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This is the road-up t .hrough the. corn an clover;
Si l '.i t ,o'r, Ilh lr.t tiauraiiai, i- the lane;
And that'. th, houae-they've painted it all over I
io Wiit', I srcare siuultl know the old pl e ia
again. If 1
Yet the namei ldear all houtse : how welII I know it atr'
'Though eiangedl, andli with anothelr face like WI
me. ill
'Twats here love taught me first to lie a poet-- c
I)r think I was-the rhlynmlng fliwed so free. ( l
Still round the pirch the honeysuckles clamber, 'I
But thlrker grown, where hand in handll wt .e
A nt watcheli the erimon clouds and sky of am
Grow gray and usk beyond the distant woot. we
= That was her window; lthere I serenaded Ila
Once in the lmoonolight ofa nightl in June.
Thei ve-r.ies were my own. I siang unail.d, Ig
are iy my light guitar, nmy sunmner tune. itfi
Ah, what warm sonnets ldid ma1y musell then scat- Ilf
Like wilt and golden frlitage from a tree; lit'
Alind knew that iauaghlt I wrote or sang could b.
latter at
One who outshone all learls of poesy.
And she was won, and we were pllelgeld forever; ala
And yet were c rted--why , I hardlly knto I.
Two who seemed onae-awb man) years ago. ai
The dear old placet the landscape still unaltered; ntli
Tile stream ilow the eailar tr.es lsir;e:
The same stone wall, and lilacs, where I faltere thl
The drst words, strange and sweet, of boyish
lore. slt
Here up the lane the broad elms still are grow- lan
Earbh lugh unscarrer , but larger than of yore.
Yet yonder, whaere that stranger now is mowing, .1
I see they'rve elled my favorite sycamnore. (
Hlow could they do Itt In its shade we parted. n
for was it wrecked by storm or lightning bluae, Wl
Lake those who kisaslC their iat th ere-broiken
Iheartdl- cat
At liast they tholught so, in those tender dtays?
And yonder was a stately beech tree, slanting
Across the strealla; there once I cat red her
'Tia gone, and flags and water-weedsa are flaunt- tn
Along the brooktide, changed, yet still the lea
That parting was like death; but youth's elastic.
And hers recovered--aso did mine at last.
The world is wide, and human hearts too plastic
To harden in an unrelenting past. a
And, fr apart her path and mine dlverging, 3O
Each with its separate cares and hopesa and tl
dreams, on
Long since was stilled young love's tumultuous rd'
surging, ..
Long since new ties have dimmed those early hi
And yet, though wounds will heal, the scars for- he
ever to
Cling to the flesh that quivered once, now still:
And there are times when boyhood's pain and al
feer mi
Will cove again with momentary thrill. e,
Bo, while I roam about these well-kown places, W
iaunted by visions all so sadly sweet, slt
Those tender tones of oll. those mystic graces, .t(
Seemed to prelude the flying of her feet. mo
Those tlnes will come no more but in my dream- Hi
tg, hi
Too eto take a shae In autered wordsa w
Those footateos In a world remote are glemg,
Mine only when I touch the poet's chords.
OaslsrJg for June. bC
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AoIR IET GI r al INGs.
Tanna was half-boliday at Howe's re
Flat, and the people were gathered at ha
the express and post-offices, to await the I
arrival of the em-weekly mule-train with
Its express and mall matter, and custom- he
art telght of paEregers.
The occion of the holiday and con
course was the expected return of John i
Hemming, who had gone to the "Bay,"
to meet his wife and chlld upon their ar
rival from the "States."
John was held in great consideration n'
at Howe's Flat, not only because be was ws
the chief owner In sundry very important y'
mines, but for the reason as the miners
expressed It, " He came as near being a
White man as any they make."
A cloud of dust announced the comiang f
of the train. In the advance rode the con- w
duetor, accompanied by a bright-eyed
lad of some eight years, who saluted the
people with "Good evening. gentlemen,
I am Johnny Hemming; please help me
While Johnny was ftst making Mends g
by his prattle, his audieance was called
away by a louel shout from the street. b
and the exclamation, "John Hemming n
in a biled shirt and a plug hat, or I'll be
blowed I '
Hemming and wife, who had lingered
in the rear of the train, to keep out of the
dust, new rode up-ebe,-to be introduced
to, he to encounter the greetings of, his
numeroas Mends.,
The comments of the people up n Mrs.
so bers upon them. "Barbarisas!" was
Margaemt Hemmnlnl was a ltelleetual
woman-not that she I s enthiely want
ingin womanaly symaLty, r In asphrit- I
a I at ,bt these laly within her un
crlrvatre4-lr Intellet alone was de
veloped- Married s6d left by herself
whDeyet searcel more than a child In
rn ,te hd _ iey sm md the situ
is.. hbe head John would ro eturnmrom
Calhnta with a fortune. and she deter
mined to quaify herself for the position
wh le ath gives in every community.
hse thougLt., alo of the posswblt of
his llre of sauce, s al _or hs det, Ih
even, nd sald to herself, "Then or the
sake the unknown Iftature, an that I
may ake the most of lifke, I will achmieve
I may; acquisitions never come
oher Inlu aees, John had ob
development. Neither books
people inlbormed his miad,
his amanaers; but be ead seen
ad bad learned that therse are
in heavemn and earth than
d inpIdsswphy. He sw1
ma end woman is more sn
g wedm, s td aqr aed faith; em
a WI vaibd eZpers..fs, and
et he M agin se..
of am tl Ofd l
ofd r~ hr.g -s
h iasasitH. em
- ;~krlrr~is
Y u~.It
". P'atient+." snaered Margaret. "" Have i sih
patiehnce'. while my best years are wast- I7
ing, while I am growing old before Umy wir
time. while rust is corroding all the fac- lra
tltiet; tof my milnd. Have patience. to of
,,lmlure the mnorrible 5amentse of exist- har
Io ... in this umi-erable town, in quiet re- to:
-lpet:atility. No, no; I e·ilatnt endutre a
imls ly to be. I must live; must have. not
if te socvieteo and surrounding.s I crave th.'
