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''"?."' From th6 Albany Atlas
Oh,Iet Me aing To-Niffht Mother!"
We give below the words of a charming song,
wiuuu ut own pm 10 musio by Mr. Traver.
na wmca nag Deoome a great favorite. The
; aong is. so wedded to music and melody, that
V- w. l: . ... ' .
" nvimrauj kuo memory, wnnout effort.
Oh, let me sing to-night, Mother,
'; The aong I used to sine.
When hope was bright, and my heart was light,
; r-'AM a bird upon the wing! . ,
I know thou'lt miss the voice, Mother,
-That warbled with me the strain,
:But let me sing to-night, Mother, :
, The dear old song again.
Bat let me singr to-night, Mother, 1;
r-The. dear old song again. r
', I know 'twill bring sad thoughts, Mother,
Thy tears may fall like rain
; i For a loving eye and a fair young face
' Thou ne'er may'st see again . '
"Bat I'd have thee send each tear, Mother,
' inks co rva secret cell,
And let me sing to-night, Mother.
" ; The song she loved so well. .'
- And let me sing to-night, Mother,
: The sons she loved bo wnii.
It will bring bright dreams to my heart, Mother,
Bright dreams of the joyons past, '
.f When hope, all rainbow hned, Mother,
Her halo round me east.
,.1 know the light grows dim, Mother, V
'T . s .... . . . .
w-. . . .
To the bright dreams that come back, Mother,
l. .-WJtTi ti inns T s ' -
dbi nut i lonaiy cling
"With the song I used" to sine
' ? bright dreams that eome back, Mother,
. wittt the song I used to sing. -
As I sing that song of joy, Mother,. ,
-. Faith upward lifts its eye,.
. Towards the land of rest, Mother,
Wkere hope can never die, ' "
Where ties that strongly bind, Mother,
-'May ne'erbe riv'n in twain;
Where tears are dried, and the heart, Mother,
i ': May never know sorrow again. .
- Where tears are dried, and the heart, Mother,
t May never know sorrow again.
Then let me sing to-night, Mother,,
- ; That clear old song of old, .
- And pra when I sleep at last, Mother ,
'"rvBy her Bide all silent and cold,
-Our fpirtU may:meet ne er to part, Mother;
-r WLv heav'n-born musio ring, -
' And puS.vc4oerbemingled there, "Mother
' ? ;In the songs the angels sing.
'iAnd our voices; be mingled there, Mother,
in tne aongs tne angels sing.
. . '
;I,-i -r' J- "?'- ::From Oleason's Pictorial.
V ? : In arge, square, old-fashioned house,
Vtochas-qur forefathers nsed to build when
; ,;VbUdit7-iMimrd soiight 'kSta? ttuul-utflity;'
oiiauy was mere sought after than utility,
lived Phffitf Minson and hia ster V,thr.
PhiKp had 8hed the mature age of forr
if, arid Esther -was close Wllm.3 Still
ach-liacl pursued solitary ' pa,thway
ftnnW-. & .tr. a :
iwavusvia ovwAAUU. uu vULU lfullullDlil tl
a-xiiv r- n s . .
of time they Were gathered intoitbe family
tomb the receptacle of many generations
- ... , .
t .uo jkianBou iaauiy. mere was tne
more reason to think so, sW ttey took
aend an unmarried life, not
vur Mi-wuiuio, uuv UJ uicnyt. ? -
' .-. ;ji o,' said riuiip, when assailed on this
inbject by sv match-m
ing maybe
I could not
turned topsyt
- 'But by-nd-by when you grow older,!
you will feel the need tf one more man
t Dresent :- ?si iv v-
mu x umu, wuciaBiveiT, 'I nave
ft sister who is devoted to me.-and whfle
v isi -r --a -t.s
ue ures i iieeu no omcr. - -v
-a.s for Miss Esther she often declared!,
. . ... . . -
that she e?er would make a; slave of her-
'elf for any man living. -If other women
wre foolish enone-h tn Hva hi i
were foolish enough to give up their in-
dependence, and tie themselves to a man
for no earthly Trarpdse than 'to. burthen
theniBelves with care and toil from mom--
. ihg tilT night,' she was sure she had ho 06-
jecnon. -jsw ner own part ene was wiser.
