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OHIO ORGAN OF THE TEMPERANCE REFORM. "Can't they do anything?. ; Cttu't' they knit?" said Eleanor. "You are younp and strong, Elea nor, and have quick eyes and nimble, fingers ; how long would it take you to knit t pair.of stockings?' r "I?" said Eleanor, 'jwbat an idea! I ftever trud, but I think I Could gel a pair done in a week perhaps 1 " . "And if somebody give you twenty five cents (or them, and out of this you had to get food, and pay room rent, and buy coal for your fire, and oil for your lamp " i ....' .' r "Stop, aunt, for pity's sake 1 " "Well, I will stop, but they can't ; they must pay so much every month for that miserable shell they live in, or be turned into the 6treet. The meal and flour that some kind person sends, goes off for them just as it does for others, and they must get more or starve ; and coal is now scarce and high priced." , "Oh, aunt, I'm quite convinced, I'm sure ; don't run me down, and annihilate me with those terrible real ities. What shall I do to play good fairy to these poor old women?" , 'If you will give me full power, Eleanor, I will put up a basket to be sent to them, that will give them something to remember all winter." "Oh, certainly I will. Let me see if I can't think of something myself." "Well, Eleanor, suppose, then, some fifty or sixty years hence, if you were old, and your father, and mother, and aunts, and uncles, now so thick around you, laid cold and silent in so many graves; you have somehow got off to a strange city, where you were never known you live in a miserable gar ret, where snow blows at night through the cracks, and the fire is apt to go out in the old cracked stove; you sit crouching over the dying embers the evening before Christinas nobody to speak to you, nobody to care for you, except another poor old soul who lies moaningin he bed now, what would you like to have sent you?" "Oh, aunt, what a dismal picture!" "And yet, Ella, all poor, forsaken old women are made of young girls, who expect it in their youth as little as you do, perhaps!" "Say no more, aunt. I'll buy let me see a comfortable warm shiwl for each of these poor women; and I'll send them let me see oh ! some tea noihing goes down with the old women like lea; and I'll make John wheel some coal over to them; and, aunt, it would not be a very bad thought to send them a new Etove. I remember the other day, when mam ma was pricing stoves, I saw some nice ones for two or three dollars." "For a new hand, Ella, you work up the idea very well," said her aunt. "But how much ought I to give, for any one case, to these women, say?" "How much did you give last year for any single Christmas present?" "Why, six or seven dollars for some; those elegant souvenirs were seven dollars; and that ring I gave Mrs. B was ten." "And do you suppose Mrs. B was any happier for it?" "No, really, I don't think she cared about; but I had to give her something, because she had sent me something the year before, and I did not want to send a paltry present to any one in her circumstances." "Then, Ella, give ten to any poor, distressed, suffering creature who real ly needs it, and see in how many forms of good such a sum will appear. That one hard, cold, glittering dia mond ring, that now cheers nobody and means nothing, that you give be cause you must, and she takes because she must, might, if broken up into smaller sums, send real warm and heart-felt gladness through many a eold and cheerless dwelling, through many an aching heart." " You are getting 'to be an orator, , . . - auol. tBut- don'i you approve of Christmas presents, among friends and equals?" j-i ' ' , ' , . Yes, indeed," said her aunt, fondly stroking her head. "I have had some Christmas presents that did roe a world of good a little book-mark, for instance, that a certain niece of mine worked for me, with wonderful secrecy, three years ago, when she was not a young lady with a 'purse full of money that book-mark was a true Christmas present. And my young Couple, across the way, are plotting a profound surprise to each other on Christmas morning. John has con trived, by an hour of extra work every, night, to lay by enough to get Mary' a netf calico dress ; and she, poor soul, has bargained away the only thing in the jewelry line she ever possessed, to be laid out on a new hat for him. I know, too, a washerwoman who has a poor lame boy a patient, gentle little fellow who has lain quietly for weeks and months in his little crib, and his mother is going to give him