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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,
“ 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.
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-
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
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
‘;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
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
“ 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. ‘
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
Mr. Delmayne adroitly converted
a smile into a yawn.
“Yes/ he continued “I must cer
tainly find a nice young hnsband for
“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&gtically.
“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
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
“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
“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
Dot glanced curiously at the carte
de visite which he passed to her, and
beheld the handsome face of her
“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
—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
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.

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