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KEEP A STIfT TOPEE IIP. There has *Aettriug gone wrong, Mv brave Hoy, it appears. For I see your proud struggle To keen back the tears. That is right. When you cannot Give trouble the slip, Then bear it, still keeping "A stiff upper lip!” Though you cannot escape Disappointment and care. The r>e.xt best thing to do Istp lt-gfru how to bear. If when lor life’s prizes your trip, (tfirfip—again, “ Keep a stiff upper lip!” Let your bauds and your conscience Be honest and clean; Peoirh ho touch or to think of /The thing that is mean. But hold on to the pure. And the right with a firm grip. Add though hard be the task. •‘JKegp a stiff upper lip!” Through childhood, through manhood, i , Through life to the end. Straggle bravely and stand By your colors, my friend. Only yield when von must. JNever “give up the ship,” .But flight on to the last With “ a stiff upper lip!” •5 . —PhebeCary. MR. DELMAYNE’S WARD. must be done,” said Mrs, Charles Delmayne, dicisively, “the girl is getting more reckless evei/y day.” “What can be done?” asked Mr. Richard Delmayne, looking helpless ]p fit, his sister-in-law, “we cannot shpt her up in a convent.” “No but we can find her a husband and get her comfortably settled.” “But she’s so young.” “She will be nineteen in May, and I married at that age. It is a great pity that you were obliged to receive her, into your household, Richard. Ggurdianship over a girl like Doro thea, was a great responsibility for a bachelor to assume.” “I suppose so,” was the reply : but I could not refuse the dying request of an . old friend.” “At first I entertained hopes that she, would improve by remaining with us,” said -Mrs. Delmayne plaintively ; “but as I remarked before, she is wilder than ever . I am kept in a perpetual state of nervous excitement, for I.pever know what madcap prank she, will play next. I thought it dis graceful enough when she donned a suijt fof Dick’s and went skating on the poml the evening they had that -w!?^e^~p'ossiljle!' r o Mrs. Delmayne folded her plump, wjjite hands and settled herself com fcnrtably in a luxurious easy chair, and prepared to enjoy her favorite pas time. which consisted in retailing Dor- misdemeanors. 0 “You know Squire Yonsonby has been looking for a wife for a year or tWiO —now he is quite wealthy, is re spectably connected, and would be a very suitable match for Dora.” ‘ Squire Vonsonby!” gasped Rich ard, in amazement, “he is old enough to be her grandfather, and has a mar ried, daughter who is considerably older than Dot.”., “Well," replied his sister-in-law, “ijora needs a husband who is steady and sober-minded, she is so flighty herself. Besides Mr. Vonsonby looks full ten years younger than his real age.. In my opinion it would have been a very suitable match. But it is all, over now,” she added with a sigh, “he will never enter this house again” In answer to Richards look of in quiry Mrs. Delmayne continued: “I invited Mr. Vonsonby to tea last- evening—l had my household duties to attend to after tea was over, so I left Dorothea to entertain our guest. She must have neglected him shamefully, for the poor man fell asleep, and the little liussey seized the opportunity so play one of her ridiculous pranks; she actually had the audacity,” and Mrs Delmayne lowered her voice to an impressive whisper, “actually had the audacity to remove his wig and substi tute an old red one, that she found among some rubbish in the garret. The poor man did not discover the trick untill he had become the laugh ing-stock of the community. Dick happened to hear about it this morn ing, and I considered it my duty to inform you of the affair, as you were absent at the time.” “Ha. ha, ha !” laughed Richard. “I can immagine how ridiculous he look ed strutting along in his pompous manner.” ‘;I am certainly} astonished at you, Richard,” said Mrs. Delmayne severe ly! *:I sincerely hope you do not up hold the girl in her disgraceful ac tions V” “I shall of course rem ove; heL,” he replied. “ Dot Will Improve as she grows older, “I nave no doubt—she is merry and thoughtless now, but I think she will develope into a splen did woman,” Mrs. Delmayne cast an uneasy look at her brohter-in-law’s face as she left the room. She had a reason for wishing Dot safely disposed of; she w r as fearful that Richard might fall in love with his fascinating ward, and that would never do, for if he were to marry it would dash Mrs. Delmayne’s hopes to the ground. She had secretly determined that her son Dick—his uncle’s name-sake— should be his heir. Besides her broth er-in-law’s elegant residence made a a very comfortable home for herself and fatherless boy, and madame had no intention of losing it, hence she made the most of Dot’s mischievious escapades. Just as madame’s silken skirts rus tled up stairs