Her bromer and she had alwavs liw.fl
. -T.iw -Tvi 1jv-:1
not tldnk that she c'ould make any ciiange
for the better, - . ; . . v.... ?r ..
ft kC. ' li" a "tulz:
Whose opinions differed widely fromfe,
Esther's,- that in adopting this opinion,
the was only making a Virtue of necessity,
and that it was best to be contented, with
one a iltu uruviueu mere was no cnano.ft nf
improving it.. But Esther did -not. hear
, j. i , - i .
vuwc.iciuaio( ouu eu ws mmisiuroea Dy
them. 4 She -Continued to live in the old
house-with . her brotheri .-T They kept no
domestic, since. Esther rather plumed her
self on her housekeeping duties, and there
was , really;, but little to do. So as her
Dpiner was usually absent during the day-,
l was left for the most part to the com
panionship of her own thoughts, unless
some..; neighbor happened to call in -a
MP2Jty tbe : way, of rather rare occur
rence,i. since most of the neighborshad
largo families of their own, which confined
them at homer " ' !
aVe that of the other, till there waWreaJ J and,Bhe had but, little time for
JAn til IwtioM'fbAf thov nnM Mnfitina fHeCtlOn. ,- .. ,
Very good for some people, but f Jace ; 0 .wmcn to nang several hne pic-
bear to have my whole hduse r0! -Ti ne. baP Plcfced, up . m , the course
urry.by the introduction - of 01 European travels. - This ;was
Early one afternoon, inst after Esther
Manson had completed her task of clear
ing away the dinner, dishes, and storing
them away in the cupboard after a thor
ough washing, she was startled by hearing
a rap at the. door.
Somewhat surprised by a caller at this
unusual hour, she answered the summons.
She was a little apprehensive that it was
a neighbor who had of late Droved rather
troublesome from her habit of borrowing
articles; and owing, it is . presumed, to
naoitual lorgetfulness, neglecting to return
I hope.' she mused to herself, 'that if
it is Mrs. Bailey, she will want to borrow
something i nave not got' .
She opened the door, but no Mrs. Bai
ley ; presented herself to her expecting
gaze a gentleman of fortv-five carefullv
nay elegantly dressed, stood before her.
1 beg your pardon for intruding, mad
am, said he, as he noticed Esther's look
or surprise; but can you direct me to the
t "r - -r-r.i.- . . -
late jvir. vyilltleet's? I have heard he has
a house for sale, which, from the deserin-
non x nave ot it, l judge will suit me.'
it is the next house on the left, sir '
answered Esther, who had time, while the
gentleman was speaking, to examine his
appearance, which did not fail to impress
her favorably.
Thank; you for the information. I
trust you will pardon the trouble I have
occasioned you,' replied the gentleman.
i iiui me least irouoiem ine worm, re-
plied Esther, a little flustered by a 'defer-
I ... . . . J ..
' Not the least trouble in the world, re-
ence to which she had not "been accus
tomed. . " " ' , ' '
Two days after. Esther heard that Mr.
Willfleet's estate had been purchased by
a stranger, named Bigelow. She at once
conjectured, and rightly, that this was the
same with her visitor. A few davs elanscd.
and Esther Manson received another visit
from the same gentleman. " '
v I have V favor'to ask of youj.. Miss
Manson, he commenced, (it seems he had
ascertained her name) I ami aware that
our slight acquaintance will hard! v justify
it; but I trust time will remove this ob
jection. You must know.' he added, sml
Iingly, '.that I. am a bachelor, dependent
in many respects upon mv housekeeper.
who, though a" good woman in her wav! I
am afraid hasnot yet properly arranged
my house. ' I would esteem it a real service
if you would give me your opinion in some
nuie. matters, respectmar Duttincr. it into
proper disposition. Mv carriasre is at the
apor reaoy to carry you over.'.
But,' saidEsther, a little hesitating
do notlaim to hate much taste. J fear
that I should prov no more reliable in
that respect than your housekeeper;,'
- . Have but to look around me.' said Mr.
Bigelp, politely 'to be fully satisfied up
on mat point.' . : .
Esther's cheek flushed with treasure at
this compliment, and she made ' prepara-
tlQns t?.,comP1
- " Tas
uons to comply with her new visitor's re-
I "'" . ' " "'" vuuauuui''
ness f Fgulanty ; of her position,
rfsther. found :hrself riding ; by .the
sidecota. gerftleman with whom she had
IT "C-V"' - mi ?. 7 u ""lua ,u
I .'. , The distance, however, was but
I m- -
' . tn ;, arriving at her destination. . she
1? Pan ot oxusmesa accom-
pusuea' l he. rtare, which by the way.
I Urn Q TlPnr onrfl . ho Tr1 armn hnW l
- , . . . . i-r .- rrv: . "
nJQ roonP of . fashions, but Es-
e was D'e to point out several changes
ior me oetter, with all of which Mr. Big-
I , . . . ... . i
" - - - rr " ulcu
-Ip1 fold " nof .be satisfied
- . " ."lB ne,MwnQ acquamx-
ce' att'over me house; from kitchen to
, , . 1
over?Te!d ' her. th Protestation's ; of
PCTratltUde lOT-fier kmit RPrvio: ntil TarSifol
- , - - . "vv
iiuf - Br Mir .nnm nAn - tuft. ta. i.