are denied me. I will make the most of try
what is at hand. I will not be immured is j
in a living tomb. Siety is here a tra'
chaos. but there shall be balls and gathl ai :
e ings." ibi
'Then John would answer, dreamily, tlthe
SIlhappiness is from within." te
Margart fulfllled her threat. Ball sue- J.ol
crleded ball. Motley crowds of peoplle .
were drawn together, and over the as- sue
set-mblage's she reigned a queen. At her for
house was found a welcome for all those cia
brilliant men with whom the mines . ere .1
intifsteld, who, their im;aginations being almi
in the as.enlalt over their juldgments. thi
sutfftr shipwreck early in the voyage tof cli
life, and ever after five by their wits, for
tbe-.ouaing gamubler.i aid sharpers. For gri
:v time, to save appearances, Hemming heu
e-corted his wife when she went out, 7
and tolerated at his own house the wh
Ipresnce of unwelcome guests, but this his
couldl not tast. The time came when he '1
said to her, that. for the future, he should ma
neither do one nor the otnm r. ha:
•'As von please." said Margaret; and -ev
the ev..ning following, with other escort, ant
she attended a dance. The next morn- wli
ing, Margaret saw that a storm was at adI
hand, and she braced herself for its com- tat
iig. the
John said, " I have interests at Jasper 'ml
Creek. I shall go there to attend to them, we
andl shall be absent some time, perhaps all
winter." P.
" Very well," said Margaret; "you for
cannot go too soon." the
" I shall take Johnny," said he. Th
Margaret smiled lncredulously. d r.
John repeated, " I shall take Johnny.'" in
'" Do not think," said she, "' to fright- iim
en me with an i.lle threat. Let me at ki
least retain what respect I now have for tilh
your good sense. I am not a child, to
lifrightened into conmpliance with your the
" It is not an idle threat," returned he; t; t
"nor do I appeal to your fears to control
your actions. It is my fixed purpose he
that the boy shall go with me, and I ch
only speak of it that I may not be appa- the
Srently guilty of the meanness of stealing
him away." uti
Margaret rose to her feet, and said : "Is the
it possible, that beneath all that show of an
homely goodness lurks a spirit so mean as en
to take from a miserable woman all that. frs
she ha- ? That child is alre, John Item- rk
ming, not yours-not yours. A wander- ini
er and an adventurer, you noted not the nu
weary months of toil I[gave to him; the an
sleepless nights and patient days, when I pr
stood alone, with only him, in a condition tr
more desolate than that of widowhood. in
Human law is with you, but there is a an
hi her law that will overtake, and, br
with Inexorable clutch, squeeze dry the hii
hearts and lives of those who come in fat
between the mother and the child she has J
John was unparpred for this cry of an- in
guish from his wife. For a moment his Id
resolution wavered, but the purpose which to
had been months in crystallizing, could th
not easily be shaken. He could but give he
his reasons for so decided a step, which ce
he did, gently but firmly: " Margaret, n
we have no thoughts or hopes in common,
nor can we labor for a common purpose;
hence, it is best we part. It is Inevitable; 01
if not to-day, another day. It is a cus
tom of the country that wives from the fo
States shall seek divorces and form o0
new alliances when they come into the P:
Smines. I accepted the common fate for 01
t you, months since." a`
Margaret covered her face with her is
hands, and John continued: "For this, de
if for no other reason, I go now- but, be- K
fore I go, let me say, that, conceuding your as
superiority in all things that strike the
world, I envy not what you are. Could it
SI, by a mere effort of the will, place my- u
self on a level beside you, the effort would u
e not be made. There is a higher knowl- b
edge than comes from books--a better V
s grace than is learned in society. I do not I
d take the ooy to be avenged on you; nor h
. b cause I think you will lead -hellfe ofa A
wanton for I have no such belief; but be- 0
cause hi character is to be formed, and I si
" would not have it eeveloped under your a
a influence, even at your be-t." i.
SMargaet sank into a chair and gave k
way to a lood of tears. When she
s aroused herself, it was to And that her t
husbanl and little Johnny had disap- s
ead! A letter she found, coldly stat- J
S t her checks would be honored at t
the bank for a monthly sum sufficient for I
her needs.
al When art realsed that there l
It aseparatlon,-her frst Impulse was tocon-. I
Stinue her wayward corse of life, but I
It- somehow, she could not tell why the 1
Sspirit was wantig. Balls were hed, but I
elf shIe was net presnt; and her doors weren I
in closed to all visitors. Comupanionlesia
save her maid-servant of all work, whose
stout hushand served as warder to her I
r astle, Marpt eat down to consider
rwheter thee were th in lie at 1
n bad so hr escaped her not
John IHemmlag, at the newly disaov
seed mlanlng-emp of Jamper Cree
Sinterests, ad in the evenin with the
recitatons of his ason, to whom he was
eteacher (the school-master, in the an'
sence of children at that prn being
a inevltable but the eonaeomunem of the
inevtablde hebals few grieks, and John was
MNot mad was ittle Johnny. Rosy with
Shalth, exuberant with the Joyou spirits
in- o childhood, tdoized by his father, the
epet a a l eare of the ackrs and
aur that he had no tie to rs.e for the
loelness of his mother. It snherent
ia the natre o man to love ehldren, sad
l-Johny was the recilpeat of the aedm
ofaeamp; ad mlo it was wbha the ds
sh or,  nar th el of tm e . __
-,lbo =lek etCJ the meaatn ;
da -the oab f ry w ba ora ad
Ib snelss was Ipartsm that tMa
i lerls agIht at wntblo awuman s sic
-r bed, or sted la hope of s
iy lwy the tiom_ tmipesd over
nso helth ad selngth; laOW [ l hd
Ib d wu l.e*g , isd the sh
dad1-.1 7 --
...,-ml e-I,_ .. oid
sl.hut of. 'l'rails tibr aninmals coldt neither tiene
Ib mad;ule tnor kept open; and the n-lnl -id4.,
winter IteLhoel ot tran-it by mean:lld of ijyll
-now-.shoe's wa"s f,rbiddein by. a dense Iali ti let
of clonud so obscuring the viiio'n. that the' tion
hardie-t ntountainc'rs ldemllllne it mItadnell(' tioll,
to attempllt evetll ; live-mile' jollurt"eVy ver toeew
a familiar trail. So, when it wast an- theu
nounlied that Ill'nneillu prposet. to carry loonl
th, .sick boy thirty miles aero-- the cuin- takii
try to lIowe's Fiat, the miiners said, "It 1i lit
is madness." 'lhe doctor-familiar with 'onet
travel in the mountaills, in winter as well elott
as -umnter-deeited it nIext t0 an imlpo-- lief fi
sihility tor a man to find his way betwe.enl sure
the two points; and discouraged the at- wilho
templlt, anillng, "It. matter- nothing to lpa-t
.Johnn.y--his stupor will contiue, with putt
e'rctcely any interrunption, till death en- stual
I-ues; then why should you I*eril your lite I ther
foir what, if successful, he cannot appre, I
ciate'" J.helhi
Join answered: "It is not for the boy Mar
alone; it is due to his mother that I make great
thisattempt. Whether she kiss the living partr
child's litp or I lay down my lifti, the lc- min
fort, perhaps, will atone in part for the ino
grievous wrong I did her in takhi.g away kets
her child." bo
There were not wanting heroic spirits pale
who voluintee'red to accompany John oil andl.
