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NO. 24.
Aa Annie was carrying toe tabr one day,
Toaalng aloft the lamp of Inanity.
Dear to lie father and mother, no donbt
To the rest or the world a mere lump Of tau-
"- Sfcai came afeng.'and was thinking then, maybe.
Foil aa much of Annie aa the or the baby 1
. . " Jost look at the baby 1" cried Ann, In a flatter,
Jiving Its locks 'round her linger a twirl ; ,
"It I was a man I know that I couldn't
Be keeping my hands off the dear little girl :"
An Bam gave a wink aa if to say, "maybe
or the girls I'd rather hag 70a than the baby I"
" Now kiss It." she cried, still bugging It closer,
" Its month's like the roses the honey-bee sips 1"
1 8am stooped to obey, and aa beads came to
' gather..
There chanced to atiae a conTuslon of lips I
1 And a- It occurred. It might have been, maybe
That each got a kiss, Sam, Ann and the baby 1
It's hard to tell what lost then was the matter, '
For the baby was the lonly one innocent there.
And Annie Unshed np like a full-blown peony
And Samuel tamed red to the roots of his hair ;
80 the qnesUon Is this yon can answer It, maybe
Did Annie Mae Stan or did both Kiss the baby ?
tt. .
Thirty years ago I was second mate of
' ' the Warsaw, lying in the port of Auckland,
New Zealand. As we were bound to Japan
the next 'sea son, touching at the Sandwich
Islands, we received on board as passen-
ScQtc.ruaan. . who had been for
est of the; colonies,
ronlv 6ha.fi Mttte girl' of twelve.
DavM Cameron had recently lost his
yfrigTO aM,rt"Ctr?i''Tl irl flinatj health ;
Via, ctAsin up all bis affairs, determined
rj TftHjbvckamcrf residence, with a view
n U.r puafcUig ba fortunes elsewhere. He
had been a seaman in his youth, and was,
' of course, able to adapt himself easily to
such accommodations as we eonld offer
himn a whaler. He was tenderly at
tached to his little daughter, who seon be -came
a favorite with every one en' board.
"'It -'nesded not the assurance,, i)f the
stricken widower to satisfy us that Jessie
had been in the hands of an excellent
mother. She was an interesting and in
telligent child, and had made the most of
her opportunities in a situation where
educational advantages were necessarily
very limited.
Thrown into daily contact with her, as
1 I was, it was not strange that I found a
strong attraction drawing me to her. She
was a stndy to me ; for I could not help
contrasting her, every hour' in the day,
with a little sister of mine, about the same
age, whom I had left at home. It was
true, Maria was a bright and pretty child,
' and so proud and fond of me, her sailor
brother I She believed that Priam Dar
rell was the incarnation of all that was
grand and noble in manhood. Bat she
has! nothing of the quiet self-reliance to
be observed in this child, who had been
thrown so much upon her own resources.
In book knowledge, as weU as in the thou
sand little-graces and arts required in so
ciety, she was, of course, the superior of
, T88. Camerop ; but in strength and
k ..fPW fu 'character, she might well have
Beerf several years the younger.
When near the French Rock, we en
countered a gale ef wind which exceeded
in violence anything which I have ever
experienced, before or since, in the Pacific
But our little passenger was quite at home
nn shipboard, and appeared to have little
fear ' or uneasiness. She remained on
; dock nearly all the time, until the wind
. m and sea- increased to such a degree that
her father was compelled, by fears for her
safety, to order her to keep close in the
The old Warsaw, owing to her stiff
ness, was a very ugly sea-boat in a gale,
f : Aed on the second day of the blow, all
her storm canvass having been torn from
the bolt-ropes, she lay wallowing at the
mercy of the elements. It was found
quite impossible to bend and set any new
smIs, and our situation became really
We lay thus for several hoars, occa
sionally shipping the top of a sea, but no
material damage had been done. Toward
night, we were favored with a lull, and ad
vantage was taken of it to set a new miz
zen 'staysail, that we might have some
thing to keep her head up to the sea.
Ail hands Were above the deck at the
time 1 and I myself was on' the mizzen
atay, half way up the mainmast, doing
. the last work of bending the sail to its
hanks. The halyards and sheet . were
strdngly manned, and every one in readi
ness, waiting for tie word to "hoist away."
I was just about to slide down from my
perch; when a great wall of water came
roaring down upon us, and I knew, by
the feeling of the ship under me, that she
would not rise clear of it On it came ;
I clung involuntarily to the stay, hearing
confused cries of "Hold on!" "Look
out 1" It met as with a shock that seemed
to have driven in the whole broadside of
.our stout craft.
It combed in nearly the whole length
of the ship, fore and aft, giving no one
time to escape, or to do anything bat to
cling instinctively to the nearest support.
