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Ucorgs r.igtT Montgomery,
Tho sunlight flows from sapphire skies And orcr field and river lies, It streams upon mo warm and whlto Through the glad Lours Uiat follow night It thrills the bursting buds and leaves, And with creative magic weaves J'rcsh bloom and color In tho air .And wild enchantment everywhere. Men deem It but a common thing, ' -As commou tho flowers which spring From soil and dew, and vaguely sco Its beauty bright as dawn to me. "Tho wonder ol Its llfo Is clear To those who fathom far and near, Its radlent mystery hums alono Fur hearts that look Into Its own. 'Oh I I have watched it till I teem To lose my senses In n dream; And yet Its splendor Is, I know, A part of things that thrive and grow. As though with soino divining eye I trace It through the ambient sky, And strive In fancy to outrun Its flight beyond tho central sun. I nolo Its snbtlo waves which move As silent waters In a groove, Each separate, yet together bound tlkj a in ect harmony o sound ; I sco them borno with nlry grace Across tlio million leagues of space, Dome with an equal speed and blent With power that Is omnipotent ; A ctrango and solemn order guides Their Infinite motion; and the tides That lift tho universal sen, Or the spring lcallng of o tree, Are not mora governed by a forco Which holds the earth within Its course, Which makes of every man a part Of tho wide world's Immortal heart. thi- nooi). Not No.ih's, hut ono equally disas trous as far ns it wont, as thoy know in Minnesota. :Luoy Funohen, standing in lior brothor-dn-law's doorway, looking out over tho snow at tho ilguro of n manwho had just turned and waved his hat to her, had no idea it was coming. Her black oyes woro bright nnd hcrfaco warm with rich color. "Lucy," called her sister from tho littlo bedroom, "who was tho man nt the doorf" "Charley llosocoo," said Lucy, defi antly, "what is it to you, Colomb?" "Wkntisittomo. I'll toacli you miss wlion Peter comes you shall go homo and marry Jo Aim, ns you liavo been told. You're not a Ynnkoo girl, if you have been to their school, and you shall do as you arc told. I'll ask old Gnu tioro to go for fatlior Chevalier when he comes in'o tho house." "I don't caro," said liiioy, still moro dollantly; "you may got a dozen priests if you like, I'll not marry Jo Aim if ho lias a thousand cattlo. Charley is bet tor with nothing." "So foolish you talk, what do you knowP you aro not to talk alono with men at my door, it is nqt decent. You should go back to Franco, miss, ,and ) icorn manners, and not to talk of your priests so disrespectfully. Fix tho liro and como and tako tho baby and let not Charley Rosccoo como hero onco more Luoy filled tho stovo with corn, tho railroads had brought but littlo wood yet and that was so dear they still used corn as tho r had dono during tho block ado. When slio had dono that sho took tlio baby and sat by tlto window, rock' inor it nnd looking out on tho snow whoro Charlio had passed out of sight, Old Gautioro had como in from tho barn where ho had beon to tako caro of tho cattlo and horso, and Colomb was toll ing through tho open bedroom door of Xucy's rebellion. Tho old man mutter- . cd and Coiomb scolded, but Luoy only looked moro rebellious and doliant than oyor, nnd gavo thorn n sharp answer now nnd then, tossing her black braids about with every scornful movomont of her coquettish hoad. Tho old man mumbled and muttered about tho black night, and that somo ono had told him tho river was rising abovo thoro, but Xucy paid no attention to his words. and after onco moro renewing tho flro lay down on tho loungo noar tho door of lior sister's room ready to answer .any call during tho night. Somctlmo in tho night, sho did not know how long sho had beon nslcop she was awakonod by a terriblo crashing and grinding about tho houso. Sho could not toll what St meant, sho had movor ho-.ird anything liko it. Colomb was screaming and old Gautioro stood on tho stairs half-dressed and wholly terror strickon muttoring about ftho river. Tho wnlor .began to pour in undortho door and iflmost while Lucy looked ' toso ankle-deep. She rushed to her sis tor's bed nnd called to tho old man Sho had bound many an aero of wheat, und lier arms were not weak, nnd with tho help tho old man could glvo her they drugged off tho bed with her slsto nnd tho baby upon it, and by muoli pulliugand pushing got them up tho narrow stair-wny. Tho grinding and crashing continued thoy could hardly hear each othor speak, .and till wator roso rapidly. Lucy could soo iy