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.a rulni1 ia tlc lown oily Spring-, Mis
onoi every week, at Tiree Dollars peraonum
' ;ihin six inoathsaci Vur' Dollars at the
eti "year S'ibscnptiou taken for less than
dvertisnient5 will be inserted tt SI
n-iare(eo lines or less) for the first inser
I'"aj5') cents fur each additional one. Ad-
UV. irit'fiis f"'l marked with lhi number of in
'f;'liva tiiem, will be inserted uutil ordered
; Cue' cvtuxtiii-;iy.
avvua-i candidates fur oiTic will be lar
County Sj, to oepauidowa or assum
es? a responsible name m town.
.. ... ...
r Letters address'! to the Editor, on business
xlike cdicc, must be post paid to secure atten-
l-Cas'l mas: bpnid for all Job IVoik
a , a. mi oCice as sooa as delivered.
Farewell, land lord, farewell Jerry;
Farewell, brandy, wine and sherry,
Farewell, horrors and M:j devils,
Farewell, dens ut midnight revels.
Farewell, shoes that have no soles on.
Farewell, fires that have r.o coals cn;
Farewell, sots, and all sot feeders,
Farewell, rogues, and all thief breeders.
Farewell, cupboards that have no meat in;
Farewell, chairs that have no seats ia;
Farewell, children with dry faces.
Farewell, to ihos? pop-shop races:
Farewell, landlords and your spouses,
Farewell, spiders and your houses;
Farewell, to your noise and tabble,
Fatcv.rll, to your foolish gabble:
l'atc -welt, s'v ish nnJ nil swash vrnderf,
Fate will, Lutnsond ail bum senders; i
Farewell, packets that are empty.
Farewell, hndloiu's, you have plenty.
T!i fair in the salmon cf the St. Louis Ho
tele bit d on Friday evening, on which oc-1
rasion Henry Clay honored the invitation of
:h- l.idies. and was present in the gay and
brilliant seen. At the post office a pack
age of f ranked Utters was presented to him
by a lair hand, one ot which has fallen into
oar possession. It was read to the venera
ble ti itr;u.n on the spot h Recorder Bald--..in.
in front r;thc p'si oi'tcc; and we can
not do better in cloaing our notices of this
lair, than to give it an insertion:
To the Hon. IIknhy Clay,
Care of the Orphan Boys,
la fair, S:. Louis Saloon,
if: :..:. C'rcsent City,
While -.;ti i, old Louisiana nail
l'j ::.. i:-.:..-i-Lc.j.I the b urner of their juest,
T.', -i; i : ui-i s of the t resent City hail
W'r.U :i.cii L.,t vecyne liar, u ot the WtslS
We r? i omnipotent in 'Home Affairs,'
Asvi' in pli'i iuv'e a, lite niou.-e;
A: ' ta.' i::i hu-bandi claim the votes as thei'S,
i.'.y tu'i d.-av Xl.zx v.e si.il .'- tic Ac use'
i:;-!.t v.t-i
iv.'.e'M in silence s'.i.: o reZ,
. r.U u as we may eacli aim aisd ol-j
ci carry;
.Ai.d t: Laiii:a lui u Mai:.t.
J)t;ci.d iiu jfi it, women 2j far ilAIlllV.
Wr! 'on-.e arr.'nC thrice welcome to our city!
d tana ;miot .; your presidential noles,
U.-v . i fu;,iL,i it is," ami what a pity,
i .Vi-tucii ii.ay i:ur ruiers choe with votes!
LoUiSA Anna."
Aril what a pit; : U, iaJeeJ, that tome of
car gallant legislators would iather give
tc.es to the negroes than to the ladies?
Tiir. mlisoxs or lote
The spring time of love
Is both happy and gay,
Toi joy sprinkles blossoms
Aui balm ia our way :
The sliy, earth and ocean
hi beauty repose.
And all the. bright futu re
Is cc!tur
at rose.
The summer of love
Is the bloom ot the heart,
"When kill, grrove and vallev
n' tr inuiic impart,
A&d the pure glow of Heaven
Is seen in fond eyes.
As lakes shew the rainbow
That's hun in tire skies.
The autumn of lore
Is the teas-it) of cheer,
Life's mild indian summer,
The smile of the year;
"Which comes when the golden'
Ripe hat vest is stored,
And yields its own blessings.
