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"" .'; I luul tall Mai, Christinas morning,, y'
- Aa h sat upon wy kmie,;. ;.-y-c
Holding fast Ids littlo stockings,
v "Stuffed as full As full coulil le,
fcoif And attentive listening to me, r .f.T
,'Wttk a face demur axil luikl, ; .
" i. '..Tliat old Sauta Claus, wli'o filled tlicin,
" Did. not love a naugtitjr cttild.
0 ,lJaiAre'll;le good, wont wa.modtir" .
, ' , ci:i ,'And;froiu my lj bI id, . , : .
Ki4XMggbi deep among the goodies , .
' 'in hid criiuson 'tstockingg hid
- ,0TPhu I ta'riied file td my taWo.N' ,
' itv - AVtei-e teuipting goWot stbocly
- -' : Urinnuiiifr Lieu witu dainty ecg:nog,, '
19 Witli lii Ts hfto't, nothing loth, ;
Mpa.t by TVy;f 'entirtu.inmwit,' . '
. .. ' ' And, in not the gentlest jvviiuor ' " ?
.'' I oafes', I rather rttdety s ; i - -.-Si '
Mfc65'wBtbiprciw-store-' '5-',J: ..."
lteaa;bfcsiry fieen pouring l-:"u?--V
t 'I Ids' tiiy' pip jitoiS;i;i . r; . ;':. . '
K-Vj; AYita genuVoua look ihsit shnjucd 1:1 . ; " .
Sprang ho froiu'th carpet briglftr . , ' .
' -' - 'SKoWiiiji l.hi mien indlijiia'nt" J (
' bals'8 eoABi of right.'-: ; -
' , -W'l ?'! '? ' : ji-"! )' :,. 4:
' , Xs Ji9 hJ-U his apron viilte ' .. .
. MW : iYtfW aaU katW'tuy candy Vabbit ! r
, j': i ' V.-.But tho'doofUFJu fastened tigkt ;' i? '"f-'
.....t "iBhd'8t) abM Wid aileut, ; ij T !-
. . ' i s;;irJln lP t'tuUa E. this floor,
Y-V'i 3. ' - 7 i -1' ' v. V.-i
luuf ff inaiml nil ii,t rinitr.
, f . --- - -
ja'. "lijea, as by sorao'aadden ixapjpUii -i
1 Quickly -ran, h V. tli fire, w . ; , . '
'.Watcliod thtt flanm co.hitth nid higher, .
r"7 a biaVc,'ulcar key-ha shouted, V f
-'i,?4lk iwime: htttfiy litUV if,? vv tji
X ionta ivBUri, couits awn cu. i-iumuiy j
2Jk ;ttkmy nigdir;)lmvQ Jierslf !" , . r! '
wilt' be a gobd' gii tSunnti'' '
; j;-'SiIi I, filing the reproof, -.'l;.f:?t
: . i;"-And afrajghtway aicaiid j)or JIardey-,;
:. . 1 Mewing on the gallery roof. ' r
V Sfloutho anger was prgoUcn, , ''i-f - ' '..
'...'"' . ' f ' " Laugh ter chased awky thQ frown, ''; y!
SMV And they gfthibokjd',,ncath the live aks
. . W-v'TiU-tha dusky nigtit coai down .r -:;- '
. - .:" " .
r In my, dim, fire lighted chamber
vTrariil-y; puv'red beneath, iiy shSLi
r tmi- jjjy piay-wxrn boy"leid na
ki'aieU t iy bos-eveuing prayer;: iw
' TVsj) ftQod Uass fader iod bess motleiw : '
,-1 .j,; - Ood bes filster," then a, pause, ; r.,.' '
' V"' And'ibc sweet young lips devoutly' V' -'
yl ' - Murmtired God bess Santa 'KauSol"
-'fo ',vir:.AVi.'.?.i,' l.'";; ".'uf"1',
9 r," Vile i sWeping-browu and silken a ; J ; i
;svtw! : liethe liinhes, long .and lueek,;,, . '
. s Llka cavsing,'clini;ing shadows ";" " ;
Oii his "plump1 and peachy cheek; y 7 '.
V ' AiI'beiMtabover lrini, weeping -. -' 1
-"r.Vr f.Tbaakrul tears--Ohi UudulileU n r-?.? 1
- 'jv.'i f or a woman's crown of, glory, 4 ; f , : t , ,
. :7 - For tlia blessing of a child.. . " '-
, Cbarles J Nelsoil tai- reached his thir-
. ,-ty-uftb year, and at that iige he felt him
; ; . v";Vaelf going down hill. ' !; He had once been
ty ry one" of the happiest of mortals;;. nd' no
. : 'blessing was wanting to. complete the sum
:.;'-' of -Vis happiness.! He 1 had 5'6ne;of the
. y ; test tf VivcR,' arid hiai "children were intel-
- l" ligent and comely. He was.a carpeuter
:." uy . trade, ' and : no" man could 'command
.' ' better wages, or be' inore'sare of wdrk.