. ; , ""v, "iuiuujs De
ffw . .her'-bother catne . in.' - Esther
er Sof thisashe wasalittle i
PMyns tha her brother would consi
Esther was"
! BUS-
P'ons that her brother would 'consider
Jne Venture as rather a Quixotic one.
h!.To aI?ldCo.mmeni did not even
"f0?1 1'Wb.p that she had ever, met Mr;
f160''' He took frequent opportunities
7 . . , -r-;-;- y-. WMf".--v'ttuf picwafc,
her brother 'was? absent s, i
, 1 ponder,'.' said Philip,' carelessly.-as
u;sai oy xne nre one evenmg," whether
Mr- Bigelow will nofrlie lookinir out for a
ttf -t' ";.V
-i don know, saidvEsther in her
raDrr8testnentJ dropping half; a .dozen
sttes!f?mtne stocking which she held
i" - "vl. .
i - .'otr thalT I approve "of marrlaffeat
ft - " - . .. .?
leaapj ia .my -own case,saia lr nil ip, no
ticing' this . little -demonstration, 4 but it
may be different with Mr. Bigelow. He
has no 6ister to superintend his establish
ment. . Idon't knawj . however, whether
there is an ybody Hkely to, suit him in this
village. fc Letjne see-there is Miss Pres
ton: she mi erht do .V '-'-. .... -
lNo, I don't think she wonld snit him
at alU said- Esther, -with a sDirit whih
considerably surprised her brother: ; Shu
knows but very littie about house keeping,'
! . MYhy X thought yoit and Miss iPreston
were friends,' said Philip, a little puzzled.
akinr-Iady'marrv- S , ow iuc proper
Well, so we are,' returned Esther, in
her usual tone; 'but . I I hardly think
she would suit Mr. Bigelow.'
'Perhaps not,' he rejoined, and so the
conversation ended. '
Meanwhile the gentleman continued his
visits. Oft-times he would ask to see the
bed of flowers on which Esther rather
prided herself; and sometimes he would
petition for seeds, being very fond of flow
ers, as he said, and very anxious to intro
duce them into his own garden.
vJf)n one of these occasions. Mr. Bitre
low, after a little visible embarrassment,
said hesitatingly :
' I would like to ask your advice, Miss
Esther, on rather a delicate subiect. and
one of great importance to myself. There
is one thine I wish to secure to make mv
establishment complete, but I hardly know
m what manner to ask for it.'
'What is it you refer to?' asked Esther.
A wife,' was the significant reply.
Instantly a deep crimson flushed Es
ther's cheeks. She did not trust herself
to speak. . .
'Need I say that vou are the one whom
of all others I would seek to place in that
position? ' ..
He took her unresisting hand and kissed
it with the gallantry of a young lover.
Jut what will my brother sav?' in
quired Esther, when she found voice to
'What should he sav? You are vour
own mistress, surely.' .
xes, but he i always ridiculinsr the
idea of marriage, and I couldn't venture
iu ieu mm.
' No need of it. Let's run away to
New York and get married. You know,'
he added gaily, we are both young and
romantic, and it would be quite in char
Esther at first objected, but when she
came to consider that in this way she
would be relieved of the great portion of
the 'embarrassment- which 'such a step
would naturally brincr with it. she consent-
ed, aad that day one week was appointed
or the departure. - Shs required this time
to. maKC preparations.
"' Meanwhile, if Esther had not been so
exclusively OGCUDied with her own affairs
she might have noticed that a change had
come over Philip. He was often absent
evenings, and when. at home was more si
lent and abstracted than his wont. The
former she readily attributed to the cause
which he assigned, namely, a pressure of
business. The latter she did not observe,
her mind being pre-occupiedJ We. 'who
are in the secret mav take the liberty of
r r - - - rf
roiiowing mm on one or his business calls.
a was ax a neat cottage, irom wnose tront
door dangled an immense knocker, that
Philip Manson knocked.. ; The door was
opened by the same " Miss .Preston who,
some months before, he thought would
'do-uor Mr. Bigelow. :
Good evening, Maria,' was his saluta
tion as he entered. After a brief conver
Bation about the weather, the crops, and
other standard topics, which however tnv
ial they may seem, could hardly; be dis
pensed with, . he- began to show signs of
embarrassment, and hnally ejaculated u ,
'ittaria Miss Preston I mean Maria:
is, what are your opinions about marriage?'
vv ny,' said she, I hardly know. I
I don't think I have given much consid
eration to the subject.' . ; - r -. .