his journey; but he sternly forbade. tlot
The preparations for the journuly were cith
made with the assistantc' of many ready nI"e'l
hands. Blankets were cut, shaped, anld il-ut
sewed, to shelter and support the boy, hint
and attach him to his father's shoulder.'; Ihimn
while the champion of the snow-shoe hee
adepts of the Uistrict volunteered his the.,
favorite pair for John's use, and malei' .lJol
them ready by applying his choicest ()
"eldope," thile compoltlon of which was a the
well-guarded secret. wat
When the dawn of Christmas Day ap- spri
peared, John, with his burden, sallied I:lfar
forth. Hemming was fully conscious of -lut
the desperate nature of his undertaking. whI
Thirty miles in a short nwinter's dalsy, nig
dlra'a,ginc heavy snow-shoes through te t hei
mnoist, yielding, new-fallen snow. and bear- frap
ing such a burden as he carried, he well el t
knew wa- sufficient to tax to tihel utmost met
the pIhyical powers of the hardiest man. 'and
" Were the perils a thousand times what Jan
they are," said John to himself, "still
would I venture. She has borne and nur
tured the boy, and, if lie lives till night,
hlie shall see him once again, alive; orele A
he and I will sink into tlhese snows, to lie A
chill and frozen until spring-then to feed
the coyotes and buzzards." on i
Hemming had "raised the hill," as the Mai
mountaineers term it, from the bottom of riot
the canon where Jasper Creek lies hid; oth
and now, safety and success were depend- the
ent on his always choosing (where the tti
frequent alternative was presented) the h
ridge which led to HIowe's Flat, and avoid-o
ing that which led astray; in crossing the tg
numerous ravines at the proper point; you
and, finally, in making, at or near the y of
piroper place, the hazardous descent te
from the mountain's bror to Howe's Flat ranl
in thu depth of the cation below. Ever ch's
and anon he listened for the troubled thu
breathing of the boy, and sometimes, in qul
his anxiety, he spoke to him ; when the
faint -"Yes, papa," that came from little yea
Johnny's lips, fell on his ear like a knell. ot
Admonished, at length, by the fast-fall
.Ing shadows of night, as well as his rap- t
idly waning strength, John determined El
to make the descent into the canon from E
I the mountain along the brow of which int
he had for an hour toled. He felt no ant
certainty that Hlowe's Flat lay below; Ha
indeed, he scarcely dared hope so much. Ite
"But what matters it," thought he, ant
" whether we perish on the hill above tin
or in the abyss beneath?" in
In the haste of preparation. John had ha
e forgotten nothing. He undid from his are
own waist a wide band, or surcingle;
e passed it around Johnny and himself, we
r outside of all wrappings, and buckled it lie
as tight as he dared, to prevent the boy ap
r being thrown from him in case of acct- si
t, dent. He shuddered to think of himself inl
groping for the lad deep-buried in the he
r snow, where a disaster would hurl him. wi
e Hemming was too familiar with the La
d mountains in that vicinity, and with the fth
r- use of snow-shoes, to attempt to pick his Su
d way down the canon's side. There was
I- but one way, and that was, to make a dash. tal
tr With cautious steps, and rigid muscles, ey
it Hemming approached the mountain's dr
r brow, and launched himself on its slope. itn
a Away he sped, swifter than the torrents of
of spring, that course down those hill- pe
I sides-swifter than the flight of an eagle, ta
ir as he stoops on hils prey. Scarcely seen h(
in advance, and deftly avoided with a skill m
re known only to the adept in the use of be
e snow-shoes, the few scattering trees fied at
tr up the steep incline behind him as cloud- E
p- shadows course across the plain on an
1 April day-faster and faster. And now w
at the even grade is broken by sheer preci- e7
ar pices of ten, fifteen, or twe nty feet, over ia
which he rode scarce conscious of the H
breach of continnity under his feet. With b
n, lungs still distended with the breath In- f
t haled at the top, e re ached the bottom,
e the lmpetus of the descent carrying him fc
at flhr out on the level. With a murmured o
oe thanksgiving, John realized that the it
as eediate perl was pest. "Whither now?" Y
e said he. The anxieous question was an g
er swered on the Instant; for he saw imme- y
diately before him, looming out of tme o
at mist, the outline of a house. whiche, a he b
apprwached, took upon itself a wodrous
- Margaret dtting at the window, had for c
aI g hours gaed out into the glooua-had for I
he hours watched the Idle snow-fakes, asc
rS they sauntered to earth, and listened for p
-iI the occasional sough that betokened at
ng rising wind; but her thoughts wer eJse- I
T- where. Fittime for retrospection! She
he had onw e an reviewed her whole past
the life: had thoht of her glihood; tbe t
sas days of courtship; of her Seree,tutmul- I
tuonslove for John; of hr marri at t
rits o vit California: e hisa preparation ani i
the departure for the land of proule: of the
-d birth of little Johnny, on the day of which
s- tile was the tenth nverarry; of her I
the struggles with poverty, while fortune
sat fowned on her husad, sick ad detesi
md tute in the d of gold; of the days 4
onI when she earned bread or herself and
yI boy, by seowEl-tmeah, whereby was
m fobiuedtheh t of -rellanee; of her
tr, prsstet selfealtarein all matters pere l
mand ting to the intellect, the ruitsage of
tbswhe , at her old home, hit bhee, s ot
"c dm psk m or warm atmetios,. Ib
an eary on the part of womaen, am on
that of me; of Joha's joye leters, a_
Ier noeaing hi prospert in Ctalifornia; of
lad her ornmey thither; fthe gld neetig ,
el' md her tteafte biat ohtht at/
her a s that e testes ,
.ek- while her posm were deimit
m- d m" In l d rb , le in the mues_ a I
g..l dub.- .S $ hs t of her ear-I
. ... st: w ei.s
CICys ~ of -.s
ofa JIb
ti-ntce with his ideas, driv n him from r her
.ide, to t. 'k companionsthip and sclietl tetn
iymetnut º-lewlhere? She thouaght of hi- A
ti lelity to her in the long years ofl M'-ara- the I
tion-o Ii.s endurance of .ickness. priv:a- -t a.