All below me was a raging gulf of water,
KO ' .in which me riband inanimate objects were
promiscuously dashed about I had
enough to do to retain my hold where I
was, looking down upon the dreadful
.m .' sight I felt that mv fate would be de
cided in another minute or two. It must
be the same as that of my shipmates, who
were vainly stretching their hands toward
srapar succor, while here and there a cry
' TangTn thy ears; jreaktng Ahe ceaseless
roar of sea and wind. We were all to die
together, unheard of; the simple record
. .attached to oar names, 'Probably found-
I aeredaasea. T f 1 ill. , I
But, shivering fh every timber of her
i . Ancient fabric, the Warsaw rose again tri
umphant from what seemed her death -strutrele
with the elements. Her bare deck
came into view as she shook herself free of,
,,t 1 tkohaaoani fnr nsarlv all the bulwarks
were swept away on both aides, as welFTth
everything ot a movable nature, sfui not
a human being was to be seen, as, still
clinging in.my elevated position, I looked
a pout me. All had Deen swauowea up
And gone to their final account.
I had no time for sentiment ; indeed I
think the leading emotion in my mind
was one of astonishment at feeling the ship
still buoyant, for I had no idea that 1 she
could ever rise again. I slid down to the
tl ck, and watching my opportunity,
darted below into the cabin. Everything
was afloat there ; for the companion-way
had been dashed into splinters, and the
sea had noured down in a cataract. I
stood in the doorway leading into the after
cabin, drenched and shivering, looking up
at the now opened hatchway, and won-
fieri nir hnw Inner it. mlffht be ere I Should
be ingulfed ; for the next sea that boarded
us would probably fill and water-log the
already shattered null.
" Where's father ?" said a tremulous lit
tle voice behind me.
Until then I had not thought of the
child I turned at the sound, and saw the
bright head protruding from the narrow
opening of a state-room door. The bine
eyes were unnaturally expanded with
wonder and anxiety ; but there was none
of the childish weakness of fear that
might have been looked for under the cir
cumstances. . ,
" Mr. Darrell, where's father t" she re
How could I answer the question ? Only
by a sign to her to keep close within her
room,, as I moved forward out of her
range of vision' that ' my tell-tale face
might be hidden.
Powerless, as regarded any effort I
could make for safety against the storm, I
awaited the moment when the ship should
be ingulfed, with little Jessie and myself.
But as if the demon of wrath had been sa
tiated, she now appeared to make better
weather of it than she had done for hoars
before. Hope again revived, and I has
teuedto explain our position to the or
phaned girl.
I knew not how to begin, rough
teaman that I was. to hxetfk the sad intel-
HgippoatQ her. Jffot l-fbund it unneces-
sarjr tojBpeaK; she nad already guessed
thertsbffidn part, and m single look in my
face was sufficient ' for her quick com
prehension to take in the rest.
After the. first burst of grief, which I
suffered her to indulge unchecked, she be
came i still J wondeanfiisf so, and was pre
pared to look the matter squarely in the
face with a coolness and resolution far be
yond her years.
Jio yea think we , 8 Kail' be" drowned,
Mr. Darre"-she asked.
"No," I answered- At least I have
strong hopes that"we may be saved. I
think the worst of the gale is over, and if
we only dont happen to ship an unfortu
nate sea like that which "
"My dear father! He was all that I had P
she moaned ; and once more her miracu
lous fortitude gave way, and she broke
down again.
The gale abated at midnight, and though
the ship labored terribly in the tumbling
swell, for want of canvas to steady her,
we shipped no more heavy seas. I stayed
near my young charge all through the
night ; for, of course, neither of us could
sleep. I promised her that I would ever
be as a father to her, and that, come what
would, she should share my fortunes and
be to me as a sacred legacy.
Of course, no such idea as marriage
with her had anything to do with what I
said or felt at that time. I waa twenty
five years old, and J essie a child. Besides,
I was under promise of marriage to a
young lady of suitable age. She jilted
me for another, during my absence bat
that has nothing to do witn my story.
With the morning light came the neces
sity for effort, and a sense of responsibility
new and strange to me. I sounded the
well and found only two feet of water in
the ship, this having worked down from
above. I did not attempt, alone, to pump
her out; but rejoiced in the assurance
that I still had a tight vessel under me ;
for, had she sunk, I should have had no
dependence beyond such a raft as I could
have extemporized. Every boat had been
swept away.
I loosed and let fall the foresail, and suc
ceeded in setting it, with the child's assist
ance and the power of the windlass. The
spanker I could easily manage with the
brails ; and these, with the lower staysails,
were all the canvas I intended to make
use of. I could do nothing with the loftier
sails without more help.
The san had come up brightly after the
storm, and the aspect ot the skies indicated
a continuance of fine weather. I took ob
servations and shaped my course toward
the Her vey Islands, hoping to make
Mangea or Kara tonga. I had a good
feneral knowledge of navigation, though
had little practice, and was unused to
anything like responsible control of that
Of course, I was obliged to be at the
helm most of the time. But I soon taught
Jessie, so that she could steer well enough
in lair weather, which gave me time to
attend to many other matters. But as we
could not steer all day and all night, the'
ship was necessarily left to her own
guidance some part of the time.
I soon discovered that my knowledge of
navigation, though it might tell me where
I was, would not .enable me to go where
wished. The winds and currents headed
me on, so that we were making a drift to
the westward ; and it was impossible to
remedy this, unless the ship were manned
so as to be well steered and enabled to
earrv all sail. Spite of all that the child
and I coujd do, she must go nearly where
the elements might carry her. w e should
be more likely to make land somewhere
among the Tongas or i ejees man in me
direction I had hoped at first.