Because,' continued Philip. I find my
opinions have suffered a . change on this
point. ' There was a time when I thought
it unwise, but now. .if I could eet a irood
r - j o
wife, such as, you, for example, I should be
inclined to try it.' --v , ; i. .. -.
i Qhr.Jor, Mri Manson.' said Miss Prea
'ton,' in some perturbation, ' how you talkl'
H ive minutes afterwards Miss Preston
ha! accepted the proposal of PhiBrx and
the two were to all intents: and purposes
engageo.-' . -v. , ;. v
The only thine I 'think of.' said the
gfntlemon, after a pause, is, that my sister
isinercis a? decided enemy to marriage,
and I hardly dare to tell, her that. I am
about to marry. If we only go away and
nave me ceremony-pcriofmed it would be
pleasanter.' ' Jt ''!'i '";' ' " '' '
-"'Suppose we.' go .to New York.' ine.
crested the bridft-ftWt rt:' -if ''
A'goed idea ;We11 goL1: Whencki
you be reay?''j ; ;;.i.'5 ' iv
I 'Next Mdndav'rnArniw. ''';':: r- 'v
So next" Monday morninor was aWeed
hpon.It so happened that Esther was
vv avtkip 5u iu,onaay aiternoon ior the
same place. - with i the .same Dnmosn in
l - - r i . .
tiewbttt of this'coincidence'neither par
ty was- aware "- A:. ' ' ' V
j .The, reader, will- please eo forward .,
. nuie; uxc parues. nave
reached Kew, York been united. in ,tha
holy bonds of matrimony, and are bow le
guy uusoana ana wue.; j-Xhey.afetnow
located at hotels situated on the same side
of the. way, but were far from being aware
oi .me, propinquity .un the mornmg sue
ceeding the two marriaees fbif bv a ain.
gular .chance they happened jon the'ame
J w- .
uay Jar- JDigeiow-and Esther started out
for a walk down street . It st hannnnpd
I that Philip and his wife were at the; same
uiumcut waiKing up; street i:he. natural
consequence was that the two par'tiemet,
r liood heavens 1 mv sister I ? eTila
'J Merciful goodness I my brother !'. re
turned Esther.-. v-i r .'....?' v, rr ".-
-' What brings you here, with Mr.' Bie
elow?' ' b i
Nay, how happens it that vou are
here, with Miss Treston 7
'Miss Preston is now my wife! ' "
'Mr. Bigelow is my husband I'
' 'But thought you were opposed to mat
. 'And I supposed you were equally so.'
mj mends,' interposed Mr. Bigelow,
'this is a day of surprise but I trust all
shall be made the happier thereby. My
regret, Mr. Manson, of robbing you of
your housekeeper, is quite dissipated by
me Knowledge that you have so soon sup
plied her place.'
The sensation excited in the village by
me return or the two brides with their
respective husbands mav be better im
agined than described. ' It gives us pleas
ure to state that neither Philip nor his
sister ever had occasion to recrret -The
Watching for a Tiger. ,
The spot I selected was at the edge of
a tank, where a tiger used to drink.
There was a large tamarind tree on the
bank, and here I took my post. A village
shikaree accompanied me. and soon after
sunset we took up our position on a branch
twelve teet from the ground. I shonld
first mention that we had fastened an un
fortunate bullock under the tree for a bait.
WelL we remained on our perch for a
couple of hours without anything stirrine:
it might be eight o'clock; the moon had
risen, and so clear was the lierht that we
could see the jackals at the distance of
half a mile, sneaking stealthily along to
ward the village, when a party of Brim
parries, passing by, stopped to water their
bullocks at the tank. They loitered for
some time, and, becoming impatient, I got
down from the tree with a , single rifle in
my hand, and walked up to them, telling
them that I , was watching for a tiger,
when they started off immediately.'
I was sauntering back to mv nost never
dreaming of danger, when ; the shikaree
gave a low whistle and at the same mo
ment a growl arose among some bushes
oetween me and the tree. , To make my
situation quite decided. I saw the shika
ree's black arm pointing nearly straight
under him, on my side of his post ' It
was evident that I could not regain the
tree, although I was within twenty paces
or it. 1 here was nothing for me to do
but to drop behind a bush, and leave the
rest to Providence. If I had moved then,
the tiger would have had me to a certain
ty; besides, I trusted to his killing the
bullock, and returning to the jungle as
soon as he had finished supper: "
Ti. -i t .
a was lernoic to hear the moans o
the wretched bullock when the tiger ap
proached. He would run to the end of
his rope, making a desperate attempt; to
oreas it, and then lie down, shaking in
every limb, and bellowing in the most pit
eous manner. The tiger saw him nlain
enough, but,' suspecting- something was
wrong, he waited growling round the tree.
