iul soft J 1)slke in lllick oven" Danvers and the red Wothersfield are -an and restore the elasticity of the favorites with growers ; the Silver i C5Uie cl,iiu" bottoms, turn the chair bot Skin is not so prolific as either of these. , torn upward, and with hot water and a The Lancaster farmer thinks that sponge wash the cane work, so that it persimmons may be grown profitably in weU 80,lked ' sll0ul(1 ir be dh'' use northern latitudes. The fruit is known " ' let lt; m tho air' aud ifc be as " date-plum. " The Chinese persim mon is represented to be as large as an apple ; quite an indefinite comparison. ri, , , , . , , m? Tim' to lrtrnv iiirivis nn lilfiura " may be new to some of our readers. It is simply to dip the plant into a vessel of hot water the temperature of the water to be 120 degrees, not any more. Im merse it and take it right out again. i Probably a very tender leaved plant would not bear this treatment. As all plants which are growing have very ten- ' dpr leaves at the tips we think this would j b( 11 ther risky operation A Southern planter's opinion is that J there is but one of two alternatives for us to choose either to be slaves, many I hand little imp who swept out, built the of us and our offsprings after us, or to j fires, blacked the boss' boots, and with by freemen ; and to be freemen we must j them even accessible patch of his own first stop the credit system, if we have j uncovered hide ; who, to get rid of nurs to live on bread and water to do so. A . big baby, made a most fiendish use of very sound and sensible opinion it is, too. pins; who, for divers reasons (and tur Dreaky Homes. Of all the dreary ! pentine), could never beguile the house- places deliver us from the dreary farm houses which so many people call "home." Bars for a front gate ; chick ens wallowing before the door ; pig-pens .; elbowing the house in the rear ; scraggy j trees never cared for, or no trees at all ; : no flowering shrubs, no neatness, no i trimness. And yet a lawn and trees, and a neat walk, a pleasant porch and a plain fence in frout do not cost a great deal. They can bo secured little by little at odd times, and the expense hardly felt. And if ever the time comes when it is best to sell tho farm, fifty dollars so invested will often bring back five hundred. For the men are rare that have money to iii- W he gets big crops of wheat: " For , tlu t flvo ypars x hnvc 5lVeraged forty jiccpjn arov AVj lnnn "T vrvf of irii ic; iivti .jiiv'v... i.y i VLUiitu .lu wiiij ith clover ; third year, clover ; and fourth year, clover plowed down for wheat. I have never missed a crop of clover by seeding it with barley. It gives the grass seeds a chance which oats do not. I raise full crops of barley, which do not at all interfere with the grass, but j I think barley rather helps by tho slight shading. After the barley is cut, the clover makes astonishing growth, giving me superior late pasture. Owing to danger from mice, I pasture it down pretty close. My soil is clay loam. I j ' ' A I inches deep, give it one harrowing, tjien I 1 ' rt b' ,.1 .1 4.1. haul out my manure and spread. This I plow down shallow, as I consider it important to have the fertilizer near the . . .. . ... . iij . " 1; 1 ll3e ine unu' PmimS 111 0110 misnei lluu oue l)eck o thu ncro" X,,ver h:ul whcat hmt h? fref zin-" )om r.stir If con unit. To prevent hard soap, prepared with -i r i.tr ii - i. - i- aipr0(1 iu ft mixtm.e of bcef taUow aml A TiTTiiE camphene dropped between the neck and stopper of a glass bottle 3ainmc'1 f,lSi" To xakk silk which has been wrinkled appear like new, sponge on the surface with a weak solution of gum arabic or white glue, and iron on the wrong side. If you get a fish bone in your throat, and sticking fast there, swallow an egg raw ; it will be almost sure to cany down a bone easily and certainly. "When, as sometimes by accident, corrosive subli mate is swallowed, the white of one or two eggs will neutralize the poison, and change the effect to that of a dose of calomel. Kerosene and powdered lime, whiting or wood ashes will scour tins with the i least labor. PxiAix Cake. Two cups of sugar, one I i of milk, three of eggs, one-half cup of butter, two teaspoonfuls of cream of tar- i tar, one of soda, four cups of flour. . Make two loaves, 1 Minute Loaf Cake. -Three cups of i llcmr ono Mul oneJialf cups of sugar, j ouo cul) of mUk' one raP of svasf oue- half cup of butter, one teaspoon cream ... , . ... , , f tartar, one-halt teaspoon soda, one l m. . , . . .. as tight and firm as new, provided none of the canes sire broken, i Tapioca Puixding. Dissolve a teacup- ! ful of tapioca in a quart of water over 1 x nif,ht In the morning pour oil" the i water, and boil it in a quart of milk, with two teaeupfuls of sugar. Pare and core eight apples, filling the opening with a lump of sugar and a bit of cinna mon ; put in a baking dish and pour the tapioca over them. Bake two hours ; serve cold. .1 wait, von TJir. rmxrr.ii's dkvil Says the Cairo (111.) Gazette: The printing office devil of twenty years ago what has become of hirur Everv- body knew him as the sooty-faced, dirty- dog beyond the dooryard; who outraged the confidence of his few playmates by selling them roller composition for ju jube paste; who, with a gracious show of liberality, would give the " country boy" all the red ink he could carry in the pocket of his new pantaloons, and who could, with more certainty than any other animal living, dodge a bootjack tliis devil is, alas ! a thing of the past. Ink besmeared, rollickiug, gluttonous, one suspendered, no-shoestring little wretch, he was, with all his faiUts, patient under the stress of cuffed ears and cold victuals, and, by almost every printing office of the land, believed to be an absolnte necessity. But, alas ! with the march of events he has been swejit away with the sickle, the flail and the shovel plow, he is only of the past, and like thorn is a thing only of memory. The editor of the Gazette knew him, has seen liini emerge from liisestatoof dirt and enssed- t llftsa t the excellence of honored mm- of twenty years or more to fold the dirty little devil to our mental bosom, and to bless him for the characteristics through which he won and delightedly maintained his appropriate appellation. THE OIjD-VASHlOXKTf MOTJIElt. Thank God, some of us have an old fashioned mother, not a woman of the. period, enameled and painted, with her great chignon, her curls, and bustle, whose wliite jeweled hands never felt the clasp of baby fingers ; but a dear, old fashioned, sweet-voiced mother, with eyes in whose clear depth the love light shone, :uid brown hair just threaded Avith silver lying smooth upon her faded cheek. Those dear hands, worn with toil, gently i , .. , ... ... I :uid smoothed our pillow in sickness, ever reaching out to us in yearning tendeniess. Blessed is the memory of an old-fashioned mother. It floats to us now, like the beautiful perfume from some wooded blossoms. The music of other voices may bo lost, but the entrancing memory of her will echo in our souls forever. Other faces may fade away and be for gotten, but hers will shine on. When iu the fitful pauses of busy life our feet wander back to the old homestead, and, crossing the well-worn threshold, stand once more in the room so hallowed by her presence, and dependence comes over us, and wo kneel down in the molten sunslune, streaming through the open window just where long years ago we knelt by our mother's knee, lisping, " Our Father." How many times, when the tempter lured us on, has tho memory of those hours, that mother's words, her faith and prayers, saved us from plung ing into the deep abyss of sin. Years have filled great drifts between her and us, but they have not lndden from our sight the glory of her pure, imselfish love. The latest dodge of a San Francisco chiropodist is to exhibit a small boy and announce that he has been successfully removed from a corn.