Repose and reward.
The winter of love
Is the beam that we win,
While the storm howls without
From the sunshine within. "
Love's reign is eternal.
The heart is his thron?. '
Ar.d he has all seasons
Of life for hi: even
From the Philadelphia Saturday Courier.
Or, Peter Punctual's way to lollecl
Bills. ' '
rv srj.i smith.
Author of x'T!iC Original Jack Dacning
New York, December, 1842.
Messrs. Editor?: The little story lam
about to te!! you, is none the worse of b-ang
trvr; and I trust none the less interesting.
While many of you r pleasant and graceful
writers are arrrjsin? aud instructing your
readers by rehiring events and circumstan
ces thai might have occurred: inculcating
many a lessori by presenting pictures th;it
bear a resemblance to truth; allow me far
once to hold ycu'r readers by the button-hole,
a few minutes, and see whether a salutary
ifsion, in a small way, may not as well be
drawn rom events that hive occurred. The
names Ishall u-e are of course fictitious, but
the circumstances actually occurred very
much as 1 shall relate them, and the sctors
are nspectable gntleintr: now living in this
good c;ty cf Gotham.
Some few years ago, Peter Punctual, sn
hmiest and in Juslrioui' voung f. Mow from
Yankee land 1 r::y Yankee, land, Messis
Editors, but 1 freely conf ss that is merely
a:i inference of mine, draw n fiom the cir
cumstance of this story itself ; and if your
readers, after perceiving it, do not come to
the same conclusion, they may st him down
as coining from any other land they pleas;
but for myself, were 1 on a j try, and undei
oath, I would bring him in a Yankee. Tii
same Peter Punctual, some few years nju,
came into New York, and attempted to turn
penny and nn hontst Itving by pictur
ing subscribers to various tnngazims and pe
riodicals, on his own hook. That i?. he
would receive a quantity of mngizir.es troni
' a distant publisher, at a discount, and get up
his own list of subscribers about the city,
and serve them through the year at the reg-
i ul ir subscription pi ice, which wou d leave
the amount of the si id discount n clenr protil
in his pocket, or rather a compensation for
his time and labor. There are many per
sons in the city who obtain a livelihood in
the same way.,
Pair's commissions being small, and his
' capital still smaller, he was obligtd to trans-
1 act his business with great care undcircum
spection, in order to make both ends meet.
He adopted a rule then fore to make all of
his subscribers pay their year's subscription
in advance. Such things could be done in
those days, when business was brisk, and
people were strangers to 'hard times.' In
canvassing for subscribers, one day, through
the lo ver paitof the city, and in the princi
pal lrtsin'ss streets, he observed a store
which had the air of doing a hepvy business,
and read upon the sign over the door, "Salo
mon Sharp, Impoiter," looked inviting, and
in Peter went wi:!i his samph s under his
arm, and inquired far Mr. Sharp. The gen
tleman was pointed out to him by thecieiks,
and Ftttr stepped up and asked him if lie
would itot like to subscribe for some maga
zine? "What sort of one have you got there?'
said Mr. Sharp.
'Three or lour JifTercnt kinds,' sail Pe
ter, laying the specimens on the J-sk before
him 'please to io'uk at them and suit your
self.' Sharp tumbled them over and exam'ned
them one after another, and at last took up
'Buckingham's New England Magazine,'
published at Boston.
'W hat are your terms for this? said he;
'I don't know but I would subscribe for
'Five dollars a vear in advance,' sat d Pe
ter, to be delivered carefully every month
at your store or house.'
But I never pay in advance for these
things,' said Sharp. 'It is time enough to
pay for :t thin-i when vou net it. I'll sub-
scribe far it, if you have a mind to leceive
your pty at the end of the year, arid not eth
er w?se' . .
'That's against my rule.' satd Peter; 'I
have all my subscribers pay in advance.'
Well, it's against irty rule to pay for any
thing before I get it,' said Sharp; 'so if you'
havn't a mind to take my subscription, to be
11 id at the end of the year, you won't get it
at all. That's the long and the short of the
Peter paused a little, and queried with
himself as to what he had better do. The
man was" evidently doing a large btainess,
and w us undoubtedly rich a wholes tie
dealer, and n importer, there could not pos
sibly be any danger of loosing the subscrip
tion in such a case; and would it not be bet
ter to break over his rule for once, than to
loose so good a Subscriber?