a splen did Christmas present.1' . .,. ! "What is it, pray?" " A whole orange ! Don't laugh. She will pay ten , whole cents for it 5 for it shall be none of your common oranges, but a picked one of the very best going. She has put by the mon ey, a cent at a time, for a whole month ; and nobody knows which will be the happiest for it, Willie or his mother. These are such Christmas presents as I like to think of gifts eomiiiL' from love, and tending to pro duce love ; these are the appropriate gifts of the day." " But don't you think that it's right for those who have money to give ex pensive presents, supposing always, as you say, they are given from real af fection?' "Sometimes, undoubtedly. The Saviour did not condemn her who broke an alabaster box of ointment Very" precious 1 simply as a proof of love, even although the suggestion was made, ' this might have been sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor.' I have thought he would re gard with sympathy the fond efforts which human love sometimes makes to express itself by gifts, the rarest and most costly. How I rejoiced with all my heart, when Charles Elton gave his poor mother that splendid Chinese shawl, and gold watch because I knew they came from the very fulness of his heart to a mother that he could not do too much fora mother that has done and suffered everything for him. In some such cases, when re sources are ample, a costly gift seems to have a graceful appropriateness ; but I cannot approve of it if it exhausts all the means of doing for the poor ; it is better, then, to give a simple of fering, and to do something for those who really need it." Eleanor looked thoughtful; her aunt laid down her knitting, and said, in a tone of gentle seriousness : " Whose birth does Christmas com memorate, Ella?" "Our Saviour's certainly, aunt." -"Yes," said her aunt. And when, and how was he born? In a stable, laid in a manger; thus born, that in all ages he might be known as the brother and friend of the poor. And surely it seems but appropriate to com memorate his birth day by an especial remembrance of the lowly, the poor, the outcast and distressed; and if Christ should come back to cur city on a Christmas day, where should we think it most appropriate to his charac ter to find him? Would he be carry ing splendid gifts to splendid dwell ings, or would he be gliding about in the cheerless haunts of the desolate, the poor, the forsaken, and the sorrow ful?'" And here the conversation ended. "What sort of Christmas presents is Ella buying?" said cousin Tom, as the waiter handed in a nortentious-looking package, which, baa just been rung in alj the door i ' ! " Let's open it," said saucy Will. " Upon my word, two great gray blan ket shawlsl , These must,. be for you and me, Tom! And "what's this? A great bolt of cotton flannel, and gray yarn stockings!" The door Dell rang again, and the waiter brought ia' another bulky .par cel, and deposited it on the marble topped centre-table. What's here!" said Will, cutting the cord. "Whew! a perfect nest of packages! Oolong tea! oranges! grapes! white su gar!.' Bless' me, Ella must be going to housekeeping!" "Or going crazy!" said Tom; "and on my word," said he, looking out of the window, "there's a drayman ring ing at our door, with a stove with a tea kettle set in the top of it!", ', "Ella's cook-stove, of course," said Will; and just at this moment the young lady entered with her purse banging gracefully over her hand. " Now boys, you are too bad 1" she exclaimed, as each of the mischievous youngsters were gravely marching up and down attired in a gray shawl. " Didn't you get them tor us! We thought you did," said both. ..r , " Ella, I want s. me of that cotton flannel, to make me a pair of panta loons," said Tom. " I sayj" said Will, " when are you going to housekeeping? Your cook ing stove is standing down in the street; 'pon my word, John is loading some coal on the dray with Jt" r.'-- '! Ella, isn't that going to be sent to my office?" said Tom. Do you know I do So lunguish for a new stove with a tea kettle in the top, to heat a fel low's shaving water?" Just then, another ring at the door, and the grinning waiter handed in a small brown paper parcel for Miss Ella. Tom made a dive at it, and staving off the brown paper, developed a jaunty, little purple velvet cap, with silver tas sels. - " My smoking cap! as I live," said he; "only I shall have to wear it on my thumb, instead of my head too small entirely," said he, jhnking his. head gravely. 