Sion. atnd sulffrinlg-and h herhelart softellled . i-Ian
to,.altI him. But then c:ame in the 111 'li
tholula ilt of hIis coldlness and neglect for t1:tva
Imonthls preceading the parting, and of his1 , 5ra
taking away: the boy ; andl tiher heart re - .ni
ip nt'td of its nlntlllltarv wetaknless. "Still eon(
o!tte act of kindlnest." saidl he--"onlle git- the
e ous deeid for my sake, to restore my be- twat
lief il tihe noblenes's of hiS nature tor as- admn
sure me that his love for nme has not of ii
wholly died olt, and I will forget the nes
pa-t and strive for the future. Yes; and h-eat
putting :asidae all past eonvietions. I will proa
study life's great lessons anew. But till well
then-" of
Even as she spoke. tile door openel, and phia
John, with his strange burden. entered. tnt
Margaret neither s. oke nor moved; a of g
great fear and dread laidl upon her, anid hav
Tparal) zed eve vy muscle. Hastily, Ilem- watl
tling treed hio.self from his load, re- Met,
muoved thile rubber coat and the many hlan- tlhe
kets that had sheltered and supported the Mot
boy, and llaced him on her lap. The that
pale. suffering face lightedl up with joy, dies
:and. with a glad cry of " Mother ! my andtl
mnother" lie kissed 'her on the lips anld the
.irlher cheek. clasped his hlands about helr I iltat
tI'ck, atn ret-ed his head tupont her bo- ha
aont. The mother's arams clo.sed around or a
hiMu. and fondly would she have clas.peda ter,
hinm there forever; but she f It the hantlds himn
haoo-e their hold, the limp form weigh as t
hej.vier in her arms, and she knew that o ,ur
14.Ihlnnty was with thle ang"ls. lief
Other ebildren have since tbeen born to I be I
tithe holuse of Ilemming, and for them the I par
wat-ers of love flow from the never-failing utte
springs of parental affection. But dcarer the
far than the living is the dead boy who his
,lumbers in the had:low of a giant pine- ells
whose white tombUtone gleams out of the .he
night, and over wholle grate roses shed lpet.
thaeir petals and honeysuckles distill their I'htr
fragrance-who-e young life was demand- I his
etl that tile parents might live, and whose eou
memory is to them ever an admonitionl day
anod benedletion.-Overland Monthly, fur the
Jwne. nial
---t--- forl
A Raw American. ani
A WRITER In Lipiicott. for June, says:
Lotondon at present abounds in Americans ei
on their way to the Vietlna Exposition. del
Many of them are commissioners from va- ,ac
rious States. Some have lands to sell or inn
other fitanclal axes to grind. Of such fe
the Langlhamn Hotel is full. The Langham ae
i- the nearest approach to an American t f
hotel in London. There, though a gtest the
'ou may pass in and out without explain- itan
tig to the hall-porter who you are, what rat
you are, where you come from, or what
you want; you may there enter and r wii
tire without giving your pedigree, natu
ralization papers, or a certificate of good
character. At other Enlglish hotels some
thing analogous to th.i is commonly re
quited. 1
We, who have been in England a full me
year, look down with an air of superiority im
on the raw, the newly-aralived American. it.
We are quite English. We have worn
out our American clothes. We have on Iuý
English hats with tightly-curled rims, and tan
Englih stub-toedt boots. We know the ly.
Intricacies of London street navigation. ry
and Islington, Blackfriars, Camden Town, wc
Hackney, the " Surrey Side," Piccadilly. wa
Rlegent, and Oxford streets, the Strand thi
and Fleet street. are all mapped out dis- cn
tinctly in our mind's eye. We are skilled fal
in English money, and no longer pass off he
I half-crowns for two-shilling pieces. We in
are real Anglo-Americans. lit
But the raw American. only arrived a inl
week, is in a maze, a confusion, a hurry. In
t He is excited and mystified. He tries to ho
cool and unconcerned, and is th
simply ridiculous. His cards, bear- lo
ing his name, title and official status, an
e he distributes as freely as doth the winter ge
wind the snow-tlakes. Inquire at the wt
e Langham office for Mr. Smith, and you wa
e find he has blossomed into General -c
s Smith. ma
a He is always partaking or about to par- all
1. take of official dinners. He fe -·l that the fu
a, eyes of all England are upon him. He is to
a dressed a la bandbox--hat immaculate in TI
its pristine gloss, white cravat. umbrella th
a of the slimmest encased in silken wrap- de
I- per. A speck of mud on his boots would m
tarnish the national honor. Commonly dl
n he is taken for a head butler. He drinks es
11 much stout. lie eats a whitebait dinner se
iI before being forty-eight hours in Lon. on
d and tells of it. Ail this makes him feel -t
I- English. il
a You meet him. He is overjoyed. He di
w would talk of everything-your mutual P
l- experience in America, his sensations and P
er impressions since arriving in England. It
>e He talks intelligibly of nothing. His e
& brain is a mere rag bag, shreddy, con- P
- fused, prrti-colored. Tius he empties it: t
", 'Passage over rough;" "Londonwonder- P
m ful· Dind with the Earl of-- yes
-d r "Dine with Sir - to-dy;" ft
,- To tl Tower" "Westminster," ew
Y' York growing" "Saint Paul's'--goin,
- going, gone! aid he shakes hands with
e- you. and is off at a Broadway Igat straight
e towards the East End of lTadon for his C
e hotel, whieh lies at the West End. fa
a In reality, the man lIs not Inhis right
mind. He is undergoing the mental so
r clinmatization fever. Should he stayin m
br London for three months, he might 
ae coverand begin to And out where hei.