the hall dooor flew open and light footsteps danced along the passage. “Dot! Dot!” called Mr. Delmayne. The appellation exactly suited the young girl who entered. A dainty form, a dark piquant face, lit up with a pair of black eyes which sparkled with mischief. “Well Gaurdy,” she said with a saucy smile, which revealed a dim ple in each soft pink cheek. “What —is it a lecture r” “Yes Dot,” replied Mr. Delmayne, gravely, “I really must lecture you. Your conduct to Mr. Vonsonby was extremely unladylike.” “I don't care, Gaurdy,” cried Dot, defiantly, “I can’t bear oid Vonsonby, and I am confident that Mrs. Del mayne invited him here to make love to me, so I resolved to frustrate her kind intentions. She left me to en tertain him all the evening, and I was just dying to finish ‘Jane Eyre.’ Well, I gave him the last number of Scribner's and the Monthly Jleview, and hoped he would entertain him self; but no he wanted me to play a game of cribbage. I hate eribbage, so I told him I never played the game without staking a small sum of mo ney, just to make it interesting.” “Oh Dot!” “He looked horrified at the idea of gambling, and asked for some music, so I sat down to the piano and made that sort of music was very edifying, but it made his head ache, and he asked me to favor him with ‘Annie Laurie. I complied by playing,Yan kee Doodle’ with variations, for I knew he could not distinguish the difference. Jlist as I was playing the last bar I was startled by a prolonged snore—he had actually gone to sleep with his head hanging over the'chair, his wig awry and his mouth wide open! Now, Gaurdy, you must ad mit that was too much for flesh and blood to endure, and I don’t profess to be a saint.” “Not by any means,” assented her guardian. “ Well,” continued Dot, “ a happy thought struck me. I ran softly up stairs and got an old red wig that Dick used to wear when he belonged to the Ametuer Dramatic Club. Then I carefully removed Mr.. Von sonby’s nicely dressed black wig, and substituted the red one. I had to stuff my handkerchief into my mouth to keep from laughing, you can't im magine how comical he looked! “Well, I waited for him to finish his nap untill my patience was exhausted, and then I went to the piano and gave an anful thump with both hands. He gave a sudden start and straight ended up. I gravely enquired how he liked the piece. “Charming ! charming” he replied with enthusiasm. ‘I always admired Annie Laurie.” Just at that moment he happened to glance at the clock and finding it later than he expected he jumped up in great haste. “I declare!” he said “I had no idea itwasso late; how swiftly the time has passed in your fascinating society; but I must tear myself away, for I have an engagement at eight o’clock.’ “Then he bade me adieu, pulled on his overcoat in a great hurry, seized his hat and rushed down the street. “But Guardy, he did look so fun ny with those fierce red locks around his countenance,” and Dot broke into peals of laughter at the recollection. “Dot siad Mr. Delmayne, looking sternly at his mischievous ward; “I don’t know what to do with you; I believe I must find someone who will take the responsibility off my hands. ‘ THE EL OE Iff A AGEICULTUEIST. Mrs. Delmayft* thinks you ate old enough to marry and—” “The old Ciat!” interrupted Dot. “Dot,” said. Mr. Delmayne sternly, “I cannot allow you to apply such an epithet to myjsister-in-law.” “Your sister-in-law ?” cried Dot in nocently, “why I was speaking of old Tabby.” Mr. Delmayne adroitly converted a smile into a yawn. “Yes/ he continued “I must cer tainly find a nice young hnsband for you.” “I am perfectly willing,” said Dot composedly “but who is to be the lucky man? Let me see,” she said reflectively, is my French dancing master, be pressed my hand quite warmly the last time he was here, and he has such beautiful eyes, and such a love of a mustache,” she added entusi>ically. “The jackanapes, he shall never darken these doors again”muttered Mr. Delmayne, between his teeth. “Then there is Whitney’s head clerk, I am sure he admires me.” “A clerk,” ' exclaimed Mr. Del mayne, disdainfully. “Well,” continued Dot “there is the German music teacher at the seminary, he is a jolly old bear, hut then,” she added thoughtfully, “he is a widower with five children; I don’t know as I should be capable of tak ing that position.” “I should think not, decidedly,” ac quiesced her guardian with a smile. “Well,” ednd Dot, with a despair ing expression on her saucy face. “I don’t know what can be done —un less you marry me yourself.” Then, suddenly realizing the enor mity of her hgedless speech, she dart ed from the “Marry her myself,” mused Mr. Richard Delmaye, “it is not a bad idea. I wonder that it never entered my stupid brain, for I believe I am fond of the little monkey after all, and how desolate the house would he