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MARY’S LITTLE LAMB.
The True Story More in Detail than has Heretofore been Published. Boston Advertiser. lhis is the last week of the spin ning bee at the Old South meeting house, and the children will be inter ested in the following story, which is substantially correct, except that the lamb fed upon a more singular bev erage than milk, namely, catnip tea. Mary has at some inconvenience prom ised to come each day this week, if possible, so as not to disappoint the children. Friday will be her seventy second birthday. Who would have believed that the little pet lamb which followed Mary everywhere would now be helping to save the Old South church ? All children know the old song: Mary had a little lamb. It’s fleece was white as snow; And everywhere that Marv went The lamb was sure to go. And many of them know that there is in Boston an old church on Wash ington street, at the corner of Milk. The land upon which it stands is worth a great sum of money, and, as the property was offered for sale, there was much danger that the house would be torn down to make room for a block of stores. The old church has been so famous in the history of Massachusetts that there was a strong feeling against tearing it down, and to save it a number of women of wealth bought it, pledging over $400,000. — For months they have been hard at work in a great many ways to secure money enough to pay for it. For several weeks past “Aunt Tabitha” has held a spinning bee in the church. Three or four old ladies, who were famous spinners in their young days, when it was the custom to wear home spun garments, have had their hatch els and reels and wheels, and have spun for the people. A great many have watched them at their work each afternoon. To add to the at tractions of the exhibition, the old ladies have been dressed in the styles which were common when they were young, and have worked in an old time kitchen, with its open lire place and glowing logs. Among the visitors one day was the real Mary, who, when a little girl, had the pet lamb for her own. She was very willing to tell the story; suppose we listen with the rest. Little Mary’s name was Mary Saw yer, and she lived in Sterling, Mass. The is now Mrs. Tyler, of Somerville, a vigorous lady over seventy years old. One morning she went out to the barn and found two little lambs which had been born during the night. One was so weak and small that her father said it was of no use to try and save it. He gave it to her care, promising that if it lived it should be her lamb. Mary took it into the house, wrapped it up, laid it in a warm place, and fed it carefully with milk. All day she watched it, and all night too. In the morning how glad she was to hear her father say the lamb would live. It was no wonder tnat the pet lamb loved its small mistress, and wanted to go everywhere with her. The day that it went to school and was turned out, it happened that a young man was there who saw the whole, and wrote out the whole story in the verses which the children know so well. The lamb lived and thrived and had lambs of its own; it ran in the fields with the cattle, till one day a cow with sharp horns, while play ing, tossed it into the air, and it fell bleeding at the feet of Mary, who happened to be in the field. With deep grief she watched its life go out. From the lamb’s wool a quantity of yarn had been spun, and Mrs. Tyler brought some of it to Aunt Tabitha’s bee, and sold it at twenty-five cents for each piece, so that up to last week Mary’s little lamb had earned S6O toward paying for the Old South church in Boston. This is the true story of Mary’s little lamb. —This paper is going to be a success. Many people have subscribed for from five to twenty copies each. —A city carrier of a Missouri pa per, on publication day seats himself in the nearest saloon and in the course of a few minutes delivers each sub scriber his paper in person, thus sav ing time and shoe-leather. Siberian Exiles. The exiles who live in the mines are convicts of the worst type, and political offenders of the best. The murderer for his villiany, the intel ligent and honest Polish rebel for his patriotism, are deemed equally worthy of the punishment of slow death. They never see the light of the day, but work and sleep all the year round in the depths of the earth, extracting silver, or quicksilver under the eyes of taskmasters, who have orders not to spare them. Iron gates, guarded by sentries, close the lodes or streets at the bottom of the shafts, and the miners are railed off from one another in gangs of twenty. They sleep within recesses hewn out of the rocks—very kennels—into which they must creep on all fours. * * * * They have only two holidays a year —Christmas and Easter—and all other days, including Sundays, they must toil until exhausted nature robs them ot the use of their limbs, when they are hauled up to die in the infirmary. Five years in the quicksilver pits are enough