as if he did not observe him. At length
he made his fatal ' spring.' with a horrid
shnek rather than a roar.- I could hear
the tortured bullock struggle under him,
uttering taint cries, which became more
feeble every instant and then the heaw
breathing, half growl, half snort of the
inonswr, as oe nung tonis neck, sucking
nis me's Diooa. " ' : r
" I know not what" possessed me at this
moment, but I could "not resist the temnt-
ationof a shot I crept up softlv within
- . a
ten yards of him," and kneeling behind a
ciump or dates, took deliberate aim at his
nead, while he lay with his nose buried in
the bullock's throat. He started with an
angry roar from the carcass when the bal
hit him. He stood listening for a.
and then dropped in front of me, uttering
a Buuen growl. There was nothing but a
date Dush. between us. - I had no weanon
... ...
yut mj aiscnarged rifle. 1 felt for my
pistois, out they had been left on the tree.
Then I knew that my hour was come, and
all the sins of my life rushed with distinct
ness across my mind. Imuttered a short
prayer,-and tried to' prepare myself for
oeatn.-which seemed inevitable.:
- -But what was my Won about ail" h
umer .-.ne had the spare guns wittrhimi
vu, as x niter waru letwneu, ner poor iei
low,- was trying to hre my' double' rifle:
bu(all my locks had bolts, -which he did
notHinde.rstand. and he could not cock it
He was a good shikaree, aiid knew that it
was my oniy cnance; so when he could do
no good, he did nothing. "."If Mohadeen
had been there, he would , s'oon have re
lieved me; but I had sent him in another
direction that day Well, some mm.
passed thus. ' ' " r --
; .The tiger made no attempt to come ati
me; a rav oi nope cnecrea me: ne miem ne
'dying.' I peeped through the-branches, but
my heart sank within me when his bright
green eye met mine, and Ms not breath ab
solutely "blew in my face.' II slipned'back
. a . ,
indispair, and growl warned me that even
that ; slight movement- was . noticed; i but
wbydjjd he not 'attack me?-- A: tiger is a
suspicious; cdwasdiy brute) and will seldom
charge unless he sees bis orey ; distinctly.
NowI was quite conceded 'by the date
leaves; and while I remained pefecily quiet,
Suspense was becoming ihtofle'rable' i-
Mt rifle- lav bseless at my side:' to attemht
tl tf " I A .
in lnftfl .if. wnnld havft bfifin instant Aonh '
My knees were, braised by the hard -gravel,
but I dare riot move a joints The tor
menting musquitoes swarmed around mv
face but I feared to raise my . hand to!
brush them off. Whenever the wind rnf.
fled the leaves that sheltered me, a hoarse
growl granted through the stillness of the
night Hours, that seemed years, rolled
on; i could hear the village gong Btrike
each hour of that dreadful night, which I
tuought would never end. . At last the
welcome dawn! and oh. how glad did I
hail the first ray of light that shot up from
tne horizon, for then the tiger arose, and
suJkily stalked off . to-some distance. I
f n 1 A. Xl a. t 1
ieu- mai me danger was past and rose
with a feeling of relief which I cannot des
: ? . - n i ... . .
unue. oucu a nigat ot sunerine was
enough to turn my brain, and I only won
der that 1 survived it. I now sent off the
peon for the elephant, and before three
u uiuuK oia uouau nad arrived. It was
all over in five minutes. The tieer rush-
ed to meet me as I entered the cover, and
one ball in the chest dropped him down
Stick to some ono Pursuit ..
There cannot be a greater error than
to be frequently changing one's business.
it any man will look around and notice
who have got rich, and who have not, he will
find that the successful have stuck to some
one pursuit. ; .. .
I wo lawyers, for example, begins to
practice at the same time. One devotes
his whole mind to his profession, lavs in.
slowly, a stock of legal learning, and waits
patiently, it may be for years, till he gains
an opportunity to show his superiority.
The other, tiring of such slow work, dashes
into politics. Generally, at the end . of
twenty years, the latter will not be worth
a penny, while the former will have a hand
some practice, and count his tens of thou
sands in bank stock or mortgages.
Two clerks attain a majority simultane
ously. One remains with his former em
ployers, or at least in the same line of
trade, at first on a small salary, then on a
larger, until finally, if he is meritorious,
he is taken into partnership. The other
thinks it beneath him to fill a subordinate
position,, now that he has become a man,
and accordingly starts in some other busi
ness, on his own account, or undertakes
a new firm in the old line of trade. Where
does it end? Often in insolvency, rarely
in riches. .To this .; every merchant can
testify . .. lVV ..;,....