Well, what say?' said Sharp; do as you
like, but those are my only terms. I will
not pay for a thing before I get it.'
i 'On the whole; said Peter, 'I have a-good
mind to break over my "rule for this time, for
1 don't like to lose a good subscriber when I
can find one. I believe I'll put your Dame
down, lir Where will you have it left?'
At rrV house.' said Mr. Sharp, which
was about a mile and a half fiotn his store a
way up town.
The business being thus conclirdtd, Pe
ter took up his magazines, bade Mr. Sharp
good morning and left th stoie. No fur
ther personal intercourse occarnd between
the in during the year. But P ter, ivho was
his own carrier, as well as canvassrr, regu
far! y, every month delivered the New En
gland Magazine at Mr. Sharp's door. And
in a few days after the yar expired, he made
out .U bill for the five dollars, and called at
Mr. Sharp's store for the money. He en
tered with as much confidence that he should
receive the chink at once, as he would have
had in going with a chck fur the like ruin
into the Banket the United States, during
that Institution's palmiest days. He found
Mr. Sharp at his d sk, and pres- nted him
the bill. That gentleman took it and look
ed ot it, andthpn looked up at Peter.
Did ah, good morning. said he. 4you are
the young man who called hereon this bu
siness" nrarly a year ago. Well, the year
has come round, has i?'
'Yts, I believe it has,' said Peter.
'Well, bills of this kind,' said Mr. Sharp,
'are paid at the house. We don't a'ltend lo
them he ; you just take it to the house, any
lime w hen you are passing, and ii will be
Oht very well, sir,' said Peter,' bowing
and l-ft the store. 'Doing too large a busi
ness at the store, I suppose,' he continued, to
himself,', as he walked up the street, to at
tend to little things ot this kind Don't like
to be bothered with 'em, probably.'
But Peter thought he might make a finish
of the business, now he was out; so i went
directly to the house, and rung the door.
The servant girl soan made her appearance.
i Mrs Sharp within?' said Ite.r.
'Yes, sir,' sui the gi.l.
'Just carry this bill to hr, if you pleas",
and ask tier if s'le will hand vou the inon v
fr it.'
The qiel took the hill in'o'the hous", ":v!
presently returned with the answer, that
M i a Sharp says she don't pay none of these
'ere things ':ere- you must carry it to the
'Please to carry it back to Mrs. Sharp.'
said Peter, '.lndull her Mr. Sharp drsirrd
me to bring the bill here, and said it would
be p aid at the house.' . ,
'l'h is message brought Mrs. Sharp herself
to the door, ta whom Peter raised his hat
and bowed very politely.
'I havn't nothing at all to do with bills
here at the house,' said the lady; 'they must
be carried to the store that's the place to
attend to them '
W11, nnm said Peter, 'I carried it to
the store, and presented it to Air. Sharp, and
he told me to biing it to the house and yau
would pay it hre, and that he couldn't at
tend to it ut the store.'
'Lint he couldu't m:?n that I should pay
it,' said Mis. Sharp, 'kr he knows I havu't
the money.'
But he said s,' sai 1 Peter.
Wtli, then there must be some mistake
nb ut it,' said th- lady.
1 hg your pard n, mam,' sail Peter, 'it's
possible there may he,' and he put the bill
m his pocki t, b wed and 1-ft the house.
It is very queer,' thought Peter to hi.n
solf, as he walked away a liti wxed. 4l
caift onc ive how there could b- an' mis
take about it, though it is possible there may
be. There couldu't be any mistake on my
pa;t. for 1 am sine I understood him. May
bo he thought she hyd money at the house
when she hadn't. I guess it will all come
out right enough in the end.'
Consoling himself with these reflections,
Peter Punctual thought He would let Mr.
Sharp rest two or three days, and not show
any anxiety by calling again in a hurry.
lie wotill not be so unwise as to o'Vend a
tooi subscriber, and run the hazzard of loos
ing him, bv an appearance of too much haste
in presenting his bills. Accordingly, in a
bout three days, he called again at Mr.
Shaip's store, and asked him ia a low voice,
so that no one should overhear, if it was con
venient for him to take that littfe bill for the
magazine to day.