1 "Come, you saucy boys," said aunt E , entering briskly, "what are you teasing Ella for?" "Why, do see this lot of things, aunt! What in the world is Ella go ing to do with them?,' "Oh! I know!" " You know; then I can guess, aunt; it is some of your charitable works. You are going to make a juvenile Lady Bountiful of Ella, eh!" Ella, who had Colored to the roots of her hair at the expose of her very unfashionable Christmas preparations, now took heart, and bestowed a very gentle and salutary little cuff on the saucy head that still wore the purple cap, and then hastened to gather up her various purchases. , " Laugh away," said she, gaily; "and a good many others will laugh, too, over these things. I got them to make people laugh people that are not in the habitof laughing!" " Well, well, I see into it," said Will; "and I tell you I think right well of the idea, too. 4 There are worlds of money wasted at this time of the year, in getting things that nobody wants, and nobody cares for after they are got; and I am glad for my part,; that you are going to get up a variety in this line; in fact, I should like to give you one of these stray leaves to help on," said he, dropping a ten dollar note into her paper. " I like to encourage girls to think of something besides breastpins and sugar candy." But our story spins on too long. If anybody wants to know the result of Ella's first attempts at good fahtim, they should have called at the doors 6f two or three old building!, on Christ mas morning, and they would there have heard all about it.; , i 1 ; i ... - ' 1 111 m Origin of the Karnes of the States. Maine Was' so) called as r etjrly , a, 163$. 'rom Maine, in France, ot which' Henrietta Marie, Queen of England, was at that time proprietor. - . ,New Hampshire was the name giv en 'to the territory conveyed by the Plymouth Company to Captain Joha Mason, by patent, No vv 7, 1639, with reference to the patentee; who was Governor of Portsmouth, in Hamp shire, England, Vermont was so called by the in habitants in their declaraf' nof inde- 1. 1'IW 1.. II'.. . .. U II in t d t t 1 I . .1(1 1 11M French verb, green, and mount, moun. tain. Massachusetts was named from a tribe of Indians in the neighborhood of Boston. The tribe is thought to have derived its name from the Blue Hills of Milton. ' 1 have learned," 6ays Roger Williams, " that Mass achusetts was so called from the Blue Hills." Rhode Island was so called in 1744, in . reference to the Island of Rhodes in the Mediterranean. Connecticut was so called from the Indian name of its principal river. New York was so called in lefer ence to the Duke of York and Alba ny, to whom this territory was grant ed. Pennsylvania was so called in 1681, after William Penn. Delaware was so called in 1703, from Delaware bay, on which it lies, and which it received its name from Lord De La Warr, who died in this bay. Maryland was so called in honor of Henrietta Maria, Queen of Charles I, in his patent to Lord Baltimore, June 30,1732. Virginia was so called in 1684, af ter Elizabeth, "the V England. Carolina was so called by the French, in 1764, in honor ol King Charles IX, of France. Georgia was so called in 1792, in honor of King George II. Alabama was so called in 1817, from its principal river. Mississippi was so called in 18C0, from its western boundary. Missis sippi is said to denote the whole river, that is, the river formed by the union of many. Louisiana was so called, in honor of Louis XIV, of France. ' Tennessee was so called in 1790, from its principal river. The word Tennessee is said to signify a curved spoon. Kentucky was so called in 1782, from its principal river. Illinois was so called in 1809, from its principal river. The word is said to signify the river of men. Indiana was so called, in 1802, from the American Indians. Ohio was so called in 1802, from its southern boundary. Missouri was so called in 1821, from its principal river. Michigan was so called in 1805, from the lake on its borders. Arkansas was so called in 1819, from its principal river. ; Florida was so called, by Juan Ponce De Leon, in 1751 ; because it was discovered on Easter Sunday in Spanish, Pascua Florida. 1 -;- '. ' ' Howard, the condemned murderer, has written a letter to Gov. Powell, thanking him in earnest terms for the respite which has been granted him. He expresses the deepest sorrow for his crime, but declares it was the re sult of liquor and passion,not malice. " Coffee houses or whisky shops," he declares, have been the cause of his crime and his ruin. Frankfort Commonwealth.