There was no fear of our running short
of provisions or water, as we had more
on board than we could consume for
years. The weather continued tine, and
we were daily drifting into milder lati
tudes ;- but no sail could be seen. A dozen
times every day I climbed to the mast
head, in the . vain hope of descrying a
ship, and as often descended to cheer up
my little shipmate with the hope of see
ing one to morrow. Thus week after
week wore away monotonously, while
Jessie and I were all the world to each,
other, and every hour served to fasten
the tendrils more firmly about my heart,
as she leaned in her childish dependence
upon me. I thought how miserable X
might have been if entirely alone in such
a situation, and in return clung to her,
and save thanks as for a blessing, heaven-sent,
to become a part of my whole
future lite and being. . I do not think I
could have entertained the thought of
ever parting with her.
My observations satisfied me that we
had passed beyond the latitude of the
Tonga and Feejee groups without having
seen them. This knowledge was rather a
relief to. me, for we should most likely
have fallen into the power of savage can
nibals, who would have shown us no
mercy. We could hardly fare worse by
drifting on toward the equator, while
there was still the possibility of meeting
a ship with civilized men on board.
At length, on going aloft, as usual, one
beautiful morning, the horizon line along
i , 1 A , ,
unuer our ice pi cocmcu mc irregular,
broken appearance which I had often seen
before, and knew so well. The bunches
of tufts of cocoanut trees growing upon
very low land were the first objects that
came into view, so that, as we neared
them, the slender stems seemed to be
rooted into the ocean, and to shoot direct
ly up from its watery bed.
We were setting, by the force of a cur
rent, directly toward the island, and there
was no possibility of propelling the ship
away from it. Bat there was a chance
that it might be uninhabited. If so, we
could not land upon it, for we had no
boat, and it was oat of the question to
think of managing a raft in the intricate
channels of a coral reef.
But we had been seen, as it appeared,
even before we had discovered the land.
For within an hour the triangular sails of
half a dozen large canoes rose into view,
coming rapidly up toward us. To escape
with the ship was simply impossible. But
it occurred to me that the savages could
know nothing of our defenseless condi
tion, theugh the appearance of the ship,
under so little canvas fn fine weather,
must be strange and suspicious to them.
They would not attempt any foul play
-with us, if they believed the vessel to be
fully manned and armed. They had come
off to drive a barter trade with the white
men, as was their usual custom.
I at once set to work, with the help of
the child, who showed a ready compre
hension of the situation, to manufacture a
crew for the vessel. Seamen's clothes
were abundant, and in a short time every
handspike was rigged up in a motley suit
These were all staffed oat-into shape, and
topped with hats or caps. I disposed
them in the most natural positions about
the decks, in the various parts of the ship,
so as to give the whole the most lifelike
I loaded all the firearms we had on
board, which amounted to only three
muskets ; and then went aloft to loose the
mainsail, which had never been set since
the gale in which the crew were swept
overboard. I had felt unable, alone, to
control such an immense sheet of canvas.
But I must have it ready for use now, in
case I should want to give the vessel more
While on the main yard engaged in loos
ening it, a sail appeared in sight oyer the
pbint of the island. Not a canoe one
could not be seen at that distance in range
of the trees, but a ship t My heart leaped
at the thought that help and deliverance
were within a few miles of me.- , ,
" Bring up the ensign from the cabin,
Jessie 1" 1 shouted as 1 let fall the bant of
the mainsail, aad hurried down on deck.
I caught it from her eager little arms, bent
it to the halyards, and ran it up half
mast, as a signal of distress.
I brailed the spanker, while the child
put the helm up, and by the power of the
foresail wore the ship around so as to be
on the same tack with the strange vessel.
I could not steer the ship directly at her,
without running the ship ashore; nor
could she work to windward much against
the force of the current. But my hope
lay in her sending boats, as soon as those
on board should see my flag of .distress
and the strange trim of my sails.
I' managed to swing the head yards
round, and set the foresail, after a fashion.
But meanwhile the savages were - fast
closing with me, and I had not sufficient
confidence in my sham seamen to believe
that I could long deceive their sharp eyea
I migh t gain' a little time ; but the trick
must be discovered and I feared it would
be before succor could reach me from th e
strange ship. la-rl
I kept Jessie at the wheel, steering as
much off the wind as I dared ; but I was
fearful of getting embayed, and not hav
ing room to clear the point. I let fly the
mainsail, and gave it a kind of flying set.
as well as I could. The ship felt this
added power at once, and gathered head
way; which I determined she should not
lose, for if the barbarians once succeeded
in getting on board, it would be 'too late
for.any attempt of boats to rescue us, even
if we were not instantly put to death. It
was no time now to think of the question
whether I could ever get the sails in again.
I must have the use of them now, at
once ; and I sprang aloft to loose the top
sails. I ,
I had only time to do this and let go the
gear, so that they filled and bagged onfin
mid air ; for of coarse I could not hoist
the yards up. The leading canoe was now
drawing very near me ; and the ugly -looking
wretches stood standing in silent be
wilderment as the ship drove past them.