, If any touTi attempted to-bnild a house,
; . iCharles Xelso'n ranst lioss the' joband for
1 :'mile3 around, people sought him to work
"for them; -V But a change ha'd conie over
'Tiia life' '"Ardemon had met him on his
(i zimmyt? inrl' ri i t nfnpd ha lAc ' ve f t h tKft TI
'been' sentf6r"by those -who could no Ion-
erMepend upon Xelsonyaud he had set
stled in the' village and now took Nelson's
15 6 place: - ;-' - h ;- -' 'i::
" ' On a back street," where, the great trees
;' threWs their, greeny branches ; over, the way,
y stood a small icottage, which' had once
''been the pride of its inmates.."' Before it
streaced ; a . wide . garden, but ialli 5rank
grass grew n among the choking flowers,
-'f'and the paling of the. fence was broken
inf. many; , places. . The house itself had
..onceibeenhite, put it was now"jdingy and
. dark. ' Bright green Hinds had 6nce ad
orned7 the? -wiadowg,- but nowthey had
been taken off and sold. ' And the win
dows themselves bespoke poverty and ncg-
: t- -lect, for in many places the glass was bro
''kenV and .shingles,-rags and old hats had
- rtaketf 'its' placed' A: singlo Idokat the
; house and "its acconipauiments tQld ; th?
Vstory. j. It was the drunkard's home. r
: y-; Within sat a wbvaaa yet m the early
: -'VycaTR'of lifejthongh she was still handsome
r. to look upon, the bloom was gone from
her cheek, and the " brightness had faded
' from s her eyes. - Poor ;Mary:-Ncls6n!
.' "t 'dnce'she had; been the- happiest among
, y.; the happy, but now none could be more
miserable! "N"ear ,v her , 6at two children,
a?both girls, and both, beautiful in form and
- feature; but their garbs were all patched
; and' worn, and their feet were shoeless.
The eldest was thirteen years of age, anil
tt,-theVyoungest. two. years younger.1 The
v mother 'wbs hearing them recite a gram
':.ni8t lesson,; for she .had resolved that her
?i children should not grow np in ignorance.
'tf ;They could not attend me common.- schools
' t .. for thoHghtlass: children ' sneered at them,
.. f jiand raado.tham the-snbj'ect.of sport and
; ridicule; bnt in this respect they did not
suffer, 'for tlicir uiother was well educated,
and sW'deVotcd such time as she could
spare to their instruction. 1
', For mpre,.than two. rears JIary Nelson
liad'cafncd an tlie money that'' bad been
earned in. the house.'., People had hired
her to wash, iron and sew for them, and
besides the jnOney paid, ; they crave her
many articles' of food and clothing1: So
slic lived ''on, and the "-duly joys that dwelt
with her niOAV. were leaching her!children
and proyiug to God. ' ' : j
' Supper time came,' and Charles Nelson
came reeling hamc.'-' lie had worked the
day before atMielpiiig' to 'move abuildinE:,
and thus had earned money enough to
find Mtnself til rum for several days: As
Hie stumbled into the house the children
crouched close to 'the .mother, -and. , even
she Rhrauk away, for Sometime her husband-:
was dangerou3 when, thus intoxi
cated t .-.''
j .0, . lidw that mail had changed "wj thin
two years! ; Ouce there was not a finer
jookingimaa in tls town. '-. lix frame he
had been tall, stout,". compact and periVct
ly formed, white his face bore the ..tery
beau-ideal of manly beauty. But aU was
chaugeu mow! ? Jlis nobie.form was bewt,
his. limbs shrunken and tremulou?, hifact:
all bloated aWdisfiurured.!,! He -.was ".not
the man he had once been, the found bur,-,
band' And" :ddating.:, father I The loving
wife had prayed and wept, and imid.ored,
but all .to noipurpose;' the hul.-iiid was
bound to the driukingi,eouis'Cnion5' of th?
bar-room,1 and h -would not: .break his
bonds i .
That evening Mary kelson ate.no sup-
per,' for all the- fo,ol!shc had i:i the liouse
: there ;wai" not r-more,th!vn ,enpgh. or her
husband wid children: but rheix her lms-.
"" ...... y.::
lew berries, aud thus Kci)t hsr.vux.1 eini oy
alive, ; i That iiight .tho poor wontau pray
edr rong and' earnestly, and her, little one
prayed with her; . ;,-': ; v
s: ;On lh6 following' morning Charles 'Ki'l
'soo. sought ; the L-bar-room as soon as he
arose,; but' ha, was sicktand fdlnt; and li
quor, would not revive .him, for iti would
not- , remain ijn, his; stoinach.:.; Ho had
dmnlc very -deeply; the tiight.hfore. and
'he felt miserable.; ; A tleugth, however, i.e
managed $.a Jkeep-dowHj a few glasses of
hot sliiig, but tire close atmosphere of the
bar room scerUied tasUfie timand be
li.'tThe,po)r.-niau.had sense enoiijrh to
know, that if he couhl sleef. he woU:d fee!