- A young man is bred a mechanic. - He
acquires a distaste for his . trade, however
thinks it is a tedious way to get ahead,
and sets put for the West or for Califor
nia. But in most cases, the same rest
less, discontented and speculative spirit
which carries him away at first" renders
continuous employment at any one place
irksome to him, and so he goes wonder
ing about the world, a sort of semi-civil
zed Arab, and really a vagrant . in char
acter, and sure to die insolvent. . Mean
while, his fellow apprentice, who has staid
at home, practices economy and working
at bis. trade,, has grown comfortable in
circumstances, and is, perhaps a' man 0
mark. . . , . . , ,
There are men of ability in every walk
of life, who are notorious for not getting
along. . . Usually it is because they never
suck, to .any one business. ..Just when
they have mastered one pursuit, . and are
on y the point of .making , moneys they
change it for another, which. they: do not
understand, and in a little while what litT
tie they are worth; is lost forever. -We
know scores of such persons. ... Go where
you will, you will generally find that the
mgTtjrhp have failed in life are those who
nevewiuck to. one thing long. Ledger
Trusting in Providence.: v c
John Phoenix, of the California Pioneer
gets up some of the best of the day. ... Here
is one of his last efforts: 'Down on the
old plantation,' writes an esteemed friend,
'a planter and his favorite slave Zip,' fetood
upon the piazza of the ; Mansion -House:
gazing attbe weather. v'Massa,' said Zip,
'hadn't I better go drive in the cattle?'
'Oh no," they'll do well enough: -the storm
will soon be over, ahd,a little rain won't
hurt them any way.-. 'But Massed dose
hue horses under the tree;' too bad to leab
dem otfhin the raini .j T tm ririhn'thanvin
" & w VUM U
You need not-trouWyourself, 'Zip; -they
are ail Tight; we'll trust in providence.
'But ybu'U better . come out of the rain
youc'self. V So saying,- th -master turned
and went in the house. Zin. Drotestinir
' o
ious foj the fate, br ibe horses, followed bis
AVAmnlA.'k.A. . I. 1 1 '
vaamjiio; uuii ao BVUU ua 1110' Blorm Was
pvsr he took a stroll around the farm to
estimate the extent of the ' damages- and
mere directly undec the tree where they
had been standing: he found both horses
killed they had been struck by lightning.
uait m triumph, half m dole, he ran to
the house and eiclaimedw 'Dare Massa
what I tell you? v, 'What's the matter Zip?'
'Dont 1 tell you so?'-' Yes.'- but what's
the matter?' 'Dare's both the horses dead
as stones struckby lightning vou trust
to providence! You had better a trusted
old Zip.1' ;. - ' ' -i ,. '. .." '
Getting off Easy One of the States
passed an act that' no dog ; should go at
arge without a muzzle. - and - a 'man was
brought up for infringing the 6tatute. la
defence be' alleged that his dog had a
muzzle.' " - .. '. v ;; "
m , iHow is that l! quoth the justice.-
: -'u.saia. me ieiendant, the act says
nothihg where the' muzzle shall beplaceL
and '-st I1 thought the1 animal would like
the fresh air. I put it on his tail ' '
For the Spirit of Demoorscy.t
; ;. School Examinations. , '
Mr. Editor: It is customary in most
schools of any note, , to have a public ex
amination of the pupils at the end of each
term, for the purpose of showing to the
parents and public generally what progress
the students - have made, and thus stimu
late them to further exertions. And it is
the experience of aU , who have paid any
attention to this matter, that these exam
inations are very beneficial ;, For when it
13 known by the pupils that there is going to
be a public examination,, and that their pa
ents and friends will be present and know
just what advancement each one has made,
they will all endeavor to prepare them
selves for the occasion. But on the other
hand where there is to be no examination,
the school Jbecomes irksome and there is
no stimulant to induce, the children to
study; and generally the last two or three
weeks of the. school is of no account
But I do not , intend dwelling upon this
part of the subiect For I suppose all
are aware of the advantages arising from
a well conducted examination; therefore
it is useless to endeavor to prove that
which is conceded by all. - But what sur
prises me most is that all should agree
that examinations are very useful, and vet
so few pay any attention to them, , -
It is a difficult matter to induce half
a dozen persons to attend an examination
in most of the districts through the Coun
ty, and then-in nine cases of. every ten
they think it "does not pay ."' . Thev have
no delight in such things and attend mere-
iy ior curiosity. 1 ney are generally those
who have no children in the school and
therefore no interest. ' "But I suppose it
is not so in your town. I should suppose
that all would attend there: so my remarks
will not apply to them. ; ' But it is so in
most of our country districts. ' The peo
ple seem to have but one source of in
terest in the schools,, and that is, "put
down the school tax." They scarcely
ever visit the schools or attend the exam
inations; and the teachers and pupils very
naturally conclude that they do not care
whether any progress is made or not, and
are very apt to follow the example;? and
the "last day and the dollars,", generally
becomes the only incentive the teacher has
to induce him to perform his task.