But 1 told you,' said Mr. Sharp, 'to carry
that btl! to the house: I can't attend to it
Yes, sir, so I understood you,1 said Peter,
and I carried it to the house, and Mrs. Sharp'
said she couldn't pay it there, for she had no'
money, and I must biug it to the store.'
Oh, strange,' sid Mr. Sharp; 'weil. she
diln propsly understand it tnen. Bat I
am too much engaged to attend to you to da;
you calf again, or calf at the house sometime,
when T am there.'
Up'"n this he turned to his desk arid began
to write with' great earnestness, and Peter
left the store! The affair begin to grow a
little vex-at'ib'is, and Peter felt a little netiled.
Still, he supposed that people doing such ve
ry Hrge business diJ find it difficult to at
tend to those 1 itt lo matters, and doubtless it
would be set right when he should call a-
After waiting patiently a; couple of wee&s.
Peter cafled again nt Mr. Shtrp's store.
When he e tered the door, Mr. Sharp was
looking at a newspaper: but on glancing a
Peter, he instantly dropped the piper, an J
fell in writing at his desk with great rapiJi
ty. Peter waited respectfully a few min
utes, unwilling to disturb the gentleman till
he should be a little more at leisure. But
after waiting some time - withe tit seeing any
prospect of Mr Sharp's completing the veryf menti.ned lady. Mr. Sharp' colored a good
pressing business before him, he approach- deaf, but kept on carving. Mrs Sharp star
ed him with deference, and asken it ii would ed very wildly, tirst at Peter and then at the
be conviun.t for him to take that little bill
for the magazine to day. Sharp turned and
ioowea at I'rtei very sternly.
1 can't be bothered with these little
things,' said he, 'when I am so much thga-
gtu. i am exceedingly busy to-day a
gOid many heavy oiders waiiinu atou must
e.all ut the house and hnd the bill to rne or
I my wife, no matter which.' And he turned
to his desk, and coutimied to wiite, without
saying any thing more.
Peter began to think he had got ho!d cf
a hard custonei; but he had no idea of gi r
ing up th? cha--e. He called at the house
several timers afterwards, but Mr. Sharp ne
ver happened to be at home. Once he tci
tured to send the hill again by thegisllo
Mrs Sharp who returned far answer that
she had nothing to do with such bills he
must carry it to the stoie.
At last aftei repeated talis, he found Mr
Sharp one day at home. He came to the
door, and Paer p(estnted tho bill. Mr
Sharp expressed some surprise and regret
that he had co.ne away fro:n the siore, anl
forgot to put an- mony in his pocket. Pe
ter would have to caii some other day. Ac
co dingly, Peter Punctual retired, with a
full determination to cai; Sniwe other day,
and that not very far distan'; f..r it hud now
been several months that hj had been heat
ing back and foith Win a shuttlecock be
tween Mr Suarp's hus nvA he was get
ting to be rat 'it:- tired of the game.
Having nsce t-ioed horn the girl at what
hour thel'irt.ily dined ho called U.'e next d im
precisely at t e. dinner hour. He ring at
the door, and wheti the girl opeacd it, Pe
ine stepped into the hall.
Is .Mr Sharp in?' said Ptfr.
Yti sir.' said the giil; 'he's up stuirs I'll
speak to him i' you want to see him.1
Ye.--,' sail Pjter, and I'll take a seat in
; liio pailor till he cotns Jovvn.1
As he s-.id this, Petr walked into the
parlor and seated himseif uprn an elegant
e-olu. The parlor was richly furnished with
Uiusstls eaipet, the best of mahogany furni
ture, a splendid piano, &c . &c ; and in the
b ck p;i: lor, t.a which folding do. rs were
op; n, every thing appeared with correspon
ding elegance. A table was there spread,
upon which dinner seemed to be nearly
ready. Presently the girl it turned from
the chamber, and informed Pt ter, that Mr
Sharp said 'it was just the dinner hour now,
an i he would have to call again ' -
Please to' go and led Mr Sharp,' said Pe
ftr, 'that ! muit ste him, and I'll wait till he
comes down.'
The girl carried tho message, and Mr
Sharp so. in miJsh!f appearance in ti e p?r
'r. A frori p i.-svd over hisb.owas he
lokcl at Pete i, 'and saw him sitting so much
at ease, aud ep'paiently so much at ho:ne, up
on t!;e soft. Peter lose and asked him po
litely if it was convenient for him to Like that
little bill to day.