to turn a man of thirty into an apparent sexagenarian, but some have been known to struggle on for ten years. No man who has served in the mines is ever allowed to return home. The most he can obtain in the way of grace is leave to come up and work in the road gangs, and it is the promise of this favor, as a re ward for industry, which operates even more than the lash to maintain discipline. —Christian Treasury. —Bring in water and chop wood for your wife the first thing in the morning, then feed your stock. Some Very Remarkable Winters. Now is the time to trot out para graphs about remarkable winters— winters that have distinguished them selves by being either colder or warm er than the law allows. No well reg ulated newspaper will neglect this duty. Referiing back to our files we find that in 1172 the temperature was so high that the leaves came out on the trees in January and birds hatch ed their broods in February. In 1829 the weather was equally mild, and the maidens of Cologne wore wreaths of violets and corn flowers at Christmas and Twelfth Day. In 1421 the trees flowered in the month ot March and the vines in the month of April. Cherries ripened in May, and little boys commenced to fall out of apple trees a little later. In 1572 the trees were covered with leaves in January, and the birds hatched their young in February as in 1172. In 1586 the. same thing was repeated, and it is added that the corn was in ear at Easter. To the best of our memory the.e was in France neither snow nor frost throughout the winters of 1538, 1009, 1617, 1659; finally in 1662, even in the north of Germany, the stoves were not lighted, trees flowered in February, and outdoor bouquets were showered on the news paper offices without number. It seems but as yesterdav. Coming to later dates the winter'of 1846-1847, when it thundered at Paris on the 28th of January, and that of 1866, the year of the innundation of the Seine, may be noted as very mild. —lnspect your orange trees every morning, and kill the orange dogs. — They are destructive to the foliage at this time of the year, and the tree wants it all for protection. Heave the Lead.— The steamer Fanny was coming down the Upper Mississippi loaded with pig lead. As she was going over a shoal place the pilot gave the signal to heave the lead. The only man forward was a greenhorn. “Why don't you heave the lead?” “Is it the lead, your honor? Where to?” “Overboard, you blockhead.” The man snatched up one of the pigs of lead and threw it overboard. The mate, in endeav oring to prevent him, lost his balance and fell into the river. The captain, running to the deck, asked: “ Why don’t you heave the lead, and sing out how much water there is ?” The lead is heaved, yer honor, and the mate is gone down to see how much water there is.” THE FLORIDA AGRICULTURIST. A Growing Evil. There ought to be a pretty vigor ous war commenced in the Sunday school against tobacco. It is the filth that borders the stream of drunken ness. When once a boy has set his foot in that he is liable to be whirled away by the fiercer torrent just be yond. Although there is a growing sentiment against its use among pro fessing Christians, there is an alarm ing increase in the habit itself. Boys, especially, are far more addicted to its use than formerly. There is one point that we have to pass nearly every day where a cigar manufactory keeps out on the sidewalk in a box the stems and refuse of the leaves they use in their business. Invaria bly it is surrounded as thickly by boys as a sugar hogshead is bv bees. They, it is true, of the rougher and lower class, but in the suburban town where we live, a tobacco epidemic seized upon the boys so strorm that there were few, even of the best fam ilies, that were not infected by it. And there are few homes, anywhere, so isolated or secure but that, sooner or later, the tobacco question has to be fought out. And, finally, it occurs after the boy secretly has acquired the habit, so that all the odds are in his favor. Teachers in the Sunday school should do all that thev can to avert this conflict or help the parent to a perfect or easily won victory.— The cigar is the devil's cloud by day and pillar of fire by night by which .he is leading hosts ol boys and young men away from the promised* land instead of into it.— National Sunday School Teacher for May. —Chickens are very destructive to young Guinea grass; they pipe out the young shoots as they come up and kill the roots. One should take care how he kills a flea. That very fiea, according to the Darwinian^hypothesis, might be the mother of something that might be the progenitor ofsomething that would ultimately be developed into a human being. JjTIED. J. LAPIkotIERE, ATTORNIif AT LAW. , ENTKKI’RISE, Volusia County, Florida. (MIAS. B. BUCKNOR, ATTORNEY AT LAW United Stateft Commissioner, Postoflice, Enterprise, Fla. Special attention given to the examma tion of Titles and conveyancing, E. 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