using higher and higher on tho staljCr sho luul juurriod back nnd snWoheOTfrWafb from tho tablo n soon ns ColomJvwas safo upstairs. Sh . had to wado through wator to do it, and noticod that ovon then it was as high ns tho ohnir seats and was putting out tho flro. Sho watched tho wator as it ore fttnn Tiv ntnn mi ilinaft fltntlfl nml saw thoy would not bo safo oroTbo only placo of escape loft was tho atio and that was a very small nnd low ono, but thoy must tako rofugo thoro. Sho set her wits to work to plan awny to roach it. Tho chamber was unfinished only a fow looso boards lnyou tho boams overhead. Old Gautloro's bod stood noar nn old rlokoty tablo bosldo it. Sho placed tho tablo ou tho bod and got tho old man up on tho beams, thon sho reached up bod clothes nnd n feather bod nnd directed him to arrange a bed on tho looso boards, finally sho lifted Colomb till sho had her whero tho old man could tnka hold of tho quilts about her nnd pull her up. They w ro not n minuto too soon, for jnst ns nha ronched up tho baby and pre pared to swing herself up from tho old tablo, thoro camo another louder crash, tho houso rocked to and fro for a min uto, tho lamp went down with n crash, there was n rush and sweep of water, nnd they felt t hoy wcro moving off. Colomb was shrieking and tho old man fairly howling in terror. Lucy put her hand down between tho beams bolow them, It struck into tho water. It was as high as that then, it would soon bo over nt tlint rate. Sho thought of Ciiarllo, whero was ho? Ho had gono straight on down tho valley, ho would bo drowned. Sho cried out nt that for tho first time, but just thon tho houso surged to onosido nnd Columb shrieked, and they all huddled down together in tho darkness. On and on they went, tho houso swinging to nnd fro in tho current, tho water dashing and splashing about, nnd tho ico grinding and crashing outside. Tho old man mumbled his prayers and Colomb repeated hers, shrieking out now nnd then to some saint for morcy, or calling loudly to Lucy to stay near her. How long this lasted they could not toll, but nftor what seemed to thorn a lifetime, tho houso stood still. Whero they wcro thoy did not know, but Lucy, digging open a littlo craok in tho gable, could coo cakes of ico all'nbout, and beyond Hint tho river runulng furiously by. A church was Iloatlng along with tho current, and. above nil tho grinding of tho Ico and rush of tho water, sho could hear tho awful tolling of its bull. Down on tho cakes of ico stood Colomb's best black cow, chowlng her cud ns if sho wcro safo nt homo in her stall. Tho hours passed on drearily enough with no foDd, no lire, no light, only tho darkness anil noiso. It was day now. Lucy could sco that, but tho littlo attlo was still dark. Hut it was somo consol ation to know that I hoy wcro standing still, and no longer in that crushing, crashing mass. Lucy widened tho crack in tho gablo as tho day passsed on, and reported what sho saw. A lot of wood went by out in tho river wood that had been placed on tho river bank for tho uso of steam boats when tho river opened. Shu know what it was well enough, for sho had scon somo of tho neighbors burning a part of it during tho blockade. Trees went by, nnd pieces of houses, nnd a dead body rolled over and showed her its whlto, rigid face. Sho would not look ngain after that. Night settled down at last, and that was worso than day; it was pleasant to know that tlicro was light outsido ovon if they Could not sco it. Lucy did not sleep, tho others slept a littlo, waking with frightened cries that mndo tho night moro hldoous. Sho was fearful lest .they should start again and tho houso go to pieces in tho ico, but it stood firm, and sho began to fear thoy must stay there and starve Perhaps the ico had frozen hard enough to al low lior to get to shore somewhere, for though tho river was open, it sconicd frozen solid where thoy were, which probably was not really tho rivor, only wlioro it had overflowed, nnd sho re solved to try and got out in tho morn ing. When tho first streak ?f light was visiblo, sho began lior work, but having nothing but hor hands sho was giving up in despair, when Colomb cried out that'sho hoard voices. Thoy listened. Surely thoro wcro voices, help had como. Thoy shouted to lot tho rescuers know thoy woro there and altvo, but tho voices woro growing fainter and fainter, evidently thoy had concluded no ouo was thoro and wore going away. With all their united voices thoy called again and Lucy looked out through her littlo opening in tho wall and saw thorn, two men, nnd ono of thorn