or But six months bence hewill have r
a turned to America, fancying he has seen I
M London, Paris, Rome, Geneva, Viennas,
he and whatever otherplaces his body h s
at been hurried through, not is mind f I
a that, in the excitement sad nrapidityl of
a- his flght, has stremed behind him like
at the tat of a eomet, ight, attenatte
on watory, catchlugnothil.i, abcrbl noth
d;e this fever takes an absive
clbhaae. He ads i England nothlng to
erke, i thi to admire. Sometimmes be
me wishes imuediately to revolationIe the
iti government. He is neened at the cost
1ys of royalty. He sees on side Indica
ad tions of ·dlitial uheava. Or he be
es comes cul iy *igs-e. Beause
hl there are no buckheat akes, no
*l codfsh cakes, no hot bread, no
o f pork and beans, no mammoth oysters,
o stewed, fled, d, ad roasted, he mca n and
bt nothinr tto eat. The Elnglish cannot
loa Icook. 1B1ause he and ad no noir,..t
/n- -tering, dish-mhi restaurant, ell of
; of aerobt~ e waiter nradba dn un
ng, der immmense of and ste a u ottgI
at jargeo untrtable, unintelligIble, alI
ear nprono eble, down Into tOe lower
tei, kitcen, he cannot, eannt et
-- Tbra-aIrd hs th farmer's main d
al.S.@W yd. Pi51w shdd hbe
w u sader~ seherywkeft tw.
h1 ' lmb whnm s*Is. A U  iat
de ssY mdrL^dI l L
Modern Criticism. Ipaltt
A RECENT article' in Temple Rl.r. uponll ' e o
the. lIl-r vohlltume l"of Forster's "l.iit-of I ice-' by at I
etl-,' displays a spirit of vulturte-lisk eriti- recht,:
ci-in wliit'h i biut a tair samtlie of ha' 1M:sj -
Sealiumad al litfi-lone w .-te of vital f .rt.e T'i'h e
mnIl: expeTt at t Il' hands of mnIllei'rn e'en- to to th
tor-llip. Thalt For-te'r's "litol Iof Dick- great
oI,' shoutll neiver i-tave s'tre tihe' light is a ntlne
ietoncltt-ion whi,'h every altan who lvid ri. in;
thel, -,irit that gave' to airy nothilng S~chll twllill
tM'alltiflul fornms an t shapfs will readily lrý'.r
adnlit. It has rtobbed our chllerisheild idol
of its charm. and laid bare all the weak
1lne'seos and folies to which genills has ever
,weve, subject. and to which this, maan Il
proveld ne, xe·xption. Setinigaside "l4.s trepe,
well's .ite of.lohnson." "l.ockhart's Liite i-"tdel
of Scott." and a few of the mninor biogra.- h S:
i hies, nearly all et those who have at- Mr.,.
teimpted to give its a picture of the man from
of genius a.s he w:alked uli this earth simn l
I have succeeded mainly in iuipressing us t IIak
with hisi littlehness and his vaniity. In ".ote
Moore'., "L.ife of Byron" the letters are noton
the veriest twaddle: in Itutssell's Lifie of city
Moor" we are forced to the conclulile 1i.hl
that t'.e author of the enschauting melo- ateIly
Sdies ws wanothing lwtter than a little stnb. flatict
and hlad the lift' of Shakespeareevetr seen Th
the light, we make noiodoubt tihe "greatest hlas
interpreter" the world ever saw would is m:
have lived in history as a petty trickster, whimt'
or an unprineipld ilebauchee'. Mr. Fori- it is1'
ter, ill raising up his idol anid worshiling fso
himnt, ihas cast him clown. We thank hi Inl.t
as Oth.ello tihankedl ligo. lle has bhroken and
o.llr ftlith in novels, and shatterel our tw- this
lief in novelists; but however great may flow
I be his literary crime, it is nothing comw- ukti
I paretl with the vilndictive, umerciless, and :ni
utterly uncalledl for rancor with which ratio
the unknown critic in Temple Iar scatters s .ve,
rhis venomii over the ashes of the dead nov- I'ern
clist. Of all the m'en who ever gave up was
.he hours of sleep to the creation of pup- tion
I pets wherewith to amuse the world, addle
' Charles Dickens deserves, whatever were lifter
Shis faults, the 'ove and gratitude of his ing i
Scountrymen. And now. at this time of wasts
Sday. long after the people of England and and
" the 'nited States have passed their judg- seats
nmet upon these ilimitable works, comes with
forth some conceited offshoot of a coile
univ'ersity and throws the ungenerous lit
taunt upon our verdict that our tnagician st ile
waº not a man of letters. We are almost tion.
tempnted to say we are very glad of it, be- pta
eutnse had he carried about himn an Oxford whts
Sdegree the chances are he would have It w:
Ssacriiced the freshness and beauty of his and
r innate humnor and feeling to a ceonstant wlne
Sfear of offendinlg some narrow-minderl At is
and classical model. lie followed tle bett and
i of his heavel-born geniuls. lie ltas be.'ien loI
the delight of our iresides and of our -ol- sa-ce
t itary hours. The sting of envious malice mill
titannmiot harm hIim now, and the chatter- ten
ings of little men "'pass by us as the idle was
wind, which we regard not."-Inter- but
Ocean. was
The Ear, had
--- hen
LET me describe what is probably the F
II mo-t frequent way in which the ear is aids
V impaired; that is, by the attempt to clean inIg,
t* it. It ought to b understood that the an1
n pa:ssae of the ear does not require clean- the
n ig by us. Nature undertakes that task, beal
tl and in the healthy state fulfills it perfect- T
e ly. Her means for cleaning the ear is the by i
i. wax. Perhaps the reader has never pro
I wondered what becomes of the ear- asce
wax. I will tell him. It dries up into be r
d thin, fine scales, and these peel of, one by repy
o- ne, from the surface of the passage, and ascc
1 fall out imperceptibly, leaving behind ter
if hem a perfectly clean, smooth surface. tair
e in health the passage of the ear Is never Im
dirty; but, if we attempt to clean It we
a infallibly make it so. Here-by a strange w.