without the stmshine of her presence.” “Not quite nineteen,” he continued thoughtfully, “lam just double her age and I fear lam too old to suit her youthful fancy; nevertheless I will try my fate.” The tea bell roused Mr. Delmayne from his reflections. I must mention this subject to Helen, he thought, when I get anj opportunity. cried madame, .in dismay, as Rich ard thus ruthlessly demolished her castle in the air. “Why Richard you must he crazy! A man of your years to think of marrying, when you have a comfortable home, and a sister to attend to your wants. If you take this step Richard,” she con tinued, “I am confident you will re gret it. I think you will see a vast difference with that careless, ignorant child at the head of your household, for I shall not remain to he domi neered over by a saucy, independant girl.” Mr. Delmayne made no reply to this remark ; but it was evident that his sister-in-laws determination would not break his heart. * * * * * Dot stood by the window in the deepening twilight awaiting her guardian who had been absent seve ral days in New York looking after some property. Suddenly Dot was aroused from the reverie into which she had fallen, by a well-known step, and she ran eagerly to the door to admit her guardian. “Well puss, what have yon been doing during my absence?” asked Mr. Delmayme, as he seated himself before the glowing grate and warm ed his chilled fingers. “Oh dear!” cried Dot “I have been shockingly had. I can’t remember one half the wickednes that I have committed. You must apply to madame, she has a long black list of misdemeanors ready for your private ear; but, guardy, did you succeed in finding a husband for me. “Yes,” answered Mr. Delmayne, composedly, “but whether you will be suited, remains to be seen.” “I suppose I shall be compelled to marry him whether I will or no,” re joined Dot merrily. “Not by any means,” answered the guardian, gravely. “Oh that is decidedly commonplace —you are not at all like the cruel guardians in stories, who compel their wretched wards to wed the one they choose for them. I ant quite disap pointed.” “Oh, very well,” said Mr. Delmayne, “if you wish me to assume the role of tyrant, I will Jo so with pleasure. The person ,1 have, chosen will, I am sure, strive to make you happy ; but remember there is to be no appeal from my decision.” “It is really going to be romantic after cried Dot, clapping [her hands ; “out when am I to be present ed to my late? Now if he had only sent his photograph, the affair would be complete.” “I believe I have it,” said Mr. Del mayne, coolly producing his pocket book. Dot glanced curiously at the carte de visite which he passed to her, and beheld the handsome face of her guaodian. “Well,” said Mr. Delmayne, draw ing his ward to his side, and trying to look into her downcast eyes. Dot hid her face for a moment on her guardian's shoulder, then, look ing up with a charming color, she said demurely : “As there is to be no appeal from your decision, I suppose I must sub mit. —Plant shade trees around your premises, and fruit trees of all sorts; they grow while you are sleeping. indiscriminate Giving. The lion. Gerritt Smith was one of the most generous men in this coun try. He gave right and left to almost every one that came, with little in quiry or discrimination. No doubt his charities relieved a great deal of suffering, and did a great deal of good; but the good was not unmixed with evil. Perhaps there never was a more signal illustration of the ill effects of indiscriminate giving of money. Ilis biographer says that his prodigal liberality “ruined his beloved Peter boro by excessive indulgence, in do ing so much for the villagers, that they became quite incapable of doing anything for themselves. His gen erosity dried up the sources of public spirit and made them positively sor did. He proposed to build and endow a library there, and the owners of desirable land sites were, all at once, misers, who held the ground at prices so exorbitant that the scheme was abandoned. He opened a free fead ■ rtny--is ■"tjnipftnnsu tion, being anticipated, was discour aged. He offered to erect a fountain on the common, and the jealousy of the residents, each of whom wanted it in front of his own house, caused a bitterness which the waters of Be thesda could not cure. He presented a town clock to the authorities, and they grew at once so parsimonious that he Whs requested to provide a man to wind it up. The common railing wits dilapidated and remained so, because he did not choose to repair it at his own expense. The brood of parasites increased on this branching •oak. Tramps, swindlers, cheats, mul tiplied. Liars sprang up like weeds. Beggars infested the county. His bounty would in many cases, if not in most, have been more wisely bestowed on the devouring sea, which it could not poison, or buried in the ground, where it would lie forever hid.” A Touching Stoky.