was yes it was Charlio Rosccoo. Sho nut her mouth to tho opening nnd called with all her might: "Charlio, oh, Charlie! como baokl wo'ro hero!" Thon sho looked again nnd saw thoy had turned nnd were running back. "They're coming, thoy'ro coming!" she cried to Colomb; "it's Charlie, ho'll savo us" but Colomb had fniutul. Tho mon woro not long in making an opening In tho roof, for tlioy woro pre- ... i. . , . i r. parou wun uioirnxos xor jimtmon emer gencies, having beon out at work all night. They carried Colomb, wrwpod in tho bod olotho?, across tho ico tj tho boat and Lucy led old Gautierc, timb ling wltu four nnd woakness, tdVho sumo plnco. Thoy shlvorod in tho Nit tor morning nlr, but Luoy soon foi lid work enoucrh to koon hor warm In lit hi Ing tho mon to pull tho boat ngalnstio strong current. Cakes of ico camo rushing down, almost upscttlngjt times, and long timbers swung around pcjul ously noar tho boat as thoy woro doth ding down tho rlvor. Luoy nsl&i Charlio whoro thoy woro, and how jhi thoy had como. Bolow Vano, jo Ult hor, and thoy had como fifteen miles. Fifteen miles In a looking, surging houso, among thoso onormous oakos of Ico sho shlvprod again nt hor rowing. "Do you know that placoP" asked Charlio.- Luoy looked and saw n soli tary houso, standing amid onormous cakos of ico, so black from mud and sand covering them and contained in thorn that thoy looked moro liko cakes of blaok lava than ico. That was liko no placo sho had over scon. "That Is Glonn Island," said Charlio. Sho looked again sho could not bollovo it. Glonn Island was a pretty littlo town; sho and Charlio had gono to school there, and it had churohes, stoles, schools and houses in plenty. It could not bo. "There U tho railroad," continued Charlio, as thoy got nearer their own home, or what had been homo. Lucy could only see n vast sea stretching out on every hand, wl'h n swift current in the editor nnd blocks of ico and mud hero nnd tlicro In every direction. Some times there was tho roof of n houso or barn, and n fow cnttlo perched on top of somo strawstacks, orstandlng In tho water half-wny up to their backs, tho ico frozen so thickly about them that thoy could not move. Sho could sco no signs of tho railroad; if it was where Charlio pointed, it was burled, under tons cf ice, "Do you know this farm?" nsked Ciiarllo again. Lucy looked ami saw acres of land plung'ng Into tho river. Dead bodies of cattlo lay hero nnd thoro, caught among ono of tho cakes of ice, nnd n part of a harvester whirled by thoin In tho wator. No, sho had never seen It, sho was sure. "That is Jo Aim's," said Charlio. Sho caught her breath and looked again. All those broad acres and barns and cattlo and horses, that her sister had talked of so often, gono. As sho looked, sho caught sight of a man wedged in between two cakes of Ico not far from them. "There's a man, Charlio," sho said under her breath for tho sight of him had sent n horror to her. "Its Jo!" cried Charlio as the boat swung around 60 they could soo his face, "and he's dead." Colomb cried out nt that and begged them not to stop, and Indeed they could not in that swift river. How lorriblo it all seemed as they went on. Far oft, the bluffs, liko tho banks of tho soa, in tho center of which was thoirstruggllng boat, on every side roofs of churches, houses, barns, or wrecks of them all. Tho comfortable farms, that tho year before had been covered with wheat, burled in water and ico, somo half washed into tho river, and ninny cov ered with a deposit of sand that had ruined them for years, at Ioast. Cattle, horses, reapers, niow.irs, everything gono, and sometimes tho ownow, loo, liko poor Jo. Great trees were torn up by the roots, or cut off clean and smooth, somo stripped of their bark, their largu trunks seeming half human ns thoy lay there ruined mid helpless. Ono was still standing, and perched in its branches were threo women whom Lucy recognized as her former neigh bors Mrs. Olo Oleson, Mrs. Stark Stark son and Mrs. Peterson. Each had a babo in her arms, and all called loudly for holp. Tho men brought tho boat as near as possible to them, and promised o send them help at once, but lhcirbo.it was full. Tho women beggod pitcous- ly. Thoy had all got together in ono house, thoy said, and whenthat was go ing had climbed into this treo and had been there nil night and wcro cold. Colomb know their husbands wore with Peter after wood, but sho asked wlioro Mrs. Olcson's other children wcro, nnd tho poor woman broko out sobbing nnd said thoy wero in tho rlvor. Sarah had slipped down into tho water