better, -ttnd he had just feeling enougU'toj
wish to keep away from home; o he wan
dered "off towards a wood not far from the
village,; andjsunk down by the side vf a
stone .wally . and ; was- soon buried in pro
found slomber.V ,Whcu ho awoke the buu
was shining down hot upon him, and raising
himself to a F sitting posture, , he gazed
about-him. . Hei. knew that it was after
noon, for the sun was turning, toward the
west. ; He was just upon the point of ri
sing, when his motion was arrested by the
sound, of voices near at baud. ' He look
ed .through a chink in the. wall, and just
upon thei other idc die saw Uis two chil
dren, picking', berries, , while further off
were two more girls, the children of t lie
carpenter.'who bad;lately iuovc,d to the
village, y l: - -r. ; ,-; : - -'-. - ,
."Como, Katy,".i;aid one- of these- latter
girls X her. companion, "5t's go away
from. here, because if any body sliould see
usytflfch those girls they'd think, we play
ed with fem.;V, Come." V ' y. ;;
: : 'B;ut the berries arc thick here," rcmon
trarted the other. ' v-
"Ntfver- miud we'll, come some time
when these little ragged, drunkard's girls
aren't here." I .v . ';' y - y .
So the two favored ones went away
hand, in hand and: Xelly and Nancy sat
down upon the grass and.cried. - . v
i "Dont -cry.r Nangy," said the eldest,
throwing her arms, around hcr sister's
becfc-;-i,:'':..;i-f;;t -.;. ... -, ; ..
"But you are crying, Nelly." .
i . -O, J can't help it," sobbed the.stricken
one. . . . -r; ,' .: :'-:;y'::;;W.:
, ''Why' do they blame us?' murmured
Nancy, . gazing up to .her sister's face.
"Oil, we are not to blame,;, ,AVe are good,
and kind,' and loving, and we never hurt-j
any-body. , Oh, I ; wish somebody would
love us; I should be so happy." ...
.... "But we are !ovcd, Nancy. Only think
of our mother. . Who could love! us as
she. does?"-:,:': 'Ju -,-:,-ix:,-. . ;f
r: I .know I know Nelly; but that isn't
all. tiWhy .don't 'papa. Jo.ve us as he used
to do? Don't .you remember when he.
used to ki$3 us aud make ns happy? O,
how. I wish he could be so good to us once
more. He is not-r-" , ? i ;'.---'....
. :.r sh,'.issyl don't say any thing more.
He may be ' good to ns again; if he .knew:
how '.we' loved hira. J know :.he; would.
And ? then I , believe God is good,; and
surely he will help us sometime. .
"Yes," auswered Nancy, "I know he
does; and God ' must be our father sonie
tirhe.'.' ., ' : - x; . i ': ; :
" "He is our father now, sissy." .
; "I knew; it; bnt he must' be all we shall
have by-and-by, for don't you remember
mothertcld ',. ns that she must leave us
one "of these days? She said a cold fin
ger was upon her heart, andr-and "
y: "sh sissy! Don't don't ' Nancy;
yon'll ". 'y ; "y ' - - r , ,
'y The words w6re choked np jvith sobs
and .tears, . and;' the sisters wept long' to
gether.y'.'AtlenjV.the'arosd'alid went
away, for they saw more children com-
,,As soou as tha little ones were out of
sight, Charles Nelson started to his feet.
Ilia bauds - were clenched, and his eyes
were fixed upon a vacant poiut with an
eager gaze.
t'ily God!" he gasped what a viiiian
I am! Look at lun. now What a stats
1 am in, and what. I have sacrificed to
bring myself to. it? And they love me
yet, and pray fur me!" .. ,
.( jlle said no more, but for some moments
he stood with his hands still clenched, and
eyes fixed. At.- lengh; hi gar.e was tur
ned,' and his. clasped hands were raised
above his bead. A moment, he remained
so, and thtu his hands dropped ny nis
side and he started homeward.
When he reached his home he found
his . wife and children hi tears, but he af
fected to notice it not. lie drew a shil
Iinsr from his 'ocktt it .was Lis last and
handing-it to his wife, he'askwd her if she
could send and get some mijk nt'.d flour,
and make. him some porridge. The wife
was startled by the Bti-angu tone in which
this was snoken, for it souudud jnst as
that voice had sooiided in dsys gone by.'
j . The porridge was mavlo uicj and nour-
lshing, and uar'.es. ale Jt ah. lie. went
, to bed .eavly, auil early on the following
! .morn: ha ha was up. ' He asked his wife
if she had milk and Goar enough to make
him another bowl of. porridge.
"Vt-s, Charks,:' she ca iu,
touched It' "V- ';
"we 'have hot
j . .'Tbcu if you arc willing, I should like
soye more. -:
The wife moved niieklv about, the 'work,
ere .long the food
hu vjau-i r.te. it, and
was . preparea.
fsit belter,
I le washvd itud drjessed, and would 1mv
shaved liad his. baud been steady chough,
lie. left his h'um'e went at, once to a
wuo-Jiaa ju.-it cimmciica ,a ir.ame
Jipiie.. ,; . . . , . .v , . -.
".rr..'Ma.!iey,"' ho said, aaoressiiig' the
gentl'Muan alluded, tx''-I hn vp. drunk-'lhe.
last drop of a'.eoh.Mic beverage that ever
pusses my .Ui-'R. . Ask mc'u'o more1 ques
tion?,;, but, beaeve me now while you see
u-.Q true.' y Will you give me work?" ' ; -.