I saw by their gestures as they pointed at
the handspike men, that they were al
ready suspicions; probably from having
noticed that they didn't move about But
they rested on their paddles to confer
with the next comers, and I had thus
gained so much time, while I was doing
what I could to push the Warsaw ahead.
I knew these people, well enough to be
sure that they would never attack un
less all the circumstances were over
whelmingly in their fkvnr. They would
move warily : in reconnoitering ; but,
as soon as certain of the true state of
things, they would make a dashing at
tempt to board the ship by force.
I bad thus shaken off the first canoes,
and left them in the wake. A stern chase
is proverbially a long one, though; their
canoes would sail much faster than the
ship would, under her bags and festoons.
But other pursuers were fore-reaching
upon me, and. fresh reinforcements pat
ting out from the shore as we neared the
land obliquely.. None seemed to care to
visit the other ship; but all were attracted
by the mysterious maneuvers of mine.
A large canoe, which contained one
whom I judged to be a leading chief,'
placed herself m my track. 1 was obliged,
necessarily, to pass her so closely, that
their suspicions, already aroused by tele
graphic' signals from their baffled com
rades, were rendered certainty. Our real
weakness was now. understood, and al
most instantly cummunicated through the
whole flotilla - All those which had been
left in the rear gave chase under full
power of sails and paddles ; while five or
six lute arrivals, who had the advantage
of position' disposed themselves for board
ing tne snip on pom oows at once.
There was no alternative for me but to
stand boldly on my course, and I had
time, before closing with the enemy, to
run up in the main rigging and oast an
anxious glance toward the ship, which
was hugging the wind under all sail, in
the endeavor to come to my relief. Bet
ter than all. 1 could see that two boats had
left her side and were pulling toward me.
But a crisis must come before they
could arrive on the stage. I sprang on
deck again, seized a boarding-knife, a ter
rible two edged weapon, which would De
far more effective at close quarters than
any fire arms, and took my stand on the
lore natcnes, wnere a couiu jump qatu&iy
to either side. The bulwarks, as before
stated, had been nearly all: swept away by
the sea that boarded us. But this circum
stance was quite as much in my favor as
in that ot the assailants.
I watched the approach, of two canoes,
which were nearly abrea3t the fore chains,
on each side. ' It seemed that they would
both attack at the same instant. If so, I
might be overwhelmed by one party
boarding in the rear while I was upsetting
the other. I dropped the boarding-knife,
aad seizing a musket, the only reliable
one I had, I took a hasty aim at the man
in the head of one of the canoes and fired.
He dropped his peddlef struck, as I sup
pose, in the arm. I was fife on that side
St present, as the confusion, and" loss of
headway would be sufficient to cause her
to lose her chance of grasping tha chain
plates. I rushed across the deck just in time to
meet the other canoe as she fell alongside.
One of my Quaker mariners with a hick
ory backbone stood conveniently at hand.
I lifted it and dashed it upon the heads of
the savages, felling two of them. They
also lost their hold and drifted astern.
But by this time a third and fourth were
almost upon me. I was ready with wea
pons on both rides, and now that I was
fairly in for it, felt far less anxiety than
when the fight was only in anticipation.
One of them made clumsy work of it,
dashing her prow violently against the
Ship's side, and being thrown adrift on
the rebound. But while I was observing
this the other, on the starboard side, had
secured a firm hold, and two grinning
warriors had made good their footing on
the, plank shear. A rush, with the thought
that I was striking for my own life and
that of the child ; a single sweep of the
keen boarding-knife, and . the two man
gled barbarians fell back upon their com
rades. I was clear of that crew by a sin
gle cut, dividing their warp of cocoanut
cordage. I had received a wound in the
side from a spear thrown at me a ragged
cut by a series of shark's teeth but I
hardly felt it then.
Meanwhile the brave little girl had stood
at the helm, steering the ship as well as I
could have done it myself, and carefully
noting my orders, conveyed to her by a
wave of toy hand. There were still two
more canoes ahead, but I led one of them
into a trap by directing Jessie to make a
broad yaw, and then suddenly bringing
the ship back to her former course Taken
by surprise, he bad no time to get dear
from under our bows. The canoe was
crushed, and sunk instantly, though it wafe
quite impossible to drown her amphibi
ous navigators. Her consort kept oat of
reach, and tell m abeam or us at a sate dia
tancj, not daring to make an attack un
supported. " '''
I felt now comparatively safe, for al
though all the canoes astern were steadily
gaining upon us, they must approach us at
a great disadvantage, and, besides, they
had lost confidence and prestige ; for, with
savages, the first surprise is everything. , I
could now take my stand aft, near my little
companion, and could use firearms with de
liberation. Ji "., f- .! r n
Bat. while doing so with deadly effect
upon the man whom I supposed to be high
chief, as before mentioned, I was startled
by a cry from Jessie ; and turning, beheld
the shocky head of a stalwart savage ris
ing into view on the other quarter. He
had poised his Spear for the act of darting
at me, when, quick as thought, the little
girl, who lit go the helm, slung a billet of
wood directly in his face. - He was thrown
off his balance and fell backward, while
the spear dropped harmlessly in on deck.
I was on the spot before another man
could climb up ; and the danger was over.