But approach a person upon this sub
ject and his answer invariably is " I .havn'
time to attend to such things.'?. He never
considers - that he could sava ton'
hundred fold,' the time lost in this manner
by. the additional impulse given . to the
progress'; of his. child , in school. .If he
cannot, find .time .to attend to; his .own
business who' wiU ? Will the teacher fee
that interest in .the success of .his pupils
that he would if the. parent felt more in
terest? : Certainly not. . And if, under.such
circumstances, children do not .learn, who
cares? Certainly not the parent;. If he did
ne would show; it in some other , way than
slandering' the.teacher,when toolate. But
to better illusthite my meaning, suffer . me
to give a few brief facts which have come
under , my notice within the last month
, While "loafing " through our Couhtv.
fl believe that's what they .Call it when a
ieuow s aping nothing,; JL chanced to meet
an old mend ofv mine, , who . was then
engaged . in, teaching school in the, town
01 . : but . hold 1 mustn't get personal.
So 410 matter where it was-r-and he in
formed me that he was going to have an
examination and requested, me to attend.
He said that his pupils had been studying
very hard, preparing themselves to pass
a respectable examination, and that hie had
been laboring for the same, purpose. . ; So
having nothing else to. do. and feelinc
little anxious. to see howtbings of. that
1.: j !j: " 'i j1-i i ' . "
muu me. cuuuucteu in ni& juounty, ana
always being willing to! try to learn any
thing in the Jine of. teaching, I walked
with him down to the school, honse. .., The
house was nicely, swept and green bnshes
and, sweet flowers were plentifully strewn
around , the ' room, 'x and pretty ; giria and
smiling , bdys, to the. number of fifty or
sixty, were cither seated in the room or
laughing, and . skipping, upon . the play
ground. ' Taken, all together, rooms, flow
ers, bushes," girls and boys, they, presented
an appearance of beauty, neatness,, com
fort and sweetness, seldom, seen out side
of the school room, . ' - . '.'. :'.. '-:v'.-V
All seemed interested and each felt de
termined to acquit himself with . honor.'
One little boy remarked to ma that peo
ple had been saying '.'they were not learn
ing anything, but he intended to show
them better." "lie was hot afraid of fail
ing, but was bnly afraid that the house
would not hold all the people... He seem
ed anxious for the examination and so did
all the students. But alas J . they were
doomed to disappointment' Their hopes
of showing their' parents that' they had
learned well were to be crushed.5 -" Useless
fers,; those entertained bythat little boy;
for when the school bell rang not a spec
tator appeared except myself. As J look-,
ed over that congregation of young folks
I could notice' that the wonted smile had
left their faces; and in its stead a shade of
disappointment was visible on ererv brow
No., wonder-that : they; feltdisappointed.
aucjt uaji c-pcpiea 10 nave snowa: meir
parents" and friend " that their time had
not been 'mis-spjenfc " Theiy uthiui airi
bition had been raised to its i hiSeat x&teh
only to be dashed to the uud;: ' Tiiere
was a small- boy . who had -prepared aa
address for the opening exerciseV lie had '- .
labored hard and was " proud of the part
he was to perforiUi5fjWheh-t-teacher.
told him that he need'" no. 'perfora as "
there was none to' hear him, I .could al- '
most see the tears standing" in 'tiis 'eyesj
but he repressed them; and repliedjthat he
would' not stand for trifles, arid intended
to perform it anyhow.'f And be did; per
form it,1 commencing V-' ';.
" Respected Parents-' and 'Vtn&--We
are glad you have come "out toTiear as on.
this interesting occasion." :i -i . ;
Yes, very interesting indeed, . taught J, .
when-"there -was uot-a parent'nor friend
present to hear them; ;As -her proceeded
I thought , that his parent were missing a
treat, the equal of which they might nev4r
certainly would gladden the heart' 6f ' any
parent to have- his son- acdnit" himself -tfo
well. - ;:..st'rr'::Lrrf6j, -
'The examination proceeded but, not "
with that interest which would havemari
ed it had there '? been"" a ; number of the
parents present to hear the exerciseafc-" I
could every moment noticc.some oneci;.; .
ing an anxious look, toward-. the xloor. ."