' ".j':Charks.?js elson; &rc'.you in'earnest?"
asked Maaleyi 'iirshrrtsc.,' ' .'.' '.' ".' .
"So Tanch' so, sir,-lh.it wcre death to
stand xr,x')i my 'right hiii.d, and yonder
b&r-rnoru j;poii my
tlx prim, jnciweiiof
left, I would go wilh
ll:vt " : , y
-. 'IlieinieVe VA my T.ouaa-lyitig about us
iu rough limbers and boards. I place it
all; iii yS:ir. 'hands, Vivd, shall look to you
.o'fi'.iiib it. Come iuto my ctTiee, aiiU' you
sliali have t!i pnin'l Lave'. drawn." '
I wiil hof'tel! von" how that stout man
slid how his noble friend shed
to see tii'.n thai;; but Charles. Xelsnh took
the pl..n, and having feUidied it , fora while,
lie went out where the ; viea were at work
getting the limber togetherand Mr. Man
ley iutrotlucud him. as their master Thai
he worked but little, for he, wa? .not
stroug yet,
but he arranged . the tinil't-r,
and gave , directions '.for
njght ' .'he-' a?ked his. 'employer if he 'dared
to trnst hi;a '.with a dollar.' , .'".' .
"Whv, vou have earned three," return
edMindcy. ;,y . y; . ' '. . .-
... "And.Vill you pay me three dollars a
. flf you are as faithful us you have b.cen
to'-dav, for you will .save me money at
; The poor man could not speak his thanks
in .words, . but looks spoke for him, and
Mauley understood them. , He received
his three dollars, and on his way home he
stopped and . bought first a basket, then
three, loaves of bread, a pound of butter,
some tea, sugar, and a piece of beefsteak;
he had just one dollar and seventy-five
cents left.' With this load he went home.
It was some time before he could compose
himself to enter the' house, but at length
he went in and set the, basket on the tabic.
."Come, Mary." "he said, "I have brought
something home For supper, : HereNell'',
you take the. pr.il' aud run over to Mr,
Brown's aud get a couple of quarts of
miik.' . :. ' y" ; ;, . .
.'He handed her a shilling as he spoke,
and iu a half-bewildered state she took
the money and hurried away. "
The wife started when she raised the
cover, or the basket, bnt she aarea not
a . . 1 "I
si)ea'c. She moved about like one in a
and ever and anon she would
casta furtive glance at her husband.
He had not been drinking she knew.it
aud yet he had money to buy rum with u
he wanted it. What could it mean? (),
how fervent the prayed then. -. "
Soon Nelly returned with the milk,' and
Mrs. Nelson set' the table but." After
supper .Charles arose.and said to his wife;
; ;. ,''I must go up to Mr. Mauley's office
to help him arrange some plans for his
new house, but I willbe at home early, V
. ; A pang shot through the wife's heart,,
as she saw. her husband turn nway bnt
still she was.' far . happier than she had
been before for a long while, Theres.was
something in his-maimer, that assured her
aud gave her hope. " '
Just as the clock struck nine, the well
known foot-fall was heard, 6trong .'and
steady. The door opened - and ; Charics
entered, His wife' cast a "r quick, ' keen
glance into his face, and she almost utter
ed a cry of joy when she saw how he had
changed for the better. He had been to
the barber's and hatter's. .' Yet nothing
was said on the. all-important subject
Charles wished to retire early, and his
wife went with him. In the morning the
husband arose first and built a fire. .Mary
had not slept'tiil lung after midnight, hav
ing been kept arakc by tumultuous emotions,-"tint
'had started np in her bosom,
nnd hence hc awoke not so early as usual.
But she came out just as the tea-kettle
arid' potatoes began to boil, and breakfast
was soon ready.
After the meal was eaten, Charles arose
and put on his hat, and then turning to :
his wife he asked : - . ' ' I
What do you do to-day?"" -
"1 must wash' for Mrs.' Bixby." -
"Are you willing to obey ine once
more ?" '
"O yes." '
"Then work for mo to-day. Kend
Nelly over to toll MrB."; Bixby thu you
are not well enough to wash, for you are
not. 1 Here is a dollar, end you must do
with it as you ldea?e. Buy something
that will keep you busy for yourself and
children." V ' " ' ' '
' Mr. Xekon turned towards the door,
and his hand wes upon the latch. He
uiu not six'fffc. but he onened hit arms.
ami his wife sank .-Upon his bo.om. - lfetions which ho mar "think will be'of use
kisFed her, atid then; having gently placed
her iu a seat, he left the honse. When
he went to his work that morning he felt
well, and very happy. Mr. Mauley was
by to cheer hyn, and this he did by talk-
ling and acting - a. though' Charles had
htrer becu unfortunate at all.
I r It hf as Saturday evening, and. Nelson
i has 'been a week without' mm. lie had
earned fifteen doilatt, ten of which he had
now in hU pocket, , y j.-y y n.