The breeze was freshening a little,. and
the two boats were now plainly in view
and fast hearing us. I directed Jessie to
keep a little more off. so as to head di
rectly for them ; for I had more sea room
now, and felt that I could afford to laugh
at the whole bloodthirsty pack, who, now
in full cry, were hovering in our wake.
. The warps - of the two fully -manned
whale boats were skillfully thrown: up to
me, and with those twelve resolute, sea
men on her deck, the Warsaw might bid
defiance to any number of piratical
canoes. The topsails were hoisted at once,
and everything trimmed. We closed
rapidly with the other ship, and I. soon
had the pleasure of shaking by the hand
my former shipmate, Baylies, now in com
mand of the Calypso, and of presenting
my heroic little lieutenant, Jessie.
A gang of men were spared sufficient
to work the Warsaw, and together the two
ships bore away for Sydney. Here the
damages .were repaired, a crew shipped,
and the consul put me in charge of her to
take her home.
The little Scotch girl, thus left upon the
world, became a member ot our family.
My mother and Maria would have as
sented to any arrangement, if I had sug
gested it ; bat their whole hearts were en
listed in the orphan's welfare, when they
learned the 'whole story of the adventures
which she had shared with me. . The
small sum of money found among her
father's effects was carefully applied
toward her clothing and education ; and
bidding her a tender farewell, I left her to
follow up. my. profession.
I made two voyages after this, and at
each return I found Jessie all that the
fondest and most careful guardian could
desire. In all respects she was equal, in
some superior, to my sister ; and, had they
been twins, they could not have loved
each other better.
Jessie was twenty years old at the time
I arrived home in command of the Green
wich. I know not at what particular time
daring that voyage I began to think it
was possible that she and I might love
each other. I think this feeling came
upon me very gradually. Perhaps it may
have been something in the tone of her
letters;, tor she always wrote to me much
as a sister might write to an elder brother;
but her letters, on this voyage, were not
quite so affectionate as at first There was
a little embarrassment in the manner and
style. Yet this was but natural when I
reflected upon it. But it must have been
this very change that put me in the way
of reflecting. There was, after all, noth
ing very awkward or anomalous in our
position toward each otber. She was
simply a member of our family, an adopt
ed daughter, as it were, of my mother.
But, wishing to support herself, j she had
found employment as a teacher,- and - in
sisted upon paying her board. This I
had learned from the various letters re
ceived ; and, of course, I admired her in
dependent spirit
I kept pondering the matter till it
formed the chief subject of my thoughts
through many a long night watch. I did
not know of any other woman whom I
could loye so well I was only thirty -three,
even though I had been a bearded second
mate when she was a wee sprite of a child.
After all, the disparity of age was not so
very great, and perhaps
But I could not bear the thought of hav
ing her marry me as perhaps she might,
if I asked her from any feeling of grati
tude or obligation. Though I am satisfied
since that I wronged her, even in think
ing she might do so.
She had developed into a beautiful
woman when we next met She was evi
dently as fond of me as ever, for the tears
came into her eyes at sight of me. But
she did not, of course, rush into my arms
and kiss me with the old childish abandon.
All of which was natural enough, when I
came to consider upon it.
I took occasion very soon after my ar
rival to speak to my sister, alone, about
Jessie. I think I asked if she had any
suitor. And perhaps I was transparent
enough to betray the interest I felt in
Maria's answer. At any rate she looked
at me very roguishly.
"No," said, she, "none that I know of.
I wish she might have that is. an ac
cepted or an acceptable one. I didn't
mean to say that no suitors had applied
only that she had none now."
" Is she so hard to suit, then ?" I asked.
"Very." said Maria "Yet I think I
know a man whom she would not re
" Indeed ? Who is the favored one?"
" You are the last person who ought
to ask the question. Go look in tbe
glass," she added, aa she rose to leave
"But I am too old Maria" This in
spite of having long ago argued myself
into the belief that I was not.
Too old to look in the glass, do you
mean?" asked my sister, innocently.
u Bti doesn't think so," mischievously,
" Stay I" said I, detaining her, and be
coming very imperative and serious all at
once. "I am your brother, Maria Do
not jest or trifle with my feelings."
" Not for worlds !" she returned, even
more seriously than I myself bad spoken.
.Neither with yours, r"rism, nor witn
hers, for is she not as my twin sister ?"
O, the unreasonable lnquisuiveness ot
man I To ask a woman how she knows
in- a case like this! There, let) me go,
now. But, Priam," added the dear girl,
turning back, and striking a tragic atti
tude, " thou canst not my f did it !"
Of. course 1 could nt but 1. thought 1
mitrht do It mvslt. on this hint-' And I
think I was hardly happier myself than'
were Maria and our mother, when they
learned that JVessio and I were. to sail the
voyage, oi me . togetner. sne oceans.
know any better than 1 do, cm 'the other
hand, at what particular . time she found
put she loved her old guardian, lint we
both agree that it 4s of no great conse
Charles Dickens.
Charles Dtckinb Died atlhia residence. Gad's
Hill, Kent, Thursday, June 8, 1870, aged Ml years.
Dead, your Majesty. Dead, my lords
and gentlemen. Dead, Right Reverends
and Wrong Reverends, of evefV order.