F. lack of justice, as it would seem, which, that
to however, has no doubt, a deep justice at cap
is the bottom-the best people, those who The
r- love cleanliness, suffer most, and good sltn
s, and careful nurses do a mischief negli- mIn
tr gent ones avoid. Washing the ear out
te with soap and water is bad: it keeps the
iu wax moist, when it ought to be dry and
al scaly, increases its quantity unduly, and Ii
makes it absorb the dust with which the pec
r- air always abounds. But the most hurt- 4h1
he ful thing is introducing the corner of the bla
is towel, screwed up, and twistih g it rsound. lits
in This eloes more harm to the ears than all out
I the other mistakes together. It drives prs
p- down the wax upon the membrane, much to
id more than it gets out... Let any one who Co
ly doubts this make a tube like the passage, she
kIs espeelally with the curves which it pos- the
Ker Bessess; let him put , thin membrane at of
in. one end, smear the .urfaoe with a sub- wt
e-I -tauce like the ear wax, and then try to the
get it out so by a towel. But this plan we
Ie does much more mischief than merely l
sl pressing down the wax. It Irritates the
nd passages, and makes it east off small ye;
id. flakes of skin, which dry up and become chi
ie extremely hard, and these are also hardly sac
- nressed own upon the membrane. Often
It: it is not only leaistes that ensues, but l
eri paIn and inflammation, and then matter is tie
es- formed which the hard mass prevents a5
';" from escaping, and the membrane be- qe
ew comes diseased and worse may follow
r Washin should extend to the at
th outer suiace, s r as the an of
tht reseh. It is a badpractlce. also, to put a
his cotton wool ~ o led inudau oor a
form into the ear for the relief of earache.
t When a child's ear becomes ainfl, as it
Softe does, everythg r d be done to
'In soothe it, sil tronr, igtnt_.~iagqf ,
calous shdbee avoided, r es.
ng or oo should not be put In, but
wzu fannels hbould be appied, with
5 popy..oeaetlo I dte pain does not
It abould be remembered thag eotnt -
for iycove01 the ar adapted to in
ike ear Is habitually epoee, s, if any
Sthlg, less from ear Ji than women,
In lwhom, it is often covered.-hped- a ,
sems Moeethly,for hLs. n
irev. or y o
St The East lIudiea Compn, em
be a
te Alrn the manaer o can elebrated ta
et hi6sorIal characters, w having played t
ga a eat prt on the orld's stage, pass
b away almost annoled ien garrets, rustle
_use retrets, or l landse a lghty om-"
no mr orporaia t n is aU momentmo- b
ribd, wl few to hed or are for its ,
b hua Skti t be. No one, after Maca h
md lay's spled essay on Warren Hastlngs, 9
u of thlu a century ruirc aontimnent embrac- s
run- inm more than one hundred and fty ml
lnIl souls, built a new London on the
barks of tr heGanges whosee poputio
twer nov exc •eesa milalon, showeed immense
wathul n has - possessdbyo
. e mheas, cl UIs aaeaia mar he
ssi ,W, w" mIupt"e mce"I
*ss ' G
iplny is asbout t-E inbe rgt*l ilnto the liri
,-h (I";,veriniiiet. Indi.t w~ill hIieutr"eforth
he geoverntI., hlot frolnt leletdinhall itriet. '
by a pIlrtly and rt.leijltuil comllllittee cf l i- visit
re a, : but from llownhi , -t",., by ll,,r K"n
1::j.-ty's tsecre.tary of State for India. KIMel
"The ';ov,ernor-(t miral will be respoln-ible rill:
to tih,. hlauie governmelllllnt alone; :andil the" dlwe'
great mnoiuololy. whi'l for so long gave I !1o
one eorljsratilon the- opportunities of Ut' whi
riing, wealth frcu the woniiidlrfull Oriental Iv f"
ietlilottiL. is broken 'ioo II finally and for- whit
err -App!;etns' Journal. faul
RlIde in a I'alper lialhoom. It
-- eilt
IIcsAI.iiiNs, the- irrepressible, tile in- IIr
tre-pil arial gymnlai-t, ha- again ast,l- tIit
i-.lhiei i ietiglitbors aind felloiw-'Citizell. i-h I
Oti Saturday nimorrin, he to-i 'rrpxhedl to are
.1Mr. John I. Mlishltr. fromni lethlehem, t'ht
fromn which pdaee lie lhadi made anI a-en the
sioi on Thuir-diay eveniig, that lie would ctros
Inake an asceli tioni'l' in his paper htallotan, the
" Johln 1). Mishiler." on 'aturdal after- timhe
noton, frlioo le-a inl. lie arrived in this ,lri,
i-ity on the 1:t;) +ew York train frli tiom I
I I-hleheh , in the :afternioi', and inluedli- the
atitly (oltlen-lledl preparation, for tihe in- thei
flation and asension. _ tioil
The paper ialloon " .John . $1i'hler," it.r
has twli manullfactured for some timet. It wil
is made of the nalle m:it erial a that in i eI
whicrls gocetlstilre wrappeld, and of collrs- -
it is very frail in its strulcture. The I'ro- ato.
fersor hia mail, several attempts,. and hail ilas
Imet with so nlanlv rever.s front windy inl
anln wet weiatlher, that it wa- donuitfutl it :not
this attlttllt would prove succe-.-slfl. ilet 1
Hlowever, the -word fail or cowardtice are -uc1
uinknown in the lDonaldon vtcabul:ary, tag
nld iconwiqliently the preliminary lrenpa- weo
rat;ions were commlienced. Meanwhile ple:
several thouilsnd peoiple had as.nihled in eve
I'ernl Sluare. Tlhle protess crf inflation whe
was somiewhat slow, anld tlit- cotildenll - to
t ion of gas rfter the sun had gone down tive
added somllewhat to the detention, but at onial
Iiftee-n minutes plast seVten eve-rytlhing be- :itld
ilg in readiiness, tl e coninm:mnd " let go" -ieri
was given, and the balloon rose grac-efully tlad
I aand maijetticallv. Prof. l)onaldson wa- a.