"Mary," ho said after the supper table
. i , , i . .i .
nau ucen : cieareu away, " nere are icn
.dollars for you, and I want you to expend
it. iu clothing, for yourself and children.
I havj earned hfteeii dollars during the
last Gve , days. I" am. "to lihiid Squire
Mauley's great house, and. he pays me
threw dollars a 'day , . A good job, is it not?"
Mary" looked, up, her . lis moved, but
.she- Could not speak a word. " She strug
gled a few moments, and lhe:i burst into
uars." '"Her husband took her by the arm
anci drew; bcr upbfi his lap, and then pre3:
sed her to his bosbm. ,
"Mary," he whispered," while the tears
ran down his own cheeks; "you are not
:dfec'ived. I am Charlev Nelson once
more, and will be while . I live. " Not by
any act of mine shall another cloud cross
vour brow." ' And then he' told her of
the words he had herurd on the previous
Monday while he. lay behind the wall. . ,
-'.'. Never before," he said, " did I fully
realize how low I had fallen, but the scales
dropped from my eyes then as though
soma "one had struck them 'off with a
sledge, . My soul started up to a sland-
po.iiit.lroiijj.watca . ad tempters, ot earth
cannot ' 'tt$&,.:'-'; YourTt;ftvc"ra are an
fewmiT aiy.nvu'ije.v . - ' - -,.''
Time pasia? on, and the cottage once
more a.ss;:med its gnrb of pure white, and
its whole wiiiflows and green blinds. The
rosus. iii the ' garden s-iniie j, and in every
way did. the; iniprovcmcut. work.' Ouce
ugain .was Mary Nelson among the happi
est of the. hapuv, and their children, choose
t ! i e i r o w u a s o e i : 1 1 c 3
tor in!. . -
nOW. JiUiipUS
: ijy THOMAS CAilLYlil.E.
A coarse, ragged plebian ff.ee it was,
with great crags of check bones a large
amount cf wild, passionate energy and
appetite ! But iu hi dark eyes were Goods
cf sorrow; and dctpejl melancholy, sweet
ness and myslerj vee nil -there. Often
did they seem to meet in Luther the very
opposite poles in man's character, lie,
for example, of whoai Iliehtcr had said
that his words wefc half battles; he, when
Tie first began to preach suffered Shheard
of agony. iVl)r.- Staiipitz, Dr. Staii-
1 , ,,t . . .... T. , - .ii. . XlLhildren caunot appreciate the benc-
ordcr, "I cannot do it: I , shaTr die nj,: ... i - 1 .
three months: rindecd I camiot do it2 derived from an education, and
d)r. Stahpitz, a wise and considerate man; j umSt therefore" have, some other iuduce-
said upon this', "Well, Sir Martin, if you j merit to study," and I know of no better
'must die, you must but remember that n.i.r.y.,,,.,, J .!,., 'r..,.c0M r.we'
.L -.:. ' 11- - . 1 1 li-.-t'O .
utey iieeu goon, ncaus upjouuei, 100
preach, man, preach ana then live or
die, as it happens." So Luther, preach-
1 " t 1 "- .1 -1 1 - - ? ' T 1 -
; u "'.,". " ,u "u y
III,'!!! 11 I IW Mil III 1' M f I T v III IVM! S Ul! IU
o; v - ; c. -
out resting in the world;' and also, before
he died, he : wrote very "many books
books in which'the true man was Tor in
the midst of ail they denounced and curs
ed, what touches of tenderness lay ! Lbok
at' the Table-talk, for example. - We sec
in it'a little bird, having alighted at 'sun
set, On the bough of a- tree that grew in
Lntkfer's garden. ; 'Luther looked up at it
aud'said : "That little bird, how it cowers
down its 'wings; -steep's there so still and
fearless, ' though : over it are the infinite
starry spaces, and the great blue" depths
of iunnensity ! Yet it fears not it is at
home. ' " The God ' that ! made it too is
there!" The same gentle spirit of lyri -
eal admiration is in other passages of his
book. Coming home from Letpsic in the
autumn season, he breaks forth iuto living
wonder at the' fields of corn; "How it
stands thcre.'Mie says, "erect on its taper
stem and bending its beautiful golden
head with bread in it the bread of man
sent to him yet another year!", Such
thoughts . as these are as little windows
through which we gaze iuto'Uhe interior
of the serene' depths of Martin Luther's
soul, nnd see, visible across the tempests
and clouds, a-whole heaven of light and
love." lis, might have painted,. he might
have sung could have been beautiful
like Raphael great likeMichael, Angelo.
(Diiuntliosi aJ.
.' : :' For the Spirit of Democracy.
ffiatistlcH in cho2x and Aids to
Almost, pr I might say, fjnite, every
teacher of ourcoramon schools, keeps some ,'is
kind of statistics iu bis school. Indeed
th , reouirea that everv teacher shall
keep a daify register, rhrowins; tho names,
.igesand actual attendance of his pupils.