Dead, men and women born with Heaven
ly Compassion in your hearts. And dying
thus around us every day." Bleak Mouse,
Chapter 07.
" The golden ripple on the wall came
back again, and nothing else stirred in
tbe room. The old, old fashion. The
fashion that came in with our first gar
ments, and will last unchanged until our
race hasVun Its course, and the wide firm
ament is rolled up like a scroll. The old,
old fashion Death I . O, thank God, all
who see it, for that ' blder fashion yet of
immortality ! And look upon as, angels
of young children, with regards not quite
estranged when the Swift River bears us
to the Ocean." Dombey, Chapter 17.
" The spirit ot the child, returning, in
nocent and Jadiant, touched .the. old man
with its hand, and beckoned niin away."
(Mimes, 3d qvan-Ur.
" The star had shown him the way to
find the God of the poor ; and through
humility, and sorrow, and forgiveness, he
had gone to his Redeemer's rest." Hard
Timet, Book 3, Chanter B. W
" A cricket sings upon the hearth, a
broken child's toy lies upon the ground,
and nothing else remains." Cricket on. the
Hearth, Chirp 3.
" 1 felt for my old self as the dead may
feel, if they ever revisit these scenes. I
was glad to be tenderly remembered, to
be gently pitied, not to be quite' forgot
ten?' Bleak Bouse. Chapter 45.
" From these garish lights I vanish now
forevermore ;with a heartfelt, grateful, re
spectful and affectionate farewell and I
pray God bless us every one." Last
Reading, London, March 6, 1870.
" When I die, put near me something
that has loved the light and . had the sky
above it alwaya" Old tScriosity Shop,
Ohapter 71.
1 1 " Lord, keep my Memory green r'
Haunted Man, Chapter 3. , j
Now,' he murmured, 1 ' I am happy.'
He fell into a light slumber, and waking
smiled as before, then spoke of beautiful
eardens. which he said stretched out be
fore him, and were filled with figures of
men, women and many children, all
with liirht noon their faces, then whis
kered that it was. Eden and so died.
Mxckieby, Chapter 3S. ' -
" died like a child that had gone to
sleep. CoBpernetd, Chapter v.-
" and began the yrqftt not ' ' this
world, O, not this. The world that sets
this night" Bleak Hhise, Ohapter 65.
1 1 t gone before the lataver ; far jjeyona
the' twilight judgments . of this 'WJrld'f
high above its mists and obscuritis'-
Little Dorrit, Book2, Ohapter 191
"and lay at rest The solemn -still-,
ness was no mirvel now." Old Curipsit
Shop, Chapter 71.
" It being high water, he went out with
the tide-" C&pperfield, Chapter 20.
A Valuable Woodcut in Philadelphia.
Tiierk is said to be a paper in Phila
delphia which has one woodcut. It-was
epgraved originally to represent Arthur
Spring, but the proprietor likedj.it so
much that he determined to -keep it on
hand, and run it into Xhe paper whenever
anybody else was hung, or dtesV.'OC. was
elected, or made a speech. And so q very .
time a portrait was wanted, this woodcut
was altered to fit it. First the hat Was
cut down, then the nose chiseled intn va
rious shapes; then the eyes were goured
a little then the head was altered an 4 the
cheeks hollowed out. It never'at'lis beet
looked like any human being that -had
ever existed In this wide World ; but that
made no difference, for the proprietor
always jammed it right in every time with
a fresh name and a biographical sketch.
It has served already for James Buchan
an, Jeff.' Davis, Probst, General Grant,
Susan B. Anthony, Mayor Pox, Senator
Revels, Artem"us Ward, Daniel ifl the
Lion's Den, Winnemore, Jefferson as Rip
VaWinide, Ristori, A-a f acker, Gov
ernor Ourtin, and a score or twoof others.
It is somewhat rusty now, the old wood
cut is, but the owner clings to it with un
alterable affection, and the first time any-,
body does any thing alarming, it will go
in again with a new sketch. This won't
make so much difference now, because the
block is very much worn, I and when the
picture is printed you can't tell, to save
your life, whether it was intended for a
man's face or for a study of a inoalem in
the Desert of Sahara. Boston News.
TV, rr nr.-nm.ia ia r. n,.at oKnilt .IT MMlta
A lib K.C11DUO ID aJOW Amjuu cia mf
neao lor all the persons enroneu, or 5,040,
000 for the whole.
A practical man wants tr make a
ager beer vault of the Mammoth Cave.
Little hoye with pockets.
Little bora with none,
L'ltle bright eyed laaelee.
Gather, every one I
Crowd aronxid me cloae'y.
Would yon oiaater booaa?
You mart flret discover
How each letter looka.
has a bar
Where a fairy might ride ;
B ,ataO f.
la a poet .
With two loopa at tbe aide:
0 might be ronnd
If a piece you would lond ;
D is a'bdetoeaw
8 landing on end. .
E.T09ro7fi grtidiojerb
has a nee
in tie middle, Uflry say ;
with the bottom away.
1 1
ia like C.
With a block on one end.
H has a seat
That would hold yen, depend.
I is so Mrairht
It would do for a prop ;
r J is a crook
yttth a handle on top.
K hi a stick .