N ,' said Sh irp, 'it is no; mid If it wa?, I
wouiln'ttake it l thi.s hour, lc's a very
improper time to call upon such an errand
just as one is going to sit down to dinn. r
lrou must call Again; but don't come at din
ner time; or you may drco d jwii into the
stoic some tin:-, and perhaps I may fi:vl
lim; to attend to it tiiei,;."
Wed, now. Air Sharp,' sail Peter, with j
rather determirtd L-o';, I can't stand tf;i ;
kind of business any longer, tbv.'s a' fact.
I'm a poor man, unJ I suppose you are a
richone. I can't afT;:d to lose five dollars,
and I'm loo poor to spend aay more lime in
running after it and trying to codec! it. I
must eat, as well as other folks, and if ynv
can't pay me the five dollars to-day, to help
me pay my board at my regular boarding
house, I'll stay here and board it out at your
You will, will you?' said Sharp, looking
daggers, and stepping towards Peter. lf
you give me a word of your impudence, you
may find i.'ll be along time before you col
lect your bilk'
It's been a long time already,' said Peter,
and I can't afford to wait j ny longer. My
mind is made up; if you don't pay me now,
I'm going to stay here and b vud it out.'
Sharp colored, and looked at the dcor,
and then at Peter.
Come, come, young man,' said he, nd
vun;iug with rather a threatening altitude
town ids Pcu-r, 'the sooner you Jeuve the j
i house peaceably the better.
viuw, s:r,' said I'eter, n.vng nis Li-icx'
eyes upon Sharp, with an in tenseness lha
he could not hut f. I. T am a s.ril mm. ,irrd
you are considerable 6f a large one; but my
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mind is made up. I am not a going to
lor . siare,
when there's food enough that I have an
honest claim upon.'
So saying, he took hissat again very de
liberately upeiV the soft Sharp pYu-d: he
looked agitated angry; sn l after wni ing a
minut apparently uudrcidtnl what to ei.j. he
left the paiior and went up stairs.' in a few
minutes, the servant rung f.;r dinner. Mrs
Sharp Came into iHe dining room and took
her se tt ni the head of th . t-bK Mr. Sharp
followed r.nd sen?J himself oppe&iie his la
dy; and bet .veen thm, anJ an the l ight h md
of Mrs Sharp! s;t nothr Iidy." probably
some friend or '.relative. When th-y wete
wll sea ted, arid Mr Sharp w;as I rprnuingio
carve, Peter walked out of the parlor, drew'
another chair up to the table, arid seated
himself ver cornjr csedly opposite the last
husba nd
What in the woil I does this mean ?' said
she, Mr. Sharp, I didn't know wc were to'
have company to dinner.'
We" are not,' iaid the husband. 'This
1 j young man ha the impudence to take his
t j seat at the table unasked; and says he is go
ing to boaid out the amount of the bill.
Well, really, this is a pretty piecfef polite
ties,' said Ma Sharp, looking 7ery hard at
Madam.' said Peter, 'hunger will driven
man through a stone wait I must have
my board somewhere.'
N ler.ly was made to this, and the din
ner went oa without any f uther reference
to Peter at prceut. Mr. Sh-mi helped his
wifo, and tnen the lady, nd then hi usi
atid they all fed 1 to eating. Ptter looked a
round him for a plate and knife and fork,
but there were none on the table b t were in
f f!b reached a plate of bread, and tirpini the
use. jcter, nowever. was not to be b.iliLu
bread upoa the table e loth, appropriated the
plate tor tus own convent fice. He then
ok possession of the. carving knife and fork,
ffclp'd himielf bountifully to meet and vg
rt-.tles, and commenced eating his dinner
i wh ine greatest composure
1 Tucse "Potions on the part
peiations on the part ot Peter had
the effect to suspen I al' operations for the
time on the part 'of the rest of the company.