Bsated in the rigging, having dislpnsed Ine%
with the- t:a-ket tand appurtenances. which tlme
t could not bet carried along. yon
lie rose to a considerable height. and nus
Ssilcile in all all ost direct southerly direc- A
tion. The balloon pre-'.ntCd :1 grand ap- the
ne arance in the de-parting rays of the sln). gue
which had just set when he left the earth. the
It was visible for about lifteen minutes, oeu
anti appearedl to ine almost stationary. the are
wind having lulled to an apparent cal:i. ave
I At initerval lhe waved his handkerchief. tin
t and was greeted with hiearty and pro- oi
I lonege, cl(.ers from the entliu iastic thou- he
- sands of lookers-on. He .lanlded flfteen in
I minutes tlefore 8 o'clock, in a field about we
ten miles from lieading. The Iandllnd
was accomolished successfully, and with
but little ditileulty, altnough the balloon eo
was much torn aind was left on the field. an
Not being able to obtain a conveyance, he 1't
had to walk hack to hleading, arriving r
here a few minutes before It o'clock. M
e For the first time in his lite, Prof. Ion- sti
s aldson witnessed two sulnets in one even- tiH
ia ig, the tirst be-fore he had left terra tFrma. ha
Sand the s.econd after he had gone b-yond it
I- the clouds. The latter he describes as pit
c, beautiful beyon,- description. we
This is the first paper balloon ascension fi
e by an aeronaut on record. Although it f ,
r proved successful, and was the cheapest o
r- ascension in a pecuniary sense that could o
0 be made, Prof. Dtonaldson has no desire to faly
y repeat It-not for lear of the safety of the Ot
d ascension, bu, because of the frail charac- a
d ter of the balloon, ani the almost ter- we
t. tainty of its destruction in making a land
-r In. at
e 'he weight of the "John D. Mishler" pl
e was forty-eight pounds, being but half
,. that of the ordinary balloon of a similar jc
t capjit . It held 14,000 cubic feet of gas. 11
0 Tlehllof the palwr used in the con- b,
I strlnty amounted to $2.50.--Reding or
i- Times. h(
it as
I Foear at a Birth. on
id Indiana. long notorious as one of the ,
'N peculiar homes of divorce, has recenti ltl
t- 4howu some symptoms of sentimental tie
ie hlackslditng. to which the attention of po
i. litical economists should be called with- tt
dl out idelay. About three months ago four as
pretty "little strangers" suddenly camer
eh to bless a poor family in Tippecanoe it
ho County. and are yet doing all they can to t
e. shed b-onefactions aind sleepless nigh's in Il
s- the home of their nativity. The people a
at of the county, with a touch of kindlines a,
ib- which will set all nature in accord with
to them, have presented the following note- n
an worthy petition to th overnor: a
ly WntUaas, TAe nd edhave be recently
inform.l that Mrs 'anuel Smith, wife of Sam
nel Smith of the County of Tippecanoe, Ila the
State of indiani, i-cently gave birth to four in
ne childrtn at one time, all of whom are now living;
uly a mass, luch a mneorable ease is worthy
Of oblic reogaitiol; the.refore, Ie It
St I · aIlTht bte atenUO o ith Goverlor oI
Ssthe State of lndilan lis eetltlly th called to ths
astr r p ietnkia ., et si ecatte is heyw
ti. through or" seniorsUd wEpreeatatii~b
Coglrs. aM will soecr s Tr1ipeiatoo to ite
father ndmi n ldtr, sad to "of-sid childlr, I
an eoonsetionnetofla n
utRlsellrerl,, That aertield copy of thes
forwarede to th Govenor of the
SSm&of indiana. J. S. SvocKTON, t
J. K-. K cMMiLLuN,
ito Cois5IOne Tippcafb County.
ut A 0ooK agent entered theopen door of t
ith a snug Ptseld. Mass., cottage one day I
- last week, and noddingl to a trim. Briht
looking little woman who sat ewi by
the window, commenced volubly toes
a ent on bhe metrits ofa reatork which
he was forthe nrat time liba mlnkind an
ny- opportut to purchase. It was a univer- 1
Ssal blgrtachy, cook book, dictionary, a
family physician, short-hand instructor,
and contined, besides, a detailed history
of every important event that has trans
pired in the world ifrom the aple incident
and Adam's fall to Credit obiller and
the fall of Congress. The work ma
yed taIed 5.000 chapters, all with runani g t
e ties. The aglent, after talking on the
stle general excellences of the volume
Sabout fivre minutes, commenced oa the
no- headings of those chapters and a the
i 1 woman did not say a word to lnterrupt
-him he felt that he was a o
as, quest. and he rattled away so t she
I of shouldn't have a chance to say It
'es took hism nearly half an hour, a he
r C- breathlessly went on the swea
mi- on his forehead and  e ede convs
ite at b ollar, and when he flinwhe
ienugh .-lrm _ . _ le tto
ated os ready e wherewith to subeseihe
L to name in e order book. She tak t
pen, but itad of p httil bear
on his list she lifr a rap se
her work-box ad wrote sI .
Ido- 'lxI eam AoD WDs.
word, but the att. rbl
ihod as he turned s theds)i
_: Imsth as dlled
l- W meais
-b -dtt
HiNt and Gueast.