With a point fastened to It ;
is a roost,
'" '!$ If the cmekena but knew It.
M ha tour parts.
in l
as yoa quickly may aee ;
9it'Q "ii-Vu . ' ri flV:-j
the poor fellow I
" is maae out or tnxee.
It would do for a hoon i
P lsaa" '
, i
Q to be curly' : 9
bnn t
XV Is like B,
Wits thd
loop flyicg.
la a snake.
Ail crooked ant dreall
A Tssnoto..; o,l;, -ttUG
Wh a bar for a head.
It la plain.
' ' Would make a good swtaw;
D V is as sharp
Aa a bumble-bee's sting.
"W pught
To be called donble-V ;
X. la a cross,
Aa you plainly aan aee,
X la jnat formed
Like a V on a
la the Crookedost
Howth and Home.
" When I was a little girl," .began
Grandma Hollis,
" What " exclaimed Carl,- stopping in
the1 middle of a summenoault, and. looking
at his grandmother with his lace upside
down between his two feet.
" I was going to tell you. a story about
when I was a little girl," she said.
Carl was on his feet by this. time. .
" I didn't know vou ever was a little
girl !" he exclaimed, in a tone of great as
tonishment. "What did you think?" she atked,
laughing. ifncrj
" Why, I thought you were alwafy-
' Grandma Hollis, he said.
' Weil l wasn't," she replied. " I was
a girl once, no bigger than your Cousin
3Cbd"dWyo,nrwear your spe'tacles and
your cap then? asked uari ; "and was
your name Grandma T"
" No, indeed,? said Grandma " I looked
just like any other little girl, and ray
name was Hetty Rice. I lived with my
father and mother, just as you do ' with
youra I had two older brothers, bat no
ti .. " Our house was very different from
this one.
There were no stoves then, but at one
3 F ,!, I LtlnkAn thuru mtmm mat I
7IU2i.r Ta Tr tT,
world he across
briirht blaze li trh
tae andirona
lighted the whole room. in
the eveninsr. My MtotttsTSt and i often
roasted pajg apsaies and chestnuts :UMJa
, i -"fUgex Ute-flrpnang a large iron tningj
called a fcrane: My ml
other used-tOBA!
the teakettle 00 2m; andsfcjngru over the
h in hail the vitpr Hhp. honed meat
" I lik ad to see her lift the kettles, aad
hang them on the hooks, and then swing
them over the fire. I often1 sisked her to
rletme do it, but she said,. 'No ; you wait
till vou are older and bigger.
" One day, my mother went to visit a
ei ck nelgnoor- M was a -long way to tne
sick womaa's house, though she was our
nearest neighbor. . Bo 'my mother left me
at home' alone, and told me not to go near
the fire.
" But after she had gone, I thought.it
would be a nice "time to play with. the
crane. I could not find the teakettle or
the great dinner.pot, for my mother had
nut them ftwav somewhere. :i . 1
" While I was bunting for them, T hap
pened to see a basket filled with tow that
mv mother used about her spinning. I
though that would dp just as well as the
teakettle, and better : for T could play that
the fow was it 'pudding, and I was goingj
to bot. -( (-'" 11 T
"Ifo-Lcarried the basket to th.
nlar-p. ftnn"ftfTVr a trood deal of trou
the. fire.1
managed to' get -it hung ontneeraue.
Then I swung, it ever the fire- h .
" Hut what do you think r
" Instead of hanging there like the tea
kettle or the dinner-pot, the basket and
the tow began to burn up O, Ato" they
did burn 1 m
, "Apd I was frightened half out of my
wits and wondered what my mother
sfould do when she came home aad found
it out.
" I was miserable enough the rest of the
aflrrtinnii. I Can tell VOU.
, , ,. , TJ . .
"By and-by my mother came in, and
she kissed me, and then she began to
smell the burnt tow.
What have you been doing, iletty r
said she.
' Then I cried aa hard aa I could, and
told her all about it. She was very sorry,
but bhe punished me, and I knew that 1 1
deserved it. I never disobeyed her by
playing with the crane again." 1
Carl thought t'bV was a pretty good ,
story. He asked his j grandmother ever
so many questions about it, and forgot to
tarn another summersault that day.
When his papa came home from tea,
Carl climbed up in his lap, and told him
the- story.
" My grandma waa not always a
grandma' said he, "but she was a little
girl. ' And her mother went a visiting,
and told her. not to get into the fire, and
she did. And she played with the crane.
-" And she found her mother's toes in
the basket, and aha I burnt 'em all up.
And pretty soon her mother came In, and
began to snuff up her nose, and said,
' Why, grandrna.Bouis. -what's a burn
ing'' ' v
" And Hetty cried, and her mother
whipped pr,"
They all laughed evt Carl's story, but
grandma laugneo more man any one else.
Indeed" she couldn't find time that
evening to- dorfeftAthin bnt . laueh and
w)fir;ahp0cfajcli!S. Carl didn't know
Youth's Companion.
rfmwvlrrMrcWBi but only succeeds in
a,tbmUtLMFW.WrTTUiJ-1 Jeeonu-
kTwwAdY ? beer saloons in St
'newspaper, edited by
Russia ' punishes her drunkards
makine them sween the streets.