Toe ladn s had laid down their knives aud
talk', and uc:e staling at Peter in wild as-
For meicy's sike Mr. Sharp,' slid the la
dy of the house, 'can't we pick up money
enough about the house to pay this man his
five Ja lars and sent him oil ? I'll eclare j
this is too provoking, I'll see what I can j
find' " i
With that she rose and hflthe room. Mr
Sharp prtsoitly followed her. They re
turned again in a minute, and Mr. Sharp
laid u five doll ir bill b fore Peter and
told hi:n he would thank him to leave the
house. Peter examined the bill to see if it
wus a good ohe, and very quietly fdded it
and put it into his pocket. He then drew
out a little pocket ink stand and a pie-. e of pa
per, Iaii it upon the table before him, wrote
a receipt ror the money, which lit handed to
Mr Sharp, rose fom the table, bowed to
the company aud retired, thinking as he lefi
the hous that he had had fa If enough of the
custom of S jl.nnon Sharp, the i.npoiterv
Peter Punctual slid fallowed his voca
tion of ciicul .ting magszirus. lie had no
init uti.n of ever dai kening the door of Solo
mon Sharp's stoie agaYn, but somehow or
other, two or three years- after, as he was
canvassing for subsi.iteis in the lower part
oftheeity, tie happen d to biader into the
simc store accidentilly, withoi.t noticing
ti.a namtt upon t!ie door. . Nor did h'dis
cover his mistake until he had nearly
crossed the store and attracted the attention
O. Mr. Sharp himself, who was at his accus
tomed seat i t thede. k where P. t ?rhadso
often se ii him. Pt ter thought as he had
got fiirly into the store, he wou d not back
out; so he stJpp d up to Mr. sharp without
a look of recngi i ion, and asked if he .vould
not like to subsciihe f ir some magazines
Mr shai p. who either did not recognise Pe
ter, or choce ii'-t to reconis" him, took the
rrfigaines an i looked a them, and found
a co;:p!c he said he would like to take, and
iriq'ii.cd the terms. Thy were each three
dollars a year in advance.
Put 1 don't pay in advance for any thing,'
said Sharp. lf you have a mind to K'ave
them it my house to be paid for at the end of
year, you may put rne down for these two.'
'No.' said Peter,! don't wish to take any
subscribers but thoge wht p iy in advance.'
Saying this, he took up his.specimehs, and
was i going out of the door, when Mr'Sharj
clU-d him back.
'Here young man, you may leave jhos
two at any late,' said he, 'and here's youi
advance,' handing him six dollars.
Where will yc'ti have them left ?' said
i At my house uptown,' said Mr. Sharp,
describing the street and number.
The busi.iesi being completed, Pe re r re
tired, much astonished at his gocd luck
II. ag-iin "became a monthly visitor at Mr.
Sharp's door, where he leguhrly delivered
to the servant gii 1 timtwo magines. Jvi
or th;ce months sif'.er this, when harrdet
one day on hh wsu.l muni, the giil toll
him th ;t Mr Sharp wanted ir see him, put!
desired th-.t h would call al the stoie. Pe-
I ? " lIJ C!,r",i's x? wnat Mr
I Sh.iro raiTht have to sue to I.i.n- i in th,-
i r- . . i , - i
e . : ? , " , .
course, of the same d iy ho called at Mr.
Shao s store.
'CJo d mornTng.'. said Mr. Sh irp ss P ter
enteied, 'come Ujku a chafr, and sit down I
here. ' -
Ii te vith a 'good morning sir,' did as?
hewa?dsiie.l. - ,- t
A'irVt vou the young min,' said Mr.
Sharp with a comical kind rf a look, 'who
.U out to hoar.l out a suI'Sa-i iptioji to the
New England Magazine at my house two
r thf c vetrs ng ?' " ,
'Yes said P. ter, t believe I'm the. same
person who once bad the honor of taking
board at your house.' .
W ll.' said Mrrfaarp, ! ivdri' t to' give !
you .a job.' , . ,
Whavis'ir?' said Peter.
'Here, I want you to collect these bills for
me,' said Mr. Sriarp, taking a'bund'e from
his desk;, 'for I'll be hanged if I can: Fv'e
tried lill rm tirtu".'
Whereupon he opened the bundle and as
sorted out the bills, and made a schedule of
them, amounting, in the eggfega'u, ti' about
a. thousand dollar?.
'There,' said he,' 1 will give upon thst
list ten per cent commissions oh all ou col
lect. What say you, will vou undertake
Well, I'll try.' said Peter, 'see whet I
c3ndo with them. How sooa. must 1 re
turn them '
Take your own time for it,' said Mr.
Sharp; 'I've seen enough of roil to knovr
pretty we l what you are.'