But beyond' this we generally f.nd the
teacher's statistics iu our common schools
very scarce. There are things which hap
pen almost every day in the school room,
worthy of. note, by the attentive teacher;
and which mav be turned to nroGt in r.f er i
e turned to proutin r.f er j : :. ; 4 ucre is no lrutn m ine rumor xnai
, yes every teacher might &mi& has Wn-p'poiutctl tJonsul toTim
.. , , . , . Ibuctoo. Smith is art able maii, but he is
me kind of a journal, mi . , ..i.'t- 1 4
, ' mixed up too mncii with-Brown ' of Ar-
life. And almost,
afford to keep some
which to cote those various little transac
to hi th. And in which he. might keep a
general report, showing the condition of
his entire school. Besides this, 'every
teacher should keep a faithful record of
the conduct of each pupil, rind such con
duct open to the pnpiPs inspection.'"" '',j
He 'should alio, keep' a record of each
and every recitation. 1 For jhis purpose a;
book, similar to the "daily register should
be used, in which should be kept the names
of the pupils belonging to each class.
And opposite the name' should be noted
the grade of each recitation, denoting a
perfect recitation by some number, as 10
aid then grading below this, in propor'
tion to the number of mistakes made in
reciting." And such record should be
read before the school, at stated periods
of time. At the end of each week, or
each day if co'rivenieut. Some teachers
may think they have not time to attend to
such matters, but if they will try it, they
will find that, it consumes less time than
might be supposed. And Jhey ' ji ill . a!so
find, that it will give a new impulse to
their pupils. No oue will desire to have
the worst feport, but on the contrary.HCh
will vie for the best; and they will thus
receive a new incentive to study. Tach
one will look forward to the time when it
shall be made known to the whole school,
whether he has behaved well or illy, wheth
er he has recited correctly or incorrectly;
and the teacher will find that instead of a
labor creating institution, it will have the
contrary effect. It will save hint the
trouble of a -great .deal of scolding and
ft,etlinr; Bave him the mortification of;
hearing lessons contnuully murdered; and
give him the pleasure of seeing all ber
come interested in the different branches
which they may be studying. ,
. Besides this teachers may accomplish a
great deal by giving to parents, monthly
( or weekly printed reports of the conduct,
recitations, &c. of their children.-"'
This will also create an interest in the
mind of the child." lie will labor hard to
obtain a good report; one which will meet
! with the approbation of a father or moth-'
er.'"- Parents will also take more interest,
they will bo apprised regularly of the con
duct and advancement of their children,
and will encourage the child to a better
performance of its duty " ' ' " '
- - 1
.. i i .. ... -l. : l . i - i
of. I. cannot think it strange that teachers !
have" so much diEculty in governing their
schools. The" opposite would be more
strcuge. .. ;.';.. r . y,'" '. "' '''''
When teachers adopt such plans as the
foregoing,' they can find more time to
lay down the master and adopt the teacher. )
'' ;"-" A SIl.ab!a Xlviger.
' My friend" asked Anthony Ilox, a su
perb engine driver, on the Ohio river, how
he came to get free ? ' - v ' ' 1 .
"Why, Massa Vincent,' my health was
very bad when I was iu Kentucky; I
couldn't do no-kind of -work; "1 was very 1
; feeble: 'twas jes as, iuuch as I could do to
jhoe my. own' garden and eat the sass; and
i the missus that owned me1, see that I was
a mis'able niirsrer one of the inis'ablesl
kind. So 1' ain't worth nothing, and 1
think you'd better sell ine, I'r.yuch a
mis'able nigger." Now, Massa Vincent,
I ': was sue h a ioor nigg
that missus
agreed to sell me for one hundred dollars.
and I agreed to try to work and earn the,
money to pay her; and I did, and my
health has been getting better ever since,
and I 'specks 1 made about uine hundred
dollars' that time' out yof that niggeri"
Wnh, wall,1 Massa Vincent." v y ;"
U Who ever saw a dog fighter who
did not spell philosophy with, an f F ?" "
The. Struggle', for the: Speakership.
Frotn the correspondent of Ike Associate Press.
Washinhtox, Pec th Midnight.
Two members of Congress have arriv
ed. They dont' know who they'll vote
for. One is from Pike county, Missouri,
and drinks Bourbon whiskey Everything
in eonfusiion as regards the organiza-
woii 01 iioue.
The President will send a
Congress this year. ;i ;
: 7 . 1 o'clock, .A. M.
The President has sent for a file of Ma
rines to protect the message . from the
printers. ;, '." ' ' '
I am informed on the best authority,
that the message will contain some rcfer-
ence 10 our fureigu relations.
: There is no truth in the rumor that
kansas, who play3 poker, when' he ought
to be stumping his district f .;"
FronTOur Own Correspondent. , ;
(Sicvrn' not to rp rite for any other paper.y
:" ; ' wWAsmxoTON, Dcc.' 11.
Things look now as if Jenkins of Flor
ida would be , chosen Speaker. - Jenkins
is a National Know. Nothing, Abolition,
Southern Rights, Deimocratic, Hard Shell,1
Twelfth Election Whtjr.' It is supposed
that he can control the votes of - all the
parties. - He ia all right c onv the goose ;
question. , . - . . ? .