whon thoy tried to got up in tho treo nnd Hans had dropped off in tho night whon sho had fallen nslcop just a minuto. Farther on Charlio pointed out n houso standing on higher land than tho others, whoro, ho told Lucy, a family wero up stairs waiting to bo taken oft if need bo, but allowing otliors in moro danger logo first, and near by n mnn had lain in anothoi house with both hands nnd foot frozen so badly tho doc tors were going to amputato thorn. At last, thoy reached tholr destination, tho great olovator whoro tho owner, who had been rich tho day b'eforo but was now a poor man, was doing ail ho could to mako tho pcoplo comfortable Thoy wcro soon among tho otliorsuffcr- crs, somo worso off than themselves, and tho men who had brought them only waitod to tako n littlo food, thon started out again with otliors. Day after day nnd wook after wc6k tho Hood contiuuod. Skiffs and yawls were hastily built und panics of rescu ers were out continually. Ono day thoy brought in a family who had lived days on raw chickens, tho fowls having beon driven to tho houso by fright; and another day it was two old Indies who had lived more than a week in tholr barn. Littlo children, only half dressed and, consequently, half frozen, wero brought from nil sorts of strange porches and their res cuers had many a narrow escapo wlillo trying to savo them. Hugo Barricades of ico, sometimes 30 foot high, must bo crossed, and again swift, opon currents and sometimes thin ico, on which planks wero laid to mako it moro secure, or tho boats woro drsggod across to reach another opon placo. Day after day, thoy brought them In, taking CO per sons from tho roof of ono largo houso and picking up otliors horo and thoro, all half frozon and half starved ami wholly dostltuto. Tho owner of tho olovator drew up by means of pulloys n fow cattlo that had been saved, slaugb tcrlng them on ono of tho uppor floors nnd footling tho poopio. Tlioy una no lights, for tho korosono nnd oven tho cnndlos had given out ovorywhero tho boats could reach, but thoy boro that quito patiently as long us tlioy had somo sort of food. Peter returned with his neighbors, but thoy camo in a boat and their wood wont on down tho rlvor. Neither ho nor Colomb said a word moro against Cliarlio's lovomaking, though thoy saw it was progressing in tho intervals ho had from his work In tho boats, and oron old Gntitiero could not forget thrtt Chaflio saved his life, nnd If ho muttered It was only to pralso him. And Lucy and Charlio think tho Hood was not altogether without its ad vantages. Worth Knowing. A poulllco of fresh tea leaves moisten ed with wator, will euro a styo on tho eyelid. For carnoho, dissolvo nss.ilitida In water; warm a fow drops and drop In tho car, then cork tho car with wool. Tho truo physiological way of treat ing burns and scald) is to at oncp ox clttda tho air, with cotton batting, Hour! scraped potato, or anything that is handiest. Uso fresh water. Wator which has stood In an open dish o(r night should not bo used for cooking or drinking, as It will have abiorbod many foul gases. Mix n littlo carbonataof'soda with tho water In which flowers nro immersed, nnd it will preserve them for a fortnight. Common saltpeter Is nlso n very good preservative. Tnko a now flower pot, wash It aem, wrap it in a wet cloth, and sot over butter, will keep it as hard as if on ice. Milk, If put into an earthen ean,',or even a tin one, will keep sweet for a long time, if well wrapped In a wet cloth. Common soda is excellent for sour ing tin, ns it will not scratch tho tin, nml will mako it look liko new. Apply with a pleoo of moistened newspaper and polish with a dry piece. Wood ashes aro n good substitute. To euro bunions uo pulverized salt peter and sweet oil. Obtain at a drug. gist's livo or six cents' worth of salt-po ; tcr; put Into n bottlu with sulheienl ol ive oil to dissolvo it. shaku up well, and rub tho inflamed joints night and morn ing, and more frequently if painful. Flies may bo effectually disposed of without tho uso of poison. Tako half a tcaspoonfnl of black pepper in pow der, ono teaspoonful of cream. Mix them welt together, and placo them in a room on a plato where flies aro troub lesome, anp thoy will soon disappear. Red ants may bo banished from a pantry or storeroom by .strewing tho shelves with a small quantity of cloves, either wholo or ground. Wo uso tho former, as not being so likely to get Into food placed upon tho shelves. Tho cloves should bo renewed occasionally, as, after a time, they loso their strength and ellloacy. Tho following drink