Bat no "friendly form made, its' appearance
that forenoon. As I looked over thit' lit "
tie assembly and noticed- the disappoint-' '
ed J countenances;' I; thought--to 'jnvjaelf
what effect will this examination have unon
these children? WiU it stimulatLthem to '
further exertion in their studies? '.Will, ft -.
strengthen their good rcsoludons?a(ilt;
give them more confidence in thinileltes.. '
Or will it hot tend to depress theispirXP' -breakdown
theirenergyt cause them to
think that nobody cares whether, they im-j
prove - or not, and destroy all mducefneuta- -to
prepare themselves for another occasion ;
of the kind? ' And- what effect will ii have:
upon the teacher? Him. who baa exeirted -
himself, so faithfully to advanee.hispupil-
and( please his patrons. Would it tepd i
tqlesseh his troubles, of every day bcxtur-,.
fence, the trials and verntinns in whi-Jr 4 ;
teacher is continually subjectMrWittiii'
increase anyhappiues? he may. feel in, the
consciousness of having done.his dutyor, "
in seeing somany .smiliog faces around
him? Or on the "contrary will he not feel :
that his labors are riot appreciated, .land
will he not leave'his school, with his spir its
depressed, his energy , destroyed nd. y ,
certain : degree of ill feeling towarda'tb4 y ".
people of the district? I leave .these qiie'
tions for those who can to answer; -1
'" But -in comparison; orf father inc6-J 'v
trast with this, let me mention "an exam ;
inationfwhieh I. attended j since .-thei-sfl
just described. : I.did not arrive, untU.af,
ter the exercises "had -coramencedr "wa ?
whetf I did I 'could hardly'nnd.a'seatsii -accouurof
the room being crowdeoTwi-S :
spectators - And although I did not tfci&X
the ; students T;were vany;betterrprieare'd 1
than the others; - yet it seemed there
more energy manifested;" "There wamore- -inducement
to exertionrf-'There; wrefjia--rents
? and ! friendl, " acqhamtancean
strangers" to listen' to' thejie'rforhiancfi :'
They passed no better ' examination thai .
the others, ''yet' there' was an inducement
iaj mem w prepare memseives ior another- -occasion,'
which the others had notAntf--''-.' '
although ; they ' can claim no advantage'
this time,' i fear they will against the next- '
They wilf feel that their labors r e: knoa-
arid - appfeciafed,;; and they-wilf 'double : -
their CXertionS tft trnr tliA 'annlnnaa '
Iheir friejads in the future.' And the teacb-4 .
ers, also; will feet that their labors hato
not been in vain,'and i will ' be "richly ire-1
warded, for all their tfodble&i hv ih
proval of - their friends and )he Smiles5 "pft. ;
ah approving conscience: jts&&?:.t '
i If parents would pay more ' attoritfoik1 :
to their children while in schbol-visitthe1 .
schools; ofterief attend me'fexammatwi' . '
and encourage 'tbenf'ln' ibefr vt)&itkffr3- ' .'
knowledge, there would Te fess room foff ,
'finding fault with the teacher." v Indeed,' T ';'
beliere it ': is' a general " rule. that the ' .
parent -who is 'interested in the advance
ment of his? child and is in the habit or t
visiting the school: oever rrumblei against
the teacher:" j;'.j n-a. l
Then' seeing 'the importance rof fheie ' -
matters, will the people riot 'pay' more at-? T
tentiori to them? ; Will not ' the teachers
strive to'-awan - an 6 ia them!
Fellow-teacher it' is to -vonr : drintAir '
You. know how much better yon can labor, ' .
and now much happier you feel when all '
are interested in the BChooLr:.ThMi tV. .
hold of 'be work in earnest, and youwiH
oe ncniy rewarded for your labors ; m
: v If ever I have the pleasure of Tiitl W
another . examination - in the" Coudt.
want ; to '6ee a crowded house; and if X;i ;.
should engage in teaching nextwii3er..a.
I expect to doil want the pcoe to cattM-'-
out and see what ; I --; 1 .Bat -siepV. fc ; '
fear J am growing tedious, aftd.-therefore 0
mhst conclude by saying that should-this V ;
article succeed in calling the att.ation of :"
any of your. readers to the sabject'eon-.f
tained therein;; it will gratify the highest:
wishes of. your old and true fricad, - s.'.'
. D00UTTXX,s JR. 5: t
Qtirplace, July 14, 18551.' ; .1
I3"f- William Pitt'and Heiirv'Dunda
had been dining together arid bu enteriag;?
the House of Commons, 'holding each ot V tf
er up as they came in; Pitt said tvW 1 i
boon Companion, "I do not see the aak z
er, Harry, do jou?" v- ::"-v-"''1
'-"j' Not see' him,-Billy T said: Dwndas
I SCO WO." ' ;-"'' 'if-
" These twolmes whiehlook: so soleraji, '
Were put here to Gil this column.

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