—There is a very touching little story told of a poor woman with two children, who had not a bed for them to lie upon, • and scarsely any clothes to cover them. In the depth of winter they were nearly frozen, and the mother took the door of a cellar off the hinges and set up before the comer where they crouched down to sleep, that some of the draught and cold might be kept from them. One of the lit tle girls whispered to her, when she complained of how badly off they were, “ Mother, what do those dear little children do who have no cellar door to put up before them ? ” J£ven there, you see, the little heart found cause for thankfulness. —“What will you take, madam?’ asked the soda water drug clerk.— “A little strawberry in mine,” said she. “And you, sir ?” to the husband. “Le’ me see” (scanning the row of bottles which contained syrups), “oh, yes, a little spirit us fermenti, if you please.” And as they went off, after drinking their soda water, she said softly, “Oh, George, how much better that is than drinking nasty, horrid brandy, as yoy. used to do before you joined the Murphy men, isn’t it ?” He said he “rather guessed it was.” \ Recipes. Grafting Wax. —Four parts resin, one part beeswax, one jiart beef or mutton tallow. Melt them together in a skillet or tin cup, and mix well. Apply it warm, not hot to injure the graft. Jumbles. —Two cups of sugar, two eggs, one cup of butter, two table spoonfuls of sour milk, scant half tea spoonful of saleratus. Soda biscuit. —One quart of flour, half cup of butter and lard mixed, teaspoonful of salt, three teaspoons full of baking powder; mix with milk enough to make <■ fr enough to roll out easily. Green Corn Pi dding. —Twelve ears of corn grated, two quarts of milk, four well-beaten eggs, one tea cup.and a half of sugar; mix and bake in a buttered dish ; bake three hours. Sweet corn should be used. Dried Corn. —ln drying my sweet corn, I never scald it, but cut it from the cob when it will barely do for cooking, and dry as quickly as pos sible. Then when I use it in winter, I do not boil it but let it soak on the back of the stove. Blackberry Jelly. —Cruch the fruit, then squeeze through a flannel jelly bag. To every pint of juice allow one pound of the best white sugar; boil twenty minutes, skimming often; fill your bowls, set aside for twenty four hours, then cover and paste. Tomato Preserves. —Pare and quar ter good, ripe tomatoes; place them in a porcelain kettle with a little wa ter, so they will not burn. They re quire to be cooked until the juice is nearly all out; then add one pound of white sugar to each pound of fruit. Cook slowly one-half hour. Summer Squash. —Take them be fore the seeds begin to harden ; w ash clean, remove the stems, and cut in to pieces ; boil until tender ; pour off all the water you can; mash as fine as possible, then put into a bag and squeez the rest of the water. Season jsrMvf per, or with sweet cream. Wild Plum Jam. —Take plums, those that are nice and ripe; wash and put them in a porcelain kettle with plenty of water, as that takes out the sourness; boil until bursting; then throw away the w r ater. When cool rub through a seive; then to each bowlful of pulp add one and one-half bowlfuls of sugar. Boil and stir con stantly until done. A Beautiful Whitewash. —To five gallons of whitewash made of well burned white lime, add a quarter of a pound of whiting, half a pound of loaf sugar, one quart and a half rice flour, made into a thin and well cook ed paste, and half a pound white glue dissolved in wcter. Apply warm. Previously scrape off alt old scaly whitewash. This is like kalsomine, aud gives a brilliant, lasting effect,. Blackberry Pudding. —Two eggs well beaten, one pint of milk, a little salt, one-half of a small teaspoonful of soda, one of cream-of-tartar, add flour to make a thick batter; beat well, and add one pint of blackber ries,well sprinkled with flour. Pour in to a buttered mold, or, if you have no mold, into a floured cloth. Boil hard one hour; then remove from the pot and dip it quickly into cold water, and as quickly turn it out. Serve at once, as it soon becomes heavy. ft Quick Prescriptions. —Prof. Wil der of Cornell University, gives these short rules for action in case of acci dent :—For dust in the eyes avoid rubbing, dash cold water in them; remove cinders, etc., with the round point of a lead pencil. Remove in sects from the ear by tepid water; never put a hard instrument into the ear. If any artery is cut, compress it above the wound; if a vein is cut, compress it below. If choked, go upon all fours and cough. For slight burns, dip the part in cold water'; if the skin be destroyed, cover with varnish. For apoplexy, raise the head and body; for fainting, lay the person flat.