for relieving sickness of tho stomach is said to be very palatable and agreeable: heat up ono egg very well, say for twenty nik- utes, thon add fresh milk one pint, water ono pint, sugar to mako it palatable; boil, and got It cool; drink when cold. If It becomes curds and whey it & uso- lcss. According to La France Medicate bo rax has been employed with advaulago In cases of hoarseness and aphonia oc curring suddenly from tho action of cold. Tho remedy is recommended to singers and orators whoso voices sud denly become lost, but which by thoso means can bo recovered instantly. A littlo pioco of borax tho slzo of n pea is to bo slowly dissolved in the mouth ten minutes boforo singing or speaking. Tho remedy provokes an abundant se cretion of saliva, which moistens tho mouth and throat. This local action of tho borax should bo aldod by an equal doso of nltrato of potassium, taken in warm solution before going to bed. A thoroughly qualiliod medical man has rocontly, in tho course of his practice, como upon wnat ho bollovos and uses as aspecilio remedy for small-pox. Tho remody is tho bi-tartrato of potash, tho common cream of tartar of tho drug store; two ounces dissolved iu boiling wator, with tho juico of n lomou and sugar addod. Lot tho patlont drink as mueh as ho likos, but not less than n wiueglassful ovory hour. In somo of his cases tins modlclno lias exhibited tho most remarkable curativo ollects. It will purgo, but as it Is perfectly harm less this wil not mattor, and it docs not appoar to bo tho causo of cure, tho remedy aoting spooillcally on tho virus, tho pustulos collapsing, loaving no pits, and a perfect cure following In a short time. All kinds of burns, scalds, and sun burns aro almost immodiatoly rolio'.ed by tho application of a solution of soda to tho burnt surface. It must bo romom bored that dry soda will 'not do unless it Is surrounded ivith a cloth moist onougli to dissolvo it. This method of sprink ling It on and covering it with wot cloth is ofton tho very best. Rut it is sulll- cient to wash tho wound repeatedly witli n strong solution. It would bo well to koop n bottlo of it always on hand, made strong that more or less sottles on tho bottlo. This is what Is called a saturated solution, and really suoh a solution as this is formed whon tho dry soda is sprinkled on mid covered with n moistonod cloth. It to thought by somo that tho pain of a burn Is caused by tho hardening of tho albumon and rollovlng tho pressure. Otliors think thut tho burn' genorntos an aoid which tho soda neutralizes. "Novor milk wlillo tho cow Is eating," is tho udvioo of a buoollo contempo rary. Judging from tho oharacter of somo of tho milk that comes to market, it would bo more to tho point novor to milk while tho cow is driuking. An oxohango says: "A man hvos In this vicinity who states that ho first mot his wifo in n storm, took her to tho first ball In a storm, popped tho quosllon in u storm, and Las lived in a storm ovor sinoo." That coupio must havo boon Mr. and Mrs. Cy Clono. CHILDREN'S COMER. At Hen. T.Mitn Nuricrr, I nm making n voyago on a sailing vessel from San Francisco to tho Sand wich Islands. Wo havo been on tho water for threo weeks. Kvory day at noon, if tho sun shinos, the captain comes up on deck with a queer thing In his hand, which ho calls a sextant. With this ho looks nt tho sun, nnd finds out just where on this great ocean wc nro, and just how far wo havo gono In tho last twenty-four hours. To-day ho says wo aro threo hundred miles from Honolulu. There nro twenty sails on this ship. I love to lie down on deck, nnd look nt them; nnd I think It Is n beautiful sight to seo them nil spread and filled with wind. It almost seems as if their tops touched tho sky. All tho masts iKd sails and ropes havo names. I am sure It would tako mo a good while to learn them; but nil tho sailors know them. When tho captain wants a sail chang ed, ho gives tho orJcr in a very loud tono; then tho first mate, who Is never very far from tho captain, repeats tho order; and then tho sailors run quick ly to tho ropes nnd pull away, and sing while thoy pull; and tho sail goes up or down, just as tho captain wants it. Every hour n sailor takes his turn at steering tho ship; soathnt thoro is always ouo man at the wheel. There Is a largo bell swung just In front of Mm, which ho strikes every half-hour to nrirk tho tlino When It Is twelve o'clock, ho stt ikes tho hull eight times; and it is eight bells again at four o'clock nnd at eight o'clock. Tho first hour after eight bells is two bells; the second four bulls; tho