The . commissioners for rnamug the
boundary line between Hobokeu and Ber
gen arrived m town to-day, and had an
mterview Willi the Attorney General. -It
is supposed that the boundary line will be
run iuto the grounds - , ; ; - .; ; : t,
, Jenkins' chances are looking up. On
the last ballot. he ouly wanted oue', hun
dred and thirteen votes of an. election." , ' i
i v Frora Another Corresponlent.
" Washinoton, Dec. 11 2 A. .M
t The Governor oF Coney Island has sent
for aid' to quell the el am "rebellion. "The
President feeling that it wa3 a ve,ry-:deiiT
cate question, has senii word -to 4iim to
take all -precautionary' measures -16 put
down, the clams in soap or fritters; but
der. ' , . ... .... - s ...
' The President and Mrs. Pierce weht
to see the Netrro Min6trels , to-night.
The Southern party ia the Hons are in
dignant,1 and said thereafter they would
not dine with Mr. Pierce or borrow mon
ey of him. 7 '-" '-""- " " , : " '
Mrs. John . Quincy Adams Lafayelte
Bro'n gave her first soiree dansante last
night, at her residence on Kansas Avenue.
Brown was not about, as he was detained
at bluff with, the A mbassador ' from the
Vale of Cashmere.- The party was bril-
liant, and many ' members were present
Mrs. B. is first conEin of Mr.-J.., Smith,
who has applied to Congress for a patent
of the double rotary back action side
wheel high pressure machine for cutting
out, sewing, washing, and stiffening. shirt
collars at four cents a-piece. : ' -
I had a conversation with the I'resid-
dent about the Message, and he ,says: he
intends to give Knglaud
vice.. -; '-'.,-
some good- ad-
j: S.;
From our Secret Correspondent. ?
' In 'the'VoKfideneroftfiti Cabinet. " y
Washington, Dec.UI-4 A.M.' '5
I learn there will bo uothing. in the
Message about ottr.r,clatious with the Eng
lish governmenf. ' . " ? .-,
I have excla'siy biformation' that the
President has refused copies ofv the Mes
sage to any one. Pilkwalkih,.the. editor
I of the Koos Co. paper, a great- friend of
the l'resident, could not get one, and he
threatens to come oiit for Jecins Buchanan.
" Pierce says he won't give in. v He is iron.
. y , VA Moderate Editor. . .
reat pill and
ointment man m London, wrjtes to
VamVAeW on the subject of adve
ing. ylle says:
"I)e.u Bin, A correspondent of yours
has recomended your paper to inc.; us an
advertising medium. He mentioned the
circulation, but may have been mistaken
in the amount. Will yon kindly inform
me as to the circulation of your weekly,
as I wish to make a contract with you for
the insertion of my advertisement. I am
unlimited in' my advertising; my list of
papers is now 1 300, and I pay in advance.
Yours respectfully. '
To5 which the editor of the News re-
Jsponds: y.. 4 v.. "'""tt' " k''
i Vkky pkah Sir, The -circulation of
the Pruirie Xetvs, which has been iucreas
than two years, now amounts 10 forty
tlirec, though I aiu bound in honor to say
that two of my subscribcrsbeing very pre-
! carious pay, 1 shall probably cut them off
before iritis Setter roaches yon, so that you
are at liberty to coiwidcr the list reduced
! to furly.oue; " To this uumbcr should be-
added seven gratis copies, sent to ns many
fnciic)s of, mine at a, distance, out of-cum-plimcnt
to their indefatigable exertions. iu
procuring new: subscribers. This num
ber, should be further augmented by -a
permanent exchange list of six ty-fi ve,' mak
ing in all a constant weekly circulation of
one hundred 'nd thirteen, besides au avciv
age of half a dozen surplus copies a week,
which are sent with religious scrupulosity
to postmasters ' and other distingbWded
individuals in benighted parts, pfjheworld;
I have good grounds for.' estimating? my -reading
patronage at forty-iiine perWii' , '
per copy. Yon may safely cajctilato that T
the 553T readers of my; paper would-coti-same
on an average ten dollars worth per7
annum, each, of your pills and" ointment,
particularly the pills, fort carihot p'romta
you an extensive sale "of your ointment itt" -this
region, cataneooii 'diseases'beinrarv---:
as taay be inferred from Ihe fact lhatvle
foreign born population of Mississipphia
only one in sixty-two of the. aggregate. "
So yon pee I shall be the means of opn
ing a market ta you for $35,3X0 worth f ,"
the invaluable remedies rwhich' 'tar ' ini- v
mortal-sd your name-, on wbicU,: tjnr -deducting
the cost of the materials, boxes.- '
etc., your profit will be about eigntjrfiV
per ' cent, or $47,06i 50. fXJpou" this
handsome increase of your pfofik, ottnr
ing through my instrumentalityVI pfopiie
to charge the moderate commission of
per cent,or $473-62 If the terma do :
not suit you;,come overby the exfeam
er. ftn'd-i.wo.'ih-talk'abont-iit il.f ' tjoiF -
satisfied with themj for .the- firstj, quartarly "
pay for mc otic year' 'subscnjitibn o "
Punch, Diogenes, and ' TKt ipt
which are. good "papersiand. should be en- ,
couraged, and send me the bafancp in cut '
tines ol'tlre Londiin" Iartlculaf Jtfadeiraf A 7 -
grape-Tine;7 Subseqhcnt h'st i&entiT&kjr '
be sent, at yonr option, in Bank.;
lauduotes,. or anjifiort ..Of truck vCXQSpt
your medicines,-; Give mJbs : iraspecu -
to Queen Victoria,, the ext time jposto
her; tell her she is a lady whom'! greatly,
esteem, and that I "often thraktwfthTrtr&ftt ,
satisfaction, while" this disastrous war ia
so thiuning the population pf her. rcUaa,
she must reflect , that ; 6he, at , Jcast,;;ha
done her duty, in the war - of keapine ,
QP- - ..... . ,1 our oueuieni servant, t
" '" y Thk Kditob:
r.-.-,-ii, mm' t un -V 'HI
',y . ; BY GEORGE. BAXCROIT.y' '
If rsgnal consideraticins'chretfyia
applause, then no one merits bur sympathy -and
bur admiration more than Calvia; tbo -- -yonng
exiles from France -srho'iiebiaied
au .immortality f. fame before be M
twenty-eight years of agej.jloycboldly
reasoniug. with the" King f France Tot y
.l"?Ila9y.l.-Jihty ' -
apostle of truth " to carry ' the ew doe". .