WE's Amesric:an-< re Iv nlo Onl:n Ell(neh a
visiting ltqeilple a- our . unll-inll., over the.
water. Itll thole l- r.t i ulel hloue-t ito
ln"+land. each one of whirlh is a ;Mark of
vill::tg in it-,elf. it i -ul eabtle :t that til
dwerller might iu-t tG ll .hert of iideatlh by
lneilines' wgithout thIri cireil of guest,.
while i ur little loene iwel lmrelrequenct
Iv fall short of death ili the' get. And
wshethelr it I- the, fsilt of the lhIne lor the
118.eit of the gt.et is ;ian opten question
amllong ui still.
It I. possible., howeve'r. that the ldill
eulty ltaey be quite eq'iually dli-tr buted,
lir ther' are' tree' tlinii-: that ila.ie hons
,Itatlity a iburden-a little .-ou-.e, a cihurl
i.-h ho-t. an exaStinle guest. Ail there
al unbtarab.lle' variti.es of all these.
ihere is the guei.: who comes clays after
the appeinted tiec; lthe guest who en
eroaches on the timle of the next fluest;
the wretched g"'t whotl ares to fall ill
the gue-t who- demanii atll there' is and
mornr tol). There i. the hoI-t who wel
eomues the coining, but tIrge'ts to speedl
tihe partiing gre-t; lthe hiost wito vexes
the pati'ie' e' hi- vi-itors with hi- atten
tions; the host who ,rien.l "" (:5iil Lord,
hlere comeSf that terribhle (Qlie'n of Sheba
with he'r conundlrmsetll !-Alh my dear
Slehta. how l .a'l:l I :1n to s'i yut"
Of late ve.ars :i gre.t di-position to
adeopt all th. Eclngli-ll ways in our ipower
hlis hve e'u e'viiing itself ael·eg ng w rallg
ing from eee'i'io.lovy lto ragged schools;
::andl we hcave tacomlie quaite unwilling to
let the sea and the di-tamce tilter away
uchl portions as it might I5' to our advan
tage to lose. llecate-.' o:ar cousin- tse the
word " ia-ty" fur every varjety of utn
pleasant thing, and the word " nlce" for
every variety if the ple.tsant thing, our
whole e:nversationa, v.oe';hulair hids fair
to simler iltsell down to these two adiec
tive's. We hear of te in' anid niece
nlalners. andil li'e dogs and nice dinties,
and we hear of a lnastylv lday allCl a nasty
'ermuon. "Mrs. M.lyflir." :aid a young
lady who aif"cted this. style, the ,ether day,
speaking of a personl wihl e nteuth was
inever saled with y thi n wor tling wore than
the cutting repirter jutt given to the
younet lady-" Mr.. Mayfair does say the
nastiest things! '
Among all these Anglican affectations
there is one which is a way of receiving
guests, andl a 'cording to which we let
them severelLy alone. lHaving heard that
our foreign cousins. when their houses
are full of people, pursue their previous
avocations uninterrulptedly, and leave
their company to follow their own sweet
wills, we at once think that nothing can
he more elegant than a similar proceed
ing; and having invited our solitary guest,
we leave her, as if it were honor and de
itght enough to be in our house at all, to
take care of herself a shlt cane. Our house
consists of a drawing-room, a dining-room
" and kitchen, and the sleepint apartments.
i echaps we live in the city, and have no
1 rounds about tihe' house; perhaps we
live in the country where people can
stroll across the fiels if they will, and If
they are not afraid of the cattle there. We
have a piano; we have a few books-not, "
it Is lprobable, the very newest. Our
pictures are soon exhtanited ; and when
we coolly inform our trie'nds that we are
if to a eoclnmittee cnee'tiing of the Society
for Supplying the Talnitians with Para
sols. and hope she will ecijyv he'rself in
our absence, or leisurely walk up stairs
for our afternoon nap, or withdriw with
our favorite book, we sioply leave her In
a condition where she might almost as
well be in the Desert of Sahara.
The natural corollary of this demon
stratlon is not that in order to have the
pleasure of entertaining company one
f must have suits of rooms for various en
r joywerts, a library, a billiard-room, a
,lraiving-room. a retinue of servants, a
half dozen of horses, and a dozen guests at
9 once; but thait. having a guest at all. our
house and we ourselves are hers as long
as she stays; and if we have invited iato
our house a person accustomed to a rich
and better order of things than that pre
e v.:iling there, it is all the more Imperative
Supon us to accord her the absolute devo
U tlion of ourselves.
> But, me the other hand, we must admit
'i t that t have soe om duties of their own
r as well, which, frequently as they are al
Sured of it, It will do no harm to reiterate
I in a few words. And the firat lesson Is
4' that it Is a duty not to be guests at all un
n less they are very sure of their ground,
eI always remembering when Invited that
1 any dtay means ro day.
h But, once guests. although their host
e' may serve them with Oriental hospitality,
and be at their feet aith all that hosts
y should render, it Is their place to remem
Shber that, when all It done, they still are
ir not In a hotel; that it is a nicessary polite
s; ness to aseortain the household hours it
Spossible; that it is no property ,'f their
of or retiring, feasting or fasting; and, of all
' I things, that it i their role toso conduc
- themseltves that ever ery servant in the house
I.shall not give warning on account of
Stheam- very simple dIrections on their
* fece, but, judging from the general failure
s to follow them, very Impossible to pra
ne tlee. Indeed, a guest can do nothin bet
ter than to understand that In receiving a
cordial welcome the gates of the Inner
. pentdrallutm of another 's home ave been
set open to them, and that sogreat sema
plilment deserves at least the acknowm -
ment of an attempt at assimilation wlit
of the family, and of a modest and unexarct
sy ing behavlor.--HOIper's8 Be-.
k WI at Almtice.
an Aar'r a week ago a widow womsa
W' named Oathaer, living l the Sxth Ward,
7' met a male acqualntanceon Gratiot street,
It, and conoplalned to him that she was out
ry of flour sad wood, and almost disears
a- ed. He told her sbe ought to mrry
mt again, and she said she coulds'S a
ad husnd. "I'll siell youat "
M forwuikh
me him." Tb_ _m__
the nL A
cm had kmews

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