third, six bells; and the half-hours strike thu odd numbers, three, live and seven bulls. It is a very funny way to tell time, I think. Ouo day tho captain slung n ham mock ou deck, nnd we had a nice time swinging in it. Another day, when the sea was very uaitn, ho hung a rope from t,ho rigging, and made a real swing for us. Wo havo long fish-lines which wo throw over thu ship's side. Onco a gen tluman on board caught a beaut fill dol phin, all green and bluu and gold. Tho steward made a nlco ehowder out of the dolphin for our lunch, and we had baked dolphin for diuii'-r that day. Thanksgiving I've a little lamb was born ou board. Tin sailors namod it "Thanksgiving," lor tho day. It is a dear littlo lamb now, so whlto and gentle! Wo have tied n blue ribbon about its neck; and it runs all over the dcek after us, and goes to sleep in our laps. There is a cunning littlo pig, too, which I call "Dennis." I wish It were really tho sanio wonderful littlo pig; but mamma says she docs not think it can be. I must toll you nbout tho beautiful bouquet tho steward madu for our Thanksgiving dinner. It was mndo out of vegetables with a kuifo yellow roses from carrots, and white roses, japculcas, and tiiborosesfr.imturnlpsnnd potatoes. Somo of the petals ho dipped into beet water, and to mado blush roses of them. Then he mado two canary biuls of car rots and perched thorn among the flowers. Mamma said that sho had seen many a cluster of wax (lowers that were not as beautiful. Perhaps I will wrlto ngain when wo arrlva in Honolulu. Tho Fable of tho Kuckwhent. 11 Han Christian Anderion, In passing through a buckwheat flold, after a thunderstorm, ono will ofton sco upon It a scorched and oven burnt ap pearance, as if firo had passed ovor it, and tho farmers will say that tho light ning lins dono this. Rut how can this bo? I will tell you what a gray sparrow told me, nnd tho gray sparrow heard it f ro'ii an old willow treo, that still stands, whoro it has long stood, by a buokwhoat Hold. It is u big, lionorablo treo, but shrivelled and old; it has beon torn through tho centre, and there iu thu cleft grass and whorllo bushes grow. Tho treo bends forward, nnd thu branches, looking liko long green hair, droop towards tho ground. Grain grow upon all tho fields around' both ryo and oats; yes, tho beautiful oats, that look whon ripo liko n groat flock of tiny yellow canary birds, sit ting upon a stom. Tho grain looked so blossod, and tho heavier it was tho low er it bowod in pious humility. Rut there was also a field of buck wheat, and It was closo by tho willow treo. Tho buckwheat didn't bond like other grain, but strutted so proudly and stiffly. "I am richer than othor grain," it said. Resides, I am much handsomer; my blossoms aro as boautlful as thoso of tho app'otreoj It is delightful to look at mo and mlno. Do you know any moro beautiful than wo, qld willow treoP" And tho old willow treo nodded as if to say, "Yes, of courso I do." Rut tho buokwhoat strutted in real vanity, and said "Tho foolish treo; it is so old that grass grows in its stomach!" Thoro camo up a dreadful storm, and all tho flowors of tho meadow folded their loaves, or bent tholr tonder bonds, whllo tho storm passed ovor them; but tho buokwhoat strutted on in its prido. "Rond your head liko tho rest of us," said tho flowors. "Thoro is no ncod nt all of my doing so," replied tho buokwhoat. "Rond your head ns wo do!" shouted tho grain, "Tho storni-angol is flying; ho has wings renohlng from the olouds to tho earth, nnd ho will out you down boforo you havo tlmo to ask for mercy." "Yos, but I will not bond," replied tho buckwheat. "Shut your blossoms nnd bend your lonvcsl" said tho old willow treo. "Don't look townrdstho lightning whon tho clouds burst. Men themselves dnro not do so, for by tho lightning ono may soo Into God's heaven; and such a sight will mako oven men blind. What then, may happen to m plants of tho earth, nnd so mueh Inferior, if wo ven ture upon It?" "Far Inferior!" satd tho buckwheat scornfully "Now I will just look Into God's heaven.'