; Peter accordingly took the bills and en
tered on his new task, lollowig it up with
uMigt nee and perseverance, la a tew weeks
he caiied agair. at Sharp's store.
Well, said Mr.' Sharp, 'have you mal o
out to collect any ihing on those bills vet?'
Yes,' said Peter.
'There vere some of the trn per cent, list
that t thought it prpballe you misht collect,'
slid Mr. shaip. 'How many have: you col
lected ?'
All of them,' said Peter.
'Ail of them,' said Sharp; 'Well, fact that's
much more than I expected. The twenty
five per cent, list vere all dead uo?. wasn't
it?' You go; nothing on them, 1 suppose,
did you?'
Ys I did,' said Peter.
'Dai you, though? HW much?' said
T got them a if,' said Peter.
'Oh that's a 1 a j ke,' said Sharp.
. 'No it is 'nt a joke,' sai.l Peter. I've col
lected every dolfarof them, and here's the
money,' taking out his pocket-book and
counting out the bills.
Mr. Sharp received the money with per
feet nstonisfenent. He had not expected
that one half of the amount would be col
lected. He counted out the commission on the ten.
per cent, first, and handt-d the sum over to
Peter. And then he counted cut fifty dol
lars more, and asked Peter to accept that as
a present; 'partly,' said he "because you have:,
accomplished thistaVliso very far beyond
my expectations, und partly because my
acquaintance with you has'tatght me one
of the hi st lessons of m' life, h has taught
me the value of perseverance and punctua i
ty. f have ri,flecVd upon it n.uch, ever
since you undeitopk' to board out the hill
for the rhagizine at my house.'
'Why. y.s,' said neter, T think persever
ance ah! punctuality are great helps in the
way of business.'
'If t very pcreon in the community,' said
Mr. Sharp, would make it a point to pay
all his bills promptly the moment they be
come due, what a vast impTivrmeut it would
make in the condition of society all around.
That would put people in a condition at all
times, to hniAiMo piy th. ir bills prompt.'
We m:g'ht add that Peter Punctual nftrr
waids opened a store in the city, io a.
branch of business which brought Mr.
Sharp to be a customer to him, and he has
been one of his best customers ever sm'ct,
payingiill of his bids promptly, and when
ever Peter requires' it, even paying in ad
vance. The rp.ixTs or the nails. Therein
in anecdote told somewhere of a voung
Mussulman who had succeeded to his fa
ther's estate and honors,, but who, to the
grief of his mother, did not inherit his fi
her's virtues. It was not the fault ot na
ture, for she had lavished her gifts, lre-id v
upon him nor cf education," for he had
been placed from his infancy under the wi
dest instructors, nor of example, for he had
mingled only w:ith the good and seemed to
aave no temptation to lead his astray. But
aotwithstanding his early advantages and
.lis eaily promise of grrrt distinction and
isefulness, he fell into dissipated habits and
was w'asting his es'ate, hio reput nicn and
health. His mother remonstrated with him,
but in vain. No plea, no entreaty, could
prevail on him to abandon his wicked coin
pinions. He seemed obstinately bent on his
own ium, sni was plunging deeper and
deeper mioihe voitexfrom which few escape.
At 't last his mother, who was fruitful in
nver' tion, hit upon this expedient to reclaim
ia.n. She exacted of him a promise that he
vou'M comply-with her r quest in one par
ticular. "In your little chamber" said she,
' I h ive pkictda keg cf nails and a hammer,
and now far every, act of your life w hich
yotft con cience admonishes you is wrong
take ohe of these nails and drive it into the
ceiling of your room; and for every virtuous
def d, Ut a naii .be extracted:" Time rolled
on, and the ceiling w;as sobri liaed with these-
mt-.ai: ntoes or. n;s wirKeoness, tin at lengtn
he. became alarmed by th'-ir number, anl
reso'ved to t band on at once his wicked ca
reer. The result fas, that uait after nail
was withdraw", til not a single one rc
maind to tell the t.fe of his former dissipa
ted habi's. He th'-n wnt to hi ninth or."
nnd -.with feelings of exultation he spokej of
the conquest, which he had achieved.
"Thre is not a solitary nail," siii he, "re
maining in the ceiling of my cn3mber."- -"But
remember, my son," said an ?,' hat
Let them remind thee of thy fall and of thy
recoverV. and behu'mble." ChriiUzn Ob?

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