A Grant) Havin tsan reoehtflv hatched
5S cMekeni at en BHttrap
VioLjjm- invented in 1477, and in
traduced into England by Charles II
PBEsrDBWT Fri.ijERTON, ol the Bellows
Falls, Vermont, National Bank,' is 06 years
of age, yet he ridg seventeen miles each
day to the Dank.
T arKBB hvA-feirf mr St. Paul, Minn.,
w.ho,'althpnghi9nlT twenty years of age.
supports, by working a farm, her aged
father and. metier and an idiot brother.
inJTBjiavaatHdailyjeppsuription of Co-
obm. uate water in Boston the, last year
Was ;llMW Mlbsi being an in-
WflHS W the previous year pf 801,388
Slr4B4xeriev.tr,i TfiT1eV A SI rmt srwsirw
.reax.and .bears a great, number of small
cabbages, each about as big as an orange,
til ha,4 tfcii arsraotiosia at Los Angeles.
the cheap nepers of Paris cir-
cujatea) $40,000 copies 4 ailyi mainly among
uacainen, nursemaids, soldiers and
ctl K U Hoc allowed tav
discus politic.
uenwiiBiung toe p)a episcopal
Church in Newtown, Conn., the other
day, a petrified jots' wag found under the
Tjuba'wtaner to be the present
law of increase the wealth of the country
for tne nerr roar decades would be repre
sented as follows :
Mam .'.uJ.tj4.tj4,:.: i.l.,,..
sassss KJM
ibt a't,aas.i
N5ntli A Thomas, newspaper and
magar.ine publishers at Boston, paid foo
and costs the other day for rejected and
aettreyed manuscripts ; the Bupren.e
Court ruling ,that the, manuscripts were
the property of the author until the pub
liaheri paid for tnem, and that in neglect
ing to return them to the author they
berAme'ttsble Mr their Value.
Tbi official returns recently received
at the Bureau of Statistics show that the
total value of condensed milk exported
from the port of New Yorfk' in the year
1809, was f 79,652, of which 2 1,870 went
to England, $14,900 to Australia, $9,404 to
the United States of Columbia.. $9,170 to
Chipa, f.ll to, BrnfjlOrr: to Cuba,
3 09H to the British West Indies, and
1,767 to the Danish West Iaatiaa
In .New JBmgland ,td average amount
of milk required to make one pound ot
cured cheese Is 10 pounds the product of
cheese par cow -from April to November
is 400 pounds ; the average cost per pound
for manufacture, ha cruding interest on
capital, commission, etc., is 1 cents, and
the net Income the past summer has been
15 cents per pound
A.Pakjs Journal explains the origin ot
the phrase, to make a fiasco. A German
Professor, touring in a glass factory.
imagines that, glass-blowing is the
thing in the World Putting
ttlng the pipe to
hirflia hejetSefoats a practical Ulastra-
tiOH Of Ihe
e ease with wjucn various forms
nfj wnoiiy in anymmj
g more complete.
1 Ifrf MnfiObf- Naples, mentions a
t named Comolli, a young man of
0MUct;-wentto the building
fuse of a loaded cannon, placed himself
iffiifOBit. Be was Mown literally to
atoms, his bead aad feet alone being af-
. ' 1 t. . t mm m
terwaroi louna. 1 ne cause aanarnen wee,
1 stated in two 'letters, one to
to his fa
and the other to, his captain, extreme dis
like' of a mHitary life? VJ
Accobobiko, to the Jamestown (N. T.)
Journal, there lives in the town of Har
mony, Chautauqua county, a husband and
wife whw-hawe-not exchanged words for
twenty one years. In 1840 the husband
contradicted his better half harshly before
company, and she threatened that in
default of better behavior she would never
speak to him again. The husband replied
that he wished nothing batter, and the
wife took him at his word. They have
continued to live together in this taciturn
fashion ever since, and during the long
silence have bad several children. Their
intercourtte is conducted fn an indirect
through one of the children, as.
or fn stance, py asaing a cnuu at imuie.
. w . - -r . . .it, . - l ,
mother have some meatl
eve some meat T
.which is answered In th
ed in the same roundabout
IlTashfohT The couple is said to be wealthy,
said ! o wavers 01 a pretty large farm.
JSlobida is proud of the possession of a
yrltath who can handle snakes, scorpions,
and ceartpedea wkh perfect impu alt v. He
malte pete and playfellows ol the larger
kihd ot rattfeanakea, twisting them around
ham, and dallying with, their forked
tongues or twelve rattles. He actually
hascarTiett-scorpions in his bosom, and
wasps and hornets in his sleeves and
pockets, without receiving bite or sting. In
the loneliness of the grove or forest, or ia
any secluded place Infested with snakes,
he can, by a few talisman ic words, call
around him any number ot snakes, whom
he can charm into perfect obedience to
all his mandates. He can pick tbem up
aad lay them down at any given place, and
athtB bidding lhey will remain mere uniu
his return after an absence sometimes ot
hours. -He can take a rat or a mouse and
80 manipulate it so put that Inexplicable
tyrant spell upon it that it becomes a
junto suppliant for favor, Is quiescent,
and may be tumbled about at pleasure.

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