.' And so it did in its prido. Now It lightened so that it Fconied as if thu whole world was in n blaze. Afterward, whon tho storm had passed, tho flowers and tho grain stood upright in tho pure (pilot air, looking so refreshed by the rain; but tho lightnlg had turned tho buckwheat as black ns a coal, so it was only a dead useless herb upon tho field I lie old willow treo moved its branches in tho wind, nnd largo drops of water fell from tho green leaves, ns If the treo wero weeping nml tho spar row nsked s "Why do you weep, when nil nround Is full of blessing? Sou how tho tun shines out nnd how tho clouds go, nnd what a delicious odor the flowers and foliage have! Why do you weep, old willow tree? ' Then tho willow treo told nbout the buckwheat's prido and punishment. This always follows. Tho writer heard this from the sparrow, one night when ho asked it to tell him a htorv. r.nu'r uiiiiii's. WI.U-Awnlw. Then they wont behind tho garden and nlong tho eastern hill slope, nnd gathered unto themselves largo families of elders. A littlo girl who has never played with those woods babies cannot realize tho delight thorn Is in them. Warm from tho sun and freshly green, they seem more alive than tho most complete doll. It always gavo Rluebell a heart ache to como upon a pile of withered elders left from a former play. .Sho would dig out Rosa or Lilly or Alice, and look sorrowfully at tho crackling drapery and shrunken body of that de parted companion. The elders wero iu bloom, so Tildy and niuebull "p'tonded" tho while, fra grant smear made of so many little cups was a daughter's white skirt hanging below her green gown; for it was quito tho thing then for a child's embroider ed skirt to show Its rich handiwork be low tho short dress. Tho girls plunged into tho midst of thu elder thicket, sur rounded by its incense, and camo out with rustling arm loads. To mako an oldur doll, you break 't smoothly from tho parent stem, and how beautifully tho pith shows in tho top of its head! then you leavo arms nt a suitable dis tance bolow tho elder's branches spring on exactly opposite sides and strip all tho leaves from these, except threo at tho extremities, which aro hands. And last, you givo thu darling a length of bare stem for waist, and placo her before you to admire tho deli cate brown bark of her fnco, which lias an expression individual and distinct from tho faces of her sisters. Tildy and" Rluebell sought their fa voiito playhouses up tho hill, their arms loaded, and each loading an active young elder by tho hand. Tho play houses were somo distance from their school path. "Wo ain't beon hero for so long," re marked Rluoboll, panting up tho stoop with her family; "I wondorif anything's broko our acorn dishes?" Ti.dy's houso was a bif; rock cropping out of tho soil. Sho had "up stairs and down stairs," for it was easy to go around behind and stop on tho rock. Her down stairs was well riggod with moss; but tho gray floor up stairs stood bare and cool in tho wood shadows. ISluoboll's resideneo was a mighty stump, cut clean and smooth at the top. Sho had dragged a fragment of rock near for doorstonc, and lived on that smooth, many ringed floor. Sho had a back kitchen, of courso, behind tho stump, whore hor acorn delf was stored on littlo shelves mado of bark, propped with pebbles from tho run. A lleoco of vivid moss, finer than tho most gorgeous Persian rug, covend this kitchen. Tl.t late storm had only brightonodthis; but nlas! lior shelves and acorn cups wore all to bo built and stored again. Thoy placed thomsolves in their re spective dwoliings, surrounded by daughters, and talked across. i "Now, lot's play riinte-T-to-.Viselfr said Rluoboll "it's suoh a funny book and there's Miss Mandovillo and Rob ert nnd Miss Twist and old Mrs. .Creop mouso ain't that a queer uamo, Tildy I I road it all through, and sklppod tho p irts whoro it was long. You havo ono of your dolls bo Robert, nnd I liavo ono of mine bo Emily Mandoville." Tiddy allowed this to bo dono. Ono horo of TMnkS'T-to-Myself was mado of a very jaunty older switch; and tho girls put thpmselvos into parts, and at tho samo tlmo movod their puppets. Rob ert sont a Valentino of a grapo-vlno leaf to Miss Mandovillo and Miss Mando villo usod tho languago which sho did in tho book; and Miss Twist appoared nt tho ball pinnod all ovor with flounces cf hor natural bloom, whllo nu omorald ohaln of grass graced hor nook. It wus very Interesting; but whon thoy oamo to tho marriago of iho horo and horolno. tlio movers of tho drama woro at a loss for n sultablo coromony. Thoy hnd never seen a wedding. "Jusl join tholr hands," said Tildy, "and I'll say 'How-wow-whlddlo-lnk Row-wow-wlilddlo-lnkl' That will doa woll as anything." So tho thrco-loavod palm of Miss Emily was laid in the three-leaved palm of tho gallant Robert and twisted together, nnd tho coupio propped by a treo. Over head groat branehos woro rooking with musical rustic, nnd furthor up tho hill a squirrel b:irked. Ants crept up tho drapery of tho brldo expectant, nnd a hunch of ferns moved na if to fan her. Tildy