trines into the heart ofi'Italyt tud hardly y .
escapiug from the fury of a papaLperie--" -;
cution; the purest writefj'ihe keenest dia
lectician of " his couatry'j pushing free'la -v r
quiry to its inmost yergeiand yeiraluing
inquiry solely as the means of arriyin. 4
fiual conclusions. : The light ofhis gepiua
scattered tho' tuask! of darkness ' wklch
supefstition had held for' centuries' bTbre - .
the brow., of f eligibh.. . His probityllraa
unquestiQned,v his morals. .apotlesa,:;riIi
only happiness consisted inhis fttfik of
glory and of 'good;', for sorrow found "iu
way into'all his "private relationiu' -ile
was an exile from his' country he-beccn
for a season an. exile frpia his -places of .
t exile. As a husband, he was doomed to- "
mourn the' prematOTe loss )f bis irife; a. "
a father he felt the bitter pang of. btiryingr
his only child- .Alone in . the world, alo'ner'
iu a strange, land,, he went forward in hia
career with serene resignation arid iaSex
ible 'firmness; uo love of. ease turned bin
asido fvom his vigils; no "jfearTof sdaagee
relaxedthe nerve; of his, .eloquence; nth .,
vbodily infirniitiesV checked the incrcdibkw
activity of hisi niihd; ahd bo' he cohflHtfedj
year after year, s'olita!ry ' and' feeble; yet .
toiling4 for humanity; till after u Ufa f -glory,
he ,beqneathod to .his jversonaj heirs
fortune, in books and; fnruiture,'. stoeka ,
and money, not. execediu iwo hundred T ".
dollars, and. to the world a purer reforina--tion,'
a republican -spirit, in: religion,' with'
the kindred principle or republican liberty
.y ' ".'"" y "A Seen in Couyt" '
7 Western courts of justice hare furntah.
ed many ludicrous subjects for-: the-pen '
painter, and now Texas present , us. withv
some not less rich and .extravagant A ,
correspondent writes to us from Victoria...
in that State, and vouches for the truth oC
a story in the words following"1-5i - .
"Judsou -T. Mill, of SoWh CafoHua..
was a judge of : our ; District CpnrVr - :
Northern Texas, fond of a joke, bnt. yery -.
decided in his discharge of duty Thorn -as
Fannin Smith was a practicing lawyer at
the bar, and having shamefully; misstated
the law in his address to the jury, sturBel
to the Court, and asked .the 4dsty lev
charge the" jury accordingly. ' 'The Judgv
was indignant,' aud replied, -'.'"'y '-' ,
' l)oes the Council take th.O';-court to
be a fool?y : - -y .wlf-tiitJiU
-."Sinith was':not almlUyjrejffftof.'''
but instantly responded;; 'I . trust . joftr' 1
honor 'wiU not insist dan answei t a that
question, as I mighty in answering ittfulyt '
be considered guilty of couteht
. " 'Fine the counsel fiflt -clpjl
of Court. V
acs,' said.
the Judge. The fiu,e waa entered by.'tb,
clerlv aud Smith not" being ready ta i ;fre
spand in that sum,, sat duwn,V .The;. next
moeuing, .an. th.e opening- vvthe: Court.
Smith roseand with, hwtvlv, d'Rerenceof''.
milliner began;! 'May it please yint houor
the clerk. took Hint liule joke ' of ybiira
yesterday about fifty: dodlara aa .r?tfv, 'f ,
as I perceive from ,the peading of thtfminV
utes -Will 'your honor, be pleased tJla " , ''
form hirnof his.rrror atyl Iwiva "eraacdt1 -:
"The cwolues of tha rcqiieslj" aud .tliOi ' '' .
implied atKilogy pless'cd tho Judge. iu4,lj
re m i 1 1 cd the fi u v' ; lv ..hSct'.Z a

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