took hor stand In front, nnd Rluoboll stood by, grouped nround with thoothcr characters in Thinks-f-lO'My-sclf, such of them as could not stand lying gracefully on their backs. Tildy opened hor mouth ,'nnd satd "Row ' when Teeny, leading thu baby, appear ed ou tho scene. "Didn't you hear mo call you to sup pei ?" slio asked. "No, wo didn't hear anything." "What you doing?" "Ain't doin' anything," returned Til dy, somewhat shamefaced, lior weak ness for elders was something Teeny failed to appreciate. "Wo'voplayed astoryoutof a book," exclaimed Rluebell, "and now thoy aro standing up to get married, and Tildy is going to 'Row-wow-wiilddlo-inkr " "No, I ain't!" "0, Tildy, pleaso go on. And old Mrs. Crecpinouso died, and wo burled her under grass, with bushes for stones nt her head and feet. Teeny gurgled in her throat. Sho was a real grown young woman, you know, who sewed quilt-plcccs, and had one "Rising Sun" and "Prido of tho Went,, done nnd quilted in shell-pattern ami laid awny. Still sliu did not laugh out loud, nnd kindly volunteered to help tho bridal party out of thelr.pro dleament. 'You can marry them by tho old Con necticut law " How, Teeny? Oh, you do It!" So Teeny approauhed and said: "llytheold Connecticut lar, I marry this Indian to tho squaw ; Kiss her and tuko her for your hrlde: Now I pronounce you man and wlfo All jour life." "Oil, how beautiful that was!" sighed llluubcll. "It doesn't mako any diflur- unco 'cause they wasn't Indians, doos it? Now lo's put 'em In the houses, and cry 'good-by.' Everybody in tho book eric when they talk. I don't see what mado 'em cry when thoy just say something, It says, cried my father,' 'cried Miss Muiiduvlllo.' 1 s'poso they fell bad." Roceo helped to pilo tho ohlor people who had served tholr tlmo and must Ho shrivelling tomorrow, upon tho rock nnd tho stump. Then tho human dolls, who would have so mauystorios to ulay in their lives, went down hill chattor ing together. How to Mako a Speech. Cliamlicr'n .Journal. A good story is told of Lord Palmer ston's experience of importunate repor ters. A London scrlbo having heard that his lordship was to bo present at an archery meeting in a small country vll lago In Hampshire, posted down to tho placo and atltonded tho meeting. Lord Palmerston's task was to distribute prizes to somo half-dozen blushing young ladles, and tho wholo company present did not number much abovo a score. His lornship performed tho task with, his customary graeo and good humor, giving tho young ladies a kindly pat ou tlio head, but making only tho most commonplace observation. Tho repor ter waited anxiously in his place until, to Ills horror, ho saw tho procoodings brought to a closo without any formal spoecii from tho premier. This was more than ho'could stand. Ho rushed from his corner to tho noble lord, who was passing from tlio room. "My lord, I bog your pardon, but this won't do." "What do you nioanP" was tho reply of, tho astonished statesman. "Why, you' vs mado no speech! I've como all tho way from London to report it, and I must havo a spcccli of somo sort." Whoro upon, it is on record that tho good-tom-perod old gentleman turned back, and detained tho retreating nudlonco for twenty minutes, whllo ho gavo thorn a gonial dissertation on tho good qualltlos of English women In pcncrnl, and of Hampshire lassos in particular. WIT AND HUMOR. Cultivation of hops A father whip ping his son. Rare facts would ofton look bettor if clothed in choice words. In a gamo of cards a good dual do ponds on good play, and good play on a good deal. Satin and volvot ovenlng shoos havo tho toos eovored with steel, jot or Turk ish embroidery. Boon rotten cpgs (low through tho air, And, ai ha turned to go, Ho yelled, "1 really cannot bear Those lays of long ago." A brothor aroso in n wookly prayor mooting in New Jorsoy and said: "Rrothron, whon I consldor tho short ness of llfo, I fool as if I might bo takon away suddouly, llkoathiof in tho night. A cockney, nftor dilating ou tho su periority of English ovor our poultry, said ho was "hastonlshod at tho hoxom plifications of hignoranco displayod by tho Hamorioan poopio in tho raising of ons." "You do not find any llios In tlio but ter whioh I put on my tablo," said a Roston boarding mistress, proudly. "No," replied a boardor, "it's too strong for thorn." That boardor was given immodlato notice to quit A prudent man had his portrait paint ed 'n Paris. His frionds complained to him that It was muoli too old. "That's what I ordered, " said ho. "It will savo tho exponso of another ono tonyoara from now."